Technology archive for 2012-05-01
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:New York City imposes new social media rules for teachers — On Monday, the New York City Department of Education published its first set of guidelines for the use of social media, underscoring the importance for teachers and staff to keep a clear distinction between the use of their personal and professional accounts.
McAfee helps Facebook in four ways: scanning and cleaning up malware, scanning and cleaning up adware, offering its security software for six months free, and scanning links on the social network.
judgecorp writes "The British Government has announced its plans to handle solar storms. The idea is to improve the resilience of infrastructure, including satellite communications — which the government says will also be useful against the future possibility of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapons. From the report: 'National Grid and DECC are building on the work of the Space Environment Impacts Evaluation Group and E3C to analyse the range of impacts of extreme space weather events, with the Carrington Event being adopted as the reasonable worst case. These scientific assessments have enabled National Grid to change the design requirements for its Supergrid transformers, and to increase its reserve holding of transformers. National Grid is currently developing improved monitoring tools with the British Geological Survey (BGS) and installing or reinstalling Geomagnetically Induced Currents (GIC) monitoring devices into its Strategic Asset Management program. The next steps will be for National Grid, in association with BGS and working with E3C, to develop more detailed modelling of severe space weather events including impacts on generator transformers. This will extend and strengthen its analysis on the electricity transmission system completed so far.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.
If the Queen's Jubilee and 2012 Olympics pride have overcome your sense of subtlety, Microsoft has a special game console for you. The Celebration Pack Xbox 360 is a plain-jane 4GB Kinect bundle underneath, but it slathers the console, the wireless gamepad and the Kinect sensor in a tattered Union Jack to remind everyone you're not from Canada. Gamers also get copies of Kinect Adventures and Kinect Sports to help them train for the 500-meter relay. Showing your patriotism with an Xbox will cost you £250 ($406) when the console is ready on May 25, while Microsoft will gladly sell you a just-as-British Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 for £30 ($49).Celebration Pack Xbox 360 drapes itself in Union Jack, sings Rule Britannia originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 May 2012 17:38:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink SlashGear | Amazon UK | Email this | Comments
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:Motorola Mobility loses $86 million in Q1, device shipments way down — Well, the first quarter of 2012 is officially over Motorola Mobility, and the financial news is rather sobering for the company. While revenues were up, the climb was modest, to just $3.1 billion.
Motorola's smartphone sales are up in the first-quarter, despite posting a net loss of $86 million, or 2 percent in the same quarter a year ago.
Foursquare Blog:A faster way for businesses to start connecting with customers on foursquare — Over 20,000,000 people use foursquare to discover and share new experiences. It's also an incredibly powerful tool for businesses who want to connect with their customers, and over 750,000 of them have already signed …
Maybe he's finished running with the underdog, or maybe he's just done with the corporate gig altogether, but one thing is certain: as of May 25th, Cole Brodman will mark his exit from T-Mobile. For the past two years, Mr. Brodman has served as the carrier's chief marketing officer, and his departure concludes 17 years with the company. During his tenure, Cole Brodman railed against the subsidized handset game, helped drive the adoption of smartphones and -- sadly -- crushed our dreams for the potential of a Magenta-branded iPhone. He must also claim at least partial responsibility for the carrier's net loss of customers in 2011, with a total of 802,000 subscribers jumping ship in Q4 alone. One thing is certain of Mr. Brodman's exit, however: he seems content with the decision. Likening the move to a retirement, he remarked, "It's an opportunity to step away, get a break and start to think about how I want to do something next." Andrew Sherrard will replace Cole Brodman as T-Mobile's interim chief marketing officer while the company searches for a permanent replacement. So long, Mr. Brodman, and thanks for the smartphones. [Cole Brodman photo via CNET]T-Mobile USA's chief marketing officer, Cole Brodman, calls it quits originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 May 2012 17:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | WSJ | Email this | Comments
Moore's Law -- the idea that computing power doubles roughly once every 18 months -- has proved to be surprisingly accurate since it was first outlined by Gordon Moore, a co-founder of Intel.
