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Duck and Cover

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Wish the next disaster came with a little warning. There’s an app for that.

Since the March 11th earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan the country has been hit with swarms of aftershocks. But people are no longer being caught unaware. An app translated to mean “shaking coming” was developed by a Tokyo-based firm specializing in disaster related information service. It works by alerting people that an earthquake is coming, where the epicenter will be and how strong the shaking will be. About ten seconds after you receive the alert, the earthquake strikes.  read more »

High Tech Relief

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The world is witnessing a disaster and now we’re getting some high tech relief.

Japan has suffered though a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and a deadly tsunami. Aftershocks still rattle the region amid fears of nuclear reactor meltdowns. And some of the biggest tech companies are stepping in to offer help as rescuers continue their searches and clean-up gets underway.

Silicon Valley based Google has an online “people finder” for people seeking information about a loved one. You can go to this site to post information about who you are looking for or you can post information about a person you have found. Microsoft is offering free technical support and temporary software licenses to help companies impacted by the quake. They have also pledged $250,000 in cash.  read more »