19 January 2013

5 Facebook privacy settings to check now

5 Facebook privacy settings you need to check now
Facebook is a fabulous way to connect with friends and family. Of course, Facebook is also a spectacular way to embarrass yourself. And it happens almost every day. Users post personal photos and intimate status updates that they think only a few friends ...

Audi's self-parking car: What's stopping the tech getting on our roads?
Summary: Audi recently demonstrated a car that will park itself without the need for a driver. But while the technology already exists to make autonomous cars a reality, it will be a long time before we can let our vehicles take over whenever we feel like it.


Report: Asus Eyeing Microsoft's Windows Phone 8
PC Magazine
As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Asus is shopping the idea of making a Windows Phone 8 version of its Padfone — which docks a smartphone into the back of a tablet — in an effort to expand its sinking mobile business. The Padfone launched overseas ...

Mars rover Curiosity's tracks seen from space
Fox News
The Red Planet ramblings of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity are clearly visible in a new image snapped by a sharp-eyed spacecraft. The rover photo, taken on Jan. 2 by the HiRise camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows the ground ...

Sharp cuts production of 9.7" iPad screens, demand may be shifting to Apple's ...
Apple Insider
Sharp is said to have "nearly halted" production of 9.7-inch panels for Apple's full-size iPad — a change made as are predicted to shift to the 7.9-inch iPad mini. Two sources signaled to Reuters that production of 9.7-inch LCD displays has "fallen to a minimal ...

Apple Insider

Samsung prepping Galaxy Note 8.0 8-inch tablet to compete against iPad mini?
Summary: The rumored device would pack a higher-res screen than Apple's smaller tablet and run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Sean Portnoy. By Sean Portnoy for Laptops & Desktops | January 18, 2013 -- 13:11 GMT (05:11 PST). Follow @teklust ...


Instagram boasts 90 million active users
So much for scaring off users over its controversial terms of service. For the first time, photo-sharing site Instagram shared statistics on its user base, boasting 90 million monthly active users who upload 40 million photos per day. "Instagram continues to see ...

Microsoft's HelpBridge app provides assistance when disaster strikes
PCWorld (blog)
Daniel has been writing about smartphones, tablets and apps since 2008, and he enjoys pitting gadgets against each other. More by Daniel Ionescu. Many apps on the market warn users about incoming natural disasters like earthquakes or floods, and ...

Nokia backs 3D printing for mobile phone cases
BBC News
Files containing mechanical drawings, case measurements and recommended materials have already been released by the phone maker. Those using the files will be able to create a custom-designed case for the flagship Lumia 820 handset. The project...

BBC News

Dolphin Browser Demonstrates Why Mobile-Only Is A Losing Bet
Mobile browser Dolphin is by all accounts a quality third-party application for both iOS and Android. Dolphin was one of the first browsers to come out with gesture and voice controls, allows for excellent personalization and is reasonably fast. It is also ...

What should Google do about Facebook Graph Search?
When Facebook introduced its next-generation search product in Menlo Park, Calif., this week, the announcement was no doubt being watched closely in nearby Mountain View. The data that Google engineers have craved for years -- rich portraits of ...

Apple receives petition to ban the NRA's Practice Range app
The NRA's Practice Range app has caused more than its fair share of controversy, with critics claiming that it is both inappropriate and insensitive. Originally, the game was rated for ages four and up, something that likewise stoked the embers into a flame of ...


Research firm predicts Apple market share to peak at 22% in 2013
Apple is doing exceptionally well in both the smartphone and tablet markets. Apple has had some harsh criticism over its iPhone 5 and the fact that the latest smartphone out of Cupertino is an incremental update at best. However, Apple does continue to be ...


VXers exploit users confusion over Java to punt fake update
Cybercrooks have begun distributing an item of malware that poses as a Java security update. Oracle released a new version of Java 7 (Java 7u11) on Sunday (13 January) to addresses zero-day vulnerability that has been exploited in the wild. The update ...

Google Co-Founder: Facebook is "Doing a Really Bad Job on Their Products"
Tom's Hardware Guide
Google co-founder and current CEO Larry Page believes Facebook is "doing a really bad job on their products". "Yeah, they're a company that's strong in that space," he told Wired. "But they're also doing a really bad job on their products. For us to succeed, ...

Google considers laser projected virtual controls for Project Glass, because it's ...
Digital Trends
A patent application shows Google could be working on a virtual input system for Project Glass, which would project controls on to your hand or arm using a laser, then read your input using a camera. Just in case you didn't think Project Glass was sci-fi ...

