22 February 2013

Samsung-Tizen vs Google-Android and Apple-iOS

Forget about BlackBerry and Microsoft Windows Phone--globally (China, India, Asia, Africa), the new third smartphone OS will soon be Samsung-Intel's Tizen OS--

Tizen 2.0 SDK and source code released - Crave - Mobile Phones - CNET Asia: "If the name Tizen doesn't ring a bell, it may be time to get acquainted. Basically, Tizen is a Linux-based open-source software platform that is designed for smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and in-car systems. Led by Intel and Samsung in a "technical steering group", Tizen emerged from the dusty ashes of Nokia's MeeGo. It is hoped to be Samsung's hedge against Google's Android, and to compete against iOS as well. . . ."

Korean lawmaker who exposed Samsung corruption forced from office | The Verge: " . . . The conversations in question are part of what is known as the Samsung X-File, a trove of tapes illegally recorded by the government's intelligence service during the 1990s. The files include conversations between Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee and his brother in law, and reveal bribes allegedly paid by the conglomerate to prosecutors, politicians, and presidential candidates. But investigations into the X-File centered around the illegal nature of their recording and release — only Roh and MBC journalist Lee Sang-ho were indicted for their role in publishing the wiretaps, and none of the resulting evidence was admissible in prosecution. Lee was handed a suspended prison sentence in 2011 on the grounds that his reporting of private conversations was not in the public interest. However, Joongang Daily newspaper publisher Hong Seok-hyun was forced to resign as US ambassador over his implication in lobbying presidential candidates with Samsung bribes, as was Vice Justice Minister Kim Sang-hee. . . . "

Yammer Earns Its Keep for Microsoft, One Kahlua Sundae at a Time
Businessweek
About six months ago Microsoft (MSFT) acquired Yammer for $1.2 billion. The price tag still seems shocking. Surely some engineers at Microsoft could look at Facebook (FB), mimic the social networking service, and make it slightly more corporate, just like ...

Republic Wireless Lowers Cost of Entry for No-Contract Service
eWeek
Republic Wireless is now offering the option of a $99 Android phone with unlimited service for $29 a month, instead of its usual $19 a month. Republic Wireless today addressed what can be the major pain point of the contract-free wireless service model—the ...

eWeek

Microsoft Shoots for New Outlook.com Users by Targeting Less
TechNewsWorld
Microsoft's existing Hotmail user base may find plenty to like in its new Outlook.com email service, but getting others to switch will certainly be a challenge. One lure that could draw in the privacy-minded is a diminished focus on targeted advertising relevant to ...

Sony shows PlayStation 4 capabilities, but no box
Fox News
NEW YORK – Sony showed off what the PlayStation 4 can do, but not what it will look like. The Japanese electronics giant talked about its upcoming game console for the first time and said it will go on sale this holiday season. But Sony didn't reveal the ...

IBM MobileFirst Platform, Services Launch for Enterprise Customers
eWeek
IBM announced the launch of its new MobileFirst platform and services featuring new solutions in mobile security, analytics, app dev and more. Diving in deep with mobile solutions, IBM has unveiled IBM MobileFirst, a comprehensive mobile portfolio that ...

eWeek

Private US firms take major role vs. cyberattacks
Businessweek
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Kevin Mandia, a retired military cybercrime investigator, decided to expose China as a primary threat to U.S. computer networks, he didn't have to consult with American diplomats in Beijing or declassify tactics to safely reveal ...

Biometric USB password key worthy of 'Mission: Impossible'
CNET
Unsatisfied with regular old USB password protection devices, myIDkey kicks things up a few notches with biometrics, Bluetooth, and voice search. It even self-destructs. Amanda Kooser. by Amanda Kooser. February 20, 2013 4:05 PM PST Follow @akooser ...

