12 June 2013

Google Wants Transparency on NSA Orders

Google wants Transparency -- Feds want Secret Courts, Secret Court Orders, Gag Laws

Google Asks for Approval to Report NSA Data Requests
Wall Street Journal
Google Inc. on Tuesday said it had asked the U.S. Justice Department for permission to publicly report on secret federal court orders that require it hand over information about its users to authorities including the National Security Agency. Google's request ...


Yahoo, Google, Facebook and more face fight to salvage reputations over NSA ...
The Guardian
Google. Apple. Facebook. Microsoft: they are the brands that want the world to trust them with personal information, emails, photos, documents – yet they are now facing a battle to maintain that trust after disclosures that the US government was given ...

Google announces acquisition of Israeli app Waze
Jerusalem Post
"[Google's leaders] share our vision of a global mapping service, updated in real time by local communities, and wish to help us accelerate," Waze CEO Noam Bardin wrote in a post on the company's site. "We are excited about the prospect of working ...

Apple iPad, iPhone revamp: clean, simple
New Zealand Herald
Apple said the Siri virtual assistant will use searches from Microsoft's Bing, Google's rival. Applealso is bringing its mapping ... Competing e-book vendors such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble have cross-platform applications already. Federighi said ...

eGallon Site Asks: How Much Can You Save With an Electric Car?PC Magazine
What if you could pay less than $20 to fully juice up your car? Well, you can, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. There's just one catch: You'll have to buy an electric vehicle. The DoE's new eGallon website calculates the costs of fueling up with ...


Q&A: Why Sony chose to do the opposite of Microsoft on used games
CNET
In the battle for gamers' hearts and minds, Sony Computer Entertainment of America Jack Tretton explains why he thinks Sony's controversial new policy on used games is a winner. by Mariel Myers and Sumi Das.  Jack Tretton ...

Google outbids rivals, buys online mapping service Waze to get more traffic ...
Washington Post
SAN FRANCISCO — Google is buying online mapping service Waze in a $1.03 billion deal that keeps a potentially valuable tool away from its rivals while allowing it to gain technology that could improve the accuracy and usefulness of its own popular ...

Apple pushes three-times-faster Wi-Fi to new base station, MacBook Air laptops
Computerworld
Computerworld - Apple has doubled down on getting faster Wi-Fi by including support for the emerging 802.11ac (also called 5G Wi-Fi) standard in its new AirPort Extreme base station, Time Capsule and MacBook Air laptops, all unveiled at its World Wide ...

NJ Transit plans to offer Wi-Fi on trains
Wall Street Journal
NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Transit commuters could soon get Wi-Fi on trains and at stations. NJ Transit's board is set to vote Wednesday on an agreement with Cablevision, which would provide the equipment to allow passengers to surf the Internet, send ...

Mysterious meteor shower might peak early tomorrow
Fox News
If your skies are clear early tomorrow morning, it might be worth your while to step outside and look for shooting stars. For a short time, maybe an hour (quite possibly less than that), stargazers might be treated to a brief flurry of meteor activity — or nothing at ...

Smallest galaxy sheds light on evolution of dark matter in Universe
Los Angeles Times
Astronomers have discovered a strangely tiny galaxy in the Milky Way's neighborhood -- one with less than 1,000 stars held together by the smallest dark matter halo ever observed. The galaxy known as Segue 2, described in the Astrophysical Journal, might ...

E3 2013: Nintendo details new Zelda, 3D Mario games
Los Angeles Times
To set the stage for the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Microsoft and Sony on Monday showed off their new hardware and games at large-scale news conferences in basketball arenas near USC. Nintendo, in contrast, is relying on the names of some of ...

Two Weeks In, Riders and Errors for Bike-Share Effort
New York Times
Judged by the numbers, New York City's fledgling bike-share program might be viewed as a rousing success. INTERACTIVE MAP. New York Biking Wisdom, in 10 Words. The Times is collecting riders' tips about cycling in New York. Explore the comments ...

Designated drivers not so sober after all
NBCNews.com
A new study finds that 40 percent of “designated drivers” drink before driving and nearly 20 percent say they drink so much it significantly impairs their ability to drive. NBC's Lester Holt reports....

VIDEO: First Look at Apple's New Mac Pro
PC Magazine
After showing a brief video during the morning keynote that offered a glimpse of the sleek, black machine, Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple, responded to recent criticism about Apple's creativity. "Can't innovate anymore, my ...

Seagate introduces a new hard drive designed specifically for NAS installations
PCWorld
A NAS box—the acronym stands for network attached storage—is one of the most cost-effective centralized storage solutions for home and small-office networks. But since most NAS box manufacturers don't also manufacture hard drives, end users must find, ...

Sony Puts Together New PS3 Bundle for GTA V
Tom's Hardware Guide
PS4 not doing it for you? Sony's also launching a new PS3 bundle in Q4. Sony's new PS4 may have been the main event at last night's E3 keynote, but the PS3 got a little bit of love, too. Sony announced a brand new PS3 bundle at its E3 press conference last ...

