On CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight it’s host was put on the spot by his guest Michael Moore to defend the news network’s decision to send it’s news reporters out into the path of Super Storm Sandy to cover the “News”. Moore an Academy Award Winning Filmmaker, spoke specifically about Ali Velshi who stood in the middle of a New Jersey street as flood water rose and Sandy’s winds blew him around, risking his life for the greater good of telling the news. At the same time that was happening a entire neighborhood was being burnt to the ground. Morgan claimed that Ali’s covering of the storm was necessary to keeping people informed and ensure that lives were saved even if it was just one.
To the defense of CNN there was a lot of chaos during Sandy and covering everything act of destruction by the storm was certainly not possible. At the same time however I think something has to be said about the trend of weather reporters - or just reporters as some don’t even know a cumulonimbus from a cirrus cloud – risking life and limb to bring us the news. I would even venture to say that they put more lives at risk than they save. If a guy who gives financial advice as his day job can go out and weather the storm why can’t some other guy. Or if there is news camera just down the street why shouldn’t someone just run down there to get their 15 mins of fame. While Ali was covering the storm several as many as three guys showed up from nowhere dancing in the background. So yeah Piers, one life may be saved bu many more put in danger. How do you rationalize that?
I think you would have those who test the elements. But in this day and ages where we can send a drone half way around the world there is absolute no reason for us to send any out into a storm to cover the news other than ratings.
It appears the cat is out of the bag. According to China Labor Watch Foxconn the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer famous for producing Apple’s iPhone now admits it used minor at some of its factories in China. The company released and apology and threatened to terminate the employment of anyone involved in violation of China’s labor laws and it’s own company policies. This will probably be seen publicly as an attempt to save face as the company is trying to recover from bad press about labor conditions at it’s factories in China.
In my humble opinion apology or no apology, as long as the company keeps pumping out iPhone, iPad or iWhateva it is very unlikely that their business will be affected.
Gizmag writes that ASUS has just unveiled the PadFone2 powered by Google Andriod (Ice Cream Sandwich). In general I have to say I really like the concept of having one primary device and just using an auxiliary device to take advantage of a large screen when the situation calls for it. Such scenarios might include reading a book or watching a video or movie. The problem I have with this device however is that instead of finding a way to utilize two screens at the same time like an extended desktop or something similar they made the device to only work with one screen at a time.
Was just check my feeds and came across an article on engadget titled Microsoft set to get back in the news business with relaunched MSN. More interesting than the fact that microsoft is planning to pull the curtains back on a new redesign of it’s MSN site was that fact that the video at the end of the article was from Bing Videos which appears to be Mircosoft’s answer to Google’s Youtube. When did this happen, and how long has the service been active? I’ve been living in a alternate google universe for too long now.
If you’re an avid iGoogle user like me then you may have seen the notice that “iGoogle will not be available after November 1, 2013″. My knee jerk reaction was to lament the loss the one of my favorite web tools. After a brief period of mourning I cam to the realize that I had already start to wind down my use of iGoogle. Several months ago and I started the process of migrating some of my favorite feeds to Google Reader and which I access using the Android app either from my phone or tablet. I did not migrate everything however, as it takes time that I would prefer not spending doing that. Today I began searching for what option are available to me since Google did not provide any tools for importing into Google Reader from iGoogle. That’s when I came across the link titled Export iGoogle feeds to OPML which I think might be useful to others in the same predicament that I found myself in after Google’s Announcement.