05 March 2013

The Chromebook computer

"Naturally, Chromebooks are an attractive option for parents to buy for their kids. However, there are no built-in parental controls—though they're in the works. And, technically, kids aren't supposed to have Google accounts (at least those under 13), unless they've received them through their school via Google Education initiative. So you'll have to share your account, when setting up a Chromebook for a pre-teen." (source: USA Today at link below)

The Chromebook: A great second computerUSA TODAY
. . . .Chromebooks run Google's Chrome OS, which looks like the Chrome Web browser but runs apps as well. In fact, there's a whole ecosystem of Chrome apps available through the Chrome Web Store. There are games, like Angry Birds Heikki,Battlefield and Need for Speed World; productivity tools, including Dropbox, Picasa and Evernote; and, of course there are the Google apps, like Google Docs, Gmail and Google Maps. Currently, there are tens of thousands of apps available through the Chrome Web Store—some that are primarily web-based and some that run within a browser tab, but have been downloaded and work offline. ...

100 million sharks killed each year
Fox News
Aggressive overfishing threatens to push some shark species to extinction, and a new study puts annual shark deaths at 100 million. "Our analysis shows that about one in 15 sharks gets killed by fisheries every year," study leader Boris Worm, a professor of ...

Samsung unpacks Galaxy S4 teaser video
CNET
The smartphone maker's video introduces us to Jeremy, a "secret messenger" of the Samsung Unpacked event for coming up later this month. Don Reisinger. by Don Reisinger. March 4, 2013 4:46 AM PST. Samsung's Galaxy S3 will have a successor ...

Router crash downs CloudFlare services
Register
During Sunday, US time, prominent Web services outfit CloudFlare sent an instruction to its routers in response to an attempted DoS, and instead took down its own network. In a rare example of detailed disclosure, the company has posted an explanation of ...

Is IBM's Watson in Jeopardy? This Oncologist Thinks So!
Forbes
Ok, I admit it, I'm fascinated with IBM's Watson. It (or should I say he) has been profiled countless times, including here at Forbes, as a medical “genius” that is going to revolutionize medicine. This seems particularly true in oncology. But my friend and great ...

Forbes

Violin Memory expands its strategic alliance with Toshiba for flash-based data ...
VentureBeat
Violin Memory has expanded its strategic alliance with memory chip manufacturer Toshiba to provide faster flash-based memory cards for data centers. Under the deal, Mountain View, Calif.-based Violin Memory will team up to deliver a new generation of...

VentureBeat

Microsoft To Be Fined By The EU Again? And The Problem With Governments ...
Forbes
Antitrust watchdogs in Europe could soon slap Microsoft with a massive fine for the software maker's browser-choice gaffe last year. The company was caught steering its Windows operating system users into loading up Microsoft's Internet Explorer even ...

Apple slashes iMac shipping delays to 1-3 days
Computerworld
Computerworld - Over the weekend, Apple improved supplies of its new iMacs in the U.S. and several other markets. As of Sunday, the company's U.S. and Canadian online stores showed a shipping delay of just one to three business days, a marked ...

Computerworld

Microsoft expands Surface RT sales as UK big-box retailers wade in
SlashGear
Microsoft's Surface RT is getting a welcome boost in visibility, in the UK at least, as heavyweight retailers PC World and Currys add the Windows tablet to their line-up. The slate will be sold online and via both retailers' click-and-collect service; however, ...

SlashGear

FCC to look at overturning unlocking ban
TG Daily
The Federal Communications Commission has let it be known that it plans to investigate the recent ban on cellphone unlocking. The decision was made last year, and came into force at the end of Jaunary, prompting outrage from users. A petition calling for ...

Curiosity rover suffers major malfunction
TG Daily
The Curiosity ground team has been forced to switch the Mars rover to a redundant onboard computer, thanks to a memory problem. The condition is related to a glitch in flash memory linked to the now-inactive computer that Curiosity was previously using.

TG Daily

Canon's New Full-Frame Video Sensor Can Shoot Clear HD Footage In ...
TechCrunch
Canon today announced the successful creation of a new full-frame CMOS sensor, designed exclusively for shooting video. The new sensor can capture full-HD video with extremely low noise in settings where it has been hard for traditional cameras to even ...

TWIST Episode 4: Will Mars Get Whacked by a Comet in 2014? [video]
Slate Magazine (blog)
On the current episode of my weekly science news wrap-up web series This Week in Science and Technology, my co-host Carin Bondar and I talk about the link between breastfeeding and ovarian cancer; a comet that has a chance of hitting Mars in 2014; ...

Facebook to unveil News Feed revamp at 7 March event
Inquirer
THE SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook has said it will rollout some major changes to its News Feed at an event on 7 March. Invitations were sent out on Friday summoning media to "see a new look for News Feed" at an event set for this coming Thursday starting ...

