23 May 2012

SpaceX Faces Ultimate Driving Test

SpaceX Faces Ultimate Driving Test to Join Space Station
By Brendan McGarry on May 23, 2012 Space Exploration Technologies Corp.'s supply ship successfully blasted off for the International Space Station yesterday in what company founder Elon Musk said was like a Super Bowl victory.

Google Beats Oracle Patent Claim - Software - Operating systems - Informationweek: "Google on Wednesday was cleared of charges that it had infringed Oracle's Java patents, ending the second major phase of the trial. "Today's jury verdict that Android does not infringe Oracle’s patents was a victory not just for Google but the entire Android ecosystem," a Google spokesperson said in an emailed statement."

HP cutting 27,000 jobs – USATODAY.com: "Hewlett-Packard Co. plans to jettison 27,000 workers as the growing popularity of smartphones, the iPad and other mobile devices makes it tougher for the company to sell personal computers.The cuts announced Wednesday represent HP's largest payroll purge in its 73-year history. The reductions will affect about 8% of HP's nearly 350,000 employees by the time the overhaul is completed in October 2014."
Oxford making scientific search for Yeti, Nessie
Wolfson College in Oxford is asking for samples of unidentified animals from all over the world, so that it can use the latest DNA technology to see what they might really be. by Chris Matyszczyk May 23, 2012 10:20 AM PDT A sample from a Yeti video of ...

Report: No Deal After Samsung, Apple Patent Talks
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Not surprisingly, settlement talks between Apple and Samsung over their patent dispute have reportedly not resulted in any agreement. Instead, both sides are back in court arguing over proposed sanctions. According to a report from ...

Sidecar: A mobile app that's trying to reinvent the phone call
RealNetworks founder Rob Glaser, who helped usher in the era of online video and audio, now wants to reinvent the phone call as we know it. “Basically, if you think about the phone call, it has been the same thing for 50 years,” said Glaser, ...

Nvidia's Kai platform aims to deliver $199 quad-core tablets
by Scott Webster May 23, 2012 9:49 AM PDT Follow @swebster77 If you thought Nvidia was just a little too ambitious when it indicated that we'd have $199 Tegra 3 tablets by the second half of the year, this next bit might surprise you.

Google Alerts Users 'Your Computer Appears To Be Infected'
Google has launched an awareness campaign to identify systems compromised with DNSChanger and alert users before the DNS servers are shut down and their PCs can no longer get to websites. By Charles Ripley, Content Works May 23, 2012 8:06 AM Google ...

Top 10 new species of 2011 named by conservation group
Los Angeles Times
By Thomas H. Maugh II Top 10 lists are standard fodder for media: the 10 best dressed, the 10 best-looking, the 10 most wanted, etc. But the International Institute for Species Exploration, headquartered at Arizona State University, has a new take on ...

Google speeds up iPhone and iPad search
by Rafe Needleman May 23, 2012 10:23 AM PDT Follow @rafe Google has updated the iOS Search app with a feature to swipe directly from a Web page back to search results. Google just updated its iOS Google Search app (iTunes link).

'Diablo 3' sales set record despite launch issues
Gamers may have faced some hellish problems when it came to playing the newly launched "Diablo 3," but sales of the game have been downright heavenly. The long-awaited launch of "Diablo 3" hasn't exactly gone off without a hitch, what with the ...

The most dangerous job in America: Keeping iPhones connected
By Bill Ray • Get more from this author An investigation into the deaths of workers putting up cell towers has shown how US network operators distance themselves from those taking the risks, with AT&T's dash to provide iPhone connectivity allegedly ...

Facebook to open office in Dubai
Los Angeles Times
By Salvador Rodriguez Facebook Inc. is set to open an office in Dubai next week, its first location in the Middle East. The company announced the news Wednesday by inviting journalists to an event scheduled for May 30. While the Menlo Park, Calif.
How the Moog Synth Changed Music
PC Magazine
Bob Moog's modular synthesizer in the mid 1960s paved the way for a revolution in synthesized sound. By Jamie Lendino From Gary Numan's "Cars" and Vangelis's Blade Runner soundtrack, to intricate progressive rock solos and a revolution on the dance ...

Former Twitter CTO Takes Key Role at Cornell's NYC Tech Campus
Cornell University is building a revolutionary technology campus in New York City in collaboration with the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and filling a key role at the school will be former Twitter Chief Technology Officer Greg Pass.

Capcom launching 'Street Fighter' collector's set
By Brett Molina, USA TODAY Capcom will release a Street Fighter collector's set on Sept. 18 in honor of the fighting game's 25th anniversary. The package for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 includes four games: Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, ...


