Price is not the problem, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said to the British gaming website CVG earlier this month in regards to the company’s struggling Wii U console. The $300 “Basic” unit, he said, is being outsold by the $350 “Premium” configuration. Therefore, the price of Wii U is not what’s keeping sales so low (a measly 160,000 units worldwide in the last quarter), Iwata reasoned.
3. Playlist (formerly Project Playlist): No stranger to legal wrangling, Playlist fought off a lawsuit from EMI, which now licenses the service, but is still working on inking deals with other copyright holders. Don’t let that faze you; the site has a large catalog of music from sites all over the web, all of which you can add to your shareable, embeddable playlist with a single click. Unlike other sites that use this approach, Playlist manages smooth playback and avoids dead tracks by caching songs on its servers. Bonus: You can turn any of your playlists into a Group Playlist that any of your friends can edit.
The dispute between Apple Inc. and federal investigators over access to a terror suspect’s phone could turn on a centuries-old law that the Justice Department uses to conscript reluctant companies into service.
IK: I’ve exhibited at San Diego a couple times, and I’ve gone just as an attendee once or twice. I enjoy Comic-Con, I think it’s a great show, but I have a harder time every year really thinking of it as a comics show. Because over the last ten, twelve years, it feels like the media presence has just exploded there. And it’s to the point that I think it takes over half or more of the floor — it’s movie studios, TV productions, video game companies. There are still a lot of comics being presented there. But again, a lot of the comics section is taken up with dealers and toy sellers and T-shirt sales.
Discussions at the networks about what’s depleting their viewership tend to focus on familiar culprits: YouTube. The internet. Xbox. The iPod. Too many options. (Capitalism can be so unfair!) This leads to brainstorming sessions about making TV more like the internet, resulting in a lot of overexcited press releases announcing how one-minute “minisodes” of your favorite shows will be exclusively available on a network website, or Twittered to you line by line as they’re being written, or beamed directly into your cerebral cortex via Bluetooth.
So it makes sense that Mayer praised Pogue for being one of the “most positive people I’ve met.” If anyone is going to reverse the trend lines in web journalism, he or she must certainly be an optimist.
Conceptually, the process isn’t very complicated, says team member Roger Easton, an expert on imaging historical manuscripts at the Rochester Institute of Technology. “We’re really just looking at the object under different colors of light and trying to find the combination of images that best enhance whatever it is that we’re trying to see.”
A spokesman for BMG, the unit of Bertelsmann that licensed SunnComm’s software and released the Hamilton CD, declined to comment on the planned suit.
Our time is up, and people file out, digging out their schedules to figure out whether they go next to DIY electronics startup littleBits or finance startup Bettermint. I linger, watching Coleman pocket a few business cards before making a dash for the door. A couple of attendees pick over the slightly stale bagels left over from the morning orientation.
But all is forgiven when we get our ride from the Baghdad Airport to the Embassy Compound — a low-flying helicopter sortie that’s like Google Earth in real life.
Wired: Quick, easy gameplay reminiscent of Stratego but without all the setup. Portable.
We’ve moved way beyond checkbook ledgers. Now you can manage budgets, pay down debts, and track investments from the comfort of … anywhere.
Looking for a Linux iPhone replacement? If you can hold out a few more months, you may be able to fill that gap with Ubuntu. Slowly but surely, the mobile version of the OS is making its way on to smaller and smaller computers.
It may be a little while before the new bundle sharing features are up and running, but once they are, Prism will be on par with all of the other available technologies for putting webapps on the desktop.
Bambi: Their developers, who are in Pakistan, used the site to upload a video intropducing their services.
Read all the Dork Towers that have run on GeekDad.
Cryptome’s hacker claims that although some of the “insiders” initially communicated anonymously with Cryptome using a PGPBoard drop box, they later used personal e-mail addresses for ongoing correspondence, thus potentially exposing their identities to anyone with access to Cryptome’s files.
In our book released this week, A Nuclear Family Vacation: Travels in the World of Atomic Weaponry, we start off in the American southwest and travel all the way to Iran in search of a better understanding of nuclear weapons and warfare. In an itinerary that includes underground missile alert facilities, uranium plants and remote Pacific outposts, we try to answer the question: What is the current nuclear strategy, and does it make any sense?
“Everyone really loved the product,” said James Gordon, vice president of health solutions for Vangent – the leading call-center company for the federal government. “You hear a lot of conversations like, ‘I had a thoughts-based person today who …'”
42 won’t be an officially accredited school. Instead, Niel is banking on the school developing a reputation for itself.
