04 March 2013

Windows 8 is an even bigger flop than Vista

Windows 8 uptake slows for third straight month - Computerworld: " . . . Windows 8's share increase in February was about four-tenths of a percentage point, smaller than January's gain, which in turn was smaller than either December's or November's. The new operating system also fell further behind the pace set by Windows Vista in 2007: In its fourth month of availability, Vista powered approximately 4% of all Windows PCs. The full percentage point gap between Windows 8 and Vista was the largest so far in the tracking Computerworld has conducted. This new trend bolsters the belief by many analysts that Windows 8 will have a very difficult time gaining traction because of a pair of factors: First, that users are put off by the dual-UI (user interface) approach of the OS, and second, that PC sales have been clobbered by a shift to tablets and smartphones, the vast majority of which run rivals' operating systems. Windows 8's initial uptake trajectory also makes it more likely that the new operating system will be labeled as an even bigger flop than Vista, which was largely rejected by users, who stuck with the older XP until Windows 7 arrived. . . . "- See more at: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9237252/Windows_8_uptake_slows_for_third_straight_month?source=rss_keyword_edpicks#sthash.pKQl0VPu.dpuf

Dropbox may suffer a spam hangover from its data breach
Some Dropbox users are complaining about unusual volumes of spam directed at them and that they've linking to a data breach more than a year ago at the cloud storage service. "I have an email address that is 10 random characters, uniquely used for ...

Chrome hits 17-month low, Windows 8 still only creeping upward
Ars Technica
Microsoft's browser did as well as Google's browser did badly in February. Internet Explorer's share is the highest it's been in a year and a half. Chrome's is the lowest it's been in almost as long. ...

Review: 'Crysis 3' a stunning sci-fi shooter
If you're a sci-fi shooter fan, you've got to hand it to publisher Electronic Arts for starting off the year with a one-two punch: Dead Space 3 debuted a couple weeks ago, garnering an average review score of 80 per cent (metacritic.com), and now we've got ...

Google Defeats The Germans. Well, The German Publishers Anyway
So it's not quite like the Battle of the Bulge Part II. Rather than the German state falling apart before an oncoming Google, instead we've had the German Parliament decide not to bring in a new law being lobbied for by the German publishers. And if one were ...
Microsoft Office 365 to be updated every 3 months
Microsoft Office 365 is slated to receive updates every 3 months, according to Kurt Delbene, the president of Microsoft's Office division. He states that, “We already have the mechanisms in place to update the service on a quarterly basis.” The quick updates ...

Tomb Raider firm denies pressure to include more violence
The Guardian
The makers of the new Tomb Raider computer game have insisted there was no outside pressure to include more violence after it became the first in the series to receive an 18 rating. Ian Livingstone, the life president of Eidos, said Lara Croft's latest...

The Guardian

Thailand's promise to end ivory trade cautiously welcomed
BBC News
Thailand's promise to end ivory trade cautiously welcomed. Matt McGrath By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News. Elephant An elephant performs for tourists in Thailand where a legal trade in ivory is said to boost poaching in Africa. Continue ...

BBC News

SpaceX supply ship arrives at space station
Los Angeles Times
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A privately owned Dragon capsule arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday, delivering a ton of supplies with high-flying finesse after a shaky start to the mission. The Dragon's arrival was one day late but especially ...

Samsung Gets $450 Million Relief in Payments to Apple
X-bit Labs
Samsung Electronics gets approximately $450 million payment relief in its obligations to Apple. The federal judge Lucy Koh ruled out on Friday that Samsung did not infringe a number of patent rights that belong to Apple. The federal judge slashed a $1.05 ...

X-bit Labs

App of the Week: Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPhone, Android
ABC News (blog)
Adobe Photoshop Touch for Phone provides many of the same image editng features users are familiar with in Adobe's popular Photoshop software. App Name: Adobe Photoshop Touch for Phone. Price: $4.99. Available Platforms: iPhone 4s and 5, iPod...

ABC News (blog)

Exhuming Richard the Lionheart
Daily Beast
Scientists are examining the embalmed heart of Richard the Lionheart, who died in 1199. Dan Jones on the remarkable truths revealed by studying a centuries-old organ. You wait years for the chance to go poking around with the mortal remains ...

Daily Beast

Rumor: T-Mobile to move to no-contract model soon
The carrier will ditch contracts later this month, says a report from blog Tmo, which also offers tidbits about T-Mobile's new marketing approach.  by Edward Moyer. March 2, 2013 . . .

Companies struggle to popularize mobile money
Sumter Item
A man uses the NFC communicate library system at the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show, in Barcelona, Spain, recently. Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013 6:00 am | Updated: 6:01 am, Sun Mar 3, 2013. Companies struggle to ...

