05 June 2013

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EU Commissioner Makes Push for Net Neutrality Rules
PC Magazine
Europe needs a definitive net neutrality plan that will guarantee people's right to a free and open Internet, Neelie Kroes, the EU's commissioner for digital policy, said today. The topic is a very polarizing one, Kroes acknowledged during a speech before the ...


The new Extreme II SSD from SanDisk
CNET
SanDisk announced today the new SanDisk Extreme II solid-state drive. This is an upgrade to the previous version, the SanDisk Extreme, which was released more than a year ago and wasn't exactly extreme. The new drive promises to be a big change, ...

Review: Seagate Laptop Ultrathin HDD brings big storage to tight spaces
PCWorld
This super-thin (5mm Z height) hard drive could help PC manufacturers build thinner models. It could also bring big capacity to tablet designs. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter · Share on Google+ · Share on LinkedIn · Share on Pinterest. While it's easy to ...

E-Ink unveils Mobius flexible display for smartwatches
CNET
Perhaps best known for making the display for Amazon's Kindle e-reader, E-Ink is hoping to capitalize on the growing hubbub around smartwatches with an addition Monday to its Mobius line of electronic paper displays that measures 1.73 inches. The Mobius ...

Oracle and Dell forge worldwide server alliance
Register
Dell and Oracle are teaming up on x86 servers, and Dell is set to develop a new "infrastructure offering" specifically for Oracle's database software. In other words, if you were planning on buying one of Oracle's standalone servers rather than a bundled system ...

Apple: We wanted a 'level playing field' for publishers
CNET
In testimony, Apple says it wanted to even the odds for publishers big and small with its e-book store.  -- Apple argued that it had fought for equality among ...

Chrysler to Fight US Recall of 2.7 Million Jeeps on Leaks (1)
Businessweek
Chrysler Group LLC said it won't recall 2.7 million Jeep sport-utility vehicles that the U.S. Transportation Department has been investigating for more than two years following reports of fires after rear-impact crashes. The Auburn Hills, Michigan-based ...

Hitchhikers' Guide was WRONG, Earth is not in a galactic backwater
Register
As just about any regular Reg reader knows, the Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy states authoritatively that this planet Earth lies "far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the galaxy". However, it appears that in ...

iRadio's hidden masterpiece: Getting iAd into the mainstream
ZDNet
Summary: Apple's own advertising platform never really took off. But including it as part of an mandatory revenue-driving cog in the iRadio machine, the iPhone and iPad maker could breathe life into its failed service. Zack Whittaker. By Zack Whittaker for ...

A Dental Care Startup Sees Profit in Obamacare's Gaps
Businessweek
The Affordable Care Act is expected to bring millions of Americans into the health-care system, increasing market opportunity for industry incumbents and startups alike. Less heralded is the business potential from individuals who slip through Obamacare's ...

Smartphone shipments to surpass feature phones this year
CNET
As shipments rise 32 percent, smartphones will account for 52 percent of all mobile phones shipped worldwide in 2013, according to IDC....

Parents lack bandwidth to monitor kids' online activity, says study
CNET
A McAfee study suggests parents have largely given up on policing what their kids are doing on laptops, phones, Facebook, and YouTube. And that password you're using to limit access? Junior knows it. Chris Matyszczyk. by Chris Matyszczyk. June 4, 2013 ...
Halo Infiltrates Windows 8 Mobile Devices in July
PCWorld
Gamers who own a Windows 8 device will finally be able take one of their favorite games with them everywhere they go. The newest addition to the popular Halofranchise, due out in July, was developed specifically to be compatible with Microsoft mobile ...

Rediscovered Hula painted frog 'is a living fossil'
BBC News
A species of frog that was recently rediscovered after being declared extinct has been reclassified as a "living fossil". Israel's Hula painted frog had not been seen for nearly 60 years, but in 2011 one was found lurking in a patch of swampy undergrowth.

Intel's biggest issue in the mobile arena: 'Lack of LTE'
CNET
That's the word from the company's executive vice president of sales, who promised LTE radios in his company's devices later this year. Don Reisinger. by Don Reisinger. June 4, 2013 5:28 AM PDT. So why is Intel having so much trouble competing in the ...

