12 October 2012

Ford C-Max tops Prius as America's most fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid

Ford: C-Max tops Prius to become America's most fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid
The Ann Arbor News - MLive.com
By Michael Wayland | mwayland@mlive.com "With $5-per-gallon gasoline, C-Max Energi customers essentially will pay $1.25 per gallon ..." Davis said. DEARBORN, MI- Ford Motor Co. Thursday announced its new C-Max Energi as America's most fuel-efficient ...

The Ann Arbor News - MLive.com

Google's Eric Schmidt claims 1 billion Android activations by next year
Earlier this morning, former Google CEO and current chairman Eric Schmidt spoke with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher of AllThingsD to talk about various things thatGoogle is up to currently, as well as Schmidt's thoughts on the patent wars andApple's ...


Apple fans may trade old iPads for mini version
The new device, which may hit the market as early as this month, is aimed at competition from smaller, less expensive tablets such as Amazon's Kindle Fire, and at those who do not yet own a tablet. But 35% of iPad owners surveyed by deal aggregator ...

Microsoft's Windows 8 biggest wild card: The hardware
The armada of hardware designed to popularize Windows 8 is starting to surface and one thing is certain: Form factors are going to be critical for Microsoft's latest operating system and the upgrade cadence. As most tech watchers know, Microsoft ...


Microsoft says Motorola Android phones infringe its mapping patent
According to Microsoft, some products sold by Google-owned Motorola Mobility infringe on a patent that describes a method of obtaining the map from one database, resource information such as Starbucks locations from a second database, and overlaying ...

LG's Google Nexus may launch on Oct. 29
NBCNews.com (blog)
Onliner. The folks at Russian news site Onliner say that they've gotten their hands on a prototype of what appears to be the next Google Nexus smartphone. Some photos of what may be the nextGoogle Nexus smartphone leaked this earlier week, but now a ...

Google Street View Gets Major, 250K Mile Update
PC Magazine
Google has been enjoying a wave of good press lately about the comprehensiveness of its maps, ever since Apple ditched Google Maps in iOS 6 in favor of its own flawed mapping solution. Many users are still hoping Google will bring its maps app back to ...

Apple's Mac Gains Share as U.S. PC Sales Drop
The Mac Observer
"The third quarter was also a transitional quarter before Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system release, so shipments were less vigorous as vendors and their channel partners liquidated inventory. In the U.S., HP retained its first place ranking ...

The Mac Observer

How Tech Giants Like Google and Apple Want to Improve the Internet
Entrepreneur (blog)
This week, Google, Apple, Facebook and other major tech companies announced that they had joined forces to launch Web Platform, a repository of knowledge and best practices for web technologies. As with Wikipedia ... Along with volunteers from some of ...

Entrepreneur (blog)

Apple's China supplier pushes for brain-damaged worker to leave hospital
NBCNews.com (blog)
26. By Reuters. HONG KONG - Apple's largest contract manufacturer has been pushing for a Chinese worker left brain-damaged in a factory accident to be removed from hospital in a case that throws a harsh new spotlight on labor rights in China.

NBCNews.com (blog)

Google chairman: 'These patent wars are death' - Apple 2.0 ...
By Philip Elmer-DeWitt
Quotations from Eric Schmidt on Maps, Microsoft and the Apple-Android platform war Schmidt. Photo: AllThingsD FORTUNE -- If nothing else, Google (GOOG) Chairman -- and former Apple(AAPL) board member --
Fortune Tech: Technology blogs,...

Google Gives Street View A 250K-Mile Update Across 17+ ...
By Ingrid Lunden
Google is continuing to gain points on the mapping front, today launching yet more features for the product at a time when Apple's offering continues to appear weak by comparison. Today it announced that it has given Street View, which lets ...

Google's Biggest Street View Update Yet
By Matthew Panzarino
The update comes at just the right time, with Street View finally available in the web version ofGoogle Maps and Apple under fire for its handling of the switch to its own mapping solution. “We're increasing Street View coverage in Macau, ...
The Next Web

Schmidt: Apple has to approve Google Maps app for iOS — if we ...
By Erica Ogg
Google still won't say definitively whether or not it is building a Google Maps app for iOS 6. But the company's chairman, Eric Schmidt, had plenty to say about the Apple Maps flap last night. In an on-stage interview in New York City with Walt ...

