Friday, June 4, 2010

Technical News - 04 June 2010

  • NVIDIA 3D Vision Takes Cosmonauts to Mars

    June 4, 2010

    Filed under: News : General




    NVIDIA 3D Vision Technology will give participants in the Mars-500 project a taste of virtual reality as they simulate interplanetary travel. Read more


  • Micromax to Launch IIFA Edition of its Q55 Handset

    June 4, 2010

    Filed under: News : Mobile Phones




    Micromax is gearing up to launch the IIFA Edition of its Q55 handset at the upcoming IIFA Award function scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka on June 5. Read more


  • BP begins capturing some oil from Gulf gusher

    June 4, 2010

    VENICE, Louisiana (Reuters) - BP began capturing some oil spewing from a 46-day gusher on Friday after installing a containment cap atop a ruptured Gulf of Mexico well, as tar balls began washing ashore on the Florida coast.



  • Smart clothes offer emotional aid

    June 4, 2010

    Textiles that monitor stress levels and take action to calm their wearers have been developed by researchers.


  • Tech Brief

    June 4, 2010

    Mighty mobiles and why BitTorrent is back.


  • Norton Launches Norton Everywhere - Protection for Smartphones

    June 4, 2010

    Filed under: News : Antivirus & Security




    Projects smartphone usage to be more popular than PC usage. Read more


  • Why AT&T's new data plan isn't all bad

    June 4, 2010

    When AT&T announced this week that it would end its unlimited, all-you-can-download data plan for the iPhone and iPad, the refrain from the tech world went something like this:


  • Net agenda

    June 4, 2010

    Bill Thompson looks over Europe's net priorities


  • Active Music Space from Videocon d2h - A First for the Indian DTH Industry

    June 4, 2010

    Filed under: News : TVs




    Videocon d2h is airing 20 audio channels & 2 video music channels 24 hrs. Read more


  • Turkish PM tells Israel "thou shalt not kill"

    June 4, 2010

    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey accused Israel on Friday of breaking biblical commandments against killing and said it could cut ties with its one-time ally to a minimum after nine Turkish activists died in a raid on a ship bound for Gaza.



  • GlobalEnglish an Internet coach for language of business (AFP)

    June 4, 2010

    GlobalEnglish is a Silicon Valley firm specializing in Internet technology that helps workers of many languages connect in a common tongue: English. Companies are eagerly recruiting top talent in countries around the world, and those employees need to collaborate and communicate despite differing native languages.(GlobalEnglish)AFP - Executives from an array of international corporations will gather in San Francisco this month to talk the language of business.



  • Chile begins to expel Dutch murder suspect to Peru

    June 4, 2010

    SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile on Friday was expelling to Peru a Dutch man who is the prime suspect in the murder of a young woman in Lima and is also linked to the 2005 disappearance of an American student in Aruba.



  • Using iPads to bridge communication gap with dolphins

    June 4, 2010

    Research scientist Jack Kassewitz has found that the iPad's touch-based interface is so intuitive that even some nonhuman species can use it. In this case, that species happens to be dolphins. Kassewitz is using iPads with custom-developed software to help facilitate two-way communication between humans and dolphins.

    Kassewitz has worked for years studying the behavior and communication patterns of dolphins. Numerous studies on dolphin language show signs of advanced intelligence, and


  • McDonald's recalls 12 million Shrek drinking glasses

    June 4, 2010

    DETROIT (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp has recalled 12 million "Shrek"-themed drinking glasses after a federal agency warned consumers to stop using them because they contain the toxic metal cadmium.



  • AT&T sorry it warned customer who e-mailed CEO (Ben Patterson)

    June 4, 2010

    Ben Patterson - Love him or hate him, you have to give Apple chief exec Steve Jobs credit for responding to all those e-mails from everyday Joes. Apparently, however, the CEO of AT&T Wireless doesn't share Jobs' enthusiasm for e-mail from random customers, and now AT&T corporate has been forced to apologize after threatening to send a "cease-and-desist" letter to a subscriber who'd send a couple of innocuous messages to the carrier's big cheese.


