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Course Wiki

Welcome to the CSC-105 course wiki! As the semester progresses we will use this site to follow and keep track of news stories related to computers and computing.

About the Wiki

The CSC-105 Sandbox

Follow this link to the CSC-105 Sandbox. It is a good place to experiment with editing the wiki. Feel free to play around in this space until you feel comfortable with wiki editing. (Since I have asked you to add content to the sandbox as part of Assignment 1, please refrain from deleting content added by others as part of your experiments!)

How to edit the wiki

Steps for adding your "Tech News Update" contribution:
  • Add a subsection for the current week.
    • Click the "Edit" link to the right of the section header "And now, the news..."
    • Insert a subsection header giving the week number and date at the top of the page, so the most recent news is on top.
  • Add your content, following a format similar to that of previous posts.
    • You should include news articles on at least 3 topics, and for each article, include the date, title, and URL. Please also include a brief synopsis of the news story. If you link to multiple articles covering the same story, you may write one synopsis for the group.
    • You can look at previous posts for examples of the syntax needed to create bullet lists, indents, links, etc.
    • Of course, you can cut and paste content such as web URLs rather than re-typing them.
  • Preview your work by pressing the Show preview button below the editing window. You can alternate editing your work and previewing it until you are satisfied. At that point, save your work by pressing the Save page button.
  • Do not forget to save your work! If you preview it but don't save it, your work will be lost.

A few wiki markup syntax tips:
  • To add a subsection, type the subsection title surrounded by equals signs. The number of equals signs controls the size of the subsection title. Please match the size of previous subsections at the same level.
  • There are many ways to add a link, the easiest way is just to add the URL into the wiki text.
  • To create a bulleted list, just preface each list item with an asterisk (*). To create a second level of bullets, use two asterisks instead.
  • Indenting text without using a bullet is done the same way, except that you use colons instead of asterisks.
  • To italicize text, you can highlight it and click the italics editing button. This will automatically surround the text with two pairs of single-quote marks. Alternatively, you can type the quote marks yourself.
  • Bolding text works the same as italics, except that it requires three pairs of single-quote marks.

Here is a good resource for further reading about wiki editing:

"Tech News"

On-line technical news sites

There are many news services on the web, and many of them have pages dedicated to technical news. Here are a few that I like. I suggest you look at each of them to see which ones you like. They will frequently cover many, but not all, of the same stories. Yet the focus of their articles may be different.

And now, the news...


Week 14: Friday, May 14


  • " Internet approaches addressing limit" [6]
Forget about the end of the Mayan calendar on 2012, come April 2012 net addressing space may be all used up. The internet is built around IPv4, Internet Protocol addressing scheme version , which only has space for roughly 4 billion addresses. No one thought that the net addresses would fill up so quickly, but with how fast addresses have been snatched up the IPv4 is all used up. Enters the IPv6 with trillions of available addresses space. The IPv4 and the IPv6 could coexist but there could be some difficulties. the main difficulty seems to be the delay that exist when one address is translated form one format to another. As the saying goes necessity mothers invention so hopefully their will be plenty of net space in the near future.
-Robert Scott Solon Mata
  • " GDC 2010: PlayStation Move vs. Project Natal, We go Hands-On with Both" [7]
Highly anticipated new game consoles for both Sony and Microsoft are to be released in the latter year of 2010. These new consoles are being released in order to bring some competition to the Nintendo Wii, which has bought a new meaning to gamer interaction. Sony’s new console, the “Playstation Move” uses the combination of an eye webcam, a “Move” wand, and an optional controller called the “sub-controller”. In comparison, Microsoft is releasing “Project Natal” which uses only a webcam and no handheld wand or stick. Both are developments still in progress who still are under construction to be corrected before released to the market.
- Jerl Fields

Week 13: Friday, May 7


May 5, 2010:
  • "Coming soon: Paying for stuff on Visa by waving your iPhone" [8]
As if the iPhone couldn't do enough as it is, Visa is currently working on an application that will enable users to pay for items with their Visa account using their iPhone. Visa and DeviceFidelity are working on a way for iPhone users to pay for items at all contactless Visa payment terminals by simply swiping their iPhone. Visa plans to do this by providing a case for the iPhone that has an embedded security chip which is connected to the application Visa payWave. Security is a big concern at the moment, but Visa says the application can be made so it is password protected. Market trials for this application will begin this summer.
-Ryan Fletcher

  • "Stolen Facebook Accounts for Sale" [9]
Be careful with your use of facebook. As college students we all use facebook, probably daily. However, there is a hacker who uses malware and "phishing" techniques to steal account passwords. With your account information, hackers are able to send spam, distribute malicious programs, and run identity fraud. The research company that discovered the facebook accounts being sold on the Internet claims that there was an effort to sale 1.5 million accounts on several online criminal marketplaces. Fake accounts are also used to steal information of others, such as birth date, address, phone number, etc. Facebook has investigated and continues to moniters suspicious activity with facebook accounts.
-Dominique Bellamy


  • "iPad Goes From Zero to 1 Million in 28 Days" [10]
1 Million iPads were sold in 28 days, and the sales of other Apple products have not dropped. It is predicted that the tablet market will become increasingly competitive and that Apple will sell about 6 million iPads by the end of this year.

This suggests that the iPad isn't really replacing any of the other awesome gadgets Apple sells, and this may not be the best thing for the environment. You can read up on how environmentally-friendly the iPad is: at the apple website [11], and at the grist website [12]
-Snehal Kumar

Week 12: Friday, April 30


April 26, 2010:
  • "China begins launch of iPad knockoff" [13]
With the recent launch of the iPad in the United Stats, Apple has been unable to begin the release of the iPad worldwide. The knockoff offers a cheaper price and runs a Windows operating system instead of the usual Apple operating system. The makers are currently in production of making the fake iPad better and more similar to the original iPad. They also hope that their product will be the next choice for buyers that are unable to purchase the iPad. This is not the first time that on the Chinese market top of the line tech items have been found.
-Matt Barthwell

  • "Cub scouts to offer video gaming pin" [14]
The Boy Scouts of America have announced that they will be offering a belt loop and a pin for Cub Scouts who meet various requirements involving video games. This new award has been very controversial, leaving many former Boy Scouts furious. The new awards certainly do not fit the traditional image of Boy Scouts huddling around a campfire learning knots. Many claim the move is a failed attempt to keep Scouting relevant by appealing to scouts' interests. In spite of the controversy, it is clear that the newest generation of Boy Scouts is growing up in a world saturated with (and dependent on) technology.
-Davis Hermann

  • "Google TV to arrive in May" [15]
The search engine giant plans next month to unveil a new software package to help developers better display the internet on TV sets. This comes as the idea of "connected TV," or television sets that let people browse the Web for video, news stories, video conferencing and to stream music, continues to get a push from electronics and internet companies.
-Nate Hoch

