Sunday, July 11, 2010

Technical News - 11 July 2010

  • Road Trip Pic of the Day, 7/11: What is this?

    July 11, 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.


  • Zynga Investment May Herald Google Games

    July 11, 2010

    A post at TechCrunch claims knowledge of large investments from Google into social game company Zynga, makers of FarmVille and Mafia Wars. The amount of money involved is not small — somewhere in the $100-200 million range — and could facilitate Google's expansion into the games market. Quoting: "The investment was made by Google itself, not Google Ventures, say our sources, and it's a highly strategic deal. Zynga will be the cornerstone of a new Google Games to launch later this year


  • Excitement builds for Spain, Dutch final

    July 11, 2010

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Excitement built in Johannesburg on Sunday with Dutch and Spanish fans roaming the streets ahead of a mouth-watering climax of Africa's first World Cup between the tournament's two most impressive teams.



  • Japan government mauled in election

    July 11, 2010

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Voters dealt Japan's government a stinging blow in upper house elections on Sunday, a reverse that could thwart its ambitions to curb the country's massive public debt and threaten Prime Minister Naoto Kan's job.



  • ESA Releases Lutetia Flyby Images

    July 11, 2010

    The European Space Agency has released images from yesterday's close approach of asteroid 21 Lutetia by the Rosetta probe. At its closest, the probe was a mere 3,162 km from the asteroid, passing at 15 km/s and snapping photos sharp enough to make out features as small as 60 meters. "Rosetta operated a full suite of sensors at the encounter, including remote sensing and in-situ measurements. Some of the payload of its Philae lander were also switched on. Together they looked for evidence of a highly


  • Crackdown 2 Demo Teases with New Test, Character

    July 11, 2010

    Gamers can check out one more, tougher Crackdown 2 level, plus a character that can cross over to Perfect Dark.

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    Crackdown - Perfect Dark - Crackdown 2 - Games - Business


  • Don't Look Now, but Google's Following You

    July 11, 2010

    Analysis: This craze for apps that try to pinpoint our whereabouts is drawing some strange inquiries and actions -- watch out.

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    Google - Search Engines - Searching - Companies - Tools


  • BP sees progress on new oil-containment system

    July 11, 2010

    HOUSTON (Reuters) - BP Plc. is making progress on a delicate undersea operation to install a new containment cap on its blown-out Macondo well, and plans to activate a new oil-siphoning system later on Sunday, a company executive said.



  • The Creativity Crisis

    July 11, 2010

    An anonymous reader writes with this quote from an article at Newsweek: "For the first time, research shows that American creativity is declining. ... Like intelligence tests, Torrance's test — a 90-minute series of discrete tasks, administered by a psychologist — has been taken by millions worldwide in 50 languages. Yet there is one crucial difference between IQ and CQ scores. With intelligence, there is a phenomenon called the Flynn effect — each generation, scores go up about


  • Do 3G Handheld Game Consoles Have a Shot?

    July 11, 2010

    Analysis: It might be a stretch to coax gamers to sign up for yet another connectivity contract to power a 3G handheld gaming device.

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    Video game - Handheld game console - Game - Console Platforms - Chats and Forums


  • iPhone 4 customer parody stings

    July 11, 2010

    The iPhone versus HTC parody on YouTube is a certifiable hit. Wonder why.


  • Businesses step up criticism of Obama's agenda

    July 11, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some business groups, upset about budget and regulatory policies they say are costing jobs, are accusing President Barack Obama of pursuing an agenda that is hurting the U.S. economic recovery.



  • Why Microsoft Should Thank Apple for Windows 7's Success

    July 11, 2010

    Analysis: Developers are fascinated by Windows 7 touch and multitouch technology, survey finds.

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    Microsoft - Apple - Microsoft Windows - Operating Systems - Windows 7


  • Israel says won't let Libyan aid ship reach Gaza

    July 11, 2010

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will not allow an aid ship sent by a Libyan group to reach Gaza, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday, just over a month after Israeli commandos killed nine activists in a raid at sea.



  • What Developers Think About Apple's iAd

    July 11, 2010

    Nemilar writes "It's been about a week since Apple rolled out its new advertising platform, and developers of iPhone apps are watching the earliest returns to see how much money they can expect to make from these ads. One developer reported Thursday that he earned $1,400 in one day for his flashlight app. The amount iAds pay is 'a high number when you get it, but you don't get it very often,' said Dave Yonamine, the director of marketing at MobilityWare. The article discusses revenue potential in


  • China renews Google's operating license (AP)

    July 11, 2010

    FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2010 file photo, a Chinese flag flutters outside Google's China headquarters in Beijing. Google on Friday, July 9, 2010 said Beijing has renewed the license it needs to continue operating a website in China, securing the search giant's foothold in the world's biggest Internet market despite tensions over censorship. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)AP - China confirmed Sunday it has renewed Google's license to operate in the world's most populous country, ending a monthslong standoff over Internet censorship.



  • NATO denies Taliban ascendant as Afghan toll mounts

    July 11, 2010

    KABUL (Reuters) - Insurgents in Afghanistan were not gaining the ascendancy against international troops after a violent weekend across the country, NATO said on Sunday, and there was no need to postpone coming parliamentary elections.



  • Will Windows 8 Be A Business-Only OS?

    July 11, 2010

    Bolstered by the success of Windows 7, Microsoft is looking forward to the next Windows. Early signs are that it might be a business-focused release, much like Windows 2000.



  • Five quits Project Canvas scheme

    July 11, 2010

    Channel Five pulls out of Project Canvas - the development of an internet-connected TV set-top box.


