16 October 2012

iPhone manufacturer says underage interns found

iPhone manufacturer says underage interns found
Security guards stand at a gate of Foxconn's industrial zone in Taiyuan, the capital of Northern China's Shanxi province. (Photo: AP). Story Highlights. Interns were as young as 14; The minimum legal working age in China is 16; Company faced complaint that ...

Meteor Shower Created by Halley's Comet Will Peak This Week
A meteor shower spawned by history's most famous comet will peak this weekend, and the show could be dazzling for observers with clear skies, experts say. The Orionid meteor shower will reach its zenith overnight from Saturday to Sunday (Oct. 20-21) as ...

Europe calls for Google to be more transparent about data collection
Washington Post
Google's efforts to track users across services such as YouTube and Gmail do not meet European standards of privacy, officials announced Tuesday, in the latest of a growing number of regulatory challenges for the American technology giant. A letter signed ...

Samsung Aims For Enterprise With Windows 8
Is touch technology an enterprise feature? Samsung sure seems to think so. Their existing line of Android-powered tablets and phones is evidence enough, given how those gadgets have sported more and more business-related features like device-level ...

Microsoft's Surface with Windows RT pricing outed, starts $499
Microsoft's Surface tablet pricing has been outed by the software giant. Earlier today, Surface pricing was posted on the Microsoft Store online site. Not long after, the page was taken down, seemingly because the pricing information was put up on the site ...

RIM opens first BlackBerry advice centre for developers
RIM opens first BlackBerry advice centre for developers. Summary: Research In Motion has made good on its promise to help developers build or port apps to its upcoming BlackBerry 10 platform with the launch of a drop-in centre in the UK. Karen Friar ...

Apple stores get ready for Passbook payments
Apple customers will soon be able to pay for store items via the Passbook app, according to TUAW. Citing an "unnamed Apple source," the blog site said the company will update the EasyPay software used by store employees to scan Passbook-enabled ...

Op/ed: If Microsoft adopts Apple's app strategy, it's better to follow OS X than iOS
Ars Technica
The Oct. 26 retail release of Windows 8 heralds a new era for the world's most widely used operating system, in which both tablets and traditional desktops are (theoretically) given equal consideration. Overhauling Windows to make it usable with both fingers, ...

Ars Technica

Review: Adobe Acrobat XI Pro advances the paperless office concept, but also ...
In addition to being a lethal enemy of trees, paper is the enemy of businesses' productivity, according to Adobe. Adobe's new Acrobat XI Pro portable document format software aims to do both parties a favor by making it easier to work without using paper.

Noir Detective Treatment Planned for Patent Giant
Wall Street Journal (blog)
By John Letzing. Intellectual Ventures, the massive patent machine led by former Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold, may soon be getting an unwanted bit of scrutiny. IP Checkups, a patent analysis firm based in Berkeley, Calif. says it's starting a ...

Demand for palm oil, used in packaged food products, leaves orangutans at risk
NBCNews.com (blog)
By Ian Williams NBC News Correspondent. One of the Sumatran orangutan's richest habitats, an area of swampland containing the highest density of the red apes on the planet, is being illegally slashed and burned by palm oil companies to make way for ...

Xbox 360 Fall Dashboard Update Now Available to Some
Update will roll out to more users in the coming weeks. Last night, Microsoft made the official announcement that the Xbox 360 dashboard update would be rolling out this week. The new dashboard will have updates that beta users have been able to take ...

First Cash Financial Services Has Standards, Fires Outed Reddit Troll
First Cash Financial Services (FCFS) is in a line of business that preys on the weakest people in our society. So it comes as little surprise that up until October 12, it employed an online purveyor of pictures of scantily clad, under-age girls. This goes to show ...

New iPod Nano gets complete teardown
Apple announced a completely-redesigned iPod Nano last month during its iPhone 5 event where the company also launched a new iPod Touch. We already saw iFixit's complete teardown of the new iPod Touch and the iPhone 5, so naturally it's now the ...


Amanda Todd's Alleged Bully Named By Anonymous After Teen's Tragic Suicide
Huffington Post
Hacktivist group Anonymous has reportedly tracked down the man who bullied Amanda Todd, a 15-year-old Canadian girl who committed suicide after years of torment that led to depression and anxiety. Anonymous named Todd's alleged bully on Monday in ...

Apple Iphone 5 vs HTC One X head to head review
ALTHOUGH OLDER than the Iphone 5, the HTC One X is still one of the most exciting handsets on the smartphone market, offering a fierce competitor to Apple's latest smartphone with its 4.7in Super LCD screen and nippy quad-core Tegra 3 processor.


