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One in three college grads said that access to social media sites like Facebook and the ability to choose their own devices was more important to them than salary when considering a job offer. This according to a study of 2,800 college students and young professionals worldwide conducted by Cisco. More than 40% went... Read more...
Oracle revealed on Tuesday plans for its next-generation mobile and embedded development platform, JavaME 7. JavaME is the mobile system upon which the most intelligent phones were based before there were today's crop of smartphones, and it still powers billions of devices. It is also the thing over which Oracle is suing Google, claiming that... Read more...
President Obama presented Congress with the official draft of his jobs bill on Monday, dubbed the American Jobs Act of 2011. Within it's 155 pages is a nearly 29-page section called the National Wireless Initiative (Full text, PDF). Hmm. You may remember the NWI when the President first introduced the idea in his... Read more...
Looks like HTC has quietly slipped its users a spying app that tracks an alarming amount of user behavior and sends that data off to itself and perhaps others via a mysterious service in the cloud. The snooping app came nestled with the 2.3.4 Android update pushed out to some of its smartphones such as the Sensation 4G and EVO 4G. TrevE and... Read more...
There's just got to be a joke that begins, "Two chatbots walk into a bar ..." because when chatbots talk, it's funny. Cornell University researchers wanted to see what would happen when two chatbots talked to one another. So they rigged up two systems that would allow instances of the chatbot Cleverbot to interact. It doesn't take long for... Read more...
The non-profit group Geeks Without Frontiers today released open source software based on an upcoming WiFi standard. It lets Linux machines be their own WiFi network, no hardware required. The software is based on the not-yet-ratified IEEE 802.11s, an extension to the 802.11 WiFi standard. 11s creates wireless "mesh"... Read more...
What do you get when you mix Justin Bieber with a distracted driving campaign? PhoneGuard is hoping you get a whole lot of teens downloading its Drive Safe smartphone app. The app automatically disables texting when the phone is moving 10 miles per hour. Last week, the makers of PhoneGuard started a campaign featuring the teenage heartthrob... Read more...
In a quarter where Apple gleefully sold 9.25 million tablets, some folks are now suggesting that Android tablet makers may have sold less than 1.35 million. That's 21 times more iPad tablets than Android, at least according to one analysis of the numbers. The question is, is the glass half empty or half full for... Read more...
We all know that today's flat-screen TVs weigh far less than old-style CRTs, or they wouldn't be able to hang on the wall. New research from the Consumer Electronics Association finds that this translates into a massive savings of electronics waste. The report found that today’s flat screen TVs are 82% lighter and 75% smaller than cathode... Read more...
Quick ... how many Internet-access devices do you have in your family room? There's the HDTV, the Wii or Xbox or Playstation, the Slingbox or Roku or Boxee, the Blu-ray player and DVR ... probably a few others when you really think about it. Yours is the family room that Cisco was envisioning when it built its... Read more...
The same group of international health researchers who warned the world in May that mobile phones might cause cancer have a bit of good news to share: cell phones apparently don't cause certain non-cancerous brain tumors. As published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers from the International Agency... Read more...
WiFi and fast food seem to go together like a greasy entree washed down with a Coke. Taco Bell is the latest to promise its patrons free WiFi in all of its U.S. restaurants -- that's 5,600 locations. And, if that weren't reason enough to linger in those lovely plastic chairs over a plate of Chalupas, Taco Bell is also throwing in a free side... Read more...
Dangerous Prototypes is a two-year old organization with the stated mission of producing "one new open source project every month." In its nearly two years in existence, DP has created about 30 projects, such as the Flash Destroyer. All are being sold by another interesting company, Seeed Studio. Seeed is a contract... Read more...
Microsoft announced on Monday that it had convinced yet another company to sign a licensing deal to cover Android wares. General Dynamics Itronix will be paying the folks in Redmond an undisclosed sum to ensure "broad coverage" of Microsoft's patent portfolio for future Android devices the company wants to create. General Dynamics... Read more...
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