11 October 2012

Twitter buys video firm Vine

Twitter buys video firm Vine
Twitter has reportedly purchased a new video sharing startup called Vine. Vine hasn't launched at this time and is said to be a three-person company based in New York that formed in June. So far, there is some indication that Vine could launch as a ...


2 American Scientists Win Nobel Prize in Chemistry
New York Times
Two Americans shared this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry for deciphering the communication system that the human body uses to sense the outside world and send messages to cells — for example, speeding the heart when danger approaches.

Slingbox announces new 350 and 500 models
In what was a seemingly strange move, two new Slingbox models – the 350 and 500 – appeared earlier this month on Best Buy shelves with nary a peep of announcement. This sudden appearance of new models left us scratching our heads, but stranger things ...

IBM, AT&T Team On Secure Cloud Services
Business customers can opt for secure connection to IBM's SmartCloud Enterprise+ cloud services via AT&T VPN network. By Paul McDougall InformationWeek IBM has teamed up with AT&T to offer a service that gives customers access to Big Blue's back-end ...

400 Verizon 4G LTE Markets; Taiwan Requests Apple Map Blurring; iPad Mini Leaks
PC Magazine
By Stephanie Mlot Topping tech headlines on Tuesday, Verizon Wireless announced that its 400th 4G LTE market will go live next week — two months ahead of schedule. Marquette, Mich., will serve as the 400th location, with another 20 markets lighting up ...

LG, T-Mobile team up to tackle US smartphone market
Summary: LG is teaming up with T-Mobile to try and claw back lost marketshare in the United States. By Charlie Osborne for Between the Lines | October 10, 2012 -- 11:11 GMT (04:11 PDT) According to the Wall Street Journal, LG will offering the Optimus ...

Is lightspeed really a limit?
By Richard Chirgwin • Get more from this author We don't (yet) have any way to test this, but University of Adelaide applied mathematicians are suggesting that an extended version of Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity also holds true for ...

Samsung TVs tune in to Spotify
Spotify Premium subscribers in Europe will be getting access to millions of streamed tracks and their playlists directly through the television set. by Jason Jenkins Owners of Samsung's astonishingly thin 2012 smart TVs will soon have another app to ...

Memo To Oracle, SAP: Listen To P&G's Language
Oracle and SAP keep fighting a war of words over whose technology is bigger and better. They could learn a lot from Procter & Gamble CIO Filippo Passerini's big data work. Listen closely to the language of SAP and Oracle. They battle over architectural ...

South Africa gets its first 4G service
ZDNet (blog)
Summary: Vodafone subsidiary Vodacom has switched on the country's first LTE network in the city of Johannesburg. By Jo Best for African Enterprise | October 10, 2012 -- 13:25 GMT (06:25 PDT) South Africa's first commercial 4G service has gone live.

ZDNet (blog)

Space station crew captures cargo capsule
This image from NASA-TV shows the capture of the Dragon capsule by a robot arm on the International Space Station as they passed over the South Atlantic Ocean early Wednesday. (Photo: AP) 9:18AM EST October 10. 2012 - CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.

Toyota Prius Plug-in: the little electric hybrid that could (+video)
Christian Science Monitor
The Chevy Volt, General Motors' foray into the electric hybrid market, has been the subject of heated debate in recent weeks, from its robust sales figures and customer satisfaction to quibbles over profit loss and the feasibility of the electric car ...

Christian Science Monitor

Global Internet Users Need SOPA-PIPA Moment
In January, several million Americans contacted Congress to stop passage of two bills that would have destroyed Internet freedom and stifled innovation. The twin bills, Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA), were meant to counter ...

Does the iPhone 5 offer insights into what the iPad 4 or iPad mini might offer?
Summary: What clues does the iPhone 5 give us as to what the iPad 4 or iPad mini might have to offer? Quite a lot as it turns out, as the improvements carried out to Cupertino's flagship smartphone are far from skin deep, and many would translate well ...

Microsoft: MS Points will remain on Xbox
TG Daily
Don't get your hopes up; Microsoft Points are not going away on Xbox Live. There had been some speculation that the fake currency would be ditched on the platform since Windows 8 appears to only deal with digital transactions in terms of actual dollar ...

