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2010 Technology In Review
Various additional sources for our Year in Review article relating to technology.
Person of the Year 2010: Mark Zucherberg - Time Magazine
- A Facebook Server Farm -
'The Social Network' wins Critics' Choice Movie Award for best film - Los Angeles Times
Technology trends - 10 top gadgets - Fox
2011 CES Preview: 5 Big Trends to Watch - Fox
Apple Plans for 2011 - AOL
Facebook Passes EBay in Value, Becoming No. 3 US Web Company
Nov. 15, 2010 - Facebook Inc.s net worth is now estimated at more than $41 billion, passing Ebay's $39.3
billion valuation, and leaving only two internet companies larger than Facebook. Those two are Amazon.com Inc.,
worth $74.4 billion, and Google Inc., valued at $192.9 billion.
- Source: NewsMax
China Has World's Fastest Supercomputer
Oct. 28, 2010 - The Chinese have installed their Tianhe-1 supercomputer in the northern port city of Tianjin.
It is capable of sustained computing of 2.507 petaflops (2,507 trillion calculations per second).
- If verified, Tianhe-1 would be significantly faster than the current title holder, the U.S. Department of
Energy's Cray XT5 Jaguar in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, which topped the list issued in June at 1.75 petaflops per second.
- Source: Fox
- China makes world’s fastest supercomputer - Itar-Tass
Runway opens at world's first spaceport
Oct. 22, 2010 - The world's first spaceport runway was opened this week in New Mexico.
Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic company announced that more than 300 people have already paid at
least $200,000 each for a three-hour flight to the edge of space. The first passenger trip into space should
take place within 18 months.
- Source: BBC
Internet Users to Exceed 2 Billion in 2010
Oct. 19, 2010 - Internet users have doubled in the past five years, and by the end of this
year the total number of users will surpass the two billion mark: nearly a third of the world's population. Users in
developing nations are growing at the highest rate.
However, a United Nations agency said that developing countries still need to increase their use of this vital tool
for economic growth.
- Of 226 million new Internet users this year, 162 million will be from developing countries where growth rates are
now higher, the ITU said in a report.
- Source: Foxbusiness
US military to attack Moore's Law for future computers
Aug. 10, 2010 - The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) has awarded the first grants to firms it wants to build so-called exascale computers.
First recipients of grants are: Chip giant Intel, graphics card maker Nvidia, MIT and the Sandia National Laboratory. It is hoped that the first prototypes will be working by 2018.
- An exaflop is the equivalent of one million trillion calculations per second.
- Source: BBC
- China is ramping up efforts to become the world's supercomputing superpower - BBC
- Alternative supercomputer powers - BBC
Why contactless payment paves the way for a cashless society
July 19, 2010 - Barclays contactless cards are growing in popularity with retailers and their customers. They enable retailers to speed up sales at the tills and to avoid the hassle of handling large quantities of money.
Plans are in place to employ contactless mobile phones by 2010 to make it easier for consumers to make purchases and keep track of what they are spending through their phone.
- The Payments Council recently predicted that cash payments would account for fewer than half of all transactions within just five years, with consumers increasing the amount consumers spend with cards fourfold in the last decade.
- Source: U Talk Marketing
The Face-to-Face Gospel and the Death of Distance
June 19, 2010 - New technologies introduce new ways of doing ministry and spreading the Gospel.
- We have the Internet, Google, social networks, Twitter, digital cameras, the iPhone, and so on. Sometimes we use these devices simply to do what we did before, only faster. But sometimes new products introduce a whole new way of thinking and working.
- Source: Christianity Today
- Get Ready for Sci-Fi Reality - Al Erisman interviewed by Tim Stafford - Christianity Today
$100- One Laptop per Child targets East Africa
Apr. 29, 2010 -
Laptops cost more than $200 at present, but the EAC -- which represents the governments of Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and Burundi -- hopes to see the price drop. They do not currently have the money to fund the project. They hope to find other partners.
- The partnership between One Laptop per Child (OLPC) and the East African Community (EAC) aims to deliver 30 million laptops in the region by 2015.
In Seach of the 'God Particle'
Apr. 26, 2010 - Since last month the Large Hadron Collider, a huge magnetic accelerator underneath the Swiss-French border, has been succesfully operating. Scientists are analyzing the collision of billions of protons in hopes of discovering what might have happened during the "Big Bang" that they believe started our physical universe.
Dr. Tara Shears, a particle physicist who is working on the Large Hadron Collider, says that if the tests do not find this particle it could be a serious blow to modern science.
- And a key part of the adventure in all this includes the search for the Higgs Boson, a theoretical particle that scientists believe is crucial to understanding how the universe functions. The Higgs has also been called the 'God Particle'.
- Source: CBN
Virginia Lawmakers Oppose Forced Microchip Implantation, and the Antichrist
Feb. 10, 2010 - The Virgina House of Delegates has passed a law that would make it illegal to implant an identification or tracking device into a person's body without their written consent.
Common use of these chips include tracking pets and providing medical information for emergency treatment.
- Some are concerned their use among humans would lead to a lack of privacy ... Others, the Washington Post reports, are also concerned the use of microchips could be the "mark of the beast" -- or the coming of the antichrist.
- Source: CBS
FBI wants records kept of Web sites visited
Feb. 5, 2010 - FBI Director Robert Mueller wants Internet service providers to record which Web sites customers visit and retain those logs for two years. This would help law enforcement find and prosecute terrorists and child pornographers.
Congress has been asked to enact a law making this record-keeping mandatory.
- Matt Dunn, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in the Department of Homeland Security, also expressed support for the idea...
- Source: CNet News
Obama Surrendering Internet to Foreign Powers
Feb. 2, 2010 - Control of the Internet is in the hands of U.S Department of Commerce and their agencies, but President Obama is relinquishing some of that control to foreign entities.
- The Obama Administration¹s current actions will
set in motion a slow and complete take-over of the Internet by the U.N. or
some other equally U.S. hostile and unfriendly international body.
- Source: Newsmax
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