31 August 2012

Intel energizes wireless charging effort

Intel energizes wireless charging effort
Power Management Design Line
LONDON – Intel has selected mixed-signal fabless chip company Integrated Device Technology Inc. to make an transmitter and receiver ICs for Intel's resonant wireless energy transfer technology. Intel (Santa Clara, Calif.) is pushing hard to bring the ...

AT&T bites into Apple strategy with its own mega retail store
The aim behind the carrier's new flagship store in Chicago is to educate potential buyers about the benefits of smartphones and other gadgets. by Lance Whitney AT&T is adopting the Apple philosophy with a new mega retail store that focuses on the ...

Dieting Won't Help You Live Longer
Huffington Post UK
A diet that proclaims cutting calories is the secret to a longer life has been called into question by new research. In 2005, The Longevity Diet offered to help readers slow their ageing process and maintain peak vitality by dramatically cutting ...

Samsung Announces ATIV Windows 8, Phone 8 Devices
Tom's Hardware Guide
On Wednesday Samsung launched a new family of SmartPCs, tablets and smartphones called ATIV based on Windows 8 and Windows RT for the former two form factors, and Windows Phone 8 for the new smartphone line. The company said the branding is a reversed ...

Samsung Galaxy Note 2: One Giant Phone
ABC News
Samsung has not had an easy week, with a federal court jury finding it guilty of willful patent infringement against Apple, but the electronics manufacturer is continuing with business as usual. It's moving on to bigger things -- literally.

ABC News

Lenovo Beefs Up IdeaPad S Series Ultraportables
PC Magazine
By Ahmer Kazi Lenovo today announced an expansion of its IdeaPad S Series ultraportable lineup with three new systems: the IdeaPad S300, S400, and S405. Despite sporting the kind of thin profiles that are currently en vogue in the tech world, ...

Lenovo Challenges Google's Nexus 7 With Android Tablets Starting at $299
By Agam Shah, IDG News Lenovo is challenging Google's Nexus 7 tablet with a new range of affordable IdeaTab tablets, which start at $299 and have the Android 4.0 OS. The US$299 IdeaTab A2109 comes with a 7-inch screen, while the $399 IdeaTab S2110 is ...

AMAZON: We're Sold Out Of The Kindle Fire
Business Insider
AP Images Less than one year ago, Amazon introduced Kindle Fire—combining 15 years of innovation into a single, fully-integrated, end-to-end service for customers. Kindle Fire quickly became the most successful product launch in the history of ...

Business Insider

This Sun-like star is surrounded by sugar
A team of European and American astronomers have found signs of a simple sugar molecule, glycolaldehyde, in a gas cloud surrounding a young sun-like star. Located 400 light-years away, it's the first time that sugar has been located around such a ...

What kind of game is Forza Horizon for Xbox 360? (hands-on)
The Forza Motorsport series of racing games takes a slightly less formal branch with the upcoming Forza Horizon. We get an early hands-on. by Antuan Goodwin This question has had me scratching my head since Turn 10 debuted the teaser trailer for its ...

WD adds USB 3.0 and high-speed HDD to Mac external storage solutions
CNET (blog)
Western Digital announces new portable drives for Macs that support USB 3.0 and a new Thunderbolt drive, the WD VelociRaptor Duo, which uses two VelociRaptor hard drives as its internal storage. by Dong Ngo The new My Book VelociRaptor Duo comes with ...

Astronauts take spacewalk to fix up space station
Sacramento Bee
By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer Two astronauts - an American and Japanese - ventured out Thursday to replace failed space station equipment. Sunita Williams and Akihiko Hoshide expect to spend six hours plugging in a new power-switching unit, ...

The Hewlett-Packard Co. touch-screen laptop, the Envy x2. Source: Hewlett ...
By Aaron Ricadela on August 30, 2012 Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ), the world's largest maker of personal computers, plans to unveil a line of touch-screen laptops running Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s new Windows 8 software, including one model that can ...

Quick Takes: Song goes the distance
Los Angeles Times
The Curiosity rover transmitted the first-ever feature song from the surface of Mars on Tuesday — a track penned by singer and producer will.i.am to celebrate the NASA robot's successful landing on the Red Planet. The song, called "Reach for the Stars ...

Sony launches new strike in tablet market
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Looking to regain some of the luster it has lost in the electronics market over the last few years, Sony Corp. unveiled Wednesday a slate of new products, including a new Xperia brand tablet aimed at filling consumers' ...

TEXT-Fitch: Samsung - US jury decision, short-term reputation setback
Aug 30 - Fitch Ratings does not plan any immediate action on Samsung Electronics' 'A+'/Stable rating following a decision by the US Jury on 24 August in favour of Apple Inc. The ruling stands in contrast to a split ruling on the same day in South Korea ...

