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Articles Archive for Author Israel Denis

Ruling Prevents Google From Creating Universal Library

For those of you using Android phones, you’ll notice that you can download a number of free books from the Amazon App store. Google has already made millions of titles available had no charge, classics ranging from Newton to Shakespeare, many of these titles can be downloaded for free. Google hopes to one day archive all books ever published for free. But the courts don’t seem to agree. Judge Denny Chin, a US district attorney claims that Google’s goal is not “fair, adequate, and reasonable.” Google has already made…

VMWare Releases iPad App That Lets You Run Windows

VMware awaits approval from Apple for a software client for the iPad that will allow IT staff to better manage their virtual environments.

With the vCenter client recently given to Apple, VMware’s director of product and solutions marketing in Europe, Fredrik S jöstedt, awaits to hear back from Apple. Once VMware does hear back, they will then be able to give an estimated date of when it should be available to users.

Share Your Facebook Deals With Friends – Coming Soon

Facebook has decided to aggressively expand its “Deals” services to compete directly with Groupon and LivingSocial. The new social service will provide local discounts to Facebook users.

The new service rolls out in five test markets including Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, San Diego, and San Francisco. The service lets users locate deals on on a page with local promotions. It also shows deals and promotions on the left side of the home page with the feeds. According to Facebook, it will let people buy deals on Facebook and share them with their friends.

Actual Home Phone Service Using Google Voice – gHome

Who uses wire land lines for phone service with expensive long distance charges? Not many, but if you do, here is yet another reason to get rid of those old antiquated phones.

TelTub is offering a new service called gHome that turns your free Google Voice account into home phone service. The service works similar to Vonage VoIP but it’s a lot cheaper since it only costs $5/month, with the first month free.

Hear Japan’s Earthquake in Real Time Music

Micah Frank is the founder of the Tectonic project, and a sound programmer/engineer from Brooklyn who produces aural interpretations of seismic activity. His project aggregates earthquake data from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and turns it into sound sculptures in real time. The chilling soundscapes create an audio of disasters like the earthquake in Japan.

If you’re looking to interpret the sounds to get an idea of what was happening during the quake — where it took place, how far under the earth it was — there are some specific cues to listen for.

Japan Remains Online Despite Quake Devastation

The ongoing damage and devastation in Japan is of epic proportions. The 8.9-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami has claimed the lives of many and destroyed villages along its coast. It is even created a nuclear scare with the possibility of having a meltdown in one the nuclear plants. However, one thing that withstood the ordeal is Internet connectivity.

According to Renesys, only a small fraction of Japan’s Internet connections were affected by this massive catastrophic event. Vital communication systems have not gone down and this has enabled those in Japan to communicate with others in and outside the devastated areas.

Squaring It Off – VeriFone Tackles Mobile Payment Square

In an open letter to consumer and the credit card industry, VeriFone claims that Square, a startup that makes credit card readers for smart phones, is plagued by a “serious security flaw” that puts users’ data at risk.

According to VeriFone, the problem is not with the application but rather with the dongle that connects to the devices. This dongle reads credit card information off the magnetic strip and transfers it to the device unencrypted in clear text, allowing anyone to write a bogus skimming application to quickly collect all information from credit cards. This collected information could then be used to make purchases with your credit card via the web or through various merchants across the world.

Andy Rooney Has Not Gotten The Memo on eBooks

Andy Rooney from 60 Minutes does not understand why eBooks will replace paper books. In fact, he seems surprised at the notion that one might even consider buying them. Perhaps he just loves seeing a wall full of hard cover books in his plush office, perhaps he likes carrying a bag full of heavy paper books around if he is reading several. Perhaps he has stocks on a paper company — who knows!!


The point is, eBooks are definitely doing allot better than their paper counterpart (according to Amazon) – partly because they are easier to carry around, they cost much less and allows more people to consider them. They also allow regular people to publish their own stuff removing the bureaucracy of big publishing houses. Oh and did I mention that distribution is more effective and efficient — no shipping or printing cost, and easier to track.

NEW Facebook Comments – No More Privacy Online

Facebook launched a new public commenting platform Tuesday evening but has not been too public about the changes. It has not release any information or explained how it works, like it has done in the past with some of the other enhancements (check-ins for example). The one exception — Dan Rose, Facebook’s VP of Partnerships and Platform Marketing, spoke briefly about it at the Webtrends Engage conference in San Francisco.

These changes allows Facebook to become a prominent market leader not just on their site but on the sites of all others, by changing the way people communicate and connect. The new platform exposes the real identities to the comments people leave on sites. For some this is a great thing, for others who prefer anonymity not so much. For obvious reasons the quality of comments could improve but as more and more people become concern with privacy — exposing comments and real identities to the Interwebs could lead to less commenting or perhaps an increase in fake profiles (specifically created for external communication) on the social network or both.

Lots of questions and little answers, perhaps this is the main reason why they have not said much.

A Glimpse of The Future – Very Interactive

Corning has released a six minute video that provides a glimpse of what the future will be like. Apparently it’s very interactive and filled with touch sensitive, electronically enabled display glass that turn household items like bathroom mirrors, refrigerator doors and counter tops — into interactive surfaces similar to the screens on tablets and phones.


It wants to put these touch screens in vehicle displays and integrate it into their designs, plus use large display for videoconferencing and business collaboration from any where. For example, you could send an e-mail from your bathroom mirror — or any similar surface in your home.