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  • Could mobile devices raise skin cancer risk

    09/03/2015 10:52:01 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    Yahoo! news (Reuters) ^ | September 3, 2015 | By Kathryn Doyle
    (Reuters Health) - Devices like tablets, smartphones and laptops can reflect ultraviolet light from the sun and may indirectly increase users' exposure to the cancer-causing wavelengths, according to a new study. “These devices are generally used for communication or entertainment, so it can be easy to overlook their reflective properties unless you happen to catch the glare off a screen,” said Mary E. Logue of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, who coauthored the research with Dr. Barrett J. Zlotoff. They wondered whether, like those old-fashioned tanning reflectors, personal electronics could also pose skin health risks, Logue told Reuters...
  • She Watched Netflix with Her Boyfriend. Then She Got a Creepy Message from a Hacker About it…

    08/13/2015 1:27:02 PM PDT · by · 46 replies
    IJReview ^ | 8-13-2015 | Kara Pendleton
    Toronto woman Chelsea Clark recently got a creepy surprise from a stranger on Facebook after watching Netflix with her boyfriend, reports Good Housekeeping. The message contained pictures from her boyfriend’s laptop webcam of the pair in bed watching the streaming service together. There was only a short message from the hacker, using the name, “Mahmoud Abdo.” The pair had no idea at the time they were being watched: “We obviously had no idea it was taking place in the moment, but retroactively it was like a really, really deeply creepy feeling,” the 27-year-old told Newstalk1010. “It was very unnerving. I...
  • Lightning blew out my computer! Need to replace. Laptop this time?

    06/19/2015 2:43:57 PM PDT · by onyx · 159 replies
    Free Republic | Friday, June 19, 2015 | Onyx
    A huge thunderstorm ripped through here four days ago. It blew out my TV and my computer. My small town only has a Walmart and an Office Depot. I would prefer to go buy a new computer at Walmart. I'm thinking a laptop would be a better purchase. I have no idea how to install it on my own. I'm thinking of asking a clerk to come home with me to install it and I will pay him $50. I need this new computer installed before the start of our FReepathon on July 1 I will also need one that...
  • End of the Windows XP effect sends desktop sales tumbling, but laptop sales jump

    01/20/2015 10:09:38 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 27 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 1-20-15 | Steve Ranger
    Despite predictions to the contrary, it seem there is still plenty of life left in the PC market. PC shipments across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) reached 25.5 million units in the fourth quarter of 2014, a two percent increase on the same quarter a year ago, according to calculations by IDC. It said strong consumer demand during the holiday season meant the PC market racked up a third consecutive quarter of growth - albeit modest and patchy. PC sales across the region grew by 5.5 percent across the year, with 93.3 million PCs shipped. But the researchers...
  • This year, I resolve to ban laptops from my classroom

    01/05/2015 5:58:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 30, 2014 | Tal Gross
    I settled on my New Year’s resolution while giving a lecture to 85 masters students. It was one kid who unintentionally suggested the idea. He was sitting in the back row, silently pecking away at his laptop the entire class. At times, he smiled at his screen. But he rarely looked up at me. I had a choice. I could disrupt the class to single him out. Or I could do what most teachers in higher education do: just ignore it. After all, these students are adults, and they have to take a final exam. Do I have to be...
  • Dell Inspiron 11.6 vs Lenovo IdeaPad W210 (Windows 8)

    01/09/2014 8:37:33 PM PST · by This Just In · 54 replies
    January 8, 2014 | This Just In
    Good evening, I'm seeking your opinion/advice on these two laptops. If given the choice which would you choose and why? Our child has been given a gift: a Dell 11.6, but we may be able to exchange it for the Lenovo. I'm just wondering whether or not it would be worth the exchange. I'm inclined to think it is, but trading one for the other presents a little bit of a challenge. We must travel out of state in order to exchange the laptop. I'm wondering if it would be worth the wait and travel. Thank you, as always, for...
  • Laptop searches by agents at border OK, U.S. judge says

