31 January 2013

Samsung aims to hit BlackBerry on Business users

Samsung aims to hit BlackBerry where it hurts: Business users | Mobile - CNET News: "Samsung Electronics has already landed a few blows against BlackBerry, and as far as the Korean electronics giant is concerned, it's only early rounds in this bout. Samsung, which became the world's largest smartphone vendor more than a year ago, is ramping up its push to attract corporate users for its technology. It's putting its full might behind these efforts, and its newfound focus on business users (including this commercial bashing BlackBerry) should have BlackBerry worried . . . "

Microsoft Office 2013 in a $100 annual subscription package--
"Microsoft is offering Office 2013 in a $100 annual subscription package, called 365 Home Premium, which includes online access on up to five Windows devices or Apple's Mac computers. The company believes Office 2013 is currently best suited for Windows devices, said Chris Schneider, Microsoft's senior public relations manager for Office. Microsoft is limiting Office's reach as it tries to grab a bigger piece of the mobile market with its own operating system for smartphones and tablets. Office will still be sold under a one-time licensing fee that allows the software to be installed on a single machine. Prices for that option start at $140 and range up to $400. People who don't need the entire Office bundle can buy individual programs such as Word, Excel and Outlook for $109 apiece. Microsoft outlines its pricing options in its online store, http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/buy/." Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/01/29/3206194/microsoft-retools-office-for-touch.html#emlnl=Business#storylink=cpy

IBM Expands Enterprise Cloud Services
InformationWeek
IBM has established a global network of eight data centers to supply infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and is now offering SmartCloud Enterprise+ for running production workloads, including SAP applications. Unlike Amazon.com or Rackspace IaaS, IBM ...

Chromebooks Actually Selling, Acer Says
InformationWeek
Google's Chromebook gamble is beginning to pay off. Acer, one of Google's Chrome OS hardware partners, has reported that Chromebooks accounted for 5% to 10% of the company's U.S. computer shipments since the company released its C7 Chromebook ...

Nintendo-Canon Benefit as Weaker Yen Masks Apple Competition
Businessweek
Japan's weakening currency is boosting the earnings outlook at Nintendo (NTO) Co. and Canon Inc. (7751), helping them counter slowing sales of video-game machines and compact cameras as consumers turn to smartphones and tablets. Nintendo, creator ...

How the Columbia shuttle disaster changed spacecraft safety forever
Fox News
Ten years after the devastating Columbia space shuttle accident that took the lives of seven astronauts, NASA is building a new spacecraft that will take humans farther into space than ever before, and will incorporate the safety lessons learned from the ...

Cisco is Buying Network Security Vendor Cognitive
eWeek
The move is the latest by the networking giant as it looks to build its capabilities in such areas as networking, mobility, video and the cloud. Cisco Systems is buying Cognitive Security, a privately-held network security vendor in the Czech Republic and the ...

eWeek

Pinterest Testing New Look, Bigger Pins
PC Magazine
Pinterest this week showed off a new look that it will be testing out with a few select users. The update will roll out on Pinterest.com to "a small group of people," Pinterest said in a blog post. Those who are interested in testing it out can request to be included in ...

Disney shuts down 'Epic Mickey' studio
USA TODAY
Disney Interactive has confirmed it is shutting down Junction Point Studios, the developers behind the publisher's Epic Mickey franchise. In a statement released Tuesday, Disney says the move was part of their broader plan to reorganize their games division, ...

China's Filthy Air Prompts Mask Rush and Sale of Fresh Air in Cans
ABC News
For the fourth time this year, a murky haze has descended over north China, leaving residents of Beijing choking on toxic smog. China's air hasn't been this bad since 1954, according to the state-run People's Daily newspaper. In a remarkable record of dirty ...

ABC News

South Korea launches satellite into orbit
Los Angeles Times
SEOUL -- In danger of falling behind in the space race on the Korean peninsula, the South Korean government announced Wednesday that it had successfully launched a rocket into space. Pressure had been mounting ever since mid-December when ...

Google Maps North Korea With Help From Users
InformationWeek
The Google Maps depiction of North Korea now includes details like the location of Labor Camp 22, thanks to the free labor provided by Google's Map Maker community. Google on Monday said it had expanded the amount of detail available on its map of ...

King's Landing from 'Game of Thrones,' Minecraft-style (pictures)
CNET
What happens when you combine a sandbox-style building video game and a hundred dedicated fans of the HBO television series "Game of Thrones"? Epic creations, to say the least. The Minecraft server WesterosCraft houses an enormous recreation of a ...

Apple's 128GB iPad aims to drive profits up a path competitors can't easily follow
Apple Insider
Apple's surprise unveiling of a new "fat" iPad 4 model equipped with 128 gigabytes of storage expands the company's tablet platform offerings into premium territory, a feat its competitors will have trouble duplicating. iPad. The introduction of a new ...

Apple Insider

If you saw something odd in the East Coast sky last night, it was just NASA
SlashGear
If you happen to be outside last night over on the United States East Coast looking at the sky, you may have been surprised at what you saw. Last night, NASA launched a rocket that put on a brief but spectacular light show over the US East Coast that would...

SlashGear

Injustice: Gods Among Us is not a reskinned Mortal Kombat (hands-on preview)
VentureBeat
Deathstroke was kicking Batman's ass. The sheer amount of bullets that the supervillain fired into the air juggled Batman as if he were a bowling pin. The Dark Knight had seen better days. But this defeat isn't a true example of the difficulty that Injustice: Gods ...

