30 April 2012

Woz: Windows Phone 'Beautiful', Better Than Android

Windows Phone Is 'Beautiful', Better Than Android: Steve Wozniak
PCWorld
By Ashleigh Allsopp, macworld.co.uk Steve WozniakSteve Wozniak prefers his Windows Phone to Android, but the iPhone is still his favourite. The Apple co-founder believes that Microsoft has hired a former Apple employee to work on the Windows Phone user ... 

SpaceX Prepares For Launch With Test Firing of Rocket Today
Wired News
By Jason Paur We're less than a week away from the scheduled launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, and today the company will fire the engines at the Kennedy Space Center with the rocket firmly anchored to the ground. The static test is somewhat unusual ...

Oracle: Google execs 'knew this day would come'
CNET
In closing arguments, Oracle's counsel posited to the jury that this case comes down to one simple question: Can one company use another company's property without permission? by Rachel King April 30, 2012 10:36 AM PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- Oracle made its ...

Meteor shower: Treasure seekers flock to California Gold Country
Los Angeles Times
In the week since a fireball shot across the sky and exploded, scattering a rare type of meteorite over California's Gold Country, the hills have drawn a new rush of treasure seekers. Once again there are lively saloons, fortune hunters jockeying for...

24 new Caribbean lizard species identified
msnbc.com
A suite of lizards called skinks has just crawled into the science books, with researchers discovering 24 new species of the reptiles from the Caribbean islands. Many of the skink species were identified from museum specimens, and now, the researchers ...

msnbc.com

Don't Let Google Intercept Your Wireless Data
PCWorld
Google Street View cars surreptitiously intercepted wireless network data for years. Simple security measures can prevent your data from being snooped. By Charles Ripley, Content Works Apr 30, 2012 6:54 AM Google has been in some hot water for a couple ...

UK High Court Orders ISPs to Block The Pirate Bay
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius The UK's High Court has ruled that five ISPs in the region must block file-sharing site The Pirate Bay for copyright violations. Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2, and Virgin Media must block the website within the next few ...

Australian government questions Apple over digital content 'price gouging'
Apple Insider
By Slash Lane The government of Australia has signed off on a parliamentary inquiry into alleged price gouging by Apple and other technology companies that sell digital content. The government has taken issue with the fact that content sold through ...

Wind farms are warming the earth, researchers say
Fox News
Research shows these wind farms raise nighttime temperatures. New research finds that wind farms actually warm up the surface of the land underneath them during the night, a phenomena that could put a damper on efforts to expand wind energy as a green ...

Symantec: Attacks Rose While Vulnerabilities Fell in 2011
eWeek
Google's Android OS, due to its open nature, became a favored target of cyber-criminals, according to Symantec. The number of malicious and Web attacks continued to grow rapidly in 2011, with mobile platforms like Google's Android operating system ...

Alienware debuts three Ivy Bridge gamer laptops
VentureBeat
Alienware, a division of Dell, just announced three new gamer laptops that use the Intel code-named Ivy Bridge processors. The M14x (pictured above), M17x, and M18x laptops also use stand-alone graphics chips from Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices.

VentureBeat

Upcoming Web Series Might Revive Hollywood's Halo Movie
Escapist Magazine
Microsoft has announced a new web series that will premiere prior to the release of Halo 4, representing "the largest investment" the company has ever made in live-action production. But instead of simply adding to what will surely be a gigantic ...

Research In Motion: RBC Cuts Ests On Continuing Share Loss
Forbes
RBC Capital analyst Mark Sue this morning trimmed his financial forecasts for Research In Motion to reflect the BlackBerry maker's continued market share losses. Sue now sees revenue for the February 2013 fiscal year of $13.7 billion, ...

Angry Birds Space shatters records: 50 million downloads in 35 days
CNET
According to Rovio, the game's developer, Angry Birds Space is the "fastest-growing mobile game" ever released, beating previous records set by other Angry Birds titles. by Don Reisinger April 30, 2012 8:58 AM PDT Rovio's success with the Angry Birds ...
Less than 100 days before Curiosity touches down on Mars, NASA says
Fox News
This artist's concept depicts the moment that NASA's Curiosity rover touches down onto the Martian surface.NASA/JPL-Caltech After more than a decade of planning, NASA's Curiosity rover is only 97 days from touching down on Mars -- where it will search ...

LG unveils cloud-based storage service
USA TODAY
By Brett Molina, USA TODAY They've confirmed the launch of a cloud-based storage service geared toward multimedia files such as photos, videos and music. The LG Cloud is available in a beta phase starting May 1, the company announced in a statement.

USA TODAY

Apple is (finally) confirmed as Bloom Energy's customer
GigaOM
By Katie Fehrenbacher Apr. 30, 2012, 8:57am PT No Comments Last month I exclusively reported that Apple was buying fuel cells from Bloom Energy for its data center in Maiden, North Carolina. However at the time neither company would confirm the deal.

