05 October 2012

Windows 8, RT Confusion

Windows 8, RT Confusion: Can Microsoft Beat It?
Windows 8, paired with ultra-thin laptops, could add sorely-needed excitement to the PC market this holiday season. But Microsoft has a marketing problem. In a few short weeks, buyers will get their first glimpse of this holiday season's PCs.

Beyond the IPad: Rivals Offer Attractive Alternatives
For the first time, the phrase "tablet worth buying" isn't automatically synonymous with "iPad." Unlike years past, when anything without the Apple label might have been met with a fallen face, this holiday season presents the gift-buyer with a real ...

T-Mobile Deal for MetroPCS Adds Pressure on Sprint
New York Times
By MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED By clinching a deal to buy MetroPCS, T-Mobile USA is aiming not only to survive but also to turn up the pressure on its larger rival, Sprint Nextel. The merger, formally announced on Wednesday, signals a renewed phase of ...

New York Times

Ford Takes on Toyota Prius in C-Max Ad Campaign
By Keith Naughton on October 04, 2012 Ford Motor Co. (F), introducing its first hybrid-only model, is targeting Toyota Motor Corp.'s market- leading Prius in a series of advertisements starting today. The C-Max wagon, a vehicle Ford brought from Europe ...

Inside the Nest Learning Thermostat
New York Times
Nest, the company founded by the former Apple designer Tony Fadell, released a new version of its self-learning thermostat on Tuesday. The new device is 20 percent thinner than the previous model and works with a wider variety of heating and cooling ...

universe is expanding faster than we thought
Astronomers use what they call a "cosmic distance ladder" to estimate the expansion rate of the universe, as illustrated here. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope observed 10 Cepheid variable stars in our own Milky Way galaxy and 80 in a satellite galaxy ...

Endeavour: Toyota truck to tow space shuttle over LA bridge
Los Angeles Times
A specialized robotic transporter will carry the space shuttle most of the way between Los Angeles International Airport and its permanent home at the California Science Center in Exposition Park next week during a two-day, 12-mile trek through city ...

Google Flags Additional Motorola Cuts
Wall Street Journal
By DREW FITZGERALD Google Inc. disclosed a broader swath of layoffs at its Motorola Mobility unit and raised its estimate for severance costs tied to the recently purchased business. The Web-search company said in a regulatory filing Thursday that the ...

Chinese Nitol botnet host back up after Microsoft settles lawsuit
By John Leyden • Microsoft has reached a settlement with the Chinese site linked to the Nitol DDoS botnet. The emerging Nitol botnet was hosted by the 3322.org domain. In order to stem the threat, Microsoft filed a suit to ...

Big Data skills gap needs filling says tech industry
Concern is growing in the US technology industry about a skills gap in education and training in the field of data analysis. "Last 50 years arguably have been about computer science," said Jeremy Burton, VP of product operations for EMC during his ...

Google handset arm grabs facial recog tech firm
By Bill Ray • Get more from this author Motorola Mobility, the handset arm of the Googleplex, is acquiring Viewdle, the Valley-based vision specialist offering facial recognition among other things. Details of the deal haven't been released, ...

Pantech Burst, Element for AT&T get Android 4.0 update
CNET (blog)
by Roger Cheng Both phones can be upgraded to Android 4.0, AT&T said today in a blog post published today. The update brings the phones to the second latest version of Android, behind Jelly Bean, or Android 4.1. To download the update for the Burst, ...

After Six Years of Decline, Traffic Deaths Begin to Inch Upward
New York Times (blog)
By TANYA MOHN Though federal data showed last year that roadway deaths had fallen to their lowest recorded levels since 1949, traffic deaths have been on the rise in 2012, reversing a downward trend over the last six years.

New York Times (blog)

Starbucks iOS app adds support for Apple's Passbook
Starbucks customers can now use Passbook on their iOS 6 devices to pay for coffee, check their balance, and collect rewards. by Lance Whitney iOS 6 users who want to grab a cup of coffee at Starbucks can now pay for it through their iPhones.

AT&T Set to Sell New Nokia Phones in US
Wall Street Journal
By SVEN GRUNDBERG AT&T (T) is set to be the first US to sell Nokia Corp.'s (NOK) latest Windows-running Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 smartphones, two people familiar with the launch plans said. It may be crucial for loss-making Nokia.