Amateur astronomers find 'Tatooine times 2': planet with 4 suns
Fox News
An artist's illustration of PH1, a circumbinary planet with two parent stars and twom more stars orbiting the entire system; PH1 was discovered by volunteers from the Planet Hunters citizen science project. Image released on Oct. 15, 2012.Haven Giguere/Yale ...

How the hacker bogeyman is coming to get you
In 1947, Harry Truman wanted Congress to vote for $400 million in aid to support Greece and Turkey against the threat of communist takeover. That was a lot of money back then. What's more, Truman had to win over a Republican-led Congress dominated by ...

Wii U controller gains early praise
TG Daily
The Wii U's touchscreen controller functions just as it should. That is according to Ubisoft's Michel Ancel. Ancel, who created one of the company's most iconic franchises, Rayman, said in a Nintendo Power interview that with the Wii U, "Nintendo is really out in ...

TG Daily

'miniFlame' Ignites Cyber Espionage - Kaspersky Lab's Uncovers new Malware
If you are like me – a tad paranoid and hence mindful of things related cyber warfare and espionage – you likely have the home page of the super sleuths at Kaspersky Lab (KL) book marked. However, if you are from the school of “what I don't know can't hurt ...

World's 25 Most Endangered Primates List Released
This is worth a read, courtesy of ScienceHeathen. The 25 most endangered primates in the world have been identified in a new report released by the UN's Convention on Biological Diversity COP11 earlier today. The report, titled “Primates in Peril: The ...

SIU researchers help find key to soybean cyst resistance
The Southern
CARBONDALE - A team of scientists, including several from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, may have unlocked the mystery of why some soybeans are resistant to the devastating soybean cyst nematode. Scientists, led by Khalid Meksem, professor ...

Lawmaker Warns FTC Not To Sue Google In Anti-trust Suit
Colorado Representative Jared Polis sent a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz, regarding reports of possible antitrust lawsuit to be filed by the Commission on Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), related to the search engine giant's business practices.

Water on the Moon Came From… the Sun?
Water on the moon is nothing particularly revelatory. But a new study suggests that H20 on the surface of the Earth's nearest neighbor comes from a most unlikely place: the Sun. The research, which is published in Nature Geoscience, suggests that hydrogen ...

Apple Inc. (AAPL) Hires Amazon Exec To Head Up Siri Division
AllThingsD reported on Monday that Stasior, a prominent search technologist, will be in charge of Siri, hinting at the iPhone maker's plan to compete aggressively in the search business. The move will make the rivalry between Google, the current market ...


ATV turns into a boat -- and here is our verdict
NBCNews.com (blog)
We fire up the Gibbs Quadski — the world's first production, fast amphibian — and head straight for the water. Just as the tires start to get wet, we instinctively grab the brake lever because, well, wheeled vehicles aren't supposed to go in the water. But then we ...

NBCNews.com (blog)

Tata Nano Setting Sail for United States
Automotive Discovery
Hipsters and city dwellers are going to love this new car that is coming to the United States from India. This unusually shaped small car is promised to have a bigger engine and a variety of excellent features over the scaled down version that has been selling ...

Apple to Announce New Mac Mini: Rumor
On top of Monday's rumor that Apple would be announcing a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display comes a rumor Tuesday that Apple will refresh its popular Mac Mini computer at the event as well. Apple blog 9to5Mac reported the news, citing ...

NASA's WISE Colors in Unknowns on Jupiter Asteroids
New results from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Explorer, or WISE, reveal that the Jovian Trojans -- asteroids that lap the sun in the same orbit as Jupiter -- are uniformly dark with a hint of burgundy color, and have matte surfaces that reflect little sunlight.


1.5 Million Educational Blogs Taken Down Over Single DMCA Notice From ...
Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA, violation notices are no joke. Well, okay, the system they're involved in is a joke, but receiving a DMCA notice can be rough going for web hosting firms. Depending on the sender's tenacity, even one of these notices ...

Climate change research gets petascale supercomputer
Computerworld - Scientists studying Earth system processes, including climate change, are now working with one of the largest supercomputers on the planet. The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has begun using a 1.5 petaflop IBM system ...


FBI issues warning to smartphone users regarding Android malware
Apple Insider
FBI issues warning to smartphone users regarding Android malware. By Slash Lane. The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center has issued a warning alerting users about malware that targets the Android mobile operating system. The intelligence note from...

Apple Insider

'The Unfinished Swan' coming a week early to PlayStation Plus
The Verge
The Unfinished Swan is coming to the PlayStation Network on October 23rd, but PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to get exclusive access to the game a week ahead of every one else, it was announced on the PlayStation Blog today. The exclusive ...

