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Himes Comments on the Latest NSA Revelations

By Lon Seidman

  U.S. Rep Jim Himes, a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, issued a statement last week in response to a Washington Post article that revealed the NSA violated its own rules for electronic surveillance 2,776 times.   Himes statement is below:   “I am… Read more »

U.S. Representative Jim Himes. AP Photo.
U.S. Representative Jim Himes. AP Photo.
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Apple Guilty of eBook Price Fixing

Emma Kent

  Apple, Inc. owns one of the largest media distributors in the world; iTunes. But ton Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that the company conspired with five major publishers to raise the retail prices of electronic books.   The shocking conspiracy was revealed when U.S…. Read more »

The RapidRecovery device now being offering by Danbury Connecticut's IT company Virtual Density.

Danbury Tech Company Launches RapidRecovery Data Protection

Barbara Branagan-Mitchell

  Danbury, Connecticut’s Virtual Density, one of New York and Connecticut’s most experienced providers of cloud-based on and off-site data backup, disaster recovery, and intelligent business continuity solutions, has announced their offering of RapidRecovery, an IT data recovery solution.   “This is the first on… Read more »

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Susan Bigelow: After Satellite – One Year With Roku

Susan Bigelow

  A little over a year ago, after rising frustration with DirecTV’s cost and service, we decided to ditch the dish and buy a Roku for all our television needs.   The Roku, like AppleTV and a few other services, connects a television with online… Read more »

The Blackberry Z10.

Will The New Blackberrys Save the Company?

Lon Seidman

  Research in Motion changed its corporate name Wednesday to that of its only product, Blackberry, and announced two new smartphones running a completely new operating system that finally puts the Blackberry on par with competing devices.   While Blackberry was beloved as an email… Read more »

The Windows Surface tablet.

Windows 8: A Dramatic Departure from Prior Versions

Lon Seidman

  Microsoft is betting big on Windows 8’s new interface that is designed more for touch screens and tablets than keyboards and mice.   The biggest and most noticeable change happens after the machine boots, where a colorful start screen replaces the traditional desktop interface… Read more »

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WestConn Identifies Database Vulnerability, Provides Solution

WestConn

  Danbury’s Western Connecticut State University is in the process of notifying students, their families, and other constituents that their personal information may have been exposed to unauthorized access by a computer system vulnerability that has since been corrected. WestConn has found no evidence that… Read more »

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What Will Windows 8 Do for Microsoft?

Matt Ramey

  Every five years or so Windows has come out with an updated piece of software, nothing out of the ordinary for a computer company, but this year’s update is not just an improvement over the last model. Instead of only making everything look faster… Read more »

Composite inputs.

An Input Tutorial: HDMI, Composite & Component

Matt Ramey

  More is better. People can dispute that fact all they want, but nobody likes sacrificing more for less. We want cars with more cup holders, computers with more memory and washing machines with more capacity. Televisions are no exception; we want more pixels, more… Read more »

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iPhone 5 Review

Lon Seidman

  You can’t go wrong with the latest and greatest iPhone, but you can also do quite well and save a few bucks with last year’s model that does just about everything the iPhone 5 has to offer.   That’s not to say that the… Read more »

The Parrot AR Drone.

Review: Your Personal Drone Aircraft is Here

Lon Seidman

  The advent of smart phones and tablets along with inexpensive and powerful microprocessors makes the high flying Parrot AR Drone 2.0 remarkably easy to control and enjoyable for geeks of all ages.   The AR Drone 2.0 is a small, semi-autonomous remote control quadrocopter…. Read more »

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FuelCell Energy of Danbury Awarded $3.8M Navy Contract

Environmental Headlines

  Danbury, Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy Inc. has announced a $3.8 million contract award from the U.S. Navy to develop and test a Hybrid Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC)-Battery power system for large displacement undersea vehicle propulsion. The objective of the project is to develop a… Read more »

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Water-Powered Car Brings More Green to the Green

Caressa Pittman

  CityCenter Danbury, Integrity Printing and Graphics, and The Green Marketing Company will propagate their pro-environmental stance by painting the downtown district green with GreenFest this coming weekend.   GreenFest will take place on Friday, July 20 and Saturday July 21 from 12pm to 10:30pm and… Read more »

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The Science Fair of the Future

Laurel Tuohy

  If there is an app for creativity and hard work, the students involved in The Student Innovation Expo 2012 in Hartford, Connecticut must have downloaded it! Students from 35 schools statewide will compete in the categories of: Business Plan, ePortfolio, eCommerce, Film, App Design,… Read more »

The New iPad is All About the Display

Robert Rae

by Lon Seidman The secret to Apple’s success (and its nearly $600 share price) is that they always leave their customers wanting more. They’ve mastered the art of incrementally upgrading their most popular products, but leaving out just one little feature that becomes a must-have… Read more »

Ford to Release Two Electric Vehicles This Year

Robert Rae

by Lon Seidman FORD is set to release two plug-in vehicles this year, responding to competing vehicles from General Motors, Nissan, and Toyota. The automaker is ramping up production of its all electric Focus, delivering the first vehicle to Google last week. The electric Focus… Read more »

Criticism: The Nome de Plume of Patriotism

Robert Rae

by Joshua L. Durkin ONE NEW INNOVATION in the direction of a better democracy puts people in direct contact with the White House through a petition program called “We the People”. Since its September 22, 2011 launch, the petition program has gone largely unnoticed, which… Read more »