The Week: Most Recent Tech Posts recent posts.en-usFri, 21 Nov 2014 06:35:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Tech Posts from THE WEEKFri, 21 Nov 2014 06:35:00 -0500The slippery slope of Twitter's attempts to stop harassment against women<img src="" /></P><p>Internet harassment, especially toward women, has lately been the subject of heightened public concern. In response, Twitter has teamed up with an activist group, Women, Action, and the Media (WAM), to curb "gendered harassment." Few would object to stronger measures against threatening or abusive online behavior. But Twitter's initiative raises the specter of politically selective censorship &mdash; and of a paternalism no less demeaning to women than sexual slurs.</p><p>For one, the gender-focused effort is based on a claim that, despite its instinctive appeal to many, has a shaky factual foundation...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Cathy YoungFri, 21 Nov 2014 06:35:00 -0500How network effects explain the future of Twitter<img src="" /></P><p>Last week, Twitter raised $1.8 billion in a convertible bond offering. It originally planned to raise $1.3 billion; the offering was made up of five-year notes, which received a 0.25 percent interest rate, and seven-year notes, which received a 1 percent interest rate. Those are very, very low interest rates, typically indicating a very low risk.</p><p>At the same time, the ratings agency Standard &amp; Poor's released an unsolicited rating of Twitter's debt, and rated it as junk, pointing out that Twitter is a new, unprofitable company in an untested market.</p><p>What explains the dissonance?</p><p>First, there...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/pascal-emmanuel-gobry" ><span class="byline">Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry</span></a>Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:01:00 -0500The computer virus that targets the 1 percent<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The life of the well-to-do is all about exclusivity &mdash; and now they even have their own computer virus.</p><p>Hackers have been targeting CEOs and other corporate executives through the WiFi networks of luxury hotels where they stay. The goal is to gain access to sensitive corporate information that they can then exploit.</p><p>While the "Dark Hotel" computer virus isn't new, it was recently discovered by the security company Kaspersky Lab and a third-party company that manages the WiFi network of an Asian hotel where a hacking took place.</p><p>Dark Hotel "has lurked in the shadows for at least four years...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Marine ColeWed, 19 Nov 2014 12:21:00 -0500Innovation of the week: The burglar-deterring light bulb<img src="" /></P><p>The Burglar Deterrent, from BeON Home, is designed to be a lighting and home security system in one, said Jon Fingas at <em>Engadget</em>. The smart bulbs learn how you use your lights and then repeat those patterns while you are away, giving the impression of a lived-in home. They'll even listen for your doorbell and sequence lights to turn on to deter would-be intruders. BeON is crowdfunding the project by offering bundles to be delivered as early as April, starting at $199 for a three-pack or $395 for a six-pack.</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 14 Nov 2014 09:20:00 -0500This laser-guided bullet is a sniper's bloody dream<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The Pentagon's fringe-science Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has released a video of its Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance, or EXACTO, in action.</p><p>In plain English, that's a laser-guided bullet.</p><p>The video depicts a target &hellip; and<em class="markup--em markup--p-em"> another</em> aim point a couple feet to the right. The EXACTO bullet arcs toward the second aim point.</p><p>Just before it hits, it <em class="markup--em markup--p-em">curves left</em> to strike the first target.</p><p>EXACTO is the solution to a problem. American snipers in Iraq and Afghanistan struggled to hit moving targets in high wind and dust. The idea is that a guided bullet will help sharpshooters...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Michael PeckThu, 13 Nov 2014 08:13:00 -0500Why mobile will be even more revolutionary than you think<img src="" /></P><p>A few years ago, famed venture capitalist Marc Andreessen published a seminal article titled "Why software is eating the world." The main thesis was that not only was the software industry primed for continuing growth (this was at a time of bubble hysteria), but that the growth of software was no longer just about the software industry itself, but rather about software transforming other industries.</p><p>Thus far, the impact of software on business has been about the software industry itself (including the internet), or about software allowing other industries to do basically the same thing, except...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/pascal-emmanuel-gobry" ><span class="byline">Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry</span></a>Tue, 11 Nov 2014 06:09:00 -0500How safe is Apple Pay?<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Apple Pay, the system that launched with Apple's recently released iPhones, represents a kind of watershed moment in money technology. For the first time ever, all of the factors that are needed to make digital payments a feasible, everyday possibility are combined into one device. The iPhone 6 has near-field communication (NFC) capabilities that send wireless data securely over short ranges, a fingerprint sensor that makes it easy for the device to confirm the user's identity, and a widely adopted hardware platform with software to match.</p><p>The numbers speak to Apple Pay's success. A million...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Kyle ChaykaSun, 09 Nov 2014 11:00:00 -0500Innovation of the week: The Cloth app<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1">A new iPhone app called Cloth helps fashion-forward users manage their bulging closets, said </span>Jordyn Taylor at <em>Betabeat.</em> It offers a "real-time street style search," which lets you browse other users' photos for inspiration on what to wear; a "My Wardrobe" feature that lets you photograph and catalog your own favorite outfits; a messaging function to allow your friends to make outfit recommendations; and even real-time weather alerts, which can "sort through your past outfits and suggest what you should wear each day, given the current conditions."</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 07 Nov 2014 15:15:00 -0500How Apple's biggest failure could be one of its greatest accomplishments<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>In the empire that is Apple, Apple TV has long been the red-headed stepchild. It's not unloved, nor is it an outright failure by any means. However, it doesn't excel in the way that Apple's other offerings do. Rather than advancing to the head of the class, Apple TV has been content to go at its own pace, which happens to be rather languid.</p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-d77b7b5f-4079-1380-cd56-a19543c5b56d">This wasn't the case when Apple TV was introduced in 2007. Back then, it was the only kid like it on the block, with the first </span>Roku still a year away. As per usual, Apple became a pioneer in a new market, that of "set-top" or "plug-and-play" devices. But...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Chris OsterndorfMon, 03 Nov 2014 15:37:00 -0500Innovation of the week: A real hoverboard<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1">A California startup has made a beloved <em>Back to the Future</em> prop a reality, said Sean Buckley at <em>Engadget. </em>Arx Pax's Hendo Hoverboard uses electromagnetic field technology to lift users off the ground. Granted, it's a mere inch off the ground, and the board hovers above only "nonferrous metals like copper or aluminum," but Arx Pax hopes to improve the prototype's carrying capacity from 300 pounds to 500 by next year and has launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce 10 boards to be unveiled next October.</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 31 Oct 2014 14:15:00 -0400