1. The iPhone 5, an Explosion on Jupiter, and a Libyan Attack

    An Apple a Day: Today, the twitter world was on FIRE tweeting about the iPhone 5 demo and we’ve collected the product highlights for you. Coming into the corner at 112 grams and 7.6mm thin, the iPhone 4 is 18% thinner and 20% lighter than its predecessor. Made entirely of glass and aluminum, the iPhone 5 has a 4-inch screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio.The A6 processor has 2x CPU power and 2x graphics, exceeds iPhone 4 battery life by 8 hours, updates its connector, and adds a third microphone. Get all the features here.

    Apple iPhone Office

    Explosion on Jupiter: Early on Monday, September 10th, amateur astronomers spotted a huge impact on the southern edge of Jupiter. They believe the impact was a result of an extremely large asteroid. The 1.5-2 second flash, that was visible even by backyard telescopes over 454 million miles away, signifies that the collision was one of importance. Amy Simon Miller, chief of the planetary systems laboratory at Goddard Spaceflight Center estimates that the item of impact “be in the order of 10 meters [33 feet] in size” based on the flash brightness.

    Explosion on Jupiter

    'This Does Not Represent Us': The U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three American members of his staff, were killed Tuesday after an attack on the the country’s U.S. consulate. But, Just like not all Americans are like the people who made the weird anti-Islam movie that [sparked] protests in Muslim nations, not all people in Libya are like the ones who killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens.” Some Libyan citizens in Benghazi came out today to rally and show sympathy for American and for Stevens.

    Libyan rallier

    Libyan rallier

  2. Apple vs. Samsung, A Deeper Look

    Over the past four weeks, two of the largest technology companies on the planet have been battling out a case in a Californian courtroom that we are told could either reaffirm the patent system of America, or destroy innovation entirely - every aspect of the case is so very clear… The companies have exchanged arguments in the presence of a jury to come to a conclusion regarding the misuse of patented software, and trade dress dilution. The case had its highs and lows and ultimately ended in a win for Apple, with them being granted damages, to be paid by Samsung, of $1,049,343,540. Yes. Over one billion dollars.

    apple vs samsung


    But I’m not here to talk about the case itself: I’m here to talk about myself - I know, how self-centred - and how the case has affected me as a consumer. Over the past month, I have been ‘battling’ myself; trying to understand my own feelings and opinions about the conflict in the industry.

    On one side, we have a company protecting its inventions which it has spent billions to create, and lost almost as many billions due to competitors stealing its creations. The other presents the argument that it too has been stolen from, and the aforementioned inventor has done nothing new or inventive; they have only continued along the path set out by already-existing creatives.

    Both arguments have their merits, and their faults, but above this, one of them was easier for me to write. I find myself swaying towards supporting Samsung’s argument (the second of the two). Why is this? Because I believe they are right, and a result in their favour would be most beneficial to the legal and patent systems as a whole. That is the blunt truth. The real question here is: why is Samsung the protagonist in this story playing out in my head?

    What factors could there be in my judgement? I owe nearly everything I have achieved to this day to my interest in Android; it let me become a blogger, then writer, then designer. This is certainly a deal-breaker. I may even have a subconscious need to support Android, as if in return for what it allowed me to do.

    Everyone has connections like these to brands. And that’s all they are - companies using branding to make us give our money to them. Remember, there is no real ‘good guy’, only businesses operating for profit. We all have preferences when buying technology, and these are just that — preferences.

    These realisations lead me to yet another question: do I have a preference or a bias? Firstly, we should define ‘bias’: simply, it is an unjust or unfair preference. The difference between having a preference when purchasing and having a bias when making a judgement in court as a juror is that we are allowed to have preferences when buying - of course we are. But when we are considering only the facts, we mustn’t. We can’t say “I want this product to continue to exist; hence I support its creator,” to justify a decision in a legal dispute. That isn’t how the law works. This is why tech-bloggers such as myself are the least appropriate to be involved in the Apple vs. Samsung case. Let’s not kid ourselves: we love technology, we are passionate about it and we are knowledgeable about it, but we do not possess the innocent unknowingness of the layperson that allows them to make decisions based solely on facts.

