18 June 2013

Edward Snowden says US intelligence 'aggressively criminal'

“All I can say right now is the U.S. government is not going to be able to cover this up by jailing or murdering me” -- Edward Snowden wrote--

Edward Snowden calls US intelligence 'aggressively criminal'
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON -- Edward Snowden, the former U.S. government contractor who leaked secret details of official surveillance programs, pledged Monday to release more information about U.S. intelligence-gathering methods that he described as “nakedly, ...(read more at link)

Huawei Set to Launch New Smartphone
Wall Street Journal
HONG KONG—Huawei Technologies Co. seems to be taking a page out of Samsung Electronics Co.'s playbook. Three months after Samsung introduced its Galaxy S 4 smartphone with a Broadway-style show in New York, the Chinese company is trying to ...

Bing voice search improves accuracy, speed
In 2012, Microsoft's Rick Rashid blew an Asian audience away with a live translation of his speech into Mandarin. On Monday, Bing added some of that technology to Bing Voice Search, to cut down the processing response time of voice input into Windows ...

China Beats US With World's Fastest Supercomputer
PC Magazine
America's fastest-supercomputer reign has ended, toppled by the Tianhe-2 out of China's National University of Defense Technology. Tianhe-2 achieved 33.86 petaflop/s on the Linpack benchmark, earning it the title of the world's fastest supercomputer in the ...

Samsung's Galaxy S4 doubles download speeds on LTE-Advanced network
Computerworld - Samsung plans to begin selling a Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone capable of supporting LTE-Advanced 4G networks -- which offer download speeds that are twice as fast as LTE -- in South Korea this month. No U.S. wireless carrier is ...

With themes of surveillance and hacking, 'Watch Dogs' game a sign of the times
Washington Post
EAR TO THE WALL: A notable standout at the Electronic Entertainment Expo among games with super heroes, psychopaths, pirates and zombies, was the one that features an eavesdropping hacker. It may be a sign of the times given that at a meeting ...

Digital Traveler: A Waze beyond plain map apps
Imagine driving toward your vacation destination, or even taking your regular work commute, and other drivers are feeding you information on traffic tie-ups and the nearby locations for the cheapest gas and dreaded speed traps. That's the premise and the ...

For the kid with everything: A $900 Porsche go-kart
Los Angeles Times
The trouble with being a kid is the complete lack of luxury vehicles. No longer. Porsche has unveiled a pedal-powered go-kart designed for kids weighing up to 110 pounds. It features a tubular steel frame, low-profile inflatable tires, a sport seat, composite ...

NASA picks 8 new astronauts, 4 of them women
Fox News
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA has eight new astronauts -- its first new batch in four years. Among the lucky candidates: the first female fighter pilot to become an astronaut in nearly two decades. A female helicopter pilot also is in the group. In fact, four of ...

Google settlement clears way for new Class C stock
Google Inc has settled a shareholder class action lawsuit that clears the way for the company to issue a new class of nonvoting stock, giving the company a currency for acquisitions that would not dilute ...

On the high seas with 'Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag'
The upcoming video game 'Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag' tells the 18th Century story of pirate Edward Kenway, who is also an assassin carrying on the decades-long battle with the Templars. ac40617. Art from the upcoming video game 'Assassin's Creed ...

'Cheetah-Cub' looks like a robot, runs like a cat
It's not quite as big as Boston Dynamics' Cheetah robot, and not nearly as terrifying. But the adorable four-legged, Swiss-made, Cheetah-Cub robot has a few tricks of its own. Built at the Biorobotics lab at the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology in Lausanne ...

Report: Intel Haswell-E Halo Platform Will Have Eight Cores
Tom's Hardware Guide
We've had plenty of Haswell talk over the last few weeks, but are you ready for some more? Intel just announced its Ivy Bridge successor, Haswell, a couple of weeks ago at Computex 2013 in Taipei. However, leaked information regarding Haswell-E has us ...

New York Fights Growing Alligator Problem as Pet Owners Release Them into ...
Nature World News
Officials from New York's Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed the siting of Long Island's seventeenth alligator in the last nine months, marking the fifth spotted lurking in the Peconic River. The recent ...

Apple gets transparent, explains how much customer information it revealed to ...
Digital Trends
It's hard to argue that in this day of super connectivity, the biggest hot-button issue is privacy. The National Security Agency blowout is the latest controversy. Whether people agree or disagree with the NSA practices in question — secretly keeping track of U.S. ...

Source: Instagram Will Get Video On June 20
We've been working on getting more details on a press event that Facebook is having this week. Earlier, we wrote it could launch a news-reading app, but we have since heard more details that point to something else entirely. On June 20, a source says ...

Samsung amps up mass production of faster solid-state drives
Digital Trends
When Apple announced its 2013 MacBook Air at WWDC, we noticed more than just an increase in battery life. The internal specs for the new Ultrabook feature a speedier solid-state drive from Samsung. But that isn't hinting at some kind of secret ...

Steve Jobs bio arriving in paperback September 10, features new cover shot
Digital Trends
It's taken a while, but the paperback version of Walter Isaacson's 2011 Steve Jobs biography is finally getting a release. Publisher Simon & Schuster said over the weekend the book will hit stores onSeptember 10, almost two years after Jobs' death. Aimed at ...

Will new tectonic fault system kill the Atlantic?
New Scientist
The dying Mediterranean Sea may have contaminated the Atlantic with a subduction zone. One day, it could help destroy the vast ocean. Oceans come and go over hundreds of millions of years. New ones are born when continents are ripped apart, allowing ...

Sprint expands LTE footprint by 22 markets
The carrier extends its 4G LTE to new cities and towns, bringing its grand total to 110 markets with coverage across the United States. The addition of nearly two dozen ...

