12 June 2012

A123 Systems reports major battery breakthrough

A123 Systems reports 'major breakthrough' in electric vehicle battery technology
Detroit Free Press
A123 Systems, the manufacturer of electric vehicle battery packs, said a new technology could reduce the cost of electric vehicles by $600. But an executive said the Massachusetts-based company will focus more on selling its electrical grid storage ...

Siri is my co-pilot: Apple voice-recognition tech to be built into cars
Fox News
The move into cars may be a response to Ford Sync, a technology developed by Ford and Apple arch-rival Micorosft. The voice-activated entertainment system and My Ford Touch touch-screen dashboard space are currently found in many Ford vehicles. 

Facebook Defends Ads As Quiet Period EndsWall Street Journal
By SHAYNDI RAICE Facebook Inc. defended itself Tuesday against claims that advertising on the site doesn't work. As the quiet period following Facebook's initial public offering came to an end Tuesday, research firm comScore released a study partially ...

Mammoths Wiped Out By Multiple Killers
LiveScience.com
Woolly mammoths were apparently driven to extinction by a multitude of culprits, with climate change, human hunters and shifting habitats all playing a part in the long decline of these giants, researchers say. Woolly mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius) ...

How to perform an SEO health check on your small business website
Washington Post
If you're a small business owner, you've probably thought a bit about how customers find your website through search engines and maybe even the reputation your business has online. These are questions that hit the core of search engine optimization.

Elinor Ostrom, Only Female Nobel Winner in Economics, Dies at 78
BusinessWeek
By Alex Kowalski on June 12, 2012 Elinor Ostrom, the only woman to win the Nobel Prize in economics and a professor of political science at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, has died. She was 78. Ostrom died today from pancreatic cancer at IU ...

Seton Hall Freshmen Get Free Nokia Lumia 900 Smartphones
PC Magazine
By Stephanie Mlot Seton Hall University freshmen will be easily discernible this fall as they walk around the New Jersey campus tapping out texts and making phone calls on their university-provided Nokia Lumia 900 smartphones.

Apple, Car Makers Partner for 'Eyes Free' Siri
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Siri is coming to the iPad this fall, but is that all? As part of its Worldwide Developer Conference announcements yesterday, Apple said its voice assistant will be added to a number of cars. With its "Eyes Free" system, ...

Whatever Happened to the Mac Pro?
PC Magazine
Apple's most powerful desktop has become a neglected stepchild. Why aren't other computer makers trying to exploit this fact? By Sascha Segan Apple's new MacBook Pro is targeted at creative professionals, but its slim, light frame made me wonder: ...

Amazon Cloud Player launches on iPhone
USA TODAY
It's been a long time coming but today Amazon has finally rolled out its Cloud Player app for iPhone and iPod touch devices, allowing US users to stream and download their music stored with Amazon on their iOS device. Amazon Cloud Player is a digital ...

USA TODAY

Study fingers humans for ocean heat rise
Register
By Richard Chirgwin • Get more from this author A study published last weekend on Nature Climate Change claims to give the lie to the notion that if the world is warming, it's not our fault. With the kind of certainty that will send the Heartland ...

China voices willingness for aerospace cooperation with US
Xinhua
BEIJING, June 12 (Xinhua) -- China on Tuesday expressed willingness to conduct aerospace cooperation with the United States. Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin made the remarks at a regular press briefing in response to comments that China is ...

ITC rejects Google's "patent loan" to HTC
Ars Technica
by Chris Foresman - Jun 12, 2012 3:33 pm UTC The International Trade Commission has rejected HTC's attempts to use five patents on loan from Google against Apple in smartphone-related complaint. ITC Administrative Law Judge Thomas Pender agreed with ...

iOS 6: Siri's Excellent Marketing Skills Lock In the App Store Strategy
ReadWriteWeb
By Dan Rowinski / June 12, 2012 08:31 AM / View Comments Siri knows sports. Siri can make a reservation for you. Siri speaks many more languages. Apple's talking assistant is getting a big update with iOS 6, the software that runs your iPhone, ...

Verizon Wireless Unveils Shared-Data Plans
Wall Street Journal
By THOMAS GRYTA Verizon Wireless lifted the curtain on its long-awaited shared-data plans that allow users to put additional devices under one umbrella. The plans will offer unlimited voice and messaging and a block of data for a flat cost, ...

How about a Qwiki? Bing embeds video presentations in search results
VentureBeat
They may be quickies of a different kind, but a rendezvous between Microsoft and New York-based startup Qwiki has brought the young company's interactive video presentations to search results for faster, more pleasing experiences.

