15 August 2012

UN body opens debate on Internet future to public

UN body opens debate on Internet future to public
GENEVA — The UN telecoms agency has invited the world's more than 2 billion Internet users to join a debate about the future of the Internet. The Geneva-based International Telecommunications Union's announcement Wednesday follows criticism from civil ...

A High-Tech Fix for Broken Schools
Wall Street Journal
But these days Mooresville is leading the nation in a different way—by using digitaltechnology to improve public education. "Fixing Our Schools," a documentary I am hosting for the Fox News Channel this Sunday, looks at how digital learning is being ...

Wall Street Journal

The startup that feeds other startups - literally
After realizing that friends at other tech start-ups had this same problem, Sabetti said he decided to make a business out of it. He balanced ... Last year, ZeroCater joined Y Combinator, one of the most well-known technology business accelerators. Its ...

Gaining Info On Tech Execs With Just Their Email - Slashdot
Gaining Info On Tech Execs With Just Their Email 3 ... Glasses; 606 comments How the Inventors of Dragon Speech Recognition Technology Lost Everything ...

Netflix to launch streaming service in Nordic countries | Reuters
Tech ». A sign is shown at the headquarters of Netflix in Los Gatos, ... news agency, providing investing news, world news, business news, technology news, ...

Bright idea: How LED technology is key to future smart buildings
GreenBiz.com (blog)
But the convergence of building automation and information technology that is transforming the facilities management industry -- and helping define the smart buildings market -- presents a significant opportunity for deployments in LED (light emitting ...

GreenBiz.com (blog)

New Toilet Technology After 150 Years Of Waste
There, local entrepreneurs will use the new technology to turn pollution into cash. "We couldn't be happier with the response that we've gotten," Bill Gates said. To pass the foundation's threshold for the world's next toilet, it must operate without ...

Samsung: Apple developed touch tech? Yeah, right (pictures)
CNET (blog)
Some of Apple's allegations, as it wages a patent court battle against Samsung, involve the iPhone's pinch-and-zoom technology. Other patents involve enlarging documents. Apple says thistechnology was new in 2007 when the iPhone debuted. Yesterday ...

NFL headsets going digital in new technology wave
Boston Herald
While the NFL's coach-to-quarterback radio connection has been a part of the game for three decades, the most popular sports league has not always been on the cutting edge of technology. “There was one time when I was doing it and it happened to be on ...

Sony demos cross-controller tech at Gamescon
CNET (blog)
Sony demos cross-controller tech at Gamescon. Created: 08/14/2012. Video description: At Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, Sony demos its PS3-Vita cross-controller technology. Owners of both gaming devices can now use their Vita as a second controller ...

Med tech firm Getinge buys US therapeutic bed firm for $275 million
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish medical technology group Getinge (GETIb.ST) said on Wednesday it would buy the Therapeutic Support Systems business of Kinetic Concepts Inc. CRGYHK.UL for $275 million as it looks to expand in the key U.S. market.

Reports Says Small Businesses Face Tech Gap
In a report called “Smarter Small Businesses” released Wednesday, the center found that atechnology gap is hurting small New York City businesses, especially mom-and-pop stores and those owned by immigrants or minorities in boroughs other than ...

Kenya Faces Tech Skills Gap
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Kenya, it seems, is facing a problem common in places with fast-growing technology industries. Companies are finding it hard to recruit qualified staff, as demand outstrips supply. The BBC reports that multinationals are moving rapidly into the Kenyan ...

Magid on Tech: Lenovo's new X1 Carbon a top-notch ultrabook
San Jose Mercury News
If the price tag wasn't so steep, it could take a bite out of Apple's sales. But the good news for Lenovo is that there are many people with the budget and desire for a top-notch Windows ultrabook. Larry Magid's technology column appears Wednesdays in ...

Samsung 10" Galaxy Note Tablet Review
All Things Digital
... Readies BlackBerry “One-Two Punch” for Early 2013 · Follow on Twitter »Subscribe on Facebook »Like on Facebook »Get the Daily Newsletter » · Walt Mossberg. ethics statement; bio; e-mail · RSS · Follow @waltmossberg · Personal Technology > Tablets ...

Tech Tools to Ease the Strain of the Nomadic Life
Using technology to book travel on the road used to involve an 800 number and a dirty payphone. While we've had Web-based air transportation booking options for a while now, ground options are relatively new. Smartphone apps that can integrate with ...