    For this reason, I can only conclude that I - and others who argue they should have been involved in the jury’s decision - am wrong. We know too much to provide an answer (or over seven hundred as the case required) that is unaffected by our own opinions and, yes, biases. Only an expert or ‘normal’ person can provide a decision in a case like this. Enthusiasts are too involved in the industry to have a real, reasoned response. We are biased. But biases are not bad things. Biases are nothing more than preferences taken out of context. We all just need to learn to understand our own biases, and those of others.

    -Graham Macphee

    image source: Flickr

  3. Smartphones Causing Sleep Loss, iPhone Knock Offs and Patent Wars

    From Windows, to Mac and more potential patent disputes, enjoy reading some of the top headlines for tech Thursday. Check out our Facebook page and share your thoughts on these topics with us!

    Researchers at the Lightening Research Center have discovered that two or more hours of exposure to backlit devices suppresses melatonin, in other words…your tablet or smartphone could be to blame for why you aren’t sleeping. “Stimulating the human circadian system” before bed will decrease your ability to get a good night’s sleep. They only suggestion thus far is to dim the light on your devices before bed. 

    Emulator software, Parallels, allows you to run Windows and Mac at the same time on one device. The app, started in 2006, just revealed Version 8 for the Mac desktop looking to completely merge Mountain Lion and Windows 8. What do you think? Is this a great idea or is it too much?

    iPhone 5 was released in China! Well, kind of. Ok, it wasn’t. China’s Apple copycat, Goophone, is trying to launch their product before the iPhone 5. Many features are extremely similar and this isn’t the first time the company has replicated Apple products. While China may be knocking off Apple products, executives from Apple and Google are now reportedly talking about patent disputes. Is anyone else tired of these patent wars?

    More headlines…

    • Samsung isn’t going to get over the Apple lawsuit quietly. They just unveiled their first Windows 8 phone.
    • Ever wondered how those Genius’ at Apple get trained? This might be a good look into their manual…

    image source: Mashable

  4. When Creativity Meets Technology

    As a kid, I was never really into technology. The closest I came to hardware, or any kind of software, was loading games on my cousin’s ZX Spectrum.  Needless to say, like most children at that time, we spent what seemed like an eternity waiting for the crackling tones and beeps to load the game, only to lose and have to re-load the game again.

    I was however, interested in the artwork on the cover, the animation and graphics. For years afterwards, I was happy ‘pigeonholing’ technology as the geeky, complicated stuff and art and design as the cool, fun stuff I understood. Two very different creatures or so I thought, but that thinking could not be further from the truth.

    Today, you only have to look at companies such as Apple, Facebook and even Nike, to know that they have successfully integrated the best of both disciplines. Resulting in products and services that whilst disrupting their respective fields, positively influence human behavior.

    Roughly six years ago, Nokia was king. Content in creating phones, that ran Java applications and connected to the web. However, Apple in 2007, then entered the telecoms market with a revolutionary device, featuring a no hardware keyboard, large screen real estate and powerful software. In addition to the groundbreaking technology, Apple also had another great appeal. Through its design, it showed that it understood people and had considered the human experience. The phone was intuitive, easy to use and understand, even though it had adopted the new gesture based interaction with a mobile phone.

    The late Steve Jobs shared a wonderful quote about Apple’s thinking at his keynote
    speech in 2010.

    “We have always tried to be at the intersection of technology and liberal arts.”

    Summarizing Apple’s total commitment in bridging the gap, between people and technology by enhancing the users’ experience through design.

    Steve Jobs intersection of technology and liberal arts

    For me, design is much more than aesthetic appeal. It’s about how the product or service will work and what it will do for you, the actual experience. It’s about finding the sweet spot, between technology and creativity, which is critical to a successful outcome. With standards today set high, we expect designers to have devised a frictionless experience, or we will pick an alternative product or service.

    One such example is the infamous Facebook over MySpace discussion.
    We all know the story, of how MySpace was once the original dominant social networking site, until Facebook came along and snatched its crown. But how did this happen, when the basic technology was the same?

