06 March 2013

China smartphone market too Google?

Google Controls Too Much of China's Smartphone Sector: Ministry
Google has too much control over China's smartphone industry via its Android mobile operating system and has discriminated against some local firms, the technology ministry said in a white paper. The white paper, authored by the research arm of China's ...


Tesla Libel Suit Over BBC's 'Top Gear' Dismissed by U.K. Court
A U.K. appeals court dismissed a libel lawsuit from Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA), the maker of electric vehicles led by billionaire Elon Musk, against the British Broadcasting Corp. show “Top Gear.” The court rejected the Palo Alto, California-based company's ...

Microsoft forges ahead with its anti-Google Scroogle campaign
Reports that the software giant's persistent assault on Google is winding down aren't correct. "Scroogled will go on as long as Google keeps Scroogling people," Microsoft says. Dara Kerr. by Dara Kerr. March 4, 2013 5:37 PM PST Follow @darakerr ...

Europe Expected to Levy Big Fine Against Microsoft
New York Times
BRUSSELS — European antitrust officials are expected to impose a large fine on Microsoft on Wednesday for failing to give users of the company's Windows software the choice of competing Internet browsers. Bits ...

White House Backs Phone 'Unlocking'
Wall Street Journal
WASHINGTON—Americans should be able to take their used cellphones and tablets freely from one wireless carrier to another if they aren't under contract, the White House said Monday, offering the latest victory to Internet activists seeking to shape U.S. ...

Wall Street Journal

New golf tracking system helps elevate your game
A new smart golf program, Game Golf, pairs sensors with software to help players get more out of their game. gamegolf0304. Game Golf takes data gathered during your golf rounds and puts it into an easy-to-use software program for tracking your progress.

Verizon hints at LTE-only phones in 2014 to lower subsidies
Carrier's chief financial officer says removing handets' CDMA chips would result in lower costs and subsidies. Steven Musil. by Steven Musil. March 4, 2013 10:15 PM PST Follow @stevenmusil. (Credit: Jessica Dolcourt/CNET). Verizon Wireless' shift to voice ...

German government approves BlackBerry Z10 purchase
Summary: Germany's information security office has approved a deal that will see the government buy 5,000 BlackBerry Z10 devices in the coming weeks for employee use. Zack Whittaker. By Zack Whittaker for Between the Lines | March 5, 2013 -- 13:43 ...


Apple considered 'Mobi,' 'TriPod' before calling smartphone iPhone
Ken Segall, Apple's former advertising director, said that the company also considered calling the iPhone an iPad and the TelePod before deciding on the iPhone. Don Reisinger. by Don Reisinger. March 5, 2013 5:33 AM PST. Hello, Mobi, er, iPhone.

Seagate ships 3rd-gen hybrid drive, now called SSHD
Seagate announces the availability of its latest hybrid drive, the SSHD for laptop and desktop. Dong Ngo. by Dong Ngo. March 5, 2013 12:00 AM PST Follow @riceandstirfry. Seagate's SSHDs showcased at CES 2013. (Credit: Dong Ngo). Remember the ...

LaFerrari: The New Supercar From Maranello
New York Times (blog)
GENEVA — Ferrari finally took the wraps off its secrecy-shrouded new supercar, to be called LaFerrari, on Tuesday at the 83rd International Motor Show here. The temptation to call it Ferrari's LaFerrari must be stifled, the company says; its correct name is ...

New York Times (blog)

Opel seeks profit at current sales volumes - CEO
GENEVA, March 5 | Tue Mar 5, 2013 6:17am EST. GENEVA, March 5 (Reuters) - General Motors' Opel unit aims to return to profitability on the basis of its current sales volumes, Opel's new chief executive Karl-Thomas Neumann told reporters at the Geneva ...

iPhone 5S rumored to launch in August, new iPads in April
The next iPhone could arrive by the end of the summer, but the next-generation iPads may debut as soon as next month, claims iMore. Lance Whitney. by Lance Whitney. March 5, 2013 4:55 AM PST Follow @lancewhit. (Credit: Apple). The iPhone and iPad ...

Ford Rolling Out Car-Sharing Program in Germany
PC Magazine
Ford today announced the launch of Ford2Go, the first manufacturer-backed, car-sharing program to incorporate dealerships. At this point, Ford2Go will be limited to Germany. The new program utilizes participating Ford dealers across the European country to ...

Rolls-Royce Wraith: Something Slightly Wicked This Way Comes
New York Times (blog)
GENEVA — The Wraith, revealed here at the 83rd International Motor Show on Tuesday, is billed as the fastest and most powerful Rolls-Royce ever. That's an interesting new marketing strategy for the hallowed marque, which has heretofore not been pitched ...

New York Times (blog)

Water vortex ties itself in a knot
TG Daily
Tying a smoke ring in a knot sounds impossible - but University of Chicago physicists have done something similar by creating a vortex knot for the first time, in a container of fluid. Vortex knots should, in principle, be persistent, stable phenomena.

