Technology archive for 2011-11-02
Amazon's Flow iPhone App Brings Augmented Reality To Barcode Scanning And Product Search (Leena Rao/TechCrunch)(2 years ago)
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:Amazon's Flow iPhone App Brings Augmented Reality To Barcode Scanning And Product Search — Amazon subsidiary A9.com has just launched a new augmented reality iPhone app—Flow Powered by Amazon. Flow uses augmented reality to help users explore and discover tens of millions of products …
Eric Weigle / Google News Blog:Highlighting journalists on Google News — Great journalism takes more than facts and figures — it takes skilled reporters to knit together compelling stories. Knowing who wrote an article can help readers understand the article's context and quality, see more articles by that person, and even interact directly with them.
Well that didn't take long. After officially commenting on iOS 5's battery woes, Apple's gone and issued a beta of iOS 5.0.1 for developers to help fix the flaw. Per the changelog, build 9A402 fixes bugs relating to battery life and iCloud document syncing, improves voice recognition for Aussies and re-enables multitasking gestures on the original iPad.Developing...iOS 5.0.1 seeded to developers, battery life fixes and multitasking gestures in tow originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 02 Nov 2011 18:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink MacRumors | Apple | Email this | Comments
sciencehabit writes "Last year, Jeffrey Aristoff and Howard Stone, mechanical engineers at Princeton University, were at the gym waiting for a pickup game of basketball. To warm up, Stone started jumping rope. As the rope whizzed over the head of his colleague, Aristoff wondered, 'Is it known how jump ropes bend in the wind?' A few literature searches later, he concluded that the answer was, 'not really.' Now, the two have solved the problem themselves." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Apple finally speaks out over the battery issues some customers have been having with iOS 5 powered devices: In short, there's a fix, but not for a while.
Entertainment technology execs discuss the concept of "video everywhere" and the hurdles for consumers and content providers alike in a multi-screen world.
Richi Jennings / Computerworld:Has Carbonite had a privacy breach? I'm getting spam. — Oh ****, where's all this spam coming from? It looks like Carbonite, Inc. has been giving out customers' personal information. The company's admitted giving my email address to a third party, despite promising that it wouldn't.
Cloudera Founder Debuts Big Data Management And Analysis Platform WibiData With Backing From Eric Schmidt (Leena Rao/TechCrunch)(2 years ago)
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:Cloudera Founder Debuts Big Data Management And Analysis Platform WibiData With Backing From Eric Schmidt — Exclusive: Cloudera founder Christophe Bisciglia is debuting his new startup today, called Odiago. Odiago develops a product called WibiData, which leverages Apache Hadoop to manage and analyze large amounts of data.
MrSeb writes "When the Microsoft-Nokia strategic alliance was first announced in February, there was absolutely no mention of money: Nokia, seemingly on its own accord, had decided that Windows Phone 7 was the future of its smartphone efforts. A week later it emerged that Microsoft and Google had been competing for Nokia's affections — a bidding war that concluded with Microsoft agreeing to pay Nokia billions of dollars to help market and develop Windows phones. Fast forward to today and Nokia's CEO, Stephen Elop, is making rather odd comments about the tablet market: 'There’s a new tablet opportunity coming. We see the opportunity,' Elop said to Bloomberg Businessweek yesterday. Furthermore, he had only positive things to say about Windows 8 — that it's a "supercharged" version of WP7, but for tablets. Does that sound like Nokia is planning to bring out a Windows 8-powered tablet? Is it possible that Microsoft's multi-billion-dollar agreement with Nokia also included Windows 8?" Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Apple Seeds iOS 5.0.1 Beta: Multitasking Gestures for iPad 1, Battery Life Improvements (Jordan Golson/MacRumors)(2 years ago)
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:Apple Seeds iOS 5.0.1 Beta: Multitasking Gestures for iPad 1, Battery Life Improvements — Apple just released iOS 5.0.1 beta to developers. The build number of 5.0.1 is 9A402. … The last note about device files addresses an iOS 5.0 issue raised by Marco Arment.
Carbonite has announced upgrades to its online backup and restore service that include full OS and application backups, as well as the ability to mirror data to an external drive. The service allows users to perform a full metal restore from the external drive or a CD.
Dell CIO Robin Johnson explains how a company's lack of agility, the inability of its IT infrastructure to quickly incorporate a new business process that would give it a competitive edge, can be costly. Johnson explains why the price of this lack of agility, what he refers to as the agility tax, is too high to pay.
Microsoft has rolled out a new mobile app for Bing built with HTML5 and available first only to iPhone and Android users. It may be another indication that Microsoft is turning its attention away from its home-baked development platforms .Net and Silverlight and toward the industry-standard HTML5.
