10 July 2012

CEO vows to turn RIM into "lean, mean machine"

BlackBerry CEO vows to turn RIM into "lean, mean machine"
* Heins at annual meeting says BB10 will turn RIM around * CEO acknowledges shareholders' discontent * Company's slate of directors elected by shareholders * Few direct questions about RIM's direction posed * RIM shares drop 5 pct to $7.29 on Nasdaq By ...

'Seven Minutes of Terror' Video Grabs Online Audience for NASA
New York Times
The video is called “Seven Minutes of Terror,” and describes, with the suspense and cinematography of a movie preview, what will happen next month when a one-ton spacecraft launched in November smacks into Mars. “We've got literally seven minutes to ...

EMC Upgrades NetWorker For Performance, Clouds
EMC Networker 8.0 adds a new architecture to boost backup performance and includes multi-tenancy so service providers can support multiple clients in the cloud. By Deni Connor EMC on Tuesday enhanced its enterprise backup and recovery product with ...

Ouya to Enter Gaming Market with $99 Android-Powered Console
By Jared Newman, PCWorld Jul 10, 2012 9:50 AM While the world waits for new game consoles from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, a newcomer plans to take them on with a $99 Android-based set-top box called Ouya. The Ouya has specs that are on par with ...

Western Digital ships NAS-specific WD Red hard drive
Western Digital announces the availability of the WD Red hard drive, available up to 3TB, and designed specifically for network-attached storage (NAS) systems. by Dong Ngo The WD Red hard drive is designed specifically for NAS servers.

Crowdfunding Site Kickstarter Expanding to UK
PC Magazine
By Angela Moscaritolo The hugely popular crowd-sourced funding website Kickstarter is planning to officially launch in the UK later this year, it announced on its Twitter feed Monday. "People in the UK will be able to launch projects on Kickstarter ...

Oracle Adds to Social-media Software Arsenal With Involver Acquisition
By Chris Kanaracus, IDG News Oracle said Tuesday it is buying startup Involver, a move that adds to its burgeoning array of marketing, analytics and customer service software aimed at the social Web. The deal is expected to close within the next few ...

Google Releases Jelly Bean Source Code
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius The move means developers will now be able to play around with the latest version of Google's mobile OS, which was announced last month at the Google I/O developer conference. Jean-Baptiste M. "JBQ" Queru, a software engineer on the ...

Apple will start selling iPad in China July 20
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple will start selling the iPad in China on July 20 after paying $60 million to settle a dispute over the ownership of the tablet computer's name. Apple Inc. says it will begin selling its latest iPad starting at $499 and the older ...

Motorola Atrix HD Packs High-End Specs Into a $100 Phone
Wired News
By Nathan Olivarez-Giles Mid-range smartphones are getting better — on paper at least. On Tuesday, Motorola introduced the Atrix HD, a $100 phone packed with high-end specs. The Atrix HD, a follow up to last year's Atrix handset, features a 4.5-inch ...
Dropbox doubles plan sizes; intros 500GB option
Summary: Need 500GB of cloud storage space just for your own files? Dropbox can do that now. Dropbox is getting bigger -- at least for Pro subscribers. Accordingly thanks to user demand, Dropbox is doubling the space of its Pro 50 and 100GB plans.

Video: Call of Duty: Black Ops II villain backstory
By Mike Snider, USA TODAY Treyarch is shedding a little more light on the villain in its upcoming release Call of Duty: Black Ops II, due Nov. 13 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PCs. This new video, also available on YouTube and the official Call of ...

Amid Higgs boson celebrations, Indians see a snub (+video)
Christian Science Monitor
As the world celebrates the discovery of what is thought to be the elusive Higgs boson, many Indians are saying that more attention needs to be given to the Indian scientist Satyendranath Bose, for whom the boson is named.

Christian Science Monitor

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Coming in September, Will Challenge VMware
At its Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft confirmed that the final version of Windows Server 2012 is set for September and the company plans to target VMware customers. Microsoft's Windows Server 2012 will be released to manufacturers sometime in ...

The strange sound of Northern lights captured by Finnish researchers (+video)
Christian Science Monitor
Northern lights (or aurora borealis) sound like a kind of clapping, or applause, just 230 feet above the ground. The study confirms reports by wilderness travelers who say they've heard strange noises when the northern lights appear.

Christian Science Monitor

San Francisco turns its back on Apple after green registry pull-out
Ars Technica
by Jacqui Cheng - Jul 10, 2012 5:26 pm UTC Some of Apple's products have fallen under fire for not being repairable enough, which may have led the company to pull out of EPEAT. The City of San Francisco will no longer be buying Macs following Apple's ...

Ars Technica

Too Early To Tell If DNSChanger Was Overhyped
Tom's Guide
Despite last week's scary headlines, reports of problems caused by DNSChanger aren't as widespread as expected. That's definitely a good thing, but it doesn't mean Internet users are out of the woods just yet. Here's the scoop so far: the FBI shut down ...

Google+ released for iPad, we go hands-on
Today Google has been so kind as bump up their official Google+ app for iPhone (and iPad) that'll allow people around the world to explore the social network with great ease. This version of Google+ is made for iPhone, but is perfectly suited for the ...


Google to pay $22.5 million to settle privacy charges: source
(Reuters) - Google Inc is close to settling charges that it bypassed the privacy settings of customers using Apple Inc's Safari browser, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Google will pay $22.5 million to settle the matter, ...

