25 October 2012

Microsoft taking a huge risk with Windows 8

PCWorld (blog)
Windows 8 is a necessary, calculated risk Microsoft must take. Apple introduced the iPad just two and a half years ago, and it has already sold 100 million of them. Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed this week that Apple sold more iPads during the quarter ...

Windows 8? It Won't Win Microsoft's Biggest Battle
As Microsoft readies the release of its Windows 8 operating system, the company is facing some tough questions about whether Windows is going to remain the world's most popular desktop operating system or slowly fade away. But there's another battle...


With iPad mini behind it, Apple prepares for earnings report
Washington Post
But it will be interesting to see if Apple can join Facebook as the only major tech company to surpass expectations for the quarter. Google and Microsoft both missed analyst expectations for the September quarter last week, and Apple's stock has taken ...

Apple iMac: Comparing Old and New
PC Magazine
Amid the excitement of Apple's Tuesday event, which featured the iPad mini and the new Retina-equipped MacBook Pro 13-inch, iMac users got something they've been anticipating for nearly 1.5 years - the announcement of a new iMac. The iMac has gone ...

Apple now officially owns Beatles' Apple Corps Logo
Apple battled Apple Corps, the Beatles' holding company and owner of the band's record label, for years over trademark issues. They finally reached a settlement in early 2007 that determined Apple Inc. would own all trademarks and logos related to the ...

Microsoft's Ballmer: Windows 8 recasts PC industry
San Jose Mercury News
The world's largest software company is desperate for the new-look, touch-friendly Windows 8 to grip customers' imaginations, as it looks to regain lost ground to Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) in mobile computing and shake up the moribund PC market.

Apple's Tim Cook: What Analysts Miss
Listening to the analysts on the business channels, you'd think Apple's future is based on things like iPhone maps functionality or the success of the iPad Mini. They're wrong. Apple, as well as most companies producing consumer-oriented products in ...

Google, Microsoft and Yahoo fix serious email weakness
... limited to Google, but also Microsoft and Yahoo, all of whom appeared to have fixed the issue as of two days ago, according to US-CERT. Harris told Wired he found either 512-bit or 768-bit keys in use at PayPal, Yahoo, Amazon, eBay, Apple, Dell ...

With iPad, Apple upends the upgrade calendar
Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing Philip Schiller introduces the new iPad mini during an Apple event in San Jose, California October 23, 2012. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS) ...

Microsoft: We Have Lots of Windows 8 Apps, Rather Not Say How ...
By Ina Fried
Microsoft says the app store has three times as many programs as it did four weeks ago, but declines to give an exact number. ... Apple's Mini Pitch: Just as Good as an iPad, Better Than Everything Else. Peter Kafka in Mobile. Microsoft's Surface: Hiding in Plain Sight. Ina Fried in Mobile. Zynga's Next Gamble: An Ad Platform. Tricia Duryee in Commerce. View all today's news » · FromGoogle, the Toughest Challenger to the iPad. Walt Mossberg in Personal Technology ...

Amazon's LOVEFiLM Powers Kindle Fire Video Service In The U.K. ...
By Natasha Lomas
Amazon has confirmed it's using LOVEFiLM, the movie rental company it acquired at the start of 2011, to power the video service in Kindle Fire and Kindle..

Amazon launches survey of would-be tablet buyers | TUAW - The ...
By Mike Wehner
The survey questions each participant on how they feel about various tablet features, and focuses on finding out just how much consumers know about the devices currently available from Apple,Amazon, Google and Samsung.
TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Apple Wins Preliminary Ruling Vs. Samsung From ITC
By Matthew Panzarino
Apple has won a preliminary ruling against Samsung in an ITC case that had begun last year. ... a showdown on yet another large legal stage. Apple was also involved in an investigation by the U.S. ITC over claims brought by Google's Motorola Mobility. Join TNW Apple on: Follow @TNWapple ...The EC Send Formal Complaint to Microsoft Over Windows Browser Choice · 2010 22-29-55 · Skype's Windows ... Amazon Holds News Conference · Reddit, Flipboard and Others Down as ...
The Next Web

Apple Is a Follower
By Brian Barrett
Apple never wanted to make the iPad Mini. It was forced to, by an army of tiny tablets laying successful siege to its empire. Apple's conceded a lot of ground already. But it's not the first time this year it's had to play catch-up. ... iOS 6 users are footing that bill while Apple scrambles to make up the seven-year lead it gifted Google. Compare the Apple of 2012, then, to the Apple juggernaut of 1998 to 2010. That Apple didn't .... amazon 12:20 PM 0 You Don't Own the Books on Your Kindle ...

