31 August 2012

Tokyo Court Rejects Apple Patent Claim Against Samsung

Tokyo Court Rejects Apple Patent Claim Against Samsung
PC Magazine
By Adario Strange Following Apple's $1 billion patent win against Samsung in a US court last week, the tech industry has been closely watching the companies' other patent fights around the globe. Today a new patent judgment came down in one of Apple's ...


Production of iPhone Screens Delayed at Sharp
Wall Street Journal
By JURO OSAWA Japan's Sharp Corp. hasn't started mass producing screens for Apple Inc.'s next iPhone, a person with knowledge of the situation said Friday, raising questions about whether the US company will be able to secure enough components to meet ...
 
Wall Street Journal

Blue moon: When to watch lunar occurrence
Newsday
Nation Newsday New York > News Print Aa Blue moon: When to watch lunar occurrence Originally published: August 31, 2012 8:53 AM Updated: August 31, 2012 8:55 AM By THE LOS ANGELES TIMES (MCT) The saying "once in a blue moon" refers to something that's ...

Newsday

How many Kindle Fires did Amazon sell? 5M, maybe
CNET
The retail giant says the Fire captured 22 percent of all tablet sales during its lifetime. Asymco's Horace Dediu puts a hard number to that percentage. by Lance Whitney Amazon may have sold close to 5 million Kindle Fire tablet since the device ...

Blue Moon On Same Day As Armstrong Service
WFMY News 2
There's a rare blue moon today, a fitting wink to Neil Armstrong by the cosmic ... A law enforcement official says at least three people have died in a shooting ... James Holmes called a University switchboard in an attempt to reach his .

UK Boy finds rare whale vomit
SlashGear
See that goodly sized rock that the boy in the photograph below is holding? Yeah, it's not actually a rock. What the boy is holding is a gigantic chunk of whale vomit. Disgusting is it not? I can only imagine the boy's mother standing behind the ...

SlashGear

Who's Got the Cheapest iPhone Plan?
Yahoo! News Blogs (blog)
By Dan Schointuch | Money Talks News – 17 hours ago If you're thinking about getting an iPhone, you now have a choice between three major national carriers: AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. But each offers different plans at different prices.

Walmart Announces New Search Engine to Power Walmart.com
Sacramento Bee
By Walmart SAN BRUNO, Calif., Aug. 30, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Walmart today announced a new search engine for Walmart.com to help millions of shoppers browse, discover and purchase items in an easy, fast and intuitive manner.

Diet Pepsi formula getting a sweetener tweak
USA TODAY
NEW YORK – Diet Pepsi is tweaking its formula to stay sweet a little longer. PepsiCo is testing a new mix of artificial sweeteners that lets the soda keep its taste for a longer period of time. The problem is that the current sweetener used in the soda ...

Labor Day weekend expected to be busy for travelers
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
By PAUL PAYNE Labor Day travelers won't be deterred this year by higher gas prices, the sputtering economy or even November's presidential elections. They'll be driving, flying and taking other modes of transportation in greater numbers than last year, ...

Musk says may form holding company for Tesla, SpaceX
Reuters
Aug 31 (Reuters) - Elon Musk, the founder of electric carmaker Tesla Motors Inc and privately held Space Exploration Technologies, is weighing whether to establish a holding company that would own stock in both companies. Musk, answering questions at ...

Tip: Managing 'Notifications' on a Mac
USA TODAY
Question: OS X Mountain Lion's new Notification Center is a little overwhelming. Is there any way I can turn off the messages for a while? Answer: One of the best new features in Mountain Lion is Notification Center. It alerts you of updates in your ...

USA TODAY

Samsung Galaxy Note II price revealed via Vodafone Germany
NDTV
Samsung announced the Galaxy Note II on Wednesday with much fanfare and the upgraded 'phablet' has already generated plenty of excitement. Now, we have the first bit of Samsung Galaxy Note II pricing information. The 16GB Samsung Galaxy Note II has ...

20 Best Android apps this week
The Guardian (blog)
This is the latest version of our now-weekly Android apps roundup, spotlighting the best new apps from the last seven days. It doesn't include games – they get a separate roundup. Meanwhile, the weekly iOS apps roundup can be found here.

The Guardian (blog)

Lift iPhone app review
Telegraph.co.uk
Lift Free Lift Worldwide Jerry Seinfeld used to use a wall calendar to motivate himself to write jokes every day. According to software programmer Brad Isaac, who once asked the comedian for advice, for every day that Seinfeld sat down and wrote ...

Telegraph.co.uk

Oracle Fixes Java Exploits Four Months After Hacker Flagged Bugs
Businessweek
By Jordan Robertson on August 31, 2012 Oracle Corp. (ORCL) issued an emergency fix today for vulnerabilities in its Java software about four months after it was warned about the bugs. The delay in providing a fix allowed more than 100000 computers to ...

VMware bounced from the OpenStack party
Register
By Gavin Clarke • Get more from this author The inaugural board meeting of the new OpenStack delayed its decision on letting VMware join as a gold-level member because of time pressure, according to a report. OpenStack executive chairman Jonathan Bryce ...

No life on Mars: an eerie foretaste of Earth's future?
The Guardian (blog)
Between Knobel and Wien, south of the Aeolian Plain, to the west of the ditches of Cerberus, the mighty strata of Mount Sharp rise out of Gale Crater. None of these names have ever been spoken on Mars, where this photograph was taken by Nasa's ...

