Sunday, June 27, 2010

Technical News - 27 June 2010

  • Germany crush England to reach last eight

    June 27, 2010

    BLOEMFONTEIN (Reuters) - Germany, fueled by a second half double from Thomas Mueller, thrashed long-standing rivals England 4-1 in a controversy-filled encounter on Sunday to book a spot in the last eight of the World Cup.



  • No good info on bin Laden for years: CIA's Panetta

    June 27, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It has been years since the United States had good intelligence on the whereabouts of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin laden, although he is thought to be in Pakistan, CIA director Leon Panetta said on Sunday.



  • ICANN Approves .xxx Suffix For Porn Websites

    June 27, 2010

    An anonymous reader tips news that ICANN has officially approved the creation of a .xxx suffix for porn sites, confirming the rumors we discussed on Thursday. While this resolves a 10-year debate on the subject, the Guardian notes that "many pornography companies are unhappy with the idea of a dedicated space online because they expect that as soon as .xxx is implemented, conservative members of the US Congress will lobby to make any sex-related website re-register there and remove itself from other


  • Storm Alex downgraded to tropical depression

    June 27, 2010

    CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) - Storm Alex was downgraded to a tropical depression as it moved over the Yucatan Peninsula but was likely to regain strength over the Gulf of Mexico later on Sunday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.



  • A Peek at the Playstation Plus

    June 27, 2010

    The PlayStation Plus service may be a way to check out full games for later purchase.

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    PlayStation - Sony - Game - Video Games - PlaystationPlus


  • G20 aims for economic balance in an uneven recovery

    June 27, 2010

    TORONTO (Reuters) - World leaders put the finishing touches on plans to build a more stable global economy on Sunday but backed away from one-size-fits-all pledges as two years of crisis give way to an uneven recovery.



  • Oil spill teams keep wary eye on storm in Gulf

    June 27, 2010

    CHETUMAL, Mexico (Reuters) - The Atlantic hurricane season's first named storm posed an uncertain threat to the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, as a report said relief wells may halt the worst U.S. oil spill ahead of schedule.



  • Road Trip Pic of the Day, 6/27: What is this?

    June 27, 2010

    Do you know what this building is? If so, you could win a prize in the CNET Road Trip Picture of the Day challenge.


  • iPhone 4 apps for old pros (Appolicious)

    June 27, 2010

    Appolicious - Some iPhone 4 users may be new to the Apple game, but there are many who just couldn’t wait to upgrade. The ability to multitask, a sturdier handset and a front-facing camera make the iPhone 4 pretty darn attractive—it’s no wonder existing iPhone users joined the Apple store lines to get the new version of their latest device.


  • Court to rule on Sarbanes-Oxley and gun rights

    June 27, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court could strike down a key part of a 2002 corporate reform law and extend gun rights in the United States on Monday when the justices issue their final rulings of the term.



  • Location-Tracking Services: Why You Should Think Twice

    June 27, 2010

    Analysis: Apple, Google, Facebook and others all want to track your travels, but location privacy is an important consideration.

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    Google - Facebook - Apple - Privacy - Social network


  • MIT Says Natural Gas Best To Lower Carbon Emissions

    June 27, 2010

    eldavojohn writes "This week MIT released a comprehensive, hundred-page report entitled 'The Future of Natural Gas' that outlined the many scenarios the United States faces when aiming to reduce carbon emissions. From the NY Times recap: 'The scenario goes like this, according to MIT: Nuclear power, renewable energy and carbon capture and sequestration are relatively expensive next to gas. Conventional coal is no longer a major source of power generation in the United States. "Natural gas is the


  • I Got 99 Problems, but Developing Ain't One [110 Resources]

    June 27, 2010

    In the words of the rapper/entrepreneur and occasional developer Jay-Z, "If you got developing problems I feel bad for you son...." A Web developer's life is hard enough without having to go on the hunt for good developing resources. After using these resources, you may still have 99 problems, but developing ain't gonna be one of them.



  • Motorola ES400: What You Need to Know

    June 27, 2010

    The ruggedized enterprise digital assistant is offered as the handheld for mobile workers.

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    Motorola - Mobile computing - Microsoft - Telecommunications - Smartphone


  • iOS4 4.0.1 Update Rumored Coming Soon to Fix iPhone 4 Reception

    June 27, 2010

    An iOS 4 update is supposedly in the works to resolve the signal attenuation issues plaguing reception on the iPhone 4.

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    IPhone - IPhone OS - Smartphone - Handhelds - Apple


  • iOS4 4.0.1 Update Rumored Coming Soon to Fix iPhone 4 Reception (PC World)

    June 27, 2010

    PC World - After a quote from Steve Jobs, and a statement from Apple attempted to gloss over the antenna reception issue plaguing the iPhone 4 launch as a "non-issue", it seems that Apple may actually be treating it as a real issue--at least internally. There are reports that an update to the iOS 4 firmware could come as early as next week to address the problem.


