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March 2, 2010 | By Dan Hardy INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A group of Lower Merion and Harriton High School parents will meet tonight to discuss ways to derail the possibility that a federal lawsuit over laptop spying could lead to a lengthy and expensive class-action case against their district. Bryn Mawr resident Michael Boni, one of the organizers, said yesterday: "We have spoken to our neighbors and friends, and it seemed that there was a groundswell of opposition to one family with one lawyer bringing this action on behalf of the community.
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September 11, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK - Bill Moggridge, a British industrial designer who designed an early portable computer with the flip-open shape that is common today, died of cancer Saturday. He was 69. Moggridge is credited with the design of the Grid Compass, a computer that had a keyboard and yellow-on-black display that sold for $8,150 when it was released in 1982. It was encased in magnesium and seen as rugged, and was used by the U.S. military. The computer made its way into outer space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1985.
NEWS
March 30, 2011 | Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS - A BP employee lost a laptop containing personal data belonging to thousands of Louisiana residents who filed claims for compensation after last year's gulf oil spill, a spokesman for the oil giant said Tuesday. Spokesman Curtis Thomas said BP mailed out letters Monday to roughly 13,000 people whose data were stored on the computer, notifying them about the potential security breach and offering to pay for monitoring their credit. The company also reported the missing laptop to law enforcement, he said.
NEWS
February 24, 2010 | By Dan Hardy and Joelle Farrell INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Superintendent Christopher McGinley, whose Lower Merion School District was accused in a federal lawsuit last week of spying on students in their homes, faced about 75 district residents last night and said little about the controversy. McGinley had no choice; he is barred by a court order, filed Monday, from talking about the allegations, unless he first clears his statements with attorneys for 15-year-old Blake Robbins and his family. So he had nothing of substance to say about the lawsuit over district-issued laptop computers at the meeting at Narberth Borough Hall.
NEWS
August 20, 2010 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A security officer for the Transportation Security Administration surrendered to authorities Friday to face charges that she stole laptop computers from a TSA facility. Jennifer Steplight, 40, of Bayonne, maintained records for the TSA's lost and found office at Newark Liberty International Airport. Federal prosecutors said Steplight stole four laptops from the office in December 2009 and January 2010 and concealed the thefts by faking claim forms. Steplight, who appeared in Newark federal court this afternoon, was charged with embezzlement and making false statements.
NEWS
April 17, 2008 | By Marcia Gelbart INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Did the union led by state Senate candidate John J. Dougherty pay to place more than 100,000 anonymous attack flyers targeting Mayor Nutter during last year's Democratic mayoral primary campaign? Believing that a laptop computer owned by local political consultant Tommie St. Hill might provide an answer, the Philadelphia Board of Ethics persuaded a city judge two days ago to allow it to conduct a search to find out. But it seems no search will occur because the laptop is missing.
NEWS
June 18, 2010
Although police sought the public's help on Tuesday to identify a vehicle linked to a suburban theft - one of dozens in recent weeks - it was one of their own who cracked the case, said a Friday news release from Westtown-East Goshen police. A detective on patrol observed a matching Mazda 3 sedan and made contact with the driver, the release said. An investigation followed and resulted in the arrest of Robert B. Siter, 22, of Media, who was charged with criminal conspiracy, burglary and related offenses.
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March 3, 2010 | By Dan Hardy INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Many of the Lower Merion district high school parents who met last night to figure out how to respond to a lawsuit over alleged laptop spying agreed they want a say in the process. About 150 people gathered at Narberth Borough Hall to discuss whether they could and should join together to influence the litigation and oppose its becoming a class action. Bryn Mawr resident Michael Boni, a group founder and a lawyer, said that unless a way was found to resolve the laptop lawsuit without lengthy legal proceedings, the cost to the district could run "into the millions.
NEWS
May 25, 2010 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Seattle-based security firm says it needed just hours to hack into a version of the laptop tracking system that the Lower Merion School District used, suggesting that tech-savvy outsiders could have commandeered the computers and watched students through their webcams. The company, Leviathan Security Group, said it launched the review after realizing that some of its clients were using the same system, LANrev, that drew an international spotlight to Lower Merion. Leviathan executives said they had no reason to believe anyone had breached Lower Merion's system.
NEWS
September 11, 2012
NEW YORK - Bill Moggridge, 69, a British industrial designer who created an early portable computer with the flip-open shape that is common today, has died. Moggridge is credited with the design of the Grid Compass, a computer that had a keyboard and yellow-on-black display that sold for $8,150 when it was released in 1982. It was encased in magnesium and seen as rugged, and was used by the U.S. military. The computer made its way into outer space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1985.
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January 10, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
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)
NEWS
December 24, 2013 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 27, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
"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.
NEWS
May 13, 2013 | By Patrick Berkery, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
April 28, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 21, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
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.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2013 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
January 15, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 30, 2012 | By Jason Straziuso, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
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.
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