29 June 2012

Chrome is the world's most popular browser?

Google exec claims Chrome is the world's most popular browser
Computerworld
By Gregg Keizer Computerworld - Google yesterday claimed that its Chrome is the world's most popular browser, interceding for the first time in the dispute over browser usage share. "According to all our metrics and everything we see out there,...

Adobe: No Flash for You, Android 4.1
Wired News
By Scott Gilbertson The move shouldn't be a huge surprise. Adobe already announced last year that it would cease development of its mobile Flash Player. Still, if you were hoping Google might give Flash a bit of a reprieve by including support in the ...

Wired News

Enjoy the long weekend, if only for a second
msnbc.com
You'll have an extra second to sleep in on Sunday morning, thanks to an adjustment that's being made at 11:59:60 pm Saturday night. By Chris Wickham LONDON — The world is about to get a well-earned long weekend — but don't make big plans, ...

msnbc.com

Using the Nexus 7: The Kindle Fire's got something to fear
msnbc.com
Google's Nexus 7 is a strange device. At 7 inches, it's smaller than an iPad — and a breadbox, for that matter — and with its impressive spec list, it's a bit more appealing than the similarly low-priced Kindle Fire. But how does it hold up in person?

Minnesota action park lets you drive a tank
Fox News
For anyone who ever has been stuck in traffic, it's a tempting fantasy: If only you were driving a tank and could roll over everything in your path. Some drivers are now flocking to an out-of-the-way spot in southern Minnesota to turn that vision into ...

World's oldest meteor impact crater discovered in Greenland
Christian Science Monitor
Scientists say they found the oldest meteor impact crater yet discovered, caused by a rock that, it hit Earth today, would wipe out all higher life. By Our Amazing Planet Staff, Space.com / June 29, 2012 An artist's illustration expression of how a ...

Christian Science Monitor

The iPhone moment
BetaNews
By Joe Wilcox Third in a series. Editor's note: To commemorate iPhone's fifth-anniversary, we present several stories looking at its debut and colorful history -- so far. iPhone is five years old today, and what a half-decade it has been.

BetaNews

NASA's Hubble detects an "evaporating" exoplanet
TG Daily
An international team of astronomers have positively identified significant changes in the atmosphere of a planet located beyond our solar system. Based on data from NASA's Hubble space telescope, the scientists hypothesize the atmospheric variations ...

TG Daily

Google Repeats Stunt; Brin Wears Project Glass Sunglasses
Tom's Guide
Between Google execs wearing Google's Project Glass to various events and the very dramatic demo at Google I/O, we've seen quite a bit of Project Glass over the last few months. However, Google's Sergey Brin yesterday showed us a side of Project Glass...

Toyota Seeks BMW Sports-Car Expertise in Technology Links
Bloomberg
Toyota Motor Corp. (7203) said it will seek to gain from Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW)'s expertise in sports cars as a partnership on new powering systems expands to include auto components and high-performance vehicles.

Apple's engineering guru Bob Mansfield is to retire, with Dan Riccio set to ...
Digitaltrends.com
Apple has announced that Bob Mansfield, its Senior VP of Hardware Engineering, is to retire, and that Dan Riccio will be his successor. After 13 years with Apple leading the hardware engineering team on projects such as the iPhone, iPad and MacBook Pro ...

Digitaltrends.com

With a rough landing, Chinese astronauts return safely to Earth
Christian Science Monitor
Following a successful manned docking with a prototype space station, China's historic two-week orbital mission ended with a bumpy landing and three grinning astronauts. By SPACE.com Staff / June 29, 2012 Chinese astronaut Jing Haipeng, commander of ...

Christian Science Monitor

McLaren MP4-12C Spider teases 616HP of droptop
SlashGear
McLaren has previewed its next ultra-expensive sportscar, the 12C Spider, a convertible version of its high-performance MP4-12C. The new droptop will be officially detailed on July 3, but McLaren couldn't resist slipping out a teaser shot and some ...

SlashGear

Could Facebook be testing a 'Want' button?
Los Angeles Times
A developer says he has discovered new wording in Facebook's code that indicates the social network could be testing or readying a "Want" button. The developer, Tom Waddington, said the button's code appeared in Facebook's Javascript SDK as a tag that ...

HP Won't Build Tablet For Debut Of Microsoft Windows RT
Forbes
The news is a setback for the camp of processor designers building chips based on UK design house ARM's designs. Earlier this month, Microsoft said Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor will be used in its Surface tablet computer, which will be released in ...

World's most powerful rocket launches secret US satellite
Christian Science Monitor
The second classified mission for the National Reconnaissance Office to launch in nine days blasted off with the most powerful liquid hydrogen rocket engines ever built. The spy agency plans a third launch in August. By Tariq Malik, Space.com / June 29 ...

