Saturday, June 26, 2010

Technical News - 26 June 2010

  • Road Trip Pic of the Day, 6/26: What is this?

    June 26, 2010

    This sculpture is a product of nature. If you know what this is and where it's located, you could win a prize in the CNET Road Trip Picture of the Day challenge.


  • G20 searches for common pace in uneven recovery

    June 26, 2010

    TORONTO (Reuters) - World leaders cast about for a common approach on Saturday to securing an uneven economic recovery that is showing signs of fading.



  • Germany says Apple must improve data transparency

    June 26, 2010

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Apple Inc must "immediately make clear" what data it collects from users of its products and for what purposes, Germany's justice minister was quoted as saying by Der Spiegel magazine on Saturday.


  • G8 leaders condemn North Korea and urge Iran respect laws

    June 26, 2010

    HUNTSVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) - The Group of Eight rich nations on Saturday condemned North Korea for an attack which sank a South Korean naval ship and called on Iran's leaders to respect rule of law and freedom of expression.



  • This is why I use Google, not Bing (Pic)

    June 26, 2010



  • Open Source Geographic Tracking?

    June 26, 2010

    Walkingshark writes "I work for a company that needs to track people and equipment across the US as they move to, work on, and leave jobs. The boss has been looking at the typical mix of closed, proprietary software and has also considered building off our existing 10-year-old SQL database (with the kind of clunky interface you'd expect from a program built in the late '90s). I'd like to be able to bring him a good open source alternative, but so far I haven't been able to find anything that can


  • The search for 16

    June 26, 2010

    With the group round of the World Cup coming to a close and the round of 16 under way, it’s the perfect time to see what’s piqued searchers’ interest since our pre-tournament search trends kick-off.

    Understandably, searches for [world cup standings] climbed steadily during the first week of play as fans around the globe watched the various teams jockey within their groups to qualify for the next round. Upsets in the group round have been particularly effective at driving increased search volume


  • Week in Microsoft: IE9, Windows Live Wave 4, Windows 7 SP1

    June 26, 2010

    Let's look back at this week's top Microsoft news, which was dominated by...

    IE9 Platform Preview 3: video, audio, canvas, and fonts too: Microsoft this week launched the third of its Internet Explorer 9 Platform Previews. The new version includes long-awaited support for HTML5 video, along with hitherto unannounced support for the canvas bitmap drawing element.

    Windows Live Essentials Wave 4 public beta is out: Microsoft has posted the first public beta of Windows Live Essentials


  • Creative Commons Responds To ASCAP Letter

    June 26, 2010

    An anonymous reader writes "Drew Wilson at ZeroPaid has a followup to the story about ASCAP telling its members that organizations like EFF and Creative Commons are undermining copyright. A spokesperson from Creative Commons said, 'It's very sad that ASCAP is falsely claiming that Creative Commons works to undermine copyright. Creative Commons licenses are copyright licenses — plain and simple, without copyright, these tools don't even work.' He also said, 'Many tens of thousands of musicians


  • Trying to make iPad run my Road Trip

    June 26, 2010

    Road Trip 2010: CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman is carrying both a MacBook Pro and an iPad, and wants to use Apple's tablet for as many computing tasks as possible. Got any suggestions?


  • Nokia N9 possibly spotted, running Symbian [w/Photos]

    June 26, 2010

    Nokia's rumored N9 slider has shown in a photo set that at once appears to confirm it but calls into question the choice of OS. Despite Nokia saying it would switch to MeeGo for Nseries phones after the N8, the device on show at Negri is clearly running Symbian.



  • The Macalope Weekly: iPhone 4 Fever (Macworld.com)

    June 26, 2010

    Macworld.com - It never fails. Apple introduces something cool and people's heads pop off. Can’t science come up with a vaccine for this? Inoculate us with Rob Enderle’s blood or something?


  • Tropical storm Alex forms in Caribbean

    June 26, 2010

    ATLANTA (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Alex, the first named storm of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, formed on Saturday near Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and could be headed for the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.



