25 January 2013

Google building wireless network involving "highly competitive consumer electronics"

Google building secret wireless network, says it involves 'highly competitive consumer electronics' | The Verge: " . . . According to FCC filings spotted by wireless engineer Steven Crowley, it's a pretty hefty test: Google says it will use up to 50 base stations and 200 "user devices" (perhaps Android smartphones?) during the experimental period. Intriguingly, the temporary wireless network will operate in two narrow slivers of the 2.5GHz frequency band, which just so happens to be the territory of Clearwire — the same Clearwire which Dish is trying to purchase. . . . When Google's lawyers sought to have parts of the FCC filing redacted, their argument was this: "The information for which confidential treatment is sought concerns the highly competitive consumer electronics market." . . . . ."

Windows 8 to mainstream solid-state drives, says analyst
New Windows 8 touchscreen ultrabooks like Acer's 11.6-inch Aspire S7 come standard with solid-state drives. (Credit: Acer). This could be the year of the solid-state drive. Newfangled uber-thin Windows 8 devices and falling flash memory prices could double ...

'Apps for Apes' Helps Orangutans Learn With iPads
PC Magazine
Everyone from potty-training toddlers to Web-surfing seniors have a working knowledge of mobile devices, and now, so do primates. At 13 zoos around the world, including the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., orangutans are playing online ...

Nokia pulls off a profit, holds out hope for the future
At $269 million, the smartphone maker's fourth-quarter profit is a modest one -- except when compared to the big losses that preceded it. Don Reisinger. by Don Reisinger. January 24, 2013 4:51 AM PST. Nokia has finally turned a profit. (Credit: Nokia) ...

Google wants permission to build its own wireless 2.5GHz network to test secret technology using 50 base stations and 200 devices. The network will squeeze into two 2MHz-wide slots, starting at 2524MHz and 2567MHz, and will use both directional and ...

Still can't find a new iMac? It may be a while, says Apple
Ars Technica
Demand for iMacs is so strong, "we're not certain we'll achieve a balance." by Jacqui Cheng - Jan 24, 2013 1:57 pm UTC. Mac Hardware · 0. Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica. If you've been in the market for a new iMac but haven't been able to buy a new one due ...

Ars Technica

Apple CEO to investors: Ignore the rumors
Summary: It's time for investors to decide whether they trust Apple to run the company, or believe -- and react to -- every rumor that's published. Adrian Kingsley-Hughes. By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes for Hardware 2.0 | January 24, 2013 -- 12:49 GMT (04:49 ...


Panel: Understanding the data 'privacy gap' between consumers, businesses
ZDNet (blog)
Summary: Government and Silicon Valley leaders debate the gap between consumers giving away their personal data without actually comprehending how it is being used. Rachel King. By Rachel King for Between the Lines | January 24, 2013 -- 13:30 GMT ...

Toyota, BMW to research lithium-air battery
By Yoko Kubota. TOKYO | Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:16am EST. TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) and BMW AG (BMWG.DE) will jointly research a lithium-air battery expected to be more powerful than the lithium-ion batteries used in many hybrid and ...

'Gozi Trojan trio' blamed for multimillion-dollar bank raid spree
US prosecutors have accused three people of using a bank-account raiding Trojan to infect at least one million computers and steal millions of dollars. Russian national Nikita Kuzmin, 25, Latvian resident Deniss Calovskis, 27, and Mihai Ionut Paunescu, ...

After Facebook Moves, Social Startup Follows, Abandoning 'Stealth Mode'
Swipp had been quietly honing its social search system for nearly two years when Facebook sprung a big surprise this month, launching a similar system called Graph Search. In the wake of that big announcement, the Mountain View-based startup has ...


Google and Facebook ramp up lobbying spend
TG Daily
Google and Facebook are pouring money into Washington, spending record amounts on lobbying last year. Google spent $16.48 million on lobbying in 2012, up 70 percent on the previous year. While its fourth quarter spending dipped 11 percent to $3.35 ...

TG Daily

NIH should retire most chimpanzees from medical research, panel says (+video)
Christian Science Monitor
A senior scientific advisory panel at the National Institutes of Health, in a step toward phasing out the use of chimpanzees in federally funded medical research, has found "no compelling evidence" to support keeping hundreds of chimpanzees at NIH facilities...

Christian Science Monitor

Your DNA can store information from a million CDs, researchers say
Fox News
NEW YORK – It can store the information from a million CDs in a space no bigger than your little finger, and could keep it safe for centuries. Is this some new electronic gadget? Nope. It's DNA. The genetic material has long held all the information needed to ...

