10 June 2013

Edward Snowden "outs" the NSA

Video and article at the following link explains it all-- 

Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations | World news | guardian.co.uk: " . . . . Snowden will go down in history as one of America's most consequential whistleblowers, alongside Daniel Ellsberg and Bradley Manning. He is responsible for handing over material from one of the world's most secretive organisations – the NSA. In a note accompanying the first set of documents he provided, he wrote: "I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions," but "I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant.". . . ."

World's Most Dangerous Oceans IdentifiedDiscovery News
Some of the world's busiest oceans are hotspots for shipwrecks, often caused by adverse weather that will only increase with climate change, according to a new study. The South China Seas and East Indies, the East Mediterranean and Black Sea, and the ...

Analyst: Sony Aiming for Sub-$400 PlayStation 4 Price
PC Magazine
Sony has apparently learned its lesson from the early life of the PlayStation 3. Accordingly, analysts say, the company is planning to keep the price point of its successor console – the PlayStation 4 – as much under $400 as it possibly can. Why $400? If you'll ...

Siri Eyes Free, Samsung SVoice Coming to 2014 BMWs
PC Magazine
BMW's 2014 lineup will support voice-activated services like Apple's Siri and Samsung's SVoice, the car maker announced today. The new cars will include the latest version of BMW's iDrive interface, which will let drivers connect their smartphone to the ...

Intel offers to pay up for Internet TV programming deals
Reuters
By Ronald Grover , Liana B. Baker and Noel Randewich. June 7 | Fri Jun 7, 2013 6:20pm EDT. June 7 (Reuters) - Intel Corp's talks to buy content from media companies for its new TV service are advancing, and the chipmaker is offering to pay as much as 75 ...

Google's Reader is going away, but here are some options to replace it
San Jose Mercury News
As a news junkie, by nature and profession, I've developed my own strategies for keeping track of what's new on the Internet. In recent years, I've used Google (GOOG) Reader to keep tabs on dozens of tech websites and blogs each day. And like millions of ...

Mars discovery : Rock reveals science of planet's watery past
Christian Science Monitor
In a small rock, planetary scientists are reading important evidence of once-abundant water on Mars. Skip to next paragraph. In Pictures Exploring Mars with Curiosity. Related stories. Are you scientifically literate? Take our quiz · Curiosity hits 'pay dirt': Mars ...

Anonymous 'leaks' already-public NSA documents unrelated to PRISM
The Verge
The hacktivist collective Anonymous is trying to pull back the curtain on the NSA's PRISM surveillance program, but they're having a little bit of trouble doing so. This morning, members of Anonymous purported to leak 13 documents concerning PRISM — the ...

Mad Catz to get its Android console 'M.O.J.O.' working at E3
TechRadar UK
Gaming accessory maker Mad Catz will debut its own living room Android console called "Project M.O.J.O." at this year's E3 in Los Angeles, the company announced today. Project M.O.J.O. is "configured to harness the maximum gaming horsepower from an ...

Hidden Wildfires Taking Big Toll on Amazon Rainforest
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Map showing fires in the Amazon forest between 1999 and 2010 Researchers for the first time mapped the extent and frequency of understory fires across a study area (green) spanning 1.2 million square miles (3 million square kilometers) in the southern ...

Asteroid the size of a small truck buzzes Earth: NASA
Reuters
By Irene Klotz. CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida | Sat Jun 8, 2013 10:29am EDT. CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - An asteroid the size of a small truck zoomed past Earth four times closer than the moon on Saturday, the latest in a parade of visiting celestial ...

Behold, the world's most sophisticated Android trojan
Ars Technica
Recently discovered malware targeting Android smartphones exploits previously unknown vulnerabilities in the Google operating system and borrows highly advanced functionality more typical of malicious Windows applications, making it the world's most ...

Need yet another place to see your Facebook notifications? Get Bing Desktop
TechRadar UK
Microsoft has revamped its Bing Desktop application, to bring Facebook notifications into the mix, along with some other relatively newsworthy changes. The app, which brought Facebook integration by displaying friends' posts and statuses earlier this year, ...

Leaked Windows Phone screenshots reveal notification center, UI changes, and ...
The Verge
Microsoft has previously admitted it "ran out of time" on a Windows Phone notification center, but it looks like the company is testing early future versions of Windows Phone with this feature in place. A Reddit user has posted a series of screenshots from a ...

