31 October 2012

Google research pane for Docs adds personal content, Presentation and Drawing integration

Google research pane for Docs adds personal content, integration ...
By Mark Hearn
Unfortunately, Google Apps customers will still be limited to web-only search results, as personal content search is intended for individual accounts. However, if you're a starving student heavily embedded in Google's ecosystem, this time ...
Engadget


Google Introduces New Gmail Composer
ValueWalk
This new interface is just like a chat window, you can say 'it's just bigger and better'. Previously, when you wanted to reference something in another email message, then you had to save the current message as a Draft, and open the old email to read/watch...

ValueWalk


Google Introduces New Emergency Resources in Response to Sandy
By By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER
Google.org, the company's nonprofit arm, has published maps showing the storm's danger zones, live video and evacuation routes and shelters. It has also started a new public alert service that shows emergency alerts on cellphones, Google ...
NYT Bits


Apple's iPad mini: The review roundup
Washington Post
That means that the iPad mini has the basic weight and convenience of an e-reader, but with far more capabilities. Several reviewers also revisited Apple's assertion that the iPad mini's 8.75-inch display gives it 35 percent more screen than its ...

Asustek: Nexus 7 Sales Approaching 1 million a Month
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Building off the Nexus 7's promising sales, Google is expanding its efforts to combatApple's dominance of the mobile market. Google yesterday unveiled two new siblings for the Nexus 7: the Nexus 10 tablet and Nexus 4 smartphone : The 10-inch tablet is ...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Why Apple (and You) Might Miss Scott Forstall
Wired
Apple has since repeatedly insisted that Google's copied iOS. “You're stealing all the value we've created,” senior VP of marketing Phil Schiller said of design copycats in the industry. Even Windows Phone's Joe Belfiore got in on the action at Monday ...

Google Adds Siri-Like Voice Search to iOS App
PC Magazine
Google this week unveiled a revamped search app for iOS that adds a Siri-like voice-recognition service. The search giant said the app update brings its "most advanced voice search" to iOS. When opening the free Google Search app on your iOS device ...

One Microsoft Way: Smart Road For Developers?
InformationWeek
And while the One Microsoft Way isn't perfect, it is a more complete picture than what Apple andGoogle are serving up at the moment. So for now, at least, developers are listening. Maybe it's because there's enough substance behind the pitch to draw ...

Apparently France Will Tax Google €1 Billion: Not A Chance M. Hollande
Forbes
An inquiry into Google's Transfer Pricing – how profits and revenues are moved across borders by the corporation – has just finished and according to Le Canard, which does not reveal the source of the figure, the French government will be be demanding ...

Apple delays iTunes 11: is it software, or music streaming services that delay ...
Computerworld (blog)
Apple [AAPL] is proud of something else this morning: making the decision not to ship iTunes 11 because it isn't ready yet -- that's another significant move in a week of significant moves: it shows the company's getting the message that those things ...

Google loses Australia 'gangland' defamation lawsuit
BBC News
A jury in Australia has found Google liable for damages after a complaint that its search results had linked a local man to gangland crime. Milorad Trkulja had alleged that the US firm's image and web results had caused harm to his reputation. The 62 ...

BBC News

Tablet Showdown: Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google
Schaeffers Research (blog)
With the recent unveiling of the iPad Mini, Kindle Paperwhite, Surface, and 10-inch Nexus tablet, there is an ongoing (and increasingly spirited) debate about what tablet/e-reader device will ultimately emerge victorious. Beyond this, though, is the ...

Microsoft's browser ballot screw-up cost Firefox 9M downloads
Computerworld
The settlement required Microsoft to display a screen in Windows that provided download links to other browsers, including Apple's Safari, Google's Chrome, Mozilla's Firefox and Opera Software's Opera. Safari has since been dropped from the deal, as ...
 
Computerworld

Google's most advanced voice search has arrived on iOS | Official ...
By A Googler
When you have a question, finding the answer should be effortless—wherever you are and whatever device you're using. The new Google Search app for iPhone and iPad helps you to do just that with enhanced voice search that answers any ...
Official Google Blog


Microsoft Says Windows Phone 8 Is Like Xbox: Better For Being Late ...
By Natasha Lomas
Microsoft is sounding very bullish about the Sisyphean challenge facing it in the smartphone space: to transform Windows Phone from an also-ran into a serious..
TechCrunch


Apple Delays iTunes Refresh Until November - Peter Kafka - Media ...
By Peter Kafka
Back in September, Apple said an iTunes overhaul would be out in October. Now it's pushing that back a month. Here's spokesman Tom Neumayr's take: “The new iTunes is taking longer than expected and we wanted to take a little extra time ...
AllThingsD
Google Crisis Map - Google.org
super storm sandy super storm sandy sandy is a major storm that is expected to bring life threatening flooding to the us mid atlantic coast and hurricane force ...
google.org/crisismap/sandy-2012

ARM Revives CISC vs. RISC War With New 64-Bit Designs
PC Magazine
Arm Big Little. Just when you thought everything in the semiconductor sector that could happen had happened, the RISC vs. CISC war is rearing its head again with the introduction of 64-bit processors from ARM. ARM, which has cleaned up in the mobile ...

Nokia: Even Better Lumia Cameras Coming, But No QWERTY
PC Magazine
It's going to be easy to tell the new Windows Phone 8 models apart, Nokia's marketing head Chris Weber told me at the Windows Phone 8 launch in San Francisco. And of course, according to him, it's going to be easy to tell that his are the best. "In the Lumia ...

Windows Phone 8: Star Features
InformationWeek
"Are there any Windows Phone fans in the room?" asked Jon Belfiore, Microsoft's manager for the Windows Phone program, as he took to the stage at the beginning of Monday's Windows Phone 8 (WP8) launch in San Francisco. Evidently there were.

Google's Play Store Closes In On iTunes
InformationWeek
Google's Play Store Closes In On iTunes. Google Play Store now has nearly as many apps as the Apple iPhone App Store, and new content deals give it access to more digital music and movies. By Eric Zeman · InformationWeek. October 31, 2012 09:14 AM ...

Google Nexus 4: Why No LTE?
InformationWeek
The Nexus 4 is Google's development testbed smartphone for the next year. Android smartphones bearing the Nexus name typically offer top-of-the-line specs. The Nexus 4 is certainly an impressive device, but one of the most important specs isn't included: ...

Wii U 'deluxe' promotion aims to boost game downloads
CNET
The Wii U, due to go on sale starting November 18, will come in two bundles: a $299 basic set and a $349 deluxe set that comes with additional accessories and the Nintendo Land game disc. If you purchase the more-expensive bundle, you can use the ...