Foxconn: Our hiring freeze has nothing to do with iPhone 5
Register
Apple's main manufacturing buddy Foxconn has frozen hiring at a Shenzhen plant and other factories across China, but denies it has anything to do with the fruity firm in particular. The parts-manufacturer for tech firms ranging from Apple to Dell said today that ...

Endangered sharks return to Bahamas 'home'
BBC News
Previously thought to be wide-ranging animals, a tagging survey has revealed that the sharks frequently revisit the same areas around the island. Conservationists have listed the sharks as Vulnerable globally and Critically Endangered in parts of their range.

BBC News

PlayStation 4: Everything You Need To Know
GameSpot
PlayStation 4: Everything You Need To Know.  Playstation 4 - See The Future · Watch this video. Is the Future of gaming here? What do you think of the ...

Yota Devices in MegaFon Talks on Dual-Screen Phone Debut
Bloomberg
Yota Devices, a Russian smartphone startup, is in talks to sign up the country's second-biggest wireless operator as its first customer for a dual-screen handset the manufacturer plans to introduce in the second half. The phonemaker is negotiating with OAO ...

Eduardo Saverin: From Silicon Valley to Singapore
Wall Street Journal
Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin recently courted controversy by surrendering his U.S. citizenship in favor of life in Singapore, where he has resided since 2009. He sits down with the WSJ's Almar Latour to talk about why he moved. ...

How to disable Java on your Mac
Macworld
With the news that some Apple, Facebook, and Twitter employees' Macs were hacked, and Apple and Oracle's subsequent software patches, it's time to revisit the question of whether Java can be used securely. After the Flashback malware attack that ...

Gorgeous Pic of a Star-Forming Region Hides Three Monster Stars
Slate Magazine (blog)
Monsters lurk in our galaxy. They may not look like much when you first see them. In fact, in some pictures they're so hard to see you need to have them pointed out to you. But that's OK, because sometimes the picture is so jaw-droppingly spectacular it's no ...

Private group may try to launch humans to Mars in five years
Houston Chronicle (blog)
Private group may try to launch humans to Mars in five years. Thursday, February 21, 2013. Comment. Comments. |. Email. E-mail. |. Print. On Wednesday afternoon a space communications firm, the Griffin Communications Group, sent out a news release ...

Houston Chronicle (blog)

Yahoo! 'OPTIMISES'! website! for! fondleslabs! AND Facebook!
Register
Yahoo! has once again redesigned its website as the ailing internet company attempts to squeeze more ad juice out of its online estate. The Purple Palace's CEO Marissa Mayer announced the latest makeover in a blog post on Wednesday that was peppered ...

Chrome launcher for offline apps comes to Windows
ZDNet
Summary: Google's Chrome 'app launcher' for offline browser apps is coming to Windows, with Mac and Linux to follow in due course. Liam Tung. Google has released an early ...

ZDNet

It's Craigslist, Only on a Phone — and Beautiful
TIME
Craigslist, the online-classifieds site, is famous for two things: being incredibly popular, and hardly changing at all. So it's not stunning that it doesn't have a mobile app. But it's also not surprising that a bunch of third parties, seeing a market opportunity, have...

TIME

FCC plans to ease wireless congestion
ZDNet
Summary: The Federal Communications Commission is proposing steps to help ease the burden on public Wi-Fi networks. Charlie Osborne. By Charlie Osborne for Between the Lines | February 21, 2013 -- 10:17 GMT (02:17 PST). Follow @ZDNetCharlie ...

Zuckerberg, Brin and other valley notables create foundation to reward health ...
Long Beach Press-Telegram
SAN FRANCISCO -- Launching one of the world's richest science prizes, a foundation created by Silicon Valley tech luminaries on Wednesday awarded $3 million each to 11 health researchers studying stem cells, genetics, cancer and other diseases.

Close call: Asteroid misses Earth by 17000 miles
Concordiensis
Last Friday, two unrelated cosmic events gripped the public imagination and the international media's attention. First, a meteor struck a rural part of the Russian Federation causing widespread injury and panic. Then, a 160-foot wide asteroid known to ...

