Thursday, February 23, 2012

StumbleUpon and Kickstarter Combined Make KickStumbler

A new website called KickStumbler is StumbleUpon and Kickstarter combined.

You can "stumble" random projects at KickStumbler like how you can "stumble" web pages at StumbleUpon.

This is a very unique idea for projects. It lets people find your project randomly which then can be liked etc.. A very neat idea. Check out KickStumbler when you get the chance.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Google Plans to Build 1000 Satellite Dishes

Google is asking the FCC for permission to build 4.5 meter satellite dishes on 1000 acres of land next to Google`s data center in Iowa.

The land where the satellite dishes would be built can easily be seen on Google Maps, right beside Google`s $600 million data center.

This would be a huge step for Google since it wants to expand its uber-fast network around the U.S..

The Google fiber isn`t available to many people currently. Hopefully is will spread to all of North America!

Monday, February 20, 2012

The New Reddit-Originated Free Internet Bill (FIA)

A new user-made bill called the Free Internet Bill, has sparked up on Reddit. The bill is designed to protect the Internet. 

A Reddit user who goes by the name of "RoyalWithCheese22" started the whole group. Royal came up with this idea from the recent bills such as SOPA and PIPA which sparked up recently. Royal doesn't consider himself to be a leader of the group even though he is a moderator. 

A quick explanation can be found on the sidebar of the subreddit: 

“To promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation by preventing the restriction of liberty and preventing the means of censorship. FIA will allow internet users to browse freely without any means of censorship, users have the right to free speech and to free knowledge; we govern the content of the internet, governments don’t. However enforcements/laws must also be put into place to protect copyrighted content.”

Another user on Reddit who's named "Downing_Street_Cat" saw Royal's post and created a subreddit on FIA.

There is no sign if FIA will actually become an actual bill. 

The group has become very popular in a short amount of time. It continues to gain popularity. Make sure to check out FIA and upvote it while you're there!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Get Ready for Angry Birds Space

Angry Birds Space will be released next month. The release is set to happen on March 22.

Rovio, the creators of Angry Birds, have recruited NASA and National Geographic as partners of Angry Birds Space. The reason is unknown. The only reason I can think of is they could help out in the design such as the gravity.

This twist of the original game will mainly have new features such as gravity. This will bring a new aspect of the game. I will be sure to try the trial of the game when it's available!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Mass Effect 3 Launches Into Space

This really is no joke. The release of Mass Effect 3 is closing in and BioWare is making it even better by launching copies of Mass Effect 3 into space.

Six copies will be launched into space at six cities including Berlin, Paris, London, New York City, Las Vegas, and San Francisco. The copies will be launched by using a weather balloon. Each copy will have a GPS on it for tracking. They will be shown on the game's website so everyone can see where they end up. The copies will then land back to Earth. Whoever finds them will be able to play Mass Effect 3 before its release on March 6th.

If you don't plan on running to the landing locations you can try the game out with the demo which is available for Xbox, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The U.S. Army Orders 1100 Recon Bots

The U.S. Army has ordered 1100 recons bots from ReconRobotics Inc. on Wednesday.

Each robot kit contains one robot, one carrying case, and one charging system which is either AC or a charger that uses military radio batteries to the charge the lithium power battery which the robots use.

"The Recon Scout XT enables you to conduct video reconnaissance in cluttered indoor environments as well as in outdoor landscapes of dirt, sand and rocks", the company describes.

The Recon XT robot is equipped with powerful motors, and strong wheels. The Recon Scout XT has the speed, maneuverability, and power to master the battlefield.

This order is the largest order ReconRobotics Inc. has received yet. The future of ReconRobotics Inc. is quite bright. They have sparked a solid interest from the U.S. Army.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Samsung's Galaxy Note Ad Sparks Best Super Bowl Ad

Samsung's Note commercial which aired during the Super Bowl has been voted one of the best ads on Twitter.