The Guardian (blog)

California to license self-driving cars
TG Daily
Californian senators have passed a bill that looks set to make the state the second in the US to approve self-driving cars on its roads. The bill was passed unanimously by state senators, and now hits the desk of governor Jerry Brown, who's expected to ...

TG Daily

A new view of Saturn
Washington Post
A giant of a moon appears before a giant of a planet undergoing seasonal changes in this natural-color view of Titan, left, and Saturn from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Titan, Saturn's largest moon, measures 3200 miles across and is larger than the ...

The nature of the Kepler-47 system
Examiner.com
Related topics Space Astronomy planet formation extrasolar planets extraterrestrial life On Wednesday, astronomers announced the discovery of two planets orbiting a binary star system known as Kepler-47. The star is 1500 parsecs away from Earth, ...

Examiner.com

China's Baidu Strikes Back Against Web-Search Upstart
Wall Street Journal
By PAUL MOZUR BEIJING—A battle is emerging between Baidu Inc. and upstart Qihoo 360 Technology Inc., underlining the high stakes in China's growing Web-search market. Qihoo's emergence as a real player in search just a few weeks after unveiling its ...

Facebook To Roll Out Email- and Phone Number-Based Ad Targeting Next Week
TechCrunch
Facebook will be launching new features next week that allow advertisers to target their ads to customers based on contact information that the advertiser has already collected. It's a way for businesses to connect their Facebook ads with the customer...

TechCrunch

Famous Kids TV Scientist Bill Nye Slams Creationism
The People Speak Out
Famous TV scientist Bill Nye is making waves by slamming creationism on his new YouTube video, entitled "Creationism is Not Appropriate for Children." The video has already had over 1100000 views over the weekend since it went viral.

Acer Unveils Windows 8 Tablets, Ultrabooks
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius BERLIN - Acer today unveiled its Windows 8 lineup, which includes two ultrabooks, a tablet/PC hybrid, and a standalone tablet with its own docking cradle. The company's offerings, which will debut with the October release of Windows ...

Religious groups vie for new Web domain names
Reuters
* Religions vie for names such as .church and .bible * Christians differ over who can use .catholic * Saudis oppose Islamic names, also .sex, .gay, .porn By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor PARIS, Aug 31 (Reuters)- Centuries-old theological disputes have ...

NASA testing spacecraft's water impact in Va
Foster's Daily Democrat
HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — NASA is testing the water impact of the Orion spacecraft at its Langley Research Center in Hampton. The space agency says it is scheduled to test the impact of an 18000-pound test version of the spacecraft Thursday.

Astronomers discover sugar in space
Deutsche Welle
Astronomers have made a sweet discovery 400 light years away. They found sugar in the gas surrounding a star similar to the Earth's own sun. The sugar researchers found is likely to neither taste sweet nor be packed into a cube.

Deutsche Welle

Flipboard hits 20m user mark, adding one user per second
Times of India
LONDON: Popular social media magazine app for iPad now has 20 million users. The app has released an infographic to celebrate its birthday, which shows that the app is adding one new user per second. The San Francisco-based start up won consistent ...

Apple's Secret Employee Training Manual Revealed
Mashable
The latest Genius Training Student Workbook for Apple sales staff landed in the hands of Gizmodo, which shared its spoils on Tuesday. It should be noted, however, that nowhere in the story does Gizmodo mention Apple confirming that the manual is ...

Another former LulzSec member charged with Sony Pictures attack
SC Magazine Australia
By Dan Raywood on Aug 30, 2012 11:53 AM An Arizona man, alleged to have been part of the hacktivist group LulzSec, has been charged with conspiracy and unauthorised impairment of a protected computer in the US. An Arizona man, alleged to have been part ...

Motorola RAZR HD global edition hits FCC with LTE included
Engadget
By Brad Molen posted August 30th 2012 6:17PM The global edition of the still-unannounced Motorola Droid RAZR HD, also known as the XT925, was just seen getting FCC approval. This likely won't come as a shocker to many, since this device (alongside its ...

51% Of People Think Stormy Weather Affects 'Cloud Computing'
Business Insider
If there's a buzzword that's more soporific/confusing than "cloud computing" we're not sure what it is. A survey from Citrix confirms that we're not the only ones who feel this way. It surveyed 1000 people about cloud computing and found that 51 ...

Business Insider

NASA's Dawn spacecraft to leave giant asteroid Vesta for dwarf planet
Daily News & Analysis
NASA's Dawn spacecraft is set to become the first probe to orbit and study two distant solar system destinations, to help scientists answer questions about the formation of our solar system. The spacecraft is scheduled to leave the giant asteroid Vesta ...

Mysterious Wiper Malware Possibly Connected to Stuxnet and Duqu, Researchers Say
PCWorld
By Lucian Constantin, IDG-News-Service:Romania-Bureau Security researchers from Kaspersky Lab have uncovered information suggesting a possible link between the mysterious malware that attacked Iranian oil ministry computers in April and the Stuxnet and ...

Changes to campus-supported cellular service
UC Berkeley
Effective December 1, 2012, AT&T and Verizon Wireless will be the exclusive providers of cellular devices and plans offered through IST for University-owned cell phones. By reducing the number of cellular providers, IST is better able to streamline its ...