Apple Releases Mountain Lion 'Golden Master' to Developers
PC Magazine
By Stephanie Mlot Apple on Monday shipped to developers the Golden Master version of OS X Mountain Lion, indicating that the final version of the OS, expected sometime this month, is imminent. As reported by MacRumors, the Golden Master version is ...

Facebook Jobs Could Kill LinkedIn's Momentum
Facebook is apparently working on a job postings board that it will launch later this summer, according to a report by the WSJ. “Facebook Jobs” will be an aggregator which pulls in job postings by third party providers and makes them available in one...

Scientists attribute extreme weather to man-made climate change
The Guardian
Climate change researchers have been able to attribute recent examples of extreme weather to the effects of human activity on the planet's climate systems for the first time, marking a major step forward in climate research. The findings make it much ...

The Guardian

Triboelectric Generator Produces Electricity by Harnessing Friction Between ...
Green Building Elements
This schematic shows the fabrication process for patterned surfaces in the triboelectric nanogenerators and pressure sensors. A patterned silicon wafer serves as the mold for fabrication of PDMS thin films with micro-patterned features.

Samsung Galaxy S III review: Best of new Android phones (video)
Salt Lake Tribune
By Vince Horiuchi About every two months, I edge closer to dumping my iPhone and buying a new Android phone. They're becoming that good. But the very notion Android handsets are getting much better more quickly is also what makes me ultimately not buy ...

Samsung Wins UK Apple Ruling Over 'Not as Cool' Galaxy Tab
Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) won a legal ruling after a UK judge said its Galaxy tablets aren't “cool” enough to be confused with Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPad. The design for three Galaxy tablets doesn't infringe Apple's registered design, ...

Recommended: Two studies show 'weird life' microbe can't live on arsenic
Quantum fluctuations in science, space and society, from quarks to Hubble and Mars. Served up by Alan Boyle, msnbc.com science editor. E-mail Alan, or connect via Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Why was this such a big deal to begin with?

Verizon's cable deals make headway but regulatory doubts linger
By Diane Bartz | WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The telecoms regulator is prepared to approve Verizon Wireless' plan to buy airwaves from cable companies, according to people with knowledge of the situation, though the company still has to convince the Justice ...

Space Worms Live Long and Prosper
Discovery News
A microscopic worm used in experiments on the space station not only seems to enjoy living in a microgravity environment, it also appears to get a lifespan boost. This intriguing discovery was made by University of Nottingham scientists who have flown...

Cellphone Surveillance Is Up 'Dramatically': Here's The Information Law ...
Huffington Post
In the first audit of its kind, Cellphone carriers disclosed that US law enforcement officials made over 1.3 million requests for customer information last year, and the frequency of cellphone surveillance is on the rise. In June, Rep.

US official: Higher ocean acidity is climate change's 'evil twin,' major ...
Washington Post
SYDNEY — Oceans' rising acid levels have emerged as one of the biggest threats to coral reefs, acting as the “osteoporosis of the sea” and threatening everything from food security to tourism to livelihoods, the head of a US scientific agency said ...

Information Technology Spending to Hit $3.6 Trillion in 2012, Report Says
New York Times (blog)
Fueled by an accelerating move to cloud computing, and by a boom in associated telecommunications services, worldwide information technology spending is increasing somewhat faster than expected, according to industry analysts at Gartner. Over all ...
I'm A 'Tech Savvy' Pro, But Am I CIO Timber?
Dear John: I am a 54-year-old, tech-savvy leader in my field, and I aspire to be more. Since the dawn of information technology, I have studied and watched the industry with great interest. During that time, I also raised a family, cultivated a ...

Global tech market growth stabilizing: Gartner
(Reuters) - Growth in technology spending by companies and the public sector is stabilizing at much lower levels than last year, due to economic worries in many key markets, research firm Gartner said.
Global tech market growth stabilising - Gartner
IT budgets seen rising 3 pct in 2012 vs 7.9 pct in 2011* Economy worries in Europe, U.S., China weighBy Tarmo VirkiJuly 9 (Reuters) - Growth in technology spending bycompanies and the public sector.

House panel probes UN agency's tech shipments
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel is investigating whether a U.N. agency provided computers and other technology to Iran and North Korea in possible violation of U.N. Security Council sanctions.

Neo Technology to Sponsor and Present at O'Reilly Media's OSCON 2012
MarketWatch (press release)
SAN MATEO, CA, Jul 09, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Neo Technology, creators of Neo4j, the world's leading graph database, today announced that it will sponsor and present sessions at O'Reilly Media's OSCON event in Portland, Oregon, taking ...

U.S. Tech Leadership On Solid Ground, IT Pros Say
Two years ago, under the moniker Innovation Mandate, InformationWeek fielded a survey and conducted scores of interviews to gauge whether U.S. IT pros and the industry at large think this country is declining as a global technology leader--and if so ...

A Reality Series Finds Silicon Valley Cringing
New York Times
The new Bravo reality series “Silicon Valley” puts a spotlight, and not necessarily a flattering one, on the technology industry. ... for rowdy housewives and excitable chefs: its own Bravo reality series. But the tech world is not quite ready for its ...

2X Entrepreneur Turned Venture Capitalist | Both Sides of The Table: "I can’t say for sure, but it feels to me like the re-urbanization of technology companies is driven by a broader trend of the tech industry overall – cloud computing. In driving down the costs of building businesses it’s driving down the age of startup founders and thus they’re starting companies where young people want to live – in urban environments."

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