Technology archive for 2011-08-23

Google puts new g.co URL shortener to work (Jon Norris/RCR Unplugged)

(3 years ago)
Jon Norris / RCR Unplugged:Google puts new g.co URL shortener to work  —  A little while ago Google announced they had purchased the g.co domain name, and were planning to use it exclusively for linking to Google-owned sites.  Their existing URL shortening service, goo.gl, was to remain for user-generated links to any URL they pleased.

Small quake has big reach

(3 years ago)
A magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Virginia this afternoon was felt across the U.S. East Coast, shaking offices and nerves from Washington D.C. to New York City. That's a whole lot of shaking for a medium-sized quake. The reason is the geology of the East Coast itself.

Exclusive: Groupon turns to Citydeal team ahead of IPO

(3 years ago)
BANGALORE (Reuters) - No. 1 daily deals website Groupon Inc is turning to executives from Citydeal -- the European business it bought last year -- to help boost slowing growth in its domestic business, ahead of a planned public listing.

Shanda Games Q2 sales jump on strong demand for games

(3 years ago)
(Reuters) - Chinese Internet video games maker Shanda Games posted a jump in quarterly sales helped by strong demand for its massively multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPGs).

Sprint brings short-term data passes to HTC EVO View 4G, the contract-averse silently applaud

(3 years ago)
Because tablets were made to consume data, Sprint's launching an alternative pay model for those hesitant to enter into long-term contracts. Available now from the Hesse-led carrier, HTC EVO View 4G owners can select a per day, week, or even month data pass according to their wireless appetite. If you're amongst the shackled hordes currently subscribing to a monthly package, you're gonna have to sit this one out. For the commitment-phobic, however, there's a $14.99 day plan that nets users 150MB of 3G / 4G use, a $29.99 week plan that ups the ante to 500MB, and the top end $49.99 month pass that serves up 1.5GB of wireless radio soup. In the event you haven't been sufficiently seduced, the third place network's even thrown in a "free day" promo pass to get you hooked started on that "third device." Be sure to head to the source for the full à la carte breakdown.Sprint brings short-term data passes to HTC EVO View 4G, the contract-averse silently applaud originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 23 Aug 2011 17:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  Sprint  | Email this | Comments

Failbook Phone: AT&T Already Looking To Ditch The HTC Status, Says Source (Greg Kumparak/TechCrunch)

(3 years ago)
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:Failbook Phone: AT&T Already Looking To Ditch The HTC Status, Says Source  —  Surprise!  Even a clever little gimmick like a dedicated Facebook button can't save a bad phone from an early demise.  —  After just 36 days on the shelves, a trusted source close to AT&T tells us the carrier …

Facebook privacy settings get more like Google+

(3 years ago)
When Google's not-the-Facebook social network, Google Plus, launched earlier this summer, one thing stood out for many tech pundits: privacy settings.

Google fiber network beta goes live at Stanford (Brad Reed/Network World)

(3 years ago)
Brad Reed / Network World:Google fiber network beta goes live at Stanford  —  Initial Speedtest results show connectivity over 150Mbps  —  Some lucky Palo Alto, Calif., residents are getting a glimpse of what Google's new fiber network will soon deliver to Kansas City, Kan.  —  Google today lit up a beta version …

Is that an antenna in your pocket or ...?

(3 years ago)
Ohio State University researchers armed with sewing machines and computers have come up with a way to weave radio antennas into clothing in an effort to give wearers more flexible and reliable communications capabilities.

Tired of Patent Wars? Use Open Source Instead

(3 years ago)
As a geek and longtime tech reporter, there are few things I love writing about more than cool new technological innovations. It never ceases to amaze me what we humans can come up with, particularly when some good technology is fueling the effort.

Sonar Gauntlets Ping a Way for the Blind

(3 years ago)
GPS and Google Maps have been a big help for those of us without a sense of direction, but what if you couldn’t see anything at all? That’s where devices like the Tacit, a wrist-mounted sonar device, come into play.

