13 February 2013

Microsoft fix for critical Internet Explorer flaws

Microsoft to fix critical Internet Explorer flaws
This month's Patch Tuesday round of Microsoft software updates will fix a pair of critical InternetExplorer flaws that put every current consumer version of Windows at risk of being attacked. "Generally, when Microsoft patches IE, the patch is ...

Myanmar Denies Hacking After Gmail Warnings
Wall Street Journal
Myanmar's government denied its agencies were involved in hacking after Google technology warned a number of journalists using Gmail that their accounts might be the target of state-sponsored hacking. Several alerts were sent to journalists covering ...

Bill Gates on Reddit: Thoughts on Steve Jobs, Windows and the next disruption
Washington Post
Bill Gates held court on Reddit on Monday, becoming just the latest notable figure to submit to the site's open question-and-answer sessions. Gates ostensibly started an “Ask Me Anything” conversation on Reddit to talk about his annual letter, which outlines ...

Mobile data costs rise as employees carry more devices
Summary: Businesses are spending $96 per month on data for mobile employees, according to a new report. Sam Shead. By Sam Shead | February 11, 2013 -- 16:28 GMT (08:28 PST). Follow @SLShead. Businesses spend on average $96 a month on ...

Super search engine tracks terrorists — and you — via social networks
Web software designed by the defense firm Raytheon can scour Facebook, Twitter and check-in sites such as Foursquare to create an instant dossier covering a suspect's likely geographic locations and activities. Raytheon calls it Rapid Information Overlay ...

Tesla shares fall on range worries
DETROIT (AP) — Shares of Tesla Motors took a ride Monday after a weekend article in the New York Times claimed that its electric sedan, the Model S, ran out of power during an East Coast road trip and had to be towed to a recharging station. Shares ...

Facebook rolls out 'Buy Tickets' button for Event Pages
The social network is helping members sell tickets to their events, in a move that hints at its interest in the online ticketing space. Jennifer Van Grove. by Jennifer Van Grove. February 11, 2013 3:04 PM PST Follow @jbruin. Facebook is in the process of rolling ...

Pluto: Two moons need names, and you can help
Los Angeles Times
This photo provided and annotated by NASA / Hubble Space Telescope shows the five moons in their orbits around Pluto. The smallest moons — no more than 20 miles (32 kilometers) across — were discovered in the last two years and are currently referred...

Los Angeles Times

Linux Foundation ships UEFI Secure Boot workaround
The Linux Foundation's open source workaround for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Secure Boot has shipped, and while it's not necessarily the easiest way to boot Linux on UEFI-enabled PCs, its authors claim it should now work with any ...

CNN anchor blames asteroid on global warming
Fox News
The threat of global warming may stretch so far beyond Earth that it affects meteorites millions of miles away in space -- at least according to one CNN anchor. “Talk about something else that's falling from the sky and that is an asteroid. What's coming our way ...

Real Racing 3 accelerates EA's 'freemium' push
CNET takes an unusual trip to EA in Los Angeles and gets some hands-on time with Real Racing 3, which launches for free on February 28 for iOS and Android users. Roger Cheng. by Roger Cheng. February 11, 2013 1:08 PM PST Follow @RogerWCheng ...

Apple CEO to sit with first lady at State of the Union address
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, a man who typifies American innovation, will have the best seat in the house at President Barack Obama's Statue of the Union address tomorrow evening. The executive will be joining Michelle Obama in the first lady's box, ...

Dish declares the death of commercials -- in a commercial
CNET (blog)
The satellite TV provider rolls its ad-skipping Hopper DVR out nationally with a campaign that includes a grim message for TV commercials. Donna Tam. by Donna Tam. February 11, 2013 3:48 PM PST Follow @DonnaYTam. Dish's ad for the Hopper.

Latest Earth Satellite Launches From Calif. Coast
ABC News
A satellite launched into space Monday will keep closer tabs on Earth's glaciers, crops, forests and shorelines, continuing a tradition that began four decades ago. The Landsat satellite was boosted into orbit by an Atlas V rocket shortly before 11:30 a.m. local ...

ABC News

Is it a robot head? No, just the Google Nexus 4 wireless charger.
Christian Science Monitor
By Matthew Shaer / February 11, 2013. The new Google Nexus wireless charger. Google. Enlarge. Google today unveiled the Nexus 4 Wireless Charger, an oddly shaped half-orb powered by Qi induction technology. Skip to next paragraph. Related stories ...

Christian Science Monitor

Dubious User Satisfaction Survey Attacks Apple
PC Magazine
Well, this is officially the most ludicrous survey ever. First of all, when the highest and lowest scores come within less than a point of each other, is there really a statistically important difference? Second of all, were the users all experienced with the other ...

