23 October 2012

Apple announces new MacBook Pro, iMacs, iPad, iPad mini

Beware Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Samsung et al--Apple's announcement Tuesday shows it is taking on all comers with new iPad, iPad mini, iMacs, MacBooks--it will be easier for a PC user to transition to an Apple device than to move to Windows 8!

Apple debuts iPad mini tablet
Los Angeles Times
Rumors have swirled for months that Apple was designing a competitor toAmazon.com's Kindle Fire HD and the Google Nexus 7, smaller and cheaper devices that appeal to on-the-go consumers who don't want to shell out for the pricey iPad.Apple has sold ...

Apple's Mac moves take advantage of Windows 8 hardware uncertainty
Apple launched a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina Display that weighs in at 3.57 pounds, will start at $1,699 and starts to ship on Tuesday. The move is designed to trump Microsoft's Windows 8 launch and take advantage of a lot of hardware ...


Apple unveils thinner iMacs, new iPads, MacBook Pro
The Seattle Times (blog)
Apple's trying to spoil the party in Seattle, announcing new PCs and a mini iPad ahead of Microsoft's launch of Windows 8 on Friday and Amazon.com's launch of its 10-inch Kindle Fire next month. WIth the PC industry gearing up for a major refresh ...

Apple joins hybrid storage market with Fusion Drive
CNET (blog)
Apple joins the hybrid storage market with Fusion Drive. At its October 23 event, Apple announced a new type of storage device, called Fusion Drive, which combines 120GB of flash storage and a regular platter-based hard drive of up to 3TB. Dong Ngo ...

Samsung Mocking Apple in Ads Looks to Win Cheech and Chong Test
Google Inc.'s Motorola Mobility unit was ordered to remove a feature to coordinate schedules from its phones after it was found to infringe a Microsoft Corp. patent. The ITC is scheduled to make a final decision in the Apple case against Samsung in ...

Apple shows off new iBooks app
Install Flash now. Apple shows off new iBooks app. Created: 10/23/2012. Video description: CEO Tim Cook ups Apple's game in the e-reader space with new iBooks features, including night mode and continuous scrolling, so users never have to turn a page.

Google renames Google Drive apps, releases them to Chrome Web Store
In a few weeks, Google says, Docs, Sheets and Slides will appear in Chromebook users' app list by default. They aren't the only new Web apps available in the Chrome Web Store. Google has also released apps for Drawings, Forms, Google Apps Script and ...

Google pours millions into lobbying as decision on antitrust case looms
The Hill (blog)
Microsoft, a leading member of FairSearch and one of Google's most vocal critics, spent $1.9 million on lobbying in the quarter. The Justice Department's lawsuit againstMicrosoft in the late 1990s drained the company of resources and led to an exodus ...

Is Google's stumble an opportunity for investors?
CBS News
Google doesn't just make money off mobile ads, either. It has licensed its Android mobile operating system to numerous phone and tablet makers, akin to what Microsoft(MSFT) has done with Windows. And, just as Windows is now the dominant operating ...

Google's Earnings Incident Shines Light on a Stealth Industry
New York Times
Considering the importance of earnings information, especially for widely held stocks like Google, the incident raises questions about whether the information could fall into the wrong hands. A growing number of companies are increasingly aware of this ...
New York Times

Updates From Apple's Product Event - NYTimes.com
02:05 PM |iPad Mini Pricing. Jim Wilson/The New York Times. The new iPad Mini will sell for $329, quite a markup from Google's $200 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet, and Amazon'slatest 7-inch tablet which sells for $160.
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Dell XPS 12
PC Magazine
Pros. Resurrects the flip-and-fold display. Intel Core i7-3517U processor. 256GB Solid-state drive. Long battery life. Comfortable keyboard and touchpad. Cons A better lap  . . .

Microsoft Unveils Pricing for Office 365 University
PC Magazine
Microsoft has unveiled pricing details for the student version of Office 365. Full- and part-time university and college students, as well as faculty and staff at accredited institutions can sign up for Office 365 University for $1.67 per month, or $79.99 over four ...

New, Smaller iPad a Test for Apple
Wall Street Journal
By JESSICA E. LESSIN · Apple Inc.'s expected announcement Tuesday of a new, smaller iPad is more than another buzzy product launch. It is a chance for the company to prove it is still ahead of the curve.

