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

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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 […]

Google Docs vs. Microsoft Office: Googlighting Ad Highlights Corporate Use Issues

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Google Docs is convenient and easy to use – it also allows employees to share and edit files simultaneously as well as customizing permissions for each document or folder. On the other hand, the product support provided for these free cloud-based products is virtually non-existent, and the programs and features are quirky, to say the […]

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 […]

Tracking Cholera in Haiti: Social Media and Data Mining

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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

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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 […]