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224 articles from FRIDAY 13.7.2012
- FRIDAY 13. JULY, 2012
23:58 Apple reverses decision to leave 'green registry'
Apple has put its products back on an environmental rating registry after complaints following its decision last month to withdraw from the program.
23:36 Avastin Doesn't Benefit Breast Cancer Patients, Study ConfirmsThe drug Avastin neither prolongs the lives of breast cancer patients nor improves their quality of life, a new review of several randomized control trials of the drug confirms.
23:23 Scientist at Work Blog: Ranks in the Elephant SocietyThe absence of a leader has interrupted the rhythms of elephant life around a waterhole in Namibia, field researchers report.
23:17 Climate change campaigners cautioned over reaction to extreme weather
23:00 The web needs more women builders | Maggie Philbin
22:56 New Ford Car Tech Makes Traffic Jams More Bearable
The evolution of cruise control led to adaptive cruise control, which enables drivers to maintain a safe distance behind a vehicle in front based on the leader's variable speed, and in some cases to do this all the way to a stop. Now, Ford Motor Co. says it is working on the next step beyond this––an adaptation of adaptive cruise control and related technologies that will keep the car moving the same way in a traffic jam––along with other car tech innovations aimed at reducing driver stress levels and letting the car take on even more of the driving task than it can already.
22:56 Big Apple's Milky Way Galaxy: When Real Stars Shined Over NYC
22:50 Salesforce, Twitter Partner for Social CRMCompanies have long been using Twitter as part of their CRM strategy. Now, Twitter is getting the nod from an industry behemoth.
Salesforce.com and Twitter on Friday announced a strategic global alliance to provide Twitter's so-called fire hose of public tweets to Salesforce Radian6 customers.
With the partnership, Salesforce Radian6 customers can analyze more than 400 million tweets daily to listen, fuel engagement and gain customer insight. This latest effort builds on an existing three-year relationship between the two social pioneers.
"Twitter has changed the way people around the world communicate and interact with brands," said Marcel LeBrun, senior vice president and general manager for Salesforce Radian6. "The alliance between Twitter and Salesforce.com enables companies to apply the power of social listening and engagement to over 400 million tweets daily, providing opportunities for social enterprises to engage, solve problems, gain followers and build brand identity."
Salesforce acquired Radian6, a social media monitoring platform, in 2011 for $276 million in an all-cash deal. The deal closed about a year ago, allowing Salesforce.com customers to monitor literally hundreds of millions of conversations every day across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs and the online community in real-time. The alliance with Twitter takes that product to another level.
"Companies look to Twitter to connect with their customers in real time about the things that matter to them. Salesforce.com understands how to facilitate these interactions," said Jana Messerschmidt, vice president of Business Development at Twitter. "Combining the power of Salesforce Radian6 with Twitter helps companies understand and respond to their customers as these conversations are happening."
Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group, said that although companies are already using various social CRM tools, the tighter integration between Twitter and Salesforce Radian6 is a valuable option.
"Integrating the metrics into the same dashboard enables you to...
22:50 Solar Storm Warning System May Predict Dangerous Radiation
22:44 Facebook Stays Quiet on Plans to Let Children Under 13 Join
The social network dodges questions from lawmakers, saying its decision is not yet final.
Facebook is dodging questions about plans to open its network to young children, two concerned House lawmakers
22:29 Verizon Puts Its GameTamium Face On, Offering 150 On-Demand TitlesIf you like gaming on your mobile device and don't want to download dozens of apps, Verizon Wireless will now give you access to 150 selected titles through a single portal.
In a partnership with on-demand gaming provider Exent, Verizon has created GameTanium, a mobile game subscription service for Android smartphones and tablets featuring 100 smartphone games and 50 tablet games for a fee of $5.99 per month per device.
Easier than Surfing App Stores
The games are selected by Exent's editorial board, giving users confidence that the games are both fully compatible with their devices and cool.
"I hate to use the word game changer," said ABI Research wireless analyst Mike Morgan. "But this is a way for carriers to reinsert themselves into the conversation with over-the-top [companies] who deliver services over their network."
Morgan sees the arrangement as a big win for everyone involved: Verizon adds features to its devices to keep them interesting and controls the revenue by adding it to phone bills. The carrier could also see greater data revenue if capped-plan customers exceed their allowance.
Game makers win because it helps popularize their titles. And the consumer gains with access to a "curated" shop rather than having to surf through the tens of thousands of offerings in Google Play.
Morgan said that while serious gamers are generally dedicated to consoles and portable gaming devices, phone and tablets are grabbing an increasing share as people use them to kill time in waiting rooms or during their commute.
"Games are proving to be the most profitable category of application revenues and a key driver of the application ecosystem," he said. "Around 60 percent of users have done some kind of gaming on smartphones at some time."
Asked if on-demand gaming might take a chunk out of game-purchase revenue for developers, Morgan pointed to the example...
22:19 Getting amped: Instrument for exploring the cosmos and the quantum world createdResearchers have developed a new type of amplifier for boosting electrical signals. The device can be used for everything from studying stars, galaxies, and black holes to exploring the quantum world and developing quantum computers.
21:27 Coming solar storm not likely to affect power grid
A solar storm that began with a massive flare on the sun's surface Thursday is due to slam into Earth's magnetic field Saturday morning, but scientists say it won't affect power grids or air traffic control.
