Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Technical News - 06 July 2010

  • Army analyst charged with leaking classified files

    July 6, 2010

    A 22-year old Army intelligence analyst who has been linked to Wikileaks is facing criminal charges including leaking a 2007 video showing U.S. troops firing on a Reuters reporter.


  • Israel army not amused as troops dance on patrol (AFP)

    July 6, 2010

    Israeli soldiers patrol a village on the outskirts of Hebron in 2009. A bunch of bored Israeli troops may have to face the music over a YouTube clip showing them doing a flash mob-style dance in full combat gear while on patrol in the West Bank city of Hebron.(AFP/File/Hazem Bader)AFP - A bunch of bored Israeli troops may have to face the music over a YouTube clip showing them doing a flash mob-style dance in full combat gear while on patrol in the West Bank city of Hebron.



  • Viagra-popping seniors lead the pack for STDs

    July 6, 2010

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Even if you're past your prime and have a hard time getting an erection, you might still need to worry about unprotected sex, according to U.S. doctors.



  • The Unstoppable "Tech Support" Scam

    July 6, 2010

    Barence writes "A pernicious new type of scam is targeting British computer owners, reports PC Pro. The con is both fiendishly clever and ridiculously simple. The fraudster cold-calls the customer and tells them that Microsoft has detected a virus on their PC, then invites them to download a piece of remote-assistance software. No doubt reassured by the lines of indecipherable code flitting across their screen, the caller assures the customer they can make the virus vanish – but first, of


  • Philippine Supreme Court gets on Facebook, Twitter (AFP)

    July 6, 2010

    The Philippine Supreme Court building in Manila. The Philippine Supreme Court is joining social networking sites Facebook and Twitter so that it can swiftly announce its decisions and answer any criticism, a spokesman said on Tuesday.(AFP/File/Romeo Gacad)AFP - The Philippine Supreme Court is joining social networking sites Facebook and Twitter so that it can swiftly announce its decisions and answer any criticism, a spokesman said on Tuesday.



  • Sony to introduce new PlayStation3 with bigger memory (AFP)

    July 6, 2010

    Attendees play video games at the Sony Playstation booth in Los Angeles, California, in 2009. Electronics giant Sony said Tuesday it will introduce an upgraded PlayStation 3 videogame console in Japan at the end of July, with a bigger memory and a new white version on offer.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Kevork Djansezian)AFP - Electronics giant Sony said Tuesday it will introduce an upgraded PlayStation 3 videogame console in Japan at the end of July, with a bigger memory and a new white version on offer.



  • Japan's Renesas to buy Nokia wireless modem operations (AFP)

    July 6, 2010

    Japan's Renesas Electronics Corp. said Tuesday it had reached an agreement to buy the wireless modem operations of mobile phone maker Nokia Corp. in a 200 million dollar deal.(Renesas Eletronics)AFP - Japan's Renesas Electronics Corp. said Tuesday it had reached an agreement to buy the wireless modem operations of mobile phone maker Nokia Corp. in a 200 million dollar deal.



  • BioShock 2 Getting New Single Player Content

    July 6, 2010

    Filed under: News : Games




    Head back to Rapture with some new single player content for BioShock 2. Read more


  • BP shares rise as company says no plan to issue stock

    July 6, 2010

    LONDON (Reuters) - BP ruled out a share issue and talk persisted of sovereign wealth fund interest in the British oil major, boosting its shares on Tuesday even as its Gulf of Mexico oil slick spread to the Texas coast.



  • Distribution pact brings better streams to Netflix users

    July 6, 2010

    Netflix continues to inch its way up the movie distribution hierarchy and will soon be able to stream some new releases during the so-called "pay TV window." The company struck a deal with Relativity Media, a distribution house responsible for some major Hollywood films, that will give Netflix users access to streamed movies years faster in some cases.

    As many Netflix users are painfully aware, the Watch Instantly pool is typically made up of a random selection of old 'n' busted films


  • Obama, Israel's Netanyahu hold fence-mending talks

    July 6, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Tuesday, seeking to show they have turned the page on a rocky period in relations.



  • Record your own Writing Process with EtherPad

    July 6, 2010

    Etherpad, as you know, is an online word processor where multiple people can edit the same document at the same time and changes appear on everyone’s screen in almost real time.

