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A reporter asked us to hack him, and here’s how we did it

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Calls To Limit Speech In The Snowden Era Underscore The Importance Of A Free Press

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The Snowden revelations have reignited a discussion about privacy — especially privacy in the digital age. That discussion will eventually, we can hope, not only reform how the government views the privacy of its citizens, but also how those citizens interact with private entities that might store massive amounts of their personal information.

It’s stunning to consider how much better informed we are as a global citizenry thanks to Snowden’s efforts and the journalists that have worked closely with him. They have carefully brought to light documents and information regarding the spying efforts of the United States government, and to a lesser degree, the British government on a scale that was previously unimaginable.

But the Snowden leaks have done more than uncover a secret world of surveillance. They are starting to drive change at the congressional level. Following revelations that the NSA taps the fiber-optic cables of the Internet, tracks…

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Posted by on October 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Ecomm Newcomer Greats Is Building A Brand On Sweet, Affordable Sneakers

This is awesome to see. People setting their goals and laying out a way to achieve them.

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Someone should probably go make a Wikipedia page for the “Warby Parker model,” since it has rapidly become the go-to business strategy for online retail startups.

The latest addition to the genus Ecommerce Lowoverheadus is Greats, a men’s footwear brand that launched in August. The name derives from the ambition to put a fresh spin on the enduring designs in sneaker history. Although that might sound like copycat design, pretty much every shoe brand iterates on others’ designs; as with most menswear categories, the classics persist in one form or another.

Although their wares are manufactured in the same facilities as upscale lines like Lanvin and Balenciaga, the goal is to create high quality goods while keeping the price point low by cutting out retail overhead. The shoes are priced in the range of $39 to $190, and while early adopters will undoubtedly skew toward sneaker aficionados, the target…

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Posted by on October 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

In Depth: Straight Talk Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile: is ditching contracts worth it?

This article was really helpful to me. Figured I’d share it with you but save you sometime. Basically, its not a piece of cake to bring a phone from a different carrier too straight talk. With ATT and T-Mobile it wasn’t too difficult. However, with Verizon it was near impossible. Once you finally get it working via website shenanigans and customer service it works just fine. They found that data speeds were comparable to the higher priced carriers. 15Mbs down.

This looks like a great alternative to these ridiculously priced mobile plans. While you do get unlimited talk text and web it should be noted that they don’t know at what point they will get throttled speeds

http://www.appy-geek.com/Web/ArticleWeb.aspx?regionid=1&articleid=14725979

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2013 in Tech

 

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Infinity Ward: Call of Duty Players Aren’t Hardcore Gamers

This couldn’t be more true! Most of my friends that I talk to are hardcore gamers. They’re in to building up PCs and they worry about fps. They talk bad about console games and talk up the benefits of using a PC. We always seem to argue over which one is better. Obviously PCs are capable of better graphics and are able to be upgraded. While with consoles you are stuck with what you have. However, companies like Microsoft have done a good job of providing a reason to use a console over a PC. For me it is my one stop shop for entertainment. I don’t have cable so I watch almost all of my movies through xbox apps like Hulu and Netflix. These are all things you can do with a PC. With my Samsung devices xbox makes it easy to stream content from my phone to my TV. This for me is a big advantage of xbox. It makes things simpler for me.

The whole point of the article is that Call of Duty Players Aren’t Hardcore gamers. That is where my friends and I part ways. I enjoy COD not because of the graphics. But because of the up tempo game play and connecting with my friends. Xbox live and match making is great. I think this is where COD makes its money. I play a lot in the evenings and this is the only game I play. As much as I agree with this article personally I’m considering switching to Battlefield. Maybe I’ll switch up the trend and get both games.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/infinity-ward-call-of-duty-ghosts-gaming-hardware,24772.html#xtor=RSS-980

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2013 in Tech

 

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Mind-numbing mobile plans do buyers no favors (Smartphones Unlocked)

http://www.appy-geek.com/Web/ArticleWeb.aspx?regionid=1&articleid=14360809

This is a really good read. I’m thinking the future is no contract plans. There are some great plans off contract. The problem with them is that the phones available to use are terrible. I remember looking at all these plans to see what was best for my wife and I. It sucked! We ended up doing what I normally advise against! We joined a share plan with family members and I only pay $40 a month because of it. These companies are charging way too much for their data services, but can get away with it because there’s my me to stop them.

Check out the article very informative.

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2013 in Tech

 

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Swipe Off- Android Game Review

Swipe Off is another quick time passing app. It’s addictive in game play. It’s quick to learn, quick to play. It’s a game that I pick up when I have a few minutes to spare and rather not stare at the wall in front of me.

Swipe Off is similar to the game play of Dots, which is a popular game on iOS and Android. The commonality between them doesn’t go any farther past connecting same colored dots. With this game you have a blank white screen with different colored and different sized dots. These dots are floating and moving around. The goal is to connect as many of the same colored dots in 60 seconds. However, there are power ups and bonus points.

Power ups include bombs that take out all of the same color, freeze which stops the dots from moving, and a multicolored dot which obviously can be connected to any color. The way to get bonus points is to connect as many of the same dots in one swipe. Think the most on one screen is 5, bit this can be extended to 6 with the multicolored powerup.

There are multipliers which you get my completing achievements. This gives the game more objectives then just swipe as fast as you can. I personally had games where I was just playing for objectives and not just a high score.

This game is simple it’s fun and I can’t believe the free version only has 1000 downloads. The paid version is only 99 cents! My favorite feature of the app besides the easy to learn game play but still challenging achievements is that it supports google+ sign in. No longer do I have to have a Facebook account just to save my place in games. Also this game links with googles play game services and you can compare scores with friends.

I rarely support apps that I like. I’m lazy. That’s just how I am. This is just definitely a great idea. It’s a fun game. Be there are many hidden features that I haven’t even figured out yet. So go to the Play Store and download the free version. Swipe Off Free

You won’t regret it. Then after you get addicted like I am download the paid version to support the developer. Check out the screenshots below for a view of the game.

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Posted by on October 19, 2013 in Tech

 

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