13 September 2012

US congressional panel probes China tech firms

US congressional panel probes China tech firms
Businessweek
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. lawmakers on Thursday will question executives of two major Chinesetechnology companies as part of a congressional probe into whether those firms' ambitions to carve out a bigger niche in the American market pose a threat to ...

Sixing Liu Accused In Trial Of Illegally Taking Military Tech Secrets China
Huffington Post
NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) — A Chinese man illegally took data on military-related technologyfrom his New Jersey company back to his home country and lied to authorities about it upon his return, prosecutors charged Wednesday in the first day of his ... 

Did Apple's underwhelming iPhone 5 announcement open the door for Windows ...
ZDNet
Apple had an opportunity to present NFC to the world and make it useful, but now that ball is inMicrosoft's court to make their Wallet hub a serious contender in the mobile payment and financial management space. I was going to buy an .... so you don ...

Amazon's new $199 tablet gets tepid reviews
Reuters
However, he said such reviews may help Google Inc's Nexus 7, a 7-inch tablet that was launched earlier this year to positive reviews. The Nexus 7, which starts at $199, is the current "gold standard" for 7-inch tablets, Reynolds of ... The success of ...

Amazon opens London development centre, starts hiring 100 workers
ZDNet
At least £4m of public investment has been ploughed so far into the initiative, which has attracted Cisco, Google and a host of smaller companies. London's mayor Boris Johnson gave his stamp of approval to the Amazon centre's opening, underlining the ...

ZDNet

Don't Think Different: Apple Adds Straightjacket Mode to iOS
Wired
Apple is set to introduce a couple of new features that will give corporate IT new ways to lock down the iOS 6 operating system, which powers the iPad and the iPhone, according to Zenprise, a mobile device management company that was briefed on the...

Wired

Google blocks YouTube clip only in Egypt and Libya
Reuters
SAN FRANCISCO/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - YouTube, the video website owned by Google Inc, will not remove a film clip mocking the Islamic Prophet Mohammad that has been blamed for anti-U.S. protests in Egypt and Libya, but it has blocked access to it ...

NASA Reveals Goal for Eventual Manned Lunar Outpost
Wall Street Journal
By ANDY PASZTOR The Obama administration has laid out its most detailed ambitions yet for a return of US astronauts to the moon, including the prospects of a lunar outpost where explorers could live for months at a time. Andy Pasztor has details on The ...

Wall Street Journal

Apple Announces iPhone 5, New iPods; Nintendo Wii U Details on Tap
PC Magazine
By Stephanie Mlot Apple dominated tech headlines on Wednesday thanks to a San Francisco press event that saw Cupertino unveil a new iPhone and a revamped iPod lineup. The 4-inch iPhone 5 comes with 4G LTE connectivity, and will begin shipping on Sept.

iPhone 5s: Apple predicted to sell 48.2 million by end of December
Washington Post
Sept. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. unveiled a new version of the iPhone that boasts a bigger screen, faster chip and access to speedier wireless networks, an overhaul aimed at gaining share in the $219.1 billion smartphone market.

New study sheds light on dark energy
Los Angeles Times
Dark energy—the mysterious and poorly understood force that scientists have proposed is somehow causing the universe to expand at an accelerating rate—is almost definitely real, according to a new study, which puts the likelihood of its existence at ...

NVIDIA Brings Power of GeForce GTX to Gamers Everywhere With Two New Kepler ...
Businessweek
SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/13/12 -- NVIDIA today introduced two new high-performance GPUs, the NVIDIA™ GeForce™ GTX 660 and GeForce GTX 650. These new gaming GPUs deliver the exceptional performance and power efficiency of the award-winning ...

New iPhone Sparks Praise, Raised Apple Share-Price Targets
Wall Street Journal
By MATT JARZEMSKY Apple Inc.'s new slimmed-down iPhone is getting an upbeat reception from Wall Street analysts, who on Thursday raised share-price targets on the company. The iPhone 5, unveiled Wednesday in San Francisco, includes a sharper camera, ...

Regional Carrier Cricket Lands iPhone 5
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius The revamped smartphone will be available via Cricket starting Sept. 28. The carrier did not mention pricing; when it started selling the iPhone 4 and 4S in May, the 16GB iPhone 4S was $499.99 and the 8GB iPhone 4 was $399.99 with ...

On the Fate of Asia's Great Rivers
New York Times (blog)
By JUSTIN GILLIS A new report from the National Research Council, a scientific arm of the United States government, brings some sobriety to the oft-heated discussion about melting Himalayan glaciers. Interest in the glaciers intensified in 2010 when ...

New York Times (blog)

Scientists identify new species of monkey in Congo, call for conservation of ...
Washington Post
KAMPALA, Uganda — A team of scientists says it has identified a new species of monkey in central Africa that had been known to the locals simply as lesula, a medium sized, slender animal that looks similar to an owl-faced monkey already known to ...

Microsoft struggles with viruses, counterfeit software
USA TODAY
WASHINGTON (AP) - A customer in Shenzhen, China, took a brand new laptop out of its box and booted it up for the first time. But as the screen lit up, the computer began taking on a life of its own. The machine, triggered by a virus hidden in its hard ...

