13 June 2013

Google details how it hands data to Feds

Google taking advantage of NSA scandal to go "transparent"--

Google details how it hands over data to federal officials
Washington Post
Google on Wednesday pushed harder to downplay its role in a secret national surveillance program, detailing for the first time how it typically hands over data to federal officials. Surprisingly, the global innovator uses decidedly simple and low-tech methods, ...

Apple sees chance to compete with Office on the Web
Those apps support just three browsers in the beta available as of Monday to iOS and OS X developers: Apple's own Safari, Google's Chrome and Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE). Mozilla's Firefox or Opera Software's Opera are not supported. But the ...

Google, Facebook and Microsoft seek data request transparency
BBC News
The move comes after recent reports claimed that US authorities had direct access to the servers of nine major US tech firms, including Google and Apple. Google said the claims were "untrue" but added that nondisclosure rules of such requests "fuel ...

Apple iOS 7: What's new, what's catch-up
Google has its own radio service called Google Play Music All Access, a subscription service.Apple's is free (and ad-supported). Google's is $7.99 a month right now, but lets you listen to any available track on demand. Microsoft, meanwhile, touts the ...

As Apple reorients its Maps, Google forges ahead
CNET (blog)
There's Google; NavTek, which is owned by Nokia, which has contracts with Microsoft; TomTom, which powers Apple Maps; and OpenStreetMap, an open-source mapping Wikipedia of sorts. OpenStreetMap is popular in some European countries, such as the ...
X-rays reveal new picture of 'dinobird' plumage patterns
University of Manchester
The first complete chemical analysis of feathers from Archaeopteryx, a famous fossil linking dinosaurs and birds, reveals that the feathers of this early bird were patterned – light in colour, with a dark edge and tip to the feather – rather than all black, ...

Cheetahs' Secret Weapon: A Tight Turning Radius
New York Times
Anyone who has watched a cheetah run down an antelope knows that these cats are impressively fast. But it turns out that speed is not the secret to their prodigious hunting skills: A novel study of how cheetahs chase prey in the wild shows that it is their agility ...

Facebook Unveils Hashtags for Real-Time Public Conversations
Wall Street Journal
Facebook Inc. announced that it is rolling out hashtags on its social network, in an effort to play a greater role in real-time public conversations dominated by rival Twitter Inc. Beginning today, the company said that words in posts that are marked by “#” will be ...

Xbox One and PS4: two peas in an E3 pod
Who won E3 so far? Was it the Xbox One? Or, was it the PS4 that kicked its ass? Did Sony dominate, totally smack down Microsoft, and run away with Best in Show? All I know, from a distance, is this: boy, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 look a lot alike.

5-year-old Macs not too old for OS X Mavericks
Computerworld - The new OS X Mavericks will run on the same set of Mac desktops and notebooks able to handle the current OS X Mountain Lion, but iOS 7 dropped support for iPhone 3GS, the 2009 smartphone supported by the current iOS 6. OS X 10.9 ...

Ex-Cisco, Tandberg Execs Launch Pexip Video Conferencing Company
The new company is unveiling a software-based Infinity video collaboration solution that interoperates with systems from Cisco, Polycom and LifeSize. Former executives from Cisco Systems and Tandberg are launching a company that offers video ...

20th Century Fox Partners With HP to Deliver Converged Cloud Digital Enterprise
LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwired) -- 06/12/13 -- HP (NYSE: HPQ) today announced that 20th Century Fox (Fox) has selected HP as its strategic cloud partner, using the power of the cloud to drive business growth through increased agility while ensuring that its ...

Microsoft's Marc Whitten on why Xbox One offers a better value
The company's Corporate Vice President and the Chief Product Officer on the multifaceted reasons he thinks Xbox One will provide a more valuable experience this holiday season....

Hands-free tech still poses high risk for drivers
Computerworld - Hands-free technologies, such as Apple's iOS for car displays, that allow drivers to text, talk on their phone or even use Facebook while driving, are still dangerous mental distractions, according to findings released today. The findings, from ...

Cisco sees new product raising core router revenue to $10 billion
Cisco Systems Inc predicts that a new product it unveiled on Wednesday will increase its cumulative revenue from core routers, which direct Internet data traffic, by 25 ...

Virtuix Omni
Falling was my biggest fear when I booked a meeting last week to see the Virtuix Omni; an omnidirectional, low friction surface that allows you to move around in a virtual environment ...

E3 2013: Super Mario 3D World hands-on preview
The lineup of games Nintendo revealed for its struggling Wii U console was strong but conservative, cheerfully hiding behind a litany of familiar games. The house of Mario has always relied on key characters and series to push its hardware, but with the Wii U ...

Oculus VR barely finished its high-def prototype in time for E3
LOS ANGELES — Building a virtual-reality experience from scratch is difficult. Oculus VR, the company responsible for the Oculus Rift VR headset, already surprised everyone by getting out 10,000 development units out to its community less than a year after ...

