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In Pictures: 12 Bluetooth gadgets for geeks

By Mark Gibbs | 26 March, 2014 09:14

Bluetooth, the short range wireless data communications technology, is in a huge range of products these days, and not just computers and phones.

Backspin has moved

By Mark Gibbs | 05 November, 2013 17:08

Looking for Mark Gibbs' latest musings? Head on over to Gearhead. Same wit, same site, different platform.

In Pictures: 12 crazy good iOS photography apps

By Mark Gibbs | 02 September, 2013 08:14

An Apple iPhone ad that aired in April claimed, "Every day, more photos are taken with the iPhone than any other camera", and I can believe it. Not only are there are a boatload of iPhones in the wild, there are a huge number of apps that enhance and improve on Apple's default camera app making photography more accessible, more creative, and more social. This is a collection of some of the best and most interesting apps available.

Three tools for getting organized: Looking for 'The One'

By Mark Gibbs | 01 July, 2013 12:35

Getting organized isn't something you do once and then forget about. Oh no. Organization needs constant polishing and review and, in short, is a total pain in the butt. I've always wished I were one of those hyper-organized people who has a place for everything and everything always has its place, but alas, that apparently isn't in my genetic makeup.

How you invade your own privacy

By Mark Gibbs | 26 June, 2013 19:03

A new study from consulting firm Infosys shows consumers globally are far more relaxed about sharing their private data than we knew and far more relaxed than they should be

WordPress plugins leave you vulnerable to attack, and new devices 'protect you' from cellphone radiation

By Mark Gibbs | 24 June, 2013 12:48

First up this week, a white paper or report or ... I have no idea what these things should be called any more ... maybe a "glorified press release"? Whatever. Let's call it "a study" from Checkmarx, a company that specializes in automated security code review, titled "The Security State of WordPress' top 50 Plugins."

Lying, prying and spying: Is the NSA worth it?

By Mark Gibbs | 14 June, 2013 19:03

Is the NSA defending their intellectual property with more success than they protect our country?

US government collects Verizon customers' phone metadata ... So what?

By Mark Gibbs | 08 June, 2013 01:12

A top secret NSA program to collect ALL Verizon customers' call data isn't at all surprising

Zooka, a neat iPad Bluetooth speaker, and a review of tools to wire-framing user interfaces

By Mark Gibbs | 05 June, 2013 22:10

This week, a collection of goodies. First up for all of you iPad aficionados, a neat wireless Bluetooth speaker called Zooka from Carbon Audio that fits onto the edge of your tablet and boosts your audio volume by about five times (turned up full, that's a sound pressure of 80dB at 1 meter). There's also a built-in microphone so you can take calls if you've paired the Zooka with your iPhone.

10 surprising things from my 20 years with Network World

By Mark Gibbs | 03 June, 2013 07:15

Yep, I've been writing for Network World for 20 years and a lot has happened in that time ... here are 10 of the most surprising

Rooting for an unlikely patent troll, Kim DotCom

By Mark Gibbs | 28 May, 2013 14:17

Kim DotCom holds what may be a key software patent that could rake in huge amounts of cash but he's got bigger plans

No more Adobe Dreamweaver, so how about Xara Web Designer?

By Mark Gibbs | 16 May, 2013 22:14

If you're doing serious Web content engineering you might well choose an all-singing, all-dancing product such as Adobe's Dreamweaver. The latest version of Dreamweaver in Adobe's Creative Suite 6 (released just over a year ago) was really impressive with new features such as an improved user interface, support for jQuery UI widgets, better cascading style sheet Version 3 support and support for PhoneGap. All in all, a very cool and comprehensive Web development platform.

Why your next big IT project is doomed

By Mark Gibbs | 09 May, 2013 16:25

Have you had a IT project go astray? Maybe you were lucky and it was a brief hiccup with minimal financial consequences. Or maybe you had a disaster of biblical proportions, such as the one that befell Levi Strauss in 2008.

Pneuron, an outstanding enterprise data infrastructure solution

By Mark Gibbs | 02 May, 2013 22:24

How would you like to build a global enterprise-scale data access infrastructure? A daunting prospect, yes? Imagine creating a system that could make any subset of any significant data resource in your organization available where it's needed without incurring insane implementation and maintenance costs ... sounds too good to be true?

Directly connected to the Internet of Things

By Mark Gibbs | 25 April, 2013 22:21

Last week here in Backspin I discussed how real-world "things" that aren't easily augmented with digital instrumentation, such as bicycles, cars and even dogs, can be indirectly connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) using physical ID tags and online proxies. This is, as I pointed out, a powerful concept.

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