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Cops Use Undercover 'Repent' Signholder to Catch Drivers Using Their Cellphones

Crime rates have been going down for decades, and while many Americans may be unaware, the decline has inevitably shifted some policing priorities around the country. If crime were out of control and the "war on cops" some apologists insist is happening—despite all data suggesting otherwise—was actually happening, these kinds of police actions would be not only ridiculous but dangerous too.

WMUR in New Hampshire reports:

Michelle Tetreault's daughter didn't know what "repent" meant when she spotted a man with a sign around his neck warning "Repent! The end is near!" But she's plenty sorry now that her mom is facing a $124 traffic ticket for using her cellphone to snap a picture of the man. 

The two were stopped at a red light in Somersworth last week when they saw the sign. Moments after Tetreault gave in to her 14-year-old daughter's pleas to take a picture, she was pulled over and told the man with the sign was actually an undercover officer. She was ticketed for violating the state's new law against using cellphones or other electronic devices while driving.

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For 1st time, MIT's free online classes can lead to degree

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has offered free online courses for the last four years with one major downside: They didn't count toward a degree. That's about to change.

In a pilot project announced Wednesday, students will be able to take a semester of free online courses in one of MIT's graduate programs and then, if they pay a "modest fee" of about $1,500 and pass an exam, they will earn a MicroMaster's credential, the school said.

The new credential represents half of the university's one-year master's degree program in supply chain management. As part of the pilot project, students who perform well in the online half can take an exam to apply for the second semester on campus. Those who get in would pay $33,000, about half the cost of the yearlong program.

"Anyone who wants to be here now has a shot to be here," MIT President L. Rafael Reif said. "They have a chance to prove in advance that they can do the work."

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Verizon will share your browsing habits with AOL's massive ad network

When Verizon bought AOL earlier this year, the two companies said they were teaming up to "pursue the joint vision of building the most significant media platform in the world." But they're also sharing something else — your personal data. Starting in November, Verizon will start sharing the information gathered by its controversial "supercookie" — an identifier inserted into mobile internet browsing activity as standard for customers of the network — with AOL's vast ad network. AOL's network, which is represented on 40 percent of websites, will be able to match internet users to their Verizon details, building profiles of their browsing habits and targeting them with specific ads based on their cellphone use.

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Can Entertainment Adapt with Ever Growing Needs of Consumers?

Mr. Scott Olechowski serves as the Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder at Plex, Inc. He served as Vice President for Product Strategy of PostX Corporation. Mr. Olechowski served as Chief Technology Officer of nCognito Interactive Services, Inc. He co-founded Atlas Systems, Inc. He served as Vice President, Product Development of Actzero, Inc. Previous experience includes the founding and growth of several private software companies, including Legal Video Sync. Mr. Olechowski has held positions in senior management focused on product planning, marketing and development. He received his B.S. from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois with degrees in both Marketing and Management. 

Catch more of Bob Summers on Tech Talk with Craig Peterson (Nov. 14, Saturday, 11am, EST)


Getting Smarter with Organizing What Matters Most

Chris has over 22 years of experience with roles in product management, technology, accounting, and consulting. This experience and expertise gives Chris a unique perspective enabling him to help organizations build solutions to improve their processes and performance.

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When Technology Finally Understands People

Brett Beranek is responsible for solution marketing for Nuance’s voice biometric solutions. Prior to joining Nuance, he has held over the past decade various business development & marketing positions within the enterprise B2B security software space. Beranek has extensive experience with biometric technologies, in particular in his role as a founding partner of Viion Systems, a startup focused on developing facial recognition software solutions for the enterprise market. Beranek also has in-depth experience with a wide range of other security technologies, including fingerprint biometrics, video analytics for the physical security space and license plate recognition technology. He has earned a Bachelor of Commerce, information Systems Major, from McGill University as well as an Executive Marketing certificate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.

Catch more of Mikael Petersson on Tech Talk with Craig Peterson (Nov. 14, Saturday, 11am, EST)


Online Attacks on Infrastructure – USB Killer 2.0: Harmless and Destroys – Even If You Don’t “Live” On the Internet – Small Drones Up For Registration – NSA can break trillions of encrypted Web and VPN connections – iPhone Trick Can Extend the Life of Your Battery – Must-Have Mobile Apps and Docking Stations

Online Attacks on Infrastructure Are Increasing at a Worrying Pace

Over the last four years, foreign hackers have stolen source code and blueprints to the oil and water pipelines and power grid of the United States and have infiltrated the Department of Energy’s networks 150 times.

