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Facebook Invades Members' Privacy Again

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, November 19, 2010, In : Technology 
   A new feature on Facebook is aggravating thousands of users, and right now there's no way to "opt out" of it. This new portion, called "See Friendship" allows total strangers to see all about you by merely being a friend of one of your friends.  Let's say someone wants to keep tabs with you without you knowing about it.   All he has to do is become a friend with someone on your list and he can access your information that you share with that friend.  Critics have correctly pointed out that...
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Obi-Wan, Your 3D Message Will Soon Be Real

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, November 5, 2010, In : Technology 
Remember how the people in Star Wars movies communicated with each other via 3D messaging?  We were amazed when we saw Princess Leia plead with Obi-Wan to "Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi.  You're our only hope" in 1977.  Arizona scientist Nasser Peyghambarian is saying this is closer than you think.  In fact, he believes his team can make such a feat possible within ten years.  The prospect of 3D viewing without those bulky and clumsy glasses would not only be good for entertainment, it would have ot...
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T-Mobile Announces Largest 4G Network Claim

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, In : Technology 
As of this week, Deutsch Telecom division T-Mobile has begun new ads in the United States, billing itself as "the nation's largest 4G network", which is both the truth and deceptive.  The claim is valid because in the real world, 4G is commonly recognized as network speed as it refers to Internet connection.  T-Mobile uses an enhanced 3G system that is every bit as fast as the so-called 4G systems used by Sprint and Verizon, but are any of these really 4G?  In press releases, Sprint and Veriz...
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Nepal Opens World's Highest 3G Hot Spot

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, October 29, 2010, In : Technology 
Nepal, south Asia's poorest nation, just took a gigantic step in the world of communications.  NCell, a company owned jointly by local investors and telecom provider TeliaSonera, just installed a new 3G facility 17,388 feet up the slope of Mount Everest and today made the highest-based video call in the world from that location.  What this means is that climbers will now be able to keep up with their families as they ascend the world's tallest peak or even call for help using a regular cell p...
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Microsoft Back In Phone Business

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, October 11, 2010, In : Technology 
Microsoft is dead serious about returning to the mobile phone business after their first failed attempt.  Earlier today the company, in partnership with AT&T, showed off three of its new WP7 phones---the Samsung Focus, LG Quantum, and HTC 7 Surround, all of which will sell for about $200, the same as the latest iPhone.  T-mobile will offer the HTC HD7 and HTC Mozart in November.  The WP7 platform will allow access to the Zune music system and, in collaboration with EA Games, the ability to us...
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Laptop Computers Can Be Dangerous

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, October 4, 2010, In : Technology 
The term "laptop computer" is not to be taken literally because it can be dangerous.  Keeping your laptop in your lap for extended periods can lead to a problem known as "toasted skin syndrome". While this may sound like a new menu choice at a fast food restaurant, it's actually a mottled skin condition resulting from long periods of heat exposure, and anyone who uses a laptop can tell you that the battery compartment gets hot.  In one recent case, a 12-year old boy's sessions of computer gam...
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Segway Owner Found Dead

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, September 27, 2010, In : Technology 
The owner of the Segway company was found dead at the bottom of a cliff in England yesterday, one of his firm's trademark two-wheeled scooters near the body.  Jimi Heselden, 62 years old, apparently accidentally rode off the cliff.  Police say there is no evidence of foul play and are treating the event as a tragic accident.  Heselden was a former miner who quit school at 15 and eventually became a millionaire industrialist.  One of England's richest people, his estate is valued at around $26...
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Space Tourism To Remain Costly

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, September 17, 2010, In : Technology 
Space tourism may be just around he corner, according to Boeing executives, but their just announced partnership with Space Adventures Ltd. is unlikely to bring prices down.  It currently costs about $35 million to go in space via the seats Space Adventures is selling aboard Russian built Soyuz craft, and Boeing doesn't have any ships built yet.  The proposed craft, called CST-100, won't even be ready until 2015.  Once they are availale, the CST-100 will have one advantage.  The time spent on...
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South Korea Has More Cell Phones Than People

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, In : Technology 
Think Americans have a love affair with their cell phones?  Move over, friend, because South Korea has us beat.  In a country with 48.8 million people, South Korea's Communications Commission reports that there are over 50 million cell phones in use.  This means, theoretically, that there are some 1.2 million people wandering around with at least two phones, but if you factor in young children and people without a cell phone, the number is greater.  Just like in some Arab nations and Japan, m...
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People Not Yet Ready For 3D TV

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, September 10, 2010, In : Technology 
A study just completed by The Neilsen Co. showed a surprising trend.  It seems that nearly fifty percent of people have a negative view of 3D television, and that view was worse in people who actually attended test showings of the medium.  Test subjects who took part in a 30 minute 3D TV test cited a number of concerns.  In a world where no one concentrates on what they're watching on TV because they're too busy talking on their smartphones while updating their Facebook status at the same tim...
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XBox Live Suspends Account Over Town Name

