Google seeks $19.8M tax break in Iowa

Google seeks $19.8M tax break in Iowa

Google needs a tax break like Bill Gates needs food stamps, yet that isn’t stopping the search giant from asking for $19.8 million in “economic development incentives” from Iowa.

04/17/15

43% of Slashdotters call ISPs liars

43% of Slashdotters call ISPs liars

I know what you’re thinking: Only 43%? But we’re talking here about a single question: “How do your actual ISP speeds compare to the advertised speed?”

04/15/15

Update: That shocking video about ESD

Update: That shocking video about ESD

Yesterday we posted a collection of anecdotes from IT pros telling of the times they have witnessed – or have claimed to have witnessed – damage done by electrostatic discharge (ESD). How could we have forgotten this video?

04/14/15

The shocking truth (and lies) about ESD

The shocking truth (and lies) about ESD

A participant in Reddit’s forum devoted to networking asks: “Has anyone here ever destroyed anything via ESD (electronic static discharge)?” ... Yes, they have.

04/13/15

Bet you’ve never heard Beethoven on a Tefifon

Bet you’ve never heard Beethoven on a Tefifon

Unless you are German or collect vintage audio equipment, chances are you have never even heard of the Tefifon.

04/09/15

How the Apple Watch is like Google Glass

How the Apple Watch is like Google Glass

The Verge has a terrific review of the Apple watch today and while it's generally positive, it does highlight an issue that maybe isn't getting enough attention.

04/08/15

Watching a ‘Swatting’ slowly unfold within sight of the Boston Marathon starting line

Watching a ‘Swatting’ slowly unfold within sight of the Boston Marathon starting line

The instant a bystander told me what he had heard, I knew this police operation was almost certainly the result of a hoax known as Swatting.

04/05/15

The IPad arrived five years ago today

The IPad arrived five years ago today

The first version of Apple’s tablet that redefined tablets was released in stores and delivered to homes on April 3, 2010.

04/03/15

Journalism via Twitter wins trader $2.4M windfall on possible Intel-Altera deal

Not long ago, if you were a reporter with a hot scoop and wanted to be first to break the news you had to do one critical thing first: write the story. Not today.

04/01/15

‘One-sentence stories’: An oxymoron from the New York Times for the Apple Watch

‘One-sentence stories’: An oxymoron from the New York Times for the Apple Watch

I figured this had to be an early April Fool’s Day joke … or the New York Times doesn’t understand that “one-sentence story” is an oxymoron.

03/31/15

When Elvis cadged a badge from Nixon

When Elvis cadged a badge from Nixon

In announcing the 100th institutional participant in its copyright-free photo-sharing project called The Commons, Flickr last week shared a remarkable photo with an even more remarkable story behind it.

03/30/15

RSA Conference bans ‘booth babes’

RSA Conference bans ‘booth babes’

In what may be a first for the technology industry, RSA Conference 2015 next month apparently will be bereft of a long-controversial trade-show attraction: “booth babes.”

03/26/15

Taking a moment to thank the Internet, Google and Howard Johnson’s

Taking a moment to thank the Internet, Google and Howard Johnson’s

Every now and then I feel a need to thank the Internet and Google for doing what they do best: finding answers to questions that would otherwise nag me no end.

03/25/15

‘When will IPv4 become obsolete?’

‘When will IPv4 become obsolete?’

The question was posed to Reddit's forum devoted to networking. Here are a few of the replies, both serious and not so much.

03/24/15

Walker campaign buys Twitter spotlight out from under Ted Cruz

Walker campaign buys Twitter spotlight out from under Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., has Twitter all abuzz this afternoon following his announcement this morning that he will run for president. But another candidate's social media team crashed his party.

03/23/15

Amazon’s drone ‘win’ will prove fleeting

Amazon’s drone ‘win’ will prove fleeting

Late last week the FAA gave Amazon permission to move ahead with its experiments to develop a drone-driven package-delivery system. Good luck with that.

03/23/15

Yahoo’s reported willingness to pay $11M for ‘insurance’ was the real March Madness

Yahoo’s reported willingness to pay $11M for ‘insurance’ was the real March Madness

Remember last year's Billion-Dollar Bracket Challenge, sponsored by Yahoo, Warren Buffett and Quicken Loans? Well, Yahoo is being sued over it by a company that says it should have been paid $11 million to insure against the virtually...

03/20/15

Aussies betting on Microsoft’s new browser

Aussies betting on Microsoft’s new browser

Kudos to Australia for building such a civilized society that citizens are allowed to wager on matters of such little import, namely guessing the name Microsoft will choose for its new Web browser, currently code-named Spartan.

03/19/15

Musk needs to tap the brakes a bit

Musk needs to tap the brakes a bit

Oh, that Elon Musk. Always saying the most provocative things, such as yesterday when he suggested that driverless cars will someday bring about a ban on the human-driven kind.

03/18/15

Yes, I still have an answering machine

Yes, I still have an answering machine

This morning I mentioned my telephone answering machine in passing and a colleague reacted as though I had just confessed to still having an 8-track in my car.

03/17/15

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