Ken Walker, Online News Editor

Ken Walker

Ken Walker came to the Times in 1998, first as a copy editor and later as a news page designer. Today he helps edit the tampabay.com home page and writes for the Gadgets & Gizmos blog.

E-mail: walker@tampabay.com

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  1. Dan Ruth's take on the iPhone 6 Plus 'crisis'

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    Today's Dan Ruth column rants about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus:

    "Let's review. The nation's foremost producer of highly engineered communications devices spends hundreds of millions of dollars on a new thingy, which is supposed to be marginally better than its old thingy, and the entire project is put at risk and Apple's stock craters because gelatinous consumers wearing tight clothing can't pry the cockamamie widget into a pocket. Is it too late to bring back the Princess phone?"...

  2. What's phishing, and how can you stop it from happening to you?

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    You've probably heard the term "phishing," the technique where scammers send emails that seem to be from your bank, or from an Internet service you use, asking for your account information. Sometimes they're so bold as to request a Social Security or credit card number; others are much more subtle, perhaps offering a link they say will take you to sign in to your email provider.

    So. When you get an email that seems like it's from your bank, how can you tell whether it really is? What do you need to look for to keep from getting fooled?...

  3. Apple to take second stab at updating iOS 8

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    So that's reassuring, I guess.

    Meanwhile, there are still users out there — just iPhone 6 and 6 Plus early adopters, from what I can tell — who managed to download and install the iOS 8.0.1 upgrade in the roughly one-hour window when it was available. (For my part, I saw it in time for my iPhone 5s to download it but not to finish installing it. So now my phone either thinks there's an upgrade ready to install or doesn't think so, depending on where I look.)...

  4. This is not the iOS 8.0.1 you're looking for

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    When Apple rolled out the new iOS 8, they pulled some features broken by bugs discovered at the last minute. Remember hearing about HealthKit, that thing that was supposed to make your iPhone a secure lockbox for all kinds of wellness and medical info? That was one of the features pulled. Apple promised a fix by the end of the month....

  5. What's better than free Kahwa Coffee?

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    Maybe I'm the last one to know about this, but Kahwa Coffee introduced its own smartphone app this week.

    Kahwa's pretty well known to … well, pretty much anyone who lives around Tampa Bay and likes coffee. Kahwa Coffee Roasting Co. opened its doors in St. Pete in 2005, and still roasts all its beans in St. Pete. The first cafe opened in 2008 in downtown St. Pete, and now have six of them in St. Pete and Tampa. I mean, Starbucks does a great job, but Kahwa has a much more local feel....

  6. 'Burritos are the best thing about being in love'

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    So, you might have heard that Apple released iOS 8 yesterday, the latest version of the operating software that runs iPhones, iPads and iPod touches. Lots of new features, lots of new stuff to learn how to do, traditional first-day hiccups (All that stuff about Apple's new HealthKit for managing your fitness data? Never mind, for now.) — but my favorite thing I've read about the new hotness is this:...

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  7. Warning: Dropbox isn't playing nice with iOS8

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    A Dropbox company blog notes that iThing users who've updated to iOS8 today are reporting problems uploading photos and videos. There's a support document available here. (Tip o' the hat to TUAW.com.)...

  8. Will you be an iOS8 early adopter today? You'll need to get this important question right

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    (TL;DR — For the time being, the answer to "Upgrade to iCloud Drive? Not Now?" is Not Now.)

    The next generation of iOS — the software that runs Apple's iPhones, iPads and iPod touches — comes out today, with release set for 1 p.m. Florida time. There's no real reason you need to download it immediately, and a couple pretty good reasons to wait until the dust settles a bit. But there's always a rush of folks who want to get their first look at the new hotness on the first day....

  9. Hope you were having a good hair day Friday

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    If you blinked, you’re probably out of luck for a while: Astronaut snaps, tweets quick pic of 19.32 million Floridians.

  10. A couple quick links for iThing users

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    Remember how bent some folks were that Apple bought them U2's new album — then essentially walked over to their bookshelf and stuck it in their CD changer? Well, Apple heard their complaints, and they're here to help. They released a special Songs of Innocence Removal Tool yesterday to help you get it out of your iTunes Library, if it bothers you so much. It doesn't seem like the kind of thing you'd need instructions to use, but they gave it its own support document, too....

  11. Microsoft is buying Minecraft

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    Do your kids play Minecraft? (Or do you?) It's a popular open-ended game that lets users explore a Lego-like virtual world. It's been dowloaded 100 million times to PCs around the world, it's the most popular game on Xbox, and it's the top paid app in Apple's and Google's online stores — and the company that makes it (Mojang) is being purchased by Microsoft for $2.5 billion....

  12. How do you really feel about that new U2 album showing up in your iTunes music library?

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    Also from Macworld today: Regardless of how you feel about getting U2's new album for free (even at that price, was it worth what you paid?), you might not appreciate having it suddenly show up among your music — you know, the music you actually decided on your own that you personally think is important to you? Here's a good explanation of why you are or aren't seeing it in your music library, and how you can make it go away for good if you decide you really don't want to see it....

  13. Why you're suddenly paying much less for iCloud now (unless you weren't paying for it before)

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    We got an email on our home account yesterday evening letting is know that our current iCloud storage plan was going to start costing us a little less than half what we signed up to pay. (Yes, we pay for iCloud — we can't seem to back up two iPhones for my wife and I, plus two iPod touches for our kids, plus my iPad in the storage you get with a free account, as much as I'd like to.) Plus, we'll get the difference in a prorated refund....

  14. What was up with Apple's terrible live video stream yesterday? Maybe this

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    Apple didn't have the best of luck providing a live video stream of the big show they put on yesterday. Anyone who counted on being able to watch the company's live video stream likely had trouble seeing it — and when they could see it, they had trouble making out what CEO Tim Cook and friends were saying through the Chinese(?) translation that seemed dubbed over the English audio.

    "So what the hell happened?" asks TUAW.com writer Yoni Heisler. "How did Apple, which did quite a bit to hype up this event, manage to completely botch what would have otherwise been an exciting way to take in all the festivities?" Could they really have misjudged how many people would want to see what was going on?...

    Apple CEO Tim Cook smiles as he introduces the Apple Watch on Tuesday in Cupertino, Calif.
  15. So, Apple put on a little thing today …

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    Did you watch (no pun intended)? That thing was, like, 2 hours long! Anyway, Here's the nitty gritty:

  16. The Apple Watch is unveiled. (That's it in the photo, of course.)
  17. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus look exactly like you'd been told to expect, but have some nifty...