MySpace Is Dead. Long Live Myspace.
The new Myspace, which first came online in late 2012 as a music-discovery service with the support of Justin Timberlake, officially launches to the public today. At the same time, the old capital-S MySpace is no more, departing for that big social network in ...

Teardown Provides Inside Look at Google Glass
PC Magazine
Sure, Google Glass has all the cosmetic trappings of a deluxe Star Trek device, but what's hiding inside of the mysterious head piece? Catwig's Scott Torborg and Star Simpson unwrapped a pair of the augmented reality specs in Glass's first-ever teardown.

Ouya Crashes E3, Organizers Call Cops
PC Magazine
Android-based gaming console Ouya doesn't have an official booth at the E3 gaming conference in Los Angeles, but that hasn't stopped the Kickstarter success story from setting up shop. PCMag spotted an Ouya demo and concert area in a parking lot across ...

Titanfall Xbox exclusivity deal a 'tactical opportunity', says EA exec
EA Labels president Frank Gibeau has discussed the publisher's decision to sign a console exclusivity deal with Microsoft for Respawn's Titanfall. Titanfall Screenshot · Zoom Speaking during the company's E3 2013 analyst call, he said EA has been a ...

Why is Samsung ruining the Galaxy S4?
TechRadar UK
Samsung has been churning out some interesting devices – but in doing so is ruining its flagship handset. It's a conundrum many brands face: do you try to create loads of recognisable ranges of products, or do you get everything to revolve around one key ...

NFC Stands For Nobody F****** Cares And Apple Gets That
If you think QR codes are a bad joke then consider NFC. Near Field Communications' evangelists have been trying to get smartphone owners to share stuff by bumping and grinding their phones for years. And progress has been painful, to put it mildly.

NASA image catches a black hole taking a nap after its snack
What's the most reasonable thing to do after a heavy snack? Take a nap, of course! And that's exactly what a certain black hole is doing. Almost ten years ago, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory caught signs of the black hole snacking on gas at the middle of ...

Crowd-Funded Radio Beacon Will Message Aliens
Discovery News
The curious thing about the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is that we have uncovered very little evidence for the existence of any intelligence beyond Earth in the 60 years since the search began. So, rather than just listening, waiting for a signal ...

Time Warner Cable Content Incentives Thwart New Web TV
Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) and other pay-TV operators are offering incentives to media companies that agree to withhold content from Web-based entertainment services such as those pursued by Intel Corp. (INTC) and Apple Inc. (AAPL), people with ...

Facebook, Google go green by going Arctic
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. are pushing to go green by going Arctic to tap the environmental benefits of setting up shop in that part of the world. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) this week switched on its first data center outside ...

New Layer Of Human Cornea Discovered, 'Dua's Layer' Will Rewrite ...
International Business Times
Scientists have discovered a body part, and it's literally as clear as the naked eye. In a study published in the academic journal “Ophthalmology,” researchers have discovered a new layer to the human eye. New Eye Layer. Wikimedia Commons. A newly ...

New Type of Variable Star Found (Photo)
A previously unknown kind of variable star is on brilliant display 7,000 light-years from Earth in a new photo taken by a telescope in the Southern Hemisphere. For years scientists have known that the apparent brightness of many stars changes over time, ...

Grooves on sand dunes reveal 'sledding' on Mars
Fox News
Images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) reveal grooves in Martian sand dunes, the remnants of giant pieces of frozen carbon dioxide sledding their way across the planet. The frozen carbon dioxide, more commonly referred to as dry ice, ...

HP and Google to Simplify IT for Small and Medium Businesses
PALO ALTO, CA, Jun 11, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced the first phase of HP SMB IT in a Box -- a "one-stop shop" technology solution for small and medium business (SMB) customers. Marked by HP's entry into the ...

Netflix streaming user profiles to launch this summer, make account sharing easier
Ask Netflix Vice President of Product Innovation Todd Yellin what makes the streaming giant special, and he'll start telling you about algorithms, test groups and suggestion engines. "It's the revolution of TV," he explained to us at E3. "They used to send out a ...

Mad Catz MOJO Joins the Android Game Console Craze
While Sony and Microsoft pour millions of dollars into bringing their next gaming systems to life, Mad Catz is working on its own console with just a couple of product developers. The Mad Catz M.O.J.O. is yet another Android-based game console, following the ...

Google Buys Waze; $399 for PS4; Google Wants to Reveal Data Requests
PC Magazine
The move comes after weeks of speculation that the Israeli company was being courted by Google and Facebook. But the search giant won the battle in a reported $1.3 billion purchase. For now, the Waze product development team will remain in Israel, and ...

Former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein calls sale to HP 'a waste'
Three years after the $1.2 billion acquisition, Rubinstein says it's unlikely he would have supported the deal if he'd had any idea that Hewlett-Packard would abandon WebOS. Steven Musil. by Steven Musil. June 11, 2013 8:46 PM PDT Follow @stevenmusil ...

