12 July 2012

Ouya - $99 game machine everyone is talking about

Meet Ouya: The $99 game machine everyone is talking about
Forget the Xbox, PlayStation and Wii -- the game machine everyone is talking about today is the Ouya. If you haven't heard about Ouya, that's because it doesn't, technically, exist as anything but a prototype yet. But it looks like it won't be long ...

Hubble Discovers New Moon Around Pluto
Wired News
By Tanya Lewis Astronomers have detected a new, fifth moon orbiting the dwarf planet Pluto, using images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope (above). The irregularly shaped moon is between six and 16 miles across.

NASA confident and fearful about rover's autopilot Mars landing
Los Angeles Times
Sit through NASA's dramatic "Seven Minutes of Terror" video, about the upcoming landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars, and you might come away certain of one thing: It's not going to work. No way. No how. With the new video, NASA has stirred up ...

First-Ever Online Photo Turns 20
ABC News
Two decades before scientists at CERN announced they had likely found the Higgs boson, the Geneva-based particle physics lab made history with a little less fanfare. That's when a promotional photo of Les Horribles Cernettes, a comedic musical group ...

Is there any chance for Nokia's survival with Elop as CEO?
Summary: It's been a sad 18 months watching Nokia and it's fall from mobile phone leadership. Can anything be done to turn the tide with Stephen Elop at the helm? I enjoy using all mobile operating systems and even liked using Windows Mobile back in ...

Android Jelly Bean rollout is underway
Washington Post
Less than two weeks after Google first showcased Android Jelly Bean at its annual I/O developers' conference, the operating system is starting to make its way onto Android-powered smartphones and tablets. Google announced the rollout Tuesday evening in ...

Samsung Adds SugarSync Cloud Storage to Galaxy S III
PC Magazine
By Stephanie Mlot The Samsung Galaxy S III includes a number of bells whistles, and one of those adds-ons is free file-syncing service SugarSync. SugarSync has been added to Samsung's AllShare Play service. SugarSync was first added to Samsung ...

Tapbots Unveils Tweetbot for Mac Alpha
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Tweetbot for Mac is a public alpha release, so users will likely encounter a lot of bugs. In a blog post, Tapbots said the company opted to release an unfinished version in the hopes that it would motivate them to finish faster and ...

Apple's decision to withdraw from green registry irks SF officials
Los Angeles Times
Turns out consumers aren't the only ones disappointed withApple Inc.'s decision to withdraw from a registry of green products. Department of Environment officials in San Francisco -- land of the environmentally friendly -- have pledged to inform all 50 ...

More Amazon Smartphone Rumors Emerge
PC Magazine
By Stephanie Mlot More details surrounding Amazon's reported Kindle Phone have surfaced, with a Wall Street Journal report that said Amazon is testing the gadget as we speak. An unnamed source close to Amazon told the Journal that the device currently ...

NYC adds free WiFi hotspots to 10 payphones, with more to come
Ars Technica
The city hopes to make the tenacious tech a bit more useful in the modern era. by Cyrus Farivar - Jul 11, 2012 7:57 pm UTC There are still nearly 13000 sidewalk payphones in New York City, and yes, they're still in use. But now, the city wants to turn ...

Facebook preps developers for iOS 6 release with SDK
This week Facebook has released the beta version of their SDK version 3.0 for developers wishing to get in on the software as early as possible before the iPhone 5 is released this Autumn. This software development kit allowed users to work with ...


Gloves Translate Sign Language to Speech
Escapist Magazine
You might soon talk with your hands, thanks to the winner of the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2012. Remember that 1995 movie Congo with the gorilla that could talk using sign language and a voice modulator? Well, it only took about 20 years, ...

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV has 126 mpg-equivalent city rating
Washington Post
At just under $30000 base retail price, the 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the most affordable all-electric car in the US market. The little five door with very little hood in the front also has an eye-popping, 126 miles-per-gallon-equivalent rating from ...

FreedomPop Teams With Sprint To Broaden Reach Of Its Freemium Internet Service
FreedomPop, the ambitious startup devoted to bringing freemium internet to the masses, has been awfully busy lately. The last time they popped up on our radar the company had just put its WiMAX-capable iPhone sleeves on pre-order, but the team has been ...


Apple iPad gets dedicated Google+ app with Hangouts
By Sharon Gaudin With the free app, which was designed specifically for the popular tablet computer, users can access and make changes to their Google+ update streams, profiles, friends Circles and account settings. It also lets people make comments, ...

Analysis: Is Twitter building ad business at expense of innovation?
By Gerry Shih | SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Is Twitter a technology platform, a media company -- or both? With Twitter's recent moves pointing toward "media company," there is a growing concern among technologists that a trend for greater content control ...

Scientist names a fish parasite after Bob Marley
By Whitney Matheson, USA TODAY If Stephen Colbert is lucky enough to have a beetle named after him, why shouldn't scientists honor Bob Marley with his own biological species? This week it was announced that Paul Sikkel, an assistant professor of marine ...


DNSChanger Still A Threat
DNSChanger server shutdown on Monday didn't cause a significant disruption, but the danger is not over yet, security experts say. By Kelly Jackson Higgins, Dark Reading When the FBI on Monday shut down the temporary DNS servers keeping users infected ...

Some Lion-powered Macs can't upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion
Computerworld - Apple's new OS X, dubbed Mountain Lion, will exclude some older Macs that can run 2011's Lion, the company's website said. The system requirements for OS X 10.8, slated to ship this month, ban older machines including the ...

