iPhone 4S: A Siri-ously slick, speedy smartphone: We take a look at Apple's latest iteration of the iPhone to decide whether Siri, an improved camera, a "smart" antenna, and a faster processor are worth an upgrade. Why Apple added little-known C-Spire as a US iPhone carrier: Apple will be expanding its iPhone 4S availability to another US carrier in the next few weeks. No, it's not T-Mobile, but rather C Spire Wireless, a small, regional carrier that's popular in Mississippi and pockets of the Southeast. Researchers can keylog your PC using your iPhone's accelerometer: An iPhone's accelerometer is good for more than just games, according to computer security researchers from Georgia Tech and MIT. It can also be used to record keystrokes from a computer user's keyboard when sitting nearby on a desk. iCloud transition off to a rocky start for MobileMe, family users: The move from MobileMe to iCloud has been rocky for many MobileMe users. Apple's servers strained under the weight of … [Read more...] about Week in Apple: biographical excerpt edition
Further ReadingClinton, Trump do agree on one thing—the right to use marijuanaWhatever happens November 8, marijuana won. It’s hit an all time high in popularity—60 percent of Americans now support legalization. That handily beats both major-party candidates in favorability. Twenty-five states and Washington, DC have already legalized it for medical use. And come election day, nine states will decide whether to loosen laws further (five voting on legalization, four more on medical use). The psychoactive plant is no longer the gateway drug of deadbeats and loafers; it’s becoming acceptable socially and politically. And with the public opinion that it’s largely harmless, users have stoked hopes that it can safely and effectively treat a range of medical ailments, from chronic pain and migraines to epilepsy and autism Marijuana advocates are delighted by these shifts, of course. But as voters, lawmakers, patients, and doctors look to make informed decisions … [Read more...] about Studying marijuana remains a drag
Hurricane Irene is very likely to be the 10th billion-dollar disaster of 2011, breaking 2008's record for number of billion-dollar disasters a year, according to preliminary estimates.Between the summer floods, tornados, blizzards and drought, 2011 had already racked up nine natural disasters that cost at least $1 billion each, tying 2008's record. If damage estimates hold, Irene would make 2011 a record-breaker.No one knows what the final toll of Irene will be, but estimates were high as the hurricane churned toward the Carolinas on Friday (Aug. 26) as a Category 2 storm with winds of up to 105 miles per hour (169 kilometers per hour). By 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, the National Weather Service reported that winds were picking up speed along the North Carolina coast. Hurricane-force winds are expected in that region overnight Friday, with hurricane conditions arriving along the mid-Atlantic coast by Saturday afternoon.The news agency Bloomberg reported Thursday (Aug. 25) that risk … [Read more...] about Hurricane Irene Will Make 2011 a Record Disaster Year
Tropical Storm Lee is now swirling over the Gulf of Mexico, heading toward the drought-stricken states along the Gulf Coast; and although the storm is packing plentiful rain, it looks as though the system will live up to its unlucky former name, Tropical Depression 13.Forecasters say it appears the storm is going to dump the most rain where it's needed least, and deprive some of the driest regions in its path of any relief from some of the worst droughts on record.Tropical Storm Lee is projected to drop the heaviest rains on parts of Louisiana surrounding New Orleans — between 10 and 15 inches (25 and 38 centimeters), possibly up to 20 inches (50 cm) in some small pockets.Southeast Louisiana is in the midst of a drought, though not nearly as severe as those in regions nearby. Two large fires burning outside New Orleans have sent troublesome smoke through the city in recent days, which the rains could help put out."So we are welcoming it for that, but this is more rain than we … [Read more...] about Tropical Storm Lee’s Heavy Rain: Blessing or Curse for Gulf Coast?
Looming StormThe September 2012 edition of National Geographic Magazine features a cover story that asks a question that has likely been on many people's minds in recent years: What's up with the weather? The story investigates some of the weather extremes seen around the world, from tornado outbreaks to devastating floods, and features a series of arresting images along the way. Click through for more highlights from the issue, on newsstands since Aug. 28, and available for iPad on the App Store.MississippiFortified by a levee, a house near Vicksburg survives a Yazoo River flood in May 2011. Snowmelt and intense rains eight times as much rainfall as usual in parts of the Mississippi River watershed triggered floods that caused three to four billion dollars in damage.Nebraska"It was really cranking," photographer Mike Hollingshead said of this tornado, which was packing 130 mph (209 kph) winds. But to him, that was not a cue to run the other way. A dedicated storm chaser, he shot this … [Read more...] about In Images: Extreme Weather Around the World