29 March 2013

DDoS Spam Feud Backfires - CyberBunker vs Spamhaus

DDoS Spam Feud Backfires
Stophaus.com campaign and anarchic, allegedly pro-spam Dutch hosting provider have apparently been disrupted via ongoing DDoS attacks. ...see also 
http://www.spamhaus.org/rokso/

Apple envisions future iPhone with wrap-around display
CNET
A newly-published Apple patent application describes a future smartphone with a transparent body and a flexible wrap-around display. Lance Whitney. by Lance Whitney. March 28, 2013 6:23 AM PDT Follow @lancewhit. The iPhone of the future?

Boffins probe into moons - and associated rings - 'beyond snow line'
Register
Saturn's rings have been knocking around the galaxy since around the time our Solar System was born, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has shown. Though not in ring form the whole time, obviously. Extreme brightness dichotomy on the surface of Saturn moon ...


Wal-Mart steps up its online game with help from stores | Reuters:Wal-Mart has been testing the shipping of online orders from a small number of its physical stores for about two years. In 2013, the company plans to expand this program from about 25 stores currently to a total of roughly 50 stores. This is an effort to compete with Amazon's successful Prime subscription service, which provides free two-day shipping in the United States for $79 a year. . . .

Fox News
LONDON – It's a foot long, nearly nine inches in diameter, and would once have made a really, really, big omelet. A London auction house is hoping buyers will be scrambling to take a crack at this natural wonder, a massive fossilized egg laid long ago on the ...


Journey, an Indie Video Game, Wins Top Prizes
New York Times (blog)
SAN FRANCISCO — Journey, a downloadable video game made by the independent studio thatgamecompany for the PlayStation 3, took home 6 of the 11 Game Developers Choice Awards, including game of the year, handed out here on Wednesday night ...

Mars could be hit by a comet next year
SlashGear
A few years ago Jupiter was hit by several chunks of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 after the comet broke apart. The massive gravity of Jupiter ripped that comet into pieces and those chunks collided with the planet. Since Jupiter has such a thick atmosphere, ...

SlashGear

New Space Station Crew to Launch and Dock Today in Cosmic First
Space.com
Three men are poised to make history today when they blast off on a rocket ride today (March 28) that will reach the International Space faster than any astronauts to fly there before. NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin ...


China Worries Arise in Sprint Deal
Wall Street Journal
The U.S. government is seeking oversight of network-equipment purchases as a condition for approving Softbank Corp.'s $20 billion acquisition of U.S. phone carrier Sprint Nextel Corp., a move that appears to be aimed at keeping out Chinese suppliers like ...

Three divers arrested for attempting to cut submarine Internet cable
TechSpot
Three scuba divers have been arrested for attempting to cut an underwater Internet cable according to Egyptian military spokesperson Ahmed Mohammed Ali. The suspects were trying to sabotage the line from a fishing boat roughly 820 yards from Alexandria ...

TechSpot

Sea hares' sticky defence uncovered
BBC News
The sea hare, a soft-bodied marine creature, uses a sticky secretion to fool hungry predators, say scientists. The slow-moving animals are known for defending themselves by squirting an off-putting mixture of purple ink and a white substance called opaline.

BBC News

How to use an external keyboard with your iPad
Macworld (blog)
You may be able to ditch your heavy laptop and take along your iPad instead, if you use an external keyboard for long typing sessions. In this video, I show you how to use a keyboard with your iPad and we take a look at some keyboards made especially for ...


Google Glass to roll off Foxconn's US factory line in weeks
ZDNet
Summary: Google Glass Explorer Edition: "Designed by Google in California. Assembled by Foxconn in the US". Liam Tung. By Liam Tung | March 28, 2013 -- 11:39 GMT (04:39 PDT). Follow @liamT. The first run of Google's Glass networked specs will be ...

Plague of locusts in Madagascar
BBC News
A severe plague of locusts has infested about half of Madagascar, threatening crops and raising concerns about food shortages, a UN agency says. The UN's Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said billions of the plant-devouring insects could cause...

BBC News

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) TV will Feature 4K UHDTV: Rumors
US Market Buzz
When the much awaited Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) TV arrives in the market; it is expected to feature a 4K Ultra HDTV panel. Now, according to a new rumor by DigiTimes, the display will feature 3840 X 2160 pixels of resolution. DigiTimes claims that Apple ...


