Thursday, July 8, 2010

Technical News - 08 July 2010

  • Cathay Pacific Keeps Passengers Connected As They Fly

    July 8, 2010

    Filed under: News : Networking




    Cathay Pacific Airways announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for full broadband connectivity. Read more


  • Bharti Airtel Plans to Invest $600 Mln in Nigeria

    July 8, 2010

    Filed under: News : General




    Bharti Airtel Ltd will invest $600 million in Nigeria over the next three years, half within the next 12 months. Read more


  • Taiwans Chimei Sues Sony Over Device Patents

    July 8, 2010

    Filed under: News : General




    Chimei Innolux Corp, said on Wednesday it has filed suits against Sony Corp in the United States and China over alleged patent infringements. Read more


  • EA Announces Dead Space 2 Prequel

    July 8, 2010

    Filed under: News : Games




    Hack through a comic adventure that reveals the events leading up to Dead Space 2. Read more


  • Disneym Invites Artists to Express Their Inner Mickey Online

    July 8, 2010

    Filed under: News : Websites




    Group wall feature added to the sites Create Portal. Read more


  • Road Trip Pic of the Day, 7/8: What is this?

    July 8, 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.


  • Solar Plane Completes 24-Hour Flight

    July 8, 2010

    asukasoryu writes "An experimental solar-powered plane landed safely Thursday after completing its first 24-hour test flight, proving that the aircraft can collect enough energy from the sun during the day to stay aloft all night. The record feat completes seven years of planning and brings the Swiss-led project one step closer to its goal of circling the globe using only energy from the sun. The team will now set its sights on an Atlantic crossing, before attempting a round-the-world flight in


  • Chrysler launches money-back guarantee

    July 8, 2010

    DETROIT (Reuters) - Chrysler Group LLC will offer consumers a 60-day, money-back guarantee on new vehicles and also make the first two months of payments for buyers, as it tries to shore up sales amid lackluster consumer confidence.



  • BP dampens hope of early leak fix

    July 8, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - BP dampened hopes that it could plug its leaking Gulf of Mexico well sooner than forecast on Thursday, while a battle between the U.S. government and the oil industry over a deepwater drilling ban heads to court.



  • LG Cookie Provides Entertainment On the Go

    July 8, 2010

    Filed under: News : Smart




    The phone uses EVDO to offer faster downloading speed. Read more


  • Tech Brief

    July 8, 2010

    No Facebook film ads on the site, plus art from chat


  • PlayStation Plus fee for Hulu Plus required only during 'preview' (Ben Patterson)

    July 8, 2010

    Ben Patterson - Yes, PlayStation 3 gamers who want to watch streaming TV via the just-announced $10-a-month Hulu Plus service will have to sign up for paid PlayStation Plus memberships to tune in — but only during the initial "preview" period of the new premium Hulu offering.


  • Three Britons found guilty in suicide bomb plot

    July 8, 2010

    LONDON (Reuters) - Three Britons were convicted on Thursday of plotting to murder hundreds of people in suicide bombings after being recruited by an al Qaeda-inspired cell bent on blowing up transatlantic airliners bound for North America.



  • YouTube for the boob tube

    July 8, 2010

    T-Mobile and Sprint get new Android phones, Time restricts its free online content, and YouTube launches Leanback for viewing videos on your TV.


  • Youtube Updates Its Mobile Site Adding More Features

    July 8, 2010

    Filed under: News : Smart




    The update is designed for phones using HTML- capable browsers. Read more


  • Warm weather and holidays help June retail sales

    July 8, 2010

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warm weather and promotions tied to Memorial Day and Father's Day helped U.S. retailers post higher same-store sales in June, but analysts warned the discount-heavy month might eat into margins.



