29 October 2012

US Satellite Plans Falter, Imperiling Data on Storms

US Satellite Plans Falter, Imperiling Data on Storms
New York Times
WASHINGTON — The United States is facing a year or more without crucial satellites that provide invaluable data for predicting storm tracks, a result of years of mismanagement, lack of financing and delays in launching replacements, according to several ...

New York Times

Microsoft Surface: Industry's best-kept secret
CNNMoney
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- When it unveiled its Surface tablet, Microsoft pulled off something increasingly rare in the tech world: a true surprise. Even notoriously tight-lipped Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) can no longer keep details of its iGizmos from ...

Microsoft links PCs to mobile computing
Detroit Free Press
In fact, they can run only applications downloaded directly from Microsoft's online store, in a setup borrowed from Apple and its iPhone. Windows RT devices have limited ability to connect to peripherals, such as scanners and printers. Here's a ...

Apple sees schools buoying tablet lead as classes use iPad
The News Journal
That compares with $499 to $829 for the current iPad. Beyond the school market of course, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook will use the device to try to widen Apple's lead over Amazon.com Inc. and Google Inc. and fend off a more recent threat from ...

Google Android Event Cancelled Due to Hurricane Sandy
eWeek
Microsoft is still planning its Windows Phone 8 launch event for Monday, but Googledrops its Android event in NYC thanks to the Frankenstorm. Search engine giantGoogle announced the cancellation of a hotly anticipated media event ... Earlier this ...

eWeek

Amazon Posts First Loss In Almost A Decade Despite Strong Sales
Seeking Alpha
The world's largest online retailer, Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), posted a loss of $274 million in the July-September period, earnings for which were released on October 25th. That's down from earnings of $63 million, a year earlier. Though expected, it was ...

Future of Nokia hangs on Windows Phone 8 rollout
The Associated Press
HELSINKI (AP) — For Nokia, it comes down to this: Is Microsoft's new phone software going to get it back in the smartphone race, or is it going to be too late? After being the top seller of cellphones in the world for 14 years, Nokia failed to meet ...

The Associated Press

Amazon Kindle Fire sales spiked massively after iPad mini announcement
Today's iPhone
Following its success and the buzz surrounding Google's Nexus 7, it seems everyone was waiting for Apple to blow them both out of the water with a smaller form factor tablet, priced just as competitively. As I've always maintained, a sub-$300 Apple ...

Apple's Lightning cable: Making the switch
USA TODAY
Answer: Apple's switch from its old 30-pin dock connector to the new Lightning port on its new phone and tablets, as well as the updated iPod touch and iPod nano introduced last month, may not inconvenience you that much. But in some situations, it will.

More apps are available at launch for Microsoft Surface than seen for iOS and ...
ZDNet
There are over 10,000 apps available right now, which is more than we saw from Apple or Google. Matthew Miller. By Matthew Miller for The Mobile Gadgeteer | October 28, 2012 -- 13:49 GMT (06:49 PDT). Follow @palmsolo. More apps are available at ...

Google Event Cancelled Due To Hurricane Sandy
By Catharine Smith
Google has cancelled its big Android event, previously scheduled for Monday in New York City, due to the impending Hurricane Sandy. ... Now there are no Google surprises to steal Microsoft's thunder. We'll update as soon as we hear back on when Google has rescheduled its presser. In the meantime..... If you look at Apple's last unveiling, it was mostly media mixed in with employees so after every second word there were loud cheers. rex4: If you look at Apple's last unveiling, it was ...
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Convergence Or Confusion: Comparing Apple's And Microsoft's ...
By Darrell Etherington
In a lot of ways, with Windows 8, Microsoft got the jump on what Apple seems intent on doing with OS X and iOS: a convergence of desktop and mobile computing...
TechCrunch