The advertisement was advertising Samsung's new smartphone, the Galaxy Note, during the Super Bowl. A poll was started on Twitter asking viewers to vote for their favourite ad. The fans voted using the hashtag #VoteForNote which received 13.4% of the votes. The second ad at 12.4% was The Avengers trailer.

Do you think the Galaxy Note was the best commercial during the Super Bowl 2012? There definitely were some great commercials during the Super Bowl. Some other ones would have come pretty close to the Galaxy Note commercial.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The iPad 3 Will Be Using 4G

The iPad 3 is set to run on AT&T and Verizon's speedy 4G networks.

AT&T and Verizon both sell the iPad 2 which runs on their 3G network. The iPad 3 will be upgrading to 4G.

Many rumours are still floating around such as the 10 hour battery life. Some question if Apple will design the iPad 3 to truly have the 10 hour battery life.

The iPad 3 will be released next month. Get ready for the new model of the iPad!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Department of Justice Approves Google's Purchase of Motorola Mobility

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) approved Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility which took place today.

Google's Vice President said on his blog, "the combination of Google and Motorola Mobility will help supercharge Android".

Google now will be able to purchase Motorola Mobility. This will greatly help Google with its mobile operating system, Android.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Father Shoots Daughter's Laptop Over Facebook

A video has gone viral as a father shoots his daughter's laptop with hollow point rounds.

The daughter of this dad wrote a rebellious post on Facebook complaining about the chores she does and how her life is hard. The daughter attempted to hide her Facebook with security settings but failed. The father was uploading pictures to their dogs Facebook and then found out about the post from there. The dad created a video, reading the post and describing his thoughts on it. In the end he shot his daughter's laptop with a .45 pistol with nine hollow-point rounds.

This video has gone viral considerably in a short amount of time. The video currently has 15 million hits and counting. I recommend watching the entire video. It is definitively worth it!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Organic Computer Made Out of Biomolecules

Scientist at Scripps Research Institute in California and Technion Israel Institute of Technology have recently developed a "biological computer."

The "biological computer" is made of biomolecules which decipher images which are encrypted on DNA chips. The general computer is created out of hardware. This computer uses biomolecules to create a unique computing system.

"Our biological computing device is based on the 75-year-old design by the English mathematician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist Alan Turing," Keinan explained, "He was highly influential in the development of computer science, providing a formalization of the concepts of algorithm and computation, and he played a significant role in the creation of the modern computer".

The definition of a computer is a "machine made of four components, hardware, software, input, and output".

"In contrast to electronic computers, there are computing machines in which all four components are nothing but molecules," Keinan explained.

This new technology could be the future of computing. Technology and humans could possibly combine in a way. What do you think?

Thursday, February 9, 2012

250 000 Signatures Sent to Apple Protesting About Labour Conditions in China

Apple has received over 250 000 signatures from fair-labour organizers.

Apple stores in six cities across the world received tons of signatures. One of Apple's factories, called Foxconn, started these protests. It has been known for inhumane working conditions for the employees.

Foxconn has been accused of making its workers work long hours, and work in poor working conditions. This includes working with dangerous chemicals. Suicides were also taken place at the factory.

The protesters want Apple to make the working conditions for the Chinese workers safe. No one should work under those conditions. I'm sure no one would ever want to.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Nokia Plans to Cut 4 000 Jobs Throughout the Year

Nokia is planning to cut 4 000 jobs throughout the course of this year.

The cuts will be affecting the factories in Salo Finland, Komarom Hungary, and Reynosa Mexico. The factories originally focused on device assembly but will instead be focusing on smartphone customization. The device assembly will be moved to Asia. “Asia is where the majority of component suppliers are based,” Nokia says.

The 4 000 jobs will be cut throughout this year.

Nokia's lost $1.4 billion in the fourth quarter. The revenue dropped 21% from last years fourth quarter revenue.

The company did the same thing in April 2011 when they cut another 4 000 jobs.

Nokia struggles to keep profits positive. Will Nokia be able to get through the hard times?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Syrian Offices Hacked by Anonymous

Syrian offices have been attacked by Anonymous. Anonymous leaked hundreds of emails on Monday.

