02 March 2012

5 Very Cool Japanese Mobile Technology Companies from MWC; and Windows 8 Consumer Preview

5 Very Cool Japanese Mobile Technology Companies from Mobile World Congress
By Jason Lim
5 Very Cool Japanese Mobile Technology Companies from Mobile World Congress. by Jason Lim on March 2, 2012 • 6:46 pm No Comments. [Translate]. Japanese are known for their quirky creativity and advanced technology. When I visited ...
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Windows 8 Consumer Preview: A melding of the experience of laptops, mobile devices
Washington Post
Microsoft tweeted that more than 1 million copies had been downloaded in the first 24 hours the beta version became available. Here's a look at what the unique features, told through photos and screenshots from our colleagues at The Verge and the ...

Google patent application reveals broadband dreams
by Stephen Shankland March 2, 2012 8:43 AM PST Follow @stshank The Net giant tries to patent a technique for using a flat, flexible housing to lower the cost of bringing a super-fast Internet to homes. Just how big will Google Fiber be?

Yelp IPO Opens Up 47%, Then Moves Higher
Wall Street Journal
By Lynn Cowan Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES Website Yelp Inc. (YELP), which offers reviews of local businesses, got its own five-star review from investors Friday as shares in its initial public offering rose swiftly. The company's stock opened at $22.01 a...

Canon's 5D Mark III camera debuts
Los Angeles Times
By Nathan Olivarez-Giles For many, the Canon 5D Mark II was a game-changer -- a digital SLR camera with a full-frame sensor that could shoot full high definition video worthy of use in movies and TV. The 5D Mark III, unveiled by Canon on Friday, ...

Los Angeles Times

Server logs show Apple testing iPads with iOS 6, possible Retina Displays
Apple Insider
By AppleInsider Staff New server logs have discovered evidence of a device with an iPad Retina Display screen resolution, as well as iPad models running iOS 6, that are being used to browse the Web at Apple's corporate headquarters.

FCC Asks for Comments on Mobile Network Shutdowns for Public Safety
By Grant Gross, IDG News The US Federal Communications Commission is seeking public comments on whether it's ever appropriate for law enforcement agencies to shut down mobile networks in the name of public safety, as Bay Area Rapid Transit did last ...

Google privacy change draws 'firestorm'
By Sharon Gaudin Computerworld - Analysts are split on how Google's new privacy rules, which went into effect on Thursday, will affect users -- and ultimately the company itself. The rewritten and unified privacy policy, now the law of the Internet ...

How you can watch the best Mars sky show of 2012
Mars will make a close approach to Earth Saturday, and interested skywatchers can follow the action live online. Every 26 months, the orbits of Earth and Mars align such that the two planets form a relatively straight line with the sun.


Two German suits between Apple and Samsung dismissed, at least 10 to go
Ars Technica
By Jacqui Cheng | Published March 2, 2012 12:08 PM The Mannheim Regional Court in Germany has thrown out two lawsuits between Apple and Samsung, adding to the pile of discarded lawsuits between the two companies. One of the two suits dismissed on ...

First Assassin's Creed 3 screenshots appear online
The shots (via All Games Beta) show off the game's new protagonist in a number of locales, including a town, a forest and an icy region. US mag Game Informer has said of the game: "Set in the latter half of the 18th century, we'll see the war between ...

FBI Director: Cyber Attacks Could Be Bigger Threat Than Terrorism
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius FBI Director Robert Mueller suggested Thursday that cyber-security threats could soon be more of a threat than terrorism. "Terrorism remains the FBI's top priority. But in the not too distant future, we anticipate that the cyber ...

iOS Safari lead widens against Android in mobile browser share
Data from the latest Net Applications market share report was highlighted for the metric change that negatively affected Google's Chrome desktop browser ratings, but something also interesting to note was the widening gap between iOS and Android when...

Not Just iOS: Android Apps Can Secretly Copy, Upload Photos
Tom's Guide
Following reports that iOS apps have access to pictures stored on the device as long as the owner approves the use of location data, the New York Times reports that Android apps take this violation of privacy one step further. According to the paper, ...

Less Arctic Ice Could Mean More Arctic Mercury
Discovery News
The demise of older, thicker sea ice in the Arctic could have repercussions far beyond the steady decline in habitat essential for ringed seals, walruses and polar bears. A new NASA-led study has found that it could set in train a chemical process that ...

AT&T Adds Speed Caps for Heavy Data Users
By Scott Moritz on March 02, 2012 AT&T Inc. (T) will start slowing the data speeds of customers with unlimited wireless plans once they reach a certain threshold, a sign of the industry trying to cope with soaring traffic and limited network capacity.

More Americans Have Smartphones Than Feature Phones
PC Magazine
By Angela Moscaritolo Still don't have a smartphone? Well, then you're in the minority among US mobile phone owners, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. The survey of 2253 adults revealed that there are now more smartphone owners in ...

Speech-jamming device will render you speechless
CBS News
(CBS News) Is there an annoying yapper next to you that just won't keep quiet? Now, thanks to a newly developed speech-jamming gadget, they can be silenced. Tech Talk reported that Kazutaka Kurihara of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial ...

