Microsoft, Google, Others Join To Fund Open Source Infrastructure Upgrades
wiredmikey (1824622) writes Technology giants including Microsoft, Google, Intel, and Cisco are banding together to support and fund open source projects that make up critical elements of global information infrastructure. The new Core Infrastructure Initiative brings technology companies together to
iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes Christina Bonnington reports that the public is not gobbling up iPads like they used to. Analysts had projected iPad sales would reach 19.7 million but Apple sold 16.35 million iPads, a drop of roughly
Australian Law Enforcement Pushes Against Encryption, Advocates Data Retention
angry tapir (1463043) writes Australia is in the middle of a parliamentary inquiry examining telecommunications interception laws. Law enforcement organisations are using this to resurrect the idea of a scheme for mandatory data retention by telcos and ISPs. In addition,
NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: "Get Over It"
mknewman (557587) writes For years, critics have been taking shots at NASAs plans to corral a near-Earth asteroid before moving on to Mars — and now NASAs chief has a message for those critics: Get over it, to be blunt.
"Going Up" At 45 Mph: Hitachi To Deliver World's Fastest Elevator
Zothecula (1870348) writes Hitachi has announced that its installing the worlds fastest ultra-high-speed elevators in the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre skyscraper in Guangzhou, China. Making up two out of a total of 95 elevators in the building, Hitachi says the
Band Releases Album As Linux Kernel Module
netbuzz (955038) writes A band called netcat is generating buzz in software circles by releasing its debut album as a Linux kernel module (among other more typical formats.) Are you ever listening to an album, and thinking man, this sounds
WhatsApp Is Well On Its Way To A Billion Users
redletterdave (2493036) writes In just two months since Facebook dropped $19 billion to buy WhatsApp, the five-year-old mobile messaging app on Tuesday announced its its active user base has grown to more than half a billion people. This is not
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Mark Pincus steps down from daytime duties at Zynga as Q1 earnings miss
The founder and former CEO of the social games company has relinquished all responsibilities as chief product officer, signaling the end of Pincus operational role at Zynga.
Gaming for recent grads
Properly prepare the recent graduate in your life with a smattering of the best video game hardware on the market.
Single-player campaign coming to Hearthstone
The Elder Scrolls Online: one week in
Two-thirds of free mobile gamers stop playing after one day
2048: attack of the clones
Nintendo's upcoming new 3DS game: the heck did we just watch?
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Forget cracking the US: Microsoft and Nokia have more important things to worry about
As part of the US giant it may be tempting for Nokia to focus on chasing success in its new home market. But if it wants to be the devices plus services giant of tomorrow, it needs to be looking
Opera's Coast browser comes to the iPhone
After its release on the iPad last year, Opera has brought its touch-friendly browser to Apple smartphones too.
ANU lens turns smartphone cameras into microscopes
An Australian National University researcher has accidentally uncovered a cheap way to turn a smartphone into a high-resolution microscope.
Xplore XC6 rugged Windows tablets come with industrial strength price tag
The company says the new tablet PCs, which start at $5,299, exceed the typical ruggedized standards and feature improved sunlight-readable displays.
No to internet piracy and pornography, China cracks down on P2P video platform
Police raid Kuaibo, a prominent Chinese online business
Qualcomm CEO Mollenkopf: Office on all tablets could be productivity boon
Microsofts move to put Office on non-Windows tablets could improve attach rates for Qualcomms LTE chips. Or so Qualcomm hopes.
Facebook, Gmail, Skype face Russia ban under 'anti-terror' data snooping plan
The Russian parliaments latest play could see major Western technology firms banned from the country if they dont store data on its soil — a move that would allow Russian authorities to easily snoop on user data.
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Leica Celebrates 100 Years With a Gorgeously Minimalist Shooter
Leica is celebrating its 100th birthday by launching an entirely new camera system. Born out of a design partnership with Audi, the unibody Leica T is an APS-C-sensored minimalistic masterpiece.
Can You Slow Down a Day Using Angular Momentum?
Check out this great (as always) comic from xkcd. So? Could you do this? Could a spinning human slow down the Earth? Theoretically, yes. It’s all about angular momentum In an introductory physics course, there are three big ideas. There
Google, Facebook, and Microsoft Team Up to Stop Another Heartbleed
Google, Facebook, and Microsoft are teaming up to prevent another Heartbleed. Going undetected for a good two years, the Heartbleed bug threatened to reveal some of our most sensitive information. After researchers finally identified the bug earlier this month, most
Watch an Incredibly Complex Lego Machine Make Electronic Tunes
A fantastically complex Lego machine that churns out mesmerizing electronic music.
Intimate Photos Reveal the Day-to-Day Lives of Stormtroopers
Malaysian photographer Zahir Batin likes to photograph Stormtroopers (OK, Stormtrooper action figures) doing day-to-day activities, from speeder bike stunts to battle-droid bullying.
What Would Don Draper Make With a 3-D Printer?
A series of ice sculptures that take the form of space shuttles, guitars, classical Japanese architecture, and Michelangelos David.