Docs, Sheets, and Slides - Google Drive Help
What are Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides? Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides are productivity apps that let you create different kinds of online documents, work ...

Huawei Proposes Security Test Center
With Huawei facing fears in Australia, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States that its telecom equipment presents a national security risk, Huawei Australia chairman John Lord on Wednesday insisted that Huawei has been misunderstood and ...

The Apple-ization Of Microsoft
Is Microsoft really planning to sell a branded smartphone? I'd be surprised to hear otherwise. Indeed, as the company prepares for what might be the most critical series of announcements in its 37-year history, the question isn't whether it's planning its own ...

AT&T, Facing iPhone 5, Verizon Challenges, Looks Ahead
ANALYSIS: AT&T added one-tenth the postpaid subscribers that Verizon did during their respective third quarters. With an eye on data growth and revenue, however, executives remained pleased. AT&T posted the results of a rather shocking fiscal 2012 third ...


Verizon Taking Pre-Orders for Samsung Galaxy Note II
PC Magazine
Verizon is now accepting pre-orders for the Galaxy Note II, Samsung's latest smartphone/tablet hybrid, or phablet. The 5.5-inch smartphone is available for $299.99 with a two-year contract in marble white or titanium grey. Verizon did not provide an exact ...

Why Apple Will Lose the Tablet War
Pioneers develop new products that create entirely new markets, but they rarely hold onto them for too long, especially in the rapidly changing high-technology industries. Sooner or later, competition closes in, either with similar or alternative products.

The Morning Download: Meg Whitman Tells CIOs 'We Are Here in the Long Term'
Wall Street Journal (blog)
There's nothing more unsettling for a CIO than having a strategic relationship with a vendor that doesn't seem to have a strategic direction itself. It's something that deeply concerns many H-P customers, and CEO Meg Whitman sought to put some of those ...

Electric Bugs: New Microbe Forms Living, Deep-Sea Power Cables
Wired (blog)
The world's deep seafloors are dark and airless places, but vast swaths may pulse gently with energy conducted through a type of newly discovered bacteria that forms living electrical cables. The bacteria were first detected in 2010 by researchers perplexed ...

Wired (blog)

No GPS in the iPad Mini Wi-Fi: People are right to criticise
Comment Wi-Fi-only iPads have never featured GPS, but the lack of satellite-navigation tech in the new Mini fondleslab's non-cellular version has provoked a mild backlash: and rightly so, though not many people understand why. The new gizmos do have a ...

Letterpress for iOS review
Once upon a time there was a Twitter app called Tweetie. It was widely considered to be the best Twitter app available, then Twitter bought it and made a few changes and now Tweetbot is the best Twitter app. Loren Brichter, who created that app, joined ...


Retailers clearing 16GB Nexus 7 stock for 32GB model?
CNET (blog)
Google's Nexus 7 line might soon have a new entrant. According to reports out of the U.K., some retailers are cutting the price of the 16GB Nexus 7. Android Authority, which earlier reported on the pricing, found a handful of retailers who have cut the price.

Samsung infringed four Apple patents, ITC rules
Washington Post (blog)
The International Trade Commission has ruled that Samsung has infringed on four Apple patents dealing with multitouch, audio and display technologies. If administrative law judge Thomas Pender's Wednesday ruling is upheld, the U.S. may ban those ...

Swiftkey adds Swype-like gestures to its Android keyboard. Swell!
SwiftKey is one of many alternative keyboards available to Android phone and tablet users — and today it's adding one of the features of its biggest competitors, Swype. SwiftKey's claim to fame has always been its ability to render intelligible language out of ...


LG launches 84-inch "Ultra HD" TV
TG Daily
If you have $20,000 to blow, you can now get the most advanced consumer TV on the market. LG has officially launched the very first TV to be sold as an "ultra HD" set. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) officially dubbed the next advancement in ...

