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  • Governments are Racing to Make the Internet a Gun-Free Zone

    07/21/2014 8:53:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Despite the fact that I consider the prevailing majority of Facebook posts to be the single largest culprit of wasted broadband, I do hold a certain amount of awe for the internet. Shortly after Al Gore invented the technology, the instantaneous exchange of information became a global phenomenon. (Although, those early dial ups can hardly be considered “instantaneous.”) The internet might be, in most cases, the last beacon of relative freedom. Ideas can be spread, information disseminated, and cute kitten pictures shared… All with a simple click of a wireless mouse. While there is an amazing amount of debauchery...
  • Have Intelligence Agencies Become Too Reliant on Technology?

    07/16/2014 11:55:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 16, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- A newly leaked document stolen by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden last year reveals that one of the NSA's partner agencies within the "Five Eyes" Anglo-intelligence network -- Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), responsible for signals intelligence -- dedicated vast resources to fooling around on the Internet, according to journalist Glenn Greenwald. The GCHQ has reportedly developed tools capable of playing with the results of online polls; sending out spoof emails and Microsoft Office documents that, once opened, can grab and transmit files and info from a user's computer; collecting data from public profiles on...
  • German NSA Inquiry Considers Typewriters

    07/14/2014 4:27:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    The Local ^ | 14 Jul 2014
    The head of Germany's parliamentary inquiry into the NSA spying scandal has suggested the government return to using typewriters to protect national secrets from prying eyes. German soldier allegedly spied for US (09 Jul 14) 'Wake up Germany and smell the cyber-coffee' (08 Jul 14) 'Enough!' Germans say in latest US spy scandal (07 Jul 14) Germany's politicians are considering going back to using old-fashioned typewriters to create sensitive documents, head of the inquiry committee Patrick Sensburg told ARD broadcaster on Monday. “Unlike other inquiry committees, we are investigating an ongoing situation. Intelligence activities are still going on, they are...
  • JOSEPH GIGLIO: Let the Highway Trust Fund crumble

    07/14/2014 11:46:51 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Quincy Patriot Ledger ^ | July 12, 2014 | Joseph Giglio
    The federal Highway Trust Fund, which provides transportation funding to the states, is projected to run dry in August. But with a technology-driven revolution underway in the way Americans use surface transportation, applying yesterday’s solution and simply replenishing the fund won’t solve the problem. According to the Obama administration, if the fund is exhausted, states will be forced to put off 112,000 highway construction and 5,600 transit projects, resulting in the loss of 700,000 jobs. When dealing with the government, there are always plenty of zeroes to go around. The traditional source of revenue for the trust fund is the...
  • The 17 Most Exciting New Tech Products That Will Launch Before The End Of The Year

    07/07/2014 6:47:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/07/2014 | Steve Kovach
    The year is halfway over, but there's still plenty of time for new major tech products to hit the market. Here's a look at the most important stuff we're expecting to launch before the end of 2014. 1. All eyes are on Apple's iWatch. Apple is expected to launch its first major new product, the so-called iWatch, in October. According to numerous reports from sources like 9to5Mac, the iWatch will focus heavily on health and fitness monitoring. For example, it'll be able to track your steps, hydration, heart rate, and other vitals. The iWatch is also said to have a...
  • How Today's Technology Is Rapidly Catching Up to Star Trek

    07/02/2014 6:31:31 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 49 replies
    huffingtonpost ^ | : 07/01/2014 5:59 pm EDT | Vivek Wadhwa
    In a distant part of the galaxy, 300 years in the future, Starship Enterprise Captain James T. Kirk talks to his crew via a communicator; has his medical officer assess medical conditions through a handheld device called a tricorder; synthesizes food and physical goods using his replicator; and travels short distances via a transporter. Kirk's successors hold meetings in virtual-reality chambers, called holodecks, and operate alien spacecraft using displays mounted on their foreheads. All this takes place in the TV series Star Trek, and is of course science fiction.
  • Russian government dumps Intel and AMD in favor of homemade processors

    06/23/2014 8:38:15 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 84 replies
    engadget ^ | Sharif Sakr
    Russia's policy on Western technology is clear: The country can live without it, especially if key issues like economic sanctions, NSA spying and GPS cooperation aren't resolved to its leader's satisfaction. It looks like this tough stance extends to US-designed computer chips too, as a Russian business newspaper is reporting that state departments and state-run companies will no longer purchase PCs built around Intel or AMD processors. Instead, starting in 2015, the government will order up to one million devices annually based on the "Baikal" processor, which is manufactured by a domestic company called T-Platforms.
  • Soon, Your Car Can Run On Coffee!

