Last week's show with the Sleep Doctor Michael Breus answered a lot of questions about how to stop snoring and sleep better, and Dr. Breus generously donated a Renew Sleep Clock to give away. The contest starts today, so head over to our 404 SubReddit and tell us about your craziest dream for a chance to win!… Read more
Amazon has yanked the iPad from its Chinese Web site following a grievance by Apple that the retail giant is not authorized to sell the tablet in China.
The move was initially thought by some to be related to Apple's feud with Proview Technology, a company that claims it owns the rights to the iPad brand name in China. Earlier this week Chinese officials removed iPads from a third-party reseller following Proview's complaints that Apple refuses to honor … Read more
Apple's outrageous success has a dark side. But does that mean it's time to stop buying Apple products?
Before we go there, let's get a few things out of the way. The focus of the New York Times iPad human cost story was Apple because:
Fame: Like anything that is constantly in the public eye (such as, say, a Republican presidential candidate) Apple is a magnet for reporters. There's lots and lots of reporting about Apple, some invariably negative.
Profits: While analysts and journalists trip over each other to applaud Apple's profit juggernaut, the way … Read more
Hackers in China have found a way to infiltrate supposedly secure smart cards used by U.S. government employees, according to security company AlienVault.
The security firm said it has seen dozens of such attacks, which tap into a unique variant of a nasty bit of malware known as Sykipot.
The hackers appear intent on stealing data from the Department of Defense and other related agencies. The malware is capable of capturing the PIN numbers used by government smart cards, thereby allowing access to supposedly secure information.
"Like we have shown with previous Sykipot attacks, the attackers use a … Read more
A few weeks ago, Chinese accessory makers fired off a Smart Case for the Samsung Galaxy Tab, claiming it was endorsed by Samsung, that looked remarkably similar to Apple's Smart Cover for iPad 2. Apple has now filed a figurative trademark in China to protect the Smart Cover design.
Samsung has since revealed that it did not officially endorse the Smart Case accessory and has distanced itself from the case. That hasn't stopped Apple from acting, however.
The Chinese government has released an official app for people (both domestic and oversees) to keep tabs on what the People's Liberation Army (PLA) is up to. There's just one catch: you'll have to jailbreak your iPhone to use it.
One of the few apps to come from a major group to not go through Apple's App Store (the U.S. Army has its own app available in the App Store), the PLA app requires its users to jailbreak their iPhones before they can download the app.
The U.S. government is investigating reports from Google that hackers attempted to break into the Gmail accounts of senior government officials but at this point doesn't believe any accounts were actually breached.
"Speaking on behalf of the U.S. government, we're looking into these reports and seeking to gather the facts," Caitlin Hayden, deputy spokesperson for the National Security Council, told CNET today. "We have no reason to believe that any official U.S. government e-mail accounts were accessed."
The FBI is taking the lead on the investigation, according to Hayden, "as … Read more
It was designed to demonstrate how an autonomous robot can implement path and motion-planning algorithms.
A paper about Treebot was presented recently at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (ICRA) in Shanghai.
It uses grippers and tactile sensors attached to its Slinky-style body to slowly move its front, then its back, up a trunk like an inchworm.
Although it lacks sophisticated sensors, Treebot can pick the best path to follow up a tree, and handle angled trunks, branches, and payloads of 3.8 pounds. … Read more
Google is facing potential trouble with the Chinese government over yet another one of its services.
The future of Google Maps, the company's online mapping service, may be in jeopardy as the company reportedly has yet to file the required application with the Chinese government to keep the service running, and the deadline is tomorrow.
China's State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping confirmed that it has not received an application from Google for a license for Google Maps, according to Bloomberg and other sources. If tomorrow's deadline passes, and a license application still has not been received, … Read more
Motorola's plan to sell its wireless network business to Nokia Siemens Networks has been put on hold by Chinese antitrust officials.
Under the $1.2 billion deal announced last summer, Nokia Siemens Networks will acquire the unit from Motorola Solutions. But approval of the acquisition is hitting a snag in China, where antitrust regulators have extended their review period by 60 days, Motorola said today.
Antitrust approval is needed in each market affected by the deal, according to Bloomberg, and all other approvals were received by the end of last year.
When the deal was first announced last July, … Read more