Walmart to carry Boxee TV starting tomorrow
CNET
Boxee has just won a big one. Walmart tomorrow will start carrying the Boxee TV at 3,000 locations nationwide. Bloomberg, which was first to report on the news, spoke with Boxee chief Avner Ronen, who said that the Walmart partnership could deliver "a big ...


iPad mini: reviews roundup
ZDNet
Lucky are those who managed to get their hands on Apple's latest new product, the iPad mini tablet, before everyone else. But is it any good? Is there a business use case? Or is it just a tablet for tots? My esteemed industry colleagues found out. "The perfect ...

Earthlink Boosts Full-Year Forecast
ABC News
Earthlink Inc.'s third-quarter profit fell sharply but the company boosted its full-year outlook as it made progress in shifting its focus toward information technology services. The company, based in Atlanta, was once known as an Internet service provider but ...

Why Consumer Reports and JD Power Are So Different
New York Times (blog)
When Consumer Reports issued its 2012 Annual Auto Reliability Survey on Monday, the big news was that Ford had slid once again in the rankings, coming to rest in 27th place out of 28 brands included in the analysis. That news also placed a focus on ...

Routines Restart, if With Less Power and Public Transit
New York Times
Still hobbled by power failures and waterlogged transit, the New York region struggled to return to the rhythms of daily life on Wednesday, while facing the reality of a prolonged and daunting period of recovery.

New York Times

Sandy shows the US is unprepared for climate disasters
Washington Post (blog)
There are two main ways to respond to climate change. First, we can try to slow the rate of global warming by curbing our greenhouse-gas emissions. But there's also “adaptation”—we can try to reshape our existing infrastructure to make ourselves more ...

Aftermarket car show is all revved up
Los Angeles Times
A Ford coupe is on display at the Specialty Equipment Market Assn. trade show in Las Vegas. The show has attracted 125,000 salespeople, car customizers and mom-and-pop auto shop owners. (Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times / October 30, 2012) ...

Los Angeles Times

Apple Falls After CEO Cook Overhauls Management Team
Bloomberg
Apple Inc. (AAPL) declined as much as 1.3 percent in early trading after Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook embarked on a sweeping management overhaul at the world's most valuable company. Shares of Cupertino, California-based Apple fell as low as ...

Apple one step closer to launching iPhone 5 in China
ZDNet
Apple one step closer to launching iPhone 5 in China. Summary: Days after Apple's Q4 earnings, where Tim Cook revealed the iPhone would arrive in China by December, Chinese regulators have approved the latest Apple smartphone, pushing the ...

Sandy downed 25 percent of cell masts, says FCC
ZDNet (blog)
Sandy downed 25 percent of cell masts, says FCC. Summary: The worst storm to hit the U.S. in living memory has downed around a quarter of all cell masts across the ten states affected by Sandy, the federal regulator said on Tuesday. Zack Whittaker ...

ZDNet (blog)

Assassin's Creed 3: All DLC confirmed for Wii U
Computerandvideogames.com
Ubisoft confirmed today that all Assassin's Creed 3 DLC will be released on Wii U. Assassins Creed 3 Screenshot The publisher plans to launch five pieces of Assassin's Creed 3 DLC. Three will form "an all-new single-player campaign" which will be made ...

'Titan' Supercomptuer Could be World's Most Powerful
Wired
Is the new supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Labs the most powerful machine on earth? It might be. But we won't know for a few more weeks. Uncloaked on Monday by Oak Ridge — a Tennessee lab run by the Department of Energy — the Titan ...

Wired

Minerals similar to Earth found on Mars
NBCNews.com
TODAY: TODAY | Aired on October 31, 2012. Minerals similar to Earth found on Mars. NASA has compiled the first-ever list of minerals found on another planet after the Curiosity rover found soil on the Red Planet similar to the volcanic sand found in Hawaii.

NBCNews.com

Motorola Maxxes Out, This Time in HD
New York Times (blog)
Motorola's flagship Droid RAZR Maxx has been updated and reissued as the Droid RAZR Maxx HD, and the company continues to aim for the iPhone's soft spots. At the top of the list is battery life. The RAZR Maxx HD claims the same 21 hours of talk time as ...

New York Times (blog)

ItsOn Snags VC Funding for a la Carte Mobile Data Service
E-Commerce Times
ItsOn Snags VC Funding for a la Carte Mobile Data Service. ItsOn Snags VC Funding for a la Carte Mobile Data Service. By Richard Adhikari E-Commerce Times 10/31/12 5:00 AM PT. Operating in stealth mode and founded by two Cisco veterans, ItsOn ...

Samsung Chromebook (XE303) Review: Testing ARM's Cortex A15
AnandTech
Google announced the Chrome OS project two years ago, and with it came the first Chromebook: the CR-48. The Chrome OS concept seemed revolutionary at the time. In 2010 we were well into the latest round of questioning whether today's PCs were fast ...

AnandTech

Enders Honored For Becoming First Female To Win In A Major Series In A ...
PaddockTalk
Tidbits. Enders Honored For Becoming First Female To Win In A Major Series In A Chevrolet. KLR Group driver Erica Enders was honored by Chevrolet during the manufacturer's Media Reception for the SEMA Show Monday night at the Venetian. Bookmark ...

Metareview: Assassin's Creed 3
Joystiq
The head of the Joystiq order deemed Assassin's Creed 3 a "bold, uneven, occasionally brilliant, often frustrating action game." Other orders have had their say too. The Escapist (100/100): "Assassin's Creed III lets you jump into an intriguing point in history, ...

Space shuttle Enterprise exposed, suffers damage from 'superstorm' Sandy
collectSPACE.com
October 30, 2012 — Space shuttle Enterprise, NASA's original prototype orbiter, is sitting exposed and appears to have been partially damaged by Hurricane Sandy after the severe storm passed over New York City on Monday night (Oct. 29). On display on ...

collectSPACE.com

Delta, United Warned by California Over Mobile Privacy
Bloomberg
United Continental Holdings Inc. (UAL), Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL) and OpenTable Inc. (OPEN) are among companies in violation of a California protocol governing mobile applications for failing to conspicuously post their privacy policies, a person familiar ...

Eureka police land DUI grant
Times-Standard
The Eureka Police Department has been awarded a $22,650 grant for its anti-DUI program. The money will go toward additional law enforcement measures to combat impaired driving, a press release said. Funding for the grant came from the California Office ...