Christian Science Monitor

Colorado Wildfires Seen From Space: Big Vid
Discovery News
June 29, 2012 -- The vast scale of wildfires raging across parts of Colorado and the western US has been captured on camera by astronauts on the International Space Station. A video released by NASA shows huge plumes of smoke billowing up into an...

Scientists create spray-on battery paint
TechSpot
By Shawn Knight A team of researchers at Rice University in Houston, Texas have developed a type of paint that can store and deliver electrical power much like a conventional battery. The scientists were able to break down the individual components in ...

Google Compute Engine Targets Microsoft, Amazon
PC Magazine
By Stephanie Mlot Cloud computing is all the rage, and industry giant Google announced Thursday during its I/O developer conference its addition to the force. The company unveiled Google Compute Engine, an infrastructure-as-service product that allows ...

Prototype 2 is Still Coming to PC
Escapist Magazine
Despite the demise of Radical Entertainment, PC gamers will still get their dose of the Blacklight virus. Yesterdays news of the unfortunate, effective demise of Prototype studio Radical Entertainment led to much wailing and gnashing of teeth over the ...

Like Your Electricity? Thank the Fungi
Kansas City infoZine
Washington, DC - infoZine - A new study--which includes the first large-scale comparison of fungi that cause rot decay--suggests that the evolution of a type of fungi known as white rot may have brought an end to a 60-million-year-long period of coal ...

Scientists discover secret of bland tasting tomatoes
The Bunsen Burner
Gene discovery could lead to tastier tomatoes, according to researchers at the University of California at Davis. The discovery could have a significant impact on the US tomato industry. A research team led by a plant scientist at the University of ...

The Bunsen Burner

Pottery 20000 Years Old Found in a Chinese Cave
Sci-Tech Today
By Didi Tang Fragments of ancient pottery found in a southern China cave turn out to date back 20000 years, making them the world's oldest known pottery. The research by a team of Chinese and American scientists also pushes the emergence of pottery ...

Sci-Tech Today

Cassini finds likely subsurface ocean on Saturn moon
Astronomy Magazine
This artist's concept shows a possible scenario for the internal structure of Titan, as suggested by data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Scientists have been trying to determine what is under Titan's organic-rich atmosphere and icy crust.

Apple Said to Prepare ITunes Overhaul Improving Storage, Sharing
Bloomberg
Apple Inc. (AAPL) plans an overhaul of iTunes that would mark one of the largest changes to the world's biggest music store since its 2003 debut, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter. Apple will unveil the changes by year's end, ...

B612 Debuts Its Asteroid-Seeking Sentinel
SkyandTelescope.com
A private nonprofit group led by former astronauts, spacecraft designers, and asteroid specialists has proposed a spacecraft to find a half million asteroids in Earth-crossing orbits and provide advance warning of impact threats.

10 Cool Windows 8 Metro Apps
PC Magazine
Windows 8 is only out in a Release Preview so far, but there are already a ton of new Metro-style apps built just for it—all free. Here's our pick of the crop. By Michael Muchmore One of the first things Microsoft did when drawing up plans for Windows ...

A tale of 2 tech conferences: Google I/O and Red Hat Summit ...
By Barb Darrow
Two tech conferences took place this week on opposite coasts. ... There were two big techevents at opposite ends of the country this week. ... It brings acquired Gluster technology firmly into the fold to form another layer of the Red Hat stack.
GigaOM

United Technologies acknowledges cover-up of illegal software sale to China
The Seattle Times
Major defense contractor United Technologies and two subsidiaries on Thursday acknowledged covering up the illicit sale of sensitive military software to China, technology it used to develop its first attack helicopter. Federal prosecutors announced ...

Report Questions London's Tech City Initiative
Wall Street Journal (blog)
The report comes as the Tech City Investment Organization (TCIO), the government-appointed body charged with promoting technology development in East London, has announced it is looking for a new CEO after Eric van der Kleij said he wouldn't renew ... 

28 June 2012

Google I/O Day 2: Chrome Browser Improvements, Chrome and Google Drive for ...

Google I/O Day 2: Chrome Browser Improvements, Chrome and Google Drive for ...
PCWorld
Google rolled out a series of improvements to some of its core web products today at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Google I/O: Day Two (Live Blog)
Forbes
Update: Google Announces Chrome Browser and Google Drive cloud service for Apple's iPhone, iPad It's Day Two at Google's I/O developer conference in San Francisco, where more than 5500 attendees have gathered to hear the latest news on the Android ...

