02 July 2012

Eric Schmidt on Technology vs. Dictatorship

Eric Schmidt on Technology vs. Dictatorship
The Atlantic
If it occurred to you to wonder what the view on this issue looks like from the top of the tech industry, The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg asked Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Friday. In the broader discussion ...

The Atlantic

Twitter shuts-out LinkedIn to keep tweets to itself | News | TechRadar: "why is Twitter looking to shut others out and make its service less visible across the web? The crux of the matter appears to have been nailed by Opus Research analyst Greg Sterling. "They don't want people to consume and interact with Twitter in places where they probably have no ability to put ads." Bing! The Twitter snub completes a tough month for LinkedIn"

Facebook Timeline Change Said to Affect E-mails, Contacts
By Christina DesMarais, PCWorld Jul 1, 2012 7:32 AM Facebook users upset about the e-mail addresses they listed on the social networking site being suddenly changed have something else to fret about: Altered address books and missing e-mail messages.

A bubbling of tech firms in Philadelphia's Old City
Philadelphia Inquirer
On the upper floors of old manufacturing and warehouse buildings, a nascent tech scene is flourishing, along with related disciplines that both use technology and feed from it. Helping to forge a creative hub, too, are 13 design studios, 17 marketing ...

Cloud Leaves Some Tech Giants Seeking a Silver Lining
New York Times
Google says it is open to working with the incumbents — but these companies have to completely reimagine themselves, centering on using their esoteric knowledge of how business uses technology, rather than how to make a cheaper PC. “What H.P. and ...

UEFA urges delay before goal-line tech decision
Fox News
"No one today has seen the trials. I'm against technology itself because then it's just going to invade every single area of football." Platini promoted the five-officials system as a human alternative to high-tech aids for referees, and protect ...

Disruptions: Next Step for Technology Is Becoming the Background
New York Times (blog)
From the printing press to the Google glasses, the earliest lumbering efforts intechnology morph over time into streamlined, unnoticed tools of daily life, writes Nick Bilton. Read more...

Why supermarket tomatoes tend to taste bland
Los Angeles Times
The mass-produced tomatoes we buy at the grocery store tend to taste more like cardboard than fruit. Now researchers have discovered one reason why: a genetic mutation, common in store-bought tomatoes, that reduces the amount of sugar and other tasty ...

Los Angeles Times

Orbitz defends search results for Mac users
Los Angeles Times
Mac users who search for hotels on the Orbitz online booking service are initially directed to more expensive hotels than PC users, Orbitz acknowledged last week. Orbitz defended the practice, saying the travel search engine is simply showing users ...

Samsung Galaxy S3 Hits Sprint Stores Today
PC Magazine
By David Murphy Alright, Sprint fans – today is your big day. After some delays due to inventory issues, Sprint is finally making Samsung's Galaxy S3 smartphone available for in-store purchasing starting today. That said, it appears as if only the...

Apple shutters MobileMe, keeps data available for 'limited time'
Apple Insider
By Josh Ong Apple lived up to its word on Sunday by closing down its MobileMe service, though it is allowing users to move their accounts to iCloud or download photos and files for a "limited time." A closed sign appeared on Apple's Me.com website over ...

Microsoft Surface Forces HP to Give Up on ARM-Type Tablet Plans
NEWS ANALYSIS: Because Surface will now be Microsoft's home-grown ARM-based tablet device of choice, HP, Dell and a score of other OEMs will be moving to Plan B: x86-based devices. These two companies would dearly like a piece of that cash cow-like ...

Mark Webber on F1 and Goodwood
The Australian F1 driver Mark Webber talks to us ahead of driving the Infiniti Emerg-E concept up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. By Andrew English "Yeah, Monaco was an amazing place to win. There's the history of the place of course so ...


Why performance will help Google steal cloud customers from Amazon
By James Urquhart Jul. 1, 2012, 9:00am PT 2 Comments This week's announcement by Google of its new Google Compute Engine cloud offering is a big deal, and GigaOM's coverage to date has been pretty spot on. However, having read the excellent coverage by ...


iOS feature wish list
The Verge
OK, I normally don't post in the forums, but I wanted to post my wishlist for iOS, what I want to see and stuff. -The ability to change the default apps, and delete stock apps. This is a common feature requset, but the launch of Chrome for iOS has ...

Researchers develop spray-painted batteries
The Bunsen Burner
To test the operation of the batteries, the researchers applied the paintable battery layers to nine ceramic bathroom tiles and connected them in parallel. They added a solar cell which was able to convert the laboratory's light into current.

The Bunsen Burner

Google Glasses available for developers @ $1500 - Technology News
San Francisco Luxury News
Sergey Brin, CEO and co-founder of Google, wears a Google Glass during a product demonstration during Google I/O 2012 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, California . Credit: Reuters/Stephen Lam Google Inc expects to roll out a consumer version of its ...