The U.S. Supreme Court next week will begin hearing arguments in a landmark case involving the government's authority to use GPS tracking devices in criminal investigations without first obtaining a court order.
quanticle writes "20 years ago today, Bram Moolenaar released vim to the public. From the article:'The Vim text editor was first released to the public on November 2, 1991—exactly 20 years ago today. Although it was originally designed as a vi clone for the Amiga, it was soon ported to other platforms and eventually grew to become the most popular vi-compatible text editor. It is still actively developed and widely used across several operating systems.' Share your vim stories and your tales of battles with emacs users." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Anecdotal reports have been pouring in since iOS 5 landed that battery life had suddenly dropped off on some people's iPhones. A full 15-percent of you who responded to our poll reported suffering from the issue. Now Apple has officially confirmed that several bugs are negatively affecting battery life. In a statement given to All Things D the Cupertino company acknowledged the problem and said it would "release a software update to address those [bugs] in a few weeks." In recent days the complaints in both the Apple forums and our own tips box have reached a deafening volume but, sadly, Apple isn't offering any temporary work arounds or advice for those constantly attached to a charger. So there you go folks -- Apple is working on it. You're the patient type, right?Apple confirms iOS 5 bugs causing battery drain, promises a fix "in a few weeks" originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 02 Nov 2011 18:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | All Things D | Email this | Comments
Lenka Ponikelska / Bloomberg:Telefonica Czech Won't Sell Apple's iPhones, Hospodarske Says — Telefonica Czech Republic AS won't sell Apple's new iPhone 4S and will end sales of all Apple's models because of Apple's business terms, Hospodarske Noviny reported, citing Telefonica's local spokesman Hany Farghali.
Alcatel One Touch, best known for Android phones that'll give your bank balance a mere glancing blow, is purportedly going big. New Mobile managed to get its hands on the One Touch 995, which will apparently be decked out with a 1.4GHz processor and a gratifying 4.3-inch touchscreen to show off the latest version of Gingerbread. Alcatel has managed to cocoon all this, alongside a five megapixel shooter, into a shell apparently "less than a centimeter thick." What really caught our attention, however, is the apparent promise from the company that Ice Cream Sandwich will be making an appearance on the handset. We're still waiting for the official word from Alcatel, but the phone is expected to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2012, with a very tempting €200 ($276) price tag -- a nice price for a large screen Android handset. See more of the One Touch 995 hardware at the source link below. [Thanks, Martijin]Alcatel cranks up specs, promises Ice Cream Sandwich for One Touch 995? originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 02 Nov 2011 17:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | New Mobile (translated) | Email this | Comments
Microsoft has contributed source code under the GPLv3 to Samba, the file server software that enables Linux servers to share files with Windows PCs. No, I'm not making this up.
ARM already owns smartphones and tablets, but the company has even bigger things in mind. At its annual developer conference last week, ARM and its customers talked up plans to push the low-power...
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:Breaking: Apple Confirms iOS 5 Bugs Causing Battery Issues for Some iPhones — Apple on Wednesday said it has found a few problems that are leading some iPhone customers to experience less-than-expected battery life with iPhones running its latest software.
olsmeister writes "Google removed their new GMail app from the App Store due to a programming error that caused an error message related to the aps-environment entitlement string when the app was started and also caused the notifications not to function correctly. They are working to get the app fixed and are going to have the new one ready soon." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Cisco Gen-Y study: Mobile devices valued more than higher salaries (Rachel King/Between the Lines Blog)(2 years ago)
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:Cisco Gen-Y study: Mobile devices valued more than higher salaries — Summary: New research reveals that Generation Y employees prefer device freedom over higher pay, and they would rather lose their wallets than their smartphones. — Last month, Cisco released the first chapter of its three-part Connected World Report.
Most mobile wallet and payments executives acknolwedge that there are going to be many different options available when the space takes off.
The Qualcomm juggernaut just keeps on rolling. As the company's financial year comes to a close it's celebrating yet another stellar quarter, reporting $4.12 billion in revenue -- up 39-percent from the same time last year and a dramatic 14-percent higher than its Q3 earnings. Of that incoming green, $1.06 was profit. For the year as a whole, Qualcomm saw profits rise 31-percent over 2010 to $4.26 billion while revenues were 36-percent higher than last year, reaching $14.96 billion. Qualcomm exceed expectations not only for earnings but also sales -- moving 127 million MSM chips in Q4, when analysts were estimating between 120 and 125 million units sold. You'll find some PR after the break but, for all the pretty financial charts you'll have to hit up the source.Continue reading Qualcomm announces Q4 earnings: rakes in $4.12 billion in revenueQualcomm announces Q4 earnings: rakes in $4.12 billion in revenue originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 02 Nov 2011 17:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | PRNewswire | Email this | Comments
(Reuters) - Store chains use Facebook pages to reach out to customers, but when customers reach back with complaints, many go unanswered, a new study shows.