'Elder Scrolls Online' Releases a 6-Minute Trailer Full of Action yet Devoid of ...
Across the Internet, bloggers have been heaping praise on what should be a slam-dunk of a game: The Elder Scrolls Online, an MMO based on the Elder Scrolls, an RPG series that has been winning hearts and minds and more than a few dollars since 1994.

Go forth and Tweet! Pope sees web networks as "portals of truth"
VATICAN CITY | Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:08am EST. VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict urged Catholics on Thursday to use social networks like Twitter and Facebook to win converts, as he launched his own smartphone app streaming live footage of his ...

A Closer Look at Melting Ice in the Andes, Greenland and Antarctica*
New York Times (blog)
Another, published in Nature Geoscience, is “Glacial discharge along the west Antarctic Peninsula during the Holocene.” Researchers measured variations in the composition of fossilized plankton to gauge the amount of ice flowing into the sea over the last ...

Lost Cat Travels Two Months, 200 Miles Home
Discovery News
A tortoise-shell cat similar to the one pictured above became separated from its family in Daytona Beach, Fla., and then managed to find its way to West Palm Beach after a two-month, nearly 200-mile journey. The four-year-old indoor cat, named Holly, ...

DARPA to breathe new life into dead satellites
There are a ton of dead satellites currently still orbiting the Earth, but certain parts on these satellites often still work, such as antennas and solar panels. However, there's no method to salvage and reuse these satellite parts once they're launched into space, ...

Why Facebook Makes You Feel Bad About Yourself
No surprise — those Facebook photos of your friends on vacation or celebrating a birthday party that can make you feel lousy. Facebook is supposed to envelope us in the warm embrace of our social network, and scanning friends' pages is supposed to make ...


US government user data requests continue to rise, says Google
TG Daily
The US once again heads Google's list of governments that request its user data - and nearly 70 percent of requests came without a warrant. Instead, they came through subpoenas under the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), ...

TG Daily

New high-resolution images of the Sun will help predict violent solar eruptions ...
The Space Reporter
Researchers from the University of Central Lancashire, working in collaboration with NASA, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and several other partners, have discovered the Sun's major heat source. This team of researchers has captured the ...

The Space Reporter

Mitsubishi Recalls 14700 Electric Cars Globally Over Brakes
Mitsubishi's electric vehicle i-miev have been used in the wrecked cities in northeastern Japan not because of any special ability to claw their way over mountains of debris, but because they were able to “refuel” at common electrical outlets. Mitsubishi Motors ...


AT&T U-verse outage update: Affected customers will be provided with AT&T ...
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Regular Photo Size. advertisement. alt. Posted: 8:59 AM Last Updated: 1 minute ago. By: WPTV Web Team. WEST PALM ...


THQ is gone, but publishers rush in to buy key brands
The Guardian (blog)
It is the corporate version of a yard sale. THQ, the veteran publisher of games like Saints Row and Homefront, as well as a range of WWE wrestling titles, has been struggling with debt for many months. Now it has been forced to auction off its key franchises.

Crap security lands Sony £250k fine for PlayStation Network hack
Sony has been fined £250,000 for allowing million of UK gamers' details to be spilled online by PlayStation Network hackers. The UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) levied the heavy fine against Sony Computer Entertainment Europe for a serious ...

Apple Win in Trade Dispute Against Samsung to Be Reviewed
Samsung Electronics Co. (005930), the world's largest smartphone producer, persuaded a U.S. trade agency to review a preliminary ruling that more than a dozen models of its mobile phones copied Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s patented features. The U.S. ...

Making a pet project out of Neanderthals
Chicago Tribune
In the most depressing scientific news in years, it turns out that the scheme to clone a Neanderthal baby is about as real as Manti Te'o's girlfriend. The esteemed Harvard University geneticist George M. Church — who helped start the Human Genome Project ...

Apple Launching iPhone 5 LTE with 36 New Carriers Next Week
iPhone 5 Among the facts and figures of Wednesday's quarterly earnings report, Apple CEO Tim Cook dropped the news that the LTE-enabled iPhone 5 would be heading to 36 new carriers next week. AppleInsider is reporting that Apple will debut the 4G ...

Twitter-owned 'Vine' Video Sharing Service In The Offing
RTT News
We have some good news for micro-bloggers. Twitter is prepping up to launch their new video app Vine, which will allow users to share tiny video clips, according to AllThingsD. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo posted a tweet, which contained a video from Vine.

