17 November 2012

Google faces actions from EC and US FTC

Google faces 'perfect storm' of legal action from EC and United States FTC
The Guardian
Google is threatened by a "perfect storm" of litigation with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the European Commission both readying legal action over how it promotes its own services in search results, and the patent-wielding behaviour of its...

The Guardian

LTE-equipped iPad Mini, fourth-gen iPad now in stores
Sprint and AT&T announce the availability this morning, but caution that "limited quantities" are available. Don Reisinger. by Don Reisinger. November 16, 2012 5:25 AM PST. Apple's iPad Mini. Apple's iPad Mini. (Credit: Josh Miller/CNET) ...

Sony: We've sold 70 million PS3 consoles worldwide
Six years on, the PS3 chugs past another big round number, matching the tally logged by the rival Xbox not so very long ago. Charlie Osborne. by Charlie Osborne. November 16, 2012 5:18 AM PST. (Credit: CNET). The venerable PlayStation 3 has hit the ...

Dell and pals mash parts together, squeeze out first 16Gb FC stack
Dell's Compellent unit has worked with Brocade, Emulex and QLogic to offer the first end-to-end 16Gbit/s Fibre Channel storage networking setup, speeding access to SAN data. This is a good win for Brocade, especially as Dell has its own Force 10 ...

Facebook offers $10 to each of its Sponsored Stories victims
A US judge is considering a revised settlement proposal from Facebook in the class action suit over Sponsored Stories. Facebook is trying to settle the case brought by folks ticked off that the social network publicised their "Likes" of certain companies as ...

iPad mini with LTE: First impressions (hands-on)
Summary: The iPad mini with 4G have begun appearing for those who ordered one early. Mine arrived earlier than expected and these are my first impressions of the new iPad mini. James Kendrick. By James Kendrick for Mobile News | November 16, 2012...


Curiosity's unsung skill: scouting Mars for a human mission (+video)
Christian Science Monitor
The rover team recently commanded Curiosity to take a scoop of soil from a region located out of frame, below this view. The Herald-Times/MSSS/JPL-Caltech/NASA/AP/File. Enlarge. Hey, Curiosity! Are you sure you're not in Kansas? Skip to next paragraph ...

Christian Science Monitor

Prehistoric human ancestors hunted with spears half a million years ago
Scientists have made an interesting discovery recently that sheds new light on prehistoric human ancestors and how they hunted food. The scientists have discovered that ancestors to modern man began hunting with spears tipped with sharpened stones...


10 Things Parents Should Know About the Nintendo Wii U
If you plan to pick up a Wii U system for your family this holiday season you have either A) already pre-ordered or B) resigned yourself to fighting the crowds and the cold in hopes of hunting one down in the wild shortly after launch. Either way it's likely that you ...

Google helps you kill time with 100000 Stars experiment
If you're bored and looking for something to do to kill a bit of time, Google has a new Chrome Experiment called 100,000 Stars. The idea is that it is a map of the galaxy of roughly 100,000 stars that are close to the earth on a cosmic scale. Close on a cosmic...


Software 'boosts congested WiFi network performance by 700 per cent'
The WiFox software optimises networks that are being used by a large number of people, improving performance depending on the weight on the network. The software, which can be used on existing networks, works by monitoring the volume of traffic an ...


Leaked firmware suggests Samsung Galaxy S3 will get Note II features
Summary: The hit device looks set to borrow key features from its larger cousin, such as 'multi-view', as well as the Swype-like continuous typing feature found in the latest version of Android. David Meyer. By David Meyer | November 16, 2012 -- 12:12 GMT ...

Twitter updates its IOS and Android app
MICROBLOGGING WEBSITE Twitter has updated its mobile app for IOS and Android, improving the search and discovery functions. Announcing the updates in an engineering blog post on Thursday, Twitter's engineering manager of Search and Relevance ...

Linkpost | 11.16.2012
Houston Chronicle (blog)
Comment. Comments. |. Email. E-mail. |. Print. • Google Preps Maps App for Apple Devices – The Wall Street Journal says a beta version of Google Maps for iOS has been distributed outside the company, and a submission to Apple for approval is imminent.

