DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Nordstrom says it wants to serve you better, so it’s tracking your movements through their stores. The CBS 11 I-Team has learned the retailer is using software to track how much time you spend in specific departments within the store. The technology is being used in 17 Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack stores nationwide, including the NorthPark store in Dallas.
A company spokesperson says sensors within the store collect information [...]
March 20, 2013
A website designed to draw attention to a new technological development by Internet search giantGoogle is going viral, thanks in large part to a growing wave of concern over personal privacy.
The site, called StopTheCyborgs.org, was established “in response to the Google Glass project and other technology trends. The aim of the movement is to stop a future in which privacy is impossible and corporate control total,” say developers [...]
Bloomberg West’s Jon Erlichman interviews Blackberry Co-Founder and former Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis who discusses the launch of a $100 million fund to invest in quantum technology, BlackBerry’s future including whether he plans to sell any of his BlackBerry stock and “Star Trek”.
Lazaridis said: “We’ve seen many of the devices and predictions of Star Trek come true, from the computer, voice activation, voice recognition, to the communicator in today’s smart phones [...]
It’s not every day you see just anybody, not to mention a famous, well, er, semi-famous, Hollywood whip out their ding-a-ling and take a wizz right in the middle of a crowded airport terminal.
Well that was the case for “Twilight” actor Bronson Pelletier, who when sobered up tried to deny he did the deed. But he forgot that in this day and age of smart phones with video, when do [...]
Move over, Angry Birds. It’s time to tackle a math problem.
A new survey finds that about a third of middle-schoolers now use smart phones or tablets not just for entertainment and communication, but also for homework.
Paired with young people’s interest in science, math, and technology, it’s another sign of the potential for digital learning that educators are slowly beginning to tap.
The national survey of 1,000 students in Grades 6 through 8 [...]
November 23rd, 2012
It’s the 2012 Annual Running of the Sheep in America, and this year has shaped up to be much like those of Black Friday’s past – long lines, stampedes, fights, pepper sprayings, shootings, arrests and total madness.
Watch as Americans the country over fight for cheap, off-brand, worthless products that’ll be broken by this time next year.
“I will stab one of you motherf**kers!”
Cop: “I got the Walmart Shift”
Via LiveLeak: [...]
Neurosurgeon and researcher Dr. Leif Salford has conducted many studies on radio frequency radiation and its effects on the brain. Dr. Salford called the potential implications of some of his research “terrifying.” Some of the most concerning conclusions result from the fact that the weakest exposure levels to wireless radiation caused the greatest effect in causing the blood brain barrier to leak.
Since he began his line of research in 1988, Dr. Leif Salford and [...]
If all the hype around the iPhone 5 has got you hankering to try one it might be time to switch jobs.
Yahoo’s new CEO Marissa Mayer may just be the world’s greatest boss, offering a choice of smartphones to every single one of the company’s U.S. based employees.
Staff can take their pic of a new Apple, Samsung, Nokia or HTC as part of the ‘Yahoo! Smart Phones, Smart Fun!’ programme.
Hong Kong (CNN) – China will cut production of rare earths — minerals vital for technology makers worldwide — by 20%, a move that threatens to inflame trade tensions between Beijing and Washington.
Rare earths are 17 minerals with magnetic and conductive properties that are used in most of today’s electronic devices, including flat-screen televisions, smart phones, hybrid cars and weapons. Nearly all of the world’s supply of rare earths comes from [...]
Rep. Dennis Kucinich has introduced a bill that would require cell phones to warn consumers how much radiation is coming from their phones, saying that until science can disprove a link to cancer, the public should be told more information.
His bill, the Cell Phone Right to Know Act, would also demand a study of cell phones and health, looking at a broad array of signals that smart phones now send [...]
July 18, 2012
If you’re on the streets of Albuquerque, New Mexico sometime soon, don’t be surprised to see one very peculiar vehicle driving through town. And no, it’s not the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.
Law enforcement agencies in Albuquerque have announced that they’ve procured a mobile surveillance trailer — a $68,000 piece of machinery that is equipped with four remote-controlled cameras attached to an extendable 30-foot boom. The entire surveillance hub run [...]
