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Freelancer for @pcworld, @greenbot, @techradar, @macgasm, others. Oakland A's fan. I tweet about all the things. Not a cat. #CatChat. nmediati at gmail dot com

Cortana for iOS beta arrives (but it isn't for everyone) — Here's some good news and bad news for those of you looking forward to playing with Cortana for iOS: The good news is that the public beta is here. The bad news? Only a small group of users will get to try it out.

NASA joins the 4k party with an Ultra HD channel of its own — If you're interested in astronomy and space exploration, you now have a good excuse to invest in a 4k television. NASA announced on Friday the upcoming launch of NASA TV UHD, a new TV network that the space agency calls "the first ever non-commercial consumer ultra-high definition (UHD) channel in North America."

Some Starwood hotels hit with credit card-stealing malware — Travelers who stayed at a Starwood-owned hotel or resort since late last year may want to keep a close eye on their credit card statements. The company, which owns several high-end hotel chains like Westin, Sheraton, W, and St.

Microsoft removes standalone download of November Windows 10 update — If you wanted to upgrade a PC to the latest release of Windows 10 using the Media Creation Tool (MCT), prepare to jump through some more hoops. On Saturday, ZDNet's Ed Bott reported that Microsoft recently removed the downloadable version of the November update for Windows 10, replacing it instead with the build of Windows 10 it released back in July.

Microsoft is having a ridiculous 10-cent sale on movies, music, games, and apps — We're just a few days from Thanksgiving in the United States as I write this, and as usual, the holiday shopping season is getting underway, complete with the requisite sales. Not to be outdone, on Friday, Microsoft kicked off a ten-day sale during which select hot movies, music, games, and apps are on sale for only ten cents each.

Android Marshmallow vs. iOS 9: Which has the better app permissions system? — Despite the rise of oversharing on social media, data privacy is still a big deal for many. Want proof? Look no further than the mess Spotify made for itself when the music streaming company revised its privacy policy back in September, which stated that the app would request access to your photos, contacts, phone sensor data and more.

Five easy ways to get your iPhone photos onto your Mac — Smartphone cameras have always been a convenient feature, but as those cameras have improved, they have become increasingly indispensable. The iPhone camera is now so good that, for many, their iPhone now acts as their one and only camera-in fact, more Flickr users take photos with iPhones than with any other camera.

Ad tracking tech uses high-frequency audio to communicate between devices — If you're already worried about ads tracking your online whereabouts, here's a new thing to freak out over: cross-device tracking that communicates using high-pitched audio frequencies. As reported by Ars Technica, the Center for Democracy & Technology, a digital rights advocacy group, recently submitted a letter to the United Stated Federal Trade Commission, expressing its concerns over such hidden online behavior-tracking technology.

Report: Apple makes big improvements to App Store search results — When searching for something in the iOS App Store, I often find it quicker and easier to simply search for what I'm looking for on Google than to go through the App Store itself. If this sounds like you, you'll be glad to know that Apple seems to be hard at work to improve the situation.

Microsoft's Office Insider program lets you test tomorrow's Office today — Microsoft released Office 2016 to the general public back in September, and it's a good update overall. But if you'd like to help improve future releases of Office, you'll want to check out the new Office Insider program. Office Insider clearly draws inspiration from Microsoft's Windows Insider user-testing program, as Neowin points out.
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Nov 28, 2015

@quaylow That's why the current MacBook Air lineup is the ideal notebook for me. Ample ports, but still thin and light.

Nov 28, 2015

@quaylow An SD Card reader is still a must for me.

Nov 28, 2015

@quaylow See also the new MacBook. Maybe in 5 years we'll all be fine without any ports, but wireless tech isn't there just yet.

Nov 28, 2015

@quaylow I think part of it is the company is thinking of where the tech will be in 5 years.

Nov 28, 2015

@quaylow I like Apple's stuff and I understand phasing out old tech in favor of new tech, but they sometimes take things too far.

Nov 28, 2015

@quaylow Apple ditching Lighting in favor of USB C on iOS devices are a change I'd like to see

Nov 28, 2015

@quaylow A totally asinine idea if that rumor's true. It's like they've given up any pretense of making usable gear.

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