Sunday, July 18, 2010

Technical News - 18 july 2010

  • Microsoft Warns of Zero-Day Windows Hole

    July 18, 2010

    The "nasty" zero-day bug involves exploiting a critical unpatched Windows vulnerability via infected USB flash drives.

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    Microsoft - USB flash drive - Microsoft Windows - Zero Day - Operating system

  • UK Delays National Broadband For Three Years

    July 18, 2010

    DMandPenfold writes "The British government has said that it will not be able to complete the rollout of broadband across the UK until 2015, blaming a lack of funds. 'Under the previous Labour government's original plans, everyone in the UK would have had access to 2 megabits per second broadband by 2012.' On Thursday, UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt organized a meeting for major broadband providers 'to identify the current barriers to providing basic level broadband in rural areas as well as suggesting

  • Road Trip Pic of the Day, 7/18: What is this?

    July 18, 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.

  • Talk persists of Bloomberg presidential run

    July 18, 2010

    BOSTON (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the richest men in America, says his views are too polarizing for him to become president of the United States.

  • Mobile Broadband Users Clueless Data Hogs

    July 18, 2010

    More than half (53 percent) of mobile broadband don't know how much data they use a month, says Broadband Genie.

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    Broadband Genie - Mobile broadband - Business and Economy - Computers and Internet - Internet service provider

  • BP hopes to keep blown well capped

    July 18, 2010

    HOUSTON (Reuters) - BP Plc said on Sunday its new cap has stopped the oil that has gushed into the Gulf of Mexico for three months and hopes to keep it that way until relief wells can permanently seal the leak next month.

  • Paywall hits The Times online readership: report (Reuters)

    July 18, 2010

    Reuters - The Times newspaper's website has lost two-thirds of its audience following the introduction of a paywall -- a steep decline, but not as bad as some in the media industry had forecast, the Observer newspaper said.

  • Apple’s Bumper band-aid won’t heal everything (Appolicious)

    July 18, 2010

    Appolicious - Apple’s (AAPL) offer to give ticked-off iPhone 4 owners a case sounds about as satisfying as if Ford (F) in the 1970s sent exploding Pinto owners a fire extinguisher.

  • Should Anonymous Comments be a Right?

    July 18, 2010

    Analysis: The Electronic Frontier Foundation is fighting in another case to keep anonymous commenting safe from sweeping subpoenas.

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    Electronic Frontier Foundation - Health - IPhone - History - Law

  • Mideast leaders line up to talks to Egypt's Mubarak

    July 18, 2010

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak hosted Palestinian and Israeli leaders and the U.S. peace envoy Sunday, with a return to direct talks on the agenda but a breakthrough still seemingly distant.

  • Inside Apple's Anechoic Testing Chambers

    July 18, 2010

    As part of Apple's press conference on Friday, they mentioned their state-of-the-art testing facilities and released a brief video showing some of their anechoic chambers. They later invited journalists on a tour of the rooms and explained some of the experimentation process. Quoting: "There are four stages. The first is a passive test to study the form factor of the device they want to create. The second stage is what Caballero calls the 'junk in the trunk' stage. Apple puts the wireless components

  • Apple iPhone 4 FAQ: What Happened, What's Next

    July 18, 2010

    Apple's announcement produced damage control efforts, a small freebie, and some lingering questions. Here's the upshot.

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    IPhone - Apple - Handhelds - Smartphones - Wallpapers and Themes

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  • UK games developers lured away

    July 18, 2010

    At the last Budget, the Chanceller scrapped a planned tax break to help out Britain's £1bn video games industy. Now other countries are trying to tempt the UK's best developers away.

  • The Evolution of Steve Jobs (pic)

    July 18, 2010

    He really likes his black shirt and blue jeans...

  • 22 Coolest and Creative Watch designs

    July 18, 2010

    Watches around your wrist shows your life taste: modern, cool or luxury. Which is your favourite: Multiple Time Zone watches, Jump Hour watches, Perpetual Calendar watches, LED watches,Mystery Dial watches, Swiss watches or Skeleton watches?

