28 February 2013

Chromebook Pixel vs Samsung Series 5 550

Chromebook wars: Pixel vs. Samsung Series 5 550
ZDNet
Summary: Is the new Chromebook Pixel better than the previously best-equipped Chromebook, the Samsung Series 5 550? Of course, but is it $850 better? Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols. By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for Linux and Open Source | February 27, ...

Google Privacy Case in Spain Has Global Implications for Online Content
eWeek
Spanish officials say Google should delete information when it hurts a person's privacy. Google argues it need not police the content it serves up. Should Google have to delete information from its search results when that information is damaging to ...

eWeek

Leap Motion controllers to ship May 13, cost $80
CNET
The innovative gesture-control system -- which includes software and hardware -- will cost $80. The company will also launch Airspace, its app store on May 13. Daniel Terdiman. by Daniel Terdiman. February 27, 2013 5:00 AM PST Follow @GreeterDan ...

TED 2013: Four TED Fellow videos that will blow your mind
Los Angeles Times
Back in 2007, TED added a new program called TED Fellows. The program funds the work of a wide range of young innovators doing cutting-edge work in their field. The current crop has 21 fellows, who have been presenting their work in a series of talks ...

If at first you don't succeed: hands-on with Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0
Ars Technica
Samsung's Galaxy Note smartphones don't sell quite as well as the flagship Galaxy S lineup does, but the stylus-driven phones have still been a major success story for the company. It makes sense, then, that Samsung would follow the Note phones up with a...

Ars Technica

Former Apple Ad Guru Thinks Samsung Is Gaining in Marketing War
Mashable
The man who coined the name "iMac" and created Apple's "Think Different" ad campaign believes Samsung is gaining momentum in the ad war against Apple. "While you can still argue that Macs and i-devices have a ton of appeal, you can't argue that Apple ...

Pro-Assad hackers break into AFP Photo wire Twitter feed
Register
The Twitter feed of news agency AFP's photo department was hacked yesterday, apparently by supporters of embattled Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad. The agency's main Twitter account tweeted that any documents or images posted to the photo-dept feed ...

Caterpillar B15 rugged smartphone hands-on: surprisingly well balanced
SlashGear
If you've ever used a “rugged” smartphone or tablet before, you'll be surprised to hear that the newest of these rare unicorns is not slow and stunted like those of the past have been – instead the CAT B15 is a rather well balanced device. We've had a peek at...

SlashGear

A guide to all the Nokia Lumia Windows Phones (pictures)
CNET
The Lumia 920 is Nokia's current flagship phone -- the highest-specced, most expensive mobile it makes. It has a 4.5-inch, 1280x768-pixel screen, 4G LTE and an 8.7-megapixel camera with Nokia's PureView tech. Like all Lumias, it runs Microsoft's friendly, ...

TED 2013: Uchek app tests urine for medical issues
BBC News
A smartphone app that uses a phone's camera to analyse urine and check for a range of medical conditions has been shown off at the TED (Technology, Education and Design) conference in Los Angeles. Uchek tests for 25 different health issues and could ...

Instagram hits 100 million active users
Inquirer
HIPSTER PHOTO SHARING APP Instagram has hit 100 million monthly active users, distributing yet more inane pictures of people's cats, lunches and cringe-worthy self portraits. In a blog post by the firm's co-founder on Wednesday, Kevin Systrom ...

Google could launch a music streaming service
Inquirer
INTERNET GIANT Google could add a Spotify-like music streaming service to its roster of online services later this year. That's the word from two sources with their ears close to the ground who know what happens when things work on the internet and other ...

20 Questions with the Space Station
Scientific American (blog)
I've been a freelancer for over 20 years. It's not quite accurate to say there aren't benefits. There are; they just don't include health care and employer-matched IRAs. The benefits are such things as not having to use an alarm clock or wear pants everyday, ...

Scientific American (blog)

Windows Store versus the world: How do Microsoft's offerings really stack up?
PCWorld
Whenever talk turns to the comparatively low number of apps available in the Windows Store, commenters invariably take the article to task. "Quantity isn't as important as quality!" they type, frequently tossing in an ALL CAPS EXPLETIVE or three. "Who wants ...

Tesla CEO vows to pay off DOE loan early
Huffington Post
WASHINGTON — The chief executive of electric car maker Tesla Motors says his company plans to pay back an Energy Department loan in half the time required by the government. CEO Elon Musk said Tesla plans to pay off the $465 million federal loan in ...

Iceland plans to ban print and online pornography
BBC News
Iceland's government is drafting plans to ban print and online pornography in an attempt to protect children from violent sexual imagery. Lawmakers say they will define pornography only as material with violent or degrading content. Opponents to the plans ...

