Technology archive for 2011-12-05
Rene Ritchie / TiPb:iOS version code-names — While Android's dessert-derived code-names like Cupcake and Ice Cream Sandwich are publicly pitched by Google and used by media, Apple's iOS code-names don't get anywhere nearly as much attention. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith, however, gave them some Twitter love this morning.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:Gowalla Versus Foursquare: Why Pretty Doesn't Always Win — Gowalla, the geo-social app, will soon be no more. The founders will be joining Facebook and shutting down the product a couple months after trying to reposition the app as a social travel guide.
Clearwire continues to look for cash in the hopes to upgrade to a 4G LTE network alongside its existing WiMax service.
All you have to do is look at the calendar to know we're suddenly going to be buried under a deluge of holiday-season-specific programming. Of course, it's not all Michael Buble's Christmas Special, with unlikely sources like Syfy channel tossing in their efforts. While cable shows like Sons of Anarchy, Boss, and Boardwalk Empire wrap their seasons up, we also have a few new entries in the form of Luck, Moonshiners, and Invention USA. Check below for the highlights this week, followed after the break by our weekly listings of what to look out for in TV, Blu-ray and videogames.Sons of AnarchyIt's been yet another explosive season for the boys of SAMCRO, and now it's coming to an end. As is standard for the show, main character Jax is finding himself caught between the law, rival gangs, and the loyalty to his mother, wife, and best friend, all pulling in different directions. We don't know if he will avenge his father's death in the season finale, or if the entire motorcycle club will end up in jail first, but you can bet we'll be watching to find out.(December 6th, FX, 10PM)Spike TV Videogame Awards 2011We haven't been a big fan of the Spike Videogame Award's presentation in the past, but with the promise of a peek at BioWare's next project and an Advisory Council that again includes our good friend and Joystiq EIC Chris Grant voting on the winners, maybe this is the year things get turned around. Videogames and the people who make them deserve their due like any other[..]
bdking writes "In a public legal brief (PDF), Apple offers numerous design alternatives that Samsung could have used for its smartphones and tablets to avoid infringing on Apple's patents. Basically, as long as competitors' smartphones and tablets bear no resemblance to smartphones and tablets, everything's cool." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Jakob Nielsen / Alertbox:Kindle Fire Usability Findings … Amazon.com's new Kindle Fire offers a disappointingly poor user experience. Using the web with the Silk browser is clunky and error-prone. Reading downloaded magazines is not much better. Still, user testing with the Fire did help us understand …
Christina Bonnington / Gadget Lab:Ill-Advised Hack Brings Siri to Jailbroken iPhone 4s — iPhone 4 or 4S? A screenshot of Siri on an iPhone 4. Image: Jon Snyder/Wired.com — A new hack delivers the Siri digital assistant to jailbroken iPhone 4s, but we advise would-be tinkerers to think long and hard before acting on the invasive software surgery.
Firefox's market-share is fading; the browser itself isn't that good anymore; and its money supply may be drying up. Is Firefox coming to the end of the road?
Michael J. Ross writes "Web designers and developers alike are increasingly enthused about the capabilities offered by HTML5, which is generally considered the combination of the latest version of the Web's primary markup language and its related technologies. Consequently, publishers have rushed to market a wide variety of books that purport to explore the inner mysteries of HTML5, even as the standards — and how browsers implement them — are still in flux. In characteristic fashion, O'Reilly Media took the time to wait for some of the dust to settle, and attempted to create a resource more approachable and solid than those thrown together quickly. The final result is Head First HTML5 Programming." Read on for the rest of Michael's review. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Motorola's been on a FCC-approving rampage lately, and we have two more entries to add to the mix. The first is what appears to be the QWERTY-packing Droid 4: not only does it come with Verizon's LTE band 13 and CDMA / EVDO (with GSM / EDGE / WCDMA on the side, locked to all US carriers), the docs make mention of the Droid 4's rumored 1,785mAh battery and shows test results with "slider open" and "slider closed." Also passing through the governmental agency's doors is what appears to be a GSM 3G version of the Xoom 2 Media Edition with AT&T-compatible (850 / 1900) GSM / WCDMA bands. Unlike the Xyboard that made its way through the FCC a few days ago, this one lacks LTE or CDMA / EVDO. Check out the gallery below for a few images gleaned from the docs. Gallery: Motorola Droid 4 and GSM Xoom 2 Media Edition in FCCMotorola Droid 4 with LTE, Xoom 2 Media Edition with AT&T bands hit FCC originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Dec 2011 17:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | FCC (1), (2) | Email this | Comments
Joichi Ito / New York Times:In an Open-Source Society, Innovating by the Seat of Our Pants — The Internet isn't really a technology. It's a belief system, a philosophy about the effectiveness of decentralized, bottom-up innovation. And it's a philosophy that has begun to change how we think about creativity itself.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:Google Adds Graphical Math Calculator To Search Results — Google announced their answer to Wolfram Alpha's advanced math skills with math graphing functionality on Google search results. — All you need to do is type basic and complex math functions into the Google search box and Google will return neat graphics.
