tech in the spotlight
Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 27, 2013 11:56 AM
Happy birthday, Google!
The fabled internet company got its start 15 years ago when then Stanford students Larry Page and Sergey Brin conceived what is now arguably the world's most relevant tech company, moving beyond the web into mobile, automotive, and even health care.
Topping $50 billion in sales last year, Google lays claim to a host of revolutionary projects and services that have changed the world and the way we live our lives. YouTube is the largest video site on the planet; Android is the dominant mobile phone operating system with 80 percent market share; Google X is crafting ‘moonshot’ projects like Google Glass and Project Loon; and just-announced startup Calico is set to address the biggest health concerns that challenge mortality.
How does one celebrate such remarkable achievements? With a homepage animation, of course.Continue reading...
video killed the _____ star
Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 18, 2013 10:57 AM
Not one to keep users waiting, YouTube is readying to feed the insatiable hunger for more video with an update that will allow users to download videos to their devices for offline playback.
In a blog post, YouTube explained that users can watch ad-supported videos on-the-go without an internet connection, "So your fans’ ability to enjoy your videos no longer has to be interrupted by something as commonplace as a morning commute.”
The new feature allows videos to be saved on devices for up to 48 hours. The videos will remain free, and contain Google ads. The service already generates more than one billion views per day via mobile, with this newest feature to be released in November only augmenting that.Continue reading...
now hear this
Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 12, 2013 07:33 PM
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg were quick to clear their names at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, where both tech leaders expressed their thoughts on the now-infamous National Security Agency's tactics for collecting user data from major tech companies.
"If you don't comply, it's treason," Mayer told the audience. Neither company can discuss what information has been handed over to the government agency, but both stressed more transparency from the NSA's end. Both Yahoo and Facebook have joined others, including Microsoft, in requests to the government to allow them to reveal more about what the NSA collects.
Either way, none of the execs invovled are happy with the way things have unfolded in the last few months, after a rogue NSA agent disclosed classified documents and information to major media outlets—and identifying a handful of global tech companies that supposedly supply information to the NSA through is PRISM program.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 28, 2013 05:12 PM
The New York Times website outage a few weeks ago might have been an internal server glitch, but this week's hour-long blackout was dealt via hackers, the company confirmed. The cyber agitators likely hailed from the Syrian Electronic Army, a pro-Syrian President Bashar al-Assad group that likes to take over US media sites and post pro-Assad propoganda and anti-US sentiments.
The SEA also reportedly hacked Twitter's DNS records as well as the Huffington Post's UK site. Bragging about its conquests, SEA posted screenshots on its Twitter page showing that it effectively changed Twitter's domain records to show that SEA owned the domain—a problem corrected within hours by Twitter. The SEA has previously been responsible for hacks on the Associated Press, Washington Post, Agence France-Presse, 60 Minutes, CBS News, National Public Radio, the Guardian, and even the Onion.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 21, 2013 05:08 PM
Lately, major brands are hell-bent on bringing internet access to the masses, even if it's by balloon. Now, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is heading up a group of major tech brands to provide easier, more reliable access to the internet for all of the world's far off places.
Joined by Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung, the initiative, dubbed Internet.org, aims to simplify phone applications and improve mobile efficiency in order to provide more affordable access on the most basic mobile phones.
“The Internet is such an important thing for driving humanity forward, but it’s not going to build itself,” Zuckerberg told the New York Times. “Ultimately, this has to make business sense on some time frame that people can get behind.”Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 14, 2013 12:52 PM
Recruiting—and keeping—top talent in the tech industry is a seriously competitive task, and one that is top of mind for companies like Twitter, Facebook and Google.
Now, Twitter is taking training into its own hands with the introduction of Twitter University, a destination to help build the technical skills of its engineers. To do so, the microblogger recently acquired Marakana, which focuses on open-source training for programming skills. Twitter employees will teach curriculum designed by Marko and Sasa Gargenta, founders of Marakana.
“Our passion has always been to help people get better at what they do by taking a holistic approach to learning,” writes Markana. “Over the past decade at Marakana, we've developed courses on Android, Java, HTML5, Scala, Python, Hadoop, jQuery and others, often being the first to provide training on these cutting edge technologies.”Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 1, 2013 12:23 PM
Starbucks is busy reinterpreting the internet cafés of yore as it moves to create an indulgent lifestyle brand for its loyal customers.
Beginning in August, new company-operated Starbucks locations in the US will be equipped with WiFi, provided by Google, that is up to 10 times faster than what is currently offered in existing US Starbucks cafes through AT&T. 7,000 existing Starbucks locations will receive the improvements over the next 18 months.
Level 3 Communications will upgrade existing WiFi devices and manage connectivity with several solutions including DSL, cable modems and multiple T1 lines.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 8, 2013 11:52 AM
GoDaddy, the world's largest domain registrar, will head-off the commercial marketing for the .la TLD to Los Angeles businesses and locals looking to geographically tag their website, the Los Angeles Times reports.
GoDaddy, which will sell the .la TLD for the first time after striking a deal with CentralNic, the company that handles the database for .la Web addresses, will launch a city-wide marketing campaign including billboards and online ads to promote the .la suffix—which also happens to be the Web suffix for the country of Laos.
The suffix joins a growing list of city-specific TLDs under ICANN's new web naming push. New York has previously announced that its bid for the .nyc domain was approved by ICANN and will be available for purchase later this year.Continue reading...