25 March 2012

Which cities lose cell phones the most, and when?

Which cities lose cell phones the most, and when?
Loss "is absolutely the biggest mobile security risk cell phone owners currently face," a technology company official says. If you're at a coffee shop, anywhere in Philadelphia, or if it's late at night, hang on to your smartphone.

BREAKING: James Cameron Begins Descent to Ocean's Deepest Point
National Geographic
James Cameron in front of the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER (file picture). Photograph by Mark Thiessen, National Geographic. After years of preparation and days of uncooperative weather conditions, James Cameron, at approximately 3:15 pm ET (5:15 am, ...

National Geographic

Senators ask feds to probe Facebook log-in requests
Democrats Richard Blumenthal and Charles Schumer ask Justice Department to investigate whether requesting job applicants' social network passwords is a violation of federal law. by Michelle Meyers March 25, 2012 1:23 PM PDT We knew the political ...

FCC Leaks Details on New Sony Chromebook
PC Magazine
By David Murphy Whoops. Documents and pictures leaked from the Federal Communications Commission show that a new Chromebook is on the way from Sony. It doesn't have much of a name so far, just a code: The VAIO VCC111, short for "VAIO Chromebook ...

Upgraded 500GB Tivo Premiere Released Today
PC Magazine
By David Murphy Thwarting commercials ain't cheap, but Tivo's trying to make it easier for customers to skip around to their favorite portions of recorded TV shows by lowering the price of its monthly service plan. That, and the company has gone ahead ...

Windows 8 Carries Heavy Expectations
By Tim Greene, NetworkWorld Dell's Chief Commercial Officer Steve Felice told Reuters this week that he thinks disaffection with iPads by corporate IT departments creates an opportunity to sell mobile devices that run on Windows -- something they are ...

Instagram for Android imminent: Now taking sign-ups
Android device users, get ready to join the Instagram fun. Makers of the popular photo-sharing app are now taking e-mail addresses for those who want to be "first in line." by Michelle Meyers March 25, 2012 10:57 AM PDT Good news for Android users ...

Facebook To Digest Feedback Over Controversial Privacy Policy Update
On Thursday, the social network posted a draft of its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) with some tweaks made. These changes to the privacy policy have already been implemented in the company's privacy guidelines quite some time ago, ...

Venus Jupiter conjunction: Rain, rain, go away
Washington Post (blog)
By Joel Achenbach [I think it's fair to surmise that we won't see Venus, Jupiter and the crescent moon if even the sun, the big fat nuclear fusion reactor, can't penetrate this cloud cover. Let's start with the basics. Clouds, begone.

AT&T Labs, Carnegie Mellon research haptic-feedback steering wheel for turn-by ...
By Joe Pollicino posted Mar 25th 2012 2:56PM A force-feedback steering wheel. It's quite literally the stuff of racing games, and AT&T labs, along with Carnegie Mellon, is researching the possibly of throwing similar tech into your real-world whip.

Major ISPs agree to FCC's code of conduct on botnets, DNS attacks
By Amar Toor posted Mar 25th 2012 4:13PM The FCC's campaign to secure the internet gained new momentum last week, when a group of major ISPs signed on to a new code of conduct aimed at mitigating cybercrime. Adopted by the FCC's Communications, ...

BlackBerry Loses Top Spot to Apple at Home: Corporate Canada
Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg A visitor tests a Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) Blackberry 9900 smartphone at the company's promotional stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Canada's love affair with the BlackBerry is waning.


GM, Porsche Recall Vehicles for Steering and Fuel Problems
Wall Street Journal (blog)
By Jonathan Welsh General Motors is recalling vans and SUVs to fix steering parts that could break and Porsche is recalling sports cars that may develop fuel leaks. In a document filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, ...

Facebook Is Said to Buy 750 IBM Patents to Boost Defenses
You need to enable Javascript to play media on Bloomberg.com Play Facebook Said to Acquire 750 Patents From IBM Facebook Inc. (FB) acquired 750 patents from International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), adding intellectual property that may help it ...


Niles robotics team wins
Niles Daily Star
After a full day of competition Friday, students were back at Niles High School bright and early Saturday morning for the final day of the Niles FIRST Robotics District Competition. Matthew Sergio is used to the grind. He has been competing with Niles ...

