This is the 43rd post in a series called 5 Things. Each week I will share a combination of technology articles and apps that I have discovered and liked in the past week. Anything highlighted in blue is a link to an article, an app, or another section of my website.
In the digital age that we live in you have to super careful of what you post online. This articles gives various examples of people posting things on a social network website and then end up having it used against them in a court of law.
My general rule of thumb is that you shouldn't post anything on the internet that you wouldn't want your mother or the police to see.
Traditional retailers are proponents of a national internet sales tax so it will help them even the odds against internet retailers. The law currently specifies that internet retailers only have to collect sales tax if they have a physical store in the state. Since Amazon.com does not have a store or warehouse in Minnesota, they don't have to collect sales tax.
People are suppose to self report sales tax at the end of the year when they file their taxes, but many people don't. This new law, if it passes, will force all online retailers to collect sales tax.
A significant advance in battery technology like the one described above would change the world in a dramatic way. We could decrease our dependence on fossil fuels. Mobile devices would become even thinner while providing enough power to last through multiple days.
I really hope this comes to fruition.
When you purchase an Apple product you are buying more than just a phone, tablet, or computer. You are buying the iTunes Store, iBooks Store, the App Store, iCloud, AirPrint, AirPlay, and so much more.
Apple is one of the very few companies that does the hardware, software, and services. Other companies are starting to see the value in controlling the whole "widget", but they have a long ways to catch up to the ecosystem that Apple has created.
Technology helped investigators in figuring out who was responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings. NPR has a good piece on this topic. Visit NPR's website to listen to the audio.
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