Facebook is poised to release its own smartphone next year, recent reports from New York Times states.
Citing anonymous sources, some of them Facebook employees, the newspaper claims the social networking giant has hired more than half a dozen former Apple engineers who worked on the iPhone and one who worked on the iPad to help develop the device.
“(CEO) Mark (Zuckerberg) is worried that if he doesn’t create a mobile phone in the near future that Facebook will simply become an app on other mobile platforms,” a Facebook employee told the paper.
Sources said this is the company’s third attempt at getting into the smartphone market, but previous projects crumbled. Continue reading
Open Innovation Africa Summit provides essential platform for Africa’s innovators (Nairobi, Kenya – May 28-30, 2012)
Nairobi – The stage is set for more than 200 of Africa’s top policy makers, developers, entrepreneurs and private enterprises to engage in three days of intense debate at the Open Innovation Africa Summit (OIAS) starting today. The OIAS exists to stimulate discussion about the role of entrepreneurship, innovation and ICTs in Africa – not just among participants, but also virtually – and to explore the transformative innovations necessary to successfully address many of the challenges facing Africa today.
This year’s OIAS – the second one of its kind – is organized by Nokia, CapGemini and infoDev, a technology, entrepreneurship and innovation program in the World Bank. The main aim of the summit is to empower African thought-leaders to find ways to spur technological innovation within their own local context. Continue reading
Sharia stood immobile in front of the television, transfixed by its images, unaware of the world around her. Her family called her name over and over again, but she did not respond. It was that moment when they knew something was wrong.
Initially, they thought it was a hearing problem. When they found nothing wrong, they decided to take 2-year-old Sharia to a specialist at an early detection center in 2009.
“Within five minutes of looking at Sharia, (the specialist) said that she has autism,” said Sharia’s father, Fawad Siddiqui. “A very clear case of it.”
Siddiqui, 38, and his wife, Ayza Sheikh, were under the impression that Sharia was simply a late talker. Originally from Pakistan, the Siddiquis had no relatives to advise them on their first child.
Speech, occupational and behavior therapies helped some. But Sharia still struggled with communication.
Then, in 2010, Apple’s iPad was released. Continue reading
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Dr. Philip Zimbardo and Nikita Duncan are the authors of “The Demise of Guys.”
Editor’s note: Psychologist Dr. Philip Zimbardo is a professor emeritus at Stanford University and is world-renowned for his 1971 research, the Stanford Prison Experiment. Zimbardo teamed up with artist and psychologist Nikita Duncan to write “The Demise of Guys: Why Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It,” released Wednesday by TED Books.
(CNN) — Is the overuse of video games and pervasiveness of online porn causing the demise of guys?
Increasingly, researchers say yes, as young men become hooked on arousal, sacrificing their schoolwork and relationships in the pursuit of getting a tech-based buzz.
Every compulsive gambler, alcoholic or drug addict will tell you that they want increasingly more of a game or drink or drug in order to get the same quality of buzz. Continue reading
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook’s rocky initial public offering hasn’t stopped life at the world’s biggest online social network. On Thursday, the company unveiled a camera app for the iPhone.
The app can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store and works like most other camera applications for smart phones. To take a photo, you tap a camera icon in the upper left corner of your screen, aim and shoot. You can then add filters, crop or tilt your photo, and share it on Facebook. Continue reading
Microsoft has opened up its So.cl social networking service to the general public.
The website is designed to let users share and comment on interesting search results and connect with “like-minded” people.
It is targeted at students and had formerly been restricted to invitees at universities and schools in the US.
The service integrates with Facebook and is being pitched as an “experiment” rather than a rival to other networks.
Microsoft noted that the product was developed by its Fuse Labs unit as a “research project… focused on the future of social experiences and learning.”
Members are invited to create “collages of content” using the firm’s Bing search engine technology and external links which they can then share with others. Continue reading
Google officially completed its $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility on Tuesday. It’s an eureka moment for the company, marking both its biggest acquisition ever and Google’s transition from a search-and-software company to a consumer gadgets maker.
Google named Dennis Woodside, who previously served as president of Google’s Americas region and oversaw the integration planning, as CEO of Motorola Mobility (MMI, Fortune 500). Sanjay Jha, the Motorola Mobility CEO who architected the Google takeover, is stepping down.
“Our aim is simple,” Woodside said in a prepared statement. “To focus Motorola Mobility’s remarkable talent on fewer, bigger bets, and create wonderful devices that are used by people around the world.”
The new Apple Space Campus is expected to cover 2.8 million square feet and have its own power plant inside its massive, gleaming circular design.
It will be covered in solar panels and house up to 13,000 people on a daily basis — not to mention 6,000 trees.
It’s been compared to a spaceship. And now, as Apple looks to make its innovative new headquarters a reality, it’s checking with the neighbors.
Due to be completed in 2015, Apple’s new headquarters may be one of co-founder Steve Jobs’ final, longest-lasting legacies.
This week, Apple reached out to residents of Cupertino, California, where its current headquarters resides (and will continue to after the new campus is built). In a letter, the company seeks to allay some concerns that its neighbors have expressed since the plan was submitted to the city last summer. Continue reading
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