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.
February 21, 2013 |
A19-YEAR-OLD man who allegedly sneaked into Upper Darby High School on Tuesday and threatened a teacher with a hammer before stealing her laptop also is believed to have harassed a teacher at a middle school last month, police said Wednesday. Darlington James, an Upper Darby resident who does not attend the high school, got in to the building through a back door during dismissal Tuesday and went to the 32-year-old teacher's second-floor classroom about 3:20 p.m., Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said.
February 15, 2013 |
Microsoft's new Surface Pro is tough to pigeonhole. Is it a tablet that doubles as a laptop? A teeny laptop that doubles as a tablet? An upgrade to last fall's Surface RT that runs actual Windows 8? A svelte solution to the age-old hassle of taking work home or on a plane? On the surface, here's the Pro: an $899 tablet that, with a couple nifty add-ons, morphs into a $1,100 micro-laptop. With its sharp, HD display and Windows 8's "live tile" apps, the touch-screen tablet will keep its owner engaged for four or five hours without a power cord.
January 15, 2013 |
Drexel University sophomore Hyo Jung Cha needed to listen to audio clips for her Japanese class on Thursday afternoon but didn't feel like lugging her laptop to the school's Hagerty Library. So she decided to use the library's newest addition - a laptop kiosk. Students swipe their identification card at the 24-hour kiosk and out pops a shiny silver MacBook, which they can use free for up to five hours. Drexel reports it is the first school in the area to dispense computers via the kiosk, designed to give students access to laptops more easily and after the circulation desk is closed for the night.
December 30, 2012 |
WENCHI, Ethiopia - The children in this village wear filthy, ragged clothes. They sleep beside cows and sheep in huts made of sticks and mud. They have no school. Yet they all can chant the English alphabet, and some can make words. The key to their success: 20 tablet computers dropped off in their village in February by a U.S. group called One Laptop Per Child. The goal is to find out whether kids using today's technology can teach themselves to read in places where no schools or teachers exist.
December 28, 2012
IN A YEAR when the city's homicide rate sits at nearly one a day, cases and numbers become a blur. Here's a look back at some of the heartbreaking killings in Philadelphia this year: Off-duty officer slain Officer Moses Walker Jr ., 40, had just finished his shift at North Philadelphia's 22nd District early Aug. 18 and was on his way home when he was gunned down by two men in a botched robbery. Walker, a 19-year veteran who worked in the district's holding cell, was remembered by fellow cops - and even by men he locked up - as a model officer who always wore a smile and treated people with respect.