23 December 2011

Why the World Won't End on Dec. 21, 2012

Doomsday in 1 Year? Why the World Won't End on Dec. 21, 2012
Fox News
By Stephanie Pappas AP Photo/Miguel Tovar A ceramic head found in a newly discovered tomb sits on display at the Mayan Tonina archeological site near Ocosingo village in Mexico's Chiapas state. A year from today the world will come to an end, ...

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Akamai Rises on $268 Million Purchase of Cloud Startup Cotendo
Dec. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Akamai Technologies Inc., operator of a server network that lets businesses speed data delivery, rose the most in almost two months after agreeing to buy startup competitor Cotendo Inc. for about $268 million in cash. ...

Xerox PARC founder Jacob Goldman dies at 90
by Lance Whitney December 22, 2011 7:53 AM PST Follow @lancewhit Jacob Goldman, a physicist who started Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center, died on Tuesday in Westport, Conn., at the age of 90. Survived by his wife, a sister, three children, ...

Monster Mash: Steve Jobs statue unveiled; Beethoven's deafness
Los Angeles Times
Paying tribute: A statue of the late Steve Jobs has been unveiled in a technology park in Budapest, Hungary. (Los Angeles Times) Genius: Experts say Ludwig van Beethoven's gradual deafness may have influenced his music. (BBC News) They're in the money: ...

Los Angeles Times

Solar Cells You Can Paint On
PC Magazine
By Andrew Webster Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are developing a new type of solar cell that can simply be painted on to a surface. The team has created a "power-producing nanoparticle" called a quantum dot, which can be combined with a ...

IPad Beat on Power, Speed by New Non-Clones: Rich Jaroslovsky
San Francisco Chronicle
Dec. 22 (Bloomberg) -- We're finally beginning to see some distinctive 10-inch Android tablets that are more than iPad knockoffs. Earlier this year, Sony released its wedge-shaped Tablet. Now, two more entries provide features and functionality beyond ...

Stonehenge App Offers Virtual Solstice Experience
Fox News
AP Photo/Tim Ireland/PA People watch the sunrise at the northern Winter Solstice celebration at Stonehenge in Wiltshire. Thursday Dec. 22, 2011. The omens are good that 2012 will be an excellent year, a druid said today, after the sun shone on ...

Fox News

Facebook's Goal: to Be a Blue Chip
Wall Street Journal
By SHAYNDI RAICE Mark Zuckerberg spent Facebook Inc.'s early years trying to keep it cool. But the founder and CEO of the social-networking giant has spent the last 18 months methodically preparing Facebook to look and act more like a blue-chip ...

Gardens of Time Tops CityVille as Facebook's Most Popular Game
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Facebook has long been a popular destination for casual gamers, with many a friend populating their profiles with game-related activity. Today, the social network released its list of top games for 2011 and the Playdom-backed ...

Rare Galaxy from 'Dawn of Time' Photographed
by Tariq Malik, SPACE.com Managing Editor An ancient galaxy that formed just after the birth of the universe has been photographed by telescopes on Earth and in space, and is the brightest galaxy ever seen at such remote distances, astronomers say. ...

UFO spotted on flatbed was actually a military drone
Residents in a small community in Cowley County, Kansas got the thrill of the year recently when a flatbed trailer came driving down main street with what appeared to be a saucer shaped craft on the trailer. According to the local sheriff's office, ...


Swype beta works with Dragon Dictation and ninja finger puppets
Despite an increasingly wide range of virtual keyboard apps, Swype remains a popular option for many Android users, primarily because of its baked-in status on a wide variety of high-profile phones and tablets. The latest beta for Swype brings some ...


iPhone market share grows in US & UK, but falls across Europe
Apple Insider
By Sam Oliver New data shows Apple's iPhone 4S launched helped it gain market share in the US and UK, though price sensitivity in Europe has allegedly cost Apple ground. Apple's share of smartphone markets across the globe were revealed in a new report ...

As shale fracking booms, environmental protection lags
Sacramento Bee
By RENEE SCHOOF WASHINGTON -- America's race for cheap natural gas and energy independence has been outpacing the flow of state rules aimed at assuring people that gas production won't harm their health. Today 24 states have wells that use hydraulic ...

