If there is a more pleasantly excitable sports announcer than Gus Johnson, then he hasn't excited me.
Yet one of his signature phrases has gotten a 15-year-old Ohio student into trouble.
The phrase is: "He's got that getting-away-from-the-cops speed." The student has not been able to get away from his teachers for saying it.… Read more
Beats Electronics is once again a completely free company.
HTC announced Friday that it has sold off its remaining 25 percent stake in Beats Electronics for $265 million. The move comes after HTC sold back the other half of its stake in Beats for $150 million.
Things sounded much different two years ago. HTC acquired a 50.1 percent stake in Beats in 2011 with plans to incorporate its audio technology into HTC products. Although it did so, neither HTC nor Beats seemed all that pleased to be working together, leading to rumors that the audio company, started by rapper … Read more
The US is on the cusp of major change when it comes to flying in airplanes: no more turning off devices during takeoff and landing.
The Federal Aviation Administration advisory committee said Thursday that it was recommending dropping this age-old rule, according to the Associated Press. The committee said that personal electronic devices, like smartphones, tablets, and e-readers, shouldn't have to be turned off during flights.
This means that when people are playing games, reading a book on their tablets, watching movies, or listening to music after the cabin doors are shut, they'll no longer get chastised by … Read more
The pivot is a word co-opted by startups to mean: "Oh, hell. This isn't working. Let's do something else."
This doesn't mean it can't be co-opted by larger companies that seem to be reverting to the size of startups.
All hail, then, Sharp. Once, this was a company known for making very fine products. Now some speculate that it is not in a solid state.
However, I have news that Sharp is pivoting to something radically different. The company is growing the perfect strawberry.
You might think this isn't a high-tech pursuit. Yet, … Read more
Earthquakes, tornadoes, and meteor strikes can decimate a SimCity, but a newly released Red Cross add-on can make the healing process a bit easier.
The charitable add-on costs $9.99 (80 percent of purchase proceeds go to Red Cross programs in 10 countries) and enables city builders to place a Red Cross relief center, tents, and vehicles in their town when needed. … Read more
Electronic Arts has selected Andrew Wilson, the former executive vice president of EA Sports, to become its new CEO.
Wilson, a 39-year-old Australian native, has been with EA for 13 years. Most recently he lead EA's online portal Origin and headed up the publisher's successful sports franchises, including Madden and FIFA, the latter of which Wilson served as executive producer for prior to heading up the entire sports division.
"When I think about our vision for the future, we have a very strong strategy around the ongoing development of the most amazing teams in the world," … Read more
California is the home of everything that's new, exciting, and, well, accidentally nefarious.
It's a delight, therefore, to hear that we here in the Golden State might be the first to get electronic license plates.
Yes, the young and the restless of tech will be able to have their new "TE$LA1" plate beamed directly to their car.
If the Governor signs the bill, 0.… Read more
Let's discuss the word "daft."
It is a very English -- Ye Olde English -- word that some would translate as "foolish." And others would translate as "utterly, mindbendingly insane."
There is a band called Daft Punk, which, though French, got its name when an English music magazine described the music its members originally created as "daft punk."
Here is the denouement: It's a daft idea to get an interviewee to dance to Daft Punk.
When I say "interviewee," I don't mean interviewing for a place in … Read more
A handful of civil liberties groups are claiming that while Facebook's new Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Data Use policy is supposed to give users more privacy, it's actually giving them less. And, these groups have taken their complaints to the US Federal Trade Commission.
Six organizations, including the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy, penned a letter (PDF) to the FTC on Wednesday claiming that Facebook's new policy allows the social network "to routinely use the images and names of Facebook users for commercial advertising without consent."
The changes … Read more