A growing number of chemists are working to keep toxins out of our landfills. At the CSI Clean Technology conference taking place this week in Boston, a representative from the Environmental Protection Agency says small changes in the chemicals used in products have prevented at least 200 million pounds per year of hazardous substances from entering the market. CNET News.com intern Holly Jackson speaks with reporter Martin LaMonica … Read more
If you are interested in computer hacking, then 2600 is for you. They publish a quarterly magazine, have a weekly radio show on WBAI in New York City, and are holding a conference in July, also in New York City.
Their conferences go by the name HOPE, for Hackers On Planet Earth. The upcoming conference is dubbed The Last HOPE because the hotel where the conference is held may be demolished. The first speakers for The Last HOPE conference were just announced. They are:Kevin Mitnick, "the world's most dangerous hacker" in the eyes of the government … Read more
CARLSBAD, Calif.--Tuesday's quick Windows 7 demo at the D6 conference here was nice, although developers who really want to get a feel for the new operating system will probably need to wait until October.
Windows 7 and its multitouch interface will be a key topic at the Professional Developers Conference, which is set for October in Los Angeles. The PDC hasn't been held since 2005 when Vista was still in development. Microsoft also plans use the conference to show where it's headed in mobile, which probably means a look at Windows Mobile 7, although the company … Read more
Apple plans to debut an iPhone platform development track at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference next month, as the computer company seeks to become the Johnny Appleseed of iPhone features.
The iPhone platform will be one of two development platforms set to take center stage at Apple's developers conference next month. Mac OS X Leopard will be the other showcase platform.
The event will run June 9-13 in San Francisco.
Under the iPhone track, developers can work with Apple engineers to design applications that focus on the device's multitouch user screen, animation technology, and APIs.
iPhone sessions will … Read more
"The difference between the optimist and the pessimist is that the pessimist has more facts," said Jean-Paul Betb?ze, Chief Economist and Head of Economic Research Department, Cr?dit Agricole S.A., in a panel at the Millken Institute's Global Conference 2008 in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago. True as this may be, his statement stood in sharp contrast to the overall vibe of the event: Yes, we can, was the prevailing sentiment, and the overwhelming majority of attendees would probably have outed themselves as fervent optimists, despite an abundance of fact-featuring PowerPoint slides supporting … Read more
Our buttoned-down and moneyed East Coast friends might want to check out the upcoming Enterprise 2.0 Conference from June 9 to 12 in Boston, where businesses wonks will be arguing about how to get real work done with Web tools. Like the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco last month, this conference will feature a Launchpad session that pits a few Web 2.0 companies against each other in rapid-fire pitches.
"In the past two weeks, I had the opportunity to attend two very interesting conferences. The first one was Fortune's Brainstorm Green, followed by the Milken Institute's Global Conference. Both of these conferences attract the who's who in the financial and business world. What struck me at both events was the rallying cry that innovation is key in solving many of the world's problems. I continued to hear that change is needed for … Read more
I recorded W3C President Tim Berners-Lee's press conference at this week's WWW2008 conference in Beijing.
I will write about the contents later. Click here for the audio and then click on the olive-colored play button.
Please forgive the mediocre sound quality; I record for my notes, and not primarily for broadcast. I came in a few seconds late as Berners-Lee was being introduced in alternating Chinese and English. The remainder of the press conference, including questions and answers, is in English.
Update: I was having a glitch … Read more
Other than highlighting Baidu Chief Scientist William Chang's statement that China doesn't need Wikipedia, here is a selection from the Twitterati (including me) on his presentation, and a concurrent one on the semantic web.web2asia: Robin Li of Baidu could not make it to his key note, Chief Scientist Dr. William Chang is taking over web2asia: facts on chinese internet: only 1/8 internet users earn usd 5000/year me: Baidu's William Chang: Only 1/8 of Chinese internet users earn $5,000/year. me: Chang: Half of Chinese users over 25, half under 25, according to … Read more
William Chang, chief scientist leading Chinese search engine Baidu, said it's natural for Chinese to use Baidupedia (Baidu Baike) rather than the foreign Wikipedia.
"There's, in fact, no reason for China to use Wikipedia, a service based 'out there,'" Chang said at the WWW2008 conference in Beijing on Tuesday. "It's very natural for China to make its own products."
I agree that there's not always a reason for people to use global services, especially when what they deal with is primarily domestic. But with the wiki world, I think the value of … Read more