14 May 2012

Apple Preparing Upgrade to iCloud

Apple Preparing Upgrade to iCloud
Wall Street Journal
By JESSICA E. VASCELLARO Apple Inc. is preparing an upgrade of its online service iCloud that includes new photo-sharing features, according to people familiar with the matter. The new features, expected to be announced at Apple's world-wide developer ...

Siri updated to give witty responses to 'best smartphone ever' query
Apple Insider
By AppleInsider Staff When asked for the "best smartphone ever," Siri will now provide a range of witty responses to users rather than giving details on the Nokia Lumia 900. Last week it was noted that asking Siri "What is the best smartphone ever?

Mobile OS Madness Ahead In June
When Apple, Google, and Microsoft all hold developer events in San Francisco in June, you'll get a peek at what's next for smartphones. Here's what might pop up. June is going to be a big month for iOS, Windows Phone, and Android.

MacBook Pro refreshes may be imminent, say reports
By Gregg Keizer Computerworld - Hints that Apple will soon refresh its iMac desktop and MacBook Pro laptop lines accumulated today as several Mac-centric blogs revealed new details gleaned from the Web and unnamed sources. Analysts who cover Apple ...

Changing Windows RT browser rules a tough antitrust case
Mozilla might contemplate antitrust action to get full-fledged Firefox onto Windows RT. But with ARM processors and iPad sales, competition is different for Microsoft now than in the 1990s. by Stephen Shankland May 14, 2012 9:59 AM PDT Follow @stshank ...

Kaspersky probe: Apple doesn't take security seriously enough
Probing the Mac OS for malware vulnerabilities at Apple's request, Kaspersky doesn't think the company is paying enough attention to security. by Lance Whitney May 14, 2012 9:09 AM PDT Follow @lancewhit Apple has asked one of its more outspoken critics ...

Kickstarter API Bug Reveals Unlaunched Projects
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Crowd-sourced funding website Kickstarter revealed Sunday that a bug involving its private API allowed data from unlaunched projects to be accessible from that API. Kickstarter engineers discovered the bug on Friday, ...

Facebook CEO Turns 28, IPO Could Be $100B Gift
ABC News
He famously wears a hoodie, jeans and sneakers, and he was born the year Apple introduced the Macintosh. But Mark Zuckerberg is no boy-CEO. Facebook's chief executive turned 28 on Monday, setting in motion the social network's biggest week ever.

ABC News

Report: Zynga Buys Mobile Gaming Startup Wild Needle
PC Magazine
By Angela Moscaritolo Gaming giant Zynga has continued its recent buying spree, acquiring yet another mobile gaming startup, according to a new report. TechCrunch is reporting that Zynga picked up Mountain View, Calif.-based Wild Needle.

Giant manta rays are restless travelers, says satellite study (+video)
Christian Science Monitor
Giant manta rays, up to 25 feet wide, are more mobile than expected. A satellite survey shows a group of manta rays traveled 621 miles in two weeks. By LiveScience / May 14, 2012 Nandi is first manta ray ever displayed at US aquarium, located at the ...

Christian Science Monitor

Nvidia, Intellectual Ventures Buy 500 LTE-Related Patents from IPWireless
Nvidia, which has promised to bring Tegra LTE chips to the United States later this year, has purchased, with Intellectual Ventures, 500 patents related to LTE and LTE-Advanced. Nvidia and Intellectual Ventures (IV) are flexing some new muscle, ...

Court Issues Mixed Ruling in Apple-Samsung Patent Case
Wall Street Journal
By BRENT KENDALL In a mixed ruling, a federal appeals court on Monday revived Apple Inc.'s bid to block US sales of Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy Tab tablet computer, but rejected other Apple legal claims that sought to bar sales of Samsung...

Facebook to close IPO books Tuesday
By Olivia Oran May 14 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will close the books on its mammoth $10.6 billion initial public offering Tuesday, according to a source familiar with the deal. The No. 1 social network is scheduled on Thursday to price its shares, ...

Google Nexus tablet tipped in Samsung codes
There's a whole new wave of evidence this week being revealed by none other than Google that points toward them working with Samsung on the next Android Nexus tablet. A Nexus device, for those of you that do not know, is a device that works with ...

Apple's new iPad rebranded 'WiFi + Cellular' in some markets
Washington Post
Apple has changed the branding on its new iPad, dropping the “4G” designation. Instead, the company is calling the updated tablet “WiFi + Cellular,” after facing some criticism that its iPad runs only on what US networks call “4G,” as opposed to what ...

Pirate Pay torrent 'blocker' backed by Microsoft
BBC News
A Russian company has developed software it says can disrupt and prevent people from downloading pirated content. Pirate Pay has been backed by Microsoft and has so far worked with Walt Disney Studios and Sony Pictures to stop "thousands" of downloads.