TG Daily

Albert Einstein's anti-religion 'God Letter' goes on sale on eBay
Los Angeles Times
Bidding has started on eBay for Einstein's "God Letter" -- a handwritten letter from Albert Einstein in which he is very frank about his feelings on religion. "The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses," ...

Logitech's Windows 8 Peripherals Touch Down
PC Magazine
By Brian Westover Logitech today announced three new peripherals designed to provide intuitive navigation and touch controls for Windows 8 PCs that aren't a part of the new crop of tablets and touchscreen-equipped systems.

Rapid7 acquires Mobilisafe to assess mobile device risks
Rapid7 has acquired Mobilisafe, a fledgling Seattle-based mobile security firm that assesses smartphones and tablets for known platform vulnerabilities. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. You can tell if a device is out of date and inform employees ...

Hacker Attack Kills Thousands of WOW Players and Non-player Characters [DONE]
By Aki Libo-on It's a no-brainer that wars and plagues can wipe out an entire civilization. Strangely enough, it appears that the same thing happened with a number of realms in World of Warcraft. There were reports that hackers took advantage of an ...

Galaxy S3 Mini, Smaller Version Of Samsung's Flagship Smartphone, To Launch In ...
Huffington Post
SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co plans to unveil a smaller version of its popular Galaxy S III flagship smartphone in Europe on Thursday, the head of Samsung's mobile business said, raising competition against Apple Inc's new iPhone.

Federal employee wins Nobel Prize
Washington Post (blog)
By Joe Davidson David Wineland, after learning he and Serge Haroche of France were awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics. (MARK LEFFINGWELL - REUTERS) Wineland is a physicist with the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and ...

Apple Choice of IPhone Aluminum Said to Slow Down Output
Play This Expert Has Five Big Problems With the iPhone 5 Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPhone 5 supply shortfall is being exacerbated by a quality-control crackdown at Foxconn Technology Group that's designed to cut the number of devices shipped with nicks and ...

HDS Revamps Unified Compute Platform
Server Watch
By Pedro Hernandez (Send Email) Ricky Gradwohl, Director of Global Public Relations for Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), says businesses increasingly "want it done in less than a week." So his company has done the bulk of the prep work and cobbled together ...

Tesla Model S vs. BMW M5 Drag Race Video
Automotive Discovery
One bad rap about electronic vehicles is that even though they are great for the environment and certainly save at the gas pumps, they are nowhere near fast, or even zippy. But the Tesla Model S is on a mission to change the sluggish reputation for ...

Facebook, Netflix, Apple: Tech Premarket
By James Rogers 10/10/12 - 09:11 AM EDT NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Facebook (FB) was a big loser in premarket trading on Wednesday, slipping 1.91% to $19.84. Early on Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that the social networking phenomenon fought the ...

Slime Mold Has An “External Memory”
One of the riddles of modern biology is the slime mold Physarum polycephalum or as we like to call it, Slimer. Slimer has no neurons. It, in fact, has nothing we can scientifically quantify as a brain. Yet, it's perfectly capable of solving mazes, ...


App traces lost cellphones, even if batteries die
WASHINGTON - It can be alarming to misplace a cellphone, especially when it's chock-full of phone numbers that people spend years collecting. Is it at work, at school, at home or in the car? It can be a frustrating search, especially as the cellphone ...

Apple's 'next big thing' may be iDevice TV remote
Apple Insider
By Mikey Campbell While speculation of an Apple-built HDTV has cooled somewhat amid the launch of the iPhone 5 and expected "iPad mini," one analyst says the company's next market disruptor is already here, and it's not a TV. In a research note shared ...

Apple Insider

IBM Rolls Out New PureSystems Data Servers
Server Watch
By Sean Michael Kerner (Send Email) IBM is expanding its portfolio of PureSystems today with new offerings for transactions, analytics and operational analytics. The PureData Systems are pre-configured solution bundles of server hardware and software ...

Whale floating in Boston Harbor washes up on island
The finback whale carcass washed ashore at Rainsford Island off the coast of Hull today. By Billy Baker, Globe Staff The finback whale that has been floating dead in Boston Harbor for several days washed ashore this morning on Rainsford Island, ...

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 660 Ti Graphics Card Launched
Benchmark Reviews
ZOTAC International, a global innovator and manufacturer of graphics cards, mainboards and mini-PCs, today pushes the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 660 Ti to extremes with the new limited edition ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 660 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition.