Underdog Flickr Exposes Private Photos and Gets a Pass
Flickr has admitted it left some users' private photos exposed for nearly three weeks, a big screw-up that would be a major scandal – if it happened at Facebook. Some Flickr users have received e-mail from the company saying their private photos were ...


Teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Old Republic: Relics of the Gree arrives, goes ...
Back at the start of the year, BioWare laid down some of its update plans for Star Wars: The Old Republic. Among the talk of Rise of the Hutt Cartel and same gender romances was a change to one of the game's PvP areas. Executive producer Jeff Hickman ...

BMW Rolling Out Genius Program for Dealerships
The Mac Observer
BMW is taking a page from Apple for its fleet of car dealerships. The company is rolling out a "BMW Genius Everywhere" program of tech-savvy employees called BMW Geniuses whose job will be to answer technology questions for customers. The company ...

The Mac Observer

Blackberry closes down nearly 5% after Home Depot switches execs to iPhones
Blackberry lost a big enterprise customer today. Home Depot announced that it will soon replace 10,000 of its workers' Blackberries with iPhones, causing the stock to take a nearly five percent tumble today. Research in Motion recently re-branded to ...


After months of supply issues, Google highlights Nexus 4, Google Now in ...
Google's first primetime commercial for the Nexus 4 was largely overshadowed by another key service from the search giant. The spot aired during the Grammy Awards on Sunday evening and had a clear emphasis on Google Now, the company's real-time ...

Minecraft now available free of charge for Raspberry Pi owners
The incredibly popular sandbox game Minecraft continues to expand to a number of different platforms following its arrival on the PC back in May 2009. As of today, the hit title is now available on the Raspberry Pi, the affordable micro-sized computer ...

128GB Surface Pro sells out: High demand, short supply, or both?
Ars Technica
Almost as soon as it went on sale on Saturday morning, the $999 128GB versions of Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet sold out. Whether buying online from Microsoft or from the Microsoft, Best Buy, Staples, or Future Stops bricks-and-mortar stores, the devices are ...

Wildman Kickstarter shut down, Gas Powered Games focusing on other ...
Gas Powered Games, apparently on the brink of bankruptcy, is closing down its Kickstarter project for the in-concept title Wildman. With only four days remaining and the project only $500,000 into its $1.1 million goal, the situation seems rather bleak. However ...


Apple said to develop curved glass iWatch with Foxconn
A weekend flurry of speculative articles stoked the Apple "iWatch" rumor mill, perhaps indicating that Cupertino is secreting some well-placed leaks to pump up interest in what it hopes might be its Next Big Thing™. The Wall Street Journal, for one, reports ...

2013 Chicago Auto Show
Washington Post
The Chicago Auto Show, one of the oldest and largest conventions of its kind in the country, opened Saturday and will run through Feb. 18. Visitors attend the media preview of the Chicago Auto Show....

Slumping Arctic Soils Produce Significant Amounts of CO 2
Science Now
In a slump. Land failures in melting Arctic permafrost, called thermokarst, could release more carbon dioxide than once thought. Credit: Rose Cory. Each spring in the Arctic, the freshet—flooding triggered by melting snow—washes vast amounts of carbon-rich ...

2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray: The 'Vette Chevy should have built a decade ago
Digital Trends
Back in January, on a rainy Detroit evening, seated in the second row of what will likely be remembered as the historic unveiling of the 2014 Corvette Stingray, I could do little but be overtaken with Corvette fever. Naturally, a lot of hype was built up prior to the ...

Digital Trends

Stinging needle ants overtaking invasive Argentines in US
NBCNews.com (blog)
By John Roach, Contributing Writer, NBC News. A stinging ant from Asia is spreading with a vengeance across the United States and may prove more devastating to people and the environment than the well-established aggressive Argentine ant currently is, ...

Microsoft's Next-Gen Xbox May Require You To Use A Kinect
The war for your living room rages on, and Microsoft has no intention of yielding any hard-fought ground to its gaming rivals. Rumors of a new Xbox have been flying around for months now, but Kotaku has put together the mother of all next-gen Xbox (a.k.a. ...

Title Update 1.8 Hits Skyrim on PS3, Dragonborn DLC Out Tomorrow
(Photo : Skyrim by Bethesda) Bethesda, developers of Skyrim are "close" on new downloadable content for PlayStation 3 and PC. Bethesda is getting all their ducks in a row for now that the first DLC episode, Dragonborn, is finally set to hit PlayStation 3 ...


