One week left. In seven days Microsoft will end support for it’s Windows XP operating system that dates back to 2002.
Do you have XP on your computer? You can download Microsoft’s upgrade assistant here. It will tell you if you computer can handle an upgrade to Windows 8.1. If it can’t, you can either keep going with your current system and it will be vulnerable to virus and malware attacks as Microsoft stops supporting the operating system, or you could buy a new computer with a current operating system.
While 28% of the world’s computers are running Windows XP according to NetMarketShare, that number is down 11% since last year. Microsoft has been telling customers for years that this date is coming. Among those customers are banks and their Automatic Teller Machines, of which 95% use XP according to Bloomberg.
Half of the entertainment content viewed on a smartphone is through YouTube according to a study by a mobile analytics firm as reported on Re/code.
Flurry says that the video arm of Google dominates the moblie market alond with Facebook and it’s properties.
The typical U.S. consumer devotes 2 hours and 42 minutes a day to their smartphones or tablets, up 4 minutes from March 2013. Apps have eclipsed the mobile web, accounting for 86 percent of the average mobile consumer’s time.
That’s a pretty good return on Google’s 2006 purchase of the video site.
To increase transparency in state government, Connecticut unveiled Data.ct.gov as a central location for government produced data.
Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement, “We launched this website to as part of our goal to make the data collected by state government more open and easily accessible to its owners – the taxpayers of Connecticut. Data.ct.gov will make vast amounts of data – data that was previously hard to find – easily accessible to individuals, researchers, entrepreneurs, academics, policymakers and other state agencies, and spur a new level of innovation and collaboration in our state.”
The site features data in eight categories: Business, Government, Education, Public Safety, Transportation, Health, Environment, Housing and Development. The data is collected by executive branch agencies and an executive order signed by Malloy last year instructs the state agencies to identify and upload the data to the site.
The site has some data already, including traffic counts for the state, leased and owned state buildings, and information about the state’s First Five Program. Sections for Health and Public Safety were empty as of Monday at noon.
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.