18 January 2013

Facebook Graph Noise; Lenovo ThinkPad Chromebook

Facebook Graph Search: Noisier And Nosier Than Ever
In rolling out its new Graph Search, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was quick to caution that "it's going to take years to index the whole map of the graph." That's great. It gives me time to completely remove myself from Facebook. When I dropped off ...


Lenovo announces ThinkPad Chromebook for schools
Summary: Lenovo will offer a Chromebook version of its ThinkPad X131e for the education sector. The Chromebook will be sold only to schools for grades K-12. James Kendrick. By James Kendrick for Mobile News | January 17, 2013 -- 13:06 GMT (05:06...


Subway's Footlong doesn't measure up. Picture: Matt Corby, via Facebook
The Australian
AN Australian teenager has lit an online bonfire after he posted a picture on Facebook of a sandwich from fastfood giant Subway that failed to measure up. Perth teen Matt Corby, who works at Red Rooster, took the photo of the Footlong sandwich with a tape ...

Sony CEO: We're not perfect, but we are on the right track
Summary: The chief executive of the struggling electronic maintains that even though Sony isn't quite there yet, it soon will be. Charlie Osborne. By Charlie Osborne for Between the Lines | January 17, 2013 -- 09:20 GMT (01:20 PST). Follow @ZDNetCharlie ...

FaceTime on AT&T extended to 3G users - but still not everyone
When Apple's FaceTime was made available to iPhone users on AT&T, the carrier only allowed the video-chatting service to be used over Wi-Fi, severely reducing its usefulness. After opening it up to 4G users late last year, they're now letting 3G, tiered-data ...

MediaFire debuts for Android, offers users 50GB of free cloud storage
No, really: 50 gigabytes. The app has a few limitations, but it's still a major score for any Android user with an eye to the cloud. Rick Broida. by Rick Broida. January 17, 2013 5:00 AM PST Follow @cheapskateblog. MediaFire for Android. The app is free, and ...

Alpha Station: plans for an inflatable space station
Fox News
The formal unveiling Jan. 16 of a NASA deal to add an inflatable room developed by commercial company Bigelow Aerospace to the International Space Station is a forerunner of things to come. The private space firm has its eyes on setting up its own ...

iPad sales may be lower than expected, says analyst
The tablet's fourth-quarter sales may have been hampered by supply contraints, says a J.P. Morgan analyst. Lance Whitney. by Lance Whitney. January 17, 2013 5:27 AM PST Follow @lancewhit. Apple's iPad. Apple's iPad. (Credit: Apple). The iPad may ...

AT&T mulling UK, Dutch networks for takeover in European push
Summary: AT&T may be mulling a bid to takeover a European cellular network, according to reports. At this stage it's all talk and no walk, but any bid would be fraught with difficulties -- not least because of the potential for antitrust and data protection concerns.

Office 2013 pricing: Huge increases leaked
Computerworld (blog)
The next Office release date is close at hand. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is going to make the subscription model a no-brainer this time. But beware: The leaked Office 2013 pricing makes it seem that you'll pay a lot more with the subscription model than...

Computerworld (blog)

Facebook's "Group Hug" Frees The Microprocessor From The Motherboard
Facebook's "Group Hug" Frees The Microprocessor From The Motherboard. Facebook announced "Group Hug," an awkwardly-named daughtercard that lets you tear out the processor on a server and replace it with a different brand. ReadWriteenterprise ...


Temple Run 2 sprints up iTunes charts
The original Temple Run game, released for the iPhone in 2007 and for Android last year, has been downloaded more than 170 million times. The sequel, released last night has already topped the iTunes chart. Like its predecessor, Temple Run 2 is an ...


LG Already Sold 300 Giant Ultra HD TVs at $22000 Apiece
If you thought no one would dish out $22,000 for LG's brand new 84-inch, 4K TV set, you were wrong. In fact, Chosun Ilbo claims LG has already sold 300 units in Korea. Though it's not the most expensive TV out there, the price tag on LG's Ultra HD behemoth ...

Spare the Air alert Thursday
San Francisco Chronicle
Bay Area air-quality regulators have issued the season's fifth Winter Spare the Air alert for Thursday, banning wood fires indoors and outside. A listless air mass over the Bay Area has trapped pollution and is expected to stick around until the weekend.

Google denies killing donkey with Street VIew car
The message put out on Wednesday by the internet giant was prompted by reaction to the picture, which gave the impression that a Google Maps car had run over a donkey on a dirt road while gathering Street View images in Botswana. In a blog post titled ...


