With the announcement at Apple's WWDC 2011 regarding iCloud music service (for a fee), those who get to play with Google's Music (Beta) - and general music lovers - are distinctly unimpressed.
Violet Blue unapologetically covers the intersection of tech trends and media stories about corruption, hypocrisy and redemption from tech's fault line, San Francisco.
Violet Blue is the author of The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy. She contributes to ZDNet, CNET, CBS News, and SF Appeal.
A 58-year-old grandmother is sentenced to three years' probation and must attend cognitive behavioral therapy sessions as part of her criminal file-sharing sentence. Violet Blue asks psychologist Dr. Keely Kolmes, PsyD, if file-sharing is now considered a disorder.
First proposed as a free social media dating simulator, Cloud Girlfriend offers a faux “girlfriend experience” while Violet Blue wonders why they didn't take their dating sim lessons from Japan.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just published its official Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide, but left out emergency tech preparedness. Violet Blue has tips for tech survival during a zombie outbreak.
Anonymous’ roots and actions remain steps ahead of pop media, who think they’re a pimply teenage army, and Anonymous has a complex history. Despite Anonymous’ online evolution, people still seem to confuse Anonymous with “Revenge Of The Nerds.
Google's famous developer conference - Google I/O 2011 - ushered 5,000 attendees into San Francisco's Moscone Center. Violet Blue was there, observing that Google is making sacrifices Apple wouldn't dream of.
Interviews with one convicted pedophile and UK researchers conclude that Internet porn makes monsters, while National Geographic sets to air a similarly dubious segment of their series "Taboo." Violet Blue thinks their fear of technology proves they're stuck in the past.
A tech figure's final request is fulfilled when his wife publishes his post-mortem blog post - just days before the Digital Death unconference, provoking emotions and questions about death, mourning, data storage and fragility in the digital age.
Tech news site Neowin.net is the target of a bogus complaint resulting in Facebook fanpage removal for the second time without warning or recourse.