Jessica Ramirez

Blog This

They invented the software that breathed life into the blogosphere and sold it all to Google within five years. The people behind Blogger and look back at how they accidentally created a publishing tool that changed the Internet.

Spyware on Your Cell Phone?

A decade ago the idea that anyone with little technical skill could turn a cell phone into a snooping device was basically unrealistic. Now a simple app can track you with a level of precision that only federal authorities were once capable of.

The New Wireless Health-Care Market

If you're in a hospital and your doctor wants to monitor you without being in the room, there's an app for that. There are also wireless pacemakers that allow doctors to keep track of your health over the Internet, as well as all types of sensors that check your vital signs and can be transmitted to a smart phone or laptop.

BP Oil Spill, by the Numbers

As of today, BP has spent about $350 million—or $16 million a day—on cleanup and related problems due to the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf. Sure, it's a lot of money, but cleanup and related costs are only the beginning.

The Catholic Church Turns to Social Networks to Recruit

When it comes to the holy call that is the priesthood, it turns out that it can come in many forms, including via Facebook. The Catholic Church in France has turned to the social-networking site as part of its campaign to recruit young priests, with the hope that they can reverse years of dwindling ordainment. (Think 24,000 priests in France today compared with 42,000 in 1975.)The church's Facebook page, which was set up on April 21 in French, has garnered more than 1,400 fans so far.

Don't Know How to Use Facebook? You're Fired!

According to the Daily Mail newspaper, the British intelligence agency MI5 has rolled out plans to lay off workers (including spies) who do not know how to use social-networking tools like Facebook and Twitter.  The cuts were announced by the organization's director-general, Jonathan Evans, who told Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee last month that some of the older secret agents possessed computer skills that were not up to snuff in the war against cyberterror.

'Protecting' Your iPad

Just because something isn't broken, doesn't mean it can't be, right? Hey, the idea isn't exactly an old adage, but software firm Intego thinks it might be a moneymaking move.

Your TV, in 3-D

I'll be the first to say that I don't like to do 3-D in theaters. Sometimes it makes me nauseated. It doesn't yet add enough to my movie experience, and the only reason I put up with it is because if I want to see a flick like Up or Avatar in a New York City movie theater, those are generally the only tickets left.