New World Trade Center Can Put on an App-Controlled Light Show
The spire atop One World Trade Center contains more than 1,700 LEDs and a rotating beacon visible from as far as Connecticut.
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Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab 4 Tablet Line
Three new tablets are rolling out in May.
Aerocool Introduces Two Compact PC Enclosures
Aerocool has announced two new cases for space-saving builds.
Remote Desktop Preview Now on Windows Phone 8.1
Windows Phone 8.1 users can now access the desktop remotely in this beta app.
BenQ Now Shipping XL-Z Series Gaming Monitors
Three new models were added to the XL-Z series.
AMD Won't Be Selling 20 nm GPUs This Year
Sadly, it seems we also wont be seeing any 20 nm GPUs from AMD this year either.
Toshiba, SanDisk Dip Into 15nm Process Technology
Toshiba and SanDisk ready with 15nm process technology.
Sony Makes its Smartwatch 2 More Customizable
Sony released a big update that should make Smartwatch 2 owners very happy.
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Tech giants, chastened by Heartbleed, finally agree to fund OpenSSL
IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and others pledge millions to open source.
In just one year, Zynga has lost nearly half of its daily active users
Amid executive reshuffle, gaming studio loses $61M in Q1 2014.
Suit claims Muslims put on no-fly list for refusing to become informants
Brooklyn man refuses to become informant and turn my back on my community.
Mystery attack drops avalanche of malicious messages on Twitter
Scammers abuse thousands of compromised accounts linked to third-party services.
Prenda-linked lawyers pulled in $4.4M but now say they’re broke
Someone got millions in porn-lawsuit settlements—just not John Steele (according to him).
Football team settles suit over text messages to fans for $3 million
The Buffalo Bills went to court over texting fans one (or two) too many times.
Online child porn victims lose at Supreme Court
Victims cant recoup 100% of damages from criminals who viewed their images online.
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Now Is The Time To Switch Back To Firefox
This guy says that now is the time to switch back to Firefox. How many of you guys are still using Firefox? How many of you arent using Firefox but plan to switch?The main reason for switching to Firefox is
Big Screen Gaming On The VIA Video Wall
The folks at VIA put together a video demonstrating the fact that you can indeed play Crysis on the VIA video wall. Comments
ASUS First in World to Unleash Full SATA Express Performance
Since the Z87 Deluxe/SATA Express ASUS has been working extensively with Intel and SATA Express SSD chipset manufacturers in developing compatibility and performance reliability for the new standard. As the only motherboard company to commit so early and positively, the
Intel Tops In Green Power
For the seventh year in a row, Intel has topped the Environmental Protection Agencys Green Power Partnership National Top 100, a list of the nations leading users of renewable energy. Intel, which meets 100 percent of its electricity load with
GIGABYTE R9 290X OC and ASUS GTX 780 Ti DCUII Review
Today we look at the GIGABYTE R9 290X 4GB OC and ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II OC video cards. Each of these video cards features a custom cooling system, and a factory overclock. We will push the overclock
Seasonic G-Series: G-450 Power Supply Review
Seasonic is continually short on marketing but long on performance, and we are good with that. Todays 450 watt G Series computer power supply makes more sense in this new world of lower power desktop CPUs and GPUs. Does the
FCC To Propose New 'Net Neutrality' Rules
According to the Wall Street Journal, the FCC is going to propose a new set of rules governing internet access some time tomorrow.The proposed rules would prevent the service providers from blocking or discriminating against specific websites, but would allow
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Corsair RM1000 Power Supply Review
Corsair has a good reputation for their PSUs, and today they are among the most popular choices for gamers and enthusiasts. The RM1000 is the first PSU from Corsair to find its way into our new testing lab, and it's
Apple Q2 2014 Fiscal Results
Today Apple announced its Q2 results, and sales of the iPhone continue to dominate revenue and earnings for the company.Revenue for the quarter came in at $45.6B – a 4.7% increase year over year, and a
Upcoming GIGABYTE BRIX with GeForce GTX Inside
For the past 12-18 months, GIGABYTE’s BRIX platform has made inroads into the small form factor ecosystem with the help of Intel’s Haswell and AMD’s APUs under the hood. Ganesh recently had a look at
OnePlus launches the OnePlus One
In what has possibly been the most hyped-up launch in recent history, OnePlus has finally unveiled their new One. This is a smartphone that shares a great deal with the Oppo Find 7a, and it has
DigitalStorm Slade Pro Workstation PC Review
While system integrators are often best known for their high performance gaming PCs, they can also carve out a niche with customized workstation systems.
