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Monday - November 17, 2014
There was an announcement last week that I think is far bigger than folks realize: Nvidia announced a free Netflix-like streaming gaming service for its Shield products. I think this is a precursor to an event that is similar to what cable did to TVs years ago, and that it will change not only how we use these devices, but also what we use them for. [More...]

Saturday - November 15, 2014
It's disconcerting to think there'd be a piece of machinery in my home connected to the cloud and listening to everything. Amazon's Echo is a novelty, and I don't see it replacing a smartphone or tablet as the go-to provider of information and entertainment. Yet I fear it's a harbinger of near-term lifestyle changes as people simply open their doors and invite the NSA even deeper into their homes. [More...]

Friday - November 14, 2014
Microsoft wants to remove as many barriers as possible to using Skype by making it available online -- no software download required. That could be attractive to employees who don't have the freedom to download applications on their work computers, or to people using computers in Internet cafes or hotels. However, it doesn't do anything for mobile device users, noted tech analyst Jim McGregor. [More...]

Friday - November 14, 2014
Remember the opening scene in Star Wars? The Imperial Star Destroyer's sheer size was enough to take the audience's breath away. That appears to be the effect Google's Nexus 6 is having on reviewers. The consensus is that it's a great phone -- but it's so... big. "Using the Nexus 6 is absolutely awkward until, strangely, it's not," wrote reviewer Dieter Bohn for The Verge. [More...]

Friday - November 14, 2014
A sense of privacy is connected to a sense of freedom, which is connected to the American spirit. If you mess with privacy, you start messing with a fundamental element of American spirit. The argument, "If you have nothing to hide, why do you care if anyone looks and watches?" doesn't hold up. Most of us sort of know that an erosion of privacy also eats away at the Americans we are inside. [More...]

Thursday - November 13, 2014
NVIDIA Tablet SHIELD Controller
Nvidia's long-anticipated Grid streaming gaming service will be available to Shield device users in North America for free, starting Nov. 18. After seven months, it likely will become a fee-based service. It's almost like an extended beta period, said IDC analyst Lewis Ward. "Let's deliver a solid experience for those who already own it, and let's give some incentive for others to buy one." [More...]

Thursday - November 13, 2014
Despite the publicity about Edward Snowden's controversial leaks, only 43 percent of 607 English-speaking adults surveyed in January had heard a lot about government surveillance efforts, and another 44 percent had heard a little, according to the Pew Research Internet Project. However, 80 percent of the respondents registered concern about government surveillance of communications. [More...]

Thursday - November 13, 2014
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has responded to the White House's proposal for Net neutrality rules by reasserting his agency's independence in a meeting with executives of Google, Yahoo and other Internet companies following President Obama's Monday call to action. The president urged the FCC to ensure Net neutrality by interpreting Title II of the Telecommunications Act to govern ISPs. [More...]

Wednesday - November 12, 2014
"As a spaceflight professional, my motto is, 'boring is good,'" said rocket scientist James Oberg. "As a human being, we want surprises. ... You go out there to be surprised -- if you didn't want that, you'd stay home." The ROLIS camera on Rosetta's lander, Philae, took this image of Comet 67P/C-G during the descent, only 3 km away from the surface. (Credits: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR) [More...]

Wednesday - November 12, 2014
Microsoft is attempting to accomplish a few things with the launch of its Lumia 535 smartphone. First, it is going after the fastest-growing mobile segment with a feature-packed affordable phone. Second, it is shedding the Nokia label in an effort to unify its products under the Microsoft umbrella. "You've got the Xbox, the Surface and now the Lumia all carrying its brand," noted ABI's Jeff Orr. [More...]

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