12 March 2012

iPad Apps: 10 Hidden Gems

iPad Apps: 10 Hidden Gems
Jeff Bertolucci 03/12/2012 Apple's iTunes Store has more than 140000 apps just for the iPad. You can't try all of them, of course, but here are 10 hidden gems worth the effort. There's one thing iPad owners don't have to worry about: A shortage of apps ... 

Apple projected to sell at least 1 million of new iPad on launch day
Apple Insider
By Neil Hughes This Friday's iPad launch will be another blockbuster for Apple, with one new analysis projecting that the company will sell at least one million on the first day alone. Analyst Gene Munster with Piper Jaffray said in a note to investors ... 

iPad With 4G LTE Technology Makes It a Truly Global Tablet
NEWS ANALYSIS: Apple's new iPad will be a truly global tablet no matter which carrier users have, since both Verizon and AT&T versions will support LTE. When users buy Apple's new iPad (the company has deliberately shied away from calling it the iPad ...

New iPad aimed at sharpening Apple's tablet lead
Washington Post
March 7 (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. introduced a new version of the iPad, beefing up the two-year-old mobile computer with a sharper screen and faster chip to widen its lead over Amazon.com Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. in the tablet market.

Star tech investor to teach at Stanford
San Jose Mercury News
By Gerry Shih Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel will teach a class on startups at Stanford this spring. SAN FRANCISCO -- Peter Thiel, the superstar Silicon Valley investor, has famously dismissed university as a waste of time and money, ...

Porn site breached in hack attack
BBC News
Hackers claim to have stolen the details of more than 73000 subscribers to porn site Digital Playground. The data includes user names, email addresses and passwords. Also taken were the numbers, expiry dates and security codes for 40000 credit cards.
BBC News

IPhone Fails to Gain China Share as Samsung Lead Triples: Tech
You need to enable Javascript to play media on Bloomberg.com Play Apple Playing Catch Up with Samsung in China Apple Inc. (AAPL) got a second partner in China to sell the iPhone in the world's biggest mobile-phone market. The deal may be too late to ...


No Windows Phone 8 OS Upgrade For You?
Microsoft exec hedges on question of whether Windows Phone 8 upgrade will be available for WP7 owners. By Paul McDougall InformationWeek Microsoft's forthcoming Windows Phone 8 platform will run at least 95% of apps available for Windows Phone 7, ...

BioWare Responds to Mass Effect 3 DLC Controversy
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius BioWare on Sunday denied that portions of a downloadable content (DLC) pack for Mass Effect 3 was intentionally removed from the game for financial gain. DLCs are game add-ons that players purchase to enhance their experience.

Ford Taurus probed by feds for sticky throttles
US safety regulators are investigating complaints that accelerators can stick in Ford Tauruses from model years 2005 and 2006, according to the Associated Press in Detroit. The investigation, opened Wednesday, covers an estimated 360000 of the sedans.

Spain's first dinosaur not as old as first believed
The first dinosaur ever found in Spain is not as old as paleontologists had believed — though at 130 million years old, the long-necked creature is no spring chicken. The dinosaur, Aragosaurus ischiaticus, was originally discovered in 1987.


Dish closes on 2 purchases key to broadband plans
The Associated Press
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Satellite TV provider Dish Network Corp. has completed its purchase of two satellite operators whose wireless licenses it hopes to use to offer broadband access that can help it compete better with cable TV and phone companies.

Hacker-turned-informant has NY court date in April
Wall Street Journal
AP NEW YORK — The world renowned computer hacker who became an FBI informant will now face a New York judge on April 12. Hector Xavier Monsegur (HAH'-vee-ehr MAHN'-see-gur) originally was scheduled for a state court hearing Monday on charges he ...

Tim Schafer has so much money, he doesn't know what to do
With a little over 24 hours left to go for the now historic Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter, Tim Schafer and company are within sight of the $3 million mark, which is well past the original goal of $400000. With so much money at his disposal, ...

Nobel-winning UCI chemistry professor Sherry Rowland remembered
Los Angeles Times
The world's largest natural products convention, a celebration of all things healthy and eco-friendly, was being held at the Anaheim Convention Center Saturday when F. Sherwood Rowland, 84, died at his home in Corona del Mar. It's not much of a stretch ...

Los Angeles Times

Netflix cable platform may be a long way off
Los Angeles Times
Last week, a Reuters story speculating that Netflix was planning to create a cable distribution platform for its movies and television shows drew a lot of attention. That article grew out of comments that Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings made at ...