UB and 20 other US and Canadian Universities Launch Great Lakes Protection ...
UB News Center
Release Date: October 15, 2012. BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo and 20 other U.S. and Canadian universities and institutions will join forces to propose a set of long-term research and policy priorities to help protect and restore the Great Lakes and ...

EPA rates 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hyrbid at 45 mpg
Lincoln announced today that their 2013 MKZ Hybrid delivers an EPA certified 45 mpg, city, highway and combined, making it the most efficient luxury car in America. The statement comes as competitors are mounting from companies like Lexus and BMW.

World Matched Record for Hottest September
ABC News
Something about September keeps bringing out the record heat in the world. The globe last month matched a record for the hottest September, set in 2005. It was the third time since 2000 that the world set or tied a heat record for September. In addition to ...

Sprint's LG Optimus G launching later that AT&T's: November 11
Unwired View
Shortly after AT&T unveiled the launch date and price of its LG Optimus G, Sprint has done the same thing. Unfortunately for Sprint customers, the carrier will launch the Optimus G a bit later than AT&T, namely on November 11. The good news is that Sprint ...

Google Adds Your Google Drive Files To SERPs
In August, Google launched a feature that surfaces your email messages from Gmail on web search results pages when relevant. It has only been available in an opt-in field trial so far, but it seems likely that this will become a regular feature somewhere down ...

Disciple's tribute to Nobel morality of a physics guru
The Australian
Wineland, who works for the US federal agency the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Frenchman Serge Haroche were honoured for their independent work in isolating fragile atoms and photons for study without destroying them. Their work ...

Google's new Nexus flagships coming from Sony and LG
Nexus is the brand that Google has used to produce the next generation of Android hardware, although it is not yet known whether the new plans include another tablet as well as phones. The current flagships are the Nexus 7 tablet and the Samsung Galaxy...


Facebook turns off automatic facial recognition feature for all European users in ...
Daily Mail
Facebook turns off automatic facial recognition feature for all European users in victory for privacy campaigners. Decision taken following probe by the Irish Data Protection Commission; Campaigners had warned against personal biometric information being ...

Daily Mail

Giant Florida eyeball belonged to a swordfish, state says
CNN International
(CNN) -- It looks like the big blue eyeball found on a Florida beach last week was cut out of a swordfish hauled in by a deep-sea angler, the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Monday. A beachcomber found the softball-sized eyeball on the ...

Analyst skeptical of $249 price for iPad Mini
Computerworld - Claims by a German website that Apple will price the iPad Mini starting at [euro]249 were met today with skepticism by an analyst who two months ago projected the opening price would be $299 in the U.S.. In a screenshot published by the ...

Fourth-Largest Moon Rock Available to Public Sells for $330000
ABC News
The fourth largest piece of the moon ever made available to the public sold at an auction, Oct. 14, 2012, for $330,000. The radiation level identifies Dar al Gani 1058's origin as the far side of the moon. Sold in two halves about 4.5 by 9 by 1.4 inches each, ...

ABC News

Amazon Eyes Texas Instruments' Tablet, Smartphone Chip Business
Amazon is said to be in talks regarding the purchase of Texas Instruments, the chip maker that supplies the processors for Amazon's Kindle Fire. Amazon is deep into talks about buying chip maker Texas Instruments, Israeli newspaper Calcalist reported Oct.


Video: SNL's iPhone 5 Bit and 10 Other Hilarious Tech Skits
PC Magazine
Over the weekend, Saturday Night Live took aim at the tech world and some of PCMag's competitors for their nit-picking reviews of the Apple iPhone 5. (We would never do such a thing.) The sketch could have been tagged with #firstworldproblems, as the ...

Panda on the menu for ancient humans
Independent Online
Related Stories. Guatemala farmer finds ancient Maya murals. London - Excavated panda fossils show that the bears were eaten by ancient man, a Chinese scientist has claimed. Wei Guangbiao, of the Institute of Three Gorges Paleoanthropology in ...

Independent Online

Microsoft's challenge with its TV ads: Selling a complicated vision
Apple's stuff is also not very social. It's usually relationship-centric, but it focuses more on the small cohort of people in your inner circle. It's usually about people you love, not both about the people you like and the people you love. Microsoft ...

Apple announces likely iPad mini event on Oct. 23
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Apple announced Tuesday that it has scheduled an event for Oct. 23, at which it is widely expected to introduce a smaller version of the iPad, dubbed the "iPad mini." The "iPad mini" is believed to be a ... Only Amazon (AMZN ...

Google told to fix privacy policy
BBC News
A spokesman was also eager to point out that Microsoft had unveiled a similar privacy code this week. But Google - like Microsoft before it - is now firmly in the sights of the world's regulators, with an EU competition ruling the next hurdle to clear ...

