28 February 2013

Chromebook Pixel vs Samsung Series 5 550

Chromebook wars: Pixel vs. Samsung Series 5 550
ZDNet
Summary: Is the new Chromebook Pixel better than the previously best-equipped Chromebook, the Samsung Series 5 550? Of course, but is it $850 better? Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols. By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for Linux and Open Source | February 27, ...

Google Privacy Case in Spain Has Global Implications for Online Content
eWeek
Spanish officials say Google should delete information when it hurts a person's privacy. Google argues it need not police the content it serves up. Should Google have to delete information from its search results when that information is damaging to ...

eWeek

Leap Motion controllers to ship May 13, cost $80
CNET
The innovative gesture-control system -- which includes software and hardware -- will cost $80. The company will also launch Airspace, its app store on May 13. Daniel Terdiman. by Daniel Terdiman. February 27, 2013 5:00 AM PST Follow @GreeterDan ...

TED 2013: Four TED Fellow videos that will blow your mind
Los Angeles Times
Back in 2007, TED added a new program called TED Fellows. The program funds the work of a wide range of young innovators doing cutting-edge work in their field. The current crop has 21 fellows, who have been presenting their work in a series of talks ...

If at first you don't succeed: hands-on with Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0
Ars Technica
Samsung's Galaxy Note smartphones don't sell quite as well as the flagship Galaxy S lineup does, but the stylus-driven phones have still been a major success story for the company. It makes sense, then, that Samsung would follow the Note phones up with a...

Ars Technica

Former Apple Ad Guru Thinks Samsung Is Gaining in Marketing War
Mashable
The man who coined the name "iMac" and created Apple's "Think Different" ad campaign believes Samsung is gaining momentum in the ad war against Apple. "While you can still argue that Macs and i-devices have a ton of appeal, you can't argue that Apple ...

Pro-Assad hackers break into AFP Photo wire Twitter feed
Register
The Twitter feed of news agency AFP's photo department was hacked yesterday, apparently by supporters of embattled Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad. The agency's main Twitter account tweeted that any documents or images posted to the photo-dept feed ...

Caterpillar B15 rugged smartphone hands-on: surprisingly well balanced
SlashGear
If you've ever used a “rugged” smartphone or tablet before, you'll be surprised to hear that the newest of these rare unicorns is not slow and stunted like those of the past have been – instead the CAT B15 is a rather well balanced device. We've had a peek at...

SlashGear

A guide to all the Nokia Lumia Windows Phones (pictures)
CNET
The Lumia 920 is Nokia's current flagship phone -- the highest-specced, most expensive mobile it makes. It has a 4.5-inch, 1280x768-pixel screen, 4G LTE and an 8.7-megapixel camera with Nokia's PureView tech. Like all Lumias, it runs Microsoft's friendly, ...

TED 2013: Uchek app tests urine for medical issues
BBC News
A smartphone app that uses a phone's camera to analyse urine and check for a range of medical conditions has been shown off at the TED (Technology, Education and Design) conference in Los Angeles. Uchek tests for 25 different health issues and could ...

Instagram hits 100 million active users
Inquirer
HIPSTER PHOTO SHARING APP Instagram has hit 100 million monthly active users, distributing yet more inane pictures of people's cats, lunches and cringe-worthy self portraits. In a blog post by the firm's co-founder on Wednesday, Kevin Systrom ...

Google could launch a music streaming service
Inquirer
INTERNET GIANT Google could add a Spotify-like music streaming service to its roster of online services later this year. That's the word from two sources with their ears close to the ground who know what happens when things work on the internet and other ...

20 Questions with the Space Station
Scientific American (blog)
I've been a freelancer for over 20 years. It's not quite accurate to say there aren't benefits. There are; they just don't include health care and employer-matched IRAs. The benefits are such things as not having to use an alarm clock or wear pants everyday, ...

Scientific American (blog)

Windows Store versus the world: How do Microsoft's offerings really stack up?
PCWorld
Whenever talk turns to the comparatively low number of apps available in the Windows Store, commenters invariably take the article to task. "Quantity isn't as important as quality!" they type, frequently tossing in an ALL CAPS EXPLETIVE or three. "Who wants ...

Tesla CEO vows to pay off DOE loan early
Huffington Post
WASHINGTON — The chief executive of electric car maker Tesla Motors says his company plans to pay back an Energy Department loan in half the time required by the government. CEO Elon Musk said Tesla plans to pay off the $465 million federal loan in ...

Iceland plans to ban print and online pornography
BBC News
Iceland's government is drafting plans to ban print and online pornography in an attempt to protect children from violent sexual imagery. Lawmakers say they will define pornography only as material with violent or degrading content. Opponents to the plans ...

Apple offers settlement in deceptive free-to-play games lawsuit
Gamasutra
A lawsuit filed two years ago against Apple by disgruntled parents who found that their children had accidentally bought in-app purchases in kids' games may finally come to an end later this week -- thanks to a large settlement on Apple's part. Angry parents ...

Gamasutra

Google packs fun new features into Nexus 4 smartphone - but limitations include ...
The Evening Sun
There's an argument to be made that you have to go the originator of a technology to see its full potential. With Android smartphones, that originator is Google. And their latest phone offering (in cooperation with LG) is the Nexus 4, Google's new flagship phone ...

LG Optimus F7 and F5 hands-on: high-end experience in a budget line
SlashGear
This week LG has revealed a new F-Series smartphone line with a software experience similar to the LG Optimus G and G Pro, but coming in with lesser specifications and, in the end, a lower market price. Both of these devices will be bringing 4G LTE ...

