10 January 2013

Mobile biggies conspicuous by absence at CES

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Dropped call: Mobile biggies conspicuous by absence at CES
Many of the big names in wireless continue to shy away from the Consumer Electronics Show, or limit their presence. That leaves an opening for the second-tier players. Roger Cheng. by Roger Cheng January 6, 2013 4:00 AM PST Follow @RogerWCheng ...

Telecoms giant Verizon is conquering America - the world should take note
The speech that Lowell McAdam delivers in Las Vegas on Tuesday will not steal the headlines. As the international consumer electronics industry gathers for its annual jamboree in America's “Sin City”, there will be a scramble to hear from Google, Facebook, ...


Feathered dinosaur used displays to attract mates
TG Daily
Some feathered dinosaurs may have used their tail feathers in a similar way to today's turkeys and peacocks, in displays to attract a mate. Scientists at the University of Alberta believe they have found the first evidence that the 'Similicaudiptery', a bird-like...

TG Daily

iPhone Mini -- Could This Be Apple's Next Big Thing?
Rumors are circulating that Apple plans to counter Samsung's ever-increasing control over the smartphone market by releasing a petite version of the iPhone, dubbed by pundits the iPhone mini. Could a 'Honey I shrunk the iPhone' version of the smartphone ...
TG Daily
Corning's stalwart Gorilla Glass has been used to cover sensitive LCD smartphone and tablet displays for quite some time now. Unsurprisingly, Corning will be making an appearance at CES 2013 this week where it is slated to shocase an upgraded version ...
Samsung reveals new home theater gear ahead of CES 2013
Digital Trends
Samsung's new digital audio line-up is armed to the teeth with all kinds of fancy tech. Samsung coolly disclosed details on the highlights of its home theater line-up for 2013 last night. The company is laying claim to introducing the world's first sound bar ...
Best Google Bug Ever Adds 'Praise The iPad' To Text-To-Speech Commands ...
Huffington Post
In a hilarious quirk that may have gone almost undetected for months, Google's text-to-speech engine often ends sentences with the peculiar phrase “he now praises the iPad." According to TechCrunch, the bug appears in Google Now as well as in Google ...

Nigel Farndale on the week's television: Neil Armstrong: First Man on the Moon ...
Neil Armstrong: First Man on the Moon (Sunday, BBC Two) was a measured and dignified biopic that did justice to its self-effacing and enigmatic subject. It gave you a glimpse of what it was like for Armstrong, who died last year, to go from being an ordinary ...


Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhone 5 Sale Tactics by Walmart Has Best Buy Steaming
news Consumers may have benefited from some holiday shopping season price wars, but some retailers—such as Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) and Toys 'R Us Inc.—are accusing Wal-Mart Stores, Inc (NYSE:WMT) of unethical advertising practices which ...


EXCLUSIVE: Scientists reach temperatures below absolute zero, universe ...
Science Recorder
Scientists have made a startling achievement long thought to be impossible: a negative absolute temperature. Using a reversed magnetic field on a laser-stabilized lattice of super-cooled potassium atoms, physicists at the Ludwig-Maximilians University ...

Science Recorder

Christmas Bird Counts bring interesting observations
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com
blue jay View full size For whatever reason, blue jay numbers were down during the Christmas Count. Courtesy of Pennsylvania Game Commission | JOE KOSACK. In the annual three-week period during which the National Audubon Society held Christmas ...
NASA seeking to lease or sell space shuttle-related facilities
Knoxville News Sentinel
ORLANDO, Fla. — Does anyone need a 15,000-foot landing strip? How about a place to assemble rocket ships? Or a parachute-packing plant? An array of aerospace tracking antennas? A launchpad? Make us an offer, says NASA, which is quietly holding a ...

Google TV still has top partners, despite poor sales
Google are preparing a top line of partners to release new Google TV's, including some new arrivals that will be showing their very first Google TV at CES in the coming weeks. Asus are the newest arrival to start making TV's for Google. For years, Asus were a ...

Dealer's Suit against Tesla Motors Discharged by Judge in MA Court
The makers of Model S cars, Tesla Motors have won its latest battle against auto dealers and their associations that want to avert the upstart electric car company from opening its own stores. The Palo Alto Company won dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the ...


E3 Countdown clock starts- Microsoft
Solar Panels News
Microsoft has recently announced that with this New Year they will have a special thing at the E3, leading to confusion if the announcement will be related to Xbox 720. Microsoft's previously launched Xbox 360 was one of the favorites and is very popular ...

2013 Fiat 500e Receives 116 MPGe And 87 Mile Range
Even though Fiat was a bit reluctant to enter into the world of electric vehicles, it has captured the stage and is already making news about the EPA ratings of its new 500e electric subcompact. According to Fiat, the subcompact 500e's range is much better...


