Due to an apparent collaborative request from NVIDIA’s retail partners aiming to carry their new SHIELD device, it would appear that the device’s pre-order date has been bumped. But where situations such as these generally have delays in mind, this change in the minds of the market rulers is in favor of an earlier time
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LG’s Optimus G Pro phablet has launched on AT&T today, with the sizable smartphone on sale for the first time in the US. Priced at $ 199.99 with a new, two-year agreement, the Optimus G Pro has a 5.5-inch Full HD display and a 13-megapixel camera, with a quadcore 1.7GHz processor lurking inside. That processor is
The moon will block part of the sun today to create a potentially amazing “ring of fire” and you can watch the celestial sight live online.
Today is iTunes’ 10th birthday. The music service has come a long way in its decade of existence.
darthcamaro writes “Every networking vendor today is talking about Software Defined Networking (SDN). The basic idea is that the control of the underlying networking hardware is abstracted by software. Martin Casado helped to come up with the whole topic with his 2005 Stanford thesis (PDF). Eight years later after selling his startup Nicira to VMware for $ 1.2 Billion, Casado sees the term SDN meaning everything and nothing to all people. From the article: ‘”I actually don’t know what SDN means anymore, to be honest,” Casado said.Casado noted that the term SDN was coined in 2009 and at the time it did mean something fairly specific. “Now it is just being used as a general term for networking, like all networking is SDN,” Casado said. “SDN is now just an umbrella term for, cool stuff in networking.”‘”
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When it comes to major news, we didn’t expect to hear much from Google in the run-up to I/O, but clearly, the company just couldn’t wait that long. Google Now, a service that Android users have enjoyed for a year, just became available on iOS devices in the form of an update to the Google Search app, confirming those leaked videos we saw a few weeks ago. It won’t have integration with notifications or alerts at launch — it may come in a future update, but the company wasn’t willing to divulge its future plans — so you’ll need to enter the app and swipe up to refresh your list of cards. The iOS version won’t have every type of card that you’ll find on Android, either: boarding passes, activity summary, events, concerts, Fandango and Zillow aren’t included this go-round. Improvements and additional features will likely trickle in over time, but it’s certainly better than nothing for iOS fans who’ve looked at Jelly Bean users with a slightly jealous eye. We’ve included Google’s blog post in its entirety below, and you can jump to More Coverage to download the app.
Samsung’s latest and greatest smartphone, the Galaxy S 4, is making a big move into the US today with an online arrival at Sprint and in-store availability at AT&T. If you’re a Now Network subscriber and happened to miss out on the carrier’s pre-order action, you might want to make some quick moves onto Sprint’s website in order to secure your new handset, which goes up for sale at midnight Central Time. In a not-so-cool move, however, only those porting their number to Sprint are eligible for the carrier’s $ 100 price break, which means all of you who’ve stuck through the dark days of EV-DO will need to pony up $ 249.99 for the Galaxy S 4. Meanwhile, if you’re aching to lay your hands on Samsung’s 1080p handset, you can finally get some gratification, as AT&T is now offering the smartphone for in-store purchase and play. Here, you’ll pay $ 199.99 for the handset, and while it’s potentially more expensive, at least AT&T’s pricing scheme doesn’t involve fine print shenanigans.
