15 February 2013

Other, the Biggest Mobile Brand You Never Heard Of

Meet Other, the Biggest Mobile Brand You've Never Heard Of
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Global mobile phone sales fell in 2012, according to Gartner estimates released today, with the industry selling 1.7% less phones than it did in 2011. That works out to a decline of just under 30 million total handsets — not much relative to the almost 1.75...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Oracle insists Google's Android copied key Java code.
Ars Technica
Attempting to rescue itself from last year's thorough courtroom smackdown, Oracle has filed a 77-page appeal brief [PDF] arguing that Java APIs are indeed copyrightable, contrary to a federal judge's ruling. Google didn't copy the code from actual Java ...

Ars Technica

Apple plans to issue fix for iOS 6.1 Exchange sync bug
Company says it has identified the cause of Microsoft Exchange sync problem that materialized after the release of iOS 6.1 late last month. Steven Musil. by Steven Musil. February 13, 2013 9:46 PM PST Follow @stevenmusil. Apple announced today that it ...

Facebook Wins Dismissal of One IPO Suit
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Score one victory for Facebook Inc. in the lawsuits filed in the wake of the second-biggest U.S. IPO ever. A federal judge has tossed out a set of suits against Facebook executives including founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg that were brought by investors...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

NASA data may have uncovered galaxy's youngest black hole
A rare distorted supernova explosion leads scientists to believe they may be witnessing the birth of a black hole for the first time ever. Dara Kerr. by Dara Kerr. February 13, 2013 9:32 PM PST Follow @darakerr. Supernova remnant W49B. (Credit: X-ray: ...

Tempo Makes Your Calendar a Whole Lot Smarter
The Tempo iOS app uses artificial intelligence to collect and display information to make your calendar more useful. Photo: Alex Washburn/Wired. Your iPhone's built-in calendar app does a decent job of culling appointments, meetings and plans from the...


Broadcom 4G LTE Chip is World's Smallest for Phones, Tablets
Tom's Hardware Guide
Broadcom has announced that it'll be entering the LTE market with a modem chip designed for both smartphones and tablets that supports faster 4G networks. The 28 nm BCM21892 chip runs a cellular baseband alongside a world-band radio in a footprint ...

Broken Jawbone: Hackers steal email and passwords from users
Jambox wireless speaker creator Jawbone is singing the blues today. It alerted users early this morning to a hack on its MyTalk network that left names, email addresses, and encrypted passwords compromised. The MyTalk network is where people can ...

Slacker Redesign Sets Streaming-Music Battle With Spotify & Pandora
Music streaming service Slacker has been around for quite a while - six years and counting - but has never been able to gain the traction enjoyed by its competitors Pandora and Spotify. That may begin to change with Slacker's full mobile and browser facelift, ...


Xbox co-founder says the last five years have been painful to watch
The man responsible for giving Microsoft's original Xbox its name has penned a blog post outlining the poor job he says the company has done with the console over the past five years – and especially during the last 12 months. The former employee has a ...

Lenovo, PayPal particiapte in FIDO Alliance to reinvent passwords
Last year it was revealed that Lenovo was teaming up with PayPal and others to form a group tasked with reinventing the authentication tool that virtually everyone is familiar with today: the password. We didn't have much information about the FIDO (Fast ...


Your acts on social media can be tracked
San Francisco Chronicle
Most users of social networking sites give little thought to the data trail they leave behind. They may not realize that the pictures they post, the comments they make and the people they associate with can provide a revealing portrait about where they go and ...

JD Power releases 2013 dependability study, shows improvements in reliability
JD Power and Associates has released its 2013 dependability report, which shows that the reliability of three-year-old cars has improved over last year. This is the 24th year straight that the organization has released its dependability report, which looks at the...


Shoo wolves west, legislator proposes
The Seattle Times
Shoo wolves west, legislator proposes. An Eastern Washington legislator has offered a tongue-in-cheek bill that would move some wolf packs to Western Washington. By PHUONG LE. The Associated Press. Related ...

Thirteen Years Later, System Shock 2 Lives Again
Mass Effect, Dead Space, Bioshock, Borderlands, Fallout 3 – if you've played any of these modern shooters, you've felt the influence of System Shock 2. Now, you can actually play it. Starting Thursday, GOG.com, a website that specializes in selling old...