  • Facebook doesn't see dead people

    July 18, 2010

    One of the more fascinating issues Facebook enjoys is that it doesn't know when its users aren't merely lapsed, but dead. How might it solve the problem?

  • TI vs. Calculator Hobbyists, Again

    July 18, 2010

    Deep Thought writes "Texas Instruments, already infamous thanks to the signing key controversy last year, is trying a new trick to lock down its graphing calculators, this time directed toward its newest TI-Nspire line. The TI-Nspires were already the most controlled of TI's various calculator models, and no third-party development of any kind (except for its very limited form of TI-BASIC) was allowed until the release of the independent tool Ndless. Since its release, TI has been determined to

  • Moodagent and other top Android Apps of the Week (Appolicious)

    July 18, 2010

    Appolicious - The summer heat is no competition for the red-hot Android Market, with Google announcing its App Inventor DIY kit, enabling anyone to easily make a mobile app. Moodagent also made its Android debut, while eBay expanded its mobile app reach to the UK, Australia and Canada.

  • Suicide bombers attack Iraq militia and kill over 40

    July 18, 2010

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber attacked government-backed Sunni militia on Sunday as they lined up to be paid on Baghdad's southwestern outskirts, killing at least 39 and wounding 41, Iraqi security sources said.

  • iHome iB969 One Hub Multicharging station

    July 18, 2010

    Are you looking for one hub which charge your iPhone, iPod, iPad, Kindle or any Ol gadgets which connected through USB cable than, take a look to new iHome iB969

  • How to Block all Facebook Applications Forever!

    July 18, 2010

    Block Facebook Apps

    Do you hate getting invites from friends requesting you to install Facebook applications that are of no interest to you? Would you like to permanently block all those annoying Facebook apps that post messages to your wall without asking?

    If you are someone like me who primarily uses Facebook to connect with family members and have little interest in Facebook apps, you can choose to permanently opt-out of the Facebook apps platform. This will make your profile inaccessible to all other apps and you therefore won’t get any invites or wall posts in future.

    To disable the Facebook apps platform, log in to your Facebook account, select Privacy Settings under Account and then click “Edit your settings” under the Applications and Websites section. Here you’ll see an option to turn off all the platform applications with a single click.

    The above video screencast describes the various steps in detail. It is important to note that when you turn off the Facebook Applications platform, it will also disable the various social plugins that help you ‘like’ stories on other websites.

    Related: How to Write Facebook Apps

    How to Block all Facebook Applications Forever!

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    Originally published at Digital Inspiration by Amit Agarwal.

  • Taliban hit Afghan police posts; free 23 prisoners

    July 18, 2010

    HERAT, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban guerrillas staged a series of raids in western Afghanistan Sunday, blowing up the gate of a jail and freeing 23 insurgent prisoners, officials said.

  • Are Professional Mobile Developers In Danger Of Extinction?

    July 18, 2010

    The mobile market is hot, with Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android vying for market share. Each of these markets like to brag about something they share in common – the apps available on each platform. The market is so competitive that some of the players aren't content to attract devs on the strength of their market and available SDK tools alone.

  • 10 Fun Microsoft Facts You Might Not Know

    July 18, 2010

    Despite ever-increasing Mac sales, Microsoft's still has an undisputed dominance over the computer industry. With such a vast presence, much has already been written about Microsoft: Its history, its products, even its former CEO Bill Gates. For those itching to know even more, we've dug up 10 snippets of info that you might not have heard before.

  • Thesis and the GPL

    July 18, 2010

    My opinions are quite clear on this, as evidenced by my Twitter feed. The story and arguments are evolving quite constantly, so I don’t have any intention to boil everything down to a single post at this time.

  • nStore, multi-node

    July 18, 2010

    nStore (MIT License) by Tim Caswell is a simple key/value store for Node. It uses an append-only file format and writes changes to disk, so data should be safe if your application’s process crashes, and you can back it up with standard tools like rsync.

  • #thesiswp And My Code

    July 18, 2010

    I felt I had to write a blog post to point out something: I wrote some of the code that is currently being used in Thesis 1 2 and I contributed it to the WordPress project under the GPL license.

