28 February 2012

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Android's Success: By The Numbers
Google's Android boss bragged about the platform's incredible success: Think 300 million devices, with 750000 new devices activated daily. By Eric Zeman InformationWeek Google is proud of its mobile platform. Andy Rubin, SVP of mobile and digital ...

News flash: Life discovered in Google's "ghost town"
by Charles Cooper February 28, 2012 6:47 AM PST Follow @coopydoop New Comscore stats get pressed into service as Exhibit A to sound alarm over the future of Google's social network. I'm not buying it. For some reason - maybe it has to do with the ...

RPT-NEWSMAKER-Microsoft's next Steve: Windows boss faces biggest test
* Microsoft unveils Windows 8 test version Wednesday * Biggest test yet for Windows head Sinofsky * If successful, Sinofsky seen favorite to be next CEO By Bill Rigby SEATTLE, Feb 28 (Reuters) - For Steven Sinofsky, the stern but creative engineering ...

Panasonic introduces waterproof smartphones
By Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY Your smartphone would almost certainly be dead on arrival if you clumsily dropped it into a lake, swimming pool or the bathtub. That is unless you had the new Panasonic Eluga or Eluga Power smartphones on display in ...


Proview profiled as a near-dead company with 'IPAD' name as its only major asset
Apple Insider
By Sam Oliver Once a significant technology company with 18000 employees, Proview is now a nearly dead operation where officials are banking on cashing in on a trademark dispute with Apple over the "iPad" name. The trademark dispute between Apple and ...

Microsoft Dishes On Windows Phone 'Tango' And More
PC Magazine
Here at MWC, a Microsoft exec tells us which new features will be coming to Windows Phone—and whether we'll ever see more MS-powered phones on Verizon and Sprint. By Sascha Segan BARCELONA—Tango is not a thing. While Microsoft is plowing ahead on ...

Mozilla announces partnerships for its Gecko HTML5 phone
By Lawrence Latif SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Mozilla has announced its intention to build an open source smartphone operating system based on its Gecko web browser rendering engine. Mozilla announced partnerships with Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom to create ...

Verizon to sell Tab 7.7 Thursday for $500 over LTE
By Matt Hamblen Computerworld - Verizon Wireless Tuesday announced it will exclusively offer the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 starting Thursday, March 1, for $499.99 with a two-year agreement for the carrier's 4G LTE network. The Android 2.3-based tablet has ...

PlayStation Vita sales top 1.2 million worldwide
By Brett Molina, USA TODAY Sony says sales of its PlayStation Vita handheld have topped 1.2 million worldwide, buoyed by last week's launches in North America and Europe that "exceeded expectations." In a statement released Tuesday, Sony says combined ...


Dell: 'Now they see they HAVE to consider working with us'
By Chris Mellor • Get more from this author Dell is relying on its EMEA channel to take it into enterprise data centres as the big biz becomes a bigger and bigger focus for Round Rock. The 12G server launch, the integration of Force10 network products ...

Quantum computing IN OUR LIFETIME - IBM breakthrough
By Brid-Aine Parnell • Get more from this author IBM boffins reckon their research has catapulted quantum computing forward a few decades, making it possible within our lifetime. The scientists say that they've come up with a way to extend the amount ...

Google puts $1M on the line for Chrome exploit rewards
by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld Google on Monday withdrew as a sponsor of next month's Pwn2Own hacking contest, and will instead put as much as $1 million up for grabs if researchers can exploit Chrome. The company will run its own exploit challenge at ...

Yahoo turns patent troll, aims to shake down Facebook for fees in run up to IPO
The legal team at Yahoo reached out to Facebook yesterday, at the same time as they were briefing the New York Times, to give the social networking giant the heads up that it would be seeking licensing fees on ten to twenty patents, and suing if that ...

Yahoo, Facebook in intellectual property dispute
By John Ribeiro IDG News Service - Yahoo is threatening action unless Facebook licenses some of its technologies, as other web and technology companies are said to have done. The move by Yahoo puts it in conflict with Facebook with which the company ...

Twitter partners with Datasift to unlock tweet archive
BBC News
By Dave Lee Technology Reporter Companies are now able to search and analyse up to two years of Twitter updates for market research purposes. Firms can search tweets back to January 2010 in order to plan marketing campaigns, target influential users or ...

BBC News

Judge strips Twitter user of anonymity following violent threats ...
Read 'Judge strips Twitter user of anonymity following violent threats against a candidate' from our blog Technology News Blog on Yahoo! News. Anyone who's ...

Asteroids smacked constantly with microscopic high-speed impacts
The Japanese asteroid probe Hayabusa was sent to an asteroid called 25143 Itokawa years ago. It was recovered in June of 2010. The probe returned more than 1500 microscopic grains of dust that are currently being investigated to learn all that can be ...