    In my opinion, it was down to the user experience. MySpace became too cluttered and over complicated, by ‘shoehorning’ every feature onto one page and allowing customization of pages. Too many options resulted in poor page layouts and poor user experience.

    Contrastingly, Facebook offered a clean and easy to navigate interface. An almost ‘boutique’ like site, its features were well considered and placed on the page and the site offered no customisation. Although the design was almost ‘basic’ in appearance, it was easy to understand and navigate and resulted in a better user experience. Without realising it, people actually prefer some decisions to be made for them; editing out the unnecessary and highlighting the important. Facebook understood its brand and reached its audience by curating excellent customer experiences. Quite simply, it made the complicated simple.

    Nowadays, changes in technology not only affect how we produce work, but also where we produce work. Like much of my work, for instance ideas for this article, start life as notes and ponderings on my iPhone, capturing these thoughts and moments on my commute to work. I am then able to flesh out these ideas, on my iPad at the coffee house, while the notes wait for me via Apples’ Cloud based service.

    It’s safe to say, that our expectations from technology have grown, but our behaviours are also being shaped by technology and its ability to track our daily progress, geographic location and social interactions. It really becomes interesting when these elements are combined, as they have in the Nike+ FuelBand.

    This simply monitors your movement and allows you to quantify your chosen exercise, by earning Nikes’ own currency of ‘Fuel’. Their thinking behind this, is that regardless of fitness or athleticisms, if two people both exercise for 20 minutes they would have done the same amount of exercise, therefore be rewarded the same amount. Creating a sort of level playing field, to encourage competitiveness and motivation.

    The technology, both hardware and software in the Nike+FuelBand, is not new or groundbreaking. It uses an accelerometer, similar to those found in most Smartphone’s, to measure movement and speed. This tracks your data, calculates your Nike Fuel points and feeds the information back to your Apple app and own dedicated webpage.

    In true Nike style, this innovative thinking has brought together the hardware, software and social interaction, giving credible meaning to the data about calories, BMI and KPH we collect in a way that has never been done before.

    What could be interesting in the near future would be a device that takes into account external factors, such as weather patterns and geo location to better prepare you for your workout. Or an app that detects that you will soon reach a plateau in your exercise regime, and adjusts the programme to help you move beyond your goal.

    In retrospect, I think the future of technology is about understanding human nature and delivering experiences, by using creative solutions to problems with technology as the catalytic tool to make it happen.

    It’s about collaborating to innovate.

     

    S.Odedra

  5. Kenny Caught Clowning Around With Stolen iPad

    Happy Friday! Here are a few of today’s top stories for you to enjoy. 

    West Nile Virus: Cases of the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus have been reported in the United States and officials were looking to begin an aerial pesticide spray in the Dallas area, but it was put on hold because of rain. The outbreak in Dallas has already led to 230 infections and 10 deaths

    Anti-Putin Girls Convicted: A controversial women’s punk band in Russia has finally been convicted after weeks of discussion over an anti-Putin concert they threw. The band, “Pussy Riot” was found guilty of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”. 

    Clowning Around: Kenny the Clown was caught with an iPad stolen from Steve Jobs’ home. He apparently had no idea that it was stolen from Jobs’ house, but says he willingly took the tablet from his friend who was later arrested for robbing the Apple founder’s house. 

    Macho Reunion: The Expendables 2 opened today and there are many mixed reviews about the dream team of 80’s action stars. Will you be seeing it? 

  6. Instagram Gets Updated and Twitter Co-founders Develop Medium

    From Apple to Instagram, Twitter to talking watches, there is a lot is happening in Tech news today. We have gathered some of the top headlines for you for some Thursday Tech love.

    Facetagram: So far, not too many people seem happy about Instagram’s update. Ever since Facebook’s acquisition of the photo sharing platform, the updates have been increasingly similar to Facebook’s UI and it may not be a popular change. The update didn’t include any new filters, but instead focused on a “new kind of browser experience, Photo Maps,” said the CEO of Instagram Kevin Systrom. Location data creates a map of photos so users can tell more “coherent stories” about the photos they have uploaded. In general, the emphasis has been on updates to the UI rather than than details within the app. 

