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Monday: July 6, 2009

Soon you'll be able to grab a Big Mac while charging your electric car.Soon you'll be able to grab a Big Mac while charging your electric car.

...a new North Carolina McDonald's will include electric vehicle (EV) recharging stations, part of the ChargePoint network. While you stuff your face, your car could be stuffing its battery.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 3:15 PM | Tags (6) | mcdonalds | environment | electric | cars | vehicle | fastfood |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Go on a digital treasure hunt through a newly wired-up city of Venice.Go on a digital treasure hunt through a newly wired-up city of Venice.

Interesting way to celebrate Venice getting wired up for this century. So long unsightly antennas!

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 2:45 PM | Tags (6) | hunt | travel | treasure | venice | wifi | wired |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Trading software from Goldman Sachs stolen by original developer?Trading software from Goldman Sachs stolen by original developer?

Promised a job at triple his $400,000 annual salary, he downloaded the secret codes he had developed, presumably on behalf of a generous new employer who is reportedly based in Chicago.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 11:24 AM | Tags (6) | goldmansachs | hacker | software | stocks | theft | trading |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 28 Clicks | Posted by Vin


McAfee glitch sends out a false-positive for virus detection accidentally.McAfee glitch sends out a false-positive for virus detection accidentally.

Glitch caused many a headaches worldwide as the anti-virus software starting attacking core system files. Whoops.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 7:41 AM | Tags (8) | software | antivirus | it | falsepositive | virus | protection | glitch | mcafee |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: July 2, 2009

Digitizing health records may ultimately save billions of dollars.Digitizing health records may ultimately save billions of dollars.

Analysts say an estimated $700 billion a year is wasted on unnecessary tests and mistakes that a computerized system could help avoid. Still, hospitals had been reluctant to change due to the up front costs. But industry professionals say the stimulus plan incentives are motivational factors.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 11:21 AM | Tags (8) | hospital | records | medical | database | health | industry | government | systems |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: July 1, 2009

Newly developed robotic rat uses robotic whiskers to seek out and identify objects.Newly developed robotic rat uses robotic whiskers to seek out and identify objects.

...[Rats] are able to accurately determine the position, shape and texture of objects using precise rhythmic sweeping movements of their whiskers, make rapid accurate decisions about objects, and then use the information to build environmental maps.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 2:56 PM | Tags (3) | rats | robots | whiskers |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: June 30, 2009

Over eighty percent of spam in June sent from botnets.Over eighty percent of spam in June sent from botnets.

The security firm says that many of the smaller botnets send spam through various webmail accounts, making it appear as if a real person was sending the messages. In this sense, there could be an even higher percentage of spam with botnets behind it.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 7:26 AM | Tags (3) | spam | bots | botnets |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 1 Click | Posted by Vin


Monday: June 29, 2009

Are sealed-in laptop batteries a good idea?Are sealed-in laptop batteries a good idea?

I lean towards no.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 2:32 PM | Tags (6) | sealed | battery | laptop | replacement | swap | device |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 18 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Have a gander at the first electronic solid-state quantum processor.Have a gander at the first electronic solid-state quantum processor.

...but can it run Crysis?

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 11:18 AM | Tags (3) | chip | processor | quantum |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Software not yet smart enough to sort out human relationships.Software not yet smart enough to sort out human relationships.

World-Check doesn't rely on automated tools to build its database. That responsibility lies with analysts employed by World-Check to sift through primary sources of information to identify high-risk individuals and document their connections and relationships with other people.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 11:16 AM | Tags (4) | humans | interesting | relationships | software |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 1 Click | Posted by Vin


Friday: June 26, 2009

Your next house could very well come out of a printer.Your next house could very well come out of a printer.

Once printed, it only takes about 24 hours for the material to fully set. The process is also pretty environmentally sound, and if any of the building material remains unused, it can be recycled.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 4:57 PM | Tags (4) | printer | environment | recycled | house |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 17 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: June 25, 2009

Microsoft lets loose details about Windows 7 pricing.Microsoft lets loose details about Windows 7 pricing.

Hey, free upgrades in some cases too!

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 3:40 PM | Tags (4) | windows7 | microsoft | upgrades | pricing |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 13 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Cryptographic challenge solved by IBM researcher.Cryptographic challenge solved by IBM researcher.

The breakthrough, called 'privacy homomorphism,' or 'fully homomorphic encryption,' makes possible the deep and unlimited analysis of encrypted information - data that has been intentionally scrambled - without sacrificing confidentiality.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 3:40 PM | Tags (4) | ibm | encryption | privacy | analysis |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 10 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Your HTML emails may look quite terrible in the next version of Outlook.Your HTML emails may look quite terrible in the next version of Outlook.

As if it wasn't bad enough already.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 7:37 AM | Tags (3) | emails | outlook | rendering |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 31 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tesla gets a $465 million loan from the government to build electric car.Tesla gets a $465 million loan from the government to build electric car.

Tesla has long been counting on the loan to help it build the sedan it unveiled in March and had been in discussions with the agency for about nine months. It had sought $350 million to retool a factory to build the car and $100 million to manufacture battery packs and drivetrain components.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 7:34 AM | Tags (3) | electric | loads | tesla |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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