December 16, 2012
Debra Nussbaum is an adjunct journalism professor at Rowan University When Emily Post penned her famous tome on etiquette in 1922, she never could have envisioned that, decades down the road, there would need to be many new chapters written on civility and manners, thanks to technology. E-mails, texts, Facebook messages, and tweets have presented modern dilemmas on what constitutes polite behavior. The biggest challenge for many of us may be figuring out when communicating electronically is just not appropriate.
December 15, 2012 |
RALEIGH, N.C. - N. Joseph Woodland, 91, the coinventor of the bar code that labels nearly every product in stores and has boosted productivity in nearly every sector of commerce worldwide, has died. Mr. Woodland, who was born in Atlantic City, died Sunday in Edgewater, N.J., from the effects of Alzheimer's disease and complications of his advanced age, his daughter, Susan Woodland, said Thursday. Mr. Woodland and Bernard Silver were students at Philadelphia's Drexel Institute of Technology - now Drexel University - when Silver overheard a grocery executive asking an engineering school dean to channel students into research on how product information could be captured at checkout, Susan Woodland said.
November 16, 2012 |
A pyramid of reflected laser beams is hardly what Frank Lloyd Wright had in mind when he referred to the Elkins Park synagogue he designed as an incandescent vision of Mount Sinai. But the historic Beth Sholom Congregation building is being re-created as hundreds of thousands - if not a million - points of light, all in an effort to preserve it. The 1959 structure of aluminum, glass, and steel is part of a global initiative to create high-definition 3D digital models of important historic sites.
October 23, 2012 |
Earlier this month, City Council hosted a hearing over two days about Philadelphia's business climate. Allow me to boil down the more than eight hours of testimony after having reviewed several hundred pages of transcripts: Philadelphia needs to attract more capital and technology talent. Oh, there was plenty of discussion about changing taxes. ( University of Pennsylvania finance professor Robert Inman , for example, says tax residents where they live, not where they work.)
October 6, 2012 |
C&D Technologies Inc., a Blue Bell-based maker of energy-storage products and backup power systems, has hired Christian Rheault as its new president and chief executive officer. Rheault had been senior vice president of global business operations for Kulicke & Soffa Industries Inc. until the maker of semiconductor and LED assembly equipment moved its corporate headquarters to Singapore from Fort Washington. Taken by private by Angelo, Gordon & Co. in January, C&D had been led by interim CEO David L. Treadwell since May, after Minnesota-based MTS Systems Corp.
October 6, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - A former New Jersey gaming regulator, who now runs the world's largest independent gaming-equipment testing lab, said new technology is impacting tribal casino operators as much as those who run U.S. commercial gambling halls. "In Indian gaming, new technology is not always born out of innovation," said James Maida, president and chief executive officer of Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) in Lakewood, N.J., during a panel discussion Thursday, the final day of the Global Gaming Conference here.
September 19, 2012 |
Jim Young , raised in Apple Computer's hometown of Cupertino, Calif., developed the notoriously successful face-and-body comparison-voting site HotOrNot.com back in pre- Facebook days, while he was warming up for his doctoral dissertation at Berkeley. Cheyenne Ehrlich , raised in a meditation center, developed ClickTheButton.com , a PayPal predecessor, while he was an undergraduate at Vassar, and went on to help build firms in Silicon Valley and East Asia, from his home on the Hawaiian island of Maui.
September 6, 2012
As the political conventions wind down, and the campaigns crank into overdrive, there are plenty of smartphone applications to add to the arsenal for following the presidential election. Each of this week's offerings is free, and all but one are available for both Android and Apple devices. Ad Hawk by the Sunlight Foundation, available from Google Play and the App Store, tells which groups are behind political advertisements. The Sunlight Foundation is a nonpartisan group that advocates for government transparency.
August 20, 2012 |
Election officials are finding that new technology enables efficient elections, even eliminating the need for voters to show photo ID. However, obtaining identification documents to register remains a hurdle for the elderly and minorities who lack those resources. Electronic poll books, which essentially are computer software that load digital registration records, are used in at least one county in27 states, including Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. In Pennsylvania, Bradford and Washington Counties used some of the federal voting-act money to install the electronic poll books, according to the Department of State.
August 1, 2012 |
There was a 66.67-percent chance that Jai Williams would wind up playing his college basketball in Philadelphia. That number is now 100. The 6-8, 240-pound Williams, a rising senior and power forward at Philadelphia Electrical & Technology Charter, Monday committed to Saint Joseph's. His runner-up school was La Salle. Other offers came from Temple, Drexel, Virginia Commonwealth and Niagara. "I wanted to stay close to home, so my family could come see me play," said Williams, who lives near 42nd and Parkside, roughly 3 miles from Hawk Hill.