16 February 2013

Android and iOS own 91 percent smartphone OS

Microsoft and BlackBerry Fighting for 3rd Place in Mobile
Motley Fool
The mobile computing business has changed virtually everything we used to take for granted in the old computer business. When the PC market was first established, a network effect created two major players, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT ) and Apple ...


Office 365 subscription price needs relook
ZDNet
Summary: Would you pay S$389.97 in subscription fees before a new release is likely due, compared to a one-time S$200 to own and use the software as long as you wanted? Will Microsoft now release new versions more regularly since it's asking its ...

ZDNet

Google app store policy raises privacy concerns
Reuters
By Alexei Oreskovic and Michael Sin. SAN FRANCISCO | Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:08pm EST. SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's privacy practices are drawing heat after an Australian software developer said the company was providing him with personal ...


East Asian Physical Traits Linked to 35000-Year-Old Mutation
New York Times
Gaining a deep insight into human evolution, researchers have identified a mutation in a critical human gene as the source of several distinctive traits that make East Asians different from other races. Enlarge This Image ...


Minorities rush to Twitter, Instagram, smartphones
USA TODAY
The popularity of Twitter and Instagram among blacks in American is surging, while white women under 50 continue to pin away on Pinterest, according to a demographic survey released Thursday. The survey, by the Pew Research Center's Internet ...

Qualcomm Quick Charge powers your device faster
CNET
Have you noticed that your new smartphone charges up quicker than your old one? You might want to thank Qualcomm and the Quick Charge 1.0 technology, which Qualcomm today announced is in more than 70 Snapdragon-based smartphones and tablets ...

Bump Now Lets You Share Files To and From a Computer
PC Magazine
Transferring files from your smartphone to your computer, or vice versa, is about to get a little more convenient. Bump, whose iOS and Android apps enable users to share data by simply tapping their phones together, announced a new version of its Web client ...

Federal government's new big worry: The weather
USA TODAY
Climate change and soon-to-be-obsolete weather satellites are the two new subjects listed in the Government Accountability Office's "high risk" list. weather_satellite. This NOAA satellite image taken Wednesday shows stationary front across the Southeast ...

Vimeo buys app that turns your video stills into animations
CNET
The video-sharing site has acquired the iOS app Echograph and the team behind it. Lance Whitney- Different than Twitter's Vine, Echograph is designed to let people easily create GIFs ...

Incoming asteroid will miss Earth by 17150 miles, closest known flyby for ...
Washington Post (blog)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A 150-foot asteroid hurtled toward Earth's backyard, destined Friday to make the closest known flyby for a rock of its size. NASA promised the asteroid would miss Earth by 17,150 miles, avoiding catastrophe. But that's still closer ...

Climate change could burn a hole in the government's finances, GAO says
Washington Post
As climate change leads to more frequent and destructive natural disasters and threatens crop yields, bridges and other infrastructure, the federal government faces big financial risks that it is poorly positioned to address, auditors said Thursday. These risks ...

Apple rolls out shorter Lightning cable and redesigned in-ear headphones
Apple Insider
Apple quietly added a new 0.5 meter Lightning to USB cable and a slightly tweaked premium in-ear headphone design to its online storefront on Thursday, expanding the company's offerings of iOS device accessories. Lightning Cable. First spotted by TUAW, ...

Apple Insider

Surface RT now on sale in 13 more European markets
Register
Continental Europeans who can't think of anything to get that special someone for Valentine's Day might condsider a Surface RT fondleslab, which Microsoft made available in 13 additional markets on Thursday. Until now, the ARM-based tablets running ...

Tamagotchi Comes To Android, But After All These Years I'm No Better At Caring ...
TechCrunch
Namco Bandai has released a new Android Tamagotchi app called Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. The acronym standards for “love is fun everywhere,” which is arguable depending on which stage of love you're in, and which probably accounts for its February 14 release ...

Large Hadron Collider shuts down to prepare for bigger bangs in 2015
NBCNews.com (blog)
Slideshow: Building the biggest collider. Get a look inside the caverns and tunnels that house the Large Hadron Collider, the world's biggest atom-smasher. Launch slideshow. By Alan Boyle, Science Editor, NBC News ...

