18 December 2012

iPhone Google Maps Hits 10 Million Downloads in 48 Hours

iPhone Google Maps Hits 10 Million Downloads in 48 Hours
Forbes
The iOS community couldn't wait to get their hands on Google Maps. The app shot to the top of the charts moments after it hit the store, and now Google has · Image representing Google as depicted in Crunc... Image via CrunchBase. revealed that it has seen ...

Hulu Plus Tops 3 Million Subscribers
PC Magazine
Hulu announced today that it now has more than 3 million paying Hulu Plus customers, a number that has more than doubled since last year. Since Hulu Plus exited its private beta, the service has grown from 500,000 users in Nov. 2010 to 1.5 million in ...

NASA crashes two orbiters into moon mountain
Computerworld
Computerworld - NASA engineers rarely clap and cheer when their spacecraft crash. That wasn't the case today. Nearly one year after beginning to orbit the moon and helping scientists learn more about the internal structure andcomposition of the moon,...

Computerworld

Ecuador: US Embassy cautions travelers about volcanic eruptions
Los Angeles Times
The Tungurahua volcano in central Ecuador spewed gas and ash Monday, prompting the government to issue an alert and the evacuation of villages near the volcano. The U.S. Embassy in Quito issued an emergency message to caution Americans about ...

Akamai aims for continuity by naming co-founder as new CEO
ZDNet (blog)
Summary: After a long search, one of Akamai's co-founders has been named as the cloud company's new CEO. Rachel King. By Rachel King for Between the Lines | December 17, 2012 -- 17:00 GMT (09:00 PST). Follow @zdnetrachel. After searching for ...

Twitter begins testing tweet archive downloads with select users
Digital Trends
Twitter silently started testing the highly anticipated tweet downloading feature that CEO Dick Costolo has repeatedly promised, but the feature appears to be running into problems already. It's finally here, the feature that many of us have been waiting for: ...

Josh Williams On Why Facebook Acquired His Startup Gowalla To Put A "Nearby ...
TechCrunch
“A location service only gets interesting when you get to a certain scale,” and Foursquare isn't there yet, says Josh Williams. His check-in app Gowalla wasn't either, but it was bought by Facebook where a quarter-billion people tag locations each month.

TechCrunch

Infiniti cars to be prefixed with “Q” and “QX” starting in the 2014 model year
SlashGear
With the launch of the 2014 model year, Nissan will begin prefixing Infiniti model cars with “Q” and crossovers and SUVs with “QX.” This change will make it easier to identify what type of vehicle the model number applies to, a system far easier than the current...

SlashGear

Chinese spacecraft sends back snapshots of near-miss asteroid
DVICE
While the rest of the world was content to just let the mountain-sized asteroid 4179 Toutatis zip right past Earth without being molested, China sent a spacecraft out to get a closer look at this potential herald of an extinction-level event. We'd originally heard...

DVICE

As Gmail Drops Support For ActiveSync, Microsoft Suggests Users Switch To ...
Forbes
Over the weekend, Google announced that it will be doing some “winter cleaning,” discontinuing support for ActiveSync for Gmail users. (Unless you pay for Google Apps, that is.) This will notably impact users of desktop and mobile Windows 8 mail clients, as ...

What The Twitter/Instagram Standoff Has Meant For Traffic To Instagram
TechCrunch
When Instagram began to pull its inline previews of photos out of Twitter almost two weeks ago, many did not take that turn of events too well. Consumers like things easy, and clicking out of one app or site to go elsewhere is not always the best experience.

TechCrunch

The Coming Amazon Kindle Phone Is Not Going To Be A Surprise
Forbes
Will Jeff Bezos bring out a phone next? (Image credit: AFP/Getty Images via @daylife). Let's be clear, there's going to be an Android powered device that's roughly the size and shape of a smartphone from Amazon at some point in the near future. It's as much ...

Iran in 2013: Three possible crises
CNN (blog)
This is the latest in a series of entries looking at what we can expect in 2013. Each weekday, a guest analyst will look at the key challenges facing a selected country – and what next year might hold in store. By Mark N. Katz, Special to CNN. Mark Katz is a ...

2014 Ford Transit Connect Commercial Van to Offer CNG/LPG Package, More ...
MotorTrend Magazine
The commercial van segment has probably seen more change recently than it has in the past couple decades, with compact offerings arriving on the market and downsized powertrains becoming more common. Hoping to advance the segment is the ...

MotorTrend Magazine

5 Rare Turtle Hatchlings Progressing at Healthy, Slow Pace
New York Times (blog)
One of five Chinese yellow-headed box turtles that hatched at the Bronx Zoo. Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society One of five Chinese yellow-headed box turtles that hatched at the Bronx Zoo. The Bronx Zoo has taken a slow and steady step...