VentureBeat

Zynga loses chief designer
GameSpot
Zynga has lost a top developer. Chief game designer Brian Reynolds has left the social game company, he announced over Twitter last night. Reynolds had spent nearly four years with the San Francisco, California-based FarmVille developer. It is not clear ...

Twitch Gets Embedded In Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2, Providing Instant ...
TechCrunch
E-sports streaming provider Twitch is getting a huge validation of its platform from one of the biggest video game franchises out there. Today the company is announcing that gamers playing Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 will soon be able to instantly stream their ...

YouTube To Offer Paid Subscriptions This Year: Report
Huffington Post
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - YouTube, the video website owned by Google Inc, plans to offer paid subscriptions to some of the content on its site later this year, according to a media report. YouTube has reached out to several video producers, asking them to ...

Take A World Tour Of Apple's Newly Trademarked Stores
Fast Company
First it won ownership of a rountangle--that's a rectangle with rounded corners-- and now Apple's patented its store design. You know, lots of giant glass, pale wood, and nerds in royal blue tees. No smeary fingers on our clear glass storefront, children.

Enter The Cave At Mac Game Store
Inside Mac Games
The Cave, from Double Fine Productions and legendary adventure game designer Ron Gilbert, is now available for download and purchase from Mac Game Store. The title gives players the chance to assemble a team from seven unlikely adventurers, each ...

Bang Your Friends with Bang With Friends
Technorati
Bang With Friends The allegedly anonymous app, Bang With Friends, claims a way for Facebook users to sexually connect with their opposite-sex friends. The app plans to expand following its sex-cessful launch last week. According to one report, an app for...

Technorati

'Habitable zone' for alien planets redefined
Science Recorder
Scientists have changed the rules for what constitutes the habitable zone of alien planets. In order to be considered potentially habitable, a planet must lie within the habitable zone, which is a distance that cannot be too far or too close to the planet's parent ...

Science Recorder

Dell XPS 10 review
ITProPortal
What exactly is the Dell XPS10? On the one hand, it's a standalone Windows RT tablet going up against Microsoft's Surface, Google's Nexus 10 and Apple's iPad 4 at £407 for the 32GB model. On the other hand, it's a convertible netbook, selling from £551 ...

ITProPortal

Monkey welcomed back to Iran, but US not thrilled by space shot
Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT — U.S. officials are not exactly welcoming Iran's revelation this week that the Islamic Republic has sent a monkey into space and brought the creature back to Earth safely. The report by Iranian media recalled for many the early days of space flight, ...

Facebook Gains on Apple in Wall Street Rating Race
Wall Street Journal
If Wall Street had a tech-stock popularity contest, Facebook would be closing in on Apple. In a sign of the two companies' changing reputations, Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Facebook Inc. (FB) are seeing the difference in the percentage of analysts recommending ...

Pentax announces f2.0 WG-3 rugged camera
CNET
Look out, Olympus, Pentax is coming after the Tough TG-2, and it's bringing more than just a bright lens. Joshua Goldman. by Joshua Goldman. January 29, 2013 3:48 PM PST Follow @superboxmonkey. (Credit: Pentax). While there are plenty of rugged ...

Ford sets all-time record for hybrid market share
SlashGear
Ford has announced that it has achieved an all-time high hybrid market share with its Fusion Hybrid. Ford also dilutes that most of its gain came from Toyota sliding in the hybrid market. Ford says that its hybrid market share jumped nearly 9% between ...

SlashGear

Carjacking victim escapes because gang of thieves couldn¿t drive his Corvette
Daily Mail
A Corvette owner carjacked at gunpoint managed to keep hold of his car after bungling thieves failed to work the manual gearstick and fled. Randolph Bean repeatedly shouted at the car thieves to push in the clutch of his bright yellow, standard transmission ...

Daily Mail

Asteroid 2012 DA14 will come closer to Earth on Feb 15
Daily News & Analysis
Asteroid 2012 DA14 will come closer to Earth on the night of February 15, 2013, at around 12:55 am (technically on February 16), but will not collide with the planet. The asteroid, a piece of rock, about 148 ft in diameter, will have a close encounter with the ...

500px photo app back in iOS app store after porn allegations
CNET
The updated version of the app includes a new "report" button to flag inappropriate content, along with a restricted-search function. Donna Tam. by Donna Tam.  ...

Rescuers Tried To Save Whale, Dolphin Stranded in NYC Waters: Report
TopNews Arab Emirates
Whale-Dolphin There has been a lot said about death of a stranded dolphin in the waters around New York City recently, but officials have come out to clear that the dolphin was in a really bad condition. In addition, there was also buzz about the beached ...

TopNews Arab Emirates

Facebook settles, but check unlikely
San Francisco Chronicle
If you're one of millions who received an e-mail recently about a class-action lawsuit settlement involving Facebook, you might be wondering if it's real. The answer is yes, it's real. But the reality is you may never see the $10 check the settlement promises.

Lamborghini Aventador Roadster takes over runway at Miami airport
Los Angeles Times
Do not adjust your monitors; those are indeed six Lamborghini Aventador Roadsters cutting in front of a Boeing 777 on a runway at Miami International Airport. Don't worry, it was sanctioned. The event was organized to mark the world media debut of the ...

