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+ - Microsoft Surface drowning?

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Again, no much good news for the MS Surface. Computerworld reports a Microsoft's losses on the tablet device at $US1.7 billion so far. But, still, Microsoft is serene

"It’s been exciting to see the response to the Surface Pro 3 from individuals and businesses alike. In fact, Surface Pro 3 sales are already outpacing prior versions of Surface Pro. The Surface business generated more than $2B in revenue for the fiscal year 2014 and $409 million in revenue during Q4 FY14 alone, the latter of which included just ten days of Intel Core i5 Surface Pro 3 sales in Canada and the US".

Should Microsoft pull the plug on the tablet? Or maybe it's just a matter of users getting used to the Surface?"

+ - Bill Gates: Snowden is No Hero!

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "In a lengthy interview from Rolling Stone, Bill Gates, among many other subjects, is asked: "Do you consider [Snowden] a hero or a traitor?". The Microsoft founder answers: "I certainly wouldn't characterize him as a hero (...) You won't find much admiration from me".
What about Government Surveillance? "The government has such ability to do these things. (...) But the specific techniques they use become unavailable if they're discussed in detail"
Rolling Stone retorts that Privacy can be an issue, "We want safety, but we also want privacy" says the journalist. Bill Gates's tells his main priority focuses on stopping the bad guys: "let's say you knew nothing was going on. How would you feel? I mean, seriously. I would be very worried. Technology arms the bad guys with orders of magnitude more [power]. Not just bad guys. Crazy guys.""

+ - How Steve Jobs Got the iPhone Into Japan

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Masatoshi Son, SoftBank CEO, remembers the early days when he tried to cut a deal with Steve Jobs in order to be the first to offer the -not even named iPhone yet- "new phone" from Apple, back in 2005. At the time, Son didn't even own a mobile carrier. He then purchased Vodafone, and was indeed the first to sell the iPhone in 2008 (then Au-Kddi in 2011, and DoCoMo in 2013). Today, 75% of smartphones sold in Japan are iPhones."

+ - China hits back on U.S. human rights record 2

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "The Xinhua news agency reports that the China's State Council, in response to the "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012" issued by the U.S. State Department, published in turn his own report on "The Human Rights Record of the United States", arguing that "the U.S. turned a blind eye to its own woeful human rights situation".
Notably, the report mentions "Closer surveillance of citizens", "More violent crimes involving guns", "Money wars in politics", "Growing gap between the rich and poor", "Violating human rights in other nations"."
Power

+ - Fukushima power plant blackout II

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "The well known Fukushima daiichi power plant suffers from a power black-out since yesterday Monday evening (local time), leading to stopping the flow of cooling water to four fuel storage pools. However, "No need to worry, temperatures will remain in the safe range for 4 days" said the also well known company in charge, Tepco. The cause of the blackout is still being investigated."
Transportation

+ - Japan Grounds All Its Boeing 787s After Emergency Landing->

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has already occupied some of Slashdot news space recently: FAA to investigate the 787 (Jan 11) or 787 catches fire in Boston (Jan 08). Today (Jan 16 JST) happened another incident that makes Japan grounds all of its 787s fleet until an internal investigation gives more information about the problem: a 787 from ANA had seemingly a battery problem and some smoke has been seen inside the cockpit. The plane had to proceed an emergency landing and passengers had to be evacuated.
This is the latest setback for Boeing and its problem-hit Dreamliner planes that takes another turn today with the grounding of the Japan 787s fleet."

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Google

+ - Google Maps finally available on iOS

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "After the disastrous Apple Maps replacement over Google Maps in September, Google made a Maps app on iOS approved and released by Apple today. The app includes turn-by-turn directions, vector-based graphics and live traffic data. It's available from the Apple Store for iPhone and iPod touch (and iPad — iPhone format). At least."
Microsoft

+ - Surface sales 'modest' so far said Ballmer->

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Sales of Microsoft’s Windows RT-based Surface tablet are off to a “modest” start according to chief executive Steve Ballmer. Given the general dropping sales in the PC business coupled with Microsoft’s relatively small inventory of Surface machines, it’ll be interesting to see how soon Surface can hit Microsoft’s million milestone.
(Update originally from French Le Parisien)"

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Crime

+ - Japan nuke crisis crew not told of danger->

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "The operator of a Japanese nuclear plant that went into a tsunami-triggered meltdown knew the risks from highly radioactive water at the site but sent in crews without adequate protection or warnings, a worker said in a legal complaint. He gave a rare public account of what happened at the plant during the accident, describing a harrowing scene of darkness and fear, wading with headlamps into a flooded basement through steaming radioactive water that felt warm even through workers' boots.

On Oct. 30, he filed a complaint with a labor standards office in Fukushima, asking authorities to confirm TEPCO's safety violations and issue improvement orders. He also is seeking penalties--up to six months in jail or fines of up to 500,000 yen ($6,250) under the Industrial Safety and Health Act--against the company that supervised him."

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Transportation

+ - Laser speed sensor promises safer air travel->

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Airplanes use currently the (un)famous pitot tubes to get an estimate of their current speed. Unfortunately the tubes may suffer from the very low temperatures at high altitudes, and send wrong data to the captain — that may lead to a crash in the worst case scenario. Australian engineers offer a brand new technology to calculate the plane speed: two lasers beams are emitted in opposite direction, the difference in frequency gives the speed, thanks to the Doppler effect."
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Iphone

+ - Apple now shipping Lightning adapters->

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Apple started shipping the Lightning (iPhone 5 connector) to 30-pin adapters, that costs from $29 to $39. Some iPhone 5 owners complained about its new connector being incompatible with the previously well known 30 pin connectors (iPhone 4S and before, iPod, iPad, chargers, music combos...). And the adapter comes to the rescue...
However, considering the recent wave of disappointment engendered by the new Apple device (Maps, iOS6 bugs, lack of innovation, lack of staff motivation, etc...), some people may argue that what Apple really needs is a Cook to Jobs adapter..."

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Android

+ - Nikon announces Android-powered compact camera->

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Nikon announced the S800c — the first compact camera from a major manufacturer to openly use the Android mobile operating system. The S800c is a full Android 2.3 device, that can run any available apps an equivalent smartphone could offer. The Photoshop app for instance could be an obvious choice. But one may prefer to play a famous game on the camera, like Fruit Ninja. Compared to a classic smartphone, the Android powered device offers the advantages of a Nikon Coolpix camera — like a larger sensor and 16MP.
While smartphones cameras tend to get closer to compact cameras specs, it seems Nikon took the initiative and opened their camera to the Android world. So, in the end, will we have smartphones offering true-camera specs, or compact cameras offering all the smartphones features?"

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+ - French shootings suspect found thanks to an IP address

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "According to breaking news the French shootings suspect was found thanks to the IP address of his brother. The brother contacted one of the soldiers who was killed (March 15) to purchase his bike, and the police could trace that exchange and identify the buyer's IP address.
Fortunately, those killers are not IT experts and have no clue how they can be traced back thanks to the various logs they sow on the way."
Apple

+ - Movie about Steve Jobs->

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "It is reported that Sony bought the rights to a biopic on the life of Steve Jobs with the intent of making a movie. The biography on which the movie would be based was written by former CNN chairman and current managing editor of Time magazine, Walter Isaacson (biography to be released October 24).
There are discussions about what could be the best title, and which actor would fit the best for the main role.
While the biography was approved by Mr Jobs, what about some other people who crossed Steve's life and who may not have always been portrayed in a friendly way in his other biographies (the most famous one being probably Bill Gates).
Is Sony able to provide an unbiased work, without having Steve Jobs around to make sure they do?"

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