22 March 2013

Microsoft Gains Enterprise Clout With ERP, CRM

Despite the ongoing Windows 8 disaster, Microsoft still has a lot going for it--SkyDrive, Outlook.com, and Skype are excellent products. Microsoft continues to do well at the Enterprise level (see lead news item)--if only Microsoft would come out with a Windows 9 PC OS as the next generation of Windows 7!

Microsoft Gains Enterprise Clout With ERP, CRM
Spotlighting high-profile customers like Revlon and Dell, Microsoft talks up its prowess with ERP consolidation, CRM-integrated marketing. A decade ago ...

BBC Weather Twitter account hacked
BBC News
The BBC Weather Twitter account has been hijacked by a group calling itself Syrian Electronic Army. A series of tweets about fake weather conditions in Middle Eastern countries began appearing on Thursday afternoon. The account, which has 60,000 ...

BBC News

Defense spokesman says DoD not dumping BlackBerry
Computerworld - A U.S. Department of Defense spokesman on Thursday said a report suggesting the defense agency is dumping BlackBerry devices was inaccurate, and that BlackBerry is still part of ongoing DoD mobile device deployment plans.

YouTube Averaging More Than 1 Billion Users Per Month
YouTube's growth can be attributed to the changing content consumption habits of a new generation of Web users. The popular video sharing site YouTube—which has helped launch the careers of a slew of entertainers and made celebrities out of ordinary...


Keys denies giving Tribune log-in credentials to Anonymous
Social media editor at Reuters turns to Facebook to criticize charges that he conspired with the hacktivist group to deface the L.A. Times Web site, which belongs to his former employer. Steven Musil. by Steven Musil. March 20, 2013 9:24 PM PDT Follow @ ...

Apple Patent Tips Ideas for Protecting Your iPhone From Drops
PC Magazine
Anyone with a pricey smartphone has likely felt that moment of panic when it slips from your fingers and tumbles to the floor. "Please be ok, please be ok," you say to yourself, praying for a responsive gadget and a screen free of cracks. A new patent suggests ...

Could sapphire screens make smartphones crack-proof?
Fox News
Here's an idea with some real value. Smartphones of the future might be coated in industrial sapphire instead of glass -- it's made from corundum, one of the hardest natural minerals in the world, second only to diamonds. The lab-grown substance, made by ...

Big Bang aftermath reveals slightly older universe
A sky map points to unexplained oddities in the early universe's structure. anomalies. The top map shows Planck's all-sky map of the cosmic microwave background, whereas the bottom map shows the largest-scale features of the map. (Photo: ESA and the ...

Twitter Celebrates 7th Birthday With a Look Back
PC Magazine
Happy seventh birthday, Twitter! Thursday marks the seventh anniversary of the day Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey sent out the world's very first tweet. "just setting up my twttr," Dorsey tweeted at 3:50 p.m. on March 21, 2006. In seven short years, Twitter has ...

Google Play 4.0 Leak Boasts Cleaner Interface
PC Magazine
The latest Google product leak tips a revamped version of the search giant's Google Play store. As reported by Droid Life, version 4.0 provides an updated interface with larger icons and a cleaner layout. But there is no word on when — or if — the changes will ...

South Korea Bank Hacks: 7 Key Facts
Data-wiping attacks on Windows and Linux computers may have just focused on random targets to cause chaos, security researchers say. Start The Discussion. Tweet; Mail Mail; Print Print · Mathew J. Schwartz | March 21, 2013 10:32 AM. Who Is Hacking ...

BlackBerry store tops 100000 apps, up 30,...
Developers have added apps such as Amazon Kindle, OpenTable, and The Wall Street Journal. CNN, The Daily Show, eBay, and Skype will be available in the coming weeks. Shara Tibken. by Shara Tibken. March 21, 2013 6:52 AM PDT Follow @ ...

'Always On, Always Connected' Could be a Serious Mistake for Microsoft's Next ...
before about this console – it's going to be always on, and it's going to be always connected. An Edge source has apparently confirmed all the information in the vgleaks story. If the Xbox is indeed an always online, it could be a grave mistake for Microsoft.


Schmidt: Android, Chrome to Remain Separate Products
PC Magazine
Despite the fact that Google recently merged the Android and Chrome teams, the search giant will continue to develop both products separately, executive chairman Eric Schmidt said recently. During a visit to India, Schmidt said Chrome and Android "serve ...

