24 February 2013

New Google campus planned

Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO -- With its gourmet cafes, workout gyms and sundry perks, the Googleplex is already the stuff of working stiffs' dreams. Now the sprawling suburban office park that houses one of the world's most famous companies is about to get even ...

Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T: An ultrabook that pops its top
The good: Samsung's ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T hybrid is a fast, full-powered Core i5 tablet, has a 1080p screen, comes with its own keyboard base, and includes the pressure-sensitive S-Pen that's very accurate and responsive. The bad: Battery life isn't great ...

Is millionaire space tourist planning trip to Mars?
Fox News
Buzz is building about a planned 2018 private mission to Mars, which may launch the first humans toward the Red Planet. A nonprofit organization called the Inspiration Mars Foundation — which is led by millionaire Dennis Tito, the world's first space tourist ...

Zendesk hack a reminder of SaaS risk
The recent Zendesk hack that compromised user data from Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest reflects the risks in using third-party service providers. Zendesk sells cloud-based customer service software for storing, organizing and answering email sent to clients' ...

Prizefight: BlackBerry Z10 vs. Apple iPhone 5
CNET (blog)
Many BlackBerry users left the platform for Apple's iPhone. Does the all-touch-screen Z10 do enough to keep their die-hards happy and bring back the customers they lost? Let's find out! Brian Tong. by Brian Tong. February 22, 2013 6:48 PM PST Follow @ ...

Nokia Lumia 720, 520 photos leak ahead of MWC
CNET (blog)
In a few days, we could very well see the entry- and midlevel Lumias officially crop up at the mobile confab. Jessica Dolcourt. by Jessica Dolcourt. February 23, 2013 2:14 AM PST Follow @jdolcourt. Nokia Lumia 720 leak. This could be the Nokia Lumia 720 ...

Qualcomm Counters Broadcom With Global LTE Chip of Its Own
Now Qualcomm is firing back, unveiling an alternative solution dubbed RF360. Unlike the Broadcom design, Qualcomm's solutions involve multiple chips (which it sounds like will be incorporated into a single package). However, they offer unique capabilities...

Google Buildings Polluted With Toxic Vapors From Chemical Spills
Silicon Valley was all abuzz on Friday over news that two of Google's buildings on North Whisman Road in Mountain View were suffering from toxic vapors seeping up from the ground below. The pollution is caused by trichloroethylene venting up through the ...

Acrobatic quadrocopters throw and balance poles in mid-air
We've seen tiny quadrocopters executing elaborate flying routines, moving in precise formations, and even playing ping pong, but a new video reveals yet another example of stunning robotic nimbleness that is, frankly, a bit scary. Previously, teams at the ETH...


Facebook's iOS app now enables free Internet phone calls
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly shot down rumors the company is building its own phone, but the latest update of Facebook's main iOS app released Friday turns the social network into a telephone system by enabling free Internet calls within the ...

PlayStation win shows AMD shedding its singular focus on x86
The PlayStation 4 has a combined x86 CPU and a GPU inside. But even though it has a few x86 cores, this design win shows how far AMD is looking outside the confines of the x86 architecture. AMD HQ. photo: AMD. For those of us who remember AMD as ...


SpaceX Prepares For Second ISS Flight – Orbital Prepares Rocket Test
Engineers attach the Dragon capsule to its trunk last month at Cape Canaveral. Photo: SpaceX. Space X is making final preparations for its second cargo flight to the International Space Station, currently scheduled for the end of next week. The flight is ...

Microsoft implements outage fix
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- A Microsoft Website indicates an online storage service for businesses worldwide has "recovered to over 99% availability across all sub-regions." The problems Friday afternoon were triggered by Microsoft's failure to renew a ...

Google glasses: Ask not when, but why
San Francisco Chronicle
Google has just announced that it's searching for test subjects for one of the company's newest projects, a pair of Internet-connected eyeglasses called Google Glass. Testers are expected to pay $1,500, plus tax, for the privilege of trying a pair of glasses that ...

Microsoft Scores More Cool Points With Younger Generation Than Facebook or ...
Hot Hardware
Seen one of those fancy new Surface commercials? How about one of Microsoft's vivid new retail stores? In an age where tech-savvy is becoming the norm, and catching people early is a way to ensure brand loyalty throughout a life, Microsoft seems to be...

