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  • News: Farmer, aviation groups question LightSquared plan

    LightSquared's plan to build a mobile broadband network on spectrum next to the GPS band could create major problems for U.S. farmers and aviators, critics of the proposal told lawmakers Wednesday.

  • News: Google engineer slams Google+ as 'pathetic afterthought'

    A Google engineer has caused an online stir by posting a long rant on Google+ that slams Google and calls the company's new social network a 'pathetic afterthought.'

  • News: The BlackBerry Outage Spreads: A Nail in RIM's Coffin?

    Android and iPhone devices were already destroying RIM’s BlackBerry market share. But the outage that has spread from Europe and Africa to North America and South America may be the final straw for millions of formerly loyal users, who previously relied on their Blackberries as a robust and ultra-reliable way for always-on push email and Web access.

  • News: EBay unveils integrated app dev platform

    EBay has launched an application development platform called X.commerce that pulls in tools and functionality from a variety of its sites and products, including the eBay marketplace and PayPal, as well as from partners.

  • News: Microsoft climbs onto Hadoop bandwagon

    Microsoft Wednesday announced it will collaborate with Yahoo spin-off Hortonworks to develop a Apache Hadoop implementation for its Windows Server and Windows Azure platforms.

  • News: RIM says BlackBerry email delays continue worldwide

    BlackBerry email service delays continued globally on Wednesday, with BlackBerry Messenger instant messaging and Web browsing still down in many regions after three days.

  • News: Why… delays… in… video calls just might be good for you

    The next time you’re on a Google+ hangout or other video call, relish any computer- or network-based communications delays between you and the other participant. After all, such seemingly awkward and frustrating silences can actually enhance the conversation, according to research out of Ohio State University.

  • News: AMD's 8-core desktop chip puts it back in the race with Intel

    Advanced Micro Devices is looking to get back into the race with Intel with the introduction of its eight-core desktop chip and its new Bulldozer architecture.

  • News: Mobile deathmatch: Apple iOS 5 vs. Google Android OS

    After months of hype, Apple has released iOS 5 for current iPhone 3G S and 4 owners, for iPad and iPad 2 owners, and for third- and fourth-generation iPod Touch owners. I survey its key new features in the slideshow "iOS 5 and iCloud: The InfoWorld visual tour," but the fact is that iOS doesn't exist in isolation. It competes with Google's Android OS, and the group of smartphones running Android now significantly outsells the iPhone. (It's a different story in tablets, where the iPad is trouncing everyone, including Android.)

  • News: Longtime Motorola executive Robert W. Galvin dies

    Robert W. Galvin, the son of the founder of Motorola and CEO of the company for 29 years, has died. He was 89.

  • News: SLIDESHOW: Inside Zynga's crazy new headquarters

    Zynga invited the media to its new headquarters in San Francisco this week to show off its latest games. It's at the corner of 8th and Townsend in a former warehouse district that's now also home to bars, nightclubs and plenty of startups. Zynga has made the interior look more like an art space than a company headquarters.

  • News: Apple updates iWork, Find My iPhone, Remote iOS apps

    In addition to iOS 5, iCloud’s rollout, and Mac OS X 10.7.2 and its attendant updates, Apple also released new versions of many of its iOS apps on Wednesday. Most of them bring support for some of iCloud’s features, but additional enhancements and improvements have been thrown into the mix as well.

  • News: Apple TV 4.4 update adds Photo Stream, NHL, and more

    As part of its barrage of updates on Wednesday, Apple bumped the second-generation Apple TV's software to version 4.4, bringing with it support for Photo Stream, AirPlay mirroring, NHL hockey, Wall Street Journal content, and more.

  • News: iCloud: Syncing

    Once you have iCloud set up on your devices, you can take advantage of the service's syncing capabilities. You'll be able to access your contacts, calendars, mail, documents, photos, and more across all your devices and on the Web. The syncing process on iCloud, however, is different than the iTunes syncing process Apple users have become familiar with. With iCloud, your data is seamlessly pushed across all of your devices; you won't actively have to choose when you want to sync your device. Instead, your data is automatically stored onto iCloud, and your iOS devices and computers collectively sync to and pull information from this central server on a regular basis, keeping everything up to date.

  • News: iCloud: Purchases and iTunes Match

    Within Apple's new iCloud service, you can sync, back up your devices, and locate friends--but if you want to manage your music and purchases, look to the service's iTunes in the Cloud initiative: For free, you can automatically download any new purchases across all your devices, and access any past purchases (still available on iTunes); pay an extra $25 a year, and you can store and stream your music online with iTunes Match. Here's how these all work.

  • News: iCloud: Backup

    With portable devices, there's always a risk of losing or damaging your hardware when you're out and about. As such, it makes sense to make regular backups of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, but in the past, that process has been easier said than done. With iCloud Backup, however, you can back up your iOS device's data automatically, even when you're not using it.

  • News: Nokia gears up for new strike on US market

    Nokia Windows Phones were well-hidden during a tour of the company's phone-testing facility in San Diego, but they loomed large over the conversation.

  • News: Getting started with iCloud, Apple's new sync service

    Over the past few years, consumers have become obsessed with the notion of having their documents and data instantly available wherever they are, on whichever device they happen to be using at the time. In the past, Apple experimented with this by offering limited sync services; with iCloud, the company is charging head-first into the digital-sync sphere.

  • News: Apple delivers iOS 5, upgrades Lion

    Apple today shipped the long-awaited upgrades to its mobile and Mac operating systems that provide, among other things, access to the new iCloud service.

  • News: Mac OS X 10.7.2, iPhoto 9.2 bring iCloud support

    Not content to merely update its flagship mobile operating system, Apple on Wednesday released three significant updates for Mac users: Mac OS X 10.7.2, Lion Recovery Update, and iPhoto 9.2.



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