Apple offers settlement in deceptive free-to-play games lawsuit
Gamasutra
A lawsuit filed two years ago against Apple by disgruntled parents who found that their children had accidentally bought in-app purchases in kids' games may finally come to an end later this week -- thanks to a large settlement on Apple's part. Angry parents ...

Gamasutra

Google packs fun new features into Nexus 4 smartphone - but limitations include ...
The Evening Sun
There's an argument to be made that you have to go the originator of a technology to see its full potential. With Android smartphones, that originator is Google. And their latest phone offering (in cooperation with LG) is the Nexus 4, Google's new flagship phone ...

LG Optimus F7 and F5 hands-on: high-end experience in a budget line
SlashGear
This week LG has revealed a new F-Series smartphone line with a software experience similar to the LG Optimus G and G Pro, but coming in with lesser specifications and, in the end, a lower market price. Both of these devices will be bringing 4G LTE ...

SlashGear

Orange Throws Its Weight Behind Tizen OS, With Phones Launching In France ...
TechCrunch
All the mobile OS underdogs are coming out to play at this year's Mobile World Congress — from Firefox OS, to Ubuntu and Jolla's Sailfish — rushing in to fill the void left by Google's lack of any Android marketing mania. Now it's Tizen's turn. At an event in ...

Pentagon Will Open Networks to Apple, Google Devices in 2014
Bloomberg
The U.S. Defense Department said today it will begin opening its communications networks by next February to mobile phones and tablet computers from Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Google Inc. (GOOG). The move may pose a threat to BlackBerry (BBRY)'s ...

Stretchy battery drawn to three times its size
BBC News
Researchers have demonstrated a flat, "stretchy" battery that can be pulled to three times its size without a loss in performance. While flexible and stretchable electronics have been on the rise, powering them with equally stretchy energy sources has been ...

BBC News

Mandiant's Richard Bejtlich on China, IP and the new cyber war
Computerworld (blog)
Six months before Mandiant Corp. released its report on Chinese cyber espionage I had a long conversation with Richard Bejtlich, Mandiant Corp.'s chief security officer, on this very topic. Much has been written in the last week about Mandiant's analysis and ...

The going rate for Google Glass on eBay is $15225
Quartz
Someone on in Cleveland, Ohio claims they have a Google Glass headset, and they're auctioning it off on eBay. Glass is Google's forthcoming gadget that puts the internet into a tiny eyepiece that sits in front of a person's right eye, so they need never be ...

Quartz

NASA Mars rover prepares to analyze 1st rock drill
Las Vegas Sun
Fresh off drilling into a rock for the first time, the Mars rover Curiosity is prepping for the next step _ dissecting the pulverized rock to determine what it's made of. NASA said Wednesday it received confirmation that Curiosity successfully collected a tablespoon ...

Gates, Zuck and crew entice kids into programming through a short film
Engadget
Kids in many parts of the world are growing up surrounded with technology, some from a very tender age. Many schools aren't teaching much if any programming, though, which has led Code.org to make a short film spurring young techies into action.

Splitsecnd dials 911 when your car crashes (video)
Engadget
Wouldn't it be great if you could get OnStar in your beat-up old jalopy? Vowel-dropping startup Splitsecnd has launched a dongle that plugs into your car's cigarette lighter and calls 911 if it senses you've crashed. When triggered, the hardware uploads your ...

Google+ Sign In Now Available For Third Party Applications
Search Engine Roundtable
Google+ Sign In Google announced that third party developers can now enable users to sign in using their Google+ account to their own applications. Twitter, Facebook, and many others have this and Google+ just added it yesterday. Google is saying theirs ...

Search Engine Roundtable

International Polar Bear Day: Charity spotlight
Mother Nature Network (blog)
In celebration of International Polar Bear Day, consider a donation to one of these charities. Wed, Feb 27 2013 at 8:00 AM. Related Topics: Arctic, Charity, Green Business, Holiday. Photo: Patrick Kelley, U.S. Coast Guard/Flickr. Happy International Polar Bear ...

Mother Nature Network (blog)

New Samsung Wallet App Stores Tickets, Boarding Passes, Coupons
LAPTOP Magazine (blog)
Samsung has announced a new app, called Samsung Wallet, at its keynote presentation during Samsung Developer's Day event at Mobile World Congress. The app is a place to store all your event tickets, boarding passes, coupons and membership cards in ...

Government, researchers, activists slam Japanese minister for defending ...
The Australian
THE Australian government, researchers and conservationists have slammed Japan's fisheries minister for defending whaling on cultural and culinary - but not scientific - grounds. Environment Minister Tony Burke said Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi had "pretty ...

Lexus Named Top Car Brand in Consumer Reports Rankings
Businessweek
Japanese car brands, led by Toyota Motor Corp. (7203)'s Lexus, took the top seven spots in Consumer Reports magazine's annual quality rankings, as the top U.S. brand placed 14th out of 26 in the ratings. Lexus received the most points based on the scores ...