Wall Street Journal

Microsoft Surface with Windows RT
PC Magazine
Pros. Comes with a full version of Office 2013 (Home and Student). Good battery life. MicroSDXC slot. USB 2.0 port. Compact. Includes Touch Cover. Touch Cover sleeps and wakes the tablet. Micro-HDMI port. No fans. "Always connected." Dual band Wi-Fi ...

Ease into Windows 8 with My Passport Enterprise portable drive
Wondering if you should upgrade to Windows 8? WD has a quick solution for you. The company announced today that its My Passport Enterprise portable drive is now Windows To Go-certified and will be available on the same day as Windows 8, which is ...

Nokia Lumia 920 no longer available through Best Buy
Best Buy's pre-order offer on the Lumia 920 didn't last long. On Sunday, the retail chain first listed the 920 on its Web site for customers who wanted to pre-order the Windows Phone 8 handset. But now a search for the Lumia 920 on the Best Buy Web site fails ...

Vital Signs Chart: Gas Prices Are Falling
Wall Street Journal (blog)
By Josh Mitchell. Gasoline prices are falling along with the price of crude oil. The average retail price of a gallon of regular gas in the U.S. stood at $3.687, down just over 16 cents from two weeks ago. Concerns about weaker global demand are pushing down ...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Paging Dr. Doolittle: Whale mimics human voice
TODAY | Aired on October 23, 2012. Paging Dr. Doolittle: Whale mimics human voice. A team of marine biologists from San Diego are saying the audio recordings of a white whale named Noc, which they studied for three decades, prove he had the unique ...


Facebook earnings will spotlight mobile and Zynga
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Facebook's second earnings report as a public company comes out late Tuesday, and the social network is under pressure to prove it can make more money on its 1 billion users. Facebook watchers are focused on two key areas: ...

FTC offers best practices recommendations for facial recognition technologies
The FTC has offered recommendations on best practices for companies that are using facial recognition technologies. The recommendations are offered in a new staff report titled “Facing Facts: Best-kept practices for, and Uses of Facial Recognition ...

UN calls to expand internet surveillance
BBC News
The internet has become a standard tool for terror groups who use it to spread propaganda, recruit members and raise cash, warns a UN report. Wider surveillance of the net would help combat this growing problem, said the report by the UN Office on Drugs ...

BBC News

Digital Sound Tech Used To Study Rare Owls
Discovery News
Great-Gray-Ow-JM-webl. Digital sound systems have moved from the living room to the forest. In Yosemite, Calif., researcher are using digital mp3 recorders to used to study a rare species of great gray owl. Trapping and banding them is traumatic for the birds ...

Forza Horizon Shifts Gears, Still Produces Miles of Driving Pleasure
Last year's fourth installment in the Forza Motorsport series celebrated the car geek. Its introduction featured none other than the premier automotive ambassador, Jeremy Clarkson, waxing poetic about horsepower, speed, and “mechanical soul.” His lament...


Rackspace intros Cloud Block Storage for I/O-heavy apps
Open cloud purveyor Rackspace has introduced Cloud Block Storage, a new approach that is touted to offer the flexibility to create cloud-based storage volumes and interact with them independently of servers. Powered by OpenStack, Cloud Block Storage is ...

Galaxy Evolution Discovery Surprises Scientists
Huffington Post
By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 10/23/2012 07:20 AM EDT on SPACE.com. Disk galaxies like our own Milky Way put the finishing touches on their stunning shapes relatively recently, a new study suggests. The find will likely surprise many scientists, who had ...

MapR simplifies and extends HBase for Hadoop
Back before the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) came out of stealth mode in May 2011, Hadoop distie MapR Technologies didn't like the way it worked, so it rejigged it to look more like a Unix file system from the outside and beefed up its availability.

Dead whale washes ashore in Rockport
Boston Herald
The carcass of an 55-foot finback — which had spawned a kind of grisly “Where's Waldo”-esque interest in its remains following its startling posthumous appearance in Boston Harbor Oct. 7 — has washed up in the Cape Ann town of Rockport 40 miles north, ...

Ruby natural gas pipeline may endanger protected fish species
Las Vegas Review - Journal
Courtesy El Paso Corp. A pipe is unloaded for the Ruby natural gas pipeline in this undated photo. A three-judge federal appeals panel ruled Monday that federal regulators erred in allowing the pipeline to be built across hundreds of rivers and streams in ...

