Technology archive for 2011-03-04

Judge Allows Sony to Unmask Anybody Who Visited GeoHot Site (David Kravets/Threat Level)

(4 years ago)
David Kravets / Threat Level:Judge Allows Sony to Unmask Anybody Who Visited GeoHot Site  —  A federal magistrate is granting Sony the right to acquire the internet IP addresses of anybody who has visited PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz' website from January of 2009 to the present.  —  Thursday's decision (.pdf) …

Students suspended, expelled over Facebook posts

(4 years ago)
Three students in the seventh grade have found themselves either suspended or expelled after posting inappropriate comments about their teacher on Facebook.

Bing teams up with travel search site KAYAK

(4 years ago)
Maybe Microsoft thinks the U.S. Department of Justice is about to green-light Google's acquisition of travel software market leader ITA Software and figures it should bulk up.(Also see: Google, Justice Department in talks over ITA deal)

10 New Ways To Feed Your Social-media Addiction

(4 years ago)
From real-life Like buttons to toilets that tweet, there's more oversharing to be done, you just need the right tools. These 10 spectacularly pointless gadgets are guaranteed to help you increase your spectacularly pointless status updates.

Sirius XM to debut Tiger Blood Radio: all Charlie Sheen, all day long

(4 years ago)
Charlie Sheen has a pretty impressive track record: in addition to a twenty-five-plus year movie career, he's brought tacky bowling shirts to the forefront of American consciousness, earned a Golden Globe Icon award, and shot his onetime fiance Kelly Preston. Is this enough to warrant an entire radio channel dedicated to the man who describes himself as having a "10,000-year-old brain and the boogers of a 7-year-old"? Apparently Sirius XM certainly thinks so. That's right: the company has announced that Tiger Blood Radio will air for twenty-four hours beginning tomorrow at 6:00 am ET on Sirius channel 108 and XM channel 139. "[C]reated in response to the national conversation sparked by the recent events surrounding actor Charlie Sheen," the company said in a statement, the station "will take listeners behind the headlines, exploring the media frenzy/media reaction, as well as the medical, psychological, psychiatric and pop culture and celebrity angles." This definitely sounds like award winning journalism, and not a cynical way to make a few bucks off someone who's clearly spinning out of control -- Adonis DNA or not. PR after the break.Continue reading Sirius XM to debut Tiger Blood Radio: all Charlie Sheen, all day longSirius XM to debut Tiger Blood Radio: all Charlie Sheen, all day long originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 04 Mar 2011 17:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink CrunchGear  |   | Email[..]

SaaS working group up and running

(4 years ago)
So far much of the effort has focused on organizing the group, while the real work still lies ahead, says Michael Sutton, vice president of security research at Zscaler and head of the working group.

Will the cloud curb interest in 64GB iPad 2?

(4 years ago)
With consumers increasingly turning to cloud service providers for data storage needs, analysts say buyers might opt for 16GB or 32GB models instead of the top-end 64GB iPad 2.

London Stock Exchange: What really went wrong

(4 years ago)
The London Stock Exchange has made a U-turn on the system requirements placed on data vendors such as Thomson Reuters, Interactive Data and Bloomberg, after three weeks of problems since the launch of its new trading platform.

Are We Really Living in a Post-PC World?

(4 years ago)
Among the many ear-catching bot mots issued forth from Steve Jobs recently is the assertion that we're living in, or at the very least entering, the post-PC era. It started last year at the D8 conference, when the Apple CEO said that PCs are going to be "like trucks" in that they'll still be around and useful for certain work, but only a smaller percentage of the users will need one. More recently at the iPad 2 launch, Jobs re-confirmed this post-PC mantra.

Even Microsoft Wants IE6 Dead

(4 years ago)
Tarmas writes "Microsoft has launched a website intended to persuade people to upgrade their browsers from Internet Explorer 6. In Microsoft's words: 'This website is dedicated to watching Internet Explorer 6 usage drop to less than 1% worldwide, so more websites can choose to drop support for Internet Explorer 6, saving hours of work for web developers.' About time?"Of course they want you to upgrade to a newer Internet Explorer. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

NeuroSky shows off MyndPlay, we control movies with our brainwaves (video)

(4 years ago)
Would you pay $100 to control the outcome of a movie with the power of your mind? That's what NeuroSky and Triete Labs are banking on with MyndPlay. Simply put, it uses NeuroSky's $99 Mindwave headset with a custom video player that monitors your mental activity during critical points in specially designed films, and offers multiple outcomes depending on your focus and relaxation levels. For instance, in Paranormal Mynd (above), you play an exorcist who must drive a evil spirit away -- if you don't focus intently, this woman will choke to death. Another gangster film has you dodging bullets and sports multiple endings; depending on how relaxed and concentrated you are, you could come away clean, take a bullet to the head, or dodge poorly and have the projectile strike your friend dead instead. MyndPlay plans to produce a raft of such short-form content for $0.49 to $1.99 per episode, and also let you shoot and share your own, scripting sequences with a tool to be released next month called MyndPlay Pro. We gave Paranormal Mynd a try at GDC 2011, and came away somewhat impressed -- you definitely can control the outcome of a scene, but it doesn't work quite like you'd expect. Since NeuroSky's technology is still limited to detecting the mental states of concentration and relaxation, you can't "will" the movie to go the way you'd like with your thoughts -- in fact, thinking about anything rather than what you're seeing on screen seemed to register as a form of distraction, and[..]

