30 March 2013

Facebook Phone Rumors Return Ahead of April 4 Android Event

'Facebook Phone' Rumors Return Ahead of April 4 Android Event
PC Magazine
Facebook on Thursday sent out invites for an April 4 event that encouraged members of the press to "come see our new home on Android." The announcement naturally stirred up rumors about the elusive "Facebook Phone." According to TechCrunch, the ...

Small termites create huge 'fairy circles' in the Namib Desert
Los Angeles Times
Humans could learn a thing or two from lowly sand termites about managing the Earth's natural resources. A study published in Friday's edition of the journal Science gives these small creatures credit for creating mysterious “fairy circles” in the Namib Desert ...

How to Load Games on the Razer Edge
PC Magazine
The Razer Edge Pro is a full-blown Windows 8 PC tablet so you'll probably want to load games you already own on to the system. There are many ways to get games for the tablet, ranging from the dead simple to methods that seem to be a few short steps ...

Which of These Apple Patents Will Ever See the Light of Day?
The iPhone of tomorrow will be shaped like an ovoid, and it will have a wraparound screen and 3-D gesture recognition so you never again mar its stunning display with your grimy fingerprints. It also will work seamlessly with smartpens, heads-up displays...


Here's the 'Very Anonymous' Building Facebook Demanded From a Starchitect
Gehry's Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle, Washington. View all ...


Rare TV appearance for Turin Shroud, Christianity's famous relic
(CNN) -- What may be the most famous religious relic of them all, the Turin Shroud, will make a rare appearance on Easter Saturday -- on Italians' TV screens. One of Benedict XVI's last acts as pope, according to Vatican Radio, was to authorize the broadcast ...

Refreshed 2014 Scion tC unveiled
Scion has officially unveiled its new refreshed 2014 tC at the New York international Auto Show. The refreshing of the tC is a big deal for Scion because the vehicle is its most popular model. According to Scion, 40% of all Scions ever sold are tC models.


According to overly obvious study, we are addicted to the Facebook mobile app
Digital Trends
Enhancing the Facebook experience across all mobile device types has become a major focus for a while now, and despite the platform's past lackluster efforts to try and create an engaging mobile experience, a detailed study reveals that a lot of users check ...

Digital Trends

Google Shopping Express goes public in limited areas
Earlier this month we talked about Google testing a new same-day shipping service for different types of goods to compete with Amazon Prime. At the time, we didn't know when the service would launch outside of the internal testing that was being conducted...


Egyptian divers arrested for cutting underwater Internet cables, that's not how ...
Digital Trends
Language barriers exist across the globe, and it seems three Egyptian criminals have given a whole new meaning to the term Internet “phishing.” Three divers were arrested Wednesday after coastguards found the men attempting to cut underwater Internet ...

Digital Trends

New Windows 8 specs could open door for 7-inch tablets
The Windows 8 display specifications now allow for a minimum resolution of 1,024x768, a change from the previous 1,366x768. Lance Whitney. by Lance Whitney. March 29, 2013 5:44 AM PDT Follow @lancewhit. (Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET). Microsoft's move ...

Subaru's first hybrid, based on the XV Crosstrek, gives greenies a warm, fuzzy ...
Digital Trends
The company known for making cars that hippies love to buy debuted its first hybrid, based on the XV Crosstrek, at the 2013 New York Auto Show on Thursday. It was painted a bright shade of green. If it wasn't green, you'd be hard pressed to tell that the 2014 ...

Digital Trends

Expedition 35 crew successfully docks to the International Space Station
Just a week or so after Expedition 34 left the International Space Station, a new set of crew members have joined the three already on board. Expedition 35 successfully docked to the International Space Station last night at 10:28 pm ET carrying one American ...


Robot Ants Mimic a Real Colony
Discovery News
To find food, ants follow scent trails, which communicate information via a chemical signal. But it's an open question how ants find the most efficient routes in the first place, in order to lay down that trail. A swarm of robot ants might have the answer. A team of ...

Google Glass Will Be Made in the USA by Foxconn
Google co-founder Sergey Brin wears Google Glass before the Diane von Furstenberg spring/summer 2013 collection show during New York Fashion Week on Sept. 9, 2012. Email · Print; Share. Facebook · Twitter · Tumblr · LinkedIn · StumbleUpon · Reddit ...


