March 3–9, 2014
[Mar 08, 2014] A smartphone-sized device is being used to monitor water pumps across Rwanda, making it easier to locate broken pumps and quicker to fix them.
Developed by Portland State University in the United States, one battery-powered device is installed on each pump. Its SIM card sends information on water flow and the general state of the system to a central server.
[Mar 06, 2014] Chinese internet giant Tencent has collaborated with Taikang Life, to offer WeChat users health insurance protection, reports Tech In Asia's Josh Horwitz via SCMP (but only for 'malignant tumors').
[Editorial Comment] Except for the 'spin' sentence about CNN being "a pioneering force" (auwe!) this is 'news' of a sort, so….
[Mar 05, 2014] Today we’re thrilled to welcome the Zite team to Flipboard and to announce our partnership with CNN. As a news-loving entrepreneur, I’ve long admired the work of both of these companies: Zite has always amazed me with its ability to give readers great content centered around specific topics—tens of thousands of them—and CNN has long been a pioneering force for 24/7 news coverage around the world.
[Mar 03, 2014] Education sales of Chromebooks, the lightweight laptops that run software from the internet instead of a local hard drive, have skyrocketed in the last year—and Chromebooks now account for 19 percent of the devices sold to schools last year…
[Mar 08, 2014] NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung on Friday unveiled a new free music service for its phones that it touts as a significant improvement from the apps already on the market.
The South Korean gadget maker's Milk Music service, which launched in the U.S. on Friday, includes over 200 stations and 13 million songs. It's designed to be extremely fast, easy to use and highly customizable.
[Mar 06, 2014] REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — A small startup has taken the gaming world by storm, finding success with its QuizUp trivia app and spurning offers to abandon its remote Iceland headquarters in favor of California's Silicon Valley.
[Mar 05, 2014] DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — After years of chasing the biggest and the best, the fast-growing Mideast city of Dubai is turning to technology to help the little things in life run more smoothly.
[Mar 03, 2014] (Reuters) - Danish ship fuel supplier OW Bunker aims to publish plans for a stock market listing this week, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday.
[Mar 01, 2014] Marthe Gautier [not Jerome Lejeune] discovered that trisomy 21 is the cause of Down syndrome; [thus] Jerome Lejeune's saintly reputation is based on scientific fraud. – Lejeune stole Gautier's work and the Catholic Church must not 'honor' his achievements.
[Mar 07, 2014] Chief Executive Officer John Chen has held talks with the White House to ensure President Barack Obama and other staff members continue to use their BlackBerry devices.
[Mar 06, 2014] Dig through enough archives, old texts, magazine ads or historical archives and you're bound to see one: a bulky plastic oddity that looks vaguely like a portable sewing machine, save for a detachable keyboard and miniscule display sticking out of the front.
This clumsy, unwieldy behemoth is the Osborne I, and the story of its namesake, Adam Osborne, is one of the most fascinating stories from the dawn of the personal computing market.
[Mar 05, 2014] New Technology Platform Saves Sales for Merchants While Giving Customers With Bad/No Credit a Welcome Option; Approval in Minutes, On the Spot, Via Mobile Devices.
[Mar 04, 2014] …Launched in December of 2013 by Jeremy Elser, who received a doctorate in Bioengineering in 2012, Packagd is different from services like Groupon and LivingSocial because as users add purchases to their cart, the cost of each service decreases.
[Mar 01, 2014] Instead of vials of blood—one for every test needed—Theranos requires only a pinprick and a drop of blood. With that they can perform hundreds of tests, from standard cholesterol checks to sophisticated genetic analyses. The results are faster, more accurate, and far cheaper than conventional methods.