Technology archive for 2011-05-25

Google's Mobile Payment Platform to Launch, Report Says

(4 years ago)
Google, not to be outdone by Square's recent announcement of its Card Case app that attempts to turn smartphones into credit cards, is rumored to be ready to show off a new mobile payment platform that works with near field communication technology, or NFC.

Opera for iPad Tries to Conquer Safari

(4 years ago)
Opera has released a version of its mobile browser for the iPad, rivaling Apple's built-in browser, Safari. Opera Mini 6, which brings an updated design to the third-party iOS browser as well as support for the iPhone 4 retina display, is available now for free from the App Store.

Read Final Draft files on the iPad with FDX Reader

(4 years ago)
If you're in the film industry, you rely on scripts. Whether you're an agent, actor, director, writer, compositor, artist, reader, or producer, chances are that whatever project you're working on will involve a script (or ten) that you need to keep close at hand.

Xperia Play first in line for mobile Minecraft port

(4 years ago)
If you want to be the first in your hood to take Minecraft with you wherever you go, you'll have to pick up an Xperia Play. The block-building game where cubed avatars hide from creepers and create virtual CPUs will land on the so-called PlayStation Phone before coming to other Android devices and iOS later this year. The Play version will have customized controls that take advantage of the gamepad and button layout found on the Sony Ericsson handheld, though when exactly it will launch or how much it will cost is still unknown. It's also unclear how long the title will be exclusive to the gamer-centric smartphone, but developer Mojang will be holding an event at E3 where, presumably, we'll be getting more details. Now is the time to wrap up any loose ends in your life before what little free time you have left gets buried beneath a pile of bricks and mobs -- even when your PC isn't handy.Xperia Play first in line for mobile Minecraft port originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 25 May 2011 10:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Joystiq  |  Gamasutra, Minecraft (Facebook)  | Email this | Comments

Apple Acknowledges MacDefender

(4 years ago)
Trailrunner7 writes with an article in threatpost "Apple is planning to release an update specifically designed to protect users against the MacDefender malware that has been circulating for the last couple of weeks. The update for Mac OS X will automatically find and remove the malware on an infected machine and also will warn users if another infection attempt is detected. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

BofA, JPMorgan, Wells form JV for online banking services (Rachel Chitra/Reuters)

(4 years ago)
Rachel Chitra / Reuters:BofA, JPMorgan, Wells form JV for online banking services  —  REUTERS - Bank of America Corp, JPMorgan Chase & Co and Wells Fargo & Co have teamed up to create a joint venture for online banking services.  —  The move comes as eBay Inc unit PayPal and the world's largest search engine Google Inc …

Can IT still change the world?

(4 years ago)
What surprised me most about the Thiel Foundation's 20 Under 20 list is that the information technology projects looked promising, but didn't inspire much in the way of world-changing items.

AT&T bringing LTE to five cities this summer

(4 years ago)
AT&T announced last fall that it would begin its LTE rollout in mid-2011, and it's now finally delivered a few more details. The carrier has just confirmed that five markets -- Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio -- will be getting LTE sometime "this summer," with ten more as-yet-unnamed cities set to join them in the second half of the year. All told, AT&T says should cover about 70 million Americans by year's end. Of course, an LTE network needs some devices, but AT&T unfortunately isn't providing much in the way of details about those just yet -- it's only saying that it plans to add 20 4G devices to its portfolio this year, and that "some of those" will be LTE capable.Continue reading AT&T bringing LTE to five cities this summerAT&T bringing LTE to five cities this summer originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 25 May 2011 10:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

LG Revolution arrives at Verizon Wireless on May 26

(4 years ago)
Verizon Wireless will be welcoming the LG Revolution into its smartphone fold on Thursday. The Android 2.2-based handheld will also likely be very appealing to Netflix subscribers.