Canadian Firm Gave Libyan Rebels Surveillance Drone

(3 years ago)
Joining the posted submitter club, suasfan22 writes with a bit in Wired about the use of a drone by Libyan Rebels. From the article: "The Libyan revolutionaries are more of a band of enthusiastic amateurs than experienced soldiers. But it turns out the rebels have the kind of weaponry usually possessed by advanced militaries: their very own drone. Aeryon Labs, a Canadian defense firm, revealed on Tuesday that it had quietly provided the rebel forces with a teeny, tiny surveillance drone, called the Aeryon Scout. Small enough to fit into a backpack, the three-pound, four-rotor robot gave Libyan forces eyes in the sky independent of the Predators, Fire Scout surveillance copters and manned spy planes that NATO flew overhead. Don't worry, it's not armed." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Android still king of the US smartphone hill, Motorola facing a market nosedive

(3 years ago)
In other obvious news, Android and iOS continue to sit pretty atop the US smartphone market, according to a recent NPD study. The current titans of the mobile industry both saw their pieces of the OS pie increase in Q2 of 2011, putting Andy Rubin's green robot in the lead with 52 percent and Apple at 29 percent. Newly adopted webOS, and Microsoft's WP7 and Windows Mobile all managed to cling to their respective 5 percent shares with no yearly change, leaving only BlackBerry OS to experience an 11 percent decline. But the real meat and potatoes of the report focuses on Google's soon-to-be in-house partner: Motorola. Despite the rosy picture painted by recent acquisition talks, the company appears to be facing tough competition from Android OEM rivals, and the wireless market as a whole. In regard to overall mobile phone share (read: dumbphones, et al.) and smartphone-only, Moto saw a 3 percent year-to-year decline, with its biggest loss coming from Android unit sales -- a 50 percent drop to 22 percent of the market. Will the rosy glow of Mountain View "help inspire new paths to differentiation" for Moto, or are we just looking at a repeat of the "RAZR era?" While you ponder these pressing questions, head past the break to read the full report.Continue reading Android still king of the US smartphone hill, Motorola facing a market nosediveAndroid still king of the US smartphone hill, Motorola facing a market nosedive originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 23 Aug 2011 17:09:00[..]

Fedora 16 Alpha Released

(3 years ago)
AdamWill writes "Fedora 16 Alpha is released today, featuring GNOME 3.1.4 with a unified input indicator for keyboard layouts and input methods, KDE 4.7, GRUB 2 on new installations (with GPT disk labels) and several other major changes. You can download it now. Remember to read the important information in the release notes and common bugs page." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Sony's S1 Android Tablet is the Tablet S, due to arrive in early September (Richard Lawler/Engadget)

(3 years ago)
Richard Lawler / Engadget:Sony's S1 Android Tablet is the Tablet S, due to arrive in early September  —  While one consumer electronics giant is unceremoniously exiting the tablet wars, after many teaser trailers we're hearing Sony is finally ready to reveal its entry.  We uncovered the S1 PlayStation Tablet ahead …

One Year Later, Facebook Killing Off Places ...To Put Location Everywhere (MG Siegler/TechCrunch)

(3 years ago)
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:One Year Later, Facebook Killing Off Places ...To Put Location Everywhere  —  It was almost exactly one year ago that Facebook launched Places, their location-based offering.  Reading the press at the time, you would have thought it was going to be the Foursquare-killer, the Gowalla-strangler, the Loopt-beheader, etc.

Quake rattles cellphone service (Tony Romm/The Politico)

(3 years ago)
Tony Romm / The Politico:Quake rattles cellphone service  —  The Department of Homeland Security had some advice for people trying to contact family members in the wake of Tuesday's earthquake: “Avoid calls.”  —  While wireless carriers said their systems weren't hurt by the 5.9 quake, the resulting call volume did them in.

US Government offers up $103 million for rural broadband expansion

(3 years ago)
The US Department of Agriculture announced this week that it will make available more that $103 million aimed at bringing broadband to areas of the US with little or no access to the technology. The money will go toward 23 projects in areas including parts of Oklahoma damaged by a recent tornado and a mountainous region in Northern California, which will provide internet access to native tribes. For the full list of recipients, check the source link below.Continue reading US Government offers up $103 million for rural broadband expansionUS Government offers up $103 million for rural broadband expansion originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 23 Aug 2011 16:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Huffington Post  |  USDA (PDF)  | Email this | Comments

Y Combinator Unloads Massive New Batch of Start-Ups (Liz Gannes/AllThingsD)

(3 years ago)
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:Y Combinator Unloads Massive New Batch of Start-Ups  —  The start-up incubator Y Combinator today is pushing out 63 new companies, its largest and most daunting class ever.  Of them, 31 are presenting themselves on the record for investors and press at the newly embiggened Y Combinator headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

Facebook tweaks site to clarify who can see what

(3 years ago)
Facebook is making a series of design changes to the site to make it clearer to users who can see the content that they post, an issue Google has been criticizing Facebook about since it launched its own social network, Google+, in June.