Kickstarter smartphone-watch project tops $7 million in weeks
CBS News
(CBS News) Imagine raising $7 million dollars in a matter of weeks from nearly 50000 strangers. That's the power of a growing trend in crowd funding, which is demonstrated by the most successful Kickstarter campaign yet. Pebble is a watch that syncs ...

Antarctic albatross displays shift in breeding habits
Phys.Org
A new study of the wandering albatross -- one of the largest birds on Earth -- has shown that some of the birds are breeding earlier in the season compared with 30 years ago. The wandering albatross is the largest of seabirds, with a wing span reaching ...

EA's PopCap Heads Into Merchandise With Plants Vs. Zombies Toys, Underwear ...
TechCrunch
Want a zombie on your underwear? Good, because soon, you will have that opportunity. Today, there comes more proof that mobile gaming is the entertainment franchise opp of the future as EA-owned PopCap, makers of Plants vs. Zombies and the “Bejeweled” ...

TechCrunch

SC gas price average dips below 2011
ABC NEWS 4
CHARLOTTE, NC (April 30, 2012) -- South Carolina motorists are now paying less for a gallon of gasoline than last year, according to AAA Carolinas. The average price in the Palmetto State on Monday is $3.598 per gallon compared to $3.69.3 a year ago.

Historic U.S. Navy Stealth Warship Sea Shadow Can be Yours for Only $100K: How?
Mobile & Apps
By Johnny Wills | April 30, 2012 1:22 PM EDT Historic US Navy Stealth Warship Sea Shadow Can be Yours for Only $100K: How?(Photo: Gsaauctions|Wikipedia|M&A) The historic US Navy Sea Shadow vessel that inspired a high-tech war-boat in 1997 James Bond ...

Mobile & Apps

Man Sues BMW For Persisting Erection
Daily Beast
A California man who set out on a short but exhilarating motorcycle ride got off the bike with a long-lasting thrill. Henry Wolf has sued BMW North America and a motorcycle-seat maker claiming that a four-hour ride on his 1993 bike with a ridge-like ...

Daily Beast

New Boro Taxis Will Be Painted Apple Green
Patch.com
Livery cabs with permits to pick up street hails will be painted green, to distinguish them from other taxis. By Jamie Schuh Mayor Bloomberg unveils official color of new boro taxis with TLC Commissioner Yassky.April 29, 2012.

Nintendo 3DS turning purple on May 20th, takes a bruising from the ugly stick
Engadget
By Terrence O'Brien posted Apr 30th 2012 12:40PM Pink, red, aqua and black not good enough for you? Fine. Have a purple one -- if that's what you really want. On May 20th you can pick up this Grimace-hued Nintendo 3DS for the usual price of $169.99 ...

Samsung denies staging “Wake Up” anti-Apple flashmob
SlashGear
Samsung has denied any involvement with the “Wake Up” flashmob staged outside an Apple Store in Australia, despite suggestions that it was an escalation of the company's anti-iPhone campaign. Reported earlier this week, the flashmob saw dozens of ...

SlashGear

HTC One X gets an early CyanogenMod 9 port
Android Community
The HTC One X is rightly sitting on top of the Android world for the moment, and of course that means just one thing: the modders are coming out to play. Users of the international One X (with the Tegra 3 processor) can now get a taste of the ...

Android Community

The Google Drive FAQ
CNET
Are you ready for a hard drive in the cloud? Do you have friends or family who are nagging you to explain it? Use our FAQ. Updated with new questions. by Rafe Needleman April 24, 2012 2:57 PM PDT Follow @rafe Got questions about Google's new cloud ...

Acer Iconia Tab A510 (Nvidia Tegra 3 Processor 1.3GHz; 10.1-inch display)
CNET
by Eric Franklin | 27 April 2012 2:39pm SGT The first quad-core tablet, the Asus Transformer Prime, launched in December 2011, but the adoption rate of quad-core on tablets since then has been disappointingly slow. The new Acer Iconia Tab A510 marks ...

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Names CareCloud CEO Technology Entrepreneur ...
MarketWatch (press release)
The accolade was awarded at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce's Technology Leaders of the Year Awards luncheon Friday at Jungle Island. The awards program honors "individuals that guide the effective use of information technology to improve their ...

Shanghai's Five Most High-Tech Hotels
Forbes
In fact, we gave The Peninsula Shanghai an Editors' Choice Award for Top Technology Hotel — read on to find out which gadgets the Five-Star hotel has in store, plus our picks for four more of the most high-tech hotels in Shanghai.

