March 31, 2013

Peoria girls take anti-bullying message to Web radio

On a recent Saturday, two Peoria girls sat behind a thick glass window while their parents watched from a small waiting room.

Callie Young and Carlee Hopson had big headphones covering their bright blond hair.

The girls are 11 and 13 years old but already are hosting their own radio show. Each week, the girls interview guests and talk about their personal stories for “Super Girl Guide: The Radio Show.”

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For kids, Snapchat and Instagram alternative to Facebook - CBS News

Relieved your kids aren't posting embarrassing messages and goofy self-portraits on Facebook? They're probably doing it on Instagram and Snapchat instead.

The number of popular social media sites available on kids' mobile devices has exploded in recent years. The smartest apps now enable kids to chat informally with select groups of friends without bumping up against texting limits and without being monitored by parents, coaches and college admissions officers, who are frequent Facebook posters themselves.

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3-D printers manufacture magic | The Clarion-Ledger |

SAN FRANCISCO — When Ford Motor shows off the latest version of its hybrid car at an Atlanta auto show this month, its drive train and other key parts will be products of a new development process that’s taken hold across corporate America and the world.

Rather than using custom machine tools to build early prototypes of new parts, Ford is now using 3-D printing technology to design and test its engineers’ latest ideas. The new method allows product developers to have a prototype in their hands in as little as a week after they create a new design — compared with a previous wait time of three to four months.

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March 29, 2013

How the internet is making us poor – Quartz

Everyone knows the story of how robots replaced humans on the factory floor. But in the broader sweep of automation versus labor, a trend with far greater significance for the middle class—in rich countries, at any rate—has been relatively overlooked: the replacement of knowledge workers with software.  

March 25, 2013

Cash registers fade away as smartphones, tablets take over

NEW YORK — Ka-ching! The cash register may be on its final sale.

Stores across the country are ditching the old-fashioned, clunky machines and having salespeople — and even shoppers themselves — ring up sales on smartphones and tablet computers.

Barneys New York, a luxury retailer, this year plans to use iPads or iPod Touch devices for credit and debit card purchases in seven of its nearly two dozen regular-price stores. Urban Outfitters, a teen clothing chain, ordered its last traditional register last fall and plans to go completely mobile one day. And Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is testing a “Scan & Go” app that lets customers scan their items as they shop.

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March 18, 2013

Ariz. gets $327,000 in Google settlement

PHOENIX - Arizona is getting nearly $327,000 in the multistate settlement over data collected by Google for its Street View service.
Arizona joined 37 other states and the District of Columbia in the $7 million agreement announced this week.

State Attorney General Tom Horne said Arizona is getting the sixth-largest share of the settlement.

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The pope's back on Twitter, triggers surge in domain name registrations | SciTech | GMA News Online

Looks like newly elected Pope Francis (Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio) has already made a mark on the tech world this early in his duties as the Catholic Church's pontifex.

The new pontiff's election triggered a surge in registrations of domain names containing his name, tech site CNET reported Thursday.

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March 17, 2013

U.S. urges China to rein in hackers

WASHINGTON -- The White House called Monday for “serious steps” by China to stop cybertheft, which it described as intolerable to the international community.

National Security Adviser Tom Donilon’s comments reflect growing concern in Washington over the security risk posed by cyber-intrusions and the economic costs for America.

Donilon said U.S. businesses are increasingly speaking out about cybertheft emanating from China “on a very large scale.” Such theft targets confidential business information and proprietary technologies. He said Beijing “should take serious steps to investigate and put a stop to these activities” and recognize the risk it poses to international trade and to U.S.-Chinese relations.

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Facebook 'Likes' reveal personality traits - San Antonio Express-News

Every day, millions of people click on Facebook “Like” buttons, boldly declaring their preferences for a variety of things, such as books, movies and cat videos. But those “likes” may reveal more than they intend, such as sexual orientation, drug use and religious affiliation, according to a study that analyzed the online behavior of thousands of volunteers.

Your preferences define you. Researchers have known for decades that people's personal attributes — gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, and personality type — correlate with their choice of products, concepts and activities.

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Facebook Promises a 'New Look for News Feed' | Gadget Lab |

Facebook is poised to reveal a new look for News Feed, and word is the social giant will show off a redesigned mobile version.

All Facebook said in the press invite announcing the March 7 event is we’ll “see a new look for News Feed.” But TechCrunch reported in January that Facebook was testing a mobile News Feed that abandoned the traditional blue and white, chrome-heavy Facebook design for a full-screen, image-based approach.

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Go Daddy gears up for a rush

Scottsdale’s Go Daddy Inc. is gearing up for a bonanza over the next two years as the Internet is flooded with an estimated 1,400 new domain-name extensions including .home, .web, .app, .shop and .blog.

Go Daddy, the world’s largest registrar of Internet domain names, expects a major boost in business as the new extensions, known as top-level domains, begin to hit the market this summer at an estimated rate of about 20 per week.

The availability of descriptive top-level domains will present new opportunities for consumers and businesses, but it also has the potential to cause confusion, Go Daddy officials said.

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March 15, 2013

New Samsung Galaxy S4? Meh.

FORTUNE — Samsung's splashy launch party for its fourth-generation Galaxy S mobile device isn't going have much of an impact in its war with Apple. That's because the battleground for dominance in the mobile space has shifted away from the hardware and physical design of phones and toward their software, specifically the operating system. The real battle for mobile dominance looks like this: Apple, with its iOS ecosystem, is in one corner and Google, with its Android system, is in the other. Whichever wins over consumers will ultimately decide the victory.  Read more...


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