The Magicstick Mobile Charger is a handy little device for keeping a smartphone charged and ready when away from a power source. However, some might find the $49.99 price a little steep.
When away from home, most of us can charge our mobile devices in our cars, or if we have a desk job, at the office either using a USB port on our computer or through an outlet. But what about folks who take mass transit to work? [...]
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The lawsuit filed by patent troll Rockstar Consortium Inc. on Halloween against Google and at least five makers of Android handsets is about much more than merely the tons of money that would be reaped if the Rockstar cartel prevails. Mainly, it’s about gaining a competitive edge that could result in increased market share down the road.
It might be a good idea to take a look at the five companies that make up the Rockstar consortium to see what [...]
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FOSS Week in Review
Swiss cloud with, presumably, no holes
Back when the Edward Snowden brouhaha first began, we said that this was going to have serious repercussions on the tech sector here in the United States, especially after it became evident that Microsoft was actively working with the spooks by allegedly designing back doors into their operating system and keeping federal intelligence agents informed about unpatched security holes that could be used against foreign governments and “terrorist,” which now [...]
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The results of our “One Size Fits All” poll on phone and PC interfaces are in. Once again, we find that our thinking doesn’t match the majority.
Microsoft got themselves in a heck of a mess when they insisted their users should happily adopt their phone interface on their desktops. This didn’t work out well, with Windows PC users pretty much refusing to upgrade to Windows 8. Since then, Microsoft has backed down somewhat with version 8.1, but it’s too [...]
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FOSS Week in Review
NSA: Locking the barn door after the horse is stolen
On Monday, Reuters reported in an exclusive story that the NSA had failed to install some super duper software meant specifically to protect the agency from inside threats at the site in Hawaii where Eric Snowden downloaded thousands of classified documents. In other words, after spending who knows how much taxpayer money developing internal security software, made by Raytheon by the way, and getting it installed [...]
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