May 24, 2013 |
"My Best Day Ever" was the theme of this year's national Doodle 4 Google contest, and when Sewell seventh grader Maria Iannone heard back in April that her artwork had been selected as her state's winner, that was a very good day indeed. This week was even better. On Tuesday, at a fete for the state finalists at Google's Manhattan offices, Maria learned she was one of five national winners. "I was kind of overwhelmed, but I wasn't really freaking out or anything," Maria said Wednesday, remembering her name being called as the winner in the sixth-and-seventh-grade age group.
May 3, 2013 |
Forget the crayons, paintbrushes, and colored pencils. The path to becoming an accomplished artist - or at least to a $30,000 college scholarship - is now etched on a tablet. That's what 12-year-old Maria Iannone, a seventh grader at Chestnut Ridge Middle School in Washington Township, used for her entry in Google's nationwide K-12 "Doodle 4 Google" contest. This year's theme: "My Best Day Ever. " Her doodle shows the silhouette of a person using a telescope to gaze at a yellow half-moon.
April 12, 2013 |
Its website has a new look, Twitter and Facebook are getter ever-higher profiles, and now the Upper Darby Township Police Department has signed on to Nixle, an instant-alert system that has gained popularity around the country. "Social media is a big thing," said Upper Darby Capt. Anthony Paparo, adding that it's a high-tech version of an old concept: community policing. The department also has set up an email address for crime tips. Nixle essentially is an electronic community bulletin board that can target alerts and advisories all the way to the block level, Pararo said.
March 27, 2013 |
* THE NEIGHBORS. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, 6 ABC. TOKS Olagundoye studied for years to play an extraterrestrial living in New Jersey. She just didn't know it. One of the stars of ABC's "The Neighbors," Olagundoye - whose first name rhymes with "jokes" and is short for Olatokunbo - was educated in her native Nigeria, in England and in the United States. She also was schooled by Bravo's "The Real Housewives of New Jersey. " "I watched three seasons of it, fully enjoyed it, then I didn't enjoy it. I stopped," she said of the "reality" show that "The Neighbors" satirized earlier this season, as Olagundoye's character tried to fit in with a group of human females by adopting a "Housewives" persona.
March 21, 2013
By agreeing to a toothless invasion-of-privacy settlement with Google, federal and state authorities blew a chance to take a bolder stand against the Internet behemoth's prying into people's lives. Between 2008 and 2010, Google employees carrying out its Street View mapping project drove by countless homes across America and harvested people's personal data, including passwords, medical records, financial accounts, and e-mails. Google initially denied it had obtained private information.
March 15, 2013 |
Without fanfare, Google announced that it is killing off its once popular Reader, a program that allowed users to subscribe to news feeds through a simple interface. It was sad news for news junkies and researchers who used it to suck in thousands of headlines from publications both local and global. Wired, lamented the loss, calling Reader 'revolutionary' and 'beloved.' "That's a shame, because Reader was pretty great," Wired stated. Google says Reader will go away July 1. Reader used what was nicknamed Really Simple Syndication, or RSS, to bring in news stories through a bit of programming code known as XML. Google reader debuted in 2005 and morphed into a simple, easy-to-use program that allowed users to personalize feeds by curating them by topic in folders.
March 13, 2013
In the Region Foot doctor ahead in drug-firm pay A Philadelphia-area foot doctor was named one of a few dozen physicians across the nation who have earned more than $200,000 from speaking and consulting work for drug companies. Warren S. Joseph of Huntingdon Valley was No. 5 on ProPublica 's list of Top Earners, one of a handful of doctors who grossed more than $500,000 from pharmaceutical giants. ProPublica is a nonprofit news organization devoted to investigative journalism.
March 4, 2013 |
I have an embarrassing story to tell you about how I tore my quadriceps muscle. I didn't do it skiing or running, snowboarding or hiking. All I did was get off the toilet seat. Yes, I'm too old to pee-pee without hazard. Last Sunday I left the bathroom, took a step, and got a pain in my thigh that felt as bad as childbirth without the ice chips. I tried to take two more steps, but couldn't walk. I broke out in a sweat and cried out in pain. The dogs didn't notice anything amiss.
March 1, 2013 |
"The voice-activated wearable computer ... it's coming from IBM," a commmercial declared a dozen years ago, while showing a dude wearing funny eyegear and shouting , scaring pigeons in Venice's St. Mark's Square. Finally, such a device could be out this year - but from Google, and, as folks have been hearing since last spring, it's called Google Glass . The buzz got louder this week with two appearances by Google cofounder Sergey Brin, one at an after-Oscars party, another speaking at a California innovation conference.
February 21, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Google's stock price topped $800 Tuesday for the first time amid renewed confidence in the company's ability to reap higher profits from its dominance of Internet search and prominence in the growing mobile market. The milestone comes more than five years after Google's shares initially hit $700. Not long after breaking that barrier in October 2007, the economy collapsed into the worst recession since World War II and Google's stock tumbled into a prolonged malaise that eventually led to a change in leadership.