Technically Speaking: Stories of the Week – March 25

Each week we scour the internet to find the best stories on technology, digital living and news of note. This week features tips for finding free Wi-Fi, the hashtag taking over Facebook, license plate readers with an eye on Manhattan, and the slimmest television you’ve ever seen. All that and more in this edition of Mozy’s Technically Speaking.

Just When You Thought Televisions Couldn’t Get Any Thinner…

Philips Designline Promo Image

Philips’ new DesignLine television may look more like a slab of glass than an actual TV, but the company has managed to create the product without any stands, necks, bezels, or other “eyesores”. The television, designed by TP Vision, is made to just lean against the wall. (A wall-mount option is also available.) The product is said to be ready for launch in the United Kingdom in June, but no word yet on a U.S. release. Caleb Denison of Digital Trends says the DesignLine set will have 1080p resolution; LED edge lightning; active shutter 3D technology with 2-player full-screen gaming’ a remote control with full keyboard and “pointer”; 4 HDMI, 3 USB, Wi-Fi, Ethernet inputs; Smart TV apps; USB recording; and Smart sharing features.

Find Free Wi-Fi Wherever You Go

You may have a secret or two up your sleeve when it comes to getting free Wi-Fi. After all, most people want to be able to email and access important documents in the cloud with smartphones, tablets or laptops no matter where they are or what they are doing. USA Today has some help for those that are regularly working on the go. They put together a list of 5 ways to find surefire, ways to locate free Wi-Fi no matter where you are going. The methods include “thinking outside the Wi-Fi box,” “join hotel loyalty programs and use coupons,” “tap into Wi-Fi databases,” “free Wi-Fi access from your cable company,” and “tether your phone.”

License Plate Readers to Help NYPD Track All Cars Entering Manhattan

High Tech NYPD

The sky in New York might soon be blue every day, even when it’s overcast outside. It might not be long before drivers won’t be able to enter or leave New York City without being recorded. As Matt Sledge of Huffington Post reports, city officials plan to install license plate reader cameras in all lanes of roads leading into, and out of, Manhattan. The license plate readers will scan all license plate numbers and record information about the car and time of travel to a database. While privacy advocates are steaming over what they see as a violation of rights, those in favor of the technology are saying it could help prevent terrorist attacks.

Will the Hashtag be One of Facebook’s Newest Features?

Known for it’s use on the popular social media site Twitter, the Hashtag may be making its way across platform lines. According to The Wall Street Journal, Facebook is working on incorporating the hashtag into its users’ experience. Like Twitter, it would be designed to help group together conversations. Facebook is also doing research on other ways the hashtag might be used. It is still not clear whether the move will be definite, and details are still being ironed out, but hashtags on Facebook is a real possibility, according to the article. Look for the news to spark even more competition between to two social media giants.

Fans of Google Reader Fight to Save the Program from Imminent Shutdown

In case you haven’t already heard, Google has decided to pull the plug on its Google Reader feature. Upset about the impending shutdown, users have come together to create a petition and gather more than 100,000 signatures in hopes of saving the program, according to The Next Web, which has the entire petition available for reading. According to the article, those fighting the good fight shouldn’t hold out much hope though, as Google appears to be firm on it’s stance to cut its Reader feature, perhaps by the end of the month.

 

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