  • New Nokia QWERTY Phone Leaked

    June 26, 2010

    The successor to the N900, minus MeeGo?


  • 7 iPhone Apps That Help Save the Planet (LiveScience.com)

    June 26, 2010

    LiveScience.com - Plenty of iPhone apps can give you tips on how to lead an eco-friendly lifestyle, but only a few help you take concrete steps toward that goal. From eating green to saving stranded wildlife, here are seven apps to help you save the world.


  • Successful Franchise Owners Boosting U.S. Job Growth

    June 26, 2010

    People who buy franchises are among those creating new American jobs—about 36,000 this year, according to the International Franchise Associatio



  • White House Unveils Plans For "Trusted Identities In Cyberspace"

    June 26, 2010

    Presto Vivace writes with news that the Obama administration's cyber-security coordinater, Howard Schmidt, yesterday unveiled a national plan for "trusted" online identities. Schmidt wrote, "The NSTIC, which is in response to one of the near term action items in the President’s Cyberspace Policy Review, calls for the creation of an online environment, or an Identity Ecosystem as we refer to it in the strategy, where individuals and organizations can complete online transactions with confidence


  • Top-rated reviews of the week (photos)

    June 26, 2010

    Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the iPhone 4, Motorola Droid X, and the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650.


  • The New Digg: First Impressions

    June 26, 2010

    Ever since the new version of Digg was announced three months ago, it has undergone a lot of revisions and caused a lot of turmoil. In that time, Kevin Rose replaced Jay Adelson as CEO...



  • Mozilla likes HTML5 over Flash

    June 26, 2010

    The developer of the Firefox browser joins the likes of Apple and Microsoft in the argument over the next stage in web standards. Is HTML5 the way of the future?



  • MSI Improves Your Gaming Experience With the GT660

    June 26, 2010

    Filed under: News : Laptops




    The definitive gaming notebook, equipped with MSIs exclusive TDE+ technology. Read more


  • High Depreciation May Slow Electric Car Acceptance

    June 26, 2010

    Hugh Pickens writes "The New York Times reports that as cars like the Nissan LEAF and Coda Sedan become available, one question that may give electric car buyers cold feet is bubbling to the surface: How much will these next-gen vehicles be worth a few years down the road? According to a report from the UK's Glass Guide, unless manufacturers properly address customer concerns regarding battery life and performance, the new breed of electric vehicles (EV) soon to be launched will have residual values


  • Wallops Flight Facility, NASA's hidden launch shop

    June 26, 2010

    At the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, NASA designs rockets and high-altitude scientific balloons. It also launches the rockets, and maintains the ability to destroy them if they pose a threat to the public.



  • Senate set to begin Kagan court confirmation hearing

    June 26, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Elena Kagan, nicknamed "Shorty" by a liberal mentor before becoming a legal giant, will introduce herself to the nation next week as the widely anticipated next member of the U.S. Supreme Court.



  • Thousands protest in Taiwan against China trade deal

    June 26, 2010

    TAIPEI (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Taiwanese decried a landmark trade deal with rival China in a protest on Saturday that will not stop their government from signing the agreement to boost around $100 million in annual two-way trade.



  • New Era of ";Robot"; Spies Will Test Privacy

    June 26, 2010

    Filed under: News : General




    Using robots to use powerful data mining methods to trace networks of targets like criminals and terrorists. Read more


  • How to Access the Internet (A Guide from 2025)

    June 26, 2010

    Welcome to the Internet! By following the simple rules below, you make sure your internet experience is smooth and risk free.



  • Pakistan to Monitor Google, Others for Blasphemy

    June 26, 2010

    Filed under: News : Internet




    Pakistani authorities on Friday put seven major websites, including Google and YouTube, under watch for containing material deemed offensive to Muslims. Read more


  • Illusion to magnify lunar eclipse

    June 26, 2010

    A baffling optical illusion will make the Moon appear unusually large during a partial lunar eclipse in the United States on Saturday.