IFA 2012: Zagg unveils two Bluetooth keyboards for iPad
Moneycontrol.com
Mobile device accessories and technology company Zagg Inc. has unveiled a couple of Bluetooth keyboards for the iPad as well as a range of gaming headsets at IFA 2012 today. The keyboard accessories - the ZAGGkeys Pro and ZAGGkeys Pro Plus - have a ...

New AT&T flagship takes retail experience to the future
Retail Customer Experience
A new AT&T flagship store is set to open tomorrow on Chicago's Magnificent Mile and aims to give customers a one-of-a-kind retail experience. The flagship differs from the rest of AT&T's 2300 retail stores not only in size, but also in design and ...

Time Warner Cable tries out a gigabit network
Bizjournals.com (blog)
Time Warner Cable Inc.'s effort to build a 1-gigabit Internet network in the Big Apple doesn't fall far from Google Inc.'s fiber project in the Kansas Cities. Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) initially is concentrating on residential connections in Kansas City, ...

Hurricane may push fuel to brink of $4 gallon mark
Tri County Leader
BY DON TREUL Like Amanda Watkins, most drivers will likely find that it will take more money to fill up the tank in family vehicles this week. Leader Staff Photo/Don Treul The pain at the pump is getting harder and harder to deal with as gasoline ...

AMD's Jaguar touts four cores for mobile apps
EE Times India
Advanced Micro Devices is set to showcase its low-power, quad-core Jaguar processor at Hot Chips. A low-power x86 core targeted at notebooks, tablets and embedded systems, the Jaguar packs four x86 cores into one unit with a large shared L2 cache to ...

Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD will finally be available in September
Unwired View
By Vlad Bobleanta on 31 Aug 12 Huawei clearly has some work to do in terms of making the gap between announcement and release of its devices much, much smaller. The Chinese company unveiled the MediaPad 10 FHD tablet at MWC in February, yet right now ...

One More Special Edition Lamborghini Gallardo Planned
GTspirit
Lamborghini have one more special edition Gallardo to release before the current platform is retired. Car and Driver reveals that the Lamborghini designers will release one last special edition model this year, although it's not yet clear what it will ...

GTspirit

Google reacts to Apple's US patent victory over Samsung
Myjoyonline.com
Google has said that it does not want the ruling in the Apple-Samsung patent lawsuit to "limit" consumers' access to Android devices. A US jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple over $1bn (£664m) on Friday after ruling it had infringed several of the iPhone ...

Myjoyonline


Intel energizes wireless charging effort

Intel energizes wireless charging effort
Power Management Design Line
LONDON – Intel has selected mixed-signal fabless chip company Integrated Device Technology Inc. to make an transmitter and receiver ICs for Intel's resonant wireless energy transfer technology. Intel (Santa Clara, Calif.) is pushing hard to bring the ...


AT&T bites into Apple strategy with its own mega retail store
CNET
The aim behind the carrier's new flagship store in Chicago is to educate potential buyers about the benefits of smartphones and other gadgets. by Lance Whitney AT&T is adopting the Apple philosophy with a new mega retail store that focuses on the ...

Dieting Won't Help You Live Longer
Huffington Post UK
A diet that proclaims cutting calories is the secret to a longer life has been called into question by new research. In 2005, The Longevity Diet offered to help readers slow their ageing process and maintain peak vitality by dramatically cutting ...

Samsung Announces ATIV Windows 8, Phone 8 Devices
Tom's Hardware Guide
On Wednesday Samsung launched a new family of SmartPCs, tablets and smartphones called ATIV based on Windows 8 and Windows RT for the former two form factors, and Windows Phone 8 for the new smartphone line. The company said the branding is a reversed ...

Samsung Galaxy Note 2: One Giant Phone
ABC News
Samsung has not had an easy week, with a federal court jury finding it guilty of willful patent infringement against Apple, but the electronics manufacturer is continuing with business as usual. It's moving on to bigger things -- literally.

ABC News

Lenovo Beefs Up IdeaPad S Series Ultraportables
PC Magazine
By Ahmer Kazi Lenovo today announced an expansion of its IdeaPad S Series ultraportable lineup with three new systems: the IdeaPad S300, S400, and S405. Despite sporting the kind of thin profiles that are currently en vogue in the tech world, ...

Lenovo Challenges Google's Nexus 7 With Android Tablets Starting at $299
PCWorld
By Agam Shah, IDG News Lenovo is challenging Google's Nexus 7 tablet with a new range of affordable IdeaTab tablets, which start at $299 and have the Android 4.0 OS. The US$299 IdeaTab A2109 comes with a 7-inch screen, while the $399 IdeaTab S2110 is ...

AMAZON: We're Sold Out Of The Kindle Fire
Business Insider
AP Images Less than one year ago, Amazon introduced Kindle Fire—combining 15 years of innovation into a single, fully-integrated, end-to-end service for customers. Kindle Fire quickly became the most successful product launch in the history of ...

Business Insider

This Sun-like star is surrounded by sugar
io9
A team of European and American astronomers have found signs of a simple sugar molecule, glycolaldehyde, in a gas cloud surrounding a young sun-like star. Located 400 light-years away, it's the first time that sugar has been located around such a ...