SlashGear

Orange Throws Its Weight Behind Tizen OS, With Phones Launching In France ...
TechCrunch
All the mobile OS underdogs are coming out to play at this year's Mobile World Congress — from Firefox OS, to Ubuntu and Jolla's Sailfish — rushing in to fill the void left by Google's lack of any Android marketing mania. Now it's Tizen's turn. At an event in ...

Pentagon Will Open Networks to Apple, Google Devices in 2014
Bloomberg
The U.S. Defense Department said today it will begin opening its communications networks by next February to mobile phones and tablet computers from Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Google Inc. (GOOG). The move may pose a threat to BlackBerry (BBRY)'s ...

Stretchy battery drawn to three times its size
BBC News
Researchers have demonstrated a flat, "stretchy" battery that can be pulled to three times its size without a loss in performance. While flexible and stretchable electronics have been on the rise, powering them with equally stretchy energy sources has been ...

BBC News

Mandiant's Richard Bejtlich on China, IP and the new cyber war
Computerworld (blog)
Six months before Mandiant Corp. released its report on Chinese cyber espionage I had a long conversation with Richard Bejtlich, Mandiant Corp.'s chief security officer, on this very topic. Much has been written in the last week about Mandiant's analysis and ...

The going rate for Google Glass on eBay is $15225
Quartz
Someone on in Cleveland, Ohio claims they have a Google Glass headset, and they're auctioning it off on eBay. Glass is Google's forthcoming gadget that puts the internet into a tiny eyepiece that sits in front of a person's right eye, so they need never be ...

Quartz

NASA Mars rover prepares to analyze 1st rock drill
Las Vegas Sun
Fresh off drilling into a rock for the first time, the Mars rover Curiosity is prepping for the next step _ dissecting the pulverized rock to determine what it's made of. NASA said Wednesday it received confirmation that Curiosity successfully collected a tablespoon ...

Gates, Zuck and crew entice kids into programming through a short film
Engadget
Kids in many parts of the world are growing up surrounded with technology, some from a very tender age. Many schools aren't teaching much if any programming, though, which has led Code.org to make a short film spurring young techies into action.

Splitsecnd dials 911 when your car crashes (video)
Engadget
Wouldn't it be great if you could get OnStar in your beat-up old jalopy? Vowel-dropping startup Splitsecnd has launched a dongle that plugs into your car's cigarette lighter and calls 911 if it senses you've crashed. When triggered, the hardware uploads your ...

Google+ Sign In Now Available For Third Party Applications
Search Engine Roundtable
Google+ Sign In Google announced that third party developers can now enable users to sign in using their Google+ account to their own applications. Twitter, Facebook, and many others have this and Google+ just added it yesterday. Google is saying theirs ...

Search Engine Roundtable

International Polar Bear Day: Charity spotlight
Mother Nature Network (blog)
In celebration of International Polar Bear Day, consider a donation to one of these charities. Wed, Feb 27 2013 at 8:00 AM. Related Topics: Arctic, Charity, Green Business, Holiday. Photo: Patrick Kelley, U.S. Coast Guard/Flickr. Happy International Polar Bear ...

Mother Nature Network (blog)

New Samsung Wallet App Stores Tickets, Boarding Passes, Coupons
LAPTOP Magazine (blog)
Samsung has announced a new app, called Samsung Wallet, at its keynote presentation during Samsung Developer's Day event at Mobile World Congress. The app is a place to store all your event tickets, boarding passes, coupons and membership cards in ...

Government, researchers, activists slam Japanese minister for defending ...
The Australian
THE Australian government, researchers and conservationists have slammed Japan's fisheries minister for defending whaling on cultural and culinary - but not scientific - grounds. Environment Minister Tony Burke said Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi had "pretty ...

Lexus Named Top Car Brand in Consumer Reports Rankings
Businessweek
Japanese car brands, led by Toyota Motor Corp. (7203)'s Lexus, took the top seven spots in Consumer Reports magazine's annual quality rankings, as the top U.S. brand placed 14th out of 26 in the ratings. Lexus received the most points based on the scores ...

Samsung Galaxy S III, Nokia Asha 305 and Google Nexus 7 all win GSMA awards
Unwired View
Like every year, the GSM Association announces Global Mobile Awards during MWC. This year, the big winner is Samsung, which won no less than five awards. First of all, Samsung was declared the Device Manufacturer of the Year Award, being hailed as ...

Symantec discovers 2005 US computer virus attack on Iran nuclear plants
The Guardian
Researchers at the security company Symantec have discovered an early version of the "Stuxnet" computer virus that was used to attack nuclear reprocessing plants in Iran, in what they say is a "missing link" dating back to 2005. The discovery means that the ...

Scientists reconstruct Russia meteor trajectory (+video)
Christian Science Monitor
A duo of Colombian scientists say they have reconstructed the orbit of the meteor that exploded earlier this month over Chelyabinsk, Russia. Skip to next paragraph. In Pictures: Space Photos of the Day: Asteroids. Related stories ...

Christian Science Monitor

N. Korea on Instagram: Tourists free to snap and instantly upload shots (PHOTOS)
RT
The first Instagram pictures geotagged to 'North Korea' have surfaced online – Pyongyang has begun to allow tourists access to mobile data, making the 3G network service accessible to a very limited audience in the country. As soon as mobile data access ...

