22 September 2012

Grumbles over maps fail to dampen Apple iPhone 5 fever

Grumbles over maps fail to dampen Apple iPhone 5 fever
By Peter Schwartzstein and Tim Kelly | LONDON/TOKYO (Reuters) - Apple fans queued around city blocks worldwide on Friday to get their hands on the new iPhone 5 - but grumbles about inaccurate maps tempered the excitement. The new phone went on sale ...

One Lousy Day So Far With iOS 6
My "upgrade" to iOS 6 has left me an unhappy customer. Some things don't work and some things work badly, Nothing about it is meaningfully better for me. I hate the soap opera aspects of industry coverage but, like a lot of people, I have to wonder if ...

Military tech can monitor all world media at the press of a button
Fox News
It's amazing technology, stuff deployed operationally since 2004 by the Department of Defense for a variety of purposes, including open-source intelligence, information operations, public affairs and PsyOps. Available through the General Services ...

New Maps app is rare Apple flub
The Seattle Times
... Mordor -the land of evil in "The Lord of the Rings"- to use caution. "One does not simply walk into Mordor," it says. Apple is finding this week that creating an alternative to Google Maps isn't a simple walk, either. By PETER SVENSSON. AP ...

Space shuttle Endeavour to final frontier, in Los Angeles
By Steve Gorman | LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The space shuttle Endeavour, bolted to the top of a jumbo jet, was to take off on Friday from Edwards Air Force Base for a last airborne victory lap over California en route to its final frontier and retirement ...

Roots of huge solar explosions may lie in 'coronal cavities'
Fox News
Scientists seeking to better understand and predict massive solar eruptions are zeroing in on mysterious cavities in the sun's outer atmosphere, or corona. These coronal cavities serve as launch pads for billion-ton clouds of solar plasma called ...

Swiss railway weighs challenge to Apple over trademark clock
* Black and red clock a 20th-century design classic * iPad has new world clock design ZURICH, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Swiss railway operator SBB and a Swiss watchmaker are considering challenging Apple over the striking similarity between the country's ...

BlackBerry Hit by Service Outage
Wall Street Journal
By LILLY VITOROVICH And JESSICA HODGSON LONDON—Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry suffered another setback Friday, with a new round of service problems in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, less than a year after a network outage knocked out ...

Wi-Fi on a plane: More Boeing aircraft get wireless, mobile access
Summary: Boeing is to equip more of its aircraft with Wi-Fi and cellular access from next year, meaning less offline time for passengers. By Jo Best | September 21, 2012 -- 10:58 GMT (03:58 PDT) Boeing is to add in-flight Wi-Fi and mobile connectivity ...

Cyberwar on Iran more widespread than first thought, say researchers
The Guardian
The covert cyberwar being waged in the Middle East and north Africa – particularly against Iran and its allies – is even more sophisticated and widespread than had previously been understood, according to new research. Two leading computer security...

The Guardian

Tesla to open 10 new stores over next few months
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Electric car company Tesla Motors Inc. said Friday that it plans to open 10 new stores across North America over the next few months. The first of the new stores was set to open Friday in Garden City, NY The location is ...

NASA and SpaceX announce first contracted cargo flight to space station
Fox News
NASA and SpaceX have set a date for the Dragon capsule's first contracted cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station after the privately run space transport company's first successful trip to the space station in May.

Magid: Getting sucked in to the cyclone of hype surrounding Apple's iPhone5
San Jose Mercury News
Finally, the iPhone 5 has hit store shelves after months of speculation and hype, which, by now has become a predictable ritual. Apple (AAPL) product releases go through several stages. First come the rumors about possible new features.

Arctic sea ice in 'uncharted territory,' say researchers (+video)
Christian Science Monitor
Arctic sea ice, a key indicator of climate change, melted to its lowest level on record this year before beginning its autumnal freeze, researchers at the US National Snow and Ice Data Center said on Wednesday. The extent of ice probably hit its low ...

Project Eternity's Chris Avellone: Pitching Publisher-Friendly RPGs 'Makes Me ...
By Matt Peckham | @mattpeckham | September 21, 2012 | + Thanks to Kickstarter, Project Eternity is funded, and just like that, an isometric-era roleplaying game by three major “name” designers, responsible for some of the most well-thought-of RPGs in ...

Apple iPhone 5 launch pushes stock back above $700 in pre-market trade
MarketWatch (blog)
Shares of Apple are trading above $700 in pre-market action Friday as the iPhone maker launches its latest mobile phone. Apple /quotes/zigman/68270 /quotes/nls/aapl AAPL counts on the iPhone for the majority of both its revenue and profits and has seen ...