Expensive Google Glass could one day control your expensive smart fridge
Google Glass, a tech that no one has, could one day be used to control smart fridges and , another tech that no one has. According to a patent filed by Google (and discovered by Engadget) Google is working on functionality that would allow Glass owners to ...


Voyager 1 Exits the Solar System - UPDATED
Escapist Magazine
35 years after it launched, the Voyager 1 spacecraft has officially moved beyond the heliosphere - but it's apparently still a step away from interstellar space. On September 5, 1977, Voyager 1 launched from Cape Canaveral, beginning a journey into space ...

Valve's Early Access program lets you play in-development games
Valve has announced an Early Access program that will allow PC and Mac gamers to purchase and start playing new titles while they are still in development. The company said a number of prominent titles have embraced this development model recently ...


Amazon enters $600M deal to develop CIA cloud
Christian Science Monitor
Amazon Web Services has worked with companies such as Netflix, Instagram, and Pinterest. But the cloud computing service may sign with a different kind of client: the Central Intelligence Agency. Skip to next paragraph. Related stories ...

Christian Science Monitor

Canon Rolls Out World's Smallest and Lightest DSLR
Maximum PC
Today is a big day for Canon, which announced a few new cameras, including one the company claims is the lightest and smallest digital SLR (DSLR) on the planet, the EOS Rebel SL1. Canon's newest Rebel with a cause features a newly developed ...

Maximum PC

Google Keep Launches; 'Send to Kindle' Button; Amazon, CIA Ink $600M Deal
PC Magazine
Notes are stored in Google Drive and synced to all devices, as long as it's an Android phone or tablet running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher. Users can also access, edit, and create new notes on the Web at drive.google.com/keep. The service ...

Ford Fusion Hybrid
Houston Chronicle
2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid: The all-new Ford Fusion Hybrid sedan is expected to deliver at least 47 mpg highway and travel up to 62 mph on full electric power. (09/17/2012). Photo By Ford/Ford Motor Co.

Houston Chronicle

Bezos project finds space treasure at the bottom of the sea
Summary: Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos led an adventure to recover Saturn V engines which may have propelled Apollo astronauts to the moon. Andy Smith. By Andy Smith | March 21, 2013 -- 13:29 GMT (06:29 PDT). Previous | Next Image 1 of ...


Trout discovery
The Seattle Times (blog)
Two UW graduate students discovered that Dolly Varden in Alaska feast on sockeye-salmon eggs for one month, then go without the rest of the year. The key is being able to grow a big stomach when they need it. Seattle Times science ...

Samsung's UHD TV to cost US$39999
Samsung has just unveiled the US pricing for its 85-inch ultra high-definition (UHD) TV. At a whopping US$39,999, the 85S9 is now officially the priciest UHD panel to date. In comparison, the LG 84LM9600 and Sony KD-84X9000 are currently retailing at ...


Astronomers discover some of the youngest stars ever seen
The Space Reporter
The young stars, called protostars, are surrounded by extremely dense pockets of gas and dust. By Max Sonnenberg, The Space Reporter Thursday, March 21, 2013. Astronomers have discovered some of the youngest stars ever seen, according to a news ...

iPhone 5S to use faster chip and higher-end camera, says report
As expected, the next-generation iPhone won't be a major upgrade over the iPhone 5 but will offer a beefier processor and camera, according to DigiTimes. Lance Whitney. by Lance Whitney. March 21, 2013 5:14 AM PDT Follow @lancewhit. (Credit: CNET) ...

Intel maps out a minute of the Internet
Today the number of networked devices attached to the Internet is roughly equal to the global population, and by 2015 that number will have doubled the population. It begs the question, how much data and what kind of data is being piped around the world ...


AT&T 4G LTE coverage expands in five states
Android Community
AT&T has flipped the 4G LTE switch for several additional markets. This latest includes select cities in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and Tennessee. Some of this latest LTE announcement is for new coverage and some is simply expanding upon ...

Mac Trojan Injects Ads Into Chrome, Firefox, and Safari
Mac Trojan Injects Ads Into Chrome, Firefox, and Safari A new trojan called Trojan.Yontoo.1 is going after Macs. If you run into it, Yontoo.1 prompts you to install a browser plugin called "Free Twit Tube" or something similar. When it's installed, it injects ads into ...

Google Re-Indexes Digg After Spam Removal Screwup
Wednesday afternoon, Digg disappeared from Google. Vanished. Gone. It was clear that Google had de-indexed Digg, but why? To what end? Was it because Digg had just announced plans to build a Google Reader clone to satisfy angry users when Google ...