Hands On: Acer Iconia W700 Windows 8 Tablet
PC Magazine
By Joel Santo Domingo PCMag got the opportunity to preview the Acer Iconia W700-6465, and so far it's an interesting look into the future of computing. While previous tablets touted their "post-PC" philosophies, the Acer Iconia W700-6465 marries the ...

Facebook (FB) Hits 1 Billion User Mark
ABC News (blog)
A big milestone for the world's largest social network. Facebook says it now has more than one billion users each month. The announcement was made this morning in a status posting by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

11 Presentation Lessons You Can Still Learn From Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs is still the word's greatest corporate storyteller. I've seen plenty of talented speakers in the past year and I've written about many of them in this column but I have yet to find someone as good as Steve Jobs. This is why I have spent so ...


Google adds Street View to its maps mobile web app
BBC News
Google has updated its mobile web app to allow iPhone and iPad users to access its Street View facility. They had lost access to the service's interactive panoramic photos in a recent system upgrade. Apple revamped its Maps app replacing the original ...

Songs from space reach ears on Earth
Oct. 4 - If you thought it was quiet in space, you were wrong. Instruments aboard NASA's orbiting Radiation Belt Storm Probes have picked up audio from the phenomenon known as ''chorus'' radio waves within Earth's magnetosphere, and they sound more ...

The Psychology of Sputnik
Discovery News
Sputnik was an innocuous satellite; Soviet scientists behind the launch were just happy to successfully put the probe into orbit. But in the United States the reaction was different. The engineering feat very quickly gave way to hysteria and paranoia.

Climate change may force evacuation of vulnerable island states within a decade
The Guardian (blog)
One of the world's foremost climate scientists has warned that vulnerable island states may need to consider evacuating their populations within a decade due to a much faster than anticipated melting of the world's ice sheets. Michael Mann, director of ...

Facebook allows US users to promote personal posts in news feeds
By Lee Bell SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook is allowing a selection of US users the option to promote their personal posts in friends' news feeds, for a price. 5000 testers of the new feature in the US can now pay $7 (around £4) to advertise their personal ...


WoW: Mists of Pandaria sells 2.7 million copies in 1 week
By Tom Ivan for CVG UK The latest expansion helped push the MMO's global user base back above ten million, "with growth across all major regions", according to "internal company records and reports from key distribution partners".

Bone-bothering boffins pull TINY fanged dinosaur from drawers
By Anna Leach • Get more from this author A two-foot long dinosaur with the beak of a parrot, teeth of a vampire and covered in some sort of bristly quill stuff is the latest new dinosaur to be identified. The Pegomastax africanus scampered around the ...

Building an AMD 'Trinity' desktop PC
Summary: Now that AMD's new "Trinity" APUs have hit the shelves, let's take a look at what you need to take advantage of these next-generation processors. By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes for Hardware 2.0 | October 4, 2012 -- 10:19 GMT (03:19 PDT) Now that ...

Ad industry calls IE10's 'Do Not Track' setting 'unacceptable'
By Gregg Keizer Computerworld - Many of the country's largest companies lashed out at Microsoft this week, claiming that its decision to turn on the "Do Not Track" privacy feature in Internet Explorer 10 would "harm consumers, hurt competition, ...

Liftoff! Delta IV rocket launches with new GPS satellite
Central Florida News 13
By Jerry Hume, Reporter It was a beautiful launch this morning of a Delta IV rocket carrying a military GPS satellite on board. The rocket lifted off at 8:10 am from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The GPS is designed to help out our troops, ...

Central Florida News 13

Life Abhors Arsenic, Even In Extremis
Popular Science
Another study casts doubt on the famous arsenic-life findings, showing the bacterium actually grabs phosphorus wherever it can be found. By Rebecca Boyle Posted 10.03.2012 at 5:33 pm 1 Comment An exquisitely detailed chemical structure enables microbes ...

Popular Science

3D Printing's Next Frontier: Guns
Yahoo! News (blog)
By Todd Wasserman | Mashable – 6 hrs ago 3D printing has been hailed as the future of manufacturing as everything from chocolate goodies to jawbones have been created with the newish technology. Add one more item to that list: Guns.