Wild Pollinating-Insect Numbers Dropping, Agricultural Crop Yields Following ...
Wild pollinating-insect numbers have been on the decline over the past century, primarily as a result of wide-scale habitat-loss and pesticide use. This loss has very important implications for the agricultural industry, as many crops are entirely dependent upon ...

Don't worry Motorola, Super Google is here to save the day!
News has leaked recently that Google has employed the notorious “Apple-Turned-Android” man Guy Kawasaki to be an advisory in helping Google move forward with improving Motorola products. Just a few days ago reports emerged that Google was, in so ...

Study: Commercial fishing kills 100 million sharks each year
Science Recorder
According to a new comprehensive study on shark mortality, since 2000 nearly 1 billion sharks have been killed — an average of 100 million per year. Researchers from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, say that between 2000 and 2010 63 to 273 ...

Science Recorder

Blinded Tadpoles' Hindsights Are 20/20 And Proves You Don't Need A Brain To ...
Latinos Post
They say hindsight is 20/20, but it could also be illuminating in other ways. Scientists have now successfully transplanted eyes into a tadpole's tail and proven that there doesn't need to be a direct connection to the brain for vision to occur. This marks the first ...

Latinos Post

Now Boston Dynamics' BigDog can lift and toss (w/ video)
(Phys.org) —Boston Dynamics' DARPA-funded robotic dog has been upgraded with added functions for military support in hauling gear on rough terrain, Its new appendage is called various things—a "kind of head," a "face-arm," and a "canine elephant trunk.

Apple iWatch 'at least three years away' suppliers suggest
Apple iWatch, the heavily rumoured wrist-worn gadget from the maker of the iPhone 5 and iPad mini is 'at least three years away' industry sources have suggested. Speaking on a recent spate of Apple iWatch rumours, Corning, one of Apple's current suppliers...


Professional Unlock/Jailbreak iOS 6.1.2 iPhone 5/4 Solution Released! Easy ...
Talk of the Sound (blog)
The response from the iPhone Team has been a swift one, but we'd expect nothing less from a group of individuals as dedicated and talented as they are. The updates for Unlock-Jailbreak.net tool have been arriving thick and fast of late, and even though no...

Talk of the Sound (blog)

Blood splatters in gory 'Rising Revengeance'
Las Vegas Review - Journal
The incredibly bloody "Metal Gear Rising Revengeance" departs from the series' usual theme of sleuth-action spy games. The faster, hack-and slasher action involves stopping pro-war terrorists - the bloody way. Previous image Enlarge Close Next image...

Las Vegas Review - Journal

South Jersey Skies: The odds of the asteroids
It's been more than two weeks since that amazing fireball flashed across the sky in Chelyabinsk, and its larger cousin coasted past our world later the same day. This might be a good time to reflect on the probabilities involved with these events. It's certainly ...

Welcome to year of the space rock
Welcome to year of the space rock Comet PanSTARRS will be visible in the Northern Hemisphere soon, but it's already putting on a show in the skies of the Southern Hemisphere. This image was taken by amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy on February 12, ...

iFixit Tablet 'Repairability' List Highlights Apple Shortcomings
The Dell XPS 10 is the most repairable of the 18 popular tablets iFixit tore down and detailed in a new list. Microsoft and Apple fared worst. The Apple iPad may be the world's best-selling tablet, but if you value the ability to open and fix and ideally prolong the ...


Surface RT tablet to hit Taiwan stores in late March
Focus Taiwan News Channel
Taipei, March 3 (CNA) U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp.'s tablet computer will soon be available in Taiwan, which is expected to heat up the competitive and fast-growing tablet market. The Surface RT, which uses the Windows RT operating system, will go ...

'Internet of Things' Must Be Secured
Government Technology
As more objects -- PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones as well as everyday objects -- are equipped with sensors and wireless antennas that connect to the Web, there is a growing “Internet of Things.” And for Internet patriarch Vint Cerf, now an evangelist at ...

Government Technology

Time to unplug
The Sun Daily
"DO YOU have multiple cell phones? Take your iPad to the beach on vacation? Ever find it hard to get through a conversation without posting an update to Facebook? Is your computer always on?" Those are not my questions but those of Reboot, a movement ...

Evernote Requests Users to Reset Passwords
Iowa City Owl
Evernote recently sent an e-mail to its users telling them to reset their passwords as they have been recently been added to the list of top companies that has been attempted to be hacked this year. Evernote sent an e-mail requiring its users of nearly 50 million ...

Drive On: Last Chevrolet Corvette rolls down GM line
USA TODAY (blog)
Normally, the last car coming off the assembly line is sad moment, especially when it is a storied model like the Chevrolet Corvette. But this one was cause for celebration, because the last sixth-generation Corvette that came down the line at 8:04 a.m. ...