    01/02/2014 4:34:13 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 50 replies
    CBC News ^ | Jan 02, 2014 | AP
    U.S. border agents should have the authority to search laptop computers carried by news photographers and other travelers at international border crossings without reasonable suspicion, a federal judge in Brooklyn ruled this week. In a written decision on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Edward Korman granted a government motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by civil rights attorneys who claimed the practice was unconstitutional and sought to have it halted.
  • Former bin Laden Doctor Reportedly heads al Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula

    09/05/2013 2:33:38 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies
    THE LONG WAR JOURNAL ^ | July 17, 2013 | David Barnett
    SNIPPET: "Egyptian security forces have reportedly arrested a number of jihadists operating in the Sinai Peninsula who are linked to Ramzi Mowafi, a former physician for Osama bin Laden. Sources have told Egyptian media outlets that Mowafi's group has been responsible for numerous attacks in the Sinai over the past two years. Among those recently arrested are a Yemeni and a Palestinian who were found in the possession of maps and laptops. In August 2011, Egyptian security officials told CNN that Mowafi, who is also thought to be an explosives expert, was spotted in the Sinai. At the time, Mowafi,...
  • Help me choose a laptop, PLEASE

    08/07/2013 4:44:53 PM PDT · by patriot08 · 66 replies
    vanity | 8/7/13 | Patriot8
    Please help me choose which laptop to buy: A B I want to go with 'A' but it comes with Windows 8- which I'm not used to (I have always used 7) and afraid of. I hear a lot of negative comments about it.
  • Dept. of Homeland Security: Laptops, Phones Can Be Searched Based on Hunches

    06/05/2013 2:01:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    CBS ^ | 6/5/13 | CBSDC/AP
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — U.S. border agents should continue to be allowed to search a traveler’s laptop, cellphone or other electronic device and keep copies of any data on them based on no more than a hunch, according to an internal Homeland Security Department study. It contends limiting such searches would prevent the U.S. from detecting child pornographers or terrorists and expose the government to lawsuits. The 23-page report, obtained by The Associated Press and the American Civil Liberties Union under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, provides a rare glimpse of the Obama administration’s thinking on the long-standing but controversial...
  • In Hours, Thieves Took $45 Million in A.T.M. Scheme

    05/10/2013 4:27:55 PM PDT · by dennisw · 17 replies
    nytimes ^ | May 9, 2013 | By MARC SANTORA
    It was a brazen bank heist, but a 21st-century version in which the criminals never wore ski masks, threatened a teller or set foot in a vault. In two precision operations that involved people in more than two dozen countries acting in close coordination and with surgical precision, thieves stole $45 million from thousands of A.T.M.'s in a matter of hours. In New York City alone, the thieves responsible for A.T.M. withdrawals struck 2,904 machines over 10 hours starting on Feb. 19, withdrawing $2.4 million. The operation included sophisticated computer experts operating in the shadowy world of Internet hacking, manipulating...
  • Personal computer shipments post worst quarter on record, says IDC

    04/12/2013 8:09:38 AM PDT · by null and void · 32 replies
    Solid State Technology ^ | 04/11/2013 | Shannon Davis
    In another sign of the worldwide shift in preferred personal devices, PC shipments posted the steepest decline ever in a single quarter, according to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker (IDC). Worldwide PC shipments totaled 76.3 million units in the first quarter of 2013, down -13.9 percent compared to the same quarter in 2012 and worse than the forecast decline of -7.7 percent, according to the IDC. Despite some mild improvements in the economic environment, PC shipments were down significantly across all regions compared to a year ago, marking the worst quarter reported since IDC began tracking the...
  • Worst PC sales drop in history

    04/10/2013 5:45:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    CNN Money ^ | April 10, 2013: 5:19 PM ET | Julianne Pepitone
    PC sales certainly haven’t been good over the past year or so, but this past quarter was record-setting bad. Shipments of PCs fell 14% worldwide last quarter, according to IDC. It was the worst yearly decline since IDC began tracking the data in 1994. … Bob O’Donnell, a vice president at IDC, said in the company’s report that “the Windows 8 launch not only failed to provide a positive boost to the PC market, but appears to have slowed the market.” …
  • Research firm: PC sales plunge as Windows 8 flops