Cybercrime Network Based in Spain Is Broken Up
New York Times
MADRID — Europol, the European police agency, said Wednesday that it had dismantled one of the most efficient cybercrime organizations to date, led by Russians who had managed to extort millions of euros from online users across more than 30 countries ...

New York Times, Elon Musk engage in war of words over Tesla Model S
Detroit Free Press
An entertaining war of words has broken out between the New York Times, which just printed a devastating account of a road trip in a $101,000 Tesla Model S electric car, and Tesla founder Elon Musk. The Times' story was accompanied by the photo ...

Apple sets the stage for its iWatch
The Droid Guy
wirediwatch_2479472b CNN has cited Bloomberg's report about a plan of Apple to venture into another line of business separate from its current smartphone and tablet offering. So called the iWatch, this new wristwatch-like gadget is rumored to handle some ...

The Droid Guy

AOL Acquires Another Tech Blog, gdgt
PC Magazine
AOL is adding another tech site to the family with the acquisition of review site gdgt (pronounced "gadget"). Gdgt co-founder Ryan Block broke the news today on the gdgt blog, calling his company "a natural fit for AOL's world-class lineup of tech sites." "At AOL ...

Apple's iPhone 6 with 4.8-in screen Delayed Till 2014?
Sawf News
February 14, 2013, (Sawfnews.com) - Apple may push back the launch of its 4.8-in phablet to June 2014 because of difficulties in producing the larger screen, according to a note written by Jefferies & Company analyst Peter Misek. Early this month, Chinese...

Sawf News

Take-Two to Take Over Development of WWE Games From THQ
Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. agreed to take over development and production of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. video games from bankrupt THQ Inc. THQ's agreement reached with the maker of the “Grand Theft Auto” video-game franchise, WWE ...

Tim Cook describes bold future for Apple. But cheaper iPhones? Maybe not.
Christian Science Monitor
Mike Segar/Reuters. Enlarge. Apple CEO Tim Cook admits that he rarely has bad days but when he does, Mr. Cook takes a trip to the Apple Store. Skip to next paragraph. Recent posts. 02.13.13. Tim Cook describes bold future for Apple. But cheaper iPhones ...

Christian Science Monitor

Pentagon Announces New Medal for Drone, Cyber Warriors
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(WASHINGTON) — The Pentagon's keeping up with the times. Now that cyberwarfare and drone strikes are part of modern combat, Defense Secretary Panetta has approved a new Distinguished Warfare Medal that will recognize heroic action from military ...

Apple loses Brazilian iPhone trademark ruling
BBC News
Brazilian regulators have ruled that Apple does not have exclusive rights to use the "iPhone" trademark in the country. But the US tech giant has already lodged an appeal against the decision with the Brazilian regulators. The ruling is the result of a local ...

Brown-and-white whistling owl ID'd as new species
Huffington Post
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Researchers looking for a nocturnal bird in Indonesia accidentally identified a new species of owl – one that has a distinct whistling song and is believed to exist nowhere else in the world. The Rinjani Scops owl was first identified in ...

USC battery wields silicon nanowires to hold triple the energy, charge in 10 ...
There's no shortage of attempts to build a better battery, usually with a few caveats. USC may have ticked all the right checkboxes with its latest discovery, however. Its use of porous, flexible silicon nanowires for the anodes in a lithium-ion battery delivers the ...

Researchers Warn of New Adobe Reader Zero-Day Vulnerability
eSecurity Planet
FireEye researchers recently came across a zero-day security flaw in Adobe Reader that's being actively exploited in the wild. "The experts say that versions 9.5.3, 10.1.5 and 11.0.1 are affected," writes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs. "The attacks rely on cleverly ...

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner Pulls An Oprah, Gives Every Employee An iPad Mini
Technology is a wonderful thing, especially when your employer hooks you up with gadgets for free. Today, we've learned that LinkedIn has decided to give all of its employees an iPad mini. This reminds us of Oprah Winfrey giving things to her audience and ...


Amazon and Ford Present: Wireless Music
Motley Fool
Ford (NYSE: F ) owners can now wirelessly connect to the Amazon Cloud Player (NASDAQ: AMZN ) through their car's SYNC Applink systems. After downloading the Amazon MP3 app through the Amazon Appstore or Google Play, Ford owners can access ...

