This Digitized Society

Aug 25

Burger King offers free Android Phones -

Would you really trust a kids meal prize with your sensitive data?

Aug 13

Window Snapping

When is the OSX team going to finally Sherlock Moom, Divvy, or BetterSnapTool (my favorite) by adding the window snap functionality that Microsoft introduced in Windows 7?

Sure this feature could cause a conflict with “hot corners”, but i suspect this feature is more useful than “hot corners”.

Aug 12

Tory Burch + Fitbit: Women's Fitness Accessories -

Introducing an exclusive collaboration between Tory Burch and Fitbit: Transform your Fitbit Flex® into a chic accessory for evening and daytime.

With this partnership Fitbit seems to be doing a good job of skating to where the puck is going. It is interesting to see how the team at Tory Burch created a stylized pendant case for the activity tracker. I wonder how wearing it as a necklace will impact the accuracy of the tracker, as it has always been sold with “bracelet” containers up to this point.

The only downside is that the current offering is only for the “Flex” product which is the older tracker that isn’t as advanced as the tracker in the Fitbit Force.

Jul 18

Citing lack of interest, Lenovo pulls 8-inch Windows tablets from the US -

Sounds like the Surface Mini will be a hit.

Jul 16

The New LayerVault

LayerVault is a Version Control system for Designers.

The LayerVault product has transitioned from being a Photoshop plugin to a magical folder that syncs. The original Photoshop plugin implementation always seemed like it was too complex for the typical ad agency designer. Picking up the magical folder metaphor that has been wildly popular for Dropbox really seams like the proper direction for this product.


1Password is a very safe basket -

Blog posts like this are the reason that I invested and reinvested in the 1Password ecosystem. The team at Agile Bits truly cares about the security of their customers.

This is why 1Password is on my “must have" lists.

Jul 14

Your data can easily be recovered from 'wiped' Android phones -

The Verge Reports:

Software maker Avast is calling the security and thoroughness of Android’s factory reset feature into serious doubt today. The company says it purchased 20 used Android smartphones online and set out to test whether personal user data could be recovered from them. Each phone had been reset prior to being sold, according to Avast, so in theory the test should have failed miserably. But that’s not what happened.

Using widely available forensic software, Avast says it was able to successfully pull up over 40,000 photos previously stored on the phones. Many of those featured children, and others were sexual in nature with women in “various stages of undress” and hundreds of “male nude selfies.” The company also managed to recover old Google search queries, emails, and texts. All told, Avast successfully identified four original phone owners using data that those people falsely assumed had been permanently deleted. Users must overwrite previous data to truly get rid of it, Avast says.

Yeay! yet another reason to for people to stay away from Android.

Oh… and about security on iOS:

On the iOS side of things, Apple seems to go out of its way to thwart data recovery after an iPhone or iPad has been wiped. On newer hardware, the iOS reset feature removes the encryption key that protects a user’s data. So even if data is somehow recovered without a user’s knowledge, it’s rendered inaccessible and essentially useless. With older iPhone and iPod touch models, Apple says it “overwrites user settings and information, writing a series of ones to the data partition.” This step would similiarly prevent unauthorized recovery in most cases.

Jul 08

Amazon-centric approach -

Well said.

Jun 30

HDR Is Ruining Your Photos -


High Dynamic Range photography represents the incredible feats that can be accomplished with digital imaging. But! HDR abuse is also responsible for some of the most horrendous displays of photographic over-indulgence. This must stop.

I agree with Michael that HDR has been overused; however it’s mostly the user over saturating and sharpening their photos with apps like Snapseed, VSCO Cam, and Afterlight which cause some horrendous results when overdone.

I take major issue with the original author on defining “over saturation” and “over sharpening” (AKA over processing images) as HDR photography. The author is misinforming readers about what HDR photography actually is and why it is such a great tool for photographers.

A camera is inferior to the human eye. A camera does not capture the scene as your eyes capture the scene. Taking multiple exposures of a scene and compositing those exposures together, without applying filters or over-processing the composited image, more accurately reflects what the human eye saw at that moment.

Case in point, the author praises a true HDR photograph (the wonderful landscape of the mountain, trees, and lake) for being “subtle” and showing detail in the trees that would have otherwise been lost in a non-HDR image. The reason why that image is subtle is because the photographer didn’t over process the image within an inch of its life with filters and cranking up the photo settings to 11.

The author is basically complaining about people feeling the need to applying filters and crank up photo settings now-a-days when they should be part of the #nofilter crowd. Now get off his lawn and stop using instagram!!!

Jun 29

Serious Android crypto key theft vulnerability affects 86% of devices | Ars Technica -

This exploit effects 86% of Android users and could occur by simply downloading the wrong app from the Google Play store.

This android security problem seems like it is a lot easier to exploit than some of the sensational IOS security warnings that need twelve moons to align while a person installs an app that isn’t in the App Store.

Jun 26

Hyundai’s 2015 Genesis will automatically brake for speed cameras: Awesome, or a terrifying misuse of technology? | ExtremeTech -

A creative way to leveraging the existing on board technology in a way that provides a new selling feature.

Jun 25