Intel suffers in PC market slump
The firm reported profits down 27 per cent for the fourth quarter, and its third straight quarter of falling revenues. Intel's continuing problems are the latest evidence of the tectonic shift towards mobile computing, a market dominated by energy-efficient ...


Newsstand news: Apple offers Hearst magazines before print edition, Rolling ...
Digital Trends
Apple and major magazine publisher Hearst are trying something new in an effort to get more iPad users to buy content from Newsstand…. Apple has struck a deal with publishing giant Hearst to give iPad users an extra incentive to hit the buy button for one of ...

Fiat and Mazda ink new Alfa Romeo/Miata roadster deal for 2015
Fiat and Mazda have officially inked the deal which will refettle the MX-5 (aka the Miata) as Alfa Romeo's next open-top sports car, expected to hit showrooms in 2015. The agreement [pdf link] was first mooted back in May 2012, and will see the ...


RIM pays developers $500000 to build apps for BlackBerry 10
Summary: BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion is holding its last port-a-thon for developers, aimed at bolstering the availability of BlackBerry 10-compatiable apps ahead of the OS' launch. Ben Woods. By Ben Woods | January 18, 2013 -- 11:54 GMT (03:54 ...

Apple Is Hiring Writers To Give Siri More Funny Things To say
Business Insider
9to5Mac recently spotted an Apple job listing seeking someone who could help "evolve and enrich" Siri. "Siri's known for 'her' wit, cultural knowledge, and zeal to explain things in engaging, funny, and practical ways," the listing says. "The ideal candidate is ...

Nasa fires the Mona Lisa at the moon with a laser
UNITED STATES SPACE AGENCY Nasa has sent the artistic icon Mona Lisa to the moon using a laser. More or less. A black and white copy of the Mona Lisa has been beamed to Nasa's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), travelling 240,000 miles and...


'Steampunk' fashion is heading for the mainstream, researcher says
Seattle Post Intelligencer
"What if the Victorians had access to digital technology? What would it look like? It certainly wouldn't look like anything we see today. All of our digital devices wrapped in generic plastic. If the Victorians had access to call of our new technology, it would be ...

Review: 'Devil May Cry'
Chicago Tribune
GamerHub.tv. You got the wrong guy. Me, review ""DmC": Devil May Cry"? This time last week, I would have been glad to sit you down and tell you about my active aversion for hack and slash games. The weird "suction" mechanic whereby button presses ...

Details emerge on sequel to Megaupload service
BBC News
More details have emerged about the web storage service being set up by Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom. The Mega cyber-locker service will be a sequel to the popular Megaupload system that was shut down in January 2012. Police raids on the offices of...

BBC News

Amazon Makes Play for iTunes Customers
Amazon is making a grab for some of Apple's iTunes customers by giving them a Safari browser-based method for making purchases from its MP3 inventory. The service integrates with Amazon's Cloud Player. "It's not likely to impact Apple in a major way," ...

Sony Sells Its New York Headquarters, Shares Rise
Sony Corporation (ADR (NYSE:SNE) has announced that it will sell its New York headquarters for $1.1 billion. The company's stock rose 6 percent on Thursday and an additional 7 percent in Friday's pre-market trades. Tweet. Sony Corporation (ADR) ...

Clearwire Investor Taran Seeks Higher Bid
More Clearwire Corp. (CLWR) shareholders have joined the chorus of investors asking Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) to raise its bid for the wireless-network operator after a counteroffer from Dish Network Corp. (DISH). Glenview Capital Management, which owns ...

US vehicle recalls rise 4.5% to 16.2 million in 2012
Automotive Business Review
Vehicle recalls increased by 4.5% to reach to 16.2 million in 2012 compared to the 15.5 million vehicles recalled in 2011, according to a report by US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to NHTSA, there were 586 vehicle ...

'LEGO City: Undercover' Lands March 18th, 'Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon' March ...
MTV.com (blog)
Nintendo is kicking off their 2013 spring lineup with "LEGO City: Undercover" for Wii U on March 18th, followed by "Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon" for Nintendo 3DS on March 24th. However, those aren't the only games waiting in the wings, many more are ...

MTV.com (blog)

Pythons elude US Sen. Bill Nelson
WJXT Jacksonville
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson went python hunting in the Everglades on Thursday, but returned empty handed. Quick Clicks. Sen. Nelson joins python hunt in Fla. Everglades · Florida python hunt opens with 11 snakes killed · 'Python challenge' draws 800 hunters ...

