02 August 2012

NASA's Mars Curiosity: 11 things you may not know

NASA's Mars Curiosity: 11 things you may not know
Washington Post
A multibillion dollar gamble, a most scary landing and the possibility of learning whether Mars once could have supported life — here's a brief look at what's at stake in NASA's Mars Curiosity mission, set to touch down early Monday.

Apple Says Samsung Tried To Corrupt Jury
Apple attorney claims release of excluded evidence by Samsung constitutes breach that must be sanctioned; seeks ruling on validity of patents. By Charles Babcock InformationWeek Apple iPhone 5 Vs. Samsung Galaxy S III: What We Know Apple attorneys ...

What will the smaller iPad be called?
"iPad mini" has long been the stand-in name for the smaller iPad that's rumored to be arriving this fall. But what will Apple really name it? by David Carnoy If Apple does bring out a smaller iPad this fall, it's anybody's guess what name it has for it ...

Slow Internet, Dropped Calls Top Cell Phone Complaints
PC Magazine
By Angela Moscaritolo Telemarketers, spam messages, apps that crash – the list of cell phone annoyances can go on and on. But according to a new survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, some of the most common cell phone complaints include ...

Greenland ice said more resistant to climate change than feared
By Alister Doyle | OSLO (Reuters) - Greenland's ice seems less vulnerable than feared to a runaway melt that would drive up world sea levels, according to a study showing that a surge of ice loss had petered out. "It is too early to proclaim the 'ice ...

HP wins ruling in court battle with Oracle
NEW YORK (AP) — Computer maker Hewlett-Packard Co. said it won a "tremendous" victory in its court battle to force Oracle Corp. to continue making software for one of its server lines. A California state court on Wednesday proposed an order that would ...

Google Inks Patent Deal With Rovi for Google Fiber
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Google has signed a patent agreement with Rovi for technology that will be used for its upcoming Google Fiber service. The multi-year agreement provides Google with a license for Rovi's interactive program guide used in set-top ...

Is 'Metro' now a banned word at Microsoft?
Why is Microsoft allegedly telling those inside and outside the company to stop playing up "Metro" going forward when talking about the new wave of Microsoft products? by Mary Jo Foley For the past year-plus, Microsoft has been playing up its Metro ...

Apple Patent Envisions a Smart Cover With Built-In Display, Keyboard
Wired News
By Alexandra Chang If you think the Surface tablet's Touch Cover and Type Cover are cool, then take a look at what Apple has in the works. The company that's dominating the tablet industry with the iPad is looking to patent what appears to be ...

Apple Designer: Steve Jobs Had Doubts About the iPhone
Wall Street Journal (blog)
By Jessica E. Vascellaro Apple called one of its veteran industrial designers for a walk down iPhone memory lane during the first day of its closely watched patent trial against Samsung Electronics. Christopher Stringer, Apple's first witness in the ...

How do elephants trumpet? At last, scientists figure it out.
Christian Science Monitor
Elephants produce sounds like humans do, a recent study suggests. But their vocal cords are eight times longer and they can be heard up to six miles away. By Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer / August 2, 2012 African elephants in Amboseli ...

Christian Science Monitor

So Long Plastic: Google Wallet Now Uses Any Credit Card
Tom's Hardware Guide
On Wednesday, Google said that its Google Wallet payment service now supports all credit and debit cards from Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Naturally there's a catch: Google Wallet is currently available only on selected phones from ...

NJ's MetLife Stadium site of Talmud celebration
Wall Street Journal
AP EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — A religious celebration of the Talmud that drew tens of thousands of people to MetLife Stadium for prayers and song has ended. The event Wednesday night celebrated the completion of the reading of the book of Jewish laws and ...

Google creates virtual tour of Kennedy Space Center (+video)
Christian Science Monitor
To celebrate NASA's Kennedy Space Center's 50th birthday, Google Street View invites users to discover the landmark site like never before. By Mounira Al Hmoud, Contributor / August 2, 2012 Men watch inside the Orbiter Processing Facility, ...

Christian Science Monitor

RIM to launch new PlayBook line next week
TORONTO Aug 2 (Reuters) - Canada's Research In Motion has chosen its home country to launch a PlayBook tablet with built-in support for cellular networks, a crucial feature missing from its poor-selling initial models. The BlackBerry maker said on ...

