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Spot has introduced a satellite-powered global cell phone called – quite aptly – the Spot Global Phone. The handset offers connectivity almost anywhere in the world, making it ideal for trekkers, frequent travelers, sailors, or anyone else who ventures off into places unknown – or unserviced by your regular cell phone provider. As you might
Twitter acquired the mini-video-taking app Vine last October before it ever launched, sending everyone into a frenzy about the company getting into the video space. In late January, Twitter finally launched the app to much applause. Since then, it’s gone through temporarily being removed from the featured section due to an issue over adult content, to being used in interesting ways by brands and celebrities. Today, it all paid off, as it hit the top of the charts for free apps in the U.S., according to co-founder and Creative Director Rus Yusupov: https://twitter.com/rus/status/321406005076451328 https://twitter.com/bobby/status/321406757983358977 It’s a pretty impressive feat for any app that’s not a game to hit this spot, and it’s also impressive for Twitter to have another presence on the list, in addition to their own core app. Clearly the push from Twitter helped the cause. The top app on the free store gets quite a bit of downloads after it hits the spot, eventually coming back down to earth after a quick explosion. The charts are based on new downloads and trajectory of its current popularity, therefore Twitter’s own app sits at #35, which just means that a lot of people have already downloaded it. Its closest competition in the social sphere? Snapchat. And even then, there are a few games in between the two. The good news for Vine and Twitter is that the service is iOS-only at the moment, which means there is quite a bit more growth for the app to experience, much like Instagram did when it went over to the Android platform. Nearly half of all Instagram users are Android users. The multi-app approach is working for companies, and all you have to do is look at Facebook’s success with Messenger, Instagram and the quick-hit Poke.
Dead Space 3 has been doing well in the market place. The game launched at the beginning of last month, and was the top selling game throughout February. The game sold around 605,000 copies in February, knocking Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 down to second place. Other games Dead Space 3 beat include: Crysis
Educators have expressed concern about Americans falling behind in tech fields, but at least there is one area in which the United States is still firmly on top.
StatCounter: Nokia Cedes Global Mobile Internet Usage Top Spot To Apple — But Samsung’s Star Is Rising
Nokia’s slide down the mobile rankings continues: StatCounter figures for January 2013 show Apple dislodged the Finnish mobile maker for the first time as the most popular mobile vendor in terms of global internet usage. Meanwhile Samsung took second place. The figures come from StatCounter GlobalStats web traffic analytics research.
DARPA has released more details on the ARGUS-IS, a 1.8-gigapixel camera that will be attached to unmanned drones to spot targets as small as six inches at an altitude of 20,000 feet. The camera – which is one of the highest resolution systems in the world – can view ten square miles of terrain at a time and zoom in on targets with surprising clarity.
Now that Airbnb and Uber have dramatically changed the markets for providing rides and temporary space, it’s natural that we’re seeing variants of their models being applied in other spaces. Parking seems like a natural place, since there is plenty of unused inventory in urban cities. There have been a few attempts at the space in the U.S. through companies like Parking Panda. A Swiss startup called Parku is also attacking the concept. Because their local market is so expensive and supply-constrained, they believe they have a good chance at making this idea work. Co-founder Christian Oldendorff says there are as many as 250,000 privately registered cars that roll around Zurich every day. Even though there are 220,000 private parking spaces available, only 50,000 or so are freely available. On-street parking is almost fully occupied while the cost of renting a parking space per month can range from 250 to 1,000 Swiss francs every month ($ 273 to 1095). It’s a lot more than what you would find in a city like San Francisco, where parking spots in coveted neighborhoods range from $ 200 to $ 300 a month. Like with U.S.-based rivals, you can book spaces on the website or through a mobile app for certain days and hours. They’re hoping to scale up to 400-800 parking spaces soon within Zurich, and then expand more broadly within Europe. Because parking is so expensive locally in Switzerland, even as few as 350 parking spaces could produce a revenue run-rate of more than 1.3 million Swiss francs ($ 1.4 million) a year, the company says. In the U.S., Parking Panda has worked with garages in 73 U.S. cities to offer up to 10,000 parking spaces. Another earlier company, Hello Parking, shut down in 2011 after running into issues with scaling up inventory. That company ran into issues signing up huge garages, which had owners that were reluctant to dramatically increase local supply and drive down prices. Oldendorff says it’s too early to see if his company will run into the same dynamic in Europe.