Amnesty for web firms over 'cookie' privacy law (Christopher Williams/Telegraph)

(4 years ago)
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:Amnesty for web firms over ‘cookie’ privacy law  —  The data protection watchdog has given web companies an extra year to comply with new privacy laws designed to give users control over how they are tracked and profiled online.  —  The Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham

KDDI's Swing navigation system helps you find your way around a store, avoid human interaction

(4 years ago)
GPS can help you get to your favorite bookstore, but once you're there, it probably won't find that Thomas Pynchon book you're looking for. That's where KDDI's Swing navigation system comes in. Taking its cue from Nokia's Kamppi and NAVTEQ's Destination Maps services, the prototype is designed to help smartphone users find their way around malls, restaurants or any other indoor space, using only a red arrow as their compass. Just choose the section of the store you're looking for, wave your phone in a circle and KDDI's app will use a system of pre-installed sensors to find your location, before pointing you in the right direction. Seems intuitive enough, but Swing's success will ultimately depend upon how many people and retail outlets decide to adopt it. Swing past the break for a demo video.Continue reading KDDI's Swing navigation system helps you find your way around a store, avoid human interactionKDDI's Swing navigation system helps you find your way around a store, avoid human interaction originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 25 May 2011 09:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  Akihabara News  | Email this | Comments

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to ship with Android 3.1 Honeycomb (Todd Haselton/BGR)

(4 years ago)
Todd Haselton / BGR:Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to ship with Android 3.1 Honeycomb  —  Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, originally announced with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) on board, will now ship with the updated Android 3.1 operating system.  Samsung has updated its Galaxy Tab 10.1 product page to reflect the update …

Google Commerce Chief: We're Making A Huge Bet On NFC As A Company (Leena Rao/TechCrunch)

(4 years ago)
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:Google Commerce Chief: We're Making A Huge Bet On NFC As A Company  —  Today, at TechCrunch Disrupt, editor Erick Schonfeld took the stage to interview Alex Rampell, TrialPay; Stephanie Tilenius, VP of Google Commerce and Payments, and Lewis Gersh, Metamorphic Partners; addressing online to offline mobile commerce.

Cyanogenmod Puts Users in Control of Permissions

(4 years ago)
An anonymous reader writes "Cyanogenmod is soon to have a better permissions systems, allowing its users to deny certain permissions to the applications they install. Users are warned that enabling this feature on the nightly build may cause applications to crash or 'force close', but a new dialog allows them to easily return the permissions to stock if they wish. Hopefully Google implements a system similar to this very soon."This is the biggest feature I've missed from Symbian — it never made sense to me why the permissions system didn't put the user in control from the first release. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Copyfight: EFF co-founder enters e-G8 "lion's den," rips into lions (Nate Anderson/Ars Technica)

(4 years ago)
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:Copyfight: EFF co-founder enters e-G8 “lion's den,” rips into lions  —  “I just arrived at the Tuileries for the #eG8, already a hoot.  Unfounded smugness to rival the World Economic Forum.”  —  John Perry Barlow—EFF co-founder, Grateful Dead lyricist, and, improbably, now a rancher …

MeeGo Conference 2011 sights and sounds (video)

(4 years ago)
So the MeeGo Conference is winding down here in San Francisco and we have prowled the exhibitor area over the past couple of days to bring you a taste of what's stimulated our eyes and ears at the event so far. We got to play with the Indamixx 2 music tablet -- basically an iiView M1Touch Pine Trail tablet running an audio-optimized build of MeeGoo 1.2 Tablet UX which features a customized kernel for more real-time control and better audio scheduling. It's expected to ship for $700 in "June or July" complete with DAW and DJ apps. Next we came across a MeeGo-based in-vehicle entertainment system that's currently available in cars from Chinese manufacturer Hawtai Motor. The device is Atom-powered, includes 3G connectivity, and provides navigation, communication, audio / video playback (for both stored and streamed content), along with Internet access. We saw a MeeGo app that gathers contact information on a form, sends it to an NFC-equipped Nokia C7, and writes it to a blank RFID tag. The tag can then be read by any NFC-capable phone, such as Google's Nexus S. A fun conference isn't complete without some games, and we were treated to a homebrew, QML-based Dance Dance Revolution clone running on MeeGo, written using just a few hundred lines of code. Speaking of QML, we got a demo of another in-vehicle entertainment system with built-in instrumentation. This MeeGo app was designed to interface with a MegaSquirt open source ECU and display engine and other car data on a set of[..]

Social phenom Zynga on cusp of mega IPO: report

(4 years ago)
BANGALORE/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Zynga Inc may file for a multibillion-dollar IPO as early as this week, tech blog AllThingsDigital reported, as the maker of the Farmville and Mafia Wars games for Facebook heads toward a long-awaited market debut.

