24 December 2012

More Bricks Added to the Great Firewall of China

Adding More Bricks to the Great Firewall of China
New York Times (blog)
HONG KONG — China appears to have reinforced its Internet firewall in recent days, blocking some of the leading services that allow people on the mainland to access forbidden sites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. International business transactions...

New York Times (blog)

Last-Minute Tablet Shopping Tips
Need to score a tablet for someone on your shopping list before Tuesday? Here's advice on what you might be able to find in the nick of time. By Eric Zeman · InformationWeek. December 22, 2012 09:06 AM. 8 Cool Windows 8 Tablets For Home And Office ...

RIM Changing Up Service Fees for BB10, Spooks Investors
PC Magazine
Research in Motion, no longer commanding the Enterprise market as it once did, is switching from a one-size-fits-all approach to enterprise services to tiered services offerings. For consumers – enterprise consumers, at least – that means they'll have ...

Black Piranha: Freshwater Species of the Week
National Geographic
Long famous for their fearsome appearance and sharp teeth, piranhas can add another accolade to their storied reputation as formidable predators. The black piranha (Serrasalmus rhombeus) has been recognized for having the strongest bite among living...

National Geographic

Turning the Raspberry Pi into a portable console
TG Daily
It seems like every time we turn around there's another incredibly cool project involving the uber-mini Raspberry Pi development board. Of all the Pi projects thus far, my favorite is probably a cool little retro gaming cabinet made out of a clear plastic material.

Christmas Bird Count Underway
Discovery News
The 113th annual Christmas Bird Count is now underway, with Audubon making it easier than ever for you, your family and friends to participate in this fun and rewarding holiday tradition. The count, taking place from now through Jan. 5, is free for the first time.

How Popular Is the Wii U, Really?
I have a Wii U. And although I find its motion implementation quite fun at times, and the addition of a second screen a good idea, I haven't played it at all in the last couple of weeks. I decided to conduct an informal poll with other people I know who also own a...


WATCH: 60 Seconds of Social Media
Huffington Post (blog)
The billion-dollar Facebook acquisition, the Android debut, new Web profiles, overtaking Twitter in daily active users ... so what happened? A change to its terms of service ignited a storm of protest, as users feared their photos could be used in advertisements.

Your new smart phone or tablet: incomplete without some of these apps
Austin American-Statesman
A screenshot of “Pandora,” a music app that creates radio stations out of songs, artists and albums you like. View Larger · Your new smart phone or tablet: incomplete without some of these apps photo. A screenshot from “Fairway Solitaire,” a game for PCs, ...

Hawaiian Islands Are Dissolving And Will Disappear, Study Finds
New research has revealed that in addition to the well known forces of soil erosion, the Hawaiian Islands are experiencing significant erosion due to the groundwater under the islands working to dissolve the island from within. Specifically, the mountains on ...

Meteorite from Sierra Nevada has quite a story
Merced Sun-Star
SACRAMENTO -- The meteorite fragments that crashed down in El Dorado County in April contain some of the best-preserved elements from the dawn of the solar system ever recovered, according to a study. The Sutter's Mill meteorite entered Earth's ...

Merced Sun-Star

Darpa's Mule Looks Useful
We seem to be heading towards the robotic future ever faster. Now Darpa's robotic mule seems to have joined driverless cars and robot vacs - it looks useful. In this video you can see it following a solider, carefully picking its way through difficult terrain and ...

[The Android Police Podcast] Episode 41: Thirteen Tablets, Five Children, One Bag
Android Police
Don't forget - the Android Police Podcast's live broadcast is every Thursday at 5PM PST (www.androidpolice.com/podcast). The unedited video version of the podcast can be found here - and will likely include various verbal expletives, technical snafus, ...

Foxconn Invests In $200 Million in GoPro, Founder Nicholas Woodman Billionaire
Hot Hardware
Nick Woodman was inspired to create what would eventually become today's GoPro wearable cameras after a surfing trip to Australia in 2002. He wanted to capture some close-up action shots and wasn't able to with amateur camera gears. So he did what ...

