21 September 2012

Happy 4th Birthday, Android

Happy 4th Birthday, Android
PC Magazine
Google's mobile OS went from a promising concept to nearly DOA, only to begin an impressive surge a year later—and now sits on top of the global wireless market. Apple may have the brand cachet, but Google has the sheer firepower.

Farthest galaxy ever seen revealed by space telescopes
Fox News
The earliest known confirmed galaxy has been discovered with the help of cosmic lenses formed out of the warped fabric of space and time, researchers say. This distant, ancient galaxy may have once helped clear out the murky fog that once filled the ...

Microsoft: Google breached your privacy; use Bing
Summary: Microsoft's latest campaign takes an almighty swipe at Google, after the search giant was found to have circumvented the privacy settings of Safari users across the Web earlier this year. By Zack Whittaker for Between the Lines | September 20, ...

Review: 'Borderlands 2' blends 'shoot-and-loot' gunplay with morbid comedy
Washington Post
Pandora isn't the kind of place where you want to take a vacation. The weather's either freezing cold or stiflingly hot. The wildlife is aggressively unfriendly, from the bugs that squirt you with acid to the apelike “bullymongs” that want to chew off ...

Samsung to add iPhone 5 to US suit against Apple
Summary: Samsung is looking into whether the hot-off-the-line iPhone 5 has infringed the firm's patents, as the two companies continue their ongoing US litigation. By Zack Whittaker for Between the Lines | September 20, 2012 -- 13:19 GMT (06:19 PDT) ...

Apple iOS 6 Maps App Flops
Apple consumers and industry pundits lament the loss of the Google-powered Maps app on iOS devices. By Thomas Claburn InformationWeek Apple on Wednesday made iOS 6 available to those with a recent iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and the mobile operating ...

Unique Tombs Found in Philippines
ABC News
Archeologists have unearthed remnants of what they believe is a 1000-year-old village on a jungle-covered mountaintop in the Philippines with limestone coffins of a type never before found in this Southeast Asian nation, officials said Thursday.

Endeavour makes its final rounds: a photoessay
Ars Technica
by Lee Hutchinson - Sep 20, 2012 1:00 pm UTC The space shuttle Endeavour touched down at Ellington Field outside of Houston on Wednesday, and the masses flocked to see the orbiter that's been part of NASA's fleet since its first flight in 1992.

Ars Technica

No big smiles for the camera for NJ licenses
CHERRY HILL, NJ (AP) -- New Jersey motorists have another reason to frown about their driver's license photos. The state has banned motorists from making big smiles because such expressions don't work with facial recognition software.

These GPS Shoes Will Guide You Home
Tom's Hardware Guide
A pair of shoes that will take you home, no matter how lost you get. With the advent of smartphones, navigation units in cars, and Google Maps, it's almost impossible to get lost. Still, you don't have to tell us that it definitely does still happen.

3D printing comes to New York streets
TG Daily
3D printer manufacturer MakerBot is making its biggest effort yet to target the consumer market with the release of a new low-cost model and the opening of a New York store. The $2199 Replicator 2 features 100-micron layer resolution - and can make ...

TG Daily

As PES returns to form, EA says it welcomes new competition
By Rob Crossley for CVG UK The second-in-command at Electronic Arts has said "we always welcome competition from our good friends at Konami", after review scores for the new PES game suggest it is again contending for FIFA's crown.

New Netgear NeoTV streaming players aim to wreck Roku
Netgear has updated its NeoTV range of set-top boxes, undercutting Roku and focusing on easily adding future functionality thanks to a new HTML5 interface. The three-strong NeoTV range kicks off at $49.99 for the NeoTV, complete with Full HD 1080p ...


How Microsoft's 'Do Not Track' Policy Could Kill Windows Phone
Business Insider
Recently we told how the advertising business was enraged by Microsoft's decision to break ranks with the industry and make "Do Not Track" the default position on Internet Explorer 10. Web advertising is almost entirely dependent on the ability to ...

Business Insider

Skitch 2.0 is like Skitch 1.0 without all those pesky "features"
by TJ Luoma Sep 20th 2012 at 8:15AM First they started pushing people to use Evernote accounts. Skitch had done this too, insisting that you keep a Skitch.com account in your 'sharing' options, even if you had no interest in actually using Skitch.com.

Brand-new hardware -- now with malware pre-installed!
InfoWorld (blog)
Normally, malware is an Internet phenomenon. But a recent Microsoft study reveals even new PCs and electronic gear may carry infection By Roger A. Grimes | InfoWorld Pity the poor cyber criminal -- there are only so many to spread maliciousness without ...

Oppo continues its legacy with two new top end Blu-ray players
By Ben Drawbaugh posted Sep 20th 2012 8:12AM Regarded as the best of the best when it comes to disc players, Oppo has two new ones that can easily handle any disc you've got. Physical media isn't the only game in town, obviously, so in addition to ...

