What is Google Glass? Amazing new tech

Time flies and technology goes along with it,  yesterday desktop and laptop computers was the technology to have , Today Android phones and Tabs are the craze, imagine what tomorrow would bring us? Lets have a break from sports and take moment to check out this upcoming gadget from Google.
Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Google and many other companies are helping shape our future with technology and  today Google is showing us a glimpse of what could be the next big thing in technology.
They call it the Google glass, but its not really an actual glass, it’s a voice recognition computer built for you to wear like an eye glass, the idea is to be connected with technology and still be able to do things and communicate in the human world. sounds pretty cool. check out the videos below.

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Six Things That Block Your Wi-Fi, and How to Fix Them

Source: Jeff Bertolucci | http://www.pcworld.com/
study by Epitiro, a UK-based broadband-analysis firm, shows that consumers lose an average of 30 percent of the data speed their broadband connection supplies when they use Wi-Fi connections in the home.
Why the slowdown? You’ve probably heard that some household electronic devices, including microwave ovens, baby monitors, and cordless phones, hamper Wi-Fi performance. To separate fact from fiction, we did some research and consulted an expert on the topic: Nandan Kalle, networking business unit manager for router manufacturer Belkin.

1. Public Enemy Number One: Your Neighbors’ Wi-Fi Networks
“I’d say the biggest source of interference today for most people is their neighbors’ Wi-Fi networks,” says Kalle. The problem is that most existing Wi-Fi equipment operates on the crowded 2.4GHz band. “There are basically three nonoverlapping channels. I always describe it as a three-lane road that’s really, really busy,” Kalle adds.
If you use a 2.4GHz router and live in a densely populated area, your neighbors’ Wi-Fi networks could interfere with yours, hindering the performance and range of your wireless network.
The solution: Buy a dual-band router that operates simultaneously at 2.4GHz and 5GHz. While the 2.4GHz band is necessary for supporting older Wi-Fi devices, 5GHz “is almost like an 11-lane highway that nobody’s heard about yet,” Kalle says. “There’s much less congestion.”
Newer Wi-Fi devices, including tablets such as the Apple iPad and Motorola Xoom, Internet-ready TVs with built-in Wi-Fi, gaming consoles, and business laptops, are all dual-band. “They all play in the 5GHz band. They can take advantage of that empty highway, and that’s really going to help,” Kalle says.
It’s important to get a router that supports simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz, such as the $100 Cisco Linksys E2500. Some older dual-band routers allow only one band at a time; that’s a problem if you have older Wi-Fi devices (as most people do), because you’ll have to leave your router at 2.4GHz. “You won’t get any benefit from the 5GHz mode,” says Kalle.
When you’re shopping for a new router, look for a dual-band, 802.11n MIMO device, which typically has an “N600” label. The “N” refers to 802.11n, an international Wi-Fi standard approved in 2009. MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) technology provides greater range by using multiple antennas to transmit and receive data. And “600” refers to two bands, each transmitting at 300 megabits per second.
2. Household Electronics
Is your microwave oven, cordless phone, or baby monitor sabotaging your Netflix stream? Perhaps.
Most problems with cordless phones and microwaves involve products that use the 2.4GHz band. Many baby monitors operate at 900MHz and won’t interfere with Wi-Fi. However, some wireless monitors are 2.4GHz, which can interfere with 802.11g or single-band 802.11n routers.