Is it a Tech Bubble?…NO…Just too many Wantrepreneurs | Howard ...
By Howard
Is it a Tech Bubble?…NO…Just too many Wantrepreneurs. Posted by Howard; on April 29th, 2012. We are NOT in a technology bubble. We are in the 'Great Network Chase of 2012′. The bubble discussion is on in full force today again.
Howard Lindzon

Apple squared, (four)squared — Tech News and Analysis
By Mor Naaman, Mahaya
They could even build that technology into their ipads if they want, and give them away to 10 million merchants, and still spend less than $4 billion. Square isn't worth anywhere near $4B, as Apple just isn't as gullible as the VCs who are willing ...
GigaOM

29 April 2012

Oracle, Google Trial: Oracle's copyright claim weak

Oracle, Google Trial: Who Wins Round One? - Development - Java - Informationweek: "How did Google manage this? Its legal team recognized that Oracle hadn't provided documents that prove that Sun registered the Java APIs as a collective work. The copyright certificate entered into evidence covers the work as a whole. Without proof of a collective work registration, Google's prospects look much better. What's more, the arguments advanced by Google's legal team, particularly by Robert Van Nest and by Bruce Baber, have been particularly persuasive. The upcoming patent portion of the trial could go either way. But to this point, Oracle's copyright claim looks flimsy."

Big Apple Picks Apple Green for Car Service in Boroughs
Bloomberg
New York City's livery cars for service outside Manhattan's central business district are going green -- literally. The Big Apple has chosen apple green as the color for so- called Boro Taxis, the livery cars that for the first time will be allowed to ...

An astrological rarity: Venus moving across the sun in May
Washington Post
It's a setup of cosmic proportions. May starts with super bright Venus extraordinarily high in the western sky, but the planet falls out of view by month's end, leaving us earthlings positioned for one of nature's rarest of events: A transit of Venus ...

'Witcher 2' a satisfying and adult XBox video game
USA TODAY
By John Kosik, AP There's always an element within any role-playing game that fans of the genre will gripe about. Warner Bros., AP A scene from 'The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.' Warner Bros., AP A scene from 'The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

USA TODAY

Microsoft Issues Swift Fix for Hotmail Bug
PCWorld
By Sophie Curtis, Techworld.com Microsoft has fixed a flaw in Hotmail's password reset system that allowed hackers to take control of webmail accounts. The vulnerability existed in Hotmail's password reset feature. Hackers were able to use a Firefox ...

Wind farms may have warming effect: research
Reuters
By Nina Chestney | LONDON (Reuters) - Large wind farms might have a warming effect on the local climate, research in the United States showed on Sunday, casting a shadow over the long-term sustainability of wind power. Carbon dioxide and other ...

Ancient DNA sheds light on spread of European farming
Los Angeles Times
Agriculture probably initially expanded because farmers pressed north through the continent, not because hunter-gatherers adopted the practice on their own, Scandinavian scientists say. Ove Persson and Evy Persson at excavations in Gotland, Sweden.

Los Angeles Times

Who's the King of Smartphone Sales?
PCWorld
By John P. Mello Jr., PCWorld Apr 29, 2012 10:24 AM Android phone stalwart Samsung has announced record profits for the first three months of this year, profits driven by its flourishing smartphone sales. Samsung reported [PDF] revenues of $4.45 ...

Some slam Ca. charger deal that ends allegations
San Jose Mercury News
By ANDREW DALTON AP LOS ANGELES—A $120 million settlement that allows an energy company to establish and operate a vast network of electric vehicle chargers in order to end a decade of legal battles over price-gouging during California's energy crisis ...

Super Smash Bros on Wii U will use 3DS support
SlashGear
Nintendo feels the most logical way to expand the Super Smash Bros franchise is to have 3DS integration. The company confirmed at last year's E3 conference in June that a new Super Smash Bros title was in development for its upcoming console, ...

SlashGear

Nvidia Announces the Crazy-Fast GTX 690 Dual-GPU Graphics Card - for $1000
Gamespy.com
By Dan Stapleton | Apr 29, 2012 I'll take two. No wait, I think I'll buy a whole PC instead. The idea of a $1000 graphics card sounds fairly insane. Arguably, it's spectacles like the new GeForce GTX 690 that give people the idea that PC gaming is ...

Gamespy.com

Maingear reveals more heat-dissipating desktops, keeps those new Ivy Bridge ...
Engadget
By Mat Smith posted Apr 29th 2012 12:40PM Maingear gave us a quick nudge to say something was coming. Now it can reveal that -- alongside Intel's third-generation processors inside all of its desktops and laptops -- it's further updated two of its ...

Street View Payload Data Was Irresistible Scientific Opportunity for Google
Forbes
A report by the Federal Communications Commission concluded definitively that Google as an organization had knowingly collected a vast trove of personal information—so-called payload data—while building its Street View database.

Forbes

Scientists see increase in tiger prawn sightings
Houma Courier
Tiger Prawns, such as this one shown, establish a population in Louisiana's waters and threaten native species. By Nikki Buskey A rise in sightings of a giant, invasive shrimp has government scientists working to determine the cause and possible ...

