Sunday, June 13, 2010

Technical News - 13 June 2010

  • Chrome OS to Support "Legacy" PC Apps Via "Chromoting"

    June 13, 2010

    According to a message posted to a public mailing list dedicated to Chrome OS, a new feature is in the works that will grant users access to "legacy PC applications" through some kind of remote desktop connection process.



  • Afghan president visits Taliban spiritual home

    June 13, 2010

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited the Taliban's spiritual home on Sunday, launching a campaign that promises better governance and development alongside a security push by foreign forces.



  • Five killed as bombs target Iraq central bank

    June 13, 2010

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least one bomb exploded on Sunday at an entrance to Iraq's central bank, killing five people and sending a thick plume of smoke over Baghdad after setting the bank's generator on fire, officials said.



  • Newly Discovered Bacteria Could Aid Oil Cleanup

    June 13, 2010

    suraj.sun passes along news from Oregon State University, where researchers have discovered a new strain of bacteria that may be able to aid cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. The bacteria "can produce non-toxic, comparatively inexpensive 'rhamnolipids,' and effectively help degrade polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs — environmental pollutants that are one of the most harmful aspects of oil spills. Because of its unique characteristics, this new bacterial strain could be of considerable


  • Report says Pakistan meddling in Afghanistan

    June 13, 2010

    KABUL (Reuters) - Pakistani military intelligence not only funds and trains Taliban fighters in Afghanistan but is officially represented on the movement's leadership council, giving it significant influence over operations, a report said.



  • E3 2010: Konami Unveil E3 Lineup (sort of)

    June 13, 2010

    Filed under: News : Games




    Will you riiiike what Konami brings to the table at E3? Read more


  • E3 2010: Become A Made Man With Mafia II

    June 13, 2010

    Filed under: News : Games




    Do you have what it takes to become a Made Man? Read more


  • Kyrgyzstan's death toll rises to 84 as ethnic riots spread

    June 13, 2010

    OSH, Kyrgyzstan (Reuters) - The worst ethnic clashes in Kyrgyzstan in 20 years spread at the weekend with armed gangs stepping up attacks that have killed at least 84 people and the ousted president warning the country faced collapse.



  • Pay Attention In School Today... Donatello (PIC)

    June 13, 2010

    This is your chance to fit in with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.



  • Oops: 'FML' meme now plastered on NY subway

    June 13, 2010

    A service merger means that a Manhattan station now bears the acronym of one of the Web's best-known profanities for expressing frustration.


  • Microsoft's Sleep Proxy Lowers PC Energy Use

    June 13, 2010

    alphadogg writes "Microsoft researchers have slashed desktop energy use with a sleep proxy system that maintains a PC's network presence even when it is turned off or put into standby mode. Microsoft has deployed the sleep proxy system to more than 50 active users in the Building 99 research facility in Redmond, Wash., according to the Microsoft Research Web site and a paper that will be presented at the Usenix technical conference in Boston later this month. ... Sleep proxies allow machines to


  • Apple vs. Android: Which OS Outpaces the Other?

    June 13, 2010

    Apple has just reached its 10,000th native iPad application, doubling the size of the iPad App Store in just over six weeks. But just how well are Apple's devices--and operating system--faring against Android?



  • ITV HD viewers miss England goal

    June 13, 2010

    ITV apologises to its HD channel viewers after a "transmission problem" caused them to miss England's first World Cup goal.


  • Heat on BP to improve oil spill response

    June 13, 2010

    BURAS, La./LONDON (Reuters) - BP Plc faced renewed U.S. pressure on Sunday to do more to contain the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, as the United States and Britain played down diplomatic tensions over the crisis.



  • SetPoint 6.10

    June 13, 2010

    Logitech SetPoint is the software used to install and control Logitech mice and keyboards in Windows XP and 2003. It contains drivers and software enabling you to take full advantage of your mouse and keyboard.


  • FastPictureViewer 1.2 Build 152 (32-bit)

    June 13, 2010

    FastPictureViewer, an image viewer designed for photographers. Now with powerful workflow tools helping to automate file management duties like copy, move, delete, save-for-web and more.


  • Australian Buyers Say They Were Told "No iPad Without Accessories"

    June 13, 2010

    CuteSteveJobs writes "Australian iPad buyers have been forced to buy all manner of unnecessary add-ons including screen protectors, docking stations, covers, chargers and extended warranties due to a reported Official Apple policy. Shoppers reported sales assistants said it was 'company policy' or 'Apple policy' to sell the devices only with accessories, or not at all. A store manager for Authorised Apple Reseller JB Hi-Fi said it was 'a bad policy but it was Apple's policy and they couldn't sell


  • Stricken teenage U.S. sailor rescued

    June 12, 2010

    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Teenage U.S. sailor Abby Sunderland was rescued safely from her stricken yacht Wild Eyes in the remote southern Indian Ocean on Saturday.



  • Green blunder hands U.S. draw with England

    June 12, 2010

    RUSTENBURG (Reuters) - A shocking howler from England goalkeeper Robert Green gifted the United States a goal as the two sides tipped to qualify from Group C battled to a 1-1 stalemate at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday.



  • Backdoor Found In UnrealIRCd Source Archive

    June 12, 2010

    l_bratch writes "A malicious backdoor was added to the UnrealIRCd source archive some time around November 2009. It was not noticed for several months, so many IRC servers are likely to be compromised. A Metasploit exploit already exists."

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.



  • Soldier leaked Google attack investigation details, hacker says

    June 12, 2010

    Hacker Adrian Lamo says the Army analyst who confided to him about leaking air-strike videos and diplomatic cables also told him he leaked details about a U.S. investigation of cyberattacks on Google.


