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Barbara Krasnoff divides her time between writing short speculative fiction and acting as Features & Reviews Editor for Computerworld.  In the latter position, she assigns, edits and produces online product reviews; she also blogs and occasionally writes a review herself.

Barbara is a member of the NYC writers group Tabula Rasa, and her short fiction has appeared in a variety of publications, including Space & Time Magazine, Electric Velocipede, Apex Magazine, Doorways, Sybil's GarageBehind the WainscotEscape VelocityWeird TalesDescantLady Churchill's Rosebud WristletAmazing Stories, and the anthologies Crossed Genres Year Two, Descended From Darkness: Apex Magazine Vol. I , Clockwork Phoenix 2Such A Pretty Face: Tales of Power & Abundance, and Memories and Visions: Women's Fantasy and Science Fiction 

Recent stories include "In the Household of the Brelsh" in Crossed Genres 29, "Button Up Your Overcoat," in Broken Time Blues: Fantastic Tales in the Roaring '20s, and "Red Dybbuk," in the upcoming Subversion: Science Fiction & Fantasy tales of challenging the norm. Barbara is also the author of a non-fiction book for young adults, Robots: Reel to Real (Arco Publishing, 1982). 

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This isn't something that I use, but +JR Raphael always has useful advice on this type of stuff.
 
How to get cheap home phone service with OBi -- and without Google

Over the past few years, lots of us have been using an inexpensive little device called OBi to tap into Google's network and get free, no-strings-attached home phone service. It was a brilliant little hack that served us well.

In a couple of weeks, the plug's getting pulled. As of May 15th, Google will no longer allow third-party devices like OBi to access its XMPP network.

Hang on, though: There's still hope. With a few minutes of setup, you can keep using OBi to get simple and cheap service that's very similar to what we had before. 

I made the transition with my own OBi box earlier this week. Here's a hands-on guide to what's involved and what sorts of decisions you'll face:

http://blogs.computerworld.com/mobilewireless/23823/obi-google
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Get Comedy Central, NBC, ABC, and more on your Chromecast The popular media server PlayOn has announced today that their PlayOn and PlayLater services now offer support for Chromecast. PlayOn users will now be able to beam content from over 100 channels to Chromecast including NBC, ABC, Comedy...
Get Comedy Central, NBC, ABC, and more on your Chromecast The popular media server PlayOn has announced today that their PlayOn and PlayLater services now offer support for Chromecast. PlayOn users will now be able to beam content from over 100 channels to Chromecast including NBC, ABC, Comedy Central, Hulu and more. Using the PlayOn mobile app, users can browse content on a mobile...
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An interesting idea -- there has been so much change on my local commercial streets over the past 10 years that I've often wished I had kept a running photographic journal of it. However, while I think this could be useful in the future, I agree that right now, it's mostly an interesting gimmick -- especially for areas not considered all that important. (For example, a street near me is still showing two shops with "For rent" signs where a supermarket has been built on the site and has been open for several months now.)
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For a couple of months, I used Aio while I was deciding whether to stick with Verizon Wireless (I'm still grandfathered into an older, reasonably inexpensive plan) and liked it, on the whole -- but I was also interested by the number of different options, the number of vendors who said they offered unlimited data when they meant that they dropped down to slower speeds after 2.5GB, and the different ways some of them approaching pricing. Not to mention trying to figure out which let you bring your own device.

So in this article, +Rick Broida has looked at 16 of the more prominent no-contract carriers outside of the Big Four (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon-Wireless) to try to give basic, useful info for folks who want to switch.
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A few simple tips and apps that can aid in keep your smartphone in your possession (or make sure that, even if your smartphone is in somebody else's hands, your data won't be).
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Interesting. I remember a long time ago inquiring at the NTIS for information about, I think, robotics. Don't remember how much it cost me, though.
 
Let me Google that for you.
We’ve heard before about how state governments are working to reduce the amount of paper they use. Now the federal government is getting into the act, with its “Let Me Google That For You” bill.The
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It's now possible to wirelessly charge 40 smartphones from 16 feet away.

http://buff.ly/1jUN0Uy
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Several bloggers who are dismayed on the FCC's Net Neutrality decision.
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I'm not really into cars -- I generally buy the car that will get me from point A to B in the safest and least expensive fashion -- but some of these are sorta fun...
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Interesting post from +Al Sacco about an HTC infographic that illustrates the process of pushing out Android OS updates.
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Google: Gmail users shouldn't expect email privacy
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Critics call revelation 'a stunning admission' as Google makes claim in court filing in attempt to head off class action lawsuit

MX Player
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MX Player - The best way to enjoy your movies. a) HARDWARE ACCELERATION - Hardware acceleration can be applied to more videos with the help

Byzantium (2013)
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BYZANTIUM is director Neil Jordan's (Interview with the Vampire, The Crying Game) sexy and stylish fantasy thriller about mother and daughte

Moving to Feedly? Here are a few more app options to access your feeds |...
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Post-Google Reader shutdown there are just a handful of RSS clients left that will keep working with a new back-end solution -- let's take a

Google+
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Real-life sharing rethought for the web, wherever you are. Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot sim

Women of Google+
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Women of Google+ features and celebrates interesting women on the Google+ social networking platform.

G Cloud Backup
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5 free Android security apps: Keep your smartphone safe
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If you want to keep your Android smartphone safe, these free security apps from the likes of Symantec, AVG, Avast and more will not only kee

Alfresco: An open-source ECM alternative for SharePoint
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Microsoft's SharePoint ECM system can be expensive; companies may be able to find an alternative in Alfresco, or make do with simpler docume

Diary of a disaster: Living off the grid after Superstorm Sandy
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Tech writer Brian Nadel lasted 10 days without municipal power in the wake of superstorm Sandy. Here's how he kept heat, lights and computer

Hands-on: Windows Phone 7 Mango edition adds features, polish
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Mango, the latest version of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, adds new social networking features and other useful tweaks to the OS.

Hands on: Norton Mobile Security protects your Android phone
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Norton Mobile Security, Symantec's new Android app, can protect your smartphone against malware, phishing, theft and spam.

11 Android apps to boost speed, battery life and more
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These 11 Android apps can help you increase the efficiency and speed of your mobile device.

Google Docs reconsidered
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Google has steadily upgraded Google Docs, its online office suite, over the past two years. We take a look at some of the improvements that

Microblogger shootout: Posterous Spaces vs. Tumblr
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A new wave of free blogging sites, headed by Posterous Spaces and Tumblr, encourage social networking and sharing. We test the two services

10 new Windows 8 tablet/laptop convertibles
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It's a tablet! No, it's a laptop! The introduction of Microsoft Windows 8 has spawned a variety of new and exciting devices -- including a g

Samsung shows off its shiny new Nexus
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Dying for a peek at Google's new Nexus phone? Samsung's giving us our first official glimpse at what's likely the inaugural Ice Cream Sandwi

Springpad review: A new, more sharing data collector
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Springpad's radically revamped version makes it obvious that the company wants to further distinguish itself by emphasizing its social netwo