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Wednesday
Jan042017

Tech’s Next Battle: The Frightful Five vs. Lawmakers

[NyTimes] : "In the technology industry, the sharks have never long been safe from the minnows. Over much of the last 40 years, the biggest players in tech — from IBM to Hewlett-Packard to Cisco to Yahoo — were eventually outmaneuvered by start-ups that came out of nowhere.<p>The dynamic is so dependable that it …"

Monday
Jan022017

What is FPV?

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Monday
Jan022017

Power Play: The 10 Greatest Engines of the Moment

[Link] : <i>Output range: 540–610 hp, 398–413 lb-ft<br>Available in: Audi R8, Lamborghini Huracán</i><p><i>Output range: 228–248 hp, 237–258 lb-ft<br>Available in: X1, 2-series, 3-series, 4-series; Mini Clubman, Convertible, Hardtop</i><p><i>Output range: 320–335 hp, 330–369 lb-ft<br>Available in: 2-, 3-, 4-, 7-series</i><p><i>Output range: 455–460</i> …
Sunday
Jan012017

First look: Little Flocker and BlockBlock help monitor your Mac's security

[Link] : Little Flocker provides fine-grained control over apps accessing files on your Mac, while BlockBlock warns of persistently installed software.<p>Senior …
Sunday
Jan012017

How to Become a ‘Superager’

[NyTimes] : "Think about the people in your life who are 65 or older. Some of them are experiencing the usual mental difficulties of old age, like forgetfulness or a dwindling attention span. Yet others somehow manage to remain mentally sharp. My father-in-law, a retired doctor, is 83 and he still edits books …"

Sunday
Jan012017

Tyrus Wong, ‘Bambi’ Artist Thwarted by Racial Bias, Dies at 106

[NyTimes] : "When Walt Disney's “Bambi” opened in 1942, critics praised its spare, haunting visual style, vastly different from anything Disney had done before.<p>But what they did not know was that the film's striking appearance had been created by a Chinese immigrant artist, who took as his inspiration the …"

Thursday
Dec292016

Proof that life is getting better for humanity, in 5 charts

[Link] : A recent survey asked, “All things considered, do you think the world is getting better or worse, or neither getting better nor worse?” In Sweden, 10 percent thought things are getting better, in the US the figure was only 6 percent, and in Germany only 4 percent. Very few people think the world is …
Thursday
Dec292016

How China Built ‘iPhone City’ With Billions in Perks for Apple’s Partner

[NyTimes] : "ZHENGZHOU, China — A vast, boxy customs center acts as a busy island of commerce deep in central China.<p>Government officers, in sharply pressed uniforms, race around a maze of wooden pallets piled high with boxes — counting, weighing, scanning and approving shipments. Unmarked trucks stretch for …"

Wednesday
Dec282016

Finding Inspiration for Art in the Betrayal of Privacy

[NyTimes] : "Last month, a Berlin nonprofit group called the Tactical Technology Collective took over a gallery in Lower Manhattan. They installed wall-size screens and display cases and arranged glossy tablets on large tables. The walls were white, and the décor was minimalist. If you squinted, you could …"

Wednesday
Dec282016

Five Resolutions to Simplify Your Tech Life

[NyTimes] : "In 2017, why not try a new kind of New Year's resolution? Instead of just hitting the gym and dropping some pounds, consider changing some personal habits to simplify the tech in your life.<p>If you are like most people, there are things you do with tech that could use some tweaking. Strengthening …"

Wednesday
Dec282016

3 Men Made Millions by Hacking Merger Lawyers, U.S. Says

[NyTimes] : "Law firms that advise on mergers once had to worry about a rogue employee trading on deal tips. Now, they have to worry about hackers doing the same.<p>Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have charged three Chinese citizens with making more than $4 million by trading on information they got by hacking …"

Wednesday
Dec282016

Carrie Fisher, ‘Star Wars’ Royalty, Dies at 60

[NyTimes] : "Carrie Fisher, the actress, author and screenwriter who brought a rare combination of nerve, grit and hopefulness to her most indelible role, as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” movie franchise phenomenon, died on Tuesday morning. She was 60.<p>“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd …"

Tuesday
Dec272016

Wolfram + Raspberry Pi Project: A Wolfram Engine on Every Raspberry Pi

[Link] : Available for the Raspbian Operating System<p>Wolfram Language™ & <i>Mathematica</i> ®<p>PILOT RELEASE FOR THE RASPBERRY PI<p>The Wolfram Language and <i>Mathematica</i> are …
Tuesday
Dec272016

Review: Apple's new wireless AirPods put a smile on 2016

[Link] : Delivering hours of enveloping, untethered sound and Siri assistance, Apple's new wireless AirPods elegantly perform in a way that promises to put a …
Tuesday
Dec272016

In American Towns, Private Profits From Public Works

[NyTimes] : "BAYONNE, N.J. — Nicole Adamczyk's drinking water used to slosh through a snarl of pipes dating from the Coolidge administration — a rusty, rickety symbol of the nation's failing infrastructure.<p>So, in 2012, this blue-collar port city cut a deal with a Wall Street investment firm to manage its …"

Friday
Dec232016

Flipboard

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Friday
Dec232016

Review: ‘Hidden Figures’ Honors 3 Black Women Who Helped NASA Soar

[NyTimes] : "“Hidden Figures” takes us back to 1961, when racial segregation and workplace sexism were widely accepted facts of life and the word “computer” referred to a person, not a machine. Though a gigantic IBM mainframe does appear in the movie — big enough to fill a room and probably less powerful than …"

Thursday
Dec222016

Barnes & Noble's $50 Nook came pre-installed with spyware

[Link] : The newest Nook contained nefarious innards.<p>Barnes & Noble introduced the $50 Nook just in time for the holiday shopping season, but it failed to mention one crucial bit of software pre-installed on its 7-inch e-reader: malware. Specifically, the new Nooks came with an ADUPS program that granted a …
Thursday
Dec222016

Tragedy Made Steve Kerr See the World Beyond the Court

[NyTimes] : "The last time Steve Kerr was in Beirut, his birthplace, with the bombs pounding the runway and the assassination of his father six months away, he left by car.<p>The airport was closed. There was talk of taking a cruise ship to Cyprus, or accompanying an ambassader on a helicopter to Tel Aviv or even …"

Thursday
Dec222016

Invasion of the Agency Snatchers

[NyTimes] : "“At first glance, everything looked the same. It wasn't. Something evil had taken possession of the town.”<p>Those lines are from the opening voice-over in a great midcentury American movie, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” Giant vegetable pods mysteriously arrive in a typical American town. Each …"