14 June 2012

Secret Air Force X-37B space plane may land Friday

Air Force's secret X-37B space plane may land on Friday
The US Air Force is standing ready for this week's much anticipated return to Earth of a robotic space plane that has spent more than a year in orbit on a secret mission. Air Force officials say landing day for the unmanned X-37B space plane is ...


Obama's chief tech officer: Let's unleash ingenuity of the public
We spoke to Park recently about Obama's high-tech agenda, the power of big data and howtechnology can help drive job growth. Here is an edited transcript of ... 

Five blunders that put Nokia in the hot seat
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is in a bind now, but the problems at the company sprung up long before he joined the company. by Roger Cheng Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, showing off the Lumia 900 at CES 2012, inherited a lot of problems when he took over.

First Thunderbolt PC: Acer's new ultrabook
By Agam Shah IDG News Service - Thunderbolt ports have reached Windows PCs with Acer's Aspire S5 ultrabook, expanding the availability of the technology beyond Macs. The laptop became available in the US on Thursday and is the one of the early Windows ...

Microsoft Fights Flame Malware With Certificate Killer
Flame malware spoofed a Microsoft digital certificate to automatically install itself on targeted PCs, leading Microsoft to tweak Windows to receive a daily update listing untrusted certificates. By Mathew J. Schwartz InformationWeek Flame malware ...

Time Inc. Now Selling Subscriptions Through the App Store
US iPad owners can now subscribe to the iPad editions of all 20 of Time Inc.'s magazines through Apple's Newsstand, including InStyle, People, Sports Illustrated and Time, the company announced Thursday. Time Inc. has been selling magazines on the iPad ...

Should Microsoft buy Nokia? Bad idea, say analysts
By Matt Hamblen Computerworld - Nokia's announcement Thursday that it plans to cut 10000 jobs in coming months resurrected speculation that Microsoft should buy the cell phone maker in order to prop up its struggling Windows Phone platform.

Java 7 auto-update could ding Oracle E-Business Suite installs
By Chris Kanaracus IDG News Service - Oracle has issued an "urgent bulletin" asking desktop administrators to immediately turn off the Java Runtime Environment auto-update option "for all Windows end-user desktops connecting to Oracle E-Business Suite ...

US Regulators Step Up Jeep Investigation
Wall Street Journal
By JEFF BENNETT Federal regulators stepped up an investigation into gas-tank fires involving Chrysler Group LLC Jeeps, saying they will now conduct a detailed analysis that could affect as many as 5.1 million vehicles on the road.

Interactive Ads Coming to Xbox Live This Fall
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius The spots, dubbed NUads, will appear within Xbox apps that feature video content, much like the ads that appear on free mobile apps. These NUads are scheduled to start running in the fall with three launch partners: Toyota, ...

A 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is coming soon, analysts say
Apple's new 15-inch MacBook Pro with the Retina Display is just a precursor to a 13-inch model arriving in a few months, three analysts say. by Josh Lowensohn If you want a MacBook Pro with a Retina Display, your current options are limited to a single...

Cassini spacecraft finds 'tropical' lakes on Saturn moon Titan
Los Angeles Times
Infrared imaging by JPL's Cassini spacecraft has shown the existence of large methane lakes near the equator of Saturn's moon Titan. One of them is about the size of Utah's Great Salt Lake at its lowest recorded level and is at least three feet deep.

How to watch online as a huge asteroid flies by Earth today
Amateur astronomers will be able to log on to get a front row seat for what's shaping up to be a very close call -- in space terms -- later today. by Charles Cooper A ginormous space asteroid about the size of a full city block is heading our way today...

Microsoft to buy Yammer for more than $1 billion, report says
Los Angeles Times
Microsoft is said to be in talks to acquire Yammer, a professional social media company, for more than $1 billion as early as Friday, according to a report. Rumors of the acquisition began after a Twitter user in San Francisco tweeted that she had ...

Western Digital brings cleverness to a brand new line of routers
By Evan Ackerman You know Western Digital, don't you? They're big into hard drives, right? WRONG. They're big into hard drives and, as of today, routers as well. You might be wondering what WD is thinking and why on Earth you should care, but we've had ...