Google Maps Gets a Makeover [VIDEO]
By Anita Li
Google Maps has gotten a fresh new look, adding some "visual improvements" to its design. ...Google Maps. South America – Without “Amazon Basin” label .... Top Stories Today. Stolen Ideas:Apple Didn't Build That [INFOGRAPHIC] 1 ...
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Google postpones October 29th event over Hurricane Sandy worries ...
By Jon Fingas
The company has confirmed to us that it's postponing the event to an as yet undetermined point in the future due to Hurricane Sandy, whose East coast arrival will follow so closely before the New York City gaterhing that Google isn't willing to take ... Nexus 4 appears early at Carphone Warehouse, October 30th release date. 2 days ago. Apple iPad mini hands-on! 3 days ago. Apple13-inch Retina MacBook Pro hands-on! 3 days ago. The iPad mini vs. the competition: fight! 4 days ago ...
Engadget

Amazon Grabs Top Sony Music Exec - AllThingsD
By Peter Kafka
Trending – Apple CEO: Microsoft's Surface Is Probably Terrible · D: Dive Into Mobile Live Stream Schedule »Follow on Twitter »D: Dive Into Mobile ... Last year Amazon riled the music industry by rolling out a Web-based music “locker” service without getting permission from the labels first. This summer the e-commerce giant finally negotiated licenses with the labels ... From Google, the Toughest Challenger to the iPad. Walt Mossberg in Personal Technology. Apple Unleashes Its New...
AllThingsD

Mozilla Sends Microsoft IE Team Cake; Yahoo Sends Daggers
PC Magazine
A Closer Look at Windows 8. Internet Explorer 10 is finally out – at least, for those who have picked up a copy of Windows 8, as the latest iteration of Microsoft's primary Web browser comes baked into the new operating system by default. Windows 7 stalwarts ...

Hurricane Sandy: Apps and Tech Tips
ABC News
There are a lot of things you can do to prepare for Hurricane Sandy. You can stock up on the essentials (food, water, etc.), flashlights and plenty of batteries. But you can also stock up on some digital necessities, including some apps for your smartphone or ...

Blood and astronaut pee: Creepy cargo returns to Earth
NBCNews.com
Blood and astronaut pee: Creepy cargo returns to Earth on SpaceX capsule today. Hundreds of blood and urine samples, some in bags and others in syringes, are returning to Earth. Below: x. Image: Jump to photos Month in Space: September 2012. photos ...

Bulgarian blogger buys data for 1.1 million Facebook users for $5
VentureBeat
A Bulgarian digital rights activist is the proud owner of your Facebook name, username, and email today. Bogomil Shopov bought this information for 1.1 million Facebook users for $5. According to Forbes, Shopov purchased the data on Gigbucks, a website...

VentureBeat

4 Reasons Baidu Should Close Higher Next Week
DailyFinance
It's so easy to hate on Baidu (NAS: BIDU) these days. China's economy is slowing. The shift to mobile from desktop poses more threats than opportunities for paid-search providers. And now, for the first time since Google (NAS: GOOG) staged a partial retreat ...

DIY: how to make your own (mini or jumbo) tablet sleeve
Ars Technica (blog)
Tablets may still be new compared to other tech on the market, but even the "normals" have begun buying them en masse. Everyone seems to have something, whether it's an iPad, a Nexus 7, a Kindle Fire, or even a regular e-ink reader. And as many of us ...

Ars Technica (blog)

A Google Employee Walks Into a Bar ...
DailyFinance
Stop me if you've heard this one before. An employee of one of the most powerful and influential tech giants in the world walks into a bar. The employee presumably begins to partake in adult refreshments and happens to be carrying an unreleased prototype ...

Apple CEO Likens Microsoft Surface to a Flying Car
Tom's Hardware Guide
Apple said to be preparing a new version of just-unveiled, yet-to-be-released iPad 4 due to Surface threat. Despite every single Surface variant selling out during its pre-order stages in several regions including the U.S. and UK, Apple CEO Tim Cook has ...

