31 March 2012

5 tech pranks for April Fool's

5 tech pranks for April Fool's
USA TODAY
By Alice Truong, Special for USA TODAY In the spirit of having a little fun, here are five ways to prank your friends on April Fool's Day. The Ninja Remote Jammer helps you take over the TV without notice. The Ninja Remote Jammer helps you take over ...

USA TODAY

Poll: Tech industry more crucial to California than entertainment
Los Angeles Times
More than 65% of those surveyed in the latest USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll said thetechnology industry was more important to the state's economy than entertainment, perhaps showing that SoCal's famous vixens and heartthrobs are losing the ...

RIM's Rocky Road: Tech Weekly
TheStreet.com
By Chris Ciaccia 03/31/12 - 09:30 AM EDT NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Earnings results from Research In Motion(RIMM), Red Hat(RHT) and Best Buy(BBY) helped shape the week in technology, to mixed results. RIM, the embattled Canadian handset maker, ...

TheStreet.com

Searching for speech technology's holy grail
USA TODAY
Somehow, voice recognition — despite some of technology's most awesome achievements (tablets! the remote control!) — remains an anathema. We still can't talk to computers like Captain Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Turns out building voice ...


USA TODAY

Tech Ticker: HuffPo bloggers lose suit, Siri may expand to Macs
San Jose Mercury News
The Huffington Post doesn't have to pay bloggers for providing content for its website in part because they knew from the start they wouldn't be paid and could have taken their work elsewhere, a federal judge ruled Friday. US District Judge John Koeltl ...

Is Technology A Zero-Sum Game?
TechCrunch
In last week's Get Rich or Die Trying article, I mentioned that “tech is a zero-sum, winner takes all game”. A reader objected, arguing: “I think that may be an inappropriate use of the term 'zero-sum' – one company's increase in profits (or revenue) ...


TechCrunch

Westerners consumed by tech toys wallow in misplaced guilt
Sydney Morning Herald
Technology writers around the world had called for a boycott of Apple products. Yet Foxconn has better working conditions than comparable workplaces in China. Apple conducts more inspections and audits of its supplier than any other electronics company ...


Sydney Morning Herald

1 Revolutionary Tech Stock We Like Right Now
DailyFinance
In this segment, the guys discuss a technology company revolutionizing the concept of printing and talk about why they believe the stock is worth taking a look at. Apple is just one company in the next generation of multibillion-dollar companies riding ...

The week in tech: 5 must know things
USA TODAY
Here are the five things from this week that you absolutely must know about tech. Explorer James Cameron emerges from the Deepsea Challenger submersible after his successful solo dive to the Mariana Trench. Explorer James Cameron emerges from the ...


USA TODAY

TweetDeck back up after bug
CNNMoney
By Laurie Segall @CNNMoneyTech March 31, 2012: 3:04 PM ET NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Twitter's popular TweetDeck client was back up Saturday after it was temporarily taken offline over a glitch that allowed some users to access other users' accounts.

The key to Facebook's success
Washington Post
Identity is important to everyone, but many startups get it wrong. Getting identity right has been one of the main keys to Facebook's success. As Facebook gets ready for its monster IPO, which will likely value the company at more than $100 billion, ...

Apple Deadlocks With Nokia on Standard for Shrunken SIM Card
Washington Post
March 30 (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. and Nokia Oyj's proposals for smaller SIM cards face a second round of debate after talks stalled following the Finnish mobile-phone company's threat to withhold its patents. A two-day meeting in Sophia Antipolis, ...

Google's April Fools' Day Prank: 8-Bit Google Maps
Mashable
Old school flashback! Google couldn't wait for April Fools' Day to prank the web with its 8-bit version of Google Maps, temporarily replacing its standard version. Shortly after the “upgraded” Google Maps went live, Reddit users posted world landmarks ...

Leader of Disputed Faster-Than-Light Neutrino Experiment Resigns
PC Magazine
By Damon Poeter The leader of the research team that shocked the scientific world last year with findings that seemed to show that neutrinos can travel faster than light quit his post this week. After further experiments cast grave doubts on the ...

Why Steve Jobs Can Rest Easy
DailyFinance
By Tim Beyers, The Motley Fool If you've read Walter Isaacson's biography of Apple (NAS: AAPL) co-founder Steve Jobs, you know he had a profound respect for current CEO Tim Cook. You also know that he never considered Cook a "product person.

Blind man tests self-driving car
msnbc.com
A legally blind man takes Google's self-driving car for a spin earlier this week. The tech giant claims the car has been driven over 200,00 miles without a safety incident occurring. >>> have you heard about google's self-driving cars? think it is ...

See all stories on this topic »Is Google Better Off Killing Android?
DailyFinance
By Evan Niu (TMFNewCow), The Motley Fool With every quarter that goes by, the theme in the mobile landscape continues to be Apple (NAS: AAPL) iOS and Google (NAS: GOOG) Android gobbling up market share at the expense of just about everyone else.

News of the world in photos: Earth Hour
Seattle Post Intelligencer
A child lights a candle during a ceremony to mark Earth Hour at Palace Square in St.Petersburg, Russia. Earth Hour takes place worldwide at 8.30 pm local times and is a global call to turn off lights for 60 minutes in a bid to highlight the global ...

NASA Chief Salutes 'Bold Venture' to Raise Sunken Apollo 11 Engines
Space.com
by Robert Z. Pearlman, collectSPACE.com Editor NASA's chief hopes that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has "all the luck in the world" recovering one or more of the engines that launched the first manned moon landing mission from where the dot-com billionaire ...