Week 10: Friday, April 16


April 15, 2010:
  • "Cyberwar Commander Survives Senate Hearing": [16]
This article discusses how Lieutenant General Keith Alexander is going through the Senate hearing process in order to become the head of the military’s new computer security and cyberwar command. It addresses how this department was considered necessary after the intrusions into Google's server that were traced back to China as well as many reports that say the US is at risk of computer attacks from other nations. Lieutenant Alexander emphasized that the military would be focusing on building the military's operational network, not taking over cyberspace. He also emphasized that even after this hearing there will be a "policy gap" in what the military wants to do and is capable of doing, and what the Government allows it to do
-Tasha Popkin

April 16, 2010:
  • "US government finally admits most piracy estimates are bogus": [17]
With the recent release of the government's "INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: Observations on Efforts to Quantify the Economic Effects of Counterfeit and Pirated Goods," attached as an embedded .pdf within this article, the government has finally admitted the lack of a direct correlation between intellectual property products and sales lost because of piracy. This article lists a number of "bogus" sources which have asked their employees to stop reporting unmerited, outdated data. To name a few, the FBI estimated in 2002 with "no record of source data or methodology", the CBP has asked its staff not to use its figures from their similar estimate, and the FTC attributed a 3 billion dollar loss in automotive part sales alone. An outrageous difference in annual numbers between public and private reports leads the Government Accountability Office to conclude it is "difficult, if not impossible, to quantify the economy-wide impacts." While this information may not solve any piracy issues, it does bring the corporate argument into "saner territory" by acknowledging that piracy allows more disposable income, likely spent elsewhere in the economy - a step in a more legally represented direction for the consumer who feels justified.
--Patrick Kijek

Week 9: Friday, April 9


April 9, 2010:
  • "Netflix to Allow Video Streaming on Android": [18]
According to an article on Yahoo Tech News, Netflix is planning to develop an application for Android phones allowing users to stream videos directly from Netflix on their portable devices. Established in 1997, Netflix first started as a service offering DVD rental-by-mail in the United States. Over time, Netflix has expanded its services by offering online streaming through computers and XBOX Live. Netflix has also included streaming services for Windows Phone 7 OS and the newly released iPad. Recently, Blockbuster announced plans for an Android-based movie rental app; therefore, in order to remain competitive in the movie rental service, Netflix plans to develop a similar app for Android phones, as well. Even though there is no official word regarding its plan to launch the Netflix video streaming app for Android phones, according to the recent help-wanted posting and the current market opportunity, it makes sense that a streaming Netflix player may soon be available for Android phones.
--Yahoo Tech News: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ytech_gadg/20100409/tc_ytech_gadg/ytech_gadg_tc1544_1
In addition to the article above, I'd like to include another Tech News article from the New York Times. The author presents 10 simple Google search tricks that could be very useful to most users. I hope you find them interesting and helpful.
--NY Times Technology: http://www.nytimes.com/external/gigaom/2010/04/02/02gigaom-10-simple-google-search-tricks-58674.html?src=me&ref=technology
-Thearin Than


April 8, 2010:
  • "The Future is announced": [19]
Today a developers preview of the iPhone OS 4 was released. Although the public release is not until this summer iPhone users can look forward to a plethora of new features. Including a GameCenter, iBooks, unified mail accounts and folders. However, the current favorite of the new operating system is the ability to multitask with applications like Pandora and Skype. iPhone users will also be able to create custom backgrounds that will display on the home screen. One drawback of the new system is that while it will be avaliable for the iPhone 3G & 3GS, the iPod touch and the iPad, the multitasking feature for the OS will only be available for the iPhone 3GS, the iPad and 2nd generation iPod touch. Thus, leaving the iPhone 3G and 1st generation iPod Touch users in the cold. Now the only two questions left is whether this OS will be provided as a free software update or one that has to be paid for?, And what's the exact date of the software's release?
--CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/04/08/iphone.os.wired/index.html
-Unique Bexley

Week 8: Friday, March 19


March 18, 2010:
  • Facebook removing stalker applications
Earlier this week, Facebook removed stalker apps - applications that claim to be able to show you who has been viewing your profile. However the applications that claim to allow you to see who has viewed your profile do not work. The software initially spread because unwitting users were installing it onto their profiles believing that it would actually allow them to monitor who has been visiting their Facebook. Installing stalker applications run risks because there is the possibility that they redirect the user to another site containing viruses or other malicious software.
--BBC News: http://news.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/hi/technology/newsid_10060000/newsid_10060600/10060679.stm
-Joshua Snedden


March 17, 2010:
  • Think you can fill out the perfect bracket?
This week the 2010 version of March Madness kicks off again, and ESPN has once again popularized the science of bracketology. While the network does its best to prognosticate all of the 63 tournament games, the combinations of brackets are literally endless. This special SportsScience feature discusses that there are approximately 9 quintillion bracket combination possibilities. In relation to our discussion on algorithm analysis, it would take a computer that could run 1 million combinations per second over 200,000 years to run each of the possibilities. CNNSportsIllustrated is offering $10 million to the contestant that completes the bracket...they must have done the math and know that the probability of doing so is only 0.00000000003253.
-- See the ESPN SportsScience Video here: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=4999247
- Chad Christoff

Week 6: Friday, March 5


5 March, 2010:
  • TiVo v Dish :
Once again, TiVo prevails in a long-running battle with Dish Network Corp. over patents for digital video recorders as a federal appeals court granted TiVo to receive hundreds of millions of dollars from Dish. This appeal has been a heavily disputed controversy between the two companies since 2004 when Dish began offering DVR capabilities with their system, one that infringed on DVR patents owned by TiVo. Moreover, the problem that Dish is encountering is in regards to the storage and receiving devices, both of which TiVo has patents. Currently, Dish is attempting to redesign this software but ultimately Dish might have to face disabling their boxes that contain DVR software. In 2004, TiVo was awarded with just over $100 million and in this recent development could be awarded up to another $400 million.
-- http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100304/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_tivo_dish

- Jason Kemis

5 March, 2010:
  • Spanish police arrest culprits behind massive botnet : [20]
Spanish police have arrested three men responsible for one of the world's biggest botnet scams. All the men are Spanish citizens with no previous criminal records and little hacking abilities. The botnet is presumed to affect more than 13 million computers, including ones used by more than half the Fortune 1000 companies and 40 banks.

