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Taiwan’s "hacker minister" reshaping digital democracy – ABC News

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

Taiwan’s “digital minister” Audrey Tang, a computer prodigy and entrepreneur who taught herself programming at age 8, says she’s a “civic hacker,” who like a locksmith uses specialized skills to help rather than harm. Appointed by leaders hoping to better connect with young voters who helped sweep independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen into office last year, 35-year-old Tang is using her expertise to more directly involve the public in policymaking, and…

Digital devices snub Icelandic language, which is a problem for Iceland – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

Salome Sigurjonsdottir, 10, tests a voice-controlled television in an electronics store in Reykjavik. Sales assistant Einar Dadi said none of his TVs understood Icelandic. (Egill Bjarnason/Associated Press) If you want to change the default language on your iPhone, you have many options to choose from, such as Turkish, Dutch, Catalan and both the Brazilian and Portuguese dialects of Portuguese. If you speak Icelandic, though, you’re out of luck. The same is…

GSK’s Speichert: Marketers Are Missing Digital Fundamentals – AdAge.com

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

Marc Speichert, chief digital officer of GSK Consumer Healthcare Credit: GSK Marc Speichert has looked at digital marketing from both sides now — or maybe three. The former chief marketing officer at beauty giant L’Oreal turned heads three years ago by moving to Google to consult with brands across industries. Now he’s back in packaged goods in a new role as chief digital officer of GSK Consumer Healthcare, marketer of…

Amazon launches “Subscribe with Amazon,” a marketplace for digital subscriptions – TechCrunch

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

Amazon has made headway in the subscription business with its Subscribe & Save feature for consumers, which offers discounted pricing on products if you agree to buy on a recurring basis. Now, the retailer is looking to expand its subscription footprint with a new program called Subscribe with Amazon, which aims to make Amazon the place to discover, subscribe to and manage a range of digital subscriptions – from streaming services to subscription-based apps, from…

Now Another Country Is Considering a Laptop Ban for Travelers – Fortune

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

New Zealand is considering restrictions on laptops and other large electronic devices on flights from some Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East, the country’s prime minister said on Monday. The new rules would follow similar measures introduced last month by the United States, Britain, and Australia. The New Zealand leader elaborated on comments made by transport minister Simon Bridges, who told Reuters in an interview in Dubai on Sunday that…

Lenovo adds $279 Flex 11 to its Chromebook laptop lineup – ZDNet

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook Lenovo has expanded its lineup of Chromebooks with the introduction of the Flex 11, a 2-in-1 laptop that may have a slightly higher price tag than competing models, but brings plenty of extras to justify the added cost. CNET Chromebooks compared: New and upcoming Chrome OS laptops Read More As with other Flex convertibles, this Chromebook version features a 360-degree hinged design that allows the 11.6-inch…

Taiwan’s "hacker minister" reshaping digital democracy – ABC News

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

Taiwan’s “digital minister” Audrey Tang, a computer prodigy and entrepreneur who taught herself programming at age 8, says she’s a “civic hacker,” who like a locksmith uses specialized skills to help rather than harm. Appointed by leaders hoping to better connect with young voters who helped sweep independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen into office last year, 35-year-old Tang is using her expertise to more directly involve the public in policymaking, and…

Taiwan’s "hacker minister" reshaping digital democracy – ABC News

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

Taiwan’s “digital minister” Audrey Tang, a computer prodigy and entrepreneur who taught herself programming at age 8, says she’s a “civic hacker,” who like a locksmith uses specialized skills to help rather than harm. Appointed by leaders hoping to better connect with young voters who helped sweep independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen into office last year, 35-year-old Tang is using her expertise to more directly involve the public in policymaking, and…

Help Me, LAPTOP: I Need a Sub-$700 Video Editing Laptop – Laptop Mag

Posted: Sunday, April 23, 2017

If money’s no object, it’s easy to find a laptop with great performance, portability and build quality. However, if you have a strict budget of $700, it’s a little more difficult to find a system that meets your appropriately high expectations. Over on our forums, user Shiveng asks for help finding a sub-$700 notebook with a full HD (1080p), a slim chassis and enough performance for video editing…

Patient, 69, allowed to play with mobile phone during operation – The Star Online

