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What does the future hold as technology moves at a rapid pace?

Almost 30 years ago I witnessed the first round of “disposable technology” where people were getting rid of old computers like they were disposable plates. You have to remember that at the time, there was no clear winner in the home computer wars and the machines were very expensive compared to today. In fact, most people didn’t even have a computer in their home yet. They definitely were not walking

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Technology Justice: How to Get Energy To All

SDG 9: to “build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation,” is critical because it will determine whether we achieve energy, health and education goals. The focus on resilience and sustainable development is welcome, but innovation and development must change to achieve this. Infrastructure How can we develop infrastructure that is sustainable and resilient, affordable and equitable, which supports the economic development and well-being of those left

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New iPhones? Apple schedules media event for Sept. 9

Apple has announced plans for a new product event on Sept. 9 in San Francisco, where the giant tech company is expected to show off new iPhones and other gadgets. The company has introduced a new iPhone model every year around this time. But in typical fashion, Apple is only dropping vague clues about its plans. Invitations sent to reporters and analysts on Thursday were headlined, “Hey Siri, give us

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Windows 10: Broken Update Forces Some Users into Endless Reboot Loop

Mandatory automatic update for operating system causes issues as broken patch makes it reach certain percentage of installation before failing and rolling back. Some users of Windows 10 are reporting issues installing one of Microsoft’s first updates for the new operating system, which traps them in a reboot loop. The KB3081424 update, released on Wednesday, collects a series of smaller updates into one bigger patch designed to make the updating

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Smart Home Technology…Speed Bumps?

While more smart home technology keeps rolling out from manufacturers, some of the targeted customers are finding the systems do not always satisfy their expectations or have shortcomings. This was pointed out recently in a Wall Street Journal piece that noted the downsides of the latest smart home systems that control lighting, door locks, and thermostats, among other things. Not Worth the Trouble? One of those people is a professor of mechanical engineering who is also

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Samsung Electronics unveils high-end phones in search of sales boost

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) unveiled a new Galaxy Note phablet and a larger version of its curved-screen S6 edge smartphone on Thursday, marking a fresh bid by the South Korean company to revive momentum in its handset business. Samsung is the world’s top smartphone maker but its market share fell in the second quarter when the company released its critically acclaimed S6 models, squeezed by Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) upscale

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Business Smartphones With the Longest Battery Life: 2015

A fast processor and a big display won’t get you very far if your business phone is always running out of juice. That’s why long battery life is crucial for anyone who uses a smartphone for work. Before you buy your next mobile device, read on for the smartphones that couple great productivity features with serious longevity. Note: Numbers represent battery life with continuous Web browsing over Wi-Fi.  Huawei Ascend

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Cortana for Windows 10: Top Features for Business

By Brett Nuckles No room in your budget to hire a personal assistant? You might not need one after you upgrade to Windows 10. Microsoft’s latest desktop operating system – available as a free upgrade for all computers currently running Windows 7 or 8 – adds a handy new personal assistant application called Cortana. The app, which is always just one click or voice command away on the Windows 10 desktop,

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Why don’t some people use the Internet?

Senior citizens make up a huge chunk of those who abstain, but income, education, location and ethnicity also are factors, according to Pew Research. For the vast majority of people living in the US, Internet use is a given, an expectation, a norm. But about 15 percent still don’t turn to the Net at all, according to new data from Pew Research. That figure is down substantially from 2000 when

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Do we really need the Internet?

One FCC commissioner appears to think that we don’t, but perhaps he doesn’t understand the question On June 25, 2015, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly caused a bit of a kerfuffle with his remarks to the Internet Innovation Alliance. The speech was titled “What is the Appropriate Role for Regulators in an Expanding Broadband Economy?” It contained five key points that every regulator in every country should adhere to when considering

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