A Martian adventure for inspiration, not commercialization
The Space Review
Paragon Space Development Corporation is a small company based in Tucson, Arizona, best known as a leading developer of life support systems and related technologies for NASA and commercial spacecraft. That background, Paragon CEO Taber ...

The Space Review

Apple Inc. (AAPL) To Launch iPhone 5S Mid-Year: Credit Suisse
ValueWalk
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) remains advantaged in compute, but hardware lead disappearing according to analysts at Credit Suisse who attended MWC. Credit Suisse has a lengthy report on all their findings. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Blackberry are ...

ValueWalk

Evernote Hack: 50 Million Users' Passwords Changed
ValueWalk
Evernote Corporation, the renowned provider of online note taking services, was hacked and is now resetting all of its nearly 50 million users' passwords in order to avoid any further hacking incident. A hacker accessed sensitive customer's information, ...

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag sails back to series' roots
PCWorld
Let's be real for a second: Assassin's Creed III was a bit of a disappointment. It tried some new things that, in the end, made it feel less like past Assassin's Creed titles and more like a deviation towards a new direction for the series as a whole. And that was ...

Schrödinger's Cat could be visible after all
TG Daily
Schrödinger's Cat could be (almost) as easy to observe as the internet's millions of LOLcats, with confirmation that there may be a way round Heisenberg's famous Uncertainty Principle after all. Researchers at the University of Rochester and the University of ...

TG Daily

SpaceX's cargo trip to space station back on track
Trade Watch Media
Northern, WI 03/04/2013 (tradewatchmedia) – Engines of the unmanned spacecraft by Space Exploration Technologies Corp that had experienced a post-launch glitch a couple of days ago is back on track now and is all set to deliver its cargo to the ...

Nokia EOS could sport decadent chassis and fancy waterproof technology
TechRadar UK
Nokia's next flagship device could be a corker if recent reports are to be believed suggesting a flashy metallic frame and some waterproof smarts. According to perennial mobile phone warbler Eldar Murtazin, Nokia's next top-flight smartphone will feature an ...

Apple blacklists old Flash Player in Safari after recent attacks
ZDNet
Summary: Apple has blocked older versions of Flash Player in its Safari browser after malware writers turned their attention to exploiting flaws in the software. Liam Tung. By Liam Tung | March 4, 2013 -- 09:42 GMT (01:42 PST). Follow @liamT. Days after ...

Shenmue 3' to be crowdfunded on Kickstarter?
Digital Spy
Series creator Yu Suzuki is said to be considering services such as Kickstarter to raise the money to make a third entry in the series. Shenmue II. © SEGA. Shenmue II. © SEGA. French TV personality and journalist Sebastien Abdelhamid claims to have heard ...

Sony Xperia Z review
ITProPortal
The Xperia Z is Sony's current flagship handset. Hot off the production line it has just gone on sale, and is kicking up something of a storm. I'm not surprised, actually, as Sony might just have got as much right with this handset as it has ever got right with any ...

Elder Scrolls Online
PC Gamer Magazine
Set around 1,000 years before the dragons came back in Skyrim, and around 800 years before Sean Bean turned into a big dragon-thing in Oblivion, The Elder Scrolls Online is the first in Bethesda's long-running RPG series to feature multiplayer, not to...

PC Gamer Magazine

Huge creepy robot dog hurling cinder blocks will haunt your dreams
msnNOW
Oh great. Now the terrifying BigDog robot can viciously hurl harmful objects. The robot is being developed by Boston Dynamics primarily for military use (secondarily as a cute headless pet?) and apparently its arm could help soldiers carry heavy loads. Or you ...

Asteroid 2013 EC Similar to Russian Meteor Passes Inside Moon Orbit
Science World Report
(Photo : Reuters) A newly discovered asteroid 2013EC will pass inside the moon orbit on 4 March 2013 at 7.35 a.m. UTC (2.35 a.m. ET). A newly discovered asteroid 2013EC will pass inside the moon orbit 4 March 2013 at 7:35 a.m. UTC (2:35 a.m. ET).

Science World Report

The Evolving Economics of the App
Wall Street Journal
Music search application SoundHound is a bargain on Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Phone store: It is free. But for iPhone users, one version of SoundHound costs $6.99. And on Google Inc. Android devices, a version of the mobile app costs $5.99. The price on ...

Wall Street Journal

iPhone with a 4.5-inch screen coming in 2014? Polycarbonate iPhone 5 with a ...
IntoMobile
We have two juice iRumors to share with you, one involving an iPhone with a bigger, 4.5-inch screen that could hit the daylight at some point next year. Of course, nothing is confirmed at this stage and since this is Apple we're talking about, many things could ...

