25 April 2012

Google Drive and Chrome OS: the New PC?

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

10 Must-See Tech Product Ideas From Startups
InformationWeek
It actually represents a stunning new visual technology that allows anyone to capture and convey a 360-degree image that's part photo, part video, and part panorama. In fact, this new imagingtechnology from a San Francisco-based startup named ...

Nokia and HTC win European patent ruling against Ipcom
BBC News
The European Patent Office has revoked a patent which threatened to halt sales of HTC and Nokia phones in Germany. Intellectual property licensor Ipcom had demanded a ban on the two smartphone makers' handsets after they refused to meet its terms.

BBC News

Firm has its sight set on mining asteroids
Los Angeles Times
Planetary Resources, whose backers include Google's CEO and chairman and director James Cameron, has begun work on satellites it aims to use to spot resource-rich asteroids. A group of 21st-century private space entrepreneurs is expected to unveil an ...

Big acquisitions, distractions may delay Facebook IPO
Computerworld
By Sharon Gaudin Computerworld - Less than a week ago, the Internet was abuzz with reports that Facebook's IPO would come in mid-May. Today, news reports are adding several more weeks to that timeline. A few high-priced acquisitions could be ...

Microsoft, Pegatron Ink Patent Deal for Android, Chrome Devices
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Microsoft has inked a patent licensing deal with Pegatron that covers Android- and Chrome-based devices. The agreement means Pegatron can utilize technology covered by Microsoft patents for its Android- and Chrome-based e-readers, ...

Space shuttle Enterprise's NYC flyover is rescheduled -- again
Los Angeles Times
By Rene Lynch The Big Apple will have to wait a few more days for its space shuttle to arrive. The retiring space shuttle Enterprise was supposed to arrive Wednesday, but bad weather delayed the plans for a dramatic New York City flyover.

Microsoft to unveil new streaming music service at E3
msnbc.com
Stay up to speed with news and reviews on video games for the PC, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, Android, iPhone, iPad, Facebook and more. A new streaming music service from Microsoft is in the works, according to The Verge.

What's next for Apple: June and beyond
msnbc.com
But rather than consult our dream journals for the next great iLineup, let's take a level-headed look at what we can expect to hear from Apple, both at WWDC and for the rest of the year. Apple is in the habit of releasing major iOS updates during the ...

Google Drive could be a boon -- and a headache -- for IT
Computerworld
By Sharon Gaudin Computerworld - With the launch of Google Drive this week, IT managers can look forward to a potential new productivity tool -- and some significant headaches, analysts say. Google Tuesday took the wraps off Google Drive, a cloud cloud ...

Ferrari chair learns management tips in meeting with Apple's Tim Cook
Apple Insider
By Slash Lane The chairman and president of Italian sports car manufacturer Ferrari recently had a two-hour meeting with Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook to talk about corporate strategy and management styles. Luca di Montezemolo shared the details of ...

What's nibbling at Antarctic ice shelves? Warm water from below, not hot air ...
Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Antarctica's massive ice shelves are shrinking because they are being eaten away from below by warm water, a new study finds. That suggests that future sea levels could rise faster than many scientists have been predicting.

Competent But No Clear Winner: Intel Medfield Surprises Battery Life-Wise
DailyTech
Intel Corp. (INTC) isn't pushing its Intel Atom (Medfield sub-family) powered smartphones as hard in 2012 as some expected. The hot question on the minds of many is whether Intel's decision to wait until 2013 for the "big push" was merely strategic or ...

DailyTech

Facebook Phone: 4 Reasons Why It's Crazy
InformationWeek
Reports of the fabled "Facebook Phone" have resurfaced, this time linking HTC to the social network. Here's why you shouldn't believe them. HTC has decided to strengthen its relationship with Facebook, rather than Google, and will forge ahead with a ...

FCC Approves Transfer of AT&T Spectrum to T-Mobile
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius The Federal Communications Commission this week approved the transfer of spectrum from AT&T to T-Mobile, which was a condition of the companies' failed merger. The move will provide T-Mobile with Advanced Wireless Systems (AWS) ...

Google's Andy Rubin didn't believe Android needed Java API licensing
SlashGear
Google's Android chief Andy Rubin has just wrapped up his three days of testimony in the Oracle trial over the copyright issues in Android. The testimony today mainly covered issues regarding Java API licensing requirements from Sun Microsystems, ...

SlashGear

Weekend's fireball: Big as a minivan, with 5-kiloton blast
San Jose Mercury News
By Scott Sonner, AP RENO, Nev. Scientists say a giant fireball that exploded in daylight over California's Central Valley over the weekend was a rare phenomenon and much larger than most meteors. Bill Cooke, a specialist in meteors at NASA's Marshall ...