Facebook faces loose Likes at crucial ad crux
As Facebook's public persona ramps up another new month, less than a year after it's first put itself on the public market with an IPO of some great disaster, the social network faces several allegations of advertising network faux pas.

New Assassin's Creed III trailer gives a closer look at AnvilNext
There's no question that Assassin's Creed III is bringing a slew of new ideas and features to the franchise, but perhaps the biggest change is the inclusion of Ubisoft's new AnvilNext engine. We received a brief introduction to the AnvilNext engine ...


Android 4.0 leaps to 16 percent install base, version 4.1 at 0.8 percent
Ars Technica
by Casey Johnston - Aug 2, 2012 8:10 pm UTC Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has leapt up to a 16 percent install base, according to data collected during the last two weeks of August by Google. That's more than double the install base at the beginning ...

iPhone 5 displays will ship this month, says Sharp chief
Christian Science Monitor
The display on the iPhone 5 could measure 4 inches – substantially bigger than the 3.5 inch display on the current model Apple smartphone. By Matthew Shaer / August 2, 2012 Sharp president Takashi Okuda, pictured here, says his company will begin ...

Christian Science Monitor

EA confirms Mass Effect 3 single-player 'Leviathan' DLC, Reapers' origins a ...
EA has confirmed during their Summer Showcase that Mass Effect 3 will be getting some single-player DLC, and it's the previously rumored Leviathan add-on. Mass Effect 3: Leviathan is the first story-driven, single player DLC to be made available since ...

How Big is Mars? | Size of Planet Mars
Mars, the fourth planet from the sun, is the second smallest planet in the solar system; only Mercury is smaller. Mars is about half (53 percent) the size of Earth, but because Mars is a desert planet, it has the same amount of dry land as Earth.

Ancient Rainforest Discovered Under Antarctica's Ice
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. Antarctica has yielded implications about global warming that are chilling ...

Slate Magazine (blog)

Google tackles rogue Android app problem with new rules
BBC News
Google is attempting to crack down on rogue mobile apps on its Android platform with stricter guidelines for developers. The measures include a ban on using icons that are "confusingly similar" to that of existing products. The search giant also issued ...

BBC News

Nexus Q Launch Delayed; Pre-ordered Google Nexus Q Shipped Today
The Droid Guy
The launch of Google's home entertainment device which was supposed to be released last month has been delayed once again, but Google is making it up to the customers who had already pre-ordered it by shipping it free of charge to them starting today.

The Droid Guy

iPhone 5 to Have 8-Pin, MagSafe Connector, Maybe
Atlanta Black Star
With every dubious rumor and every fabricated analyst report, we're slowly working out way towards the release of the iPhone 5. The latest news suggests that the new iPhone's smaller connector will use eight pins and, more interestingly, a MagSafe-like ...

Apple breezes to PC sales' top spot as Windows share decays
By Gregg Keizer Computerworld - Apple sold more PCs worldwide last quarter -- 21 million -- than any rival, retaking the lead it lost the quarter before, UK-based Canalys said yesterday. And because Microsoft lacks a tablet operating system, ...

Mangrove conservation is 'economic' CO2 fix
BBC News
By Nick Crumpton BBC News Protecting mangroves to lock carbon away in trees may be an economic way to curb climate change, research suggests. Carbon credit schemes already exist for rainforests; the new work suggests mangroves could be included too.

BBC News

Higgs boson results from LHC 'get even stronger'
BBC News
The Higgs boson-like particle whose discovery was announced on 4 July looks significantly more certain to exist. The particle has been the subject of a decades-long hunt as the last missing piece of physics' Standard Model, explaining why matter has ...

BBC News

Why Apple TV Just Became Apple's Most Important Product
Gizmodo Australia
There are coincidences in this world, and it's important not to read too much into them. Spotify playing the song stuck in your head doesn't make you psychic. But then there are coincidences you can't help but think might mean a little bit more.

The Joy of Tech
All Things Digital
Walt Mossberg in Personal Technology. A Guide for PC Buyers Not Looking for a Tablet. Walt Mossberg in Personal Technology. Dialing Up 20 Years of Gadget Reviews. Walt Mossberg in Personal Technology. The iPhone Finds Its Voice. Walt Mossberg in ...

