19 June 2012

Microsoft Surface Tablet - Questions Remain

Microsoft Surface Tablet: 8 Big Questions Remain
InformationWeek
Microsoft's new Surface tablet could be a personal computing game changer, but so far the company has yet to fill in some important details. Microsoft on Monday took the wraps of its self-branded Windows 8 tablet, a reveal that drew over-the-top hype ...

David Pogue: Surface, iPad rivalry could be good for tech world
CBS News
NY Times tech columnist discusses pros and cons of Microsoft's product, what it means for company to have entered tablet fray. 


MacBook Pro with Retina display review: Should you buy it over the standard Pro?
Washington Post
Though Apple quietly discontinued the 17-inch MacBook Pro last week, hardly a tear was shed. In fact, the company went out of its way to replace the ultra-premium tier with something even more covetous — namely, a 15-inch MacBook Pro with such a ...

Google Finds 9500 Malicious Sites Every Day
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Google today provided an update on its security efforts, revealing that it identifies almost 10000 new malicious websites every day and serves up millions of daily malware-related warnings to users. Google finds about 9500 new ...

Report: Facebook Prepping Location-Based Mobile Ads
PC Magazine
By Stephanie Mlot An ad for the shoe store a block away might soon makes it way into your mobile Facebook newsfeed. The world's largest social network is reportedly working on location-based mobile advertising. As reported by Bloomberg, ...

China's Tencent Buys Minority Stake in Epic Games
PC Magazine
By Angela Moscaritolo Chinese Internet giant Tencent on Tuesday announced it has acquired a minority stake in Gears of War and Unreal gaming engine maker, Epic Games. The deal is expected to close in about one month, though terms of the investment were ...

Netflix to users, developers: we own your viewing history
Ars Technica
by Sean Gallagher - Jun 19, 2012 1:22 pm UTC Netflix has announced that it will change both its public application programming interfaces (APIs) and the terms of service to access them, essentially locking away users' rental history data and preventing ...

Google blocks MP3 rippers from YouTube
Register
Websites that allow MP3 files to be recorded from YouTube are feeling the wrath of the Chocolate Factory, and popular ripping site YouTube-mp3 is calling foul. "Google is accusing us to threaten your safety and wanted us to close this service.

Sharp launches world's biggest HDTV -- 90 inches
msnbc.com
Sharp, the maker of LCD panels, copiers, microwaves and other consumer electronics products, just broke the consumer HDTV size and price barrier with the New York City debut of its 90-inch HDTV. This giant TV beats all of its competition, ...

'Doom' returns bigger, badder, Hellspawnier than ever
msnbc.com
Talk about a blast from the past. Just in time for Halloween, the ground-breaking "Doom" franchise is going to make a big, bad return to gaming. That is, Bethesda and id Software are taking us back to Mars -- back to the planet where the gateway to...

New findings could rewrite scientists' model of how universe hangs together
Christian Science Monitor
An experiment led at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory suggests that the Standard Model, which describes how subatomic particles interact, may have some flaws. By Clara Moskowitz, LiveScience / June 19, 2012 This illustration shows a an electron ...

Christian Science Monitor

Rise of the quad star -- Samsung Galaxy S III [review]
BetaNews
By Mihaita Bamburic Editor's Note: This is the first of two reviews we will run over the next day, as the first Galaxy S IIIs go on sale here in the United States. However, these reviews cover the international models, which offer faster processors but ...

BetaNews

Eucalyptus open sources software, cozies closer to Amazon Web Services
BetaNews
By Ed Oswald Hybrid cloud software provider Eucalyptus open sourced its software on Tuesday, moving the entire package to code-sharing site GitHub. Version 3.1 of the software includes performance enhancements and a feature called FastStart, ...

BetaNews

Remember when 'Microsoft Surface' was a bar table?
CNN
By Julianne Pepitone @CNNMoneyTech June 19, 2012: 1:40 PM ET The original Microsoft Surface, pictured here during demos at CES in 2008, was a 30-inch touchscreen tabletop. Now it's been rebranded as "PixelSense." NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Microsoft's ...

Fab celebrates its first birthday by buying a UK clone to rule Britannia
VentureBeat
What do you get for the site that sells everything? A UK expansion via acquisition, of course! Yes, design flash-sale phenom Fab.com is celebrating the end of its first full year in business, and part of that celebration is the purchase of Llustre.com, ...

VentureBeat

US sues to force tyrannosaurus' return to Mongolia
AFP
By Brigitte Dusseau (AFP) – 1 hour ago NEW YORK — The US government is suing to force an auction house to return the fossil of a dinosaur that roamed Mongolia 70 million years ago to the Asian country. The nearly complete tyrannosaurus bataar is ...