Nintendo Wii U price to start at $338; Japan sales to begin in December
Newsday
Nintendo Wii U price to start at $338; Japan sales to begin in December Nintendo Co., the world's biggest video-game machine maker, will sell its new Wii U console in Japan beginning in December for at least 26250 yen ($338) as the company tries to ...

Newsday

Arctic hunt finds mammoth remains
BBC News
A Russian-led expedition has found what it says are well preserved mammoth remains in Siberia but has downplayed reports that the material could be used to clone the ancient beast. The skin and bone were recovered from a tunnel dug into the permafrost...

BBC News

Game makers arrested over alleged spying in Greece.
BBC News
The two men, who work for developer Bohemia Interactive, were arrested outside a military base on the island of Limnos. A Bohemia spokesman said the pair had simply been on holiday on Limnos. The Prague-based game maker has clashed with the authorities ...

BBC News

Microsoft to patch Windows 8 Flash bug before OS is released
PCWorld
By Antone Gonsalves, CSO Microsoft plans to release a patch for a Flash vulnerability in Windows 8 soon, reversing a prior decision to wait until the operating system is generally available. The reversal followed criticism in the media for waiting to ...

A Wet Surprise: Drier Soils May Spur Rain
Discovery News
A squall line (or big thunderstorm) arrives near Hombari, Mali, in the Sahel (the transition zone between the Sahara and savanas) during the monsoon season. Click to enlarge this image. Drier soils are more likely to trigger storms than nearby wetter ...

Big Data Gets Its Own Photo Album
New York Times (blog)
By STEVE LOHR Rick Smolan, the photographer and impresario of media projects, has tackled all sorts of big subjects over the years, from countries (“A Day in the Life of Australia” in 1981) to drinking water (“Blue Planet Run” in 2007).

New York Times (blog)

Well, Now We Know Where Apple Got Its Inspiration For The New iPod Nano...
Business Insider
Since Samsung's device is five years old, the new iPod Nano obviously sports advanced technology on the inside. But the similarities on the outside are uncanny. We've also heard complaints that it also looks a bit like the new Nokia Lumia 920.

Business Insider

There's A Simple Way To Meet Mark Zuckerberg
Business Insider
If you want to meet Mark Zuckerberg, all you need to do is build something. More specifically, start a promising company that connects to Facebook's open graph, and Zuckerberg will likely reach out. He likes to meet entrepreneurs and help them.

Business Insider

Mars rover Curiosity to roll again after health checkups
Newsday
Mars rover Curiosity to roll again after health checkups LOS ANGELES - The Mars rover Curiosity is preparing to roll again after it completes its health checkups this week, project managers said Wednesday. Since landing in an ancient crater near the...

Newsday

Apple Store remodel to introduce two-row Genius Bar
tuaw.com
by Kelly Hodgkins Sep 13th 2012 at 9:00AM The Apple Store of the future could feature not one, but two Genius bars for technical service support, says a report in ifoAppleStore. The Garden State Plaza store in Paramus, NJ is moving to a significantly ...

Jupiter Explosion: Burst Of Light Spotted On Planet's Surface By Amateur ...
Huffington Post
An explosion occurred on the surface of Jupiter early Monday morning, and amateur astronomers captured footage and photos of the burst via telescope. The fireball is believed to be caused by the impact of an asteroid or comet.

Virgin birth observed in wild snakes
Telegraph.co.uk
Genetic analysis of the litters born to a sample of pregnant North American pit vipers revealed that two had reproduced without the help of a male – a feat which had only previously been observed in captivity. The findings suggest that virgin births ...

Telegraph.co.uk

Groceries or Mobile Phone? Plenty of Consumers Spend More on the Latter
TIME
By Brad Tuttle | @bradrtuttle | September 13, 2012 | + Based on all the excitement over Apple's new iPhone 5, there's no denying plenty of consumers just can't get enough of their gadgets. But do some people care more about their mobile phones than...

TIME

University of California sues Facebook for patent infringement
Computerworld
By Loek Essers IDG News Service - The University of California is suing Facebook, alleging infringment on four patents that enable Internet browsers to host embedded interactive applications. Facebook, along with Wal-Mart and the Walt Disney Company, ...

Endeavour to Fly Near NASA Ames on Sept. 20
Patch.com
Space Shuttle Endeavour made its final journey into lower orbit in May 2011 and it will soon make it's final ferry flight—on the back of a Boeing 747 aircraft—from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Los Angeles International Airport.

World most endangered species: report
GlobalPost
International Union for Conservation of Nature published its list of the world's 100 most endangered species. Zookeeper Grant Kother weighs and measures a giant tortoise during ZSL London Zoo's annual weigh-in on Aug. 22, 2012 in London, England.

Intel finishes Android Jelly Bean port for x86, passes it to carriers
Geek
Own a Medfield-based smartphone? Probably not, but in other corners of the world there are surely a few people who picked up a Xolo X900. If you count yourself among that select group, there's some good news from Intel today: the company has completed ...

