13 December 2013

Old Technology, Governments are the Worst Dinosaurs

Old, out-dated technology, a low-hanging fruit if one wanted to reinvest for the future. Unfortunately, the worst laggards in technology are governments -- bureaucratic, sclerotic -- a recent story highlighted how the US government is still using floppy disks, LOL! But government isn't alone --

Old Technology We Still Use: "Dial-Up Internet - Roughly 3 percent of Americans still use a telephone modem to get online, according to a recent Pew Internet and American Life Project survey. They are connecting at rip-roaring speeds (at least, if this were 1995) of up to 56.6 kbits per second because they live in areas without broadband access or are unwilling to pay for something faster. But maybe not for long: Only a couple dozen service providers still offer this earliest form of Internet access." (read more at the link above)

Instagram Blog: Instagram Direct - "...From how you capture photos and videos to the way you start conversations through likes and comments, we built Instagram Direct to feel natural to the Instagram experience you already know. When you open Instagram, you’ll now see a new icon in the top right corner of your home feed. Tap it to open your inbox where you’ll see photos and videos that people have sent to you. To send a photo or video to specific people, tap the camera button to enter the same simple photo or video capture and editing screens...."

Amazon drops low-price strategy in grocery expansion
USA TODAY
SAN FRANCISCO -- Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos built the world's largest Internet retailer by having the lowest prices. That strategy is changing as the company ...

San Francisco Chronicle

Google Sheets Is Finally a Serious Spreadsheet
TIME
I can tell you to the day: Since May 30, 2007, when Google announced ... but also than in Microsoft's Excel Web App. In general, performance is noticeably ...

Android Headlines - Android News

Google and fellow tech giants move into shopping malls
San Jose Mercury News
Google and other leading tech giants -- Amazon, SAP, Intel (INTC), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and Microsoft -- are opening retail pop-up ... Inspired -- and challenged -- by Apple's (AAPL) successful retail stores, the companies hope to convert ...

PCR-online.biz

Google execs got improper discount on plane fuel, NASA says
NBCNews.com
SAN FRANCISCO — The company that manages a fleet of airplanes owned and leased by Google Inc executives Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt ...

Wall Street Journal

Apple scores legal victory over Samsung in South Korea
Reuters
SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday lost its bid to ban sales of Apple Inc's older iPhone and iPad in South Korea after a court dismissed ...

Washington Post

Apple: Pegatron factory death unrelated to working conditions
Chicago Tribune
Apple Inc. sent medical experts to the Shanghai factory of contractor Pegatron Corp., who concluded that working conditions did not lead to the death from ...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Google's YouTube Ad Revenues May Hit $5.6 Billion In 2013
Forbes
It's a little difficult to know how well YouTube is doing within Google Googleas the company doesn't break out its results in a manner that makes it easy to do so.

The Guardian

Microsoft Scores Skype Ruling
Wall Street Journal
The regulator disagreed with the two companies and cleared the acquisition of Luxembourg's Skype Internet-phone business, but Cisco and Messagenet then ...

ValueWalk

Google emulates 1980s-era Amiga computer in Chrome
CNET
Google developer Christian Stefansen on Thursday resurrected a version of the venerable computer system from the 1980s in the form of a Web app that runs in ...

Microsoft tries to lure Gmail users with automated Outlook.com ...
PCWorld
Microsoft has opened another front in its webmail war against Google with the release of a new tool designed to automate the migration process for Gmail users ...

Financial Express

Amazon's Prophet and Losses - NYTimes.com
By DAVID STREITFELD
Three months ago, you could buy a share of Amazon for $300. Today ... A recent post laid out the reasons Amazon is losing ground to both Google and Walmart. ... Switch; Next Post Microsoftand Sony Game Consoles Neck-and-Neck in Sales.
NYT Bits

Microsoft's Struggle to Change the Game
Wall Street Journal
Microsoft has committed to keeping the Xbox One around break-even levels on pricing, so its ability to lower prices to widen the audience looks limited. And competition will get even tougher—especially if Apple AAPL -0.74% Apple Inc. U.S.: Nasdaq $561 ...

Google and fellow tech giants move into shopping malls
San Jose Mercury News
Google and other leading tech giants -- Amazon, SAP, Intel (INTC), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and Microsoft -- are opening retail pop-up stores, stores-within-stores, mall kiosks and showrooms -- even outfitting tour buses with their latest gadgets -- to ...


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