Flashback malware exposes big gaps in Apple security response
ZDNet (blog)
By Ed Bott | April 29, 2012, 9:00am PDT Summary: A pair of high-profile malware attacks have given Apple a crash course in security response. Based on recent actions, 70 million current Mac owners have a right to expect much more from Apple than ...

Massive lava coils spotted on Mars
Bend Bulletin
By Amy Hubbard / Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — A little bit of Hawaii has been discovered on Mars. Lava coils have been spotted on the surface of the Red Planet, but the Mars version dwarfs anything we've seen after Mauna Loa blows its stack.

Stoner hails 'greatest race' in Spanish MotoGP
AFP
By Sylvain Dubus (AFP) – 5 hours ago JEREZ, Spain — Australia's defending world champion Casey Stoner won the Spanish MotoGP here on Sunday for his first win in the race and said it was the greatest race he had ever ridden. The Honda rider beat home ...

AFP

Google's Zerg Rush Easter Egg Goes Viral
iProgrammer
Google's has an established tradition of giving users hidden or unexpected surprises. The latest one is currently encouraging millions of users, who may never have heard of them, to shoot "zerglings". The original idea of the software Easter Egg was ...

Big Bang Machine Discovers Brand New Particle
TPM
An entirely new type of particle has been discovered by scientists using the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), near Geneva, Switzerland. The discovery of the new particle, called “neutral Xi_b^star ...

TPM

Clevo's Ivy Bridge 11-inch Origin EON11-S gaming laptop released
The Verge
By Adi Robertson on April 29, 2012 02:33 pm 0Comments Clevo's rebadged Origin gaming laptops were already upgraded to support Intel's third-generation processor, and now the 11-inch Ivy Bridge gaming powerhouse it promised on Friday has been released.

Key tests for Skylon spaceplane project
BBC News
UK engineers have begun critical tests on a new engine technology designed to lift a spaceplane into orbit. The proposed Skylon vehicle would operate like an airliner, taking off and landing at a conventional runway. Its major innovation is the Sabre ...

BBC News

Magnetic fields light up 'GPS neurons', scientists say
BBC News
By Jason Palmer Science and technology reporter, BBC News Researchers have spotted a group of 53 cells within pigeons' brains that respond to the direction and strength of the Earth's magnetic field. The question of how birds navigate using - among ...

BBC News

FTC Hires High-Profile Lawyer to Help Lead Google Probe
Wall Street Journal
By BRENT KENDALL and JOE PALAZZOLO The Federal Trade Commission announced Thursday it has enlisted a seasoned litigator to help lead its antitrust investigation into whether Google Inc. has abused its dominance in Web-search advertising, ...

Pacific reef sharks have declined by more than 90 percent, new study says
Washington Post
Pacific reef shark populations have plummeted by 90 percent or more over the past several decades, according a new study by a team of American and Canadian researchers, and much of this decline stems from human fishing pressure.

Samsung coyness puts smartphone crown in dispute
NDTV
AP, April 29, 2012, Smartphones are the hottest gadgets in the world. But who's the biggest smartphone maker? We don't really know. Samsung, Apple's chief competitor, gives only vague indications of how many it makes, which means industry watchers come ...

NDTV

MIT develops fog resistant, glare-free glass, it's clearly amazing (video)
Engadget
By James Trew posted Apr 29th 2012 7:14AM It sounds like it's not just us that spend half our sweet time with lint-free cloth in hand. Researchers at MIT have developed a new type of glass that "virtually eliminates" reflections, ...

The Google Drive FAQ
CNET
Are you ready for a hard drive in the cloud? Do you have friends or family who are nagging you to explain it? Use our FAQ. Updated with new questions. by Rafe Needleman April 24, 2012 2:57 PM PDT Follow @rafe Got questions about Google's new cloud ...

Yahoo escalates legal fight with Facebook, adds two patents to suit
Los Angeles Times
By Jessica Guynn Yahoo is escalating the hostilities and the stakes in its increasingly acrimonious patent battle with Facebook. In papers filed in San Francisco federal court Friday, the Internet search company expanded its lawsuit against Facebook to ...

'PlayStation All-Stars' could prove to be a super smash
USA TODAY
By Mike Snider, USA TODAY PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, due later this year, rounds up your favorite protagonists from Sony PlayStation games over the years and puts them in a wacky four-player fighting game. Among the combatants – Kratos (God ...

USA TODAY

28 April 2012

Samsung, Apple pass Nokia in smartphone shipments

Samsung, Apple top Nokia in smartphone shipments
Washington Post
According to the research firm Strategic Analytics, Samsung is the clear winner, with 44.5 million phones shipped as compared to Apple's 35 million iPhones, according to Barron's Tech Trader Daily. IHS, on the other hand, has Apple as the top ...

