06 June 2013

Apple Denies It Fixed E-Book Pricing

Apple attorney Orin Snyder: "Apple is going to trial because it did nothing wrong. Apple did not conspire with any publisher individually, collectively or otherwise to raise industry prices."

Apple Denies It Fixed E-Book Pricing
ABC News
In April 2012 the Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, MacMillan, Hachette and Pearson over allegations that Apple and the publishers agreed to fix the price of e-books, raising prices above ...


HTC Operations Chief Steps Down Amid Smartphone Delays
Bloomberg
HTC Corp. Chief Operating Officer Matthew Costello stepped down after less than three years at Taiwan's biggest smartphone maker amid slumping sales that have pushed down its shares about 76 percent in the past two years. Fred Liu, who is ...

BlackBerry's next flagship phone: The all-touchscreen A10
CNET
Sprint has already committed to selling the A10, which is the successor to the Z10, in November, CNET has learned. BlackBerry's next flagship ...

Oracle-Dell Deal Extends Confusing 'Coopetition'
Wall Street Journal
Oracle on Tuesday did Dell a go od turn, announcing a deal to bundle its popular software with server systems from the ailing hardware vendor. But the deal prompted questions about Oracle's own computer business–and its frayed relationship with ...

Sperm is the New Superfood: Female Squid Munch Ejaculate For Healthier Eggs
Science World Report
Could eating sperm be good for you? In the case of a certain Australian squid, it is. Biologists have discovered that the female southern bottletail squid eats the sperm of its male counterpart during the course of mating. (Photo : Wikimedia Commons) ...

Apple Touts Benefits of 'Spaceship' Campus in New Report
PC Magazine
Apple is once again making a push for its huge, spaceship-like campus with a new report that outlines the benefits of building the 2.8 million square foot complex. The report, prepared for Apple by Keyser Marston Associates, outlines the economic benefits to ...

Ancient 3-Inch Creature Holds Clue to Human Divergence From Apes
Businessweek
The remains of a 55-million-year-old monkey found in China that could fit in the palm of one's hand and had man-like feet and face, may offer a new timeline on when humans split from their primate cousins, scientists said. An analysis of the nearly complete ...

Apple, others to meet with law enforcement over violent phone thefts
CNET
Representatives from Apple, Samsung, Google/Motorola, and Microsoft are set to meet with top officials in New York and San Francisco to discuss a tech solution to street theft of mobile devices. ...

Google offers mea culpa to calendar devs
CNET
Changing course from earlier this year, Google takes a more developer-friendly stance on two of its calendar APIs. A rare reversal for Google: The company decides not to lock ...

Microsoft video preview shows Windows 8.1 tablet UI options
Register
Video Microsoft has had a lot to say about the forthcoming Windows 8.1 update, both in its blogs and at conferences like TechEd and Computex, and now it's gone ahead and posted a five-minute video tour so that we can see some of the new features in ...

Report: Fix Broken iPhone 5 Screen at Apple Store for $149
PC Magazine
iPhone 5 owners, rejoice: Your broken screen can now be fixed while you wait at an Apple Store. But the repair comes with a price — almost the same price as buying a new iPhone 5. According to MacRumors, iPhone 5 owners can take a broken phone to ...

Boxer Challenges Mailbox With Email Organization App
PC Magazine
This is the year of mobile email organization: Orchestra's Mailbox app arrived in January, gaining users at break-neck speeds and readjusting expectations of what mobile mail can be. Now, newcomer Boxer has entered the ring, with even more options to ...

Dell Projects Icahn Proposal's Value Lowered by Liquidity Gap
Businessweek
A Dell Inc. board committee said Carl Icahn's takeover offer has a “significant liquidity gap” that may lower the value of a dividend he proposed as part of his buyout plan. Billionaire Icahn and Southeastern Asset Management Inc., who together own about 13 ...

AT&T launches 4G LTE in 22 new markets
CNET
The carrier surpasses 260 markets today as nearly two dozen new cities are seeing faster 4G speeds. Scott Webster. by Scott Webster. June 5, 2013 10:16 AM PDT Follow @swebster77. AT&T's 4G LTE footprint now covers 261 markets across the United ...

Naked continent: see Antarctica de-iced
Fox News
The hidden face of Antarctica, concealed for more than 30 million years beneath thick ice, is revealed in a new map and video of the continent's rocky surface, released today by NASA. The project, called BedMap2, is part of an international collaboration led ...

