Source: Globe and Mail.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Source: Globe and Mail.
Monday, December 29, 2008
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Saturday, December 27, 2008
Lorraine Anthony of the Canadian Press writes, in this Globe and Mail article, of the gadget geek's dilema and the fuel that ignites their fire... "planned obsolescence". Most gadget manufactures subscribe to the planned obsolescence model where they give you just enough stuff to make their products cool, for now, but they are also planning on you growing tired of the product in a year or two. It's something that most of us wrestle with and from a business standpoint it's what keeps the companies going. Cellphones and mp3 players are prime examples of planned obsolescence, while that iPod shuffle still plays your favourite tunes, it's probably not seen much use since the Touch came along... am I right? For another view of this strategy, one that might get you thinking differently, check out The Story of Stuff. It may hit hard for the early adopters in our midst, but it's worth thinking about!
Friday, December 26, 2008
"In 2004, the rise of blogs and their newfound political power gripped the public attention. In 2005, Wikipedia and the virtues of crowdsourcing announced themselves to the general public. In 2006, YouTube mushroomed into an online-video juggernaut, and ushered in a new age of user-generated cat videos. In 2007, Facebook went from college diversion to mainstream phenomenon.
And now, it's the end of 2008, and here she comes, the latest Miss Internet Hoopla. Today, everybody is facing the imperative of signing up to Twitter, the service that has just sashayed away with the crown."
While it was 2007 that I first signed up for my Twitter account, it wasn't until '08 that I really started paying serious attention to it and it's obvious by the adoption rate over the last 12 months that Twitter has become main stream.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
The Official Google Blog has more.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
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Saturday, December 20, 2008
"We've lost three out of four lines. If the fourth cable breaks, we're looking at a total blackout in the Middle East," Jonathan Wright - director of wholesale products at Interoute, the company that manages part of the optical fibre network, told the BBC.
"These three circuits account for 90% of the traffic and we're going to see more international phone calls dropping and a huge degradation in the quality of local internet," he added.
"Normally you would expect to see one major break per cable per year. With four you should have an insurance policy. For this to happen twice in one year, on the same cable, is a serious cause for concern."
Friday, December 19, 2008
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The company says "Apple is reaching more people in more ways than ever before, so like many companies, trade shows have become a very minor part of how Apple reaches its customers. The increasing popularity of Apple’s Retail Stores, which more than 3.5 million people visit every week, and the Apple.com website enable Apple to directly reach more than a hundred million customers around the world in innovative new ways. "
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
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A US District court has granted an injunction which stops the companies from advertising their software, and has also asked firms hosting the websites to block customers from accessing them. It has also frozen the assets of the companies so the cash can be reclaimed and refunds given to those caught in the scam.
BBC story here.
BBC Story here.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Trung's vision is for Aiko to be humanoid helper for hospitals, retirement homes or airports.
Globe and Mail story.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
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Globe and Mail story.
Friday, December 5, 2008
What a great story!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
BBC Story here.
Check out the YouTube Symphony Channel.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
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Sunday, November 30, 2008
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Friday, November 28, 2008
"The institute's twin focus, on quantum theory and gravity, is very close to my heart and central to explaining the origin of the universe," said Hawking.
"I look forward to building a growing partnership between [Perimeter institute] and our Centre for Theoretical Cosmology, at Cambridge. Our research endeavour is global, and by combining forces I believe we will reap rich rewards."
The institute was founded in 2000 with the help of a $100 million donation from Research in Motion co-founder Mike Lazaridis, who gave an additional $50 million earlier this year.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
"The fact that weather, sports, news and e-mail sites make up the majority of leading mobile sites shows that mobile internet is mainly about functionality and need at the moment as opposed to the more entertainment and e-commerce-focused makeup of the leading PC-based sites," says Kent Ferguson, a senior analyst with Nielsen Online.
Some interesting demographics:
25% of mobile internet users are aged 15-24 while the same group make up only 16% of PC based internet users;
23% of the PC based internet users are aged 55 or over while the same group make up only 12% of the mobile internet base.
BBC story here.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
I've always just taken it for granted that rechargeables would be more environmentally friendly and never really put a great deal of thought into how much more green they may or may not be. According to this article, a 2007 study by Bio Intelligence Service (sponsored by a French rechargeable battery maker) claimed that wearing out a single rechargeable battery impacts the environment less by a factor of 28 times. Makes me appreciate them all that much more!
"We have 5 groups of pixels on the screen corresponding to the 5 notes we might need to play," says Ivan Gagne, Systems Engineer with Cyth Systems. "We relied on the light intensity of the pixels in each of those groups. We couldn't rely on the color of the notes because during the game all the notes turn bluish white when you activate star power. We also couldn't rely on the shape of the notes because, at times, they turn into stars. If that light intensity value exceeds a predetermined threshold, we know we need to hold down that key and actuate the strum bar after a predetermined delay while the note travels down the screen to the bottom "play line". If a note was there for more than ~1/4 second the machine activates the whammy bar to score additional points on the sustained notes. There's another threshold where the intensity has to drop before it can consider the note "played" and therefore ready to start playing another note. The imaging, the region of interest, and the light intensity functions were all built into NI's vision toolkit for LabView."
Sunday, November 23, 2008
"Knowing immediately where the shots come from means that it eliminates the confusion and allows soldiers to find cover and return fire. It helps to make combat scenarios, especially in urban areas, a lot less confusing. Everybody immediately knows what side of the vehicle or building to jump behind when taking fire." according to Don Steinman at Qinetiq North America.
According to the Telegraph.co.uk "After roadside bombs, snipers have been the biggest cause of the 301 British fatalities in both wars..."
