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FCC Report Suggests U.S. Broadband Remains Speedy

The FCC’s data claims that the actual speed of high-speed services is pretty close to the advertised speed. continue…

Online Dating Costs You More Privacy Than You Think

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Here’s a heads up to the millions of people looking for love on line: Your security and privacy are probably at risk. Many of the most popular dating sites are playing fast and loose with your romantic avatars. Some of them are susceptible to hackers and, to paraphrase a Microsoft cybersecurity expert, anything that you post on line is pretty much permanent after 20 minutes, whether you’ve deleted the file or not. Still feeling brave? A few more facts, then.… continue…

A New Niche for Mobile Developers

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If you’re bored creating routine mobile apps and want to massively diversify your skill set, consider exploring the Internet of Things, or IoT. The Internet of Things is a parallel world of machine-to machine traffic that replaces human data input, such as touching keys on a smartphone, with sensors. The sensors take data from the physical world and connect it to the Internet via microcontrollers, small-footprint computers, radios, modems and routers. The data can then be stored on servers, acted… continue…

Our New Guidelines on Discussions and Comments

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I’ve written in the past about the guidelines we publish to make sure conversations and comments on Dice are courteous and on-point. (You can read them here.) Many of these are obvious: be courteous, don’t harass people, don’t say or link to anything that’s obscene, don’t spam, don’t violate laws. Our moderators review comments with the assumption that each one is relevant but, of course, that sometimes turns out not to be the case. Since deciding these things always involves… continue…

Can Atari’s Vintage Games Rescue IE?

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How do you transcend a negative impression, especially when it’s deserved? Over the years Microsoft left users determined to do their Web surfing with anything but IE. In November, IE generated just 15.1 percent of browser usage, according to w3schools.com. Ten years earlier, it generated more than 83 percent. Why the plunge? By failing to innovate, Microsoft earned little for IE besides Web-wide derision. No longer willing to hold last place in the browser race, last summer the company finally… continue…

Kink.com’s CTO Shares the Tech Behind the Scenes

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In 1996, shortly after he came from England to get a Ph.D. in Finance at Columbia University, Peter Acworth read about a fireman who made millions selling pornographic pictures on the Internet. Acworth enjoys BDSM, and knew he wasn’t the only kinky person on the planet. The nascent Internet porn industry wasn’t meeting his needs, and he was sure that if he felt that way, millions of others did as well. He began to build what could be the most… continue…

Should Peer-to-Peer Movie Pirates Be Punished?

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With all the hoopla over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there’s another event happening this week that isn’t getting much attention. It begins today, when AT&T, Time Warner and other broadband providers are going to start enforcing their “Six-Strikes” approach to stopping illegal copies of movies, TV shows and other content from being downloaded from peer networking sites. Haven’t heard about this yet? Read on. My friend and supplier The Movie Pirate is worried. “What can they do to me?”… continue…

What I Learned from a Week in the 19th Century

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Nothing makes you appreciate technology more than riding out a hurricane. Even though I live some 60 miles from the Atlantic coast, the winds whipping through my corner of Pennsylvania were enough to knock out power to some 850,000 people. It was like a week in the 19th Century — no lights, no running water, no heat, no Internet and no cell service. You don’t really appreciate mobile devices until you can’t call anyone and there’s no weather service to… continue…

Samsung’s New Chromebook: A Low-Performing Bargain

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Google’s new Chromebook, manufactured by its trusty hardware partner Samsung, comes with a 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 display, Samsung Exynos 5 Dual processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage space, VGA webcam, 2 USB ports, one HDMI port and a battery that can last 6.5 hours. The specifications are very decent, but the success of the device will ultimately depend on how many people are willing to spend money on a computer with a browser-based operating system. Although the offline capabilities of Google… continue…

Pandora Stock Dives on Apple Music Service Rumors

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Reports that Apple is preparing an Internet streaming-radio service fed a plunge in Pandora Media’s stock price Thursday — 9 percent to hit a record low of $7.50 before finishing the day at $8.20. That’s a far cry from the company’s $16 IPO price in June 2011. It might be premature to call 2012 Pandora’s annus horribilus, a lot can change over the next two months and 2013, when Apple’s music streaming service is expected to launch, could prove things… continue…