Tech & society

  • Feds may finally do something to protect your company online

    Posted December 2, 2010 - 10:17 am

    The FTC and FCC look like they're finally ready to do their jobs protecting consumers online and, in the process, give ethical businesses protection and guidelines that actually work.
  • Verizon vs. Sprint 4G - Sheer speed vs. unlimited data?

    Posted December 1, 2010 - 10:32 pm

    Verizon is busy getting ready to turn its 4G/LTE network on for consumers while Sprint is aggressively adding more cities to its existing 4G/WiMax service. Beyond the technology and location, the big differences come down to the potential speed of service and the option of unlimited data for a flat rate.
  • Amazon, seriously, why'd you pull the plug on WikiLeaks?

    Posted December 1, 2010 - 7:53 pm

    I know it won't happen because the company's just too busy offering those crazy holiday shipping deals, but it'd be nice if someone from -- you know, like founder and CEO Jeff Bezos -- stepped forward and explained why the online retail giant stopped hosting the web site WikiLeaks after only a day or so. Inquiring minds want to know.
  • IT hiring picture brightens for January

    Posted December 1, 2010 - 6:07 pm

    IT is ahead of other specialty areas in what may be a real upturn in hiring, according to Robert Half Technology, which sees improvements in salary and total hiring numbers starting in January.
  • Will Google shake up the e-book market?

    Posted December 1, 2010 - 5:11 pm

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is about enter the e-book market with Google Editions. The service will offer a unique web-focused approach rather than a dedicated device model. Will this be a spectacular success or could it be a spectacular flop?
  • What it's like to be a woman in a mostly male industry

    Posted December 1, 2010 - 2:59 pm

    Think it's easier for a woman to get ahead in the security field now than it was a decade ago? Maybe not.
  • WikiLeak founder sex charges completely unrelated to Cablegate

    Posted December 1, 2010 - 11:18 am

    Despite a quick retraction by one alleged victim and questions about leaks and improper police procedure, Interpol issued an APB for WikiLeaks founder based on rape charges in Sweden.
  • WikiLeaks moves to Amazon cloud to weather DDOS attacks

    Posted December 1, 2010 - 10:22 am

    A hacker called TheJester is claiming credit for DDOS attacks that periodically brought down the WikiLeaks site yesterday, after it published secret U.S. diplomatic cables.
  • Does Acer need a dose of Ritalin?

    Posted November 30, 2010 - 10:25 pm

    In recent days, Acer has announced Windows 7 and Android tablets, Windows Phone 7 and Android handsets, unspecified MeeGo devices, and a dual screen notebook - and that's not even including their previously announced products. Is this a sign of brilliance or desperation?
  • Mobile users ditch browsers, use apps instead

    Posted November 30, 2010 - 5:50 pm

    A new study shows consumers under 35 would rather use focused apps rather than browsers on mobile devices; so forget the browser UIs for new mobile end-user apps.
  • How digital technology gets the news out of North Korea

    Posted November 30, 2010 - 5:27 pm

    The girl in the video looks like she's about 12 years old. Thin, dirty and with a vacant look on her face, she tells the cameraman that she's actually 23 and she survives by foraging for grass to sell to wealthier families for their rabbits.
  • Employees armed with Facebook, smartphones among biggest company boosters

    Posted November 30, 2010 - 3:50 pm

    Employees are more likely to advocate for their companies if they’re optimistic about technology, though IT pros themselves aren't especially big corporate boosters according to a new Forrester Research study.
  • EU investigates Google for the wrong offenses

    Posted November 30, 2010 - 2:16 pm

    Rather than looking into antitrust, the EU should investigate Google's privacy practices, as much to show the rest of IT what its risk is as to reveal anything about Google.
  • US Army takes on Taliban with 'smart' bullets

    Posted November 30, 2010 - 12:14 pm

    The US Army is about to deploy to Afghanistan a new type of high-tech gun, the ‘bullets’ for which contain chips that allow them to be guided to explode over the heads of an enemy at precise distances.
  • Virgin's Project iPad-only magazine launches - does it stand a chance?

    Posted November 29, 2010 - 8:33 pm

    The concept behind the latest digital forays that both Virgin and Newscorp are making is simple: a tablet-specific and app-based magazine/newspaper with unique and exclusive content. The question is: will users care enough to pay for it when the rest of the web is instantly available?
  • Iran nuclear scientist killed; Ahmadinejad claims Stuxnet sabotage

    Posted November 29, 2010 - 5:21 pm

    With Iran and Syria racing for nukes, and North Korea selling to all comers, it may be better to have a virus that can knock out someone else's nuclear plants.
  • Sprint's pre-paid smartphones, MiFi make tempting options

    Posted November 29, 2010 - 3:49 pm

    Sprint's two pre-paid brands (Virgin Mobile and Boostmobile) now offer contract-free/pre-paid smartphones and mobile broadband solutions (MiFi, EVDO) at very competitive rate options compared and with good service - making them an interesting choice for data on the go.
  • Gartner downgrades from previous forecasts for PC shipments

    Posted November 29, 2010 - 2:53 pm

    Global PC shipments should hit 352.4 million units this year, a 14.3 percent increase over 2009, according to a new preliminary forecast released Monday by Gartner, Inc.
  • What phone should I buy?

    Posted November 26, 2010 - 2:59 pm

    I need a phone that's good at email, has a good network, decent apps and Web browsing and won't put me in the poorhouse. I come to the geeknoscenti for recommendations.
  • Researcher projects 11% hike in online holiday spending

    Posted November 24, 2010 - 4:03 pm

    Online researcher comScore is projecting that online sales will increase by 11% during the 2010 holiday shopping season.
  • Mobile devices have not supplanted laptops, yet

    Posted November 24, 2010 - 1:33 pm

    The survey showing young users hit the Web more often using phones than computers is wrong for the U.S., but IT had better move fast to stay ahead of the same trend here that has changed things overseas.
  • Random Hacks of Kindness weekend set for developers

    Posted November 23, 2010 - 10:04 pm

    Google, Microsoft, Yahoo shepherd event to build software for disaster risk management.
  • Really young kids really want an iPad for holidays

    Posted November 23, 2010 - 7:38 pm

    Know what your children want for the holidays more than anything in the world? You guessed it: to spend more quality time with you. And a brand new library card.
  • Verizon makes makes bid to let fox guard henhouse

    Posted November 23, 2010 - 4:19 pm

    Verizon's latest suggestion to ensure net neutrality is to suggest non-telecom vendors are to blame for network throttling and eliminate "anticipatory" limits on its behavior.
  • Social CRM, enterprise 2.0 and the complete business

    Posted November 23, 2010 - 2:47 pm

    There has been a good bit of back and forth going on lately after the recent Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara about the terms e2.0, social CRM and social business. I'm getting tired of the argument frankly, all of the terms have a place in what has been happening and they each describe a piece of what I think has to become a "whole". Social CRM and programs that deal with the "social customer" are the new "black" this year. And why not, every business wants to get closer to its customers, right? There are some great success stories about everything from using consumer based social communications channels like Facebook and Twitter for marketing, support and sales to building community based support through peer-to-peer networks. Social is gaining traction all across customer facing functions in many organizations and companies are starting to realize that the social customer expects companies to interact with them "when, where and how" the customer chooses.
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