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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    It’s the end of 2015 but don’t worry – no “best of” or “worst of” lists here! Instead, let’s think a bit about both the advantages (“Front of the Hand”) and disadvantages (“Back of the Hand”)of some tech that was very much with us in 2015.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    In this holiday season, hundreds of millions of electronic gadgets will be opened and click-through licenses clicked on. Listen to one cartoonists version of a click-through license are. Pretty funny, and not too far off the mark. And then there is the recently passed in the middle of the night Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act which is not funny at all.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    In the wake of the horrendous recent shootings in Paris and California, US politicians are once again calling for a ban on encryption that the government can’t decrypt. This is a call shared by politicians and governments in China and Vietnam and Azerbaijan as well as those in the UK and some European countries. It is not, however, shared by scientists and security experts who understand how encryption actually works, including most of those who have invented many of the security systems in use on the Internet today. Why not? The reason is simple: providing “golden keys” so that governments could open all communications would simply make the Internet – and the world – less secure and more dangerous.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Today, let’s continue our look at Internet connected items folks may be contemplating purchasing this holiday season, and some questions that might be worth asking before handing over that hard-earned cash.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Black Friday is over, Cyber Monday, too, but we’re still shopping. Here are a few things that might be worth keeping in mind as we fill those physical or virtual shopping carts.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    One of the things we can be thankful for this Thanksgiving is the wealth of resources that the web makes available to us, often at no monetary cost. Here are a few sites worth a look in the order in which they were mentioned in today’s program. Enjoy!

    www.etymonline.com

    www.yourdictionary.com or www.alphadictionary.com

    www.wordnet.princeton.edu

    tycho.usno.navy.mil/cgi-bin/timer.pl.

    www.designskilz.com/free-photos

    www.creativecommons.org

    journalistsresource.org/tip-sheets/reporting/tools-verify-assess-validity-social-media-user-generated-content

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    We compress sound files into lossy formats such as mp3. The assumption is that most of what is thrown away in the process we humans couldn’t hear anyway. Maybe not. Here’s why.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    These days, some experts are pointing out that cars are essentially computers on wheels. Here’s further proof.

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