EA, the game maker in the midst of a big transition from the console era of gaming to the free-to-play world, confirmed widespread reports of layoffs today. The company did not disclose the size of the layoffs, but several other outlets are reporting either hundreds of layoffs or figures that are as high as 10 percent. The downsizing, which comes on the heels of other layoffs in Montreal and Los Angeles earlier this year, is happening as EA is expected to have a weak earnings report on May 7. EA CEO John Riccitiello recently stepped down over “shortcomings” in the company’s financial performance for the most recent quarter after a six-year stint at the helm of the company. We have an internal memo from executive chairman Larry Probst, which sheds light on some of the changes. Core marketing functions, which were spread out between EA’s five different labels, are getting consolidated under COO Peter Moore. Origin, EA’s online distribution platform, is moving under EA’s President of Labels, Frank Gibeau, who is considered one of the few plausible internal candidates for taking EA’s helm once the CEO search is over. Here’s Probst: As we begin the new fiscal year, I want to provide you with a brief update on some important changes to our organization. As Executive Chairman, my focus is to ensure EA is delivering high quality games and services to our consumers, while helping the executive team develop a FY14 operating plan that drives growth, rationalizes headcount and controls costs. In recent weeks, the executive team has been tasked with evaluating every area of our business to establish a clear set of priorities, and a more efficient organizational structure. This process has led to some difficult decisions about the number of people and locations needed to achieve our goals. The workforce reductions which we communicated in the last two weeks represent the majority of our planned personnel actions. We are extremely grateful for the contributions made by each of these individuals – they will be missed by their colleagues and friends at EA. We are also taking action to streamline our organization, including changes in two key areas: · Core marketing functions have been consolidated under our COO, Peter Moore. The combined group will bring together our Label marketing teams, Global Acquisition Marketing and Marketing Analytics into one multi-talented team under Todd Sitrin’s leadership. The development and marketing teams will
April showers might bring May flowers, but the only precipitation we really care for around here is that of flagship handsets into stores. In that case, it’s time to break out the raincoats: the HTC One is officially on sale at AT&T and Sprint as of today. Both carriers and their resellers are offering the aluminum wunderkind in its silver guise at $ 200 on contract for a 32GB model, with AT&T still holding the US exclusive on a $ 300 64GB version. Those jonesing for different hues or radios will have to wait a little while longer, however. The T-Mobile edition won’t officially land until the 24th, and a black 32GB model is still “weeks” away from landing at AT&T and Sprint. Provided you’re not the exception to the rule, though, you’re cleared to buy what’s arguably the first US-bound flagship of the year.
Remember when the internet was hailed as the “information superhighway” and then we all realized it was just some pot hole-filled, five-lane freeway overrun with humanity’s virtual flotsam and jetsam? Well, now there’s a venerable virtual institution to gather the best cultural bits that float to the top, make’em freely accessible and archive it all for the perpetuity of the digital age. Beginning today, the Digital Public Library of America, a non-profit organization two years in the making, is going live to the public in a beta launch. Featuring historical works culled from six state libraries and various cultural outposts (including the likes of the New York Public Library, the Smithsonian, the National Archives and Records Administration, as well as Harvard University), the site will primarily offer users the ability to search its vast archives (about 2.4 million resources at present) and browse virtual exhibitions, but will also host any dedicated third-party apps built using its open data set. So, there you have it, folks — a highbrow antidote to the rampant disinformation made possible by Google search.
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Facebook isn’t the only social media giant launching something new today. Following its acquisition of music service We Are Hunted, Twitter could be quietly rolling out a music app of its own.
Today is the day that Android gets Facebook Home – but at this very moment, the big changes exist outside the final Facebook Home app, inside Facebook Messenger and the basic Facebook app instead! What you’ll be seeing inside Facebook Messenger is a push to what’s effectively Chat Heads. Chat Heads is a bit more
It’s time to grab hold of the next massive smartphone/tablet hybrid experience from Samsung, this time in the form of the phonecall-capable Galaxy Note 8.0 releasing in the UK today. This device will be available around the world soon and very soon, but for now we’re working with the basic wi-fi edition in the greater
First time accepted submitter Dawn Kawamoto writes “Employers stampeding into the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service to get their H-1B petitions filed before the cap is reached are getting the door slammed in their face today. The cap was hit in near record time of 5 days, compared to the 10 weeks it took last year to have more than enough petitions to fulfill the combined cap of 85,000 statutory and advanced degree H-1B petitions. While U.S. tech workers scream that they’re losing out on jobs as H-1B workers are hired, employers are countering that the talent pool is lacking and they need to increase the cap. Of course, Congress is wrangling in on this one as to whether it’s time to raise the bar.”