Researchers Develop Bee Sperm Bank in Hopes of Creating a Super Bee
Nature World News
Researchers at Washington State University announced plans to open a “bee sperm bank” as well as employ genetic cross-breeding methods in order to produce a super bee they hope will not succumb to colony collapse disorder....

Apple to unwrap fresh new products Monday
New York Daily News
A new Apple iPhone 5S, tweaks to the existing line of MacBook computers, an upgraded desktop operating system, and a new, free, streaming radio service call iRadio are all among the rumored goodies that may emerge at Apple's highly anticipated ...

iOS 7: What We Want
Mashable
This post reflects the opinions of the author and not necessarily those of Mashable as a publication. Apple's biggest announcement at WWDC 2013 will almost certainly be iOS 7. The debut of iOS 7 is an important milestone for Apple in many ways. Six years ...

Facebook Pares Down Its Menu of Ad Options
TechNewsWorld
Marketers have faced an overwhelming number of ad options on Facebook, the social network says, so it's scaling the choices way back in the hope of making their lives easier. That may not be the most important problem to tackle, however. "What has really ...

Bigger iPhone 6 coming; iPad Mini Retina delayed, ...
CNET
An iPhone 6 with a larger screen may be coming early next year, while the iPad Mini Retina may be pushed further out, says Citi Research. Brooke Crothers. by Brooke Crothers. Citi sees delays for the iPad ...

Don't Forsake the Gray Wolf
New York Times
KETCHUM, Idaho — IT has been celebrated as one of the great victories of the Endangered Species Act of 1973. After several decades of federal protection, gray wolves — once nearly wiped out in the continental United States — have reached a population ...

Apple import ban stokes smartphone patent war with Samsung
Chicago Daily Herald
Apple Inc.'s first loss against Samsung Electronics Co. in a U.S. patent case could mean a ban on imports of some older devices including the iPhone 4 while lessening prospects of the largest smartphone makers ending their legal battles. The U.S. ...

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive breaks Nurburgring EV lap record
Engadget
There's no question that the SLS AMG Electric Drive is faster than most EVs. However, Mercedes-Benz wants to prove that the car is fast in any category -- and it just broke a Nurburgring record to underscore its point. Merc's 751HP clean machine recently ...

Privacy is not dead
CNN
(CNN) -- I live my life in the open: I'm easily googleable, emailable, and you can figure out from my Twitter and Instagram accounts what I've been doing. For a while my phone number was posted publicly on my Facebook profile. I'm aware that these sites and ...

Samsung Hits a Speed Bump
Businessweek
The world's largest smartphone maker today saw its stock fall by 6.2 percent after banks downgraded the stock on concerns that Samsung Electronics (005930) may make only several billion dollars this year, as opposed to a kajillion. Sales of the company's ...

Report: iRadio Closer to Reality With Apple, Sony Deal
PC Magazine
Apple and Sony Music have reportedly inked a deal, moving Cupertino's anticipated iRadio service another step forward. According to All Things Digital — which cited a person familiar with the companies' negotiations — this means Apple now has the ...

Ape And Human Infant Gestures Are “Predominantly Communicative”
RedOrbit
In a study devoted to comparing the different types of gestures of a female chimpanzee, a female bonobo and a female human infant at comparable stages of communicative development, psychologists analyzed video of the three to find remarkable ...

New Gmail app adds a touch of color -- and frustration
Computerworld
Computerworld - Google this week completed an update of its mobile Gmail app, and has adopted a color tile scheme that will look somewhat familiar to Windows 8 users. The tiles integrate pictures of contacts and when a photo isn't available it uses letters ...

Snapchat reportedly raising $100M
CNET
The send-it-and-forget-it mobile app, reportedly on the verge of closing a funding round at a $500M valuation, won't be disappearing anytime soon. Jennifer Van Grove. by Jennifer Van Grove. June 7, 2013 1:16 PM PDT Follow @jbruin. (Credit: SnapChat) ...

Redesigning the Look of iOS Is Jony Ive's First Step Towards CEO
The Mac Observer
I've been thinking about Apple CEO Tim Cook and the company's design guru, Sir Jonathan Ive. It started when former VP Scott Forestall was fired and Sir Jony was put in charge of the look and feel of iOS 7. As more rumors about the iOS makeover began to ...


Why Xbox One's used games policy doesn't need to be the end of gaming as we ...
CNET
commentary Before you start panicking about next-gen game licensing you need to put things into perspective. There's a way through this. Last week ...

