Technology archive for 2011-09-01

Michael Arrington, TechCrunch Blogger, to Invest in Start-Ups (Claire Cain Miller/New York Times)

(3 years ago)
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:Michael Arrington, TechCrunch Blogger, to Invest in Start-Ups  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Michael Arrington has become a fixture in Silicon Valley by writing about technology start-ups on his influential blog TechCrunch, which AOL bought last year.  Now, Mr. Arrington is starting a venture capital fund …

Oregon Dentists And Chiropractors Ban Groupons (Henry Blodget/The Business Insider)

(3 years ago)
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:Oregon Dentists And Chiropractors Ban Groupons  —  Hoping to get a steal on your next filling or crown?  —  If you live in Oregon, you're sh*t out of luck.  —  The Oregon Board of Dentistry has banned the use of Groupons by the state's dentists because they run afoul of some “no commissions” rule.

First Von Neumann Architecture Quantum Computer

(3 years ago)
holy_calamity writes "The first computers with a von Neumann architecture, where a processor has access to RAM, appeared in the 1940s. Now the first quantum computing system with a von Neumann design has been made, at University of California Santa Barbara. Their quantum processor made up of two superconducting quantum bits can use a 2-bit "quantum RAM" to save entangled bit values into." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Olympus Pen E-PM1 hands-on (video)

(3 years ago)
Joining the family of Olympus Pen products is the lovingly nicknamed "PEN Mini," or E-PM1. Compared to its big brothers the PEN E-PL2 and E-PL3, this little guy packs some serious punch in a tiny body, with a similarly small price tag of $500. But can this ILC that Olympus claims offers "DSLR quality in a compact camera design" stack up against the big boys in the pit at the US Open? The 12.3 megapixel camera comes with a 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens and includes a Micro Four Thirds mount, enabling it to accept compatible lenses from both Olympus and Panasonic -- something that was really easy to get the hang of for speedy switching between sets. Check out our impressions as we go hands-on with the camera at one of the biggest tennis matches of the year. Gallery: Olympus Pen E-PM1 Mini hands-on Gallery: Images shot with the Olympus Pen E-PM1 MiniContinue reading Olympus Pen E-PM1 hands-on (video)Olympus Pen E-PM1 hands-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Sep 2011 17:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

Michael Arrington launching venture fund (Dan Primack/Fortune)

(3 years ago)
Dan Primack / Fortune:Michael Arrington launching venture fund  —  America's most powerful tech blogger is taking a major step into the world of venture capital.  —  Michael Arrington, founder and co-editor of TechCrunch, is raising a venture capital fund to invest in early-stage technology companies, Fortune has learned.

AT&T discontinues A-List feature for new customers, effective today

(3 years ago)
Nearly two years after AT&T introduced its A-List with Rollover plans to become more competitive against the likes of T-Mobile, Alltel and Verizon, the carrier has decided to nix the feature as of today. After receiving screenshots and a leaked memo detailing Ma Bell's intent, we reached out to company reps, who confirmed to us that these plans are indeed going away. While new customers will no longer be able to benefit from having a pool of five or ten numbers (depending on the plan) to call as much as they want, anyone currently using the service will be grandfathered in. One more disclaimer: switching rate plans from individual to family (or vice versa) may wipe the A-List feature off, so proceed with caution. Head below to read AT&T's official statement regarding the matter, as well as a few shots of the leaked memo. Gallery: AT&T discontinues A-List [Thanks, Anonymous]Continue reading AT&T discontinues A-List feature for new customers, effective todayAT&T discontinues A-List feature for new customers, effective today originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Sep 2011 17:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

Netflix just lost a ton of content as Starz ends contract (Matthew Panzarino/The Next Web)

(3 years ago)
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:Netflix just lost a ton of content as Starz ends contract  —  Starz has announced that it will not renew its contract with Netflix to provide content from its Starz and Encore brands.  Netflix shares were down 10% on news of the cancellation. … This is a devloping story, please refresh for the latest information.

The #1 Predictor of Startup Failure: Premature Scaling (Joanna Glasner/PE Hub Blog)

(3 years ago)
Joanna Glasner / PE Hub Blog:The #1 Predictor of Startup Failure: Premature Scaling  —  In the wake of Solyndra's revelation of an impending bankruptcy filing, the latest report from The Startup Genome Project makes for a timely read.  —  The report, published this week, crunches data from a set of more than 3,200 companies …

Lenovo, Toshiba announce first Ultrabooks

(3 years ago)
Despite all the real and virtual ink spilled over the Ultrabook concept, which Intel first announced back in June, the exact specs of these MacBook Air-apparents have remained a mystery. With the...

HP's trusty 12c financial calculator turns 30

(3 years ago)
Designed for dealmakers, the 12c is engineered to handle complex formulas for calculating loan payments, determining bond yields, and constructing depreciation schedules. It's a cult classic among finance and business professionals.

Qualcomm shows public face with pet-tracking service

(3 years ago)
Qualcomm, which launches few consumer products, later this month will launch a pet-tracking service built using proprietary technology from its communications business.

