07 March 2012

Apple's new iPad: Retina display, 5-megapixel camera, 4G LTE, A5X chip, and voice dictation

Apple's new iPad: Retina display, 5-megapixel camera, 4G LTE [Updated]
Los Angeles Times
By Nathan Olivarez-Giles This story was updated at 11:45 am with information on the new iPad's A5X chip, voice dictation and pricing. Apple's new iPad has been unveiled and it's called -- the iPad. Not iPad 3 and not iPad HD, contrary to rampant ...

Los Angeles Times

Biggest solar storm in years nears Earth, may disrupt power
By Seth Borenstein, AP WASHINGTON – The largest solar flare in five years is racing toward Earth, threatening to unleash a torrent of charged particles that could disrupt power grids, GPS and airplane flights. AP An ultraviolet wavelength image ...


Bizarre hybrid deep-sea creatures discovered
Fox News
Deep sea symbiosis: A hermit crab uses an anemone as a shell.Greg Rouse Scientists have discovered a strange and rare hybrid site in the deep sea where two extreme seafloor environments exist side by side, and are home to a parade of weird hybrid ...

Antimatter atom is measured for the first time
Scientists have taken the first-ever measurement of an atom made of antimatter. This measurement, though not very precise, represents a first step toward being able to study antimatter atoms in detail — a goal necessary for understanding why the ...


Security site hacked in LulzSec revenge move
Angry members of LulzSec, part of hacktivist group Anonymous, hacked into a software security site that they believed led to the arrests Tuesday of six suspected leaders of Anonymous. The hackers posted what they said were the usernames and passwords ...


Gorillas More Related to People Than Thought, Genome Says
National Geographic
Staring face to face with a gorilla, it's hard not to find them eerily similar to humans—and now the first published gorilla genome supports that, according to a new study. In 2008 geneticists took DNA from Kamilah, a then 30-year-old female western ...

National Geographic

Siri Speaks Japanese in iOS 5.1 Update
Apple's iPhone 4S's artificially intelligent assistant now speaks six languages, with the addition of Japanese in the refreshed iOS. By Philip Michaels, Macworld Japanese-speaking iPhone 4S owners will now get a chance to chat with Siri.

Venus BELCHES solar wind in shock weather explosion
By Brid-Aine Parnell • Get more from this author ESA's Venus Express spacecraft has spotted the planet blowing back million-mile-per-hour solar winds in weather explosions similar to what happens outside Earth's magnetic shield.

iPhoto coming to iOS for $4.99, completes mobile iWork and iLife
Ars Technica
By Casey Johnston | Published March 7, 2012 2:08 PM Apple's head engineer for photo and video application, Randy Ubilios, demos the new iOS version of iPhoto. Apple announced updates to a handful of apps for iOS alongside its new iPad at a special ...

Ars Technica

Google Play May Add Audiobooks
By John P. Mello Jr., PCWorld Mar 7, 2012 11:35 AM Google Play, launched by the search giant Tuesday, may be adding audiobooks to its inventory of music, movies, apps and ebooks. Signs of audiobook expansion were first spotted by Google watchers at the ...

New Apple TV delivers 1080p, updated interface
by Matthew Moskovciak March 7, 2012 10:11 AM PST Follow @cnetmoskovciak Apple's streaming video box gets a bump up to 1080p and a few other minor improvements. The new Apple TV will feature a redesigned user interface. As expected, a new Apple TV ...

It's Official: SimCity Returns to the PC in 2013
Tom's Hardware Guide
Electronic Arts and Maxis Emeryville announced on Wednesday that the SimCity franchise is making a return to the PC in 2013. They call it a "true rebirth" of the franchise (AKA reboot) that will break new ground next year by implementing a "robust" ...

Higgs boson coming into focus, say scientists (+video)
Christian Science Monitor
Higgs boson: The hunt for the Higgs boson, the so-called God Particle, continues. But in a study released today, scientists say they're getting closer to proving the existence of Higgs boson, but the image is 'fuzzy.' By Andrew Stern, Reuters / March 7 ...

Christian Science Monitor

Video: Lego space shuttle almost makes it to space
TG Daily
I've always been a big fan of Lego models, especially when uber-geeks take the little bricks and create advanced designs or structures. Of course, this has to rank right up there with some of my favorite Lego stories. Yes, the very talented Raul Oaida ...

Is Netflix Running to Cable's Warm Embrace?
By Ed Sutherland Netflix's streaming services may start piggybacking on cable TV offerings if the company lands the deals it's reportedly trying to clinch. Such agreements could give Netflix a revenue boost, and from cable operators' point of view, ...

Samsung Files Patent Lawsuit Against Apple in South Korea
By Agam Shah, IDG News Samsung Electronics this week filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging infringement of three patents used in the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. The lawsuit was filed in Seoul Central District Court. Samsung previously filed a separate ...

