Stories by Sarah Jacobsson

Household hacks: Fix home nuisances with your tech

For every household nuisance, you can find a dedicated and--surprise, surprise--expensive product to fix it (usually in The Sharper Image catalogs). For instance, you can buy a bird-scarer to keep pigeons off your porch, a pricey home theater system to pump up your tunes, or color-coded cable organizers to sort out the mess behind your desk.

Woman sues Google over bad directions: It was dark

Search Engine Land, the news and information site that broke the story about how Lauren Rosenberg was struck by a vehicle and is now suing Google, has an update to the story: it was dark outside, and Google maps instructed her to walk across the street.

Woman sues Google because of bad directions

One day I was using my cell phone's GPS service to find the nearest Target. I was driving down the road when suddenly my cell phone piped up, "Turn right here." I looked to the right. There was no road, just a tree and some grass. I chalked it up to a GPS glitch and turned right at the next corner.

iPhone security flaw: Using a PIN won't help you

Using a four-digit PIN to lock your iPhone doesn't really protect your data, security and IT blogger Bernd Marienfeldt has discovered. In an article describing the iPhone's business security framework, Marienfeldt has found a "data protection vulnerability" in Apple's iPhone 3GS.

Social Networks May Be Sharing Your Info with Advertisers

Lately, social networking sites have been bending over backwards to assure their users that user privacy is of utmost importance--but it may have all been in vain, as the Wall Street Journal discovered Thursday that several social networking sites are sharing, with advertisers, information that can be used to identify individuals.

Naval cryptologist shopped around secret iPhone

The iPhone-Gate saga just gets more intriguing: According to reports from Wired and CNet, two of the major players involved in the sale of the iPhone prototype to tech blog Gizmodo have now been identified.

Geekiest Houses: Would your spouse leave you if you did this to your residence?

How Do You Spell 'Fan'?

You're not a true geek until you eat, breathe, and live your geeky obsession--the key word here being live.

How do you display your geekiness at home? Do you have a poster? A few figurines? Perhaps even Space Invaders wall decals?

Well, a few people out there have gone a step further in expressing themselves: They've transformed their homes into ├╝bergeek havens, sometimes at great personal expense.

Here are some of the geekiest homes and apartments we could find, from a low-impact Hobbit house to a 3.3-million-brick Lego house to a Star Trek apartment.

5 Stupidest iPad Apps

Despite the fact that the iPad doesn't hit the shelves until Saturday, a number of iPad apps are now available in the Apple App Store. Some of the apps appear to have been specifically created for the iPad (such as the Pages word processor -- iTunes Link -- and the official Netflix App), while others are simply scaled-up versions of existing iPhone apps.

TigerText: The app for spies and cheaters

If you've ever sent a text message that you've later regretted sending (Tiger Woods, I'm looking at you), then a new texting application just released for the iPhone could be your new best friend.

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