30 July 2011

AT&T to Throttle Big Users of Unlimited Data

AT&T to Throttle Big Users of Unlimited Data
By Stephen Lawson, IDG News AT&T announced service throttling for the heaviest users of its unlimited mobile data plans on Friday, saying the only way to truly solve its bandwidth crunch is for regulators to approve its merger with T-Mobile USA. ...
Google buys more than 1000 patents from IBM
Los Angeles Times
Google appears to be taking part in what has become an arms race for patents. Google has called on Congress and the Federal Trade Commission to rein in patent infringement lawsuits. It also has asked the US Patent and Trademark Office to review patents ...
Facebook launches paid program to find glitches
On Friday, social networking giant Facebook announced a program that pays people to find holes in its security system. Compensation will start at $500 and so far, no financial ceiling has been set. Obviously you must be the first person to report a ...
BMW unveils stunning i8 plug-in supercar
USA Today
By Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY BMW unveiled concepts of two plug-in electric cars today -- the i8 hybrid supercar and the i3 urban electric get-around car -- and it sounds like both are headed for production. The BMW i8 four-seat sports car concept goes ...
NASA's past and future ... in 3-D!
msnbc.com (blog)
Nathanial Burton-Bradford put together this 3-D view of the shuttle Atlantis' launch on July 8. Use red-blue glasses to see the stereo effect. NASA's last space shuttle mission and its next Mars mission both look twice as awesome in stereo — and you ...
Plants draw bats by harnessing sound
Los Angeles Times
Some flowering plants draw pollinating bats to their blooms by harnessing sound, creating an echo easy for the nocturnal fliers to find, researchers discover. By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times Some flowering plants draw helpful pollinating bats to their ...
Dell Streak 10 Pro Introduced In China
The company is betting on China to make its mark in the increasingly crowded tablet market. By Thomas Claburn InformationWeek Dell on Thursday said that its Dell Streak 10 Pro tablet is now available in China. The 10-inch tablet runs version 3.1 of the ...
Motorola Photon 4G Review: Can this phone keep the Galaxy S 2 at bay?
While most Motorola enthusiasts are patiently awaiting the Droid Bionic at this point, those on Sprint are waiting for the Photon 4G. The handset ships with all the bells and whistles you'd expect from a high-end Android device of today but can ...
Can Microsoft Track the Location of Your Laptop, Phone?
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Apple got into some hot water earlier this year when it was revealed that the iPhone was storing a treasure trove of location data in an insecure file, but is Microsoft doing the same thing? A report from Stanford University ...
Anonymous hacks US gov contractor, airs dirty laundry
Members of the Anonymous hacking collective said they broke into the networks of Mantech International and stole internal documents belonging to the US government contractor. As proof, the members posted a 390 MB download that appeared to contain ...
Google's redesign comes to its tablet search results
Los Angeles Times
Google -- while known for many things such as search, ads, cloud services and Android -- has never been lauded for its design presence. But over the last couple of months, the Mountain View, Calif., company has gained some style it didn't quite have in ...
Mind Over Matter: Braking Your Car With Brain Waves
ABC News
By NED POTTER (@NedPotterABC) An experimental driving simulation setup demonstrates braking a car with mind control. (Berlin Institute of Technology) It's the future. You're racing down the highway when, all of a sudden, the driver ahead of you slows ...
Alcatel-Lucent Gets $70 Million in Microsoft Patent Case
By James Niccolai, IDG News Microsoft has been ordered to pay US$70 million to networking vendor Alcatel-Lucent in a years-old patent dispute that at one time could have cost Microsoft $1.5 billion. A jury in San Diego issued its verdict Friday in a ...
MPEG LA: 12 companies own patents essential to Google's VP8 codec
Ars Technica
By Peter Bright | Published July 29, 2011 5:01 PM MPEG LA, the self-styled one stop shop for motion video patent licenses, says that 12 different companies have come forward with patents "essential" to the VP8 algorithm championed by Google as a ...
AT&T, Verizon Ask FCC to Cut Fees, Change $4 Billion Fund
San Francisco Chronicle
July 29 (Bloomberg) -- A coalition of telephone companies led by AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. asked the government to reduce fees they pay to have calls connected by smaller rural carriers. The request to the Federal Communications ...
Acer cuts Iconia tablet price to boost sales
Acer has slashed the price of its 10-inch Iconia Tab A500 tablet PCs in the US market from US$449.99 to US$395 aiming to achieve its goal of shipping a total of 2.5-3 million tablet PCs in 2011. The price reduction apparently aims to take on Asustek ...
UPDATE 1-Volvo recalls 8400 cars in US for steering issue
DETROIT, July 29 (Reuters) - Volvo Cars, owned by China's Geely, is recalling 8406 S80 cars for a potential power steering fluid problem that could increase the risk of a crash, according to a federal safety regulator website. ...
Hug Your IT Person, It's 'System Administrator Appreciation Day'
By Doug Aamoth on July 29, 2011 What started as a joke holiday back in 2000 is now celebrated in several countries all over the world: System Administrator Appreciation Day. The holiday's inventor, Ted Kekatos told Networkworld, "Overnight I set up a ...
CA Buys Watchmouse, For Remote App Testing Power
Netherlands firm uses synthetic transactions generated from points around the world to test a cloud app's ability to respond. By Charles Babcock InformationWeek CA Technologies has agreed to acquire Watchmouse BV, based in the Netherlands, ...
Adrian Jones Demands HP Drops 'Malicious' Lawsuit Against Him
By Joseph F. Kovar, CRN Hewlett-Packard's lawsuit against former channel chief and current Oracle executive Adrian Jones has taken a new twist with Jones' attorneys' demanding that HP withdraw the suit because it was based on a "knowingly false ...
Stingray stinging at Shore brings warning to use common sense | Philadelphia ...
Philadelphia Inquirer
By Jacqueline L. Urgo BRIGANTINE, NJ - When a stingray took a swipe at a swimmer off Island Beach State Park this week, a park official likened it to the ocean's version of a dog bite. "The ocean is filled with sea life. I think a lot of people have ...
See-through Pontiac from World's Fair being sold
Wall Street Journal
AP PLYMOUTH, Mich. — A see-through Pontiac built by General Motors for the 1939-40 New York World's Fair is going on the auction block this weekend. The 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six "Ghost Car" was part of the automaker's "Highways and Horizons" pavilion, ...
Full Dinosaur Skeleton Found in Alaska, Plus Photos of Rare Dinosaur Fossils
International Business Times
A 200 million year old reptilian fossil was discovered by Alaskan scientists along the shores of Tongass National Forest. It was the low tide that made the discovery possible as a rare marine creature called Thalattosaurs was submerged in water and ...
New wave of location-based apps mark a 'paradigm shift'
CNN International
By Doug Gross, CNN Trover uses GPS to figure out where you are and show you things other users have thought were interesting. (CNN) -- As location-based apps go, Foursquare or Gowalla will work just fine if you're looking for the spot where all your ...
Reviewing the Toyota Prius V
New York Times (blog)
By THE NEW YORK TIMES In Sunday's Automobiles section, Jim Motavalli reviews the 2012 Toyota Prius V, a wagonlike variant of the world's most popular hybrid car. The primary advantage of the Prius V over its hatchback sibling is space. ...
Bundled iLife licenses now transferable to other Macs via App Store
Apple Insider
By Daniel Eran Dilger New Mac buyers get a free bundle of Apple's iLife apps, but until recently the bundle only installed on the new machine it was bundled with. With the Mac App Store, Apple now makes the bundle available for use on any Mac they own. ...

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