Wednesday

Apple Has Sold A Billion iPhones

One billion is a big amount of anything, and that's certainly the case with a smartphone. Apple, who popularized the current smartphone format with the iPhone, has already sold one billion of the things.
“We never set out to make the most, but we’ve always set out to make the best products that make a difference,” [Apple CEO, Tim] Cook said, holding number one billion aloft for the crowd, during a not especially understated address. “Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day.”
TechCrunch

Saturday

A LAMP To Light The Way

Websites can be a lot like a swan swimming on a lake; above the surface, the swan glides serenely, but underwater the webbed feet are furiously churning away to provide forward motion. 

All we usually see is the glossy surface of the web, and have no regard for all the whirring and clicking going on "in the back". 

A lot of times, that whirring and clicking is provided courtesy of LAMP, a set of freely available, open source software products - also referred to as a "LAMP stack". While these are independent products, they tend to be used together and so the LAMP acronym stuck. 

The four software components are Linux, Apache, MySQLand PHP (sometimes Perl or Python replaces PHP).
Linux - the operating system running the web server computer
Apache - the web server software that allows pages to be displayed
MySQL - the relational database server that manages web site data
PHPPerl, Python -  the scripting language used to build dynamic web pages

Not something you need to know as a web user, but it's good water cooler fodder!

Hillary, Donald And Me

In a momentary lapse of sanity, I am actually writing a post with a bit of politics. I sometimes will rail against privacy issues, but really never delve into left-right politics. 

I don't like or enjoy arguing with people, and politics is certainly one of those 3rd rail subjects that engenders a hostile environment - although it's never been entirely clear to me why that should be.

Yet social media has become quite the cesspool of name-calling and outrage (real and phony), and I suspect I will avoid Facebook Twitter during the final months running up to the 2016 Presidential election. I don't need the aggravation.


Sunday

Implantable Biosensors Get DARPA Funding

Implantable biosensors sound like a great idea: a way to monitor important levels in the body without needing to draw blood or hook up to external equipment. Initially for military use the technology will no doubt makes it's way to the private sector, like much military technology. It could be a boon for diabetics and those with other health issues.

As usual with me, the privacy aspect raises concerns: with all this data being monitored and transmitted, the security of medical records has not been particularly good thus far. 
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced a project with the U.S. Army Research Office to develop tissue-integrated biosensor technology. Profusa, a San Francisco company, was awarded a $7.5 million grant from DARPA to lead the development.
Digital Trends