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Archive for March 2012

Apple, publishers to settle e-books price-fixing suit: Report

(Credit: Screenshot by Joe Aimonetti/CNET) Suspected of collusion with intent to drive up e-book prices, Apple and some of its major publication partners are now negotiating to settle a suit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice. Negotiations continue, but sources close to the talks tell Reuters […]

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Asteroid to get neighborly with Earth on Sunday

Whew! A tweet from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Near Earth Object Office, which “coordinates NASA’s efforts to detect, track, and characterize potentially hazardous asteroids and comets that could approach Earth.” (Credit: Screenshot by Edward Moyer/CNET) Get ready for another asteroid to zoom past the Earth, closer than […]

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A quad-core Windows 8 laptop more ultra than an ultrabook?

Can a quad-core Windows 8 laptop be as thin as an iPad? That’s the design Qualcomm is aiming for. But we’ve heard this story before. The San Diego-based chip supplier anticipates superthin laptops running Windows 8 on top of its Snapdragon chips, according to a report in […]

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Third-gen iPad raises a few red flags

Steve Jobs introduces the iPad 2. (Credit: Apple) There are a few troubling technical aspects of the new iPad that give me pause about the post-Jobs Apple. I’ll skip the obligatory praise of the new iPad’s Retina display. And for those readers who want to call me […]

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Google’s hilarious April Fools’ Maps launch

(Credit: Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET) Google is funny. I have wanted to write that sentence for so long in a context where funny meant “intentionally humorous.” So here is an April Fools’ work of art from the company that, to many minds, just might deserve righteous laughter. […]

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