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328 articles from THURSDAY 14.6.2012
- THURSDAY 14. JUNE, 2012
23:19 Diabetes Drug May Lower Breast Cancer RiskA diabetes drug may reduce the risk of breast cancer in some women, a new study suggests.
23:18 After Liposuction, Exercise Needed to Keep Off Belly FatLiposuction can actually cause an increase in fat around the organs in the abdomen, but a sustained exercise regimen can counteract this effect, a new study from Brazil suggests.
23:06 Were Neanderthals Europe's First Cave Artists?Paintings on cave walls in Spain are far older than previously thought.
22:56 Newfound Galaxy May Be Most Distant Ever Seen
22:36 AT&T Preps Exclusive U.S. Launch of Sony Xperia ionAT&T said Thursday that it will be exclusively launching Sony's latest 4G LTE Xperia smartphone June 24 at a price of $100 for customers signing two-year service contracts.
Called the Sony Xperia ion, Sony's Android smartphone features a 4.6-inch HD color screen, together with 12-megapixel front-facing and lower-resolution rear-facing cameras.
Devices such as the Sony Xperia ion, HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III are enabling a sea-change in personal photography that can change the way we picture our lives, said Jeff Howard, executive director of device product management at AT&T Mobility.
"The Xperia ion's 12-megapixel fast capture camera and quick launch feature is great when you need to catch life's unexpected moments," Howard wrote in a blog Thursday.
"It has a dedicated camera button and swiftly goes from standby to first camera shot in just 1.5 seconds, and then from shot-to-shot in less than a second, ensuring you don't miss a moment," Howard said.
Banking on Brand-Name Fame
Sony completed its acquisition of Ericsson's 50 percent share in their joint Sony-Ericsson handset venture in February. The Sony Xperia S -- the first smartphone from the newly created Sony Mobile Communications business to have the Sony brand name -- launched in the United Kingdom, Japan and other countries overseas, but wasn't picked up by any of the top wireless carriers in the U.S.
With the launch of the new Xperia ion, Sony hopes to capitalize on the good standing of the company's sterling brand name in the U.S. A recent consumer survey released by Strategy Analytics found the popularity of the Sony brand (29 percent) second only to Samsung (41 percent).
"In spite of its significant financial losses in its Consumer Electronics segment, Sony still has strong brand equity, which could serve as one of its greatest assets for a potential turnaround," said Jia Wu,...
22:27 Buggy Apps Killing Your Smartphone Battery
22:24 American drivers turn to smaller, better engines(AP) Back when gas was cheap, Americans bought cars with V-8 engines like the Big Block, Cobra Jet and Ramcharger. Acceleration was all that mattered, even in family cars that never made it to full throttle.
22:24 Insect-like flying robots self-recover after crash (w/ Video)(Phys.org) -- Autonomous flying robots? Yawn. Researchers from the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at Switzerlands EPFL wanted to go a step beyond. They are aware of nimble, adept flying robots that do not navigate into obstacles; what if, taking their inspiration from flying insects, they created flying robots that hit obstacles, crash, but get back to flying again? Even flying robots designed in the past to be capable of flight in cramped and cluttered environments left the team hoping to improve on limitations. As they noted, current systems might launch and fly well, but contact with obstacles might prove catastrophic and bring on mission-ending results.
22:24 Microsoft reaches into TV market with Xbox Live adsMicrosoft on Thursday unveiled ads for its popular Xbox Live online entertainment service that combine the interactivity of the Internet with old-school television viewing.
22:24 Predators have outsized influence over habitats, research saysA grasshopper's change in diet to high-energy carbohydrates while being hunted by spiders may affect the way soil releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, according to Yale and Hebrew University researchers in Science.
22:24 Did Neandertals Paint Early Cave Art?New dating technique sparks questions about how artistic talent evolved in prehistoric Europe
22:24 What Did the Amazon Look Like Before European Contact?New findings stir debate in archaeological circles
21:55 ScienceShot: Cosmic Collision Is Just a Trick of the EyeHubble captures two galaxies that appear to have slammed into each other
21:53 Customers Can Keep Current Plans, Verizon SaysAs customers and analysts pore over Verizon Wireless's new rate plans, which take effect June 28, the company is emphasizing that current customers will not have to give up a plan that already works for them.
The current plans allowing allocation of voice minutes, shared between family members, will sunset this month in favor of fixed plans for all lines -- $40 per smartphone, $30 per feature phone, with unlimited calls and texting. The sharing aspect then switches to data, with users able to divvy up one gigabyte for $50, all the way up to $100 for 10 GB.
Doing the Math
An individual user still paying $30 for a grandfathered unlimited plan (which Verizon began phasing out last year) or $30 for 2 GB wouldn't want to switch unless he or she is a low data user and the $40 flat fee for unlimited talk is less than his or her current plan, for example $59.99 for 900 minutes or $69.99 for unlimited.
In the latter case, a $99.99 bill goes down to $89.99 with the lowest data plan added on for 1 GB. (The savings would be lost with any overage, at $15 per gigabyte, however.)
