08 March 2012

Solar storm hits Earth - not as strong as feared

Solar storm not as strong as feared
By Dan Vergano, USA TODAY A solar storm struck Earth's magnetic field early Thursday morning, delivering "a pretty good shock" but not causing any of the geomagnetic disruptions that scientists feared. A solar flare, the largest in five years, ...


Miles Under the Pacific, a Director Will Take On His Riskiest Project
New York Times
As a boy, he used to squeeze his body into drainage pipes, snaking along to see how far he could go. As an adult, he made the two top-grossing movies of all time, “Avatar” and “Titanic.” And on Wednesday, James Cameron folded his 6-foot-2-inch frame ...

APNewsBreak: Full Titanic site mapped for 1st time
Wall Street Journal
AP SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Researchers have pieced together what's believed to be the first comprehensive map of the entire 3-by-5-mile Titanic debris field and hope it will provide new clues about what exactly happened the night 100 years ago when the ...

Apple TV Easter Eggs: Cloud Matching for Movies, Netflix Billed to iTunes, and ...
Wired News
By Tim Carmody Apple didn't show off everything they had on Wednesday. Since the focus was on the new iPad, many new Apple TV features remained under the hood, waiting for users to download the software update and put the new engine through its paces.

Wired News

Google Chrome Falls Twice In Hacking Contest
VUPEN Security hacks Google Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer to take early lead in Pwn2Own contest. By Mathew J. Schwartz InformationWeek In this year's annual Pwn2Own battle of browser-hacking prowess, Google Chrome was the first to fall--and in ...
Apple's New iPad: What We Didn't Get
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius After all the rumors, Apple finally took the wraps off its new iPad yesterday, and while we got a Retina Display, 4G LTE connectivity, and a better camera, there were a few things that Cupertino didn't have up its sleeve after all.

Apple's iPhoto for iOS Abandons Google Maps in Favor of OpenStreetMap
Wired News
By Scott Gilbertson Google Maps vs Apple's custom maps. Note the increased road/path detail from OpenStreetMap visible in the Apple version of this map of Vienna, Austria. Apple has given Google Maps the heave-ho for iPhoto on iOS, Apple's new photo ...

Wired News

NASA chief defends 2013 budget in Congress
NASA chief Charles Bolden defended the US space agency's proposed 2013 budget to members of Congress Wednesday in a pair of tense congressional hearings that, at times, drew harsh criticism from lawmakers. Under the Obama administration's 2013 budget ...


Kara Is Self-Aware: Heavy Rain Maker Unveils Uncanny Performance Capture
Wired News
By Chris Baker SAN FRANCISCO — A new tech demo featuring sophisticated performance-capture technology made by the game developer Quantic Dream ( Heavy Rain , Indigo Prophecy ) was inspired by Ray Kurzweil's book The Singularity is Near .
IBM's Holey Optochip Uses Light to Transmit Data
A prototype optical chip IBM is demonstrating could be a boon for data centers and supercomputing environments looking for ways to speed up data transfer rates. IBM researchers continue to work with light in hopes of solving challenges in the rapidly ...
Navy's Newest Robot Is A Mechanized Fireman
Wired News
By Katie Drummond Meet SAFFiR: Embedded sensors allow the 'bot to see through smoke, and sophisticated upper-body agility let the 'bot throw fire-squelching grenades. Illo: Naval Research Laboratory Add another eerily life-like robot to the military's ...

Discord unites elite hackers charged in NY, IL
The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — At the large public housing project in New York City where he lived, outsiders knew him as a quiet family man. But federal prosecutors say Hector Xavier Monsegur was an Internet saboteur known as Sabu. During the Arab spring, ...

The Associated Press

Watch a NASA Astronaut Play Real-Life Angry Birds in Zero Gravity [VIDEO]
If you're an Angry Birds fan and a space geek, this may be the best video you've seen all year. Angry Birds creators Rovio announced the first real details about Angry Birds Space — with a little help from an astronaut aboard the space station.
PC shipments expected to remain weak in 2012
By Sharon Gaudin Computerworld - Worldwide PC shipments are on track for a small increase, but will remain weak throughout 2012, according to industry analyst firm Gartner. Global PC shipments are expected to hit 368 million units this year, ...
First gorilla genome map offers clues to human evolution
By Matthew Knight, CNN The complete DNA of a female western lowland gorilla called Kamilah (left) has been mapped by scientists, completing the set of genomes for all great apes (humans, chimpanzees, gorillas and orang-utans).
Is Google Becoming Microsoft?
On a day when much of planet Earth, it seems, had its eyes on Apple and its unveiling of the latest iPad, the tech world could be forgiven for missing the latest product announcement from Google. Of course, the latter company hasn't quite mastered the ...
BioShock Infinite's "Heavy Hitter" enemies include animatronic George Washington
Not that you expected different, but BioShock Infinite won't offer just your traditional enemies, but some very fresh ones as well, including what the developer calls "Heavy Hitters", which represent a particularly strong challenge.
Summary Box: 'Portal 2,' 'The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim' win at Game Developers ...
Washington Post
THE BIG WINNER: “Portal 2” won the most trophies at the Game Developers Choice Awards. It had three wins — for best game design, narrative and audio. THE BIGGER WINNER: Bethesda Softworks' role-playing saga “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” got the night's ...

