Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) was everything rumored, teased and then some. If you didn’t sit through the keynote, here’s a rundown of the highlights you shouldn’t miss. Over 55 percent of active Mac users are using Yosemite. The name of the latest OS X 10.11: El Capitan. New features headed this way include new gestures, such as shake to … Read More
Things you should know about Freightliner’s self-driving truck.
Recently, Freightliner and Daimler pulled the wraps off of the first self-driving commercial truck in the world to receive a full license to operate on public roads. It is called Highway Pilot which uses forward-looking stereoscopic cameras and radar sensors. The truck can steer to stay between lane markers and adjust its speed and braking to maintain a safe following … Read More
OMG: 2.1 million people still use AOL dial-up
70% of Americans connect to the Internet over much faster broadband. The average U.S. broadband speed is 11.4 Megabits per second. That’s 200 times faster than dial-up’s 56 Kilobits per second. Even smartphones are more than 100 times faster than that. Nowadays, the most popular websites are layered with data-gobbling software add-ons that slow down your experience. Facebook has videos … Read More
Last week was Big Idea Week, a free community program for grades 4-8
Big Idea Week is an innovative program that immerses children into the entrepreneurial mindset and gives them a glimpse of how it feels to bring an idea to life. Big Idea Week began in 2013 as a collaboration between Brooklyn’s DUMBO Improvement District and Flocabulary, which uses hip hop to teach kids about things like dividing fractions or the history … Read More
Should all governments prohibit the use of killer robots?
Harvard Law School and Human Rights Watch published a report calling for a ban on “autonomous weapons” — before it’s too late. Don’t laugh, this isn’t science fiction any more. Today’s hi-tech warfare is mostly waged via remote control machines. The U.S. military currently has MADSS, a 1,400-pound rover that carries gear and shoots a machine gun. It also has … Read More
The 10 largest billion dollar Tech Acquisitions of all time
Tech acquisitions happen all the time but what are the all time largest deals? Everything from Time Warner to Sun Microsystems. Time Warner, acquired by AOL for $106 Billion WhatsApp (cross platform mobile messaging), acquired by Facebook for $19 Billion Compaq acquired by HP for $18.6 Billion Electronic Data Systems Corp (founded in 1962 by H. Ross Perot is an … Read More
MobileGeddon-Google To Favor 'Mobile-Friendly' Sites In Web Search
Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones in a shift that’s expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information. The revised formula, scheduled to be released today, will favor websites that Google defines as “mobile-friendly.” This message was posted by Google on 2/26/15: “Starting April 21, we will … Read More
A bike helmet for people who think bike helmets are a pain to carry around.
People are cycling more than ever. In Europe and the USA more bicycles are now being sold than cars! And more and more cities around the world are introducing cycle rental schemes. Most who shunned helmets did so because they said they were too bulky to be conveniently stowed between rides. Morpher inventer Jeff Woolf is certain a helmet helped … Read More
Best April Fools Gags of 2015
Sixteen of the best from an unmanned pizza delivery to Pac Man takes over Google Maps. 1. When visiting com.google, Google flipped its homepage to let visitors experience a mirror image of whatever they were typing and reading. “We’re always looking ahead, but sometimes it’s important to reflect,” the company tweeted. 2. Pac-Man takes over Google Maps-Google transformed its Maps … Read More
HBO without cable will reportedly cost $15 a month
HBO without the rest of cable’s trappings. We knew it was coming, we just didn’t know when. The streaming service will launch in early April, ahead of the April 12 debut of the new season of “Game of Thrones.” Called “HBO Now,” it will cost $15 a month. Currently, HBO Go (the company’s streaming service and mobile apps) is only … Read More