14 November 2012

Tesla Model S is Motor Trend Car of the Year

Tesla Model S named Motor Trend Car of the Year
Fox News
Tesla has only delivered a couple of hundred of its new Model S sedans since it went on sale earlier this year, but Motor Trend magazine got its hands on one of them and named it 2013 Car of the Year. It's the second major COTY award the battery-powered ...

BOSS Bang boffins: DARK ENERGY spreading across the Universe
Register
New data from looking at black holes has confirmed a theory that dark energy is accelerating the expansion of the universe. The findings come from a research team that goes by the name of BOSS (Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey). Scientists have ...

News Summary: Toyota builds facility to test cars that communicate with each ...
Washington Post
CAR TALK: Toyota Motor Corp. is testing car safety systems that allow vehicles to communicate with each other and with the roads they are on in a just completed facility in Japan. AUTO PILOT: cars at the Intelligent Transport System site receive information ...

Honda Previews a Facelift for the 2013 Civic Before Debut in Los Angeles
New York Times (blog)
When Honda unveiled the slightly refreshed ninth-generation Civic at the Detroit auto show last year, the car was somewhat underwhelming. The Civic looked dated, and many reviews in the media have not been kind, with some saying that the car has lost...

New York Times (blog)

How Medieval Arms Race Led to Swords Capable of Killing 'Tin Can' Knights
Wired (blog)
I grew up on an early edition of Dungeons & Dragons and John Boorman's Excalibur. The image of the tin-can knight — clanking and rattling as he walked, hoisted onto his horse by a crane — was the first part of my childhood that had to go when I started ...

Wired (blog)

Windows boss shown the door
BBC News
The technology world is abuzz today with news of the abrupt departure of a key executive at Microsoft. Steve Sinofsky is probably the second most important figure at Microsoft, after the chief executive Steve Ballmer. Now he is leaving with immediate effect.

BBC News

VirnetX now goes after the iPad mini, iPhone 5 following $368m win
ZDNet
VirnetX now goes after the iPad mini, iPhone 5 following $368m win. Summary: VirnetX is now targeting the iPhone 5, the iPad 4, the iPad mini, the fifth-generation iPod touch, and all Macs that have OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion' installed on them with a new ...

ZDNet

Internet Explorer 10 Coming To Windows 7 - And That's It
ReadWriteWeb
Internet Explorer 10 Coming To Windows 7 - And That's It. After a month's head start of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 8 users, Windows 7 users may be seeing their own IE 10 release as early as tomorrow, if rumors.

ReadWriteWeb

HTC Stock Move Prior to Apple Deal Probed by Taiwan Exchange
Bloomberg
Taiwan's exchange is looking at the unusual trading volume and price movements in HTC Corp. (2498) stock before the announcement of a patent settlement with Apple Inc. The shares fell for the first time in six days. The investigation is a standard procedure ...

Bloomberg

SugarSync 2.0 public beta launches
SlashGear
SugarSync has announced the launch of the public beta of version 2.0 of its software. The new beta version brings a completely new user interface design and structure made specifically for more efficient use. The beta version also has new search ...

SlashGear

A New Bid for the 100-Watt Light Bulb Market
New York Times (blog)
As the phaseout of incandescent bulbs takes effect, more efficient substitutes are coming to market. Osram Sylvania has announced that it is now selling a light-emitting-diode bulb that emits light equivalent to a 100-watt incandescent.

New York Times (blog)

Linkpost | 11.13.2012
Houston Chronicle (blog)
Windows Head Steven Sinofsky to Leave Microsoft – The man who oversaw dramatic changes to Microsoft Office and then Windows itself abruptly left the software giant Monday night. Supposedly, Sinofsky was hard to get along with and drove many talented ...

Text messaging declines for first time thanks in part to iMessage
tuaw.com
A report from independent analyst Chetan Sharma suggests text messaging is on the decline in the US. Results from his report published on Monday show that the number of text messages sent each month by wireless customers has fallen. In the third quarter ...

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean rolls out to Nexus handsets
ZDNet
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean rolls out to Nexus handsets. Summary: While the first handset to run Android Jelly Bean 4.2 natively went on sale only today, some Nexus smartphone owners are already receiving notifications for the mobile OS update. Ben Woods ...

