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Digital surveillance ‘worse than Orwell’, says new UN privacy chief – The Guardian

Posted: Monday, August 24, 2015

The first UN privacy chief has said the world needs a Geneva convention style law for the internet to safeguard data and combat the threat of massive clandestine digital surveillance. Speaking to the Guardian weeks after his appointment as the UN special rapporteur on privacy, Joseph Cannataci singled out British surveillance oversight as being “a joke”, and said the situation is worse than anything George Orwell could have foreseen. He…

Shoplifters Accused Of Taking Cell Phone Off Shelf – WJBF-TV

Posted: Monday, August 24, 2015

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga.- The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in identifying two suspects wanted for shoplifting. According to Investigator Josh Bogdanow with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, a male and female are wanted for shoplifting at an area Wal-Mart. The suspect is a white male wearing a black shirt and long shorts. He appears to have several tattoos on his arms. Male and female wanted in Columbia…

Police are using fake mobile phone masts to track people’s locations – Metro

Posted: Monday, August 24, 2015

Mobile phone tower (Picture Rex) Police are regularly using fake mobile phone towers to track phone users – ‘tricking’ mobile phones into revealing their location by connecting to them. Police secretly use the devices to track the location of criminals – but the way the ‘Stingray’ fake mobile masts work means they could also receive data from every thousands of other mobile phones in the area. A USA Today investigation found that dozens…

The College Student’s Guide to Buying Your First Laptop – NDTV

Posted: Monday, August 24, 2015

For college students today, laptops are an absolute necessity – be it to get work done, or simply to kick back, relax and enjoy an evening with friends. As a student myself, I know that buying a new laptop when there’s so many to choose from can be difficult, but there are some basic things you should know when you go shopping for one. Since our requirements may vary a…

In-Store Personalized Digital Display Pushes Purchases – eMarketer

Posted: Monday, August 24, 2015

Digital personalization could help brick-and-mortar retailers turn browsers into buyers Shoppers may still prefer the store for most purchases, but digital plays a big role before they decide what shops to enter. In April 2015 research by Google and TNS, 55% of US internet users said they became aware of products on the internet via websites and apps, vs. 38%…

Farewell To Flash: What It Means For Digital Video Publishers – TechCrunch

Posted: Monday, August 24, 2015

It’s been more than five years since Steve Jobs wrote his infamous “Thoughts on Flash” letter citing the high level of energy consumption, lack of performance on mobile and poor security as the reasons his company’s products would not support Adobe Flash technology. Finally, it appears we’re getting closer to the curtain closing on Flash. Not too long ago, Flash powered a high percentage of the Internet’s vast array of…

Your Four&Step, Digital&Clutter Detox Plan – Fast Company

Posted: Monday, August 24, 2015

There are two sides to the messy workspace story, according to science. One says that keeping things neat prompts other productive behaviors such as eating healthier and doing socially responsible things like giving to charity. Recent research from the University of Minnesota found that working amid clutter actually encouraged creativity. But judging by the numerous blogs, books, and the zeal for tiny houses, Americans are embracing minimalism and order. “I…

The College Student’s Guide to Buying Your First Laptop – NDTV

Posted: Monday, August 24, 2015

For college students today, laptops are an absolute necessity – be it to get work done, or simply to kick back, relax and enjoy an evening with friends. As a student myself, I know that buying a new laptop when there’s so many to choose from can be difficult, but there are some basic things you should know when you go shopping for one. Since our requirements may vary a…

Innovation of the week: A giant touchscreen TV – The Week Magazine

Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2015

You’ll soon be able to transform your living room TV into a “digital easel, an office whiteboard, or an impossibly large Candy Crush playing field,” said Nick Pino at TechRadar. Wave, developed by San Francisco–based Touchjet, converts any television into a giant touchscreen computer. The device, which is mounted on top of the TV and connected via an HDMI cable, uses an infrared sensor to track finger movements across the…

