Technology

16
Jan
No more Steve Jobs dolls

The maker of a controversial Steve Jobs action figure has decided to give up on selling the doll after receiving threats from Apple and the late company founder’s family. "Though we still believe that we have not overstepped any legal boundaries, we have decided to completely stop the offer, production and sale of the Steve Jobs figurine out of our heartfelt sensitivity to the feelings of the Jobs family," Tandy Cheung, the Hong Kong... [read news]

16
Jan
Zappos victim of cyber attack

Zappos.com, a popular online shoe site, was the target of cyber attackers who managed to gain access to the company's internal network using one of the website’s servers. Chief Executive Tony Hsie broke the news to his employees on Sunday. He added that the company was working with the law enforcement in order to undergo "an exhaustive investigation". Apparently credit card numbers and other payment data were not compromised. "We've spent... [read news]

16
Jan
Protection app for women

YWCA Canada announced the launch of the Safety Siren app for BlackBerry smartphones. The company is working hard to convince Canadians to fight against violence against women and girls. YWCA Canada, the oldest and largest multi-service organization for women, finally released its much awaited feature: the YWCA Safety Siren app for BlackBerry® smartphones. The application is a violence prevention and intervention tool that turns the smartphone... [read news]

12
Jan
Internet addiction classified as a disorder

A recent study revealed that people who have problems controlling or stopping their use of internet, have abnormal white matter structures in the brain. These matters are similar to those that are developed in the cases of cocaine and crystal-meth addicts. The authors of the study also added that "Internet addiction disorder is becoming a serious mental-health issue around the world."The study was published this week in the journal PLoS One.... [read news]

09
Jan
Netflix pushes in the UK

Netflix Inc. started making the move it had been waiting to be able to do for a long time. On Monday it started pushing towards the U.K. and Ireland. This was the first step the Internet movie service made in its expansion in Europe. Netflix will compete against Lovefilm which is a U.K.-based online-video rival that was acquired by Amazon last year. The competition between Netflix and Amazon is still going strong in the US as well, seeing as... [read news]

06
Jan
Quad-core in Apple products

9to5Mac announced it had evidence that Apple will start equipping its future iPhones and iPads with quad-core processors. The A5 chip that has been used so far in the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S is dual-core."While not quite confirming that a quad-core processor will power Apple's third-generation iPad, we have obtained evidence that suggests Apple is currently working on quad-core iOS devices," 9to5Mac said on Friday.Apparently the reference comes... [read news]

05
Jan
Is the Internet access a human right?

Some countries believe the internet is a fundamental right. One of its fathers, Vint Cerf does not agree.   "Technology is an enabler of rights, not a right itself," Cerf, who is also a Google's chief Internet evangelist, stated in an editorial posted in The New York Times. "There is a high bar for something to be considered a human right. Loosely put, it must be among the things we as humans need in order to lead healthy, meaningful lives... [read news]

02
Jan
Fundraising target reached by Wikipedia

All those who use Wikipedia must have noticed the fundraising banners that support messages sent by volunteers who ask you to donate in order to keep the Internet-based community alive. Those banners are now gone because the Foundation managed to reach its target: it managed to gather more than $20 million from one million donors.The Foundations host Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. Its founder, Sue Gardner, posted the last banner in a... [read news]

01
Jan
Jonathan Ive receives knighthood award

Apple’s senior vice president of Industrial Design, Jonathan Ive was awarded a knighthood this year in the New Year Honours list. On Saturday BBC revealed that Ive can now style himself after Sir Jonathan who was made Knight Commander of the British Empire. The award was given for "services to design and enterprise". Ive stated he felt "both humbled and sincerely grateful". “I am keenly aware that I benefit from a wonderful tradition in the... [read news]

29
Dec
How Apple got its name

In an old interview Steve Wozniak and the late Steve Jobs recall an important moment in the history of Silicon Valley - the moment when they named their computer company 35 years ago. “I remember driving down Highway 85,” Wozniak said. “We’re on the freeway, and Steve mentions, ‘I’ve got a name: Apple Computer.’ We kept thinking of other alternatives to that name, and we couldn’t think of anything better. Then Jobs added:... [read news]


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