    Your Writing Session

    This feature, called collaborative editing, is now present in almost every other tool including Google Docs, Zoho and Microsoft Office 2010 but let me highlight a slightly more interesting feature of Etherpad that’s unique to the service – you can use the tool to visualize your writing style.

    Start a new (blank) document inside Etherpad and then compose an email message, a Word document, an article for your blog or even a chapter of your next book in the available writing space.

    All your editing related actions are automatically captured in Etherpad and you can hit the Time Slider to replay the entire writing session. Here’s a demo:

    Record your own Writing Process with EtherPad

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    Originally published at Digital Inspiration by Amit Agarwal.


  • Adobe Youth Voices Celebrates Creativity with Indias Gen-Next

    July 6, 2010

    Filed under: News : General




    Marks the completion of a successful 4th year. Read more


  • Chip Sales Reach a New High for May, SIA Says

    July 6, 2010

    Chip sales reached a new high in May, driven by growing demand for consumer products, SIA said.

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    Consumer product - Business - Salesmanship - Marketing and Advertising - Components


  • Medal of Honor Beta Keys Available Now

    July 6, 2010

    Filed under: News : Games




    Fileplanet now offering codes for the MoH MP Beta to all its members. Read more


  • Tech Wars Fuel Freelance Jobs

    July 6, 2010

    Freelancers benefit from tech wars that fuel sudden and rapid job growth in niche areas, according to a study.

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    Business - Business Services - Marketplaces - Consulting - Employment


  • Working Toward a Universal Power Brick For Laptops

    July 6, 2010

    An anonymous reader links to PC Authority with some hopeful news about untangling a persistent annoyance for laptop users — namely, the myriad power supplies called for by laptop makers: "'On a PC, an ATX power supply for example will screw into certain mounting holes, have a maximum size and shape, and will take a standard 3-pin "kettle cord" for incoming power. If it complies with these standards, the PSU will be able to bolt into any manufacturer's ATX case.' Laptop design, on the other


  • Justin Bieber's 'North Korea tour'

    July 6, 2010

    Justin Bieber's tour page is the target of internet pranksters, voting for the Canadian singer to play North Korea.


  • MySpace eyes follow-on for Google ad deal

    July 6, 2010

    Parent News Corp. is talking to Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo about a new search ad deal to replace its current one with Google, says The Wall Street Journal.


  • Counter-Strike: Source Now Available on Mac

    July 6, 2010

    Filed under: News : Games




    Mac users can now enjoy a new and improved Counter-Strike: Source. Read more


  • How Google can beat Facebook at Social

    July 6, 2010

    The rumors that Google is creating a Facebook competitor called Google.Me have not been denied. But does Google have to change its own persona to create a social network that can rival the world's largest?



  • Visiting Valley Forge (photos)

    July 6, 2010

    On Road Trip 2010, CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman stops at the encampment where George Washington's troops spent the harsh winter of 1777.


  • Road Trip Pic of the Day, 7/6: What is this?

    July 6, 2010

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


  • Exposing the Student Body: Stanford Joins U.C. Berkeley in Controversial Genetic Testing of Students

    July 6, 2010

    This week, the University of California, Berkeley will mail saliva sample kits to every incoming freshman and transfer student. Students can choose to use the kits to submit their DNA for genetic analysis, as part of an orientation program on the topic of personalized medicine. But U.C. Berkeley isn't the only university offering its students genetic testing. Stanford University's summer session started two weeks ago, including a class on personal genomics that gives medical and graduate students


  • Follow Team HTC-Columbia on Google Maps

    July 6, 2010

    As a former professional cyclist, nothing beats the thrill of being in the peloton and racing towards the finish line. Although I’ve traded in my cycling career for life as a Googler, I’m still a fan and enjoy watching my former teammates and friends battle in races like the Tour de France, which started on Saturday. While the cyclists were preparing to tackle the pave of Arrenberg and the Cols in the Alps, I got to thinking about ways that we can bring that experience to the hundreds of millions


  • 7Smoker Pro

    July 6, 2010

    If you're a techie looking to tune up Windows 7, and are willing to pay for help, you'd do well to give 7Smoker Pro ($30, 7-day free trial) a try. It peers deep into your Windows 7 setup, and lets you customize countless aspects of how it looks and works, including tweaking performance and the user interface, improving security, and cleaning your hard disk.


