Nov 182012

By Mike Masnick (TechDirt) So, late Friday, we reported on how the Republican Study Committee (the conservative caucus of House Republicans) had put out a surprisingly awesome report about copyright reform. The MPAA and RIAA apparently went ballistic and hit the phones hard, demanding that the RSC take down the report. They succeeded.

via That Was Fast: Hollywood Already Browbeat The Republicans Into Retracting Report On Copyright Reform | Techdirt.

 November 18, 2012  Posted by at 8:11 am Comments Off
Nov 162012

(AdWeek) Laina Morris, who became an overnight sensation with the Overly Attached Girlfriend video she made for Justin Bieber, stares wide-eyed and creepy from your screen and raps as an ‘Overly Attached Computer’ in this Viral Factory ad for Samsung’s SSD 840 drive, designed to encrypt and protect user data.

via Samsung Gets Overly Attached Girlfriend to Play a Possessive PC | Adweek.

 November 16, 2012  Posted by at 11:34 am Comments Off
Nov 152012

By Robyn Dixon (La Times) Along Nairobi’s dusty Ngong Road, so many start-up incubators and IT labs have popped up that the busy neighborhood has been nicknamed “Silicon Savannah.”

Techies, geeks and innovators race one another to come up with the next big thing. The result is a surge in innovative Kenyan apps, most designed to work with the not-so-smart phones most Kenyans can afford.

There’s iCow, a virtual veterinary advice service that coaches small farmers on how to tend their dairy herds. And mFarm, which helps small farmers determine the right price for their produce, find buyers and sell it. And Huduma, which allows people to report and map government service failures.

Why is this happening in Kenya? People here have two words: Bitange Ndemo, the 52-year-old head of the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology at the heart of Kenya’s startling IT revolution.

via Kenyan information minister leads an IT revolution –

 November 15, 2012  Posted by at 1:00 pm Comments Off
Nov 122012

By Stefan Constantinescu (Android Authority) Every iPhone or iPad or iPod touch that you see in the wild, they all have processors inside that were manufactured by Samsung. Samsung, knowing that Apple simply can’t call another company and ask them to make their chips, raised the prices of said chips by 20% according to MarketWatch. There’s not much Apple can do, and the report confirms that, saying Apple accepted the price bump.

Why did Samsung bump up the prices of their chips? To screw Apple, obviously, but more importantly to make sure that Samsung can keep a greater share of what their factories spit out. The fewer processors Samsung makes for Apple, the more they can make for themselves.

via Samsung bumps up the price of Apple’s processors by 20%.

 November 12, 2012  Posted by at 7:35 am Comments Off
Nov 082012

(PhysOrg) A study conducted by scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (UK), in collaboration with scientists in Ethiopia, reports that climate change alone could lead to the extinction of wild Arabica coffee (Coffea arabica) well before the end of this century. Wild Arabica is considered important for the sustainability of the coffee industry due to its considerable genetic diversity.

The Arabicas grown in the world’s coffee plantations are from very limited genetic stock and are unlikely to have the flexibility required to cope with climate change and other threats, such as pests and diseases. In Ethiopia, the largest producer of coffee in Africa, climate change will also have a negative influence on coffee production.

The climate sensitivity of Arabica is confirmed, supporting the widely reported assumption that climate change will have a damaging impact on commercial coffee production worldwide.

via Arabica coffee could be extinct in the wild within 70 years, study suggests.

 November 8, 2012  Posted by at 5:14 am Comments Off