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December 22, 2014
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I am on the whole skeptical about the need for smart door locks, especially when it will do little to deter would-be burglars with a strong boot, yet there's something elegant and compelling about Sony's version that makes it stand out. If safety and security are not your thing, though, you might be as interested as I am in the Pyro, a wristband that shoots fireballs up to 10 feet. [More...]

December 22, 2014
It is time to look back at 2014, so I'll focus here on a series of stories I thought were interesting but didn't seem to catch much or any real air. Some, like what is really behind Sony's decision to pull The Interview still might take off. Hadoop analytics is one of the most powerful platforms to come to market, and one vendor stands out above all others: Cloudera. [More...]

December 19, 2014
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Apple's new products will always be beautiful, but how all of our devices connect is what will bring meaningful change from Apple, not glitzy new watchbands and such. I believe this integrated thought is going on in Cupertino while most of us are obsessed with how screens on our wrists will look, and how we can cut out a cable bill to stream Netflix and still get live sporting events. [More...]

December 19, 2014
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Thursday said the United States "is actively considering a range of options" to take in response to the Sony hack. The hack is "very serious," Johnson said, though he refused to label it as a terrorist attack. There has been widespread suspicion that North Korea engineered the hack. The FBI is investigating. [More...]

December 19, 2014
The Open Invention Network, or OIN, is waging a global campaign to keep Linux out of harm's way in patent litigation. Its efforts have resulted in more than 1,000 companies joining forces to become the largest defense patent management organization in history. The Open Invention Network was created in 2005 as a white hat organization to protect Linux from license assaults. [More...]

December 18, 2014
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Minecraft's story will begin unfolding next year, and the game's fans will drive the narrative. There could be "lots of contradictory things thrown out there before they settle on something cool," said gaming analyst Lewis Ward, but "from a marketing standpoint, it makes all the sense in the world for the community to be catered to on the level of, 'you guys are going to write this.'" [More...]

December 18, 2014
Docker has moved from an obscure Linux project to one of the most popular open source technologies in cloud computing. Project developers have witnessed millions of Docker Engine downloads. Hundreds of Docker groups have formed in 40 countries. Many more companies are announcing Docker integration. Even Microsoft will ship Windows 10 with Docker preinstalled. [More...]

December 18, 2014
Privacy's future appears muddy at best, judging from a survey released Thursday by the Pew Research Center and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center. More than 2,500 Internet experts and analysts were narrowly divided on whether policy makers and technology innovators would create a secure, popularly accepted and trusted privacy-rights infrastructure by 2025. [More...]

December 18, 2014
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BMW has come up with an electronic version of slapping your horse on the rump and sending it off -- and then whistling when you need your ride again. Its Remote Valet Parking Assistant doesn't do all the driving for you, but it does relieve you of one of its most tedious aspects: parking the car. Just don't let your smartwatch battery wear down, or you may have to whistle to get it back. [More...]

December 17, 2014
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The Interview may be a huge exception to Hollywood's rule that there's no such thing as bad publicity. Moviegoers may not be curious enough about the comedy to risk becoming victims of a terrorist attack -- whether carried out by North Korea, the Guardians of the Peace, or some crazy person who's caught up in the uproar. Maybe Sony should try an online launch or send it straight to DVD. [More...]

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