Sunday, August 1, 2010

Technical News - 01 August 2010

  • Pakistan president to visit Britain amid terror row

    August 1, 2010

    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari will visit Britain this week for talks overshadowed by a row over remarks by British Prime Minister David Cameron suggesting Islamabad was not doing enough to fight terrorism.



  • UAE to block BlackBerry services on security fears (AP)

    August 1, 2010

    FILE - This undated file photo provided by Verizon Wireless shows the Blackberry Pearl smart phone. The United Arab Emirates said Sunday Aug. 1, 2010 it plans to block some messaging and web services on BlackBerry smart phones beginning in October. UAE authorities said last week BlackBerry services could pose a threat to national security. (AP Photo/Verizon Wireless/File)AP - The UAE said Sunday it will block key features on BlackBerry smart phones, citing national security concerns because the devices operate beyond the government's ability to monitor their use.



  • Top 10 3G Phones

    August 1, 2010

    There is a wide range of 3G phones available in the market.If you want to buy a 3G mobile phone and still wondering for specs and details about top and best 3G phones there here we have listed top 10 3G phones.



  • U.S.-Canadian mission set to map Arctic seafloor

    August 1, 2010

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - U.S. and Canadian scientists are headed far north on a joint mission to map the still mysterious floor of the Arctic Ocean, as questions of sovereignty and mineral rights swirl around the region.



  • Twitter down for hours of 'planned maintenance' (AP)

    August 1, 2010

    This screen shot taken from the microblogging site Twitter.com early Sunday morning Aug. 1, 2010 shows the Twitter page that greeted users announcing Twitter being down for planned maintenance. According to Twitter the maintenance is scheduled between 2 a.m. 7 a.m. EDT Sunday. As such in that time some users will not be able to access Twitter. (AP photo)AP - The microblogging site Twitter Inc. was out of commission for a couple of hours early Sunday for some of the roughly 100 million users around the world.



  • Verizon 4G LTE Launching This Year; LTE Roadmap Detailed

    August 1, 2010

    Watch out Sprint, Verizon is prepping its 4G network to go live this year with data cards and LTE handsets confirmed for the 2010 and 2011 roadmap to compete against your 4G WiMAX network. A trusted source of ours gave us the inside scoop on US cities that will go live this year through 2013, new 4G and 3G phones and upcoming 3G data plans.



  • iPhone 4 antenna woes "significantly worse" than competition

    August 1, 2010

    Debate continues over the iPhone 4 antenna problem as the device launches in 17 additional countries today. A new report from the UK says that the iPhone 4's antenna-related problems are more severe than those of other smartphones singled out by Apple.



  • Chelsea Clinton marries in NY

    August 1, 2010

    RHINEBECK, New York (Reuters) - Bill and Hillary Clinton's daughter married her long-time boyfriend in the picturesque New York village of Rhinebeck on Saturday in what has been dubbed America's royal wedding.



  • UAE to suspend key BlackBerry services in October (AFP)

    August 1, 2010

    Gulf business hub the United Arab Emirates said that it will suspend key BlackBerry services from October because they are incompatible with local laws and raise security concerns.(AFP/File/Paul J. Richards)AFP - Gulf business hub the United Arab Emirates said on Sunday that it will suspend key BlackBerry services from October because they are incompatible with local laws and raise security concerns.



  • UAE to suspend Blackberry service on security fears

    August 1, 2010

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Blackberry maker Research In Motion (RIM) was hit with its first major ban on Sunday after the United Arab Emirates, citing security risks, said Blackberry services would be barred in October.


  • Russia police arrest Kremlin critic during protest

    August 1, 2010

    MOSCOW/ST.PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Police arrested anti-Kremlin opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in Moscow and at least 95 others on Saturday at demonstrations in cities across Russia against restrictions on freedom of assembly.



  • First GNOME Census Results

    August 1, 2010

    supersloshy writes "The GNOME Census, a project to see who contributes to GNOME and how, has released its first set of results. The results group people by their reasons to contribute code, what they contributed code to, and what percentage of the total contributions they have. For example, 23.45% of code contributions were volunteer, 16.3% of code contributions came from Red Hat, 1% of contributions came from Canonical (which has caused a lot of controversy), and 0.24% came from Mozilla Corporation


  • Israel strikes Gaza tunnel after rocket launch

    August 1, 2010

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli aircraft bombed a smuggling tunnel and a Palestinian militant training camp in the Gaza Strip on Sunday after a rocket was fired into Israel from the territory, the Israeli army and militants said.



