Posts tagged ‘Communications’

2011/02/16

How Egypt Found Internet’s ‘Off’ Button

In the Egyptian Revolution, the mobilizing power of the Internet was one of the opposition’s most potent weapons. But quickly lost in the swirl of revolution was the government’s ferocious counterattack, a dark achievement that many had thought impossible in the age of global connectedness. Just after midnight on Jan. 28, a technologically advanced country with more than 20 million people online was essentially severed from the global Internet.

The blackout was lifted after just five days, and it did not save Hosni Mubarak. But it has mesmerized the worldwide technical community and raised concerns that with unrest coursing through the Middle East, other autocratic governments – many of them already known to interfere with and filter specific Web sites and e-mails — may also possess what is essentially a kill switch for the Internet.

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2011/02/09

How Many Spaces After a Period?

As a long-time double-spacer, I found this argument so compelling that I have resolved to reform.

Can I let you in on a secret? Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong. And yet people who use two spaces are everywhere, their ugly error crossing every social boundary of class, education, and taste…

Complete article via Slate

2011/02/08

Google’s Translation App For iPhone

Google launched its Google Translate app today for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, giving users the ability to translate voice input for 15 languages. For a better look at unfamiliar words, users can view text translations in full screen mode.

No details on the app’s compatibility with the new Confession app approved by the Roman Catholic Church yesterday. Considering that Google keeps a record of everything you ever say or do, it may be wise to make your confessions in your native tongue.

2011/02/05

Facebook’s Role in Egypt’s Protests

Washington Post

In Egypt, the tried-and-true tool for opponents of President Hosni Mubarak in recent years has been Facebook. Most recently, it was on Facebook – which boasts 5 million users in Egypt, the most in the Arab world – where youthful outrage over the killing of a prominent activist spread, leading to the protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and Mubarak’s promise to step down this year.

But Facebook, which celebrates its seventh birthday Friday and has more than a half-billion users worldwide, is not eagerly embracing its role as the insurrectionists’ instrument of choice. Its strategy contrasts with rivals Google and Twitter, which actively helped opposition leaders communicate after the Egyptian government shut down Internet access.

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2011/02/02

Amazon Says eBook Sales Beat Paperback

Even in the age of tech, this seems to have happened pretty quick. Then again, the last 20 or 30 books I got were all eBooks.

Pretty momentous, if you ask me.

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