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Submission + - Statistical analysis finds Google shuts down 35% of its services (bgr.com) 1

zacharye writes: A statistical analysis of Google’s track record has found that more than one out of every three services Google launches ends up being shut down. A recent extensive analysis of Google’s launches over the years was published in an effort to find closure patterns and maybe even predict which current and new services might be shuttered in the future. In doing so, the site found that a sizable chunk of Google’s product portfolio — 35% — has been shut down over the years...

Submission + - Is Apple Doubling Down on Secrecy - Again? (ibtimes.co.uk)

DavidGilbert99 writes: Tim Cook quite clearly during Apple's latest earnings call this week that it would not launch new hardware, software or services until "the fall" meaning there would be at least a ten month gap between the launch of the iPad mini and whatever is next from Apple. Is this just a change of tactic from the Cupertino company, or is Tim Cook trying to re-instill a sense of mystery and secrecy around the company, having lost that over the last 18 months?

Submission + - AMD Say - No DirectX 12, Ever! (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: This is a strange story that is difficult to make sense of. An AMD Vice President of Global Channel Sales, Roy Taylor, has said that there will be no DirectX12 at any time in the future. In discussing, in an interview with German magazine, Heise.de, the new trend for graphics card manufacturers to release top quality games bundles registered to the serial number of the card, Taylor explains that his is the way to go now that the DirectX update cycle is no longer driving the market.
"there will be no DirectX 12. That's it. "
Last January there was another hint that things weren't fine with DirectX when Microsoft sent an email to its MVPs that said http://games.slashdot.org/story/13/02/01/0245208/microsoft-phases-out-xna-and-directx:
"DirectX is no longer evolving as a technology."
Which was quickly corrected but without mentioning any prospect of DirectX 12.
So is it just another error or rumor? Can you dismiss something that AMD are basing their future marketing strategy on?

Submission + - Office delay gives Google a real chance, and not just Google Apps. (zdnet.com) 1

rtfa-troll writes: Microsoft Office slideware for iOS and Android has been resisting many migrations to Google Apps. Although a number of the largest companies, from KLM to Disney have already moved to Google Apps, most large companies are still using MS office heavily and the majority of current Google users are smaller businesses. Now Microsoft has been forced to admit that its office suite for Android will be delayed by at least a year and Zdnet tells us that Google will be the big winner from that, however they say that QuickOffice rather than Google apps will be the main winner. Other Android app suites will benefit too, though currently The Android version of LibreOffice is only available as a dev build for sideloading and is having some difficulties packaging for Google play so may not benefit from this delay unless some more volunteers step up to help. Microsoft relies heavily on office for revenue so this may represent a real long term threat to the company.
Software

Submission + - Has Kickstarter Peaked? (slashdot.org)

Nerval's Lobster writes: "Kickstarter has taken off in the past year, raising big money for a wide variety of projects. Look at some of their stats: in June 2012, only seven projects raised more than a million dollars apiece; in the past nine months, another 16 projects have passed that threshold. Since the site began operations in 2009, several of the 38,000 funded projects have broken out as superstars, including the Pebble Watch and a new gaming console. With all this competition, has crowdfunding gotten, well, too crowded? Is Kickstarter peaking? As the dollar amounts have grown, so has the potential for abuse. Hidden amidst all these success stories and multi-million dollar payouts are some sadder tales. The majority of the nearly 50,000 unfunded Kickstarter projects received less than 20 precent of their funding goals, with 11 percent never even getting a single pledge."
Government

Submission + - FBI Files Unlock History Behind Clandestine Cellphone Tracking Tool (slate.com)

concealment writes: "Stingrays, as I’ve reported here before, are portable surveillance gadgets that can trick phones within a specific area into hopping onto a fake network. The feds call them “cell-site simulators” or “digital analyzers,” and they are sometimes also described as “IMSI catchers.” The FBI says it uses them to target criminals and help track the movements of suspects in real time, not to intercept communications. But because Stingrays by design collaterally gather data from innocent bystanders’ phones and can interrupt phone users’ service, critics say they may violate a federal communications law.

A fresh trove of FBI files on cell tracking, some marked “secret,” was published this week by the Electronic Privacy Information Center. They shed light on how, far from being a “new” tool used by the authorities to track down targets, Stingray-style technology has been in the hands of the feds since about 1995 (at least). During that time, local and state law enforcement agencies have also been able to borrow the spy equipment in “exceptional circumstances,” thanks to an order approved by former FBI Director Louis Freeh."

Blackberry

Submission + - RIM and HTC are Q3s biggest smartphone losers (bgr.com)

redkemper writes: Research In Motion and HTC definitely don’t need any more bad news, but unfortunately the hits keep on coming. Third-quarter smartphone estimates are trickling out from all the top firms and a number of interesting items are emerging. On the plus side, Samsung continues to keep things interesting in its battle at the top with Apple, and the company’s Galaxy S III out-sold the iPhone to become the No.1 handset in the world. In more disheartening news, RIM and HTC continued their downward spirals the third quarter...

Submission + - First Crysis 3 Video Relased, Shows off CryENGINE 3 Capabilities (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: The first Crysis 3 trailer has been released and it shows off in-game footage and the mind blowing capabilities of the CryENGINE 3 that now supports DirectX 11. The real-time rendering has been taken up a notch allowing gamers to experience some of the best visuals ever seen. CryENGINE3 delivers excellent graphics and it is more or less “what you see is what you play” thing thanks to the news tools that allows for tessellation in real-time, enhanced ocean and water rendering, improved character technology along with dynamic volumetric light beams and light shaft effects. The engine also delivers Composite 3D Lens Flares & FX along with Procedural HDR Flares and Shapes. “Crysis 3 is out February 2013 and is playable publicly for the first time at GamesCom 2012.”
Intel

Submission + - The Decay of the Atom Processor (pcper.com)

Phopojijo writes: "It is easy to pass judgment on the netbook form factor but the problem was always its processing ability — the form factor just inherited the blame by association. Low-voltage adaptations of mainstream architectures will soon collide against ARM and leave low-power x86 architectures with no legitimate room to exist: “Intel is likely to continue on with Atom in computers, but only because it will be easy to offer the fruits of its smartphone endeavors in desktop and laptop PCs. There’s no particular reason for Intel to kill it but – in regards to laptops and desktops – there’s no reason for Intel to make it better.”"
Government

Submission + - Surveillance Company Says It Sent Fake iTunes, Fla (wsj.com)

hessian writes: "Gamma International UK Ltd. touts its ability to send a “fake iTunes update” that can infect computers with surveillance software, according to one of the company’s marketing videos.

The Wall Street Journal unveiled on Saturday the “Surveillance Catalog” – an online database containing highlights from surveillance industry marketing documents. The documents show dozens of companies making and selling everything from “massive intercept” gear that can gather all Internet communications in a country to “hacking” tools that allow governments to break into people’s computers."

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