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  • Virginia GOP: Voting Machines Malfunctioning in Several Precincts

    11/04/2014 12:18:27 PM PST · by mbarker12474 · 72 replies
    CBS News Washington DC CBS DC ^ | 4 november 2014 | CBS DC
    UPDATED: November 4, 2014 2:22 p.m. LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Malfunctioning voting machines are causing issues for voters in several Virginia precincts, the Republican Party of Virginia says. RPV wrote a letter to the Virginia Department of Elections this morning stating there were problems with some of the electronic voting touch screens in at least four different Congressional Districts. “Voters have difficulty selecting the candidate of their choice using the touch screen because the screen’s touch sensor is not properly aligned with the text that appears on the screen,” a RPV spokesman said in the letter. A video link included...
  • GOP candidate discovers voting machine casts his vote for the Democrat he is running against

    10/21/2014 8:45:05 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10-21-14 | Thomas Lifson
    The Democrat mantra that voting fraud is rare takes another blow today with the stunning story of a GOP candidate unable to vote for himself in Cook County Illinois. The Illinois Political Review reports: Admitting his confidence in Cook County ballot integrity is shaken, State Representative Candidate Jim Moynihan (R-56), was shocked today when he tried to cast a vote for himself and the voting machine cast it for his opponent instead. “While early voting at the Schaumburg Public Library today, I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” said Moynihan....
  • Apple awarded U.S. patent for curved touch screen technology

    12/10/2013 3:47:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | Dec. 10, 2013 at 5:59 PM
    However, Apple has been rumored to be working on a smartwatch device, and the patent suggests the so-called "iWatch," expected to arrive some time in 2014, might be equipped with a curved screen that would fit the shape of the user's wrist.
  • Computer scientists design new keyboard layout on touch screen devices (w/ video)

    04/18/2013 10:46:06 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 17 April 2013 | Staff / Provided by Max Planck Society
    The research team of Antti Oulasvirta at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics has created a new keyboard called KALQ that enables faster thumb-typing on touchscreen devices. They used computational optimization techniques in conjunction with a model of thumb movement to search among millions of potential layouts before identifying one that yields superior performance. A user study confirmed that, after a short amount of practice, users could type 34% faster than they could with a QWERTY layout. Typing on today's mobile phones and tablets is needlessly slow. One limitation is that the QWERTY layout is ill-suited for tablets and other...

    11/14/2012 8:31:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    WND ^ | 11/13/2012 | Bob Unruh
    A Chicago voting-machine tech is sounding the alarm, claiming he witnessed multiple error messages on the voting touch-screens this election – but only in cases where people voted for Mitt Romney. Steve Pickrum said he worked for Chicago’s election system during the early voting and Election Day voting for the 2012 race. As an equipment manager for the system, Pickrum said, he responded whenever there was a glitch with a voting machine. “On early voting, when I did work on the floor when voters needed help using the equipment, I was able to see the preference of the voter, and...
  • Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, CEO Steve Ballmer - Windows 7 Preview

    05/27/2008 10:31:41 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 143 replies · 356+ views
    Wall Street Journal (excerpt) ^ | May 27, 2008 | John Paczkowski
    Excerpt - Switching gears. Walt asks about Vista and the lousy reception it’s been given. Is Vista a failure? Ballmer: Vista is not a failure. Is it something we’d like to improve? Of course. Is it something that with 20/20 hindsight we’d do differently? Sure, he confesses. But Vista has sold a lot of copies, he adds. Walt jumps in and asks about the percentage of Vista sales that result in downgrades to XP. Ballmer dodges. Gates looking a little depressed. Walt asks if Vista has damaged with Windows brand. Gates says Microsoft’s philosophy is to “do things better.” And...
  • Sharp shows the future of touch screens for micro devices (Touchscreens that scan)

    10/03/2007 7:01:31 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 4 replies · 247+ views ^ | 10/02/07 |
    October 3, 2007 Sharp yesterday began publicly demonstrating a new technology that could have far reaching effects on the way we interact with the mounting tide of mobile information available to us through diminutive devices such as smart phones, PDAs, cameras and UMPCs – the marriage of sensing function with an LCD screen is not new, but Sharp’s technology puts an optical sensor into each pixel enabling the screen to become a multiple touch-point screen and a scanner. The technology is a simple one to understand, but one that has massive implications as it is a fundamental building block in...
  • Apple quietly handling iPhone touchscreen issues?