Las Vegas Review - Journal

New Navy robot will fight ship fires
Damage controlmen aboard Navy ships could be getting a new tool to fight fires — a humanlike robot named ASH. Researchers at Virginia Tech are developing ASH, or the Autonomous Shipboard Humanoid, a firefighting robot sponsored by the Office of ...

Soyuz rocket sends US-Russian crew (and fish) to space station
A Soyuz rocket launched an American astronaut, two Russian cosmonauts and 32 small fish into orbit Tuesday, kicking off a five-month mission to the International Space Station for the human and aquatic explorers. The Soyuz rocket roared into a clear blue...


Samurai sword flashed on Ariz. train discourages would-be brawl
CBS News
(CBS/AP) TEMPE, Ariz. - A man on a light rail train in Arizona had just the right technique to break up a brawl-in-the-making: He brandished a samurai sword. Everyone go back to their seats, now. KSAZ-TV reports that the man pulled out his weapon after a ...

CBS News

Acura to launch in Brazil in 2015
LeftLane News
Seeking to capitalize on the fast-growing Brazilian economy, Honda says that it will begin selling its Acura premium brand in the market in 2015. The announcement was made at the Sao Paulo auto show by Honda CEO Takanobu Ito. Similarly, Ito confirmed ...

Leak reveals Borderlands Legends for iOS will launch by the end of October
4:59 AM. Borderlands fans who can't get enough looting on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will soon have another platform to play Gearbox's franchise on: iOS. It seems silly that a “hardcore” game such as Borderlands could even work with touchscreen ...


US presidential debates' great unmentionable: climate change
The Guardian
The Pentagon ranks it as a national security threat and, left unchecked, climate change is expected to cost the US economy billions of dollars every year – and yet it has proved the great unmentionable of this election campaign. Amid unprecedented melting of ...

The Guardian

Sprint Expands 4G LTE Network, Now Available in 32 Markets
PC Magazine
Sprint is making headway on its 4G LTE rollout, firing up its ultra-fast network in several new markets in Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, and Texas. The wireless carrier on Monday announced it turned on its 4G LTE network in a number of Chicago suburbs, ...

Dishonored PC Game
Benchmark Reviews
BmR Featured Content. AMD FX-8350 Vishera Desktop Processor · Use PlayStation3 Gamepad with PC Games · Logitech G710+ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard · JVC HA-NC250 Noise Cancelling Headphones · RHA CA-200 Black Noise Isolating ...

SEMA 2012: Chevy Spark Sinister Is Menacing
GM Authority (blog)
The folks over at Chevy have given what is an otherwise cute and lovable Spark city car an ominous appearance with the Spark Sinister concept. As you might have noticed, the SEMA-exclusive car's black theme and aggressive motif looks at ease in the ...

GM Authority (blog)

Mars Rover Curiosity Takes a Fourth Scoop
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity took its fourth scoop of Martian soil over the weekend and yesterday was issued commands to place a bit of the sample into the rover's Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument. Another sieved portion of the scoop was to be ...

Lisa Webber finds meteorite in backyard
Novato, CA (KTXL/CNN) - What a California woman thought was a heavy pine cone hitting her roof turned out to be piece of meteoric debris. Lisa Webber says the object hit the roof of her Novato home Wednesday evening. When Webber searched her yard...


Jeff Bezos' Secretive Spaceship Project Tests Rocket Escape System
The private spaceflight firm owned by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos launched a suborbital crew capsule on Friday (Oct. 20), a major rocket escape system test that brings the secretive company a huge step closer to carrying astronauts. Bezos' Blue Origin ...

UPDATE 1-Nissan recalls new Altima in US on loose steering bolts
Oct 22 (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co is recalling 13,919 of its top-selling Altima sedans in the United States because bolts that may not have been tightened properly during production could fall off, increasing the risk of a crash, according to U.S. safety ...

Google's Big Nexus Event: What's at Stake
If Google announces a Nexus phone and several tablets next week as expected, it'll be both a major turning point and a test for the company's Android platform. The launch of new Nexus hardware will represent Google's biggest effort yet to regain control over ...


Google's $249 Laptop: Can It Really Hurt Apple?
It's lighter. Thinner. Cheaper. Cooler (temperature-wise). And Wahlman is in love with the thing. I hate to be a party pooper, but I'm here, armed with a wet blanket. Wahlman calls the Chromebook "revolutionary" because it doesn't have a fan. I call my ...

