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Technology’s Perfect Storm Is Coming This Fall

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 22, 2012

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Thankfully, I’ve never been in a perfect storm. I have seen a movie about it, but the worst storms I’ve encountered were of the lightning, thunder and torrential downpour variety when I attended college in the Midwest. I came pretty close to a tornado once, but it missed us by 20 miles. There are various ways of describing a perfect storm, but it usually refers to a confluence of multiple types of weather conditions converging to create a “perfect storm” that has a huge impact on anyone in the storm’s path.

This fall, the tech market will have a perfect storm of its own, as three major technologies and industry forces converge to deliver a whole host of new products for consumers.

This could be either a very good thing or a bad thing, depending who you are. Techies will have dozens of new technologies to buy that enhance their digital lifestyles, and to them this will be a good thing. But for mainstream consumers, so many new products and gadgets will be coming out at the same time that they’ll have almost too many choices to deal with. In many cases, this could cause a lot of confusion.

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The first major products that will have a big influence on the market will be the next generation of low-cost Android tablets. This will be led by Google, which is expected to jump directly into the tablet market with a 7-inch tablet of its own. We hear that it will be an Android tablet with the most recent version of Android (known as Jelly Bean), and that it will most likely be priced around $199 to compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire. But I have heard that it could be priced as low as $179 as well. Google could announce this tablet as early as its development conference in late June. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Anonymous’ Forces 40+ Child Pornography Sites Offline

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 29, 2012

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Anonymous has turned its attentions from corporations to pedophiles with the news that the hacktivist group has taken down multiple child pornography sites, including one of the largest known, with account details of its 1589 users being posted online as evidence.

The incident was just part of something Anonymous is calling “Operation Darknet,” a move by the group to eliminate child pornography on the Tor network. Tor, which was originally developed as a way of protecting government communications by the U.S. Navy, now describes itself as “a network of virtual tunnels that allows people and groups to improve their privacy and security on the Internet.” But the privacy and anonymity it offers has been abused by child pornographers, something that Anonymous aims to correct with its new campaign.

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In its statement about the takedown, Anonymous says that the group “identified [hosting service] Freedom Hosting as the host of the largest collection of child pornography on the internet,” adding “By taking down Freedom Hosting, we are eliminating 40+ child pornography websites, among these is Lolita City, one of the largest child pornography websites to date containing more than 100GB of child pornography. We will continue to not only crash Freedom Hosting’s server, but any other server we find to contain, promote, or support child pornography.” Read the rest of this entry »

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