    06/21/2014 11:53:34 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    Deccan Herald ^ | June 19, 2014
    Waste coffee grinds could be turned into a sustainable fuel to power vehicles, scientists have found. Oil can be extracted from coffee grounds by soaking them in an organic solvent, before being chemically transformed into biodiesel via a process called 'transesterification', according to researchers from the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies at University of Bath. As part of the study, the researchers made biofuel from ground coffee produced in 20 different geographic regions, including caffeinated and decaffeinated forms, as well as Robusta and Arabica varieties. "Around 8 million tonnes of coffee are produced globally each year and ground waste coffee...
  • Could Streaming Music Go The Way Of The Betamax?

    06/12/2014 6:53:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/11/14 | Christopher Versace
    Hollywood and the recording industry, often called the content industry, have a long and ignoble history of opposition to new technology. That list now includes streaming services. The record industry is pushing every button to try to kill off this growing marketplace. Look at Pandora, which had 77 million active listeners at the end of May. During the month those millions and millions of people listened to 1.73 billion hours of Pandora programming, a 28% increase year over year. Wall Street expects Pandora to grow its revenue 38% this year to 900 million – that’s the good news. The bad...
  • New Metal-Air Battery Drives Car 1800Km Without Recharge

    06/10/2014 6:46:54 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 92 replies
    IFLScience.com ^ | 9JUN2014 | Stephen Luntz
    Israeli company Phinergy claim to have produced a battery that can power a Citroen C1 for 3000km, and have demonstrated a 1800km drive with a more practical version, three times that available from commercial electric cars. Even more dramatically, the battery weighs just 100km, a fifth of the weight of those in the Tesla Model S. Metal-air batteries use the oxygen in the air around them, rather than storing it in liquid or solid chemicals. They can store far more energy than most competing technologies. Not needing to contain the oxygen can also cut the weight dramatically – Phinergy claim...
  • Google Will Soon Introduce 'Nearby' To Let Others Know When You're Around (Trunc)

    06/09/2014 11:30:22 AM PDT · by illiac · 64 replies
    Android Police ^ | 6/9/14 | Nadroid Police
    A couple of months ago, we posted one of our early Google Search/Now rumors, and it was something of a long range rumor compared to others. While things like parking reminders, proper timer management, and bill pay reminders have already seen their public release, the ability to set contact-based reminders ("remind me when I'm with this person"), hasn't come forward yet. But it will likely appear very soon with a new feature in Android called Nearby, which will allow new interactions between you and nearby people, places, and things.
  • A computer just passed the Turing Test in landmark trial

    06/09/2014 5:04:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/9/14 | TERRENCE MCCOY
    ....In 1950, famed London scientist Alan Turing, considered one of the fathers of artificial intelligence, published a paper that put forth that very question. But as quickly he asked the question, he called it “absurd.” The idea of thinking was too difficult to define. Instead, he devised a separate way to quantify mechanical “thinking.”.... What he meant was: Can a computer trick a human into thinking it’s actually a fellow human? That question gave birth to the “Turing Test” 65 years ago... For a computer to pass the test, it must only dupe 30 percent of the human interrogators who...
  • Jesse Jackson Demands ‘Diversity’ from Silicon Valley (Part II)

    06/08/2014 3:39:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 8, 2014 | Carl Horowitz
    Editor's note: This column is Part II in a series. Click here for Part I. The information technology industry long has been one of Jesse Jackson’s targets. Well over a decade ago Rainbow/PUSH established its Silicon Valley Project office. There is enormous money to be extracted on behalf of minority groups ostensibly “excluded” from tech industry employment. Whether such concessions benefit a particular company is immaterial. Jackson is a power broker. His specialty is confrontation. He disingenuously uses imagery of fairness and togetherness when it suits his needs, but his ulterior motive is anything but a “win-win.” The world of...
  • GPS in teddy bear leads Athens police to thief

