Technology archive for 2012-05-11

Is it time for a C-level social media executive?

(3 years ago)
As social media becomes more strategic to the way organizations operate, does this mean it's time to move the function to the C-suite? Does centralizing make sense, or should responsibility for it...

Oracle Not Satisfied With Potential $150,000; Goes Against Judge's Warning

(3 years ago)
bobwrit writes with news about how the monetary damages in the Google v. Oracle case might shake out. On Thursday, Judge Alsup told Oracle the most it could expect for statutory damages was a flat $150,000, a far cry from the $6.1 billion Oracle wanted in 2011, or even the $2.8 million offered by Google as a settlement. However, Oracle still thinks it can go after infringed profits, even though Judge Alsup specifically warned its lawyers they were making a mistake. He said, "It's the height of ridiculousness to say for those 9 lines you get hundreds of millions." Groklaw has a detailed post about today's events. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Player 4.2 come stateside on May 13th

(3 years ago)
The last we heard, Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 was in pre-order limbo at Office Depot. Now we have official word that the slate will launch at that outlet -- and also at Amazon, Best Buy, Tiger Direct and others -- on May 13th. As expected, the 16GB WiFi version will go for $400, and if you've followed our coverage, you'll know it's a solid dual-core slate that nonetheless doesn't make huge spec improvements over the original Tab 10.1 (barring that Ice Cream Sandwich OS, of course). The Galaxy Player 4.2 will also make its debut this Sunday, for an asking price of $200. Android-loving moms: rejoice.Continue reading Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Player 4.2 come stateside on May 13thSamsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Player 4.2 come stateside on May 13th originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 11 May 2012 17:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

Facebook Is Killing Text Messaging, Report Says (Brian X. Chen/Bits)

(3 years ago)
Brian X. Chen / Bits:Facebook Is Killing Text Messaging, Report Says  —  Apple's iMessage, the free, Internet-based text-messaging service, isn't the only thing AT&T's chief executive should lose sleep over.  Facebook is also eating into text-messaging revenues for carriers, according to a report.

Researcher runs IP network over xylophones

(3 years ago)
Vint Cerf once wore a shirt that read "IP on Everything," a wry comment on the versatility of the Internet Protocol he helped invent, a protocol that underlies all Internet communication. Now a University of California Berkeley researcher has put Cerf's maxim to the test, running an IP network over a set of xylophones, played by human participants.

From packet inspectors to WAN optimizers, network add-ons are all the rage

(3 years ago)
These days, it seems like a dozen new network "extras" - including traffic monitors, packet inspection technologies and management products, to name just a few - are launched every week, all advertising large-scale gains in performance, security and ease of use.

Facebook's Zuckerberg says mobile first priority

(3 years ago)
PALO ALTO, California (Reuters) - Facebook Inc CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday laid out his 2012 goals to investors on the Silicon Valley leg of his IPO roadshow, saying his first priority was improving the social network's mobile application.

Vesta Is a Baby Planet, Not an Asteroid

(3 years ago)
astroengine writes "Vesta, the second largest object in the main asteroid belt, has an iron core, a varied surface, layers of rock and possibly a magnetic field — all signs of a planet in the making, not an asteroid (abstract). This is the conclusion of an international team of scientists treated to a virtual front row seat at Vesta for the past 10 months, courtesy of NASA's Dawn robotic probe. Their findings were presented during a NASA press conference on Thursday. As to why Vesta never made it to full planethood, scientists point to Jupiter. When the giant gas planet formed, nearby bodies such as Vesta found their orbits perturbed. 'Jupiter started to act like a spoon in a pot, stirring up the asteroid belt and the asteroids started bumping into one another,' said Dawn lead scientist Christopher Russell. 'If they're just out there gently orbiting and everything is going smoothly, then without Jupiter in the picture, they would gather mass and get bigger and bigger and bigger. But with Jupiter there, stirring the pot, then the asteroids start bumping into one another and breaking apart, so nothing grew in that region, but started to shrink.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Facebook's Zuckerberg says mobile first priority

(3 years ago)
PALO ALTO, California (Reuters) - Facebook Inc CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday laid out his 2012 goals to investors on the Silicon Valley leg of his IPO roadshow, saying his first priority was improving the social network's mobile application.

