Archive for April, 2012

Google plans bank, credit card comparison service for consumers

Google plans bank, credit card comparison service for consumers

Google will be launching a new comparison tool for users that will make it easier to find the best deals in banking services and credit cards. The new service builds on Google's acquisition of Beat That Quote and looks to compete against sites like Money Supermarket, Compare the Market, and Go Compare. Unfortunately for comparison shoppers in the US, the service will initially be available only in the UK.

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Verizon intros new prepaid plans, Jetpack hotspot

Verizon intros new prepaid plans, Jetpack hotspot

Verizon has announced new prepaid plans that will let users avoid being bound to a two-year contract. The new prepaid plans will kick off tomorrow, May 1, starting with an offer that includes unlimited talk and text along with 1GB of data for $80 per month. It will initially be available only for one device, the Samsung Illusion, but other devices will likely follow.

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Prometheus Analyzed: Facehuggers

Prometheus Analyzed: Facehuggers

This week we're dropping a selection of analyzations of the upcoming blockbuster science fiction of the summer Prometheus, and it all starts with the demon spawn that always comes first in an Alien film: the facehugger. This creature was the last being expected to pop up by fans of the original Alien as Ridley Scott himself several times noted that this film would be an entirely different entity, but lo and behold the newest trailer has revealed a new iteration of that animal once more. Let's have a look at what we can infer from what we've seen so far.

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NOVA 3 official gameplay trailer released

NOVA 3 official gameplay trailer released

Gameloft has just released the official gameplay trailer for the upcoming NOVA 3, which was teased last week. This sequel to the popular first-person iOS shooter game will make major improvements on the visuals with dynamic lighting and a real physics engine. It will also take advantage of the new iPad's super high-resolution Retina display.

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Microsoft secures Windows 8 tablet ebook future

Microsoft secures Windows 8 tablet ebook future

Now that Windows 8 is nearly upon us and the ereader world has not faded away as it so many times was said to be doing, Microsoft is investing in the ebook industry. You've seen the news this morning that Microsoft is investing in Barnes & Noble for $300 million USD, then there's slightly newer news that they're also dropping $180 million for revenue sharing on an upcoming Nook app for Windows 8 and an additional $125 on Barnes & Noble's new subsidiary "NewCo" which will house Nook. Microsoft is buying its future in the easy-to-use electronic books business.

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Symantec reports cyber attacks rose 81% in 2011

Symantec reports cyber attacks rose 81% in 2011

Anti-virus firm Symantec has just issued its annual Security Threat Report for 2011, revealing an 81 percent increase in the number of malicious attacks last year and a 20 percent drop in the number of vulnerabilities. The company also noted that the cyber attacks that primarily targeted larger organizations had shifted their focus to small and mid-sized businesses. Mobile vulnerabilities also grew tremendously with Google's open Android platform a prime target.

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Angry Birds Space now hottest mobile game in history

Angry Birds Space now hottest mobile game in history

Rovio reports today that their new masterpiece of a bird-hurling mobile game Angry Birds Space has broken the record for fastest-selling mobile game of all time. With 50 million downloads inside 35 days after launch, this space-headed game broke both the highest selling Rovio games' records as well as the rest of the mobile app world for quick sales with a baseball bat. This game is the newest expansion for Rovio in the Angry Birds line of games and is the pre-cursor for what we believe will be a Simpsons-themed game.

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Microsoft Research deblurring tech now used in Bing aerial images

Microsoft Research deblurring tech now used in Bing aerial images

The Microsoft Research team had developed a sensor-based photo deblurring method back in 2010, which was designed to use the hardware motion sensors attached to a camera to help remove any motion blur from pictures. Originally meant for consumer photography, that technology is now being applied to deblur much larger photos for Bing's aerial imagery.

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“Google totally slimed Sun” says Java father

“Google totally slimed Sun” says Java father

Father of Java and former Sun employee James Gosling has weighed in on the legal furore around Android's use of the programming language, claiming that "Google totally slimed Sun." With the courtroom battle between Oracle - which acquired Sun and its Java patents - and Google picking up for its second week today, Gosling echoed Sun cofounder and chairman Scott McNealy in accusing the search giant of seriously infringing the company's technology.

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Collapse of Moore’s Law ‘in about 10 years’

Collapse of Moore’s Law ‘in about 10 years’

Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku this week has discussed in a short video why Moore's Law will collapse "in about 10 years or so." In this video presented by Big Think, the law created by Gordon E. Moore is not debunked, but is instead explained as having a limit - you can't keep getting smaller forever. Moore's Law says, for those of you unfamiliar, that the number of transistors placed (inexpensively) on an integrated circuit will double every two years. Since Moore's law was first established, it's pretty much been proven true - but it's all about to end: imagine that!

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