Monday, July 19, 2010

Technical News - 19 July 2010

  • Droid X is An Opening Day Hit

    July 19, 2010

    Filed under: News : Smart




    Amidst the iPhone 4 soap opera. Read more


  • Samsung Has No Significant Smartphone Signal Complaints

    July 19, 2010

    Filed under: News : Smart




    Samsung doesnt have the signal complaints that Steve Jobs said they do in the press con on Friday. Read more


  • Bharti to Launch iPhone 4 in India by Oct

    July 19, 2010

    Filed under: News : Smart




    Chief Executive Officer for India and South Asia Sanjay Kapoor said on Monday. Read more


  • HP Android Tablet Delayed, Potentially Just Dead

    July 19, 2010

    Filed under: News : Tablets




    This is HPs second attempt at a tablet. Read more


  • Facebook in India Decided on Management Team, Recruiting Soon

    July 19, 2010

    Filed under: News : Websites




    Kirthiga Reddy and Manoj Varghese will lead the team. Read more


  • Download The Rupee Symbol For Free

    July 19, 2010

    Filed under: News : Internet




    The symbol will not appear on keyboards for another two years. Read more


  • A Magnetic Remote Control That Can Rewind A Worm's Wriggle

    July 19, 2010

    The power to control living things and objects from a distance is a popular supernatural talent in science fiction and fantasy: Witches fling spells at foes and X-Men send chairs and tables flying with telekinesis, for example. But when it comes to remotely controlling biological organisms, science has a few tricks up its sleeve, too--although there's nothing metaphysical about them. Manipulating biological processes with minimal interference, from the cellular level to the behavior of whole organisms


  • Boxee Prepares For Set-Top Box With Video

    July 19, 2010

    Filed under: News : Software




    Boxee is a software that allows viewers to watch web content on a television. Read more


  • Microsoft Outlook Connects to Facebook

    July 19, 2010

    Filed under: News : Internet




    Being able to access Facebook right in the email inbox. Read more


  • Jobs' offer of free iPhone cases eases Apple PR woes: analysts (Reuters)

    July 19, 2010

    Reuters - Apple Inc Chief Executive Steve Jobs' offer of free phone cases mitigates the public relations damage the iPhone 4 antenna issue has caused, analysts said.


  • Motorola selling network gear biz for $1.2 billion

    July 19, 2010

    The buyer is Nokia Siemens Networks, which is looking to build its profile in the wireless equipment arena and create new relationships with global carriers.


  • Afghanistan plans ambitious vision for the future

    July 19, 2010

    KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan will seek greater control of billions in development funds at a major international meeting on Tuesday, promising in return to take on more responsibility for security as well as generate economic growth.



  • Etc: Foursquare may soon be selling its location-based check-in data to the major search engines.

    July 19, 2010

    Foursquare may soon be selling its location-based check-in data to the major search engines.

    Read More: The Telegraph

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  • MySpace hangs on with a thread

    July 19, 2010

    The Sony Walkman has a new karaoke mode, Facebook gets a small update to events pages, and MySpace acquires Threadbox.


  • Spy rootkit goes after Indian, Iranian systems

    July 19, 2010

    A data-harvesting rootkit is infecting systems in India, Iran, and Indonesia, according to security companies.


  • Kinect vs. Move: which tech excites our readers more?

    July 19, 2010

    Ten days ago we asked you which motion control technology had you ready to get out your wallet: the PlayStation Move or Microsoft's Kinect. 9,104 readers responded to our unscientific poll; as you can see above, the results aren't good news for either company.

    It seems Ars Technica readers simply aren't that excited about either of the two competing technologies. Over 42 percent of respondents claimed that neither tech appeals to them, while over 20 percent said that they still


  • News sites reining in nasty user comments

    July 19, 2010

    User comments on news sites, while vital to interactive storytelling in the digital age, often read like scribblings on a bathroom stall: anonymous, offensive and full of hate.


