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Enter the technosexual

It had to happen: after “”metrosexual””

became one of the most irritating new words of 2003, a man named Ricky Montalvo has created a Web site called to help a certain kind of man. The official definition? “”A dandyish narcissist in love with not only himself, but also his urban lifestyle and gadgets; a straight man who is in touch with his feminine side but has fondness for electronics such as cell phones, PDAs, computers, software, and the Web.

Tech and titillation
USA Today

If you’re looking for early adopters, look to the adult entertainment industry, writes Jon Swartz, who takes an in-depth look at how pornographers are flirting with wireless devices, geo-location services and digital rights management tools.

Wanted for Murder: The I&IT sector<brZDNet Australia

Words like “”empower,”” “”enable,”” “”maximize”” and “”sustainable”” are deadening the English language, according to Iain Ferguson, leading him to wonder what would happen if IT vendors spoke to their customers more plainly, he wonders? It would “”probably scare the living daylights out of him or her and annihilate any prospect of new business for some time to come,”” he writes.

Bypassing China’s Net firewall
BBC News

China imposes strict censorship around Internet use, but volunteers in Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere are working together with a company called Dynamic Internet Technology to let users roam free through a proxy server.

Is password-lending a cybercrime?

In a little-observed civil lawsuit involving tracking of magazine subscriptions, a federal court in Manhattan issued a ruling last week that could theoretically result in prosecutors going after people who use another person’s password and userid with their permission, but without the permission of the issuer.

Sound it out

A 64-pixel “”sound camera,”” where every pixel is a microphone, can turn digital signals into images which could potentially help drivers figure out what’s wrong with their car — instead of slamming their fists on the dashboard.


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