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Professor Decries PowerPoint

April 5, 2007 They don’t call it “death by PowerPoint” for nothing. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that presenters who use PowerPoint presentations and read verbatim their display slides are making it harder, not easier, for the audience to understand the information. John Sweller, a University of New South Wales professor who developed...

Tip Thursday - Anonymous Surfing

April 5, 2007 Welcome to Tech Insider’s Tip Thursday, in which we bring you computing tips and computing information you can easily apply at your desk top. This week: anonymous Web surfing. From time to time, employers decide to block a Web site they have determined that their staff shouldn't read. Employers and...

WiFi In The Sky

April 4, 2007 Mobile wireless networking, coming to an airplane near you! The Wall Street Journal reports that U.S. airlines will start offering in-flight WiFi connections within the next 12 months. “If broadband connections at 35,000 feet are as popular as they have been at hotels, airports, homes, schools and coffee shops, airplanes...

Semantic Web Gathering

April 4, 2007 The latest thinking in federal Semantic Web technology should be on display April 25 when the Semantic Interoperability Community of Practice (SICoP) holds a conference in Reston, Va. (Click here for the agenda; the event is unclassified and free.) The Semantic Web could revolutionize the Web and the world by...

Indian Electronics CEO Pleads Not Guilty to Export Violations

April 4, 2007 The CEO of an electronics supplier charged with exporting U.S. defense technology with missile applications to India pleaded not guilty Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. Parthasarathy Sudarshan, an Indian national who heads Cirrus Electronics, is being held at least until Thursday when he faces a bail hearing. “Prosecutors said he...

ICANN's Bid for International Immunity

April 4, 2007 “The closest thing the Internet has to a governing body seems to want the same kind of immunity from national laws that the International Red Cross and the International Olympic Committee have enjoyed for decades,” says CNET blogger Declan McCullagh. McCullagh cites a recent report by the Internet Corporation for...

Netcentric Radio Bids Finalized

April 3, 2007 Competing defense industry behemoths Boeing and Lockheed Martin have submitted final bids for the air, maritime/fixed station portion of the military’s Joint Tactical Radio System. Contract awards to one of those two companies should be made sometime in the third or fourth quarter of 2007, Boeing program director Leo Conboy...

Misty-Eyed at the NRO

April 3, 2007 The National Reconnaissance Office, which the government refused to say existed for the first 40 years of its life (it was formally acknowledged in 1992), is the subject of this touching official video overview. A montage of shots of military hardware, Fidel Castro, satellite dishes and such, the video is...

Katrina Returns to Google

April 3, 2007 Google is restoring post-Katrina imagery of New Orleans to its geographic information applications. The company, which swears it “can make money without doing evil,” put imagery of the hurricane-devastated city back into Google Earth and Google Maps on Sunday, according to a company blog. Google was the target of much...

Sprint Searches For Happier Days

April 2, 2007 Sprint Nextel Corp. is having a rough time lately. Denied a slot Networx Universal, the General Services Administration’s big governmentwide telecommunications procurement, Sprint is also performing sluggishly in the private sector, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Many of the problems revolve around Nextel, the cell phone carrier Sprint acquired...