14 January 2013

Dangerous Air pollution in the Chinese capital Beijing

Air pollution in the Chinese capital Beijing has reached levels judged as ...
BBC News
Readings from both official and unofficial monitoring stations suggested that Saturday's pollution has soared past danger levels outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO). The air tastes of coal dust and car fumes, two of the main sources of pollution,...

BBC News

Microsoft Patent Tips 'Inconspicuous Mode' for Cell Phones
PC Magazine
According to a patent application published today, Microsoft is working to build a function that could save movie-going smartphone users a lot of grief. "Inconspicuous mode," as the application calls it, aims to lighten the device's load by turning home screen ...

Last week at CES: Five must-know things
Welcome to a special edition of This Week in Tech, as we take a look back at the International Consumer Electronics Show. As with every year, a few trends always seem to emerge. Here were the five that captured our attention. 1. The Internet is everywhere.

Google Lets Android Users Install Beta Version Chrome Browsers
Android users previously didn't have direct access to try out beta Chrome browser code before the stable release versions were available. Google is giving Android developers and other users—at least those running Android 4.0 or later on their devices—the ...


Detroit Auto Show: GM hopes 2014 Corvette will boost Chevrolet sales
Los Angeles Times
As he prepared to unveil the seventh-generation Corvette this weekend — an event akin to the naming of a new pope in the sports-car world — General Motors executive Mark Reuss told a story familiar to legions of Corvette faithful over six decades of ...

New cars debuting at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit
Washington Post
The North American International Auto Show begins this week in Detroit with media and industry previews. It opens to the public Jan. 19. Here are some of the new cars and experimental concept vehicles that will debut at the show: —Acura MDX concept ...

Washington Post

Video shows final shots from moon camera pioneered by Sally Ride
NBCNews.com (blog)
The mission captured by the twin probes' cameras documents the final journey of the Grail spacecraft, which had aimed to map the moon's gravity field. NBC's Brian Williams reports. By Alan Boyle, Science Editor, NBC News ...

How long until China produces the next Samsung?
Digital Trends
The Chinese pulled out their heavy guns for the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, with bigger booths, and tons of high-end gadgets. But do any of these brands have a chance at becoming the next Samsung? The answer might surprise you. ces-andrew- ...

Mars One Releases Astronaut Open Call Qualifications
Escapist Magazine
Unlike every other program in the history of spaceflight, Mars One intends to have an open call for their future colonists - who are scheduled for a 2022 launch and 2023 landing. Beginning in the first half of this year, Mars One will begin that call, starting with ...

Photos: 2014 Lexus IS F-Sport
Digital Trends
The next generation of Lexus' compact luxury sedan combines styling cues from the larger GS and the LF-CC hybrid concept. The 2014 Lexus IS compact luxury sedan isn't supposed to see the light of day until next week's Detroit Auto Show, but that didn't ...

Will Oculus Rift Be The "Coolest Gadget Ever?" An Interview With Creator ...
The Oculus Rift, a much-hyped virtual reality headset that will be available to game developers in March, inspired yet another round of hyperbolic praise at CES this week. Geoffrey Morrison, of CNET, compared trying on the Oculus Rift to jacking into the ...

Lenovo to Kids: Stop Texting at the Dinner Table
Bloomberg (blog)
An air hockey app is demonstrated on Lenovo's Horizon touchscreen PC at CES in Las Vegas. Turns out, there's a reason why Lenovo released its hit-or-miss tabletop PC, the Horizon. According to CEO Yang Yuanqing, family patriarchs are increasingly ...

Bloomberg (blog)

Watch Me Levitate a Remote Control Helicopter with My Mind
The first thing you need to know about mind-controlled helicopters is that they feed on relaxation or concentration. So when the Puzzlebox Orbit started lifting off the ground before I could even start to meditate, I have to assume it's because CES had already ...

Samsung postpones Windows RT tablet plans
TG Daily
Last summer the industry was expecting big things from Windows 8 and Windows RT, with Samsung touting a plan to bring its own Windows RT tablet to the US by October. Well, October has come and gone, with Microsoft launching its Surface RT tablet to ...

TG Daily

Mega earthquake could rattle length of California: report
New York Daily News
A mega earthquake that would rattle almost the entire length of California was long thought impossible, but new research suggests that a statewide quake could actually occur. A new study published in the online version of Nature says certain sections of ...