DARPA's high-res camera can bullseye womp rats from 20000 feet
DVICE
The ARGUS-IS's 1.8-gigapixel imaging module is the world's highest resolution camera ever. Technically, the ARGUS-IS has 368 image sensors; each one taken from a smartphone and connected together to create a gigantic video mosaic of high resolution ...

The social network where no one knows your name
CNN International
(CNN) -- Online, you can project whatever identity you like. But for some people, it's easier to have no identity at all. A new social networking site, Social Number, caters to those who have a preference for anonymity. Instead of a name or a handle or a ...

Apple says nearly 300m iPhones, iPads and iPods running iOS 6
The Guardian
Apple says that nearly 300 million iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches are now running its iOS 6 software released in September - possibly helped by the release in mid-December by Google of its Maps app, after Apple replaced it with its own implementation.

The Guardian

5 Top Smartphone Apps Help You Keep Your Fitness Resolutions
Mobile bloom News
fitnessapps You know you did it, so go ahead and admit it. Approaching the end of 2012 your holiday enjoyment packed on a couple of extra pounds. So during the last few days of December and the first few days of January, you made the annual resolution to ...

Nokia Sends Invite to MWC Event, 41-Megapixel Lumia Inbound?
Gotta Be Mobile
Nokia had sent us a text-based save-the-date invitation to a Mobile World Congress press conference that the Finnish Lumia phone-maker will be hosting on the first day of the conference. While the language of the invitation did not reveal much, there have ...

Gotta Be Mobile

Cheap iPhone 5S Rumors vs. Reality / Nexus 4 Way Preferred?
Wireless and Mobile News
Cheap iPhone 5S Rumors vs. Reality / Nexus 4 Way Preferred? Everyone would love to have an iPhone and not have to pay the price for it. Let's face it iPhones are expensive. When you buy a two year contract from a carrier, the price of the iPhone is factored ...

Security experts warn of Universal Plug and Play security flaws
Computer Business Review
About 40 million to 50 million devices were found vulnerable over three separate issues with the UPnP standard. The US Department of Homeland Security's Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) along with IT security firm Rapid7, have advised ...

Justice Department: Put Sprint-SoftBank merger on hold
Kansas City Business Journal
Before Sprint Nextel Corp. can merge with SoftBank, the FCC wants to review any potential issues of national security, law enforcement and public safety issues ...

Norway climate study sparks debate over global warming urgency
Daily Caller
In this Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 photo, bird counters record the number of pelicans sitting on an oyster reef during an annual 24-hour Christmastime ritual to count birds along the Texas Gulf Coast in Mad Island, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip). Researchers ...

Daily Caller



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30 January 2013

Asian Electronics Giants Into Health Care

Asia's Electronics Giants Jump Into Health Care
Wall Street Journal
As Asian consumer electronics makers look beyond gadgets for new revenue opportunities, there's one area that many are finding attractive: medical equipment. Samsung Electronics Co., the powerhouse behind the Galaxy line of smartphones, said Tuesday ...

DmC Is the New Devil May Cry Game From Capcom
New York Times
Action movies illuminate the anxieties of their age. Their villains represent our fears, or at least those that the filmmakers presume we have. These bad guys are the evil-of-the-moment that we might most want to see punched in the face: Soviet masterminds, ...

New York Times

Twitter adds to mobile with Crashlytics acquisition
ZDNet
Summary: Twitter adds mobile app crash reporting company Crashlytics, but will leave it to continue developing tools for its impressive client list. Liam Tung. By Liam Tung | January 29, 2013 -- 10:32 GMT (02:32 PST). Follow @liamT. Twitter has acquired ...

HTC confirms February 19 event: HTC M7 incoming?
SlashGear
HTC has sent out invites for a press event on Tuesday, February 19, to be held in New York City, for what's presumably to be the official debut of the much-rumored HTC M7. The invite doesn't drop any particular clues about what the event may be covering, ...

SlashGear

Wen Calls for Action on China's Pollution
Wall Street Journal
BEIJING—Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao called Tuesday for action to alleviate pollution, saying it is affecting people's lives and the economy. Enlarge Image. image. Close. image. Associated Press. A thick haze is seen at Tiananmen Square Tuesday.

Wall Street Journal

Google maps out North Korea with crowd-sourced data
NBCNews.com
A map of Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, before the addition of crowd-sourced data (left) and after the addition of crowd-sourced data (right.) Advertise | AdChoices · Advertise | AdChoices. While Google Maps feels like a solid mapping solution, it has ...

For $200 less, the 128GB iPad is more appealing than Microsoft's Surface Pro
ZDNet
Summary: Apple just announced that a $799 128GB WiFi iPad is coming next week. Microsoft recently announced their Surface Pro 128GB for $999. Both are targeted to the enterprise and for my needs, the large capacity iPad is the better purchase. Matthew ...

6 Things BlackBerry 10 Needs to Succeed
PC Magazine
BlackBerry 10 is coming tomorrow. If RIM's new OS succeeds, it'll be the biggest comeback story mobile tech has ever seen. Once the dominant smartphone OS in the USA, BlackBerrys are down to 1.1 percent market share. No other first-generation ...

