24 July 2012

Apple Misses Expectations; Shares Fall 5%

Apple Misses Expectations; Shares Fall 5%
Wall Street Journal
By NATHALIE TADENA Apple Inc.'s fiscal third-quarter earnings climbed 21% as the consumer electronics giant continued to see stronger iPhone and iPad sales, though overall earnings and revenue grew less than analysts had expected.

Wall Street Journal

Mobile Developers Prefer iOS Over Android
Mobile developers are far more interested in developing apps for iOS than Android, according to a survey of more than 3600 Appcelerator Titanium developers. According to the Appcelerator/IDC Q2 2012 Mobile Developer Report, Apple's mobile platform has ...

Nicira's $1.26 Billion Path From Espionage to Acquisition
By Ashlee Vance on July 24, 2012 Over the last couple of years, data center aficionados in Silicon Valley have spent an awful lot of time gushing over Nicira, a startup that promised to revolutionize the networking industry. Now the gushing has turned ...

Google and EU Reportedly Poised to Settle Antitrust Investigation
By Cameron Scott, IDG News Google and the European Commission appear close to a settlement that would end the Commission's investigation of the American Internet giant for potential violations of European antitrust regulations, according to The New ...

Contest Wants Ideas for Steve Jobs Memorial in Russia
PC Magazine
By Stephanie Mlot Miss Steve Jobs? You'll soon be able to visit him in St. Petersburg, Russia, where fans of the late Apple founder are planning to erect a monument in his honor. Through a competition to be hosted by a private St. Petersburg foundation ...

Sally Ride dies of pancreatic cancer: What is pancreatic cancer?
Los Angeles Times
Pancreatic cancer, the most aggressive type of cancer, has claimed the life of astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. Ride died Monday at age of 61 after a 17-month-long battle against the disease. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth ...

Advocacy group confronts 'Diablo 3' maker about always-online problems
The best-selling action role-playing game 'Diablo 3' has been on one very bumpy ride ever since it launched back in May. And this week it took yet another hit. A German consumer advocacy group called the Federation of Consumer Organizations is ...

Apple's Mountain Lion launches tomorrow
Apple's next major release of OS X arrives tomorrow in the Mac App Store. It first debuted in mid-February. by Josh Lowensohn Apple says the next major version of its Mac operating system will roll out to consumers tomorrow morning.

Ford takes aim at Lexus with new Lincoln
The Lincoln MKZ Concept car is introduced at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 10, 2012. By Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Ford is taking aim at Lexus with a new Lincoln luxury sedan that goes on sale this fall.


Speaktoit Virtual Assistant Lands on Windows Phone
PC Magazine
By BrothaTech Although Windows Phone has some pretty slick voice integration its not as full-figured as Apple's Siri or the latest Android "JellyBean" OS functionality. That might just change now that the Speaktoit virtual assistant app is now ...

Russian Craft Has Glitch in Docking With Space Station
New York Times
MOSCOW — A Russian cargo spaceship experimenting with a new type of autopilot failed to dock with the International Space Station on Tuesday, in the latest glitch for the Russian space program. Russian space officials said the malfunction should not be ...

Gabrielle Giffords visits CERN atom smasher
Christian Science Monitor
Former Arizona lawmaker Gaby Giffords, the victim of a 2011 Arizona shooting that left six dead, visited the CERN and the French Alps with her astronaut husband, Mark Kelly. By Reuters / July 24, 2012 Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, ...

Christian Science Monitor

Mars One plans suicide mission to Red Planet for 2023
Fox News
There's an old joke about sending someone you hate on a one-way trip to Mars. Now, a Dutch entrepreneur has formed a company around this concept -- and it's no joke. Bas Lansdorp, the 35-year-old founder of Mars One, told FoxNews.com his company is ...

What's Up With Skype?
PC Magazine
Is the government listening to our Skype conversations? If so, it's not a bad thing. Here's why. By John C. Dvorak The tech sphere seems to have circulated an inordinate number of stories about Skype in the last few weeks.

Apple said to be revamping iPod Touch, iPod nano
Christian Science Monitor
By Matthew Shaer / July 24, 2012 Apple exec Philip Schiller talks about the iPod nano at an event last year. A new line of iPods is reportedly on the way. Later this year, probably around October, Apple reps will climb up on a stage in California and ...

