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
Facts about mothsThe word "moth" may conjure up images of drab brown insects sticking to your screen door on a summer night. But there's much more to these mostly-nocturnal fliers than meets the eye.Not only are moths extraordinarily diverse in color, shape and size, said David Moskowitz, a New Jersey entomologist and organizer of the first annual National Moth Week (July 23-29), they also offer a huge array of ecological benefits, from pollinating plants to feeding birds, bats and even people around the globe.Here, OurAmazingPlanet has rounded up seven fascinating facts about these misunderstood insects:There are more than 11,000 species of moths in the U.S. alone.Moths outnumber butterflies, their nearest relative, by more than 10 to 1, said Matthew Shepherd, communications director and senior conservation associate at the Xerces Society, a nonprofit organization focused on insect conservation in Portland, Ore. There are upward of 11,000 moth species in the United States alone … [Read more...] about 7 Things You Don’t Know About Moths, But Should
Nearly two-thirds of the continental United States is in the grip of a drought, threatening agriculture, particularly corn, and prompting the U.S. Department of Agriculture to declare a disaster in more than 1,000 counties in 26 states — the largest disaster in the history of the program.A combination of factors, including the heat wave that hit much of the country in June and earlier this month, are blamed for the drought, which rivals the geographic extent of the multiyear droughts of the 1950s and the 1930s, a decade marked by the historic Dust Bowl that devastated agriculture in the central United States.But while the USDA designated it to be the largest single disaster of its history effective July 12, the drought itself is not breaking records.Large, but not unprecedentedIn terms of the area affected, the current drought is parching a similar amount of land as the multiyear droughts of the '50s and '30s; however, it is not as severe or as long-lasting, said Mark … [Read more...] about How Bad Is the US Drought?
Summer has begun with a bang, with scorching temperatures hitting huge parts of the United States on the first day of the sultry season.Sizzling temperatures and wilting humidity hit the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states today (June 20), prompting heat advisories in many major metropolitan areas. Extreme heat also hit the Midwest, where cities from Chicago to Milwaukee to Detroit saw afternoon highs in the 90s Fahrenheit (32 to 37 degrees Celsius), according to Accuweather.com.The Great Plains and Southwest are likely to see sizzling temps in the coming days as well, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which today produced a map that projects temperatures reaching as high as 108 F (42 C) in some places by the weekend.Temperatures in the nation's capital soared to 98 F (36 C), one degree shy of its all-time heat record of 99, according to the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang.New York's Central Park saw a high of 94 F (34 C). "That is … [Read more...] about What’s Behind This Week’s Extreme Heat
Hurricane IreneAfter the hitting Bahamas, Hurricane Irene is making its way toward the U.S. Northeast, forecasters predict. Here are the latest images of the hurricane. Above, Hurricane Irene on Aug. 24.Irene Snapped from the International Space StationA panoramic view of Hurricane Irene, photographed by the crew of the International Space Station on Aug. 22 from a point over the coastal waters of Venezuela. At the time, the newly-formed hurricane had 80 mph winds and was just north of the Mona Passage between Hispaniola and Puerto Rico, preparing to trek west-northwestward toward the southern Bahamas.Steadily Strengthening Above is another photo of the growing hurricane taken from the International Space Station on Aug. 23. This view looks toward the southwest at part of Hurricane Irene as it brews near the northern Bahamas, including Great Abaco Island on the photo's lower right and Andros Island under a thunderstorm on the center right. Irene was probably centered over Acklins … [Read more...] about In Photos: Hurricane Irene