Podcasts: Or Why I’m Divorcing Satellite Radio and You Should, Too

I'm an inveterate problem-solver when it comes to technology.  So when I switched to the Mac 3 years ago after 3 decades in the PC world, Google was my best friend.  Problem 1: The “Command” key, the equivalent of Window’s “Control” key is next to the space bar (ugh), rather than the far left of the bottom row (as Bill Gates intended - Microsoft actually saved Apple - so a little credit here for BG).  I just could not unlearn 3 decades of reaching for the “Control” key, so I Googled and learned how to swap those keys.  Three years in, that’s still how I do it (but I’m a bit more sophisticated these days, thanks to Karabiner.  Problem 2: I lived out of Windows Explorer ...

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Apple’s Ceo, Tim Cook, Takes The “Ice Bucket Challenge” To Raise $ For Als

Not sure Steve Jobs would have done this.

I’ve written - and read - a lot about Cook’s leadership of Apple. I like him, what he’s doing, and where Apple is headed strategically. Apple’s integration strategy, rolling out this fall, will make switching between devices (i.e., iPad, iPhone, Mac) seamless. While highly anticipated in the Apple Geek community, “muggles” will be awed and I predict that Apple growth jumps as a result.

2014-08-23 Update: “You have Steve Jobs, who was the innovator, the visionary, and you have Tim Cook, who is a good steward of the business and is an excellent executor, from 4 Ways Tim Cook Has Changed Apple As CEO.

Start Memorizing PIN Numbers for Your Credit Cards

Hackers have breached customer databases at Neiman Marcus, and now, the latest, SuperValu - at 200 stores. Credit card PINs, the equivalent of two-factor authorization for web sites, are widely used in Europe. Since they’re not widely used in the U.S., American retailers are the easy target. Get ready to memorize PINs for each your credit cards, which will significantly reduce this threat.

2014-08-20 Update: "In all, U.S. lenders will issue more than 575 million chip credit and debit cards by the end of 2015, representing roughly half of the one billion cards now in circulation, according to an industry-group projection."