We live in an age where technology is connecting us to a font of up-to-the-second information. When there was that volcanic eruption in Iceland, how quickly did you know about it? This immediacy and connectiveness is both a good thing and bad, according to President Obama, who spoke over the weekend at Virginia’s Hampton University.
“You’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank all that high on the truth meter,” President Obama said, with words [...]
The Apple iPad has been jailbroken, within hours of its US launch, according to a notorious US iPhone hacker.
iPhone Dev-Team member MuscleNerd revealed this weekend that he managed to jailbreak the new iPad after it had only been on store shelves for one day.
The crack is a variation on the “Spirit” jailbreak used to de-restrict iPhone 3.1.3 and is believed to use a browser-based exploit to get root access to the iPad.
Which basically means you can run unsigned apps run on the tablet. Apple has not yet responded to the news, nor is the company likely to, publicly at least. Though [...]
A prototype hydraulic and latching mechanism could bring to blind computer users something they’ve never had before: a full-page. Right now, refreshable Braille displays are slow and unwieldy, allowing a user access to the equivalent of one line of text at a time. For this reason, the vast majority of Internet content and computer applications are unavailable to the blind. What’s worse, these displays are often horribly expensive.
From North Carolina State University, where the research is taking place:
The mechanism would be made of an electroactive polymer that is very resilient [...]
Google Analytics provides the ability to add any number of users to your account, and to grant varying levels of access to your reports. You may grant access to the reports of particular profiles when adding a new user, or modify access for existing users.
To grant access when adding a new user:
Click User Manager
Click Add User
Enter the user’s email address, last name, and first name. The email address must be a Google Account.
Select the Access type for this user: View reports only, or Account Administrator, which allows the user to edit account settings
Select the profiles to which [...]
Google and the Chinese government have been going back and forth for a while now, with China wanting Google to continue censoring its search results (with a number of Google’s sites, such as Blogger and YouTube, blocked entirely), while Google has been resistant to keep doing so. The search giant’s hesitation, pinpointed in a post on Google’s official blog, came after “Gmail accounts of dozens of human rights activists connected with China were being routinely accessed by third parties” for nefarious purposes. Today, Google has come to a decision and announced that [...]
A new Government review recommends all UK libraries should offer free internet access, Sunday opening and a promise to provide any book in the national book collection.
Culture Minister, Margaret Hodge, has warned this week that “the context in which libraries operate is changing starkly and at speed” and that British citizens should get library membership entitlement from birth.
The new government review also suggests that commercial partnerships with companies such as Starbucks should be investigated further and that libraries should not be allowed to charge for ebooks.
The review [...]
Gordon Brown pledges that the Labour Party will offer super-fast broadband to all by 2020 should they remain in power.
The Prime Minister is to promise super-fast broadband for all at a speech this week on the proposed Digital Economy Bill and is set to refer to fast internet access as “the electricity of the digital age” which “must be for all – not just for some.”
Brown is set to warn of a “new digital divide” if super-fast broadband access is left to the free market to decide.
Brown is set to say the following: “We can allow [...]
Spotify could well be appearing on your games console in the near future, according to CEO Daniel Ek, as well as your TV and any other device that has access to the web.
Speaking at SXSWi this week, Ek noted that he would love to see Spotify on a number of web-connected platforms and that convergence is the key to making the music service work.
In his talk, he mentioned that Spotify’s deal with 3 in the UK was working when it comes to mobile phones, but there is definitely more to come.
“We have been quite successful in Europe with our deals,” explained Ek.
“What we have [...]
With 500GB disks now shipping as standard on all but entry-level PCs and 2TB disks costing less than £130, storage space has never been more abundant or affordable.
So the recent proliferation of companies offering online data storage products and services might seem surprising – except when you factor in the features and benefits online storage offers that could never be met by local storage alone.
Among the list of unique benefits are fully automated backups, synchronising files between different PCs and sharing files with colleagues, friends or even the whole world. Here we investigate [...]