LG Optimus G announced for AT&T and Sprint
Unwired View
By Florin on 04 Oct 12 LG has officially announced that AT&T and Sprint would offer its Optimus G flagship smartphone in the US (this while T-Mobile is going to sell the less-capable Optimus L9). As reported several times before, the Optimus G is the ...

One electric vehicle maker is staying afloat
(Fortune) -- The infant electric vehicle industry is in turmoil. Toyota is backing off its EV plans in the face of disappointing sales by the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt. At Tesla, founder Elon Musk is having trouble scaling up production from ...

NASA Prepping Post-Election Moon Base Announcement?
PC Magazine
By Damon Poeter NASA may be preparing to announce an initiative to begin building a floating Moon base for future deep space missions following the US presidential election next month, Space.com reported this week. The space agency's rumored plan to ...

Fake Antivirus Ringleader Must Pay $163 Million
Federal court imposes $163 million judgment on a woman who FTC says helped run scareware ring that tricked more than one million consumers across six countries into purchasing fake security software. By Mathew J. Schwartz InformationWeek Acting on a ...

Oracle on path to become the Apple of the enterprise
Summary: With its plans for a proprietary cloud along with its encouragement of customers to use its software on its engineered systems, the database giant is looking more and more like it wants to become the Apple of the enterprise.


Samsung set to release a Galaxy S III 'mini'?
Washington Post
Rumor has it that Samsung is planning to release a smaller version of its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S III. The speculation comes out of Germany, where the company has reportedly sent invitations to press that come with the tagline “That's how ...

FTC Takes Aim at Tech Support Scareware Scams
By Jeffrey Burt | Posted 2012-10-03 Email Print The agency puts a halt to six such tech support cons, part of a larger effort to stop phony tech support companies from scamming consumers. The Federal Trade Commission is expanding its efforts against ...

Fisker Lands $100 Million to Finance Atlantic Project
Fisker Automotive have announced that they have successfully secured equity funding in excess of $100 million – which it will plough into the development of its mid-size Atlantic sedan. The announcement comes after several months of negative publicity ...


Boffins get black hole double-vision
By Richard Chirgwin • Get more from this author The Messier 22 globular star cluster has yielded a messier-than-expected observation: instead of the black hole astronomers expected to find in its centre, there are two. Conducted by the University of ...

Jonathan Ive tribute to Steve Jobs video rings true one year later
This Friday is the one-year anniversary of the passing of Steve Jobs, and one of the most moving – and interesting – tributes remains the speech given by Jonathan Ive on the 19th of October, 2011, at a private Apple event.

'New Super Mario Bros Wii U' co-op trailer - watch
Digital Spy
The latest video focuses on the game's multiplayer element, in particular its co-op mode. The trailer showcases a number of the game's colourful environments, as well as boss battles involving four players. New Super Mario Bros Wii U allows multiple ...

Don't Look for Nissan's new “World Car” to be Seen on US Roads
Wiglaf Journal
Theodore Levitt in his monumental “Globalization of Markets” treatise predicted the future of international marketing will be the truly “global product.” He envisioned products that everybody in the world could use and not worry about such products ...

DFG will study endangered listing for wolf
Record-Searchlight (blog)
The decision opens a status review to be done over the course of the next 12 months, after which the Commission could decide to list the wolf as an endangered species under state law. "We have very little information on the history and status of wolves ...

2014 honda accord plug in hybrid first drive
Autoblog (blog)
by Sebastian Blanco (RSS feed) on Oct 3rd, 2012 at 11:57AM The Accord Gets Friendly With A Volt-esque Powertrain After 30 years, Honda is trying to teach the old Accord new tricks, and they're of the plug-in variety. We've been teased by various ...

Google warns of more cuts at Motorola
Chicago Tribune
Google bought Motorola last year for $12.5 billion, with the aim of bolstering its patent portfolio in the intellectual property fight its Android mobile system faces with rivals Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. But the Internet search giant ...

How Apple has changed under Tim Cook
Apple was no stranger to lobbying (although it spends far less than some other Silicon Valley companies, like Google), but sending Cook was a way of letting politicians know Apple was ready to grow its relationship with Capitol Hill and that the ...

3XSQ: Apple making mini iPads - WSJ
Share Flag as inappropriate. Loading... Alert icon. Sign in or sign up now! Alert icon. Loading... Published on Oct 3, 2012 by ReutersVideo. Oct 3 - Apple's suppliers in Asia have started mass producing a new tablet computer smaller than the current iPad.