VentureBeat

Spotify Android App Gets Major Overhaul
PC Magazine
By Angela Moscaritolo Goods news, music-loving Android users: Spotify just launched a brand-new version of its Android app complete with a faster interface, support for Android 4.0, high-res artist images, and more. The refreshed app has been available ...

International team starts sea-based asteroid drills
AFP
WASHINGTON — An international team of aquanauts has begun training at a lab deep in the Atlantic Ocean for an eventual visit to an asteroid, NASA said. The scientists, astronauts and engineers making up the 16th excursion of NASA's Extreme Environment ...

AFP

Fusion-io shares rise on Cisco contract
Reuters
(Reuters) - Shares of Fusion-io Inc (FIO.N) rose 9 percent after it won an original equipment manufacturing deal from Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O). Fusion-io, which makes storage memory hardware and software to speed up processing for data center servers ...

A123 says new battery technology to make EVs cheaper
Reuters
(Reuters) - A123 Systems Inc said it has developed a lithium ion battery technology that could eliminate the need for cooling and heating systems and reduce the cost of electric vehicles. The technology, called Nanophosphate EXT, is designed to prolong...

Aging Microsoft lures young tech idealists
Reuters
By Bill Rigby | SEATTLE (Reuters) - The young interns, some of the nation's best and brightest in technology, business and design, had plenty of enthusiastic words to describe their summer employer. Fun. Cool. Special. A giant start-up.

Leaked slides reveal Sprint's intent to launch its own mobile wallet app
Mobile Burn
Sprint has been the lone official carrier partner of Google's Wallet mobile payment service since Wallet launched last year, but it appears that the carrier intends to offer a mobile payment service of its own in the near future.

Apple's new Smart Case is the natural evolution of the Smart Cover
Digitaltrends.com
Apple has introduced the Smart Case, a wraparound protective case for the iPad with a Smart Cover built-in, priced at $49. Speaking about the Smart Cover, introduced with the iPad 2 in March last year, Steve Jobs said “it's not a case — it's a cover.

Digitaltrends.com

Activision 'will support Wii U'
Computerandvideogames.com
By Tom Ivan for CVG UK Activision is ready to throw support behind Nintendo's Wii U, the group's publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg has said. Though Activision games are not yet listed for Wii U's launch later this year, Hirshberg insisted that support ...

Nature vs nurture: outcome depends on where you live
Telegraph.co.uk
The balance of nature and nurture in influencing how a child grows up varies depending on where they live, according to a new study. By Nick Collins, Science Correspondent Both nature (meaning our genes) and nurture (the environment we grow up in) are ...

Telegraph.co.uk

This summer, NASA's Curiosity rover will attempt the most ambitious Martian ...
io9
NASA has upped the ante on the August landing of Curiosity, the largest, most scientifically capable planetary rover ever built. By shrinking the size of its target landing zone, the Agency hopes to place Curiosity closer to its experimental target, ...

Gas prices: What you need to know for a road trip this summer
Los Angeles Times
Nothing says summer like jumping in the car and taking off for a week or even just a few days. So how much will gasoline prices crimp your impulse to travel? It depends on where you're going. The good news is that last week gas prices continued to ...

To Spy On Offline Computers, Flame Malware Was Designed To Turn Humans Into ...
Forbes
The program known as Flame has fascinated the cybersecurity industry with its sophistication and versatility as a Swiss-Army knife of cyberspying. Now researchers have discovered another unexpected tool in its data-stealing arsenal: You.

Oldest galaxy discovered using Hawaii telescope
GlobalPost
Bright flares are visible near the event horizon of a super-massive black hole at the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way. Astronomers now claim to have found a new, older galaxy, nearly 13 billion light-years away. (NASA/AFP/Getty Images) A team of ...

DEAR APPLE: You're Winning, So It's Time To Stop Acting Like Jerks
Business Insider
And Apple also went out of its way to take shots at rivals Google, Microsoft, and Samsung. The conference, for example, kicked off with Apple's deeply-flawed "Siri" voice-assistant making fun of the names Google calls its operating systems, ...

.MUSIC (DotMusic) Applies for Generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) with ICANN
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
Part of Seven-Year Effort to Create Inclusive, Transparent Entity to Serve Global Music Community Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 12, 2012 .MUSIC (DotMusic), an organization seeking to launch ".music" as a community-based, generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) ...


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