  • FastStone MaxView 2.4

    July 17, 2010

    MaxView is a tiny, fast and innovative image viewer that supports all major graphic formats. Its intuitive layout and commands allow everyone, from beginners to professionals, to view and manipulate images quickly and efficiently.

  • Foobar2000 1.1 beta 1

    July 17, 2010

    foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.

  • WD-40 Issues 1950s Style Collector's Can

    July 17, 2010

    Before there was control-alt-delete, there was WD-40: the liquid space-age remedy for machine-age problems. If you didn't own or couldn't identify the right tool for the job, there was always WD-40 and a hammer.

  • File sharers targeted with legal action over music downloads

    July 17, 2010

    Lawyers for Ministry of Sound and other music labels are seeking compensation, threatening court action unless file sharers pay

  • Court Withdraws Warrant in Gizmodo Stolen iPhone Fiasco

    July 17, 2010

    San Mateo Superior Court Judge Clifford Cretan has granted the district attorney’s application to withdraw the warrant used to seize property from the home of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen. All property seized as a result of the warrant, including Chen’s computers and cameras, have now been ordered to be returned.

  • Defiant Jobs stands by iPhone 4

    July 17, 2010

    CUPERTINO, California (Reuters) - A defiant Steve Jobs on Friday rejected any suggestion the iPhone 4's design was flawed, but offered consumers free phone cases to address reception complaints that have hurt Apple Inc's image and shares.

  • RIM: Apple is Trying to Draw us into a "Self-Made Debacle"

    July 17, 2010

    RIM late Friday shot back at Apple's claim that its phones suffer from antenna problems as well. Co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis spoke out.

  • The iPhone Antenna Song [VIDEO]

    July 17, 2010

    Here is the Jonathan Mann video that Apple played to start off their official press conference. No really -- right before Steve Jobs took the stage, he played this song for gathered reporters, and it's fair to say that the video shared in no uncertain terms what he thinks.

  • Motorola’s Droid X Sells Out on Day One

    July 17, 2010

    While Apple has been busy playing damage control on the antenna issues with its iPhone 4, Motorola has been clearing some headway of its own with the launch of the Droid X, which sold out on it's first day on the market.

  • Droid X's Wi-Fi hot spot: Boon and bane

    July 17, 2010

    Motorola and Verizon, along with Texas Instruments, have achieved a remarkable level of feature integration with their built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. But there's a trade-off.

  • Rock Out With Your Dock Out: 10 Geekiest iPhone Stands

    July 17, 2010

    It turns out it's not enough to have an iPhone. You've got to have all the accessories. One of these accessories is the iPhone dock. You can get simple ones, Bose speaker ones or radio ones. But we want something far geekier than that, so we went out to investigate.

  • Wikileaks editor skips NYC hacker event

    July 17, 2010

    Julian Assange, public face of a Web site that posted a video embarrassing to the U.S. military, doesn't seem to want to get too friendly with inquisitive Homeland Security agents.

  • New virus targets industrial secrets

    July 17, 2010

    Siemens is warning customers of a new and highly sophisticated virus that targets the computers used to manage large-scale industrial control systems used by manufacturing and utility companies.

  • WordPress Plugins that Power Digital Inspiration

    July 17, 2010

    WordPress PluginsMy tech blog and the Q & A forum are both powered by the very-awesome WordPress software.

    Following is a complete list of all the WordPress plugins that work behind the scenes to add new functionality to these sites that’s otherwise not available in the vanilla version of

    Must-Have WordPress Plugins for your Site

    1. Google XML Sitemaps – Since you want Google and other search engines to know about each and every page of your WordPress website, you should have an XML sitemap and this plug-in makes it a one-click process.

    2. All in One SEO Pack – While WordPress software now includes the rel=canonical directive by default, if you wish to write search friendly titles that are different from the heading of the page, get this plug-in.

    3. Automatic WordPress Backup – I host the static JS and CSS files of this blog on Amazon S3 and this plug-in helps me create a backup of all the essential WordPress files (like themes and plugins) and the MySQL databases to the same S3 account.