Wanna be a ROBOT OVERLORD? Boffins pave way with mind-controlled cursor
Scientists have implanted electrodes in the brains of seven epileptic people in a bid to understand how humans learn new skills. They wanted to see what happened when people learned to use a device called a brain-computer interface, which allows them to ...

Captive chimps proposed for endangered status
Captive chimpanzees belong to an endangered species, federal wildlife officials say, and permits should be required for their sale, use in research or other activity that may cause them harm. Apes. Chimpanzees sit in an enclosure at the Chimp Eden ...

Bing increases bird's-eye data significantly in update to Bing Maps
Microsoft said Tuesday that it had increased the amount of “bird's-eye” data inside Bing Maps by almost half, as the company tries to keep up with the 3D mapping capabilities offered by its competitors. Microsoft also added to its roster of “venue maps” of ...

'Forza Motorsport 5' thinks beyond shiny cars
The sportscars are still sleek and shiny. But it's what is under the hood that might be most important. Forza Motorsport 5, the latest installment in Microsoft's stellar racing series, will still feature gorgeous vehicles from the McLaren to the Lamborghini. With its ...

SK Hynix coughs $240m to settle Rambus IP case
South Korean chip-maker SK Hynix has signed a five-year licensing deal worth $240m to settle an ongoing patent infringement lawsuit brought against it by intellectual property licensing firm Rambus. Hynix and Rambus have signed a five-year DRAM ...

Apple, Microsoft, big tech push UI changes: Whining is futile
Summary: With the exception of Google, Microsoft, BlackBerry and Apple had to take a stab at a redesign for various reasons. The risk of doing nothing was too great. Larry Dignan. By Larry Dignan for Between the Lines | June 12, 2013 -- 11:00 GMT (04:00 ...

Leica X Vario “Mini M” is world's first APS-C CMOS compact camera with zoom
Previously known as the Leica Mini M, the newly unveiled Leica X Vario digital camera is a small unit that features an APS-C format 16.5-megapixel CMOS image sensor, which is said to be “unusually large” for digital cameras in this class. That aside, this little ...

GM Cuts $5000 off Chevy Volt Price
Energy and Capital
General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) and its Chevy Volt have been feeling the heat from the rest of the electric car market lately and almost three years after its debut, sales of the Volt are in peril. Now, with danger looming and with other manufacturers ...

Off and no longer running: Space station's first treadmill to be jettisoned with trash
The "Treadmill Vibration Isolation System" (TVIS), which was used by both astronauts and cosmonauts to exercise aboard the International Space Station for more than 12 years was not jettisoned on Tuesday (June 11) on board a spent Russian cargo ...

Modern humans reached Southern Asia after Toba eruption
Science Recorder
New evidence has surfaced that suggests modern humans populated Southern Asia much later than previously believed. Detailed in Monday's Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, researchers used data from archeological and genetic samples ...

Analysis: Electric-car costs can outweigh cheap fuel
The government says the fuel cost for an electric vehicle is only about one-third what it is for a gasoline vehicle – but that Energy Department formula ignores key financial and environmental factors. DOE said Tuesday that electric car owners spend only $1.14 ...

Video: Dark Sorcerer haunts Sony's PS4
TG Daily
David Cage, the director of Quantic Dream, says that everything "looks great" on the PS4, simply because the next-gen console offers power that was totally inaccessible up until now. "We feel that we are closing in little by little on the kind of graphic quality we ...

Video shows 8-foot-long oarfish in ocean depths
Mark C. Benfield, a marine biologist at Louisiana State University, heads the team that produced the video of the strange-looking oarfish. Video of the Oarfish, Regalecus glesne, in August 2011. YouTube. Oarfish are large, very elongated Lampriform fishes ...

Google Plus Updates Dashboard For Business Clients
As the Google+ social network matures, the Internet search giant is helping by improving the interface for businesses maintaining their pages. The latest #GooglePlusUpdate is Google+ Dashboard, which was introduced earlier this week. Googler Pavni ...

A Sperm Bank for Better Bees
The Atlantic
Honey bees are having a hard time of it. They're facing pesticides that can gradually weaken their bodies. They're dealing with parasitic mites that can impede young bees' development. They're existing within human monocultures that limit their nutritional ...

"Mars is Not a Dead Planet" --Meteorite and Glaciation Evidence Point to ...
The Daily Galaxy (blog)
"Mars is not a dead planet -it undergoes climate changes that are even more pronounced than on Earth," says James Head, planetary geologist, Brown University. The prevailing thinking is that Mars is a planet whose active climate has been confined to the ...

2013 MacBook Air 13-inch teardown showcases new updates
The first 2013 MacBook Air 13 teardown has showcased the new updated components in all their glory, including the beefier battery. Officially unveiled during Apple's WWDC 2013 keynote speech, the 2013 MacBook Air will launch with the latest Intel i5 and ...

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