Technology archive for 2011-07-11
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:Google Tries To Improve Product Search With New Merchant Rules — We know Google is investing heavily in product search, most recently adding local availability, discovery tools and more to the comparison shopping portal. Today, Google is updating its requirements for merchants in a number of countries.
CWmike writes "Microsoft disabled the search tool on its Safety & Security Center on Saturday after attackers poisoned results with links to pornographic URLs. The company restored the website's search field early Monday afternoon ET. Alex Eckelberry, the general manager of GFI Software's security group and CEO of Sunbelt Software, said search poisoning is not unusual — but this is different. 'This is crafty,' Eckelberry said. 'This isn't normal search poisoning. It's poisoning the results with actual searches. Users were getting back a prior search as a search result.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.
It's looking like there's a little shuffling happening at HP in the wake of the TouchPad's release -- and somewhat less than flattering reception. The company has announced that Stephen DeWitt will be taking the lead in the company's webOS global business unit, while Jon Rubinstein will be taking over as Senior Vice President of Global Innovation for HP's Personal Systems Group -- a group DeWitt previously helmed. You'll of course know Jon as the main cheerleader for webOS in the past, appearing on our Show back in March to show off the TouchPad and the Pre 3.Developing...Continue reading HP's Stephen DeWitt to lead webOS global business unit, Jon Rubinstein stepping asideHP's Stephen DeWitt to lead webOS global business unit, Jon Rubinstein stepping aside originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 11 Jul 2011 16:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:Android 3.2 getting new ‘zoom’ mode for small apps on big screens — Platforms live and die by the quality and quantity of apps written for them. With somewhere in the neighborhood of 250 to 350 Honeycomb-optimized apps available right now, developer buy-in continues to be a challenge …
Enterprise architects increasingly leverage advanced TOGAF 9 for innovation, market response, and governance benefits(3 years ago)
This is a time for the enterprise architects to really step up to the plate and be accountable for real performance influence on the organizationâ€™s bottom line.
An anonymous reader writes "30 years ago this month, Nintendo released Donkey Kong — an iconic arcade machine that put the company on the video game map and introduced Mario. Technologizer's Benj Edwards celebrated the anniversary by rounding up some of the game's odder sidelights. For instance, it was originally going to be a game about Popeye, Bluto, and Olive Oyl — and among its stranger offshoots was a pocket-sized game in which Donkey Kong and Mario faced off in hockey."Gamasutra has a more detailed article about the game's development. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Since its debut in late June, Google+ has captured much of the tech world's online conversation.
Looking to get a more realistic feel from your Djay iOS app? Yeah, we suspected as much, and now Numark's giving you the ability to boost your street cred while spinnin' tracks in the club... or, you know, your mum's living room. The company's new iDJ Live accessory does its darndest to transform your iOS device (iPhone and iPod compatible, despite being obviously tailored for iPad) into a more legit deejay set-up. With George Strait / MC Hammer mash-ups just waiting to happen, the device guides you into the musical unknown with two "turntables," a mixer (with crossfader), an iPad stand and connection capabilities for use with an external sound system. Already sold? She's yours for a cool Benjamin, and if you'd rather use your existing stash of CoreMIDI-enabled DJ apps, be our guest.Continue reading iDJ Live gives your iPad two turntables, microphone not includediDJ Live gives your iPad two turntables, microphone not included originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 11 Jul 2011 16:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink iLounge | Numark | Email this | Comments
Why do people choose an Android handset over the iPhone?
Apple iPad owners have largely been happy with their tablet computer purchases from the start, and surprising new findings from a University of Missouri survey shows that satisfaction levels keep going up.
Although one of the big knocks on Android tablets has been their relative dearth of native apps, that could be about to change.