VESA and MIPI Announce Display Stream Compression Standard
For some time now the consumer electronics industry has been grappling with how to improve the performance and efficiency of display interfaces, especially in light of more recent increases in display resolution. Through the eras of
Apple Releases iOS 7.1.1 Update: Addresses Touch ID and Keyboard Issues
Hot on the heels of the major 7.1 release, Apple released a new update for iOS on iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad. The iOS 7.1.1 update focuses primarily on fixing the remaining issues with Apple's latest
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Four short links: 24 April 2014
Depthy — new Google Camera app lets you capture some depth information, stored in metadata in the image. Nifty effects become possible. Coping with Stress and Burnout: Explanatory Power of Different Coping Strategies (PLoSone)– interesting taxonomy of burnout (overload, lack
The robotics industry could use an infusion of new DNA
Editor’s note: this post originally published on Chen’s blog Beyond the Bell Curve; this edited version is republished here with permission. A couple years ago, I dug deep into the robotics space because I thought we were seeing the birth
Robots in the lab
In the new issue ofBioCoder, Peter Sand writes about Hacking Lab Equipment. It’s well worth a read: it gives a number of hints about how standard equipment can be modified so that it can be controlled by a program. This
iBeacons, privacy, and security
iBeacons and various BLE technologies have the potential to shake up many established ways of doing business by streamlining interactions.Although there are potentially many uses for iBeacons, much of the initial discussion has focused on retail. (I’ll follow up with
Four short links: 23 April 2014
Samsung UX (Scribd) — little shop of self-catalogued UX horrors, courtesy discovery in a lawsuit. Dated (Android G1 as competition) but rewarding to see there are signs of self-awareness in the companies that inflict unusability on the world. Tools for
The crowdfunding conundrum
There is widespread consensus that crowdfunding is a boon, an egalitarian means for bringing products and services to market without relying on banks, venture capitalists, or established financial angels. Myriad platforms now allow entrepreneursand folks with a little (or a
Four short links: 22 April 2014
PourOver — NYT open source Javascript for very fast in-browser filtering and sorting of large collections. LibreSSL — OpenBSD take on OpenSSL. Unclear how sustainable this effort is, or how well adopted it will be. Competing with OpenSSL is obviously
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The Stupidity Of Installing Bloatware That No One Uses... And Everyone Hates
A new study from Strategy Analytics highlights what you almost certainly already know, that no one actually uses the crappy bloatware apps that Samsung puts on its phones. This shouldnt be a surprise at all. But I actually wanted to
Telecom Musical Chairs: Regulators And Lobbyists Swap Roles, Everyone Wins! (Except The Public)
Weve talked plenty about the big revolving door between government and big business lately, but there are still some moments that are purely insane that show just how broken the system is. On Wednesday, news broke that former FCC commissioner
Google Apparently Trying To Make Encrypted Email Easier
About six months before Ed Snowden leaked his documents, we had written a post about why Google should encrypt our email, based on a bit of back-and-forth between Julian Sanchez, arguing why Google should encrypt all email, and Ed Felten,
Megaupload Asks Hong Kong Court To Drop Restraining Order On Megaupload Assets, Claiming Legal (...)
In the continuing global legal fight over Megaupload, the company apparently is asking the Hong Kong high court to set aside the restraining order on the companys assets that was put in place over two years ago, following a request
DailyDirt: The Growing Pains Of Biofuels
So far, grabbing fossil fuels out of the ground has been an unbeatable way to get cheap energy. Since fossil fuels (presumably) come from decaying dinosaurs (and their contemporaries), it makes some sense that growing biofuels might be a way
IP Sanity: Boston Strong Trademark Applications Denied
With all of the trademark insanity we see here at Techdirt, it can occasionally seem like the USPTO doesnt ever render a good decision on whether or not to approve a mark. With that in mind, I occasionally like to
Police Chief: Not Wanting To Talk To Police Officers Is 'Odd'
This insight into how police think the public should interact with them is certainly enlightening. (via this tweet and Amy Alkons Advice Goddess blog) The backstory is this: a woman was walking down the street when a motorcycle cop approached
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MSI Z87-G45 GAMING LGA 1150 Mainboard Review: Let's Game!
This model uses a full set of Intel Z87 features. Besides, it provides additional set of MSI brand technologies. Theoretically it looks good, but lets take a look on practical work. How will it operate during nominal mode and overclocking?
Corsair Obsidian 250D and SilverStone Sugo SG05-450 Cases Review: Mini-ITX for Gamers
Today we take a look on two of mini-ITX cases which easily can be used to build performance gaming system. The first, Corsair Obsidian 250D has fully compatible with the usual desktop components and offers wide opportunities for expansion. The
Microsoft Vows to Release Xbox 360 Emulator for Xbox One
Microsoft Xbox One May Gain Compatibility with Xbox 360 Games
ASUS Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II Review: Cooler, Quieter, Faster
ASUS made the first original Radeon R9 290 videocard which eliminates all disadvantages of reference design. But people always want something more.
Microsoft Reveals Kinect for Windows v2 Hardware
Launch of New Kinect for Windows Approaches
Intel 730 Solid State Drive Review
Recently Intel has announced a new great PC-class SSD, which has a lot of anticipated features. There are own third generation controller and modern 20-nm MLC NAND. Is Intel 730 an enthusiast dream? Can this drive outperforms unexcelled Samsung 840
What is the best memory for Haswell? From DDR3-1333 to DDR3-2933: performance scaling test
The development of the new processor microarchitectures goes on and frequencies of contemporary types of DDR3 SDRAM grow as well. Is there any sense in using high-speed memory with modern Haswell processors? To answer this question, we have analyzed DDR3
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