Threat level Google I/O: Which companies have the most to fear
VentureBeat
In day one of its Google I/O developer conference yesterday, Google upped the ante with many long-term foes and entered some new spaces. The company announced the latest version of Android, Jelly Bean. (I was hoping J would stand for jalebi; maybe us ...

VentureBeat

Google I/O Day One: Google continues attacks on Apple, Amazon
CNET
A renewed focus on user experience, fit and finish, and media makes Google mobile products even more attractive for consumers. Read this blog post by Rafe Needleman on Internet & Media.

Are you Chromebook curious? Google to put Chromebooks Best Buy retail stores
VentureBeat
Google is bringing its line of Chrome OS-powered Chromebooks to brick-and-mortar retail stores, the company announced today during its developers event in San Francisco today. Google first announced that its new line of Chromebooks would be available ...

VentureBeat

Saturn moon Titan may harbor ocean below surface
Sacramento Bee
By ALICIA CHANG AP Science Writer LOS ANGELES -- Scientists reported Thursday on the strongest sign yet that Saturn's giant moon may have a salty ocean beneath its chilly surface. If confirmed, it would catapult Titan into an elite class of solar ...

Researchers isolate reason market tomatoes don't taste as good as homegrown
Sacramento Bee
By Julie Granka Perfectly ripened, evenly red tomatoes, stacked on top of each other in the large bins of supermarkets, have been bred to look that way. Ironically, as a direct consequence, they are less sweet and flavorful.

Google Mimics Amazon Cloud With 'Google Compute Engine'
Wired News
By Cade Metz With Google Compute Engine -- a new service unveiled by on Thursday -- you too can run applications inside Google's state-of-the-art data centers. Photo: Google Google has unveiled a service akin to Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud, ...

Wired News

Hands On: Nexus 7 Tablet Is a Media Hub that Amazon Must Fear
Wired News
By Nathan Olivarez-Giles Google and Asus have teamed up to build the Nexus 7 tablet, a rival to Amazon's Kindle Fire. Photo: Ariel Zambelich/Wired I've only been using it for about a day now, but the Nexus 7 is already the best 7-inch tablet I've ever ...

Wired News

Comcast, Boxee Tell FCC of Agreement in Dispute Over Encryption
Businessweek
By Mark Milian and Todd Shields on June 28, 2012 Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) (CMCSA) and Boxee Inc. said they agreed on a method for showing encrypted cable channels on the startup's devices, which can be connected to a television to show Internet video and ...

A space telescope to thwart deadly asteroids: Donations needed
Los Angeles Times
NASA has an eye on the sky for massive asteroids, the kind that could turn our planet to pulp. But "small" asteroids -- the ones that could simply spur tsunamis, 100-megaton-type explosions and widespread death and destruction -- aren't a priority with ...

Megaupload warrants ruled illegal by New Zealand court
Washington Post
A court in New Zealand has ruled that the search warrants used by New Zealand police when they raided the home of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom were invalid. Reuters reported that a High Court judge said the search warrants were “too vague” and “did ...

Qualcomm restructures to help protect patents
Reuters
* New subsidiary to house chips, R&D * Qualcomm to keep most patents separate from license business * Qualcomm shares fall 1.8 percent June 28 (Reuters) - Cellphone chip supplier Qualcomm Inc is changing its internal structure to protect its technology ...

Scientists develop spray-on battery
CNBC.com
LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists in the United States have developed a paint that can store and deliver electrical power just like a battery. Traditional lithium-ion batteries power most portable electronics. They are already pretty compact but limited to ...

Google Plugs GDrive Into Chrome OS, iPhones, iPads
Wired News
By Cade Metz Google's Chromebook, a machine that runs essentially runs only one local application: a web browser. Photo: Jim Merithew/Wired Google has plugged its Google Drive online storage service into its Chrome OS operating system as well as...

Samsung appeals Apple injunction against Galaxy Tab
Computerworld
By Martyn Williams IDG News Service - Lawyers for Samsung Electronics have petitioned a US court to suspend a preliminary injunction that blocks its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer from sale in the country. The South Korean electronics company filed ...

Dirt-cheap alternatives to the Google Nexus Q
CNET
Before you plunk down $300 on Google's new media-streaming orb, consider the many other products that do a lot more for a lot less. by Rick Broida The Google Nexus Q looks pretty slick, but $300? For that kind of money you could buy five Roku boxes.

Facebook app for iPhone to get speed boost
msnbc.com
Facebook's iPhone app will be getting a much-needed improvement in speed, something users have been complaining about for awhile. The social network is a rich experience on the iPhone, but that richness has a lot of complexity behind it, ...

Microsoft details its Windows 8 upgrade plans
CNET
Microsoft is getting closer to the Windows 8 finish line and is finalizing details like its upgrade paths from older Windows releases to the coming version. by Mary Jo Foley Microsoft has shared with select partners some specifics about what those ...