Solar, biomass push out offshore wind in EU targets
Reuters
The European Union's three biggest member states are developing solar power, biomass and other renewable energy technologies in place of plans for offshore ...

IBM and Salesforce strike cloud computing deals
Financial Times
The race to buy up providers of business services over the internet intensifed on Tuesday with two industry giants making aquisitions worth a combined $4.5bn, underlining how so-called cloud computing is reshaping the information technology industry.

Neil Armstrong's 'small step for man' might be a misquote, study says
CNN
(CNN) -- When astronaut Neil Armstrong uttered what became one of the best-known -- and most debated -- quotes in all of history, he actually might have said it exactly the way he meant to, not the way people heard it. After Armstrong lowered his left foot ...

Another HTC executive steps down from his post
Ars Technica
Another member of HTC's executive team has stepped down, according to Bloomberg. HTC Chief Operating Officer Matthew Costello has left the building, leaving Fred Liu, president of engineering and operations, to take on several of Costello's ...

Mobile devolution: Why Verizon's no longer a place for Android enthusiasts
Computerworld (blog)
Verizon Android When it comes to mobile technology, it's amazing how much can change in a few short years. We've gone from having low-powered, low-resolution devices to carrying pixel-packed smartphones with PC-like processing power. And we've ...

Asus 4K monitor is just $4K, but don't get too excited: Your computer isn't ...
ExtremeTech
In a cute quirk of fate, at Computex 2013 Asus has announced that its consumer-oriented, IGZO-based 31.5-inch 4K monitor will cost $4K when it's released in the US later this month. Before you all run out and buy one, though, ask yourself one question: Do ...

Triceratops trio unearthed in Wyoming
CNN
(CNN) -- There were three of them, one of them probably a child, and at least one met a gruesome end at the hands of a terrifying predator. About 67 million years later, a Wyoming rancher led scientists to their remains. Now experts are digging out one of the ...

This is what iOS 7 looks like
Fox News
If half a dozen reports from several well-sourced reporters are to be believed, Apple has a huge redesign coming in iOS 7. Gone are the textures that have characterized iOS for six years now, replaced by a flatter user interface that will still maintain the overall ...

What will it take to move authentication from UI to GI?
ZDNet
Web sites are making available two-factor authentication, most recently Twitter, with the promise of improved security. There are biometrics including voice, fingerprints, and facial recognition. There is geo-location based on smartphone mapping. There is talk ...

Hunt for Closest Alien Planet Gets Rare Boost From Stellar Alignment
Space.com
The stars will align for planet hunters twice in the next three years, allowing them to probe the nearest star to our own solar system for Earth-size alien worlds. Proxima Centauri, which lies just 4.24 light-years from Earth, will pass in front of background stars in ...

Apple now repairing iPhone 5 screens in-store as part of AppleCare overhaul
Apple Insider
As part of Apple's rumored AppleCare policy changes, the company recently began replacing iPhone 5 screens instead of swapping out the broken units for refurbished devices, saving money for both Apple and its customers. AppleCare. Priced at $149, the ...

Human ancestors' diet changed 3.5 million years ago
BBC News
A new analysis of early human teeth from extinct fossils has found that they expanded their diets about 3.5 million years ago to include grasses and possibly animals. Before this, humanlike creatures - or hominins - ate a forest-based diet similar to modern ...

Feedly Integrates RSS Apps Ahead of Google Reader Shutdown
PC Magazine
Google Reader goes dark in less than a month, but its ecosystem of apps will live on, thanks to Feedly. The RSS service has quietly been working to integrate third-party clients Reeder, Press, Nextgen Reader, Newsify, and gReader. More details are ...

Apple Details 'Economic Impact' On Cupertino As It Readies New Spaceship ...
Forbes
Apple released an 82-page report today, detailing the “economic impact” the company has had on its hometown of Cupertino, California, and will continue to have on the local economy after it builds a proposed new spaceship-inspired headquarters ...

Microsoft desperately seeks a fix
CBS News
(MoneyWatch) Microsoft (MSFT) plans a major restructuring to cement CEO Steve Ballmer's strategy of a "devices and services company," according to the blog AllThingsD. As Kara Swisher notes, the changes come with increasing investor pressure and ...