The solution: When choosing a wireless baby monitor, look for a 900MHz model such as the Sony 900MHz BabyCall Nursery Monitor ($45). Alternatively, get a Wi-Fi-friendly system such as the WiFi Baby 3G ($272), which connects to your existing wireless network.
Newer cordless phone systems like the Panasonic KX-TG6545B ($140) use DECT 6.0 technology and the 1.9GHz band, not the 2.4GHz or 5.8GHz bands.
Next: How to adjust your security settings and fix Bluetooth interference.
3. Bluetooth Devices
Older Bluetooth devices did interfere with Wi-Fi networks–but those days have passed.
“Over the past several years, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi manufacturers have implemented specific techniques to minimize interference,” says Kalle.
The solution: “Most people replace their phones every couple of years, so unless you have a really old phone or Bluetooth device, it’s unlikely that [Bluetooth] will interfere with Wi-Fi,” says Kalle.
4. Humans
You might recall from science class that the human body is mostly water, anywhere from 45 percent to 75 percent depending on your age and fitness level. Water can hamper Wi-Fi speeds, too.
“For example, say your room is very crowded and you’re having a party. That can actually dampen your Wi-Fi signal–but that’s an extreme case,” says Kalle.
“When we’re doing Wi-Fi testing in the lab and trying to get very accurate results, we have to make sure that we’re not standing in front of the antenna, because we’ll measurably impact the performance,” he adds.
Humidity can affect Wi-Fi speeds too, but not enough for the average user to notice.
The solution: Relax. Don’t worry about humidity, or those bags of water called people. After all, you can’t control the weather, and it’s unwise to be antisocial just to get better Wi-Fi performance.
5. Security Settings
In some low-end routers, a stronger security setting can moderately affect performance. However, that doesn’t mean you should turn off security completely, or downgrade to weaker protection.
In recent years, the WPA (Wireless Protected Access) and WPA2 protocols have displaced the older and less-secure WEP (Wireless Encryption Protocol). On inexpensive routers that use WEP, upgrading to WPA may impede performance a bit. In contrast, more-robust devices generally have hardware specifically designed for WPA and WPA2 encryption; as a result, the stronger security protocols shouldn’t slow Wi-Fi speeds on higher-end routers.
The solution: Kalle stresses the importance of router encryption. “You always hear about data theft, and it’s so easy to enable security these days,” he says. Since today’s routers have security enabled out of the box, users don’t have to worry about configuring it. But don’t disable encryption, even if doing so may speed up your Wi-Fi a little.
6. Old Firmware
Why upgrade your router’s firmware? Well, for performance improvements and occasionally a new feature or two.
“Whenever you have a problem, check to see if you have good firmware. Sometimes there are little bugs out there, and the router manufacturer may already have a fix,” says Kalle.
When you buy a new router, it’s always a good idea to check for the latest firmware as well.
The solution: Keep your firmware up-to-date. With older devices, you’ll have to access the router’s administrative interface–typically through a Web browser–to check for updates. The process is getting easier, though. “Our routers have an application–it’s almost like iTunes–that tells you whenever there’s new firmware available,” says Kalle. “The user can update by just pushing a button.”
Although the workings of your router may seem mysterious, following these simple tips can go a long way toward keeping your home wireless network in working order.