Hot Hardware

NYPD creates special team to recover stolen Apple devices
The number of Apple products stolen in the Big Apple prompts city police to dedicate a team of officers for device recovery, according to the New York Post. Donna Tam. by Donna Tam. February 22, 2013 4:46 PM PST Follow @DonnaYTam. (Credit: Josh ...

Microsoft, Nikon Ink Latest Android Patent Deal
The Japanese camera maker joins a growing list of technology companies that pay royalties to Microsoft under an Android patent agreement. Microsoft signed another patent licensing deal related to the Android operating system, this time with camera maker ...


Jeep replaces Liberty with an angrier, lumpier Cherokee
Yahoo! News (blog)
Following enthusiast site Jalopnik posting clandestine shots of the 2014 Cherokee, Jeep released official shots of the SUV today, showcasing a style that's a shocking departure from the square-jawed model of the '80s. Originally slated for an unveiling at the ...

Yahoo! News (blog)

Rackspace Cuts Cloud Prices
Motley Fool
On Friday, cloud-computing company Rackspace Hosting (NYSE: RAX ) announced that it is slashing prices on its cloud bandwidth and content delivery network by a third, while simultaneously implementing "tiered pricing" on its open cloud products, ...

White House petition to legalize cell phone unlocking gets 100000 signatures
Yahoo! News (blog)
In a surprising development, it seems that a lot of people don't like being told they can't unlock their cell phones. NPR reports that a petition posted on the White House website asking the Obama administration to “champion a bill that makes [cell phone]...

Yahoo! News (blog)

Microsoft experiences cyberattack; employee computers affected
Gant Daily
WA, Redmond, United States (4E) – After cyberattacks on Facebook, Twitter and Apple, hackers found a new target in Microsoft. The software giant experienced a similar cyberattack when a small number of its computers were subject to malicious software.

FixYa: Apple's phones 3 times more reliable than Samsung's
Fortune (blog)
FORTUNE -- FixYa, which bills itself as the leading product Q&A destination on the Web and mobile, published a head-to-head comparison Friday of the reliability of four leading smartphone manufacturers: Apple (AAPL), Samsung, Nokia (NOK) and Motorola ...

Polar Regions Will See More Snow Over Next Century, Less Everywhere Else
A newly-developed National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climate model predicts that increasing carbon dioxide (CO2) levels will lead to less snowfall in most areas of the world – including the United States – over the next 100 years.


Facebook, Google create 'new Nobel prize' worth $3m
The Nation
FACEBOOK'S and Google's founders set aside their rivalries to create the “Breakthrough Prize” for science that's worth more than double the value of the Nobel prize. Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, and Google co-founder ...

The Nation

HTC Settles Privacy Case Over Flaws in Phones
New York Times
WASHINGTON — More than 18 million smartphones and other mobile devices made by HTC, a Taiwanese company that is one of the largest sellers of smartphones in the United States, had security flaws that could allow location tracking of users against ...

Fox Sues Dish Over Hopper DVR's 'On The Go' Tech
PC Magazine
It might not be a day in the park for Dish Network Hopper DVR users after all. Fox Broadcasting on Thursday requested an injunction against Dish's new "on the go" feature, which allows Hopper owners to watch live and recorded TV shows on mobile devices.

NBC Websites Hacked To Serve Citadel Financial Malware
RedKit exploit kit launched drive-by malware attacks from NBC websites, targeted vulnerabilities in Java and Adobe Reader....

Sony bets on gaming with PlayStation 4
The PlayStation 4 is a video games console for the connected generation. Unveiled in New York City, Sony's new machine will allow players to watch each other playing over the internet, or upload their own video stream at the touch of a button. It's a shrewd ...


Google Chromebook Pixel laptop: 5 must-know features
Zee News
“With the Pixel, we set out to rethink all elements of a computer in order to design the best laptop possible,” Google said on the release date of its new laptop — the Chromebook Pixel. The Chromebook Pixel is a homegrown laptop by Google, unlike the ...

Zee News

Unique Brain Structures Found In Humans, Different And Unique Structures ...
New research has found that humans possess at least two unique networks in their cerebral cortex not are not seen in rhesus monkeys. The rhesus monkeys, though, do have one network that seems to be unique to them that humans do not have.

Surprise! Paper beats space rock
Brisbane Times
Zombie apocalypse? Not this time ... a still from a dashboard camera shows the meteor streak through the sky over Chelyabinsk, Russia, last week. Photo: AP. 'Asteroids are nature's way of asking, 'Hey, how's that space program working out?''' It sounds like a ...

