21 May 2012

Google Chrome is the most-used browser in the world

Internet Explorer no longer most-used browser in the world
Washington Post
For the first week in history, Google Chrome is the most-used browser in the world, according to Statcounter. While Chrome has been leapfrogging the incumbent Internet Explorer on weekends for some time now, the week of May 14th–20th marks the first ...

Microsoft Drops 'Aero Glass' User Interface in Windows 8
Wired News
By Alexandra Chang Microsoft is ditching its legacy Aero Glass interface enhancements for a flatter, clean-cut look in the Windows 8 desktop, as shown above. Image: Microsoft Fans of Microsoft's Aero desktop experience will have to prepare for a life ...

Wired News

How One Faulty Nitrogen-Purge Valve Forced SpaceX to Abort
Wired News
By Jason Paur SpaceX has replaced a faulty valve that led to the aborted launch attempt early Saturday morning and is currently planning a second launch attempt at 3:44 am EDT Tuesday, May 22. The first launch attempt was unsuccessful after a last...

U.S. Customs Approves Some HTC Phones for Sale, But Blockade Continues
Wired News
By Nathan Olivarez-Giles The One X is undergoing a US Customs review to determine if the handset violates a 1996 Apple patent. Photo: Ariel Zambelich/Wired A US Customs and Border Protection blockade of HTC's new One X and Evo 4G LTE smartphones isn't ...

Apple, Samsung CEOs in US court talks on patents
By Dan Levine | SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The chief executives of Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd were summoned for court-directed mediation on Monday over the iPhone maker's claims the Korean firm has "slavishly" copied some of its products.

Loudoun, Maryland teens claim top spots at international science fair
Washington Post
Loudoun County science whiz Ari Dyckovsky, who was one of 40 teenage finalists in the 2012 national Intel Science Talent Search for his work in quantum physics, was among the top three winners announced Friday at the Intel International Science and...

What Phones Have Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' Now?
PC Magazine
Looking to buy a new Android phone, and want to make sure you buy one with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)? Here's your list—and it's not pretty. By Jamie Lendino Let's say you want to buy a phone. And let's say that, since Android 4.0 (Ice Cream ...

Cable cos to share access on 50000 Wi-Fi hotspots
Wall Street Journal
AP BOSTON — Cable TV companies are trying to give their customers another reason not to cancel their service: better access to Wi-Fi hotspots. Five major operators with nearly 40 million broadband subscribers said Monday that they would let each ...

EMC Unveils Long List of New Cloud, Storage Products
World's largest data storage, security and virtualization hardware and software company introduces 42 new products or services to a record 13000 attendees at EMC World 2012. Companies like EMC that have huge annual user/partner conferences are ...

Comcast Launches X1 DVR Interface, Tips Next-Gen 'Dayview'
PC Magazine
By Mark Hachman Comcast said Monday that it will soon launch its X1 cloud-based DVR user interface in Boston for Xfinity, and tipped its next-generation "Dayview" UI, which will provide a Metro-inspired look at all of the services Comcast offers.

Google stands accused of boosting its ad services while suppressing rival ad ...
A host of small competitors -- including TripAdvisor (Mass., US), Opodo (pan-European), Hotmaps (German), Foundem (UK), and eDreams (UK) -- have filed complaints against Google Inc. (GOOG) before antitrust regulators in the European Union accusing the ...


Solar eclipse was real-life astronomy lesson for millions
Los Angeles Times
Across the country, the solar eclipse Sunday seemed to kindle an infectious enthusiasm for astronomy. In New Mexcio's Chaco Canyon, Jay Anderson, a Canadian eclipse expert who runs the website Eclipser, marveled at the spectacle.

Supreme Court won't hear appeal from student hit with $675000 music ...
Fox News
The Supreme Court refused Monday to hear an appeal from a Boston University student who was slapped with a $675000 penalty for illegally downloading 31 songs and sharing them on the internet. Joel Tenenbaum was sued in 2007 by the Recording Industry ...

