08 November 2012

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7

Prizefight: Apple iPad Mini vs. Google Nexus 7
CNET (blog)
The Google Nexus 7 brings arguably the most feature-packed 7-inch tablet on the market with legitimate support from the Google Play ecosystem. Will Apple's new kid on the block take out the reigning Prizefight champ? Which are you picking as YOUR ...

Why the Apple vs Android Comparison Is A Piece of Nonsense
Forbes
I wonder what value this type of data really has. The conclusions seems to be that Apple is playing catch up in the Mobile OS world and has been relegated by Google to a niche position, like it was by Microsoft in the Wintel era. Here's ReadWriteWeb ...

Apple Granted Patent for Original iPad Design
Wired (blog)
“This design patent gives Apple no new advantage, because no one is out there trying to market an iPad lookalike,” said Lea Shaver, Associate Professor with Indiana University's McKinney School of Law. “It's not a game changer. It's just a little bit ...
 
Wired (blog)

Apple, Vringo, MIPS, Twitter, AHA: Intellectual Property
Businessweek
Jelly Bean is Google Inc. (GOOG)'s latest version of the Android operating system that runs on Samsung mobile devices as well as Google's Nexus 7 handheld computer, which was released in June. Koh on Oct. 1 rescinded a ban on U.S. sales of Samsung's ...

Boot up: Apple's real problem, how GDS did it, Nexus 4 and 10 benchmarked ...
The Guardian (blog)
I'm fairly sure most Apple users would gladly continue to use what are supposed to be skeuomorphically challenged Calendar or Notebook apps for another thousand years if Apple could only solve the far more vexing software problems of AppleID ...

The Guardian (blog)

Apple Says Samsung's Galaxy Note, Jelly Bean Infringe Patents
Bloomberg
Apple Inc. told a judge that Samsung Electronics Co. (005930)'s Galaxy Note 10.1 device infringes its patents, and sought to add the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system to an existing lawsuit against Samsung in California. Apple made the arguments ...

Apple Told to Pay $368.2 Million to VirnetX in Patent Trial
Bloomberg
(VHC) was awarded $368.2 million after a federal jury yesterday said Apple Inc. (AAPL) infringed its patents for virtual-private-network technology used in Apple's FaceTime video-calling function. VirnetX, which won a $200 million settlement from ...

Microsoft Working on a Mini Xbox Surface Tablet: Report
eWeek
Microsoft will soon have large and small tablets, just like Apple, according The Verge, whose sources confirm that a 7-inch Xbox Surface tablet is in the works. MicrosoftCEO Steve Ballmer promised to leave nothing Apple offers unrivaled, and it ...

eWeek

Nokia And Google's High-End Phones Are Getting Cheaper
Wall Street Journal (blog)
And remember your economics lecturer saying high margins will inevitably attract new entrants and lower prices? Apple's two big competitors Microsoft and Google , are now pushing at those margins hard. AT&T announced today that the new Nokia Lumia...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Google Makes Its New Search Results Design Without Sidebar ...
By Frederic Lardinois
Earlier today, we noticed that Google was showing an increasing number of its users a new search results page with more whitespace and without a sidebar. At t..
TechCrunch

Microsoft Will Invest $100 Million in Rio de Janeiro
By Anna Heim
Microsoft is set to invest around $200m in Rio de Janeiro over the next four years while the opening of its first advanced technology center in Brazil,
The Next Web

Microsoft partners with Devicescape to give WP8 users access to ...
By Mark Hearn
Microsoft has secured access to over 11 million WiFi hotspots for Windows Phone 8 users today by inking a deal with virtual network provider Devicescape.
Engadget Mobile

Microsoft to retire Messenger, begins migration to Skype -- Engadget
By Terrence O'Brien
Amazon Kindles ... Though, rest assured, your Messenger buddy list will automatically be transferred. With the imminent death of this MSN descendant, it's clear that Microsoft is positioning Skype not just as a VoIP client, but as an all-in-one messaging solution meant to take on the likes of Google Talk, with its Voice and Hangouts features. ... Apple posts revised 'Samsung did not copy' statement, acknowledges first version was inaccurate. 3 days ago. Google's Nexus 10: 2,560 x 1,600...
Engadget

Google Chrome Goes After Marketers With New 'Do Not Track' Feature
By Chris Taylor
If you use Google Chrome and don't want your online behavior tracked by marketers, today's your lucky day. Chrome, currently the world's most popular browser, just got an update with the much-requested “Do Not Track” feature — which ...
Mashable » Tech

Hon Hai Says iPhone 5 Design Caused Production Delays
Wall Street Journal
By ARIES POON. TAIPEI—A key supplier to Apple Inc. said Wednesday it is shipping "far fewer" new iPhones than the Cupertino, Calif. company requests, because some quality standards still can't be met due to design-related production difficulties, posing ...