Canal Plus chief: Amazon, Netflix will bring video-on-demand to ...
By Steve Dent
Amazon might be continuing its European HD streaming video invasion by arriving in France next March, according to Canal Plus' president, Bertrand Meheu.
Engadget HD

China's Mo Yan Wins Nobel Literature Prize
New York Times
PARIS — The Swedish Academy announced on Thursday that it had awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature to Mo Yan, a Chinese author who was said to be “overjoyed and scared” when the Nobel organizers contacted him to say he had won the coveted award.

New York Times

Acer Tackles Touch With New Windows 8 Notebooks, Ultrabooks
PC Magazine
By Ahmer Kazi With Windows 8 slated to be released in a little over two weeks, there's been no shortage of newly announced systems that have been designed to take advantage of its new tiled interface. So far, they've all fallen into one of two ...

Google Puts Some Microsoft Office Exports On Life Support
Google says ability to export Google Apps files in legacy Office formats will continue until the end of January. By Thomas Claburn InformationWeek Google has done just about everything it can to wean its customers from Microsoft Office, but many of its ...

Apple iPod nano (2012)
PC Magazine
Very thin and light, yet sturdy. Larger, more responsive touch screen than before. Bundled EarPods are much improved. Finally supports wireless stereo Bluetooth streaming. Includes a pedometer and Fitness app. Cons Still no video recording.

Softbank looks to acquire Sprint Nextel for $12.8 billion, report says
The Japanese mobile carrier's bid is a play to extend its presence into the US, as Sprint tries to shore up its position against potent rivals. by Don Reisinger Japan's Softbank is eyeing a major acquisition of Sprint Nextel, according to a new report.

New iPhone 5 case offers to fix purple flares
An iPhone case maker has come up with a new design that offers to keep stray light from creating purple halos in photos and videos. by Josh Lowensohn At least one accessory maker is hoping to pick up some business with what has been perceived as a ...

Astronomers discover gigantic diamond in space
By Chris Wickham | LONDON (Reuters) - Astronomers have discovered a planet twice the size of Earth made largely out of diamond which is orbiting a star that is visible with the naked eye. The rocky planet, called '55 Cancri e', orbits a sun-like star ...

Fab approaches 8 million users, banks on mobile apps
The designed-focus retail site touts newly-designed apps that it says will help increase its mobile stats higher. by Donna Tam Fab, the quickly growing e-commerce startup that uses flash sales to sell products, is already making money off mobile, ...

Steelie Neelie: Settle your Do-No-Track squabbles or else
By Gavin Clarke • Get more from this author Regulators may impose a Do-Not-Track standard on squabbling tech vendors and web businesses after they missed a deadline to develop their own proposal. EU member states are looking at how to enforce DNT under ...

Why Is Reed Hastings Leaving Microsoft?
By Rick Aristotle Munarriz, The Motley Fool Netflix's (NAS: NFLX) CEO has decided not to seek re-election for his seat on the software giant's board of directors at this year's annual shareholder meeting. It's a simple call. Board members move on all ...

Analyst: Windows 8 Tablet Pricing Is Too High
We all know that Microsoft, and its partners are going to be pushing Windows 8 heavily for tablets. The Windows 8 tablets we've seen so far have some interesting features, but are also saddled with expensive prices. Bob O'Donnell, an analyst from the ...


Spiral star structure gives clues about the end of our sun's life
Astronomers have discovered an interesting spiral structure around the red giant star dubbed R Sculptoris. The spiral structure surrounding the pulsating red giant star was discovered using the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array in northern ...


iPhone 5 ships with scuffs, Apple tightens production standards
By Rick Burgess Amongst the several complaints lodged against the newly released iPhone 5, it is perhaps most difficult to ignore the continuous flow of claims that iPhones are shipping with scuffs, nicks, chips and scratches -- even before removing it ...

Spider attacks wasp 100 million years ago, makes news today
Researchers from Oregon State University have found a fossilized, in progress spider attack. The prey is a small wasp that never quite met its fate. Aside, from being an absurdly cool two-for-one special, the fossil is also a unique find.


Boot up: Ballmer's letter, Google's patents, Android's rotation and more
The Guardian (blog)
A quick burst of 7 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team Shareholder Letter >> Microsoft Steve Ballmer writes to shareholders: Last year in this letter I said that over time, the full value of our software will be seen and felt ...