Amazon offers California jobs if it drops tax

(3 years ago)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc has proposed a hiring spree of 7,000 jobs in California if state leaders put a recently enacted online sales tax on hold for two years.

Amazon offers California jobs if it drops tax

(3 years ago)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc has proposed a hiring spree of 7,000 jobs in California if state leaders put a recently enacted online sales tax on hold for two years.

EU says Motorola deal will not impact Google probe

(3 years ago)
ALPBACH, Austria (Reuters) - Google's planned purchase of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc will not influence an ongoing antitrust probe into the Internet search engine, the EU's antitrust chief said on Thursday.

Google bought Motorola to guard Android: Sony Ericsson

(3 years ago)
BERLIN (Reuters) - Smartphone vendor Sony Ericsson said it saw Google's acquisition of rival Motorola Mobility as a move to protect Google's Android software from legal attacks by rivals.

Google touts daily deal on home page, a first

(3 years ago)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc promoted a Groupon-like daily deals offer on its home page on Wednesday for the first time, a rare instance of the Internet giant using its prized online real estate for advertising.

OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid merges 100GB SSD with 1TB HDD for $499

(3 years ago)
We heard about OCZ's clever crossbreed a few months ago, but couldn't be sure about pricing for this premium model. Turns out, it's significantly less than we'd guessed: $499 for a 100GB SSD and 1TB HDD happily united on a single PCI Express card. Yup, that's still a heck of a lot more than the $300 or so it'd cost to pick up a SandForce-controlled 120GB solid state beauty along with a separate 1TB SATA 6GB/s hard drive. The comparison isn't entirely fair, though, because OCZ claims its combo boosts overall performance by caching both "hot" and "cold" data, which is automatically organized between the SSD and HDD, on a single card with up to 910MB/s bandwidth and 120,000 IOPS. Nevertheless, it'll take some real-world benchmarking to determine whether the promised speed gain is worth our wages. More details in the PR after the break.Continue reading OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid merges 100GB SSD with 1TB HDD for $499OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid merges 100GB SSD with 1TB HDD for $499 originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Sep 2011 17:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

Lenovo U300s Ultraportable Laptop Revealed (Chris Burns/SlashGear)

(3 years ago)
Chris Burns / SlashGear:Lenovo U300s Ultraportable Laptop Revealed  —  This week the folks at Lenovo are revealing a handful of devices for those that love their computers to fly away at a gust of wind - first of all there's the “spectacularly slim” U300s Ultrabook, a luxury accessory as Lenovo puts it …

Andrew Mason's Silicon Valley Problem: He's Not Here (Sarah Lacy/TechCrunch)

(3 years ago)
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:Andrew Mason's Silicon Valley Problem: He's Not Here  —  Earlier this year at All Things D, Groupon CEO Andrew Mason said one of his regrets was not opening an office in Silicon Valley earlier.  The implication was that he was talking about not taking advantage of the superior coding talent, but I took it another way.

Netflix's 60% price hike goes into effect today (Sean Ludwig/VentureBeat)

(3 years ago)
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:Netflix's 60% price hike goes into effect today  —  Netflix fans, say your final goodbyes to $9.99 steaming and DVD combo package.  The company's much-hated plan to charge 60 percent more for the two services combined goes into effect today.  —  Back in mid-July, Netflix announced …

Judge Nixes, Lowers Oracle's $1.3B Award Against SAP

(3 years ago)
itwbennett writes "Federal judge Phyllis Hamilton has overturned the $1.3 billion judgment Oracle won against SAP and has approved SAP's request that Oracle accept a lower award, which would negate the need for a new trial." Oracle is in the habit of asking for awards in the billions; with that model, they really can make it up on volume. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

John Madden gets down-and-dirty talking Madden NFL

(3 years ago)
RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - Professional football fans knew that even if the National Football League and its players' union had not resolved their labor dispute, they could rely on John Madden's football videogame to deliver a new season of gridiron action.

Xcom Global opens LAX service center, the jetset get data without borders

(3 years ago)
We've sung Xcom Global's praises to the heavens before, and that's because it's made our always-on internet addiction an easy fix abroad. Well, prepare to add the international wireless convenience to your list of last minute carry-ons. Announced today, the company has opened its first satellite service center at Los Angeles' LAX airport, bringing unlimited roaming data to US-based travelers starting at $12.95/day. The rental MiFi Hotspot units, available prior to boarding, come packaged with an Unlimited aXcess plan, and can feed up to five of your data-hungry devices. So, if you're headed out on that next Eurotrip, or just a terminal-bound refugee from Krakozhia, you might want to give this internet lifeline a whirl.Continue reading Xcom Global opens LAX service center, the jetset get data without bordersXcom Global opens LAX service center, the jetset get data without borders originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Sep 2011 16:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

Facebook Also Quietly Rolled Out A Like Button Chrome Extension (MG Siegler/TechCrunch)

(3 years ago)
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:Facebook Also Quietly Rolled Out A Like Button Chrome Extension  —  Yesterday, we noted that Google quietly rolled out their +1 Button Chrome extension a couple days ago.  It's more powerful than it may seem because you can now easily +1 any page you're browsing on the web regardless …

Dancing with the tech stars (gallery)

(3 years ago)
Can't get enough of "Dancing with the Stars"? We decided to create our own version but the stars on this dance floor are tech execs and the dancing, well, you'll just have to imagine it.

