Technology archive for 2012-05-01
An anonymous reader writes "While the celebs are already charging big money for their Tweets, an Aussie startup is ranking everyday people and turning them into product salespeople. After a successful start Down Under they have now hit Silicon Valley, but will Americans embrace selling to their friends?"From the article: "In a nutshell, individuals sign up to the Social Loot website and are assigned companies to promote to their circle of online friends. They are then paid on a sliding scale based on the amount of traffic their posts generate, and the quality of referrals and number of resulting sales. This is tracked by a code embedded in the links promoted by Social Loot’s spruikers." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
The music streaming accessory market is immensely saturated, but RIM is hoping to add its own flavor with its latest version of the BlackBerry Music Gateway. We took a brief look at this year's BlackBerry World in Orlando, and were impressed by both its size and ease of use. A tiny dongle no larger than the Bold 9900's display, the device easily pairs up with any Bluetooth-enabled phone, tablet or music player and lets you push your tunes into a home or car stereo -- provided it offers ports for RCA cables, that is. NFC is also added into the mix this time around, which means you can impress friends by simply tapping your BlackBerry to the Gateway to initiate the pairing sequence. While it's not bringing anything drastically new to the table, its $50 price tag makes it a tempting offer for anyone whose FM transmitter is picking up nothing but static in a densely populated city. If you fall into that category or are just looking for something to bedazzle close friends and relatives, don't hesitate to check out our gallery below and video after the break. Gallery: BlackBerry Music Gateway hands-onContinue reading BlackBerry Music Gateway hands-on (video)BlackBerry Music Gateway hands-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 30 Apr 2012 21:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Top Startup Incubators And Accelerators: Y Combinator Tops With $7.8 Billion In Value (Tomio Geron/Social Markets)(2 years ago)
Tomio Geron / Social Markets:Top Startup Incubators And Accelerators: Y Combinator Tops With $7.8 Billion In Value — Incubators have become an increasingly important part of the tech startup scene in recent years. — A number of hot startups have emerged from these programs, encouraging more new entrepreneurs to apply.
You can't just sell the new 2012 Ford Focus Electric, you've got to embrace what it stands for, or at least that's what Dearborn is telling its dealers. Per the company HQ, outfits hoping to offer the electric hatchback on their lots later this year must send sales staff through a special electric vehicle training program. What's more, all dealerships carrying the electric Focus must install a minimum of two EV charging stations on their premises and enroll in Ford's Go Green program. Go Green, which has been optional up to this point, looks to improve the sustainability and efficiency of shops, regardless of age. So far, 76 dealerships in California, New Jersey and New York (the initial launch markets) have stepped up to the plate and will be selling the EV. Ford's hoping to capture the hearts and minds of those with electric personalities who haven't already settled for on the competition from Nissan.Dealers wanting to sell Ford's first all-electric car must Focus on the environment originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 30 Apr 2012 21:17:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Inhabitat | Email this | Comments
NEW YORK/SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp is jumping into the fast-growing e-books market by investing $605 million over five years in Barnes & Noble Inc's Nook e-reader and college business, as it looks to unlock Amazon.com and Apple Inc's grip on the exploding tablet computer market.
Google "Comparison" Units Get New Look; Change Highlights Paid Inclusion In Some Vertical Search Areas (Danny Sullivan/Search Engine Land)(2 years ago)
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:Google “Comparison” Units Get New Look; Change Highlights Paid Inclusion In Some Vertical Search Areas — Google has had what it has called “comparison ads” for some time, but these comparison units are getting a new look in Google's search results beginning today.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:The Digg Team Is Going To WaPo, But The Assets Aren't — Has The Washington Post acquired Digg, as reported in The Next Web? Sort of. — We're hearing that the Post has hired the Digg team, but is not acquiring the site or the technology. In other words, this is a talent acquisition …
The iPhone might have popped a wheelie, an infamous jailbreaker gets his 15 minutes of fame, and Apple's no bigger a fan of paying taxes than the rest of us. It's one for you, 19 for the remainders for Monday, April 30, 2012.
