30 July 2012

Former NSA Official Disputes Claims by NSA Chief

Former NSA Official Disputes Claims by NSA Chief
Wired News (blog)
By Kim Zetter LAS VEGAS — A former NSA official has accused the NSA's director of deception during a speech he gave at the DefCon hacker conference on Friday when he asserted that the agency does not collect files on Americans. William Binney, a former...

How all your iPhone apps could be hacked at once
By David Goldman @CNNMoneyTech July 27, 2012: 12:08 PM ET LAS VEGAS (CNNMoney) -- The iPhone's baked-in security has improved dramatically over the past few years, which is great for Apple fans. In a weird way, it's good for hackers too.

Apple Jury to Learn of Samsung Document Destruction
By Joel Rosenblatt on July 26, 2012 Apple Inc. (AAPL) (AAPL) won court permission to tell a jury that Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) destroyed e-mail that the iPhone maker wanted to use as evidence in a patent trial set to begin July 30.

Why Apple users are happy to be more inept than Microsoft's
Critics of Apple's new Genius Bar ads declare that they make Apple users look "inept and foolish." But isn't that a good thing? by Chris Matyszczyk It's four in the morning, and still he's helpful. These are such nice people. The other day, I received ...

Apple Continues to Fight Amazon Over 'App Store' Name
PC Magazine
By Stephanie Mlot In the ongoing battle between Apple and Amazon over the "app store" title, Cupertino is now demanding that Amazon produce an executive who will testify about why Amazon dropped the "for Android" tag from its full store name.

Koch-funded climate change skeptic reverses course
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON – The verdict is in: Global warming is occurring and emissions of greenhouse gases caused by human activity are the main cause. This, according to Richard A. Muller, professor of physics at UC Berkeley, MacArthur Fellow and co-founder of the ...

Russian cargo spacecraft docks with space station on 2nd try
An unmanned Russian cargo ship parked itself at the International Space Station tonight (July 28), in a second attempt to test an updated space docking system, NASA says. The robotic Russian Progress 47 spacecraft re-docked to the space station to test ...


Photo supposedly shows iPhone 5 assembled from leaked parts
As rumors of the imminent arrival of an iPhone 5 continue, a photo appears of a device allegedly pieced together with escaped components. by Edward Moyer Has someone assembled a more or less complete example of the next iPhone -- or at least the ...

Can't 'find your friends' on Instagram? Go cry to Twitter
Tracking down your Twitter buddies among Instagram's 80 million users is now tougher than ever — because the photo-sharing service's "Find Your Friends" feature is kaput. And Twitter appears to be at fault. As TechCrunch's Alexia Tsotsis reports, ...

Facebook shares spook investors now. But long term?
Christian Science Monitor
Facebook shares reach lowest level ever as revenue growth slows and investors cash out. Analysts are more upbeat about the potential for Facebook shares. By Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer / July 28, 2012 In this May file photo, the Facebook logo ...

Christian Science Monitor

Sight: An 8-Minute Augmented Reality Journey That Makes Google Glass Look Tame
Sight, a short, science fiction film by Israeli student filmmakers Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo is a brilliant take on the emerging world of augmented reality (AR)—the technology behind Google's goofy glasses. The film, a graduation project in the ...

AT&T slashes HTC One X price in half
By Mihaita Bamburic Have you considered the HTC One X but found the price to be too high? The phone now is a whole lot cheaper. AT&T slashed the price in half -- by $100 from $199.99 to $99.99 on a two-year contract. The One X comes with Android 4.0.3 ...


Tech titans face off in court over iPhone, iPad
By Paul Elias on July 29, 2012 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two tech titans will square off in federal court Monday in a closely watched trial over control of the US smart phone and computer tablet markets. Apple Inc. filed a lawsuit against Samsung ...

Google Fiber: Pros and Cons
By Christina DesMarais, PCWorld Jul 29, 2012 9:39 AM Its service, with 1000 Mbps download and upload speeds, is 100 times faster than the Internet connection that most people have today. That means no more buffering videos, cloud gaming that doesn't ...

