20 April 2012

Android, Java, and the tech behind Oracle v. Google

Android, Java, and the tech behind Oracle v. Google (FAQ)
CNET
Scrapping over copyrights, patents, and licensing deals is an ignominious outcome for atechnology that a decade and a half ago spooked Microsoft and seemed poised to inject dynamism into a largely static Web. Back when it debuted, Java was a brand ...

Google vs. Oracle: Round one
MarketWatch
By John C. Dvorak BERKELEY, Calif. (MarketWatch) — There seems to be a lot of concern for the future of Android, as the Oracle Corp. vs. Google Inc. lawsuit appears to threaten the phone and tablet OS. Google has too much riding on the Android OS to ...

China's Hot New Tech Stock Offering: The People's Daily
BusinessWeek
China's boisterous Internet now has some 485 million Internet users and 300 million microbloggers, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, and is increasingly characterized by free-wheeling, sometimes rumor-driven content.

The top 25 technology books of all time
VentureBeat
Technology teaches us to forget the past. Last year's tech news seems like it has no use whatsoever. Thankfully, historians beg to differ, and they have begun to preserve the history of the tech industry as it becomes more and more important to the ...

Apple in talks with iPad trademark challenger to try and settle dispute
Computerworld
By Michael Kan IDG News Service - Apple and a Chinese company have started talks to try and resolve an ongoing legal dispute over the iPad trademark, according to a lawyer involved in the case. Ma Dongxiao, a lawyer representing the Chinese company ...

Mexico volcano spews glowing rock and tower of ash
USA TODAY
XALITZINTLA, Mexico (AP) – A 17886-foot volcano outside Mexico City exhaled dozens of towering plumes of ash and shot fragments of glowing rock down its slopes Friday morning, frightening the residents of surrounding villages with hours of low-pitched ...

The question is: If not dark matter, then what?
msnbc.com
Astronomers mapped the motions of hundreds of stars in the Milky Way in order to deduce the amount of dark matter that must be tugging on them from the vicinity of our sun. Their surprising conclusion? There's no dark matter around here.

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German court rules against YouTube in rights case
BusinessWeek
By JUERGEN BAETZ A German court ruled Friday that YouTube must install filters to prevent users uploading some music videos whose rights are held by a music-royalties collecting body. Hamburg's state court sided with Germany's GEMA, which had sued ...

LightSquared wins two-year reprieve for spectrum payments to Inmarsat
Computerworld
By Peter Sayer IDG News Service - LightSquared has another two years in which to seek regulatory approval for its LTE mobile network in the US before it must begin making payments to its radio spectrum supplier Inmarsat, the companies announced Friday.

What Apple could gain from an iPad mini
Washington Post
Rumors persist about a smaller iPad, which would diversify the company's product line but create potential headaches for Apple developers who like producing for the iPad's one-and-only form factor. A move to a smaller device may also draw scrutiny from ...

Play 'Diablo III' for Free, This Weekend Only
ABC News
Diablo III has entered an open beta period as of 12:01 pm PDT, according to a post on Blizzard Entertainment's website. Anyone with a valid Battle.net account can take the highly anticipated game for a spin all weekend long.

Apple claims Aussie 3G is so good it's 4G
Register
Apple has hit back at claims it misled Australian buyers of "the new iPad" with the unusual defense that Australia's 3G networks are so fast they are in fact 4G in all but name. Cupertino has been taken to court by the Australian Competition and ...

Fifth Avenue Frogger brings everyone's favorite roadkill to New York City (video)
Engadget
By Brian Heater posted Apr 20th 2012 12:49PM For all their charm, the arcade games of the 80s didn't really offer much in the way of gritty realism -- not like today's titles, certainly. Tyler DeAngelo's new take on video game hall-of-famer Frogger ...

Microsoft Posts Record Revenue — but Xbox Is Slipping
ABC News
Microsoft reported record revenues of $17.41 billion for the past quarter, but profits slipped 2.4% from the same period a year earlier, down from $5.23 billion to $5.11 billion. PC sales were sluggish due to the twin pressures of a hard-disk shortage ...

NVIDIA teases dual-GPU GeForce GTX 690
SlashGear
NVIDIA has posted a cryptic image on its Facebook page recently to tease what is likely the upcoming GeForce GTX 690 dual-chip GPU. The dark image doesn't reveal much except the company's logo on what appears to be a graphics card and the words “It's ...

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NYC-Bound Space Shuttle Prototype Enterprise Reunited with Carrier Aircraft
Space.com
by Robert Z. Pearlman, collectSPACE.com Editor NASA's original prototype space shuttle was reunited Friday (April 20) with the jumbo jet that first ferried it for a series of important test flights

Samsung's May 3 Round-up: Galaxy S III and more
SlashGear
There's a London event coming up and Samsung is bringing the heat with several mobile products presented to impress. This new line of hero products will include not just the Samsung Galaxy S III like we assumed from the beginning, it's got a few ...

