13 August 2012

Google to Buy Frommer's Travel Brand

Google to Buy Frommer's Travel Brand
Wall Street Journal
By JEFFREY A. TRACHTENBERG Google Inc. is acquiring the Frommer's travel brand from publicly traded John Wiley & Sons Inc. for an undisclosed price in order to bolster its offerings of local reviews around the world. In Frommer's, Google sees an ...

Motorola Set for Big Cuts as Google Reinvents It
New York Times
Many of these new ideas will come from a group of just a few dozen people within the company that has the unassuming name of Advanced Technology and Projects. To foster innovation, Google created the group to drop a Silicon Valley-style start-up into a...

New York Times

Google cutting 4,000 at Motorola unit - Technology - MiamiHerald.com: "Google is cutting about 4,000 jobs at its Motorola Mobility cellphone business and will close or consolidate about one-third of its 90 locations. The reductions represent about 20 percent of Motorola Mobility's 20,000 employees, and 7 percent of Google's overall work force. Two-third of the job cuts will take place outside of the U.S., Google said."  

Essential tech to throw in the kids' backpacks
Here are the tech items you should consider packing in your kids' backpacks when they head back to school. iSafe Urban Crew Campus Backpack This laptop backpack will fit a 15.6-inch laptop and have plenty of room left over for books. Multiple external ...


Tech tips for college-bound students and their parents
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
In today's digital world, where more teachers are using technology to deliver a better learning experience, college-bound students need to equip themselves with the latest technology to make the most of their college experience and give themselves an ...
Obama Pledges to Protect Science, Tech Funding After NASA Mars Success
By Martyn Williams, IDG News US President Barack Obama pledged on Monday to keep science and technology funding strong following the success of NASA's Curiosity rover landing on Mars. Obama made the commitment in a phone call to the Curiosity team at ...

Samsung Series 7 Gamer Gets a Bright Refresh
By Melanie Pinola, PCWorld Aug 13, 2012 8:43 AM You might not be able to take your eyes off of Samsung's refreshed Series 7 Gamer laptop. In addition to a processor and graphics card update, the gaming rig boasts 3D support on its 17-inch SuperBright ...

Google Plans to Cut 4000 Workers in Motorola Mobility Unit
San Francisco Chronicle
(Updates with analyst's comment in fourth paragraph.) Aug. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Google Inc. will cut about 4000 jobs at its Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. unit, or 20 percent of the staff at the company it bought for about $12.5 billion.

OpenStack dons a Red Hat
By Timothy Prickett Morgan • Get more from this author Red Hat just about owns the commercial Linux distribution business and it has a pretty hefty slice of the commercial Java application server racket, too. Now it is taking those products up into the ...

Microsoft: Dell, Lenovo and Samsung Windows RT machines are coming
ZDNet (blog)
Summary: Windows RT, Microsoft's coming Windows release for ARM-based systems, has RTM'd and will be available on new machines from a handful of vendors. "You will need to stay tuned for more details; PC manufacturers will be unveiling their products ...

Google Fighting Piracy With Search Result Demoting
Tom's Hardware Guide
Google is tackling piracy by demoting websites based on the number of takedown notices they receive. Amit Singhal, Google's SVP of Engineering, said that starting this week, the company will implement an update in the search algorithms that will place ...

Round Two: Fisker Karma Goes Up in Flames in California
Yet another Fisker Karma has gone up in smoke, making this the second incident in just a four-month period. A Fisker Karma driver from Woodside, California parked his hybrid at the grocery store last week, and after grabbing the items he needed, ...


100000 DPI Image Pushes Limits of Resolution
Wired News (blog)
By Duncan Geere, Wired UK By Duncan Geere, Wired UK A method of printing nanometer-tall pillars has been used to create full-colour images with a resolution pushing up against the maximum theoretical limit. The Singapore-based team, who describe their ...

Wired News (blog)

AT&T gearing up to begin selling Apple's new iPhone in late September
Apple Insider
By AppleInsider Staff Apple, which is expected to formally introduce its latest iPhone to the world on September 12th, could begin shipping the device to customers and selling the handset in retail stores just a week or two later, according to a new ...

Amazon clearing tablet inventory
It appears that Amazon may be feeling the heat of the Nexus 7 wave – or perhaps even the oncoming Apple iPad mini – as they place essentially their entire Kindle collection on sale for back-to-school. Though many of the sales have halted here on the ...


Team Fortress 2 ARG introduces Grey Mann
Escapist Magazine
Valve is famous for three things: high-quality games, Valve Time, and advertising campaigns worthy of myth and legend. Whether announcing a new game or quirky character updates, Valve's use of clever alternate-reality games encourage players to find ...

