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A Great Era Ends: Steve Jobs Steps Down As CEO


Steve Jobs announced on August 24th, 2011 that he will be stepping down from CEO of Apple. Steve Jobs had stepped down and is now Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee. Steve Jobs had officially said that he would make sure that Tim Cook would take his place as Apple CEO.

Steve Jobs already had a rare form of pancreatic cancer and had to leave in January to watch and take care of his health and his body. He eventually came back in the year and after this long he finally had written the words to confirm his heartbreaking retirement.

With Jobs under Apple, the company had made so much progress, revenue, respect, and so much leaps in our technology. Apple had made what we wanted to do all our lives. Steve Jobs had his last line of products this year including the new iPod with a camera, a iPod touch with a camera and finally, the iPhone 4 with the newest features and the next square on the technology timeline. From DaVinci to Steve Jobs.  Even though Jobs still takes role in Apple, people still feels uncomfortable from Jobs resigning from Apple.

Jobs had made many milestones in his career as CEO, including over topping Microsoft and all the other companies in the world and taking place as the world’s most innovative and greatest company in technology advancement. With Apple’s greatest man stepping down from the stands, everyone can just sit and ponder what Tim Cook can ever do to keep the honor of the mastermind behind the world’s greatest products.

A great era ends.

Steve Job’s resignition letter from http://www.wired.com

“To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.”

-Steve

citations:

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/08/jobs-resigns/

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Tiny Pocketbots Are Not Your Children’s Toy!


When our US military ever came up with the idea of having robots to do all the dangerous stuff, we took it seriously. Maybe way to serious. We had huge robots that messed up and when it flipped over. MISSION ABORTED. The main problem: the weight. You really won’t want to carry around a 50 pound robot and tossing it through windows and running away to get set up for the robot mission. I mean, come on man! That’s just a burden that you carry (literally) on your back.

The US military has finally developed something new. The new Pocketbots or called the iRobot 110. This new robot is just a start in the advances of our military and in the advances of technology. Don’t worry this robot doesn’t shoot you down with missiles and have huge alarms. This is just short and sweet. This is a robot that has great grip, can go on hard terrain and pass through all sorts of  obstacles. If it falls upside down, it just pushes itself back up. Here we go. Ready for this?

The army has planned to use 3,500 to 5,000 of these “toys” for use in battlefields and other rough and tough missions that have great danger towards human lives. How? he basic principle is to use this little robot to be tossed into a building and search through it before a soldier breaks through the door and watches out for any treacherous people or things. Precautions will also be shown with the camera on the micro machine. If theses work perfectly, the US army could have a perfect place for this little bugger.

This little machine is planned to be equipped with ever soldier so they can take an extra precautionary to know what’s coming for them when we bring out the bring guns at the battlefield. The video on top explains about this pocketbot and some examples in what situation this is used in.

Remember kids, this isn’t a simple remote controlled car you can use to play around. This is something that you probably don’t want to use. If you want it, then get a LEGO Mindstorm for it. This isn’t your everyday day children’s toy.

ATM Pins Are Read with Thermal-Imaging Cameras!


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Courtesy: http://www.wired.com

You might want to make sure that there aren’t any cameras behind you looking at your ATM pin or doing anything else. You’ll probably also make sure that no one can see you type your pin, but you probably never wondered what would happen after you left and someone used their thermal camera to figure out your pin (most of the time).

It’s official. Security experts have confirmed that newer ATM thefts happen when thieves use thermal cameras to figure out someone’s ATM pin. How? Well, on most ATM’s, the keypads are usually made of plastic pads. As you know metal keypads are immune to this problem because they don’t store heat, but plastic pads store heat so well that you can even tell the order the pin was typed in! Even the reading of the numbers can be figured out with many computer programs!

While this can be a problem to many people. I just suggest to stay out of this problem, use ATM’s with metal pads to keep your self safe from any sort of hacking. Hacking with ATM’s have been much more easier as people improve technology with software and as ATM’s stay the same. Want to prevent all this hacking? I suggest we should rest our fingers on the other keys just to be safe.

If you’ve ever though about it, what are the odds of getting your pin hacked? Pretty high when 4 digits are found. But how many pins are there to test? This can put up a suspicion to all banks if they find out a person trying to type in a pin 16 times. Eventually they won’t allow you to try anymore, but what if the person will get it on the first attempt? It can always happen, so that’s why, just try to place your fingers on ever key.

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/08/thermal-imaging-camera-can-read-your-atm-pin/