RT

Mozilla might soon block advertising cookies in Firefox
GMA News
Advertising networks may have a harder time snooping on Web surfers using the Firefox browser, as Mozilla may soon block third-party advertising cookies. This new policy was described by an ad exec as the equivalent of a "nuclear first strike," according to ...

Clearwire Agrees to Accept Financing From Sprint, WSJ Reports
Businessweek
Clearwire Corp. (CLWR), the object of a takeover contest, is planning to accept financing from Sprint Nextel Corp. (S), a decision that may hinder a rival bid from Dish Network Corp. (DISH), the Wall Street Journal reported. While the move would increase ...

Efforts of Restoration of Corals are Done to Safeguard the Ecological Balance
TopNews Arab Emirates
coral-species Jamaica's north coast is facing an ecological crisis because of declining number of coral species and coral growth. The warm waters of the ocean have faded the coral out which led to the ecological decline where only snails and worms swim ...

TopNews Arab Emirates

Bloody Lamprey Goes Viral in Few Weeks
TopNews Arab Emirates
Bloody-Lamprey A bloody lamprey went viral after someone with the username jlitch posted a photo on Reddit, claiming caught by his friend. Photographs have not been authenticated. However, the user had posted extra photos as a proof that the fish is ...

TopNews Arab Emirates

PlayStation 4: how developers helped build the console of the future
The Guardian (blog)
The Cell processor must have seemed like a good idea at the time. A complex, proprietary setup, with a central PowerPC core and eight independent co-processors, it was powerful and multifaceted, but difficult for under-pressure studios to get to grips with.

The Guardian (blog)

Full Moon 2013 - Full moon calendar and schedule including February "Snow ...
Run Services
Full moon names date back to Native American tribes of a few hundred years ago who lived in what is now the northern and eastern United States. Those tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon. Their names ...

US internet 'six strikes' anti-piracy campaign begins
BBC News
Five of the country's leading internet service providers (ISPs) are taking part in the Copyright Alert System (CAS), which they say is designed to educate rather than punish users. Suspected persistent copyright infringers will receive six warnings, after which ...

Now, 'Jedi wristband' lets you control computer and fly drone
Indian Express
Researchers have developed a Star Wars inspired 'Jedi wristband' which can wirelessly control anything from computers and video games to military drones with a flick of the wrist. The Myo device, worn around the forearm, detects the electrical activity ...

Scientists Find Supercontinent Hidden under Sandy Beaches
TopNews United States
A report uncovered recently that the sandy beaches of Reunion and Mauritius might be holding some secrets. Though many tourists come to visit the sunny isles, it is being said that they could never have imagined that something might be hidden behind ...

TopNews United States

Nobel Prize Medal for DNA Discovery For Sale: Crick's Family Auctions History
Science World Report
(Photo : AFP) The Nobel Prize medal honoring the discovery of the structure of DNA is up for auction. This image shows Francis Crick, Nobel Prize winner for figuring out the double-helix structure of DNA. Ever wanted a Nobel Prize medal? Now is your ...

Science World Report

Two of Pluto's moons voted to be named Vulcan and Cerberus
Geek
Set phasers to awesome. The polls have closed and the votes have been counted. After weeks of online balloting to help pick names for Pluto's two smallest moons, the winners are Cerberus and Vulcan. The latter was helped along by none other than ...

Geek


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27 February 2013

Iceland's internet 'porn shield' will confront hardcore violence

Iceland's internet 'porn shield' will confront hardcore violence
The Guardian
The Icelandic minister of the interior's recent initiative to address the online circulation of hardcore pornography has received considerable attention from the international media. Many commentators have offered their views on the subject, some to commend...

The Guardian

For sale: Nobel medal for discovery of DNA structure
Fox News
Sixty years after the discovery of DNA's spiraling, ladder-like structure first hinted at the mechanism by which life copies itself, one of the Nobel Prize medals honoring this achievement is up for sale. Three men who played crucial roles in deciphering DNA's ...

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
CNET
The company's latest Sony Alpha NEX-3N mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (ILC) comes as an update to the NEX-F3. Key improvements include a newly added zoom lever, a 3-inch, 180-degree tilting LCD, and a pop-up flash in a small form factor that ...

CNET

Why more businesses are going Google Apps
ZDNet
Summary: A customer survey by BetterCloud, a developer of Google Apps administration tools, offers insight into what's inspiring adoption. Heather Clancy. By Heather Clancy for Small Business Matters | February 26, 2013 -- 13:00 GMT (05:00 PST) ...

ZDNet

Revolution Analytics lines up Hortonworks, Intel Hadoop pacts
ZDNet
Summary: Revolution Analytics competes with legacy analytics players such as SAS. By forging a host of Hadoop partnerships, Revolution Analytics is aiming to be a front-end platform for the big data wave. Larry Dignan. By Larry Dignan for Between the ...

ICANN allows hundreds of new Internet domain suffixes
CNET
In the biggest expansion of Web address suffixes since ".com," ICANN approves foreign language, brand name, regional, and generic monikers. Dara Kerr. by Dara Kerr. February 25, 2013 Goodbye ".com," and hello ".cadillac ...

Trekkies detect Spock's Vulcan homeworld ORBITING PLUTO
Register
Trekkies have seized a poll in which the public voted on names for two of Pluto's moons - ensuring a winning moniker is Vulcan. With William Shatner on the case, it was perhaps a foregone conclusion that Vulcan would be the clear winner in the contest, with ...

