21 March 2012

Apple to Pass Intel as Top Processor Company

Apple to Pass Intel as World's Top Processor Company: Report
eWeek
In an upcoming report, In-Stat finds that Apple is on track to surpass Intel in processor sales. While Intel is entering the smartphone space, Apple may use its own chips in Macs. Apple is on track to overtake Intel as the world's top mobile processor ...

Google Customers Sue Over Changes to Privacy Policy Rules
Bloomberg
Google Inc. (GOOG) customers sued the company over claims they were deceived by its new privacy rules merging separate policies for about 60 services into one. The suit seeks to represent in a group, or class action, people who held Google accounts and ...

Why China Is Holding up the Google-Motorola Deal
BusinessWeek
By Brad Stone on March 21, 2012 It already seems like a long time ago: August 15, 2011, when Google (GOOG) surprised the world with its $12.5 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobility, and to acquire the patents and hardware expertise it needs to confront...

PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Apple fans snapped up at least 3 million new iPads over the weekend, but is the updated tablet having some Wi-Fi reception problems? According to a thread on the Apple Forums, several users are reporting connection issues with the ...
New iPad vs. iPad 2 in a screen-to-screen drop test
Los Angeles Times
By Michelle Maltais We all know who's going to win in an iPad versus iPad 2 drop test -- gravity, of course. But which generation holds up better in a face-to-sidewalk meeting? With a stack of iPads old and new, the good folks at SquareTrade happily ...

Electric vehicles: Higher gas prices won't charge sales
Los Angeles Times
By Jerry Hirsch Lacey Plache, the chief economist for Edmunds.com, says the hurdles are still too high for widespread adoption of electric vehicles. In an analysis for automotive research firm RL Polk & Co., Plache notes that one problem is that there ...

Los Angeles Times

Ex-gov't scientist gets 13 years in espionage case
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former government space scientist was sentenced Wednesday to 13 years in prison for admitting that he tried to sell space and defense secrets to Israel in what turned out to be an FBI sting operation. Appearing in federal court in a ...

Hewlett-Packard to merge printing, PC divisions
Christian Science Monitor
The move announced Wednesday comes at a time when sales of printers and ink, once HP's lifeblood, are falling as people increasingly share documents and photos online. By Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press / March 21, 2012 This photo shows a Hewlett ...

Christian Science Monitor

Giant stars may not be necessary for supernovae
Christian Science Monitor
New research using X-ray and ultraviolet data helps scientists to better understand the origins of supernovae. These exploding stars are important in measuring distance in the universe. By Nora Doyle-Burr, Contributor / March 21, 2012 All that remains ...

See all stories on this topic »FCC Moves Toward Helping Small Carriers Challenge AT&T, Verizon
BusinessWeek
By Todd Shields on March 21, 2012 US regulators moved toward helping small mobile carriers challenge industry leaders AT&T Inc. (T) and Verizon Wireless. The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-0 today to ask whether rules are needed to ensure...

Sprint says iPhone users are "more profitable" than those of other platforms
Ars Technica
By Jacqui Cheng | Published March 21, 2012 11:50 AM iPhone users are "more profitable than the average smartphone customer," which is why Sprint was willing to sink $15.5 billion into offering the iPhone to its subscribers last year.

In search of Amelia Earhart
Los Angeles Times
A new clue in one of the 20th century's enduring mysteries could uncover the fate of American aviator Amelia Earhart, who vanished without a trace over the South Pacific 75 years ago, investigators said Tuesday. Return to story Currently there are no ...
UK news round-up: GAME, tax breaks... UK's biggest news day ever?
Computerandvideogames.com
By CVG Staff for computerandvideogames.com Today was a biggie on the news front. Just as you thought you'd put the story of the day up, another one broke. Then another, and then another. The UK government announced today it's to introduce a tax break ...
Samsung Galaxy S III may launch in April
Fox News
Despite an earlier leak that made a May announcement seem increasingly likely, Samsung is apparently still considering an April launch for its highly anticipated Galaxy S III smartphone, South Korean news site MK reports. Samsung president for the ...
Verizon, Cable Partners to Testify About Spectrum Deal
eWeek
Verizon and Comcast executives are among some of the witnesses to testify before a Senate subcommittee about the deal between the mobile carrier and the residential broadband giants. Verizon Wireless' deal with cable companies Comcast, Time Warner,...

Windows Phone launches in world's biggest mobile market, China
BetaNews
By Tim Conneally Microsoft and Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC announced on Wednesday that the first Windows Phones have finally begun selling in China. The first device for sale in the country is the 4.7" HTC Eternity, which will be available to the ...

BetaNews

Disney sketches sequel to 'Epic Mickey' video game
USA TODAY
By Derrik J. Lang, AP 'Disney Epic Mickey 2' will once again star the titular character in Wasteland, a dystopian Disney landscape. 'Disney Epic Mickey 2' will once again star the titular character in Wasteland, a dystopian Disney landscape.

USA TODAY

Air Display update will add HiDPI support for new iPad
SlashGear
Avatron's Air Display allows you to use your iPhone or iPad as an additional monitor to your setup. The popular app will soon be seeing an update that will support the new iPad's Retina display, taking full advantage of the 2048×1536 resolution.