    06/06/2014 5:30:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    OnLine Athens ^ | 6-5-14 | Joe Johnson
    A GPS device hidden inside a teddy bear on Tuesday led police to a thief. Athens-Clarke County police said that Mid-Atlantic Clothing Recycling had recently been experiencing thefts of clothing from its collection bin at Georgia Square Mall. To combat the thefts, a company manager concealed a GPS device inside a teddy bear and he placed it in a bag of clothing that was then tossed into the collection bin, according to police. At about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, the manager called police to report that the teddy bear was on the move, headed toward Timothy Road. An officer in the...
  • French Man Developed 3D Metal Printer for Just 600€: Capable of printing in steel, titanium and more

    06/02/2014 6:03:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | June 2, 2014 | Eddie Krassenstein
    The TIG process, utilized by StrongPrint With today's technology, we have seen some major progress being made within the 3D printing space. Within a couple of years, we have seen 3D printers go from being priced in the $2500+ range, to becoming as affordable as purchasing a video game console. Today, just about anyone can afford to purchase a 3D printer, yet mass adoption has not begun to take place. One of the reasons for this, is because of the limited number of materials that affordable consumer level 3D printers are capable of printing with. We are limited to the...
  • What part will you play in your future?

    05/31/2014 1:18:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Dubai National ^ | May 31, 2014 | Ambassador Umej Singh Bhatia
    Human Capital I was honoured to be invited to speak recently at Dubai International Academy’s graduation ceremony for the class of 2014. This diverse class spanned 32 nationalities.What was remarkable for me was how the UAE provided an invaluable setting for this net increase in human capital development. Dubai and the UAE had offered these young people a solid base for the next step of their academic and personal journey. As a Singaporean, whose country relies on developing human capital as its key resource, this resonated strongly with me. They were a talented and dedicated group of young men and...
  • Finns Beat US With Low Tech Take on School

    05/30/2014 5:23:03 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 18 replies
    politico ^ | 5-27-2014 | Caitlin Emma
    At the start of morning assembly in the state-of-the-art Viikki School here, students’ smartphones disappear. In math class, the teacher shuts off the Smartboard and begins drafting perfect circles on a chalkboard. The students — some of the highest-achieving in the world — cut up graphing paper while solving equations using their clunky plastic calculators. Finnish students and teachers didn’t need laptops and iPads to get to the top of international education rankings, said Krista Kiuru, minister of education and science at the Finnish Parliament. And officials say they aren’t interested in using them to stay there. That’s in stark...
  • How Smartphones Can Warn You of an Impending Earthquake

    05/28/2014 6:03:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, May 28, 2014 | Joseph George
    Imagine getting an alert on your smartphone seconds before an earthquake strikes. If ongoing research and experiments by various governmental and non-governmental agencies succeed, we could soon receive such a notification, seconds or even minutes before the tremors, thereby saving precious lives. Starting with an initiative by the Community Seismic Network of the California Institute of Technology to the Qatar Computing Research Institute, which has announced various projects related to emergency response in times of an earthquake or other similar natural disasters, efforts are on to leverage the potential of the smartphone and other smart devices to one day being...
  • The Robots Are Coming, And They Are Replacing Warehouse Workers And Fast Food Employees

    05/25/2014 5:49:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    TEC ^ | 05/24/2014 | Michael Snyder
    There are already more than 101 million working age Americans that are not employed and 20 percent of the families in the entire country do not have a single member that has a job. So what in the world are we going to do when robots start taking millions upon millions more of our jobs? Thanks to technology, the balance of power between employers and workers in this country is shifting dramatically in favor of the employers. These days, many employers are wondering why they are dealing with so many human worker "headaches" when they can just use technology to...
  • How Hillary's Chinese baggage could see the light of day

    05/24/2014 8:31:07 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 5-24-14 | Thomas Lifson
    Hillary Clinton remains the presumptive Democrat nominee for president on 2016, and if polls are to be believed, has an excellent chance of being elected. One of the most shocking elements of her past is the access the Chinese government was given to advanced missile technology during what she herself referred to as the “co-presidency” she and Bill Clinton held from 1993-2001. ~snip~ (Doug) Ross has realized that one person could make public this information, and has laid out his case for doing so in an open letter that we reprint here with permission. For the complete letter with pictures,...
  • CIS: Nearly 8 Million Stem Degree Holders In U.S. Not Working In Stem Fields