Ex-Microsofter Ray Ozzie Warns Microsoft: "We are in a "Post-PC' World'
People argue about 'are we in a post-PC world?'. Why are we arguing? Of course we are in a post-PC world. That doesn't mean the PC dies, that just means that the scenarios that we use them in, we stop referring to them as PCs, we refer to them as other ...


Dell working on business friendly Windows 8 tablet
Windows 8 is certainly proving popular ahead of its release later this year: the consumer preview release racked up over one million downloads in less than 24 hours last week. While OEMs are almost certainly eyeing up ways to capitalize on the ...
Anonymous protests 'corrupt' Catholic Church, takes down Vatican site
Death and Taxes
By DJ Pangburn 1 min ago There's nothing quite like reminding people of the Catholic Church's rich history of extortion, torture, colonialism, slavery, Machievellian political maneuvering, forced conversion of North and South American natives, ...
angel funding
Three companies have combined forces to take a look at the state of angel round investing. The Angel Resource Institute, Silicon Valley Bank, and CB Insights have revealed in their first Halo Report, a study on the current state of early-stage ...

Huge dust whirlwind seen on the surface of Mars
BBC News
Nasa space cameras have snapped up this dusty whirlwind - known as a dust devil - on the surface of Mars. The plume of the whirlwind reaches 800m high and 30m wide, and its dusty trail covers an area of more than 600m. Just like on Earth, winds on Mars ...

BBC News

Exclusive: Netflix in talks for cable partnership
By Yinka Adegoke and Lisa Richwine (Reuters) - Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings has quietly met with some of the largest US cable companies in recent weeks to discuss adding the online movie streaming service to their cable offerings, according to ...
Why Volt Production Pause is a Good Thing
EV World
The five-week shutdown of the Volt production line is a good thing for plug-in vehicles because it will help align production with demand and keep GM's revenue on the vehicles higher and fund ongoing vehicle development. So General Motors announced ...

Titanic disaster blamed on Moon
For 100 years it has shouldered the blame for the sinking of the Titanic but now the much-maligned iceberg could be partially forgiven after scientists identified a new culprit – the moon. By Nick Collins, Science Correspondent Although a collision ...


Sony Xperia S review
By Sharif Sakr posted Mar 8th 2012 11:00AM Has spring 2012 brought a rebirth to the Xperia range, or just a rebranding? On the face of it, that's an easy one. The Sony Xperia S (codenamed "Nozomi") is the first handset we've reviewed in the ...
The new iPad and gaming: What will change?
by Scott Stein March 7, 2012 12:38 PM PST Follow @jetscott Retina Display, quad-core graphics; are these enough to change iPad gaming? In some ways, yes, but in other ways not so much. Showing off Infinity Blade Dungeons at the new iPad unveiling.

New discovery is key to understanding neutrino transformations
UC Berkeley
By Robert Sanders, Media Relations | March 8, 2012 A new discovery provides a crucial key to understanding how neutrinos – ghostly particles with multiple personalities – change identity and may help shed light on why matter exists in the universe.

UC Berkeley

Tech Savvy: Apps and websites for curbing fuel costs
Los Angeles Times
GasBuddy, Gas Cubby and MapQuest are among the digital tools motorists are turning to on mobile devices and Web browsers to find the cheapest pump prices or track fuel economy. By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times With gas prices in record territory for ...mofuel.com

China's Proview demands iPad sales stop, threatens “severe measures” for ...
Washington Post
Shenzhen Proview Technology issued the demand in an open letter to China iPad vendors and dealers, threatening “severe measures” against trademark infringements. The letter, reported in local newspapers Thursday, says any use of “IPAD” or similar ...

Mobile Technology Adoption, US Businesses
Washington Post
8, 2012 - March 7 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg's Cory Johnson reports on the impact of mobiletechnology on the US economy and companies like Critical Systems LLC and Glu Mobile Inc. Johnson speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West.

Tech Ticker: Facebook boosts mobile audience, suit against Apple e-book prices
San Jose Mercury News
Facebook disclosed for the first time Wednesday how rapidly its mobile audience is growing, saying it had 432 million regular mobile users at the end of December, a 76 percent jump in 2011. Facebook says it now has 58 million regular users who log on ...