Bob the Super Hamste writes "CNN is reporting that a group of congressmen backed by the nuclear industry are pushing to reopen the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site. The site has sat closed and uncompleted since the Obama administration scrapped the project. The article goes into the pros and cons of the Yucca Mountain site for storage and also brings up some interesting political issues involved in continuing development. It's also worth noting that there's been a fee on electric bills since 1983 for the building of the site." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Brenna Ehrlich / Mashable!:Spotify Plans To Launch as Invite-Only in the U.S. [REPORT] — Word on the digital street is that much-lauded European music subscription service Spotify will land on U.S. shores this week. — Our sources in the music industry told us Spotify won't open the floodgates all at once …
Google is looking to leverage Gmail to integrate its Google+ social networking tools and plans several integrations ahead between the two services.
Microsoft will show hardware makers and software developers how to build for Windows 8 in a technical preview in September.
Brian Burch knew the moment had arrived. Two of his data center's key services -- availability and business continuity -- needed fast and dramatic improvement. Design and location limitations meant that his company's existing data center couldn't be upgraded to the levels necessary to provide the required function and performance gains.
We've heard that the next iteration of the iPad will be thinner, have a Retina Display, and will bring peace to the Middle East. Here's a rumor that's a little more mundane, and much more likely to be accurate though -- Apple may be adding another manufacturer, alongside Foxconn, to produce its tablet. According to a DigiTimes source the explosion at the company's Chengdu plant in May has created some serious supply issues. Additionally, tablet sales are expected to grow even higher this year, according to the IDC, and the Cupertino Crew already has trouble keeping up with demand. It seems there's little choice but to bring on board the likes of Quanta Computers or Petagron Technology, the two front runners for the orders.Apple may be looking to add another iPad manufacturer originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 11 Jul 2011 16:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | DigiTimes | Email this | Comments
Having issues sending text messages today from your Sprint-enabled device? You're most certainly not alone. We've received a number of complaints from users indicating they can't TXT, while the company's own @sprintcare Twitter account is firing on all cylinders, tossing out replies like "our network team is aware and are working to get txts back up and running as fast as we can." Until that comes to pass you're stuck in a dark, painful world bereft of any and all means of external communication -- other than calls, emails, letters, smoke signals...[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]Sprint text messaging down, subscribers' thumbs left feeling unfulfilled originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 11 Jul 2011 15:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | @sprintcare | Email this | Comments
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:Microsoft: Windows 7 hits 400 million licenses sold — At its Worldwide Partner Conference in Los Angeles this morning, Microsoft updated its Windows 7 sales figures — saying that the current version of its operating system has sold 400 million licenses, significantly outpacing Windows XP's growth over the same period of its life.
A new app from CBS interactive can help you figure out the trouble with tribbles once and for all. Star Trek PADD for iPad includes all the official data on ships, aliens, technologies, an episode guide, and uses a Starfleet-like interface. Live long and prosper. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
You may already have a unique, user-friendly Google+ Web site, without needing to do anything. Here's how it works.
The Iconia A500 would have been more successful had it gotten its Honeycomb 3.1 act in order quickly.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:Ballmer mocks Mac sales while touting Microsoft's products — BREAK THE NEWS! — Today at the Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft took the verbal gloves off: During his keynote, CEO Steve Ballmer mocked Apple's Mac sales numbers. — He compared the number of PCs sold in the last twelve months …
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc has filed a fresh complaint against Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp with a U.S. trade panel over unspecified portable electronic devices and software, according to the panel's web site.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Target Corp will soon start selling a new electronic reader that competes with Amazon.com Inc's Kindle and Barnes & Noble's Nook.