Apple iPad mini (Wi-Fi)
PC Magazine
Pros. Beautifully designed.Very good cameras. Largest library of tablet apps. Cons Expensive. Wide. Slippery. Bottom Line. The iPad mini lets you run the best library of apps in the biz on a tablet you'll actually want to carry, but it's not the best small-screen ...

Apple may have invested $2 billion to aid struggling display maker Sharp
Apple Insider
Apple may have invested $2 billion to aid struggling display maker Sharp. By Neil Hughes. Apple's annual capital expenditures report came in $2.3 billion higher than anticipated, which has led one analyst to believe Apple could have put a significant amount ...

Apple Insider

Amazon Testing Monthly Prime Membership, Just in Time for the Holidays
DailyFinance
Amazon (AMZN) quietly made a big change to its Prime service this week, allowing some customers to subscribe on a monthly basis rather than committing to a full year. The service, which includes free two-day shipping and free streaming of movies and TV ...

Who needs flying cars when we can robotically sort Skittles?
Register
Video One of life's most vexing chores has finally been roboticized: sorting those delectable candy pellets, Skittles, by color. If you insist to The Reg that you've never separated a bag of Skittles – or, for that matter, their chocolaty analog, M&M's – into piles ...

Foursquare Update For iOS Adds Ratings to Locations
PC Magazine
To compete with location services like Yelp, the latest Foursquare update for iOS has added ratings to its locations to give users a better idea of places others like the most. By simply tapping the Explore tab to search for a place to visit, users will now see a ...

Apple Did the Right Thing on Map Fiasco
Wall Street Journal
Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook did exactly the right thing when he removed mobile software head Scott Forstall ("Apple Shake-Up Signals Tim Cook Era," page one, Oct. 31). Good executives figure out ways to deal with behavioral problems. When the ...

Surface RT: A tweener device for Windows laptop users
ZDNet
Surface RT: A tweener device for Windows laptop users. Summary: The many reviews of the Surface RT from Microsoft have been a mixed bag. The dual nature of the device make it not quite a tablet and not quite a laptop. It's a tweener device aimed at ...

ZDNet

Video game gift guide: Making the right play
USA TODAY (blog)
Video game gift guide: Making the right play. Mike Snider and Brett Molina, USA TODAYShare. Comments. A weekly guide to tech products topping holiday wish lists. Coming next week: Cameras. Nintendo Wii U console. Nintendo's Wii U. Price: $300 and up.

Netflix Dominates Streaming Rivals in Web-Video Market
Bloomberg
Netflix Inc. (NFLX), the world's largest video-subscription service, increased its dominance of the online viewing market in a study, defying predictions that newer players would carve into the company's market share. Netflix captured 33 percent of prime-time ...

Architect Niemeyer back in Rio hospital
The Associated Press
(AP) – 1 minute ago. RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Celebrated Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer has been admitted to a hospital in Rio de Janeiro. A spokeswoman for the Hospital Samaritano says the 104-year-old was admitted on Tuesday. She did not give a ...

Apple engineers 'pay no attention to anyone's patents', court told
Register
Apple must pay software biz VirnetX $368m after a court ruled FaceTime video calls infringed VirnetX's patents. The fruity firm was on the hook for as much as $900m, but a jury awarded a lower payout during a Texas court hearing yesterday evening, ...

AT&T settles with the FCC over unauthorized switching of data plans
Houston Chronicle (blog)
Are you an AT&T customer with a grandfathered unlimited data plan? If so, you may want to check your bill to make sure that's still the plan you're paying for. attlogo In 2009, AT&T adopted new, tiered data plans for smartphone users, dropping its traditional ...

Death of the cassette tape much exaggerated
Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - The widening gap between the amount of data the world produces and our capacity to store it is giving a new lease of life to the humble cassette tape. Although consumers have abandoned the audio cassette in favor of the ubiquitous ...

