17 August 2012

Apple's New Front in Battle for TV

Apple's New Front in Battle for TV
Wall Street Journal
By JESSICA E. VASCELLARO and SHALINI RAMACHANDRAN Apple Inc. is in talks with some of the biggest US cable operators about letting consumers use an Apple device as a set-top box for live television and other content, according to people familiar with ...

Wall Street Journal 

Apple Retail Leadership Tells Stores It 'Messed Up' Employee Working Hours ...
By Ian Sherr SAN FRANCISCO -(Dow Jones)- Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) retail boss told employees that the company made mistakes with its staffing levels, leading to news reports that the company was cutting employees, according to two people familiar with the ...

Zotac GeForce GTX 660 Ti AMP! Edition
PC Magazine
Pros Strong performance in many games. Competes well against similarly priced AMD cards. Attractive power usage characteristics. Will fit in almost any case. Cons Not consistently faster than competing AMD model. Heavy power requirements.

Revamped Photobucket Simplifies User Experience
PC Magazine
By Stephanie Mlot Photobucket fans looking for a change are in luck. The company today announced a revamped website, which offers fixes to the former pains of backing up, organizing, and accessing photos and videos. Based on findings from a recent ...

Judge reminds Apple, Samsung to whittle down cases
Judge Koh again asks the legal combatants to pare down their sprawling array of patent claims against one another -- and then to settle the case. by Josh Lowensohn SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Aiming to save the jury a headache, the judge in the trial between ...

TiVo Premiere 4
If you like the sound of a four-tuner TiVo, but $400 plus a $14.99 monthly service fee is just too steep, you're in luck. The new Premiere 4 has almost all the same features as the Premiere XL4, including the capability to record four programs at once ...

iTunes Excludes Third-Party Apps From 'Podcast' Search Results
PC Magazine
By Angela Moscaritolo Trying to find a good podcast app besides the official one from Apple? If you're searching on the iTunes desktop store then you might be out of luck. iOS developer Shahruz Shaukat reported on Twitter yesterday that a search for ...

IBM to acquire solid state vendor Texas Memory
By Joab Jackson IDG News Service - To augment its line of storage and data center systems with solid state technology, IBM is acquiring flash memory system provider Texas Memory Systems (TMS). Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Apple wants fingerprint sensors in its products
Apple enters into a deal with AuthenTec, which it also plans to buy, to commercialize 2D fingerprint sensors for use in or with Apple products. by Roger Cheng The next big Apple feature could be a 2D fingerprint scanner.

Study off Mass. coast finds noise harming whales
Wall Street Journal
AP BOSTON — A study off the Massachusetts coast has concluded that increasing amounts of underwater noise, largely from shipping traffic, is surrounding rare right whales in an "acoustic smog," making it harder for them to communicate.

Sun dominates space weather concerns for next decade
Fox News
A new report based on input from the science community outlines the most pressing objectives over the next decade for studying the sun and the far-reaching effects of solar activity. The report, which was released yesterday (Aug.

Military probes cause of failed hypersonic flight
Fox News
LOS ANGELES – The military has launched an investigation into why its latest unmanned hypersonic flight failed seconds into a test. The experimental X-51A Waverider was designed to reach six times the speed of sound after being released by a B-52 ...

Sony Launches PRS-T2 Touchscreen E-Reader for $130
PCWorld (blog)
By Ian Paul, PCWorld Aug 16, 2012 9:56 AM Sony has unveiled the Sony Reader PRS-T2, a touchscreen-enabled follow-up to the low-priced PRS-T1 that debuted in late 2011. Sony's latest addition to the PRS-T lineup features new social features for Facebook ...

The Daily Start-Up: Goko Emerges From Stealth to Launch HTML5 Gaming Platform
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Goko is emerging from stealth to launch a HTML5-based digital gaming platform for board game and card lovers everywhere. Goko Chief Executive Ted Griggs, who previously co-founded telephony company Ribbit, co-founded Goko 15 months ago with $8 million ...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Images Of Google Play Gift Cards Show Up Online In $10 And $25 Increments
Android Police
Last night, Artem tore down the APK of the new Play Store and found a whole bunch of upcoming goodies, including support for wishlists and gift cards. The first physical evidence of said gift cards has now landed in the hands of Android Central, ...

Instagram 3.0 Bets Big On Geolocation With Photo Maps, Letting You Showcase ...
You won't find any new filters in the latest version of Instagram. Instead, the fourteen person team behind the world's most beloved mobile app (now 80 million registered users strong) has decided to think outside the box, the browser box.

Encrypted Galaxy S III bootloader for Verizon has been unlocked
By Shawn Knight Verizon launched the Galaxy S III alongside other carriers like AT&T earlier this year but there was one key difference between their phone and other offerings: the bootloader was locked. Verizon did this because they don't want users ...

If You Really Want To Bring Weed On An Airplane Do Not Stash It In A Jar Of ...
Business Insider
The Transportation Security Administration's official blog announces all of the significant items confiscated by the airport security group, and there's a trend lately of people being caught trying to smuggle marijuana into the airport by stashing it ...

Business Insider

Dear PC makers: Don't whine about Microsoft's Surface, top it
Summary: PC makers can't stop talking about Microsoft's Surface tablet. Perhaps it would make more sense to whine less and innovate more. By Larry Dignan for Between the Lines | August 16, 2012 -- 15:36 GMT (08:36 PDT) Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing said his ...

The unprecedented Phoenix Galaxy Cluster: How many stars does it form?
Christian Science Monitor
The faraway Phoenix galaxy cluster may be the biggest and brightest such structure ever discovered, and it's forming stars at an unprecedented rate, scientists announced today (Aug. 15). Here's a by-the-numbers look at the Phoenix cluster — formally ...

Christian Science Monitor

Dunkin Donuts launches mobile pay app
by Kelly Hodgkins Aug 16th 2012 at 12:00PM Coffee drinkers who prefer Dunkin Donuts to Starbucks will be happy to know that DD now has its own mobile app. The app lets customers pay for food, drinks and other merchandise using their iPhone.

Germany Reopens Probe Into Facebook's Face Recognition Tool
Fox Business
FRANKFURT – Germany has reopened an investigation into Facebook Inc. (FB) over the social-networking site's photo-tagging feature, which it says violates the country's privacy laws. At issue is a database Facebook has compiled by digitally scanning its ...

Kinect Hacks Get Innovation In Motion
LONDON (CNN) — Microsoft's popular Kinect for Xbox 360 has inspired countless ingenious “hacks” since its launch at the end of 2010. The motion-sensing device has been modified to produce everything from real-time light sabers to nifty trash bins which...


Conde Nast Digital Launched a Fashion Game and it Looks Like This:
By Lauren Frankfort on 2012-08-16 07:40:19 Gamers and the glitterati aren't that different after all—Conde Nast Digital launched its very own fashion-themed video game last night, and it, well, looks like it time-traveled here straight from 1999.


Google Apps and Other Apps on iOS May Soon Open Links in Chrome by Default
iOS: When you click on a link in an email or iPhone/iPad app, you're taken to Apple's Safari browser—you have no choice in the matter. However, the latest Google+ on iOS update shows that there is a workaround app developers can use to open Chrome ...

Gripping 'Sleeping Dogs' is for adults only
Houma Courier
By Marc Saltzman The only thing better than playing through a great video game is when you didn't expect much from it. Such is the case with Sleeping Dogs, an atmospheric adventure set on the gritty streets of Hong Kong. Square Enix's “Mature”-rated ..

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