Google I/O: Google Glass detailed
Washington Post
Google Chief Executive Sergey Brin took a turn onstage Wednesday at the company's developers conference, showing off the latest news from the Google Glass team. The big announcement: Google Glass will be available for pre-order to US-based developers ...

Continue reading The Modbook Pro gets official, CEO Andreas Haas talks success ...
Engadget
By Brian Heater posted Jun 28th 2012 11:00AM You'd be forgiven for assuming that the ModBook dream died with release of the first iPad. After all, the first version of the hacked notebook predated Apple's announcement by a couple of years.

YouTube for Android gets makeover, new UI and video preload feature
Digitaltrends.com
There was a lot going on at Google I/O on Wednesday. Tablets, spectacles....an update to YouTube for Android was rolled out too. What with all the hullaballoo surrounding the launch of Google's 7-inch tablet on Wednesday, and the fuss over people ...

Nintendo hires a networking chief to shore up a weak spot
VentureBeat
Nintendo of America has hired Duncan Orrell-Jones as its new senior vice president of network business — a job that the company sorely needed to fill. The former Disney Interactive veteran will be in charge of online strategy for its 3DS and Wii U ...

VentureBeat

Google releases Drive SDK 2.0
SlashGear
Google looks to be getting serious in its quest for online storage, announcing some new features at the Day 2 I/O keynote that will take on competitors like Dropbox and Evernote. One of those is in the introduction of Google Drive SDK 2.0, ...

SlashGear

Traditional Windows Desktop to Take Backseat to Windows RT
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius The upcoming launch of Windows RT for ARM-based mobile devices could signal the beginning of the end for the traditional Windows desktop, according to new data from Gartner. Though most users will continue to run Windows desktop ...

Android phones move into the picture
Financial Times
By Chris Nuttall Android smartphones have the summer to themselves in the absence of any new iPhone launch – so Sony and Samsung are taking on America this week with the Ion and Galaxy S III respectively. Also a look at a cellular WiFi hotspot device ...

Financial Times

Former T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm Headed to Vodafone
eWeek
Philipp Humm, who abruptly resigned from his T-Mobile CEO position, will join Vodafone Oct. 1 to oversee portions of Europe. The head of Vodafone Italy will take over the more problematic Southern areas. Philipp Humm, who resigned from his position as ...

Early Human Ancestors Ate Like Chimps
Latinos Post
One of our earliest ancestors seemed to dine on foods more similar to the diet of chimpanzees rather than other hominids. Researchers from Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology and the University of Colorado Boulder looked at the teeth from ...

Latinos Post

iTunes expected to get much-needed makeover by end of 2012
Ars Technica
by Jacqui Cheng - Jun 28, 2012 4:23 pm UTC Apple is gearing up to make some serious changes to the multiheaded beast known as iTunes, according to sources speaking to Bloomberg. A makeover of iTunes is expected to come before the end of 2012 and will ...

Rock paper scissors robot
Today's THV
UNDATED (CNN) -- If you like to play rock-paper-scissors and you happen to be a masochist, have we got an opponent for you. There is a robot that's a winner, always. When robots start playing rock paper scissors, humanity may find itself caught between ...

Today's THV

Dinosaur cold-blood theory in doubt
BBC News
By Jason Palmer Science and technology reporter, BBC News One of the strongest lines of evidence that dinosaurs were cold-blooded, like modern reptiles, has been knocked down. Prior studies of dinosaur bones uncovered what are known as "lines of ...

BBC News

Nintendo Plans to Make Its 3DS XL Even More Monstrous
The Smoking Section
A few days ago Nintendo unveiled its monstrously huge new handheld, the 3DS XL, but Nintendo isn't stopping there. Oh no, they plan to push even further into uncharted “holy crap, that's pretty big for a 'handheld'” waters by releasing a new 3DS XL ...

TomTom expands Map Share to all navigation devices
SlashGear
There's nothing worse than relying on a GPS unit with incorrect map information, so TomTom has opened up its Map Share community so that around 60 million units can take advantage of daily map changes for free. TomTom say that Map Share was previously ...

CEO Of London's Tech City Project Departs, As Global Tech Race Heats Up
TechCrunch
The TCIO was set up by the UK government to promote East London's pre-existing cluster of technology startups and is just one of hundreds of similar initiatives around the world where a city is promoted as a 'tech city'. It's a natural course to take ...

TechCrunch

Hands on with Googles Project Glass (for 30 seconds)
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)
In that small gesture resides an important distinction — between us deciding when we engage with technology and leaving it up to technology and its providers to make that decision on our behalf. Google insists that the whole point of the glasses is to ...