What kind of game is Forza Horizon for Xbox 360? (hands-on)
CNET
The Forza Motorsport series of racing games takes a slightly less formal branch with the upcoming Forza Horizon. We get an early hands-on. by Antuan Goodwin This question has had me scratching my head since Turn 10 debuted the teaser trailer for its ...

WD adds USB 3.0 and high-speed HDD to Mac external storage solutions
CNET (blog)
Western Digital announces new portable drives for Macs that support USB 3.0 and a new Thunderbolt drive, the WD VelociRaptor Duo, which uses two VelociRaptor hard drives as its internal storage. by Dong Ngo The new My Book VelociRaptor Duo comes with ...

Astronauts take spacewalk to fix up space station
Sacramento Bee
By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer Two astronauts - an American and Japanese - ventured out Thursday to replace failed space station equipment. Sunita Williams and Akihiko Hoshide expect to spend six hours plugging in a new power-switching unit, ...

The Hewlett-Packard Co. touch-screen laptop, the Envy x2. Source: Hewlett ...
Businessweek
By Aaron Ricadela on August 30, 2012 Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ), the world's largest maker of personal computers, plans to unveil a line of touch-screen laptops running Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s new Windows 8 software, including one model that can ...

Quick Takes: Song goes the distance
Los Angeles Times
The Curiosity rover transmitted the first-ever feature song from the surface of Mars on Tuesday — a track penned by singer and producer will.i.am to celebrate the NASA robot's successful landing on the Red Planet. The song, called "Reach for the Stars ...

Sony launches new strike in tablet market
MarketWatch
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Looking to regain some of the luster it has lost in the electronics market over the last few years, Sony Corp. unveiled Wednesday a slate of new products, including a new Xperia brand tablet aimed at filling consumers' ...

TEXT-Fitch: Samsung - US jury decision, short-term reputation setback
Reuters
Aug 30 - Fitch Ratings does not plan any immediate action on Samsung Electronics' 'A+'/Stable rating following a decision by the US Jury on 24 August in favour of Apple Inc. The ruling stands in contrast to a split ruling on the same day in South Korea ...

Parallels 8 Runs Windows More Like a Mac
InformationWeek
Parallels has released a major update to Parallels Desktop for Mac, the most popular solution for running virtual machines, primarily Microsoft Windows, on a Mac simultaneously with Mac applications. Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac adds support for OS X ...

Gelsinger: VMware 'adolescent who has grown too quickly'
ZDNet
Summary: The incoming CEO aims to instill more operational discipline and hopes company will not grow to become arrogant, while stating that a stronger push into China can be expected. By Ryan Huang | August 30, 2012 -- 10:21 GMT (03:21 PDT) SAN ...

NASA launches twin satellites to study Earth's radiation belts
Fox News
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – Twin satellites rocketed into orbit Thursday on a quest to explore Earth's treacherous radiation belts and protect the planet from solar outbursts. NASA launched the science probes before dawn, sending them skyward aboard an ...

Metal Gear Solid Movie Announced
MTV UK
A Metal Gear Solid movie is definitely in the pipeline, it has been officially announced. According to Famitsu, a film version of the popular game franchise was announced at the 25th anniversary event in Tokyo. Already signed up to produce the movie is ...

MTV UK

Religion News: Bill Nye says don't teach creationism
Little Falls Evening Times
By Anonymous Bill Nye, of "Bill Nye the Science Guy," says "creationism in science class as an alternative to evolution is inappropriate," according to HuffingtonPost.com. "Tax dollars intended for science education must not be used to teach ...

High-quality images compare alleged next-gen iPhone, iPhone 4S front assemblies
Apple Insider
By AppleInsider Staff A video and accompanying high-resolution photos of the purported next-generation iPhone's front assembly hit the web on Thursday, adding to to the mountain of rumors and leaks regarding Apple's hotly-anticipated handset.

Flesh Eating Gulls Devour Whales Alive
Discovery News
Right whales (Eubalaena australis) off the coast of Argentina face the gruesome threat of being slowly eaten alive by birds every time they take a breath. The menace has become so great that local officials are planning to declare open season on the ...

Goophone I5 manages to KIRF the 2012 iPhone weeks in advance
Engadget
By Jon Fingas posted Aug 30th 2012 8:42AM Here's something you still don't see every day: a KIRF that's unveiled before the device it's supposed to copy. Although the 2012 iPhone may not show for weeks, the Android-based Goophone I5 is already doing a ...

Want to build a space elevator on Earth? Start with the moon
Los Angeles Times
Scientists have been dreaming of an elevator that will take us to outer space without the use of rockets for more than 50 years. Michael Laine has spent much of the last 11 years working on making that dream a reality. He started his work at NASA as ...

Isaac behind biggest one-day jump in gas prices
Christian Science Monitor
Drivers are being hit with the biggest one-day jump in gasoline prices in 18 months just as Labor Day weekend, the last heavy driving weekend of the summer, approaches. As Hurricane Isaac swamps the nation's oil and gas hub along the Gulf Coast, ...

Christian Science Monitor

Nobody Knows What "The Cloud" Is
Slate Magazine (blog)
By Matthew Yglesias MySlate is a new tool that let's you track your favorite parts Slate. You can follow authors and sections, track comment threads you're interested in, and more. A picture taken on August 26, 2012 shows dark clouds over Venice during ...

