kc67 (2789711) writes "North Korea has reportedly launched an Unha-3 rocket from its Sohae-ri launch facility and ostensibly carrying a satellite on board, with early signs indicating the launch could have been a success. Then, on late Tuesday, the North American Aerospace Defense Command — which oversees the U.S. and Canada’s air defense — released a statement noting that North Korea appears to have successfully launched an ‘object’ into orbit.
“North American Aerospace Defense Command officials acknowledged today that U.S. missile warning systems detected and tracked the launch of a North Korean missile at 7:49 p.m. EST,” noted the statement. “The missile was tracked on a southerly azimuth. Initial indications are that the first stage fell into the Yellow Sea. The second stage was assessed to fall into the Philippine Sea. Initial indications are that the missile deployed an object that appeared to achieve orbit. At no time was the missile or the resultant debris a threat to North America.”" Link to Original Source top
Water-Activated Seat-Belt Release Could Prevent Drowning Deaths
kc67 (2789711) writes "Unfortunately, around 400 U.S. motorists die each year from drowning when their vehicle plunges into water. To help eliminate the chances of being restrained in a submerged car, a new seat belt mechanism has been designed to make sure that occupants can extract themselves quickly and safely when underwater.
The Escape Belt looks like the traditional female latch that plugs into a car’s buckle. When water hits the interior, a salt pill inside the latch dissolves, causing a hammer to release the male section of the belt to free the occupant. It’s the same technology used by airlines in self-inflating life jackets, and while you’ll still need to open the door, popping the seat belt won’t be an issue.
Fijen TMLS, the Dutch manufacturer that created the product, says that the cartridge needs replacement every few years, but that the system is robust enough that it won’t activate from a spilled Fresca. The mechanism costs a little under $40 for each unit and the company is pursuing automotive supplier partnerships to bring it to market." Link to Original Source top
kc67 (2789711) writes "Texas is waiting for President Obama’s reaction to a petition demanding it be allowed to secede from the United States. They may have to keep waiting. Sunday marked the last day for Texas’ petition to secede from the union to gather 25,000 digital signatures, the number needed to warrant a response from the White House.
The virtual petition achieved that goal four weeks ago. Now it’s up to 119,209, but still no word from the Oval Office. Even if the White House steps up to the plate this week, it’s possible they will dodge the question, opting to excuse themselves by claiming it does not fall within their jurisdiction." Link to Original Source top
The Hobbit Is Insanely Gorgeous at 48 Frames per Second
kc67 (2789711) writes "Anybody who saw Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King knows director Peter Jackson likes a long ending. He also digs long beginnings. It’s a good 15 minutes before the opening line of J.R.R.’s novel The Hobbit kicks in, but by the time we get to “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit,” one thing is already crystal clear: The movie looks like nothing you’ve seen before.
In the 48-frames-per-second version of Hobbit, Middle-earth in 3D looks so crisp it’s like stepping into the foreground of an insanely gorgeous diorama. The film will also be released at the standard 24 fps, but Jackson sees the high-speed format as the “premium version” of his vision because it essentially doubles the amount of visual data projected onto the screen. At 48 fps, images appear more precise and 3-D action becomes smoother, without the blur that can occur when the camera pans too quickly or objects move rapidly across the frame." Link to Original Source top
kc67 (2789711) writes "See that message? "The server encountered a temporary error and could not complete your request." That's what many people are seeing as they try to use a number of Google services today, including Gmail, Google Drive and others. At around 12:00 p.m. ET many began reporting that they could not access Gmail, Google's email service, as well as Google Calendar and Documents. Hundreds of people on Twitter said they could not access Gmail, and many reported Chrome browser crashes. ABC News itself had repeated Google Chrome browser crashes when signed in with Google accounts.
At 12:30 p.m. ET Google updated its Service Details page with the following message: "We're investigating reports of an issue with Google Mail. We will provide more information shortly." A few minutes later it sent a statement to ABC News confirming it was "experiencing an issue with some Google services. For everyone who is affected, we apologize for any inconvenience you may be experiencing," it said. "We will be posting updates to the Apps Status Dashboard."" Link to Original Source top
kc67 (2789711) writes "An Iranian military commander claimed Monday that the country has stolen all the secrets held by a high-tech American surveillance drone that crashed in Iran last year, according to Iranian news reports.
"All the intelligence in this drone has been completely decoded and extracted and we know each and every step it has taken," said Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, Commander of the Aerospace Division for the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard, according to an English-language report by Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency." Link to Original Source top
kc67 (2789711) writes "Google Apps was born when Google first experimented with student e-mail accounts for San Jose State University in 2006. Since then, the service has grown into a full-fledged business suite of e-mail, calendar, word processing and spreadsheet apps, along with backups of e-mail and control over multiple accounts. Businesses often use Google Apps to set up corporate e-mail and collaborate on private documents.
The search engine giant cites demand for more features from its business customers as the main reason to dump the free version, which is used by individuals and small businesses with 10 or fewer users. “Businesses quickly outgrow the basic version and want things like 24/7 customer support and larger inboxes,” writes Clay Bavor, Director of Product Management, Google Apps on the company’s blog.
