06 October 2012

Steve Jobs remains larger than life

A year after his passing, Steve Jobs remains larger than life
Steve Jobs delivers the keynote address at the 2011 Apple World Wide Developers Conference at the Moscone Center on June 6, 2011 in San Francisco. If we had a dollar for every time we've heard or read, "Steve Jobs never would have.

Apple remembers Steve Jobs with video
Washington Post
The video shows photos of Jobs throughout his life while snippets pulled from some of his greatest product launches play over the scenes. Apple opens its tribute with part of a speech — first delivered at the MacWorld conference when Apple Computer, Inc.

Google Deal Gives Publishers a Choice: Digitize or Not
New York Times
It is also the latest evidence of the shift to e-books from print, and of Google's efforts to compete with e-book rivals like Amazon.com. Digital books were a new and daunting prospect when the publishers first sued Google seven years ago, but they ...

Motorola wins German patent case against Microsoft
The regional court in Mannheim ruled that Motorola Mobility, part of Google, did not infringe aMicrosoft patent which enables applications to work on different handsets. This allows application developers to avoid writing separate codes for each ...

Apple's new iOS 6 Maps support automatic offline use for a wide area
Apple Insider
For example, while iOS 5 Maps would load Google's map tiles of the immediate area being browsed at a couple zoom levels for offline browsing (generally less than a 10 mile radius), Apple's new vector maps, once loaded in San Francisco, allowed us to ...

Apple Insider

The Single Biggest Question About the iPad Mini
How Apple prices the iPad Mini matters beyond just the number of units it sells. If it's less than $300, CEO Tim Cook has keyed into the threat that Amazon and Google pose to its handheld computing empire. And he'll crush them. If not? Then it's ...

Heck Yes, Microsoft Absolutely Should Make Its Own Phone
Business Insider
It needs Microsoft. Besides, the entire idea of competing with partners is overblown. Imagine if Apple suddenly had a change of heart and decided to license iOS to anyone in the world. Do you think HTC, Samsung, and even Nokia, would pass on using iOS ...

Business Insider

Microsoft announces app updates for Windows 8 RTM
In a Thursday blog post, Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky, president of the company's Windows group, announced a slew of app updates that will roll out to early adopters of Windows 8 RTM in the coming days and weeks. Starting tomorrow, a Bing update will be ...

Apple, Microsoft may be forced to reveal internal documents
The parliamentary committee investigating IT pricing disparity in Australia may look to force Apple,Microsoft, Adobe, and the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) to reveal documents used in creating their submissions to the inquiry, as ...

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (Wi-Fi)
PC Magazine
The Wi-Fi-only Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is our favorite ebook reader, thanks to its bright, even edge-lighting and a number of other refinements, and it's a much better buy than the 3G version. By Jamie Lendino. The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite ($119 ...

Google Says Motorola Cuts Will Cost More Than Expected ...
Google said Thursday that severance and other costs related to layoffs at Motorola Mobility, the unprofitable cellphone maker owned by Google, would cost more than it originally thought. It also said it would broaden its restructuring plans ...
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Microsoft Acquires PhoneFactor - Windows Azure - Site Home ...
By Bharat_ShahMS
Today I am excited to announce that we are welcoming PhoneFactor to the Microsoft family. For those of you not familiar with PhoneFactor, they are an industry leader in phone-based multi-factor authentication (MFA) and their solutions bring a ...
MSDN Blogs

Apple Posts A Video Remembering Steve Jobs And Highlighting His ...
By Darrell Etherington
Apple has posted a video on its homepage today, with footage of Steve Jobs over the years speaking at keynotes and Apple events, showing images of him and the products he created that changed the way we think about and use computers ...

Microsoft announces updates for Windows 8 built-in apps, just in ...
By Nicole Lee
12 hours ago. SEE ALL · Deutsche Telekom and MetroPCS agree on $1.5 billion T-Mobile merger (updated). 1 day ago. Google withdraws recent ITC complaint in Motorola v. Apple case. 2 days ago. Tim Cook apologizes for Maps mess ...

Apple Store is down | TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog
By Megan Lavey-Heaton
The white sticky note (I miss the yellow one) has appeared, and the Apple Store is down. We'll keep abreast on any ... The white sticky note (I miss the yellow one) has appeared, and the Apple Store is down. We'll keep abreast on any ...
TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Rumor: Microsoft Eyeing Streaming Music Service Rdio
PC Magazine
By Angela Moscaritolo The Next Web, citing sources in Europe, reported on Wednesday that Redmond is currently in talks to snap up the San Francisco-based digital music startup. Launched in August 2010, Rdio competes with services like Spotify and ...

