Saturday, August 14, 2010

Technical News - 14 August 2010

  • Ask Arun Khanna, Chairman, Olive Telecommunications

    August 14, 2010

    Filed under: News : Tablets




    Heres your chance to speak to the makers of the OlivePad tablet. Read more


  • ECS Launches The P55H-AK Motherboard

    August 14, 2010

    Filed under: News : Desktop PCs




    Comes in colour schemes of black and white. Read more


  • Panasonic Launches 103"; FHD Plasma Display

    August 14, 2010

    Filed under: News : Monitors




    The new edition of 103" PDP (103PF12) is based on Neo-PDP technology. Read more


  • Drones, arrogance, and fate

    August 14, 2010

    Sometimes, particularly when you look at someone else's mess, you can see the rock coming but not get them to move out of the way - and in that situation the only thing you can do is speculate...


  • WikiLeaks says it won't be threatened by Pentagon (AP)

    August 14, 2010

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gives a seminar at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday Aug. 14, 2010. WikiLeaks will publish 15,000 documents from the Afghan war within weeks, Assange told reporters in Stockholm, saying 'We proceed cautiously and safely with this material.' although U.S. Pentagon says the information would be more damaging to security and risk more lives.(AP Photo / Bertil Ericson / SCANPIX) ** SWEDEN OUT **AP - WikiLeaks will publish its remaining 15,000 Afghan war documents within a month, despite warnings from the U.S. government, the organization's founder said Saturday.



  • World's First Voice Call From a Free GSM Stack

    August 14, 2010

    zycx writes "As Dieter Spaar has pointed out in a mailing list post on the OsmocomBB developer list, he has managed to get a first alpha version of TCH (Traffic Channel) code released, supporting the FR and EFR GSM codecs. What this means, in human readable language: He can actually make voice calls from a mobile phone that runs the Free Software OsmocomBB GSM stack on its baseband processor. This is a major milestone in the history of the project."

    Read more of this story at Slashdot


  • New Sony Readers coming soon?

    August 14, 2010

    The blog Sony Insider is reporting that two new very slim Sony Readers--the PRS-350 and PRS-650--will be announced shortly, though there's no word on the e-readers' exact features or pricing.


  • 'Star Wars' fever invades Orlando (photos)

    August 14, 2010

    Road Trip 2010: CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman checks out the 'Star Wars' scene at Celebration V, the global fan convention.


  • Top-rated reviews of the week (photos)

    August 14, 2010

    Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including HP Envy 14 laptop, Motorola i1 for Sprint, and the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX.


  • With kids, the future of 'Star Wars' is rosy

    August 14, 2010

    Road Trip 2010: CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman figured kids were getting hooked on George Lucas' sci-fi universe through video games and books, but it seems the 'Star Wars' movies are still dominant.


  • U.N. says no aid yet for 6 million flood victims in Pakistan

    August 14, 2010

    SUKKUR, Pakistan (Reuters) - United Nations aid agencies have provided assistance to hundreds of thousands of victims of Pakistan's worst floods in decades but relief operations have yet to reach an estimated six million people.



  • EFF Asks Verizon Whether Etisalat Deserves CA Trust

    August 14, 2010

    Peter Eckersley writes "Today EFF published an open letter to Verizon, calling for investigation of a trusted SSL Certificate Authority. Etisalat is a majority state-owned telecom of the United Arab Emirates with operations throughout the Middle East. You may remember that last year Etisalat installed malware on its subscribers' BlackBerry phones, and was recently pivotal in the UAE's threat to disconnect BlackBerry devices altogether if Research In Motion did not provide a backdoor for BES servers


  • Obama backs controversial New York mosque project

    August 14, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday backed construction of a proposed mosque and Muslim cultural center near the site of the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York -- a project opposed by U.S. conservatives and many New Yorkers.



  • BlackBerry Assures India On Messenger Access

    August 14, 2010

    Filed under: News : Smart




    The maker of BlackBerry smartphones has assured India of giving access to its messenger service. Read more


  • Tech2s Xperia X10 Contest Goes Live!

    August 14, 2010

    Filed under: News : Smart




    Take a shot at winning an spanking new Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 8MP camera phone. Read more


  • Engineers Turn Giant Robot Arm Into An Awesome F1 Simulator

    August 14, 2010

    The researchers wanted to use a robotic arm as a motion simulator with the goal of understanding how humans experience the sensation of motion. They figured an F1 racing game would be a good way to do it, IEEE Spectrum reports. Watch the video.



  • The Top 10 Dead Google Projects Floating About In Cyberspace

    August 14, 2010

    Given the recent closing of Google Wave and Eric Schmidt's celebration of failures reminded us the vast list of other Google projects that have also gone by the wayside. Check out ten more dead Google projects floating around in cyberspace and our minds.



  • Screw "dislike" Facebook, We Need This [Pic]

    August 14, 2010

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  • Vodafone Backs Down In Row With Android Users

    August 14, 2010

    jhernik writes with this excerpt from eWEEK Europe: "Vodafone has backed down in the face of angry opposition from Google Android customers, who last week received a software update thinking it contained Android 2.2, but instead found it contained Vodafone's branded 360 service. The Vodafone 360 service was launched in October last year. Essentially, Vodafone 360 is a user interface that puts social networking on the front screen of the phone, and arranges the users' contacts so you can reach any


  • Will smartphones kill the phone call?

