30 May 2012

Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is an 'intense focus'

Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is an 'intense focus'
Washington Post
May 30 (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said that television is an area of “intense focus” for the company as it seeks to add products that can build on the success of Macs, iPhones and iPads. “This is an area of intense focus ...

Google Chromebook, Chromebox: Visual Tour
InformationWeek
Thomas Claburn 05/30/2012 Samsung's new hardware combined with Google's upgraded Chrome operating system could finally pose a challenge to Windows or Mac OS X personal computers. Samsung's new Chromebook Series 5 550, and its screenless, ...

Dragon Capsule Readied for Space Station Departure
ABC News
Space station astronauts readied the world's first commercial supply ship Wednesday for its early morning return to Earth just like NASA's old-time capsules. The unmanned Dragon capsule was due to splash down into the Pacific on Thursday, ...

Google Nexus 7 Tablet Shows Up on Benchmark Site
PCWorld
By Melanie Pinola, PCWorld May 30, 2012 11:39 AM The reference Nexus tablet shown at CES 2012Google's long-awaited Nexus tablet has popped up on benchmarking site Rightware. According to the specs, the tablet, dubbed the Nexus 7, will use a quad-core ...

Internet traffic to explode; thank your phone and tablet
msnbc.com
Buckle up and hold onto your phones, tablets, digital video clips and Wi-Fi connections, because they're all contributing to a global explosion in Internet traffic. It's expected to increase four times to 1.3 zettabytes by 2016, according to Cisco's ...

Analysis: Even after hiring bankers, RIM running out of options
Reuters
By Alastair Sharp and Nadia Damouni | TORONTO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd (RIM.TO)(RIMM.O) may be running out options as it struggles to turn around its slumping fortunes with the help of a coterie of investment bankers ...

Verizon boosting its home broadband speeds
Los Angeles Times
By Salvador Rodriguez Verizon announced plans to introduce next month a new Internet service that will double the download speeds of its current top service, which is already the fastest mass-scale service in the country. The company will also more ...

Nest smart thermostat to be sold in Apple retail stores
VentureBeat
The Nest smart thermostat may soon by sitting on an Apple store shelf near you, an appropriate move for a company created by the former senior vice president of Apple's iPod division. iLounge is reporting that the thermostat, which has gained much ...

VentureBeat

Iran: 'Flame' virus fight began with oil attack
The Associated Press
By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, AP – 1 minute ago TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Computer technicians battling to contain a complex virus last month resorted to the ultimate firewall measures — cutting off Internet links to Iran's Oil Ministry, rigs and the hub for nearly ...

1 in 6 Windows PCs naked as a jaybird online
Register
By John Leyden • Get more from this author One in six Windows PCs worldwide are hooked up to the internet with no basic security software, according to a study by McAfee. The computer security firm's study, conducted across 24 countries using data from ...

Report: Sony almost dropped discs for next console
USA TODAY
By Brett Molina, USA TODAY For its potential successor to the PlayStation 3, Sony strongly considered a console that would kill the need for disc-based games. According to the Wall Street Journal, citing "people familiar with the matter," Sony was ...

USA TODAY

Zynga CEO says stock slide not hurting recruiting
Reuters
| RANCHO PALOS VERDES, California (Reuters) - Zynga Inc (ZNGA.O) Chief Executive Mark Pincus said the recent slide in the company's stock price has not hindered employee recruitment, and it was too early to tell whether the $183 million purchase of the ...

Here's the chart that explains Facebook's IPO mess
CNET
Facebook and its bankers were in a bind when pricing shares because the stock had already traded so high on the private market. by Paul Sloan May 30, 2012 11:31 AM PDT Follow @paulsloan Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers partner Mary Meeker at D10.

Patent investor Nathan Myhrvold is okay with being unpopular, dammit
VentureBeat
Intellectual Ventures founder and chief executive Nathan Myhrvold doesn't need you to like him. “I'm okay with not being popular. I never was a popular kid in my class, and I'm not a popular kid in this class,” he said, referring to the crowd at All ...

VentureBeat

Goodbye Google Places, hello more Google Plus
CNN
By Doug Gross, CNN Google Plus Local is the Web giant's latest effort to incorporate its social site into its other products. (CNN) -- Google Places is gone, replaced by a new feature that combines its Google Plus social site and renowned restaurant ...

RIM Shares Open Lower After CEO's Warning
Wall Street Journal
By WILL CONNORS TORONTO—Research In Motion Ltd. dropped nearly 10% Wednesday as investors fled the BlackBerry maker after its chief executive warned of worse-than-expected first-quarter results and as hopes for a turnaround diminish.

Visual Networking Index
Ars Technica
Networks are an essential part of business, education, government, and home communications. Many residential, business, and mobile IP networking trends are being driven largely by a combination of video, social networking and advanced collaboration ...

Google Apps Clears Key Security Hurdle
InformationWeek
Google Apps for Business wins ISO 27001 certification, potentially opening the door to wider adoption in government and regulated industries. By Thomas Claburn InformationWeek Google said Monday it had received ISO 27001 certification for Google Apps ...