  • Google Pushes HTML5 Development

    June 27, 2010

    A new site provides a collection of resources for the emerging Web multimedia spec.

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    HTML5 - Google - Searching - Search Engines - Google Chrome


  • BBC To Create Internet Protocol TV Standard

    June 27, 2010

    Robadob sends word that the BBC has been granted approval for Project Canvas, "a partnership between the BBC, ITV, BT, Five, Channel 4, and TalkTalk to develop a so-called Internet Protocol Television standard." The approval came with several interesting requirements: "Project Canvas must always remain free-to-air but users 'may be charged for additional pay services that third parties might choose to provide via the Canvas platform, for example video on demand services, as well as the broadband


  • One Droid X killer feature the iPhone 4 lacks

    June 27, 2010

    The iPhone 4's FaceTime isn't the only killer smartphone feature out there. Motorola's Droid X sports a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.


  • Firefox 3.6.6

    June 27, 2010

    The Web is all about innovation, and Firefox sets the pace with dozens of new features to deliver a faster, more secure and customizable Web browsing experience for all.


  • Fresh View 7.98

    June 26, 2010

    Fresh View gives you the ability to organize and view multimedia files (images, audio, video). Watch movies, listen to music, and view graphics in a slide show. Image files in a folder can be displayed using a number of views, including a thumbnail view that lets you quickly see what your images are without having to open them.


  • Hacker High: 10 Students Who Cracked the Code

    June 26, 2010

    Much like Lolcats, some ├╝berteens are up in the Internet, stealing your ... well, whatever they want. If you envision these kids as harmless nerds who hole themselves up in their rooms clicking away their adolescence, check out this list, which details the costly and frightening toll their computer “games” have exacted throughout recent history.



  • Thank You, John Sculley!

    June 26, 2010

    A while ago former Apple CEO John Sculley gave an interview in which he confessed to deeply regret his firing of Steve Jobs twenty five years ago. To many it seems obvious that Jobs should have been running the company just as Bill Gates did with Microsoft.



  • Behind the scenes with Post Secret

    June 26, 2010

    Road Trip 2010: On Saturdays, Frank Warren organizes and posts the secrets for his famous blog. CNET's Daniel Terdiman was on hand to witness the work thousands will see Sunday.


  • Photos: At home with Post Secret

    June 26, 2010

    On Road Trip 2010, CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman checked in with Post Secret's Frank Warren as he prepared his Sunday blog post.


  • Disillusioned Facebook users quit social-networking site

    June 26, 2010

    They say what started as a personal, close-knit community turned into an alienating experience. Facebook still has plenty of friends.Even amid last month's firestorm, which forced executives to hastily revamp the site's privacy settings, the social-networking juggernaut has held steady in membership and traffic.



  • Apple criticized by left-handed org over iPhone 4

    June 26, 2010

    The Left-Handers Club suggests that with the iPhone 4's alleged left-handed issues, Apple should hire some left-handed designers.


  • Question: How Many Buttons Does a Mouse Really Need?

    June 26, 2010

    Here to answer that question is the new WarMouse, which boasts an analog joystick and a 5600-CPI laser sensor that goes along with tons of buttons and endless configuration options.



  • Foursquare poised to get new VC funding

    June 26, 2010

    The hot social-location site is in the final stages of striking a funding deal with the very venture firm--Andreessen Horowitz--that had publicly dissed it and walked away from earlier talks.


  • The Navy Reveals Secret Device to Defeat IEDs

    June 26, 2010

    The Pentagon has researched lasers, projectiles, jammers and everything else to defeat improvised explosive devices. The new effort uses radio waves to blow them up before their makers intend; but will it work?



  • Bizarre "Necklace/Mask" Filters CO2, Stores It as Energy

    June 26, 2010

    As part of a two-week workshop on wearable, interactive responses to climate change, Brazilian designers Martina Pagura and Pedro Nakazato Andrade created the W/Air, an oxygen-filtering breathing “necklace” that removes carbon dioxide from the air, stores it in a battery-like device, and then converts it into electricity for later use.



  • iOS 4.0.1 may tackle iPhone 4's antenna problems

    June 26, 2010

    Apple may already have a fix for the iPhone 4's allegedly overly sensitive reception as soon as next week. The company's support discussions have reportedly had mention of an iOS 4.0.1 update arriving at the start of next week that would fix the phone's baseband calibration by having it switch faster to the cleanest available cellular signal.



  • Police push to continue warrantless cell tracking

    June 26, 2010

    As Congress begins to consider adding more privacy protections to a 1986 privacy law, including regulating cell phone tracking, tech companies will have to overcome law enforcement objections.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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. 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.



  • New Nokia QWERTY Phone Leaked

    June 26, 2010

    The successor to the N900, minus MeeGo?


  • 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



  • 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?



  • 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.



  • 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.

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