Technology archive for 2012-03-25

UT-Dallas Professor Adds 'Enemies' Feature To Facebook

(3 years ago)
An anonymous reader writes "Many people have called for a 'dislike' button on Facebook, but the service has not allowed it. A professor's app lets users add 'enemies,' in what he says is critique of the service's advertiser-friendly niceness. Will Zuckerberg let the app stand or ban it?" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Animating From Markup Code To Rendered Result

(3 years ago)
New submitter lulalala writes "Writing documents using markup languages isn't always easy. Take Wikipedia, for example: one often needs time to relocate the current focus when they switch between previewing and editing mode. Now with Gliimpse, one can watch the markup code gradually turn into the rendered result. The demonstration on Youtube simply looks amazing, and shows that the software supports many markup languages, including LaTex Mathematics." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google charts a careful course through Asia's maps (Jeremy Wagstaff/Reuters)

(3 years ago)
Jeremy Wagstaff / Reuters:Google charts a careful course through Asia's maps  —  (Reuters) - Google rushed out its panoramic Street View maps in Thailand on Friday as part of the country's efforts to show tourist hot spots have recovered from last year's floods.  —  But it also marked something of a change of fortunes …

NHTSA Suggestion Would Cripple In-Car GPS Displays

(3 years ago)
bricko writes "The recently issued National Highway Transportation Safety Agency guidelines for automakers to minimize distraction for in-vehicle electronics included a proposal to freeze maps on navigation systems. No more scrolling maps...just static pictures. 'Every current installed navigation system uses the car as a fixed point, and shows the map moving around it. NHTSA wants that changed so as to keep the map fixed. Even showing the position of the car moving on the map could be considered a dynamic image. The recommendation seems to suggest that the position of the car could only be updated every couple of seconds. Likewise, the map could be refreshed once the car has left the currently displayed area. This recommendation would essentially make navigation unusable. The system could still give an auditory warning for the next turn, but without being able to glance down at the map and see how close the next street is would likely lead to a lot of missed turns and resultant frustration.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Sky Anytime+ now available via all broadband providers

(3 years ago)
We knew it was coming, but now it's finally landed. Yep, those Sky+HD subscribers who get their internet from elsewhere are now free wander into the formerly fortified town of Anytime+. For the first time, all Sky+HD users with broadband can access the full range of online programming, which includes content from the BBC and ITV. Not a Sky customer, but like the sound of this? Sky's already thought of that, and should have something to ease your pain anytime now.Sky Anytime+ now available via all broadband providers originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 25 Mar 2012 07:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  Sky  | Email this | Comments

Klout and PeerIndex Don't Measure Influence. Brian Solis Explains What They Actually Do (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

(3 years ago)
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:Klout and PeerIndex Don't Measure Influence.  Brian Solis Explains What They Actually Do  —  Whether you like it not, Klout, Kred, PeerIndex, and Radian6 are measuring your social capital — not your influence but your potential for it.  Altimeter Group's principal analyst Brian Solis today releases …

Ask Slashdot: How Would Room-Temp Superconductors Affect Us?

(3 years ago)
Bananatree3 writes "While we have sci-fi visions of room temperature superconductors like in the movie Avatar, the question still remains: How would the discovery of a such a material impact our everyday lives? How would the nature of warfare change? How would the global economy react? What are the cultural pros and cons of such a technological shift?" And just as important, in what contexts would you want to see it first employed? Read more of this story at Slashdot.

The Google Play problem: paying for 'Angry Birds' with battery life instead of money (Dieter Bohn/The Verge)

(3 years ago)
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:The Google Play problem: paying for ‘Angry Birds’ with battery life instead of money  —  Earlier this week, a report came out showing that some apps on Android use more than twice the power they actually need because they're running ads.  Angry Birds in particular was called out …

Open Source Payday

(3 years ago)
itwbennett writes "The recent Slashdot discussion on the open source community's attitude on profits neglected an important point: 'no profits' doesn't mean 'no money.' There are plenty of open source not-for-profit organizations that take in millions of dollars in order to pursue their public-minded missions, and some pay their employees handsomely. Brian Proffitt combed through the latest publicly available financial information on 18 top FLOSS organizations to bring you the cold, hard numbers." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

NRG to bring 200 fast-charging EV stations to the Golden State, pump $100 million into CA infrastructure

