Sunday, August 22, 2010

Technical News - 22 August 2010

  • Layoff Anxiety Is Top Risk To Space Shuttle

    August 22, 2010

    pickens writes "Florida today reports that as NASA marches toward its final two shuttle flights, the safety of the crew rests with workers who know every bolt they turn, every heat-shield tile they inspect, brings them that much closer to the unemployment line in April 2011 raising concerns that people might jump ship early if other job opportunities open up. 'We've been most concerned about maintaining and sustaining the knowledge necessary to safely conduct mission operations,' says Retired Navy


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    August 22, 2010

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  • Swedish prosecutors defend WikiLeaks about-face (AP)

    August 22, 2010

    **ADDS THAT AUTHORITIES HAVE REVOKED ARREST WARRANT** FILE - In this July 27, 2010 file photo, founder and editor of the WikiLeaks website, Julian Assange, speaks to members of the media during a debate event held in London. A Stockholm prosecutor issued an arrest warrant for Assange on Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, saying he was suspected of rape and molestation in two separate cases. But chief prosecutor Eva Finne withdrew the warrant within 24 hours. (AP Photo/Max Nash, File)AP - Swedish prosecutors defended their handling of a rape allegation against the founder of WikiLeaks, saying Sunday that they had made no mistakes in issuing an arrest warrant and withdrawing it less than a day later.



  • How To Improve Your Android Phone's Battery Life

    August 22, 2010

    Whether it's a lowly T-Mobile G1 or the latest Motorola Droid X, here's how to get the most out of your Android-powered cell phone's battery.



  • Pakistan braced for more floods as aid tops $800 million

    August 22, 2010

    SHADADKOT, Pakistan (Reuters) - More than $800 million has been donated or pledged to help Pakistan's flood victims, the foreign minister said in Sunday, as hundreds of thousands of people in the south feared more destruction.



  • Markets nervous as Australia faces hung parliament

    August 22, 2010

    MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's two major parties wooed independent lawmakers on Sunday after an inconclusive election left the nation facing its first hung parliament since 1940 and set up financial markets for a sell-off.



  • Iran unveils long-range drone to counter "aggressors"

    August 22, 2010

    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran unveiled a prototype long-range unmanned bomber on Sunday, the latest in a stream of announcements of new Iranian-made military hardware as tension mounts over its nuclear programme.



  • Pentagon delays missile-zapping laser test for fourth time

    August 22, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An intercept test of a missile-destroying laser aboard a converted Boeing Co 747 aircraft has been postponed for a fourth time because of technical problems, the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency said.



  • UK official decries video game with Taliban role (AP)

    August 22, 2010

    AP - Britain's defense secretary says a video game that allows players to adopt the role of the Taliban is a "tasteless product" and is calling on retailers to show their support for troops by not selling it.


  • Iran Opens Its First Nuclear Power Plant

    August 22, 2010

    pickens writes "VOA reports that Russian and Iranian engineers have begun loading fuel into Iran's first nuclear power plant located in the southern city of Bushehr amid international fears that Iran will use the facility to make nuclear weapons, a charge both Tehran and the Kremlin vehemently deny. Officials say it will take about two to three months for the plant to start producing electricity once all of the fuel rods have been moved into the reactor. The production capacity of the plant will


  • Strong quake rattles Greece, but no damage

    August 22, 2010

    WASHINGTON/ATHENS (Reuters) - An earthquake struck western Greece on Sunday, but no injuries or damage were reported.



  • England cricketers face Twitter ban (AFP)

    August 22, 2010

    Graeme Swann of England, seen bowling during the third test against Pakistan at The Oval on Saturday, reportedly faces a ban from posting to the Twitter or Facebook websites during England games.(AFP/Ian Kington)AFP - England's cricketers are facing a ban from social networking websites Twitter and Facebook, according to the Mail on Sunday.



  • Apple patenting kill switch that detects jailbroken iPhones

    August 22, 2010

    A recent patent filed by Apple would allow Apple to remotely detect if your phone is jailbroken, and could allow your carrier to remotely shut down or cripple your device.



  • Germany To Roll Out ID Cards With Embedded RFID

    August 22, 2010

    An anonymous reader writes "The production of RFID chips, an integral element of the new generation of German identity cards, has started after the government gave a 10-year contract to the chipmaker NXP in the Netherlands. Citizens will receive the mandatory new ID cards starting from the first of November. The new card allows German authorities to identify people with speed and accuracy, the government said. These authorities include the police, customs and tax authorities and of course the local


  • How to survive your first day as CIO

    August 21, 2010

    So you finally got promoted to the top job. Geek & Poke's Oliver Widder provides some guidance on getting through the first day:


  • LG exec says its Optimus tablet "will be better than the iPad." How will it do that?