An anonymous reader writes "MIT's The Tech published an article with technical details behind the Tetris hack they did on the Green Building earlier this year. The article includes photographs of the LED modules, as well as a link to some of the source code used in the hack. The hackers have released some of the source code on GitHub, and are looking for people to contribute code that could run on the system." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Android Beam has been with us since October of last year and now we might just be getting a look into how it came to be. A patent application made public today describes "sharing application states" across messaging apps, ongoing phone call status, as well as playback position for video and audio on multiple devices via NFC and "other" wireless communication. If you think the potential uses for the tech discussed in this filing from September of 2011 sound strikingly familiar, you're not the only one. Could this really be a part of Android Beam, or does Google have something else up its sleeve?Google patent app describes NFC sharing between devices, gives us Beam deja-vu originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 May 2012 16:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | USPTO | Email this | Comments
Well, the first quarter of 2012 is officially over Motorola Mobility, and the financial news is rather sobering for the company. While revenues were up, the climb was modest, to just $3.1 billion. And that small bump in incoming cash was not enough to stave off another quarter of loses. In fact, after losing $80 million in Q4 of 2011, Moto lost $86 million in Q1 of 2012. The company continued to bleed cash in large part because shipments of mobile devices dropped off dramatically. Only 8.9 million devices were shipped in the quarter, down from 10.5 million in the last part of 2011. With 5.1 million of those being smartphones however, the phone division did manage to increase revenues by three percent. The one bright spot was the home segment which, thanks to its home gateways and broadcast goods, managed to make (that's right, not lose) $68 million, up from $53 million a year ago. For more numbers and charts check out the source link.Continue reading Motorola Mobility loses $86 million in Q1, device shipments way downMotorola Mobility loses $86 million in Q1, device shipments way down originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 May 2012 16:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Motorola Mobility | Email this | Comments
Facebook Engineer Behind 'Presence' Is Turning The Concept Into A Standalone Company (Kim-Mai Cutler/TechCrunch)(12 months ago)
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:Facebook Engineer Behind ‘Presence’ Is Turning The Concept Into A Standalone Company — One of the geeky, cute contraptions of the early Facebook days was a web-enabled beer keg at company headquarters. Whenever an employee swiped their RFID badge on it, a camera would snap a photo …
Apple gets final approval from county, locks in at least $5.4 million in tax rebates (Farzad Mashhood/Austin American-Statesman)(12 months ago)
Farzad Mashhood / Austin American-Statesman:Apple gets final approval from county, locks in at least $5.4 million in tax rebates — The Travis County Commissioners Court gave its final approval to a contract with Apple Inc. to bring 3,665 jobs to a planned North Austin campus by 2025. — The deal will give the technology giant between $5.4 million …
Has Microsoft already begun making changes to Skype's P2P infrastructure? According to one report, Microsoft has begun moving in some Microsoft-hosted Linux boxes.
Future Nook products will be joined by near-field communication chips, allowing Barnes & Noble to further leverage its store locations against Amazon.
Quentin Hardy / Bits:Google Offers Big-Data Analytics — Google is selling some of its analytic guts as an online service, in an effort to compete with the likes of Amazon Web Services in the market for enterprise cloud computing. — In November, Google offered a limited number of developers access …
Red Hat has announced an open source project called OpenShift Origin that will provide upstream code and improvements for its year-old OpenShift PaaS. The open source Origin components are being...
In an unexpected twist, Microsoft buried its Barnes & Noble lawsuit hatchet, and formed a partnership. Why did the two make a deal and what comes next? Here's my take.
Facebook has been granted yet another patent related to the News Feed: "Communicating a newsfeed of media content based on a member's interactions in a social network environment."
Panasonic is now testing its hair-washing robot at a salon in Nishinomiya, Japan. Designed to care for the elderly or the physically less-able, it sprays water, shampoo and conditioner over your bonce while 24 robotic fingers knead at your scalp. The company claims that it offers a more satisfying and relaxing experience than a wash from a human, unless you remember what happened when Mr. Kinney tested ED 209. If you're in the Osaka region, you've got until June 10th to get down there and have a go yourself -- for everyone else, there's a video after the break.Continue reading Panasonic's hair-washing robot exterminates dirt, unauthorized humans (video)Panasonic's hair-washing robot exterminates dirt, unauthorized humans (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 May 2012 16:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink CNET | Panasonic | Email this | Comments
In general, people seem to love their Galaxy Nexuses (or is that Nexii?), but every model has suffered from some form of connectivity problem. The HSPA+ plus model already scored its antidote, now its time for Sprint's LTE model to get some love. Over the next couple of days a software update (FD02) will be rolling out to the ICS flagships that should solve a rather bothersome bug that kept the devices from connecting to Sprint's data network after activation... at all. Obviously, you'll need to connect to a WiFi network to download the update if you're one of the afflicted, but you get a nice Google Wallet update for your troubles. Now lets get our Big Red Nexii patched up too and we'll all be happy campers.Sprint Galaxy Nexus updated, kiss your connectivity woes goodbye originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 May 2012 16:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Android Police | Sprint | Email this | Comments
Although the iPad 2 gave Apple a boost last quarter, Hewlett-Packard made a mini-comeback in the global PC shipment race.
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:Barnes & Noble CEO: NFC coming to the Nook — William Lynch talks about the future of the Nook business — including how the company's software could be used in Windows and the potential of NFC chips showing up soon. — FORTUNE — The battle for e-book dollars became a lot more interesting earlier …
Microsoft's Internet Explorer in April again gained usage share, the third time in the year's first four months, to stay well above the 50% mark and remain the world's top browser, a Web analytics company said today.
