My name was on the waiting list for the first batch of Raspberry Pi machines long before I traveled to Cambridge to meet Eben Upton.
Something about the tiny computer sent me back to my childhood days. It could plug into your TV, it could use the same programming language that I used in primary school. It was all very retro.
Only after I got my hands on one did I realize how useful the little thing actually is. At first I was excited about using it as an introduction to Linux and to refresh my dormant programming skills. It was only after I put some media software on it that it really became part of the furniture. FULL POST
The Daily was one of the first apps I downloaded after I finally purchased an iPad.
I got the free trial and read every page of the first issue. But when it came time to cough up for a subscription... well, let's just say no thanks.
Don't get me wrong, I loved the idea. But I'll confess I didn't read it every day. And after a while, I forgot I even had the app.
Obviously I wasn't the only one unwilling to pay for The Daily's content. A few months ago, the editor-in-chief reported 100,000 subscribers as he denied rumors of The Daily's demise.
Compare that to The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, which counts more than 1.3 million paid subscribers.
Now if you were hoping to read The Daily before its final issue on December 15, you may be out of luck. The app has already been removed from the iTunes store.
On Thursday, the curtain will lift on China's new leaders. That's when we expect to see Xi Jinping emerge as the Communist Party chief.
But don't expect any big changes. At least not in the next five years.
Willy Lam is a China scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He says, "Xi Jinping is a good guy. He’s a consensus candidate. He’s also willing to work with different factions so that’s why he was chosen. However, he is not a visionary or charismatic figure. So particularly in his first term, when he hasn’t yet consolidated his power base, he will toe the line given to him."
For more about factions and the roadblocks to reform, watch the whole interview below.
As of 2 pm EDT, Hurricane Sandy packed 145 kph (90 mph) winds. At the time, 23 states had issued a Warning or Advisory for wind related to Sandy’s circulation.
The storm is expected to make landfall later Monday evening.
Based on pressure, Sandy is likely to be the strongest storm to make landfall north of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
When it hits, Sandy will be undergoing a transition from a "tropical cyclone" to a "wintertime cyclone." Mari Ramos explains the difference.
Sandy’s field of tropical storm-force or greater winds extends nearly
620 1,600 kilometers (1000 miles). That's roughly twice the size of the U.S. state of Texas.
To put it another way, if that wind field were a country, it would be the 20th largest country in the world.
It will take two days for Endeavour to get from the Los Angeles International Airport to its final home at the California Science Center.
No other space shuttle has ever traveled on city streets before. Preparing the roads have been a big "Endeavour," pardon the pun.
Still, it's hard to imagine such a huge object on the road. So we used Google Earth to get a better idea.
The daring raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has always sounded like something out of a Hollywood blockbuster. People eager for details couldn't find out enough about how the secret mission happened.
Now a new book by a former Navy SEAL promises to deliver inside information. The author of "No Easy Day" could face legal action for writing it. And he violated the SEAL's code of silence.
CNN Security Analyst Peter Bergen says it's worth reading.
The latest words added to the Oxford Dictionaries Online make me feel like I'm eavesdropping at a high school. Allow me to list a few with exclamation points.
Photobomb! Ridic! Douche! Genius! Mwahahaha! Lolz!
See what I mean?
ODO says, "The world of technology remains a major influence on the English language." Many new terms originate from social media.
Read more of the list here.
I have a simple, though unscientific, method of checking the air quality here in Hong Kong. If I can't see across the harbor to Kowloon from my window, I opt against running outside.
In mainland China, air pollution is a particularly contentious issue. The government is resistant to independent monitoring of its environment.
But kites could help residents of Beijing breathe easier.