HuffPost, Gawker and BuzzFeed Knocked Out by #Sandy Flooding
NY Convergence
Datagram, the NY ISP that hosts locally based media sites BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, Gawker and other sites, lost power during Hurricane Sandy. Located in Lower Manhattan, their basement was flooded with five feet of water as a result of the ...

Hon Hai Net Climbs on Efficiency Gains, Reversed Charged
Businessweek
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (2317), the world's largest contract manufacturer of electronics, posted a bigger-than-expected profit as investment losses were overturned and Apple Inc. (AAPL) paid more for the iPhone's manufacture. Third-quarter net income ...

New tree-dwelling tarantulas described
UPI.com
SAO PAULO, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Nine new species of tree-dwelling tarantulas have been identified in central and eastern Brazil, researchers say, bringing the total in the area to 16 species. Arboreal tarantulas -- known from a few tropical places in Asia, Africa, ...

UPI.com

Apple Music Streaming Service Could Be Here By Early 2013
SPIN
Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the latest iPad / Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images. Last week, Apple announced its new iPad Mini, but the tech heavyweight is readying a service that might have a much bigger impact on music listeners. Apple is in...

SPIN

Need For Speed: Most Wanted – review
The Guardian (blog)
For years, Electronic Arts' Need For Speed franchise reminded one of the musical output of Simon Cowell: utterly lacking in merit and derided by critics, yet incredibly popular as a result of assiduously inescapable marketing. Then EA purchased ...

The Guardian (blog)

Google Pulls Together Public Alerts in Wake of Hurricane Sandy
eWeek
Google is making it easier for Google Search and Maps users, and for Android smartphone and tablet users, to get public safety alerts during times of emergency. Google has bundled its Public Alerts services, which provide information and warnings during ...

eWeek

Moon's mysterious 'ocean of storms' explained
Fox News
The largest dark spot on the moon, known as the Ocean of Storms, may be a scar from a giant cosmic impact that created a magma sea more than a thousand miles wide and several hundred miles deep, researchers say. These findings could help explain ...

Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Gets Twin Turbos: SEMA 2012
Washington Post
The 2012 SEMA show is well underway, and among the various tuned and factory custom cars on the show floor, there are a few legitimate race cars. One of them is the straight-strip terrorizing Mustang Cobra Jet--now with twin turbos. Loading... Comments ...

'Grand Theft Auto V' coming in spring
Los Angeles Times
Gamers can finally start carjacking again. "Grand Theft Auto V" will be released in the spring of 2013, publisher Take-Two Interactive announced Tuesday. The company's Rockstar Games subsidiary confirmed earlier this year that the sequel to 2008's hit ...

King.com launches mobile game as part of strategy shift
VentureBeat
In February 2011, King.com seemed like it had been passed up in the gaming innovation race. It had 150 casual tournament games on the web but had only just begun to release those titles on Facebook, where Zynga dominated social games. Now...
 
VentureBeat

Space shuttle Endeavour exhibit officially opens to public
Los Angeles Times
The children filed into the building two by two, holding hands with their classmates so they wouldn't get lost in the crowd. Some pointed and grinned. Others stared in silence, their necks craned back as they eyed the 57-foot-tall space shuttle. "On TV it's very ...

Smartpen automatically sends your notes and audio to the cloud
DVICE
With touchscreen and text-to-speech rapidly taking over where handwriting left off, pens and pencils are slowly dying off as a means to log long notes. But for now, for short meeting notes and vital messages, writing remains our go-to method. Therefore, it only...

DVICE

Storm ought to give candidates, voters something to ponder
Boston Globe
“Hurricane fuel” is what Bill McKibben of 350.org calls East Coast ocean water temperatures that are now much warmer than normal. Hurricane Sandy is an object lesson for the current weeklong vigil at Government Center, which was planned before the ...

Barnes & Noble Nook HD and Nook HD+ set to ship this week
TechRadar UK
Related stories. Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets launched · First impressions: Nook HD+ 9-inch tablet · First Impressions: Nook HD 7-inch tablet. The holidays are coming early for Nook tablet fans. Barnes & Noble's newest Nook tablets will start shipping this ...

Top 5 Fake Hurricane Sandy Photos
Discovery News
1art-Sandyfake2. As Hurricane Sandy clobbered the the most populated region of the United States, many people took to social media and the Internet to receive and circulate information about what experts called a 100-year storm. As is typically the case with ...

Steve Jobs-designed yacht launched
CBS News
THE HAGUE, Netherlands The sleek, white superyacht glistens under a gray autumnal sky, a posthumous testament to the design aesthetic of Steve Jobs. Just over a year after the Apple founder died, the luxury motor yacht he commissioned and helped ...

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1: A Man-on-the-Street Review
Huffington Post (blog)
I'm not an expert when it comes to technology, but I certainly know what I like and like what I know. I also believe that the power of a review for the vast majority is not based on the techie jargon, but instead on how it adapts to daily life and how easily it can ...

Animals learn to fine-tune their sniffs
Medical Xpress
Enlarge. Animals learn to fine tune their ability to smell in order to better detect predators and find food, research on rats at the University of Chicago Shows. Credit: Reprinted with permission: Leslie Kay, et al. The Journal of Neuroscience 2012. Animals use ...

Modern Warfare 4 set in stone after Price clanger
Product Reviews
It looks like the world is set for another Modern Warfare 4 game. After the mixed reaction to MW3, some gamers had wondered whether Activision may take the series in a different direction after Treyarch finishes up with Black Ops 2, but some recent ...

Product Reviews


Google maps Sandy flooding, power outages

Google maps Sandy flooding, power outages
CNN
(CNN) -- Google has used its wealth of data to compile an interactive crisis map for massive storm Sandy, giving users up-to-date information about storm surges, power outages, shelters and evacuation routes. The Superstorm Sandy 2012 map was ...
http://google.org/crisismap/2012-sandy

Report: Apple exec refused to apologize for Maps
USA TODAY
The departures, which come shortly before the critical holiday shopping season, might have long-term implications at Apple but are unlikely to impact its sales as Apple competitors such as Google and Amazon.com ramp up mobile offerings, says Carolina ...

Google Nexus 10
San Jose Mercury News
Cheaper than newest full-sized iPad. Cons: Integrates with Google Play store, which is still new and isn't as robust as Apple or Amazon's stores. Data storage cannot be expanded with memory cards. No option for cellular wireless broadband. Apple's iPad ...

Google Play reaches 700000 Android apps
SlashGear
Apple's iTunes App Store has hundreds of thousands of apps to choose, and it's one of the company's main selling points for the iPhone and iPad. However, according to Bloomberg, Googlesaid yesterday that they have closed in on the 700,000 mark for the ...