Parallels 8 Runs Windows More Like a Mac
Parallels has released a major update to Parallels Desktop for Mac, the most popular solution for running virtual machines, primarily Microsoft Windows, on a Mac simultaneously with Mac applications. Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac adds support for OS X ...

Gelsinger: VMware 'adolescent who has grown too quickly'
Summary: The incoming CEO aims to instill more operational discipline and hopes company will not grow to become arrogant, while stating that a stronger push into China can be expected. By Ryan Huang | August 30, 2012 -- 10:21 GMT (03:21 PDT) SAN ...

NASA launches twin satellites to study Earth's radiation belts
Fox News
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – Twin satellites rocketed into orbit Thursday on a quest to explore Earth's treacherous radiation belts and protect the planet from solar outbursts. NASA launched the science probes before dawn, sending them skyward aboard an ...

Metal Gear Solid Movie Announced
A Metal Gear Solid movie is definitely in the pipeline, it has been officially announced. According to Famitsu, a film version of the popular game franchise was announced at the 25th anniversary event in Tokyo. Already signed up to produce the movie is ...


Religion News: Bill Nye says don't teach creationism
Little Falls Evening Times
By Anonymous Bill Nye, of "Bill Nye the Science Guy," says "creationism in science class as an alternative to evolution is inappropriate," according to HuffingtonPost.com. "Tax dollars intended for science education must not be used to teach ...

High-quality images compare alleged next-gen iPhone, iPhone 4S front assemblies
Apple Insider
By AppleInsider Staff A video and accompanying high-resolution photos of the purported next-generation iPhone's front assembly hit the web on Thursday, adding to to the mountain of rumors and leaks regarding Apple's hotly-anticipated handset.

Flesh Eating Gulls Devour Whales Alive
Discovery News
Right whales (Eubalaena australis) off the coast of Argentina face the gruesome threat of being slowly eaten alive by birds every time they take a breath. The menace has become so great that local officials are planning to declare open season on the ...

Goophone I5 manages to KIRF the 2012 iPhone weeks in advance
By Jon Fingas posted Aug 30th 2012 8:42AM Here's something you still don't see every day: a KIRF that's unveiled before the device it's supposed to copy. Although the 2012 iPhone may not show for weeks, the Android-based Goophone I5 is already doing a ...

Want to build a space elevator on Earth? Start with the moon
Los Angeles Times
Scientists have been dreaming of an elevator that will take us to outer space without the use of rockets for more than 50 years. Michael Laine has spent much of the last 11 years working on making that dream a reality. He started his work at NASA as ...

Isaac behind biggest one-day jump in gas prices
Christian Science Monitor
Drivers are being hit with the biggest one-day jump in gasoline prices in 18 months just as Labor Day weekend, the last heavy driving weekend of the summer, approaches. As Hurricane Isaac swamps the nation's oil and gas hub along the Gulf Coast, ...

Christian Science Monitor

Nobody Knows What "The Cloud" Is
Slate Magazine (blog)
By Matthew Yglesias MySlate is a new tool that let's you track your favorite parts Slate. You can follow authors and sections, track comment threads you're interested in, and more. A picture taken on August 26, 2012 shows dark clouds over Venice during ...

Slate Magazine (blog)

The Digital Wallet Is Starting to Take Shape
By Jared Newman | @OneJaredNewman | August 30, 2012 | + Imagine if, in addition to all the things your smartphone does now, it could also act as your keys to the real world. Instead of fumbling through a wallet for your credit cards, coupons, ...


Memorial celebration in Warren honors Neil Armstrong
Youngstown Vindicator
By Ed Runyan Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was a traveler in numerous ways, including trips to live in Champion Township, Warren and many other Ohio communities. Born in Wapakoneta, north of Dayton in 1930, Armstrong and his family ...

Safest-driving cities: Sioux Falls tops list; DC is at bottom
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — If you've driven in the nation's capital, you already know this: It's full of bad drivers. A new report from Allstate Insurance Co. confirms it, putting the District of Columbia at the bottom of the list of the safest-driving cities, ...

NASA completes successful parachute drop simulation for Orion spacecraft
By Zachary Lutz posted Aug 30th 2012 7:45AM NASA has always used the desert as its own personal playground, and we'd imagine that its team had a blast in Arizona yesterday, as a mock parachute compartment of the Orion spacecraft was dropped from 25000 ...