  • Taliban attacks kill 14 Afghan police: officials

    July 11, 2010

    KABUL (Reuters) - At least fourteen Afghan police and a provincial official have been killed in three separate insurgent attacks across northern Afghanistan, government and security officials said on Sunday.



  • Full Emersion in the Cyberworld is Coming

    July 11, 2010

    In the next 10 to 20 years people will separate themselves from the physical world and adopt lives of virtualization, said Michael Rogers



  • China confirms renews Google's China license

    July 11, 2010

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said it had renewed the Chinese operating license of Internet giant Google Inc, confirming an announcement made by the company on Friday.


  • Drupal 7.0 Alpha 6 released

    July 11, 2010

    Our fifth Drupal 7 alpha version was released a little over a month ago. Today, we're proud to announce the release of the sixth (and hopefully final) alpha version of Drupal 7.x for your further testing and feedback. The first alpha announcement provided a comprehensive list of improvements made since Drupal 6.x, so in this announcement we'll concentrate on how you can help ensure that Drupal 7


  • Joomla 1.6 vs Joomla 1.5: By The Numbers

    July 11, 2010

    A couple weeks ago, Joomla 1.6 beta 4 was released. Joomla 1.6 offers many great new features and improvements, which have been covered at length by other websites and blogs.


  • Ares 2.1.6

    July 10, 2010

    Ares is a free open source file sharing program that enables users to share any digital file including images, audio, video, software, documents, etc.


  • iPhone Todo list app designed as an online RPG

    July 10, 2010

    An iphone app to help you get through your to-do lists by turning them into quests and showering you in XP and loot...This is freaking genius



  • uTorrent 2.0.3 Beta 20501

    July 10, 2010

    ĀµTorrent is a small and incredibly popular BitTorrent client.


  • Hacker Creates Plugin That Trashes Chrome's Security

    July 10, 2010

    We hate to scare you on Friday right before a good weekend, but this story is alarming enough that you need to hear about. Before we proceed, now that this exploit is out in the open, be extra careful when you install any Chrome plugin; you may be at risk.



  • Test-driving the laser-wielding QB telepresence robot

    July 10, 2010

    I "robotted in" to Anybots, a Silicon Valley startup, and test-drove its QB telepresence robot. I particularly enjoyed trying to crash it into walls. But is it worth the $15,000 price tag?


  • News Corp. Should Get Rid of MySpace

    July 10, 2010

    They've been together for a while. And I have a question: Should they still be together? Is there any reason for the social networking business to be in Rupert Murdoch's empire?



  • Facebook Buys User-Generated Destination Guide Nextstop

    July 10, 2010

    Facebook has bought - and is shutting down - Nextstop, a user-built guide to places and things to do around the world.



  • Space probe has close encounter with giant asteroid

    July 10, 2010

    A space probe has had a close encounter with the largest asteroid ever to be visited by a spacecraft in an attempt to answer questions about what the asteroid is made of.


  • New Buoys Lets Submarines Join Military Data Network

    July 10, 2010

    New communications buoys allow submarines to send and receive text messages while submerged and moving.



  • Judge Slams RIAA, $675k Fine Ruled Unconstitutional

    July 10, 2010

    Another break happened today in the RIAA’s case against Boston University student Joel Tenenbaum, as the $675k fine was reduced by 90%. The judge in the case criticised the RIAA and held that the jury’s damages were unconstitutional. Even the reduced fine is described as “severe, even harsh” by the District Judge.



  • World Cup search trends: the final countdown

    July 10, 2010

    In the past two weeks of World Cup action, 16 teams have been narrowed down to just two—Spain and the Netherlands—who will face off in the World Cup final tomorrow. For both countries, there are high stakes: not only are the two sides contending for the title of best football team in the world, but this will be the first-ever Cup win for either team and Spain is in the finals for the first time. We took another look at the search data to see what people have been interested in during the round of


  • How To: Use iPhone 4 data plan with iPad 3G

    July 10, 2010

    I love my iPad 3G, almost unnecessarily so. I use it as my primary computer for a multitude of tasks. The only thing that I dislike about my iPad is that I have to pay AT&T even more money to use their data network, even though I'm already paying for it with my new iPhone 4.



  • Smartphone firms face patent row

    July 10, 2010

    Six smartphone firms including Apple and Nokia are sued by a firm that has already won a case against Blackberry-maker RIM.


  • 10 Free Android Apps for Staying in the Know

    July 10, 2010

    Owning a smartphone means never having to say 'I don't know.' These free applications for Android phones will keep you knowledgeable wherever you go.



  • Road Trip Pic of the Day, 7/10: What is this?

    July 10, 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.


  • How Foursquare Will Become the Google of Local

    July 10, 2010

    On the web, small, seemingly insignificant things can have incredibly wide-reaching effects. A small ad placed next to a search result might be the start of a massive new enterprise. A service that lets you share your status, photos and links with others might become the largest social network on earth. Small changes. Big results.



  • Fortune ranks Jobs first in list of 'smart' CEOs in tech

    July 10, 2010

    Apple's Steve Jobs has placed as the smartest CEO in a Fortune list of the 50 smartest people in technology.



  • Top-rated reviews of the week (photos)

    July 10, 2010

    Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the LG Sentio, the Creative Labs ZiiSound D5 speaker bar, and the NEC MultiSync PA271W display.


  • The high-tech tools of Keller's kitchens

    July 10, 2010

    Road Trip 2010: It's not all great ingredients and top-tier cooking at the world famous French Laundry and Per Se restaurants. Thomas Keller, one of America's best chefs, also turns to innovative gadgets.


  • How to generate your own Steve Jobs e-mail

    July 10, 2010

    In an attempt to satisfy the vast demands of fanboys desperate for an e-mail from Apple's CEO, an e-mail bot is created. It ought to satisfy everyone's needs.

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