Connecting the Neural Dots
New York Times
In setting the nation on a course to map the active human brain, President Obama may have picked a challenge even more daunting than ending the war in Afghanistan or finding common ground with his Republican opponents.

New York Times

Global warming and airflow changes 'caused US and EU heatwaves'
The Guardian
Global warming may have caused extreme events such as a 2011 drought in the United States and a 2003 heatwave in Europe by slowing vast, wave-like weather flows in the northern hemisphere, scientists said on Tuesday. The study of meandering air ...

From Sloppy Slouchers to Discreet Leaners: What's Your Desk Posture?
Businessweek (blog)
Grandma would be appalled. It seems no one sits up straight anymore. A study by furniture maker Steelcase (SCS) has just identified nine common ways that modern workers are sitting, mainly to use all those gadgets on their desks. The report, based on a ...

Businessweek (blog)

NASA: Mars Curiosity rover now analyzing drilled rock
SlashGear
On February 7, we reported that NASA's Curiosity rover had successfully drilled into the Martian soil for the first time ever, making a small hole and acquiring a sample of the rock. The sample was to then be transferred to the robot's on-board laboratory, where ...

SlashGear

We can all be Peter Parker: New suit gives wearer 'SpiderSense'
Digital Trends
As all comic fans know, what makes Spider-Man successful at this superhero schtick is because he's known for more than the whole sticking-to-walls thing he's named after. No, it's all the other powers and abilities that he gained at the same time (or invented;...

Digital Trends

Super Meat Boy creators follow-up allows you to live out your crazy cat lady ...
Digital Trends
Consider the strange case of the platformer: At the beginning of the '00s, the once ubiquitous genre birthed by Pitfall! and Super Mario Bros., where you run to the right and jump over and onto various beasties and platforms, was all but dead. By 2006 ...

Digital Trends

Boost Mobile announces HTC One SV and Boost Force
SlashGear
Boost Mobile has announced that it will soon have new 4G LTE smartphones for users to choose from. On March 7, the company will launch the HTC One SV smartphone and the Boost Force smartphone from HTC. We previously reviewed the HTC One SV...

SlashGear

Mozilla CEO: Android, iOS leave lots of room ...
CNET
Mozilla's browser-based OS can win a place among the next 2 billion people arriving on the Net, Gary Kovacs argues. And about attracting app developers, he quipped, "There's a Web for that." Stephen Shankland. by Stephen Shankland. February 26, 2013 ...

SpaceX Fires Up Private Rocket Friday Launch to Space Station
Space.com
A private rocket has flexed its muscles in a key pre-launch test, firing up in preparation for lofting the next commercial cargo mission toward the International Space Station this Friday (March 1). SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket successfully executed a "static fire test" ...

CHALLENGE: Can You Spot The Hand In This Photo Of Samsung's Huge New ...
Business Insider
Over at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung announced a new "phablet" – the Galaxy Note 8. It's screen is 8-inches diagonal. That's huge. It's so huge that looking at pictures of people holding the Galaxy Note 8 reminds me of some of my favorite ...

Business Insider

HP says more tablets coming as it puts bad past behind
Computerworld
IDG News Service - Hewlett-Packard made some noise at Mobile World Congress show with its new Slate 7-inch tablet and then the sale of webOS assets, but the company is looking to put past distractions behind and will release more tablets in the future, ...

FIELD POLL: Large majority want more gun control
Press-Enterprise
In this Feb. 7, 2013 file photo, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, second from left, glances at a pair of semi-automatic rifles as he discusses a package of proposed gun control legislation at a news conference in Sacramento. A Text Size ...

Press-Enterprise

Hoosier astronaut shares view of Indianapolis from space station
Indianapolis Star
Indianapolis International Airport is in the upper left of this photo taken by astronaut Kevin Ford on the International Space Station. / Kevin Ford / NASA. Written by. Bill McCleery. Filed Under. Indianapolis News · Indianapolis International Airport. An Indiana ...

Gartner urges CIOs: Focus on managing data, not just devices
TabTimes
Gartner analyst Phil Redman broke down the differences between mobile device management and mobile application management at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain today. Barcelona, Spain -- Speaking at the AirWatch Connect conference ...

TabTimes

EU judges to hear arguments in Google test privacy case
Reuters
By Claire Davenport. BRUSSELS | Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:43am EST. BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Google will do battle with Spain's data protection authority in Europe's highest court on Tuesday in a landmark case with global implications which poses one of the ...

General Motors selects AT&T to offer 4G LTE services in vehicles
Automotive Business Review
General Motors (GM) has selected AT&T networks to offer 4G LTE services in its vehicles in the US and Canada. The vehicles to be offered with the services will be the company's cars, trucks and crossovers including the 2015 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and ...

Sounds Like Apple's Rejecting Apps That Use Cookie Tracking
Macgasm
Apple just flipped the bird to third-party advertisers. Reports are surfacing that Apple's review team has started rejecting applications that have cookie tracking technologies included in the application (also called “Safari flip-flop” or “HTML5 first party cookies”).

Tesla May Have Lost $100 Million From NYTimes Story — Musk: “I'd Rather Tell ...
CleanTechnica
Unfortunately, the biggest cleantech surprise of the month was probably a New York Times review of the East Coast Tesla Supercharger Network set up for the convenience of Model S owners. Despite many others (from CNN to Consumer Reports to Model S ...

