Surface Pro Mini Tablet: How About 13 Inch Screen Instead?view story

http://www.thevarguy.com – Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is striving to restock retailers with Surface Pro 128GB tablets this week. But even before the latest round of Windows 8 tablets arrives, some pundits are calling on the software giant to develop a Surface Pro Mini Tablet to counter Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad Mini. (IT news)

CoverHound Lands $4.5M From RRE, Bullpen & Blumberg To Become The Kayak Of Online Insuranceview story

http://techcrunch.com – Car insurance is a necessary evil for all drivers. Of course, if you don’t happen to be accident prone, paying expensive monthly or annual bills is a headache and seems equivalent to setting your wallet on fire. (IT news)

Effective toy benchmark for a computer?view story

http://serverfault.com – I wanted to do some (very rough) comparisons between different computers, seeing the relative compute performance of laptops and cloud machines (AWS EC2, rackspace, etc.). I wanted something extremely easy and quick to run, and just wanted a rough benchmark of computation performance. Not testing parallelism, disk access, etc. (HowTos)

Kazakhstan Beats Alabama On Science Tests. Massachusetts Bests Japan. Global Comparisons Are Sillyview story

http://techcrunch.com – One of America’s worst performing education systems, Alabama schools, got beat on International science tests by the humble central Asian republic of Kazakhstan, and only narrowly outperformed Iran and Turkey. (IT news)

A LinkedIn For Gamers? Duxter Tries To Build A Broad Gaming Social Network, Opens Public Betaview story

http://techcrunch.com – In the same way that LinkedIn has become the home of your professional identity, and Facebook the home of your social identity, founder and CEO Adam Lieb wants to turn his startup Duxter into the center of your gaming identity. There are plenty of other gaming social networks, but Lieb argued that they’re too focused on specific aspects of the gaming experience. (IT news)

You Know What’s Cool? A Billion Snapchats: App Sees Over 20 Million Photos Shared Per Day, Releases On Androidview story

http://techcrunch.com – Snapchat, an impermanent photo messaging application, soft launched a version for Android today. Co-founder Evan Spiegel tells me users have shared over 1 billion photos (“snaps”) on the iOS application. Spiegel says users share over 20 million snaps every day, a figure he says keeps growing. (IT news)

Apple Now Has $121.3 Billion In Cash: More Than Amazon’s Market Cap Or A Space Stationview story

http://techcrunch.com – It’s easy to forget the big picture when you report on a quarterly earnings. Apple has seen a tremendous year. With $156 billion in revenue representing 45 percent growth compared to 2011, and an incredible 61 percent increase of net income compared to 2011. (IT news)

Apple iPhone 5 Boosts Windows Phone 8 Launch Event Buzz?view story

http://www.thevarguy.com – An Apple iPhone 5 launch could surface Sept. 12. Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) are holding a preemptive Windows Phone 8 launch event Sept. 5 in New York. Meanwhile, the Nokia World conference is set for Sept. 5-6 in Finland, while Samsung and HTC each appear to be prepping Windows Phone 8 devices for launch, perhaps as soon as September. (IT news)

canon camera doesn't mountview story

http://forums.fedoraforum.org – Hi: I've just upgraded a machine from fedora14 to fedora17 and, while I don't have any problems with usb disks and pen drives (which are recognized as mass storage), I can't mount my camera canon sx120 IS. (HowTos)

String comparisonsview story

http://www.unix.com – Can someone please tell me what is wrong with this stings comparison? Code: #!/bin/sh #set -xv set -u VAR=$(ping -c 5 -w 10 google.com | grep icmp_req=5 | awk '{print $6}') echo I like cookies echo $VAR if "$VAR" == 'icmp_req=5' then echo You Rock else echo You Stink fi This is the error. I know its not a command. I don't understand why it thinks it is. (HowTos)