Google+ Unlocks the Power of Zagat With 'Local' Tab
Mashable
Google+ rolled out on Wednesday a new 'Local' tool that allows users to share and find information about nearby places — from museums and spas to restaurants and hotels. In addition to tapping a user's network or “Circles,” the new service also ...

Brin Offers Close-Up View of Google's Project Glass
PC Magazine
By Adario Strange The details, features, and possible uses of the experimental device known as Project Glass have been parsed over and examined in exhaustive detail by observers. But until now analysis of the device has been limited to far away images, ...

Apple's Tim Cook promises 'incredible' products, offers no details
Washington Post
Tim Cook was evasive — but frankly evasive — on stage at the 10th All Things Digital conference, where he was asked about upcoming products. According to a live blog of the speech from All Things Digital's Ina Fried, Cook said he has “never been as ...

Nest Learning Thermostat Added to Apple Store
PC Magazine
By Stephanie Mlot The Apple Store is slowly becoming an all-in-one shopping experience, today adding the Nest Learning Thermostat to its inventory. The thermostat, which is reminiscent of an iPod classic click wheel, is available now for $249.95, ...

New Chromebook, Chromebox; Galaxy S III Hits Europe; New iPhone Images?
PC Magazine
By Angela Moscaritolo The Chromebook concept is familiar: an ultraportable notebook running Chrome OS, but the Chromebox is new. It's a mini PC running the Chrome OS for people who want some screen flexibility in their Chrome OS experience.

New Apple TV OS to debut at WWDC, report says
CNET
by Roger Cheng May 30, 2012 7:21 AM PDT Follow @RogerWCheng Apple may show off an updated version of its Apple TV operating system at next week's World Wide Developer Conference, according to BGR. The new version is expected to be packed with more ...

Computer virus briefly hits Iran's oil industry
The Associated Press
By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, AP – 1 minute ago TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's key oil industry was briefly affected by the powerful computer virus known as "Flame" that has unprecedented data-snatching capabilities and can eavesdrop on computer users, ...

SpaceX signs contract to launch world's most powerful rocket
Fox News
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), which designs and launches rockets as well as spacecraft, said on Tuesday it signed the first commercial contract to launch the world's most powerful rocket. The Falcon Heavy rocket will launch a communications ...

HTC slips One X, Evo 4G past Apple US patent ban
Register
By Brid-Aine Parnell • Get more from this author HTC's latest smartphones have passed inspection by US customs while en route to American pockets, rendering an import ban won by Apple useless. The fruity firm got a blocking order from the International ...

Microsoft offers Skype to OEMs for preinstallation
SlashGear
Microsoft seems to be finally starting to leverage Skype in a more intelligent way. The company is reportedly offering OEMs the opportunity to pre-install Skype on Windows PCs. The new OEM preinstallation kit allows Skype 5.8 to be silently installed ...

SlashGear

Sprint to sever Nextel network next year: report
TG Daily
The "Nextel" part of Sprint Nextel will officially be a thing of the past by around this time next year. CNN is reporting that the company will axe the Nextel network - which it acquired several years ago in an effort to increase its presence in the...

TG Daily

Original iPad with dual connectors fetches US$10200 on eBay
CNET
by Vincent Chang | 30 May 2012 7:02pm SGT Notice how the dock connector is located at the side instead of below the Home button? Would you pay US$10000 for a first-gen iPad? A buyer in the US certainly felt it was worth that amount--this particular ...

CNET

Yes, The Windows 8 Release Preview Has Been Leaked, And No, You Shouldn't ...
Forbes
Days ahead of the official launch of the Windows 8 Release preview, an unofficial version has been leaked onto the internet. But even if you're the sort of person to go searching for leaked builds, you shouldn't get too excited about this one because ...

Forbes

Two small asteroids buzz Earth in one-two punch
Fox News
Two small asteroids zipped close by Earth in back-to-back flybys of the planet Monday (May 28) and Tuesday. While both space rocks came well within the moon's orbit, they posed no danger to our planet, NASA scientists say. The newfound asteroid 2012 ...

Microsoft wants Xbox to be the entertainment hub for all your devices
TechSpot
By Matthew DeCarlo In a pre-E3 pep talk, Microsoft highlighted the Xbox 360's ongoing success and teased some plans to keep its momentum rolling. The company has sold 67 million units since the console launched in 2005, generating over $56 billion at ...

Indus Valley civilization collapsed because of climate change
Mother Nature Network
The Harappan civilization likely moved east, abandoning its many cities, as rivers that were rich with monsoon water became dry. By Charles Choi, LiveScienceTue, May 29 2012 at 8:34 AM EST EARLY CIVILIZATION: Excavated ruins of Mohenjo-daro in Pakistan ...

Mother Nature Network

Creative reveals Sound BlasterAxxT wireless speakers
SlashGear
Creative hasn't exactly been making headlines as of late, but the company is hoping its latest products will bring you back to the brand. Today Creative has announced the Sound BlasterAxxT, a wireless speaker powered by Bluetooth that's compatible with ...

SlashGear

Exclusive: Which iPhone carrier is the best in your city?
CNN
By David Goldman @CNNMoneyTech May 30, 2012: 8:00 AM ET 3G network speeds vary by city and carrier, according to data compiled by SwayMarkets' CarrierCompare iPhone app -- but speed alone doesn't tell the whole story. NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The myth: ...