OVERNIGHT TECH: House passes CISPA cybersecurity bill
The Hill (blog)
The National Cable & Telecommunications Association, the Information Technology Industry Council, CTIA-the Wireless Association, the Software & Information Industry Association, IBM, the Business Roundtable and TechAmerica all issued statements ...

Reid Hoffman: Not All Tech Is Social (Think Toilets); Let's Be Better ...
By Gregory T. Huang
What is a social technology? “It comes down to a couple simple concepts. One is identity. In the first iteration of the Web, it was much more classic for identity to be constructed as new, as anonymous,” Hoffman said. “But what happened in the social revolution is we started using our real identities… The social space is not just ... Business, life sciences, and technology news — covering Boston, Seattle, San Diego, Detroit, San Francisco, New York and beyond. © 2007-2012, Xconomy ...
Xconomy

BBC News - Iranian oil terminal 'offline' after 'malware attack'
... city services' in US 13 DECEMBER 2011, TECHNOLOGY; Oil hack attacks may 'cost lives' 12 DECEMBER 2011, TECHNOLOGY ... More Technology stories ...
www.bbc.com/news/technology-17811565

Dear Tim Cook: Apple is not the world's tech inventor
CNET
At a recent earnings call, Molly Wood was shocked to hear Apple's CEO accuse the rest of the techindustry of not inventing its "own stuff." Innovation isn't invention -- and even invention is usually inspiration. by Molly Wood April 27, 2012 12:00 AM ...

Google and Oracle 'Experts' Clash Over Android's Java Mimic
Wired News
By Caleb Garling Google and Oracle are in court to decide whether the search giant infringed on Java-related copyrights and patents with its Android operating system. Photo: s_falkow/Flickr The code used to run Java applications on Google's Android ...

Wired News

Apple vs. Samsung: Who sells more phones?
USA TODAY
By Peter Svensson, AP NEW YORK – Smartphones are the hottest gadgets in the world. But who's the biggest smartphone maker? We don't really know. Samsung, Apple's chief competitor, gives only vague indications of how many it makes, which means industry ...

USA TODAY

Ice Cream Sandwich leak spotted on Droid Razr
CNET
Android 4.0 build spotted in the wild as Verizon's update schedule for the Razr leaks on the same day. by Eric Mack April 27, 2012 2:36 PM PDT Follow @ericcmack This Droid Razr was spotted slicing up sweet Ice Cream Sandwich for dessert.

Google reveals two international probes
CNET
According to The Wall Street Journal, the search giant is facing inquiries in Argentina and South Korea. Both are open and ongoing, and Google said it is cooperating with authorities. by Daniel Terdiman April 27, 2012 5:06 PM PDT Follow @GreeterDan ...

Farming 'spread by migrant wave'
BBC News
A new study of DNA from ancient remains provides further evidence that farming was first spread to Europe by migrants. It casts doubt on the alternative theory in which agriculture was adopted by Europe's existing hunter-gatherer populations, ...

BBC News

Summary Box: Yahoo tacks on new allegations in patent complaint against Facebook
Washington Post
LEGAL SKIRMISH: Yahoo is expanding its allegations of intellectual property theft against Facebook. In court papers filed Friday, Yahoo Inc. says Facebook's online social network is infringing on 12 of its Internet patents.

Apple Loop: The Week in Review
Forbes
Catching you up on some of the things that happened around Apple this past week. Apple's “mind-boggling” results: As the shares went on a roller coaster ride, with prognosticators prognosticating that Apple's run was over, the company reported second ...

CISPA: What now?
Digitaltrends.com
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has cleared the House. Here's a quick guide to what happened, and what happens next. Despite cries of protest, the House of Representatives approved the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection ...

Wired: US Air Force Quietly Assembling Near Iran
MarketWatch
By Benzinga.com Wired's David Axe reported Friday that "[t]he US Air Force is quietly assembling the world's most powerful air-to-air fighting team at bases near Iran." The "aerial armada" includes a formidable team of F-22 Raptors and Air National ...

Galaxy S III fake appears in the wild
SlashGear
Now that the Samsung Galaxy S III rumors have ramped up considerably, now that we're literally less than a couple weeks away from the release of this device, the fakes have been piling up as fast as the real leaks. There's not a whole lot of difference ...

SlashGear

Mass Effect 3 multiplayer challenges finally approved for PS3
SlashGear
After months of injustice, the same online multiplayer challenges that Mass Effect 3 players on the Xbox 360 and PC have been taking for granted are now confirmed for the PS3. BioWare recently confirmed that it was because of Sony, not BioWare, ...

SlashGear

Smartphone games face new competition from social apps, says report
Gamasutra
by Tom Curtis [Smartphone/Tablet] Over the past 40 months, games have remained the dominant app category on smartphones, but according to new data from Flurry Analytics, social networking apps have recently narrowed the gap.