Jonathan Ive's Design Studio Is Off Limits to Almost Everyone at Apple
At Apple, there's sort-of secret stuff, like its unboxing room. Then there's really secret stuff, like what the next iPhone will be. And then there Jonathan Ive's office. The studio where Apple's chief designer works is off limits to almost everyone at ...
Inside a Martian tumbleweed rover
TG Daily
Scientists have determined that a wind-driven "tumbleweed" Mars rover would be more than capable of effectively navigating rocky Martian terrain. "There is quite a bit of interest within NASA to pursue the tumbleweed rover design, but one of the ...

TG Daily

Facebook Settles 'Sponsored Stories' Lawsuit
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Facebook has settled a class-action lawsuit regarding its "Sponsored Stories" advertising program, according to court documents. In a Monday filing, Judge Lucy Koh with the Northern California district court said the two sides "have ...

Scientists find new sensory organ in whales
PARIS — Biologists on Wednesday reported they had discovered a new sensory organ on blue, humpback, minke and fin whales that helps explain why these mammals are so huge. In a study appearing in the journal Nature, researchers in the United States and ...


Microsoft Talks Multi-Monitor Support in Windows 8
Tom's Hardware Guide
Microsoft today revealed that the latest version of Windows, due out later this year, will feature enhanced support for multi-monitor setups. If you're sitting in front of a computer all day long, it's not at all unlikely that you're working with ...

IBM Bans Siri & Dropbox Over Security Concerns
The Mac Observer
Enterprise software and consulting firm IBM has banned the use of Apple's Siri Personal Assistant feature on employees' iPhones, IBM CIO Jeanette Horan revealed in an interview with MIT's Technology Review. Siri, and other apps and services such as ...

The Mac Observer

Tablet market grows 124%, thanks to iPad
TG Daily
The first quarter of 2012 numbers are in, and they show a lot of strength for the tablet market. As is to be expected, Apple was the leading manufacturer of tablets sold during the first three months of the year, capturing 62.8% of the market.

TG Daily

Comcast Adds Free Wi-Fi Calling for Voice Subscribers
PC Magazine
By Angela Moscaritolo Comcast on Tuesday introduced a new service that allows home phone subscribers to make calls on their iPad, smartphone, or other mobile device at no cost, whenever they have Internet access. Using their existing home phone number ...

Google plays hide and seek with Street View data
Sydney Morning Herald
After months of negotiation, Johannes Caspar, a German data protection official, forced Google to show him exactly what its Street View cars had been collecting from potentially millions of his fellow citizens. Snippets of emails, photographs, ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Startup Alley Walk-through At TechCrunch Disrupt Is Go
TechCrunch Disrupt's Startup Alley is jam-packed with interesting startups and it's always frustrating that we can't get to film every single one. However, we do our best and you'll find that Techcrunch Jordan Crook and I manage to get through plenty ...

Meet Mike and Maaike, The Design Studio Ushering Google Into Hardware
The firm has a long history with Google, having pitched them on a touchscreen phone well before the iPhone was even announced. Google's high-profile, $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, which closed yesterday, has set the tech world abuzz ...


HTC Updates Ice Cream Sandwich Upgrade List
By Jared Newman, PCWorld May 23, 2012 7:48 AM HTC has updated its list of phones that will get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a roster that now includes the Evo 3D, Rezound, Rhyme, Amaze 4G and Droid Incredible 2. HTC's upgrade FAQ lists 17 ...

Apple reportedly testing iPhone with near-16:9 display ratio
Los Angeles Times
By Salvador Rodriguez Apple is testing two versions of the sixth-generation iPhone, both of which include a longer display that brings the smartphone near a 16:9 screen ratio, according to a report. Both of the phones have a new 3.999-inch display, ...

Leap Motion: 3D hands-free motion control, unbound
The startup's technology puts sub-millimeter accuracy at user fingertips, offers control gestures like pinch-to-zoom, and promises new applications that make the Kinect and its kin look like yesterday's news. by Daniel Terdiman May 20, 2012 9:06 PM PDT ...

Google Chrome Overtakes Internet Explorer
By Daniel Ionescu, PCWorld May 21, 2012 6:52 AM Google's Chrome is now the most popular Web browser worldwide, surpassing Microsoft's Internet Explorer for the first time, according to the latest figures from StatCounter. After years of slowly chipping ...

US Tech Worker Shortage Looms, Study Warns
"US companies are hungry for talent with degrees in STEM [Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering]--these jobs are increasing three times faster than jobs in the rest of the economy. However, these positions are the hardest to fill because of the ...

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