Rumored Facebook purchase of Face.com spotlights facial recognition
InfoWorld
By Cameron Scott | IDG News Service Whether or not Facebook acquires facial recognition services provider Face.com, as rumors say it will, the persistence of the speculation calls attention to the expanding use of the technology in social applications.

Not just the browser: why buying Opera makes sense for Facebook
Ars Technica (blog)
by Matthew Braga - May 30, 2012 2:10 pm UTC Independent UK technology blog Pocket-lint first reported last week that, according to "trusted sources," Facebook was engaged in acquisition talks with Norwegian web developer Opera Software.

Ars Technica (blog)

Sharp ships Pantone 5 ICS smartphone with radiation detector
ITProPortal
Japanese manufacturer Sharp has added one new, unexpected feature to its new Android-based smartphone. Meet the Pantone 5 with an inbuilt radiation detector, a feature which is likely to be very popular around the region of Fukushima.

Leaked iPhone Photos Show Bigger Screen, Aluminum Back
PCWorld (blog)
By Ed Oswald, PCWorld May 30, 2012 6:24 AM If you are hoping the next iPhone will finally sport a bigger screen, the latest Apple rumors may bring a smile to your face. The case also shows bigger speakers that will presumably improve sound quality, ...

A Beefy Miracle: Fedora 17 arrives with GNOME 3.4 and GIMP 2.8
Ars Technica (blog)
by Ryan Paul - May 30, 2012 12:23 pm UTC The developers behind the Fedora project have announced the official release of Fedora 17, codenamed Beefy Miracle. The update includes the latest version of the GNOME desktop environment and a number of other ...

Look Now for Venus to Cross the Sun, or Wait Another Century
New York Times
PHILADELPHIA — Observing the dark circle of Venus cross the face of the Sun on June 3, 1769, from his farm about 20 miles northwest of here, David Rittenhouse left a curious gap in his account of that day. An exhibit at the American Philosophical ...

New York Times

Samsung's Newest iPhone Rival—Galaxy S III—Hits Europe
Wall Street Journal
AP Samsung Electronics Co.'s new flagship smartphone went on sale Tuesday in 28 European and Middle Eastern countries, as the cellphone giant upgraded its high-end device to compete with rival Apple Inc.'s iPhone. The Galaxy S III smartphones hit the ...

Wall Street Journal

Candid camera? Mark Zuckerberg, then-girlfriend make surprise cameo in Chinese ...
Washington Post
BEIJING — Social media sites and blogs have lit up after eagle-eyed viewers spotted a surprise cameo in a Chinese TV documentary about the country's police force: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his now-wife, Priscilla Chan.


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How Mobile Technology is Changing World Travel - Cool Infographics
By Randy
Featured in the Tech & Science category. The Cool Infographics ... The How Mobile Technology is Changing World Travel infographic from MyDestination.com shares some interesting statistics when it comes to traveling. Back in 1903 when ...
Cool Infographics

Kurion acquires nuclear to glass cleanup tech — Cleantech News ...
By Adam Lesser
Kurion, a startup that has developed technology that cleans up nuclear waste and is one of the most successful cleantech firms you haven't heard of, has been acquiring more cleanup tech.
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Check Out The Technology That Facebook Just Paid $100 Million ...
By Dylan Love
Check Out The Creepy Technology Facebook Is Paying ~ $100 Million To Have. 1/15 ... Facebook is reportedly purchasing Face.com for $100 million to obtain its photo facial recognition technology and its high-featured camera app called KLIK. KLIK is a mobile camera that operates a lot like Instagram with photo filters and social sharing features. But it's smarter; it can .... 10 Things In Tech You Need To Know (sample); 10 Things Before the Opening Bell (sample); Politics in 60 ...
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When Technology Works, It Seems Like Magic
New York Times (blog)
So much for German technology. I needed a faster solution. Too bad it was the middle of the night back in the States, where my layout guy, who also had the files, was deep asleep. I wondered if I had a set of the files on my computer at home.

Decade of the Cloud? Tech Leaders Say It's Working Out That Way
Forbes
Imagine sitting in a room of technology leaders in the year 2020, reflecting on the decade that just passed. What would they be saying about the progression of businesstechnology in the 2010s? That's the scenario the Software & Information Industry ...

Forbes

Mourning becomes electric: Tech changes the way we grieve
USA TODAY
"Technology has pervaded all aspects of our lives, and the honoring of our dearly departed is no exception." At the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association's convention in Las Vegas in March, high-tech companies mingled with the more ...




29 May 2012

Facebook: Opera's price just went up

If Facebook wants Opera, the price just went up
CNET
The Norwegian browser's stock popped today on rumors of a possible acquisition. Buying Opera would be costly but could give Facebook better control over its destiny. by Stephen Shankland May 29, 2012 7:51 AM PDT Follow @stshank Opera Mini on iOS today ... 


