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March 18, 2013
by sjvn01
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The 5 things you need for the perfect smartphone

What makes a “perfect” smartphone? Some of my fellow journalist buddies and I wrestled with the question, and here’s what we came up with: First, some part of “perfection” depends on the person. For example, I love QWERTY keyboards, so … Continue reading

July 25, 2011
by sjvn01
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Google revises Google+ real name management policy

Over the weekend, Google annoyed numerous one-time Google+ users by blowing away their accounts because they’d broken Google’s name restrictions. That went over well. As I asked at the time, “What was Google thinking!?” Google’s senior VP of social, Vic … Continue reading

May 17, 2011
by sjvn01
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Android has a gaping network security hole

A trio of German security researchers from the University of Ulm have looked into the question of whether “it was possible to launch an impersonation attack against Google services and started our own analysis. The short answer is: Yes, it … Continue reading

January 26, 2011
by sjvn01
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Facebook secures your Internet Connection

Far too many people still aren’t taking the Web security holes that Firefox exposed seriously. I can still sit in any coffee house and look over most users’ shoulders to see what they’re doing on the Web. Facebook to its … Continue reading

January 18, 2011
by sjvn01
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Facebook wants to be your Internet ID Card

God knows I understand that going from one Web site to another with one login and password scheme after the other is a real pain-in-the-rump. After the Gawker password fiasco it’s become clearer than ever that using the same brain-dead … Continue reading