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On April 3, 1973, from a Manhattan street corner — 6th Ave. between 53rd and 54th — Motorola’s Martin Cooper placed the world’s first mobile phone call. To his rival, no less.
Mobile phones may not be anything too special these days, but 40 years ago today, the world’s first cellphone was just being born, and it was all the rage. On April 3, 1973, the first call from a cellphone was made by the inventor himself, Marty Cooper, where he called out to his rival: the
Hugh Pickens writes writes “The Mercury News reports that Nolan Bushnell, who ran video game pioneer Atari in the early 1970s, says he always saw something special in Steve Jobs, and that Atari’s refusal to be corralled by the status quo was one of the reasons Jobs went to work there in 1974 as an unkempt, contemptuous 19-year-old. ‘The truth is that very few companies would hire Steve, even today,’ says Bushnell. ‘Why? Because he was an outlier. To most potential employers, he’d just seem like a jerk in bad clothing.’ While at Atari, Bushnell broke the corporate mold, creating a template that is now common through much of Silicon Valley. He allowed employees to turn Atari’s lobby into a cross between a video game arcade and the Amazon jungle. He started holding keg parties and hiring live bands to play for his employees after work. He encouraged workers to nap during their shifts, reasoning that a short rest would stimulate more creativity when they were awake. He also promised a summer sabbatical every seven years. Bushnell’s newly released book, Finding The Next Steve Jobs: How to Find, Hire, Keep and Nurture Creative Talent, serves as a primer on how to ensure a company doesn’t turn into a mind-numbing bureaucracy that smothers existing employees and scares off rule-bending innovators such as Jobs. The basics: Make work fun; weed out the naysayers; celebrate failure, and then learn from it; allow employees to take short naps during the day; and don’t shy away from hiring talented people just because they look sloppy or lack college credentials. Bushnell is convinced that there are all sorts of creative and unconventional people out there working at companies today. The problem is that corporate managers don’t recognize them. Or when they do, they push them to conform rather than create. ‘Some of the best projects to ever come out of Atari or Chuck E. Cheese’s were from high school dropouts, college dropouts,’ says Bushnell, ‘One guy had been in jail.’”
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After blasting off on a Russian rocket ride Thursday, March 28, three men are poised to make history by reaching the International Space Station faster than any astronauts to fly there before.
itwbennett writes “If you want to protect your brand before ICANN roles out the new gTLDs (generic top-level domains), here’s your chance. The clearinghouse will allow trademark owners to register their marks for an annual fee of between $ 95 and $ 150. The clearinghouse ‘doesn’t necessarily prevent trademark infringement or cybersquatting, but it does help trademark owners and brand owners somewhat in mitigating the damage that might occur,’ said Keith Kupferschmid, general counsel and vice president of IP policy and enforcement for the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA). ‘We’ve been telling brand owners it’s not that expensive to protect themselves and they ought to do it.’” All of the new TLD registrars will be required to check the trademark clearinghouse before issuing domains, preemptively squashing trademark disputes.
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Facebook is slowly beefing up the capabilities of its Messenger app as it moves to combat the rise of free VoIP apps like Whatsapp, Viber and Line. Today it’s taking another baby step by expanding VoIP calling to U.K. users of its iOS app, following its initial test of the feature in Canada in January, which was soon followed by a U.S. rollout.
If you’re ready to drop some money on one of the latest and greatest smartphones, you have some great choices — almost too many, in fact.
Folks, this isn’t your ordinary, average Friday. Why, you ask? Well, we’ve got a birthday to celebrate, and it’s quite a milestone at that. Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Pentium processor, which was introduced on March 22, 1993. If you’re old enough to recall, the chip ran circles around its 486DX2 predecessor, and thanks to a heavy dose of marketing from Intel, the brand quickly became synonymous with the PC. For you trivia types, the original Pentium P5 was available in 60MHz and 66MHz variants, and was manufactured with an 800-nanometer fabrication process, which is quite the contrast to the 22nm chips on the market today. Rather than burden your mind with specs, though, we’d rather celebrate — and we’re sure that you would, too. So join us past the break, where you’ll find some of the more whimsical moments in the Pentium’s storied history.