A vast protostar, spewing a torrent of matter formed from huge dust clouds, could give astronomers the best insight to-date into how our solar system was created. The star-in-waiting, just 300,000 years old and found 450 light years away in the Taurus constellation, is early in its lifecycle: L1527 (aka Roberta J. L1527) has consumed roughly
Apple’s iPhone has retaken the top smartphone spot in the US, new stats suggest, with the iPhone 5 helping the iOS handset slip ahead of Android. Counting US sales over twelve weeks running to October 28, Kantar Worldpanel ComTech says the iPhone now holds 48.1-percent of the smartphone market in the country, versus Android’s 46.7-percent. Meanwhile,
Apple retained its stranglehold on mobile shopping over the two-day stretch of Thanksgiving and Black Friday in the U.S., IBM said.
The U.S. Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory's newly installed Titan system, a Cray XK7, has been anointed as the world's fastest supercomputer in the newly released 40th edition of the Top500 compilation of the world's fastest supercomputers.
The International Space Station just celebrated its 12th anniversary of having a crew continuously onboard, and to mark the occasion, NASA’s unveiled a new service to help folks catch the station in the night sky. Dubbed Spot the Station, the web app texts or emails the time that the ISS will pass over a user’s location to their phone. The calculations are done for more than 4,600 places across the globe by NASA’s Johnson Space Center, which determines when the ISS will be high enough in the sky to be seen above obstacles such as trees and buildings. Since the station is the second brightest object in the night sky after the moon, it’ll appear to the naked eye as if it were a star moving at a steady clip. To get pinged with sighting alerts by NASA, hit the second source link below.
Place an infected sample of blood in a powerful magnetic field and crystals produced by malaria parasites line up like toy soldiers, allowing them to be easily identified
Place an infected sample of blood in a powerful magnetic field and crystals produced by malaria parasites line up like toy soldiers, allowing them to be easily identified
Malaria is one of the world’s most insidious diseases. It infects some 200 million people every year and kills 1 million of them.
Archaeologists believe they have found the first physical evidence of the spot where Julius Caesar died, according to a new Spanish National Research Council report.
After years as the top PC maker in the world, Hewlett-Packard may be pushed aside by a quick-moving Lenovo.
The death care industry has gone digital.
First time accepted submitter startling writes “Members of the public are being asked by the US Patent Office to help weed out bogus patent applications. It wants the public to contribute to a website that will spot applications for patents on technologies that have already been invented. The website, called Ask Patents, will be run by US firm Stack Exchange that has a track record of operating Q&A websites.”
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SAP’s Sanjay Poonen said in a meeting of bloggers and analysts today that Windows 8 will rise to the number two spot in the tablet market in part due to Samsung’s patent lawsuit loss to Apple last month.
It’s not the sole reason that CIOs cite. But for many, it certainly is the nail in the coffin.
The roots of the shift date back to January of 2011 when Microsoft introduced the concept of Windows 8. It also helped that Microsoft committed to developing a common kernel across all of its platform and backward compatibility to Windows 7. The kernel and the backward compatibility means that CIOs can use existing apps on the new Windows 8 tablets. Further, there is the belief that Samsung and Nokia will both offer Windows 8 tablets and Dell has already committed. Microsoft has an established developer ecosystem. CIOs also find appealing the whole new Metro UI and Microsoft’s advancements in its touch screen technology.
