17 September 2012

Acer-Google-Alibaba: It's not about open Android

The Acer/Google/Alibaba tussle: It's not about open Android
Summary: The recent cancellation of an Acer phone launch got tongues wagging about Google's involvement. Google's insistence that Acer stop the launch of a phone running the Aliyun OS by Alibaba in China got observers grousing about the "openness" of ...

IHS iSuppli: PCs no longer command biggest share of DRAM market
By James Trew posted Sep 16th 2012 4:33AM Times change, this is an indisputable truth. But nothing reminds us of this fact as well as a landmark statistic. If there was ever any doubt about the shift towards of mobile computing, then let this be it: ...

T-Mobile to offer nano-SIM cards for unlocked iPhone 5s-- report
Nano-SIM cards will arrive at the carrier in mid October, allowing owners of unlocked iPhone 5s to jump to its network, says a report. by Edward Moyer T-Mobile will start carrying nano-SIM cards in mid October, allowing owners of unlocked iPhone 5s to ...

Guatemalans who fled Fuego volcano eruption return home
Fox News
The thousands of people who were evacuated Thursday because of the violent eruption of the Fuego volcano, located some 50 kilometers (31 miles) southwest of the Guatemalan capital, returned home Saturday after seismic activity diminished.

NY parks department launches smartphone app
Wall Street Journal
AP ALBANY, NY — New York's state parks department has launched a smartphone application designed to help people get information about recreation sites and events. The department says the free app called "Oh, Ranger! NY State Parks" is available now for ...

Hands on: Apple's new EarPods headphones
Macworld contributor R. Matthew Ward lives in St. Louis. He writes (occasionally) about audio, Apple, and other cool stuff on his personal blog. It's become de rigueur to describe Apple's white earbuds as “ubiquitous” and “iconic”—and justifiably so.

Record-Setting Female Astronaut Takes Command of Space Station
by Tariq Malik, SPACE.com Managing Editor NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, who holds the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman, took charge of the International Space Station Saturday (Sept. 15), becoming only the second female commander in the ...

Tourism bureau probably doesn't mention Guam's covered in spiders
Spiders' silk might be useful to humans, but otherwise, they're pretty terrifying creatures. Anyone who's seen Arachnophobia can attest to this. And before I have spider apologists sending me nasty comments, think about this: there's an entire island ...


CCTV of ram-raid on Apple store in California
The gang struck last week at an Apple shop in Temecula, California, using a BMW 4x4 to crash through the front of the store. Wearing masks to conceal their identities, they stole iPads and laptops but nearly found themselves without a getaway car after ...

Maps for iOS is rerouting me to Windows Phone
I like taking road trips. I have ever since I was young. I'm one of those people that can just drive and drive. It's always fun seeing new places, and it's always even better when your destination is somewhere new. It's a lot easier to travel these ...

Oil spill barge gets final tests before heading to Arctic
After months of delay, a barge-mounted oil well blowout containment system built in Bellingham is undergoing sea trials before its final deployment to a Shell Oil Co. exploration project in the Chukchi Sea, north of the Bering Straits.

The iPhone 5's A6 SoC: Not A15 or A9, a Custom Apple Core Instead
by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/15/2012 2:15:00 PM When Apple announced the iPhone 5, Phil Schiller officially announced what had leaked several days earlier: the phone is powered by Apple's new A6 SoC. As always, Apple didn't announce clock speeds, ...


Why Apple Couldn't Go to Micro USB Charging
No feature of the new iPhone 5 has come in for as much criticism as Apple's decision to drop the venerable 30-pin iPod connector in favor of a new, reversible 8-pin plug called Lightning. Some people, especially those with a lot of iPod/iPhone/iPad ...


Nick Thomas: Neil Armstrong goes home
Santa Cruz Sentinel
If you haven't heard that Neil Armstrong passed away on Aug. 25, you've probably been living on the dark side of the moon. As the first human to set foot on the moon plain known as the Sea of Tranquility in 1969, Armstrong was in the right place at the ...