- Ryan Harris

4 March, 2010:
  • YouTube adds video captions for deaf : [21]
YouTube has decided to employ automatic speech recognition and captioning to the videos on its site in order to increase accessibility to the hearing-impaired. YouTube, which is owned by Google, began a software-based approach to captioning some of their videos last year, and is now expanding the feature to all English-language content. Google engineers noted that the speech-recognition technology is not yet perfect, but that it has developed much in the last 50 years and using it now will effectively provide greater access to YouTube's information to a greater number of people.
-Tyrone Greenfield-

3 March, 2010:
  • Charging fees for Hulu comes with its own problems
After Comedy Central's decision to yank two of the most popular shows on Hulu (because of add revenue issues), many people have started questioning the future of the entertainment company that tries to make money off adds that run with free video. Also, the fact that adds are not turning as much profit as expected, is really calling for some immediate action on Hulu's part. Hulu's best alternative seems to be to start charging users for access to some videos, but this would probably turn off viewers who are looking for free videos on the web. Another big problem is that the paid-video market seems to be already saturated with companies like Netflix and Apple's iTunes, which really puts Hulu on a tough spot.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100304/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_paying_for_hulu;_ylt=AtyOZxYAHZmxEi2skAtFJP8jtBAF;_ylu=X3oDMTJuaGtza2Q2BGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwMzA0L3VzX3RlY19wYXlpbmdfZm9yX2h1bHUEY3BvcwMzBHBvcwM5BHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcnkEc2xrA2NoYXJnaW5nZmVlcw--

-Juan Carlos Perez B.

Week 5: Friday, February 26


February 25, 2010
  • "The Facebook games that millions love (and hate)"
http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/02/23/facebook.games/index.html
Social networking sites have become increasingly popular in recent years, one such example is Facebook. Not only are people able to create and build a network of friends in their area or within their schools, they are also given a faster way of communicating within their networks through shared status updates, photos, and videos. However, the social networking does not stop there. Facebook has recently added games to its networking system; thus friends are now allowed to help each other advance through these games as well as fulfill their individual tasks. The most popular and widely used of these games is Farmville. Dan Gross of CNN describes these games as “a return to the ‘golden era’ of games like Pac-man and Super Mario Bros,” which to the founder and creator of Farmville, Mark Pincus says appeals to a larger demographic of gamers.
-Cristina Bernardo-

February 25, 2010
  • The Buzz: Wal-Mart tries to rule digital media--again
http://money.cnn.com/2010/02/23/markets/thebuzz/index.htm?CNN=yes#
Wal-Mart has purchased online video company Vudu in an attempt to muscle its way into an already saturated market. Wal-Mart's two previous forays into online media have both been disasters, and this new venture puts them head-to-head with the likes of Apple, Netflix, and Amazon, to name a few. Adding to the competition is the recent announcement that Best Buy has reached an agreement with the tech firm Sonic Solutions to provide similar services trough Sonic's Roxio CinemaNow service. Also, the sales of online movies is still relatively small compared to physical DVD rentals and purchases. Though Wal-Mart is clearly trying to simultaneously keep pace and get ahead of the competition, only time will tell if this new venture is ultimately a success or a disaster.
-Jake Thompson-

February 25, 2010
  • Nintendo getting on e-reader train, too
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10459041-1.html?tag=TOCmoreStories.0
Nintendo has announced the June 14 release of its "100 Classic Books" cartridge for the Nintendo DS, its hand-held gaming system. The cartridge contains 100 classic books that are now in the public domain, including works by Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and Jane Austen. When reading the books, the DS, which has two screens and is operated with a stylus, is turned vertically and resembles a small book in size and style. The "game" has already been available for some time overseas, so its release in America comes as no surprise. What is surprising to some analysist, however, is Nintendo's decision to enter the already-crowded e-reader market at all. However, Nintendo plans to release a version of the DS with a larger screen, the DSi XL, in March, which could help its chances. With its larger screen and ability to download content, the DSi XL could be an ideal competitor with the Kindle or Nook, except that, at least for now, those services offer public domain books for free while Nintendo charges 20 dollars for the cartridge.
-Kramer McLuckie

Week 4: Friday, February 19

February 18, 2010
  • Yahoo and Microsoft search deal gets final ok

http://money.cnn.com/2010/02/18/technology/yahoo_microsoft/index.htm?cnn=yes
There has been talks for awhile about a deal between Microsoft and Yahoo being reached in regards to combining search business. Microsoft and Yahoo announced today, Thursday February 18, that their search deal had been cleared by both EU and U.S. regulators, leading the way for the two companies to combine much of their search business. This combination is suppose to be implemented in the "coming days." Microsoft will pay Yahoo 88 percent of the revenue it makes off searches from Yahoo sites as part of this 10 year deal. The combination will give Microsoft-Yahoo as 30 percent market share, compared to 65 percent that Google currently has.
-Nathan Clubb

February 18, 2010
  • Skype in a Struggle to be Heard
http://news.cnet.com/Skype-in-a-struggle-to-be-heard-on-mobile-phones/2100-7352_3-6250470.html?tag=newsEditorsPicksArea.0

Only two mobile phone operators in the world have allowed Skype to function over their network, Verizon Wireless in the United States, and the company 3 in Europe. Advocates of net neutrality, the principle that there ought not to be restrictions on the level of content on the internet, are up arms over mobile phone companies' restriction of voice over Internet Protocol (VoiP). Other carriers are making consumer pay a special fee in order to utilize Skype calling, which is generally free, over their network. Both the United States and the EU are eyeing legislation that would forbid wireless carriers from blocking out VoiP features. Even Verizon, which allows Skype access, only signed off on it with several conditions.

-Kunal Bansal

February 18, 2010
  • Amazon Debuts Kindle for Blackberry App

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nf/20100218/tc_nf/71748
Amazon has joined forces with Blackbery to provide access to reading e-books on the popular Kindle for free. Blackberry users will be able to access over 400,000 titles of books, by downloading the free app. This is beneficial to both Amazon and Blackberry because an expanded audience will be created for both companies. Users can download newly released books, cookbooks,bestsellers, and other titles through the app. The beta app is expected to undergo reformation, to include additional capabilities, such as highlighting and marking text. The demand for this app was due to it only being available for the iPhone last year, which prompted the app for Blackberry users.
-Dakota Maxwell-Jones

February 18, 2010
  • "Malicious Software Infects Computers"
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/19/technology/19cyber.html?ref=technology
Malicious software, in this case a botnet, has infected more than 2,500 corporations worldwide. Botnets can takeover the operating system of other computers over the internet, and are used to capture password information or send spam. The specific purpose of this botnet, called the Kneber botnet, was to gather information on login information on financial and social networking websites. NetWitness, one of the largest cyber security firms, is constantly combating botnets like this one, as criminal cyber activity has reached dangerously high levels. While it is likely that these attacks will never stop, increased monitoring and protection of sensitive information is needed.
-David Platt

Week 3: Friday, February 12

February 9, 2010:
  • In Haiti, Practicing Medicine From Afar
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/09/health/09tele.html

In the wake of the earthquake in Haiti, many doctors have been relying on telehealth (telemedicine) to treat effected patients. This technology allows a patient in Haiti to have a video conference with a doctor in America and provides a mode through which doctors stationed in Haiti can consult specialists in America. If this method proves fiscally/technologically sustainable, then officials will consider implementing a long-term telehealth system in Haiti, eventually teaching Haitian doctors how to use the technology.

-Adhiti Kannan

February 11, 2010:
  • What Dreams May Come With Google's Super Speedy Network?

