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NYTimes Election 2012: Election App from The New York Times

Keep yourself updated on the upcoming 2012 elections with NYTimes Election 2012

Everyone is making speculations about the 2012 presidential elections despite the fact that they are almost a year away. You all must be excited about gathering news related to the elections. However, collecting tits and bits of news from various sources can be full of hassles. Wouldn’t it be great if you get all the news at a single platform?

Well, The New York Times has a solution to this as it has released NYTimes Election 2012, an election app for iPhone and iPod touch and made it a one stop platform for sharing the entire political and campaign news. This app is one of its kind in the iPhone apps category.

“Our goal is for the Election 2012 App to be the destination for people turning to their phones to stay on top of the most important campaign stories of the moment,” said Fiona Spruill, New York Times editor of emerging platforms.

NYTimes Election 2012 app will offer deep insights about the elections from sources such as The Times, as well as from various other sources online including The Caucus blog and Five ThirtyEight – the popular NY Times blog. What’s more, you would also get a detailed synopsis of the candidate’s information and campaign data along with the updates of each state. The content of the app is managed by The New York Times editors. Election Guide is also a part of the app content and provides in-depth information to the users.

This kind of extensive election coverage has not been offered by any app until now. The app subscription options include NYTimes.com + Smartphone Apps for US$ 14.99 a month and All Digital Access (including the NY Times news app for iPhone and iPad, plus unlimited access to NYTimes.com) for US$ 34.99 per month. These subscriptions will be renewed every month automatically from your iTunes account.

You can download the app from the iTunes Store.

Title: NYTimes Election 2012
Publisher: The New York Times
Platform: iOS 4.0 or later
Price: Free

New York Times to charge for digital edition

New York Times will charge a subscription fees for reading articles of its electronic newspaper edition on the Internet. The minimum charge for four weeks is $15 and depending on the plan you take, it can go up to $35. An amount of $20 will be charged for accessing the electronic newspaper and an app for tablets PCs. Readers can access 20 articles free of cost per month. On an average, the newspaper’s website is visited by more than 30 million people in a month. The subscription plans will first be launched in Canada. In other countries, including the US, the charges will come into effect from 28th March, 2011.

For those who have subscribed to the print version of the newspaper, the e-paper can be accessed without paying any amount. Other than the website NYTimes.com, people can also subscribe to the electronic newspaper through iTunes by end of June 2011. According to a statement by New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, this will help them in offering readers an excellent experience. Similar subscription services are also offered by the Wall Street Journal. Other e-papers are also likely to start charging for accessing the digital versions as has been started by the New York Times.

Google Vs Foundem – Google Needs to be Regulated by Governments

Google is continuously getting the attention by being under constant media and government scrutiny. The recent  (you can argue the main and the old reason), also supported by New York Times is the need for government to intervene into regulating Google’s ‘super secret algorithm’ used in their search engine. Foundem, a vertical search engine and a shopping comparison site alleged that Google has affected their market and business because Google is rigging their algorithm.

New York Times support

What came as a surprise to many is New York Times backing up the need for a government inquiry into the algorithm used by Google search engine. The newspaper giant foresees that there need to be some gatekeeper who should over look Google’s activities and not set free as they are now. Google themselves is under constant pressure not just by the US government but also Europe and China.  The newspaper in its report, stating the need for government regulation said the power of Google is gaining to be so imposing on businesses that they can break or tweak by ranking a website or business higher or lower; and all is caused by the algorithm or the so-called super secret of Google. With Google accruing or merging with several established business or just bringing out new technologies; most web businesses are totally dependent on them; and it is hard to wean them off from a super power source. The article is triggered by alleged claims by a less known competitor of Google, a shopping comparison search engine Foundem.

Google Dependence

Most websites write the script so as to accommodate Google requirements and make it ranked high while searching. New and upcoming websites in particular rely on the Google search engine to seek more than half their traffic. Placing a free Google advert is high in priority than anything else, simply because it makes it easily to be in good terms with Google so more searchers can find the business; which would have been difficult otherwise. Also having the script done to accommodate other popular search engines like Yahoo or MSN; will not guarantee even close to a quarter of the hits that would be possible through Google.

Foundem Claims

Foundem, a UK based company seems to be angry at Google; for having effected the company business and is blaming it is all the Google’s algorithm techniques which taking their customers away. There are reports where the company is planning on taking a legal step and forge a war against Google. Foundem has also lodged anti-trust complaints against Google at the European Union Commission.

Several analysts and corporate do want Google to be more public about their ways of running the search engine. Google themselves points out towards their Public policy and say the algorithm is complex and neutralizing and imposing unnecessary control by gatekeeper would not benefit but only trifle the growth on innovation and technology path Google is on and which is helping change the way things are seen and processed throughout the world.

Google to Introduce News Payment Tool

Google Inc. is going to introduce a new one click payment system which will be for the new paper publication online. According to the recent report which was published Google has dubbed the tool as  “Newspass” and it would be  providing one new revenue source for  publishers who are struggling in the digital age. According to the translation of the New York Times done for the article, which was published in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica that, by the end of this year Google willbe launching the integrated payment system which would be allowing the users to buy the new content with the help of a single click and the publishers would be able to use a single infrastructure for the mobile, web and the tablet for the sake of monetizing their content.