Microsoft Seeks an Edge in Analyzing Big Data
New York Times
The hope is that Microsoft may eventually sell services created by software, in addition to the software itself. “Azure is a real threat to Amazon Web Services, Google and other cloud companies because of its installed base,” said Anthony Goldbloom ...

Microsoft touts 4M Windows 8 upgrades
Computerworld
Microsoft officially launched Windows 8 on Oct. 26, when it first let customers download the $39.99 upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, and began fulfilling the $14.99 deal for those who purchased a new Windows 7 PC starting June 2. On Friday, retailers also ...

Google Signs Deal With Warner Music Group
New York Times (blog)
The news of the deal was tucked in a Google company blog post on Monday that was mostly about new models of its Nexus phones and tablets. But for Google's music service, which has struggled to gain traction against iTunes, Amazon and the myriad of ...

Explaining This French Thing About Google And Newspapers
Forbes
I've been having a very hard time following what the argument actually is in this spat between the French newspapers and Google. The newspapers, backed by the French government, are arguing that Google should be paying the newspapers. Because, well ...

In Shake-Up, Apple's Mobile Software and Retail Chiefs to Depart ...
By By NICK WINGFIELD
Scott Forstall, who has run software development for Apple's iPad and iPhone products, and John Browett, the head of the company's retail operations, are leaving Apple, in a rare management reshuffling at the company. Read more...
NYT Bits


From inside Apple, the Scott Forstall fallout — Tech News and Analysis
By Om Malik
I wonder if it was timed this way. Bury big news from Microsoft and Google and the Market can't react negatively because it is closed for two days because of Hurricane Sandy. By the time the market reopens the Apple faithful will have spun this ...
GigaOM

Microsoft drops Windows Phone Store developer registration to $8 ...
By Brian Heater
How amped is Microsoft to get developers into the Windows Phone 8 Store? ... Google's Nexus 10: 2,560 x 1,600, 300 ppi display and Android 4.2, shipping November 13th $399 ... Apple receives patent rights for original iOS Maps app GUI ...
Engadget

Get Ready to Vote with Google | Official Google Blog
By A Googler
Every four years in the United States, people prepare to head to the polls and increasingly search for information about how to register to vote, where to vote and who is on their ballot. Even though it is 2012, important voting information is ...
Official Google Blog

Google News wars are here again: Schmidt vs France on 'news tax ...
By Robert Andrews
What happens in Belgium doesn't necessarily stay in Belgium. Now Google News is facing a Brazilian boycott and France is threatening to copy a German-style tax on excerpting its newspapers. What's an aggregator to do?

Tablet Users Older Than Smartphone Users
PC Magazine
Budget-Friendly Tablets for School. Tablet owners are generally older and more often female than their smartphone-toting counterparts, according to new data from mobile analytics firm Flurry. Those with a tablet also tend to use their device more often during ...

Apple forecast to sell 102m iPads, 194m iPhones in 2013: analyst
ZDNet
Apple forecast to sell 102m iPads, 194m iPhones in 2013: analyst. Summary: One analyst believes Apple can double its entire iPad sales from two-and-a-half years in 2013 alone; the same for the iPhone. China remains the uncracked nut to Apple's success.

ZDNet


Get four spooky PC games for $4.99 each
CNET
Given what's happening along the Eastern Seaboard today, it's hard for me to get too enthused about tech deals. Something tells me we should be saving our money for disaster relief. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this horrendous storm. That said ...
Hands On: Nokia Lumia 822 and Data Sense for Verizon Wireless
PC Magazine
Verizon Wireless's new Nokia 822 is the first phone Nokia has done for the carrier in three years, and it's chock-full of goodies: Nokia's turn-by-turn driving and transit directions, cool camera apps and Data Sense, Microsoft's data management and ...
Google now pitching Chromebook laptops to consumers. Will they want them?
ZDNet
Google now pitching Chromebook laptops to consumers. Will they want them? Summary: After striking out with the corporate market, Google is now appealing to the general public to buy Chromebooks running its Chrome OS and using cloud-based services ...

ZDNet

iOS Designer Forstall Pushed Out At Apple
InformationWeek
Apple may have hoped Hurricane Sandy would drown out some bad news that the company announced Monday evening. Apple has reorganized some of its senior executives. Two men are out, and several others gain new responsibilities as Apple CEO Tim ...


Barnes & Noble inks video deals in time for Nook HD, HD+ release
CNET
Barnes & Noble is expanding its Nook video content to include NBCUniversal and 20th Century Fox programs as it also begins shipping its HD and HD+ tablets this week. Barnes & Noble said customers who preordered the tables will start receiving them ...


Hurricane Sandy disrupts Northeast US telecom networks
Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Power outages and flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy disrupted telecommunications services on Tuesday and coverage was spotty for everything from cellphones and home telephones to Internet services in Northeastern states.


Andreessen Horowitz leads $15.5 million funding of ItsOn mobile firm
Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Andreessen Horowitz is leading a $15.5 million round of venture funding for ItsOn Inc, a developer of software that supports more flexible mobile billing options like sponsored data services and split billing for work and personal use.


Google's New Nexus Devices; Windows Phone 8 Unveiled; Apple Drops Execs
PC Magazine
Hurricane Sandy slammed the East Coast yesterday, but it was largely business as usual for the global tech industry. If you were too tied up following coverage of the storm, here's a roundup of what went down in the tech world. After cancelling its much-hyped ...


San Francisco bartender gets visit from Google 'secret police'
Fox News
Jamin Barton, aka "Sudsy", of the 500 club in San Francisco's Mission District had found a prototype for Google's new Nexus 4 smartphone (pictured right) left behind at the bar by an employee for the tech giant.l.- Ariel Zambelich-Wired /r.-Courtesy Jamin ...


Program to Boost Great Lakes Cleanup Research
ABC News
The University of Michigan is establishing a research program designed to bring more scientific credibility to the federal government's billion-dollar battle to clean up the Great Lakes, officials said Tuesday. Shortly after President Barack Obama took office in ...

How to Follow Sandy Online If Your Power Goes Out
Wall Street Journal (blog)
By Elana Zak. If you lose power due to Hurricane Sandy, a variety of apps and text messaging services can turn your smartphone into your go-to for storm information. Apps to Download. American Red Cross The Red Cross offers a total of five first aid and ...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Ford Hits Rock Bottom in Consumer Reports Reliability Survey Thanks to ...
DailyTech
Woes blamed on less than stellar DCT shifting and MyFord touch. After years of being ranked as one of the most reliable automakers in the industry, Ford's recent use of in-car infotainment systems have caused it to plummet in quality rankings. Consumer ...

