Tech News – September 15th 2012 to September 16th 2012
Tech news – September 15th 2012 to September 16th 2012:
- GPS Shoes Guide You Home With a Click of the Heels [VIDEO] –
- Anita LiWith a simple click of the heels, a pair of GPS shoes may make it easier to find your way home.
Created by British designer Dominic Wilcox, the "No Place Like Home GPS Shoes" are programmed to guide you back to your abode "no matter where you are in the world."
Wilcox was inspired by The Wizard of Oz's protagonist, Dorothy Gale, who embarks on a quest to return home after finding herself in the fantasy land of Oz.
"I thought about [the film] and how Dorothy could click her shoes together to go … show all text
- Senior Care Robot Deserves a Hug –
- Kate FreemanIt would be difficult to keep yourself from hugging this helpful robot named Hector. He was designed by Smart Homes, a company based in Netherlands, for CompanionAble, a program that uses technology to help senior citizens live independently.
Hector is an in-home caregiver for elderly people who have mild cognitive impairment. It provides reminders for everyday tasks, like taking medications, calling people back and storing grocery lists. For individuals experiencing occasional memory loss, it's show all text
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- The Foreign Relations Fumbler –
- By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOFIf Mitt Romney keeps misfiring on foreign policy, he’s going to blow up his presidential credentials.
- Google Research Publication: Spanner –
- America’s Leaders: Respect The Competition – Millennial CEO –
- Daniel Newman“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” Eleanor Roosevelt
For as long as I have been a leader of others I have focused on teaching respect. In business this translates in many ways. When it comes to the competition, it means to show respect.
While not all competition is created equal, great competition should bring out the best in others and make them seek to further their cause in order to inspire all of those who follow.
A common behavior I see … show all text
- Samsung responds to the iPhone 5 with inflammatory new ad | The Verge –
Even after suffering a very public and costly defeat to Apple in the US courts, Samsung has lost none of its zeal in marketing itself up against Apple's latest and greatest. Now that the iPhone 5's…
- Beth Noveck: Demand a more open-source government | Video on TED.com –
- TEDTalksWhat can governments learn from the open-data revolution? In this stirring talk, Beth Noveck, the former deputy CTO at the White House, shares a vision of practical openness — connecting bureaucracies to citizens, sharing data, creating a truly participatory democracy. Imagine the "writable society" …
- Microsoft Patent: Whack Your Phone to Shut it Up [VIDEO] –
- Samantha MurphyWish you could just whack your phone to silence it? Microsoft has filed for a patent that could allow users to shut it up in a hurry.
The patent — filed in March 2011 and approved on Thursday — details a “whack-based audio control module” that aims to quiet mobile devices when it's smacked with a hand.
SEE ALSO: Microsoft Patent Details Full-Room Gaming Experience With Wall Projections
“There are a variety of circumstances under which it may be desirable to quickly control a device without ha… show all text
- The power of ignoring mainstream news –
“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” – Thomas Jefferson
Around 2 years ago I stopped reading and watching mainstream news. I don’t read a single newspaper, offline or online, and I don’t watch any TV at all. I recently mentioned this on Twitter and Facebook and it created a lot of discussion, so I wanted to expand on my thoughts and experiences.
When I first started ignoring news, I felt that I was simply making an excuse, that if I show all text
- 52 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed –
- Fran BerkmanBetween the anniversary of 9/11, the attacks on U.S. embassies in the Middle East and the political sparring match that ensued, it was a tumultuous week. At least the weather was nice, right?
It was an incredibly busy week in the tech world, so you may have missed some important stuff if you weren't paying close attention. Apple announced the impending release of the iPhone 5, a new version of iTunes, upgrades to the iPod Touch and Nano lines and even a redesign of the now-iconic earbuds.
