27 December 2012

Google Apps Challenges Microsoft in 2012


Report: Google Apps Challenges Microsoft in 2012
PC Magazine
Despite Microsoft's recent efforts to counter Google's portfolio of cloud-based productivity applications, the search giant continues to gain traction with business customers who once wouldn't dream of running anything but hosted email and on-premise ...

New Corvette teased and leaked ahead of January unveil
CNET
The longest lasting American supercar, the Chevy Corvette, enters its seventh generation in 2013, heralded by official and unofficial photos and specs. Wayne Cunningham. by Wayne Cunningham. December 26, 2012 11:49 AM PST Follow @way4ne ...

Iranian Government Backtracks on 'Foiled' Virus Comments
PC Magazine
The Iranian government in recent months reportedly rebuffed a Stuxnet-like Internet virus targeting infrastructure in the country's southern province of Hormuzgan but new reports indicate officials weren't 100 percent successful at containing the malware.

Samsung plans to ship half a billion handsets in 2013
CNET
This year has been a big year for Samsung, and it looks like the good times will continue well into 2013. Related stories. Will Samsung top Apple by withholding revolutionary tech? EU hits Samsung with 'potential misuse' of patents · Facebook's about-face ...

Beached Whale at Breezy Point
New York Times (blog)
Updated, 3:22 p.m. | An emaciated fin whale about 60 feet long and weighing perhaps 60 or 80 tons beached itself at Breezy Point, Queens, on Wednesday morning, and appeared near death, said experts who were preparing to try to euthanize it. The whale ...

Samsung could be fined billions over efforts to ban Apple sales in Europe
The Guardian
Samsung, the south Korean electronics giant, could face fines running to billions of pounds from the European commission over its attempts to use its "standard-essential" patents on 3G to ban sales of Apple's iPhone and iPad in Europe. The Google-owned...

The Guardian

Domestic calls through Gmail to remain free in 2013
PCWorld
Philip has covered the Mac market since 1999, with a focus on the iPhone, iPad and iOS in recent years. In all that time, he has never tested a fart app. More by Philip Michaels. In what's rapidly becoming a holiday tradition, Google announced Wednesday that ...

EA gives weapons manufacturers the boot from Warfighter website
SlashGear
Electronic Arts made waves throughout the gaming community when it started showcasing real-world weapons in marketing for Medal of Honor: Warfighter, but today the publisher is beginning to distance itself from its relationship with arms makers. Originally ...

SlashGear

Panasonic P-02E 1080p Android smartphone hits FCC
SlashGear
The folks at Panasonic have been tipped to be smartphone-bound for years; today they've basically confirmed the idea that they're making a big effort in 2013 with the P-02E. The FCC listing appearing today has everything the Panasonic ELUGA had and a...

SlashGear

Facebook founder's sister tripped by privacy settings
AFP
SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg's sister evidently tripped on the social network's privacy settings, landing in the midst of a debate on Wednesday about "online etiquette." Randi Zuckerberg, who launched a Silicon Valley themed ...

AFP

DUI Enforcement Operations Planned in Concord for 12/28/12 and 12/29/12
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)
Officers from the Concord Police Department's DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying the weekend of December 28-29, 2012 to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department's ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI Saturation Patrols ...

Facebook in 2012: A Billion Users and Counting
Mashable
Facebook is the most popular social network on the planet. It celebrated its eighth birthday on Feb. 4, 2012. Although Facebook has only been around since 2004, it certainly seems like much longer. For many of us, it feels like we've grown up habitually ...

Microsoft forges ahead with retail store expansion plans
CNET
The company is continuing its transformation from a simple software company with the announcement of its first six stores planned for 2013. Roger Cheng. by Roger Cheng. December 26, 2012 8:45 AM PST Follow @RogerWCheng. A Microsoft store in ...

Amazon outage shines light on Netflix's big bet
MarketWatch
Netflix investors seemed to shrug off the effects of a high-profile outage that crippled its streaming service on Christmas Eve — when presumably many of the company's customers were looking to settle in with a nice holiday flick only to be confronted with a ...

So You Just Got a Wii U. Now What?
Mashable
One of the most useful features of the Wii U -- and what could make it a staple of our connected living rooms -- is its ability to hook in to the entertainment ecosystem seamlessly. When you start up your Wii U for the first time, you'll be prompted to enter your ...

