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The Plot for Tech to Drive You Crazy

Robin Raskin | Posted 12.16.2014 | Technology
Robin Raskin

I bought my eighty-something-year-old mom her own iPad this year thinking about how much joy it would give her. First task was to get some music. Do you have any idea how many passwords it takes to get a song off the web?

Update: Verizon's CFO Sticks His Foot in His Mouth Over Title II and Investment -- Where's the Investigations?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

On Dec. 9, 2014, Verizon's CFO Francis Shammo was speaking at the UBS 42nd Annual Global Media & Communications Conference for investors and made a comment -- even if the networks were to be reclassified as "Title II" in the Net Neutrality proceedings, it would not harm or influence investment.

Close the Broadband Gap

Jim Steyer | Posted 11.19.2014 | Education
Jim Steyer

In the 21st century, it's hard to imagine a corporate world where only one-third of businesses could access high-speed Internet and the rest were relegated to dial-up speeds. Yet that's essentially the reality for our nation's schools.

What Do a Keyboard, Range Extender and 'Free' TV Have in Common? Absolutely Nothing!

Michael L. Berman | Posted 11.03.2014 | Technology
Michael L. Berman

We in Jocgeekland have been playing with a few items that have absolutely nothing in common, other than their appeal to those of us that salivate over...

The Book of Broken Promises: $400 Billion Broadband Scandal and Free the Net

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 11.17.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

By the end of 2014, America will have been charged about $400 billion by the local phone incumbents, Verizon, AT&T and CenturyLink, for a fiber optic future that never showed up.

New Tech Makes Routers Powerhouses for WiFi

Michael L. Berman | Posted 11.08.2014 | Technology
Michael L. Berman

We recently played with three of the newer generation routers from Netgear, Linksys and D-Link and, although they all had one clear objective - - - to make wireless connections more accessible in larger homes and offices - - - each had one or two features to separate it from the pack.

3 Awesome Tech Gadgets You Need Now

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 11.05.2014 | Technology
Rabbi Jason Miller

I'm a tech geek and nothing gets me as excited as stumbling upon a new gadget. I'm interested in just about anything cool that has an on/off switch, d...

Remembering a Few Things We Forgot

Michael L. Berman | Posted 10.15.2014 | Technology
Michael L. Berman

We dove into our piles of gadgets and discovered we unintentionally left four noteworthy items out of our past blogs. There are probably more, but we haven't yet worked our way down to the deepest depths of the piles of boxes in our office.

Answering the Public's Call

Jeffrey Zients | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey Zients

The story of how we broke through Washington gridlock to restore the freedom of consumers to take their mobile phone wherever they choose is one worth telling, and a model worth repeating.

Strategic Higher Education CIOs Invest In Technology To Improve Student Success

Vala Afshar | Posted 09.29.2014 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Today's college students are mobile. Whether in class, relaxing in their living group, exercising in the gym, studying in the library, shopping in tow...

How Verizon and AT&T Control Communications by Manipulating 'Special Access' -- Is Special Access Really $60 Billion in the US?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 09.05.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Sweetheart Deals: The Wireless Company Collusive Ties with the Special Access Wires. Part IX in the series based on the new report "It's All Intercon...

What Is Wardriving?

Robert Siciliano | Posted 09.04.2014 | Technology
Robert Siciliano

Wireless networks have certainly brought a lot of convenience to our lives, allowing us to work and surf from almost anywhere. But unfortunately, wireless connectivity has also brought convenience to hackers, giving them the opportunity to capture all data we type into our connected computers and devices through the air.

How Verizon's Affiliates Took over this Broadband, Internet and Phone Bill.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.31.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Part VI,b in the series based on the new report "It's All Interconnected". Go to questions, Part VI,a See the Verizon Bill Full Size Here are the...

Winning the Wireless World Cup

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 08.30.2014 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

Last week the highest court in the land recognized the centrality of mobile when Chief Justice Roberts wrote in an opinion, "modern cell phones...a...

WiFi World Wide a Big Security Issue

Robert Siciliano | Posted 08.25.2014 | Technology
Robert Siciliano

What usually happens is that the criminals establish Wi-Fi hotspots that trick people into thinking they are legitimate public Wi-Fi locations -- people take the bait and log on.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere: AT&T And Verizon Are 'Raping You'

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 06.20.2014 | Business

T-Mobile’s foulmouthed chief executive may finally want to bite his tongue. During an expletive-laced presentation at a company event on Wednesda...

AT&T Can 'Say Anything': AT&T IP Transition Trials and the Direct TV Merger Documents Contradict Previous Broadband Commitments.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.12.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T has asked the FCC to let it start a 'transition' of its networks, moving to all 'Internet-based' (IP) services, with 'trials' to start in Alabama...

Protect Your Cards from Multiple Kinds of Skimmers

Robert Siciliano | Posted 08.12.2014 | Technology
Robert Siciliano

PIN may sometimes stand for pilfered identification number if a hacker gets yours. And it's easier than ever for thieves to get your PIN from an ATM, coming up with clever ways to beat security technology.

June 15th Is Reserved for Dads

Michael L. Berman | Posted 08.10.2014 | Technology
Michael L. Berman

Father's Day is on Sunday and we know you've probably already bought the annual T-shirt, cap or tie saying "World's Greatest Dad," but are you reaching the inner tech dad?

New Jersey's Consumer Advocate Takes the Verizon-NJ Board of Public Utilities' 'Stipulation Agreement' to Court

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.08.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

On May 27, 2014, the New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel filed with the Superior Court, Appellate Division, a Notice of Appeal to halt a stipulation agreement between the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) and Verizon New Jersey (VNJ) to erase a 20+ year plan called Opportunity New Jersey.

10 Ways To Protect Your Gmail Account

Robert Siciliano | Posted 08.06.2014 | Technology
Robert Siciliano

Protecting your Gmail account means you must activate some tools that Google offers, and you must increase your scam savvy intelligence in order to spot phishing scams. If you do both, you can have a very well-protected Gmail account.

15 Tips to Protect Your Digital Life

Robert Siciliano | Posted 08.04.2014 | Technology
Robert Siciliano

How much of "you" is stored inside your smartphone? For some of you, the answer will be "My entire life." And that's practically true. For many, all sorts of highly private, sensitive information, including photos, are stored in that little device called a smartphone.

Leaky WiFi Leaks App Data

Robert Siciliano | Posted 08.03.2014 | Technology
Robert Siciliano

Recently a settlement was obtained between 2 companies with the FTC. The charge was that these organizations failed to secure their mobile apps, which...

Why Science and Innovation Can Be Diametrically Opposed

Gil Laroya | Posted 07.16.2014 | Technology
Gil Laroya

Working in research & development can be considered the epitome of "fun work". The concept is to present an idea to a bunch of R&D engineers, with the...

An Open Letter to President Obama: Consider the Full Costs of Wireless Technology

Devra Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Devra Davis, Ph.D.

Before this nation makes Wi-Fi in schools like it is in coffee shops, as the president recently urged, we need to consider what this could do to our children's brains and bodies.