At edge of black hole, a star Albert Einstein would have loved
Christian Science Monitor
Astronomers have found a star whipping around an enormous black hole at the center of the Milky Way once every 11.5 years, potentially providing them with a cosmic laboratory to test Albert Einstein's most famous theory and to learn more about how such ...

Christian Science Monitor

Sweden Riksbank Website Shut Down by Suspected Hacker Attack
The Swedish central bank's website was probably attacked again by hackers who forced it to shut for a second day this week. The site has been under intermittent disruptions since noon likely as a result of an “overload attack,” Fredrik Andersson, ...

iPad Mini apparently enters production, instantly hits supply problems
Digital Trends
A new report suggests the Apple iPad Mini has gone into production, and that it's already plagued by supply problems. Sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal have said that components for the device we currently know as the iPad Mini have entered ...

Digital Trends

Facebook gets philosophical with 'Chairs are like Facebook' ad
Digital Trends
Facebook, in an uncharacteristic move, released its first branded video titled, "The Things That Connect Us." To commemorate reaching the 1 billion user milestone, Facebook released its first ever ad – an uncharacteristic move for the social network ...

Sony suspends sales of new Xperia Tablet S, not as splash-proof as first thought
Digital Trends
The sales literature for Sony's Xperia Tablet S device describes it as "splash-proof", but barely a month after launch the company has had to suspend sales after gaps were found between the case and the screen. Sony has been forced to suspend sales of ...

Digital Trends

Mammoth carcass found in Siberia
BBC News
A well-preserved mammoth carcass has been found by an 11-year-old boy in the permafrost of northern Siberia. The remains were discovered at the end of August in Sopochnaya Karga, 3500km (2200 miles) northeast of Moscow.

BBC News

HTC One VX hands-on photo gallery
Digital Trends
We go hands on with the HTC One VX, a new budget phone for AT&T. Along with the One X+, today AT&T revealed that it will sell a new lower-end handset by HTC named the One VX. I was able to spend a few minutes with the One VX at an AT&T event in New ...

Digital Trends

Microsoft Sets Windows Phone 8 Launch Date.
X-bit Labs
by Anton Shilov Microsoft Corp. has set the date for the official launch of Windows Phone 8 operating system that is expected to bring the software giant back into the smartphone game. Apparently, Windows Phone 8 will be released just three days after...

X-bit Labs
Watch Out Urbanites, Here Come the Carnivores
Discovery News
By Jennifer Viegas Raccoons, skunks, possums and certain other animals have long been city dwellers, but now larger wild carnivores are moving into urban areas, according to a symposium presented today at EcoSummit 2012, an international conference ...
IPhone 5 Backed by 'Antennagate' Critic Consumer Reports
By Adam Satariano on October 05, 2012 Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPhone 5 won the backing of Consumer Reports, whose criticism of an earlier model became known as “Antennagate” and who said the latest device is among the best on the market despite its map ...
You Can Follow the Daredevil Jumping from the Edge of Space Live at Discovery
On October 8th, Felix Baumgartner will jump 23 miles, from the edge of the stratosphere, and land on the Earth for the Red Bull Stratos mission. It's an amazing stunt, and Discovery News is literally covering it live, from space, basically.
Consumer Reports says Apple's iPhone 5 is "best iPhone yet"
CBS News
Consumer Reports announced Friday that it recommends Apple's iPhone 5. Apple's newest smartphone has gotten mixed reviews since its launch. Customers have complained about the lack of Google Maps, purple light flares and scratched phones out of the box ...
Samsung expects whopping $7.3bn profit from mobes
By Brid-Aine Parnell • Get more from this author Samsung reckons it's in line for a record quarterly operating profit after Apple's reduced orders for chips and screens seem to have failed to make a dent in the South Korean business.
Big Data's Growing Pains: Talent Not Technology
AOL Government
By Wyatt Kash A group of technology leaders came to the Capitol this week to make the case that the age of "big data" is not only upon us, but also represents a powerful and practical way for federal agencies to create substantially more value for the ...

Third GPS IIF Satellite In Orbit
Aviation Week
By Amy Butler The third Global Positioning System IIF satellite was boosted into orbit Oct. 4, becoming the 32nd GPS satellite in the Pentagon's constellation. The GPS IIF series incorporates a new L5 civil signal used for safety operations and ...

