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It looks like Net Neutrality isn't the only thing on the mind of the Obama Administration. There's another issue that's gaining attention, and with Google growing, GPS becoming more mainstream and individual privacy rights being put into question, there may be a new government creation to handle it all. Recently, privacy crackdowns on Facebook and Google (usually for taking too much information from users and making it public, or at least semi-public) have been spearheaded by countries with strict privacy laws like Germany, Canada and the UK. But America might be thrown into that group soon. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the Obama crew is gearing up to approach Internet privacy with... Read more...
There's no doubt that the popularity of RIM's BlackBerry handset line has dropped somewhat as newer versions of iOS and Android make the iPhone and the array of Android phones on the market that much more attractive, but for the business people, there's still no real replacement. And you might say that America's President falls into that classification. Barack Obama fought hard early on in order to keep his BlackBerry even though you're supposed to give up your personal phone in exchange for a government-approved phone when you take over as Commander and Chief. But now that he has been toting that trusty BlackBerry around for a couple of years as President, he doesn't share that same enthusiasm.... Read more...
It's true: the most powerful man in the Western World doesn't know how to operate an iPod, an iPad, an Xbox or a PlayStation. At a graduation commencement ceremony today at Hampton University in Virginia, U.S. President Barack Obama stated the following: "With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations, -- none of which I know how to work -- information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation."The quote was obviously part of a larger point, that the information overload world in which we live can often become more of a burden than something empowering. He also noted that "some of the craziest claims... Read more...
Intel Science Competition Winners Invited to State of the Union Address Bright Young Scientists to Sit with First Lady At tonight’s State of the Union address, President and Mrs. Obama will host two of the nation's brightest young scientific minds – one a winner of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2009 and the other a top finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search 2009; both competitions are programs of Society for Science & the Public.  These young scientists are being singled out for their early achievements and their place among the nation's next generation of leaders who will solve the problems of tomorrow. SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 27, 2010 – Two young scientists... Read more...
The conversations surrounding broadband in the USA are as varied as ever. Some say the US is number one. Some say the US is lacking severely. The FCC--which is one of the only entities that actually has a say that matters--thinks that money should be used to improve access to broadband for more Americans. Apparently, so does Mr. Joe Biden. The US Vice President took the opportunity, as the week before Christmas wound down, to serve up the first payments towards bettering America's broadband infrastructure. These funds had already been set aside, and now we're seeing them head into action. A grand total of $7 billion will be spent on getting access to more individuals and upgrading our current... Read more...
Intel Partners with White House to Advance Math and Science Education November 23rd, 2009 - Today, we had the honor of joining President Obama as he announced a national science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiative, called the “Educate to Innovate” campaign. This is the first time a president has made this level of commitment to math and science education. At Intel, math and science education has been a focus of more than $1 billion of investment and the catalyst to train more than 6 million teachers. We are very excited to be working with the Administration’s Office of Science and Technology on this effort and, in support of the President’s campaign, Intel has committed... Read more...
You might think that President Obama's stimulus package was worth overlooking for tech enthusiasts, but really, there are more than a few reasons to take notice. Obama clearly understands the power of the Web, and he clearly understands that harnessing technology is a great way to better a country. We've already heard about his plans to roll out broadband to more rural areas, and now we're hearing more about a $3.4 billion decision to upgrading our energy grid and make individuals think longer and harder about the power they consume. The plan, which was rolled out this week, sets aside a rather large chunk of cash (that'll be matched and then some by private companies) to start building a "smart"... Read more...
Talk from the Tech Industry: Letter from Intel to the Incoming Obama CTO Thank you to the thousands of men and women who participated in Intel’s survey last week at CES. As I blogged about earlier, the survey looked to stimulate broad support for Intel policies, asking you what the top priorities should be for the incoming Obama administration’s chief technology officer (CTO) in four areas where technology plays a key role: education, environment, health and Internet broadband.As President-Elect Obama gets sworn in tomorrow and he appoints the country’s first CTO, we look forward to the active role that we - the tech industry at large - can play in working with the new administration to advance... Read more...
Those who desperately need to watch tomorrow's inauguration on their iPhone are in luck. Just in the nick of time, Apple's App Store approved the Ustream iPhone Viewing Application.  It's only available in WiFi "to ensure the highest quality broadcast on the iPhone." That may change in the future, the company says.Of course, it's not only for watching the 44th president take the oath of office. iPhone users will be able to "watch and chat with any Ustream show" via their phone. You can download it here.  All sorts of events, from big-time concerts to high school football games (some of which may be at least as popular as a Taylor Swift concert), will be available via Ustream.  ... Read more...
There will no shortage of ways in which you'll be able to view tomorrow's Presidential Inauguration Events, either via TV or online. But regardless of the plethora of options available, that hasn't stopped the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) from also promising to host "live and on-demand video streaming of the official inauguration swearing-in ceremony on the PIC Web site." Perhaps what is most significant about the PIC's decision to stream the live event online is that it has chosen to do so using Microsoft's Silverlight technology.Silverlight is a browser plug-in that enables rich-media applications, such as streaming video playback. It is most often compared to Adobe's Flash technology... Read more...
It's being called "Stagecoach," "The Beast," "Cadillac One," and even the "Obamamobile;" but no matter what name it goes by, the new presidential limousine is getting a lot of attention for its looks and largely secret technology. The limo's official name is the unimaginative "2009 Cadillac Presidential Limousine," it was custom-made for the Secret Service by General Motors (GM), and it is expected to go into official service starting at Obama's presidential inauguration on January 20th. Actually, the Detroit News reports that GM is building a number of these limos, but the exact number is unknown (the Detroit News simply states, "it's believed to be fewer than 25" vehicles). Also unknown to... Read more...
According to the Washington Post, President-elect Barack Obama's campaign team uploaded more than 1,800 videos to YouTube, which were viewed over 110 million times. And apparently, even though Obama has already won the election, he will continue to use YouTube as a primary means of connecting with the American People. This coming weekend's Democratic Radio Address will be delivered by President-elect Obama and will also be filmed and then uploaded to YouTube. The Washington Post claims that the weekly Democratic Radio Address has never been recorded and "broadcast" on video before.  This will not be a one-off event either. The weekly Democratic Radio Addresses will all be videotaped and... Read more...
This isn't a political post.  It's a security post.  While spam in general is an annoyance, spammers tend to pick those subjects they feel will get people to open up email. According to online security company Secure Computing, the election contains just those sorts of subjects  Their study indicates that spam referring to Barack Obama outstrips that referencing John McCain 6 - 1, while Sarah Palin spam easily beats Biden spam 7 - 2.It's interesting, as the ratio has nothing to do with the ratio of mainstream media news items.  In those, McCain beats Obama 10 - 9.  On the other hand, the Palin - Biden ratio is pretty close to the number above.According to the report:"Though... Read more...
Wait, wait, Barack, it's a game.  They're not wasting real gasoline.  Oh, wait, that's not his point.Obama's comments came during a campaign stop in Indianapolis. He told the crowd, "I was just catching the news this morning about Grand Theft Auto, this video game, which is gonna break all records and make goo-gobs of money for whoever designed it."Now, this isn’t intended for kids, although I promise you there are kids who are playing it, but these video games are raising our kids," Obama continued. "Across the board, middle-class, upper-class, working-class kids, they’re spending a huge amount of their time not on their studies, but on entertainment. "While he has some good points,... Read more...
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