Apple Polishes Software for iPhones, iPads
Wall Street Journal
The company's annual developer conference, which begins Monday, looms as the latest crossroads as the technology icon struggles to maintain its trendsetter status since the death of Steve Jobs. Apple's streak of game-changing devices has stalled and the ...

Report: Google Said to Be Close to Buying Waze for More Than $1 Billion
Mashable
The bidding war for crowdsourced navigation app Waze has reportedly been won by Google, which will pay "more than $1 billion" for the startup, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz. The deal hasn't been finalized yet, but according to the report, Google ...

Humans might look like anime characters in 100K years
USA TODAY
How will humans evolve over the next 20,000, 60,000 years and 100,000 years? An artist has teamed up with a computational geneticist to research and illustrate one possible timeline, in which our species basically genetically engineers itself into looking like ...

E3 Show Loses Ground in Videogames War
Wall Street Journal
The Electronic Entertainment Expo for years served as the center of the videogame world—an annual gathering of who's who in the business. But E3, which kicks off this week in Los Angeles, is losing some cachet as it fails to attract the industry's new rising ...

This Windows 8.1 Demo Actually Uses Mouse, Start Button
Tom's Hardware Guide
Microsoft demonstrates who the Start button and wallpaper unifies the desktop and Modern UI experience. This week during Computex 2013 in Taipei, Microsoft gave a demonstration of Windows 8.1 that briefly revealed the returning Start button.

Snapchat Hiring Massive Sales Team, Said To Be Raising $100M At A Near $1B ...
TechCrunch
Snapchat is aggressively recruiting sales people from Stanford as well as USC for its impending debut of a monetization scheme, we've discovered. Meanwhile it's raising $100 million at a valuation as high as $1 billion to pay them, as well as buy more ...

Fires have burned 3 percent of Amazon rainforest in 12 years, NASA says
Christian Science Monitor
The size of the Amazon rainforest has been shrinking – and not just because of traditional deforestation. Skip to next paragraph. Related stories. Think you know Latin America? Take our geography quiz. Five hotbeds of biodiversity · In Brazil, a showdown ...

States look to tax hybrid and electric car owners to recoup road funding
Fox News
RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina is joining a growing number of states exploring new fees for hybrid and electric car owners to help make up for revenue those drivers aren't paying in gas taxes on their fuel-efficient vehicles. The proposal strikes many owners ...

'Remember Me' a captivating adventure for sci-fi buffs
USA TODAY
'Remember Me' is a refreshingly fun new game, especially for sci-fi fans. ...

More Proof That the Wii U Basic Is About To Go Extinct, Via Best Buy
Kotaku
Earlier this week, GameStop issued a June 18 "recall" of the 8GB $300 Wii U Basic, the version of the Wii U that smart consumers knew to avoid. (Edit: Okay, okay, see the comments for reasons why some smart people did buy the 8GB version.) Now a tipster ...

Writer's block: Cursing the cursor on Apple, Google tablets
CNET
Apple and Google tablets are both good at what most people use tablets for. Writing is a different matter. Word processing has a slight advantage on the iPad. (Credit: Apple) ...

In-depth Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One, iPhone 5 reviews
Phones Review
Today, we wanted to feature some of the most in-depth reviews that compare two of the most popular Android smartphones and the offering from Apple. Below this article you will find two in-depth Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One videos, and also two more ...

How Fallout from Nuke Tests Just Proved that Brain Cells Regenerate
Gizmodo
Before the Limited Test Ban Treaty of 1963 barred all aboveground, subsea, and orbital nuclear weapons testing, the world's nations were popping off nukes like champagne bottles on New Years. Surprisingly, that sprinkling of high-energy particles was ...

Scientists unveil invisibility cloaks that hide objects and data
DigitalJournal.com
Researchers John Howell and Benjamin Howell at the University of Rochester have demonstrated a new type of "invisibility cloak" that can be used to hide objects of almost any size from human beings to orbiting satellites. The "cloak" which is able to hide ...

E3 2013 Preview: What to Expect From Skylanders Swap Force
TheHDRoom
E3 Preview: What to Expect From Skylanders Swap Force For the third consecutive E3, Activition's Skylanders franchise will have a large presence at the show with new goodies to unveil. What began as a re-imagining of the Spyro The Dragon brand has ...


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