BBC News

AT&T's Chicago problem: Why LTE slows down in the Windy City
By Kevin Fitchard May. 14, 2012, 10:13am PT No Comments AT&T's new LTE network is blazing fast, with recent nationwide studies showing Ma Bell Mobile is beating out archrival Verizon when it comes to bandwidth punch. But independent network tester ...

Facebook Needs To Take Marketing Seriously
By Nate Elliott Nate Elliott is a Principal Analyst at Forrester Research serving Interactive Marketing professionals. Follow him on Twitter at @nate_elliott My colleague Melissa Parrish and I have been thinking about the Facebook IPO.


Droid RAZR Maxx Cut To $199 At Verizon Wireless, Source Says RAZR Price Cut To ...
Watch out for falling prices! Verizon Wireless just cut the price of the RAZR Maxx to an attractive $199. That puts it on par with the iPhone 4S and Galaxy Nexus, making the 32GB iPhone 4S and BlackBerry Bold 9930 as Verizon's only phones north of $199 ...


Another perfect space shuttle landing in NYC
Space shuttle Enterprise has landed in New York, again. Two weeks after flying into John F. Kennedy International Airport mounted atop a modified Boeing 747, Enterprise — NASA's original prototype space shuttle — was off-loaded by crane from the back ...


SPACE.com Staff
The private spaceflight company SpaceX is preparing to launch a robotic capsule to the International Space Station this week, following a series of delays that postponed the historic first flight of a commercial spacecraft to the orbiting outpost.

Buffalo WZR-D1800H 802.11ac router shipping now
It was only a couple of weeks ago that Netgear unveiled the first 802.11ac wireless router, promising wireless transfer speeds of up to 1300Mbit/s. They may have been the first to announce such a router, but Buffalo seems to be the first to actually ...


How a Houston lawyer tracks down missing moon rocks
Christian Science Monitor
Attorney Joe Gutheinz, a former NASA investigator, looks for missing pieces of the moon that returned with the Apollo astronauts. By Michael Graczyk, Associated Press / May 14, 2012 A man is selling fragments from this rock, which he says is from the ...

Christian Science Monitor

GameStop to sell Steam Wallet cards in-store
Ars Technica
by Casey Johnston - May 14, 2012 3:20 pm UTC GameStop will begin selling Steam Wallet cards for Valve's Steam platform starting May 15, the company announced Monday. Customers will be able to purchase the cards in-store, giving them another way to keep ...

Apple provides sneak peek at iOS apps for summer 2012
The Guardian (blog)
Apple is expected to unveil the iOS 6 software at its WWDC conference in June, and while proprietary maps, Siri APIs for developers and a revamped App Store have been rumoured, the exact details won't be known until the event. However, Apple is showing ...

The Guardian (blog)

Russian Satellite Takes 121 Million Megapixel Image And Video Of Earth
A Russian weather satellite has taken a 121 million megapixel image of planet Earth, over 22000 miles above the surface. The image was taken by Russia's Electro-L satellite, and unlike other images taken by spacecrafts, it was taken in one single shot.


Microsoft Bing Friends Facebook
In an effort to outdo Google's social search integration, Microsoft has tagged Facebook. Here's what the move means. By Thomas Claburn InformationWeek Search is going social, like it or not. In a few weeks, Microsoft plans to roll out a revised version ...

Best Tech Events This Week (Internet Week, NYU ITP, TechCrunch ...
By Gary Sharma
A citywide open house event for tech companies. Curious New Yorkers can stop by and check out their workspaces, see how they work, and meet the people leading the technologymovement in NYC. With Betaworks, Gilt Groupe, Sonar, Artsy ...
Betabeat -- News, gossip and...

Latest Yahoo CEO upheaval takes tech's focus
By Rex Crum, MarketWatch SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — The scandal over Yahoo Inc.'s former chief executive, Scott Thompson, took the spotlight in the tech sector Monday on a day in which most tech stocks were in the red. Thompson resigned Sunday ...

10 Ways To Stifle Tech Competition
"We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours," he said. Microsoft said as much protesting the European Commission's 2004 finding that the company had abused its PC industry dominance.

Female tech leaders dwindling, survey finds
San Jose Mercury News
About 30 percent of those polled said their information technology organization has no women at all in management. Yet only about half of survey respondents consider women to be under-represented in the IT department. Although women have reached senior ...

Advanced Technology Driving an Unprecedented Combination of Power Savings ...
MarketWatch (press release)
This powerful new platform takes full advantage of Intel's new 22nm 3-D transistor technology, which consumes only half the power at the same performance level as 2-D transistors on 32nm process technology, and ushers in a new era of intelligent ...

New Tech Spenders in Feeding Frenzy
Wall Street Journal
Groupon said the purpose of the deals has been to snag talent to build up product andtechnology offerings. That is a shift from last year, when Groupon focused on buying daily-deal sites in international markets to expand its footprint.

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