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Four ocean-faring robots were taken beyond the Golden Gate Bridge Thursday on their way to a launch that would begin a world-record attempt for the longest distance ever traveled by robots on the surface of the planet.(Credit:Daniel Terdiman/CNET)SAN FRANCISCO–Four robots left the Golden Gate today on an across the globe mission to set a world distance record and demonstrate new data-gathering tools that could help save the planet.The robots, known as Wave Gliders, were built by a Silicon Valley startup known as Liquid Robotics. And starting today, the four autonomous sea-faring craft are heading out on journeys to Australia and Japan with the intention of setting the Guinness World Record for the longest distance traveled on the surface of the Earth by a robot.The four Wave Gliders are thought to be capable of traveling across the world without any fuel or outside propulsion. But setting records is really just a “stunt,” said James Gosling, one of the creators of the Java programming language and now Liquid Robotics’ chief software architect. By that, Gosling meant that going for the record would draw attention to the robots’ real work: helping bring scientists, educators, students, industry, and many others access to a level of data about the world’s oceans that may never have been possible before.Java pioneer James Gosling on Liquid Robotics at St. Francis Yacht Club by Daniel TerdimanAlthough Liquid Robotics launched its world-record attempt today, its Wave Gliders have been deployed around the world for some time. Already, the company said, the robots have logged more than 150,000 miles on many different kinds of projects. Among them have been efforts to track the spread of oil in the Gulf of Mexico after 2010′s Deepwater Horizon disaster. James Gosling, one of the inventors of the Java programming language, is now the Liquid Robotics chief software architect. Here, Gosling (in pink) explains the Wave Glider.(Credit:Daniel Terdiman/CNET)According to Liquid Robotics senior vice president of operations Graham Hine, a base Wave Glider costs about $140,000, and one tricked out with a range of sensors can run between $250,000 and $500,000 each. The four robots heading to Australia and Japan–with two headed to each wow power leveling country–cost about $220,000 each.Autonomous Wave Gliders travel the oceans collecting data 1-2 of 11Scroll LeftScroll RightBut Hine said that while Liquid Robotics is happy to sell the gliders, it is just as happy to provide them to companies and institutions needing to do extensive oceanic research as a service. For that, the company charges between $1,500 and $3,000 a day, Hine said. Typically, such missions have lasted either 60 or 90 days, while a few have gone on for a full year.Not alone in ocean exploration Although Liquid Robotics’ world record attempt is the latest effort to bring attention to the plight of the seas and how little they are being explored, it is hardly the only one. Others include Richard Branson’s Virgin Oceanic Five Dives, which involves its own record-breaking try. That initiative is going to be attempting to make it to the deepest points of each of the world’s five oceans. To do so, Branson is using a deep-sea submersible from Hawkes Ocean Technologies known as the DeepFlight Challenger. As the company put it upon announcing Five Dives, its deep-sea exploration “offers an unprecedented opportunity to conduct scientific research and to expand our knowledge of the unique conditions, ecosystems, and geology that exist at the bottom of the oceans.”Today, Chris Welch, who will pilot the DeepFlight Challenger on a dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench–the deepest spot on Earth–said at the Liquid Robotics event that oceanic exploration has finally hit a “tipping point” and that it’s vital that humans learn more about what’s deep in our oceans, especially when it comes to the amount of carbon dioxide trapped underwater. Chris Welch, who will pilot a DeepFlight Challenger deep-sea submersible to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, was on hand at the Liquid Robotics event Thursday representing Virgin Oceanic.(Credit:Daniel Terdiman/CNET)Another Liquid Robotics partner is Google, and at today’s event, the manager of Ocean in Google Earth Jenifer Foulkes said that she hopes that much of the data that will be returned from the Wave Gliders will be used in education–and that the more data is available on the oceans, the better the world will be at preparing for disasters like the Gulf oil spill.5 percent explored For Liquid Robotics, the rationale behind building Wave Gliders is that although our oceans cover 71 percent of the planet, just 5 percent of them have been explored. And to those who study the seas, and see how endangered they are, it’s crucial that more research is done.”We’re far behind the curve from where we need to be,” Sylvia Earle, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and former chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) told CNET last year. “People look at the surface, and they think that’s the ocean, and because they can’t see what’s going on below, they think everything’s just fine. But those of us with World Of Warcraft power leveling decades of exploration [experience know that] the ocean is in trouble, and therefore so are we.”Earle said that that’s because the Earth’s seas drive climate and weather and generate most of our oxygen. But humanity has largely been standing idly by as the marine ecosystems that generate most of the oxygen are dying out or struggling due to factors such as pollution, over-fishing, changes in chemistry, and more.To date, the 70-person Liquid Robotics has made about 100 Wave Gliders. The company has raised about $40 million, including its recent D round led by Vantage Point Capital Partners, which was worth about $22 million. And according to CEO Bill Vass, companies and institutions around the world have been using the Wave Gliders in fields such as fishing, oil and gas exploration, ocean mining, shipping, and more. And that’s because the Wave