Just how far did Samsung go to keep the Galaxy S III secret? You'd be surprised
An unreleased iPhone walks into a bar and… well, you know how this goes. And so does Samsung. In an effort to prevent a similarly catastrophic product leak while developing its long-awaited Galaxy S III, the Korean electronics company went to extreme ...


Baidu to share revenue with Apple for iOS deal
Apple recently confirmed that it will be offering Baidu as an additional search engine option for iOS users in China, while Google will remain the default. In an interview with Bloomberg, Baidu's vice president Wang Jing said that as part of the deal, ...

Carnivorous Plant Catapults Ants
Discovery News
Instead of finding a dry hiding place, ants and flies get sprung off the underside of this pitcher plant's lid when it rains. The pitcher plant Nepenthes gracilis has a sugary, waxy lid that acts as an attactive hiding place, but is actually a deadly ...

Windows 8 Links Contacts, E-Mail, Social Networks
People app uses Live Tiles to notify users when they have new messages from services like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. By Paul McDougall InformationWeek Microsoft has added features to Windows 8 that will make it easier for users to quickly scan ...

LulzSec hacker gets indicted
TG Daily
A US federal grand jury in Los Angeles has indicted an English citizen on multiple counts of computer-related crimes. 20-year-old Ryan Cleary stands accused of targeting various Hollywood heavyweights, including PBS, Sony Pictures and Fox.

Facebook Is Ignoring The 'Greatest Internet Landgrab In History'
This week, Google is spending $18.7 million to snatch up territory in “the greatest Internet landgrab” in history. Facebook, meanwhile, is spending $0. Internet-naming czar Icann decided that there's not enough digital land to be had on the current top ...


Opera, the True Underdog Browser, Releases Version 12
By Harry McCracken | @harrymccracken | June 14, 2012 | + When people refer to the five major web browsers, they're talking about Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera. With under two percent market share according to most sources, ...


Thousands of germ species live in, on healthy people
Anchorage Daily News
Some areas of body, such as the mouth, have the diversity of a rain forest. By ROSIE MESTEL After five years of toil, a consortium of several hundred US researchers has released a detailed census of the myriad bacteria, yeasts, viruses and amoebas that...

Verizon's radical 'Share Everything' plan: 4 takeaways
MSN Money
By TheWeek.com 57 minutes ago This week, Verizon (VZ) heralded a new phase in the smartphone era, unveiling a payment scheme that allows customers to put all their phones, tablets, and laptops on a single billing plan. Dubbed the "Share Everything" ...

FaceTime over 3G: Available to iPhone 4S and new iPad Only
By Maricris Other than Maps, FaceTime over 3G will also be available on iOS 6. However, the said feature will be limited to Apple devices that run on A5 chips. This means that only the owners of iPhone 4S and new iPad can take advantage of this ...

NASA chief views history-making SpaceX capsule
Contra Costa Times
AP McGREGOR, Texas -- Marred by just a few scorch marks from its re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere, the world's first commercial supply spacecraft to visit the International Space Station weathered its maiden voyage well, NASA and SpaceX officials ...

Climate Corp raises $50M to insure against climate change
Climate Corporation, the company helping businesses adapt to climate change, has raised a $50 million funding round. The company primarily works with farmers to offer “weather insurance,” which insures against bad weather caused by climate changes that ...

All posts tagged 'NGC 3314B'
Wired News (blog)
By Adam Mann While the galaxies in this image seem to be crashing right through one another, they are actually separated by a wide berth. The photo, taken by the Hubble space telescope, shows a chance alignment of two heavenly objects, ...

Wired News (blog)

Can the Xperia Ion get Sony out of its mobile rut?
Sony is just the latest company to attempt a comeback in the US smartphone business. by Roger Cheng Stop me if you've heard this one before: an embattled consumer electronics company is counting on its latest smartphone to vault it back onto the US ...

Small Planets Don't Need Stars With Heavy Metal Content To Form
Sacramento Bee
By NASA WASHINGTON, June 13, 2012 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The formation of small worlds like Earth previously was thought to occur mostly around stars rich in heavy elements such as iron and silicon. However, new ground-based observations, ...

Acer Iconia Tab A700
The A700 looks suspiciously like the Acer Iconia Tab A510. Well, they're both made by the same company, so I guess it's not that suspicious. With the release of the new iPad, Apple threw down the tablet screen clarity gauntlet, by packing over 3 ...

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