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is released
Telegraph.co.uk
Gamers queued up outside shops around the world last night to be among the first to get their hands on a copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which was released at midnight. The latest game in the hugely popular series was launched by 16,000 retailers across ...

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 – has the series peaked?
The Guardian (blog)
Black Ops 2 is out, you may have noticed. Some 319 Game stores throughout the country stayed open until midnight on Monday to serve the nation's most fervent fans. The flagship HMV store on Oxford Street held the official consumer launch event, with...

The Guardian (blog)

A rare event in the sky, called a solar eclipse, is expected over northern Australia ...
BBC News
A rare event in the sky, called a solar eclipse, is expected over northern Australia on Wednesday 14 November. It happens when the Moon sits between the Earth and the Sun, plunging parts of the world into complete darkness. The best place to see it will be ...

BBC News

Oxford dictionary chooses word of the year — one for UK, one for US
Toronto Star
LONDON—Britain's media are in a meltdown and its government is gaffe-prone, so Oxford Dictionaries has chosen an apt Word of the Year: “omnishambles.” Oxford University Press on Tuesday crowned the word — defined as “a situation that has been ...

Join CNET's coverage of Verizon, HTC's launch event (live blog)
CNET (blog)
Join CNET's coverage of Verizon, HTC's launch event (live blog). Verizon and HTC will be showing off the latest gadget up their sleeves. We'll be there bringing you live coverage of Tuesday's event starting at 8 a.m. PT. Roger Cheng. by Roger Cheng ...

DirectX 11.1 will be exclusive to Windows 8: Is Microsoft forcing gamers to ...
ExtremeTech
If you're on the fence about upgrading to Windows 8 and its formerly-known-as-Metro tablet-style user interface, Microsoft may have just made the decision a little easier. The company has announced that the next incremental upgrade to DirectX, version 11.1 ...

ExtremeTech


Overnight Recap: iOS 6.1 Beta 2, EyeTV 1.2.4, Samsung Price Hike for Apple
Maclife
Oh, that whacky Samsung! Their contentious relationship with Apple is hitting Cupertino right in the pocketbook, with a report Monday that the Korean component manufacturer has raised prices by 20 percent for its application processors. Apple gobbled up ...

Don't Want To Be Seen In 2D? Grab A Duke Invisibility Cloak
Latinos Post
Ever wish you could be Harry Potter? You might not be able to wave your wand around and defeat the most sinister wizard around, but there is something that might become a reality soon - cloaking. Potter's invisibility cloak allows him to be imperceptible to ...

Latinos Post

Answers from Mars
IEEE Spectrum
Mars: the planet that keeps on giving. The successful summer landing of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), Curiosity, captured the world's imagination, provided a steady stream of new discoveries, and spawned a series of TV documentaries on the...

IEEE Spectrum

Gogo boosting in-flight WiFi speeds to 9.8Mbps
Geek
Gogo. There was a time not long ago that you had no choice but to sit quietly on a plane and read. Then in-flight WiFi arrived and ruined our relaxation. Travelers barely took time to comment on how cool it was to get Internet access on a plane before wishing ...

Analyst explains why the stock market is completely crazy when it comes to Apple
BGR
7:40 AM. If you find yourself confused by the bipolar nature of Apple's (AAPL) share prices, you're not alone. Asymco's Horace Dediu has posted some analysis of Apple's stock prices and has found that their wild boom-bust swings make relatively little sense...

BGR

Leonids Meteor Shower 2012 Peak: When to Watch in Florissant
Patch.com
Leonids Meteor Shower 2012 Peak: When to Watch in Florissant. Shooting stars will be flying the night of Nov. 17 over Florissant—not as many as some past years—but it promises to be a show worth watching. By Kurt Greenbaum; Email the author; 5:00 am ...

Brits swallow Google Nexus 4 supply 'in 30 minutes'
Register
Google's Nexus 4 is said to have been snapped up within 30 minutes of its UK release this morning. Getting hold of a Glastonbury ticket would have been easier, apparently. The handset's affordable price obviously had masses eager with the Visa, ready to ...

Apple wins design patents for page turning animation and iPad Smart Case
Apple Insider
Apple wins design patents for page turning animation and iPad Smart Case. By Mikey Campbell. Among the multitude of patents Apple was awarded on Tuesday were two design properties for the page-turning animation seen in iOS apps like iBooks, and IP...

