Technology archive for 2012-02-25
judgecorp writes "The Chinese company Proview is taking its trademark case against Apple's iPad to the Californian Courts. The company acknowledges it sold the IPAD name to Apple, but denies Apple has rights in China, and has accused Apple of underhand tactics." Says the article: "Any kind of ban in China would obviously be a major headache for Apple, since that is where most of the iPads are manufactured. If Proview is successful, it would effectively stop worldwide distribution of the tablet, and delay the launch of the iPad 3." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Earlier this month, Lego announced a new set based on the ridiculously popular indie game, Minecraft. But the idea for this set didn't come from a designer with the company; it came from a fan who submitted the idea to Lego Cuusoo.
Most consumers believe "Do Not Track" technology -- a key component in the Obama Administration's online privacy initiatives announced this week -- does more to protect their privacy than it actually does.
This Isn't a Hoax: Pakistan Requests Proposals for a National Filtering and Blocking System (Maira Sutton/Electronic Frontier ...)(2 years ago)
Maira Sutton / Electronic Frontier Foundation:This Isn't a Hoax: Pakistan Requests Proposals for a National Filtering and Blocking System — This Isn't a Hoax: Pakistan Requests Proposals for a National Filtering and Blocking System — The Pakistani government is looking for new ways to censor the Internet.
We may live in a digital world, but analog still rules the roost when it comes to audio, and a dedicated DAC can improve the quality of your tunes considerably. Back at CES, we teased you with NuForce's Air DAC that wirelessly streams music from mobile to your home stereo on the 2.4GHz band at a range of 30-65 feet (10-20 meters). Well, it's been priced and is now officially available. For those with Apple devices, the 30-pin iTX dongle will set you back $79, and those keeping their music elswhere can grab the uTX USB transmitter for $59. On its own, the DAC receiver costs $149, though the whole iOS-compatible kit can be had for $199, while the USB version's yours for $179. PR's after the break.Continue reading NuForce Air DAC wireless audio streamer on sale: $199 for iDevices, $179 for everything elseNuForce Air DAC wireless audio streamer on sale: $199 for iDevices, $179 for everything else originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 25 Feb 2012 16:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
choongiri writes "Elections Canada has just traced thousands of illegal phone calls made during the 2011 federal election to a company that worked for the Conservative Party across the country. The automated VOIP 'robocalls' appeared to be designed to stop non-Conservative voters from casting ballots in key ridings by falsely telling voters that the location of their polling stations had changed, causing them to go to the wrong location on election day. This news casts serious doubt on the legitimacy of Canada's Government. The Conservatives narrowly won their 'majority' by 6,201 votes in 14 ridings, with only 39% of the popular vote." For those as unfamiliar with the term "riding" in this context as I was, here's Wikipedia's explanation. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
MojoKid writes "Fraunhofer IIS has chosen Mobile World Congress as the place to present the world's first Full-HD Voice mobile phone calls over an LTE network. Verizon Wireless has toyed with VoLTE (Voice over LTE) before, but this particular method enables mobile phone calls to sound as clear as talking to another person in the same room. Full-HD Voice is already established in several VoIP, video telephony and conferencing systems. However, this will mark the first time Fraunhofer's Full-HD Voice codec AAC-ELD has been integrated into a mobile communications system. Currently, the majority of phone calls are limited to the 3.5 kHz range, whereas humans are able to perceive audio signals up to 20 kHz. The Full-HD Voice codec AAC-ELD gives access to the full audible audio spectrum." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
President Obama's 2012 election campaign page on Google+ is flooded with messages in Chinese after local restrictions are removed.
