27 March 2013

Will Windows Blue Save Microsoft?

Windows 8: a Monkey with Four Asses - Chris Pirillo: "One thing’s for sure: at $1,000, Windows 8 will never be an iPad killer."

After the disastrous Windows 8 (and its idiotic UX),  now Windows Blue--either Microsoft will rectify its mistakes, or dig its hole deeper--

Windows Blue only for Intel Haswell ultrabooks? : The Droid Guy: "The new Windows Blue is said to be tailored for the next generation Intel chip, the Haswell. The Haswell chip will be the next mainstream chip from the company which will be targeting a variety of performance satisfactions along with awesome battery life on mobile devices. And Windows Blue is going to help the chip achieve that. And Intel Haswell is expected to be out in June. . . ."

OpenStack Gets Open Source FUEL for Deployment
Datamation
Leading system integrator for open source cloud technology open sources its own massive implementation framework. Email Article · Print Article; Comment on this article; Share Articles. Digg; del.icio.us; Newsvine; Facebook; Google; LinkedIn; MySpace ...


Evernote strikes Premium deal in Germany, updates search
ZDNet
Evernote strikes Premium deal in Germany, updates search. Summary: Evernote has added another scalp to its list of carrier partnerships. Jo Best. Evernote has struck a deal with ...

$599 ultrabooks by the holiday season is too little, too late
ZDNet
Summary: The PC industry is essentially stagnant, and tinkering with existing form factors – which is what the Ultrabook essentially is – won't help that much....

ZDNet

T-Mobile prepped to offer unlimited, no contract plans -- and the iPhone
Computerworld
Computerworld - T-Mobile USA hopes to rock the wireless industry today with detailed plans to sell the iPhone and other phones on an unsubsidized basis with no-contract, unlimited data plans. The iPhone doesn't yet appear on T-Mobile's Web site, but a ...

Calling All High School Hackers
New York Times (blog)
Virginia high school students competed in a digital defense simulation at the Virginia Governor's Cup Cyber Mary Newman Virginia high school students competed in a digital defense simulation at the Virginia Governor's Cup Cyber Challenge at George ...

New York Times (blog)

Yahoo snags mobile news site run by 17-year-old
USA TODAY (blog)
Two weeks, two acquisitions for tech giant Yahoo. Fresh off its grab of social recommendation site Jybe, Yahoo announced it is snagging the mobile news reader Summly, created by 15-year-old Nick D'Aloisio. Now 17, D'Aloisio agreed to a deal worth $30 ...

James Cameron donates Deapsea Challenger submarine to science
The Guardian
James Cameron has donated the one-man submarine within which he descended to the bottom of the planet's deepest chasm last year to the largest independent oceanographic research institution in the USA. The Oscar-winning director of Titanic and Avatar ...

The Guardian

Massachusetts Tax Proposal Could Affect Cloud Computing Services
DailyTech
The governor of the state of Massachusetts has proposed a new tax within the state that could apply to cloud-based services. If the Massachusetts state legislature approved the governor's plan, the state tax on "canned software" would be expanded covering ...

DailyTech

Google slashes price of Nik photo-editing software, offers bundle for $149
Digital Trends
If you're in the business of image editing, or simply like to fiddle with your photos on occasion, you might already have all the tools you need. If not, you might be interested to learn that Google is now selling the Nik Collection – six plug-ins for Photoshop, ...

Digital Trends

You Can't Have Google's Pluto Switch, But You Can Have This
Wired
When photos of Google's mystery “Pluto Switch” appeared on the web early last year, it seemed like ...

New on Nintendo 3DS: Mystery, Rhythm and Boos
Wired (blog)
Though the Wii U is still seemingly dealing with next gen growing pains, Nintendo's handheld dominance has truly continued with the 3DS. After its own rocky start the system has more than come into its own with regard to quality titles. This week three more ...

Wired (blog)

Dust: An Elysian Tail To Unleash the Furry On Steam
Escapist Magazine
Like many, I assumed that one of the caveats of Dust: An Elysian Tail winning Microsoft's 2009 Dream.Build.Play Challenge was that the game would end up a permanent resident of the XBLA exclusive club. Thankfully, that isn't the case. At PAX EAST ...

