22 July 2013

BlackBerry keeps losing customers

Bleak future for BlackBerry--

BlackBerry keeps losing customers as it tries to turn itself around
Los Angeles Times
For years, the BlackBerry was the smartphone of choice among professionals seeking ironclad security features and super-fast email. But its perch at the top of the corporate and government ladder, the cornerstone of its business and perhaps its last bastion, ...

Microsoft stock plummets 11%
USA TODAY
Shares of Microsoft fell sharply Friday, erasing billions of dollars in the software giant's market value, a day after the company announced earnings below Wall Street's expectations.


Amazon vs. IBM: Big Blue meets match in battle for the cloud
San Jose Mercury News
The tussle with IBM over the CIA contract has helped burnish Amazon's credentials, increasing Wall Street's confidence in the ability of AWS to compete with the big boys of enterprise IT. Five companies vied for the contract - AWS, IBM, Microsoft, AT&T ...

Should Microsoft keep bashing Apple, Google?
CNET
Could this be why the Microsoft mastiff is so angry? It's hard not to imagine that, one day, someone suggested that Redmond should see red. First, it accused Google of being Scroogle, a nasty, contrived money-grabber forcing real people to buy certain ...


Can we rescue Kepler, exoplanet search? NASA says it's worth a try
Los Angeles Times
A NASA team began efforts to revive the ailing Kepler telescope on Thursday, sending commands to two failed "reaction wheels" that help the craft focus its equipment on distant stars. According to a NASA statement, engineers tested one of the failed wheels ...

Gamer's Bethesda Job Application is a 25 Hour Skyrim Mod
Tom's Hardware Guide
The new Skyrim mod is called Falskaar, and it was released over the weekend to the Skyrim community for free. It doesn't just add special weapons or a house, but almost 25 hours of new content. No lie. That includes a new land mass a third the size of the ...

Amazon's Bid For New .Amazon Domain Thwarted By Actual Amazonians
CRN
Amazon's bid to control a new global top-level domain called .amazon has hit a snag. A group of South American countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Uruguay, don't think any company should be able to trade on the .amazon top-level ...

Apple Ramping Up For Stylish iWatch, Curved Casing Could Be Liquidmetal
Forbes
Reports this week indicate that Apple Apple is building a substantial team of veterans from multiple industries to build a stylish, multi-functional iWatch. The timing of the hires points to a late 2014 release, according to an analyst report and a story in the ...

Apple's agnostic approach to TV: better than Google's but not a win for viewers
GigaOM
Two tech giants took new steps this week to shake up the TV industry — in the long term, Apple is the best bet to emerge a winner. apple-tv. The TV industry is in a strange holding pattern. Its longtime business model — which involves force-feeding expensive ...

Motorola to unveil Moto X smartphone at August 1 event in New York
TechSpot
Motorola's first major release under Google's ownership looms near as the company recently sent out media invitations to an August 1 event in New York. Unlike cryptic invitations from Apple that are open to interpretation, Motorola made no effort to hide what ...

Early Adoption: Good for Geeks, Better for Everyone Else
Windows IT Pro
Either I'm a huge fan of the underdog, or my propensity for having the latest-and-greatest is getting me into trouble and helping erect a stack of failed devices in the corner of my office like a mini episode of Hoarders. I get excited about ...

Panasonic and Sanyo fined $56.6m (£37m) following price fixing guilty plea
ITProPortal
Japanese electronics giant Panasonic and its subsidiary Sanyo have pleaded guilty to two separate counts of prices fixing, according to the US Department of Justice. Panasonic has accepted a $45.8 million (£30 million) criminal fine as a result of the plea, ...

Ask Shama: How should we use Vine and Instagram video?
Upstart
Whether it's the six-second format of Vine, or the 15-second approach of Instagram Video, letting your customers see what's happening behind the scenes at your startup might be just the ticket to growing an audience....

Chimps, orangutans have human-like memory, according to new study
Science Recorder
According to the results of a new study, when presented with sensory reminders, chimpanzees and orangutans remembered unique past events. During the study, both species remembered where a makeshift tool was buried three years after performing a ...

FCC Backs Plan to Update a Fund That Helps Connect Schools to the Internet
New York Times (blog)
WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission voted on Friday to overhaul and possibly expand its E-Rate program, a $2.3 billion effort to provide schools and libraries with up-to-date telecommunications service and equipment, including ...

