02 July 2012

Nokia Needs A Good Contingency Plan

Nokia Needs A Good Contingency Plan
Nokia chairman suggests the struggling smartphone maker has a contingency plan in the works should its Windows Phone business fail. Nokia Chairman Risto Siilasmaa dropped hints during a live television appearance that the company has a back-up plan in ...

HP To Skip Windows 8 ARM Tablets
World's biggest PC maker says it will stick with Intel architecture, which offers full compatibility with legacy apps like Microsoft Office. By Paul McDougall InformationWeek Hewlett-Packard, one of Microsoft's closest hardware partners, said it has no ...

Firefox OS Smartphones Coming in 2013
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Mozilla today announced that its standalone, mobile operating system will be known as Firefox OS, with TCL Communication Technology and ZTE as its first manufacturing partners. The first Firefox OS-powered devices will run a ...

Archaeologists find 2nd reference to end of Mayan era
Fox News
A stone found in Guatemala carved by the Mayas some 1300 years ago states that the ancient civilization's 13th "baktun" period - each of which lasts some 400 years - will end on Dec. 21, the second historical reference found regarding the ancient...

World's tiniest fly may decapitate ants, live in their heads
Fox News
A new fly discovered in Thailand is the world's smallest. It is five times smaller than a fruit fly and tinier than a grain of salt (0.4 millimeters) in length — half the size of the smallest "no see-ums." It probably also feeds on tiny ants, ...

Apple's iOS takes 65% mobile browser share in June, Android at 20%
Apple Insider
By AppleInsider Staff Apple has continued to take an increasingly larger share of mobile devices tracked by Net Applications, reaching more than 65 percent in the month of June. The 65.27 percent share of Apple's iOS platform, which is found on the ...

Facebook Investigating Email Synching Problem
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Facebook said Monday that it was investigating reports that its recent @Facebook.com email change also altered email addresses within a user's contact list. "Regarding the phone syncing issue, we're having the engineers look into it ...

Best Buy Cuts Price on MacBook Pro with Retina Display
By Ian Paul, PCWorld Jul 2, 2012 7:35 AM The big box retailer is running a sale on all kinds of Apple gear, including iMac all-in-ones, iPod devices, and MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptops, including the 15.4-inch device with Retina display.

Microsft hard at work on one-thumb typing for Windows Phone?
WM Power User claims to have obtained a picture of a new keyboard design for Windows Phone that's curved and would help users type out words with a single thumb. by Don Reisinger Is one-thumb typing coming to Windows Phone 8? Is Microsoft bringing back ...

Sony to Buy US Videogame Streaming Service
Wall Street Journal
By DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI TOKYO—Sony Corp. agreed to acquire US-based Gaikai Inc., which specializes in streaming videogames over the Internet, for about $380 million. The acquisition, made by the Japanese firm's videogame arm, comes as the industry ...

Chrome Set to Eclipse Firefox as World's No. 2 Browser
Last week, Google claimed Chrome was the most popular web browser in the world. By some measures that's true, but one leading research site still places it in the No. 3 spot, behind Internet Explorer and Firefox. Net Applications pegs Chrome's market ...

Apple shells out $60 million settlement for iPad trademark in China
Ars Technica
by Jacqui Cheng - Jul 2, 2012 2:56 pm UTC Apple has agreed to pay $60 million to China-based Proview over the iPad trademark in China after numerous back-and-forths in court. Although Apple claims it has owned the iPad trademark in China since at least ...

Ars Technica

Micron Agrees to Acquire Elpida in $2.5 Billion Transaction
San Francisco Chronicle
July 2 (Bloomberg) -- Micron Technology Inc. agreed to buy bankrupt Japanese chipmaker Elpida Memory Inc. in a transaction valued at 200 billion yen ($2.5 billion), gaining memory chip- making assets that may help it avert price swings that fueled four ...