100 Million-Year-Old Spider Attack Preserved In Unique Fossil
CBS Local
Screen grab of “the only fossil ever discovered that shows a spider attacking prey in its web. Preserved in amber, it's about 100 million years old.” (Credit: Oregon State University) CORVALLIS, Ore. (CBS Seattle) – Experts at Oregon State University ...

CBS Local

Polaris rover will travel to the Moon in search of polar resources, try to ...
By Jamie Rigg posted Oct 9th 2012 3:45PM The Polaris rover may look a little punk rock, but that mohawk is no fashion statement. It's for catching solar rays which shine almost horizontally at the Moon's north pole, a location Polaris is due to explore ...

How Lasers Inspired the Inventor of the LED
By Nathan HurstEmail Author In 1962, 50 years ago today, Nick Holonyak Jr. and his team at GE invented the Light Emitting Diode. While LED lights are almost everywhere today — from bridges to headlights to keychain flashlights that are brighter than ...

An Apple-1 computer from 1976 failed to sell at an auction in London
The Sun
THOUSANDS queued overnight to buy the latest Apple iPhone5 but an original Apple computer failed to attract a big enough 'byte' from bidders when it went up for auction in London today. An original Apple home computer from the 1970s, with no screen and ...

The Sun

Polycom, Microsoft, Take on Cisco in Video Conference Technology
By Robert Mullins | Posted 2012-10-09 Email Print As Polycom introduces a wide array of new video conference technology, the company says its partnership with Microsoft presents a strong challenge to Cisco Systems. Polycom introduced a number of new...


Sprint still sees demand for phones with qwerty keyboards
By Matt Hamblen Computerworld - Behold the Qwerty physical keyboard. It just seems to hang in there with customers. Sprint announced Tuesday that it plans to sell the LG Mach smartphone with 4G LTE this fall, adding a second slider-style smartphone ...


Mercedes starts assembly of M-Class at Chakan
Business Standard
PTI / New Delhi Oct 10, 2012, 18:51 IST Luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz India today said it has started assembling its sports utility vehicle M-Class at its Chakan facility near Pune, making it cheaper by over Rs 10 lakh in the country.

Huge solar eruption causes spectacular northern lights show
Yahoo! News Canada (blog)
By Jordan Chittley By Jordan Chittley | Daily Buzz – 6 minutes ago A huge eruption on the sun last Thursday sent a wave of solar particles toward Earth and resulted in some amazing views of the Aurora Borealis from Alberta to the United Kingdom.

Facebook proposes new settlement over ads #thecircuit
Washington Post (blog)
By Hayley Tsukayama Facebook settlement: In a filing with the US District Court in San Francisco, Facebook proposed a revised settlement with users who took issue with the company's “Sponsored Stories” advertisements. As Reuters reported, the agreement ...

Nokia Pokes at Apple Maps Errors to Seek Navigation Sales
As Apple Inc. (AAPL) faces consumer scorn over errors by the iPhone's navigation software, Finnish rival Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) is seeking to seize the opportunity by touting the reliability of the digital maps it has spent billions crafting.

T-Mobile and MetroPCS: Another Sprint and Nextel?
By Dan Radovsky, The Motley Fool Perhaps one of the reasons Sprint Nextel's (NYS: S) board of directors essentially said "nay-nay" to CEO Dan Hesse's secret scheme to acquire MetroPCS (NYS: PCS) last year was their memory of Sprint's inability to make ...

Sprint Now Offering Vanity Mobile Numbers
By Gary Krakow 10/09/12 - 12:24 PM EDT NEW YORK (TheStreet) - You know about vanity license plates. They've been around for decades. Sprint (S), however, is now offering vanity cell phone numbers. The telecom giant's using a special code to set these ...

Box CEO Aaron Levie highlights how mobile shift is great for business at ...
Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal (blog)
Mobile devices have forced businesses to change the way they let their employees work, Box CEO Aaron Levie said Tuesday at his company's annual convention, BoxWorks. “Mobile really acts as a force multiplier,” Levie said at the event in San Francisco.

Apple's mini iPad: Three things it needs
Washington Post
It's coming late to a market where Amazon's Kindle Fire, Barnes and Noble's Nook Tablet andGoogle's Nexus 7 are already fighting it out. But Apple will likely be able to compete with those tablets just by being Apple. As Sterne Agee's Shaw Wu said in ...

