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RIM Is Generating Cash by Shrinking the Company

December 24, 2012 12:15 pm | Comments

RIM reported poor operating results on Thursday, Dec. 20, with revenue down 47% year over year, Blackberry shipments down 51% year over year to 6.9 million units and its subscriber base shrinking for the first time from 80 million to 79 million users.  RIM did generate $958 million in operating cash flow in the November quarter but a large amount was driven by lower inventories.

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Why Did Adobe Acquire Behance?

December 24, 2012 12:10 pm | Comments

Scott Belsky, CEO of Behance, Investor, and Author I can only answer this from Behance's perspective…As we considered the prospect of joining Adobe, a few things struck us most: Connecting  the creative community is the best way to  empower  the creative community . The creative industry has always been plagued with inefficiency and disorganization.

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Instagram Hit With Class Action Lawsuit

December 24, 2012 11:55 am | Comments

After Instagram announced revised terms of service last week, the Facebook -owned photo-sharing service caused many users to suspect the company was going to begin selling user photos without compensation. It also announced a mandatory arbitration clause, forcing users to waive their rights to participate in a class action lawsuit except under very limited circumstances.

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NYC's Tech Community Lends Culture and Code to Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

December 24, 2012 11:52 am | Comments

While Hurricane Sandy has faded from the headlines, the relief effort to help those affected by the storm is still very much in progress. It is a massive endeavor, involving numerous organizations of varying formality, and its sheer size can sometimes get in the way of the efficient dispatching of help.

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8 Things I Learned About Tech in 2012

December 24, 2012 9:28 am | by This year flew by, and we all learned a lot along the way -- especially in the world of tech. Herewith, my personal list of the eight vital lessons of 2012. | Comments

1. The Death of Steve Jobs Adversely Affected Apple Apple  " style="color: #0c74a6; text-decoration: none;" data-crackerjax="#post-slider">stumbled badly with its Maps app , whose icon hinted at the app's incompetence: It was directions for driving off a bridge. The app was a huge embarrassment for Apple, something that probably wouldn't have happened if Steve Jobs had remained at the helm.

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Was NASA's New Space Suit Inspired by Buzz Lightyear?

December 24, 2012 9:27 am | Comments

A prototype space suit developed by  NASA  wouldn't look out of place on the set of  Toy Story . That's because the suit, called Z-1, bears an uncanny resemblance to the intercosmic uniform worn by Buzz Lightyear. For the uninitiated, Buzz is the "space-ranger" star of  Toy Story , a popular computer-animated film franchise.

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$140,000 Kickstarter Project Learns: Don't Mess With Apple

December 24, 2012 9:21 am | Comments

How would you like a portable battery that could charge any kind of phone -- including the latest iPhones -- without any kind of adapter. That was the whole thrust of  Pop , a rechargeable battery that would have built-in cables for almost every kind of port, the Lightning connector included.

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Transparent Speaker Shows Off Sustainable, Minimalist Design

December 24, 2012 9:18 am | Comments

It's tough to find  speakers  that blend with the decor in every room of a house, but one sound system aims to do just that. The Transparent Speaker, designed by Swedish-based company  People People , is a see-through glass box that highlights its black drivers -- one 6.

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Apple's Patent-Pending Passbook Updates Could Transform Shopping

December 24, 2012 9:15 am | Comments

A newly discovered patent application hints that Apple is planning to update its  Passbook digital-coupon storage app with Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology. This means future iPhone and iPod touch products may come with location-based technology that displays relevant coupons and gift cards as soon as you're near a store.

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How Ex-RIM Employees Are Fueling Ontario's Startup Scene

December 24, 2012 9:13 am | Comments

Research in Motion , maker of the once-treasured but now beleaguered BlackBerry , is in trouble. RIM cut 5,000 jobs -- 30% of its workforce -- this past summer. Its most recent earnings report beat expectations but still isn't much to celebrate, as subscriber numbers are down and the report shows nearly a 50% drop off in sales since the same quarter last year.

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Harvard Scientist Proposes Refreezing Arctic to Prevent Global-Warming Disaster

December 24, 2012 8:58 am | Comments

Harvard University geoengineer and environmental scientist David Keith has a "plan B" in case of an environmental emergency. Keith's unusual proposal is this: Force reflective particles into the Earth's upper atmosphere -- the stratosphere -- to reverse global warming. "One approach is to disperse particulates at high altitude to reduce the effective solar ?ux entering the atmosphere," Keith and his fellow researchers report in the  " target="_blank" style="color: #0c74a6; text-decoration: none;">Nature Climate Change  journal and  " target="_blank" style="color: #0c74a6; text-decoration: none;">Environmental Research Letters .

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Next iPad Rumored to Have iPad Mini Design Elements

December 24, 2012 8:56 am | Comments

Apple is preparing to launch a new iPad in March 2013, claims Japanese blog Macotakara , citing an "inside source". This new iPad will be thinner and lighter than the current one, with iPad mini design elements, the " target="_blank" style="color: #0c74a6; text-decoration: none;">report claims . The upcoming iPad will reportedly trim 4mm in height, 17mm in width and 2mm in depth from the current one.

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Boeing Creates 360° 'Dream Pass' Video of its 787 Dreamliner

December 21, 2012 5:52 am | Comments

Attention wannabe pilots: Here's your chance to experience the next best thing to flying Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner. The company created the Boeing 787 Dreamliner " Dream Pass ," a 360-degree online video that lets you take an immersive virtual ride in the plane's flight deck, and tour its wings and engines.

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HTC Reportedly Planning to Launch Two Windows RT Tablets

December 21, 2012 5:38 am | Comments

HTC has two Windows RT-based tablets in the works, Bloomberg reports citing people familiar with the matter. One of these will be a full-fledged 12-inch tablet, while the other is a crossover, 7-inch device that will be able to make phone calls, the report claims . If the report is true, the 7-inch device would be the first tablet of that size for Windows RT.

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New COPPA Rules Will Allow Facebook to Advertise to Children

December 19, 2012 9:08 am | Comments

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, is the set of rules protecting the privacy of all Internet users younger than 13. COPPA's rules have mostly stayed the same since 2000, but the Internet has evolved significantly since then -- the rise of the social and mobile web, for instance, largely occurred after COPPA was first written.

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