Good ol' Wally isn't a stranger when it comes to offering prepaid wireless goods within its shops, and now the retail giant's about to add yet another service to that carrier-packed inventory. Starting next month, US Cellular -- in partnership with Alltel Wireless -- will begin rolling out a new contract-free package dubbed "U Prepaid," which, naturally, is set to be backed by both of the aforementioned carrier's networks. The fresh U Prepaid deal will be making its way into "nearly" 500 Walmart stores across 18 US states, though there's no mention of which ones specifically. That being said, US Cellular and Alltel did announce the four devices coming at launch, including Samsung's Repp and Chrone along with the LG Attune / Exchange and Saber. In any case, now you know where to go if those recently announced plans from AT&T and Verizon aren't keeping a smile on your face.Continue reading US Cellular, Alltel Wireless team up to launch 'U Prepaid' service in Walmart storesUS Cellular, Alltel Wireless team up to launch 'U Prepaid' service in Walmart stores originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 30 Apr 2012 20:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Daily Wireless | US Cellular | Email this | Comments
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:Symantec: Attacks Rose While Vulnerabilities Fell in 2011 — The number of malicious and Web attacks continued to grow rapidly in 2011, with mobile platforms like Google's Android operating system increasingly becoming key targets of cyber-criminals, according to security software vendor Symantec.
China has moved a step closer to completing its own navigation and positioning satellite network Beidou with the launch of two more navigation satellites.
Microsoft invests $300m in Barnes and Noble's digital business, providing a boost to the Nook e-book reader.
A Google employee told colleagues, including a senior manager, about plans to collect personal data from people's home wi-fi, a report says.
A new online tool is launched that lets individuals complain if they feel executive pay at companies is too high.
Microsoft has rushed out a fix for a serious bug that affected its Hotmail webmail service.
Nintendo players may soon be able to buy games for their 3DS handheld device digitally on the same day as they are released in stores.
Samsung, which makes the Galaxy smartphone, says its next flagship handset will use a new quad-core processor.
Children's minister Tim Loughton warns that parents are helping their children dodge Facebook age limits to set up accounts.
Apple plans to open an off-site restaurant reserved for employees so they can chat over lunch with spilling secrets.
Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has revealed an eco-friendly digital camera made almost entirely from cardboard.
Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright discusses online project the Random Adventures of Brandon Generator
File-sharing site The Pirate Bay must be blocked by UK internet service providers, the High Court has ruled.
Three MPs were challenged to the Temple Run game on an iPad as a Commons committee suggested giving every MP a tablet computer to save money and printing paper.
Olaf Swantee, CEO of Everything Everywhere, explains why he thinks the UK needs to speed up the rollout of 4G.
Retired teacher Jackie Barrow explains how she teaches Indian children thousands of miles away, using Skype.
After 14 years as the world's leading mobile phone maker, Nokia has finally lost out to Samsung.
In Click's weekly tech news wrap up Facebook announces it already boasts over 900 million active users and is on course for its first billion.
Web reviewer Kate Russell finds out how the web can improve her memory.
Post-war African state beats most of Europe to 4G
Meet the UK pensioners using Skype to teach kids in rural India
What the next cyberwar might be like
Could this six-year-old be the world's youngest IT expert?
jawtheshark writes "I'm building a house, and obviously I want a modest network built-in. Nothing fancy, two RJ-45 per room, four in the living room, and that's basically it. I already got myself a rack mountable Cisco Small Business switch and I have a self-built 4U server (low-power, won't make much heat) which can be rack mounted (505mm deep). Now, the construction company suggests a wall mounted rack (6U: 340mm x 600mm x 480mm — 6U definitely won't be enough, but a 12U model exists). It's not expensive, but I have never worked on a rack where the backside is unreachable. (For work, I get to work in a data center with huge racks that are accessible from both sides). Now obviously, I don't need a data center-grade rack, but these wall-mounted racks scream 'switch-only' racks to me. What are your experiences? Is it possible to put servers in racks like these, or should I find a 'both-side-accessible' rack instead?" Read more of this story at Slashdot.
The iPad was made to do many things, but windowed multitasking wasn't one of them. Leave it to the Cydia Store to provide a new app that delivers individual, rotatable, scalable, untabbed windows. Quasar, from developer Pedro Franceschi, let's you do just that across multiple apps -- without relying on home button double-taps or tricky multi-finger gestures. The video below makes it seem pretty magical, so take a look and let us know what you think.Continue reading Quasar gives the iPad untabbed windows for ten dollars and a jailbreak (video)Quasar gives the iPad untabbed windows for ten dollars and a jailbreak (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 30 Apr 2012 19:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink The Verge | iBlogeek (YouTube) | Email this | Comments
Rumor: Hulu Will Soon Require Viewers To Have A Cable Subscription [Update: It'll Happen, But Not "Soon"] (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)(2 years ago)
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:Rumor: Hulu Will Soon Require Viewers To Have A Cable Subscription [Update: It'll Happen, But Not “Soon"] — If you love watching TV shows on Hulu but don't have a cable subscription, things could get a bit more complicated in the near future. According to the New York Post …
Microsoft is sticking to its plan to shut down its Office Live Small Business (OLSB) suite of cloud-based services on Monday, even though it seems many customers are either unaware of the deadline or are having difficulties migrating.
