Entries in Technology (4)


Fmr. President Clinton Drops One-Liners on Tea Party, Cell Phones

File photo. (ABC News)(BOSTON) -- His wife Hillary has remained squarely in the public eye since he left the Oval Office in 2000, but former President Bill Clinton has been fairly unplugged for the past 12 years – so unplugged, in fact, that he doesn’t even know how to use a cell phone.

During a keynote speech at the Global Business Travel Association Convention in Boston on Wednesday night, Clinton admitted that he hasn’t stayed on top of developments in technology since he left Washington. “I have a hard time keeping up,” the former president said. “I had to actually learn to text on that cell phone.

“That’s the extent of my technology involvement, even though I spent a fortune of your money when I was president trying to make sure America was in the lead in all the emerging technologies,” he joked.

Clinton also touted a message of compromise and cooperation during his speech, and even went so far as to say he feels sorry for Tea Party congressmen.

“I actually feel some sympathy for these Tea Party Republicans in the House of Representatives,” he said, acknowledging that the audience “may find that hard to believe.”

The former president cited the fickleness of voters as the reason for his empathy. “The sympathy I feel for them is this: They’re at 18 percent approval, and you just elected them two years ago. And all they’re doing is what they told you they were going to do when they ran,” Clinton said. “But we don’t pay attention to what people say they’re going to do. We pay attention to how we feel, and whether it would be good to make a change.”

Former President George W. Bush also spoke during the conference, which ran from July 22-25.

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Obama Launches $500 Million Manufacturing Partnership

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will announce in Pittsburgh Friday that the federal government is investing more than $500 million to create the “Advanced Manufacturing Partnership,” an effort to bring together industry, universities and the government to invest in technologies that will boost America’s manufacturing and create jobs.

“Today, I’m calling for all of us to come together… to spark a renaissance in American manufacturing and help our manufacturers develop the cutting-edge tools they need to compete with anyone in the world,” Obama said.  “With these key investments, we can ensure that the United States remains a nation that ‘invents it here and manufactures it here’ and creates high-quality, good paying jobs for American workers.”

In a speech at Carnegie Mellon University, the president will highlight several specific initiatives, including a $70 million project to award grants to companies that are making major advances in robotics and a plan to invest $100 million in “material genomes.”

“Investing in manufacturing technologies like nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology are critical enablers, critical tools that manufacturers, in a wide variety of applications, can use to become more cost-competitive, to improve quality, and to accelerate product development,” Assistant to the President for Manufacturing Policy Ron Bloom told reporters Thursday.

Bloom did not offer an exact breakdown of the $500 million, but said some of it is funded in the president’s budget while other portions are taken from existing resources.

The AMP, which is being developed based on the recommendation of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, will be led by Andrew Liveris, the CEO of Dow Chemical Corp., on the company side, and MIT president Susan Hockfield on the university side.

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Should White House Staffers Use Gmail, iPads?

GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Are the president and his staff bypassing the Presidential Records Act by using iPads, Gmail and other modern communications inventions that operate outside the official White House recordkeeping system?

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrel Issa thinks so, and he believes the law may need an update to reflect the proliferation of networked mobile devices.

Waving an iPad, Issa on Tuesday questioned the White House chief information officer.

“Today, there are hundreds of products in the Old Executive Office, in the Treasury building, and in the White House proper being used to communicate, whether you like it or not, to private emails,” Issa said. “They’re simply connected. Is that correct?”

“That’s correct, sir,” said Brook Colangelo, the top tech officer at the White House.

Issa has posted the exchange on YouTube. He wants to find a way to get at Gmail and other types of cloud-based messaging systems, as well as the personal phones of White House personnel.

The records act requires all White House staff to turn over any work-related communications, regardless of whether they are on the government network, to the Archivist of the United States. But Issa said he is concerned there is no way to police the use of personal devices and outside email accounts.

“I’m not after the president. I’m not after the administration,” Issa said. “I’m after the changes in technology and whether or not we’re equipped to deal with them.”

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Obama Meets with Tech Titans; White House Tight on Details

Photo Courtesy - The White House/Pete Souza(WOODSIDE, Calif.) -- The super-secret two-and-a-half-hour dinner meeting between President Obama and a dozen of Silicon Valley’s biggest stars has come and gone.

But the White House seems reluctant to share much color about the event.

New press secretary Jay Carney instead released an email which described the evening as the president’s chance to discuss “his proposals to invest in research and development and expand incentives for companies to grow and hire, along with his goal of doubling exports over five years to support millions of American jobs.”

Carney later added “there was also a lot of discussion about ways to encourage people to study science, technology, engineering and math, and to go into STEM fields.”

Obama chose these 12 titans of technology -- which included Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple Chairman and CEO Steve Jobs and Twitter CEO Dick Costolo -- because “American companies like these have been leading by investing in the creativity and ingenuity of the American people, creating cutting-edge new technologies and promoting new ways to communicate.”

Members of the press traveling with the president were not allowed to cover the dinner, and one wondered aloud afterward if Zuckerberg had attended wearing a techno-geek uniform: “hoodie and flip-flop’s.”

The White House provided an answer when they released a still photo of a pre-dinner chat between Obama, Zuckerberg and others.  It appears Zuckerberg dressed for dinner, wearing a jacket and collared shirt -- though you still can’t tell if he wore a tie. 

The meeting took place at the Woodside, California home of venture capitalist John Doerr and his wife, Ann.´╗┐

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