“They could, for example, derail passenger trains or, even more dangerous, derail trains loaded with lethal chemicals,” former Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned in 2012. “They could contaminate the water supply in major cities, or shut down the power grid across large parts of the country.”

It is getting harder to write off such predictions as fearmongering. The number of attacks against industrial control systems more than doubled to 675,186 in January 2014 from 163,228 in January 2013, according to Dell Security — most of those in the United States, Britain and Finland.


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USB Killer 2.0: A Harmless-Looking USB Stick That Destroys Computers

Plugging in random USB sticks in your computer has never been more dangerous. USB Killer 2.0.

When plugged into a computer, the deadly USB draws power from the device itself. With the help of a voltage converter the device's capacitors are charged to 220V, and it releases a negative electric surge into the USB port.

This surge "fries" the USB port and, in the researcher's demonstration, the motherboard - perhaps not always after the first surge, but the malicious USB device repeats the process until no more power can be drawn.

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Even If You Don't "Live" On the Internet

It took the hackers less than two hours to take over Patsy Walsh’s life. Mrs. Walsh did not consider herself a digital person. As far as she knew, her home was not equipped with any “smart devices,” physical objects like refrigerators and thermometers that transmit information to the Internet. Sure, she has a Facebook account, which she uses to keep up on friends’ lives, but rarely does she post about her own.

Within minutes, they had not only broken into Mrs. Walsh’s email account, but also that of her daughter — who at some point had allowed the computer’s browser to auto-fill her password.  Over an hour and a half, they discovered a way to open the Walshes’ garage door. They also found a way to intercept Mrs. Walsh’s television. A service worker had not installed her DirecTV securely, with a password, which meant anyone with knowledge of the device’s I.P. address could control the television remotely.

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Take Your Trainer With You

Bob Summers has developed and marketed consumer Internet applications since 1994. He is currently Chief Geek @ Fitnet, his fifth startup. Bob is passionate about creating compelling online video experiences having grown iSpQ VideoChat, desktop video conferencing software, to over 3.0 million users from 196 countries/territories.

Catch more of Bob Summers on Tech Talk with Craig Peterson (Nov. 7, Saturday, 11am, EST)


Your App, Your Own PR

Scott Lorenz is President of Westwind Communications, a public relations and marketing firm. Lorenz works with doctors, lawyers, inventors, authors, start-ups, iPhone app developers and entrepreneurs. As a seasoned publicist he is often called upon in the early stages of a company’s existence to get them “on the radar.” His clients have been featured by Good Morning America, FOX & Friends, CNN, ABC Nightly News, ESPN, New York Times, Nightline, TIME, PBS, NPR, USA Today, Washington Post, Woman’s World, & Howard Stern to name a few.

Catch more of Scott Lorenz on Tech Talk with Craig Peterson (Nov. 7, Saturday, 11am, EST)


How to Get Home Safely and Efficiently

With more than 14 years of sales and marketing experience in cell phone accessory solutions, Mikael Petersson is passionate about launching innovative consumer goods. He brings a dynamic and results-oriented approach to his position at iBOLT and values the longstanding relationships he has built in the years of working in the industry. Currently, Petersson heads up all sales and marketing efforts for the company.

Catch more of Mikael Petersson on Tech Talk with Craig Peterson (Nov. 7, Saturday, 11am, EST)


Performance Solutions for Apple Products

Matt founded Henge Docks over four years ago to solve a simple need - his computer cables were everywhere and he was tired of plugging them back in every single time he sat down at his desk. He now oversees all design and production. He's a perfectionist who likes to have fun and cares most deeply about whether his perfectionist designs are also usable.

Catch more of Matthew Vroom on Tech Talk with Craig Peterson (Nov. 7, Saturday, 11am, EST)


Enter TV hacking – Apple TV: Future of TV – Russian ships to attack global internet – WI-FI: Device captures & identifies people behind concrete – Police seize BBC Newsnight journalist’s laptop – Google Launching 20k Helium Balloons to Improve Internet Access – Agency for give GOP internal docs on climate research – No, There’s No ‘Breaking Bad’ Season 6 – PayPal: 29% Jump in Earnings – Cutting Edge Devices

Enter TV hacking -- courtesy of our government!

You have heard about Jailbreaking your phones to access new apps and features -- well the government has now said its OK to do the same to your "Smart TV."

Once done you can install third party software which is not a problem. However, there are those who will use this technology to accomplish their nefarious purposes such as watching and listen to you through your TV.  Now that will be a problem.