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As amazing as Super Hi-Vision televisions are, most of the footage we've seen is of slow-moving cityscapes, nature and portraits. We may get more action sequences soon, thanks to a new CMOS sensor capable of picking up 8K (33MP) footage at 120 frames per second. The joint project between NHK, Shizuoka University and the Research Institute of Electronics is being shown off on the 27th at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference The chip is developed on a .18 micrometer process, with an enhanced analog to digital converter that enables the faster frame rates. That cut down data processing time and power consumption, all key to getting some sweet super high res televisions (16x more pixels than your current HDTV) in our living room sooner rather than later. Our only question? If they can build a new camera around it in time to catch the world's fastest human being do his thing at the 2012 London Olympics.NHK's new Super Hi-Vision sensor captures 8K at 120fps, fast enough for Usain Bolt? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 25 Feb 2012 14:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink AV Watch | NHK | Email this | Comments
Dock, stream music and remotely control just about any Android phone on the market
itwbennett writes "Conventional wisdom holds that more connections make networks more resilient, but a team of mathematicians at UC Davis have found that that is only true up to a point. The team built a model to determine the ideal number of cross-network connections. 'There are some benefits to opening connections to another network. When your network is under stress, the neighboring network can help you out. But in some cases, the neighboring network can be volatile and make your problems worse. There is a trade-off,' said researcher Charles Brummit. 'We are trying to measure this trade-off and find what amount of interdependence among different networks would minimize the risk of large, spreading failures.' Brummitt's team published its work (abstract) in the Proceedings of The National Academies of Science." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Robert McMillan / Wired.com:Lord of the Files: How GitHub Tamed Free Software (And More) — SAN FRANCISCO — When the founders of GitHub moved into their swank South-of-Market loft last year, the first thing they did was redecorate. They turned the floor's biggest office into a parody of an executive suite …
We are pretty excited for MWC. If you don't believe us, walk with us down this 127th Engadget Mobile Podcast path. It will make a believer out of you.Hosts: Myriam Joire (tnkgrl), Brad Molen, Joseph VolpeProducer: Trent WolbeMusic: Tycho - Coastal Brake (Ghostly International)00:07:58 - LG Optimus 4X HD unveiled: Quad-core Tegra 3, Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.7-inch display 00:13:59 - LG Optimus Vu officially revealed ahead of MWC with stylus, 1.5GHz CPU (Updated) 00:20:24 - LG Optimus 3D Max is a slimmer sequel, world's first phone with 3D video editing 00:28:35 - LG busts out a trio of L-series phones in the run up to MWC 00:35:55 - LG's Optimus LTE gets NFC variant, wants to be known as Optimus LTE Tag 00:39:30 - Nokia bringing two Lumia devices to MWC next week? 00:40:30 - Nokia teases with imaging-themed video ahead of MWC 00:55:44 - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy mini 2 officially revealed, launch first in Europe 00:56:05 - Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G making its way into T-Mobile stores in March for $150 00:58:14 - Samsung Rugby Smart officially coming to AT&T March 4 for $100 01:06:05 - ZTE to unleash eight new phones at MWC, hopes multi-core chipsets and LTE push them into third place 01:07:50 - ZTE Mimosa X official: ICS, Tegra 2, HSPA+ and 4.3-inch qHD display, arriving in Q2 01:09:03 - ZTE announces two LTE Android smartphones: high-spec PF200 and low-spec N910 (updated) 01:10:10 - Panasonic: Eluga means 'Elegant, user-orientated gateway,' not a cry of distress[..]
Stocks: How Tweet It Is - Some Funds Are Using Social Media to Find Investments (Joe Light/Wall Street Journal)(2 years ago)
Joe Light / Wall Street Journal:Stocks: How Tweet It Is — Some Funds Are Using Social Media to Find Investments — Some investors think they have found a way to profit from the most ephemeral of data sources: the Twitterverse. — More than a dozen hedge funds and high-frequency traders now make trades guided …
An anonymous reader writes "My wife and just successfully funded the production of our board game on Kickstarter, and are putting the over-funding toward the development of an electronic version of the game. It's a two player game turn-taking game with pawn movement that we envision being played on a social network (Words with Friends-style) and it's important to us that it be DRM-free. Does anyone have any experience or know of issues we should consider in terms of preserving the users' rights, achieving scalability, and gaining exposure through the ability to interoperate with platforms like Facebook, the iTunes store, Android market, and so on?" Read more of this story at Slashdot.