    05/21/2014 11:23:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    NUMBERS USA ^ | 05/21/2014
    A new study from the Center for Immigration Studies asks whether or not there is a shortage of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workers in the United States, and their resounding conclusion is "no". The report released today and written by CIS researchers Steve Camarota and Karen Zeigler found that there are more than 5 million native-born Americans with an undergraduate degree in STEM, but not working in STEM with another 1.2 million degree holders not working at all. Additionally, there are 1.6 million foreign-born residents with an undergraduate degree in STEM that are also not working in STEM...
  • What STEM Shortage? The sector isn’t seeing wage growth and has more graduates than jobs.

    05/20/2014 6:40:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/20/2014 | Steven Camarota
    The idea that we need to allow in more workers with science, technology, engineering, and math (“STEM”) background is an article of faith among American business and political elite. But in a new report, my Center for Immigration Studies colleague Karen Zeigler and I analyze the latest government data and find what other researchers have found: The country has well more than twice as many workers with STEM degrees as there are STEM jobs. Also consistent with other research, we find only modest levels of wage growth for such workers for more than a decade. Both employment and wage data...
  • 'First billionaire in hip-hop' Dre boasts of Apple Beats deal on Facebook

    05/09/2014 6:51:26 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    CNET ^ | 5/9/14 | Luke Westaway
    Appearing to confirm rumours of a $3.2 billion Apple buyout, the Beats co-founder says the Forbes rich list has changed "in a big way".
  • The Peer-to-Peer Economy: Death Blow to the State

    05/09/2014 6:32:56 AM PDT · by all the best · 4 replies
    Liberty.me ^ | May 5, 2014 | Jeffrey Tucker
    This morning I saw a lovely stained glass window, pulled out my smartphone, snapped a photo, and shot it around to friends. It’s so automatic now that I don’t even think about it. It’s like a motor skill. But wait just a moment. Also this morning, I was at the drugstore and saw a wall of film for sale, the kind you shove into a camera, send off for processing, and get glossies in return. Who does this anymore? Some people apparently. We are in the transition phase from one type of technology to another, and such stores find it...
  • 10 Modern Technologies We Lived Without in Primitive, Pre-Millennial America

    05/08/2014 8:12:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/08/2014 | PAULA BOLYARD
    While the 1970s are known for some terrifying fashions and the human indignity of the Disco Era, the decade (with some assists from the previous generation) also gave us some amazing technological advancements that many of us take for granted today. Here are ten that changed the world:1. Microwave Ovens Before the 1970s, our only option for heating up leftover pizza was the conventional oven and we didn’t have the luxury of 4-minute microwave popcorn (gross as it is). Though the “Radarange” was first sold in the United States in 1947, it wasn’t until the ovens became affordable for...
  • How test-tube meat could be the future of food

    05/01/2014 12:05:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | April 30, 2014 | Brandon Griggs
    In a nondescript hotel ballroom last month at the South by Southwest Interactive festival, Andras Forgacs offered a rare glimpse at the sci-fi future of food. Before an audience of tech-industry types, Forgacs produced a plate of small pink wafers -- "steak chips," he called them -- and invited people up for a taste. But these were no ordinary snacks: Instead of being harvested from a steer, they had been grown in a laboratory from tiny samples of animal tissue. One taster's verdict on this Frankenmeat? Not bad, actually. "It was delicious. It tasted like a thin piece of beef...
  • The Missing Middle Class: Jobs in the Second Machine Age

    04/27/2014 2:55:50 PM PDT · by anymouse · 56 replies
    Xconomy ^ | March 21, 2014 | Wade Roush
    Technological change is not a tide that lifts all boats in our economy. The truth is that it’s more like a tsunami. It threatens to overturn all the boats and drown their occupants, sparing only the lucky few who have already reached safety in the hills. That’s the kind of admission you won’t often see here in the pages of Xconomy. The X in our name, after all, stands for exponential, a reference to the stunning pace of technological progress and economic growth over the past 75 years—growth attributable largely to advances in computer hardware and software and the organizational...
  • So long, net neutrality? FCC to propose new pay-for-preferential treatment rules

