John P. Mello Jr.

About the Author John P. Mello Jr.


Online Advertising

Google Launches Offensive Against Annoying Ads

Google’s Chrome Web browser has begun blocking some of the Net’s most annoying types of ads. Chrome’s built-in ad filter blocks ads based on standards devised by the Coalition for Better Ads, an industry group whose membership roster includes Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Unilever and The Washington Post. The group aims to improve consumer experiences with advertising.

Read more 0 Comments
Home Tech

Critics Love HomePod’s Sound but Rap Its Smarts

Critics have begun weighing in on Apple’s HomePod smart speaker, and they’re loving the device’s sound but don’t have much affection for its smarts. The HomePod’s sound outclassed top-shelf competitor SonosOne, according to Matthew Panzarino. “The HomePod was the ‘best’ sounding. It’s nuanced and subtle with great separation and clarity across all kinds of music,” he wrote.

Read more 0 Comments
Wearable Tech

Intel’s Smart Peepers Look Smart, Too

Intel has designed a pair of smart glasses that won’t make you look like a hopeless geek. Called “Vaunt,” the peepers, which are still in the prototype phase, look like ordinary glasses, save for a faint, red glimmer that occasionally appears on the right lens. Information sent to the glasses appear to be displayed on a screen but in reality is beamed to the retina of a wearer’s eye.

Read more 0 Comments
Health

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JP Morgan Aim to Untangle Employee Healthcare Knot

Three corporate giants on Tuesday announced they were banding together to provide healthcare for their 1.1 million employees. The companies — Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase — plan to form a company “free from profit-making incentives and constraints” in order to improve employee satisfaction with their healthcare coverage as well as reduce costs.

Read more 0 Comments
Home Tech

Apple’s HomePod Set to Barge Into Hot Speaker Market

HomePod, Apple’s long-awaited entry into the torrid smart speaker market, will be available Feb. 9. The HomePod will be offered in white and space gray. It can be pre-ordered at Apple’s website for $349 starting Friday. Unlike other smart speakers, which support a variety of music services out of the gate, HomePod will support the Apple Music subscription service exclusively.

Read more 0 Comments
Wireless Networking

Google Device Bug Chokes Home WiFi Networks

A bug in the software used by Google Cast devices such as Chromecast and Home can slow down or crash WiFi networks. The problem — initially believed to be isolated to a particular router model made by TP-Link — appears to affect models made by other manufacturers, including Asus, Linksys, Netgear and Synology. Complaints on a Google user forum brought the problem to light earlier this week.

Read more 0 Comments
Service Providers

Study: Community-Owned Broadband Beats Commercial ISPs on Price

Community-owned fiber-to-home broadband networks generally charge less for entry-level service than private providers, according to Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Despite lower “teaser rates” private providers offer during the first year of service, publicly-owned fiber-to-the-home networks in 23 of 27 communities examined offered lower-priced service.

Read more 0 Comments
Smartphones

Apple Skirts Tech Addiction Issue in Response to Worried Investors

Apple has responded to an open letter from investors who called for the company to address the negative impact of the iPhone on children and teens. Jana Partners and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System have urged Apple to give parents more choices and tools to help ensure that young consumers are using the company’s products “in an optimal manner.”

Read more 0 Comments
Social Networking

Social Media or Social Disease?

Is social media evolving into an antisocial medium? Days after one of its former execs argued that the answer is yes, Facebook published a post addressing the issue. “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,” said Chamath Palihapitiya, who once served as vice president for growth at Facebook. There is a lack of civil discourse, he added.

Read more 0 Comments
Personal Computers

Creatives Not Likely to Blanch at iMac Pro’s $5K Price

Apple will release a professional version of its all-in-one iMac desktop computer with a $5,000 price tag on Thursday. Up to now, all-in-one computers in general and iMacs in particular have been seen as stylish offerings for home and family, but Apple has changed that in a big way with the iMac Pro. Apple has given the Pro workstation-class graphics, processors, storage, memory and I/O — all without increasing the size of the iMac.

Read more 0 Comments