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First real glimpse of Apple's iPhone 5

Thinnest, lightest iPhone ever, with Retina display of 326ppi
Submitted by Alpha Doggs on Tue, 09/11/12 - 4:52pm.

UPDATE: Here's the full-blown Macworld account of the Apple iPhone 5 news.

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UConn-Comcast launch security research center during Heartbleed week

Center of Excellence for Security Innovation established
Submitted by Alpha Doggs on Tue, 04/15/14 - 9:59am.

Credit: UConn
John Schanz, Comcast EVP and Chief Network Officer, announcing the Center of Excellence for Security Innovation at UConn

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Field Museum goes Gigabit

Chicago institution ratchets up Internet connection speed
Submitted by Alpha Doggs on Mon, 04/14/14 - 2:48pm.

I'm used to seeing research institutions cranking up insanely fast Internet connections, such as the University of Florida has done with a 100Gbps link to Internet2.

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Video makers torture kids with unexplained Walkmans

Youngsters puzzle over, poke and prod Sony audio relic
Submitted by Alpha Doggs on Mon, 04/14/14 - 10:38am.

A couple of YouTube video makers are back at it again, driving kids crazy by putting an old piece of technology in front of them and recording their reactions. This time, the Sony Walkman, the portable casette player that debuted in the late 1970s and eventually gave way to digital music players like the iPod.

The kids poke and prod the devices, and nope, it's not a walkie-talkie, as one young man guessed.

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No, really darling, I'm using Instagram, not Twitter

Twitter relationship study by University of Missouri student follows Facebook one
Submitted by Alpha Doggs on Mon, 04/07/14 - 2:19pm.

A University of Missouri School of Journalism doctoral student has found that active Twitter users are a lot more likely to have run-ins with their romantic partners and that this can lead to breaking up and cheating.

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Apple, cloud computing share the blame in new "Sex Tape" movie

NSFW trailer of Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel movie sends up the cloud
Submitted by Alpha Doggs on Wed, 04/02/14 - 11:24am.

You'd almost think Apple rival Samsung underwrote the upcoming movie "Sex Tape" when you see the just released NSFW trailer.

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Apple, cloud computing take the blame in new "Sex Tape" movie

NSFW trailer of Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel movie sends up the cloud
Submitted by Alpha Doggs on Wed, 04/02/14 - 10:35am.


You'd almost think Apple rival Samsung underwrote the upcoming movie "Sex Tape" when you see the just released NSFW trailer.

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Update: Boston Police Commissioner bolts IT Security conference to get to scene of fatal fire

Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans recounts Boston Marathon investigation, then suddenly called away...
Submitted by Alpha Doggs on Wed, 03/26/14 - 4:05pm.

UPDATE: It turns out that Commissioner Bill Evans left the conference described below to be on the scene of what became a fatal fire, which took the lives of 2 firefighters.

 

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Pressure on President Obama to ditch BlackBerry: He's got a high school graduation speech coming up

President to deliver commencement address at high performing Worcester Technical High School
Submitted by Alpha Doggs on Fri, 03/21/14 - 4:57pm.

President Barack Obama, famously a BlackBerry holdout whether he likes it or not, might well be feeling even more pressure to switch to a different smartphone these days. After all, he's going to be delivering the graduation speech on June 11 to a bunch of technically-savvy students at Worcester Technical High School. What are those kids going to think if they see the Prez wielding a BlackBerry?

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Remembering IDG Founder Pat McGovern, breaking out THE sweater

Publishing hero passes away, leaves incredible legacy
Submitted by Alpha Doggs on Thu, 03/20/14 - 9:41am.

I'll never be mistaken for a fashionista, but I do own a very limited edition IDG letterman sweater that I've taken great pride in wearing once a year for the past 20+ winters.

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Microsoft Research doles out the attaboys to one of its own: Turing Award winner Leslie Lamport

Distributed computing pioneer earns "Nobel Prize in Computing"
Submitted by Alpha Doggs on Tue, 03/18/14 - 4:56pm.

