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Top 10 Tech Breakthroughs of 2011
Technology advances at an exponential rate so it's not
surprising that 2011 was an exciting year. We've rounded
up the 10 most notable breakthroughs so you can get up
to speed on all the incredible things that happened over
the last 12 months.
Why you should sell your iPhone 4 and buy a Galaxy Nexus
I know what you're thinking, iPhone 4 and 4S owners: You
already own the best smartphone ever made, so why bother
upgrading? Well, get this: the Galaxy Nexus is even better.
Travel Safe: Data Security On the Road and Off It
Thanks to cybercrime and identity theft, it's very
important that you secure your data when traveling.
Unfortunately, it is a lot trickier than most people
realize to protect your personal information when you
use your computer on the road.
Speeding Up the Internet by Bouncing Data Off the Ceiling
Hinting at what high-tech homes of the future might look
like, researchers from Intel and University of California,
Santa Barbara have started bouncing 60GHz wireless signals
off the ceilings of data centers to improve bandwidth
between servers, and thus improving the performance of
the internet at peak times.
How SOPA Could Actually Break the Internet
The proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) isn't just a
bad idea for freedom of speech -- it's shot through with
technical issues as well.
This is my Rig: ExtremeTech Reporter Ray Walters
One of ExtremeTech's writers, Ray Walters, outlines the
components used in his latest custom computer build. He
spent a little bit over $1200 on a dual-video card, Core
i7 rig with 16GB of RAM.
Prohibition again: Why a well-intentioned car cellphone
ban is doomed to fail
The theory is that traffic safety will improve if you
stop drivers from using mobile devices--except there's
one problem: Safety has already improved during the era
of the in-car cellphone.
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