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    iPhone X: Imitation Is Not Innovation

    Shelly Palmer My monthly “new iPhone every year” payment just joined my cable bill, my water bill, and my electric bill as grudge expenses. I hate paying them because the companies charge more and more for the same stuff, and there’s nothing I can do about it. Apple promised...
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    Self-Driving Cars: It’s the Sharing

    Shelly Palmer “Self-driving cars are the future of ride-sharing,” proclaimed an industry expert who shall remain nameless. The comment struck me as ridiculous. From my point of view, Uber (and all car services) already provide self-driving cars. You don’t drive the car; the driver does. Do you really care...
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    Governor signs Wieckowski bill to improve protection of cyber retaliation victims

    Confidentiality protections are expanded in SB 157 to prevent revealing identifying characteristics in court cases Sacramento – Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) bill to enhance privacy protections for victims of cyber retaliation (revenge porn) who are using a pseudonym in their court case was signed into law this week by Governor...
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    Chipping People: Are You Ready?

    Shelly Palmer According to the New York Times, Three Square Market, a Wisconsin vending machine software firm, offers its employees the opportunity to inject microchips into their hands so they can open office doors, log in to computers, share business cards, and even buy snacks with just a wave....
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    Passwords: What if Everything You Know Is Wrong?

    Shelly Palmer Every time there’s a notable cybersecurity breach, someone (even me) writes a comprehensive primer on the proper way to create “secure” passwords. Lather, rinse, repeat. Until a few years ago, everyone (including me) based their password advice on a 2003 paper from the National Institute of Standards...
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    San Jose Receives IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Grant

    IBM sending experts here to help San Jose develop new technological tools in support of the City’s affordable housing and homelessness initiatives San Jose, Calif. – The City of San Jose has announced that it is one of five cities across the globe who have been awarded an IBM...
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    Battery-Free Cell Phones: Convenient and Good for the Environment?

    Eric Tegethoff Public News Service SEATTLE – Cell-phone users are excited that the prototype for a battery-free cell phone might mean they could cut the cord to their chargers in the future. But the developing technology also may be a boon for the environment. Developed at the University of...
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    Sing What You Mean

    Shelly Palmer You wrote an explanatory email, you sent a PowerPoint deck, you crafted a white paper, you created an infographic, you made a video, and with all that, people in the meeting still had questions. It’s because you didn’t sing what you meant. My first job out of...
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    Losing Weight Just Got Easy Again

    Shelly Palmer Jawbone just went belly up. Fitbit is on life support. The Quantified Self movement is busy measuring the last days of the fitness tracker fad; its 10,000 steps of fame are up. I was sad to learn of Jawbone’s death, but not surprised. I took off my...