08 June 2012

1 in 3 Facebook Users Are Getting Bored With It

Survey: 1 in 3 Facebook users getting bored with the social network ...
From the blog Technology News Blog: Are you just not as drawn to the social network comings and... By Mike Wehner, Tecca | Today in Tech – Thu, Jun 7, 2012 ...

What I'd like to see in Apple's next MacBooks
New Mac hardware seems highly likely at Apple's upcoming WWDC keynote...and as an owner of a 2008 MacBook, here's what I'd like to upgrade to. by Scott Stein Here's what I'd like to see in Apple's next MacBooks, both from software and hardware.

Microsoft tips how Windows 8 store will promote desktop apps
By Gregg Keizer Computerworld - Microsoft yesterday added its Office suite to Windows 8's online store, the first non-Metro application to be listed in the e-mart. The move tipped how Microsoft will promote traditional x86/64 desktop software through ...

LinkedIn, eHarmony, Last.fm hacks highlight bad passwords
Washington Post
If there's one thing that the LinkedIn, eHarmony and now Last.fm hacks have taught us in the past week, it's that people are really bad at picking secure passwords. As MSNBC noted, a lot of people used the phrase “link” in their LinkedIn passwords ...

Apple to pay $2.25 million to settle Australia case
Los Angeles Times
When it comes to the legal world, it has not been a good day for Apple. The Cupertino, Calif., tech company agreed Friday to pay $2.25 million to end a case in Australia that claimed Apple misled customers who bought the 4G version of the new iPad, ...

Whopping .00038% of Facebook users vote on data use policy change
Ars Technica
by Casey Johnston - Jun 8, 2012 5:16 pm UTC Facebook closed the vote on its new data use policy and new statement of rights and responsibilities Friday, with a paltry 342632 ballots cast as of a minute before closing. The vote needed 270 million ...

Revamped Azure cloud uses OCZ SSDs
By Chris Mellor • Get more from this author Microsoft is taking the fight to Amazon, cutting Azure cloud storage transaction prices by 90 per cent. A statement on Microsoft's Windows Azure team blog says: "We heard you loud and clear that you want ...

Space Shuttle Enterprise sails to New York
Christian Science Monitor
Named for the iconic 'Star Trek' spacecraft, the Enterprise was the first of NASA's fleet of space shuttles. By Mathew Murphy, Reuters / June 8, 2012 The space shuttle Enterprise makes the final leg of its journey to its new Manhattan home on the ...

Christian Science Monitor

Neutrinos totally do not travel faster than light, say scientists
Christian Science Monitor
Neutrinos, like everything else in the known universe, can travel only at or slower than lightspeed, putting to rest speculation that the ethereal particles may have broken the cosmic speed limit. By Clara Moskowitz, LiveScience Senior Writer / June 8, ...

Christian Science Monitor

Here's What Google Will Lose When Apple Wipes Google Maps From The iPhone
San Francisco Chronicle
This is a news note from Business Insider Intelligence, a new research and analysis service focused on the mobile and Internet businesses. Sign up for a free trial here. Reports say that Apple is planning to announce its own mapping service at next ...

Swiss Court Relaxes Google Street View Requirements
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius A Swiss court this week granted Google a partial victory in its battle over Street View in the region. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, a Swiss federal court found that Google does not have to black out 100 percent of faces ...

Facebook stock gets a boost, easing post-IPO decline
Washington Post
NEW YORK — Facebook's stock is getting a boost, easing a decline that has followed the company's initial public offering last month. Shares of Facebook Inc. climbed 73 cents, or 2.8 percent, to $27.04 in midday trading Friday.

My Favorite Computex PCs
PC Magazine
By Michael J. Miller One of the great things about Computex is the tremendous number of personal computers that are always on the show floor. This year, the show teemed with what Intel calls "Ultrabooks" and what AMD calls "ultrathins," but within ...

Xbox 360 has more than two years left, says Microsoft
Microsoft has stressed that the Xbox 360 has more than two years left in its life cycle. During their E3 press conference, they revealed that the Xbox 360 is the current best-selling console globally. It's due to the ongoing positive commercial ...

Beneath Arctic ice, scientists find an ecosystem never imagined (+video)
Christian Science Monitor
Scientists report finding a massive bloom of phytoplankton hidden under Arctic ice, suggesting that, as the ice thins and melts, the region is becoming vastly more biologically productive. By Pete Spotts, Staff writer / June 7, 2012 The moon rises over ...

