15 April 2012

Mobile Helping Narrow Digital Divide, But Not For All

Pew: Mobile Helping Narrow Digital Divide, But Not For All
PC Magazine
By Damon Poeter America's digital divide is narrowing in some respects, mainly due to the rise of mobile computing, but other metrics indicate that it is solidifying along income, age, and educational lines, according to a new report from the Pew ...

Rumor: Valve and Apple Working on an Apple Gaming Console?
PC Magazine
By David Murphy The news almost seems too good to be true, a perfect storm of events for the future of one's living room. Numerous websites are reporting that Apple CEO Tim Cook met recently with representatives from Valve Software – the very Valve ...

Soldier Crabs Used to Create Computing (Sort-Of)
PC Magazine
By David Murphy No, the next computer you purchase isn't going to be powered by crabs. Nor will any physical computer on this Earth likely construct its logic from a series of slow-moving crustaceans. But that's not to say that it's impossible to do so ...

Apple Denies Designer Philippe Starck's Claim of 'Revolutionary' Device
Apple threw cold water on a report that French designer Philippe Starck was designing a new product for the company. On the heels of a widely reported interview in French publication Le Figaro, where famous French designer Philippe Starck said he had ...

6 Ways To Run Windows On An iPad
Want full access to Windows-based business productivity tools, without giving up your iPad? Check out these six options. By Paul McDougall InformationWeek While the Apple iPad has become the tablet of choice for consumers and business users alike, ...

HTC Dragon Series pops up in China for tight pockets
The HTC One series may not be reaching every borough and side street on earth, but HTC's push to bring a similar experience to China is popping up with great promise this week. HTC announced this “Dragon Series” several months ago and is now unleashing ...

FCC to Fine Google $25K Over Street View Affair
PC Magazine
By Damon Poeter The Federal Communications Commission this weekend alleged that Google "deliberately impeded and delayed" an FCC investigation into the way the search giant collected data from non-password protected Wi-Fi networks in the United States ...

Facebook Defends CISPA – “Trust Us, We're Here to Protect You”
Daily Disruption
By Bill Klump | @TheKlumper | April 9th, 2012 I'm sure you're all familiar with what happened with SOPA back on January 18th when internet giants such as Google and Wikipedia and others including Daily Disruption went black in protest of SOPA; ...

Instagram: Bubble, Bubble, High Tech Trouble?
By John P. Mello Jr., PCWorld Apr 15, 2012 10:48 AM Facebook's purchase last week of Instagram, maker of a mobile photo-sharing app, for a staggering $1 billion dropped a lot of jaws everywhere, particularly among high tech pundits.

Budget woes force NASA to redraw plans to Mars
Sault Ste. Marie Evening News
By Anonymous AP The space agency on Friday put out a call for ideas for the next Mars mission in 2018. The fine print: The cost can't be astronomical and the idea has to move the country closer to landing humans on the red planet in the 2030s.

Nanoscientists find long-sought Majorana particle at the ends of nanowires (w ...
Nanowerk LLC
(Nanowerk News) Scientists at TU Delft's Kavli Institute and the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM Foundation) have succeeded for the first time in detecting a Majorana particle. In the 1930s, the brilliant Italian physicist Ettore...

Nanowerk LLC

It's Not Sci-Fi: Baboons Can Learn To Recognize Words
Sci-Tech Today
By Dan Vergano Baboons can recognize scores of written words, distinguishing them from non-words, a feat that raises intriguing questions about how we learn to read, scientists reported. The experiment points to visual-attention shortfalls, ...

Sci-Tech Today

Apple: Update Will Fix Mac 'Flashback' Virus
Apple says a new software update provides tools to get rid of the so-called "Flashback" virus that has infected hundreds of thousands of Mac computers. In a post on its support forums, Apple said the update to the Java software platform "removes the ...

NHTSA Wants Brake-Throttle Override Systems Added to Official Safety
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a new proposal that would require vehicles to be outfitted with brake-throttle override (BTO) systems. This new system will help stop vehicles even if both the accelerator and brakes are ...