RIM today gave a brief demonstration of its new mobile OS on an early prototype handset. And both represent a dramatic break from RIM's traditional BlackBerry heritage.
The last couple of years have obviously not been kind to Research in Motion, which is why the company has been hoping to generate some much-needed positive buzz by unveiling portions of its upcoming BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system this week.
IBM is offering employees who are nearing retirement -- and may be worried about a layoff -- a one-time voluntary program that would ensure their employment through Dec. 31, 2013.
While Facebook made its fortune on people -- about 800 million users worldwide today -- posting funny pictures of their cats and kids, the social network is also taking advantage of its ability to be helpful to those in need.
Don't cut your cable cord quite yet. Hulu may soon require you prove you're a paying cable subscriber before you can uses its video streaming service. According to a report in the New York Post the move is said to be at Hulu owners' News Corp., Comcast and Disney's asking. The logic behind it is simple: TV companies are worried about hemorrhaging revenue as audiences shift to viewing content for free online, a process sometimes referred to as "cord-cutting."
In our pursuit of clean, renewable energy, wind turbines seem to always take a backseat to solar energy. We're constantly looking into new ways to harvest the Sun's energy, but what can you do with something that is essentially an oversized fan?
Earlier today, Tizen, Intel's post-MeeGo mobile OS, announced the availability of their first stable release. The H has a summary of the new features: "The source code for Tizen's Larkspur release has seen a number of new features added. The Web capabilities have now got full W3C/HTML5 specification support with 'key' WebRTC features incorporated and APIs to access the local camera and vibration. ... Tizen's graphics are based on X11 with a compositing window manager based on Enlightenment Foundation Libraries ... The SDK's IDE includes a new browser based tool which offers support for the Tizen APIs within a browser; this should allow developers to run and debug Tizen 'web applications' and see how those applications run with various device profiles. The alpha release of the browser based simulator should reduce the need to work with the emulator for many applications." The SDK release notes and source release notes have the gritty details. A new community wiki has been created, and source is available via git. This release comes just before the first Tizen developer conference, May 7-9th in San Francisco. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Welcome to Growing Up Geek, an ongoing feature where we take a look back at our youth and tell stories of growing up to be the nerds that we are. Today, we have our new editor, Jon Fingas. You might say I started early. Some of my first memories of technology -- or of anything, really -- were of mashing the keyboards on Compaq PC clones at my dad's workplace when I was three. Little did I know that I'd started on a path towards technology that would lead me towards mashing the keyboards for a career that would land me here at Engadget.Continue reading Growing Up Geek: Jon FingasGrowing Up Geek: Jon Fingas originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 May 2012 16:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:Skype replaces P2P supernodes with Linux boxes hosted by Microsoft — Microsoft has drastically overhauled the network running its Skype voice-over-IP service, replacing peer-to-peer client machines with thousands of Linux boxes that have been hardened against the most common types of hack attacks, a security researcher said.
RIM guarantees developers will make $10,000 on their BlackBerry 10 apps in first year (Chris Ziegler/The Verge)(12 months ago)
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:RIM guarantees developers will make $10,000 on their BlackBerry 10 apps in first year — RIM has announced at its BlackBerry Jam keynote address in Orlando today that it'll be guaranteeing that developers will make at least $10,000 in sales of their BlackBerry 10 apps in the first year …
Barnes & Noble wants you to show your love for mom with either a discounted Nook Color tablet or Nook Simple Touch eReader.
Impressed by the new camera tech on display in BB10? You're not alone. But did the folks at RIM have some help with the new "timeline lens" feature? Well, grab your salt shaker. If you recall, software that allows you to change the faces of those pictured via additional pre- and post-shot frames popped up in Scalado's Rewind last year. The ring UI that allows the user to navigate the extra frames from its border is quite similar to the functionality of BB10's editing feature. We've reached out to Scalado for further details on the matter and we're eager to hear its response. But until that happens, hit the video just past the break for a closer look at Rewind in action.Continue reading Does BlackBerry 10's camera app get by with a little help from Scalado Rewind?Does BlackBerry 10's camera app get by with a little help from Scalado Rewind? originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 May 2012 15:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink GreenLimeShake (Tumblr) | Scalado Rewind | Email this | Comments
Now that all of that Microsoft-related news is out in the open, Barnes & Noble's CEO William Lynch is ready to talk about the future. Fortune sat down with him to discuss the deal and what's next for the Nook. The answer to the latter is, at least in part, near-field communication. The exec talked up plans to begin embedding NFC chips into the readers, offering up a bit of synergy between physical books and their electronic counterparts. Says Lynch: We can work with the publishers so they would ship a copy of each hardcover with an NFC chip embedded with all the editorial reviews they can get on BN.com. And if you had your Nook, you can walk up to any of our pictures, any our aisles, any of our bestseller lists, and just touch the book, and get information on that physical book on your Nook and have some frictionless purchase experience. As for whether that functionality will actually be hitting this year, Lynch offered up a big old "maybe."Barnes & Noble's Nook e-readers getting NFC, says CEO originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 May 2012 15:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Fortune | Email this | Comments
arcite writes "Research in Motion Ltd's new CEO, Thorsten Heins, unveiled BlackBerry 10 in Florida today. Will new features such as a virtual keyboard that learns from typing behavior and a camera that easily focuses on faces be enough to scrape back precious market share (which could possibly fall to 5%) from the likes of Apple and Android? With no physical device yet revealed and a release date ranging anywhere from August to October, it will be an uphill battle."Engadget had some brief hands-on time with a dev Alpha. It seems RIM is trying to jumpstart app development through its App Generator and financial incentives. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Dell Inc's new ultra-thin laptop computer meant to rival Apple Inc's popular MacBook Air is doing much better than the company expected.
