Are Free Smartphone Apps Draining Your Battery?

Keep that portable smartphone charger handy if you use free apps: Image by groenmen

Free smartphone apps, from Angry Birds to Facebook, are common on today’s phones – and what’s wrong with that? They’re free, after all, and a convenient way to while away time waiting for an appointment. Work-related free apps like the Android browser even let you do research, check equipment and software compatibility, and take care […]

iPad 3: Too Hot For You? Users Reporting Overheating Issues

A hot iPad 3 may be a safety or fire hazard: Image by iprole

Is your new iPad 3 heating up really fast? You’re not alone – the Apple forums are abuzz with concerns from users about excessive overheating. Customer Complaints About the iPad 3 Apple denies any problems with the new iPad, assuring customers that it’s operating within specifications, but users are concerned. The Apple Support Community is […]

RootSmart Malware: Is Google’s Bouncer Up to Par?

Older versions of Android on phones and tablets may be vulnerable to viruses: Image by zinglife

Some Android phones are, despite Google’s best efforts, still vulnerable to the newly discovered RootSmart malware. Is your smartphone protected against this malicious code? Bouncer and Google Phone Security Google recently publicized the use of ‘Bouncer’ to screen Android apps for viruses. This new security program scans all apps in the marketplace for code that […]

Congress Drops SOPA and PIPA in Response to Public Outcry

Much of the Internet was affected by blackout protests of SOPA on January 18, 2012. Image adapted from elessar x

From Internet giants like Google and Wikipedia to threats from Anonymous, social media campaigns and online petitions, the outcry throughout the World Wide Web was loud enough to be heard in the halls of Congress. Both SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) have been dropped or postponed, as of today. SOPA […]

Tracking Cholera in Haiti: Social Media and Data Mining

Computers sort data more efficiently: Image by flaivoloka

Social media and the Internet have become a vast source of information for health professionals, evidenced by a study published today in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene that shows how data mining  was used to examine the spread of infectious disease. Swine Flu to Cholera: Monitoring Disease Online In 2009, Google monitored […]

Artificial Vision: Image and Pattern Recognition With Lateral Neural Networking

Image-recognition software is modeled after human neural networks. Image by Nicolas P. Rougier

Digital images make a computer’s “eyesight” fantastic, but how well can software, even advanced neural networking programs, actually recognize and identify the contents of a photo? Not very well, currently, but a new paper published in the Public Library of Science may be changing that by modeling neural network functions after human visual abilities. Computer […]

Online Courses with MITx: MIT’s Internet Classroom Initiative

Online college degrees are becoming more popular. Image credits: brainloc/sqback

Interested in taking online courses at MIT? The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, commonly known as MIT, has announced a new initiative to couple online learning with a research project to improve Internet-based classrooms. MITx is something of a next-gen OpenCourseWare, an MIT online-learning project currently in its 10th year. Online College Degrees? MITx vs. OpenCourseWare […]