Corvette Stingray convertible to debut at Geneva motor show
AutoWeek
Arguably one of the most important car launches of 2013, the debut of the Subaru BRZ set... more Car Reviews >>. PHOTOSmore >> · 2013 Lexus LX 570 review notes. VIDEOSmore >> · Video: Off-roading in the 2013 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Play ...

Lamborghini tops 200 mph on airport runway
Fox News
Lamborghini you shouldn't be surprised to see dozens of them lined up on ocean drive -- what I'm about to show you is something you've never seen before. The new Lamborghini -- event to door LP 704. Roadster yeah it's a mouthful but it's also making its ...

Skies Full of Life: Microbes May Thrive in the High Atmosphere
Wired
Each year, hundreds of millions of metric tons of dust, water, and humanmade pollutants make their way into the atmosphere, often traveling between continents on jet streams. Now a new study confirms that some microbes make the trip with them, seeding ...

Wired

Verizon clears Jetpack 4G mobile hotspot for take off
CNET
Need a way to surf almost anywhere without relying on sketchy public Wi-Fi? Verizon sure thinks you do and hopes to entice subscribers with a new Jetpack mobile hotspot. Called the Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 510L and made by Novatel, this ...

Office 365 Home Premium
SlashGear
This week the folks at Microsoft have introduced Office 2013 to the universe, complete with a cloud-connected user experience that takes the central word processing and document experience into the future. You'll be asked to work with SkyDrive as well as...

SlashGear

The Internet Is A 21st Century Utility And We Deserve Better
Forbes
For businesses to be competitive in the future they'll need competitive internet speeds. (Photo credit: twak). If you had to give up your internet or your home phone, which would it be? Without hesitation I'd give up my phone—in fact I did that over a decade ago.

Dung beetles are galactic navigators
DVICE
Researchers have discovered that dung beetles can navigate in straight lines using nothing more than the soft glow from our home galaxy. That's kind of awesome, but it's worth asking, at this point, just why the heck dung beetles have any need to navigate.

HP Pavilion Chromebook Tipped in Leaked Spec Sheet
DailyTech
Acer was recently singing the praises of Google's Chrome OS and strong sales for its Chromebook offerings in the face of uninspiring sales of Windows 8 computers. However, Acer isn't the only computer maker looking to get in on the rising popularity of ...

Stratego comes to iPad, Facebook, and the web browser
SlashGear
The classic board game Stratego is hitting more platforms today. Developed by Keesing Games, the popular strategy board game by Royal Jumbo is now available on the iPad, Facebook, or through a web browser (Stratego.com). Both the Facebook and web ...

SlashGear

Pinterest testing new, faster design
Los Angeles Times
Pinterest announced Monday that it is testing a new design with a small number of users. The pinboard-based social network, which exploded onto the scene last year, said its new design makes navigating more intuitive "so it's faster to get to where you want ...

Hungry for Photos: OpenTable Buying Foodspotting for $10 Million
Bloomberg
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but photos of restaurant food are apparently worth $10 million. OpenTable, the online restaurant reservation company, is announcing today it's paying that amount to buy Foodspotting, a smartphone application that ...

Photos of Possible 5th-Gen iPad Surface
PC Magazine
If you follow the reports from Wall Street, you might believe that Apple is somehow in decline thanks to a slumping stock price. But no other company enjoys more fervent speculation and excitement about the possibility of new products than Apple. January has ...

Drill reaches ancient Antarctic lake
TG Daily
An American research team has successfully drilled through 2,600 feet of Antarctic ice to reach a subglacial lake and collect water and sediment samples that have been isolated for thousands of years. The Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research...

TG Daily

US military to test lasers on warplanes in 2014
Fox News
Laser weapons small enough to fit aboard fighter jets could begin ground-based firing tests aimed at shooting down threats to U.S. military warplanes in 2014. The 150-kilowatt lasers would represent a new class of weapons 10 times smaller and lighter than ...

DARPA unveils 1.8-gigapixel drone camera, can target hostiles at 20000 feet
SlashGear
Watch out, kids, because surveillance drones are about to get an upgrade. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have developed what's called the Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System (ARGUS), ...

Gowanus Dolphin Probably Wasn't Killed By Canal's Toxins, Officials Say
Huffington Post
GOWANUS -- The dolphin whose lonely death in the filthy Gowanus Canal broke hearts nationwide probably didn't die from pollution found in the Superfund site, a marine biologist who conducted a necropsy on the animal said. Preliminary results of a ...

Amazing Online Resume Looks Just Like Amazon's Product Page — and ...
TIME
Dubost, a Paris-based web product manager, won his very own slice of viral Internet fame last week with an online resume that reads exactly like an Amazon.com product page. Product dimensions? 186 centimeters. Average customer review? Five stars, with ...

GameStick final design and docking station unveiled
SlashGear
The GameStick is the newest in a line of Kickstarter success stories, and the company is working overtime to get the design of the new portable Android-powered gaming console just right. And thanks to all of the backers who submitted feedback, the final ...

Does AXE Super Bowl ad prove space tourism passe before it even happens?
Seattle Post Intelligencer
You know space tourism is becoming mainstream (passé, even) when ... you get an ad for men's toiletries, running during the Super Bowl, in which you can win a trip into space. "Leave a man. Come back a Hero," AXE's parent company Unilever exclaims on ...