Nike+ FuelBand app will stay iOS-exclusive for now
The Nike+ FuelBand is a smart bracelet that keeps track of your exercising, such as running -- dashing, if you will -- and now the sports brand has dashed the hopes of Android users hoping for a companion app, saying that it will be sticking with an iOS-only ...

New call for AWS spinoff
February 11, 2013, 5:00 PM — Oppenheimer analyst Tim Horan released a report today saying that a spinoff of Amazon Web Services is “inevitable,” according to a story in Investor's Business Daily. Horan wrote that such a spinoff will happen due to channel ...

Scientists keep watch on massive rock expected to pass Earth
Shelby Star
A giant asteroid, about the size of half a football field, will hurtle close by earth this week, coming nearer to the planet than communication and weather satellites. Gardner-Webb University professor Don Olive described the 150-foot rock as "an oblong-type ...

The Sun Produces Two CMEs
Space Daily
In the evening of Feb. 5, 2013, the sun erupted with two coronal mass ejections or CMEs that may glance near-Earth space. Experimental NASA research models, based on observations from the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) and ...

Apple to release cheaper plastic iPhone this summer?
And the cheap iPhone rumor lives on. Only this time, there's an actual date being identified. Brian White, analyst at Topeka Capital, said in a research note Monday morning that Apple is planning on releasing a low-end iPhone as early as June of this year.

2014 Cadillac CTS: Redesigned And Scheduled To Make Debut At New York ...
Latinos Post
The 2014 Cadillac CTS is scheduled to make its debut at the New York International Auto Show, where the changes made to the sedan, like its size and the addition of General Motors' all new 3.6-liter twin turbo V6, will be for all to see. Autoweek first reported ...

Latinos Post

Australia subpoenas Microsoft, Apple to explain why products cost Aussies more
Australian parliamentary officials have launched a formal inquiry which aims to examine why many tech products cost Aussies up to 50 percent more than they do for American consumers. Reportedly, Microsoft, Apple and Adobe are among some of the ...

Apple Rolls Out iOS 6.1.1 to Fix iPhone 4S Bugs
PC Magazine
Apple today released an iOS update for the iPhone 4S that fixes a connectivity problem users were experiencing. The iOS 6.1.1 update "fixes an issue that could impact cellular performance and reliability for iPhone 4S," Apple said. The 86.8MB update comes ...

Windows Phone 7.8 Users Running into Live Tile Glitch
Mobile Magazine
After a very long wait for Windows Phone 7.8 for users of legacy Windows Phone hardware, the update finally started rolling out for many (but not all) supported handsets. The new update brings resizable tiles and some other WP8-style improvements, but ...

Mobile Magazine

Dead Space writer: Dead Space 3′s action focus is a “necessary evil”
PC Gamer Magazine
Antony Johnston, the writer behind the original fright-filled Dead Space, spoke with NowGamer on the more action-heavy tone in the just-released Dead Space 3. Though he prefers fear over firepower, Johnston believes the increased action is “a necessary ...

PC Gamer Magazine

American Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Events Planned For Launch
Gaming Union
To all our readers in Mexico, Argentina, and the U.S. (so-cal region), Konami will be holding special events in the build up for Metal Gear Rising: Reveangeance. Not only that, but there will be a chance for fans to meet with Kojima Productions' producer Yuji...

Gaming Union

Google Still Dominates Search, but Russia's Yandex Now Leads Bing
Google remains the dominant global search engine, but the latest figures from comScore show Russia's Yandex picking up steam. Google Search continues to maintain its huge global lead in the search engine marketplace, but the latest monthly statistics ...


Apple's iPhone sales up threefold in India as company turns to payment plans
Apple Insider
Apple is taking much of what it learned while making inroads into the world's largest cellphone market in China and applying that knowledge to help it crack the vast opportunity present in India, where the company is working with distributors to mitigate the ...

Apple Insider

Apple to expanded Israeli operations with Ra'anana facility
Apple Insider
Apple will reportedly be bolstering its presence in Israel with a new development center in the Ra'anana Industrial zone, with the facility said to be staffed by former employees of Texas Instruments. iMacs. Apple is expected to open an R&D center in Ra'anana ...

Apple Insider

Microsoft evangelists pull page out of BlackBerry handbook
Microsoft is starting to sound like the company once named Research in Motion, the stalwart maker of BlackBerry smartphones that has fought desperately against Apple's iOS and Google's Android as they became the mobile market leaders. In its struggle to ...

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen video shows off new enemies
PlayStation Universe
Capcom today released a video for Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, showing off the enemies in the new content for the hit role-playing game. Dark Arisen includes all the content from the original Dragon's Dogma plus a new underground realm for gamers to ...

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