  • UAE 'to deny Blackberry services'

    August 1, 2010

    The UAE is to suspend some Blackberry mobile phone services, having said the devices pose a "national security risk", its state news agency reports.


  • Ten Creative and Innovative Mouse Concepts (PICs)

    August 1, 2010

    Our virtual hand has gotten pretty innovative in real life and the credit for this goes to all those concept ideas that seemed pretty outlandish at first. I’m talking about the mighty mouse! From bare minimum functions to creatively complicated, the computer mouse has evolved in its stature.



  • MediaMonkey 3.2.2.1299 Beta

    August 1, 2010

    MediaMonkey is a music manager and jukebox for serious music collectors and iPod users. It catalogs your CDs, OGG, WMA, MPC, FLAC, APE, WAV and MP3 audio files. It offers an intelligent tag editor which looks up missing Album Art and track information via Freedb and the web, and an automated file and directory renamer to organize your music library...


  • Mobile Advertising & The Rise of Digital Coupons (Graphic)

    August 1, 2010

    Mobile is firmly establishing itself as a crucial advertising channel, and the companies who aren’t utilizing it look set to be left behind. More than two thirds of the population are in possession of a mobile phone, and it’s obvious to see why the direct nature of mobile advertising is so appealing to businesses.



  • Twitter User Sends World's 20 Billionth Tweet

    July 31, 2010

    Twitter, the social networking site which allows users to say something in up to 140 characters, sees its 20 billionth message sent.



  • Alternatives To Paypal's Virtual Credit Card Service?

    July 31, 2010

    An anonymous reader writes "Paypal has quietly killed the Paypal plugin and the related virtual-card service. The service generated on-the-fly, one-time-use credit card numbers. When I called in and inquired about the service, I was told that the service has been discontinued, but may be relaunching something similar depending on interest. They are treating inquiries as a sort of petition, taking down names and contact info. The forums seem to be a lost cause, as no Paypal reps have replied to the


  • Richard Dreyfuss: Technology Has 'Killed Time'

    July 31, 2010

    Recognized for his roles in Jaws, American Graffiti, and Mr. Holland's Opus, Richard Dreyfuss has issued a call to action in our classrooms. Dreyfuss believes civic education is the foundation of public education; yet over the years, it has become more about memorizing facts and dates than understanding context and history.



  • Porn Industry Cashing in on iPhone 4’s Video Chat

    July 31, 2010

    It was only a matter of time before the porn industry took advantage of Face Time on the iPhone 4.



  • Reading Terrorists' Minds About Imminent Attack

    July 31, 2010

    An anonymous reader writes "Imagine technology that allows you to get inside the mind of a terrorist to know how, when, and where the next attack will occur. In the Northwestern study, when researchers knew in advance specifics of the planned attacks by the make-believe 'terrorists,' they were able to correlate P300 brain waves to guilty knowledge with 100 percent accuracy in the lab, said J. Peter Rosenfeld, professor of psychology in Northwestern's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences."


  • Mobile Phone Shipments up 18.5% compared to First Half '09

    July 31, 2010

    The healthy expansion is a sign that there is no recession, at least where smart phones are concerned, analysts said.



  • Anti-P2P Lawyers Accused of Copyright Hypocrisy

    July 31, 2010

    The US Copyright Group has gone after 14,000+ P2P users in court so far this year. But, when it comes to its own websites, do the lawyers have a piracy problem of their own?



  • What's...the Deal...With Bloggers? (Graphic)

    July 31, 2010

    A recent study was undertaken by Technorati, in order to help put things in perspective. Consisting largely of a survey, asking bloggers about their demographic information,blogging activity, and profitability, the data yielded some rather interesting findings. Title inspiration provided by Jerry Seinfeld.



  • China Pushes Real Name System For Online Games

    July 31, 2010

    oxide7 writes "Starting from August 1, Chinese Internet users will have to register using their real names for playing online games, China Daily reported on Saturday. The regulation, issued by the Ministry of Culture on June 22, is said to be part of a nationwide campaign to improve management of the virtual gaming industry and protect minors from unwholesome content. It applies to all multiplayer role-playing and social networking games."