Posted: Sunday, April 23, 2017

BEIJING: An elderly hospital patient in eastern China played on her mobile phone while undergoing an operation on her legs, mainland media reports. The patient, surnamed Zhu, was allowed to bring her mobile phone into the operating theatre as her doctor wanted her to be more relaxed while she underwent the surgical procedure at a hospital in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, the City Express reported. Zhu looked at her friends’ posts…

Young man claims he borrowed laptop after he was arrested for stealing it – Jamaica Observer

Posted: Sunday, April 23, 2017

A young man who stole a laptop computer from the home of his friend’s aunt told the court that he did not steal the laptop … he just borrowed it. Hansley Miles, 18, was arrested and charged with simple larceny after he stole an Alcatel laptop valued at $20, 695. The complainant, when asked why she had fingered Myles as the culprit, said that he was at…

This might be the tiniest laptop in the world right now – Business Insider

Posted: Saturday, April 22, 2017

YouTube/GPD Game Console Remember netbooks? The tiny ultra-portable laptops? One Chinese tech company is bringing them back. The GPD Pocket is an absolutely tiny laptop that runs the full version of Windows 10, and it fits in your pocket. It might sound like a netbook, but its premium build and decent specs differentiates it from traditional netbooks that felt cheap and were incredibly underpowered. The GPD Pocket went through an…

I’ve run my laptop all week off this giant external battery – BGR

Posted: Saturday, April 22, 2017

Technically, I could have spent all of this past week living off-grid. For the past week, I’ve charged every electronic gadget I own off a giant battery pack that’s more like a mini generator alternative than a battery pack. Unlike the kind of thing you buy off Amazon for $40, the River pack can’t fit in a laptop bag, and it definitely doesn’t cost $40. But for $459, what you…

Smartphones are common in advanced economies, but digital divides remain – Pew Research Center

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

When Pew Research Center surveyed 14 advanced economies in the spring of 2016, one thing was clear: In each of the countries surveyed, nearly all people reported owning a mobile phone. But the shares who own a smartphone vary considerably. Among the countries surveyed, people in Sweden, the Netherlands, Spain and Australia reported the highest smartphone ownership rates, at roughly eight-in-ten in each country. Nearly as many Americans (77%) said…

Unprecedented legal ruling links tumour to mobile phone usage – The Independent

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

An Italian court has ruled a worker who developed a tumour after more than 15 years of intense phone usage will receive compensation in what is thought to be a world first. Italy’s national insurance provider has been ordered to compensate the man with a lifelong payment usually only given to people who suffer serious harm in the workplace. The 57-year-old employee of national network Telecom began using the phone…

Eternime wants you to live forever as a digital ghost – CNET

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

Etermine When people die, they leave behind a gaping chasm in the lives of their loved ones. People sometimes talk to the dead. Sometimes they look for the dead to speak back, as centuries of séance and Spiritualism will attest. Startup Eternime, founded by MIT fellow Marius Ursache, seeks to offer similar comfort. Rather than ghosts or spirits, however, Urasche is using digital avatars and chatbots. He draws inspiration from…

When is The Gadget Show on Channel 5 tonight and who’s presenting with Craig Charles? – The Sun

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

THE GADGET Show is back on Channel 5 again tonight with its new presenters and new look. But what has changed about the successful show and who is fronting the latest series? Craig Charles fronts the new line-up for The Gadget Show Here’s what you need to know about the show… What time is The Gadget Show on TV tonight? The new series continues tonight, April 21 at 7pm on Channel…

Drunk user blow-dried laptop after dog lifted its leg over the keyboard – The Register

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our Friday re-telling of readers unforgettable on-the-job experiences. This week, meet “Jim” who once had a manager show up in the IT department and ask for a discreet chat in the colleague’s office. When Jim arrived the manager “pushed his laptop bag towards me, whilst giving the bag the kind of look reserved for unexploded bombs.” Jim quickly recognised there was a story behind this…

Italian court rules mobile phone use caused brain tumour – The Guardian

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

An Italian court has ruled that excessive, work-related use of a mobile phone caused an executive to develop a benign brain tumour. In what could become a landmark ruling, the court in the northern town of Ivrea awarded the plaintiff a state-funded pension. The judgment, which was handed own on 11 April but only made public on Thursday, is subject to a possible appeal. Roberto Romeo, 57, had testified that…

Italian court rules mobile phone caused tumour – Phys.Org

Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hyper-connectivity has changed the way we communicate, wait, and productively use our time. Even in a world of 5G wireless and “instant” messaging, there are countless moments throughout the day when we’re waiting for messages, …

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