The latest graffiti to splatter itself across the stores, buildings, and street signs in Elk Grove, Calif., comes not from a can of Krylon spray paint or a day-glow marker but from an Atari 2600.
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The first ultrabooks are just now hitting the market but despite Intel’s stated wishes, prices are generally north of $ 1000. But that might change early next year, per Digitimes who cites several supply chain makers. Reportedly, Acer, Asustek and Toshiba are looking to lower prices in 1Q12 to below $ 1000. Plus, a $ 100 marketing subsidy from Intel cause an overal dip of 5-10% next year. But even without the potential price drop, it’s best to wait for the next round of ultrabooks anyway.
Founded in 1972 by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney, Atari played a central role in the early history of video games, going on to create what are still some of the most recognizable arcade games on the planet, like Pac-Man and Pong, to name a few. Not to mention the fact that its joystick-controlled Atari 2600 console was pretty much synonymous with “video games” in the 1980s.
Although Atari remains a recognizable brand around the globe, the company struggled through the video games crash of 1983, financial issues, and various assets have fallen under a number of different ownership and leadership regimes, including Warner Communications and Hasbro — among many others.
BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, announced Tuesday, isn't just Research In Motion's first entry in the race to manage enterprises' whole mobile environments. It's also positioned to ultimately succeed the BlackBerry Enterprise Server.
TheNextCorner sends this quote from NASA:
“At any given moment about 2,000 thunderstorms roll over Earth, producing some 50 flashes of lightning every second. Each lightning burst creates electromagnetic waves that begin to circle around Earth, captured between Earth’s surface and a boundary about 60 miles up. Some of the waves – if they have just the right wavelength – combine, increasing in strength, to create a repeating atmospheric heartbeat known as Schumann resonance. … NASA’s Vector Electric Field Instrument aboard the U.S. Air Force’s Communications/Navigation Outage Forecast System satellite has detected Schumann resonance from space. This comes as a surprise, since current models of Schumann resonance predict these waves should be caged at lower altitude, between the ground and a layer of Earth’s atmosphere called the ionosphere.”
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Facebook and the FTC made peace this morning, after the government agency complained that the social network violated user privacy. The two reached a settlement which will fundamentally change the way Facebook deals with privacy moving forward — including measures like bulking up its privacy division and submitting to new privacy audits every two years.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg emphasized that he did not take the issue of consumer privacy lightly in a public statement, ”Not one day goes by when I don’t think about what it means for us to be the stewards of this community and their trust.”
HP vigorously denied reports that essentially any HP LaserJet made before 2009 — about 100 million have been sold since 1984 — can be remotely instructed to catch fire.
If tablets are PCs and phones have the same specs as tablets, how is Apple not the leading PC manufacturer in the world?
wiredmikey writes “Deciding when malware becomes a weapon of war that warrants a response in the physical world – for example, a missile – has become a necessary part of the discussion of military doctrine. The Pentagon recently outlined (PDF) its working definition of what constitutes cyber-war and when subsequent military strikes against physical targets may be justified as result. The main issue is attribution of cyber attacks. The Department of Defense is working to develop new ways to trace the physical source of an attack and the capability to identify an attacker using behavior-based algorithms. ‘If a country is going to fire a missile at someone, it better be sure it has the right target,’ said one expert. A widely held misconception in the U.S. government is our offensive capabilities provide defensive advantage by identifying attacker toolkits and methods in foreign networks prior to them hitting our networks. So when do malware and cyber attacks become a weapon or act of war that warrant a real-world military response?”
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An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from the Seattle Times:
“Drone aircraft, best known for their role in hunting and destroying terrorist hideouts in Afghanistan and Pakistan, may be coming soon to the skies near you. Police agencies want drones for air support to find runaway criminals. Utility companies expect they can help monitor oil, gas and water pipelines. Farmers believe drones could aid in spraying crops with pesticides. ‘It’s going to happen,’ said Dan Elwell, vice president of civil aviation at the Aerospace Industries Association. ‘Now it’s about figuring out how to safely assimilate the technology into national airspace.’ That’s the job of the Federal Aviation Administration, which plans to propose new rules for using small drones in January, a first step toward integrating robotic aircraft into the nation’s skyways.”
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This edition of Ask Maggie offers advice on when children should get their first cellphone and when parents should consider buying a smartphone.