    04/25/2014 4:35:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    PC World ^ | 4/25/14 | Grant Gross
    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will take public comments before moving forward with a new set of net neutrality rules that sparked controversy when they were leaked in a news report earlier Wednesday. The FCC will release a proposal soon to reinstate net neutrality rules that would allow broadband providers to negotiate with content providers for preferential treatment, an agency official confirmed Wednesday.
  • Privacy, Please

    04/23/2014 4:44:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 23, 2014 | John Stossel
    Scarlett Johansson left nude photos of herself on her computer. A hacker grabbed them and sent them to gossip websites. A Pennsylvania high school issued laptop computers to students and then remotely activated the laptops' cameras to watch the students when they were away from school. On my computer, a program called Disconnect reveals that my favorite websites spy on me and track what I like to read, what I browse, what I buy. Privacy is almost a thing of the past. As I explain on my show this week, I follow the advice of "experts." I buy anti-virus software...
  • NASA's new mission: Warbots?

    04/22/2014 5:57:36 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 8 replies
    WND ^ | April 22, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    'Terminator' coming alive as agency explores humanoids 'for Earth applications'While the federal government’s increased use and advocacy of drones over U.S. skies is widely known, its promotion of another technological advancement has received less attention: the accelerated deployment of “humanoid robots” into American society. WND has discovered that NASA is recruiting help from industry and academia to speed up the commercialization of such robotic humanoids “for Earth applications.” Among the applications is warfare, the agency said. NASA said technical hurdles remain before sending human-like machines into combat operations and other “hazardous and remote environments.” Among the obstacles are “object recognition/detection”...
  • Smartphone Kill Switch Could Become Federal Law

    04/22/2014 5:17:01 PM PDT · by ponygirl · 68 replies
    Information Week ^ | February 15, 2014 | Thomas Claburn
    A week after California State Senator Mark Leno (D-CA) proposed a bill requiring a kill switch for smartphones sold in the state, federal lawmakers have put forward a similar bill. On Thursday, US Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) introduced national legislation to require a way to disable smartphones remotely. The goal is to deter theft and protect consumers, but this defense against thieves might come with greater vulnerability to hackers, according to a mobile industry trade group.
  • Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One (M8): Which is the best Android phone in the world?

    04/22/2014 11:50:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    bgr.com (Boy Genius Report) ^ | 4/17/14 | Zach Epstein
    For smartphone fans around the world, things really started to get interesting over the past couple of months. First, Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone in late February, revealing a smartphone that was quite impressive and touted a number of great new features, but failed to live up to the hype stirred up by dozens of rumors. Then, HTC unveiled its own flagship phone, the HTC One (M8), and launched it the very same day.
  • Is it a phone? The hilarious reactions of baffled children presented with a Sony Walkman..

    04/15/2014 9:47:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 118 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 15, 2014 | Sadie Whitelocks
    Children's perplexed reactions to a Sony Walkman have been caught on camera, with the majority frustrated at operating clunky buttons over a touch screen. Los Angeles-based filmmakers Benny and Rafi Fine asked volunteers aged six to 13 to guess what the bulky device was, with suggestions including a 'walkie-talkie' or 'boombox'. 'What is this?' one nine-year-old girl quizzed as she investigated the Eighties-era cassette player, while another exclaimed 'I'm not going to give up, I'm a survivor,' as she determinedly tried to figure out how it worked.
  • Politics Test Silicon Valley's Russian Ties

    04/14/2014 11:53:13 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 | Martha Mendoza
    Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley's fast-growing financial ties with Russia's tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin. "It's safe to say a lot of investors here are taking a step back to see how the situation will unfold," said Alexandra Johnson, who manages a $100 million venture fund called DFJ VTP Aurora, a Menlo Park, Calif., branch of Russian bank VTB.
  • Stain-Resistant White Jeans? Welcome to the Future.

    04/08/2014 5:57:19 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 23 replies
    Yahoo Shine ^ | April 7,2014 | Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion
    A pair of white jeans is a spring must-have, but it's certainly not the most practical piece of clothing you can own. One small misstep— sitting on a dirty chair, spilling just a couple drops of coffee — and your crisp pants have a huge stain that may not only ruin your day, but could ruin those jeans forever. White jeans are gorgeous, but only when they look flawless. Now, one premium denim brand has a solution to the dirty-jeans dilemma: a specially formulated, stain-resistant coating guaranteed to repel potentially damaging liquids like coffee, soda, and yes, even red wine.
  • Alternate to FireFox ~ Startpage

    04/04/2014 9:21:02 AM PDT · by Howard Morrison · 21 replies
    04/04/2014 | Howard Morrison
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  • The Tech Industry’s Immigration Lies: Is there really a shortage of high-skill American workers?