Apple Insider

Some irked by Facebook's new pages for couples
CNN
Facebook rolls new new Friendship and relationship pages; Go to the URL Facebook.com/us to see your relationship with a significant other; It's impossible to delete the pages, Facebook says, but you can change the content; Facebook: "The friendship page ...

Micro-Robotic Toy Maker, Desk Pets, Named CES Innovations 2013 Design And ...
ParamusPost.com
Desk Pets International (HK) Limited today announced that it has been named an International CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for CarBot. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a prominent panel of ...

3D photo booth prints your whole body pose
CNET
Flat photos are so last year. What may be the world's first 3D photo booth is about to open in Japan. The Omote 3D photo booth creates action-figure-size versions of posing people. Unlike an old-fashioned photo booth, you will only get one "photo." This might ...

BlackBerry 10 to launch Jan. 30
Myjoyonline.com
Research In Motion announced Monday that BlackBerry 10 will finally debut on Jan. 30, a year after the company's next-generation smartphones and software were slated to go on sale. At launch events held across the world, RIM will unveil the first two ...

Myjoyonline.com

Cray bumps IBM from Top500 supercomputer top spot
Computerworld
IDG News Service - The U.S. Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory's newly installed Titan system, a Cray XK7, has been anointed as the world's fastest supercomputer in the newly released 40th edition of the Top500 compilation of the world's ...

Samsung Chromebook Series 3 (XE303C12)
PC Magazine
Pros. Unbeatable price. Slim and light. ARM processor provides zippy performance without sacrificing battery life. Physical keyboard and clamshell design. Cons Offline access and storage is still limited. Keyboard comes with a learning curve. Bottom Line ...

Blizzard Sued Over 'Deceptive' Security Tools
PC Magazine
Game maker Blizzard was hit with a lawsuit this week by two players who claim that the company's security tools are deceptive and only protect those who pay more. Arkansas native Benjamin Bell and Los Angeles resident Christopher Spellman filed suit in ...

Google's Android finally earns respect with developers
DAWN.com
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 12 - The mobile video game Kingdoms at War is popular with owners of Apple Inc's iPhone and Google Inc's Android smartphones alike. But for the game's maker, there is a very important difference – it earns more than double the ...

'Halo 4' snags $220 million on first day
USA TODAY
In the video game 'Halo 4,' main character the Master Chief awakes to face a new interstellar threat. (Photo: 343 Industries). 3:34PM EST November 12. 2012 - Despite a five-year absence, Master Chief is still packing plenty of firepower. Microsoft announced ...

Apple Facing 20 Percent Price Hike on Samsung Processors
PC Magazine
Apple is going to have to dig a little deeper into its pockets for every iPhone and iPad it produces, according to a new report. MarketWatch, citing South Korean daily newspaper Chosun Ilbo, reported on Sunday that Samsung has increased the price of mobile ...

AT&T, Samsung announce pricing for Galaxy Camera
CNET (blog)
Editors' note: This story has been updated to clarify purchasing requirements. Are you ready to buy a camera with a data plan? AT&T sure hopes so. After announcing in October that Samsung's connected Galaxy Camera would be coming to its network, AT&T ...

Photos: 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster
Digital Trends
This convertible version of Lamborghini's Aventador supercar is sure to keep things hot even as fall turns into winter. When the one-off Aventador J was unveiled earlier this year, we knew it was only a matter of time before a new production topless ...

Digital Trends

Nvidia debuts Tesla K20 GPU accelerators
EE Times
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.,--Nvidia Corp. has unleashed its Tesla K20 family of GPU accelerators, said to be the firm's highest performance, most efficient accelerators to date. The massively parallel accelerators are based on Nvidia's CUDA computing platform ...

Touch-sensitive plastic can 'heal itself'
Eureka
Stanford University researchers have created the first synthetic material that is both sensitive to touch and capable of healing itself quickly and repeatedly at room temperature. The advance, they believe, could lead to smarter prosthetics or resilient personal ...

Professors disagree on climate change
University of Delaware Review
Although Hurricane Sandy slammed the eastern seaboard in a rare weather event, professors disagree whether or not it is related to climate change. While the recent storm was out of the ordinary, it does not indicate the hurricane was a result of climate ..
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