It’s taken its sweet time to leap over that Rising Sun, but Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet has finally arrived in Japan. Priced at 57,800 yen ($ 600), it’s launching today in collaboration with Ghost In the Shell series, Arise, where the Surface RT will apparently be making some cameo appearances, with a view to referencing its touch interface. If you’re interested in seeing how Microsoft’s lightweight tablet might look in the robotic future, we’ve added a concept sketch after the break.
Source: Internet Watch (Japanese)
Samsung is taking to the Big Apple to reveal its next big challenge to Apple: a successor to its top-selling Galaxy S III smartphone — and you can watch the event live right here.
A few months after Amped let us peek at its Spring/Summer 2013 lineup, those products are now making their way to retail. The first of the bunch is the PLA2, a pair of power-line Ethernet adapters that are designed, as always, to push your internet where other hardware fears to tread. In addition, the units come with a pass-through socket, so you don’t need to choose between sacrificing a plug and working internet. It’s launching today for $ 99, and the PR is attached on the other side of the
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Source: Amped Wireless
We told you about it late yesterday, but now it’s about time for the livestream of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule reaching the International Space Station. If all’s going as planned, the craft would’ve begun some preliminary maneuvers toward the ISS roughly an hour ago. According to the company, astronauts aboard the ISS will attempt to grapple it with a robotic arm at 6:31AM ET. If that’s successful, the actual berthing of the capsule is set to begin at 8AM. Don’t take our word for it, catch the NASA TV live feed (coverage starts at 3:30AM) at embedded after the break!
Here’s to wishing that all continues to go well overall on this resupply effort!
A millionaire space tourist plans to make a major announcement today about launching a trip to Mars in 2018.
If you like the very best, you’ll be happy to here that the biggest capacity, most expensive iPad yet has now landed at the Apple Store online. US customers can pick from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon to power their 128GB LTE model ($ 929), although AT&T has a reduced waiting time of 1-3 days, compared to 3-5 business days for the other two carriers. Expect the WiFi iteration ($ 799) to arrive within three days — that is, if you place your order at the source today.
Source: Apple Store
In case you missed the news, some U-Verse customers in a number of different areas around the country have been experiencing service outages since the beginning of the week. When we first told you about the problems, AT&T was being vague on what was causing them and when service would return. Today is a different
This week the folks at Verizon are pushing forth a software update to their own unique hardware for the Samsung Galaxy Note II. This update is goes by the name LL4, if you’re following along with that code-name, and doesn’t include a whole heck of a lot of information outside the basics for what else
If you’re looking for a great story to end your week, here’s one. Below is a mission statement that’s brief, to the point and something that is easy to get behind:
StudentRND inspires students to work on tech projects in their spare time.
Yes, we’ve made it to the other side, only slightly worse for wear. It’s been a slow week, admittedly, but we’ve got lots to catch up on, after the firestorm that was CES 2013. Join Tim and Brian in their plush Manhattan digs for the non-stop whirlwind that is the Engadget Podcast.
Google has launched its 2013 Doodle 4 Google contest, which invites students K through 12 in the United States to enter for a chance at a $ 30,000 scholarship. This year’s theme? “My Best Day Ever…” The winning student will have his or her drawing displayed on the Google homepage in addition to the scholarship and
With Microsoft pulling out of the Consumer Electronics Show and Apple no where to be seen, the show has become a huge opportunity for other companies to have their major on-stage moment. With over 150,000 people in attendance and millions of people watching remotely, it’s the opportunity of the year for a company that isn’t known for its press conference prowess.
You know. Like Verizon.
Verizon’s Lowell McAdam has the eyes and ears of millions of people right at this very second, and to keep the attention of so many for 90 minutes there must be a narrative that goes beyond “We have a really sweet and super speedy network.”