New York Daily News

Delta launches new iPad, iPhone apps
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Delta Air Lines rolled out new apps for the iPad and iPhone Friday as part of a $140 million investment in technology aimed at connecting with customers in new ways and boosting revenue. The free applications allow travelers to book flights through their ...

Point-Counterpoint: Cheap iPhone Release Likely or Silly?
Channel Partners
Industry insiders are lining up on both sides of the fence relating to this week's chatter that Apple is mulling the idea of selling a less expensive iPhone in emerging markets where fewer people can afford hundreds of dollars for an unsubsidized version of the ...

FTC Chairman On Google: 'We Did Justice'
MediaPost Communications
More than one week after the Federal Trade Commission announced it had unanimously decided not to pursue antitrust charges against Google for so-called "search bias," the decision is still raising eyebrows. Time's David Futrelle says critics are wondering ...

BlackBerry 10 Release Date, AT&T, Verizon Confirmed
Capital Technologies
Mobile enthusiasts are all waiting for 30th of Jan, the day when two BlackBerry 10 phones will be launched in the market. Consistently RIM as well as through other sources we can hear news about the launch of BlackBerry 10 OS and phones. Most people ...

Report: Wikipedia Travel Site to Launch Next Week
PC Magazine
The site, dubbed Wikivoyage, has been in beta form under the Wikimedia umbrella and is expected to officially launch on Tuesday, according to travel news site Skift. During a recent discussion on The Colbert Report (video below) about his organization's ...

Largest structure in the universe would take FOUR BILLION years to cross, say ...
Science Recorder
How big is the large quasar group? Astronomers say that it would take a spacecraft moving at the speed of light approximately 4 billion years to cross it. “While it is difficult to fathom the scale of this LQG, we can say quite definitely it is the largest structure ever ...

Science Recorder

3 Video Game Mainstays Set to Disappear After CES
By Jason Notte 01/12/13 - 08:30 AM EST. Stock quotes in this article: AAPL, INTC, MSFT, NVDA, SNE · Tweet. PORTLAND, Ore. (TheStreet) -- The video game industry as you know it is coming to an end with a bit of help from the Consumer Electronics Show.

Computer security advisory
Orange County Breeze
A security advisory has been issued by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Cybersecurity and Communication regarding a vulnerability in Java. This is a huge, gaping security hole that is already being used by hackers to gain control of ...

Orange County Breeze

Sony patent application reimagines PlayStation Move with ultrasonic capabilities ...
A redesigned PlayStation Move? Sony's taken a stab at it before -- but this time around, it's imagining a controller with ultrasonic location analysis and Wiimote-like IR tracking. A new patent application details a "method for determining location of a controller," ...

Carriers spat over spectrum weighting
Communications, Engineering & Design Magazine
It seems everyone agrees that the FCC needs to simplify its spectrum screen, but there's a big division on exactly how that should be done. Such was the case in a spate of comments filed with the FCC this past week. AT&T and Verizon Wireless come down ...

Saturday Space Sight: Curiosity Self-Portrait, Wide View
Armed with Science
On the 84th and 85th Martian days of the NASA Mars rover Curiosity's mission on Mars (Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2012), NASA's Curiosity rover used the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) to capture dozens of high-resolution images to be combined into self-portrait ...

With cash on the line, Python Challenge hunt gets underway
Bay News 9
Because there are thousands of non-native python snakes on state lands, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is holding a Python Challenge contest to cut down on the population. Last Updated: Saturday, January 12, 2013 ...

Bay News 9

Made in the USA: Inside the Viper Factory
Popular Mechanics (blog)
In a world where countless Toyotas and BMWs are built in the U.S.A. but a seemingly equal number of Fords and Chevys are manufactured in Mexico and Canada, this New York Times interactive feature offers a refreshing focus on the SRT Viper Conner ...

Tweets from space
The Courier-Journal (blog)
Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield is Tweeting up a storm from the International Space Station, including showing images of Earth. He's also sharing pictures from inside the space station, giving followers a chance to see what life is like there.

The Courier-Journal (blog)

Feds urge protection for grouse
Pueblo Chieftain
A male Gunnison sage grouse is pictured displaying his plummage to attract a female in this undated file photo from the Colorado Division of Wildlife. courtesy photo. Buy this photo. Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013 4:00 am. Feds urge protection for grouse ...