Slate Magazine (blog)

The Digital Wallet Is Starting to Take Shape
TIME
By Jared Newman | @OneJaredNewman | August 30, 2012 | + Imagine if, in addition to all the things your smartphone does now, it could also act as your keys to the real world. Instead of fumbling through a wallet for your credit cards, coupons, ...

TIME

Memorial celebration in Warren honors Neil Armstrong
Youngstown Vindicator
By Ed Runyan Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was a traveler in numerous ways, including trips to live in Champion Township, Warren and many other Ohio communities. Born in Wapakoneta, north of Dayton in 1930, Armstrong and his family ...

Safest-driving cities: Sioux Falls tops list; DC is at bottom
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — If you've driven in the nation's capital, you already know this: It's full of bad drivers. A new report from Allstate Insurance Co. confirms it, putting the District of Columbia at the bottom of the list of the safest-driving cities, ...

NASA completes successful parachute drop simulation for Orion spacecraft
Engadget
By Zachary Lutz posted Aug 30th 2012 7:45AM NASA has always used the desert as its own personal playground, and we'd imagine that its team had a blast in Arizona yesterday, as a mock parachute compartment of the Orion spacecraft was dropped from 25000 ...

Baidu dominance challenged in search engine war
Global Times
By Agencies Battle lines have been drawn between China's search engine leader Baidu and Qihoo 360 Technology Co. after the latter launched its own search engine challenging Baidu's dominance. Qihoo, an Internet security service provider, introduced the ...

Google Self-Promotes; IBM Unveils World's Fastest Microprocessor; Firefox Gets ...
PC Magazine
By Stephanie Mlot In a rare advertising appearance, the tablet can be seen peeking through the minimalist background, under the tagline "The playground is open," with a link to the Google Play store where the device is on sale starting at $199.

Google releases new Nexus 7 advertisement
Ubergizmo
By Tyler Lee on 08/30/2012 03:22 PDT Tablets aren't just for adults these days – in fact we've seen more than our fair share of young children playing on iPads, and let's not forget companies who have created tablets for children in mind.

McAfee app helps protect Facebook photos
Times of India
NEW DELHI: Security solutions provider McAfee has launched a new free application 'McAfee Social Protection' to help users protect their photos from being shared without their permission on social networking site Facebook. Offered as a Facebook app ...

Facebook Can't Say Who Its Oldest User Is
Mashable
Remember Florence Detlor? The charming 101-year old from Menlo Park paid a visit to her neighbors at Facebook earlier this week — and was rewarded with a delightful (if fuzzy) snapshot of herself with young whippersnappers Sheryl Sandberg and Mark ...

PlayUp: Nokia and JBL kick off new speaker range for Lumia
Nokia Conversations
Today, Nokia announces a partnership with speaker experts JBL to create a range of audio accessories, plus the first fruits of the relationship: the JBL PlayUp Portable Wireless Speaker for Nokia. Keen-eyed readers will note that the new PlayUp ...

Broken Apple-1 Expected to Sell for £80000
Gizmodo UK
Deep-pocketed Apple enthusiasts have a big chance to buy themselves a bit of history in October, thanks to an incredibly rare Apple-1 going up for auction. The original motherboard, which doesn't work any more but is one of only around 50 of the ...

Gizmodo UK

Researchers open door to electronics made from single layers of atoms
Ars Technica
by Matthew Francis - Aug 29, 2012 8:15 pm UTC Artist's impression of a nanoscale electronic device made of graphene (carbon atoms, in gray) and boron nitride (BN, purple and blue). The graphene is conducting, the BN is insulating, so by laying down...

Ars Technica

Sleeping Dogs Review: Where There's a Will, There's a Wei
Warp Zoned
Some people like to refer to Sleeping Dogs as “Grand Theft Auto: Hong Kong.” While that's close to being true – you do steal and drive a lot of cars, and there's a huge amount of missions you can take on – there's far more to the game than just a ...

Warp Zoned

Apple AirPlay Direct to work without Wi-Fi connection?
about-electronics.eu
Pocket-lint: Apple is set to alter the way in which we use its AirPlay streaming service, by removing the need for a Wi-Fi connection, according to reports. Instead of a Wi-Fi connection, iOS devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod would create their ...

Jelly Bean for Verizon Galaxy Nexus available (pre-release)
Ubergizmo
By Edwin Kee on 08/29/2012 21:30 PDT If you happen to own a Galaxy Nexus from Verizon, there is a pre-release of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system update available at the moment, but you will need to do your fair bit of homework before you ...

Ubergizmo

Sony CEO says PlayStation Vita sales 'trending behind' in some regions
Globe and Mail
Sony Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai said on Thursday that its new gaming device Vita was mostly selling in line with its expectations, though in some places it was off the pace. Vita hit the stores earlier this year, the latest in a line of mobile gaming ...

Globe and Mail

Lighter, faster, more agile: the new 911 Carrera 4
Al-Bawaba
The new Porsche 911 Carrera 4 unites the excellent performance and efficiency of the new generation of the 911 Carrera with the dynamic benefits of the latest version of the active all-wheel drive system PTM Porsche Traction Management.