    04/10/2013 3:37:19 PM PDT · by catnipman · 122 replies
    Google ^ | 4/10/2013 | PETER SVENSSON
    Microsoft's Windows 8 software appears to be driving buyers away from PCs and toward smartphones and tablets, research firm IDC said Wednesday. That's leading to the fastest drop in PC sales the firm has ever seen. Global shipments of PCs fell 14 percent in the first three months this year, IDC said. That's the sharpest plunge since the firm started tracking the industry in 1994. ...
  • Advice: Need notebook/laptop NOT made in China

    03/03/2013 5:17:13 PM PST · by Lexinom · 104 replies
    Self | 3/3/2013 | Self
    Looking to spend $400-$700 for a decent notebook to be used primarily for software development and graphics. Need some speed and horsepower, and durability. These things typically last me about five years, and this one here (a Sony Vaio) is nearing the end of the line. Brands you'd recommend? Lenovo is highly regarded but very, very Chinese. I'd like to stay away from that. And I hate Apple with a passion. This will be running Linux.

    04/28/2012 4:12:29 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 6 replies
    LAPTOPS FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS, founded by GATHERING OF EAGLES, has delivered another free laptop to a deserving serviceman today, April 28, 2012. It is with great pleasure I wish to announce the donation of a laptop to a wounded warrior today, SSgt Charlie Pannell, in Anderson, South Carolina. Charlie was injured in September 2008 by an Iraqi terrorist's grenade in operations while clearing houses in a combat action. He told me that most of the men hit that day had died of their wounds, while his injuries have led to the amputation of his left leg and continuing infections...
  • Judge: Americans can be forced to decrypt their laptops

    01/24/2012 12:06:01 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 110 replies · 1+ views
    CNET ^ | January 23, 2012 | Declan McCullagh
    American citizens can be ordered to decrypt their PGP-scrambled hard drives for police to peruse for incriminating files, a federal judge in Colorado ruled today in what could become a precedent-setting case. Judge Robert Blackburn ordered a Peyton, Colo., woman to decrypt the hard drive of a Toshiba laptop computer no later than February 21--or face the consequences including contempt of court. Blackburn, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled that the Fifth Amendment posed no barrier to his decryption order. The Fifth Amendment says that nobody may be "compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself," which...
  • Mac Vs Dell: In search of the detail laptop

    05/09/2011 9:41:48 PM PDT · by This Just In · 122 replies
    May 9th 2011 | This Just In
    Good day. We are on the verge of investing in a laptop for our child. Our child will be heading off to college and will be using this tool especially for composing music. We are not particularly concerned about the gaming capabilities. Our family's considering either a Mac or Dell. If money were no object, we would purchase the MacPro, but that is unlikely. Here are the main issues were are concerned about: 1. reliability 2. customer assistance 3. durability 4. expansion options Would any of you recommend purchasing a refurbished laptop? If so, why? If not, why? Is there...
  • US citizen extradited on Hezbollah charges (dual US-Lebanese, Moussa Ali Hamdan)

    02/25/2011 2:32:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/25/11 | AFP
    NEW YORK (AFP) – A dual US-Lebanese citizen has been extradited from Paraguay and charged with supporting Lebanon's Hezbollah militant force, US officials said Friday. Moussa Ali Hamdan, 38, appeared in court in Philadelphia following his extradition and has been charged with providing "material support to Hezbollah, a designated foreign terrorist organization," the federal prosecutor's office in Pennsylvania said in a statement. Hamdan was arrested by Paraguayan authorities June 15 on suspicion of supporting terrorism and was subsequently handed over to US custody. He is accused in the United States on 28 counts including conspiring to supply Hezbollah with proceeds...
  • U.S. ends webcam probe; no charges

