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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