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Friday - February 27, 2015
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday adopted new open Internet rules by a 3-2 vote along party lines. The rules, which affect both wired and wireless access, prohibit broadband providers from unreasonably interfering with or unreasonably disadvantaging efforts of consumers and edge providers to reach each other. Practices outlawed by the rules include paid prioritization, blocking of any lawful content on the Internet, and throttling of services. [More...]

Saturday - February 28, 2015
Even for someone endlessly in awe of our ability to traverse continents in just a few hours, traveling is increasingly a chore. Anything I can add to trips to make them even a touch more enjoyable is nothing to sniff at. Coolpeds' briefcase e-scooter -- a suitcase with a built-in, motorized scooter -- may be just what I need to freshen up journeys. It's just as well there's a built-in transport system on this, given the suitcase alone weighs a whopping 17.4 pounds. It might be carry-on size, but it's far beyond typical carry-on luggage weight. [More...]

Thursday - February 26, 2015
If you favor the OS X environment, Pearl OS might be a Linux distro to feed your fancy. Pearl OS is a revival of the discontinued Pear OS distro. It picks up where Pear left off in early 2014. Pearl OS has two desktop versions: XFCE and MATE. Both are based on Ubuntu Linux distro version 14.04 Mini release. The two flavors of Pearl OS are customized to look and act like the OS X operating system. But Pearl is Linux and not OS X. This distro runs Debian-based Linux applications. It does not run OS X software or have actual OS X functions. [More...]

Friday - February 27, 2015
If you dislike your insurance company, you are not alone: Worldwide, less than 30 percent of consumers have positive experiences in dealing with their insurers, according to Capgemini's World Insurance Report 2015. North America saw the largest decline in satisfaction -- 8.3 percentage points. Capgemini blamed the slide on a combination of demands for better service from Generation Y -- people 18-34 years of age -- and factors such as inadequate customer engagement and knowledge, big data, regulatory changes and economic uncertainty. [More...]

 

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