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Jan 17, 2014 Connected TVs, fridge help launch global cyberattack

QUOTE: a global cyberattack launched from more than 100,000 everyday consumer gadgets such as home-networking routers, televisions and at least one "smart" refrigerator. It's being called possibly the first proven cyberattack to originate from connected appliances -- the so-called "Internet of Things."

CNN (Cable News Network)
Oct 04, 2011 Tracking factory slaves across Asia

QUOTE: We traveled to Cambodia planning to tell the story of an escape from modern-day slave labor but what we found were tales of more women trapped in debt-bondage in Malaysia. In Cambodia, we found the women who had escaped, but we also learned about dozens of other workers stuck in similar circumstances, unable to get home unless they paid off their "debt" to a recruitment agency.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jun 09, 2010 Rise of the Richies

QUOTE: For career politicians, the worst nightmare would be a businessperson from the real world with a billion dollars and an open checkbook. Freddy Krueger is Michael Bloomberg.

New York Times
Oct 18, 2009 Energy Star Appliances May Not All Be Efficient, Audit Finds

QUOTE: The Energy Department has concluded in an internal audit that it does not properly track whether manufacturers that give their appliances an Energy Star label have met the required specifications for energy efficiency. Some manufacturers could therefore be putting the stickers on unqualified products...

New York Times
Sep 26, 2009 Smuggling Europe’s Waste to Poorer Countries

QUOTE: Because of Europe’s new environmental laws, it is four times as expensive to incinerate trash in the Netherlands as to put it — illegally — on a boat to China.

New York Times
Sep 19, 2009 Plugged-In Age Feeds a Hunger for Electricity (By Degrees)

QUOTE: efforts to cover consumer electronics [in electrical efficiency rules] like televisions and game consoles have been repeatedly derailed by manufacturers worried about the higher cost of meeting the standards.

New York Times
Sep 19, 2009 California Proposes Plan to Ban Sale of High-Energy TVs

QUOTE: the state's [California] regulatory mavens have formally proposed regulations that would force the industry to make more energy-efficient models.

Time Magazine
Sep 14, 2009 Insurers Fight Speech-Impairment Remedy

QUOTE: Medicare and private health insurers decline to cover cheap devices like iPhones and netbook PCs that can help the speech-impaired, despite their usefulness and lower cost.

New York Times
Sep 10, 2009 War of technologies in California speeding case: Parents of a teen driver use data from a GPS vehicular tracking device to fight a speeding charge based on radar guns.

QUOTE: A California speeding ticket case to be decided in coming weeks puts a new twist on the age-old cops versus drivers battle, pitting police radar against personal GPS tracking devices.

Christian Science Monitor
Sep 06, 2009 Gadget Makers Can Find Thief, but Don’t Ask

QUOTE: many tech companies will not disclose information about the new owners of missing devices unless a police officer calls with a search warrant. Even a request to simply shut down service — which would deter thieves by rendering their pilfered gadget useless — is typically refused.

New York Times
Aug 26, 2009 Debate on lithium batteries reignites

QUOTE: Pilots are calling for a ban on all lithium-based battery shipments on passenger and cargo jets.

Aug 05, 2009 Apple's new low: censoring a dictionary

QUOTE: In essence, the program [Ninjawords], a simple and fast reference tool -- a straight-up dictionary -- has omitted a handful of common words seen as objectionable by the Star Chamber of application reviewers at Apple HQ.

Jul 17, 2009 Amazon remotely deletes Orwell e-books from Kindles, unpersons reportedly unhappy (update)

QUOTE: Amazon apparently sent out its robotic droogs last night, deleting copies of the George Orwell novels Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four from Kindles without explanation, then refunding the purchase price.

Jun 18, 2009 Hurry Up and Type: Why your laptop runs out of juice so fast.

QUOTE: battery-life numbers are based on a benchmark test called MobileMark 2007 (MM07). AMD [computer chip] says PC makers know full well that the new tests produce misleading [battery life] numbers, but they are touting them anyway.

Dec 04, 2008 Discounters, Monitors Face Battle on Minimum Pricing

QUOTE: companies scour hundreds of thousands of Web sites daily, looking for retailers offering bargains below the "minimum advertised price," or MAP, set by manufacturers on an array of consumer goods....For discounters, the consequences of not respecting MAP are usually speedy and decisive. If the seller is an authorized dealer of the product in question (which means it is bound to honor a MAP agreement), it gets a notice from the manufacturer or NetEnforcers and typically brings its price into line within hours

Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ)
Sep 17, 2008 EPA Lets Electronic Waste Flow Freely, GAO Report Says

QUOTE: The Environmental Protection Agency has done little to curb the export of discarded electronic products containing hazardous waste, much of which ends up in poorly regulated countries and harms the environment and public health, the Government Accountability Office concluded in a report being released today.

