24 July 2013

iPad sales fall; eBay Now expands 1-hour delivery coverage

eBay is expanding its 1-hour delivery service, eBay Now, to new locations in the San Francisco area, New York area, Chicago, and Dallas-- 

eBay Now expands coverage area for 1-hour delivery | Internet & Media - CNET News: "The need for choice applies to devices as well. eBay found that a good portion of its customers who spend the most money on the site use multiple devices. Twenty-one percent of visitors who use both mobile devices and a desktop PC make up 44 percent of the total volume eBay sells, according to Glasgow. The most popular purchases using this service are electronics and home and garden supplies, but one customer, who found himself with blown bike tires during a ride, ordered replacement parts sent to him on the spot, Glasgow said."

Apple earnings beat with $35.3 billion in sales, 31.2M iPhones | Apple - CNET News: "Company's third quarter results come in slightly stronger than expected, fueled by the iPhone. iPad and iPod sales were far below what Wall Street expected."

Apple - Press Info - Apple Reports Third Quarter Results: "The Company sold 31.2 million iPhones, a record for the June quarter, compared to 26 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple also sold 14.6 million iPads during the quarter, compared to 17 million in the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 3.8 million Macs, compared to 4 million in the year-ago quarter. "

Google to open digital innovation centre in Dublin docklands - Technology Industry News | Market & Trends | The Irish Times: "“We will essentially act as digital consultants for these companies. It is more or less a digital teaching facility and it is the first time we will have tried to do anything like this here,” said Herlihy. The centre has more than 70 conference bookings pencilled in for this year, following its September opening. Google said there were 5,000 overseas visitors due to attend these events, in addition to attendees from Irish-based business owners and staff."

30 Petabytes Later, Bitcasa Takes Infinite
TechCrunch Disrupt alumni Bitcasa has spent the last five months or so growing out of its beta launch, picking up new users and listening to feedback. Today, however, the waiting ends as Bitcasa is launching version 2.0 of its desktop, iOS and Android apps.

New movie server lets you watch films instantaneously
Movies get special treatment with the new Kaleidescape Cinema One movie server, which stores up to 100 Blu-ray Disc-quality movies or 600 DVD movies. You can jump to special scenes, bypassing menus. cinemaone0722. The Kaleidescape Cinema One ...

Dolphins 'call each other by name'
BBC News
Research has revealed that the marine mammals use a unique whistle to identify each other. A team from the University of St Andrews in Scotland found that when the animals hear their own call played back to them, they respond. The study is published in ...

Tumblr's Mobile Porn Filter Bans #gay
“We promise not to screw it up,” wrote Yahoo Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer following the company's $1.1 billion May purchase of microblogging site Tumblr. Now, it seems to be doing just that by alienating some of Tumblr's core users with adult content filters on ...

Wall Street pegs 4% slide in Mac sales, 6% boost to iPad
Computerworld - Mac sales fell 4% in the quarter that ended June 30, putting Apple into the same leaky boat as the much larger, problem-plagued PC industry, according to a survey of several dozen financial analysts. Apple will disclose its second-quarter ...

Belkin Releases $50 WeMo Light Switch, Adds Android Support
PC Magazine
Your home just got a little smarter, with Belkin's Wi-Fi-enabled WeMo Light Switch, which hit the market today with a $49.99 price tag. For those dark nights, when you've just watched a horror movie and can't find the light switch fast enough, just unlock your ...

VW's Bentley to Make an SUV
Wall Street Journal
Bentley Motors got the green light on Tuesday from its German parent to add a sport-utility vehicle to its range of luxury limousines and coupes, allowing the British marque to enter one of the auto sector's fastest-growing markets. The move pits Bentley against ...

Motorola Mobility unveils three Droids, including a new Ultra, for Verizon
IDG News Service - Google's Motorola Mobility has upgraded its lineup of Droid smartphones, announcing three new models including the flagship Droid Ultra. The new phones will be available through Verizon Wireless. The Droid Ultra has a 5-inch screen ...

Computers sweat for 4554 hours to simulate ...
CNET (blog)
Thousands of computer hours went into figuring out how to make virtual cloth look and behave more like real cloth.  Computer cloth gets a realism boost ...

Nokia reveals budget-friendly, large-screen Lumia 625
ZDNet (blog)
After the 520 proved something of a hit (in Lumia terms, that is), Nokia has announced a new low-end device. What makes the 625, launched on Tuesday, stand out from its predecessors is the size of the screen: a 4.7-incher. It's the biggest Lumia screen to ...