Sega exhibits historic video games at GDC 2013
Inquirer
SAN FRANCISCO: GAMES CONSOLE MAKER Sega has cobbled together a treasure trove of historic console gaming equipment and memorabilia as part of a historic gaming exhibit at Game Developer Conference (GDC) 2013. Sega has a rich history in...

Inquirer

GDC 2013: Hate aliens and have an iPad? Firaxis brings UFO defense to iOS ...
Digital Trends
Take-Two Interactive, parent company of 2K Games and a variety of talented development teams from Firaxis to Rockstar Games, had a very promising 2012. The company's never been short on critical acclaim, but it's often relied on Rockstar alone to give its ...

Digital Trends

Mozilla begins baking new patch to kill tracking cookies
ZDNet
Summary: A new patch for Firefox is now being tested by Mozilla and could see third party cookies banned from being installed if a user hasn't directly visited the cookie owner....


More On China (and Europe and Samsung's) War With Apple
Forbes
English: Apple Campus One Infinite Loop sign at Cupertino in California, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia). Apple is drawing more fire in China, but don't look away for too long. The EU also has Apple in its sights. China's state newspaper accused Apple ...


Population along US Coast to Hit 134 Million by 2020: NOAA Report
Nature World News
By 2020, the number of people living along the U.S. coast will increase from 123 million to 134 million, according to a latest report from NOAA, with input from the U.S. Census Bureau. The increase in population of the coast means that more people will be ...

Nature World News

Who Has the Right to Mine an Asteroid?
Popular Mechanics
As PopMech has relentlessly covered, the race is on to tap the mineral wealth tucked away in the asteroids. But are these big space rocks free for the taking, or will asteroid miners find themselves bogged down in outer space red tape? Instapundit bloger and ...

Popular Mechanics

In Asteroid's Aftermath, a Sigh of Relief
New York Times
Using an eclectic mix of crowd-sourced video, information from Google Earth and data from nuclear test-ban sensors, scientists have gotten a much more accurate picture of the small asteroid that exploded near the Russian city of Chelyabinsk last month.

New York Times

Antimatter's Magnetic Charge Revealed
LiveScience.com
Scientists say they've made the most precise measurements to date of the magnetic charge of single particles of matter and its spooky counterpart antimatter. A better understanding of the characteristics of these particles could help scientists solve one of the ...

EVE Online: Odyssey Coming June 4
Inside Mac Games
CCP Games recently announced that the next expanion for its sci-fi MMO EVE Online will be released on December 4. Among other things Odyssey will focus on aiding the exploration of the stars with a new scanner system, intuitive navigation, and new ...

Inside Mac Games

Ever-Changing Venus Superstorm Sparks Interest
Space.com
Elements of a giant cyclone circling above the south pole of Venus constantly break apart and re-form, according to new research. Scientists studying observations of the planet taken over the last six years have concluded that the long-lived storm is constantly ...


LinkedIn's New Search Aims For More Engagement With Autocomplete, Unified ...
TechCrunch
Professional social network LinkedIn today is announcing an upgrade to its search features — one of the first big overhauls that the search function has had in years, with new features including improved autocomplete and suggested phrasing by way of a new ...

Sony Xperia E and Xperia E Dual now available online
NDTV
Sony's entry-level smartphones, Xperia E and Xperia E dual, are now available for purchase online. The phones were listed online across e-commerce websites for pre-orders including on Infibeam and Flipkart. In line with the pre-order price, the Xperia E has ...

NDTV

DNA Analysis Helps Researchers Identify New Mouse Lemur Species
Nature World News
Researchers have now found that a species of mouse lemurs is actually two distinct species. The new study brings the number of identified tea-cup sized lemur's species to 20. Researchers had to use DNA sequencing to identify the two mouse lemur species, ...