The Engadget Podcast, live at 5:00PM ET!

(3 years ago)
Sorry about that. We had this thing last week and, well, we just couldn't make the podcast happen. This week, well, stuff's happening again, but with so much going on we just couldn't go another week without sorting it all out for you. Tim will be joined by Richard Lawler, Richard Lai, and of course Brian Heater to talk about all the crazy devices that have been announced over the past couple of days. Join us, won't you? We're waiting right after the break.Continue reading The Engadget Podcast, live at 5:00PM ET!The Engadget Podcast, live at 5:00PM ET! originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Sep 2011 16:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

Samsung Galaxy S II LTE ready for your reservation on Rogers

(3 years ago)
There was much rejoicing Stateside upon Tuesday's unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S II, but it's Canadian fans that are getting the party favors ready. A reservation page for the Galaxy S II LTE -- essentially the device we've grown to admire, but with an added 4G turbo boost -- is now up and running on Rogers' site. As a disclaimer, the only way to get one put on hold with your name on it is to fork over a $40 refundable deposit. We haven't seen any change in the phone's official release, so for now we should still expect it before the end of Autumn; at least speed enthusiasts are now one step closer to having the highly-coveted device in their hands. [Thanks, Mariano]Continue reading Samsung Galaxy S II LTE ready for your reservation on RogersSamsung Galaxy S II LTE ready for your reservation on Rogers originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Sep 2011 16:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  Rogers  | Email this | Comments

Judge Throws Out $1.3 Billion Judgment Against SAP as "Grossly Excessive" (Arik Hesseldahl/AllThingsD)

(3 years ago)
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:Judge Throws Out $1.3 Billion Judgment Against SAP as “Grossly Excessive”  —  A judge in Oakland has overturned a $1.3 billion judgment against software company SAP that had earlier been awarded to rival Oracle in a copyright infringement lawsuit.  —  Calling the award “grossly excessive …

Ultrabook Showdown: Lenovo IdeaPad U300s vs. Toshiba Portege Z830

(3 years ago)
Thin, stylish, energy efficient and powerful sub-$1000 Ultrabooks are finally hitting the market, with the 13.3" Lenovo IdeaPad U300s and Toshiba Portege Z830 both due this November.

EPIC Uncovers: Mobile Scanners Not 'Certified People Scanners'

(3 years ago)
OverTheGeicoE writes "The Electronic Privacy Information Center received more FOIA documents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security regarding mobile x-ray scanners (a.k.a. Z Backscatter Vans). We've discussed these devices befor. Perhaps the most interesting part is slide #11 ('Disclaimer About Scanning People') on page 6 of this PDF explaining that the radiation output of these devices is too high to comply with ANSI N43.17. In other words, they output too much radiation even by TSA's questionable standards for airport body scanners. Regardless, the slide ends with the author stating that the ANSI standard 'is not applicable to covert operations.' What might that assertion have meant to the presentation's intended audience?" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Android vendors unfazed by Google-Motorola deal

(3 years ago)
BERLIN (Reuters) - Smartphone vendors using Google's Android platform are unfazed by the Web giant's acquisition of Motorola Mobility, seeing it as a move to protect the software from legal attacks and not a competitive threat in the marketplace.

HTC executive confident on Q3, sees strong Q4

(3 years ago)
BERLIN (Reuters) - HTC, the world's fifth-biggest maker of smartphones, sees a strong end to the year as consumer demand for its latest gadgets defies macro-economic worries, a company executive said.

EU says Motorola deal will not impact Google probe

(3 years ago)
ALPBACH, Austria (Reuters) - Google's planned purchase of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc will not influence an ongoing antitrust probe into the Internet search engine, the EU's antitrust chief said on Thursday.

Samsung announces Galaxy S WiFi 3.6 handheld

(3 years ago)
It got a bit overshadowed by the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab 7.7 earlier today, but Samsung also quietly introduced a new basic handheld / PMP at IFA: the Galaxy S WiFi 3.6. As you can probably surmise, it's a slightly smaller version of the Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 (also known as the Galaxy Player in the US), with it boasting a 3.6-inch HVGA display, Android 2.3, a 1GHz OMAP processor, 8GB or 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot, GPS, a mic for VoIP calls, and dual cameras (2 megapixels 'round back and VGA on the front). Unfortunately for those elsewhere, this one is only confirmed for the UK so far, where it will sell for £149 and £169 (or roughly $240 and $270) in early October.Samsung announces Galaxy S WiFi 3.6 handheld originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Sep 2011 16:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Phone Arena  |  Geeky Gadgets  | Email this | Comments
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