Will Virtual Machines Erase the Work-Life Divide?

A technology company is working to bring virtual machines to your smartphone. In other words, your phone will simulate the software your company runs, so you can work from anywhere. 

What's the Latest Development?


The technology company VMware wants to bring your office to you by taking advantage of the ubiquity of smartphones. The company that got its name for creating virtual servers now wants to bring a virtual operating system to your phone. The system will work like a bubble that separates and protects all the business you do on your mobile device from all the personal fun you have with it. The technical obstacles to realizing this vision are not insignificant given the limited processing power, memory and battery life of smartphones. 

What's the Big Idea?

VMware's idea, to bring your company's computer system to your phone, come to terms with the BYOD trend. Meaning Bring Your Own Device, employees are increasingly conducting business on their smartphones or tablet computers without those devices being sanctioned by a company's IT department. It some cases, it represents a security risk to companies to have their data are stored on private phones. More generally, mobile technology is erasing the work-life divide. Given modern communication technology, do you think its still possible to keep work and life apart? 

Photo credit: shutterstock.com

Why a federal judge ordered White House to restore Jim Acosta's press badge

A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration likely violated the reporter's Fifth Amendment rights when it stripped his press credentials earlier this month.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (R) returns to the White House with CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist after Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly ordered the White House to reinstate his press pass November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. CNN has filed a lawsuit against the White House after Acosta's press pass was revoked after a dispute involving a news conference last week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Politics & Current Affairs
  • Acosta will be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.
  • The judge described the ruling as narrow, and didn't rule one way or the other on violations of the First Amendment.
  • The case is still open, and the administration may choose to appeal the ruling.
Keep reading Show less

How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

Image: Dicken Schrader
Strange Maps
  • America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
  • Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Keep reading Show less

Water may be an inevitable result of the process that forms rocky planets

New research identifies an unexpected source for some of earth's water.

Surprising Science
  • A lot of Earth's water is asteroidal in origin, but some of it may come from dissolved solar nebula gas.
  • Our planet hides majority of its water inside: two oceans in the mantle and 4–5 in the core.
  • New reason to suspect that water is abundant throughout the universe.
Keep reading Show less