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Hurricane Sandy has knocked out 25 percent of all cell towers, cable services in 10 states

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/31/fcc-sandy-fallout/

FCC Hurricane Sandy has knocked out 25 percent of all cell towers, cable services in 10 states

Julius Genachowski has revealed that Hurricane Sandy has knocked out a full quarter of cellphone towers and cable services in the 10 most affected states. The FCC chief believes that, as more towers expend their battery back-ups and the storm’s continued presence, the situation’s going to get worse before it gets better. He’s also reiterated that users should avoid making non-essential calls and use e-mail or social media to avoid overloading the straining networks. One point of interest in the call, was that land line phone outages were much less widespread — which might be something to remember if you’ve ever considered cutting the cord.

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Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 news No Comments

Here’s The Spaceship That Will Fly Rich People From NYC To Tokyo In 90 Minutes

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/xcor-reveals-full-scale-model-of-lynx-2012-10

xcor aerorspace lynx

Since the last flight of the Concorde in 2003, supersonic travel has been the province of jet fighter pilots and Felix Baumgartner.

XCOR Aerospace wants to change that. Out of a group of outfits looking to bring back travel faster than the speed of sound, it has an especially intriguing idea: flying from one airport to another, via outer space.

It’s no pipe dream: XCOR is busy building the Lynx, its suborbital commercial spacecraft, which will take off and land like a conventional plane, but offer a cruising speed of Mach 3.5, 62 miles above the ground.

As it moves toward its first test flights in early 2013, XCOR has built a full-scale mockup of the Lynx, which it brought to last week’s International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight, in New Mexico.

The design is not final yet, COO Andrew Nelson says. But it’s the best look yet at the craft that could make point to point travel in space a reality, and send passengers from New York to Tokyo in an hour and a half.

This is the rendering XCOR created of the Lynx.




XCOR is already booking ‘up and down’ flights, for $95,000 a pop.




Last week, it successfully fired the Lynx’s engine.



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Monday, October 22nd, 2012 news No Comments

Google Is Erasing One Of Marissa Mayer’s Last Big Moves (GOOG, YELP)

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/~3/L1JdZtjvNLo/google-downplaying-zagat-scores-2012-10

Google is downplaying a confusing 30-point scale it’s given local businesses in search results.

It inherited the system from Zagat, the local guide business it bought last year to bolster its search results.

The Zagat acquisition was one of the last deals Marissa Mayer pushed through as head of Google’s local business before she left to run Yahoo.

Search Engine Land’s Matt McGee argues that adopting the Zagat system was a mistake, since Google’s own reviews and sites like Yelp have trained most Internet users to expect a system built around points or stars—usually on a scale of one to five.

Now Google is asking consumers to rate businesses as “Poor-Fair,” “Good,” “Very Good,” or “Excellent.” It’s still converting those ratings into a Zagat-style score, but it’s displaying the descriptive terms rather than the score on individual reviews.

The Zagat system is distinctive, but it’s really only useful to people who were familiar with it from Zagat’s printed guides.

Take it away, and one wonders why Google did the Zagat deal in the first place.

Here’s the new review interface, via Search Engine Land:

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Thursday, October 11th, 2012 news No Comments

$500,000 [Digg]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5925586/digg-sells-itself-for-pathetic-pocketchange-500000

Digg Sells Itself for Pathetic Pocket Change: $500,000O, how the mighty fall have an asthma attack and roll off the side of a cliff. Digg, erstwhile king of the internet, just sold itself for a mere $500,000. In 2008, it turned down Google’s offer of two hundred million.

Of course, in 2008, Digg was one of the top sites on the entire internet. Now, not so much. As Gizmodo alumnus Mat Honan points out, this is exactly .0005 Instagrams. That’s pretty much a “we’re not giving you zero dollars, now shut up and die” offer in tech land, and certainly not enough to keep Digg going as anything that resembles the Digg of today: WSJ says “None of Digg’s remaining employees will join Betaworks as part of the acquisition.” Frankly, Digg should be glad it wasn’t offered a free bowl of warm soup and some Hollywood Video gift cards.

The site, which once carried the massive internet clout of Reddit in 2012—able to make or break (literally) entire websites with its gigantic traffic tsunamis—was just acquired for less than it costs to buy a tiny apartment in New York. The Wall Street Journal reports that the “New York technology development firm Betaworks,” which ” intends to fold Digg into News.me Inc. a digital media startup that Betaworks launched in April 2011.” Considering nobody knows what the hell News.me is, this is goodbye for Digg, which drifts off to join Blockbuster, CompUSA, Sam Goody, and MySpace’s lower torso under some shadowy rock in hell. Bye, Digg! You’ll long remind us of the late 2000s, when Rihanna was busy capturing our hearts, and you were worth actual attention, and maybe even money. [WSJ]

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012 news No Comments

Google strikes deal to bring 27,000 Chromebooks to US schools in three states

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/26/google-strikes-deal-to-bring-27-000-chromebooks-to-us-schools-in/

It remains to be seen if they’ll be the big game-changer in education that Google hopes they will be, but the company is making some progress at getting its Chromebooks into schools. The latest push is a deal with three US school districts, which will see some 27,000 Chromebooks land in the hand of students in Iowa, Illinois and South Carolina. As CNET reports, South Carolina’s Richland School District Two is making by far the biggest investment of the lot, ordering 19,000 Chromebooks that will be used as part of a three-year program for students in the third through twelfth grades. As for Google itself, it still isn’t being too specific on the total number of Chromebooks now being used by schools, noting only that “hundreds” of schools across 41 states are using them in at least one classroom.

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Thursday, January 26th, 2012 news No Comments

A Really Scary Chart For Yahoo (YHOO)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-2011-11

This chart shows why Yahoo quickly needs to figure out a new path for itself.

For all of its success, at its core, Yahoo is still an email business. People use Yahoo email and then from there land on its other properties.

The rise of smartphones and iPads is a problem for Yahoo. On those devices, email is a native application that doesn’t encourage people to checkout Yahoo’s pages.

As you can see in this chart, web-based email usage is cratering for people aged 12-34. Unless Yahoo figures out a way to wean itself from email dependence, it’s going to be in trouble.

What is the future of Yahoo? Our own Nicholas Carlson has a bold idea

chart of the day, web-based email use by age year over year, nov. 18, 2011

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Saturday, November 19th, 2011 news No Comments

Comcast testing pay-per-package, still afraid of a-la-carte

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/07/comcast-testing-pay-per-package-still-afraid-of-a-la-carte/

Charleston, South Carolina might be famous for the eponymous knee / hand dance, but this week sees it become the second location in the US to get Comcast’s MyTV Choice. Rather than buying all the channels, or paying á la carte for just the ones you watch, you pick a platform and then bolt on a package of channels, grouped by theme — you get “Entertainment & Lifestyle,” “Movies,” “Kids” or “News & Info.” These smaller, cheaper bundles are in response to being forced to carry channels owned by the same group, if you’re paying for MTV, you’re also paying for TV Land, for example. Still, those in the city (when not dancing their knee joints away) should be interested to know that the Get Started platform costs $25, Get Started Plus $45 and each additional package is $10.

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