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Reviewers Say Apple TV Is Promising Start to ‘the Future of TV’

Apple’s new set-top box is finally here, and it’s a big improvement over older models. The new Apple TV, which retails for $149, is playing catch-up to streaming devices like Roku, Amazon’s Fire TV and Google’s Nexus Player. Apple has billed the device as “the future of TV,” and while it’s not quite that—the company’s actual cable-killer is still under wraps—reviewers are saying that the user experience on the new Apple TV is second-to-none.

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Russian ships may be preparing to attack the global internet

US government sources have revealed to the New York Times growing concerns that Russian naval vessels may be threatening the global internet infrastructure. Russian ships have been seen tracing out the routes of the trans-oceanic cables that carry the vast majority of the world’s internet traffic around the world. Russian ships seem to be deliberately staying close enough to these cables to use their attached submersibles, which the US says could descend and sever the lines — or perhaps tap them. The sheer number of ships involved has been described by senior diplomats as comparable to the Cold War.

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Robotics for Humanity

In 2005 Bruno Maisonnier decided to leave the banking sector to take part into an uncommon adventure: the creation of a humanoid robot. That was the beginning of Aldebaran Robotics, a start up that brought together a few engineers and PhDs. In 8 years, Bruno Maisonnier’s incredible enterprise became a solid society, in which more than 300 people are currently employed. His robot, NAO, is commercialised all over the world, in the most prestigious universities as a research platform (Carnegie Mellon, Berlin University, Stanford, Tokyo University, Harvard…).

Catch more of Bruno Maisonnier on Tech Talk with Craig Peterson (Oct.31, Saturday, 11am, EST)

Autonomous Drone Built for Man

Torquing Group Ltd was established in 2011, bringing together resources and skills from Torquing Robotics Ltd and Torquing Technology Ltd. The company specialises in Research and Development and rapid prototyping focusing on solving problems by providing platforms for new technology to be developed from.

Catch more of Reece Crowther on Tech Talk with Craig Peterson (Oct.31, Saturday, 11am, EST)

Phenomenal Camera with a Story to Tell

Giovanni Tomaselli is founder and CEO of iON America and its sister company, World Wide Licenses Ltd. (WWL), which he formed in 1993. For more than 20 years, WWL has been involved in the design, development and manufacturing of digital imaging products for leading brands worldwide, including Kodak, Disney and Polaroid.

Catch more of Giovanni Tomaselli on Tech Talk with Craig Peterson (Oct.31, Saturday, 11am, EST)


Pitfalls of the Connected Home – ‘Back To The Future’ Hoverboard Never Took Off – Florida Couple vs Apple’s ‘Wifi Assist’ – BlackBerry back starting at $700 – Wear Your Safety

Pitfalls of the Connected Home (Part 2)

In an effort to save money this summer, I tried painting the exterior of our home by myself. How hard can it be? Well, when I stood back and surveyed my work, it was completely uneven and mismatched. Some jobs, I learned, require a professional.

The same lesson applies for trying to connect my home to the Internet. As I explained last week, the result was mostly a disaster. And based on readers’ responses, I know I’m not alone. One reader told me a story about a “smart thermostat” that turned the heat on during the summer and killed the pet goldfish.

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Why a ‘Back to the Future’ Hoverboard Never Took Off

We were promised hoverboards. And if you’re angry because we don’t have them, the movie that planted the dream might also be to blame.

When it came out in 1989, “Back to the Future II” suggested we would be bouncing off walls and racing cars while floating above the ground, all with the ease of a skateboard. Our futuristic and really fun transportation device would surely arrive by Oct. 21, 2015. (Yes, we’re milking a meme here, but for a good cause: hoverboards.)

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Florida Couple Files $5 Million Suit Against Apple Over ‘Wi-Fi Assist’

A Florida couple is suing Apple for $5 million, claiming the company is misleading consumers about the data charges they’ll incur through the new Wi-Fi Assist feature that’s part of the latest mobile operating system.

William and Suzanne Phillips filed suit Friday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, accusing Apple of deceptive business practices, false advertising and misrepresentation. The couple is seeking class-action certification, saying other consumers have been harmed by this feature of iOS 9.

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BlackBerry’s Priv Android Slider Phone up for Preorder at $699

We knew BlackBerry’s Android slider phone would be expensive, but at least the Priv isn’t as pricey as it could have been.

BlackBerry started taking preorders for the phone Friday, but at $699, not the $749 price some had feared. That puts the device in the same ballpark as an unsubsidized iPhone or Samsung Galaxy and gives the phone a fighting chance if high-end phone buyers find they like the design and value the security and privacy features BlackBerry has added to Google’s Android.

