11 August 2012

10 features removed from Mountain Lion missed the most

The 10 features removed from Mountain Lion that we miss the most
Ars Technica
by Iljitsch van Beijnum - Aug 10, 2012 1:00 pm UTC Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once wrote, "perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away." To make sure perfection doesn't ...

Ars Technica 

Mexico TV network seen winning in telecom dispute
By Mark Stevenson on August 09, 2012 MEXICO CITY (AP) — The administration of outgoing President Felipe Calderon is canceling telecom frequency concessions belonging to a potential rival of Mexican broadcasting giant Televisa, something analysts said ...

Security experts push free Gauss detection tools
By Gregg Keizer Computerworld - Two security organizations have released online tools that let Windows users check for possible infections by Gauss, the newly-revealed cyber surveillance malware thought to have been built by one or more governments.

Microsoft Metro: What's in a Name?
By Jared Newman, PCWorld Aug 10, 2012 10:00 AM Microsoft has a reputation for branding blunders, but the latest confusion over Metro in Windows 8 could come back to haunt the company. A big part of Microsoft's next operating system is the visual style ...

Free Game Friday: Take Over Europe and Land On Mars
By David Daw, PCWorld Aug 10, 2012 10:20 AM Maybe it's just me, but despite all the continuing Olympic coverage I think the most exciting news of the week is the fact that we landed a nuclear powered robot on freakin' MARS. So imagine my excitement ...

Google, PayPal, banks, mobile networks in pay-by-bonk peace summit
By Bill Ray • Get more from this author The Electronic Transactions Association, a US body that promotes online business, has managed to get everyone involved in mobile payments round the same table, if only to serve their common interests.

Diablo and World of Warcraft players warned over Battle.net hacking
The Guardian
Millions of players of Blizzard Entertainment's Diablo, World of Warcraft, Starcraft and other online games have been warned to change their passwords after the company revealed that it was hacked on 4 August. Blizzard Entertainment says it has no ...

The Guardian

NASA test spacecraft explodes in fiery crash at Cape Canaveral
Christian Science Monitor
Earlier this week NASA safely landed a robotic rover on Mars about 150 million miles away. But on Thursday here on Earth, a test model planetary lander crashed and burned at Kennedy Space Center in Florida just seconds after liftoff.

Christian Science Monitor

Focus on Fundamentals: NBA 2K13 hands-on preview
The NBA 2K series has dominated the video game basketball field for years, but Visual Concepts continues to refine with base improvements. Full disclosure: I haven't played a proper NBA game since NBA Live '96 on the Super Nintendo, ...

Earthworm robot developed at MIT for tiny science missions
Designers at MIT have created an autonomous robot with the ability to inch forth like an earthworm while it remains impervious to most bashes, drops, and rough terrain. It's called “Meshworm”, and Sangbae Kim, the Esther and Harold E. Edgerton ...

Video: Autonomous robot plane flies indoors with greatest of ease
Remember the chase scene in Evil Dead 2, where the titular dead hunted Bruce Campbell all through the inside of the cabin? Well MIT's Robust Robotics Lab has successfully reenacted that scene using a camera mounted on a small robotic plane that is able ...


Manufacturing Issues Could Cause Wii U Delay
Escapist Magazine
Despite offering a 2012 window for the Wii U, Nintendo still hasn't given a release date for any region. Many have speculated that the console would launch worldwide in November, just in time for the busy holiday season. However, industry sources are ...

StoryBundle Offers Worthy Indie E-Books on the Cheap
By Erika Morphy Indie e-books may not yet be a dime a dozen, but they can be had for a small price compared to titles from major publishing houses. The problem is sifting through virtual mountains of books to find the good ones.

Ubisoft Delays Assassin's Creed 3 on PC
Escapist Magazine
Despite previous denials, Ubisoft has now pushed the PC version of Assassin's Creed 3 back by nearly a month. As recently as two days ago, Assassin's Creed 3 was slated to launch on all three major platforms - Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC ...

Leaked iPhone battery could mean big trouble for an LTE iPhone 5
The latest leak comes from 9to5Mac, which has published what it says is the battery for Apple's next iPhone. While it's physically identical to the current iPhone battery, it does feature a 1440 mAh battery, a slight bump up from the 1430 mAh batteries ...

New NASA Mission Ready To Brave Earth's Radiation Belts
Sacramento Bee
By NASA WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2012 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) mission will send two spacecraft into the harsh environment of our planet's radiation belts. Final preparations have begun for launch on Thursday, ...