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active Smartphone Withstands Dust, Water
eWeek
While many of us keep our smartphones safely swaddled in protective cases, thanks to their delicate glass screens and easily cracked plastic parts, some handsets are actually designed for people who live a more active, adventurous lifestyle, where exposure ...

Whistle leads pack of tech start-ups targeting US pet market
Financial Times
Thirteen years on from the collapse of Pets.com, the company that became synonymous with the bursting of the dotcom bubble, and Silicon Valley is ready to try again. A new crop of tech start-ups is reaching for a piece of the $50bn market for pet products.

Ban On Some Older iPhones, iPads Could Cost Apple $680 Million
Forbes
Updates with analyst comment on possible $680 million revenue hit to Apple Apple in seventh paragraph. In what patent watchers are calling a surprise move, the U.S. International Trade Commission, or ITC ITC, has sided with Samsung in a patent dispute ...

Pandora launches TV platform on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360
Los Angeles Times
All eyes have been on Apple in anticipation of its 'iRadio' music streaming service this week. But while Pandora's potential rival secures licensing deals with record companies, Pandora itself is increasing its own offerings. The Oakland company Wednesday ...

Fujitsu unveils 14-inch ultrabook with 3200x1,800 display
CNET (blog)
The new Lifebook UH90/L notebook will offer a thin design packed with a resolution of 3,200x1,800 pixels. Lifebook UH90/L ultrabook packs a lot of pixels.

Sequel to Thunderbolt is all about 4K video
Ars Technica
The next generation of Intel's Thunderbolt interface was officially given a name yesterday. Formerly referred to by its controller's code name, "Falcon Ridge," Intel has announced that the latest iteration will be called "Thunderbolt 2." It's not terribly creative, but it ...

Kepler Stars (And Planets) Are Bigger Than Thought
Discovery News
A large exoplanet gas giant experiences powerful aurorae caused by energetic particles streaming from its host star. CfA. Related Links. How Kepler Could Die and Keep Giving · Kepler-62 is a Ripe SETI Target · VIDEO: The Hunt for a Second Earth ...

Tech Tips: Ways to Improve Online Life, Save Money
ABC News
As the year began, I decided I would get serious about digital cleanup — to save money and improve my online life. For a while, I had been putting off tasks such as backing up computer files and canceling the premium cable channels I never watch. Usually ...

Yahoo says its redesigned Web search engine is easier to use, faster
Los Angeles Times
Working to instill a more uniform design throughout its Web services, Yahoo on Wednesday unveiled a new look for its Web search engine that resembles the homepage redesign the company introduced earlier this year. The company said the renovated ...

Data For Nothing, Calls For Free: How FreedomPop Will Offer Free Phone Service
Forbes
IN THE MIDDLE OF LUNCH over sushi near his West Los Angeles office, Stephen Stokols' phone buzzes with another e-mail, bringing a smile to his face. The founder and CEO of FreedomPop has just received another batch of smartphones, used ones, ...

Deus Ex: The fall is 'a full experience' for mobile, tablets
Computerandvideogames.com
Square Enix has officially announced Deus Ex: The Fall, a mobile and tablet game due for release this summer. Developed by Square Enix's Mobile division in Europe, in collaboration with the Human Revolution team at Eidos-Montréal and N-Fusion, The Fall ...

Hubble Telescope Spies Huge Explosion on Faraway Star
Space.com
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has given astronomers a rare look at an enormous stellar eruption, allowing them to map out the aftermath of such blasts in unprecedented detail. Hubble photographed an April 2011 explosion in the double-star system T ...

Security in the age of BYOD
GigaOM
In this webinar, the panelists will explore the challenges exposed by BYOD and help sculpt a framework for evaluating the authentication and management tools available to secure employee-owned devices. They will also discuss how to tailor a BYOD ...

Google Glass gets camera update, caption support
CNET
The new feature provides better performance in low-light areas and rapidly snaps several photos so users can choose the perfect option....

'Eye-Stinging' Pollution Declining Near Los Angeles, Study Says
Businessweek
Threats to the Earth's ozone and “eye-stinging” airborne irritants are declining near the Los Angeles area, the second-most-populous U.S. region, according to the Journal of Geophysical Research. Air pollution in the region has decreased even as the ...