Google hopes to create an ultra high-speed broadband network that would give developers and consumers an excitingly speedy internet environment. With the increase of internet speed Google wants to give developers the opportunity to produce applications that may have previously been limited by internet speeds. Google has decided not to filter any content or restrict bandwidth, assuring that speeds and efficiency remain high, while also creating controversy amongst the copyright community and analyst who believe Google's network might prove too complicated to implement.

http://www.technewsworld.com/story/What-Dreams-May-Come-With-Googles-Super-Speedy-Network-69323.html

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100210/bs_afp/usitcompanytelecominternetgoogle_20100210183145
-Jose Alfaro

February 11, 2010:
  • New Supercomputer Uses Water-Cooled Technology to Save Energy

A new supercomputer that uses water cooled technology is being released on February 11th, 2010 by Nanyuan Technological University. The computer is based on a common Intel system (x86), but unlike other systems, it uses a water-cooled technology to decrease its energy usage. Much of the energy decrease comes from the supercomputer’s ability to perform at the highest level in room-temperature. It is ranked the 6th most energy-efficient computer in the world with an x86 architecture (basic Intel system). Not only is the new supercomputer incredibly energy-efficient, but its processing unit works at a very high speed!

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100211090748.htm
-Dylan O'Donoghue

Week 2: Friday, February 5

February 3, 2010:
  • Impact of Social Media on China and Haiti
http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/01/18/social.media.impact/index.html

Social media has played an increasingly important role in the dissemination of breaking world news, particularly that which occurs in third world countries where traditional media outlets do not have an established presence and quick ability to cover events as they happen. Examples, ranging from the presidential election in Iran to the Earthquake in Haiti underscore this point and demonstrate the rapid emergence of social media as a medium for information dissemination.

Fubruary 3, 2010
  • Importance of HTML 5
http://gizmodo.com/5461711/giz-explains-why-html5-isnt-going-to-save-the-internet

The article explains in layman's terms the importance and function of HTML 5, a new revision of the web based programming HTML which forms the underpinnings of the modern internet. Along with a lengthy discussion of the evolution of the standard and demonstration of its features there is also analysis about potential impediments to its implementation and adoption. Included with the discussion of this article will be a demonstration of several fo the features of the new standard as well as its implications for the evolution of the web and web based applications.
demonstration of embedded video: http://www.youtube.com/html5
demonstration of dragging and dropping: http://demos.hacks.mozilla.org/openweb/DnD/

-Liles Repp and Emma Peterson

Februray 2, 2010:
  • Study Connects Depression and Internet Use
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8493149.stm

A recent British psychological study linked internet addiction with depression. The 1.2% of subjects who qualified as "addicts" scored much higher in screening test for depression than non-addicts. However, the scientists questioned the causality in their results, suggesting that those who use the internet compulsively may have been depressed to begin with.

February 1, 2010:
  • "When Phones Are Just Too Smart":
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/31/fashion/31apps.html?ref=technology

Continuing with the current news about the release of Apple’s iPad, New York Times reported about how people are even feeling overwhelmed by all the available applications for the iPhone. Now with the iPad claiming to hold apps than even the iPhone, this article questions the necessity of that feature. Research on users of the current iPhone, on average, only use five to ten apps regularly and find that most of the apps are not useful in everyday life.

-Kelly Nys

Week 1: Friday, January 29

News stories gathered by Marge Coahran

January 29, 2010:
  • Study: distracted driving laws don't stop crashes : [22]

A recent study conducted by the Highway Loss Data Institute shows that recent laws that ban texting while driving in California, New York, Connecticut and Washington, D.C. have not reduced the number of highway crashes (as measured by number of insurance claims) in those states. The institute was surprised by these findings and is doing further investigation to try to determine what they mean.

  • "iPhone Users Can Now make Internet Based Calls"[23] (Liles Repp)

Along with the iPad comes a modified licensing agreement with AT&T for apple’s iPhones. Previously, iPhone users had not been able to use the 3G data connection to send VOIP phone calls through internet phone carriers like Skype and google voice. The new agreement has opened up the floodgates for proprietary internet phone applications running on the iPhone, potentially marginalizing the voice plan provided by AT&T. It is unlikely to matter for some time though, since the voice plan is currently bundled with the data plan on all iPhones, making such VOIP plans redundant for most users.

January 28, 2010:

In a press conference Wednesday, Steve Jobs announced the iPad, a touchscreen tablet computer that tries to hit the "sweet spot" between cumbersome laptops and small specialized devices: netbooks, smartphones, and bookreaders. Sales price: $500-$800. Specs: 1.5 lbs, 9.7" display, 16GB storage (or more), and a 10 hour battery life. Like the iPhone, it allows email and web browsing, and focuses on content purchased through Apple (iTunes, iBook, and the App Store). The announcement also launched iBook, a new electronic book sales venue that will compete with Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

January 28, 2010:

Canadian Privacy Comissioner launches a probe into recent changes made by facebook to its privacy policies. The changes were intended to strengthen privacy controls, and they apparently did clean up a confusing array of privacy settings, but some have claimed that the new default settings reveal more information than the old ones did. This is important as facebook transitions from an isolated site to one that is publically searchable.

January 26, 2010:

DOT bans truck and bus drivers from texting (ines up to $2750), but says that enforcement will be difficult. Research shows that while texting people take their eyes off the road an average of 4.6 seconds out of every 6. This means a driver going 55 mph travels the length of a football field without looking. Efforts to ban all drivers from texting continues: two senators have introduced federal legislation to pressure states to ban texting, or lose federal highway aid.

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Welcome to the CSC-105 course wiki! As the semester progresses we will use this site to follow and keep track of news stories related to computers and computing.

==About the Wiki==

===The CSC-105 Sandbox===

Follow this link to the [[CSC-105 Sandbox]]. It is a good place to experiment with editing the wiki. Feel free to play around in this space until you feel comfortable with wiki editing. (Since I have asked you to add content to the sandbox as part of Assignment 1, please refrain from deleting content added by others as part of your experiments!)

===How to edit the wiki===

'''Steps for adding your "Tech News Update" contribution:'''
* Add a subsection for the current week.
** Click the "Edit" link to the right of the section header "And now, the news..."
** Insert a subsection header giving the week number and date at the top of the page, so the most recent news is on top. 
* Add your content, following a format similar to that of previous posts. 
** You should include news articles on at least 3 topics, and for each article, include the date, title, and URL. Please also include a brief synopsis of the news story. If you link to multiple articles covering the same story, you may write one synopsis for the group.
** You can look at previous posts for examples of the syntax needed to create bullet lists, indents, links, etc.
** Of course, you can cut and paste content such as web URLs rather than re-typing them.
* Preview your work by pressing the ''Show preview'' button below the editing window. You can alternate editing your work and previewing it until you are satisfied. At that point, save your work by pressing the ''Save page'' button.
* ''Do not forget to save your work!'' If you preview it but don't save it, your work will be lost.

