15 June 2013

Apple's Eddy Cue Defends E-Book Sales

Apple has the guns and ammo to take on the DOJ--

Apple's Eddy Cue Defends E-Book Sales
Wall Street Journal
The Justice Department, in a civil trial being heard in federal court in Manhattan, has accused Apple of colluding with five major publishers to raise the price of e-books in 2010 in response to Amazon.com Inc.'s discount pricing of $9.99 for best ..(read more at link above)

Amazon builds section for 3D printing supplies
Online retail giant dedicates a section of its online store to selling 3D printers and supplies in another step toward the devices becoming mainstream. by Nick Heath. June 14, 2013 8:37 AM PDT. Amazon's 3D printing section. (Credit: Screenshot by CNET).

Foreign Stakes Shield Two Phone Firms from Sweep
Wall Street Journal
WASHINGTON—The National Security Agency's controversial data program, which seeks to stockpile records on all calls made in the U.S., doesn't collect information directly from T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, in part because of their foreign ownership ...

Lomography Selling DIY 35mm SLR Camera for $35
PC Magazine
In the market for a new single-lens reflex (SLR) camera, but don't want to break the bank buying one? Lomography has you covered, sort of. The analog film camera makers are offering a new SLR for just $35 — assembly not included. The Konstruktor DIY Kit ...

More Surface give-aways, Andy Lees on leave and other Microsoft news of the ...
Summary: A quick round-up of Microsoft-related news of the week, with the latest on Surface, Microsoft reorg rumors and more. Here's a ...

Best Buy Likes the Allure of Smaller-Box Retail
Best Buy (BBY) is fast becoming a big-box store full of little boxes, announcing a plan yesterday to cordon off its outlets further into dedicated areas for Microsoft (MSFT) products. Microsoft's Windows-based PC, tablets, and Xboxes will be clustered together in ...

Iranians are being phished ahead of election: Google
Summary: Google is warning Iranians that it is seeing a rise in what it believes are politically motivated phishing attacks ahead of the nation's presidential election.

Microsoft Brings Office to iPhone, but Not Tablets
ABC News
Even as a pared-down version of Microsoft's Office software package arrived on the iPhone, the company is holding out on extending that to the iPad and Android devices as it tries to boost sales of tablet computers running its own Windows system. Microsoft ...

Nokia Lumia 925 review: Terrific for shutterbugs
Nokia's all-metal Lumia 925 does take better shots than its other high-end sibling, and the mostly metal chassis is a plus. Nokia's new ...

UN Climate Talks Marred by Decision-Making Spat
ABC News
U.N. climate talks have hit a stumbling block that some delegates say poses a serious challenge to their already slow-moving attempt to craft a global response to climate change. As the latest negotiation session ended Friday in the German city of Bonn, one ...

Amid criticism, Apple website showing off alternate iOS 7 icons
Los Angeles Times
Apple Inc., which has taken flak from some users for the design of its new iOS 7 mobile platform, may have already begun making changes to the system's look. The company on Monday unveiled the new operating system with the biggest redesign to the ...

How iOS 7 Will Look on the iPad
Although the iPad and the iPad mini were largely left out of any announcements made at Apple's big Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this week, the company has posted pictures of the new iOS 7 software running on its tablet devices. iOS 7 — which ...

TweetDeck update brings new look to Mac
The refresh includes a revamped interface that boasts a new sidebar on the left for easier navigation across columns. Don Reisinger. by Don Reisinger. June 14, 2013 8:52 AM PDT. A look at the new TweetDeck. (Credit: Twitter). TweetDeck, the popular ...

Ideas for Keeping Your Data Safe From Spying
ABC News
Phone call logs, credit card records, emails, Skype chats, Facebook message, and more: The precise nature of the NSA's sweeping surveillance apparatus has yet to be confirmed. But given the revelations spilling out into the media, there hardly seems a ...

NSA gets early access to zero - day data from Microsoft , others
Ars Technica
The National Security Agency (NSA) has used sensitive data on network threats and other classified information as a carrot to gain unprecedented access to information from thousands of companies in technology, telecommunications, financial, and ...

Foursquare Time Machine turns your trips into pretty infographics
Given the recent concerns in the media regarding personal privacy, services designed to make your private life more transparent and shareable will likely have to work harder than ever to convince new users to willingly give up their data. Foursquare ...

Nintendo president says their strategy is about games not hardware
Video: We speak with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime about Nintendo's strategy amist the heated Xbox One and PlayStation 4 battle....

