24 August 2012

Mars rover passes driving test, looks to hit road

Mars rover passes driving test, looks to hit road
PASADENA, Calif. – Now that Curiosity passed its driving test on Mars, the six-wheel NASA rover set its sights on longer treks. The first test drive around the pebbly Martian crater where it landed was just that — a test drive.

Hewlett-Packard Sales Slump Tests CEO Whitman
By Aaron Ricadela on August 23, 2012 Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) posted its biggest (HPQ) quarterly loss in at least two decades as demand for personal computers and services aimed at businesses slumped, underscoring the turnaround challenge facing Chief ...

Sony Mobile Cutting 1000 Jobs, Moving to Tokyo
PC Magazine
By Adario Strange After last year's historic 9.0 earthquake rocked Japan, many Japanese electronics firms announced plans to increase off-shore operations in an effort to avoid the kind of the disruptions that crippled the country's technology business ...

As The Stock Implodes, The Exodus From Zynga Begins (ZNGA)
San Francisco Chronicle
Kixeye, a fast-growing social gaming startup in San Francisco, has hired away Zynga general manager Alan Patmore. At Zynga, Patmore oversaw CityVille and Mafia Wars, two of the company's most successful games on Facebook. Zynga has lately had a lot of ...

Apple vs. Samsung jury instructions, and 9 more commute reads
MarketWatch (blog)
From the desk of assistant managing editor Greg Morcroft here are 10 reads to get you through your next commute or visit to the vet. OK, maybe reading jury instructions in the Apple /quotes/zigman/68270 /quotes/nls/aapl AAPL vs.

Hey, Unlimited Data Isn't Dead!
By Jared Newman | @OneJaredNewman | August 23, 2012 | + While the biggest wireless carriers seem hellbent on taking data away, T-Mobile is reversing course and bringing unlimited data back. Starting September 5, T-Mobile will offer truly unlimited data ...

Microsoft changes its logo for the first time in 25 years
9 to 5 Mac
9to5 Mac are writers from New York, Los Angeles and Europe. We think about Apple all day and our mission is to break Apple news quicker, more accurately and with more sources than any other Apple site. We currently serve over a quarter million pages a ...

Rats! New rodent species that doesn't chew, lives on earthworms discovered in ...
Washington Post
JAKARTA, Indonesia — A unique species of near-toothless rat that lives off earthworms and doesn't chew or gnaw has been seen in Indonesia. The shrew-like animal with a long, pointed snout was described online in this week's British journal Biology ...

Genius bonobo chimp creates stone tools like early hominids
You may not be familiar with the word bonobo, but I'd wager most of us know what a chimpanzee is. A bonobo is a member of the chimpanzee family and was previously called the dwarf or gracile chimpanzee. Confusion on the name aside, a genius bonobo...


Microsoft Kinect price drop to $109 signals the Xbox 360′s last holiday hurrah
Two years after its debut, Kinect's price is dropped. Is it a sign of life or a quiet fade before the next generation of Xbox tech? Want to get hardware moving? Drop the price. Microsoft's doing just that with the Kinect. The price drop is more than ...


Deathmatch: Windows 8 vs. OS X Mountain Lion
Read this whitepaper to uncover how you can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your helpdesk today. more By Galen Gruman | InfoWorld With the final version of Windows 8 now complete, how does Microsoft's great hope for reinventing itself for ...

LG Gets Production of Thinner iPhone Display Underway
By Daniel Ionescu, PCWorld Aug 23, 2012 6:48 AM LG has started mass-producing a new type of thinner display for use in the next-generation iPhone, according to reports. Apple patented the technology and would be the first to use new in-cell technology ...

AT&T defends FaceTime price gouge
By Bill Ray • Get more from this author AT&T has been busy defending its decision to ban FaceTime video chat from its 3G and 4G networks, unless punters shell out additional cash, to the sound of an incensed blogosphere screaming "net neutrality".

New Kaspersky appeals to your cash sense
A new way to lock down your financial transactions called Safe Money is a big part of Kaspersky's plan to make bank in its 2013 security suites. by Seth Rosenblatt Kaspersky's new Safe Money feature automatically detects when you go to a banking site ...

The Daily Start-Up: Mocana Secures $25M for Corporate Security of Personal ...
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Mocana has raised $25 million in Series D funding to focus on a thorny problem in corporate security–the proliferation of employees' personal mobile devices. It will use the new funding to expand the business around its Mobile App Protection software.