Mozilla's Firefox browser has had something of a rough year in 2011, but the past week or so has been particularly unkind.
The Computerworld story, "8 companies hit with lawsuit over Carrier IQ software," posted to the newswire Monday with an incorrect byline. The story has been corrected on the wire and the byline now reads Jaikumar Vijayan
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network could go on sale Friday, with some leaked photos of the device in red packaging posted on various Web sites.
Microsoft has updated its Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, posting a service pack with a number of new features and bug fixes, the company announced Monday.
It might not come as too much of a surprise given other recent high-end smartphones, but The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that Verizon's version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will sell for $299.99 on the usual two-year contract. That word reportedly comes from people familiar with the matter, who unfortunately didn't get any more specific than "this month" when it came to a release date. [Thanks, Spencer]WSJ: Verizon Galaxy Nexus to sell for $299.99 on two-year contract originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Dec 2011 17:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Wall Street Journal | Email this | Comments
OLED Info:Samsung shows us what's possible with a transparent flexible AMOLED — Samsung Mobile Display produced a short Video (in Korean) showing a transparent, flexible 3D AMOLED display based tablet. This is obviously just a concept device, and it'll take years before they'll be able …
Zothecula writes "If you've seen the film The Social Network, then you might have wondered about the identical Winklevoss twins — were a real-life pair of twins cast for the roles, or was it a bit of Hollywood magic? Well, it was magic. Although two different actors' bodies were used, their faces both belonged to actor Armie Hammer. After the movie was shot, the body double's face was digitally replaced with Armie's. While such computer-enabled face-swapping trickery has so far been available only to feature film-makers with deep pockets, that could be about to change, thanks to research being conducted at Harvard University (PDF)." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Next week will mark the one-year anniversary of Microsoft's declaration that Windows Phone 7 would come to China during the second half of 2011, but the company has officially stated that it's not going to make the December 31st deadline. Instead, phones with the OS are now expected to hit the nation sometime in the first half of 2012. Microsoft mentioned that the delay is at least in part due to trying to ensure that Chinese citizens will have a good experience using the platform (Nokia mentioned that localization is needed in certain aspects of its phones to keep in line with the government's media censorship policy); it wouldn't come as much of a surprise if we see the first batch of phones -- likely to be made by Nokia, Huawei and / or ZTE, at least -- come with a fresh install of Windows Phone Tango on them, but that's mere speculation for now.Microsoft delays Windows Phone launch in China until next year originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Dec 2011 16:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink WMPowerUser | ComputerWorld | Email this | Comments
Former HP Chairman Patricia Dunn, Central Figure in Pretexting Case, Dies (Arik Hesseldahl/AllThingsD)(2 years ago)
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:Former HP Chairman Patricia Dunn, Central Figure in Pretexting Case, Dies — Patricia Dunn, the former HP chairman who was the central figure in the 2006 spying scandal the rocked the company's board room early during the tenure of then-CEO Mark Hurd, has died, sources confirm to AllThingsD.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:Sony to drop Ericsson brand in mid-2012, focus only on smartphones — Sony has said that it will drop the Ericsson brand from smartphone devices in mid-2012 following its acquisition of Ericsson's 50% stake in the Sony Ericsson joint venture for €1.05 billion in October.