Satellite reveals major loss of Arctic sea ice (pictures)
Using new data from the European Space Agency's CryoSat satellite spanning 10 years, an international team of scientists has discovered an alarming rate of loss for the Arctic sea ice. Satellites whose mission is to closely watch variations in the coverage ...

HTC releases M7 video teaser ahead of official launch, HTC G2 spotted with ...
It's no surprise that HTC is planning to launch its next flagship device pretty soon at upcoming events in New York and London on February 19. This fact is reiterated by a countdown timer running on the company's website that stands at 5 days, 11 hours and ...


Apple drops MacBook Pro Retina prices, boosts specs
Apple today dropped the prices in its line of MacBook Pro laptops with Retina display while boosting processor speeds. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina now starts US$1,499, or US$200 less than before. The higher-capacity 256GB version costs ...


Layoffs At Valve: Senior Staff Among Rumored/Reported Departures
Although Valve's leadership and employees are likely to remain tight-lipped about the reasons for the dismissal, significant redundancies at a studio which has not finished a project recently usually means either financial issues (unlikely) or strategic ...

Report: HP working on Android tablets
Remember the WebOS-based HP TouchPad? This time HP will adopt Android. The company already has a Windows 8 tablet. (Credit: Hewlett-Packard). Hewlett-Packard is doing an Android tablet too, according to a report from ReadWrite. HP's first Android...


Surface Pro flops in repairability test, says iFixit
Computerworld - Popular do-it-yourself website iFixit today gave Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet the lowest-possible repair score, just 1 out of a possible 10, after spending hours getting the device open. "The Surface Pro received a 1 out of 10 score on our ...

Intel to Launch Web TV; Vertu Unveils $10K Phone; HBO GO Adds AirPlay Support
PC Magazine
The chipmaker will sell a set-top box that can stream live TV and movies, as well as provide content on-demand, Erik Huggers, general manager of Intel Media said at the AllThingsDigital "Dive into Media" conference in Dana Point, Calif. on Tuesday.

2014 Alfa Romeo 4C | Ready For Debut
All the time you are hearing about this Lamborghini or this BMW and all the same super-car makers, and it gets boring. Today we bring you the 2014 Alfa Romeo, an Italian super-car that you don't hear about every day. This Italian monster car is to be making ...

Intel plans to launch Internet television service this year
Summary: Could revamping the television industry help Intel in the face of a struggling PC market? Charlie Osborne. By Charlie Osborne for Between the Lines | February 13, 2013 -- 11:12 GMT (03:12 PST). Follow @ZDNetCharlie. erik huggers intel ...

A Warning From the Asteroid Hunters
In the game of cosmic roulette that is our solar system, we just got lucky. Earth will get a very close shave on Friday, Feb. 15, when Asteroid 2012 DA14 passes just 17,000 miles from our planet. That is less than the distance from New York to Sydney and back, ...

Sea slug sheds its penis after sex
A study of the thumb-sized animal by Japanese biologists has revealed how it sheds its penis after sex, before growing a new one. “No other animal is known to repeatedly copulate using such 'disposable penes',” they wrote in the Royal Society journal ...


Scientists organize contest to name Pluto moons
New York Daily News
Just because Pluto is no longer a planet doesn't mean the little blue rock is irrelevant. In fact, a well-known science non-profit has sponsored a contest to name two of the five moons of the dwarf planet. Three of Pluto's moons already have names.

New York Daily News

Video: Chevrolet Details New Corvette's Interior
Chevrolet has continued to post new videos of the Corvette Stingray to ensure that the company's message that the Corvette C7 is a car of such high-quality that it can compete with the best European supercars currently on the market and in that latest video, ...


BlackBerry: U.S. Carriers Not Hopeful On Z10, Analyst Says
U.S. wireless carriers are not optimistic about the prospects for the BlackBerry Z10 touchscreen smartphone, Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair asserts in a research note today. “While Blackberry's stock continues to get whipsawed as investors debate the ...

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It might have been a smart strategic move for Opera Software to move to the WebKit browser engine and scrap its own Presto, but some think it's a step backward for the development of the Web overall. "A switch to Webkit might benefit Opera. It's just not going ...

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