God particle discovery is a win for science over superstition
Washington Post
The author is a contributor to The Washington Post's local faith leader network. A lot of people don't know that many of the great discoveries in particle physics are largely exercises in statistical analysis. Flipping a coin a dozen times will provide ...

9/11 accused don't want hearings during Ramadan
Palm Beach Post
By Carol Rosenberg Lawyers for accused Sept. 11 attacks mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his four co-defendants are seeking to postpone their Aug. 8-12 hearing at Guantánamo, noting it falls toward the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Rare Baseball Cards Found In Ohio Attic
Crave Online
In what could be the greatest sports artifact discovery ever, the find could net anywhere from $2 to $3 million. By James LeBeau One of man's biggest pastime experiences is the hunt for buried treasure. Wealth and shiny objects just seem to draw out ...

Google, FTC Near Settlement on Privacy
Wall Street Journal
By JULIA ANGWIN Google Inc. is close to a deal to pay $22.5 million to settle charges related to its surreptitious bypassing of the privacy settings of millions of Apple Inc. users, according to officials briefed on the settlement terms.

For sale by owner: 1954 flying Taylor AEROCAR, yours now for only $1.25 ...
By Joseph Volpe posted Jul 11th 2012 4:22PM For anyone raised on the retro-futurist notion of flying cars, this literal-minded, nuts-and-bolts incarnation should make for some incredulous swooning. Looking much like a 1950's interpretation of a ...
How the Euclid Telescope Will Probe the Invisible Universe
by Nola Taylor Redd, SPACE.com Contributor When the European Space Agency's Euclid spacecraft launches in 2019, it will kick off an ambitious mission to map more than 70 million galaxies with a single goal: shining a light on the invisible dark matter...

How Climate Change Exacerbated the Drought
StateImpact Texas
By Olivia Gordon A weed grows out of the dry cracked bed of OC Fisher Lake in July 2011. In a new report from NOAA, “State of The Climate,” the agency suggests that thanks to climate change, Texas is likely to see more extreme heat waves and dry spells ...

Samsung Said to Plan Windows RT Tablet for October Debut
Samsung Electronics Co. (005930), the largest phone maker, will release a tablet that features Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s Windows RT software when the operating system debuts, people with knowledge of the matter said. Samsung has made a handheld computer ...

Why An iPad Mini Now Makes Sense
When news broke last week of a miniature 7.85 inch iPad going to manufacturing, we heard a collective sigh from bloggers: "not this rumor again". If the report had come from a less-reputable source, I would have likely brushed this off as well.

US official: Higher ocean acidity is climate change's 'evil twin,' major ...
Washington Post
SYDNEY — Oceans' rising acid levels have emerged as one of the biggest threats to coral reefs, acting as the “osteoporosis of the sea” and threatening everything from food security to tourism to livelihoods, the head of a US scientific agency said ...

Oracle Buys Social App Platform Involver | Adweek
By Tim Peterson
Enterprise software giants are continuing their courtship of social-centric tech companies. Following May's acquisition of social media management ... “Our technology is expected to extend Oracle's social platform to help customers more easily and cost-effectively collaborate and build engaging applications and social experiences across social networks and the Open Graph,” wrote Involver CEO Don Beck on the company's blog. Involver lists Target, Best Buy, Razorfish and Facebook ...
Adweek : Technology

Incompetent or Shrewd? 7 Tech Companies That Leaked Their Own Secrets
Wired News
As with all Apple rumors and leaks, the technology press jumped on the story, causing a huge stir right before the 4S announcement. In this case, the information wasn't posted in a particularly visible place, making the leak less of a full-on internal ...

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NYC Generation Tech aims to turn high schoolers into techies
A New York City initiative focuses on teaching high school students mobile technology, design, and how to get into the technology business. Read this blog post by Dara Kerr on Internet & Media.

Magid on Tech: Monday's malware scare was yesterday's Y2K bug -- much ado ...
San Jose Mercury News
As a longtime technology journalist, I've been covering reports of viruses, Trojan horses, worms and other malware since the 1980s. In 1983, the FBI arrested the "414" group of hackers that broke into government networks using an Apple II. In 1986, a ...

All You Need To Know About Tech Investing In 5 Charts
Seeking Alpha
Seeking Alpha contributor Jacob Steinberg says it's 1999 all over again, and the tech bubble is back. From couponer Groupon (GRPN) to internet radio company Pandora (P) to social media like LinkedIn (LNKD), Facebook (FB), and Zynga (ZNGA), and even ...

Clean coal tech is ready, but there's a catch
Without climate legislation or new regulations that mandate the technology, companies don't really have an incentive to deploy the technology on a commercial scale. And some experts say billions of federal dollars are still needed to make it more...


Microsoft bets on advanced touch tech in tablet war
Microsoft buying Perceptive Pixel last week could easily be dismissed as just another in an endless line of acquisitions by the big movers in tech. But looking a little closer shows that it's part of a trend that may define computing as we know it over ...

Tech stocks slow down as European saga sees sentiments shift
Globe and Mail
Hopes are evaporating that top U.S. technology companies will offer a safe harbour this year from the economic storms swirling across Europe, Asia and the United States.

Apple abandons EPEAT green technology certification
ZDNet (blog)
Apple has abruptly pulled all its products out of the EPEAT green technology database. On the face of it, the move will make it more difficult for some ... Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion ...

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