WILMINGTON, Delaware (Reuters) - Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Research in Motion Ltd and three other leading tech companies received court approval on Monday to buy wireless patents from the bankrupt Nortel Networks Corp for $4.5 billion.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:Gmail+: Google Already At Work On “Several” Gmail/Google+ Integrations — One of the factors that led me to conclude that I could walk away from email for the month was the emergence of Google+. It's yet another network where people can now message me if they need to get ahold of me.
jfruhlinger writes "When challenged directly by Oracle over Android intellectually property, Google has proven itself a feisty opponent. So why is it sitting back and letting Microsoft shake down OEMs over its claims to own patents that Android infringes? A disheartened Tom Henderson thinks it's because Microsoft has been smart to go after the vendors rather than poke at Google directly. Still, he wonders when Google will get into the fight."Glyn Moody thinks Google should join the fight as well. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Hey, wouldn't it be great if you could sync your music collection across your HDD and all your mobile devices? Ahem, we know what you're thinking. Nevertheless, HP clearly feels the need to play a little catch-up. It's starting yet another connected music service, called HP Play, to cater specifically for owners of the TouchPad, Veer, and potentially other webOS devices like the Pre 3. The beta has just launched and by all measures it's an extremely basic affair -- like, iTunes 2001 basic: no OTA syncing, no cloud storage and no store. But this is just a beta, and if it ties into the HP music service that was rumored a few weeks ago then it could be the start of something more in keeping with air conditioning, clean drinking water and other modern expectations.HP Play music syncing service hits beta, bring your USB cable originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 11 Jul 2011 15:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink PreCentral | HP Play | Email this | Comments
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:Spotify Won't Have An Exclusive On Facebook's Music Service — European music service Spotify is banking on Facebook to drive its U.S. launch, according to documents leaked last week. — But multiple sources say that Spotify will NOT have an exclusive lock on Facebook's music offering, which will be announced soon.
The Iconia A500 would have been more successful had it gotten its Honeycomb 3.1 act in order quickly.
Comcast's Xfinity TV app made its tablet debut on the iPad last year and now it's finally ready for Android tablets too. The most recent update on the Android market adds a Honeycomb version with remote control and video on-demand browsing seen above (only officially certified for the Xoom, but it should work on others as well) -- but not Play Now streaming, yet -- and also should fix the app on phones running Gingerbread. iOS users haven't been completely left out, as a minor bump has been issued that should fix a few technical issues on those platforms too. The free apps are available at the source links below, choose your preferred flavor and download away.Continue reading Comcast Xfinity TV app updated for Honeycomb Android tablets, Gingerbread phones and on iOSComcast Xfinity TV app updated for Honeycomb Android tablets, Gingerbread phones and on iOS originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 11 Jul 2011 15:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink @XfinityTVapps (Twitter) | iTunes, Android Market | Email this | Comments
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:Google: Changes coming to Google+ this week — Top Google exec acknowledges hearing “lots of criticisms” about Google +, and that the firm plans to respond quickly — Computerworld - It looks like Google will be making some changes to Google+ this week. — In a post on Google+ …
One of my colleagues over at ZDNet sister blog site SmartPlanet had the opportunity to test an electric vehicle a few months ago (the Chevrolet Volt, ala the photo to the right), and one thing...
Google is in the e-reader game, but there's a long way to go. Google's real e-book horse is likely to be tethered to those Chrome browsers and Android devices in the field.
Apple has filed another complaint against HTC with the U.S. International Trade Commission, alleging patent infringement by the Taiwanese smartphone and tablet maker.
Having a big, 1280 x 800 10.1-inch screen is just no good if your favorite old Android apps haven't been updated to use it. Ideally all devs would tweak their products to properly light up those pixels, but that's not always possible. So, Google's stepping in, adding another display option on "a near-future release of Honeycomb" that will simply zoom the app to fit the screen. This is separate from the current stretching option, which sometimes look bad or doesn't work. When this mode is enabled the app will be rendered at approximately 320 x 480 and that image blown up to fit the screen. Pretty looking results? Unlikely, but a little Vaseline on the lens can only boost the confidence of these aging apps.Google introducing 'zoom to fill screen' option on a 'near-future' version of Honeycomb originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 11 Jul 2011 14:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:Pew: 25 Percent Prefer Smartphones To PC For Internet Access — The Pew Internet Project put out results of its first survey looking at smartphone ownership. Pew found that 35 percent of all US adults own a smartphone. — When the base is just mobile phone owners however (83 percent of American adults) the number goes up to 42%.
