French Provider Free Could Buy US Branch of T-Mobile

Iliad, the parent company of Free, confirmed today having made an offer to buy 56% of the U.S. branch of T-Mobile. This could be very good news for the US, since the provider reduced significantly the average price of mobile plans in France since they entered the mobile market two years ago. Their disruptive strategy,… Read More

Posted on 31 July 2014 | 7:08 pm

New Display Technology Corrects For Vision Defects

Researchers at the MIT Media Lab have developed a new display technology that automatically corrects for vision defects without requiring glasses or contact lenses. This technique could lead to dashboard-mounted GPS displays that farsighted drivers can consult without putting their glasses on, or electronic readers that… Read More

Posted on 31 July 2014 | 6:31 pm

Passport Database Outage Leaves Thousands Stranded

Job interviews missed, work and wedding plans disrupted, children unable to fly home with their adoptive parents. All this disruption is due to a outage involving the passport and visa processing database at the U.S. State Department. The problems have been ongoing since July 19 and the best estimate for repair is… Read More

Posted on 31 July 2014 | 5:54 pm

Why TiVo's Founders Crashed and Burned With Qplay

Michael Ramsay and Jim Barton created a revolution with TiVo, a device that challenged the notion that we had to watch TV shows when they aired. And they hoped to do it again with Qplay, a device that challenged the notion that short-form videos had to be consumed one at a time, like snacks instead of meals. Qplay… Read More

Posted on 31 July 2014 | 5:12 pm

HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

Hewlett-Packard has changed its direction on OpenVMS. Instead of pushing its users off the system, it has licensed OpenVMS to a new firm that plans to develop ports to the latest Itanium chips and is promising eventual support for x86 processors. Last year, HP put OpenVMS on the path to extinction. It said it would not… Read More

Posted on 31 July 2014 | 4:32 pm

Peter Hoddie Talks About His Internet of Things Construction Kit (Video)

You remember Peter Hoddie, right? He was one of the original QuickTime developers at Apple. He left in 2002 to help found a startup called Kinoma, which started life developing multimedia players and browsers for mobile devices. Kinoma was acquired in 2011 by Marvell Semiconductor, whose management kept it as a separate entity. The latest creation… Read More

Posted on 31 July 2014 | 3:49 pm