Google Puts Internet Explorer 8 on Notice, Ends Support in Nov.
PC Magazine
By David Murphy If you're a fan of Google's services, it might be time to upgrade to a new iteration of the browser — or a different browser entirely. According to Google, the company is officially discontinuing support for Internet Explorer 8 across ...

Black Mesa available: Coming to Steam soon
Related topics Steam Black Mesa gaming Steam users may have noticed their friends playing something new this weekend: The long-awaited total conversion mod, Black Mesa. In development since 2004 and finally released September 14th, Black Mesa is a ...


New iPhone is slicker, sleeker
The Hindu
To say that the six iPhone launches, since Apple Inc. released the first iPhone in 2007, have been surrounded in hype and shrouded in secrecy, is an understatement. On Wednesday too, the unveiling of the iPhone 5 amidst media frenzy created quite a ...

The Hindu

Windows Phone 8 Goes Gold: Now What?
PC Magazine
By David Murphy If you're a developer, the on-time "release to manufacturing" date is just one more piece of the puzzle between you and a general launch of Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 Software Development Kit, or SDK. If you're a smartphone enthusiast ...

Samsung takes aim at iPhone 5 in new print ad
Apple Insider
By AppleInsider Staff A Samsung ad revealed on Saturday pits Apple's new iPhone 5 directly against the Galaxy S III, listing the two handsets' features side-by-side in what appears to be a highly subjective comparison. Titled "It doesn't take a genius ...

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Wii U Preorders Selling Out? How About a $900 Console on eBay?
PC Magazine
By David Murphy Nintendo recently unveiled the release date for the much-anticipated successor to its 2006 Wii console. The Wii U, now rocking a full hybrid-tablet GamePad instead of a small Wii remote and accessory Nunchuk, is set to launch on ...

Astronaut set for re-entry to life on Earth
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- US astronaut Joe Acaba will return to Earth on Sunday after four months in weightlessness while flight medical officers launch a six-week effort to help him readjust to living in normal gravity. Acaba is scheduled to depart the ...

Astronomers Find Planets Within A Cluster Of Stars
NASA-funded astronomers have located two planets located within a dense cluster of sun-like stars. This demonstrates that planets are found even in areas densely populated with stars. Astronomers have found two massive gas-giants located within a dense ...


New Kindle Fire: It's better, but not best
Cape Cod Times (subscription)
By WALTER MOSSBERG Amazon is upping its game in the color tablet market. Last year, it launched the 7-inch Kindle Fire, a pretty good, but limited, device mostly distinguished by its low price of $199 and its seamless access to Amazon's massive ...

Antarctic Ozone Hole Smaller Than in 2011
2012 hole is probably larger than in 2010 and a complete recovery is still a long way off. (Reuters) - The hole in the ozone layer, the earth's protective shield against ultraviolet rays, is expected to be smaller this year over the Antarctic than last ...


A Foolish Week of Telecom
By Dan Radovsky, The Motley Fool There's no way to get away from it, but the biggest telecom news of the week was Apple's (NAS: AAPL) unveiling of the iPhone 5. The biggest difference from the previous iPhones? LTE capability.

Holiday Gadgets: Apple iPhone orders start
Sacramento Bee
By ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer NEW YORK -- Makers of consumer electronics have been refreshing their products for the holiday shopping season. Advance orders for Apple's new iPhone began on Friday. Delivery times climbed quickly, ...

Scientists Differentiate Chemical Bonds in Individual Molecules for First Time ...
Science Daily (press release)
ScienceDaily (Sep. 16, 2012) — IBM scientists have been able to differentiate the chemical bonds in individual molecules for the first time using a technique known as noncontact atomic force microscopy (AFM). The results push the exploration of using ...

Obsidian Entertainment Raises $1.1 Million To Finance Project Eternity RPG
The Inquisitr
Obsidian Entertainment raised over $1.1 million with their successful Kickstarter campaign to finance the company's new Project Eternity RPG. The Irvine, California based developer has created many popular games including Star Wars: KotOR II, ...