Angry Birds nest at Kennedy Space Center
Orlando Sentinel
The Eggsteroids Slingshot is one of the interactive features at the Angry Birds Space Encounter at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Dewayne Bevil on Attractions Theme Park Ranger. 9:24 a.m. EDT, March 28, 2013. Now it can be said: The Kennedy ...


New York Auto Show: Porsche celebrates 50 years of 911 with a special sports car
ConsumerReports.org
For passenger cars, maximum engine speeds don't get much higher than 9,000 rpm. Yet that was the number that keep ringing in my ears after the press conference where Porsche took the wraps off of the latest-and-greatest 911 to date: The 2013 911 GT3.


Google opens trial for same-day delivery service in San Francisco
The Verge
Confirming rumors that it was to launch its own delivery service to rival Amazon, Google has begun testing its new "Shopping Express" service in the San Francisco Bay Area. Partnering with Target, Walgreens, Staples, American Eagle, and Toys"R"Us, ...

Wisconsin man indicted over Anonymous attack on Kochs
Salon
A Wisconsin man has been arrested in relation to a cyberattack claimed by Anonymous against the Koch Industries website during protests over labor rights in the state's capital in 2011. As Matt Pearce reported for the Los Angeles Times, “Officials said Eric J.

Salon

Two-Headed Bull Shark Confirmed Rarest in the World
TIME
Imagine Jaws through the eyes of director Guillermo del Toro, and maybe you get something like this: a two-headed shark that'd be right at home in something like “Pan's Labyrinth 2: The Ocean Blue.” (MORE: Seven Hang-Ups in the Language of Gay Rights) ...

TIME


Google Maps Starts Including Real-Time Subway Departure Data
Wall Street Journal
When the Metropolitan Transportation Authority released real-time arrival information for seven city subway lines late last year, officials said they hoped that independent developers would rush to use the data and build apps of their own. Almost four months in ...


Gmail App For iPhone And iPad Gets New Update
Macgasm
Yesterday, Google updated the Gmail app for iPhone and iPad, bringing it to version 2.1. There are no major changes in the update, but a few improvements have been made to the app that makes e-mailing easier and more efficient. With the update, you can ...


Study says adults text and drive more than teens
MyFox Tampa Bay
Teens normally get the bad rap for being top offenders when it comes to texting and driving, but a new study done by AT&T might surprise you. Researchers found that adults actually take the title of most likely to text while driving. AT&T surveyed more than ...


Car Makers Try to Tackle Inaccuracies Measuring MPG
Wall Street Journal
Auto makers are road testing new ways to promote their fuel efficiency, in part out of frustration with the imprecision of federal mileage estimates. Ford Motor Co. global marketing chief Jim Farley on Wednesday said the auto maker will pay up to $50,000 in ...


2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive: Up Close
Cars.com News (blog)
The Mercedes-Benz B-Class may look familiar to world travelers, but the all-electric B-Class Electric Drive version is new. The four-door hatchback is not a particularly large car, with overall exterior and interior dimensions similar to Ford's C-Max Hybrid and ...


Federal Appeals Court Ruling on Lawsuit Against EPA is a Partial Loss For ...
Dallas Observer (blog)
The ongoing legal war of many fronts among Dallas-based Luminant, the state of Texas, the EPA and environmentalists is mostly a war of incremental victories.This week, EPA arose victorious. Next month or year? Anybody's guess. Just know that this time, ...


IBM Fires Back at Oracle After Server Attacks
Wall Street Journal
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison minced few words in calling out IBM on Tuesday, proclaiming that his company's new chips and the servers that use them are both much faster and much cheaper than Big Blue's. IBM didn't take the bait that day, but now has a few ...

Dundee researchers find pesticide mix stops bees learning
BBC News
Researchers at the University of Dundee have found that a combination of pesticides commonly used by farmers can interfere with bees' brains. The team discovered links between the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, and another type of pesticide ...

BBC News

Facebook Gets Thumbs-Up To Build Second Menlo Park Campus, Designed By ...
Fast Company
The 433,555-square-foot building will connect to the existing offices by underground tunnel. Cue privacy jokes. About This Series. Our annual guide to the state of innovation in our economy, featuring the businesses whose innovations are having the greatest ...