San Francisco Chronicle (blog)

Cambridge Pixel Announces Technology Transfer Agreement with Samsung ...
MarketWatch (press release)
STC's engineers in Gumi-City, South Korea, wanted to work with a partner that would provide a cost-effective, flexible radar processing and display solution to aid the development of STC's own advancedtechnology solutions for Korean naval programs.

Goal-line technology set for green light
FOXSports.com
Goal-line technology is certain to get the go-ahead from footballs law-makers next week, according to sources Goal-line technology set for green light according to sources.

Among Many Google Announcements, High-Tech Glasses Steal Show
By Carl Franzen
Google executives on Wednesday announced a host of new products and services at the company's developers conference, but none quite as surprising or potentially revolutionary as a pair of prototype high-tech glasses, Google Glass, which Google ... Google's goal with Google Glass, according to the researchers, is to give users a less obtrusive consumer technology experience, removing the clunkiness of having to take out a separate device to take photos and video of everyday ...
TPM News


27 June 2012

Google unveils Nexus 7 tablet, Nexus Q media player

Google unveils Nexus 7 tablet, Nexus Q media player
USA TODAY
Google introduced a new tablet computer and a media player today, expanding its hardware business exposure in hopes of competing more directly with Amazon's Kindle Fire, Apple's iPad and other popular tablets. Unveiled at the Google I/O conference in ...

USA TODAY

Google+ Events: Cinemagraphs, Party Mode, post-event reminders
Digitaltrends.com
As expected, today has been a big day for Google. In addition to the new Nexus 7 tablet, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google Play updates, and the Nexus Q media player, the Mountain View, California, technology giant unveiled a new feature for its social ...

T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm Resigns, Joining Deutsche Telekom Rival
eWeek
Philipp Humm, the man Deutsche Telekom sent to the US to straighten out T-Mobile, has abruptly resigned. T-Mobile says Humm is reuniting with his family in Europe. The Journal says he's joined a rival carrier. T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm has resigned, ...

Dinosaurs may have been warm-blooded after all
Fox News
Dinosaurs may not have been the slow, sunbathing reptiles researchers used to think. In fact, they may have been warm-blooded, new research suggests. The researchers studied the "growth lines" on animal bones, which are similar to the growth rings in ...

Pre-human's unusual diet gives researchers something to chew over
Los Angeles Times
A 2-million-year old hominid from South Africa had a very unusual diet, an international team of researchers has found. Instead of living on grasses and wild animals from the nearby savannas, like modern humans and pre-humans that have previously been ...

Google's artificial brain watches YouTube, learns to see cats
Los Angeles Times
Google researchers and Stanford scientists have discovered that if you show a large enough computing system millions of images from random YouTube videos for three days, the computer will teach itself to recognize ... cats.

Asana looks to cut down the noise in your in-box
CNET
The task-management company has unveiled a new feature called Inbox that's designed to show users only important e-mails. by Don Reisinger Task-management company Asana has unveiled a new way for its users to handle the e-mail overload in their in-box.


Google Glass: $1500 for developers, shipping next year
CNET
Co-founder Sergey Brin shows off Google's computerized glasses -- but they're only for Google I/O attendees who are on the "bleeding edge." by Stephen Shankland SAN FRANCISCO -- The first Project Glass products -- Google's network-enabled, ...

Samsung unhappy with court's ban on US sales of Galaxy Tab 10.1
Los Angeles Times
Samsung Electronics said it is disappointed with a court's ruling that prevents the company from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer in the US while its patent infringement lawsuit with Apple plays out. The South Korean company said in a ...
Sprint 4G LTE Launching in 5 Cities July 15
PC Magazine
By Stephanie Mlot In a blog post, Sprint announced that Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Kansas City, and San Antonio will receive the first wave of service, while additional market launches will be announced later this year. "While other carriers are simply ...

Global Tablet Usage for Viewing TV/Video Content Doubles Y/Y, NPD ...
San Francisco Chronicle
Use of tablets such as the iPad and Android-based devices by consumers for viewing TV/video content more than doubled in 14 regional markets surveyed, according to the latest Global TV Replacement Study, conducted by NPD DisplaySearch.

San Francisco Chronicle

Robot beats human at rock, paper, scissors. Every time.
Christian Science Monitor
Apparently what most of us had assumed was an innocent game of chance, an equitable way of say, determining who gets to ride shotgun, is actually a computational problem that can be measured, analyzed, and, if your'e a robot with a high-speed camera ...

Christian Science Monitor

New method reveals atmosphere on 'Hot Jupiter'
Christian Science Monitor
Using a ground-based telescope to probe exoplanet atmospheres, which were visible only when illuminated by stars, scientists say they hope to study much cooler planets. By Charles Q. Choi, SPACE.com / June 27, 2012 Artist's impression of the alien ...

