Launching “Open Talks” with ITU Secretary-General

By techselection Posted in ITU

First they came for the mugshot websites, but I said nothing…


As described in a New York Times story on the weekend — one that for some reason chose to save this information until the end — Google (s goog) has tweaked its search algorithm and downgraded the Page Rank of so-called “mugshot” websites, which post police snapshots of random people and in some cases charge to have them removed. MasterCard has also taken steps to cut such sites off from using its online payment systems.

Everyone seems pretty happy about this turn of events so far (except the mugshot site operators, of course), but I confess that I find the whole thing a little disturbing.

Obviously, Google tweaks its algorithms all the time to boost or lower the ranking of different types of content. And both it and MasterCard are private corporations that can do whatever they wish — within reason — when it comes to their business. We may…

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Another California data center turns to fuel cells


A small, but growing, amount of data centers in California are having fuel cells installed onsite, offering a cleaner and more direct way to access electricity compared to the power grid. The latest came on Monday, when telecommunications company CenturyLink (s CTL) announced that it’s bought a couple fuel cells from startup Bloom Energy to help power a data center in Irvine, California.

Fuel cells are devices that combine a fuel like natural gas with air and turn it into electricity through a chemical reaction. Bloom Energy’s fuel cells are “solid oxide fuel cells” that use a solid ceramic material as the electrolyte part of the fuel cell (if you think of it like a battery that has an electrolyte, an anode and a cathode).

Bloom EnergyCenturyLink’s data center in Irvine is operated by Savvis and the data center powers cloud, managed hosting and colocation services. Bloom Energy has…

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Look closely: It’s a macro LensMag for your iPhone 5, iPhone 5s or Galaxy S 4


I’ve seen a number of camera add-ons for mobile phones over the years but never invested in one. I am thinking about this one from Carson Optical though, after watching a demonstration video of its 10x and 15x macro lenses for the Samsung Galaxy S 4.

I like how small the product is and how it “clips” onto a phone: It uses a magnet. Provided that’s not going to wipe my phone’s data (on no!), I love the implementation because it’s quick and easy. Take a peek the product demo and its usage on a Galaxy S 4.

I don’t see pricing for the Galaxy S 4 version of this but the model for the iPhone 5(s aapl) and iPhone 5s has an MSRP of $15.00 according to Amazon(s amzn), which currently sells it for $10.58. That’s a small price to pay to see tiny objects up close…

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By techselection Posted in Apple

Moto X review: The Android phone that does surprisingly more with less


By now you’ve likely heard of the Moto X: The first smartphone available with direct design input from Motorola’s parent company, Google(s goog). So far, it’s priced like a flagship phone — starting at $199 with 16 GB and $249 with 32 GB from AT&T(s t) on contract, but no pricing has been announced from other carriers — and has some mid-range hardware components along with some interesting new features. You can customize the phone in your choice of colors and even add an engraving: Motorola will assemble your handset and ship it to you in four days or less.

So how is the Moto X and does it live up to expectations? I’ve used a review unit for the past several days and have answers to that and other questions.

Concept: Smart compromises and the “best of Android” for the masses

It makes sense to understand what Motorola —…

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1984, Steve Jobs, Apple Phone

Former Apple CEO John Sculley said that the late Steve Jobs was considering a Mac phone as early as 1984. That was the same year that Apple released its first Macintosh computer. Sculley left Apple in 1993 and now runs Sculley Brothers, a firm that invests in entrepreneurs. He was asked during a television interview whether the rumored low-cost Apple iPhone would “compromise” the vision that Jobs had for his iconic smartphone.

While Sculley answered that it would not be a compromise to broaden the product line, he also doesn’t see Apple offering a $100 phone. Instead, he envisions the company instead working to improve its top-shelf model. Comparing Apple to car maker BMW, Sculley says that Apple doesn’t go after low-price buyers. The former Pepsi executive says that Apple’s installed base would buy a higher-priced phone with a bigger screen.

While pointing out that he doesn’t have inside information, Apple’s former CEO said that with the smartphone industry maturing, we could see a wearable device from Apple.Image