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LEGO Figures Make Perfect Cable Holders

Lifehacker--Who knew that LEGO designed their figures' hands perfectly to hold Apple lightning and other types of cables? Stick a LEGO brick on your desk, attach LEGO figure(s), and, voilà, an ingenious cord-catching solution.
February 06, 2018 Go to Lifehacker

CES 2018: What happened to last year's show hits?

CNET--Every January, gadget firms make a splash at CES. But what happens to those products afterwards?
February 05, 2018 Go to CNET

I used the Google Pixelbook as my only laptop at CES - and it completely converted me

Android Police - Android news, reviews, apps, games, phones, tablets--The Google Pixelbook is a truly excellent piece of hardware, as I stated in my review of it over two months ago. The refrain so often heard about Chromebooks, though, is that Chrome OS's limited application ecosystem prevents it from being a "serious" laptop operating system. As someone who frequently travels and has to be mobile as part of my job, I thought I'd put Google's laptop to the test in
January 24, 2018 Go to Android Police - Android ...

Why Microsoft Resurrected A 15-Year-Old Mouse

Co.Design--Microsoft tried to kill its familiar corded IntelliMouse Explorer years ago. But the most discerning pointing device users on the planet weren’t willing to give it up.
January 17, 2018 Go to Co.Design

The one thing everybody forgets about Gartner's hype cycle, even in martech - Chief Marketing Technologist

Chief Marketing Technologist--The Gartner hype cycle is one of the more brilliant insights ever uncovered in the history of technology. I rank it right up there with Moore’s Law and Christensen’s model of disruptive innovation from below. Gartner’s hype cycle describe a 5-stage pattern that almost all new technologies follow: A technology trigger introduces new possibilities — …
January 10, 2018 Go to Chief Marketing Technolog...

Ten years in, nobody has come up with a use for blockchain

Medium--Everyone says the blockchain, the technology underpinning cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, is going to change EVERYTHING. And yet, after
December 23, 2017 Go to Medium

From Porn Sites to Starbucks Wi-Fi, CPUs Are Getting Hijacked to Mine Cryptocoins

Gizmodo--It’s one thing to wake up and discover that you missed the boat on a cryptocurrency boom that’s making a handful of people very wealthy. It’s another thing to find out that your computer is making someone else rich while it gives you poor performance and jacks up your electricity bill. With the spread of cryptojacking, that infuriating scenario is happening to more people.
December 14, 2017 Go to Gizmodo

Watch Out! Difficult-to-Detect Phishing Attack Can Steal Your Apple ID Password

The Hacker News--This Difficult-to-Detect Phishing Attack Can Easily Steal Your Apple ID Password
October 11, 2017 Go to The Hacker News

iPhone 8: Apple's Middle Child

WSJ--Where does the shiny new iPhone 8 fit in when there’s a flagship iPhone X and cheaper iPhone 7 models for sale?
September 27, 2017 Go to WSJ

Using Let's Encrypt with IIS on Windows

--Let's Encrypt is a new open source certificate authority that promises to provide free SSL certificates in a standardized, API accessible and non-commercial way.
September 20, 2017 Go to article

With Torrent Sites Facing the Heat, Pirates Get Creative

NDTV Gadgets360.com-- As crackdown on torrent sites continues around the world, people who are pirating TV shows and movies are having to get a little more creative. Cloud storage services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and Kim Dotcom's Mega are some of the popular ones that are being used to distribute copyrighted content, according to DMCA takedown requests reviewed by Gadgets 360.
September 07, 2017 Go to NDTV Gadgets360.com

This VR cycle is dead

TechCrunch--"...the war is no longer trying to discover who is Betamax and who is VHS, now they’re just trying to ensure that high-end VR doesn’t turn out to be LaserDisc."
September 03, 2017 Go to TechCrunch

How I replicated an $86 million project in 57 lines of code

Medium--When an experiment with existing open source technology does a “good enough” job
August 30, 2017 Go to Medium

8 ways to repurpose an old iPhone

CNET--Before you decide to sell your unwanted iPhone, consider finding other ways to put it to good use.
August 26, 2017 Go to CNET

FCC is reconsidering its speed threshold for broadband access

Light Reading--The very definition of consumer broadband service is evolving, and not just because the FCC is reconsidering its speed threshold for when Internet access legally becomes broadband access.
August 25, 2017 Go to Light Reading

Save Time With 7 iPhone Shortcuts

WSJ--Close apps faster, scroll faster, even charge your phone faster with these tricks from The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern.
August 25, 2017 Go to WSJ

This Battery Breakthrough Could Change Everything | Backchannel

WIRED--The green-tech guru is backing an energy storage breakthrough that could power the future.
August 19, 2017 Go to WIRED