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  • 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.

  • Opinion: Volunteers needed to teach computer skills to the homeless

    Homeless charity Crisis is looking for volunteers to donate their skills and a little time to help homeless people in London over the festive season.

  • Opinion: HP is Ready to Get Back to Business

    After a crazy year for HP that included a failed tablet, a hasty decision to abandon the PC business (a decision now abandoned), and a CEO shakeup, the company seems eager to get back to business as usual.

  • Opinion: Google's Latest Buys Can Boost Its Sites for Business

    Google has spent more than $1.4 billion on online properties and businesses in the last nine months. The Web has been buzzing about its purchase of the Zagat restaurant review brand, but the true goldmine for small businesses is with the new Google Offers.

  • Opinion: Nintendo Takes $927 Million Loss, Far Worse than Original Forecast

    This can't be good: Nintendo's earnings statement for the first six months of its fiscal year (April to September) is out, and the numbers are far worse than the company predicted they'd be back in July. According to The Guardian, it'll also add up to the company's first annual loss in over three decades. The last time Nintendo posted an annual loss? 1981.

  • Opinion: Windows tablets: doomed to fail?

    Microsoft has been pushing tablets since the early 1990s, with little or no success. So will Windows tablets ever succeed?

  • Opinion: Internet Trolls: The Psychology Behind the Rants

    The Internet has long been a virtual playground for exercising anger, especially when it comes to consumers' relationships with businesses. Now, a psychology professor at University of the Rockies has examined the motivations of these chronic Web complainers and found a loophole in social media for companies looking to minimize damage and explore business opportunities.

  • Opinion: ITC Deals HTC Setback in Apple Patent War

    While Apple continues business as usual with the launch of iOS 5, iCloud, and the iPhone 4S, and Android marches on with the unveiling of Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich", a war between iOS and Android is being waged in courtrooms around the world. In one of those battles--between Apple and HTC--it seems that Apple has the upper hand following a decision from the US International Trade Commission (ITC).

  • Opinion: Steve Jobs Biography: 5 Tidbits You Need To Read

    Did you know that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs hated Android, Google's mobile operating system? I mean, really, really hated Android. How about the fact that the Apple II's design was inspired by a kitchen appliance and that Jobs never truly respected Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates as an innovator? That's just a taste of some of the interesting things about Jobs that are packed into the book Steve Jobs by noted biographer Walter Isaacson.

  • Opinion: Discovery Channel Airing Steve Jobs Documentary Sunday

    The Discovery Channel will be airing a one-hour documentary on Steve Jobs Sunday, hosted by Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman of Mythbusters fame.

  • Opinion: Web porn ban: what does it really mean?

    ISPs BT, Sky, Talk Talk and Virgin are to offer web users the opportunity of viewing pornography from their smartphones, laptops and desktop PCs. But why, and what does it actually mean?

  • Opinion: Ask the GeekTechers: How Steve Jobs Impacted Our Lives

    It seems weird, to some extent, to reflect on the life of a man few in tech blogging knew personally. But Steve Jobs had an enormous impact on the world we live in. We write using computers that bear his influence and call on phones that have his virtual fingerprints all over them--regardless of the logo on the back. And we live in a world that bears Steve's indelible mark.

  • Opinion: Adios amigo

    At Macworld 2002 in New York City, I watched Steve Jobs stride onto stage without introduction and immediately launch into one of his trademark keynotes. His black sweater and jeans look--a deliberate nose-thumbing at the suit/jacket/tie corporate uniform--suited his seemingly off-the-cuff presentation. Apple Computer, as they were then known, was making its popular new consumer device, the iPod, compatible with Windows, something the Mac maniacs in the audience applauded. They applauded everything, even announced price-hikes.

  • Opinion: Tech, Political Leaders Respond to Steve Jobs' Death

    Numerous technology and political leaders have issued public statements praising the accomplishments of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died Wednesday. The leaders of Adobe and Samsung, two companies that have had rocky relationships with Apple, offered their condolences as well.

  • Opinion: Apple Chairman Steve Jobs Dies at Age 56

    Apple Chairman Steve Jobs has dies at Age 56, according to reports. The Apple.com website is featuring Steve Jobs with the dates 1955 -2011.

  • Opinion: Profiles in Geekdom: Ben Huh, Cheezburger Network

    If you browse the Web frequently and still haven't chuckled at a lolcat, the "O RLY?" owl, or an epic fail photo, where have you been? The popularity of cute, funny, or weird photos with bold white captions has exploded. While these sorts of memes can be found on various websites, the biggest group of meme sites is the Cheezburger Network.

  • Opinion: Apple's iPhone 4S announcement crashes popular sites

    If you had trouble getting updates on this morning's iPhone 4S Apple keynote, you weren't alone. Almost every major tech news site suffered at least some downtime during the introduction of the new iPhone 4S.

  • Opinion: Better rural mobile coverage? Make the mobile operators pay

    Spending public money to improve mobile connectivity to rural areas lets profitable mobile operators off the hook.



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