09 May 2013

Hypersonic Flight Record set by US (video)


Boeing and the U.S. military claim a hypersonic flight record in the latest test of the company's unmanned X-51A Waverider.

Experimental aircraft speeds to more than 3,000 mph in test flight | McClatchy: "A lightning-quick experimental aircraft made history when it sped more than 3,000 mph above the Pacific Ocean in a test flight, reigniting decades-long efforts to develop a vehicle that could travel faster than a speeding bullet. The unmanned X-51A WaveRider, which resembles a shark-nosed missile, was launched midair Wednesday off the coast near Point Mugu. It sped westward for 240 seconds, reaching Mach 5.1, or more than five times the speed of sound, before plunging into the ocean as planned."

4 Ways Microsoft Could Improve Windows Store
InformationWeek
Kevin Casey | May 08, 2013 09:06 AM. 8 Things Microsoft Could Do To Save Windows 8. (click image for slideshow). You don't need me to tell you that the nascent Windows Store is light on apps, especially relative to what's on offer from Apple and Google.

Yahoo Wants Out of Microsoft Deal
Wall Street Journal
Chief Executive Marissa Mayer has been seeking to end the contract with Microsoftnsince joining Yahoo from Web-search giant Google Inc. last year, this person said, adding that Microsoft has indicated it wasn't interested in doing so. Yahoo's revenue ...

Wall Street Journal

Five issues Microsoft must fix in Office Web Apps
PCWorld
So when it comes time to create a document using Web apps, there is of course only one choice:Google Docs. Despite Microsoft's wide array of great software, Office Web Apps simply aren't good enough to trust with critical documents. That may change in ...

Google Glass Gets Smeared: 11 Improvement Ideas
InformationWeek
Google Glass shows signs of being the next Apple Newton, a product that was ahead of its time and undone by relentless ridicule. But the fate of ... Witness how Microsoft can be pilloried for a product it hasn't even attempted, its own version of Glass ...

Google offers iOS developers quick return to apps from Chrome
Inquirer
SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google has introduced a method for iOS developers to send users directly to its Chrome web browser on iOS from within an application. WithApple's iOS giving pride of place to the firm's own Safari web browser, it has been very...

Inquirer

Opinion: Apple plots Maps counter-attack as the Android war intensifies
Computerworld (blog)
It's fair to say Maps got off to a difficult start, but Apple [AAPL] is prioritizing improvements, with the company and its data partners working to ensure it eventually becomes better than Google Maps -- why else will a future upgrade to the latter ...

Apple Seeks Android Source Code Records in Samsung Suit
Bloomberg
Apple told U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal in San Jose, California, that Google is improperly withholding information about what terms it's using to find the documents Apple has requested in pretrial information sharing. Apple, as part of its ...

Google under pressure to cut $5bn valuation of smartphone patents
The Guardian
Google bid $12.5bn for Motorola Mobility in 2011, citing its strong patent portfolio as a defensive move against Apple and Microsoft, which were gunning for Android handset-makers including Samsung, HTC and Motorola in patent infringement cases.

The Guardian

Apple, Google Pay CFOs Most as Stocks Climb With Cash
Bloomberg
Technology shares have outperformed the broader market. The Nasdaq 100 Stock Index, which is weighted toward companies such as Apple and Google, gained 17 percent last year, compared with a 13 percent advance for the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.

Microsoft's SkyDrive hits 250m users
ZDNet
The growth — announced in a Microsoft blogpost on Monday by SkyDrive program manager Omar Shahine — can be attributed in part to the integration that Windows 8 has with SkyDrive, enabling users to easily save their documents to Microsoft's cloud ...

New Google Maps Interface - Google Operating System
By Alex Chitu
Google is about to launch a new interface for Google Maps. The update will remove the sidebar and will display everything on top of the full-screen map. One of the new features lets you restrict local search results to places recommended by ...
Google Operating System

Facebook Arrives On Google Glass Thanks To Unofficial Photo ...
By Drew Olanoff
Facebook Arrives On Google Glass Thanks To Unofficial Photo Sharing App ... We know that there won't be ads, since Google isn't allowing them on the Glass platform as of right now. Aside from that, I wouldn't mind seeing a Poke pop up on the device. ... Microsoft Confirmed It Will Offer Users Their · Say Goodbye To Adobe's Creative Suite ... Crunch With Us. Download the TechCrunch App for iPad in the Apple App Store · Download the TechCrunch App for Android in Google Play ...
TechCrunch

Google lets iOS apps direct users to Chrome instead of Safari ...
By Erica Ogg
On Tuesday the company announced a way to integrate Chrome with their iOS apps; another way of saying Google is helping other developers not use Apple's default Safari mobile browser. From the official Chrome team blog: With Chrome's ...
Apple