I think it's great that these and other such technical advances are helping our soldiers in the field, yet it still amazes me how the insurgents still manage to inflict casualties despite it all.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
“Based on the evidence before us, we found that the measures employed by Bell Canada to manage its network were not discriminatory," said CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein in a release. The CRTC added “We have decided to hold a separate proceeding to consider both wholesale and retail issues. Its main purpose will be to address the extent to which internet service providers can manage the traffic on their networks in accordance with the Telecommunications Act.”
Net neutrality advocate Steve Anderson, who runs Saveournet.ca. says "Anyone familiar with this issue knows this is a fundamentally unpopular decision they just made. Canadians want an open internet and the CRTC knows that, yet they just made a ruling that goes against the public interest." While Jacob Glick, policy counsel for Google Canada said "Though we're disappointed with the outcome of this proceeding, we're pleased the CRTC are looking at how to best keep the internet open, an important public policy issue for the future of the internet worldwide,"
What does it all mean for you and I? A whole lot more of the same...
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Now if only Google could read your mind and provide you with the search results... on second thought, no!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I'm really enjoying the Flip Ultra. It's dead easy to use and a great size for stuffing in a pocket and taking on the road. However, I'm afraid that I'll have to buy more hard drive space, or at least be a whole lot more selective about what I save.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
g-speak overview 1828121108 from john underkoffler on Vimeo.
Globe and Mail article.
Friday, November 14, 2008
The CRA has been hampered by eBay's unwillingness to provide information, saying that the data is stored on eBay's servers in the US where CRA has no jurisdiction however last week the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed eBay's arguments.
"We're just alarmed by this," Andrew Sloss, eBay Canada's manager said in an interview yesterday. "I think everyone who values their privacy should find this alarming. This is a slippery slope. I mean, who will be the next people who will be the product of a government fishing expedition and have their privacy rights compromised?"
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Globe and Mail story.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Globe and Mail story.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
"We are actually ceasing operations, declaring an end to operations at this point," said Barry Goldstein Phoenix mission project manager. "However, since we've been surprised by the robustness of this vehicle, we're going to keep listening. As the orbiters fly overhead every two hours, we'll constantly turn on the radio and try to hail Phoenix to see if it is alive."
"This is an Irish wake rather than a funeral," said Doug McCuistion, director of the Mars exploration programme.
"We should celebrate what Phoenix and the Phoenix team has done and where it is going to take us in the future. [There were] a lot of lessons learned in this mission for us that will feed forward to future missions. We learned a lot about handling of soils, soil consistency, and how difficult it can be."
It has been fun following the story and receiving the twitter tweets from the Phoenix team! Perhaps we'll see the day when Phoenix rises again to hails from the passing orbiters?
Monday, November 10, 2008
I must say, I'm a little excited to think that I might get to see some classics from my childhood but American Gladiator? Really?
NYTimes and CNet.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
CNN has more detail here.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Canalys also noted however that RIM showed a year over year increase of 80% and that there were many factors at play. The 3rd quarter was expected to be high for Apple with the release of the iPhone 3G and RIM will likely have had many faithfuls awaiting the arrival of the Blackberry Storm.
Friday, November 7, 2008
The company has created a website to inform it's clients about the extortion attempt, and have made the following statement "We believe we have identified where the data involved in this situation was stored in our systems and have instituted enhanced controls." That's reassuring!
The company handles prescription benefits for approximately 50 million people for various health insurers, employers and union sponsored plans.
New York Times story.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Kreuzer believes the images were tomograms or images that are captured from all sides, reconstructed by computers, and then displayed on screen much like the way that computer-generated special effects are added to movies.
Holograms, technically, are projected into space.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
"Cloning animals by nuclear transfer provides an opportunity to preserve endangered mammalian species," they wrote.
"However, it has been suggested that the 'resurrection' of frozen extinct species (such as the woolly mammoth) is impracticable, as no live cells are available, and the genomic material that remains is inevitably degraded," they said.
Unlike other cloning attempts the mice used in these experiments where not cryogenicly frozen which posed a unique challenge as freezing causes cells to burst and can damage the DNA inside.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Crystal Head Vodka
SKU #: 8179
Place of Origin: NL
Litre Size: .750
Retail Price: $49.99
Total Available: 86
Mystery solved! Now how do I get a bottle here on Prince Edward Island...
Saturday, November 1, 2008
New York Times article.
BBC News article.
Friday, October 31, 2008
RoboFish from James Eagan on Vimeo.
The "Robofish" have fish like fins rather than propellers to make them more maneuverable and less likely to get caught in kelp, rope, or fishing lines. “Fish are much more maneuverable in small spaces than things that we’ve been able to build in engineering with propellers."
I'm fascinated by these little guys! The video is impressive and the swarming, or shall I say "schooling" abilities are rather intriguing.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Ranking consumer targets for cuts:
1. Big-ticket events (eg. concerts, sports)
3. DVD buying
4. Magazine subscription renewals/newsstand
5. Cable/satellite TV extras
6. Video game buying
7. Home phone
8. Mobile/wireless phone
9. DVD Rentals
10. Home Internet
Solutions Research GroupGlobe and Mail article.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
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Mean while Microsoft is experimenting with the Surface PC and making sure that your glass remains full while at the night club.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
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Thursday, October 16, 2008
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We look forward to working with Senator (or President) McCain on ways to combat abuse of the DMCA takedown process on YouTube, including by way of example, strengthening the fair use doctrine..."
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
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Monday, October 13, 2008
"Elephants are ranked as "near threatened" in the Red List, an index of vulnerable species published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature." CNN/AP story here.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
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Thursday, October 9, 2008
Sympatico / MSN story