BlackBerry Z10 vs. Galaxy S3

We compare the specs (and intangibles) of the BlackBerry Z10 and Samsung Galaxy S3

Great companies evolve. In 2007, Apple redefined the smartphone with the release of the iPhone. Google then responded quickly with the iPhone-inspired Android OS. But BlackBerry (known then as Research in Motion) stood still. Six years later, the company is finally embracing keyboardless, multitouch handsets. Does the new BlackBerry Z10 stand a chance against Samsung’s record-breaking Galaxy S III? Let’s see how their specs – and harder-to-define intangibles – compare…
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CP+ 2013 wrap-up: brochure models, Japanese dancers and point-and-shoots aplenty

CP 2013 wrapup brochure models, Japanese dancers and pointandshoots aplenty

Despite an unfortunate lack of product introductions, largely due to the recent influx of new models at Photokina, there was plenty of excitement on the floor at Japan’s annual CP+ trade show. The promise of new point-and-shoots brought us out to Yokohama, but non-stop manufacturer-sponsored entertainment at the exhibition hall, most often not in any way related to the devices on display, kept us coming back.

At Nikon’s booth, Japanese dancers clad in a variety of “urban” dress, remained in constant motion in an effort to demonstrate the autofocus abilities of the company’s latest 1 Series cameras. At dozens of other stands, models, often surrounded by groups of attendees, held camera brochures in an array of different poses. And, at Casio, female presenters spoke of the company’s “speed revolution” in front of dozens of amateur photographers, each clicking away as if under a looming deadline. All in all, this relatively small exhibition is an experience not to be missed. So, even if you weren’t able to visit this year, you can join us inside Pacifico Yokohama in the video after the break.

Gallery: CP+ 2013 wrap-up

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Google backs French digital publishing innovation initiative with €60 million incentive

Libert, Egalit, Payday Google backs French digital publishing innovation initiative with 60 million incentive

Google’s long had a contentious relationship with France. But it seems the Mountain View-based company has come up with a way to squash that problem: by throwing money at it. Taking to the company’s official blog today, Chairman Eric Schmidt announced the creation of a €60 million Digital Publishing Innovation Fund, in cooperation with French prez François Hollande, that will help “stimulate innovation and increase revenues” for the country’s publishing houses. And in a move that’s in no way self-serving as a gesture of goodwill, Google’s also pledging to partner with those publishers to help monetize their digital offerings using AdSense. In the search giant’s defense, it had begun to work more closely with La France back in 2011, even going so far as to create a cultural center in Paris; a city it once described as “one of Europe’s fastest-growing Internet economies.” So, okay, maybe there’s more to this investment than beefing up the bottom line. Now, if only Google could talk to Hollande about the hashtag

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ESA tests prospect of 3D printing Moon bases with lunar soil

ESA tests prospect of 3D printing Moon bases with lunar soil

Building a base on the Moon poses a rather large logistics problem when all the construction material has to make a 238,900-mile journey. The European Space Agency has proposed packing light: it’s teaming with Foster + Partners to test the possibility of 3D printing not just the tools, but whole lunar buildings. The current method would bind powder in layers to create hollow, cellular building blocks that are both sturdy and relatively light. With an improved D-Shape printer from Monolite, the ESA believes it could finish a whole structure inside of a week — if only we could finish most Earth-bound homes so quickly. There’s no word on the likelihood of any spacefarers using the technique, but it’s easy to see the value of leaving more room for the supplies that really matter.

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Bowers & Wilkins AM-1 speaker can weather the rain, weather the snow, weather the storm

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We appreciate any product that lets us not only openly reference Lamb, but also blast that band’s tracks in our backyard. Which is what Bowers & Wilkins weatherproof AM-1 (Architectural Monitor) was built to do: blare out the tunes no matter the weather while retaining a subdued, stylish look. The rustproof speaker, which comes in black or white, is made for easy mounting, can rotate 110-degrees from either landscape or portrait orientation and, according to the company’s claims, should provide better sound when positioned high up (thanks to an inverted drive unit). Of course, you don’t have to fasten this fella to your outdoor veranda — it’ll also be right at home from inside your… home, bar or even that meticulously maintained secret cellar. Look for the AM-1 to hit retail for 0 sometime next month, but buyer beware, you’ll have to supply the trip hop tuneage yourself.

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Twitter warns of a concerted hacking attempt, says 250,000 might be affected

Twitter warns of concerted hacking attempt, says 250,000 might be affected

Now would be a good time to refresh your Twitter password. The social network has revealed that there was at least one attack on its servers this week that may have collected email addresses, passwords (thankfully encrypted) and session tokens for about 250,000 users. The real risk to users is unknown, but Twitter raises our eyebrows when it suggests that this was more than just a casual scripting hack: it claims the intrusion attempt was “extremely sophisticated,” and that other firms might have been subject to a similar breach. You’ll know that you were immediately affected only if you see Twitter send a notice of a forced password reset, like what you see pictured above. We’d be cautious, all the same — when such attempts seemingly increase in frequency by the day, it’s not a bad idea to stay on guard.

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X-ray device traps airborne pathogens and neutralizes them

A newly-developed device known as a soft x-ray electrostatic precipitator has demonstrated...

Help may be on the way for people with compromised immune systems, severe allergies, or who otherwise have to be wary of airborne nasties. A team of scientists have created something known as a soft x-ray electrostatic precipitator, or an SXC ESP for short. It filters all manner of bacteria, allergens, viruses, and ultrafine particles from the air – plus, it kills everything it catches.
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PBS explores the world of people who get paid to play video games

PBS explores the world of people who get paid to play video games

From LAN parties to MLG, the history of competitive gaming has been a fascinating one. Following up on similarly themed episodes, like the one back in October that explored the indie gaming community, PBS’s Off Book is tackling the world of competition, cramming as much info as it can into a seven and a half minute piece, including the move from entertainment into an industry, including the growing pains associated with its push into the pop-culture. It’s an interesting look, with plenty of input from MIT sociologist T.L. Taylor. And it offers up a good glimpse for those of us who don’t possess the chops to get handed one of of those giant novelty checks in front of a room full of excited spectators. Live vicariously through the video after the break.

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My first app! need help and tips

Hey all.

Im from norway and me and 2 of my friends have a pretty much amazing app ide, we really want to make it, sell it and marketing it.

the only problem is non of us have any expiriance with codeing, app making or xcode .. and i really mean non at all.

the thing is im good with computers so im going to make the app, and are now trying to learn how to. Its a pretty easy game and its no complex grafics or anything..

what im wondering about is how hard will this be for me ? im going to need alot of hours i know, but im a fast learner.. i have never used xcode and dont know anything about C or C++!

And how would you recoumend me going about learing all i need to learn ?

Do i need any other programs then Xcode? and photoshop for he picturs and stuff.

i really would love to hear what expirianaced popel think about this :)



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