30 March 2012

Google to Sell Tablets on Its Own This Year; BlackBerry maker to cede most consumer markets

Google to Sell Tablets on Its Own This Year
Wall Street Journal
By AMIR EFRATI Google Inc., undaunted by a short-lived attempt to market and sell smartphones on its own, is now trying the approach with tablet computers in a quest to capture market share from Apple Inc.'s iPad. The Internet search company will sell ...

BlackBerry maker to cede most consumer markets
By ROB GILLIES Struggling BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. said Thursday that it will cede most consumer markets after failing to compete with flashier touch-screen phones such as Apple's iPhone and models that run Google's Android software.

Conflict Over How Open 'Do Not Track' Talks Will Be
New York Times
WASHINGTON — Technology companies want to talk with the government about protecting privacy on the Internet. They just want those talks to be private. Representatives of advertising companies, Internet sites and technology companies told a House ...

2 Studies Point to Common Pesticide as a Culprit in Declining Bee Colonies
New York Times
Scientists have been alarmed and puzzled by declines in bee populations in the United States and other parts of the world. They have suspected that pesticides are playing a part, but to date their experiments have yielded conflicting, ambiguous results ...

New York Times

Jeff Bezos Unveils Plan to Recover Apollo 11 Rocket Engines
PC Magazine
By Damon Poeter It's turning out to be a huge week for well-heeled amateur adventurers. Just days after filmmaker James Cameron took his one-person submersible down to the deepest point on Earth, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced a plan to recover ...

Update: Apple supplier Foxconn hit on poor working conditions
By Agam Shah IDG News Service - An investigation by the Fair Labor Association into factories operated by Apple supplier Foxconn in China found poor working conditions and worker abuse, leading Foxconn to pledge it will make improvements.

New Zeus P2P bots: anonymous cyber-crime ready for mass market
Ars Technica
By Sean Gallagher | Published March 29, 2012 6:00 PM The recent resurgence of the Hlux/Kelihos botnet, taken down last week by a team of security companies, demonstrates how hard it is to detect and permanently shut down the latest generation of ...

Ars Technica

Will Flash's new 'premium features' drive game developers away?
Adobe's recent decision to add "premium features" to Flash 11.2 has caused a bit of a stir within the game development community. With the company planning to charge royalty fees for its new high-end features, some developers are worried the platform ...


Half of US households own at least one Apple product
By Peter Pachal, Mashable The overall ownership rate is 1.6 Apple products per American household, according to a new survey. (Mashable) -- Apple has taken firm root in America. Just over half of all households in the country own at least one Apple ...

Daimler opens first Mercedes plant in E. Europe
KECSKEMET, Hungary — German automaker Daimler opened its first Mercedes-Benz factory in eastern Europe here Thursday, a rare sign of foreign investor confidence in a country at odds with the European Union. "We are making history today: less than four ...


Obama gets the big data bug
By Richard Chirgwin • Get more from this author Six US federal government agencies are putting more than $US200 million to try and wrap their heads around the dizzying world of “big data”. The big-ticket buzzword hunt is being led by the White House ...

HTC One V video spotted in the wild
In the same breath as realizing that HTC's One X phone has been leaked, we have discovered a video of its brother, the One V. Both are set to make their official debuts shortly, but so far HTC has been rather mum on the new family of Android phones.


Apple iPhone 4 owners can claim $15 in 'antennagate' settlement
Los Angeles Times
By Nathan Olivarez-Giles Apple's "antennagate" is finally coming to an end, with $15 going to each qualifying iPhone 4 owner who claims a share in a class-action lawsuit over the fourth-generation iPhone's infamous antenna problems.

Feds: Park recalled BMWs outside till fire risk fixed
By Fred Meier, USA TODAY BMW and US safety regulators said today that owners of 5 and 6 Series cars recalled this week should park them outside until a battery cable fire risk in the trunk is checked and fixed. As we reported on Monday, BMW announced ...


Google's self-driving car takes blind man to Taco Bell
By Michael Winter, USA TODAY In another milestone in the development of self-driving cars, Google's robotic Toyota Prius has chauffeured a blind man to a Taco Bell and the dry cleaners, the tech company says. "Where this would change my life is to give ...


