15 October 2012

The tech behind Felix Baumgartner stratospheric skydive

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Google antitrust suit said to be pushed by FTC investigators
Newsday
Google has continued litigation started by Motorola Mobility unit over industry-standard patents before Google bought the company. Those lawsuits have sought to block imports of popular consumer products such as Microsoft's Xbox and Apple's iPhone and ...

Newsday

Amazon says Kindle users are entitled to e-book refunds
Reuters
The settlements came about after the Justice Department in April accused Apple Inc and five publishers of illegally colluding on prices as part of an effort to fight Amazon's dominance of e-books. Three of the publishers - News Corp's HarperCollins ...

Apple's (AAPL) iPad Mini Leaked Battery Images Reveal 16.7 Whr Rating
Wall Street Pit
Apple is widely expected to unveil its smaller iPad tablet at a special event on Oct. 23. The device will directly compete with Amazon's popular Kindle line-up, Google's new Nexus 7 tablet, and similar gadgets from Samsung, Barnes & Noble (BKS) and others.

Apple Snags Chip Engineer From Rival Samsung
eWeek
Ex-Advanced Micro Devices chip engineer Jim Mergard, one of a number of AMD veterans who in recent years have left the company for Samsung Electronics, reportedly is now on his way to Samsung arch-rival Apple. Mergard, who came to Samsung in ...

eWeek

Apple Expands Seagate Hard Drive Replacement Program for 2009-2011 iMacs
Mac Rumors
Apple yesterday expanded its iMac 1TB Seagate Hard Drive Replacement Program, significantly increasing the number of machines eligible under the program to include iMacs sold between October 2009 and July 2011 with 1 TB Seagate hard drives.

Mac Rumors

Microsoft is ready to jump in the holiday hysteria
Timesonline.com
Apple's set to jump in to the market with its first 7-incher, Amazon has a new lines of Kindle Fires,Google's Nexus 7 tablet looks awesome and, presumably, we'll have the full lineup of Surface tablets by the time Black Friday rolls around. It's going ...

Apple Has Quietly Started Tracking iPhone Users Again
Entrepreneur
Apple's launch of the iPhone 5 in September came with a slew of new commercials to promote the device. But Apple didn't shout quite so loud about an enhancement to its new mobile operating system, iOS 6, which also occurred in September: The company...

Entrepreneur

Microsoft, Apple and Samsung to launch Christmas advertising blitz
The Guardian
Microsoft has always been big on advertising, but it is being joined now by younger digital titans such as Google that used to sniff at relying on traditional media, having grown rich through clicks and links and word of mouth. Jeff Bezos once ...

The Guardian

Apple extends Seagate drive replacement program for iMacs - TUAW
By Michael Rose
As noted by MacRumors, Apple's extended service program for iMacs with 1TB Seagate internal hard drives was updated late last week to include iMacs.
TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Amazon Earnings Preview: Q3 May Be Good, But Guidance Will ...
By Adam Levine-Weinberg
Amazon released an updated Kindle Fire last month at a lower price ($159), as well as a higher performance model called the Kindle Fire HD. The Fire HD is clearly meant to be a stronger competitor to Google's (GOOG) highly successful ...
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Tech at Saturday Morning: Google's FTC problem; Panetta unhinged ...
By Neil Stevens (Diary)
Funny how Google says they can't fix Googlebombs when the fact is, Google is constantly improving its search algorithms. After all, the Bush-era ... The Conservative Movement Needs an Amazon.com for What's Next. We've Built It.

Amazon Kindle Book Refunds - Business Insider
By Reuters
Amazon And Apple Don't Need The Government's Help Destroying Google · Amazon And Apple Don't Need The Government's Help Destroying Google · How The iPad Mini Will Embarrass Microsoft'sSurface Tablet ...
Business Insider

Apple to host October 23 event, iPad mini expected | SciTech | GMA ...
SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc will host an event on October 23 where it is expected to unveil a smaller iPad that will take on the less expensive devices offered by Amazon.com Inc and Google Inc, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday. ... The consumer device company is gearing up to unveil a new product at a major October 23 event, said the source, who declined to be named, only days before Microsoft Corp unveils Windows 8 and its new Surface tablet on October 26.
GMA News Online

Mozilla Building 'Social API' Into Firefox 17 — Flock, Anyone?
PC Magazine
By David Murphy Everyone's talking about the recent release of Firefox 16, but Mozilla's prepping a way for the Web to get even more social come the eventual launch of Firefox 17. According to the company, Firefox Beta (that's the beta version of ...

Satellite left stranded by SpaceX rocket falls from space
NBCNews.com
This screenshot shows a plume billowing from the base of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket about 79 seconds into its launch on Oct. 7, 2012. The Falcon 9 successfully delivered SpaceX's robotic Dragon capsule to orbit on the first bona fide private cargo ...

NBCNews.com

SNL skit skewers complaints about the iPhone 5
CNET
Saturday Night Live has some fun bringing the tech press and Chinese factory workers together to chat about Apple's smartphone. by CNET News staff SNL's Bill Hader as CNET reporter Josh Savage, no relation to CNET's real Apple reporter, Josh Lowensohn.