Apple Sends Email Encouraging the Developer ID Program
The Mac Observer
Apple sent out an email to developers today encouraging them to get their Developer ID applications ready in preparation for the release of the Mountain Lion operating system later this year. The Developer ID program will be used with the Gatekeeper ...

The Mac Observer

FXI's Cotton Candy PC-on-a-stick goes up for pre-order, will come with Android ...
FXI Technologies' Cotton Candy PC-on-a-USB-stick has been put up for pre-order, with shipping expected sometime in March. It's priced at $199 and has a choice of two operating systems. It has only been a few months since we last looked at FXI ...


Sony boosts superzoom collection with DSC-HX200V, HX30V, HX20V, HX10V, H90 ...
By Zach Honig posted Feb 28th 2012 8:56AM Sony unleashed a small handful of cameras before this month's CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show, but its spring 2012 line was far from complete. Today's announcements round out the collection, however, ...

Intel to roll out new smartphones
Sydney Morning Herald
Further demonstrating its resolve to expand beyond the personal computer market, Intel has announced that three more new smartphones incorporating its microprocessors will be introduced in other countries this year. The smartphone makers are Orange, ...

Mercedes to Integrate Apple's Siri into New Cars
PCWorld (blog)
By Daniel Ionescu, PCWorld Feb 28, 2012 6:51 AM Mercedes will integrate Apple's Siri voice-assisted technology into future A-Class models of its cars. This will be done via a special app that will also translate an iPhone's screen onto the in-car ...

European mobile industry backs privacy guidelines for mobile apps
By Robert Jaques A GAGGLE of Europe's biggest mobile operators together with the GSMA trade association have come up with a set of global guidelines to improve mobile apps privacy. The Privacy Design Guidelines for Mobile Application Development have ...

Huawei, The Latest Android Player: Who Are These Guys?
PCWorld (blog)
By Jeff Bertolucci, PCWorld Feb 28, 2012 5:58 AM Huawei, a multinational telecommunications company based in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, has been generating a lot of mobile buzz lately. At this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Huawei launched ...

New Zealand: Kairuku, giant penguin, reconstructed from fossils
Scientists have reconstructed Kairuku, a 25 million-year-old giant penguin, using fossil remains found in New Zealand. The emperor penguin named "Happy Feet" stands in his container aboard NIWA's research vessel Tangaroa, in Wellington, New Zealand.

Melting Arctic link to cold, snowy UK winters
BBC News
By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News The progressive shrinking of Arctic sea ice is bringing colder, snowier winters to the UK and other areas of Europe, North America and China, a study shows. As global temperatures have risen, ...

BBC News

As gas prices continue to climb, tips to save at the pump
Gant Daily
Washington, DC, United States (AHN) – Gas prices hit shockingly all-time highs for the month of February and the prices continue to be over $3.60 on average per gallon and the price climb doesn't seem to have any end in sight.

Australia's first 4G tablet goes on sale
Sydney Morning Herald
Telstra is has begun selling the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, Australia's first 4G tablet, which it says allows users to surf the mobile web up to five times faster than on other models. It comes as Australians flock to tablet devices, with analyst firm ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Mega-powerful camera phone, super-fast gadgets dazzle at mobile show
Mobile phone giant Nokia on Monday unveiled a phone with a powerful 41 Megapixel camera as it attempts to reposition itself back at the forefront of the mobile market. The phone is among a dazzling array of new gadgets unveiled so far at the Mobile ...

Will discovery of ancient coffin lead to the resting place of Jesus?
Daily Mail
By Daniel Miller Archaeologists exploring a 1st century Christian burial chamber have discovered an ancient inscription on a coffin lid which they believe confirms the site is the final resting place of Jesus. Using a remote-controlled camera connected ...

Daily Mail

EXCLUSIVE: Microsoft, others in Google+ complaint to EU - sources
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Microsoft and several other firms have complained to EU antitrust regulators about Google's social networking tool, two people familiar with the matter said, in a move that may prompt the EU to broaden its ongoing investigation ...


Huawei Releases Quad-core Smartphone With Its Own Processor
By Mikael Ricknäs, IDG News Huawei Ascend D Quad smartphoneHuawei Sunday launched its Ascend D Quad family of smartphones, which use an in-house developed quad-core processor. The Chinese network equipment companyis now trying to become a competitor in ...

Scientists see red on NASA cuts of Mars missions
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA said Monday it is not giving up on Mars, but it will have to get there later and at a lower price. President Barack Obama's budget announced this month canceled joint US-European robotic missions to Mars in 2016 and 2018.

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