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, In : Technology 
John Moore is an avid gamer, and he plays several XBox Live games, but he ran into a snag when he wanted to enter an online tournament.  In his info, he listed his home town as Fort Gay, West Virginia.  The rules enforcer for XBox live thought he was making a joke or a racial slur, so they asked him to put down his town's real name.  When Moore refused to change it, his account was suspended pending review, even though he implored XBox to look it up and even provided its zip code. "Google it ...
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Stem Cell Research Snag

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, August 25, 2010, In : Technology 
The Obama administration is very much in support of stem cell research, but U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lambreth put a monkey wrench in the gears of this research on Monday.  Taking into consideration the fact that such research could result in cures for such diseases as diabetes and Parkinson's, it's hard to fathom why anyone would want to halt funding for this.  Current federal legislation forbids the use of tax money to fund stem cell research as an offshoot of laws that prevent federa...
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Iran Shows Drone Bomber

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, August 23, 2010, In : Technology 
Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced on August 22 that his country now has an unmanned bomber, which he called an "ambassador of death" for Iran's enemies.  The aircraft is named Karrar, or "striker", and has a range of 620 miles.  While this is not of itself enough range to reach Israel, the plane can be armed with up to two missiles with a range that can strike most of the Middle East if launched at the right distance.  The drone is Iran's first domestically produced such weapon a...
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Oracle Sues Google

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, August 13, 2010, In : Technology 
Oracle Corporation, which earlier this year purchased Sun Microsystems and acquired its Java technology, is suing Google for copyright and patent infringement for developing the Android system for cell phones.  In a statement, an Oracle official said that Google "knowingly, directly, and repeatedly infringed Oracle's Java-related intellectual property in developing Android".  If the suit is successful, then Oracle will get royalties for every one of the more than 200,000 smartphones being sol...
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BlackBerry Troubles Expand

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, August 11, 2010, In : Technology 
Research In Motion, maker of BlackBerry phones, has been singled out as a security threat recently in the Middle East because of the secure encryption it uses, which makes it impossible for outside sources to decode E-mails and messages sent with these phones.  Saudi Arabia has issued a ban on BlackBerries, which may be lifted as soon as that country can evaluate the security and encryption codes that Research In Motion has supplied them with.  India is getting in on the action now, citing Bl...
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Chinese Weapon Could Change Balance of Power

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, August 6, 2010, In : Technology 
In the last few years, nations have viewed America's invasions of weaker countries and the installation of puppet governments friendly to the United States in them as a hostile move, but there was little they could do about it.  Some countries, such as Iran and North Korea, are developing nuclear capabilities to hold us at bay, but now the largest threat may be coming out of China.  They are developing a new weapon called the Dong Feng 21 D, which is being called an aircraft carrier killer.  ...
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Saudis Ban BlackBerry Phones

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, August 6, 2010, In : Technology 
By the time you read this, Saudi Arabia should have its BlackBerry phone ban in effect, taking hundreds of thousands of the devices off the market.  Saudi government officials cite the encrypted E-mail downloading and sending as the main reason for outlawing the Canadian phones.  The encryption feature makes it virtually impossible for third parties to access the messages, and in the oil-rich country, most users were opting for the more expensive "corporate phones" with even stronger encrypti...
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Old Glass Product Is New Again

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, August 2, 2010, In : Technology 
When the Corning Corporation came up with "Gorilla Glass" in 1962, there just wasn't a market for it.  In fact, the company's first customer for the specialty glass didn't show up until 2008, when it was used as a protective cover for cell phone and other mobile devices' screens.  Although Corning won't publicly reveal the buyer, Mohawk Radio sources tell us it was Apple, which used it for their iPods, iPhones, and iPads.  Gorilla Glass is expected to become a major hit for Corning when telev...
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India Reveals Low Price Computer

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, July 23, 2010, In : Technology 
India continues to be the leader in low price technology.  The country known for $2000 open heart surgery and the $2100 Nano car is adding a new feather in its cap.  In 2005, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology revealed a prototype computer that it said could be sold for $100 and would be a boon to developing countries.  India, whose low wages have caused companies in the United States to migrate there, said that this price was too high, especially when the proposed MIT unit turned out ...
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Chief Jack Hawk Chief Jack has hosted The Mohawk Radio Show since August 1969. He is a champion for the cause of Indie artists, and many Indies have had great success since having their music played on the station. He is a Mohawk chief who played with a Canadian band for about 10 years. He publishes articles under the name Jacques Boulerice for Yahoo! Voices and is working on a new movie script.

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