Why ‘ambient computing’ is just a marketing buzzword (for now)

Suddenly, everybody’s talking about ambient computing. I blame Intel, and I’ll tell you why in a minute. Ambient computing is real. It’s the next megatrend in computing. Ambient means “in the air” or “present on all sides” or “all around us.” To interact in an “ambient computing” context means to …

Malwarebytes Premium review: A fast, efficient security program with an unusual approach

Malwarebytes began life as a complement to antivirus suites. It was a backstop to catch and remove particularly troublesome malware that your primary security program couldn’t. That all changed in December 2016 when the company announced its paid version, Malwarebytes Premium, was capable enough to be your primary security program. …

Throwback Thursday: And what could be more important than that?

This state university is in the process of getting rid of its custom-programmed mainframe software, virtualizing its server environment and trying to integrate the whole works into something manageable, says a pilot fish on the scene. “In our quest for companies that would have the correct type of management software …

Mozilla to launch premium service subscriptions in new bid to diversify revenue

Mozilla will introduce subscriptions to one or more as-yet-unknown services this fall, but will not charge people to use its Firefox browser, the company said. “A high-performing, free and private-by-default Firefox browser will continue to be central to our core service offerings,” David Camp, Mozilla’s top executive for the browser, …

A rose by any other acronym …

This small independent software vendor has plans to produce and market a suite of software products for a particular niche of the manufacturing sector. It’s a market rife with acronyms, and the brass decide they will combine some of them to devise the company’s name. Of course, acronyms come and …

iTunes changes on macOS 10.15 Catalina: Not quite dead, but a whole lot different

You might have read a headline or 30 this week proclaiming the death of iTunes. It certainly seemed like that was the case; during the WWDC19 keynote, Apple VP Craig Federighi skewered the longtime media app for doing too much and announced it was breaking up into separate TV and …