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This week’s Adobe Max 2013 conference has played host to the announcement of a new system known as Creative Cloud, taking what did exist with Adobe’s Creative Suite and making it a system prepared for the future online. This transition brings in a monthly subscription cost of $ 50 USD in exchange for Sync services, 20GB
Severe weather shifts are forcing companies to rethink their energy strategies; they’re using both technology and geography to become more energy independent.
With BrightSource’s Ivanpah solar plant about to come online, the company looks to its next projects for the economics to improve.
BrightSource Energy is planning to complete construction of one of world’s largest solar thermal power plants this year, and is now betting on an even more massive project that it hopes will come online by 2016. The Oakland, California, company’s first utility-scale plant, its 370-megawatt Ivanpah facility in the Mojave Desert, uses thousands of software-controlled mirrors to direct sunlight at three central towers that produce steam and power a turbine (see “In Pictures: The World’s Largest Solar Thermal Power Plant”). PG&E and Southern California Edison have entered long-term contracts to buy power from the three units of the project, a sprawling 3,500-acre installation that cost $ 2.2 billion and is slated to start firing up this summer.
Transformer Pad TF300 buyers may have had to compromise on screen resolution, but the little slab’s software support is second to none — ASUS just announced that its entry level Transformer Pad will be its first to taste Android 4.2.2. Customers in the United States can grab the Jelly Bean update over the air starting today, while international users will see regional rollouts throughout the month. Own one of the company’s higher end slates? Sit tight, ASUS says Android 4.2 should roll out to the Transformer Pad Infinity and other devices in Q2 2013. A wait for the virtuous, to be sure.
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Startup says its GaN-on-GaN LED offers more performance headroom than conventional LEDs.
Startup Soraa says its LEDs have set a new performance record, which will result in cheaper and brighter LED light bulbs.
An anonymous reader writes “Ars reports on new legislation in the Missouri House of Representatives which is seeking equal time in the classroom for Intelligent Design, and to redefine science itself. You can read the text of the bill online. It uses over 600 words to describe Intelligent Design. Scientific theory, the bill says, is ‘an inferred explanation of incompletely understood phenomena about the physical universe based on limited knowledge, whose components are data, logic, and faith-based philosophy.’ It would require that ‘If scientific theory concerning biological origin is taught in a course of study, biological evolution and biological intelligent design shall be taught.’ The legislation’s references to ‘scientific theory’ and ‘scientific law’ make it clear the writers don’t have the slightest idea how science actually works. It also has this odd line near the end: ‘If biological intelligent design is taught, any proposed identity of the intelligence responsible for earth’s biology shall be verifiable by present-day observation or experimentation and teachers shall not question, survey, or otherwise influence student belief in a nonverifiable identity within a science course.’”
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Dave Morin, CEO of Path: ‘If Facebook Is A Chevy, Then We’re A BMW’; ‘Family Friendly’ Network Pushes 6M Users, Launches Virtual Goods
Dave Morin, CEO and founder of Path, today likened Facebook to a Chevy, and Path to a BMW or Audi, as he attempted to draw out the differences between his privacy-focused social network and the one that is now publicly-traded and recently passed 1 billion users (and is his former stomping ground). Speaking at the DLD conference currently underway in Munich, Morin admitted that while people have floated the idea that Facebook might want to someday buy Path to complement the more open, sharing-by-default mantra that Facebook espouses, this is not on Path’s cards for now:
Asustek has cut prices for Android tablets, announcing the $ 149 Memo Pad tablet, which has a 7-inch screen and Android 4.1, in challenge to Google, Amazon.
Qualcomm saw a double-digit increase in sales this year and is now the world’s third-largest chip maker, according to research firm IHS iSuppli.
Restaurants are kind of notorious for having painful web experiences — either with websites that are horribly basic and out of date, or needlessly souped up with music and Flash animation. So it was good news today when web publishing stalwart WordPress.com rolled out a new set of templates specifically aimed at helping restaurants build clean, useful websites that can be easily accessed from both desktop and mobile devices.