Twitter Shuts Off GeoAPI To Developers (Erick Schonfeld/TechCrunch)

(4 years ago)
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:Twitter Shuts Off GeoAPI To Developers  —  When Twitter bought Mixer Labs in December, 2009, it inherited the startup's then-recently launched GeoAPI, which offered a platform for building geo apps.  The GeoAPI combined a places database of 16 million businesses with a reverse-geo-coder …

iPad 2 competes with Nvidia for game developers' hearts and minds

(4 years ago)
The iPad 2 is certainly more than an incremental update, but will it be enough to keep the tablet pendulum swinging in Apple's direction, at least when it comes to game development?

MacBook Pro review (early 2011) (Nilay Patel/Engadget)

(4 years ago)
Nilay Patel / Engadget:MacBook Pro review (early 2011)  —  Apple might say we're in the post-PC era, but hey — turns out they still make Macs in Cupertino, and the new MacBook Pro is actually one of the more aggressive refreshes in the machine's history.  Not only has it been less than a year since the last MacBook Pro spec bump …

Intel hopes to boost cloud gaming with ray tracing

(4 years ago)
A new technology from Intel called ray tracing could bring lifelike images and improved 3D effects to games on tablets and other mobile devices.

Intel hopes to boost cloud gaming with ray tracing

(4 years ago)
A new technology from Intel called ray tracing could bring lifelike images and improved 3D effects to games on tablets and other mobile devices.

Episode I 3D Release Date Announced

(4 years ago)
TheBrakShow writes 'Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox announced today that the 3D theatrical launch of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace now has an official release date — February 10, 2012!' Are enough fans interested in watching the weakest films of the trilogy again just to experience them in 3D?" I for one am looking forward to a new and improved Jar Jar experience. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Apple confirms $100 refund for those who recently purchased an original iPad

(4 years ago)
Much like the company did when it suddenly dropped the price of its original iPhone, Apple is giving $100 back to those who purchased an iPad up to a fortnight before the March 2nd unveiling of the iPad 2. If our math is correct, that makes February 16th the cutoff date, and it's being reported that those in the US will see $100 placed back on their credit card, while those overseas will get £100 / €100 back in their pocket. Very much unlike the iPhone example, this is cold, hard cash that's being returned -- no Apple Store credit here. If you've suddenly found yourself in this pool, you'll need to head back to a brick-and-mortar location with your receipt to get the refund processed, or if you ordered online, you'll need to call Apple's 1-800 number and use your smoothest late-night voice when asking nicely for your Benjamin back. Godspeed.Apple confirms $100 refund for those who recently purchased an original iPad originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 04 Mar 2011 16:36:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  CNET, Electric Pig, Engadget Spanish  | Email this | Comments

RIMM's Chief Marketing Officer Departing on Eve of PlayBook Launch (Dave Kansas/MarketBeat)

(4 years ago)
Dave Kansas / MarketBeat:RIMM's Chief Marketing Officer Departing on Eve of PlayBook Launch … Research in Motion is having a tumultuous week in the stock market, capped by the surprise news that Chief Marketing Office Keith Pardy is leaving the company for personal reasons.  —  As The Wall Street Journal notes …

Wall Street Beat: Tablets, big data shape IT economics

(4 years ago)
News from Apple and Teradata along with various economic forecasts this week show that at seemingly opposite ends of the technology-product spectrum, non-PC mobile devices and IT capable of handling extremely high volumes of data are major forces shaping the economics of the computer industry.

Wall Street Beat: Tablets, big data shape IT economics

(4 years ago)
News from Apple and Teradata along with various economic forecasts this week show that at seemingly opposite ends of the technology-product spectrum, non-PC mobile devices and IT capable of handling extremely high volumes of data are major forces shaping the economics of the computer industry.

MacBook Pro review (early 2011)

(4 years ago)
Apple might say we're in the post-PC era, but hey -- turns out they still make Macs in Cupertino, and the new MacBook Pro is actually one of the more aggressive refreshes in the machine's history. Not only has it been less than a year since the last MacBook Pro spec bump, but our 15-inch review unit is actually the first Sandy Bridge system we've received from any manufacturer. And it's not just the CPU that's new: Apple's also launching the new Thunderbolt high-speed interconnect, and there's been a big switch to an AMD Radeon HD 6750M GPU paired with Intel's integrated HD Graphics 3000, an arrangement that should offer both solid graphics performance and great battery life. That's a lot of new parts in a familiar case -- but do they add up to something more than just a speed bump? Read on for our full review!Gallery: MacBook Pro (early 2011) unboxing and hands-onContinue reading MacBook Pro review (early 2011)MacBook Pro review (early 2011) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 04 Mar 2011 16:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

One Man's Quest To Build True Artificial Life

(4 years ago)
Atriune writes "The creator of the reknowed Creatures artificial life series is at it again. Fifteen years after the initial success of the Creatures Trilogy, Steve Grand continues his quest to go beyond simulation, and create real artificial life."It's hard to tell if the approach is realistic, but it is certainly novel. Perhaps this will succeed in the areas the Lisp hackers of the 80s failed. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

User experience is everything, hardware not so much

(4 years ago)
Inspiration comes from many sources, and Twitter is a great source. Today Michael Gartenberg sent a simple tweet that captured the very essence of gadget design that hardware makers need to learn.

