26 October 2013

Obamacare Website Needs Total Overhaul

Obamacare's "government program" website -- 10-year-old technology requiring "constant fixes and updates" --

Tech experts: Health exchange site needs total overhaul: "The federal health care exchange was built using 10-year-old technology that may require constant fixes and updates for the next six months and the eventual overhaul of the entire system, technology experts told USA TODAY. The site could be perfect, but if the systems from which it draws data are not up to speed, it doesn't matter, said John Engates, chief technology officer at Rackspace, a cloud computer service provider. "It is a core problem in the sense of it's fundamental to this thing actually working, but it's not necessarily a problem that the people who wrote HealthCare.gov can get to," Engates said. "Even if they had a perfect system, it still won't work.". . ."

Google Brings 'Supervised Users' Feature to Latest Chrome Beta Build
Android Headlines - Android News
If you thought Chrome was already perfect, you were wrong. Google continues to add more and more features to Chrome and Chrome OS. Earlier today, Google announced their newest Chrome Beta build, which features a new feature. Called “Supervised ...
As shares of Amazon continued to climb in after-hours trading Thursday,Amazon competitors Apple Apple was up just 0.40% and Barnes & Noble Noble was ...

New York Times

Apple's Russia Push May Fizzle on Price as IPhones Go Global
Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s push to win users in Russia, one of the countries where the latest ... with its cheaper devices running Google Inc. (GOOG)'s Android software.

Apple Insider

Army blanket purchase agreements to buy Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365 licenses offer non-Defense Enterprise Email users a choice of cloud software.

Amazon Pioneer Recalls Bezos's Quirks, Victories And Flaws
In 1994, Borders was a thriving bookstore chain. Hardly anyone shopped on the Internet. And in Bellevue, Wash., a two-person startup, Amazon.com, was ...

Economic Times

Apple Embraces Free: 5 Reasons Why
InformationWeek (blog)
Then came Google Apps and Gmail, Android and Google Play, Chrome and Chrome OS. The playbook that Apple used to thrive in the shadow ofMicrosoft ...


Apple's Location-Tracking iBeacon Is Poised for Use in Retail Sales
Search Google (GOOG) for “Apple iBeacon” and you won't get any results from Apple.com. Look for the term on the company's website, and you'll get one hit, ...

Donald Melanson
You're not alone. As The Verge reports, Microsoft has confirmed that a recent. ... Microsoft confirms builtin Twitter feature is causing excess data use, says it'll be.
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Apple releases Apple TV 6.0.1 (11B511d) firmware update | 9to5Mac 
Jordan Kahn
Apple today issued a firmware update for Apple TV after earlier this week rolling out a ... Today's firmware update brings Apple TV software up to version 6.0.1, build ... Google launches new tool to let U.S. businesses create Google Offers for ... Amazon “Firetube” set-top box delayed, probably won't be here in time for the…

Google Updates DoubleClick For Publishers Ad Serving Algorithm ...
Kelsey Jones
The Search Engine Journal team received an email from a member of the Google DoubleClick team last afternoon that announced that changes to the Ad ...
Search Engine Journal

Microsoft Reports Decline In Xbox Sales, Increase In Xbox Live ...
Mike Futter
Xbox 360 sales are down, but Microsoft's overall financials are healthier than ever. ... another Apple, change is good, and I hope to see more of it from Microsoft, ...
Edwin Kee
Google has recently confirmed that they are currently testing out such ads with a tiny percentage of its user base. According to a Google spokesperson, it has been deemed as “a small experiment. ...Alienware Offers Console Trade In Program · Apple Starts Selling OS X Lion ... Samsung · Google ·Apple · Microsoft · Sony ...

Samsung Patents Wearable Display to Rival Google Glass
Along with Sony, it's among the first of today's major smartphone makers to launch a smartwatch, while other companies such as Google, Apple, Microsoft and ...
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New galaxy 'most distant' yet discovered
BBC News
The galaxy is about 30 billion light-years away and is helping scientists shed light on the period that immediately followed the Big Bang. It was found using the Hubble Space Telescope and its distance was then confirmed with the ground-based Keck ...

It's so lonely using Blackberry Messenger for Android
Hours after installing BBM for Android, my BBM contact list is still empty, mocking me with the thought that I have no friends. So I won't even write about the messaging experience -- that's covered everywhere else. Instead, I'll just share some of the thoughts ...

T-Mobile to Sell New iPads, Offer All Tablet Users 200MB Free
T-Mobile thinks it's time more people used tablets with a cellular connection. To encourage them, it's offering 200MB free each month. T-Mobile's latest "un-carrier" moves follow the Oct. 22 introduction of the Apple iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina display....

Free! Why Apple's New OS X Mavericks, iLife, iWork Pricing Is a Big Deal
ABC News
"YOU GET MAVERICKS! AND YOU GET MAVERICKS! EVERYBODY GETS MAVERICKS!" Craig Federighi, Apple's VP of software engineering, may not have actually said that, but he channeled Oprah Winfrey in spirit by giving away some of his favorite ...

How to manage a failed OS X Mavericks installation
If your attempts to install OS X Mavericks are not working or have your system stuck, then here are some quick steps to take to get up and running. Topher Kessler. by Topher Kessler. October 23, 2013 10:50 AM PDT. OS X Mavericks offers a number of new ...

New Mac Pro Gives Apple More Business Gravitas
PC Magazine
When we last had a new Mac Pro in PCMag Labs for review back in 2010, our lead desktop and laptop analyst, Joel Santo Domingo, called it "nominally a workstation-class PC." Yes, it was fast and had some business-y features. However, for those of us who ...

Using Lasers, NASA Set A New Speed Record For Sending Data To The Moon
Fast Company
The agency's Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration will be used for communication with next-gen satellites. By: Addy Dugdale · NASA has been testing the use of laser beams to send data transmissions through space, and just broke records for speed.

Twitter sets cautious valuation for IPO
SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter set a price range for its initial public offering Thursday, putting a conservative valuation of at least $10 billion on its business to try to avoid pitfalls suffered by rival social-media company Facebook, when it went public last year.

Apple Mac users upgrading to new Mavericks OS X at a record pace?
Los Angeles Times
More than three times as many users were reportedly surfing the Web with Mavericks OS X on the first day of its release than those who did so with its predecessor, Mountain Lion OS X. In just 24 hours, users who downloaded and installed Apple's new ...

Golden Joysticks: Grand Theft Auto 5 bags Game of the Year award
BBC News
The adult-themed crime game, Grand Theft Auto 5, has won the top prize at the Golden Joystick awards. Rockstar's controversial game - where players commit crime in the fictional city of Los Santos - was presented with the Game of the Year gong at a ...

Mozilla Lightbeam Shows Who's Watching You Online
In the spirit of online transparency, and for those paranoid about organizations watching your every move, a new tool from Mozilla lets you monitor who is following your digital footprint. Lightbeam is a free extension available for download on Mozilla's Firefox ...

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