  • Moody's downgrades Ireland on bank and growth worries

    July 19, 2010

    DUBLIN (Reuters) - Moody's cut Ireland's credit rating on Monday, warning the country faces a slow climb out of recession as the cost of a rescue of its banking sector mounts.



  • Clintons in tears over Chelsea? You can bet on it

    July 19, 2010

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chelsea Clinton's hush-hush wedding may as well be classified but one thing is no secret: There will be tears.



  • Nokia Siemens buys Motorola network ops for $1.2 billion (Reuters)

    July 19, 2010

    Signage for Motorola is displayed outside their office building in Tempe, Arizona October 29, 2009. REUTERS/Joshua LottReuters - Nokia Siemens Networks will buy Motorola's telecom network equipment business for $1.2 billion, getting a stronghold in the North American market and taking No 2 position in the cut-throat mobile gear market.



  • Nokia Siemens buys Motorola network ops for $1.2 billion

    July 19, 2010

    HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia Siemens Networks will buy Motorola's telecom network equipment business for $1.2 billion, getting a stronghold in the North American market and taking No 2 position in the cut-throat mobile gear market.


  • Sex in Bits and Bytes

    July 19, 2010

    Is it possible to have sex with a computer? Well, not exactly, but people can use their computers to engage in a variety of online sexual activities, including hooking up with partners (both virtually and in the flesh) and finding fodder for kinky obsessions.

    Online porn is accessible, affordable and often anonymous, and viewing it has become a popular pastime. A survey of college students in 2008 by psychologist Chiara Sabina of Penn State Harrisburg and her colleagues found that more than 90


  • Spill probe eyes anomalies in crew's response: report

    July 19, 2010

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. authorities probing BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are looking into why workers missed signs of an impending explosion and have drawn up a list of more than 20 anomalies in the crew's response to them, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.



  • Baidu promotes fake drug sites: Chinese TV station

    July 19, 2010

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's main state-run television station accused the country's top Internet search engine Baidu Inc of directing users to websites that sell counterfeit drugs, the People's Daily reported on Monday.


  • Apple expands iPad sales to 9 more countries

    July 19, 2010

    BOSTON (Reuters) - Apple Inc plans to start selling the iPad tablet PC, its latest hit product, in nine new international markets on Friday, making the device available in a total of 19 countries.


  • Manipulation of the Crowd: How Trustworthy Are Online Ratings?

    July 19, 2010

    Web sites such as Amazon, TripAdvisor and Yelp have long depended on customers to rate books, hotels and restaurants. The philosophy behind this so-called crowdsourcing strategy holds that the truest and most accurate evaluations will come from aggregating the opinions of a large and diverse group of people. Yet a closer look reveals that the wisdom of crowds may neither be wise nor necessarily made by a crowd. Its judgments are inaccurate at best, fraudulent at worst.

    According to Eric K. Clemons


  • Windows token kidnapping returns to haunt Microsoft

    July 19, 2010

    "A security researcher plans to expose new design mistakes and security issues that can be exploited to elevate privileges on all Windows versions including the brand new Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 7..."



  • New plug-in tester mimics Mozilla's

    July 19, 2010

    Service from Qualys called BrowserCheck doesn't do everything that competitors can, yet. Even with its current limitations, the tool could still make thousands of users more secure than they are now.


  • Anti-aircraft laser makes debut

    July 19, 2010

    US defence firm Raytheon unveils a solid state, anti-aircraft laser system at the Farnborough Airshow in Hampshire.


  • Dell offers free Web browser security tool

    July 19, 2010

    Dell, through its Kace unit, is making available free Web browser security software that works by creating a protective "sandbox" on the desktop to isolate the user's desktop from malware or other harmful actions that might be encountered browsing the Web.


  • NVIDIA Forceware 258.96 WHQL Vista

    July 19, 2010

    NVIDIA ForceWare software unleashes the full power and features in NVIDIA's desktop, gaming, platform, workstation, laptop, multimedia, and mobile products. Delivering a proven record of compatibility, reliability, and stability with the widest range of games and applications, ForceWare software ensures the best experience with your NVIDIA hardware...