HP set to enter smartphone market as PC business dims
Oman Tribune
Hewlett-Packard is working on a new smartphone as its core personal computers and printer businesses continue to dwindle, CEO Meg Whitman said in an interview Friday morning. In an appearance on the Fox Business Network, Whitman said that the company ...

New Kindle Fire HD turns up the heat on Google tablet
Indianapolis Star
New calendar and email apps were added, with support for Microsoft Exchange email. ... Googlealso has NFC (near field communication) technology that Amazon's device doesn't have, which lets Nexus 7 owners share data wirelessly over short distances.

Google says it won't take down anti-Muslim clip, but restricts access in ...
Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Google is refusing a White House request to take down an anti-Muslim clip on YouTube, but is restricting access to it in certain countries. The White House said Friday that it had asked YouTube to review whether the video violated its ...

Google Adding 'Do No Track' Into Chrome's Latest Developer Build
However, in an emailed statement to The Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital section, Googlespokesman Rob Shilkin wrote: “We undertook to honor an agreement on DNT that the industry reached with the White House early this year. To that end we're ...

Ballmer on Microsoft's "epic year," stack ranking and Facebook's charm
The Seattle Times
This fall, Microsoft is embarking on one of its biggest series of launches ever, with new versions or updates of nearly all its products and services, from Windows to Windows Phone, Office to Windows Server. On top of that, the company is debuting its ...

Apple iPhone 5 user reviews
It's the best phone for the Apple fans. Reply to this review. Thank you for submitting your feedback! Was this review helpful? ... Cons SAME as iPhone 4S, just a bigger screen. Apple should have version-ed it as iPhone 4.1 !! Summary Apple is doing it ...

Google says it won't take down anti-Muslim clip
Google owns YouTube, the online video sharing site. YouTube said in a statement Friday that the video is widely available on the Web and is "clearly within our guidelines and so will stay on YouTube." The short film "Innocence of Muslims" denigrates ...

Free ride is over -- Amazon.com collecting California sales tax
Los Angeles Times
Sure enough, a reporter's quick Saturday morning shopping excursion confirmed that Amazon.com now is charging an estimated tax of $7.62 on a special offer of an $89.99 telephone answering system. In an explanation of its "sales tax requirements," ...

Visualized: Apple's 20 megawatt solar farm -- Engadget
By James Trew
We've seen Apple's North Carolina data center in various states of undress, but never before have we seen its associated solar farm looking so complete.

Apple A6 Processor is a Custom Apple Design, Prioritizing ...
By Arnold Kim
As part of their iPhone 5 announcement, Apple revealed that the new iPhone is powered by a new "A6" processor from Apple. The A6 is said to...
MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors...

Microsoft Patent: Whack Your Phone to Shut it Up [VIDEO]
By Samantha Murphy
... silence it? Microsoft has filed for a patent that could allow users to shut it up in a hurry. ... SEE ALSO: Microsoft Patent Details Full-Room Gaming Experience With Wall Projections .... GoogleRefuses to Remove Anti-Muslim YouTube Video 2 ...
Mashable » Tech

Ballmer discusses Surface pricing and Microsoft as a devices-and ...
By Tom Warren
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has discussed Windows 8 a number of times this year, once describing it as "the rebirth of Microsoft Windows," but the outspoken chief of Microsoft has switched gears to...
The Verge - All Posts

Apple's A6 chip verbiage reveals Samsung-built processor, 1GB of ...
By Seth Weintraub
As we predicted in May, (and Apple supplier/competitor Samsung curiously stated in their ad today), the iPhone 5 appears to have 1GB of RAM. AnandTech translated the markings on the A6 chip shown both at the iPhone 5 announcement ...

Google Apps for Education
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Twitter founder Dorsey talks of making products easier
Detroit Free Press
Jack Dorsey, 35, founded Twitter, the 140-character online communication tool, and Square, which provides tiny credit-card readers that plug into smartphones. In 2008, the MIT Technology Review listed Dorsey among the 35 most important innovators in ...

Our Research - Microsoft Research
Thanks in part to the scientific expertise of the Computational Ecology and Environmental Science Group at Microsoft Research Cambridge, Microsoft has been ...

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