December 11, 2014 |
Caitlin Zielinski, 10, thought she wanted a phone for Christmas. She did online research to find models that would meet her requirements - she could text, call, and play games like Be Funky and Skyburger - while acknowledging her parents' - they could tighten the reins if she texted too much or tried to download unapproved apps. Ultimately, Caitlin decided she didn't want to deal with monthly bills, so she revised her Christmas wishes: A laptop is now at the top of her list. Not all children are as likely to weigh the pros and cons of their technological gifts-to-be.
November 5, 2014 |
Pennsylvania State Police often taunted Eric Frein while he hid in the woods of the Poconos, telling reporters that he was a "coward" and that police were "not intimidated. " It turns out the accused killer of a state trooper may have read their comments on his laptop. Frein, who was on the run and seemingly off the grid for 48 days, told police after his capture Thursday that he often used his Lenovo ThinkPad to access wireless networks, according to search warrants. Police searched the abandoned airplane hangar where Frein was captured because he told his captors that his handgun and rifle were inside.
September 10, 2014 |
Days before the public learned that the 5-year-old girl abducted from a West Philadelphia school was sexually assaulted, the laptop of kidnap suspect Christina Regusters showed Internet searches for child pornography and covering up DNA from a sexual assault. That was the testimony of FBI computer expert Michael Moore, who told a Philadelphia jury Monday of searching three laptops seized from the house where Regusters lived, about two blocks from Bryant Elementary School. Questioned by defense attorney W. Fred Harrison Jr., Moore acknowledged he could not prove who had searched the Internet on Regusters' laptop.
July 2, 2014 |
Loretta Luff had taken a break from her Sunday wash when she sat down at her living room desk, and began checking e-mail and playing spider solitaire on her laptop. The Braves were beating the Phillies on the TV behind her, and her toy poodles, Marie and Gigi, rested nearby. Then, said Luff, 72, her Dell Inspiron exploded, spraying battery acid and computer parts all over her and the carpet, as far as eight feet behind her. "The computer blew back, and everything else came toward me," Luff said Monday.
June 18, 2014 |
THE STICKY-FINGERED duo entered the Manayunk school in the early morning hours and walked out with more than a dozen MacBook laptops, police said yesterday. Northwest Detectives yesterday released surveillance video showing the two males entering Dobson Elementary School, on Umbria Street near Wright, about 6:15 a.m. June 10. The pair, which authorities identified as juveniles, broke into a cart where the laptops were charging and stole 13 computers, worth $17,957, police said. A building engineer was inside the school at the time of the theft - he had unlocked the entrance for staffers - but was unaware of the crime, district spokesman Fernando Gallard said.
January 10, 2014 |
QUALCOMM this year will begin selling the first commercial "neuromorphic" microprocessor, so-named for its ability to mimic the human nervous system. The chips can absorb and interpret information, recognize and adjust to mistakes, and adapt . Thus do devices that serve us edge ever closer to being us. If, that is, you truly believe it is a human trait to learn from mistakes. And therein lies a tale. A terrific one, called "Her," from Spike Jonze. It's a brilliantly imagined science-fiction movie that makes literal (a man falls for an operating system)
December 24, 2013 |
One woman was sitting in a window seat at La Colombe, lost in a discussion about a Macy's sale, when someone snatched her wallet from her purse. Alyssa Abbott had just finished lunch at a Chestnut Street cafe when she noticed how light her tote bag felt. And Temple University student Rachael Young was packing up her laptop at Starbucks when she realized her wallet was gone. Pickpockets. Or, more precisely, the work of what police now call "sneak thieves. " If the best friend of the coffeehouse thief is distraction, then the holiday season, with its crowded shops of hurried shoppers, offers the pickpocket prime opportunities.
September 27, 2013 |
"DON JON" is a love triangle for the online generation - a three-way involving a girl, a guy and his pornography. Porn we meet first, because it's the guy's first love. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who directs) plays Jon, a North Jersey ladies man who's successful at seducing women but generally finds them inferior to the virtual and infallible women of pornography. The movie's extended prologue shows Jon bedding one lovely lady after another, while his jaded voiceover tells us that these encounters leave something to be desired.
May 13, 2013 |
In 1993, Todd Rundgren released No World Order , an interactive CD that allowed listeners to alter the mix and sequence of the music. That forward-thinking endeavor now seems quaint compared to Rundgren's wholly electronic new album, State , and the laptop-driven live show that the Upper Darby native brought Saturday to the Trocadero. Rundgren, 64, has chased various muses since founding psychedelic rock band the Nazz in the late '60s. There has been soft rock, progressive rock, classic pop, hard rock, soul, and now this electronic sound that finds Rundgren seemingly under the influence of Skrillex and Frank Ocean.
April 28, 2013 |
A Rutgers University student is in dire straits for a common foible - failing to back up stuff on the computer. Five years of the student's doctoral research disappeared last week. It had been kept on a laptop that was stolen April 19 from a university chemistry building in New Brunswick, N.J. With his thesis defense looming, the chemistry doctoral student put up fliers around campus offering to pay $1,000 to get his research back. "If you stole my laptop and now you are reading this letter, I would like to say that you can keep the computer and I would like to pay you money for my data under D drive.