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lister king of smeg writes in with news that Oslo is running out of garbage which it burns to generate heat and electricity. “Oslo, a recycling-friendly place where roughly half the city and most of its schools are heated by burning garbage — household trash, industrial waste, even toxic and dangerous waste from hospitals and drug arrests — has a problem: it has literally run out of garbage to burn. The problem is not unique to Oslo, a city of 1.4 million people. Across Northern Europe, where the practice of burning garbage to generate heat and electricity has exploded in recent decades, demand for trash far outstrips supply.” Back in October we told you about a similar garbage shortage facing Sweden.
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Getting hacked on Twitter is fast becoming a rite of passage for big corporations, but Tuesday's attack on the Associated Press could be a tipping point and shows that social networks must do more to keep their users safe, security experts said.
Being as chiseled as I am is tough. You have to eat right (brownies only every other day), exercise (take the stairs to the attic), and keep tabs on things like your heart rate and body temperature while playing Sim City. That’s why the Basis is one of the best “general purpose” body monitors I’ve seen. The band, which senses your blood flow, body temperature, and perspiration along with steps and motion, is a small, discreet watch-like system that works surprisingly well as a standard pedometer but offers a way to break bad habits and make new ones.
Can we all just stop the nonsense, please? I’ve been sitting here for weeks now, waiting to hear from Nintendo that it’s ready to make major changes with the Wii U. And time and again, I’m left with the company scoffing at such a suggestion. The Wii U will be just fine, Nintendo says. And
Apple’s ridiculously large pile of cash is begging to be put to a use other than getting Wall Street off the company’s back.
No company is in a better position to reshape electronics and Internet media than Apple—but not necessarily because of its design genius or engineering prowess. It’s because of Apple’s wallet.
silentbrad writes sends this excerpt from a blog post about the history of working from home: “Remote working has existed for centuries. And now is the perfect time for its comeback. … Prior to the Industrial Revolution, goods were manufactured by contracting individual craftsmen who worked out of their homes. The merchant would drum up sales, and would coordinate the production with at-home sub-contractors. … This all changed with the Industrial Revolution: production was centralized in factories and cities. For merchant capitalists, this made sense: it was cheaper and more efficient to produce goods in one place, with machinery. … We’ve been in the Information Age for at least 25 years. We’ve made huge leaps in technology. Many of us would describe ourselves as Knowledge Workers: we don’t work in factories, we work at desks in front of glowing screens. We don’t make goods with physical materials, but rather things made out of bits. The great thing about bits + the internet is that the materials and means needed for production aren’t dependent on location. But here’s the funny thing: the way work is organized hasn’t changed. Despite all these advances, most of us still work in central offices. Employees leave their computer-equipped homes and drive long distances to work at computer-equipped offices. … CEOs, like Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer and Apple’s Steve Jobs, think that a central office fosters more innovation and productivity. I think they’re wrong. We’re still early in the research, but recent studies seem to dispute their claim. … Managers have developed centuries worth of habits based on the central workplace. The hallmarks of office work (meetings, cubicle workstations, colocation) need to be seen for what they are: traditions we’ve kept alive since the Industrial Revolution. We need to question these institutions: are they really more innovative and efficient?”
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When you’ve got a computer strapped to your face, do you really want to be talking to it all the time?
Google Glass’s new demo video is impressive. The product is looking less like magic–the original teaser video made visual and experiential claims that just weren’t plausible–and more like reality. The most interesting thing about the video is how it finally confirms the most mundane, and important, aspect of Google Glass’s user experience: how do you control the damn thing? Google Glass, apparently, relies on a Siri-like interaction: you invoke it by saying “OK Glass” and then issue further instructions.
Inefficiencies keep Tesla from hitting Wall Street expectations.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, is a visionary. But he’s had to air-freight tires from Czechoslovakia at what sounded like 10 times the cost of shipping them by sea (“I wanted to punch myself in the face for that one,” he told investors on an earnings call). He’s pushing factory workers to work 68-hour weeks to meet production goals. And he’s had trouble convincing suppliers to fill orders. All things that cost the company a lot of money.
A Google-led browser technology will be the centerpiece of many more powerful Web apps.
If you want to video chat with a friend through online, you typically need to install some kind of browser plugin. Facebook, for example, uses a Skype plug-in for its built-in video chat; the same goes for any kind of any activity that relies on high-speed communication between your browser and a website.
Dell’s buyout deal should give the company renewed business flexibility and stealth but now buyers need to know if Dell will be in the PC market for the long haul.