Aviation Week

PASSINGS: Robert F. Christy, Big Jim Sullivan
Los Angeles Times
Robert F. Christy Manhattan Project scientist, former Caltech president Robert F. Christy, 96, a physicist who was a key member of the Manhattan Project team that created the atomic bomb during World War II and who later held teaching and ...

Los Angeles Times

LG Optimus G showing off what quad-core can do
There has been a bit of excitement in certain mobile circles about LG's upcoming Optimus G smartphone. The Android-powered, 4.7-inch, Gorilla glass-wrapped, 4G LTE smartphone has a lot going for it, but the quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip inside ...


Nissan unveils prototype NSC-2015 self-driving EV in Japan
Automotive Business Review
Japanese carmaker Nissan has unveiled its prototype NSC-2015 self-driving electric car at the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. The new prototype car, which is a modified version of Japanese carmaker's Leaf ...

AT&T to sell Asus VivoTab RT, Samsung ATIV Smart PC Windows 8 tablets for its ...
Summary: In addition to jumping on the Windows Phone 8 bandwagon, the mobile carrier is trying its hand at hawking Windows 8 slates. By Sean Portnoy for Laptops & Desktops | October 5, 2012 -- 11:23 GMT (04:23 PDT) Mobile carriers have tried selling...


Inside Nokia's maps: using FedEx and UPS data to trump the competition
The Verge
By Kimber Streams on October 4, 2012 04:36 pm @kimberstreams 51Comments In light of the recent controversy over Apple's new Maps, The Atlantic has taken a closer look at how competitor Nokia crafted a mapping service of its own, revealing the company's ...
Polaroid's instant karma
Fortune (blog)
In his new book, Christopher Bonanos chronicles the rise and fall of a great American company. By Lawrence A. Armour, contributor FORTUNE -- Instant: The Story of Polaroid clocks in at a slim 192 pages, but it manages to be three books in one: a ...

Fortune (blog)

NASA, Russia eye yearlong space station assignments
By Irene Klotz | CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA is considering doubling the amount of time an astronaut spends at the International Space Station to a year, laying the groundwork for future missions deeper into space, officials said Thursday.

What the T-Mobile/MetroPCS Merger Means for Cost-Conscious Consumers
ABC News (blog)
On Wednesday, Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of T-Mobile USA, struck an agreement with MetroPCS, which provides no-contract cell phones and low-rate, prepaid plans with unlimited talk, text and Web options for a mere $40 a month.

ABC News (blog)

Fisker to Romney: We're not "a loser"
Fox News
It must depend on what your definition of “loser” is. Plug-in hybrid car maker Fisker has responded to a jab that Mitt Romney's took at President Obama during Wednesday night's debate when he said “you put $90 billion, like 50 years' worth of breaks, ...
Video: Robotic Firefighter of the Future
Design News
Traditionally, it's been hard to eliminate the human factor from firefighting. But recent innovations like the design of a tank-like all-terrain truck, which delivers mini robots that can be controlled from a safe distance to spray water on fires, ...
FTC Fines Scareware Scammer with $163 Million
International Business Times
BY VALLI MEENAKSHI RAMANATHAN | October 05 2012 9:19 AM Federal Trade Commission has levied a fine of over $163 million on an Internet scareware scammer and permanently banned the scammer from selling computer security software.

The First Shift: Next Audi Quattro will become a crossover
National Post
Audi shifts Quattro from coupe to crossover Two years ago at the Paris Motor Show, Germany's Audi revealed its Quattro concept, seen left, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original Audi Quattro and the Audi quattro four wheel drive system.

National Post

South LA shuttle boosters are feeling jettisoned
Los Angeles Times
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa touted it as "the mother of all parades" — a historic celebration in a part of Los Angeles that doesn't get much fanfare. Over two days, on the major thoroughfares of Westchester, Inglewood and South Los Angeles, ...
Advertisers Protest Internet Explorer 10 "Do Not Track" Feature; Users Should ...
There is something decidedly disconcerting about the state of modern day internet advertising. Web users are constantly "tracked," and advertisers use this massive cache of data about individuals' browsing patterns to customize relevant ads.
Scareware Scammer Hit With $163M Fine
PC Magazine
By Stephanie Mlot The Federal Trade Commission this week continued its crackdown on Internet scareware, imposing a judgment of more than $163 million on the final defendant in a long-running case. Kristy Ross has also been permanently barred from ...

