Around the IT Industry 12/10-12/14

by Modis on December 14, 2012

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Senator Presses FAA to Allow Tablet Use During Takeoff and Landings

Senator Claire McCaskill recently sent a letter to the FAA to rescind the long-standing regulations behind portable electronic devices being used during commercial airline takeoff and landings.  McCaskill stated that the regulations “are inconvenient to travelers, don’t make sense, and lack a scientific basis.”  With portable devices such as e-Readers and tablet PCs becoming almost ubiquitous these days, many would agree that it is time for these antiquated rules to be phased out.

Netflix Names Google Fiber Most Consistently Fast ISP

With over 30 million members watching a combined total of over 1 billion hours of streaming content per month, Netflix has compiled a comprehensive sample of major US Internet Service Providers and rated them according to average stream download speeds.  At the top of the list is Google Fiber, boasting average speeds of 2.55 Mbps while streaming video through the service.  With a considerable drop in speed to second place, Verizon FiOS came in at 2.19 Mpbs and Comcast in 3rd at 2.17 Mbps.

CNET Declares Samsung Galaxy S3 ‘Best Device of 2012’

In an annual review, technology icon CNET has evaluated the devices of 2012 and, after much deliberation, selected their five best tech products as well as the five most influential devices of the year.  At the top of the “best” list, narrowly beating out Apple’s iPhone 5:  the Samsung Galaxy S3.  For the first time in years, Apple has been bested in the smartphone arena and the new Samsung device delivers a remarkable Android experience.  See here for more details and the complete list of CNET’s picks for 2012.

Google’s Most Popular for 2012

With a total in excess of 1.2 trillion searches for 2012, Google’s search engine easily outpaces all competition.  But what have those searches been for?  Google Zeitgeist 2012 highlights the most popular searches for the year, from Whitney Houston’s death in February to Hurricane Sandy and Gangnam Style.  The year in review list also breaks down the searches by country and category as well, providing an unparalleled cross-section of Internet interest.

GE’s New Ultra-Thin Cooler Unveiled for Next-Gen Devices

General Electric has unveiled a new ultra-thin cooling device for next-generation portable devices that will reduce noise and heat levels considerably while also saving space for ever-shrinking electronics.  The technology is called DCJ – Dual Piezoelectric Cooling Jets, and it works like a miniature set of bellows.  The device expands to suck in cooler air and then contracts to expel heat.  While DCJ is still very much in the testing stages, we can expect to see this revolutionary cooling technology hitting shelves sometime in the next couple of years.

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