Japan's People's New Party Leaves Coalition Over Sales Tax Bill
Japan's People's New Party left the ruling coalition due to opposition over a planned bill to raise the country's consumption tax, party leader Shizuka Kamei said today. Kamei made the remarks after meeting with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, ...

Google Now Comes With Monthly Statement
Discovery News
Wednesday morning, Google announced that users with a Google Account could sign up to get a monthly "Activity Report" itemizing their use of some of the Web giant's services. Opting into this takes all of one click after you sign into your account; ...

How did humans evolve to walk upright? Fossil discovery complicates the...
Christian Science Monitor
Foot bones unearthed recently in Ethiopia belonged to a contemporary of 'Lucy,' the 3.2-million-year-old early human discovered in 1974. But these bones seem to belong to a different species, one thought to have split its time between walking upright ...

Christian Science Monitor

Supercomputer To Be Faster Than 50 Million Laptops
Cleveland News - Fox 8
By Matthew Knight, CNN (CNN) — A new era in computing that will see machines perform at least 1000 times faster than today's most powerful supercomputers is almost upon us. By the end of the decade, exaFLOP computers are predicted to go online ...

Cleveland News - Fox 8

Facebook App Lets You Declare Enemies, Not Friends
PCWorld (blog)
By Ian Paul, PCWorld Mar 29, 2012 2:46 PM Facebook may not offer a dislike button, but a new app on the social network called EnemyGraph lets you publicly pour some hate on anything that raises your ire. EnemyGraph lets you declare any of your Facebook ...

iPhone closes in on Android in growing US smartphone market
Apple Insider
By AppleInsider Staff As of February, smartphone users accounted for nearly half of all wireless subscribers in the US, and Apple's iPhone adoption rate saw growth while Android handset activations slipped. According to new data from Nielsen published ...

Dell plans new smartphones in the US later this year
By Agam Shah IDG News Service - Dell plans to introduce new smartphone models in the US later this year, the company said on Thursday. The company has discontinued sales of all smartphones in the US, saying that Wednesday that its Venue and Venue Pro ...

The Next PlayStation is Called Orbis, Sources Say. Here are the Details.
While the official reveal of Sony's next home console could still be months away, if not longer, Kotaku has today learned some important details concerning the PlayStation 3's successor. For one, the console's name—or at least its codename/working ...

Researcher publishes specs for real Linux-powered Star Trek tricorder
Ars Technica
By Ryan Paul | Published March 28, 2012 10:45 PM The Star Trek tricorder has become a reality, thanks to the hobby project of a cognitive science researcher. Dr. Peter Jansen has developed a handheld mobile computing device that has a number of ...

Yahoo takes step to protect online privacy
Internet giant Yahoo took a big step Thursday toward protecting your online privacy. This will give consumers much more control over who's spying on their Internet activity. Yahoo announced it will offer a do-not-track feature starting this summer.

Lumia 900 may not get next major Windows Phone update
While the upcoming launch of the Nokia Lumia 900 will be AT&T's largest by far users may want to be wary about how future-proof the device will be. I visited Nokia's sparkling headquarters in Sunnyvale to discuss the upcoming launch of the Lumia 900 ...

NASA films Solar tornado, roughly equal to the size of five Earths
NASA researchers recently identified a major event on the surface of the Sun, one that is so massive it was significantly larger than the size of the Earth. Scientists using NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory satellite said recently they had detected ...

Cassini to Make Closest Pass Yet over Enceladus South Pole
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Artist's concept of the Mar. 27, 2012, flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA's Cassini spacecraft is preparing to make its lowest pass yet over the south polar region of Saturn's moon ...

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Amazon's Kindle Touch comes to Europe, but no Fire news
BBC News
Amazon is launching a touchscreen version of its Kindle e-reader in the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy. The Kindle Touch will be available for delivery from 27 April, five months after it went on sale in the US. Unlike in America, there will not ...

BBC News

Ubi-Camera makes your fingers the frame
Making a frame of your fingers, peering through it and telling pretty people “yeah baby, yeah, work it for the camera” may one day actually result in photographs rather than odd looks, if researchers at Japan's Institute of Advanced Media Arts and ...

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