Best Buy joins Android tablet PC crowd with Insignia Flex
ZDNet
Summary: The electronics retailer posted details about the new slate on its Insignia Facebook page, though pricing wasn't revealed. By Sean Portnoy for Laptops & Desktops | October 14, 2012 -- 12:57 GMT (05:57 PDT) Best Buy has used its Insignia house ...

ZDNet

HP says Gartner's wrong, IDC's right, on PC sales data
Register
HP has taken the very unusual step of issuing commentary on IDC's latest PC sales data, which says the PC market is now nearly a tie between HP and Lenovo. That assessment is in marked contrast to Gartner's most recent effort on the same topic, ...

Microsoft, Apple and Samsung to launch Christmas advertising blitz
The Guardian
Microsoft, Apple and Samsung will lead smartphone and tablet makers in unleashing a $5bn blizzard of advertising in the runup to Christmas, analysts are predicting. The battle for consumer hearts and wallets began this weekend, with Microsoft preparing ...
 
The Guardian

Apple Licenses Swiss Railway Clock Design for iOS
Tom's Guide
Back in September, when Apple was busy celebrating the launch of the iPhone 5 and iOS 6, it emerged that Apple had 'borrowed' the design of the clock app in iOS 6 from Swiss Federal Railway service. The iconic design from Hans Hilfiker is actually ...

Amazon Admits Kindle Paperwhite Has 'Certain Limitations'
Forbes
When it comes to ebook readers, Amazon's Kindle is the king. These cheap — and getting cheaper — digital paperbacks have endeared their way into people's lives and captivated their hearts. People love their Kindles, and with each new release, ...

Forbes

Prehistoric man ate panda, claims scientist
The Guardian
Early humans used to eat pandas, a Chinese scientist has claimed. Wei Guangbiao said prehistoric man ate the bears in what is now part of the city of Chongqing in south-west China. Wei, head of the Institute of Three Gorges Paleoanthropology at a ...

The Guardian

iPad Maxi, Mini, and Micro: One Size No Longer Fits All!
Huffington Post
I have three flat touch devices on my desk right now. All three pretty much do the same thing. I feel having three of these things should be an extravagance but it's not. All three have a different size and weight and it's this form factor that ...

NASA's Curiosity discovers strange rock full of surprises on Mars
The Bell Jar
By Staff | October 13, 2012 A rock on Mars being studied by NASA's Curiosity rover is unlike any Martian stone ever seen, and is surprisingly similar to an unusual, but well-known, kind of rock on Earth. NASA's Curiosity rover has reportedly discovered ...

The Bell Jar

Tester's young son finds trunk latch flaw
UPI.com
YONKERS, NY, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- US product review company Consumer Reports said a 4-year-old boy helped discover a flaw in a Lexus trunk escape mechanism that put consumers at risk. Under federal regulations, vehicles are required to include a latch that ...

Researchers: We know what triggers violent volcanic explosions
The Bell Jar
By Staff | October 13, 2012 Researchers at the University of South Hampton say they know what triggers large volcanic explosions on Earth. Researchers focused in on the Las CaƱadas volcanic caldera on Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, as they set out to ...

The Bell Jar

Reddit blocks Gawker in row over 'creepshot' photos
The Guardian
A row over a Gawker journalist's investigation into extreme adult content on Reddit has highlighted issues of free speech versus privacy and the publication of offensive material on the content sharing and recommendations website.

The Guardian

T-Mobile, MetroPCS merger may not close until Q2 2013
SlashGear
After a bunch of rumors, last week the merger between T-Mobile and MetroPCS became official. At the time, T-Mobile executives were saying that the merger would close sometime in the first half of 2013, and today, T-Mobile's parent company Deutsche ...

SlashGear

Hacker group Anonymous vows to sever ties after WikiLeaks erects paywall
Examiner.com
Related topics wikileaks Anonymous Hackers paywall Internet paypal What have you done for - or to - me lately? Anonymous is a long-time supporter of whistleblower site WikiLeaks, but a recent decision by the site to deploy a paywall on its website that ...

Examiner.com

After purple haze, iPhone 5 now plagued by 'green glow'
IBNLive
New Delhi: Several flaws have been reported in the iPhone 5 since it started to reach the users. One of the biggest issues with the device was the appearance of a purple haze at the corner of images captured with the camera of the iPhone 5.

IBNLive

Giant Eyeball Found on Florida Beach to Be Studied in St. Petersburg
Patch.com
A giant eyeball that washed ashore on Pompano Beach is confounding scientists who are trying to solve its origins. The mystery eyeball will be transported to Florida Fish & Wildlife Research Institute in Florida for further study, according to First ...

50 percent off Samsung Galaxy S III 16G
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
In need of a smart phone? Want an Android? Go to Best Buy today (Oct. 14). Get the 16 GB Samsung Galaxy S III for only $99.99. Features include 4G LTE speeds, Android 4.0 OS, 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED display and S Voice which listens and responds to your ...

Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)

Spiral orbiting giant red star gives clues about end of sun's life
Zee News
Washington: An international team of astronomers have discovered an intriguing spiral structure surrounding a pulsing red giant star, which they believe may offer a preview of how the sun will behave at the end of its life. The discovery was made using ...

Zee News

FTC investigators recommend suing Google for antitrust violations
VentureBeat
The Federal Trade Commission is finishing up a more than year-long investigation of Google's search practices, and the agency may be leaning toward suing the search giant for violating antitrust laws. Four out of the five FTC commissioners believe ...

VentureBeat

The Implications of Rising Mobile Subscriptions Worldwide
Business 2 Community
By Nancy Perkins, Published October 13, 2012 The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) had stated that at the end of 2011, global mobile subscriptions have reached the 6 billion mark; and this roughly translates that almost 87% of the world's ...

Business 2 Community

The OpenForum agrees: Dishonored is a must-play game
Ars Technica
by Cesar Torres - Oct 13, 2012 5:13 pm UTC In Dishonored, you play Corvo Attano, who has been framed for crimes he didn't commit. In the new game Dishonored, the main character Corvo Attano witnesses the murder of an Empress and the kidnapping of her ...

Ars Technica

Arctic ice cap continues record melt
DigitalJournal.com
By Robert Myles By Robert Myles. New data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSDIC) reveal that Arctic ice is continuing to melt at an alarming rate. Summer ice in the Arctic may all but disappear over the next few decades, much earlier than ...

DigitalJournal.com

Quantum Computing Wins a Nobel
New Yorker (blog)
Earlier this week, Serge Haroche, a Frenchman, and David J. Wineland, an American, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics “for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems”—whatever that...

New Yorker (blog)

Apple reportedly moving chip production away from Samsung
SlashGear
Apple and Samsung, as many of you already know, have not had the most civil of professional relationships. Samsung has long been a provider of hardware for Apple products, but with the recent high-profile patent suit between the two, it seems that ...

SlashGear

90% of iPhone 5 Users Don't Have a Problem with Apple Maps
MacDaddyNews.com
Although Apple's new Maps app in iOS 6 got a lot of bad publicity in the media the last few weeks, a survey of 4300 iPhone 5 customers shows that it's not really a problem. 90% of those surveyed by ChangeWave Research claimed they haven't experienced ...

MacDaddyNews.com

Sony Launches VAIO Duo 11 Convertible Tablet Ultrabook Running Windows 8
PC Perspectives
Not content to let the other OEMs have all the Windows 8 tablet fun, Sony has announced a new 11” convertible ultrabook – the VAIO Duo 11 – that uses a sliding hinge to transform from a notebook into a tablet. The Vaio Duo 11 weighs in a 2.86 pounds ...

NASA's Inventing In Style with Awesome Robot Pants
Gizmodo
You already have NASA to thank in part for everyday, Earthly wonders like memory foam and water filters, but a new one is coming to the list: powered exoskeletons. The Xi Robotic Exoskeletion is a device—and in some ways almost a vehicle—currently in ...

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Interview – Jay Puryear Talks Zombies, the 80s and ...
Xbox 360 Achievements
With less than a month to go until Call of Duty: Black Ops II, the hype machine will no doubt be kicking into high gear, so as well as getting to see the game again and play multiplayer once more, we had a chance to have another quick chat with ...

Xbox 360 Achievements

GM's New Venture and 4 Auto Stocks Drive Forward
Wall St. Cheat Sheet
By Leah Powell | More Articles Ford (NYSE:F) claims that its new 2013 C-Max Energi is the most fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid sold in yet another salvo against hybrid leader Toyota. According to Ford, the C-Max Energi was certified by the US ...

O2 'sorry' for latest network outage, but will not offer compensation
TechRadar UK
By Chris Smith October 13th 2012 Mobile network O2 has apologised for an outage, which left over 10 per cent of its customers without service on Friday. Over 2 million of the company's 23 million UK subscribers were unable to make calls, send texts, ...

iPod Touch 5G Drop Test: Results When Dropped on Its Front, Back, Side, and ...
Latinos Post
The refreshed iPod Touch with new earpods is introduced during Apple Inc.'s iPhone media event in San Francisco With the latest iPod Touch now available, it won't take long for it to accidentally fall from the owner's pockets or hands.

Latinos Post

ATandT To Start Flagging, Blocking Users Who Download Copyrighted Material
Cinema Blend
Have you downloaded anything from a torrent site lately? A movie? A game? A TV Show you missed? How about an MMO? A backup copy of software you already bought and paid for? Pictures? Music? Well, it doesn't matter what you download from any torrent ...

Cinema Blend

Super-Earth planet likely to be pure diamond
TruthDive
Oct 14 (TruthDive): The alien planet discovered in 2004, which is called “super-Earth” and named 55 Cancri e was found in Milky Way galaxy zooming around a nearby star. The mass of the planet and its radius were estimated and after studying the ...

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