Nature World News

What You Didn't Post, Facebook May Still Know
New York Times
SAN FRANCISCO — Debra Aho Williamson, an advertising industry analyst and devoted coffee drinker, was intrigued by a promotion that popped up on her Facebook page recently. Sign up for a Starbucks loyalty card, it said, and get $5 off. Enlarge This ...

Apple brings free next-day shipping for all iPhone models in US
Apple Insider
Apple on Monday launched a promotion aimed at sweetening the deal for purchasing a new iPhone: free next day shipping on all iPhone models. next day yeah. iPhone shoppers visiting the purchase page for Apple's bestselling handset will find that all ...

Apple Insider

Saudi Arabia 'threatens Skype ban'
BBC News
Encrypted messaging services such as Skype, Viber and WhatsApp could be blocked in Saudi Arabia, the telecommunications regulator there is reported to have warned. It is demanding a means to monitor such applications, but Saudis say that would ...

BBC News

Nanowires could boost solar power 15X
Computerworld
Computerworld - Building solar voltaic cells from nanowires instead of standard metal conductors can increase the amount of energy that can be captured by a factor of 15, according to a new study by scientists from the Nano-Science Center in Denmark.

Computerworld

Google+ iPhone, Android Apps Updated With Photo Filters, More
PC Magazine
Google on Monday launched new versions of its Google+ app for iPhone and Android, complete with a refreshed design, photo filters, and a number of other goodies. Google said it made improvements to the apps in four key areas: photos, posts, profiles, and ...

Facebook fixes comment threads for Pages and public figures
CNET
With conversation threads, the social network addresses a problem its most important customers experience daily: a deluge of crappy comments....


A, Insomniac Games Launching Fuse May 28
PC Magazine
North American gamers will have to wait another two months to get their co-op combat on. Electronic Arts announced Saturday that Fuse will launch in the U.S. on May 28. The co-op action shooter will introduce players to a group of elite, covert agents, each ...

Endangered “Demon Primate” Genome Sequenced
National Geographic
According to local legends in Madagascar, the aye-aye is a demon that can kill just by pointing a finger. Not quite... but if you're a grub, its bizarre middle digit can be a deadly weapon. ---Nat Geo Wild's World's Weirdest. According to local legends in ...

National Geographic

Apple's Acquisition
Mobile Enterprise
Apple Maps, the iPhone's proprietary alternative to Google Maps, didn't win the hearts and minds of users when it debuted for iOS 6. In fact, the backlash was so bad, Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized. In a letter posted September 2012, Cook pledged to do ...


Embryos of world's most endangered cat preserved for 1st time
Fox News
It seems counterintuitive that castration could help save a species facing extinction. But by removing the ovaries of a female Iberian lynx, scientists say they were able to collect and preserve embryos from the world's most endangered wild cat for the first time.


Chinese University Linked to Military Hacking Group
PC Magazine
Researchers at Chinese universities have been collaborating on security-related papers with members of the military linked to hacking, according to Reuters. In examining technical research papers available online, the news wire found that several were ...

Speed of Light is Not Constant, Say Scientists
French Tribune
According to two new studies, speed of light referred by Albert Einstein as a constant in vacuum is not actually a constant. The speed of light in vacuum was said to be 299,792,458 meters per second, or 186, 282 miles per second, back in 1975. However, the ...

French Tribune

'Predictive intelligence' application Sherpa announces $1.1M seed backing
VentureBeat
Sherpa is an iPhone app that promises to simplify your day — and it's raised a $1.1 million round of seeding funding to help make that happen. The app uses location-based technology to make your commute, routine, and life easier and is designed to work ...

VentureBeat

Digg details its plan to build Google Reader replacement
SlashGear
Earlier this month, Digg announced plans to build a replacement to Google Reader after the search giant revealed plans to shut down the service on July 1. Many people were excited for Digg, but were they really going to come through with an alternative?

SlashGear

Pacific Island Birds Vanished Without A Trace After The Arrival Of Man
RedOrbit
The last region on Earth to be colonized by humans was home to more than 1,000 species of birds that went extinct shortly after people reached their island homes, new research from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and collaborators reveals. Tropical ...

RedOrbit

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