The practice is colloquially referred to as ‘jailbreaking’. But, in spite of the criminal connotations of the term. It actually refers to unlocking an iPhone so it can be used on networks other than that of Apple’s official service provider. In an submission to the U.S. Library of Congress (LoC), in opposition to an proposal  […]

TLP’s resident Mommyblogger, Danielle Donders (Digital, Baby!), has been named as a finalist in a contest that will determine the Grand Prize finalists for this year’s prestigeous BlogHer 2009 Award, for excellence in her flagship blog, Postcards From The Mothership. And she’s suitably excited: For those of you who don’t know, it’s kind of like […]

A group of University of Calgary researchers is looking into the ethics of photo manipulation in advertising. In their recent paper, titled ‘Maybe She’s Born With It, Maybe It’s Photoshop’, they ask whether the advertising world today, in which virtually no image goes untouched by Adobe Photoshop image editing software, is misrepresenting products and their […]

The February, 2009, monthly spam report from security giant McAfee spotlights several new and re-emerging trends. One new and insidious scam, designed to get you to download a trojan bug from a rogue Web site, involves an email notice asking you to confirm that you purchased a paperless airline ticket. McAfee warns: This scam’s delivery […]

The ‘heart’ bookmark created by is either the least-expensive legitimate Valentine’s gift ever invented — or the surest way ever devised to end a relationship on Valentine’s Day. Just hike on over to your nearest business supplies outlet and grab a package of coloured (pink or red) vinyl-covered jumbo ‘trombone’-style paper clips. Bend them […]

A Harris study commissioned by the American Society for Quality shows an alarming trend among young people away from careers in engineering. In fact, the overall finding of the recent series of surveys of U.S. middle school and high school students was that fully 85 per cent of kids who are starting to think about […]

This cute retro-esque gadget may appeal more to folks who remember the Compact Cassette than to the ‘CD’ or ‘download’ generation… But love and music have been locked in a passionate embrace since music began and I like the romantic notion that true love and the music of your youth both just get better with […]

Japan’s Shimizu Corp. and Yaskawa Electric Corp. have partnered to push what they’re calling the Smart Robotics Building project. They opened their Smart Showroom this week to demonstrate proposed robotic technologies that could one day (soon?) use robots to act as receptionists, guides, delivery personnel, cleaners, guards and fill other mundane roles in place of […]

They should have just cut to the chase and called it the ‘Love Shirt’… The amazing Life Shirt has a built-in proximity detector which makes the row of glowing hearts across its breast light up more energetically the closer you are to your honey. Thing is, they only detect the proximity of each other, so […]

In the past few weeks, outspoken critics of government economic policy in two widely separated countries and cultures have been silenced in eerily similar ways. A well-known Latvian economist was arrested by the country’s national Security Police last week for allegedly spreading ‘untruthful information’ about Latvia’s financial system via his blog. Dmitrijs Smirnovs, a 32-year-old […]

Internet security leader McAfee Inc. reminds us that cyber crooks don’t miss a beat. In this case, a heartbeat. McAfee Avert Labs says it started receiving reports of Valentine’s Day-related spam and e-cards as early as January 22, this year, and the problem has been steadily increasing since. McAfee estimates that the volume of Valentine’s-related […]

TECHLife Post security correspondent Eric Jacksch headlines on CKCU FM 93.1 in Ottawa this Wednesday, February 11, at 8:00 a.m. He’ll be discussing, in depth, the growing spectre of Internet censorship which threatens our fundamental rights to freedom of speech and opinion. Find out more about Internet censorship at Hands Off MY Net! the campaign […]