New York Times (blog)

GM boosts pickup truck deals to shed inventory
Huffington Post
DETROIT — With Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks piling up on dealer lots, General Motors is offering generous deals to thin the stock. It's matching or beating discounts from rivals Ford and Chrysler, offering up to $9,000 off remaining 2012 ...

Anti-Google Crusader Slams Possible Deal in Antitrust Probe
Wired
A federal probe into Google's search results could soon end with a settlement that largely keeps the U.S. government out of its business. But one of the search giant's most vocal critics says that however toothless the potential deal, Google will not have ...

SpongeBob Game Removed From App Store After Complaints
New York Times (blog)
SpongeBob Diner Dash, a free game app for children featuring the popular yellow cartoon character loved by millions of youngsters, disappeared from the Apple App Store on Monday after an advocacy group complained that the app violated federal privacy ...

New York Times (blog)

The Bull Case on Google Explained: Mobile Isn't the Problem -- It's the Opportunity
Forbes
What's wrong with Google's (GOOG) ad business? It looks like something serious, considering that reports about it in October set off a sustained share price drop and at least three downgrades on the shares, marring what had been a lovely stock chart.

Apple sells record 2 million iPhone 5s in China debut, but shares have dropped ...
New York Daily News
Investors roiled Apple shares on Monday after a Citigroup analyst said appetites may be waning for the iPhone 5. The temporary pullback, which dragged Apple below $500 for the first time since February, came as the company boasted of blockbuster sales of...

New York Daily News

Computers that will see, hear, smell: Next, world domination?
Los Angeles Times
IBM's 5 in 5 -- a list of five innovations that could change the world in five years -- focuses on how computers are developing the ability to taste, touch, hear, see and listen just like humans do, except way better. It is kind of exciting and kind of terrifying, but ...

2014 Chevrolet Corvette teaser video #3 hints to improved interior quality
Torque News
General Motors has released what is the third official teaser video of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette and this time, we get a look at the interior of the upcoming C7 – although this video shows us less of the actual car than the previous videos. n/a. The 2014 ...

Torque News

Researchers directly measure 'gusty winds' in space turbulence for the first time
The Space Reporter
A research team led by the University of Iowa has confirmed “gusty winds” in space turbulence. Researchers contend that unexplained turbulence exists in space and for the first time ever, they have directly measured these “gusty winds” in a laboratory.

The Space Reporter

Feds upgrade Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ unintended acceleration probe
Torque News
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that its probe into complaints of unintended acceleration in certain Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles has been upgraded to an engineering analysis – the final step that could lead up to a ...

Torque News

New 'Batchwiper' malware reported in Iran
GlobalPost
An Iranian woman surfs the Internet at a cyber cafe in central Tehran on January 24, 2011. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images). What do you think? Iran has reported a new malware outbreak capable of completely erasing batches of files stored on hard disks ...

HTC M7 said to pack 4.7-inch 1080p display and 13MP camera, succeed One X
Engadget
Unwired View and prolific leaker @evleaks have jointly doled out what are reportedly specs for a handset codenamed the HTC M7, the supposed successor of the One X. Headlined by a 4.7-inch 1080p "SoLux" screen with 468ppi, the LTE-toting smartphone ...

New Facebook, Twitter ads boost mobile revenues
AFP
NEW YORK — New ad products from Facebook and Twitter have given US mobile advertising a boost, bringing revenues for the sector to more than $4 billion this year, a research firm said Monday. The eMarketer report said US mobile ad spending is ...

AFP

Updated terms let Instagram use your likeness, photos and metadata in ads
TechRadar UK
Starting Jan. 16, 2013, Instagram is implementing new terms of service all users must agree to in order to use it. Between all the legal jargon, rules and warnings, Instagram slipped in a new "right," one that isn't in its current terms and an addition aimed at ...

Tomb Raider 'Survival' video series begins with the very basics of Lara bumbling ...
Neoseeker
Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics put out a new Tomb Raider trailer today, and there's actually a touch of gameplay this time. Well, it's nothing new, since we've already seen quite a bit of early-game footage over the past year. The new video is actually the ...

Facebook working on 'sexting' app: report
Sydney Morning Herald
Want to send a saucy photo? Facebook is looking at a way to do it discreetly. The 1-billion-user social network is reportedly set to release a new app before January 1 that will be similar to Snapchat, an app often used to send "sexts", or sexually explicit ...

Sydney Morning Herald

How Facebook tested new mobile ad tactics with Walmart
The Verge
Facebook has been seeing huge growth in the amount of traffic it sees from mobile devices, but so far making money on that traffic has been a struggle — CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently noted that mobile only makes up 14 percent of ad revenue, despite 60 ...

Gene Munster: Apple will release a cheap “iPhone for the masses”
VentureBeat
Apple's smartphone marketshare is growing slower than the overall smartphone market, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said today in a research note to investors. That fact will push Apple to release a cheaper iPhone for mass markets. The first statement ...

