07 August 2012

Struggling Zynga serves up ChefVille virtual restaurant game

Struggling Zynga serves up ChefVille virtual restaurant game
You can't rain on Zynga's parade. Amid lawsuits and disappointing earnings, the game-creator continues to expand its "Ville" series with a new restaurant-themed social game. by Donna Tam Zynga launched its version of a restaurant social game today, ...

Chrysler, Sprint team up to offer new Uconnect infotainment features
The Detroit News
By Melissa Burden Acme, Mich.— Chrysler Group LLC said Monday it has partnered with Sprint to provide embedded wireless services for Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system that will be available in the 2013 Ram 1500 pickup and SRT Viper models in fall ...

Infosys launches cloud solutions
Hindu Business Line
This, according to the company, will enable its existing and future clients to adopt, manage and govern cloud computing solutions. Vishnu Bat, Vice-President and Global Head-Cloud, told Business Line: “Businesses can now accelerate time-to-market of ...

Going Mobile: Frequent Queries From the C-Suite
Wired News
I've been reading Wired since Issue 1 in 1993 and while that may date me, I'm not ashamed to say it since it also means I've been around long enough to witness many IT trends in the workplace. The most significant is today's surge in mobile and social ...

Web Applications Are Attacked One out of Three Days, Report Says
By Lucian Constantin, IDG-News-Service:Romania-Bureau A typical Web application is the target of an attack at least one in three days on average, according to a report released by data security firm Imperva. The third edition of Imperva's semi-annual ...

Payback: Samsung says Apple destroyed evidence
Samsung tells court not to buy Apple's excuses for why managers, including Steve Jobs, generated so few e-mails relevant to the companies' patent dispute. Samsung wants Apple penalized. by Greg Sandoval Apple didn't preserve e-mail evidence any better ...

Why Dropping YouTube in iOS 6 is Good
PC Magazine
By Sascha Segan A little too much ado is being made over Apple dropping the YouTube app from iOS 6, probably because Apple and Google are locked in a death match right now. That's true, but it isn't why YouTube had to go. That YouTube icon on every ...

Sprint drops price of 16 GB iPhone 4S to $149.99
By Matt Hamblen The move comes about five weeks ahead of Apple's expected launch of the next-generation iPhone on Sept. 12. Sprint is also offering free activation when buying the 16 GB iPhone 4S online, an added savings of $36, according to its ...

Apple pulls its boy genius ads
Claiming this was its strategy all along, Apple removes the Olympics ads in which its Genius Bar employees were helpful at 4 am and its customers were none too bright about tech. by Chris Matyszczyk Just as you were getting used to the idea that men in ...

Amazon reportedly delivers Lockers service to San Francisco
The company already offers its Lockers, the e-retail giant's answer to Best Buy's in-store pickup, in New York City, the Washington, DC, area, and Seattle. by Don Reisinger Amazon Lockers, the e-retail giant's answer to Best Buy's in-store pickup, ...

Kno launches digital textbooks for K-12 pupils
Digital education startup Kno is making its move on elementary and secondary schools. Rent a textbook, anyone? by Charlie Osborne Kno has announced a new partnership with publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt that sees the company getting into the K-12 ...

Microsoft Reaches Licensing Deal With Sharp
Wall Street Journal
By Tess Stynes Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) reached a licensing agreement with consumer electronics company Sharp Corp. (6753.TO, SHCAY) for technology that eases the transfer of larger files between personal computers and other electronic devices.

British radio telescope genius Sir Bernard Lovell dies
By Anna Leach • Get more from this author Sir Bernard Lovell - the brilliant British physicist whose inventions observed cosmic rays and ended up on the front lines of the Cold War - has died at the age of 98 this week. Bristol-born Sir Bernard is ...

Google asteroid mining venture attracts billionaires
Business Newsday New York Print Aa Google asteroid mining venture attracts billionaires Originally published: August 7, 2012 10:53 AM Updated: August 7, 2012 11:06 AM By BLOOMBERG NEWS Planetary Resources Inc., an asteroid-mining venture backed by ...