Study: Oceans acidifying fastest in 300M years
CBS News
Waves break over coral reef near the coast of the Seychelles main island Mahe. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images) (CBS) Because of industrial emissions, the earth's oceans are acidifying faster now than at any point in the past 300 million years, ...

Cell phone jammer: It's illegal, it's wrong, but feels so right
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
By Linda Ocasio/The Star-Ledger Loic Venance/AFP/Getty ImagesThis 2009 file photo in Paris, shows a man presenting an iPhone. A Philadelphia man used a cell phone jammer to block the chatter of his fellow travelers. You're sitting in a restaurant ...

The Star-Ledger - NJ.com

Flying Car Comes To NY Auto Show
New York Daily News
By Josh Max / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS The Terrafugia S Transition Roadable Aircraft will be on display at the 2012 NY Auto Show. A flying car is winging its way to the NY Auto show. The Terrafugia S Transition Roadable Aircraft will be on display ...

New York Daily News

Microsoft's Azure cloud leap-day meltdown
ZDNet (blog)
By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | March 2, 2012, 9:36am PST Summary: Everyone makes mistakes, but for Microsoft to make a killer leap day blunder with its Azure cloud service is inexcusable. Sometimes, Microsoft can make great programs, Windows 2008 R2 ...

Google Sued By Frenchman Caught on Street View in Embarrasing Pose
Google is getting an earful from a French villager concerned about -- what else -- an invasion of privacy. By Ian Paul PC World — Google is getting an earful from a French villager concerned about -- what else -- an invasion of privacy.

Samsung Galaxy Beam Turns Heads: MWC 2012
Samsung launches its slimmest projector phone ever, the Galaxy Beam, along with a stylish, updated version of Galaxy Note tablet, at Mobile World Congress. Check out our video coverage. By Martha Rotter Samsung's shining stars this week at Mobile World ...

Is Zynga Playing a Shell Game?
Online games concern Zynga, whose share price stands only a few dollars higher than its IPO offering, saw a much-needed pop in said price. This was due to the company's announcement that it would launch a proprietary gaming platform on its web site, ...

Robots That Fly - Video
If you have enjoyed any of the many videos of quadrotor robots doing amazing tricks then you will enjoy this talk because it gives you a complete overview of the project hosted at the GRASP lab at the University of Pennsylvania.

New find revives 'Jesus Tomb' flap
One of the designs etched on a bone box found within a 1st-century Jerusalem tomb suggests the biblical story of Jonah and the fish, which held significant symbolism for early Christians. By Alan Boyle Using a remote-controlled camera on the end of a ...


Hands-on: Dell's XPS 13, a next-gen ultrabook
Dell's new XPS 13 ultrabook offers a great balance of style and performance at a reasonable price. By Brian Nadel Computerworld - Looking to knock Apple's MacBook Air from its pedestal, PC manufacturers have been launching an array of high-end, ...


Analysis: Facebook seeks breakthrough in mobile ad market
By Georgina Prodhan | BARCELONA (Reuters) - For Facebook it must look like a no-brainer -- exploit its huge consumer loyalty and half a billion mobile phone users as a way of opening up the mobile market to blue chip advertisers.

Stolen NASA laptop contained space station control codes
A laptop stolen from NASA last year was unencrypted and contained command and control codes for the International Space Station on it, the agency's inspector general told a House subcommittee Wednesday. In his testimony before a House Science, ...


Most common — and worst — business-compliant password found
Any good system administrator implements a password policy that encourages users to use difficult-to-crack passwords. At a lot of businesses it's even mandated in the personnel policies new employees read and sign. Clearly, a lot of staff aren't as ...

Tech Data Named One of FORTUNE's "World's Most Admired Companies"
MarketWatch (press release)
CLEARWATER, Fla., Mar 2, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Tech Data Corporation (NASDAQ:TECD) , one of the world's largest distributors of IT products, has been named a "World's Most Admired Company" by FORTUNE magazine for the third straight year.

FIFA VP: No rush to implement goal-line technology
Fox News
LONDON – Soccer is no rush to implement goal-line technology, a high-ranking FIFA official said Friday, a day before rule-makers are expected to sanction the next round of testing. FIFA President Sepp Blatter has said he hopes to have high-tech aids in ...

No technology lands Christian a hat-trick
Sydney Morning Herald
Ball-tracking technology showed the ball was heading down leg side, but the refusal of India - the third team in the tournament - to adopt the DRS meant Kulasekera had to go when umpire Rod Tucker raised his finger. There was no such doubt about the ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Natcore Technology Opens Solar Research Center in Kodak's Business Park
MarketWatch (press release)
RED BANK, NEW JERSEY, Mar 02, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- In a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Kodak's Eastman Business Park, Natcore Technology Inc. (CVE:CA:NXT) (pinksheets:NTCXF) has formally opened its Research and Development Center in Rochester, ...

How Much Rope Will Investors Give Tech IPOs This Time?
That, of course, was the mantra in the 1990s...until investors tired of it, and the whole tech bubble imploded. Ancient history? Marc Andreesen doesn't think so...here's what he said on our air this morning: "The public market is still completely ...

A look at tech companies with recent IPOs
March 01, 2012|AP Here's a look at how some companies that had initial public offerings of stock since January 2011 are faring. The companies are all loosely Internet-related, though their businesses vary widely. Feb. 7: Jive Software Inc., ...

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