Aaron Swartz, Tech Prodigy and Internet Activist, Is Dead at 26

Aaron Swartz, the brilliant young software programmer and Internet activist who inspired awe and reverence from leading figures in the technology world, died in his Brooklyn apartment on Friday, his family said in a statement. New York City’s chief medical examiner ruledthe death a suicide by hanging. Swartz was 26 years old. Read more:

The smartphone as personal object finder

Speaking at a morning session at this year’s CES, a major consumer electronic event held from January 8-11 in Las Vegas, on the topic of the future of “connectivity,” Vint Cerf, known as “the father of the Internet,” outlined what could be in store in the near future for software-enabled clothes. read more

African Internet Exchange project scales to Localize Traffic

Eight African countries have begun setting up Internet exchange points as part of an ambitious project by the Internet Society and the African Union Commission, aimed at improving interconnectivity between countries and reducing connectivity costs. Africa has been plagued by high Internet costs because most of the exchange points are in Europe. Several finer optic …

Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013

Gartner, Inc. today highlighted the top 10 technologies and trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2013. Analysts presented their findings during Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, being held here through October 25.  Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors that …

ACTA gets final stake through heart as EC drops court referral

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement can no longer come back from the grave in Europe, after the European Commission dropped its bid to have the copyright treaty’s legality confirmed by the union’s top court. Parliamentarians roundly rejected ACTA back in July. They had many reasons for doing so, primarily the large physical demonstrations taking place across …