Google’s in Media Business

With the help of this payment system the consumers would be allowed to pay for the full subscriptions or to have access to the articles which will be just for one time. The whole industry of media enjoys a love and hate relationship with the Internet search giant Google. The Mountain View, who is the online publications company, would be providing great amount of the traffic to those web sites that are related to the newspaper as well as the magazines, but it has been complained by some of the people that this company has grabbed a huge and great portion of the advertising dollars which were claimed by them once. It was done in part by aggregating as well as linking to the articles. It has been said consistently by Google that it wishes to partner up with the business of media and also want to help where it is possible for the company. Google has also readily admitted that the worth of the services of the company has much to do with the quality of the content. A handful of initiatives have been rolled out by the company for the sake of helping the publishers to make some more money over the internet.

Chris Gaither – the spokesman of Google has said that the company had no specific way to announce currently about the Newspass, but the executives of Google have much the references to this kind of payment system in the past times. During the month of December, David Drummond, who is the chief legal officer has said during the World Newspaper Congress that they are greatly exploring the solutions related to technology which would be helping the publishers with some of the logistical problems that are in charging for the whole content like the billing systems that are used for the subscriptions or for the micropayments.

Google and Newspaper Association of America

During the previous fall season, it was told to the Newspaper Association of America by Google that a latest version of the Checkout micropayment platform would be helping the industry for charging the content which is available over the Internet. Many of the media outlets have tried to charge a little money for one article which includes many publishers.

Hackers Can Control Your Car

Picture yourself driving at a breakneck speed ala James bond and losing control of the brakes just when you’re about to close in on a train stop. To top it all off, the train is just a few seconds away from crushing your vehicle to pieces. By now, everything should be going in slow motion and your jaw would have tightened in concentration. Hit the pause button there to stop speculating. That could only happen in the movies right? If you think car hacks only happen in movies then you might be in for a surprise.

A report from The New York Times suggests that such a thrilling—and scary—scene might become a reality after all. Two collaborating teams of researchers from the University of California San Diego and University of Washington presented a report in the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy yesterday, May 19th, regarding the risks present in automotive embedded systems. The IEEE Symposium is one of the leading venues for putting forward recent developments in computer security and electronic privacy. The IEEE Symposium also brings together researchers and professionals from these areas of expertise.

According to The New York Times, the study-Experimental Security Analysis of a Modern Automobile- proved that researchers can remotely control “ a wide range of automotive functions and completely ignore driver input — including disabling the brakes, selectively braking individual wheels on demand, stopping the engine, and so on”. With computers integrated into car systems today, a whole new world has opened up for hackers to exploit. These vulnerabilities are much akin to the present risks that our computers face. However, the car industry has had limited studies performed on these threats; or rather ignored to enlighten the public with this fact.

The study aims to present the larger picture involved in utilizing a computer network in a car. The researchers were quick to point that their study was about network security in automobiles and not about the risks of having a computerized system in cars.

The researchers proved that they were able to manipulate cars through a wireless network. They confirmed that they were able to do this and much more including erasing all data of unauthorized invasion after that. They compared the seriousness of this security flaw to problems that we had in the past with our computers when we started connecting to networks. Back then, it was generally ignored and considered a folly. Only after the far-reaching effects of security breaches on a network were felt was this problem addressed.

To date, most average PC users have only encountered the tip of an iceberg when it comes to facing network security issues. A large number of people remain in blissful ignorance of the dangers they could come across by connecting their PCs to a network. The threats remain virtual and do not directly put lives in danger. With cars however, simply losing control over the brakes or just the ventilation system seems frightening and too close for comfort.

Nanoscale Chips….Really!!!

Silicon transistors have been the core of modern day computers. They have miniaturized computers from a hall sized machine to a palm sized contraption. Companies have been cramming in millions and millions of transistors onto a single chip to increase processing power as Gordon Moore had once stated in his law. Intel has already shifted to 32nm and AMD is playing catch up. But there is only so much miniaturization possible. There exists a physical limit after which transistors just cannot be stacked up like dominoes. HP though claims to have an answer.

HP’s scientist have recently announced to the New York Times about a totally different concept which does not involve transistors rather memristors (Memory Resistors). A memristor is like any two terminal circuit element. Like any other circuit element it maintains a functional relationship between the time integrals of voltage and current. HP has utilized this piece of technology to devise a switching circuit, the basic function of a transistor.

HP’s new brainchild consists of a 50nm thick Titanium Dioxide film wedged in between two 5nm thick films, one made of Titanium and the other of Platinum. The Titanium dioxide has two areas of different densities initially. In one of the areas there is abundance of oxygen ions while the other has a depleted oxygen ion supply. When current passes through a memristor it causes a shift in the oxygen concentrations. Since this is a permanent change and is only dependent on the amount of charge passed through the device it can store values even with no current passing through the device. This is a significant upgrade over transistors which are erased clean whet shut off. The oxygen concentrations can be brought back to their initial values by passing current in the opposite direction.

Thus a large array of such memristors could function as a data storage device. HP claims to have tested these devices in their research labs and speaks highly of this new innovation. HP scientists have managed to achieve one tenth of the speed of read and write presently attained by today’s devices. Nevertheless they claim in two years time they will have a device much faster than any other flash based storage device with a storage density of upto 20GB per square centimetre. The payoff in this device is not speed rather size. The smallest transistor manufactured by Intel is 32nm whereas a single memristor could be as small as 3nm. A whopping ten times smaller! There is also the added advantage of ultra low power consumption.

HP’s scientists could well pave the way for future super computers with these new minuscule devices. Memristors score over other alternatives to silicon transistors like phase change memory in terms of switching speeds and power consumption. As the performance of these devices has already been tested in the labs there seems to be a lot of potential in HP’s claims.

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