Airline Introduces Perk Passengers Actually Want—And It's Free
By Brad Tuttle | @bradrtuttle | September 20, 2012 | + The vast majority of airline passengers would like to be able to use Wi-Fi when they fly. The vast majority also would like to pay little or nothing whatsoever for using Wi-Fi when they fly.


Mars rover Curiosity begins a normal work routine in an alien world
Investor's Business Daily
By ANDREW MALCOLMPosted 09:22 AM ET The newest Mars rover Curiosity with its drill, instruments and multiple cameras is expanding its field of exploration these early days, seeking any signs of some kind of life on the red planet.

Ford's Response to Prius and Volt
By Anton Wahlman, Contributor 09/20/12 - 08:30 AM EDT NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- I recently got a chance to drive the hybrid gasoline-electric versions of Ford Motors' (F) two new cars, the C-Max and the Fusion. A few short months from now, these two cars ...

Asian carp pose medium risk threat to Muskingum
Fremont News Messenger
COLUMBUS -- Two potential pathways in Ohio's Muskingum River watershed are considered to be medium risks to spread aquatic nuisance species. The US Army Corps of Engineers recently released the Great Lakes Mississippi River Interbasin Study that ...

Ultra-Thin Flat Lens Key to Future Electronics
Laboratory Equipment
Scientists are reporting development of a revolutionary new lens — flat, distortion-free, so small that more than 1500 would fit across the width of a human hair — capable in the future of replacing lenses in applications ranging from cell phones to ...

Laboratory Equipment

Flip-Flop? People Can Change Moral Positions and Not Know It
U.S. News & World Report
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19 (HealthDay News) -- People can easily change a moral view about a difficult topic without even realizing it, a new study finds. Swedish researchers asked participants to complete a survey about moral issues.

AT&T brings texting & driving awareness campaign to New Orleans
WWL First News
How dangerous is texting and driving? According to the National Safety Council, someone is injured or killed every five minutes in a crash involving a driver who is texting. Some drivers tell us when they witness others texting and driving, ...

WWL First News

The astronaut who completed a triathlon in space
The Week Magazine
NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, pictured in the International Space Station on July 27, has now run a marathon and, most recently, a triathlon while in space. Photo: NASA SEE ALL 48 PHOTOS NASA requires its astronauts to exercise on space flights to ...

New iphone 5 deals will be the key to make it popular
Twin Cities Indymedia
This latest device faces tough competition from various yet to be released Smartphones. Presence of iPhone 5 Deals making it very popular in those countries where deal system exists. Motorola and LG have launched their latest Smartphones recently while ...

Small Crowd Already Camped Outside Apple Store For iPhone 5
CBS2 Chicago
CHICAGO (CBS) — The iPhone 5 doesn't go on sale until Friday morning, but there was already a line outside the Apple Store on Michigan Avenue at dawn Thursday. “I'm so obsessed with it, so I'm showing my loyalty by camping out,” said Darien Hutchinson, ...

CBS2 Chicago

Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard review
The good: An alternative take on the spacebar, a removable wrist rest, and Windows 8-specific hot keys give the Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard a robust set of features for its price. The bad: Mushy typing and an oversize spacebar make the Sculpt ...

Strategy Page
September 20, 2012: As Internet security companies continue to dissect major league Cyber War weapons (Stuxnet, Duqu, and Flame) uncovered in the last two years they find this espionage and sabotage software has a seemingly endless supply of surprises.

Google+ Hits Milestone -- 100M Active Monthly Users
Computerworld: Google's Vic Gundotra today announced that the Google+ social network now has 100 million active users and 400 million people signed up for the service. "It was only a year ago that we opened public sign-up, and we couldn't have imagined ...

Invasive species erode paradise
Vancouver Sun
It's still a natural paradise far out in the Pacific, with thick jungles and stunningly steep slopes climbing out of the sea. But much of the splendour in the tiny Chilean islands that likely inspired Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe cast-away novel is ...

Smiley face emoticon turns 30!
Economic Times
NEW YORK: The smiley face emoticon, which is an integral part of the SMS generation's life, has turned 30. The computer symbol for "not serious" or now more generally "happiness", made up of a colon, dash and a right parenthesis, was born into ...

Review: Nokia 808 PureView
Nokia's 808 PureView is designed to offer mobile phone users a delectable camera. It looks like a generic Nokia handset, with a four-inch capacitive touchscreen and Nokia's ClearBlack technology. Visibility in all conditions is great.

Apple's Lightning connector and you: What you should know
If you're still not sure what Apple's new little connector is all about, here are some answers. by Joshua Goldman Unveiled at the press conference announcing the iPhone 5 and 2012 iPod lineup, the proprietary Lightning connector replaces the 30-pin ...

