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October 11, 2012
19:20 // 2 years ago
October 3, 2012
When SOPA-PIPA blew up, it was a transformative event. There were eight million e-mails [to elected representatives] in two days. People were dropping their names as co-sponsors within minutes, not hours.
MPAA CEO Chris Dodd • Discussing the aftermath of the death of SOPA/PIPA during a speech at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Tuesday night. While the former Democratic senator didn’t seem thrilled to discuss the topic, attendees seemed unwilling to let Dodd avoid the subject. Eventually, Dodd did say he felt that portrayals of the bills’ reach was “over the top”, but also said, in no uncertain terms, that they would not return in the future. “These bills are dead, they’re not coming back,” said Dodd, adding, “And they shouldn’t. I think we’re better served by sitting down [with the tech sector and SOPA opponents] and seeing what we agree on.”  source
17:03 // 2 years ago
October 2, 2012
Even if you think that Cody Wilson should be allowed to move forward with the Wiki Weapon project, is anybody really surprised that the beginning stages of such a plan would involve cancelled leases and an ATF investigation? Honestly, we feel like he’s pretty lucky he didn’t get a knock on the door from Homeland Security (or any other federal agency for that matter) until he started asking questions of his own. source

Even if you think that Cody Wilson should be allowed to move forward with the Wiki Weapon project, is anybody really surprised that the beginning stages of such a plan would involve cancelled leases and an ATF investigation? Honestly, we feel like he’s pretty lucky he didn’t get a knock on the door from Homeland Security (or any other federal agency for that matter) until he started asking questions of his own. source

18:16 // 2 years ago
October 1, 2012

Numbers point to a disappointing launch for Windows 8

  • 1.64% of Windows PCs were running the RTM build — completed software not yet for sale — of Windows 7 only 26 days before launch date.
  • 0.33% of Windows PCs are running the Windows 8 RTM at this time, with the same 26 days to go before the operating system’s planned launch on October 26. source
16:00 // 2 years ago
September 28, 2012
thisistheverge:

Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘We fell short’ on new Maps app in iOS 6, suggests third-party alternatives
Apple has been under fire since last week’s launch of iOS 6 and its new, in-house Maps app — and now Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has published an open letter in which he admits that the new app “fell short” of the company’s high standards.

Holy. Crap. Wow.

thisistheverge:

Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘We fell short’ on new Maps app in iOS 6, suggests third-party alternatives

Apple has been under fire since last week’s launch of iOS 6 and its new, in-house Maps app — and now Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has published an open letter in which he admits that the new app “fell short” of the company’s high standards.

Holy. Crap. Wow.

9:05 // 2 years ago
September 27, 2012
10:50 // 2 years ago
September 26, 2012
Ocean Exploration: Google has released a new collection of panoramic underwater images, powered by Street View, created with high quality photos provided by The Catlin Seaview Survey. Only a few locations have been added at this time, though Google says they’ll continue to update the Ocean collection with new underwater panoramas on a regular basis. So, what do you think? (Photo via Google Maps) source

Ocean Exploration: Google has released a new collection of panoramic underwater images, powered by Street View, created with high quality photos provided by The Catlin Seaview Survey. Only a few locations have been added at this time, though Google says they’ll continue to update the Ocean collection with new underwater panoramas on a regular basis. So, what do you think? (Photo via Google Maps) source

13:51 // 2 years ago

Turns out Apple, Google engineers have passwords as bad as yours and mine

  • 100GB worth of website logs remained publicly available on the servers of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Some of the unencrypted plaintext files included user names, passwords, and users’ site activity.
  • 100k computer engineers, including employees of Apple and Google, had their personal data compromised by the oversight. IEEE is the world’s largest professional trade organization for computer engineers, and the leak affected nearly one-fourth of its 411,000 members. So what was the most common password? "123456" source
13:04 // 2 years ago
September 23, 2012
nbcnews:

Put down the phone and walk! Teen pedestrian injuries on rise
(Photo: James Whitaker / Getty Images)
Many of us have done it — checked our phones to read a new text or send a quick tweet as we stroll down the street. It only takes a few seconds, right?  And while we know we should watch where we’re going, we think, worst case: we’ll bump into the person in front of us, or trip on the sidewalk.
But experts are blaming texting and walking on the rising number of pedestrian injuries and deaths among teens. Walking safely, they say, is, in fact, a two way street: it requires the focused attention of both pedestrians and drivers.
Read the complete story.

True story: A New Jersey town actually banned this practice.

nbcnews:

Put down the phone and walk! Teen pedestrian injuries on rise

(Photo: James Whitaker / Getty Images)

Many of us have done it — checked our phones to read a new text or send a quick tweet as we stroll down the street. It only takes a few seconds, right?  And while we know we should watch where we’re going, we think, worst case: we’ll bump into the person in front of us, or trip on the sidewalk.

But experts are blaming texting and walking on the rising number of pedestrian injuries and deaths among teens. Walking safely, they say, is, in fact, a two way street: it requires the focused attention of both pedestrians and drivers.

Read the complete story.

True story: A New Jersey town actually banned this practice.

(via nbcnews)

10:53 // 2 years ago
September 19, 2012

Google’s shares now worth $25 more than Apple’s

  • $727.50 Per share when the market closed on Wednesday (September 19) which tops Apple’s $702.10. A portion of the credit is being given to the Nexus 7, which sold out quickly, though demand has tapered some since the initial buyers rush. Things are clearly looking up for the company though, at least according to Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora. “The good news is, we’re seeing phenomenal growth in mobile queries across the board,” said Arora during a recent earnings call, adding, “Mobile is, right now, where search was in 1999.” source
17:23 // 2 years ago