Washington Post
Jul 24, 2008 What Product Reviewers Never Tell You

QUOTE: When a product is great, my reviews are on point. When it sucks, I'm honest about that. But what if the product I receive is great, but the one you get sucks?

PC Magazine
Feb 08, 2008 More Games Rebate Baiters Play

QUOTE: how many people would remember or notice that the check was not for the right amount?....send a rebate card rather than a check....misfile the claim....rebate forms are printed on ultra glossy stock which cannot be written on with ball point or fountain pens...

Nov 08, 2007 Don’t Throw Out Your Broken iPod; Fix It via the Web

QUOTE: Gadget-fixing is adapting to the modern era. Neighborhood repair shops are all but gone, and along with them the repairmen who could offer casual advice, even when that advice was whether it was worth repairing the device. But Web sites can help users find and share solutions that can save a device from the landfill. If the job is too tricky, a number of Internet-based firms offer highly specialized repairs via overnight mail.

New York Times
Sep 24, 2007 Did Apple Violate Magnuson-Moss over iPhone Unlocks?

QUOTE: The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act appears to reason that Apple cannot void a warranty for a product with third-party enhancements or modifications to their product. The only exception to this rule is if Apple can determine that the modification or enhancement is responsible damaging the product in question.
Aug 09, 2007 10 Common Home Theater Buying Mistakes

QUOTE: Mistake #1: I Forgot My CDs and DVDs! * Mistake #2: They Sounded Fine in the Store! * Mistake #3: I'll Buy the Surround Speakers Later * Mistake #4: This Looked Great in HiDef! * Mistake #5: It's Too Big! Let's Get a Smaller One! * Mistake #6: What is this 'Calibration' You Speak of? * Mistake #7: HDMI is HDMI, Right? * Mistake #8: It's Got Enough Connectors * Mistake #9: I Don't Need a Universal Remote * Mistake #10: Not in Stock? I'll Buy This One Instead

Jul 06, 2007 Microsoft to Spend $1.15 Billion for Xbox Repairs

QUOTE: Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft’s entertainment and devices division, said that there have been an “unacceptable high number of repairs” .... Microsoft said it would extend the warranty of the game console to three years to customers worldwide.

New York Times
Mar 27, 2007 Invasion of the Data Snatchers: Data theft via removable storage devices is a big problem. Are you prepared to prevent podslurping?

QUOTE: Podslurping (a neologism for the illicit copying of data to a portable storage device, such as an iPod) came about with the widespread availability of tiny gadgets with massive storage capabilities and high-speed connections—specifically, USB and FireWire. Endpoint security products, which protect against this kind of misappropriation, tend to be targeted at large enterprises that want to protect sensitive corporate data. Small businesses and individuals are also likely to have data they don't want slurped. Now they, too, can get protection, thanks to the apps reviewed here.

PC Magazine
Sep 21, 2006 HP CEO Allowed 'Sting' of Reporter: HP CEO Allowed 'Sting' of Reporter

QUOTE: Hewlett-Packard Co. chief executive Mark V. Hurd approved an elaborate "sting" operation on a reporter in February in an attempt to plug leaks to the media, according to an e-mail message sent by HP Chairman Patricia C. Dunn.

Washington Post
Sep 14, 2006 Solving the compliance vs. mobile dilemma: How to comply with regulations when users walk out the door carrying high-risk data on mobile devices

QUOTE: On one side is a growing army of mobile employees, many of whom carry sensitive information with them when they leave the office. On the other side are federal regulations protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of that sensitive data...while mobile technology can significantly increase productivity, it puts the compliance efforts of many organizations at risk.

Aug 03, 2006 FTC says Rambus monopolized chip market

QUOTE: Federal regulators ruled Wednesday that technology developer Rambus (RMBS) illegally monopolized the worldwide market for computer memory chips, driving its stock down more than 25%.

Oct 03, 2002 Microsoft zaps Xbox-hacking chipmaker

QUOTE: Microsoft appears to have shut down one of the world's largest distributors of "mod chips"--gray-market add-ons that allow Microsoft's Xbox and other video game consoles to play pirated games.

Sep 07, 2001 New Copyright Bill Heading to DC

QUOTE: "Some parts of this go too far.... Would this mean that if I distributed a file that I received from someone who had broken security technology that I would be breaking the law?"...