If man-made, it is the most powerful quake to be blamed on deep injections of wastewater, according to a study published Tuesday by the journal Geology.
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eldavojohn writes “According to Bloomberg, drilling and fracking results in greenhouse gases second only to coal power plants in the United States. From the article, ‘Emissions from drilling, including fracking, and leaks from transmission pipes totaled 225 million metric tons of carbon-dioxide equivalents during 2011, second only to power plants, which emitted about 10 times that amount.’ According to Mother Jones, we now have more giant methane fireballs than any other country in the world and we can now see once dim North Dakota at night from space.”
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IndieGoGo’s 2012 In Crowdfunding: Campaigns Raised 20% More Than In 2011, With Shorter Funding Periods
Crowdfunding site IndieGoGo shared some exclusive details regarding their past year with TechCrunch, and the stats essentially back up what Matt Burns said about 2012: In many ways, this was the year of crowdfunding. Campaigns raised more money in shorter periods, with fewer people involved in their creation, and more than half met their funding goal.
Apple CEO Tim Cook got a relatively modest $ 4.2 million in pay for the latest fiscal year, after the company’s board set him up with stock now worth $ 510 million for taking the reins in 2011.
Christmas Day is increasingly the day that a flood of new phones and tablets come online; it regularly sets and breaks records for new device activations. This year was no exception, according to mobile analytics firm Flurry’s annual study, which found that 17.4 million devices activated on December 25 this year, a 332 percent increase over activations covering December 1 – 20, and a 156 percent increase on the numbers from a year ago.
dryriver writes with a report from CNN that the asteroid known as 2011 AG5 will not hit Earth in 2040 as early calculations had led some to fear when it was first spotted last year. “To narrow down the asteroid’s future course, NASA put out a call for more observation. Astronomers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa took up the task and managed to observe the asteroid over several days in October. ‘An analysis of the new data conducted by NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, shows that the risk of collision in 2040 has been eliminated,’ NASA declared Friday.”
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Earth averaged 390 parts per million of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, up 40 percent from before the Industrial Age when levels were about 275 parts per million.
Cloud services are where the action is for enterprise IT companies right now, and Citrix, which bought the open source, cloud-computing platform Cloud.com for upwards of $ 200 million in 2011 (getting a killer domain name in the process), wants to be at the vanguard of that trend. It’s now preparing to launch a new service at the domain, which will simply be called “Cloud” (minus the dot-com). It has put up a placeholder at Cloud.com with a sign-up for “early access and pleasantly infrequent updates” for what it is describing as a “new Cloud on the horizon.”
Gadget Maker PCH International’s 2011 FY Results: Revenue Up 72% To $720M, Driven By Smartphone, Tablet Demand
Chinese manufacturing company PCH International has announced its 2011 full year results — reporting a big rise in revenue and record profits off the back of strong demand for smartphones, tablets and ereaders which the company designs and makes in partnership with PC makers and consumer electronics brands.
Before you ask: it looks like the real deal. Popcorn, Indiana has decided that it’s just too much trouble to reach into that bag or bowl and has devised the Popinator, quite possibly the world’s only smart popcorn launcher. A binaural microphone array on the machine’s front listens for a clear “pop” command — say the magic word and the Popinator will aim one of its many corn projectiles at your mouth, no hands required. We’re still working to glean all the details, such as whether or not the snack delivery vehicle will be a commercial project and how much money it would take to install one at home (and, we’ll admit it, the Engadget offices). In the meantime, you can hop past the break to catch one of the most appetizing and laid-back promo videos you’ve likely ever seen.
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HTC‘s financial results for Q2 2012 are out, and it’s undoubtedly been another dire quarter for the company with a slump to $ NT$ 7.4bn (US$ 248m) in net profit. That’s down in excess of 57-percent year-on-year, though better than HTC’s appalling Q1 2012 figures where the company saw net income of just NT$ 5.1bn ($ 173m). Total revenues for the
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) of the Land of the Rising Sun’s 24.2 million sales among individual smartphone labels, or nearly double Sharp’s 17.5 percent. Don’t think that Android-powered smartphones like the Aquos SH-12C didn’t make an impact, though: virtually every other smartphone in Japan, 69 percent, was running some flavor of Google’s mobile OS. Apple managed to shake up a sometimes insular overall keitai market as well, having come just short of Fujitsu for the top spot in all cellphones. Researchers are expecting the smartphone space in Japan to grow by a healthy 15 percent in 2012, although it’s still a wildcard as to whether or not KDDI’s iPhone support will keep Apple riding high for another year.
darthcamaro writes “A strange thing happened at the end of 2011. For the first time in years, global broadband adoption and speeds dropped. According to Akamai, broadband adoption declined by 4.6 percent and average speeds declined by 14 percent. In a somewhat strange twist, New Jersey now also dominates the top 5 list of fastest broadband cities in the U.S, though Boston is the fastest overall at 8.4 Mbps.”
