Archive for Nov 30, 2011

Creative thinkers are more likely to cheat according to researchers

Creative thinkers are more likely to cheat according to researchers

This interesting study has been conducted on 97 different university students. The study sought to determine if creative thinkers were more likely to cheat than those that were less creative. The reason for the creative types to be more likely to cheat according to those that ran the study is simply because the more creative participants were able to justify their actions.

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Facebook privacy fix a start not a solution say advocates

Facebook privacy fix a start not a solution say advocates

Facebook's confession of a "bunch of mistakes" around privacy and the new measures put in to address FTC and public concerns moving forward have been tentatively welcomed by privacy advocates, though the settlement is being seen as a first step rather than a full solution. The social network conceded to 20 years of biannual privacy reviews in order to pacify the FTC, with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg penning a lengthy blog on the various privacy tools and policy blunders that helped enrage identity activists.

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WiFi signals kill sperm according to scientists

WiFi signals kill sperm according to scientists

If you want to have kids guys you had better keep that laptop off your nads according to some scientists from Argentina. According to these scientists if you put a laptop in your lap you run the risk of decreasing your sperm count and that might make it hard to reproduce. Before any of you get any ideas, I don't think strapping a couple netbooks to your legs with WiFi running wide open will prevent pregnancy.

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Apple’s “clearly wrong” Aussie Samsung tablet ban overturned

Apple’s “clearly wrong” Aussie Samsung tablet ban overturned

Apple's sales injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia has been overthrown, with an appeals court dismissing the original block as "clearly wrong" and allowing the Android slate to go on sale this Friday. The Cupertino company secured a short stay until the end of the week so that it could ready an appeal of its own, but was told by the Sydney court that if it wanted to extend the tablet ban - handed down in October when Apple convinced a judge that Samsung had "slavishly copied" its iPad design - it would need to convince the High Court.

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Lenovo LeTV smart TV coming Q1 2012

Lenovo LeTV smart TV coming Q1 2012

Lenovo is the latest company to plan a smart TV push, with the Chinese firm announcing it plans to unveil the first "LeTV" - along with a cloud service for shared multimedia - in Q1 2012. The company declined to detail the LeTV technically, the WSJ reports, leaving questions around whether it will be another win for Google TV or instead run a home-grown OS.

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Sonos Controller for Android tablets released

Sonos Controller for Android tablets released

Sonos has pushed out a new version of its Sonos Controller app, now catering for Android tablets with a custom UI and new features like social networking integration. The updated app dynamically adjusts to suit the bigger display scale - whether you're running a 7-incher or a 10.1-incher - and can show a user's zones, music menu, now playing pane and volume controls at the same time.

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Samsung Exynos 5250 2GHz chip debuts for next-gen phones and tablets

Samsung Exynos 5250 2GHz chip debuts for next-gen phones and tablets

Samsung has announced its latest mobile chipset, the Samsung Exynos 5250, a 2GHz dual-core intended for next-gen smartphones and tablets. Based around a pair of ARM Cortex-A15 cores, the Exynos 5250 follows Samsung's wildly successful 4210, the chip at the heart of the best-selling Galaxy S II series of handsets. Raising the game, the new Exynos boosts 3D graphics performance by four times.

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Galaxy Nexus getting Flash and AIR support come December

Galaxy Nexus getting Flash and AIR support come December

We knew that Adobe was on track to roll out Adobe Flash support for Android 4.0 (and in particular, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus) before the end of this year but, at that time, we didn't know the exact month, whether it'd be either November or December. Now, fast forwarding to today, Adobe has just tied up a couple loose ends and confirmed that Adobe Flash Player 11.1 and Adobe AIR 3.1 will both be heading to the Galaxy Nexus (and thus Android 4.0) at some point next month in December.

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Linux Mint 12 “Lisa” now available, is most popular open source OS

Linux Mint 12 “Lisa” now available, is most popular open source OS

In just the last twelve months, Linux Mint has surpassed Ubuntu as the most popular open source operating system on open source ranking website DistroWatch. Why, you ask? Perhaps because the latter has been looking with a new perspective on the user interface, and begun aiming at mobile platforms instead. However, note that Linux Mint is actually built on Ubuntu, so it has quite a few of Ubuntu's advantages while doing away with some of its shortcomings, and serving up a plethora of multimedia codecs.

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Google redesigns navigation bar for consistent user experience

Google redesigns navigation bar for consistent user experience

Search giant Google's just announced a completely redesigned navigation bar that aligns with the redesigns we've already seen for Google Search, Maps, News, Reader, and Gmail. The dark gray on top has finally been removed, the redesigned bar opting for a light gray tone across all Google products for a more consistent user experience. Hovering your mouse pointer over the Google logo drops down a menu with links to Google+, Image Search, Maps, and other products, gone are the static links for Google Calendar or Docs. The Google+ push clearly continues here with a share button integrated across all Google properties (something that Google is seemingly trying to do with every Google product they've introduced).

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Microsoft sells nearly 1 million Xbox 360s in record week in Xbox history

Microsoft sells nearly 1 million Xbox 360s in record week in Xbox history

The aging Xbox 360 just recorded the biggest sales week in its not-quite-venerable history, moving nearly one million units over the seven day period, specifically selling more than 960,000 consoles in the U.S. during the week of Black Friday. For a console that's entering the seventh year of its product lifestyle, that's one very impressive statistic. Of course, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the pivotal factors here, but the numbers themselves are still stellar, to say the very least.

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Acer, Lenovo to launch quad-core Tegra 3 Android tablets early next year

Acer, Lenovo to launch quad-core Tegra 3 Android tablets early next year

Rumors have surfaced that Acer and Lenovo are launching their quad-core Tegra 3 tablets running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in the first quarter of 2012. While the companies haven't specified what models they're going to launch, Digitimes suggested that Acer's Iconia Tabs, the upcoming Lenovo tablet, and a future Samsung Galaxy Tab would all be unveiled at CES, or Mobile World Congress next year. The tablets are expected to be priced between $459 and $599, which would put them essentially in direct competition with the iPad.

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