Gliders, which weigh in at 198.4 pounds, and have a float that is 82 inches by 24 inches, a glider that’s 16 inches by 75 inches, and wings that are 42 inches long, were designed for optimum performance on the most common oceanic waves. They can also be loaded with sensors that are capable of gathering many different kinds of information, including location, weather, water and air temperature, wave height, water color, water pressure, barometric pressure, and more.Ultimately, Vass suggested, the robots are really about giving those who use them the ability to gather real-time data on any ocean and at any time.One reason, said Hine, is that because the robots are autonomous and self-powered–they have “flapping” wings that are propelled by wave action, and their various sensors are powered by solar–they are built to traverse the globe without human intervention. Yet, they are also able to be monitored via the Internet. Those who “pilot” them are able to check in on them at any time using a smart phone. Hard, not easy While Liquid Robotics’ effort to break the world-record is really about drawing attention to the Wave Glider program, Hine pointed out that successfully setting the mark for longest surface distance traveled by a robot is no simple task.”This is something you do not because it is easy,” Hine told a crowd of a couple hundred gathered at the St. Francis Yacht Club here for the launch, “but because it is hard.”But Hine added that he is confident that the Wave Gliders are capable of making their way to Japan and Australia, in spite of the many impediments they may encounter along the way–storms, netting, ships, and so forth.And, he added, it’s worth it in the name of science and so Liquid Robotics can “prove this technology can expand our understanding of the oceans and science.”Hine also said that Liquid Robotics plans to offer the data the four Wave Gliders will gather on their long journeys for free to anyone that wants them. “The data is there as an invitation to the world’s community to help us understand what it means,” he said. Liquid Robotics is also issuing a challenge to the world community: Anyone who wants to use the data can present the company with an abstract for what the data can be used for. The company will select five entrants to present their cases, and one winner who will be given access to a Wave Glider for six months.That winner will probably not be the one that pilots the robot, however. Although they are light and robust, they still face physical challenges on the oceans. But according to Gosling, storms may not be that menacing to them. The robots were designed, Gosling said, to survive “astonishing” waves, including those from massive storms. “These guys just stay out there and say, yahoo,” said Gosling. “These guys love the waves.”
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New GTA V trailers arriving April 30
We don't want to jump to conclusions, but new trailers for GTA might be coming.(Credit:Rockstar)Rockstar certainly knows how to draw out a bit of PR for the fullest effect. Today, the above image arrived in our inbox with no additional info except to confirm that the trailers are coming on April 30. There aren’t many companies and not many wow power leveling games that could get away with this, but when you’re talking about the next Grand Theft Auto, all bets are off. As a quick reminder before these new trailers arrive next week, here are a few things that we already know about GTA V:It’s the biggest GTA ever.The box art apple hasn’t fallen far from the Rockstar tree.There are three playable characters.There are a lot of different locations.It’s out in September.Scenes from Grand Theft Auto V safe wow power leveling (pictures) 1-2 of 30Scroll LeftScroll Right(Source: CNET Australia)
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New iPhone 5S photos reportedly surface
Rear shell of the iPhone 5.(Credit:Apple)MacRumors claims new photos allegedly of the iPhone 5S show a tweaked rear shell and the phone’s internals. The only really notable change from earlier peeks that the photos reveal of the iPhone 5S rear shell (at bottom) is a larger LED flash. Note that alleged iPhone 5S rear shell images have appeared as far back as December of last year. The iPhone 5S — a device that’s widely rumored and expected, though Apple has said fast wow power leveling zilch about such a product — is also expected to boast a higher-resolution camera. Earlier reports have indicated that it may sport a 12-megapixel (or possibly 13-megapixel) camera with improved low-light mode. MacRumors also posted purported photos of the main logic board — matching previous leaked images — showing a new layout for components. Related storiesApps for following your pregnancySkype refreshes its iPhone appThe battery is also a departure from the iPhone 5, MacRumors claims. wow power leveling “The battery carries a more recent Apple Part Number of 616-0652 compared to the iPhone 5 battery…[and] has a higher capacity of 5.92 Whr, compared to the 5.45 Whr capacity of the iPhone 5′s battery.” Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 5S later this year. New lower-priced iPhones offered in a variety of colors may also launch at the same time, reportedly in September. MacRumors claims this is a photo of the iPhone 5S' rear shell, which makes room for a larger, dual-LED flash at top.(Credit:MacRumors)
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Twitter goes down for some
(Credit:Screenshot taken by Dan Farber/CNET)Twitter experienced some hiccups early Tuesday. The company said today there were service issues that were affecting some users. The message was posted to its Tumblr blog at about 7:30 a.m. PT. By 8:50, Twitter updated the post saying the issue was resolved. The outage appeared to be affecting parts of the site. The main feed was working for some, while the connect and discover pages were down. “Our engineers are currently working on this issue,” the company earlier said in its post. Update, 10:05 a.m. PT:The service appears to be fast wow power leveling back up and Twitter updated its Tumblr safe wow power leveling post.
