Thursday, June 17, 2010

Technical News - 17 June 2010

  • Packed E3 a sign of a healthy games industry

    June 17, 2010

    The giant video game convention capped its attendance this year, yet the halls are filled with people. At the same time, the industry's leading analyst firm admitted Wednesday that it had understated 2009 revenues by more than 42 percent.


  • The rise of the accidental sensor

    June 17, 2010

    Insight from pervasive data isn't just about information that's deliberately collected for a specific purpose.


  • US Dept. of Energy Wants Bigger Wind Energy Ideas

    June 17, 2010

    coondoggie writes "The Department of Energy wants to kick up the research and development of offshore wind projects as it looks to achieve its goal of producing 20% of the country's electricity from wind farms by 2030. The DOE Wind Program is looking to hone in on what it calls specific advanced technology, gigawatt-scale demonstration projects that can be carried out by partnerships with a wide range of eligible organizations and stimulate cost-effective offshore wind energy deployment in coastal


  • BP's Hayward slammed in Congress

    June 17, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Angry lawmakers hammered BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward at a congressional hearing on Thursday, accusing his company of taking "extreme risks" that triggered the worst oil spill in U.S. history.



  • Verizon iPhone rumor revived

    June 17, 2010

    Digitimes says a CDMA-compatible iPhone 4 is in the works and ready for delivery by the end of the year.


  • Some Republicans consider BP deal a U.S. "shakedown"

    June 17, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The first apology that rang out in a congressional hearing about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on Thursday was not from BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward.



  • IBM supercomputer to appear on 'Jeopardy'

    June 17, 2010

    IBM's Watson is apparently ready to prove that he has a larger left (and right) brain than any human game show contestant.


  • U.S. regulators move forward with broadband rules (Reuters)

    June 17, 2010

    Reuters - U.S. communications authorities on Thursday took a small but significant step toward regulating high-speed Internet in a bid to reclaim oversight, setting the stage for an eventual legal showdown with industry heavyweights.


  • U.S. regulators move forward with broadband rules

    June 17, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. communications authorities on Thursday took a small but significant step toward regulating high-speed Internet in a bid to reclaim oversight, setting the stage for an eventual legal showdown with industry heavyweights.



  • U.S. regulators move forward with broadband rules

    June 17, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. communications authorities on Thursday took a small but significant step toward regulating high-speed Internet in a bid to reclaim oversight, setting the stage for an eventual legal showdown with industry heavyweights.


  • FCC seeks comment on broadband reclassification

    June 17, 2010

    The FCC has opened a proceeding that asks the public to comment on proposals that will help the the agency reassert its authority for regulating broadband.


  • Videos, fake logos mock BP over oil disaster

    June 17, 2010

    People can't laugh at the spreading oil in the Gulf, the soiled wildlife or the coastal residents whose livelihoods have been devastated.


  • Israel says easing Gaza land blockade

    June 17, 2010

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Thursday it was easing a land blockade of the Gaza Strip that drew heightened international criticism after its deadly raid on an aid flotilla bound for the Hamas-run territory.



  • First 4,400 Volt buyers to get free chargers

    June 17, 2010

    The trade-off for a 240-volt, fast-charging station is participation in a government-run usage study.


  • First Self-Replicating Creature Spawned In Conway's Game of Life

    June 17, 2010

    Calopteryx writes "New Scientist has a story on a self-replicating entity which inhabits the mathematical universe known as the Game of Life. 'Dubbed Gemini, [Andrew Wade's] creature is made of two sets of identical structures, which sit at either end of the instruction tape. Each is a fraction of the size of the tape's length but, made up of two constructor arms and one "destructor," play a key role. Gemini's initial state contains three of these structures, plus a fourth that is incomplete. As


  • U.N. says 400,000 uprooted by Kyrgyz ethnic violence

    June 17, 2010

    SURATASH, Kyrgyzstan (Reuters) - Makeshift camps on both sides of Kyrgyzstan's border with Uzbekistan are home to 400,000 refugees uprooted by ethnic violence, the United Nations said on Thursday, and the area remains extremely tense.



  • Report: Tablets to outsell Netbooks in two years

    June 17, 2010

    Tablet PCs will jump from 3.5 million units sold this year to 20.4 million in 2015, outpacing Netbooks by 2012, says Forrester Research.


  • FSF Starts Anti-ACTA Campaign

    June 17, 2010

    judgecorp writes "Free Software Foundation president Richard Stallman has said in a blog post that the ACTA file-sharing proposals punish users unfairly. He wrote, 'Any time there is a proposal to change things for the worse, the obvious way to oppose it is to campaign for the status quo. To campaign for the status quo suggests the approach of singing its praises; thus, praising WIPO is a natural way to highlight how ACTA is a step for the worse. However, where there have been previous changes for


  • Study Shows Monkeys Like Watching TV

    June 17, 2010

    According to a Japanese study, monkeys are not immune to the siren call of the idiot box. It seems rhesus monkeys enjoy watching videos of circus animals. From the article: "The study found that when the monkey was witnessing the acrobatic performances of circus animals on a television screen, the frontal lobe area of its brain became vigorously active. The activity in such an area was significant in reflecting the monkey's pleasure, as the human equivalent is a neurological area associated with


  • Hands-on: Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Resident Evil 5 with Move

    June 17, 2010

    When playing Resident Evil 5 with the PlayStation Move, you'll need to spend some time getting used to the controls. The trigger brings up your gun, the large button on the top of the Move controller shoots, and your character movement is handled with the analog stick on the Navigation controller.

