Tech 2.0 for Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Once a year, Google invites K-12 students across the U.S. the chance to have their very own Google doodle showcased on www.google.com through the Doodle 4 Google competition and there is less than one month left to enter submissions for this year’s competition. The 2014 Doodle 4 Google competition theme is “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…” Along with getting their doodle on Google’s home page, the winner of the doodle contest will receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for their school. The winner will also become an honorary Google doodler for a day and animate their doodle with the team in Mountain View. Students in can submit doodles until March 20, and one winner from every state will be announced on April 29. Last year’s Idaho winner was Natasha DiBiase from Hayden Lake. The national winner’s animated doodle will be live on google.com for one day in June. More information, including all contest rules, is available at google.com/doodle4google.
Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says Idaho and other states have obtained court approval of a $311 million settlement involving Boise-based Micron Technology and other computer chip makers. The court approval announced Tuesday means consumers can start filing claims to recoup the money they overpaid as a result of chip makers engaging in unlawful anti-competitive practices to inflate prices. The approval involves the settlement of a lawsuit Idaho and 34 other states brought against 12 makers of dynamic random-access memory, or DRAM. Samsung agreed to pay $113 million, with the next highest amount being Micron at $66.7 million. Micron settled in 2007. DRAM is a common form of memory chip used in computers, printers, digital music players and other products. A Micron spokesman on Wednesday said the company had no comment.
After years of chasing the biggest and the best, the fast-growing Mideast city of Dubai is turning to technology to help the little things in life run more smoothly. Government officials presented a wide range of projects Wednesday to ruler Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum that are aimed at turning Dubai into what they're calling a "smart city" ahead of its hosting of the 2020 World Expo. At a flashy event reminiscent of a Silicon Valley product rollout, they laid out plans for Wi-Fi access in city parks, buses and taxis. Also in the works: systems to help drivers find parking spots, schemes to connect home solar panels to the electric grid and a network of charging stations for electric cars. Left unsaid was the cost for the projects.