Tonight's Full Moon Is a Snow Moon: How to See It Online
Space.com
For an extra-special view of tonight's (Feb. 25) full moon, don't just look out your window — tune in to a live webcast of the sight from a telescope in the Canary Islands. From our point of view on Earth, the moon will be directly opposite the sun and fully ...

Warning System Launched for Movie, Music Pirates
All Things Digital
Internet service providers have launched a more coordinated effort to deal with subscribers who illegally download movies, TV shows and music. AT&T Inc., Cablevision Systems Corp., Time Warner Cable Inc, Verizon Communications Inc. and Comcast Corp.

Some Ford vehicles at center of federal investigation for engine issues
WLKY Louisville
The Highway Administration is looking into the Ford Escape, Ford Fusion, Mercury Mariner SUVs and Mercury Milan sedans. The probe involves 2009 through 2011 models of those and they're looking at about 725,000 vehicles. The complaints center around ...

Nokia: From 'burning platform' to a slimmer management model
Financial Times
When Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop booked the Grand Tarabya hotel in Istanbul for the group's annual leadership meeting at the end of January, he planned a spectacular finale. As the meeting of 200 senior executives drew to a close, musicians ...

Dying stars' planets can still host life
TG Daily
Life may well exist on planets orbiting dying stars - and, if it does, there's a good chance we'll find it within the next decade, say astrophysicists. A team from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) has found that it's much easier to detect oxygen ...

TG Daily

Review: Tomb Raider delivers gritty, gorgeous adventure
PCWorld
Straying from the series' roots, the latest Tomb Raider is a gritty, disturbing take on the action-adventure genre. It's beautifully crafted, both technically and narratively, but most of all, it's just plain fun. Tomb Raider tells the story of Lara Croft and the crew of the ...

Hands On With the Asus Padfone Infinity and Fonepad
PC Magazine
BARCELONA - The lines between tablet and phone are blurring more than ever. Asus today brought out two new phone/tablet hybrids, the Padfone Infinity and Fonepad. They're very interesting, but I'm not yet sold. These are not phablets: they're a full-sized ...

App.net opens up 'freemium' model
ZDNet
Summary: Charging users to participate in its social network has meant that App.net doesn't serve ads and won't have to sell user details. But it has now opened up a free tier, meaning almost anyone can join. Michael Lee. By Michael Lee | February 26, 2013 ...

BlackBerry Z10 is an efficient communications-focused device
ZDNet
Summary: BlackBerry has always been focused on communications, and you will find that BlackBerry 10 continues that tradition. The Z10 is an efficient smartphone that will appeal to those who need to get things done. Matthew Miller. By Matthew Miller for ...

ZDNet

Facebook grapples with pages exploiting Newtown victims
CNET
Authorities ask the social network to take down intimidating posts and fraudulent tribute pages surrounding the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Dara Kerr. by Dara Kerr. February 25, 2013 10:05 PM PST Follow @darakerr. One of the many ...

Samsung-Visa alliance to boost NFC payments adoption
ZDNet
Summary: The payments technology vendor and handset manufacturer have teamed up to help financial institutions make in-store payments through smartphones commonplace. Spandas Lui. By Spandas Lui | February 26, 2013 -- 00:18 GMT (16:18 PST) ...

Ancient Lost Continent Discovered in Indian Ocean
National Geographic
Evidence of a drowned "microcontinent" has been found in sand grains from the beaches of a small Indian Ocean island, scientists say. A well-known tourist destination, Mauritius (map) is located about 1,200 miles (2,000 kilometers) off the coast of Africa, east ...

National Geographic

Preventing your own Azure networking flop
ZDNet
Summary: Microsoft had the embarrassment of seeing its Azure flagship cloud storage system crash for 12 hours on Friday because it forgot to renew an SSL certificate. Before laughing yourself silly, are you sure that a similar disaster couldn't happen to your ...

Samsung, Sony, HP announce new Android tablets
Los Angeles Times
Samsung, Sony and Hewlett-Packard took to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, over the weekend to announce new tablets that could rival Apple's iPad. The most notable of the tablets is Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0, which will be the South ...

iPhone hack: Your iPhone's not as locked as you think
Christian Science Monitor
A glitch in Apple's iOS 6.1 operating system makes it possible to access an iPhone's sensitive data, including contacts and photos, without entering the correct passcode, or personal identification number (PIN). Skip to next paragraph. Related stories ...

Christian Science Monitor

What Do You Think About The New PS4?
Forbes
It appears that Sony is leveraging its Gaikai purchase to its maximum potential, which will allow them to expand in intelligent ways, including tackling the kinds of experiences emerging young gamers are into. This is in no way “a traditional console” ...

Cumbrian to lead Antarctic trek after Sir Ranulph hit by frostbite
News & Star
An Antarctic exploration will carry on under the leadership of a Cumbrian adventurer after Sir Ranulph Fiennes pulled out when he developed frostbite. Brian Newham photo. Brian Newham. The legendary adventurer fell while ski-ing and used his bare hands ...

News & Star

Russian City to Put up Meteorite Monument
RIA Novosti
YEKATERINBURG, February 26 (RIA Novosti) – The authorities in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk are to erect a monument to commemorate the meteorite that hit the Urals region on February 15, wreaking havoc and injuring hundreds of people.

Google Glass - a life-changing pair of eyeglasses to go on sale this year
Catholic Online
The Internet, along with Internet search giant Google has changed the way we view the world. Now, a new type of eyewear manufactured by Google, simply called Glass - will change how we view the world - literally and figuratively. A magical pair of ...

