tech news http://www.kplu.org en Social media rising to the top of places to go in natural disasters http://www.kplu.org/post/social-media-rising-top-places-go-natural-disasters The next time a big wildfire erupts or an earthquake unleashes near you, Twitter, Google and Facebook might be useful places to turn. And not just you. Disaster response agencies are plunging into social media.<p>They can develop better situational awareness by seeking out your online gripes and observations. Digital platforms also provide an avenue to give more frequent official updates and correct misinformation during a catastrophe.<p>Kalab Urike has gone through the kind of disaster the Pacific Northwest is supposedly due for. Mon, 09 Jul 2012 14:39:33 +0000 Tom Banse 5543 at http://www.kplu.org Social media rising to the top of places to go in natural disasters Malware may knock thousands off Internet on Monday http://www.kplu.org/post/malware-may-knock-thousands-internet-monday <p>The warnings about the Internet problem have been splashed across Facebook and Google. Internet service providers have sent notices, and <a href="http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2011/november/malware_110911">the FBI set up a special website</a>.</p><p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 19:19:41 +0000 The Associated Press 5527 at http://www.kplu.org Malware may knock thousands off Internet on Monday Mobile emergency alert capability coming to cell phones http://www.kplu.org/post/mobile-emergency-alert-capability-coming-cell-phones Emergency managers and National Weather Service forecasters have a new way to alert you to imminent danger. They've teamed up with all of the Northwest's major cellular providers on a system to broadcast emergency alerts to mobile devices. You don't need to sign up for anything; it's automatic.<p>In the Northwest, the National Weather Service is first to get the capability to issue warnings to all cell phones in the path of danger.<p>Seattle-based warning coordinator Ted Buehner says the new system doesn't track your phone. Sat, 16 Jun 2012 16:39:34 +0000 Tom Banse 5303 at http://www.kplu.org Mobile emergency alert capability coming to cell phones Apple integrates Facebook into iPhone software http://www.kplu.org/post/apple-integrates-facebook-iphone-software <p>SAN FRANCISCO &mdash; Fresh off a disappointing initial public offering, Facebook is getting a big boost from Apple, which is building the social network deep into its iPhone and iPad software.</p><p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 19:09:48 +0000 The Associated Press 5243 at http://www.kplu.org 10 scenes from aviation history in Boeing’s iPad app http://www.kplu.org/post/10-scenes-aviation-history-boeing-s-ipad-app <p>Boeing launched its new iPad app today &ndash; &#39;Milestones in Innovation.&rsquo; The app is free and available on iTunes.</p><p>The app carries images and information from nine decades of aviation innovation. You can find 10 of those moments in the story below.</p><p> Mon, 07 May 2012 23:01:35 +0000 Jake Ellison 4953 at http://www.kplu.org 10 scenes from aviation history in Boeing’s iPad app Seattle precursor to iPhone uncovered by Men's Journal? http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-precursor-iphone-uncovered-mens-journal <p>A diagram from 1991, <a href="http://www.mensjournal.com/nathan-myhrvold/">published by Men&rsquo;s Journal</a>, shows what appears to be a sophisticated mockup of a smart phone, and it comes as no surprise that it was from the deep and mysterious vaults of Nathan Myhrvold, ex-Microsoft tech chief.</p><p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 00:08:37 +0000 Jake Ellison 4771 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle precursor to iPhone uncovered by Men's Journal? Google patent enables pitching to caller based on background noise http://www.kplu.org/post/google-patent-enables-pitching-caller-based-background-noise <p>By <a href="http://www.geekwire.com/author/todd/" title="Posts by Todd Bishop">Todd Bishop</a> at <a href="http://www.geekwire.com/">Geekwire</a></p><p class="wp-caption-text">Google patented system would use noise at games and other settings to determine location and target ads.</p><p class="wp-caption-text"> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 17:06:44 +0000 KPLU 4588 at http://www.kplu.org Google patent enables pitching to caller based on background noise How much would you rent your driveway for? http://www.kplu.org/post/how-much-would-you-rent-your-driveway <p>By <a href="http://www.geekwire.com/author/john" title="Posts by John Cook">John Cook</a> of <a href="http://www.geekwire.com/">Geekwire</a></p><p>A new online service that allows home owners near airports, sports stadiums and movie theaters to rent out parking spots in their driveways is coming to Seattle. <a href="http://us.parkatmyhouse.com/">ParkatmyHouse</a>, a matchmaking service for drivers and property owners that&rsquo;s popular in Europe and recently expanded to New York, Boston and D.C., plans to launch its service in Seattle later this month.</p><p> Sat, 17 Mar 2012 00:26:22 +0000 KPLU 4466 at http://www.kplu.org How much would you rent your driveway for? Taiwan company, execs guilty of fixing LCD prices http://www.kplu.org/post/taiwan-company-execs-guilty-fixing-lcd-prices <p>SAN FRANCISCO &mdash; A Taiwan company and two of its top executives have been found guilty of working with competitors to inflate prices of liquid screen display screens used in computer monitors and televisions.</p><p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 20:18:52 +0000 The Associated Press 4425 at http://www.kplu.org Apple's new iPad with sharper screen is thicker, heavier http://www.kplu.org/post/apples-new-ipad-sharper-screen-thicker-heavier <p>SAN FRANCISCO &mdash; Apple is revealing a new iPad model. New features include a sharper screen and a faster processor.</p><div><p>It will go on sale March 16.</p><p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 20:33:26 +0000 The Associated Press 4361 at http://www.kplu.org Apple's new iPad with sharper screen is thicker, heavier