The Guardian (blog)

The Daily App: TweetDeck For Android, iOS
CRN (blog)
By Katie Hoss, CRN October 11, 2012 For organizations that use Twitter even a little, today's Daily App is worth a look. TweetDeck for Android and iOS is a free social media client that connects to Twitter, Facebook, Google Buzz and Foursquare accounts ...

CRN (blog)

IBM and AT&T offer cloud mish-mash for fearful firms
Computerworld (blog)
By Richi Jennings IBM (NYSE:IBM) and AT&T (NYSE:T) will get together to offer a cloud IaaS to big enterprises in 2013. The pair claim that it'll be more secure and manageable than other cloudy infrastructures, and should overcome the worries of ...

Average Twitter user is an an American woman with an iPhone and 208 followers
The claims are based on data culled from a sample of 36 million Twitter profiles by Beevolve, a social media marketing firm. Across the whole membership, the mean number of followers is 208, for instance, according to Beevolve.


PC market shrinks year-on-year: can Windows 8 save it now?
The Guardian
Can anything save the PC? The industry is giving it all it's got - ultrabooks, faster chips - but so far, nothing's working. Shipment growth for PCs has cratered, falling by the largest percentage year-on-year for 11 years as consumers, ...

Sites can slurp browser history right out of Firefox 16
By Anna Leach • Get more from this author A hole in Firefox 16 makes it possible for a malicious site to access a user's browsing history, Mozilla security chief Michael Coates revealed in a blog yesterday. Coates promised a patch today for the ...

Kindle Fire 2 HD review: New Kindle earning high marks for its longer battery life
The reviews of the new Kindle Fire HD are in and many, including one from widely respected Consumer Reports, sound a similar theme: The tablet is quite good -- better than the original Kindle Fire -- but still no iPad. The reviews of the new Kindle ...


Buff Kennewick Man Had Coastal Diet
Northwest Public Radio
By Anna King For nearly a decade, scientists and Northwest tribes fought bitterly over whether to bury or study the 9500 year old bones known as Kennewick Man. Now, after years of careful examination, scientists are releasing some of their findings to ...

A Tablet Web Browser That Finds The Good Stuff For You
Rockmelt wants to change the way we surf the web on our iPads, by actually giving us stuff to surf. If you asked me for an honest assessment of my relationship with my iPad, I'd have to admit, at this point, that a bit of the luster is gone.


Fact: The Soft-Shelled Turtle Pees Through Its Mouth
by Ian Chant | 9:31 am, October 11th, 2012 While soft-shelled turtles breathe air, they spend the vast majority of their lives in the water. Even when the pools and lakes they call home dry up, they will stick their heads beneath the surface of a ...

Eat more chocolate, win more Nobels?
(AP) - Take this with a grain of salt, or perhaps some almonds or hazelnuts: A study ties chocolate consumption to the number of Nobel Prize winners a country has and suggests it's a sign that the sweet treat can boost brain power.


Energy Commission hands out funding for clean-energy transportation
Sacramento Business Journal
Tesla will receive $10 million to buy equipment to produce a new SUV/crossover vehicle, the all-electric Tesla Model X. The California Energy Commission on Wednesday awarded more than $20 million to the clean-energy transportation sector, including $10 ...

Google rolls out biggest ever Street View update
By Carly Page INTERNET GIANT Google started rolling out its biggest update to Street View ever today, updating 250000 miles of roads. As well as updating hundreds of thousands of miles of roads, Google has doubled its special collections, adding indoor...


'Pocket Planes' Gains iPhone 5 Support for iOS, New Mac App
Mac Rumors
NimbleBit has updated its game Pocket Planes [App Store] with iPhone 5 support, as well as launching a brand new Mac app [App Store] for the game that will fully sync with the iPhone and iPad apps. Pocket Planes -- which has seen 2.5 million downloads ...

The Future of Arctic Shipping
The Arctic Institute
By Malte Humpert and Andreas Raspotnik Arctic sea ice is melting rapidly, and within the next decade the effects of global warming may transform the Polar region from an inaccessible frozen desert into a seasonally navigable ocean. A record 33 ships, ...

The Arctic Institute

Road closures for Endeavour's journey
Long Beach Press-Telegram
Los Angeles and Inglewood police are advising the public about these major street closures for the space shuttle Endeavour's move from LAX to the California Science Center. The closures start late today and continue into Friday and Saturday: 8:30 pm ...

