February 22, 2011 |
Could Watson, the IBM computer that trounced two top-notch "Jeopardy!" players on the TV quiz show, become a fixture in the doctor's office? Maybe, but not likely next week. A Baltimore Sun story says Watson creator IBM and experts at the University of Maryland's School of Medicine are looking at ways to merge the computer's current "speech" skills with medical knowledge. "In the future, I see the software sitting with the physician as he is interviewing the patient, and processing information in real time, and correlating that with the patient's medical record and other records," Dr. Eliot Siegel, director of the Maryland Imaging Research Technologies Lab at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, told the paper.
March 5, 2012 |
The Raspberry Pi, a $35 computer about the size of a credit card, made headlines last week when all of the 10,000 units available for pre-order were snatched up just minutes after they went on sale. Even after the units had sold out, international interest in the computer was so rabid that the websites of the two retailers authorized to sell it -- Premier Farnell and RS Components -- crashed under the weight of the traffic. "We weren't surprised by the enthusiastic reaction," said Eben Upton, executive director of the U.K.-based Raspberry Pi Foundation . "But we were surprised by the scale of the number of people who were trying to buy them.
June 14, 2013 |
The computer of an investigative reporter for CBS News was indeed hacked, the network said Friday. Sharyl Attkisson, known for controversial exposes on the Justice Department's disastrous "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking operation as well as the attack on Benghazi, Libya, that has bedeviled the Obama administration, said last month that her work and personal computers had been "compromised" by an unknown party. At the time she said she had no details on who was hacking her but compared her case to that of James Rosen, a Fox News reporter whose emails were allegedly searched by the Justice Department after he had reported on CIA intelligence on North Korea.
October 9, 2013 |
As a chemistry professor at USC, Arieh Warshel says he sometimes finds it difficult to convince his fellow scientists that computers have a place in experimental fields like his own. Many people, he laments, use them to make or watch movies, "but not to understand. " Though Warshel may hold a minority view on a campus with strong ties to Hollywood - visitors to his laboratory's website are informed that his animated computer simulations are not available on Netflix - he got a huge endorsement Wednesday from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in the form of a Nobel Prize.
July 6, 2012 |
As many as 64,000 Americans' computers may still be affected by malware that will cause them to lose Internet service come Monday, so if you haven't already, make sure you aren't among them. There's various ways to test your computer for the DNS Changer Malware, and we've included a few in this post. But remember, this applies only to Windows users, so if your computer has an apple logo with a bite taken out of it, you're fine. If you want to go the most official route possible, head to the FBI's site . With the FBI, you know you're dealing with the most trusted source on this matter -- it's the agency that caught the people who began this whole madness -- but its method of checking is also a bit time consuming.
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April 11, 2013 |
When asked why he was sneaking out of a Pico Rivera restaurant with a computer, Fernando Castillo offered a simple answer: I'm the manager. Only problem? The person asking was the actual manager. “It was an 'I'm the manager, no I'm the manager' type of thing,” Sgt. Ernest Bille of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said of the back-and-forth exchange at Clearman's Steak 'n Stein on Tuesday night. As employees prepped to close for the night, Castillo sneaked in, unplugged a computer monitor and tried to leave the restaurant with it, authorities said.
May 23, 2012 |
Leap Motion, a San Francisco startup, wants to change the way you control your computer with a little device it revealed this week. The Leap is a small 3-D motion sensor that goes in front of your computer and creates a 3-D interaction space of 8 cubic feet from which you can use your hands and fingers to direct your computer. The makers of the device, which is reminiscent of Nintendo's Wii and Microsoft's Kinect, say it is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market, no matter the price, and can track your movements "down to a 1/100th of a millimeter.
May 11, 2012 |
JetBlue Airways blamed a computer glitch for an 18-month-old girl being removed from a plane in Fort Lauderdale , Fla., because the carrier's employees thought she was on the no-fly list. The girl and her parents were removed after the flight bound for Newark, N.J., had boarded, media reports say. In a statement made Thursday, JetBlue said it was looking into the incident that happened Tuesday. It also said its employees "followed appropriate protocols" and included an apology to the family.
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April 11, 1999
Re "Hauser's Concept for 'Granny' to Simplify Computer Use," March 23. I just love the quote of Dave Stetler, director of business development for the Hauser consulting firm: "It's beyond the scope of people age 65 and upward." It is obvious that Mr. Stetler hasn't done his homework or a market survey. Being 65 qualifies me not to understand the computer, but I am somewhat computer-literate and get on line with my kids and grandkids as well as friends across the country. It isn't just seniors who are confounded by the computer, it is most everyone beyond school age. Just imagine buying a car in six different parts.