Even with the holiday break, it’s been a busy week and we’ve got plenty to discuss including some long-awaited events, like a new HD guide from Comcast, the DirecTiVo, and SlingPlayer for Boxee Box. That’s not all however, since we’re just a week away from Microsoft’s latest assault on the living room with the new Xbox 360 dashboard, and with CES just over a month away rumors are heating up including news about Samsung and Google TV. We’ve also got our holiday shopping guide for 2011 to talk about, so check out that list and what we’re watching over the next week and add in your suggestions in the comments below.
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05:23 – Revamped Xbox 360 dashboard to launch on December 6th, Microsoft confirms
16:50 – Microsoft acquires VideoSurf, promises to bring better video search and discovery to Xbox Live
20:02 – Comcast shows off its new ‘Barcelona’ HD guide upgrade
25:07 – TiVo Q4 results bring first sub growth in years, DirecTiVo is imminent
30:32 – Samsung in ‘last-stage talks’ to use Google TV, will show off hardware after CES
32:46 – Blu-ray video encryption cracked using $ 260 kit
38:33 – SlingPlayer for Connected Devices is here, arrives first on Boxee Box
41:15 – Sky Sports dedicated F1 HD channel coming next season
44:10 – Engadget’s holiday gift guide 2011: HDTV and home theater
54:00 – Must See HDTV (November 28th – December 4th)
If you were here yesterday checking out the story that many publications were saying was “confirmed” on how the Galaxy Nexus was going to be up for pre-order on Verizon today, you may well be sort of like “WHAT IS THIS” on the news that Japan’s DoCoMo may well be another carrier to get the [...]
The much-maligned SOPA bill is facing a lot of heat as much of the tech industry sets its weight against it. But while the legislation is being discussed, its extreme solutions to criminal online sites are already being adopted. A judge in Nevada has ordered that 228 websites be seized, their domain names transferred, and their listings removed from search engines.
There are several serious problems with this ruling, and law blogger Eric Goldman sums them up well. Essentially it is unclear how and why this Nevada judge purports to exert powers over hundreds of separate defendants and order relief from parties only tangentially related to the case, such as search engines. The jurisdiction, evidence, and punitive actions all seem to be have had their scope exaggerated.
“An Ottawa physicist is using laser light to create truly random numbers much faster than other methods do, with obvious potential benefits to cryptography: ‘Sussman’s Ottawa lab uses a pulse of laser light that lasts a few trillionths of a second. His team shines it at a diamond. The light goes in and comes out again, but along the way, it changes. … It is changed because it has interacted with quantum vacuum fluctuations, the microscopic flickering of the amount of energy in a point in space. … What happens to the light is unknown — and unknowable. Sussman’s lab can measure the pulses of laser light that emerge from this mysterious transformation, and the measurements are random in a way that nothing in our ordinary surroundings is. Those measurements are his random numbers.’”
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Well, with source code and root firmly in hand, it was only a matter of time before someone got a custom ROM up and running on the Fire. Of course, the first contestant for your hacked Kindle dollar is the reliable, and damn-near ubiquitous CM7. XDA Developers Forum member JackpotClavin posted a pair of images showing the Gingerbread-based ROM booted up on his 7-inch Amazon tablet. He isn’t offering the code for download yet, primarily because there are still a host of bugs to work out — including a severely mixed up touch panel thats about 90-degrees out of sync with actual display. On the plus side, it does appear that WiFi is working. We suppose if you’re impatient you can join the frothing masses begging Clavin to release the code, but we’ll be waiting for something a little more polished before risking our shiny new slate. One more pic after the break.
Any audiophile would appreciate a portable Bluetooth speaker this holiday, but electrician-turned-artist Devin Ward has a more sustainable solution: he guts vintage clock radios and recycles them into desktop speakers for your laptop, smartphone, and tablet computer.
It was at Proximity where many of Walton’s patents came to life, including his initial design, which he developed alongside the Schlage lock company and eventually licensed to other firms, as well. He would go on to earn millions from his technology, though as Venture Beat points out, he may have been a bit too far ahead of the curve. Many of Walton’s patents expired by the time RFID devices caught on with big spenders like the Department of Defense and Wal-Mart, thereby excluding him from any subsequent windfall. But that didn’t seem to bother him too much, as evidenced in a 2004 interview with Venture Beat: “I feel good about it and gratified I could make a contribution.”