  • Updated YouTube Mobile caters to touch devices (Macworld.com)

    July 8, 2010

    Macworld.com - In a blog post Wednesday, YouTube unveiled an extensive makeover for its mobile site, m.youtube.com. The YouTube Mobile site, the company says, now receives more than 100 million video playbacks each dayĆ¢€”about the same number of video playbacks the entire YouTube site scored per day back in 2006 when Google bought it for $1.6 billion.


  • Joy in Spain, German misery after defeat

    July 8, 2010

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Spaniards exploded in joy on Thursday after their team reached the World Cup final for the first time while Germany plunged into tearful misery following a semi-final defeat that ended their World Cup dream.



  • IMF says U.S. recovering but sees unemployment, housing risks

    July 8, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - High unemployment and a moribund housing market are constraining the U.S. economic recovery, while the public debt looms large on the horizon and needs to be addressed, the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday.



  • Toronto law firm preps Facebook class action suit

    July 8, 2010

    The firm behind the complaint, which alleges that Facebook knowingly deceives users into releasing far more private information than they would otherwise, is a prolific class action litigator in Canada.


  • Prince and the death of the internet

    July 8, 2010

    In a curious and rather well-publicized statement this week, Prince has announced the death of the internet. But is the internet really dead? Music producer Mike Howlett weighs in.


  • Report: NSA initiating program to detect cyberattacks

    July 8, 2010

    The "Perfect Citizen" program would monitor government agencies and key private companies to guard against attacks on the nation's utility grid, power plants, and transportation systems, says the Wall Street Journal.


  • CloudZap Moves Docs From to the Cloud

    July 8, 2010

    CloudZap ($60, 30-day free trial) allows for easily sending documents to services such as Box.net, Google Docs or Microsoft SharePoint when you print or scan a file. It can send to multiple such services at once, and also zap files off to the services via Windows Explorer.


  • Pirate Bay offline after security breach

    July 8, 2010

    Data belonging to more than 4 million Pirate Bay users appears to have been swiped by Argentinean hackers. Now the site is getting an "upgrade."


  • Will Your Plug-In Car Actually Be Coal-Powered? And Other July Stories

    July 8, 2010

    Scientific American editor-in-chief Mariette Dichristina and staff editor Michael Moyer join podcast host Steve Mirsky (picture at left) to talk about articles in the July issue, including: The Dirty Truth About Plug-In Hybrids; how babies think; and birds that lived with dinosaurs. [More]

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    Steve Mirsky - Podcast - Scientific American - Editing - Mariette Dichristina


  • HP Labs builds cloud tech that can ease mobile web access

    July 8, 2010

    HP Labs India has developed a cloud-based technology, called SiteonMobile, that simplifies accessing content and doing transactions on the Web.


  • Nexus One was Google’s First Mobile Phone and also their Last

    July 8, 2010

    Google Phone - Nexus One

    If you are impressed with the Nexus One but are waiting with a hope that Google may release a new version of their phone (hardware) in the coming months, go ahead and just buy the original Nexus One because Google has absolutely no plans of launching another phone.

    Google is sort of moving away from the phone hardware business to focus all their attention on the software [Android] front. This was confirmed by Google’s Eric Schmidt himself in an online interview:

    The idea a year and a half ago was to do the Nexus One to try to move the phone platform hardware business forward. It clearly did. It was so successful, we didn’t have to do a second one.

    I called up the board and said: Ok, it worked. Congratulations -- we’re stopping.

    Neowin says that Google’s decision to not produce a “Nexus Two” might have been influenced by weaker than expected sales of the original Nexus One but I think they’ve still set the ball rolling and you now have impressive array of Android based devices from HTC, Samsung and Motorola to choose from.

    The Nexus One Advantage

    Yes, you’ve better alternatives to the Nexus One, like the HTC Desire and Motorola Droid, but there’s one major advantage with the original Google phone that early adopters like you may find hard to ignore – all future Android OS upgrades can be installed on the Nexus One on day one itself which in the case of HTC and Motorola devices, you’ll always have to wait a little longer.

    Finally, now that the world will never get to see an official successor to the Nexus One phone, let’s revisit a video from the original launch.

