Santa Tracker: The countdown clock is ticking at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) as it prepares for its annual tradition of tracking Santa Claus as he makes his way around the globe.
NORAD uses some high-tech systems to track Santa’s sleigh — radar, satellites, Santa Cams and fighter jets — and has teamed up again this year with Google, which will be tracking Santa in real time starting at 2 a.m., Eastern on Saturday. Google Maps will have all the necessary flight information, or you can tune in to a 3D feed via Google Earth. Parents with eager kids can plot out the exact right time to chill the milk and cool the cookies by using the Google Maps mobile site as well, by searching for “[santa]” on their smartphones.
Steve Jobs gets a Grammy: Steve Jobs was named a posthumous Grammy winner Wednesday, getting a nod from The Recording Academy as a recipient of the Trustees Award.
In a news release, The Recording Academy highlighted Jobs’s contributions to the music industry.
Jobs, who died in October at the age of 56, was also named as Barbara Walters’s “Most Fascinating Person” for 2011 and was also commemorated with a bronze statue in Hungary. The statue, unveiled Wednesday, was commissioned by the tech company Graphisoft, which said in a news release that it has a relationship with Apple and Jobs dating back to the 1980s.
Nook Tablet: Cutting it close? Barnes and Noble’s got you covered. Order a Nook, Nook Simple Touch or Nook Tablet by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, and the book retailer will give you free expedited shipping for delivery by Christmas.
The Nook Tablet — the bookstore’s answer to the Kindle Fire — will be adding more applications to its curated app store, including Words with Friends, Plants vs. Zombies and Twitter. The tablet already gives users access to e-books, interactive magazines and kids books, music through services such as Pandora, and video through Netflix and Hulu Plus.
Connected devices mean network vulnerabilites, too:
Near the end of a report on Chinese hackers infiltrating the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Wall Street Journal dropped the details that a thermostat at a Chamber-owned property was found communicating with an e-mail address in China and a printer in one of its offices spontaneously started printing Chinese characters.
Those small details speak to a larger problem facing network security today — there are so many devices that use the Internet, understaffed network administrators may not have time to check the security on every device that gets frictionless firmware updates or sends diagnostic information to a company.
The report, citing a “trusted” source within the company, said that RIM is delaying the launch of its next operating system because “they don’t have a working product yet.”
“RIM made a strategic decision to launch BlackBerry 10 devices with a new, LTE-based dual core chip set architecture,” the company said in an e-mailed statement. “Any suggestion to the contrary is simply false. We appreciate the interest in our future platform and we will continue to work hard to deliver that platform as soon as possible.”