There are DIY projects that you should do at your own risk, and then there are DIY projects that you should do at your own risk. This conductive ink concocted by Jordan Bunker falls into the latter category, but it should be relatively straightforward for those who know what they're doing (or those with proper supervision), and it results in a product that's markedly cheaper than existing off-the-shelf alternatives (Jordan spent around $150 for a decent-sized batch). That can then be used for any number of electronics projects, of which you'll have to discern your own degree of danger. Jordan's promising a video soon, but you can find the complete instructions for making your own at the source link below in the meantime.DIY'er makes his own conductive ink, teaches you how to do the same originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 25 Feb 2012 13:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Hack a Day, Pumping Station: One | Jordan Bunker | Email this | Comments
Facebook app used to circumvent Google's 'Bouncer' Android Market scanner.
waderoush writes "You can forget all the talk about 'smart' and 'connected' TVs: nobody, not even Apple, has come up with an interface that's easy to use from 10 feet away. And you can drastically curtail your hopes that Roku, Boxee, Netflix, and other providers of free or cheap 'over the top' Internet TV service will take over the world: the cable and satellite companies and the content owners have mounted savvy and effective counterstrikes. But there's another technology that really will disrupt the TV industry: tablet computing. The iPad, in particular, is the first 'second screen' device that's good enough to be the first screen. This Xconomy column argues that in the near future, the big-screen TV will turn into a dumb terminal, and your tablet — with its easy-to-use touch interface and its 'appified' approach to organizing content — will literally be running the show in your living room." Using a tablet as a giant remote seems like a good idea, and a natural extension of iPhone and Android apps that already provide media-center control. Maybe I'm too easily satisfied, but the 10-foot interface doesn't seem as hopeless as presented here; TiVo, Apple, and others been doing a pretty good job of that for the past decade. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
It may be the dead of winter, but you wouldn't know that in Barcelona. The sun's shining bright on Fira, the Spanish city's main exhibition center, as construction crews work furiously (read: gather on staircases for seemingly day-long lunch breaks) to prepare for Mobile World Congress. We've arrived in the Catalonian capital to bring you the latest and greatest from el mundo de la telefonia movil, beginning with tomorrow's manufacturer previews. For now, grab a glass of sangria and enjoy el fin de semana -- the fun begins at dawn.Protip: Use our "mwc2012" tag to see all of this week's Mobile World Congress news and hand-ons!Gallery: We're live from Mobile World Congress 2012!We're live from Mobile World Congress 2012! originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 25 Feb 2012 12:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Two brands to get the chop - Zune and Windows Live.
Just because Arris found limited success with its Moxi DVR in the consumer space, that doesn't mean it won't continue to seek success providing hardware to cable companies. Ultra TV is what the number 15 TV provider (432k subscribers) in the US, WOW!, will be calling the 6 tuner, 500GB multi-room DVR, with MoCA, VOIP and WiFi -- a deal that seems to be a bit better than the one TiVo offers for the number 16 provider in the US, RCN. The Moxi user interface in the video below looks like the Moxi we know, but we assume the DVR gateway and players will resemble the Shaw counterparts rather than the retail ones. A comment on the WOW Buzz blog indicates that a gateway and two players will set you back $25 a month, while another indicates that installs are already being scheduled.Continue reading Moxi whole-home six tuner DVR on its way to WOW! customersMoxi whole-home six tuner DVR on its way to WOW! customers originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 25 Feb 2012 11:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
First time accepted submitter dylan_k writes "In the 1990s and early 2000s, there was a lot of buzz about ideas like 'hypertext literature' and 'electronic literature.' Nowadays, it's easier to create those things than ever before, and there are plenty of digital texts but it just doesn't seem like authors are writing any new 'hypertext' literature these days. Why?" Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:Apple's FairPlay DRM for iBooks cracked by Requiem app — Apple dropped its FairPlay DRM system for music back in 2009, but the remaining segments of the iTunes ecosystem — apps, videos, and iBooks — still utilize versions of the copy-protection scheme. Ways to circumvent the first two have existed …
Will Motorola manufacture it?