Wall Street Journal (blog)

NASA postpones Wallops Island rocket launch
The Virginian-Pilot
AP Boats in the launch area prompted NASA officials to postpone the launch to Friday, one of two backup days, according to a NASA news release. The other backup day is Saturday. The rocket will carry experiments by students at four universities.

FCC Broadband Report Splits Committee Members
A new FCC report looks at how many Americans have access to high-speed Internet services. Committee members disagreed about whether mobile broadband counts and progress is being made fast enough. A new Federal Communications Commission report concluded ...

Red alert! Google assembles crack team to AVOID privacy gaffes
By Kelly Fiveash, Networks Correspondent • Get more from this author Google has answered the beeping red telephone, pressed the red button and assembled a "red team" as it's known in security parlance - all after seeing red over the US Federal Trade ...

Nokia, Samsung and pals team up to map malls, stations
By Brid-Aine Parnell • Get more from this author Nokia and Samsung have teamed up to try to standardise the technology used to for indoor location services. The firms, together with Sony, British chip designer CSR and 18 other companies, have launched ...

Rent an EV, Find Parking in SF With BMW and ParkNow
Wired News (blog)
By Doug Newcomb The city of San Francisco is a case study in modern urban mobility – and its problems – which is why BMW has chosen SF and the surrounding Bay Area to launch new parking and car-sharing initiatives. The goal is to get vehicles into ...

The Milky Way now has a twin (or two)
(Phys.org)—Research presented today at the International Astronomical Union General Assembly in Beijing has found the first group of galaxies that is just like ours, a rare sight in the local Universe. The Milky Way is a fairly typical galaxy on its ...

Video compares iPhone 5 parts to iPhone 4S, will make you believe the rumors
The plethora of leaked iPhone 5 parts has makes it easy to visualize what Apple's new phone could look like, now a new video compares some of those parts to the iPhone 4S. The video, from the folks at SmartPhone Medic, shows the slightly longer front ...


Apple as Most Valuable U.S. Company Ever Has Room for Growth
San Francisco Chronicle
(Updates with closing shares in fifth paragraph.) Aug. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc., already the most valuable US company in history, has room to grow further as its stock trades at a discount to the Nasdaq Composite Index and the company prepares an ...

App.net tries to be alternative network
San Francisco Chronicle
Twitter and Facebook, the two giants of social networking, have stepped up efforts to generate more advertising revenue to prove to investors that they can be profitable. But what if there was an alternative, ad-free social network that relied on other ...

San Francisco Chronicle

NASA Launching Twin Space Probes Into Earth's Radiation Belts Friday
by Nola Taylor Redd, SPACE.com Contributor Two NASA radiation probes are poised to launch into orbit early Friday (Aug. 23) on a mission to explore some of the harshest, most hazardous regions of space, the Van Allen Belts.

Infrastructure problems disrupt Internet to Syria
CBS News
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's telecommunications company says its Internet services to neighboring Syria have come to a halt due to infrastructure problems in the war-torn country. A statement from Turk Telekom, carried by the state-run Anadolu on Thursday ...

A claim that dinosaur footprint found at NASA
PTI | Updated: August 23, 2012 18:07 IST Washington: An amateur dinosaur hunter claimed to have discovered a rare cretaceous footprint from a nodosaur at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, most likely left more than 110 million years ago.

Glasses-Free 3-D on the Horizon
SEOUL, South Korea, and BERLIN, Aug. 22, 2012 — Since the early days of cinema, engineers and scientists have tried to create a way to add the illusion of depth to projected images. Even with the latest technology, cumbersome 3-D glasses are needed to ...


Consumer Reports says Ford touch-screen system 'stinks'
Consumer Reports blasts controls, clutter in touch-screen system Critique comes six months after Ford updates MyFord Touch * Ford says users more satisfied with recent upgrade By Deepa Seetharaman Aug 22 (Reuters) - An influential consumer magazine ...

Beat up Obama, Romney in 'Infinity Blade' creator's new political game
The Verge
By Brian Crecente on August 22, 2012 02:02 pm @crecenteb 70Comments The next game from the creators of Infinity Blade will allow players to assume the role of a cartoon Barack Obama or Mitt Romney and beat up their opponent in a political debate using ...

Bill Shock for Mobile Workers as Data Roaming Charges Mount
Expensive mobile data roaming charges are making mobile workers more cautious about using business-critical applications. Mobile workers experience shockingly high roaming charges in the course of the year, with the average cost of their monthly data ...

