27 February 2012

Opt-Out Provision Would Not Halt All Web Tracking

Opt-Out Provision Would Halt Some, but Not All, Web Tracking
New York Times
Last Thursday federal regulators, members of advertising trade groups and technology companies gathered in Washington to announce new initiatives to protect consumers' privacy online. But, as it turns out, privacy is in the eye of the beholder.

850000 Android phones activated daily, says Google
Network World
By Brad Reed, Network World Tech Andy Rubin, Google's senior vice president of mobile and digital content, posted on the official Google Mobility blog today that Android device activations now average around 850,000 each day. Additionally, Rubin said that there are more than 300 million Android devices active around the world and that there are now more than 450,000 applications available on the Android Market, roughly triple the applications that were available in February 2011....

The great big Mobile World Congress Note | FT Tech Hub ...
By Chris Nuttall
The blog includes a separate section on personal technology. ... Contact the FT Tech Hub team:richard.waters@ft.com, chris.nuttall@ft.com, april.dembosky@ft.com, maija.palmer@ft.com,robin.kwong@ft.com and tim.bradshaw@ft.com.
FT Tech Hub

Meet Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1
Washington Post
One gadget showcased almost everywhere at the Mobile World Congress has been Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1. The Verge reports takes a look at some of the new tablet's features: Software-wise, the Note 10.1 runs Android 4.0 with TouchWiz and a number of...

Imperva: Companies Should Secure Their Websites Before Worrying About DDoS ...
PCWorld
By Lucian Constantin, IDG News Organizations that look to protect themselves against attacks launched by the Anonymous hacktivist collective should make sure that their Web applications are secure before deploying anti-DDoS (distributed ...

Intel Unveils China, India Phone Ventures, Visa Pay Partnership
Wall Street Journal
By Shara Tibken Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Intel Corp. (INTC) unveiled partnerships with handset makers in China and India, and said it is working with Visa Inc. (V) on securing mobile payments, continuing the chip maker's push in the ...

Microsoft Rolling Out Windows Phone to 23 More Countries
BusinessWeek
By Dina Bass (Updates with Skype app in eighth paragraph. For more on Mobile World Congress, see {SHOW }.) Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Microsoft Corp. plans to bring its Windows Phone software to 23 new countries and put the operating system on less ...

Court Rejects Sales Ban Of Apple's iPhone, iPad In Germany
Wall Street Journal
By Harriet Torry FRANKFURT (Dow Jones)--A German court Monday said Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI) can't enforce a sales ban on Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iPad and iPhone devices in Germany for the time being, while Motorola would be infringing ...

Verizon Wireless Still Largely 3G A Year After 4G LTE Debut
Wall Street Journal
By Greg Bensinger Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--More than a year Verizon Wireless debuted its mobile broadband network known as 4G LTE, just 5% of its customers have switched to the faster data network. The company heavily promotes the ...

How Nokia's 41-Megapixel Smartphone Works
PC Magazine
By Michael J. Miller The cameras in our phones have been getting better over time; 5-megapixel and now 8-megapixel cameras are commonplace in high-end phones today. Although I've seen some devices that were really cameras with phones built in (instead...

Intel's Mac-bound Ivy Bridge CPUs expected to go on sale 8-10 weeks late
Apple Insider
By Katie Marsal Intel's next-generation Ivy Bridge processors, sized at 22 nanometers and expected to appear in Apple's updated Mac lineup, will become available eight to 10 weeks later than originally planned, one company official has said.

Vodafone offers to co-build European fast networks
Reuters
By Kate Holton | BARCELONA Feb 27 (Reuters) - Mobile operator Vodafone has offered to join forces with rival firms to share the 30 billion euro ($40 billion) bill to build out new superfast fibre networks in Europe, in a sign of the increasing demands ...

Facebook offers olive branch to mobile carriers
Reuters
By Georgina Prodhan | BARCELONA Feb 27 (Reuters) - Facebook said it could team up with mobile operators on payments, in an offer that would give them back part of the revenue and influence they have lost in recent years to Apple and Google.

HTC One X phone gets quad-core CPU -- except in US
Los Angeles Times
By Nathan Olivarez-Giles Progress doesn't come without a price and in the case of the new HTC One X smartphone, the price of running on AT&T's 4G LTE network in the US will be a downgrade from a quad-core processor to a dual-core CPU.

Los Angeles Times

Phone that slides inside tablet shown by Taiwan's AsusTek at Barcelona ...
Washington Post
BARCELONA, Spain — It's a smartphone that slides inside a tablet for a bigger screen and more battery life. Slip the tablet into a keyboard, and it's a laptop that works as a phone. Taiwan's AsusTek Inc. will roll out its “PadFone” in April, ...

iPad 3 Speculation Picks Up as Best Buy, Other Retailers Cut Price of iPad 2
Reuters
By Lucas Shaw at TheWrap Apple speculators and technology writers have found another piece of evidence that Apple will unveil its iPad 3 at a media event March 7 – the price of the iPad 2 just dropped. cut its price for the popular tablet by $50, ...

