Thursday links

How Google is teaching computers to seeGoogle is attempting to teach computers to recognize human faces without telling the computing algorithms which faces are human. It’s a machine learning problem made for this era of unstructured data and easy access to large compute clusters. It could help the search giant make huge strides in building […]

Monday links

A quarter of the world’s households now have Wi-Fi, survey saysA total of 439 million households around the world had installed a Wi-Fi-based home network at the end of 2011, equivalent to 25 percent of all households, according to market research company Strategy Analytics.—IT World Why the coming patent crisis is inevitableThe reason is simple: […]

Media consumption

Source: Ad Age

The competition for providing Internet form and content

How we use the Internet and the type of content that is on the Internet is changing rapidly. An article at PC Pro discusses the battle among the major players Apple, Microsoft, Google and Adobe. The article begins: In the 20 years since Tim Berners-Lee produced the first web browser, our expectations of what the […]

CDs and DVDs may deteriorate faster than you think

Your important data and multimedia stored on optical disks may not be as safe as you would like. The dyes used in the recording medium may be less stable than is often assumed. BBC reports on a French study: Preserving precious data, such as pictures and home videos, on CDs and DVDs could do more […]

Is the bell tolling for Flash?

Adobe Flash got hit with a one-two punch. First Steve Jobs banished Flash and then Microsoft announced it was joining Apple in supporting the new H.264 video standard. For the upcoming Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft says: The future of the web is HTML5. Microsoft is deeply engaged in the HTML5 process with the W3C. HTML5 […]

Steve Jobs goes to war

In recent days, Steve Jobs seems to be taking on everybody. He has slammed Adobe and forbidden Flash on the iPad. He has become increasingly on the outs with former ally Google and bumped their ads off the iPhone. What’s happening? At TechCrunch, Erick Schonfeld looks at the situation: Jobs is once again pitting Apple’s […]