21 December 2012

Apple Feels Heat in Brazil Over iPhone Brand

Apple Feels Heat in Brazil Over iPhone Brand - WSJ.com
Wall Street Journal
SÃO PAULO—Apple Inc. is grappling with fresh trademark battles overseas for its popular mobile devices, this time for the rights to the "iPhone" name in Latin America. This week, IGB Eletrônica SA, a Brazilian electronics maker popularly known by its brand ...

RIM's Cash, Subscribers to Get Attention - WSJ.com
Wall Street Journal
TORONTO—Research In Motion Ltd. shares have been on a tear since their late-September lows, more than doubling on the back of new optimism over RIM's latest operating system and new BlackBerrys it plans to roll out next year. But with the new phones' ...

Google Apps Vault Availability Spreads to Existing Customers
Previously the Apps Vault services were only available to new Google Apps and Apps for Education customers. Google Apps customers who also wanted to use Google Apps Vault archiving services have been out of luck in the past, since the service was...


Microsoft: Azure Emerges as a Research as a Service Platform
Scientists who are big on ambition but low on resources—and funds—are turning to cloud services like Microsoft Azure for their big-scale computing research projects. Microsoft officials are seeing more researchers, who are trying to push the boundaries of ...


Twitter temporarily turns out the lights on Anonymous account | Internet & Media ...
After the hacker group allegedly posted a photo of an individual's private information, its Twitter account goes dark and then is later restored. Dara Kerr. by Dara Kerr. December 19, 2012 6:33 PM PST Follow @darakerr. Anonymous' Twitter account was ...

Yahoo! China! kills! music! search! service!
Yahoo! China has finally decided to follow the lead of rival Google and shut its online music service, ostensibly as part of an overall strategy change but in a move which will also remove a service known for deep linking to pirated content. Yahoo! China said in ...

Hon Hai Eyes Expanding to Indonesia - Digits - WSJ
Wall Street Journal (blog)
The Taiwanese company, known by the trade name Foxconn, aims to tap strong domestic consumption in Southeast Asia's largest economy for profit at a time when there are growing concerns about its profitability because of rising wages at its Chinese...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

DropBox snaps up SnapJoy photo service
Jackie is always looking for creative mischief to get into. So it's fitting that she oversees cameras and camcorders as well as software related to photography, video, publishing, music, and Web design for TechHive and Macworld. More by Jackie Dove ...

Google Launches New Music Matching, Streaming Feature in U.S.
Google's service automatically makes it easier to build an online music collection by scanning a user's devices for songs and adding them to their online library. Google is making it easier for music lovers to build their online music collections by introducing a...


The Year in Space: Hello to Mars ... farewell to Neil Armstrong
NBCNews.com (blog)
Slideshow: Year in Space: 2012. Retrace the highlights of space exploration in 2012 — including a landing on Mars, a farewell to the first moonwalker, and a beautiful "Black Marble." Launch slideshow. By Alan Boyle ...

Tumblr brings native iPad, iPad mini support with updated iOS app
Apple Insider
Tumblr on Wednesday rolled out its long-awaited official iPad app, bringing native big-screen support and exclusive user interface features to owners of Apple's tablets. Tumblr iPad. Tumblr's update iOS app now offers native iPad support. | Source: Tumblr via ...

Apple Insider

Maybe Climate Change Just Really Isn't A Problem After All?
As far as I'm concerned the great unknown of climate change has been what is the climate sensitivity? Everything else that we've been told I'm just fine with. That methane and CO2 are greenhouse gases for example. That uncontrolled emission of them might ...

2013 Toyota Avalon Limited to be the first vehicle with in-car Qi wireless charging
Wireless charging is no doubt the device charging method of the future. We've been hearing about Qi for a while now, with the technology being utilized by Nokia and others to bring wireless charging to mobile devices. The technology has finally found its way...


Report: Upgrades to iOS 6 Picking Up Steam | News & Opinion | PCMag.com
PC Magazine
Hold the iPhone—it looks like Apple's approval of a dedicated Google Maps app for iOS has spurred a fairly significant uptick in iOS 6 upgrades after all. Early returns on iOS 6 adoption rates after last week's introduction of the app suggested that iPhone users ...

