10 years ago, I filed my first report on Wikipedia.
It was Andrew Lih, now an associate professor at American University, who first introduced me to Wikipedia.
Now back in Hong Kong for the conference, he tells me the core challenges ahead for Wikipedia are introducing more video and interactive features to the site, and broadening its base of contributors.
Shockingly, Lih says some 90% of Wikipedia's contributor population is male. How does Wikipedia plan to bridge the gender gap?
Watch the video above to find out.
(CNN) – There's both poetry and promise in the humble balloon.
It delivered escape and adventure in Pixar's "Up," friendship to a small boy in the classic short film "The Red Balloon," and - delving into real-world history now - military messages for Chinese strategist Zhuge Liang back in 220 AD.
Now Google plans to use a network of high-flying balloons to deliver low-cost Internet access to remote and under-served places around the world. It's called Project Loon, the latest initiative from the tech giant's innovation lab, Google[x]. FULL POST
3D printers have been around for a while, used in industry for rapid prototyping.
But the promise and peril of 3D printing really came to the fore this week, after that shocking announcement from the Texas-based "Defense Distributed" which claimed it has successfully fired the world's first gun made by a 3D printer.
Thanks to cheaper 3D printer models, the technology is available to anyone with around a thousand dollars to spare.
Here's how it works. Instead of using ink like regular inkjet printers, 3D printers use materials like plastic. They take a digital image that you can create using modeling software on a computer, and then print it out building up layer upon layer of material to create complex solid objects.
Toys, car parts, even mini human organs have been 3D printed by manufacturers and scientists who've been using the technique for decades.
How far can the technology go? What will 3D printers be able to do for us 10 years from now? And is it an advance that needs to be regulated today?
In the video clip above, News Stream contributor Nicholas Thompson of the NewYorker.com weighs in on the 3D printing debate.
At company headquarters in Shenzhen, I talked to Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group – the world’s third-largest smartphone vendor.
Huawei says its market priority is China, followed by Europe and Japan. But - when it comes to smartphones - it’s not ruling out the U.S. market despite security concerns and the recent back and forth about Huawei’s commitment there.
"Gradually, step by step, more and more people will trust Huawei," says Yu. "I think with a brand, the most important thing is trust."
He hopes to build that trust with products like the $500 Ascend P2 which is billed as the “world’s fastest 4G LTE smartphone.”
Watch the video above to see a walk-through of Huawei's flagship smartphones and to hear Yu's sales pitch to Huawei-wary American consumers.
You've heard of Siri. You may be familiar with Google Now.
But what about MindMeld?
The app, built by Expect Labs, bills itself as "a smarter way to have conversations on your iPad."
It hasn't been released yet, but tech giants Samsung, Intel and Telefonica have just joined on as the startup's latest inventors.
This is how it works. When you talk, MindMeld listens so it can search and bring up information that's relevant to your discussion.
There's something deeply fascinating and creepy about the technology that tracks everything you say. Why would I want to use it? And what do I give up for using it and similar tracking technologies like Google Glass?
CNN contributor Nicholas Thompson of the NewYorker.com says by using such hyper-smart technology, we are trading in our privacy in return for utility. There's always resistance at first, but eventually we grow to accept it.
What's your take?
Wait, the iTunes Store is 10 years old?
It's true, the digital media store was launched a decade ago this week - on April 28, 2003.
These days, it sells TV shows, movies, apps and books. But back then, it only sold music and marked a sea change for the recording industry.
iTunes became the largest music retailer on the planet by 2010. According to NPD, iTunes is currently responsible for 63% of all digital music sales - putting it well ahead of rivals like Amazon and Google.
The iTunes music store may still be the leader of the digital music arena but according to Nilay Patel, Managing Editor of The Verge, the cracks are starting to show.
The business model has hardly changed over ten years and a number of music streaming and subscription options are out there, grabbing the attention of a younger demographic.
After a decade of success, can Apple continue its dominance in digital music?
With competition coming from Pandora, Spotify and others that stream music online, Patel says, "iTunes itself needs to change to become a more Internet-centric service."
Apple is starting to move in that direction. But there's no time to lose.