MrSeb writes "In a beautiful twist of fate, T-Mobile USA has announced that it will be launching an LTE network in 2013 using the money and AWS spectrum that it obtained from AT&T after its failed acquisition. According to T-Mobile, this upgrade comprises of a three-phase process: free up 2G spectrum, move HSPA+ to formerly 2G spectrum, and deploy LTE on formerly HSPA+ spectrum. The end result will be a much faster network that can compete with AT&T and Verizon, and download speeds of up to 74Mbps in 75% of the top 25 markets in the US. International visitors should enjoy better roaming thanks to the deployment of PCS HSPA+, too — and finally, an AT&T LTE iPhone would also work on T-Mobile's upcoming network." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
In our review of PlayBook 2.0, we were eager to check out how well Android apps worked on the platform, and one of the first we reached for was the Dolphin HD browser. Curiously enough, it turns out Dolphin's makers MoboTap had no idea their app was available via BlackBerry's App World. The discovery came after we were notified by developer Steve Troughton-Smith that Dolphin HD had been submitted to App World by white label store Handster (owned by Opera). We reached out to MoboTap who confirmed they didn't authorize any submission by Handster, with a spokes person telling us "We do not condone Handster submitting our Dolphin Browser app to BlackBerry's App World for us and are currently working to take it down and assure Handster will not submit our app for us again. We will assess developing for BlackBerry when the time is right." Dolphin HD may be a free app, but the question remains: why is Handster submitting it without permission? Has your app been submitted to App World without your knowing?Continue reading Is your Android app on BlackBerry App World without you knowing?Is your Android app on BlackBerry App World without you knowing? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 25 Feb 2012 10:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | BlackBerry App World | Email this | Comments
Bill Gurley / abovethecrowd.com:Why Dropbox Is A Major Disruption — Filed under: android, Apple, Internet, iphone, Mobile, Uncategorized, Venture Capital, Web/Tech | Back in October, Techcrunch announced that Dropbox had raised $250mm at a seemingly absurd valuation. Many firms, including my firm Benchmark Capital, participated.
c0mpliant writes "Researchers at Symantec have identified a new variant of the ZeuS botnet which no longer requires a Command and Control server. The new variant uses a P2P system, which means that each bot acts like a C&C server, but none of them really are. The effect of which is that takedowns of such a network will be extremely difficult because there is no one central source to attack." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
While we run helter skelter towards the new, are we doing enough to sustain the business of tomorrow?
Hugh Pickens writes writes "AFP reports that a study by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project shows that women are more likely than men to delete friends from their online social networks like Facebook and tend to choose more restrictive privacy settings. Sixty-seven percent of women who maintain a social networking profile said they have deleted friends compared with 58 percent of men. The study also found that men are nearly twice as likely as women to have posted updates, comments, photos or videos that they later regret (PDF). "Even as social media users become more active curators of their profile, a small group of what might be described as trigger-happy users say they post updates, comments, photos, or videos that they later regret sharing."" Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Apple has been forced to suspend push email for iCloud and MobileMe users on iOS devices following a German court ruling.
The White House unveils a "bill of rights" for web users, calling for stronger privacy protections amid fears that online browsing habits are not secure.
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:Viddy pulled from the Apple App Store for adult material — Mobile video sharing app Viddy has been apparently been pulled from the Apple App Store not long after quickly rising up the ranks of free video and camera applications available for the iPhone. A Viddy spokesperson confirmed …
EV maker Tesla has come under fire for allegations that its vehicles can be "bricked" when their batteries are completely discharged. Such instances require that the cells be replaced to the tune of $40,000, which doesn't sit well with folks who already forked over six figures to buy a Roadster in the first place. Tesla doesn't deny the charge (pardon the pun), but it does offer a common sense suggestion to avoid the problem: simply plug the car in. Tesla implies this danger is only likely for early adopters, and says it's also made strides to idiot-proof later vehicles with advanced warning systems -- Tesla 2.0 Roadsters can phone home to Tesla headquarters with a low juice alert, for example. Tesla documents safe battery charging practices in the owner's documentation, though, so here's an idea: if you're going to spend $109,000 on an electric sports car, maybe it's a good idea to RTFM (read the freaking manual).Tesla to owners: Plug it in originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 25 Feb 2012 07:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Tesla blog | Email this | Comments
Scientists film a pod of Shepherd's beaked whales off the coast of Australia.
