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Sabrent 4 port USB 3 hub

Sabrent portable 4-port USB 3.0 Hub

22 April 2014
USB hubs are fairly standard, making it hard for one to stand out much from the crowd. But the Sabrent portable 4-port USB 3.0 Hub does a decent job of sticking its head above the others.

Was this the world’s first mobile phone?

20 April 2014
Found by a researcher in the Pathe vaults, this clip from 1922 shows that 90 years ago, mobile phone technology and music on the move was not only being thought of but being trialled.

How social media is being used to map the conflict in Syria

18 April 2014
The Syria Conflict Mapping Project is an initiative launched by the [Carter] Center to examine the massive amounts of citizen-generated information related to the Syrian conflict that is available online.

Two other pieces of Heartbleed advice

11 April 2014
Delete accounts with services you no longer use. It is after all the best way for your password to be secure - for it not to exist.

The power of video

9 April 2014
An Infographic Exploration of Video Engagement, April 2014 from Shutterstock

Polling booth selfies all the rage in the Netherlands

23 March 2014 , ,
The Associated Press reports: Dutch citizens and politicians united on Wednesday in posting voting booth selfie photos, an increasingly popular phenomenon that could threaten the principle of the secret ballot but also encourages people to vote. Alexander Pechtold, who heads the centrist D66 party, was among the many Dutch voting in Wednesday’s local elections who […]
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A modern use for old floppy disk drives

27 February 2014
Hear 'In the Hall of the Mountain King' played on old floppy disk drives.
Writings on the wall - Social media - the first 2000 years by Tom Standage

Writing on the wall: Social media – the first 2,000 years by Tom Standage

21 February 2014 , , ,
Tom Standage’s book, Writing on the wall: Social media – the first 2,000 years, has at its heart one good magazine-length article about how many of the concepts we associate with social networks run over the internet have in fact been around in all sorts of forms for thousands of years. Concepts such as commenting, […]
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Electronic voting in Parliament: the case against

19 February 2014 ,
Technology isn’t just about making things easier. For once something is made easier, it’s often rapidly followed by changes to make it harder in order to protect us from mistakes, misdemeanours and rushes to judgement. Hence the reminder prompts, confirmation questions, warning signs and extra security hoops we encounter all the time.
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The power of Twitter: Alan Sugar’s version

7 February 2014 , ,
"What I love about twitter, I have more followers that newspapers have readers. I can expose publicly the nasty tricks they get up to." - Alan Sugar