19 May 2013

Google I/O 2013--maps, music, social, search

Google I/O 2013 now over--but some of the new services announced seem promising--

Google I/O: 10 Big Developments
InformationWeek
Google skipped the skydivers at Google I/O 2013, but broke interesting ground in maps, music, social and search. Take our tour. Google I/O: 10 Big Developments. Informationweek Discussions. InformationWeek encourages readers to engage in spirited, ...

NASA's Planet-Hunting Kepler Telescope Will Have Long Legacy, Despite Big ...
Space.com
Whether or not NASA's Kepler spacecraft can bounce back from the malfunction that has stalled its search for alien planets, the mission's place in history is assured, scientists say. Kepler has spotted more than 2,700 potential exoplanets to date, with many ...

Intel Missed a Chance to Make Processors for the iPhone: Otellini - eWeek
eWeek
Paul Otellini said Apple approached Intel about making the chip for the first iPhone, but that it didn't make financial sense at the time. Intel is a $53 billion company in desperate need of a strong mobile play, and according to former CEO Paul Otellini, he let a ...

Nintendo wants to take YouTube profits back from its players
NBCNews.com
Nintendo is now claiming advertising revenue from user-generated YouTube videos featuring gameplay footage from its titles. YouTube has always proved fertile ground for the entrepreneurial and tech savvy. But gamers may soon be getting the short end of ...

FCC nominee Wheeler will divest holdings if confirmed
Reuters
WASHINGTON | Fri May 17, 2013 4:11pm EDT. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tom Wheeler, nominated to become the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, pledged to divest stakes in AT&T Inc, Dish Network Corp, Google Inc and dozens ...

Oops! The 5 greatest scientific blunders
Fox News
Even geniuses make mistakes, and sometimes those mistakes turn out to be genius in their own right, helping to illuminate some underlying mystery or impacting the way an entire field thinks. In celebration of happy accidents and enlightening errors, ...

Pixel's camera failure only one of many
CNET
The Chromebook Pixel may be pretty, but it can't talk to cameras -- among the many problems that keep it from being a prime-time laptop. The Chromebook Pixel ...

Teen's invention could charge your phone in 20 seconds
NBCNews.com
Eesha Khare, 18, of Saratoga, Calif., received the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award of $50,000 for the invention of a tiny energy-storage device. Waiting hours for a cellphone to charge may become a thing of the past, thanks to an 18-year-old ...

Apple Loop: The $610000 Cup of Coffee, Cook's Tax Talk, Bill Gates On ...
Forbes
Keeping you in the loop on some of the doings around Apple Apple this past week. The tax offensive. Apple CEO Tim Cook went on the offensive this week, talking to Politico and the Washington Post about the company's overseas cash hoard (which totals ...

How to upload documents, e-books to Google Play Books
CNET (blog)
Mixed in with all of the announcements and releases from Google I/O earlier this week, the Google Play Books service received an important update. Google Play Books users can now upload personal PDFs and e-books they currently own to the service.


Future Firefox takes tougher stance on mixed content
CNET
Mozilla might be fine with mixed company, but it's not fond of mixed content. A new tool to block unsecured content on secure sites makes its debut in the latest update to Firefox Aurora....


Now Here's An Interesting Problem About Google Glass And Prescription Lenses
Forbes
It's said that Google Google is experimenting with Google Glass and prescription lenses. To cater to those who need eyesight correction but don't want to either wear contacts or to cram the Google Glass frames on over their regular spectacles. Which sounds ...

NASA Announces Brightest Lunar Explosion Ever Recorded
National Geographic
An artist illustration of a meteor impacting the moon and resulting in an explosion that can be visible from Earth skies. A boulder-sized meteor slammed into the moon in March, igniting an explosion so bright that anyone looking up at the right ...

Infographic Charts Driving Distance Records on Mars, the Moon
PC Magazine
NASA is once again making history, this time with its Opportunity rover, which, on Thursday, logged a total 22.22 statute miles since landing on Mars in Jan. 2004. In effect, the Opportunity beat the (out-of-this) world record set in Dec. 1972, when Apollo 17 ...