Microsoft Debuts Cloud App Model for Office, SharePoint
With Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013, Microsoft says it will make it easier than ever to develop, deploy and manage Web-based apps that extend the power of its productivity and collaboration. By Thor Olavsrud CIO — In July, Microsoft released the ...

Plate tectonics confirmed on Mars
After nearly forty years of research, scientists have finally proven that plate tectonics exist on Mars. A recently published paper by An Yin in the journal Lithosophere reveals that the origin of Valles Marineris on Mars — the longest trough system in ...

Never fear, Kinesio tape is here!
All athletes and Olympians fear injuries taking them out of the game they love. However, there is now a solution that many 2012 Olympians have been using: Kinesio tape. You are likely to have seen one of your favorite Olympians with Kinesio tape ...


Survey Finds Mobile Users More Interested in iPhone 5 than "Pointless" iPad Mini
Hot Hardware
Popular tablets like Amazon's Kindle Fire and Google's Nexus 7 built by Asus seem to prove that the late Steve Jobs was dead wrong in saying 7-inch "tweener" devices have no place in the market, but maybe what he meant to say is that Apple users aren't ...

Hot Hardware

Can Anyone Help These Poor Wireless Carriers Break Their Addiction to iPhones?
Consumers pay a premium to get their Apple (AAPL) fix, willing to pay more for an iPhone than one of Google's (GOOG) Androids. Wireless carriers are just as addicted, and they'd like to break the habit. Feel free to call them ungrateful.

Snailmail Photos To Friends With Facebook's New Postcards Feature
In what could blossom into an ecommerce opportunity, Facebook is testing a new “Mail A Postcard” feature powered by Sincerely that lets you choose one of your photos and have Facebook send it to a friend as a postcard — in real life.

Zynga Launches 'Gems With Friends'
Zynga is expanding the “With Friends” franchise Thursday with the launch of its newest title: Gems With Friends. The game consists of three rounds in which players combine three or more numbered gems together to create a higher-numbered gem.

Facebook Stories: Will They Boost Ad Revenues?
ADOTAS -When Facebook launched their Facebook Stories website, the response was tentative but promising. After all, Facebook executives reasoned that it would be a great idea to spotlight interesting real stories from real people that would never have ...

Sony Confirms The Last Guardian Lives, Weird Rat-Bird-Cat Still Coming To PS3
PlayStation LifeStyle (blog)
After we broke the news that Sony hadn't renewed The Last Guardian's trademark, many couldn't help but wonder what that meant for the status of SCEJ's troubled PS3 exclusive. Luckily, Sony has finally confirmed that the game is still in development.

PlayStation LifeStyle (blog)

Boost to alien status of Nobel-winning quasicrystal
New Scientist (blog)
Evidence is mounting that the only known natural form of a bizarre type of crystal known as a quasicrystal originated in space. Like standard crystals, the atoms of a quasicrystal are ordered, but their arrangement lacks translational symmetry: a ...

New Scientist (blog)

Courtroom tension boils in Apple-Samsung showdown - Today's Most Interesting News!
San Francisco Luxury News
A worker moves an advertisement for the Samsung Galaxy SIII smartphone during its launch in Jakarta May 22, 2012. By Dan Levine SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) – It was the end of a long week in court in the Apple-Samsung legal war, and Samsung attorney ...

Unusual Summer Storm Blasts the Arctic
By Everett Rosenfeld | @Ev_Rosenfeld | August 10, 2012 | + A rare summer storm blasted the Arctic this week, beginning off the coast of Alaska, and moving over much of the Arctic Sea for several days before dissipating. Although the storm itself was ...


Bay Area, get ready for the first true summer heat wave
San Jose Mercury News
Well into the summer months, the Bay Area can expect its first real heat wave of the season, with inland cities like Livermore and Morgan Hill expected to experience the region's most sweltering temperatures as experts keep a close eye on the state's ...

Top 10 Tech Stories This Week: Killer Kitties, Clever Collars for ...
By Jaymi Heimbuch
The hottest stories in Technology from the last week. Catch up quick!
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Technology Is Almost Irrelevant for Smart Cities To Succeed
By Andrea Di Maio
In the mind of policy-makers, both at the local and at the national and international level, smart cities have replaced e-government as the new buzz where technology meets public service, quality of life, economic development and the likes.
Andrea DiMaio

Technology and Art in Perfect Balance
By Johnny Chung Lee
The reason I enjoyed it so much because it is a prefect balance of technology and art fusing hand drawn animation, CG graphics, and a great story. I watched some of the production talk about how it was created. The most enjoyable part of the ...
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