Christian Science Monitor

Prof gets patent for side mirror with no blind spot
A Drexel math professor invents a side mirror that offers a wider field of view. However, it is subtly curved, so it can't actually be put on any cars sold in the US by Chris Matyszczyk Comparing the standard mirror with Andrew Hicks' invention.

Bankrupt LightSquared's Drama Drags On -- And Markets Move On
Last time we checked in with LightSquared, its sad saga suggested why crony capitalism might be here to stay. Philip Falcone, I remarked, sounded “like some of the less sympathetic Occupy protestors who have complained that even though they went ...

Intel reportedly ponders a new interactive TV service
The chipmaker wants to use facial-recognition technology to more accurately target ads to viewers -- but media companies don't want to risk disturbing their business models, Reuters reports. by Lance Whitney The new service would use a set-top box with ...

Gorgeous Unreal Engine 4 brings direct programming, indirect lighting
Ars Technica
by Kyle Orland - Jun 8, 2012 4:00 pm UTC That statement from Epic Games' Senior Technical Artist and Level Designer Alan Willard doesn't seem like such a big deal on the surface. To a non-programmer, it probably sounds like the blindingly simple and ...

Ars Technica

Apple May Focus on iOS, Mac at Developers Conference
Fox Business
Apple Inc. (AAPL) will kick off its annual developers conference Monday, and anticipation is growing over the possibility of a raft of new software apps and products, as well as a revamp of its signature line of Mac computers. Few, however, expect the ...

E3 2012: not quite ready to go mobile
By Brian Heater posted Jun 8th 2012 1:00PM Perhaps E3 2012 will be remembered as the year that even Nintendo acknowledged the existence of smartphone gaming -- if only begrudgingly so, dragged kicking and screaming into the early '10s.

Federal judge tentatively dismisses Apple, Motorola lawsuits
Los Angeles Times
A US district judge has decided to tentatively dismiss a case involving lawsuits regarding patent infringements between Apple and Motorola Mobility, which was recently acquired by Google. The judge said he dismissed the case as both companies failed to ...

Oracle Cloud Now Available
Oracle Corp. (ORCL - Analyst Report) recently launched its much anticipated public cloud computing service. The public cloud system known as Oracle Cloud offers a portfolio of software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform as a service and social applications.

Earth Summit: Can Rio +20 solve world's environmental problems?
CNN International
(CNN) -- Rio +20, a major international environmental conference held in Brazil this month, is being billed by its organizers as a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to safeguard our planet for generations to come. For three days from June 20, ...

MetroPCS Introduces Latest 4G LTE Smartphone and Huawei's First in the US with ...
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DALLAS, June 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS) and Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, are making 4G LTE service available to all MetroPCS ...

Scientists to hold bake sale for NASA Saturday
Fox News
Scientists are trading telescopes for aprons this week to sell Milky Way cupcakes, Saturn cake, and chocolate chip Opportunity cookies in an effort to salvage US planetary science projects. The 2013 budget proposal submitted by the Obama administration ...

Real fish find robotic one attractive
When we all become mindless automatons following around a mechanical leader, we may look back on an innocent-sounding robotic fish experiment playing out today as the beginning of the end. A team of US and Italian researchers report they've ...

DSLR Dilemma: Canon Rebel T4i or EOS 60D?
Stark Insider
For many, the T4i is clearly the better choice. And it's $149 less expensive to boot! Canon EOS Rebel T4i: Only $899 (body only) and continuous auto-focus for video make it a strong alternative to the EOS 60D, a higher priced DSLR sibling.

Stark Insider

Bing, Encyclopedia Britannica Partnership Brings New Answers
PC Magazine
By Stephanie Mlot Microsoft's empire now includes Encyclopedia Britannica, which recently signed on to participate in Bing's answers page. The search engine on Thursday announced a new partnership with the encyclopedia, a move that will display ...

The True Costs of a Prepaid iPhone
The Atlantic Wire
Though the straight numbers say that the new prepaid iPhone offerings from Cricket Wireless and Sprint Virgin Mobile are the way to go, it got us wondering what kind of hidden costs come with the too-good-to-be-true cheap option.

The Atlantic Wire

New Top Level Domains Set to Be Revealed
Over $100 million in VC dollars are tied to a big shift for the domain name industry as ICANN is set to expand the Internet beyond the current 22 Top Level Domains. By Sean Michael Kerner | Jun 8, 2012 On June 13th, ICANN will for the first time ...

55+ Events in Business, Tech and Social Media
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How the Tech Industry's Anti-SOPA Tactics Changed Politics
The tactics used in the massive online protests that helped convince Congress to axe the controversial SOPA and PIPA bills earlier this year brought new weight ...

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