As reported by Ina Fried at All Things D, eight members of the Congressional Privacy Caucus have asked Google CEO Larry Page to address whether the device will use facial recognition software; what privacy steps the company is taking to protect bystanders and how Glass will fit into the companies existing privacy policies.
Photo: Google founder Sergey Brin poses wearing Google Glass REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
What does a spell uttered by Harry Potter and a MacBook Pro have in common?
The Mac on your desk or on the cafe table next to you has a chip with secret functions that can be unlocked only by inputting a spell from the Harry Potter series. The SMC, or system management controller, is a chip used to regulate a Mac’s current and voltage, manage its light sensor, and temporarily store FileVault keys. Turns out that the SMC contains undocumented code that is invoked by entering the word “SpecialisRevelio,” the same magic words used to reveal hidden charms, hexes, or properties used by wizards in the Harry Potter series written by author J. K. Rowling.
A trip to Italy by a group of 80 area Catholics and lead by Archbishop Henry Mansel, will be shared via social media with those who couldn’t make the journey.
The trip, called the Year of Faith Pilgrimage, is scheduled to visit holy sites throughout Italy from May 20th to 29th. The Archbishop will write about the trip on Facebook, twitter (@archmansell), and his blog. The group will spend time in Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Padua and Venice.
In a press release, the Archdiocese said, “While in Rome, they will attend the Papal Audience with Pope Francis, and visit the four major basilicas: St. Peter, St. Mary Major, St. Paul Outside the Walls and St. John Lateran.”
The group will depart from John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday.
Google is rolling out a new, more personalized version of Google Maps. By taking your information that you give Google in mail, calendar, or searches, they will use it to make the map more unique for each user.
The new version of Maps has other nifty features such as blending all of the images and information that Google collectively has about a place, even the interior 360-degree views of a restaurant or bar and three-dimensional satellite images from Google Earth, the digital model of the planet, without any plug-in or download.
While Congress, the FAA and Alec Baldwin want to change the rules about using electronic devices on planes, one report from Delta Airlines shows the devices may have interfered with the navigation systems of planes in flight.
Even Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL), which argued for relaxed rules, told the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration its pilots and mechanics reported 27 suspected incidents of passenger electronics causing aircraft malfunctions from 2010 to 2012. Atlanta-based Delta said it couldn’t verify there was interference in any of those cases.
One interesting point in the article is while some airlines moved to iPads instead of paper charts and manuals, the tablets are set to not use their internal radio connections.
A week from now you may be out of luck if you use the YouTube app on your Windows phone. Google has sent a cease and desist letter asking that it be removed from the Windows Phone Store and disabled on May 22nd.
According to The Verge, Google did not make a YouTube app for the new Windows mobile operating system, so Microsoft made one of their own. However it doesn’t support advertising. And therein lies the problem for the folks in Mountain View.
Microsoft has said they will welcome ads if Google allows it.
Google will be begin selling an unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 next month that runs on the latest version of the Android mobile operating system.
The Silicon Valley giant said All Access, a part of its Google Music service, will allow users to combine their music libraries with the millions of songs that Google has obtained rights to.
Users will be able to combine their own library with music from Google’s catalog and listen to selections like they do on Spotify or create radio stations like they do on Pandora.
The internet search engine firm also announced that 48 billion mobile applications had been downloaded, close to the 49 billion iOS apps and the total number of Android phones that had been activated had reached 900 million.
“Every studio in town would love to add Angry Birds to their slate,” Sony co-chairmen Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal said in a statement. “There are few titles out there that bring this kind of excitement, brand awareness and built-in audience to the table. We’re thrilled to be distributing this film and we hope this is just the beginning of what will be a long relationship with Rovio as we look for ways to work on future projects together.”
Sony Animation produced the Smurfs movie, ‘Hotel Transylvania,’ and “Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs,’ all of which have had sequels released or in the works.
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