Saturday, September 07, 2013
US & World
The Real Problem With a Service Called 'Ghetto Tracker'
SVATI KIRSTEN NARULA for The Atlantic 2 hours ago
A service called "Ghetto Tracker" appeared online at the beginning of this week and quickly drew criticism for its racist and classist overtones. Shortly after, the site was renamed "Good Part of Town." Its creator, who would only identify himself as a 30-something-year-old in Tallahassee, Fla., told Gawker: "This was originally seriously developed as a travel tool and the name 'Ghetto Tracker' was meant to be something that people would remember."
The basic premise of Ghetto Tracker/Good Part of Town — to crowdsource travel advice -– actually isn’t so outrageous, but the framing, even without the word "Ghetto" in the name, and the intention — to label whole geographic areas as "good" or "bad," "safe" and "unsafe" — make the operation distasteful.
Friday, September 06, 2013
Irene Monroe: The Gandhi None of Us Knew As with King, Gandhi, too, became an iconic image in The Movement. However, if King and others knew of Gandhi's racist views of black South Africans, and knew why Gandhi never met with African American civil rights leaders, who were hungry to not only meet the man but to know more about his philosophy of "satyagraha," Gandhi wouldn't have been so highly profiled in his public sermons.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Chrome Apps, known in development as Chrome Packaged Apps, allow Web developers to turn their sites into single-serving apps that function like more like apps and programs written in native code. The apps are currently available only on Chrome for Windows and Chromebooks running Chrome OS, with Mac and Linux support in the works.
Kuo believes that both devices will run on a new A7X chip, with the new iPad mini seeing a significant processor upgrade from the A5 found in the current model to help support a Retina display in the forthcoming model. For both the new iPad and iPad mini models, Kuo sees component shipments ramping up through the end of this quarter, with mass production gearing up in the fourth quarter of the year, in line with previous expectations for a fall launch.
BERLIN -- With eight-core processing power and 3GB of RAM hidden under its louche leather-look frame, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) could be the most powerful tablet ever made.
The new Note 10.1 for 2014 was unveiled alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear smartwatch at technology trade show IFA in Berlin. Like the Note 3, the Note 10.1 sports a svelte new leather-effect rear casing edged with stitching -- perhaps a riposte to the criticism drawn by the glossy plastic back of previous Notes and the Galaxy S4.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Way back in the day, Apple created the Mac and Mac OS, an easier way to compute. It took Microsoft 10 years of trying, and the result was Windows 95, and Apple dangling from a cliff.
Microsoft copied Apple’s Mac OS as much as it could. Bill Gates knew the future was the GUI.
Apple without Steve Jobs languished and nearly died. Microsoft won. Apple lost. Steve Jobs returned. Microsoft went to sleep while Jobs and Apple invented the future of personal computing– mobile devices to use, love, and cherish.
From the time Steve Jobs cut a financial deal with Microsoft and locked in Office for Mac for a few years, Microsoft fell asleep. After all, who was left to copy? Apple was near dead.
Then, in short order, almost as if on a schedule, Apple invented the future of mobile devices. Classy stores with well arranged products to be demonstrated, touched, held, and purchased.
Then along came the iPod. The iTunes Music Store. The iPhone. The iPhone App Store. The iPad.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Sunday, September 01, 2013
Your Nexus 7 may be a tablet, but it can also be used as a phone, thanks to the continued upswing of VoIP applications, which send voice and media messages over the Internet—not over a cellular network.