Saturday, June 19, 2010

Technical News - 19 June 2010

  • G-Fone Launches 777 Dual SIM Touchscreen With Funky Design

    June 19, 2010

    Filed under: News : Value




    The G-Fone G777 Dual SIM touchscreen has funky looks and is loaded with features. Read more


  • 17 Geeky Computer Mice Mods (PICS)

    June 19, 2010

    These creative and technological advanced mice are a source of inspiration not just for budding modders, but also those who are interested in technology but were always afraid to try their hand at modding. Here are some of the coolest mice mods that we found.



  • Netherlands salvage some European pride

    June 19, 2010

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Netherlands restored some of Europe's dented pride at the World Cup on Saturday after dismal displays by the continent's other soccer powers, but even their 1-0 defeat of Japan was far from convincing.



  • 27 Innovative Methods of Connecting with Your Market

    June 19, 2010

    Connecting, collaborating and engaging with your market holds more benefits than just increased sales รข�� Feedback from your audience is invaluable if you want to create a quality product (or service) that actually appeals to potential customers.



  • Peg is dead as China vows yuan flexibility

    June 19, 2010

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China will gradually make the yuan's exchange rate more flexible, the central bank said on Saturday, indicating that it was ready to break a 23-month-old dollar peg that has come under intense fire from abroad.



  • 10 unsung "fathers" of technology

    June 19, 2010

    With Father's Day near, here are some of the technology industry's "fathers" who have garnered less attention over the years than your Tim Berners-Lees, Vint Cerfs and Bob Metcalfes.



  • NJ city leading way in crime-fighting technology (AP)

    June 19, 2010

    FILE - In this July 20, 2007 file photo, a small box housing a gunshot sensor can be seen mounted near the top of a light pole on Lenox Avenue, in East Orange, N.J. This city of 65,000, once home to one of the nation's highest crime rates, has fought back in recent years with an arsenal of high-tech gadgets from gunshot detection systems to software that can sift and analyze crime data almost instantaneously. Yet even with its crime rate now plummeting, the city is going a step farther by becoming the first in the country to combine those systems with sensors that can be programmed to identify crimes in progress. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)AP - This city of 65,000 has fought one of the nation's highest crime rates in recent years with an arsenal of high-tech gadgets, from gunshot detection systems to software that can sift and analyze crime data almost instantaneously.



  • Al Qaeda network severely degraded: U.S. envoy

    June 19, 2010

    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's network had been "severely degraded" by joint U.S.-Pakistani efforts, the U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan said on Saturday.



  • The Broadband Providers Doth Protest Too Much, Methinks

    June 19, 2010

    The broadband industry has reacted strongly to FCC efforts to have an open debate regarding the reclassification of broadband oversight. What is it afraid of?

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    Federal Communications Commission - FCC - Internet service provider - Telecommunication - Computers and Internet


  • Week in tech: net neutrality, Azure, and the ceaseless droning of vuvuzelas

    June 19, 2010

    Study: net neutrality could lead to "devastating" job losses: "Devastating," "destabilizing," and "apocalypse now" are just some of the words and phrases used in a new report assessing the impact that the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules could have on the US broadband economy. Plus the study calls the Commission "selfish."

    A Microsoft Windows Azure primer: the basics: In part one of an in-depth look at Microsoft's Windows Azure platform, we survey the cloud computing landscape


  • Hitachi humanoid rolls over floor junk, looks cute

    June 19, 2010

    Hitachi has improved its Emiew robot so that it's more dynamically stable and understands speech better. What would you say to it?


  • Sun flare noises

    June 19, 2010

    The bursts of radio noise produced by solar flares.


  • Kinect for Xbox 360 vs. Playstation Move

    June 19, 2010

    Analysis: A little hands-on gaming with the new features suggests both could use a bit more time in the oven.

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    Xbox 360 - Microsoft - Game - Video Games - Xbox


  • Brief notes on iPhone 4 resolution independence, icons, and multiple targets

    June 19, 2010

    iPhone 4 with high resolution retina display.

    The new iPhone 4 sports a high-resolution display called Retina with 326ppi resolution. While you already had to create different renders of your application icon and launch screens for the iPhone and iPad versions of your apps, the iPhone 4 means that you now have to have two renders (low-resolution and high-resolutions) of your artwork for just the iPhone version of your app. Couple this is with the iPad and iPhone versions, and the landscape and portrait versions of the launch images and you end up with quite a number of app icons and launch images to create.