Will 2013 be the year of the smartwatch?
In this edition of Ask Maggie, CNET's Marguerite Reardon highlights some new devices in the smartwatch category and discusses why this may finally be the year the gadgets take off. Marguerite Reardon. by Marguerite Reardon. January 12, 2013 12:00 AM ...

Rumor: Fifth-gen iPad, second-gen iPad mini to debut in March
Apple Insider
Apple's iPad lineup is now on a twice-a-year refresh cycle, according to a new rumor, which pegs both the full-size iPad and iPad mini as due for updates in March. Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets said his checks with industry sources at this week's CES ...

Apple Insider

Anonymous Petitions to Make DDoS a Legal Form of Protest
Tom's Hardware Guide
Hacktivist group Anonymous, known for hacking websites of high-profile organizations, is petitioning the U.S. government to make distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks a legal form of protest as protected by the First Amendment. Anonymous is filing the ...

Top fitness gadgets of 2013 at the Consumer Electronics Show
GADGETS, games and phone accessories are poised to become tools for creating healthy, hard-bodied fitness fanatics. The world's biggest technology expo, International CES in Las Vegas, was last week packed with devices designed to transform their ...

Is CES a thieves' paradise?
IDG News Service - The International CES is packed to the rafters with the latest in shiny, often expensive high-tech gadgets, so it's no surprise that theft is a problem for companies exhibiting at the show. Several vendors who rent space on the show floor said ...

$100 to Facebook message Mark Zuckerberg? Bargain!
Facebook is testing various methods to reduce spam. One of these is to charge large sums to those who message those with vast followings. It could be good value for some. Chris Matyszczyk. by Chris Matyszczyk. January 11, 2013 3:55 PM PST ...

Climate Panel Says Coast, Midwest at Risk of Extreme Weather
Average U.S. temperatures may jump as much as 4 degrees Fahrenheit (2.2 Celsius) in the coming decades, and efforts to combat the effects are insufficient, a government advisory panel on climate change said. The 60-member panel approved and released ...

Wii U outpaces Wii's sales numbers but still falls behind Xbox
Washington Post
Nintendo's Wii U sold more than 460,000 units in December — enough to outpace the sales of its predecessor but not enough to take the top spot in video-game console sales. The Wii U figures, released by Nintendo on Thursday night, are from the NPD ...

The Hottest Cars at CES
PC Magazine
Do you like drag race-looking, self-parking cars with infrared sensors and bulletproof doors? We found all of that at CES—just not all in one car. Dan Costa By Dan Costa. January 11, 2013; ...

Digital Blend: Nvidia's Project Shield, the joys of Kentucky Route Zero, and Call ...
Digital Trends
Welcome to Digital Blend, your one-stop shop for coverage and recommendations of all things relating to mobile gaming, digital marketplaces, and indie titles (for the week ending January 13). Happy new year! Welcome back to Digital Blend, our weekly look ...

Doomsday chances dim: Asteroid won't hit Earth in 2036, NASA says
Los Angeles Times
Sad day for the four horsemen of the Apocalypse: NASA scientists say a giant asteroid won't be hitting Earth in 2036, as earlier feared. The asteroid Apophis has less than a 1-in-a-million chance of smacking into the planet, according to Don Yeomans, NASA's ...

Largest ever spiral galaxy spotted - may give birth to dwarf baby
The universe's largest known spiral galaxy and its nearest neighbouring galaxy have been interacting for some time, say astrophysicists. And all of this canoodling may result in the birth of a new tidal dwarf galaxy system 212 million light years from Earth.

Potty Training Now Made Easy For Parents With iPotty
This is coming across to parents as soothing and relieving news especially mothers because technology decided to look their way to aid them in the area of toilet-training. Thanks to CTA Digital as it introduces iPotty for iPad for kids who are yet get toilet ...


Hopes And Dreams For Earth's Twin Planet, KOI
The Frisky
Last week, NASA scientists predicted that they would discover Earth's universal twin within a year. Well, they made good on that promise and way early. Wednesday, the Kepler telescope found KOI, short for Kepler Object Interest, a very promising candidate ...

The Frisky

SpaceX sets March 1 for launch to ISS
The SpaceX Dragon capsule approaches the International Space Station on October 2012 during a resupply mission. Credit: NASA. Published: Jan. 11, 2013 at 7:47 PM. Advertisement. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. commercial space ...


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