Phenomena:
National Geographic
Why was Supersaurus so big? This impressive, 100-foot-plus sauropod was one of the largest creatures to ever walk the Earth – far larger than any terrestrial animal alive today. What could account for such superlative size? Baseball player Jose Canseco ...

National Geographic

Increased Humidity From Climate Change Could Make It Harder To Tolerate ...
NPR
It's not just the heat — it's the humidity. Health experts actually apply that principle to workers, soldiers and sportsmen who toil outside and in places that lack air conditioning. A study in Nature Climate Change says that global warming will noticeably reduce ...

Samsung makes living room play with HomeSync Media Hub
ElectronicsWeekly.com (blog)
Samsung homesync.jpg Samsung's new set-top box system, the HomeSync Media Hub is the company's Android Answer to Apple TV, reports Wired. With a 1TB hard drive and 1GB of RAM, it is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core Cortex A15, and it lets you ...

ElectronicsWeekly.com (blog)


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26 February 2013

HP going Google--first a Chromebook, now an Android tablet

HP unveils Android tablet: " . . . Slate 7 has a 7-inch display with a modest (judging by the 1024 by 600 resolution) display, similar to the original Kindle Fire, which seems to be a direct competitive target among entry level models. Unlike the camera-free first Fire, Slate 7 has two cameras, a rear 3-megapixel camera and a VGA front camera. The tablet runs the Jelly Bean 4.1 flavor of Android, and has a dual-core ARM processor, and 8 gigabytes of memory, expandable via microSD. HP says the tablet battery will go about 5 hours, which if so is nothing to write home about. Among the Slate 7 features are embedded Beats Audio, which HP claims is an industry first for tablets. Slate 7 also has direct printing capabilities. Built around a stainless steel frame, the initial models—you can get it in red or gray—are Wi-Fi only . . . ."

LG Buys WebOS From HP to Power Smart TVs: "Now that HP has committed to Android for tablets and phones — beginning with theHP Slate 7 — it's time for the company to get rid of some of its excess baggage — namely,webOS. According to CNET, LG is acquiring webOS from HP with the intention of putting it on its smart television sets. You remember webOS, right? It was Palm's innovative mobile operating system that based its foundation on web technologies — such as HTML and JavaScript. When HP acquired Palm back in 2010, it all looked so promising. It wasn't to last. In a span of just 16 months, HP went from "doubling down" on webOS to ending hardware development and open-sourcing the operating system. . . . "

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Tablet: iPad Mini Rival
InformationWeek
Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is a smaller tablet that offers all the same stylus-based features of its larger cousin. Start The Discussion · Tweet; Mail Mail; Print Print · Eric Zeman | February 25, 2013 08:55 AM. 10 Best Apps For the Samsung Galaxy Note ...

Asus announces the 5-inch PadFone Infinity
CNET
BARCELONA, Spain--Well that was quick. It's hasn't even been a year since the launch of the PadFone 2 back in October 2012 and a new PadFone is making a debut here in Barcelona. Last year's MWC saw the launch of the first PadFone, so this kind of ...

CNET

Nokia Lumia 720, 520 Expand Windows Phone 8 Portfolio: MWC
eWeek
Nokia expands its Windows Phone 8 offerings with the Lumia 720 and 520 smartphones, and debuts two handsets aimed at emerging markets. BARCELONA--Handset maker Nokia introduced four devices, including the Lumia 720 and Lumia 520...

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Scientists plan mission to smash into an asteroid
Fox News
A mission that aims to slam a spacecraft into a near-Earth asteroid now officially has a target — a space rock called Didymos. The joint European/U.S. Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment mission, or AIDA, will work to intercept Didymos in 2022, when ...

BlackBerry launches Z10 in India amid claims of poor sales
ZDNet
Summary: The fruit-themed smartphone maker launches its Z10 in India, just as Nokia launches its own smartphone in China. Can you work out why? (Hint: analysts say Z10 sales are struggling only a month in.) Zack Whittaker. By Zack Whittaker for Between...

ZDNet

Sony Announces Alpha 58 and NEX-3N at Aggressive Price Points
PC Magazine
Europe got this news last week, but Sony announced the US pricing and availability for a number of new cameras today. Headlinging the group is the company's new entry level compact interchangeable lens camera, the Alpha NEX-3N, and the replacement ...

MWC 2013: live coverage
Telegraph.co.uk
... Off. • Mobile World Congress 2013 gets underway in Barcelona • Sony and Samsung announce new tablets • Samsung issues invites to Galaxy S4 launch • Nokia unveils cheaper smartphone models. 13.29 Booth Babe-watch continues. Benedict Evans ...

Telegraph.co.uk

Microsoft coughs up compensation for Azure cloud cock-up
Register
Microsoft has vowed to compensate users of its Azure cloud after an expired SSL certificate took the service offline. Victims of the Blue Sky of Death, which lasted 12 hours, will get credits as per their service-level agreement (SLA), the Redmond giant ...

Google Shooting for 4Q13, Sub-$1500 Project Glass Release
Tom's Hardware Guide
Google may be shooting to launch a consumer version of Glass by the end of the year. Project Glass, or Google Glass, is currently in the hands of developers as they crank out applications for Google's new head-mounted display. The company originally ...

Firefox to auto-block third-party ad cookies by summer
Computerworld
Computerworld - Mozilla will automatically block third-party cookies starting with Firefox 22, which is slated to ship this summer, according to the Stanford University researcher who coded the change. The move, which will make it more difficult for online ad ...

