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Here’s Lookin’ at You, Kid: Dreaming of Privacy in 2014

Well another year has come and gone here in the Linux blogosphere, and what a different world it is as we enter 2014. Certainly most notably, our friends at the NSA have made it clear that any notions of privacy have pretty much gone out the window. Go Tor! Speaking of Windows, XP's final days are n...

OPINION

Google’s Death Wish

One of the recurring themes in the technology industry is that very successful companies become arrogant and start taking unnecessary risks or abusing customers -- the two aren't mutually exclusive. That behavior can accomplish what competitors have failed to do: It can kill them. I was in IBM in th...

TiVo to Roamio Users: Roam if You Want To

TiVo was one of the first to enable consumers to time-shift their TV viewing via DVRs, and now the company is targeting place-shifting capabilities as well with out-of-home streaming via the TiVo Roamio Pro and TiVo Roamio Plus DVRs. The two Roamio devices were launched earlier this year, but on Thu...

Netflix Is Thinking Inside the Cable Box

Netflix may be angling to provide streaming content to cable subscribers. It apparently is exploring deals with Comcast and Suddenlink Communications to launch an app for set-top boxes. Netflix streams its content through Web-connected TVs; media players such as Apple TV and Roku; video game consol...

OPINION

The ‘Catastrophic’ Tesla S Fire: A Perspective

A Tesla S caught fire last week. I have a lot of experience with cars, with lithium-ion batteries -- and with both cars and batteries catching fire. For a time, I was the lead battery analyst in the U.S., and my house nearly burned down when a lithium-ion battery pack decided to fail while charging....

OPINION

So, Is Microsoft Trying to Kill the Xbox One?

There's another video game console fight coming, and Microsoft's latest -- the Xbox One -- has a hard act to follow as it joins the fray. The Xbox 360 has been outselling both the Nintendo and Sony consoles for some time now. I'm guessing Microsoft felt it had an unfair advantage, because it apparen...

Microsoft Takes Heat for Tucking New Xbox Features Into Fee Plan

Microsoft has released an unboxing video for its upcoming Xbox One video game console, which will arrive this holiday season. In addition to the console, gamers will get a number of accessories, including an unexpected headset. Microsoft has also shed some light on the features that will be availabl...

Sony Poised to Fire Next Shot in Next-Gen Console Wars

Sony issued an invite Thursday to an event on Feb. 20 that could give gamers their first glimpse at the PlayStation 4, the company's next-generation console to go head-to-head against Nintendo's Wii U and whatever Microsoft unveils later this year. Sony had previously hinted that it would provide PS...

OPINION

A Few of My Favorite 2012 Things

As I look back on 2012, a number of products stand out as memorable. I figured I'd use my last column of the year to take a moment to recall each one and what made it special. For years I wondered why someone didn't use the technology that was used to cool astronauts and race drivers in consumer clo...

Boxee Opens All You Can Eat TV Buffet

Boxee on Tuesday announced a new device, Boxee TV, which combines live TV, Web apps and a digital video recorder with cloud storage. The box hardware is based on a new chipset from Broadcom and runs software written from scratch for the device. The Boxee Box, which is the predecessor to Boxee TV, wi...

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Linux’s Brilliant New Gaming Career

The legendary Mark Twain is said to have once observed, "If you don't like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes," and much the same sentiment could just as well be applied to life here in the Linux world. To wit: Not so very long ago, gaming was held up as one of the big obstacles kee...

The Secret Life of Sequoia

IBM's Sequoia supercomputer headed the latest Top500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers. The twice-yearly roster was released at the 2012 International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany, in June. Delivered to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 2011, Sequoia is schedule...

TiVo, PayPal Get Clicking on TV Commerce

PayPal has been working for a year or more to translate its brand of safe online payment to other channels. It has rolled out several products to establish bona fides in the mobile payment space, as well as among brick-and-mortar retailers. Now it is making the same push for the TV viewer. It is joi...

TECH TREK

The BBC’s Olympian Streaming Ambitions

The British Broadcasting Corporation, or BBC, plans to stream the entire Summer Olympics, according to PaidContent.org. The streams will create what the BBC is calling "the first proper digital Olympics." Some of the features, according to Paid Content: "A new video player built for the recently upg...

Dish Offers New Ad-Vanishing DVR Service

Dish Network began offering a new service Thursday that lets users skip all commercials for shows broadcast on major networks when watched the day after the programming first aired. Dubbed "Auto Hop," the feature on Dish Network's digital video recorders allows users to bypass commercials on recorde...

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