24 August 2012

Apple, Samsung face sales bans in South Korea

Apple, Samsung face sales bans in South Korea
Washington Post
Apple and Samsung both face sales bans in South Korea following a ruling from a panel of judges in Seoul that the electronics companies have infringed on each other's patents. The ruling, according to the Associated Press, doesn't affect the latest ...

Facebook Takes Mobile App Native For Speed
By Thomas Claburn InformationWeek Stung by user contempt for its sluggish iOS app, Facebook has turned away from the Web technology it once celebrated and toward native iOS code. The result is a much speedier version of its mobile app.

Microsoft rolls out first new logo in 25 years
| SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp unveiled its first new logo in 25 years on Thursday as it looks to unify its branding ahead of a clutch of new product releases this year. The world's largest software company is introducing a dash of color in its ...

Are you ready for a shared data plan?
If you're one of the 200 million wireless customers of AT&T or Verizon, it's time to make a decision about shared data plans. Verizon rolled out its Share Everything plans to new customers back in June. The mobile operator allows current customers to ...


New Mars Video Released
Daily Beast
After a stunningly successful landing, NASA has released new footage from a camera onboard the Mars Curiosity craft, which shows one of the most difficult aspects of the multibillion-dollar mission. In the video, the craft flies toward the surface of ...

Daily Beast

Astronomers discover twins to our Milky Way galaxy
Our Milky Way galaxy is a spiral galaxy and as special as it is, it's certainly not the only galaxy of its kind in the universe. Astronomers have announced the discovery of two galaxies that are nearly a perfect match for the Milky Way.


Facebook Messages: A Rundown of Its New Look
PCWorld (blog)
By Ian Paul, PCWorld Aug 23, 2012 7:30 AM Facebook is taking another step toward turning Messages into a full-fledged e-mail client with a new two-panel layout reminiscent of Apple's touch-friendly design for Mail on the iPad.

iPhone Ranked Seventh in China's Smartphone Market -- Watch Out, ZTE
All Things Digital
Apple's iPhone has been gaining a lot of traction in China recently. As Apple CEO Tim Cook said during the company's third-quarter earnings call, greater China accounted for two-thirds of Apple's revenue in the Asia-Pacific region during the period.

All Things Digital

Boffins confirm sunspot-weather link
By Richard Chirgwin • Get more from this author A group of scientists led by German researcher Frank Sirocko of the Johannes Gutenberg University at Mainz has provided a long-term statistical study relating weather to the Sun's 11-year cycle.

iPhone 5 likely price in UK and Europe: A rough estimation
News Tribe (blog)
By Ubaid Mughal - Aug 24th, 2012 (No Comment) London: September is coming so as launching ceremony of Apple's much anticipated iPhone 5. Youth across Europe particularly in United Kingdom are eager to know whether the upcoming smartphone price would be ...

News Tribe (blog)

10 key moments during Tim Cook's first year as CEO (pictures)
When Tim Cook introduced the iPhone 4S on Oct. 4, 2011, it was the first update to Apple's popular smartphone line in almost a year and a half. The company had extra incentive to get it right given fierce competition from Google's Android platform.

Amazon Sends Invites for Sept. 6 Event—New Kindle Fire on Tap?
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Amazon on Wednesday sent out invites for a Sept. 6 press event that will likely include the launch of the next-gen Amazon Kindle Fire. The event kicks off at 10:30 am Pacific in Santa Monica, Calif. Amazon did not provide any ...

Arctic sea ice melt set to break record
BBC News
Summer sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is expected to shrink to a record minimum amount sometime next week and then continue melting. The previous record was set in 2007, when Arctic ice cover shrank to 1.66 million square miles (4.28 million square km), ...

BBC News

Microsoft Launches Election 2012 Hub on Xbox Live
Microsoft has announced Election 2012 on Xbox Live, a unique hub that will give Xbox owner an opportunity t to watch the presidential debates, interact with polls, view news, analysis and register to vote through the organization Rock the Vote.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 unveiled in India
India Today
Samsung Electronics on Friday launched the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 , officially known as Galaxy Note 800, in the Indian market. The tablet, priced at Rs 39990, has already been launched in US, UK and South Korea. The Note 8000 reportedly features...

