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  • Apple's new research complex to have massive underground auditorium

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:15 am

    Apple, in new drawings it has submitted as part of the construction of a research and development complex near its corporate headquarters, is showing off a massive underground auditorium where it will presumably unveil new products.
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    Change hidden iTunes preferences lets you tweak iTunes options

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:15 am

    Like OS X itself, iTunes has a good number of hidden settings that affect how the program works and what options are available to you—some of them letting you revert to the behavior and appearance of older versions of iTunes. And as with those hidden OS X settings, accessing iTunes’s secret features requires you to either hunt down special shell commands that you run in Terminal or use a third-party utility that presents the settings in an easy-to-use interface.
  • How fast are the MacBook's USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports?

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:15 am

    The new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air are the only laptops that support both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports for external devices. The performance advantage for peripherals is tremendous.
  • NASA shoots for riskier Mars rover landing

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:13 am

    NASA scientists are taking a risk, aiming to land its super Martian rover closer to its ultimate destination but near a hazardous mountain slope.
  • MIT enables robot, human collaboration in manufacturing

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:13 am

    MIT researchers have developed an algorithm that they say will enable robots to learn and adapt to humans so they can soon work side-by-side on factory floors.
  • Feature showdown: Apple Maps for iOS vs. Google Maps for iOS

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:12 am

    As expected, Apple has announced its own mapping solution for iOS 6, featuring real-time traffic conditions, turn-by-turn navigation, Yelp integration, vector graphics, and 3D flyovers. The new Maps app, due out this fall with iOS 6,
  • Apple adds iPad to back-to-school promo

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:12 am

    Amid the hurly-burly of Apple's sweeping announcements Monday, the company also quietly launched its annual back-to-school promotion, offering $100 gift cards to customers who buy a qualifying Mac and $50 to those who purchase a third-generation iPad.
  • Online marketers need to police privacy before the feds step in

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:11 am

    When it comes to marketing practices, businesses must adopt a more serious approach to protecting consumer privacy via meaningful industry self-regulation. If they don't, it's likely that there will be more rigorous oversight of the industry at the hands of federal regulators.
  • How to permanently erase personal files from a company PC

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:11 am

    Reader Steve wrote in with this question:
  • This vacuum backpack lets you climb any type of wall

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:07 am

    Climbing up vertical walls is usually not a daily affair for everyone, except for maybe cats. But for troops who need to quickly scale walls, the Utah State University (USU) "Ascending Aggies" team created a portable vacuum pack with suction gloves.
  • Nokia Lumia 900 phones appear in one college's freshman packet

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:05 am

    Are you a freshman at Seton Hall this fall? If so, in addition to your dorm keys and student ID, a nice new Nokia Lumia 900 is waiting for you. The New Jersey college will issue every member of the incoming Class of 2016 a phone through its Mobile Computing initiative.
  • Ruby, Clojure, and Ceylon: same goal, three very different results

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:03 am

    Charles Nutter, Rich Hickey, and Galvin King each discovered that 'simplicity' doesn't mean the same thing
  • US pushes forward on public-safety LTE network

    Posted June 15, 2012 - 8:08 pm

    The body defining standards for a mobile LTE network serving police, fire departments and other public safety agencies across the U.S. has finished testing radio-access gear and will start interoperability testing of packet-core equipment on July 9.
  • Painful truth on why venture capital firms reject startups

    Posted June 15, 2012 - 10:47 am

    Josh Breinlinger, VC, decides to tell budding entrepreneurs exactly why he won't fund them. But sometimes he lies.
  • Mandriva begins journey to a new foundation

    Posted June 15, 2012 - 9:33 am

    The Mandriva community is actively coalescing around the Linux distribution by creating a new foundation to protect it from fading away.
  • Regulating privacy in a big data world

    Posted June 15, 2012 - 12:00 am

    Consumers are concerned about their sensitive private data, but I’d argue they’re more concerned about it falling into unintended hands versus sharing it with business with whom they have a good relationship. They want bullet-proof security of their data. When security fails, that's when privacy concerns are heightened.
  • Should Microsoft buy Nokia? Bad idea, say analysts

    Posted June 14, 2012 - 3:26 pm

    Nokia's announcement that it plans to cut 10,000 job in coming months resurrected speculation that Microsoft should buy the cell phone maker in order to prop up its struggling Windows Phone platform.
  • Truth and project time estimates

    Posted June 14, 2012 - 1:09 pm

    Geeks are devoted to Truth, with a capital T. The question 'When will it be done?' feels like a request to lie.
  • Oracle: Java 7 auto-update could ding E-Business Suite installs

    Posted June 14, 2012 - 12:42 pm

    Oracle has issued an "urgent bulletin" asking desktop administrators to immediately turn off the Java Runtime Environment auto-update option "for all Windows end-user desktops connecting to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0, and 12.1" due to a critical incompatibility.
  • Mistakes, heavy competition forces Nokia to reboot

    Posted June 14, 2012 - 12:39 pm

    Nokia is betting on camera functionality, navigation technology and further price reductions for its Windows Phone-based products to turn the company around after a round of cost cuts. Breaking Apple's and Samsung's stranglehold on the smartphone market won't be easy, however.
  • Four reasons why the ‘Samsung Facebook’ rumor is total BS

    Posted June 14, 2012 - 12:22 pm

    Samsung building it's own social network to rival Facebook? Not a chance. But it sure makes for a nice fat traffic-sucking rumor.
  • Error code would warn of web censorship

    Posted June 14, 2012 - 10:16 am

    High-profile Google developer Tim Bray has proposed to the IETF that it adopt the HTTP Error Code 451 to denote a page that has been censored by authorities. His proposal includes space in the error notice for site owners to describe what content has been censored, and why.
  • Gaming's 15 funniest, most unfair, and memorable exploits

    Posted June 14, 2012 - 8:00 am

    Exploits. Sometimes, they break games in your favor, allowing you access to powers, abilities, and cheap ways to accomplish difficult tasks that a game’s developers didn’t intend for you to have (and a game’s testers somehow overlooked). But these exploits can sometimes turn the tables against your peaceful adventures--especially in massively multiplayer games like World of Warcraft or EVE Online, where game-breaking bugs can give your peers untold advantage over your hapless, plays-by-the-rules self.
  • 17 JavaScript tools for the HTML5 generation

    Posted June 14, 2012 - 8:00 am

    Look beyond jQuery and you'll find a wealth of JavaScript libraries tuned for mobile devices, Canvas-based animation, HTML5 video, local databases, and more
  • openSUSE 12.2 delayed, community re-working development model

    Posted June 14, 2012 - 7:26 am

    The upcoming 12.2 RC1 release of openSUSE has been delayed, and the final 12.2 release "won't see the light of day on July 11th," as developers within the openSUSE community struggle to fix their release efforts.
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