Christian Science Monitor

What's wrong with Google's Larry Page?
CNN
Google will kick off its annual I/O developers' conference Wednesday in San Francisco, but CEO Larry Page won't be speaking there. He also was a no-show at Thursday's annual stockholders meeting and is expected to miss the company's quarterly earnings ...


HP Releases webOS Community Edition
Tom's Guide
Here's a Community Edition of webOS meant to be used on the TouchPad, extending its lifespan. Separate from the Open webOS project, HP has released webOS Community Edition (WOCE) for use on the failed TouchPad tablet. This first release is based around ...


In European Court, a Small Victory for Microsoft
New York Times
BRUSSELS — A European Union court on Wednesday largely upheld a billion-dollar penalty against Microsoft, a decision that could mark the end of an era in antitrust law in which regulators used big fines to bring technology giants to heel.


Airbnb introduces Wish Lists for vacation planning fantasies
Digitaltrends.com
Today, Airbnb launched Wish Lists to help travelers plan their dream vacation in weeks, months, or even a year ahead of time. Admittedly, despite the horror stories, Airbnb is still one of my personal first choice when it comes to finding ...


FarmVille 2 brings the usual sequel upgrades, but it may not be enough to save ...
Digitaltrends.com
FarmVille 2, a sequel to Zynga's flagship game, was announced on Tuesday but can it turns things around for the troubled company? If you thought you were done helping friends bring in their Facebook crops, you were dead wrong. Zynga's FarmVille may not ...


Epic's Tim Sweeney Says Free-To-Play Is The Future Of Gaming Industry
Forbes
Will Western video game developers mimic the largely Asian business model of free-to-play games built around micro-transactions? Almost certainly says Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic. And he's not alone. Epic, the developer behind Gears of War and the Unreal ...

Forbes

What's Really, Truly Going On With Facebook?
KPLR 11
On Sunday, it was discovered that the 900 million-person social network was “testing” a feature that would let people see a digital list of the people who were nearby in real life. Called “Find Friends Nearby,” the app was pulled down by Tuesday ...

KPLR 11

New mineral found in Allende meteorite from 1969
The Bunsen Burner
A Caltech scientist has discovered a new mineral called "panguite" in the fragments of a meteorite from 1969. Scientist Chi Ma of Caltech's Geological and Planetary Sciences Division's Analytical Facility, and also coauthor of the new paper, ...

The Bunsen Burner

One more reason to use Windows -- get better travel deals from Orbitz
Computerworld (blog)
By Preston Gralla If you're looking for the best travel deal possible, it pays to be a Windows user, because Mac owners are steered to higher-cost hotels at Orbitz. And that's likely just the beginning -- expect other sites to follow Orbitz and show ...

Apple iPhone Has Generated $150 Billion
Latinos Post
This Friday will mark the fifth anniversary of the Apple iPhone. From its explosive launch to its everyday presence in our lives, the iPhone marks a landmark achievement in mobile computing. For Apple, it has meant an incredibly large and loyal ...

Latinos Post

Researchers delve into airborne particulates
Nanowerk LLC
(Nanowerk News) For the first time, Lawrence Livermore researchers and international collaborators have peered into the makeup of complex airborne particulate matter so small that it can be transported into human lungs -- usually without a trace.

Rising sea level a threat to East
Boston.com
As temperatures are projected to climb, polar ice to melt, and oceans to swell over the coming decades, Boston is likely to bear a disproportionate impact of rising sea levels, government scientists report in a new study. The seas along the East Coast ...

Boston.com

iTunes expands to 9 countries in Asia but leaves India, China out
Los Angeles Times
Apple expanded its iTunes Store to Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and nine other countries Wednesday, but the tech giant did not include India or China in its latest expansion into Asia. The Cupertino, Calif., company announced the expansion of the...


Microsoft, Yammer Deal Turns Enterprise Social Media Partners Into Rivals
eWeek
Enterprise social media vendors who partner with Microsoft have been transformed into market rivals now that Microsoft is acquiring Yammer. One industry analyst says the market dynamic for the erstwhile social media partners “changes dramatically” ...

SpaceX Joins Aerospace Elites to Test New Engines
Wired News
By Jason Paur SpaceX is upgrading its engines. A month after the company's historic trip to the International Space Station, SpaceX says a new and improved version of its Merlin rocket engine has passed initial testing at its development facility in ...

Wired News

Sheryl Sandberg Joins Facebook Board
Wall Street Journal
By SHAYNDI RAICE And JOANN S. LUBLIN The social-networking company announces that CEO Mark Zuckerberg's top lieutenant, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, is joining Facebook's board of directors, making her its first female member.

