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
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?
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, ...


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
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
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
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
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 ...


Verizon clears Jetpack 4G mobile hotspot for take off
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
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...


The Internet Is A 21st Century Utility And We Deserve Better
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
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
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
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 ...


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
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
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 ...
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
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
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
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?
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.


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?
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
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 ...


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
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'
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 ...


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
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 ...


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
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
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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