December 17, 2012 |
IBM's 5 in 5 -- a list of five innovations that could change the world in five years -- focuses on how computers are developing the ability to taste, touch, hear, see and listen just like humans do, except way better. It is kind of exciting and kind of terrifying, but mostly just really cool. For example, Hendrik Hamann, a research manager of physical systems for IBM, describes a smartphone that could use a computerized nose to " smell " if we are sick. Forget the thermometer and the doctor's visit -- we will simply breathe into our cellphones to find out if we have the flu. Robyn Schwartz describes how smartphones of the future might use vibrations to allow us to virtually " touch " a piece of material and feel its texture.
November 16, 2012 |
A computer outage at United Airlines delayed thousands of travelers on Thursday. The two-hour outage held up morning flights from Los Angeles to London. It was United's third major computer mishap this year, Associated Press says . . . . More than 1.792 million passengers will pass through LAX during the Thanksgiving holiday period, a modest increase of 0.3% over last year. If you need help navigating the busy airport, keep an eye open for red-vested volunteers, who will be there to answer questions . . . . LAX is second to only Chicago's O'Hare for Thanksgiving traffic, the online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide reports . . . . L.A. Tourism has become the first U.S. convention and visitors bureau to hit 1 million Facebook fan s , according to a commissioned study conducted by Sparkloft Media.
August 3, 2012 |
The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency has told employees to stop using work computers to peruse pornograpy and visit porn sites -- just the latest example of public employees behaving badly. Bloomberg News service obtained a memo that agency Executive Director John James Jr. wrote on July 27 revealing that government employees and contractors had been detected in recent months "engaging in inappropriate use of the MDA network," including "accessing websites, or transmitting messages, containing pornographic or sexually explicit images.
March 12, 2014 |
The National Security Agency has reportedly used automated systems to infect user computers with malware since 2010, according to a Wednesday report. And at times the agency pretended to be Facebook to install its malware. The NSA has been using a program codenamed TURBINE to contaminate computers and networks with malware "implants" capable of spying on users, according to The Intercept , which cited documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. Between 85,000 and 100,000 of these implants have been deployed worldwide thus far, the report said.
May 24, 2012 |
Could Apple's mobile assistant, Siri, be making the jump to the company's line of Mac computers? It could happen, reports suggested. Nine to 5 Mac reported signs indicating that while Siri might not join Apple's Macs soon its related feature, Dictation, might. Dictation, which debuted with this year's line of iPads, appears in apps that use a keyboard and enables users to speak rather than type to create text. Programming code inside the latest version of Safari on Apple's upcoming operating system, Mountain Lion, show evidence that Dictation could be added to Mac computers, 9 to 5 Mac reported.