Former Windows Phone boss out once again at Microsoft
TechRadar UK
Microsoft is once again playing executive shuffle, this time with former Windows Phone chief Andy Lees, whose corporate bio mysteriously vanished from the company roster overnight. AllThingsD reported Thursday that Microsoft Vice-President of Corporate ...

Half of the Internet's Mobile Ad Revenue Belongs to Google
Maximum PC
Oh, to be Google for a day. If you could have Google's mobile ad dollars for a single day out of the year, you could quit your job and never work again, if you didn't want to. According to data by eMarketer, Google's mobile ad revenue is on pace to double in ...

NYC, Nextdoor Partner for Neighborhood-Focused Social Networking
PC Magazine
Nextdoor, the social-networking service for neighborhoods, has partnered with New York City to give Big Apple residents important city and safety updates. Launched in 2011, Nextdoor is a free service described as "Facebook for neighborhoods," which lets ...

Rumor: Facebook Developing Google Reader Replacement
PC Magazine
Facebook has already conquered the world of social networking, so why not tackle news consumption? Facebook is reportedly developing its own RSS service, presumably aimed at filling the void Google Reader will leave when it shuts down on July 1.

First Fluorescent Protein Identified in a Vertebrate Animal
Scientific American
When blue light is shone on it, this eel glows green — and the molecule that lets it do the trick is unlike any other found in living organisms. Image: AKIKO KUMAGAI & ATSUSHI MIYAWAKI. What a Plant Knows. How does a Venus flytrap know when to snap ...

Men 'to blame for the menopause'
BBC News
Hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings - menopause and its side effects can all be blamed on men, experts suggest. Evolutionary geneticists from Canada's McMaster University say men's tendency to choose younger mates meant fertility became pointless ...

Mystery of Mars 'ski tracks' solved by snowboard-dreaming scientist
CTV News
Mysterious furrows spotted on the surface of Mars are something similar to the "first tracks" laid down in deep, virgin powder by adventurous backcountry skiers. And after researching the cause of those space tracks -- and conducting experiments to recreate ...

Study upends theory of how Arctic ice shelves lose mass
CBS News
Warm ocean water is causing the Antarctic ice shelves to melt from the bottom up, a new study says, contradicting the previously accepted notion that the shelves lose the most mass due to iceberg break-off. Experts call off search for life in Antarctic lake ...

Battlefield 4 mod support ruled out by DICE
PC Gamer Magazine
DICE general manager Karl-Magnus Troedsson confirmed to PC Gamer at E3 that Battlefield 4 will not support mods. Troedsson caveated that user-generated content is something that DICE finds “very interesting,” and that it's something the studio has been ...

Facebook struggles with monetizing search, kills sponsored results
Though search remains a top priority for Facebook, the company hasn't mastered how to make money from queries. Jennifer Van Grove. by Jennifer Van Grove. June 13, 2013 11:59 AM PDT Follow @jbruin. (Credit: James Martin/CNET). Facebook is ...

Protecting Yourself from Hashtags
ABC News
This week Facebook announced a relatively small tweak. Any phrase with the # symbol before it would become clickable. Yes, it officially brought the hashtag, typically associated with Twitter, to its social network. It's a small feature change, sure, but it has ...

Too many stars in the 'S4' galaxy dull Samsung's brand
CNET (blog)
Making matters more confusing is that the phone specs vary, and some Galaxy S4 phones may offer an experience that's quite different from the original top-rated S4's. From my perspective, Samsung is simply muddying its S4 brand name with too many ...

Senior officials announced this week that the "all-caps" policy, which dates back to the use of 19th-century Teletype machines, would be scrapped under an "ongoing message improvement process". The overhaul includes the introduction of a new messaging ...

Inside the fast-paced world of 'Titanfall'
Nearly everyone who has played a first-person shooter can relate to the following scenario. You fire up the game and start playing in a few matches, and find yourself getting taken out every few seconds. Unless you're playing a game consistently, there's ...

First Woman In Space, Valentina Tereshkova, Honored 50 Years After Historic ...
Huffington Post
MOSCOW -- It was another Soviet first in space 50 years ago, putting a woman in orbit. And the 26-year old Valentina Tereshkova carried her part with grace, shouting "Take off your hat, sky, I'm coming!" as she blasted off. President Vladimir Putin praised her ...