  • Foxconn suicide probe to be made public

    June 12, 2010

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China will publish the results of an official probe into recent suicides at electronics maker Foxconn's giant manufacturing plant in south China, a Chinese labor affairs official said.



  • Getting Paid Fairly When Job Responsibilities Spiral?

    June 12, 2010

    greymond writes "I was originally hired as an Online Content Producer to write articles for a company website as well as start up the company's social media outlets on Facebook and Twitter. With budget cuts and layoffs I ended up also taking over the website facilitation for three of the company's websites (they let go of the current webmaster). During this time the company has been developing a new website and I was handed the role of pseudo project manager to make sure the developer stayed on


  • E3 2010: Mortal Kombat Emerges From The Dead

    June 12, 2010

    Filed under: News : Games




    The Mortal Kombat series finally makes a comeback to the good ol Fatality fuelled days. Read more


  • Judge deals possibly final blow to SCO over Linux

    June 12, 2010

    SCO's request for a new trial is rejected, and an April decision that deemed Novell the rightful owner of key Unix copyrights is upheld.


  • FTC will investigate Apple

    June 12, 2010

    The Federal Trade Commission will open an investigation into whether Apple is illegally using its position in the mobile software market to harm competitors, according to several published reports. On Friday afternoon, both Bloomberg News and The Wall Street Journal reported that the FTC had opened a formal probe.



  • VMware teams up with Novell on Suse Linux

    June 12, 2010

    VMware will standardize its virtual appliance-based products on Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Server to try to ward off a growing threat from Microsoft.


  • YouTube Teams With IGN To Broadcast E3

    June 12, 2010

    Next week, the world's leading video game makers and throngs of fans and press will unite for E3, which is generally regarded as the most prominent annual gaming-focused news event. And this year, fans will be able to watch live, thanks to a live stream that's being broadcast through a partnership between YouTube and gaming portal IGN.



  • Solar light bulb to shine on developing world

    June 12, 2010

    The Nokero solar-powered LED light bulb is designed for the more than 1 billion people who rely on kerosene lamps due to limited or no electricity.


  • Guitar Hero E3 attempt cheapens Guinness World Records

    June 12, 2010

    A phenom at the hit guitar game is attempting to reach an all-time high score. But why should anyone care about a record for a game that's just five years old?


  • Amazon cloud uses FedEx instead of the Internet to ship data

    June 12, 2010

    Amazon's cloud storage service has unveiled a brand new way to quickly move giant amounts of data to the cloud, one so technologically advanced that it actually allows customers to "bypass the Internet." What is this new technology, you may ask? It's called FedEx.



  • World Cup pushes Internet to new record

    June 12, 2010

    Traffic to news sites during the Mexico-South Africa game peaks at 12.1 million visitors per minute on Friday.


  • Custom rig water cools 6-core CPU and dual GTX 480s

    June 12, 2010

    It looks like money can buy happiness. For $6000 you too can get this custom build gaming PC that includes an overclocked 6-core processor and a pair of GeForce GTX 480s in SLI!



  • U.S.: BP must revise leak response by Sunday

    June 12, 2010

    Top Coast Guard official tells BP that its latest plans don't go far enough or include enough back-up.


  • Protecting Your Most Personal Of "Personal Computers" (vid)

    June 12, 2010

    We've seen about a 50% increase in malware and sypware on smartphones in just the last 6 months alone...



  • Google removes Street View of kissing couple?

    June 12, 2010

    A Street View image of a couple enjoying their first, very chaste kiss appears to have been removed by the company.


  • World Cup 2010: The Unforeseen Security Risks

    June 12, 2010

    Anticipated security risks are posed to companies by cyber criminals who have taken full advantage of the upcoming World Cup, via targeted malicious PDFs/malware serving campaigns, blackhat SEO and fraudulent propositions.



  • Smart underpants share how you're feeling

    June 12, 2010

    New nano-tech lets comfortable sensors that relay health data to be printed on your tighty whities--you won't feel a thing.


  • The power of human rights video

    June 11, 2010

    A year ago this weekend, Tehran erupted in protest at the disputed results of Iran’s tenth presidential election. In the severe government crackdown that followed, documented on cameras and uploaded by citizens to YouTube, no moment has been seen more than the death of Neda Agha Soltan, a young musician whose brutal killing by a sniper became the rallying cry for Iran’s opposition Green Movement. The anonymous videos of her death even won the prestigious George Polk prize for journalism last year


  • Top-rated reviews of the week (photos)

    June 12, 2010

    Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the Canon Vixia HF S21 camcorder, the Apple MacBook spring 2010, and the 2010 Porsche Panamera 4S.


  • Marketing departments abscond with 'HTML5'

    June 12, 2010

    Sorry, Web developers, the promotional experts have made off with another one of your terms. Even if Apple is riding roughshod over you, though, maybe it's for the best.


  • Hot Stuff: Summer Gadget Guide 2010

    June 12, 2010

    From a solar-powered watch to a speaker for your bike helmet and a nifty geocache finder, these 10 high-tech toys are perfect for summer.



  • Apple would rather remove app than leave open-source license

    June 12, 2010

    After Apple learned that the popular game GNU Go was licensed under GPLv2, the app disappeared from the iTunes store.



  • How To Permanently Delete Your Account on Popular Websites -

    June 12, 2010

    We all have an increasing number of sites and online services we’re members of, and sometimes it all gets a little overwhelming. At times, we just need to delete our memberships to some sites, either in an effort to simplify our lives or just because we’ve grown tired of a particular site or service.



  • Safari 5 in depth: Has it sped past Chrome?

    June 12, 2010

    Apple's new Safari 5 browser offers better performance, the ability to add extensions, and a unique article reader.

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