15 May 2012

How Tech Changes the Game for Consumer Giants

How Technology Is Changing the Game for Consumer Giants
U.S. News & World Report
But like everything else these days, technology is changing the equation. The growing interest in online communication and marketing among corporations that have long relied on traditional advertising strategies is fueled by the meteoric changes ...

Interim Yahoo CEO Ross Levinsohn straddles tech and media worlds
Los Angeles Times
The interim CEO has spent his career straddling technology and media, working in senior positions with search pioneer AltaVista, as well as CBS Sportsline, where he oversaw content and development. As president of News Corp.'s Fox Interactive Media, ...

Technology helps keep seniors at home
Technology is transforming the role of caregivers, making it easier for them to stay on top of their loved ones from afar. By Ana Veciana-Suarez Just as technology can track down a stolen car or guide us, turn by turn, to a new Chinese restaurant, ...

Twitter's strange Discovery engine
The top story in my Discover tab recently was about bark beetles. I have to believe that Twitter's Discovery engine has mistaken me for another user. by Dan Farber May 15, 2012 8:36 AM PDT Follow @dbfarber I am an admitted Twitter addict.

AMD Trinity: Intel Ivy Bridge's New Rival
AMD challenges Intel's upcoming Ivy Bridge processors, with an eye to powerful graphics and long battery life for ultrabook-like machines and laptops. By Art Wittmann InformationWeek AMD released its Trinity chips Tuesday, its second generation ...

Diablo III: 40 Minutes With Blizzard's Action-RPG
PC Magazine
By Jeffrey L. Wilson Diablo III, Blizzard's long-awaited fantasy action-RPG, went on sale at midnight (both as a boxed copy and digital download), sending the gaming community into a tizzy. I admit that I, too, was caught up in the Diablo III fervor, ...

Upgrading a new PC to Windows 8 will cost you... $14.99
Microsoft's usual plan is to offer a free upgrade to users of older versions of Windows to bump up to the next release version. This time around there will be a cost, according to sources. by Zack Whittaker May 15, 2012 8:57 AM PDT Those who shell out ...

Apple iCloud Refresh Eyes Social Weak Spot
Apple is preparing to make it easier to share photos through its iCloud service. It can't let Google have all the photo-sharing fun. Apple plans to make some major changes to its iCloud service, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Sprint Tops List of Most-Satisfied Wireless Customers
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Which major wireless carrier has the most-satisfied customers? According to a new survey, Sprint narrowly beats out rivals like T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon, though only by one or two percentage points. Apple, meanwhile, topped the ...

Baidu-based Android phone launches with Windows Phone, iOS in mind
The company is reportedly considering bringing its Cloud Smart Terminal to iOS and Windows Phone 7, though it's not clear how Apple will respond to that. by Don Reisinger May 15, 2012 8:17 AM PDT The Google of China, Baidu, today announced a new ...

How to buy a single share of Facebook stock
Los Angeles Times
By Salvador Rodriguez Typically, stock traders purchase shares in large bundles, but Facebook's upcoming initial public offering is attracting more than your typical stock trader -- and some of them just want a single share.

Apple MacBooks: A rumor roundup
Washington Post
With Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference on the horizon, those who love the Cupertino, Calif. company are devoting a lot of time to wondering whether the company will release any hardware products this year. WWDC used to be where Apple showed off ...

Nokia accuses Apple of Siri bias over smartphone answer
BBC News
The debate over "what is the best smartphone ever?" took an unexpected twist after Apple's voice-activated assistant Siri appeared to favour the iPhone's rival. Over the weekend, users of Siri were told the answer was Nokia's Lumia 900.

BBC News

3 Soyuz Astronauts Blast Off for Space Station
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts successfully departed from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan this morning for a two-day trip to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA astronaut Joe Acaba as well as Russian ...

Berkeley Trains "Harmless" Viruses to Harvest Human Kinetic Energy
Viruses, tiny chunks of protein and nucleic acid, have long plagued mankind and its evolutionary ancestors before it. But thanks to the wonders of modern genetic engineering, researchers believe they have finally been able to instill a beneficial ...


SpaceX Capsule Slated to Soar to Space Station on Saturday
SpaceX announced that it is gearing up to launch its Dragon capsule toward the International Space Station on Saturday. If successful, the trip will mark the first time a private spacecraft has ever docked at NASA's habitable artificial satellite.

T-Mobile Sensation 4G Android 4.0 update ends free tethering
T-Mobile USA subscribers using the HTC Sensation will have to choose between free tethering and an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade, with the carrier's fine-print revealing mobile hotspot use will no longer be overlooked. ”HTC Sensation 4G [users] will be ...