Wacky Law Makes It Legal To Mess With Your iPhone's Software, Illegal For The ...
Business Insider
If you think you own your tablet and can put any software you want on it, think again. The U.S. government just made it officially illegal to "jailbreak" your tablet, while also saying it was ok to jailbreak your smartphone. When you "jailbreak" your mobile device, ...

Business Insider

Google Is Now Doing Same-Day Shopping Delivery
Business Insider
Google has started testing a same-day delivery shopping service in San Francisco, according to the New York Times. This could be huge for Google's mobile consumer intent targeting strategy (dominated by search, currently). The move puts Google in direct ...
 
Business Insider

Is California the trend-setter: Prius No. 1
UPI.com
The hybrid Toyota Prius is seen with its charging station at the New York International Auto Show held at the Jacob Javits Center on April 4, 2012 in New York City. The annual car show offers previews of next year's models along with the introduction of ...

Windows 8 primer: how to navigate Microsoft's new operating system
The Verge
Congratulations, you've installed Windows 8. Now what? Now, you have to figure out how to actually use Microsoft's new operating system before your boss, friends, or family expect you to do something productive. That's just what this guide is for. We'll show ...

Wild hogs pose dangerous threat on Texas' 85-mph highway
Torque News
Motorists navigating Texas' new 85-mph highway are encountering a surprising problem: wild hogs. According to Austin's KXAN News, there were four collisions between hogs and cars reported on the very first night the road was open. Three of the crashes ...

Torque News

Bookstore breach puts spotlight on security awareness
Tribune-Review
By Adam Smeltz Published: Saturday, October 27, 2012, 9:27 p.m.. Updated 59 minutes ago. The breach of credit- and debit-card readers at dozens of Barnes & Noble bookstores, including two in Allegheny County, might be a cautionary tale for computer ...

Audi R8 e-tron Electric Car Project Sadly Shelved
EarthTechling
It would have been an all-electric supercar that went 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds and probably priced around $250,000. Now it looks to be just a pipe dream as confirmation that Audi is shelving its planned R8 e-tron has come from the automaker.

Kindle re-invented, Windows 8 has more tools
Solar Panels News
Kindle App has been refreshed and brought in by Amazon to assist its users. With greater flexibility and more user friendly features, this Windows 8 enabled application helps the reader find, read and download articles faster than before. This certainly takes ...

Hermit Crabs Adapting To Kick Neighboring Crabs Out Of Homes
Cinema Blend
This week in weird animal news, we're taking a look at hermit crabs, a species which will congregate socially, but for the unlikeliest of reasons. Apparently, hermit crabs are sneaky little creatures that will join together into a group. Most of the hermit crabs are...

Cinema Blend

Exclusive: Inside look at new Apple Store in Palo Alto
San Jose Mercury News
PALO ALTO -- It's only 262 steps southwest along University Avenue -- past the Tibetan amulets, the crepe joint and the 4.49-percent home-equity line offered at Union Bank -- to stroll from the old Apple (AAPL) Store to the new one, opening Saturday morning ...

US looks at Ford speed control issues
UPI.com
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. auto safety regulators said they were looking into a speed control problem that could involve 310,000 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the problem was ...

HTC One X Android 4.1 rollout begins in Asia and Europe
The Verge
HTC announced that Android 4.1 would roll out for its One X and One S handsets in October, and it looks like the company has hit one of its targets: Android Central reports that the Jelly Bean update has already started rolling out for customers with the HTC ...

Ubisoft Releases Far Cry 3 Map: Texture Pack For Minecraft!
Geek Smash
When this news dropped I knew what I would be doing all night long. As a huge Minecraft and Far Cry nut, this is not something I would have ever dreamed up. But I'm so glad someone did. I wish more developers would take notes from this example and start ...

Geek Smash

Look who's talking: Whale tells a tale, and a cat goes to court
The Augusta Chronicle
In 1984, a diver emerged from the whale and dolphin tank at the National Marine Mammal Foundation in San Diego, asking his co-workers who asked him to get out of the tank. Nobody did. The sound, it turned out, came from a beluga whale named Noc.