Earth Must Have Another Moon, Say Astronomers
Discovery News
The way our planet temporarily captures asteroids suggests Earth should have at least one extra moon at any one time. Asteroids captured by our planet essentially become extra moons, say astronomers. At any given time, there should be at least one ...

Nimbula Launches Cloud Migration Service
InformationWeek (blog)
Startup urges enterprises with systems running in public clouds to move their workloads to in-house private cloud environments. By Charles Babcock InformationWeek Nimbula, a private cloud software company, sees an opportunity. It thinks some companies ...

5 Ways The Smartphone Market Evolved In 2011
The smartphone market is one of the most dynamic in the world. Here are the five biggest smartphone trends that took place during 2011. By Eric Zeman InformationWeek Buy a smartphone today, and it will be out-of-date by tomorrow. ...

Federal CIO: 1200 Data Centers to Close by 2015
Government Technology
The federal government is on pace to close at least 1200 of its 3100 data centers by the end of 2015, Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel announced in a blog posted this week on the Office of Management and Budget website. If completed on time, the closures ...

Government Technology

Kia Ray EV: The Look of Electric Cars To Come?
Wall Street Journal (blog)
By Jonathan Welsh Kia Motors Corp. rolled out its Ray EV, an electric city car with a range of up to 86 miles and what the company describes as “lively performance.” Acceleration for zero to 62 mph takes just under 16 seconds. ...

Frankincense is Doomed?
Frankincense has been used and traded for thousands of years. That popularity might be coming to a relatively sudden end. Research recently indicated the Boswellia trees frankincense is made from are in decline, and could actually experience about a ...


Orca Calf Spotted In Puget Sound
OPB News
The proud mother's name is"Slick,". She's a 39-year-old member of the J-pod – the resident orcas of Puget Sound. This week she showed up near the Kingston-Edmonds ferry route with a new calf. This is her 5th. The whales in her pod appeared to be ...

NASA Probe Snaps Close-Up Photos of Giant Asteroid
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has taken its first close-up images of the giant asteroid Vesta, revealing the space rock in a wealth of new detail. Dawn recently entered its lowest orbit yet around the rock, which lies in the asteroid belt between Mars and ...

Israelis lead world in social network use, US study shows
Report by internet marketing research company comScore shows Israeli internet more than double the global average for time spent on networks such as Twitter, Facebook. By Oded Yaron Tags: Israel facebook Israel is the worldwide leader in monthly social ...


Facebook ordered to tighten privacy by regulators
Facebook has agreed to tighten its privacy practices and delete unneeded data sooner following an investigation by Irish regulators. By Christopher Williams, Technology Correspondent The social network, which has more than 800 million users, ...


eBay acquires German 'purchase-on-invoice' technology company ...
By Robin Wauters
A little over a year after its subsidiary PayPal bought a minority stake in German software company BilLSAFE, eBay this morning announced that ...

Daniel Will-Harris: Marrying Technology (GPS Junkie)
By Daniel Will-Harris
There's a lot of blather from the nutjobs who don't believe that people in love should be allowed to marry each other. Me -- I was going to marry my GPS. But now I'm getting cold feet.
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Oracle-earnings sag ups investor technology fears
Oracle-earnings sag ups investor technology fears, Technology stocks fell Wednesday, dragged down by a weak earnings report from the business-software maker Oracle Corp.
azcentral.com | business

The Best Of Green Technology In 2011
By The Huffington Post News Editors
As this year slowly winds its way to a close, it is time for our annual look back at the top greentechnology stories for 2011. While the big news of the year was certainly dominated by things like Solyndra, loan guarantees, the Chevy Volt and ...
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Tactus Technology raises $6M for very cool dynamic touchscreen ...
By Dean Takahashi
Tactus Technology said today that it has raised $6 million to develop its next-generation touch interface components for all sorts of touch-enabled devices. The interface enables buttons to morph out of the surface of an electronic device.
Micron Technology Inc. Earnings Cheat Sheet: Margins Keep ...
By Derek Hoffman
Here's a closer look at the company's latest earnings release...
Wall St. Cheat Sheet

What SOPA Means For Education, Technology, and the Future of the ...
By Jeff Dunn - Executive Editor
SOPA could be problematic for some educational websites. For example, not all educationtechnology apps and websites have the proper copyright permission for every single image or video they use. If they ever run into trouble that has legal ...

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