Google says that “millions of businesses” are using the service, which has prompted it to cash in on all those users. Getting rid of free accounts could also mean that Google is working on more services and functionality for its cloud-based office suite, which competes with Microsoft’s desktop-based software Office.
If you signed up for a free account before December 6, 2012, your account will stay free. There are now two options for Google Apps: Apps for Business with or without Vault. Without Vault, a service that gives you e-mail archiving and control over multiple e-mail accounts, you’ll pay $5 per user per month, up to $50 per user per year. If you want Vault, it costs $10 per user per month. Schools can still sign up for a free Google Apps for Education account." Link to Original Source top
kc67 (2789711) writes "Nintendo of Europe is blocking Wii U content in the region that is rated PEGI 18+ between the hours of 3 a.m. and 11 p.m., according to a Eurogamer report. Under these stipulations, the four-hour window of 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. is the only time users can purchase games like ZombiU or Assassin's Creed III or even view trailers for such games. The story originated from a NeoGAF forum user, which reportedly received an email from Nintendo saying the following:
"Dear customer, we would like to let you know that Nintendo has always aimed to offer gameplay experiences suited to all age groups, observing carefully all the relevant regulations regarding content access that are present in the various European countries. We have thus decided to restrict the access to content which is unsuitable to minors (PEGI) to the 11 p.m.- 3 a.m. time window." Eurogamer has since verified the claim. It received a message stating "You cannot view this content" and "The times during which this content can be viewed have been restricted."
kc67 (2789711) writes "Are you a T-Mobile customer? Been waiting to get an iPhone? Five years after the iPhone originally launched in 2007, T-Mobile will finally start carrying it.
It might not be as buzz worthy as when Verizon finally got the iPhone back in 2011, but it's going to be a pretty big deal for T-Mobile subscribers next year, when the carrier starts selling Apple products.
"T-Mobile has entered into an agreement with Apple to bring products to market together next year. Additional details will be made available at a later date," T-Mobile spokesperson told ABC News.
T-Mobile wouldn't elaborate on the exact products to ABC News, but T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere said while speaking at the Deutsche Telekom conference Thursday that it will carry the iPhone and will offer it in a different way.
"What was missing? A certain number of customers wouldn't come to the store if we didn't have the iPhone," Legere said. "We worked very, very hard for a deal that made sense for us."" Link to Original Source top
kc67 (2789711) writes "1999: The Recording Industry Association of America sues Napster, the online, peer-to-peer file sharing service that’s allowing millions of computer users to score free, copyright music. The rules are about to change.
Napster founder Shawn Fanning won rock-star celebrity with the service. But music-industry heads were spinning.
So, the RIAA sued Napster and all of its financial backers in federal court in San Francisco. The outcome eventually defined the rules of online, peer-to-peer file sharing networks.
The case began 13 years ago today and dragged on for almost eight years.
A federal judge and an appeals court in San Francisco both ruled in 2002 that Napster was liable for contributory or vicarious copyright violations, because it was allowing millions of users to download music for free. Napster eventually shut down and went bankrupt, later re-emerging as a legitimate, online music service.
The Napster trial was about big money. Along the way, the case mutated into a cannibalizing feeding frenzy: The music industry was searching for deep financial pockets, and targeted one of its own." Link to Original Source top
Total Piracy Awareness Program Set for January Launch
kc67 (2789711) writes "UNIVERSAL CITY, California – Beginning in a few weeks, the nation’s major internet service providers will roll out an initiative — backed by Obama and pushed by Hollywood and the record labels – to disrupt and possibly terminate internet access for online copyright scofflaws without the involvement of cops or courts.
Anaman said internet service providers, and Google, remove about 2 million links to copies of pirated Microsoft products every month. The company gets this done largely through the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s so-called “notice-and-takedown” process – Microsoft notifies companies that they are linking to infringing material, and that it must be removed. He said Microsoft sees about a 99 percent compliance rate.
Because of that, he said, it now takes an average internet user about 10 minutes to locate pirated Microsoft products, compared to just seconds years ago.
“There are means we can use to protect ourselves,” Anaman said.
Dodd, a former U.S. senator, is convinced that the stakes couldn’t be higher.
kc67 (2789711) writes "Google today announced that it has 135 million active users checking their Google+ streams each month, up from 100 million in mid-September. If you run the math, that means Google+ is now growing at the same pace as Facebook when it was similarly sized.
Google announced the user growth alongside a new feature called “Google+ Communities” and enhancements to Google’s mobile photo app Snapseed. Its last user count update was on Sept. 17, meaning Google+ has added 35 million stream-active users in the past 2.5 months.
That means that every month Google+ is adding about 14 million stream-active users, the type of users most comparable to those on Facebook. As it happens, Facebook added monthly active users at almost the exact same pace between late August 2008, when it reached 100 million active users, and early April 2009, when it hit 200 million active users. That seven-month spurt resulted in growth of of 14.3 million users per month.
Perhaps these respectable growth numbers will help Google get back some of the respect it has lost in the social-networking space. “We launched to a lot of skepticism, and I will be the first to admit that in the wake of Orkut and Blogger and Buzz and Wave, the world had a right to be skeptical about Google,” Google+ honcho Bradley Horowitz told me last week. “When we said this was different, people didn’t necessarily believe us.”