'''A few wiki markup syntax tips:'''
* To add a subsection, type the subsection title surrounded by equals signs. The number of equals signs controls the size of the subsection title. Please match the size of previous subsections at the same level.
* There are many ways to add a link, the easiest way is just to add the URL into the wiki text. 
* To create a bulleted list, just preface each list item with an asterisk (*). To create a second level of bullets, use two asterisks instead.
* Indenting text without using a bullet is done the same way, except that you use colons instead of asterisks.
* To italicize text, you can highlight it and click the ''italics'' editing button. This will automatically surround the text with two pairs of single-quote marks. Alternatively, you can type the quote marks yourself.
* Bolding text works the same as italics, except that it requires three pairs of single-quote marks.

'''Here is a good resource for further reading about wiki editing:'''
* http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Editing_all-in-one_guide

=="Tech News"==

===On-line technical news sites===

There are many news services on the web, and many of them have pages dedicated to technical news. Here are a few that I like. I suggest you look at each of them to see which ones you like. They will frequently cover many, but not all, of the same stories. Yet the focus of their articles may be different.

* http://news.yahoo.com/technology
* http://news.cnet.com/
* http://www.cnn.com/TECH/
* http://www.wired.com/


===And now, the news...=== 
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===Week 14: Friday, May 14===
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*" Internet approaches addressing limit" [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/10105978.stm]
: Forget about the end of the Mayan calendar on 2012, come April 2012 net addressing space may be all used up. The internet is built around IPv4, Internet Protocol addressing scheme version , which only has space for roughly 4 billion addresses. No one thought that the  net addresses would fill up so quickly, but with how fast addresses have been snatched up the IPv4 is all used up. Enters the IPv6 with  trillions of available addresses space. The IPv4 and the IPv6 could coexist but there could be some difficulties. the main difficulty seems to be the delay  that exist when  one address is translated form one format to another. As the saying goes necessity mothers invention so hopefully their will be plenty of net space in the near future.
-Robert Scott Solon Mata
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*" GDC 2010: PlayStation Move vs. Project Natal, We go Hands-On with Both" [http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10467552-1.html]
: Highly anticipated new game consoles for both Sony and Microsoft are to be released in the latter year of 2010.  These new consoles are being released in order to bring some competition to the Nintendo Wii, which has bought a new meaning to gamer interaction.  Sony’s new console, the “Playstation Move” uses the combination of an eye webcam, a “Move” wand, and an optional controller called the “sub-controller”.  In comparison, Microsoft is releasing “Project Natal” which uses only a webcam and no handheld wand or stick.  Both are developments still in progress who still are under construction to be corrected before released to the market. 
- Jerl Fields

====Week 13: Friday, May 7====
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May 5, 2010:
*"Coming soon: Paying for stuff on Visa by waving your iPhone" [http://www.tuaw.com/2010/05/05/coming-soon-paying-for-stuff-on-visa-by-waving-your-iphone/]
:As if the iPhone couldn't do enough as it is, Visa is currently working on an application that will enable users to pay for items with their Visa account using their iPhone. Visa and DeviceFidelity are working on a way for iPhone users to pay for items at all contactless Visa payment terminals by simply swiping their iPhone. Visa plans to do this by providing a case for the iPhone that has an embedded security chip which is connected to the application Visa payWave. Security is a big concern at the moment, but Visa says the application can be made so it is password protected. Market trials for this application will begin this summer. 
-Ryan Fletcher

*"Stolen Facebook Accounts for Sale" [http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/03/technology/internet/03facebook.html]
:Be careful with your use of facebook. As college students we all use facebook, probably daily. However, there is a hacker who uses malware and "phishing" techniques to steal account passwords. With your account information, hackers are able to send spam, distribute malicious programs, and run identity fraud. The research company that discovered the facebook accounts being sold on the Internet claims that there was an effort to sale 1.5 million accounts on several online criminal marketplaces. Fake accounts are also used to steal information of others, such as birth date, address, phone number, etc. Facebook has investigated and continues to moniters suspicious activity with facebook accounts. 
-Dominique Bellamy

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* "iPad Goes From Zero to 1 Million in 28 Days" [http://www.technewsworld.com/story/iPad-Goes-From-Zero-to-1-Million-in-28-Days-69914.html]
: 1 Million iPads were sold in 28 days, and the sales of other Apple products have not dropped. It is predicted that the tablet market will become increasingly competitive and that Apple will sell about 6 million iPads by the end of this year.

:This suggests that the iPad isn't really replacing any of the other awesome gadgets Apple sells, and this may not be the best thing for the environment. You can read up on how environmentally-friendly the iPad is: at the apple website [http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/], and at the grist website [http://www.grist.org/article/2010-01-27-apples-new-ipad-is-deep-green-but-a-planet-saver-nope/#comments] 
-Snehal Kumar

====Week 12: Friday, April 30====
<br>
April 26, 2010:
*"China begins launch of iPad knockoff" [http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63P0B620100426]
:With the recent launch of the iPad in the United Stats, Apple has been unable to begin the release of the iPad worldwide.  The knockoff offers a cheaper price and runs a Windows operating system instead of the usual Apple operating system.  The makers are currently in production of making the fake iPad better and more similar to the original iPad.  They also hope that their product will be the next choice for buyers that are unable to purchase the iPad.  This is not the first time that on the Chinese market top of the line tech items have been found.
-Matt Barthwell

*"Cub scouts to offer video gaming pin" [http://scitech.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/28/cub-scouts-to-offer-video-gaming-pin/]
:The Boy Scouts of America have announced that they will be offering a belt loop and a pin for Cub Scouts who meet various requirements involving video games.  This new award has been very controversial, leaving many former Boy Scouts furious.  The new awards certainly do not fit the traditional image of Boy Scouts huddling around a campfire learning knots.  Many claim the move is a failed attempt to keep Scouting relevant by appealing to scouts' interests.  In spite of the controversy, it is clear that the newest generation of Boy Scouts is growing up in a world saturated with (and dependent on) technology.
-Davis Hermann

*"Google TV to arrive in May" [http://scitech.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/30/wsj-google-tv-to-be-announced-in-may/]
:The search engine giant plans next month to unveil a new software package to help developers better display the internet on TV sets. This comes as the idea of "connected TV," or television sets that let people browse the Web for video, news stories, video conferencing and to stream music, continues to get a push from electronics and internet companies.
-Nate Hoch

