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 ...

Apple Better Off With Licensing Than Patent Wars
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
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.

Ars Technica

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
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 ...


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
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 ...
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
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 ...


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
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 ...


Google Ventures Backed Cliqr CloudCenter Tackles Lock-In
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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