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More Tech Industry Opinion

  • Opinion: CES 2012: 5 Trends To Watch

    The Consumer Electronics Show kicks off in Las Vegas next Tuesday, and gadget makers are getting ready to show off their latest tech products for the coming year.

  • Opinion: After Go Daddy Reversal, Reddit Users Target Republican Senator

    Reddit users, emboldened by their efforts to get Go Daddy to drop its support for the Stop Online Piracy Act, want to use their newfound political momentum to force a sitting senator out of office. The campaign, dubbed "Operation Cork Screw," hopes to oust Senator Bob Corker, one of 40 co-sponsors of the Protect IP Act, the Senate version of SOPA.

  • Opinion: GoDaddy Drops Support for SOPA, Avoids Backlash, Boycott

    Domain registrar GoDaddy has pulled its support for the controversial Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) after several high-profile clients threaten to leave the company. GoDaddy announced the about face on the controversial bill in a press release sent out on Friday.

  • Opinion: 2012 predictions: What to expect in technology in 2012

    Our special 200th issue of PC Advisor includes a look back at the ground we’ve covered over the past 16 years. But let’s briefly look forward to the immediate future of computer technologies we can expect to see over the coming year.

  • Opinion: Viacom, EFF Are Odd Bedfellows in South Park Video Fair Use Lawsuit

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and media giant Viacom haven't always seen eye to eye in the past on the fair use of copyrighted material on the Internet, but a case currently in the courts that involves the parody of a viral video has made the pair allies.

  • Opinion: AT&T, T-Mobile Merger Collapse a Victory for Consumers

    After months of wrangling against opposition from the FTC and the Justice Department, AT&T has finally admitted defeat in its attempt to take over rival cell carrier T-Mobile. By canceling the $39 billion deal, AT&T stands to lose almost $4 billion in cancelation fees to T-Mobile and, more importantly, has failed to eliminate one of its cell carrier rivals. While the deal's collapse is bad for AT&T, though, it should be cause of celebration for consumers.

  • Opinion: The Case for SOPA Legislation

    The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has constantly been described as "controversial." But if you've been reading much from the tech part of the web, you're probably wondering what's so controversial about it--after all, it seems like nobody actually supports it, except for several U.S. House representatives.

  • Opinion: Google Donates $850,000 to Restore Bletchley Park

    Google has donated £550,000 ($850,000) to restore Bletchley Park, the famous WWII era site where the German Enigma code was cracked and most of modern cryptography and computing theory was developed. The donation will go towards repairs of the site which is, in some of its structures, in danger of collapse.

  • Opinion: NTSB Wants Gadget Makers' Help on Driver Cellphone Ban

    The National Transportation Safety Board hopes gadget makers will add new features to their devices that encourage people to stop using portable electronic devices while driving. The NTSB recommended that all 50 states enact laws that bar drivers from using portable electronic devices of any kind while operating a vehicle.

  • Opinion: Channel your negative thoughts

    Being connected allows us to take advantage of all sorts of things: above all else, the web is an exceptional source of information. But it also lets us channel our negative thoughts.

  • Opinion: How to Fight Irrelevance in the Digital Age

    At this point, it's fair to say that the company that gave us the "Kodak moment" has had its moment in the sun. With its once-pricey shares now selling at around $1, Eastman Kodak is bleeding over $70 million dollars a month, making Canada's browbeaten Research in Motion look fit as a fiddle by comparison.

  • Opinion: Computer History Museum Launches Online Steve Jobs Exhibit

    The Computer History Museum launched an online exhibit about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs on Monday.

  • Opinion: Can I Post Videos that Use Other People's Music on Youtube?

    Spiderowych asked the Answer Line forum if it's legal to post a remix of copyrighted songs on Youtube.

  • Opinion: AT&T Hits FCC Roadblock on Path to Acquire T-Mobile

    The FCC held a hearing this week to investigate the proposed acquisition of T-Mobile by wireless rival AT&T. The end result is that the deal does not have the support of the FCC.

  • Opinion: New Apple Patent Hints at MacBook-Tablet Hybrid

    You don't need to be a Steve Jobs to see that as laptops become ever thinner and tablets become more and more popular, convergence of the products is inevitable. As that day approaches, Apple is preparing to be ready for it.

  • Opinion: RIAA Demands ReDigi Stop Sales of 'Used' Tunes

    You may not have heard of ReDigi, the used digital music store that's putting some re-sale value into people's old downloads, but the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certainly has. And they're...not too pleased.

  • Opinion: Spam Researchers Help Bust Global Cybercrime Ring

    When law enforcement authorities took down this week an international ring of Internet grifters who allegedly scammed more than $14 million from their victims, a key element of their crackdown was a spam database maintained by the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

  • Opinion: iPhone User Calls 911 5 Times to Report Broken Phone

    An Illinois man who was arrested after repeatedly calling 911 to complain about his broken iPhone is a fine illustration of the dangers of drinking and dialing.

  • Opinion: Putting Humpty Dumpty Together Again

    The recent challenge issued by DARPA to reassemble shredded documents seems like trying to put Humpty Dumpty together again. Why would government need to reassemble shredded records? Because troops in war zones confiscate the remains of destroyed or shredded documents that contain valuable information. DARPA is seeking the best technologies for document reconstruction, and has issued a Shredder Challenge to computer scientists, puzzle enthusiasts and anyone else who likes solving complex problems." Although reconstruction techniques ranging from manual assembly to computerized algorithms already exist, by issuing this challenge, DARPA is looking to gain insights into the most efficient solutions.

  • Opinion: Profiles in Geekdom: Ben Heck, Serial Modder

    If you enjoy tinkering with gadgets, Ben Heck is one name you're probably familiar with. Ben--his full name is Benjamin Heckendorn--is a serial modder, best known for his various console hacks. In addition to creating assorted mods and DIY projects, Ben also runs a successful video podcast, element14's The Ben Heck Show, where readers can submit hack challeneges for him to solve.



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