Lytro Adds Perspective Shift and Filters
When people talk about Lytro, the unique point-and-shoot camera based on light-field technology, the easiest way to explain what it does is to say that it lets you refocus a snapshot after you've taken it. Which it does. But by capturing all the light rays within a...


Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks Before Dawn Saturday
This weekend brings us the return of the famous Leonid meteor shower, a meteor display that has brought great anticipation and excitement to night sky watchers around the world. This will be a favorable year to look for the Leonid meteor shower because the ...

So what will tomorrow's Microsoft look like?
Summary: It's all change at Redmond, with Julie Larson-Green taking over as Windows chief from Steven Sinofsky. But the underlying shifts at Microsoft run far deeper and will have a profound impact on the next decade of Windows. Simon Bisson. By Simon ...

Google seen sniffing over a Dish of mobile spectrum
Google has been chatting to Dish about cooperatively launching a mobile phone network in the USA, using the same loophole LightSquared failed to exploit to build a national network. It's not just Google that Dish is taking to, the TV company has been ...

Facebook Celebrates Real Moments with Real Gifts
Design & Trend
(Photo : Facebook) Facebook Gifts allow users to send real gifts to loved ones by just clicking a button. Social networking sites such as Facebook have made it easy for people to make friends and enjoy an active online social life. All you have to do is click a ...

Design & Trend

Verizon launches 4G LTE Network in Galesburg
Galesburg Register-Mail
Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE Network arrived in Galesburg on Thursday. The new network is up to 10 times faster than Verizon's 3G network, according to the company. The service was also launched in East Galesburg, Henderson, Wataga and Knoxville.

Rare Meteorites Born In Asteroid Crashes
Rare, gem-studded meteorites that resemble stained-glass windows when backlit may have come from magnetic asteroids that splintered apart in ancient collisions, scientists say. The solar system once may have been full of swarms of these tiny magnetic ...

Apple and Samsung add iPhone 5, Note, S3 to brewing law-storm
A US judge has allowed Samsung and Apple to add some extra devices to their lists of allegedly infringing products, bringing the iPhone 5, the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the US version of the Galaxy SII into the mix. But Judge Paul Grewal partially denied Apple's ...

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Review
Action Trip
Everything blowing up around you, buildings collapsing, bloodthirsty soldiers rushing at you with machetes, bullets whizzing past your ears, tanks appear over the horizon, choppers flood the skies, RPG fire, grenades exploding in your face, rifles firing in your ...

A Fresh Season of Apple Television Rumors
All Things Digital
Now that the iPad mini has successfully transitioned from rumor to reality, Apple-watchers are turning their attention back to another of the company's mythical products: the Apple Television. According to a new report out of Jefferies, Apple's much-rumored ...

180 Million Rats Targeted For Extinction In The Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Islands rats are slated for extinction The Galapagos Islands are considered by many to be one of the top travel destinations in the entire world. Located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, the islands are famous for their unique ...

Texting Drop Could Be Bad News for Carriers
Text messaging has been something of a cash cow for cellular carriers — basically as close to pure profit as you're going to find in a product. Now, though, use is on the decline. CNET recently reported that in Q3, SMS text message volume declined for the ...

Microsoft's Surface hits trouble
Microsoft's Surface tablets are off to a rocky start, with slow sales, build quality issues, bug reports and even a couple of lawsuits to contend with. Microsoft's Surface tablets, its first attempt at creating an ARM-based tablet, have come under fire since launch for...


Jaguars and monkeys to be cloned in Brazil
Experts at Brasilia Zoo, who have already successfully cloned cows and horses, are hoping to start creating their first copy of a wild animal next month. The eight at-risk species chosen are the jaguar, the maned wolf, the black lion tamarin monkey, the bush ...


2012 Spike TV Video Game Awards nominees announced
Warp Zoned
It's hard to believe that Spike TV has been handing out their Video Game Awards for ten years, but that's exactly what will happen when the 2012 edition of the awards shows airs on Spike TV (and simulcast on Xbox Live) this December. Once again hosted by ...