AFP

The Dry Ice 'Snowflakes' of Mars
Discovery News
Everyone seems to ponder the lyrics of Train's song "Drops of Jupiter," so perhaps it's about time a songwriter includes the "Snowflakes of Mars" in their next ballad. MIT scientists might even be able to add prose to the lyrics by describing their ...

Exclusive Apple, Liquidmetal Deal Extended
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Apple and Liquidmetal have signed a deal that extends the two firms' licensing agreement by another two years. The deal, first reported by AppleInsider and noted in recent SEC filings, means that Apple maintains the exclusive rights ...

Google Offers brings its daily deals to the iPhone
VentureBeat
Google has launched a new stand-alone iPhone app for its Offers daily deals service, the company announced today in a blog post. While Google Offers may not have caught on as big as Groupon or LivingSocial, the service continues to churn out tons of ...

VentureBeat

Video: The conflicts of Civilization V - Gods & Kings
TG Daily
The first expansion pack for Civilization V has gone live. Gods & Kings is now available for Windows and Mac gamers in North America, while the expansion pack is slated to launch internationally on June 22. "We can't wait for fans to get started on...

Top US Senator to Apple, Google: 'Curb your spy planes'
Register
One week after Apple announced it was booting Google Maps from iOS and photographing the world with its own aerial fleet, a top US Senator has written to both companies expressing concern over their "military-grade spy planes.

US reclaims top spot in supercomputer race
CNNMoney
By Erin Kim @CNNMoneyTech June 18, 2012: 3:34 PM ET Sequoia, a supercomputer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, is now the world's most powerful machine. NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- America is back on top in the race to claim ...

What happens when you report something on Facebook
msnbc.com
It's easy to click the "report" button on Facebook, but what exactly happens once you do? The social network's safety team has a handy-dandy breakdown. Hundreds of Facebook employees are in offices throughout the world to ensure that a team of ...

Tests show students struggle to explain answers
Salt Lake Tribune
By SARAH PARNASS By SARAH PARNASS AP American children do much better identifying the correct answers to simple scientific tasks than using evidence from their experiments to explain those answers. The National Assessment of Educational Progress, ...

Intel Buys InterDigital Patents to Shore Up Mobile Portfolio
PC Magazine
By Damon Poeter Intel is acquiring a big chunk of InterDigital's patent portfolio as part of the chip giant's effort to beef up its mobile technology portfolio, the two companies announced this week. InterDigital will sell about 1700 wireless ...

Details About 'Xbox 720' Leak, Console Coming In 2013?
BallerStatus.com
By Jay Casteel | Published 06/19/12 Microsoft failed to offer any details about its next-gen console system at this year's recent E3 conference, but this past week, unannounced details about the system leaked to the Internet.

BallerStatus.com

Facebook Acquires Facial-Recognition Site Face.com
eWeek
Facebook scoops up facial-recognition specialist Face.com, but raises privacy concerns in the meantime. That's a lot of face. Social networking giant Facebook officially acquired the Israeli facial-recognition company Face.com, ...

Mozilla shows experimental "Junior" browser for iOS
Ars Technica
by Ryan Paul - Jun 19, 2012 2:30 pm UTC In a video presentation published over the weekend, Mozilla demonstrated a prototype of its experimental browser for Apple's iOS platform. The prototype, called Junior, is still at an early stage of development.

Ars Technica

China Blasts into Space
China Digital Times
The successful launching of the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft, powered by a Long March 2F rocket, was shown live on state television from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert in western China. The crew is expected to spend up to 20 days in ...

Sonos Sub a welcome addition to wireless speaker system
tuaw.com
by Dave Caolo Jun 19th 2012 at 2:00PM Sonos has released the Sub, a smart subwoofer that works with the Sonos family of wireless speakers. The team took a unique approach to research and design and the results sound great. I got to spend about an hour ...


Facebook Buys Face.com: At What Privacy Cost?
InformationWeek
Face.com's facial recognition technology will give Facebook users quicker and ... "Now, lots of developers use Face.com technology to power various apps and ...

Interdigital sells tech wireless-technology patents, applications to Intel
Philadelphia Inquirer
Panning the patent gold rush, King of Prussia wireless-technology developer ... The sale does not exhaust the company's available technology in those areas, ...

Oracle, Microsoft power tech-sector gains
MarketWatch
By Rex Crum, MarketWatch. SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Reaction to Oracle Corp.'s better-than-expected earnings report and Microsoft Corp. unveiling ...


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