Brisbane Times

Ultra-Rugged Kyocera Torque Smartphone Coming to Sprint
PC Magazine
The ultra-rugged 4G LTE Android-based Kyocera Torque will hit Sprint shelves on March 8, with a $99.99 price tag and Bear Grylls's approval. The "live more, fear less"-branded smartphone is powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and boasts 4G LTE ...

Chrome 25 Adds Voice Support, Devs Get App Launcher
PC Magazine
Google this week released updated versions of its Chrome browser, adding voice-based sevices to the stable version and the Chrome app launcher to the dev channel, among other things. Chrome 25 is now available, and it adds the speech-recognition ...

Facebook Building 'Cold Storage' Data Centers for Old Photos
PC Magazine
All those photos that you posted to Facebook a few years back are fun to revisit every now and then, right? But chances are you probably don't look at them every day. With more than 240 billion user photos taking up space on Facebook's servers, and another ...

Goldfish influx threatens to cloud pristine Lake Tahoe waters
By Laila Kearney. VALLEJO, California | Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:18am EST. VALLEJO, California (Reuters) - Giant goldfish have mysteriously found their way into the famously crystalline waters of Lake Tahoe, the nation's second-deepest lake, alarming ...

Woman, 104, Not Allowed on Facebook
A 104-year-old woman had to lie about her age to use Facebook because the social networking site would not recognise her birth year as being 1908. Woman, 104, not allowed on Facebook. You might also like: Woman catches fiance cheating on Street View ...

Bees use the 'force' to choose the best flowers, study finds
Christian Science Monitor
If you're a bee having a hard time finding that flower trying to tell you it's loaded with nectar and pollen, use the force, bee, use the force. Skip to next paragraph. In Pictures: Busy bees. Related stories ...

Christian Science Monitor

The Next Generation of iPhone Productivity Apps is Here
When I purchased my first iPhone in late 2009, I had high hopes that it would somehow transform me into a more productive person — the kind who procrastinates less, multitasks more and accomplishes tasks while on the go. It didn't exactly turn out that way.

Apple smart watch efforts confirmed by US patent
BBC News
Fresh evidence that Apple has been working on a smart watch concept since at least 2011 has emerged in a patent filing. The document describes a flexible touchscreen display which would communicate with a smartphone or other electronic device.

Samsung plays down Android copy-paste bug, angering developer
The Guardian
Samsung has finally responded to user and developer complaints about problems caused by a copy-paste bug in its TouchWiz software that it puts on top of Android - but been accused of "lying" by a British developer affected by it. Another user's experience ...

The Guardian

Samsung has overtaken Apple in 'smart connected devices'
FORTUNE -- IDC has issued a Q4 report on shipments of what they call "smart connected devices," a category that includes desktop PCs, notebook PCs, tablets and smartphones. Total shipments last quarter came to 367.7 million units, IDC estimates, with ...

Spook's Home Planet topping the Charts of Online Naming of Pluto's Moon
TopNews United States
As per sources, the SETI Institute has opened an online voting system for receiving suggestions regarding the new names for two of the moons of planet Pluto. After receiving the suggestions, the Northern California scientific research organization will forward ...

TopNews United States

Video Shows Plasma Rain on the Surface of the Sun
Escapist Magazine
In July 2012, a medium-strength solar flare erupted out of the sun's lower right side. Immediately afterwards, there was a Coronal Mass Ejection - where the sun spits out some of its matter into space in a plume. Finally, and most spectacularly, there was a ...

'Watch Dogs' Official Box Art Revealed
The game is coming to both current and next-gen systems. Right now we know it's headed to PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, and PS4 and I'd bet good money it's coming to the next Xbox as well. It's terrible, but looking at the image of our phone-hacking ...


Hackings force brands to weigh security vs. marketing speed
Marketers will need to rethink the balance between security protocols and the free-flowing nature of their marketing plans in light of this week's hacking incidents targeting Burger King (pictured), Jeep, and other top brands. On Monday, Burger King's Twitter ...

COLUMN: Aaron's Backstage Pass: Crysis 3 PS3 Review
This past week I received a review copy of EA's and Crytek's “Crysis 3” on the PS3 to try and it was pretty amazing. I have never played the other “Crysis”, but I was able to jump in and play with no problems at all. “Crysis 3” is a first person shooter and you play ...


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