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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed an executive order seeking better protection of the country’s critical infrastructure from cyber attacks that are a growing concern to the economy and national security.
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The clock to unlock a new mobile phone is running out.
In October 2012, the Librarian of Congress, who determines exemptions to a strict anti-hacking law called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), decided that unlocking mobile phones would no longer be allowed. But the librarian provided a 90-day window during which people could still buy a phone and unlock it. That window closes on Jan. 26.
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In the 24 hours since Aaron Swartz, a prodigy programmer turned Internet folk hero, hanged himself in his New York apartment, his family and a close friend and mentor have not only expressed devastation – they have been angry.
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Blame Mark Zuckerberg for your belly. While a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research finds that just 5 minutes on Facebook can temporarily improve your self-esteem when you focus on close friends, here’s the bad news: Enhanced self-esteem actually reduces your self-control when you make decisions, like choosing a snack, after browsing.
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In an exclusive interview with Brian Williams airing tonight at 10pm/9c on NBC’s “Rock Center,” Apple CEO Tim Cook announced one of the existing Mac lines will be manufactured exclusively in the United States next year. Mac fans will have to wait to see which Mac line it will be because Apple, widely known for its secrecy, left it vague. Cook’s announcement may or may not confirm recent rumors in the blogosphere sparked by iMacs inscribed in the back with “Assembled in USA.”
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Instead of a traditional pine tree, a high-tech light installation vaguely shaped like a Christmas tree stands in the the city center of Brussels. And the 82-foot sculpture is causing quite a stir, with thousands of signatures appearing on an online petition against it.
The United States spent 121 billion minutes on social media sites in July 2012 alone, according to Nielsen’s annual Social Media report. That’s 388 minutes — or 6-1/2 hours — per person (if every person in the U.S. used social media). All together, that’s 230,060 years we spent staring into the glaring screen of so-called sharing, instead of going outside and playing with our friends, like we’re supposed to do in July!
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The secret’s out. Pope Benedict’s new handle on Twitter will be @pontifex, beating out other contenders that had been considered to showcase the thoughts of one of the world’s most visible leaders.
Benedict already has 1.2 billion “followers” in the standard sense of the word but next week he will have another type when he enters what for any 85-year old is the brave new world of Twitter.
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Every year, video game enthusiasts of all sorts converge in Seattle to attend the Penny Arcade Expo. Among the crowd are a special type in costume. These cosplayers, a portmanteau of costume and play, walk the convention floor as onlookers gawk and photograph their elaborate attire. But there are times, collected here in PhotoBlog, when cosplayers pause from strutting the exhibition hall and return to every-day life.
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Amazon’s new “Paperwhite” Kindle will be easier to read, using a display that offers a clearer screen and higher resolution. “It’s really so much sharper,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told a crowd of reporters in Santa Monica Thursday.
As expected, Apple is holding an event at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
The Cupertino-based company has just invited members of the press to the event, where they will likely be the first to hear about the next-generation iPhone — which, if you’re reading things into the shadow on the invitation, may be called the iPhone 5.
New versions of the Twitter app are available for iPhone and Android phones, with the short-messaging blog noting that they offer “several updates to bring you closer to everything you care about.”
That includes expanded tweets, something that Twitter began offering on its desktop version last month.
You may have heard (or read) that Facebook just changed your email address without even asking you — and in a way it did — but the whole thing’s not quite as scary or dramatic as it might sound. And you can easily fix things with a few clicks.