Niles Daily Star

'Angry Birds' Space Edition Skips Windows Phone in Blow to Nokia
The new “Angry Birds Space” edition of the world's most popular mobile-phone game won't appear on Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s Windows Phone platform in a blow to handset maker Nokia Oyj. (NOK1V) “We're the No. 1 app in the Windows Phone app store, ...


'Warp-Speed' Planets Flung Out of Galaxy on Wild Ride
by Denise Chow, SPACE.com Staff Writer Planets in tight orbits around stars that get ejected from our galaxy may actually themselves be tossed out of the Milky Way at blisteringly fast speeds of up to 30 million miles per hour, or a fraction of the ...

Giant Telescope's Construction Starts with a Bang ... Literally
by Tariq Malik, SPACE.com Managing Editor The birth of a giant new telescope began with a literal big bang Friday (March 23), in an excavation blast at the peak of a mountain in Chile — the observatory's future home. The explosion detonated just before ...

PS Vita's Silent Hill: Book of Memories is Delayed
Silent Hill's debut on the PlayStation Vita—Silent Hill: Book of Memories— will not hit its March 27 release date. Amazon and Gamefly both have given the game a May 31 placeholder date, and Konami confirmed the delay to RipTen.

Kid Icarus: Uprising – review
The Guardian
Kid Icarus was last seen as a Mario-style platformer on the Gameboy 20 years ago, and while its original audience might since have become parents and homeowners, the game itself has grown into a frantic 3D shooter with unique stylus controls.

The Guardian

Low cost tablets to control 60% of the market by 2016
Since Apple introduced its iPad tablet more than two years ago, the market the market it revived has been approached by nearly every other PC and smartphone vendor. By market research firm ABI Research's count, there are currently more than 220 tablet ...

Astronauts Practice Refueling Spacecraft in Space
Wired News
By Ars Technica By Dave Klingler, Ars Technica On March 9, NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station quietly began learning the space exploration equivalent of how to remove and replace a gas cap. It's the first in a series of small ...

Wired News

LTE phone shipments to jump 10-fold in '12, analysts say
By Mikael Ricknas IDG News Service - LTE phone shipments will grow tenfold to reach 67 million units in 2012, making it a breakout year for the 4G technology, Strategy Analytics said on Friday. Operators such as Verizon Wireless, NTT Docomo and SK ...

New iPad not quite running circles around iPad 2
While the new iPad's A5X processor, with its quad-core GPU, is great at pushing millions of polygons around in games, does it offer any general speed increases over the iPad 2? by Eric Franklin March 22, 2012 12:34 PM PDT Follow @nidopal At this point ...

Hands On With the HTC Vivid with Ice Cream Sandwich
PC Magazine
The HTC Vivid is the first phone to get a carrier-issued update to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). We installed the update and tested it out. By Alex Colon Ice Cream Sandwich updates are here! For some users, at least. AT&T on Thursday released an ...

New iPad complaints pile up
Washington Post
In the week since customers have gotten their hands on the new iPad, complaints have piled up. Owners have said Apple's newest tablet overheats, has WiFi connectivity issues and takes a long time to recharge, to name just a few of the problems.

Mass Effect 3: Creators address ending backlash
Washington Post
The third Mass Effect title came out about two weeks ago — one of the most anticipated titles of the year. Critics loved it, but a lot of fans hated it because the ending just doesn't live up to the narrative that BioWare has built over the past two ...

Samsung design boss refutes Apple's copycat claims
Fox News
Apple and Samsung have met in court dozens of times over designs, patents and more over the past few years. Among Apple's numerous complaints was the repeated allegation that Samsung smartphones and tablets are copycat devices that stole numerous ...

Scottrade bets on tech for growth
Built on the promise of low fees for smaller financial advisers and breakaway brokers, its leaders think that its next growth phase will be driven by technology. To get the ball rolling, it has just completed the first of several integrations with ...

Crowd-sourced cartography? There's a map for that
Days after Foursquare's announcement, as the tech world obsessed over the latest iPad, OpenStreetMap mappers began chattering online about what they believe were their unique contributions showing up on maps in Apple's new iPhoto app.

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