DailyTech

Windows 8 Enables Microsoft to Take Stronger Role in Trusted Security
eWeek
Trusted Computing features were little noticed in Windows 7, but will get more attention in new Windows 8 as DirectAccess technology bolsters PC security with support for virtual smart cards. Microsoft is going to draw more attention to the Trusted Computing...

eWeek

Superstorm Sandy takes out several major websites; flooding cited
Los Angeles Times
Electrons work for free, except, of course in major storms -- as several prominent websites discovered. When the former Hurricane Sandy -- now technically a cyclone -- hit the New York area, it cut power to hundreds of thousands of people, including some ...


Facebook: What's It Really Worth
Forbes
I think it solipsistic that a person should think seriously that someone else really gives a damn how much emotional struggle you incurred in selecting orange sneakers over the pink ones for your seven year old daughter. My interests lie beyond where you ...

ZOMG! Rumored Bugatti SuperVeyron tipped for 288 mph top speed
SlashGear
When it comes to superfast exotic sports cars, Bugatti makes one of the fastest cars in the world with its Veyron. The current Veyron SuperSport can reach a top speed of 259 mph. That is insanely fast by any definition of the word for street-legal vehicle.

SlashGear

Tablet vs. PC: Let your data decide
Computerworld (blog)
Will tablets replace the PC? Will the Microsoft Surface tablet cut into iPad market share? Will the broader mobile computing space replace what we know of a desktop and notebook computer? These are questions I'm asked many times a day, and there isn't a ...

Steve Jobs' superyacht is a sleek memorial to his minimalist ethic
The Guardian (blog)
He was a man of modest means, who lived in a normal house and only ever wore jeans and a black turtle-neck sweater. So it comes as something of a surprise to learn that Steve Jobs spent the last six years of his life designing a bespoke superyacht, which...

The Guardian (blog)

iPad Mini 'banned' ad zooms to YouTube popularity
CNET
An amusing spoof advertisement for the recently released iPad Mini has taken off on YouTube. The fake ad, which details why you'll almost inevitably buy the iPad Mini, was created by John Elerick and his team, masquerading as Apple execs including ...

Space shuttle Endeavour exhibit to open today
SlashGear
If you live in Los Angeles and didn't get a chance to see the space shuttle Endeavour as it was towed down the streets of Los Angeles to the California Science Center, you have another chance starting today. This chance doesn't involve the space shuttle ...

SlashGear

AMD in chip tie-up with UK's ARM
BBC News
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is to release its first ARM-based chip in 2014. The central processing units (CPUs) will power computer servers used to run websites and smartphone app services. The US firm said the move would let it offer more energy ...

BBC News

New Supercomputer Could be World's Fastest
Voice of America
Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the U.S. state of Tennessee have unveiled what could be the world's fastest supercomputer. The new computer, named Titan, is capable of making more than 20,000 trillion calculations each second (20 ...
 
Voice of America

Conductor Raises $20M Series C To Improve Customers' Search Rankings ...
TechCrunch
Anthony Ha is a writer at TechCrunch, where he covers media, advertising, and startups. Previously, he was a staff technology writer at Adweek, worked as a senior editor at the tech blog VentureBeat, and was also a reporter at the Hollister Free Lance, where ...

The State of Streaming Music
RollingStone.com
For more than a decade, people in the record industry have been trying to shift music fans from stealing music to paying, say, $10 a month to listen to any song on demand. Until recently, that seemed like an absurd dream. Then came services like Pandora, ...

RollingStone.com

Feds Arrest the Man Who Claimed to Own Half of Facebook
Datamation
For two years, Paul Ceglia has doggedly pursued claims that he is entitled to half ownership of Facebook based on a contract he had with Mark Zuckerberg when the Facebook CEO was a Harvard student. Ceglia's legal campaign has now ended ...


TG Daily
Fortunately, Livescribe recently rolled out a new wireless pen which uploads notes straight to the cloud. The device is aptly dubbed the Sky Wi-Fi smartpen and claims to be the first to integrate WiFi technology and cloud services. The pen is capable of ...


Blaming Hurricane Sandy on the greedy and industrious is just as mad as ...
Telegraph.co.uk (blog)
After every natural disaster that occurs these days, we do two things. First, we guffaw or shake our heads in stern disapproval at those religious freaks who blame said disaster on mankind's sin. And second, we nod in vigorous agreement with those ...


Microsoft opens the Windows Store. Will app makers ...
CNET
Microsoft opens the Windows Store. Will app makers walk in? The software giant hosts the four-day Build conference in Redmond, starting today, hoping to lure developers to create programs to sell in its app marketplace. Jay Greene. by Jay Greene. October ...


Need for Speed: Most Wanted review: Burnout, baby
Joystiq
Need for Speed: Most Wanted is Criterion's second crack at the Need for Speed series, EA's biggest racing brand. Unlike 2010's Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Criterion's first shot at the series, Need for Speed: Most Wanted is a game very much rooted in ...

Britain's first 4G network launches in 11 cities
AFP
(AFP) – 4 minutes ago. LONDON — Millions of mobile phone users will be able to access 4G services for the first time in Britain across 11 cities from Tuesday, allowing them to access the web at superfast speeds. EE, formerly known as Everything Everywhere ...

17 Starbucks stores get wireless charging in Boston
Computerworld
Computerworld - Boston-area Starbucks stores are the first in the nation to take part in a pilot program of Duracell's Powermat wireless charging technology. Seventeen stores in Boston and neighboring Cambridge are included in the wireless charging trial, ...


SpaceX Dragon capsule completes first successful Space Station resupply mission
Examiner.com
A reusable SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 12:22 p.m. PDT, successfully completing the first resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) by a ...


Speed limit and other restrictions lifted on area roadways as Hurricane Sandy ...
PennLive.com
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission have lifted the speed-limit and vehicle restrictions that were in place on roadways in eastern and south central parts of the state. Due to the hazardous conditions ...

Vision evolved 700 million years ago
TG Daily
A huge computational analysis has revealed that opsins - the light-sensitive proteins key to vision - may have evolved earlier than previously believed. Opsins are a vital component of the visual pigments that trap light in the eyes, and there's long been intense ...

TG Daily

Mass Extinction In The Cretaceous Period Was Worsened By Ecosystems
RedOrbit
April Flowers for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online. A mass extinction, wiping out numerous species including the dinosaurs, marked the end of the Cretaceous Period. A new study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), ...