HP takes print away from town for seven days, laughs at 'print is dead' claim

(3 years ago)
With e-books and digital subscription of magazines and newspapers becoming the new hot, many are sending off the message that print is gradually losing or has even already lost to its digital counterpart, while others argue that print is far from dead. Needless to say, being one of the leading manufacturers of printers, HP took the "print is dead" claim quite personally -- and perhaps too literally. How so? Well, the company commissioned a project that got participants in the US, India and Singapore to live without printed materials -- including newspapers, books, labels, packaging, ID cards and even some clothes -- for two days. Needless to say, those folks struggled really badly, but HP certainly proved that "the role of print is vastly underestimated" and that "true print deprivation was impossible." If you think that's an overkill, just you wait: HP and renowned photographer Chase Jarvis even went as far as getting a Wisconsin town called Spring Green to undergo a similar experiment, but for a duration of seven days. The entire project will be presented in a video documentary called 7 Days Without Print, and ahead of its premiere at Guggenheim Museum in New York on June 14, we were shown an exclusive trailer for said movie at HP's Global Influencer Summit in Shanghai. For the sake of those poor participants, do check out the clip right after the break. Gallery: HP takes print away from town for seven days, laughs at 'print is dead' claimContinue reading HP takes print[..]

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Mobile app is top priority

(3 years ago)
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg today laid out his 2012 goals to about 200 investors who showed up at one of the company's initial public offering (IPO) presentations in Palo Alto,...

First Culture Freedom Day Underway In Lisbon, Others Next Saturday

(3 years ago)
New submitter Blug_fred writes "The first ever Culture Freedom Day is happening right now over a two-day period in Lisbon, Portugal. Organized by Flausina with the participation of Creative Commons Portugal, and being celebrated one week earlier that the official date, this event brings an impressive program of concerts, documentary projections, debates and more. For others there is still time to find an event in your area (so far, eleven listed worldwide) or organize one yourself. If you're in Lisbon you definitely don't want to miss out, and if not, you can always hope someone will bring Free Culture celebrations to your doorstep." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

HP restarts tablet manufacturing (Bangkok Post)

(3 years ago)
Bangkok Post:HP restarts tablet manufacturing  —  SHANGHAI : Hewlett-Packard (HP) has announced it will resume production of consumer tablets but says it will run them on Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system.  —  The world's largest technology firm suspended its touchPad WebOS tablet production line last year on poor sales.

Facebook's Zuckerberg says mobile first priority

(3 years ago)
PALO ALTO, California (Reuters) - Facebook Inc CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday laid out his 2012 goals to investors on the Silicon Valley leg of his IPO roadshow, saying his first priority was improving the social network's mobile application.

Facebook co-founder Saverin renounces citizenship

(3 years ago)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook co-founder, Eduardo Saverin, has renounced his U.S. citizenship, according to an Internal Revenue Service report, just days before the company's record initial public offering.

Facebook's Zuckerberg says mobile first priority

(3 years ago)
PALO ALTO, California (Reuters) - Facebook Inc CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday laid out his 2012 goals to investors on the Silicon Valley leg of his IPO roadshow, saying his first priority was improving the social network's mobile application.

Facebook co-founder Saverin renounces citizenship

(3 years ago)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook co-founder, Eduardo Saverin, has renounced his U.S. citizenship, according to an Internal Revenue Service report, just days before the company's record initial public offering.

Wireless carriers eye solutions to spectrum crunch

(3 years ago)
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Top U.S. mobile operators are turning to a new type of equipment known as small cells to boost network capacity in the face of a shortage of wireless spectrum.

Viddy gets $30 million funding, aims to stand out from competition

(3 years ago)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Viddy, the popular mobile video start-up, announced on Friday it has raised a hefty $30 million from institutional investors to bolster its expansion efforts in the face of stiff competition from Socialcam, a similar video-sharing service.

Pebble ties itself up in Twine: sounds so rustic, couldn't be any less (video)

(3 years ago)
Take an e-ink smartwatch that's got plenty of willing customers, throw in a WiFi-connected sensor box and well, imagine the possibilities. The founders behind Pebble and Twine hope you are, because they have announced that the pair will be connectable through the latter's web-based interface. This means you'll be able to setup text notifications to your wrist when your laundry's done, when someone's at your door and plenty more mundane real-world tasks. A brief video explains how it should all go down, but try not to get too excited -- pre-orders are sadly sold out.Continue reading Pebble ties itself up in Twine: sounds so rustic, couldn't be any less (video)Pebble ties itself up in Twine: sounds so rustic, couldn't be any less (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 11 May 2012 16:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  Supermechanical.blog  | Email this | Comments

Sony, Panasonic Fall to 30-Year Lows (Bloomberg)

(3 years ago)
Bloomberg:Sony, Panasonic Fall to 30-Year Lows  —  Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. (6752), Japan's biggest consumer-electronics makers, fell to the lowest level in three decades after forecasting earnings that missed estimates because of a failure to end losses from TVs.

Adobe: Pay upgrade price to patch critical bugs

(3 years ago)
Adobe has told users of its Creative Suite, which includes the company's premier products like Photoshop and Illustrator, to spend $375 to upgrade if they want patches for eight critical vulnerabilities.

