More Cubans have local intranet, mobile phones

HAVANA (Reuters) – The number of Cubans linked to the country’s state-controlled intranet jumped more than 40 percent in 2011 compared to the previous year and mobile phone use rose 30 percent, the government reported, even as Cuba‘s population remained largely cut off from unfettered access to the Internet.

Price check: Time to reassess your valuables

(Money Magazine) — With commodity prices still rising — both gold and silver have notched sizable gains this year — your precious possessions may be due for an insurance upgrade. A 14-karat-gold necklace that cost $750 to replace five years ago, for example, now runs $1,100, says Robert Aretz, president of Gem Appraisers & Consultants.

First Commercial IBM Hot-Water Cooled Supercomputer to Consume 40% Less Energy

First Commercial IBM Hot-Water Cooled Supercomputer to Consume 40% Less Energy (via redOrbit) MUNICH, June 18, 2012 /PRNewswire The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ), in collaboration with IBM (NYSE: IBM), today announced the world’s first commercially available hot-water cooled supercomputer, a powerful, high-performance system designed to help researchers and industrial institutions…

Insurers forcing patients to pay more for costly specialty drugs

Thousands of patients in California and across the nation who take expensive prescription drugs every month for cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and other ailments are facing sticker shock at the pharmacy. Until recently, most of these patients typically paid modest co-pays for the advanced drugs. But increasingly, Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna and other insurers are shifting […]

Elliptical Trainer – Health Benefits For Hearts, And Hips

Having an elliptical trainer as a cardio workout companion pays handsome health dividends. Improved cardiovascular function, overall conditioning, and healthy weight loss due to a revved up metabolism, are all part and parcel of the benefits of an elliptical trainer package.Although these machines were primarily developed as a low-impact exercise solution, elliptical trainers have become […]

Flame virus linked to Stuxnet: researchers

The Flame computer virus which has been raging in the Middle East has strong links to Stuxnet, a malware program widely believed to have been developed by the United States or Israel, a security firm said Monday. Kaspersky, the Russian computer security firm credited with discovering Flame last month, said its research shows the two […]

Spokeo settles FTC allegation of illegal sale of personal data

Spokeo settles FTC allegation of illegal sale of personal data – latimes.com Data broker Spokeo, an Internet firm that pulls information from public records and social media sites, will pay $800,000 to settle FTC claims that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act. By Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times June 13, 2012 Data broker Spokeo […]

PA Liquor Control Board Unveils Android Mobile Application

    iPhone App reaches more than 12,000 downloads HARRISBURG, Pa., June 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Providing added convenience for busy consumers, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board today launched its latest e-commerce application for Android smartphones.

L.A. architect’s mission: Build a better animal shelter

When Rania Alomar was hired to design a new animal shelter for the city of Los Angeles, the architect was given specific instructions: Create a temporary home for animals that increases their comfort, and by virtue of the shelter’s design, makes people want to adopt a pet.

Obama’s visit to Kenny’s BBQ: What does it mean?

Why did President Obama visit Kenny’s Smokehouse? Maybe it was simply for a plate of the joint’s ribs. (Mary Lou Foy for The Washington Post) You know what the president of the United States and a super hero have in common? Neither can afford to reveal their true identities.

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