Gamasutra

Leonard Nimoy, Senator Charles Schumer Welcomes Enterprise Shuttle to NYC
Forbes
Today the Space Shuttle Enterprise arrived in New York City today, thanks to a lift from a Boeing 747. The Intrepid Museum, its future resting place, held a small welcome ceremony for several hundred guests, who included Leonard Nimoy and Senator ...

Forbes

Google Drive comes to Chrome OS
CNET
Chromebook previously suffered from storage systems that were small and isolated from the cloud. But now the browser-based operating system is integrated with Google's online file sync service. by Stephen Shankland April 27, 2012 1:59 PM PDT Follow ...

Dropbox Strikes Back: Adds Auto-Uploading, More Capacity
Tom's Guide
Dropbox couldn't let the week end without adding another incentive to use its cloud storage service. It's nothing but a huge win for Web surfers as the cloud storage companies duke it out for your allegiance. "Now with Dropbox you can automatically ...

VMware Code Leak Highlights Security Concerns Around Virtualization
eWeek
The hacker who posted the code from VMware's ESX hypervisor on the Internet has said more code will be leaked, though VMware is downplaying the risk to customers. The leaking of VMware hypervisor source code onto the Internet is turning attention again ...

Google's Zerg Rush Easter Egg is the Best Yet
Tom's Hardware Guide
Every now and again, the fine folks on Google's search team will take time out of their busy days to surprise us with a fun little easter egg. Some of our favorites have included 'Tilt,' which put all your search results off kilter, 'Do a barrel roll,' ...

Remains of the Day: Three-picture deal
Macworld
by Dan Moren, Macworld.com Apple gets ready to play let's-make-a-deal with Hollywood, knocks off an Android app, and gets sued for being too smart. The remainders for Friday, April 27, 2012 are going three for three. We're not out of the TV rumor woods ...

Pigeons' brains have 'GPS neurons' to help them navigate, scientists found
GlobalPost
Pigeons' brains have 53 neuron cells that may actually make up a biological "GPS system," according to scientists at Baylor College of Medicine. An Afghan man watches pigeons on the roof of his house as a rainbow forms in the background.

PlayStation All-Stars vs. Nintendo Smash Bros, 13 Years in the Making
Gamenguide
Sony's PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is officially announced and will exclusively be available for the PlayStation 3. Fans caught a glimpse of gameplay showcasing six characters brawling it out on four different stage levels.

NASA unveils new information about Saturn's irregular moons
Knovel
NASA researchers said this week that the Cassini spacecraft had discovered a number of surprising characteristics about Saturn's moon Phoebe. The federal space agency said this week the Cassini spacecraft, which has been exploring Saturn and its moons ...

Google closer to marketing driverless car technology
USA TODAY
By Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY and the Detroit Free Press Soon you might be able to "drive" a driverless car. Well, not really drive, but at least ride along in the driver's seat. Google's engineers are inching closer to making the vehicle commercially ...

USA TODAY

Google Drive and Chrome OS: Has the New 'PC' Arrived?
Wired News
Will Google Drive inside Chrome OS usher in an era where the personal cloud reigns supreme over the personal computer? Photo: Karen Ka Ying Wong/Flickr Google Drive's impact on personal computing is bound to be big. Wired's first test-drive of Drive ...

Wired News

Rayman Legends is Confirmed & Coming to Wii-U
Just Push Start
In the past week, there has been a rumor that a sequel to Rayman Origins is in development. Today, the rumor has finally been confirmed as a video was leaked earlier this morning showing how it's played on the Wii-U. Compared to Rayman Origins, ...

Just Push Start

Google Drive's Terms of Use: Lazy People Should Worry
PC Magazine
By Sara Yin Ever since Google Drive debuted Tuesday, we've watched journalists, privacy advocates, even security firms, dogpile on Google's policies over what it can do with data you store on its servers. The outrage has subsided somewhat, ...

Ancient Mars Lava Spirals Reveal Volcanic Secrets of Red Planet
Space.com
by Charles Q. Choi, SPACE.com Contributor Giant coils of lava on Mars suggest a mysterious network of valleys on the planet was born from volcanoes, researchers say. The origin of the Athabasca Valles region near the equator of Mars has been debated ...

As many as 90 percent of reef sharks have disappeared from reefs near ...
LiveScience.com
The research is the first to provide a large-scale estimate of reef sharks in the Pacific, a group of species that includes the gray reef shark, the whitetip reef shark and the tawny nurse shark. "We estimate that reef shark numbers have dropped ...

Nintendo To Sell <cite>New Super Mario 2</cite> and More Digitally
Wired News
By Daniel Feit New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the Nintendo 3DS will be sold as a physical cartridge and as a direct download this August, Nintendo said Friday. Nintendo will sell New Super Mario Bros 2. and other games for 3DS and Wii U as both direct ...