TG Daily

Porsche unveils fifth-generation 2014 911 GT3
Porsche has officially debuted the fifth generation of its 911 GT3 sports star. The car is a completely redeveloped and is considered to be in the top position among Porsche sports cars with naturally aspirated engines. Porsche brags that the new GT3 was able...


Is the Pirate Bay really moving to North Korea?
Washington Post (blog)
The first computer server of the PirateBay at the Tekniska Museet in Stockholm, Sweden. (AP Photo/Jessica Gow). The Pirate Bay, the embattled file-sharing site that has been blocked or sued in at least a dozen countries, said in a press release Monday ...

Google puts its data-crunching powers to use mapping white spaces spectrum
Google will map street grids, satellite views and even traffic conditions. Now it's mapping the availability of white spaces, the unused portion of the TV broadcast airwaves that one day could be used for broadband services. Business man with map lost field ...


VW unveils 'world's most efficient car'
Volkswagen says the XL1 will get 261 miles per gallon but actual mileage for owners of the new diesel-powered plug-in hybrid will depend on how far they drive the car. NEW YORK (CNNMoney) ...

Linkpost | 3.5.2013
Houston Chronicle (blog)
Upgrade your geek with Dwight Silverman. Linkpost | 3.5.2013. Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Comment. Comments. |. Email. E-mail. |. Print. • Samsung's New Smartphone Will Track Eyes to Scroll Pages – When your eyes hit the bottom of a page on the upcoming ...

Users unhappy with no Apple response to NVIDIA GeForce GT 130 kernel panic ...
There's nothing more frustrating to a computer user than to have a software-related problem exist for more than a year without it getting fixed by the manufacturer. In this case the users are owners of early 2009 iMacs using the NVIDIA GeForce GT 130 video ...

Venus, Saturn Captured In Single Stunning Image By NASA's Cassini Spacecraft ...
Huffington Post
Venus appears as a bright dot shining through Saturn's rings in this image, taken on Nov. 10, 2012, by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Cassini was about 498,000 miles from the ringed planet at the time. By: Mike Wall Published: 03/04/2013 02:55 PM EST on ...

Earth's Mysterious New Radiation Belt
Not all that far above your head is a particle accelerator that would put the Large Hadron Collider to shame. There, charged particles, some carried in by the solar wind, some created by cosmic rays, whiz along in a complicated dance, trapped by Earth's...


Google shopping adverts fuel ivory trade, conservation group warns
The Guardian
Google is helping to fuel a dramatic surge in ivory demand in Asia that is killing African elephants at record levels, a conservation group claimed on Tuesday. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) said there are some 10,000 ads on Google Japan's ...

Sailing over the North Pole possible by 2050 due to melting polar ice, says study
Science Recorder
This development is concerning in terms of safety, both for the environment and the ships sailing over the North Pole. Sailing over the North Pole possible by 2050 due to melting polar ice, says study. Photo credit: Image courtesy of PNAS, DOI 10.1073/pnas.

Science Recorder

Overnight Recap: RIP TweetDeck Apps, White House Response, IDC on 2013
TweetDeck for iPhone Oh, Twitter… why do you hate third-party apps so? While we've never been huge fans of TweetDeck, the popular app was absorbed by the microblogging service and is now being laid to rest (at least in any kind of app form) as Twitter ...

Hindenburg Mystery Solved after 76 Years, Static Charge Responsible for Accident
Nature World News
(Photo : Nationaal Archief/Spaarnestad Photo/ Wikimedia creative commons) Zeppelin the Hindenburg on fire at the mooring mast of Lakehurst (United States of America) 6 May 1937. Ballast water is thrown down. Exit airships. It's been 76 years since the ...

Nature World News

Ancient crocs swam to North America
TG Daily
Relatives of the alligator made it to North America ten million years earlier than mammals, swimming there more than 19 million years ago. The uplift of the Isthmus of Panama 2.6 million years ago is known to have formed a land-bridge that's long been ...

TG Daily

A key ingredient in the mission to Mars? Poop. Yep, that stuff will save your life
Digital Trends
It's not uncommon to hear space travel – especially the kind of privatized, non-government-funded space travel prescribed by the Inspiration Mars mission announced earlier this week – being described as “flying by the seat of your pants.” But what about...

Digital Trends

Chromebook Pixel: can everything be done with a browser?
If I had to bet, I'd say the last application you used on your computer was your internet browser of choice. When people are asked what they typically do on their computer, the response usually includes browse the web, email and play games, and for most ...

Galaxy S IV Rumors: Bigger, Better, Eye-Based Scrolling
Fast Company
The biggest names in technology are getting ready to reveal their newest products and services. Do you know what's coming next? Find out fast. Read More. ADVERTISEMENT. We know Samsung is set to reveal its Galaxy S4 smartphone on March 14th, and ...

Fast Company

Google services should not require real names: Vint Cerf
San Francisco: In the face of increasing government-led crackdowns on social media, Google Inc should not force Internet users to reveal their real names for some services, including its Google+ social network, said Vint Cerf, a senior Google executive ...

