Time to rethink the CAN SPAM Act
Opinion

Time to rethink the CAN SPAM Act

The CAN SPAM Act is now 11 years old and as good as it has been, the Act needs to be updated to address the realities of modern marketing.

07/30/14

 WeatherFlow Wind Meter, low cost, accurate wind speed measurement

WeatherFlow Wind Meter, low cost, accurate wind speed measurement

If you sail, windsurf, kitesurf, fly a plane, or fight wildfires how hard the wind is blowing really matters. In some situations, such as firefighting knowing what the wind's doing and being able to share that data with others isn't...

07/25/14

Indix, the Google of products

Indix, the Google of products

Want to know what products are out there and their attributes and pricing? Indix is on the way to indexing 1 billion of them.

07/18/14

Flowboard for Mac, even better!

Flowboard for Mac, even better!

I covered Floboard for iPad some weeks ago and the recent release of Flowboard for Mac is even better!

07/18/14

SpeechTrans Wristband Watch : A small step towards the Babel Fish

SpeechTrans Wristband Watch : A small step towards the Babel Fish

SpeechTrans does sophisticated translations between many languages and with their SpeechTrans Bluetooth Wristwatch Band they are trying to make translation even more accessible ...

07/15/14

You better not shout, you better not cry, 'cause you can't leave Comcast without telling 'em why
Opinion

You better not shout, you better not cry, 'cause you can't leave Comcast without telling 'em why

Comcast’s customer service is apparently unusually aggressive if you want to cancel your service and don’t want to tell them why.

07/15/14

Hacking PingPlotter, Part 1
Opinion

Hacking PingPlotter, Part 1

While PingPlotter can be scripted, it’s easier to drive it via its Web interface.

07/14/14

PingPlotter and AT&T's flaky DNS servers

PingPlotter and AT&T's flaky DNS servers

PingPlotter is one of my favorite diagnostic tools because it can track connectivity to multiple hosts over time. So when my Internet connection started acting up I turned to PingPlotter and discovered that AT&T's DNS servers appear...

07/11/14

Best crowdfunded project ever: Potato salad. Goal: $10. Pledged (so far): over $57,000!
Opinion

Best crowdfunded project ever: Potato salad. Goal: $10. Pledged (so far): over $57,000!

A Kickstarter crowdfunded project for one Zack Danger Brown to make potato salad for the first time has gone viral and slightly exceeded its goal by 574,942%.

07/08/14

Automatic tracks the performance of both your car and you

Automatic tracks the performance of both your car and you

The OBD-II dongle and companion smartphone app from Automatic records the details of your car travel, monitors how well you drive, and even calls for help if you have a crash.

07/08/14

Nova: Bluetooth flash for iPhone

Nova: Bluetooth flash for iPhone

The iPhone Nova BT flash is a great idea but it could be improved.

07/03/14

Opinion

Historical computing: The launch of the IBM System/360

In 1964 IBM announced one of the most famous mainframes ever ... the System/360

06/27/14

Opinion

And there's something else wrong with Comcast's Xfinity customer-based Wi-Fi hotspot plan ...

A blog post by Speedify reveals that Comcast's plan to create the world's biggest Wi-Fi hotspot has yet another downside; it shifts the cost of powering the service to the end user ...

06/27/14

Why are phishers targeting gamers? ‘Cause that’s where the money is …

To a scammer gamers are not just a huge target, they are also a very valuable and easily accessible target and, according to Comodo AV Labs, highly vulnerable.

06/27/14

Revisiting Comcast’s Xfinity public hotspot strategy
Opinion

Revisiting Comcast’s Xfinity public hotspot strategy

Last week I wrote about Comcast’s plan to build the nation’s biggest Wi-Fi service by co-opting their customers’ Xfinity gateways and, following a detailed conversation with a representative from Comcast’s Corporate Communications...

06/25/14

How to explain to Big Data newbies why correlation doesn’t equal causation

Those people who are new to Big Data find it easy to assume that because two or more data sets appear to be related, they are. If you're struggling to get Big Data newbies clued in on the topic of correlation and causation here's a...

06/20/14

Opinion

Snappgrip: A smartphone SLR-style grip that could be good, but isn't

A minor hardware issue and several major software failures and omissions make the Snappgrip smartphone SLR-style grip extremely disappointing.

06/17/14

Opinion

CopyPaste Pro: A power clipboard for the power OS X user

If you want not just one clipboard but many, plus a whole toolbox of power tools to make editing more efficient and faster on OS X, then CopyPaste Pro is the app for you.

06/16/14

Comcast’s latest bad idea turns your Wi-Fi into everybody’s Wi-Fi
Opinion

Comcast’s latest bad idea turns your Wi-Fi into everybody’s Wi-Fi

Bad ideas are a dime a dozen, but Comcast’s plan to use their customer’s Wi-Fi to build out their mobile presence is a really bad idea.

06/16/14

Tesla does the unthinkable and open sources patent portfolio
Opinion

Tesla does the unthinkable and open sources patent portfolio

Tesla has announced that it will no longer defend its patents, and in doing so it has effectively converted its very valuable intellectual property into open source.

06/13/14

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