At MobileCon 2012, LG surges where others hang back
LG makes a play for the top-tier market with a couple of new devices and a review unit of its LG Optimus G flagship phone. by Jessica Dolcourt LG didn't just show off the Optimus G superphone; it kicked off the review process with a surprise handout.

DoCoMo and MasterCard to let Japanese make NFC mobile payments abroad
October 11, 2012, 8:05 AM — Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo's subscribers will be able to make mobile payments when travelling abroad next year, thanks to a collaboration with MasterCard. Together the two companies will expand DoCoMo's iD mobile ...

Got an eReader? Get the Humble eBook Bundle!
Most gamers are familiar with Humble Indie Bundles (and if you're not, check it out for accessible, unusual titles at pay-what-you-want prices), and there was also a Humble Bundle of music, with songs from They Might Be Giants, OK GO, and Jonathan ...


Teenagers Prefer iPhones And iPads
Sure, Samsung wants everyone to believe that only lame, vest-wearing parents dig the iPhone, but a new report from Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster suggests that kids these days still prefer Apple's iPhone. Munster is hip with the kids, conducting a survey ...


Government warns on counterfeit air bags
MarketWatch (blog)
CHICAGO (MarketWatch) -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warned Wednesday that thousands of motorists may be driving vehicles with counterfeit air bags that can malfunction during an accident. The safety advisory comes as the agency ...

World Has About 6 Billion Cell Phone Subscribers, According To UN Telecom ...
Huffington Post
The UN telecom agency says there were about 6 billion subscriptions by the end of 2011 – roughly one for 86 of every 100 people. In a report Thursday, the International Telecommunication Union said China alone accounted for 1 billion subscriptions, ...

PC sales will decline for first time in 11 years, IHS predicts
By Mike Rogoway, The Oregonian Olivia Bucks/Oregonian file photoIntel crafts each new generation of computer microprocessor at its D1D research factory in Hillsboro. Worldwide PC shipments will decline this year for the first time since the dot-com ...


T-Mobile: Today's 4G LTE is good, but ours will be great
T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray tells CNET why the MetroPCS deal will give its network a turbo boost. by Roger Cheng T-Mobile USA may be behind its rivals when it comes to 4G LTE, but that doesn't mean it's mincing words about its ...

Giant Pokemon Fan Calls PETA Out
In a world before Youtube, when someone wanted to declare their undying love for Pokemon, he had to go shouting in on the streets like a crazy person. No longer. For anyone just tuning in, PETA recently released a webgame criticizing the Pokemon series ...

Samsung to Launch 'Mini' Galaxy S III With 4-Inch Display
By Nathan Olivarez-GilesEmail Author Samsung's Galaxy S III smartphone features a 4.8-inch display, but a smaller 4-inch version is reportedly on the way. Photo: Peter McCollough/Wired Smaller, more reasonably sized smartphones are a trend we'd like to ...


Facebook rally fizzles as Wall Street still unimpressed
Los Angeles Times
Facebook stock is getting clobbered as the bears pile on. The stock, which has been under intense pressure since its initial public offering in May, took more hits on Wednesday. Analysts are urging caution over the company's mobile advertising business ...

Google to Apple: Bring It On!
Wall St. Cheat Sheet
By Aabha Rathee | More Articles The hyper-competitive smartphone platform rivalry between Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is turning out to be great for consumers, but the patent wars resulting from it “are death”, according to Google ...

Wall St. Cheat Sheet

Software 'sees' city greenhouse gas emissions
A visualization of the Hestia system shows the hourly, building-by-building dynamics of carbon dioxide emissions in the city of Indianapolis. Humans are visual creatures. With that in mind, researchers have built a software tool that generates ...

Microsoft fast-tracks Windows 8 Service Pack updates
By Gavin Clarke • Get more from this author Microsoft has broken with tradition on a new version of Windows by rushing out changes to the Release To Manufacturing (RTM) code on people's PCs. Early recipients of Windows 8 are getting updates made by ...

Apple Was Warned About its Disastrous Maps Application
It's hard to imagine that Apple was caught unaware by the massive backlash over its less-than-totally functional maps application in iOS 6. One look at a number of locations makes it clear that the app lags behind Google's platform, which had been ...

New Box feature builds Box functionality anywhere
On Tuesday, at the BoxWorks Conference, Box CEO Aaron Levie announced a new embed functionality that lets companies embed Box content anywhere using an HTML5 embed code. They also announced 10 partners including Jive, NetSuite, Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) ...

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