Pandora announces version 4.0 for Android
Android Community
Pandora has just announced a huge update for its popular music streaming Android application. Pandora is officially calling this the biggest update since the initial launch of the application. Pandora says that version 4.0 will offer a better music experience ...


Google Play Finally Adds Warner Music, Debuts Free Scan-and-Match Music ...
Billboard.biz
Google may be playing catch-up with its music-download store and online locker service, but the company made up a lot of ground on Monday. Warner Music Group has finally licensed its catalog to Google's music-download store, nearly a year after its U.S. ...


Robert Downey Jr. appears in Guy Ritchie-directed ad for 'Call of Duty ...
Entertainment Weekly (blog)
The last time a Call of Duty game was unleashed upon the populace, it was accompanied with a more-is-more ad campaign starring Sam Worthington and Jonah Hill – because when you sell a quadbrillion units in a single day, you can pretty much get ...

Hands on: Galaxy Note II and yes, size matters
ZDNet
While armchair analysts yap incessantly about the to-ing and fro-ing between Apple, Samsung and Microsoft over which tablet form factor wins in the race for hearts and minds, I've been getting on with what really matters - road testing the Samsung Galaxy...

ZDNet

IBM Researchers Making Carbon Nanotube Production a Reality
eWeek
Carbon nanotubes, the next big thing when it comes to making faster computer chips, are beginning to leave the realm of fantasy and are starting to approach the possibility of commercial production, according to IBM researchers. Carbon nanotubes are ...

eWeek

Proposed Antarctic marine reserve gets big boost
The Associated Press
(AP) – 3 minutes ago. WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An international push to create a giant marine sanctuary in Antarctica has gotten a big boost after the United States and New Zealand resolved their dispute over fishing. The two countries on Monday ...

Hurricane Sandy: Why Full Moon Makes "Frankenstorm" More Monstrous
National Geographic
Expected to affect as many as 60 million people from North Carolina to New England, Hurricane Sandy's been dubbed Frankenstorm as much for its monstrous proportions as for the disparate factors that have fueled its fury. In an unfortunate, timely twist, even...

National Geographic

Hoax #Sandy photos flooding social media
CNET
With a storm like Hurricane Sandy, there will be no shortage of jaw-dropping images of destruction and once-in-a lifetime cloud formations. So you'd think there's no need to be spreading fake photos. Yet that's just what is happening -- everywhere you look ...

Skyrim 'Premium Edition' outed for Europe
Shacknews
It's nearing the end of the calendar year, which means two things for games: loads of new releases, and gussied-up versions of last year's new releases. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is among those getting a fancy rerelease, at least in some ares of Europe.

Shacknews

GTA 5 Release Date: Spring 2013 With More Details Coming Nov. 8
Latinos Post
If you're one of millions of Grand Theft Auto 5 fans who have been holding their breath for a release date or new trailer, here's some good news: Grand Theft Auto 5 will be coming in Spring 2013, according to a leaked European poster. More details on the ...

Latinos Post

30 October 2012

Apple, Samsung control 106 percent of mobile industry's profits

Apple, Samsung control 106 percent of industry's profits
CNET
Controlling all of the mobile market's profits doesn't appear to be enough for Apple and Samsung anymore. Now they're actually generating more than 100 percent of the industry's earnings -- 106 percent, to be precise -- according to a report from ...

Google announces new Nexus tablets, smartphone
CNET
The Nexus 10 tablet, developed with Samsung, offers what Google calls the highest-resolution screen in the tablet marketplace at 300 pixels per square inch. That 2,560x1,600-pixel display will still get nine hours of video playback, Google says. And it ...

Pride: Apple's biggest weakness gives Amazon Kindle easy fire in the iPad mini ...
Computerworld (blog)
We all know Apple's decision to introduce a smaller iPad model is an attempt to limit growth of the Android-based tablet industry. This makes a reaction by Android device makers (including Amazon) inevitable. Google today had been expected to mount its ...

Poll: Scant demand for Microsoft's Windows 8
Boston.com
Sixty-nine percent of the poll's respondents expressed little or no interest in buying a Surface, which Microsoft is hoping will siphon sales from Apple Inc.'s pioneering iPad and other popular tablets such as Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle Fire and Google ...

Google Said to Plan Mobile Devices in Challenge to Apple
Businessweek
Aside from Apple, Google also competes with Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp., which today is unveiling a new version of its software for smartphones and last week made its first foray into the hardware market with the release of the Surface tablet.

Microsoft Unveils New Windows Phone 8 Seeking Gains
Businessweek
Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) will unveil a new version of its software for smartphones today, redoubling an effort to regain market share lost to Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Google Inc. (GOOG). Nokia Oyj (NOK1V)'s Lumia 920, featuring a 4.5-inch (11-centimeter ...

What Microsoft should deliver at its BUILD developer conference
PCWorld (blog)
Build is a developer's conference, so Microsoft will be hosting a host of sessions on how to develop applications across a range of Microsoft operating environments that keeps getting more numerous. There's Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows Phone 8 and ...

Google, eBay side with student in Supreme Court case on resale of books ...
San Jose Mercury News
The current case has attracted so much attention because it could affect many goods sold on eBay,Google and other Internet sites, and at Costco and other discount stores. The re-sale of merchandise that originates overseas often is called the gray ...

Nexus: The best of Google, now in three sizes | Official Google Blog
By A Googler
Just sign in with your Google Account and everything is there ready to go, whatever device you're using: photos, emails, contacts, bookmarks, even your entertainment on Google Play. Today, we're excited to announce three great new Nexus ...
Official Google Blog


Official google.org Blog: New Crisis Response maps feature ...
By Kate Parker
Already responsible for a reported 41 deaths across the Caribbean, late-season Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall again early this week on the East Coast of the United States. Some are calling the hurricane “Frankenstorm” due to ...
Official google.org Blog


Microsoft Releases Windows 8 Companion App For Syncing Media ...
By Natasha Lomas
Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 event takes place later today -- where we expect to find out exactly how the integration between WP8, Microsoft's new mo.. ... Hot topics. Zuckerberg Interview · Apple · Facebook · Amazon · Twitter · Google ...
TechCrunch


Microsoft adds WP8 app to Windows Store just in time for launch ...
By Steve Dent
It'll also let allow you to download phone apps and learn more about your device, while pulling off a trick we've saw first with Apple, then WP7 -- letting you track down your smartphone if it goes missing. You can grab it at the source, then all ...
Engadget


Apple's New iPads and Planned Obsolescence in Devices ...
By By NICK BILTON
Now, companies like Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Google need to persuade consumers to buy new rectangles once a year. “This phenomenon happened to the TV manufacturers a few years ago. They all started to look the same: flat panels ...
NYT Bits

Livescribe Sky Wifi Smartpen
PC Magazine
Pros. Fuses written notes with voice recordings. Syncs automatically with Evernote via Wi-Fi. Cons Syncing eats up battery. Accessing notes in Evernote is confusing and clunky. Bottom Line. Livescribe's digital pens, which employ a unique combination of ...

