From the 1940s through the 1970s there was no major warming trend in the average surface temperature of Earth. At the same time, the tropical Pacific Ocean, which is responsible for the weather patterns known as El Niño and La Niña that can swing global average temperatures by as much as 0.3 degree Celsius, was anomalously cold. For the past decade or so the tropical Pacific has again gone cold -- more Niña than Niño -- and a new study suggests that the phenomenon may explain the recent "pause" … Read more
Following Google's lead, Microsoft has added optical character recognition (OCR) to images stored on its SkyDrive cloud storage service.
"With this new SkyDrive release, our OCR tool will automatically run on your camera roll photos so you can instantly see the extracted text whenever you view your photos on SkyDrive.com," Microsoft said in a blog post on Wednesday.
The feature can be useful, especially when people use camera phones to take photos of signs, maps, business cards, or other textual subjects they might want to refer to later. (Windows Phone devices can be set so photos … Read more
Google's, er, Motorola's new smartphone hit retail Friday and iFixit has wasted no time in taking it apart and revealing the X8 splendor inside.
Over the past few weeks, Motorola has made sure the media knows that the Moto X does not have a stock smartphone chip. And the company won't let you forget that even if you pop off the plastic (see photo above).
The German government on Thursday publicly denied a German newspaper report about an alleged "back door for the NSA."
The same newspaper has now acknowledged that the German authorities have rejected its initial reporting.
"The so-called Trusted Computing is a back door for the NSA," wrote Zeit's Patrick Beuth on Tuesday, according to a translated version, referring to recent reports pointing at the U.S. government's mass surveillance programs. "The operating system contains a back door in their view, cannot be closed. This back door is called Trusted Computing and could have the … Read more
Telepathy, a Silicon Valley startup, has raised $5 million in a first round of funding to develop wearable computing technology that rivals Google Glass.
"Wearable technology will enable the next wave in social networking," Telepathy CEO Takahito Iguchi said in a statement. "The $5 million funding will enable us to enrich the user experience of Telepathy One, which we expect to bring to market in 2014."
Firsthand Technology Value Fund led the series-A investment, Telepathy said. With the money, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based startup plans to hire new hardware and software engineers.
Apple's Mac sales had a rough July, new data from research firm NPD shows.
Mac sales in the U.S. were down in July and are expected to drop 5 percent year over year in the company's current fiscal quarter that ends in late September, the research firm revealed on Monday in data obtained by All Things Digital.
That Mac sales are expected to slide this quarter is just the latest dose of bad news for Apple's computer line. In the company's last-reported quarter ended June, domestic Mac sales were also down 5 percent.
Macs are … Read more
Meridian is a legendary British company; I think of it as the Mercedes-Benz of audio, and the gear is priced accordingly. Meridian's engineering was always ahead of the pack, and it was the very first to market a high-end CD player in 1985. The company developed the original high-resolution lossless compression technology, MLP, that debuted in DVD-Audio players, and is now used in Dolby TrueHD-encoded Blu-ray discs.
Touch may be all the rage at Microsoft, but that doesn't mean the company is abandoning work on its keyboards and mice.
Like it did last year with the introduction of new Windows 8-customized keyboards and mice, Microsoft is rolling out yet more Windows 8-friendly models.
I've been typing on one of these keyboards loaned to me by Microsoft for the past few days and can say it's quite comfortable. The keyboard is domed, so it's raised in the middle and slopes downward toward the edges. The "6" key is in an unfamiliar place, which is kind of annoying, as is the backspace key. But users can opt to turn one of the space-bar keys into a backspace button, so that helps a bit.… Read more
Some people deal with guilt better than others. Religions can help with the process.
There are, though, sinners who simply find a way to compartmentalize their deeds and emotions, and prioritize their essential needs.
Let us bow our heads and contemplate, then, the story of Troy Ridling.
No, this isn't a male porn star. Instead, he's a member of the Owasso First Assembly of God in Oklahoma.
It came to pass that one of the church's computers was stolen. As KRMG Radio reports, the church initially suspected this was an inside job.
But who would do such a thing? No one had a clue. … Read more
You will either take this tale as one that shows even burglars have a heart.
Or you will take it as a surprise that people still want to steal PCs.
Still, the facts seem to show that some miscreants performed a touch of Tom Cruise and entered an office building east of L.A. through the ceiling.
They stole some PCs and a laptop.
The next morning, they appear to have broken in again. Did they need something else? No, they had decided to return everything. … Read more