What to do with Your Old Gadgets
fox4kc.com
(CNN) — If you received shiny new gadgets for the holidays, you probably have some older device that is now unwanted or obsolete. If you can't regift your old computer, tablet or TV, make sure you get rid of it the smart way by selling, donating or recycling it.

fox4kc.com

Researchers: Amazon deforestation is devastating microbial communities
Science Recorder
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst have uncovered evidence that suggests that Amazon deforestation is devastating microbial communities. “We found that after rainforest conversion to agricultural pastures, bacterial communities were ...

Science Recorder

Nubia Z5 unveiled in China with quad-core chip, 5-inch 1080p display and 7.6 ...
Engadget
Much like many Chinese smartphone brands these days, ZTE sub-brand Nubia had prematurely given away the main selling points of its Z5 ahead of its Beijing launch today, but there were still some surprises. As you probably already know, here's yet ...

Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) Phone 'Crushes' iPhone 5: Cuban
ValueWalk
Mark Cuban has revealed that his usage of the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 5 stopped once he got his hands on the new Windows Phone 8 device from Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). The news is a...

ValueWalk

Steve Jobs-Commissioned Yacht Free to Set Sail
PC Magazine
A yacht commissioned by the late Steve Jobs has been "freed" after the Apple co-founder's family reached an agreement to set aside funds to pay the boat's designer Phillpe Starck a disputed fee for his services. Starck's attorneys had impounded the ...

What we know about Acer's $99 tablet
Geek
Amazon and Google rocked the boat quite a bit this year by releasing a pair of powerful tablets for $199. Since the release of the Kindle Fire HD and the Nexus 7, there has been no shortage of rumors surrounding a $99 device — due out this year — that ...

Geek

Rumor: Windows Blue to Maintain Metro User Interface
Hot Hardware
It feels like Windows 8 has hardly had time to breathe since being let loose by Microsoft in late October, but already the rumors for the company's next OS, "Windows 9", codenamed "Blue", are beginning to spread. On Chinese forum PCBeta, member and ...

Hot Hardware

Nokia's Windows RT Tablet Gets Detailed
Tom's Hardware Guide
10.1-inch display said to be joined by a keyboard cover featuring a battery pack. Features 10-inch screen and Qualcomm's S4 processor. Last Thursday brought rumors that Nokia was working on a Windows RT tablet. Though CES is just around the corner, ...

Erratic Environment May Be Key to Human Evolution
LiveScience.com
At Olduvai Gorge, where excavations helped to confirm Africa was the cradle of humanity, scientists now find the landscape once fluctuated rapidly, likely guiding early human evolution.These findings suggest that key mental developments within the human ...

Terrifying New Trailer Arrives For Slender: The Arrival
Dread Central
Slender: The Arrival will release in 2013 for PC from ParsecProductions and Blue Isle Studios. Players will step into a horrifying nightmare where you must escape a haunting entity. Read on to watch the first trailer and check out the improved visuals and ...

Dread Central

Instagram Hit with Class Action Lawsuit
Maximum PC
Instagram quickly backpedaled from a revised Terms of Service (ToS) agreement that said users would have to "agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos...in connection with paid or sponsored content or ...

Maximum PC

Google Music matching explicit songs with clean ones, but contains a stopgap fix
Engadget
Early iTunes Match adopters will remember the unintentional bowdlerization of their music libraries: they'd listen to their scanned music collection on a second device and lose all the colorful language. As we're quickly learning, Google Music's newly added ...

Annual Bay Area Bird Count is Thursday
NBC Bay Area
A bird viewed via your binoculars is worth not just one in the bush, but vital climate-change data. The annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count is Thursday. This year's viewing, in which "avian aficiondos" will scour parks, woods, neighborhoods and parking lots ...

NBC Bay Area

Apple Wins Patent On Micro-SIM Card Connector
RTT News
Apple has been granted a new patent for a SIM card connector device. The California tech giant filed for the U.S. patent in 2010 and has since been issued patent number 8,337,223. According to a report from slashgear.com the patent is named "Mini-SIM ...

RTT News

CES 2013: LG to demo laser-powered front projector
ConsumerReports.org (blog)
Looking for a new big-screen front projection system that would be right at home in Dr. Evil's living room? LG is heading to CES promising the first demos of its new "Hecto" Laser TV projection system, which includes a new 1080p front projector lit by lasers, ...

Where to point that Christmas telescope…
Fayetteville Observer (blog)
If you found a telescope under the tree Christmas morning…and since skies have cleared for later today, there are several interesting objects to check out in your eyepiece tonight. The moon will be tonight's most prominent object. It's almost full…becoming so ...

