Technology archive for 2011-04-17

iPhone 4 About To Be Flickr's Top Camera. Point & Shoots? Pretty Much The Opposite. (MG Siegler/TechCrunch)

(4 years ago)
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:iPhone 4 About To Be Flickr's Top Camera.  Point & Shoots?  Pretty Much The Opposite.  —  What's the most popular camera used in terms of pictures taken that are uploaded to Flickr?  Right now, it's the Nikon D90.  But in about a month or so, it will be Apple's iPhone 4.

China Space Official Confounded By SpaceX Price

(4 years ago)
hackingbear writes "Declining to speak for attribution, the Chinese officials from Great Wall Industry, a marketing arm of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. (CAST), say they find the published prices on the SpaceX website very low for the services offered, and concede they could not match them with the Long March series of launch vehicles even if it were possible for them to launch satellites with U.S. components in them. According to the SpaceX website, launch on a Falcon 9 — which has an advertised lift capacity of 10,450 kg. (23,000 lb.) — from Cape Canaveral costs $54 million — $59.5 million. If the SpaceX price is real and its quality is proven, both are big IFs, it is remarkable to see that US can beat China in term of price. Between August 1996 and August 2009, the Chinese rockets have achieved 75 consecutive successful launches were conducted, ending with a partial failure in the launch of Palapa-D on August 31, 2009. If we all learn from SpaceX, maybe soon China will outsource from the US." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Iranian Military Official: Siemens helped U.S. and Israel in Cyber Attack on Nuclear Program (Haaretz)

(4 years ago)
Haaretz:Iranian Military Official: Siemens helped U.S. and Israel in Cyber Attack on Nuclear Program  —  Head of Iran's civilian defense says German company, Siemens, must share the blame for the Stuxnet virus attack; virus targeted control systems run with Siemens software.

Anonymous hacker claims he broke into wind turbine systems

(4 years ago)
Claiming revenge for an "illegitimate firing," someone has posted screenshots and other data, apparently showing that he was able to break a 200 megawat wind turbine system owned by NextEra Energy Resources, a subsidiary of Florida Power & Light.

HP planning Veer launch party for May 2nd, AT&T cuts webOS 3.0 developer cake May 12th

(4 years ago)
We still don't have a solid release date for HP's tiny Veer -- we've been told it's "coming around the corner" and will be here "soon" -- but if we were the guessing type, we'd say that the pint-sized webOS 2.2 smartphone will hit the market on or about the 2nd of May. That's because a PreCentral reader stumbled across what looks like an official invitation to an "HP Veer Launch Party Event" in Los Angeles on that very date, and it's typically fairly difficult to launch a handset without a handset to launch, if you know what we mean. Still, this looks like a business-to-business event, so we wouldn't circle your calendar quite yet -- but if you've already got that red marker out, you might want to put a X over May 12th instead. That's the day that AT&T is hosting a webOS 3.0 developer webcast -- which might be worth attending in and of itself -- but is particularly noteworthy given that HP hasn't announced carriers for the Veer or SIM-slot packing HP TouchPad just yet.[Thanks, Brian L.]HP planning Veer launch party for May 2nd, AT&T cuts webOS 3.0 developer cake May 12th originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 17 Apr 2011 17:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink PreCentral (1), (2)  |  Cvent, AT&T  | Email this | Comments

How the Social Tech Bubble Is Different

(4 years ago)
theodp writes "Tech bubbles happen, writes BW's Ashlee Vance, but we usually gain from the innovation left behind. But this one — driven by social networking — could leave us empty-handed. Math whiz Jeff Hammerbacher provides a good case study. One year out of Harvard, 23-year-old Hammerbacher arrived at Facebook, was given the lofty title of research scientist and put to work analyzing how people used the social networking service. Over the next two years, Hammerbacher assembled a team that built a new class of analytical technology, one which translated insights into people's relationships, tendencies, and desires into precision advertising and higher sales. But something gnawed at him. Hammerbacher looked around Silicon Valley at companies like his own, Google, and Twitter, and saw his peers wasting their talents. 'The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads,' he says. 'That sucks.' Silicon Valley historian Christophe Lecuyer agrees: 'It's clear that the new industry that is building around Internet advertising and these other services doesn't create that many jobs. The loss of manufacturing and design know-how is truly worrisome.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

RIM studies bid for Nortel wireless patents: report

(4 years ago)
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Research In Motion may attempt to top Google Inc's $900 million bid for Nortel Networks Corp.'s wireless technology patents, according to a Bloomberg report citing two people familiar with the plans.

Microsoft heads to the Supreme Court and other news of the week

(4 years ago)
Microsoft takes its patent plea to the U.S. Supreme Court this week; IE 9 starts being pushed (in earnest) to Windows users via Windows Update; and the Windows Intune beta ends -- all happening...