Global Warming Brings Earlier Spring Flowers
Discovery News
In incredibly detailed notebooks, Thoreau documented the flowering times of species such as the wild columbine. TBoard | Flickr.com. Related Links. Colorado Wildflower Copes With Climate Change · Temperature Sensitive Genes Tell Flowers to Open ...

Facebook brings free VoIP calls to Messenger app for iPhone
Mobile Burn
Apple iPhone users can make free VoIP calls using the latest version of the Facebook Messenger iOS app. Previously available in testing for Canadian users, Facebook has made it possible for U.S. members to place calls in Messenger without using minutes ...

Lethal air pollution in Asia's poisonous cities
The Guardian (blog)
Air pollution in Beijing has been described as "apocalyptic" this week with people choking their way through murky streets, short of breath and with their eyes stinging from toxic air. But Beijing is just one of hundreds of cities, largely in Asia, where poisonous ...

Employee Caught Outsourcing His Job
ABC News
A software developer was busted for outsourcing his job to a programmer in China while he surfed the Web at work. The case was described by Andrew Valentine, a principal with Verizon Enterprise Solutions, who published a blog post about the incident.

ABC News

GM to invest $1.5B in US factories this year
The Associated Press
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it will invest $1.5 billion in its North American factories this year. North American President Mark Reuss (ROY-sss) announced the figure in a speech Wednesday night but gave no details. The company says specific ...

Facebook Is More Memorable Than Books
Huffington Post
Facebook is more memorable than real books, according to a new study by academics at the University of Warwick and the University of California, San Diego. Science Daily reports the scientists took text from anonymized Facebook updates and compared ...

'Social Chromosome' That Controls Fire Ant Behavior Is First Ever Discovered ...
Huffington Post
Whether fire ants bow to one queen or accept many rulers depends on one long strand of genes, a new study finds. The gene sequence is the first "social chromosome" ever discovered, according to study researcher Yannick Wurm of Queen Mary, University ...

Patent Hints at Laser-Controlled Google Glasses
Patent Hints at Laser-Controlled Google Glasses With Google's Project Glass still very much in its awkward developmental stages, the best method of controlling it remains up for debate. This patent, though, suggests that a laser-projected control pad might be ...

RIM's BlackBerry 10 Training Program Attracts 1600 Businesses
San Francisco Chronicle
Jan. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Research In Motion Ltd., which is preparing to unveil its BlackBerry 10 phones later this month, said more than 1,600 North American businesses have registered for a training program for the new handsets and software.

Shellfish Feel Pain, Studies Suggest
Discovery News
Shellfish, such as crabs, lobsters and shrimp, feel pain, suggests a new study that calls into question how food and aquaculture industries treat these animals. Researchers have suspected for some time that live lobsters dunked into boiling water and ...

Senator joins Fla. python hunt
New York Daily News
A U.S. senator from Florida is joining the effort to eradicate the Everglades of pesky Burmese pythons. Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson on Thursday will join his state's "Python Challenge," which so far has sent more than 1,000 hunters traipsing into the swampy ...

New York Daily News

Alleged HTC M7 Picture/Render Leaks Out
The Droid Guy
HTC hasn't quite made a mark on the world market with its 1080p offerings like the Droid DNA or the J Butterfly (and Butterfly). Which is why most of us are of the opinion that the company is preparing something major for the grand unveiling at MWC 2013.

Top Five Debuts Picked from Detroit Auto Show
Automotive Discovery
The 2013 Detroit Auto Show has come and gone. The automakers have packed up their concepts and debut vehicles and the stages have been cleared. Now it's back to business as usual. This year was a stellar year in regard to new technology, better fuel ...

2013 Shelby Ford Focus ST Revealed, Without Any Ground-Breaking Horsepower
The 2013 Shelby Ford Focus ST tuned by Shelby American, was unveiled at this year's NAIAS. Shelby American Inc. has long been known to turn out the fire-breathing autos with powerful turbo-charged engines, but with its diminutive new “pocket rocket,” the ...


Apple loses yet another Samsung patent case
A court in The Hague, citing previous decisions in British courts, ruled that some Samsung Galaxy tablets do not infringe an Apple design. The Dutch district court case centred on the the rounded corners of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, and ...


Europe and US agree details for Orion astronaut spacecraft
BBC News
The US and Europe have cemented their plan to work together on the Americans' next-generation capsule system to take humans beyond Earth. The Orion vehicle is being built to carry astronauts to the Moon, asteroids and Mars, but it will need a means to...

BBC News

Google's Nexus 7 outsells Apple's iPad in Japan over holidays
Apple Insider
Sales of the ASUS-made Nexus 7 beat out Apple's entire tablet lineup in Japan in December, displacing the dominant iPad from the number one spot for the first time since its launch in 2010, says one market research firm. iPad mini. Google's Nexus 7 outsold ...

