Top tech stories of the day for Thursday 28 November 2013

Shenzhen’s new airport terminal puts the wonder back into flight – Located just to the north of Hong Kong, Shenzhen enjoys the rare status of being a Special Economic Zone in the People’s Republic of China. Holding that designation for over three decades now, the area has become a breeding ground for small electronics businesses and a big attraction for foreign investment. With its rapid growth comes the need for improved infrastructure, which is why China is today inaugurating a third terminal to the local Bao’an International Airport.

Designed by the Italian Studio Fuksas, Terminal 3 has been shaped to look like a manta ray, “a fish that breathes and changes its own shape, undergoes variations, [and] turns into a bird to celebrate the emotion and fantasy of a flight.”

Shenzhen’s new airport terminal puts the wonder back into flight

 

Apple ditches product discounts in favor of gift cards for Black Friday – For several years, Apple has joined other retailers in discounting various products for Black Friday. Unfortunately for deal hunters, that’s not the case this year. When shoppers visit the company’s retail stores tomorrow, every Mac, iPad, and iPod will be at its regular price. Instead of lowering the cost of its hardware, the company has opted to include Apple Store gift cards with select purchases. The Australian online store is first to reflect the “deals” — which are available both online and in-store.

Apple ditches product discounts in favor of gift cards for Black Friday

 

Stephen Elop’s rise to Microsoft CEO seen as ‘less likely’ – Microsoft appears to be narrowing its CEO search even further. The software maker previously reportedly shortlisted Ford CEO Alan Mulally, former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, Microsoft cloud boss Satya Nadella, and former Skype president Tony Bates. Bloomberg News now reports that Microsoft’s board is focusing on Mulally and Nadella. Bates and Elop are said to remain potential candidates, but they’re both “less likely” to be offered the position.

While Mulally appears to be the favorite to succeed Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, recent speculation suggests that the 68-year-old could be more of a “caretaker” CEO to guide Microsoft in the right direction before an internal candidate is ready to take over. Ford continues to dismiss the Mulally rumors. “There is no change from what we announced last November,” said a Ford spokesperson in a statement issued to Bloomberg News. “Alan remains completely focused on executing our One Ford plan. We do not engage in speculation.”

Stephen Elop’s rise to Microsoft CEO seen as ‘less likely’

 

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Smartphone-controlled Paper Airplane Kickstarter shatters funding goal on day one – Have you ever found yourself attempting to construct “the perfect paper airplane” for the ten thousandth time only to look down at your smartphone and wonder what it would be like if you had more control over this simple flying craft? Probably not, but thanks to Shai Goitein’s PowerUp 3.0 that’s exactly what you’re about to start thinking.

Paper airplane tech hasn’t exactly changed very much. The folds get a little more specific as you get older, and you start playing with the weight of paper you use, but by and large the concept remains the same. You throw the airplane, and if it isn’t destroyed by the “landing” you can scoop it up and try it again.

Smartphone-controlled Paper Airplane Kickstarter shatters funding goal on day one

 

Samsung Black Friday 2013 deals – Plenty of retailers are slashing prices on Samsung HDTVs, smartphones, and tablets for Black Friday, so it should come as no surprise that the popular hardware manufacturer is holding a sale of its own. But rather than a one day event, Samsung’s deals are running all week through December 2nd.

Samsung is pulling from its entire product line for the limited-time sale; it’s even including a number of smaller-sized TVs, which are proving harder to find at large electronics chains like Best Buy. We’ve included some highlights below, but visit Samsung’s official online store for the full list.

Samsung Black Friday 2013 deals

 

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Vietnam to fine people who use social media to critique the government – People who protest the government in Vietnam may receive a 100 million dong ($4,740) fine, under a new law announced this week.

The news was first reported by Reuters, and is the latest in a slew of efforts to crackdown on communist dissenters. The government is taking a hard line, with the number of arrests and convictions of bloggers and dissidents soaring in the past four years.

The law is fairly vague, but states that the law will punish people who spread ”propaganda against the state” or “reactionary ideology,” according to the law signed by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

Vietnam to fine people who use social media to critique the government

 

50-foot circle of ice found spinning in North Dakota river (Video) – A vast circle of ice has been found slowly rotating in North Dakota’s Sheyenne river.

Perfectly circular ice disks form on outer bends of rivers, where faster-running currents break chunks of surface ice away during cold weather. The rotational shear of the river’s current pulls chunks of ice together and spins the resultant mass around, grinding its edges into a neat circle.

Retired engineer George Loegering captured the phenomenon on camera. Some 50-feet in diameter, the Sheyenne disk is larger than those discovered in recent years, including a ten-foot example in the UK.

50-foot circle of ice found spinning in North Dakota river (Video)

 

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mSpy: A terrifying app for spying on another smartphone or tablet user – Those of you interested in preserving your privacy will want to watch out for the mSpy app. When installed on an Android or iOS device, it can track phone calls, location data and keyboard strokes in the background without your knowledge.

The app is ostensibly intended for legal monitoring use, and there are certainly legitimate reasons to install the software. Companies, for instance, could inform their employees that they’re monitoring company phones for security purposes, or concerned parents could include the software on devices they give to their kids.

mSpy: A terrifying app for spying on another smartphone or tablet user

 

Three unpublished J.D. Salinger stories leak online – Three unpublished works by J.D, Salinger, including The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls, have been leaked online after showing up in an eBay auction. Birthday Boy, Paula, and the aforementioned Ocean are three short stories that form part of a larger collection of Salinger works that was never published. The trio of stories was uploaded in a PDF file that appears to have been scanned from an unauthorized book simply titled Three Stories, before the leak was detailed on Reddit. Although the book has a barcode and ISBN, the code leads nowhere.

The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls is a much sought-after tale as it relates with characters that appear in Salinger’s most famous novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Until now, it’s only been available to be read under supervision at Princeton University’s Firestone Library.

Three unpublished J.D. Salinger stories leak online

 

Watch comet ISON hurtle toward the sun in stunning NASA (Video) – From a camera far out in space, NASA has captured comet ISON’s stunning first trip past the earth. The video, which you can watch below, shows comet ISON from November 20th up until November 25th, traveling by both Mercury and Earth on its path toward rounding the sun. The comet will begin rounding the sun tomorrow, in an encounter that could just spell its end: the sun’s radiation will begin to weaken the comet by boiling its water even before it reaches Mars, and it’ll then have to withstand even greater radiation and pressure as it actually flies by the sun’s surface.

Watch comet ISON hurtle toward the sun in stunning NASA (Video)

 

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The Army’s new drone looks like a bird, flies like a bot (Video) – The military has been making increasing use of drone aircraft in recent years on reconnaissance missions, even the most advanced drones have one fatal flaw — they look like drones. Whether they’ve got spinning propellers or swept-back wings, anyone looking up will know something’s not right.

That’s why the Army is working on a new type of bird-shaped drone, Maveric. Engineers have designed Maveric with rounded, flexible wings that will give the appearance of a bird of prey in flight.

The Army’s new drone looks like a bird, flies like a bot (Video)

 

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Author: Tom Peters

Journalist. Digital enthusiast. Asking questions about media business models and writing for DailyTechWhip.com

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