Archive for Apr 30, 2012

RIM reportedly involved in anti-Apple “Wake Up” campaign

RIM reportedly involved in anti-Apple “Wake Up” campaign

RIM has become the next company to be connected with the anti-Apple event held in Australia last week, after Samsung denied involvement despite proximity to the Galaxy S3 launch this week. Samsung told SlashGear in no uncertain terms on Friday that it was not behind the Sydney flash mob, which saw a bus-load of black-clad protestors arrive outside the Apple store waving "Wake Up!" banners. Now, thanks to some digging by MacTalk and others, there are indications that the BlackBerry manufacturer might be connected.

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Cube demos WebGL using Google Maps

Cube demos WebGL using Google Maps

Google may have a little fun with search occasionally, and now the company has created a dedicated game based around Google Maps. It’s called Cube, and is essentially a browser-based version of Labyrinth that uses real world maps. It’s controlled using your mouse, with movements shifting the balance of the cube as you try to navigate the blue ball towards the designated targets.

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LG Cloud looms for 2D/3D multimedia streaming

LG Cloud looms for 2D/3D multimedia streaming

LG has revealed its own multi-platform cloud media service, LG Cloud, squirting content between PCs, smartphones, tablets and smart TVs. Compatible with 2D and 3D content, the LG Cloud introduces the company's Real-time Streaming Transcoding technology to perform server-based media conversion to suit whatever device you're currently using; so, if you're on your Android smartphone but want to watch a Full HD .MKV file, the film will be automatically converted to suit the handset.

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Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs now available to order

Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs now available to order

The verdict is in on Intel’s new Ivy Bridge CPUs, and once again the chip manufacturer has offered up a boost in performance while reducing power and heat. If you’ve been waiting impatiently for retailers to start offering the new line of processors, then wait no longer: they’re now available to order from prominent internet retailers like Newegg and Amazon.

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Nokia close to selling Vertu division

Nokia close to selling Vertu division

There was a glimmer of hope for Nokia recently with the launch of the Lumia 900 in the US, but the recent Q1 financial results paired with new information reminds us that it's very much a struggling company. Nokia is reportedly in talks to sell its UK luxury phone division, Vertu, to private equity firm Permira. It comes after Standards & Poor downgraded Nokia’s credit rating to “junk” status last week.

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Google’s “rogue engineer” Street View excuse blown apart

Google’s “rogue engineer” Street View excuse blown apart

Suspicions around Google's handling of data privacy in Street View data collection have been reawakened, with allegations that the incident was not solely the work of one "rogue engineer." Google released a lightly-redacted version of the full report this weekend, leaving more details visible than the FCC's heavily censored version; in it, it's confirmed that the engineer who began the Street View project as his "20%" spare time project at Google "specifically told two engineers working on the project, including a senior manager, about collecting payload data."

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 twin-Kepler official

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 twin-Kepler official

NVIDIA has launched its latest graphics card, the GeForce GTX 690, with twin Kepler cores making it the world's fastest, at least for the moment. The GPU company hasn't wasted the opportunity to make the GeForce GTX 690 look the part, either, with superlatives galore: a trivalent chromium-plated aluminum frame, thixomolded magnesium alloy fan housing, and dual vapor chambers with a nickel-plated finstack.

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Six-year-old boy may set world computer expert record

Six-year-old boy may set world computer expert record

There are a lot of computer whiz kids out there. We've all seen the local news stories about the teenager who's created an awesome app, or the high school student working on an ambitious robotics project. We've all met those guys. But how often do you see a six-year-old kid who's been creating video game emulators since he was four and knows computers better than most adults?

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CBS ‘Amazing Race’ host confesses to being tech nerd

CBS ‘Amazing Race’ host confesses to being tech nerd

If you ever watch broadcast TV, you may see a lot of super intelligent people on there, but when it comes to technology everyone seems to either be legitimately dumb or pretending to be dumb because they think the rest of the country is technologically deficient. So when we found out that CBS host Phil Keoghan is a real gearhead, we thought maybe there is some hope for network TV after all.

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Prometheus gets new epic trailer

Prometheus gets new epic trailer

Are you excited about the huge-budget sci-fi alien thriller Prometheus? If you answered no, you should really re-evaluate your life. But if you answered yes, then you'll love the brand new trailer that just landed. Do you like that wordplay right there? Using the word "landed" in reference to an alien flick? Yep, we like to amuse ourselves sometimes. Anyway, check out the trailer right after the break...

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Look Ugly On Facebook

Friends Don’t Let Friends Look Ugly On Facebook

Since I joined Facebook, I have excised exactly 2 photos from my timeline at the request of my friends. The first was a photo of a friend who is now an up and coming actor. He's doing great work on the big screen, both here in the U.S. and in southeast Asia, and his popularity is starting to soar. We used to sing together in an a cappella group. Think "The Sing Off," but with more stubble and less talent. I posted a goofy looking picture of our old group, and I tagged all of us. Then I got an email from him asking me to remove his name.

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United Airlines blames computer glitches for massive loss

United Airlines blames computer glitches for massive loss

United Airlines posted its quarterly earnings at the end of last week, showing a very unimpressive $448 million net loss. Among the many factors that the company pointed to, it blamed computer outages and glitches as being one of the most costly. It is also, of course, one of the things that was most preventable. Airlines can't choose how much fuel is going to cost over the next several months, but it can be sure it has a robust computer system.

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