13 November 2012

Apple vs Samsung: what goes around, comes around

From the "what goes around, comes around" department:

Samsung bumps up the price of Apple's processors by 20%: "Every iPhone or iPad or iPod touch that you see in the wild, they all have processors inside that were manufactured by Samsung. Samsung, knowing that Apple simply can’t call another company and ask them to make their chips, raised the prices of said chips by 20% according to MarketWatch. There’s not much Apple can do, and the report confirms that, saying Apple accepted the price bump. It also goes on to say that Samsung made roughly 130 million processors for Apple in 2011. This year that number is expected to surpass 200 million. And the contract that Apple and Samsung have, it doesn’t expire until 2014."

Huge crowds gather in Far North Queensland to watch total solar eclipse: live ...
The Australian
For three hours tomorrow morning the sun, moon and our planet align to create one of the most spectacular sights on Earth. If skies are clear, eclipse junkies from around the world will see the sun blotted out by the moon at 06:39 local time.

Windows 8: Ads and junkware, business as usual
Windows 8: Ads and junkware, business as usual. Summary: Microsoft has reimagined Windows 8 but if the inclusion of ads in apps by the company is any indication it's going to be business as usual for the new OS. Expect OEMs to put reams of junkware on ...


Research in Motion sets BlackBerry 10 launch date
Washington Post
Research in Motion will release its new operating system, BlackBerry 10, on January 30th, the company announced Monday. The company promised that two new smartphones will be announced alongside the platform, signaling the company's eagerness to ...

Global warming felt by space junk, satellites
Rising carbon dioxide levels at the edge of space are apparently reducing the pull that Earth's atmosphere has on satellites and space junk, researchers say. The findings suggest that manmade increases in carbon dioxide might be having effects on the Earth ...


AMD FirePro S10000 Graphics Card Sports Dual GPUs
AMD's FirePro S10000 card uses the company's next-generation Graphics Core Next architecture. Semiconductor design specialist Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announced the Nov. 12 launch of the FirePro S10000 graphics card, which the company said ...


When Is a Tablet Not a Tablet? When It's Microsoft's Surface
PC Magazine
When Apple introduced its iPad, Steve Jobs and his team reinvented the PC, giving it a completely new form factor. From the beginning, it was designed strictly to be a tablet, to be used in portrait and landscape mode. Both modes deliver an equal user ...

New iPad mini adverts pit big against small
Apple has quietly rolled out a pair of new iPad mini adverts, focusing on the 7.9-inch tablet's interplay with the full-sized iPad, and how both deliver the touch experience merely at different scales. The two new commercials look at Photos and iBooks ...

Take action on climate change OR THE PANDA GETS IT
Everyone's favourite kind of bear is already living in shrinking habitats as human encroachment narrows their living space, but now people can endanger pandas in a new way if they don't do anything about climate change. Changing weather could affect the ...

Microsoft likely to leash iOS Office apps to Office 365, say analysts
Computerworld - Microsoft will probably tie Office apps for the iPhone and iPad to its Office 365 "rental" subscription plans to prevent the mobile apps from cannibalizing sales and to skirt the "Apple tax," analysts said today. "I do see a definite linkage between ...

Daily Report: After Apple-HTC Settlement, Other Patent Fights Linger
New York Times (blog)
Apple has shut down one front in what Steven P. Jobs, the company's late chief executive, once described as a thermonuclear legal war against Android, Google's mobile operating system. But a wider truce in the patent battles engulfing the mobile industry is ...

New York Times (blog)

Rumor: Apple to begin trial production of 'iPhone 5S' in December
Apple Insider
Rumor: Apple to begin trial production of 'iPhone 5S' in December. By Sam Oliver. A new, questionable rumor out of Taiwan claims that Apple plans to begin trial production of a so-called "iPhone 5S" in December. The details come from a report in ...

Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks This Week
Photo of 2001 Leonid meteor shower over New Mexico by Chris Gruhusko. Photographer Chris Gruhusko captured this view of the Leonid meteor shower in November 2001 over the north face of Wind Mountain in the Cornudas Mountain of Southern New ...

Lamborghini Roadster breaks cover
Powered by the same 6.5-litre, 690bhp V12 as the coupe, the Aventador Roadster can accelerate from 0-62mph in 3.0sec and has a top speed of 217mph. Where its predecessor, the MurciƩlago Roadster, used a complicated fabric roof, the Aventador ...