Christian Science Monitor

NASA's IRVE-3 Heat Shield Test Flight a Success
NASA recently had a successful test flight for its Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE-3) heat shield. IRVE-3 is a 680-pound cone-shaped, inflatable heat shield that is covered with heat-resistant materials. The idea behind IRVE-3 is to protect ...

Report: Amazon Kindle Fire Could Drop as Low as $169
Tom's Hardware Guide
Amazon may be releasing a new Kindle Fire 2 this fall, but the better deal could be the original Kindle, if we believe the folks over at DealNews. If Amazon keeps the Kindle around, which would be a strategy similar to Apple's iPad 2/new iPad idea, ...

Satellites spot melting nearly all over Greenland, a sudden freak event not ...
Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Scientists say there's been a freak event in Greenland this month: Nearly every part of the massive ice sheet that blankets the island suddenly started melting. Even Greenland's coldest place showed melting. Records show that last happened ...

Will Real Names Make YouTube Friendlier?
By Rick Aristotle Munarriz, The Motley Fool Is the solution to flame wars, copyright protected uploads, and general poor decorum around YouTube simply a matter of introducing name tags? That's the hope of the company that runs the video-sharing website ...

Mad scientists create artificial jellyfish from rat hearts
By Evan Ackerman The researchers at Caltech who invented grew this thing call it "Medusoid." It's modeled after a sea jelly, which are the oldest multi-organ animals on the planet, having probably be swimming around in one form or another for the last ...

Netflix Leadership Open To Working With HBO GO, Unthreatened By Verizon Redbox
Buried a few pages into the Netflix earnings report was an open door to a very interesting possibility: Netflix and HBO GO collaboration. “As for HBO, they continue to do great work with HBO GO, which is now available to most US households that ...

Siri stars with Scorsese in Apple's take on 'Taxi Driver'
Los Angeles Times
Siri, apparently even famed fast-talking director Martin Scorsese is actually talkin' to you. The latest in a string of celebrity cameos in TV commercials for the iPhone 4S with the talking personal assistant subtly taps the Scorsese classic "Taxi ...

Gliese 581g tops list of 5 potentially habitable alien planets
CBS News
(SPACE.com) The controversial exoplanet Gliese 581g is the best candidate to host life beyond our own solar system, according to a new ranking of potentially habitable alien worlds. Gliese 581g shot to the top of the list -- which was published ...

CBS News

Canon mirrorless compact system camera announced
BBC News
Canon has announced its first "mirrorless" compact camera to work with a range of interchangeable lenses. The device offers users image quality and a degree of control over their pictures previously restricted to bulkier models.

BBC News

Artificial 'brain' diagnoses breast cancer, wins science fair
An artificial “brain” built by a 17-year-old whiz kid from Florida is able to accurately assess tissue samples for signs of breast cancer, providing more confidence to a minimally invasive procedure. The cloud-based neural network took top prize in ...

Review: 'Secret World' _ a thinking person's MMO
Sacramento Bee
By DERRIK J. LANG AP Entertainment Writer It's no secret that most massively multiplayer online games take place in either fantasylands, sci-fi galaxies or apocalyptic dominions, which is why it's so refreshing that "The Secret World" is ambitiously ...

Patent Case Could Clarify Use of Some Tech Basics
Wall Street Journal
By ASHBY JONES Patents related to the design of smartphones and tablets will play starring roles in the trial pitting Apple Inc. against Samsung Electronics Co. next week. Apple and Samsung's legal sparring has shone a spotlight on "standards-essential ...

Nokia Drive being offered to all Windows Phone 8 partners, new commute feature ...
Summary: Nokia Drive, the GPS voice-guided navigation part of Nokia Maps, has been one feature that has distinguished the Lumia line from other Windows Phone devices. Nokia just updated Nokia Drive with new commute features that we will eventually see ...


EU regulators suspect worldwide cartel in CD, DVD drives
BRUSSELS — The European Commission on Tuesday said it had sent a "statement of objections" to 13 firms suspected of taking part in a cartel for optical disk drives, used to read or write data on CDs and DVDs. "The Commission has concerns that those ...


Watch the Earth Change Over 40 Years
Popular Mechanics (blog)
These days we're accustomed to quickly pulling up Google Earth and being able to zoom in on our own rooftops. But forty years ago this week, the very first Earth-observing satellite was on its way into orbit. The inaugural Landsat launched on July 23, ...

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