Samsung's super slender Galaxy Tab 10.1 snacks on some Honeycomb (video)

(4 years ago)
Honestly, we were a little bit worried that Samsung's rail-thin Galaxy Tab 10.1 was a mockup -- you know, seeing as how Sammy never turned it on -- but fast-forward to today and there's a working prototype in Tinhte.vn's capable arms. Yes, the Vietnamese site that's been leaking delicious Apple prototypes -- not to mention the HP TouchPad's SIM slot -- found a working version of the 0.33-inch thin slate at an unnamed Samsung booth, and proceeded to dive into the sticky-sweet mess of Android 3.0 and iPad 2 comparisons that such a discovery affords. You'll find all that and some Angry Birds in the video immediately above.[Thanks, Nate]Samsung's super slender Galaxy Tab 10.1 snacks on some Honeycomb (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 17 Apr 2011 15:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  tinhtevideo (YouTube)  | Email this | Comments

RIM studies bid for Nortel wireless patents: report

(4 years ago)
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Research In Motion may attempt to top Google Inc's $900 million bid for Nortel Networks Corp.'s wireless technology patents, according to a Bloomberg report citing two people familiar with the plans.

Apple Wants To Store Your History In the Cloud

(4 years ago)
bizwriter writes "Most online backup is about keeping the latest and greatest version of what resides on a device, whether a PC, tablet, or smartphone. Three recent patent filings suggest that Apple has a super version of backup on its mind. Someone would be able to go into an application (like iTunes or the App Store), find what material was available at a previous time, and recover any or all of what once was there without having to use a separate recovery program." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

RIM studies bid for Nortel wireless patents: report

(4 years ago)
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Research In Motion may attempt to top Google Inc's $900 million bid for Nortel Networks Corp.'s wireless technology patents, according to a Bloomberg report citing two people familiar with the plans.

RIM studies bid for Nortel wireless patents: report

(4 years ago)
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Research In Motion may attempt to top Google Inc's $900 million bid for Nortel Networks Corp.'s wireless technology patents, according to a Bloomberg report citing two people familiar with the plans.

Apple and the TV industry (Chris Dixon/cdixon.org)

(4 years ago)
Chris Dixon / cdixon.org:Apple and the TV industry  —  The TV industry is a major segment of the consumer electronics industry and Apple is the leading consumer electronics company in the world.  Thus far Apple has entered the TV market with a stand-alone device - Apple TV.  There has been speculation …

Evolve Three's Maestro C tablet has a swiveling bezel stand and a screen-protecting keyboard (video)

(4 years ago)
Evolve Three's goal of creating the world's most versatile touchscreen tablets seems to be going swimmingly so far -- first the boutique Australian outfit introduced the triple-booting Maestro, and now it's got an Oak Trail slate on the way with some most intriguing hardware. You see, not only does this Maestro C have a 1.5GHz Intel Atom Z670 inside, 2GB of DDR2 RAM and most all the bells and whistles you'd expect from a netbook PC, it's also got a bezel that physically rotates -- turning into a chunky kickstand and exposing ports at the same time -- and a removable wireless keyboard that doubles as a hard-shell protector for the entire 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen. There's also a 32GB "high performance" SSD, optional 3G connectivity, a pair of stereo speakers and once again, three operating systems to choose from at startup. The only things keeping us from purchasing our customary two units is lingering worry that the other shoe has yet to drop... not to mention a starting price of $729, sans optional keyboard.Evolve Three's Maestro C tablet has a swiveling bezel stand and a screen-protecting keyboard (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 17 Apr 2011 14:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  NetbookNews  | Email this | Comments

Analysis: Google's Page and Wall Street: Who needs who?

(4 years ago)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - It took fewer than 400 words for freshman Google Inc CEO Larry Page to set the tone for a strained relationship with Wall Street that could haunt him for years.

On Apple's Must-See TV (MG Siegler/parislemon)

(4 years ago)
MG Siegler / parislemon:On Apple's Must-See TV  —  All of the reasons Marco Arment lists as to why Apple won't build an actual television are good ones.  But they're also all good reasons why the market badly needs to be disrupted — and is ripe for it.  —  The argument that televisions are “an extremely competitive …

Analysis: Google's Page and Wall Street: Who needs who?

(4 years ago)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - It took fewer than 400 words for freshman Google Inc CEO Larry Page to set the tone for a strained relationship with Wall Street that could haunt him for years.

