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Americans Mourn Passing Of Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs
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Steve Jobs: His Legacy – Tech Thursday

I have been trying to write this story for hours now. It’s not hard to talk about someone like Steve Jobs and recite facts about him. Yes, he pioneered how we consume digital content and how we buy our digital music as well as how we use computers and much more. And while it could be considered corny by some for me to say this, he touched lives all over the world. Just look at Twitter and Facebook. One of those lives he touched, is mine.

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The Q103 Fax Machine
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Tech Thursday – Are Fax Machines Zombies? Because They Won’t Die.

So last time I checked the calendar, it was 2011. The 21st century. New technology is being developed all the time to improve on older tech or replace it. Some say my beloved hobby of Ham Radio is old and outdated, yet it proves it's worth when disasters, like Irene happen. Then, there is tech like the fax machine. It's like it's a tech zombie because it won't die.

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Dow Drops Back Below 12,000 On Greek Default Fears
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Tech Thursday – Pandora Radio Goes Public

Yesterday, one of the Internet's most popular websites, went public on the stock market and joined many other tech and dot coms with a very big net value associated with it. Pandora Radio watched it's stock trade at around $20 at it's height during the day, making it worth $3 Billion dollars.

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Chaos Computer Club Annual Congress
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Tech Thursday – Sony Music Japan Hacked

It seems that Sony has incurred the wrath of hackers these past few months. First it was the PlayStation Network, where PS3 owners can connect their consoles and play others in online games, as well as purchase music and games. Now, Sony's music division is under attack from hackers. The attack has exposed user data leaving Sony in another PR mess.

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Tech Thursday – Can an App Fix Parking Problems?

While I was in Troy recently, I drove around the block where a store I go to was located, about 5 times looking and hoping for someone to pull out and leave an opening I could get into. If I had this app before I got to the street the store I visit was on, I could have known where to park before I got there and saved myself a trip around the block.

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Screenshot of Google's Music Beta/Rich Lawrence
Screenshot of Google's Music Beta/Rich Lawrence
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Tech Thursday – Google’s Music Locker Launches Without Record Labels

A month ago, I did a story about Amazon's Cloud Player that lets you upload music from your music library on your computer so you can access it from any WiFI or 3G connection. Google has now started it's cloud music service, and in Google fashion it's in limted beta to start, but unlike Amazon, is launching without licensing permission from the labels.

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Photo Courtesy of Amazon.com
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Tech Thursday – Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

When it came to my mom, choosing a gift for her was really tough. Giving her something she wouldn't use was always a constant fear. So here are 3 ideas to hopefully help spark more ideas on what you could get Mom or the mother of your children, for this coming Mother's Day.

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Photo Kiyoshi Ota, Getty Images
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Tech Thursday – Sony’s PSN Hacked: Customer Data In The Wild!

This has not been a good year so far for Sony. First their main encryption key for the PS3 was broken and then the data on how to do it was released on the Internet. Now Sony has announced that their PlayStation Network, has been hacked and customer's personal info may have been stolen.

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Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images
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Tech Thursday – Why Is Your Smartphone Tracking You? (UPDATED)

A recent discovery of a data base stored on the iPhone, that shows the phone tracks your whereabouts, not very precisely though, has some chilling effects when it comes to privacy.

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Amazon MP3 Store Logo/Courtesy of Amazon
Amazon MP3 Store Logo/Courtesy of Amazon
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Tech Thursday – Music from the Cloud by Amazon

There’s an old adage that “Everything old is new again.” Take a look at fashion and the reboots of TV shows and movies. It almost like we’re all stuck in a rut for a good new idea. Amazon now seems to be in that group too with their Cloud Drive service.

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Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
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Tech Thursday – C-3P0 Drafted by The Military?

When the military goes to a foreign country, because of war or just to help, they need to speak the language. And training troops on a large scale is expensive and in most cases impractical. So they needed a solution, and like many others, they found it in science fiction.

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Wide Angle Camera View of Mercury from The Messenger Spacecraft. Photo by NASA.gov
Wide Angle Camera View of Mercury from The Messenger Spacecraft. Photo by NASA.gov
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Tech Thursday – Mercury Rising: Photos from 1st Rock

Little is known about the surface of the 1st planet in our solar system. One thing we do know, is that when you stand on the day side, the Sun is hot enough to melt lead. That right there is a bad sunburn waiting to happen. But the Messenger spacecraft is now in orbit above Mercury taking photos and giving us a new look at the 1st Rock from the Sun.

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