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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 589: Beyond Passwords

Passwords are generally inconvenient for most people. A Wall Street Journal journalist thinks we can get rid of most of them.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 588: Almost Legally Unlocked

Yay, the US Senate finally passed the bill that makes unlocking mobile phones legal in the United States. Even after Obama signs it, will it really change anything?

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 587: Netflix Charging Cable Companies?

In the net neutrality/packet inequality debate, cable companies are arguing to the FCC that they should be worried about Netflix charging the cable companies to carry their content, not the other way around. Excuse me?

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 586: Apple's So Called Backdoor

When I first heard of this so-called backdoor that security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski found in Apple's iOS, I was a bit skeptical. While it does disclose quite a bit of information, it requires physical access to your iOS device and some device you've paired it with. In the grand scheme of things, not as big of a deal as the Internet made it out to be.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 585: Starbucks Speed Test

I found out from a FierceWireless article that SpeedSpot recently tested the WiFi at a number of Starbucks locations upgraded to Google WiFi. The results were astounding.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 584: Home Router Insecurity

That WiFi router you bought at Office Depot, Best Buy, or Fry's? It likely has a ton of security holes in it and manufacturers haven't done much to address the situation. Hopefully getting some hackers focused on finding more vulnerabilities will get manufacturers to fix them.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 583: Rebuilding Prodigy

Remember the online service Prodigy? It's been dead for 15 years but someone is trying to bring the content from that service back from the dead.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 582: Auphonic Goes Freemium

Auphonic is a great service for processing your podcast audio so it sounds great. It recently went freemium, which is a good model for this kind of service, I think.

That said, I ran out of monthly free credits. While I'm not asking for donations per-se, I would not object to donations of one-time credits, either.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 581: XBBS

Thinking about my old BBS days--XBBS in particular but also Pyrzqxgl.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 580: More Affordable Lumias

Back in Episode 135, I thought Nokia and Microsoft should push ahead with more low-end device. Looks like Microsoft's handset business agrees with this low end strategy.

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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.