  • China, Taiwan & Hong Kong get top-level domains in Chinese

    June 26, 2010

    ICANN has approved the first top level Chinese language domain names: .中国 and .中國 for China; .台灣 and .台湾 for Taiwan; and .香港 for Hong Kong. This opens the door for domain names entirely in Chinese, which should at some level better serve the 20% of the world’s population that speaks the language.



  • How Women Use Social Media (Infographic)

    June 26, 2010

    It’s no secret that social media sites are dramatically changing the way we live and conduct our lives online. But, what this means to, and how this involves women is commonly overlooked.



  • Australia's Largest ISP Ditches Linux Mirror

    June 26, 2010

    An anonymous reader writes "Australia's largest ISP, BigPond, has decided to ditch its local mirrors of Linux and other open source operating systems, as well as various other open source software and Creative Commons media. BigPond posted a terse update on the service's website, citing reasons of low popularity and the existence of better services like download.com and Tucows. BigPond customers are not impressed by the move, given that the ISP is infamous in Australia for its high prices and relatively


  • Javascript Jems - self modifying code

    June 26, 2010

    When programming was a young subject and valves ruled the earth a very powerful but very scary technique was invented – self-modifying code.


  • CSS3 Minimalistic Navigation Menu

    June 26, 2010

    As you have probably heard by now, CSS3 animations are a powerful tool, which enables you to create animations which run without the need of applying additional scripting to the page. What is even better, in the next generation of browsers we will have even more powerful tools, including 3D transformations (already present in Safari).


  • VirtualBox 3.2.6.63112

    June 25, 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.


  • ZoneAlarm Free 9.2.057.000

    June 25, 2010

    ZoneAlarm Free Firewall blocks hackers from infiltrating your home PC by hiding your computer from unsolicited network traffic. By detecting and preventing intrusions, ZoneAlarm Free Firewall keeps your PC free from viruses that slow down performance, and spyware that steals your personal information, passwords, and financial data.


  • 3 Bosses Who "Get" Social Media

    June 25, 2010

    It goes without saying that some "get it" when it comes to social media more than others. Some just have no clue...I would prefer to focus on where we're going, instead of where we've been (at least for this post). Here are three types of bosses who know where we are going, and are adjusting their old media jobs to fit the times.



  • Now, Watch The Bars...(PIC)

    June 25, 2010

    Patent pending.



  • Twitter Security Hole Found, Being Fixed, Company Says

    June 25, 2010

    Beware, all you out there in the Twitterverse - it looks like a new vulnerability has hit the troubled microblogging site and this time it has nothing to do with a man howling "Goooooaaaaaaaal!" or a vuvuzela.



  • Split Second: Velocity

    June 25, 2010

    You'll thoroughly enjoy what little the game has to offer


  • New Apple iPhone hard to find, but not impossible

    June 25, 2010

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc's newest iPhone flew off store shelves, but lucky shoppers still managed on Friday to get their hands on one at least a dozen stores across the United States.


  • ‘No Evidence’ Anti-Piracy Group Hacked FTP Server

    June 25, 2010

    As soon as Sweden’s IPRED legislation was passed, Antipiratbyrån working on behalf of several book publishers somehow managed to gain access to a private FTP server containing audio books. That copyright case involving ISP ePhone is with the Supreme Court but allegations that the anti-piracy group illegally hacked into the server....



  • Facebook Uses BitTorrent, and Loves It

    June 25, 2010

    BitTorrent is the ideal way to transfer large files to thousands of locations in a short period of time. This doesn’t only apply to movies and music that are downloaded by the average BitTorrent user, companies can benefit from it as well. With help from BitTorrent, Facebook can now push hundreds of megabytes of new code to all servers worldwide in



  • Palm shareholders approve HP takeover plans

    June 25, 2010

    Stockholders of the struggling smartphone maker on Friday met and approved its $1.2 billion acquisition by Hewlett-Packard.


  • Meet Oscar, the adorable bionic pet cat

    June 25, 2010

    Robo-cat, activated! Oscar lost his legs in an accident, but doctors wouldn't stop until he could walk again.

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