Amazon wants to make your hi-res videos mobile-friendly with Elastic Transcoder
Engadget
Transcoding video is a pain. We know that about as well as anyone. Amazon feels that pain, and thankfully, it's got the servers to back it up. Ahead of today's earnings release, the retail giant is announcing the release of Elastic Transcoder, a service aimed at ...

Possible New Mass Effect 3 DLC Images
Platform Nation
Mass Effect 3 DLC has me all twisted up inside. On one hand, I think most of it is great. From Ashes introduces a new character and, along with it, a slew of amazing character interactions. Leviathan opens up the mythos of the Mass Effect universe to some ...

Google Will Fight Government Over Access To Your Emails
Huffington Post
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Google will lobby Washington in 2013 to make it harder for law enforcement authorities to gain access to emails and other digital messages. In a blog post on Monday, linked to Data Privacy Day, Google's chief legal officer, David ...

Clearing the Air on Climate Change
atlantadailyworld
In response to a commentary I wrote, I received a note the other day from a reader. Among other things they were most concerned about what they believed to have been the dismissal of those who challenge the very notion of climate change. As far as this ...

New PlayStation live-action video teasing God of War: Ascension?
GameZone
Sony is back with yet another live-action teaser. The video, uploaded to the official PlayStation YouTube, is titled "Game Day 2013 Teaser". At this point, it's unclear what the short video is teasing, but upon first look it appears related to God of War: Ascension.

GameZone

Boeing completes successful flight test for Ground-based Midcourse Defense ...
al.com (blog)
Boeing missile test.JPG Ground-based Midcourse Defense system completed a successful fly-out mission last weekend. (Contributed photo/Boeing). Almost two years since a failed intercept during a flight test, the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system ...

The New Office is Here; Those Pesky iOS Apps Aren't
All Things Digital
That Microsoft is working on iPad versions of its Office apps is one of the worst kept secrets in technology. The company has nearly said as much several times. office_ipad_380. In one of many statements last year, Microsoft said that a forthcoming version of ...

Steve Jobs and Tim Cook: Does Apple Still Have the Leadership It Needs?
Forbes
I was on CNBC Squawk Box earlier today talking about the leadership of Tim Cook and the decline in Apple's stock. The Squawk Box guys asked some great questions, which got me to thinking a little more about Tim Cook's management and leadership.

3 Things That Matter as Nokia Innovates Again
Kapitall Blog (blog)
Ever since Nokia (NOK) exceeded market expectations by reporting 4.4 million Lumia sales in the fourth quarter, shares stayed above the $4-level, closing recently at $4.43. The sales increase is much-improved over the 2.9 million sold in Q3. The budget ...

Kapitall Blog (blog)

Everglades' “Python Challenge” Reaches Halfway Point
WBFS
MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – More than three dozen pythons have been killed so far as hunters reach the halfway mark of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's “Python Challenge”. The FWC said Tuesday that 37 Burmese pythons have been ...

WBFS

Want $10 From Facebook? Watch Out for 'Sponsored Stories' Email
PC Magazine
Facebook users this weekend started to receive email notices about how they can cash in on the social network's $20 million "Sponsored Stories" settlement. Cashing in, of course, it all relative. Each Facebook member can really only expect to take home $10 ...

Canada, Holland: WhatsApp violates privacy norms
Salon
LONDON (AP) — Regulators in the Netherlands and Canada say the popular messaging application WhatsApp is violating internationally accepted privacy norms by stockpiling phone numbers belonging to people who don't even use the service. Officials in ...

Before Vine, 8 Racy Apps Banned by Apple
PC Magazine
Who knew Vine was a haven for six-second porn clips? The iOS app is still live, but Apple has not been shy about banning similarly racy apps in the past. Mark Hachman By Mark Hachman. January 28, 2013; Comments. Google 0; Share 0; Tweet 0; Submit 0 ...

Budget iPhone 5 will be plastic and 'ready for China'
Telegraph.co.uk
The new iPhone will reportedly resemble the iPhone 5 from the front but Apple will replace that handset's aluminium body with a cheaper plastic casing. Jeremy Horwitz, of iLounge, claims that "reliable sources" have told him in detail what the new device will ...

Telegraph.co.uk

One Million Computer Cores Used in Mundane Jet Noise Modelling Experiment
Gizmodo UK
Researchers working in the rather niche field of turbulence dynamics have set a new multi-core computing record, using a custom app to harness one million simultaneous processor cores to model supersonic jet sounds. The million cores were provided by ...

Gizmodo UK

Getting the ultimate e-book experience
Livemint
If you wolf down books and enjoy reading, it is hard not to fall in love with the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G e-book reader within the first 15 minutes. Just as digital cameras replaced film, laptops and PCs replaced typewriters, MP3s replaced vinyl record ...

Livemint

Iran says it successfully sent a monkey into space
San Francisco Chronicle
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A gray-tufted monkey strapped in a pod resembling an infant's car seat rode an Iranian rocket into space and returned safely, officials said Monday in what was described as a step toward Tehran's goal of a manned space flight.

San Francisco Chronicle

More Car Makers Agree to Work Together on Fuel Cells
Wall Street Journal (blog)
PARIS—The alliance between Renault SA and Nissan Motor Co. will work with Ford Motor Co. and Daimler AG to share the cost of developing fuel-cell vehicle systems that could feature in road cars as early as 2017, the auto makers said on Monday.