AT&T Mobile Hotspot for iPhone 4 limited to just three WiFi devices (update: it's an iOS 4.3 thing) (Darren Murph/Engadget)

(4 years ago)
Darren Murph / Engadget:AT&T Mobile Hotspot for iPhone 4 limited to just three WiFi devices (update: it's an iOS 4.3 thing)  —  Say it ain't so!  According to this here slide, which details a bit of insidery AT&T information about the impending release of iOS 4.3, Ma Bell's iPhone 4 will have its Personal Hotspot restricted to use with just three devices.

Will the cloud curb interest in 64GB iPad 2?

(4 years ago)
With consumers increasingly turning to cloud service providers for data storage needs, analysts say buyers might opt for 16GB or 32GB models instead of the top-end 64GB iPad 2.

Carpe Breachum: How the HBGary breach can make us stronger

(4 years ago)
Companies have long sought to balance what information about their vulnerabilities they must keep secret, and what information it would benefit them to share. The names of companies leaked in internal emails from HBGary, which were made public after the attacks last month by Anonymous, may change the calculus used to determine just how much we share.

NASA: Technical glitch crashes $424M Glory mission

(4 years ago)
A rocket carrying a satellite designed to help scientists study the Earth's climate suffered a technical failure and may have crashed into the southern Pacific Ocean.

CBS & Turner Sports are streaming all the March Madness games to PCs, iPhones & iPads for free

(4 years ago)
Every year CBS has enhanced its March Madness On Demand experience, from HD VOD on cable boxes to HD streaming on PCs before adding PiP and paid mobile access last year. For 2011, a new deal has brought in Turner Sports to not only provide enough channels to air all the games in high definition (we figure you'll find CBS, TNT and TBS on the channel guide with no problem, but with some of the games diverted to lesser known TruTV HD check the HDSportsGuide link below to see if it's in your area yet) but also expand the streaming experience by promising higher quality video, personalized channel lineup and social tie ins. If you're on the go, the mobile client for iOS devices (sorry, no Android or other mobile OSes) is free this year so you can keep that fiver in your pocket this time. There's another pic of the iPad client, a video trailer and all sorts of details waiting after the break, so click through to find out more or just wait for the free apps to hit iTunes March 10th.Continue reading CBS & Turner Sports are streaming all the March Madness games to PCs, iPhones & iPads for freeCBS & Turner Sports are streaming all the March Madness games to PCs, iPhones & iPads for free originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 04 Mar 2011 15:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

AT&T, Verizon iPad 2 data plans compared

(4 years ago)
With the original iPad, you had a simple choice to make: to 3G or not to 3G. But with the addition of Verizon 3G data options alongside those from longtime Apple partner AT&T, you now have to not only decide if you want 3G connectivity in addition to Wi-Fi, but which carrier you want service from as well.

Google Maps routes itself to v5.2, gets hotpot tweets, Latitude 'pings' and better search results

(4 years ago)
We're still waiting for someone to one-up Google Maps Navigation, but until that fateful day shines down upon us, it looks as if we'll have to once again point our attention to El Goog. Google Maps has just been updated to version 5.2, with three main additions to focus on. For one, the new edition allows users to tweet their reviews of places and share recommendations with Hotpot friends. Next up, there's Latitude pinging, which enables you to send a quick message to a nearby Latitude friend rather than having to use a text or call; they'll receive an Android notification from you asking them to check in at a place, and when they check in using your request, you'll get a notification right back so you know which place to go to meet up with them. Finally, a new 'Search More Places' button has been added under the standard list of places to check in at, which ought to prove helpful in highly congested cities with multiple places stacked atop one another. Hit that Android Market link below to get your update going, and if you're fixing to use that new ping feature, you and your friends will need v5.2 (or higher, if you're reading this in the year 2043).Google Maps routes itself to v5.2, gets hotpot tweets, Latitude 'pings' and better search results originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 04 Mar 2011 15:10:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  Google Mobile Blog, Android Market  | Email this | Comments

Intel SSD 510 Series 6Gbps SATA Drives Tested

(4 years ago)
MojoKid writes "Intelrecently announced its 510 series Solid State Drive products. The new 510series SSDs build upon Intel's successful X-25M series of drives by offeringnative support for SATA 6Gbs interface speeds, with maximum reads in the 500MB/srange and write speeds of approximately 315MB/s—huge improvements over theprevious generation. The numbers are in and the new Marvell-infused Intel SSDoffers impressive performance rivaling other 6Gbps SATA SSDs on the marketbut not as fast as the recently announcedSandForce 2500-based SSDs like the OCZ Vertex 3." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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