My PAX East 2013 Tabletop Game Highlight Reel
Wired (blog)
I have been to a lot of very large conventions in the gaming industry and I'd compare PAX East to the GenCon of the video game market. Although to a tabletop geek like myself, the board gaming, miniature gaming, and role-playing was well represented.

Saturn's Rings and Moons are Solar System Antiques
The dazzling rings of Saturn and its moons are likely more than 4 billion years old — the cosmic remnants of the solar system's birth, scientists say. The finding comes after a new study of observations from NASA's Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn, which ...

Americans Want Preparedness For Extreme Weather And Rising Seas, Stanford ...
Nature World News
(Photo : Reuters) Hurricane Sandy battered the U.S. east coast in October 2012, causing $70 billion in damage and more than 100 deaths. An overwhelming majority of Americas want to make preparations in order to minimize the damage that's likely to be...

Nature World News

Scientists use bacteria to convert carbon dioxide into industrial products
Science Recorder
To combat the effects of global warming, scientists are using genetic engineering techniques to transform dangerous carbon dioxide into useful chemicals that can be utilized to manufacture industrial products. Led by Dr. Michael W. Adams of the University of ...

Science Recorder

Nimble Quest Would Make One Hell of a Final Fantasy Game
Back in January, Square Enix released Final Fantasy: All the Bravest, a game about getting as many Final Fantasy character sprites on the screen at one time while finding creative new ways for players to pay for things. It wasn't a very good game.

Robotic jellyfish could conduct underwater surveillance for the Navy
Science Recorder
Regardless of the power source, the jellyfish have to operate on their own for months at a time in the ocean. Robotic jellyfish could conduct underwater surveillance for the Navy. Photo credit: Amanda Loman, Virginia Tech. Science Recorder | James Fluere ...

Science Recorder

Apple's iPhone 5 Could Be Out in Q2 2013 with iOS 7 Onboard
Eagle's Rant
A respected financial analyst expects that the unofficially named iPhone 5S would be out in the market by the second quarter of 2013. According to Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, the iPhone 5S may replace the iPhone 5 as Apple's flagship handset as early as ...

Eagle's Rant

Couple Arrested for Smuggling 13 Percent of a Tortoise Species
Nature World News
Recently, Thailand authorities arrested a couple who was trying to smuggle 54 ploughshare tortoises and 21 radiated tortoises. However, it isn't the total number of tortoises that were snuggled that's making news. It is the fact that the 54 ploughshare tortoises ...

Nature World News

Sprint, Softbank agree to ditch Huawei over spy concerns
Sprint (S) and Japanese carrier Softbank (SFTBY) have confirmed to U.S. lawmakers they won't use equipment from Huawei following their upcoming merger, Bloomberg reported. Softbank announced plans last October to pay more than $20 billion to acquire ...

Ouya and MakerBot team up to let you 3D print Ouya cases
The launch of the Ouya console has been confirmed as June 4, with the only way to get one earlier than that being dependent on whether you backed the original Kickstarter or not. At $99, it is a tempting proposition for gamers who want to indulge in some ...


Real-time bus, subway times come to Google Maps
The new real-time departures of the New York subway, as shown in a Web browser. Riders of public transportation in New York and Salt Lake City are the first to get real-time departure info in Google Maps. Washington, D.C. residents will also get a bit of new ...

5 Best Steve Jobs Videos for Inspiration and Advice
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) didn't just have a whiz-bang CEO in Steve Jobs, it also had a very wise and philosophical man who knew about much more than computers. Recently I've seen a number of Steve Jobs videos making the rounds as investors talk about ...

Hawken dev details the challenges of virtual reality
After it was revealed that Doom 3: BFG Edition would not be shipping with the Oculus Rift when it goes to retail, another game had to step forward to be the poster child for the VR goggles. Adhesive Games accepted the challenge with its upcoming free-to-play ...


Former Diablo 3 Director Not Happy With The Auction Houses He Created
Former game director Jay Wilson thought that adding auction houses to Diablo III would help things out. He assumed that they'd reduce fraud from gold farmers, that only a small percentage of players would actually end up using the system in the first place,...


