Proof that the US Government is fearing a Google-World Takeover, the feds fined the internet giant 500 million for allowing Canadian pharmacies to advertise prescription drugs to U.S. residents.
The fine doesn’t exactly come as a surprise to shareholders, who in the spring were told that google was setting aside 500 million to pay a fine–which is roughly 20% of their earnings Continue reading “Google Fined 500 Million for ‘Pill Popping’, How Wrong Are They?” »
Do you use Amazon Cloud, Dropbox, or Google’s Music beta to store and listen to your music? Well congratulations! It’s going to be easier for you from now on to get all your music online fast. Continue reading “Cloud Music Playing doors open wider thanks to Federal Court Ruling” »
By R. Bryant Francis
Our East Coast fans may have been shaked, rattled and rolled by an Earthquake yesterday that stretched from the epicenter in Virginia as far north as upstate New York–but what you may not know is that the tweets about the earthquake may have reached you before the earthquake itself.
Several sites documented the recorded time of posted tweets versus the actual time of Earthquakes hitting further away locations such as New York or North Carolina. Check out this tweet from a guy who allegedly saw his friends in DC tweeting about the Earthquake before it hit New York.
Personally, this writer found himself watching his entire room shake like a Tyrannosaurus Rex was barreling his way and bolted for the nearest door frame–no time to tweet when the damn house is falling apart!
What was your earthquake experience like–did you feel the earth move beneath you, if you will?
This is like the definition of herpin’ and derpin’.
So you may have heard that Fox decided to stop putting its content online the day after it aired for all its online shows—UNLESS you were a Dish Network subscriber or a Hulu Plus subscriber. While we can’t comment on the nature of either service, it’s clearly obvious that geeks were going to sign up for their monthly subscriptions and who are we kidding THEY HIT UP THE PIRATE BAY MATEYS. YAAAARRRR Continue reading “Fox Delays Content for Online, Piracy Spikes. WHODA THUNK?” »
The Huffington Post has a report on a new phenomenon of identity thefts–the SSNs of children being targeted, exclusively for the reason that they won’t know their identity’s been jacked until it’s almost too late. Children as young as SIX YEARS OLD have had their IDs targeted by thieves, who buy thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, emergency room visits, cable television service–all in the name of kids.
Some, like young Ian Umscheid have their parents watching out for them, and don’t have to worry about it. (Though their parents do.) But take 31 year old Stephanie McManis, who had her identity stolen at age 12, and has had to deal with it for decades.
Or what about 21 year old Jaleesa Suell, who recently left the Foster Care system, and had no parents to actively watch out for her ID—she graduated high school and suddenly had to fend for herself–she needed a credit card, an apartment…but her credit score was WRECKED. For no fault of her own, she was almost homeless and had no way to buy on credit.
You’ve gone too far identity thieves: You’ve stolen our PSN information, now you’re targeting our kids. Not. Cool.
<via Huffpost Tech>
By R. Bryant Francis
It’s 2011. We’re able to conceive and execute functional robotic limbs for the price of a small car. Our cars can be hacked by Android-wielding security experts. And the internet has changed the way we perceive the value of content and goods.
So it’s time to ask a question belonging to a new age, and a new future for humanity. Is internet access an undeniable, fundamental human right? Continue reading “#Thoughtsongaming: Is Internet Access a Human Right?” »
We owe you an apology, JHS fans: We know you were all pumped about a 13-year old kid making a “breakthrough” in solar power that we posted last week, but it seems our science skills need a little work. Mostly in the department of “peer review,” the process which most actual studies and experiments go through before being published to make sure all the math is correct. In this case…the math may have not been correct. (And that “may” is leaning on a very strong “very likely probably was.”) Continue reading “Awkward Correction: 13-year old solar scientist…probably wasn’t right.” »
Looks like Gamestop’s smelling the dying days of its abilities as a retail store. The company’s announced its newest spin-off cloud gaming service that intends to compete with streaming services like OnLive: “Spawn.” Here’s the catch for “Spawn” though–unlike OnLive, which is currently restricted to PC gaming titles (That can admittedly be played on more than PCs)–”Spawn” plans to stream Xbox games, PS3 games, AND PC games. Continue reading “Gamestop to launch OnLive Competitor “Spawn”” »
Geeks win again!
