2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Man survives 3 days at bottom of Atlantic
- Katie Couric Feeds the HPV Vaccine 'Controversy'
Katie Couric is leading her talk show today with a segment that could have been written by Michele Bachmann. On Katie, Couric will interview a mother who claims her daughter died as a result of taking Gardasil, the HPV vaccine. A serious journalist, Couric hopes to look at "all sides" of the HPV vaccine debate. The HPV vaccine is considered a life-saving cancer preventer … but is it a potentially deadly dose for girls?
- Obama 'crossed the constitutional line,' House panel is told
Two constitutional law professors told Congress on Tuesday that President Obama exceeded his authority when he unilaterally extended the deadline for enforcement of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act. The law professors made their comments during a three-hour hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, which is examining a string of unilateral actions taken by the White House that critics say usurped legislative powers or bypassed limits on executive authority. “I believe the president has exceeded his brief,” George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley testified.
- Retirement Basics to Know Before You Start Investing
I could say my success was due to my high intelligence, but the truth is that it's more the result of writing about personal finance and spending much of every day reading and learning about the subject. What's the worst case outcome?
- Walmart’s website is selling an art print titled, ‘Destroy Capitalism’
An unexpected bit of irony from the megastore?
- A Christmas Miracle: Time Warner Cable intros cheap HBO package
It looks like the cord-cutting phenomenon is finally getting big cable companies’ attention. Variety reports that Time Warner Cable “is now marketing a low-cost bundle that includes a limited bunch of TV channels and HBO” that is “aimed at ‘cord nevers’ and others who aren’t interested in paying for a typical lineup of cable channels.” The new package, dubbed “Starter TV with HBO,” will be priced at $29.99 per month for the first year and “does not include a set-top box fees or other charges.” Cable bundles have become increasingly unpopular recently as consumers are tired of paying higher monthly bills for bundles of channels that they never watch. But more cable subscribers are increasingly cutting the cord in favor of
- Google Glass Alternative Available for Pre-order, Costs $500 Less Than Glass
Those eager to tote cyborg-esque wearable displays won't have to wait for Google Glass to launch next year. Vuzix has just announced that its heads-up display is shipping to developers and is now available for the general public to pre-order. The M100 Smart Glasses can be ordered for $999.99 through Vuzix's website today and are slated to ship between 2 and 4 weeks. The heads-up display is roughly $500 cheaper than the Explorer Edition of Google Glass and doesn't require an invitation to buy it. MORE: Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses: Hands-On With a Google Glass Alternative The Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses sport nearly identical tech specs as Google Glass. The headset is powered by a 1-GHz dual-core TI-OMAP 4430 with 1GB of RAM, which is the same processor Catwig found in Google's wearable display during its teardown. Like most wearable devices, the M100 syncs with your smartphone via Bluetooth or can function on its own when connected to Wi-Fi. When we saw the Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses back in July, the device was running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and was still in the prototype phase. It features a WQVGA display capable of 720p video playback that floats in front of your face via an adjustable arm. This arm can easily be adjust to place the display above or in front of your eye. There's also a speaker on the inside of the device on the earpiece and 4GB of onboard storage. The headset houses a microSD card slot for expandable storage as well. Unlike Glass, however, the M100's interface looks similar to what you would see on a smartphone. During our hands-on a few months back, we noticed that the home screen featured icons similar to your smartphone's app drawer. The form factor is also slightly different -- the M100 prototype we wore sat like a headband atop our head with an arm extending the display over our eye. Glass sits on your face like a pair of eyeglasses. Vuzix's wearable display is just one of several Google Glass competitors coming to market. Devices such as the ReconJet, Telepathy One and GlassUp all seek to edge in on a market that's predicted to reach 75 million shipments by 2018, as ABI Research reports. We look forward to bringing you a full review of the Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses soon. Game Changer Awards - The Most innovative Tech of 2013 Google Glass: What Explorers Love and Hate Best Stocking Stuffers (Best Gifts Under $25) Copyright 2013 LAPTOP Magazine, a TechMediaNetwork company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
- 11-year-old stopped from selling mistletoe, but told begging allowed