CIA wants to control the weather, climate change
Fox News
The CIA is funding a study examining various ways mankind can geo-engineer the planet -- blocking or limiting the sunlight that reaches the Earth, stripping carbon dioxide from the skies, seeding the clouds and so on. The project, a panel called ...

Ford to develop hybrid trucks solo after Toyota tie-up ends
Ford Motor Co (F.N) and Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) ended their partnership to develop hybrid pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles after studying the feasibility of such ...

New OpenGL 4.4, OpenCL 2.0 specs help you get the most from your GPU
Ars Technica
Just under a year after the last OpenGL version bump, the Khronos Group today announced version 4.4 of the 3D graphics API, ushering in a list of minor changes to the venerable specification. The group also announced a provisional specification for ...

News Summary: Former GM executive on Toyota board sees automaker ...
Washington Post
CHANGING LANES: Former GM executive Mark Hogan sees his appointment to the Toyota board as a sign of change at the Japanese automaker and hopes he'll play a role in the company becoming more responsive. His arrival underlines ...

Ancient Global Warming Raised Sea Levels Nearly 70 Feet
National Geographic
About five million years ago, sea levels rose by up to 70 feet (20 meters) as ice sheets in the South Pole began melting during past instances of global warming. Scientists have now concluded that about half of that sea-level rise was due to the thawing of a ...

NASA Seeks Public-Private Product Partnerships
Intelligent Enterprise (blog)
NASA is looking for private firms interested in forming unfunded partnerships to develop commercial space products and services for human space exploration. A synopsis of the partnership program seeks proposals only from U.S. private firms, nonprofits and ...

Donate Idle Computing Power to Science
PC Magazine
Calling all Android users — you can now participate in important scientific research just by charging your phone. Researchers at University of California Berkeley on Monday released a new Android app called BOINC that lets you donate your phone's idle ...

Mussel byssus could lead to new ways to repair bones and tendons
Researchers claim to have unravelled the secret behind the strength of the fine filaments, known as byssus threads, which the shellfish use to secure themselves to rocks. The material is made of a protein that is closely related to collegen, which forms skin, ...

Netflix's Earnings Chat Won't Win Any Emmys
Netflix (NFLX) dipped its toe into the experimental waters of streaming a quarterly earnings call live online, with investors' questions posed by one analyst and a financial journalist. The 30-minute chat session streamed Monday on YouTube (GOOG) was ...

Device puffs virtual objects into reality, lets you feel phantom objects floating in air
Fox News
For all the leaps and bounds that motion tracking and virtual reality have made in recent years, haptic stimulation has largely taken a back seat to visual stimulation. However, a new device aims to put a more tangible virtual experience in the driver's seat.

Flipboard launches web version of its popular magazine app
Flipboard is officially coming to the web. After launching in December of 2010, the magazine-formatted application was previously only accessible to mobile users. Although the company still expects the mobile version to garner most of the attention, it doesn't ...

Akamai: Global average, peak Internet connection speeds continue to rise
Summary: But while Internet connection speeds grow, so do DDoS attacks, according to the cloud company's latest industry survey....

Epic NASA Photos of Earth from Saturn & Mercury Give Us Perspective
It's not often that some event comes along to really show humanity its true place in the universe, but two NASA spacecraft have just managed just that. I'm talking, of course, about the spectacular NASA photos of Earth as it appeared from Saturn —nearly 900 ...

Ohio has Defense Dept's most powerful computer
Houston Chronicle
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Air Force says a supercomputer up and running at an Ohio base is the most powerful in the entire Department of Defense. Officials at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base introduced the computer Monday inside a new complex.

Loopy? No, it's Hyperloopy
Discovery News
Elon Musk calls his Hyperloop concept a cross between a Concorde, a railgun and an air hockey table. STEPHEN LAM/Reuters/Corbis. Related Links. All Aboard the Subsonic Crazy Train · Elon Musk: SpaceX Dragon 'Back on Track' · Tesla Shows Off ...

Messaging app Line passes 200 million users
The 2-year-old mobile messaging and sticker app, immensely popular in Asian countries, is now trying to take over the rest of the world. . . .

Tango Messaging App Targeted by Syrian Electronic Army
PC Magazine
The Tango messaging service is the latest victim of the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), which breached the company's databases last week and accessed user information. "The Syrian Electronic Army hacked the Tango app (video/text messages service) ...

Hands-on: LittleSnapper becomes Ember, with powerful collection features
The word “scrapbooking” may conjure visions of arts-and-crafts sessions for children with paper, scissors, and glue. But if you've ever done research for a project that required you to save data like images, videos, and webpages from different sources, you're ...

