19 July 2012

Facebook user base drops in US

Facebook user base drops in US, says report
By Sharon Gaudin Computerworld - Facebook appears to be losing users in the US and other major markets, though its user base in parts of Asia is growing, according to an investment company report. Facebook saw its US user base drop by 0.7% over the ...

London's Olympic Legacy: 'Silicon Roundabout' to 'Tech City'?
The media center at London's Olympic site has moved one step closer to being transformed into a world-class technology hub with the potential to generate more than 4000 jobs.


Chrome packaged apps pump up Web apps with new abilities
Google has enabled a technology that could mean more powerful Web apps -- and a more powerful Chrome OS and Chrome Web store. by Stephen Shankland With Chrome packaged apps, Google supplies new tools to let programmers control standalone window ...

PayPal snaps up mobile-payments start-up card.io
Los Angeles Times
PayPal recently made a significant digital purchase of its own. The mobile-payment service provider, which is owned by eBay, acquired card.io, a San Francisco start-up that enables users to use a smartphone camera to scan in their credit card ...

PayPal Acquires Mobile-Wallet Tech Company card.io
PayPal announced on their blog today that they have acquired card.io, the San Francisco-based company that "provides technology for developers to capture credit card information by using the camera on a smartphone." About this, Hill Ferguson, PayPal's ...

VMware, CEO Change News: 'Cloud' Move or Rebrand?
Wired News
VMware has named Pat Gelsinger as its new CEO, moving the industry veteran from parent company EMC, where he served as president and chief operating officer, Wired Enterprise reported late on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, the news leaked out about the ...

Motorola Moves to Ensure Its Smartphones Stay on US Market
Wall Street Journal
By Steven D. Jones Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Motorola Mobility unit is making changes to the way some of its mobile devices synchronize calendars after losing a patent battle with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) over how communication gadgets operate.

Microsoft sets Windows 8 launch as Oct. 26
By Gregg Keizer Computerworld - Microsoft today announced that it will start selling Windows 8 on Friday, Oct. 26, a little more than three months from now. New PCs equipped with the operating system will go on sale the same day, said Microsoft ...

HondaLink Connects Drivers to Apps, Messages
PC Magazine
By Stephanie Mlot Honda today unveiled HondaLink, the car manufacturer's newest in-vehicle connectivity system that brings personalized, cloud-based news, information, and entertainment feeds into the 2013 Accord's interface. While the invention might ...

Barnes & Noble Offers $50 Gift Card With Nook Tablet Purchase
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Barnes & Noble is offering up a $50 gift card for those who buy its Nook Tablet before the end of July. The offer comes amidst a report that claims the retailer is prepping a new tablet with a "revolutionary" screen.

NASA's Curiosity rover is due to land on Mars in early August
Washington Post
NASA's Curiosity rover is due to land on Mars in early August, but a malfunction in another spacecraft orbiting the planet means we may not see any photos of the landing. According to NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration), Curiosity, ...

AT&T to offer new shared data plans for smartphones
San Jose Mercury News
AT&T on Wednesday announced a new set of wireless plans for smartphone customers that will allow users to share their data allotments across multiple devices. Following in the footsteps of chief rival Verizon, which announced a similar move last month, ...

Android Hacker: Jelly Bean Tougher To Crack
Android 4.1, code-named Jelly Bean, is first OS from Google to correctly randomize memory, making it tougher for attackers to get a foothold. By Mathew J. Schwartz InformationWeek Expect some notable security improvements in Android 4.1, ...

How Office 2013's streaming as a service works
Ars Technica
by Sean Gallagher - Jul 18, 2012 8:00 pm UTC Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced on Monday that Office 2013 was “designed from the get-go to be offered as a service.” This caused a bit of confusion among those uninitiated in Microsoft's approach to ...

Scientists find new alien planet, smaller and hotter than Earth
Christian Science Monitor
The NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals astronomers a new alien planet possibly covered with molten lava. By Space.com Staff, Space.com / July 18, 2012 An artist's illustration of the alien planet UCF 1.01, a potential exoplanet 33 light-years from ...

Christian Science Monitor

Astronomers discover oldest spiral galaxy in the universe (+video)
Christian Science Monitor
By John Williams, Universe Today / July 18, 2012 Ancient starlight traveling for 10.7 billion years has brought a surprise – evidence of a spiral galaxy long before other spiral galaxies are known to have formed. In this computer simulation, ...

Christian Science Monitor

Photos of early 2000s iPad prototype emerge
Los Angeles Times
Photos of what is believed to be the earliest prototype of the Apple iPad were posted online Wednesday. The images show a significantly thicker device with traces of Apple's design style from the early 2000s while also undeniably resembling the ...

Controversial Spewed Iron Experiment Succeeds as Carbon Sink
Scientific American
By David Biello | July 18, 2012 GEOENGINEER?: The strand of Chaetoceros atlanticus pictured here can help pull CO2 from the atmosphere and bury it in the sea, given enough iron to bloom. Image: Courtesy of Marina Montresor, SZN / Alfred Wegener ...

