09 August 2012

How Samsung copied Apple's iPhone

How Samsung copied Apple's iPhone - in 126 ... - Fortune Tech
By Philip Elmer-DeWitt
FORTUNE -- Susan Kare, the designer who created much of the look and feel of the original Macintosh, took the stand Tuesday as a paid Apple (AAPL) witness in the company's multibillion patent infringement suit against Samsung. She was ...
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On the Call: Disney CEO Bob Iger
ABC News
With Zynga Inc. shares in the tank, Disney CEO Bob Iger was asked Tuesday about his company's devotion to social games. Operating losses in The Walt Disney Co. segment that houses its social gaming unit were halved to $41 million in the quarter through ...


Internet Archive Releases 1 Million Files Via BitTorrent
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius The Internet Archive today announced that it will make more than 1 million pieces of archived Internet content available via BitTorrent. "Today all of the archives' live music concerts, the Prelinger movie collection, the librivox ...

New fossil skull from Africa reveals tangled roots at base of the human family ...
Washington Post
A two million-year-old flat-faced skull pulled from the sandstones of east Africa has shored up claims that at least three species of early humans once co-existed in an “evolutionary experiment” that saw an explosive increase in brain size paired with ...

Valve launching non-game software on Steam this September
Joystiq
by Jessica Conditt on Aug 8th 2012 1:25PM Valve is set to roll out a line of software titles ranging from "creativity to productivity," hitting Steam on September 5. The software titles will incorporate Steamworks functionality, allowing automatic ...

California Science Center reveals road trip for NASA's space shuttle Endeavour
collectSPACE.com
August 8, 2012 — Space shuttle Endeavour's final flight plan — and road trip map — were revealed on Wednesday (Aug. 8), previewing the cross-country, and cross-county, routes the retired NASA orbiter will follow before landing at the California Science ...

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RIM shares jump on analyst's Samsung speculation
Businessweek
By Rob Gillies on August 08, 2012 TORONTO (AP) — Shares of struggling BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. jumped Wednesday after Jefferies analyst Peter Misek said Samsung could be interested in licensing RIM's new BlackBerry 10 software or even ...

Aztec burial with skeleton, piles of 1789 human bones uncovered in Mexico
Fox News
MEXICO CITY – Mexican archaeologists say they have found an unprecedented human burial in which the skeleton of a young woman is surrounded by piles of 1789 human bones in Mexico City's Templo Mayor. Researchers found the burial about 15 feet below the ...

Google Knowledge Graph Going Global For English Speakers, Will Appear In Auto ...
TechCrunch
Google just announced two updates coming tomorrow to the Knowledge Graph feature that it launched in May. The Knowledge Graph is the summary that now appears to the right of the results for US searchers. This allows users to see factual summaries ...

Microsoft replaces Live Mesh with SkyDrive in Windows bundle
CNET
Live Mesh users, read the Windows Essentials 2012 fine print. Microsoft is doing what some had feared in latest services bundle -- replacing it with SkyDrive, which still doesn't offer the same set of features. by Mary Jo Foley Microsoft has used the ...

Environmentalists seek Florida funding amendment
Businessweek
By Bill Kaczor on August 08, 2012 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Environmentalists launched a petition campaign on Tuesday for a proposed state constitutional amendment that would earmark $10 billion in state funds over 20 years for land and water ...

Georgia Tech gets grant for air quality research
Sacramento Bee
AP ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech is one of five schools to receive federal grants for researching new ways to improve air quality and to track the effectiveness of pollution control measures. The Environmental Protection Agency grants total nearly $2 million ...

Report recommends changes at California salmon hatcheries
Sacramento Bee
By Matt Weiser Most of the salmon caught in California come from hatcheries in the Sacramento Valley, yet it turns out we don't know much about these fish even though we breed them by hand. A new study released Tuesday says the state needs to do a lot ...