Wall Street Journal


26 June 2012

How Google is teaching computers to see

How Google is teaching computers to see — Tech News and Analysis
By Stacey Higginbotham
It could help the search giant make huge strides in building the next big opportunity in tech — enabling computers to “see.” A Google research paper prepared for the upcoming International Machine Learning Conference explains how Google ...
GigaOM

Apple Better Off With Licensing Than Patent Wars
Forbes
Apple has been pursuing a scorched earth litigation strategy using its patent portfolio against Google and its Android mobile operating system. Shareholders and gurus almost universally support this strategy. Either there are not many who see Apple's ...

A First Look at the Revamped Aakash Tablet
New York Times (blog)
Professors from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and the principal of K. J. Somaiya Engineering Courtesy of I.I.T. BombayProfessors from the Indian ...

Samsung Unveils Game-Changing DRM Technology for Hospitality ...
MarketWatch (press release)
Samsung LYNK (TM) has partnered with most existing head end technology vendors, allowing hoteliers to ... Notably, Samsung LYNK (TM) is also the first technology to enable guests to stream their own content ... Therese Poletti's Tech Tales ...

Ford traffic technology to practically let cars drive themselves during ...
Plain Dealer
DEARBORN, Mich. -- So you're stuck on the Inner Belt Bridge. Traffic is crawling along at 5 mph, and your blood pressure is going up every time you see brake ...

On Orbitz, Mac Users Steered to Pricier Hotels
Wall Street Journal
By DANA MATTIOLI Orbitz has found that Apple users spend as much as 30% more a night on hotels, so the online travel site is starting to show them different, and sometimes costlier, options than Windows visitors see. Dana Mattioli reports.

Wall Street Journal

Google's Artificial Brain Learns to Find Cat Videos
Wired News
By Wired UK By Liat Clark, Wired UK When computer scientists at Google's mysterious X lab built a neural network of 16000 computer processors with one billion connections and let it browse YouTube, it did what many web users might do — it began to look ...

Wired News

Facebook draws user ire with quiet switcheroo in email contact listing
Washington Post
MENLO PARK, Calif. — Facebook has changed your email address. At least that's how many felt after a quiet but vast change in the way the company displays users' contact information. In yet another change to its website that irked users, ...

Facebook Adds COO Sandberg to Board as First Female Director
Businessweek
By Brian Womack on June 26, 2012 Facebook Inc. (FB) (FB), facing criticism for a lack of diversity on its board, appointed Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg as its first female director. “Sheryl has been my partner in running Facebook,” Chief ...

Mozilla Releases Updated Firefox for Android
PC Magazine
Mozilla today released an updated version of Firefox for Android that the company said is "faster, smarter, and safer than ever before." The revamped app is available now in the Google Play store. Mozilla touted the improved speed of the new app.

Dell XPS 14 (Summer 2012)
PC Magazine
Third-generation Core i7 processor. Full-size, backlit keyboard. USB 3.0 with PowerShare. Mini DisplayPort and HDMI out. Better styling than predecessor. Addresses some of the shortcomings of the XPS 13. Very good battery life. Heavy. Expensive.

NASA expects '7 minutes of terror' before Mars landing
Fox News
In just six weeks, NASA's next Mars rover will attempt an unprecedented landing on the Red Planet that will have mission engineers on the edge of their seats with excitement and worry. The 1-ton Curiosity rover — the centerpiece of NASA's $2.5 billion ...

Vizio's Co-Star: $99 Google TV box with OnLive gaming support
Ars Technica
by Andrew Cunningham - Jun 26, 2012 3:32 pm UTC Vizio, a company best known for its inexpensive HDTVs, is looking to expand into another new market: it has just announced the Co-Star, a Google TV set-top box that will begin selling in July for $99.99.

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Facebook pulls Find Friends Nearby GPS-locator feature
Los Angeles Times
It was kind of creepy, but it also had potential to be useful. But in the end it didn't matter because Facebook has pulled Find Friends Nearby as unceremoniously as it debuted it. After the feature was introduced to the world Sunday by one of the ...

Ask Ars: why did Apple have to ditch Google to add turn-by-turn nav?
Ars Technica
by Jacqui Cheng - Jun 26, 2012 1:44 pm UTC In 1998, Ask Ars was an early feature of the newly launched Ars Technica. Now, as then, it's all about your questions and our community's answers. We occasionally dig into our question bag, provide our own ...

Ars Technica

Yammer & Microsoft: industry reaction now that the deal is done
VentureBeat
Yesterday, after half a month of speculation, Microsoft announced that it purchased Yammer for $1.2 billion. According to Charles River Partners, the first venture capital firm to invest in Yammer, that's the second largest all-cash deal for a ...