Chromebook Pixel is a fine laptop, but is it worth the price? [Video]
Los Angeles Times
Google's first computer, the Chromebook Pixel, is technically impressive and excels at what it was designed for: browsing the Web and running Web-based software. If you live on Facebook, work on Google Docs and watch Netflix, the Chromebook Pixel ...

Assassin's Creed 4 screens leak: Yo ho ho it's a pirate's life
The shots were posted on All Games Beta, and show the new assassin swashbuckling on the high seas, free-running through untamed jungles and gunning down guards on land. Last week Ubisoft released the official Assassin's Creed 4 box art along with ...

Porn apps pose rising risk to mobile users
SEATTLE – Cybercriminals are stepping up the spread of data-stealing programs via pornographic content optimized for viewing on smartphones and touch tablets. What's more, free apps and mobile ads are being pervasively manipulated by scammers bent ...

An iPhone fan's month with Windows Phone: Week one
I love my iPhone 5. In fact, I've loved every iPhone I've ever owned, and lusted after the few I didn't. But while I'm well aware that Apple makes great products, I know it's not the only company capable of making great hardware. For example, I mostly prefer my...


Monstrous The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screens released, CD Projekt RED's vision ...
Arriving in 2014 on PC and “all high-end platforms,” now including the PlayStation 4, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has already astounded us with a few debut glimpses, and now more recently developer CD Projekt RED has sent out a brand new batch of ...


Apple blocks older Flash versions in Safari
GMA News
Following recent update woes with Adobe's Flash, Apple Inc. has decided to take stricter action against the software by blocking "older" versions of Flash. Apple's OS X operating system will now block older and vulnerable versions of Flash and force users to ...

Brace for frowns over Facebook News Feed
San Francisco Chronicle
Facebook members hate change. Every time the company tweaks even something minor on the social network, it raises a great big hue and cry. Remember when Timeline debuted? Some members acted like an asteroid was about to hit Earth. They started ...

Mass Effect 3: Citadel DLC New Details
The last DLC planned for Mass Effect 3 will be available in a few days and Bioware has given us a lot of new details in a recent press release, detailing some plot elements, some other technical problems and gameplay features. Be careful if you haven't ...

Curiosity rover reboots into safe mode
That means the rover must be put into "safe mode" -- a state in which only critical functions are allowed to take place and science operations are put on hold. In the meantime, the rover's backup computing system is being updated with all the command codes ...


Now The Deaf Community Can Take Full Advantage Of Google+ Hangouts ...
San Francisco Chronicle
Google+ Hangouts, the company's group video chat app, now has special support for sign language interpreters. When an interpreter is added to the Hangout, he remains in the top right of the app and automatically becomes the focus when he speaks to ...

This Tiny Apple Accessory Contains A Full-Fledged Computer
Business Insider
When they were having some problems with their adapter, curiosity got the better of them and they dissected it. Inside they found an ARM processor and 2 GB of RAM. The working theory is that the adapter isn't so much an "adapter" as it is actually an AirPlay ...

More Java based malware discovered
The Droid Guy
Java has had its days. The awesome and powerful programming language was once used so widely that it was almost everywhere, and it is still. I still deal with JDKs, servlets, JSPs, and other Java related stuff every day at work, because it is just so powerful.

China's "two sessions" agenda has world impact: foreign experts
BEIJING, March 3 (Xinhua) -- China's "two sessions" that started on Sunday will formulate policies that have significant impact on the world, foreign experts say. The annual full sessions of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, and its ...

Astronomers spy possible baby planet in stellar womb
Chicago Tribune
... 2013. * Object about the size of Jupiter * Orbiting star 335 light years from Earth. By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 2 (Reuters) - Scientists have found what they believe to be a planet-in-the-making that is still gathering material left over from the ...

FCC to Reconsider Law on Unlocking Cell Phones after Lengthy Petition
Years ago, if you wanted to have a certain cell phone, you would need to sign on with the one carrier that stocked that phone in its inventory. Obviously, it could be a risky move to drop your current carrier that you knew offered decent service to switch to a new ...


Price of cheaper iPhone 'revealed'
Times of India
NEW DELHI: iPhone's cheaper version has not even been officially confirmed yet, but the price of the supposed smartphone is allegedly out. There are a number of rumours floating, but according to one report in Japanese blog Macotakara, Apple is trying to ...

Times of India

NASA's next generation spacecraft Orion on track for 2014 test flight
Sen - Space exploration network
Artist illustration of Orion attached to a Delta IV second stage as it will be for its first test flight. Credit: NASA Click to view larger image. By Charles Black 03 March 2013. (Sen) - NASA's next generation spacecraft Orion, designed to take humans to deep space, ...

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