Sun Eruption As Big As 20 Earths Captured on Video by NASA
A New Year's Eve sun eruption lasted four hours and blasted a wave of super-hot plasma into space equal in size to 20 Earths. NASA captured the whole thing on video via their Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), a spacecraft launched in 2010 to monitor the ...
Low-priced laptops keep Windows 8 PC sales struggling
Gant Daily
Redmond, WA, United States (4E) – The absence of netbooks have apparently affected Windows 8 PC sales. The latest offering by Microsoft has struggled in sales because consumers are still looking for low cost units. The NPD Group concluded on Friday ...

Sprint Will Offer No-Contract Wireless Service Starting 1/25
Hot Hardware
Sprint's network is used by a wide variety of MVNOs across America, but perhaps there's something to be said about keeping the Sprint branding. Reportedly, the carrier will launch its own Sprint-branded prepaid service starting on 1/25, which will bring a ...

Hot Hardware

Is Apple the Next Nintendo?
Motley Fool
I'm about to compare Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) with Nintendo (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY ) , and it's not going to be pretty. See, I'm not going to pit the world's most valuable tech company against the gaming giant in its prime. That would be too easy. I'm matching ...
China's anti-satellite weapon a "trump card" against US
Economic Times
BEIJING: Amid reports that China is gearing up to conduct one more anti-satellite weapons test (ASAT) putting US Global Positioning System (GPS) at risk, Chinese state media today asserted that Beijing had the right to carry out the test as it is a "trump card" ...

Google 'alternative' for tablet users is here
Times of India
SAN FRANCISCO: The makers of Blekko believe they've built a great alternative to Google, but they're also realistic. They know their two-year-old internet search engine won't ever supplant Google as the most popular place to search on laptop and desktop...

Times of India

Amazon cuts price of Kindle Fire HD 8.9 $50 for students with Prime membership
Summary: The first Kindle sale of the year drops the price of Amazon's largest tablet to $249 if you're a student and a Prime member. Sean Portnoy. By Sean Portnoy for Laptops & Desktops | January 5, 2013 -- 20:39 GMT (12:39 PST). Follow @teklust ...

Library Of Congress Twitter Archive Reaches 170 Million Messages
Less than 24 months after first announcing their plans to compile an archive of Twitter posts, the Library of Congress has collected more than 170 billion messages comprised of 140 characters or less, the institution announced on Friday. The archive, which ...

Galaxy S IV takes bite out of Apple
Herald Sun
THE latest version of Samsung's popular Galaxy S mobile phone has been unofficially unveiled. One online image shows the new gadget sporting a 12.7cm display and a new design with no buttons on the case. According to the SamMobile website, the ...
2013 Detroit Auto Show: 2014 Mercedes-Benz E Class Coupe And Cabriolet ...
Daily auto news
Having survived yet another apocalypse, we turn our attention to the 2013 Detroit Auto Show where Mercedes promises us some good things, like the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E Class Coupe and Cabriolet. This news comes after we have been shown the 2014 ...

Waterlogged meteorite may answer 3 questions about life on Mars
The Space Reporter
It's likely one of the most important discoveries in recent years and astronomers are just beginning to understand the potential findings from a rare Martian meteorite recovered in Western Morocco. Astronomers say the Mars meteorite — dubbed “Black Beauty” ...

The Space Reporter

Rumor: Apple May Release iPhone Mini in 2014
Tom's Hardware Guide
Apple may be forced to release an iPhone Mini for the prepaid market to better compete with Samsung. The latest Apple rumor to appear just days after the New Year is the possibility of an iPhone Mini, an idea that has been around since the launch on the ...

Samsung unveils NX300 - 3D-capable 20MP mirror less camera
Samsung has started what has been described as the integration of its devices particularly its cameras with its smartphones. Samsung has announced its NX300 which happens to be its upgraded version of NX series of APS-C mirror less cameras. The latest ...


Google's Dan Morrill reveals rejected Android mascot designs
The Drum
Google executive Dan Morrill has unveiled some of his early concept illustrations for the Android logo. He showcased the four colourful robots, dubbed 'Dandroids', on his Google+ account. They were rejected back in 2007 in favour of the now iconic ...
Samsung, LG Hit with US$35 Million Anti-trust Fine in China
Arirang News
Samsung and LG have been hit with an anti-trust fine in China for fixing the prices of their flat-panel screens. China's National Development and Reform Commission said Friday that it had fined Samsung Display a little over 16-million dollars and LG Display ...

Sony Planning Virtual MSO Service?
Capsule Computers
With the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) starting up in a few days, rumours have begun to swirl of a major play coming from Sony: a virtual MSO service. An MSO, or Multiple Service Operator, is basically akin to a cable provider. And according to ...

Capsule Computers

Microsoft's Windows 8 bags $617 Million Defence Deal- GOOG, NSIT, MSFT ...
US Daily Stock
In a major announcement a three-year agreement has been signed by the world's major software maker wrapping up 1.5 million of the part of Pentagon's computers. The deal includes installation of Windows 8 OS for US Army, Air Force as well as the Defence...

US Daily Stock

Leap Motion In Asus Deal
The Leap, a tiny low cost device, that lets users control a PC using hand gestures is going to be bundled with Asus laptops and desktops. The Leap Motion device offers many of the abilities of depth cameras such as the Kinect but it is small, cheap and ...

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