Imagine your parents, professors, and bosses controlling what you do on the Internet.
SOPA and PIPA threaten the very core of the internet: Openness. I know it seems like a stretch, but giving corporations and the government power to meddle with the internet and hinder it’s openness means that we are willing to live in an authoritarian society where we do as the government says.
That is not what we nor the founding fathers of this country wanted. We as the people have the right to demand our voices to be heard. If we do nothing, if we just stand on the side and let the government control every aspect of our life, we not only endanger our future, but the future of our children.
SOPA and PIPA threaten what America stands for. These acts allow the government and the corporation to attack and block any website they wish. If the website owners don’t comply, they will be sued with hefty fines. Think it doesn’t affect you?
How many of you have went to YouTube to listen to a song that was unreleased? How many of you have posted a GIF or a video to entertain your friends? How many of you have blogs, or social network accounts online where you constantly share links from SoundCloud or GrooveShark, or YouTube, or Reddit, or any other media website? How many of you have sang a song with your own instruments? If any of these apply to you, then SOPA and PIPA will directly affect you.
And this effect is not just an account ban. It means that sites like YouTube, Google Search, Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter face extreme censorship. If the government or any corporations sees EVEN A SINGLE LINK that is infringing a copyright, then the government or the corporation has the right to block or sue the website owners. This is not a good thing.
So where am I getting to? All I want you to do is contact your House and Senate representative. Call, email, tweet, or in any way get in contact with whoever represents you in congress. Please. Every one counts. And if the congressman or congresswoman get enough calls and they were just on the fence about voting for or against these acts, they will listen to your voice. Please. Contact. Them.
The $999 starting configuration has a Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD. That package also includes the standard backlit keyboard and the 1366 x 768-resolution 13.3-inch display, which has been covered in Gorilla Glass. Sadly, there isn’t a higher resolution display option.
Jesus. QUIT MAKING GOOD LAPTOPS WITH CRAPPY DISPLAYS!
We also talked about OEMs’ perennial press to skin the operating system — a trend that looks poised to continue in Android 4.0 — which developed into a full-blown conversation about the conflict between the mythical “stock Android device” and the realities of business between manufacturers like Motorola and carriers. “Verizon and AT&T don’t want seven stock ICS devices on their shelves,” he said, insisting that he “has to make money” and that there simply isn’t a way to profit on a device that isn’t differentiated. “The vast majority of the changes we make to the OS are to meet the requirements that carriers have.”
instead of 7 stock devices that, say, offer different functionalities (one with a keyboard, one entire touch screen, one with an amazing camera sensor, etc) for different markets, lets offer 28 slightly tweaked models to choose from! that should make it easy for the consumer! /facepalm
The other major upgrade is under the dash, with the installation of Audi’s first Multi-Media Extension (MMX) board. This new modular board incorporates an NVIDIA Tegra graphics processor that not only displays fantastic images and 3D animations on the ultra-thin seven-inch display, it can be swapped out as chipset technology evolves. Audi has also expanded its Google Earth integration to include Google Street View and a new iPhone cradle in the armrest boosts the phone’s signal to keep the data flowing. We were also told that inductive charging could be included in the cradle, but that might be one system that’s left on the cutting room floor. Get a sample of it all in our hands-on video after the jump.
If the guy who invented Paypal can start his own car company, than why can’t the lead singer of the Black Eyed Peas? The one and only will.i.am has decided to throw his hat into the carmaking ring with a new company that he is calling IAMAUTO.
We tested out the app today, and for an alpha product the installation is simple. After installing the desktop application, we were prompted to install drivers for our phone (drivers are only needed for Windows and are available for most HTC, Samsung, Motorola, LG, and ZTE phones, while others require a bit of digging). Once we ran the application and plugged in a Galaxy Nexus, the tethering app was installed on the phone and we were up and running. Currently the app only works over USB. You can try it for yourself at the source link, but Koush says he’ll replace the app with a new version by January 7th, so it might be best to wait a bit longer.