Should a tween have a mobile phone? – The Columbian

Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2015

Helpful resources A wealth of online information can help guide and inform parents. Think of these as tools to help everyone manage the digital overload. CTIA’s Growing Wireless: The CTIA and Wireless Foundation’s resource site covers topics from cyberbullying to online privacy. Find a parents guide to mobile phones, checklists and a safety test to see how much you know about phone safety issues. Common Sense Media: The digital education…

Phone and laptop encryption guide: Protect your stuff and yourself – Ars Technica

Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2015

The worst thing about having a phone or laptop stolen isn’t necessarily the loss of the physical object itself, though there’s no question that that part sucks. It’s the amount of damage control you have to do afterward. Calling your phone company to get SIMs deactivated, changing all of your account passwords, and maybe even canceling credit cards are all good ideas, and they’re just the tip of the iceberg….

Digital fabrication does away with housebuilding headaches – The Guardian

Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2015

With a large tract of land behind their end-of-terrace Victorian house in south London, married couple Terry Green and Mickey Dell had long wanted to build on it a modern home for themselves. Their problem was that the only access was through a passage – similar to an open-ended garage – on the ground floor of their home that barely allowed for a vehicle to get through, and ruled out…

How The Digital Economy Can Help End Extreme Poverty – TechCrunch

Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2015

When I was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia recently as part of the U.S. government’s delegation to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, I was struck by how much the international development landscape is changing. Where governments were once the primary source of development assistance, today the private sector, civil society, academia and donors are all working together to discover, fund and scale innovative solutions to longtime development challenges….

UPS worker arrested in laptop theft – WKMG Orlando

Posted: Saturday, August 22, 2015

GAINSVILLE, Fla. – Police say a UPS worker in north Florida took an expensive laptop computer while at work and tried to sell it online. The Gainesville Police Department says 20-year-old James Espoir Cloutier was arrested Thursday and will be charged with grand theft. Cloutier is accused of stealing an Apple laptop while loading packages during his job at a UPS facility in Gainesville. Police say records show the Apple…

Exclusive cell phone video from inside train – CNN International

Posted: Saturday, August 22, 2015

Source: Anthony Sadler Added on 0459 GMT (1159 HKT) August 22, 2015

Inexpensive, modular One Laptop Infinity can now be reserved – Digital Trends

Posted: Saturday, August 22, 2015

The One Laptop Per Child scheme was an optimistic attempt during the middle of last decade to build a laptop for children in developing countries, for under $100. While that goal was never fully realized, it did have moderate success, and there is a new company today carrying the torch. Australian firm One Education has built an affordable, high definition laptop with students in mind, that’s entirely modular and totally affordable. The…

Dell releases beastly Alienware 18 gaming laptop – Digital Trends

Posted: Friday, August 21, 2015

Dell is bringing back its flagship gaming laptop — known as the Alienware 18 — and it’s bringing it back with all of the powerful specs you’d expect from a laptop with a starting price of $2,500. The laptop was announced in the video above, which is well — rather odd. The laptop itself is quite large, which is something that will become understandable when we get to the specs. It’s dimensions…

Will Viacom Be Here in a Decade? Big Medias Digital Dilemma – Daily Beast

Posted: Friday, August 21, 2015

Like a far-off asteroid inexorably hurtling toward Planet Earth, the coming digital explosion has the traditional media conglomerates bracing for eventual impact and desperately seeking survival strategies—such as the recent announcement that Comcast subsidiary NBC Universal is launching strategic partnerships and investing $200 million in each of two prominent online upstarts, BuzzFeed and Vox Media. Aside from Comcast, the media companies scrambling to escape disaster and crack the digital code include Rupert Murdoch’s…

Which laptop should I buy for university? – The Guardian

Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2015

I will be a returning student next year, and I want to purchase a new laptop. After doing some research, I determined the best and most economical buy was the Asus ZenBook UX305. I have an HP Sleekbook 15, which I got in 2013. Is there a significant difference between the two – enough to make it worth upgrading? Lee Before buying a laptop for university or college, try to…

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