SlashGear

Twitter celebrates its sixth birthday today
TechSpot
By Jose Vilches Twitter is celebrating its sixth birthday today. Exactly six years ago on March 21, 2006, Jack Dorsey, co-founder of the popular micro-blogging service posted the first ever tweet: "just setting up my twttr." At the time the service was ...

Zynga Sets Press Call; Acquisition News Coming?
Forbes
A reasonable guess is that the company will actually announce a deal to buy OMGPOP, the makers of the popular game Draw Something. Earlier this week, TechCrunch had reported that Zynga was in talks to buy the company for $150 million to $200 million.

Forbes

Mercury having an exciting, active middle age
msnbc.com
The small, sun-scorched planet Mercury has an interior unlike that of any other rocky planet in our solar system and a surprisingly dynamic history, two new studies suggest. Using observations from NASA's Messenger spacecraft in orbit around Mercury, ...

msnbc.com

Job Seekers Asked For Facebook Passwords: Debate Roars
InformationWeek
As part of the vetting process, some companies are asking job candidates to provide their Facebook credentials. Would you? Should you? It's the job of your dreams. Your resume was one of those selected from among hundreds submitted.

Albert Einstein, Up Close and Personal, Now Online
Discovery News
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem this week began posting its extensive collection of private letters, postcards and research notes written by famed physicist Albert Einstein, a project that ultimately will include about 80000 documents.
Wal-Mart to offer Angry Birds merchandise, clues
Reuters
By Georgina Prodhan | LONDON (Reuters) - The maker of the hit mobile game Angry Birds has struck a deal with Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) to embed clues to a new version of the game in merchandise sold in Walmart stores, hoping to lure Angry Birds fans ...
Vibrating Tattoo Could Send Text Alerts Straight to Your Skin
TIME
By Tim Newcomb | @tdnewcomb | March 21, 2012 | + Two pages of Nokia's patent filed with the US Patent and Trade Office, showing sketches of the technology for vibrating tattoos. Since we all need a little more connection to our cell phones and other ...
 
TIME

Tip: How to Make Your iPhone or iPad Run Faster
PC Magazine
Has your Apple iPhone or iPad been sluggish? Here are five easy ways to clean out some junk and hopefully make your devices run faster. By Jill Duffy My iPhone (3GS), now nearing its second birthday, has seemed sluggish for a few months.
'See-around-a-corner' camera prototype unveiled
USA TODAY
By Dan Vergano, USA TODAY Laser experts reported Tuesday that they have succeeded in using an experimental camera to capture three-dimensional images of objects even when they're hidden around a corner. Long sought, the camera offers a new approach to ...
Colorful Map Details Volcano-Studded Surface of Io
Wired News
By Adam Mann After a six-year effort, researchers have released the first geologic map of the solar system's most volcanically active object, Jupiter's moon Io. The colorful and highly detailed map, published Monday by the US Geological Survey, ...

Wired News

New Internet Explorer will come in two flavors
CNET
By Lance Whitney on Mar 19, 2012 Think of it as Microsoft's version of a good-news, bad-news joke. The good news: Its upcoming IE10 browser for Windows 8 will come in two flavors--one a streamlined, "Metro-style" program designed to resemble a ...

CNET

Tech Mahindra Values Satyam at $1.8 Billion in Purchase
Bloomberg
India's Tech Mahindra Ltd. (TECHM) will buy Satyam Computer Services Ltd. (SCS) in a stock deal that values the target at $1.8 billion to form the country's fifth-largest software services company. Tech Mahindra, which already owns 43 percent of Satyam ...

Bloomberg

Tech Mahindra, Satyam to merge
Reuters India
BIG BOYS' CLUB Tech Mahindra's founder, the Mahindra Group, held a stake of 48 percent in the Indian technology company and Britain's BT Group Plc owned 23 percent at the end of December. Tech Mahindra, which provides IT services and solutions to ...

Tech Mahindra to Merge With Satyam
New York Times (blog)
By MARK SCOTT The Indian software company Tech Mahindra plans to merge with Mahindra Satyam in a $1 billion deal that will create a top player in technology services. The deal reflects a turnaround for Satyam, which had been one of India's largest ...

Is technology robbing music's soul?
CNET
So once a new technology is available, the engineers can't resist using it. This isn't so much about analog versus digital recording formats. No, it's the way recordings are made. Too many are assembled out of bits and pieces of sound to create ...

Today in Tech: New iPad runs hot, says Consumer Reports
Fortune
By JP Mangalindan, Writer-Reporter March 21, 2012: 3:30 AM ET Fortune's curated selection of tech stories from the last 24 hours. Sign up to get the round-up delivered to you each and every day. * In a new report, Consumer Reports says Apple's (AAPL) ...

Fortune

The Top Tech News (and Parties) From SXSW Music | TechCrunch
By Josh Constine
Josh Constine is a technology journalist who specializes in deep analysis of social products. He is currently a writer for TechCrunch. Previously, Constine was the Lead Writer of Inside Facebook, where he covered Facebook product changes, ...
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