Sunday, August 8, 2010

Technical News - 08 August 2010

  • Back to School Guide 2010: Ebook readers

    August 8, 2010

    Dedicated ebook readers saw a major drop in price this year, along with the release of a few new devices. They are now very affordable and by the time the holiday season rolls around we may see...


  • What's with all these Macs on campus?

    August 8, 2010

    Macs seem to be everywhere in the media, despite a relatively small marketshare. However, they are also disproportionately flooding college campuses.


  • Pakistan navy boats rescue flood victims

    August 8, 2010

    ROHRI, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani navy boats traveled through miles of flood waters on Sunday to rescue people stranded in a disaster that has angered many over the government's response.



  • Genetically Modified Canola Spreads To Wild Plants

    August 8, 2010

    eldavojohn writes "A research team conducting a survey has found that about 86% of wild canola plants in North Dakota have genetically modified genes in them, and 'two samples contained multiple genes from different species of genetically modified plants.' Canola usually has little competition when cultivated but does not fare well in the wild. The Roundup Ready and Liberty Link strains of genetically modified canola appear to be crossing over to wild plants and helping it survive. The University


  • Security Study Confirms We're Taking Risks Online

    August 8, 2010

    Users should -- but don't -- vary User log-in names and passwords on secure websites, a study reveals.

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    Security - Password - Login - Website - Password Tools


  • TorrentReactor Buys and Renames Russian Town

    August 8, 2010

    TorrentReactor, listed among the five most popular torrent sites on the Internet, has surprised friends and foes by acquiring a small town in central Russia. The town formerly known as Gar has reportedly been bought for the equivalent of $148,000 and was quickly renamed after the Russian-based torrent site.



  • Group denies Afghan Taliban claims over dead workers

    August 8, 2010

    KABUL (Reuters) - An international Christian aid group denied on Sunday Taliban accusations that eight of its foreign medical workers among 10 killed in Afghanistan's remote northeast had been proselytizing.



  • Kuwait in BlackBerry talks but no ban for now: minister

    August 8, 2010

    KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait has no intention of stopping BlackBerry services for the time being but is talking to the device's manufacturer about moral and security concerns, the communications minister said on Sunday.



  • Kuwait in BlackBerry talks but no ban for now: minister (Reuters)

    August 8, 2010

    A woman uses her Blackberry at a shopping mall in Dubai, August 2, 2010. REUTERS/Mosab OmarReuters - Kuwait has no intention of stopping BlackBerry services for the time being but is talking to the device's manufacturer about moral and security concerns, the communications minister said on Sunday.



  • Kuwait in BlackBerry talks but no ban for now: minister

    August 8, 2010

    KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait has no intention of stopping BlackBerry services for the time being but is talking to the device's manufacturer about moral and security concerns, the communications minister said on Sunday.


  • AP source: Ousted HP CEO settles with accuser (AP)

    August 8, 2010

    FILE - In this file photo made March 3, 2010, Hewlett-Packard Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark Hurd speaks during an appearance in Conway, Ark. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)AP - Ousted Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Mark Hurd has settled allegations of sexual harassment lodged against him by a female contract worker for HP, a person with intimate knowledge of the case told The Associated Press late Saturday.



  • Do you take steps to optimize your Android battery life?

    August 7, 2010

    Google Android devices can be a bit confusing trying to figure out what is running in the background and connecting wirelessly to servers. Are you someone who manages your battery life or do you...


  • Google's March Toward Social Networking

    August 8, 2010

    Amid some fits, starts, and failures, the search giant keeps pushing through social networking services. Here's the latest.

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  • Saudi telecoms test fix to avert BlackBerry ban

    August 8, 2010

    RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia told the kingdom's telecom operators on Saturday to test a proposed fix to the perceived national security threat posed by Research In Motion's BlackBerry smartphones, and said it would not ban service if the test was successful.


  • Saudi gives firms time to test BlackBerry system (AP)

    August 8, 2010

    A woman uses her Blackberry at a shopping mall in Dubai, August 2, 2010. REUTERS/Mosab OmarAP - Saudi Arabia's telecom regulator says it is giving the country's mobile operators additional time to finalize a deal allowing BlackBerry messaging services to continue.



  • Afghanistan says to "deal with" security firms

    August 8, 2010

    KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan security forces will be more than capable of safeguarding the country, the government said on Sunday, repeating in some of its strongest criticism yet that troublesome Western private security units should be disbanded.



  • Is AOL Finally Crashing and Burning?

    August 8, 2010

    An anonymous reader writes "AOL's disastrous quarterly report showed cash from continuing operations was down 44% from a year ago (adjusted operating income was down 37%), as it continues a rocky transition from monthly subscription fees to advertising. (Their quarterly report also notes 'the cessation of large-scale access subscriber acquisition campaigns' — investor-speak for the fact that AOL will finally stop mass mailings of free trial accounts.) Unfortunately, AOL's advertising business


  • Google Street View Cars Hit the UK Again

    August 8, 2010

    Cleared of charges related to accidental capture of wi-fi data, Google resumes its photography to enhance its maps.

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  • Did Apple Exec Depart Over "Antennagate"?

    August 8, 2010

    Rumor and speculation are swirling that Mark Papermaster--the Apple exec in charge of iPhone 4 hardware design--is leaving the company to take the fall for "antennagate".

