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Gates Squirms, Jobs Chuckles

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted June 15, 2007

When it comes to taste in all thing digital, Steve Jobs is a man with an uncanny knack for the pulse of consumers everywhere. It’s a simple fact that’s not lost on his biggest rival, Bill Gates.

Disruption, Web 2.0 Style

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted June 12, 2007

As Web 2.0 wave continues to evolve, a falling housing market has become the least of every realtor’s nightly worries. Buried beneath the surface is something potentially more disruptive than any quiet open house could ever be.

America's Growing Cyber-Defenses

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted June 5, 2007

As the series of cyber-attacks in Estonia demonstrated this spring, the battles of ones and zeros fought out between hackers and security experts all over the World Wide Web are by and large bloodless affairs.

The Bloodless Battles of Cyber-Space

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 30, 2007

Like a stealthy member of the Special Forces, the first digital intruder slipped in completely unnoticed. A collection of ones and zeroes disguised like all of the rest, it sneaked deep within the system, riding in along with an endless stream of data.

Robotic Surgeons Answer the Call

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 23, 2007

For 54 years, Dennis Murray had definitely beaten the odds. Unlike most people his age, he had never been hospitalized, not even once. Sadly, though, his streak wouldn’t last. It ended instead with the news that all of us dread. He had cancer.

Top Docs Prep for Surgery on Mars

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 17, 2007

In the deep blue waters off the coast of Key Largo, NASA’s “aquanauts” are hard at work. Sixty feet below the waves, they are busy practicing the same types of tasks that they may one day be required to perform in trips to the great beyond.

The Bulls Continue to Roam

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 15, 2007

Dow futures ran red this morning and for a moment it looked like the bears might actually have something to growl about. National giants Home Depot and Wal-Mart both managed to disappoint the Street, sending futures lower.

Not Watch?...Fugetaboutit!

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 3, 2007

If you weren't watching, then you probably missed it. Last week was National TV Turnoff Week, an event sponsored by TV-Free America.

Contrarian Island is a Lonely Place

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 1, 2007

Being a bear on the Street these days is some kind of hard business. While the bears continue to insist that the glass is half full and could shatter into a million pieces at any moment, the markets only race higher. Their dire warnings have turned up as empty as their honey pots.

Sunshine on the DMZ

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted April 25, 2007

Reunification has long been the watchword in Korean diplomacy. Even through the North's recalcitrance, nuclear proliferation, missile-lobbing, and Viagra counterfeiting, the South has kept a sanguine smile. Make that a cyber-smile, as the Koreas connect in a new way this year.

Meet the Reaper

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted April 24, 2007

Meet the Reaper. Fully loaded it can carry 3,000 pounds of weapons, including Hellfire missiles and GBU-12 laser-guided bombs. It's the destructive equivalent of an F-15, and it can stay aloft for more than 14 hours when armed to the teeth.

Future Watch: Reasons for Optimism

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted April 10, 2007

The future is going to be a very scary place. It'll be dark, grim and even foreboding. At least that’s the story in a piece published in The Guardian yesterday. There will be information chips implanted in our brains, the middle class will finally revolt, and neutron bombs will make the ultimate comeback.

Brits Continue March to Orwell's Vision

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted April 5, 2007

The dark world envisioned by George Orwell took another small step forward yesterday in his merry old English home. And while it's not quite as terrifying as a trip to Room 101 in the Ministry of Love, it is nonetheless quite gut wrenching in its own right.

Digital Music Unchained and Unleashed

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted April 3, 2007

A trickle of freedom came down from above to the world of the iPod and its brethren yesterday as Apple CEO Steve Jobs and his cohorts at the EMI Group announced that they would soon begin offering their titles free of the copying restrictions formerly imposed by the label.

Just One Word--Nanotech

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted March 27, 2007

In the 1967 film “The Graduate,” it may have been the shapely legs of Mrs. Robinson that caught the eye of young Ben Braddock, but it was Mr. McGuire’s sage advice that captured the ears of the investment world.