Geek

'Six Strike' Internet warnings system coming to US soon
Afterdawn.com
Despite a similar system being a complete failure in France, the United States is on the path to introducing a 'six strikes' program for alleged pirates. Center for Copyright Information (CCI) boss Jill Lesser says the program is slated to be launched ...

Afterdawn.com

Taliban faux-friending soldiers on Facebook?
FederalNewsRadio.com
Members of the Taliban are pretending to be attractive women on Facebook to spy on Australian troops in Afghanistan. Because Facebook uses GPS technology to track where profile updates are made, faux-Facebook friends, who are able to befriend soldiers, ...

2013 Honda Accord US Pricing Announced
SpeedLux
By Dushyant on September 13, 2012 The 2013 Accord lineup is powered by a wide array of new Earth Dreams powertrains, which includes the first US application of Honda's next-generation 2.4-liter direct-injected VTEC 4-cylinder engine.

SpeedLux

California Coastal Cleanup Day is this Saturday
Patch.com
By the Solano Resource Conservation District The California Coastal Commission is proud to announce that the 28 th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day will take place on Saturday, September 15 th , 2012. The event will take place at more than 850 ...

Wearable Tech Makes a Fashion Statement
Smithsonian (blog)
A new movie premieres in New York today and chances are none of you will ever see it. It's a short film titled “DVF Through Glass” and it's video that models working for designer Diane von Furstenberg shot during New York's Fashion Week using Google ...

Smithsonian (blog)

Foreign banks upbeat about iPhone 5 supply chain
Focus Taiwan News Channel
Taipei, Sept. 13 (CNA) Taiwanese component suppliers to Apple Inc. are expected to boost their sales in the coming months thanks to the launch of an upgraded iPhone, foreign investment banks said Thursday. Apple's iPhone 5, unveiled in the United ...

Despite Price-fixing Concerns, Apple May Still Do Business With AU Optronics
RedOrbit
In March, Taiwanese display maker AU Optronics was convicted by the US Department of Justice on claims of fixing the prices of LCD screens. According to the DOJ's accusations, executives from AUO and AUOA, the American subsidiary of the Taiwanese ...

RedOrbit

The iPhone 5 Is Completely Amazing and Utterly Boring
Wired
By Mat Honan The iPhone 5 is the greatest phone in the world. It has top-notch hardware with a zippy new A6 processor and amazing four-inch display. Its new operating system, iOS 6, is slicker than slugs on ice. And its ultra-slim body, an all-glass ...

Wired

Cisco Releases Cloud IPS, Upgrades Security Products
InformationWeek
Network equipment vendor's new products and services focus on improving security for mixed physical, virtual, and cloud environments, as well as BYOD. By Mathew J. Schwartz InformationWeek Cisco Wednesday announced a number of new and updated products ...

AMD aims at big data crunchers with SeaMicro SM15000
Register
By Timothy Prickett Morgan • Get more from this author Earlier this week, ahead of the kickoff of the Intel Developer Forum, cheeky AMD launched its next generation of microservers sporting both Intel and AMD chips and a revamped SM15000 chassis that ...

Remembering Neil Armstrong
Wall Street Journal
By BUZZ ALDRIN As America pays tribute to Neil Armstrong in a memorial service Thursday at the National Cathedral in Washington, I would like to reflect on the life and legacy of this great space-exploration pioneer. The memorial service, I note, ...

Wall Street Journal

If It Sounds Like Apple, Does Apple Own It?
The Epoch Times
By Phil Butler All the news that is news about Apple today tells of iPhone 5′s release in San Francisco. However, just as company boss Tim Cook took to the stage to show off the new hand held smartness, so too Apple lawyers busied themselves preparing ...
 
The Epoch Times

Ash Borer Found in Dalton
French Tribune
It has been reported that emerald ash borer, which destroys tress, has been found in Dalton forests. The discovery of the ash borer has alerted the authorities taking care of local forests. It is believed that soon, quarantine on wood harvested would ...

French Tribune

Telescope captures dramatic nebula image
UPI.com
The oddly shaped Pencil Nebula is pictured in this image from ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile. This nebula is a small part of a huge remnant left over after a supernova explosion that took place about 11 000 years ago. Credit: ESO GARCHING, Germany ...

UPI.com

Apple Shows Off Virtual Pet Clumsy Ninja To Demo New iPod Touch's Gaming Power
Centralia Chronicle
On stage Apple highlighted a new game for iOS 6 to emphasize the latest iPod touch's video gaming prowess. The game, called Clumsy Ninja, is basically a powerful Tamagotchi using a ninja as the main character. It's an interesting mix, ending up looking ...

A New FBI Facial Recognition Search Speaks to the Future of Customer Experience
CMSWire
By Barry Levine Sep 12, 2012 It's a whole new world for customer experience coming. Get ready for the day when computers know you by sight. The FBI is. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is rolling out its US$ 1 billion Next Generation Identification ...

Microsoft annoys developers with Windows Phone 8 secrecy
ZDNet
Microsoft is preparing to release the software development kit for Windows Phone 8 — but only to a select group of developers. In a blog post on Wednesday, Windows Marketplace chief Todd Brix said Microsoft was starting to accept requests for access...

ZDNet

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