    08/18/2010 4:11:07 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 39 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 08/17/2010 | John P. Martin
    Federal prosecutors on Tuesday closed their investigation into Lower Merion School District's secret use of software to track student laptops, saying they found no evidence that anyone intentionally committed a crime. The decision, announced by U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger, ended a six-month probe by the FBI into allegations that district employees might have spied on students through webcams on their school-issued laptops. --snip-- "For the government to prosecute a criminal case, it must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person charged acted with criminal intent," his statement said. "We have not found evidence that would establish beyond a reasonable...
  • Two Sentenced for Transporting Stolen Goods to Support Hizballah

    07/14/2010 11:31:24 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Two Sentenced for Transporting Stolen Goods to Support Hizballah PHILADELPHIA—Michael Katz, 58, of Plainsboro, NJ, and Alaa Allia Ahmed Mohamed, a/k/a “Alaa Ahmed Mohamed Abouelnagaa,” 44, of Brooklyn, NY, were sentenced today for conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and trafficking in counterfeit goods, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. Katz was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison; Mohamed was sentenced to 18 months in prison. The charges against the two were filed in conjunction with a case against four people, including Hassan Hodroj and Dib Hani Harb, who...
  • Student Laptops Deliver Thousands Of Private Images To School District

    04/16/2010 7:18:49 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies · 553+ views ^ | April 16, 2010 | Steve McGough
    Remember the story from February where a high school sophomore and his family alleged the school district was using laptop Web cameras – issued by the school – to monitor students by taking pictures when the computers were on at home? It gets worse…
  • Four Muslims Discharged Over Fort Jackson Threats, Probe Continues

    03/01/2010 11:42:29 AM PST · by Dinah Lord · 42 replies · 1,168+ views
    The Jawa Report ^ | March 1, 2010 | Rusty "Asadullah Alshishani"
    If there was nothing to the allegations, then why were four of the five Muslim soldiers discharged? It seems to me that the earliest reports were wrong that the five Muslims were plotting to poison Fort Jackson's food supply. But later reports that there were nothing to the allegations were also clarified when we learned that the investigation was not into a plot but over comments about poisoning the food.
  • Taliban Internet Recruiting Through The Eyes of a Detainee

    03/16/2010 4:05:23 AM PDT · by Cindy · 215+ views
    WASHINGTON ^ | March 16, 2010 | Sara Carter
    SNIPPET: "PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN — The young Taliban detainee, shackled at the wrists, with his head covered with a black canvas bag, was chillingly clear about his life's mission: "The Taliban have only one objective: to continue killing the Americans." The tools this particular terrorist had adopted to accomplish that goal were not suicide bombs or sniper rifles, but laptop computers and other high-tech equipment. The purpose of his Taliban cell was to reach potential recruits online over the Internet." Read more at the Washington Examiner:
  • Laptops seized in Army base probe ( Muslims )

    03/01/2010 12:21:03 PM PST · by george76 · 22 replies · 1,008+ views
    McClatchy ^ | JAMES ROSEN
    A South Carolina congressman said Friday that five Muslim soldiers at Fort Jackson, S.C., had been removed from active duty, and four of them discharged from the Army, in connection with an ongoing probe into alleged threats to poison food at the large South Carolina base. Republican Rep. Joe Wilson, who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, said the soldiers' laptops had been seized and were being analyzed. Congressional officials with knowledge of the case said cell phones and Arabic writings had been confiscated as well. Wilson also disclosed for the first time that four of the Muslim soldiers...
  • Is Lower Merion spying students inside their home? LM official responds [Unbelievable Alert]

    02/18/2010 11:47:18 AM PST · by freespirited · 87 replies · 2,225+ views
    Norristown Times Herald ^ | 02/18/10 | Richard Ilgenfritz
    Webcams can be a window to the world. But a lawsuit filed this week claims they are also a one-way window being used by school officials to peek in on students and their families at home. A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday by the parents of a Harriton High School student alleges that the Lower Merion School District has been remotely spying on students inside their homes through their webcam-enabled district-issued computers. According to the suit filed by Mark S. Haltzman with the firm Lamm Rubenstone, Lindy Matsko, an assistant principal at Harriton, told a minor student in November that the...
  • Government Assistance Comes with Strings Attached: Are Schools Spying on Kids?