13-year old Aidan Dwyer has been awarded a provisional U.S Patent for his astonishingly groundbreaking design for solar cells that can increase their output and help us reach a solar future. Continue reading “13-Year Old Geek Improves Solar Cells by way of Fibonacci Sequence” »
By R. Bryant Francis
Sometimes, I really hate what social media has done for business.
Chegg is a pretty cool company. They’ve managed to help thousands of students afford textbooks for college by creating a renting system that works really well. And, on top of that, they help protect the environment by planting trees for each book bought. But for the love of god guys, please do not say stupid shit like this. Continue reading “Rant: There is already a LinkedIn for College Students Chegg: It’s called Facebook” »
Paris Airports began implementing its holographic gate attendants at its airports today with Orly airport, a small airport whose flights mostly head south to Costa Rica. Continue reading “Holograms to Greet Travelers at European Airports; Star Wars Has Arrived” »
And so it begins…Another social network?
Well, technically, Google Plus hasn’t just begun, it’s been around for a fair amount of time, but still many are wondering what’s it and google plus is any different than facebook?
At first glance, Google plus is pretty confusing, there’s all kinds of circles and white space, you’d think you were in a dive bar for people that didn’t drink or an empty bakery that probably looks nice when there’s actually stuff in it.
Google plus looks like facebook just without the color or nostalgia, in other words, it looks kind of boring.
But there’s a reason you should be on Google plus, and it has nothing to do with the battle between whether facebook or google plus is better Continue reading “Making Sense of Google Plus: How and Why You Should Be Using It” »
A lot of people are comparing this to Michael Bay’s Armageddon, but they’re failing to see the real glory to be earned here: We are at a point as a species where we can do this just for the hell of it–no Earth-saving objectives required. (And no Aerosmith power ballads either)
While one satellite will collide at 6 miles/second (do the math, that’s 21600 mph I fail at math) another satellite will wait from a Continue reading “Scientists Planning to Re-Enact “Armageddon,” Hit Satellites With Asteroids” »
Yesterday io9 posted probably the most fascinating article about human-machine hybrids to date–the creation of an epidermal electronic system, or EES. In other words, it turns your skin into a circuit. how freaking cool is that?
The scientists who made the breakthrough have been using their newfound android kingmaking abilities for good–I mean, for science. I mean–well they’re just using it to monitor biofeedback data from their patients.
But they admit the potential is HUGE, and could even include gaming, medical, or even spy-based possibilities:
[This technology] provides a huge conceptual advance in wedding the biological world to the cyber world in a manner that is very natural. In some sense, the boundary between the electronics world and the biological world is becoming increasingly amorphous. The ramifications of this are mind-blowing, to say the least.
I envision endless applications that extend beyond biomedical applications. For example, we could use the exact same technology – and specifically its discrete tattoo-like appearance – to perform covert military operations where an agent could communicate to the command station with these electric signals without ever speaking a word.
Like the scientists who created it also state: The key thing here is the blurring of electronics and biology in a way that’s never been seen before–this EES can be applied to the skin like a temporary tattoo. Imagine a world where if you suddenly needed to jack into the internet, you could purchase an access tattoo and scan yourself in neurologically–no computer, no smartphone, no nothing.
But what else could this thing do? What would YOU do with a circuit in your skin?
Moviebob may have had a point before that it was sad that the corporate spacecraft were going to probably be the future of space flight—buut you know what, who cares, WE’RE GOING BACK TO SPACE!
The US government today announced it had signed conracts with Virgin Galactic and XCOR–the two companies pursuing the first commercial flights to space–or, actually, a really REALLY low orbit that technically qualifies as space. The contract is to aid NASA scientists in the pursuit of further research, and help them continue the projects that were scrubbed with the end of the shuttle program.
This could be bigger though–if Virgin and XCOR keep improving their tech, it could see the return fo the United States to its own way to space–heck, you can go right NOW with these companies for a $102,000 ticket. (which Katy Perry and Russell Brand will be doing…)
And since it’s the commercial companies, we’ll be seeing the first government-approved use of Spaceports–like airports but for…oh you get it. While it won’t be like the fictionalized ones we’ve seen in movies like Avatar or Treasure Planet…it’s a Spaceport. The word alone is awesome.