Report: Self-driving cars could hit showrooms by 2019
Chicago Tribune
General Motors showed off "dream cars" in the late 1950s like the Firebird II and Cadillac Cyclone with features automakers are now starting to roll out in new models as the technology, based on sensors, lasers, radar systems, GPS, cameras and ...

The New Meaning of 'Tech Savvy'
By Kathy Martinez
Any leading employer can tell you about the importance of being “tech savvy.” From desktop software to smart phones providing employees the technology they need is key to business success. However, not all employers understand the ...
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Mobile pay war: Wal-Mart and others vs. Google
All of those competitors are looking to get a piece of what technology consultancy Gartner believes will be a $617 billion mobile payments market by 2016, up from $171.5 billion this year. The problem the industry faces is fragmentation: For all the ...

Brazil's Coastal Rainforest Suffers Widespread Species Extinction
Voice of America
The Atlantic forest in Brazil, once a part of the great Amazon basin on the South American continent, is suffering from widespread species loss according to a new study. Ecologist Carlos Peres with England's University of East Anglia and then ...

Voice of America

The real Mars rover Curiosity mission begins [Google+ Hangout]
Los Angeles Times
[Update: Please note that the Google+ Hangout has been rescheduled from noon, as previously stated, to 11 am Wednesday.] How is the Mars rover Curiosity mission going to change when the craft begins traveling on the Mars surface?

Microsoft Releases Windows 8 RTM to Developers
PC Magazine
By Michael Muchmore Windows 8 in its final form is closer than you think, and if you're a developer, you can get it today. Windows 8 RTM is now available for download for subscribers to Microsoft's TechNet and MSDN subscription sites for developers.

Lose The Burners: Court Okays Prepaid Phone Tracking
Appeals court rules law enforcement agencies don't need a warrant to "ping" and track prepaid cellphone locations. By Mathew J. Schwartz InformationWeek Prepaid cellphone users may be tracked by law enforcement agencies at any time, without police ...

Melting of Greenland Ice Sheet Breaks 30-Year Record
On Aug. 8, the Greenland ice sheet shattered a seasonal record, with more cumulative melting since record-keeping began more than three decades ago, new research finds. Greenland's melting season usually begins in June, when the first puddles of ...

Apple's lone wolf approach to security will bite it in the rear
By Matt Asay • Get more from this author Open... and Shut Apple may have minimal market share in desktop computers, but it has dominated the smartphone and tablet markets for years without any significant hacker exploits. Is Apple impervious to hackers ...

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Coming Aug. 16
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Samsung announced today that its Galaxy Note 10.1 will be available in the US on Aug. 16. The tablet will come in 16GB and 32GB flavors for $499 and $549, respectively. It will be available in white or dark gray from retailers like ...

Multiple births on cosmic scale in distant galaxy
The Associated Press
By By SETH BORENSTEIN – 1 minute ago WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have found a cosmic supermom. It's a galaxy that gives births to more stars in a day than ours does in a year. Astronomers used NASA's Chandra X-Ray telescope to spot this distant ...

The Associated Press

Pinterest Releases Apps for Android and iPad
PC Magazine
By Jill Duffy Pinterest today released new apps for Android and iPad (finally), while also overhauling its iPhone app (finally). The new suite of mobile apps greatly improves the mobile experience of using Pinterest, a site that works like a virtual ...

Twitter co-founders seek to shake up Web publishing with Medium
By Juan Carlos Perez IDG News Service - Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone, who were also leaders at Blogger, have unveiled a preview of Medium, which they describe as a new Web publishing platform. With Medium, they aim to inject a dose ...

German officials reopen Facebook inquiry #thecircuit
Washington Post (blog)
By Hayley Tsukayama Germany takes second look at Facebook: German data protection authorities are reopening a probe into Facebook's facial recognition technology that had been suspended in June, The New York Times reported. According to the report, ...

Starting Oct. 3, Hawaiian Airlines to fly nonstop daily to Maui from Oakland ...
Washington Post
HONOLULU — Hawaiian Airlines is doubling its nonstop flights between Maui and California's Bay Area. The airline says that starting Oct. 3, there will be 14 flights per week to Maui from Oakland and San Jose. Hawaiian usually offers four flights per ...

iPhone 5 launch in Sept. could boost current quarter earnings 12%: analyst
Speculation has grown over the last two weeks that Apple Inc. may unveil its iPhone 5 in early September – about a month earlier than most were expecting. That poses somewhat of a challenge for Wall Street analysts covering Apple , who were largely ...

