01 June 2012

Google Brings World Wonders to the Living Room

Google Brings World Wonders to Local Living Rooms
PC Magazine
By Stephanie Mlot The Web giant's new World Wonders project brings the sandy beaches of Australia's Shark Bay or the ruins of the Temple of Hercules in Italy to your fingertips. Through Google's Street View application, Web surfers can tour famous ...

Windows 8 Hits Its Next Milestone -- Release Preview Is out Now
By Juan Carlos Perez, IDG News Microsoft has released the latest test version of its upcoming Windows 8 operating system, which is now officially in what the company calls its "final phase" of development. This new preliminary version, called Release ...

Intel, Orange San Diego Smartphone Headed to UK
Orange in the UK will begin selling the San Diego June 6, a smartphone based on an Intel Atom processor. Following the Xolo in India and Lenovo's LePhone in China, it's the first Intel phone for a Western market. Intel's campaign to join the smartphone ...

Its Cargo Capsule Home, SpaceX Looks Ahead
New York Times
After a nearly flawless nine-day routine, the Dragon stuck the landing, too. The first commercial mission to ferry supplies into space ended successfully Thursday when a cargo capsule known as the Dragon fell to earth on target in the Pacific Ocean off ...

Cricket gets first prepaid iPhone in mainland US
By PETER SVENSSON Leap Wireless International Inc., the parent of the Cricket cellphone service, on Thursday said it will be the first mainland US phone company to sell the iPhone on a prepaid, no-contract basis. Starting June 22, Leap will sell the ...

Paralyzed Rats Walk Again, Thanks to Electricity, Chemicals—And Chocolate
National Geographic
Aided by a robotic harness and electrochemical stimulation, a once paralyzed rat climbs toward chocolate. Wearing a robotic harness, paralyzed rats have been made to walk again, according to a new study—albeit with an oddly upright, humanlike gait and ...

National Geographic

Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2
The good: The Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 offers most of the capabilities of Samsung's popular Android smartphones, minus the phone and monthly fees. The bad: Both the software and the processor are relatively old by smartphone standards.

Cosmic smashup predicted, but Earth will survive
The Associated Press
By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer – 1 minute ago WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't worry about when the world as we know it might end. NASA has calculated that our entire Milky Way galaxy will crash into a neighboring galaxy with a direct head-on hit — in 4 ...

The Associated Press

Activision settles Call of Duty lawsuits
Los Angeles Times
By Ben Fritz and Alex Pham A day before a bitterly contested set of lawsuits was set to begin trial, Activision Blizzard Inc. on Thursday settled the case with the original creators of its blockbuster Call of Duty game franchise.

Web.com Applies to be Exclusive Registry for New ".WEB" Designation
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 30, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Web.com Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:WWWW), a leading provider of internet services and online marketing solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses, has applied to be the exclusive registry for the new ...

Facebook adds admin roles, scheduled posts to Pages
Los Angeles Times
By Salvador Rodriguez Just two weeks after tossing social media specialists a bone with its Pages app for the iPhone, Facebook has tossed them two more. The social network added new features to its Pages service that should make life easier by allowing ...

Make app privacy as simple as a cereal box, FTC chairman says
Los Angeles Times
By Michelle Maltais How many clicks does it take to get to the center of an app's privacy policy? One hundred, according to Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Liebowitz -- at least for one of the apps he recently checked out.

HP-Oracle Itanium smackdown starts
By Timothy Prickett Morgan • Get more from this author Jury selection is underway in the trial that pitting server maker HP against its formerly strong software partner Oracle as they argue about the future of a technology that neither one of them ...

Oracle can't copyright parts of Java-court ruling
| SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A US judge rejected Oracle Corp's contention that parts of the Java programming language can be copyrighted, dealing a further blow to Oracle as it seeks damages against Google over intellectual property rights.

Is Twitter slowing down?
(CNN) -- With all the Facebook news lately -- the flat IPO, the regulatory interest, the Chan-Zuckerberg wedding -- it's highly possibly you've forgotten all about Twitter. If so, you'd be like most Americans. Only 8% of online Americans check their ...

Google's Pichai predicts Chrome OS, Android convergence
While it may be a long time coming, the head of the Chome OS project sees a day when Google no longer has two separate operating systems for mobile devices. by Rafe Needleman PALOS VERDES, Calif.--Speaking about the Chrome operating system, ...