BBC News

Amazon's Next Big Business Is Selling You
Wired (blog)
But ads have the potential to do even more for Amazon's bottom line. The company's sites are viewed by more than 100 million different people in the U.S. every month, which ranks Amazon sixth behind just Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, and AOL on ...

Wired (blog)

Amazon's Bezos: Patent suits 'might start to stifle innovation'
Had he had the "vision" to patent the things that apple, google and other companies did he would be championing the patent system for protecting his innovations and the protected moat. Now all he can do is whine about it. Same with Google regarding Apple.

Amazon to hire 50000 seasonal workers
Amazon (AMZN, Fortune 500) currently employs 20,000 people at its 40 fulfillment centers across the country, where the seasonal employees will be placed. The company said it expects thousands of seasonal workers to stay at Amazon in full-time positions ...

Google Antitrust Case Could Come From FTC by End of 2012: Report
The initial FTC review in 2011 began after the agency heard complaints fromMicrosoft, Expedia, TripAdvisor, Yelp and other Websites that Google promotes its own Web services above those of competitors. Google denied all such allegations at that time ...


Apple pays out over iOS 6's Swiss clock-up
Apple has agreed to cough up for the rights to use the design of a Swiss rail company's clock. Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) had approached Apple about payment for using the design after noticing last month that a clock introduced in iOS 6 bore a ...

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Possibly Working on AltaSiri
Statesman Sentinel
Apple Inc (AAPL), after failing to include Maps in iOS 6, is concentrating on improving Siri and the company has hired the executive in charge of Amazon Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)'s A9 search engine for the purpose. Although Apple's battle with Google Inc.

Microsoft Surface to Start at $500 - NYTimes.com
Microsoft has not yet said whether it will do a version of Surface that competes in the small-screen tablet category. Google's Nexus 7 tablet starts at $200, while Amazon's 7-inch Kindle Fire starts at $160. Apple is expected to announce a new, ...
NYT Bits

Microsoft Surface RT Priced: 32GB For $499 Without Touch Cover ...
By Darrell Etherington
Microsoft today detailed pricing for its Surface tablets, at least those running the scaled down RT version of its upcoming Windows 8 operating system designed for use on low-power processors. The Surface ... We'll have to see whether users think there's as much value there inMicrosoft's untested tablet as there is in Apple's established lineup. Update: The ... Download the TechCrunch App for iPad in the Apple App Store · Download the TechCrunch App for Android inGoogle Play ...

Apple Hires Amazon A9 Exec Stasior to Run Siri - Kara Swisher ...
By Kara Swisher
What's more intriguing is what else Stasior might find himself working on — presumably, strengthening Apple's search and search advertising technology in the wake of its increasing competition with Google. Apple has recently tossed ...

Apple snags Amazon's A9 head to lead Siri team -- Engadget
By Terrence O'Brien
Apple snags Amazon's A9 head to lead Siri team. By Terrence O'Brien posted Oct 15th 2012 5:22PM ... Considering the on-going drama between Mountain View and the purveyors of all-things-i, we wouldn't be entirely surprised to see the two go head to head on Google's home turf. But we'd say such a move would be a long term goal, at best. ... Xbox: The new face of 'entertainment' at Microsoft, beyond just video games. 4 hours ago. Hands-on with the first SmartGlass app, Dance ...
Engadget Mobile

Microsoft airs its first Surface tablet ad, focuses on keyboard ...
By Richard Lawler
Considering how interested we are in trying out Microsoft's new Surface Windows 8 tablets, it turns out we should've been practicing the art of dance. ... Amazon Kindles .... Google nabs design patent for left-e**** Google Gl****, frees southpaws from tyranny · 190 · Microsoft Surface for Windows RT pricing now official: tablet starts at $499, keyboard not included ... Sizing UpApple's Potential iPad Mini Storage, Display And Wireless Connectivity Options · HuffPost Tech · <16 · The New ...

Introducing Xbox Music: The Ultimate All-in-One Music ... - Microsoft
To solve this problem, Microsoft Corp. is introducing Xbox Music, the first all-in- one music service that gives you the freedom to stream custom-created playlists ...

Amazon.com: Absolutely Great Square Pack [Download]: Video ...
Absolutely Great Square Pack includes the following games: Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Augmented Edition; Deus Ex: Human Revolution - The Missing Link ...

Apple Likely to Unveil "iPad Mini" at October 23 Event - John ...
Oct. 10, the date on which Apple was rumored to be distributing invitations to a second ... the street date for Microsoft's new Surface tablet and two days before Apple reports ... Report: FTC Finally Getting Around to That Google Antitrust Thing ...

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