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5 biometric alternatives to the password

The password has had its moment, but those hard-to-remember strings of number and letters are increasingly insecure and clumsy to manage. The next wave in computer security will be biometric authentication, the futuristic practice of using unique behavioral and biological traits such as fingerprints, gait and yes, even ear shape to confirm your identity.

You might already have the necessary equipment to detect some of these your pocket.

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Facebook Drones & Satellites to Beam Internet Worldwide

Facebook Will Build Drones and Satellites to Beam Internet Around the World

facebook-droneMark Zuckerberg is putting together a lab where a team of Facebook engineers will build flying drones, satellites, and infrared lasers capable of beaming internet connections to people down here on earth.

The Facebook Connectivity Lab. According to Zuckerberg, the lab’s engineering staff already spans “many of the world’s leading experts in aerospace and communications technology,” including researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, NASA’s Ames Research Center, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. And the company is now adding engineers from a British company called Ascenta, an outfit that helped create the world’s longest solar-powered unmanned aircraft.

All this may seem like a stretch for a social networking company. But it’s a necessary part of Zuckerberg’s efforts to bring the net to the vast parts of the world that still don’t have it — an effort known as Internet.org that makes an awful lot of sense for a company whose continued expansion depends on the continued expansion of the net. And though the general public may not realize it, Facebook has a long history with building new hardware that can advance its cause.

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Wearable Devices

Just last week, Google trotted out Android Wear, its first big push to extend the dominant smartphone OS to wearable devices. The first Android Wear device, an LG smartwatch, was also announced and more are sure to come. They’ll add to scores of wearables that have been unveiled this year, starting at International CES in January.

The devices purport to improve lives—even to help save them—but not everyone is rushing to buy them. In this untested market, the many unanswered questions include concerns about user privacy and what form-factors will be comfortable and attractive enough for long-term use.

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Roku’s New Streaming Stick

Roku announced the Roku Streaming Stick today, which manages to pack nearly all the functionality of a full-size Roku box into a device not much bigger than a USB flash drive. It’s actually a new version of Roku’s old MHL-based Streaming Stick, but there are two major differences: it now works with any TV that has an HDMI input, and at just $50 it’s half the price.

The Streaming Stick sports Roku’s signature purple color, and it’s designed to connect directly into a spare HDMI port on your TV. It’s just a little more than 3 inches long, and there’s not much else to the device, save for the HDMI connector, a Micro-USB port, an indicator light, and a tiny button to reset the stick. The Micro-USB port lets you power the device by connecting it to a USB port on your TV (if it has one) or by using the included power adapter.

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Google Pays $600K To Give Free Wi-Fi To 31 San Francisco Parks

Inspiring Article by TechCrunch:

31 San Francisco playgrounds, plazas, recreation centers, and parks are getting two years of free Wi-Fi thanks to a $600,000 gift from Google with no strings attached, Mayor Ed Lee announced today. Pending approvals, installations could start in November and be done by April 2014. The gift is designed to empower citizens and community groups, and serve as a pilot for city-wide free Wi-Fi.

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How to Dominate the Entire First Page of Google

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Your online reputation can impact virtually every aspect of your digital marketing program from the conversion rate on your pages to your click-through rate in paid search. Controlling the conversation around your brand is critical to upholding and improving reputation.

In the long-term, monitoring social activity and proactively combating sources of negative sentiment while engaging the positive is a core strategy.

While long term strategies are great, board members and C-suite executives aren’t known for their patience, especially when it comes to the online perception of their brand.

So what can savvy digital marketers do in the short term? Dominate the entire first page of Google for brand related search queries.

Dominating the first page of Google requires an understanding of the various data types Google displays and how to take advantage. Let’s look at how you can monopolize all brand real estate on the first page of Google.

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Google Redesigns Gmail for iPhone/iPads

Google’s Gmail App has been redesigned for iPhone/iPads which should make it run faster!  It’s a totally new look and feel.  Worth checking out.  Read Full Article Here

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Spam Free Word Press Plug-in

I just love this Plug-in!  Todd Lahman’s comment spam blocking plugin that blocks 100% of the automated spam with zero false positives.  Check it out: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/spam-free-wordpress/

 

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(Reuters) – Google Inc has made no move to provide Google Maps for the iPhone 5 after Apple Inc dropped the application

Apple launched its own mapping service earlier this month when it began providing the highly anticipated update to its mobile software platform iOS 6 and started selling the iPhone 5.

But users have complained that Apple’s new map service, based on Dutch navigation equipment and digital map maker TomTom NV’s data, contains glaring geographical errors and lacks features that made Google Maps so popular.

“We think it would have been better if they had kept ours. But what do I know?” Schmidt told a small group of reporters in Tokyo. “What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It’s their call.”

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NASA Expanding into Apps

“When Mars rover Curiosity touched down Sunday, August 5th, it was more than a technological triumph for the space agency; it was another victory in a four-year-old social-media campaign that has expanded to Google+ Hangouts, Angry Birds and Xbox 360 Kinect games and, in the future, maybe mission-specific apps.” – from RedWriteWeb.comRead Full Article