One of the hallmark features of Apple’s new iPad is its support for faster 4G mobile networks from carriers Verizon and AT&T, and from experience you will certainly benefit from truly impressive data speeds as a result. Unfortunately, all that blazing speed is going to come at a blazingly high price to match.
Did the youthful rioters who roamed the streets of London, Manchester and other British cities expect to see their photos scrutinized by angry Internet users, keen to identify the miscreants? In the immediate aftermath of the riots, many cyber-vigilantes turned to Facebook, Flickr and other social networking sites to study pictures of the violence. Some computer-savvy members even volunteered to automate the process by using software to compare rioters’ faces with faces pictured elsewhere on the Internet.
Something Chicago should seriously consider this coming May.
‘Forced to stand for 24 hours, suicide nets, toxin exposure and explosions’: Inside the Chinese factories making iPads for Apple ‘Working excessive overtime without a single day off during the week’ ‘Living together in crowded dorms and exposure to dangerous chemicals’ Two explosions in 2011 in China ‘due to aluminum dust’ killed four workers Almost 140 injured after using toxin in factory, reports New York Times.
China is probably 100 years behind the U.S. regarding industrial safety and worker’s rights. Apple still charges a hefty price for its products while they benefit from the slave labor in the People’s Republic of China. The media is probably too busy harping on Rush Limbaugh or some other innocuous non-story.
A few years from now, when your doctor prescribes a prescription for you, you might not get a bottle of pills. Instead, your drugs might be delivered under your skin, from a small microchip. At least, that’s the promise of a new invention by MIT researchers Robert Langer and Michael Cima, who worked with MicroCHIPS, Inc. to develop a microchip capable of delivering prescription drugs to patients. The chip, which has been in development for over a decade, just completed its first human test, which it passed with flying colors.
Here’s how the chip works. It’s implanted underneath the skin of the patients (who, in the study, reported that they often forgot it was there.) The chip contains tiny reservoirs that the drugs are placed into. The reservoirs are sealed with a layer of platinum and titanium. When a current is applied to the seal, it melts, releasing the drugs into the patient’s bloodstream. The microchips are programmable, as well, so that the drug delivery can be automated.
The problem, known as the “spectrum crunch,” threatens to increase the number of dropped calls, slow down data speeds and raise customers’ prices. It will also whittle down the nation’s number of wireless carriers and create a deeper financial divide between those companies that have capacity and those that don’t.
Wireless spectrum — the invisible infrastructure over which all wireless transmissions travel — is a finite resource. When, exactly, we’ll hit the wall is the subject of intense debate, but almost everyone in the industry agrees that a crunch is coming.
“For the first time, it’s very clear that legislation could have a direct impact on the industry’s ability to do business,” said Jessica Lawrence, the managing director of New York Tech Meetup, a trade organization with 20,000 members that has organized a protest rally in Manhattan on Wednesday. “This has been a wake-up call.”
The foreign copyright infringement is ridiculous. All the knockoffs coming out of China and the internet piracy significantly harm the industries that in turn employ many Americans. For example, just sit through the credits of a movie and read all the names associate with the production of that film. A lot of jobs are created in the production of a movie. Copyright infringement negatively impacts the industry and subsequently diminishes the economic activity that creates jobs through creative endeavors like movie making. Nevertheless, I am no fan of government and mindless legislators who don’t even bother to read the very bills they push through Congress. Watch our elected numb-skulls craft legislation that will kill even more jobs than what the internet piracy alone jeopardized.
My apologies for using the New York times as a source.