Reuters:Exclusive: Groupon IPO could price $1-$2 above range — (Reuters) - Groupon Inc could price shares in its initial public offering $1 or $2 above the current range of $16 to $18 per share, according to two investors who said they spoke with the lead underwriters on Wednesday.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:Google gets second shot at federal cloud contract, faces uphill fight — One year ago, Google sued the US Department of the Interior because it felt slighted over the agency's wanting to use Microsoft's cloud instead of Google Apps. Google's lawsuit has earned it a second chance …
The HP TouchPad was one of the shortest-lived mobile products ever produced. HP doomed the TouchPad to failure, either intentionally or through sheer incompetence.
Not everyone -- even small firms -- even small tech companies -- believes cloud computing has something to offer over on-premises systems.
On Twitter, Google responded with a simple "we messed up" as an iOS Gmail launch goes bad.
Hitachi Data Systems plans to release its latest flavor of Converged Platform data center offerings aimed at analyzing massive amounts of data in SAP environments.
Hospitals that are prepared to adopt electronic medical records and achieve the government's "meaningful use" criteria have increased significantly, from 25% to 41%, according to new research.
In a rare twist, Apple missed a self-imposed deadline to launch iTunes Match, an ambitious service that mirrors your iTunes music library in the cloud. The company said on October 4, during the iPhone 4S launch event, that iTunes Match would be available by the end of October, yet two days after the deadline, the service is nowhere to be found.
Six weeks after announcing Timeline, Facebook fans are still waiting for the social network to roll out its new profile layout that helps you organize and surface your past Facebook activity. CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Timeline "the story of your life" and a "new way to express who you are" during an Apple-inspired keynote presentation at Facebook's F8 developer conference in September. At the time, Facebook said Timeline, which will replace the current user Profile view, would be available in a "few weeks," but over a month and a half (and one lawsuit later) users are still waiting.
Google had better hope you get more than one shot to make a good first impression. That's because the shiny new Gmail app rolled out for the iPhone and iPad Wednesday contained a pretty serious bug that Google acknowledged broke notifications and "caused users to see an error message when first opening the app."
A new client-server application lets most mobile devices now wirelessly use corporate printers, without having to make changes to smartphones or tablets, or to the printers.
Concern about how well quad-core processors will work in mobile devices like smartphones and tablets means that Texas Instruments will focus on releasing chips with dual-core ARM processors for these applications, a company executive said this week.
Informatica has strengthened its hand in the burgeoning market for Hadoop, the open-source programming framework for large-scale data processing, unveiling a new data parser on Wednesday that can transform piles of unstructured information into a more structured form for use in running Hadoop jobs.
Yahoo Wednesday launched several applications for the iPad, including Livestand, a "digital newsstand" it announced in February that was supposed to ship in the first half of the year.
jonklinger writes "An Israeli Court rejected the appeal of a prisoner who requested to have an Playstation 3 or Xbox 360 because there is no possibility to remove the internet connectivity apparatus from the device without harming its functionality. Therefore, prisoners cannot engage in gaming and will have to result to other kinds of violence." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Lives have been saved, small businesses have avoided shutting their doors and average folks have met their political leaders, sports heroes and other celebrities. All because of Twitter.
The new-look Gmail that Google accidentally told us about last week is now rolling out to all users.
(Reuters) - Store chains use Facebook pages to reach out to customers, but when customers reach back with complaints, many go unanswered, a new study shows.
It's been a long and winding road for Internet Explorer, Microsoft's venerable web browser, and for over a decade it's been the browser of choice for most netizens. According to Net Marketshare's latest numbers, however, IE now enables just under half of the world's total -- meaning mobile and desktop combined -- web traffic after owning 95 percent of the browsing market seven years ago. The decline is at least partially due to a rise in mobile web browsing and an increasing Chrome user base. Of course, Microsoft's finest still has a healthy 52.63 percent desktop market share, which gives it a sizable lead over the competition from Firefox (23 percent), Chrome (18 percent), and Safari (five percent). There's plenty more graphs and charts to show you exactly how the browser war is going, so hit the links below for the full pie-chart treatment.Internet Explorer does less than 50 percent of world's web surfing, Chrome on the come-up originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 02 Nov 2011 17:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Ars Technica | Net Marketshare | Email this | Comments
Yahoo hopes to deflect the attention from the recent firing of CEO Carol Bartz to a slew of new products.
Clearwire had a roller coaster third quarter as questions emerged about its role in Sprint's 4G network.
Yahoo's IntoNow app for iPad lets you share what your watching and also helps you look up information about it.