New smartphone app promotes voyeurism

The makers of a new and much-anticipated smartphone app called Color are operating on this principle: “We’re all inherently voyeuristic,” said Peter Pham, president and co-founder of the Palo Alto, California start-up.

Color, however, is a location-based, photo-sharing app that takes voyeurism to post-Twitter level by letting users see all of the photos that are being taken by strangers who happen to be within a 150-foot radius of the user’s smartphone.

Photos taken through the app, which launches on Thursday morning, are public by default. They’re stored on Color’s servers and the company owns them, said Pham, who co-founded the 30-person company with Bill Nguyen, previously of and a force to be reckoned with in the tech world.


[Real I-Robot] The Actroid: Japan’s incredibly human-looking robot

A new robot in Japan might be easy to miss. Researchers unveiled the Actroid-F Wednesday near Tokyo.

The robot has silicon skin – allowing it to make expressions such as blinking and frowning. It also can bow and tilt its head to one side.

The facial movements can be remotely controlled from a computer. The robot can also mimic humans.

Researchers hope Actroid-F can one day be used to provide companionship for patients at hospitals and nursing homes.



New data shows that African Americans and Hispanics use cell phones significantly more than whites

African-Americans use the most voice minutes — on average more than 1,300 a month. Hispanics are the next most talkative group, chatting an average of 826 minutes a month. Even Asians/Pacific Islanders, with 692 average monthly minutes, talk more than Whites, who use roughly 647 voice minutes a month.


Pew report shows African Americans regard high speed internet as an equalizing advantage

While broadband adoption for Americans finally slowed over all last year after double-digit growth each of the previous five years, with two-thirds now connected, usage among African-Americans jumped 22 percent this year over 2009, according to a Pew report.


Lousiana launches iPhone app for its African American Heritage Trail

The Louisiana Office of Tourism recently launched a new iPhone app for Louisiana’s African American Heritage Trail at the ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans. This is the first app of its kind for tourism in Louisiana, and visitors attending the festival were the first to experience its features.


US D.O.E grants $9 million to HBCU’s

The funding will be used to develop academic programs that promote minority involvement in science and technical research fields, which will help support the mission of DOE’s Office of Environmental Management.

Campus Life

Drop in state funds will not stop Hampton University Cancer Treatment Center

The state budget approved by the General Assembly in mid-March included $490,000 for the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute, less than half of the $1 million the center was originally supposed to receive from the state. With construction complete, its high-tech equipment being calibrated, and the first patients set to be treated at the $225 million facility in August, reports of another funding hiccup recently came to light.

The Daily Press reported on March 18 that the city of Hampton is unlikely to live up to its pledge to give Hampton University $10 million over a 10-year period, more than $5 million of which was expected to go to the Proton Therapy Institute. The Hampton City Council did approve about $1.3 million for the institute.

The institute fortunately wasn’t betting on government funding to get up and running. HU President William Harvey said the $225 million needed to build, equip, staff and open what is to be the seventh proton therapy center in the United States, was made possible through financing secured from SunTrust, PNC Bank and the floating of bonds with the help of JPMorgan.

In addition to the $1.3 million, the city gave HU the 5.5 acres of land the proton center sits on. Harvey said the center has also received $20 million in federal funding.

But the $1 million from the state is a subject of great contention for Harvey.

The Virginia General Assemby, Harvey said, has been “woefully inadequate” in its support of HUPTI. The facility will be added to the small list of such centers that use a proton beam generated by a mini-particle accelerator to target cancerous tissue without harming the surrounding healthy tissue.

The technology is gaining steam worldwide because it doesn’t have the side effects traditionally associated with radiation treatment.

Members of the General Assembly have not stepped up to the plate as other state governments have in funding proton therapy technologies, Harvey argues.

“Every state that has one, their general assemblies have given at least $10 million,” he said. “Why the other state members are so enlightened and ours do not seem to be, I don’t know.”

“I’m not talking about any kind of handout,” he said. “This is medicine and economics. We rank very high on both of those.”

“That’s why I don’t sugar-coat it. I praise the city, I praise the federal government. And I talk about the fact that the state hasn’t stepped up to the plate.”

Family Relationships+ Family

Father’s Day Technology Gifts

I don’t consider myself a gadget freak but there are a few tech items that I’ve purchased this year that are worth sharing.. Check out the following and you just might get an idea of what to get your father, husband or special man in your life:

So I just picked up a Sirius Radio system.. Well actually, Ford blessed me with a Sirius Radio system in the Ford Fiesta. I was also pleasantly surprised to open my door to a UPS man with a Sirius Radio Boombox delivery shortly after. You never will realize how cool Commercial Free radio is until you have it. I really don’t like local radio stations also because they end up playing the SAME top 10 songs every hour. It really gets annoying.. But with Sirius, I get worldwide music and a crazy variety to choose from. The Boombox has a dedicated Subwoofer in the bottom so it really delivers a range of sound. Additionally, It can take C batteries so I can use it outside if I don’t have an outlet in close range.