Archive for Apr 30, 2012

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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SiriusXM updates Internet Radio App for Android

SiriusXM updates Internet Radio App for Android

Sirius XM Radio released a free update today for its SiriusXM Internet Radio App that will give subscribers using Android smartphones and tablets more control over how they listen to SiriusXM programming. The update adds several new key features, including the ability to replay up to 5 hours of broadcast programming and pause live radio.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: April 30, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: April 30, 2012

Another fine morning has arrived and gone with much to be excited about in the coming weeks, not least of all Alienware computers coming with Ivy Bridge! The most epic cartoon series of all time South Park has gone on-demand in the UK. Wind power turbines are in a bit of trouble over bad research - no good for those fighting to keep them alive. Microsoft has purchased a bit of Barnes & Noble and may be making some Windows changes to the NOOK - not now, but someday soon!

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Facebook to unveil new tool with “power to save lives”

Facebook to unveil new tool with “power to save lives”

It’s not often that the media get a chance to sit down with Mark Zuckerberg to talk about the future of Facebook, so when he does agree to an interview, it must be about something worth while. Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg will sit down with ABC for interviews with Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts on May 1st. Zuckerberg will be unveiling a new Facebook tool that “has the power to save lives.”

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Multi touch table achieves 3D effect using Kinect

Multi touch table achieves 3D effect using Kinect

Interactive tables aren’t anything new, but what about one you could potentially build by yourself on the cheap? That’s what one internet dweller has done, using a 2D projector, kinect unit, and four infrared lasers. The table appears to have a 3D holographic display, but it’s a clever piece of trickery: the Kinect tracks the user’s head in relation to the table, and the projector adjusts the image as necessary to give the illusion of a 3D space.

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Intel Next Unit of Computing packs palm-sized power

Intel Next Unit of Computing packs palm-sized power

Intel could take on Raspberry Pi and compact set-top boxes with a new, budget PC, the NUC or "Next Unit of Computing," set to launch in the second half of 2012. Dressed in a 10 x 10 cm demo box, the NUC is a full Core i3/i5 Sandy Bridge computer complete with Thunderbolt, HDMI and USB connectivity, Sweclockers reports, while inside there's a pair of laptop memory slots and a pair of mini PCIe headers.

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UK ISPs ordered to block access to The Pirate Bay

UK ISPs ordered to block access to The Pirate Bay

The High Court of England and Wales has ruled that five ISPs must block access to The Pirate Bay. Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media have all been ordered to prevent their customers from accessing the Magnet linking website following the ruling. The British Phonographic Industry sees it as a big win, saying that “The High Court has confirmed that The Pirate Bay infringes copyright on a massive scale.”

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