    02/22/2010 3:35:13 PM PST · by ConservativeHideout · 11 replies · 223+ views
    The parents made a mistake in this situation, and they don’t even know it. The main point is this; they let the government give them something. And as we all know, government assistance of any kind comes with strings attached. Every level of assistance has a cost attached to it. Requirements, limitations, stipulations, and mandates are universally part of government programs. When people fail to recognize that fact, they are made victims. Some will say that citing this situation is splitting hairs. It is not. The schools, especially since they are part of the government indoctrination machine, are based on...
  • Pa. school official defended in webcam spy case

    02/21/2010 5:59:06 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 73 replies · 1,566+ views ^ | Feb 20, 3:54 PM | RON TODT
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A suburban Philadelphia school district accused of secretly switching on laptop computer webcams inside students' homes says it never used webcam images to monitor or discipline students and believes one of its administrators has been "unfairly portrayed and unjustly attacked." The Lower Merion School District, in response to a suit filed by a student, has acknowledged that webcams were remotely activated 42 times in the past 14 months, but only to find missing, lost or stolen laptops - which the district noted would include "a loaner computer that, against regulations, might be taken off campus." "Despite some...
  • Making a Success of Sports Events Will Contribute to Defeat of Terrorism

    02/20/2010 10:20:10 PM PST · by Cindy · 5 replies · 263+ views
    SOUTH ASIA ANALYSIS GROUP - Paper No. 3674 ^ | February 19, 2010 | by B. Raman
    SNIPPET: "Three prestigious global sports events are scheduled to take place in India between now and the end of the year---the World Cup Hockey, the IPL Cricket League and the Commonwealth Games. 2. These events will atract the attention of not only the sports enthusiasts of the world, but also of the terrorists with a global or an anti-Indian agenda who will look upon the events as an opportunity to publicise their cause and to demonstrate their capability to take the intelligence and security agencies by surprise. Even if they are not able to carry out any terrorist strike on...
  • Portugal police find 'Eta bomb-making cache'

    02/06/2010 1:00:08 PM PST · by csvset · 9 replies · 320+ views
    BBC ^ | 6 February 2010 | Staff
    Portuguese police have seized half a tonne of explosives at a house that they say was being used as a base by Basque separatist group Eta. The discovery, which also included bomb-making equipment, was made in the central Portugal town of Obidos. Fake licence plates, detonators and maps were also found, officials said. A militant group fighting for an independent Basque homeland, Eta has been blamed for more than 820 deaths during its campaign in Spain. "The material was stored in secure conditions which indicates the work of professionals," local police chief Helder Barros said. Several of the explosives were...
  • Arrests Made in Case Involving Conspiracy to Procure Weapons, Including Anti-Aircraft Missiles

    11/23/2009 2:32:12 PM PST · by Cindy · 38 replies · 2,014+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMonday, November 23, 2009 Arrests Made in Case Involving Conspiracy to Procure Weapons, Including Anti-Aircraft Missiles Arrests were made today in a case involving a conspiracy to procure weapons, including anti-aircraft missiles. A criminal complaint, unsealed today, charged Dani Nemr Tarraf with conspiring to acquire anti-aircraft missiles (FIM-92 Stingers) and conspiring to possess machine guns (approximately 10,000 Colt M4 Carbines). In addition, Tarraf and other defendants — including Douri Nemr Tarraf, Hassan Mohamad Komeiha, and Hussein Ali Asfour — were charged with conspiring to...
  • Mac laptops less reliable than ASUS, Sony notebooks (and Toshiba)

    11/17/2009 2:13:08 PM PST · by astyanax · 36 replies · 979+ views
    Computerworld ^ | November 17, 2009 | Gregg Keizer
    After-sale warranty firm says 17% of Apple's laptops fail within three years Apple's line of laptops ranked fourth in a multi-year reliability survey of nine notebook makers, according to a study of 30,000 portable computers published today by a company that provides after-sale warranties. SquareTrade, which broke out the warranty claims of its customers by manufacturers, said that Apple took the No. 4 spot, behind ASUS, Toshiba and Sony, which held No. 1 through No. 3, respectively.
  • U.K. Counterterrorism Police Arrest Five Men