YouTube 'Cautiously' Praised for Video Takedown Policy Update
Remember when YouTube accidentally blocked the Democratic National Convention's livestream for a short period of time? This was due to an incorrect copyright claim, and now, YouTube is taking steps to make it harder to block videos on the site.


Feds Nab Bieber Fan Site Promoter In Kids' Online Privacy Case
If you have kids, you may be all too familiar with Justin Bieber – in fact, you may even know of his girlfriend Selena Gomez. Indeed, welcome to the world of Bieliebers. Now, hold on a sec, before y'all get too sanctimonious, some of us Baby Boomers ...

Report: Ultrabook sales will be disappointing this year
CNET (blog)
by Shara Tibken | 2 October 2012 8:15am SGT Ultrabook sales are going to be pretty disappointing this year, according to a report from IHS iSuppli (see its release below). And that's bad news for Intel and the PC makers who use its chips.

CNET (blog)

Gray Wolves considered as an Endangered Species
French Tribune
Gray wolves also added to the list of endangered species: The California Department of Fish and Game Commission said. After such a long time, last year a single wolf was seen in California from a group in Oregon. Though wolves are treated and cared as ...

French Tribune

Installing PlayStation Mobile on a rooted Android device
TG Daily
PlayStation Mobile for Google's Android OS went live for certified devices earlier this week. But what about gamers who want to install the platform on non-certified devices? Well, if you have a rooted Android-powered smartphone or tablet you just may ...

Largest mobile phone study finds all contain hazchems
Chemical Watch (subscription)
The largest study to-date analysing the chemical contents of mobile phones has found 100% of samples tested contained at least one of the following hazardous substances: bromine, cadmium, chlorine, lead or mercury.

Battlecry Studios to develop games in Austin
Bizjournals.com (blog)
Video game industry veteran Rich Vogel — who most recently was executive producer of "Star Wars: The Old Republic" — has been tapped to lead Battlecry Studios in Austin, the Austin American-Statesman reports. Battlecry Studios is currently looking to ...

Why is the Arctic melting while sea ice grows fast in Antarctica?
Alaska Dispatch
Even as Arctic sea ice shattered record lows earlier this year, on the other side of the globe, Antarctic ice was setting a new record of its own, growing to an area larger than any before, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in ...

Chevy Volt posts best sales month ever in September-continues to thump Nissan Leaf
Torque News
By Patrick Rall on Thu, 10/04/2012 - 18:45 The Chevrolet Volt had its best month ever in September 2012 and for the 8th straight month the electric Chevy has badly outsold the Nissan Leaf - this time by a margin of almost 3 to 1 as the Japanese ...

Torque News

World's fastest radio telescope starts up in Australian outback
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project is seen in his artists impression image made available by the Manchester based SKA Organisation, May 25, 2012. In the remote Australian outback, scientists have launched the world's fastest radio ...
Bugatti Veyron Insurance-Fraud Case Goes to Trial
MSN Autos (blog)
The case of a Texas man accused of crashing the supercar to collect on a $2.2 million insurance policy will hinge on a YouTube video. By Claire_Martin 14 hours ago The 2009 YouTube video that caught a man crashing his $1 million 2006 Bugatti Veyron ...

Mars rover set to feed sand into its instrumental maw
Nature.com (blog)
Curiosity, NASA's Mars rover, has found a sandbox to play in. In a news briefing on Thursday from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, mission managers said that the rover has arrived at a soft pad of loose sand, dubbed Rocknest...

Nature.com (blog)

Google Inc. (GOOG) Considers Pay-per-Page Using Wallet
Insider Monkey (blog)
By David Woodburn Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has been working to roll out its Google Wallet in a myriad of ways, and one of the new incarnations came online. But here is the question that Google is trying to answer: If paying is easy and efficient, ...

Insider Monkey (blog)

Nintendo EB Games Expo Preview
Capsule Computers
So this year at the EB Games Expo in Sydney, gamers and attendees can expect a major presence from Nintendo. Speaking of Nintendo, they will primarily be showcasing their upcoming (and amazing) Wii U console and some of it's launch line-up.

Capsule Computers

Tech Titans Hit the Beach
Wall Street Journal
In growing numbers, Silicon Valley executives—long based in tech strongholds like Santa Clara and Palo Alto—are buying homes in Los Angeles, as the lines between the technology and entertainment businesses grow blurrier. Tech entrepreneurs and...

