12 August 2014

Robot Tweeting Its Way Through Hurricane Iselle (video)

Check Out the Robot Tweeting Its Way Through Iselle: Video - Bloomberg:
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Liquid Robotics President and CEO Gary Gysin discusses how the company’s Wave Glider SV3 collects information for hurricane intensity forecasting. He speaks on "Bloomberg West.” (Aug. 8-Bloomberg)

The doctor will now see you -- on a smartphone - San Jose Mercury News: "The proliferation of doctor consultation apps, which allow patients to see a doctor through their desktop, smartphone or tablet camera for a flat fee of $40 to $50, has outpaced state regulators still grappling to figure out how to regulate telemedicine. The Federation of State Medical Boards recently offered a model policy for states -- aimed at supporting the growth of telemedicine -- but states still have varying and often difficult-to-interpret rules, creating a vague regulatory framework that some experts say these companies have exploited. Currently, 19 states, including California, have regulations that allow doctors to practice medicine over video in some form, yet most apps say they operate in more than 40."

John McAfee at Def Con: Don’t Use Smartphones - Digits - WSJ: "... On the subjects of privacy and security, McAfee said smartphones are spying on American consumers, who don’t bother to read user agreements. “The most promising privacy thing is stupid phones,” he said. “I’m dumping all my smart phones.”... One attendee asked if he could download Mr. McAfee’s app without downloading the Google Play Store, which the questioner said he doesn’t trust on his phone. McAfee was unsure of the answer. “I don’t know much about technology anymore,” he said."

New York Times

In a Fight With Authors, Amazon Cites Orwell, but Not Quite Correctly
New York Times
Amazon quoted a 1936 essay by George Orwell in a web posting and .... Glenn Fleishman, a technology journalist, addressed Amazon directly via ...
Dispute Erupts Between Amazon and Disney - Wall Street Journal
Amazon, Hachette E-Book Pricing Battle Continues - Wall Street Journal


Simplifying the Bull: How Picasso Helps to Teach Apple's Style
New York Times
In a class at the company's internal training program, the so-called Apple ... Steven P. Jobs established Apple University as a way to inculcate ... the iPod and its iTunes software compatible with Microsoft's Windows system. ... The Google TV remote serves as a counterexample; it had so many buttons, ...


White House Picks Engineer From Google To Fix Sites
New York Times
White House Picks Engineer From Google To Fix Sites ... even Mr. Obama's government — with a leadership that embraced technology to win ... often have when they spend their mornings on Facebook, Amazon or Expedia. ... Mr. Dickerson, who was part of the team that helped keep Google's servers ...


How to send Facebook messages without the Messenger app
Not happy that Facebook now forces you to use its Messenger app? ... It reminds me of when Apple ripped podcast management out of the Music app ...
Busted: 5 Myths About Facebook's Messenger App - ABC News
Don't Freak Out About the Facebook Messenger App - Mashable


Apple factory in Mesa ramps up sapphire production
GT Advanced Technologies is ramping up sapphire glass production for Apple at its factory in Mesa. Here are seven products that typically use the ...

Google is Backing a $300 Million High-Speed Internet Cable: "Google has announced it is backing plans to build and operate a new high-speed internet Trans-Pacific cable system called “FASTER” by Q2 2016. In addition to Google, the $300 million project will be jointly managed by China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI, and SingTel, with NEC as the system supplier...."

If We Release a Small Fraction of Arctic Carbon, 'We're F**ked': Climatologist | Motherboard: ""We are 'sniffing' methane," Ulf Hedman, the science coordinator of the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat, wrote in a post highlighted by Climate Change SOS. "We see the bubbles on video from the camera mounted on the CTD or the Multicorer. All analysis tells the signs. We are in a Mega flare. We see it in the water column, we read it above the surface, and we follow it up high into the sky with radars and lasers. We see it mixed in the air and carried away with the winds. Methane in the air."  "Methane is more than 20 times more potent than CO2 in trapping infrared as part of the natural greenhouse effect," Box said. "Methane getting to the surface—that's potent stuff." "

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