• ‘The Snowden Principle’

    John Cusack (yes that John Cusack) for Boing Boing: The Snowden Principle, and that fire that inspired him to take unimaginable risks, is fundamentally about fostering an informed and engaged public. The Constitution embraces that idea. Mr. Snowden says his motivation was to expose crimes -spark a debate, and let the public know of secret […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Steve Wozniak

    “And Communist Russia was so bad because they followed their people, they snooped on them, they arrested them, they put them in secret prisons, they disappeared them.” — Steve Wozniak

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  • ‘Scanadu Scout, the First Medical Tricorder’

    Since I’m done with KickStarter, I felt the need to show you guys something awesome on Indiegogo — a Tricorder should suffice, backed.

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  • Quote of the Day: Bruce Schneier

    “Liberty requires security without intrusion, security plus privacy.” — Bruce Schneier, in 2006

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  • ‘Has U.S. Started an Internet War?’

    Bruce Schneier for CNN: That’s the key question: How much of what the United States is currently doing is an act of war by international definitions? Already we’re accusing China of penetrating our systems in order to map “military capabilities that could be exploited during a crisis.” What PPD-20 and Snowden describe is much worse, […]

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  • ‘Kickstarter Allowed Funding for a Sexual Assault Manual’

    Harry Marks on the under-reported scandal: I’m pissed. This was not about “freedom of speech” or “First Amendment rights” or “just not reading it if you don’t like it”. This is a permission slip for rape. Plain and simple. I’m with Marks, I refuse to fund anything else that is on Kickstarter. It’s one thing […]

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  • If You Think PRISM Doesn’t Matter Because You’ve Nothing to Hide, Read This Now

    Daniel J. Solove debating the “nothing to hide argument”: Privacy is rarely lost in one fell swoop. It is usually eroded over time, little bits dissolving almost imperceptibly until we finally begin to notice how much is gone. When the government starts monitoring the phone numbers people call, many may shrug their shoulders and say, […]

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  • ‘Remembering James Gandolfini and Tony Soprano’

    Alan Sepinwall: Tony Soprano was a monster, but an oddly relatable one. He struggled with his family, whether enduring the caustic disapproval of his mother or the misbehavior of his kids, and went to therapy to deal with panic attacks and a wide-ranging feeling of depression. But he also had no compunction about strangling a […]

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  • Privacy, Secrecy, the Web, and Ads

    I’ve always been a private person. The guy in the room that didn’t care to speak much about anything that mattered, the guy in the room that heard everything, but disclosed very little. The quiet guy. I wasn’t trying to hide bad things, nor was I trying to hide good things — I just preferred […]

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  • Sky Guide

    I’ve never been a person that has been overly interested in the night sky. I can certainly appreciate the beauty of it, but I never cared much beyond that. There’s been a lot of apps out there for iOS that try to teach and show people like me what’s above us. I’ve never paid any […]

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  • Choice Quotes from More PRISM and NSA Articles

    USA Today has a great interview with three former top NSA officials, who were also Whistleblowers (it’s worth reading the whole thing): Binney: What it is really saying is the NSA becomes a processing service for the FBI to use to interrogate information directly. … The implications are that everybody’s privacy is violated, and it can […]

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  • The Battery Life Race

    Ben Bajarin on the battery life race: One thing I will be watching very closely with the fall lineup is the battery life claims from all the new notebooks. I am convinced this is the feature-of-all-features for the PC industry this year. For me the more interesting thing is going to be seeing what mobile […]

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  • ‘A Week With iOS Seven’

    Chuck Skoda is back with the latest yearly installment of ‘A Week with iOS’, and it’s a must read. Chuck is one of the more level headed people that has a blog, so I always appreciate his thoughts. While his post is longish, it’s the last paragraph that is an absolute must read for everyone. […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Marco Arment

    “Nobody — not Google, not the manufacturers, and certainly not the carriers — gives a shit if you hate your Android phone or put that cheap tablet in a drawer after a month.” — Marco Arment

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  • Chatology

    I think, among Mac users, there’s an almost universal hatred for Messages on Mac OS X. Don’t get me wrong, iChat needed an update, and it’s great to have iMessage integration on the Mac, but Messages is not a stable app. It’s an overly annoying app to use 90% of the time. While Messages works, […]

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  • ‘Apple’s Commitment to Customer Privacy’

    Interesting open letter from Apple regarding PRISM: We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers, and any government agency requesting customer content must get a court order. I say this is interesting because it has less beating around the bush than the other press releases we have seen, but I still […]

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  • ‘Real’

    Matt Drance, talking about iOS 7: The parallax effect conveys an entire living world under that glass, not just abstract pictures and icons. This is reinforced by the launch and quit animations: your eye never loses sight of where you’re going, or where you came from. You are moving through this world. There is almost […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Brice Schneier

    “We can’t fight for Internet freedom around the world, then turn around and destroy it back home. Even if we don’t see the contradiction, the rest of the world does.” — Bruce Schneier

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  • ‘NSA Admits Listening to U.S. Phone Calls Without Warrants’

    Declan McCullagh reporting on comments from Rep. Jerrold Nadler: Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, disclosed this week that during a secret briefing to members of Congress, he was told that the contents of a phone call could be accessed “simply based on an analyst deciding that.” If the NSA wants “to listen to […]

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  • Clear Organizer Pouches from Tom Bihn Make Great iPad Mini Stashes

    I was packing up the diaper bag for the day today, and realized that I should bring a battery backup charger for my iPhone, which meant a cable too. And since I was at it why not grab the iPad mini in case an opportunity to use it provides itself. Normally this crap would have […]

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