Hands on with Galaxy Player 3.6, Samsung's answer to the iPod Touch
Ars Technica
By Mike Isaac, wired.com | Published April 15, 2012 12:00 PM When Apple debuted the iPod a decade ago, it redefined mobile audio technology. Other companies had already launched "MP3 players," but Apple propelled portable digital music hardware into ...

Ars Technica

Canon 'examining countermeasures' for 5D Mark IIIs experiencing top LCD light ...
By Joe Pollicino posted Apr 14th 2012 8:03PM Looks like the honeymoon period with Canon's beastly 5D Mark III is officially over. Over the past few weeks some users have noticed that light leaking from its top-mounted LCD can affect exposure readouts, ...

Availability of Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pros constrained ahead of redesigned ...
Apple Insider
By Neil Hughes Multiple authorized resellers this week are reflecting stock outs of 15-inch MacBook Pros, suggesting that Apple is ramping down production of existing models before introducing redesigned offerings that will largely resemble the ...

Facebook buys customer-loyalty application Tagtile
Los Angeles Times
By Andrea Chang The world's biggest social network has acquired the team of developers behind customer-loyalty application Tagtile; the start-up said on its website that Facebook was "acquiring substantially all of our assets." Financial details of the ...

Apple ebook case won't solve publishing's problems
The Guardian
Watching regulatory bodies deal with issues around fast-moving technologies has always been an agonising business. Not so much an embarrassing uncle dancing at a wedding, more a high-court judge trying to describe dubstep. Latest in the line of such ...

The Guardian

Space shuttle Discovery returns to runway for ride to Smithsonian
April 14, 2012 — Space shuttle Discovery hit the road early Saturday (April 14) to board its jumbo jet ride to the Smithsonian. Leaving the Kennedy Space Center's 52-story Vehicle Assembly Building at 5:00 am EDT (0900 GMT), Discovery was destined for ...

Barnes & Noble Hit Hard
Wall Street Journal
By JEFFREY A. TRACHTENBERG Barnes & Noble Inc. bore the brunt of Wednesday's antitrust settlement between the US government and three major book publishers, losing 6.4% of its market value on Thursday alone and tumbling 17% this month.

Wall Street Journal

Emperor penguins counted from space
BBC News
UK, US and Australian scientists used satellite technology to trace and count the iconic birds, finding them to number almost 600000. Their census technique relies in the first instance on locating individual colonies, which is done by looking for big ...

BBC News

Start-up makes data science a sport
An old fashioned story by Mary Louisa Molesworth (1836-1921). The author of beloved children's... Now R131.95 San Francisco - Strange secrets hide in numbers. For instance, an orange used car is least likely to be a lemon.

NPD Says Retail Videogame Sales Fell 25% In March
Wall Street Journal
By Ian Sherr Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES SAN FRANCISCO (Dow Jones)--US retail sales of new videogame titles, hardware and accessories fell 25% in February from a year earlier, continuing the downward sales trend that has persisted since the holiday shopping ...

Nokia Swaps Trade Like Junk as Cash Dwindles: Corporate Finance
By Cornelius Rahn and Charles Mead on April 12, 2012 Nokia Oyj (NOK1V), once the world's biggest smartphone maker, risks a downgrade to junk-bond status after cutting its profit forecast and reporting a decline in its cash. Nokia's credit-default swaps ...

Funding Frenzy! iPhone-Friendly Watch Nets $1 Million More on Kickstarter
Remember when the Pebble, the watch that talks to your iPhone or Android device via an array of open-source apps, was asking for a mere $100000 on crowdfunding site Kickstarter? Well, actually, the Pebble is officially still only asking for $100000 on ...

Hubble Captures First Pictures of Auroras on Uranus
Wired News
By Adam Mann NASA's Hubble space telescope has captured the first images of auroras on the ice giant Uranus. Uranus, the seventh planet from the sun, is an oddball world. At some point in its past, the planet appears to have been knocked on its side, ...

Tech dividends: What fund investors should know
Boston Globe
Tech is one of the key areas that will drive the dividend market for the next five years, says Laton Spahr, comanager of the Columbia Dividend Opportunity fund, which counts dividend-payers Microsoft, Intel, and Microchip Technology among its recent ...

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