    If anything is apparent, it's that you should probably be working with vectors whenever possible and rending the different assets from them using some sort of automated process (actions in Photoshop work well for this. There's also an OS X app called Opacity that supports this workflow – although I couldn't really get into it when I gave it a shot last week.)

    Although there are a number of ways to include the various icons and launch images in your apps, I would recommend that you go with the naming convention approach.

    For example, for your application icons:

    • Icon.png (57x57 – for iPhone and iPod Touch)
    • Icon@2x.png (114x114 – for iPhone 4)
    • Icon-72.png (72x72 – for iPad)
    • Icon-Small.png (29x29 – Settings app and in search results for iPhone and iPod Touch)
    • Icon-Small@2x.png (58x58 – Settings app and in search results on iPhone 4)
    • Icon-Small-50.png (50x50 – search results on iPad)

    One advantage of this method of working is that all you need to do is to generate your various icons (e.g., via an Action in Photoshop), drag them into XCode and you're done.

    Different icons files for different targets

    The additional advantage is that – if you're using multiple targets – it's really simple to include separate sets of icons for each target. For example, both Feathers and Feathers Visage share the same project and are simply different targets. To include the icons:

    1. Render your various icon files and place them in their own folder (e.g., I have folders called Twitter Icons and Facebook Icons)
    2. Drag the folders into XCode
    3. Bring up the Get Info panel for the folders in XCode and check the Target you want that folders contents to be included in.

    Hope this helps.


  • U.S. urges Kyrgyzstan to end humanitarian crisis

    June 19, 2010

    BISHKEK (Reuters) - The U.S. envoy for Central Asia urged Kyrgyzstan on Saturday to create conditions for a safe return of hundreds of thousands of refugees uprooted by last week's outburst of ethnic violence.



  • Calling All Readers to Share Their Opinions and Experiences With Nokias N900

    June 19, 2010

    Filed under: News : Smart




    If youre using the Nokia N900 or just want to share an opinion about the device this is the placeeel free to share your opinions and experiences. Read more


  • Juggling Google Acounts? Help is Coming

    June 19, 2010

    Analysis: The monster task of maintaining multiple Google accounts.

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    Google - Searching - Search Engines - Companies - Tools


  • Top-rated reviews of the week (photos)

    June 19, 2010

    Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the Dell Studio XPS 7100, 2011 Infiniti M56x, and Samsung Messager Touch.


  • Report: Environment worries to lift e-car sales

    June 19, 2010

    Global sales of electric vehicles set to rise this year due to worries about security of oil supply, the environment, and fuel costs, says J.D. Power.


  • Partner puts blame on BP as spill costs grow

    June 19, 2010

    GRAND ISLE, Louisiana (Reuters) - BP Plc's costs for the worst spill in U.S. history appeared set to rise as a partner in the out-of-control well laid the blame at BP's feet and the new federal czar overseeing damage claims said BP would pay more if $20 billion was not enough.



  • Still running Windows XP SP2? Why?

    June 19, 2010

    Analysis: XP SP3 has a lot to offer, even to Mr. Linux -- consider speed, stability, and compatibility.

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    Windows XP - Linux - Microsoft Windows - Operating system - Microsoft


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  • Sony Vaio Z and Y Series Laptops are First With Wi-fi Sharing Feature

    June 19, 2010

    Filed under: News : Laptops




    Sonys new Vaios in the Y and Z series allow you to use them as Wi-Fi hotsopts for other compatible devices. Read more


  • Microsoft, Where Is Your Privacy Dashboard?

    June 19, 2010

    If Microsoft would focus its scattered efforts, it might become a powerhouse to compete with Google's growing power and to give Apple a black-eye too. Microsoft has the masses, the user base, because, at least for now, most of the world runs on Windows. Because of that fact, Windows is the low hanging fruit and prime hacking target.



  • Google Chrome 6.0.437.3 Beta

    June 19, 2010

    Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.


  • Plack Apps in Javascript

    June 19, 2010

    Love Plack web apps but feel like writing some Javascript today instead of Perl?


