KLBJ Cyber Corner with Todd Jeffries
10/31/2012 4:47:00 AM
IN THE NEWS: SANDY WREAKS HAVOC ON CELL PHONES
Something to think about for the growing number of people who have sworn off landlines because they have cell phones. Superstorm Sandy has taken a big chunk of people out of service - because it knocked down a quarter of the cell towers in the affected area. The problem in a ten-state area of the East could get worse before it gets better. Federal officials note many of the cell towers have been kept running by backup generators. But as they run out of fuel, they'll be off again, making it harder to get calls through. The problem will be compounded as those without electricity are unable to power up their phones - or find their bundled landline, cellphone and cable services are powered by electric boxes that go out when power to the area goes away.
IN THE NEWS: GOOGLE ADDS GADGETS TO LIST
Google is hoping those searching for gifts this holiday season will look its way for possible presents. The company is out with word on a series of devices that it will have available for would-be shoppers. Among those on the list: the new line of Nexus smartphones. They are made by LG and feature an update to Google's Android operating system. Google is also out with a new, larger, version of the Nexus 7 tablet. That device is made by Samsung and features a display that is about the size of the standard Apple iPad.
ON THE WEB: PANDORA APP UPGRADED
The Internet radio company Pandora is sprucing up its mobile apps. The new version of its apps for Apple and Android devices now show lyrics and information about the artist. It also makes it easier for users to share their stations with friends. The app for iPhones is already out, while the Android model is due out soon. And early next year, Pandora will release a version for Windows Phone 8.
Online: Pandora site: http://www.pandora.com
IN STORES: SANDY MESSES WITH LAUNCH OF "ASSASSIN'S CREED III"
It's one of the top video game releases of the year. But not even "Assassin's Creed III" could weather the onslaught of Sandy. GameStop stores canceled its traditional midnight launches of the Ubisoft video game along the Northeast because of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. While that may have cut into early sales, it isn't expected to blow away sales of the much-anticipated title. Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter says "the people who stayed home" for the midnight launch will buy it the following day.
What is HAARP?
Check out this somewhat informative video on HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Reasearch Program)the new weather modification and mind control Star Wars Defense Initiative (SDI)weapon of the US military. HAARP is capable of creating weather like hurricanes and tornadoes and tsunamis and earthquakes. It is also capable of altering peoples moods. From WETA TV a PBS station. Run a Google.com search for HAARP.