Wow! Facebook’s new logo doesn’t do that

Wow! Facebook’s new logo doesn’t do that

Facebook has a new logo, though most will be hard-pressed to tell the new one from the old one.

07/01/15

What to do with tomorrow’s leap second

What to do with tomorrow’s leap second

We are being granted a leap second tomorrow so the question arises: What am I – or any of us, for that matter -- to do with the extra time? Among the possibilities that have occurred to me so far:

06/29/15

BBC shows folly of ‘right to be forgotten’

BBC shows folly of ‘right to be forgotten’

The insistence of European government censors that there exists a “right to be forgotten” has always been wrong-headed as a matter of principle. The BBC shows why in an archive of its stories banished from Google.

06/25/15

Fourth-oldest dot-com domain now relegated to serving up scareware at $400 a victim

Fourth-oldest dot-com domain now relegated to serving up scareware at $400 a victim

Founded in 1982, the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corp. was the first computer research consortium. It was also the fourth organization to register a dot-com domain name, having done so 30 years ago. Today, however, that...

06/24/15

Question about Heinz’s QR code snafu

Question about Heinz’s QR code snafu

Heinz found itself in a bit of PR hot water last week when it was discovered that the QR code on its ketchup bottle directed the curious to a pornographic website.

06/22/15

FCC grants VoIP service providers equal access to telephone numbers

FCC grants VoIP service providers equal access to telephone numbers

The FCC this morning announced that going forward VoIP service providers such as Vonage will no longer be second-class citizens when it comes to the doling out of telephone numbers.

06/18/15

Parents more worried about online safety but doing less about it, survey finds

Parents more worried about online safety but doing less about it, survey finds

A new survey shows that more parents are worried about the safety of their children online but fewer are taking concrete steps to protect them.

06/15/15

Final lesson for graduating seniors: Surveillance cameras really are everywhere

Final lesson for graduating seniors: Surveillance cameras really are everywhere

A bunch of graduating high school students in Pennsylvania will never forget that surveillance cameras are everywhere. Nor will they forget that school's leaders understand that the punishment should fit the crime.

06/05/15

Google kicks Google+ off its homepage

Google kicks Google+ off its homepage

Nothing says you’ve fallen out of favor quite like being banished from the most exclusive and uncluttered piece of real estate on the Internet: the Google search homepage.

06/01/15

Overhead projector vs. ceiling fan

Overhead projector vs. ceiling fan

But let’s assume the picture is real. What could account for the decision of the projector installer to ignore the presence of the ceiling fan?

06/01/15

All hail the mighty sticky note

All hail the mighty sticky note

Need a bunch of busy people to do something for you, say fill out a survey form? A researcher has shown that the humble sticky note may be among your most powerful tools.

05/29/15

Don’t be sloppy, use a floppy

Don’t be sloppy, use a floppy

These relics apparently make great drink coasters. Who knew?

05/28/15

Candidate Sanders has a funny 404 page

Candidate Sanders has a funny 404 page

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, newly announced Democratic candidate for president, has always seemed a grumpy sort when being interviewed on television. And that makes his campaign site’s 404 page video all the funnier.

05/27/15

Fiorina calls Chinese thieving automatons

Fiorina calls Chinese thieving automatons

Former HP CEO and current GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina says “... the Chinese can take a test, but what they can’t do is innovate. They’re not terribly imaginative. They’re not entrepreneurial ... that’s why they’re...

05/27/15

Getting my first VCR was Very Cool, Really

Getting my first VCR was Very Cool, Really

The last video store in Cambridge, Hollywood Express, is closing. I remember getting my first VCR as clearly as I do my first bicycle … and my memory of the latter has the unfair advantage of having been captured on 18-mm film by my...

05/22/15

NPR clarifies an incorrect correction

This is the best clarification of an incorrect correction you’ll see today.

05/21/15

No, I do not believe this steak was cooked by an iPhone, but I’ll bite anyway

No, I do not believe this steak was cooked by an iPhone, but I’ll bite anyway

But I couldn’t escape the attendant curiosity: What in the name of Steve Jobs might allow a marketing professional – no, make that EVEN a marketing professional -- to suggest such a preposterous feat might be possible.

05/21/15

Pew Research finds more Americans value their privacy in the abstract than in reality

Pew Research finds more Americans value their privacy in the abstract than in reality

The Pew Research survey results in the above graphic show Americans care plenty about privacy, but they also say a lot about how that concern rises and falls depending on the situation. And not in a good way.

05/20/15

John McAfee? … Influential? … This world?

John McAfee? … Influential? … This world?

International Business Times yesterday day published an essay carrying antivirus pioneer John McAfee’s byline. It makes a claim about him that is, well, laughable.

05/19/15

BlackBerry CEO/Twitter latecomer on how he got @JohnChen handle: ‘Beats me...very lucky’

BlackBerry CEO/Twitter latecomer on how he got @JohnChen handle: ‘Beats me...very lucky’

There are countless John Chens on Twitter, yet when Blackberry CEO John Chen started tweeting just a week ago he had somehow managed to secure the unique-among-Chens Twitter handle of @JohnChen. How?

05/15/15

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