25 July 2012

How Much Do Data Brokers Know About You?

How Much Do Data Brokers Know About You?
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Several House lawmakers on Tuesday penned a letter to nine data brokers that asks for more information about how these companies use consumers' personal information. "By combining data from numerous offline and online sources, ...

Apple nabs 68 percent of tablet market in second quarter
A collection of Android-based devices was able to capture only 29.3 percent of the market, according to new data from Strategy Analytics. by Don Reisinger Apple's iPad has watched its market share in the worldwide tablet space grow over the last year, ...

Apple says Samsung patent royalty demands unfair
By Dan Levine and Poornima Gupta | SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc said Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is demanding from the iPhone maker a far higher patent royalty than it pays to other licensers, at a rate the South Korean company has never sought ...

New York Times drops BlackBerry app
* New York Times has seen "drop-off" in BB app use * Users can still read paper's web version * No decision made on developing BlackBerry 10 app * RIM shares drop 1 pct on Toronto Stock Exchange July 25 (Reuters) - BlackBerry users can no longer use ...

Enterprise Still Likes Apple over Android
Android adoption has doubled in the enterprise, but the iPhone and iPad are still far ahead, according to Good Technology's Q2 2012 Device Activation Report. The iPhone 4S is still the top device with 30.8 percent of activations for the quarter.

Microsoft Sets Date For Its Developer Conference
Wired News
By Mat Honan The conference is where Microsoft leads sessions designed primarily for developers. But as with Apple's WWDC and Google's I/O, Microsoft also tends to make announcements about its upcoming releases. Last year's conference saw Windows 8′s...

Facebook earnings: What to listen for
Washington Post
Facebook is due to report its earnings Thursday, marking the first time that the company shares its financial information since its much-hyped initial public offering in May. The social network's stock has been fluctuating since its debut.

Sally Ride 'never hid,' just private
San Francisco Chronicle
Former NASA astronaut Sally Ride died, Monday, July 23, 2012, after her battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 61. In this 1983 file photo, Ride participated in a fire training exercise before her first space shuttle launch.

San Francisco Chronicle

All Eyes on Mars
National Geographic
Near midnight of August 5, the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft will enter the Martian atmosphere at some 13200 miles per hour. It has at most seven minutes to lose all that speed or the Curiosity rover it's carrying will face a very hard landing.

Apple Binds Macs to IPads With Mountain Lion: Rich Jaroslovsky
San Francisco Chronicle
July 26 (Bloomberg) -- Mountain Lion, the latest Mac operating system, introduces more than 200 new features but seems to have only one overarching goal: binding your computer ever more firmly to your iPhone and iPad, while binding you ever more firmly ...

Google adds calculator to search results
CNET (blog)
Now when you type calculations into the Google search box, you'll get a calculator that'll let you do math to your heart's content. by Don Reisinger Google has added a calculator to its search results. When you type a formula into its search box, ...

What is subtropical plankton doing in Arctic waters?
Christian Science Monitor
The subtropical plankton in Arctic waters are likely the result of an isolated pulse of water that carried them outside their natural habitat, say scientists. By LiveScience Staff / July 25, 2012 Plankton from equatorial waters found in the Arctic ...

Christian Science Monitor

What caused the sudden massive ice melt in Greenland?
Christian Science Monitor
The rapid melting of 97 percent of the surface of Greenland's ice sheet in just four days has left scientists puzzled. By Seth Borenstein, Associated Press / July 25, 2012 Measurements from three satellites showed that on July 8 (right) about 40 ...

Christian Science Monitor

Gliese 581 g Tops List of 5 Potentially Habitable Exoplanets
Scientific American
By Mike Wall and SPACE.com | July 25, 2012 | 3 This artist's conception shows the inner four planets of the Gliese 581 system and their host star. The large planet in the foreground is Gliese 581g, which is in the middle of the star's habitable zone ...

Scientific American

Cars Drivers Love Best
While it would be reasonable to assume that the the models most beloved by their owners are also the best-selling vehicles, based on the sheer numbers of buyers, that's not necessarily the case. Those choosing segment stalwarts like the Toyota Camry ...

Qualcomm unleashes the fastest (and most expensive) Android tablet yet
By Mihaita Bamburic NVidia, Samsung, you can keep your Tegra 3 and Exynos. There's a new champion in the Android world of tablets. There are people that only settle for the best products, so if you're after the fastest tablet running Android you're in ...