Amazon hires 900 staff in Scotland to support Kindle

(4 years ago)
LONDON (Reuters) - Online retailer Amazon said on Wednesday it would open a customer support center in Edinburgh to provide technical support for its market-leading Kindle device, creating 500 permanent and 400 temporary jobs.

Nokia to launch its first Window phone late this year: media

(4 years ago)
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Nokia planned to launch its first smartphone using Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 at the end of the year, according to Taiwan's Commercial Times, which did not identify a source.

Search engine Yandex up 55 percent on debut

(4 years ago)
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shares of Yandex NV, known as "Russia's Google," rose 55 percent in their trading debut, evidence for some investors that Internet companies have strong prospects and a confirmation for others that the market has gotten ahead of itself.

LG Revolution coming to Verizon tomorrow for $250 on contract

(4 years ago)
That's right, kids, and we have the press release to prove it: the LG Revolution that we got our hands on at CES is coming to Verizon tomorrow for $250 (with a new, two year customer agreement). Sadly, this handset won't bring you any closer to overthrowing the established social order, as LG seems to think that "revolution" has more to do with such niceties as HDMI out, the Android 2.2 mobile OS, and a 16GB microSD card. But hey, that pre-installed Netflix app sure does seem nice. Interested? The Nationwide Talk plans begin at $40 a month, with unlimited data for $30. Mobile Hotspot is also included for free -- for a limited time. Check out all the important info after the break.Continue reading LG Revolution coming to Verizon tomorrow for $250 on contractLG Revolution coming to Verizon tomorrow for $250 on contract originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 25 May 2011 09:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

Peter Thiel Gives Whiz Kids $200K To Quit College, Start Businesses (Anya Kamenetztoday/Fast Company)

(4 years ago)
Anya Kamenetztoday / Fast Company:Peter Thiel Gives Whiz Kids $200K To Quit College, Start Businesses  —  It sounds like a reality show pitch: The legendary Facebook investor, PayPal founder, and thorn in the side of college deans everywhere announces what happens when 20 people, picked to live among mentors and innovation experts …

Social phenom Zynga on cusp of mega IPO: report

(4 years ago)
BANGALORE/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Zynga Inc may file for a multibillion-dollar IPO as early as this week, tech blog AllThingsDigital reported, as the maker of the Farmville and Mafia Wars games for Facebook heads toward a long-awaited market debut.

Getaround car sharing service goes live, rent out your ride with an iPhone app and car kit

(4 years ago)
We expressed our excitement when we first heard about Getaround, the personal car rental service that enables users to rent out their autos by the hour or day, and at TechCrunch Disrupt the service has officially gone live for drivers outside the Bay Area. The company also announced an accompanying car kit that allows potential renters to unlock their temporary ride using just an iPhone app, at which point they can access a physical key inside. The company says it functions just like any other keyless entry device, and can be set up in as little as five minutes. Worrisome owners should also know that when you offer up your ride you get full insurance coverage from the Getaround folks, so all liabilities are transferred to the individual behind the wheel. Renters get rated by car owners so there's definitely an incentive to keep things neat and tidy, though we'd totally get downrated for neglecting to return the seat to its original position. Be sure to check out the demo video at the via link, you'll wish you thought of this yourself.Getaround car sharing service goes live, rent out your ride with an iPhone app and car kit originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 25 May 2011 08:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink TechCrunch  |  Getaround, iTunes  | Email this | Comments

Sony promises PlayStation Store by end of month

(4 years ago)
Sony said in a blog post that the PlayStation Store will be online by the end of the month. Are you looking forward to buying new downloadable games and content for your PS3?

EFF Co-founder Faces Copyright Heavyweights At EG8

(4 years ago)
ndogg writes "EFF co-founder John Perry Barlow faced down copyright heavyweights ... on a panel he described as 'the Lions Den' discussing issues of intellectual property. He was the lone dissenting voice ... Mitterand had commented that copyright debates had grown so calm now that everyone agreed upon the ground rules." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Twitter About To Hit 500 Employees (And 5% Of Them Still Have The Default Avatar) (Shea Bennett/AllTwitter)

(4 years ago)
Shea Bennett / AllTwitter:Twitter About To Hit 500 Employees (And 5% Of Them Still Have The Default Avatar)  —  Back in February I wrote about Twitter's escalating employee count, which back then was closing in on 400 members of staff.  Way back in May 2009 - when Twitter was black and white and made out of wood - that number was just 69 (dude).