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According to the company, it actually made $ 14.3 million less in revenue during the fourth quarter of 2011 than it previously reported — $ 492.2 million, compared to the previously stated $ 506.5 million. It also spent more in operating expenses than it previously said it did — resulting in its Q4 operating income and net income being $ 30 million and $ 22.6 million less, respectively, than the company initially said it was.
The past year or two has seen the rise of the hacktivist, most famously from groups like Anonymous and LulzSec. A new report from Verizon, the “2012 Data Breach Investigations Report”, bears that out in full, indicating that data attacks and thefts by hacktivists outpaced those by traditional cybercriminals in 2011. According to the report,
Travel search giant Kayak just posted new revenue numbers for the fourth quarter and full year 2011 in a new S-1 filing with the SEC. As we heard last September, Kayak put its IPO plans on hold until market conditions improve. Now that the markets are more stabilized, it should be interesting to see when Kayak makes the push to become a public company. For the year Kayak generated $ 224.5 million of revenues, up 32 percent from 2010.
Net income for the year was $ 9.7 million, up 21 percent from 2010′s net income of $ 8 million For the fourth quarter, Kayak saw a 27 percent increase in quarterly revenue, posting $ 53.9 million in Q4 2011 sales. In contrast, revenue grew 28 percent in the third quarter.
It’s not exactly a secret that gaming has found new life on the web, social and mobile platforms. Of course, with it, especially the rise in free-to-play gaming, developers need to find ways to monetize their apps, or their browser-based games. Beyond mobile or banner advertising, there is the option of in-app or in-game purchases — the old in-game freemium model. Give your game away for free, sell new levels, armor, weapons, life for a buck or two. Lots of games have incorporated virtual marketplaces to sell hawk virtual goods of all kinds.
It’s not often that a company announced it lost 17,000 customers in a quarter and that’s considered good news, but for Comcast that’s exactly the case when it comes to cable TV. Compared to the 135,000 customers lost in the same period a year ago (which was also lower than the year that preceded it), it’s a slowing of a trend over the last few years and if you believe cord cutting is taking a toll on Big Cable, could indicate that is tailing off as well. That’s not all of the good news however, as it also increased the number of customers picking up extra services like internet and phone. We didn’t get too many tidbits from the earnings call, but did hear a mention that it’s investing in new cloud-based software for its TV boxes — hopefully that means we’ll see that new Xfinity TV guide roll out widely sooner rather than later.
Acer was hoping for the gloom to lift after two bad quarters, but it can hardly call its latest financials stellar. It scraped a slender $ 2.4 million profit in the quarter, which wasn’t enough to prevent the company posting an overall annual loss of $ 212 million. It blamed one off charges and operational and strategic adjustments (though no mention of the impending war with Lenovo over Gianfranco Lanci) for the bad year. The terse release (after the break) claims the business is becoming “more healthy and stable,” which is a good way to paint a quarter-on-quarter drop of 98.4 percent turnover.
As we mentioned in our coverage of Zynga’s fourth quarter earnings, mobile has been one of the fast-growing parts of Zynga’s business. On the company’s earnings call, CEO and founder Marc Pincus revealed that mobile users have grown five-fold to 15 million daily active users in 2011. That’s up from 13 million in December.
That’s an addition of 2 million users in the past month, and an addition of over 5 million users over the course of the quarter. In the third quarter, Zynga had 9.9 million daily active users for its mobile games.
CEO Tim Cook described Apple’s conquest of the developing world today at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference. He explained “In 2007, and we didn’t launch the iPhone outside the U.S. until 2008, Apple’s revenue combined from greater China and several other parts of asia, India, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America was $ 1.4 billion. Revenue for that group of countries last year was $ 22 billion. We’re only on the surface.”
The area used to grow genetically modified crops keeps growing, fueled by rapid increases in developing nations.
