SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileThe minute Apple’s Steve Jobs announced the launch of the hotly anticipated iPad, the internet was flooded with comments decreeing the poor name choice.For many, the name instantly conjures up references to feminine hygiene products,and the online buzz on sites like Twitter suggests Apple has made anepic iFail, as Coleman from London, Ont., noted in a comment posted onthe CBC.IPad, however, isn’t alone in unfortunate product names.Back in the 1980s, Ayds diet pills (pronounced “aids”) were a hot commodity. The name has a different meaning nowadays.More recently, Nintendo received flack in 2006 for naming its newestgame console at the time the “Wii.” Potty training and bathroom jokesThere have been others: Bum Bum is a popular ice cream bar in Germany,and there are more than a handful of drinks and food products out therewith body part references to make a teenager blush.So, was the iPad a poor name choice? What other products missed the boat with their monikers?Internet freedom: Should government have the ability to shut down the internet?The Egyptian government shut down access to the internet and the country’s cellphone data network early Friday, according to media reports. Internet and cellphone data service was unavailable throughout the country, making it impossible for news of the protests.
A few years later, as Microsoft released new mice based on the same general form factor, I sometimes found myself on the receiving end of sales pitches by Microsoft input device product managers. They explain to me how a mouse was elegantly shaped to fit the hand and invite me to try it out. I melodramaticallyplop my left palm on it, showing that it wasn designed for me.
Some consumers are being billed for telephone services they did not order. This practice is called “cramming” and it affects telephone consumers nationwide.”” occurs when a customer receives a telephone bill, usually rendered by the local exchange company, that includes charges for products or services that he or she did not order. The charge for these services is usually between $3 and $30.
In the early 1900s, several dams were built in southern Egypt in an effort to control the sometimes overzealous flooding. While the dams were able to control the floods to a manageable level, they also decreased the amount of sediment deposits, drastically reducing the fertility of the area. Fortunately for Egyptian farmers, fertilizers are commonplace and they use them to offset the change in land fertility.