We wrote Monday that Apple had updated its Apple Maps page on its website to tout the fact that transit directions would be available for Boston and Sydney, Australia. But nobody we checked with could actually see any bus or subway directions on their iPhones. Apple has since updated the page to add a footnote to Boston and Sydney saying that the feature was coming to those cities “in October 2015.” For now, Apple devotees looking for transit maps had better be traveling only in Baltimore, Berlin, Chicago, London, Mexico City, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto, or Washington, D.C. Strangely, the page also lists “China” as a location where transit directions are available, but a quick search of Beijing landmarks produced the message that “transit directions are not available.”More →

Bruce Schneier video chats with Edward Snowden during a symposium on "Privacy in a Networked World" held in Cambridge in January.

For some odd reason, data privacy maven Bruce Schneier
is an optimist. It’s odd because, according to Schneier, there’s practically no such thing as data privacy. Just about everything we do these days is under some form of electronic surveillance, with governments and corporations eager to record and analyze our every action.More →