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  • South Korean fishing vessel held by North: coast guard

    August 8, 2010

    SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean fishing vessel with seven people aboard is being held by North Korea after sailing into the North's exclusive economic waters off the east coast, the South Korean coast guard said on Sunday.



  • Facebook On ‘Lockdown’ As It Prepares For War With Google

    August 8, 2010

    It looks like Google isn’t the only one gearing up for a social network battle. Rumors surfaced in June that the search giant was developing a Facebook competitor called Google Me, and the company’s social networking ambitions became even more certain this week with its acquisition of social app maker Slide. TechCrunch has called Google’s...



  • Best Buy Leaks Pics of its Own iPad clone

    August 8, 2010

    Best Buy wants to jump on the tablet bandwagon with a device of its own, the company's CTO said. The design would carry the Rocketfish badge applied to many of its in-house computer peripherals.



  • Chip Guru Papermaster Loses Signal At Apple

    August 8, 2010

    ColdWetDog writes "Computerworld reports that Mark Papermaster has left his job as Apple's Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware Engineering. He was the senior executive in charge of engineering for the iPhone 4 and thus responsible in some unknown fashion for 'antennagate.' His name may ring bells from previous coverage of his jump from IBM to Apple. From a brief blurb on Daring Fireball: 'From what I've heard, it's clear he was canned. Papermaster was a conspicuous absence at the Antennagate


  • Huey, Dewey and GUI

    August 7, 2010

    In this week's Geek & Poke, Oliver Widder points to some deficiencies in the enterprise software development process:


  • 5 Things Google Still Needs to Fix in Android

    August 8, 2010

    Any day now, the Evo 4G is going to get an over-the-air update to Android 2.2 (aka Froyo), complete with marquee features such as the abi



  • 30+ Killer Web Development Screencasts to fine tune your skills

    August 8, 2010

    A single image helps us to understand the concept better than a description of 1000 words. In a similar manner reading a code of thousand lines wont make us learn a software than a single video


  • How to add text before or after an element using css

    August 8, 2010

    In this tutorial we will see how to add text before any element using css or adding it after any element using css with an example.


  • Scalar type hints in PHP trunk

    August 8, 2010

    So in my blog series I try to cover all additions to PHP trunk so I have to mention scalar type hints.


  • Nimbuzz Sees Huge Jump in Blackberry Users From Saudi Arabia

    August 7, 2010

    Following the ban on Blackberry services by the Saudi Arabian government (due to go into force today), Dutch startup Nimbuzz said new registrations from that country have increased dramatically — from 200 a day before the announcement of the ban to 35,000 per day today and Thursday.



  • FileZilla 3.3.4 RC2

    August 7, 2010

    FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface.


  • The man who made the iPhone 4 is out

    August 7, 2010

    Two years after fighting in court to hire him, Apple has let IBM's Mark Papermaster go



  • Saudi Blackberry deal 'in sight'

    August 7, 2010

    An agreement has been reached between the Saudi authorities and the Canadian maker of the Blackberry smart phone averting a ban on the service, officials in Saudi Arabia say.


  • Cablevision to let subscribers watch TV on their iPads -- but only at home

    August 7, 2010

    This week has already seen a rumor about a Motorola tablet that will let Verizon FiOS customers watch TV anywhere, and the Dish Network announcing an upgrade to their mobile apps to let...


  • iPhone exec departs Apple after "Antennagate"

    August 7, 2010

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Mark Papermaster, the Apple executive in charge of iPhone engineering, has left the company weeks after the "Antennagate" controversy over complaints of poor reception on the company's latest smartphone.


  • The school bus that goes 367 mph

    August 7, 2010

    An Indianapolis man equips a school bus with a jet engine from a Phantom fighter jet, allowing for surefire on time arrival at school.


  • Longest spacewalk in International Space Station's history fails to fix fault

    August 7, 2010

    An attempt to fix a fault with the International Space Station, which involved the longest ever spacewalk from the station, has failed.


  • Papermaster out as Apple's mobile hardware chief

    August 7, 2010

    The executive Apple fought IBM for just over a year ago leaves Apple in the wake of the iPhone 4 antenna mess.


  • Computer criminals of the future (1981) [PIC]

    August 7, 2010

    Apparently, thanks to computers, there's no crime in the future outside of the computerized variety.



  • Report: RIM to let Saudis monitor BlackBerry data

    August 7, 2010

    BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has decided to allow the government of Saudi Arabia access to BlackBerry users' messages, in order to avoid a ban on the device in the country.


  • Why We Need To Abolish Software Patents

    August 7, 2010

    Patents make a lot of sense in many industries. But in software these are just nuclear weapons in an arms race. They don’t foster innovation, they inhibit it. That’s because things change rapidly in this industry.



  • Researcher builds Google Street View "pedestrian remover"

    August 7, 2010

    The UC San Diego project explores one way that computer vision could be used to preserve privacy in public environments in our digital age.



  • Road Trip Pic of the Day 8/7: What is this?

    August 7, 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.


  • Who does client-server serve?

    August 7, 2010

    On the surface one of the oddest things about a large client-server operation that grew from an earlier 327X style system is that they didn't meet their SLA terms then, and don't now - but the...


  • Saudi Blackberry deal 'in sight'

    August 7, 2010

    An agreement to prevent a ban on the Blackberry smartphone in Saudi Arabia is close to completion, Saudi officials say.

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