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GPS Satellite Launches from Cape Canaveral

by Lon Seidman
Posted: Feb 21, 2014 1:09pm

Jay Patterson Photo Jay Patterson snapped this photo yesterday of a Delta IV rocket launching a GPS satellite to orbit. 

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Google Launches 2014 Doodle Contest for Connecticut Students

by Lon Seidman
Posted: Feb 4, 2014 5:39pm

Google is launching their Doodle contest, giving students in all 50 states the opportunity to compete for a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 educational technology grant for their school.

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Next Stop? Mars

by Jay Patterson
Posted: Nov 20, 2013 12:32am

NASA’s latest mission to the red planet, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) lifted off from launch complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral air force station on top of an United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket November 18.

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Connecticut, 36 Other States Settle Safari Browser Privacy Dispute with Google

by Lon Seidman
Posted: Nov 18, 2013 2:59pm

Connecticut, along with 36 other states and the District of Columbia, will collect $17 million from Google after the company allegedly circumvented privacy settings in Apple’s Safari browser.

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Astronaut Rick Mastracchio Displays Waterbury Elementary Students’ Travel Bug From Orbit

by Lon Seidman
Posted: Nov 13, 2013 10:05am

Astronaut Rick Mastracchio showed off a Geocaching Travelbug given to him by Waterbury elementary school students from the Cupola on the International Space Station.

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Connecticut Awards Grants for 56 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

by Lon Seidman
Posted: Nov 6, 2013 2:45pm

Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced Monday that grants have been awarded to help with the installation of 56 publicly accessible electric vehicle (EV) charging stations throughout Connecticut.

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Where We Live | Coding and Its Importance in a High Tech Society

by WNPR
Posted: Nov 5, 2013 9:18am

CTTechJunkie’s Lon Seidman was a guest on WNPR’s Where We Live to discuss “coding literacy” in the wake of Healthcare.gov’s ongoing issues.

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VIDEO | Former Owner of Lavabit Details How US Spying Forced Him Out of Business

by Lon Seidman
Posted: Oct 28, 2013 9:12am

Ladar Levison was the founder and owner of secure email service Lavabit that was shut down earlier this year after he was forced to turn the site’s encryption keys over to the government.

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Veteran Astronaut from Connecticut Prepares for Next Launch, Followers Turn to Twitter

by CTByTheNumbers
Posted: Oct 10, 2013 12:15pm

NASA will be among the agencies contributing crew members on upcoming missions to the International Space Station this fall, including a veteran astronaut who grew up in Waterbury.

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National Plug In Car Day Gets Local at CCSU September 29

by Lon Seidman
Posted: Sep 24, 2013 5:02pm

Car rallies are often known for the purr (or roar) of finely tuned engines, but the electric cars participating in Sunday’s rally at Central Connecticut State University won’t make much noise at all on their seven mile journey.

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Solar Power Game Changer at NCSU?

by Science Daily
Posted: Sep 8, 2013 11:10am

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OP-ED | We’re Just One Step Ahead Of The Robots

by Leo Canty
Posted: Sep 1, 2013 11:05am

Leo Canty pens an op-ed for the Courant highlighting the ongoing "robot revolution," a wave of automation that is undercutting the economy by replacing humans with machines.

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Local Innovators Finding Early Success

by CTNextDaily
Posted: Aug 20, 2013 6:44pm

Last Thursday’s LaunchHaven was a reminder of the quality and variety of great ideas within the Connecticut startup community.

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Himes Comments on the Latest NSA Revelations

by Lon Seidman
Posted: Aug 16, 2013 5:29pm

U.S. Rep Jim Himes, a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, issued a statement this afternoon in response to a Washington Post article that revealed the NSA violated its own rules for electronic surveillance 2,776 times.

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AT&T Names John Emra Connecticut President

by Lon Seidman
Posted: Aug 12, 2013 10:51am

AT&T announced that the company’s regional vice president for external and legislative affairs, John Emra, will be its new Connecticut President.

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Comcast Launching New X1 Cable Box

by Hartford Courant
Posted: Jul 23, 2013 7:44am

The clunky, noisy, technologically dated cable box is finally getting a makeover. For area Comcast subscribers, it starts Tuesday with the official availability of the X1 video-service platform powered by an Internet-equipped set-top box.

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The Price of Electric Vehicles Is Falling; Is It Time To Buy?

by Forbes
Posted: Jul 15, 2013 12:03pm

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CTTechJunkie Appears on Fox61’s The Real Story

by Lon Seidman
Posted: Jun 17, 2013 8:44am

CTTechJunkie writer Lon Seidman appeared on Fox61’s The Real Story on Sunday, June 16. Warning: The video will start playing the moment you click the link.

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Game Console Wars Heat Up at E3 2013

by Lon Seidman
Posted: Jun 11, 2013 11:42am

The annual E3 video gaming conference is underway in Los Angeles, and the big console makers are showing off new hardware they hope will help them dominate the multibillion dollar industry.