    Medium, created by Twitter co-founders

    Another Self-Indulgent Platform: Twitter co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams launched their new project, Medium, a publishing platform that looks like Pinterest and feels like Tumblr. The idea behind the product is to create a way of collecting and displaying stories about our own lives. Posts are gathered into different collections, which may include “When I Was a Kid” or “This Happened To Me” and followers can look through posts that are displayed in the Pinterest tile-based layout. The platform is only open to a select group of test-users right now, but anyone can log in through Twitter and browse through collections. What do you think? Is this another unnecessary twist on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook? Or could this actually gain popularity? 

    Cox, DirectTV…Apple? Apple has been in discussions with different cable companies in an attempt to create an Apple-branded box for live TV and other programming. There haven’t been any deals made yet, but Apple has already made waves in the TV world with “Apple TV”, a product that allows viewers to watch content on a variety of platforms including Netflix, Hulu and YouTube. There aren’t a lot of details regarding the deals Apple is trying to make and what the product or service will actually look like. Who uses Apple TV? Do you think an Apple related cable service is necessary?

    Martian Smartwatches-talk to you watch

    Roger That: Do you wish you could talk to a Martian? Well, now you can. Ok, not really, but you can talk to your Martian Smartwatch! The Irvine-based company, Martian Watches, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring their dream to life: a watch you can talk to. The watch connects to your iPhone or Android handset via Bluetooth and “users can use the watch’s integrated noise-canceling microphone to issue voice commands to the tethered smartphone.” You can even listen and speak to callers directly from the watch. Looks like pretending you are a secret agent just got easier. 

  7. Remembering the World Changers—-Today’s Top Stories

    Remembering two influential women today:

    Today is Amelia Earhart’s birthday, and Google is celebrating with an image in her honor. She grew up in Kansas and was known as a tomboy. As a young girl she kept a scrapbook of different women who were making waves in all different fields. She worked as a nurse’s aide in Canada during WW1 and eventually earned enough money for flying lessons. She bought her first plane, a yellow biplane she named “Canary”, became the first woman to fly to 14,000 feet and in 1932 she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. For her 40th birthday she embarked on a journey to travel around the world and disappeared in 1937, which today is what she is remembered for in addition to her legacy as a feminist, advocating that women should “break out of their shells and do more.” 

    Another remarkable woman’s life is remembered today. Sally Ride, the first American woman to go to space, passed away on Monday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Obama recognized her as a national hero and a powerful role model, inspiring generations of young women to “reach for the stars”. Watch the video here of Ride talking about her historic flight. 

    Uh-oh Euro: The Euro hit a two-year low today as the global stock markets fell. Madrid is drawing closer to a full-scale bailout and Greece’s membership in the euro zone is at risk as its finances are way off the rescue package terms. 

    Patent War: The Apple and Samsung patent war has resulted in the ban of multiple tablets and smartphones around the world, and it’s looking like Samsung is due to pay Apple about $2.5 billion. 

    In lighter news and for a few laughs, David Beckham surprised fans at a Westfield mall in Stratford City. The video proves that Beckham can even “make grown men blush.” 

  8. Pilotless Airplanes, Olympic Drama and Politics, Your News Today

    Say hello to the weekend! Here are some recaps of the top stories from this “ominous” Friday.

    News in Tech and Science: If you don’t like driving, you are probably looking forward to a future where cars will drive for you, but is anyone looking forward to a future with robot flown planes? I can’t say that I would feel too safe. A British company is researching options for pilotless passenger planes that would rely on environment scanning sensors and sophisticated algorithms running the computers. According to an article by Fast Company, pilots will accompany these robots in “training” and the aircraft will navigate “autonomously until it detects an anomaly-whereby it suggests the maneuvers it would like to make to a human operator, who can then give it the thumbs up.” 

