Category Archives: Technology
Social network went from digital directory for college kids to communications behemoth – and it’s planning for prosperity with its global takeover
It’s late afternoon on a blustery spring day on the waterfront at San Francisco’s Fort Mason, a former military base that’s now hired out for corporate functions. Vast warehouses, once used to store army supplies, are awash with sleek signs, shimmering lights and endless snacks. Behind them is an Instagram-ready view of Alcatraz island. In front, a fleet of Uber and Lyft cars lines up in the car park, while inside one of the warehouses Scottish synthpop band Chvrches take the stage.
For the first few songs there’s only a small group of hardcore vocal fans at the front of the stage, flanked by a subdued mix of backpack-wearing dad types politely bobbing their heads, drinking cocktails out of plastic cups. Continue reading →
The European Commission goes after Google again
Apr 20th 2016 | Business and finance – The Economist
IN 2001—aeons ago in internet time—the European Commission sent a sternly worded missive to Microsoft. It accused the software maker of having illegally extended its dominance in operating systems for personal computers (PCs) into adjacent markets, for instance by tying Windows to programs that play music and videos. The legal action lasted more than a decade and took many turns, but Microsoft eventually had to unbundle its Windows monopoly from other software, in particular by giving consumers the choice of which web browser they want to use. Continue reading →
Black Markets and Secret Thumb Drives: How Cubans Get Online
In 2009, Alan Gross faced 15 years in prison for setting up a Wi-Fi network in Cuba. Today I can sit on a bench in Havana with a Materva soda and a bag of chiviricos (fried dough) and surf the New York Times website using a government-issued navigation card.
Seven years ago, Gross traveled to Cuba under the auspices of the U.S. Agency for International Development and created three satellite Internet networks via Jewish synagogues in Havana, Santiago, and Camagüey. He was arrested, and served more than five years in prison before he was released through a prisoner exchange. Continue reading →
Oil exploration activities in Guyana waters intensify
CARIBBEAN360 – FEBRUARY 25, 2016
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Thursday February 25, 2016 – Oil exploration efforts have intensified following the discovery of commercial quantities of oil in Guyana’s Maritime Zone.
Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd. (EEPGL) has commenced a meteorological and oceanographic survey in the Stabroek Block, scheduled to be completed during May 2018.
And March 9 will see the commencement of seismic surveys within the Canje block for a period of six months. Continue reading →
Coal-fired Power Plant
Photo Credit: Forbes/Sem Tech Solutions
USA Clean Power Plan on Hold
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday [February 9, 2016] delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by putting on hold federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants, the centerpiece of his administration’s strategy to combat climate change.
~ U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Obama’s Clean Power Plan by Lawrence Hurley & Valerie Volcovici, Scientific American, February 9, 2016
~ Learn more about the EPA Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants
~ Existing coal plants in the USA from SourceWatch
FASCINATING & MAGNIFICENT PHOTOS!
Taken from Rosaliene Bacchus’ blog:
Clean energy is now more of a reality than ever before and there are so many options out there for people looking to go green. So, we thought we’d create some great green alternative energy tips for you to use to make your home a more eco-friendly one.
1. Begin by switching over to green power
To switch over to green energy, the easiest way is to usually contact your current provider to see if they have an alternative to offer you. More and more companies are offering them these days, by harnessing renewable sources such as solar and wind power to offer their markets with electric service. For the consumer it costs more, since you will be paying a premium in order to offset the costs that are involved in offering an alternative source of…
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Drone Photography in Guyana:
EARLY SIGNS OF A REVOLUTION – by Dave Martins.
Sometimes the social revolution lands on us seemingly out of the blue, but sometimes we can see it coming. This week, because of my wife’s conservation activities, I was fortunate to see aerial footage of Guyana, taken separately by two owners of drones fitted with high-tech cameras, and I’m here to give you the wink: a revolution is coming from this device and one aspect of it will be the impact it will create on tourism destinations showing their product in new exciting ways.
The views that can now be garnered of landscapes by these drones fitted with high-tech cameras are astonishing. The drones are quite small, often just two feet square, extremely light, virtually noiseless, and operate for hours with small rechargeable batteries. The device is operated by someone standing in the open anywhere and controlling it with two small toggle switches as commonly used in video games. The operator can be in control of the drone and its camera as far as a mile away, and tracks its movements from a cell-phone-size screen. Continue reading →
The last Defender: Is Land Rover’s off-road heyday over?
The last of Jaguar Land Rover’s classic Defenders will roll off the production line this week, ending 68 years of production – does this mean the carmaker’s best off-road days are behind it?
Picture a Land Rover and you might imagine a box-shaped green vehicle etching desert sand or surging through floodwater. Continue reading →