Al-Bawaba

Aliens: Colonial Marines new multiplayer mode
Gamedot.
By Gemma Hart on August 30th, 2012 SEGA announced an all new multiplayer mode for Aliens: Colonial Marines today. Escape mode is the second in a number of a competitive, intense multiplayer modes for the game. Providing for an innovative asymmetrical ...

Gamedot.

Cyber spying spreads in Iran after operation blown -researchers
Reuters
By Jim Finkle BOSTON Aug 29 (Reuters) - The scope of a cyber espionage campaign targeting Iran and other parts of the Middle East has widened, even after security experts blew the operation's cover last month, according to ...


Berlin Eyes Careful Balance To Bolster its Tech Sector
Wall Street Journal (blog)
As if to drive home the challenge, the Berlin state government took the opportunity to launch its own mini Tech City initiative, called Login.Berlin. Berlin State Secretary forTechnology Nicolas Zimmer, a former entrepreneur himself, was keen to avoid ...


29 August 2012

Samsung set to unveil new Galaxy Note

Samsung set to unveil new Galaxy Note
Washington Post
Samsung may have taken a hit after a California jury ruled that the company had infringed on Apple patents, but the company is moving right past that trial and prepping another big product launch Wednesday. The company is preparing for the launch of a ...

Samsung's IFA announcement live blog
CNET
by Aloysius Low | 29 August 2012 6:38pm SGT If you're staying up tonight for Samsung's IFA announcement about the new Galaxy Note as well as other possible mobile announcements from the Korean manufacturer, be sure to bookmark this page.

CNET

Samsung's new all-in-one PCs bring Start menu to Windows 8 with S Launcher
ZDNet
Summary: Missing the old Start menu on the new version of the Windows? Samsung may be starting a trend with the utility on its new desktops. By Sean Portnoy for Laptops & Desktops | August 29, 2012 -- 13:58 GMT (06:58 PDT) Much has been written ...

ZDNet

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Mars rover Curiosity beams will.i.am song from Red Planet surface
Los Angeles Times
The rover transmitted a song by musician will.i.am from the surface of Mars. “There's no words to explain how amazing this is,” the singer, of Black Eyed Peas fame, said to the gathered audience, standing on stage with NASA astronaut Leland Melvin, ...

Space Sugar Discovered Around Sun-Like Star
Space.com
by SPACE.com Staff What a sweet cosmic find! Sugar molecules have been found in the gas surrounding a young sun-like star, suggesting that some of the building blocks of life may actually be present even as alien planets are still forming in the system ...


Bargain Seekers Broaden Manhattan's Silicon Alley
New York Times
By C. J. HUGHES. Published: August 28, 2012. A decade ago, in the dot-com boom,technology companies flocked to the neighborhoods along Broadway in Manhattan, with most ending up south of an unofficial cutoff of 23rd Street. ... an initiative started ...

New York Times

Cricket to offer Muve exclusively on Android plansUSA TODAY
LOS ANGELES – Mobile phone carrier Cricket is making its unlimited music service, Muve Music, an exclusive feature of its higher-end phones. The change is a bid to encourage users of lower-end, basic cellphones to trade up to smartphones, which require ...

USA TODAY

Search for alien life gets boost at twin star
AFP
WASHINGTON — The universe is looking increasingly crowded as scientists Tuesday announced the first proof twin stars can host multiple planets -- boosting their search for a planet that could support life. "We're seeing more and more planets in more ...

AFP

Apple salespeople go online in four countries outside the US
CNET
The service will allow customers to get answers to questions related to buying a new iPad or iPhone. by Don Reisinger Apple's store specialists are now available online in some countries. Apple salespeople are now going online in a handful of countries ...

Most Americans Don't Understand Cloud Computing: Does It Really Matter?
Forbes
The ideal underlying the cloud computing approach is that end-users — and even IT professionals — can run computing jobs with no awareness of what servers or networks are making it all happen. So, it's not surprising that a new survey shows there isn't ...

Forbes

The Aircraft and Spacecraft of Neil Armstrong's Career
Wired
By Jason Paur From a very early age Neil Armstrong was fascinated with flight. He was playing with toy airplanes at 3, and by the time he was 5 or 6 Armstrong went on his first airplane ride in a Ford Tri-Motor. By 8 or 9 he said he was building model ...

Wired

Blue Moon legends revealed
Lassen County News
Aug. 28, 2012 — When two full moons occur in the same month, it's called a blue moon, and according to the NASA website, if the wildfires continue to rage throughout the western US, the blue moon, occurring Aug. 31, could actually appear blue in color.

Lassen County News

Hurricane Isaac causes gas prices to rise
KSFY
By Denise DePaolo - email Although the storm is scheduled to hit hundreds of miles away, gas prices have already risen thirty cents since last month. According to AAA South Dakota, they are expected to rise an additional ten to twenty cents before the ...

Where do America's best (and worst) drivers live?
Fox News
Human beings are pretty funny: put anyone behind the wheel of a car, and suddenly he's kvetching about all the idiots on the freeway. We seem certain about our own infallibility, but we can't all be stellar drivers, can we? Indeed, we cannot.

Apple/Samsung dispute not yet made it to China: Xinhua
Reuters
| BEIJING (Reuters) - A patent dispute between Apple and Samsung Electronics has yet to make it to China, with no applications for a probe being made by either company in the country, state news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday.