As the poet once said, "Mo' apps, mo' problems", or something like that. The Windows Phone Marketplace continues to grow and with more eyeballs on it, Microsoft is making sure devs know the rules that will keep their apps in the store instead of on the sideline. Trademark and copyright issues headline the new areas of enforcement, followed up by making sure bulk published apps are in the right categories, packaged with tile images and branding that make it clear which one is which and what they do. Rounding out the list are keywords -- pepper your app with popular, but unrelated terms at your own peril -- and apps that currently overstep the allowed boundary "racy" content. In the end only you, the users, can report if these policies are making it easier to navigate the ever expanding amount of apps so let us know -- are things clogged up with intentionally mislabeled crapware, or is it smooth sailing?Microsoft puts Windows Phone 7 app developers on notice of four new Marketplace policies originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 May 2012 15:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Windows Phone Developer Blog | Email this | Comments
Before wrapping things up at the BlackBerry 10 Jam keynote, Alex Saunders lobbed out a whale of a tidbit: the Dev Alpha may be joined by another, "very limited-edition" version of a BlackBerry 10 device much closer to the platform's official launch. According to the VP, developers who have received the Dev Alpha will be able to trade up to the new version at an unspecified time. With Alex accentuating the fact that there would be an incredibly limited number of these devices available, we imagine we'll see some extra strings attached to this offering, but no specifics have been revealed so far.RIM: another limited-edition developer device coming later this year originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 May 2012 15:17:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Sometimes, for either performance or security reasons, customers don't want to use a public or a private cloud with virtualized infrastructure. Service providers are increasingly responding to this, and one analyst says there is increasing demand for bare metal clouds.
The Verge Just Hired A Boatload Of Writers To Take On TechCrunch And All Things D (Nicholas Carlson/Business Insider)(12 months ago)
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:The Verge Just Hired A Boatload Of Writers To Take On TechCrunch And All Things D — When Vox's The Verge launched last year, it looked like it would be another rival to gadget sites like Gawker's Gizmodo and AOL's Engadget. — It turns out editor-in-chief Josh Topulsky and publisher Marty Moe …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:Google, Wi-Fi snooping and the ever-shifting “creepy” line — Google's snooping of wireless networks via its Street View cars — behavior that triggered an FCC investigation as well as multiple lawsuits — is back in the news, with a report on Tuesday from the New York Times that identifies the engineer behind the project.
Well, Apple's reign atop the list of the world's top PC makers was short lived. After clawing its way into the lead, if you counted the iPad as a PC, HP is back atop the heap -- even with Cupertino's tablet-inflated numbers. According to Canalys, the Palo Alto company shipped 15.8 million units in the first quarter of 2012, barely sneaking passed Apple by 40,000 computers. Of course, remove Apple's 11.8 million iPads, and it's not even a competition. Lenovo, Acer and Dell rounded out the top five, with the total market shooting up 21 percent over the same time last year. However, there is plenty of reason to believe we won't see client PC fly out the door at such an incredible rate. Amazingly, according to Canalys, tablets accounted for 40 percent of all PC shipments in the US. For more details check out the PR after the break.Continue reading HP reclaims top spot in PC sales, market as a whole climbs 21 perccentHP reclaims top spot in PC sales, market as a whole climbs 21 perccent originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 May 2012 14:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Even as we wait for a verdict on copyrights, Oracle and Google's lawyers are still arguing about jury instructions as well as looking forward to the next phase of the trial.
Instagram has surpassed 50 million users just weeks after passing the 30 million and 40 million marks. Put another way, Facebook will soon own a service that is growing adding 5 million users weekly.
An Ivy Bridge PC for under $600, built around Intel's next-generation processor.
You are likely to spend as much time on holiday as you do commuting to work. Are you taking a holiday from work, or are you taking a holiday from commuting? The Anywhere Working City white paper...