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Archive for the ‘In The News’ Category

Disaster in Japan

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

As a rule, our In the News segment focuses on news of technological breakthroughs, or other news related to our digital world. Today, in acknowledgment of what we consider to be one of the most significant events in recent memory, we’ve included the following story.

Disaster in Japan

In the News 3-16-11

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

The LOVE Detector

Nemesysco, Inc. (based in Israel) is the leading provider of voice analysis technologies and has invented and patented a technology called Layered Voice Analysis (LVA), which is also known as “Sense Technology”. The Israelis use the technology mostly for security, fraud, etc

In The News 3-9-11

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011


True or False: Computers can read human feelings.

Answer: Keep reading.

First, let’s talk about Watson, the supercomputer. If you haven’t yet heard about Watson, Watson is the

In the News 3-2-11

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Read about AT&T’s new ShopAlerts feature and new security settings for Facebook, In the News. Continue reading

In the News 2-23-11

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Artificial Intelligence triumphs over humans, making humankind the winner.

It was the biggest man-versus-machine supremacy test in history since “Deep Blue”, the IBM computer that beat world chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997. Watson is the IBM computer that researchers have been prepping to take on humans in the

In the News 2-16-11

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Insomnia? Your phone can help.

If you have an Android phone and you have trouble falling asleep, this one’s for you. Mizo Software Solutions has come up with a great app: Relax and Sleep. This application is a free sound-generator that lets you create your own custom

In the News 2-09-11

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

In China news today…

Mine is bigger than yours.

They built the world’s largest supercomputer. They built “Optimus Prime”, the world’s largest transformer (out of recyclable materials, I might add). Apparently they like the “mine is bigger than yours” concept, because now China

In the News 1-26-11

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

“Thank you, but I’m not interested.”

How many times have you just sat down to dinner and had the phone ring and when you pick it up you hear, “Hi! You have just won an all-expense paid trip to somewhere-you-have-always-wanted-to-go-but-couldn’t-afford!” and just hung up? The calls are irritating, to say the least (especially since the calls always seem to come… Continue reading

In The News 1-19-11

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Cloning the Ice Age.

Japanese researchers are launching a project to revive the extinct woolly mammoth, using cloning technology to bring it back in an estimated 5-6 year’s time. They will do this by using the tissue obtained from a mammoth carcass that has been preserved in a Russian research laboratory, the Yomiuri Shimbun (a mass-circulation daily) reported.

In the News 1-12-11

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

This week: Cool gadgets that are “in the news”.

A refrigerator to tweet about?

Did you ever find yourself standing at the refrigerator thinking about how much you would love to tweet someone about what you are about to eat?

I am not joking.

Samsung has… Continue reading

In the News 01-05-11

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

This week in the News…

December 29, 2010.

3-feet high eggs could be South Korea’s wave of the future.

Well, not eggs, exactly. Twenty-nine egg-shaped bots (named Engkey) have started teaching English to South Korean children as part of a pilot program aimed at supporting the blossoming robot industry.

The 3.3ft high bots… Continue reading

Google Realtime

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Whether it’s Google making it so results are displayed as we type them in, or some other web-innovation, we all know that the way information is displayed on the web is constantly changing.

That’s what makes Google Realtime so cool.

Google Realtime is basically an automatically updating newsfeed that displays the latest results on a given topic. It gathers its results from various social media websites (like… Continue reading

Smart Carpet and McAfee In the News

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Caregivers get Smart.

Caregivers of elderly and disabled friends, relatives, and patients are eagerly looking forward to getting “Smart”, thanks to Mizzou University of Missouri’s electrical and computer engineering professor, Harry Tyrer, Jr.

The professor has invented the “Smart Carpet”, a computerized flooring system that uses embedded sensors to monitor walking activity and then sends the data to a computer that… Continue reading

Google Earth 6.0 and Google Body Browser

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

November 29, 2010.
Google Launches Google Earth, version 6.0.

Google Earth has come a long way since its inception in 2005. It still maps the earth by satellite and aerial photography, but it’s not all about the earth anymore. Now you can take tours of sites on the moon that are narrated by Apollo astronauts, go diving in an… Continue reading

Chromium OS

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Russ asks:

What is Chromium OS? Is it an operating system that can be used by an average computer user without knowledge of programming, just the average guy who uses Windows?