VentureBeat

Leaked BlackBerry 10 screenshots reveal new UI, Siri-like voice interface
Engadget
It's a little over a month until BlackBerry 10's official introduction, but that hasn't stopped leaked screenshots of the OS from circulating on the web. Some folks on the Tinhte Vietnamese forums, which also revealed hands-on video and gallery of the BlackBerry ...

Halfbrick Studios games free for limited time
Shacknews
Consider it an early holiday present from Halfbrick Studios, as all of the developer's games on the iOS App Store will be free until 10PM PT tonight. That includes such classics as Fruit Ninja, Age of Zombies, and Monster Dash. Halfbrick CMO Phil Larsen ...

Cisco Proves in Tech, Retail and Corporate Don't Mix
Businessweek
It's rare in the world of technology that we see a company successfully managing two very different businesses under one roof—high-touch corporate customers and price-sensitive consumers. It's usually management hubris that takes companies down this ...

Samsung Android Bug Found in Some Galaxy S II, S III Devices
PC Magazine
A flaw in the Android kernel on some Samsung devices can expose those handsets to attack from malicious apps, according to a post on a mobile developer forum over the weekend. The Samsung implementation of the Android kernel allows read/write ...

Retailers Put Amazon's Kindle in the Crosshairs
Motley Fool
Fresh from announcing it would stop carrying the Kindle tablets sold by Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN ) , Wal-Mart just rolled out another nationwide promotion of Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL ) competing device. According to Reuters, Wal-Mart stores will be ...

47% of iPad mini sales to new customers, cannibalization concerns called ...
Apple Insider
A new survey of iPad mini buyers has found that nearly half are new to the platform, suggesting the smaller form factor will help grow Apple's market share in a big way. The data comes from a survey of more than 1,000 U.S. consumers published on Monday ...

Apple Insider

Report: Borderlands 2's Next DLC Has Danger! Excitement! Mustaches!
Kotaku
Report: Borderlands 2's Next DLC Has Danger! Excitement! Mustaches! The folks at Gearbox are rarely slackers when it comes to downloadable content, and so far Borderlands 2 has mostly borne that out. We've known for a little bit that the next batch of DLC ...

Ford gaining on Toyota's huge lead in hybrid sales
Digital Trends
The standard Toyota Prius is still by far the most popular hybrid in the US, but a surprisingly strong sales showing from the Ford C-MAX hybrid models suggests that the Prius might not be on top forever. The Toyota Prius is the reigning king of the hybrid market ...

Map shows threats, stress on Great Lakes
UPI.com
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- A map of environmental threats to the Great Lakes shows humans' impact on an ecosystem containing 20 percent of the world's fresh water, U.S. scientists say. Three years of work by researchers at the University of...

UPI.com

Raspberry Pi Opens App Store For Hardware Hackers
Wired
The Raspberry Pi, a $35 computer that's about the size of a credit card. Photo: Jwrodgers. The company behind the cheap, credit-card-sized Raspberry Pi computer has launched its very own app store. Over the past year, the Raspberry Pi has captured the ...

Soyuz Put in Place for Mission to Space Station
ABC News
A Soyuz spacecraft atop a towering rocket was placed into launch position Monday at Russia's manned-space facility in the freezing steppes of Kazakhstan ahead of a five-month mission for three astronauts to the International Space Station. The craft was ...

ABC News

Flush with your smartphone: Toilets get Bluetooth
CNET (blog)
Praying to the porcelain god is about to get a lot more hands-off with a new line of Bluetooth-enabled toilets controlled by an Android app. Amanda Kooser. by Amanda Kooser. December 17, 2012 11:21 AM PST Follow @akooser. Satis toilet. The Satis ...

'Medal of Honor Warfighter' Drops 'Zero Dark Thirty' Tie-in Maps This Week For ...
MTV.com (blog)
The shooter is getting a pair of new maps this week tied to the limited release of director Kathryn Bigelow's Osama Bin Laden hunt film. The pair of maps are based on a pair of real-life locations: Darra Gun Market, which is set in a Pakistani arms bazaar and ...

US Cellular serves up Android 4.1 this Friday
CNET
In a few days, owners of Samsung's Galaxy S3 flagship phone can manually update the Android OS. Jessica Dolcourt. by Jessica Dolcourt. December 17, 2012 8:15 AM PST Follow @jdolcourt. Samsung Galaxy S3. If this is your phone, Jelly Bean is nigh.

How beauty was found in a slimeball
NBCNews.com (blog)
Colonial rotifers get jiggy with it in a video entered in the Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition. Australian high-school teacher Ralph Grimm assembled the video from microscopic images. By Alan Boyle ...

Movie-star lifestyle fits kings of video games
Sydney Morning Herald
PEOPLE who love video games love to hate Bobby Kotick. Kotick, the CEO of Activision Blizzard, the world's largest video game publisher, inspired a stocky, auburn-haired character named Money Sack, who, in a game created by a competitor and a former ...

Sydney Morning Herald

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