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Nokia Causes Our Next Tech Acquisition

It seems every time I look around, a tech company is buying another tech company. Think about how often we've seen this in the last several years. It happened again. It was just announced phone maker Nokia acquiring health tech company Withings. Since 2008, Withings have made health based watches, fitness bands, sleep trackers, thermometers, and scales. The acquisition is worth $192 million and will include headquarters in Cambridge, MA, Paris and Hong Kong. Nokia, one of the top phone [...]

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British Airways Airplane Hit By Drone

Since the drone is a huge technological trend, the FAA implied strict rules to keep drones away from flying aircraft. Maybe the European Union and other European governments need to do the same thing. A few days ago, British Airways Flight 727 was hit by a drone. The flight was from Geneva, Switzerland to London Heathrow Airport. In fact, the plane approached Heathrow when the drone hit. The Metropolitan Police (Britain's version of the FBI) confirmed a drone hit the [...]

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Verizon on Strike

Starting at 6am this morning, about 39,000 Verizon employees from Massachusetts to Virginia went on strike. The strike is over new contract issues that are over eight months old. The workers are members of unions Communication Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. They're Verizon electricians, installers, costumer service representatives, repairmen, drivers, and other employees. They represent nine states and the District of Columbia. Most of them put down landline services and FIOS Internet services. Keith Pruce is [...]

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Japan Wants Fingerprint Security

These are crazy time we're living in. I read an article of how the EU wants visa requirements for Americans and Canadians just to visit Europe, even it's just for a weekend. Japan wants to go even further, using today's technology for identification purposes. This year, Japan, the nation that gave us the robot greeter,  will test fingerprint systems for identification and security purposes. If this is successfully, the only way tourists will be able to buy or sell is [...]

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North Korea Is At It Again

North Korea is at it again. Dictator Kim Jong Un is using technology to further isolate and oppress his own people. He's using it to threaten and intimidate the rest of the world. First off, North Korea's capital, Pyongyang, announced it's total blockage of Facebook, You Tube, Twitter, and all South Korean websites. They're also banning gambling and hard core pornography sites. For most North Koreans, they already have little or no online access. But visitors enjoyed basic, but heavily [...]

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FBI Spills the Secrets

Not so long ago, the FBI got a huge one-up on Apple over the iPhone unlocking case. It was revealed they no longer need Apple's backing, permission, knowledge, or approval to crack codes: they can do so on their own. The FBI says they will teach local law enforcement agencies all over the country this mysterious trick of unlocking phones. The fact that local police are asking how the Feds did it is should say enough. In a statement, the [...]

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Flash Drives vs North Korea

Over the last several months, tensions between the USA and communist country North Korea have escalated. North Korea even sent a satellite that flew over the Super Bowl. And it wasn't a friendly gesture. Now, someone has come up with a way to deal with the most isolated nation in the world: flash drives! At the South by Southwest festival, there was a booth called Flash Drives for Freedom. They had a display where visitors can put a flash drive in [...]

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Google Reaches Out To Terror Attack Victims

On the morning of March 22, 2016, terrorists struck Brussels, Belgium. Bombs were exploded in Brussels' Zaventem Airport, the region's main international airport and Maalbeck Metro Station, the city's downtown rail hub. As of this writing, 34 people are confirmed dead and over 250 are injured. Terror group ISIS claimed responsibility. In the wake of this tragedy, Google announced it will offer free calls made to Belgium and Turkey through programs Hangouts, Hangouts Dialer and Google Voice. Landline calls to [...]

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Obama Wants Techies To Make A Better Nation

President Barak Obama was the main event speaker at the SXSW South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas this week. President Obama urged the attendants to use technology to make America a better place and to face America's greatest challenges today. Such challenges include online terrorism, cyber security and education. He told the 2,000 plus attendees he's recruiting them to find new ways to solve our greatest challenges. The event was held at Palmer Events Center downtown. This is part [...]

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Email Inventor Passes Away

Ray Tomlinson passed away  Saturday at age 74. Some of you may have never heard of this man or his accomplishments. That needs to change. Ray Tomlinson invented the email. He was the first to choose the @ symbol for electronic messaging. He accomplished this before many of us were even born. In 1971, he was the first to use a direct electronic message, at a time when messages were conducted only on limited networks. Decades later, Tomlinson recalled the [...]

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