Today’s Scuttlebot: Bush Hacking, and Online Gambling From New Jersey

Here are some of the more interesting items that the tech reporters and editors of The New York Times found on the Web recently. See more here. PlowNYCMaps.nyc.gov |  The New York City government has a Web site that allows you to track the progress of its snowplows during the snowstorm. – Joshua Brustein The Birth of a WordHuffingtonpost.com |  How… Read more →

How it’s made: 80 years of Nikon’s Nikkor lenses

The camera lens is just about the world’s most perfect blending of technology and craftsmanship. Lens making is a skill that has been around for thousands of years and today it is paired with incredible technology from manufacturers like Canon, Leica, and, of course, Nikon. In other words, that hunk of glass hanging off the front… Read more →

Does jailbreaking or rooting devices, and BYOD mix?

Time to answer a timely enterprise question in today’s Hardware 2.0 mailbox. I read today that Evasi0n has been used to jailbreak over 7 million iOS devices over the past few days, making it the most popular jailbreak yet. Our company has embraced bring-your-own-device (BYOD) but at present we don’t have a policy prohibiting jailbroken… Read more →

Microsoft working to unify further its Windows and Windows Phone platforms

It’s not too surprising, but it’s good to know: Microsoft is actively moving toward making its Windows Phone apps available on Windows, and its Windows 8/Windows RT apps on Windows Phone. According to a new job post on the Microsoft careers site (Thanks @Windows4Live for the find), Microsoft is seeking a software development engineer in… Read more →

Curses, just-good-enough authentication, again

So Gartner thinks that half of new retail customer identities will be based on social network credentials within the next two years. Damn, mediocrity again. And they think some online merchants hell-bent on picking over crowds of buyers with full wallets will ignore the inherent fraud risks in these weak and self-asserted identity credentials. When… Read more →

Google awards more prominent spot for third-party Drive apps

Google Drive is getting another refresh today, which is featuring a significant boost for third-party apps. On the updated Create sidebar menu, “Drive-connected” apps now appear at the same level as Google-produced apps such as Docs and Sheets. Furthermore, Google Drive users can now browse and install Drive-enabled apps right from within Drive without having… Read more →

Linux-powered smart pen corrects your spelling, mocks your poor penmanship

Aside from speed, the other significant drawback to pen-and-paper writing, when compared to typing, is the lack of correction utilities. A loose leaf notebook doesn’t employ the magic squigglies that let us know when we have spelled something wrong, or when we have sentence fragments that were able to sneak past us our brain’s oh-so-faulty grammar… Read more →

Geek deals: $150 off Dell’s UltraSharp 27-inch professional display

What happens when you combine a love of high-end monitors and a passion for deals? You get today’s hot deal on the new flagship Dell UltraSharp U2713H monitor. We’ve pontificated on the benefits of a premium monitor before, with the extra size and resolution offering great benefits in efficiency and multi-tasking. This new-for-2013 model goes above… Read more →

New BlackBerry Will Definitely Not Be Big in Japan

Although Japanese consumers are among the world’s most voracious consumers of smartphones, BlackBerry said on Thursday that they won’t be getting its new line of phones. Two days after releasing its new BlackBerry Z10 handset in Canada, BlackBerry, which is based in Waterloo, Ontario, said it would not follow suit in Japan. “Japan is not a major market for BlackBerry… Read more →

While Apple focuses on China, everyone forgot about India

India may be the world’s second largest country by population with 1.21 billion residents, but China has been Apple’s main focus in recent times, as the world’s largest countries, thanks to its booming economic growth. But in the last few months, Apple has seen between a 300-400 percent rise in iPhones sales in India, according to a… Read more →