(3 years ago)
Way back before NRG was making electric DeLoreans and building solar power plants, it co-owned a slew of power facilities in California with Dynegy -- an energy outfit that got caught up in a long-term litigation over some old energy contracts with the state. Long story short, that legal dispute became NRG's problem in 2006, after it acquired Dynegy's majority stake in the partnership -- a problem it's finally resolving by peppering California with 200 fast-charging EV stations. The $120 million settlement promises to create jobs, invest in the state's economy and provide job training for the stations' maintenance and installation crews.NRG may be shelling out some serious cash, but the deal is still mutually beneficial -- those extra vehicle chargers will be running on its own fee-based eVgo network, after all. Governor Jerry Brown calls the settlement the beginning of a "virtuous circle" that will boost EV sales for the state, which will in turn, provoke investors to expand California's charging infrastructure, which will, of course, sell more cars. In fact, he's banking on it, and has signed an executive order setting targets for EV adoption. If all goes as planned, you'll be looking at a smog free San Francisco skyline by 2050. Won't that be nice?Continue reading NRG to bring 200 fast-charging EV stations to the Golden State, pump $100 million into CA infrastructureNRG to bring 200 fast-charging EV stations to the Golden State, pump $100 million into CA infrastructure[..]

Amid Privacy Concerns, Apple Has Started Rejecting Apps That Access UDIDs (Kim-Mai Cutler/TechCrunch)

(3 years ago)
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:Amid Privacy Concerns, Apple Has Started Rejecting Apps That Access UDIDs  —  Amid extra scrutiny from Congress around privacy issues, Apple has started rejecting apps that access UDIDs, or identification numbers that are unique to every iPhone and iPad, this week.

US Congress Probes iOS App Developers On Privacy

(3 years ago)
hypnosec writes with the arguably welcome news that "[The U.S.] Congress is gathering further information on iOS developers and how they deal with and implement privacy policies. The Next Web got hold of a letter from Congress which had been sent out to Tapbots, along with some 32 other iOS developers, including both Twitter and Facebook, and the devs of Path, SoundCloud, Foodspotting and Turntable.fm. The apps were picked due to the fact that they come under the social networking umbrella in the 'essentials' area of the App Store. The letter begins: 'We are writing to you because we want to better understand the information collection and use policies and practices of apps for Apple's mobile devices with a social element.' What follows is a series of eight questions designed to gather more details regarding the popularity of the app in question, and the privacy policy it holds to (and how it's made known to users)." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Could Fido be joining the Canadian LTE club?

(3 years ago)
Those of you living north of the border have a few LTE options already, but could we see one more being added to the list? Depending on how that murky image above is to be understood, then maybe we will. It's alleged by staff that a new "LTE Voice and Data" bundle is showing up when accounts are being activated or upgraded. We're never convinced until the writing's on the wall (or at least the company website), but if you're on the Rogers-owned network, and wanting faster data, there's hope for you yet.Could Fido be joining the Canadian LTE club? originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 25 Mar 2012 00:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  MobileSyrup  | Email this | Comments

XBMC 11.0 - Eden - It's been over a year in the works and today ... (Natethomas/XBMC)

(3 years ago)
Natethomas / XBMC:XBMC 11.0 - Eden  —  It's been over a year in the works and today we are excited to announce that XBMC 11.0 is finally ready and available for download.  You can find XBMC 11.0 here.  —  XBMC 11.0 Milestones include Addon Rollbacks, vast improvements in Confluence (the default skin) …

"Cash Mobs" gather to splurge in locally owned stores

(3 years ago)
CLEVELAND, Ohio (Reuters) - Flash mobs have been blamed as a factor in looting during urban riots. But now a group of online activists is harnessing social media like Twitter and Facebook to get consumers to spend at locally owned stores in cities around the world in so-called Cash Mobs.

Space Junk Forced Astronauts Into ISS Escape Capsules

(3 years ago)
According to a story from CNN, "A piece of a debris from a Russian Cosmos satellite passed close enough to the International Space Station on Saturday that its crew was ordered into escape capsules as a precaution, NASA said.The six crew members were told to take shelter late Friday in their Soyuz capsules after it was determined there was a small possibility the debris could hit the station, the U.S. space agency said in a statement." This isn't the first time it's happened, either. The escape capsules (actually, they're Soyuz spacecraft) must be nice to have on hand, but I'd hate to have to test their efficacy. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Ask Engadget: using an iPad as a remote viewfinder?

