Technology Weekly Roundup 2/28/14


Time Magazine


Apple formalizes iBeacon Bluetooth spec in the hopes of wider adoption (Engadget)


WhatsApp plans to add Facebook Messenger-like voice calling features by next quarter (9to5Mac)

Telegram Saw 8M Downloads After WhatsApp Got Acquired (TechCrunch)


Google Barge bids farewell to San Francisco, to make Stockton its new California home (Engadget)

Google’s Project Ara could go on sale next year for $50 (The Verge)

Google wants its Project Ara modular smartphone to cost $50 (Engadget)

Google’s Nexus 5 experience now available for other Nexus devices (The Verge)


Microsoft experimenting with free version of Windows 8.1 (The Verge)


Samsung To Release A Galaxy S5 With An 8-Core Processor (TechCrunch)

Samsung Galaxy S5 preview: simpler in some ways, more ‘glam’ in others (Engadget)

Samsung Galaxy S5 owners will be able to use fingerprint authentication to pay with PayPal (The Next Web)

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. the competition: the battle of Android flagships has new contenders (Engadget)

The ‘Galaxy S5’ problem (iMore)

Samsung Unveils the (No Longer Galaxy) Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo + More Details on New Samsung Gears (TechSci)


What app developers must do to stay ahead of competition (The Next Web)

Canonical gives developers a preview of a dual-booting Ubuntu and Android future (Engadget)

Blippar brings object image recognition to Google Glass (GigaOm)

Tesla to raise almost $2 billion for a $4B-$5B huge battery factory (GigaOm)

Ever wondered why your mouse pointer is angled, not straight? (9to5Mac)

Science publishers withdraw more than 120 computer-generated papers (The Verge)

Starting to Demo the Wolfram Language (Bioinformatics/Wolfram Blog)

New partnership could produce a 3D printer that prints objects 500 times faster and 10 times larger (GigaOm)


Science Weekly Roundup 2/28/14

New Scientist

New Scientist


Kepler’s Exoplanetary Universe in a Nutshell: Video (

NASA Will Unveil New Discoveries from Planet-Hunting Kepler Spacecraft Wednesday (

Twin telescopes record video of meteoroid slamming into the moon (Ars Technica)

X-flare! Most intense flare of 2014 so far (EarthSky)

Father of big bang carries its hiss on his cellphone (New Scientist)

What Escapes a Black Hole? (Popular Science)


Pancreatic cancer’s killer trick offers treatment hope (New Scientist)


How does your memory work? (BBC Future)


Scientists Make Largest Quark, Solving A 20-Year Mystery (Popular Science)


Science publishers withdraw more than 120 computer-generated papers (The Verge)

First Amputee Has Touch Restored With Bionic Hand (Forbes)