Apple Awarded iWallet Patent
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Apple has been awarded an "iWallet" patent that, among other things, would link mobile payments to your iTunes account. As reported by Patently Apple, the iWallet patent would allow credit card companies to send customers their ...

AMD's SeaMicro Deal Will Strengthen Server Market Presence
AMD recently stated that it will acquire SeaMicro for $334 million. SeaMicro builds micro servers that essentially pack together several chips to save space and energy. [1] AMD's attempt comes as a result of the company's consistently poor performance ...

Eye tracking evolution: A look at Tobii's slim new IS-2, glasses-free 3D...
Today, Tobii announced a newer, smaller, better eye tracking device that can be used in consumer devices as well as a partnership that could greatly enhance glasses-free 3D. We spoke with the company about its plans and where eye control is headed next ...


Facebook hit by technical problem
BBC News
Facebook was unavailable for a number of users mostly across Europe on Wednesday due to "technical difficulties". Users reported problems accessing Facebook.com in many countries, including the UK, for about two hours. The social network's smartphone ...

BBC News

Spider silk conducts heat, unalike organic material: Study
The State Column
Spider silk conducts heat, unlike most organic materials, according to a press release from Iowa State University Friday. Xinwei Wang, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Iowa State University, made the discovery after his curiosity ...

Researchers capture first-ever images of atoms moving in a molecule
R & D Magazine
Using a new ultrafast camera, researchers have recorded the first real-time image of two atoms vibrating in a molecule. Key to the experiment, which appears in Nature, is the researchers' use of the energy of a molecule's own electron as a kind of ...

Battlefield 3 to Get Three New Expansions this Year
Are you getting bored with Battlefield 3′s maps? Why not try the game's Back to Karkand expansion? Already did? Well, if your trigger-finger is itching for new maps and weapons to blow crap up with, then do we have good news for you!

Dinosaur guts reveal velociraptor's last meal
CBS News
A lightweight Velociraptor dinosaur may have chowed down on the carcass of a much larger flying reptile not long before meeting his own demise some 75 million years ago. The evidence comes from a pterosaur bone discovered in the gut of the skeletal ...

Researchers link moon to Titanic disaster
ABC15.com (KNXV-TV)
April 14 will mark 100 years since the Titanic sunk on her maiden voyage after striking an iceberg. Recent research from the Texas State University suggested that a rare lunar event might have contributed to the tragedy. Physics faculty members Donald ...

ABC15.com (KNXV-TV)

Android Hits 'Play,' Apple May Be Offering to Settle
Sci-Tech Today
By Barry Levine The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple may be ready to settle its proxy war with Google over Android. For months, Apple has been embroiled in a multi-front, worldwide patent conflict with Samsung and Motorola, among others, ...

Sci-Tech Today

Windows 8: 8 Benefits For Business
Microsoft pitches more detail on Windows 8's security and manageability improvements for enterprise IT and SMBs, a week after releasing the consumer preview version. By Paul McDougall InformationWeek A week after releasing the Windows 8 Consumer ...

GM to Halt Output of Slow-Selling Volt for Five Weeks Rather Than Discount
General Motors Co. (GM), missing sales goals for the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, plans to halt production of the sedan for five weeks beginning later this month rather than discount the high-technology cars. GM will stop making Volts at its ...

Tech Wars: The new battlegrounds
Hindustan Times
If you thought Pepsi - Coca Cola's counter advertisements were the summit of in-your-face competition, welcome to the tech industry - a no-holds-barred space where battles are fought daily on acquisition tables, corporate blogs, parody videos, ...
Hindustan Times

Gates Beats Ellison in Tech Billionaires Ranking
BusinessWeek (blog)
(MSFT), the world's largest software company, is technology's richest man. The chairman of Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft, was worth $61.3 billion as of the close of US trading yesterday, down $805.4 million for the day, according to a daily ...
Science & Tech: Nasa probes begin mapping surface of the moon
Scottish Daily Record
"Literally and figuratively, I'm over the moon," mission chief scientist Maria Zuber at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said in an email. Despite astronaut landings and robotic missions aimed at the moon, scientists still do not know ...

iPad HD “Feel Screen” Senseg tech tipped
A super-tactile touchscreen capable of delivering virtual textures, bumps and more to your fingertips has been tipped for the iPad 3/iPad HD, with haptics specialist Senseg dropping heavy hints that its innovative tech is featured in the third-gen iOS ...


Are Small, Tech-Savvy Firms Top US Job Creators?
Wall Street Journal
By EMILY MALTBY Small businesses that heavily use technology, from back-end software to social-media websites, are highly successful job creators, according to a research report released Wednesday from the Technology CEO Council.

Wall Street Journal

Top Ten Richest People In Tech
By Matt Rosoff
Bloomberg has started ranking the richest people in the tech industry, and it's going to adjust the rankings daily based on the movement of stock prices and other assets. Not surprisingly, Bill Gates is still number 1 by a large margin, with more ...

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