Reports of a Microsoft-made Surface smartphone resurface
Microsoft officials in the past six months have denied working on a Microsoft-branded smartphone. The denials came even as the company took heat for building its own Surface-branded tablets, which compete with Microsoft's third-party manufacturing ...

Apple hunts for System-on-a-Chip Architect for A6 successor?
An Apple job posting for an 'SoC Modelling Architect / Lead' gives us an insight into what the Cupertino giant may have planned for the future. The job is described as an "unique and highly visible role" where the successful candidate will "will be at ...


Google, book publishers settle long-running copyright case
AAP also said that U.S. publishers can "choose to make available or choose to remove their books and journals digitized by Google for its Library Project." More to come. Topics: Media,: Corporate and legal; Tags: books,: publishers,: litigation ...

A Look at Apple (AAPL) One Year After Steve Jobs' Death
ABC News
A year after founder Steve Jobs' death, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is continuing on the trajectory that the late founder had in place for years, with its highly-coveted consumer products that are getting into more hands around the country, while the company ...

ABC News

Amazon, Microsoft, Apple: The Buzz on the Products That Will Make or Break the ...
Schaeffers Research (blog)
Amazon, Microsoft, Apple: The Buzz on the Products That Will Make or Break the World's Biggest Companies. by Minyanville ... About 48% of the tablets out there now use Google Inc's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android software , including Amazon's Kindle brand.

Amazon Cloud Drive adds new sharing features, desktop app for Mac
Today Amazon announced some new features that its adding to its Cloud Drive service. US users are getting the ability to easily share files with friends and family, as well as a new desktop app for Mac that's available for users in both the US and Europe.

Apple, Tory, Restoration Hardware: Intellectual Property
Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s billion-dollar trial victory in August was tainted by the jury foreman's failure to disclose a lawsuit and his personal bankruptcy, Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) said in a request to a judge for the verdict to be thrown out ...

Google's iOS Web App For iPhone and iPad Now Features Street ...
By Ingrid Lunden
Google has yet to publish a native Google Maps app for Apple's iOS devices (although we hear it's coming soon), but in the meantime it continues to beef up the experience on its iOS-focused web app, today adding its popular Street View ...

Google Lat Long: Street View comes to Google Maps on your Mobile ...
By Lat Long Blog
To make Google Maps even more comprehensive, accurate and useful, today we're making Street View available on mobile browsers. With access to Street View on your phone, you can use panoramic, street-level imagery to explore and ...
Google Lat Long

Google's Street View returns to Apple's iPhone - sort of - Fortune Tech
By Philip Elmer-DeWitt
FORTUNE -- The return overnight Wednesday of Google's (GOOG) Street View on Apple's (AAPL) mobile devices reminds me of what someone once said on seeing a three-legged dog run. The miracle isn't that it runs well, but that it runs at all ...
Fortune Tech: Technology blogs,...

5 Inspiring Ways Developers Are Building With Google Maps
By Zoe Fox
Google launched a new project Wednesday, More Than Maps, highlighting the work of developers around the globe, using Google Maps. ... Grandma [UPDATED] 90. Like Tweet · Apple's New Maps App Was Steve Jobs' Idea [REPORT] 5 ...
Mashable » Tech

Rumor: Microsoft In Acquisition Talks With Rdio
By Robin Wauters
Music is such a critical piece of the puzzle for any consumer-facing company that offers both hardware and associated software and services – just ask Apple, Google / Motorola Mobility,Amazon, RIM, Nokia, Samsung, Sony and HTC – that ...
The Next Web

iOS Maps: 5 Reasons Apple Broke Up With Google And Built Its ...
"Apple apparently felt that the older Google Maps-powered Maps in iOS were falling behind Android..... Kindle Paperwhite Review: Amazon's New Kindle Has.

Multinational Crackdown on Computer Con Artists
New York Times
The scheme relied on boiler-room cold calls or ads connected to Google searches that offered the phone numbers for phony tech support services for a specific computer brand. The callers, who usually asserted that they represented technology companies ...