Leap said its goal was to bolster its coverage in Chicago. For Verizon, the arrangement gives it more spectrum to squeeze AT&T.
itwbennett writes "Sony's new handheld gaming system, the Playstation Vita, launches in Japan in two weeks, and the latest report from Andriasang has some interesting details, including Sony's decision to go with proprietary memory cards. Sony says this is both for security reasons and to ensure a consistent experience for all users, but that 'doesn't explain why they're charging such enormous sums for these cards,' says blogger Peter Smith. 'The caveat here is that we haven't seen official pricing for the cards, but game retailer Gamestop lists them at $120 (!!) for a 32 GB card, $70 for a 16GB, $45 for 8 GB and $30 for a 4 GB.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Most of the bruhaha over Carrier IQ and its activity-tracking rootkit has been contained to the US so far. That's about to change though, and the software company could find itself at the center of an international privacy scandal. The British Information Commissioner's Office and the European Consumers' Organization have both started looking into the diagnostics software, while the Bavarian State Office for Data Protection has specifically engaged with Apple over its inclusion of parts of Carrier IQ's suite in iOS. This, of course, comes only days after US lawmakers requested their own government open an investigation. So far, all of the major British providers have denied using the tool on their handsets but, the drama is still unfolding and there's plenty of time for others to get caught up in this mess.European regulators set sites on Carrier IQ, rootkit scandal goes international originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Dec 2011 16:17:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | PCWorld | Email this | Comments
Abby Rogers / Business Insider:Over 100,000 XXX Domain Names Are Going Live Tomorrow At 11 EST — The next generation of online porn launches tomorrow at 11 AM EST. — We asked the guy behind XXX domain names who stands to benefit from the changeover. — ICM Registry CEO Stuart Lawley has been working …
HP at the Discover 2011 Conference in Vienna last week announced a wide range of new Cloud Solutions designed to advance deployment of private, public and hybrid clouds for enterprises, service...
Apple is one of eight companies that have been named in another class-action lawsuit filed over the use of Carrier IQ software in mobile handsets.
Dell has yanked the Dell Streak 7 tablet computer from its online stores, quietly acknowledging the failure of the Android device to catch on with consumers as the company redirects its tablet focus to combination work/play products.
Macworld reader (and Editor), Dan Miller vents his spleen in regard to iTunes Match. He writes:
The attack that hacked RSA Security's network earlier this year succeeded because the company failed to take a basic security precaution, a researcher said today.
It's Monday, and almost as regular an occurrence as the day itself, we're here to help by letting you listen into the recording booth when the Engadget HD podcast goes to mp3 at 5:30PM. Please be a part of it by reviewing the list of topics after the break, then participating in the live chat as you listen in.Continue reading Join the Engadget HD Podcast live on Ustream at 5:30PMJoin the Engadget HD Podcast live on Ustream at 5:30PM originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Dec 2011 16:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
New submitter elsurexiste writes "An Italian Physicist came up with a strange way to explain anomalous galactic rotations without dark matter, instead relying on the gravitational effects of faraway matter. The article explains, 'Conceptually the idea makes little sense. Positioning gravitationally significant mass outside of the orbit of stars might draw them out into wider orbits, but it’s difficult to see why this would add to their orbital velocity. Drawing an object into a wider orbit should result in it taking longer to orbit the galaxy since it will have more circumference to cover. What we generally see in spiral galaxies is that the outer stars orbit the galaxy within much the same time period as more inward stars. But although the proposed mechanism seems a little implausible, what is remarkable about Carati’s claim is that the math apparently deliver galactic rotation curves that closely fit the observed values of at least four known galaxies. Indeed, the math delivers an extraordinarily close fit.' As usual, these are extraordinary claims that divert from the consensus, so keep a healthy skepticism. The paper is available at the arXiv (PDF)." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Zach Epstein / BGR:Available apps across major mobile platforms approaching million-app milestone — The total number of mobile applications available across the top-four smartphone platforms in the world is now approaching the 1 million-app milestone, further highlighting the rapid growth of the smartphone and tablet software market.
We've already seen one Verizon Galaxy Nexus turn up at the Samsung Experience store in New York, and now some images of another unit have surfaced on the XDA forums showing the smartphone in what's purported to be retail packaging. This could well be another demo unit given the plain white box, but the red interior and other materials inside suggest that this could well be the real deal, and that a launch is presumably imminent. As for an official date? Verizon is still only saying "soon."[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]Verizon Galaxy Nexus purportedly pictured in retail packaging originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Dec 2011 15:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | xda-developers | Email this | Comments
Reuters:Exclusive: Apple vs. Samsung ruling divulges secret details — (Reuters) - A U.S. court error on Friday offered a brief glimpse at information that Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics have tried to shield from the public during their high-stakes patent litigation.
Cubic Telecom has introduced a new global data SIM card designed to lower the costs of roaming for U.S. travelers within 44 countries.