Amazonian spider builds decoys from the corpses of its prey
Deep in the Peruvian Amazon rain forest, a potentially new spider species has been found. The new breed has a trick up one of its eight sleeves as well. It's Predator-like (the kind that hunts Arnold Schwarzeneggers and Danny Glovers), creating a decoy in its ...


Google didn't sell Motorola Home so much as it gained Arris
If you've been watching Google over the past few months (or years if you watched closely), you've been seeing them move closer and closer to a fully armed and operational battle station made to take on the smartphone universe top to bottom. What we've ...


How 20000 Pounds Of Potatoes Brought Wi-Fi To Airplanes
Business Insider
If you're flying somewhere this holiday season, you could be on a plane that offers Wi-Fi. And a good Wi-Fi connection on a plane flying 500 miles per hour at 35,000 feet was a particularly hard tech problem to solve, say the Boeing engineers who solved it.

New Online Privacy Rules for Children - NYTimes.com
New York Times
In a move intended to give parents greater control over data collected about their children online, federal regulators on Wednesday broadened longstanding privacy safeguards covering children's mobile apps and Web sites. Members of the Federal Trade ...

Mario Livio: The Hubble Space Telescope's Greatest 'Art'
Huffington Post
I think everyone will agree that some of the images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope are absolutely breathtaking. The effect they have on the viewer is, on one hand, the result of their sheer visual impact and, on the other, the fact that the objects being ...

Brands Capitalize on the 'Impending Apocalypse'
On Monday, Jell-O released a TV spot in which a company executive decked out in survivalist fatigues ascends a Mayan temple with a crate of Jell-O pudding. The treats, which he calls “the funnest sacrifice ever,” are meant to appease the gods who, the ...

2012 Car Tech Awards: And the winner is...
CNET reviewed almost 100 cars this year and attended auto shows around the world, finding the best in automotive tech. Here are the results of our annual awards. Wayne Cunningham · Antuan Goodwin · Brian Cooley. by Wayne Cunningham , Antuan ...

Tim Cook was second runner-up for Time's Person of the Year
Time's annual Person of the Year was announced today, and it was President Barack Obama. Yesterday, we reported that Apple CEO Tim Cook had made the short list of those being considered for the honor and today we know how he fared. Cook came in ...

Strong iPhone Sales in China Indicates Undervalued AAPL Stocks
Two prominent investment firms pointed out that the record breaking sales of iPhone 5 in China is a sign that Apple's shares is undervalued. There were also claims that the strong performance is likely to show up in this quarter's financial performance.


Possible habitable zone planet is a mere 12 light years away
Ars Technica
Most of the exoplanets we've discovered thus far have been found because they're easy to spot—Jupiter-sized giants orbiting close in to their host stars. But the Kepler mission has been providing a huge catalog of exoplanets and with it we've obtained a very ...

Ars Technica

Walmart Reduces Price of the iPhone, iPad - Mountain View, CA Patch
The holiday 2012 shopping bargains did not end with Black Friday on the coveted new iPhone. Walmart, in a move the week before Christmas, announced it will begin selling the iPhone 5 for $127, which is $72 less than Apple's price when buying with a ...

Nokia Windows RT Tablet Coming to Mobile World Congress 2013
Mobile Magazine
The Microsoft Surface hasn't exactly been flying off the shelves, but that doesn't mean that Windows RT is going to lose any support. In fact, there's word that Nokia is working on a new tablet powered by Windows RT and this new device will be making its ...

Twitter lets users claim their personal history
By Gerry Shih. SAN FRANCISCO | Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:34pm EST. SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter's 200 million active users can soon savor or cringe over every single statement they've tweeted when the social media company begins sending users ...

ITC judge sides with Apple, rules Motorola's patent is invalid
The United States International Trade Commission on Tuesday ruled in favor of Apple (AAPL) in its ongoing legal dispute with Motorola. Judge Thomas Pender found that Motorola's patent for a proximity sensor that prevents accidental hang-ups was invalid, ...

A Window Opens for Apple TV (AAPL, TWC)
Motley Fool
Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC ) announced yesterday that it would be dropping Ovation -- an obscure independently owned cable channel -- from its lineup at the end of the month. In a move to justify the escalating costs that the cable television provider ...

