Archive for Feb 28, 2013

Inside Facebook: Propaganda printing-presses and free food

Inside Facebook: Propaganda printing-presses and free food

Retro arcade machines, an on-site print shop tongue-in-cheek known as "the propaganda wing", and the general feel of a dorm room: it can only be Facebook's HQ. The BBC took a video tour around the Silicon Valley headquarters of the social networking company, coming across the usual start-up must-haves of free bikes, meals, and even laundry facilities, wrapped up in a design attitude that attempts to channel Mark Zuckerberg's more humble origins despite the hundred-billion dollar floatation.

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Samsung Tweet invites everyone to Times Square for Galaxy S IV launch

Samsung Tweet invites everyone to Times Square for Galaxy S IV launch

When it comes to Android smartphones Samsung makes some of the best out there. The company's Galaxy S III is one of the best smartphones on the market and has sold in huge numbers for Samsung. That smartphone is also one of the strongest competitors to the iPhone from Apple.

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Bizarre cloud formation over New Zealand isn’t Photoshopped

Bizarre cloud formation over New Zealand isn’t Photoshopped

Weather can do some bizarre things here on Earth. From flooding to volcanoes to tsunamis, our planet has a lot of strange phenomenon that it can throw at us. A picture has been making the rounds of some very strange cloud formations over New Zealand. The first time I saw the photograph, I thought it was a Photoshop fake.

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SteadyWheel hits Kickstarter and works with just about any camera

SteadyWheel hits Kickstarter and works with just about any camera

If you're an avid photographer or videographer using anything from a traditional camcorder to a sports camera such as a GoPro, SteadyWheel is something that might interest you. This large circular device appears to be approximately the size of a small steering wheel. The device is made from ABS plastic with small weights embedded around the rim.

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Evernote hits 2m UK users as business tools accelerate

Evernote hits 2m UK users as business tools accelerate

Evernote has smashed past the two million active UK users mark, the cloud-based note-taking company has confirmed, doubling its footprint in the country within the space of a year. Perhaps more interestingly, the UK is supposedly Evernote's biggest Evernote Business market in Europe, too. Nonetheless, the UK market base is still just a fraction of Evernote's total userbase.

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ANT unveils latest protocol, offers improvements in power and speed

ANT unveils latest protocol, offers improvements in power and speed

ANT Wireless has announced its next generation protocol, which offers improvements in both efficiency and functionality that the company says are essential to health, fitness, and sports, all areas where the company focuses. The new protocol has been launched on what ANT reports as the industry's first SoC, offering advantages in multiple areas, including cost, speed, power, and size.

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T-Mobile releases 2012 Q4 data, shows $4.9 billion in revenues

T-Mobile releases 2012 Q4 data, shows $4.9 billion in revenues

T-Mobile has released its fourth quarter earnings for 2012, showing a drop in revenue over the fourth quarter of 2011 to $4.9 billion, a 5.2-percent decrease. Still, the revenues represent a second quarter of growth for the carrier, which also saw growth in both its Monthly4G plans and branded prepaid customers. While the data shows both gains and losses for the company, overall things were less than fantastic.

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Sony releases experimental Firefox OS to advanced developers

Sony releases experimental Firefox OS to advanced developers

Sony has announced the availability of an experimental version of Firefox OS for the Xperia E. Aimed at providing advanced developers with the operating system so that they can get a feel for it and offer feedback, the release is accompanied by a lengthy starter guide on installing to an Xperia E, as well as a quick history on the OS. You can check out a video of it in action after the jump.

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Google unveils mobile device-controlled Super Sync Sports game

Google unveils mobile device-controlled Super Sync Sports game

Google has unveiled a Chrome Experiment called Super Sync Sports, a side-scrolling game with colorful animation and simple, yet addictive sub-games: racing, cycling, and swimming. Instead of using your computer's controls to play, however, gamers sync and use their mobile device, using it as a controller, hence the game's name. You can check out a video of the game in action, as well as instruction on how to play yourself.

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US Cellular now offering 4G LTE Galaxy Note 10.1

US Cellular now offering 4G LTE Galaxy Note 10.1

Back in February 2012, US Cellular kicked off its LTE network with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet when its 4G network went live. Now, the carrier has released another Galaxy tablet, this time offering the Note 10.1 for sale on its website. The device is sold along with a data plan that ranges from 2GB to 10GB per month, with the lowest price point coming in at $25.

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Dennis Tito announces plans to send married couple on a private Mars flyby mission

Dennis Tito announces plans to send married couple on a private Mars flyby mission

Dennis Tito, an American millionaire, announced plans earlier today at the National Press Club to send a married couple on a flyby trip past Mars. This will be done as part of his newly created Inspiration Mars Foundation organization, which was also announced today. As part of the mission, which is set to take well over a year at 501 days, two individuals will be selected - one man and one woman - who Tito prefers to be a married couple.

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Tesla to repay Department of Energy loan ahead of schedule, says CEO

Tesla to repay Department of Energy loan ahead of schedule, says CEO

Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO, stated at the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy's summit today that the company will repay the loans it received from the Department of Energy ahead of time, giving a time frame of half the time it was given for doing so. This puts the payoff completion date sometime around 2015, with the company being on the hook for $465 million.

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