29 May 2012

Facebook: Opera's price just went up

If Facebook wants Opera, the price just went up
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
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)
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 ...


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
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
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
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 ...


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
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.


Alleged backplate for next iPhone leaks
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, ...


China's Huawei and ZTE deny getting illegal subsidy
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
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
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 ...


Tool-wielding robots crawl in bodies for surgery
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 ...


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
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.


Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning 2 Was Already In Pre-Production
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
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
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]
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
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
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
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 ...

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