====Week 10: Friday, April 16====
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April 15, 2010:
* "Cyberwar Commander Survives Senate Hearing": [http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/04/cyberwar-commander/]
: This article discusses how Lieutenant General Keith Alexander is going through the Senate hearing process in order to become the head of the  military’s new computer security and cyberwar command.  It addresses how this department was considered necessary after the intrusions into Google's server that were traced back to China as well as many reports that say the US is at risk of computer attacks from other nations.  Lieutenant Alexander emphasized that the military would be focusing on building the military's operational network, not taking over cyberspace. He also emphasized that even after this hearing there will be a "policy gap" in what the military wants to do and is capable of doing, and what the Government allows it to do
-Tasha Popkin
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April 16, 2010:
*"US government finally admits most piracy estimates are bogus": [http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/04/us-government-finally-admits-most-piracy-estimates-are-bogus.ars?utm_source=microblogging&utm_medium=arstch&utm_term=Main%20Account&utm_campaign=microblogging]
:With the recent release of the government's "INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: Observations on Efforts to Quantify the Economic Effects of Counterfeit and Pirated Goods," attached as an embedded .pdf within this article, the government has finally admitted the lack of a direct correlation between intellectual property products and sales lost because of piracy. This article lists a number of "bogus" sources which have asked their employees to stop reporting unmerited, outdated data. To name a few, the FBI estimated in 2002 with "no record of source data or methodology", the CBP has asked its staff not to use its figures from their similar estimate, and the FTC attributed a 3 billion dollar loss in automotive part sales alone. An outrageous difference in annual numbers between public and private reports leads the Government Accountability Office to conclude it is "difficult, if not impossible, to quantify the economy-wide impacts." While this information may not solve any piracy issues, it does bring the corporate argument into "saner territory" by acknowledging that piracy allows more disposable income, likely spent elsewhere in the economy - a step in a more legally represented direction for the consumer who feels justified.
--Patrick Kijek
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====Week 9: Friday, April 9====
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April 9, 2010:
* "Netflix to Allow Video Streaming on Android": [http://news.yahoo.com/s/ytech_gadg/20100409/tc_ytech_gadg/ytech_gadg_tc1544_1]
:According to an article on Yahoo Tech News, Netflix is planning to develop an application for Android phones allowing users to stream videos directly from Netflix on their portable devices. Established in 1997, Netflix first started as a service offering DVD rental-by-mail in the United States. Over time, Netflix has expanded its services by offering online streaming through computers and XBOX Live. Netflix has also included streaming services for Windows Phone 7 OS and the newly released iPad.  Recently, Blockbuster announced plans for an Android-based movie rental app; therefore, in order to remain competitive in the movie rental service, Netflix plans to develop a similar app for Android phones, as well. Even though there is no official word regarding its plan to launch the Netflix video streaming app for Android phones, according to the recent help-wanted posting and the current market opportunity, it makes sense that a streaming Netflix player may soon be available for Android phones.
--Yahoo Tech News: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ytech_gadg/20100409/tc_ytech_gadg/ytech_gadg_tc1544_1
<br>
:In addition to the article above, I'd like to include another Tech News article from the New York Times. The author presents 10 simple Google search tricks that could be very useful to most users. I hope you find them interesting and helpful.
--NY Times Technology: http://www.nytimes.com/external/gigaom/2010/04/02/02gigaom-10-simple-google-search-tricks-58674.html?src=me&ref=technology
<br>
-Thearin Than
<br>

<br>
April 8, 2010:
* "The Future is announced": [http://www.mobilecrunch.com/2010/04/08/everything-you-need-to-know-about-iphone-os-4-0/]
:Today a developers preview of the iPhone OS 4 was released. Although the public release is not until this summer iPhone users can look forward to a plethora of new features. Including a GameCenter, iBooks, unified mail accounts and folders. However, the current favorite of the new operating system is the ability to multitask with applications like Pandora and Skype. iPhone users will also be able to create custom backgrounds that will display on the home screen. One drawback of the new system is that while it will be avaliable for the iPhone 3G & 3GS, the iPod touch and the iPad, the multitasking feature for the OS will only be available for the iPhone 3GS, the iPad and 2nd generation iPod touch. Thus, leaving the iPhone 3G and 1st generation iPod Touch users in the cold. Now the only two questions left is whether this OS will be provided as a free software update or one that has to be paid for?, And what's the exact date of the software's release?
--CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/04/08/iphone.os.wired/index.html
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-Unique Bexley
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====Week 8: Friday, March 19====
<br>
March 18, 2010:
* ''Facebook removing stalker applications''
:Earlier this week, Facebook removed stalker apps - applications that claim to be able to show you who has been viewing your profile. However the applications that claim to allow you to see who has viewed your profile do not work. The software initially spread because unwitting users were installing it onto their profiles believing that it would actually allow them to monitor who has been visiting their Facebook. Installing stalker applications run risks because there is the possibility that they redirect the user to another site containing viruses or other malicious software.
--BBC News: http://news.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/hi/technology/newsid_10060000/newsid_10060600/10060679.stm
<br>
-Joshua Snedden
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<br>
<br>
March 17, 2010:
* ''Think you can fill out the perfect bracket?''
:This week the 2010 version of March Madness kicks off again, and ESPN has once again popularized the science of bracketology.  While the network does its best to prognosticate all of the 63 tournament games, the combinations of brackets are literally endless.  This special SportsScience feature discusses that there are approximately 9 quintillion bracket combination possibilities.  In relation to our discussion on algorithm analysis, it would take a computer that could run 1 million combinations per second over 200,000 years to run each of the possibilities.  CNNSportsIllustrated is offering $10 million to the contestant that completes the bracket...they must have done the math and know that the probability of doing so is only 0.00000000003253.  
-- See the ESPN SportsScience Video here: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=4999247 
<br>
- Chad Christoff

====Week 6: Friday, March 5====
<br>
5 March, 2010:
* ''TiVo v Dish'':
:Once again, TiVo prevails in a long-running battle with Dish Network Corp. over patents for digital video recorders as a federal appeals court granted TiVo to receive hundreds of millions of dollars from Dish. This appeal has been a heavily disputed controversy between the two companies since 2004 when Dish began offering DVR capabilities with their system, one that infringed on DVR patents owned by TiVo. Moreover, the problem that Dish is encountering is in regards to the storage and receiving devices, both of which TiVo has patents. Currently, Dish is attempting to redesign this software but ultimately Dish might have to face disabling their boxes that contain DVR software. In 2004, TiVo was awarded with just over $100 million and in this recent development could be awarded up to another $400 million. 
-- http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100304/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_tivo_dish

- Jason Kemis
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5 March, 2010:
* ''Spanish police arrest culprits behind massive botnet'': [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8547453.stm]
:Spanish police have arrested three men responsible for one of the world's biggest botnet scams.  All the men are Spanish citizens with no previous criminal records and little hacking abilities.  The botnet is presumed to affect more than 13 million computers, including ones used by more than half the Fortune 1000 companies and 40 banks.

