31 October 2012

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

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