Dell XPS One 2710
PC Magazine
Has a 2560-by-1440 resolution screen. USB 3.0 ports. HDMI in and out. Nice styling. Fast processor. DX11 graphics. mSATA with Intel SRT. 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi. Internal power supply (No power brick). Nice sound.

Diablo 3 Being Called "Big Pineapple" in China to Dodge Sales Ban
PCWorld
By Michael Kan, IDG News Vendors on one of China's largest e-commerce platforms are resorting to calling the hit PC game Diablo 3 "Big Pineapple," which sounds similar in Mandarin Chinese, as a way to dodge the site's censors.

Samsung Galaxy S III launches in Singapore (photos)
CNET
by John Chan , Timothy Fernandez | 29 May 2012 10:59pm SGT Today is the official launch of the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) smartphone in Singapore. Operator M1 had a queue snaking around the front of Paragon, the shopping mall in which ...

CNET

New Cyberweapon Discovered; Iranian Computers Hit
ABC News
A massive data-slurping cyberweapon is circulating in the Middle East, a Russian Internet security firm reported Monday, saying that computers in Iran appear to have been particularly affected. The virus, dubbed "Flame," is unprecedented both in terms ...

How the Transit of Venus Across Sun Enthralled Stargazers Through History
Space.com
by Joe Rao, SPACE.com Skywatching Columnist On June 5, the planet Venus will appear to cross in front of the disk of the sun, appearing as a small black dot. The historic skywatching event, called a transit of Venus by astronomers, is among the rarest ...

Apple announces WWDC schedule; keynote set for June 11
CNET
The company also released an application for WWDC attendees, allowing them to stay up-to-date on events, sessions, and labs taking place at this year's conference. by Don Reisinger May 29, 2012 7:43 AM PDT Apple has announced its schedule for the ...

Facebook Doesn't Need to Make a Phone
PC Magazine
By Dan Costa There have been a number of theories explaining Facebook's lackluster IPO performance. Perhaps it's the social network's dependence on advertising or just a general sense that no company can live up to the colossal hype generated by ...

GameStop starts selling Android tablets
USA TODAY
By Brett Molina, USA TODAY The tablets are available now at 1600 of their stores. Each device is pre-loaded with content including free games, the Kongregate Arcade app and a digital copy of Game Informer magazine. The retailer will sell tablets from a ...

USA TODAY

Facebook eyes Face.com for acquisition
Los Angeles Times
By Salvador Rodriguez Facebook might be interested in emphasizing the "face" portion of its name in its next acquisition. The latest rumors have the social network company targeting Face.com as its next big purchase. Facebook could pony up anywhere ...

Gadgets First Gen iPad Prototype with Two Dock Connectors Sells for $10k on eBay
DailyTech
Just before the iPad's initial release in 2010, there was a rumor that Apple had created an iPad with a second dock connector for landscape mode in addition to the normal version with a single dock connector designed for portrait mode.

DailyTech

Alleged backplate for next iPhone leaks
SlashGear
Well well well, what have we here? If you remember correctly, a rumor from iLounge not too long ago suggested that Apple would be changing the back design on the next iPhone, using a combination of glass and metal. A mockup showed the rough idea, ...

SlashGear

China's Huawei and ZTE deny getting illegal subsidy
Reuters
By Lee Chyen Yee and Simon Johnson | HONG KONG/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - China's top telecoms gear makers Huawei and ZTE denied receiving illegal government subsidies that helped them undercut rivals in recent years, after media reported the European Union ...

8 Days a Week: Release Preview Buildup
InformationWeek
It's been a while since the last 8 Days a Week article, but with Microsoft racing to deliver the Windows 8 Release Preview as soon as next week and my first draft of “Windows 8 Secrets” in the can, it's time to once again take a look at what's going on ...

E3 Rumor: Sony Partnering With Cloud Gaming Provider
TechCrunch
According to a very short, very rumor-filled VG24/7 piece, Sony is looking at adding cloud-enabled gaming to the PlayStation line, presumably in the form of an Onlive or Gaikai partnership. Given that we won't see much new this year at E3 – aside for ...

TechCrunch

Tool-wielding robots crawl in bodies for surgery
USA TODAY
By Kevin Begos, AP Keith Srakocic, AP Carnegie Mellon University professor Howie Choset, right, stands beside a robot as staff researcher Florinan Enner uses a controller to demonstrate how it climbs up a tubular armature at their lab on campus in ...

USA TODAY

BMW and Zagato Unveil a Unique Driving Experience – [Video]
Daily Disruption
By Bill Klump | @TheKlumper BMW and Zagato have collaborated on a stylish new coupé which will premiere at this year's Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. Although purely a one-off, the last car Zagato created for Villa d'Este was the Aston Martin V12 ...

NASA To The World: Don't Tread On Our Parts Of The Moon
The Mary Sue
by Jill Pantozzi | 11:10 am, May 29th Science-fiction has long held onto the notion that colonization of Earth's Moon was inevitable. Turns out they were probably right but before you strap on your personalized rocket to set up your new vacation ...

How To Untethered Jailbreak iOS 5.1.1 By Using Absinthe 2.0
ValueWalk
By Saqib Khan Finally, the much awaited Absinthe 2.0 is out. This new version brings with it an untethered jailbreak for iOS devices running iOS 5.1.1. This new jailbreak is compatible with almost any iOS device running iOS 5.1.1.