Analysis: Microsoft Surface tablet price range, RT and Pro
Computerworld (blog)
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers wonder whether, at $400-$500, Surface RT can compete withApple's iPad. Microsoft ... The least expensive Microsoft Surface tablet will be priced more in line with a low-end laptop than a $199 Google Nexus 7. ... And the Pro ...

Computerworld (blog)

Google Seeks Better Android Tablet Apps
Having previously prioritized release speed over quality to ensure that early versions of Android caught up with Apple's iOS, Google last year renewed its focus on quality. In March 2011, the company delayed the open source release of Android 3.0--the ...

Developers: Apple ignored our warnings about iOS 6 Maps
Ars Technica
The public backlash over iOS 6 Maps continues: developers are coming out of the woodwork claiming they warned Apple about quality issues before launch. A new report at CNET highlights stories from six third-party developers who say they tried to tell ...

Google launches credit-card program for small businesses
Washington Post (blog)
Last month, the Internet giant launched its “Google for Entrepreneurs” campaign, a site marketingGoogle technology to small businesses. Now, it's offering credit cards to small businesses — but the plastic can only be used toward AdWords, Google's ...

Insight: Frugal Amazon opens checkbook for streaming video
Chicago Tribune
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's deal to purchase streaming movies from cable network Epix could transform the way such deals are done, thanks to a pay-for-performance sweetener that had not been previously disclosed. According to an ...

Apple Choice of IPhone Aluminum Said to Slow Down Output
Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPhone 5 supply shortfall is being exacerbated by a quality-control crackdown at Foxconn Technology Group that's designed to cut the number of devices shipped with nicks and scratches, according to a person familiar with the matter.

AOL Rally Outperforms Apple as Armstrong Plots Turnaround
After adding more than 4 percent last week, AOL's shares have almost tripled in the past 12 months, eclipsing the performance of Apple Inc., Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. The stock hasn't seen that kind of gain since the dot-com boom (3311Q) in 1998, ...

Netflix CEO to step down from Microsoft's board
CBS News
When Hastings steps down from the board at Microsoft's annual meeting on Nov. 28, the company will appoint a new lead independent director. Hastings has filled that role since December 2010. The position requires coordinating meetings with other board ...

Daily Report: Scrutiny of Google's Smartphone Patents Widens ...
The F.T.C. issued subpoenas in June seeking information from Google and smartphone rivals including Apple and Microsoft, and it questioned representatives of the companies as recently as a few weeks ago, said people briefed on the ...
NYT Bits

Google Brings More Than 100 Virtual Keyboards, Transliterations ...
By Frederic Lardinois
Google just announced an update to Gmail that will make life a bit easier for those of us who often write emails in different languages. Gmail users can now easily switch between over 100 virtual keyboards and transliterations. In addition, you ...

Microsoft Mixes Apps And The Web With Its HTML5 Port Of "Contre ...
By Mark Hachman
Microsoft isn't the only browser maker trying to show off games that started as apps and have moved to the Web; Google, for example, persuaded Rovio to develop a browser-based, socially connected version of its Angry Birds franchise for its ...

Reed Hastings Leaving Microsoft Board - Business Insider
By Owen Thomas
ClassicMap Will Let You Use Google Maps On Your iPhone Again—Sort Of ... Amazon Tried To Buy Netflix For $12 Million In 1999* · reed hastings f8 · Netflix Historian Claims Reed Hastings Has An 'Emotional IQ Of Zero' · Marc Randolph, Netflix ... Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is planning to leaveMicrosoft's board, the software maker announced. He joined Microsoft's board in 2007 and he's ....Farhad Manjoo. | The iPhone 5 Is A Miracle. When Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 last month.
Business Insider

Tech giants to talk patent peace
Apple, Microsoft and other tech giants are meeting in Switzerland today to discuss patent litigation reform, seeking to find ways to protect their intellectual property without hurting innovation. The roundtable, hosted by the U.N.'s International ...

A Handy Map of Which Tech Companies to Visit This Friday for ...
By Sally Kuchar
Hotshot tech companies with offices located in San Francisco will be opening their doors to the general public this Friday by participating in OpenCoSF, which is one part conference...
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