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June 19, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
CITY OFFICIALS blew more than $500,000 on a failed computer technology upgrade that was supposed to track how the city used a $30.8 million grant from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development to combat homelessness. Now, officials with the city's Office of Supportive Housing are scrambling to find - and pay - a new vendor to quickly fix the mess, or potentially risk losing millions of dollars in HUD money needed to fund critical homeless-assistance programs in Philadelphia. "I think it's premature to talk about losing funding on any level," HUD spokesman Brian Sullivan said this week.
NEWS
June 13, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
A volunteer fire chief in Camden County "abused the trust placed in him" by using his fire station computer to share files of child pornography, authorities said. John Terruso, 44, chief of the Audubon Park Volunteer Fire Company, was arrested at the station Wednesday evening and charged with distribution and possession of child pornography. He has been suspended from his position. Investigators seized four laptop computers and other electronic devices, and found more than 1,000 files of suspected child pornography, the New Jersey Attorney General's Office said.
NEWS
June 1, 2015 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shelly Bronstein took a bus and two subways every day from Broomall to Temple University. After classes, she worked two jobs, including one as elevator operator at a women's clothing store - hardly a prospect-rich environment. She dated, but rarely met guys outside her political science program. So when she saw the coupon in the Temple News in 1965 for Operation Match - the nation's first big computer dating service - she mailed in her $3, a lot of money in those days, hoping for fun and dates.
NEWS
April 24, 2015 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
The concentrated heat radiating from your laptop. The sudden roar of the cooling fan from inside your desktop computer. Familiar signs of wasted energy, caused largely by the increasing numbers of transistors crammed into the innards of our electronic gadgets. As you reach once again for that charging cable, be aware that an amiable pair of University of Pennsylvania physicists may have hit on the beginnings of a solution: a new kind of material called topological insulators.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
I admit, I was quite horrified - like, shaken to my very core - by Unfriended , a horror pic with a new gimmick that likely will spawn an entire subgenre of more substandard rubbish. Unfriended unfolds entirely on a computer screen, the story and dialogue taking place among characters engaged in multiple acts of multiple-partner Skyping, Facebooking, and Googling. Possibly the single most uncinematic device ever used in a film, the gimmick must have made the studio suits jump with joy. Talk about low overhead!
BUSINESS
April 3, 2015 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
It can happen to anyone, including the tech-savvy. You click on a seemingly harmless link, or don't even know what went wrong. Suddenly, you lose access to your own computer, and all your crucial files - or, even worse, files shared by a business. How much would you pay to regain control? Market testing by the bad guys - yes, the tools of capitalism thrive in the Net's back alleys, just as in Silicon Valley - seems to suggest that consumers will pay from $500 to $700 for an outright ransom demand, and that businesses might fork over thousands.
REAL_ESTATE
March 22, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Harry and Susan Armstrong flip houses. To date, the Pitman couple have flipped 15 - eight in recent years, after their children were grown. All but one of those flips has been in Pitman. "You do what you know," said Harry, publisher of the Golden Times, which he describes as a regional newspaper for seniors. But this is not about house-flipping, which Harry said he and Susan do as padding for retirement. "We're not professionals," he emphasizes. That isn't to say I'm not going to squeeze in a few of his observations about flipping at some point, since I'm again getting inquiries from wannabes.
NEWS
January 27, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
When George Zhu attended Mercersburg Academy, a boarding school in central Pennsylvania, he was always told to finish his plate at dinner. The law required cafeteria workers to dump whatever prepared food was not consumed or never served. That wastefulness bothered Zhu, now a sophomore at Swarthmore College. So he spent an almost sleepless weekend in a building at Haverford College with his team of three friends - surrounded by pizza boxes and dozens of other ambitious students - searching for a solution through technology.
NEWS
December 30, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman and Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Since New Jersey expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, its efforts to enroll thousands of low-income residents have been hampered by low staffing and antiquated technology. Gov. Christie championed the expansion, and, indeed, 300,000 New Jersey adults have enrolled in Medicaid, the federal program for the poor and disabled, since President Obama's health-care law took effect in October 2013. Many gained coverage directly through online state and federal portals. Yet an estimated 11,000 others, whom experts describe as some of the state's most vulnerable citizens, have received no response to their applications.
BUSINESS
December 29, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
"We want a cool office," said Gabriel Weinberg , founder of six-year-old DuckDuckGo , the Google-challenging search site that promises "Real Privacy - Smarter Search - Less Clutter. " The Massachusetts Institute of Technology grad's style sense prompted DuckDuckGo, which keeps 25 software developers and designers busy powering 200 million monthly user searches, to build its headquarters on the top two floors of a stone-fronted, turret-topped, asymmetrical office building on Paoli Pike two blocks from the Paoli Amtrak station and a short drive from Weinberg's home on Valley Forge Mountain.
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