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Oracle's Hurd Says More Cloud Services in H1, Sun has Paid For Itself
CMSWire
In the past it has often been difficult to get information out of Oracle. In fact, it was often the case that enterprises outside of the US knew more about what was happening at Oracle than those within, as executives toured the globe for the launch of one product ...

Make the Most of Your Social Media Interactions: 9 Tips
Search Engine Watch
in-the-club You've made it through the 58-hour work week and it's time to kick back, relax, and have some fun. You could order pizza and sit on your couch watching “Seinfeld” reruns, or work up the energy to begin calling up your friends and planning a night ...

Java Security Feature FAIL: Researcher Bypasses Java Sandbox, Security ...
Dark Reading
Zero-day bugs in Java have been coming fast and furious lately and in the latest twist, a researcher says he was able to cheat built-in security features in Java applications. Adam Gowdiak, founder and CEO of Security Explorations in Poland, has alerted ...

Review: Facebook's Graph Search is stalker gold
Firstpost
I was able to access Facebook's Graph Search a couple of days ago and I've been testing it out ever since. The Graph Search bar on Facebook has replaced my old search bar and now occupies a prominent place on the top tab of my Facebook homepage; ...


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29 January 2013

Facebook and Apple doomed to fall

Why the Facebook and Apple empires are bound to fall | The Raw Story: "Although the eclipsing of Apple and Facebook is inevitable, the timing and causes of their eventual declines will differ. Apple’s current strength is that it actually makes things that people are desperate to buy and on which the company makes huge margins. The inexorable logic of the hardware business is that those margins will decline as the competition increases, so Apple will become less profitable over the longer term. What will determine its future is whether it can come up with new, market-creating products such as the iPod, iPhone and iPad. Facebook, on the other hand, makes nothing. It just provides an online service that, for the moment, people seem to value. But in order to make money out of those users and satisfy the denizens of Wall Street, it has to become ever more intrusive and manipulative. It’s condemned, in other words, to intrusive overstretch. Which is why, in the end, it will become a footnote in the history of the internet. Just like Microsoft, in fact. Sic transit gloria."

Iran Says It Sent a Monkey Into Space
New York Times
Iran Says It Sent a Monkey Into Space. By ALAN COWELL. Published: January 28, 2013. LONDON — Iranian state television said on Monday that the country's scientists had succeeded in sending a monkey into space “as a prelude to sending humans.” ...

Deep Space Industries: A New Asteroid-Mining Company Is Born
Space.com
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Tuesday mornings are usually pretty quiet at the tiny Santa Monica Municipal Airport, and doubly so at the Museum of Flying located there. But last Tuesday (Jan. 22), the main hall was abuzz with something unusual. On a dais in ...

Why the imminent release of a 128GB iPad is unlikely
ZDNet
Summary: There are rumors circulating that Apple is preparing to release a 128GB version of the iPad, but given Apple's past track record, this is highly unlikely. Adrian Kingsley-Hughes. By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes for Hardware 2.0 | January 28, 2013 ...

ZDNet

Apple, Android grab 92 percent of all smartphone shipments
CNET
Together, the two shipped almost 200 million smartphones around the world last quarter to grab a record market share, says Strategy Analytics. Lance Whitney. by Lance Whitney. January 28, 2013 5:03 AM PST Follow @lancewhit. Apple and Android ...

Pay dirt! Antarctic drilling reaches surface of lake buried beneath ice
Fox News
U.S. scientists successfully drilled into Lake Whillans, a subglacial expanse of water hidden deep beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, they reported on Sunday, Jan. 27. About a month ago, a similar British attempt to reach subglacial Lake Ellsworth had failed.

World's megacities may influence global weather
Los Angeles Times
Heat generated by the Earth's major cities has influenced global weather patterns and is probably responsible for winter warming in parts of North America and northern Asia, according to scientists. So-called waste heat produced by human activities in major ...

Samsung Selling Red 7-Inch Galaxy Tab 2
PC Magazine
Just in time for Valetine's Day, Samsung is offering a garnet red version of its Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0). The special edition version of Samsung's 7-inch tablet will retail for $219.99 with a matching red garnet case. It will be available for a limited time at Walmart, ...

Daimler Plans Joint Fuel-Cell Project With Nissan, Ford
Businessweek
Daimler AG (DAI), the third-biggest maker of luxury vehicles, signed an agreement with Ford Motor Co. (F) and Nissan Motor Co. to develop fuel-cell technology together for electric cars. The partners plan to introduce the first mass-market fuel- cell electric ...

Acquisition math: Belkin CTO predicts outcome of Linksys deal will be "1+1=3"
PCWorld
A lapsed musician, Michael is passionate about home and personal audio. He uses his home as a real-world test lab for evaluating consumer electronics and home control technology. More by Michael Brown. News that Cisco intended to divest its Linksys ...

More Hybrid Tablet/Notebooks Vs. Microsoft Surface
InformationWeek
Everyone knows the Microsoft Surface now because of the ubiquitous and catchy TV ads, but the rest of the PC industry is trying the same thing: Take a tablet and a separate, but attachable keyboard, and sell them as a hybrid device that can be used as either ...

Bigfoot: Is Mysterious Screech Sasquatch?
ABC News (blog)
A recording that was given to the Oregonian newspaper captured high-pitched shrieks and roars from a swampy area in the Blue Mountains of Oregon, a bigfoot hot spot for decades. READ: 'Finding Bigfoot': Never-Ending Search for Sasquatch. People living ...