Yang Long-san, Apple's iPad dispute nemesis, dreams of comeback
The Guardian
Yang Long-san, Apple's nemesis in a battle over the iPad trademark in China, once strutted the expo halls with dreams of market dominance. His company, Proview, may now be in ruins and his most valuable asset a disputed trademark, but those dreams ...

The Guardian

Asian Carp Nets Sought by Michigan Rejected by U.S. High Court
San Francisco Chronicle
Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) -- The US Supreme Court turned away Michigan's efforts to make the US Army Corps of Engineers install nets in Chicago-area waterways to keep out Asian carp, a blow to the state's efforts to prevent what it calls an "ecological and ...

Android Activations Top 850K Each Day: Rubin
eWeek
Google's Android OS is seeing 850000 device activations of smartphones and tablets each day, putting the platform on pace to crack the 1 million unit mark in April. Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) said it is seeing 850000 new Android handsets and tablets ...

Elpida Bankruptcy Comes After Failure to Follow Smartphone Money
BusinessWeek
By Naoko Fujimura and Jun Yang Feb. 28 (Bloomberg) -- The global consumer shift from computers to smartphones and tablets claimed its biggest victim as Elpida Memory Inc. filed for bankruptcy after a plunge in semiconductor prices and an inability to ...

Facebook's app move makes mobile phones a priority
Telegraph.co.uk
Facebook has mounted a major bid to position itself at the heart of the mobile ecosystem, posing a potential threat to Apple and Google and underscoring the importance of mobile to the company's growth plans. By Katherine Rushton The social network, ...

Telegraph.co.uk

W. Pa. wells had casing failures in complaint area
Wall Street Journal
AP PITTSBURGH — At least two gas wells near a community that's complained of sudden drinking water pollution had casing failures during the drilling process. A well casing is meant to prevent gas or other fluids from leaking into nearby aquifers.

Huawei claims first-ever quad-core 10-inch tablet
CNET
by Brian Bennett February 27, 2012 7:30 AM PST Follow @boliverbennett Not satisfied with claiming rights to the world's fastest smartphone, Huawei now says it has the first 10-inch quad-core tablet, too. Chinese electronics company Huawei just made ...

Get Ready For More Ads on Facebook
TIME
By Martha C. White | February 27, 2012 | + Facebook users may have one less thing to “like” about the social media powerhouse starting this week. A leaked copy of a presentation about a new marketing plan the company is said to be announcing this week ...

TIME

Scientists see red on NASA cuts of Mars missions
Salt Lake Tribune
By SETH BORENSTEIN and ALICIA CHANG AP For the past two decades, the US space agency has been practically obsessed with Mars. It has hardly missed an opportunity about every two years to fling robotic spacecraft at the red planet.

PopSci Talks To Neil deGrasse Tyson About Politics, New Frontiers, and Science ...
Popular Science
By Rebecca Boyle Posted 02.27.2012 at 1:45 pm 0 Comments 2012 marks the first year in three decades that the US is not launching its own publicly funded manned space vehicle, and it could also be China's year to shine, on Earth and in space.

Popular Science

Delivering RNA with tiny sponge-like spheres
Medical Xpress
A cluster of microsponges made of long strands of folded RNA, as seen by scanning electron microscopy. Image: Hammond laboratory For the past decade, scientists have been pursuing cancer treatments based on RNA interference — a phenomenon that offers a ...

Jupiter, Venus and the Moon dance in night sky; five planets viewable tonight
Washington Post (blog)
By Jason Samenow For the last two nights, Venus, Jupiter and the Moon have put on amazing show. Positioned close together, they have shined brilliantly, forming an unmistakeable triangle in the night sky, visible even amidst city pollution.

Analyst: Refinery stress fueling recent gas price climb
HollandSentinel.com
In this file photo, people fill up at the pump in December 2011 as gas prices dropped to $3.05 at the Speedway gas station on Washington Avenue. By STEPHEN KLOOSTERMAN A recent jump in prices at the pump won't be the end of the bad news for drivers, ...

FBI deactivates about 3000 GPS tracking devices, loses sight of your car
Engadget
By Sean Buckley posted Feb 27th 2012 1:41PM Following a January ruling by the US Supreme Court, the FBI has deactivated some 3000 GPS units that were potentially infringing on the Fourth Amendment. The decision seems to be making waves in the US ...


Recovery bypasses Silicon Valley non-tech workers
The Associated Press
Meanwhile, information technology has made once-plentiful clerical and office positions obsolete. "The technologies that we invented here have actually eliminated entire classes of jobs," Hancock said. Without those jobs, the prospects for workers ...

