Friday, July 23, 2010

Technical News - 23 July 2010

  • Moser Baer Introduces Knight USB Flash Drives

    July 23, 2010

    Filed under: News : PC Accessories




    Offers password enabled customized storage options. Read more


  • Fly Presents Dual-SIM Mobile With 30-day Battery Backup

    July 23, 2010

    Filed under: News : Mobile Phones




    With 1800 mAh strong and powerful USB-chargeable battery. Read more


  • Seagate Announces Momentus XT Solid State Drive

    July 23, 2010

    Filed under: News : Hard Drives




    Worlds fastest hard drive for laptop computers is now shipping to channels in the country. Read more


  • Microsoft and ARM Reach Licensing Agreement

    July 23, 2010

    Filed under: News : General




    ARM and Microsoft continue relationship with closer access to ARM IP. Read more


  • Maharashtra Government May Ban Porn Websites

    July 23, 2010

    Filed under: News : Websites




    After an army colonel was found uploading child porn. Read more


  • Road Trip Pic of the Day, 7/23: What is this?

    July 23, 2010

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


  • GPUs Helping To Lower CT Scan Radiation

    July 23, 2010

    Gwmaw writes with news out of the University of California, San Diego, on the use of GPUs to process CT scan data. Faster processing of noisy data allows doctors to lower the total radiation dose needed for a scan. "A new approach to processing X-ray data could lower by a factor of ten or more the amount of radiation patients receive during cone beam CT scans... With only 20 to 40 total number of X-ray projections and 0.1 mAs per projection, the team achieved images clear enough for image-guided


  • Tropical Storm Bonnie bears down on Florida

    July 23, 2010

    MIAMI (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Bonnie barreled toward south Florida on Friday on a track that was expected to take it over the site of BP Plc's massive oil spill in the energy-rich Gulf of Mexico by Saturday afternoon.



  • Verizon posts 2Q loss on costs of employee buyout (AP)

    July 23, 2010

    In this July 21, 2010 photo, a Best Buy customer looks at a Motorola Droid phone by Verizon in Mountain View, Calif. Verizon posts a loss for the second quarter Friday, July 23, 2010, due to a buyout for 11,000 workers, and its revenue comes in below Wall Street expectations.(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)AP - Verizon Communications Inc. on Friday said it lost $198 million in the second quarter due to a buyout for 11,000 workers.



  • Web host to return Blogetery blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Burst.net, the Web hosting service that terminated Blogetery's service following an FBI terrorist investigation, says it will return data to the blogging platform.


  • Tongue tied: Is Facebook hurting Thai language? (AP)

    July 23, 2010

    AP - Facebook and Twitter are causing deteriorating language skills among Thai students and authorities want them to return to the bygone tradition of letter-writing, the Culture Ministry said Friday.


  • Moss uses mushroom cloud to spread its spores

    July 23, 2010

    Anyone who's ever done a bit of gardening or hiking is probably aware of sphagnum moss—it's estimated to cover about one percent of the Earth's surface, and is harvested for use as a potting material. That sort of spread is rather impressive, given that the moss grows close to the ground, and will be at a disadvantage compared to vascular plants when it comes to sending out its offspring to colonize new ground. A paper in Thursday's Science indicates that the moss has


  • Buyouts Cost Verizon

    July 23, 2010

    The buyouts Verizon (VZ) has offered some 11,000 employees have cost the company dearly. Posting second-quarter earnings Friday morning, Verizon said it lost $198 million, or 7 cents a share, largely as a result of–you guessed it–one-time costs related to workforce reductions.

    Unfortunate news, particularly since that loss compares to a profit of $1.48 billion, or 52 cents a share, a year earlier. That said, excluding one-time items, Verizon earned 58 cents a share, which was better than the 56 cents analysts had been looking for.

    And the company’s wireless business is booming. Verizon Wireless added a better-than-expected 1.4 million net customers, with about 665,000 of them opting for annual contracts. Those customers are spending more each month–$51.56, up 0.9 percent from the previous quarter. They’re also canceling service far less often. Subscriber churn fell to .94 percent–the lowest it’s been in nearly two years.


  • India unveils prototype of $35 tablet computer (AP)

    July 23, 2010

    In this Thursday, July 22, 2010 photo, India's Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal displays a low-cost tablet at its launch in New Delhi, India. The device looks like an iPad and is 1/14th the cost. India has unveiled the prototype of a US$35 basic touch screen tablet aimed at students, which it hopes to bring into production by 2011. (AP Photo)AP - It looks like an iPad, only it's 1/14th the cost: India has unveiled the prototype of a $35 basic touchscreen tablet aimed at students, which it hopes to bring into production by 2011.



  • India's $35 Tablet Computer

    July 23, 2010

    NotBornYesterday was one of many readers sending in news that the Indian government has announced it is helping to develop a $35 tablet computer running Linux. "India has unveiled the prototype of a $35 basic touchscreen tablet aimed at students, which it hopes to bring into production by 2011. The government plans to subsidize the tablets so the cost to students could be $20; and eventually, they hope the cost will fall to $10 per unit. India's human resource development minister Kapil Sibal says


  • Gulf storm puts BP spill efforts on hold

    July 23, 2010

    HOUSTON/LONDON (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Bonnie threatened efforts Friday to plug BP's Gulf of Mexico oil leak for good, forcing BP to move vessels working on a relief well out of the area.



  • What will inspire tomorrow's astronauts?

    July 23, 2010

    Chris Ferguson remembers being 9 years old, watching astronaut Neil Armstrong take man's first steps on the moon on July 20, 1969.