Is This the New Google Maps? - Gizmodo
By Casey Chan
Google is supposedly working on a redesign of Google Maps that'll kill the all familiar sidebar and replace it with a full screen map. It's a cleaner look that already makes the current constricted layout seem dated.
Gizmodo

Google Fiber Coming to Grandview, Missouri - The Next Web
By Emil Protalinski
Google on Tuesday announced that Grandview, Missouri will receive the company's Fiber Internet service. As is becoming typical with these smaller expansions, Google says it doesn't have an estimate for when the service will be available in the city and merely says “it will still be awhile.”Google says before it can build Fiber in Grandview, the company needs to “plan and engineer ...Microsoft reveals Windows Blue will be released to developers in June, distributed via Windows Store...
The Next Web

Syria – All Products – May 7, 2013 – Disruption – Traffic – Google ...
“The outage appears to have begun at 2:45 p.m. Eastern time, or 9:45 p.m. in Syria. According to a blog post by Umbrella's chief technology o…” Arabic – ...
https://www.google.com/transparencyreport/traffic/.../82/

Apple - iTunes - 50 Billion Apps Countdown
The Apple App Store is about to about to hit 50 billion downloads. And you could win a US $10000 App Store Gift Card.
https://www.apple.com/itunes/50-billion-app-countdown/

French, German politicians to pressure Google on tax | Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - Politicians in Germany and France say they will press for Google Inc to be quizzed on corporate income tax after a Reuters report ...
www.reuters.com/.../us-tax-google-idUSBRE9460NO2013050...

UPDATE 1-High-flying Ferrari to protect brand by making fewer cars
Reuters
Wed May 8, 2013 11:08am EDT. * Ferrari chairman sees growth in 2013. * Carmaker unveils new assembly line making Maserati engines. * Ferrari earned 52 mln euros from merchandising in 2012. By Jennifer Clark. MARANELLO, Italy, May 8 (Reuters) ...

Rumor: Google to Revamp Maps User Interface
PC Magazine
The unofficial Google Operating System blog reported on Tuesday that the search giant is testing out a new look for Google Maps that sheds the traditional sidebar in favor of floating boxes on top of a full-screen map. Information like location data, photos, and ...

Google Fiber Expanding to Grandview, Mo.
PC Magazine
Google is on a roll with the expansion of its super-fast Google Fiber service. The Web giant on Tuesday announced that gigabit Internet is headed to another Kansas City suburb — Grandview, Mo. The Grandview Board of Aldermen last night voted ...

Internet Restored in Syria, Government Blames Severed Cable
PC Magazine
Internet access in Syria has returned, according to those monitoring Web traffic in the region, as well as Syrian media reports. Internet monitoring firm Renesys said this morning that Web traffic resumed in Syria after a 19.5-hour outage - from 6:45 UTC on ...

T-Mobile Sold 500000 iPhones, Gained Customers, Lost Revenue in Q1
eWeek
T-Mobile's action-packed first quarter included sales of half a million iPhones and the addition of branded customers—its first since 2009. T-Mobile's "Un-carrier" strategy and the addition of the Apple iPhone 5 to its smartphone portfolio are indeed helping to ...

eWeek

Microsoft's Office Web Apps moving ahead with 'Gemini' wave
ZDNet
Summary: Microsoft is moving ahead with new features in its Office Web Apps -- a key piece of its devices and services corporate makeover -- with its 'Gemini' wave of deliverables. Mary Jo Foley....

INSATIABLE black hole in Milky Way's heart crams hot gas into cavity
Register
Space boffins have suggested the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy may have a powerful appetite for hot gas. The European Space Agency's Herschel telescope has captured far-infrared images which appear to show the black hole sucking...

Google Glass: What Do You Want To Know About Google's Internet Eyewear?
ReadWrite
If there's one thing anyone who's worn Google's zany augmented-reality eyewear can agree on, it's that people are really curious about it. I've been wearing Glass for about four days now, so I have a pretty solid grasp on the essentials of wearing and using it.

Google offers iOS developers quick return to apps from Chrome
Inquirer
SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google has introduced a method for iOS developers to send users directly to its Chrome web browser on iOS from within an application. With Apple's iOS giving pride of place to the firm's own Safari web browser, it has been very ...

Inquirer

European migration evident in DNA patterns
Los Angeles Times
The history of Europe is written in its people's DNA. The Huns and the Slavs made incursions into Eastern Europe about 1,500 years ago. Migrants moved from Ireland to England in recent centuries. Populations in Italy and Spain have been comparatively ...
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