    08/09/2007 9:42:54 PM PDT · by RS · 7 replies · 239+ views
    engadget ^ | 08/09/07 | lll
    "Other affected owners have taken their iPhones to local Apple stores, where after a brief inspection, Apple Store Geniuses have routinely recommended that the handsets be sent into Apple for a 3-day repair. Apple offers customers a $29 iPhone rental in the meantime, though one customer speaking directly with AppleInsider observed that he successfully negotiated a waiver of the fee during his repair process."
  • Apple announces iPhone

    01/09/2007 9:46:19 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 9 replies · 308+ views ^ | January 9, 2007
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  • Microsoft Unveils New Surface Computer

    05/29/2007 10:24:47 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 25 replies · 520+ views
    Excerpt - Microsoft Corp. has taken the wraps off "Surface," a coffee-table shaped computer that responds to touch and to special bar codes attached to everyday objects. The machines, which Microsoft planned to debut Wednesday at a technology conference in Carlsbad, Calif., are set to arrive in November in T-Mobile USA stores and properties owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. and Harrah's Entertainment Inc. Surface is essentially a Windows Vista PC tucked inside a shiny black table base, topped with a 30-inch touchscreen in a clear acrylic frame. Five cameras that can sense nearby objects are mounted beneath...
  • Republican to take seat in House amid touch-screen dispute

    12/29/2006 11:09:01 PM PST · by jdm · 30 replies · 864+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | Dec 29, 2006 | JONI JAMES
    TALLAHASSEE — Congressional hopeful Christine Jennings' drive for a new election in Southwest Florida suffered two blows Friday when Congress announced it would seat her opponent and a state judge denied her request to inspect vote-counting software in Sarasota County. But Jennings, a Democrat who has fought relentlessly since official results showed her losing by just 369 votes to Republican Vern Buchanan in last month's election, was unfazed. She pledged to appeal the judge's ruling and said she supported the seating of Buchanan "temporarily," in part because congressional leaders promised to remove him if she prevails in her call for...
  • FTIR technology - The future user interface?

    02/27/2006 10:38:49 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 222+ views ^ | January 2006 | Jeff Han
    Brief excerpt - go to the source for amazing video - While touch sensing is commonplace for single points of contact, multi-touch sensing enables a user to interact with a system with more than one finger at a time, as in chording and bi-manual operations. Such sensing devices are inherently also able to accommodate multiple users simultaneously, which is especially useful for larger interaction scenarios such as interactive walls and tabletops. Since refining the FTIR (frustrated total internal reflection) sensing technique, we've been experimenting with a wide variety of application scenarios and interaction modalities that utilize multi-touch input information. These...
  • Berkeley Florida Election Study Falling Apart?

    11/26/2004 8:59:54 PM PST · by passeryby · 26 replies · 1,169+ views
    Researchers in academia are apparently starting to punch rather large holes in the Berkeley study ( that supposedly showed that something went amiss with e-voting in Florida that gave Bush 130,000+ extra votes. Here are some links for whoever is interested. Be warned some of it is pretty heavy reading. P.S. This is my first post so please be forgiving if I screwed up! :^)

    11/03/2004 1:20:02 PM PST · by Robert Drobot · 14 replies · 502+ views
    Robert Drobot | 3 November 2004 | Robert Drobot
    Yesterday my day started at 0600 hours. In my role as 'inspector' of a local polling place, I had five clerks to supervise in setting up the five electronic touch screen units we were going to use, and prepare for a 0700 hours opening of the poll to voters. Each of the clerks had received a three hour training course from staff of Registrar of Voters office, to acquaint them with their function election day. I formally opened the polling place at 0700 hours. All went well, as voters were processed - each received a plastic card which would activate...
  • Florida will not be required to create a paper record from touch-screen voting machines.