RIM reveals big name BlackBerry 10 music, video partners
Reuters
Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:58am EST. (Reuters) - Research In Motion Ltd announced multiple music and video partners on Monday for its BlackBerry 10 storefront, ranging from Walt Disney Co's Walt Disney Studios and Sony Corp's Sony Pictures to Vivendi SA's ...

China may axe 13-year console ban, games OK for kids after all
Register
China's ruling communists may scrap a 13-year ban on the sale of games consoles in the country, according to a government source. Equipment from the Xbox to the PlayStation was outlawed in 2000 for supposedly wrecking the physical and mental ...

Scientists win 2 billion euros to fight brain disease, study graphene
Reuters
By Claire Davenport. BRUSSELS | Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:55am EST. BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission will award a total of 2 billion euros for research into brain disease and into the "miracle material" graphene which could be used to make ...

Mazda motorsports races diesel Skyactiv-D cars in Rolex 24 at Daytona
SlashGear
Cars powered by diesel engines are not very common in the United States. In Europe, diesel engines are very common in cars, but in the United States, we typically only see diesels in a few Volkswagen. Over the next few months that will be changing as ...

SlashGear

Bittorrent launches Mega, Dropbox competitor
Inquirer
FILESHARING WEBSITE Bittorrent is kicking open the doors to its secure digital locker service, called Sync. Sync comes out of Bittorrent's labs and has a simple promise, that being to "Automatically sync files between computers via secure, distributed ...

Inquirer

Japan launches two new satellites
SlashGear
On January 27, Japan launched a rocket into orbit with a pair of new surveillance satellites onboard. The goal of the launch was to strengthen the surveillance capability of Japan and allow the country to keep an eye on North Korea. Tensions between Japan ...

SlashGear

Apple users launch UK legal case in Google tracking cookie row
ZDNet (blog)
Summary: A group of Apple users in the UK have launched a legal case against Google after the search giant was found to have bypassed privacy settings in the Safari browser by U.S. authorities. Zack Whittaker. By Zack Whittaker for Between the Lines ...

Dolphin In Gowanus Canal Examined For Cause Of Death After Swimming Into ...
Huffington Post
NEW YORK -- The wayward dolphin that meandered into a polluted New York canal and died is undergoing a post-mortem exam. The marine mammal died Friday evening in the Gowanus (guh-WAH'-nuhs) Canal that runs through Brooklyn. Experts from the ...

Miniature Star Trek-Style 'Tractor Beam' Created in Lab
TIME
We are so living in the future. A group of scientists from Scotland and the Czech Republic says it's managed to drag around teeny-tiny objects using nothing more than a beam of light. That's essentially how it worked when the crew of the starship Enterprise ...

TIME

BioShock Infinite trailer explores the mysteries of Columbia
Computerandvideogames.com
2K Games has launched a new BioShock Infinite video focused on the game's primary setting, the floating city of Columbia. BioShock Infinite Screenshot According to the blurb: "In this 'Truth From Legend' segment, Alistar Bloom attempts to unlock the ...

Is Twitter's Vine the new 'micro-porn' service?
ZDNet
Summary: Video clips of pornography and nudity are circulating through Twitter and Vine. Is it a case of "If you build it, they will come" or great PR driving extra downloads of Vine? Eileen Brown. By Eileen Brown for Social Business | January 28, 2013 -- 11:51 ...

ZDNet

Chrome Beta for Android found to be hiding a full-screen browsing mode
Android Community
It seems Google may have hidden a full-screen browsing mode in the latest Chrome Beta release. Though, before anyone thinks of switching to the beta — we should point out that this seems to be more of an unintentional discovery at this point. Simply put ...
 
Android Community

Convince a friend to buy a PS Vita, get a $20 PSN card
Geek
Amazon may be offering you up to $90 in store credit for buying EA games, but Sony has decided to reward you for convincing other people to spend their cash. Sony is continuing to think up new ways to try and boost sales of the PS Vita handheld. Last year it ...

Geek

Splinter Cell: Blacklist Paladin Collector's Edition includes an R/C plane
Geek
In order to hype up the high-margin collector's edition of the latest entry of Ubisoft's decade-old Splinter Cell franchise, the studio is including a remote controlled replica of protagonist Sam Fisher's plane. Splinter Cell Blacklist:The Paladin Collector's Edition,...

Geek

Lookout Android App Can Take Photo Of Phone Thief
The Droid Guy
A new update of the Lookout Security & Antivirus for Android devices helps identify who has stolen your smartphone. The new feature of the app called Lock Cam uses your device's front camera and takes a photo of the thief. The picture is then sent to your ...

The Droid Guy

Boeing-led Missile Defense Team Completes GMD Flight Test
Equities.com
Release date- 26012013 - VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., - Boeing [NYSE: BA], working with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and industry teammates, today returned the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system to testing with a successful ...

Blurry shots fail to instil confidence over iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 components
TechRadar UK
Is this the next piece in the iPhone puzzle or are these images claiming to be speaker modules for Apple's next handsets just white noise? Picked up by French site NoWhereElse, the blurry images apparently show the speakers which will feature in the ...