After six months in orbit, space station astronauts land safely in Kazakhstan
Christian Science Monitor
The team of Russian, Dutch, and American astronauts touched down in a Soyuz space capsule. By Denise Chow, Space.com / July 2, 2012 Expedition 31 commander Oleg Kononenko of Russia (top), Dutch astronaut Andrew Kuipers (center) and NASA astronaut Don ...

Christian Science Monitor

Leap second and storm disrupt weekend web services
BBC News
By Dave Lee Technology reporter, BBC News What is a leap second? The BBC's Rebecca Morelle went to Greenwich's Royal Observatory to find out: first published January 2012 Several high-profile websites and services suffered over the weekend thanks to ...

BBC News

Power Outage Highlights Infrastructure Vulnerability
As close to 3 million inhabitants of the Washington, DC, area hunker down for an un-air-conditioned day of triple digital temperatures after a fast-moving line of storms took out power on both sides of the Potomac, we can ponder for a moment the ...


Droid Incredible 4G LTE coming to Verizon July 5 for $150
by Brian Bennett Rumor had it that the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE was likely to hit July 5 but now it's official. Verizon just confirmed that the mighty little handset will show up in Verizon stores on Thursday for $149.99. Ever since the first Droid ...

Researchers Remotely Hijack Drones on the Cheap
By Richard Adhikari Civilian drone aircraft will soon be an increasingly common sight in US skies thanks to the FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2012. But a team of Texas researchers has shown how easy it could be to remotely hijack these planes ...

Samsung's fight with Apple pressures shares
By MarketWatch SEOUL--Samsung Electronics Co.'s announcement that it has appealed against a legal ruling in the US that could block the sale of one its smartphones signaled the South Korean technology giant's commitment to fight its corner in a crucial ...

VLC arrives on Android -- but may kill your device or end the world
By Wayne Williams VideoLAN's VLC, the hugely popular open source cross-platform media player, has finally been released for Android. Before you get too excited though, this is a beta version ported from iOS, so will only run on devices with an ARMv7 ...

US sees stronger hints of Higgs
BBC News
By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News website Hints of the Higgs boson detected last year by a US "atom smasher" have become even stronger, scientists have said. The news comes amid fevered speculation about an announcement by researchers at the ...

BBC News

Ancient Chinese pottery could alter history of mankind
The Bunsen Burner
Pottery fragments found in a south China cave have been confirmed to be 20000 years old, making them the oldest known pottery in the world, archaeologists say. Working in southern China, a team of scientists have reportedly discovered pieces of ancient ...

The Bunsen Burner

Twitter's Breakup With LinkedIn Signals A New Direction – But Is It The Right One?
After a nearly three-year partnership, LinkedIn has announced that posts from Twitter will no longer be displayed on their site. The news comes as Twitter works to encourage users to visit its own services directly and not through third parties, ...

Humans and nature turn American West into a tinderbox
New Scientist
Eleven new large fires raced across the American west last week, adding to a conflagration that has left more than 30000 homeless and scorched nearly one million acres of forest. Besides the adverse conditions, earlier success at fighting smaller fires ...

Samsung confirms Android Jelly Bean updates, rivals still non-committal
Samsung Electronics confirmed it will upgrade a number of devices to run Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) new Android 4.1 operating system update, but many of the handset manufacturer's biggest rivals have not yet made their plans clear.

Flavor Is Price of Scarlet Hue of Tomatoes, Study Finds
New York Times
Plant geneticists say they have discovered an answer to a near-universal question: Why are tomatoes usually so tasteless? Yes, they are often picked green and shipped long distances. Often they are refrigerated, which destroys their flavor and texture.

New York Times

MacBook Air crashes caused by Chrome bug
by Chloe Albanesius, 02 July, 2012 Google has released a temporary fix for a Chrome-related bug that is crashing new Apple MacBook Airs. The company said on 28 June it had released a Chrome dev update that "contains a fix for Mac hardware with the ...


For Google, Future Takes Many Shapes
ABC News
Last week Google showed its vision of the future of computers, as it publicly showed off Project Glass, its so-called Google Glasses, for the first time. The glasses, if you haven't seen the demo, project digital information right in front of your eyes ...

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