Scientific American

Will Apple post UK notice that Samsung 'did not copy' iPad?
By Philip Elmer-DeWitt July 18, 2012: 4:42 PM ET FORTUNE -- It was a judicial surprise, even in a patent court considered by experts to be the most defendant-friendly in the world. On Wednesday, nine days after his July 9 ruling that three Samsung ...

Explore the Antarctic with Google Maps and Street View
By Rick Burgess Armchair explorers can now enjoy impromptu South Pole safaris from the warm comfort of their cozy homes. Google announced on Tuesday that its Street View team has been hard at work collecting 360-degree imagery of notable locations in...

YouTube offers face-blurring in video uploads
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – YouTube is offering people a way to blur faces in submitted video. The new tool is designed for human-rights activists and others who may want to protect people in a video. Simply blur faces using the tool before submitting ...


Nexus 7 has display looseness and instant fix
Now that the Google Nexus 7 tablet has been released to the general public and many citizens of the USA and the UK have it in their hands, a display looseness issue has arisen. This issue is rather similar to what Google I/O 2011 attendees experienced ...


EPEAT to Review Ultra-Thin, Light Laptops After Apple Fiasco
In response to all of the buzz associated with Apple's recent resignation from and reuniting with Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), the organization is developing a review of ultra-thin and light laptops that are EPEAT certified ...


Hands-on: Samsung EX2F Brings Wi-Fi With an F1.4 Lens to the Premium Class
There's a lot of tough competition in the premium point-and-shoot class, but Samsung's EX2F stands out thanks to a fast F1.4 lens and Wi-Fi features. By Tim Moynihan, PCWorld Samsung announced the high-end EX2F premium point-and-shoot a few weeks ago, ...

Again, a Glacier Downsizes
New York Times (blog)
By JOANNA M. FOSTER In 2010, the remote Petermann Glacier in northwestern of Greenland caught the public's attention when a chunk of ice four times the size of Manhattan broke off into the ocean. Now, it has lost another big piece: on Monday, ...

New York Times (blog)

There Is No Such Thing as Normal When You Live at the Bottom of the Sea
The Aquanauts had killed the power and strapped on their emergency air masks. Someone smelled burning. In a rich-oxygen environment like Aquarius, fires can spread with ferocity; any hint of combustion is taken with utter seriousness.

Washington State Residents Can Register to Vote on Facebook
The state of Washington will be the first to offer a voter registration option on Facebook as soon as next week. Washington state citizens will soon have the option to register to vote on Facebook via an application on the Secretary of State's Facebook ...


Handicapping NASA's commercial space race
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — If astronauts are launched from American soil once again during the next presidential term, they'll almost certainly be riding a rocket called Liberty, Atlas or Falcon. Those are the rockets being offered as the main contenders ...

Whales Can Ignore Human Noise
Underwater human noise is a great threat to whales. It disrupts their communication, mating, navigation, and more. Unfortunately, this threatens whale species that are already on the brink of extinction due to whaling. The good news is that whales seem ...

Samsung Unveils MV900, A Wi-Fi Camera With a Flip-Up Screen
If you're into self-portraits, Wi-Fi features, gesture controls, and crazy in-camera tricks, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better fit than Samsung's new MV900. By Tim Moynihan, PCWorld Last year's Samsung MV800 was a unique compact camera, ...

Microsoft's reportedly working on Office 2011 for Mac SkyDrive update
By Edgar Alvarez posted Jul 18th 2012 5:25PM Microsoft did quite a decent job of keeping us entertained with yesterday's unveiling of its most recent Office package and all of its promising integration with SkyDrive. Still, Redmond left out any mention ...

PayPal Acquires Mobile Payment Firm card.io
PC Magazine
By Stephanie Mlot PayPal announced Tuesday that it has acquired San Francisco-based card.io, which provides developers with the technology to capture credit card information with the simple click of a smartphone camera. The partnership will allow ...

Music Tech Startup News: Audiosocket, Mixgar, WeGlow, Musikki ...
By Clyde Smith
Mixgar-logo Recent music tech startup news includes Audiosocket's partnership with the Associated Press, Mixgar's funding and deal with Pepsi for Hungarian summer festivals and MOG CEO's David Hyman's activities with WeGlow.

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Tech Report: Mozilla Updates Firefox To Encrypt Google Searches ...
By Andre Torrez
Tech Report: Mozilla Updates Firefox To Encrypt Google Searches. July 18, 2012 12:17 AM. Share this. View Comments. More Activity. Facebook Activity. What's this? Add to Timeline - What's This. Click "Add to Timeline" to publish what you ...
CBS San Francisco

Samsung buys chipmaker CSR's technology and patents | Android ...
By Cory Gunther
Today Samsung has acquired the chipmaker company CSR's wireless handset technology and patents for the tune of around $310 million. CSR is a UK technology.
Android Community

Steve Mann Attacked for Wearing Computer-Aided Vision System
By Dave Peterson
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