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macOS Catalina Update: Wait Until You're Sure
macOS Catalina is now available for most Mac owners. Do not rush. Actually, let me be a bit more forceful — Wait. Stop. Don’t. 32-Bit Apps Do Not Work in macOS Catalina Before you upgrade your Mac to macOS Catalina be sure the 32-bit apps you use for work have not been left behind by
A Crushing Defeat for Net NeutralityA Crushing Defeat for Net Neutrality
On October 1, the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prevailed in the Washington DC circuit court of appeals and crushed the hopes of those arguing to reinstate net neutrality on a federal level. The responses from the FCC commissioners are split along party lines, so I will not bother to relitigate the case here. But

Can the Data Poor Survive?

Can the Data Poor Survive?
Are data-poor organizations doomed? We’ve been running a data science experiment over the past few months. We were shocked, but not surprised by what we learned.
Uber Works: A pivot or a prayer?
Uber has introduced Uber Works. A shift work matching app that hopes to efficiently connect workers with gigs that fit their schedules. The app is currently available in Chicago. Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are about to dramatically change the world of on-demand car services. Viewed through that lens, Uber and Lyft’s current business models are doomed
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Did you know October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month? The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) invented it to highlight its collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. In case

WeWork Will Stay Private

WeWork Will Stay Private
No one will be shocked or surprised to learn that We Company filed to withdraw its IPO. CEO Adam Neumann is out and the new team needs some time and privacy to turn WeWork around – if that is even possible. Others have covered the financial mess, so I won’t rehash it here. But as
Forever 21 files for bankruptcy. Is Amazon to Blame?
Mall staple Forever 21 has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It plans to close 178 of its more than 800 stores (although it may close more). The company also said that it does not plan to exit any major markets in the US. Nowadays, when a retailer falls on hard times the first thing

The Next 24

Delano Martin - The Next 24
I met Delano Martin yesterday. He’s been shot twice, and he spends his days trying to figure out how to stay alive. Before I tell you how Delano and I came to meet, I want you to read one of his poems.
Echo Frames
When you look at the list of voice-voice-activated hardware Amazon announced this week, even those who are not paranoid have to stop and think. The standout “Think About This…” device is called Echo Frames, a pair of audio-only smart glasses. They will read you your notifications and offer optional support for Google Assistant. And, yes,

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