AMD's New FirePro Chips Offer Integrated CPU, Graphics
Like previous AMD chips, the FirePro APUs combine compute and graphics capabilities on the same chip, and are aimed at workstations used by design professionals. Advanced Micro Devices is rolling out new FirePro chips that integrate both discrete-level ...

In-App Purchases Coming to Windows Phone 8, Not Earlier Versions
PC Magazine
By Stephanie Mlot Microsoft is finally bringing in-app purchases to Windows Phone, but it will only be available on the upcoming Windows Phone 8. Recent Microsoft guidelines confirm that users and developers working with the current version of Windows ...

Community Win: DayZ Being Developed as a Stand-Alone Game
“The end of the beginning,” reads a post on the DayZ development blog, with an appropriately apocalyptic tone for the massive ArmA II zombie mod that's attracted some 1000000 players. The news inside is much sunnier than a terrifying wasteland infested ...

Google Invests in Digital Signature Company DocuSign
By Loek Essers, IDG-News-Service:Amsterdam-Bureau Google has staked some cash on the market for digital signatures on electronic documents with a venture capital investment in DocuSign, the companies announced Tuesday. DocuSign's technology is used by ...

Bingo! Facebook Gambles On Games Using Real Money, Not Credits, To Engage Users
For the last three quarters, Facebook has been struggling to move the needle on its payments business, but today a new game has launched that could provide a clue to how that could change that in the future: the social network has, for the first time, ...

Plextor M5 Pro bulges SSD envelope with 94K IOPS and 540MB/s
By Steve Dent posted Aug 7th 2012 1:00PM Plextor's newly launched M5 Pro is angling to be the top dot on the SATA III SSD spec charts -- and looks like it will mostly succeed. The Marvell Monet controller lets the unit hit a continuous 540 MB/s read ...

Amazon's First Game is a Hallucinatory Minutiae-Spotters Wonderland
As mentioned this morning, Amazon.com is in the game development business. The first Facebook title from the newly-revealed Amazon Game Studios is a fresh take on the hidden object genre that'll have you seeing things. WithinLiving Classics's colorful ...

THQ Cancels inSane, Returns Intellectual Property Rights to Guillermo del Toro
As THQ works to streamline their operations and recover from a miserable period in their financial history, even exciting titles aren't safe from cancelation. Yesterday during the publisher's Q1 financial earnings call, it was revealed that Guillermo ...


Uncharted 3 Patch 1.13 Adds Most Content Ever
Cinema Blend
Uncharted 3 is nearly a year old, but that doesn't mean the team over at Naughty Dog is done adding to the online component of the game. Patch 1.13 is due to drop later today and, with it, the developers are promising the largest batch of updates to ...

Cinema Blend

Wii U Box Art for Three Ubisoft Games Appear at Amazon
Nintendo has remained quiet on revealing Wii U specifics with roughly three months to go until the new console's anticipated November release. We still don't have a release date, price, box art, or finalized pack out specs.


Everyone wants to marry NASA's 'Mohawk Guy'
Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)
Bobak Ferdowsi, likely NASA's only heartthrob, might just be the most sought-after man in the nation right now. Ferdowsi, who became instantly famous for simultaneously looking attractive and landing the Curiosity rover on Mars — impossible!

Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)

Mass Effect 3 Will Include Interactive Comic On Wii U
The Mass Effect series will be making its much anticipated debut on a Nintendo console this holiday season and the game's maker Bioware has announced that the upcoming Wii U version of Mass Effect 3 will uses an interactive comic book to catch Nintendo ...


New app lets New Yorker issues pile up in your phone instead of your bathroom
San Francisco Business Times (blog)
At last The New Yorker can be read (or left to pile up unread, creating feelings of guilt) via an iPhone. The New Yorker rolled out its new iPhone app this week, though the magazine didn't say whether the battery of a typical phone will last long ...

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