Cisco Lets Virtual Desktop Users Get In on Its Jabber
Workers who use virtualized desktops often have to contend with an experience that's nowhere near as rich as the typical enterprise unified communications system, but Cisco is aiming to change that. It's latest offering is software that extends its Jabber ...

Time Warner Cable says Netflix is holding Super HD & 3D content hostage
Time Warner Cable isn't happy about Netflix's new “Open Connect” initiative, a separate network ISPs can use to pull data from the streaming video service. Why? Well, it has something to do with Netflix implying that TWC's network isn't good enough to ...


Plain Talk: Act now on climate change — or face doom
Capital Times
FILE - This NOAA satellite image taken Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, provided by the National Hurricane Center shows Category 2 Hurricane Sandy moving northward across eastern Cuba. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the ...

Diablo III's Director Steps Down
Stepping down and letting somebody else take over a project is never an easy thing. It's even harder if you've been on the project for over 7 years. pouring your life into the game. That's exactly what happened yesterday as Jay Wilson decided to step down as...


Sony unveils limited edition Classic White PlayStation 3 bundle in US for $299 ...
Based on several user requests, Sony has finally announced the 500GB Classic White PS3 special limited edition bundle for gamers in the US. The bundle is priced at $299 and will be available across the nation on January 27. Announcing via the ...


AT&T Considering a Carrier Acquisition Abroad: Report
AT&T, which is bringing in money but fewer new subscribers than at any time since 2003, is looking to invest in a European carrier, says a report. AT&T, the nation's second-largest carrier, is looking for a European carrier to buy, The Wall Street Journal...


Lenovo Ruggedizes ThinkPad Chromebook For Schools
Google has a new hardware partner in Lenovo, whose ThinkPad X131e Chromebook will be available next month equipped with Google's browser-based operating system and reinforced edges for durability. Start The Discussion · Tweet; Mail Mail; Print Print ...

AMD Sues Former Employees for Stealing Documents
PC Magazine
AMD has filed suit against four former employees, arguing that the group stole thousands of documents before leaving to go work for one of AMD's biggest rivals, Nvidia. "This is an extraordinary case of trade secret/misappropriation and strategic solicitation," ...

'Bob' outsources tech job to China; watches cat videos at work
Computerworld - Showing what can happen when companies don't periodically review network logs, a software developer working for a large U.S. critical infrastructure company hired a Chinese firm to do his job so he could spend time surfing Reddit and ...

NASA to Test Inflatable Modules on ISS
PC Magazine
For years now, the world's space agencies have used the International Space Station (ISS) as a testing ground for some of most cutting-edge technologies and science known to man, but development of new housings for the station itself have remained ...

Facebook Messenger app change allows free calls via WiFi
Washington Post
Facebook's long-rumored phone ishere, though probably not in the way most had imagined. In fact, it looks exactly like the phone you already have. Using software, rather than hardware, the latest update of Facebook's Messenger app now lets U.S. users ...

Washington Post

Metamaterials perform image compression before light reaches the sensor
Ars Technica
Add image compression to the list of nifty applications for metamaterials. Metamaterials guide light waves to create “invisibility cloaks” and bend sound waves to make theoretical noise reduction systems for urban areas. But these materials are tuned to ...

Ars Technica

Quails Have Amazing Camouflage Skills to Protect Eggs
French Tribune
A recent study published in the journal Current Biology has hinted that quail have got expertise in camouflage. Conducted by researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the review has claimed that mother quails have the skills to be familiar with their ...

French Tribune

Cyber War: Iran Comments on Cyber Attacks
French Tribune
Since 2010, Iran has witnessed a number of cyber attacks. A recent attack on its operating system where it processes its uranium enriching facilities has gathered a response from Iran. With these continued attacks, Iran is finding a need for improving its cyber ...

French Tribune

Google Removes Offensive Make Me Asian and Make Me Indian Apps
Google Removes Offensive Make Me Asian and Make Me Indian Apps Last year, a pair of apps, Make Me Asian and Make Me Indian, raised eyebrows after they appeared in the Google Play Store. The original description (via Reappropriate) for Make Me ...

Understanding Climate Change, With Help From Thoreau
Modern scientists trying to understand climate change are engaged in an unlikely collaboration — with two beloved but long-dead nature writers: Henry David Thoreau and Aldo Leopold. The authors of Walden and A Sand County Almanac and last spring's ...


If John Sculley Says Apple Must Do This Then Apple Probably Shouldn't Do It
I've rather been wavering over whether Apple should introduce low cost versions of the iPhone and possibly iPad. There's a trade off there. Yes, lower cost entry level models would indeed enable them to gain more customers. But there will be some level of ...

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