Farmers around the world used 160 hectares to grow biotech crops in 2011–12 million more than in 2010–according to a new report by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), a government and industry funded group that promotes the use of biotechnology in agriculture.
Following its bittersweet Q3, the latest financial report from Sprint this quarter offers up another mixed bag of news. Net operating losses totalled $ 438 million, more than the $ 139 million posted in the same quarter last year. It made a $ 1.3 billion net loss, dwarfing the Q3′s $ 301 million losses. Operating revenue increases were, however, the largest in the last five years. Net subscribers now total 55 million, with 33 million postpaid, 14.8 million prepaid and around 7.2 million arriving from wholesale — it added an extra 1.6 million customers in the last quarter. Sprint hoped to see its iPhone draw customers into its network, putting it toe-to-toe with the bigger carriers, and it largely did, with 40 percent of 1.8 million iPhones sold landing directly in the hands of new customers. Last year also saw the tentative launch of Sprint’s LTE network, and that’s where the future appears to be for the carrier, with its forward-looking statement hinging on exactly how fast they’re able to grab the 4G bull by the horns and get it into their customers’ hands. Compatibility with Clearwire’s next generation network is mentioned here, as is the “financial performance of Clearwire and its ability to build, operate, and maintain its 4G network.”
Yammer grew like crazy last year. How crazy? Product VP Jim Patterson just tweeted out the Yammer 2011 Year in Review infographic below with the comment: “Pretty much everything tripled.”
Paid seats went from 300,000 to 800,000, total users went from 1.6 million to 4 million (2.5X growth), and employees went from 80 to 250. Also, all told, 200,000 companies are using Yammer, including 85 percent of the Fortune 500 (and TechCrunch).
Ever since the AT&T/T-Mobile saga came to a grinding halt, you’d think that Verizon would be enjoying its reign in peace. But it would seem that the company has posted a net loss of $ 2.02 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011.
At the same time a year earlier, Verizon was seeing a profit of $ 2.64 billion.
Shipments of the Nokia’s first Windows Phones may have hit 1.3 million last year, according to a concensus of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.
A shortage of rival flagships and ambitious promotional work could have seen Nokia sell 1.3m Lumia Windows Phones in 2011, according to analyst averages, though the MeeGo-powered N9 could still have outsold its Microsoft-running siblings. Bloomberg took sales estimates from 22 analysts surveyed around Nokia’s Windows Phone launch, with figures ranging from as many as 2m down [...]
VCs poured significantly more money into deals in 2011, according to a recently released MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, based on data from Thomson Reuters. Venture capitalists invested $ 28.4 billion in 3,673 deals in 2011, an increase of 22 percent in dollars and a 4 percent rise in deals over the prior year. The amount of venture dollars invested in 2011 represents the third highest annual investment total in the past ten years.
In terms of the fourth quarter, investments in the quarter totaled $ 6.6 billion in 844 deals, which is actually a 10 percent decrease in terms of dollar amount and an 11 percent decrease in deals from the third quarter of 2011 when $ 7.3 billion went into 953 deals.
The fourth quarter earnings for the 2011 season for Google have been reported this week, results showing up as a slightly less impressive jump than analysts suspected. Google’s fourth quarter earnings rose by 6.3%, but as this did end up being the slowest revenue increase of all four quarters of 2011, estimates jumped the gun [...]
Facebook is making significantly more money per ad now, charging 23% more per 1000 impressions than at the start of 2011. There are still cheap ad clicks to be had on Facebook — you just have to keep traffic bouncing around within the social network. Facebook appears to be incentivizing advertisers to grow their Facebook applications and Pages, with cost per click campaigns that point internally costing 29% less than those linking offsite. These figures from a new study by ad agency giant TBG Digital show strong monetization performance and potential for Facebook as it prepares for an IPO this summer.
Sales of personal computers slowed in the last three months of 2011, thanks to a sluggish economy, scarce hard drives and the proliferation of other form factors, according to a report released Wednesday by IDC.
Apple CEO Tim Cook’s total compensation package jumped six-fold last year after he was took the reins of the Cupertino, Calif. company, according to documents filed Monday with the SEC.
According to a report released by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), thirty-eight U.S. venture capital funds raised $ 5.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011. While this is a 162 percent increase by dollar commitments, the fourth quarter also saw a 41 percent decline in terms of number of funds compared to the third quarter of 2011, which saw 64 funds raise $ 2.1 billion during the period.
