Friday, July 2, 2010

Technical News - 02 July 2010

  • Google Will Buy Travel Data Firm ITA

    July 2, 2010

    Filed under: News : Websites




    ITA is a major source of information about airfares to the aviation industry, used by airlines, travel agents and other sites. Read more


  • Disney Buys iPhone Game Maker Tapulous

    July 2, 2010

    Filed under: News : General




    Tapulous struck gold with the music game "Tap Tap Revenue". Read more


  • Gaming Fever Grips Delhi at BYOC 2010

    July 2, 2010

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    Airtel Broadband presents BYOC Summer 2010 powered by MSI Notebook. Read more


  • Ask Atindriya Bose - Country Manager, PlayStation - Part II

    July 2, 2010

    Filed under: News : Games




    Heres your chance to interview the head of PlayStation India, Atindriya Bose. Read more


  • It's 'totally wrong,' Apple admits — not iPhone antenna, but bar display (Ben Patterson)

    July 2, 2010

    Ben Patterson - After days of telling irate iPhone customers with "death grip" woes that they are holding their handsets wrong, Apple has finally admitted that there's something "totally wrong." It's the "formula" for determining how many reception bars to display, Apple says — not the handset's much-criticized outer antenna.


  • At Sun Valley, brighter moods may not mean big deals (Reuters)

    July 2, 2010

    Reuters - As Rupert Murdoch, Bob Iger and other media honchos assemble in Sun Valley next week for some fly-fishing or white water rafting, spirits should be brighter than a year ago: stock prices are up by about a third, after all.


  • Clinton tells Ukraine door to NATO open

    July 2, 2010

    KIEV (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Ukraine on Friday that the door to entering NATO remained open and she backed the ex-Soviet republic's efforts to secure a new deal with the International Monetary Fund.



  • Total sees tougher rules as storm spreads Gulf slick

    July 2, 2010

    HOUSTON/PARIS (Reuters) - The head of oil major Total warned of tougher safety rules that could push up crude prices as the first storm of the Atlantic hurricane season compounded the impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.



  • Times now charging online readers

    July 2, 2010

    The Times becomes the biggest UK newspaper to begin charging its readers to access its online content.


  • Weak private hiring shows tepid recovery

    July 2, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Private payrolls rose only modestly in June and overall employment fell for the first time this year as thousands of temporary census jobs ended, showing the economic recovery failing to gain traction.



  • Apple admits iPhone signal fault

    July 2, 2010

    Apple says a significant fault on its new iPhone 4 is causing it to incorrectly display the phone's signal.


  • Australia strikes compromise tax deal with miners

    July 2, 2010

    CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia ended a damaging dispute with global miners on Friday by dumping its planned "super profits" tax for a lower resources rent tax backed by big miners, clearing a major hurdle to calling an early election.



  • Apple To Issue a 'Fix' For iPhone 4 Reception Perception

    July 2, 2010

    Lisandro and several other readers let us know that Apple has just released a statement addressing the signal issues a lot of users are having with their iPhone 4. They claim to have discovered the cause for the drop in bars, which is "both simple and surprising" — a wrong formula used to calculate how many bars are displayed for a given signal strength. "Upon investigation, we were stunned to find that the formula we use to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally


  • Apple promises fix for iPhone reception issues

    July 2, 2010

    After initially dismissing the reports about the iPhone 4 antenna reception issue, Apple has officially admitted it exists, promising a software fix in a couple of weeks. There's a catch, though.


  • At Sun Valley, brighter moods may not mean big deals

    July 2, 2010

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - As Rupert Murdoch, Bob Iger and other media honchos assemble in Sun Valley next week for some fly-fishing or white water rafting, spirits should be brighter than a year ago: stock prices are up by about a third, after all.


  • First glimpse of EU's solar, windfarm plans

    July 2, 2010

    A leaked draft of EU energy strategies for 2020 shows massive growth wind turbine farms across Europe's coastal waters.


  • Apple's cloud service not fully baked

    July 2, 2010

    The rumored iTunes service has yet to clear the licenses it would take to offer some basic features.


  • Loaded: RIP Sidekick

    July 2, 2010

    Google hopes to simplify flight searches with its acquisition of ITA, Sex.com is offering itself up yet again, and T-Mobile kills off the Sidekick.


  • Nokia aims to be the best with Symbian, MeeGo-Vanjoki (Reuters)

    July 2, 2010

    Reuters - Nokia is committed to get back the No.1 position in smartphones and plans to use no other software than Symbian and Linux MeeGo, head of its mobile solutions unit said on Friday. "It's my aim to ensure Nokia stays as the market and intellectual leader in creating the digital world," Anssi Vanjoki wrote in a blog on Nokia's website.


  • Nokia aims to be the best with Symbian, MeeGo-Vanjoki

    July 2, 2010

    HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia is committed to get back the No.1 position in smartphones and plans to use no other software than Symbian and Linux MeeGo, head of its mobile solutions unit said on Friday. "It's my aim to ensure Nokia stays as the market and intellectual leader in creating the digital world," Anssi Vanjoki wrote in a blog on Nokia's website.


  • Driving while blind? Maybe, with new high-tech car (AP)

    July 2, 2010

    This handout photo, taken in 2009, provided by the National Federation of the Blind shows Addison Hugen, who is blind student participating in the 2009 YouthSlam, a science camp for blind students, in College Park, Md. The National Federation of the Blind and Virginia Tech say they plan to demonstrate a prototype vehicle next year equipped with technology that would help a blind person drive a car. Called nonvisual interface technology, it allows a blind person make driving decisions that let them to drive independently. (AP Photo/National Federation of the Blind)AP - Could a blind person drive a car? Researchers are trying to make that far-fetched notion a reality.