TG Daily

US military plans another hypersonic X-51A Waverider flight next year
The US military has been working hard to create an aircraft capable of hypersonic flight. It's hard to wrap your brain around just how fast hypersonic is. The experimental X-51A Waverider is an aircraft designed to reach Mach 6 or 3600 mph. The military tested ...


Teardown time for Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina
Apple tried to dissuade the teardown merchants from ripping apart the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display by showing exactly what was folded inside during its Tuesday keynote, but to no avail. The new pixel-packed portable has shown up on the...


Sponsor post: MapR: delivering on the promise of enterprise-grade Hadoop
Meeting enterprise level requirements for Hadoop are increasingly important for today's organizations. MapR has created an enterprise-grade distribution for Hadoop by making significant enhancements that will improve Hadoop integration, operation, ...

New Mac mini tear down and benchmarks from Mac Mini Vault
The Mac Mini Vault has already grabbed a new Mac mini and taken it apart. You can read through the site's teardown and analysis right now. The short version is that much of the mini's design is the same. As you can see above, with the new version on the ...

Falling Ad Prices Are Actually Good News for Google, Analysis Argues
Wired (blog)
Wall Street wasn't particularly happy last week when Google failed to meet its expectations, despite recording $10.8 billion in revenue. The tech giant, which makes nearly all of its revenue from online ads, reported that the average cost for its ads was down ...

Microsoft's Fancy Touch Cover Keyboard Is A Smash Hit
Business Insider
When Microsoft announced the Surface tablet, the industry was amazed particularly by the keyboard cover. The magnetic keyboard comes in two varieties. The Touch Cover, which is a laser etched soft keyboard. It costs $119 and comes in five different colors...

Business Insider

Facebook's final Instagram tab: $715 million in cash, stock
CBS News
The social network paid $521 million in stocks and cash that was set aside for the purchase, but also added an additional 11 million shares for Instagram employees at the close of the deal in September, according to the filing with the Securities and Exchange ...

Boston Dynamics' Latest Humanoid Robot Is Better Coordinated Than You
Say hello to Pet-Proto. Manufactured by Boston Dynamics, which makes robot versions of everything from fleas to horses, it's a humanoid robot that can run, jump and climb over objects—probably a damn site better than you're able. Pet-Proto has the skill set ...

Facebook shows it can succeed at mobile
TG Daily
Wall Street has kissed and made up with Facebook, which has reported strong third quarter revenue, particularly in the mobile arena. The company's shares showed their biggest rise since the company's badly-managed IPO back in May, jumping 19 percent...

TG Daily

Mystery Glow of Dark Matter Halos Fueled by Extragalactic Stars
Spitzer Sees Stray Starlight (Artist's Concept). New research from scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope suggests that a mysterious infrared glow across our whole sky is coming from stray stars torn from galaxies. This artwork is adapted, in part, ...

Let's thank our grandmothers for giving us longer lifespans
Scientists have suspected for a while that grandmothers could be responsible for humans having longer lifespans than most primates: The "Grandmother Hypothesis" suggests that women live long after menopause because there's an evolutionary advantage ...

In Portable Gaming, Nintendo 3DS XL Proves Bigger Is Better
All Things Digital
Bad news: My productivity went down — way down — this week. Good news: I'm getting pretty far in Super Mario Bros. 2. There's a reason I don't allow myself to keep a gaming console and videogames in my house, and I was reminded of that as I logged...

All Things Digital

Your Smartphone Is Covered In Poop
Huge news from the Wall Street Journal: Your smartphone is downright disgusting. Is this really surprising though, considering all the hand-holding and face touching your phone does and all the places it goes- from the gym, the loo, the floor, to your ...


“Xbox Next” is the Next-generation Xbox Console
For quite a while now, a bevy of media outlets and gamers have speculated that the next-generation Xbox console will be named as Xbox 720. It makes sense it is double the 360; however, the designation doesn't appear to have any chance. The Battle of ...

Google maps the Grand Canyon using Street View cameras
BBC News
Google's Street View has gone off-road! The internet giant has packed its high-tech Street View cameras onto backpacks and taken them around the Grand Canyon in the USA. The canyon is a 277-mile wide stretch of National Park which follows the Colorado ...