With a few days' notice, Microsoft Research was ready for this morning's announcement that one of its own -- distributed systems pioneer Leslie Lamport -- is the 2013 A.M.

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Telecom TV ad battle royal: Moonwalking pony vs. endless kiss vs. enormous footballer vs. date night

British Arrows recognize the best commercials, including from telecom firms
Submitted by Alpha Doggs on Fri, 03/14/14 - 11:35am.

A few months back my wife made her latest attempt to "broaden our cultural horizons" by leading our family to the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston to check out a showing of the 2013 British Arrows -- The UK's funniest, coolest and most heartwrenching TV commercials of the year.

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Network World has an Instagram account! Now what?

Powerful photo-sharing app sucks us in
Submitted by Alpha Doggs on Thu, 03/13/14 - 5:11pm.

Network World has religiously expanded its presence online by creating social network accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ (hello out there?), LinkedIn (here and here), Pinterest (we look go

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Ballad of a WiFi Hero: Demystifying the router (video animation)

Classic McSweeney's tale brought to cartoon life
Submitted by Alpha Doggs on Thu, 03/13/14 - 10:09am.

Voice actor H. Jon Benjamin ("Bob's Burgers," "Archer") stars in this animated adaptation of the classic McSweeney's piece, "In Which I Fix My Girlfriend's Grandparents' WiFi and Am Hailed as a Conquering Hero," by Mike Lacher. Go Warrior, Go! Bring back The Google and enjoy your Jello Salad!

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Liquid gold? AirPnP looks to cash in on Mardi Gras revelers' need to relieve themselves

Bathroom access app latest example of sharing economy
Submitted by Alpha Doggs on Tue, 03/04/14 - 2:11pm.

AirBnB is the popular home-sharing service that enables people to rent out their living spaces to travelers looking for cheaper or more interesting accomodations than the typical motel or hotel provide.

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An unfamiliar ring: Kids puzzle over rotary telephones (video)

Cute kids try to make sense of old-fashioned phones: "I just know my iPod is kinda not like this"
Submitted by Alpha Doggs on Mon, 03/03/14 - 3:59pm.

Kids think it's funny when older folks can't always figure out which buttons to push on the latest game controllers or gadgets. Oh yeah, well you try to make sense of rotary phones, you young whippersnappers! (h/t: Devour)

 

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TrustyCon attendees literally take the NSA cake

Cloud security company SpiderOak's sweet surprise at RSA Conference alternative
Submitted by Alpha Doggs on Fri, 02/28/14 - 11:12am.

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Off topic: Why would someone dump a coin collector's book in a bank's ATM booth?

Don't think you can put coins into the ATM
Submitted by Alpha Doggs on Thu, 02/27/14 - 9:32am.


For a moment there, I imagined myself following in the footsteps of that California couple who just stumbled across $10 million in gold coins

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The SCOOP on Mobile World Congress 2014

Big annual MWC wireless technology event in Barcelona promises to be Android phone, tablet fest
Submitted by Alpha Doggs on Wed, 02/12/14 - 10:13am.

I've cranked up a Storify blog to be updated between now and the end of the month to capture news from us and others in advance of and during the big Mobile World Congress 2014 event in Barcelona, Spain. IDG news publications will have reporters covering the action live from the show.

Also see our Storify blog on the RSA Conference, where security movers and shakers will unite in San Francisco on the same week as MWC 2014.

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Ramping up for RSA Conference 2014

Boycotts, competition dominate news early, but next up will be latest on IT security front
Submitted by Alpha Doggs on Tue, 02/11/14 - 2:39pm.

While I won't be personally attending the annual RSA Conference in San Francisco Feb. 24-28, Network World and its sister publications will have several reporters and editors on hand to bring the news to you.

Meanwhile, I've kickstarted a Storify blog here to capture coverage from our publications as well as from others and various social media networks. I'll be updating the collection between now and the end of February.

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