Genome of the lowly oyster is likely to tell us a lot
Washington Post
What's it like to be half-asphyxiated twice a day, suffer through 90-degree swings in temperature and be forced to eat everything that happens to come by your mouth? Welcome to life as an oyster. Starting today, biologists have a clearer window into ...

Study: Broken iPhones cost Americans about $6B in repairs [The Record ...
Sept. 18----Americans have racked up $5.9 billion in damage expenses for the devices, a study finds. An iPhone case can cost as little as $5, with more expensive protectors going for as much as $80. But broken iPhones have cost Americans $5.9 billion ...

Sprint says Virgin Mobile users are safe from account hijacks
By Jaikumar Vijayan Computerworld - Sprint today denied that subscribers of its Virgin Mobile subsidiary were wide open to account hijacking attacks as claimed by an independent software developer this week. In emailed comments, Sprint spokeswoman ...

Photokina Hands On: Canon S110, G15, SX50 HS, and EOS 6D
PC Magazine
By Jim Fisher COLOGNE—Canon's slate of Photokina announcements consisted of only four cameras, but all of them are of interest to photo enthusiasts. The full-frame EOS 6D, Canon's smallest and most affordable full-frame D-SLR, is the headliner, ...

Moon rock up for auction can fetch upto USD 3,80000
Indian Express
A piece of lunar meteorite is up for sale at an auction and is expected to fetch USD 3,40000. The rock, called Dar al Gani 1058, is the largest piece of the moon ever to be auctioned, according to Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas which is handling ...

iOS 6 jailbroken for A4 devices
As of yesterday many iPhone users are getting the 600MB heavy iOS 6 update and many were reluctant do go for its due to a lack of jailbreak. The few lucky ones that are still stuck with A4 chip inside of their iPhone 4, iPad and iPod touch 4th ...

Xbox to be updated
TopNews Arab Emirates
Xbox has received many changes over the times. It was first introduced as multiplayer and then it was converted into multimedia player. But now, the Microsoft has expressed its desire of transforming Xbox into “the center of all things entertainment ...

TopNews Arab Emirates

Lenovo Takes Over Developer of Secure Cloud Technologies.
X-bit Labs
by Anton Shilov Lenovo Group this week announced the acquisition of Stoneware to enhance and expand its cloud computing solutions. As a result of this acquisition, Lenovo gets new technologies and accelerate its capabilities for both commercial and...

X-bit Labs

Arctic sea ice melts to all-time record low
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists say the amount of ice in the Arctic Ocean shrank to an all-time low this year, smashing old records for the critical climate indicator. The ice cap at the North Pole measured 1.32 million square miles on Sunday.

iPhone 4S hacked at Pwn2Own thanks to Safari flaw
How long does it take to discover and exploit a serious vulnerability in the iPhone? About three weeks. This from a pair of Dutch software researchers that just successfully cracked the iPhone 4S in a fairly dramatic fashion at the Pwn2Own contest.

Roku's streaming stick starts shipping: $100, gaming remote and Wifi Direct
By Janko Roettgers Roku's new streaming stick costs $100, but comes with a nice built-in surprise: The device uses Wifi Direct to communicate with Roku's remote control, and the company has confirmed that it is working on ways to use the technology in ...


Shelby America to Launch Improved GT500 Super Snake
French Tribune
In order to celebrate their 50th Anniversary, Shelby American, which is a subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc., will launch the new improved version of the Shelby GT500 Super Snake. However, the new model will be launched in 2013.

French Tribune

The Future Of Cereal Depends On How We Adapt To A Warming Climate
Business Insider
Food is one of society's key sensitivities to climate. A year of not enough or too much rainfall, a hot spell or cold snap at the wrong time, or extremes, like flooding and storms, can have a significant effect on local crop yields and livestock ...

Business Insider

Microsoft Office 365 Review
Notebook Review
Microsoft is previewing the first home edition of its Office 365 online suite. Is Home Premium for y... As part of the Latitude line, the 6430u offers top-notch business features that IT managers expect, ... Panasonic unveiled their latest and greatest ...

Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day, Austin Style
KUT News
By Kelli Ainsworth If you're feeling holiday withdrawal during the weeks between Labor Day and Halloween, there's good news: today you can celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the quirky holiday.

KUT News

Fitbit updates range of fitness gadgets
Tech Trader
Anyone that is trying to get fit or lose a little weight is in luck as Fitbit has just announced two new fitness gadgets to encourage you to get moving and live a healthy lifestyle. Fitbit has been in the US and UK for a while now but Australia is ...

Apple's iPhone Update Leaves Out Google's Maps
New York Times
On Wednesday, Apple released a software update for the iPhone that, among other changes, replaces the Google maps that have been on the phone since 2007 with Apple's own maps. So far the feedback from reviewers and early adopters of the new ...

