Three board members of Mozilla have stepped down while the organization does damage control in the wake of disclosures that it’s CEO, Brendan Eich, donated to organizations in favor of the anti same sex marriage Proposition 8 in California in 2008. Here’s some background from the L.A. Times.
Here’s more from the Wall Street Journal on the resignations.
The three board members who resigned sought a CEO from outside Mozilla with experience in the mobile industry who could help expand the organization’s Firefox OS mobile-operating system and balance the skills of co-founders Eich and Baker, the people familiar with the situation said. They did not want to be identified because they are not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.
Mozilla issued statements in support of LGBT equality on it’s blog over the weekend as well.
Over the past few days we have been asked a number of questions about Brendan Eich’s appointment as CEO. This post is to clarify Mozilla’s official support of equality and inclusion for LGBT people.
Mozilla’s mission is to make the Web more open so that humanity is stronger, more inclusive and more just. This is why Mozilla supports equality for all, including marriage equality for LGBT couples. No matter who you are or who you love, everyone deserves the same rights and to be treated equally.
And there’s this according to the Boy Genius Report:
Following the leak of a purported case mold that third-party protective case designers might use to get an early jump on building cases for Apple’s next iPhone, a Japanese blog posted what it claimed to be schematics for both of Apple’s next-generation iPhones that were printed by a magazine in Japan. According to the leak, those devices included an iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display and a larger iPhone phablet with a 5.7-inch screen.
The camera in the iPhone 5 series is pretty good. You can make it much better with a $7 app.
9to5Mac.com has the story:
With the built-in camera app able to capture HD video at up to 120fps, Ultrakam takes the opposite route, limiting the frame-rate to 30fps and using a more efficient codec to in order to capture 2k video: 2240×1672. The app also allows you to shoot at 24fps for a more film-like look.
The downside is you need 3GB for every minute of footage.
More and more car makers are adding apps to the cars themselves rather than having the driver supply the tech with their phone.
Only about 10 percent of vehicles have built-in connectivity today, but the number is expected to rise to more than 90 percent by 2020, according to the British consulting firm Machina Research.
Courant.com has the story. Read more here.
Fresh off the success of it’s 2012 collection, NASA is soliciting the public’s help in picking the next generation space suit for upcoming missions to space.
There are three versions under consideration for the Z-2 Spacesuit Design, and you can vote here
Option A: “Biomimicry”
uses the protective qualities of natures creatures to protect it’s occupants.
Option B: “Technology” refers back to suits of the past and is designed to help facilitate movement.
Option C: “Trends in Society” attempts to predict what clothing may look like in the future.
The last space suit wonTime Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2012,
The Z-2 marks several milestones for NASA:
First surface-specific planetary mobility suit to be tested in full vacuum
First use of 3D human laser scans and 3D-printed hardware for suit development and sizing
Most advanced use of impact resistant composite structures on a suit upper and lower torso system
First integration of the suit-port concept with a hard upper torso suit structure
Most conformal and re-sizeable hard upper torso suit built to date
Photos courtesy of NASA
A nationwide competition for high school students to create mobile apps is being championed by U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty.
Esty, a Democrat who represents Connecticut’s Fifth District, is asking students to create an application and then enter a video to explain the app and describe what they learned.
One entry will be selected from each Congressional District.
More information on how to enter from Esty’s district can be found here.
Students from other districts can get more information here.
The first and second rounds of the upcoming American Athletic Conference women’s basketball tournament at the Mohegan Sun Arena will be shown only on ESPN 3.
On Saturday March 8th, the University Of Connecticut Women’s Basketball team will play the winner of Friday’s first round game. ESPN 3 is available on Apple TV, iOS devices, Roku players and Xboxes.
John Altavilla has a post here with great links.
Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering is asking for nominations for it’s Connecticut Medal of Technology.
The award, patterned after the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, recognizes achievements in technology, innovation, and advanced manufacturing. It is awarded in alternate years in conjunction with the Connecticut Medal of Science. Winners will be featured in the hall of fame at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford.
Nominations are due by March 14th and can be submitted online.
The state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) announced Monday the formation of a new area code that will overlay the current 860 area code.
According to a press release, the current code is running out of numbers. Starting in August, new phone activations in the geographic area will be assigned 959. By the state and the telecoms opting for an overlay, customers will not have to change their current numbers like they did in the late 1990′s when the state was split into 860 and 203 area codes.
According to PURA:
For most customers, the new area code should have minimal impact:
- existing telephone numbers, including current area code, will not change;
- customers will continue to dial area code + telephone number for local calls, and 1 + area code + telephone number for long distance calls;
- local calling areas will remain the same;
- prices for calls and coverage areas will not change due to the overlay;
- customers will still dial services such as 911 (211, 411, 811, etc.) with just three digits.
The automated equipment will have to be updated to insure that it recognizes 959 as a local call. The new code will take effect August 30, 2014.
More info here: http://www.ct.gov/pura/site/default.asp
Nokia XL Photo: REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino
Netflix announced today that it’s new version of it’s iOS App allows video streaming to Apple TVs.
Airplay is a feature that allows video or audio played on an iPad, iPhone or later model Mac computer to appear on the TV connected to an Apple TV. While there is a Netflix app on the Apple TV, the new feature will allow a user to connect to other units on the same Wifi network without entering account information on that device and have more precise control over playback features.
The new feature was announced in the Netflix company blog written by Roma De, the director of product management at Netflix. Version 5.0 was released in the App Store within the last 24 hours.
She lists other reason you may want to use your iOS device for controlling the video:
Use your iPhone or iPad as a remote control for the Apple TV during AirPlay. You can pause, seek, select audio or subtitles and stop playback from your iPhone or iPad.
To make this even easier use the lock screen functionality (iOS 7) in our new iOS app during AirPlay. And you can continue to use other apps like email on your phone while using Airplay with Netflix.
Netflix recently made moves to close it’s Bloomfield distribution center.
Do you plan on using the new feature?