The iPod is on life support
Summary: The iPod might not be dead, but it's certainly dying, a victim of its own popularity and convergence devices. By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes for Hardware 2.0 | July 25, 2012 -- 15:58 GMT (08:58 PDT) When you think about Apple, you think iPhone, ...


EU Seeking Global Remedy in Complaint Against Google
New York Times
BRUSSELS — The European antitrust chief said Wednesday that any changes Google offered to settle concerns that it might be tilting Internet search results in its favor should be applied worldwide. Even as JoaquĆ­n Almunia, the European Union competition ...

Nintendo suffering through tough console transition period
Ars Technica
by Kyle Orland - Jul 25, 2012 3:51 pm UTC The transition from one hardware generation to the next is never an easy time for a console maker's balance sheet, as sales of the old system start to taper off and investment in a new system has yet to pay off ...

World of Warcraft Mists of Pandaria released in autumn
BBC News
World of Warcraft's Mists of Pandaria expansion pack has been given a release date of 25 September. It will be the fourth extension to the video game and is designed to keep players interested in the title which is nearly eight years old.

BBC News

Because I Could Not Stop For Death, I Watched This 'Darksiders 2' Trailer Instead
Watch the new Darksiders II trailer and check out some of the new screenshots below. It's been said that Darksiders wears its influences on its sleeve. You can see them plainly in the below trailer. The game reminds me most of the old Soul Reaver games ...


Foursquare testing program to monetize its service
Macworld (blog)
by John Ribeiro, IDG News Service Foursquare is rolling out the pilot for a new program, called Promoted Updates, which will charge merchants to send recommendations to users about their products or services, the company said Tuesday.

Russia Assesses Progress Abort, Looks To Later Docking
Aviation Week
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — Russia's Mission Control is looking to a potential second attempt to complete a docking test of the unpiloted Progress 47 cargo craft on July 28-29, following an aborted bid to redock with the International Space Station late ...

Aviation Week

AT&T to introduce shared-data plans
The Chronicle
By Peter Svensson NEW YORK — Following in Verizon's footsteps, AT&T Inc. said July 18 that it will introduce wireless plans that let subscribers connect up to 10 phones or other devices. Connected phones get unlimited calling and texting, ...

No, Microsoft and Skype are not playing Big Brother
Summary: If all you have is tinfoil, everything looks like a conspiracy. But it's hard to work up even a mild case of paranoia about your personal communications if you actually read Skype's Privacy Policy from start to finish.

VMware Revenue Grows 22%, But Profits Decline
VMware's ability to sustain high growth rates appears to be tapering off as annual revenues approach $5 billion. By Charles Babcock InformationWeek VMware revenues were up 22% to $1.12 billion in the second quarter, but profits declined 13% compared to...

YouTube gently prods users to go by their real names
The online video service takes a swipe at nasty commenters and cleans up its image by encouraging users to use their real names and link to their Google+ profile. by Dara Kerr A Google screenshot featuring Joey Samson, formerly known as joeysam87, ...

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center education site opens ...
San Jose Mercury News
SANTA CRUZ — Mallory Sheehan already knows a lot about the sea. The curious 5-year-old from Santa Cruz knows an octopus has eight arms and that there are pink jellyfish. But Monday, she got to study other sea life up close inside the Monterey Bay...

Do You Feel Trapped by Modern Technology?
By Adrian Covert
The NY Times has an interesting trend piece about how big companies—especially Silicon Valley ones—are beginning to institute policies which encourage people to step back from the streams of information coming at them from their various ...

BYOD: Tech chiefs still split on the benefits, concerned about ...
By Steve Ranger
John Robinson, director of technology at Bloomfield Public Schools, said: “We have added capability for users to connect their own devices natively for email, but are still evaluating the security implications of allowing access to other systems ...
on TechRepublic

Tech City launches advisory board and appoints deputy CEO (Wired ...
By Olivia Solon
The Tech City Investment Organisation has launched an advisory board to provide "strategic direction" for the government's efforts to support the startup community in East London.
Wired.co.uk - News

22 New Tech Startups Join Plug and Play's International - PRLog
Founded in 2006, Plug and Play Tech Center is a Silicon Valley-based accelerator focused on funding, accelerating, and scaling more than 300 technology ...

Is Twitter a Media or Technology Company? - NYTimes.com
One question many seem to be wondering about Twitter: is this duck a media or technologycompany? In a meeting at The New York Times offices in New York, Dick Costolo, the chief executive officer of Twitter, said that Twitter is some ...
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