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Matt Hamblen
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For a week this summer I'm going off-grid, off-Web, sans electronics, nada email and social nets to join a group of friends in building a modest house for a poor Mexican family in Baja. Disconnecting to re-connect sounds about right. I seriously hope distant friends and family can do the same. 
More than those close to me, I also challenge the world's technophiles and tech masters to e-purge for even a short while. I'm including in that lofty group some top honchos I've met and mostly admire but barely know: Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page, Tim Cook, Satya Nadella, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Tom Wheeler, Dan Hesse, Marcelo Claure, John Legere, Randall Stephenson, Lowell McAdam, Ralph de la Vega and John Chambers. John and Dan have retired, but I wonder if they have ever really disconnected for a brief e-retreat. 
Consider yourselves challenged.
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For dogs scared at fireworks, there's the ASPCA Pet Safety app.
http://bit.ly/1GRuibf
Fireworks and other loud noises account for nearly 20% of missing pets, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
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"Really scary" privacy worries dog Apple Watch and other wearables. Some other insights...
While the Apple Watch has prompted wider interest in wearables, its arrival has also prompted renewed questions about how valuable the devices are and how safe is the data they collect.
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I like Google+ but really haven't used it as much as I'd like. So this is interesting as a summary of some recent questions about its future. http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2015/04/23/has-google-really-died/
Active users on Google+ are less than 1% of total Google users
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That's sad because it's much more personal and better than #FACEBOOK 
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Get ready for Project Fi, Google's Wireless MVNO. bit.ly/1bjwaAg
Google launched its own ambitious wireless network primarily in the U.S. on Wednesday in partnership with Sprint and T-Mobile.
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Four bunnies in my side yard.  Each one is less than 4-in long.
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Is the Samsung Z running the Tizen OS simply delayed--or doomed? bit.ly/1nNVbIa
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Where can I find smartwatch in South Africa...
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Future of Windows Phone discussed. http://bit.ly/1CHtYKp
Despite rumors that Microsoft is about to kill Windows Phone, some industry observers say that's unlikely for several reasons, especially the expected gains from the rollout of Windows 10, which will run on smartphones and other devices.
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Of tattoo and taptic engine foibles (Apple Watch) and the continuing auto-rotate mess (Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge). bit.ly/1OLCnHm
Problems with the new Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone have infuriated some early adopters, but they still stay loyal to their favorite brand.
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You mean we're not going to start rioting and looting over this? I thought that was how we solved problems now...
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Project Fi's winners and losers. http://bit.ly/1DjzH7O (It's a project after all.) 
Project Fi, Google's Wi-Fi and cellular network service, can be described as low-cost, disruptive, cutting edge, tantalizing, confusing, even awesome. Here's a look at those who could gain from the new service, and those who could lose.
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Does anybody care about this: http://bit.ly/1yQ3Z6Q May be very limited.
Users urged to call Samsung support line; problem cropped up on first day of sales April 10
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Poor people. Mine is still pristine touch wood 😊
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Facebook Messenger has raised concerns over privacy and the use of a mobile device user's phone and camera, but the real culprit could be the way permissions are designed and written for users.

 
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Senior Editor, Computerworld--Lead reporter on mobile and wireless covering smartphones and tablets and wireless network providers. Coverage includes: smartphones, tablets, Google, Android, Apple, iPhone, iPad, Amazon, Kindle, Samsung, Galaxy, Microsoft, Windows Phone, Surface tablet, Nokia, Lumia, RIM, BlackBerry, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, patent disputes, LTE, NFC, Wi-Fi, pricing for wireless plans, both consumer and enterprise, Share Everything, Mobile Share, FCC,broadband, gigabit fiber, BYOD, COIT, MDM, smartphone and tablet growth and market share, case studies.
Employment
  • Computerworld
    Senior Editor, 1996 - present
  • Montgomery Journal
    Editorial Page Editor, 1984 - 1996
  • City News Bureau
    City Hall reporter/overnight editor, 1980 - 1984
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Currently
Harrisonburg, VA
Previously
Ashland, MA - Silver Spring, MD - Chicago, IL - Evanston, IL - Kansas City, MO - Raytown, MO
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Full-time news reporter and editor for more than three decades, with more than half at Computerworld.
Introduction
I cover mobile and wireless for Computerworld, so you have probably run across me at Mobile World Congress, CES, CTIA or Computerworld Premier 100.
Bragging rights
I survived being struck by a car while jogging in Vegas where I was attending a computer trade show.
Education
  • Northwestern University
    Communications B.S., 1973 - 1977
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
    English Master's, 1978 - 1980
  • Raytown High School
    Raytown MO, 1970 - 1973
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Other names
Ramblin' Hamblen, (My Computerworld blog, and the nickname given to me by my first City News editor when I was a rookie reporter.)