26 September 2012

Foxconn riot exposes dark side of tech

Foxconn riot exposes dark side of tech glitter
Reuters
... or sign up now! Alert icon. Loading... Published on Sep 25, 2012 by ReutersVideo. Sept. 25 - An electronics factory in China run by a major Apple supplier reopens after being rocked by riots, a reminder of the human cost behind glossy technology ...

Google's Schmidt: Apple Should Have Kept Our Maps
Wall Street Journal
Amid the controversy surrounding Apple dumping Google Maps in favor of its own map system, WSJ's Ian Sherr spells out Apple's efforts to match the detail of Google Maps and how iPhone users can still utilize Google Maps on their smartphone. Photo ...

Facebook, Apple lead tech selloff
MarketWatch
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc. led a selloff in the tech sector on Monday, with Google Inc. being one of the few notable gainers by the closing bell. Facebook (US:FB) fell 9.1% to close at $20.79. An analysis published by ...

Apple China supplier's factory resumes production after 2000-worker brawl
Fox News
BEIJING – A Chinese factory owned by the manufacturer of Apple's iPhones has resumed production after a brawl involving some 2,000 workers highlighted chronic labor tensions in a country that prohibits independent unions. Foxconn Technology Group and ...

Eric Schmidt Says Google Would Love to Replace Microsoft as Yahoo!'s Search ...
Forbes
There are many articles this morning reporting on his comments tsk-tsking Apple (AAPL) for launching its own Map product instead of sticking with Google's. However, I can find no articles discussing how he also said Google is interested in replacing ...

Google starts Nexus 7 tablet, content sales in Japan
NBCNews.com
While Google has long lagged Yahoo! Japan in the domestic search market, in launching the tablet and downloadable content, it has stolen a march on Amazon.com, which has yet to launch its own Kindle in Japan. Local player Rakuten launched its own ...

Nasdaq OMX, Amazon to Partner on Cloud Storage of Data
Businessweek
Instead of keeping trading and other information in their own data centers, brokers will be able to put it on servers run by Amazon, according to executives from the companies. Access and encryption will be provided by Nasdaq OMX, according to Eric ...

Google Fiber's gigabit gamble has implications far beyond KC
Kansas City Star
The tech behemoth's grand gamble here — due to launch in homes near Westport and State Line roads next month — could determine whether Google or other companies bother to super-wire other cities. Any encores, tech industry analysts say, require a ...

Apple warns iCloud users of looming storage loss
Computerworld
Apple's 20GB and 50GB prices are four times what Microsoft charges for extra Skydrive storage. Skydrive allots 7GB of free storage, then charges $10 per year for 20GB more and $25 for an additional 50GB. Microsoft also has a 100GB plan priced at $50.

Google Has Not Yet Submitted a Google Maps App to Apple [Update ...
By Arnold Kim
Reuters reports (via TheNextWeb) that Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt has denied claims that the company has already submitted a Google...
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Eric Schmidt: Google Hasn't Submitted A Native Google Maps App ...
By Drew Olanoff
According to Reuters, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt told a crowd of reporters that the company has not submitted a native Google Maps app to Apple as of yet.
TechCrunch

Apple's 5 million iPhone 5 sales: What analysts are saying - Apple ...
By Philip Elmer-DeWitt
First weekend sales set a record, but Wall Street found them disappointing FORTUNE -- Smartphone sales, like presidential debates, are a game of expectations -- although in the case of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 5, it's one the analysts played ...
Fortune Tech: Technology blogs,...

Eric Schmidt: Apple Should've Kept Our Google Maps App
By Stan Schroeder
Apple must decide for itself if it wants to approve Google's Maps app for iOS, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said to reporters in Tokyo.
Mashable

Editorial: Apple's smart Maps maneuver -- Engadget
By Brad Hill
It might seem as if Apple chose its iOS 6 release last week to practice the biblical directive to love one's enemy. For, by ejecting Google Maps from updated iPads and iPhones, Apple hath caused glorious comparisons to shine upon its foe.
Engadget

Apple's secret plan to join iPhones with airport security - CNN.com
Apple's vision for its app, according to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, shows an icon in the screen's lower right labled ... Google and Intel's new iPhone killer?
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Wearable sensor maps disaster areas in real timeBBC News
A sensor that digitally maps the area through which the wearer is moving, in real time, has been created by scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The project is supported by the US Air Force and the Office of Naval Research, ...

