Paul McNamara

News Editor

In addition to my editing duties, I have written Buzzblog since January, 2006 and wrote the 'Net Buzz column in Network World's dearly departed print edition for 13 years. Feel free to e-mail me at pmcnamara@nww.com.

Convert your car into a 2-ton video game console: What could go wrong?

Google launching 20 Internet balloons per day

Google launching 20 Internet balloons per day

Google is now launching 20 of its Project Loon Internet balloons every day and, according to the company, they’re remaining aloft 10 times longer than they were last year, with 100 days now normal and 130 days being the record.

Google Internet balloon drops in on farmer

Google Internet balloon drops in on farmer

Buyers of the earthly explanation for whatever fell from the sky in Roswell, N.M. back in 1947 are likely to appreciate the reaction of a South African farmer who recently came across what he assumed to be a crashed weather balloon.

Google software writes photo captions (sigh)

Google software writes photo captions (sigh)

Google wrote the caption on the picture above this post. Normally, I get paid to perform that function, at least on this blog. Maybe this isn't such great technology (he writes jokingly).

Encrypt everything, urges Internet Architecture Board

Encrypt everything, urges Internet Architecture Board

The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) has issued a sweeping directive “for protocol designers, developers, and operators to make encryption the norm for Internet traffic ,” even while acknowledging that such an approach will create...

Google DoubleClick down, leaving sites ad-free

Google DoubleClick down, leaving sites ad-free

Many Internet news sites are involuntarily ad-free at this moment because of a problem being experienced by Google DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP).

Company to demonstrate ‘Active Shooter Detection System’ in Massachusetts school

Company to demonstrate ‘Active Shooter Detection System’ in Massachusetts school

DARPA-inspired technology that promises to detect gunshots in a school, alert authorities and help first responders locate the shooter will be demonstrated this afternoon for civilian officials and members of law enforcement gathered...

When Outlook drag-and-drop stops working ...

When Outlook drag-and-drop stops working ...

So the drag-and-drop functionality in Microsoft Outlook flat-out stopped working for me this morning, presumably because it's Monday. I’ve never had this problem before, so I didn’t know how to fix it.

‘It was exactly like a death’ … (Gulp)

‘It was exactly like a death’ … (Gulp)

Oddly enough, this line from a blog post made me laugh out loud just now: “It was exactly like a death; like someone I knew and loved was in excellent health one day and stone dead the next.” Well, not exactly.

Undisclosed use of cameras roils Harvard

Undisclosed use of cameras roils Harvard

Harvard University is coming under fire from some quarters for having conducted class-attendance research that involved the use of video cameras in 10 lecture halls holding some 2,000 students.

Old ‘pole box’ net beats 911 on fire call

Old ‘pole box’ net beats 911 on fire call

Who would have thought those fire alarm “pole boxes” even worked anymore? They don’t in most places, but a couple of teenagers in Canton, Mass., either knew or figured it was worth a try there when they spotted a building fire...

Google ‘Polling place lookup’ strikes out

Google ‘Polling place lookup’ strikes out

Google’s homepage this Election Day morning features a flag-adorned, spinning ballot box that when clicked brings one to a search box labeled “Polling place lookup.” It’s a good thing I already know where to vote.

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