Apple's Schiller: 'Old technologies are holding us back'
CNN
Apple's Phil Schiller talks about new enhancements to the Mac computer line; Rather than adding new features, Apple has whittled the Mac down to its essence; Schiller: "Old technologies are holding us back. They're anchors on where we want to go" ...

NASA announces resurrection of 'zombie' planet
CTV News
Just in time for Halloween, NASA has resurrected a "zombie" planet previously believed to be nothing more than a lifeless, creepy cloud of dust. The space agency announced this week that scientists -- led by a University of Toronto researcher -- had taken a ...

CTV News

Future of Nokia hangs on Windows Phone 8 rollout
NDTV
Helsinki: For Nokia, it comes down to this: Is Microsoft's new phone software going to get it back in the smartphone race, or is it going to be too late? After being the top seller of cellphones in the world for 14 years, Nokia failed to meet the challenge when ...

iPad mini, iPad 4 to reach retail on the biggest Black Friday ever?
Examiner.com
For those who want to get their hands on the iPad mini but like to avoid malls on Black Friday, you may be SOL. Apparently, some who ordered an LTE iPad mini on Thursday night (midnight) have received updates as of Friday, saying that they will begin ...

Irish citizen arrested and charged with defrauding Facebook and founder Mark ...
IrishCentral
The Irish American businessman who claimed he was the majority shareholder in Facebook has been arrested for attempting to defraud the company and its founder Mark Zuckerberg. Paul Ceglia has been charged with a multi-billion-dollar scheme to ...

IrishCentral

Supreme Court to Consider Outlawing Resale of Foreign-Made Products
AllGov
Reselling everything from books to iPhones made overseas could become illegal depending on a ruling soon from the U.S. Supreme Court. Back in the 1990s, Supap Kirtsaeng of Thailand came to the U.S. to study for college. The high cost of textbooks ...

Google to meet Hollande over payment bid
Sky News Australia
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt will meet French President Francois Hollande as the internet giant wrangles with Paris over a bill that would force search engines to pay for content, a government source said. Schmidt's meeting on Monday with the ...

Sky News Australia

Samsung maintains lead in fast growing smartphone category
Times of India
MUMBAI: Mobile phone sales crossed the 100 million mark in the first six months of this year, even as smartphone sales crossed 5.5 million units, according to the latest data released by Cybermedia Research India. Troubled Finnish handset maker Nokia ...

Megaupload Will Relaunch On Anniversary Of Kim Dotcom's Mansion Raid
ZoKnowsGaming
So nobody ever said that alleged online piracy kingpin Kim Dotcom didn't have a flair for the ironic. The highly controversial owner of file sharing site Megaupload was arrested and charged with racketeering, copyright infringement and money laundering ...

ZoKnowsGaming

Hurricane Sandy: 1. Google's Monday Press Event in NYC: 0.
PC Magazine
Google Oct. 29 Press Event. Sorry, tech-heads. Hurricane Sandy has put a crimp in Google's plans for Android. Following New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's declaratoin of a state of emergency in advance of Hurricane Sandy making landfall later today ...

11 Killed in Brazil shootings
Fox News
At least 11 people died of gunshot wounds in several shootings overnight in different parts of Greater Sao Paulo, which has seen a recent uptick in violence, police said. Five people were killed in armed clashes on the east side of Sao Paulo, hard hit by violent ...

Hitman: Absolution Trailer Shows Agent 47 Doing His 'job'
GamingBolt (blog)
Check out the new trailer from Hitman: Absolution showing Agent 47 in all his glory. The trailer was shown at the HMV GamesMaster Golden Joystick awards. We also previewed the game recently and thing is pretty good. “Very few games, at least in recent ...

How to save humanity from a giant asteroid? With reflective paintballs, of course
The Independent
However, according to Sung Wook Paek, a graduate student in MIT's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics it could be the answer. If Paek's calculations are correct then the staple of office bonding outings may be the way to change the course of an ...