White House Releases Trusted Internet ID Plan

(4 years ago)
angry tapir writes "From the Computerworld article: 'the U.S. government will coordinate private-sector efforts to create trusted identification systems for the Internet, with the goal of giving consumers and businesses multiple options for authenticating identity online, according to a plan released by President Barack Obama's administration.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Radio control car runs on soda can rings, Doc Brown approves (video)

(4 years ago)
Many a future engineer was inspired by Back to the Future's Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown, and not just because he proved that unkempt eccentrics could truly change the world. No, he also pioneered Mr. Fusion, the coffee maker/cold fusion reactor that turned garbage into energy. And while we're still waiting for cold fusion and time travel to become a reality, today we're all one step closer to waste-powered cars. A pair of Spanish engineers have recently unveiled the dAlH2Orean (see what they did there?), a R/C car that runs on aluminum. Dropping a few soda can tabs into a tank of sodium hydroxide produces enough hydrogen to power the little speedster for 40 minutes - at almost 20mph. Hit the video above to see it in action, along with your daily helping of the Chemical Brothers. Fitting.Radio control car runs on soda can rings, Doc Brown approves (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 17 Apr 2011 13:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  dAlH2Orean  | Email this | Comments

Iran accuses Siemens over Stuxnet virus attack

(4 years ago)
TEHRAN (Reuters) - An Iranian military commander has accused German engineering company Siemens of helping the United States and Israel launch a cyber attack on its nuclear facilities, Kayhan daily reported on Sunday.

"Technology can't replace God": Pope

(4 years ago)
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict led Roman Catholics into Holy Week celebrations, telling a Palm Sunday crowd that man will pay the price for his pride if he believes technology can give him the powers of God.

A 9V Battery To Your Brain Can Improve Your Gaming

(4 years ago)
autospa writes with an intriguing story found at Nature about direct electrical stimulation's effect on the brain. By applying low levels of electrical current to different parts of the brain via electrodes placed on the scalp, University of New Mexico researchers claim to have documented some significant changes in brain activity, which vary depending on the part of the brain targeted. Gamers, take note: in one experiment in which volunteers were recorded while playing a video war game, "those receiving 2 milliamps to the scalp (about one-five-hundredth the amount drawn by a 100-watt light bulb) showed twice as much improvement in the game after a short amount of training as those receiving one-twentieth the amount of current." The idea of affecting the brain by electric stimulation isn't new; but the battery-powered, non-invasive variety naturally leads some people to consider rolling their own. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Ask Slashdot: Where Is the Universal Gesture Navigation Set?

(4 years ago)
dstates writes "As a mostly happy new iPad owner, I love having lots of apps, but I have got to ask, where is the universal set of gestures for navigation? Pinch and open mostly mean zoom out and in, but sometimes you tap to open, sometimes double tap. Sometimes right swipe is back, som times there is a back button, sometimes you just have to go to home and navigate back down. ... Reminds me of the early days of GUIs when every application had its own menu set with different top-level menus and different placement of various functions. Made life chaos for users. We have been there, done that, and gestures are much worse. At least with a menu, you had a printed tag you could read. Gestures are all magic handshakes until you know them. Seems like the tablet community should not have to learn the value of consistency all over again." What gestures would you like to see made standard in touch-based interfaces? Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Nikon D5100 kit hits shelves early at Best Buy for $900

(4 years ago)
Eagerly waiting for some swivel screen action on the upcoming Nikon D5100? Well my friend, you just got lucky, as said camera has just hit the shelves of Best Buy a few days early. The mid-range DSLR kit is now up for grabs either online or in stores for $900, but we expect Nikon to start shipping body-only options soon after -- Amazon and Adorama are already taking pre-orders for $800. Unfortunately, it looks like the accompanying ME-1 external mic won't be here until the original April 21st launch (or so we hope), but we're sure all Nikonians will be just fine without it over the next four days. Now go check out your local Best Buy to nab one of these swivelicious cameras. Nikon D5100 kit hits shelves early at Best Buy for $900 originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 17 Apr 2011 11:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  Best Buy  | Email this | Comments

Nikon D5100 kit hits shelves early at Best Buy for $900

(4 years ago)
Eagerly waiting for some swivel screen action on the upcoming Nikon D5100? Well my friend, you just got lucky, as said camera has just hit the shelves of Best Buy a few days early. The mid-range DSLR kit is now up for grabs either online or in stores for $900, but we expect Nikon to start shipping body-only options soon after -- Amazon and Adorama are already taking pre-orders for $800. Unfortunately, it looks like the accompanying ME-1 external mic won't be here until the original April 21st launch (or so we hope), but we're sure all Nikonians will be just fine without it over the next four days. Now go check out your local Best Buy to nab one of these swivelicious cameras. Nikon D5100 kit hits shelves early at Best Buy for $900 originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 17 Apr 2011 11:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  Best Buy  | Email this | Comments

What Happened To the Climate Refugees?