Stop Rachel's robocalls and win $50000
CBS News
(MoneyWatch) "Rachel," the recorded telemarketer working for the pseudonymous "Card Services," is an outlaw. A 2009 telemarketing law banned so-called "robocalling" unless the telemarketing company first gets your written permission. But the Federal ...

Apple and Samsung reportedly will cut display ties
KOREAN HARDWARE GIANT Samsung reportedly is plotting to cut its display ties with its arch smartphone rival Apple, deciding it will no long supply displays for the Iphone and Ipad. That's according to the Korean Times newspaper, which has heard from its ...


Toyota Prius best selling car in California
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The Toyota Prius is the best-selling car in California. Combined, the Prius, Prius V, Prius C and Prius Plug-in have outsold every other passenger vehicle sold in the Golden State so far this year, according to data from Experian ...

38 Studios returns to auction block
(NECN) - The second of two auctions for Curt Schilling's failed video game company, 38 Studios, was scheduled to be held on Tuesday. The remnants of 38 Studios go up for sale at the company's former Providence, R.I. headquarters. Boston Globe Business ...

Firefox's Social API debuts with Facebook Messenger
Mozilla's Social API has activated in Firefox Beta today with its first partner, Facebook Messenger. The innovation has the potential to forever alter how browsers interact with social-networking sites, but the project is still in its infancy. The Social API (turn it on ...

Cox, Time Warner Cable Expand Verizon Wireless Partnership New Bundle ...
Time Warner Cable and Cox say they've both expanded markets where users can bundle Verizon Wireless services, as Verizon's co-marketing relationship with the cable industry grows. According to a Cox statement, they're now offering bundled Verizon ...

Analysis: Most companies won't be early adopters of Windows 8
SEATTLE (Reuters) - There was once a time when the launch of a new Windows operating system was a huge deal for the technology departments in many businesses. Not anymore. Microsoft Corp's release of Windows 8 on Friday is likely to be a non-event ...

Microsoft's Sinofsky way unavoidable for Windows 8
Microsoft's Windows President Steven Sinofsky is billed as polarizing and a central planner who keeps products on time, but has ruffled a few feathers along the way. In this view, the success of Windows 8 could be a referendum on Microsoft's software ...

Gartner: 'Every budget is an IT budget'
ORLANDO---Global technology spending will surpass the $4 trillion mark in 2016 and digitization of industries will ultimately force a rethink on what is IT overall, according to Gartner. In other words, the technology pie is going to get a lot larger, but murkier.

IBM Refreshes Analysis Offerings
IDG News Service (New York Bureau) — At IBM's Information On Demand and Business Analytics Forum, being held this week in Las Vegas, the company announced a number of new add-ons and services designed to help organizations analyze their ...

Amazon Web Services outage takes out popular websites again
Just five months after storms took down Amazon-powered sites such as Instagram, Pinterest and Netflix, issues at Amazon's Northern Virginia datacenter gave Amazon Web Services customers fits on Monday. The outage started around 2:11pm Eastern Time, ...

Research: Android smartphone apps leave user data open to attack
Android users are at risk of exposing personal information to third parties as thousands of apps fail to encrypt data in transit, research shows. The investigation, carried out by German researchers at the University of Hannover and Philips University of Marburg, ...

Droid Razr MAXX HD - 4G LTE Speed and True HD Display, Introductory Price
Mobile bloom News
The Droid Razr MAXX HD finally hit the tech hungry United States consumer-electronics marketplace on October 18, and is currently exclusive to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE system in that country. Motorola wisely retained the most popular features of the ...

Chrysler Group sweeps Texas Truck Rodeo with Ram, Jeep
Dallas Morning News (blog)
The Chrysler Group swept the Texas Truck Rodeo last weekend in San Antonio, winning “Truck of Texas” with the 2013 Ram and “Sport Utility of Texas” with the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Ram also won “Truck Line of Texas” for its various models of pickups ...

Dallas Morning News (blog)

Amazon Kills Kindle Touch In Favor Of The New Paperwhite
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is embracing a less is more stance, and has condensed its Kindle product line. Starting on Monday, the company will end sales of its $99 Kindle Touch. In place of the Kindle Touch, the company is directing consumers to ...

'Bioshock: Infinite' Brings The Boss Fights
Bioshock: Infinite is starting to get some attention that doesn't involve human resources questions ahead of its February release date. And a lot of that seems to be around the enemies that are going to kick your fancy turn of the century butt. Reaction among ..

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