VentureBeat

Report: Microsoft Tablet Is The Result of Partner Failures
Tom's Hardware Guide
As previously indicated, Microsoft didn't trust its partners to launch a successful Windows 8 tablet without leading the way with its own device. The article opens with a scene described by a unnamed Microsoft employee who said the company was shocked ...

How twisted light transmits data faster than ever
DVICE
Want to know why your cellphone service sucks all the time? Phone companies will tell you: it's bandwidth, man. The wireless spectrum is getting crowded and there's just not enough room. What's needed is a new way to cram more data into the same amount ...

Wi-Fi Certified Passpoint Devices Enter Testing for Seamless Cell-to-Wi-Fi ...
DailyTech
The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced that the industry has reached a major milestone in the evolution of an operator-grade network. The Wi-Fi Alliance is now testing mobile devices and infrastructure equipment for its Wi-Fi Certified Passpoint program.

Mass Effect 3's Extended Cut - Too Little, Far Too Late
Forbes
It's Christmas morning for Mass Effect fans around the world, and all the good little boys and girls are waking up to see whether they have a lovely new toy or a dirty lump of coal in their stockings. The Mass Effect 3 ending controversy has been one ...

Forbes

5 Things We Want From Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean'
PC Magazine
By Sascha Segan It's time for the world's most popular smartphone OS to get an upgrade. Google is expected to announce a new version of Android, code named "Jelly Bean," at its Google I/O conference tomorrow. Various websites have tipped Jelly Bean's ...

Condors threatened by 'epidemic' lead poisoning from hunters' bullets
Christian Science Monitor
A review of more than 1154 blood samples taken from wild California condors and tested from 1997 to 2010 found that 48 percent of the birds had lead levels so high, they could have died without treatment. By Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News (MCT) ...

Christian Science Monitor

File-sharing appeals get tougher under piracy crackdown
ZDNet UK
By David Meyer, ZDNet UK, 26 June, 2012 14:10 @superglaze People accused of unlawful file-sharing under the Digital Economy Act have seen their grounds for appeal shrink, under a new draft code released by Ofcom. People accused of copyright ...

ZDNet UK

Google Ventures Backed Cliqr CloudCenter Tackles Lock-In
InformationWeek
Google partner says it will provide cloud computing benefits without requiring your company to commit to one service provider. By Thomas Claburn InformationWeek One day ahead of the Google I/O developer conference, Cliqr Technologies plans to introduce ...

Thatgamecompany brings PS3 collection to retail
TG Daily
A trio of downloadable PS3 titles will be making their way to retail stores for the first time. The small development studio known as thatgamecompany has pioneered a vision of redefining what a "video game" is. Its creations like Flow and Flower ...

TG Daily

Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV review
Engadget
By Ben Drawbaugh posted Jun 26th 2012 11:00AM If at first you don't succeed, try, try again and that's exactly what Google has done with Google TV. With the second generation of Google's software hitting older hardware and some TVs, it only makes sense ...

Restaurant finding service Nara debuts, snags $4M
VatorNews
Nara a start aimed to improve restaurant and other recommendations, is exiting its stealth mode today and announced that it raised a $4 million funding round. The Cambridge-Mass. based company, which is starting its service with recommendations in a ...

Student Takes To The Skies (Sort of) In Man-Powered Flight
EarthTechling
by Paul Willis University of Maryland student Kyle Gluesenkamp only went about a foot off the ground but he's hoping that it will still be high enough to set a new world record for flying. Gluesenkamp must wait for the National Aeronautic Association ...

Apple steals from Windows Update playbook for OS X Mountain Lion
Computerworld
By Gregg Keizer Computerworld - Apple will boost the frequency of security updates in OS X Mountain Lion and automatically install required patches for users, steps that bring it into line with Microsoft's practices. In an update Monday to Mountain ...

Brightcove open sources App Cloud to fuel HTML5 development
Fiercemobilecontent
Brightcove introduced App Cloud Core, a free open-source platform enabling Web developers to leverage HTML5 and JavaScript to build native applications for devices running Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS and Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android.

Why the Verizon and T-Mobile spectrum deal could still fall apart
CNET
There's lots for regulators to love about Verizon's plans to swap spectrum with T-Mobile. But could the co-marketing piece of Verizon's cable spectrum deal threaten to derail Verizon's big plans? by Marguerite Reardon Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA ...

SpaceX tests new rocket engine
SlashGear
SpaceX has announced a successful test of its new rocket engine. The new engine is dubbed the Merlin 1D. The company bills the rocket engine as the most efficient booster engine ever built. The engine was able to produce a massive 147000 pounds of ...

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