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Mike Connelly
Malibu, CA, USA
I am a writer and a PR consultant. I write for newspapers, magazines, and websites. I specialize in business, creative, and marketing writings.
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Internet fraud and theft are major problems, there seems to be little doubt about that -- according to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, some 8.4 million credit card numbers are stolen every year. The question, then, is who should be addressing the issue. Genachowski this week called for "smart, practical, voluntary... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2012 at Mike Connelly's blog
General Grievous launches an all-out droid attack against the magic-wielding witches, and Mother Talzin and Asajj Ventress lead the defense with all the dark powers at their command. Source: http://www.wired.com/video/services/link/bcpid1813626064/bctid1468708345001?src=mrss FAIRCHILD SEMICONDUCTOR INTERNATIONAL FAIR ISAAC FACTSET RESEARCH SYSTEMS F5 NETWORKS EPICOR SOFTWARE Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2012 at Mike Connelly's blog
Well looky here. A phone bearing the alluring name of "HTC VLE_U" just cropped up on NenaMark2 with a healthy 57.50 average frame rate. More interesting than the score, however, is the reference to a Qualcomm Adreno 225 GPU, which -- assuming this is legit -- strongly implies the presence... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at Mike Connelly's blog
Esperanto isn't just something Microsoft uses to tease Google for abandoning video codecs, it's a legitimate, manufactured language. Created in the late 1800's by Dr. Ludwig L. Zamenhof, Esperanto was designed to be an easy to learn language that would help folks from all over the world understand each other.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at Mike Connelly's blog
Exclusive: Conan O'Brien jokes, emotes over the striking axes in TheGuitar Collection: George Harrison iPad app, available Feb. 23 oniTunes. Source: http://www.wired.com/video/services/link/bcpid1813626064/bctid1466785359001?src=mrss EMC ELECTRONICS FOR IMAGING ELECTRONIC DATA SYSTEMS ELECTRONIC ARTS ECLIPSYS Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at Mike Connelly's blog
Microsoft, citing Google's tyrannical 95% share of the European search market, has lodged a formal complaint with the European Commission. It's not like Microsoft is breaking any ground here -- the European Commission has been investigating Google's alleged violation of European competition law since November 2010 -- but there's no... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at Mike Connelly's blog
Formerly known as a quad-core system with a fifth low power companion core, or vSMP, NVIDIA has just put out the word that its new Tegra 3 architecture will be known as "4-PLUS-1". (We were kind of partial to Ninja Core ourselves.) It's the same four-core Cortex A9 system on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2012 at Mike Connelly's blog
Simply HDR has the potential of turning your ordinary photos into extraordinary ones. HDR photography has turned into an art form itself, and Simply HDR does a great job of creating these types of images with very little work from the user. Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~3/Lje6mc6EoHQ/story01.htm SYNTAX-BRILLIAN SYNOPSYS SYNNEX SYMANTEC SYKES ENTERPRISES... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2012 at Mike Connelly's blog
Some of you who own Windows Phone 7 devices are still waiting for your pre-NoDo preparation update -- never mind NoDo itself. A few workarounds have been posted, but unfortunately they didn't work unless your carrier had completed testing and was ready to schedule the update. Now, however, the Chevron... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2012 at Mike Connelly's blog
If you used Windows XP for a long time (who didn't?), one of the biggest changes when moving to Windows 7 or Vista was the massively-altered Explorer. While the new Explorer introduces some useful new features, it also removed just as many -- which is where Classic Shell comes in!... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2012 at Mike Connelly's blog
London design firm BERG and New York open hardware shop Adafruit both trade in big and small ideas about the future, but their projects rarely converge. Until now -- with impossibly tiny printers. Source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/02/love-paper-all-over-again-with-two-adorably-tiny-printers/ FAIR ISAAC FACTSET RESEARCH SYSTEMS F5 NETWORKS EPICOR SOFTWARE EMULEX Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2012 at Mike Connelly's blog
Last week, Cisco raised an objection to the Microsoft acquisition of Skype, saying it would hurt video conferencing interoperability -- even though, in this space, you could argue Cisco is not the poster child for interoperability. Coincidently, I met with the CEO of LifeSize, and he saw this Microsoft acquisition... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2012 at Mike Connelly's blog