If you’ve been curious about Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5 Mango platform, you can now try it out directly on your iPhone or Android device without having to download or install anything. Microsoft launched an HTML5 website that simulates the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango interface, allowing you to take a test drive by simply navigating to [...]
Facebook reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission today in regards to the privacy-related lawsuit that accused the social network of “unfair and deceptive” business practices. The FTC lawsuit claimed that the company repeatedly shared user information with the public despite telling users that their information would be kept private. The settlement requires Facebook [...]
If you’re a fan of Valve video games, you’ll probably think little Vector Farr’s own personal Portal bedroom is the coolest thing you’ve ever seen.
See 2011 TR35 winner Aishwarya Ratan describe his work.
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The quad-core tablets are coming. First up: the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime.
The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime–let’s call it the Transformer Prime, for “short”–can now be pre-ordered online, report several sources. It may not be the most eagerly awaited gadget of all time, and it may not be the most elegantly named, but it marks a new era: the Transformer Prime is the first tablet that comes with a quad-core processor built in.
Facebook has reached a settlement with federal trade regulators over charges it engaged in deceptive behavior when changing its privacy settings, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said Tuesday.
Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission have reached a settlement over consumer deception charges dating back to 2009. The commission claimed that the social networking giant made public information it promised to keep private, thanks to changes in site terms. According to the terms of the deal, user feedback will be required before the site makes changes to policies for sharing data. Mark Zuckerberg addressed his company’s on-going privacy issues, admitting to “a bunch of mistakes,” adding,
In particular, I think that a small number of high profile mistakes, like Beacon four years ago and poor execution as we transitioned our privacy model two years ago, have often overshadowed much of the good work we’ve done.
Zuckerberg assured users that Facebook is making a “clear and formal long-term commitment” to privacy tools.
jfruhlinger writes “Telecommuting provides many joys, including the ability to stay in your pajamas all day and the chance to work with a cat on your lap. But it does have some major drawbacks, perhaps none so serious as the fact that, if your co-workers are for the most part in an office, they can forget you exist — which means you don’t get credit for your work as you deserve.”
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg just issued a statement on the Facebook Blog confirming that his company has settled with the FTC over charges that it has violated user privacy over the year. Facebook is now ”required to obtain consumers’ affirmative express consent before enacting changes that override their privacy preferences”, effectively making all future privacy control changes opt in. Facebook must also submit to privacy audits every 2 years for the next 20 years, bar access to content on deactivated accounts, and avoid misrepresenting the privacy or security of user data. Zuckerberg’s statement and the press release from the FTC confirm reports of a coming settlement from earlier this month.
bhagwad writes “The EU continues to ooze common sense as a court insists that software functions themselves cannot be copyrighted. Drawing a box or moving cursor are examples. To quote: ‘If it were accepted that a functionality of a computer program can be protected as such, that would amount to making it possible to monopolize ideas, to the detriment of technological progress and industrial development.’” Note that this is a “non-binding opinion by Yves Bot, an advocate-general at the Luxembourg-based EU Court of Justice,”
and that the court “will rule on the case next year.”
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Facebook users who “share” or “like” content that insults the Thai monarchy are committing a crime, Minister of Information and Communication Technology Anudith Nakornthap said Tuesday.
Investors wrung their hands over Thanksgiving at news that AT&T’s plan to buy T-Mobile for $ 39 billion were falling apart. But bad news for AT&T is good news for anyone looking to buy a smartphone this holiday shopping season.
Apple has approved a tethering app that allows iPhone users to share their smartphone’s data connection via a USB hook-up with their laptop, even if they don’t have a tethering plan with their carrier. The app, iTether, has prompted questions over why Apple approved the app in the first place and how long it might [...]
Cyber Monday comes of age, goes mobile, and gets fuel from Apple.
Six years ago, Cyber Monday was novel enough to require quotation marks when used in a headline. Today, as e-commerce becomes more and more important in our lives, it has become canonized as one of the most lucrative shopping days of the year. Today, IBM reports a record-breaking Cyber Monday for 2011–one that was particularly enriching (along with Black Friday) for Apple.
A New Zealand man was Monday being hailed as the first amateur photographer to capture an image of another solar system, after he photographed the star Beta Pictoris using a 10-inch (25cm) telescope at his home in Auckland.
Recipe networks give the lie to the idea that ingredients that share flavours taste better together
Some years ago, while experimenting with salty foods and chocolate, the English chef Heston Blumenthal discovered that white chocolate and caviar taste rather good together. To find out why, he had the foods analyses and discovered that they had many flavour compounds in common.