Final Review: Microsoft Surface Pro
Forbes
When Microsoft launched the Surface RT I praised its build quality, display, stellar battery life, and unrivaled capacity for productivity. With its stripped down ARM-powered OS, it was logical to compare its feature set with other tablets. The Surface Pro, however ...

Forbes

Apple Debuts Hollywood iPad Ad During Oscars
The Mac Observer
Apple released a new iPad commercial during the Oscars Sunday night that, appropriately enough, highlighted the tablet's movie making and viewing features. The ad follows the same formula as other recent commercials by picking words that fit with a theme ...

The Mac Observer

Hackers: The Flies in Social Media Marketing Ointment
CRM Buyer
Marketers are just beginning to get a handle on the myriad ways social networks can be used for brand-building, but some ugly problems are threatening to spoil the party. Hackers have been tampering with some of the most exciting and potentially lucrative ...

Microsoft admits it was also a target of Apple and Facebook attacks
Inquirer
SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has admitted that it too was a target of cyber attacks that exploited vulnerabilities to infect employees' machines at major technology firms including Apple, Facebook and Twitter. The company confirmed it experienced "a similar ...

Sony Xperia Tablet Z hands-on: Slim is in
SlashGear
Sony's track record with tablets has been mixed, but the Xperia Tablet Z is undoubtedly the company's best play for the slate market so far. Slotting a bright, colorful 10.1-inch display running at a hefty 1920 x 1200 resolution into a waifishly-appealing 6.9mm ...

SlashGear

Huawei Announces Ascend P2, 'The Fastest Smartphone In The World'
Huffington Post
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Huawei, a Chinese company that recently became the world's third-largest maker of smartphones, calls its new flagship product "the fastest smartphone in the world" and wants to use it to expand global awareness of its brand.

Now that's “fast” roadside assistance: AT&T's LTE will power GM's OnStar
GigaOM
The deal runs counter to bring-your-own-connectivity approach GM and the rest of the Detroit automakers have backed in recent years. OnStar Leverages Google Technology for New Mobile App Features. General Motors' OnStar system is going to get turbo ...

GigaOM

India Launches Asteroid-Hunting Satellites, Tiny Space Telescopes Into Orbit
Huffington Post
A rocket carrying seven new satellites, including the first spacecraft designed to hunt huge asteroids and two of the world's smallest space telescopes, launched into space Monday (Feb. 25) from an Indian spaceport. The Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle ...

Kyocera unveils new Torque ultra-rugged 4G LTE Android smartphone
SlashGear
Kyocera has unveiled a new extremely rugged smartphone running the Android operating system called the Torque. The device will launch on March 8 on the Sprint network and is designed to survive everyday life and extreme elements. The smartphone will ...

SlashGear

Social media emerge as a big advertising platform — and a target for hackers
Boston.com
While most Americans were winding up their holiday weekends last Monday, the phones at the Vancouver, British Columbia, headquarters of HootSuite, a social media management company, began to ring.

MWC 2013: Samsung's Knox system takes BYOD fight to BlackBerry
ZDNet
Summary: Samsung hopes to attract more enterprise customers through the introduction of a new containerised security system called Knox for some of its Android-powered Galaxy smartphones. Ben Woods. By Ben Woods | February 25, 2013 -- 10:05 GMT ...

And Now, Ubuntu for Tablets - Wait, What?
LinuxInsider.com
"On the one hand, a real Linux tablet is very attractive," said Google+ blogger Kevin O'Brien. "On the other hand, what will the ecosystem look like? Will there be all of the apps I want? ... There is a tendency still for companies to not create Linux clients for ...

Android Apps for Children: A plea from parents
Cool Mom Tech
Kindle Fire apps We've written (again and again, often in comments) as to why it's so difficult to find Android apps that meet our standards. And while a recent survey of our readers indicates that more than 90% own an Apple device (often an iPad) and are ...

How Dinosaurs Evolved the World's Longest Necks While Giraffes Fell Short
Science World Report
(Photo : Flickr/Patrick Emerson) How did dinosaurs evolve such long necks? New research shows how they managed to support a neck that was sometimes as much as 50 feet in length. Giraffes may have long necks, but theirs are nothing when compared to ...

Facebook to offer free or discounted data for Messenger iOS app in international ...
Apple Insider
Social networking monolith Facebook on Monday announced that it has partnered with multiple cellular providers worldwide to let Messenger app users send messages at discounted or free data rates. Facebook Messenger. In a post to Facebook's official ...

10 Things You Need To Know This Morning (HPQ, NOK, T, FB, MSFT, YHOO)
San Francisco Chronicle
Good morning! Here's the overnight news. LG bought WebOS, the smartphone operating system that used to power the Palm Pre, from HP. LG will use it in TVs. (UPDATE: CNET ...

Intel launches dual-core Atom processor platform formerly known as Clover Trail+
SlashGear
Intel has officially launched its new dual-core Atom processor-based platform that was formerly known as Clover Trail+. The new platform has officially launched at Mobile World Congress 2013 and will be featured in a range of new products, ecosystems, and...

SlashGear

Euro-Spec Ford EcoSport Revealed
Motorward
ford ecosport EU 1 545x363 at Euro Spec Ford EcoSport Revealed Ford took to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to reveal the European version of its EcoSport, a global crossover model. The car is designed as an Eco model, but the Euro-spec ...

