Monthly Archives: November 2013

FCC May Let Airplane Passengers Chat On The Phone In Flight


Look out, Henry Blodget. The skies might get a bit more uncomfortable.

The WSJ reports that airplane passengers may be allowed to use their cellphones, for both data and voice transmissions, based on a recent FCC proposal.

But before you begin having nightmares of college kids on their Thanksgiving trips settling in for a long, petname-filled conversation with their sweeties, it’s not so bad.

For one, the FCC decides what’s allowable for the airlines themselves, but each airline has the right to make their own rules within FCC regulation. In other words, specific airlines may ban the use of smartphones/cell phones during flight despite any FCC ruling.

Secondly, it requires the installation of new technology aboard the airplanes that allow them to communicate with cell towers far below. This will take quite some time to implement, and that’s after the months it takes to approve a proposal like this…

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Bitcoin $645? Yeah, That’s Totally Reasonable


Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency on everyone’s mind, is booming in value. Currently trading around $645 per coin, it has never been worth more, or generated more headlines that I can recall. The two are likely connected.

If you can remember April, Bitcoin enjoyed a firm rally, spiking to around $275 per coin on the Mt.Gox market. It then fell to the $60s. That was the second Bitcoin rally. The first was quite a while ago, in June of 2011 according to the same dataset, with Bitcoin spiking to a then sky-high $30 or so. It later fell to the single digits.

And so, in the first two Bitcoin rallies, we saw short-term spikes followed by sharp declines and price troughs. The gap between Bitcoin Rally 1 and Bitcoin Rally 2 was far longer than the distance between Rally 2 (April) and Rally 3 (now), but the pattern appears to be…

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Kostadinov, la Bulgarie et la Memoire

Que faisiez-vous le 17 novembre 1994 ou le 17 novembre 2004? Etait-ce une journée anodine? Si rien de particulier ne s’est passe’ en ces deux dates, il se peut très bien que vous essayerez de répondre a’ cette question en faisant appel a’ ce qui fut votre routine, par exemple, la litanie du “métro, boulot, dodo”.

Mais, que faisiez-vous le 17 Novembre 1993? Si vous êtes un fan de football et supporter de l’équipe de France, vous savez très bien ou’ vous étiez, en quelle compagnie vous étiez et vous pourrez même associer plusieurs détails relatif a’ cette date, comme par exemple, le juron que vous poussâtes après cet événement.

D’un coup de pied, c’est tout un univers qui se cristallise a’ jamais dans la mémoire. Tout est la’, tout est fige’. Ce soir la’ pour le meilleur, et en l’occurrence pour le pire pour les supporters de l’Equipe de France, est un de ce moment avec lesquels nous façonnons l’attelage de notre vie.

Jimmy Kimmel, China Affair

TF1 Aurait Manipulé le Reportage Sur Hollande

“Le petit journal” révèle, images a’ l’appuis, comment TF1 aurait sciemment décalé de quelques secondes la bande son, pour donner l’impression que le président fut hué lors de son déplacement a’ Oyonnax.

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Banana Republic, CNNMoney And CNBC Among Top Twitter Accounts During TWTR IPO


Data from social media analytics companies Crimson Hexagon and Topsy give insight into the chatter during Twitter’s IPO using data gleaned from (what else?) tweets. Most of the accounts that produced the top tweets are expected (like Twitter’s official account and major news outlets such as CNN), but there were a few surprises.

(Both Crimson Hexagon and Topsy are Twitter partners, which means they can re-syndicate tweets or analyze their content in exchange for a fee without risking suspension.)

According to Crimson Hexagon, there were more than 179,800 “relevant opinions,” or tweets, sent about Twitter during the day of its IPO. Crimson Hexagon also looked at tweets about Twitter before trading started. Over the last three days, Crimson Hexagon collected more than 252,400 relevant tweets; of that total, more than 35,000 were sent during the 10 a.m. hour after trading started.


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Impala For iPhone Identifies Your Photos Using Artificial Intelligence, Organizes Them For You


A new mobile application called Impala is picking up where Everpix left off, in terms of automatically categorizing your photo collections using computer vision technology. Once installed, the app works its way through your entire photo library on your iPhone, sorting photos into various categories like “outdoor,” “architecture,” “food,” “party life,” “friends,” “sunsets,” and more. But there’s a key difference between what Impala does and how Everpix worked. Impala’s mobile app has no server-side component – that is, your photos aren’t stored in the cloud. The software that handles the photo classification runs entirely on your device instead.

Impala is not a polished and professional app like Everpix was, of course, and photo classification is its only trick, while Everpix did much more. But its classification capabilities aren’t terrible. In tests, it ran through thousands of my iPhone photos over the course of some 20 minutes or so, placing photos…

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