Digg Reader Will Be Available to Everyone June 26
Digg will begin rolling out its new reader product next week and open up the beta version to everyone on June 26, the company said in a blog post Monday. Digg, which is owned by Betaworks, announced in mid-March that it would develop an RSS reader, ...

Radical iOS 7 Design Is Threat To Some Existing Apps
iOS 7 is the most radical re-design of the interface since the very first iPhone. Many non-Apple apps will suffer the consequences....

E3 2013: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Gameplay Preview
When CD Projekt RED promised the epic conclusion to The Witcher series, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, was going to be the biggest installment of the game we've seen, they failed to do it justice. “Bigger” doesn't quite encompass what our extended, pre-alpha ...

Google to Beam Internet from Balloons
Discovery News
Visitors stand next to a high altitude Wi-Fi Internet hub, a Google Project Loon balloon, on display at the Airforce Museum in Christchurch, New Zealand. Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images. Related Links. Backup Device Keeps the Internet Up in a Disaster.

' Skylanders Swap Force ' New Character Statistics
With the dust now settling on this year's E3, we can start to see the wood from the trees. One game that has more than its fair share of information for families to decipher is Skylanders Swap Force. It seems with every passing year there is more to get your ...

Raw: Fla. teen catches ride with whale shark
Chris Kreis of Fort Myers, Fla. was out on the water with his dad and a group of friends when they came across a massive whale shark near their boat. The teen jumped in the water, and briefly caught a ride with the giant sea creature....

Google seeks to scrub Web of child porn
(CNN) -- Google says it will spend $5 million on an effort to wipe pictures of child sexual abuse from the Web and another $2 million to research more effective ways to find, report and eradicate the images. "The Internet has been a tremendous force for good ...

2013 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged targets BMW, Mercedes and ...
New York Daily News
The latest Land Rover Range Rover is lighter, more powerful, and more economical than before. While Land Rover has maintained the same basic design language for its newest range-topping SUV, you might not realize how much has changed beneath the ...

Tesla Model S and the top 5 electric cars : CNET ( On Cars , Episode 20 )
Best of CNET On Cars: Tesla Model S, our latest list of the Top 5 electric cars, and how does self-parking tech work...

AT&T adds wireless emergency alerts update to iPhones
Those users with an iPhone 5 or 4S will now get messages that let them know when there is a natural disaster, Amber alert, or presidential alert in their area. AT&T rolls out wireless ...

Printing artificial bone
Eureka! Science News
Researchers working to design new materials that are durable, lightweight and environmentally sustainable are increasingly looking to natural composites, such as bone, for inspiration: Bone is strong and tough because its two constituent materials, soft ...

Oxford English Dictionary adds the words 'tweet,' 'e-book'
Christian Science Monitor
The Oxford English Dictionary is one of the most respected dictionaries in the world. It is no empty boast when the book's publisher calls it the “definitive record of the English language.”...

Today is National Ride to Work Day
Commuters are being encouraged to swap four wheels for two on National Ride to Work Day. The annual event seeks to promote the use of motorbikes, scooters and mopeds. This year there's a particular focus on Wheels to Work schemes, which aim to get ...

Metal Gear Solid Series Sells over 35.2 Million Copies Worldwide
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain wowed all of us when Kojima Productions showcased it at E3 2013. The red band trailer that would follow, in which Snake was murdering children and brutally combing through the intestines of one for a package, also ...

XCOM: Enemy Unknown iOS game aims to bring near-full PC experience
If you played XCOM: Enemy Unknown earlier this year on your high-powered gaming PC, you may have noticed the user interface and the top-to-bottom playability to seem a bit more expansive than a simple desktop setup would suggest. What's going on ...

Captive Chimpanzees to be Listed as Endangered, Including Research Chimps
Nature World News
This past week proved to be an instrumental one for the protection of chimpanzees after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a new rule extending "endangered species" protections to chimpanzees that are also held in captivity. Nearly half of all the ...

Microsoft's Xbox One: Always on, always watching?
The Guardian
Xbox's Kinect marketing slogan has, until now, been: "You are the controller." For the upcoming Xbox One Kinect, that line may as well read: "You are the key to unlocking your media rights." Microsoft wants to make consumers' access to digital services ...

Put A Hashtag On It!
Business 2 Community
Hashtags, those little yet powerful pound signs (#), are a common way of making a social media marketing campaign more effective. Several social media platforms actively use this small tool, including Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and even Facebook ...

Adapting to Climate Change in New York in the Absence of Federal Climate Policy
Huffington Post
It is fair to say that none of us were fully prepared for the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Nevertheless, first responders in this region saved many lives and kept people out of harm's way, and determined leadership, especially from New York City Mayor Michael ...

Oculus Rift Welcomes VR Sex Game to Launch Library
Action Trip
The Oculus Rift could end up becoming more than just a headset; it might end up being your #1 companion. A group of game developers who have worked on titles such as Rage and PlanetSide 2 are now collaborating for the world's first fully virtual "erotic ...

Tycoon Wants to Move Mind to Machine
The Moscow Times
NEW YORK — Can the city that never sleeps become the city that never dies? A Russian multimillionaire thinks so. Dmitry Itskov gathered some of humanity's best brains — and a few robots — in New York City on Saturday to discuss how humans can get ...

Windows 8.1 Screenshots Leaked (Video)
Mobile Magazine
The Windows 8.1 Start Button is certainly coming, whether you like what it does or not. As for what all other things we can expect, we have for you folks leaked screenshots of redesigned Windows 8.1 applications. The image above shows the new look for ...

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