ValueWalk

Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning 2 Was Already In Pre-Production
ZoKnowsGaming
James Marshalek: Wow this guy was a loser onLive not the other way around. Ignore....Onlive Erik Slavik: Zombie bank robbers? Come on. Be realistic. If anything, take the extensive If you're living in Rhode Island, there is no doubt you have heard of ...

Ansys To Buy Esterel Technologies For Around $53M
Wall Street Journal
Ansys Inc. (ANSS) has agreed to acquire Esterel Technologies SA for roughly EUR42 million ($53 million) in cash, a deal it hopes will complement its simulation software product offerings and extend its client base. Ansys develops and markets ...

Mark Zuckerberg makes surprise cameo on Chinese TV
Fox News
BEIJING – Social media sites and blogs have lit up after eagle-eyed viewers spotted a surprise cameo in a Chinese TV documentary about the country's police force: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his now-wife, Priscilla Chan.

Enterprise trends end Cisco's Cius adventure
FierceEnterpriseCommunications
Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO) has ended its efforts to produce a tablet PC designed for the enterprise, announcing that it will no longer offer the Cius device it had seemed so intensely focused on just a year ago. Last year at this time, ...

RIM prepares for radical measures with global restructuring
Globe and Mail
Patrick Spence, who quit this week as Research In Motion Ltd.'s global sales chief, was not the first senior executive to leave the struggling BlackBerry maker this spring and he will not be the last, as the company prepares for thousands of additional ...

Globe and Mail

Steve Jobs' 1974 memo to Atari to be auctioned
CNET
Handwritten note describing changes the game maker could make to arcade game expected to fetch $10000 to $15000. by Steven Musil May 28, 2012 9:43 AM PDT Follow @stevenmusil A memo Steve Jobs wrote in 1974 while working for Atari.

New Computer Algorithm Knows Your Phony Smile [VIDEO]
Mashable
If your intuition isn't stellar at gauging real versus fake smiles, this information might be of interest to you: Researchers at MIT have developed a computer algorithm to distinguish honest-to-goodness smiles from those simply trying to mask ...

Six things to know about smartphone batteries
CNET
If you're trying to figure out what your iPhone 5 (or 6) -- or your next Android device or Windows Phone -- is going to look like, there are some things you need to know. by Noam Kedem May 29, 2012 4:00 AM PDT Editors' note: This is a guest post.

Renesas Shares Extend Two-Day Drop, Fall to Record: Tokyo Mover
BusinessWeek
By Shunichi Ozasa on May 28, 2012 Renesas Electronics Corp. (6723) fell to the lowest level on record in Tokyo, extending its two-day drop to as much as 25 percent after the company was said to be planning to cut 10000 jobs and raise 100 billion yen ...

Diablo 3 review: Games this thoughtfully crafted don't happen very often
Washington Post
Diablo 3 is the first game to render Diablo 2 obsolete. With Diablo 2 and its 2001 expansion, Lord of Destruction, Blizzard set a standard for loot-based action RPGs that everyone else struggled to meet. There were better looking games over the course ...


Technology puts viewers in charge at Games
Reuters
By Keith Weir | LONDON (Reuters) - Advances in technology will allow sports fans on both sides of the Atlantic to see more Olympic action than ever this summer without being chained to the television screen. Calling London 2012 "the first truly digital ...

28 May 2012

Flame Malware Stealing Data Across Middle East

Massive 'Flame' Malware Stealing Data Across Middle East
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Researchers at Kaspersky Lab have uncovered a massive cyber threat, dubbed Flame, that is targeting "sensitive" information across the Middle East. The malware, Kaspersky said, "might be the most sophisticated cyber weapon yet ...

New York is vying to become global high-tech hub
Wall Street Journal
AP NEW YORK — Just as a trench dug in the 1800s created a shortcut to the nation's interior and helped make New York a global trading hub, the city is now hoping for another "Erie Canal moment" with a high-tech research complex to be built on an island ...

Renesas to Outsource Chip Making
New York Times
TOKYO — Renesas Electronics, the struggling Japanese chip maker, said Monday that it would outsource some high-end chip production to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing as it grappled with a costly restructuring program, having fallen behind global ...

LG working on Retina-beating 5-in. smartphone display
Computerworld
By Mikael RicknA$?s IDG News Service - LG Display has introduced a 5-inch full HD LCD panel for smartphone displays -- the highest resolution mobile panel to date, the company said on Monday. The widescreen panel is based on AH-IPS (Advanced High ...

Asus Teases Transformer Technology in Video for Computex 2012
eWeek
Asus releases a somewhat overproduced teaser video promising products (or technology) from its Transformer line of products. Computer maker Asus has released a YouTube teaser video for its Transformer family of products, though the video offers few ...

Apple reportedly manufacturing test batch of first smart TVs
Apple Insider
By AppleInsider Staff Apple this month is reported to have begun production of the first prototypes of its much-anticipated connected television sets at one of its overseas manufacturing facilities ahead of a general production ramp expected to begin ...