Samsung Galaxy S II Plus makes a random appearance at CeBIT 2013, we go ...
As ubiquitous as Samsung's Galaxy S II is, we imagined that its influence would wane in the face of the S III and whatever we see in a week's time. The Korean behemoth has other ideas, once again refreshing the former flagship to ensure it'll remain on store ...

Evernote Breach: 7 Security Lessons
Both cloud service providers and users should heed the security takeaways from Evernote's breach and response. 2 Comments. Tweet; Mail Mail; Print Print · Mathew J. Schwartz | March 04, 2013 11:40 AM. Anonymous: 10 Things We Have Learned In 2013 ...

Tomb Raider (Xbox 360)
PC Magazine
Impressive graphics and game world. A far more human Lara Croft. Incredibly cinematic action sequences. Quality voice acting. Cons Forgettable secondary characters. Occasionally weak dialogue. Upgrade menu may prove confusing to some. Bottom Line ...

Analyst reiterates 'July' arrival of iPhone 5S, low-cost iPhone
KGI Securities released another note that spells out features of the upcoming iPhone 5S and a low-cost iPhone 5. Brooke Crothers. by Brooke Crothers. March 4, 2013 9:44 PM PST Follow @mbrookec. (Credit: Apple). Fresh data from KGI Securities reiterates ...

Geneva International Motor Show
Washington Post
The glitzy annual auto show kicks off March 7 in the Swiss city and runs through March 17. But the dire state of Europe's auto industry is likely to cast a shadow on the event, in its 83rd year. A man polishes a Bugatti Veyron automobile, produced by ...

Smartphones to outsell feature phones in 2013 for first time
Market researcher IDC says the day when smartphone sales will outpace those of feature phones globally is upon us, thanks to lower-cost devices and more 4G wireless networks. Marguerite Reardon. by Marguerite Reardon. March 4, 2013 7:44 AM PST ...

Shark tracker: OCEARCH researchers track Lydia, a 2000 pound great white ...
Researchers reeled in a 2,000 pound great white shark off the coast of Florida yesterday -- and you can track her. Photographer: WCIV. Regular Photo Size. advertisement. alt. Posted: 03/04/2013. Last Updated: 9 hours and 42 minutes ago. By: WCIV ...


Volkswagen Golf wins Car of the Year; new models announced in Geneva
Los Angeles Times
The 2013 Geneva Motor Show is set to start Tuesday, but Volkswagen is already having a good week. The VW Golf was named European Car of the Year on Monday, gathering more than twice the votes than the second-place Subaru BRZ. Volvo's V40 was ...

Facebook founders are world's youngest billionaires
Fox News
Oh, to be young and filthy, stinking rich. Forbes released its annual list of the world's billionaires on Monday -- there are 1,426 of them on the planet -- and noted that there are just 23 under 40. And Facebook's founders are the youngest on the list.

Apple iWatch: Coming soon, runs iOS, to earn mucho mazuma
Reminiscent of the hypegasm that preceded the releases of the iPhone in 2007 and iPad in 2010, rumors of Apple's impending "iWatch" are flooding the intertubes, with the latest being that it will be released this year, will run iOS, and will rake in gobs and ...

Don't make me ROFL! Teens are losing interest in Facebook
Digital Trends
bratty teenagers Hidden away in Facebook's 10-k report, as first noticed by The Verge, is the fact that its younger users – A.K.A teens – just aren't using Facebook as often as they used to. Here's the specific nugget that Facebook tried to somewhat keep under ...

Digital Trends

Marchionne Confirms Fiat's 2013 Targets at Geneva Motor Show
Today, March 5th, Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, present at the Geneva Motor Show, confirmed the Italian automaker's 2013 profit targets. “I don't see any glimmer of hope [for a European market recovery] this year,” Marchionne told journalists at ...

Spyker to Unveil B6 Concept in Geneva
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Dutch car maker Spyker NV said it will reveal its new concept vehicle called the B6 tomorrow during the Geneva International Motor Show. The company said the planned unveiling reflects a “global resurgence” for the brand. The new model, if it goes into ...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Cast your gaze skyward! Comet Pan-STARRS visible next week
LOCAL2 Sault Ste. Marie
From near-misses of asteroids to meteor strikes in Russia, and now comet fly-bys, 2013 seems to be shaping up to be a year of astronomical events! In what will be the nearest fly-by of a comet in years, the Pan-STARRS comet has been capturing the attention ...

LOCAL2 Sault Ste. Marie

Mars Curiosity rover goes into 'safe mode' after memory freeze
The Guardian
Nasa has said the Mars Curiosity rover is returning to normal after a glitch not unfamiliar to computer users on Earth: it inexplicably froze and switched itself into "safe mode". The space agency said on Monday that the car-size rover had eventually left safe ...

The Guardian

Large-Scale Shark Deaths Concern Researchers
TopNews United States
As per a new study, annual shark deaths are estimated at 100 million, which further suggests that aggressive overfishing is threatening some shark species to extinction. Lead researcher Boris Worm, a professor of biology at Canada's Dalhousie University,...

TopNews United States

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