  • Loading XML Through XNA Content Pipeline

    June 19, 2010

    XNA is quite possibly one of the most robust game programming frameworks out there. You can do nearly anything with it, and one of the reasons it is so flexible is its "Content Pipeline". But sometimes it can be a bit tricky to use this feature, requiring us to do bit more work. But in the end, it helps to use the Content Pipeline. Luckily today we are going over how to use it to load in some XML


  • Adding HTML5 placeholder attribute support through progressive enhancement

    June 19, 2010

    I continually talk about HTML5 and how progressive enhancement is a simple approach to make any new behavior possible in web browsers that haven’t implemented it yet. I thought I’d show you a simple example how to do this with the new placeholder attribute for input elements.


  • 5 Rails Plugins to Help Optimize Your MySQL

    June 19, 2010

    Optimizing your MySQL queries and performance in your rails applicationcan be a real pain. The plugins below help to make things a little easier.


  • VirtualBox 3.2.6 Beta 1

    June 18, 2010

    VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software.


  • Verizon iPhone Rumor Refuses to Die

    June 18, 2010

    There are a couple of potential reasons. One is that the customers really, really want this to happen. Really. And then there's the other reason - maybe, just maybe, the rumors are true. Or at the very least, perhaps Apple is trying to strike a deal with Verizon, even is nothing is yet set in stone.



  • Afghan debate spotlights Pentagon's mixed messages

    June 18, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Debate over the U.S. war strategy in Afghanistan is exposing what some see as discord within the Pentagon about how to cast the fight for Kandahar and the extent and pace to which progress can be shown.



  • The Truth Behind the iPhone 4 Retina Display

    June 18, 2010

    Thanks to his ability to restructure the time-space continuum in accordance with his will, Steve Jobs normally gets away with pushing the credibility barrier a bit during product launches. But when he recently announced that the iPhone 4 sports a “Retina Display,” questions were raised.



  • Showcase Live update: Tablets, slates, Netbooks

    June 18, 2010

    Don't miss CNET's hands-on event and discussion on the newest in small and slim computing, featuring products from Apple, Archos, Asus, Nvidia, Panasonic, Samsung, and Toshiba.


  • New Bill Grants Fed Power to Shut Down the Web

    June 18, 2010

    In the event of a national emergency, the bill would grant the power to control, and even shut down, large swaths of the Internet to the National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications (NCCC), a new office created within the DHS by the PCNAA.



  • Working 'lightsaber' can set fire to your skin

    June 18, 2010

    A Shanghai-based laser manufacturer produces a laser that it proudly declares to be "the most dangerous laser ever created." But what is it for?


  • Does the Internet Need a ‘Kill Switch’?

    June 18, 2010

    A proposed bill could effectively give the president an Internet "kill switch. Senator Joseph Lieberman has proposed the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act (PCNAA)



  • A newbie's take on E3

    June 18, 2010

    This year's E3 was a first for CNET reporter Josh Lowensohn. Was it all it was cracked up to be, or were there just too many moving parts?


  • Apple quietly adds anti-malware in Snow Leopard update

    June 18, 2010

    The company didn't mention anything about adding an anti-malware update to OS X 10.6.4, which it released on Tuesday, Sophos says.


  • Reporters' Roundtable: Wireless device security (podcast)

    June 18, 2010

    Hear from security expert John Hering (Lookout Security) and CNET News reporter Elinor Mills on the current and future threats to your mobile data.


  • Deepwater spill survey: Still waters run deep

    June 18, 2010

    Editor's Note: A team of researchers led by John Kessler , Texas A&M College of Geosciences chief scientist and assistant oceanography professor, has traveled to the Deepwater Horizon disaster area to study the methane leaking into the Gulf of Mexico (along with tens thousands of barrels of crude oil) daily at the site of the damaged Macondo 252 well. Kessler, along with David Valentine (an assistant professor of marine sediment geochemistry, biogeochemistry and geomicrobiology at the University


  • Working iPhone 4 Slips Out, Produces Camera Samples (PICS)

    June 18, 2010

    The iPhone 4 has landed in the hands of a Czech who has managed a test of the phone and its camera, including HD video.



  • Firefox add-on encrypts sessions with Facebook, Twitter

    June 18, 2010

    HTTPS Everywhere Firefox extension encrypts communications between browser and sites including Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, New York Times, and PayPal.


  • Now testing: A new CNET.com front door

    June 18, 2010

    After two long years, CNET.com is getting a dramatic redesign. You like?


  • FCC sets sights on satellite spectrum

    June 18, 2010

    The FCC is looking at freeing up 90MHz of spectrum from satellite services that can be used for mobile broadband.

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