According to a recent study conducted by a neuroscience group at the
University of Southern California, social networking sites such as
Twitter and Facebook harm and cripple the moral values of their users.
Why? The study claims that those sites do not provide the necessary
room to feel compassion or admiration.
A study from Ohio State University, based on a study of 219 students,
suggests that the more you use Facebook, the less you study, and the
worse your grades get. However, the report’s author does say the report
only shows a possible connection between Facebook use and lower
performance in your studies. Sure, we all know the truth: Facebook
makes you dumb, among other things.
Analyst Opinion - The Acer Revo comes at a time of conflict. It
targets buyers who want low cost products that use little energy, do
not accept any limitations in using their PC and look cool at the same
time. In addition, the best performance parts for a product for this
mixed up market comes from Intel which has the Atom platform, and
Nvidia, which has Ion. The problem is that Intel hates Ion and is at
war with Nvidia.
As Google-logoed vehicles carrying spacey-looking cameras on their
roofs fan out across the globe to snap comprehensive photo mosaics of
major cities, Google Street View opponents in the United Kingdom have
formed human chains and online protests to keep the privacy-busting
cars out. But then we know that, thanks to the Internet, privacy no
longer exists anyway. So why complain about Google?
Analysis – Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 has been available for 18
days and remains the company’s weakest web browser at launch since
version 3. While the software now seems to be close to 4% market share,
it appears to be unable to stop the bleeding of other IE versions.
Since the beginning of the year, Mozilla’s Firefox has picked up more
than half of the users IE lost; the other half went to Apple’s Safari
and Google’s Chrome. This trend is evident in new market share numbers
published by Net Applications and StatCounter, which show that Firefox
hit a new record market share in March.
Which car would out you as a geek these days? The Tesla Roadster? The
Lexus LS? Perhaps, but if you value gadgets on four wheels (and have
the necessary cash on hand), you should be driving BMW’s 2010 7-series,
according to iSuppli. No other car is technologically more advanced
than the new BMW flagship sedan.
Yesterday, Intel Research Berkeley held its 2009 open house with some truly amazing people on hand to demonstrate their latest ideas and wares. Some of the presentations would amaze most anybody, but one in particular caught TG Daily's eye. Have you ever read something on the web and knew for a fact that it was false? Or maybe there was something you had personal knowledge of and would like to expand upon the original author's thoughts by adding your own knowledge to the article -- even when comments aren't available? Confrontational Computing affords web surfers the ability to do just -- it's like Wikipedia for the whole web.
Analyst Opinion - AMD brought out Shanghai, their latest part in
November, substantially ahead of when it was expected and it arrived in
a market hungry for efficient performance but lacking in the cash
needed to buy new systems. This week Nehalem EP was released, which is
arguably the biggest technology step that Intel has made this decade.
Both parts are less about raw performance and are more focused on
performance per watt. Right now, there is no other industry in which we
care so much about what is inside the box. We only care about the
benefits the solution provides. I am certain the computer industry is
getting ready to take us back to that future.
Netcraft and Symantec’s Message Labs released several new interesting
numbers about the Internet today. Apparently, the internet is still
growing at a record pace, spam is on the rise again and more than 2700
websites hosting malware are going online every day.
On Saturday, in over 4,000 cities and towns in 88 countries between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in individual's respective time zones, the lights were turned out in observance of Earth Hour. The message: conserve energy and become more environmentally aware. The event, environmentalists say, was a great success.
One hour without any electricity. Do you think Earth is ready for it? Well that's the question that will be asked and answered as this year's Earth Hour is expected to draw global participation. Individuals and companies are urged to turn off their lights, PCs and cell phones for one hour on Saturday with major technology companies participating.
A Twitter user named kevinrose was able to post some apparently leaked photos of the all-electric Tesla Model S coupe. The white sports car is not quite finished yet, as is evidenced by slide #2 in our slideshow; however, the car is not without powerful merits. EXTRA: SLIDESHOWChicago (IL) - A Twitter user named kevinrose was able to post some apparently leaked photos of the all-electric Tesla Model S coupe. The white sports car is not quite finished yet, as is evidenced by slide #2 in our slideshow; however, the car is not without powerful merits.
Facebook recently underwent a major website and user interface redesign (its second within a year) and changed the layout and feature access significantly. The changes were dramatic enough to cause users to rise up with fury and frustration and a strong desire to bring the "Old Facebook" back. Finally achieving a victory of sorts, Facebook has announced that some of was changed will be reverted.
3D on the Internet is about as old as 3D graphics acceleration itself.
But all those ideas often disappeared quickly after their release,
because they always required a special browser plug-in. Now there is a
new idea to enable 3D web graphics that do not need a plug-in, but are
Firefox and Chrome yet another advantage, while Microsoft will feel
Google is working hard to deliver the highest level of quality where their search results are concerned. The company is now employing a semantic search technology, altering the existing algorithm in an attempt to make Google's suggestions more relevant.
IBM and Volkswagen announced a plan yesterday to bring RFID technology to everything in Volkswagen's entire supply chain. Vendors will be required to tag every item they manufacture with RFID, or put every item manufactured in RFID-tagged containers. This process will allow inventories to be electronically tagged with far greater accuracy and speed.
Analyst Opinion – Yesterday I was walked through how OpenCL, a relatively new
programming approach that leverages the CPU and GPU, could not have
happened without Apple and it reminded just how many trends the company
sets. Last week I wrote about the Dell Adamo, which has its roots in an
Apple idea. And, of course, it is not hard to see how the iPhone is
clearly the cell phone every other cell phone vendor seems to be
chasing these days. But others are catching up in many ways and I am
wondering whether Apple is losing its edge.
Recession? What recession? February brought the sixth best unit sales
result for game console makers since November 2006. Nintendo and
Microsoft posted substantial increases over February last year. PS3
sales dropped year-over year, but are also stronger than in recent
months, according to market research firm NPD.
Earlier this week, the social networking site Twitter was rocked by a brief Tweet exchange which stirred up feelings all over the web. The widely reported on story is of a woman, Connor Riley, who Tweeted the following: "Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work." Shortly thereafter a Cisco employee spotted the Tweet and responded with: "Who is the hiring manager. I'm sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web." The exchange launched what really seemed to be the entire Internet into an uproar.
The recessions may soon be impacting cellphone usage as a new survey
suggests that two out of five Americans with contract-based cellphones
are thinking about cutting down on their cellphone expenses.