Scientists agree on climate change. So why doesn't everyone else?
Washington Post (blog)
This might be the least surprising finding of the week: Since 1991, roughly 97 percent of all published scientific papers that take a position on the question agree that humans are warming the planet. A source of contention. (Charlie Riedel/Associated Press) ...

Windows 8: 5 Hopeful Signs
InformationWeek
Thanks to new apps and smaller, cheap devices, Windows 8 is primed for a rebound -- if Windows 8.1 delivers....

Syria government supporters hack Financial Times
Reuters UK
By Jim Finkle and Jennifer Saba. Fri May 17, 2013 9:58pm BST. (Reuters) - The Financial Times' website and Twitter feeds were hacked on Friday, renewing questions about whether the popular social media service has done enough to tighten security as ...

New Xbox more than a game console for Microsoft
Reuters
Sat May 18, 2013 9:59am EDT. * Microsoft set to unveil new Xbox Tuesday. * Renews contest with Sony, Nintendo for $65 bln game market. * Xbox key to Microsoft's broader push into consumers' lives. By Malathi Nayak and Bill Rigby ...

There's good news and bad news for Windows Phone business users
ZDNet
Summary: VPN support may not be coming to Windows Phone 8 this year, as was rumored and hoped for by many business users. But Good Technology's secure messaging app is now on WP8. By Mary Jo Foley for All About Microsoft | May ...

Mac users beware, 'Apple-certified' malware is here
GMA News
Users of computers running Apple Inc.'s OS X operating system may have to look out for this malware, which takes screenshots of the victim machine, a Mac-oriented site reported. The malware runs in the background and takes screenshots which it stores in a ...

Even without big Apps news at I/O, small changes matter
Computerworld
IDG News Service - Apps, Google's flagship product for enterprise IT, had a minor presence at this week's I/O developer conference, but some announcements at the show and in prior weeks deserve attention from customers of the cloud email and ...

Nintendo, Sega team up for 'Sonic: Lost World' and other games
GMA News
Japanese gaming icons Nintendo and Sega are briefly setting aside their rivalry and will be working together on three games, including one featuring Nintendo's Mario and Sega's Sonic. The Market for Computer and Video Games website cited a Nintendo ...

Defense Dept. approves use of Apple devices; Yahoo may be Tumblr, report says
Washington Post
TECHNOLOGY. Pentagon approves use of Apple devices. The Defense Department said Friday that it has approved Apple devices for use on its networks, meaning that it can issue its employees iPhones and iPads at the office. Apple joins Samsung and ...

NASA signs off on sampling mission to Earth-threatening asteroid
Register
NASA has given final approval for a billion-dollar mission that will visit one of the most potentially dangerous asteroids to Earth, collect samples, and then bring it back home for analysis. OSIRIS-REx asteroid sampling mission. Asteroid sampler to set off in ...

NASA facility will install a quantum-driven computer
Science Recorder
A NASA facility has just paid to have installed a new computer that will make use of quantum effects. This quantum computer, called the D-Wave Two Processor, could be as much 3,600 times faster than similarly sized conventional computers. For $15 million ...

MacBook Air 2013 Rumors: MacBook Air Inventory Low, Hints to New MacBook ...
Latinos Post
A Macbook Air Pro is pictured during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2012 in San Francisco, California June 11, 2012. (Photo : Reuters). Inventory of the 13-inch MacBook Air is reportedly drying up, just in time for Apple's annual Worldwide ...

Watch YouTube Videos and Shop Haircare Products in One Fell Swoop
Hot Hardware
Get ready for what could be a barrage of infomercials and home shopping-type channels on YouTube. That's because the Google-owned video sharing site is introducing a new channel gadget that will enable companies to set up shop and connect viewers ...

Endangered Species Act Turns 40 Today, Authorities Acting with Zeal towards ...
French Tribune
Back in 1973 on this day, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act under the President Nixon and today marks the 40th anniversary of the same. The act was passed after the concerns were raised over many species of Flora and Fauna were at the ...

