Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Technical News - 11 August 2010

  • Microsoft's Windows Azure: What a difference a year makes

    August 11, 2010

    In some ways, Microsoft's Azure cloud operating environment doesn't seem to have changed much since the Softies first made it available to beta testers almost two years ago. But in other ways --...


  • Getting on the bus with cloud storage

    August 11, 2010

    Andrew Reichman doesn't want to be the analyst that said cloud was never going to happen. Opportunity for change in storage market exists, he blogs, but it's not likely the cloud will eliminate...


  • KDE 4.5 released - 1,723 new features, 16,022 bug fixes

    August 11, 2010

    News for all your Linux folks - KDE 4.5 has been released, and it contains a 1,723 new features, along with 16,022 bug fixes.


  • Google, Verizon are right to push out the wireless net neutrality talk

    August 11, 2010

    As with all things having to do with net neutrality the debate went from zero to way overblown and emotional as soon as Google and Verizon posted their proposal. Biggest issue: The argument that...


  • Microsoft has not invented here syndrome

    August 11, 2010

    Microsoft in the post-Gates era is looking increasingly like IBM in the post-Watson era. But progress won't wait for the company to get its act together.


  • A hate/love relationship - Delta Airlines customer service

    August 11, 2010

    I often find myself ranting and raving about Delta's customer service. I've recently had two experiences that shows the wide spectrum of Delta's approach.Back in July my wife and I tried to...


  • Ensure Infrastructure to Intercept 3G Calls: Home Ministry

    August 11, 2010

    Filed under: News : Networking & WiFi




    In a letter, the MHA has asked DoT to direct state-run BSNL and MTNL. Read more


  • Apple Says Will Replace Overheating iPods in Japan

    August 11, 2010

    Filed under: News : MP3 / Audio Players




    Apple Incs Japan unit will replace any iPod nano portable music players that overheat, it said in an online statement. Read more


  • Facebook, AOL Mull Online Ad Alliance

    August 11, 2010

    Filed under: News : Websites




    Internet firms Facebook Inc and AOL Inc are discussing a strategic alliance aimed at boosting their online advertisement business. Read more


  • Cisco's fourth quarter: Strong results expected via data center boom

    August 11, 2010

    Analysts widely expect Cisco Systems to deliver a better-than-expected fourth quarter and provide a solid outlook for fiscal 2011.


  • Toshiba Launches Netbook With 8 Hours of Battery Life

    August 11, 2010

    Filed under: News : Netbooks




    Its part of the NB250 series. Read more


  • Can any good come from putting IT tools into hands of everyday folks?

    August 11, 2010

    A suite of free PC optimization products in the cloud sounds good in concept but may be giving consumers too much power in dangerous territory.


  • Research: Green data centers on pace for rapid growth

    August 11, 2010

    For those of you who consider the green data center movement a fad, there is a new report out from Pike Research that suggests investment in greener facilities will grow rapidly over the next five...


  • Tire-Makers Try Treading Lightly on the Environment

    August 11, 2010

    Few consumer products have a poorer environmental image than the car tire. It is hard to escape the bleak sight of coal-colored mountains of used tires that blight the U.S. landscape. But like other parts of the automobile, the tire has been partially reworked during the past decade to make it more ecologically sustainable. As a result of efforts by tire industry chemists and engineers, many of today’s tires roll more easily to save fuel and contain fewer petroleum-based ingredients, both


  • Google's Android fork defended, debated, dissected ... again

    August 10, 2010

    It should come as no surprise that Google's purported forking of the Linux kernel -- which is shaping up to be a Hatfield-McCoy scale conflict - took center stage at LinuxCon's opening day.On...


  • Police Raid Googles South Korea Office

    August 11, 2010

    Filed under: News : Websites




    This is after Googles facing a probe over data collection in South Korea. Read more


  • India May Decide BlackBerry Fate On Thursday

    August 11, 2010

    Filed under: News : Smart




    The home ministry will press for some deadline to be fixed for RIM. Read more


  • Scotland defends Lockerbie bomber prognosis doctor

    August 11, 2010

    LONDON (Reuters) - Scottish authorities defended the doctor who said Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi had three months to live, after U.S. senators asked them to release the Libyan's medical records.



  • Sources: Facebook location check-in tool is close

    August 11, 2010

    The long-rumored geolocation "check-in" feature at Facebook is slated to debut within weeks, multiple sources familiar with the matter told CNET.


  • Mysterious Google mobile event on Thursday

    August 10, 2010

    It appears that Google is getting ready to announce a couple new features for Android on Thursday at an invite-only event, according to an invitation received by Gizmodo. There is only...


  • U.N. warns of second wave of Pakistani flood deaths

    August 11, 2010

    SUKKUR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The United Nations warned on Wednesday of a second wave of deaths from floods in Pakistan unless help arrives soon as President Asif Ali Zardari defended his decision to travel abroad as the disaster unfolded.



  • Confirmed: HOPA Dry Erase Girl Is A Hoax, Identity Revealed

    August 11, 2010

    Professional pranksters cook their biggest hoax yet.



  • More on Dells Tablet

    August 11, 2010

    Filed under: News : Tablets




    Its a carbon black Android-based tablet with a 5-inch display. Read more


  • Direct talks in sight as U.S. envoy sees Netanyahu

    August 11, 2010

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday he wanted to quickly get down to full-scale peace talks on Wednesday as he met U.S. envoy George Mitchell to hear the latest from the Palestinian camp.