Apple Q3 Earnings Miss: iPhone 5 or Consumer Slowdown?
By Nicholas Maithya Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) sales declined during the company's Q3 results, owing to increased speculation over the release date of the latest iPhone, alias iPhone 5. According to a report on ABC News, Apple Chiefs, the CEO Tim Cook ...


Hayden and Rossi hoping for better on Sunday after poor qualifying at Laguna
Sport Rider Magazine
By Henny Ray Abrams MONTEREY, CA, JULY 28- The Ducati Marlboro team had one of their best weekends of the past two seasons in their home grand prix at Mugello. The team left Italy on a high, and with new parts to bring to Nicky Hayden's home race, ...

Sport Rider Magazine

A Death Valley drive with the click of a mouse
By Traci Cone, AP AP FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Imagine being the only driver on a two-lane asphalt highway as the stark desolation of Death Valley National park passes on each side and the crystal blue sky stretches up from the horizon.


NASA X-Ray Mirror Idea Inspired by Scotch Tape (No, Really!)
by SPACE.com Staff Scotch tape, that transparent, sticky hero of offices everywhere, could be a NASA superstar as well. The rolled-up adhesive tape is the inspiration behind a novel idea for a completely new kind of X-ray mirror for big telescopes in ...

John Kelly: Super rocket review positive, but let's not celebrate early
Florida Today
NASA engineers test fired a new J-2X rocket engine at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi this month. / NASA NASA's new super rocket is moving forward, passing two important review milestones this week and progressing into preliminary design.

Violent Stars Live With Vampires
Latinos Post
Artist's impression of a vampire star and its victim. New research using data from ESO's Very Large Telescope has revealed that the hottest and brightest stars, which are known as O stars, are often found in close pairs. Many of such binaries transfer ...

Latinos Post

Rumor: Apple Was Mulling Big Stake in Twitter
PC Magazine
By Damon Poeter Apple, reportedly in talks with Twitter over the past few months about taking a big stake in the microblogging service to help shore up its social networking deficiencies, hasn't reached a deal with the San Francisco startup, ...

No deal for Apple's $10bn Twitter takeover
Apple's negotiations with Twitter for a possible takeover of the microblogging social site ended with no deal agreed, according to rumors, with both firms arguably getting all they needed from Mountain Lion. Reports of the discussions – along with a ...


Storms Threaten Ozone Layer Over US, Study Says
New York Times
Strong summer thunderstorms that pump water high into the upper atmosphere pose a threat to the protective ozone layer over the United States, researchers said on Thursday, drawing one of the first links between climate change and ozone loss over ...

Google Updates Select Locales With High-Res Imagery
Hot Hardware
Google is making its Maps and Earth products even better. While the company clearly has to match Apple now that the company is cranking out its own Maps app for iOS 6, it seems that 3D offline maps with flyover data isn't enough.

Hot Hardware

Hyundai recalls more than 220000 vehicles for potential air bags flaws
CNN — Hyundai is recalling more than 220000 Santa Fe SUVs and Sonata sedans because of potential problems with their air bags. The recall affects almost 200000 SUVs from the 2007-2009 model years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety ...

28nm Chip Shortage May Lead to iPhone 5 Delay
Hot Hardware
If you're one of the many people stuck in a smartphone holding pattern as you wait for Apple to announce (and launch) its upcoming iPhone 5 model, go ahead and get cozy. Reports out of China suggest Apple may delay the iPhone 5 as a result of a ...

Hot Hardware

Tony Hawk's HD sells 120K in first week on XBLA
by Mike Rose [Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Exclusive] Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD, the latest installment and the first downloadable title in the arcade skateboarding series, sold approximately 120000 copies in its first week on sale, ...

Analysis: Evidence for climate extremes, costs, gets more local
By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle | OSLO (Reuters) - Scientists are finding evidence that man-made climate change has raised the risks of individual weather events, such as floods or heatwaves, marking a big step towards pinpointing local ...

How Facebook has grown: Number of active users at Facebook over the years
Washington Post
Facebook added about 50 million users worldwide during the April-June quarter. Facebook now has more than 950 million people using the service in a given month, 29 percent more than a year ago. The company said 543 million of them accessed the service ..

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