In fact, the report shows that this quarter marks the lowest number of funds raising money since the third quarter of 2009. U.S. venture capital fundraising for all of 2011 totaled $ 18.17 billion from 169 funds, a 32 percent increase by dollars compared to 2010 and with the same number of funds.
What we’re about to experience is a closer look at the top five posts purely by popularity here on SlashGear inside the year 2011. That’s twelve months of the mobile explosion, the Apple vs Google war, and the launch of some pretty fantastic products and strange stories. What you’ll notice right out of the gate [...]
What’s new in the revamped version of HP’s high-end Envy 15 laptop?
The past 365 days have been, without a doubt, the Year of the iPad 2, and as you’re about to see, this includes more than just great sales and undeniable attention from both consumers and developers the same. It all started in March as the Apple iPad 2 went on sale. Of course we pre-struck [...]
Apple has finished 2011 with its iOS commanding 52.1 percent share of mobile web browsing. The data comes from Net Applications, which keeps track of the unique visitor count to its network of websites. Although still in far ahead, iOS did drop from a 54.06 percent lead in January 2011. The dominance of iOS in [...]
In October, one physicist suggested that the relativistic motion of clocks on board GPS satellites exactly accounts for the superluminal neutrino effect seen at CERN
It’s that special time of year between the post-holiday sales and the pre-CES hype that presents an opportunity to consider some of the most innovative devices of the year. Switched On is proud to present the Saluting Wares Improving Technology’s Contribution to Humanity awards, also known as The Switchies. This year marks the sixth annual Switchies, which are decided based on a rigorous examination of the opinion of me, and do not reflect the opinion of Engadget or its editors. For that latter honor, nominees will need to win an Engadget Award. Let’s roll out the red carpet then.
Welcome to the last week of the year, and here at SlashGear an odd week since last week we did not have a wrap-up as such. What we’re doing this week is checking out our last reviews, our last featured posts, columns, top posts, and the like. Note furthermore that this review is one part [...]
In an industry that changes minute by minute, a year’s worth of news is a lot to digest. We combed our archives in an attempt to drown out the noise and came up with a short list of the stories that made 2011. Consider this an abridged look back at the year that was. Head past the break to check it out.
2011 has been a tremendous year for tech — Amazon launched a $ 200 Android tablet, AT&T and Verizon continued their LTE expansion, Apple killed off the Mac mini’s SuperDrive and Samsung introduced a well-received killer 5.3-inch smartphone. But tiny tech startups made their mark as well, proving that you don’t need an enormous R&D budget to spur innovation. Still, development isn’t free, and unless your social circle includes eager investors, seed money has been traditionally hard to come by.
For many of this year’s indie devs, crowdfunding sites have been the answer, with Kickstarter leading the pack. We’ve seen an enormous variety of projects — including a deluge of duds and plenty more semi-redundant iPhone accessories — but a few treasures soared above the swill to be featured in our Insert Coin series, with many of those meeting their funding goals and even making their way into the hands of consumers. Now, as 2011 draws to a close, we’ve gone through this past year’s projects to single out our top ten, and they’re waiting for your consideration just past the break.
From Weinergate to TigerBlood, 2011 saw its fair share of ‘Tweetable’ moments. Here’s a look back at the good, the bad – and the just plain ugly Twitter moments of 2011. By Katy Finneran
This week may not have been incredibly packed with news in the mobile world, but it was still easy to miss a few stories here and there. Here’s some of the other stuff that happened in the wide world of wireless for the week of December 26, 2011:
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…
Those words seem to encapsulate Apple’s 2011 perfectly. The year saw the company both became the most valuable company in the world and lose its founder, savior, visionary, and leader.
Earlier, Erick published his roundup of the bigger stories and themes in tech this year. Topping that list is the passing of Steve Jobs, a story so big that it far transcended typical tech news. But even without that sad news, 2011 was all about Apple. There was certainly enough news to constitute its own roundup. So here we go.
Eleven stories that enraged and enlightened
What follows are the Mims’s Bits stories from 2011 that received the most comments, attention, retweets, etc. Popularity is no measure of quality, but maybe it’s a window on the zeitgeist. And frankly, the best part about the pieces that follow are the discussions that followed in the comments.
In May, scientists revealed that infrared emissions above the epicenter increased dramatically in the days before the devastating earthquake in Japan