Playable 'Destiny' races revealed, Tiger Man not included
Bungie art director Chris Garret and lead writer Joseph Staten hosted a Game Developers Conference panel their upcoming sci-fi shooter, Destiny, Thursday.

Crytek intends to purchase Darksiders from THQ auction
Attack of the Fanboy
Crytek may be looking to scoop up the Darksiders franchise at auction in April. Crytek's CEO David Adams recently confirmed that the company intends to bid on the franchise, and believes that Darksiders “belongs at home with its creators”. The financial ...

Attack of the Fanboy

Google vows not to sue over certain patents for open source
To start, the online giant today said it has identified 10 patents related to MapReduce, which allows users to analyze large data sets. It won't sue over those patents unless first attacked....

Lawsuit: Older Fords can suddenly speed up
A multistate lawsuit filed Thursday says 2002-10 Ford Motor vehicles contain a "design defect" in the electronic control of the gas pedals, making them susceptible to sudden, unintended acceleration. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Ford owners in 14 states is ...

Ford Offering $50K for App That Best Measures Fuel Efficiency
PC Magazine
Developers, start your engines — Ford Motor Company is calling for mobile and Web applications that help drivers easily access personal fuel-economy performance data. At this week's 2013 New York Auto Show, the company announced the Personalized ...

Apple to slash iPad Mini shipments, claims report
iPad Mini shipments to retailers will reportedly be cut to as few as 10 million for the second quarter, according to DigiTimes. Lance Whitney. by Lance Whitney. March 28, 2013 7:42 AM PDT Follow @lancewhit. Apple's iPad Mini. Apple's iPad Mini.

Anonymous Helper Faces Lengthy Prison Term
Black Creek, Wisconsin, resident Eric J. Rosol faces a lengthy prison term if convicted of helping 'hacktivist' group Anonymous disable Koch Industries websites two years ago. Charles and David Koch run a massive oil and manufacturing conglomerate that ...

California creationist Bets $10000 on biblical book of Genesis
TopNews Arab Emirates
biblical-book As per recent reports, it has been revealed that a California creationist Joseph Mastropaolo has been betting his $10,000 on the biblical book of Genesis. Mastropaolo is of the belief that Genesis is an account of the universe's origins. He is not ...

TopNews Arab Emirates

Gmail's nimble compose window pops out for all
After five months of testing, the email provider is making the pop-out composition box the default way to pen new messages. Pop-out messages are the ...

Humongous extinct bird egg up for auction. Where did it come from?
Christian Science Monitor
Larger than a rugby ball and several hundred years old, a giant, partly fossilized egg laid by an extinct bird is set to be auctioned by Christie's. The auction house expects the egg to fetch up to $45,000. Skip to next paragraph. In Pictures: Unusual birds ...

Christian Science Monitor

FBI to pursue 'greater' 'real-time' Gmail snooping powers
Daily News & Analysis
The FBI has said that it has made gaining more powers to wiretap all forms of Internet conversation and cloud storage a "top priority" this year, according to a report. Despite the pervasiveness of law enforcement surveillance of digital communication, the FBI ...

Biological transistor enables computing within living cells
ScienceBlog.com (blog)
When Charles Babbage prototyped the first computing machine in the 19th century, he imagined using mechanical gears and latches to control information. ENIAC, the first modern computer developed in the 1940s, used vacuum tubes and electricity. Today ...

ScienceBlog.com (blog)

Automakers unwrap hybrids to meet tough fuel standard
The Detroit News
Andy Palmer, Nissan executive vice president, unveils the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid. “This is part of our electrification strategy,” he says. (Stan Honda / Getty Images). New York — Automakers are embracing hybrids as they face increasingly tough ...

Tumblr Reaches 100 Million Blogs
NBC Bay Area
David Karp, founder of Tumblr participates in the Social Media Rockstar Panel at The GRAMMY Museum on January 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. advertisement. Click Here! After six years in existence, Tumblr reached the 100-million blog mark this...

NBC Bay Area

'Journey' sweeps Game Developers Choice Awards
San Francisco: Journey arrived on top at the Game Developers Choice Awards. The artsy video game developed by thatgamecompany swept the 13th annual ceremony Wednesday with six wins, including game of the year and the innovation award. Journey ...


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