For some of us, social apps are a load of fun and we love having the big selection of them on our Androids. Every time we write a post about one, fans seem to come out of the woodwork. But there's also plenty who seem to not care for them,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2012 at Mike Connelly's blog
When The Way hit theaters last fall in limited release, it immediately gained critical acclaim as a clever and inspirational story. The film, directed by Emilio Estevez and starring his father, Martin Sheen, tells the tale of a father who decides to journey to Europe to complete his son’s pilgrimage... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2012 at Mike Connelly's blog
Google+ users may now make free phone calls to the U.S. and Canada from the Hangouts video chat app. Also, Google Chat surfaces any contacts in a user's Google+ Circle. - Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) has added the ability for Google+ users to make free phone calls from within the social networks... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2012 at Mike Connelly's blog
While users and experts typically point to processor chips and wireless network connectivity as the culprit of poor smartphone performance, researchers say storage is more of an issue. Source: http://feeds.pcworld.com/click.phdo?i=9a83872a82349151a8bb1f817c7db01e FAIRCHILD SEMICONDUCTOR INTERNATIONAL FAIR ISAAC FACTSET RESEARCH SYSTEMS F5 NETWORKS EPICOR SOFTWARE Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Mike Connelly's blog
Firefox is a powerful web browser that has been loved by many web surfers in recent years. This could mainly be because of the fact that Mozilla Firefox has been a much better alternative to the now virtually obsolete Internet Explorer. Moreover, Firefox enables users to use amazing add-ons that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Mike Connelly's blog
Competition is a good thing, and the browser arena has been a fierce arena for years now. There are at least four "major" browsers each vying for your attention, along with lots of smaller spin-offs (SRWare Iron or Flock, anyone?). While the browser usage charts we share from time to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Mike Connelly's blog
We love Matt Buchanan and couldn't be happier that he's marching off to make something that's new and brilliant and unique in tech writing. You might've heard that today's his last day, so what better way to send him off to puppier pastures than a list of all the stuff... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2012 at Mike Connelly's blog
The Apache Software Foundations Deltacloud cloud interoperability toolkit has emerged from incubator status to become a top-level project. - The Apache Software Foundation's (ASF) Deltacloud interoperability toolkit has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP). Apache Deltacloud defines a RESTful Web service API for interacting with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2012 at Mike Connelly's blog
Update: Because so many people are just starting to get the update (thanks for the e-mails, everybody!), we're going to bump this post -- something we try to avoid doing for obvious reasons. Original from Feb. 6: If you're the proud owner of a Motorola Droid RAZR, or it's brother... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2012 at Mike Connelly's blog
Whether you're looking for a good laugh or a simple trip down memory lane, seeing Windows Mobile 6.1 hobble around like a grumpy old man within Windows Phone might just satisfy both those urges. The technical stunt comes courtesy of the Dark Forces Team, which is now previewing a bit... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2012 at Mike Connelly's blog
Select Microsoft Connect partners -- major players like HP -- have been given their first taste of Windows 8. According to various sources, the build string currently sits at 7971.0.110324-1900, which is the third milestone build of the successor to Windows 7. So far, there haven't been many details revealed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2012 at Mike Connelly's blog
There are no shortage of iPad 3 rumors out there. Quad-core A6, LTE radio, Retina Display -- we've heard it all, but haven't actually seen much in the way of evidence. Now MacRumors claims to have gotten its paws on part of the mythical beast. The site has a 9.7-inch... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2012 at Mike Connelly's blog
This one's for the sysadmins in the audience: Altaro, makers of our favorite "time machine for Windows" back solution, OopsBackup, have just announced a new product entering beta called Hyper-V Backup. It's a backup solution for virtual machines running on Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization solution. If that sentence just seemed like... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2012 at Mike Connelly's blog