If you’re visiting my city for the Fourth of July, welcome to the nation’s capital! Please enjoy your stay; if you’re still weighing different options for where to watch the fireworks, I’d like to think my advice from 2015 still holds up.
6/30/2022: Google Updates Password Manager With New Security, Management Tools, PCMag
Writing this quick post reminded me of how often Google struggles to provide feature parity between its Web and mobile apps.
7/1/2022: How to block – or blur – your location from your smartphone’s apps, USA Today
I think I’d pitched some version of this column to my editors not too many months ago, but having the topic of location privacy come up in my user-group talk last weekend reminded of that story idea and helped me focus it.
7/2/2022: Google offers Android developers $90 million settlement, Al Jazeera
The Arabic-language news channel had me on (overdubbed live) for the first time in several weeks to talk about Google offering a $90 million settlement to Android developers who had complained about the cut it takes of digital app transactions. I told viewers that while Google has shown a non-trivial amount of greediness in its supervision of the Play Store, at least it allows for alernative app stores–something Apple does not.