Here's How to Get the 'Dead Space 3' Demo a Week Early
Complex.com (blog)
EA sent out a press release today to let everyone know that the demo for Dead Space 3 will be available starting Jan. 22 on Xbox 360 and PS3. Unless you go todemo.deadspace.com and sign up for early access, in which case you're going to get access a ...

Complex.com (blog)

SpaceX Tests Rocket That Can Hover Like Helicopter
KTLA
MCGREGOR, TX. (CNN) — The company SpaceX recently launched a successful test flight of its “Grasshopper” rocket, and released this video late Sunday. After launch, it hovers in the air — and lands vertically and very softly instead of breaking up. It has the ...

iPhone 6 Release Date: New iPhone Rumors Heat Up as 2013 Looms [Photos]
BostInno (blog)
Christmas has come and gone and the iPhone 5 is still a hot commodity. However, the Apple [NASDAQ: AAPL] rumor mill is starting to heat up again. Rumors of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5S have begun. According to DigiTimes, we should expect to see the ...

BostInno (blog)

Should We Expect Other Earth-like Planets At All?
Scientific American (blog)
This year has been a spectacular one for exoplanets. New discoveries and new insights have truly pushed the gateway to other worlds even further open. In the past 12 months we've gained increasingly good statistics on the incredible abundance of planets ...

Scientific American (blog)

Photos of upcoming BlackBerry phone with keyboard hit the Web
Los Angeles Times
Pictures of what is believed to be the next BlackBerry smartphone with a keyboard are making the rounds on the Internet. The photos, which were posted on the Web earlier this week by Chinese website cnBeta, show a BlackBerry device with a full QWERTY ...

Motorola Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX get updated to Android 4.1 Jelly ...
Unwired View
The internationally sold HTC One S isn't the only smartphone to get a software update right around the holidays this year. It's been joined by Verizon's Motorola Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX. We're talking about the originals here, not the HD variants ...

Biggest in the universe: Scientists discover black holes weighing 40 billion suns
RT
This NASA image shows a new image of a ring - not of jewels - but of black holes. This composite image of Arp 147, a pair of interacting galaxies located about 430 million light years from Earth, shows X-rays from the NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory (pink)...

RT

Will Verizon Stay Strong in 2013?
Motley Fool
Verizon (NYSE: VZ ) is coming off a terrific 2012. Sales and free cash flows are running at record highs; the margin damage that followed from introducing the Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) iPhone in 2011 has been repaired; and the stock has crushed its fellow ...

Microsoft Hands Key Role to Technical Strategy Chief
Wall Street Journal
Craig Mundie, Microsoft Corp.'s chief research and strategy officer, is handing over responsibilities as he prepares to retire. Mr. Mundie has become a senior adviser to Chief Executive Steve Ballmer. Mr. Mundie, who has worked at Microsoft for 20 years,...

Wall Street Journal

Asteroid '2011 AG5' no longer a risk says NASA
TG Daily
So the world didn't end on December 21, and it's more good news for the future of humanity with the announcement that Asteroid 2011 AG5 is no longer an impact risk. NASA has downgraded the potential threat of Asteroid 2011 AG5, a near-Earth asteroid...

TG Daily

Central West Antarctica found to be one of the fastest-warming regions on Earth
The Verge
As world-wide climate change has been an increasing focus for scientists, the frozen continent of Antarctica has been of particular concern — and now new research shows that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is contributing to rising sea levels due to some ...

POP charger is a go… again
SlashGear
A project was on Kickstarter a while back called the POP charger. This was a charging device for portable gadgets such as tablets and smartphones that had an integrated Apple 30-pin charger connector and a USB port. The device funded on Kickstarter and ...

Seattle And Washington State Residents To Pay Yearly $100 EV Fee Starting ...
InsideEVs
Although seen as a “EV-friendly” state, and the final leg on the West Coast Electric Highway, Washington state electric vehicle owners are soon going to be the first in the nation to face a $100 yearly fee to own and operate the cars. West Coast Electric ...

2012 Climate Change News That Made Headlines This Year
Huffington Post
Perhaps the most unavoidable climate story of 2012 was the warmth that gripped much of the United States, and to a lesser degree, the planet, throughout the entire year. Heat waves brought "spring in March" to parts of the country, and broke all-time ...

Get ready for a thinner, lighter iPad in March
Firstpost
The fourth-generation iPad was just released last month — just eight months after the third-generation iPad — but it seems Apple believes that the market is ready for a thinner, lighter iPad already. And come March 2012, you might just see it on the shelves, ...


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