Facebook needs Opera - to rescue it from dependence on Apple
Register
By Gavin Clarke • Get more from this author The facts are few, the sourcing criminally light, but the story arrives as Opera is also reported to have instituted a hiring freeze that some claim is a harbinger to putting itself up for sale.

Video made with Google's glasses bounces online
CNET
How do you top a viral photo that was shot with Google's Project Glass high-tech specs? Shoot a video with the glasses -- while jumping on a trampoline. by Edward Moyer May 25, 2012 3:07 PM PDT Follow @edatnews One of the Project Glass photos that was ...

Climate change deniers not stupid, just trying to fit in, says study
Death and Taxes
By DJ Pangburn 2 hours ago A recent Yale University study funded by the National Science Foundation found that those with opposing views on climate change don't hold those views because of insufficient scientific understanding, but because of “opposing ...

BMW Zagato Coupé is one-off automotive beauty
SlashGear
Custom cars seldom come as alluring as this, the BMW Zagato Coupé, a one-off, hand-crafted design study – which still manages to be road legal – in aluminum and glass. Created to mark the renewed partnership between BMW and coachbuilders Zagato, ...

SlashGear

Motorola flaunts updated Android 4.0 user interface
Inquirer
By Carly Page GOOGLE-OWNED Motorola has flaunted its revamped user interface (UI) for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), which is much less obtrusive than its Gingerbread skin. Motorola has released several videos on its Japanese web site that ...

A Facebook phone: Ambitious leap or fatal mistake?
GigaOM
By Mathew Ingram May. 28, 2012, 9:38am PT 4 Comments At this point, the fact that Facebook is struggling with its mobile strategy is not really news. The company itself flagged the issue in its pre-IPO documents, saying advertising revenue is not ...

GigaOM

Windows Live is…Dead
TIME
By Harry McCracken | @harrymccracken | May 28, 2012 | + An array of products, with no natural connections to one another, have received the “Windows Live” moniker. Windows Live Essentials, for example, was the name for a suite of software products that ...

TIME

Zoos' Bitter Choice: To Save Some Species, Letting Others Die
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
By LESLIE KAUFMAN / The New York Times ST. LOUIS -- With fluorescent yellow eyes and tufts of hair sticking straight up behind their ears, Bonner and Etienne look like slightly crazed old men. These riotous and chatty lemurs -- known for elaborate ...

Video Game Review: Minecraft XBLA Edition
California Literary Review
by Laura Buttrick As a long time player of the PC edition of Minecraft, it was difficult for me to go into the xbox360 rendition of the faux 16-bit world without immediately noticing everything that was different, that was missing and that was inferior ...

California Literary Review

GameStop Pitches Android Tablets to Gamers
PCWorld
By Daniel Ionescu , PCWorld May 28, 2012 8:03 AM As gamers are slowly abandoning their portable consoles in favor of smartphones and tablets, it might come as no surprise that GameStop, the top US games retailer, is now turning to Android tablets to ...

Reddit Founder And Activists Aim To Build A 'Bat-Signal For The Internet'
Forbes
The “blackout” of Web sites to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in January was an unprecedented show of Internet solidarity against bad legislation. But with new net-threatening bills like ACTA and CISPA popping out of Congress on a ...

Forbes

Facebook's Royal Wedding
New York Times
PALO ALTO, Calif. THE wedding of Mark Zuckerberg to Priscilla Chan last weekend here in the backyard of their $7 million home had all the staging of a carefully orchestrated celebrity event. A publicist for Facebook eagerly offered photos afterward of ...

New York Times

Now Infinity Ward is working on a “next generation” game
Warp Zoned
With the “next generation” officially set to begin next week with the Wii U's E3 2012 reveal, another developer is looking to the future. This time, it's Call of Duty creator Infinity Ward. The development team is looking for a Senior Network Engineer, ...

Venus transit is great daytime viewing
San Antonio Express
By Becky Ramotowski, Skywatch The annular eclipse has come and gone, Memorial Day is past, and school is out or winding down. What in the world are you going to do with all of that free time this summer besides mow the lawn and swat mosquitoes?

Evolution - scepticism is dead
Stuff.co.nz
A leading paleoanthropologist believes there will soon be no sceptics of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Richard Leakey predicts scepticism over evolution will soon be history - not that the avowed atheist has any doubts himself.

Stuff.co.nz

Exclusive: HP's webOS Enyo team is going to Google
The Verge
By Chris Ziegler on May 24, 2012 11:32 pm 120Comments The HP team responsible for Enyo — webOS's HTML5-based application framework that debuted on the TouchPad — will be leaving the company and starting at Google shortly, The Verge has learned.

Now you Cius, now you don't
ZDNet UK
By Ben Woods, ZDNet UK, 28 May, 2012 17:54 @BenWoodsZD Cisco has said it will stop making its Android-powered Cius tablet, putting the blame for the enterprise-specific device's death on the BYOD trend. Cisco is no longer putting work into its ...

ZDNet UK

No new Bungie game at E3 this year
Computerandvideogames.com
By Mike Jackson for computerandvideogames.com What the hell is Bungie working on? Unfortunately that's not a question it'll answer at this year's E3. Bungie's millions of fans will just have to make do with what 343 Industries is showing of Halo 4, ...