US Moves to Declare Captive Chimps Endangered
New York Times
The federal Fish and Wildlife Service proposed Tuesday to list captive chimpanzees as endangered, a move that would require permits for future use of chimps in invasive medical research. Wild chimpanzees have been on the endangered species list since ...

Smartphone-controlled 'cockroach cyborg' coming to TED conference
Fox News
If the thought of a cockroach scuttling around on the floor is enough to make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end, then you'd better steer clear of this week's TEDGlobal conference taking place in Edinburgh, Scotland. Then again, what neuroscientist ...

After A Week On Android, Vine Surpasses Instagram On Google Play Charts As ...
TechCrunch
Vine has already clarified just how quickly its userbase is growing, with the announcement that the app had hit 13 million downloads by the time Twitter launched it on Android. This was all just a week ago. Today, however, we've learned that Vine has climbed ...

New, simple theory may explain mysterious dark matter
Vanderbilt University News
Abell 520 is a gigantic merger of galaxy clusters located 2.4 billion light years away. It appears to have left behind a large clump of dark matter. (Space Telescope Science Institute). Most of the matter in the universe may be made out of particles that possess ...

Apple Recognizes Yahoo Weather, Evernote as Design Award Winners
PC Magazine
What do the Yahoo Weather app, Evernote, and the game Letterpress have in common? They were all called out this week by Apple as some of the best looking and most innovative apps available for iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers. Cupertino on ...

Ethereal, 8-foot-long 'sea serpent' caught on video
Los Angeles Times
Scientists have released video of an 8-foot-long, shimmering oarfish taken about 200 feet below the ocean surface -- and it is breathtaking. Elusive and alien-looking, the oarfish has a thin, eel-like body with squiggly iridescent markings that glow blue in the ...

Comcast CEO promises more binge-viewing, faster platforms
paidContent.org
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts showed off some of the company's new tech and explained how Comcast is responding to changing viewer expectations. Brian Roberts Comcast. photo: Comcast. The cable industry is adapting just fine to the changing habits of ...

Apple's WWDC Sleeper Story: iWork for iCloud
TIME
How many news stories have there been recapping all the news from Apple's WWDC keynote yesterday? Gazillions, if not more. And while I haven't read all of them, I'm virtually positive that not a single one led with one bit from the middle of the event: Apple ...

Positive Response to New iPhone Antitheft Feature
New York Times (blog)
Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president for software engineering, demonstrated the new Activation Lock Eric Risberg/Associated Press Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president for software engineering, demonstrated the new Activation Lock ...

Apple Granted a Key iWallet Patent for Mobile Pay Service
Patently Apple
On June 11, 2013, the US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 37 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. In this particular report we cover a key iWallet patent that relates to setting financial rules for controlling a subsidiary account such as ...

Apple Unveils Post-Steve Jobs Mission Statement Video
PC Magazine
When Steve Jobs passed away on Oct. 5, 2011, the world mourned the man who guided Apple from a California garage startup to the most valuable company in the world. However, talk soon turned to whether Cupertino could survive without Jobs; did he take ...

How the human face might look in 100000 years
Myjoyonline.com
We've come along way looks-wise from our homo sapien ancestors. Between 800,000 and 200,000 years ago, for instance, rapid changes in Earth climate coincided with a tripling in the size of the human brain and skull, leading to a flattening of the face.

GM slashes price of Chevrolet Volt to boost stalling sales
Detroit Free Press
General Motors has cut the price of the 2013 Chevrolet Volt by $4,000 to boost stalling sales. Nearly three years after the Volt debuted, sales of the extended-range electric car appear to be hitting a wall, and the steeper incentives will make the car even ...

CERN searches for 1st Web page
CBC.ca
For the European physicists who created the World Wide Web, preserving its history is as elusive as unlocking the mysteries of how the universe began. The scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French acronym CERN, ...

Space station offers the final photographic frontier
New York Daily News
A weightless orbital outpost might offer the heaviest views of our world. NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and his crewmates photograph Earth from 250 miles away inside the Cupola Observational Module, a panoramic control post on the International Space ...

Comcast wants users to share Wi-Fi
ZDNet
One way to extend Internet wireless coverage has always been for users to share their Wi-Fi. On June 10th, Comcast started urging its Xfinity Internet customers to share their bandwidth with its 'Neighborhood Hotspot' Initiative. It's not as open as it sounds.

Mad Catz Makes MOJO Android-Powered Game Console Official
Android Police
Just in case you needed another dedicated Android gaming device to choose from, Mad Catz has made the M.O.J.O. console official. You may know Mad Catz as the maker of the cheap third-party game controllers you were always forced to use at friends' ...

