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Google

Submission + - Google aims to outthink Apple with new DARPA-like research team (bgr.com)

redkemper writes: Google on Monday stated in a regulatory filing that it will be cutting approximately 20% of Motorola Mobility’s workforce, eliminating 4,000 jobs and closing about one-third of Motorola’s offices around the world. It’s tough news for Motorola workers, but it came alongside the formation of a new division within Motorola that may help create a brighter future for the struggling smartphone maker...

Comment Re:This has been fixed (Score 1) 596

Since android's apis are java, it would be trivial to decompile and circumvent the code that initiates the online check. Code obfuscation helps but only to slow down the process marginally.

Really, java makes things very easy for hackers - at least with a "real" compiled language a little bit of effort would be necessary!

Comment Re:I'm glad I switch carriers (Score 1) 307

My wife just switched to Virgin mobile too (I don't have a data plan at all , lol) .
A high, initially off-putting, cost up front, but works out way cheaper in the long run. ($30/month if you set up automatic pay) Shame their choice of phones is pretty poor (though they have iphone now too), and that they're locked to the Sprint network, but i can get over that.

Hopefully a lot of people will switch and the big 4 providers will wake up and get their act together. I too liked the idea of the verizon/at&t shared plans, naively thinking it would save money. But even with 4 lines its *still* $55 a month each (what a bargain!) and that gives you a measely 250mb/month each (if shared equally)
Iphone

Submission + - Judge Rules iPod/iPhone Speaker Docks Don't Infringe on Bose Patent; Apple Sighs (cepro.com)

CIStud writes: "U.S. District Court in Massachusetts has ruled that iPod, iPad and iPhone speakers docks do not infringe on a patent owned by Bose Corp. for digital audio conversion. The ruling in the case of Bose vs. small dock speaker makers SDI, DPI, Imation and others reportedly was a test case that would have set precedent for potential patent infringement by other manufacturers... and even Apple... according to the defendant's legal team. At issue: Is an iPhone, iPad or iPod a "computer." The judge says they aren't."
Games

Submission + - Why Ouya isn't going to work (thetechblock.com)

thetechblock writes: "So there has been a lot of buzz on the Internet about a Kickstarter project called OUYA. For the uninitiated who have been living under a rock for the past week, OUYA is an open-source game console based on the Android operating system. It plugs into your TV and allows you to play games on your big screen (rather than on your phone or tablet screen, which has been the recent trend). And the overall mission is for this to be an open platform, unlike Xbox and PlayStation, so anyone can develop games for it (most independent developers can’t afford the fees required to publish their games on the big consoles). And one more thing: it only costs $99 if you donate to Kickstarter right now. Unsurprisingly, Ouya was the fastest project to ever hit $1 million in funding on Kickstarter, and it crossed the $4 million threshold in just a few days."
Programming

Submission + - Can 50-core Xeon Phi's x86 Architecture Best Nvidia's Massive GPUs? (sourceforge.net)

An anonymous reader writes: Nvidia's massively parallel GPUs are being harnessed by an increasing number of supercomputer makers to boost their performance, but at the cost of using a proprietary instruction set that was not designed for general-purpose computing. Now that Intel is releasing its own x86-based massively parallel processor--the Xeon Phi--the supercomputer community will have a choice to make: use Intel's x86 parallel processing tools to create their supercomputer applications or rewrite their applications to make use of Nvidia's GPU's and proprietary instructions. The verdict won't be in on which is best for several years, but I'm hoping to stimulate the programming community to start debating the pros and cons now, so that by the time Intel starts shipping its 50-core Xeon Phi this fall we can have enough data points to make an informed decision. What's your take on Intel's versus Nvidia's approach to supercomputing?

Comment Re:Native code (Score 1) 414

Yeah, WP7 was a write-off as far as cross platform apps were concerned for this reason (games in particular). They're still (unsurprisingly) pushing DirectX when everyone else is using OpenGL, but its better than nothing, and won't generally require a whole app rewrite.

Comment Re:This isn't a troll just an observation (Score 2) 288

This is all very well as a business strategy if they could actually pull it off. Unless you count windows itself, I'm not sure if any of their me-too products have been profitable at all. Even XBox, which many view as successful, is only starting to turn a profit 10 years later, and must surely constitute a huge net loss overall.

This strategy (if it is a strategy at all, and not just a general lack of direction/ideas) *should* avoid "high risk flailing about" but in practice, MS seem to do a lot of flailing anyway.

It boggles my mind that a company with so many resources, and willingness to throw its money about, consistently fails to produce successful new products.
Games

Submission + - Are Porn and Games Basically the Same Thing? (ign.com)

silentbrad writes: IGN published an article, today, discussing an editorial from CNN: Pornography and videogames are pretty much the same thing, according to a sensational and terrifying editorial published on CNN today called ‘The Demise of Guys: How Videogames and Porn are Ruining a Generation’. Games and porn are not only equal, they are equally damaging to young men, destroying their ability to connect with women, and therefore threatening the future of our entire species. ... The article, by psychologist Philip G. Zimbardo and Nikita Duncan argues that young men are “hooked on arousal, sacrificing their schoolwork and relationships in the pursuit of getting a tech-based buzz”. ... Zimbardo, has danced this jig before. At the Long Beach TED conference last year he told a delighted audience that “guys are wiping out socially with girls and sexually with women.” He added that young men have been so zombiefied by games and porn that they are unable to function in basic human interactions. “It’s a social awkwardness like a stranger in a foreign land”, he said. “They don’t know what to say. They don’t know what to do.”
Google

Submission + - Google Now Searches JavaScript (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: Google has been improving the way that its Googlebot searches dynamic web pages for some time — but it seems to be causing some added interest just at the moment. In the past Google has encouraged developers to avoid using JavaScript to deliver content or links to content because of the difficulty of indexing dynamic content. Over time, however, the Googlebot has incorporated ways of searching content that is provided via JavaScript.
Now it seems that it has got so good at the task Google is asking us to allow the Googlebot to scan the JavaScript used by our sites.
Working with JavaScript means that the Googlebot has to actually download and run the scripts and this is more complicated than you might think. This has led to speculation of whether or not it might be possible to include JavaScript on a site that could use the Google cloud to compute something. For example, imagine that you set up a JavaScript program to compute the n-digits of Pi, or a BitCoin miner, and had the result formed into a custom URL — which the Googlebot would then try to access as part of its crawl. By looking at, say, the query part of the URL in the log you might be able to get back a useful result.

Comment It could get worse (Score 1) 578

This is clearly a stupid claim for Fox to make,and i don't see them getting this tech banned any time soon.

I worry a little bit about what it will lead to though. TV companies aren't going to give up and go home, and businesses still want to advertise crap to us. I foresee a near future where all these ads will just get moved into "banners" (or similar) and displayed/overlaid *during* the show (this may happen at the source as part of the broadcast, or by the TV - youtube style). At this point we'll probably wish all we had ad-breaks back...

Comment Re:Not just Apple (Score 1) 337

While I agree with the point you're trying to make(that we should question our sources), I get pretty much the same results for your query on bing and google. Any summaries that indicate a favourite, pretty much all favour chrome (this is true on both bing and google, and isn't all that suprising if recent changes in market share are anything to go by)

I don't see any evidence of deliberate bias here.

Interestingly, the most obvious difference is that the top entry on Bing, is a paid ad for IE9.

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