Saturday, October 31, 2009

Technolgy News(October 30, 2009)

  • Google Unveils New Look For Orkut

    October 31, 2009

    Filed under: News : Internet




    Social networking site Orkut has revamped its look and added a host of new features as it tries to regain ground from one of its toughest competitor Facebook. Read more

  • Kindle Begins e-book Revolution in India

    October 31, 2009

    Filed under: News : General




    Two Indian books have made their debut in the virtual world and can now be downloaded on the e-book reader, Kindle. Read more

  • Windows XP Makes it to The Mobile Phone Arena

    October 31, 2009

    Filed under: News : Smart




    Windows XP has been ported onto a mobile phone and could give the N900 and DROID a run for their money. Read more

  • SE Teases Users With X10 Video, Nov 03 Apparent Unveiling

    October 31, 2009

    Filed under: News : Smart




    Sony Ericsson is teasing their consumers with a short clip of the much awaited Xperia X10 Android handset. Read more

  • Intra-tech Gets VTX3D Graphics Cards to India

    October 31, 2009

    Filed under: News : Graphics




    The VERTEX3D brand of AMD graphics card is in India. Read more

  • Obama says new data shows U.S. economy recovering

    October 31, 2009

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama used his weekly radio address on Saturday to tell Americans that this week's positive job and economic growth figures are yet more evidence that the U.S. economy is recovering.
  • Download Free Business Icons at Smashing Share - Part 2

    October 31, 2009

    Download Free Business Icons at Smashing Share - Part 2 - Here is another collection of Free Business Icons. Again to remind these free business icons are not standard .ico extension.


  • Clinton meets Abbas in new Middle East peace push

    October 31, 2009

    ABU DHABI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday, launching a rapid series of meetings with Palestinian and Israeli officials to keep up pressure for a new Mideast peace deal.
  • Afghan vote in the balance, Abdullah cancels trip

    October 31, 2009

    KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai's election rival Abdullah Abdullah canceled a planned trip to India on Saturday, his advisers said, heightening speculation he would pull out of next week's disputed run-off vote.
  • Roadside blast kills 7 Pakistan soldiers

    October 31, 2009

    LANDIKOTAL, Pakistan (Reuters) - A roadside bomb killed seven Pakistani soldiers in the northwestern Khyber region on the Afghan border on Saturday, hours after warplanes struck suspected Taliban positions in a neighboring tribal area, officials said.
  • Nokia to Close Gaming Service N-Gage

    October 31, 2009

    Filed under: News : Mobile Phones




    Nokia will close its battered gaming service N-Gage next year, acknowledging failure in its first major services offering. Read more

  • Nine U.S. banks seized in largest one-day haul

    October 31, 2009

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. authorities seized nine failed banks on Friday, the most in a single day since the financial crisis began and the latest stark sign that substantial parts of the nation's banking industry are being crippled by bad loans.
  • Firefox 4.0 Interface For Linux Mocked-up

    October 31, 2009

    Version 4 will see a raft of major new features and improvements – not least of which is the refined interface above. Another major addition will be Browser Sync via Mozilla Weave, allowing for cloud syncing of bookmarks, passwords and favourites.


  • Disease May Prevent Manned Journey To Mars

    October 31, 2009

    Pickens writes "Science Daily News reports that human missions to Mars and all other long-term space flights might be compromised by disease, first because space travel appears to weaken astronauts' immune systems; and second, because it increases the virulence and growth of microbes. 'When people think of space travel, often the vast distances are what come to mind first,' says Jean-Pol Frippiat from Nancy-University in France, 'but even after we figure out a way to cover these distances in a reasonable
  • Media Literacy: Making Sense Of New Technologies And Media by George Siemens - Oct 31 09

    October 31, 2009

    If you are interested in finding out the key media trends, the events and the new communication technologies that are shaping your future, in this issue of Media Literacy Digest, open education advocate George Siemens, explores and reports on new fascinating stories and insights and their impact on learning, work and society. Media_literacy_digest_georgesiemens_id8100132_size485.jpg Photo credit: Robert Mizerek Inside this Media Literacy Digest: Here all the details:


    eLearning Resources and News

    learning, networks, knowledge, technology, trends by George Siemens


    Social Media Time

    Media_literacy_digest_georgesiemens_social_media_time_id6826861_by_CCE.jpg Nielsen's research states that 18% of time spent online is spent on social networking sites and services. At first glance, this seems a bit high - especially considering the figure is 3x's greater than last year. However, if accurate, it provides strong support to the reports claim that
    "This growth suggests a wholesale change in the way the Internet is used… While video and text content remain central to the Web experience - the desire of online consumers to connect, communicate and share is increasingly driving the medium's growth".
    More info is available here.