Carbon Engineering’s experiment, which runs on a construction site and in a cavernous barn, involves four structures linked by various pipes, giving it the feeling of an ingenious, supersized game of Mousetrap. The first step is an air contactor, where the carbon dioxide, which is acidic once in solution, is absorbed by potassium hydroxide (a base). In a silo-like “pelleter,” the carbon dioxide is transformed into pellets of calcium carbonate (chalk) via one more high school chemistry reaction. Holding them in your hand, they look like small white marbles. Theoretically, the CO2 could remain trapped in these pellets forever. The pellets are heated in a calciner to release the carbon dioxide and, to make the process “closed loop,” the remaining calcium is recycled for another round. When running, the process’s only inputs are air, water, and electricity, which in British Columbia, conveniently, is almost entirely provided by renewable hydroelectric power. The only output is a pure stream of carbon dioxide gas.
Among other points, the case weighs the so-called first-sale doctrine, the legal theory that people in lawful possession of copyright material have the right to sell it.
Regardless of political persuasion, few who ever visited or tried to use HealthCare.gov after its launch would argue that the Obamacare website was anything other than a colossal acquisition failure. The site wasn’t openly bid. It was limited to companies “pre-qualified” to do IT business for the feds. But the HealthCare.gov fiasco is only the visible tip of the iceberg that is federal government procurement, and notwithstanding the titanic disaster of that experience, neither Congress nor the administration is trying to fix it.
PinkNews‘s online editor Tony Grew wasn’t offended by the article, but didn’t quite get its point, either. That’s ok, Tony. Neither do we.
Hoops officials in India have also thrown their full weight behind Singh’s rising star, featuring him prominently on the front page of the Basketball Federation of India’s website. In fact, his official bio kicks off by describing him as “one of the country’s brightest basketball hopes.”
The final version of Spicebird hopes to deliver CMS integration (via Drupal), a document manager, Microsoft Exchange support and eventually some variation on the the “inbox as an organizer for social networks” idea that seems to very popular of late.
“[W]hile it is common to claim new entrants would not have the deep pockets necessary to implement such an entry strategy, new economy startups have demonstrated that capital markets are willing to provide funds for potentially profitable ideas, despite high failure rates, presumably because of the large potential gains when an entrant is successful.”
Using a Canon HP30 camera, he synchronized the feed with GPS and placed the camera on the roof of his car, but the resulting video came out less than stellar. The lenses of the camera vibrated and, as we saw in an early preview, the quality of the video was very fuzzy and even dark. So they’ll probably work on that before using it, but in our first try, the change between feeds was pretty smooth.
Matthew Vienneau is not the only concerned relative tapping what’s becoming known as the “social graph” to locate loved ones. Where once local police and Interpol led the hunt for a missing person overseas, increasingly, those left behind are choosing to coordinate their own online investigations.
Situated just off the A487 coastal road in Ceredigion in West Wales, the National Aeronautical Centre was launched at the Farnborough Air Show this year as way of rebranding all the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) activities at the old military airfield now known as West Wales Airport. Next to the airport is the Welsh government owned Parc Aberporth which is designed to be a technology park to capitalize on the companies attracted to the airport by the ability to test UAVs first in the restricted airspace above the testing range and now all the way from Cardigan Bay to the Brecon Beacons. Currently Thales, QinetiQ and Selex Galileo have facilities at the Park.
It’s a notion that’s driving so many companies across the software market and beyond. The technologies pioneered by the likes of Google and Facebook – including not only software but hardware – are now trickling down to countless others. Multiple startups are selling Hadoop to businesses, and Facebook has bootstrapped an ever-growing community of hardware operations that can help companies adopt the sort of low-cost hardware that now underpins the world’s largest social network.
“TomTom is the first portable GPS company to sell this type of service at retail,” said Tom Murray, vice president of Market Development for TomTom in a statement.
Adobe Labs has released Adobe Shadow, a new project that offers a simple way to test your websites on multiple devices at the same time.
Making sure pilots can fly without a hitch inside a football stadium was trickier. Radio-control drones like the ones the DRL uses typically fly using the standard 2.4 gigahertz radio frequency. On an open field, with no obstruction, this works. But with tunnels and concrete concourses to navigate, the signal could drop out. So now the DRL installs a custom cell network in each race venue, and every drone now contains an advanced radio. In Miami, for example, they figured out just how many drones could be airborne without interference from the stadium or other pilots’ flight controllers: four. That discovery also determined the size of each heat.
There is one more factor, however. Augmented reality is coming, and when it does, all our screens will disappear. We’ll interact with the computing world in a more human or visual way. That’s when ads will return. In the interim, Google will face an increasingly competitive Smart Search environment made up of at least three or four AI query platforms.