Latest Michael Harper Stories

Facebook Home Hits 500K Downloads In First Week
2013-04-22 10:48:17

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online After years of rumors, Facebook finally released their own smartphone “¦ in a sense. Rather than work with a phone manufacturer to produce an entirely novel device, the social giant took advantage of Android´s open architecture and created more of an app than an actual phone or platform. Facebook did partner with one manufacturer, however. HTC released the HTC First last week, the first phone to have Facebook...

Facebook Data Centers Offer Users Look Into Water, Power Usage
2013-04-19 12:24:10

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In an effort to open up some of their operations, Facebook has given the Internet a front row seat to two of their American data centers. These data centers, located in Prineville, Oregon and Forest City, North Carolina, work like any other industrial building, meaning they require power, cooling and water. The social network is now offering up a pair of interactive dashboards to let anyone take a look at how much energy their...

Google Glass Explorer Tries To Sell Glass for $90,000
2013-04-18 11:36:06

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online It comes as no surprise that Google doesn´t want any of their “Explorers” sharing or selling the earliest Glass units. Yet one man from Philadelphia who was lucky enough to win a chance to try Glass early was shocked when he discovered that the Terms of Service prevent him from selling his $1,500 glasses on eBay for an enormous profit. Google announced in February that they would give developers and a handful...

Twitter Rolls Out New Music App For Web, iPhone
2013-04-18 11:53:54

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Last week the “Twitter is starting a music app” rumors intensified after the We Are Hunted app makers announced they had been purchased by the popular microblogging site. Soon after, celebrities and musicians alike, including Ryan Seacrest, Wiz Khalifa, Blake Shelton and Ne-Yo began tweeting about the app and singing its praises. Today Twitter is letting the general public get their first glimpse of their new app...

Apple Call-Waiting Patent Displays Information While On Hold
2013-04-03 09:33:11

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online There´s plenty of downtime in the day if you only just look for it. Those who prefer to squeeze every ounce of productivity are experts at this. These are the people you´ll see multitasking while they´re out and about; tapping away at their laptops while waiting for an oil change, holding conference calls while doing their grocery shopping, or even clearing email while in line at the bagel shop. Multitasking power...

Chewing Gum Can Help You Focus
2013-04-02 10:25:44

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online There´s a lot about chewing gum and the act of chewing gum to wonder about. Chew as we might, we never break it down, never digest it, and never receive any nutritional value from it. In many ways, it can be seen as an exercise in futility or a transformation from human to bovine. A recent study published in the British Journal of Psychology has found some good could come from chewing gum. According to these...

Denial Of Service Prank Meant To Crash Apple's iMessage App
2013-04-01 09:27:58

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A small number of developers have found themselves the victim of a Denial of Service prank meant to crash Apple´s iMessage. The report comes from The Next Web who writes that these developers had been receiving the messages over the past week. It´s believed that the people behind the prank are affiliated with the iOS software pirating community and are using the iMessage app on Mac OS X. Though thoroughly annoying...

Latest Facebook Move Allows Replies To Your Comments
2013-03-26 10:30:34

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Facebook has finally joined the rest of the modern Internet in one major way: they´re going to allow replies and threaded comments on Pages and extremely popular public Profiles. Facebook claims these changes will “improve conversation,” but it´s also likely they´ve introduced this change to increase time spent on the site. The social giant recently launched Graph Search for the same reasons....

Mussels Adhesive Power May Hold Cure To Cancer And More
2013-03-07 17:16:51

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In all advances in science and technology, researchers must first look back before looking forward. And there´s something about the natural shape and form of living creatures which have long been residents of Earth which cannot be improved upon, only mimicked. Hongbo Zeng, a chemical and materials engineering researcher at the University of Alberta, has been studying one creature in particular to find clues for new drugs...

Making Whoopee Is The Cure For Chronic Headaches Says German Study
2013-03-06 13:44:24

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online When a migraine attack sets in, the common response for most people is to dim the lights, remove any noises or distractions and lie down in bed until it passes. A new study suggests that these may be just the first steps toward setting the mood for a far more effective way of getting rid of a headache. According to team of neurologists from the University in Muenster, Germany, having sex can lead to “partial or complete...

Word of the Day
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.