Magdalene Kan

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Could Google Maps Help End Poverty?

Last year in the Indian city of Chennai, more than half a million people suddenly appeared from out of nowhere. These men, women and children weren’t rural migrants who had just moved to the city. Neither were they incomers from somewhere else in the world. They were slum dwellers who had lived in …

Billionaire Jewelry King Launches TaskWorld, A Management Tool All About Performance

Billionaire jewelry king Fred Mouawad has a different take on the world of task management. Most providers have some play on keeping a list or offer a schedule of reminders. But Mouawad, after hanging out at Stanford University to get in geek mode, has built something different. It’s called …

How the 'Netflix of books' won over the publishing industry (Q&A)

The world in which people have to rent movies one at a time from a video store, or buy individual songs from iTunes has come and gone. These days, Netflix, Spotify, Rdio, and other services are making it easier and easier for people to subscribe to all-you-can-eat plans.<p>As slow and painful as it …

This Apple iWatch Concept Design Is Simply Incredible

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Everyone's hearts go aflutter at iWatch rumors, the supposed wearable wrist computer that Apple could launch as early as this year.<p>A designer named Todd Hamilton took a stab not only at what the still-speculative watch might look like, but how it …

Build your own open source hardware Nest-style smart thermostat

Alan sez, "Spark.io provides instructions for making your own Nest-like 'smart' thermostat. Of course it's entirely open source, with files on …

Apple Preparing For Push Into Mobile Payments For Physical Goods, WSJ Reports

A long-rumored move by Apple is reportedly one step closer to becoming a reality today. The Wall Street Journal says that Apple is looking into a way to expand its mobile payments efforts into a means by which its users can pay for physical goods using iOS mobile devices via their existing iTunes …

Told Ya So: NSA's Collection Of Metadata Is Screamingly Illegal

<i>This post is coauthored by Christopher Sprigman.</i><p>We told you so. This week’s report from the independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, or PCLOB, confirms what we said back in June of last year in our New York Times Op Ed “The Criminal NSA”. The NSA’s telephone record metadata program, …

Google ad patent would offer e-shoppers a free taxi to stores

At Google they try to think of everything.<p>The principle behind this is that if they think of everything, there's a chance they can then own everything and make money out of everything.<p>The latest attempt is a patent for an ad service that would offer a free taxi to take you to the door of the …

Why video is the next big thing in big data

For most of its time as an IT industry buzzword, <i>big data</i> has been focused on numbers and letters. Sales numbers, medical results, weather, sensor …

San Francisco's guerrilla protest at Google buses swells into revolt

Google's corporate mantra may be to do no evil, but to a determined band of activists in San Francisco the company could just be the devil incarnate.<p>Corporate buses that Google and other tech companies lay on to ferry their workers from the city to Silicon Valley, 30 or 40 miles to the south, are …

Politicians are failing us, says Google's Eric Schmidt

Tech firm chairman denies plans for career in politics and says leaders are 'unaccountable yet unable to effect change'<p>Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, has criticised the lack of leadership shown by world leaders, complaining that Europe has accepted the inevitability of high levels of …