Drive On: Millionth Jeep is milestone worth celebrating - USA Today
USA TODAY
Making 1 million of anything is quite an achievement. But 1 million Jeeps is truly special. It happenedFriday at Chrysler Group's Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio. As soon as the 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition rolled off the line, there ...

The Last of Us will debut 'play while it downloads' feature on the PS3 - Engadget
Engadget
Even though we don't yet know what the PlayStation 4 looks like or how much it will cost, one of the many details revealed at Sony's February event was that games will be playable even as they download. Now it turns out we won't have to wait for the new ...

Spacewatch: Solar maximum
The Guardian
There is no greater influence on the Earth and its space environment than that of our local star, the Sun. The level of solar activity, as indicated most clearly by the number of sunspots, ebbs and flows over an average cycle of 11 years as does the frequency of ...

University of Glasgow makes 3D models with single-pixel sensors, skips the ...
Engadget
Most approaches to capturing 3D models of real-world objects involve multiple cameras that are rarely cheap, and are sometimes tricky to calibrate. The University of Glasgow has developed a method that ditches those cameras altogether. Its system has four ...

Making a Word Meme
New York Times
Agree, disagree, read the book or not: “Lean In,” the title of Sheryl Sandberg's manifesto on women's empowerment, has quickly become one of those ubiquitous slogans. ...

New "smart" digitally enhanced rifle ships this week (Video included)
al.com (blog)
"Even a novice shooter can become an elite long-range marksman in minutes." That bold statement comes directly from the new gun's maker, TrackingPoint. TrackingPoint also says that with the new "smart" rifle, it has created the world's first "long range ...

Why do planets farthest from sun have highest winds? Team closes in on answer
Christian Science Monitor
Astronomers have long marveled that the fastest wind speeds in the solar system have been clocked on the planets farthest from the sun....

The Coming Human Cloning Controversies
National Review Online
I learned about the first successful human cloning last Monday, but couldn't write about it until Wednesday because of a news embargo. The peer reviewed paper in Cell was rushed to print because is a huge deal. But, much to my surprise, it only made mild ...

Streamonomics – The Fight For Fractions of a Cent in Online Music
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Next week online radio company Pandora is set to release quarterly numbers, expected to show its user base growing fast alongside the number of hours of music each user tunes in for. And while the company is a success story for signing up customers and ...

Charged up about an electric vehicle
Financial Times
My tennis partner recently and proudly introduced me to his new Tesla Model S, a magnificent-looking electric car – so “today”, so “green”. I note the purchase price was less than half that quoted in the FT. He did not need Tesla's financing deal, but took ...

She's in the game: NY Times Co. exec joins EA board
New York Business Journal
An attendee tries out an Electronic Arts video game during a media event at the company's headquarters in Redwood City, CA. Staff New York Business Journal. New York Times Co. executive Denise Warren has joined the board of directors for Electronic ...

Sadly, more Suicides from Foxconn Factory have been reported
Patently Apple
According to a new press release by China Labor Watch, another Foxconn employee from their Zhengzhou factory where Apple's iPhone is assembled jumped off a building to his death last Tuesday. The news that was officially made public hours ago stated ...

BBM for iOS and Android will only work on smartphones at launch
MobileSyrup.com
BlackBerry stunned the world, plus brought truth to years of rumours, when they announced their popular messaging service BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) would be coming to iOS and Android this Summer. The app will be free and is “subject to approval by ...

HTC Pledges To Pump Up 'One' Production While Samsung's New Flagship ...
eu.techcrunch
Oh HTC. You've produced one of the finest Android smartphones ever (seriously, just look at all these reviews), but you've faced more than your share of challenges when it came to actually pumping your top-tier One smartphone. As it happens, that may all ...


Eric Schmidt of Google to Meet With British Prime Minister
New York Times (blog)
Given the grilling that Google has gotten this week in Parliament, you might think that Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of the company, would be persona non grata in London these days. Not so, it appears. Mr. Schmidt is one of 16 high-level ...

One issue holding up Apple iRadio: The economics of skipping songs
CNET
Apple, which has been aiming for a summer rollout of a streaming music service, has hit a negotiating snag with Sony Music over some of the features that it is building into its product. More specifically, Apple and Sony Music, the world's second ...


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