Disruptions: The Real Hazards of E-Devices on Planes

Airbus, via European Pressphoto Agency A pilot uses the FlySmart with Airbus app on an Apple iPad. The F.A.A. has no proof that electronic devices can harm a plane’s avionics, but it still perpetuates such claims. Over the last year, flying with phones and other devices has become increasingly dangerous. In September, a passenger was arrested in El Paso after… Read more →

Disruptions: Devices on Planes Are Dangerous Because of F.A.A. Rules

Airbus, via European Pressphoto Agency A pilot uses the FlySmart with Airbus app on an Apple iPad. The F.A.A. has no proof that electronic devices can harm a plane’s avionics, but it still perpetuates such claims. Over the last year, flying with phones and other devices has become increasingly dangerous. In September, a passenger was arrested in El Paso after… Read more →

Big Data Is Great. But So Is Intuition.

Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist at the M.I.T. Center for Digital Business, led off the conference by saying that Big Data would be “the next big chapter of our business history.” Next on stage was Erik Brynjolfsson, a professor and director of the M.I.T. center and a co-author of the article with Dr. McAfee. Big Data, said Professor Brynjolfsson, will… Read more →

A Bold Idea for Cheap Tablets, but India Is Still Waiting

THE idea was, and still is, captivating: in 2011, the Indian government and two Indian-born tech entrepreneurs unveiled a $50 tablet computer, to be built in India with Google’s free Android software. The government would buy the computers by the millions and give them to its schoolchildren. Enthusiasts saw the plan as a way to bring modern touch-screen computing to… Read more →

What’s the right response to a cloud outage?

Last week Amazon’s cloud-based infrastructure went down hard, knocking Netflix offline on what should have been one of its most heavily trafficked days of the year, starting Christmas Eve and running well into Christmas Day. This week it’s Microsoft’s turn to suffer a severe cloud outage. At 3:16 PM (UTC) on December 28, Microsoft reported that its… Read more →

What’s the right response to a cloud outage?

Last week Amazon’s cloud-based infrastructure went down hard, knocking Netflix offline on what should have been one of its most heavily trafficked days of the year, starting Christmas Eve and running well into Christmas Day. This week it’s Microsoft’s turn to suffer a severe cloud outage. At 3:16 PM (UTC) on December 28, Microsoft reported that its… Read more →

What’s the right response to a cloud outage?

Last week Amazon’s cloud-based infrastructure went down hard, knocking Netflix offline on what should have been one of its most heavily trafficked days of the year, starting Christmas Eve and running well into Christmas Day. This week it’s Microsoft’s turn to suffer a severe cloud outage. At 3:16 PM (UTC) on December 28, Microsoft reported that its… Read more →

What’s the right response to a cloud outage?

Last week Amazon’s cloud-based infrastructure went down hard, knocking Netflix offline on what should have been one of its most heavily trafficked days of the year, starting Christmas Eve and running well into Christmas Day. This week it’s Microsoft’s turn to suffer a severe cloud outage. At 3:16 PM (UTC) on December 28, Microsoft reported that its… Read more →

Federal Power to Intercept Internet Messages Is Extended

The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 73 to 23, clearing it for approval by President Obama, who strongly supports it. Intelligence agencies said the bill was their highest legislative priority. Critics of the bill, including Senators Ron Wyden of Oregon, a Democrat, and Rand Paul of Kentucky, a Republican, expressed concern that electronic surveillance, though directed at… Read more →

Questions Remain Over Hewlett’s Big Charge on Autonomy Acquisition

The $5 billion fight over accounting allegations at Hewlett-Packard shows no sign of abating. In November, H.P. took a $8.8 billion charge as it wrote down its acquisition of Autonomy, a British software company that it acquired in 2011. H.P. said that “more than $5 billion” of the charge was related to accounting and disclosure abuses at Autonomy. H.P. added… Read more →

Future tools: 3D-printed drone identification kit

Military drones are used more often then people realize, typically because these unmanned craft aren’t flying over our own heads. Should you ever see one sailing above you, this UAV identification kit could help you figure out which one you spotted. Toy soldiers are a staple in households all over the world. Today they exist as… Read more →