"There always have been excuses and explanations from US wireless carriers—whether legitimate or otherwise—about the additional complexities they face in authenticating devices and providing service to them over cellular networks," Wood said. "A lot of those excuses are called into serious doubt by the much more open architecture you see for wireless devices in other countries, where the tight control that carriers had over device manufacturers loosened much earlier than it did here." … [Read more...] about Wireless net neutrality puts Verizon and rivals on equal footing
Swype hit its peak when OEM overlays on handsets like Samsung’s Galaxy S III started including the feature. According to Sheedy, it has over 80 OEM partners for its keyboard application and supports 62 languages and dialects. The app in the Google Play store also contains three features that were once exclusive to Beta users, including Living Language, which will automatically detect where you are when a phone is turned on and add local words; Smart Touch, which will adjust for sloppy typers, and Smart Editor, which predicts what words you’re about to type based on the context of the message. … [Read more...] about Bejeweled jumps to Android, Weatherbug helps wannabe Benjamin Franklins
Like any conventional film, Tangerine underwent post-production. "With a lot of these social realist films, the first thing you do is drain the color," Baker says. "We went the other way. We pumped the colors and put the saturation through the roof. Just because the world there is so colorful, and the women are so colorful. We wanted it to match them." (Orange emerged as the dominant color in the film, inspiring its title.) The final step was to apply a digital grain to the movie, giving it a quality more reminiscent of actual film. … [Read more...] about How one of the best films at Sundance was shot using an iPhone 5S
But sometimes, fossil size can be misleading. Bones belonging to a tiny dinosaur from Argentina, found in the 1970s, were so small that they prompted researchers to name the animal Mussaurus or "mouse lizard." But later discoveries unveiled giant versions of this dinosaur! Scientists realized that they had first found fossils of a baby Mussaurus, and that the adults could weigh up to 250 lbs. (113 kilograms). … [Read more...] about What’s the smallest dinosaur?
The new dinosaur does not have an official name, and is going by the moniker of the Ashdown maniraptorian after the spot where it was found. If the Ashdown dino is found to be the smallest on record, it will beat out North America's smallest known dinosaur by about 6 inches (15 cm). That dinosaur, Hesperonychus elizabethae, was a velociraptor-like predator with a nasty curved claw on its toe. It stood about a foot and a half (50 cm) tall and weighed 4 pounds (2 kilograms). … [Read more...] about Tiny Fossil May Be World’s Smallest Dinosaur