An anonymous reader writes "Foxconn is insisting that it has done no wrong. But it has hired Burson-Marsteller to deal with the press failout from recent child labour allegations. Burson-Masteller is a PR heavy hitter called in when outfits have big image problems. It handled Tylenol poisonings, and, according to Corporate Watch, the Bhopal disaster, and Three Mile Island. It represented the private military group Blackwater after Baghdad allegations. Its clients have included the Argentinian military junta led by General Jorge Videla and Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaucescu and Saudi Arabia after it was pointed out that most of the September 11 attackers were from that country." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:Rovio's CEO on Growing His Flock and Whether to Fly Solo — Last week was a big one for Rovio, the maker of the hit game Angry Birds. — The company released its Facebook game, joined up with a Finnish theme park and announced plans to blast off into space. — But the company is also at a crossroads.
It's been a few months since we last heard about the legal kerfuffle between Sky and pub owner Karen Murphy. In case you've been out of the loop, it all started when the UK broadcasting giant went after Murphy for using what was deemed to be an illegal method for screening FA Premier League matches at her, or any, bar. The Greece Nova decoder, which is considered a legal bit in the privacy of your own home, was helping Murphy bypass Sky's £480 ($740) required monthly fees for bar owners and saving her over £350 ($555) in the process. Now, over $260,000 in legal fees later, Mrs. Murphy's conviction has been overturned by the relentless High Court. The ruling allows her to keep using the troubled Greek gadget to screen any EPL game without facing any troubles -- except the occasional drunken fracas. So, now you know where to go the next time you're in Portsmouth and want to catch a good ol' footy match.Pub owner Karen Murphy wins appeal in TV-decoder battle against Sky originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 25 Feb 2012 04:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | The Telegraph | Email this | Comments
New submitter elashish14 tips this news, snipped from Ars Technica: "Apple has been forced to disable push e-mail delivery for iCloud and MobileMe users in Germany this week. The move is thanks to a recent injunction awarded to Motorola as part of the ongoing patent dispute between the two smartphone makers.... The patent at issue relates to older pager designs, but Motorola was able to convince a German court that it applied to Apple's implementation of push e-mail that syncs across devices via iCloud. The injunction went into effect on Thursday of this week, requiring Apple to disable push e-mail syncing in Germany." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:Reddit Writes A Law: First Draft Of The Free Internet Act Emerges — As we noted last month, the community at Reddit responded to the whole SOPA mess by deciding that they should collaborate to write their own piece of legislation that protects internet freedoms.
Believe it or not, pinball (that most beloved of nerd pastimes) hasn't always looked this way -- a familiar field of bumpers with a pair of forward facing flippers at the bottom. That particular design originated with the 1948 title Triple Action, the work of Steve Kordek who died this week at the age of 100. Kordek is credited with a number of innovations to the analog arcade games, including multi-ball mode and drop targets. All told, the pioneer designed well over 100 different machines for Genco, Bally and Williams -- some of the biggest names in the pinball pantheon -- over the course of his roughly 60 year career. So, it is with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to a man that provided us with hours of entertainment and cost us plenty of quarters.Pinball pioneer Steve Kordek dies at 100 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 25 Feb 2012 01:38:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Time | Email this | Comments
sciencehabit writes "The CERN particle physics laboratory in Geneva has confirmed Wednesday's report that a loose fiber-optic cable may be behind measurements that seemed to show neutrinos outpacing the speed of light. But the lab also says another glitch could have caused the experiment to underestimate the particles' speed. The other effect concerns an oscillator that gives its readings time stamps synchronized to GPS signals. Researchers think correcting for an error in this device would actually increase the anomaly in neutrino velocity, making the particles even speedier than the earlier measurements seemed to show." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Stephen Chapman / ZDNet:Windows 8 SKUs mentioned on HP.com — Summary: Windows 8 SKUs get a shout-out in some recent documentation on HP.com. Are they the real deal, document placeholders, or something else altogether? — During a bout of recent research, I stumbled upon a couple of driver documents on HP's Web site …
Kickstarter's porn clone, YouPorn isn't hacked, Richard Branson gets dot-XXX, China's sex tastes go upscale.