21:26 Dot Earth Blog: Turning a Coal Mine's Gas Problem Into a Ski Resort's CO2 and Energy SolutionA Colorado climate hawk cuts an energy deal with a mining company that sees warming as a delusion.
21:25 Fed. panel supports Kan. biosecurity lab projectA government-backed committee of the National Research Council issued a report Friday saying the United States would have adequate biosecurity protections even if plans for a proposed $1.14 billion lab in Kansas are scaled back.
21:24 Seattle Eyes High-Tech Gunshot DetectorsSeattle is looking at high tech acoustic detection to pinponit the locations of gunshots.
21:17 Apple's green registry u-turnApple is returning its products to a green certification scheme a week after pulling out of the registry.
21:14 Flights Take Off to Find 2011 East Coast Quake Fault
21:08 Pluto: Not a Planet; Still Very InterestingThe discovery of a fifth Plutonian moon doesn't change the dwarf planet's planetary status, but it does provide a tantalizing look into the little world's violent history.
21:03 2 Out Of 3 Buyers Pick Smartphones Over Feature PhonesThe percentage of Americans who own smartphones reached an all-time high of 54.9 percent of all U.S. mobile subscribers in the second quarter of 2012, according to a Nielsen report released Thursday. What's more, 67 percent of those who acquired a new mobile phone during the past three months elected to buy a smartphone.
Among American smartphone owners overall, 51.8 percent have Android-powered devices, 34.3 percent have iOS handsets and 8.1 percent have BlackBerry models, Nielsen said. However, Nielsen researchers said 54.6 percent of recent mobile device buyers preferred smartphones running Google's Android mobile OS.
Apple's iOS was the second-most popular choice among recent U.S. smartphone buyers at 36.3 percent. The bad news for Research In Motion is that only 4 percent of recent buyers elected to buy a new BlackBerry model.
Despite Android's lead as the prevalent mobile OS in use in the United States, Apple retained its top position as the nation's leading smartphone manufacturer. Nielsen said 34 percent of U.S. smartphone users own an iPhone, whereas the top Android smartphone makers were Samsung (17 percent), HTC (14 percent) and Motorola (11 percent).
Google's Biggest Challenge
Android's share gains among recent U.S. smartphone buyers are important to Google's search business because a growing percentage of all browsing activities on a global basis originate from mobile devices. According to Net Applications, 8.2 percent of all the computing machines connected to the Internet today are mobile devices.
However, Android's recent gains among U.S. smartphone buyers won't be enough to overcome Apple's overwhelming lead in the tablet market. Net Applications reports that Apple's Safari remains the world's top mobile browser with a 65.8 percent share -- and with Apple's iOS similarly commanding the mobile OS market with a 65.3 percent share.
So Google's biggest challenge is to find more effective ways to boost the popularity...
21:01 Soyuz rocket prepared for launch
A Russian Soyuz rocket has been moved into place at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad in Kazakhstan in preparation for the Saturday night blast-off of the spacecraft, which will carry a three-member crew to the International Space Station.
21:00 Rolling Stones Rare Photo Show Marks 50th YearThe Rolling Stones launched a rare photo exhibit to mark 50 years since their first gig.
20:57 Green Blog: Shell Seeks to Weaken Air Rules for Arctic DrillingShell says its rig Discoverer cannot meet the emissions requirements of an air permit granted by the E.P.A. in January.
20:36 Lemurs Named World's Most Endangered Mammals
Of all the world's animals living on the verge of extinction, Madagascar's lemurs are teetering closest to the brink. A new assessment of these primates reveals they are probably the most endangered group of vertebrates on Earth, beating out all other mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and bony fish for the dismal distinction.
20:36 Avaya Launches Unified Communications for Small BusinessesAvaya has launched a cloud-based, integrated suite of unified communications for small businesses. Called AvayaLive Connect and first announced in March, it provides voice, conferencing, messaging, mobility, presence and video through the Internet.
At a cost of $19 per user per month, the service is designed to provide unified communications for small organizations, without capital investment or IT maintenance requirements. The service is ordered and accessed, and the client app downloaded, over the Web.
Four Platforms Supported
AvayaLive Connect supports bring-your-own-device environments, mobile employees working remotely, and four computer and mobile platforms -- PC, Mac, iOS, and Android. Full-featured desktop phones are optionally also available from Avaya, and customers can test out the service through a free, 30-day trial. There is no contract, and the service can be terminated at any time.
Through the service, each signed-up user gets an external phone and is directly accessible to callers. There is unlimited long-distance calling in the continental U.S. and Canada, and two to six users can participate in multi-party video calls via PC or Mac Softphone.
Voicemail, offered with a visual management interface, comes with a mobile phone app and e-mail notification. Each user gets a personal conference bridge, which is controllable via visual controls on the mobile phone app or the PC/Mac Softphone, and voicemail storage up to 60 minutes per user.
A line designated as a main business phone number has automated answering functions, including dial by name or extension. The company said that additional hunt and queue functionality, such as rolling over a call to another line when the called line is busy, will be introduced in the near future. Each business can have up to 40 users signed up for the monthly service.
We asked Avaya spokeswoman Deborah Kline how this service compared with what's currently available in the market for small businesses.