    10/26/2004 12:12:47 PM PDT · by OXENinFLA · 51 replies · 1,244+ views
    FindLaw ^ | 10-26-04 | Find law
    WEXLER, ET AL. v. LEPORE, ET AL. (October 26, 2004) The state of Florida will not be required to create a paper record from touch-screen voting machines. U.S. Representative Robert Wexler had argued that the touch-screen voting machines used in some Florida counties lacked a manual recount procedure. Memorandum Opinion [PDF] Final Judgment [PDF] Related Materials: FindLaw Legal News Special Coverage: Election 2004
  • Switched-on US voters hark back to punch cards

    10/20/2004 12:49:03 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 5 replies · 274+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | October 20, 2004 | RICHARD LUSCOMBE
    IT WAS an affair with technology that began in the early part of the last century and lasted several blissful decades before ending in an ugly divorce.Now Americans have simply fallen out of love with their not-so-trusty old mechanical voting machines, which were widely blamed for the 2000 presidential election debacle in Florida. But as voters in the United States rush to embrace the wonders of touch-screen voting and other electronic improvements on the notorious butterfly ballots and hanging chads of four years ago, many believe the old system was not so bad. "If this is how it is starting,...
  • Black Voters 'Afraid' of Electronic Voting Machines, Activist Says

    09/30/2004 6:06:14 AM PDT · by Phantom Lord · 47 replies · 1,062+ views ^ | 09/30/04 | Marc Morano
    Black Voters 'Afraid' of Electronic Voting Machines, Activist Says Miami ( - An African-American civil rights spokeswoman said on Wednesday that the new computerized voting machines "terrify" her, and that blacks are "afraid of machines like that." Joanne Bland, the director and co-founder of the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma, Ala., told on Wednesday that the new computerized voting machines are going to intimidate black voters in Florida and elsewhere and surpress their vote in the November presidential election because many blacks are not "technologically savvy." "The computers really terrify me. The electronic voting -- the...
  • Florida Court revives voting machine lawsuit

    09/28/2004 12:36:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies · 596+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | September 28, 2004 | GARY FINEOUT AND LESLEY CLARK
    TALLAHASSEE - Florida's election system, ridiculed and maligned during the 2000 presidential election and then rebuilt with new technology, was thrown into chaos again Monday with five weeks to go before Election Day. A federal appeals court in Atlanta reversed a lower-court judge and ordered him to hear a lawsuit that demands voters be given paper receipts when they use touch-screen voting machines so there is a paper trail in a close election. The court's decision is vindication for U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, the Palm Beach County Democrat who filed the lawsuit, and a potential nightmare for election officials in...
  • Group challenges Florida rule on touchscreen recounts

    07/09/2004 5:16:36 AM PDT · by ovrtaxt · 16 replies · 550+ views
    naples daily news ^ | July 8, 2004 | By BRENDAN FARRINGTON, Associated Press
    Group challenges Florida rule on touchscreen recountsBy BRENDAN FARRINGTON, Associated PressJuly 8, 2004TALLAHASSEE — A group sued the state Wednesday, hoping to reverse a Division of Elections rule that tells elections supervisors that they don't have to include touchscreen ballots in manual recounts. The rule ignores the fact that machines can malfunction or be tampered with, according to the suit filed by a group calling itself the Voter Protection Coalition Round Table. "The prohibition of a manual recount does in fact cover up — perhaps not intentionally or maliciously — malfunctioning machines and ... covers up when there is malicious...
  • Florida's Elections [FL's new Sec of State responds to a NYT Editorial re Touch Screen Voting]

    03/28/2004 12:09:42 PM PST · by summer · 39 replies · 207+ views
    The NYT - Letters to the Editor ^ | March 26, 2004 | FL SEc of State Glenda Hood
    Florida's Elections Published: March 26, 2004 To the Editor: A March 14 [NYT] editorial makes references to our elections process that hold Florida to a different and, in one case, impossible standard. You say, "There is still time before the November vote to put printers in place." In fact, no manufacturer has submitted printers for required certification, and the manufacturers of the Florida equipment have testified it would not be ready. Your insistence that Florida employ printers when no other state has ever provided a voter-verified paper trail sets an unfair standard. But when such new technology is fully developed,...