    Apple reversed a policy today that withdrew them from the EPEAT registry, which is a set of environmental standards for tech products. Apple customers were outraged when they heard the company would no longer be going “green” and after a week, Bob Mansfield, the VP of Engineering released a statement saying Apple decided to put their products back into the EPEAT rating system. One of the EPEAT requirements is that the disassembly and repairs of products can be done by a consumer so toxic substances that are released through computer recycling processes are less likely to occur. It is speculated that Apple withdrew because their new products are much more difficult to disassemble, but it looks like people will just have to deal with it. 

    What’s your opinion? Would you fly in a robot plane? Do you care if Apple stays with EPEAT?

    News in Olympics: 

    The debate is heating up regarding the USA Olympic Team’s uniforms designed by Ralph Lauren. It was recently discovered that the designer is manufacturing these uniforms in China, which has a lot of people outraged. It even has one U.S. Senator saying he would rather have the athletes compete naked that wear foreign-made garb. The fire is fueled by the simple fact that there are over 600,000 vacant manufacturing jobs in the United States so there is no reason why the Olympic committee should be outsourcing the creation of these uniforms elsewhere. The Olympic committee has responded to the outrage by reminding people that Ralph Lauren is “an iconic American company,” and “an American company that supports American athletes.”

    On a lighter note, both NBC and BBC have created free apps that will allow you to get full and mobile coverage on all the events during the Olympic games. 

    News in Politics: 

    Rumors are circulating about the potential of Condoleezza Rice becoming Mitt Romney’s running-mate. The Romney campaign team has neither confirmed nor denied this assumption, but Romney has said that the most important criteria for the person he picks is that the people can look at he/she and says “that’s a person who could be president, if that were necessary.” In other election related news, President Obama admitted in an interview with CBS that he could have done a better job “creating a relatable narrative for the public” rather than focusing so much on policy. Ironically enough, major criticisms of Obama during his initial campaign were that he could give a good speech, but questioned whether or not he could make good policy. 

  9. Flud News Roundup, July 5

    Syria Files: WikiLeaks is an online organization that publishes leaked documents related to government and corporate misconduct. Time Magazine says that it “could become as important a journalistic tool as the Freedom of Information Act.” Today, WikiLeaks made a big move in journalism with what they are calling the "Syria Files", a compilation of more than two million e-mails from Syrian political figures, ministries and associate companies intended to open the public’s eyes to the inner workings of the Syrian government and economy. The information includes private correspondence between highly influential people and while the documents will be an embarrassment for Syria, some of their international opponents might get their fair share of embarrassment too. The series of e-mails will be published over the next two months on WikiLeaks and their collaborating sites, which include Al Akhbar in Lebanon, Al Masry Al Youm in Egypt and L’Espresso in Italy. 

    Patch of Sun: Results are in from the Labor Department, and it seems as though first-time claims for unemployment are lower than initially forecasted. Daniel Silver, an economist at JPMorgan Chase & Co says the labor market has “softened” over the past few months and “today’s reports show a little bright spot.” Data shows the pace of hiring was accelerated in June, but the expansion of service industries was slower, which underscores Federal Reserve concern that unemployment can’t be reduced just yet because the economic growth is not strong enough. 

    Not so Fast Google: A recent patent by Apple is hinting towards a Google Glass competitor. We may of course be reading into the patent, but there is a clue of “enhanced viewing experience” for users. Apple filed for the first patent in 2006 and they were granted a patent on Tuesday for “peripheral treatment of head-mounted displays”. Google was granted a patent for their technology a few days before the I/O conference and plans to release Google Glass to consumers in 2014.

    image source: TechCrunch

  10. Flud News Roundup, July 3

    Still After Apple: Another company in China is after Apple, right after Proview just closed a copyright lawsuit with them. A household chemicals manufacturer, Jiangsu Xuebao, claims that Apple has infringed on one of their trademarks and is seeking about $80,000. The company registered a copyright for the Chinese translation of “Snow Leopard” in 2000 and in 2008 Apple tried to register the “Xuebao” trademark so they could sell Snow Leopard in Chinese stores. The attempt was rejected, so Apple hasn’t used the translation to sell that product. Most of the Chinese company’s products are common household items, but they do sell a few items like touch screens. They said they are just looking for a formal apology. And $$ of course. 

