28 March 2012

Angry Birds Space hits 10 million downloads in 3 days

Hog Heaven: Angry Birds Space hits 10 million downloads in 3 days
Los Angeles Times
By Deborah Netburn If you spent a significant portion of your weekend hurling birds through space, you aren't alone: On Monday, Rovio tweeted that its new game Angry Birds Space has been downloaded 10 million times in just three days.

Netflix's Facebook app would be illegal
CNNMoney
By Julianne Pepitone @CNNMoneyTech March 27, 2012: 5:45 AM ET Netflix wants Congress to update the 1988 Video Privacy Protection Act. Lawmakers generally agree the law needs an update, but they're battling over how to do so.

'Thermal cloak' hides objects from heat
BBC News
The range of physical phenomena that scientists are trying to "cloak" objects from has a new entry - heat. French researchers have shown how to apply the ideas of "optical cloaking" - the endeavour to make a Harry Potter-style cloak - to the thermal ...

BBC News

Google I/O Sellout: Devs Cry Foul
InformationWeek
After 20-minute sellout, developers who didn't score tickets complain that Google's first-come, first-served system favors scalpers. By Thomas Claburn InformationWeek Google I/O, the company's annual developer conference, is a sellout.

'Temple Run' comes to Android devices
USA TODAY
By Mike Snider, USA TODAY Developer Imangi Studios has announced that the free-to-play game, which surpassed 45 million downloads in Apple's App Store, hit the Android Marketplace earlier today. Currently the game is compatible with more than 700 ...

USA TODAY

Feds Call on Agencies, Wireless Carriers to Share Airwaves
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Wireless carriers have long complained about a lack of available spectrum. With more and more data-intensive devices like smartphones and tablets coming online, it's only a matter of time before the network is overloaded by text ...

Will Google Drive launch next week?
Washington Post
Drive, Google's cloud storage service, may launch next week according to a report. VentureBeat.com reports: Google's long-awaited Drive cloud storage service might finally arrive during the first week of April, according to a thinly sourced GigaOM ...

Android Apps Can Run on Windows PCs With Bluestacks Emulator
PCWorld
By Agam Shah, IDG News Software company Bluestacks is trying to close the gap between Microsoft's Windows and Google's Android OS with its App Player application, which was released in beta on Tuesday. App Player is an emulator that allows Android...

Apple Calls iPad Battery Behavior 'Great Feature'
InformationWeek
Apple's response to user complaints about the new iPad's battery overcharging? It says there is no problem at all. By Eric Zeman InformationWeek No Apple device launch is free of controversy in one form or another. So it is with the new iPad, ...

Apple, RIM, Sony, Others Sued by What Is Left of Silicon Graphics
eWeek
Graphics Properties Holding, which is what's left of Silicon Graphics, is suing Apple, RIM, Sony, HTC, LG and Samsung for patent infringement. Apple, Sony, HTC and other mobile device makers reportedly are being sued for patent infringement by what ...

Plummeting to the ocean's lowest point
Washington Post
Explorer and filmmaker James Cameron on Sunday became the first solo explorer to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron is congratulated by ocean explorer and US Navy Capt.

FTC seeks law to shed more light on data brokers
The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission is calling for a new law that would allow people to review the vast amounts of information being collected about them as the Internet, smartphones and other technology make it easier to create digital ...

Scientists found hammerhead sharks have twin cousin
Christian Science Monitor
The newly found scalloped hammerhead shark faces similar existential threats as its look-alike fishy cousin. By Michail Vafeiadis, Contributor / March 27, 2012 Researchers recently discovered a new species of scalloped hammerhead shark, yet unnamed, ...

AVG rolls out two types of 'Do Not Track' in latest antivirus service pack
BetaNews
By Tim Conneally Dutch security company AVG on Tuesday rolled out the 2012 service pack for all of its security products which adds the new "Do Not Track" and WiFi Guard features to the protections it offers users. The service pack includes both ...

BetaNews

Reborn LulzSec Hacks Military Dating Site
CRN
By Antone Gonsalves, CRN A group appearing to be the resurrection of LulzSec, an Anonymous-affiliated group whose alleged co-founders were arrested in an FBI sting operation, has claimed to have stolen personal information from 10s of thousands of ...