Verizon-Cable Spectrum Deal Said to Get Unanimous FCC Vote
By Todd Shields on August 22, 2012 Verizon Wireless won final US clearance to buy unused airwaves from cable providers led by Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) as the Federal Communications Commission voted 5-0 to approve the $3.6 billion purchase, ...

Scientists Discover Star Devouring Nearby Planet
Slate Magazine (blog)
By Slate V Staff 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. What's part of a balanced diet for a growing star? A planet.

Facebook Officially Launches “Sponsored Results” Search Ads
While it hasn't been publicly announced, Facebook is now telling marketers the Sponsored Results search typeahead ad unit it began testing last month “launches today”. It lets marketers target users searching for specific apps, Pages, and Places and ...


Vote for your favourite robot
By Mark O'Beirne The nominations are in for this year's inductions into the Robot Hall of Fame. Four robots across the categories of Education and Consumer, Entertainment, Industrial and Service, and Research will be inducted this year.

iTypewriter: Old-school iPad add-on
Network World
By Alpha Doggs on Wed, 08/22/12 - 3:51pm. An Edinburgh, Scotland product designer named Austin Yang has concocted an Apple iPad add-on that lets you convert your tablet into a typewriter, complete with the clickety-clack noises.

Nokia: How Asha series basic phones can change company's fortunes
Times of India
STOCKHOLM: Nokia, burning cash as it struggles to revive its smartphone business, is winning time for the recovery effort by gaining more customers for another product: basic mobile phones it sells for $39. By adding features such as quicker Web and ...

Acer releases Liquid Gallant running Ice Cream Sandwich
Hindustan Times
Acer has announced two new mobile devices running Android's Ice Cream Sandwich almost a week before they were due to be unveiled in Berlin at consumer electronics fair IFA (August 31- September 5). Acer announced the release of the Liquid Gallant Solo ...

Hindustan Times

Wild rice gene gives yield boost
BBC News
By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News A gene from wild Indian rice plants can significantly raise the yield of common varieties in nutrient-poor soils. Scientists from the International Rice Research Institute (Irri) identified a gene ...

BBC News

Cartoon slideshow: Budget Deficit
NBCNews.com (blog)
With a trillion-dollar deficit for the fourth straight year, our cartoonists weigh in on Obama's Budget Deficit. Daryl Cagle is the political cartoonist for NBCNEWS.com; follow Daryl on Facebook or on Twitter. Daryl is America's most widely syndicated ...

Amazon Launches Kindle, E-Book Store in India
PC Magazine
By Angela Moscaritolo Amazon this morning announced it has launched the Kindle e-reader and e-book store in India. Kindle e-readers are now available for purchase at Indian electronics retailer Croma across the country at a price of 6999 rupees, ...

Keeping up with social media: Content marketing stats you need to know
Castleford Media (blog)
The social media realm is one of constant change and development, with a huge number of new platforms, apps and functions available everyday. Yesterday (August 22) Facebook announced a new look for Facebook messages with improved features.

Castleford Media (blog)

Nintendo's upgraded 3DS on sale today
The handheld 3D console is a larger, upgraded version of the 3DS, which released in March of last year. It has a bigger screen, at 4.88 inches compared to the previous model's 4.18in, and battery life is significantly improved.

185 mph Volkswagen Jetta hybrid sets new speed record
New York Daily News
Tortoise beats hare, man bites dog, and Volkswagen beats Porsche. A 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid driven at Bonneville Salt Flats in Nevada blasted into first place among hybrids recently, achieving a speed of 185.394 miles per hour during the Southern ...

New York Daily News

UK to have fastest broadband by 2015?
In a speech made earlier this week, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt reaffirmed his vow that the UK would top Europe in.. The Information Commissioner is apparently going to look into criticisms of Tesco's web security levels.


Berlin Tech Festival Mashes Art and Start-Ups
Wall Street Journal (blog)
“We wanted a combination of art, music and technology,” he said. “The kind of people in Berlin who are building start-ups are the same kind of people who are into music. “They are the kind of people who leave the safe harbor of a steady job and go off ...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

A look at recent tech-industry earnings
Dell reported its earnings on Tuesday, while rival Hewlett-Packard reported on Wednesday. Here is a summary of recent earnings and reports for selected technology companies and what they reveal about the state of spending and the overall economy: ...

What mobile tech companies are doing right
Summary: The mobile technology space is highly competitive which keeps companies hopping trying to come up with the best way forward. It's easy to be critical of most companies given their often confusing offerings, but for a refreshing change here are ...


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