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Monday - November 10, 2014
Texting while driving is dangerous. We know that intuitively; we know it because the statistics say so; we know it because we have seen any number of public service announcements warning of its hazards. A whopping 98 percent of respondents in a recent survey of people who text at least once a day acknowledged the danger of texting while driving -- yet most admitted to doing it anyway. [More...]

Monday - November 10, 2014
I was at Dell World last week, and it is kind of amazing how far the company has come since it went private. Interestingly, much of the big tent content was less about Dell's technology and more about how technology was being used to change the world. This was kind of a scary event in some cases, because we are far from ready for some of the changes. [More...]

Saturday - November 8, 2014
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OnBeep says its Onyx wearable is modeled after the Star Trek Communicator. Great -- it will go well with all my Starfleet uniforms. I wouldn't be likely to wear it with anything else. It's not simply visually ghastly -- it's functionally useless too. It's basically an awkward attempt to revive push-to-talk communications, particularly in the enterprise sector. [More...]

Friday - November 7, 2014
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Betty Crocker might be horrified to see "food" squirting out of a machine in gooey tubes, but tastes are changing. Foodini is "certainly an interesting and exciting product," said tech attorney Bryan Vogel. "This is the first product I've seen that is capable of printing a wide range of food prints. It could spawn a whole host of food prints for professional kitchens and, eventually, the home." [More...]

Friday - November 7, 2014
Palo Alto Networks on Wednesday reported that more than 400 apps infected with a malicious program it calls "WireLurker" have been downloaded 356,104 times by Chinese Mac owners from Maiyadi, an online app store unaffiliated with Apple. The malware does no harm to the Macs it infects but when the computer connects via USB to an iOS device -- an iPhone or iPad -- it delivers its malicious payload. [More...]

Friday - November 7, 2014
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No doubt about it, Apple's entry into a market sparks attention -- and even real buying activity -- for competing products like Google Wallet, ironically giving them a chance to thrive. Once everyone knows about a certain feature, the non-Apple users start wondering if their devices can do the same things that Apple devices can do. Is this jealousy? Or is it just a sudden awareness? [More...]

Thursday - November 6, 2014
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"If you take all the health and fitness trackers out there, they do an awesome job of telling you about your past -- steps taken, calories burned, that sort of thing," said IDC analyst Ramon Llamas. "These are all important things, but very few do a good job of saying, 'based on what we know about you, here's what we prescribe for you to do.' Jawbone is one of those very few." [More...]

Thursday - November 6, 2014
Russian cyberspies -- unlike their Chinese counterparts -- have a reputation for stealth, so it's unusual when two digital espionage operations linked to the Kremlin come to light in a week. FireEye early last week released a report detailing how hackers working for the Russian government have been using sophisticated techniques over a seven-year period to penetrate computer systems. [More...]

Wednesday - November 5, 2014
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American voters don't mind being manipulated as long as it's the good old in-your-face bias certain media outlets peddle. Nor do they mind corporations' obscene expenditures on political ads designed to sway their opinions. However, Facebook's behind-the-scenes string-pulling does get their collective goat, suggested tech analyst Rob Enderle. "It's the secrecy that annoys people." [More...]

Wednesday - November 5, 2014
Facebook recently announced that it was providing access directly over the Tor network. Its purpose was to let users access Facebook without losing the cryptographic protections provided by the Tor cloud. Facebook is providing an SSL certificate which cites its onion address. It will add onion address support for its mobile site later. The Tor link will work only in Tor-enabled browsers. [More...]

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