House passes cellphone unlocking bill that now only needs Obama's signature
Opinion

House passes cellphone unlocking bill that now only needs Obama's signature

The U.S. House of Representatives has just passed a bill that will in effect give consumers the right to unlock their cellphones, meaning the legislation is only a presidential signature away from becoming law.

07/25/14

Opinion

Educator’s plagiarism only part of the story

The school superintendent in Newton, Mass. will lose a week’s pay because he lifted five sentences from a speech by the state’s governor and integrated them unattributed into a graduation speech. How the story came to light is...

07/25/14

Friday is SysAdmin Appreciation Day: Here’s one way to make sure you’re appreciated
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Friday is SysAdmin Appreciation Day: Here’s one way to make sure you’re appreciated

Friday is the 15th annual SysAdmin Appreciation Day. Last year the IT department of the Launch Federal Credit Union, which serves Florida’s Cape Canaveral region, did not feel as though they were sufficiently appreciated. This year...

07/23/14

Kickstarter project turning ‘Alice in Wonderland’ into world’s largest tattoo chain
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Kickstarter project turning ‘Alice in Wonderland’ into world’s largest tattoo chain

Seems the Internet enjoys funding whimsy: Last week it was potato salad; this week a record-breaking chain of temporary literary tattoos featuring every word of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”

07/23/14

Internet of Things spawns horde of imitators
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Internet of Things spawns horde of imitators

This was inevitable: Endless hype about the Internet of Things has produced an endless string of imitators; the Internets of This, That and Whatever. Here are a few examples.

07/22/14

Oh, no, my ‘Account Apple’ has been frozen
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Oh, no, my ‘Account Apple’ has been frozen

Some phishing attempts are easier to spot than others.

07/18/14

Microsoft trots out tired euphemisms for ‘18,000 people are losing their jobs’
Opinion

Microsoft trots out tired euphemisms for ‘18,000 people are losing their jobs’

When weighed against the fact that 18,000 human beings are going to lose their Microsoft paychecks – two-thirds of them from Nokia -- the gobbledygook of euphemisms used by CEO Satya Nadella to describe the carnage is of little...

07/17/14

Would Jobs have made IBM deal? Not in ‘95
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Would Jobs have made IBM deal? Not in ‘95

How might Steve Jobs have viewed the major enterprise partnership announced yesterday by Apple and IBM? A clip for a 1995 interview indicates he might not have been enthusiastic, at least back then.

07/16/14

‘Six Californias’ lunacy looks headed for ballot
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‘Six Californias’ lunacy looks headed for ballot

Congress will never agree to split California into six states. It will never happen, yet an inexplicably wasteful effort led by billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper, dubbed “Six Californias,” is reported to have collected the...

07/15/14

Looking for movie times? Bing beats Google
Opinion

Looking for movie times? Bing beats Google

Need to know what times that movie you're dying to see are showing at the local cinema? Bing may get you that info faster than Google, according to one side-by-side survey.

07/11/14

Y2K bug resurfaces and sends draft notices to 14,000 men born in the 1800s
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Y2K bug resurfaces and sends draft notices to 14,000 men born in the 1800s

That Y2K bug that made life miserable for so many IT professionals in the late 1990s has proven to be problematic just recently for the next of kin of some 14,000 men who were born in the 1800’s.

07/10/14

NSA Data Center photo set free for all to use
Opinion

NSA Data Center photo set free for all to use

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has released a copyright-free photograph of the NSA's sprawling Utah Data Center facility. The EFF says its intent is to make easier discussion of the government's mass surveillance program by giving

07/10/14

Making the best of new airport security
Opinion

Making the best of new airport security

The TSA announced over the weekend that it will require passengers headed for the U.S. from some foreign airports to power up their phones and laptops before boarding so as to make sure the devices are not bombs. One reaction to the...

07/08/14

What planet does Larry Page live on?
Opinion

What planet does Larry Page live on?

Google CEO Larry Page says there's no need for all of us to be working so frantically just to provide for our families and ourselves.Shorter work weeks all around would be just the ticket, he says.

07/07/14

iFixIt giving away 15K iPhone ‘liberation kits’
Opinion

iFixIt giving away 15K iPhone ‘liberation kits’

For the second straight year, iFixIt is giving away iPhone "liberation kits," which contain a special screwdriver needed to get at the inside of an iPhone.

07/01/14

‘Luckily, monkeys love to gamble’ … but they’re just as irrational about it as humans
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‘Luckily, monkeys love to gamble’ … but they’re just as irrational about it as humans

University of Rochester researchers show that humans are not the only species susceptible to "hot hand bias" when gambling. Monkeys have trouble accepting randomness, too.

06/30/14

Maître d' to Benioff: No lunch for you
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Maître d' to Benioff: No lunch for you

Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff tweets that he was denied entrance to a fancy French restaurant. Twitter followers speculate as to why.

06/27/14

Hungry ants knock out FiOS service … again
Opinion

Hungry ants knock out FiOS service … again

Ants chew through fiber optic cable and knock out Verizon FiOS service to editor's home. The same thing happened five years ago.

06/24/14

Dear FCC: Please don’t let me watch football

Dear FCC: Please don’t let me watch football

New website, apparently backed by the NFL, laughably urges fans to "take action" to dissuade the FCC from doing away with the "television blackout rule" that keeps fans from watching games on TV.

06/17/14

DDoS attacks against Feedly inconvenience millions … and it’s partly Google’s fault

DDoS attacks against Feedly inconvenience millions … and it’s partly Google’s fault

Bad guys have been attacking Feedly’s website for two days now – demanding ransom -- and it’s somehow Google’s fault? Yes.

06/12/14

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