India vs China: Which Has a Bigger Reform Challenge?

Both India and China are in the middle of their worst economic slowdowns in many years. If IMF projections for 2012 prove accurate, China’s GDP will advance at the slowest pace since 1999, and India’s at the slowest pace since 2002. There is a lot to learn from these downturns. One is that economies, no matter […]

Broken-Record Podcast Requests Cause iOS Data Overages

Bugs in iOS’ audiovisual framework are what’s causing users to exceed their data plans, reports PRX Labs, the technical arm of the Public Radio Exchange. One bug apparently causes the iOS player app to make multiple requests rapidly and close them out quickly; another causes the phone to behave as if it’s connected to WiFi […]

Senate Tosses Cybersecurity Ball to Obama’s Court

Well, that was fast. About 24 hours after Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he would move to bring the once-failed Cybersecurity Act of 2012 to the Senate floor for a vote, its opponents shot it down again. Reid’s procedural motion to move the bill forward was rejected 51-47 on Wednesday. The bill, introduced by Sen. […]

Maine GOP Chair Defends Himself Against Racism

Maine GOP chair Charlie Webster defended himself to TPM on charges that he was racist suggesting black people committed voter fraud in rural counties in his state. Said Webster: “There’s nothing about me that would be discriminatory. I know black people. I play basketball every Sunday with a black guy. He’s a great friend of […]

Samsung Channels Gumby With Unbreakable, Bendy Phone Screen

Samsung reportedly is gearing up to produce plastic flexible displays for mobile devices. The screens are lightweight, nearly unbreakable, and could result in flexible devices down the road. The displays, made from flexible organic light-emitting diodes, could be released in the first half of 2013. Samsung’s move is seen as a bid to remain ahead […]

Second Screens Rule on Election Night

A new Pew Research survey finds a third of the country followed the election returns last week online. And most of them were actually “second screeners,” who used both the TV and the Internet to keep up. Read more from the original source…

Microsoft’s Sinofsky Episode: Reading Between the Lines

The plot thickened in the Microsoft saga involving Steven Sinofsky as the former head of Windows took to the blogosphere to set the record straight on rumors he attempted to make a power grab. Among the questions now being debated is whether Sinofsky initiated discussions about merging the Windows and Windows Phone divisions. Former Microsoft […]

Android, Samsung Boost Smartphones to New Sales Heights

Worldwide mobile phone sales are continuing to take a hit in the sluggish economy even as smartphone figures rise, according to a Gartner report released Tuesday. The mobile device industry sold 428 million units in the quarter, a 3 percent drop from the same time last year. Smartphone sales are up 47 percent to 169 […]

DesJarlais Supported Ex-Wife’s Abortions

Documents obtained by the Chattanooga Times Free Press finds that Tennessee physician and Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) supported his ex-wife’s decision to get two abortions before their marriage. The Tennessee lawmaker has described himself as “a consistent supporter of pro-life values.” The couple’s 2001 trial transcript “also confirms DesJarlais had sexual relationships with at least […]

Georgia Lawmakers Held Session on Obama Brainwashing

Gawker: “Last month, the watchdog group Better Georgia managed to record nearly a full hour of a four-hour closed door meeting of Republican state senators which was convened by Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R) to discuss President Obama’s efforts to brainwash Americans on behalf of the United Nations.” Part of the session was caught […]

Storm Clouds Clear Over Facebook

In a year when precious little seems to have gone right for Facebook, Wednesday was the day an employee lockup on selling some 800 million shares expired. The stock was expected to drop, perhaps dramatically, as a result — but it didn’t. For the most part, Facebook shares hung tough — increasing by some 11 […]