President Barack Obama is confiding to Democratic donors that he may have to revisit the health-care issue in a second term, a position at odds with his publicly expressed confidence that the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold the Affordable Care Act, according to three Democratic activists.
As he previewed his agenda for donors at a May 14 fundraiser, Obama said he may be forced to try to revise parts of his health-care plan, [...]
Student life always has its challenges — how to get a lie in and still not miss the first lecture, for example, or how to fit as many pints as possible into 60 minutes at happy hour.
What bugged Kevin Systrom, a geeky management science and engineering student living on the beautifully manicured campus of Stanford University near San Francisco, wasn’t nearly so much fun but it has proved infinitely more [...]
BERLIN — Nokia, the biggest maker of cellphones by volume, said Wednesday that it would cut 4,000 manufacturing jobs, or 7 percent of its global workforce, as it moved to streamline and save money from its production of smartphones.
The company said the cuts would be made at three Nokia factories — in Komarom, Hungary; Reynosa, Mexico; and Salo, Finland — as it transferred the assembly of smartphones to factories in Asia, [...]
From Economic Policy Journal:
Occasionally in the past, I have received emails from readers asking me if it was time to leave America because of some new infringement on our rights.
In the past, I always responded to these e-mails by saying that it really depended on who the reader was. Anyone, I usually replied, who was in the securities-brokerage industry or the medical profession should start looking, because of how regulated [...]
(WSJ) How’s this for an unhappy holiday surprise: An obscure federal agency could soon ban imports of popular smart phones that use Android software.
On Tuesday the International Trade Commission (ITC) is scheduled to decide if Taiwan-based, Android smart-phone supplier HTC Corp. violated four Apple patents, such as touch-screen technology. The ITC has only one possible remedy under the law: to ban any product that infringes on intellectual property for the [...]
Forget Me Not Day
Take Nov. 10, celebrated the day before Veteran’s Day, as a way to remember those who are dear to us. According to legend a Medieval knight and his beloved were walking near a river when he fell into the water. The weight of his armor kept him from escaping his fate. Before he slipped away he handed his love a handful of blue flowers and said, “forget me [...]
Apple Inc. has reached terms with major recorded-music companies to allow it to launch a digital locker service that would be more robust than those currently offered by Google Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.
According to these people, deals with three labels have been completed, and the fourth, with Vivendi SA’s Universal Music Group, is likely to be signed this week. [...]
‘One of my worries is that apps can share information [with] third parties,’ said Franken.
Sen. Al Franken is planning to take a hard look Tuesday at the way iPhones, Androids and BlackBerrys — and the apps that run on them — collect and use personal information about their owners, including their locations.
And he said it won’t be his last word on the matter.
As the senator’s new [...]
ACLU seeks information on Michigan program that allows cops to download information from smart phones belonging to stopped motorists.
The Michigan State Police have a high-tech mobile forensics device that can be used to extract information from cell phones belonging to motorists stopped for minor traffic violations. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan last Wednesday demanded that state officials stop stonewalling freedom [...]
Frustrated yet? Twin Cities traffic congestion on the rise
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking for 500 people to test technology that could someday be used to collect a mileage-based user fee.
Mn/DOT anticipates a fee on road usage might someday be necessary as more fuel efficient and hybrid cars are on the road, decreasing revenue from the gas tax.
“This research will provide important feedback [...]
Alex Washburn / The Chronicle
The iPhone 4 is among countless tech gadgets available to multitask with.
Human minds evolved to constantly scan for novelty, lest we miss any sign of food, danger or, on a good day, mating opportunities.
But the modern world bombards us with stimuli, a nonstop stream of e-mails, chats, texts, tweets, status updates and video links to piano playing cats.
There’s growing concern among scientists that [...]
The ability of tech companies in Japan to recover from the massive earthquake might come down to a few essential items: glue, glass and processed sand.
The sand is used to make polysilicon, the base material of computer chips. The glue, a highly specialized resin, is used to bind those chips onto circuit boards. And the specialized glass is needed for smart phones, computer monitors, [...]