Pinterest Update Lets Users Search Their Pins
PC Magazine
Pinterest this week rolled out an update perfect for pin-happy users, or those just too lazy to scroll through their boards. The social media corkboard added a search feature that will make it easier for users to find their own pins. Previously, they had to just sift ...

Smartphone Ownership 2013
The Pew Internet and American Life Project
For the first time since the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project began systematically tracking smartphone adoption, a majority of Americans now own a smartphone of some kind. Our definition of a smartphone owner includes anyone who ...

13 eye-opening figures about wearable tech
ZDNet
Summary: What do people really think about Google Glass and its ilk? The answers may surprise you. Andrew Nusca. By Andrew Nusca for Between the Lines | June 5, 2013 -- 16:14 GMT (09:14 PDT). Follow @editorialiste. google-glass-product-photo-front- ...

The Last of Us review: A bright moment in gaming, shining through a dark world
Fox News
It is obvious right from the start that The Last of Us is not your typical game. Naughty Dog has earned a reputation for creating transcendent experiences that are simply presented as games. With the Uncharted series, the developer created an interactive ...

Toyota to Recall 2010 Prius and Lexus Hybrids
New York Times (blog)
This will be the second brake-related recall for Prius and Lexus hybrids. Toyota Motor Corporation This will be the second brake-related recall for Prius and Lexus hybrids. Toyota has announced a voluntary recall in the United States of about 87,000 Prius and ...

Winnie-the-Pooh and Penguin take the stage in e-book trial
Los Angeles Times
Apple enlisted the services of Winnie-the-Pooh on Tuesday in trying to show a court that it did not tinker with e-book prices when it opened its electronic bookstore in 2010, according to the Associated Press. Apple's attorney, Orin Snyder, brought up the ...

Fancy a cuppa? Now you can switch the kettle on from another room using Wi-Fi ...
Daily Mail
Too lazy to get up to switch the kettle on? Soon you may be able to simply raise your hand or nod your head from another room, and you'll be moments away from a fresh cup of tea. This is the hope of researchers at the University of Washington who have ...

20 Years Later: From the Dollar to the Internet
Huffington Post
In 1993 Fidel Castro found himself on the ropes with the economic crisis and accepted the circulation of the dollar in Cuban territory. Until then, possessing foreign currency could cost you several years in prison. "The enemy's money" came to stay, although ...

Hands-on: Creative Senz3D camera's Portal 2 demo
CNET
The gesture control camera, announced at Intel's keynote, will come with a special version of Valve's Portal 2 game to demonstrate its capabilities. by John Chan. June 5, 2013 3:57 AM PDT. (Credit: Creative). TAIPEI -- During Intel's keynote at Computex 2013 ...

No Big Deal, Just a Giant Hole in the Sun
The Atlantic
An extensive coronal hole rotated toward Earth last week--and astronomers were there to capture it. A massive coronal hole, captured in its rotation toward Earth ...

'God's Bathtub:' Ancient Lake In Australia Found To Be Unaffected By Climate ...
Huffington Post
Scientists from Australia's University of Adelaide have identified a lake so pristine that they're calling it "God's bathtub." Although typical freshwater ecosystems vary because of climate change and man's influences, Blue Lake on North Stradbroke Island in ...

NASA Makes High Res Maps Of Our Neighboring Galaxies
Forbes
NASA's SWIFT satellite is capable of viewing the skies around Earth in a number of different wavelengths – from gamma rays to X-rays to ultraviolet to the normal light we use ourselves. It was designed to track gamma ray bursts and their afterglows.

Apple Secures Warner Music Group Rights for Streaming Music Service
RollingStone.com
On Sunday, Apple and the Warner Music Group reached a licensing agreement to stream the entire Warner catalog on a yet-to-launch iTunes extension, unofficially dubbed "iRadio." Artists signed to record labels affiliated with Warner include Green Day ...

10 years after launch, missions to Mars just keep going ... and going
NBCNews.com
By Alan Boyle, Science Editor, NBC News. Follow @b0yle. The European Space Agency is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Mars Express orbiter's liftoff this week, and the launch anniversaries for NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers are coming soon as ...

Google investing in new HTML5 development tool for advertisers
ZDNet
Summary: Dubbed Google Web Designer, the service is meant to help digital advertisers connect with consumers across multiple displays, regardless of the device...


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