Earth took '10 mn yrs to recover from greatest mass extinction'
Zee News
London: It took almost 10 million years for Earth to recuperate from the greatest mass extinction of all time, according to a new research. Life was nearly wiped out 250 million years ago, with only 10 per cent of plants and animals surviving.

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Diablo 3 review: Games this thoughtfully crafted don't happen very often
Washington Post
Diablo 3 is the first game to render Diablo 2 obsolete. With Diablo 2 and its 2001 expansion, Lord of Destruction, Blizzard set a standard for loot-based action RPGs that everyone else struggled to meet. There were better looking games over the course ...

How to jailbreak using Absinthe 2.0 on iOS 5.1.1 devices
CNET
by Jason Cipriani | 28 May 2012 12:25pm SGT Absinthe 2.0 has been released, bringing with it an untethered jailbreak for iOS devices running iOS 5.1.1. The jailbreak is compatible with almost every iOS device, with the lone exception being the revised ...

CNET

Homecoming buzz: short-haired bees returned to UK, 12 years after being ...
Washington Post
LONDON — A conservationist says she is releasing 100 short-haired bees into the wild, 20 years after they were wiped out in the British countryside. The bees' population has declined dramatically across Europe in the last two decades as their habitats ...

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Internet Defense League uses 'cat signal' for websites

Internet Defense League introduces 'cat signal' for websites
Los Angeles Times
By Deborah Netburn Months after the success of the virtual protests against the SOPA online piracy bill, the nonprofit group Fight for the Future is forming the Internet Defense League -- an organization of people who support Internet freedom and have ... 


Mars rover rolls along
Washington Post
NASA's Mars rover Opportunity catches its own late-afternoon shadow in this dramatically lit view east across Endeavour Crater on Mars. The rover used the panoramic camera (Pancam) between about 4:30 and 5 pm local Mars time to record images taken ...

Astronauts to spend Memorial Day unpacking
msnbc.com
In this frame grab from a NASA video, NASA astronaut Don Pettit (L) and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, International Space Station Commander, enter the SpaceX Dragon capsule for initial inspections. Rather than kick their feet up this Memorial Day ...

Caveman flutists? First instruments date back 40000 years
Fox News
Early modern humans could have spent their evenings sitting around the fire, playing bone flutes and singing songs 40000 years ago, newly discovered ancient musical instruments indicate. The bone flutes push back the date researchers think human ...

'Modern Warfare' creators West, Zampella vs. Activision
USA TODAY
By Mike Snider, USA TODAY Vince Zampella, middle, and Jason West, right, are going to court over allegations that CEO of Activision Bobby Kotick, left, unfairly fired them before getting paid millions in bonuses for their role in creating 'Call of ...

USA TODAY

Video made with Google's glasses bounces online
CNET
How do you top a viral photo that was shot with Google's Project Glass high-tech specs? Shoot a video with the glasses -- while jumping on a trampoline. by Edward Moyer May 25, 2012 3:07 PM PDT Follow @edatnews One of the Project Glass photos that was ...

Civilization V Free to Play This Weekend
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Looking for something to do this holiday weekend? How about a free trial of Civilization V? If you miss the free window, Steam is also offering a steep discount for those who want to purchase Sid Meier's Civilization V: Game of the ...

Small quake strikes near Barstow
San Francisco Chronicle
(05-27) 08:45 PDT Barstow, Calif. (AP) -- A small earthquake has rattled a rural desert area of Southern California. The US Geological Survey says the 3.8 magnitude quake struck just after 6:05 am Sunday about 18 miles northeast of Barstow.

Chrome gaining fast against Explorer
Korea Times
By Cho Mu-hyun Though it was a given for Internet surfers to use Microsoft's Internet Explorer in the past, things are changing rapidly as Google's Chrome is seeing a fast rise worldwide, including in Korea. According to Stat Counter, a Web tracking ...

Korea Times

Magma crystals can help predict volcano eruptions
Bend Bulletin
USGS scientist Dan Dzurisin collects information from a Global Positioning System station high on the east flank of Mount. St. Helens in 2004. Seismometers can detect imminent eruptions, but new research suggests the chemical signatures of magma ...

Climate change allows once-rare British butterfly to thrive
Christian Science Monitor
Although it's well known that climate change can prompt plants and animals to shift the ranges in which they live, the brown argus (Aricia agestis) has widened its living quarters with unusual speed, according to an analysis of decades of data ...

Christian Science Monitor

Nvidia trumpets Tegra 3 phone design wins for 2012
Phys.Org
(Phys.org) -- Nvidia's competitive war paint has a name, Tegra 3. On the heels of Nvidia announcements about lowering costs of its Tegra 3 processors and Nvidia-enabled tablets running Android Ice Cream Sandwich at $199, Nvidia this week made more ...


Eric Clapton's $4.75 million Ferrari is officially unveiled
Torque News
By Denis Flierl on Sun, 05/27/2012 - 05:42 Eric Clapton's one-off SP12 EC Ferrari has been officially unveiled as Ferrari has acknowledged the special car. Back in March, we told you about a car that was caught on video that was thought to be the ...

