Items tagged with Eric-Schmidt

I’ve been regularly accessing the Internet for well over 20 years. My first taste of the Internet came courtesy of dial-up services provided by high school’s library. I would continue on through the mid- to late-90s with dial-up Internet at home before transitioning to broadband in college and the years the followed. While the speed in which I access the internet have vastly increased over the years, I still mainly access it using my personal computer, and defer to my smartphone when I’m out and about. But according to Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, the Internet as we know it may be on... Read more...
Google’s Eric Schmidt is on a tour to promote the book he co-wrote with Jared Cohen, Director Of Google Ideas (yes, that’s actual title), “The New Digital Age: Reshaping The Future Of People, Nations, And Businesses”, and part of his promotion is the promise of $1 million in grant money for organizations that are “using technology to solve pressing human problems”. Now, are these grants a publicity stunt to help Schmidt and Cohen sell more books? Definitely. And some knee-jerk skepticism about the whole thing is warranted, as although a million bucks is technically... Read more...
To be honest, we’ve laid awake at night thanking the stars that Facebook wasn’t created until well after we hit adulthood, because some of us were really stupid, immature, and inappropriate our entire lives up until we were into our twenties. (And sometimes, far beyond that.) Younger generations growing up today simply do not have that luxury of adolescent anonymity. Between their shutterbug parents who post everything the kids do online and committing their own often public online faux pas, regrettable utterances, and embarrassing pictures, kids can no longer keep the mistakes they... Read more...
We don’t talk much about drones around here, but it’s certainly worth mentioning when Google chairman Eric Schmidt takes on the topic. In an interview with the Guardian (which was picked up by the BBC), Schmidt spoke about the need for regulation regarding civilian drone technology. "How would you feel if your neighbor went over and bought a commercial observation drone that they can launch from their backyard,” he told the paper. “It just flies over your house all day. How would you feel about it?" He has a point about the cloying and rather disturbing invasion of privacy... Read more...
Whatever else you may think of Google’s Eric Schmidt, good or bad, the man is not afraid to visit countries that others may consider dangerous or unstable. He took his daughter to North Korea earlier this year, and according to Reuters, he’s headed to Myanmar next week. Myanmar is no longer under military control, so Western nations have eased up on sanctions which opens the door for businesses of all stripes to tap into the country’s 60 million or so residents. For the likes of Google, this is primo territory to expand their mobile business, as the report indicates that mobile... Read more...
Perhaps it’s not quite the same level of importance as President Nixon’s famous visit to China, but Eric Schmidt’s journey to North Korea this month alongside New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson certainly evokes the image of the West reaching east to a nation that has been closed off from most parts of the world for a long time. Google's Schmidt is back home now, and both he and his daughter Sophie (who accompanied her old man on the trip), have posted updates on their travels. His is brief and focused, and hers is lengthy and wide-ranging. Streets with almost no vehicular traffic... Read more...
In the dogfight between the mobile industry’s two titans, Apple and Google, it’s sometimes easy to overlook the fact that although the iPhone and iPad dominate on the hardware side, the Android operating system is used on far more devices. Actually, according to Reuters, Google CEO Eric Schimdt believes that there are four times the number of Android devices than iOS out there, and that within a year as many as 1 billion mobile device worldwide will be running Android. For perspective, that’s more than thrice the population of the United States and accounts for about 14% of all... Read more...