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale delayed a month
According to Joystiq a news headline was published over at the PlayStation Blog, but was quickly removed without the full article every going live. The headline in question read as, "The Battle Royale begins November 20," or in other words PlayStation ...

Classic Neo Geo console returning as $200 licensed portable
Ars Technica
by Kyle Orland - Aug 13, 2012 4:05 pm UTC When I was a kid shopping for video games at the now-defunct Babbage's, I remember lusting after the pyramid of black and gold Neo Geo boxes sitting in the center of the store. I knew, of course, ...

Ars Technica

8 Things We Think Apple's iPad Mini Will Need To Be Truly Amazing
Business Insider
Amazon's Kindle Fire made the world believe there was a market for 7-inch tablets. And Google's Nexus 7 proved that even a tiny Android tablet can be really, really great. So it should be no surprise that Apple, the king of tablets, would want to take ...

Business Insider

Scientist sounds warning on Barnegat Bay
Region/State Newsday > News Print Aa Scientist sounds warning on Barnegat Bay Published: August 13, 2012 12:48 PM By The Associated Press ANGELA DELLI SANTI (Associated Press) (AP) -- A scientist is sounding the alarm over the worsening health of ...

Dear DOJ & FCC: 66 Unanswered Questions and Issues of Wireline-Wireless-Cable ...
Huffington Post (blog)
Important NOTE: Dear Reader: If you use a cell phone, a wired connection or cable service including broadband, or internet, this impacts you -- from the price of services you pay for, or the choices you have, to even the speed and controls over these ...

Pay-to-Tweet Twitter Clone Plans to Beat Real Twitter
Escapist Magazine
Caldwell's ad-free App.net service is intended as an answer to panicked social network CEOs. I Tweet, you Tweet, half the world Twitters away like there's nothing else to do all day but type 140 characters into a gnomic bite-sized message.

DICE: Battlefield 4 Won't Go Back to the Future
By Mike Sharkey | Aug 13, 2012 The future is familiar territory for DICE and the Battlefield franchise. The studio gave us its version of an icy, mech-filled next century in 2008's Battlefield: 2142. And after a cargo box bearing the number 2143 was ...


Epic Games buys People Can Fly
The Verge
By Brian Crecente on August 13, 2012 07:12 am 2Comments Epic Games now owns Bulletstorm developer People Can Fly, a studio they acquired a majority share of in 2007, the company told Polygon today. The purchase of the Warsaw, Poland-based developer was ...

Kodak to disclose outcome of patent auction today
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
This was the Olympics that reminded us what it does best — nurturing every dream. Even with the certainty that it will crush so many of them in the end.Storify: 2012 Closing Ceremonies- 11:18 pm Visitors to this annual festival at Sonnenberg Gardens ...

Borderlands 2 "Come and Get Me" trailer introduces Handsome Jack and his robot ...
"People of Pandora, this is Handsome Jack -- your hero." Things have changed around Pandora since the events of the original Borderlands. Handsome Jack is running the show now and Vault Hunters are as loathed as ever. Developers Gearbox Software put ...

Autonomous Robotic Plane Takes Flight
Overclockers Club
Researchers like having competitions between their robots. These could be software robots, self-driving cars, and autonomous helicopters, but the game is always to make the most capable one. Now researchers at MIT have gone a step further by creating ...

Instant Messaging Service Imo.im Gets Even More Chatty With New iOS Voice Call ...
Cross-platform messaging service Imo.im has been keeping quiet lately, but the company piped up earlier this morning to reveal that its iOS app has just gotten a substantial update. When pecking out messages just doesn't cut it any more, iOS-based Imo ...


Hack of tech journalist reveals flaws in cloud security
SEATTLE – The security community is on alert for hackers who might try to emulate the simple trickery used to breach a prominent technology journalist's Amazon, Apple, Google and Twitter accounts. That hacking caper has rekindled concerns about whether ...


New Darksiders II Inside Video Goes Over The Loot System
Something that sets Darksiders II far away from its predecessor is the game's loot system – a unique system where enemies have a percentage rate of dropping actual gear and items. In the first game there wasn't anything like this, as what equipment you...


Rare 1983 Apple commercial that was never aired
Macworld UK
A rare 60-second 1983 Apple TV commercial that was never aired for being too "self-congratulatory" has now made its way onto YouTube. Andy Hertzfeld, one of the founding members of Apple, posted the minute-long 1983 Apple commercial that never aired ...

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