    04/03/2014 9:15:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/03/2014 | Arnold Ahlert
    One of the primary narratives associated with comprehensive immigration reform has nothing to do with the millions of low-skill workers that would be granted an opportunity to compete against Americans for jobs. As a letter sent to the president and Congressional leaders signed by more than 100 chief executives of major tech companies and trade associations indicates, there is a shortage of highly-skilled American labor that drives reform as well. Yet as The Atlantic’s Michael S. Teitelbaum reveals, that narrative is a lie.“A compelling body of research is now available, from many leading academic researchers and from respected research organizations...
  • Texas Overtakes California, Leads Nation In Tech Exports

    03/29/2014 10:46:21 AM PDT · by Spktyr · 60 replies
    Surpassing California for the first time, Texas is leading the nation in technology-related exports, according to a new report. State companies that make computers, semiconductors and communications equipment, among other products, exported more than $45 billion in products in 2012, according to the TechAmerica Foundation, a tech industry lobbying firm. That was driven by Texas’ 7 percent growth — about $3 billion — in tech exports from 2011. Tech exports supported nearly 1.5 million jobs nationwide and about 331,000 jobs in Texas, according to the report. California, meanwhile, declined 2.8 percent, to $44.8 billion in technology exports. Technology exports accounted...
  • Brendan Eich, Mozilla's Alpha Nerd, Takes Over as CEO (Q&A)

    03/25/2014 12:06:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    CNET ^ | March 24, 2014 | Stephen Shankland
    The inventor of JavaScript and the Firefox developer's chief technology officer now is running the show. Top agenda items: Firefox OS and Mozilla services.Brendan Eich, the programmer who invented JavaScript in a 10-day burst of activity at Netscape in 1995, now is the chief executive of Mozilla, the nonprofit organization that develops the Firefox browser and Firefox OS mobile operating system. Eich worked on the Netscape Navigator browser and -- after Microsoft won the first browser wars of the 1990s -- on Mozilla's effort to make something useful of the Netscape open-source code base. Although Mozilla succeeded in restoring competition...
  • The Brutal Ageism of the Tech Industry

    03/24/2014 6:30:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    TNR ^ | 03/24/2014 | NOAM SCHEIBER
    "I have more botox in me than any ten people,” Dr. Seth Matarasso told me in an exam room this February. He is a reality-show producer’s idea of a cosmetic surgeon—his demeanor brash, his bone structure preposterous. Over the course of our hour-long conversation, he would periodically fire questions at me, apropos of nothing, in the manner of my young daughter. “What gym do you go to?” “What’s your back look like?” “Who did your nose?” In lieu of bidding me goodbye, he called out, “Love me, mean it,” as he walked away. Twenty years ago, when Matarasso first opened...
  • Technology is not Wisdom

    03/20/2014 5:06:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Americans now have more computer power in their smart phones than did the Pentagon in all its computer banks just 30 years ago. We board a sophisticated jet and assume that the flight is no more dangerous than crossing the street. The downside of this complete reliance on computer gadgetry is a fundamental ignorance of what technology is. Smart machines are simply the pumps that deliver the water of knowledge -- not knowledge itself. What does it matter that millions of American students can communicate across thousands of miles instantly with their iPads and iPhones if a poorly educated generation...
  • A Day Made of Glass

    03/19/2014 6:15:04 PM PDT · by rjsimmon · 22 replies
    THE FUTURE OF GLASS - "AMAZING"! If you wonder why HP, Dell and other leading computer manufacturers believe the end of the computer as we know it is near, here’s why. It's not the iPad that has them concerned about the future. It is developments like the ones Corning is working on that are game-changers:
  • Seattle Restricts Uber and Transportation Innovation