First look: iWork for iCloud beta brings powerful productivity to the Web
Apple Insider
Apple revealed at its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday that it will be releasing a new version of iWork for iCloud, enabling remote access to the productivity suite with nearly full functionality offered in a Web client. iMacs. Announced earlier this ...

Is Anyone Clicking on Your Twitter Links? Now You Can Find Out
PC Magazine
If you've ever wondered how many people actually click on the links you post to Twitter, now you can find out. The micro-blogging site has quietly opened up its analytics tool to average users. The feature was discovered recently by Christopher Penn, vice ...

EU set to probe Google over Android licensing
The European Union is to launch an informal investigation of Google over alleged anti-competitive conduct in relation to the licensing of its popular mobile platform Android. The antitrust probe will focus on accusations that Google struck exclusive licensing ...

Apple, Samsung urged to do more to protect customers
The companies, however, are taking steps in the right direction to curb phone theft, says San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman....

Sony Opens SmartWatch to Developers
PC Magazine
While Pebble and the rumored Apple iWatch are getting all the attention these days, Sony is looking to bring its own SmartWatch gadget back in the spotlight. The Japanese tech giant on Thursdaylaunched a new experimental project, dubbed Open ...

Apple said to be 'exploring' 5.7-inch iPhone
Apple is said to be "exploring" building iPhones with displays of 4.7 and 5.7 inches, a move – if true – that could be in response to consumer demand for large-screen smartphones such as the 5-inch Galaxy S 4 from ├╝ber-rival Samsung. In addition, Reuters ...

Apple senior executive defends company at e-book price-fixing trial
Washington Post
NEW YORK — Apple senior executive Eddy Cue said in federal court Thursday that some popular e-book titles may have gotten more expensive after his company got into the business but that Apple was not to blame for those price hikes. Cue, the head of ...

Why our rarest birds are all aflutter over digital twitchers
The Cuban Tocororo is an onomatopoeic bird. Two weeks ago, I crept through a forest high up in the hills of the Caribbean island, following its unmistakable cooing call. Finally, a flash of red, white and blue shone through the trees just above us. We froze to ...

Social Gaming Network Buys Independent Developer Mob Science
French Tribune
It has been announced today by SGN (Social Gaming Network) that Mob Science has been acquired by it. Mob Science is an independent developer, whose library of games comes under the deal. The library is captioned by Legends: Rise of a Hero.

E3 2013 | Nintendo Looking to Explore DLC Options for Legend of Zelda
The chap behind The Legend of Zelda, Eiji Aonuma, has revealed that team is looking into how to incorporate DLC in the future. Once a Legend of Zelda title is complete and the credits roll, there often is fairly little to do aside from try to achieve 100% ...

Talking Friends apps reach 1bn downloads with 170m active users
The Guardian
In April 2011, app startup Outfit7's range of Talking Friends app passed 100m downloads on iOS and Android. A year later, the total had swelled to 360m downloads, with 100m monthly active users (MAUs) of the virtual pet apps. Now, in June 2013, Talking ...

Cool your jets : overclockers must pay toll to play on Haswell highway
Ars Technica
Intel has taken back the gift of "free” overclocking that it gave hardware tweakers when introducing its Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processor lines. Geoff Gasior at The Tech Report writes that has Intel confirmed it will lock down the ability on the company's ...

Moves Trump Speed for Cheetahs
Scientific American
Moves Trump Speed for Cheetahs. Cheetahs rarely reach top speed when hunting, but rather rely on rapid acceleration and agility to catch their prey....

Oxygen-Binding Protein Helps Diving Mammals Survive Underwater Without Air
International Business Times
Diving mammals, like sperm whale, have a special protein in their muscles that stores sufficient oxygen, allowing them to survive underwater for long periods of time without breathing, a new study reveals. Diving mammals. Reuters. Diving mammals have an ...

Pre-Order the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 APS-C Zoom Lens, Only $800
Digital Photography
The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM zoom lens for Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts is now available for pre-order. The new addition to Sigma's Art line of lenses is specifically designed for use with DSLR cameras that feature APS-C-sized sensors. It is also ...

Keyboard Loyalists to the Rescue! Q10 Sales Boost BlackBerry.
All Things Digital
Blackberry_Q10 BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins's prediction earlier this year that the company is going to sell a ton of its new Qwerty-keyboard-equipped Q10 smartphone was an aggressive one, but perhaps prescient, as well. A handful of recent analyst ...

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