(3 years ago)
We know you've got questions, and if you're brave enough to ask the world for answers, here's the outlet to do so. This week's Ask Engadget inquiry is from is from William who is looking for an solution to the problem of badly designed public spaces. If you're looking to send in an inquiry of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com. "Hi guys. I'm getting married in a church with a weird split-hall design. The result is that half of the attendees won't be able to see the ceremony at all! I'm wondering if I could hook up my Canon Rebel T3i up to my 3rd-generation iPad and use it as a quick-and-dirty closed-circuit display? There's no WiFi in the location, so it has to be a wired solution too. Please help me!"It's an interesting request and that's why we're here: solving those problems that three minutes on Google just can't. So, dear friends, what say you? Wish the soon-to-be-wed couple all the best by adding a helpful solution to the comment feed and spread a little joy.Ask Engadget: using an iPad as a remote viewfinder? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 24 Mar 2012 22:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

XBMC V11 Eden Has Been Released

(3 years ago)
New submitter themib writes "After only two release candidates XBMC v11.0 Eden has been released. The latest version contains many updates and new features, including: Addon Rollbacks, Confluence improvements, Dirty region rendering, a new JPEG decoder, movie scraping, better network support, a new upgraded Weather service. This announcement also heralds the new XBMCbuntu Final." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Why "Don't Be Evil" Is Evil, and Why Google Isn't So Bad (Farhad Manjoo/PandoDaily)

(3 years ago)
Farhad Manjoo / PandoDaily:Why “Don't Be Evil” Is Evil, and Why Google Isn't So Bad  —  Early in 2000, a tiny but much-beloved search company held an employee meeting to figure out something that all successful firms feel they have to face at a certain point: What should we be about?  —  For most companies …

Jobs' Rejection Of TV Designs "Isn't A Huge Deal" Says Former Apple Engineer (Kim-Mai Cutler/TechCrunch)

(3 years ago)
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:Jobs' Rejection Of TV Designs “Isn't A Huge Deal” Says Former Apple Engineer  —  It's a sin I know almost too well as a blogger.  It's slow going for news on a Friday night and the pageview gods send you a reprieve in the form of a tweet.  —  A former Apple engineer is berating …

Getting up close and personal with the 'King of Wow'

(3 years ago)
In this fun "Esquire-esque" interview, Vinnie Mirchandani, Deal Architect CEO, blogger, and author of two books (one just released) shares his wisdom about the state of IT, innovation, and his...

Instagram opens signup page for Android port, release date still unknown

(3 years ago)
It's no secret that one of the most popular apps to ever hit the App Store will soon be coming to Android, and if you'd prefer to be one of the very first on your block to be notified... well, there's a website for that. Instagram has just opened up a signup page for Android loyalists, enabling folks to input their email address and await word on the download going live. Sadly, there's no hint on the aforesaid page that gets us any closer to a specific release date, but hey -- it's one less unspecified thing you have to remember, right? Pop that source link if your interest has been piqued.Instagram opens signup page for Android port, release date still unknown originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 24 Mar 2012 20:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Electronista, TechCrunch  |  Instagram  | Email this | Comments

XBMC Eden officially steps out of beta, available for download now

(3 years ago)
Been snacking on popcorn with the beta build of XBMC 11.0 Eden since it got released last December? If, you'll be pleased know that the full-on release version is now officially available for download. In case you don't recall, this latest build of the media center house many new features, not limited to Addon Rollbacks (in case you hate their new builds), a plethora of speed-improvements, official "in- sync support" for iOS devices, AirPlay functionality and UI tweaks. There's also good news for Ubuntu users, as XBMCUbuntu Final has been officially announced as the successor to XBMC Live. Excuse the pun, but if you're ready to taste the fruit now that it's ripe, you'll find the full details for both and the download link for Eden at the source link below.XBMC Eden officially steps out of beta, available for download now originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 24 Mar 2012 20:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  XBMC  | Email this | Comments

Twitter Not So Good At Predicting Box Office Revenues After All (Technology Review)

(3 years ago)
Technology Review:Twitter Not So Good At Predicting Box Office Revenues After All  —  A new study of tweets about movies suggests they are not necessarily a good predictor of box office revenues, say computer scientists  —  The online social network Twitter has recently gained a reputation for a certain degree of clairvoyance.

NASA's Kepler Discovers 11 Systems Hosting 26 Planets

(3 years ago)
An anonymous reader writes "NASA's Kepler mission has discovered 11 new planetary systems hosting 26 confirmed planets. These discoveries nearly double the number of verified planets and triple the number of stars known to have more than one planet that transits, or passes in front of, the star. Such systems will help astronomers better understand how planets form." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Mobile Miscellany: week of March 19th, 2012

(3 years ago)
Not all mobile news is destined for the front page, but if you're like us and really want to know what's going on, then you've come to the right place. This past week, we've spotted the Lumia 610 in two new colors, and the open source community received new goodies from the likes of HTC, Qualcomm and Samsung. These stories and more await after the break. So buy the ticket and take the ride as we explore the "best of the rest" for this week of March 19th, 2012.Continue reading Mobile Miscellany: week of March 19th, 2012Mobile Miscellany: week of March 19th, 2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 24 Mar 2012 19:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments
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