RTT News

UK broadband speeds increased by 11 percent in the third quarter of 2012, says ...
THINGS ARE LOOKING UP for broadband customers in the UK as average and peak connection speeds have both exhibited significant growth for the country over the past year. That's according to statistics released today in cloud outfit Akamai's Third ...


Prius is top-selling new car in California — and only here
LA Observed
prius-2012-black.jpg This snuck up on us quietly. In the rest of the United States, the best selling new vehicle is the Ford F-series pickup truck. In California the last two years, it has been the Honda Civic. But in 2012, more Californians bought a Toyota Prius ...

Look for Clues to Windows 8 Progress in Microsoft's Earnings Report
The new software is supposed to be an all-purpose vehicle for a mobile device, tablet, laptop and PC, but can Microsoft pull it off? After weeks of speculation ...

Google Teases Key Features of Motorola X Phone – Durability and Battery Life ...
Eagle's Rant
Google Teases Key Features of Motorola X Phone – Durability and Battery Life of Interest Will the Motorola X Phone release date bring the answer to most of our ongoing Smartphone headaches? If we read between the lines a little, it seems it most certainly...

Eagle's Rant

Key Factor Of The Domestication Of Dogs May Have Been Their Ability To Digest ...
Your family dog is likely to dig through the kitchen trashcan for food if you give him half a chance. It's annoying to live with, but new information shows that this behavior runs deeper than we might know. A new study of dog genetics, led by Uppsala University, ...


Peugeot, GM joint programmes to use French co's technology
BRUSSELS | Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:29am EST. BRUSSELS Jan 24 (Reuters) - General Motors and alliance partner PSA Peugeot Citroen will build all three planned joint vehicle programmes on the French automaker's technological platforms, the companies ...

Graphic 'Graph Search': New Facebook system reveals too much
Introducing its new search engine, Facebook assured users that the system is strongly privacy aware. However, prank searches made by one of the beta testers have revealed that the system may expose just a bit more people would want. The new 'Graph ...


Cisco Buys Mobile Networking Specialist Intucell for $475 Million
Cisco will pay approximately $475 million in cash and retention-based incentives to acquire the entire business and operations of Intucell. Networking giant Cisco announced it has acquired Israeli self-optimizing network (SON) software developer Intucell for ...


Samsung Passes Apple as Biggest Chip Buyer in 2012
PC Magazine
Samsung surged past Apple last year to become the world's leading maker of smartphones and now Gartner says the South Korean tech giant also overtook the iPhone maker in 2012 as the biggest buyer of semiconductors. Together, Samsung and Apple ...

RIM Launches BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10
RIM's new mobility management platform will help companies manage BlackBerry 10 devices, as well as those powered by iOS and Android, in an effort to regain relevance in the BYOD market.. . .

Zelda, Mario Kart, and other hits coming to Nintendo's Wii U
After a fallow post-launch period, new games and remakes are coming to the Nintendo's new console. Dan Ackerman. by Dan Ackerman. January 23, 2013 8:02 AM PST Follow @danackerman. In one of the company's regular Nintendo Direct Webcasts, ...

Apple Removes App Over Nudity Concerns
ABC News
500px, a photo-sharing app and website with over a million users, has been getting a lot of attention over the last 24 hours -- though not for being a new feature or release. On Monday night Apple pulled the app from its App Store, saying it had pornographic...

ABC News

Kate Upton's sexy car commercial ruffles some feathers [Video]
Los Angeles Times
It's been a while since we had any clearly gratuitous beefcake or cheesecake here at the Ministry of Gossip, but thanks to Kate Upton and Mercedes-Benz, it's time for a little taste. The lovely and talented Ms. Upton stars in a new commercial for the car ...

Google Unveils 'Faster' Image Search
Google has revamped its image search for faster and better results, the company announced Wednesday. In the next few days, images will be displayed in an inline panel so that users can quickly flip through a set of images using their keyboard, Google ...

Intel to Desktop PC: No Motherboards for You!
Intel will stop making desktop PC motherboards after the next generation of its chip technology arrives, the company has announced. The fourth-generation Core processors, codenamed "Haswell," will be the last line of chips for which Intel will build desktop ...

Beijing Gets Breath of Fresh Air as Cold Front Clears Out Smog
Pollution levels in Beijing improved to levels deemed safe by the World Health Organization as a cold front dispersed smog that had enveloped the capital city yesterday. The concentration of PM2.5, the fine air particulates that pose the greatest health risk, ...

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