Adobe, now 'married' to Microsoft, moves Flash updates to Patch Tuesday
Computerworld
Computerworld - Adobe on Tuesday announced that it will pair future security updates for its popular Flash Player with Microsoft's Patch Tuesday schedule. At the same time, Adobe issued an update that patched seven critical Flash vulnerabilities, and ...

Barack Obama victory tweet most retweeted ever
BBC News
The words "four more years", coupled with a photo of Barack and Michelle Obama embraced in a hug, have become the most retweeted Twitter post ever. The US president tweeted the message at 0416 GMT, and it has since been retweeted over half a million ...

BBC News

Obama Victory, Sandy Give Environmental Groups Hopes For Climate Change ...
Huffington Post
With President Barack Obama's reelection victory unfolding against the backdrop of an East Coast brought to its knees by last week's historically violent storm, Hurricane Sandy -- an event that in many minds is linked, directly or indirectly, to a rapidly warming ...

Getting out the vote in space
Scienceline
While Americans lined up outside polling stations on Tuesday, two Americans had the opportunity to vote from space – but didn't. Aware that they would not be in the country on Election Day, Sunita Williams and Kevin Ford, astronauts on board the ...

Galaxy Note II Review: How Samsung Sold Me on Humongous Phones
TIME
There was a time when I thought 4 to 4.3 inches was the ideal screen size for a smartphone. This was before Apple upsized its iPhone 5, but after other phone makers had starting creeping into the 4.7- to 4.8-inch range. It seemed to me that smartphones were ...

TIME

Microsoft and Skype to axe world's most popular IM client early 2013
Register
Microsoft's Instant Messenger will be sacrificed for Skype by the end of March 2013, it has finally emerged. The software giant's Skype business has blogged Windows Live Messenger will be “retired” in the first quarter of 2013, except in mainland China.

AT&T off contract Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 pricing revealed
SlashGear
Yesterday on contract pricing for AT&T's Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 smartphones was announced. The pre-order pricing for the Lumia 920 with a two-year contract is $99.99. The on contract pricing for the Lumia 820 with a two-year agreement is $49.99.

SlashGear

Britax Child Safety Recalls 55000 Child Restraints Over Gagging Issue
Nitrobahn
Britax Child Safety has issued a recall of over 55,500 child restraints after three reports of children biting off parts of the harness have surfaced. According to a report filed by the company with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the seats that ...

Nitrobahn

'Google Wallet card' leak points to weakness in NFC mobile payments
BGR
7:40 AM. Launched in May 2011, Google's Wallet was supposed to revolutionize shopping and replace cash and credit cards with NFC-enabled smartphones. While the idea was and still is ambitious, Google (GOOG) Wallet has been hampered by the ...

BGR

PlayStation: The Official Magazine being shuttered, will say farewell with holiday ...
Engadget
PlayStation: The Official Magazine being shuttered, will say farewell with holiday issue. The publisher of PlayStation: The Official Magazine has confirmed to Game Informer that the Sony-minded periodical will board up its doors by year's end. This isn't the first ...

Cool App-titude: NowThis News
Signal Magazine
The NowThis News app delivers original video segments straight to your iOS device. Get the latest on topics ranging from politics to technology in these informative, timely clips. In addition to traditional news stories, the app also includes humorous takes on ...

Xbox SmartGlass comes to iOS
Register
The iOS version of Xbox SmartGlass hit the App Store this week, bringing Microsoft's advanced remote console controllability to those with Apple devices a week after the release of the Android version. Microsoft's Xbox SmartGlass technology turns mobile ...

Overdrive2013 Maserati Quattroporte
Moneycontrol.com
Maserati has taken the wraps off its 2013 Quattroporte sedan ahead of its Detroit Motor Show unveiling. Though the styling isn't too different from the outgoing car, a few changes like the roofline which appears much sleeker now, front glass which is steeply ...

'Intel Inside' Needs Intel Outside
TheStreet.com
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -Intel (INTC) stock was hit hard Monday by a BloombergBusinessWeek report that Apple (AAPL) might use ARM-based chips (like those in the iPad) for future Macintoshes rather than Intel's x86 line.

'Halo 4' game may keep dedicated players from voting
Fox News
Do you know about the universe-saving efforts of John-117? For 20-something men and women, he is a returning savior. Known more commonly as Master Chief, he is the hero of the multibillion dollar Halo video game franchise, and at 12:01 a.m. Nov.