  • Sister Demands Release of Jailed Kuwaiti Blogger

    June 4, 2010

    Filed under: News : General




    The sister of the prominent Kuwaiti blogger said Thursday the charges against him were political and called for his release. Read more


  • Facebook Launches U.S. Politics Page

    June 4, 2010

    Rolled out at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York City, the page aims to highlight political campaigns in the United States, as well as new politicians and elected officials, monitoring how they use Facebook to connect with citizens.



  • Solexant funded to print thin-film solar cells

    June 4, 2010

    Silicon Valley solar start-up Solexant raises $41.5 million to scale up roll-to-roll solar cell manufacturing process using nanocrystals made from cadmium telluride.


  • Facebook's tweaks of privacy settings are a big improvement

    June 4, 2010

    I've been digging into the new privacy settings Facebook is rolling out to address the issues. The basic promise is that you can control a swath of privacy settings with a single click, though you can fine-tune. Facebook also reduced the info that can be seen by anyone on the Internet.



  • New Radar Device Helps Blind People 'See'

    June 4, 2010

    greenrainbow writes "Students in Israel at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have developed new technology that allows blind people to 'see' objects around them through a simple radar system. The device consists of a computer, two video cameras, and a scanning light source; it audibly alerts the individual of objects that are in close proximity. The system scans surrounding objects and their distance from two points, much like the human eyes. Unlike current sensor canes, this new light scanning


  • Social Media: Top Tips

    June 4, 2010

    Analysis: Tools and techniques to use social networking more efficiently and to best benefit.

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    Social media - Social network service - Business - Software as a service - Social network


  • New Apple iPhone on tap but may fail to dazzle (Reuters)

    June 4, 2010

    Reuters - Apple Inc's next-generation iPhone, which CEO Steve Jobs is widely expected to unveil on Monday, will have to really set new standards in multimedia content and function to wow Wall Street and consumers.


  • New Apple iPhone on tap but may fail to dazzle

    June 4, 2010

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc's next-generation iPhone, which CEO Steve Jobs is widely expected to unveil on Monday, will have to really set new standards in multimedia content and function to wow Wall Street and consumers.


  • Fifa video game comes to Facebook

    June 4, 2010

    Fifa franchise chooses Facebook over consoles for its latest launch, available exclusively on the social network site.


  • Facebook E-mail Leak Claims are Bogus

    June 4, 2010

    Facebook deserves a lot of the mud flung its way, but this was a case of blog first, ask questions later.

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    Facebook - Social network - Online Communities - Google - Mark Zuckerberg


  • Texas Congressmen Call for EMP's on the Border

    June 4, 2010

    Republican Michael McCaul and Democrat Henry Cuellar want the border patrol to use portable EMP emitters to disable cars, boats or a host of other electronic items. A suitcase-sized EMP could thwart smugglers trying to drive illegal drugs or immigrants into the United States, the lawmakers say.



  • Boeing wins $1.7 billion contract from FAA

    June 4, 2010

    Under the lucrative contract, Boeing will develop the Next-Generation Air Transportation System designed to improve air-traffic control.


  • Morning Edition: iPad in-flight entertainment

    June 4, 2010

    Hitachi-LG is working on a Blu-ray drive combined with a solid-state drive, Slacker Radio 2.0 is out for the iPhone and iPod Touch, and Jetstar Airways is the first to offer an in-flight iPad rental service.


  • Green Tip: Make Video Calls from a Mobile Phone

    June 4, 2010

    Care about the environment? Nokia has a simple tip for you.

    They say you should consider using a mobile phone when making video calls to family members instead of a desktop computer fitted with a webcam as that setup will use much more energy. Here’re some numbers:

    With the same amount of energy used for a 10 minute webcam talk on your desktop computer, you can have a video call on your mobile phone for over 20 hours.

