The Milky Way is about to be seen in a whole new way.
The European Space Agency has successfully launched its Gaia satellite into orbit, bringing a 1 billion-pixel camera detector to map our galaxy in 3D.
The stargazer lifted off on Thursday aboard a Soyuz-Fregat rocket from a launch pad at Sinnamary in French Guiana. Its mission is to map the precise location of over a billion stars. … Read more
Samsung's attempts earlier this year to quell unrest over its use of standard-essential patents might not prove to be enough.
Speaking at a patent conference on Monday, European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said that there's a strong likelihood that Samsung will need to come up with more concessions before he and his team will walk away from their investigation.
According to Reuters, which was in attendance at the event, Almunia has received feedback from many of Samsung's competitors, all of which seem somewhat displeased with the company's offer for solving the ongoing dispute.
Almunia's office … Read more
Samsung, Philips, and Europe's largest electronics retailer Media-Saturn were raided by European Union competition officials earlier this week, the companies have confirmed.
All three companies told Reuters that their offices were hit by Europe's competition watchdogs on Tuesday. The companies didn't say what officials were looking for during the unannounced inspections, but in a statement on Thursday, the European Commission said that it's investigating several consumer electronics companies on suspicious of collusion to drive prices higher.
For its part, the competition watchdogs said that no formal charges have been filed and it's possible no charges … Read more
The European Commission has given Microsoft's planned acquisition of Nokia's mobile device business the green light.
In a press release dated December 4, the Commission said it had investigated potential compeition concerns and found none.
"The Commission concluded that the transaction would not raise any competition concerns, in particular because there are only modest overlaps between the parties' activities and the links between Microsoft's mobile operating systems, mobile applications, and enterprise mail server software with Nokia's smart mobile devices are unlikely to lead to competitors being shut out from the market," said the press … Read more
European air travelers may soon be able to use their mobile gadgets during a whole flight.
On Wednesday, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said it will publish guidance this month that will allow the use of smartphones, tablets, e-readers, and MP3 players from takeoff to landing as long as they're in flight mode or airplane mode. Current EASA guidelines prohibit the use of such devices during taxiing, takeoff, and landing.
The new recommendations will apply to planes operated by European airlines. As a next step, EASA is investigating ways to allow mobile phone users to make phone calls … Read more
If you're a careful sort, you'll have been preparing for a couple of months now.
But, should the warnings have eluded you, then please consider this your overhead traffic alert.
The "Space Ferrari" is on its way down to Earth and no one is sure exactly where all the pieces are going to land.
As CNET reported in September, this beautifully nicknamed satellite (official name: the Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer) is running out of fuel and on its way back to Earth.
The hope then was that the European Space Agency would at … Read more
Those nasty, abusive comments left on news articles aren't the responsibility of the news site...or are they?
The European Court of Human Rights ruled Wednesday that DelfiSA, a popular Estonian news site, is responsible for a slew of threatening and offensive comments left in response to one of its stories, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The article that so enraged readers was published in January 2006 and was about a ferry company changing its route, which delayed the opening of roads to offshore islands, according to the Journal. Within the roughly 185 comments posted, around 20 threatened … Read more
Google's latest efforts to avoid a heavy antitrust fine in Europe may just do the trick.
Joaquin Almunia, the European Union's competition commissioner, said Tuesday that Google has improved its commitments in the case as negotiations between the two sides ran on until Monday.
"We have reached a key moment in this case," Almunia said in a speech before the European Parliament. "Following the first market test, I had serious doubts whether it was possible to continue the route towards a commitment decision. I expressed my opinion to Google and in public. Now, with the … Read more
The Book of Genesis describes how humanity once spoke a single language. We didn't need Google Translate, interpreters, or subtitles.
We all clicked together so awesomely that it was just natural for us to want to build a skyscraper that would reach heaven. It sounded great, especially the penthouse, but God didn't like that and split our language into incomprehensible gibberish, according to the Bible.
So much for Babel. But the ancestors of more than 2 billion people alive today are believed to have spoken a common tongue, and a linguist has recorded what it might have sounded like. … Read more