Collaboration will join Payday: The Heist with Left 4 Dead
Ars Technica
by Kyle Orland - May 21, 2012 6:38 pm UTC When we reviewed Overkill Studios' Payday: The Heist last October, the very first words in our headline compared the game to Valve's co-operative zombie killfest Left 4 Dead. So it seems more than appropriate ...

Mongolia wants its $1m T-Rex back
This month we're seeing a strange case of patronage, archeology, and the theft of a Tyrannosaurus from the Gobi desert which Mongolia assures the anonymous $1 million dollar bidder this week in New York is not his, but theirs.

TiVo slings new tablet-streaming TV box
By Daniel Frankel May. 21, 2012, 2:42pm No Comments Set-top box maker TiVo has introduced a new Slingbox-like product that lets users stream live or DVR-recorded TV to tablets, notebooks and smartphones. Showcased Monday at the Cable Show in Boston, ...

Food FYI: What Mark Zuckerberg's guests ate at his wedding
Los Angeles Times
At the backyard wedding of Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, the food was from "budget friendly" local Palo Alto restaurants Fuki Sushi and Palo Alto Sol. Dessert was Burdick chocolate mice, which the couple had shared on their first date.

Microsoft releases Kinect for Windows 1.5
Kinect might be a great way to experience motion gaming on your Xbox 360, but the sensor accessory has a use on desktop PCs too, with a full blown SDK being offered by Microsoft to take advantage of the hardware. Now the company has updated the SDK to ...


Ghost Recon Commander Comes to Facebook
By Taylor Cocke | May 21, 2012 "Man, I wish there wasn't so much shooting all up in this tactical shooter," I thought to myself while watching the Ghost Recon: Future Soldier trailers. Apparently, someone (Loot Drop) heard me and put out the turn-based ...

'Game of Thrones' Is Getting a Facebook Game
The popular HBO show Game of Thrones will head to Facebook as a social game. Disruptor Beam, a Boston-based game company, will responsable for turning the mythical land of Westeros into a social experience for Facebook players in Game of Thrones Ascent ...

Microsoft opens up So.cl social network
By Brett Molina, USA TODAY The company rolled out access to its social search site So.cl to the public. The service was initially available to students at a select number of universities. According to an FAQ on So.cl's site, it combines "social ...


YouTube: 72 Hours of Video Uploaded Every Minute
(MSNBC) -- The YouTube team recently celebrated its 7th birthday, and announced an amazing statistic: 72 hours of video are uploaded to the site every minute. And if you think that's a lot, the amount of video being watched in that minute is 1000 times...

Leap Motion Wants to Make Gesture Controls More Awesome
By Kevin Lee, PCWorld May 21, 2012 11:38 AM [Credit: Leap Motion]The Kinect brought on a whole new kind of gesture controls, and the iPhone helped bring multitouch controls to the masses. Each is great at what they do, but there are drawbacks; ...

AMD Unveils 'Trinity'-Based Embedded APUs
The new chips will complement the G-Series products rolled out last year, and will target such devices as medical, video conferencing and retail systems. Advanced Micro Devices officials are bringing their new “Trinity” chip offerings to embedded ...

Microsoft: Upgrade To Windows Phone 7.5 or Else
Mobile & Apps
By Vamien McKalin | May 21, 2012 1:49 PM EDT Windows Phone users who are yet to upgrade to Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango,) is being called upon by Microsoft to do so or face dire consequences. Failing to upgrade will soon put you in a position where you ...

Mobile & Apps

Wii U controller redesign leaked
TechRadar UK
By Scott Nichols May 21st 2012 A revamped version of Nintendo's tablet-esque Wii U controller was leaked to the net recently by a QA tester from LEGO series developer Traveller's Tales. The tweet revealing an image of the new Wii U controller design ...

TechRadar UK

China Clears Google to Buy Motorola Mobility
Wall Street Journal
Chinese antitrust authorities required Google Inc. to keep its Android mobile-device software broadly available to manufacturers as part of its approval of the Internet search giant's purchase of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc., a move that underscores...

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