    Related: Use Internet on Mobile Phones

    Green Tip: Make Video Calls from a Mobile Phone

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    Originally published at Digital Inspiration by Amit Agarwal.


  • Google Apps highlights – 6/4/2010

    June 4, 2010

    This is part of a regular series of Google Apps updates that we post every couple of weeks. Look for the label “Google Apps highlights" and subscribe to the series. - Ed.

    Over the last couple of weeks we continued to improve the new versions of Google documents and spreadsheets, introduced some features to Gmail and made it easier for businesses and schools to switch to Google Apps.

    Advanced sorting in Google spreadsheets
    We added some powerful data sorting controls to the new version


  • China's Foursquare block tied to Tiananmen Square

    June 4, 2010

    The mobile geolocation service isn't sure whether block is permanent, or temporary because people were using it to mark the 21st anniversary of the massacre.


  • Easyjet tests volcanic ash sensor

    June 4, 2010

    Budget airline Easyjet says it will be the first carrier to trial a system that allows planes to fly round ash clouds.


  • Facebook Privacy Now Has an Official Fan Page

    June 4, 2010

    Do you like privacy? Well, now you can “Like” it officially — with Facebook’s newly launched Facebook and Privacy Page.



  • Simulation shows oil moving up East Coast

    June 4, 2010

    A supercomputer simulation shows where the torrent of oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico will likely travel over the summer.


  • Do you really need a new iPhone?

    June 4, 2010

    For months, the tech press has been drooling over details of a next-generation Apple iPhone, which likely will be unveiled on Monday at an event in California.


  • What now? How about iPad-ready clothing

    June 4, 2010

    Remember the days when purses didn't have easy-to-reach pockets for your cell phone, and you had to violently dig through your bag while everyone around you was forced to listen to your polyphonic, John Mayer ringtone?


  • NYT launches location-based app

    June 4, 2010

    The New York Times launched an iPhone app Thursday to help users navigate New York City based on recommendations from its staffers.


  • Microsoft chief defends Windows' future

    June 4, 2010

    Steve Ballmer, chief executive of Microsoft, on Thursday gave a spirited defence of the software company's strategy and the future of its Windows operating system, following an assertion from Steve Jobs earlier in the week that personal computers that run it are in permanent decline.



  • GM to chase auto tech with VC arm

    June 4, 2010

    General Motors creates a $100 million fund to foster innovative auto technologies, betting that advanced tech will perk up sales.


  • Small links, big numbers for bit.ly

    June 4, 2010

    The rise of Twitter and instant messaging has been good to bit.ly -- the URL-shortening service that has become a go-to tool for users across the web.


  • MJ gets cover of new baskeball video game

    June 4, 2010

    Michael Jordan won six NBA championships, five MVP awards and was a 14-time All Star, but there was one honor that had avoided his grasp -- until now.


  • Motorola brings hands-free driving campaign to cities

    June 4, 2010

    Residents of New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Minneapolis may be seeing Motorola-branded Smart ForTwo cars in their cities soon, as part of the mobile hardware company's National Safe Driving Month campaign.


  • Showcase Of Web Design In Lithuania - Smashing Magazine

    June 4, 2010

    It may be small, but Lithuania is the geographic center of Europe, and the meeting of Western and Eastern culture is evident. Lithuania is one of three Baltic countries, so-called for its proximity to the Baltic Sea. In 2009, it celebrated the thousand-year anniversary of its name.



  • U.S. faces remote sabotage cyber danger: general

    June 4, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department must be able to operate freely in cyberspace amid dangers of "remote sabotage," an Army general tapped to streamline offensive and defensive computer operations said on Thursday.


  • Sorry RIAA, MPAA: The Pirate's Boat Will Stay Afloat

    June 4, 2010

    The entertainment industry has embarked in an all-out war against piracy around the globe, with the hopes of scaring would-be pirates from illegally obtaining digital media. But if the likes of the MPAA and RIAA plans on sinking the ship that millions sail throughout the Internet, they should think again.

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