    Bees Turning Back Time: A recent study at Arizona State University led scientists to a discovery of brain aging in bees that could potentially be used to slow or treat age-related dementia. The test showed that tricking older bees into doing social tasks inside the nest (that younger bees perform) causes changes in their brain, improving their ability to learn new things. They found a significant change in Prx6, a protein also found in humans that can help protect against dementia and Alzheimer’s and another protein that can protect other proteins from being damaged. Researchers are working on a drug that could maintain brain function, but these scientists suggest that social interventions may be a key in helping brains stay younger. 

    "Take Down Your Fishing Pole…" Andy Griffith passed away today at the age of 86 and many people are taking the time to remember their times in front of the TV whistling along to the theme song of “The Andy Griffith Show”. His death came after a fight with an illness and he has been buried on Roanoke Island. Tweet us your favorite Andy Griffith memories. 

  11. Flud News Roundup, June 30-July 2

    Storms and Heat in the East: States across the East Coast are getting hit hard with heat. If being stuck in triple digit heat wasn’t bad enough, violent storms have left most of those people without access to power, which eliminates any relief from fans and air conditioning. Trees have fallen on cars and 15 deaths have been reported. The storms also created an outage of Amazon’s Elastic Computer Cloud in North Virginia, shutting down Netflix, Pinterest, Instagram and other services. The heatwave will continue today and residents are being advised to take it slow out on the road because there will be many delays, drink a lot of water and seek out the places that do have access to electricity, as some of them are offering “cool zones” for relief. 

    Apple Owes China: Earlier this year, China was upset over a claim that they had the iPad trademark. Proview’s Taiwan location trademarked the “iPad” for its Internet Personal Access Device, which was an all-in-one PC. Apple eventually purchased the rights to the name from the Taiwan branch, which they assumed included the technology. The dispute was finally settled over the weekend and Apple agreed to paying $60 million to Proview.

    Quick Reforms in Mexico: Enrique Pena Nieto was elected as Mexican President on Sunday returning the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to power after 12 years. Depending on financial and political conditions, he plans on putting reforms into place as soon as possible. Among those promises are a six percent increase a year in the economy, the allowance of more private investment in Mexico’s state-run oil industry  and a reduction of drug violence, which has killed more than 55,000 people since 2006. The PRI was a front runner in Mexican politics for most of the 20th century and was often known for their occasionally ruthless tactics. Nieto takes office in December for a six-year term. 

    In other news:

    • A new study on spanking kids may seem a little dramatic, but is there some legitimacy to it?
    • Twenty days left till the London Olympics and the trials are heating up for candidates to stake their claim as an Olympic team member. 
    • Romney and Obama get Monday off from their campaigns. 
    • Is it a penalty or a tax? Politicians are having a hard time getting their story straight about the new health care bill. 

    image source: NY Newspost

  12. Flud News Roundup, June 14

    Time Makes it to Newsstand: Apple has announced that subscriptions to Time Inc. magazines will now be available for purchase via newsstand. Time was very publicly against selling their subscriptions on newsstand, but yesterday the two corporations reached an agreement that would allow users to subscribe to 20 different Time Inc. magazines. Time is one of the largest magazine publishers in the United States so this agreement with Apple will be a large and beneficial move for users and their experience with the magazines. 

    Watch out for Flying City Blocks: Well, not exactly. An asteroid, the size of a city block, will be flying past Earth today! Scientists are considering this a “near-Earth” encounter, but don’t worry. “Near” has a its own meaning in science. The asteroid is traveling about 3.34 million miles away from the Earth (near-earth is considered anywhere close than 4.65 million miles), 14 times farther away than the moon. Watch the “close” encounter live from Slooh’s Space Camera starting at 8 p.m. ET.

