The Byte - Microsoft hacked, Apple asks for inspection, White House CTO resigns, FCC maps broadband
The Byte, Feb. 13, 2012 Microsoft's online store in India is hacked by EvilShadow team. Apple asks the Fair Labor Association to inspect Foxconn. White House CTO Aneesh Chopra resigns from the nation's top technology post. The FCC maps mobile broadband penetration and hopes to fix dead zones.
Coming up on World Tech Update this week Yahoo shakes up its board, Google fiber gets ready to go in Kansas, WiFi on planes isn't taking off, a website makes it easier to stalk fellow commuters, DARPA develops a four legged robot for the military and Samsung mocks Apple.
The Byte - Yahoo starts fresh, Nokia layoffs, Chrome for Android 4.0, President Obama's science fair
More than half of Yahoo's board will be new, setting the stage for a fresh start for incoming CEO Scott Thompson. Nokia will lay off 4,000 workers and move more of its production facilities to Asia before the end of 2012. Google's Chrome browser will come to Android 4.0 devices and sync bookmarks and autocomplete data across devices. At the White House Science Fair President Barack Obama launched a marshmallow with an eighth grader's air cannon.
The Byte – Sony rebrands, ThinkPad gets Android 4.0, Fisker blocked, Google fiber ready
The Byte, Feb. 7, 2012 Sony will merge its PlayStation platform into its broader services and products. Lenovo’s ThinkPad tablet will get upgraded to Android 4.0 in May Google is ready to lay fiber cables in its pilot for super fast internet in Kansas City, Kansas.
The Byte - Apple injunction, WiFi grounded, smartphones outship, subway pics
The Byte, Feb. 6, 2012 Apple removes then restores some products in its online store in Germany. In flight WiFi remains unprofitiable with only 7 percent of the traveling public using the service. Smartphones outshipped PCs and tablets for the first time in 2011. Subway riders in cities worldwide are getting snapped by admiring riders.
The Byte - Sony's new CEO, Asus Padfone, Facebook IPO, soaring Kindle sales
The Byte, Feb. 1, 2012 Sony’s Kaz Hirai will takeover for Howard Stringer in April. Asus plans to debut its Padfone smartphone-tablet hybrid at Mobile World Congress this month. Facebook’s IPO could come as soon as today. Sales of Amazon’s Kindle soared in the last nine weeks of 2011.
The Byte - iPhone envy, Samsung's troubles, Japan's tech problems
The Byte, Jan. 31, 2012 Sources in the Taiwan smartphone supply chain say that a number of device makers are delaying new models on the heels of the iPhone's record success. Samsung still isn't allowed to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the latest ruling in Germany and the European Commission is also investigating the company for breach of competition law Toshiba and Fujitsu joined other tech companies in Japan as they booked deep losses in their latest quarter.
If 2011 is any indication, our future relies on robots and computer intelligence. In this year's future technology and prototype review we'll take a look at technologies that could one day be common place making our lives easier and more enjoyable.
A rare peek into power grid management with big data visualization, at California ISO
Cal-ISO facilitates the management of power lines throughout the state. It’s not the only company to do it, though managers say this facility is the most up-to-date. Its control room likes like something out of a movie, where specific desks are charged with big tasks—like wholesale brokering of energy into California and management of emergency power line failures.