Fast Company

WWF finds rare 'Sumatran rhino footprint' in Borneo
BBC News
Footprints thought to be from the critically endangered Sumatran rhino have been found in Indonesia, a conservation group says. The team from WWF-Indonesia made the discovery in February while monitoring orangutans in West Kutai, East Kalimantan ...

BBC News

Grand Theft Auto 5 New Screenshots Revealed
Gaming Illustrated
The images show off the setting of Rockstar's upcoming game along with vehicles, weapons and hobbies players will be able to do in GTA 5. Players will be able to explore the highs and lows of Los Santos in GTA 5. Skydiving and scuba diving are featured in ...

Tumblr reaches 100 million blogs landmark
Moneycontrol.com
Slowly and silently, Tumblr has reached the hundred million blog mark this week. The site is home to 44.6 billion posts within these hundred million blogs, the ticker on Tumblr's about page has revealed. The site was founded in 2007 and grew slowly for the ...

Moneycontrol.com

New kind of supernova discovered
Indian Express
Astronomers have discovered 25 examples of a new type of fainter and less energetic supernova. The team of astronomers from Carnegie Institution reported the discovery of a new type of supernova called Type Iax. Previously, supernovae were divided into ...


MakerBot, Ouya Team Up for 3D-Printed Console Cases
PC Magazine
The Ouya game console, set to begin shipping to early backers tomorrow, comes in a sturdy black and white. But gamers looking for something a little punchier can now build their own 3D console case. Ouya today announced a partnership with 3D printer ...


Guacamelee! offers a new flavor of Metroidvania adventure (preview)
San Jose Mercury News (blog)
Being an indie developer, DrinkBox Studios has the freedom to make unusual choices. After finishing Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack, the team got together and tossed out ideas. This horizontal leadership structure brought out some interesting ...

James Cameron Donates Sub to Oceanographic Institution
ABC News
Share. 0. A year after his record-setting deep-sea dive, filmmaker James Cameron is donating his single-person, deep-sea submersible -- the Deepsea Challenger -- to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). On March 26, 2012, Cameron completed a ...

ABC News

Google+ Adds Support for Animated GIF Profile Photos
PC Magazine
Members of Google's social network can now use animated GIFs as their profile photos. Google software engineer Matt Steiner announced the update on his profile page Wednesday, noting that GIFs will animate on desktop and mobile devices, just "like ...

Shuffling Through Seven Sexes
Scientist (blog)
Researchers show that random rearrangement of DNA determines which of seven possible mating types the offspring of a single-celled microbe will be. When ...

Scientist (blog)

Too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? Turn it into fuel!
Yahoo! News Canada (blog)
Extremophiles that normally live near hydrothermal vents can produce fuel from carbon dioxideA lot of effort is being put into carbon sequestration these days — removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it away where it won't contribute to ...

Yahoo! News Canada (blog)

Silicon Valley city offers free Wi-Fi via smart meters
CNET
Santa Clara is the first U.S. city to take high-tech advantage of the conversion from electric meters to smart meters to give free outdoor Wi-Fi to all of its residents. Leave it to a city in ...

Who, What, Why: What is 'ungoogleable'?
BBC News
The word "ungoogleable" has been removed from a list of new Swedish words after a trademark spat. But it raises the question of what can and can't be found with a search engine. Today Google appears to be the font of all data. The idea that something can't...

BBC News

Why we shouldn't fear Google Keep
USA TODAY (blog)
It should have been a celebration. Last week, Google unveiled its latest entry in its perpetually fickle app suite: a note-taking service called Google Keep. A simple, yet attractive app with a Holo theme, Keep instantly syncs between its Web and mobile versions ...

Microsoft calling next-gen Office 'Gemini,' may debut Windows-8-style Word ...
VentureBeat
While “Blue,” the code-name for the next release for Windows and several other Microsoft products, has been getting a lot of play lately, the new generation of Office has been labeled as “Gemini.” ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley writes today that Gemini encapsulates ...

VentureBeat

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain revealed at GDC, video shows Snake ...
Neoseeker
Surprise twist, Metal Gear Solid V has been confirmed as both the previous rumored Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes. At the Konami GDC conference this morning, Kojima officially unveils Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain with an... interesting ...

Neoseeker


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