Blizzard sued over account security aids
BBC News
Diablo creator Blizzard is being sued over the security tools it sells to players worried about hack attacks. Players can buy an "authenticator" from Blizzard which helps to secure accounts on its Battle.net gaming service. The authenticator is electronically tied ...

BBC News

Watch: Microsoft's 'Star Trek' Universal Translator — Would It Have Downsides?
Microsoft may have co-opted Star Trek a full century early by demonstrating an honest-to-goodness universal translator — one that not only renders what you're saying into another language in real time, but that manages to sound like you while doing so.

Apple Reportedly Swallows A 20% Price Hike For Its Samsung-Supplied Mobile ...
Samsung has reportedly increased the price of the mobile processors it manufactures for Apple's iOS devices by 20 percent, according to South Korean daily newspaper Chosun Ilbo (via MarketWatch), which says it received the information with someone ...


Secrets of Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Wall Street Journal (blog)
In less than ten years, Call of Duty has become one of the world's most successful entertainment franchises—breaking previous sales records set by “Avatar” and “Harry Potter”—and turned its publisher Activision into the largest videogame company by ...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

why Antarctic sea ice grows as Arctic melts
The Guardian
The mystery of the expansion of sea ice around Antarctica, at the same time as global warming is melting swaths of Arctic sea ice, has been solved using data from US military satellites. Two decades of measurements show that changing wind patterns around ...

The Guardian

Will President Obama Seize Moment on Climate Change?
Yale Environment 360
12 Nov 2012: Opinion. Will President Obama Seize Moment on Climate Change? Climate change received scant attention in the election campaign. But with public concern about global warming growing in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, President Obama has ...

Yale Environment 360

VirnetX targets iPad Mini, iPhone 5 in new lawsuit after winning $368M judgment ...
Computerworld - The same day it won a $368 million verdict in a patent infringement case against Apple, VirnetX filed a new lawsuit, alleging that the iPad Mini and iPhone 5 violate the same patents, according to court documents. The newest lawsuit, filed ...

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series Sneak Preview
Automotive Discovery
You have to love Facebook because automotive makers are keen on posting images of their new models there before their official debuts and Mercedes-Benz is one of them. The cover has come off the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series and no one is ...

Twitter Resets Too Many Passwords After Accounts Were Compromised
RTT News
Twitter accounts of celebrities, companies and brands have for long been targeted by hackers and the micro blogging company has always come to the rescue of its users with password resets and other security measures. Now, the company has again reset...

RTT News

Assassin's Creed Movie News: Could The Movie Open In Theaters In 2013?
The recently announced film adaptation of the video game Assassin's Creed starring Michael Fassbender could be out next year. In a recent interview with GamesIndustry.biz reported via IGN, Ubisoft's chief sales and marketing officer Geoffroy Sardin spoke ...


$200 iPad turns out to be a mirror
Here's a hint — if someone stops you in a parking lot and offers to sell you a high-end electronic device at a 75% discount, chances are that it's not on the up and up. If Jalonta Freeman had known that, maybe she would not have ended up with a $200 mirror ...

Chrysler Recalls More Than 750K Older Units to Fix Air Bag Issue
Auto Remarketing
Chrysler Group said last week it will recall older-model 2002–2003 Jeep Liberty and 2002–2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles to address a potential for inadvertent air bag and/or pretensioner deployment. Officials said a thorough investigation by the ...

Auto Remarketing

Researchers build 'perfect' invisibility cloak
TG Daily
Duke University scientists say they've succeeded for the first time in building a truly effective invisibility cloak. When the team first developed a cloaking device back in 2006, one of the biggest problems was the appearance of minor reflections around the...

TG Daily

iPhone 5 rumored to arrive in China by late 2012 or early 2013
Network World
iPhone 5 rumored to arrive in China by late 2012 or early 2013. You might not know it from a quick glance at Apple's plummeting share price, but things at Apple are A-ok. The company is building iPhone 5s as fast as consumers are snatching them up, and...

Network World

NASA's twin radiation probes renamed to honor Van Allen
Central Florida News 13
MELBOURNE --. NASA is renaming one of its missions that launched from the Space Coast over the summer to honor a pioneering scientist. "Radiation Belt Storm Probes" doesn't really flow off the tongue, and even though they're already up in space, NASA...

Central Florida News 13

Kennedy Space Center sites to be repurposed for classified military program?
Space Florida on Friday approved spending up to $5 million to repurpose some of Kennedy Space Center's facilities to potentially be used by a classified military program, Florida Today reports. Although the program, dubbed Project Coyote, was not ...

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