Google has spent most if its existence being an innovative web company, but the search giant has just jumped into a decidedly old-business environment: retail stores. Yes, the first ever Google store just opened in London to push ChromeBooks through the holiday season. The so-called "pop-up store" has been erected in PC World, a larger electronics retailer.
We’ve taken it as a sad fact that the US tends to lag behind the rest of the world in terms of broadband speeds. There’s no choice but to accept it, but it still sucks, especially when headlines keep popping up telling us how great they have it in London. A while back, we told you that Virgin Media was rolling out 1.5Gbps services, but only to small number of high-tech business. Now, a new ISP named Hyperoptic is promising to bring 1Gbps connections to the residential masses. There’s a catch, though.
When tyrants in Middle Eastern countries cut Internet access in the midst of political upheaval, it's pointed to as yet another symptom of a sad and brutal dictatorship. Does that thinking hold true when a Western country censors its citizen's ability to speak online? We may soon find out. In the wake of the devastating riots in the heart of London, Prime Minister David Cameron alluded to the House of Commons that the British government may consider pulling the plug on social networks when the goings get rough in the UK.
As riots and looting continue to flare up in London, a group of online sleuths have gotten together on Google Groups to track down perpetrators. The group makes it clear that is it their intention to use facial recognition to identify the rioters seen in online images. A noble effort on the surface, but it comes with its own set of ethical and practical concerns.
Remember everybody's favorite pair of deliberately acting turtles, the Slowskis? Comcast used the commercials to poke fun at the slower speeds of Verizon's DSL service back when the cable company was trying to break into the broadband provider scene. Well, the tables have turned; even Comcast's 20Mbps speeds end up looking more tortoise than hare when compared to Virgin Media's blazing new 1.5Gbps down/150Mbps up connection.
Julian Assange, the man behind the controversial whisteblower site Wikileaks, was arrested Tuesday on a Swedish warrant, according to a CNN report.
Popular opinion held that it was only a matter of time before Assange would have to answer for making available classified documents and other sensitive information, but that's not what this arrest is about, at least on the surface. Instead, Swedish authorities issued a warrant for Assange in order to chat with him about sex-crime allegations that have nothing to do with Wikileaks.
Assange turned himself in and will appear in court later today. He will then have a chance to respond to the warrant, after which time the court will have around 21 days to decide whether or not to extradite him. If it does, Assange could appeal the decision.
The sexual assault allegations include one count of rape, two counts of sexual molestation, and one count of unlawful coercion, all of which Assange chalks up to a smear campaign.
Kids say the darnedest things, don't they? At least the ones with social skills do. But what about the group of "screenagers" who spend more than six hours a day on the Internet?
For them, London has opened its first clinic designed to treat adolescent Internet addiction. According to London's Evening Standard newspaper, the Capio Nightingale Hospital will treat children who are so hooked on technology their health is at risk.
"Technology addiction is like gambling, you end up with withdrawal symptoms such as agitation," explained Dr. Richard Graham, an expert in child and teen disorders and head of Capio Nightingale's Young Person Technology Addiction Service. "You get hyper-stimulated so you're always on the alert. What we need are official guidelines now on what counts as healthy or unhealthy use of technology."
Children as young as 12 will have to go "cold turkey" in a residential unit to wean them off their compulsion, at which point they would then be taught face-to-face social skills.
"Mental health services need to adapt quickly to the changing worlds that young people inhabit, and understand just how seriously their lives can be impaired by unregulated time online, on-screen, or in-game," Graham added. "We have found that many of the existing services fail to recognize the complexity of these situations, borrowing from older models of addiction and substance misuse."
Yahoo has been holding Hack Days since December, 2005 and is steadily increasing the frequency of such events besides taking them to different countries. If last year London and Bangalore played host to the event, it will be Taiwan’s turn in September, 2008. Hack Day participants have to make web apps within 24 hrs using Yahoo’s own homegrown API. Hackers don’t walk away empty-handed as there are various prizes for them. A splendid way of scouring for talent!