03 March 2013

Microsoft's little-screen, big-screen interactive future

Microsoft's little-screen, big-screen interactive future
Microsoft's vision of a wall-spanning Surface that can be tapped to share data with tablets. (Credit: Microsoft). Giant interactive surfaces will complement the more mobile variety of today. That's how Microsoft sees the future. Walk up to a massive interactive ...

How will the new Office for iPad work?
Summary: You don't need a crystal ball to figure out how Microsoft plans to make Office work on iPad. Hint: It involves subscriptions. And the analysts who are following Office need to rework their spreadsheets and change their assumptions. Ed Bott ...

Google CFO denies Samsung conflict
"I think that both Samsung and ourselves have benefited not only on the Android side but also on the Chrome side," says Google CFO Patrick Pichette. Larry Dignan. by Larry Dignan. March 1, 2013 7:55 AM PST. Google CFO Patrick Pichette played down ...

Apple, Samsung and Google under fire at Mobile World Congress
The smartphone industry's three dominant leaders were put on notice this week in Barcelona: It's a new world now. By Mike Elgan. March 2, 2013 07:00 AM ET . Computerworld - BARCELONA -- The unofficial theme at this year's Mobile World Congress show ...

Whoa! Mutant tadpoles sprout eyeballs on their tails
Fox News
Eyes hooked up to the tail can help blinded tadpoles see, researchers say. These findings could help guide therapies involving natural or artificial implants, scientists added. A major roadblock when it comes totreating blindness and other sensory disorders is ...

Windows 8 uptake slows for third straight month
Computerworld - Windows 8's uptake pace slowed in February for the third straight month, an analytics company said today. According to Net Applications, Windows 8's February usage share -- including what the firm labeled as "touch" for Windows 8 and ...

Black Hole Spins at Nearly the Speed of Light
National Geographic
An artist's concept illustrates a supermassive black hole with millions to billions times the mass of our sun. Illustration courtesy Caltech/NASA. An image of supermassive black hole NTC-1365. High-quality view of NTC-1365, a supermassive black hole.

National Geographic

Insight: Will Dreamliner drama affect industry self-inspection?
By Peter Henderson and Alwyn Scott and Tim Hepher. SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE/PARIS (Reuters) - Eight years ago, U.S. regulators substantially increased their dependence on the aircraft ...

Germany wants Google to pay for news citations, passes re-printing bill
Ars Technica
The lower house of the German parliament, known as the Bundestag, has approved a new bill that would require search engines to pay a license fee for re-publishing content longer than "individual words or short excerpts." The bill passed by a vote of 293 to ...

Third radiation belt discovered
Since 1958 scientists have known that Earth is circled by two doughnut-like rings of trapped charged particles called the Van Allen radiation belts. But now a third, temporary belt has been discovered after, appearing for a month last year before being...


Apple censors e-mails, attachments with the term 'barely legal teen'
Digital Trends
It appears Apple isn't down with whatever sketchy things are going on in your e-mails. Reports have emerged that the Cupertino company has been censoring messages sent and received via its iCloud mail program, ensuring that anyone looking for “barely ...

Digital Trends

Apple Must Pay $368 Million in Patent Suit Loss
Tom's Hardware Guide
Apple has been ordered to pay over $368 million in a patent suit loss against intellectual property and patent holding firm, VirnetX. A U.S. District Court upheld an earlier decision by a federal jury last year that awarded VirnetX over $368.2 million. Apple was ...

Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 is as awesome as it is ridiculous
Digital Trends
The Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 is utterly ridiculous. Stuffing a 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 into a former military vehicle turned luxury status symbol is nonsensical enough, but then Mercedes added another axle. There is no need for a car like this, but we ...

Digital Trends

Richard the Lionheart's mummified heart analysed
BBC News
French scientists have revealed the results of a nine-month study on the heart of Richard I, or as he is better known Richard the Lionheart. The relic rediscovered beneath the choir in Rouen cathedral in the 19th Century has been analysed using the very latest ...

BBC News

BigDog robot designed with brick throwing arm
BBC News
The mechanical dog is over a metre tall and weighs more than 100 kilograms, which is more than the average man. It's arm, or rather its mouth, is strong enough to throw a brick. It has been developed by tech experts in the US military. They hope the machine ...

National Day of Unplugging: Time to Step Away From Social Media
Huffington Post (blog)
If you haven't heard, the National Day of Unplugging is about to begin. The challenge is set to start at sundown Friday and lasts until sundown Saturday. People are expected to put their electronic gadgets away from coast to coast. A group in San Francisco is ...