But a family with four smartphones now paying $120 for four data plans with 2 gigs each could see some savings if they collectively use less than 8 GB.
For example, they could pay $80 for 6 GB. Even with two overages, for $30, the data cost would be less than $120.
Verizon is stressing that no one is required to give up old plans, (at least not yet).
"We're not forcing anyone to move to the new plans," the company's top marketing executive, Steve Mesnick, told Computerworld after several analysts publicly criticized the plan as being too much of a sweeping change in a fluid market.
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21:50 Green Blog: On the Trail of Oil-Munching OrganismsBy studying oil-digesting bacteria and fungi in the Gulf of Mexico, researchers hope to help inform future responses to oil spills.
21:48 Large Asteroid to Buzz Earth Tonight—Watch It Live
As big as a city block, the newfound space rock 2012 LZ1 will pass close to our planet tonight—find out how to see it live.
21:22 Bahrain Hands Down Sentences to Accused MedicsMany charges dropped, but jail time ranges up to 5 years
21:22 Soft drink consumption not the major contributor to childhood obesity, study saysMost children and youth who consume soft drinks and other sweetened beverages, such as fruit punch and lemonade, are not at any higher risk for obesity than their peers who drink healthy beverages, says a new study.
21:17 Time To Offer Subscriptions Through iTunes NewsstandIn another historic milestone for electronic publishing, Time Inc. has announced that it will sell iPad subscriptions of all its publications through Apple's online Newsstand, including Time, People, Sports Illustrated, and InStyle. Until this point, Time was one of the most prominent publishers to resist offering such subscriptions.
The magazines have been sold in iPad editions almost since the popular tablet was launched, but only as single editions. Previously, readers could subscribe to specific print versions, and then validate those print subscriptions to get access to the electronic editions.
Initially, Time was among the publishers that had objected to Apple's terms, which stipulated that the technology giant would not share subscription information it obtained through the iTunes App Store with the publisher. That appeared to be a deal-breaker, since it broke the essential connection between the publisher and subscribers.
The apparent solution to this issue is that Time will adopt a method used by Conde Nast and Hearst, where subscribers are asked to optionally provide their information right after they purchase subscriptions in the apps. If they don't, they might be prompted again when they try to access certain features, such as bookmarking.
A survey from the Association of Magazine Media has indicated that 66 percent of tablet users would choose to share their personal information, if they were able to receive advertising that is more relevant to them.
There are some reports indicating that Apple may have softened its position, as it faces increasing competition in e-publications from Amazon, Google, Barnes & Noble and others. Time told news media that "Apple understands our needs as publishers, and we feel confident we can manage our subscriber base well." The deal is the first major one by Laura Lang, who became CEO of Time in January.
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21:16 Military Says 'UFO' One of OursLate Wednesday night, the Internet lit up with photos of what appeared to be a UFO being towed on a flatbed truck near Washington, D.C. The aircraft is no longer unidentified, and it is certainly not alien-made.
21:15 A Three-Way Partnership at the Bottom of the SeaBivalves, bacteria, and seagrass help each other thrive in underwater meadows
21:09 Skip the Doctor's Office with iPhone Clip-OnsThese devices allow doctors to perform remote ear and skin examinations.
21:03 Sun Blasts Huge Magnetic Bubble at EarthFor the second day in a row, an active region on the sun has erupted with a coronal mass ejection, blasting a beautifully dynamic magnetic bubble of energetic plasma in the direction of Earth.
20:59 Materials Mysteriously Emit Electric Signal Before Failing
20:58 Microsoft Reported Readying $1 Billion Yammer AcquisitionGoogle bought YouTube. Facebook bought Instagram. Now, some are saying Microsoft is about to buy Yammer.
Microsoft is in talks to acquire Yammer in what is reported to be a blockbuster deal. According to Bloomberg, Redmond plans to pay more than $1 billion for the enterprise social network.
Yammer promises to bring the power of social networking to the enterprise in a private and secure environment that is as easy to use as Facebook and Twitter, yet designed for business collaboration. Bloomberg is citing two anonymous "people familiar with the matter" in its report.
Could Microsoft Retain Yammer Talent?
Microsoft could not immediately be reached for comment. Shelley Risk at Yammer told us, "We don't comment on rumor or speculation, sorry." But we caught up with Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group, to get his take on the rumors. He told us Microsoft could be trying to compete with Oracle.
"If you really want to build social media into a series of products, then you buy a company that's doing it successfully, because you need that skillset. The challenge for Microsoft in buying a company like this is retaining the people. They've had a poor history with that," Enderle said.
"Microsoft tends to buy a company and get the technology but they haven't been able to keep the people. To make an acquisition like Yammer work, Microsoft would really need to retain the talent."
If recent market moves are any indicator, the rumor could be true. Microsoft and Yammer got a little cozier in April. That's when Yammer integrated with Microsoft Dynamics CRM, which enables updates from the CRM solution to appear as activity stories in the Yammer Ticker.
Dynamics users who have installed the plug-in can follow important records such as accounts, campaigns and opportunities. When changes to these records occur,...