    11/16/2009 7:22:05 PM PST · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 866+ views
    RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty ^ | November 16, 2009
    LONDON (Reuters) -- Counterterrorism detectives said they had arrested five men in early morning raids today in northwest England. They were being held on suspicion of committing terrorism offenses including inciting an act of terrorism overseas. Police said the suspects, aged 21, 26, 27, 52, and 62, were detained after swoops at homes in Manchester and Bolton, and at a hotel near London's Heathrow Airport. The properties were now being searched.
  • Northwest pilots' licenses revoked; Franken calls for cockpit laptop ban

    10/27/2009 8:49:18 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 46 replies · 2,085+ views
    The licenses of the two Northwest Airlines pilots involved in last week's "overflying" incident were revoked today by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a day after Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., called for a ban on using laptop computers in airline cockpits. The San Diego-to-Minneapolis flight overshot its destination by 150 miles because the pilots were apparently online in the cockpit (though they initially told investigators that they were distracted by a "conversation") and missed the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. They didn't realize their mistake until they had reached Eau Claire, Wis., at which point they turned around and flew back...
  • Turkey Arrests 50 Suspected al-Qaida-Linked Militants

    10/18/2009 11:11:59 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 651+ views
    VOA News ^ | October 15, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following news brief is a quote: Turkey Arrests 50 Suspected al-Qaida-Linked Militants By VOA News 15 October 2009 Turkish police have detained at least 50 suspected al-Qaida-linked militants in raids across nine provinces. Local media say the militants, thought to be members of a group (the Islamic Jihad League) tied to al-Qaida, were planning attacks against U.S., Israeli and NATO targets in Turkey. They say the suspects may have had contact with al-Qaida's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri, and may have been trained in Afghanistan. Turkey's Hurriyet daily says police Thursday seized an unlicensed gun, documents, CDs and laptops during...
  • HP jump-starting Compaq brand with ultra-cheap machines

    10/15/2009 9:43:55 PM PDT · by iowamark · 12 replies · 852+ views
    Yahoo Tech ^ | 10/12/2009 | Christopher Null
    Remember Compaq? Hewlett-Packard acquired the venerable computer company way back in 2002, but it's kept the name alive as a secondary brand ever since, mainly relegating Compaq to overseas markets (Compaq is particularly popular in Asia) and as second-tier PCs sold on the cheap at warehouse-style stores. But now HP is looking to breathe a little new life into the Compaq brand, positioning it not just as a label for extremely cheap computer equipment but also as one with mainstream appeal in the U.S. Today the company is announcing the rollout of a line of ultra-inexpensive PCs, both laptops and...
  • Could The Feds Seize The Internet?

    09/02/2009 5:34:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies · 2,524+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 2, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Security: A Senate bill lets the president "declare a cybersecurity emergency" relating to "nongovernmental" computer networks and do what's needed to respond to the threat. Didn't they just collect our e-mail addresses?We wish this was just a piece of the fictional "Dr. Strangelove" that fell to the cutting-room floor, but it's not. It is a real piece of disturbingly vague legislation sponsored by Sens. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine. Senate Bill 773 would grant the administration emergency powers (where have we heard that before?) in the event of a cyberemergency that the president would have...
  • Airport Surprise: 1,200 Laptops a Week Lost at LAX

    07/09/2009 5:35:50 AM PDT · by raybbr · 35 replies · 1,115+ views
    LA Weekly ^ | Jul. 7 2009 | Steven Mikulan
    Last year Dell computers commissioned a study that found that 12,000 laptops are lost each week at U.S. airports. Los Angeles leads the pack with 1,200 laptops reported lost or stolen at LAX weekly. Incredibly, most laptops are left behind at security checkpoints, with only 33 percent ever being recovered (17 percent before the flight, 16 percent after). Now, part of our shock about these numbers comes from the absent-mindedness of travelers who lose sight of a valuable piece of luggage -- and one that they probably need to conduct their business or lives at the other end of their...
  • Netbooks: Small but disruptive

