BBM is proving to be quite a bit more popular than actual BlackBerry phones
- 10M users signed up for BlackBerry’s BBM service during the first 24 hours that the traditionally BlackBerry-exclusive messaging service was available for download on Android and iOS last week.
- 20M new users joined the BBM service during its first week outside of the BlackBerry ecosystem, bringing the new total to 80 million, a 33 percent increase from the 60 million previously registered for BBM. source
» By the way: Apparently one of the suitors for the on-the-market company is Facebook. Ponder that for a few minutes.
15:14 // 4 months ago
The House Committee on Energy and Commerce wanted to speak with John McAfee, the technology pioneer who last year fled a murder investigation in Belize, as part of their investigation into the flawed ObamaCare website,according to emails obtained by CNBC.
Sean Hayes, who serves as counsel for the committee, apparently reached out to Francois Garcia, an attorney for McAfee last week.
"Given the failures of Healthcare.gov, and Mr. McAfee’s expertise, I was hoping he might be able to discuss his views with staff on the hill," Hayes wrote, according to the CNBC emails. "It would be an informal discussion: we would take notes but these would not be for attribution, it would mainly guide our oversight and review of the program."
Credibility, you’re doing it wrong.
15:32 // 4 months ago
The technology in Iron Man is getting a step closer to reality thanks to the United States military. The Army has commissioned a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, which would provide the wearer with superhuman abilities like night vision, enhanced strength, and protection from gunfire.
Each suit would have an on-board computer that would be able to instantly respond to certain situations and provide the user with enhanced situational awareness. According to the press release, the suit may use liquid armor, currently under development at MIT, which has the ability to transform from a “liquid to solid in milliseconds when a magnetic field or electrical current is applied.
It’s all fun and games until somebody decides that what the U.S. military really needs is a Hulk or two…
15:45 // 5 months ago
Uninsured Americans around the country showed up at health centers and logged onto government Web sites Tuesday morning in hopes of being among the first to sign up for coverage under the president’s health-care law, but many ran into technical glitches that prevented them from enrolling.
State and federal health officials reported strong interest in signing up, despite the problems and even though the plans do not kick in until Jan. 1. Applicants will have until March 31 to comply with the new requirement that all Americans carry health insurance or face a fine.
In New York, 2 million people had visited the state’s Web-based insurance marketplace by midday, officials there said. By 7 a.m., 1 million people had visited the federal web site, Healthcare.gov, which is the main enrollment site for 34 states, the president said.
Fast Company and a number of other outlets have also posted articles explaining what the soon-to-be-implemented Affordable Care Act means for freelancers, the self-employed, and a variety of other typically non-insured Americans. Any SFB readers run into technical issues when they tried to sign-up for new health coverage this morning?
16:47 // 5 months ago
A potential landmark case for U.S. regulation of Internet traffic goes before a panel of federal judges on Monday, testing whether the Federal Telecommunications Commission has authority to enforce so-called net neutrality rules.
Net neutrality is the principle that Internet users should be able to access any Web content and use any applications they choose, without restrictions or varying charges imposed by the Internet service provider or the government.
Oral arguments in the case pit Verizon Communications Inc against the FCC. The biggest U.S. wireless provider is challenging the commission’s order that guides how Internet service providers manage their networks.
Industry analysts say that even a complete overturning of the existing FCC regulations is unlikely to drastically change existing business practices, most of which are believed to fall within the rules as they’re written now. Any SFB readers want to offer their thoughts on the matter?
16:16 // 6 months ago