Why Apple's 'Next Big Thing' Might Not be a Gadget
Uncommon Wisdom Daily
Co-founder Steve Wozniak recently told Bloomberg that the company is “kind of losing that” edge. For Apple, its shares may have a little more room to go to the downside as other companies scramble to fill the current innovation gap in the lucrative tech ...

Solar Flare Producing Sunspot Forming On The Sun, NASA Images Massive ...
PlanetSave.com
An enormous sunspot, six times larger than the Earth is currently forming on the Sun. NASA researchers predict that the sunspot could begin triggering powerful solar flares in a couple of days. 20130221-001730.jpg. The enormous sunspot has been ...

Tiniest Planet Yet Discovered by NASA Outside our Solar System
Science World Report
(Photo : NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech) The tiniest planet beyond our Solar System has been discovered by NASA. The artist's concept depicts the new planet dubbed Kepler-37b. The planet is slightly larger than our moon, measuring about one-third the size of...

Science World Report

Sign The White House Petition To Make Cellphone Unlocking Legal Again
ReadWriteWeb
Tinkerers, open source ideologues, mobile developers and enthusiasts and even plain old mobile consumers who want a bit of choice, you got some bad news earlier this year: It is now illegal to unlock your smartphone. Through a decree from the Library Of...

ReadWriteWeb

Canseco Going to Correspondents' Dinner?
Daily Beast
The nerd prom just won some serious street cred. The website's press director on Wednesday invited former baseball legend Jose Canseco to the White House Correspondents' Dinner after he tweeted up a storm about politics. On Wednesday, Canseco ...

Daily Beast

Twitter's hacking problem
CNN
Hackers took over the Twitter accounts of both Jeep and and Burger King this week. NEW YORK (CNNMoney). Twitter has a problem: While the social network is trying to woo brands and advertising money to its platform, companies' Twitter accounts keep ...

UCSD scientists tackle brain mapping
fox5sandiego.com
SAN DIEGO – Dr. Ralph Greenspan and his team at the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind in San Diego are doing trailblazing research in brain mapping, a project the White House recently said they will be devoting billions of dollars towards. brain mapping ...

fox5sandiego.com

Road Construction Dig Leads To Discovery Of Whale Species
Cinema Blend
Highway widening is usually good for areas where traffic is packed, but in general, cutting open new land for highways doesn't frequently lead to major scientific discoveries. However, a recent highway widening project in California's Laguna Canyon led to ...

Cinema Blend

NVIDIA plans construction of a new, very polygonal HQ
Engadget
Well, someone had to offer a counterpart to the giant donut. NVIDIA has decided that its ongoing success in 3D graphics and mobile processors merits a suitably geometric new headquarters, so it's upping the stakes among oddly-shaped offices: it's planning ...

Google acquires Celebration software firm for $125M [Orlando Sentinel]
Businessweek
Feb. 21 -- Google on Wednesday acquired Channel Intelligence, a Celebration-based software company, for $125 million in cash. Channel Intelligence develops technology that streamlines the online-buying process. The purchase of the software company ...

Google Glass patent application shows detailed diagrams
Engadget
Along with a lot of publicity, Project Glass from Google has generated a bevy of approved patents and applications, but the latest one shows that the search giant's trying to wrap up the whole kit and kaboodle -- replete with detailed diagrams and descriptions ...

Crysis 3 Hunter Edition
CNET
As far as console games go, it doesn't get much prettier than Crysis 3, the latest effort from developer Crytek. Built upon the eponymous CryEngine, Crysis 3 again takes place in a dilapidated futuristic vision of New York City, 24 years after the events in Crysis ...