Apple's Maps app slammed over missing cities and other mistakes
Irish Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has asked Apple to remove the airline icon for Airfield House. The problem? Airfield House is not an airport but a farm, according to Ireland's Breaking News. Shatter may be worried that pilots relying on Maps ...

For many lining up for Apple's iPhone 5, a payoff worth the wait
Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO — Charlie Hufnagel isn't sure whether he wants an iPhone 5 when it goes on sale Friday, but that didn't stop him from being first in line at the Apple store near Union Square. In fact, he's been there since Monday morning — after all ...

Los Angeles Times

Microsoft offers one-click workaround for IE vulnerability, permanent fix ...
PCWorld (blog)
Microsoft has issued a one-click security workaround for Internet Explorer as a stopgap measure until the company releases a full security update for its Web browser on Friday. The new “Fix it” solution helps protect users of Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8 ...

Amazon Kindle Fire HD review
The Amazon Kindle Fire is running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but you'd never know from looking at it. Aside from the pulldown notification bar Google's old Andy is no where to be seen. They've got their own Amazon App Store, their own Maps ...


Germany: Microsoft wins patent case vs Motorola
Sacramento Bee
BERLIN -- Microsoft Corp. has won a patent case in Germany against Google's Motorola unit over technology for mobile devices. A Munich state court ruled Thursday that Motorola Mobility infringed aMicrosoft patent covering the way mobile devices handle ...

Apple Internet Radio Entry Could Put Pandora in Play
Apple (AAPL) Inc.'s potential entry into Internet radio is poised to put online music pioneer Pandora Media Inc. (P) on the takeover wish lists of companies from Google Inc. and Amazon (AMZN).com Inc. to Clear Channel Communications Inc. Pandora is ...

Apple seeking bigger share with iPhone 5
(NYSE:NOK) (HEL:FI:NOK1V) — have seen their positions eroded, leaving a large base of new customers to be tapped. Apple and the Android platform by Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) have benefited from the decline of RIM's BlackBerry, which accounted for more ...

Microsoft Said to Ask China to Stop Piracy at Four Firms
Microsoft spokesman Charles Shen said he didn't immediately have any information on the filing. Liu Weijiang, a Beijing- based spokesman at CNPC, said the company hadn't heard about Microsoft'scomplaints. Liu declined to comment on whether CNPC ...

Apple, publishers offer settlement in EU #thecircuit
Washington Post (blog)
Internet lobbying group: Facebook, Google, Amazon and Yahoo said Wednesday they will form a new lobbying association aimed at combating efforts to impose more federal regulation on Internet firms. The group, called The Internet Association, will be led ...

Google Lat Long: All your Google Maps searches in one place
By Lat Long Blog
To make Google Maps more useful and comprehensive, we added a few improvements to better sync your maps experience across all of your devices. Today, with the latest release of Google Maps for Android, we're making it faster and ...
Google Lat Long

Google to Topple Facebook as Leader in Display Ads, eMarketer Says
Google is on track to earn more from display ads, ads with images and video, than any other company this year, according to eMarketer. Google would overtake Facebook and Yahoo, and become the leader in search, mobile and display ads.
NYT Bits

Welcome To Apple's iOS6 Map — Where Berlin Is Now Called ...
By Mike Butcher
We've seen that the new Apple-created iO6 map which replaces the Google Maps app has had - how can we put it - a little bit of a backlash. But this morning, as Europeans woke up to a little screen encouraging them to download the new iOS, ...

Apple gets patent for universal batteries, edges closer to long-lasting ...
By Jon Fingas
These days, just about every Apple product is defined by a non-removable battery. It's with no small hint of irony, then, that Apple just received a US patent for a universal removable battery system. As proposed, the technique would let Apple ...

Greater accessibility for Google Apps | Official Google Blog
By A Googler
It's been a year since we posted about enhanced accessibility in Google Docs, Sites and Calendar. As we close out another summer, we want to update our users on some of the new features and improvements in our products since then.
Official Google Blog

Microsoft Security Advisory (2757760): Vulnerability in Internet ...
Microsoft is investigating public reports of a vulnerability in Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, and Internet Explorer 9. Internet Explorer ...

London Aims to Make Tech IPOs Easier
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Marcus Stuttard, head of the London Stock Exchange's Alternative Investment Market, said the proposals were aimed at technology companies, but that any company meeting the yet-tobe-finalized criteria would be considered. He said they hoped to attract ...

Technology, Both Miracle and Burden
New York Times
The technology revolution has become so familiar — grandmothers are on Facebook and toddlers navigate YouTube on their parents' i-Pads — that it is easy to forget how revolutionary it still is. But Mr. Milner, speaking at an annual conference held by ...

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