BBC News

Einstein's brain is now an interactive iPad app
USA TODAY
CHICAGO (AP) รข?? The brain that revolutionized physics now can be downloaded as an app for $9.99. But it won't help you win at Angry Birds. While Albert Einstein's genius isn't included, an exclusive iPad app launched Tuesday promises to make detailed ...

AT&T to Market Business Mobile Security to Consumers
Businessweek
By Scott Moritz on September 25, 2012 AT&T Inc. (T), the second largest US wireless carrier, is expanding its mobile-security service for businesses and will announce a similar push targeting consumers next year. AT&T said today it now has a range of ...

Riot at Foxconn factory in China blamed on harsh security guards
Computerworld
By Michael Kan IDG News Service - Foxconn workers are blaming company security guards for Sunday's unrest at a manufacturing facility in China, claiming that the mass riot was the result of an escalating brawl between assembly line workers and security ...

Fisker's pricey Karma car "plagued with flaws": Consumer Reports
Reuters
By Deepa Seetharaman | DETROIT (Reuters) - An influential consumer magazine said Fisker Automotive's Karma plug-in hybrid has a variety of flaws, from limited visibility to a poorly designed touch-screen system that amounts to an "ergonomic disaster.

Tesla cuts revenue forecast due to slow Model S rollout
San Jose Mercury News
Electric car maker Tesla Motors (TSLA) cut its forecast for 2012 revenue Tuesday because of a slower-than-expected rollout of its Model S sedan, se nding its shares down almost 7 percent in premarket trading. The company said in a regulatory filing it ...

Microsoft extends Windows Server 2008 support by 18 months
Computerworld
By Gregg Keizer Computerworld - Microsoft has extended mainstream support for Windows Server 2008 by 18 months, and again reminded customers that the still-strong Windows XP will retire in April 2014. Windows watcher Mary Jo Foley, a blogger for ZDNet, ...

Creationist to Bill Nye: Kids should be aware of evolution's flaws
Los Angeles Times
"Bill Nye vs. Creationism": It might sound like a bad 1980s comedy, but this is real life, with the bow-tied science TV star taking a whack on YouTube at Christian parents who might try to steer their kids away from evolution.

Gruesome Evidence That Demand For iPhones Is Violently Strong (AAPL)
San Francisco Chronicle
Apple's first weekend of iPhone 5 sales was disappointing – coming in at 5 million when analysts expected 6 million to 10 million. The market seems to believe the issue was Apple's supply chain, not consumer demand, which Apple apologists insist ...

Space Shuttle Endeavour Made Final Flight Packed with Souvenir Patches
Space.com
by Robert Z. Pearlman, collectSPACE.com Editor The space shuttle Endeavour's hatch will be opened by NASA technicians one last time this week, in part to retrieve thousands of souvenir patches and a photo — the retired orbiter's final flown cargo.

Lytro Expands Retail Presence, To Be Available Next Month From Amazon, Target ...
TechCrunch
The $399 Lytro camera is a marvel of imaging technology and it will soon be a whole lot easier to buy. Starting in early October, the novel camera is hitting Amazon.com, BestBuy.com and Target.com, along with select CityTarget stores.

TechCrunch

FTC should examine Facebook-Datalogix partnership, privacy group says
Computerworld
By Jeremy Kirk IDG News Service - The US Federal Trade Commission should analyze Facebook's relationship with a data marketer to ensure it doesn't violate the social networking site's recently approved settlement, the Electronic Privacy Information ...

France summons Facebook over private messages rumour
AFP
PARIS — The French government on Tuesday summoned Facebook managers to explain rumours that some users' old private messages were being posted publicly on the social network. Facebook denied the rumours but a French minister said doubt remained and ...

AFP

How Better Typography Could Reduce Car Crashes
Popular Science
New research from the MIT AgeLab suggests that more legible dashboard typefaces could decrease distracted driving and, ultimately, save lives. By Emily Badger Posted 09.25.2012 at 8:23 am 0 Comments The basic interior of the automobile changed little...

