Monthly Archives: August 2013
During a press conference at the Gamescom event in Germany, Sony revealed the PS4 will launch in North America on November 15, and Nov. 29 in Europe. The console will sell for $399.
Sony says 15 disc-based titles will be available between launch and the end of the year. Including digital downloads, Sony says 33 games will be ready by the end of the year. The list of retail games coming to PS4 for its launch: Read More
An illustration of a human settlement on Mars.
Daniac and more than 100,000 other eager applicants have signed up for theMars One project, a plan to send humans to Mars—on a one-way trip—starting in 2022. (Related: “Ancient Mars Was Snowy, New Model Suggests.”)
The Mars One team plans to pick 40 astronauts from the more than 100,000 applications received from people worldwide. The crew will spend eight years undergoing specialized training in an isolated location to learn skills like dental work and electrical maintenance. In 2022, four of them will be launched into space on a one-way trip to Mars—with more astronauts slated for future missions. (See: “Mars Gets Its Close-Up.”)
To help the team winnow down the applicant field, we watched dozens of videos from the Mars One website, deciding who had the skills and the fortitude to take a giant leap into space. Below are several of our favorites: See Them
The US Air Force unit that oversees a remote Cold War-era nuclear missile installation has failed a safety test, the Air Force has said.
The 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana made “tactical-level errors” in an exercise, it said.
The exercise concluded on Tuesday was meant to test the unit’s ability to operate safely, the Air Force said.
But a senior Air Force commander said the failure did not indicate the US nuclear arsenal was at risk.
“These inspections are designed to be tough to pass,” Lt Gen James Kowalski said in a statement. “A failure doesn’t mean the wing isn’t able to accomplish its mission.”
On Tuesday, the Air Force revealed the 341st Missile Wing was rated “unsatisfactory” after making errors during exercises conducted during an inspection 5-13 August. As a result of the failure, the entire inspection was graded “unsatisfactory”.
The Air Force did not reveal details on the exercise in question.
But Gen Kowalski told the Associated Press the airmen “fumbled” on a “small team exercise” that did not involve the crews who monitor the missiles from underground launch control capsules. Read More
The law firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd has filed a class action suit against Microsoftover what it claims was misleading information on the company’s Surface RT sales.
Neowin.net posted about the suit on August 13, noting that it names as defendants Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, former Chief Financial Officer Peter Klein, corporate Vice President Frank Brod and Executive Vice President of Marketing Tami Reller.
The case was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts on behalf of purchasers of Microsoft stock between April 18 and July 18 (the “Class Period”). The firm is seeking a lead plaintiff for the case. A PDF copy of the complaint is here.
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd has been busy filing similar types of class action suits, as a quick check on its Web site makes clear. (Or, as the August 12 press release more delicately puts it: “Robbins Geller … has expertise in prosecuting investor class actions and extensive experience in actions involving financial fraud.”)
The firm is claiming that Microsoft “issued materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company’s financial performance and its tablet computer, the Surface RT.” It is claiming that the company’s financial statements for the quarter ending March 31, 2013, were ‘materially false and misleading’ and that Microsoft officials made misleading positive statements about the Surface RT during the “class period.” Read More
Google’s Android software continues to steamroll the competition in smartphones, posing bigger problems for companies like Apple and BlackBerry.
New data Wednesday from research firm IDC found that Apple’s share of the global market slid to 13.2 percent in the second quarter from 16.6 percent in the year-earlier period. Handsets running Android, meanwhile, jumped to 79.3 percent from 69.1 percent.
The signs are particularly ominous for one-time market leader BlackBerry, despite some high-profile product announcements recently. Devices running its software accounted for just 2.9 percent of global smartphone shipments in the three months ended in June, compared with 4.9 percent for the same period in 2012.
Android is given away free to handset makers by Google, whose strategy is to make money on advertising associated with mobile devices. It has long powered smartphones offered by industry giant Samsung, but has lately also benefited by Chinese companies such as Lenovo, Huawei and ZTE. that are grabbing a bigger chunk of the smartphone market. Read More