  • iPhone 4 Coming to India in October

    July 19, 2010

    iPhone 4

    If you are looking to buy the latest iPhone 4 in India through the official channels, you might have to wait until Diwali.

    An Airtel executive recently confirmed to Reuters that the company is planning to launch iPhone 4 in India but around the September or October timeframe.

    There’s no mention of price but it will obviously cost you more than a mid-range laptop. It is also not known if Apple / Airtel will offer free bumpers to iPhone 4 owners in India like they are do in the U.S. to fix the antenna related issues.

    Vodafone, the only other cellular operator that sells the iPhone in India, has not confirmed their own launch dates yet.

    If you want an iPhone 4 now and don’t mind paying the premium, there’s always the unofficial route – buy a locked iPhone 4 from US and jailbreak it on your own or get one from either the UK or Canada. Apple is selling unlocked iPhones in these countries and therefore they’ll work out-of-the-box with any GSM SIM.

    iPhone 4 Coming to India in October

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    Originally published at Digital Inspiration by Amit Agarwal.


  • Submarine escape training, and a classic sub (photos)

    July 19, 2010

    Road Trip 2010: During a trip to the New London Submarine Base, CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman saw young Naval crew learning how to escape in an emergency. He also saw the classic Nautilus.


  • Navy's most cutting-edge submarine tech ever (photos)

    July 19, 2010

    Road Trip 2010: CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman got a personal tour of the USS North Carolina, a Virgina class nuclear submarine.


  • Inside the world's most advanced submarine

    July 19, 2010

    Road Trip 2010: Aboard the Virginia class sub, North Carolina, CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman sees how the Navy has taken submarines and added servers, wireless networking, and digital periscope visualization.


  • Jason Parker's 10 favorite iPhone apps (CNET 100)

    July 19, 2010

    Each day for 10 business days, 10 CNET personalities are picking their 10 favorite iPhone apps. Today, check in with Senior Associate Editor Jason Parker, who spends all day every day reviewing Mac software for CNET Downloads. At the end of July, we'll declare the 10 most popular of the 100 according to you, our readers.


  • SmartFTP 4.0.1124.0

    July 19, 2010

    SmartFTP is an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client which allows you to transfer files between your local computer and a server on the Internet. With its many basic and advanced features SmartFTP also offers secure, reliable and efficient transfers that make it a powerful tool.


  • CIOs, Electronic Records And The Law

    July 19, 2010

    When a company gets sued and there's a problem with electronic records, the CIO's job may be on the line.


  • The Debate Over Electronic Medical Records

    July 19, 2010

    How the rules about electronic medical records will change our perceptions about all information technology.


  • Batteries That Go With The Flow

    July 19, 2010

    Batteries that store their chemicals separately can get big and last long. Can they also be cheap?


  • Court Bans The Pirate Bay From The Netherlands

    July 19, 2010

    In a full trial the Amsterdam Court has confirmed an earlier judgment and ordered The Pirate Bay to stop all their activities in The Netherlands. The Court ruled that the site's operators were assisting copyright infringement. If the three 'operators' fail to ban Dutch users, they will have to pay penalties of 50,000 euros per day.



  • Justin Bieber beats Gaga YouTube record

    July 19, 2010

    The Canadian singer has overtaken Lady Gaga to have the most viewed music video on YouTube.


  • 10 Fun Microsoft Facts You Might Not Know

    July 19, 2010

    10 Amazing & Fun Microsoft Facts You Might Not Know



  • Model of supersonic car unveiled

    July 19, 2010

    The British team hoping to drive a car faster than 1,000mph unveils a full-scale model of the vehicle at the Farnborough air show.


  • Samsung says no significant smartphone signal complaints

    July 19, 2010

    SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co said on Monday that it has received no significant complaints related to smartphone signal reception after Apple said the issue was shared by the entire smartphone industry.

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