    Nexus One was Google’s First Mobile Phone and also their Last

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    Originally published at Digital Inspiration by Amit Agarwal.


  • Apple rules elite laptop list at Best Buy

    July 8, 2010

    Half of the 12 priciest laptops sold at the electronics giant come from the Mac maker.


  • Love puppet

    July 8, 2010

    Is it wrong to have a ghost writer pen your dating profile?


  • Facebook scores virtual-currency deal in Asia

    July 8, 2010

    Partnering with MOL, the Malaysian company that owns former rival Friendster, means Facebook Credits will have a heavily expanded presence in Southeast Asia.


  • Cat amputee fitted with 'bionic' feet

    July 8, 2010

    If cats have nine lives, they may have just acquired a 10th -- thanks to a groundbreaking surgery that saved the life of a feline double amputee.


  • 'Smart' thermostats to get test run in Texas

    July 8, 2010

    Start-up EcoFactor offers residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth area the option to regulate household climate using weather predictions, as well as a home's thermal characteristics.


  • Testing Suites Show Firefox 4 Not Quite Caught Up in Speed

    July 8, 2010

    We ran our own Mac-based performance tests last week with Firefox's pre-beta release candidate, and found Firefox 4 an improvement, but not quite catching up to other browsers in raw speed.



  • U.S. aims to detect cyber infrastructure attacks: report

    July 8, 2010

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government is launching a program nicknamed "Perfect Citizen" to detect cyber assaults on private U.S. companies and government agencies running critical infrastructure, the Wall Street Journal said in its online edition.


  • MySpace sale reports are "fabrications" says News Corp exec

    July 8, 2010

    SUN VALLEY (Reuters) News Corp digital chief Jonathan Miller said on Wednesday his company is not in talks to sell its once popular social networking site MySpace and described reports of any discussions as "fabrications."


  • Big screen

    July 8, 2010

    Inflatable TV brings football to remote Kenya


  • US to access Europeans' bank data

    July 8, 2010

    The European Parliament backs a new deal to allow US anti-terror investigators to access Europeans' bank data.


  • Spyware Terminator 2.8.0.1 Beta

    July 8, 2010

    Millions of users worldwide rely on Spyware Terminator, winner of many awards and high ratings from industry experts and users. Its free comprehensive protection is comparable to competitors' paid versions!


  • Row erupts after game users are told to use their real name online

    July 8, 2010

    A row erupts after the firm behind World of Warcraft announced that users of its sites would have to use their real names.


  • Hero to bring Mobile Capabilities to Flex

    July 8, 2010

    Adobe recently released in Labs the new version of the Flex framework codenamed Hero. Originally there was an intention to develop a special version of the framework dedicated to mobile devices under the codename Slider, but all the proposed features are now merged into a single framework that will make it easy to develop once and deploy the same application for different screens and devices on the desktop and mobile. You can learn more about this new update to the framework on Hero’s page on the Adobe Open Source portal and Hero’s page on Adobe Labs.


  • Solar plane's night test success

    July 8, 2010

    An experimental plane powered by solar cells successfully completes a 26-hour flight and lands safely in Switzerland.


  • Making coin at the U.S. Mint (photos)

    July 8, 2010

    Road Trip 2010: CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman gets a behind-the-scenes look at how U.S. coins are designed and produced.


  • Congress weighs curbs on state 'iTaxes'

    July 8, 2010

    A state-by-state fight over taxing iTunes and other digital downloads shifts to Washington, where Apple, AT&T, Electronic Arts, and others want the feds to step in and slap limits on state governments.


  • From metal to money: Making America's coins

    July 8, 2010

    Road Trip 2010: At the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, more than 20 million coins are made every day. CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman watches the production process up close.


  • Legal challenge to Digital Act

    July 8, 2010

    BT and TalkTalk seek a judicial review of the Digital Economy Act, saying it was rushed and could curb basic rights.

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