Wired News

Nintendo expects combined sales of 10.5 million for Wii and Wii U by spring 2013
GameZone
Nintendo is mum about how many units of the upcoming Wii U it could sell, but the company is revealing expectations for total sales of its two consoles. Reportedly Nintendo predicts that it will move 10.5 million combined units of the Wii and Wii U ...

GameZone

New graphene-based material could revolutionize electronics industry
Eureka! Science News
The most transparent, lightweight and flexible material ever for conducting electricity has been invented by a team from the University of Exeter. Called GraphExeter, the material could revolutionize the creation of wearable electronic devices, ...

27 April 2012

Security: Apple 'ten years behind Microsoft,' says Kapersky boss

Apple 'ten years behind Microsoft,' says Kapersky boss
TechRadar UK
By Chris Smith April 26th 2012 Mac OS X users will come under increasing threats from malicious software, as Apple's market share continues to rise, according to a leading security firm. Following the recent Flashback scare, which infested over 600000 ...

TechRadar UK 

Forrester: Without Jobs "Apple Will Coast, And Then Decelerate"
Forbes
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY: A picture in remembrance of Steve Jobs, founder and former CEO of Apple Inc is pictured at an Apple Store, on October 6, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife) All things considered, ...

VMware Source Code Leaked, Posted Online
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius VMware this week acknowledged that hackers obtained access to some of its source code and posted it online, but the firm downplayed the impact of the breach. In a statement, Iain Mulholland, director of VMware's Security Response ...

Student researcher spies odd lava spirals on Mars
USA TODAY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A researcher has spotted lava flows shaped like coils of rope near the equator of Mars, the first time such geologic features have been discovered outside of Earth. NASA via AP Lava flows in the shape of coils have been found near ...

USA TODAY

LinkedIn iPad App: Plenty To Like
InformationWeek
LinkedIn's new application for the Apple iPad serves as a hub for business connections, news, and social networking in one slick, though not perfect, package. By Eric Zeman InformationWeek LinkedIn recently introduced its first application for the iPad ...

Netgear to Ship Gigabit-speed Wireless in May With 802.11ac Router
PCWorld
By Stephen Lawson, IDG News Gigabit-speed wireless LAN equipment that uses the emerging IEEE 802.11ac standard is about to hit the market, with Netgear saying on Thursday that it will start shipping a consumer 802.11ac router in May for a starting list ...

Former Sun chiefs differ on Google's use of Oracle's Java code in Android
San Jose Mercury News
By Brandon Bailey SAN FRANCISCO -- Two former heads of Sun Microsystems offered opposing views of their company's policies on the Java software programming system Thursday, as attorneys engaged in some of the most colorful cross-examination heard so ...

Microsoft re-releases Office for Mac 2011 upgrade after fixing bugs
Computerworld
By Gregg Keizer Computerworld - Microsoft yesterday re-released Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 2 (SP2) after fixing a bug that wormed into the original update. Last Friday, three days after it first issued Office for Mac 2011 SP2, Microsoft yanked ...

Google fires back at FCC on Wi-Fi investigation
BusinessWeek
Google is firing back at the Federal Communications Commission on an investigation that led to a $25000 fine against the Internet search leader. In a letter sent Thursday, Google Inc. disputed the reason for the fine. The FCC contends Google impeded an ...

Samsung's Next Galaxy Phone to Pack New Quad-Core CPU
Wired News
By Nathan Olivarez-Giles On Thursday, the South Korean electronics maker introduced its Exynos 4 Quad processor for phones and tablets. The chip's first deployment will be inside a new smartphone to be unveiled next week, widely expected to be the ...

Twitter Updates Its iPhone and Android Apps
Mashable
Twitter has updated its iPhone and Android apps, tweaking the design and adding a number of improvements to the mobile version of the service. Amongst the new enhancements: the addition of a discover tab to the app, improved search functionality, ...

3.2 billion pixel sky-watcher a step closer
Register
By Richard Chirgwin • Get more from this author The proposed 3.4 billion pixel Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) camera has been okayed by the US Department of Energy to proceed to its next stage of development. Receiving “Critical Decision 1” ...

Study Sheds Light on How Pigeons Navigate by Magnetic Field
New York Times
Birds are famously good navigators. Some migrate thousands of miles, flying day and night, even when the stars are obscured. And for decades, scientists have known that one navigational skill they employ is an ability to detect variations in the ...

iPad Made Up 97 Percent of Enterprise Tablet Activations in Q1
PC Magazine
By Angela Moscaritolo Enterprise users prefer Apple over Android, especially when it comes to tablets, according to a new report from mobile security solutions provider Good Technology. After analyzing mobile device activations from its enterprise ...