Tinder, Locals and Other Apps Give Online Dating a Makeover
ABC News (blog)
Alex Pavlenko is one of the millions of Americans looking for love at any time of day. She went on a blind date during her lunch hour. Pavlenko met her blind date, Ed Stern, on a brand-new mobile app from dating website OK Cupid called Crazy Blind Date, ...

ABC News (blog)

Sony PS4: leaked photo shows new PlayStation controller with touchpad
Telegraph.co.uk
Sony is holding an event next week to discuss the "the future of PlayStation", at which it is expected to unveil the successor to the PlayStation 3. The company has not confirmed the rumours, but answering questions about the New York event on February 20th ...

Telegraph.co.uk

North Korea 'upgrading rocket launch site'
BBC News
North Korea appears to be upgrading one of its two rocket launch sites, US experts say, perhaps in a move to test bigger rockets. "Important progress" had been made at Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground since October 2012, the analysis from the 38 North ...

BBC News

Bigfoot genome paper finally published
SlashGear
Back in November, I talked a bit about a team of scientists that were claiming to have verified using DNA study that Bigfoot does exist. The team promised that they would have a paper outlining their findings published to allow others to look at their work.

SlashGear

Tesla CEO reveals evidence against New York Times' damning review in blog post
Digital Trends
After taking to Twitter in response to a negative review of the Model S and Supercharger charging stations in the New York Times, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has released information, which he says came from the car's onboard data logger, that contradicts some ...

Digital Trends

Opera Software buys Skyfire Labs, net profit slips
MarketWatch
Opera Software ASA , the Norwegian web browser developer, Friday said it has acquired Silicon Valley-based Skyfire Labs, a mobile software developer, for a possible purchase price of $155 million, as it reported a 20% drop in fourth quarter net profit, driven ...

Preliminary edition of Metro Firefox has arrived to Windows 8
Digital Trends
Love the Metro look of Windows 8 but hate using Internet Explorer? Interested Windows 8 users can now download the Nightly build of Mozilla's “Metro Firefox” to make it their preferred Web browser. The launch came last night when Mozilla's Director of ...

Digital Trends

Zuckerberg Now Owns 29.3 Percent Of Facebook, Representing $18 Billion
TechCrunch
Facebook announced in an SEC filing that founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg now owns 29.3 percent of Facebook shares (NASDAQ:FB), up from a 28.2 percent stake on the day of the IPO. With 632.7 million shares currently trading at $28.50, it represents a ...

TechCrunch

French Driver Forced to Do 125 mph for Nearly an Hour
TIME
Maybe you've had this nightmare: You're racing down the highway at crazy speeds, the brakes unresponsive, the car inexplicably speeding up, toll stops and who-knows-what-else lying in wait ahead — it actually happened to a French driver out for a casual ...

TIME

Anand's Thoughts on Intel's TV Initiative
AnandTech
Earlier this week Intel announced what we'd heard rumors of in months past, that it would be creating an IPTV service along with a custom software and hardware platform to deliver it direct to consumers. A few hours after the announcement, I had the ...

AnandTech

Lexus, Porsche, Lincoln and Toyota top dependability study: Autoweek TV
AutoWeek
Also in this episode: East Coast drivers will get the chance to lease the Honda Fit EV, and GM enjoyed big profits at the end of 2012. Read Transcript And Comments- Lexus, Porsche, Lincoln and Toyota top dependability study: Autoweek ...

Kickstarter enters mobile space, launches iOS app
NDTV
US-based crowd funding platform Kickstarter has launched a brand new iOS app compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch. The app allows users to find, follow, fund or create projects on the go and is now available for free in the App Store. Announcing via a ...

NDTV

iOS 6.1 hack lets users see your phone app, place calls
CNET
Some sleight of hand with Apple's iOS 6.1 has been illustrated in a YouTube video, and CNET can confirm it works. Don Reisinger. by Don Reisinger. February 14, 2013 8:01 AM PST. Enter Passcode screen on iPhone 5. The Enter Passcode lock screen on ...

Drug residues 'alter fish behaviour'
BBC News
Psychiatric drugs taken by humans to cope with anxiety are being excreted and flushed into waterways where they are probably affecting fish behaviour. This is the conclusion of a new Swedish study reported in Science magazine. The Umea University-led ...

BBC News

NASA Study Revealed Alarming Loss of Water in Middle East
Jagran Josh
A recent NASA study revealed that Middle East lost quantity of freshwater which is almost the size of Dead Sea because of poor management, increasing demand of groundwater as well as the after-effects of 2007 drought. The NASA study researched on the ...

NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory Revealed Formation of Youngest Black ...
Jagran Josh
NASA scientists discovered the youngest black hole in our galaxy, Milky Way in February 2013. This youngest black hole is merely 1000 years old and just 26000 light years away from our planet. According to the new data revealed by Chandra X-ray ...

Advertising Growth Shows That for Many, Tablets Are the PC
Wired
When tablets first came out, and by that we mean the iPad, the sleek machines were primarily used for reading, watching video and playing games. Consuming stuff, in other words. Those activities are still a big part of how tablets earn their place in our lives, ...

Sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg signs book deal
Reuters
LOS ANGELES | Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:42pm EST. LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, is writing a memoir about her years at the social network website where she was once director of marketing, ...

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner: Treat employees like adults, and you won't have leaks
Fortune
With 1 billion user "endorsements" and counting, Jeff Weiner explains the secret behind LinkedIn's red-hot streak. (Hint: It has nothing to do with the 3,500 iPads he just gave employees.) LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner with Fortune Senior Editor-at-Large Adam ...

Facebook: Now Pay to Promote Your Friends' Posts
Mashable
Got $7 burning a hole in your pocket? Want to promote a post on Facebook, but don't want to appear egotistical? Then boy, are you going to be pleased by Thursday's news from the social network: you can now (or will soon be able to) pay to promote your ...

Guest Post: Top 5 Android apps to check out
GoMo News
Did you know that Google Play currently offers over 450,000 apps? Out of all these many are useful and top-rated, but there are also many that will only waste your time if you download them. Anyhow, if you want to improve the functionality of your device here ...

GoMo News

Nvidia 1Q view is short of St. as PC sales slow
Businessweek
NEW YORK (AP) — Nvidia Corp., which makes graphics chips, gave a fiscal first-quarter revenue forecast below Wall Street's expectations amid slowing PC sales. Nvidia said late Wednesday that it expects revenue of about $940 million, plus or minus 2 ...

Cosmic ray mystery lifted in new findings
AFP
BOSTON — Cosmic rays -- fast-moving particles that constantly pummel our planet -- come from the explosion of supernovae, new research confirmed Thursday, resolving an astronomical mystery. Protons make up 90 percent of these rays that pelt Earth's ...

Doodle with double treat
The New Indian Express
When the world celebrated Valentine's Day on February 14, for the search engine giant Google, it was a double treat. Google commemorated two different events on Thursday - Valentine's Day and George Ferris' birth anniversary - with a doodle. Google ...

Gas Powered Games acquired by Wargaming
Computerandvideogames.com
World of Tanks firm Wargaming has acquired Gas Powered Games, the troubled developer of Supreme Commander which saw its Wildman Kickstarter fail last week. Supreme Commander Screenshot Wargaming said it will take full ownership of the studio, ...

Steam for Linux available now
SlashGear
Today Valve has announced that the Steam client for Linux is now available. The app is now available for download through the Ubuntu Software Center, and of course, as with all major announcements on Steam, the gaming service is holding a week-long ...

SlashGear

The black HTC One
Unwired View
HTC's bi-continental launch for its flagship One handset is less than a week away, and while we recently saw the device codenamed M7 in its silver garb, we're now getting a first look at the black incarnation. There's no significant new information to ...

HP Gears Up To Release Android Tablets
ValueWalk
Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) is shifting its focus from desktops and laptops to tablets. According to a new report from ReadWrite, HP plans to release several new Android-based devices. Hewlett Packard HPQ. Sources claim that the first ...

ValueWalk

Europol cracks Spanish cybercrime ring
euronews
Oscar Pistorius charged with murder. 26-year-old olympic and paraolympic star breaks down in tears in the courtroom. noComment · News · Europol cracks Spanish cybercrime ring. 15/02 00:16 CET. Europol cracks Spanish cybercrime ring. world news. | | ...

euronews

Adobe Recommends Protected View as Temporary Zero Day Mitigation
Threatpost (blog)
Adobe released an advisory yesterday suggesting a manual mitigation for zero-day vulnerabilities in its Reader and Acrobat products that are being actively exploited in the wild. The exploit is the first sandbox escape in Adobe Reader X and above. FireEye ...


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