Court Rules NSA Doesn't Have To Confirm Or Deny Secret Relationship With Google

(3 years ago)
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "A DC appeals court has ruled that the National Security Agency doesn't need to either confirm or deny its secret relationship with Google in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and follow-up lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center. The NSA cited a FOIA exemption that covers any documents whose exposure might hinder the NSA's national security mission, and responded to EPIC with a 'no comment.' Beyond merely rejecting the FOIA request, the court has agreed with the NSA that it has the right to simply not respond to the request, as even a rejection of the request might reveal details of a suspected relationship with Google that it has sought to keep secret. Google was reported to have partnered with the NSA to bolster its defenses against hackers after its breach by Chinese cyberspies in early 2010. But to the dismay of privacy advocates who fear the NSA's surveillance measures coupled with Google's trove of data, the company has never explained the details of that partnership." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

LinkedIn Is NOT Buying Monster: Here's The Real Story (Nicholas Carlson/Business Insider)

(3 years ago)
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:LinkedIn Is NOT Buying Monster: Here's The Real Story  —  Just got off the phone with a source close to LinkedIn.  —  LinkedIn is not going to buy Monster, and it was never particularly interested in doing so.  —  Basically, a little while back, Monster's Bank of America bankers called LinkedIn …

Intel wants to be inside the iPad

(3 years ago)
Intel's expertise in miniaturizing transistors could certainly be beneficial to Apple when it comes to shrinking down the processor die size and slashing battery consumption.

3 in 4 American moms visit Facebook: Nielsen

(3 years ago)
You've seen her, or maybe you are her: The mother with a phone in one hand, kid in another, and run, run, running to keep up with the demands of work, family, friends. Nearly 75 percent of those U.S. moms visited Facebook in March, and 54 percent of them have smartphones, higher than the national average, according to Nielsen.

Foxconn preparing for Apple iTV, says chairman

(3 years ago)
If I had a buck for every rumor I've heard about the mysterious Apple iTV over the last year or so, I would be writing this blog post on a solid gold MacBook Pro. But despite that not being the case, I'll tell you about the latest piece of gossip anyway: It seems that Foxconn's chief may have confirmed that the device is actually coming.

Pebble smartwatch raises over $10 million, sells out

(3 years ago)
The Pebble shattered all sorts of records on fundraising site Kickstarter recently, but now the snazzy-looking e-paper smartwatch's makers have declared that it's sold out for the time being. Don't worry though — you'll still have a chance to order a Pebble once it's officially on the market.

10 Strange And Dangerous Uses For Lasers

(3 years ago)
Lasers can be used for all kinds of useful gadgetry. They can also be used for dangerous weapons and bizarre, pointless devices — just like the ones featured in this list. Careful now.

FBI warns travelers of pop-up attacksattacks

(3 years ago)
If you're traveling abroad, your laptop could be attacked. That much, is certain, according to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, which warned this week that hackers are "targeting travelers abroad through pop-up windows while establishing an internet connection in their hotel rooms."

New .secure Internet Domain On Tap

(3 years ago)
CowboyRobot writes "A new top-level domain (TLD) in the works for the Internet will bake security in from the outset: The .secure domain will require fully encrypted HTTPS sessions and a comprehensive vetting process for websites and their operators. If the new domain takes off, it could shift the way Web domains are secured. ICANN is expected to sign off on .secure, and for the new TLD to be up and running June or July 2013." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Could a computer have written this story?

(3 years ago)
Chicago-based company Narrative Science has set out to prove that computers can tell stories good enough for a fickle human audience. It has created a program that takes raw data and turns it into a story, a system that's worked well enough for the company to earn its own byline on Forbes.com.

Visualized: HP's all-in-one PCs over the years, one from 1983

(3 years ago)
HP's TouchSmart sub-brand and its other AIOs should be no stranger to many PC advocates, but in case you've never come across one before, the company's laid all of them out on one side of its Global Influencer Summit in Shanghai. Models range from the TouchSmart IQ770 launched back in 2007, all the way to the recently shipped Z1 workstation and even the just-announced t410 Smart Zero Client; but the real gem of the booth is that little beige HP 150 right in the middle -- it's one of the first-ever touchscreen PCs, dating back to 1983, powered by an 8MHz Intel 8088 chip, ran MS-DOS and cost a mere $3,995. Whilst on the topic, HP's Vice President of Industrial Design Stacy Wolff shared some interesting stats: his team found that much like laptops, there are very different screen size preferences across different regions, with the US showing strong interest in 20-inch and 23-inch HP AIOs, whereas China much prefers 20-inch over 21.5-inch and 23-inch. With the big jump in AIO market penetration in each region between 2008 to 2012 (almost doubled in Japan and the US; and an even bigger leap for other markets), HP predicts that these machines will continue to steadily increase market penetration across more price points -- this was illustrated with what it conveniently calls the "AIO wedge" on a chart. Feel free to take a gander at our gallery for more tidbits. Gallery: Visualized: HP's all-in-one PCs over the years, one from 1983Visualized: HP's all-in-one PCs over the years,[..]