The Associated Press

Good Technology and Nokia to Deliver Secure Enterprise Messaging on Lumia ...
Sacramento Bee
By Good Technology SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 27, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Good Technology, the leading provider of secure, managed enterprise mobility for a range of mobile devices, today announced the use of the Good for Enterprise™ solution on Lumia ...

Feud over iPad highlights faded tech firm's woes
San Jose Mercury News
22, 2008 photo, women work on an assembly line at a factory of Proview Technology in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province. The battle between the ailing Chinese electronics maker and Apple Inc. over the iPad name is just as much a tale of ...

Infosys selected technology partner for airtel money
Economic Times
MUMBAI: Country's second largest software exporter Infosys today said it has been selected as the technology partner for 'airtel money', the mobile wallet service of telecom operator Bharti Airtel. Under the partnership, Infosys will deploy its mobile ...

Ex-IAEA official: Iran using old nuke technology
Jerusalem Post
By STR New / Reuters VIENNA - Iran is still relying on old technology to expand its nuclear program, in what may be a sign it is having difficulties developing modern machines that could speed up production of potential bomb material.

Tech firms' varied approaches to safety audits
San Francisco Chronicle
Employees of Foxconn Technology Group work in a factory in Shenzhen, China, where conditions have been scrutinized. Apple's rivals aren't rushing to emulate the iPhone maker's decision to subject supplier factories to audits by a labor group.

Nokia PureView camera tech is a true gamechanger
SlashGear
That allows the PureView technology to use all the extra pixels – around eight per final pixel in a 5MP image – to grab extra detail and increase overall accuracy. Bizarrely, despite all that extra detail, Nokia's final images are surprisingly small.

SlashGear

Machine to Machine Technology Adoption Set to Explode by 2015, but Are We Ready?
MarketWatch (press release)
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb 27, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- AdaptiveMobile, the world leader in mobile security today reveals that machine to machine (M2M) technology is on the verge of widespread adoption, with 10% of UK residents already using it regularly and ...

Feud over iPad names highlights faded Chinese tech company's struggle to ...
Washington Post
SHANGHAI — The battle between an ailing Chinese electronics maker and Apple Inc. over the iPad name is just as much a tale of obsolescence in the fast-moving global technology industry as it is a legal row over a trademark. When businessman Rowell ...

Technology battle today is all about people: CapGemini CTO
Times of India
Andy Mulholland, the chief technology officer (CTO) of the Paris-headquartered IT services firm CapGemini, is a walking tech encyclopaedia of sorts. Andy Mulholland, the chief technologyofficer (CTO) of the Paris-headquartered IT services firm ...

New mBlox Technology Delivers Mobile Engagement at the Right Place, at the ...
MarketWatch (press release)
The new technology can also be set to automatically respond to consumer interaction, for example; it will add or remove a limited offer once the timeframe has expired or the stock has been exhausted. "Brands must learn to deliver content to fit with ...

Dolby Moves From Smartphone Audio Into Smartphone Camera Technology
PCWorld
Dolby's new HDR technology will allow you to take High Dynamic Range photos with a phone camera and save them to JPEG-HDR. By Ginny Mies, PCWorld Dolby is getting into the smartphone camera game with a new mobile imaging technology, announced today at ...

Technology in renewable energy pitched to Europe
BusinessWorld Online Edition
THE ENERGY department is inviting European countries to test the viability of renewable energytechnology in the country, a Cabinet official said yesterday. "The Philippines can be a venue to experiment with the technology and to prove its economic ...

Buffett--Adding IBM but more tech unlikely
Reuters
Feb 27 (Reuters) - Berkshire Hathaway Inc has bought more shares in International Business Machines Corp during the first quarter but is unlikely to do much more investing in thetechnology sector, Warren Buffett told CNBC on Monday.

Oscars go to The Artist, German tech rewarded - The Local
Major German hopefuls including Wim Wenders left the Oscars empty-handed on Sunday night as the silent favourite “The Artist” cleaned up with five of the big prizes. But Frankfurt techies won the special effects prize.
The Local - Germany's news in English

5 Tips for taking your tech startup from big idea to business success ...
By Dave Blakey
Many of those at the forefront of today's tech landscape, including Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, got their starts moonlighting as network engineers or software salesmen, in order to build up a solid track record that financiers were able to trust. This approach to entrepreneurship can take time, but reduces the risk for the more .... Memeburn focuses on web and innovation technologies. It has a particular interest in startup news and technology trends in emerging markets. More about us here ...
memeburn

Cognition, Technology & Work – incl. option to publish open access
Including how people use information technology, how experience and expertise develop through work, and how incidents and accidents are due to the ...
www.springer.com/computer/hci/journal/10111

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