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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 768: DoubleDutch

I used an app from a company called DoubleDutch. It was an event-specific app (in this case, It was my employer's Sales Kick Off) that incorporates a Facebook like social network feed. An event specific social networkl, if you will.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 767: Merging Wireless Charging Standards

The problem with standards is that there's so many to choose from. It can stunt the growth of certain technologies, like wireless charging, which has two competing standards. Fortunately the two groups are going to bury the hatchet and merge so we'll have one standard and, finally, wireless charging will take off.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 766: Of Course LTE Uses More Data Than 3G

This is so obvious to anyone who understands how network-based applications work that I can't believe someone had to do a study on it.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 765: That Is NOT A Great Question!

I can't tell you how often I hear the phrase "that's a great question" in media interviews. The guys from Freakonomics do too, so they asked: why?

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 764: Solving Limit Texas Hold'em

Computers have been playing games like chess and poker for some time. However it takes quite a lot of computing power (and smarts) to beat the best human players.

Recently a computer program was designed to tackle two-player limit Texas Hold'em. Over time, it will win, which is the best you can hope for in gambling games. And of course it doesn't solve Texas Hold'em in general, and it requires a ton of storage to do so, but it's the first step.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 763: Patents Versus Gongkai

Patents have often been touted as necessary to encourage innovation by granting patent holders a temporary monopoly in exchange for making the details about their inventions public. The Chinese have their own ideas about how to innovate, and in the end, they could prove to be more successful.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 762: Sling TV

It's quite amazing how, despite being thwarted at every turn by the entertainment industry, Sling manages to create innovative ways of making content available. Their latest invention: Sling TV. And it's the beginning of the end of cable TV as we know it.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 761: Cell Phone Flashbacks

I personally remember a time before mobile phones. While I don't recall seeing them as mainstream in the US until the early 1990s, the forerunner of the modern cellular phone networks (and phones) were starting to make the nightly news in the early 1980s. Quite amazing to see just how far this technology has come.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 760: Br'er Telco

I somehow think the gambit the large telcos are playing with the FCC about begging not to be regulated under Title II is, well, a bit like Br'er Rabbit begging not to be thrown in the briar patch.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 759: Cancer Vaccine

In what may be one of the more promising pieces of science news, an Israeli company has developed a vaccine for cancer. It's not for everyone and it won't cure cancer, but if you had it, it prevents it from coming back.

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Long ago, when I didn't work for Check Point Software, this site used to be a well-visited FAQ site on the Check Point firewall products. Nowadays, I sit in my virtual office and write about what I'm interested in, which includes: computers, telecom, VoIP Service, mobile phones, and many other forms of shiny gadgets.

Some other projects I'm doing include: PhoneBoy's Security Theater, where I discuss computer and network security-related topics, and PhoneBoy Speaks, a daily podcast where I discuss whatever technology and security issues are on my mind.