Mobile, Laptop & Other Gadgets

Trump’s Laptop Ban Isn’t Just Misguided and Xenophobic. It’s a Giant Middle Finger to Business Travelers. – Slate Magazine (blog)

Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

As a result, the expectations and norms surrounding business travel have changed. There is a large class of highly compensated people for whom time is money—they bill by the hour or by the day. Investment bankers, management consultants, lawyers, accountants, project managers, engineers, architects. For them, long international flights used to be an economic black hole—you couldn’t really charge clients for the time, and you couldn’t get much work done….

Trump’s laptop travel restriction is a confusing mess – The Verge

Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Last night, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a decision to ban carry-on laptops and tablets on direct flights from eight Muslim-majority countries: Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. Passengers traveling to the US from 10 airports in these countries will be barred from bringing laptops, tablets, or any devices “larger than a cellphone” as carry-on items; they will instead have to take…

Cigar Box Opens to Raspberry Pi Laptop – Hackaday

Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

If you were to go back to the middle years of the twentieth century and talk to electronic constructors, you would find a significant number had a cigar box radio among their projects. Cigar boxes were fairly robust, readily available, and could easily accommodate the parts required to make a crystal set or a simple one-tube regenerative receiver. These days there isn’t much attraction to a simple AM radio though, so…

Children should learn ‘digital literacy’ alongside the Rs, peers say – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Teaching children about the internet should be as important as the three Rs, with youngsters given the skills to keep safe online, a committee of peers has recommended. The House of Lords Communications Committee also warned that self-regulation online was failing and suggested the Government should consider forcing major industry players to sign up to a code of conduct if they refuse to comply with child-friendly standards. A new internet…

Wal-Mart’s digital shopping spree isn’t over – CNBC

Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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What’s behind Phantom Cell Phone Buzzes? – Scientific American – Scientific American

Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. Have you ever experienced a phantom phone call or text? You’re convinced that you felt your phone vibrate in your pocket, or that you heard your ring tone. But when you check your phone, no one actually tried to get in touch with you. You then might plausibly…