    The Tickle Monster Testifies: Jerry Sandusky is taking a lot of heat in his trial that began Monday. Sandusky is on trial for the alleged abuse of 10 different boys over a period of 15 years. The prosecution of the former Penn State coach has been a highly publicized case full of emotion from the victims who have testified and their parents. The 8th and final victim to testify will appear in court today, which will bring a conclusion to the case much earlier than anticipated. 

    image source: New York Daily News

  13. Flud News Roundup, June 13

    He’s a good fella. He’s one of us: Henry Hill passed away yesterday morning in a Los Angeles hospital at 69-years-old. Hill was the inspiration behind Martin Scorsese’s film Goodfellas and was depicted by actor Ray Liotta. A notorious Sicilian mob member living in New York, Hill miraculously managed to avoid getting “whacked” while working with the mob and even more miraculously, managed to escape the dangers of the mob during his time in the Witness Protection Program and  even after he got kicked out of the Witness Protection Program. Hill suffered from a long illness due to years of heavy smoking and a recent heart attack. 

    Leave us alone: JPMorgan is rejecting the push from the government for more regulation after a $2 billion loss last month. The CEO is calling it an isolated event and expresses no concern over the state of their bank; however, the government is curious why there was such a lack of risk control in a company supposedly renowned for their risk management. JPMorgan has apologized for the mistake, saying they will never let something like that happen again. This is all beginning to sound more like an argument being parents and their child and onlookers anxiously await to see if the kid is going to end up in time out, or something will actually improve. 

    Can’t keep up: Only two days after Apple’s introduction to the new MacBook Pro laptop, estimates have gone from shipping “today” to shipping in “3-4 weeks”. The laptop is in high demand, which isn’t unusual for newly released Apple products. Get a look at the new features in iOS6 and pictures of the new MacBook Pro.

    In other news:

    image source: Daily Film Dose

  14. Flud News Roundup, June 12

    Civil War on the Horizon? Tension in Syria is rising and the UN has declared a warning that the Syrian government will be trying new tactics. Both sides in the conflict have ignored a ceasefire that was supposed to go into effect on April 12. More than 13,000 people have died since March 2011 and the country is inching closer to a civil war as it becomes increasingly militarized. To make matters worse, a report from the UN indicates that children have become major victims in the conflict as Syrian troops torture and use them as human shields against rebel forces on the front line. The United States has expressed hesitation to the request for intervention placing the goal on stopping the violence, not increasing military activity. 

    Wash Your Mouth With Soap: A Massachusetts town has had enough with public swearing and poor language, but is fining people taking it too far? Middleborough doesn’t think so; they just passed a law allowing officers to fine people $20 for public swearing. The list of unacceptable words has not been determined so it is according to officer discretion. We all want the world to be a cleaner place, maybe our words is a good place to start?  
    The Apple Effect: People are still talking about WWDC today. Let’s be honest, whenever something new with Apple happens, people talk about it until the next thing happens. The iOS 6 software has over 200 new features compared to iOS5 and will launch to the public this Fall. Apple also announced the release of Mountain Lion, MacBook air laptops, MacBook Pro with Retina display, Facebook integrations and much more!
    In other news:

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  15. Flud News Roundup, June 8

    TGIF! Happy Friday Fluders! 

    Health News: Six different states have reported a total of 14 illness that have been confirmed to be linked to the same E-coli strain. Although many of the cases are considered mild, there are still investigations in progress to discover where the strain originated from. Potential causes can include meat, poultry, fruit and vegetables or even contact with cattle. The best ways to avoid getting sick are making sure your meats are thoroughly cooked and by frequently washing your hands while making food to avoid any sort of cross-contamination. 

    It Wasn’t Me: President Obama blamed the country’s economic problems on Republicans today, saying it is their fault Americans are out of work. This is at least the second time Obama has trying to turn focus on Congress after the increase in unemployment. He has also rejected responsibility for recent national security leaks, gas prices and told European leaders to get a hold of their debt crisis to avoid affecting the United States. If Obama isn’t responsible for anything happening in the country, then what exactly has he been doing the last four years?

    Take a Bite out of TV: In lighter news, Apple will be rebooting their TV in hopes of picking up their product’s momentum. Apple TV could potentially be opening the platform up to third party developers to help understand how the app model will transform with the TV platform. There are rumors of more content and potentially adding in a Siri interface. What will Apple think of next? 

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