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U.S. government to fight for warrantless GPS tracking
(Credit:Declan McCullagh)The Obama Administration is headed to court today to argue that warrantless GPS tracking is just fine.The administration will present its arguments before a federal appeals court today, despite the U.S. Supreme Court last year ruling that a warrant was needed to attach a GPS device to a suspected criminal’s vehicle. According to Wired, which first reported on the story, the government believes that the high court’s ruling does not account for all scenarios, and wants to see where its ruling should and shouldn’t be held up.The Supreme Court’s ruling last year was not exhaustive, the government argues. And in many cases, exemptions exist in which a judge would not need to sign a warrant to monitor someone, including issues at the border and with people on probation and students, according to Wired.Related storiesLawmakers introduce bill on warrantless GPS trackingCanada nixes online spying bill designed to stop child predatorsCourt OKs warrantless use of hidden surveillance cameras Supreme Court closes door on warrantless eavesdropping suitFederal court OKs warrantless cell phone tracking by policeThe Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision last year that the Fourth Amendment protection of “persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures” would be violated if law enforcement agencies were allowed to attach a GPS device to fast wow power leveling a suspect’s vehicle without obtaining a warrant. The decision involved a case in which District of Columbia police placed a GPS tracking device on the car of suspected cocaine dealer Antoine Jones. Following a conviction, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 2010 threw it out, saying a warrant was required to track Jones and fellow defendant Lawrence Maynard.For the government, warrantless GPS tracking could prove to be an important law-enforcement tool, its attorneys have argued. In papers filed with the court, the government has said that because of the high court’s ruling, “law enforcement officers could not use GPS devices to gather information to establish probable cause, which cheap wow power leveling is often the most productive use of such devices.”
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Obama hosts meeting on cybersecurity with CEOs
President Barack Obama met with 13 chief executives yesterday to dig deeper into cybersecurity.According to The New York Times, which first reported on the meeting, the discussion took place in the White House Situation Room and was a “two-way” exchange of information between the president and the chief executives.AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, along with chief executives at Exxon Mobil, cheap wow power leveling Bank of America, and JPMorgan Chase, were all in attendance, according to the Times.Related storiesCyberthreats a top topic in Obama’s call with Chinese presidentFacebook unfriends CISPA cybersecurity bill over ‘privacy’Privacy backlash against CISPA cybersecurity bill gains tractionFrom ‘WarGames’ to Aaron Swartz: How U.S. anti-hacking law went astrayIntelligence chief offers dire warning on cyberattacksOver the last several weeks, a slew of companies has been hit with cyberattacks. Online banking sites have also been targeted. The issue has become such a concern that the Obama administration has made clear that it wants to fully address cybersecurity and has cited China as its chief concern. Until the president delivers a full strategy for protecting the country’s assets from cyberthreats, he wants to hear from the companies that have been impacted, according to the Times. For its part, China has said that it has been the victim of attacks by the U.S. and needs to protect itself as well.Obama last month signed an executive order that allows for more government sharing about cyberthreats with companies. The move was seen as a temporary solution until broader safety measures are instituted.The White House didn’t say exactly what was discussed during the meeting with the executives, but White House press secretary Jay Carney said that he “hopes that out of this meeting and the many others he has on this topic, wow power leveling that we will build the kind of consensus necessary to compel Congress to take appropriate action.”