    Quicker than I expected, I found myself playing it as smoothly as I did with the standard controller. Aiming with the Move is great, as is making a sideways shake to initiate a knife


  • CommunicAsia 2010: Sony Ericssons Xperia Series Will Finally go Android 2.1

    June 17, 2010

    Filed under: News : Smart




    At CommunicAsia 2010, Sony Ericsson also announced that their X10 Xperia range will be upgraded to Android 2in Q3. Read more


  • '3G to spur socio-political reforms in India' (AFP)

    June 17, 2010

    An Indian man walks past an advertisement for 3G telecom services in New Delhi in April 2010. The launch of third-generation (3G) mobile services in India can help promote socio-political reforms in the world's second largest nation, an expert told a telecoms conference Thursday.(AFP/File/Manan Vatsyayana)AFP - The launch of third-generation (3G) mobile services in India can help promote socio-political reforms in the world's second largest nation, an expert told a telecoms conference Thursday.



  • G4TV Launches IPhone App, Crashes Under Severe E3 Traffic

    June 17, 2010

    The Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, is underway in Los Angeles and we've already seen some hardware revisions and new products come out from...

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  • TransGaming Releases Two New Disney Interactive Games

    June 17, 2010

    TransGaming, which has previously ported a number of major games to the Mac, has released two new, exclusive titles from Disney Interactive through its digital...

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  • CommunicAsia 2010: Spice Shows Off Range of Existing Devices, Nothing New on The Plate

    June 17, 2010

    Filed under: News : Multimedia




    Spices booth at ComunicAsia 2010 showed off quite a a few of their latest handsets that were recently launched in India. Read more


  • Party games

    June 17, 2010

    Eminem and Rihanna headline gaming shindig


  • Morning Edition: Game on for Amazon?

    June 17, 2010

    You can now "Like" a comment within Facebook, buyers of the iPhone 4 may have to wait longer than expected, and Amazon may be getting into the video game business.


  • AOL offloads Bebo after two years

    June 17, 2010

    Internet company AOL sells Bebo, the social networking site it bought two years ago for $850m, to a private investment firm.


  • Summer is here, and so is Google Commerce Search 2.0

    June 17, 2010

    School is out for the summer, and that means it’s time for some swimsuit shopping, travel purchases and—before we know it—buying back-to-school supplies.

    To help retail sites get ready for the summer shopping season, today we’re launching Google Commerce Search 2.0 for retailers in the United States and United Kingdom. The new version of Google Commerce Search provides a better experience online for shoppers and greater control—with immediate ROI—for retailers.



    Google Commerce Search


  • The future of gaming: 'Spidey senses?'

    June 17, 2010

    You can watch video games in 3-D. You can hear them in stereo. And you can make your characters move like you do.


  • DOJ sues Oracle for alleged overcharging

    June 17, 2010

    Justice Department joins a whistleblower lawsuit against Oracle that accuses the company of defrauding the U.S. government.


  • Cultural Considerations for Global Websites

    June 17, 2010

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    Guest Post by Lingo24

    Web designers are a highly creative bunch. Whilst most will probably have a natural eye for what looks good and what doesn’t, experience is everything in the world of web design, and learning is a key part of the process en-route to the top. One of the fundamentals of any design – be it web or print – is that it’s the audience that counts, not you. With that in mind, the one golden rule of thumb web designers should remember when carefully crafting their sites is that the second they’re launched into cyberspace, they’re global.


  • AT&T nears FCC OK for Verizon spectrum buy: report

    June 17, 2010

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is close to granting AT&T Inc approval for its $2.35 billion purchase of rural U.S. wireless licenses from rival Verizon Communications Inc affiliate Verizon Wireless, the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter.


  • Why Twitter's new ads are ingenious

    June 17, 2010

    Twitter this week began testing a new type of advertising: "Promoted Trends." Under the new system, brands can pay to appear below the "Trending Topics," the most talked-about terms on Twitter at any given moment.


  • O2 investigates network problems

    June 17, 2010

    Mobile phone operator O2 confirms issues with its 3G network in parts of southern England.


  • Ubuntu 10.04 Upgrade: Best Practices Checklist

    June 17, 2010

    Have you been thinking about upgrading your computer to Ubuntu 10.04? I recently made the leap, at the prompting of my Update Manager. The process went fairly smoothly, but I did have to deal with a couple of minor annoyances. Since you never know exactly what may happen when you decide to upgrade, here are a few tips to get you started.


  • Novel design yields energy-efficient air conditioner

    June 17, 2010

    Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are working on an energy-efficient air conditioner that breaks with conventional mechanics.


  • Cloud security upstart Immunet aims for antiviruses

    June 17, 2010

    Common security wisdom says it's a bad idea to run multiple antivirus apps simultaneously. That's not always the case, and Immunet 2.0 intends to bolster your existing protection with help from the cloud and the crowd.


  • AOL to sell social network site Bebo

    June 17, 2010

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - AOL Inc will sell its Bebo social network site to private investment firm Criterion Capital Partners for an undisclosed sum, as it tries to restructure its business and deal with declining revenue.


  • Now Watch Tata Sky in HD

    June 17, 2010

    Subscribe and activate Tata Sky HD with digicomp to get two months of HD Gold Pack access free


  • 'Like' Comments on Facebook Now

    June 17, 2010

    Facebook adds 'Like' and 'Flag' options to individual comments


  • New-iphone-antenna-aims-to-better-hold-calls

    June 17, 2010

    Apple Inc.'s new iPhone might perform a simple task much better than its predecessors: hold a call.



  • Tech Brief

    June 17, 2010

    Ads on Twitter, ads at home and iPads returned


  • AOL sells off Bebo at last

    June 17, 2010

    Criterion Capital Partners acquires and will run the teen-oriented social media network Bebo, which had been "a major distraction" for AOL.


  • YouTube Gets Video Editor

    June 17, 2010

    Now edit and add a background music to already uploaded, new videos

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