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Choosing a Smart Phone for Instant Messaging Apps

The Internet and social networking have become integral aspects of society. With the combination of instant messaging applications and a sufficient smart phone, it is possible to communicate with your friends, family and total strangers in unique, clever and exciting new ways. Of course, the most popular instant messaging applications may not necessarily be available […]

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Secret Service, Pentagon considering Google Glass-like eyewear

Though some say Google Glass looks dorky and makes you a Glasshole, the US military and the Secret Secret are actively researching such devices in hopes of using them to connect to their vast storehouses of data. Everything would need to be encrypted securely. Once that’s worked out, smart eyewear could be used to map […]

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Google killed Google Reader, will it kill Feedburner too?

Google Feedburner is used by millions of websites and blogs to distribute RSS feeds. Given that Google already shut down Google Reader, which reads RSS feeds, it seems likely they will axe Feedburner, and sooner rather than later. RSS is a standardized data format that can easily be read by computers then sent to websites, […]

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New Zealand bans software patents with historic new law

Open source software advocates and libertarians are applauding a New Zealand law that says software programs cannot be patented unless combined with hardware. Expect furious opposition from US tech companies and patent trolls. What do you do when you’re a small country with a technology industry convinced that innovation requires the banning of software patents, […]

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Mark Zuckerberg, FWD.us, and the absurdity of frictionless politics

Mark Zuckerberg and his immigration reform lobby FWD.us  bleat about “frictionless politics.” There is no such thing. Pretending so is delusional and self-serving. Silicon Valley, despite conceits about its innate specialness, has not invented anything new when it comes to politics. The Valley wants much laxer rules on H-1B visas and is pretending their approach […]

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Smart meters and driverless cars mean more government spying on us

Before Snowden’s revelations about the NSA, I supported smart meters that feed data back to the utility in order to better monitor and allocate power. My views have changed. The utilities share data with the government. Some smart meters have the ability to turn off or regulate your appliances. Sorry, but that’s just too much […]

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Lockbox. Genuinely secure file encryption and sharing

Chris Tell, a founder of Lockbox explains how their client side encryption is genuinely secure and thanks our intrusive government and “spineless” Silicon Valley companies for allowing him to get richer. Lockbox is different from Dropbox and other cloud storage sites because the encryption is done on the client side. Users create the encryption keys on their […]

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Bluehost, HostGator, HostMonster go down. This is not acceptable

This blog and hundreds of thousands of thousands of other websites went down yesterday due to unacceptable server maintenance problems in a Provo, Utah data center. Bluehost, HostGator, and HostMonster are divisions of of Endurance International Group. Our datacenter in Provo, Utah experienced an outage that impacted many of our Bluehost, HostGator, HostMonster and Just […]

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Google is over the freaky line, as we all will be soon enough

Google Glass and the new MotoX are early examples of the era of sensors everywhere that we’re entering into, says uber-geek and journalist Robert Scoble. He’s writing a book about this with Shel Israel called The Age of Context. Many of these sensors will be ones we choose to use. Yes, there’s a huge downside, […]

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Cryptography breakthrough could run encrypted software

Researchers have developed a method for running software encrypted, rendering traditional methods of hacking software useless, because the software cannot be reverse engineered. Sahai’s software creates what he describes as a “multilinear jigsaw puzzle” that makes any attempts to reverse engineer the software return nothing but nonsense. Regular software can be fed into the system, […]

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