Sand flies — tiny, winged gnats often called no-see-ums — bit troops in Iraq as many as 1,000 times in a single night. These pests are rife in the Middle East, Africa and Afghanistan. And they may carry dangerous diseases.
Joyent has appointed Henry Wasik as its new CEO and released Joyent7 to help companies develop the emerging, scaled-out global enterprise.
Wasik replaces Jason Hoffman, who has served as the interim CEO since David Young left the company earlier this year. Wasik most recently served as the president and CEO of Force10 Networks.
Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg was in Moscow on Monday, where officials were pressing him to expand the company’s operations in Russia.
The company unveiled several new tablets and e-readers—including a device similar to the iPad.
Amazon fired back at rivals Google and Apple Thursday by unveiling several new versions of its Kindle tablets, including a powerful larger-screen color model roughly the same price as the iPad and new versions of the Kindle e-reader, one of which comes with a backlit touch screen.
It's urgent for the U.S. Senate to pass a cybersecurity bill now stalled because of opposition from several lawmakers, officials from the U.S. White House said Wednesday.
Kodak’s recent announcements may have circled around patent brawls (and victories), but if you’ve indentured yourself to the company’s range of all-in-one printers and digital photo frames, you might want to pick up its new Windows Phone app. Pic Flick will share your images with compatible hardware through WiFi — provided you’re connected to the same network on your phone. It’s largely identical to the existing iOS version, albeit cocooned in Microsoft’s metro style, and includes a handful of simple editing tools and filters. However, you will need to check that your Windows Phone is running version 7.5 or later. If you pass that requirement, hit up the source for the download.
pigrabbitbear writes “Lamar Smith just can’t get a break. The Texas congressman and widely despised author of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) ruffled the Internet’s feathers once again this week with the quiet unveiling of a new piece of legislation that’s drawing criticism for being plucked out of SOPA’s language and rushed through Congress. The Intellectual Property Attaché Act (IPAA) would streamline the process by which the U.S. protects its intellectual property by enforcing U.S. copyright law abroad through specially assigned diplomats or attachés. These officers would report to a new agency-level position, the Assistant Secretary for Intellectual Property and push agendas that, according to the bill’s language, are ‘consistent with the economic interests of the United States, both domestically and abroad.’”
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mk1004 writes “Computerworld says that the industry lobbying group TechNet is calling on Congress to eliminate the per-country cap on H-1B workers. Last year a bill was passed in the house, 389-to-15, to remove the cap. Grassley put a hold on the bill in the Senate, indicating that he would be willing to lift the cap if companies faced an annual audit. The US currently allows 140K H-1B workers, but allows only 7% of those to come from any one country.”
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When asked at the All Things D conference by Kara Swisher why Apple does not have its own factories in China, Tim Cook spoke highly of the plants already in place. “We decided a decade ago that there were things Apple could do best and that there were other things that somebody else can do
After taking a few years to get off of the ground, MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) technology is now found in many modern phones as well as HDTVs from LG, Toshiba and Samsung. Now, Silicon Image has announced its second generation of chips to go in those devices with enhanced features. MHL if you’ll recall, lets mobile devices connect to HDTVs via HDMI, while passing power and control signals along with the video. According to Silicon Image its new chips, the SiI8240 MHL transmitter (for phones, tablets, cameras and laptops) and SiI9617 MHL Bridge (for HDTVs, monitors and projectors) and dual-mode IP core (like the one in Samsung’s Galaxy S II) upgrade the previous generation’s capabilities with the ability to pass 1080p video at 60Hz (up from 30Hz) and charge up to twice as fast. There’s a few more details in the press releases after the break, if you’re wondering whether or not your phone / HDTV is down with MHL then check the specs or hit the Wikipedia link below.
Apple on Tuesday announced record first-quarter revenue on the back of soaring iPhone sales, with an assist from the iPad.