    Social Search

    Media_literacy_digest_georgesiemens_social_search_id42039131.jpg Google just announced Social Search. The service helps you "to find publicly available content from your social circle". Google extracts information on your social circle from three sources: Google Reader subscriptions, Google Profiles, and Google chat (GMail). They use the term "surfacing" connections to describe not only adding your friends, but one additional degree: your friend's friends. This move by Google is a direct assault on Facebook. Facebook has emphasized social connections over content. Google has, to date, primarily emphasized information sorting, filtering, and ranking. Facebook's model of emphasizing social rather than information connections is a problem for Google. What is unique in Social Search is the focus on aggregation rather than place-based interaction. In theory, Google emphasizes pulling together various pieces of online interactions through aggregation, whereas Facebook emphasizes housing interactions in their environment.






    The Web In 5 Years: More of Now

    Media_literacy_digest_georgesiemens_the_web_in_5_years_more_of_now_id787639.jpg Interesting thoughts from Eric Schmidt - CEO, Google - on the web in five years. It is interesting to note that we are seeing increased consolidation of ideas and concepts around the future of technology and the web. Schmidt's comments do not provide anything new. It is a laundry list of topics and predictions that most people who are involved in technology fields are already familiar with:
    • Real-time web,
    • greater bandwidth,
    • user-generated information,
    • power / authority shifts due to amateur content,
    • growth of Chinese language online, etc.
    Five years ago, when the groundwork of the social web and emerging technologies in general was being laid, new and revolutionary ideas arose every week (at least that is what it felt like). It is possible that a reduction of diverse views is a natural progression as the web matures. On the other hand, the revolution is being monetized and utility-drive of technologies might be pushing concept normalization.






    Go Grandpa!

    Media_literacy_digest_georgesiemens_go_grandpa_id184378.jpg By now, I think the view of innate generational differences in technology use has been sufficiently debunked (see Mark Bullen's Netgenskeptic site). NY Times highlights the appeal of technology among the elderly:
    "Some of the highest growth rates in broadband use are happening among the elderly. The Pew Research Center found that broadband use for those 65 and older increased from 19 percent in May 2008 to 30 percent in April 2009. Since 2005, broadband use has tripled in that group."







    Communicating Complexity

    Media_literacy_digest_georgesiemens_communicating_complexity_by_indexity.gif I have been following Indexed - a site that uses simple visuals to communicate complex relationships and interactions. For example: The relationship between information and confusion. The simplicity of the approach somewhat hides the impact. We live life in flows, but we are remembered by artifacts. A blog post, a paper, or an image are artifacts. Given the abundance of information that washes across our mind on a daily basis, an image can have greater impact than a well-reasoned scientific paper. Connections, associations, and relationships can often be better communicated visually than with text.






    Falling of The Cliff

    Media_literacy_digest_georgesiemens_falling_of_the_cliff_id35802181.jpg When change happens in a networked environment, it is rapid. We have seen it in the financial markets, music industry, TV (YouTube), and, perhaps at it is most pronounced, the newspaper industry. For example, consider these results from major publications in the US. Only one had increased circulation - others had enormous drops - up to 25% in a six month period. Hierarchical organizations are simply not designed to adapt to change at this pace.






    A Personal Cyberinfrastructure

    Media_literacy_digest_georgesiemens_a_personal_cyberinfrastructure_id16082571.jpg At Open Education in Vancouver in August, Gardner Campbell argued that cPanel could be used as an LMS. If you are not familiar with cPanel, it is a fairly accessible interface (similar to Ensim) for managing websites on a server. Adding a wiki, a forum, a blog, or a chat room only requires a few clicks. Gardner expands this view in A Personal Cyberinfrastructure:
    "Suppose that when students matriculate, they are assigned their own web servers - not 1GB folders in the institution's web space but honest-to-goodness virtualized web servers of the kind available for $7.99 a month from a variety of hosting services, with built-in affordances ranging from database maintenance to web analytics. As part of the first-year orientation, each student would pick a domain name. Over the course of the first year, in a set of lab seminars facilitated by instructional technologists, librarians, and faculty advisors from across the curriculum, students would build out their digital presences in an environment made of the medium of the web itself."


    Originally written by George Siemens for elearnspace and first published on October 30th, 2009 in his newsletter eLearning Resources and News.

    About George Siemens George-Siemens.jpg George Siemens is the Associate Director in the Learning Technologies Centre at the University of Manitoba. George blogs at www.elearnspace.org where he shares his vision on the educational landscape and the impact that media technologies have on the educational system. George Siemens is also the author of Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age and the book "Knowing Knowledge" where he develops a learning theory called connectivism which uses a network as the central metaphor for learning and focuses on knowledge as a way to making connections.