Need for Speed: Most Wanted launch trailer adds to end-of-year crunch
games.on.net
A launch trailer for Need for Speed: Most Wanted? Isn't EA jumping the gun a bit here? Surely it's not out until November 1, and oh god it is nearly November. Alright! Okay! That's fine then! Here is a launch trailer for Need fo Speed: Most Wanted, Criterion's ...

Antarctic ozone hole extends to 8.2 million sq. miles in September this year
French Tribune
The ozone hole above Antarctic extended to 8.2 million sq. miles in September this year, NASA and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced. The Antarctic ozone hole reached its peak size on 22nd of September, and...

French Tribune

LG Unveils First Ultra HD Set, Quadrupling The resolution Of 4K HDTVs
iTechPost
High-definition TVs have officially graduated to the new Ultra HD standard, and LG is the first to introduce such a device. The 84-inch Led TV from LG Electronics is the first Ultra high-definition flat panel display, and it went on sale in the U.S. on Friday, Oct. 26, ...

iTechPost

Hennessey VR1200 twin turbo CTS-V Coupe Hits 220 MPH At The Texas ...
iMotorTimes.com
Earlier this week, the SH130 highway in Texas finally opened its new toll road section with a raised speed limit of 85 mph. Already coined by some as the "American Autobahn," Texas super- 
iMotorTimes.com

Charizard 3DS XL Roars For Your Attention
TheGamersHub
With applications opening on November 3rd – 26th, Japanese Pokemon enthusiasts can sumbit their lottery entry to win the newly annoucned Charizard 3DS XL (LL in Japan) system before it becomes available to the general public. Just like the limited ...

TheGamersHub

Chris Harris on the MP4-12C Spider
CarBuzz - Car News and Reviews
Though some lament a certain lack of soul you'd find in its Italian rivals, there's little question that the McLaren MP4-12C is one of the most capable performance machines on the market. Chris Harris raved about the coupe and he's equally impressed by the ...

CarBuzz - Car News and Reviews

Mercedes-Benz Plans 11 New US Models for Entry, Ultra Luxury Segments
MotorTrend Magazine
After a strong showing in its September sales, especially for its C-Class compact sport sedan, Mercedes-Benz is not letting off the throttle with its new model rollout for the U.S. market. In addition to refreshing or replacing 19 existing models, the company is...

MotorTrend Magazine

Hotline Miami Is A Grotesque Masterpiece
Cinema Blend
Dennaton Games and Devolver Digital really knocked it out of the ballpark with Hotline Miami, it's pretty much gaming's version of Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive but with a much darker and more psychologically driven plot device behind it, in plain terms it's a...

Cinema Blend

NASA's Cassini Witnessed Enormous Atmospheric Discharge On Saturn After ...
PlanetSave.com
An enormous storm was recently observed on Saturn by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Such storms have rarely been seen on Saturn, and this recent one was the largest one yet. 20121027-200836.jpg. The data taken by Cassini revealed enormous ...

Boat show: Smooth sailing on sunny day
Sun-Sentinel
It was a gorgeous day at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Saturday after two days of wet, windy weather. It was still windy on Day 3 of the five-day show, which is being held at five marinas and the Broward County Convention Center. But skies ...

Champion Fisherman Builds Custom Fishing Rig Based On Toyota Tundra
StudentNewsIE.com
Champion Fisherman Builds Custom Fishing Rig Based On Toyota Tundra. October 27, 2012 · 0 Comments. Britt Myers is a Bassmaster Elite Series pro angler and besides being a champion fisherman he is also well known for building custom Toyota ...

Wii U sales may sink Nintendo's profit ship
Examiner.com
The hotly anticipated Wii U system with its unusual touchscreen game pad, so called killer app Miiverse, and rocking HD graphics engine is almost here but the wind may have been knocked out of its sails. After the fiasco over the high sales price of the 3DS...

Examiner.com

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