Tech Junkie: Geneva day 3 03.08.12
News & Observer
(AP Photo/Frank Augstein) – Associated Press Arnold Schwarzenegger, R20 Founding Chair and former Governor of California, visits the Geneva Motor Show to Celebrate Green Automobile Technology, during the opening day of the 82nd Geneva International ...

News & Observer

Proview Shenzhen asks China distributors to halt iPad sales
| HONG KONG (Reuters) - Proview Technology, which is battling Apple over the iPad trademark in China, has asked Chinese distributors to stop selling the popular tablet PC after the US technologygiant launched the latest version of its iPad.

JCDecaux Launches `Smart' Technology Billboards
Washington Post
Mar. 8, 2012 - March 8 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg Television's Caroline Hyde reports on the outdoor advertiser JCDecaux SA's new billboards in Reading, England. (Source: Bloomberg) (/Bloomberg) Correction: Clarification: SuperFan badge holders ...

US tech groups alarmed by India purchasing plan
The plan by India's Department of Information Technology's also covers "products that have undefined 'security implications'" and potentially software, the groups said. "Most troubling, however, are the (Indian government's) plans to use its regulatory ...

Kinect technology takes Mass Effect to a whole new level
Mass Effect 3 (ME3) is one of 2012's most hotly-anticipated video games and features revolutionary gameplay using the Xbox 360's Kinect voice recognition technology. The last instalment of BioWare's epic sci-fi trilogy allows gamers to quickly switch ...

Technology's benefits for teens vs. YouTube fights, cyber-harassment, webcam ...
Washington Post (blog)
Neither it nor the other incidents discount what the experts polled by Pew had to say about the potential of technology in kids' lives. What the incidents do suggest is that technology is also amplifying the hardest parts of adolescence — the cruelty, ...

Apple's new iPad 'could be banned in China' despite fanfare launch
Irish Independent
By Emma Barnett APPLE'S new iPad may have launched to great fanfare, but the company needs to resolve a new issue with Proview, a Chinese technology firm intent upon banning the sale of the tablet device in China. Proview Technology, which is fighting ...

Irish Independent

IPad Dispute in China Gets Murkier
Wall Street Journal
... that said it speaks for a group of major state-controlled Chinese banks said Wednesday that the lenders own the Chinese rights to the iPad brand, the object of a continuing legal battle in China between Apple Inc. and a local technology company.

Start thinking about 5G wireless
By David Goldman @CNNMoneyTech March 8, 2012: 5:41 AM ET 5G technology is going to bring a wireless Internet of 'things,' rather than just phones and tablets. BARCELONA, Spain (CNNMoney) -- Just as consumers are wrapping their heads around 4G, ...

Universal Detection Technology Unveils the Smartphone Application for Its ...
MarketWatch (press release)
LOS ANGELES, CA, Mar 08, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Universal Detection Technology( www.udetection.com ) (OBB:UNDT) , a developer of early-warning monitoring technologies that protect against biological, chemical, and radiological threats, ...

Chinese tech firms fingered for military collaboration
Huawei, ZTE and Datang are also all named in the report as having close collaborative ties with the PLA, with the former named as an “advanced source of technology” for the military. Rather than isolate certain state owned IT firms as exclusively ...

Google Applies for Photo-based Landmark Identification Technology
By Quentyn Kennemer
Google has applied for a very interesting patent. This one allows a user to find their location by taking a photo of a landmark. After taking the photo, it'll be shipped off to Google's servers where they'll attempt to match your photo with one in ...
Android Phone Fans

Israeli President Touts Tech In Final Day Of Bay Area Visit « CBS ...
By tjfang
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Israeli President Shimon Peres touted the role of technology as an instrument for peace during a talk Wednesday at the annual Launch Conference in San Francisco. The brief appearance at the high-tech event ...
CBS San Francisco
The Essential SXSW Tech Tool Kit - Lauren Goode - Social ...
By Lauren Goode
For ourselves, and for others who are heading down to Austin, we've put together the Essential SXSW Tech Toolkit for the five days of the festival. RSVP to All Your ..... Featuring the most influential figures in technology, unscripted and upfront.

Don't Read Tech Blogs: 10 Ideas from Backupify's Rob May | Xconomy
By Gregory T. Huang
You might know him as the founder and CEO of Backupify, one of the fast-growing technologystartups around Boston. I know him as a guy who speaks his mind about. ... one of the fast-growingtechnology startups around Boston. I know him as a guy who speaks his mind about many a techtopic. .... Business, life sciences, and technology news — covering Boston, Seattle, San Diego, Detroit, San Francisco, New York and beyond. © 2007-2012, Xconomy, Inc. Xconomy is a registered...

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