Why companion devices should — and will — replace the PC

The other day ZDNet’s mobile guru James Kendrick maintained that companion devices, such as tablets and Chromebooks, are not replacements for PC, and that people who want them to be replacements are “missing the point.” Kendrick has a good take, but when you pull back and look at the bigger picture, there are several compelling… Read more →

SAP discounts maintenance: Blip or start of trend?

SAP has been discounting maintenance for a handful of large customers, but it’s unclear whether the moves are a blip or the beginning of the end of the maintenance cash cow. Cowen & Co. analyst Peter Goldmacher said in a research note: We recently spent time talking with a handful of large SAP customers that… Read more →

A Better Way to Find Web Images

But even as images and video rapidly come to dominate the Web, search engines can ordinarily find a given image only if the text entered by a searcher matches the text with which it was labeled. And the labels can be unreliable, unhelpful (“fuzzy” instead of “rabbit”) or simply nonexistent. To eliminate those limits, scientists will need to create a… Read more →

Daily Report: College of the Future May Be on the Internet

In Tuesday’s New York Times, Tamar Lewin reports on a phenomenon with the potential to transform higher education — the emergence of massive open online courses, or MOOCs. These are college-level classes free to anyone with an Internet connection, offered by elite universities that have joined forces with private companies. MOOCs first landed in the spotlight last year, when Sebastian Thrun,… Read more →

Ratemizer App Offers Instant Phone-Bill Analysis

Everyone knows how long a minute is, but just try counting the number of megabytes your phone is chewing through on a regular basis without going insane. Now an iPhone app released over the weekend promises to analyze phone bills automatically to determine which data and calling plans are the best and cheapest for customers, based on their use. Called… Read more →

Verizon: The ‘good steward’ of spectrum?

Verizon has began selling spare 700MHz spectrum to operators who are smaller and operating in rural areas. Two smaller firms, Panhandle Telecommunication Systems and Nortex Communications are the first to sign up with the telecommunications giant, located in Guymon, Okia and Muenster, Texas respectively. Panhandle has signed an agreement to purchase the RSA 2-Hansford 700… Read more →

Protect online citizens before regulating Web

On Monday, a 21-year old girl based in Palghat (located on the outskirts of Mumbai), Shaheen Dhandha, updated her Facebook status about the shutdown of Mumbai due to the demise of the Shiv Sena supremo, Bal Thackeray. Within a few hours, she was arrested along with her 20-year old friend who “Liked” her status. The… Read more →

How to Thrive in the Digital Age: Book review

In the first years after the internet’s arrival as a mass medium, a lot of books about it functioned as travel guides: what to do, what to see and how to navigate this new world-in-progress. Of course, the first backlash began in 1995 with Clifford Stoll’s Silicon Snake Oil, but there’s been time for several… Read more →

Porn companies adopt facial-recognition technology, encourage Instagram photos

Two porn companies are courting web surfers to upload photos they find online to the companies’ free facial-recognition, face-matching database services. With SexFaceFinder.com and Naughty America’s “Face” anyone can upload an image and have the services match it with images and faces in image databases. SexFaceFinder positions its service as a way for users to find… Read more →

ScotteVest Fleece Jacket 7.0: Geek apparel from the Gods

SCOTTEVEST has released their new Fleece 7.0 Jacket and it’s an essential piece of apparel for the tech-inclined. If you regularly carry an iPhone and wish you could carry your iPad without having to worry about bringing a case or bag, your ship has come in.  The SeV Fleece Jacket 7.0 ($170) is the ultimate piece of tech apparel…. Read more →