A Pasco County beekeeper knows why bees are dying and colonies are collapsing
Tampabay.com
By Dan DeWitt, Times Columnist A worker in David Hackenberg's crew pumped smoke from hand-held bellows around stacks of bee boxes in a pasture near Dade City on Thursday evening — a bee-calming trick used for centuries. Hackenberg, 63, in case you ...


Tampabay.com

April skywatch: Mars shines brightly; Lyrid meteor shower
Arizona Republic
by John Stanley - Mar. 30, 2012 12:56 PM Venus is the most obvious, shining brilliantly in the west after sunset. Jupiter, bright but not nearly as bright as Venus, hangs well below Earth's closest planetary neighbor.

IDC Predicts Smartphones and Tablets to Reach 1.84 Billion Shipped Units by 2016
Daily Disruption
By Duane Barnhart | @dailydisrupt | March 31st, 2012 The universe of smart connected devices, including PCs, media tablets, and smartphones, saw shipments of more than 916 million units and revenues surpassing $489 billion dollars in 2011, according to ...

Survey Reveals American's Love Their Apple's – Apple Products Now in Half of ...
Daily Disruption
By Bill Klump | @TheKlumper | March 31st, 2012 A study earlier in the week as part of CNBC's All-America Economic survey revealed that half of all US households now own at least one Apple product. That's more than 55 million homes with at least one ...

Honda recalls CR-V, Pilot for low-beam headlight failures
The Detroit News
By David Shepardson The 2002 Honda CR-V is one of the models involved in the recall. This is the third recall since 2004 for the headlight problem. (Honda) Honda Motor Co. is recalling 554000 CR-V and Pilot SUVs after federal safety officials raised ...

Case Based in China Puts a Face on Persistent Hacking
New York Times
SAN FRANCISCO — A breach of computers belonging to companies in Japan and India and to Tibetan activists has been linked to a former graduate student at a Chinese university — putting a face on the persistent espionage by Chinese hackers against ...

Google Heightens Rivalry With iPad
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 ...


Wall Street Journal

No sign of Saturday hacker attack on Internet
Daily Caller
Monitors display the hacked Greek ministry of justice website on February 3, 2012. Online hackers group Anonymous attacked the Greek justice ministry website in criticism of the country's tough fiscal reforms and its decision to join a controversial ...


Daily Caller

Analyzing the physics of 'Angry Birds Space'
The Verge
By Adi Robertson on March 31, 2012 03:32 pm 0Comments We've had some time to play with Angry Birds Space, but even our hands-on didn't go into how exactly the physics of space differ from the birds' natural terrestrial environment.

Expedia adds to Google's EU antitrust woes, decision expected after Easter
Engadget
By James Trew posted Mar 31st 2012 1:02PM Google's position as the dominant search engine doesn't come without a price. Smaller search sites have already tapped on the EU Commission's door to register their complaints about how they are ranked, ...

The Next PlayStation is Called Orbis, Sources Say. Here are the Details.
Kotaku
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 ...

Study: Conservatives' Trust of Science Hits All Time Low
U.S. News & World Report
A sociologist at UNC-Chapel Hill says more people are moving to a conservative "anti-intellectual" ideology, and more people than ever are lumping scientific and political agendas together. By Jason Koebler It's not just the vitriol surrounding this ...

Facebook and the Creep Factor
Mother Jones
A few days ago I finished reading Rule 34, which reminded me once again that I should probably read Charlie Stross's blog more regularly. But of course, I did nothing about this because I'm a lazy sod and I had other things on my mind.


Mother Jones

Apple, Foxconn revamp China work conditions
Reuters
By Poornima Gupta and Edwin Chan | SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - In a landmark development for the way Western companies do business in China, Apple Inc said on Thursday it had agreed to work with partner Foxconn to tackle wage and working condition ...

Nokia Recruits Vespa Rider in Race Against Androids in China
BusinessWeek
By Diana ben-Aaron on March 29, 2012 Adam Guli, a 35-year-old social media entrepreneur who commutes across Beijing on a Vespa scooter, is giving Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) a ride in its race against Android handsets and Apple Inc. (AAPL) (AAPL)'s iPhone in ...

Facebook and Google: the Next Antitrust Menaces?
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Sen. Al Franken this week warned antitrust officials to keep an eye on Internet firms like Facebook and Google, lest they become like the telco monopolies of years past. "It isn't time for alarm bells just yet.

Intel Ivy Bridge Chips: Launch Dates Leaked
PCWorld
By Melanie Pinola, PCWorld Mar 30, 2012 2:23 PM Intel Ivy Bridge processors may finally be on their way to new desktops and laptops, according to leaked launch schedules. If you've been wondering whether you should buy a laptop now with a ...

BlackBerry Just 5% Of Recent Smartphone Purchases
InformationWeek
In the last three months, only 5% of US smartphone buyers chose a RIM BlackBerry, says Nielsen. Nielsen compiled data about smartphone buying habits in the three-month period ending in February, and the news isn't good for Research In Motion or ...

Zipper Interactive Says Goodbye To The Fans
Just Push Start
Developer Zipper Interactive posted a farewell statement on Twitter following the closure of the studio yesterday. The closure came after countless rumors of Sony's plans to shut them down, but rumors are always hard to believe.


Just Push Start

Chance coral can survive warmer ocean
Sydney Morning Herald
CORAL that has been exposed to fluctuating water temperatures in the past may be able to survive warmer ocean climates in the future, giving hope to the long-term wellbeing of the world's reefs. A team of scientists from the Australian Nuclear Science ...


Sydney Morning Herald

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