Sprint: iPhone Decision Paying Off Despite Quarterly Loss
eWeek
Sprint sold 1.5 million iPhones during the quarter, 44 percent of them to new customers, helping CEO Dan Hesse in his ongoing defense of the decision to sell the iPhone. The carrier still posted a $863 million net loss. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse is still ...

STALKER 2 Videogame Found Investors. So Why Has It Been Cancelled?
Forbes
Fans of the 2007 FPS videogame series STALKER will be gulping down more than their Anti-rads: they also have a bitter pill to swallow. The sequel to the popular GSC Game World video games, STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl; STALKER: Clear Sky (prequel); ...

Easily Upload Photos With Flickr's New Drag-and-Drop Tools
Wired News
By Scott Gilbertson Photo sharing service Flickr has announced a new HTML5-based photo uploader with drag-and-drop support and a better interface for adding captions, titles and other annotations to your uploaded images. The new HTML5 photo uploading ...

Wired News

T-Mobile's trade-in promotion program begins today
CNET
In an effort to get customers upgrading to its 4G network, T-Mobile launches "Magenta Deal Days." by Lynn La April 25, 2012 10:34 AM PDT Follow @lynnlaaa Starting today and lasting through May 8, T-Mobile customers can swap out their old phones (even ...

What online sellers can tell us about the need for a Vita price drop
Ars Technica
By Kyle Orland | Published April 25, 2012 12:50 PM Average eBay selling prices for the Vita have been declining slowly but steadily from their initial inflated levels since the system's launch. After the 3DS launched at a historically high $250 last...

Study Points to Roles for Industry and Organics in Agriculture
New York Times (blog)
By ANDREW C. REVKIN A paper in this week's issue of Nature reinforces the argument that a hybrid path in agriculture — incorporating both industrial-style production and organic practices where they make sense — gives the best chance of feeding some 9 ...

New York Times (blog)

Smokey the Bear is getting a new job -- in space
Fox News
NASA astronaut Joseph Acaba said he hopes Smokey, the mascot of the United States Forest Service, would help raise public awareness about the dangers posed by forest fires (on Earth).NASA / US Forest Service Apr. 24, 2012: Members of the next ...

Galaxy Note with T-Mobile branding found online
CNET (blog)
T-Mobile may soon be adding the 5.3-inch smartphone-tablet hybrid to their lineup. But unlike the AT&T device, it may offer Ice Cream Sandwich. by Scott Webster April 25, 2012 12:37 PM PDT Follow @swebster77 T-Mobile ready to announce their own Galaxy ...

Doctor says he's found the actual G spot
Los Angeles Times
Small clusters of erectile tissue deep within the vaginal wall are the trigger for enhancing female orgasm, the physician says. Skeptics say it's not so simple. By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times Like so many explorers before him, Dr. Adam Ostrzenski ...

Intel's Ivy Bridge chips launch using '3D transistors'
BBC News
By Leo Kelion Technology reporter Intel is launching its Ivy Bridge family of processors - the first to feature what it describes as a "3D transistor". The American firm says the innovation allows it to offer more computational power while using less ...

BBC News

Cassini sees 'snowball fight' in Saturn ring
BBC News
By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News, Vienna It is like a huge snowball fight and it is taking place in the outer Solar System around Saturn. Scientists working on the Cassini probe have witnessed small clumps of ice ploughing through one ...

BBC News

USC Researchers Develop Liquid Solar Cell Technology
socalTech.com
Researchers at the University of Southern California report that they have developed new technology to create liquid, solar cells, which can be printed onto surfaces. The new technology--based on solar nanocrystals--were developed by chemistry ...

socalTech.com

Apple price targets hiked as iPhone sales soar
Reuters
April 25 (Reuters) - Wall Street extended its love affair with Apple Inc as strong iPhone sales allayed concerns it was losing market share in the cut-throat smartphone market, with analysts again rushing to raise price targets on the shares of the ...

Mac Security After Flashback: 5 Key Points
InformationWeek
Where does the Apple security situation stand in the wake of the Flashback Trojan outbreak? Consider these important data points. By Mathew J. Schwartz InformationWeek In the wake of the Flashback malware outbreak that successfully infected over 600000 ...

executive order sanctions telecom technology to Syria and Iran
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- An executive order by President Obama sanctions companies and individuals that provide telecommunications technology to Iran and Syria that is used to carry out human rights abuses. The order, which Obama announced during his speech ...

High-tech hotels a hit with geeky guests
CNN
(CNN) -- While technology has become inextricably fused into our daily lives in recent years, hotels have not always kept pace. The paucity of hotel tech offerings, particularly when it comes to internet access, has become a common bugbear for guests ...

Tech incubator Excelerate names class of 2012
Chicago Tribune
The program brings in more than 100 mentors to help the companies build their businesses, improve technology, raise capital and in other areas. The three months culminate in a "Demo Day" at the end of August, when the startups give presentations to ...

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