Kelvin Chan

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Are We Ready For The Personal Web?

The modern world can be a dehumanizing place. Long gone is the sweet little old lady at the drugstore counter, replaced by big box retailers, brand logos and barcodes. We’re more often“handled” than serviced, calculated, rather than cared for.<p>That’s about to change in a big way. When I recently …

Why Philips Flattened The Light Bulb

Introducing the SlimStyle, a pancake-shaped light bulb that represents the LED industry’s latest attempt to court skeptical consumers.<p>Yesterday, a federal ban on production of 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs went into effect, forcing consumers to switch to more efficient (if less aesthetically …

What The Heck Will Google Do With These Scary Military Robots?

Let’s see, we have a company that already knows everything about us, has possibly the world’s largest computer network, has recently built one of the biggest artificial-intelligence teams in the world–a company so powerful that it feels the need to soften its dominance with the informal motto, …

As Bitcoin tops $1,200, does its fate rest in China's hands?

Business News<p>A surge in Chinese demand underlies bitcoin's astronomical rise over the past few months—the alternative digital currency topped $1,200 early Friday—underscoring the nation's interest in digital currencies as alternative investments.<p>The question lingers: is it only a matter of time …

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Schmidt: Google Now approach could work for businesses

ORLANDO -- Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, said that the concepts and interface behind Google Now could be applied to corporations, which are asking whether the Web card approach could apply to real work.<p>Schmidt, speaking at the Gartner Symposium ITXpo, was predictably peppered with …

Google Keep Code Hints at Upcoming Google Drive Integration

Ever since Google launched Keep, its rival to note-taking apps like Evernote, there’s been an assumption that the service will integrate with Google Drive, which covers Google’s cloud storage and Google Docs services, but it seems that the connection will be broader than initially expected.<p>The …

Google Maps updated for Android with sponsored hotel details, better navigation

Now that Google has finished updating its Map app's UI, the company can focus on the finer details: navigation, documentation and monetization. The Android app's latest update tweaks hotel search results by adding sponsored rate and booking links, which places a tiny "ad" icon next to services that …

Why Is Starbucks So Expensive in China?

And why do people go there anyway? The culture and economics of drinking lattes in China<p>In fairness, per capita income is a crude way to measure the buying power of Starbucks' actual customer base: The majority of its stores are located in China's large, coastal cities, where most people earn a lot …

6 ways to delete yourself from the internet

If you're reading this, it's highly likely your personal information is available to the public. And by "public" I mean everyone everywhere. To drive home this point, I give you exhibit A: Earlier this week, Facebook came under fire when it was revealed that the data of more than 50 million …

20 of the Best Apps Released in August 2013

As August draws to a close, we thought we’d take a retrospective look at some of the more notable apps to hit our radar over the past month.<p>From Android through iOS and onto the Web, here’s a quick snapshot of some of the best.<p>New on Android<p><b>Tunester</b><p>Tunester is a minimalist, gesture-based …

Research Experiment Produces First Human Brain-To-Brain Interface

In more brain news, researchers from the University of Washington (UW) say they’ve created the first successful, non invasive brain-to-brain-interface.<p>Don’t run screaming from your computer just yet. This is a research project in a controlled lab. The researcher, Rajesh Rao, says he was able to …

Visualizing The Big Data Industrial Complex [Infographic]

Behold the ever expanding rings of big data, tech’s most overhyped sector. I say overhyped, yet demand is fierce for software, hardware and consulting services that help companies process and store giant streams of varied and frequently changing information. According to research collective …

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Warren Buffett, age 44, explains the futility of playing the market

In 1975, shortly after joining the board of the Washington Post Company, Warren Buffett wrote a letter to the chairman and chief executive, Katherine Graham. He had some advice as to how the company should invest its pension accounts.<p>All 19 pages were recently published by Fortune, and are well …

Google is preparing for screenless computers

The spread of computing to every corner of our physical world doesn’t just mean a proliferation of screens large and small—it also means we’ll soon come to rely on mobile computers with no screens at all. “It’s now so inexpensive to have a powerful computing device in my car or lapel, that if you …

China's Xiaomi Sells 100,000 Units Of Its New Phone in 90 Seconds

Two weeks after Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi unveiled the lowest-priced Hongmi smartphone in its range, the company released the first batch of 100,000 phones at 12 noon local time on Qzone, a social networking website operated by Tencent, which were snapped up in 90 seconds flat.<p>The …

The honest Chromecast review: Three weeks with Google’s TV stick

It’s been three weeks since Google unveiled its Chromecast dongle, and I’ve been using it practically every day since then to watch Netflix(s nflx), …

Can an audiophile find joy in a full-size $40 headphone?

I'm always on the lookout for great sounding products in all price ranges, so when an Audiophiliac reader suggested the almost too good to be true JVC HA-RX700 full-size headphones, I pulled the trigger. I'm glad I did, first the HA-RX700 doesn't look or feel like a cheap headphone. Better yet, it …

10 Incredibly Simple Things You Should Be Doing To Protect Your Privacy

Over the weekend, I wound up at Washington, D.C.’s Trapeze School with a group of friends. Before one of them headed up a ladder to attempt a somersault landing from the trapeze bar, she handed me her phone and asked me to take photos. “What’s the password?” I asked. “I don’t use one,” she replied. …

NSA collected Americans' email records in bulk for two years under Obama

The Obama administration for more than two years permitted the National Security Agency to continue collecting vast amounts of records detailing the …

Following 243 percent growth, cloud-backup startup Zetta.net grabs $8M

Enterprise cloud-backup provider Zetta.net has raised $8 million in new funding to help it bolster its backup, disaster recovery, and archiving services, the company said today.<p>Zetta.net competes with cloud-backup providers such as Carbonite and Mozy, but it differentiates itself by claiming …

Study of 61K Amazon Web Services instances finds 23K should improve their security

In the initial rush to the cloud, some companies may have lost site of the fact that security, efficiency, and continuous monitoring are just as important in the cloud as in the datacenter. It looks like they’re picking up that theme now, but perhaps not as swiftly as their customers might like.<p>A …

Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations

The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant …

Android this week: Google’s keyboard for all; Galaxy S 4 updated; Xperia Z going stock

Google(s goog) continued an Android strategy this week to decouple core apps from the base software by releasing the native Android keyboard in the …

NTT DoCoMo's New Android Camera App Adds Video To Panoramic Photos

NTT DoCoMo, one of the largest mobile network operators in Japan, launched a new Android app today that enables users to easily shoot a panoramic photo and then animate specific parts of their subject matter.<p>The software forces the photographer to shoot 10 consecutive images, split into two …

Truphone creates a shared data plan that will cross international borders

Truphone has always had a soft spot for the international business traveler. When it became a virtual mobile carrier in 2010, its core service was a …