BBC News

Windows 8: The road to RTM
Windows 8 Developer Preview September 2011. win8-road-rtm Windows 8's Start screen, with a look and feel then called Metro, from the September 2011 Developer Preview. The first prerelease version of Windows 8 was the Developer Preview (DP), which ...

The lesson from the Amazon outage: It's time to layer the cloud
The recent Amazon Web Services outage reminded us once again that cloud computing is not yet a perfect science. That said, perhaps it's also time we define formal methods, models, and approaches to make cloud computing easier to understand -- and ...

Gree acquires fellow Japanese games firm for $173M
Japanese Web media and mobile games giant, Gree, has added another games developer, Pokelabo, under its wing for 13.8 billion yen (US$173 million). Established in 2007, Pokelab (or Pocket Laboratory) develops mobile social games. Gree agreed to ...

More booster seats making the grade
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - There's some encouraging news from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. They found booster seats are doing a much better job keeping kids safe, compared to just a few years ago. In 2008, the Institute could only find 10 ...


Vacuum-Maker Dyson Accuses Bosch of Paying Mole to Steal Designs
Dyson Ltd., the bagless vacuum- cleaner maker, accused Robert Bosch GmbH of paying one of its engineers to steal motor designs in a U.K. lawsuit. Bosch paid the “mole” to pass on technology, which was also given to Bosch's Chinese motor manufacturer, ...

Speeding Through Texas: Going 85 MPH on the Nation's Fastest Highway
ABC News
Drive 85 mph on State Highway 130 in Texas today and you won't be getting a ticket. It's the legal limit on this 40-mile stretch of a new toll road between Austin and San Antonio. It's not free-if you feel the need for speed the price tag is $6.17 one way.

ABC News

EU Files Formal Complaint Over Microsoft Browser Ballot Glitch
PC Magazine
Browser Roundup. The European Commission today sent Microsoft a formal statement of objections over Redmond's failure to adequately roll out its "browser ballot" to users in the region. The investigation is still ongoing, but the objection finds that Microsoft ...

Android will be bigger than Windows by 2016
Know Your Mobile (blog)
Google's Android OS a big deal, being used on millions of smartphones and tablets the world over. But by 2016 it'll be even bigger than Microsoft's world-dominating Windows platform, according to new research from Gartner. At the close of 2016, says the ...

Sony's PlayStation 3 experiences its biggest hack yet
CNET (blog)
Hackers have found a way to break down one of the toughest defensive walls in Sony's PlayStation 3 software security, ensuring that those who use custom firmware can run homebrew software and pirated games forever. A group calling itself "The Three ...

Chrome tip: Quickly create Google Docs with one-click Web apps
Next time you need to create new Google documents, spreadsheets, or presentations, don't waste time wading through Google Drive. Instead, if you use Google's Chrome browser, you can install a few Web apps for one-click access to Google Docs, Sheets, ...

Tonight is the Second Conference About Curiosity
French Tribune
Tonight is the conference regarding Redlands Forum in the Esri building conference center in which Thompson and planetary geologist Fred Calef will be sharing their thoughts and experiences about their Mars landing of the Curiosity rover. Discussing ...

French Tribune

Medal of Honor Warfighter Review in Progress
To play Medal of Honor Warfighter's single-player campaign is to become Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, only instead of knowing exactly where Ned Ryerson will be and what he'll say every single day for eternity ("I did the whistling belly button trick at the high ...


Jesus makes an appearance in SplashData's 25 worst passwords list
He may be considered a savior by many people around the world, but today SplashData is showing us that Jesus won't do much when it comes to protecting you from having your online identities hijacked. The company has released its list of the 25 worst ...

Official: 2014 Corvette To Get New V8 Engine
Relax! No V6, no turbocharger. The new Corvette is getting a brand-new 6.2 liter LT1 V8 engine developing (estimated) 450 horsepower (335 kW) and 450 lb.-ft. of torque (610 Nm). It can take the new 'Vette from 0 to 60mph in about four second.


News Currents: Talking Whales and Math at the Solar System's End
Inside Science News Service (blog)
To start off this edition of our News Currents links series, please follow this link and listen to the audio clip embedded there. This NBCnews story, written by Alan Boyle, provides numerous interesting details on these whale sounds. The whale responsible for ...

Inside Science News Service (blog)

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