Tech & society

  • TechSoup Global connects non-profits with critical technology

    Posted February 6, 2011 - 8:06 pm

    TechSoup Global has sent more than two billion dollars of donated computer hardware and software to hundreds of non-profits around the world, along with offering dozens of seminars. Here's a snapshot of this non-profit, and how to get involved.
  • TechSoup Global image gallery

    Posted February 6, 2011 - 7:47 pm

    This slide show highlights the wide range of organizations that have benefited from TechSoup Global, and summarizes what each organization has done with the donated technology. Thousands of non-profits that have been involved in TechSoup Global's program over the past decade.
  • Out with the old: Tech that died in 2010

    Posted December 31, 2010 - 2:17 pm

    2010 had its share of failures and (some thankful) endings. Here we explore some of the more interesting tech fails, social network bombs and bid farewell to the world's oldest Twitter user.
  • Can IT give users a consumer-like experience? Should they?

    Posted December 25, 2010 - 7:48 pm

    In the old days, IT ruled the roost and users, well, they used what they were told to use and that was the end of the story, whether they liked it or not. Well, turns out, many people didn't like it, and have started to take matters into their own hands, aided and abetted by a growing array of consumer applications on the Web and their mobile phones. How you respond to this trend and to your users will make all the difference.
  • When the going gets tough, the giving gets creative

    Posted December 17, 2010 - 6:31 pm

    Imagine buying groceries and, just when you're about to pay, being told that your food bill has been paid already. By Yahoo! That's what happened to hundreds of customers recently at the Mission district Foods Co, a grocery store in San Francisco. Yahoo representatives stood at every cashier station, paying up to $100 for groceries until they had spent a whopping $10,000.
  • In Taiwan, smartphones are a dog's best friend

    Posted October 21, 2010 - 11:04 am

    It takes about an hour to lure the stray dog into a steel cage with food. During that time, Sean McCormack, a co-founder of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Taiwan, sits taking pictures and video with his HTC smartphone.
  • Google Street View: Around the world in 80 seconds

    Posted October 5, 2010 - 8:00 am

    Google's Street View for Google Maps has finally reached Antarctica. Seriously, Google...what took you so long? Anyway, now that we have a map of all seven continents, let's take a trip around the globe.
  • Road test videos: Electric cars in action!

    Posted September 22, 2010 - 8:00 am

    Drivers, start your engines! Um, did you start them? Can't hear a thing...
  • Timeline: PARC milestones

    Posted September 20, 2010 - 11:35 am

    Founded in 1970, Xerox PARC -- now just PARC -- has been home to some of computing's biggest advances, including GUIs, bitmapped displays and Ethernet networking.
  • In Idaho, HD videoconferencing eases wolf management

    Posted September 17, 2010 - 2:17 pm

    Videoconferencing is often the domain of CEOs and CFOs, but Idaho's Department of Fish and Game uses high-definition (HD) videoconferencing to discuss concerns such as wolf management and salmon runs.
  • Back to school bargains IT pros will love: Week 2

    Posted August 10, 2010 - 10:00 am

    Don't let the marketing fool you, back to school sales aren't just for students anymore. This week we're back with 9 more of the best tech specials the web has to offer.
  • Microsoft's Home of the Future: A Visual Tour

    Posted July 2, 2010 - 8:00 am

    Welcome to The Microsoft Home, where no wall or table in the house is safe from being a digital device.
  • Big botnets and how to stop them

    Posted June 1, 2010 - 8:00 am

    Here are the worst of the botnets, and ways you can try to stop them in their tracks.
  • 2010 'Geek and Tech' Summer Movie Preview

    Posted May 19, 2010 - 9:00 am

    It's summer movie time again, time for the movie studios to trot out its blockbusters with explosions and all sorts of fun
  • In Pictures: Pro Sports Teeming with Tech Partnerships

    Posted May 18, 2010 - 12:00 pm

    From football stadiums to tennis tournaments to promoting the Bing logo on basketball jerseys and the SAP logo on golfer Ernie Els' hat, tech companies are willing to spend big bucks to be part of professional sports. Here's a look at some of these unconventional teams.
  • Special report: After Google-China dust-up, cyberwar emerges as a threat

    Posted April 7, 2010 - 11:48 am

    Few events have crystallized U.S. fears over a cyber catastrophe, or brought on calls for a strategic response, more than the recent attacks against Google and more than 30 other tech firms. The company's disclosure in January that it was attacked by China-based hackers -- and its subsequent decision to scale back operations there -- have stoked long-standing fears over the ability of cyber adversaries to penetrate commercial and government networks in the U.S.
  • 10 must-have March Madness iPhone apps

    Posted March 24, 2010 - 9:00 am

    Prepare for the tournament (or your office pool) with these handy iPhone apps.
  • Wi-Fi aid for Haiti

    Posted February 25, 2010 - 2:52 pm

    CHF International shared its satellite link with other aid organizations in Haiti via a Wi-Fi network built by Inveneo.
  • How’s My Street? Crowdsourcing app lets you know

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 3:11 pm

    Blighted by the blizzard of 2010, Carnegie Mellon researchers hunkered down and created a crowdsourcing app for road conditions
  • To Build a Better Bobsled

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 4:23 pm

    Learn how supercomputers helped construct a faster bobsled for the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team.
  • Photo Contest: Hot Pics for February

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 3:43 pm

    Subscribers to Dave Johnson's Digital Focus newsletter took these shots.
  • Vancouver 2010: An Exclusive Tour of the Technology Operations Center

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 4:34 pm

    More than 100,000 hours of testing has been completed to ensure the technology that makes the Olympics tick will run without a bobble. Here's an inside look at this gold metal setup.
  • Yesterday's Ads Predicted Today's Tech

    Posted January 25, 2010 - 12:07 pm

    How 1940s whiskey ads predicted the cell phone, the 3D movie, videoconferencing, and sports bars . . . and a bunch of stuff that hasn't happened yet.
  • Haiti relief donation Web sites

    Posted January 14, 2010 - 3:53 pm

    Here's a starter list of relief and donation sites. Please add additional groups in the comments below, and we'll keep the list as comprehensive and updated as we can.
  • 2010's 25 geekiest 25th anniversaries

    Posted January 11, 2010 - 12:49 pm

    This year's most notable technology-related 25th anniversaries includes Microsoft's release of Windows 1.0, registration of the first dot-com domain names, the founding of AOL, the publication of Richard Stallman's GNU Manifesto, and the first fatal attack by the Unabomber.
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