India Today

Consumer group files motion to oppose Google, FTC settlement
Summary: A US consumer group says it is unfair that Google can escape with a meager (albeit record) penalty but without admitting guilt, after the search giant bypassed the Safari browser's privacy settings. By Zack Whittaker for Between the Lines ...

Obama, Romney Battle it Out (For Real) in New iOS Game
PC Magazine
By Stephanie Mlot A new iOS game turns the 2012 presidential election into an animated battle for the White House. Epic Games, Inc. and ChAIR Entertainment today released VOTE!!! The Game, the political slugfest that also reminds you to vote.

Rat That Doesn't Gnaw Discovered in Indonesia
Sci-Tech Today
By Niniek Karmini Scientists say an unusual species of rat that cannot gnaw or chew has been discovered on an island in Indonesia and is an example of rodent evolution. The shrew-like animal is the only rodent out of more than 2200 known species that ...

Sci-Tech Today

SpaceX's next cargo run to space station in October
SpaceX is scheduled to launch the first of its 12 contracted cargo flights to the International Space Station in October, 2012. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced Thursday at Kennedy Space Center that SpaceX is now fully certified to ferry ...

XCOR to move operations near Kennedy Space Center
Kennedy Space Center is getting a new neighbor: XCOR Aerospace announced they intend to establish an operational base in Florida, and also hope to build a manufacturing and assembly center for the XCOR Lynx Mark II suborbital reusable launch vehicles.

Review: 2012 Toyota Prius C much more lovable than its big brother
Toronto Star
It happens in every family: there are some people you don't really care for all that much, and some you like. That's the case with the Prius C, one of two 2012 hybrids Toyota has introduced alongside its original Prius hatchback (the other is the Prius ...

Toronto Star

Dark Souls PC hack enables higher resolutions
by Alice O'Connor, Aug 24, 2012 6:15am PDT PC masochists were dismayed by news that the PC edition of Dark Souls would render at 1024x720 at 30fps, but a few predicted that the platform's wonderful modability would save the day.


47% of Users Feel They Don't Need 4G
Based on a recent survey of 3000 individuals by investment firm Piper Jaffray, 47% of those polled state they don't really need 4G connectivity. 26% of those polled indicated they feel all 4G network technologies are the same, and just 15% of those ...

Siemens flaw would require sophistication to exploit
By Antone Gonsalves August 24, 2012 — CSO — A security flaw found in Siemens networking equipment used in power plants and other critical systems could only be fully exploited in a highly sophisticated attack, experts say.

Guild Wars 2 early access begins tomorrow
The wait is almost over for Guild Wars 2. Although the game doesn't officially launch until August 28, early access will be granted as part of the Headstart program for those fans who have pre-purchased Guild Wars 2. Beginning tomorrow, August 25, ...


Glasses-free 3D Cinema Technology Can Soon Be a Reality
Complex.com (blog)
By Dru Ashe | Aug 23, 2012 | 1:57 pm | Permalink A recent breakthrough by Seoul National University discovered glasses-free 3D movies are possible. The study was recently published in the journal Optics Express. With glasses-free 3D devices like the ...

Save a life, buy an app
Rest in peace to the bad guys, or, if you're too cheap to support a developer by paying for their application, the good guys. The United States Department of Justice has gone on a killing spree, crushing three of the best-known websites and markets for ...

Look Out!: Ann Arbor Cars to Communicate with One Another to Avoid Crashes ...
Scientific American
By Susan Kuchinskas HITTING THE ROAD: The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and eight automakers have kicked off a year-long test to determine whether vehicles that talk to each other can prevent accidents.

Scientific American

A look at BlackBerry maker Research in Motion
RIM faces the most difficult period in its history. RIM, which developed the ground-breaking BlackBerry in 1999, has hired a team of bankers to help it weigh its options. Those options include partnering with other companies, licensing software and ...

Researchers spot apes fashioning advanced tools
Christian Science Monitor
The great apes known as bonobos can make stone tools far more varied in purpose than previously known, reaching a level of technological competence formerly assigned only to the human lineage, according to researchers. These findings may shed light on...

