Author Archives: Elise Moreau


Zite news app moves to Windows Phone

Zite news app moves to Windows Phone

It was a bit of a rough day for Microsoft and even Nokia following the earnings announcements from Thursday, but Zite CEO Mark Johnson is a huge fan of both companies and thinks it was time to bring the popular news app over to Windows Phone. The Zite team was able to receive support from Microsoft and Nokia to get the technical training they needed along with code and design clinics to help with the development.

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Scientists try to develop smudge-free touchscreens

Scientists try to develop smudge-free touchscreens

Anyone who owns a smartphone almost certainly has smudges all over its touchscreen. Most of us have learned to live with it, but scientists are trying to come up with a solution that involves using the same ingredient that goes into sunlight-activated plastic for keeping lawn furniture clean for long periods while kept outdoors. The same sort of thing could potentially be realistically worked into a coating for touchscreens to create a smudge-resistant surface.

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Astronomers make sharpest observation ever of distant galaxy

Astronomers make sharpest observation ever of distant galaxy

Astronomers just captured the sharpest and most direct look at a faraway galaxy, the bright quasar 3C 279, containing a supermassive black whole with a mass that’s about one billion times the mass of our own Sun. The international team used three telescopes located thousands of miles apart from one another and was able to observe the galaxy at a sharpness of more than two million times finer than what the human eye can see. The galaxy is so far away, it takes more than 5 billion years for its light to reach Earth.

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NASA’s Cassini captures daytime lightning on Saturn

NASA’s Cassini captures daytime lightning on Saturn

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft was able to capture some incredible pictures of bright blue daytime lightning on Saturn. Cassini has been visiting the ringed planet for about eight years now and came across the lightning strike on March 6, 2011 during a massive storm that had been occurring around the northern hemisphere for most of 2011. NASA had only unveiled the images yesterday and admitted that the discovery was a pretty big surprise.

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Apple prepares to bring Retina-quality graphics to its online store

Apple prepares to bring Retina-quality graphics to its online store

Apple is planning to roll out high resolution graphics on its online store to welcome those who have the new iPad and new MacBook Pro with Retina display. Apple started upgrading graphics on the website back in March before the third-generation iPad with Retina display was released, but parts of the online store still have older graphics that don’t look so great on the latest devices.

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Dell to launch Project Sputnik developer laptops this fall

Dell to launch Project Sputnik developer laptops this fall

After the initial unveiling of Dell’s Project Sputnik developer laptops back in May, the company announced today that the first Sputnik laptop will be out this fall. The first laptop will be a special version of the Dell XPS 13 with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS “Precise Pangolin” preloaded onto it, and hopes are that it will provide an ideal platform for developers so that they can easily create cloud applications.

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Raspberry Pi gets launched into atmosphere to take near-space pictures

Raspberry Pi gets launched into atmosphere to take near-space pictures

The Rapsberry Pi is an impressive mini-computer we saw launch recently, and it's already won the hearts of many. An individual from the UK named Dave Akerman was apparently looking to have a real adventure with his new Pi, so he strapped the gadget to a weather balloon for it to be sent up into Earth's atmosphere to take pictures from near-space. And it actually did quite well. The photos can be viewed on Akerman's Flickr account.

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YouTube brings face blurring feature to videos

YouTube brings face blurring feature to videos

These days, newsworthy content often ends up on YouTube before it does on television. Google has recognized this and wants to embrace it, which is why the company stated in a blog post today that it would be launching a new face blurring feature users can take advantage of in order to feel more comfortable about posting videos of public events and sensitive content on YouTube.

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Dropbox hires outside experts to investigate reports of spam

Dropbox hires outside experts to investigate reports of spam

Dropbox has received a bunch of reports from users claiming that their accounts had been attacked by spam yesterday. The biggest worry now is that an address leak on Dropbox's part may be to blame, considering many of the targeted users had only set up unique and private email addresses only to be used with a Dropbox account. Dropbox has since announced that it had hired a group of outside experts to investigate the possible security breach.

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Portuguese group seeks lawsuit against Apple over AppleCare warranties

Portuguese group seeks lawsuit against Apple over AppleCare warranties

The Portuguese Association for Consumer Protection (DECO) released a statement today saying it would be filing a lawsuit against Apple over its AppleCare policies. DECO alleges that information on the Apple site misleads customers into buying the add-on AppleCare Protection Plan. The decision to move forward with the lawsuit comes after trying to work with Apple since March on changing the allegedly misleading wording on its website.

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Google Maps adds panoramic images from Antarctica to Street View

Google Maps adds panoramic images from Antarctica to Street View

Google Maps just added a whole bunch of 360-degree panoramic images to Street View of some great spots in Antarctica, both inside and out. Among those great spots include places like the South Pole Telescope, Shakleton’s hut, Scott’s hut, Cape Royde Adélie Penguin Rookery and the Ceremonial South Pole. Google Maps had partnered with the Polar Geospatial Center at the University of Minnesota and the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust to make it all happen.

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