    4. Hyper Cache – This is a nice caching plug-in for WordPress that helps in reducing the load on your web server. I was initially on the more popular WP Super Cache plug-in but had to switch to Hyper Cache as the former was not quite compatible with my web host.

    5. Redirection – If an external site is linking to a non-existent or a 404 page on my site, I use the redirection plug-in to forward all the incoming traffic to the right pages.

    6. Bing 404 – If someone lands on a 404 page on my site for which redirection is not yet enabled, this plug-in will display links to relevant article on the error page. For example, a 404 pages like has links to my Flickr related stories.

    7. Stats – Google Analytics is obviously the best solution for tracking visitors but if you want something quick and simple, WP Stats is something nice-to-have alongside Google Analytics. The advantage – it will display the traffic charts right inside your WordPress dashboard.

    8. Akismet – I generally close comments on my stories after a couple of days while Akismet helps me filter out spam comments on fresh posts.

    9. SlideShare – This helps me easily embed SlideShare presentations in any of my stories using short codes. It saves time and the embedded presentation automatically fits the width of the site – see example.

    10. WordPress PDA – If you ever had a chance to visit @labnol on your mobile phone, you may have noticed that the layout is completely different. Earlier, the mobile version of the site was done through Google Reader but now its the PDA plug-in that handles the mobile traffic based on the browser’s user agent.

    11. WP-Paginate – If you scroll to the bottom of any archives page (like this one), you may see some numbered boxes – they are done through the Paginate plug-in.

    12. Debug Queries – This is another awesome plug-in that helps me debug which of the MySQL queries are taking time to execute and thus slowing down the blog.

    13. YARRP – The related posts plug-in adds links to old stories that may be contextually related to the content of the current story. It also helps you expose your archived content to search bots.

    14. Smart YouTube – Like the SlideShare plug-in, Smart YouTube helps me easily embed videos from YouTube into my site. Here, I just have to copy-paste the URL of a YouTube video and the plug-in will automatically convert it into an embed code.

    15. WP-Associatizer – This plug-in will automatically rewrite any Amazon URLs in your posts to use your Amazon Associates ID.

    Looking for more? Here’s another list of recommended plug-ins.

    WordPress Plugins that Power Digital Inspiration

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    Originally published at Digital Inspiration by Amit Agarwal.

  • Scan your Paper Documents to Google Docs

    July 17, 2010

    Connect Scaner to Google DocsThe upcoming HP Printers will have a unique “Send to Google Docs” app that will connect your printer directly to the Google cloud.

    You can scan paper documents and the app will upload them as PDFs to your Google Docs account without requiring a computer.

    The app is expected to become available later this year and will only work with the new HP all-in-ones. If you would however like to add a similar feature to your existing brand of scanner or all-in-one, here’s something that should make you excited.

    Scan Drop is a free document scanning utility that will help you scan and upload paper documents directly to Google Docs.

    Google Docs LoginIt works something like this. You download and install the app and then sign-in using your Google Account.

    Assuming that the scanner /multifunction printer is connected to your computer, you press the scan button inside Scan Drop and it will scan the papers in the queue and will convert then all into one PDF.

    You can make some basic changes to this scanned PDF like you can re-order pages or even rotate them in case the orientation was wrong at the time of scanning. Now press upload and this PDF will be copied from the computer to any of the selected folders in your Google account.

    Scan Documents to Google

    ScanDrop is compatible with almost all types of scanners and you can use it on any Windows 7, XP or Vista computer.

    The only downside is that your paper documents are uploaded as scanned images (no OCR) and therefore they won’t be searchable inside Google Docs.

    Here’s a video that describes Scan Drop in detail. Thanks @bgmahesh for the tip.

    Scan your Paper Documents to Google Docs

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    Originally published at Digital Inspiration by Amit Agarwal.

  • 35 years ago, Cold War rivals first meet in orbit

    July 17, 2010

    A look back at the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, which ushered in a new era of international cooperation in space exploration.

  • RIM to Apple: Bull

    July 17, 2010

    In a strongly worded statement, RIM, maker of the BlackBerry, refutes Steve Jobs' press conference claim that all smartphones, including the BlackBerry, have antenna problems.

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