Nearly a third of consumers say they'd suddenly be interested in a new TV if ...
Apple Insider
By Slash Lane Should Apple follow through with much rumored plans to enter the connected TV business, it would prompt nearly a third of able consumers to abandon their typical 7-year upgrade cycle and consider opening up their wallets early -- for the ...

Apple Selling Refurbished Versions of New iPad
PC Magazine
By Angela Moscaritolo Have you been dying to get one of Apple's new iPads with a "resolutionary" Retina display, but just don't have the money for it? Now you can save yourself some cash by buying a refurbished one. As noted by iMore, Apple just began ...

Google's autonomous vehicle tech is on a roll
TG Daily
One of the most interesting projects Google is currently working on is probably the self-driving car, with Mountain View continuing to file a slew of patents related to advanced autonomous vehicle tech. Although most Google cars are small hybrid ...

TG Daily

Microsoft IE 10 Makes 'Do Not Track' Default
InformationWeek
Users may laud Microsoft's privacy efforts in Internet Explorer 10, but publishers and advertisers could be less thrilled. By Paul McDougall InformationWeek In what it's labeling as an effort to protect consumer privacy, Microsoft will ship Internet ...

Realtime launches with $100M to create "live Web"
VatorNews
Obviously, the main advantage of new media companies that utilize the Web—like Groupon, Yelp, or even our own VatorNews—over old media companies that stick to paper and phones is the speed at which they can operate. In the time it takes your local ...

[New App Review] Current Caller ID Brings Solid Caller ID With A Social Twist ...
Android Police
Android's selection of good incoming Caller ID apps is a bit meager. While a search of the Play Store yields many options, most of them are deficient in one important way or another (or, not free), or flat-out sketchy. One of the more popular ones was ...

Apple to Buy Pinterest Rival? [Rumor]
Marketing Pilgrim
It is being reported this morning that Apple is now involved in talks to purchase Pinterest's closest thing to a rival, The Fancy. Admittedly I personally don't know much about Fancy other than the name is bit weird (Is it Fancy or The Fancy?

Marketing Pilgrim

Google expands its traffic surveillance systems in US, credits to Android
The Droid Guy
Google unsurprisingly has announced that its elite maps service would provide live traffic data to 130 new US cities, which include cities like Kalamazoo, Michigan, Tuscaloosa, Alabama and capitals like Colombia, Costa Rica, and Panama.

Newborn Orca Spotted in Puget Sound
Revmodo
You can't pinch its cheeks or make it giggle with a game of peek-a-boo, but that doesn't make a baby orca any less adorable. Some might say that the one recently spotted in Washington's Puget Sound may also be close to miraculous.

Hybrid launches on Xbox 360
Attack of the Fanboy
5th Cell's take on the shooter genre, Hybrid has launched as part of the Xbox Live Summer of Arcade. The cover-based shooter is having some problems at launch. Having been available since the wee hours of the morning, Hybrid hasn't been playable since ...

Attack of the Fanboy

New 3D map could unlock secrets of dark matter, dark energy
The Petri Dish
A new 3D map may help scientists retrace the history of the universe over the last seven billion years. A new three-dimensional map could help astronomers solve the mystery of dark matter, say astronomers. The Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS-III) ...

The Petri Dish

Facial Animation Software Lets EverQuest II Players Put Their Emotions into ...
Technabob (blog)
If you're one of the gamers that still enjoys playing EverQuest II (there have to be a few of you out there) the game has received an interesting new feature this week. The new feature is called SOEmote and is designed to transmit the player's facial ...

Technabob (blog)

Dams the latest culprit in global warming
Hindustan Times
Researchers have documented the role dams play in global warming and the surges of greenhouse gases as water levels go up and down. Bridget Deemer, doctoral student at Washington State University (WSU)- Vancouver, Canada, measured dissolved gases in...

Hindustan Times

Romney Campaign Uses Twitter Searches to Advertise VP App
Mashable
Mitt Romney's campaign is using strategically placed Promoted Tweets to advertise a mobile app designed to deliver the first word of the candidate's vice presidential pick. Romney's Promoted Tweet was first noticed by Politico
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