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

    July 6, 2010

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - As Rupert Murdoch, Bob Iger and other media honchos assemble in Sun Valley this 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.


  • Loaded: Puma phone for posers

    July 6, 2010

    Netflix inks a new movie studio deal, Apple waives the restocking fee on iPhone 4, and Puma launches a phone to make you look super cool.


  • Deep-sea robots are world's 'eyes' on oil disaster

    July 6, 2010

    Behind each video feed of oil billowing out of the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico is a robot about the size of a minibus built at an industrial center in this Louisiana oil town.


  • The Market Share of Google in Various Countries

    July 6, 2010

    Google Market Share

    This world-map image from SE Feng Shui illustrates the market share of Google in different countries across the world.

    The color red indicates that the market share is higher than 90% while Google has less than 50% market share in countries that are highlighted in grey.

    Google is a very minor player in South Korea where most people prefer using Naver.com for both search and email.

    Last week I met a girl from South Korea and when I asked her about Google, she was quick to comment – “Koreans don’t use Google because they find the homepage is too plain and simple” – that probably explains why google.co.kr looks so much different than all the other Google home pages.

    The Market Share of Google in Various Countries

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    Originally published at Digital Inspiration by Amit Agarwal.


  • Nissan aims for higher-mileage hybrid

    July 6, 2010

    The one-motor, two-clutch system in the Infiniti M, Nissan says, will get far better fuel economy, at a lower technical cost, than hybrid leader Toyota's system.


  • 98% of Twitter user within 6 degrees of separation

    July 6, 2010

    On average, it takes visiting just 3.32 friends of friends for users to find one of their own followers.



  • Personal touch

    July 6, 2010

    Touchscreens could soon allow you to feel virtual objects


  • Google, Bing search engines turn to music

    July 6, 2010

    DENVER (Billboard) - Internet search engines pride themselves as being neutral providers of information.


  • Government discloses app costs

    July 6, 2010

    BBC News learns that Whitehall has spent tens of thousands of pounds developing iPhone applications.


  • Facebook campaign changes fate of Nigerian football team

    July 6, 2010

    Nigeria's president says posts on his Facebook page helped persuade him to reverse his ban of the national football team from international competition.


  • Business intelligence moves to the iPad, iPhone

    July 6, 2010

    Microstrategy on Tuesday is announcing a next-generation mobile BI (business intelligence) application for Apple's iPhone, joining the growing pack of enterprise vendors that are embracing the red-hot platform.


  • Building the Networked World

    July 6, 2010

    Bill Thompson looks over Europe's net priorities


  • Samsung unveils Q-series Laptops

    July 6, 2010

    Three new laptops feature Nvidia's graphics and promise battery life of up to 7 hours


  • Lady Gaga has More Fans than Obama on Facebook!

    July 6, 2010

    Becomes the first living person to attract 10 million Facebook fans


  • Chrome starts learning which way is up

    July 6, 2010

    Work has begun to let Chrome tell Web-based apps about a device's orientation so games, for example, can tell how the device is being tilted.


  • Ad-Aware 8.3.0.0

    July 6, 2010

    Ad-Aware gives you comprehensive malware protection. With real-time monitoring, threat alerts, and automatic updates you can rest easy knowing that you are protected.


  • Global chip sales up 4.5 percent in May versus April: SIA

    July 6, 2010

    (Reuters) - Worldwide semiconductor sales rose 4.5 percent in May from April to $24.7 billion, helped by strong sales of personal computers, cell phones, corporate information technology, industrial applications and autos, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) said.


  • Netflix inks movie deal with Relativity Media

    July 6, 2010

    (Reuters) - U.S. DVD rental service Netflix Inc said it has signed a deal with media company Relativity Media LLC to stream major theatrical movies to Netflix customers before they are shown on premium pay-television channels.


  • Mi-Fone Launches Cheap Dual-SIM Handset

    July 6, 2010

    Offers decent feature set for a sub-2K price tag

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