Apple is likely to launch a computerized wristwatch this fall that includes more than 10 sensors to take health measurements and other data, according to a published report. [Read more…]
Archives for June 20, 2014
Google and Microsoft will soon be introducing a ‘kill switch’ to their respective mobile software, so owners can deactivate their handsets if they’re stolen. [Read more…]
In the era of big data, the battle for privacy has already been fought and lost – personal data is routinely collected and traded in the new economy and there are few effective controls over how it is used or secured. Data researchers and analysts now say that it’s time for legislation to reclaim some of that privacy and ensure that any data that is collected remains secure. [Read more…]
It looks like the next version of Android will be based on a new runtime that will allow apps to run faster and use less battery. [Read more…]
Twitter said Thursday it has bought SnappyTV, a California firm that lets people edit and share clips from TV broadcasts. [Read more…]
UberX and Lyft have become embroiled in pitched battles in cities and states across the country as they have spread in defiance of regulators and challenged long-protected taxis by enabling regular citizens to drive for hire in their own vehicles.
This week in Seattle, however, Lyft and UberX-owner Uber Technologies reached a compromise with the mayor, taxis and other interests that would legalize their smartphone-powered operations while eliminating the 150-vehicle limits that city officials put on them in March.
The deal hinged largely on insurance requirements, and it still must be approved by the city council, but it could mark the latest in a series of legislative victories for Uber and Lyft, coming close on the heels of compromises that produced laws in the state of Colorado and the city of Chicago.
Will the trend sweep the rest of the country, where some jurisdictions have ordered UberX and Lyft to stop operating immediately in the vacuum of rules?
What about in California, where regulators and some state legislators, backed by insurers and trial lawyers, are calling for far more insurance coverage than what Chicago, Seattle and Colorado required? In Illinois, legislators have approved legislation that Uber and and Lyft have opposed, and it is awaiting the governors signature.
Seattle’s compromise came only after Lyft and Uber — saying caps on drivers devastate their operations — spent a combined $400,000 to collect tens of thousands of signatures to qualify a ballot referendum. The city’s law was then blocked pending an election
Bremen, June 17 – Multi-dimensional sensor, image, simulation output, and statistics data make up for most of the “Big Data” in science and engineering. Last week, it has been decided to extend the SQL database language with massive multi-dimensional arrays. Initiated by Prof. Peter Baumann from Jacobs University, work has commenced on the forthcoming standard named SQL/MDA. [Read more…]