Archive for June, 2012

Your smartphone mistakes

5 hrs. Adam Dachis , Lifehacker MorePixels / Getty Images / Vetta Talking or texting while driving is just one of the stupid things we do with our smartphones. Your smartphone can be your second brain, but it can also turn you into a person with no sense of direction, poor social skills and next […]

Apple vs. Microsoft vs. Google

5 hrs. Devin Coldewey Devin Coldewey / msnbc.com In the last few weeks, the tech industry’s biggest players have shown off their newest software and hardware, all aiming to make big moves before the end of the year. Apple has iOS 6 and the new MacBook Pros, Microsoft unveiled the new Surface and is preparing Windows 8 […]

Witnesses: Timbuktu treasures damaged

Romaric Ollo Hien / AFP – Getty Images Islamists rebels of Ansar Dine, seen on April 24, 2012 near Timbuktu, Mali, have destroyed the tomb of Saint Sidi Mahmoud. DAKAR — Armed fighters of Mali’s al-Qaida-linked Ansar Dine Islamist group on Saturday destroyed mausoleums in the ancient trading city of Timbuktu, classified as a UNESCO […]

$2.5m theft racket reported at Holden

Thieves have reportedly stolen $2.5 million worth of engines, transmissions and parts from car maker Holden in South Australia, in what police say could be an inside job. News Limited says the items allegedly siphoned off include hi-tech V8 motors worth $10,000 each, but sold for as little as $1,500 by the thieves on the […]

Newman stamps his mark

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman addresses the Liberal Party’s 56th Federal council meeting in Melbourne. It has taken only 100 days for Campbell Newman to put his authoritative, conservative and frugal imprint on Queensland. As he did during the election campaign, the Premier has stuck doggedly to a plan to reshape the state in 100 days, […]

The world according to Clive

“The ones that get here, allow them to be processed” … Clive Palmer on asylum seekers. Photo: Simon O’Dwyer The billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer was the star turn at yesterday’s Liberal Party federal council meeting. But the Queenslander lost his bid to ban party office holders from working as paid lobbyists, journalists or fund-raisers […]

Naden moved for medical treatment

Malcolm Naden, formerly one of Australia’s most wanted men who was captured this year, has been moved to Sydney’s Long Bay jail for medical treatment. Police sources told The Sun-Herald that Mr Naden was moved from the Goulburn Correctional Centre, a Supermax prison, last week. “There is nothing unusual about this. As you can imagine […]

Two boats carrying 108 were intercepted overnight

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Slipper accuser James Ashby ‘delusional and unhinged’

Political advisor James Ashby has accused Speaker Peter Slipper of sexual harassment. Picture: Megan Slade Source: The Daily Telegraph Paul Fidler says he was targeted by James Ashby in a series of abusive calls. Picture: Annie Murray Source: The Sunday Telegraph Prev  of 2 Next THE man at the centre of the Peter Slipper sexual harassment […]

Frozen egg birth rate remains low

On the rise … approximately three per cent of Australian babies born in 2009 were conceived with in vitro methods. Photo: Frances Stewart WOMEN should not put off starting a family until their 40s in the belief they will simply be able to freeze their eggs and have them thawed later, a fertility specialist says. […]

Police lay 171 charges after NSW raids

NSW police remove marijuana plants during a drug raid. Picture: Nathan Edwards Source: The Daily Telegraph Simultaneous police raids across NSW by almost 150 officers have led to 18 arrests and more than 170 drug charges. ALMOST 150 police stormed 18 properties across Sydney, the Hunter Valley, Tamworth and the Central Coast at 7am  on […]

Rhetoric continues as carbon tax hits

AAP As one of the country’s most contentious political issues becomes reality, both sides of politics are busily continuing the public campaign to spruik or refute the merits of the carbon tax. Prime Minister Julia Gillard said most of the country will go about their normal Sunday activities on July 1, the day the nation’s […]

Kochie shows interest in taking dip in bathhouse

Illustration: Cathy Wilcox THE Sunrise host David Koch will risk taking a towelling on his next investment – a bathhouse business in Kings Cross. ”Kochie” is poised to sink some of his fortune into an Asian-style steam bath to be opened by his former executive producer, Adam Boland. In a surprise announcement last year, Boland […]

The Scienceblogging Weekly (June 29th, 2012)

Blog of the Week: This week’s choice was easy – March of the Fossil Penguins, written by Dr. Daniel Ksepka. What is there not to like? Penguins! Fossils! Straight from the keyboard of the leading world expert on the topic. Enjoy!   Top 10: How presidential elections are impacted by a 100 million year old […]

Instagram Still Down After Storm Cuts Power During Brutal Heat Wave

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5 iPhone Apps for Better Photos and Videos

A scruffy, young Steve Jobs worked at Atari before he founded Apple. “Pong,” one of the world’s first video games, was born there, as was “Centipede,” a classic from the era of quarter-guzzling arcade machines. “Call of Duty” creator Activision was started by four of Atari’s former game developers. FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinPinterestTumblrRedditStumbleUponDiggemail

10 Adorable Charms for Your Headphone Jack

A scruffy, young Steve Jobs worked at Atari before he founded Apple. “Pong,” one of the world’s first video games, was born there, as was “Centipede,” a classic from the era of quarter-guzzling arcade machines. “Call of Duty” creator Activision was started by four of Atari’s former game developers. FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinPinterestTumblrRedditStumbleUponDiggemail

What is AWS and How Did It Bring Down Instagram?