Foursquare Responds To Facebook Nearby By Tapping Facebook's Friend Graph
Search Engine Land
foursquare-icon Foursquare has made a quick response to Monday's announcement of Facebook Nearby, with its own announcement today that Foursquare Explore is cranking up its personalization. The irony? It's going to use Foursquare activity from a ...

Another 2100 Sex Offenders Knocked Off Gaming Networks, Schneiderman Says
Politics on the Hudson (blog)
Another 2,100 registered sex offenders have been knocked off of online gaming networks after an additional five companies agreed to purge them from their books, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Wednesday. Gaia Online, NCSOFT Corp., ...

Politics on the Hudson (blog)

To infinity and beyond! Nasa reveals new spacesuit - but was it designed by a ...
Daily Mail
Nasa's next generation of space suit - the agency's first in 20 years - will look familiar to fans of computer generated cartoon classic Toy Story. That's because the new white and green Z-1 suit bears more than a passing resemblance to the interstellar hero ...

Daily Mail

Iran supreme leader's 'Facebook page' gets likes and jibes
Nicosia: A new Facebook page dedicated to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quickly attracting supporters and comments on Wednesday, despite questions about its authenticity. "The most common guess is that the Facebook page has ...


Don't blame Instagram users -- blame Instagram
The tech press says users are at fault for this week's terms-of-service debacle. Ignore them. Casey Newton. by Casey Newton. December 19, 2012 2:14 PM PST Follow @CaseyNewton. After two days of increasingly loud arguments, the flap over Instagram's ...

Facebook predicted to overtake Google in mobile display ad revenue this year
According to a new report from eMarketer, Facebook is predicted to surpass Google (GOOG) in mobile display advertising in 2012. Google is expected to generate $339 million in mobile ad revenue this year, a significant increase from previous estimates of ...

Attack Turns Android Devices Into Spam-Spewing Botnets - Security -
From an attacker's perspective, malware doesn't need to be elegant or sophisticated; it just needs to work. That's the ethos behind a recent spate of Trojan applications designed to infect smartphones and tablets that run the Android operating system, and turn ...

Rocket Carries Three Travelers to International Space Station
Wall Street Journal
A Soyuz spacecraft carrying an American, a Russian and a Canadian headed Wednesday for the ISS, where they will spend four months carrying out dozens of experiments. The rocket launched from a Russian-leased manned-space facility in Kazakhstan.

Large Hadron Collider's heir likely destined for Japan
It feels like the Large Hadron Collider has just barely started doing science (and it's not even at full strength yet), but already plans are underway for its successor: the International Linear Collider, or ILC. The ILC will likely cost between $10 and $20 billion, and ...


Google, Microsoft go head to head in Santa-tracking tech race
Competition between Google and Microsoft keeps heating up, and this Christmas Eve children will be caught in the crossfire as the two tech giants battle to see which can keep the tightest tabs on Santa Claus as he pilots his sleigh around the globe.

How Facebook Might Further Annoy Users Next Year
Having already ticked off many users in late 2012 with photo-licensing changes, sharing limitations, and an end to policy voting, Facebook plans to insert video ads into users' News Feeds in 2013, according to a report. Facebook plans to unveil 15-second ...


Nintendo TVii comes to Wii U on December ...
The service incurs no additional charge and requires no additional equipment for users to get it to work. Don Reisinger. by Don Reisinger. December 19, 2012 7:05 AM PST. The Nintendo Wii U GamePad plays a central role in TVii's functionality ...

Carriers put the finishing touches on their 2012 LTE rollouts — Mobile ... - GigaOM
Verizon is adding an additional 29 cities and towns to its 4G footprint, while Sprint and AT&T each brought LTE online in a handful of markets. All three have met their 2012 goals, but there's still a big gap between Verizon and everyone else. Verizon LTE ...

Humble Indie Bundle 7: Dungeon Defenders, Legend Of Grimlock, Shank 2 And ...
These days there's a Humble Bundle for everything—from THQ games to eBooks. With Humble Indie Bundle 7 we're back to good old fashioned indie games. This time around we have six games and one movie: Snapshot, The Binding of Isaac, Closure, and ...


Pilot whale washes ashore on MDI; cause of death may remain mystery
Bangor Daily News
A dead 11-foot-long female pilot whale rolls in the waves on a beach near Bass Harbor on Mount Desert Island on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. Researchers with Allied Whale said there are no obvious physical signs of why the animal died. They have tied the ...

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