    Photo credits: Social Media Time - Stefan Hanusch Social Media Time - Center for Community Engagement Social Search - Chris Lamphear The Web In 5 Years: More of Now - Stephen Aaron Rees Go Grandpa! - Lisa F. Young Communicating Complexity - Indexed Falling of The Cliff - Stefan Hanusch A Personal Cyberinfrastructure - Yuri Arcurs
  • 5 free tools to bypass Internet region restrictions

    October 31, 2009

    If you find yourself outside of the USA and wanting to watch Hulu, outside of the UK and wanting to checkout the BBC, or wanting to rig a web poll, here are some tips


  • iPhone Apps That Bloggers Need

    October 31, 2009

    Most bloggers are going to do the majority of their speedy writing in front of a trust ol' computer. But occasionally there will be instances — breaking-news scenarios — where all we can rely on is our trust phone to do our jobs. This post highlights some of the iPhone apps that bloggers need.


  • Nokia well-placed for enterprise mobility growth

    October 31, 2009

  • iPhone and iPod Touch Games and apps to touch new height

    October 31, 2009

  • UAE has 211.7 per cent mobile penetration

    October 31, 2009

  • Mexican farm leader killed with 14 others on ranch

    October 31, 2009

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Gunmen killed fifteen people on an isolated ranch in northern Mexico, including a prominent farmworker leader, in the latest grisly attack in an area overrun by drug gangs, local police said on Friday.
  • Maximizing the rural India opportunity

    October 31, 2009

  • Nokia to launch Qualcomm-based Symbian smartphone for ATT

    October 31, 2009

  • Verizon helps businesses take on security threats

    October 31, 2009

  • Verizon helps businesses take on security threats

    October 31, 2009

  • It doesns pay to skimp on cyber-security

    October 31, 2009

  • 10 Windows 7 security features you should know about

    October 31, 2009

  • The audocity of Droid

    October 31, 2009

  • ZID deploys Dialogss mobile security applications

    October 31, 2009

  • Google continues to map the way

    October 31, 2009

  • Motorola promises 20 smartphones in 2010

    October 31, 2009

  • Smartphones to improve health of elderly diabetics

    October 31, 2009

  • The 3 Phases of Owning a Computer

    October 31, 2009

    Why are they obsolete as soon as they're bought?


  • Japan preparing up to $5 billion in Afghan aid: report

    October 30, 2009

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is preparing new aid for Afghanistan of up to $5 billion to be used to help former Taliban fighters find jobs and build roads, a big increase from previous commitments, the Nikkei newspaper said on Saturday.
  • Typhoon cuts power, uproots trees in Philippines

    October 30, 2009

    MANILA (Reuters) - The third typhoon to hit the Philippines in five weeks slammed into the main island of Luzon on Saturday, uprooting trees and toppling power lines, but there were no immediate reports of widespread damage.
  • Masten Qualifies For $1 Million Space Prize

    October 30, 2009

    RobGoldsmith writes "Masten Space Systems successfully qualified for first place in level two of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge Wednesday. Flying a brand new vehicle named XA-0.1E (nicknamed Xoie), Masten demonstrated their ability to build, debug and fly a vehicle on a very short timeline. " Reader lessgravity points out a video of the craft completing its mission. Apparently, the team was given an extra shot at the challenge on Friday after having trouble during their scheduled attempts
  • Apple releases Halloween Apps

    October 30, 2009

    Free as well as charged apps
  • ICANN : Non-Latin domain names go truly global

    October 30, 2009

    Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Hebrew, and other characters are coming to Internet domain extensions thanks to a vote by ICANN. The organization said that the system has been in "intense" testing for years, and that it will help everyone reach more Internet users.


  • How to put the 'lean' in Lean IT

    October 30, 2009

    When does Lean IT become Mean IT?
  • iTunes 9.0.2 connects with Apple TV 3.0/kills Palm Pre sync

    October 30, 2009

    On the heels of the Apple TV 3.0 software update Thursday, Apple also updated iTunes to version 9.0.2, bringing compatibility with the updated set top box and again nixing sync capabilities with the Palm Pre.


  • Executive charged in Galleon case leaves IBM

    October 30, 2009

    A high-ranking IBM executive charged with insider trading connected to the Galleon Group has left the company.
  • Mozilla releases first beta of Firefox 3.6

    October 30, 2009

    The "Namoroka" beta brings performance improvements, Personas, and several abilities Web developers should notice. With it, Mozilla is trying to move faster.
  • The strangest Microsoft video ever?

    October 30, 2009

    Hundreds of schoolchildren singing and performing the Microsoft Bing jingle. It sounds all right, but why do images of Romania circa 1963 come to mind?
  • MapQuest Updates Its Maps - But is it Too Late?

    October 30, 2009

    MapQuest continues to lose market share to Google Maps. While MapQuest started the year with a small lead, it's now 10% behind Google Maps.


  • Google Chrome: The fast browser with slow adoption

    October 30, 2009

    The launch of Google's Chrome browser a little over a year ago brought with it a mountain of hype and expectations, with some suggesting it could be as instantly disruptive and beneficial as Gmail was to the webmail market.