    06/14/2009 10:48:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies · 1,383+ views
    Economist ^ | 06/11/09
    Small but disruptive Jun 11th 2009 | SAN FRANCISCO AND TAIPEI From The Economist print edition Laptops are evolving—and forcing the rest of the computer industry to change IT WAS like waiting for Godot: in the end, the great man did not come. The crowd at Apple’s jamboree in San Francisco this week was visibly disappointed when Steve Jobs, the computer-maker’s legendary chief executive, did not even put in a brief appearance after a six-month medical leave. But another no-show was perhaps more important. Proving many techno-pundits wrong, Apple did not present a “tablet”—a pared-down computer in both size and...
  • Intel Buys Wind River: Bolsters Embedded Software Strategy

    06/04/2009 1:54:39 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 362+ views
    Seekinga Alpha ^ | June 04, 2009 | Larry Dignan (ZDNET)
    Intel (INTC) said Thursday that it would acquire Wind River (WIND), which makes software for embedded devices, in a deal valued at $884 million. With the move Intel is making a move to diversify into software and away from its dependence on the PC and server markets. The chip giant said in a statement that it will pay $11.50 a share in cash for Wind River, which closed at $8 on Wednesday.The purchase is interesting on a few fronts: Wind River bolsters Intel’s embedded software strategy;The purchase indicates that Intel thinks its future growth is in embedded devices such as...
  • Intel Ultra-Thin Mobile Platform Preview

    06/04/2009 10:31:09 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies · 459+ views
    HardOCP ^ | Wednesday, June 03, 2009 | Steve Lynch Editor: Kyle Bennett
    Intel has announced plans for complete domination of the mobile market using new ultra-low voltage processors, a cool and sexy ultra-thin form factor and the promise to provide consumers with a full PC experience without sacrificing mobility. We had the opportunity to attend Intel’s global webcast for the launch of the Montevina Plus mobile platform today live from Computex 2009. The host of the event was Nick Knupffer, Intel’s Global Communications Manager and Uday Marty, Director of Product Marketing for the Mobile Platforms Group, was the featured speaker. Intel used this webcast to launch three new standard volt processors, the...
  • Go to jail, get a laptop - Gitmo teaches computer literacy

    06/03/2009 10:53:25 AM PDT · by freespirited · 5 replies · 267+ views ^ | 06/02/09 | Darleen Hartley
    An action by the US government is causing a flurry of not so complimentary comments across the internet. A group of 17 Uighur detainees who are on the road to release are being given laptops to train them for life outside Guantanamo. Army Lt. Col. Miguel Mendez oversees detainee classes, as well as the multilingual library and, now, the new virtual computer lab. “We’re getting them computer classes to prepare for their return.” Nury Turkel is a Uighur rights activist in Washington, D.C. He felt the computer training would “give hope to the men that their freedom is nearing” after...
  • Can you build your own laptop?

    05/31/2009 3:15:59 PM PDT · by Netizen · 109 replies · 3,646+ views
    May 31, 2009 | self
    Is is worthwhile to try and build your own laptop? Our son is going to college in the fall. The college sent out a flyer and you can purchase a Dell Latitude from them for $1054.00. It would have Vista Office pre installed. I had spoken to one of my cousins and we went through the Dell website and the same system would have cost an additional $600. So, $1600.00 Now, a the high school graduation, the father of the son that our son will be sharing a dorm room with says that he built his son's laptop and that...
  • Some Guantánamo detainees to get laptops

