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  • Cars of the future may be able to communicate with each other to avoid accidents. The US government is exploring the possibility of requiring new cars to carry technology that would let them communicate with other vehicles on the road. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told USA Today that the idea is to reduce the number auto accidents and in turn, the number of injuries and accidents. http://bit.ly/1bZob50
  • Apple Increased Mac Sales For the First Time Since 2012. Mac sales are chewing up sections of the market—the professionals, the disaffected Windows users—that haven’t been as ripe for the taking until just now. The overall PC market fell seven percent in 2013.  http://bit.ly/1faSwzM
  • Tech Startups Having Trouble Hiring. Tech Recruiting Wars Heat Up All Across the U.S. While demand for talent is still highest in New York and San Francisco, Detroit and other cities in the Midwest are now among the toughest places in the country to find tech employees. http://bit.ly/1faRW5l
  • The Answer to Affordable Housing Could Lie Within a 3D Printer.  Researchers from the University of Southern California created a 3D printer that can build a 2,500 square-foot house in 24 hours. http://on.mash.to/MsxK6Y
  • The Feds want to regulate the power grid to help prevent a massive solar flare problem.
    Whether caused by solar flares or terrorists, a major electromagnetic pulse could fry the electric grid and cause massive disruption, an increasing number of observers say.  The federal Space Weather Prediction Center described the dangers of a massive solar storm that is, as the Lloyd’s report on the issue says, “almost inevitable.” Such storms take place roughly every 150 years. The last one was 155 years ago.
    More than the lights would go out. All electronics could malfunction. Cars might not run. GPS systems would fail. Generators would be of no use, as gas pumps would stop working. The disruption could last a year or more. There would be looting, rioting, a general societal collapse. It could take more than a year to restore power.
    http://buff.ly/1fC5uZ6
  • US intel chief James Clapper calls journalists reporting on leaked Snowden NSA docs “accomplices” to crime. http://boingboing.net/2014/01/29/us-intel-chief-james-clapper.html

 

 

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WikiLeaks Contributing to Cloud Computing Downfall, will.i.am New Director at Intel

The Great Cloud Crash of 2011 has sent Amazon Customers Scrambling!  What’s the tie into WikiLeaks?  Too much of a co-incidence?  We discuss the issue this Sunday, 2011-05-01 on Tech Talk With Craig Peterson.

Learning From Amazon’s Cloud Collapse

Call it Cloudgate, Cloudpocalyse or whatever you’d like, but the extended collapse of Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) is both a setback for cloud computing and an opportunity for us to figure out how to stop it from happening again.

Amazon may be best-known for its online shopping site, but it also has a substantial cloud computing business. It provides a scalable, flexible and particularly efficient solution for companies to store and deliver massive amounts of content.

Its model of only paying for what you consume was a radical innovation when it launched in 2006.

WikiLeaks Releases Guantánamo Bay Prisoner Reports

WikiLeaks on Sunday began publishing from a collection of 779 classified reports on current and former prisoners of America’s military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

The documents date from 2002 to 2008, and take the form of Secret-level memoranda sent from JTF-GTMO, the Joint Task Force at Guantánamo, to the U.S. Southern Command in Florida.

Sony rebuilding PlayStation Network amid massive outage

The “external intrusion” that was powerful enough to knock out Sony’s PlayStation Network is now forcing the company to rebuild the system, according to a fresh update from the official PlayStation blog.

Police tap technology to compensate for fewer officers

Police agencies increasingly rely on controversial technology and social media to make up for the loss of thousands of officers and other resources to deep budget cuts, law enforcement officials and criminal justice analysts say.

Celebrity Executives

Call me crazy, but this trend seems insane.  Celebrity performers leading direction at companies like Intel?  Looks like Steven Levy agrees with me.

The first months of 2011 haven’t been the greatest for Intel. The semiconductor giant began the year with the discovery that a new chip installed in thousands of ready-to-ship computers had a serious flaw. Estimates for the fix hover around $1 billion. Then Nokia decided to scuttle its plan to implement an Intel-based system called MeeGo in favor of a new line of phones built around Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.

But don’t cry for Intel. On January 25, the company announced that it had retained the services of a new “director of creative innovation”—will.i.am. Deborah Conrad, Intel VP and chief marketing officer, handed the Black Eyed Pea his employee badge at an internal sales and marketing convention. “It’s imperative that Intel and our innovations are kept in front of the global youth culture that embraces new devices and new forms of communication and entertainment,” she said in a press release. On a company blog, one employee speculated that Intel would benefit from will.i.am’s belief that “when you are truly inspired / magic happens / incredible things happen / love happens.” So that’s why Intel screwed up the Cougar Point chipsets—not enough love!

When is SmartPhone Tracking Too Much?

If you’re worried about privacy, you can turn off the function on your smartphone that tracks where you go. But that means giving up the services that probably made you want a smartphone in the first place. After all, how smart is an iPhone or an Android if you can’t use it to map your car trip or scan reviews of nearby restaurants?

Mac vs. PC: The stereotypes may be true

Remember those Apple ads that cast the Mac as a 20-something, self-satisfied hipster while the PC was portrayed by an older, square-looking guy in a brown suit?

Well, those characterizations, unfair as they may be, appear to have some truth to them.

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