July 27, 2011 |
How do you know when to trust hotel reviews posted by users on websites such as TripAdvisor and Yelp? Maybe you think you can spot a fake, but researchers at Cornell University recently developed a software program that they said can sniff out "opinion spam" better than you can. Researchers led by a grad student used software to test made-up reviews and real reviews of Chicago hotels, according to this Crave blog post. The reviews also were "judged" by real humans. "The software got it right about 90% of the time," the blog says.
May 30, 2012 |
Apple Inc. has acquired a small Italian start-up that specializes in digital music editing, according to an Italian blog. The Cupertino, Calif., tech company purchased Redmatica , a small start-up whose most notable software is Keymap Pro, according to Fanpage . In all, the company has four software products. Apple has not officially confirmed the Redmatica takeover, but Fanpage includes a document from an Italian communications regulator that appears to back up the report.
January 8, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS -- Mozilla, the nonprofit organization that brought the world the Firefox Web browser, has been working on a mobile operating system that is set to debut later this year. And we got a chance to look at it. Mozilla developer Christian Heilmann brought a developer phone running Firefox OS to Digital Experience, an event Monday night leading up to opening day of CES. Firefox OS looked pretty slick as Heilmann gave me a tour through the software. The interface is like a cross between Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating system.
September 25, 2012 |
Be careful of what you do in front of a rent-to-own computer. You never know who may be watching. On Tuesday, the Federal Trade Commission announced it had reached a settlement with seven rent-to-own companies that spied on their customers through the very computers they rented to them. The FTC said that each of the seven companies - including Aspen Way Enterprises, J.A.G. Rents and C.A.L.M. Ventures - installed a piece of software called PC Rental Agent that enabled them to see keystroke logs, take screen shots and even take pictures using the computer's webcam, all without their customers' knowledge.
December 2, 2009
Tempest over Tiger Re "A charmed life may be feeling the squeeze," Nov. 30 I can understand Tiger Woods' right to privacy. I can understand him not being able to play in his tournament due to his injuries from the car crash. What Tiger should do is attend the final day of his golf tournament at Sherwood Country Club to thank the golfers and the fans who attend, and to acknowledge the financial benefits to his Tiger Woods Foundation. Blake Boyle Big Bear Lake Woods, the most successful golfer ever, rakes in money doing what he loves.
September 1, 2011 |
The patient was listed as unstable, in critical condition. On July 30, 2007, between 8 and 9 a.m., he was receiving insulin, anesthetic and blood pressure medication through a volumetric infusion pump when all three of the pump's channels failed. His blood pressure dropped. Pressure on his brain rose. The pump was replaced, but not in time. The patient was brain dead. The problem, according to a stark "adverse event report," was software, specifically an overflow in the memory buffer.