    03/19/2014 2:42:46 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 7 replies
    American Legislative Exchange Council ^ | 3-19-14 | John Stephenson
    In a major setback for innovation in the urban transportation market, the Seattle City Council voted Monday to cap the number of cars that ride-on-demand services like Uber and Lyft may have on the road at any one time. The mayor of Seattle, Ed Murray, has said he will sign it. Under a new ordinance, which is the first of its kind in the United States, companies like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar will be limited to having 150 cars each on the road at a time. This means that ride-on-demand services will collectively have no more than 450 cars on...
  • Ukraine president gives Crimea leaders three hours to release navy chief

    03/19/2014 10:30:08 AM PDT · by don-o · 148 replies
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | March 19, 2014
    Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine's acting president on Wednesday said Crimea's separatist leaders had three hours to release the detained head of the ex-Soviet state's navy or face "an adequate response". Acting president Oleksandr Turchynov said in a statement that "unless Admiral (Sergiy) Gayduk and all the other hostages -- both military and civilian ones -- are released, the authorities will carry out an adequate response... of a technical and technological nature."
  • Can your technology withstand the pace and level of regulatory strain?

    03/18/2014 3:14:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Reuters ^ | 18 March 2014 | (The Knowledge Effect)
    Periods of industry-redefining regulatory change are hardly new. What is unprecedented is the volume and relentless pace of regulation. Organizations have to ensure they can implement the system code changes and update operating processes to comply with the welter of new legislation, regulatory initiatives and rule amendments. And they have less time in which to react to those changes. To further complicate matters, the regulations are coming from multiple sources, with no consideration of whether the objectives are complementary or conflicting, and what the cumulative impact will be. Two primary objectives are driving the extensive regulatory agenda: a desire for...
  • US transfer of Internet control years in the making, fueled by foreign pressure

    03/18/2014 1:36:18 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03-18-14 | Judson Berger
    The decision was announced nonchalantly, in trademark Washington fashion on a Friday afternoon: The U.S. government will cede its last bit of control over the Internet. The government has maintained that influence through contracts with the organization that administers the Internet, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. But a Commerce Department agency announced Friday that it would relinquish control over ICANN, presumably when its contract expires in September 2015. The office said it wants the group to next convene "global stakeholders" to come up with a transition plan -- a transition...
  • Technological advances have given us the ability to make some family portraits extra special

    03/12/2014 3:27:11 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 9 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-12-14 | The Looking Spoon
    I can't even place the very first moment I heard of it, but I was in my very early teens when the internet started "happening."By the time I was 20 we didn't know what we'd do without it, and that was before social media like Facebook was even created.I say that because I really try to imagine in my mind living in the world without any of it, which is only possible because the first third of my life was that way. In some ways it seems nice to me, like life would be less...noisy.And then I see something like...
  • The 12 Jobs Most At Risk Of Being Replaced By Robots

    03/12/2014 1:57:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/12/2014 | Hayley Peterson
    Mobile robots and "smart" computers are threatening to replace up to half the U.S. workforce within the next decade or two, according to a Bloomberg report. The report cites an Oxford University study that identified more than 700 occupations at risk of computer automation. Here are the jobs that are most at risk, based on the study.
  • Texas technology exports exceed California’s numbers

    03/07/2014 1:26:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Daily Toreador ^ | 03/07/2014 | By Kaitlin Bain
    Texas technology exporters have surpassed the number of exports by California of technology equipment including semiconductors, telecommunications devices and computers. According to the Tech America Foundation Tech Trade in the state 2014 report, Texas has surpassed California in technology exports and technology jobs. Kenny Marchant, Dallas/Fort Worth congressional representative, spoke at a press conference about the topic and his excitement for the reports, according to a U.S. press release. “America’s high-tech sector is an innovation powerhouse and one of the fasting-growing elements of global trade,” he said. “High-tech exports play a crucial role in creating new jobs, growing the most...
  • Wireless Tax Burden Harms US Economy

    03/04/2014 3:07:59 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 5 replies
    ALEC ^ | 2-28-14 | Alec Rued
    Since the Federal Communications Commission approved mobile devices for public consumption in 1983, the use of wireless phones has increased by 25 to 35 percent per year. Today, mobile technology is dispersed across more than 90 percent of the U.S. population and the number of cell phones in America exceeds the number of individuals. Americans increasingly rely on this now ubiquitous technology. In fact, the Center for Disease Control reports that a shocking fifty percent of homes rely exclusively on wireless service. Less surprisingly, over 80 percent of participants in the TIME mobile survey believed they could not go a...