If you’ve been facing signal issues with your HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus since that recent Android 4.0.4 update, you’ll be happy to know that Google’s apparently readied a minor update that might help. A small amount of owners have noticed a new build of Android 4.0.4, listed as build IMM76I, showing up on their devices. As The Verge notes, Google hasn’t publicly come out with what’s been changed from the previous IMM76D build, but many folks over on the forums at XDA-Developers and Android Central have noticed that their handsets’ cellular connectivity has improved. Furthermore, Android Central says that devices set to auto brightness aren’t experiencing lag on the lock screen as some have had issue with. Mum’s the word on when the update will hit every HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus, but move your cursor over to links below for all the information that’s currently available.
angry tapir writes “Slashdot recently discussed some of the problems with the One Laptop Per Child program in Peru, where, in general, teachers did not make creative use of the technology by just regarding the laptops as an end in themselves. In Australia, the local OLPC organization is attempting to address similar issues by creating an educational framework around the laptops that involves training students how to teach others about the technology and even conduct hardware repairs on the XOs. Some of the early results at XO-equipped schools, which in Australia are generally in remote and disadvantaged schools, have been impressive.”
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A new report from Federal regulators calls for increased online privacy and oversight through a set of best practices for websites and a “Do Not Track” tool for the Internet that can be used to prevent marketers from tracking Web browsing habits.
RIM has turned to courting HTML5-curious developers as a stopgap solution to slumping BlackBerry sales in Canada and elsewhere, arguing the case for universal webapps to counter coder apathy. BlackBerry marketshare in Canada – not RIM’s biggest single market, but meaningful as it is the firm’s home turf – has dipped below iPhone levels this
Well, after a bit of a false start, Samsung finally seems to have done it. According to a new blog post on the official Samsung Tomorrow blog, the Korean consumer electronics giant has finally begun to push their Ice Cream Sandwich update out to the Galaxy S IIs of the world.
And with that, Galaxy S II owners began once again to feel the love. Or at least, most of them did. The update in question is meant for international spec Galaxy S II (the GT-I9100), so State-side owners of a AT&T/T-Mobile Galaxy S II or a Sprint Epic 4G Touch won’t be joining in the official fun just yet.
The recently renamed Small Cell Forum gathered several vendors at Mobile World Congress on Tuesday to spotlight advances they are announcing this week in smaller mobile-network gear.
U.S. Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) has proposed a bill that would require all phone companies to notify consumers of any user tracking and monitoring software in their cell phones.
New thomas.kane writes “Newt Gingrich announced yesterday, while visiting Florida’s Space Coast, a visionary plan for the future of space travel. He suggested a combination of the current private incentives and a government funded section, developing a moon base, commercial near earth orbit, and continuous propulsion systems to better reach Mars.” “Visionary” seems an awfully positive spin on it; Gingrich is not the first President or presidential candidate to propose revisiting the moon — and the moon seems like small potatoes, by some measures.
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AT&T dropped its $ 39 billion bid to buy T-Mobile USA in December, but the company demonstrated that it is still running on all cylinders with announcements at CES of new smartphones, a tablet and new tools for mobile app developers.
Gigabit-speed wireless LAN products based on the emerging IEEE 802.11ac standard will start shipping next year and usher Wi-Fi into its next era of high speed and long range, communications chip maker Broadcom said Thursday.
People using a nearly two-year-old version of the browser now are being nudged to upgrade to Firefox 8. That should millions of people to Mozilla’s fast-release plan.
Facebook and several of its high-tech partners are rethinking how companies can handle big data with low-cost computing centers.
We suppose it’s good news / bad news for Blockbuster. The good news is that after going through bankruptcy and being sold, Warner Bros. has decided it’s healthy enough to take on the competition on even ground. The bad news, is that Warner has decided to give Blockbuster the same month long delay the studio loves so much before new movies can be rented out as its competitors, Redbox and Netflix. While Blockbuster has had delays at its kiosks already, being first to get new flicks in stores has been a part of its marketing for a while. The LA Times reports Blockbuster so far is turning to simply buying the copies it needs at retail to rent them out immediately, but we’ll see how long that lasts. If you enjoy your discs via kiosk or mail don’t think you’re out of the woods either, as the paper mentions Warner wants to delay new flicks to those outlets even longer when their deals are renegotiated.