First-ever Mission to Moon's South Pole Announced
Nature World News
The first ever mission to the Moon's south pole, likely to occur sometime in 2016, was announcedFriday by the non-profit International Lunar Observatory (ILOA) and Moon Express, Inc., a privately funded "lunar resource company." The first ...

Gearbox Announces "Ultimate Vault Hunter" DLC Pack For Borderlands 2
Hot Hardware
With the release of Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, we were led to believe that Borderlands 2 would be seeing no more DLC. As it turns out, we're just not going to be seeing more DLC that introduces vast new worlds. At PAX Australia, Gearbox CEO ...

High Tooth Replacement Rate Noticed in Giant Herbivore Dinosaurs
University Herald
The largest dinosaurs in the fossil record, Sauropod dinosaurs, grew new teeth almost every month, according to a study conducted by Michael D'Emic from Stony Brook University and colleagues from other institutions. The study was published in the journal ...

Dead Rising 3 Would Break the 360, That's Why It Went to Xbox One
Kotaku
Properly conveying the size and behavior of a shambling horde of mindless, slobbering zombies takes up a lot of memory in video game development. That's why the crowd at Cleveland Browns games is even more lifeless in Madden. And it's why Dead ...

New Assassin's Creed Graphic Novel Debuts Indian Assassin
IGN
Ubisoft has revealed a new lead assassin for the Assassin's Creed franchise, who will debut in an upcoming graphic novel called "Assassin's Creed: Brahman." Set in 19th century India, Brahman will introduce Arbaaz Mir, a man fighting oppression in his ...

Tumblr Hides Porn from Search Results
Guardian Express
Earlier this year, after Yahoo acquired Tumblr in a $1 billion deal, the social media starlet stated it would make no changes to the way people can access porn. That seemingly has now changed as users are stating posts flagged as adult are now censored ...

Self-driving cars are here - but they're not legal yet
Globe and Mail
You know something big is up when the guy in charge of passenger car development for Mercedes-Benz worldwide shows up in Toronto to take a few journos for a joy ride. In this case, it's Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, member of the board of management of ...

Summer photo shoot with HTC One, Nokia Lumia 925 and Lumia 928 (Gallery)
ZDNet (blog)
Summary: In this gallery I show several photos taken with three high end smartphones in typical summer time situations. Even though the HTC One uses a unique ultrapixel approach, it still holds its own against Nokia 8.7 megapixel cameras. Matthew Miller.

Griffith Observatory makes the most of photo shoot from Saturn
Los Angeles Times
About 300 visitors gathered on the lawn of Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles Friday afternoon to wave at the Cassini spacecraft as it took their picture from nearly 900 million miles away. The observatory was already abuzz with visitors when curator Laura ...

No signs of life on Mars?
Fox News
Well you're one of those people holding out hope for life on Mars the chances of finding it just got a bit slimmer that's the word from NASA scientist. They say the latest findings from the Mars rover curiosity show the red planet's atmosphere was likely several ...

Rovio Account Now On iOS and Android; Cross-Platform Playing Now Doable
Headlines & Global News
The the new Rovio Account is featured in two titles: The original Angry Birds and The Croods. The company had expressed its objective to continue engaging Rovio Account to all of its other titles to include several entries in the Angry Birds franchise.

Scientists find new giant Pandoravirus unlike any known
DigitalJournal.com
Scientists have discovered a new genus of viruses, the biggest ever. Pandoraviruses are tens to hundreds of times the size of other known viruses. The weirdest thing about them is that 93 percent of their genes are unlike those of other known viruses.

Apple's developer site experiencing extended outage
CNET
Apple's developer Web site experiences an extended issue for more than 30 hours, and developers are starting to get restless. Apple's developer Web site ...

Apple iPhone 6 Rumors: Release Date Coming September 27?
International Business Times
New photos and videos of the alleged budget iPhone, aka iPhone 6, give users an idea of what to expect before the phone's release date this fall. Here's the iPhone 6 on top of the iPhone 5. Techdy Blog. The iPhone has been the dominant smartphone for the ...

South Park creators: 'It's been impossible' balancing new characters and ...
GameZone
South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have found it "impossible" to balance the introduction of new characters while honoring the show in their upcoming game South Park: The Stick of Truth. Speaking at Comic-Con, the show's creators, now ...

New Technology Lets You Physically Feel Virtual Objects
The Escapist
Disney's new "Aireal" tech uses bursts of compressed air to simulate a physical object in a virtual game. Playing Wii tennis was pretty fun, until people discovered that you could just wildly flail the wiimote and get a better score than someone who was actually ...


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