China pollution: Fears over poor air exacerbate healthcare concerns
Financial Times
These days, it is healthier to live in an airport smoking lounge than in Beijing – and there are dozens of cities in China where air pollution levels are worse than in the capital. China is experiencing a health crisis some local experts are comparing with the Sars ...

Asymmetric Coverage Of Climate Science Fools Very Few
USA Today has run yet another dire climate change feature, this time riffing off a federal compendium on climate change that hasn't even been published—it is in draft form and is being severely criticized at this very minute. Judging from what people really ...

Why Car Companies Should Be Extremely Nervous About Millennials
The Atlantic
A study from Zipcar found that young people have a much stronger relationship to their phones and laptops than their (or, more likely, their parents') cars (Zipcar). Generation Y -- aka Millennials, aka people between 18 and 34 -- don't care about driving nearly ...

Three Lessons from Chinese Hackers
Fox Business
A new cybersecurity report by Internet security firm Mandiant found that the Chinese military is funding 'hacker units' whose sole purpose is to steal secrets from US companies. This comes shortly after a spree of high-profile hacks against the Federal Reserve, ...

Federal court upholds polar bear status as threatened species
Los Angeles Times
SEATTLE — The federal law listing polar bears as a threatened species was upheld Friday by a federal appeals court, which rejected arguments that it is wrong to impose far-ranging and possibly costly protections for a species that remains fairly abundant in ...

Tomb Raider gets a dark new look
Sydney Morning Herald
She wakes, bound in ropes and suspended upside down. Looking around, she sees she is in a fire-lit cave, surrounded by candles and with weird tribal images painted on the rough walls. Also, she is not alone. Other bodies, long dead, hang from the ceiling...

Sydney Morning Herald

Researchers: Volcanic eruptions offset recent global warming
Science Recorder
The researchers warn that the 10-year climate data sets collected by this study are not extensive enough to identify climate change trends. Researchers: Volcanic eruptions offset recent global warming. Science Recorder | James Fluere | Friday, March 01, ...

Science Recorder

Millions of Sharks Killed Each Year: New Study Reveals Dangers of Fishing
Science World Report
(Photo : Mike Davison/Flickr) Commercial fishing kills 100 millions sharks a year, according to a new study. Sharks are being pushed closer and closer to extinction. Sharks are being pushed closer and closer to extinction, thanks to commercial fishing.

Science World Report

NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity in Safe Mode After Computer Glitch
A computer glitch on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has forced the robot to switch to a backup computer while engineers try to resolve the problem. In the meantime, Curiosity's science work is on hold, and the spacecraft is in a minimal-activity state known as ...


Glassy-eyed over manhood
Sydney Morning Herald
Sergey Brin - a man given to wearing Crocs in public - took a few minutes out of his crusade to make wearing a computer on your face a thing this week, to get angsty at a TED talk about how emasculating it is for the modern dude to have to stop in the street...

Sydney Morning Herald

Web pioneer Vint Cerf envisions a futuristic Internet where people communicate ...
One of the Internet's founding fathers envisions a bright future that one day may involve communicating with animals and even aliens using the Web. During a speech given at the annual TED conference, Internet pioneer Vint Cerf described how technology ...

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible Sneak Peek
Motor Authority
Nelson is a Senior Editor at High Gear Media focusing on reviewing cars and covering the hottest topics in luxury and performance cars, car culture... More. LATEST ARTICLE 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible Sneak Peek The 2014 Chevrolet...

Motor Authority

Study: Internet Replacing Grandparents As Main Source For Advice
CBS Local
... Study: Internet Replacing Grandparents As Main Source For Advice. . . .

CBS Local

Triumph Motorcycles Rolls Out 2013 Bonneville Special Edition - Web Exclusive
Motorcycle Cruiser Magazine
It's always a pleasant surprise when manufacturers release new models this far into the new year, and that's exactly what Triumph has done. The Brit-based bike maker today announced a special edition SE version of its iconic Bonneville standard. The new ...

Samsung's $1B Bill in Apple Case Reduced by $450M
ABC News
The two biggest — and bitterest — rivals in the smartphone market will have to endure another bruising trial after a federal judge ruled that jurors miscalculated nearly half the $1 billion in damages it found Samsung Electronics owed Apple Inc. for patent ...

ABC News

Facebook Holding Event Thursday March 7 To Show Off A “New Look For News ...
Facebook has just issued invitations to press, which promise a new look for News Feed, to be held March 7 at 10 AM PT. The announcement comes on the heels of news from January that Facebook was prepping a radical new look for its mobile news feed, ...