LAWSUIT: Facebook may owe you a few bucks
FOX19
Police arrested John Stuedle Sunday afternoon. Police have been looking for Stuedle since Friday. According to reports, he violated probation after his release from jail for third degree rape.Full Story >. Facebook is looking to settle a payout from a class action ...

France to use new word for Twitter term 'hashtag'
Afterdawn.com
France to use new word for Twitter term 'hashtag' France's Commission Générale de Terminologie et de Néologie has announced that they do not appreciate the term "hashtag" on Twitter and will instead use a local term, "mot-dièse." The term hashtag relates ...

Purpose of Facebook's Graph Search: To help you buy stuff
USA TODAY
Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Purpose of Facebook's Graph Search: To help you buy stuff. Michael Wolff, USA TODAY6:44p.m. EST January 27, 2013. What Graph Search reflects: The entire digital world is more and more focused ...

'Assassin's Creed 3' receives steep discounts in time for Tyranny of Washington
Examiner.com
Related topics. Assassin's Creed 3 · Assassins Creed 3 · Assassin's creed 3 dlc. Advertisement. Yesterday, GameStop decided to place steep discounts on “Assassin's Creed 3” for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. If you have not already purchased the title, PC ...

Developer: iOS 6.1 jailbreak is ready
CNET
Those waiting on the iOS jailbreak for the iPhone 5 should pleased to know that the software is ready--the developers are just waiting on Apple's release of iOS 6.1. Developer @pod2g confirmed this in an interview with iDigitalTimes while also crediting fellow ...

CNET

Nokia aims for mass market with upgrade to music streaming service
The Guardian
Nokia Music and its Mix Radio feature has been one of the most impressive features of Nokia's Lumia Windows phones since its launch in late 2011, offering customised streaming radio channels for free, with no ads. Now the service is getting a premium tier ...

The Guardian

No Neanderthal babies, please!
Independent Online
Neanderthal man did not, after all, leave his genes behind when he became extinct 40,000 years ago, according to a study. Related Stories. Wanted: surrogate mom for Neanderthal. London - The phrase 'Frankenstein science' has never been so apt.

Independent Online

Black Ops 2 DLC: Revolution gameplay videos and screens
Computerandvideogames.com
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Screenshot Set for release on Xbox Live tomorrow, the first Black Ops 2 DLC pack features four new multiplayer maps (Hyrdo, Grind, Downhill and Mirage) and a bonus weapon in the form of the Peacekeeper SMG. It also introduces a ...

New Study Shows Thousands Die Because of Distracted Driving
KOLO
A new study released by AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety shows more than 3,000 people have died on the streets in a single year, and it's attributed to distracted driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also reports nearly half a million are ...

Unlocking Smartphones Rendered Illegal by Librarian's Baffling Decision
eWeek
NEWS ANALYSIS: In yet another unintended consequence of some very flawed legislation, it's now illegal to unlock any phone you purchase after Jan. 26. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 has been the source of both controversy and ...

eWeek

Apps for a smoother journey
Los Angeles Times
Whether you're looking for a cruise or looking to find more enjoyment from your trip on the high seas, apps can help. Here are some favorites from experts on the cruise industry. All of the apps work with iOS devices (iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads), and ...

How Should Washington Address Climate Change?
National Journal
"We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations," Obama told the nation in his Inaugural Address last week. That statement and subsequent ones expounding on the issue drew ...

NASA and ESA to Launch Novel Project in 2020
TopNews Arab Emirates
nasa, esa In order to map and measure approximately two billion galaxies, NASA has joined hands with the European Space Agency to come with a new project. NASA announced that they, with the European Space Agency, are going to launch a telescope ...

TopNews Arab Emirates

Mercedes-Benz Super Bowl Commercial: Breaking Down New Kate Upton Ad
Bleacher Report
Model Kate Upton appears in a Super Bowl teaser ad for Mercedes-Benz's 2014 CLA automobile. Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Prolific automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz released a teaser for its new high-profile commercial featuring prominent ...

Bleacher Report

HTC unveils NFC remote control for Butterfly smartphone
NFC World
The HTC Mini "provides a whole new way of human-computer interaction" says the phone maker, enabling users to make calls, text and access stored media with the tiny device while keeping their smartphone in their pocket. HTC has introduced the HTC Mini ...

NFC World

Dung Beetles Follow Straight Path under Guidance from the Milky Way
French Tribune
A recent research has indicated that Dung beetles have tendency to orient themselves to the stars. Yes, it has been claimed that Milky Way helps insects like dung beetles follow paths. Galaxies are known as clusters of stars spread across the cosmos.

French Tribune

Mega Passed Its First Copyright Takedown Test
Gizmodo
Mega Passed Its First Copyright Takedown Test In addition to protecting itself from your pirated content with its see-no-evil encryption, Kim Dotcom's Mega service aims to stay on the law's good side by playing nicely with copyright takedown requests and ...

Apple iPhone 5S to be launched in July with 13MP camera?
Zee News
It looks like Apple is gearing up to bring a slew of smartphones and tablets to the market, again. Reports suggest that the iPhone maker is working on not one but two iPhones! If that's not enough there might be another next generation iPad and an updated ...

Zee News

A Tsunami of Governmental Global Warming Lies
Right Side News
800px-GISS temperature 2000-09 lrg It's bad enough when major environmental organizations continue to lie about a “global warming” that does not exist in lieu of a planetary cooling cycle now entering its 17th year, but when those allied with the United ...


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