NASA's Swift Produces Best Ultraviolet Maps Of The Nearest Galaxies
Wall Street Journal
Astronomers at NASA and Pennsylvania State University have used NASA's Swift satellite to create the most detailed ultraviolet light surveys ever of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, the two ...

Google bans porn on Google Glass
CNN
(CNN) -- On Monday morning, the first porn app for Google Glass was announced. A few hours later, Google officially banned sexually explicit material on the futuristic eyewear. The pornographic app for Glass was released by MiKandi, an adult app store that ...

Twitter Blames Outage on Glitch During 'Routine Change'
PC Magazine
Twitter on Monday experienced some brief downtime, which the micro-blogging company blamed on a mix-up with a routine change. Twitter was down for some users between 1:08 p.m. Pacific and 1:33 p.m. Pacific, which the company said was "due to an ...

Hijacking of Facebook accounts spikes in first quarter
USA TODAY
Koobface, the fast-spreading Internet worm cybergangs use to hijack Facebook accounts on a massive scale, is on the move once again. McAfee this morning released a threat report showing samples of Koobface spiking in the Internet wild all through the first ...

Yahoo Mail Users, Prepare for Creepy, Gmail-Style Ads
Businessweek
Yahoo, which has been collecting assets at a rapid clip during the Marissa Mayer era, is beginning to cash some of those in. True to form, it is doing so by using the personalized services it has refined or purchased to increase the amount of advertising its ...

Computex: Asus launches raft of Intel Haswell focused gaming hardware
Inquirer
TAIPEI: HARDWARE FIRM Asus' Republic of Gamers (ROG) division launched a tranche of gaming hardware at Computex today that takes advantage of Intel's fourth generation Core processors. In what felt like a never-ending conveyor belt of systems and ...

Foxconn taking Firefox OS to tablets, not just phones
CNET
The Chinese electronics manufacturer plans multiple devices, including tablets and phones, as part of a strategy to supply software and services along with hardware....

Vine for Android review: Finally here, but where's the rest of it?
CNET
Vine for Android is great for sharing short video clips on Twitter. The Home feed is smooth and the recording tool works just as well as it does on the iOS version. Also, exclusive to Android users is a zoom feature. The bad: This newborn app is missing a lot of ...

Fuel to search New Mexico landfill for bad Atari video games
Ottawa Business Journal
A New Mexico city commission has agreed to allow an Ottawa-based digital development firm to search an old landfill where old, terrible Atari games are rumoured to be buried....

Increase of Carbon Dioxide May Lead to Greener Deserts
Cleveland Leader
According to a new study, increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide may have contributed to the gradual greening of some desert regions of the world over the past 30 years. The study's authors say that this process will continue, but warn that this ...

Microsoft to slash Windows RT licensing fees in effort to boost soft sales - report
Apple Insider
Unable to gain much traction against Apple's iPad so far, Microsoft is cutting the licensing fees for its mobile-targeted Windows RT operating system, hoping that if manufacturers are able to make less expensive devices, the platform could show signs of life.

Lenovo hints at smartphone venture with mystery partner
FierceWireless
Chinese computer and smartphone maker Lenovo said it is in "preliminary negotiations with a party in connection with a potential joint venture transaction" related to its smartphone business, according to a filing the company made with the Hong Kong stock ...

Graphene: The strongest material in the world
Zee News
New York: In a step that could transform the way we make and use electronic devices, scientists at the Columbia University have shown that graphene remains the strongest material in the world, even when stitched together in a patchwork. Graphene: The ...

Video Game Review: Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Rochester City Newspaper
Sometimes the title says it all. "Animal Crossing: New Leaf," for the Nintendo 3DS, is the latest entry in Nintendo's "Animal Crossing" series, and has improved upon nearly every aspect of its predecessors, creating not only a near-perfect gaming experience, ...

Wikipad 7-inch gaming tablet launches June 11 for $249
Android Central
Wikipad U.S. launch details confirmed, first retailers will be Wal-Mart.com, BestBuy.com and TigerDirect. The delayed gaming-centric Wikipad tablet will finally arrive in the U.S. this month, as the manufacturer has announced a launch date of June 11.

Intel's new Haswell chip was going to be Molalla -- but that was too hard to ...
OregonLive.com
Intel unveils its latest PC microprocessor, code-named Haswell, at the Computex trade ...

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