- Ryan Harris
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<br>

4 March, 2010:
* ''YouTube adds video captions for deaf'': [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8550830.stm]
:YouTube has decided to employ automatic speech recognition and captioning to the videos on its site in order to increase accessibility to the hearing-impaired.  YouTube, which is owned by Google, began a software-based approach to captioning some of their videos last year, and is now expanding the feature to all English-language content.  Google engineers noted that the speech-recognition technology is not yet perfect, but that it has developed much in the last 50 years and using it now will effectively provide greater access to YouTube's information to a greater number of people.
-Tyrone Greenfield-
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<br>

3 March, 2010:
* ''Charging fees for Hulu comes with its own problems'' 
: After Comedy Central's decision to yank two of the most popular shows on Hulu (because of add revenue issues), many people have started questioning the future of the entertainment company that tries to make money off adds that run with free video. Also, the fact that adds are not turning as much profit as expected, is really calling for some immediate action on Hulu's part. Hulu's best alternative seems to be to start charging users for access to some videos, but this would probably turn off viewers who are looking for free videos on the web. Another big problem is that the paid-video market seems to be already saturated with companies like Netflix and Apple's iTunes, which really puts Hulu on a tough spot. 
:http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100304/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_paying_for_hulu;_ylt=AtyOZxYAHZmxEi2skAtFJP8jtBAF;_ylu=X3oDMTJuaGtza2Q2BGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwMzA0L3VzX3RlY19wYXlpbmdfZm9yX2h1bHUEY3BvcwMzBHBvcwM5BHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcnkEc2xrA2NoYXJnaW5nZmVlcw--

-Juan Carlos Perez B.
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<br>

====Week 5: Friday, February 26====
<br>
February 25, 2010
* "The Facebook games that millions love (and hate)"
http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/02/23/facebook.games/index.html
<br>
Social networking sites have become increasingly popular in recent years, one such example is Facebook. Not only are people able to create and build a network of friends in their area or within their schools, they are also given a faster way of communicating within their networks through shared status updates, photos, and videos. However, the social networking does not stop there. Facebook has recently added games to its networking system; thus friends are now allowed to help each other advance through these games as well as fulfill their individual tasks. The most popular and widely used of these games is Farmville. Dan Gross of CNN describes these games as “a return to the ‘golden era’ of games like Pac-man and Super Mario Bros,” which to the founder and creator of Farmville, Mark Pincus says appeals to a larger demographic of gamers. 
<br>
-Cristina Bernardo-
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<br>
February 25, 2010
* ''The Buzz: Wal-Mart tries to rule digital media--again''
http://money.cnn.com/2010/02/23/markets/thebuzz/index.htm?CNN=yes#
<br>
Wal-Mart has purchased online video company Vudu in an attempt to muscle its way into an already saturated market.  Wal-Mart's two previous forays into online media have both been disasters, and this new venture puts them head-to-head with the likes of Apple, Netflix, and Amazon, to name a few.  Adding to the competition is the recent announcement that Best Buy has reached an agreement with the tech firm Sonic Solutions to provide similar services trough Sonic's Roxio CinemaNow service.  Also, the sales of online movies is still relatively small compared to physical DVD rentals and purchases.  Though Wal-Mart is clearly trying to simultaneously keep pace and get ahead of the competition, only time will tell if this new venture is ultimately a success or a disaster.
<br>
-Jake Thompson-
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<br>
February 25, 2010
* ''Nintendo getting on e-reader train, too''
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10459041-1.html?tag=TOCmoreStories.0
<br>
Nintendo has announced the June 14 release of its "100 Classic Books" cartridge for the Nintendo DS, its hand-held gaming system. The cartridge contains 100 classic books that are now in the public domain, including works by Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and Jane Austen. When reading the books, the DS, which has two screens and is operated with a stylus, is turned vertically and resembles a small book in size and style.  The "game" has already been available for some time overseas, so its release in America comes as no surprise. What is surprising to some analysist, however, is Nintendo's decision to enter the already-crowded e-reader market at all. However, Nintendo plans to release a version of the DS with a larger screen, the DSi XL, in March, which could help its chances. With its larger screen and ability to download content, the DSi XL could be an ideal competitor with the Kindle or Nook, except that, at least for now, those services offer public domain books for free while Nintendo charges 20 dollars for the cartridge.  
<br>
-Kramer McLuckie

====Week 4: Friday, February 19====


February 18, 2010
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* ''Yahoo and Microsoft search deal gets final ok''

http://money.cnn.com/2010/02/18/technology/yahoo_microsoft/index.htm?cnn=yes
<br>
There has been talks for awhile about a deal between Microsoft and Yahoo being reached in regards to combining search business.  Microsoft and Yahoo announced today, Thursday February 18, that their search deal had been cleared by both EU and U.S. regulators, leading the way for the two companies to combine much of their search business.  This combination is suppose to be implemented in the "coming days." Microsoft will pay Yahoo 88 percent of the revenue it makes off searches from Yahoo sites as part of this 10 year deal.  The combination will give Microsoft-Yahoo as 30 percent market share, compared to 65 percent that Google currently has.
<br>
-Nathan Clubb

February 18, 2010
* ''Skype in a Struggle to be Heard''
:http://news.cnet.com/Skype-in-a-struggle-to-be-heard-on-mobile-phones/2100-7352_3-6250470.html?tag=newsEditorsPicksArea.0

: Only two mobile phone operators in the world have allowed Skype to function over their network, Verizon Wireless in the United States, and the company 3 in Europe. Advocates of net neutrality, the principle that there ought not to be restrictions on the level of content on the internet, are up arms over mobile phone companies' restriction of voice over Internet Protocol (VoiP). Other carriers are making consumer pay a special fee in order to utilize Skype calling, which is generally free, over their network. Both the United States and the EU are eyeing legislation that would forbid wireless carriers from blocking out VoiP features. Even Verizon, which allows Skype access, only signed off on it with several conditions. 

-Kunal Bansal

February 18, 2010
<br>
* ''Amazon Debuts Kindle for Blackberry App''

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nf/20100218/tc_nf/71748
<br>
Amazon has joined forces with Blackbery to provide access to reading e-books on the popular Kindle for free. Blackberry users will be able to access over 400,000 titles of books, by downloading the free app. This is beneficial to both Amazon and Blackberry because an expanded audience will be created for both companies. Users can download newly released books, cookbooks,bestsellers, and other titles through the app. The beta app is expected to undergo reformation, to include additional capabilities, such as highlighting and marking text. The demand for this app was due to it only being available for the iPhone last year, which prompted the app for Blackberry users.
<br>
-Dakota Maxwell-Jones

February 18, 2010 
<br>
* "Malicious Software Infects Computers"
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/19/technology/19cyber.html?ref=technology
<br>
Malicious software, in this case a botnet, has infected more than 2,500 corporations worldwide.  Botnets can takeover the operating system of other computers over the internet, and are used to capture password information or send spam.  The specific purpose of this botnet, called the Kneber botnet, was to gather information on login information on financial and social networking websites.  NetWitness, one of the largest cyber security firms, is constantly combating botnets like this one, as criminal cyber activity has reached dangerously high levels.  While it is likely that these attacks will never stop, increased monitoring and protection of sensitive information is needed.  
<br>
-David Platt 

====Week 3: Friday, February 12====

February 9, 2010:
* ''In Haiti, Practicing Medicine From Afar''
:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/09/health/09tele.html

: In the wake of the earthquake in Haiti, many doctors have been relying on telehealth (telemedicine) to treat effected patients. This technology allows a patient in Haiti to have a video conference with a doctor in America and provides a mode through which doctors stationed in Haiti can consult specialists in America. If this method proves fiscally/technologically sustainable, then officials will consider implementing a long-term telehealth system in Haiti, eventually teaching Haitian doctors how to use the technology. 

