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The Bogeyman is Here for Your Phone

posted Sunday Jun 6, 2010 by Scott Ertz

The Bogeyman is Here for Your Phone

Dan Morrill, Google's open source and compatibility manager for Android, wrote a very long blog post this week, essentially saying that I'm wrong and a fear monger. While I do enjoy scaring the crap out of you, I don't know if the best way to make a point is to attack the people who are going to pass your point on. Here's what happened.

For a few months, people like myself, have been talking about the problem of fragmentation in Android, and how it could ultimately destroy the platform. Morrill took this as a personal attack, apparently, and went on the defensive, saying,

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FCC Sending Routers to Volunteers to Test True Broadband Speeds

posted Saturday Jun 5, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

FCC Sending Routers to Volunteers to Test True Broadband Speeds

Did you know: 80% of Americans don't know the advertised speed of their own internet connection and less than 30% know the actual speed? It's okay though, the FCC doesn't either. Because of this, the Federal Communications Commission wants YOU (and 9,999 other volunteers) to help them test true broadband speeds by sending you a free, special and shiny router to hook up in your house.

The feds are teaming up with SamKnows, who has done a lot of similar work in the UK, to put together a realistic broadband map of the United States, in order to roll-out their National Broadband Plan with facts instead of fairy dust and magic beanstalks.

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Republicans and Democrats Agree: Net Neutrality Up to Congress

posted Saturday Jun 5, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Republicans and Democrats Agree: Net Neutrality Up to Congress

Last week, over 70 Democrats sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, stating that they should not move forward with their plan to reclassify Internet Service Providers as common carriers. This week, over 170 Republicans did the same thing.

The letter, signed by Joe Barton, Republican of Texas and ranking member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Cliff Sterns, Republican of Florida and ranking member of that committee's subcommittee on the Internet, was sent to the Honorable Julius Genachowski on Friday, signed by 169 others in agreeance.

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Games for PSP Go Free, DSi Drops it Low

posted Friday Jun 4, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Games for PSP Go Free, DSi Drops it Low

PSP and PSP Go sales have seen a decline in the past year, so Sony has decided to up the ante to boost hardware sales. The company will now be offering cheap or even free games along with the sale of the device.

Sony Computer Entertainment America is releasing a new line called PSP Favorites, which will contain several popular games for only $9.99. They will include:

  • Ape Escape: On the Loose
  • Buzz! Master Quiz
  • Hot Shots Golf Open Tee
  • LocoRoco 2
  • Patapon 2
  • PixelJunk Monster Deluxe
  • SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo
  • Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow
  • Twisted Metal: Head On
  • Justice League Heroes
  • Manhunt 2
  • Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play
  • Pinball Hall of Fame: Williams Collection
  • Silent Hill: Origins
  • Sims 2
  • The Warriors

Hit the break for more great deals!

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Young People Protect Themselves From You

posted Sunday May 30, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Young People Protect Themselves From You

With all of the changes Facebook has been making recently and the Buzz about Google Maps, Internet privacy has been a big topic on everyone's mind. The widely held belief was that young people would be uninterested or unmotivated to change their privacy settings to prevent the world from knowing things about them. Well, those people were all wrong, according to a new study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

According to Mary Madden, a researcher for Pew,

Search engines and social media sites now play a central role in building one's identity online. Many users are learning and refining their approach as they go, changing privacy settings on profiles, customizing who can see certain updates and deleting unwanted information about them that appears online. Contrary to the popular perception that younger users embrace a laissez-faire attitude about their online reputations, young adults are often more vigilant than older adults when it comes to managing their online identities.

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Google Knows Where You Keep Your Porn

posted Sunday May 30, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Google Knows Where You Keep Your Porn

Google has come on hard times recently, at least as far as the world is concerned. Basically the entire globe has banded together to try and take out our future Internet overlords over at Google. Here's the short list:

  • United States
  • Britain
  • Germany
  • Czech Republic
  • Italy
  • France
  • Hong Kong

Here's what's going on. Everyone knows about Google's Street View cars that drive around the world taking pictures of your house and your work and your gang violence. What you might not have known about was the fact that Google has also been keeping track of your WiFi. That's right, they have been sniffing the air looking for any unsecured WiFi networks and logging their location. They have become the corporate equivalent of a stray dog.

Needless to say most of the world's governments are concerned about Google's air humping and the breach of privacy it entails. Imagine, if you will, being the guy with an unsecured network at home and now Google has told the world that it's there. How easy would it then be for hackers to sit outside your house and steal your data. Or, even worse, commit cyber crime logged to your house. This is just asking for trouble.

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