SlashGear

Creepers rejoice! X-ray vision may soon come to your smartphone
Digitaltrends.com
Scientists have figured out a way to shrink x-ray technlogy, allowing devices like smartphones to have x-ray sensors in them. We explore how this new technology works. In a scientific breakthrough that should excite teenage boys around the globe, ...

Digitaltrends.com

Earth Day: Five ways we affect the planet
Christian Science Monitor
The late Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D) of Wisconsin organized the first Earth Day in 1970 after the devastating oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif. The event started as an environmental teach-in, with some 20 million Americans taking part on ...

Christian Science Monitor

Next iPhone to Be Made of 'LiquidMetal', Arrive in October [REPORT]
ABC News
Apple's next iPhone will be available in October, according to Gene Munster, analyst for Piper Jaffray. Munster also says the phone will have a redesigned body, and will run on 4G data networks such as LTE. The analyst predicts the phone will be ...

FCC tracks carriers' alerts to avoid mobile 'bill shock'
msnbc.com
You'd likely never get a cellphone bill for more than $200000 like one Florida woman did last fall. But too many times, mobile users are surprised by the amounts of their phone bills when they arrive; the Federal Communications Commission says one out ...

New law mandates black boxes in all cars by 2015
CBS News
(Credit: Josh Miller/CNET) (CBS News) A recently passed bill will require all cars to come equipped with "black boxes" that record vehicle data. These Event Data Recorders (EDR), similar to their airplane counterparts, will record data such as speed, ...

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Windows Phone gets MapMyFitness apps
Los Angeles Times
By Michelle Maltais If you've perused the selection of apps available for Windows Phone, you might have noticed that some of the greatest hits for iPhone and Android users aren't there -- yet. But that appears to be shifting somewhat.

Skywatcher Photos: 2012 Quadrantid Meteor Shower
LiveScience.com
The annual Lyrid meteor shower will hit its peak this weekend and promises to put on an eye-catching display. So much so, NASA is pulling out all the stops. NASA scientists plan to track the Lyrid meteor shower using a network of all-sky cameras on ...

Scientists Create “Alien” Genetic Material Capable of Evolution
Medgadget.com
by Brian Klein on Apr 20, 2012 • 1:36 pm RNA and DNA may no longer be the only candidates capable of evolving and building life forms around themselves. It is also likely, from the evolutionary standpoint, that RNA, and its likely successor DNA, ...

Medgadget.com

Meat eating behind humans' spreading over the globe
Eureka! Science News
Carnivory is behind the evolutionary success of humankind. When early humans started to eat meat and eventually hunt, their new, higher-quality diet meant that women could wean their children earlier. Women could then give birth to more children during ...

Report: Samsung Launching Cloud Service on May 3
PC Magazine
By Mark Hachman Samsung is reportedly prepping its own cloud service to stream movies, photos, music, and other content, according to a report. Maeil Business reported (via Google Translate) that the so-called S-Cloud could be launched on May 3 at an ...

Dish Streams Pandora Offerings Via DVR
MediaPost Communications
by David Goetzl, 5 minutes ago Dish Network said it will make the Pandora radio service available via its Hopper whole-home DVR offering. The link will allow Hopper users to search for artists and songs and build “personalized radio stations” streaming ...

Apple, Google, Intel fail to dismiss staff-poaching lawsuit
Reuters
By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - Apple Inc, Google Inc, Intel Corp and four other technology companies were ordered by a judge to face an antitrust lawsuit claiming they illegally conspired not to poach each other's employees. District Judge Lucy Koh in ...

Polar Bears Not Descendents Of Brown Bears, Study Says
NTDTV
A mother polar bear plays with two of her three cubs. (ANDREY SMIRNOV/AFP/Getty Images) Polar bears are not descended from brown bears, contrary to popular belief, a new study reports. A study released in this week's issue of Science finds that the ...

Would you pay for a shared data plan?
CNET
Verizon Wireless has again announced its intention to offer shared data plans this summer, but will they prove a hit with consumers? by Lance Whitney April 20, 2012 8:47 AM PDT Follow @lancewhit Verizon is looking to appeal to data-hungry users by ...

Google's Brin: 'I have much admiration' for Apple, Facebook
CNET
The Google co-founder says his thoughts on Internet freedom were "distorted" and that the ensuing media reports regarding Facebook and Apple don't reflect his core beliefs. by Don Reisinger April 18, 2012 5:18 AM PDT Google co-founder Sergey Brin has ...



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