10 June 2012

WWDC 2012: What to expect

WWDC 2012: What to expect
By Michael deAgonia Computerworld - On Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook will kick off Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco. At its most basic, WWDC gives developers a rare chance to speak directly with Apple engineers about their ...

Analysis: Stakes high as "Wintel" puts all its chips on Windows 8
By Lee Chyen Yee and Clare Jim | TAIPEI (Reuters) - The world of Wintel - Microsoft, Intel and the Taiwan-based companies that build the computers their products power and run on - is taking a huge collective bet on Windows 8.

League of Legends Databases Hacked, But Payment Info Safe
PC Magazine
By David Murphy Hackers have attacked the servers of Riot Games, makers of the popular free-to-play League of Legends title game forces players (and their NPC armies) to square off in corridor-based killing fields. Here's the good news: "No payment or ...

4 services to keep your passwords safe
LinkedIn, eHarmony and Last.fm. Within the last week, these three companies reported password leaks affecting millions of users — about 6 million from LinkedIn, 1.5 million from eHarmony and an unspecified number from Last.fm. Even the savviest of tech ...


No elegant technical fixes for distracted driving
The Seattle Times
By PETER SVENSSON AP Technology Writer Dialing or texting on a phone is a proven distraction when you're behind the wheel. And as "smart" as today's phones are, they can't compensate for human folly. Phone makers and software developers are making a ...

'Batman: Arkham City' Looks Worse On Wii U Than PS3
Here's a comparison shot of Batman: Arkham City on the upcoming Wii U (right) and almost-obsolete PS3 (left.) See the full size image here. But even in the smaller version it's not hard to see how much better the PS3 version looks than the Wii U ...


Linux on Microsoft Azure Platform-as-a-Service: Big Whoop
As much fun as it is to view the world in a “Linux versus Microsoft” way, the reality is that a technology monoculture is less useful than a heterogenous one. Even Microsoft knows this: they've made a variety of tepid attempts to support integration ...

Academy of Sciences announce discovery of microbes capable of life on Mars
The Capitol Column
A new DNA analysis of the Martian-like landscape on top of some South American volcanoes has found communities of bacteria, fungi, and archaea. These organisms are not just capable of surviving there, but also deriving their energy in ways not ...

The Capitol Column

A texting 'epidemic'
Albany Times Union
AP Dylan Young, 18, a senior at North Arlington High, stands Wednesday, June 6, 2012, near the site where he was in a fender bender caused by being distracted while texting and driving, in North Arlington, NJ More than half of high school seniors say ...

iPhone soon to be available on prepaid Cricket network
By Leslie Meredith Beginning June 22, cellphone provider Cricket Wireless will sell the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, making it the first no-contract wireless provider to do so. Cricket has offered partial subsidies on the phones -- about $150 off what Apple ...

Researchers Shed Light On Cockroaches' Vanishing Act
KGTV San Diego
SAN DIEGO -- You've seen it and begrudgingly admired it: the speed and swiftness with which a cockroach vanishes as you enter a room. Now, researchers at UC Berkeley have figured out how these indomitable and repugnant little critters disappear so ...

Samsung Galaxy S3 Woes: Apple Patent War, No 50GB Dropbox Promo
Samsung will look to deal with ongoing battles while its next-gen smartphone the Galaxy S3 awaits its US market debut. Apple's patent war with Samsung will look to halt Galaxy S3 sales in the US along with other HTC Android devices.


Set your iPhone free: Take a closer look at "jailbreaking" your phone
CultureMap Austin
By Austin Sanders Apple's iOS software is designed very specifically, with reliability, ease of use and overall performance at the forefront of design. This is all well and good for most users, but it can lead to glaring absences of functionality.

Neal Stephenson kickstarts realistic swordfighting game
Boing Boing
By Cory Doctorow at 9:02 am Sunday, Jun 10 Neal Stephenson and the good folks at the Subutai Corporation are looking to raise $500000 on Kickstarter to fund CLANG, a rich, detailed and faithful swordfighting game. I've heard tell of the Stephenson ...

Maps, better photo-sharing likely from Apple
Tucson Citizen
by Jefferson Graham on Jun. 10, 2012, under USA TODAY News Advances in mapping and photo sharing for mobile devices are expected to take center stage as Apple kicks off a big week for product announcements in San Francisco on Monday.

Mars rover, laboratories on display for public at JPL this weekend
Pasadena Star-News
By JD Velasco, SGVN From left, Rebecca Vasquez, 5, and her brother Joseph, 9, and Ryan Moore, 7, check out an MISR image in 3D during Jet Propulsion Laboratory's annual open house Saturday June 9, 2012. The open house continues Sunday from 9 to 4.