Research in Motion faces huge challenges in its battle to survive and they'll all be on attendees' minds at this week at RIM's annual BlackBerry World conference in Orlando. What will also be on our minds: the ticking clock counting down the time RIM has left to turn around its fortunes.
While one could be forgiven for expecting a flame war in the comments on an article entitled "Why Linux is a desktop flop," the discussion that followed its publication was, in the main, thought-provoking and respectful.
Learn how to take control of and benefit from the bring-your-own-devices (BYOD) phenomenon--without losing corporate data. This free, downloadable special edition describes what your BYOD policy should cover and outlines the risks you need to manage.
South Korea's Communications Commission is wresting control of the domestic cellphone market away from operators. From May 1st, it is opening the handset business open to any vendor, who will sell phones unlocked so consumers can decide their choice of network. The plan is aimed at lowering prices by introducing competition between the retailers -- although some voices in the industry have expressed concerns that the operators will withdraw discounted offers in retaliation. Naturally, the KCC is determined to ensure a better deal for consumers, and is already strong-arming wayward networks into ensuring that doesn't happen.South Korea opens up cellphone sales, networks wary of the 'free market' originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 30 Apr 2012 19:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink The Next Web | MK | Email this | Comments
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:Exclusive: Violin Memory Boosts Latest Funding Round to $80 Million — Last month AllThingsD reported that Violin Memory, the flash memory technology start-up, had raised $50 million in a Series D round at an implied valuation of more than $800 million. — That funding round, I've since learned …
Microsoft's problem is how to get more college students into its stores. What if it can't? Can the company bring its stores to them?
Passengers can report unfair TSA screenings or suspected profiling with Apple and Android app FlyRights.
Harperdog writes "Noah Schactman has a great piece on the Airborne Laser, the ray gun-equipped 747 that became a symbol of wasteful Pentagon weaponeering. Despite sixteen years and billions of dollars in development, the jet could never reliably blast a missile in trials. Now the House Armed Services Committee's Strategic Forces wants the Airborne Laser to be used to defend us against the threat of North Korea's failed missiles." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
(Reuters) - Self magazine Publisher Laura McEwen sits in her office in the posh Conde Nast building overlooking New York's Times Square and does nothing but play video games for at least an hour or two a day.
(Reuters) - Books-A-Million Inc said the Anderson family, which includes Chairman Clyde Anderson, on Saturday made a non-binding proposal to take the company private.
(Reuters) - Last year, the buzzword in e-commerce was Groupon Inc and its myriad of competitors that offered daily online coupons to entice shoppers in a down economy. Now, the latest fashion in retail is social gifting, where people get together on Facebook to buy each other gifts.
LONDON (Reuters) - Organizations taking part in the most ambitious expansion of the Internet so far will find out next week whether their applications for new domain names could have been viewed by competitors as a result of a software bug.
Apple is facing inquiries over "4G" advertising of the latest iPad in the UK, the BBC understands.
In a world where stocks are traded based on price changes monitored at the millisecond level, every sliver of a speed advantage gained counts. And, to get that edge, financial firms will go to almost any lengths, including building high powered particle accelerators in their basements. Well, at least that's what we imagine. Banks and high-frequency trading companies are looking to the neutrino as a potential communications tool. Scientists have already shown that the subatomic particles can travel through walls, now there's every reason to believe messages could be passed straight through the Earth, saving up to 44 milliseconds on each communique. Of course, there's one problem with this idea -- creating neutrinos currently requires either a nuclear reactor or a particle accelerator, something even the largest of financial firms don't usually keep on hand. Either the world's banks will have to snatch up CERN or build their own atom smashers. Neither of which seems like it's very likely to happen in the immediate future.Neutrinos could deliver millisecond advantage to cyborg Gordon Gekkos originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 30 Apr 2012 18:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Forbes | Email this | Comments