Apple Insider

The Spherical Cow lands, spits out Anaconda
Review Fedora 18, Spherical Cow, is here. Finally. The Fedora Project has never been one for precision roadmaps, but previously it has managed to stay pretty close to its official May and October release schedule. Spherical Cow, however, proved to be a ...

Global warming apocalypse canceled
Washington Times
My greener friends are increasingly troubled by the lack of a rise in recent global surface temperatures. Using monthly data measured as the departure from long-term averages, there's been no significant warming trend since the fall of 1996. In other words ...

Washington Times

In Choosing a Tablet, First Try It On for Size
New York Times
In the grand scheme of worries, deciding which size tablet to get — they all sit within a roughly three-inch screen range — does not quite rank. Enlarge This Image. Minh Uong/The New York Times. But technophiles and technophobes alike struggle with the ...

USB Storage Drive Loaded With Malware Shuts Down Power Plant
NEWS ANALYSIS: In a Stuxnet-like incident, malware introduced from a USB storage drive invades power plant control systems and engineering workstations. The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team reports that a U.S.-based power generating ...


Mars Curiosity Faces 'Most Challenging' Step
Rover prepares to drill into rock for first time in search for clues about mineral and chemical makeup and evidence of organic material. Start The Discussion · Tweet; Mail Mail; Print Print · Patience Wait | January 16, 2013 10:48 AM. NASA Mars Mission: No ...

Surface RT Sales Estimate Cut To 1 Million
Microsoft sold only 1 million Surface tablets, half the original forecast, due to "gloomy" consumer sentiment, says analyst. Start The Discussion. Tweet; Mail Mail; Print Print · Paul McDougall | January 16, 2013 11:40 AM. 8 Key Changes In Microsoft SharePoint ...

Leap Motion to Sell Controllers Exclusively at Best Buy
PC Magazine
A Minority Report-like future is nigh, and will soon be commercially available, thanks to a new partnership between Leap Motion and Best Buy. The motion-control software/hardware company will launch its Leap Motion Controller this spring, exclusively at ...

NTT DoCoMo suggests Sony Xperia Tablet Z in the works, will get early reveal in ...
Sony had no shortage of devices to show off at CES last week, but there might be more on the way -- before Mobile World Congress has even begun. NTT DoCoMo has let slip that it'll be showing off an "Xperia Tablet Z" alongside the previously announced ...

Blind date app a bit too revealing
Blind date app a bit too revealing A dating website that launched a blind date service has had to tweak the technology behind the service to properly hide details. OK Cupid's Crazy Blind Date tool had been revealing details that could help scammers and even ...


Russia embarks on Moon exploration program
The Voice of Russia
Russia is planning to send three space probes to the Moon as part of an ambitious lunar research program spanning a period until 2017. The Luna-Glob 1, the first of the three robotic missions, is scheduled to take off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome, a new ...

The Voice of Russia

Make old film negatives digital with your smartphone
CNET (blog)
The Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner making a run on Kickstarter uses your smartphone camera to scan images trapped on film negatives. by Shawn Low. January 16, 2013 2:00 PM PST. (Credit: Lomography). The Lomography Smartphone Film ...

NRA pulls bait-and-switch with iOS shooting app
That was my first reaction upon seeing that the 501(c) organization had released an iOS shooter app in the wake of its own comments regarding violent video games. But the finished product, NRA: Practice Range (by MEDL Mobile), is little more than a crude ...

Apple a Consumer Credit “Pioneer” in China With New Payment Plan
The Mac Observer
Apple has partnered with China Merchants Bank to offer Chinese customers affordable payment plans for purchases made at the Apple Store, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. Although the country has a fast-moving economy, Apple's premium-priced...

The Mac Observer

British summer one of hottest 10 on record, NASA confirm
NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, that monitors global surface temperatures on an ongoing basis, has confirmed that 2012 was the ninth warmest year on record since 1880. The average temperature in 2012 was 14.6C (58.3F). This is 0.6C (1F) ...


XSEED Actually Bringing Wii RPG Pandora's Tower To America
Surprise: If you thought the Wii was all out of steam, XSEED has one last game for Nintendo's old workhorse. It's Pandora's Tower , the weird action role-playing game that Nintendo published in Japan and Europe but passed on for America. The third one of ...


Apple, Amazon ordered to settle 'app store' suit
Since March 2011, Apple has been battling Amazon in court over the use of the name App Store. In an order handed down yesterday, Judge Elizabeth LaPorte told the two companies that she wants them to sit down and negotiate a settlement. The pair are ...

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