TechZone360 has always been your source full-circle technology news, and now, more than ever, that circle is taking us around the globe. This week on TechZone, we could read about power outages in India, the impact of technology on the London Olympics, and gadget battles right here in the United States.
The enormous power outage in India was big news this week. It left over 600 million people without power, making it one of the biggest blackouts in the history of the world, occurring a day after a smaller power failure and affecting approximately half of the country’s population. The outage impacted trains and traffic lights, left coal miners trapped, and forced hospitals, airports and businesses to use backup generators.
Fortunately, after two days of dealing with the outages, power was restored, though the entire event shed light on some serious infrastructure concerns for the country. Theories abound as to what caused the problem, including speculation that some states were consuming too much power from the grid. India’s new Minister of Power assured citizens that a problem like this would not occur again.
The other big international story this week was, of course, the games of the XXX Olympiad in London. There has been quite a bit of controversy about how NBC has covered the games, but perhaps the biggest news related to communications technology came from athletes misusing Twitter. Two different athletes, a triple jumper from Greece and a soccer player from Switzerland, were excused from the games due to their controversial tweets. In a games that is striving to be as cutting edge and digital as possible, both the athletes and the IOC are learning about the dark side of social media.
On the home front, the tablet war continues to heat up. With the coming of the Google Nexus 7 and the anticipated announcement of the second generation Kindle Fire, the seven-inch form factor, under $200 market is certainly getting interesting. There seem to be pros and cons for each device, depending on user needs. Only the market will tell if either tablet reaches the heights of the iPad.
It was an exciting week in the technology space. Check back with TechZone360 each and every week for the latest and greatest!