Gameplay trailer for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 'Dawnguard' DLC is grim
Bethesda has set loose a shivers-inducing trailer for Dawnguard, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim's first content add-on, along with some initial details on the add-on's release. Dawnguard is planned for summer 2012 for the Xbox 360, and will cost 1600 MSP ...


Top Scientists Share $1 Million Prize
Scientific American
By Sarah Fecht | May 31, 2012 John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, spoke of the importance of prizes in spurring innovation. Image: World Science Festival Mildred Dresselhaus, the so-called “queen of carbon ...

Scientific American

Korean Government Raids Blizzard Offices Over Diablo 3 Launch
Blizzard can add the Korean Fair Trade Commission to the list of people who were less than pleased about the way the company handled the Diablo 3 launch. The FTC raided the game company's Seoul office on Monday following reports that it denied refunds ...

Apple CEO Tim Cooks knocks Windows 8 'baggage'
By Gregg Keizer Computerworld - Apple CEO Tim Cook this week again slammed rival Microsoft's Windows 8 and its promise to be an operating system for all devices, whether tablets, desktops, laptops or hybrids that combine elements of all.

Google's Wojcicki fires back at “misinformed” Ari Emanuel
By Tom Krazit May. 31, 2012, 1:46pm PT  Google's Susan Wojcicki defended the search giant Thursday against the newest claims from the content industry that it has amassed a fortune partly on the back of pirated content, made the previous ...

Fly Or Die: HTC Evo 4G LTE [TCTV]
I'm smack dab in the middle of my HTC Evo 4G LTE review (the full review will be up tomorrow), but as I judge, I felt the need to bring John Biggs into the mix for a little Fly or Die. Now, John is notoriously hard on Android phones, namely because ...

TC/Gadgets Webcast: WWDC Expectations, E3 Excitement, And The Death Of The Spec
Quite a bit hangs on the horizon in the world of gadgets. E3 is right around the corner, as is WWDC (Apple's Developer conference), and while hardware gets cooler and cooler, the spec does not. John, Matt and I discuss this and more in this week's ...

Cleveland gets AT&T's LTE, making it 39th market with 4G service
By Matt Hamblen Computerworld - AT&T turned on 4G LTE wireless service to Cleveland on Thursday, marking the 39th market in the US to get the service. Customers must have a 4G LTE phone or tablet from AT&T to benefit from the faster speeds, ...

Intel launches new low-voltage Ivy Bridge CPUs suited for MacBook Air
Apple Insider
By AppleInsider Staff Intel on Thursday announced 14 new Ivy Bridge processors, four of which are ultra-low voltage chips that could find their way into Apple's updated MacBook Air lineup. All of the ultra-low voltage lineup has two cores and four ...

Flame Virus Looms in Debate Over Regulation of Internet
Voice of America
The Flame computer virus unleashed in Iran and other Middle Eastern countries is being described as unusually large and powerful. Some experts, though, are questioning the seriousness of the threat. A Russian-based computer security firm, Kaspersky Lab ...

Voice of America

Skype boss: Mobile, video is our future
by Rafe Needleman PALOS VERDES, Calif.--At D10, Microsoft's Tony Bates, president of the Skype Division, laid out two of the major growth opportunities and challenges for the communications service: Mobile and video. Announcing today that Skye now has ...

NASA's NuSTAR telescope will hunt black holes
Christian Science Monitor
The space agency's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array is slated to launch June 13 from Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. By Denise Chow, SPACE.com / May 31, 2012 Artist's concept of NuSTAR on orbit. The mission's launch is now scheduled for ...

Christian Science Monitor

Rare appearance of Venus next week
Times of India
PUNE: Enthusiasts must not miss Wednesday's Transit of Venus as the rare celestial event will not occur till December 11, 2117. That is 105 years away. Venus, the second closest planet to the sun, will be directly between the sun and the earth and the ...

Google+ Local tab now features Zagat business ratings, reviews
Los Angeles Times
By Tiffany Hsu Witness the fruits of Google Inc.'s acquisition last year of the Zagat guide: The new Google+ Local tab, which integrates reviews into the Internet giant's social network. Starting today, Google+ users will get free access to 35000 Zagat ...

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