Is the 'end date' near? Newly discovered Mayan text says no
The Bunsen Burner
Archaeologists in Guatemala have discovered Maya text that references the "end date." However, the Maya text suggests that the Maya calendar is not meant to predict the end of the world, but to promote continuity and stability.

The Bunsen Burner

Instagram, Pinterest, Netflix KO'd by Perfect Storm
'Derecho' in the Washington, DC, area Friday knocked key services offline. Power loss at a data center is blamed. Just when you thought heat was the only weather problem... If anyone in Hartland lost service to Pinterest, Netflix or Instagram over the ...

NASA Space Shuttle Trainer Lands at Seattle's Museum of Flight
by Robert Z. Pearlman, collectSPACE.com Editor SEATTLE — Seattle's The Museum of Flight moved a nose closer to exhibiting a full-size mockup of the space shuttle on Saturday (June 30) with the delivery of the front section of a retired astronaut ...

Wireless speakers great fit for phone use
ATLANTA – Diminutive wireless speakers are filling the shelves at electronics stores. They're proving to be the ideal accessory for people who listen to the bulk of their music on mobile phones. Because the smartphone is now such a ubiquitous ...


Study gives Apple's Siri a 'D' for accuracy
TechRadar UK
By Chris Smith July 1st 2012 A study into the effectiveness of Apple's Siri voice-controlled personal assistant has awarded the app a rather unflattering 'D' grade. Using 1600 common searches, the test found that Siri accurately acted upon the user's ...

TechRadar UK

Apple Said to Prepare ITunes Overhaul Improving Storage, Sharing
Apple Inc. (AAPL) plans an overhaul of iTunes that would mark one of the largest changes to the world's biggest music store since its 2003 debut, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter. Apple will unveil the changes by year's end, ...

Could Facebook be testing a 'Want' button?
Los Angeles Times
A developer says he has discovered new wording in Facebook's code that indicates the social network could be testing or readying a "Want" button. The developer, Tom Waddington, said the button's code appeared in Facebook's Javascript SDK as a tag that ...

Exclusive: Microsoft tie-up, network sale among RIM options: sources
By Nadia Damouni | NEW YORK (Reuters) - Research In Motion Ltd's board is under mounting pressure to consider unpalatable options such as selling its network business or forming an alliance with Microsoft Corp after the Blackberry maker again delayed ...

Leap Second on Saturday Will Cause 61-Second Minute
by Joe Rao, SPACE.com Skywatching Columnist The transition from June to July will be delayed by circumstances beyond everyone's control. Time will stand still for one second on Saturday evening (June 30) because a "leap second" will be added to let a ...

Expedition 31 returns to earth after six month space mission
The Soyuz spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station on Sunday morning to start its voyage back to Earth. Expedition 31 Commander Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Don Pettit of NASA and Andre Kuipers of the European Space ...

BMW Ends Talks With GM on Fuel-Cell Research Cooperation
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) ended talks with General Motors Co. (GM) to cooperate on fuel cells to power future vehicles, with the world's largest maker of luxury autos poised to expand its partnership with Toyota Motor Corp.

LinkedIn Says Twitter Posts No Longer Displayed on Site
By Brian Womack on June 29, 2012 LinkedIn Corp. (LNKD) (LNKD), owner of the world's biggest professional-networking website, said posts from Twitter Inc. will no longer be displayed on its site, as the microblogger encourages users to visit its own ...

Cassini Finds Likely Subsurface Ocean on Saturn Moon
This artist's concept shows a possible scenario for the internal structure of Titan, as suggested by data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Image credit: A. Tavani › Full image and caption › Related animation The colorful globe of Saturn's largest moon, ...

LG Optimus L7 review: a beautiful, entry-level Android 4.0 smartphone with ...
By Zachary Lutz posted Jun 29th 2012 4:15PM Consider your last trip to the car dealership. Let's say you saved up and hit up BMW. While you might've looked at -- or even test driven -- the M3, there's a good chance that your better judgment (and your ...

Nexus 7 vs. Kindle Fire or wait for something better?
Mini-tablets are affordable enough that everyone wants one. But which one should you get? Ask Maggie's Marguerite Reardon offers some advice. by Marguerite Reardon The $200 tablet market is heating up as Google introduces its own Android Nexus 7 tablet ...

How much will the Wii U cost?
We take a look at the past pricing schemes of Nintendo consoles, and ask our readers to help us guess the expected Wii U price point. by Christopher MacManus A bundled Wii U GamePad casts doubt as to how much the Wii U package could cost consumers.

Path App Integrates Nike+ FuelBand Updates
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Path today announced a tie-up with Nike that will allow Nike+ FuelBand users to chart their progress via the social network. "Starting today, the Nike+ FuelBand integrates with Path so the people who care about you can help you meet ...

In Waterloo, a tech sector looks beyond BlackBerry
Globe and Mail
As RIM shrinks, the question is whether the Waterloo technology sector that it spawned can pick up the slack and flourish on its own. RIM's free fall is leaving a vacuum in the Canadian tech scene, once populated with a healthy number of sizable public ...

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