Feeli… show all text
- LEAKED! Here’s The White House’s Draft Cybersecurity Executive Order | Techdirt –
Earlier this week, we wrote about how the White House was working on an executive order to act as a "stand in" for cybersecurity legislation that has so far failed to pass Congress (CISPA passed in the House, but a different effort, the…
- Microsoft to give all 94,000 employees new Windows 8 PCs, phones – latimes.com –
Microsoft is giving its 94,000 employees enough new devices to supply a small American city, with each of them getting a new computer, tablet and smartphone.
- BuzzFeed Hires Web Video Pioneer Ze Frank – Peter Kafka – Media – AllThingsD –
- Peter KafkaHere’s a good chocolate/peanut butter combination: Buzzfeed, the click-factory that has figured out Facebook and Twitter, plus Ze Frank, the guy who figured out Web video back in its infancy.
Together they’re going to try to figure out modern-day YouTube.
Buzzfeed has bought Ze Frank’s games/video start-up, which means it has “acqhired” Frank and two of his three employees. Frank’s job is to help Buzzfeed CEO Jonah Peretti break into Google’s video giant.
“Facebook and Twitter have been huge for show all text
- How Muslim Unrest Has Created a Crisis for Romney — New York Magazine –
Muslim unrest has created a challenge for Obama and the nation—and a different kind of crisis for the Romney campaign.
- He Said, She Said, and the Truth –
- By MARGARET SULLIVANThe journalistic practice of giving equal weight to both sides of a story, regardless of any established truth, has many readers fed up.
- William Gibson on Punk Rock, Internet Memes, and ‘Gangnam Style’ | Underwire | Wired.com –
- Geeta DayalWilliam Gibson is excited to see the next video from ‘Gangnam Style’ singer Psy.Photo: Jason Redmond/Wired
If punk emerged today — instead of in 1977 — how would it take hold on the popular consciousness?
“You’d pull it up on YouTube, as soon as it was played,” hypothesized William Gibson in a recent phone interview with Wired. “It would go up on YouTube among the kazillion other things that went up on YouTube that day. And then how would you find it?”
Part 1: William Gibson on Why Sci-Fi Wri… show all text
- NEW ROBOCOP – Imgur –
Imgur is used to share photos with social networks and online communities, and has the funniest pictures from all over the Internet.
- Being More Accessible | TechCrunch –
- Nasir JonesEditor’s note: Nasir Jones is co-founder of 12Society and a multi-platinum recording artist. Follow him at NasirJones.com and on Twitter: @Nas.
On July 24, I found out that my newest album hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200. This isn’t my first time around the block, but it’s one of the most satisfying. I started as a hungry MC from QB, but now I am trying to give back to the hip hop community that made me. So as I stepped to the mic on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” that night, wearing a special 12Society t-… show all text
- Samsung Galaxy S III Anti-iPhone 5 Ad – Business Insider –
- Steve KovachSamsung just sent me an ad that it plans to run in national newspapers tomorrow comparing the iPhone 5 to the Galaxy S III.
The ad breaks down some key specs of the two phones, but it's also a bit misleading. Samsung lists a lot of Galaxy S III-specific software features like sharing photos wirelessly between phones and tilt to zoom, but doesn't mention any iPhone 5-specific features.
The implication is that just because the iPhone 5 doesn't run Samsung's software it's an inferior phone. But Ap… show all text
- AnandTech – The iPhone 5′s A6 SoC: Not A15 or A9, a Custom Apple Core Instead –
- Genius Sleep Apnea Diagnosis Shirt Prototyped On A MakerBot –
- AndrewEvery now and then we hear a story from our users that really inspires us. I’ve shared a few of them (here, here, here, here, here, here…), and many of you readers supply the rest. Here’s another great one to file under MakerBots and Entrepreneurship.
In a senior design course at MIT, Pablo Bello, Carson Darling, and Thomas Lipoma were matched with a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital who works with sleep disorders. Dr. Matt Bianchi told the group that the general way of diagnosing s… show all text
- U.S. Is Preparing for a Long Siege of Arab Unrest –
- By PETER BAKER and MARK LANDLERThe White House is girding itself for an extended period of turmoil that will test the security of American diplomatic missions and President Obama’s ability to shape the forces of change in the Arab world.