In major milestone, Curiosity's drill delivers first sample
CNET
It's the first time any rover has drilled into a rock to collect a sample anywhere but on Earth, says NASA, as its Curiosity rover collects about a tablespoon of powdered Martian rock for testing. William Harwood. by William Harwood. February 20, 2013 4:48 PM ...

HTC One Can Compete With Apple, Samsung
InformationWeek
HTC is in a spot of trouble. For reasons unknown, the brand has fallen out of favor with smartphone buyers in recent quarters, leaving the Taiwan-based company with a shrinking share of the market. Despite bringing solid devices to the market throughout ...

BBC Launches Sports App for Android Phones and Tablets
Tom's Hardware Guide
The BBC has announced the launch of a new app for sports-loving Android users. The BBC Sport app will allow users access sports news, videos, and updates curated by the BBC's team of sports journalists. The app features top stories and breaking sports ...

It's like 'Six degrees of Kevin Bacon' but for web pages
GMA News
Just nineteen clicks or less separate any two pages on the Web, a physicist has claimed. Hungarian physicist Albert-László Barabási said he made the finding after creating a simulated model of some 14 billion pages now on the World Wide Web. Barabási's ...

iPhone Beats Galaxy S III, But Victory May Be Fleeting
InformationWeek
Apple's iPhone 5 was best-selling smartphone worldwide during closing months of 2012, but Samsung is readying its iPhone-killer for 2013. Start The Discussion. Tweet; Mail Mail; Print Print · Eric Zeman | February 20, 2013 11:30 AM. 12 Best iPhone, iPad ...

'Blower' V6 replaces Range Rover V8
Independent Online
Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed that the 2014 Range Rover - which will be in showrooms in Europe and North America by the third quarter of this year - will be available with a new and more powerful 250kW supercharged V6 engine. The new engine will ...

Independent Online

The First Shift: Details of Volkswagen's electric e-Golf revealed
National Post
Volkswagen goes electric, Audi to sell more SUVs and Mercedes-Benz and BMW continue to disagree. New VW e-Golf heading for Swiss show Despite a growing lack of confidence within the industry, shrinking taxpayer support and less-than-stellar retail ...

National Post

Field research on polar bears freezes out pre-conceived notions
San Jose Mercury News
LAFAYETTE -- When Oakland author and firefighter Zac Unger rushed north to Canada to save the polar bear population from the fiery furnace of global warming in 2008, he came to a startling conclusion -- the polar bears didn't need saving. "Never Look a ...

New products are presented to Apple's board 6-18 months prior to launch
Apple Insider
Members of Apple's Board of Directors are sometimes informed about new products up to a year and a half before they are unveiled to the public, the board's chairman has revealed. Arthur Levinson. Arthur D. Levinson, former CEO of Genentech and current ...

Higgs Boson Field Could Lead to the End of the Universe
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis
Scientists believe the recently discovered Higgs boson particle could lead to the end of the universe. Listen: Brian Murphy with the Holcomb Observatory at Butler University says the Higgs field, which is created by the Higgs boson particle, can cause a bubble ...

ZTE and NVIDIA announce world's first Tegra 4 Super Phone
SlashGear
The world is about to get its first Super Phone working with NVIDIA's new Tegra 4 quad-core processor, and the manufacturer of this masterpiece has been announced as ZTE. This will be the first time the Tegra 4 will be available on a smartphone in the world ...

SlashGear

Qualcomm Snapdragon Voice Activation revealed with “always-on” action
SlashGear
This week Qualcomm has upped the ante with a selection of features for their next-generation chipsets for mobile devices. The most recent announcement is for Snapdragon Voice Activation, this technology built in to the Qualcomm Fluence PRO suite of the ...

SlashGear

The McLaren P1 offers over 900hp of hybrid power, emission free driving
Torque News
McLaren has just announced the drivetrain details for their upcoming P1 supercar and the specs are better than many expected – with over 900 horsepower from a hybrid drivetrain that also allows for brief periods of all electric, emission free driving. n/a ...

Torque News


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