EA's 'Command and Conquer' Franchise Goes Free-To-Play
Publisher Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) surprised many today with the announcement that BioWare Victory's Command & Conquer: Generals 2 will be a free-to-play game when it releases in 2013. Moreover, EA is transforming the entire Command & Conquer ...

How to Send Web Content Straight to Your Kindle
By Rick Broida, PCWorld Aug 15, 2012 9:31 AM If you're a Kindle (or Kindle app) owner and a Google Chrome user, here's good news: You can now send Web content directly to your mobile device. Just add the Send to Kindle extension to Chrome, ...

iPhone 5 LTE confirmed by Korean mobile carriers
This week it appears that the Korean mobile data carrier KT may have spilled the beans a bit early as they've been quoted speaking about the next-generation iPhone by the Korea Times. According to that publication, a senior KT executive spoke on the ...


Verizon expanding its 4G network in Plymouth County, on the North Shore, and ...
Boston Globe
By DC Denison Verizon Wireless will expand its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to three new Massachusetts areas on Thursday, August 16: five towns in Plymouth County, ten on the North Shore, and eleven in the Pittsfield area.

webOS rises from the ashes as Gram, but won't focus on consumer products
A brand with many faces, webOS has gone through more than its share of changes in the last few years. And in its latest act, it's being freed from the shackles of Hewlett-Packard. HP bought webOS alongside its creator Palm in 2010.

Despite state ruling, Uber car service vows “full speed ahead.”
Boston Globe
By DC Denison Uber, a start-up that allows people to use a smartphone to request private car service, is promising to fight a cease-and-desist order from the Division of Standards of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts requiring it to stop operating in ...

Two Space Station Spacewalks To Be Broadcast On NASA TV
Sacramento Bee
By NASA WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2012 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Astronauts and cosmonauts will perform two spacewalks outside the International Space Station this month. NASA Television will broadcast both events live. Coverage of the first will begin ...

Rumored iPad mini may look more like iPhone than iPad
Los Angeles Times
The rumored iPad mini is believed to look more like an iPhone than an iPad, according to two new reports. The 7.85-inch iPad mini, which has been heavily rumored since the launch of the Google Nexus 7 tablet, is expected to have practically no side ...

Text-and-drive teens ratted out by AT&T mobe tech
By Bill Ray • Get more from this author Vid US telco AT&T is urging staff and customers to pledge never to text and drive - and is willing to rat on teenagers that break that promise. Those who vow never to juggle text messages and the control of a ...

SC motorists paying more for gas than last year
Sacramento Bee
AP CHARLESTON, SC -- Gasoline prices in South Carolina have spiked in recent weeks and now, for the first time this summer, motorists are paying more than at the same time last year. AAA Carolinas said Wednesday the average price for a gallon of gas is ...

Inside Facebook's Push to Woo Big Advertisers
Wall Street Journal
By SHAYNDI RAICE After joining Facebook as vice president of marketing last year, Carolyn Everson made it her mission to win over skeptical ad executives who complained that spending on the giant social network wasn't paying off.

Wall Street Journal

Gamescom: Diablo 2 lead Brevik on Diablo 3's design
Tadhg Kelly explains the importance of 'strange rules', and why they make for outstanding games. Eight years after the second game, Nintendo's garden peons arrive on Wii U with a broader world view. Chris Donlan suggests a few highlights from ...

Watch kids in 1995 predict the future Internet with amazing accuracy
When you think about how it has come to take over our lives, it's easy to forget that the Internet landscape as we know it today is quite a recent thing. This hilarious 1995 PSA hammers that point home, with some fifth graders from Montana predicting ...


McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition Racing Concept: Pebble Beach 2012
Washington Post
The 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is about to get underway, and while we'll be bringing you the freshest photos and latest news as it happens, there's a bit of preliminary business to take care of: the previews. The latest is McLaren's 12C ...

2013 Mercedes E-Class and C-Class Priced, E400 Hybrid Starts at $56705
Automobile Magazine (blog)
Pricing info has been released for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and E-Class lineups, revealing the new 2013 E400 Hybrid's MSRP of $56705. That places the midsize hybrid Benz squarely between the $50195 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 and $61995 ActiveHybrid 5.

Automobile Magazine (blog)

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