Baidu dominance challenged in search engine war
Global Times
By Agencies Battle lines have been drawn between China's search engine leader Baidu and Qihoo 360 Technology Co. after the latter launched its own search engine challenging Baidu's dominance. Qihoo, an Internet security service provider, introduced the ...

Google Self-Promotes; IBM Unveils World's Fastest Microprocessor; Firefox Gets ...
PC Magazine
By Stephanie Mlot In a rare advertising appearance, the tablet can be seen peeking through the minimalist background, under the tagline "The playground is open," with a link to the Google Play store where the device is on sale starting at $199.

Google releases new Nexus 7 advertisement
By Tyler Lee on 08/30/2012 03:22 PDT Tablets aren't just for adults these days – in fact we've seen more than our fair share of young children playing on iPads, and let's not forget companies who have created tablets for children in mind.

McAfee app helps protect Facebook photos
Times of India
NEW DELHI: Security solutions provider McAfee has launched a new free application 'McAfee Social Protection' to help users protect their photos from being shared without their permission on social networking site Facebook. Offered as a Facebook app ...

Facebook Can't Say Who Its Oldest User Is
Remember Florence Detlor? The charming 101-year old from Menlo Park paid a visit to her neighbors at Facebook earlier this week — and was rewarded with a delightful (if fuzzy) snapshot of herself with young whippersnappers Sheryl Sandberg and Mark ...

PlayUp: Nokia and JBL kick off new speaker range for Lumia
Nokia Conversations
Today, Nokia announces a partnership with speaker experts JBL to create a range of audio accessories, plus the first fruits of the relationship: the JBL PlayUp Portable Wireless Speaker for Nokia. Keen-eyed readers will note that the new PlayUp ...

Broken Apple-1 Expected to Sell for £80000
Gizmodo UK
Deep-pocketed Apple enthusiasts have a big chance to buy themselves a bit of history in October, thanks to an incredibly rare Apple-1 going up for auction. The original motherboard, which doesn't work any more but is one of only around 50 of the ...

Gizmodo UK

Researchers open door to electronics made from single layers of atoms
Ars Technica
by Matthew Francis - Aug 29, 2012 8:15 pm UTC Artist's impression of a nanoscale electronic device made of graphene (carbon atoms, in gray) and boron nitride (BN, purple and blue). The graphene is conducting, the BN is insulating, so by laying down...

Ars Technica

Sleeping Dogs Review: Where There's a Will, There's a Wei
Warp Zoned
Some people like to refer to Sleeping Dogs as “Grand Theft Auto: Hong Kong.” While that's close to being true – you do steal and drive a lot of cars, and there's a huge amount of missions you can take on – there's far more to the game than just a ...

Warp Zoned

Apple AirPlay Direct to work without Wi-Fi connection?
Pocket-lint: Apple is set to alter the way in which we use its AirPlay streaming service, by removing the need for a Wi-Fi connection, according to reports. Instead of a Wi-Fi connection, iOS devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod would create their ...

Jelly Bean for Verizon Galaxy Nexus available (pre-release)
By Edwin Kee on 08/29/2012 21:30 PDT If you happen to own a Galaxy Nexus from Verizon, there is a pre-release of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system update available at the moment, but you will need to do your fair bit of homework before you ...


Sony CEO says PlayStation Vita sales 'trending behind' in some regions
Globe and Mail
Sony Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai said on Thursday that its new gaming device Vita was mostly selling in line with its expectations, though in some places it was off the pace. Vita hit the stores earlier this year, the latest in a line of mobile gaming ...

Globe and Mail

Lighter, faster, more agile: the new 911 Carrera 4
The new Porsche 911 Carrera 4 unites the excellent performance and efficiency of the new generation of the 911 Carrera with the dynamic benefits of the latest version of the active all-wheel drive system PTM Porsche Traction Management.


Aliens: Colonial Marines new multiplayer mode
By Gemma Hart on August 30th, 2012 SEGA announced an all new multiplayer mode for Aliens: Colonial Marines today. Escape mode is the second in a number of a competitive, intense multiplayer modes for the game. Providing for an innovative asymmetrical ...


Cyber spying spreads in Iran after operation blown -researchers
By Jim Finkle BOSTON Aug 29 (Reuters) - The scope of a cyber espionage campaign targeting Iran and other parts of the Middle East has widened, even after security experts blew the operation's cover last month, according to ...

Berlin Eyes Careful Balance To Bolster its Tech Sector
Wall Street Journal (blog)
As if to drive home the challenge, the Berlin state government took the opportunity to launch its own mini Tech City initiative, called Login.Berlin. Berlin State Secretary forTechnology Nicolas Zimmer, a former entrepreneur himself, was keen to avoid ...

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