    August 14, 2010

    The average number of cell phone calls people are making has gone done every year since 2007. Will smartphones, with their easy SMS, instant messaging and mobile email features, be the final nail in the coffin of voice calls?



  • 25 Really Useful Photoshop Drawing Tutorials

    August 14, 2010

    You may find yourself sick of using other people’s photos as a starting point, or maybe you would like to push your artistic boundaries – But everyone seems to appreciate a good drawing effect tutorials with Photoshop!



  • eBay Launches Cashback Program With PayPal

    August 14, 2010

    eBay is launching its rewards program today: eBay Bucks, which allows any eBay shopper who lives in the U.S. and is a registered member of the marketplace to earn 2 percent, cash back on most items purchased through the site with PayPal.



  • 30 Creative Illustrated Website Footers

    August 14, 2010

    Beautiful and creative illustrated website footers for your inspiration.



  • New PHP5.3+ Framework

    August 14, 2010

    I recently released a new PHP5.3+ framework, Jolt. Right now it does not have a website, but eventually it will be hosted at http://joltcore.org. You can grab the source from Github - http://github.com/leftnode/Jolt (you can also read more about why I decided to write it).


  • Twitter Movie Trailer (Parody)

    August 13, 2010

    If Hollywood can make an overly dramatic film about the early years of Facebook, why can't we make an overly dramatic movie about Twitter?



  • RIM posts BlackBerry spying rules, equal treatment

    August 13, 2010

    RIM today posted a set of guidelines that it said would dictatethe limits of how countries such as India could monitor its services.



  • 35 Cool Heart Inspired Logo Designs

    August 13, 2010

    In this post you will see different kinds of Logo Design based on Heart concept.



  • Google: Bidding process for California's e-mail contract was designed for Microsoft win

    August 13, 2010

    Google says the language in a bidding process for the State of California's e-mail contract was written to favor Microsoft's products.


  • Foobar2000 1.1 beta 3

    August 13, 2010

    foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.


  • Hanoi clamps down on Internet cafes (AFP)

    August 13, 2010

    Authorities in the Vietnamese capital are clamping down on Internet cafes in what they say is a bid to address online gaming addiction and inappropriate content.(AFP/File/Hoang Dinh Nam)AFP - Authorities in the Vietnamese capital are clamping down on Internet cafes in what they say is a bid to address online gaming addiction and inappropriate content.



  • Google Chrome 6.0.490.1 Beta

    August 13, 2010

    Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.


  • Net neutrality protest at Google

    August 13, 2010

    About 100 protesters march on Google's headquarters to denounce its open internet plan and urge it to honour its "don't be evil" motto.


  • The problem with Google Voice Actions for Android

    August 13, 2010

    Google Voice actions is a "cool" new feature for Android (Froyo 2.2). With this new feature you are able to tell your phone what to do, with just your voice. How about some of these examples:...


  • BlackBerry Protect: RIM's third-dimension to device security

    August 13, 2010

    Screenshot gallery: A hands on, in-depth look at Research in Motion's new BlackBerry Protect application: the third-leg of their 'mission' on tight security.


  • MediaMonkey 3.2.2.1300

    August 13, 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...


  • IE9 will tell just how agile Microsoft really is

    August 13, 2010

    Is Microsoft agile enough to compete in the modern browser market? Sure, what they're showing off in the IE9 platform previews now is interesting, but it's unfinished. How long will it take for...


  • Top 10 Google Street View Photobombs (PICS)

    August 13, 2010

    In the wake of yesterday's "Dead Girl" Google Street Bomb, we've put together a list of the top ten Google Street View Photobombs.



  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Prestige Edition rolling out with spy car

    August 13, 2010

    Activision has taken gaming bundles to whole new level with the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Prestige Edition, which comes complete with a spy vehicle. Well, a miniature vehicle.


  • Green power means greener computing, but is it enough?

    August 13, 2010

    Does "green" change your purchasing decisions?


  • Splitfish to debut FragFX Shark controller for PS3, PC and Mac systems

    August 13, 2010

    Splitfish has just announced the FragFX Shark, the company's latest gaming controller that is compatible with Sony PlayStation 3, PC and Mac set-ups.


  • New Sony Reader PRS-350 and PRS-650 models expected soon

    August 13, 2010

    There is going to be some more competition added to the ever-increasing e-book reader war as some new Sony Reader models are expected to be on the way.


  • Malware Watch: Fake Patch Tuesday emails, fake MSRT tool, spamvertised Bredolab, Android mobile malware

    August 13, 2010

    This week's Malware Watch features three currently active malware campaigns - fake Patch Tuesday emails, BREDOLAB-malware serving emails, fake MSRT tool, and the the first (reported) SMS-trojan...


  • FDA OKs new "morning-after" pill

    August 13, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Health officials on Friday approved a new, longer-lasting "morning-after" pill to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex.



  • Verizon DBIR challenge clue #2

    August 13, 2010

    This year's Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) challenge is well and truly underway. I see where the (public) contestants are stumped so, here's a clue to nudge them along.


  • BP to proceed with relief well after tests

    August 13, 2010

    HOUSTON (Reuters) - BP Plc will proceed with a relief well to kill its blown-out Gulf of Mexico well, the top U.S. spill official said on Friday.

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