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We May All Be Computer Criminals Soon: The CFAA and the Power to Destroy

Over the last couple of years there’s been a lot of focus on legislation concerning internet privacy and regulation.  SOPA came and went.  CISPA was effectively (so we thought at the time) dead but is rearing its ugly head once again.…

Microsoft Creative Director Doesn’t Deny Always-On Rumors, Tells us to #dealwithit

Remember when I told you kids about the rumor that the next iteration of the Xbox console would require an always-on connection?  Even after those rumors have spread like wildfire, drawing a collective “WTF guys?” from the gaming community, Microsoft is…

“Six Strikes,” Piracy, and Your Internet

During summer 2012, we all heard tell of internet service providers agreeing to a new Copyright Alert System (CAS), intending to curb online piracy.  All we really knew of it back then is that it involved your ISP sending you…

Always-On Rumors True? Xbox May Follow Suit in Blocking Used Games

Now that Sony’s PlayStation team is a couple weeks out from what I think will be the PlayStation 4 reveal, It looks like it’s Microsoft’s turn to continue churning the rumor mill.  A while ago you’ll remember that we talked…

Safer Internet Day – Some Tips for Your Digital Life

The internet contains more and more of our lives these days.  We have online accounts for our banks and paying bills, online shopping, and a number of other types of online activity that put more of us out there.  With…

Tech, Law, and the DMCA (Part I of II) – Unlocking Your Phone is Now Illegal

I love technology and the explosion of mobile tech in the last decade – it’s allowed users in the United States and around the world to completely change and enhance the way we communicate and run our day to day…

The Great Facebook Copyright Hoax

Look kids, I like helping you out.  I do.  I like giving you reviews on stuff.  I like telling you about cool and nerdy things.  I even like helping to make sure that your digital life is secure and safe. …

Microsoft Sued for Windows 8 Live Tiles, Trollish Behavior Suspected

Love it or hate it, Windows 8 was released last week.  The biggest change Microsoft has ever made to the Windows operating system, it marks a colossal shift in how Microsoft is doing business, banking on the new OS, a…

Do I Need to Upgrade to Windows 8? [tf charts]

So as you all know I did a 3 part feature on some of the aspects of Windows 8 from a user perspective.  Personally I like it and think it’s going to be pretty good on phones and tablet devices.…

Windows 8 RTM Part III – The Windows Spin on Social

[Article first published as Windows 8 RTM Part III – The Windows Spin on Social on Blogcritics.] Over the first two parts of this Windows 8 feature I described the OS as turning my laptop into some sort of giant phone.  Today…