01/08/2014, Google and France are in the limelight again, this time round with France’s data protection watchdog having slapped a 150,000 Euro fine on Google. The reason behind this fine? Apparently, Google has not complied with a three-month ultimatum that was issued some time ago in order to bring its practices on tracking and storing user information to be aligned with local law. The privacy watchdog is called CNIL, and it […]
12/09/2013, Earlier this year, we saw canned air go on sale in China, which you may or may not be aware is currently going through a smog issue. This made us think of a future similar to Spaceballs where clean air is fought over, and today, we’re hearing the selling of canned air has reached France.
08/08/2013, We have seen some projects in the past that are on the Kaiju scale (although those would be Category 1 Kaijus, I presume) – such as this Philadelphia building that played a role as a Pong screen, and here we are with Balle de Match, which happens to be a giant pong duel that will be projected in Nantes, France. This particular Balle de Match project is the brainchild of […]
07/04/2013, France reportedly has its own data monitoring system that is quite like NSA's PRISM program. Its program is said to be headed by DGSE, the country's intelligence agency.
05/24/2013, A French bicyclist was able to use a hydrogen-powered rocket bike to reach a top speed of 163MPH.
05/13/2013, How does a government earn its keep and run the country well? Apart from borrowing more money than it can ever repay, resulting in an ever growing national debt year on year, you could always find new ways to stem the bleeding by increasing government coffers, and one of the most commonly used methods would be to introduce new taxes as well as higher rates for prevailing taxes. Well, it […]
03/12/2013, “Call me an ambulance!” is an old joke to some by now, but if you were Skype in France, you would wish that you were not called a telecom, simply because you didn’t register as one, which has led to a French prosecutor to investigate the matter. According to French regulators, Skype has the possibility of facing prosecution as they have failed to register as an “electronic communications operator” with […]
02/06/2013, Being on the wrong end of an earthquake is definitely no laughing matter, and countries that are situated in earthquake-prone fault lines would definitely have to do their bit in terms of building regulations to make sure that most of their buildings are built in a specific manner in order to withstand most earthquakes without crumbling down. Well, France has been testing out a new seismic cloak, which is supposed […]
10/30/2012, The land of fine wine, food and women (in no particular order) might soon be the first country in the world that imposes taxes on search engines – if French President Francois Hollande has his way. He is working on a new kind of tax which will require search engines like Google to fork out money each time they make use of content from the French media. Hollande did work […]
09/20/2012, A French citizen has unintentionally breached the security of the French central bank (Banque de France) over the phone and was freed by French authorities after being accused of “hacking” the central bank’s and triggering a 48-hours shut down of that particular computer system which handles the consumer indebtedness files (basically people who are flagged as having a very bad credit history). The man was trying to go around the […]
07/19/2012, Despite removing certain terms from its Autocomplete and Instant search features, it looks like Google still isn’t doing enough to please the authorities. According to reports online, the French Supreme Court has ruled that Google should censor the words “torrent”, “rapidshare” and “megaupload” from its AutoComplete and Instant features. I’m not sure why because Google has already been doing this for some time now – last year, in fact. Maybe […]
12/13/2011, If you’re the type that values form over function, you might want to take a look at these MinuSkull speakers from Paris-based design duo, Kuntzel+Deygas. These skull-shaped speakers appear to make good use of the speaker’s tweeters as eyes, and combined with the rest of the body gives the illusion of a skull, albeit a friendly-looking one.
10/31/2011, Acer’s first attempt at the Windows Phone platform is headed in the country that hosts the City of Love, France. It will come in the form of the Acer Allegro, which some of you might remember it as the Acer W4 as it was spotted at IFA 2011 in Berlin earlier this year. Too bad Acer did not go in with guns blazing, as the hardware specifications for the Acer […]
10/07/2011, Uh-oh, it looks like the iPhone 4S has already been plagued by shipment delays, at least for international customers. While the hardware specs of the iPhone 4S didn’t exactly wow the crowd at Apple’s iPhone event, there are still loyal fans out there and users with the iPhone 3G or 3GS who will see the iPhone 4S as an upgrade. So much so that when the clock struck 12am on […]