Buzzblog is on vacation

Buzzblog is on vacation

Starting in however many more minutes it takes me to post this and continuing until Tuesday, Sept. 8, I will be on vacation and therefore failing to blog

08/21/15

Here’s hoping no Amazon workers were harmed in the sending of this email

Here’s hoping no Amazon workers were harmed in the sending of this email

Amazon's email nag-note system must require an enormous amount of work from a company now infamous for demanding an enormous amount of work from its employees.

08/20/15

A spider made Wil Wheaton brick his phone

A spider made Wil Wheaton brick his phone

Yes, you read that correctly, a spider made Wil Wheaton – actor, writer and social-media man about town -- brick his phone, he says. It was a spider and a security camera, actually.

08/18/15

How an obscure acro and an old Network World story helped link AT&T to NSA spying

How an obscure acro and an old Network World story helped link AT&T to NSA spying

Pro Publica and the New York Times have revealed previously unknown details of the “highly collaborative” relationship between AT&T and the NSA. Helping them connect the dots were an obscure acronym and a 1996 story in New World.

08/17/15

Judge: Cablevision lying about Verizon lying

Judge: Cablevision lying about Verizon lying

I know what you’re thinking: Aren’t all advertisements, except for those you’ll see on this website, lies of one sort or another? … A judge in New York says there are matters of degree.

08/13/15

N.H. judge overturns ban on ‘ballot selfies’

N.H. judge overturns ban on ‘ballot selfies’

Residents of the “Live Free or Die” state are now free to take “ballot selfies.”

08/12/15

Brady should have tried Boston’s excuse before turning over texts: ‘We don’t know how’

Brady should have tried Boston’s excuse before turning over texts: ‘We don’t know how’

Boston’s aborted bid to host the 2024 Olympics was a political mess around these parts, so it’s no surprise that journalists are filing legal requests to access the mayor's text messages. What is surprising is one of the city’s...

08/10/15

Quick rundown of all the tech talk in last night’s GOP presidential debate

Quick rundown of all the tech talk in last night’s GOP presidential debate

There was no tech talk in last night’s GOP presidential debate. Told you it would be quick.

08/07/15

Has Epson killed the printer ink cartridge?

Has Epson killed the printer ink cartridge?

The answer is yes, at least based on a headline the other day in The Wall Street Journal. However, the story paints a more complicated picture.

08/06/15

This driver should give up coffee -- and driving -- before someone gets hurt

This driver should give up coffee -- and driving -- before someone gets hurt

Only my preternaturally quick reflexes prevented a young driver from harming us both this morning ... all because she needed to stop at Dunkin' Donuts.

08/05/15

Another reason people hate cable companies, particularly Comcast

Another reason people hate cable companies, particularly Comcast

Residents of St. Paul, MN, are entitled to a 10% discount from Comcast if they are elderly, disabled or low-income. Comcast doesn't make getting it easy, though.

08/03/15

‘Someone had an issue with this rack’

‘Someone had an issue with this rack’

Yes, indeed, someone had an issue with this rack. That assessment and the picture come from a reader of the Reddit section devoted to networking.

07/30/15

Two tidbits about .406 Ventures

Two tidbits about .406 Ventures

The Boston Globe headline reads: “How .406 Ventures got its name, and its 406-prefix landlines.”

07/29/15

Brinks safe -- with a USB port -- proves easy hacking for security researchers

Brinks safe -- with a USB port -- proves easy hacking for security researchers

A pair of security researchers have managed to open a Brinks CompuSafe Galileo using its standard USB port, a keyboard and 100 lines of code.

07/28/15

Don’t watch if you already fear flying

Don’t watch if you already fear flying

This YouTube video of a passenger plane landing in heavy crosswinds at Amsterdam Airport is making the rounds today even though it was posted May 8.

07/27/15

Educators embracing technology at the expense of common sense

Educators embracing technology at the expense of common sense

An Iowa school district is planning to equip its school administrators with body cameras. This is a terrible idea.

07/23/15

Cardboard box outlives Toshiba laptop

Cardboard box outlives Toshiba laptop

The laptop was a Toshiba Satellite 310CDS, reportedly hot stuff back in the late 1990s. The box it came in was, in a sense, built of sturdier stuff.

07/22/15

EFF: Modify DMCA to protect independent research into car hacking

EFF: Modify DMCA to protect independent research into car hacking

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is renewing its efforts to remove one obstacle to independent safety research involving automobiles: the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

07/22/15

How phone companies drive people crazy

How phone companies drive people crazy

Every journalist has experienced this type of phone call, as have librarians, police dispatchers and I presume those in a number of other public-facing professions.

07/20/15

Ask Siri for a charge, she calls 911

Ask Siri for a charge, she calls 911

Uttering these words -- “Siri charge my phone 100%” – prompts Apple’s virtual assistant to summon emergency services. Why?

07/16/15

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