  • Your own personal yellow submarine

    July 23, 2010

    Amazon strikes an exclusive-to-Kindle deal with a gaggle of famous authors, YouTube revamps its music site, and a two-seat yellow submarine could be yours for just 2 million clams.


  • You don't know tech: The InfoWorld news quiz

    July 23, 2010

    Apple hopes to end "antennagate" fights; Facebook members reach new heights


  • Amazon's weakness only for short term, say analysts (Reuters)

    July 23, 2010

    Reuters - Overspending hurt Amazon.com Inc's quarterly profit, leading at least four brokerages to cut their price targets, but analysts said the largest online retailer has sacrificed short-term profits for more permanent growth.


  • Amazon's weakness only for short term, say analysts

    July 23, 2010

    BANGALORE (Reuters) - Overspending hurt Amazon.com Inc's quarterly profit, leading at least four brokerages to cut their price targets, but analysts said the largest online retailer has sacrificed short-term profits for more permanent growth.


  • AT&T sells Wayport; will still run Wi-Fi business (AP)

    July 23, 2010

    AP - AT&T Inc. has completed the sale of a company that provides Wi-Fi hotspots in hotels and McDonald's restaurants.


  • White iPhone 4 not available until later this year

    July 23, 2010

    Manufacturing the white iPhone 4 has been "more challenging" than expected, Apple says. Meanwhile, iPhone 4 bumper refunds have started for online sales.


  • FCC Now Defines Broadband As 4 Mbps

    July 23, 2010

    For over a decade, the standard has been set at 200 kilobits per second downstream, but the FCC now puts it at 4 Mbits/s downstream and 1 Mbits/s upstream.



  • Apple's white iPhone 4 delayed, in latest headache

    July 23, 2010

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Customers will not be able to get their hands on Apple Inc's white iPhone 4 until later this year, the company said on Friday, conceding that making the model has proven surprisingly difficult.


  • Mafia II Demo to be out on August 10

    July 23, 2010

    Experience the Bay Area of the 50s


  • The 10 Dumbest Things Said About The Internet On Tape (VIDS)

    July 23, 2010

    The meteoric expansion of the internet has, at times, gone so fast that people don't have time to think about what they say. Here are some of the dumbest things said about the world wide web and caught on tape.



  • iPad Shirt Is Literally the Ugliest Thing Ever (PICS)

    July 23, 2010

    Syte Shirt, a new startup with a vision to change the world in a way you've never even dreamed of, has just announced its first product: the iPad-toting shirt.



  • India develops world's cheapest "laptop" at $35

    July 23, 2010

    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has come up with the world's cheapest "laptop," a touch-screen computing device that costs $35.


  • Australian Governments Secret Plans To Spy On Web Surfers

    July 23, 2010

    The federal government has censored approximately 90 per cent of a secret document outlining its controversial plans to snoop on Australians' web surfing, obtained under freedom of information (FoI) laws, out of fear the document could cause "premature unnecessary debate".



  • Dead Rising 2: Case Zero Prologue in August

    July 23, 2010

    Will serve as a gap filler between the original game and the upcoming Dead Rising 2


  • Verizon beats estimates, still posts slight losses

    July 23, 2010

    The telecom giant is still incurring costs from employee reductions, but the success of Android-based phones helped it beat Wall Street's estimates.


  • For all its might, Google is no 'product-killer'

    July 23, 2010

    Google has invested billions of dollars building dozens of different products across a wide swath of the technology industry, from productivity tools to mobile phones to e-commerce.


  • Palm WebOS 2.0 by Year-end

    July 23, 2010

    Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein promises a major update to the smartphone OS


  • Microsoft gets at chip blueprints

    July 23, 2010

    Software giant Microsoft has signed a deal to get access to blueprints for the mobile chips designed by Arm.


  • NOOK App arrives for Android Phones

    July 23, 2010

    Allows sharing favorite books with friends who can keep it for a fortnight


  • MSI N460GTX Cyclone 768D5

    July 23, 2010

    A graphics card that performs well but is priced too high


  • Google ethos speeds up Chrome release cycle

    July 23, 2010

    Google says it'll double the pace of Chrome releases so new versions arrive every six weeks. Will browser users suffer from future shock?


  • ARM signs new deal with Microsoft, shares leap

    July 23, 2010

    LONDON (Reuters) - ARM announced a new licensing agreement with Microsoft, lifting shares in the British chip designer on Friday.


  • Hot ideas brew at MIT Media Lab (photos)

    July 23, 2010

    Road Trip 2010: By working with corporate sponsors, students and faculty at the famed R&D lab can see their ideas quickly productized.


  • Tech firms warn privacy bill will harm economy

    July 23, 2010

    A group representing Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and AOL warns that a proposal to regulate data collection and use practices will "hinder" e-commerce and cause economic harm.


  • Brian Tong's 10 favorite iPhone apps (CNET 100)

    July 23, 2010

    Each day for 10 business days, 10 CNET personalities have picked their 10 favorite iPhone apps. Today, see the 10 final collection by CNET TV's own Brian Tong. Next week, we'll declare the 10 most popular of the 100 according to you, our readers.


  • The future is now at MIT Media Lab

    July 23, 2010

    Road Trip 2010: CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman visited the famed research and development lab and got a first-hand look at some technologies that could reshape our world.


  • Ask Maggie: On getting Android Apps, wiping devices clean, and syncing music

    July 23, 2010

    CNET's Maggie Reardon answers readers' question about how to sync iTunes music to Android phones, wiping devices of all personal data, and getting access to all the coolest Android apps.


  • BBC News iPhone app is launched

    July 23, 2010

    A mobile app for BBC News will be made available on 23 July after the BBC Trust ruled that it could go ahead in Britain.

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