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Samsung outguns Apple in marketing, report says
Kanye West performs at Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 event in New York.(Credit:Samsung)With the success of its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note franchise, Samsung Electronics has shown that money talks. Samsung outspent Apple in marketing in the U.S. last year, sinking $401 million in its promotional efforts here vs. Apple’s marketing budget of $333 million, The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday, citing research firm Kantar Media. Related storiesMVNO carrier Ting says it will get the Galaxy S4Samsung Galaxy S4 rumor roundupEye-tracking tech in the Samsung Galaxy S4? Say what?Is Samsung making a mockery of the Galaxy S4 launch?Twitter working on a music appThe marketing muscle has been a crucial component to Samsung’s success in surpassing Apple as the premier cheap wow power leveling smartphone manufacturer and top cell phone player in the industry. With the smartphone market being incredibly competitive as ever, that marketing money will continue to be a key advantage for Samsung. The results of Samsung’s marketing budget can be seen virtually everywhere, from its “Next Big Thing” campaign on television to the splashy events it has held last year. In October, Samsung threw a giant party for the U.S. launch of the Galaxy Note 2 — a product that had already had several big launches overseas — which included a performance by Kanye West at the old James Farley Post Office in Manhattan. Samsung previously declined to comment on its marketing efforts. CNET contacted Apple about its marketing budget, and we’ll update the story when the company responds.Apple, of course, continues to have the strongest brand recognition in the technology field, and it arguably doesn’t have to spend as much. Customers will line up for the launch of new products such as the iPhone and iPad, a phenomenon that Samsung hasn’t yet seen in the U.S. Apple’s smartphone market share is primarily based on three products, its flagship iPhone 5, as well as the older and discounted iPhone 4S and iPhone 4.Samsung, meanwhile, has its Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, and a slew of other low and mid-tier smartphones. While Samsung is the top smartphone maker, Apple still controls a majority of the industry’s profits. With the upcoming Galaxy S4, Samsung wow power leveling professions is expected to keep spending heavily on promotion.
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Nokia wins one against HTC in German patent case
Nokia has won a patent infringement suit in a German court, but the companies can’t quite agree whether it’s a major victory or not.According to Foss Patents’ Florian Mueller, the Mannheim Regional Court today ruled that HTC is infringing a Nokia patent related to saving battery life by identifying packets of data that can reconstructed through the use of only a part of an encoded message. According to Mueller, Nokia was awarded a permanent injunction, giving the company the opportunity to enforce the ban by posting a $6.5 million bond. Nokia can also request HTC recall all infringing patents.In a statement on the ruling, however, HTC downplayed the victory, saying that it related only to three devices wow power leveling professions — the Wildfire S, Desire S, and Rhyme — that the company no longer imports into Germany. The company also said that its German business will not be affected in any way by the ruling.Related storiesAll-aluminum Nokia Lumia rumored for Verizon next monthThe elusive third great mobile OSHTC scores patent victory over Nokia in GermanyNokia backs Apple in legal skirmish against SamsungNokia still owes Microsoft $650M in Windows Phone feesNokia, meanwhile, celebrated the decision, saying that “HTC must now respect our intellectual property and compete using its own innovations.”Mueller, who has been following the patent infringement claims brought by and against technology companies around the world, believes that HTC’s statement on the affected devices is only partially true. He claims that the devices included in the infringement case were “exemplary” and don’t just stop with those three. However, he also said that he believes HTC has removed the infringing feature from other devices.Regardless, HTC said that it will appeal the court’s decision.Nokia’s win today comes cheap wow power leveling a little under two weeks after HTC won a ruling in the same court. That ruling found that HTC had not violated two Nokia patents related to delivering services over a telecommunications network.Looking ahead, the companies’ battle is far from over: there are still dozens of patent-infringement claims Nokia brought against HTC that have yet to be ruled on.