Torque News

Piper Jaffray details 10 Apple strengths for share price run up to $1000 - report
Apple Insider
By Josh Ong Investment bank Piper Jaffray issued a note on Friday highlighting 10 key points, which range from anticipated future products to China iPhone growth, that it believes will drive shares of Apple up to $1000 in the next couple of years.

IBM Outlaws Siri, Worried She Has Loose Lips
Wired News
By Robert McMillan If you work for IBM, you can bring your iPhone to work, but forget about using the phone's voice-activated digital assistant. Siri isn't welcome on Big Blue's networks. The reason? Siri ships everything you say to her to a big data ...

Wired News

Google to Make 7 Inch Tablet, Hires HP WebOS Team
pnosker.com
Two separate but possibly related things happened at Google over the past few days. According to a report from DigiTimes, Google has been working on developing in 7″ touchscreen tablet with Asus. It expects to ship 600000 tablets in its first run with ...

Scientist: Evolution debate will soon be history
CTV.ca
In this 2008 photo provided by the Turkana Basin Institute, paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey discusses the evidence for human evolution over a collection of hominin fossil casts at the Turkana Basin Institute's Ileret research facility in northern ...

A win for Sprint: FCC approves 3G and 4G on iDEN spectrum
ExtremeTech
By Neal Gompa on May 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm The FCC has just approved an order amending the rules to the ESMR 800MHz spectrum that allows for 3G and 4G network technologies to be deployed on the band. For Sprint, this means that its subscribers will ...

ExtremeTech

Cisco Cius sees us no more
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By Chris Mellor • Get more from this author OJ Winge, the SVP of TelePresence Technology at Cisco, has blogged that the Android-powered Cius is heading towards the exit because employees of its business customers are bringing their own, consumer-style, ...

Microsoft's Better at Removing Infringing URLs on Google Than Bing
PC Magazine
By David Murphy Microsoft has no problem asking Google to remove links on Google search results related to software piracy of Microsoft's various products. In fact, Microsoft's the top copyright owner to submit URL removal requests to Google in the ...

Facebook Camera app for iPhone: First impressions
Washington Post
Just weeks after Facebook announced its intent to buy mobile photo-sharing app Instagram for close to a billion dollars, the company has announced Facebook Camera for iPhone, an app dedicated to shooting photos, applying filters, and batch uploading ...

Chronic Dev Team Releases 'Absinthe' Jailbreak for iOS 5.1.1
PC Magazine
By David Murphy Ready to jailbreak your iOS device? Great! You're in luck – a brand-new update to a popular jailbreaking tool was just released yesterday and, with it, you'll be able to perform the most elegant of the jailbreaking techniques: The ...

Google's Motorola buy seen boosting Android in workplace
Computerworld
By Matt Hamblen Computerworld - With the closing of Google's $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility this week, talk of the possibilities for Android in the enterprise has spiked. While Android has taken the consumer market by storm -- the OS ...

Venus sets date with Sun on 6/6 in Oman
Times of Oman
Muscat: In a rare celestial phenomenon that will occur next in 2117, planet Venus will transit the Sun early morning of June 6. "The transit will begin at 2.07am, but it will not be visible in the Sultanate till sunrise at 5.18am, and will last until ...

Times of Oman

Diablo 3 review: Games this thoughtfully crafted don't happen very often
Washington Post
Diablo 3 is the first game to render Diablo 2 obsolete. With Diablo 2 and its 2001 expansion, Lord of Destruction, Blizzard set a standard for loot-based action RPGs that everyone else struggled to meet. There were better looking games over the course ...

HP's Enyo team says reports about Google move inaccurate
CNET
In a blog post, the team says that though some key members have left, the majority of the engineering and leadership team remains and that development will continue. by Edward Moyer May 25, 2012 5:55 PM PDT Follow @edatnews HP's Enyo team says reports ...


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Economist: For Every One High Tech Job, Five Other Jobs Created ...
By Chelsea Karnash
There are not two Americas, as some political discourse goes, but three, according to Cal-Berkeley Professor of Economics Enrico Morelli. “On one hand, you have cities like San Francisco or Raleigh with a strong innovation-based economy.
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Facebook deflates any thought of new tech bubble
By Agence France-Presse
The horrendous stock market debut for Facebook suggests investors are not ready to jump in and create another tech bubble despite big expectations for social media, analysts say.
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Fired: 7 large lay-offs by tech companies
ITworld.com
However, HP is not the first tech company (and perhaps won't be the last either) that took a hack-and-slash approach to its workforce when facing economic uncertainty. Here are seven major instances in the tech industry of employees facing the brunt ...

Top 10 Tech This Week [PICS]
Mashable
It'll even have a "dual-play" technology that will let two people watch different content on the screen at the same time. Could be great for gamers. Can't bear to part with $10K for TV? Someday sooner than later, these beauties will be cheap -- my ...

We expect more from technology and less from each other
CNN
By Sherry Turkle, Special to CNN Editor's note: Sherry Turkle is the author, most recently, of "Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology And Less From Each Other." She is a psychologist and a professor at MIT. She spoke at TED in March 2012.

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