Barnes & Noble NOOK app for PC and Mac discontinued
SlashGear
Barnes & Noble's NOOK business has been mediocre at best, mostly due to stiff competition from Amazon and its Kindle business. In what looks to be an effort to put more focus on mobile devices and reading on the go, Barnes & Noble has quietly ...

LG Smart TVs get GameNow cloud gaming
SlashGear
LG's latest smart TVs will get “console quality gaming” thanks to a Ubitus GameNow deal, streaming cloud gameplay direct to the sets without the need for standalone hardware. GameNow – which is already available on tablets and smartphones, not to ...

Pikmin 3 trailer, information and screenshots
Official Nintendo Magazine.
The first Pikmin game for nine years, Pikmin 3 will have players exploring a strange new world and collecting fruit to save their home planet. As in previous games, you will control these colourful little critters to do your bidding. There's even a few new Pikmin ...

Modern Humans Migrated to Asia After Catastrophic Mount Toba Volcano Eruption
Science World Report
Modern humans have been migrating across the globe since they first emerged from Africa. Yet researchers have often wondered when they settled in Asia and what route they took from Africa. Now, scientists have made some new discoveries that may reveal ...

How Anki Achieved Every Startup's Dream of Launching at an Apple Event
Mashable
Less than ten minutes into the keynote event at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, CEO Tim Cook did something unusual: He ceded the stage to an unknown startup. "This morning, I'd like to introduce you to Anki," Cook told a room full of ...

That's one killer tail! Orca whale fights fisherman for his catch... and then poses ...
Daily Mail
A dramatic video has revealed the moment a massive Orca whale snatched a fisherman's catch - before hanging around to pose for a picture with the boat's deckhand. Frank Sanders was aboard his company's charter boat on Friday with his employee Charlie ...

iOS 7 fights back against spam with call blocking feature
Phones Review
It has been the best part of 24 hours now since Apple introduced the world to its next version of its mobile operating system that is coming with a number of new features and enhancements. It has now been revealed that iOS 7 is fighting back against spam ...

See the Official Bayonetta 2 E3 Trailer
New Gamer Nation
During the Nintendo Direct Conference today, we got to take a closer look at the Wii U exclusive title, Bayonetta 2. We got our hands on the official E3 trailer so if you missed the conference, be sure to check out the video below. As usual, don't forget to leave ...

Comcast's new X2 platform moves your DVR recordings from the box to the cloud
Engadget
Crying because your DVR's hard drive can't hold an entire season of Antiques Roadshow? If you're a Comcast subscriber, there may be hope on the horizon. At The Cable Show in Washington, D.C., Comcast announced its next Xfinity-branded cloud ...

Turtle Beach Reveals iSeries i60 for Macs Only
LAPTOP Magazine (blog)
Turtle Beach announces iSeries i60, its first Mac-exclusive gaming headset Heard over the groans of “true” gamers around the globe, gaming audio guru Turtle Beach has announced its first-ever, Mac-exclusive gaming headset: the iSeries i60 wireless ...

The Amazon's Secret Killer
Discovery News
The biggest killers of Amazon trees might not be the massive walls of flame set by humans for deforestation, but stealthy understory fires that eat away at the trees like a cancer beneath the canopy. Understory fires in the Amazon aren't as dramatic as the ...

Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P)'s internet radio- older and wiser, Google Inc ...
GSPInsider
Radio is now going through some very evident changes. It has existed for years now but it is only just recently that internet radio has grown in popularity as well as in usability. Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P) is definitely way ahead of the rest of the internet-radio ...

Celebrity astronauts take China into space
The Australian
CHINA was set to send three more astronauts into orbit last night, as the nation steps up its ambitious space program. The Shenzhou 10 rocket -the name means Divine Vessel - was due to lift off from its docking station in the Gobi Desert in the fifth launch the ...

Saturn's Icy Moon Dione May Have Subsurface Ocean Beneath Rock-Hard Crust
Science World Report
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has made some new discoveries when it comes to Saturn's moon, Dione. New findings have revealed that the moon may possess a subsurface ocean beneath its icy surface, which means that Dione could have been active in the ...

5GHz AMD Chip Is First Commercially Available CPU
Ubergizmo
5GHz AMD Chip Is First Commercially Available CPU AMD and Intel have been bitter rivals over the years, but somewhere along the way, Intel just pulled way ahead of AMD. Don't you think that it is about time that the folks over at AMD “fought back” from a ...

'Popcorn' particle pathways promise better lithium-ion batteries
Eureka! Science News
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have confirmed the particle-by-particle mechanism by which lithium ions move in and out of electrodes made of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4, or LFP), findings that could lead to better performance in ...

Apple Launches New MacBook Air Series With Longer Battery Life
RTT News
Although iOS 7 and iTunes Radio grabbed the spotlight on the first day of Apple's World Wide Developer Conference, the tech giant, as expected, announced an upgrade to its MacBook Air series during the event, featuring Intel's fourth generation Haswell ...


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