Archive for Jan 31, 2012

Firefox 10 hits with new dev tools, full-screen apps

Firefox 10 hits with new dev tools, full-screen apps

Mozilla has unleashed Firefox 10, the latest iteration of its popular open-source Web browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux machines. This update comes merely six weeks after Firefox 9 proving the company's commitment to its new "rapid release" program. Web developers should be particularly happy with this update as it brings a host of new built-in tools to make website creation easier.

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AT&T juggles execs

AT&T juggles execs

Today the folks at AT&T are doing a little flipping around of heads with several faces now reporting directly to the AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson including John Stankey, Ralph de la Vega, Andy Geisse, and John Donovan. Each of these professionals will be getting a brand new world, with Stephenson expressing his enthusiasm for continued delivery for customers, owners, and communities through executives "focused on the biggest growth opportunities."

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Foxconn expanding by 5 factories to bump Apple production

Foxconn expanding by 5 factories to bump Apple production

The folks at Foxconn have announced plans to expand their production of Apple products by five factories soon, each of them in Brazil. These extra factories will allow them to cater to demand for both iPhones and iPads, but mostly the latter, and will be combining to up their annual run rate by 400 million units within five years. São Paulo's Secretary of Planning and Development of the State, Julio Semeghini, released this information saying that the five factories will be staffing right around 1,000 workers each.

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LG scolded by NAD, Samsung, Sony for false advertising

LG scolded by NAD, Samsung, Sony for false advertising

Both Sony and Samsung have come to the National Advertising Division to raise claims that LG's current line of advertising for their 3D televisions is based on unfair claims and should be ended immediately. The decision came down on the 26th of January from NAD that they recommend that because the advertising does not hold up to their standards, the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus would have LG discontinue advertising claims made for their Cinema 3D Television and 3D glasses. In both cases, it seemed that not only did LG not perform fair tests to attain these claims, they were not entirely truthful in their final write-ups of what they found.

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Faunhofer shows off farmer-friendly sensors for field regulation galore

Faunhofer shows off farmer-friendly sensors for field regulation galore

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications HHI in Berlin have presented a working model set of soil sensors that will in the near future be able to feed a farmer results on moisture content, humidity, temperature, and leakage. These sensors have been shown at the Embedded World trade fair in Nuremberg Germany and showcased as a futuristic wireless solution for farmers to keep their crops healthy and safe through the growing months of summer and fall. Though these sensors are currently wired to one another physically, they'll soon be able to work entirely independent of one another, transmitting signals back to a base station which then communicates with the farmer's mobile phone.

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Samsung sucker-punched by Euro set-backs

Samsung sucker-punched by Euro set-backs

Samsung's short run of legal success against Apple has been quickly curtailed, with the past two weeks punctuated by court rejections and news that the European Commission has singled out the firm for potentially misusing patents. The Korean company's prospects had been buoyed by a Dutch court finding against Apple in an attempt to have the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned from sale, with vital design patents dismissed as less powerful than Apple had previously assumed. However, while Samsung had been arguing matters of style, Apple and the EU had focused on cellular-substance, dragging Samsung up short for its potentially dubious use of 3G technology IP.

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PSA: Facebook Timeline absolutely cannot be undone, don’t be fooled

PSA: Facebook Timeline absolutely cannot be undone, don’t be fooled

The scammers are coming out on Facebook in force this month, right from the start, to get you Timeline haters in their web and snare not just your Facebook account, but your computer's contents as well. This is a public service announcement for you dreamers hoping to de-authorize Timeline from your Facebook account: you can't, no matter what you see in an offer for a plug-in, a simple "like to fix," or anything of that nature. Do not fall for these scams, ladies and gentlemen, there is no way out.

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3D printing may explode at rate incomparable to its 2D predecessor

3D printing may explode at rate incomparable to its 2D predecessor

If 3D printing advances as fast as 2D printing advanced, we'll be working with our own Replicators from Star Trek by the year 2080. It took just 40 years for the original printing press to turn over from the single Gutenberg press to get to a mass production scale across Europe, and much, much less time for computers to advance from massive machines to teeny-tiny chips. With advances like home-bound do it yourself printers and the fact that pirate sites across the web are now sharing model files so that you might print your own objects at home without effort, we've not got much time at all before advances are made to the tune of Earl Gray, Hot.

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LG and Hitachi join forces for clean water initiative

LG and Hitachi join forces for clean water initiative

Both Hitachi Plant Technologies and LG Electronics have expressed their love for the environment and have teamed up to bring a brand new water treatment company to the forefront, this company starting up operations on the first of February, 2012. This new company will be named LH-Hitachi Water Solutions Co., Ltd., and will play what they hope is a significant role in the rapidly growing industry of water treatment. What we're hoping is that this will also bring more attention to the face that, believe it or not, not everyone in the world has access to safe and clean water, this being one of the biggest reasons why disease still runs rampant throughout the earth.

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Twitter CEO: Tweet censoring is a good thing

Twitter CEO: Tweet censoring is a good thing

Twitter has renewed its denials that recent policy changes allowing the social network to censor tweets are a sign that the company is proactively looking to manage shared content, arguing that it was merely a more transparent way of handling different free speech rules around the world. Speaking at Dive Into Media, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo portrayed the changes as a way of in fact making sure more people see tweets, AllThingsD reports, not fewer.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: January 31, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: January 31, 2012

We're going to start seeing leaked and/or pre-released information about Mobile World Congress 2012 pretty soon, folks, and the flood does begin right here in ernest with a rather intimate look at the HTC Ville with Sense 4.0. We've got a report that iPhone 5 will be rolling out with NFC for the masses to pay their bills. And for your third completely unrelated news bit to start the morning off right: that conversation the president had with us on Google+ ended up speaking about SOPA - as if it's not already dead.

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BlackBerry “Bold Team” cartoon caper falls flat

BlackBerry “Bold Team” cartoon caper falls flat

RIM has found itself the butt of BlackBerry jokes, after a superhero infographic promotion was mistaken for a new advertising campaign. "The Bold Team" was presented as how RIM would "be bold in 2012", a quartet of personalities - "achiever", "adventurer" "advocate" and "authentic" - each representing an aspect of how the company hoped its BlackBerry handsets would be perceived. Unfortunately, the actual perception was one of bemusement.

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