AMD Releases Opteron 6300; Targets New Server Push
PC Magazine
AMD yesterday released its high-end Opteron 6300 series server chips, offering up to 16 integer cores per processor and aimed at high-end, multi-socket x86 servers. These chips, which have been known as "Abu Dhabi," include the company's new Piledriver ...

Fisker Suffers Hurricane Loss
Wall Street Journal
By YULIYA CHERNOVA. Electric car maker Fisker Automotive Inc. lost more than 300 of its Karma plug-in hybrids and other car makers lost thousands of new cars as a result of flooding last week at a New Jersey port due to superstorm Sandy. Enlarge Image ...

Wall Street Journal

Google updates Chrome browser with battery-saving feature
Computerworld
IDG News Service - Google released a Chrome browser update with a video decoding enhancement that the company claims will help users save battery life. The feature, available for Chrome on Windows, cuts power consumption by executing video ...

NASA Curiosity Team Changes From Mars To Earth Time
RedOrbit
On Sol 84 (Oct. 31, 2012), NASA's Curiosity rover used the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) to capture this set of 55 high-resolution images, which were stitched together to create this full-color self-portrait. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space ...

RedOrbit

Trouble behind the wheel
The Hindu
Criterion Games did a fantastic job with Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit; a game that was wonderfully realised and exquisitely re-imagined. Its successful reboot meant that EA put them in charge of doing the same with Most Wanted — no easy task given the fan...

The Hindu

Google rolls out new search page look, moves navi bar
CNET
Google is rolling out a new search page layout that moves its navigational tools from the upper left of the page to the top of the page, the company announced today in a blog post. Those included in the rollout so far will see a more streamlined search page.

Smartphones and tablets growth exploding, especially in business, Gartner says
Computerworld
Computerworld - IT managers already know that smartphones and tablets are being purchased in vast numbers by workers, and Gartner added credence to that trend today, reporting that 1.2 billion of the devices will be purchased in 2013.

Click Facebook's 'I'm Voting' Button, Research Shows It Boosts Turnout
TechCrunch
Today, Facebook is encouraging its legions of users to declare civic enthusiasm to their friends, with a prominent “I'm A Voter” botton at the top of the newsfeed. Large-scale, experimental research shows that simply clicking the button, and sharing your voting ...

Parrot in captivity manufactures tools, something not seen in the wild
Ars Technica
Tool use was once thought to be one of the defining features of humans, but examples of tool use were eventually observed in primates and other mammals. But the biggest surprise came when birds were observing tools in the wild. After all, birds are the only...

Ars Technica

World Rarest Whale Species found in Pacific Ocean
Jagran Josh
The world's rarest whale species - the spade-toothed beaked whale was spotted for the first time by scientists of New Zealand in the Pacific Ocean. The Spade-toothed beaked whales were first discovered in 1872 when bone fragments of rarest whale species ...

ARM Holdings licenses big chunk of MIPS patents
Register
Updated ARM Holdings has helped form a consortium that has bought the rights to the majority of the patent portfolio of rival RISC chip biz MIPS Technologies. MIPS could have been a contender for clients and servers but almost certainly won't be now.

Next iOS update will let you purchase movie tickets with Siri
Los Angeles Times
The next update to Apple's mobile operating system may include a way to buy movie tickets by just talking to Siri. The website 9 to 5 Mac is reporting that users will be able to ask Siri to purchase movie tickets in iOS 6.1, according to developers who already ...

Verizon pulls the kill switch for their own App Store
Technology Bloom News
When a company like Verizon realizes they made something absolutely unnecessary for their customers and shoved it as bloatware, you have to believe there may be some hope for them yet. Who doesn't want to remove all the bloatware found on their ...

Technology Bloom News

Ubisoft posts £26m loss, but outlook is strong
Computerandvideogames.com
Buoyant publisher Ubisoft has balanced out a jubilant start to its week with a negative bottom line to its first-half financial results. Assassins Creed 3 Screenshot The company posted an overall loss of £26 million for the six month period ended September 30; ...

Games: Go Behind the Battles of Injustice: Gods Among Us
Superherohype.com
The developers of the upcoming DC fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us, Neatherrelm Studios, has begun a behind-the-scenes video series for their upcoming title called "Behind the Battles." No word on if this will be a new weekly series for the game, but ...


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