(Reuters) - A U.S. court error on Friday offered a brief glimpse at information that Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics have tried to shield from the public during their high-stakes patent litigation.
Numbers, numbers, numbers. ComScore is back with a few more of them, this time covering the mobile market during a three-month average period ending in October. The results aren't going to shock you: Android not only continues to dominate the market, it's on the up-and-up. Out of 90 million smartphone users in the US, Android held strong at 46.3 percent (up from 41.9 between May and July). Apple bumped up a full percentage point, while RIM's BlackBerry OS took the largest fall from 21.7 to 17.2 percent. What about Windows Phone? Microsoft's mobile OS fell slightly from 5.7 to 5.4. Moving from mobile platforms to OEMs, Samsung was still the top vendor at 25.5 percent, though it didn't grow or diminish that number. Rounding out the top five was LG (20.6 percent), Motorola (13.6), Apple (10.8) and RIM (6.6). If more numbers are what you crave, check out the full press release -- as well as another chart -- after the break.Continue reading ComScore: Android continues to boom, RIM and Microsoft declineComScore: Android continues to boom, RIM and Microsoft decline originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Dec 2011 15:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Android Community, Fierce Mobile | | Email this | Comments
Grading the Digital School: Khan Academy Blends Its YouTube Approach With Classrooms (Somini Sengupta/New York Times)(2 years ago)
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:Grading the Digital School: Khan Academy Blends Its YouTube Approach With Classrooms — SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jesse Roe, a ninth-grade math teacher at a charter school here called Summit, has a peephole into the brains of each of his 38 students. — He can see that a girl sitting against the wall …
The first installment of the Gear of ZDNet series highlights the mobile gear used by Christopher Dawson of ZDNet Googling Google fame. Christopher has almost as many tablets as I do.
Digital music and movies are certainly common purchases on mobile devices, but so are movie tickets, clothing, and daily deals.
Defense and aerospace systems vendor Raytheon has acquired cybersecurity vendor Pikewerks in an effort to add to Raytheon's capabilities to defend against sophisticated threats facing customers in the intelligence, defense and commercial sectors, the companies announced Monday.
holy_calamity writes "For several years, we've followed the progress of IBM's revolutionary 'racetrack' memory, which stores data inside nanowires for several years. Now Big Blue has made the first prototype integrated onto a single chip, using the CMOS processing technique used in commercial chip fabs. It's still a research prototype, but goes some way to validate IBM's claim that the technology could be commercialized." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
FRANKFURT/NEW YORK (Reuters) - SAP AG's $3.4 billion takeover of SuccessFactors will help it keep up with peers in the frenzied race for cloud-computing business, even if the price paid is very high at first glance, analysts said on Monday.
Fact of the day: Hewlett Packard and Box.net's corporate headquarters are only one block away in Palo Alto, so Meg Whitman could have sealed this deal in a street corner branch of Starbucks. The two companies are teaming up to offer cloud-based collaboration and storage tools to select buyers (but only if they grab the gear via the Smart Buy program). Purchase a HP Compaq 6200 or 6005 Pro Series PC and you'll find 10GB free space waiting for you, plus discounted upgrades. Customers who go for the 8200 Elite Series PC instead, will find a year's free unlimited storage and sync on offer. If that all sounds so exciting that your palms are getting sweaty, head on past the break to find out more.Continue reading HP and Box.net team up to offer some business customers some storage some of the timeHP and Box.net team up to offer some business customers some storage some of the time originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Dec 2011 15:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | HP | Email this | Comments
Kevin Murphy / The Register:Bankrupt Borders flogs 65,536 IP addresses at $12 a pop — Scarce network numbers offloaded to healthcare biz — The bankrupt bookseller Borders wants to sell its stash of 65,536 IP addresses to healthcare software vendor Cerner for $12 per address. — The bust high street chain filed …
Advertising: History Channel and FiOS Try Selling Items Instantly via TV (Tanzina Vega/New York Times)(2 years ago)
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:Advertising: History Channel and FiOS Try Selling Items Instantly via TV — Giving television viewers the ability to buy products they see on their screens with a click of a remote control — say the Manolo Blahniks on Carrie Bradshaw's feet or Ross's sweater on “Friends” …
The Olympus Tough TG-810 digital camera can be dropped from 6 feet, taken skin diving or left in the snow. And it will still take pictures.