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February 20, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google is bringing awareness to global deforestation with a new website that lets users see how the world's forests have been being cut down since 2000. The Silicon Valley tech giant has partnered with the World Resources Institute and numerous other organizations to launch Global Forest Watch , a visual map website that lets anyone track deforestation around the world Global Forest Watch shows data for deforestation going back to 2000, and it includes numerous analytical features.
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BUSINESS
April 16, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Many of the world's top phone manufacturers, including Apple and Samsung, announced that they have committed to include basic anti-theft tools for smartphones made after July 2015 for sale in the U.S. Google, Microsoft, Nokia, HTC and several others joined Apple and Samsung in the voluntary commitment that was announced Tuesday. As part of their pledge, the companies will create basic tools designed to help consumers recover stolen smartphones. The committment was outlined by the CTIA-The Wireless Assn., and it was also backed by the U.S.' four major wireless carriers.
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OPINION
January 10, 2013
Re "Addressing an epidemic of Rx deaths," Editorial, Jan. 7 The Times' news articles and editorial on California's prescription drug monitoring program (CURES) demonstrates the importance of this public health tool. As an emergency physician, I frequently use CURES when evaluating patients. It saves lives, decreases addiction, eliminates unnecessary prescription costs and decreases society's costs resulting from overdoses. Unfortunately, the funding for CURES expired Dec. 31. A reliable funding mechanism is needed immediately.
WORLD
April 11, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
The Russian government has cut off broadcasts of Voice of America after a leading state media figure denounced the U.S. government-funded radio as "spam on our frequencies. " VOA's contract with the Russian media oversight agency wasn't renewed after it expired at the end of March because the Kremlin could no longer tolerate "its subversive, sanctimonious, self-serving propaganda," the Voice of Russia said in its account of the cutoff. The internal silencing of the broadcasts that beamed news and cultural programs into the Soviet Union during the Cold War represented the latest attempt by the Kremlin to eliminate media providing an alternative to those whose content and editors are controlled by the Russian government.
BUSINESS
December 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google is now letting users create their own Street View-like virtual tours with a new feature that has been added to the company's Views website. Now, when users post 360-degree panaromas -- otherwise known as photo spheres -- onto the Views photo-sharing website , they'll be able to stitch them together to create their "own Street View experiences. " Google has been letting users share their photo spheres publicly since late last year, and it launched the Views website this summer.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2012 | By Shan Li
Daily Deals site Groupon is trying to take the pain out of booking appointments with the launch of Scheduler, an online scheduling tool for small businesses. With Scheduler, which officially launched Monday in beta form, bargain hunters can buy coupons -- say for a manicure, cooking class or haircut -- and then book an appointment for that service through their Groupon account. The tool is free for all small appointment-based merchants in the U.S. and Canada. “Effectively managing appointments and staffing schedules is critical for small businesses, but it takes a tremendous amount of time and energy,” said David Katz, general manager of Scheduler for Groupon.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo said the 140-character social media platform is working on a way to let you see all of your old tweets. Currently, Twitter only lets you go back and see a certain number of your older tweets, but Costolo said that will change. “We're working on a tool to let users export all of their tweets,” Costolo told The New York Times . “You'll be able to download a file of them.” That's good news for any users who want to go back to look at their old content, but of course, Twitter isn't the first social network to let you do this.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook has announced a tool called Graph Search that will let users search their networks for information that has been shared with them. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced the new feature Tuesday morning at Facebook's headquarterers, saying that Graph Search is designed to show the answers and not links to answers.  In a demonstration of the feature, Zuckerberg showed that users can simply type in the top blue bar of the Facebook website...
BUSINESS
July 18, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
On Wednesday, YouTube launched a new tool that allows users to blur all the faces in a video before uploading it to the site. Admittedly, we see comedy potential here--"the faces of these kittens have been blurred to protect the innocent"--but the service is not designed for fun and hijinks.  Instead, it comes after years of lobbying from activist groups that want to use YouTube to display human rights footage, but also want to protect the...
BUSINESS
October 18, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Twitter is finally using a country-specific censorship tool that caused online protests when it was first announced in January. The social network's general counsel announced the move Wednesday night on Twitter, saying the San Francisco company was "withholding" content of a German neo-Nazi group. The account and tweets from the group, Besseres Hannover , can no longer be seen in Germany although it is still visible throughout the rest of the world. Twitter censored the neo-Nazi group's account after receiving a letter from officials of the German state of Lower-Saxony, which the social network posted online . "The Ministry of the Interior of the State of Lower-Saxony in Germany has banned the organisation 'Besseres Hannover,'" the letter reads.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A bug named "Heartbleed" was recently discovered and likely affects most websites on the Internet. Fortunately, an online tool makes it easy for users to quickly check whether a website is secure or not. Heartbleed is a bug that affects OpenSSL, a technology that is used by many Internet services to keep user data secure. Hackers can take advantage of the bug to steal a key code that can then be used to steal information, including user passwords. A fix has been created for the bug, but many websites across the Internet have still not implemented it to their services.