IE10's 'Do-Not-Track' Default Dies Quick Death
Wired News
By Ryan Singel The latest proposed draft of the Do Not Track specification published Wednesday requires that users must choose to turn on the anti-behavioral tracking feature in their browsers and software. That means that Microsoft IE 10, ...

Wired News

Revised 'Campus 2′ Documents Shed More Light On Apple's New Spaceship Building
Here's a bit of Friday eye-candy for you. It was almost one year ago to the day that Steve Jobs appeared in front of the Cupertino City Council, pitching his vision of a visually striking, spaceship-esque Apple campus that would accomodate 12000 ...


Swiss court allows Google Street View
Economic Times
Switzerland's highest court Friday upheld Google's basic right to document residential street fronts with its Street View technology, but imposed some limitations on the kinds of images the company can take. The ruling leaves the service legally intact ...

VIDEO: Venus Transit 2012 from Super Hi-Def NASA Camera
By Keith Brown If you missed the Venus Transit last week — or just want a better view of it — check out this video, taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. The observatory's main purpose is to examine the sun's atmosphere and the video captures ...

Opinion: Microsoft should be backing Android. Here's why
Microsoft's failing Windows Phone strategy proves that sometimes, the best platform is the one you can make money from, even if it isn't yours. Here's why hopping into bed with a competitor might have been Microsoft's best move for mobile.


IPv6: Five Things You Should Know
By Tony Bradley, PCWorld Today is the day IPv6 finally goes live. For as long as there has been an Internet IPv4 has been synonymous with IP and nobody really stopped to think about which version of the protocol it was. But, IPv4 has outlived its ...

Hacking group Anonymous takes on India internet 'censorship'
BBC News
By Rajini Vaidyanathan BBC News, Mumbai Members of the internet hacking group Anonymous have been staging protests across 16 cities in India, against what they say is internet censorship in the country. Mumbai's Azad Maidan sports ground is often ...

BBC News

China Plans Its First Manned Space Docking
New York Times
HONG KONG — China's space agency said on Saturday that it will launch astronauts later in June to perform the country's first manned space docking, the latest step in the country's ambitious plan for space exploration. The Shenzhou 9 spacecraft will ...

Dungey makes it two in a row
Side x Side News
by Jon Crowley on 10/06/12 at 6:07 am Factory teammates Ken Roczen of Germany and French rider Marvin Musquin also had a strong day out with Roczen on the podium in third and Musquin in overall fifth. Dungey got off to a great start in moto one and was ...

Side x Side News

Facebook Ads Don't Work? Not So Fast
PC Magazine
By Damon Poeter ComScore says Facebook ads really do work and it has the numbers to prove it. The research firm on Thursday teased a new report due out next week that presents "new findings about the effectiveness of paid and earned media exposure on ...

E3 2012: Game makers focus on second screens
LOS ANGELES – If the gaming industry agreed on one idea at this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo, it's that playing video games on just one screen is no longer enough. The top three publishers — Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony — each focused on new ...

Tyrannosaur is truly Mongolian, experts declare
Fox News
A dinosaur skeleton auctioned in May had been taken out of Mongolia, most likely within the past 10 years, American and Mongolian paleontologists have concluded, which would mean the specimen was removed illegally. "We have pulled a lot of them out of ...

Beneath Arctic ice, scientists find an ecosystem never imagined (+video)
Christian Science Monitor
Scientists report finding a massive bloom of phytoplankton hidden under Arctic ice, suggesting that, as the ice thins and melts, the region is becoming vastly more biologically productive. By Pete Spotts, Staff writer / June 7, 2012 The moon rises over ...

Canadian tech town feels BlackBerry's decline
RIM is Canada's most valuable technology company, an international icon so prestigious that founder Mike Lazaridis and its other driving force, Jim Balsillie, are on an official government list of national heroes, alongside the likes of Alexander ...


Tech Wars: Can Apple stand up to the Google blitz?
Google has invested huge sums in its mapping technology over the years, and about half of its map traffic now comes from iPhones and iPads. Among other things, the traffic from those devices reveals valuable location data that helps improve the mapping...


The Flack: New York Tech Scene Heats Up
By Peter Himler
The Flack. This weblog attempts to shine a brighter light on the subtle role public relations plays in politics, popular culture, journalism, business/finance, entertainment, technology, social media, consumer marketing and sports.
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