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NSA violated privacy rules thousands of times, audit finds
The National Security Agency's headquarters in Ft. Meade, Md.(Credit:NSA)The National Security Agency exceeded its legal authority and broke agency rules thousands of times since it was granted broader powers in 2008, according to an internal agency audit obtained by The Washington Post.Most violations involved unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the U.S., according to the documents, which were supplied to the newspaper by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The documents show infractions ranging from serious legal violations to typographical errors that resulted in unintended data collection, The Post reported.The agency was not always forthcoming with the details of its transgressions, the Post found. A quality assurance report not shared with an oversight committee found that a “large number” of calls were placed to Egypt 2008 when the U.S. area code 202 was mistakenly entered as 20. In another case, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which reviews NSA warrant requests, was not cheap wow power leveling made aware of a new collection method until it had been in place for several months. The court ultimately ruled it unconstitutional, the Post reported.The audit, dated May 2012, uncovered 2,776 incidents in the preceding 12 months of unauthorized collection, storage, access to or distribution of legally protected communications, the Post reported. One of those cases involved the unauthorized use of data on 3,000 Americans and green-card holders.Related storiesLavabit founder says he fought feds to protect the ConstitutionCNET hosting Lavabit’s Ladar Levison tonight: Join us!Officials admit NSA snooped on world leaders — WSJAn anonymous representative defended the agency’s record in an interview with the Post.”We’re a human-run agency operating in a complex environment with a number of different regulatory regimes, so at times we find ourselves on the wrong side of the line,” the senior NSA official said, speaking with White House permission. “You can look at it as a percentage of our total activity that occurs each day. You look at a number in absolute terms that looks big, and when you look at it in relative terms, it looks a little different.”The Obama administration, which has defended the NSA activities, has never publicly addressed the agency’s compliance record, the Post noted. However, the NSA Director of Compliance John DeLong defended the agency’s procedures, saying it had in recent years quadrupled the number of personnel working in its privacy compliance program: We want people to report if they have made a mistake or even if they believe that an NSA activity is not consistent with the rules. NSA, like other regulated organizations, also has a “hotline” for people to report — and no adverse action or reprisal can be taken for the simple act of reporting. We take each report seriously, investigate the matter, address the issue, constantly look for trends, and address them as well — all as a part of NSA’s internal oversight and compliance efforts. What’s more, we keep our overseers informed through both immediate reporting and periodic reporting. Our internal privacy compliance program has more than 300 personnel assigned to it: a fourfold increase since 2009. They manage NSA’s rules, train personnel, develop and implement technical safeguards, and set up systems to continually monitor and guide NSA’s activities. We take this work very seriously.The NSA later offered this as a substitute statement:”NSA’s foreign intelligence collection activities are fast wow power leveling continually audited and overseen internally and externally,” the NSA said. “When NSA makes a mistake in carrying out its foreign intelligence mission, the agency reports the issue internally and to federal overseers — and aggressively gets to the bottom of it.”Updated at 8:20 p.m. PT with companion NSA statement.
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U.S. approval of Sprint-Softbank deal may hinge on China
As a condition for approving Softbank’s $20 billion acquisition of Sprint Nextel, the U.S. government is seeking oversight of network equipment purchases to prevent gear from Chinese suppliers Huawei Technologies and ZTE from becoming part of the U.S. infrastructure, according to the Wall Street Journal.The two companies have already attracted the criticism of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, which released a report last October that accused Chinese telecommunications gear makers of being threats to U.S. security and that discouraged U.S. companies from buying their equipment. In January, the U.S. Department of Justice asked the Federal Communications Commission to cheap wow power leveling defer Softbank’s deal for Sprint, citing a review of national security concerns.While reviews and negotiations continue, the U.S. government is expected to require advance notification of equipment purchases for the struggling carrier’s network core and to cooperate on national security concerns that arise, people familiar with the negotiations told the Journal. However, to avoid violating trade rules, it’s unlikely the conditions would specifically exclude gear from ZTE or Huawei, the later of which Softbank has used in Japan.Related storiesSoftbank confident of Sprint deal, despite Dish’s $25B bid How Dish’s deal could improve SprintDish-Sprint merger may bring new bundles, dealsThe goal of the oversight is to prevent the gear makers’ equipment from becoming a core part of U.S. telecom infrastructure, sources told the Journal. While both Huawei and ZTE deny posing a threat to U.S. national security, the House Intelligence Committee said that neither company addressed concerns raised repeatedly by lawmakers over their ability to snoop on American companies.”You have to find a way to say, ‘Don’t buy from the Chinese,’ without saying, ‘Don’t buy from the Chinese,’” said one source familiar with the matter.CNET has contacted Sprint and Softbank for comment and will update this report when we learn more.Softbank’s deal, which was announced last October, is expected to give Sprint more muscle to compete with the major players in the wireless industry. The increased size achieved by the combined operations of the two carriers could lead to a better selection of phones, more competitive price plans, and ultimately, better service.
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