  • Girl Quits On Dry Erase Board, Emails Entire Office

    August 11, 2010

    suraj.sun writes "It's the same old story: young woman quits, uses dry erase board and series of pictures to let entire office know the boss is a sexist pig, exposes his love of playing FarmVille during work hours." Story seem too good to be true? It probably is, at least according to writer Peter Kafka. Even so, Jay Leno and Good Morning America have already reached out to "Jenny".

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.



  • Report: Amazon eyeing gadgets beyond Kindle

    August 11, 2010

    Amazon's Lab 26, the unit responsible for the Kindle, is looking to create other devices beyond the e-book reader to broaden the company's reach in digital content, says The New York Times.


  • Israel wasn't ready for flotilla resistance: general

    August 11, 2010

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli troops were not ready for the violent resistance they met when they boarded a Gaza-bound aid ship and killed nine pro-Palestinian activists, the country's top military officer said on Wednesday.



  • Don't Tax the Internet

    August 11, 2010

    A new piece of legislation claims to level the playing field between Internet retailers and brick-and-mortar stores, but this "fairness" bill is anything but.



  • Ex-Senator Stevens dies in Alaska plane crash

    August 11, 2010

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Former Senator Ted Stevens, who for several years played a leading role in controlling the nation's purse strings, died with four other people in a small plane crash in his home state of Alaska, officials said on Tuesday.



  • Colorado Democrat Bennet escapes anti-incumbent mood

    August 11, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado bucked a national anti-incumbent mood to beat an insurgent challenger on Tuesday, and a Tea Party-backed conservative narrowly defeated an establishment favorite in the state's Republican Senate primary.



  • GM results to show gain over first quarter

    August 11, 2010

    NEW YORK/DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co is preparing to report second-quarter results that will show a substantial gain over the first quarter in a report it will use to bolster its bid to return to capital markets and pay back taxpayers, two people familiar with the matter said.



  • Setback for BlackBerry in India (Reuters)

    August 11, 2010

    Reuters - India may temporarily shut down BlackBerry services if security concerns are not addressed in a meeting on Thursday, sources said, in a signal the Canadian firm's tussle with authorities around the world is far from over.


  • Setback for BlackBerry in India

    August 11, 2010

    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India may temporarily shut down BlackBerry services if security concerns are not addressed in a meeting on Thursday, sources said, in a signal the Canadian firm's tussle with authorities around the world is far from over.


  • Top challenges for Linux kernel team outlined at LinuxCon

    August 10, 2010

    The biggest challenges for Linux going forward include addressingÃÂ next gen scalability and networking requirements.Yet there are other social issues facing the Linux kernel community that...


  • Google's Widening Reach (Interactive Graphic)

    August 11, 2010

    Google, a company with vast pools of data about its users, is moving into the world of highly targeted ads. See how Google has changed its collection and use of the data transmitted by Google Toolbar, Analytics, Checkout, Chrome, Buzz, DoubleClick, Mobile Maps, Gmail, Search and YouTube.



  • Twitter's new deceased-user policy vs. Facebook's

    August 11, 2010

    Twitter now has a policy to help families disable or archive the accounts of deceased loved ones. How does it compare to the policy launched by the much larger Facebook a year ago? Read this blog post by Josh Lowensohn on Web Crawler.



  • UK game developers turn to phones

    August 11, 2010

    There has been a significant growth in UK developers making games for Apple's iPhone, the trade association Tiga says.


  • Where the Stuff on the Internet Comes From (Infographic)

    August 11, 2010

    Every day, thousands of stories are passed around the internet on blogs and via Twitter. A new study by Journalism.org has examined the source of those stories. It turns out, most of them come from old-school media.



  • NASA Robotic Lander prototype

    August 11, 2010

    NASA and Johns Hopkins University are creating a new generation of small smart, versatile robotic landers. for exploring the moon, asteroids, and other airless bodies in our solar system.


  • SOA 'not just for software anymore': here's why

    August 10, 2010

    Is the work that's been going on in IT departments over the past decade finally starting to resonate with the business at large?


  • Wi-Lan settles patent litigation with UTStarcom

    August 11, 2010

    BANGALORE (Reuters) - Technology licensing firm Wi-Lan Inc said on Wednesday it has settled all patent litigation with telecoms equipment maker UTStarcom Inc.


  • Google's 7 net neutrality commandments listed and explained

    August 11, 2010

    Last week, we joined the rest of the news and blog world in worrying about what Verizon and Google's net neutrality "deal" would mean for the future of the Internet. Now, the two companies iterated a spirit of openness, but it's too early to sigh in relief yet.



  • How Do You Use Linux - The Survey

    August 11, 2010

    "This research study is being conducted by Don Davis and Iffat Jabeen, graduate students at Texas State University-San Marcos. The purpose of this research is to examine the role and possible benefits of legitimate peripheral participation and learning in the Gnu/Linux FOSS community..."



  • Apple says to replace overheating iPods in Japan

    August 11, 2010

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Apple Inc's Japan unit will replace any iPod nano portable music players that overheat, it said in an online statement, improving an earlier offer to replace only their faulty batteries.


  • Qualifications needed to be HP's next CEO

    August 11, 2010

    There are plenty of names being tossed around for who'll take over Mark Hurd's old job. CNET takes a look at what qualities HP's board should be seeking in that candidate.

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