These five items won’t turn you into a tech guru overnight, but will keep your computer running fast, make you more productive and save you tons of frustration — and won’t cost you a cent.
Let’s stop pretending that clean energy innovation will completely offset the economic costs of abandoning fossil fuels.
President Obama highlighted climate change in his inauguration speech, raising the profile of an issue that had faded into the background during the second half of his first term. But he’s still making an argument that’s disingenuous, linking the challenge of climate change and shifting from fossil fuels to economic development (see “Dear Mr. President: Time to Deal with Climate Change”).
With the recent unveiling of a Sony patent application indicating the company was thinking of killing off used games in the PlayStation 4, speculation has run rampant over how such a tool would affect the games industry. There seems to be a general sense that the implementation of such a product would potentially ruin GameStop,
Editor’s note: Rodney Rogers is chairman and CEO of Virtustream.
I’m a large enterprise and my ears are ringing. I hear that you, AWS, know exactly what I need. Before I get into that, AWS, I want to let you know that I admire you. You made a market. But this doesn’t mean you know me, AWS, and I believe your foray into enterprise will expose you.
The Internet Archive curates an astounding collection (actually, a collection of collections) of online resources, from historically significant to modern but obscure. Storing, serving and organizing more than 10 petabytes isn’t cheap, despite their ongoing efforts to innovate on that front. An anonymous reader writes “An anonymous donor is matching $ 3 for every $ 1 given (up to $ 450,000) until December 31. One petabyte has been paid for so far and the archive is looking at getting three more. ‘These massive servers are the backbone of the Archive, and critical to our continued growth. To all of you who’ve contributed to our fundraising drive, thanks from all of us here at the Internet Archive. ‘”
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Following the controversy over recently-unveiled changes to its terms of service, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom just announced via blog post that the advertising-related section of the TOS has reverted to “the original version that has been in effect since we launched the service in October 2010.”
The Facebook-owned photo service had already hinted that this was coming, with Systrom saying that the team was listening to user concerns and that there would be changes to the TOS to make it clear that “it is not our intention to sell your photos.”
The specter that Congress will reauthorize the controversial FISA Amendments Act of 2008 without any changes to its sweeping spying provisions is evoking cries of alarm from advocacy and privacy groups.
Although they’re both in broadly the same type of trade, Panasonic and Apple couldn’t be organized more differently. Whereas Apple deals mainly with sub-contractors (and all the pros and cons that come with them), ailing Panasonic is a more traditional manufacturer with fixed assets worth $ 21 billion — 30 percent more than Cupertino’s. Many of these assets — including land holdings, factories and even a 24-storey staff dorm in central Tokyo — have the potential to become winter fuel as Panasonic strives to turn itself around, and it seems that’s precisely what’s about to happen. The company’s chief financial officer has revealed to Reuters that he plans to sell off a billion dollars’ worth of property by the end of March of next year, in order to reduce debt while maintaining the lifeblood of R&D. These must be painful decisions, but Panny is hardly alone in having to make them — just look at Nokia and AMD.
The U.S. government needs a comprehensive doctrine addressing cybersecurity instead of the current patchwork of policies and agencies dealing with cyberthreats, according to a group of experts.
Nerval’s Lobster writes “Companies are rushing to lock customer data into their specific walled gardens, Rackspace CTO John Engates argued in an interview after a Cloud Expo keynote in Silicon Valley. That makes it more important than ever to ensure that the cloud undergirding all the various functions of daily life remains open. ‘These companies have grown up in the era of enterprise software and they’re addicted to enterprise software margins, magnitudes more profitable than what we make as a hosting company,’ he said. ‘Now you have software companies embracing cloud computing and taking the same enterprise-software playbook they’ve had for years and trying to run it in the cloud.’ Ultimately, he added, cloud computing needs to adopt the Linux model. ‘Linux opened it up and gave you vendor choice, with numerous vendors bringing their own strengths to the table.’”
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Like technologies deployed in a corporate environment, those used in healthcare are meant to improve services and productivity. On its new clinical management system (CMS 3), the Hospital Authority aims to create new modules to meet patient needs and reduce risk in patient care.
Long before retail outlets were flooded with Android-powered electronics, Google embarked on its maiden voyage into the world of hardware. Venturing out into uncharted waters, the then only web search company released a glaring yellow box known as the Google Search Appliance. Sticking to its search engine roots, Google’s first piece of enterprise hardware was designed to help its customers perform fast and effective searches of internal networks. While the GSA may not be the search juggernaut’s most noteworthy piece of equipment, it doesn’t mean that the company has abandoned its original vision for the platform.