Seagulls in the firing line to stop feeding frenzy on battered whales
Sydney Morning Herald
BUENOS AIRES: What began as unusual bird behaviour has turned into something out of a horror film for threatened whales in Argentina. Seagulls around the city of Puerto Madryn discovered about a decade ago that by pecking at the whales as they come up...

Sydney Morning Herald

New Auto Efficiency Regs: Special Interests Win, Consumers Lose
Heritage.org (blog)
The federal government finalized new automobile efficiency rules today for cars and light trucks for model years 2017–2025. The rules require an average fuel economy of 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) in 2025. Proponents of the rule advertise the more ...

Second LulzSec hacker arrested over Sony breach
Telegraph.co.uk
Raynaldo Rivera, 20, of Tempe, Arizona, surrendered to US authorities in Phoenix six days after a federal grand jury in Los Angeles returned an indictment charging him with conspiracy and unauthorised impairment of a protected computer.

Telegraph.co.uk

Where Investors Are Going - Consensus Report on Apple Inc. and Microsoft ...
Businessweek
AP Top Technology News At 3:04 am EDT JAKARTA, INDONESIA -- (Marketwire) -- 08/27/12 -- Moments ago, Investors-Alliance.com introduced new coverage of Apple Inc . (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Microsoft Corp oration (NASDAQ: MSFT). Full outlook, analysis and ...

TSMC rejected billions from Apple and Qualcomm for exclusive access
Inquirer
By Lawrence Latif FAB FOR HIRE TSMC rebuffed offers from Apple and Qualcomm for exclusive access to its production capacity. TSMC cuts wafers for just about every chip designer of note including AMD, Broadcom, Nvidia and Qualcomm, but according to ...

Inquirer

Lockdown Facebook Photo Albums: Hands-on with McAfee Social Protection App
PCWorld
By Sarah Jacobsson Purewal , PCWorld Aug 29, 2012 5:47 AM McAfee's latest Facebook app, called McAfee Social Protection, lets users create protected Facebook albums that are viewable only to the users they choose to share with.

MongoDB Upgrade Fills NoSQL Analytics Void
InformationWeek
Latest release of 10Gen's database sidesteps complicated MapReduce processing with a new data-aggregation framework. That distances MongoDB from NoSQL rivals including Cassandra, HBase, and Riak. By Doug Henschen InformationWeek 10Gen, ...

Google Wallet functionality expanding to counter Apple's Passbook
Apple Insider
By Sam Oliver Google has revealed plans to enhance its Wallet service with location-aware store cards, boarding passes and event tickets, much like the Passbook feature found in Apple's forthcoming iOS 6 iPhone update. New features planned for the ...

Report traces Apple Store turmoil all the way to Tim Cook
Fortune (blog)
By Philip Elmer-DeWitt August 29, 2012: 6:24 AM ET FORTUNE -- After Apple (AAPL) public relations released a statement calling staffing cutbacks at its Apple Stores a "mistake" that was being reversed, many thought that John Browett's days at the ...

Google Breaks Protocol, Promotes Nexus 7 Tablet on Home Page
eWeek
Google took its promotion of the Nexus 7 to a new level, posting an ad for the tablet on its usually sparse home page. The timing of move, following the verdict of the Samsung-Apple case, is curious. Google officials have been fastidious about tidying ...

Bill Nye claims teaching kids creationism sabotages the future of the U.S.
Examiner.com
Related topics K-12 Education Schools evolution creationism Education Science In a short video released on Big Think this week, American scientist William Sanford "Bill" Nye claimed that the teaching of creationism in schools is undermining children ...

Examiner.com

China is Fastest-Growing Android and iOS Market [REPORT]
Mashable
The country leads with an astonishing 401% year-over-year growth between this and last July, demonstrating the power of its growing middle class and vast population of more than 1.3 billion people, the report said. Other emerging economies such as ...

Battle.net no longer accessible in Iran
Computerandvideogames.com
By Christine Caruana for CVG Australia To comply with new US trade restrictions and economic sanction laws, Blizzard has had to restrict players in Iran using its online service battle.net. It started with gamers from Iran raising issues they were ...

Logitech UE rolls out new wave of headphones and wireless speakers
CNET
The company's latest incarnation of the Ultimate Ears line of audio offerings includes headphones, Bluetooth speakers, and a Wi-Fi radio. Here's what we think. by Justin Yu Logitech purchased the Ultimate Ears headphone line way back in 2008.

Next-Gen Fitness Gadgets Will Sync to Bluetooth-Enabled Devices
Mashable
The next generation of sports and fitness gadgets and apps will be able to sync with a wider variety of devices — from smartphones, tablets, laptops and even TVs — anything that's Bluetooth enabled. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), ...

Hack on Saudi Aramco hit 30000 workstations, oil firm admits
Register
By John Leyden • Get more from this author Analysis Saudi Aramco said that it had put its network back online on Saturday, 10 days after a malware attack floored 30000 workstations at the oil giant. In a statement, Saudi Arabia's national oil firm said ...

Even Mighty Isis Can't Hurry Pay-With-Your-Phone Future
Wired (blog)
By Marcus Wohlsen The iPhone was introduced in 2007. In the five years since, the smartphone has leap-frogged into the leading ranks of the world's labor-saving devices. That's not hyperbole: Market research firm IHS iSuppli predicts that for the first ...