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Wear Your Safety

A Wearable Band that Bonds

The kind of product that is not just watching out for you, but also watches over your family. An assurance that you can monitor your kids even if you are not there.

Evan Lazarus, CTO of Safe Family, shares more about PAXIE™ on Tech Talk With Craig Peterson.

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Fusion of Fashion and Efficient Wearables

At BURG, we are dedicated to creating wearable technology that fits seamlessly into your lifestyle. By creating a wonderful synergy between cutting edge technology and avant-garde, Dutch design BURG truly makes Wearables not only functional, but fashionable as well. Where most Wearable companies focus on pairing their Smartphones to their Smartwatches, BURG sets itself apart by exclusively producing autonomous Smart Phone Watches that can phone and text without tethering to a Smartphone, making BURG ‘The Smarter, Smart Phone Watch.”

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Smart Eyewear That Can Save Your Life

“Quality should not be a question or surcharge; people just deserve it. You deserve it. Reliability, precision, and peace of mind. That’s why we ensure that our products are of the highest quality – and if something is not up to your standards, then it is certainly not to ours.” – JINS

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2015 Holiday Online Shopping Predictions

The Adobe Digital Index (ADI) “Holiday 2015 Predictions” are in, and if the forecast is on the mark, it’s quite a jolly one for brands and retailers. One key number: Cyber Monday is expected to hit $3 billion in online sales for the first time, a 13.2% increase year-over-year (YoY).

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FBI braces for ISIS – Founder of app used by ISIS: ‘We shouldn’t feel guilty.’ – Key Issue to 2016 Elections: Paris Attacks – Ep841: Unleash Your Computer’s Potential – and more stories

FBI braces for ISIS holiday terror attacks

In the wee hours of July 4, FBI counterterrorism agents in the Boston area scrambled to thwart the last of a string of Islamic State terror plots they feared could be conducted during the patriotic holiday or soon after.

Just weeks earlier, an agent and Boston officers had shot and killed an ISIS sympathizer on the same streets, right before he boarded a bus armed with a military-style knife and plans to attack cops and behead a woman.

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Founder of app used by ISIS once said ‘We shouldn’t feel guilty.’ On Wednesday he banned their accounts

Pavel Durov knew that terrorists might be using his app to communicate. And he decided it was something he could live with.

“I think that privacy, ultimately, and our right for privacy is more important than our fear of bad things happening, like terrorism,” the founder of Telegram, a highly secure messaging app, said at a TechCrunch panel in September when asked if he “slept well at night” knowing his technology was used for violence.

“If you look at ISIS, yes, there’s a war going on in the Middle East,” he continued. “Ultimately, ISIS will find a way to communicate with its cells, and if any means doesn’t feel secure to them, they’ll [find something else]. We shouldn’t feel guilty about it. We’re still doing the right thing, protecting our users’ privacy.”

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Paris Attacks Raise Encryption as Key Issue to 2016 Elections

Presidential candidates who travel to Silicon Valley for fundraising may find themselves walking a precarious line between the privacy position of potential donors and calls for greater surveillance in the wake of the Paris attacks.

The weekend’s mass shootings and suicide bombings in France — together with the downing of a Russian airliner and a pair of suicide bombings in Beirut — have renewed calls for technology companies to provide government officials back-door access to encrypted communications on smartphones and messaging apps.

As Re/code noted yesterday, technology giants like Apple, Google and Facebook have pushed back against such measures, arguing that leaving holes in customers’ data encryption, no matter how well intentioned, would make them more vulnerable to hacking and cybercrime without necessarily making them safer.

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Optimizing Lifestyle and Work-Life by Speeding up Your Machines

As Vice President of Marketing at iolo technologies, Mr. Schoch was responsible for refocusing the company around its best-in-class computer performance product, System Mechanic, which he grew into the #1 product in its category, more than doubling the company's revenue.

Catch more of JJ Schoch on Tech Talk with Craig Peterson (Nov. 21, Saturday, 11am, EST)


Give Extra Life and Power to Your Machines

Larry O’Connor is Founder and CEO of Other World Computing, Inc. (OWC), a manufacturer and e-Tailer of Solid State Drives, data storage solutions, memory and accessories for Mac and PC computers. Started in 1988, the company has become an innovative leader in developing/delivering non-Apple/non-PC manufacturer storage solutions and upgrades to extend the performance, use-life of the SMB’s and individual’s computing device investment. In addition to guiding the technology and solutions activities for OWC, Larry also serves at the President of Newer Technology, Inc. and Price.com

Catch more of Larry O'Connor on Tech Talk with Craig Peterson (Nov. 21, Saturday, 11am, EST)