Popular Science

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Adds Compliance Power
Optimize Magazine
Microsoft builds new security tools into latest version of Exchange that are designed to stop compliance breaches before they occur. By Paul McDougall InformationWeek Heard the one about the doctor who sent an email blast exposing personal, ...

Space-Time Crystal Would Answer Mysteries of Physics
Laboratory Equipment
Imagine a clock that will keep perfect time forever, even after the heat-death of the universe. This is the “wow” factor behind a device known as a “space-time crystal,” a four-dimensional crystal that has periodic structure in time as well as space.

Laboratory Equipment

Nokia Announces Asha 308 and Asha 309 Affordable Smartphones
Hot Hardware
Perhaps in an attempt to inject some sanity into the smartphone wars, Nokia today unveiled the Asha 308 and 309, the latest additions to the Asha Touch family that allow its users to hop on the web and perform other smart tasks without breaking the ...

Hot Hardware

How Silly Is The New Law That New Jersey Just Put Into Place That Asks People ...
DrJays.com Live
People in New Jersey smile. I know, I know. You've seen The Sopranos and read all about our crooked politicians, so it may come as a shock to you. But, I live in New Jersey and I'm here to tell you that people who live in this state do smile.

Zombie bees leave the hive at night
WTVR
By Deborah Horne KENT, Wash. (KIRO) – There are zombies on the loose in Washington state — well zombie bees anyway. These honeybees are infected by a parasitic fly which makes them leave the hive at night, which is unusual. Beekeeper Mark Hohn said a ...

WTVR

'Dirty USSD' code could automatically wipe your Samsung TouchWiz device
Engadget
By Mat Smith posted Sep 25th 2012 8:17AM The Factory Reset. One of those last ditch efforts that many of us have a fair bit of experience with. However, a malicious embed code could potentially do the exact same thing to your Galaxy S III.

Salesforce launches new social media software
Times of India
SAN FRANCISCO: Salesforce.com unveiled on Wednesday a new software suite that reflects the company's aggressive push into fields like marketing and human resources as it battles heightened competition from rivals. CEO and founder Marc Benioff announced ...

Sony Xperia Tablet S review
The Verge
By David Pierce on September 24, 2012 04:15 pm @piercedavid 150Comments Sony's long marched to the beat of its own drummer — to varying levels of success. Sony's unique designs have created plenty of success stories (like the NEX line of cameras), ...

Egmont partners with Rovio for Angry Birds title
printweek.com
By Hannah Jordan Tuesday, 25 September 2012 Egmont Publishing Group has launched a children's double-sided joke book based on Rovio Entertainment's successful Angry Birds gaming app. Overwhelming response from retailers, who have pre-ordered the title ...

RIM faced with another brutal quarter; focus on cash pile
Reuters Canada
By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - Research In Motion Ltd's quarterly results this week may hold a clue as to whether the smartphone maker can pull off its make-or-break plan to reinvent itself with a new generation of completely revamped BlackBerry ...

NASA captures pictures of dusty spiral galaxy NGC 4183
Economic Times
WASHINGTON: An outstanding image of a nearby galaxy has been captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Located about 55 million light-years from the Sun and spanning about 80000 light-years, NGC 4183 is a little smaller than the Milky Way.

Land-based Microbes Were Producing Oxygen 2.7 Billion Years Ago
RedOrbit
Image Caption: A drill core from the 2.5 billion-year-old Mount McRae Shale formation in Western Australia, which originally was fine-grained ocean sediment, shows high concentrations of sulfide and molybdenum. That supports the idea that most of the ...

RedOrbit

SpaceX's First Contract Cargo Mission Set for Next Month
Wired
By Jason Paur NASA and SpaceX have announced that Elon Musk's company is scheduled to fly its first commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station on Oct. 7. SpaceX successfully completed the demonstration flight of NASA's Commercial ...

India is no more supported in Google's Android app market
Business Standard
India has been removed from Google's updated list of countries where application developers can sell paid applications on its Android app market, Play Store. A couple of days ago, there were reports that the company had included India and a few more ...

NASA considering deep-space outpost on far side of moon
Fox News
Will NASA's next mission send its astronauts beyond the moon? The space agency is weighing a proposal to build a “gateway spacecraft” that would hang in space about 277000 miles from the Earth and 38000 miles past the moon -- more than a quarter ...