Gasoline hits $3.80 per gallon on expectation of supply dip in April; oil ...
Washington Post
NEW YORK — The price of gasoline jumped by nearly a nickel over the weekend and is now $3.80 per gallon That's the highest ever for this time of year. Pump prices have risen an average 52 cents this year as refineries and wholesalers pass along the ...

Safari 5.1.4 update promises 11% JavaScript performance boost, fixes other bugs
Ars Technica
By Jacqui Cheng | Published March 12, 2012 12:55 PM Speed demons will be pleased with Safari's latest update that promises to bring "up to" an 11 percent increase in JavaScript performance over the previous version. Unfortunately, those not yet running ...

Apple says Samsung violated court order in patent case
by Lance Whitney March 12, 2012 10:23 AM PDT Follow @lancewhit Samsung didn't fully comply with a judge's order asking for the source code for certain products, claims Apple in a court filing. Apple is trying to stir up more legal headches for Samsung.

AT&T to expand 4G LTE coverage to 12 more cities following iPad announcement
Ars Technica
By Casey Johnston | Published March 12, 2012 1:10 PM AT&T will expand 4G LTE service to 12 new markets in the wake of the new iPad's launch, the company stated in a press release today. Locations that will be blessed with the faster service include ...

Finally, Venus and Jupiter will dazzle us this week
Venus and Jupiter have been dancing toward each other in the night sky for months, and they'll finally come together this week in a dazzling show for skywatchers. Beginning Monday night, the two brightest planets in the sky will be so close together ...


Foursquare Rules SXSW
If you've been keeping tabs on this blogger's Twitterstream, you're (painfully) aware that I finally made my way to Austin for the 2012 South by Southwest Interactive Festival. No longer a Newbie, I earned the 2012 SXSW Sophomore Badge on Foursquare ...


Zenimax settlement blocks Mojang from making more Scrolls games
by Eric Caoili [Console/PC, Indie, Business] Newsbrief: Independent developer Mojang is now prohibited from using the Scrolls trademark for any sequels to its digital card game, as part of its recent settlement with The Elder Scrolls maker ZeniMax ...

EU ready to settle with publishers over ebook price-fixing, but no talks yet
By Ed Oswald European Union antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia says that the Competition Commission is open to a settlement with publishers in the increasingly high-profile ebook price fixing case, but only if the companies address key regulatory issues.


China's Sina Weibo Requiring Identity Verification by March 16
PC Magazine
By Leslie Horn China's popular micro-blogging platform, Sina Weibo, expects that 60 percent of its users will verify their identities by a government-mandated deadline of March 16. According to the BBC, the government is requiring users to provide the ...

Have online comment sections become 'a joke'?
CNN International
By Doug Gross, CNN Gawker Media founder Nick Denton says majority of online comments have become "off topic" and "toxic." One idea? Making certain stories only open to a few select commenters Austin, Texas (CNN) -- In the early days of the Internet, ...

Popular Instagram iOS App Hits 27 Million Users: Now Headed for Android
By Ian Paul, PCWorld Mar 12, 2012 8:07 AM Popular mobile photo-sharing app Instagram announced it now has more than 27 million users on iOS, and is hinting the company plans to release an Android app soon. Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom showed off ...

Tech companies, consumers must work together on online privacy
Tuscaloosa News
By Wayne Grayson In a classic comedy sketch from the television show “Laugh In,” which aired between 1967 and 1973, actress Lily Tomlin portrays a phone operator attempting to receive payment from a Mr. Veedul for three calls placed to Topeka, Kan.

Greenland ice could melt faster than thought, study finds
It may take less of an increase in global temperatures to melt the ice sheet covering Greenland than thought, new research suggests. Only on msnbc.com Steven Bridges for msnbc.com Homeowners beat banks at their own game courtesy Candice Johnson Hurt on ...

Watch a nanoscale race car get 3D printed with a laser
3D printing is a hot topic at the moment, especially as the price of the hardware continues to fall. There's also a few popular gadgets coming out that will benefit from 3D printing, a prime example is the Raspberry Pi which ships without a case.


GCHQ-backed competition names Cyber Security Champion
BBC News
By Leo Kelion Technology reporter A 19-year-old university student has been named the UK's "Cyber Security Champion" following a competition sponsored by the intelligence agency GCHQ and several leading tech firms. Judges said Jonathan Millican had ...

BBC News

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