Samsung Galaxy S III, Nokia Asha 305 and Google Nexus 7 all win GSMA awards
Unwired View
Like every year, the GSM Association announces Global Mobile Awards during MWC. This year, the big winner is Samsung, which won no less than five awards. First of all, Samsung was declared the Device Manufacturer of the Year Award, being hailed as ...

Symantec discovers 2005 US computer virus attack on Iran nuclear plants
The Guardian
Researchers at the security company Symantec have discovered an early version of the "Stuxnet" computer virus that was used to attack nuclear reprocessing plants in Iran, in what they say is a "missing link" dating back to 2005. The discovery means that the ...

Scientists reconstruct Russia meteor trajectory (+video)
Christian Science Monitor
A duo of Colombian scientists say they have reconstructed the orbit of the meteor that exploded earlier this month over Chelyabinsk, Russia. Skip to next paragraph. In Pictures: Space Photos of the Day: Asteroids. Related stories ...

Christian Science Monitor

N. Korea on Instagram: Tourists free to snap and instantly upload shots (PHOTOS)
RT
The first Instagram pictures geotagged to 'North Korea' have surfaced online – Pyongyang has begun to allow tourists access to mobile data, making the 3G network service accessible to a very limited audience in the country. As soon as mobile data access ...

RT

Mozilla might soon block advertising cookies in Firefox
GMA News
Advertising networks may have a harder time snooping on Web surfers using the Firefox browser, as Mozilla may soon block third-party advertising cookies. This new policy was described by an ad exec as the equivalent of a "nuclear first strike," according to ...

Clearwire Agrees to Accept Financing From Sprint, WSJ Reports
Businessweek
Clearwire Corp. (CLWR), the object of a takeover contest, is planning to accept financing from Sprint Nextel Corp. (S), a decision that may hinder a rival bid from Dish Network Corp. (DISH), the Wall Street Journal reported. While the move would increase ...

Efforts of Restoration of Corals are Done to Safeguard the Ecological Balance
TopNews Arab Emirates
coral-species Jamaica's north coast is facing an ecological crisis because of declining number of coral species and coral growth. The warm waters of the ocean have faded the coral out which led to the ecological decline where only snails and worms swim ...

TopNews Arab Emirates

Bloody Lamprey Goes Viral in Few Weeks
TopNews Arab Emirates
Bloody-Lamprey A bloody lamprey went viral after someone with the username jlitch posted a photo on Reddit, claiming caught by his friend. Photographs have not been authenticated. However, the user had posted extra photos as a proof that the fish is ...

TopNews Arab Emirates

PlayStation 4: how developers helped build the console of the future
The Guardian (blog)
The Cell processor must have seemed like a good idea at the time. A complex, proprietary setup, with a central PowerPC core and eight independent co-processors, it was powerful and multifaceted, but difficult for under-pressure studios to get to grips with.

The Guardian (blog)

Full Moon 2013 - Full moon calendar and schedule including February "Snow ...
Run Services
Full moon names date back to Native American tribes of a few hundred years ago who lived in what is now the northern and eastern United States. Those tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon. Their names ...

US internet 'six strikes' anti-piracy campaign begins
BBC News
Five of the country's leading internet service providers (ISPs) are taking part in the Copyright Alert System (CAS), which they say is designed to educate rather than punish users. Suspected persistent copyright infringers will receive six warnings, after which ...

Now, 'Jedi wristband' lets you control computer and fly drone
Indian Express
Researchers have developed a Star Wars inspired 'Jedi wristband' which can wirelessly control anything from computers and video games to military drones with a flick of the wrist. The Myo device, worn around the forearm, detects the electrical activity ...

Scientists Find Supercontinent Hidden under Sandy Beaches
TopNews United States
A report uncovered recently that the sandy beaches of Reunion and Mauritius might be holding some secrets. Though many tourists come to visit the sunny isles, it is being said that they could never have imagined that something might be hidden behind ...

TopNews United States

Nobel Prize Medal for DNA Discovery For Sale: Crick's Family Auctions History
Science World Report
(Photo : AFP) The Nobel Prize medal honoring the discovery of the structure of DNA is up for auction. This image shows Francis Crick, Nobel Prize winner for figuring out the double-helix structure of DNA. Ever wanted a Nobel Prize medal? Now is your ...

Science World Report

Two of Pluto's moons voted to be named Vulcan and Cerberus
Geek
Set phasers to awesome. The polls have closed and the votes have been counted. After weeks of online balloting to help pick names for Pluto's two smallest moons, the winners are Cerberus and Vulcan. The latter was helped along by none other than ...

Geek


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