Samsung and Motorola don't infringe on Apple's multitouch patent, says German ...
By Loek Essers | IDG News Service Samsung Electronics and Motorola Mobility don't infringe on an Apple patent that describes technology that prevents smartphone users from pushing two buttons at the same time on a touch screen, the lower regional court ...

AT&T expands LTE network
TG Daily
AT&T has added new cities to its 4G LTE network just in time for the iPhone 5. The carrier's high-speed service is now available in Birmingham, Alabama; Cincinnati, Ohio; Fayetteville, North Carolina; Honolulu, Hawaii; Memphis, Tennessee; Pittsburgh, ...

Patent holder Unwired Planet files suits against Apple & Google
by Stephanie Mlot, 21 September, 2012 Patent holder Unwired Planet has filed suit against Apple and Google, accusing the firms of infringing on 20 of its patents. In two separate complaints filed in Nevada, America, Unwired Planet said Google and Apple...


Infant galaxy offers peek at early universe
MSU News
MSU physics and astronomy professor Megan Donahue is part of a team of astronomers that discovered one of the earliest-formed galaxies in the universe. The photo on the left is a collection of galaxies that make up a cluster known as MACS J1149 2223.

MSU News

'Borderlands 2' Sends Players Back To Pandora To Loot Their Hearts Out
Spike TV Official Website
Shooting and looting were the two most memorable parts of the original Borderlands when it was unleashed on an unsuspecting gaming community back in 2009. The cell-shaded, space western was a dream for fans of both co-op and first-person shooter games, ...

Spike TV Official Website

British: Syngenta pesticide does not collapse bee colonies
A newly released study from Britain's Food and Environment Agency with the University of Exeter shoots down the claim that Syngenta's neonicotinoid pesticide is the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder among the world's honeybee populations.

Asteroid Vesta's hydrogen suggests water-delivery role
New Scientist
It's no aqua-world, but the giant asteroid Vesta is surprisingly rich in one watery ingredient – hydrogen. The discovery, combined with its oddly pitted terrain, suggests that water arrived on young planets – including early Earth – during an intense ...

Nokia Cashes In on Apple Map Flap
Wall Street Journal (blog)
By Sven Grundberg The Apple maps embarrassment played into the hands of struggling rival Nokia Corp. , which has spent billions of dollars building up its mapping assets over the past few years. While Google dominates smartphone navigation, ...

Mahindra & Mahindra unveils Quanto in India
Automotive Business Review
Automobile manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra has unveiled its new sports utility vehicle (SUV) QUANTO in Mumbai, India. The new car is powered by a 1.5 litre mCR100 diesel engine that delivers an output of 100bhp with a maximum torque of 240 Nm.

NASA launches first of 2 sounding rockets from Wallops Island
The News Journal
For the 11th consecutive year, AstraZeneca biopharmaceutical firm, has been named to Working Mother magazine's 100 Best Companies. The global WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — NASA successfully launched a suborbital sounding rocket from the Wallops Flight Facility ...

Microsoft introduces new YouthSpark philanthropy program
Summary: Microsoft is introducing a new philanthropy program aimed at youth outreach in which it is investing half a billion dollars over three years. Microsoft already offers a number of "Spark"-branded outreach programs aimed at bringing new groups ...

Nissan's Taxi Of Tomorrow Could Kill Off NYC's Hybrid Taxis
Green Car Reports
BY CATEGORY By Antony Ingram Antony has what can only be described as an obsession for all things automotive. If it moves, he'll drive it, and even if it doesn't move, he'll sit... More Just as London has its iconic black cabs, New York would be a ...

Meet Baxter, A Revolutionary Robot For The Workplace
The Takeaway
This week, the Boston start-up company Rethink Robotics unveiled Baxter, the manufacturing robot which is designed to work safely right alongside humans. Baxter's creators say the robot can be easily trained to perform a wide variety of tasks, ...

Tomb raiders spoil Philippine archaeological find
Times LIVE
Philippine archaeologists say they have found a thousand-year old cemetery of rock coffins in a rainforest, but tomb-raiders had found it decades earlier. The coffins are rectangular holes carved into a limestone hill, a burial method documented only ...

Times LIVE

Unveiled - 2013 Aston Martin DB9
Aston Martin has revealed the new DB9, signalling the end of the Virage. However design cues from the latter have been incorporated into the 2013 DB9's front fascia whereas the tweaks to the chassis and engine are from the newly launched Vanquish.

Nobel predictions: Higgs boson not yet prize-worthy
The physicists who predicted the existence of the elusive Higgs boson, or so-called God particle, can stop packing for Stockholm, at least this year, says a Nobel science prize prediction report. Every year, David Pendlebury and his team at Thomson ...

