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Author Archive for: ‘Jonathan Fisher’

Marathons: Runners and Injuries [Infographic]

When I first started seeing those 26.2 stickers on the backs of cars, I thought drivers were trying to brag about their gas mileage, and I judged them for it. No lie. I actually thought this. It wasn’t until I started getting into not-really-competitive-but-technically-so running myself that I figured out what it meant. People have run for fitness and sport …

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Little Boy Discovers Shadow For The First Time: File Under Cute [Video]

From this Friday morning’s “Aww” department, we bring you a 19-month-old boy who didn’t know he had a shadow before Tuesday. According to sources, he was later seen catching his shadow, giving Wendy a thimble, and flying around the room by thinking happy thoughts. Kidding. I’m a proud uncle many times over, and since I was a teen I’ve derived …

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More Laypersons Are Learning Programming Languages

I’m a borderline luddite. Yes, a borderline luddite tech news writer — I have made my peace with this. But despite the wary glance I cast toward new technological developments, their implications on personal privacy, and on overall quality of life, I’m also pragmatic enough not to want to be left in the dust of economic evolution. I know I …

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Stephen Colbert: Obamacare Is Dead (He’s Calling It!)

President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare,” had a tough day in court Wednesday. The Supreme Court that is. It looks like the President’s brainchild, which would mandate health insurance for all U.S. citizens, is going to get raked over the coals. A decision on the case will not be handed down until this summer, but Stephen Colbert’s …

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Proposed EU Law Wants To Make Possession of Hacking Tools A Crime

The European Union is looking to update and standardize its anti-hacking legislation. Under a draft law backed by the EU Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday, hacking IT systems, as well as the possession or distribution of hacking tools, would be a criminal offence throughout the EU, one punishable by 2-5 years in prison. This latter restriction would be the equivalent …

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What The U.S. Search Market’s Been Up To Since 2008 [Infographic]

On the Web, search is king. Even though a new Google Consumer Survey found that only 1 in 5 Americans knows what SEO is, just about everybody in the Web content industry not only knows about search engine optimization, but also formats and titles content in an effort to get noticed by Google’s complex algorithms. You can be white hat, …

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Former Google Engineer Created Disconnect.me To Counter Browser Tracking

You might not realize just how many companies are collecting data about your online activity, nor just how much data they’re actually collecting. You might also not realize that this data is increasingly linked to the personal information you provide to popular online services like Google and Facebook, and that this information is then being bundled and sold to third-party …

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Google Adds Labels to Translator Toolkit

If you do a lot of online translation and editing, you’re probably familiar with Google’s Translator Toolkit, which provides users with more control over document translation and editing. Supported by Google Translate and with a front-end quite similar to Gmail and G+ interfaces, Translate Toolkit helps users create, collaborate on, and organize translations that go beyond the scope of a …

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Google Play and YouTube Rent Movies to the French

YouTube (and Google France) announced today on the YouTube blog that starting today it is making movies available for rent to French Google Play users. Partners in the new offering include independent French studios Cinéma(s) à la Demande, EuropaCorp, M6 Video / SND, Under The Milky Way, UniversCiné and Wild Side, and also major companies Disney Europe, NBC Universal and …

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Nobody Really Knows How Many FBI GPS Trackers Are Out There

Last month the U.S. Supreme Court ruled (in U.S. v. Jones) that the warrantless tracking of U.S. citizens via GPS devices is illegal. Following the decision, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies rushed to turn off approximately 3,000 trackers that were then in use in the field. But while “about” 3,000 trackers were, at least temporarily, turned off (only …

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Star Wars: The Old Republic Live Action Fan Vid

Is Star Wars the best movie trilogy ever, or is it the best movie trilogy ever?. I love Star Wars, have since I was a kid. It’s a shame George Lucas and company never made any more films after Return of the Jedi in 1983. Could you imagine what kind of storytelling they could accomplish with technology from, say, 1999 …

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Are You BI-Curious? [Business Intelligence Pun/Infographic]

Do you employ elements of business intelligence in your company’s decision-making processes? Maybe you’re an analytics master. Or maybe you didn’t catch the pun until you read the brackets, and are still wondering what the heck business intelligence is. Well either way, here’s a handy infographic from DSquared-Media that gives you some juicy graphical morsels about business intelligence to chaw …

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