Oracle vs Google: Copyright Claims Must Remain

(3 years ago)
swandives writes "More in the Oracle/Google patent infringement saga. Oracle says no court has ever found that APIs for software like Java are ineligible for copyright protection. The claims were made in its objection to Google's request that the court make a summary judgment on Oracle's copyright allegations. In early August, Google asked the judge to rule that Google doesn't infringe Oracle copyright in its implementation of Android. In an objection to that request, Oracle asked the judge to let the charge go to trial. Earlier, Judge Alsup denied Google's attempt to get a potentially damaging e-mail redacted. Looks like this one could take a while." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

3D virtual sound shown off on mobile device, dance party ensues (video)

(3 years ago)
Nothing beats the head banging bliss of being in the front row of a concert, but if you left your Mötley Crüe t-shirt at home today, you may want to check out this new 3D audio technology from KDDI Labs. By reducing the amount of characteristics required to map a sound field, KDDI has made it possible to fry your eardrums three dimensionally on a smartphone. Since the virtual sound is recorded with multiple mics, users can move around the gig in real-time to hear music from any angle. Using the software, (and hopefully soon, a web-based app), virtual concert goers can cut out certain vocals or instruments, making it perfect for a mobile karaoke inferno. Rock out to the video after the break.Continue reading 3D virtual sound shown off on mobile device, dance party ensues (video)3D virtual sound shown off on mobile device, dance party ensues (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 23 Aug 2011 16:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  DigInfoTV  | Email this | Comments

Judge says warrant required for cell phone location data (Timothy B. Lee/Ars Technica)

(3 years ago)
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:Judge says warrant required for cell phone location data  —  In recent years, the courts have struggled to decide whether the government needs a warrant to access historical records about a cell phone user's location.  Some courts have found that when users turn on their cell phones, they …

HighPoint unveils USB 3.0 expansion card for Mac Pro

(3 years ago)
If you have a Mac Pro (which have yet to be updated with Thunderbolt) and a USB 3.0 hard drive, you can take advantage of USB 3.0 speeds by installing HighPoint's new RocketU Quad USB 3.0 PCI-E card. The RocketU features four USB 3.0 ports, with each port rated at 5Gbps (USB 2.0 is rated at 480Mbps). The RocketU can be used with USB 2.0 drives, but there isn't any added speed benefit.

Twitter, Facebook light up after East Coast quake

(3 years ago)
Just moments after a 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit the East Coast on Tuesday afternoon, Twitter and Facebook lit up with the news.

Start-up Pure Storage emerges with all-SSD array

(3 years ago)
Pure Storage, a start-up that just received $30 million venture funding, has announced an all-NAND flash storage array that it said can compete with traditional hard drive-based systems on price.

P2P Alarm Clock Service

(3 years ago)
bs0d3 writes "Instead of waking up to a regular alarm clock, TalkO'Clock will let others help you get out of bed. The service allows you to choose whether you want to be called by a male or a female stranger, and it has a robot – CallO'Bot – lined up in case no one is available at the time you have to wake up. All completely anonymous of course." Not sure why this is better than your phone alarm, but if you're starving for human contact this might not be a bad option. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Exclusive: Privacy lawsuit targets comScore

(3 years ago)
SAN FRANCISCO/BOSTON (Reuters) - Online data tracking service comScore Inc siphons confidential information including passwords, credit card numbers and Social Security numbers from unsuspecting users, according to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday.

Engadget's HD Back to School Giveaway: Win Scarface and The Big Lebowski on Blu-ray!