    05/31/2009 10:47:19 AM PDT · by freespirited · 29 replies · 925+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 05/31/09 | Carol Rosenberg
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- These captives already get to order fast-food takeout from the base and have access to a phone booth for weekly calls. Now some 17 Uighur Muslims awaiting a nation to grant them asylum are about to go high-tech, with laptops and web training. While awaiting details of President Barack Obama's order to close the prison camps by Jan. 22, commanders here have ordered 20 laptops for the captives of Camp Iguana. ''As you know, detainees are leaving this place,'' said Army Lt. Col. Miguel Mendez, who oversees detainee classes, a multilingual library and now-emerging...
  • Travelers' Laptops May Be Detained At Border (Guilty till proven innocent)

    08/02/2008 2:32:08 PM PDT · by GreaterSwiss · 26 replies · 127+ views
    Washington post ^ | August 1, 2008 | Ellen Nakashima
    Travelers' Laptops May Be Detained At Border No Suspicion Required Under DHS Policies Federal agents may take a traveler's laptop or other electronic device to an off-site location for an unspecified period of time without any suspicion of wrongdoing, as part of border search policies the Department of Homeland Security recently disclosed. Also, officials may share copies of the laptop's contents with other agencies and private entities for language translation, data decryption or other reasons, according to the policies, dated July 16 and issued by two DHS agencies, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
  • Travelers' Laptops May Be Detained At Border [no suspicion required]

    08/01/2008 7:42:31 AM PDT · by Clint Williams · 84 replies · 522+ views
    WaPo ^ | 8/1/8 | Ellen Nakashima
    Federal agents may take a traveler's laptop or other electronic device to an off-site location for an unspecified period of time without any suspicion of wrongdoing, as part of border search policies the Department of Homeland Security recently disclosed. Also, officials may share copies of the laptop's contents with other agencies and private entities for language translation, data decryption or other reasons...
  • Airport threat to your laptop:

    08/02/2008 3:04:38 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies · 451+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 02nd August 2008
    Travellers to the U.S. could have their laptops and other electronic devices seized at the airport under new anti-terror measures. Federal agents have been granted powers to take such devices and hold them as long as they like. They do not even need grounds to suspect wrongdoing. The Department of Homeland Security said the policies applied to anyone entering the country by land, sea or air, including U.S. citizens. The extent of the new powers, which have been secretly in place for some time, was revealed yesterday in the Washington Post.
  • Laptops can be confiscated and searched at US border without cause

    08/01/2008 10:07:50 AM PDT · by cowtowney · 23 replies · 233+ views
    Engadget ^ | 8/1/2008 | Joshua Topolsky
    In further evidence of our rapidly eroding civil liberties, the Department of Homeland Security disclosed today that US Customs and Border Protection and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement have the right to confiscate and search a traveler's laptop or other electronic device without any suspicion of wrongdoing. The rules -- which we reported on in February -- allow for searches of hard drives, flash drives, cellphones, iPods, pagers, and video or audio tapes, and specify that the agencies can "detain" belongings for a "reasonable period of time," (i.e., as long as they please). Additionally, the DHS can share the data...
  • A laptop for every Palestinian child

    07/31/2008 3:47:34 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 21 replies · 93+ views
    Ynet ^ | 07.20.08 | Itamar Eichner
    An American organization has requested Israel's assistance in a new initiative similar to the Israeli "computer for every child" project. The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP), an organization committed to the welfare of the Palestinian people, asked that the State help transfer around 1,000 laptop computers to the West Bank city of Ramallah. The project is led by Nick Negroponte, brother of US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, former director of national intelligence. Its goal is to provide Palestinian students with tools that will help improve thought and independent study, in order to better their learning achievements and...
  • Nvidia Reports Problem With Laptop Chips

    07/04/2008 12:12:22 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 188+ views
    IDG News Service ^ | July 3, 2008 | Agam Shah
    Excerpt - Nvidia has uncovered a problem with some older graphics chips that shipped in "significant quantities" of laptop PCs, the company said Wednesday. Nvidia hasn't determined the exact cause of the problem but said it relates to a packaging material used with some of its chips, as well as the thermal design of some laptops. Modern processors generate considerable amounts of heat. To tackle the problem, the company is releasing a software driver that will cause system fans to start operating sooner and reduce the "thermal stress" on the chips. The driver has been provided to laptop makers directly,...