Motorward

Pluto's New Moon May be Named Vulcan
Cleveland Leader
Two new moons were discovered by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2011 and 2012, and a naming contest for them is being held. In keeping with the naming tradition of Pluto and its other moon's, scientists from the SETI Institute have requested the choice to ...

Cleveland Leader

Report: Google developing subscription music streaming service
ITProPortal
Google is reportedly in talks with multiple music labels in a bid to launch its own subscription music streaming service, according to a Wall Street Journal report. According to the report, the new Google music streaming service will bring music lovers similar ...

ITProPortal

Could 'lost' continent discovered in Indian Ocean be Atlantis?
msnNOW
Researchers have found evidence of an ancient continent (possibly the lost civilization of Atlantis) buried beneath the floor of the Indian Ocean. Researchers believe they've found a "microcontinent" that was once wedged between India and Madagascar.

msnNOW

Despite Massive Support From Telco Industry, Mozilla's Firefox OS 'Needs ...
Forbes
People look at a screen displaying a ZTE mobile phone with a Firefox logo on its screen during a press conference to present the new Firefox OS mobile operating system in Barcelona on February 24, 2013, a day before the start of the 2013 Mobile World ...

Facebook builds 'cold storage' archive for old photos
NDTV
Facebook is building a vast new "cold storage" facility in the US to archive all the messages, photos and other postings that its over billion users do not need every day but want to retain for future reference. A 16,000-square-foot data centre under construction ...

Nvidia Shows Off Tegra 4 CPU, Phoenix Reference Design Phone
LAPTOP Magazine (blog)
Nvidia's been on a roll of late. After announcing its next-gen Tegra 4 platform at CES, the company recently unveiled its lower-cost Tegra 4i CPU with integrated LTE modem. Now, here at Mobile World Congress, the company is demonstrating the graphics ...

LAPTOP Magazine (blog)

PlayStation 4 vs. PC graphics: Can Sony even compete?
PCWorld
Sony's PlayStation 4 launch last Wednesday was monumental, and not just because it may very well be the first console announcement in history where the company failed to actually show the console itself. While the rest of the world was bemoaning the ...

LG eyes lost ground in smartphones
Financial Times
As Samsung Electronics has surged to pole position in global smartphone sales over the past two years, its South Korean rival LG Electronics has watched its handset market share dwindle. Company insiders admit that the group was damagingly slow to ...

This chief executive is an appy chappy
The Australian Financial Review
All of us had a BlackBerry for a long time. We were great fans; the texting and phone were great. Tony Stuart. The rise of mobile apps has touched many areas of daily life, from personal banking to entertainment, but for NRMA Group chief executive Tony ...

MWC 2013: Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 5 released, 1700mAh battery pack ...
Today's iPhone
MWC 2013 has just kicked off in Barcelona, and my email inbox is flooding with press releases of new products and initiatives. If you're in to mobile, it's the one conference you should visit each year. Sadly, I couldn't be there, but that doesn't mean we won't ...

HTC launches smartphone with revamped software
Business Recorder (blog)
Taiwan's HTC Corp has unveiled the new smartphone that it hopes will set it apart from the crowd of Google Android devices on the market and help it to make up ground lost to Samsung. The HTC One is powered by Google's software, but the company has ...

HP backs into tablet, commodity device game: Can it win?
ZDNet
Summary: HP is clearly on the Google and Android bandwagon with a new 7-inch tablet. That's great news for Google. Likely bad news for HP's profit margins. Larry Dignan. By Larry Dignan for Between the Lines | February 25, 2013 -- 07:00 GMT (23:00 PST) ...

North Hollywood High School wins 20th Annual Science Bowl
Los Angeles Times
North Hollywood High School won the 20th Annual Science Bowl Regional Competition on Sunday in downtown Los Angeles, the school's eighth consecutive win. Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City placed second in the tournament, sponsored by the ...

Happy Birthday Steve Jobs: The Story Behind Late Apple CEO Who Made ...
Gizbot
Its Steve Jobs' 58th birthday today and its time to remember the icon who gave the tech world iPhone and iPad. The late Apple co-founder was best known for his visionary leadership and innovation, but he was also known for his unvarying signature look.

Facebook app update, NYPD has a dedicated Apple device recovery team, HTC ...
iPhone Buzz
iPhone users who take advantage of the Facebook app may have noticed that a new update is now available. The new update brings voice calling to the US and Canada at no cost. There are a lot of thieves out there that specifically target Apple devices such...

iPhone Buzz

White House seeks to shed the risk-averse cyber information sharing culture
FederalNewsRadio.com
One of the effects of the executive order on cybersecurity President Barack Obama signed earlier this month is to begin sharing up-to-date, classified government information on cyber threats with companies that operate critical infrastructure. The White House ...

New Jeep Cherokee unveiled
Autocar
This is the new Jeep Cherokee, the first all-new Jeep to be born out of the Fiat-Chrysler alliance. The model will be seen in the public for the first time at the New York motor show later next month, before going on sale in the autumn. Jeep released these first ...

Evidence could prove that humans have unique cortical brain networks
News-Medical.net
Our ancestors evolutionarily split from those of rhesus monkeys about 25 million years ago. Since then, brain areas have been added, have disappeared or have changed in function. This raises the question, 'Has evolution given humans unique brain ...

Google unveils futuristic Californian HQ plans
The Drum
Google has announced plans for a $120m expansion of its existing Mountain View headquarters, California, to bring its employees closer together and furnish them with a roof garden. The 1.1m square foot 'Googleplex' is scheduled for completion in 2015 ...

The Drum


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