Astronauts may soon 'own' mementos brought from space
Business Standard
PTI / Washington September 21, 2012, 16:15 The US House of Representatives has adopted a bill to grant astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions ownership to space memorabilia they collected during their careers.

AT&T Waging War Against Texting While Driving
PC Magazine
By Angela Moscaritolo AT&T has a simple message for drivers across the country: No text is worth risking your life. The carrier yesterday held a "No Text on Board" pledge day, urging drivers to make a lifelong commitment to never again text while ...

Google pulls the plug on its free music service for China
By Michael Kan, IDG News Service | Add a new comment September 21, 2012, 6:50 AM — Google is shutting a Chinese music search service that offered free licensed music downloads because it wasn't popular enough, the company said Friday.

Oyster genome mystery decoded
Indian Express
Scientists have unraveled a detailed map of the Pacific oyster genome, shedding light on how molluscs manage to survive the harsh environment of estuary and sea shore. According to the study, molluscs have scores of genes that protect it from extremes ...

A welcome return to city's shores
Sydney Morning Herald
A GIANT blue whale was seen off Sydney yesterday, for the first time in four years. The whale was spotted from Dover Heights in the afternoon, apparently migrating south along the coast. "The blue whale is the largest known animal ever to have lived on ...

Study Reveals Prevalence of Recycling by Humans 13000 Years Ago
By Gary Thomas A study carried by the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in conjunction with the Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES) indicates that recycling was practiced by humans as early as 13000 years ago.


GM's Opel tempts car buyers with return guarantee
Chicago Tribune
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - In a bid to repair its sickly brand image, General Motors' ailing European arm Opel is offering German consumers the chance to hand back the keys to their brand new car with no questions asked and walk away free of charge.

Shut up! Speech jammer among 2012 Ig Nobel winners
Chippewa Herald
2012-09-20T21:14:14Z 2012-09-20T23:13:58Z Shut up! Speech jammer among 2012 Ig Nobel winnersThe Associated Press The Associated Press 8 hours ago • Associated Press For anyone who's ever been tired of listening to someone drone on and on and on, ...

JetBlue fleet to get free in-flight WiFi using ViaSat
The friendly skies are about to get more connected, as the latest major US airline has solidified plans to offer in-flight WiFi next year and, at least for a while, the service will be free to travelers. JetBlue announced that until 30 planes are ...

Many iPhone Owners Admit: iClumsy
Regional Express(NEW YORK) -- Apple fans are looking forward to this Friday when the company releases its all new iPhone 5, but if past iPhone use is any indication, many of those folks will damage their device within 12 months.

Verizon CFO buries his head in the sand, claims unlimited data is 'going by ...
By Zachary Lutz posted Sep 20th 2012 5:56PM "La la la la. I can't hear you." Verizon's CFO, Fran Shammo, might've just as well made those comments with his hands firmly cupped over his ears, as the firm's chief number cruncher told attendees at today's ...

Motorola RAZR i
Expert Reviews
The new Motorola RAZR i has two key elements. First, it packs a fairly-large screen into a fairly-compact handset, and second it's the first big-brand handset to use an Intel chipset - and one with an all-time high 2.0GHz clock speed.

Expert Reviews

Nunavut's Mysterious Ancient Life Could Return by 2100 as Arctic Warms
Science Daily (press release)
ScienceDaily (Sep. 21, 2012) — Global climate change means that recently discovered ancient forests in Canada's extreme north could one day return, according to Alexandre Guertin-Pasquier of the University of Montreal's Department of Geography, ...

Latinos guilty of moving children out of car and booster seats too early
The Venture
Almost 20 percent of children killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes were Hispanic. Photo Courtesy: justdrivepa.org LatinaLista – Most everybody knows that not only are seat belts required by law but that they save lives. Unfortunately, there are some ...

The Venture

Netgear launches suite of streaming players
Telecompaper (subscription)
Netgear has announced a new family of streaming players that deliver a connected home entertainment experience. The three new Netgear NeoTV Streaming Players, NeoTV (NTV300), NeoTV PRO (NTV300S) and NeoTV MAX (NTV300SL), support HTML 5 standard, ...

Human Brain Map: Scientists Construct their Own Rosetta Stone to Translate the ...
Latinos Post
By James Paladino | First Posted: Sep 20, 2012 12:27 PM EDT The Allen Institute of Brain Science in Seattle has crafted a brain map from analysis of two-and-a-half donated samples of the organ, deemed a "Rosetta stone" for scientists searching to ...

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