Honda UNI-CUB mobility device will definitely make us all obese
Honda unveils a new mobility machine, the UNI-CUB, that can be directionally controlled just by shifting the weight of your body. Remember that scene in WALL-E when the our robot protagonist finally falls into the realm of the Axiom ship, ...


Lenovo announces world's thinnest Ultrabook, ThinkPad X1 Carbon
By Lee Kaelin Lenovo announced a wave of notebook updates this morning, including new range of ultrabooks set to run Intel's brand new third-generation Ivy Bridge processors. Among the models released is a new 14-inch ultrabook, the ThinkPad X1 carbon, ...


Amazon prepping new Kindle tablet, e-reader
TG Daily
Amazon is reportedly preparing to launch a new Kindle e-reader with front lighting, alongside an upgraded Fire tablet. According to Reuters, the new e-reader could hit digital store shelves by July, as Amazon has been "ramping up" production of the E ...

TG Daily

Toshiba and Western Digital Complete Transaction of HDD Manufacturing Capacities.
X-bit Labs
by Anton Shilov Toshiba Corp. and Western Digital Corp. have announced that they have completed transactions of hard disk drive manufacturing assets from WD to Toshiba and vice versa. As a result of the transaction, Toshiba will gain 3.5" hard drive ...

X-bit Labs

Report: Consumption of Earth's resources unsustainable
CBS News
(CBS News) The Earth's population is depleting our planet's natural resources at a rate faster than what is needed for those resources to be replenished, putting increased pressure on biodiversity and the health of ecosystems, according to a new report ...

CBS News

Facebook privacy head suggests company will serve ads on other sites
By Cameron Scott IDG News Service - Facebook's head of privacy policy, Erin Egan, hinted in a Web chat on Monday that Facebook would begin serving targeted ads to users on third-party websites. The company proposed changes to its privacy policy last ...

Debut of Cut-Rate Mobile Plan Marred by Alleged Malicious Attack
The launch of a cut-rate unlimited $39-a-month mobile plan offered by upstart Voyager Mobile was marred Tuesday by what the company claims is "a malicious network attack to its primary website." By Daniel Ionescu, PCWorld The launch of a cut-rate ...

News Summary: Saverin renounces US citizenship ahead of Facebook IPO
Washington Post
STATUS UPDATE: Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin has renounced his US citizenship. The Brazil-born 30-year-old became a US citizen in 1998 but has lived in Singapore since 2009. THE ADVANTAGE: Giving up his citizenship will allow him to avoid paying ...

Blame the app stores: Adobe Touch apps not in Creative Cloud
App store limits forced Adobe to change plans for including its tablet-oriented software in the Creative Cloud subscription plan. by Stephen Shankland May 15, 2012 6:50 AM PDT Follow @stshank The company initially pitched the $50-per-month subscription ...


Oracle Positioned to Succeed in the Cloud Computing Market
In the second of a three-part series on Oracle's cloud computing offerings, Network Computing takes a look at the vendor's position in the software and hardware markets. Part one, "Oracle Embraces Cloud Computing, the New Consumption Model," examined ...

5 lessons from a lost iPhone
Sree Srinivasan chronicles the lessons he's learned midway through 48 hours without a smartphone. Welcome back to the early '90s! by Sree Sreenivasan May 15, 2012 5:53 AM PDT Follow @sree Screenshot from Find My iPhone app. After leaving the phone in a ...

A Computer Interface that Takes a Load Off Your Mind
Technology Review
By Kate Greene Conversations between people include a lot more than just words. All sorts of visual and aural cues indicate each party's state of mind and make for a productive interaction. But a furrowed brow, a gesticulating hand, and a beaming smile ...

Technology Review

Nokia announces two cheap web-connected handsets
By Carly Page FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia has introduced two cheap web-connected handsets in its bid to "connect the next billion consumers to the internet". Promising to consume 90 per cent less data than your average mobile phone by compressing web ...


Court Lets Apple Pursue US Ban on Samsung Galaxy Tablet
By Susan Decker on May 14, 2012 Apple Inc., (AAPL) (AAPL) maker of the iPhone and iPad, can pursue efforts to halt sales of Samsung Electronics Co. (005930)'s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer in the US while a patent-infringement case is pending, ...

Watching an electron being born
Atomic processes take place on extremely short time scales. Measurements at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) can now visualize these processes. A strong laser beam can remove an electron from an atom – a process which takes place almost ...

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