Metro: Last Light preview: a breath of (fresh) air
There isn't really a dearth of highly scripted linear first-person shooters. Yet, 4A Games manages to create something truly engrossing with its follow-up to Metro 2033. Metro: Last Light doesn't captivate by innovating--instead, it shines through sheer polish, ...


Hands-On: Pandora's All-You-Can-Listen, Ad-Free Windows Phone App
Pandora's Windows Phone app comes with a major perk: ad-free, unlimited music listening through 2013. Image: Pandora. Pandora finally released its first native Windows Phone app Thursday. Microsoft's app ecosystem consistently gets dinged for its slim ...

NASA: Just 'Pray' We All Don't Die From Asteroid Collisions
Cleveland Scene Weekly
Following Russia's YouTube-friendly meteor explosion and the fly-by appearance of asteroid DA14 in February, there's plenty of talk going 'round about these space rocks and their potential to, um, wipe out every living thing on Earth. So in times like this, we...

Cleveland Scene Weekly

Apple's buggy iOS 6.1.3 breaks iPhone jailbreak
Computerworld (blog)
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) released a new version of iOS, that finally fixes the lockscreen security hole. However, a similar, new vulnerability has emerged, that isn't fixed by 6.1.3. It will also prevent many people from escaping Tim's walled garden o' ...

Computerworld (blog)

China Takes Aim at Foreign Car Makers
Wall Street Journal
On Wednesday, Volkswagen AG said it would recall more than 380,000 vehicles following a critical report from China's powerful state-run television broadcaster last week alleging problems with the transmissions in some of its most popular models.

Wall Street Journal

Start Your Engines | The 2014 Jaguar XJR Preview
The New York International Auto Show is picking up where the Geneva Auto show left off. Becoming the home for debuting new, improved and concept vehicles, information about who is debuting what keeps leaking out. Word on the car curb is that Jaguar is ...

Apple iPhones among products in Intertrust patent claim
BBC News
A Silicon Valley-based software firm, Intertrust Technologies, claims Apple's entire product line infringes security-related patents. It is suing over the alleged violation of 15 patents, on products including iPhones, iPads, Mac computers, iTunes and App Store.

BBC News

Sinkhole Gulps Down Pond
TopNews Arab Emirates
sinkhole A recent report said that another family has become victim of a scary sinkhole. It has been claimed that the California family was left shocked after it saw the pond disappearing in the sinkhole. It was just a few weeks back that a man in Florida was ...

TopNews Arab Emirates

HP creates 3-D for mobile devices
CTV News
LOS ANGELES -- Researchers at Hewlett-Packard Co. have developed a way to put glasses-free 3-D video on mobile devices with a viewing angle so wide that viewers can see an object more fully just by tilting the screen. Glasses-free 3-D is not unique.

CTV News

What's the difference between a 2nd-gen Intel Core processor and the latest ...
CNET (blog)
The third-generation Ivy Bridge CPU architecture is generally similar to the previous Sandy Bridge version. However, Ivy Bridge is a die shrink to 22nm, and utilizes Intel's new tri-gate 3D transistors, resulting in lower power consumption. While general CPU...

CNET (blog)

Taiwan Says Chinese Hackers Step up Cyberattacks
ABC News
Taiwan says Chinese computer hackers have expanded the scope of their attacks from gathering military intelligence to stealing business secrets from the island's high-tech companies. Tsai Teh-sheng of the island's primary intelligence agency said late ...

White Knight Chronicles Servers to Shut Down in June
Sony Computer Entertainment America has confirmed in a forum post today, that the servers for White Knight Chronicles 1 will be shut down on June 18th this year. Similarly, D3Publisher confirmed on their Facebook page that the same thing will be ...

Researchers Find Molten Rock Layer that Acts as Lubricant for Earth's Tectonic ...
Nature World News
(Photo : Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San Diego) The orange colored area enclosed by a dashed line denotes a magma layer that scientists believe is facilitating the motion of the Cocos plate off Nicaragua. The blue areas ...

Nature World News

Google Fiber Expanding to Olathe, Kansas
Overclockers Club
Google has received permission to expand its fiber service to Olathe, Kansas. Google Fiber provides infrastructure and sets up a fiber optic network in selected areas, and provides up to 1Gbps speeds to anybody purchasing its $70/month package.

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