Google Says "Who Needs NORAD?" Check Out The Google Santa Tracker
Hot Hardware
NORAD may have decided to power their Santa Tracker engine with Bing maps this year but Google is stepping up to the mistletoe, with yuletide vigor, to help those on the "nice" list keep track of Santa's activities and of course that magical journey on ...

Hot Hardware

Abflug Gives the Previous Mercedes-Benz SL A Redesign
The Japanese tuners Abflug have endowed one of the best looking modern Mercedes cars and redesigned it. We are talking about none other than the Mercedes-Benz SL Class. Abflug has geared up an extensive body kit for the previous generation of the ...


Police Wonder If They'll Need To Confiscate Assault Weapons In Event Of Ban
CBS Local
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Amid talk of reinstating the assault weapons ban that expired eight years ago, police departments nationwide are thinking of ways to confiscate such weapons. As WCBS 880's Marla Diamond reported, among the departments ...

CBS Local

AT&T Brings 4G LTE Network To 15 New Markets In The U.S.
Following in the steps of Verizon and T-Mobile, AT&T has rolled out its 4G LTE network in 15 new markets in the United States and has expanded its network covered in a number of locations that already had it. AT&T's total 4G LTE network is now working in ...

Phew! Asteroid to miss Earth in 2040, NASA says
(CNN) -- On a day when global doomsday predictions failed to pan out, NASA had more good news for the Earth: An asteroid feared to be on a collision course with our planet no longer poses a threat. Uncertainties about the orbit of the asteroid, known as ...

1 arrested, 8 given citations at DUI checkpoint
The Desert Sun
COACHELLA — A DUI checkpoint in Coachella that began at 7:30 p.m. Friday and ended at 2 a.m. Saturday netted one arrest and 8 citations for various violations. The checkpoint was on Avenue 48, east of Jackson Street. A total of 864 vehicles passed ...

Apple Rumored to be Severing Ties With Samsung
Mobile Magazine
This past week, many states have been attempting to attract a major semiconductor manufacturer said to have ties to Apple Computer. New York, Oregon and Texas are all the front runners in a race to bring a new major manufacturer to the US. Currently ...

VIDEO: TEASED! Toyota Shows Us HINTS Of Its Furia Concept - What Should ...
Usually right before Christmas and leading into the New Year, you'll start to see manufacturers offering up some hints as to what it will be showing off in the Motor City for the Detroit Auto Show. This year, predictably, automakers are starting a bit earlier and, ...


Apple's Revised Guidelines Could Allow The POP Universal Charger To Live ...
Gizmodo Australia
Turns out Apple has “reviewed the specifications” and changed its mind. According to the company, there were “technical issues” in the way of allowing the Lightning and 30-pin connectors to function as chargers “side-by-side”. The specifications have now ...

Potatoes help Wi-Fi: Boeing improves in-flight wireless internet
Related topics. potatoes · Wi Fi · Wireless Internet · boeing · Tech. Advertisement. News that potatoes help Wi-Fi is the latest story coming from Boeing. The company used the food to represent passengers during recent tests to improve their wireless internet ...


Facebook Poke app: Mark Zuckerberg is the voice behind the 'poke' audio alert ...
New Delhi: There is one interesting fact about the newly launched Facebook Poke app that we think you all should know. According to TechCrunch, the voice that enounces 'Poke', whenever a user receives a push notification, is actually Zuckerberg's voice.


Google and Motorola Working on New 'X Phone,' but Details Scant
PC Magazine
Team Google – technically, Team Motorola within Team Google – is apparently working a new smartphone that's designed to up the ante against hotshot smartphone competitor Apple. The problem? It's apparently taking a bit longer than expected for Google ...

Habitable planet found
Times of Oman
The world is one of five thought to be circling Tau Ceti, a star just 12 light years away which is almost identical to the sun. Astronomers estimate the Tau Ceti planets to be two to six times bigger than Earth. One of them, with five times the Earth's mass, lies in ...

Ubisoft To Buy THQ?
Cinema Blend
THQ declared bankruptcy earlier this week but already has several potential buyers. A new report suggests that Ubisoft is one of the front-runners to purchase the publisher's studios and brands. MCV says that Ubisoft has already entered negotiations with the...