NATIONAL
April 7, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON -- New draft rules limiting greenhouse gases from existing power plants will give states the tools to curtail emissions that drive climate change without shuttering lots of facilities and threatening electric reliability, said Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, at a panel discussion in Washington on Monday. “Nothing we do can threaten reliability,” McCarthy said at a conference hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington think tank, especially because “in a changing climate, it will be increasingly challenging to maintain a reliable energy supply.” In a sweeping speech on climate change in June, President Obama directedthe EPA to develop rules to cut greenhouse gases from power plants, the single largest domestic source of heat-trapping emissions.
TRAVEL
April 6, 2014 | By Jen Leo
Here's the latest trip-planning website that can help you craft your own guidebook. Name: http://www.BonVoyaging.com What it does: It's a Web bookmarking tool that lets you collect and store your travel itineraries, complete with maps and the ability to download and share. Cost: Free What's hot: This website has two things that will keep me coming back: its beautiful, design-friendly layout, and the ability to print out a PDF of my itinerary. I love being able to access my travel plans from my smartphone or tablet, as well as sharing with my friends on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, but I'm still a paper girl at heart.
NEWS
March 27, 2014 | By Patt Morrison
Seems like there are more stings in the headlines lately than there are on a kid who steps on a moon jellyfish. San Francisco's Leland Yee, the Democratic state senator whose fellow Democrats want to put an “ex” in front of that title ASAP, is looking at federal gun trafficking and wire fraud charges stemming from an FBI sting operation. Last year, another Democratic state senator, Ronald S. Calderon, from Montebello, was indicted in a couple of alleged pay-to-play legislative deals.
HEALTH
March 21, 2014 | By Lily Dayton
If organization is a vehicle that helps us achieve our goals, then time management is the oil that keeps the vehicle running. "Time management has a huge role in organization. Anything you want to do in life you have to make time for," says Julie Morgenstern, organizational guru and author of "Time Management From the Inside Out. " She approaches time management the same way she approaches cleaning out a closet. Like sorting objects into bins, she sorts tasks into the appropriate time slot.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Celebrate #ThrowbackThursday this week by looking up your first tweet, thanks to a new tool by Twitter. The San Francisco microblogging social network this week turns 8 years old, and to celebrate, it launched first-tweets.com , a website that makes it easy for users to quickly find their very first tweet.  "Using this Tweet tool, you can look back to find your very first Tweet -- or for that matter, anyone else's," Twitter said in a...
BUSINESS
April 9, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A bug named "Heartbleed" was recently discovered and likely affects most websites on the Internet. Fortunately, an online tool makes it easy for users to quickly check whether a website is secure or not. Heartbleed is a bug that affects OpenSSL, a technology that is used by many Internet services to keep user data secure. Hackers can take advantage of the bug to steal a key code that can then be used to steal information, including user passwords. A fix has been created for the bug, but many websites across the Internet have still not implemented it to their services.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Want to go to back and read your old tweets? Soon you might be able to. Twitter announced Wednesday that it has begun to roll out an archive tool that lets users see all the tweets they ever sent, including retweets. The San Francisco-based social network said the feature will first get to users who have their Twitter account default language set to English. Then over the coming weeks and months, Twitter will get the feature to the rest of its users. QUIZ: What set the Internet on fire in 2012?
NATIONAL
March 17, 2014 | By Evan Halper
WASHINGTON - Uneasiness filled the room at an otherwise routine congressional budget hearing last week as Rep. Jackie Speier took the microphone and lit into the nation's top military commanders about a crude chain of emails. Speier, more than most in Congress, does not get intimidated when talking bluntly to Pentagon brass. She has faced tough times before: She was left for dead on the tarmac of an airfield in Guyana during a fact-finding mission 36 years ago, when followers of cult leader Jim Jones killed the congressman she was working for and hit her with five bullets.
HEALTH
February 28, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
Erica Eihl speaks in a voice that her kindergartners can hear only if they are as quiet as the church mice in children's storybooks. And with a couple of squirrelly exceptions, they stay that quiet for 15 or 20 minutes - a near eternity - as Eihl guides them to use all their senses to consider a piece of apple, with directions such as, "Looking at the apple, look on the outside. Look on the inside.… Remember, keep it in your palm and just look at it. " When she asks for their input, she gets raised hands and comments such as: "It smells juicy and apple-y" and "I see little tiny white spots.
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