Facebook Passwords, Information Needs to Be Kept Private
eWeek
NEWS ANALYSIS: US Senators Charles Schumer and Richard Blumenthal say asking for social media passwords may be a violation of federal law. For job applicants and employers, this could open a potential legal minefield. The recent practice of employers...

Hasbro Fails to Prevent ASUS from Selling Transformer Prime Tablet in ...
DailyTech
It looks like ASUS' Transformer Prime tablet defeated Transformers' Optimus Prime in a name game battle. In December 2011, toy maker Hasbro filed a lawsuit against computer manufacturer ASUS claiming that the name of ASUS' Transformer Prime tablet was ...

DailyTech

Kinect for Windows 1.5 teased with “seated” tracking
SlashGear
The folks at Microsoft are bringing the next generation of Kinect for Windows to the forefront this week with a version 1.5 of the software that works with it. This release comes amid a much wider availability for the platform as a whole with 19 new ...

SlashGear

HBO Go, Comcast Now Available On Xbox Live
Forbes
Microsoft's XBox Live service is getting Go and Comcast's on-demand services starting today. [1] This update adds another strong distribution platform to Time Warner's HBO's online add-on service. This add-on service is available to subscribers who ...

Woman takes life while chatting on Facebook, no one calls police
msnbc.com
By Helen AS Popkin A woman described her final moments of purposely inhaling poisonous fumes on Facebook to nine friends, some of whom begged her stop, reports the Associated Press. Some of those friends attempted to track her down on their own,...

RIM delays analysts' meet till BlackBerry 10 launch
Reuters
| TORONTO (Reuters) - Research In Motion has delayed its annual presentation to financial analysts, usually held during the BlackBerry World conference in May, until it launches its next-generation smartphones. "We decided to make BlackBerry World more ...

Intel: 75 Ultrabook Designs on Track for 2012.
X-bit Labs
by Anton Shilov Intel Corp. said it expects 75 different ultrabook designs from various manufacturers to become available throughout 2012. At present there are 26 ultrabook models available and with that number growing to 75, it is likely that the ...

X-bit Labs

Facebook asks court to toss ownership suit
Columbia Daily Tribune
BUFFALO, NY (AP) — Attorneys for Facebook sought the dismissal yesterday of what they called an "opportunistic and fraudulent" lawsuit by a New York man claiming half-ownership of the social networking site. The attorneys asserted that Paul Ceglia of ...

The Verizon New iPad Lasts 25 Hours With LTE On And Display Off
ITProPortal
In addition to its impressive resolution, the new iPad has managed to gather some good reviews relating to its other features. The latest in a long series of features by the third generation iPad that has grabbed the tech writers' attention is the ...

Watch: Whale Dubbed 'Bart' Tangled in Fishing Net Off O.C. Coast Is Freed
Patch.com
The animal was first spotted Friday off the coast of Dana Point, dragging dead sharks and a sea lion in the net behind him. A California gray whale tangled in a huge fishing net off the Laguna Beach coastline swam free Monday after volunteers worked ...

Symantec Dissolves a Chinese Alliance
New York Times
SAN FRANCISCO — Less than four years after Huawei Technologies and Symantec teamed up to develop computer network security products, the joint venture is being dismantled because Symantec feared the alliance with the Chinese company would prevent it ...

Apple Plans Further Investment in China as Cook Visits
Bloomberg
Apple Inc. (AAPL) said it plans to make greater investment in China as Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook visited the world's most populous country, where store openings have trailed a forecast from the company two years ago. Cook had “great meetings” ...

Bloomberg

Activision Blizzard Considers Mobile To Boost World Of Warcraft Subscribers
Forbes
Activision Blizzard, the developer of world's biggest MMO World of Warcraft (WoW), has announced that it is looking at porting WoW to mobile devices. [1] The announcement has come at a time when WoW has been experiencing a continuous decline in subs ...

Forbes

Samsung offering free extended life battery with Galaxy Nexus
CNET
The phone maker is throwing in a free bundle with a longer-life battery and cover to protect it. by Lance Whitney March 27, 2012 7:39 AM PDT Follow @lancewhit Buyers of Samsung's 4G LTE Galaxy Nexus smartphone can now score a free extended life battery ...


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