Cinema Blend

T-Mobile expands 4G LTE Coverage In Dozen Cities
PC-Tablet (blog)
T-Mobile has made a public announcement that its list of the U.S. cities served by 4G (HSPA+) expands and five new metro areas are added to it. Five metro areas added are Reno, Chicago and three regions in California. T-Mobile specifically highlighted ...

PC-Tablet (blog)

Use Gmail's Experimental Search To Track Your Online Purchases ...
Google frequently holds experimental field trials to test out new search features and then adds or discards them depending upon user response. The latest one is about finding your stuff faster. The field trial that's on right now introduces you to searching your ...

Steve Jobs' yacht impounded over pay dispute
(CNN) -- The megayacht that Steve Jobs commissioned in the final years of his life has been impounded in Amsterdam after a payment dispute involving the designer, Philippe Starck. The Venus, a 100-million-euro ($137.5 million), 260-foot-long yacht, made ...

Cheaper Nexus 7 For Just $99 To Make An Appearance In Q1 2013?
Mobile & Apps
Launched in July this year, Google's Nexus 7, built in collaboration with ASUS, is the company's first 7-inch tablet sold for just $199. Now, rumors indicate that a cheaper Nexus 7 with a thinner and low cost screen will makes its appearance in the first-quarter ...

Mobile & Apps

Apple's Share Of The US Smartphone Market Hits New 53 Percent High
Mobile & Apps
iPhone 5: The iPhone 5 is seen from the back after its introduction during Apple Inc.'s iPhone media event in San Francisco, California September 12, 2012. (Photo : Reuters). Print: Email. Tweet. Apple scored 53 percent of sales of smartphones in the U.S. in ...

Mobile & Apps

Thank Goodness for Google Maps!
News Chief
You never really know how much you miss something until it's gone. Early Thursday morning, when I checked Twitter to see what was going on in the world, my eyes lit up as if I had seen a long-lost lover when I saw that "Google Maps for iOS" was trending ...

Samsung Cooking up Flexible 5.5-inch Display Panel Demo for CES 2013
Gadget Insiders
Samsung Cooking up Flexible 5.5-inch Display Panel Demo for CES 2013 At the core of Samsung Electronics' smartphone strategy is its ability to leverage the assets and technologies of its sister companies within the broader Samsung conglomerate to ...

Two Ice Seals Listed Under Endangered Species Act
Science World Report
Joining the polar bears on the list of threatened species are two types of ice seals which will now be protected under the Endangered Species Act . The two ice seals are victims of global warming. The alarming rate at which the sea ice is melting has caused a ...

Science World Report

Battlefield 3 Final Pack 'End Game' Details Revealed
Electronic Arts and DICE have been supporting Battlefield 3 games with DLC for more than a year now which has made it a pretty smooth ride for gamers. However, Battlefield3 will soon be wrapped up with its final pack known as 'End Game'. The DLC is ...


White House to honor scientists, inventors
Space Daily
U.S. President Barack Obama has named 12 eminent researchers and 11 extraordinary inventors as recipients of national medal awards, the White House said Friday. The National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation are ...

Assassin's Creed 3 Gold Edition and Liberation flash sale on PSN this weekend
PlayStation Network is hosting a flash sale for Assassin's Creed 3 and Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation this weekend. The sale discounts the games by 35%, and also includes a bundle for both games at 50% off. This weekend, Assassin's Creed 3 can be ...

Review Samsung ATIV S Windows Phone 8
Oye! Times
The word is out. Windows Phone 8 is equal to or better than Apple's iPhone family. Consumer Reports rated both systems about equal in their latest review. With a completely new user interface that is fast, friendly and functional, Windows Phone 8 is ready to ...

Bioshock Infinite Pc Version Development Detailed
Among all the great games coming next year, Bioshock Infinite is probably one of the most anticipated: after a lot of development problems, confirmations, delays and such, the game is finally set for release, with lead game designer Ken Levine going full ...

Tesla Motors Sets European Pricing for Model S
Melodika.net (press release)
Tesla Motors set European pricing today for its award winning Model S premium sedan. European customers will have the opportunity to choose either a 60 or 85 kWh Model S. Country-specific prices can be found on Tesla's website. For customers in the ...

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