Amazon fixed one of the most broken things about Kindle Fire, now it needs to ...
BetaNews
By Tim Conneally For a platform that was built to handle text documents, Amazon Kindle's support for non Kindle-formatted files has been nothing short of atrocious. Wirelessly sending documents to a Kindle required that they be emailed to a Kindle ...

BetaNews

Former Nokia exec trashes Elop and Windows Phone
SlashGear
Former Nokia exec Lee Williams has slammed Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and the choke hold of the Windows Phone in a recent interview when asked about his views on the struggling Finnish handset maker. From accusing Elop of a lack of long-term vision to ...

SlashGear

Google Chrome OS to get Drive integration
TG Daily
Mountain View is preparing to integrate its new Google Drive Cloud-based storage platform with the upcoming version of its flagship Chrome operating system. According to Google exec Sundar Pichai, the tight integration will help streamline sharing and ...

Google Is Getting Out Of The 3D Modeling Business (GOOG)
San Francisco Chronicle
Google CEO Larry Page has shut down or sold a lot of projects since taking over last year, and today Google added another business to the list: 3D modeling technology SketchUp. The SketchUp team will be joining Trimble, which makes GPS positioning ...

Apple accepting nominees for 2012 Apple Design Awards
Macworld
by Roman Loyola, Macworld.com Though you may be out of luck if you wanted to get a ticket to Apple's WWDC 2012, here's some good news for developers: You can still nominate your favorite apps for the 2012 Apple Design Awards. Apps must be available on ...

Macworld

Nintendo reports first annual loss while promising return to profitability ...
Digitaltrends.com
Nintendo experiences its worst year yet in terms of sales, but promises that the 3DS and Wii U will turn things around. Nintendo reported its first ever annual loss on Thursday when presenting results for the 2012 fiscal year.

Confusion over content rights greets Google Drive
CBS News
(CBS/AP) SAN FRANCISCO — Google is facing suspicion and confusion as it tries to persuade people to entrust personal documents, photos and other content to the company's new online storage service. That became apparent shortly after Tuesday's unveiling ...

CBS News

PC makers should fear that iPads are first Apple products for 1-in-4
GigaOM
By Kevin C. Tofel Apr. 26, 2012, 12:19pm PT No Comments Apple's iPad continues to dominate the overall tablet market, but that alone shouldn't be scaring manufacturers of other tablets and PCs. Instead, they should be concerned about this statistic: ...

GigaOM

Scientists: Giant cannibal shrimp invasion growing
39online.com
An invasion of giant cannibal shrimp into America's coastal waters appears to be getting worse. Researchers from the US Geological Surveyand the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Thursday that sightings of the massive Asian tiger ...


Digital Rights Managment to be dropped by Tor and other Macmillan sci-fi books
Christian Science Monitor
Digital Rights Management software was originally meant to restrict pirating of e-books, but many complain because of the restrictions it places on users. By Molly Driscoll / April 26, 2012 “Our authors and readers have been asking for this for a long ...
 
Christian Science Monitor

What Your Klout Score Really Means
Wired News
By Seth Stevenson Last spring Sam Fiorella was recruited for a VP position at a large Toronto marketing agency. With 15 years of experience consulting for major brands like AOL, Ford, and Kraft, Fiorella felt confident in his qualifications.

Wired News

Samsung Galaxy S II owners in Australia getting ICS
Android Community
Samsung has been taking their Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich rollout for the Galaxy S II pretty seriously, and it has started showing up for another location the past couple of days. For now it's mainly available for the standard 4.3-inch model ...

Android Community

Kidney gets transplanted twice in two weeks
USA TODAY
By Janice Lloyd, USA TODAY In what looks like a medical first, doctors reported Wednesday that a kidney transplanted into one patient, which then started to fail, has been removed and transplanted into a second patient, who is doing well.

USA TODAY

Track Your Facebook Abuse Bullying, Spam Reports With Transparent New Support ...
TechCrunch
Facebook wants you to know it's listening when you report bullying, hate speech, identity theft, and spam, so today it launched a new Support Dashboard for tracking these reports until they're resolved. Users can check to see if their report has been ...

Facebook pays Microsoft $550 million for AOL patents
Reuters
By Alexei Oreskovic and Diane Bartz | SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook will pay Microsoft Corp $550 million in cash for hundreds of patents recently sold by AOL, the social networking company's latest move to bulk up its intellectual property in the ...

Facebook's free Anti-virus Marketplace targets malware
BBC News
Facebook has launched Anti-Virus Marketplace - a new portal to protect the social network's users. Members are being encouraged to download anti-malware programs which they can use at no cost for six months. The firm's flotation filing had previously ...

Taiwanese Nationals Charged in Military Technology Plot
Bloomberg
Two Taiwanese nationals already accused of trying to smuggle drugs through a New Jersey port were charged today with plotting to export sensitive US military technology to benefit the Chinese government. Hui Sheng Shen, 45, and Huan Ling Chang, 41, ...

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