Anonymous hacked Syrian Ministry of Presidential Affairs' mail server. 78 email inboxes were accessed and leaked. A quite easy password used by some staff was "12345" and could have been guessed by anyone.

Some of the information in the email accounts included an interview with Barbara Walters and the Syrian President which took place on December 2011. The email read “We don’t kill our people,” Assad told ABC “No government in the world kills its people, unless it’s led by a crazy person.”

Other news involving the President of Syrian involves the United Nations and the Syrian President. The President of Syrian, Bashar al-Assad, has been requested by world leaders to step down this week. So far the President of Syrian hasn't agreed.

If the passwords of employees which work for the Syrian government are "12345", is it even a legit government? First they deny killing their own people, now they can't even think-up good passwords. I think it's time for a change in leadership in Syria.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Google Tests Mystery Product in Employees' Homes

Google is testing a mystery product in employees' homes for 7 months.

Google applied for a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) experimental licence to test this product. Not much is known about this product except that it will use wireless to connect to the Internet and Bluetooth to connect to other devices.

Google's will be testing the mystery product from January 17th 2012 to July 17th 2012.

“From this testing we hope to modify the design in order to maximize product robustness and user experience,” the application --- Utilizing the requested number of units will allow testing of real world network performance and its impact on applications running on the device, so that any problems can be discovered and addressed promptly." - Richard Whitt, Google’s director and managing counsel for Telecom and Media, submits.

Hopefully in the future Google will release more information on this mystery Google product. So Google, what are you hiding?

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Happy Birthday Facebook Your Officially 8

Facebook has turned 8 today. It's been just 8 years since Facebook started in 2004.

Facebook launched on February 4th 2004. When Facebook first started it was intended for college and university students. Now it is open to mostly everyone except young children. It started with just a few employees but now has over 3000.

Facebook continues to grow as it is now at 845 million active members.

Happy Birthday Facebook!

Friday, February 3, 2012

FBI Admits to Anonymous Tapping Into FBI Conference Call

The FBI has admitted to Anonymous tapping into a FBI conference call.

The conference was between FBI officials and UK authorities. The FBI admitted to Anonymous eavesdropping on the call but says the phone call itself wasn't hacked. The FBI said Anonymous somehow obtained the email which had the login information to the conference call. The login information was sent to 44 people including the FBI and overseas agencies on January 13th.

One thing discussed during the conference call talked about the hacking of Steam last year. They talked about the hacker (TEHWONGZ) who hacked Steam.

Since the tapping the FBI has been investigating the hack. "The information was intended for law enforcement officers and was illegally obtained," said the FBI.

I was surprised to hear the FBI admitted to a hack. I was expecting them to attempt to hide it and keep it low key.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Sony's Loss for 2011 is in the Billions

Sony forecasted a lower loss in 2011 which turns out to be worse. Sony's new forecast for 2011 is $2.9 billion.

Sony blamed this increase due to the Thailand floods, foreign exchange rates, and failed ventures with Samsung.

The third quarter revenue dropped 17.4%. The PlayStation 3 also lost revenue when the price was cut from $300 to $250.

Since this has happened Sony has changed its CEO from Howard Stringer to Kazuo Hirari.

Sony is still trying to recover from the hacks which took down Sony for a month.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mark Zuckerberg Spends $700 000 on Private Jet

Once Facebook's IPO was released some interesting expenses were shown. This includes Mark Zuckerberg spending $700 000 on private jet expenses.

These expenses were “chartered in connection with his comprehensive security program and on which family and friends flew during 2011.” The $700 000 includes fuel, crew, catering, and more. 

Mark Zuckerberg's salary last year was $483 333 plus a bonus of $220 500. The $700 000 was considered "other compensation." Another $90 850 was for “costs related to estate and financial planning.” 

The total "other compensation" was totalled at $783 529. That is on top of Zuckerberg's initial salary plus the "bonus" of $220 500.

Mark Zuckerberg is spending an awful lot on things which really aren't needed. I wonder what the outcome will be of this since everybody now knows about it.