- Women Rule the Social Web and Your Sales | Spin Sucks –
- Gini DietrichThere is an older blog post (from January 2010) that keeps making the rounds via the web.
“A Rant About Women” by Clay Shirky is based on the premise that women are not self-promotional, which holds us back. He quotes a magazine editor who tells a friend of his that men promote themselves all the time, but women wait for people to take notice.
He goes on to say that, in order for us to be treated equally, we must be forceful and self-confident. He says:
It’s tempting to imagine that women could… show all text
- Gillmor Gang: Positively 5th Street | TechCrunch –
- Steve GillmorThe Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — split right down the middle on the new iPhone 5. Well, @scobleizerdid. He was bored by the announcement, impressed by the Apple ecosystem, and unable to come up with a good reason why we should buy anything else. @kevinmarksand @jtaschekwon’t be buying it, but I already have.
The Gang touched on the news from Disrupt: Zuck v. HTML 5, @Benioffteasing next week’s Dreamforce, and @scobleizer’s brain trust of Normal show all text
- Twitter / danwho: three of the canyon clean up … –
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- Rick Santorum: Conservatives Will Never Have "Smart People On Our Side" –
Santorum tells values voters to be wary of the media elite.
Image by Jason Reed / Reuters
WASHINGTON, DC — Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum attacked the media and "smart people" for not being on the side of conservatives in a speech to the Values Voter Summit on Saturday.
"We will never have the media on our side, ever, in this country," Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, told the audience at the Omni Shoreham hotel. "We will never have the elite, smart people on our side."
T… show all text
- AnyPresence Named a 2012 Emerging Cloud Computing Vendor by CRN – PR Newswire – The Sacramento Bee –
/PRNewswire/ — AnyPresence, a leading enterprise mobile platform-as-a-service, today announced that it was named a CRN 2012 Emerging Vendor. The company was recognized as one of the key players that are significantly impacting the cloud computing industry.
- BBC News – China’s Vice-President Xi Jinping in public appearance –
The man expected to be China's next leader, Xi Jinping, appears in public after a two-week absence that fuelled speculation about his health.
- Know and show what you got – TwentyFeet – TwentyFeet Wiki –
TwentyFeet is an 'egotracking' service that will help you keep track of your own social media activities and monitor your results. We aggregate metrics from different services, thus giving you the full picture of what happens around you on the web – all in one place.
- California Tries to Guide the Way on Health Law –
- By ABBY GOODNOUGHOfficials in California have begun to set up an online marketplace where millions of residents will be able to shop for medical coverage.
- Hilarious Twitter bug swaps profile pictures and backgrounds of verified celebrities and brands (with images, tweets) · danlev · Storify –
A Twitter bug on September 14th has caused a number of verified celebrity and brand accounts to have their avatars and backgrounds swapped with other verified accounts. The bug also dropped the "Verified" status of those accounts.
- Why You Don’t Need the iPhone 5, by an iPhone Owner –
- Chris TaylorCan you feel it yet? The slow, subtle build-up in peer pressure. The smug, self-satisfied looks from that guy in the office who pre-ordered the iPhone 5 at midnight. The questions from friends who assume that, because you like tech, you're probably getting one. The calculations you catch yourself making, wondering if you could actually afford it, just in theory.
(You're not alone: the hashtag #ButYouGotThatiPhone5Tho was the top worldwide trend on Twitter Friday).
Well, stay strong, my tempted … show all text
- You’re Young. I’m 18. So what? – The Industry –
- Jared EronduToday’s my 18th birthday.
I’ve contemplated keeping my age a secret until I was old enough to buy someone a drink. Or at least until my age didn’t end with “teen.” That way, people would “take me seriously.” But I’ve gotten over it.
It really amazes me how much the world focuses on one’s age and degree(s). Even more so than skill and personality, the most important factors. But today, for my birthday, I’ll try to debunk the silly notion of age > skill. I’ll tell you a little story about me, who… show all text