Russ, as an average (or perhaps below average) guy who uses Windows, what I can tell you is that the answer to this question has been difficult for me to understand… Continue reading

Tech News for 08-11-10

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Access Multiple Gmail Accounts
Do you have more than one Gmail account? I know I do: One for personal use, and another which I use when I register for a website (to ensure my personal email is not spammed till the end of time). Previously, Gmail accounts have only allowed users to access a single account at a single time when using the same web browser. Last… Continue reading

Wave Goodbye, Google Wave

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

It appears this horse never got out of the stable. Google Wave, Google’s real-time communication app that allowed the input of live text, dragging and dropping of images and more, all in your web browser, has been killed off quietly.

Here’s part of the announcement from Google’s Official Blog:

“…when we launched our developer preview of Google Wave, a web

Tech News for 07-14-10

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Facebook, the popular social networking platform, has purchased Nextstop, a site which provided user added lists of interesting things to do in locations around the world. During the announcement of the purchase, Nextstop stated that they would be shutting down the service on September 1. Those currently using the service have two months to continue using Nextstop and will also have the ability to export the… Continue reading

Tech News for 06-30-10

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Last week the iPhone 4 made a well known entrance into the world, with 1.5 million devices being sold on the first day of its availability. But almost immediately after the release, consumers began to report problems with the device, relating to the loss of cellular reception when holding the bottom left corner of the phone in a certain way. As more users began to report this issue… Continue reading

Tech News for 06-23-10

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Remember when IBM’s Deep Blue computer defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov in May 1997? IBM is ready to challenge human knowledge again with their supercomputer named “Watson”. Watson will complete against human players in the game of Jeopardy, although it does have a tendency to crash or answer a series of questions incorrectly. The supercomputer has already completed against humans in IBM’s development environment, but there are… Continue reading

Tech News for 06-15-10

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
Last week, a group of hackers gained access to email accounts belonging to 114,000 iPad users, including some high-profile users such as Mike Bloomberg and Janet Robinson. The FBI even opened an investigation into AT&T and the security breach to determine if there was any wrong doing. The cellular carrier stated this week that it plans to work through legal channels to prosecute those hackers who located a vulnerability in

Tech News for 06-09-10

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

AT&T has removed their older iPhone data plans and replaced them with lower-priced but lower-capacity plans. iPhone users, as well as smartphone users, now have the option between two data plans: A 200MB plan for $15 per month or a 2GB plan for $25 per month. AT&T stated that they introduced these lower data plans because a vast majority of their smartphone users fit into these… Continue reading

Tech News for 05-26-10

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Google TV: Late last week, Google announced their new upcoming product: Google TV. Google TV will be a platform which combines television and the Internet, allowing you to quickly access your favorite websites from the comfort of your couch, view content from YouTube and other media websites on your television, and also navigate and schedule your cable television channels. Google TV will be built using Android and Google… Continue reading

Tech News for 05-19-10

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Google will discontinue selling the Nexus One, their Google Android Phone, on their website; instead opting to partner with cell phone carriers in order to sell their phones inside brick and mortar stores. Google had originally planned to sell the Nexus One through their web store without a service plan, however, the search engine giant stated that customers want hands-on experience before buying a phone, and the ability… Continue reading

Tech News for 03-24-10

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

As many Internet users may know, Russia is one of the hotspots for spammers and fraud online. Well, beginning on April 1st, the Russian government has plans to change that. From that date forward, those who register a .ru domain, which is the top-level domain allocated to the country of Russia, will be required to provide a copy of their password for verification of their identity. Russia hopes… Continue reading

Tech News for 03-17-10

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has released a Internet speed test service to assist customers in comparing their actual Internet speeds to the speeds advertised by their broadband Internet provider. In preparation for the National Broadband Plan, a program by the FCC to ensure that all Americans, including those in rural regions of the country, have access to broadband Internet. The Internet speed test and information… Continue reading

Tech News for 03-10-10

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Apple announced on Friday that customers will be able to purchase the Apple iPad on April 3, with pre-orders beginning on March 12. However, it was also noted that the 3G model may not be available until the end of April. Steve Jobs announced the device on January 27 during his keynote speech, but has since stated that the iPad will not support tethering, even though the iPhone… Continue reading

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