Google Ventures is going to the next level by doubling its investment in start-ups to as much as $200 million per year, expanding its office space within the Googleplex, and getting a few...
Facebook-ready through and through, the HTC Status will sell for $49.99 with a two year contract.
Many web users do not recognize the importance of privacy and security, a problem destined to become much worse before it gets better.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:Google Confirms That It Has Acquired Digital Loyalty Startup Punchd — Last Friday our own Alexia Tsotsis broke the news that digital loyalty card startup Punchd was being acquired by Google. The company is still very young but it's a move that makes sense — Punchd's service …
Safety and texting combine to create the FireText nominally interesting fire safety device.
Ready for a newly refined recipe for the next flavor of iOS? After dropping iOS 5 beta 2 on us on June 24th, Apple has now unleashed beta 3, meaning those with sensitive taste buds (and developer accounts) can start sniffing and sussing out what's changed. Of note seem to be a bevy of toggles controlling location services in detail, while there's also a new switch for voice roaming in settings. From what we're seeing not a lot has changed visually anywhere outside of the gears icon, but don't let that stop you from grabbing this savory download.[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]iOS 5 beta 3 comes out of the oven, brings new fixes and toggles to the table originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 11 Jul 2011 14:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink it's all tech | Apple | Email this | Comments
So much for not keeping pace, huh? We heard back in June of last year that Microsoft had blown through 150 million Windows 7 licenses, and just a few months later, it had surpassed 240 million. At this year's Worldwide Partner Conference, head honcho Steve Ballmer took great pleasure in announcing that said figure has now swollen to beyond 400 million in under two years. Not surprisingly, that makes Win7 the fastest-selling operating system in history, and Tami Reller -- corporate vice president and chief financial officer of Windows and Windows Live -- made clear that it's "the path to Windows 8." The outfit also announced that 100 million copies of Office 2010 have flown off the shelves since launch, and while no one really came out and said it, we're counting on seeing a Windows 8 build at the BUILD event this fall. Head on past the break for a whole heaping of (deserved) self-congratulations.Continue reading Microsoft's Steve Ballmer says '400 million Windows 7 licenses sold'Microsoft's Steve Ballmer says '400 million Windows 7 licenses sold' originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 11 Jul 2011 14:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Twitter Blog:One Million Registered Twitter Apps — Application developers play a fundamental role in helping people get the best out of Twitter. As an ecosystem, we've just crossed one million registered applications, built by more than 750,000 developers around the world. This is up from 150,000 apps just a year ago.
Apple killed Rosetta in Lion and aftershocks are starting to ripple through the Mac community as we approach the imminent release of Apple's next-generation operating system.
The European Parliament is considering their own laws in light of the Patriot Act admission by Microsoft. What could the next move be?
Some folks can fall asleep to the calming pitter patter of gentle rain. Yeah, we're not those people. But we could be swayed into a somnolent stupor if those sounds came from epic storms -- on Saturn. Captured by NASA's Cassini probe last March, this 11-second clip of AM radio-like electrostatic is actually the agency's first glimpse into storm activity on the planet's Northern Hemisphere. Alright, so we admit the recording's more of a weak 'snap, crackle and fizzy pop' than outright terror-inducing awe, but still these are the noises of another world. Would it help if we told you this storm's been raging since December 2010 and hasn't shown any signs of stopping? Shocking, we know. It's not all doom and gloom, though as the folks behind Cassini think this is simply a sign of impending summer. So basically, it's spring break at the saturnine Señor Frogs. Check the source for a sample of otherworldly rumbles.NASA's Cassini can hear it when lightning crashes on Saturn originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 11 Jul 2011 14:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Slashdot | NASA | Email this | Comments