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Friendster to Erase Early Posts and Old Photos

Source: JENNA WORTHAM, www.nytimes.com
Long before there was a Facebook, or even a MySpace, there was Friendster, a Web site that gave many people their first taste of the socially networked world to come.

Friendster, which started in 2003, has long been eclipsed by younger, more nimble rivals, turning into something of a ghost town. But on Tuesday, its current owners told users of plans to change its business strategy — and to wipe out the site’s trove of digital memories, including ancient dorm-room photos, late-night blog entries and heartfelt friend endorsements, known as “testimonials.”
That set off a wave of nostalgia among Friendster members, even though most had stopped visiting the site long ago.
Jim Leija, 31, who works at a nonprofit music organization in Ann Arbor, Mich., recalled courting his partner, Aric Knuth, through the site.
“All of our early exchanges were with each other through their messaging systems,” he said. “We were writing early love notes back in the winter of 2003.”
Mr. Leija said that even though he had not used the service in three or four years, the news of its plans to erase older material tugged at his heartstrings. “Your emotions get wrapped up in it,” he said. “It reflected a particular moment in time in our lives.”
The mass deletion of so much evidence of embarrassing wardrobe choices and unrequited crushes might come as a relief to some, especially in an era when it seems that everything uploaded to Facebook can haunt people forever. But some say Friendster has unexpectedly turned into a time capsule with snapshots of who they once were. It is a version of their history that is not in a scrapbook or dusty shoebox but is live on the Web — for now.
“We want to forget our misdeeds and bad choices, but we also kind of want to remember them,” said Danah Boyd, a social media researcher at Microsoft and a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. “These old networks are our memories.”
Joanne McNeil, who studies and writes about Internet culture, said that as more of life is lived on the Web, people become more emotionally invested in the presence of particular online services, even those they have abandoned.
Ms. McNeil added that the realization that years of history could be deleted on a corporate whim was jarring.
“The impermanence of the Web used to be a way of life,” she said. “A site could be gone in weeks, months. But Google and Gmail came along and changed that, and now we always expect to have a copy of our lives online.”
Friendster’s plans to strip the service of older material reminded some of Yahoo’s move in April 2009 to pull the plug on GeoCities, an early provider of free Web home pages. At the time, Internet tinkerers and historians worked to keep the site’s millions of pages from disappearing forever. Jason Scott is the founder of a group called the Archive Team that tries to save such online content. He recently rallied efforts to preserve clips from Google Video, which Google is shutting down in favor of the more popular YouTube.
Mr. Scott said that the shuttering of social Web services and online communities was a “critical cultural issue.”
“This is the everyday neural activity of a world, of a society, scooped up and saved,” he said. “To me, that’s completely valuable and worthwhile to make sure it is saved for the future.”
Mr. Scott said his group planned to try to download as much of Friendster’s public data as possible before it is erased at the end of May, and to make it available online in some form.
Friendster’s current owner, MOL Global of Malaysia, said the site’s basic profile information and lists of friends would remain intact as it becomes more of an entertainment site. It is offering ways for members to download threatened photos and other material.
Friendster was once considered a hot property. The site’s financial backers included Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal, and K. Ram Shriram, one of the first investors in Google. In fact, Google offered to buy Friendster for $30 million in 2003, but the site’s founder, Jonathan Abrams, chose to keep it independent. When MOL Global bought it in late 2009 for an undisclosed sum, it said the site had more than 115 million members, though it was not clear how many of those were active.
Reached by phone on Tuesday, Mr. Abrams said he had not yet heard of the planned changes to the site. And he said he was surprised that anyone would care.
“It’s so old news to me,” said Mr. Abrams, who is involved in projects including a work space for start-ups and a social media venture. “After it was bought by the Malaysian company, that was the final chapter.”









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New iPhone, iPad app helps you confess — for $1.99


NEW YORK – Got sins? A new app for the iPhone and the iPad seeks to help Catholics prepare for confession, that sacred ritual of seeking penance for sins big and small.

“Confession: A Roman Catholic App” does not purport to take the place of an actual confession. Not even the Catholic Church, tech-savvy as it is with the Vatican tweeting in six languages, would approve that. Rather, it guides you through the Ten Commandments with a slew of questions attached to each.
Check boxes for the sins you’ve committed — and there are many, as any lapsed Catholic knows. The $1.99 app then guides you through contrition and offers sample text you can tell a real-life priest, which you’ll have to find yourself to absolve you of your sins.

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DOJ pushes passage of cybercrime bill

By Sandy Araneta (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) is pushing for the passage of the cybercrime bill that would address hacking and other crimes committed with the use of computers.

“It is high time the justice system utilize the range of electronic evidence to pin down criminals, be it online or in the physical world,” Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said before an international conference on cybercrime in Makati City where she stressed the emerging threat of this new breed of crime.

She said a cybercrime bill would prevent and combat information theft, computer system hacking and online human trafficking.

De Lima said a law on cybercrime would establish a legal framework to protect business firms and individuals from illegal or unauthorized access to their computer systems.

She said a cybercrime law would also allow the use of digital evidence in prosecution.

De Lima noted the call of the delegates during the forum on the need to draw up legislation against computer attacks.

The convention is the first international treaty to address computer and Internet crimes through the passage of national legislation, improving investigative techniques and increasing international cooperation.

Justice Assistant Secretary Geronimo Sy cited the need of the country to come up with a law against cybercriminals, who usually operate in the Philippines to hack into computer systems abroad because of the absence of a law against computer crimes in the country.

“As more people get wired, incidents of cybercrime will increase exponentially as they have in the past several years. Our task is to ensure a safe and secure cyberspace,” Sy said.