-Adhiti Kannan



February 11, 2010:
* ''What Dreams May Come With Google's Super Speedy Network?''

: Google hopes to create an ultra high-speed broadband network that would give developers and consumers an excitingly speedy internet environment. With the increase of internet speed Google wants to give developers the opportunity to produce applications that may have previously been limited by internet speeds. Google has decided not to filter any content or restrict bandwidth, assuring that speeds and efficiency remain high, while also creating controversy amongst the copyright community and analyst who believe Google's network might prove too complicated to implement.

:http://www.technewsworld.com/story/What-Dreams-May-Come-With-Googles-Super-Speedy-Network-69323.html

:http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100210/bs_afp/usitcompanytelecominternetgoogle_20100210183145
-Jose Alfaro



February 11, 2010:
*''New Supercomputer Uses Water-Cooled Technology to Save Energy''

:A new supercomputer that uses water cooled technology is being released on February 11th, 2010 by Nanyuan Technological University. The computer is based on a common Intel system (x86), but unlike other systems, it uses a water-cooled technology to decrease its energy usage. Much of the energy decrease comes from the supercomputer’s ability to perform at the highest level in room-temperature. It is ranked the 6th most energy-efficient computer in the world with an x86 architecture (basic Intel system). Not only is the new supercomputer incredibly energy-efficient, but its processing unit works at a very high speed!  

:http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100211090748.htm
-Dylan O'Donoghue

====Week 2: Friday, February 5====

February 3, 2010:
* ''Impact of Social Media on China and Haiti''
:http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/01/18/social.media.impact/index.html

: Social media has played an increasingly important role in the dissemination of breaking world news, particularly that which occurs in third world countries where traditional media outlets do not have an established presence and quick ability to cover events as they happen. Examples, ranging from the presidential election in Iran to the Earthquake in Haiti underscore this point and demonstrate the rapid emergence of social media as a medium for information dissemination. 

Fubruary 3, 2010
* ''Importance of HTML 5''
:http://gizmodo.com/5461711/giz-explains-why-html5-isnt-going-to-save-the-internet

: The article explains in layman's terms the importance and function of HTML 5, a new revision of the web based programming HTML which forms the underpinnings of the modern internet. Along with a lengthy discussion of the evolution of the standard and demonstration of its features there is also analysis about potential impediments to its implementation and adoption. Included with the discussion of this article will be a demonstration of several fo the features of the new standard as well as its implications for the evolution of the web and web based applications. 
:demonstration of embedded video: http://www.youtube.com/html5
:demonstration of dragging and dropping: http://demos.hacks.mozilla.org/openweb/DnD/

-Liles Repp and Emma Peterson

Februray 2, 2010:
* ''Study Connects Depression and Internet Use''
: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8493149.stm

: A recent British psychological study linked internet addiction with depression.  The 1.2% of subjects who qualified as "addicts" scored much higher in screening test for depression than non-addicts.  However, the scientists questioned the causality  in their results, suggesting that those who use the internet compulsively may have been depressed to begin with.

February 1, 2010:
* "When Phones Are Just Too Smart":
: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/31/fashion/31apps.html?ref=technology

: Continuing with the current news about the release of Apple’s iPad, New York Times reported about how people are even feeling overwhelmed by all the available applications for the iPhone. Now with the iPad claiming to hold apps than even the iPhone, this article questions the necessity of that feature. Research on users of the current iPhone, on average, only use five to ten apps regularly and find that most of the apps are not useful in everyday life.

-Kelly Nys

====Week 1: Friday, January 29====
News stories gathered by Marge Coahran

January 29, 2010:
* ''Study: distracted driving laws don't stop crashes'': [http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100129/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_distracted_driving_study;_ylt=Arg2YOimanBBkQajpSCYMhojtBAF;_ylu=X3oDMTMwNm43bjIxBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwMTI5L3VzX3RlY19kaXN0cmFjdGVkX2RyaXZpbmdfc3R1ZHkEY3BvcwMxBHBvcwMxBHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcnkEc2xrA3N0dWR5ZGlzdHJhYw--]

: A recent study conducted by the Highway Loss Data Institute shows that recent laws that ban texting while driving in California, New York, Connecticut and Washington, D.C. have not reduced the number of highway crashes (as measured by number of insurance claims) in those states. The institute was surprised by these findings and is doing further investigation to try to determine what they mean.

* "iPhone Users Can Now make Internet Based Calls"[http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-apple-calls29-2010jan29,0,7945965.story] (Liles Repp)

:Along with the iPad comes a modified licensing agreement with AT&T for apple’s iPhones. Previously, iPhone users had not been able to use the 3G data connection to send VOIP phone calls through internet phone carriers like Skype and google voice. The new agreement has opened up the floodgates for proprietary internet phone applications running on the iPhone, potentially marginalizing the voice plan provided by AT&T. It is unlikely to matter for some time though, since the voice plan is currently bundled with the data plan on all iPhones, making such VOIP plans redundant for most users. 

January 28, 2010:
* ''iPad unites Apple's media and mobile ambitions'': http://news.cnet.com/8301-31021_3-10443138-260.html
* ''Apple unveils the iPad'': http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2010/technology/1001/gallery.Apple_ipad/index.html
* ''The New Republic: The Day The PC Died'': http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123058653

: In a press conference Wednesday, Steve Jobs announced the iPad, a touchscreen tablet computer that tries to hit the "sweet spot" between cumbersome laptops and small specialized devices: netbooks, smartphones, and bookreaders. Sales price: $500-$800. Specs: 1.5 lbs, 9.7" display, 16GB storage (or more), and a 10 hour battery life. Like the iPhone, it allows email and web browsing, and focuses on content purchased through Apple (iTunes, iBook, and the App Store). The announcement also launched iBook, a new electronic book sales venue that will compete with Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

January 28, 2010: 
* ''Canadian official launches new probe into Facebook'': http://news.cnet.com8301-13577_3-10443475-36.html

: Canadian Privacy Comissioner launches a probe into recent changes made by facebook to its privacy policies. The changes were intended to strengthen privacy controls, and they apparently did clean up a confusing array of privacy settings, but some have claimed that the new default settings reveal more information than the old ones did. This is important as facebook transitions from an isolated site to one that is publically searchable.


January 26, 2010: 
* ''Government Bans Texting By Truck And Bus Drivers'': http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122986414

: DOT bans truck and bus drivers from texting (ines up to $2750), but says that enforcement will be difficult. Research shows that while texting people take their eyes off the road an average of 4.6 seconds out of every 6. This means a driver going 55 mph travels the length of a football field without looking. Efforts to ban all drivers from texting continues: two senators have introduced federal legislation to pressure states to ban texting, or lose federal highway aid.
Topic revision: r2 - 2010-07-14, JeffLeep
 

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