Canary soars past Indiegogo goal in hours for 'smart' home security device
Canary is a device the size of a soda can that can keep your home secure. The company launched an Indiegogo campaign today and is already close to doubling its $100,000 goal. Canary is sleek piece of hardware ...

Ford offers technology to help protect police officers at night
Ford has announced that it has new surveillance mode technology integrated into its Ford Police Interceptor that is designed to warn police officers of unexpected approaches from the back of their vehicle. The new protection technology uses existing driver ...

New microchips mimic the human brain in real time
Science Recorder
New microchips mimic the human brain in real time. The researchers demonstrated for the first time how a real-time hardware neural-processing system where the user controls the behavior is a feasible endeavor. New microchips mimic the human brain in ...

Smell Ya Later: Corpse Flower in its Death Throes
WASHINGTON — A corpse flower in its death throes doesn't smell like a corpse at all. A titan arum (or "corpse flower") housed here at the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory has been smelling up its exhibition hall to the delight of thousands of visitors since ...

Neutrinos caught in evasive behavior
Science News
Neutrinos have been caught switching identities. The indisputable detection is a first, physicists announced July 19 at the European Physical Society meeting in Stockholm. Neutrinos, wispy neutral particles that barely interact with anything, come in three ...

UK Prime Minister Blocks Access to Pornography
ABC News
In a fight to combat children's access to pornography and the existence of child pornography on the Internet, British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a series of new steps, including having Internet providers in the country automatically block ...

Windows isn't dying, it's just becoming irrelevant
ZDNet (blog)
Summary: Just as the stone ax gave way to one made of bronze, the Windows-powered PC must now give way to better, more customized, more refined tools....

Alaska's boreal forests burning more with climate change
Los Angeles Times
The largest U.S. wildfires in the last decade of record-breaking blazes have been in the wilds of Alaska, where fires have blackened more than a half-million acres at a time. A new study predicts more of the same for North America's boreal forests, the Far ...

The Military Will Give Up Wireless Spectrum To Telcos. But When?
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Philip Cusick, an analyst at JP Morgan, thinks it could be years before carriers are actually using the spectrum. The earliest, he thinks, is 2016 or 2017. Other analysts also are wary. “The process ahead is unlikely to be a walk in the park,” said Jeffrey S. Silva, ...

Robots Gain Glow Skin
Human skin dosen't light up when you touch it. Though you can get one heck of a reaction out of people if you touch them when they have a sun burn, but if you want real light up skin you are going to have try a robot. A team of researchers at the University of ...

SanDisk announces two wireless flash-based storage devices
SanDisk on Monday announced two flash-based multimedia Wi-Fi drives, the Connect Wireless Media Drive and the Connect Wireless Flash Drive. Both devices are battery powered and function as a portable storage device as well as a mobile multimedia ...

IBM gooses 'business class' mainframes with z12 engines
IBM's System z mainframe business has recovered somewhat after stalling and not meeting expectations in the first quarter, and Big Blue is going to try to build some momentum by shipping a new line of midrange-class mainframes that sport lower prices than ...

Verizon leapfrogs Comcast with new 500 Mbps tier
Communications, Engineering & Design Magazine
Verizon Communications has boosted its fastest data tier to 500 Mbps on the downstream and 100 upstream, which tops Comcast's fastest tier of 305/65. The new 500 Mbps tier, which is available to residential and business customers in some areas of ...

Climate change could mean extinction for Iberian lynx in 50 years
Los Angeles Times
The world's most endangered feline species may become extinct in the wild within 50 years, researchers say, a victim of climate change. A new report projects that Iberian lynx could become the first cat species in at least 2,000 years to become extinct, ...

Bay Area Divers in Close Encounter with Humpback Whales
NBC Bay Area
It's not something many of us will ever experience: almost being swallowed by a whale. But that's exactly what happened to a couple guys not far from the Bay Area. Marla Tellez reports. Bay Area Divers in Close Encounter...

Leap motion controller now shipping, coming to Best Buy on July 28
The Leap Motion 3D gesture controller is now shipping following an unexpected delay. It was initially scheduled to ship on May 13, but CEO Michael Buckwald said back in April they simply needed more time to test the device before deploying it in the wild.

Intel Corporation (INTC) Ups Effort In Low Power Server Markets
Stifel released a research note on Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), based on an event hosted by the chipmaker “Reimagine the Data Center” event. According to Stifel, Intel provided more information on its low-power server roadmap for 2013 and 2014.
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