Google for Entrepreneurs launching worldwide to serve local communities
ZDNet
Summary: Google for Entrepreneurs will serve as the umbrella for the Internet giant's programs and partnerships supporting startups and entrepreneurs globally. By Rachel King for Between the Lines | September 24, 2012 -- 19:22 GMT (12:22 PDT) Google ...

Specs for Optimus Vu II surface
CNET
by Scott Webster While the United States is just getting familiar with its version of the Optimus Vu, LG may soon be ready to introduce its successor to the rest of the world. The details for the presumed Optimus Vu II have spilled online, ...

Brains of Humans as well as Chimps Grow in Womb: Study
French Tribune
Researchers at the Kyoto University in Japan have discovered lately that brains of humans as well as chimps grow quickly in the womb, a recent report says. Chimps have been known as the closest relatives of humans for no doubt. Also, they acted similar ...

French Tribune

Scientists customize the zebrafish genome
Periodic Post
By Ed Fitzgerald | Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Scientists have developed a way to customize the zebrafish genome, according to a report from the Mayo Clinic. Up until now, scientists have been unable to fully use zebrafish genomes as a method of ...

Periodic Post

Google launches Nexus 7 tablet in Japan
Computer Business Review
Google has started selling its Nexus 7 tablet, co-developed by Asus, in Japan for JPY19,800 ($250) to extend the competition with Sony. Japan will the first courntry in Asia outside Australia where Google has started selling its device that runs on ...

Are the Xbox 720 and PS4 to be the last home games consoles?
PluggedIn
By Alex Francis Tuesday September 25, 2012 The next generation of consoles from Microsoft and Sony could be the last traditional consoles, according to an Nvidia executive. There's still no word on when we'll actually see the likes of the PS4 or Xbox...

PluggedIn

Toy train goes into space - video
Digital Spy UK
Many of us had Thomas the Tank Engine train toys as kids, but few of us did anything as cool as this with them. Ron Fugelseth attached his son's treasured Stanley to a weather balloon (and his son let him!) complete with an HD camera and mobile phone ...

iPhone 5 will live up to the hype – in time
Reuters Blogs (blog)
By Robert Cyran The iPhone 5 will live up to the hype – in time. Apple sold 5 million of the new handset, or about $3 billion worth, during its three-day debut. That fell short of Wall Street's whisper number, which was up to twice as high.

Intel targets mobile chip market with 'Intel Inside' campaign
FierceMobileIT
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is taking a page from its own playbook and marketing its microchips for mobile devices through an "Intel Inside" branding campaign. Building on its successful marketing campaign for personal computers in the 1990s, Intel is putting ...

Kindle Fire 2 Release Date, Price: Amazon Opening Physical Stores to Fight Wal ...
Books & Review
Wal-Mart announced Sept. 20 it would no longer sell Amazon's Kindle and Kindle Fire in its stores, joining Target in dropping the devices. Today, it looks like Amazon is ready to fire back. Could the online retailer seriously be considering building ...

Books & Review

NPD: Cable Still Dominating VOD
Home Media Magazine
Internet VOD rental is growing by the day, but cable and satellite still are dominating the paid VOD movie rental market, according to research from The NPD Group. During the first half of the year, 48% of all paid VOD rentals were generated by cable ...

Home Media Magazine

Tsunami Debris Is Just Now Arriving at Hawaii's Coast
Smithsonian (blog)
At sea off Waimanalo, a 4×4′ plastic bin is towed in the Makai Pier. Photo: Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory. A dock 30-by-50 feet long, with Japanese writing on it, was found floating off the coast of Hawaii, around the same time that a plastic ...

IBM Snaps Up Brit Storage Software Firm Butterfly
TechWeekEurope UK
IBM has announced the acquisition of little-known Butterfly Software, a data analysis and migration specialist that might help Big Blue boost its storage game against the likes of EMC and NetApp. The Maidenhead-based firm will become part of IBM's ...

Apple's iPhone 5 Releases With Scuffs And Scratches, Users Report Damages Out ...
International Business Times
BY Lisa Eadicicco | September 24 2012 12:31 PM Apple's iPhone 5 may have debuted with phenomenal sales numbers, but some buyers discovered that their highly-anticipated smartphone was in less-than-perfect condition upon unboxing.

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