Toddler goes on £1700 in-app iPad spending spree
Inquirer
A SHORT-TROUSERED APPLE FAN has run up a bill of £1,700 by playing iPad games for just a few minutes. iPad games, it seems, have some appeal to the youth of today, and today's youth - given in reports over the weekend as five year old Danny Kitchen ...

Inquirer

Google revs Motorola innovation with Guy Kawasaki hire
Register
Although its Android platform is now streaking up the charts courtesy of Samsung's success in the smartphone business, Google's own mobiles turn in consistently less-than-stellar performances. So the Chocolate Factory has hired former Apple evangelist ...

Crysis 3 Retains Top Spot in UK Charts
Gameranx
Crysis 3 has retained its position at the top of the UK charts for the second week since its launch, according to UKIE, despite a 43% drop in sales compared to last week. This is an especially good week for EA, which publishes Crysis 3, as FIFA 13 has made it ...

Copyright Law: Think Small And Thin
followthemedia.com (subscription)
If the digital age needs dramatically different copyright law, the wait keeps getting longer. Legislatures looking to the past to chart the future choose vague language so everybody stays happy or, at least, quiet. And it's the small things that get in the way.

followthemedia.com (subscription)

Socialmatic Camera Creates Real-Life Instagram Pics
Mashable
Instagram's great. But have you ever wondered what it would be like to experience it outside the digital world? Snap a photo, select a filter and then — not tweet it, but — print it out to physically share? A new company called Socialmatic is hoping to make it a ...

A Six-Strike Rule for Internet Piracy
Wall Street Journal
OPINION; March 3, 2013, 5:20 p.m. ET. A Six-Strike Rule for Internet Piracy. Violators won't be cut off from the Web, but they'll get a message: What they're doing is wrong. Article; Comments. more in Opinion | Find New $LINKTEXTFIND$ ». smaller; Larger ...
 
Wall Street Journal

Identifying the 800-year-old remains of King Richard I
Varsity
A team of scientists led by forensic pathologist and anthropologist Philippe Charlier have examined the preserved remains of warrior King Richard I of England. The king, renowned for his prowess in battle, was nicknamed Lionheart. Richard I died in 1199, ...

New Images And Details Emerge From The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
This Is Fake DIY
Check out these new images from the forthcoming adventure extravaganza The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, showing off one of the lands Geralt of Rivia will traverse - Skellige. Polish developers CD Projekt RED have promised a 'story-driven RPG' and a 'vast, living ...

This Is Fake DIY

Researchers found 14.5 feet long White Shark
French Tribune
A group of researchers from a team known as OCEARCH in Jacksonville has revealed that they found a one-ton female shark near the Mayport Naval Station. They caught the same and took its blood sample and tagged it with four tracking devices.

French Tribune

Dark Horse to release new Mass Effect comic series
SlashGear
Dark Horse plans on releasing a new Mass Effect comic series titled, Mass Effect: Foundation. The series will be written by Mac Walters, who also helped write Mass Effect 2, and was the story lead writer for Mass Effect 3. Mass Effect: Foundation is said to ...

Black Ops 2 Revolution DLC: PS3 Version Must be Downloaded from In-Game ...
GamingBolt
While the latest DLC pack for Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, “Revolution”, is now available for PS3, the developer has clarified some details regarding how players should go about obtaining it. Season Pass DLC players will of course get the game for ...

GamingBolt

Going off the grid: Can you unplug?
KTVQ Billings News
(CBS News) Saturday is "National Day of Unplugging," and chances are when you woke up this morning one of the very first things you did was reach for your cell phone or sit down at your computer to check e-mail, Facebook or Twitter. Many people seem to ...

Pininfarina Teases Sergio Concept Ahead of Geneva
MotorTrend Magazine
Renowned Italian design house Pininfarina is unveiling another concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor show in the form of the Sergio two-seater. Little is known about the car yet, including the mechanical specifications. But based on the proportions and clues in...

MotorTrend Magazine

Apple iWatch 'at least three years away'
Irish Independent
Independent.ie› Business› Technology›. Apple iWatch 'at least three years away'. Comments. Email; Print; Font Size. One of many mock-ups of how Apple's iWatch might look Photo: CULTOFMAC.COM. By Richard Holt – 04 March 2013. A wearable version of ...

Irish Independent

740-hp, $4.7 Million Lamborghini Veneno Concept Leaked
MotorTrend Magazine
In an ironic twist of digital scooping digital via print, some enthusiasts on the automotive forum Pistonheads.com posted this scan of an article out of the Sunday Times of Britain, showing a sketch of the Lamborghini Veneno Concept expected to be revealed ...

MotorTrend Magazine

NASA: Mysterious radiation belt found circling Earth
The Space Reporter
A strange third band of radiation has been discovered circling the Earth, according to NASA, upending a long-standing scientific theory about how charged particles interact with our planet. The band, discovered in September 2012, is no longer present, ...

The Space Reporter

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