Archive for January, 2012

Google responds to US Congress privacy concerns

Google responds to US Congress privacy concerns

Google has responded to US Congress demands for information on the search giants recent privacy policy changes, detailing the amendments in a 13-page letter that attempts to hammer home that Google's "approach to privacy has not changed." The new policy - which streamlines the majority of Google's existing privacy policies into a single document - actually saves on 85-percent of the previous reading required, Google's director of public policy, Pablo Chavez, wrote today on the company's Public Policy Blog.

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HTC Ville caught on video with Sense 4.0

HTC Ville caught on video with Sense 4.0

The HTC Ville has been caught on video ahead of its expected MWC 2012 debut, showing off both its slimline form-factor as well as a glimpse of HTC Sense 4.0. According to the Android 4.0 smartphone's hardware info page, it runs a 1.5GHz dualcore processor with 1GB of RAM and a 4.3-inch qHD touchscreen. There's also WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and an 8-megapixel main camera.

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Targus outs HD dual-head USB 3.0 video card

Targus outs HD dual-head USB 3.0 video card

If you have a notebook or desktop computer that has a USB 3.0 port, and you need something to fill that port and would like an extra display or two check out this new product from Targus. The device is called the Targus USB 3.0 Dual Video Card and it has both an HDMI output and a DVI output for connecting to more monitors with a single USB 3.0 port.

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Final Cut Pro X upgraded: 64 angle Multicam, Thunderbolt, more

Final Cut Pro X upgraded: 64 angle Multicam, Thunderbolt, more

Apple has pushed out a "significant" update to its Final Cut Pro X video editing app for OS X, adding multicam support for up to 64 angles, boosted chroma-keying, enhanced XML for better third-party integration, and Thunderbolt support for peripherals. Final Cut Pro X v10.0.3 - a free update for existing owners of the $299.99 software - can automatically synchronize up to 64 video clips or photos using audio waveforms, time/date or timecode, even if the formats and frame sizes/rates are different. Then, the Angle Editor allows users to quickly jump between angles in the resultant Multicam Clip, cutting as they go.

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Scientists create the world’s first atomic x-ray laser

Scientists create the world’s first atomic x-ray laser

Dr. Evil will really like this new development by team of scientists at the Menlo Park SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The team has created the world's first atomic x-ray laser. The project resulted in the shortest, purest x-ray laser pulses ever achieved. These x-ray laser pulses were created when the researchers aimed the SLAC Linac Coherent Light Source at a capsule filled with neon gas.

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Windows 8 Kinect leaks again: Power hungry but plenty of potential

Windows 8 Kinect leaks again: Power hungry but plenty of potential

Microsoft's experiments with Kinect-style motion tracking technology for Windows 8 laptops could streamline the login experience as well as be used for games, though battery concerns might initially see the camera system offered as a self-powered add-on rather than fully integrated. After prototypes were reportedly caught in the wild earlier this month, sources inside Microsoft tell The Daily that the company is indeed readying a motion control licensing push, though there are hurdles to be overcome before that can happen.

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Shuttle XPC SZ68R5 packs super-fast Core i7 into tiny footprint

Shuttle XPC SZ68R5 packs super-fast Core i7 into tiny footprint

Compact PC manufacturer Shuttle has outed its latest barebones computer, the Shuttle XPC SZ68R5, featuring Intel's Z68 high-performance chipset along with SSD caching for super-fast boot times and app loading. The 33 x 21.5 x 19 cm chassis can accommodate up to 32GB of DDR3 memory, Core i3/i5/i7 processors and up to four add-on cards, since it has slots for PCIe-x16-2.0, PCIe-x4-2.0, Mini-PCIe-x1-2.0 and mSATA. HTPC duty is made easier thanks to both HDMI and DVI-I ports.

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ISS orbit raised to avoid Chinese satellite fragment

ISS orbit raised to avoid Chinese satellite fragment

The ISS and its international crew have been silently orbiting the Earth for many years now. Typically, the ISS maintains a consistent orbit, but at times, that orbit has to be tweaked to avoid any debris that might be in the path of the space station. The smallest chunk of space trash traveling at the very high velocities that are achieved in orbit can destroy the space station and risks the astronauts' lives.

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Samsung under EC antitrust investigation over 3G patents

Samsung under EC antitrust investigation over 3G patents

Samsung is the subject of a new antitrust investigation, with the European Commission confirming that it is formally looking into whether the Korean company misused essential 3G/UMTS patents it holds. Tipped back in November, the investigation will look for evidence that Samsung has refused to license its wireless telecoms patents - deemed "essential" to European standards - under "fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory" (FRAND) terms. Samsung has cited the patents in recent lawsuits against Apple, among other rivals.

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