(4 years ago)
Attila Dimedici writes "In 2005 the UN said that by 2010 there would be 50 million climate refuges. They even provided a map of where they would come from. However since that original story was posted the UN has taken down that page. They apparently don't know about Google cache." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Iran accuses Siemens over Stuxnet virus attack

(4 years ago)
TEHRAN (Reuters) - An Iranian military commander has accused German engineering company Siemens of helping the United States and Israel launch a cyber attack on its nuclear facilities, Kayhan daily reported on Sunday.

"Technology can't replace God": Pope

(4 years ago)
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict led Roman Catholics into Holy Week celebrations, telling a Palm Sunday crowd that man will pay the price for his pride if he believes technology can give him the powers of God.

Medicines Lose Effectiveness In Space

(4 years ago)
An anonymous reader writes "Scientists at the Johnson Space Center have shown that the effectiveness of drugs declines more rapidly in space. Engineers are working on a project which could bring space travel to the general public but experiments suggest that the health hazards facing astronauts may be greater than previously thought. Astronauts on long space missions may not be able to take paracetamol to treat a headache or antibiotics to fight infection, a study has found. I wonder if diseases are also affected?" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Iran accuses Siemens over Stuxnet virus attack

(4 years ago)
TEHRAN (Reuters) - An Iranian military commander has accused German engineering company Siemens of helping the United States and Israel launch a cyber attack on its nuclear facilities, Kayhan daily reported on Sunday.

"Technology can't replace God": Pope

(4 years ago)
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict led Roman Catholics into Holy Week celebrations, telling a Palm Sunday crowd that man will pay the price for his pride if he believes technology can give him the powers of God.

Panasonic gussies up LED prototypes, invites you to play (video)

(4 years ago)
How do you get laypeople excited about LED lighting? Make it pretty, of course -- that's what Panasonic Electric Works is doing this week at Salone del Mobile 2011, in Milan. Working with designer Ferruccio Laviani, the firm has built an interactive installation out of upcoming products and prototypes, inviting visitors to explore "new dimensions of spatial lighting with LED and OLED." The gimmicks aren't bad; guests can peek through transparent OLED panels, interact with a spacial sensor controlled light wall, and learn about the products that make up the exhibit in a special "technical zone." Featuring a theme dubbed "piano-forte," the exhibit seeks to associate dynamic lighting with 18th century musical sensibilities, promising to make everyone a "virtuoso" of lighting -- it's a bit heavy handed, but the results sure are easy on the eyes. Don't fancy a trip to Italy just to soak in artsy LED beauty? No worries, just hit the concept video at the break.[Image courtesy of designboom]Continue reading Panasonic gussies up LED prototypes, invites you to play (video)Panasonic gussies up LED prototypes, invites you to play (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 17 Apr 2011 09:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Inhabitat  |  Panasonic Electric Works  | Email this | Comments

Iran accuses Siemens over Stuxnet virus attack

(4 years ago)
TEHRAN (Reuters) - An Iranian military commander has accused German engineering company Siemens of helping the United States and Israel launch a cyber attack on its nuclear facilities, Kayhan daily reported on Sunday.

Judge Reveals Secret Righthaven Copyright Contract

(4 years ago)
Hugh Pickens writes "Judge Roger Hunt has unsealed the confidential agreement between Righthaven and the Las Vegas Review-Journal that has allowed Righthaven to sue over more than 250 charities, impoverished hobby bloggers, reporters, and the newspaper's own sources, for $150,000 each in damages and forfeiture of the sites' domain names, and the contents of the agreement could end up being ruinous for Righthaven's campaign of copyright lawsuits. The problem is that Stephens Media, the company that owns the Las Vegas Review-Journal, didn't actually assign any of the rights related to copyright to Righthaven except the right to sue — and that has been found in Silvers vs. Sony Pictures to be illegal under case law. In other words, none of the important things that come with a copyright — such as the right to make copies of a work, or distribute it, or make 'derivative works' — were handed off to Righthaven. Only the right to sue was given, and that makes the copyright transfer bogus, argue lawyers for the Democratic Underground, which is being sued for one of its website users posting the first four paragraphs of a 34 paragraph story." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Iran accuses Siemens over Stuxnet virus attack

(4 years ago)
TEHRAN (Reuters) - An Iranian military commander has accused German engineering company Siemens of helping the United States and Israel launch a cyber attack on its nuclear facilities, Kayhan daily reported on Sunday.

Iran accuses Siemens over Stuxnet virus attack

(4 years ago)
TEHRAN (Reuters) - An Iranian military commander has accused German engineering company Siemens of helping the United States and Israel launch a cyber attack on its nuclear facilities, Kayhan daily reported on Sunday.
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