Microsoft: We want 70 percent of the enterprise on Windows 7
ZDNet
Microsoft is aiming for 70 percent of enterprise PCs to run Windows 7 by the middle of 2013. windows 7 operating system deployment 2013 70 percent. According to The Register, sources close to the technology giant say Redmond HQ wants to make sure the ...

In Race for World's Fastest Supercomputer, US Lab Deploys Titan
National Geographic
In a breakthrough that harnesses video-game technology for solving science's most complex mysteries, a U.S. government laboratory today deployed Titan—the fastest, most powerful, and most energy-efficient of a new generation of supercomputers that ...

National Geographic

Verizon becomes sole home to Nokia Lumia 822
CNET
Nokia and Verizon have teamed up on an upcoming product launch. The companies announced today that Verizon will carry the Nokia Lumia 822. The Windows Phone 8-based handset comes with a 4.3-inch display and the Snapdragon S4 processor.

Rumor round-up: what Google may have announced at its event
Ars Technica
Google was slated to announce a slew of new products and features for the Android platform this morning in New York City. Then, a certain rogue super-storm caused those plans to gang agley. Still, there have been so many leaks and confirmations over the ...

Amazon Kindle Fire HD strategy could be Apple margin headache
ZDNet
Amazon Kindle Fire HD strategy could be Apple margin headache. Summary: Amazon's move to mock the iPad mini price on its home page illustrates how the company plans to use its hardware as consumption vehicle model to its advantage. Larry Dignan ...

Anonymous turns its attention toward Zynga
SlashGear
Zynga has been in the news a lot lately, but the recent layoffs at the beleaguered social games company have caught the attention of more than just the media. Anonymous isn't all too happy with Zynga at the moment, and it's planning to do something about ...

Man who claimed half of Facebook charged with fraud
TG Daily
Paul Ceglia - the man who tried to claim that he owned half of Facebook - was arrested on Friday and charged with mail and wire fraud that could see him spending 20 years behind bars. Ceglia famously claimed to have suddenly remembered that he owned ...

TG Daily

Philips hue iPad-controlled LED lightbulbs hands-on
SlashGear
Colored LED lighting that could be remotely controlled used to take professional installation and thousands of dollars; now, Philips' new hue system makes it as easy as screwing in a bulb. On sale on Tuesday – initially exclusively through Apple Stores – the ...

SlashGear

NOOK Simple Touch released in UK, NOOK HD and HD+ available for pre-order
SlashGear
While the device may be old news for those living in the states, Barnes & Noble's NOOK Simple Touch is now available for those who live across the pond in the UK. The regular model, as well as the Glowlight model, are now available to purchase. Plus, the...

SlashGear

Steve Jobs' yacht makes first public appearance
Inquirer
A YACHT ordered by the late Steve Jobs has made its first public appearance in the Netherlands, showing off modernist design that has always been a feature of Apple's products. Jobs' yacht named Venus reportedly was designed by Phillipe Starck, and ...

Inquirer

Hotline Miami creator offers help to Pirate Bay users
Computerandvideogames.com
The co-creator of new indie hit Hotline Miami is lending advice to gamers who downloaded the game illicitly on The Pirate Bay. Hotline Miami Screenshot Jonatan Soderstrom posted a message on the game's torrent page, asking the Pirate Bay users to ...

IBM brings carbon nanotube-based chips one step closer to reality
TechSpot
Scientists at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. are making substantial progress on what is expected to be the successor to silicon-based microprocessors. Carbon nanotubes have been arranged on the surface of a silicon wafer to ...

TechSpot

Netflix shares up on Microsoft buyout rumor
TechSpot
Share value in Netflix rose more than 13 percent on Friday following a rumor that Microsoft was interested in purchasing the streaming video and DVD-by-mail outfit. Netflix will open on Monday at $69.58 per share, a much-needed boost considering it has ...

Frozen Treat: 2013 BMW M3 Frozen Limited Edition Comes in Three Flavors
MotorTrend Magazine
BMW's limited-edition frozen paint-scheme models just keep coming. With this latest ultra-exclusive model, the 2013 BMW M3 Coupe Frozen Limited Edition, you choose from three matte-finish colors. Just 150 M3s will be available in the U.S., offered starting ...

MotorTrend Magazine

SpaceX capsule splashes down to Earth
Telegraph.co.uk
SpaceX capsule splashes down to Earth. The privately-owned Space-X craft has landed in the Pacific Ocean after a three-week mission re-supplying the International Space Station. 560. 315. TelegraphPlayer_9640566 ...

Why Hurricane Sandy Is More Likely To Cause Gas Prices To Fall
Business Insider
Shut-ins at East Coat refineries appear to be causing gas prices to rise today. But Hurricane Sandy will likely cause oil and gas prices to drop as drivers avoid roads. The effect of what analysts refer to as "demand destruction" will likely be felt later this week, ...

Business Insider

Street Fight Daily: Google Tests Same-Day Delivery, Facebook's Local Hole
Street Fight
A roundup of today's big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology. Google Is Testing Same-Day Delivery for Shoppers (New York Times) Google is now in the same-day delivery business. In San Francisco, some people affiliated with Google ...

Join the MechWarrior Online open beta, starting today
Gaming Examiner
Piranha Games and Infinite Game Publishing have announced that players will have the opportunity join the open beta program for the eagerly awaited title 'MechWarrior Online. The beta is scheduled to start today and players are encouraged to register their ...

GameStop Opening GameStop Kids Stores
Cinema Blend
GameStop is planning to open several new locations this fall in order to maximize their sales during the holiday season. These new stores, called GameStop Kids, will specialize in selling children's games. Each location will carry a wide variety of ...

Cinema Blend

EA confirms Need for Speed: Most Wanted for Wii U
GameZone
EA has finally confirmed a Wii U version of Need for Speed: Most Wanted. Although Nintendo has already listed the racing title in its 2013 Wii U line-up, EA was silent on the subject until now. An EA representative told Polygon, “We are very excited to deliver ...