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.


  • Researcher detained at U.S. border, questioned about Wikileaks

    July 31, 2010

    Jacob Appelbaum, who volunteers with Wikileaks, is questioned for three hours and has mobile phones confiscated on his way back to the U.S. for hacker show.


  • Twitter passes 20 billionth tweet

    July 31, 2010

    Twitter, the social networking site which allows users to say something in up to 140 characters, sees its 20 billionth message sent.


  • Detergent uses GPS to stalk customers

    July 31, 2010

    A Brazilian promotion for Omo detergent involves 50 boxes that have GPS inside. Customers lucky enough to buy one of these boxes will be followed home in order to be given a very technological prize.


  • 'I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up!' v2.0

    July 31, 2010

    theodp writes "Remember those old Lifecall commercials? Well, you've come a long way, Grandma! The NY Times reports on a raft of new technology that's making it possible for adult children to remotely monitor to a stunningly precise degree the daily movements and habits of their aging parents. The purpose is to provide enough supervision to allow elderly people to stay in their homes rather than move to an assisted-living facility or nursing home. Systems like GrandCare, BeClose, QuietCare, and


  • Hacker Snoops on GSM Cell Phones in Demo

    July 31, 2010

    Despite concerns that federal authorities might fine or arrest him, hacker Chris Paget went ahead with a live demonstration of mobile phone interception at the...

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  • Hedge your bets in cloud computing

    July 31, 2010

    The future role of cloud computing is in many ways unpredictable and ever changing. What balance of traditional infrastructure, private clouds, and public cloud services will your IT department consume in the next three years? Five years? The trick is to hedge your bets wherever you can.


  • Microsoft Tech Can Deblur Images Automatically

    July 31, 2010

    An anonymous reader writes "At the annual SIGGRAPH show, Microsoft Research showed new technology that can remove the blur from images on your camera or phone using on-board sensors — the same sensors currently added to the iPhone 4. No more blurry low light photos!"

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.



  • In IPO-signaling move, Zynga adds fancy CFO

    July 31, 2010

    The fast-growing social-gaming site says it has hired Allen & Co. investment banker David Wehner as its new chief financial officer.


  • Samsung’s Android Tablet Coming Within 60 days

    July 31, 2010

    Samsung shows up fashionably late to the Android Tablet party with a new product scheduled to release this quarter.



  • Will Apple's 'Spinning Wheel of Doom' become chic?

    July 31, 2010

    An enterprising marketer is attempting to persuade geeks that the new geek chic consists of wearing Apple's Spinning Wheel of Doom on their chests. Will it work?


  • Intel may be destined for iPhone, iPad

    July 31, 2010

    Multiple reports indicate that an Intel buyout of chipmaker Infineon's wireless unit may be imminent.


  • Apple lawsuit targets knockoff iPod and iPad accessories

    July 31, 2010

    Apple has filed a lawsuit against a number of companies accused of producing unauthorized accessories for iPods and iPads. The company claims the knockoff products are violating its trademarks and infringing on a number of patents.



  • Contest finds workers at big firms handing data to hackers

    July 31, 2010

    Organizers of contest at hacking confab hope showing how easy it is to get data from cold calls to companies will help alert firms to the threat of social engineering.


  • 360 Panorama does instant, awesome panoramas

    July 31, 2010

    Want to grab a quick panoramic picture with your iPhone? The makers of the popular RedLaser app have released a new app today that can create one in real-time using your iPhone's video camera. Read this blog post by Josh Lowensohn on Web Crawler.



  • Motorola defends Droid X antenna design

    July 31, 2010

    Yeah, Motorola is on the war path against Apple and it continues today.



  • Picture of the Day 7/31: What is this?

    July 31, 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.


  • Asteroids: a guilt-free form of doom

    July 31, 2010

    Collision with an asteroid, 10km across, would probably end life on Earth, says Jenny McCartney


  • Is this high-tech bridge the safest in America?

    July 31, 2010

    Just about everyone who worked to build the new Interstate Highway 35W bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, knew that their project would never be "just a bridge." It would never occupy the same category as thousands of other concrete and steel behemoths that millions of American drivers thoughtlessly cross every day.

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