The year of 3D printers? It’s sure looking like it from where we’re sitting. There are more companies at CES 2013 promoting consumer versions of the technology than ever before. Of course, MakerBot’s not going to sit idly by and watch this all go down. The Brooklyn-based company is set to show off its Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer — the dual-extruding “big brother” to its recently released second-gen printer — at a press conference tomorrow. Hopefully pricing and available will be arriving on with it.
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When Apple debuted the Webkit rendering engine in its Safari browser, it had no idea it would take over the internet.
Ah, the “browser wars”: when Internet Explorer was king, ruthlessly snuffing out Netscape until that upstart Firefox rose from its ashes. Meanwhile, Apple’s homegrown Safari browser, first released on January 7, 2003–ten years ago today–never got much market share. But Steve Jobs’ keynote that day also marked the debut of a lesser-known, behind-the-scenes technology called Webkit that would come to utterly dominate the browser market, not leastwise in a space that didn’t even exist in 2003: the mobile web.
skade88 writes “IPv4 is much like a limited natural resource; it can’t last forever. The well of new IPv4 addresses is already running dry in many parts of the world. The solution to this problem, which was presented decades ago, is to switch to IPv6. With peak IPv4 far behind us, why do we still see limited IPv6 adoption? Ars takes a good look at where we are and where we are going with the future of IP addresses, the internet and you. Quoting: ‘As with all technology, IPv6 gets better and cheaper over time. And just like with houses, people prefer waiting rather than buying when prices are dropping. To make matters worse, if you’re the only one adopting IPv6, this buys you very little. You can only use the new protocol once the people you communicate with have upgraded as well. Worse still, you can’t get rid of IPv4 until everyone you communicate with has adopted IPv6. And the pain of the shrinking IPv4 supplies versus the pain of having to upgrade equipment and software varies for different groups of Internet users. So some people want to move to IPv6 and leave IPv4 behind sooner rather than later, but others plan on sticking with IPv4 until the bitter end. As a result, we have a nasty Nash equilibrium: nobody can improve their own situation by unilaterally adopting IPv6.’”
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An anonymous reader writes with an article from Duke Law on what would have entered the public domain today were it not for the copyright extensions enacted in 1978. From the article: “What could have been entering the public domain in the U.S. on January 1, 2013? Under the law that existed until 1978, works from 1956. The films Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, The Best Things in Life Are Free, Forbidden Planet, The Ten Commandments, and Around the World in 80 Days; the stories 101 Dalmations and Phillip K. Dick’s The Minority Report; the songs ‘Que Sera, Sera’ and ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, and more. What is entering the public domain this year? Nothing.” And Rick Falkvinge shares his predictions for what the copyright monopoly will try this year. As a bit of a music fan, excessive copyright hits home often: the entire discographies of many artists I like have been out of print for at least a decade. Should copyright even be as long as in the pre-1978 law? Is the Berne Convention obsolete and in need of breaking to actually preserve cultural history?
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Two NASA moon probes are slated to slam into the rim of a lunar crater today, Dec. 17, and the space agency will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the dramatic action.
Text messaging, or txt msng, if you like, turns 20 today. But the tech did not originate from some high-tech lab in Silicon Valley. The world’s first SMS came from an office park in England.
Kobo’s Arc tablet is hitting stores for the first time in
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While you probably won’t be able to get Jack Dorsey to buy you a grande spearmint green tea the next time you go for coffee (we should know, we’ve tried), you can at least use his payment service. Yes, today’s the day that Starbucks begins accepting Square Wallet purchases at 7,000 of its stores — just scan a QR code or NFC-tap your smartphone to make a payment. In 2013, you’ll also be given the ability to tip your barista, presumably assuming you can go through the awkwardness of pre-selecting how much you think their service is worth in front of them.
Brains downloaded to hard drives, space tourism, and self-driving cars are all well and good, but what does the more immediate technological future hold?
Microsoft said it will webcast the two keynotes of its BUILD developers conference, starting with today’s at noon ET,
Coming on the heels of its launch of Windows 8 and the Surface tablet, Microsoft has scheduled an event in San Francisco to kick off its new software for mobile phones.