GameZone

As Sandy Approaches, Report Questions Whether We'll Know About the Next One
Insurance & Technology
October 28, 2012. About a year ago, I&T's Anthony O'Donnell asked: Could the insurance industry do what NOAA does? Well, it may have to, if a situation reported in The New York Times as Hurricane Sandy approached the East Coast comes to pass.

Windows 8 Launches & Google Gets Nervous
Search Engine Roundtable (blog)
Friday, Microsoft launched Windows 8 to consumers. It is Microsoft latest operating system and one of their most significant changes to the operating system ever. Baked right into Windows 8 is searching the web using Bing. In fact, Bing has a video on how to ...

Install Ubuntu on a Nexus 7
Lifehacker
If you're feeling experimental and you're willing to get your hands dirty to be on the bleeding edge, there's a version of Ubuntu available that'll run on the Nexus 7, and Canonical is looking for developers and testers to give it a whirl and make sure it works well ...

Indie Royale Halloween Bundle
GamerFront
Halloween is on its way in, and that means that we need games that will fit the mood. There are always a ton of choices out there, but wouldn't it be nice if there was a bundle specifically for this season? Indie Royale has you covered with the Halloween ...

GamerFront

LG Nexus 4 turns up in a bar, everyone gets déjà vu
TechRadar UK
Related stories. LG Nexus 4 leaks in official press shot · More LG Nexus 4 prototype details emerge · LG Nexus 4 SIM-free price and colour options possibly revealed. An LG Nexus 4 handset was apparently "lost" in a San Francisco bar by a Google employee ...

Moving beyond Hadoop for big data needs
Computerworld
Computerworld - Hadoop and MapReduce have long been mainstays of the big data movement, but some companies now need new and faster ways to extract business value from massive -- and constantly growing -- datasets. While many large ...

Samsung Galaxy Music shows up at O2 UK, will be launched in November
Unwired View
Officially announced by Samsung at the beginning of the month, the Galaxy Music is going to be available in the UK soon. O2 seems to be the first British network to confirm the handset's arrival. The Galaxy Music appears over at O2's official website, ...

Space shuttle Endeavour goes on public display
KTAR.com
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The final home of space shuttle Endeavour is opening its doors to the public. Astronauts and schoolkids will be on hand Tuesday at the California Science Center in Los Angeles at the grand opening of its new shuttle display. Visitors to ...

IDC: Mobile phone market growth returns to 'healthy' status
ZDNet
IDC: Mobile phone market growth returns to 'healthy' status. Summary: In spite of a U.S. House Intelligence Committee hearing, Chinese telecoms giant and phone maker ZTE helped drive the third quarter in mobile phone shipments, according to research ...

How Social Media Will Affect the Election: [Infographic]
Living Green Magazine
Anyone with a Facebook or Twitter account has probably noticed an increase in the number of political postings over the past few years. This is due, in part, to the explosive rise in social media outlets and users. But voters are not the only people who use ...

Living Green Magazine

How paintballing could save the Earth
TG Daily
Crazy as it sounds, an MIT scientist is proposing that, if a dangerous asteroid approaches the Earth, it could be deflected by firing paintballs at it. If timed just right, they say, pellets full of paint powder could be launched in two rounds from a nearby spacecraft, ...

TG Daily

Apple stock falls under $600 after holiday warning
Jamaica Gleaner
Apple's stock fell below $600 Friday for the first time in three months after the consumer electronics behemoth warned that costs of making new products will cut into profits in the holiday quarter. Apple's earnings for the latest quarter also missed expectations.

Mozilla sends Internet Explorer team cake over IE10 release
GMA News
"It's a tradition that had all but flickered out: the sending of cakes by Microsoft to Mozilla for major Firefox releases. It started downhill when Mozilla switched – a la Chrome – to smaller, more frequent releases," The Next Web article said. Last August, the baked ...

Hitman: Absolution Has a new Cinematic Trailer (Watch Here)
Gamenguide
Hitman: Absolution, a new stealth game developed by IO Interactive and published by Square Enix, has a new cinematic trailer that provides gamers with a better indication of Agent 47's undertakings. The trailer asks the question: "How many lives will you ...

Gamenguide

Nintendo's Wii U: I'm pleasantly surprised with it
Stuff.co.nz (blog)
I have to admit that till two weeks ago, I hadn't given Nintendo's Wii U much of a second glance. I mean the new console's touch-screen GamePad sounded pretty cool but I hadn't devoted much thought to it. But now that I've played the Wii U, I've changed my ...

Stuff.co.nz (blog)

Two Stadiums in Two Weeks with Verizon Wireless
Rant Sports
I've been selected along with other bloggers by Verizon Wireless to participate in a promotion that allows me to use a Motorola DROID RAZR M on their 4G LTE Network. The past two weekends, I took in games in New York and Chicago. All of the photos ...

1m Facebook users' details sold for $5
ITWeb
A Bulgarian blogger, Bogomil Shopov, claims to have bought 1.1 million Facebook users' names, user IDs and e-mails via a social marketing site, for just $5. According to Shopov, after purchasing the details, he checked the data and found that most of the ...

ITWeb

Assassin's Creed 3 multiplayer supports in game micro-transactions
Computerandvideogames.com
Assassin's Creed 3's multiplayer component will allow players to spend money "to acquire some game items, disregarding your current level". Assassins Creed 3 Screenshot The game allows players to purchase "Erudito" - named after a mystery group within ...

Hermit crabs are the animal kingdom's most dickish neighbors
io9
Hermit crabs are the animal kingdom's most dickish neighbors Most of the time, hermit crabs live up to their names, keeping to themselves and refusing to socialize with each other members of their species nearby. But sometimes hermit crabs hang out... and ...

Apple opens new retail store in Palo Alto, Silicon Valley
GlobalPost
Apple has opened a new store on University Avenue in Palo Alto, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, and less than two blocks from its previous retail location. According to PC Advisor, several hundred people lined up and began clapping and cheering ...

Phil Schiller: Optical drives were holding us back
TechRadar UK
Related stories. Apple VP: Apple does what PC competitors are 'afraid' to do · Apple reportedly wants to ditch Intel chips in Macs, hire its own SoC designer · Rumor: 2012 MacBook Pro gets SSD disk, bigger battery. Apple's Phil Schiller has explained the ...

Windows Store Revises Policy to Allow Adult Games
Gameranx
A few weeks ago, Microsoft told everyone that they would not allow content that had a rating over PEGI 16 OR ESRB Mature into their Windows Store. Due to the difference between the US' ESRB and Europe's PEGI rating systems, this meant that a lot of ...


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