After a Lull, Sun Server Business Grows Under Oracle

(4 years ago)
itwbennett writes "For the first time since the 3rd quarter of 2007, IDC is reporting an increase in sales of Sun hardware. Oracle logged $773 million in server sales during the quarter, up from $681 million the year before, according to IDC's estimates." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Cox ditches 3G network infrastructure, sticks with airwaves borrowed from Sprint

(4 years ago)
Cox Communications had some grand designs on the cellular market, but they're not panning out quite as the company planned -- FierceWireless reports that though Cox already poured cash into rolling out 3G equipment, it's going to scrap the whole thing, in favor of continuing to pay Sprint for borrowed airtime. Cellular service in the original three launch markets will reportedly continue, though a quick peek at Cox's website shows the current phone selection is getting a bit stagnant. While we've yet to hear any particular reasons why Cox would want to stick it out as an MVNO, we imagine that mandatory roaming agreements make it a tad easier to offer those "Unbelievably Fair" contracts. There's also the possibility that with all the 4G fervor, Cox has decided there's no point in moving forward with CDMA equipment when LTE is ripe for the picking -- and when Cox has $304 million worth of 700MHz spectrum waiting for such a network.Cox ditches 3G network infrastructure, sticks with airwaves borrowed from Sprint originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 25 May 2011 08:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  FierceWireless  | Email this | Comments

Reed Elsevier Leads $6M Investment in GigaOM (Om Malik/GigaOm)

(4 years ago)
Om Malik / GigaOm:Reed Elsevier Leads $6M Investment in GigaOM  —  Reed Elsevier Ventures — the London-based venture arm of Reed Elsevier, one of the largest publishing companies — is leading a $6 million investment in the parent company behind GigaOM, GigaOM.tv, GigaOM Events and GigaOM Pro.

Google backs Alta Wind Energy Center, boasts $400 million clean energy milestone

(4 years ago)
Google announced today that it's throwing $55 million dollars to the wind... energy, that is. A post to the official Google blog said the company has invested the aforementioned amount in the Alta Wind Energy Center, which is set to generate 1,550 megawatts of energy -- enough to reportedly power 450,000 homes -- from a batch of turbines in the Mojave Dessert. Developed by Terra-Gen Power, the operation will carry the resulting energy via transmission lines to "major population centers." The ever-humble internet giant pointed out that this particular injection of funds marks a total investment of $400 million in the clean energy sector. In fact, El Goog signed a deal last year to power several of its data centers with wind power, and most recently announced the opening of a seawater-cooled data center in Finland.Google backs Alta Wind Energy Center, boasts $400 million clean energy milestone originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 25 May 2011 08:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Physorg  |  Google  | Email this | Comments

GigaOm Raises Another $6 Million At $40 Million+ Valuation (Michael Arrington/TechCrunch)

(4 years ago)
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:GigaOm Raises Another $6 Million At $40 Million+ Valuation  —  Tech blog and research startup Giga Omni Media (GigaOm) has raised another $6 million in venture capital, on top of the $8.33 million previously raised.  New investor Reed Elsevier Ventures led the round, with participation …

Exclusive: SEC wasted $1 million on data storage, watchdog says (Sarah N. Lynch/Reuters)

(4 years ago)
Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:Exclusive: SEC wasted $1 million on data storage, watchdog says  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Securities and Exchange Commission wasted $1 million on virtual data storage it bought in 2008, the agency's internal watchdog said, part of a series of investigations into the agency's procurement practices.

Spammers Establish Fake URL-Shortening Services

(4 years ago)
Orome1 writes "Spammers are establishing their own fake URL-shortening services to perform URL redirection, according to Symantec. This new spamming activity has contributed to this month's increase in spam by 2.9 percentage points, a rise that was also expected following the Rustock botnet takedown in March. Under this scheme, shortened links created on these fake URL-shortening sites are not included directly in spam messages. Instead, the spam emails contain shortened URLs created on legitimate URL-shortening sites. These shortened URLs lead to a shortened-URL on the spammer's fake URL-shortening Web site, which in turn redirects to the spammer's own Web site." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google to unveil mobile payments Thursday: source

(4 years ago)
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Google Inc will take the wraps off a mobile payment system on Thursday that lets consumers pay at checkout with phones instead of cards, a source said, hoping to beat Visa and others to the punch.
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