Living in Tech

The latest gadgets, games and toys, not to mention the generally cool stuff we do outside of work.

Silk Road: A Lesson in Information Security

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By now you know how the Silk Road, an online marketplace for all things illegal and semi-legal, has been shuttered by the FBI. Ross William Ulbricht, the alleged owner of the anonymously hosted website, is in a lot of trouble. Ulbricht was caught for a number of reasons, but what first brought him to the attention of the authorities was likely a simple Internet search. After that, the authorities were easily able to connect the dots between Ulbricht’s allegedly different… continue…

Yes, The iPhone Fingerprint Scanner Jeopardizes Privacy. So What?

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Apple’s decision to include a fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5S and presumably the next generation iPad, has been met with a certain level of righteous indignation from privacy advocates. If the phone stores your fingerprint, then it doesn’t take much of a leap to figure out that it could send your fingerprint to any law enforcement or intelligence agency with an appropriate loosely worded subpoena. Fingerprinting is for criminals – I am not one, ergo the government has no… continue…

Can Chen Make a Miracle at BlackBerry?

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If a turnaround is possible at BlackBerry, John Chen, former CEO of enterprise mobility firm Sybase, is being touted as the man who can lead it. Indeed, he’s being called the type of leader the troubled smartphone vendor should have tapped when co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis stepped down in late 2011. On Monday, the company said a buyout by a consortium led by hedge fund Fairfax Financial Holdings isn’t happening. Instead, Fairfax is helping put together a $1… continue…

Google’s Pay-Per-Gaze Intriguing, But Needs Foundation

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Not long ago, Google filed a patent for pay-per-gaze technology. The technology, which allows Google to assign advertising revenue to content providers based on a reader’s glances, is big news for content providers who are tired of giving up free space to advertisers. But it may be a lot more impactful than that. The obvious weakness of the pay-per-gaze framework, other than privacy, is that it requires an always-on camera — if you think real-time monitoring of a user’s eye-movement… continue…

How to Hire the Next Steve Jobs

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Nolan Bushnell knows how to spot talent. Among the hires he made two years after he founded Atari in 1972 was an intense and difficult young man who wasn’t fond of bathing. His name was Steve Jobs. In fact, Bushnell was one of the very few bosses Jobs ever had, and the two were close friends for decades. In Finding the Next Steve Jobs (written with Gene Stone), Bushnell  reveals his strategies for identifying out-of-the-box thinkers who can propel a company forward… continue…

Congressional Shenanigans Dent Tech Spending

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Forrester Research is revising its projections for 2013 U.S. tech spending to be lower than it earlier predicted. Now, the researcher believes spending will increase by just 3.9 percent rather than 5.7 percent. The federal budget sequester, the government shutdown and the threat of default negatively impacted the economy and had indirect impacts on CIOs. Federal IT spending declined from a peak of $80 billion in 2010 to $70 billion during the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, according to… continue…

Zuckerberg Plans Hackathon to Spur Immigration Reform

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Continuing its efforts to focus attention on immigration reform, Mark Zuckerberg’s political advocacy group FWD.us plans a hackathon for tech-savvy undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. At the hackathon, tech luminaries such as Zuckerberg, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, DropBox founder Drew Houston and Groupon’s Andrew Mason will work alongside the young participants. “Each team will create a project or application that could help supporters share stories, contact members of Congress or show family and friends why they want… continue…

An Internet Pioneer Is Worried About the Future

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Jaron Lanier, the dreadlocked digital media pioneer who is sometimes referred to as “the father of virtual reality,” has been looking hard at the online world we now live in, and he doesn’t like what he sees…even though he freely admits he helped create it. In clear, engaging, and for the most part non-partisan language, he worries about a future of digital haves—the Silicon Valley elites whose super servers collect our valuable online behavior—and have nots—all of us who freely… continue…

The Gardening, Accordion-Playing Tech Consultant

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John Buczkowski, who hails from St. Catharines, Ont., came to Boston’s Northeastern University on a rowing scholarship. After he received both bachelors and master’s degrees in Computer Science he stuck around, eventually landing in South Boston and working for, among others, Lotus. Over the past few years, he’s built a successful consulting company with plenty of repeat business. What makes him a true geek? Aside from his computer fluency, he’s also a passionate gardener and avid accordion player. He’s played… continue…

Tech Humor? We’ll Have a Second Helping, Thanks

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What was the worst computer ever? Was it the Commodore VIC 20? Or perhaps the eMachines eTower 366c? According to the tech support team in the movie The Internship, it’s Compaq Presario Elite – the very computer Owen Wilson brings, with pride, to use at his new position at Google. We’re excited to share that Dice has been given access to an exclusive clip from The Internship movie. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson star as two laid off salesmen who… continue…