Christian Science Monitor

Q and A: Michael Lemonick On Global Weirdness, Climate Change, And How To Talk ...
Village Voice (blog)
By Nick Pinto Fri., Aug. 24 2012 at 5:00 AM Michael Lemonick is a former senior science writer at Time Magazine, the senior staff writer at Climate Central, and the lead author of Global Weirdness, a new book that attempts to lay out, in simple terms, ...

Review: Mario's latest gold rush doesn't pan out
CBS News
Whenever video-game companies stretch out popular franchises for financial reasons rather than creative ones, disenchanted customers call it a "money grab." It's a charge Nintendo has largely been immune to, even though its most popular character, ...

LG Optimus 4X HD review
Over the last few years, the dynamics of mobile phone manufacturing arena have changed significantly; companies that were once at the top are nowhere to be seen and others have risen to the helm. LG belongs firmly to the first category, ...

Mysterious Origins of Brightest Star Explosions Revealed
The most powerful exploding stars in the universe are still cloaked in mystery, but some are now yielding the secrets of their origins, scientists say. Research is also shedding light on gamma-ray bursts, the most powerful explosions in the universe, ...

Aerospace Engineers Invent A Working Hovercraft
Business Insider
A resurrected hover vehicle won't fly through dense forests as effortlessly as the "Star Wars" speeder bikes from "Return of the Jedi," but its intuitive controls could someday allow anyone to fly it without pilot training. The aerial vehicle resembles ...

Dinosaur Footprints of Deadly Flesh Eaters Found in Pr. George's
Just 11 days after the Curiosity rover touched down on the Red Planet, back on earth, tracker Ray Stanford stood on NASA Goddard soil announcing a more terrestrial breakthrough—dinosaur footprints. That's footprints, plural— in Prince George's County.

In Memory of Nintendo Power
By Jared Newman | @OneJaredNewman | August 24, 2012 | + At the end of this year, the lights will turn off at Nintendo Power. Future US, which has produced the long-running magazine for the last five years, is pulling out, and Nintendo says it won't ...


FCC May Again Change Broadband Definition Threshold Also Says They're Going to ...
by Karl Bode 12 hours ago tags: fcc · bandwidth If you've been following this sector at all for the last decade, you'll note that the broadband industry has had a hard time even accurately defining what broadband is, much less how we should forge a ...

How To Control Google's Largest Search Partner: AOL Search
Search Engine Watch
by Justin Freid, August 24, 2012 Comments For the longest time, SEM managers have had to lump their Google search targeted campaigns together with campaigns that targeted Google's search partners. These partners have been made up of the likes of AOL, ...

Cave of the Monkeys find complicates our Asia story
The Conversation
Did our Asian story just get more complicated? It seems so. An article published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Fabrice Demeter and co-workers describes a new modern human skull from Tam Pa Ling (Cave of the ...

Sony Xperia J leaked ahead of IFA
BGR India
Sony's Xperia J has been leaked ahead of its rumored launch at IFA in Berlin starting next week according to a report filed by GSM Arena. The Xperia J is decidedly mid to low end smartphone and it runs of a 1GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon ...

Freescale's new industrial touchscreen tech even works in the rain ...
By Daniel Cooper
Freescale is announcing a new industrial touch sensing technology that'll even sense your swipes and prods through a film of water. Xtrinsic 3.0 is. ... Freescale's new industrial touchscreen tech even works in the rain. By Daniel Cooper ...

Start-Ups Emerge as Tech Vendors of ChoiceAll Things Digital
Businesses are getting more comfortable buying technology from start-ups and other small outfits, a shift that could usher in a period of slower growth for tech giants such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and Oracle Corp. Spearheading the change are tech buyers ...

TECH STOCKS: Autodesk's Plunge Highlights Tech Retreat
Fox Business
The S&P 500 (SPX) also was off a fraction, with tech losses also coming from Adobe Systems (ARUN), down 4%, and Netflix Inc. (NFLX), off 3%. Salesforce.com (CRM) saw its shares slip a ... Eli Lilly Alzheimer's Drug Fails in Late-Stage Trial. Technology ...

Russia Eyes US Tech Firms With Putin Blessing
This fall, BIND Biosciences Inc. and Selecta Biosciences, two U.S. biotech companies, will open laboratories in a technology park near Moscow, becoming the first American enterprises to start research in Russia with Rusnano. The effort marks a new ...

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