HP Reels From Tech-Tonic Slide
Wall Street Journal (blog)
One is General Motors, whose chief executive told The Wall Street Journal this summer that managing technology in-house will lead to increased efficiency. Meantime, Ms. Whitman has limited resources at her disposal to rebuild H-P's businesses, what ...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

CCTV Technology has 'Overtaken Ability to Regulate it'
Wall Street Journal (blog)
The first surveillance commissioner appointed by the U.K. government has warned that high-definition camera systems are being introduced that are so sophisticated that they may be in breach of human rights laws. They are being installed, said Andrew ...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

New Poll Shows Family And Friends Maintain Tech Support Lead For 50+, But ...
Still, technology dependence appears to be on the uptick among the 50+ as both men and women say they intend to add more gadgets to their tech arsenal. For the AARP members in this poll, the most sought-after electronics going into this holiday season ...

DreamWorks Animation ups Wallen to CTO: Exec overseeing technology to ...
Chicago Tribune
Since Leonard's departure, DWA had already been relying on Wallen to oversee the studio's techneeds as head of animation technology. "Lincoln is an exceptional executive and brilliant technologist whose contributions to DreamWorks Animation have ...

Tech industry delivers report on government Big Data
This confusion may be due in part to the conversation being driven largely by the information technology community versus line of business community, and therefore centering primarily ontechnology. The report then proceeds to present a definition of ...

Informatica profit warning hits tech sector shares
(Reuters) - Software maker Informatica Corp (INFA.O) warned of worsening business conditions in Europe, sending its shares sliding by a quarter premarket and triggering a premarket selloff in other U.S. tech stocks. Informatica is a market bellwether ...

Tech's Gender Gap: Real or Silicon (Valley) Made
Huffington Post
While a handful of these startups are certainly rooted in building primary technology (think CloudFare), the trend in startups founded by females skew toward using tech as the platform for delivering community-driven content and consumer-driven products.

Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC) Honors Red Hat for Fourth ...
GTDC is a worldwide industry association dedicated to defining and promoting the role of wholesale distribution in a successful and healthy information technology channel. The Council is comprised of the computer industry's top wholesale distributors ...

Tech Journal: When to Move From FeedBurner
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Tech Journal: When to Move From FeedBurner.

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Jumio's Credit Card Scanning Technology Pops Up in Travelocity's ...
By Sarah Perez
Jumio, the computer vision startup backed by $32 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Eduardo Saverin and others, is today announcing the first travel application to integrate its Netswipetechnology. The app involved is the recently ...

16 High-Tech '90s Gadgets That Are Pretty Lame When You Think ...
By Stephanie Buck
Here's a tribute to our 16 favorite tech toys from the '90s, which if you asked us back then, were just about the most advanced gadgets on the planet.
Mashable » Tech

Slickdeals' best in tech for October 3rd: 60-inch Panasonic Viera ...
By Billy Steele
Looking to save some coin on your tech purchases? Of course ... Slickdeals' best in tech for October 3rd: 60-inch Panasonic Viera Plasma HDTV and more .... Jumio's Credit Card Scanning TechnologyPops Up in Travelocity's Hotel Deals App ...

Microlatch developing fingerprint tech for Apple to use in NFC apps
By Christian Zibreg
There has been a whole lot of hoopla concerning Apple deploying NFC technology on iOS devices, especially prior to the iPhone 5's release last month. NFC, or.

FTC Shuts Down Six Tech Support Scams from India
By Emil Protalinski
Emil is a technology journalist writing for The Next Web. Over the years, he has covered the techindustry for multiple publications, including Ars Technica, Neowin, TechSpot, ZDNet, and CNET. Stay in touch via Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ ...
The Next Web

Pre-caffeine tech: Facebook billion, big debate! - Technology on ...
You know what's cooler than a million users? A billion users. And now Facebook has just that. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg sh...

Asia-Pacific region launches five-year initiative to strengthen space ...
Bangkok (UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section) – Asia- Pacific countries launched a five-year campaign here today aimed at promoting ...

Global fake tech support scammers taken down by regulators – Tech ...
After scamming thousands of consumers, tech support frauds get caught. ... would cold call consumers pretending to be with well-known technology companies ...

Technology and Peace | Education Recoded | Big Think
Technology and Peace. Jayson Richardson on October 4, 2012, 9:30 AM. Edward Brantmeier and I recently published an article focused on how modern digital ...

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