NPD has released its sales statistics for the US video game market in August, and Darksiders II has taken the software crown. That’s in a month where every category tumbled year-over-year, with total software sales falling by a significant 20% to $ 515.6 million. The decline in software sales didn’t sting as much, with that number
A company says it can help financial institutions spot fraud by analyzing terabytes of internal e-mails.
The average financial institution exchanges anywhere from a million to three million e-mails a year. Buried within all the missives about meetings and lunches might be a few damning indicators of a brewing fraud.
Technical improvements in LED light arrays mean lamps can crank out more light per watt, making them more competitive with incumbent technologies for commercial customers.
When it comes to LED lighting, there’s a very valid question: how many consumers are willing to fork out $ 50 for a light bulb, no matter how efficient and long-lasting it is? But commercial customers might have a different opinion.
Paul Maritz Out As VMware CEO And Mentioned As Candidate For Top Spot At EMC Or Cloud Foundry Spin Off
Paul Maritz is out as the CEO of VMware and will be replaced by EMC COO Pat Gelsinger.
Maritz spent four years at VMware. It’s uncertain what he will do but rumors have swirled all day about about his departure.
The two most-cited browser tracking firms reported significantly different results for June on Sunday; one claimed Microsoft IE easily maintained its No. 1 spot as the other said Google Chrome extended its lead over IE.
Google Chrome, released yesterday for the iPhone and iPad, has already snatched the top spot in Apple’s App Store.
Advocates say a built-in “Do Not Track” setting could mean more privacy for Web surfers. Opponents say it would be a disaster for online revenues. Which should you believe?
The advertising industry is brawling with some of the biggest names in technology: Microsoft, Mozilla, and the World Wide Web Consortium, the standards body for the Web.
As a sign of what might soon be heading to the exciting world of 3D printers, an ingenious NYU student has created a contraption that makes a burrito perfectly to the specifications of the user. By punching in the condiments and amount of toppings you want via an iPhone, the machine will dispense the exact
Disco balls inspired a mathematics professor’s design.
A professor of mathematics at Drexel University has designed a side-view mirror that could eliminate the “blind spot.” The only problem? Regulations would prevent it from being directly integrated in the production of cars sold in the United States.
Chipworks, iFixit tear down the Galaxy S III for all to see, spot iPhone 4S’ camera sensor hanging around
You’ve picked up the Galaxy S III. You’ve grabbed the source code. But you probably like the quad-core monster too much to tear it down, which is why Chipworks and iFixit have taken to disassembling the phone for themselves to look fro any surprises. We certainly knew to expect the Exynos 4 Quad and 2,100mAh battery, but we now know how Samsung is claiming a boost to speed and image quality for the 8-megapixel camera: it’s using the same Sony-made, backside-illuminated CMOS sensor that we’ve seen since the Xperia Arc and made its biggest splash in the iPhone 4S. Just don’t anticipate replacing many components yourself. That 4.8-inch screen is not only permanently attached to the glass, but to the phone frame, leaving any face-first accidents a dicey fix. We’re expecting a few more discoveries once iFixit gives the Galaxy S III a second scan, but the source will give you everything there is to know right now.
Google’s Chrome is about to grab the top browser spot for a full month for the first time from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, data from a Web analytics company showed.
Well, Apple’s reign atop the list of the world’s top PC makers was short lived. After clawing its way into the lead, if you counted the iPad as a PC, HP is back atop the heap — even with Cupertino’s tablet-inflated numbers. According to Canalys, the Palo Alto company shipped 15.8 million units in the first quarter of 2012, barely sneaking passed Apple by 40,000 computers. Of course, remove Apple’s 11.8 million iPads, and it’s not even a competition. Lenovo, Acer and Dell rounded out the top five, with the total market shooting up 21 percent over the same time last year. However, there is plenty of reason to believe we won’t see client PC fly out the door at such an incredible rate. Amazingly, according to Canalys, tablets accounted for 40 percent of all PC shipments in the US. For more details check out the PR after the break.
New research shows that baboons are able to pick up the first step in reading — identifying recurring patterns and determining which four-letter combinations are words and which are just gobbledygook.