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Bootstrappers Skip Fundraising Using a New Bootcamp

by CTNextDaily
Posted: Jun 5, 2013 2:39pm

The Grid New Haven’s program “Bootstrapper’s Bootcamp” will help entrepeneurs build businesses without venture funding. John Seiffer, who is also an angel investor and consultant, is reaching out to area founders and facilitating a bootcamp that helps them work through the process of bootstrapping.

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Bridgeport Coworking Community Swarms at B:Hive

by CTNextDaily
Posted: May 28, 2013 2:03pm

On a warm spring night last week, we ran into designer Rachel Rowan at the opening Bridgeport’s first coworking space, B:Hive.

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Jepsen Seeks Information on LivingSocial Security Breach

by Lon Seidman
Posted: May 2, 2013 12:14pm

Attorney General George Jepsen is seeking information on a security breach at daily deal site LivingSocial that exposed information on approximately 50 million user accounts to hackers.

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Possible Meteorite Crashed Through Wolcott Home

by NBC Connecticut
Posted: Apr 23, 2013 12:03pm

A baseball-sized rock crashed through a house in Wolcott early Saturday morning and police are trying to determine if it was a meteorite.

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Netflix Releases Top ISP List

by Lon Seidman
Posted: Mar 11, 2013 11:14pm

Netflix released its list of the top performing US ISPs. How did yours perform?

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New England Air Museum to Hold 2013 Space Expo on April 7

by Lon Seidman
Posted: Mar 5, 2013 12:05pm

The New England Air Museum will welcome former Space Shuttle Astronaut Jerry Ross on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at the museum in Windsor Locks for their annual Space Expo.

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March 25, 2014

Connecticut Consumers to Begin Receiving E-Book Settlement Refunds

by Lon Seidman | Mar 25, 2014 4:09pm

Connecticut residents will start receiving refund checks or credits this week for e-books purchased between April 1, 2010 to May 21, 2012 - the result of a lawsuit filed by Connecticut and 32 other states over price fixing allegations.

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March 19, 2014

Like New Jersey, Direct Retail Sales of Tesla Automobiles Not Allowed in Connecticut

by Lon Seidman | Mar 19, 2014 12:24pm

Tesla Motors The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection is co-sponsoring a contest for the auto dealership that sells the most electric cars by July 31, but the Tesla Model S — arguably the hottest electric vehicle on the market — will be excluded because it is currently restricted by Connecticut law from being sold at retail to consumers in the state.

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March 16, 2014

Avoiding “Tech Support” Telephone Scams

by Lon Seidman | Mar 16, 2014 1:28pm

Computer “technical support” calls that originate overseas and victimize American consumers are increasing in frequency, thanks to cheap international phone rates and advanced phone dialing technologies. CTTechJunkie received one of these calls and we recorded the conversation in the video above.

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March 11, 2014

Killingworth Tops Internet Speeds in Connecticut?

by Lon Seidman | Mar 11, 2014 10:28am

CTByTheNumbers The small town of Killingworth leads the state when it comes to the broadband speeds according to a report on CTByTheNumbers.info.

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March 4, 2014

DRAM Settlement May Bring Gadget Buyers Some Extra Dollars for Obsoslete Devices

by Lon Seidman | Mar 4, 2014 2:03pm

Wikipedia Commons Consumers who purchased computers, video game consoles, and other electronic devices containing dynamic random access memory (DRAM) purchased between 1998 and 2002 may be eligible for a part of a $310 million settlement announced Tuesday by Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen.

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February 25, 2014

Reuters Exclusive: Google Sets Roadblocks to Stop Distracted Driver Legislation

by Dan Levine | Feb 25, 2014 4:09pm
Posted to: Communication 2.0 | Google | Transportation

Google is lobbying officials in at least three U.S. states to stop proposed restrictions on driving with headsets such as Google Glass, marking some of the first clashes over the nascent wearable technology.

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February 16, 2014

ANALYSIS & VIDEO | Connecticut’s Electric Marketplace Fraught with Unscrupulous Marketing Practices

by Lon Seidman | Feb 16, 2014 11:12pm
Posted to: Analysis | Energy 2.0

Retail electricity suppliers aggressively market low fixed rates to Connecticut residents, but many consumers are finding those initial savings give way to expensive variable rates that have more than doubled their bills.

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February 4, 2014

FCC Sees Possible End of Land Lines, Plans Experiments in Limited Markets

by Lon Seidman | Feb 4, 2014 11:00pm

National Archives While efforts in Connecticut to relax telephone provider regulations failed in the last legislative session, the Federal Communications Commission is beginning a set of experiments to prepare for “historic technological transformations” in the telecommunications industry as more consumers move away from traditional wireline services.

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January 28, 2014

CASE Seeks Nominees for the 2014 Connecticut Medal of Technology

by Lon Seidman | Jan 28, 2014 12:49pm

The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) is seeking nominees for the 2014 Medal of Technology to recognize Connecticut-based technological achievements.

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January 26, 2014

10 Years on Mars - NASA’s Opportunity Rover Continues to Beat the Elements

by Lon Seidman | Jan 26, 2014 11:13am

NASA’s Rover Opportunity has now been operating on the surface of Mars for a decade - long past its originally planned 90 day mission.

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