'GoodFellas' Heist Nets $1.5M in Apple iPad Minis at JFK
The VAR Guy
Two brazen bad guys made away Monday night with some $1.5 million in new Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad Mini tablets from the same JFK Airport cargo site made famous in the 1978 heist dramatized in the movie “GoodFellas,” according to a report in the ...

Adobe Connect breach pops lid off 'Letmein' logins of gov, army types
A breach of Adobe's Connectusers.com forum database has once again exposed password security foibles, as well as website security shortcomings on Adobe's part. Adobe suspended the forum on Tuesday night in response to the hack, as previously ...

Woz: Microsoft might be more creative than Apple
CNET (blog)
Having already worried that Microsoft had re-incarnated Steve Jobs, Apple's surviving co-founder now worries that Redmond might be simply more creative. He also offers that Steve Jobs didn't have to be such a "bastard." Chris Matyszczyk. by Chris ...

Stolen NASA Laptop Had Unencrypted Employee Data
Data breach drives NASA to now require that at minimum, all sensitive files stored on laptops be encrypted. By Mathew J. Schwartz · InformationWeek. November 15, 2012 11:17 AM. NASA is warning all employees and contractors that their personal ...

LTE networks vulnerable to inexpensive jamming technique
High-speed wireless networks being embraced as the future of wireless communication could be taken down with an inexpensive transmitter, researchers warn. Steven Musil. by Steven Musil. November 15, 2012 4:41 PM PST Follow @stevenmusil. Verizon ...

Tesla gets electrifying car news
The Province
The electric-powered Tesla Model S luxury car has been named Motor Trend's 2013 Car of the Year and in doing so became the first winner in the history of the awards to be chosen by unanimous vote. "Our aspiration with the Model S was to show that an ...

If it forms like a star but looks like a planet...
Ars Technica
You may have seen headlines earlier this week about a planet found wandering alone, without a star to orbit. Although that aspect of the new planetary find seems to have grabbed the headlines, it's actually one of the least interesting features of the new find.

Ars Technica

How new Kindle Fire compares with rivals
Huffington Post
Amazon.com Inc. started shipping a larger version of its Kindle Fire HD tablet computer on Thursday. Here's a look at how it compares with the iPad and other tablets with similar screens. Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle Fire HD 8.9": _ Price: $299 for 16 gigabytes of ...

Einstein's brain: It was better than yours
"Einstein's brain has an extraordinary prefrontal cortex, which may have contributed to . . . some of his remarkable cognitive abilities," lead author Dean Falk notes in the study. einstein-brain. Parts of famed physicist Albert Einstein's brain were "extraordinary," ...

2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 roadster prices announced
Lamborghini has announced prices for the LP700-4 roadster in North America. Prices start from Rs 2.44 crore including gas-guzzling tax. This top-down variant of the 700PS Aventador 700-4 has a 7kg two-piece foldable roof which will retract into the front ...

Oak Ridge's Titan supercomputer is world's fastest
Washington Post (blog)
The lab's Titan supercomputer topped the latest list of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers for Nov. 2012. The Cray XK7 system reached 17.59 petaflops — that's quadrillions of calculations per second. The machine has over half-a-million processors and ...

Early Reviews for Facebook's New Job Search: Dislike
Wall Street Journal (blog)
For a long time Facebook users have informally turned the site into a recruiting and job-search tool by listing or linking to job openings networks. On Wednesday, the company formalized that function, entering the job-search business with the launch of its ...

Waxing Innovative: Researchers Pump Up Artificial Muscles Using Paraffin
Scientific American
Waxing Innovative: Researchers Pump Up Artificial Muscles Using Paraffin. Artificial muscles have mostly been flaccid as a replacement for motors. Could carbon nanotube yarns soaked in paraffin wax change this? By Larry Greenemeier · Tweet · Tweet ...

Scientific American

Google Launches Mobile Game You Play in Real Life
Google's smartphone app team Niantic Labs has released a new multi-player gaming platform that turns your real-world location into a virtual world. Called Ingress — which is available for free download on Android via Google Play — the app is based around ...

Windows 8 PC demand low according to consumer survey
Windows 8 was released just a few weeks, and impressions from users have been good overall, but will people upgrade to it? Businesses and schools and are just now finishing up their complete rollouts of Windows 7, and some regular users are just now...


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