The US Navy is planning to deploy robot helicopters to help scan the seas for pirates. The Office of Naval Research recently detailed the new system it calls Multi-Mode Sensor Seeker (MMSS), which involves high-definition cameras and sensors along with 3D imaging laser-radar, or LADAR, technology. The new system will be deployed on Fire Scout
The sun is continuing its active streak this week, firing off another solar flare late Thursday, March 8, from the same region that produced this week’s strong solar storm.
iCloud just works. That’s the message of Apple’s latest commercial titled iCloud Harmony. The service took off like a rocket when it first launched late last year. Partly fueled by the massive success of the iPhone 4S, Apple claims to have more than 85 million users on the service. But as awesome as iCloud is now, it’s set to get even better and this commercial is likely just the first of a larger advertisement campaign.
Apple was the top seller of smartphones worldwide and in the U.S. last quarter, analysts said today.
In a teaser to its new Super Bowl spot, Hulu offers up Will Arnett, a man who seems to echo notions of alien-invaded TV similar to those of Alec Baldwin three years ago. But will Baldwin appear? Or has Arnett done away with him?
When the noble SPOT watch was discontinued back in 2008, Microsoft promised the FM service that kept them informed would soldier on. A year later that service too had its days numbered, and now, today, the counter clicks over to zero. MSN Direct, which also pushed content to navigation devices and digital baristas, is dead for good, meaning those devices will never again receive wireless updates. They will, however, still be eligible for customer support — but only through the end of the month. Better set yourself a reminder on something a bit more modern.
Google’s Chrome edged Mozilla’s Firefox last month to take the number two spot in the browser popularity wars, an Irish metrics company said.
So the Kindle Fire shipped Monday, and the early reviews are out in full force. The reactions, as per usual, are varied. But, for what it’s worth, The Fire is already the best-selling item on Amazon, and many are now saying that the eCommerce giant could sell 5 million of its new devices by the end of the year. No, it’s not an iPad killer, but people are excited by the Kindle’s touch and Android-based evolution, and at $ 200 there’s no doubt Amazon is going to sell more than a few.
But what’s more interesting (at least to me) than the potential growth of Amazon’s market cap should the Kindle sell like hot cakes, or Apple looking over its shoulder, is how Kindle sales could be a huge victory for one of the little guys.
Psychopaths are known to be wily and manipulative, but even so, they unconsciously betray themselves, according to scientists who have looked for patterns in convicted murderers’ speech as they described their crimes.
Cancer cells that have broken away from the main tumour can spread the disease. Now scientists are developing better ways to find them
One way that cancer spreads through the body is through circulating tumour cells. These are cancer cells that have broken away from the main tumour and begun to circulate in the blood. A new tumour can form if they become embedded elsewhere in the body and begin to grow.
The best of the rest from the Physics arXiv this week
Nuclear reactors emit telltale antineutrinos that could be used to verify when they are burning weapons grade plutonium.
One of the problems in dismantling nuclear weapons is what to do with the leftover weapons grade plutonium.
Proving it’s not all about edu-mah-cation, a group of casual star-gazers has stumbled upon what might well be a pair of new planets. Following on from gamers’ success with complicated medical puzzles, an army of 40,000 online volunteer astronomy nerds signed up to the Planet Hunters project to help mine through NASA data. One of the possible planets they discovered is roughly two and a half times the size of Earth, while the other a whopping eight times bigger than this revolving ball of blue and green we call home. The project uses data from NASA’s Keppler telescope, which registers fluctuations in brightness as objects pass in front of distant stars — a setup that’s helped scientists discover 1,235 potential alien planets in its first four months. Obviously, though, the technology isn’t perfect, which is where the project’s muggle volunteers (assisted by Oxford and University of Chicago researchers) come in. They’ve been combing through NASA’s readings and are now sifting through the next 90 days of Keppler observations.
[Image credit: NASA]