27 May 2012

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
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
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 ...


Video made with Google's glasses bounces online
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) -- 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
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
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
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 ...


Cisco Cius sees us no more
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
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
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 ...

The best tech writing of the week, May 27 | The Verge
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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.

Fired: 7 large lay-offs by tech companies
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]
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
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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