Instagram has been insta-tripping since Friday night and here’s why: A in northern Virginia that took out the servers it runs on. Maybe you’re wondering how a storm on the East Coast killed access to your favorite photo sharing app, which is based in San Francisco. That’s because , like many major web companies, uses […]

In a Relationship: College Students and Their Smartphones [INFOGRAPHIC]

College students aren’t just concerned with getting good grades and finding the best parties. More than ever, they’re using their to navigate life on campus. On the bus, waiting in line, in bed, on the treadmill and even while driving, college students can’t seem to put their phones down. Fifty-two percent say they often check […]

Wickr gives iPhone messages military-grade protection

Celebrity scandals fueled by leaked text messages or emailed images inspired a new application to give users of Apple gadgets uncrackable communications that can be made to self-destruct. The Wickr app has been downloaded thousands of times since the software crafted for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices hit the virtual shelves of Apple’s online […]

Some see Waterloo for troubled BlackBerry maker

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion is now in a struggle for survival after its latest quarterly report underscoring its deteriorating position against other smartphone makers, analysts say. The firm, which is headquartered in the ironically named city of Waterloo, Ontario, appears on shaky ground. Not only did RIM report a widening loss of $518 million […]

New Robin app for Android is a magnificent travel companion

Robin is your imperfect Siri-like girlfriend available for free on your Android device. She likes to boss you around while driving and might even give you the wrong directions. But, Robin will take your feedback and patch up her problems unlike your perfect girlfriend. Hmmm… sounds interesting, right? If you enjoy trying apps while in […]

Storm Damage in the US: Did it Affect You?

A scruffy, young Steve Jobs worked at Atari before he founded Apple. “Pong,” one of the world’s first video games, was born there, as was “Centipede,” a classic from the era of quarter-guzzling arcade machines. “Call of Duty” creator Activision was started by four of Atari’s former game developers. FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinPinterestTumblrRedditStumbleUponDiggemail

Virginia storm knocks out servers for 3 websites

NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix, Instagram and Pinterest are using Twitter and Facebook to update subscribers after a Virginia storm caused server outages for hours. Netflix and Pinterest restored service by Saturday afternoon. Instagram engineers are working to restore service but no data was lost. The three websites are customers of Amazon Inc.‘s web services […]

Happy Social Media Day 2012 [VIDEO]

A scruffy, young Steve Jobs worked at Atari before he founded Apple. “Pong,” one of the world’s first video games, was born there, as was “Centipede,” a classic from the era of quarter-guzzling arcade machines. “Call of Duty” creator Activision was started by four of Atari’s former game developers. FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinPinterestTumblrRedditStumbleUponDiggemail

Leap Second Science: NASA Explains Earth’s Longer Day Today

Today will be one second longer than usual, and we have the moon to thank for the extra time. A “leap second” will be added to the world’s official clocks this evening (June 30), to account for the fact that Earth’s rotation is slowing ever so slightly — meaning our days are getting longer, at […]

More clues soon in hunt for Higgs particle

More clues are expected next week in the worldwide hunt for an elusive sub-atomic particle, the Higgs boson, that is the missing piece in the standard model of physics. Sometimes referred to as the “God particle” because it seems to be everywhere, the Higgs boson is believed to give objects mass, but physicists armed with […]

NASA’s Flying Fish: Riding Aboard the Super Guppy Aircraft

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — On Saturday (June 30), visitors to The Museum of Flight in Seattle will get an up-close look at a very unusual NASA aircraft. In fact, it’s not uncommon for air traffic controllers and even fellow pilots who spot the “Super Guppy” to ask a simple but telling question: “What […]

Space Station Crew to Return to Earth Sunday

Three astronauts living on the International Space Station will return home to Earth Sunday (July 1) after spending more than six months in orbit. NASA astronaut Don Pettit, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers are scheduled to undock from the space station in their Russian-built Soyuz capsule at 12:48 a.m. […]

Human Yawns Unleash Dog Yawns

Dogs catch yawns from their sound alone, new research indicates. They also catch their owner’s yawns easier than those from others, supporting the theory that contagious yawns are empathy-based and emotional in nature, the researchers say. “Unexpectedly, results showed an interesting interplay between contagion and social effects,” Karine Silva, of the Universidade do Porto in […]

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