Facebook updates privacy policy, will answer questions Monday

(3 years ago)
Facebook has outlined significant changes to its privacy (aka Data Use) policy and is asking its users for feedback. The company has also scheduled a live Q&A video for this coming Monday.

iPhone was Japan's best-selling smartphone in 2011, Android more than comfy as well (Jon Fingas/Engadget)

(3 years ago)
Jon Fingas / Engadget:iPhone was Japan's best-selling smartphone in 2011, Android more than comfy as well  —  It's deemed likely that Apple had the top-selling cellphone in Japan this past fall, but how did it do in all of 2011?  Quite well, if you go by MMRI's estimates.  The iPhone had 30 percent (almost 7.3 million) …

West Virginia Buys $22K Routers With Stimulus, Puts Them In Small Schools

(3 years ago)
DesScorp writes "The Charleston Gazette is reporting that the state of West Virginia has purchased hundred of enterprise class routers from Cisco at over $22,000 dollars apiece via federal stimulus money. The stimulus cash was intended to spread broadband coverage. The problem is that the routers are overkill, and are being placed in small schools and libraries with just a handful of users. The West Virginia Office of Technology warned that the purchase was 'grossly oversized' for the intended uses, but the purchase went through anyway. Curiously, the project is being headed up not by the state's usual authorities on such matters, but by Jimmy Gianato, West Virginia's Homeland Security Chief. In addition to the $24 million contract signed with Verizon Network Integration to provide the routers and maintenance, Gianato asked for additional equipment and services that tacked an additional $2.26 million to the bill. Perhaps the worst part is that hundreds of the routers are sitting in their boxes, unused, two years after the purchase." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

The Engadget Show returns Friday, May 18th -- get tickets to the taping!

(3 years ago)
Why, it seems like only last month that we recorded our last Engadget Show. Time sure flies when you're tech blogging. Thankfully, we've been plenty busy prepping an awesome May episode for your senses. For starters, we popped by the Smithsonian, to check out the museum's Art of the Video Game exhibit. And while the awesome Fifth Avenue Frogger game didn't actually make it into those hallowed halls, we did take a close up look at the hacked arcade cabinet for the Show. Speaking of video games (which we seem to be doing a lot these days), we'll also pay a visit to the newly reborn Chinatown Fair and speak to the directors of Indie Game: The Movie. All of that, plus a performance by musician Alex Winston and the month's latest and greatest gadgets. Best of all, if you're in New York City, you can be a part of the live show -- just fire off an email to engadgetshow [at] engadget.com. And if you can't make it in person, fear not, we'll be streaming live at 6PM on Friday. Just bookmark this here URL. Here are the deets: o. The event is all ages. o. We'll open doors and begin seating at 5:15pm on May 18th, and the taping begins at 6:00PM. We'll be closing the doors at 5:50PM. o. A limited number of tickets are available, first come first serve. We will also have a limited stand-by list available. o. Please bring a photo ID with you to the taping. o. The show length is around an hour. If you're a member of the media who wishes to attend, please contact us at: engadgetshowmedia[..]

On Diaspora's Social Network, You Own Your Data (Karen Weise/Business Week)

(3 years ago)
Karen Weise / Business Week:On Diaspora's Social Network, You Own Your Data  —  Sitting along Yankee Stadium's third base line during New York University's rainy graduation two years ago, Max Salzberg couldn't focus.  The phone in his pocket wouldn't stop buzzing.  With each notification, the NYU senior wiped water off …

VMware Going 'All In' with BYOD

(3 years ago)
In most bring-your-own-device plans, employees are the ones bugging management and IT to support their personal devices for work. But VMware took a much different tack when launching its BYOD program late last year: All 6,000 employees in the U.S. must use their personal smartphones for work.

This New GPS Does Augmented Reality, Makes You Feel Like You're in a Fighter Jet

(3 years ago)
GPS systems have gotten a lot better over the years, with bigger screens and live traffic updates, but they’re still fundamentally flawed because you need to take your eyes off of the road directly ahead, even if you stick it onto the center of your windshield. Pioneer wants to fix this with its new Cyber Navi GPS system.

Bing Social vs Google Search Plus Your World: Feature Showdown

(3 years ago)
The battle between Bing and Google is getting personal, with both search engines fighting to become more socially connected. Microsoft recently added social features to Bing in response to Google's January rollout of Search Plus Your World (SPYW). Both forays into social integration try to bring your friends and connections into your searches to help uncover references you might not find otherwise.
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