Google is on a shopping spree, buying startup after startup to push its business into the future. But these companies don’t run web services or sell ads or build smartphone software or dabble in other things that Google is best known for. The web’s most powerful company is filling its shopping cart with artificial intelligence algorithms, robots, and smart gadgets for the home. It’s on a mission to build an enormous digital brain that operates as much like the human mind as possible — and, in many ways, even better.
In 2008, two security researchers at the DefCon hacker conference demonstrated a massive security vulnerability in the worldwide internet traffic-routing system — a vulnerability so severe that it could allow intelligence agencies, corporate spies or criminals to intercept massive amounts of data, or even tamper with it on the fly.
The traffic hijack, they showed, could be done in such a way that no one would notice because the attackers could simply re-route the traffic to a router they controlled, then forward it to its intended destination once they were done with it, leaving no one the wiser about what had occurred.
There are some things that are so big that they have implications for everyone\’s life, whether we want it or not. And Big Data is one of those mega trends that will impact everyone in one way or another. The name which by the way I don\’t like might sound a bit techie or boring but believe me, it is not. With this post I want to explain what\’s behind this mega buzzword and outline why it will impact everyone.The basic idea behind the phrase \’Big Data\’ is that everything we do in our lives is or will soon leave a digital trace or data, which we and others can use and analyze. The advances in capturing and analyzing big data allow us to decode human DNA in minutes, find cures for cancer, accurately predict human behavior, foil terrorist attacks, pinpoint marketing efforts, prevent diseases and so much more. And like most things, it can be used for good or evil, but more on that later.
Touch screens on phones and tablets really have the X factor. Being able to text, phone or film something just by swiping your finger on glass almost makes up for all those other failed sci-fi promises of the 60s.
But considering how futuristic touch screens seem, they rely on a bit of physics that’s almost as old as Newton — capacitance — and the fact that your finger is three parts salty water.
Alex Polvi is living the great Silicon Valley archetype. Together with some old school friends, he’s piecing together a tech revolution from inside a two-car Palo Alto garage.
He’s like Dave Packard or Steve Jobs or Sergey Brin — at least up to a point. The difference is that, from his vantage point here in the 21st century, Polvi views his garage with a certain sense of irony — “straight-up Palo Alto-style,” he says — and he harbors ambitions that suit our particular time. He wants to change the way we build the entire internet, making this worldwide network of computer servers as easy to update as the browsers on our laptops.
Courier: First Details of Microsoft’s Secret Tablet – Microsoft courier tablet – Gizmodo
Courier is a real device, and we’ve heard that it’s in the "late prototype" stage of development. It’s not a tablet, it’s a booklet. The dual 7-inch (or so) screens are multitouch, and designed for writing, flicking and drawing with a stylus, in addition to fingers. They’re connected by a hinge that holds a single iPhone-esque home button. Statuses, like wireless signal and battery life, are displayed along the rim of one of the screens. On the back cover is a camera, and it might charge through an inductive pad, like the Palm Touchstone charging dock for Pre.
Talking about Opportunity rides the super-highway | The Australian
Font Size: Decrease Increase Print Page: Print Ziggy Switkowski | April 13, 2009 Article from: The Australian THE Government proposes to facilitate the construction of a new national fibre-optic communications network.This high-speed broadband infrastructure will carry internet-based telephony, television channels and a range of innovative services, and offer affordable transmission of very large data files including medical images, university research, music, games and video. The project cost is estimated at $43 billion, construction will take about 10 years and the ultimate non-government ownership will be settled in about 15 years
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Talking about Intel, TSMC join forces on new Atom markets | Technology | Reuters
TSMC have agreed to team up to develop and make the low-cost Atom chip for use in a swathe of consumer electronics devices, expanding its use beyond netbooks as the chip makers target new markets in a deepening recession.The move represents a major departure for Intel, which has always manufactured its own microprocessors but is now forced to bring in partners, analysts said.The world’s largest chip maker and the world’s biggest producer of made-to-order chips said on Monday Intel plans to combine the circuitry of its Atom, which is prevalent in ultra-small laptops, with the circuitry of other chips, creating a new architecture