NASA Builds Your Own Private Satellite — With Google Android
Wired
By Klint Finley The Android powered PhoneStat during a high-altitude balloon test. It's only about the size of a coffee cup. Photo: NASA Ames Research Center What would you do with your own private satellite? If you haven't decided, you should.

Wired

How Amazon's cloud service is transforming computing
Times of India
SEATTLE — Within a few years, Amazon.com's creative destruction of both traditional book publishing and retailing may be footnotes to the company's larger and more secretive goal: giving anyone on the planet access to an almost unimaginable amount of ...

IBM unveils new mainframe, talks Watson as 'supercharged' Siri
Good Morning Silicon Valley (blog)
• A day after announcing a cloud-based software deal — a $1.26 billion purchase of HR software maker Kenexa — IBM is introducing new hardware Tuesday. The New York company is rolling out a new line of mainframe computers as mainframes enjoy brisk sales ...

How Facebook's Stealthy New Headquarters Blends In (FB) - Real Estate News
San Francisco Luxury News
What's new in real estate? Here is an interesting item we saw. You can check out an excerpt of it below. Now we've got an even better idea of what Facebook's new 2800-person campus will look like. On Monday, Facebook real-estate director John Tenanes ...

Grooveshark Android App Returns to Google Play
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius The Grooveshark music app has returned to Google Play more than a year after it was removed. The music-streaming service allows users to search, play, and discover songs from the desktop or mobile apps. But Grooveshark has run into ...

GM Wants to Double Cadillac 2010 US Sales in Two Years
Businessweek
By Tim Higgins on August 28, 2012 General Motors Co. (GM), the largest US automaker, aims to double the 2010 sales of its Cadillac luxury brand within two years, Don Butler, the brand's vice president for marketing, said today.

How to Handle a Stuck Gas Pedal
Cars.com News (blog)
Have you seen the harrowing footage of the Kia Sorento that malfunctioned and sped up to 115 mph on a Missouri highway last weekend? The driver, Lauri Ulvestad, managed to dial 911 with one hand and drive her-out-of-control car with other, ...

'Monster larvae' mystery dating 200 years solved
Examiner.com
Related topics Strange News Monster larvae mystery solved? According to scientists, the 200-year-old case has been pieced together using genetic testing recently. After centuries of seeing the babies, experts have not been able to discover an ...

Examiner.com

Support for Tesla stretches to a US museum and two movies
ZDNet
Summary: Nikola Tesla has been neglected as an inventor, but The Oatmeal has helped raise more than $1 million to set up a Tesla museum in New York, and there are plans for two movies about his life. By Jack Schofield for Jack's Blog | August 29, ...

ZDNet

Canon Adds Two New Cameras to EOS Line
TV Technology
LAKE SUCCESS, NY—Canon is launching two new cameras to its EOS product line. The EOS C500 4K Digital Cinema Camera targets high-end film production while the C100 Digital Video Camera was designed for “beginning filmmakers working on a budget,” ...

TV Technology

Twitter stops displaying names of third-party tweet services
Los Angeles Times
Twitter has stopped displaying the names of third-party services used to send tweets. This means you will no longer see that tweets on Twitter's website and mobile app have been sent from services such as Tweet-bot, Seesmic, HootSuite and others.

Space elevator project shoots for the moon
Tehran Times
A space elevator capable of shuttling robots or humans from the Earth to space remains decades away. But a company headed by a former NASA researcher says it can build a space elevator on the moon using today's technology. The LiftPort Group wants to ...

LG Unveils 4.7-Inch Optimus L9 With Translator App
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius LG today unveiled the LG Optimus L9, a 4.7-inch smartphone running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The L9 packs a 1-GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, an IPS display, and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, as well as a VGA camera ...

Nothing in Blackberry 7 will be in Blackberry 10, according to RIM's CEO
Ubergizmo
By Tyler Lee on 08/29/2012 03:41 PDT RIM's upcoming Blackberry 10 is expected to usher in a new era for the company, and hopefully produce devices and a platform that will prove to be competitive against Apple's iOS and Google's Android.

Ubergizmo

India approves $4.1 bln green vehicle push over 8 years
Reuters
* Sets ambitious target of 6 million vehicles by 2020 * Govt to spend 130-140 bln rupees on plan * Technology seen as prohibitively expensive in India (adds quotes, details) NEW DELHI, Aug 29 (Reuters) - India's government has approved a 230 billion ...

Florence Detlor: Oldest user on Facebook is 101 years old
Alaska Dispatch
The social media giant's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, posted a photo on the site Tuesday of herself with Detlor and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The caption read: “Honored to meet Florence Detlor, who at 101 years old is the oldest ...

The Kindle Wants To Be Free
Slate Magazine
Next week or next year, Amazon will start giving away its e-reader. Here's why. By Farhad Manjoo|Posted Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at 5:47 PM ET Amazon founder Jeff Bezos holds the Kindle Fire on Sep. 28, 2011 in New York City My record on predictions ...


Where Does Consumer Tech Go to Die?
By Brandon Smith
Samsara, a new documentary directed by American filmmaker Ron Fricke is “a non-verbal guided meditation on the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.” The film explores many layers and components of the cycle of life, one of which investigates ...
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