More Java-based malware plagues the cross-platform runtime
New attacks exploit the Java plug-in as well as simply use Java to run locally when tricking users. Topher Kessler. by Topher Kessler. March 1, 2013 3:32 PM PST. Java cannot seem to get a break. Only a few days after patching the last zero-day vulnerability, ...

This is Google's Chromebook Pixel - Beautiful Design, Still Web Based
Google took a page from Microsoft's playbook and created its first company-produced computer, the Chromebook Pixel. Although there have been Chromebooks before, all of them were produced via partnerships with second-party hardware manufacturers, ...

Apple Tablets Slammed Over Repairability Issues
apple tablets Apple Tablets Slammed Over Repairability Issues Owners of Apple Tablets will be gripping their devices slightly tighter after reading the latest Tablet repairability review and cross-comparison. According to leading gadget & repair website...


ARM chip found in Apple's Lightning Digital AV Adapter could be AirPlay decoder
Apple Insider
A recent teardown of Apple's Digital AV Adapter for Lightning connectors reveals that the unit comes with an embedded ARM system on a chip, complete with 256MB of RAM, which some speculate acts as an AirPlay decoder. AV Adapter. The discovery was ...

Apple Insider

Washington attempts to prevent star wars over galactic garbage littering up space
Irish Times
Space. The Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Compromise. Its mission is for the US to agree an international code of conduct for activities in outer space and to prevent Earth's atmosphere being cluttered with potentially hazardous space ...

Five-year-old racks up $2500 in iOS in-app purchases in 15 minutes
Related topics. iOS · Apple · iTunes · app store · offbeat · Iphone. Advertisement. Just days after Apple offered a settlement for a lawsuit over "bait apps," a U.K. youngster managed to show just how problematic they can be. Also known as freemium apps, ...


Nerve-Wracking Space Drama Swirls Around Unmanned Cargo Capsule
Wall Street Journal
The planned docking of a SpaceX supply ship with the International Space Station went awry, with NASA and SpaceX expecting the Dragon ship to link with the ISS in the next couple of days. Andy Pasztor reports on The News Hub. Photo: AP.

FCC to Probe Cell Phone Unlocking Ban
PC Magazine
The Federal Communications Commission confirmed today that it will investigate the ban on cell phone unlocking. An FCC spokesman did not have any other details on what that might entail or when the probe would commence. Reports of the FCC ...

Apple now blocks older versions of Adobe's Flash player in Safari
A new security update from Apple blocks outdated versions of Adobe's Flash plug-in, forcing users to nab the newest version. Josh Lowensohn. by Josh Lowensohn. March 1, 2013 4:13 PM PST Follow @Josh. (Credit: Apple). Apple has tightened up security ...

First BlackBerry 10 Software Update Improves Hub, Camera
BlackBerry Z10 owners who update their system software will see camera, messaging and battery performance gains. Start The Discussion · Tweet; Mail Mail; Print Print · Eric Zeman | March 01, 2013 01:13 PM. Mobile World Congress 2013: 9 Hot Gadgets ...

Cheaper iPhone 5 coming soon, may cost $330
Zee News
London: A plastic iPhone 5 that would cost roughly half the price of the standard Apple smartphone will be launched soon to target young, middle class consumers in countries like China and India. According to a Japanese website, Macotakara, the budget ...

Zee News

Porsche's recall embarrassment: tailpipes fall off
A new Porsche 911 may be the ultimate plaything of the rich -- witness the Robb Report naming it as its Car of the Year -- but some of the glamour may have been lost. Some 2,263 911 Carrera and Carrera 4 coupes and convertibles are being recalled for an ...

Socialmatic to make Polaroid-branded Instagram digital camera
In 2012, ADR Studio created a Socialmatic Instagram concept camera, which is now set to become a reality. Socialmatic announced earlier this week that it signed an MoU agreement with C&A Licensing allowing it to make a Poloroid digital camera with ...


AMD plans to sell an APU based on modified PlayStation 4 hardware
Chip maker AMD will sell a cut-down version of the custom chip it developed for the upcoming Sony PlayStation 4 gaming console. The accelerated processing unit (APU) from AMD won't be quite as potent as the one destined for Sony's console, but it will be ...

New Witcher 3 screenshots and details
CD Projekt Red has released some new Witcher 3 screenshots along with some fresh details about the RPG. The studio says the game's main narrative accounts for around 50 hours of gameplay in one play through, while additional stories help to double that ...

Our First Image Of A Planet Being Born
Our First Image Of A Planet Being Born For the first time in astronomical history, scientists have taken an actual snapshot of an exoplanet in the midst of formation. Located about 337 light-years from Earth, the protoplanet, which will eventually resemble ...

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