(3 years ago)
Whether you're a longtime Engadget HD reader braving the high seas of wonky podcast RSS feeds or an Engadget Classic reader stunned by this alternate universe invasion of Blu-ray, HDTV and home theater news, it's about time we thanked you for putting up with our dust as we make some changes around here. To that end, our friends at Universal have hooked us up with a few copies of Scarface and The Big Lebowski on Blu-ray to get your fall started, whether you're heading back to school yourself or just know someone who is. Check out the rules after the break, leave a comment and then clear out some space on your disc shelf -- or, put one together if you're a soon-to-be Netflix refugee.Continue reading Engadget's HD Back to School Giveaway: Win Scarface and The Big Lebowski on Blu-ray!Engadget's HD Back to School Giveaway: Win Scarface and The Big Lebowski on Blu-ray! originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 23 Aug 2011 16:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

Google closes Android developer complaint forums (Bill Ray/The Register)

(3 years ago)
Bill Ray / The Register:Google closes Android developer complaint forums  —  Silent support costs more, but it's less embarrassing  —  Google is shutting down the Marketplace forums which have, until now, required Android developers to resolve their problems in public and without much in the way of official support.

Sprint to start selling iPhone 5 mid-October: report

(3 years ago)
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sprint Nextel will start selling the next version of the Apple Inc iPhone in mid-October, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal that cited unnamed sources.

Sprint to Get iPhone 5, Sources Say (Wall Street Journal)

(3 years ago)
Wall Street Journal:Sprint to Get iPhone 5, Sources Say  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. will begin selling the iPhone 5 in mid-October, people familiar with the matter said, closing a huge hole in the No. 3 U.S. carrier's lineup and giving Apple Inc. another channel for selling its popular phone.

Exclusive: ComScore takes users' credit card numbers: lawsuit (Reuters)

(3 years ago)
Reuters:Exclusive: ComScore takes users' credit card numbers: lawsuit  —  (Reuters) - Online tracking service comScore Inc siphons confidential data including passwords, credit card numbers and Social Security numbers from unsuspecting users, according to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday.

iPhone 5 coming to Sprint, other carriers in mid-October?

(3 years ago)
Watch out AT&T and Verizon, it looks like there's an iPhone 5 hat-trick coming this fall. WSJ is reporting that the Apple smartphone will hit Sprint at the same time as those other two networks, bringing a well-needed boost to the carrier's shares in afternoon trading. We've heard mixed reports about an expected release date, but Wall Street Journal sources "familiar with the matter" are claiming that the phone will ship in mid-October.Developing...[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]iPhone 5 coming to Sprint, other carriers in mid-October? originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 23 Aug 2011 15:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  Wall Street Journal  | Email this | Comments

Sprint Is Getting The iPhone 5 - WSJ (Jay Yarow/The Business Insider)

(3 years ago)
Jay Yarow / The Business Insider:Sprint Is Getting The iPhone 5 — WSJ  —  Sprint is getting the iPhone 5, according to new report from the Wall Street Journal.  —  The report isn't online yet, but SAI commenter/contributor/analyst Sammy The Walrus has tweeted it out, and Bloomberg just sent out an alert as well.

Where did you get your earthquake news?

(3 years ago)
Earthquake h its Virginia and was felt all along the East Coast. With cellular networks jammed with phone calls and SMSes, how are you using technology to contact friends and family or find out...

Plastic Logic granted a second life, scores trial in Russian schools

(3 years ago)
Poor Plastic Logic, one of the early innovators and hype builders in the e-reader race, has never been able to get its act together. But, following an initial investment of $150 million from Russian firm Rusnano in January, it seems the company has finally found a home for its beleaguered readers. After demoing the units for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the new investors secured a deal for 1,000 of the Que descendents to be given a trial in Russian schools. Perhaps redemption will come for Plastic Logic by succeeding where the Kindle was deemed such an absolute failure.Plastic Logic granted a second life, scores trial in Russian schools originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 23 Aug 2011 15:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink PaidContent  |  Quintura  | Email this | Comments

Apple Now Streaming Red Hot Chili Peppers' Upcoming Album In iTunes - First Sign Of More To Come? (Alexander Vaughn/App Advice)

(3 years ago)
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:Apple Now Streaming Red Hot Chili Peppers' Upcoming Album In iTunes - First Sign Of More To Come?  —  Rumors of a “Spotify-like” iTunes in the cloud have been going around for years before Apple finally pre-launched iCloud and the possibility to re-download previously purchased songs.
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