The DOJ led groups that included the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), Zylogix Systems Corporation, Philippines Computer Emergency Response Team (PhCert), and Microsoft Philippines, in calling on Congress to enact a cybercrime bill.

The House of Representatives passed a similar proposal during the 14th Congress but it run out of time to have the bill passed in plenary.

Michael Wilks, director of Public Safety & National Security of Microsoft Asia Pacific, shared how private companies like Microsoft recognize the necessity of a law to provide a productive networking and Internet experience.

“We at Microsoft aim to support the Department of Justice in pushing for the well-studied cybercrime bill,” Wilks said.

A recent study by security software maker Norton said that 65 percent of global Internet users have fallen victim to cyber crimes, including computer viruses and identity theft.

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Nintendo chief says Sony portable is different

TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said Friday rival Sony was taking a different tack from his company and so he remains upbeat about his 3-D portable game machine going on sale next month.
Iwata was responding to a question from an analyst about the possible threat from Sony Corp.’s successor to the PlayStation Portable, code-named NGP, or “next generation portable,” announced Thursday.
“We are more focused on drawing newcomers to gaming and appealing to a wide range of people,” Iwata said at a Tokyo hotel. “What we do won’t change because of what another company is doing.”

Kyoto-based Nintendo Co.’s 3DS — which goes on sale Feb. 26 in Japan for 25,000 yen ($300), and in the U.S. on March 27 for $250 — offers glasses-free 3-D gaming.
Sony is promising graphics quality on par with its home console PlayStation 3 with its NGP.
But NGP does not offer 3-D — making that a critical feature that could determine the winner vs. the loser in the ongoing competition between the two companies.
Pricing for the NGP has not been announced. Sony said it will go on sale late this year but did not give details on dates or regional rollouts.
On Thursday, Nintendo reported a 74 percent tumble in profits for the April-December period, with earnings battered by a surging yen and momentum waning on its home console Wii sales compared to the previous year.
Sony reports earnings next week.
Iwata acknowledged sales had lost momentum. But he stressed Nintendo, which makes Super Mario and Pokemon games, was at the top in market share, compared to Sony and Microsoft Corp. in most regions.
Nintendo has so far sold 145 million DS portable machines around the world, outpacing the 64 million of the PlayStation Portable. U.S. software company Microsoft makes the Xbox 360 home console. It does not offer a portable game machine.
All game makers face a new challenge — the popularity of smartphones, including the iPhone, for playing games. People are also using other devices such as the iPod and iPad to play games.
Iwata said he was confident about the 3-D technology in the 3DS, which his company has been working on for many years, and that in the end customers will decide which machine they want.
He acknowledged he was being more careful about commenting on the NGP after he angered some people by brushing off Apple Inc.’s iPad as “a big iPod Touch” last year.
“It is clear that it’s trying to appeal to customers in a different way from us,” he said of NGP. “But I realized I shouldn’t even be talking about my first impressions.”
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Scientist ‘Infected’ With Computer Virus

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Dr Mark Gasson, a cybernetics expert at the University of Reading, has had a computer chip implanted in his hand.
The chip is programmed to open security doors to his lab – and ensure only he is able to switch on and use his mobile phone.
But Dr Gasson deliberately infected the chip with a computer virus, which was then automatically transmitted to affect to the lab security system.
“Once the system is infected, anybody accessing the building with their passcard would be infected too,” he told Sky News.
The virus on his chip is benign. But malicious computer code could give criminals access to a building.

Dr Mark Gasson 

Thomas Moore, health correspondent

A British scientist has become the first human to be infected with a computer virus.


Dr Gasson is thought to be the first person to give himself a computer virus

Dr Gasson says his experiment also exposes the vulnerability of chips now routinely implanted in patients.
Heart pacemakers contain mini-computers that control the heartbeat, and communicate with doctors via a special reader held against the skin.
But if a virus was transmitted to the device which stopped it working properly, the consequences for the patient could be fatal.
“The devices will have to start to use security encryption,” said Dr Gasson.
“Medical devices should have some kind of password protection as well. They’re basic security precautions. It’s surprising these devices don’t have them already.”