  • YouTube Still Needs Flash

    July 2, 2010

    YouTube recently made a post on its official blog explaining its position on the Flash vs HTML5 issue in relation to the

    You can read the whole post at this link.


  • SAP Extends Sybase Offer, Awaits EU Approval

    July 2, 2010

    SAP has extended its $5.8 billion bid for Sybase while awaiting EU approval.

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    Sybase - SAP - ERP - European Union - Consultants


  • Part Four: Building a PC -- Adding RAM and Cards

    July 2, 2010

    In part four of the series, we discuss installing the RAM and peripheral cards

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    Random-access memory - Personal computer - Shopping - Business - Stationery


  • Part Five: Building a PC -- Connecting the PSU

    July 2, 2010

    In part five of the series, we'll discuss connecting the power supply.

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    Power supply - Personal computer - Business - Hardware - Power Supplies


  • Apple says iPhones overstate signal strength

    July 2, 2010

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc said its iPhones overstate wireless network signal strength and promised to fix the glitch in the coming weeks. Its admission follows customer complaints about the design of its phone antenna.


  • SAP extends $5.8B Sybase bid; cites EU review

    July 2, 2010

    SAP said Friday that it has extended its $5.8 billion bid for Sybase while it awaits approval under European merger regulations.


  • Why Apple's iPhone 4 Bumper Case Is A Rip-Off

    July 2, 2010

    Apple doesn't typically get into the case-selling business, but it now sells multi-colored Bumpers to use with the iPhone 4. Are these things really worth $29 apiece? We don't think so.



  • Obama to announce broadband grants to spur jobs

    July 2, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is slated to announce on Friday nearly $800 million in loans and grants for the build-out of broadband networks to reach homes, schools and hospitals.


  • Apple: iPhone 4 signal bars can be wrong, fix ahead

    July 2, 2010

    The company acknowledges existence of a problem that has nagged the iPhone 4 since its release last month.


  • Google to buy travel software co ITA for $700 million

    July 2, 2010

    SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Google Inc plans to buy one of the Web's key providers of airline travel software for $700 million, potentially raising new antitrust concerns for the world's largest Internet search engine.


  • Alcohol 120% 2.0.1.1820

    July 2, 2010

    Alcohol 120%, is a powerful Windows CD and DVD burning software that makes it easy to create backups of DVDs* and CDs. In addition, the program lets you store your most used CDs as images on your computer, so you can call them up at the click of a button. Now includes Pre-Mastering function and support for Blu-ray format.


  • Letter from Apple Regarding iPhone 4

    July 2, 2010

    The iPhone 4 has been the most successful product launch in Apple’s history. It has been judged by reviewers around the world to be the best smartphone ever, and users have told us that they love it. So we were surprised when we read reports of reception problems, and we immediately began investigating them. Here is what we have learned.


  • Disney buys iPhone game maker Tapulous

    July 2, 2010

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co said on Thursday it has acquired startup iPhone app developer Tapulous, as the company continues its push into mobile games.


  • Why we love cute animals online

    July 2, 2010

    Had your fix of LOLCats today? If you did, you're one of 16 million unique visitors hitting I Can Has Cheezburger, which features cat photos with cutesy baby-talk captions, and its affiliated sites every month.


  • Undersea cable set to boost West Africa broadband

    July 2, 2010

    LAGOS (Reuters) - An eagerly-awaited submarine cable linking West Africa to Europe has gone live, paving the way for cheaper and more reliable internet access in one of the world's fastest-growing telecoms markets, its operators said on Friday.


  • Secret messages

    July 2, 2010

    How the ancient art of hidden writing got a modern twist


  • Google moves into travel market

    July 2, 2010

    Google pays $700m for travel technology firm that provides flight price and travel data across the globe.


  • Nearly half a million IBM employees get Firefox

    July 2, 2010

    Big Blue is making Firefox its default Web browser. That means Mozilla's browser will become the de facto browser for about 400,000 employees.



  • Facebook’s New Photo Tagging Feature Selects Friends For You

    July 2, 2010

    Facebook appears to have added a shutterbug's dream feature: Face detection technology. As soon as you upload a picture, the feature realizes that there are humans in it and preselects their faces. You just add the poor souls' names.



  • Induction day at the Naval Academy (photos)

    July 2, 2010

    Road Trip 2010: Every Naval Academy plebe must first make it past the loud demands of a wall of cadre, intent on breaking them down.


  • Google Voice newbies, start here

    July 2, 2010

    Google Voice is packed with more features than you can shake a stick at. Here's what you need to know to get started with the free phone service.


  • Consumers getting more attention in smart grid

    July 2, 2010

    Smart-grid stimulus money was heavy on hardware, but utility industry groups are now focusing on giving consumers energy management tools that promote efficiency.


  • Groups push feds for video-game age restrictions

    July 2, 2010

    Coalition, which includes those claiming video games can cause "mental health problems," wants rules that may mean credit cards or driver's licenses for age verification.


  • Welcome to the Naval Academy: 'You're too slow!'

    July 2, 2010

    July 1 was the day that 1,247 new plebes showed up at the Naval Academy. CNET Road Trip 2010 was on hand to see these young men and women go through a major life-changing experience.

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