Mobile music discovery platform Shazam is reacquiring the intellectual property it sold to music royalty outfit Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) back in 2005. At the time, the startup had sold the IP, which involves Shazam’s core audio recognition technology, in order to help fund its development. Given Shazam’s recent growth and expansion into other areas beyond music identification, now was the right time for the company to reacquire those rights, says Shazam CEO Andrew Fisher.
Looking to connect your laptop to your iPhone’s data connection? Then iTether may be the app for you. Given the track record of tethering apps on iTunes, you might want to hurry.
Samsung has field for a new trademark that hints at a new line of smartphones and tablets that may be coming to market reports Fusible. Granted simply filing for a trademark isn’t a guarantee that a new product is coming to market. The trademark that Samsung grabbed is for Samsung Galaxy Sleek. We can imagine [...]
Research in Motion’s BlackBerry Mobile Fusion is an attempt by the company to maintain its strong presence in the business world by offering to support other devices, a break from its previous strategy.
Twitter has bought a mobile communications security firm, Whisper Systems, specializing in hardening Android devices to make them more private and secure. Through modifying the core Android kernel, as well as developing custom apps for encrypted messaging, calling, backup and more, Whisper Systems has carved out a niche protecting smartphones and tablets for enterprise and [...]
BlackBerry maker Research In Motion is seeking to cash in as companies switch to rival smartphones with a new tool that offers some of its important security features for sexier devices like the iPhone.
Many N9 users are still waiting to receive the PR1.1 update from Nokia, which officially began rolling out last week, but one lucky individual is already dabbling with what’s next from Espoo. After viewing the handful of screenshots, it’s obvious that PR1.2 will provide a number of enhancements for photo enthusiasts. For instance, the camera application sports a refined interface with all flash options visible at once. There’s also facial recognition in the gallery, along with support for color profiles in the display options. Additionally, users can now manage apps from the application menu, and keen-eyed observers will likely notice the re-styled buttons. We’ve also been told to expect changes to the N9′s default font, Nokia Pure Text, which we can only assume will make its arrival with PR1.2. Take a peek after the break to satiate your typeface urges.
Puppet Labs, a data center automation company, has raised $ 8.5 million in Series C financing from new investors Cisco, Google Ventures, and VMware. Existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, True Ventures, and Radar Partners also participated in the round. This brings Puppet Labs’ total funding to $ 16 million.
Puppet Labs provides systems management and datacenter automation software for the enterprise and the cloud. Puppet Labs’ flagship product, Puppet is an open source data center automation and configuration management framework that provides system administrators with an easy to use platform for transparent and flexible systems management.
The self-styled “jet man” has performed another death-defying stunt — flying alongside two Albatross aircraft above the Swiss Alps.
mikejuk writes “Are we getting closer to really effective volumetric 3D display technology? A new display, designed in Russia, uses cold fog and a laser projector to create a volumetric 3D image that you can touch. A tracking device, and no it’s not a Kinect, is used to detect the users hand and moves the virtual objects in response. There have been cold fog 3D displays before this but this one has a reasonable resolution and looks near to being a finished product that could be on sale soon. Estimated price? Between $ 4000 and $ 30,000.”
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An effort to improve browsers’ 3D graphics ability helps WebGL work better on Windows machines. But Microsoft still isn’t building WebGL into Internet Explorer.
Research In Motion this morning introduced a new enterprise mobility solution dubbed BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, aiming to help its business and government clients manage employees’ smartphones and tablets running the BlackBerry operating system, but also Android and iOS devices like the iPhone and the iPad.
Currently in early beta testing with a limited number of enterprise customers, RIM expects to kick off a closed beta program in January 2012, with general availability scheduled for late March 2012 (pricing unknown).
A booming business in virtual goods adds up to huge profits for the online gaming company.
Online games company Zynga is planning to raise $ 1 billion by selling a small portion of its shares in an IPO that is expected to occur before the end of the year. That could make Zynga one of the world’s most valuable video-game companies, just four years after its founding. How did CEO Mark Pincus do it? Somewhat counterintuitively, Zynga mastered the art of making games you don’t mind turning off after just five or 10 minutes.
Research In Motion is taking on mobile device management for Android and Apple iOS devices as well as its own products, introducing the BlackBerry Mobile Fusion product on Tuesday.