Latest Michael Harper Stories

Autistic Kids Happier In The Presence Of Animals
2013-02-28 16:47:04

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Animals and humans have long enjoyed an amicable relationship with one another. For whatever reason, it seems as if we generally enjoy one another´s company. Various animals have been found to bring comfort to the sick and even lower blood pressure. Now, a new study has found that animals can have yet another positive influence on humans, particularly children with autism. According to research conducted by psychology...

Sophisticated Primitive Reflexes And Dizziness
2013-02-15 06:13:06

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Our brains are capable of doing some amazing things. Yet, there are some processes which, while sophisticated enough, are mostly thought of as common and basic. For instance: The reflex which allows us to keep our eyes focused on one point while our heads are moving about. This reflex is called the Vestibular-Ocular Reflex (or VOR), and we share it with most vertebrates. For many years, scientists have believed that this...

Android Security App Can Now Take Pics Of Phone Thieves
2013-01-25 11:00:40

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Has this ever happened to you? You´re on your way to your fancy executive job on the 22nd floor, sipping coffee and waiting to cross a city street at the crosswalk. Suddenly, a young man hopped up on substances and dressed as a giant ear of corn advertising a local farmers market bumps into you as he dances his merry jig. Unbeknownst to you, your little run in with Mr. Crazy Corn frees your Android phone from its unsecured...

Hackers Use Human Rights Sites To Exploit Java Vulnerability
2013-01-22 18:34:27

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online At this point, the words “Java” and “exploit” have become so tightly knit and so often used that they´ve faded into white noise as quickly as they´ve joined. Today, there´s yet another development in the long and monotonous story about Java that just refuses to stop unfolding. According to Ars Technica, the same exploits which were fixed in recent updates to Internet Explorer and Java...

Kim Dotcom Goes On Twitter Rant, Talks About Megaupload Troubles
2013-01-18 12:31:28

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online There are people who believe “Freedom of the Internet” means “Everything on the Internet should be free.” This may have been a fantastic idea before the Internet was stable enough to stream High-Definition movies and transmit other large files in seconds. This notion is a bit troublesome today, of course. One of these people is the colorfully eccentric Kim Schmitz, founder of the famously controversial...

Back From The Dead: Will LG Reveal A Windows 8 Phone Next Month?
2013-01-16 09:27:46

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online CES is that special time of year where small companies release odd products, established companies show off their current offerings, and gargantuan companies trot out expensive prototypes which will probably never arrive as a shippable product. As it has been in years past, CES 2013 didn´t carry much in the way of new smartphone news. Sure, Sony released their new Xperia Z and ZL phones, but it´s likely other...

Internet Usage In China Soars Thanks To Mobile Devices
2013-01-15 09:09:51

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Fight against it as they may, the Chinese government has not able to keep the web out of their people´s hands. Despite tightening control over what is posted online and what is seen, new data from the East shows that the number of those accessing the Internet continues to grow at a substantial rate. According to the China Internet Network Information Center, the country saw 51 million more surfers added in 2012 over...

Internet Explorer Vulnerability Under Investigation By Microsoft
2012-12-31 11:20:23

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Those who use an older version of Microsoft´s Internet Explorer (IE) web browser may finally have their excuse to upgrade — or simply switch to another browser altogether. According to a recent Security Advisory, Microsoft is now looking into reports claiming that Internet Explorer versions 6, 7 and 8 are leaving the computers which run them vulnerable to zero-day attacks. Though they are still investigating these...

Google Generation Growing ‘Brain Dead’ Says Inventor
2012-12-27 13:29:10

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The English inventor who created the wind-up radio has no problems telling us how he feels about kids today. In his mind, the “Google Generation” as he calls them are in danger of becoming engorged, brain-dead zombies incapable of existing without the aid of a computer. Trevor Baylis, a 75-year old Englishman, expressed his opinion in a way only an Englishman can: Politely. Baylis invented his wind-up radio in the...

NORAD Santa Stalker Ditches Google For Bing
2012-12-19 11:11:21

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As it turns out, Apple wasn´t the only one ready to ditch Google maps in favor of an alternative. This year when Santa comes to town, he´ll be using Microsoft´s Bing maps. Every Christmas Eve since 1955, NORAD has been keeping tabs on Santa Claus for children everywhere as he traverses the globe. In the early days, children could call a NORAD hotline to hear of Santa´s whereabouts, likely hoping that...

Word of the Day
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.