Though Apple hasn’t confirmed (nor denied) the existence of the iPad mini, the flurry of excitement surrounding the release of such a device quite recently makes this a perfect time to discuss what features a small iPad could fix. It’s not as if the iPad (the 3rd generation, that is) has a whole lot wrong
Editor’s note: Michael Weinberg is a staff attorney at Public Knowledge, an organization that preserves the openness of the Internet and the public’s access to knowledge; promotes creativity through balanced copyright; and upholds and protects the rights of consumers to use innovative technology lawfully. Michael focuses primarily on copyright, issues before the FCC and emerging technologies like 3D printing. Follow him on Twitter.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski wrote last week on TechCrunch about the importance of speed. Specifically, he highlighted the importance of speed in the next wave of Internet innovation. While he is right about the importance of speed, he missed one key point: broadband speed isn’t worth much if it is crippled by data caps.
If the PC industry can’t come up with a better way to make the PC a part of our Internet-crazed lives, then it will continue down its current path to becoming a has-been in the high-tech world, says Intel CTO Justin Rattner.
And more to the point, who can afford it?
Like cowboys revealing the sizes of their guns at a shootout, Sony, Toshiba, and LG all whipped out jumbo TVs of the exact same size at IFA in Berlin this week. These colossal sets are each 84-inches, and each is a so called “4K” TV, which basically means their resolution is ridiculously high–four times that of full HD.
I’m not an audio purist. My desire is that whatever I’m listening to should sound good, where “good” is defined somewhat subjectively as “pleasing to my ears.”
New CEO Marissa Mayer will have to define something Yahoo can excel at.
Marissa Mayer has the sparkle of her former employer, Google, but starting out this week as Yahoo’s newest CEO—its fifth in three years, technically—she faces the same problem that beset her predecessors: What do you do with a company that still makes plenty of money off of a huge online audience but has no technological edge?
Wondering where Apple stands environmentally after the recent withdrawal (and subsequent return) of its laptops and desktops from the EPEAT rating system? Greenpeace has issued a well-timed report, outlining the company’s broader back-end energy policies. According to the organization, “Apple’s clean energy policies have significantly improved, but the company still gets low scores for its energy choices when compared with sector leaders.” Greenpeace applauds Cupertino’s commitment to goal coal-free by next year, but wonders aloud how the company will get there, noting that while it has invested in solar and other renewable energy sources, it still buys power from outlets that rely on coal. The organization also took the time to admonish Apple’s lack of transparency on its environmental plans.
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There is no debating that consumer adoption of Google TV is extremely disappointing.
Logitech has dropped out of the business, several online publications including this one have declared the platform dead. While some new OEMs like Vizio, Sony, and LG have launched new devices with Google TV, it’s not clear that any meaningful customer adoption will come as a result of these deals.
I believe there is one big reason it hasn’t taken off. It’s that Google TV is straddling a dual-strategic approach when it needs to pick one strategy and double down on it.
NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 690 has already won the hearts and minds of many gamers, with its potent combination of twin Kepler cores, but how about using it for a compact GPU compute rig? That’s just what custom PC system maker AVADirect decided to try, opting for not just one GTX 690 but a four card rig squeezed
This week Apple revealed iOS 6 in preview form at WWDC 2012, complete with a set of 10 features either brand new or refreshed for the future iPhone and current-era iPad. This operating system has not had many drastic changes made to it in several years, but what it has gotten this time around is
Your smartphone can become a vital tool to help manage the endless to-do lists, schedule pick-up times for kids and much more. But sometimes moms also need a reminder to take time for themselves and breath. Here are the three apps you need to help throughout the week.
Google has a problem, and it’s all about commitment and addiction. The release of Google+ for iPhone v2.0 today has already got Android lovers up in arms, furious at what they see as favoritism for the rival platform. Google should, they argue, prioritize Android users – after all, they’re the ones who have already supported the
judgecorp writes “A report from the London School of Economics says that funding for superfast broadband in Britain faces a £1.1 billion shortfall. It’s a government priority, but rural areas are uneconomic to cable up. From the article: ‘Britain is in danger of missing out on the economic and social benefits of superfast broadband due to a lack of government funding and e-skills, according to a new report.
Research by the London School of Economics (LSE) and Convergys claims a funding gap of £1.1 billion could cause the government to miss its target of having the “best superfast broadband network” in Europe by 2015.’”
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