Wall Street Journal

Technology can reduce our stress, too
"People are reconsidering the blind pursuit of technology as an end. Some of us in the techcommunity are thinking about the effects of digital toxins the same way engineers, policy-makers and designers consider environmental toxins," Moraveji said ...

Tech start-up Square gets deal for Starbucks' credit card transactions
Detroit Free Press
"There are seismic changes to (consumer) behavior because of technology," Schultz told store managers in Houston. Starbucks chose Square instead of about a dozen other tech suitors because "Jack cracked the code on customer experience," Schultz said.

High-tech 'lemon cars' drive need for new law, expert says
Canada needs a "lemon law" now more than ever as the increasing computerization of cars makes problem vehicles harder and costlier to repair, a consumer advocate says. "The more high-tech cars become, the more lemons you see because there's so ...


Small tech CEOs say Romney better for the economy: survey
Reuters Blogs (blog)
Regardless of who won the presidential debate, the majority of executives from small technology firms would feel better if Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wins next month's general election. Twice as many CEOs from small to medium-sized...

Reuters Blogs (blog)

Nanya Technology to reassign, lay off 600 staff
Nanya Technology is planning an internal reshuffle of its workforce, which would see 600 employees either reassigned to other companies or laid off by the end of the year. This is part of new business strategy aimed at halting sliding sales. According ...

FTC Disconnects Tech Support Telemarketing Scams
"The FTC has been aggressive--and successful--in its pursuit of tech support scams," said FTC chairman Jon Leibowitz in a statement. "The tech support scam artists we are talking about today have taken scareware to a whole other level of virtual mayhem ...

Obama Vs. Romney: 6 Tech Policy Differences
Obama and Romney have spoken about technology on the stump and discussed technologypolicy on their campaign Websites, and the candidates' respective parties have detailed their techpolicy strategies in party platforms. And these positions have been ...

Tech First Aid Kit
Loading... Alert icon. Sign in or sign up now! Alert icon. Share with playlist starting from current video start of playlist. Loading... Published on Oct 4, 2012 by CNN. Tech lifestyle expert Jennifer Jolly has tips on how to use your smart phone as a ...
Why the Ad Tech Guys Are Going Nuts About Facebook ... - AllThingsD
By Peter Kafka
Facebook isn't talking up its new ad technology experiment, but there's a small group of people who are convinced it's going to be huge. Triggit CEO Zach Coelius ... If you're in the ad tech world, that's a really big deal. And the rest of you have ...
AllThingsD » Peter Kafka

Why the tech industry needs to let Steve Jobs rest in peace - GigaOM
By Erica Ogg
Tomorrow will mark a year since the death of Apple's founder. Yet our industry still proclaims what he would think or do in any situation. We should follow the example of Tim Cook: while aiming to preserve Apple's legacy, he's still looking to the ...

Mind-Reading Tech Helps Students Overcome Test Anxiety ...
By Gregory Ferenstein
Here's something straight out of science fiction: the University of Iowa is offering a new service to help students overcome test anxiety, using a mind-reading technology that guides them into a state of relaxation. So-called.

Tech Columns at WSJ India
By Amit
A roundup of my tech columns that were published on the @WSJIndia website. ... As some of you would know, I write a weekly tech column for The Wall Street Journal India. Here's a quick roundup of some of the recent ones: When to Leave FeedBurner - There has ... about the author. Amit Agarwal (@labnol) is a personal technology columnist at WSJ India, author of this book and founder of Digital Inspiration, a widely-read tech and how-to blog since 2004. Email: amit@labnol.org ...
Digital Inspiration Technology Blog

New technology: the Square
By Eric Halvorson
Have you seen an example of new technology that may change the way you shop? ... One vendor at a recent Indianapolis festival said he finds younger people are more open to this technology than his older customers. Have you tried it?
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Consoles bridge gender gap on TV time | Tech Culture - CNET News
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WNY to help tech cos. of all sizes - Buffalo - Business First
Western New York is becoming the place to run a new or growing technology company. New companies could get their legs underneath them at tech incubator ...

Official Bieber fan site fined $1 million for illegally tracking your ...
From the blog Technology News Blog: He knows when you're sleeping. He knows when you're awake. ... By Tecca | Today in Tech – 13 hrs ago. The Canadian ...

StartupValley Enables Technology Startups To Pitch Ideas On ...
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