Canada's tech sector risks losing to US
Financial Post
One tech analyst said Canada's tech sector is continuing to lose innovators to Silicon Valley. “We all understand the need for fiscal prudence at a government level,” said Carmi Levy, an independent technology analyst based in London, Ont. “But, what you ...

Financial Post

When bots attack
New York Post
The robots are attacking Wall Street's integrity. A technical meltdown at trading giant Knight Capital yesterday — which may take a $300 million to $500 million bite out of its balance sheet — resulted in a wave of erroneous orders in shares of nearly 150 ...

New York Post

New York tech Vanity Fair cover - Business Insider
By Alyson Shontell
Annie Leibovitz snapped shots of Michael Bloomberg, Fred Wilson, Dennis Crowley and others around a car in Soho.
Business Insider

Tech goes downtown
Boston Globe
In landing PayPal, Chiofaro is establishing a major technology beachhead in the domain of lawyers and bankers. These days, Chiofaro's neighborhood is full of big, empty spaces. The banks that fueled the construction of Financial District office towers used to ...

Two More Boosts for Berlin's Tech Scene
Wall Street Journal (blog)
“The organization set up a temporary Berlin office a few weeks ago, and on Monday it announced it is to establish a permanent base next year in the Factory, a recently-opened tech office space that houses SoundCloud and several other up-and-coming Berlin ... About Tech Europe. RSS. TechEurope covers Europe's technology leaders, their companies, and the people and industries that support them — and their ideas. The blog is edited by Ben Rooney, with contributions from The Wall Street Journal and Dow ...

Columbia Set for Expansion in Technology
Wall Street Journal
Columbia University will create a Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering with $15 million from New York City in the latest outgrowth of the city's push to attract engineers and tech start-ups. With the announcement Monday, there are now three schools expanding their engineering programs in New York, all outgrowths of a city competition, launched in 2010, to create a technology and engineering campus on Roosevelt Island. A team led by Cornell University won that $100 million contest late last year, and New ...

Taiwan economy contracts 0.2 percent in 2Q
The Seattle Times
Among them, Foxconn Technology Group has bought a stake in Sharp Corp., hoping to make advanced flat panels with the cutting-edge technology from the Japanese electronics giant. Officials say the signing of an investment protection agreement next ...

It's High Time There Was A Tech IPO Market In London – Let's Do ...
By Mike Butcher
Index notes the “steady transformation” of real estate tenants in London's business districts towardstechnology companies such as Bloomberg, Skype, Amazon, Expedia, and newer ones such as Moo.com, Moshi Monsters, Huddle and others. Some companies in the tech sector are seeing revenue .... Website: indexventures.com. Index Ventures is a leading venture capital firm specializing in investments in information technology and life sciences companies. The firm invests in seed, ...

Tech Report: Google Street View Takes On California Parks « CBS ...
By Andre Torrez
There's a lot of irony here in using this technology to enjoy the great outdoors, but as we know, there's nothing compared to actually walking through the redwoods; smelling and feeling it. KCBS'Tech Report: Tech Report: Google Goes to the ...
CBS San Francisco

Business People Suck at Technology Startups | Personal Branding ...
By Jun Loayza
Business people are becoming increasingly attracted to technology startups. We dream of becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg or the next Instagram. I spoke with an undergraduate the other day who quit during his third year of college to ...
Personal Branding Blog - Dan Schawbel

7 women-led health tech startups to watch — Tech News and Analysis
By Ki Mae Heussner
Here are seven women-led health tech startups to keep an eye on. AliveCor. One of the three ... staff writer covering technology. Prior to that, she produced the science and technology section for ABCNews.com and reported on topics ranging.

10 weird tech patents and patent applications | TechRepublic
By Gina Smith
Think the patent field is dry? Not so much. Take a gander at these 10 wild, weird, and wacky techpatents and published patent applications from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Many of them are owned by the tech ...
on TechRepublic

American Bar Association Updates Technology Ethics Rules | Legal ...
By admin
In this August edition of Law Technology Now, host Monica Bay, editor-in-chief of ALM's LawTechnology News, joins Attorney Michael Arkfeld, principal of Arkfeld and Associates, and John Barkett, a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon, ...
Legal Talk Network

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