    August 21, 2010

    You gotta give LG's vice president of marketing Chang Ma points for hubris. Not only did he tell the Wall Street Journal that "The race hasn't started yet" in regards to smartphones (um, you're...


  • Anti-Depressants Used Against StarCraft Addiction

    August 21, 2010

    dotarray writes "Hope may be at hand for the poor souls addicted to video games. Recent research from South Korea has shown that a common anti-depressant, Bupropion (sold as Welbutrin, Zyban and Voxra) can 'decrease craving for Internet game play' as well as the brain activity triggered by video game cues. This is a drug often used to help quit smoking, to lose weight or to recover from drug addiction, in addition to typical anti-depressant and anti-anxiety uses. And, with Korean scientists already


  • CDBurnerXP 4.3.7.2356

    August 21, 2010

    CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface. Everyone, even companies, can use it for free. It does not include adware or similar malicious components.


  • Argentine Government Orders Major ISP To Close

    August 21, 2010

    Doctor Jonas writes "Argentine ISP Fibertel has been barred from continuing operations because of the dissolution of their status as a company after they were absorbed by Cablevisión of Argentina, now part of media conglomerate Grupo Clarín. The Minister of Planning, Julio de Vido, announced the measure, and said it was Grupo Clarín's own doing by having shut down the Fibertel company and turning it into a commercial brand, and that ISP licenses are not transferable after acquisitions


  • Real-Time, Detailed Face Tracking On a Nokia N900

    August 21, 2010

    ptresadern writes "Researchers at the University of Manchester this week revealed a detailed face tracker that runs in real-time on the Nokia N900 mobile phone. Unlike existing mobile face trackers (video) that give an approximate position and scale of the face, Manchester's embedded Active Appearance Model accurately tracks a number of landmarks on and around the face such as the eyes, nose, mouth and jawline. The extra level of detail that this provides potentially indicates who the user is, where


  • Microsoft's Phoenix takes flight (maybe)

    August 21, 2010

    Microsoft's chief PC guy contacted me earlier this week with a tantalizing invitation. Microsoft had an entry in an offbeat contest in Southern California. Did I want to come check it out? I...


  • Can staid BlackBerry survive the smartphone wars?

    August 21, 2010

    In a world seemingly awash in iPhone and Android-powered smartphones, is there still room for the relatively staid BlackBerry, the one that popularized wireless messaging and created a generation of CrackBerry addicts on Bay Street and elsewhere?



  • High-tech carts spy on your trash

    August 21, 2010

    Cleveland rolls out carts with chip technology that identifies those who do not recycle enough.


  • UK ISP To Prioritize Gaming Traffic

    August 21, 2010

    nk497 writes "A UK ISP is now offering a broadband package just for gamers, which will prioritize their traffic to give them an edge over rival players. Demon Internet has also set up direct networks with gaming companies to boost speeds, and is promising lower latency and a higher usage cap than standard packages. 'Looking at the usage of gamers, it's actually more akin to a small business,' the company said. While paying to get specific content streamed more quickly may worry net neutrality campaigners


  • CERN to seek antimatter in space

    August 21, 2010

    The European Organization for Nuclear Research says external module on the International Space Station will look for antimatter and dark matter while measuring cosmic ray composition.


  • Google Starts Charging a Signup Fee For Chrome Extension Developers

    August 21, 2010

    trooperer writes "On Thursday, Google introduced two significant changes in the Google Chrome Extensions Gallery: a developer signup fee and a domain verification system. The signup fee is a one-time payment of $5. The announcement says its purpose is to 'create better safeguards against fraudulent extensions in the gallery and limit the activity of malicious developer accounts.' Developers who already registered with the gallery can continue to update their extensions and publish new items without


  • Cameron Diaz Tops Web's Most-Dangerous Celeb List

    August 21, 2010

    Others on the danger web search danger list included tennis player Andy Roddick (No. 14), and singers Lady Gaga (No. 37) teenager Justin Bieber (No. 46).



  • Cheetos bags, diapers remade into trash cans

    August 21, 2010

    How green is your trash can? Recycling firm TerraCycle has created plastic garbage cans out of chip bags. The process reportedly produces about 40 percent less CO2 emissions compared with virgin plastic.


  • Hot Potato officially lands in Facebook's lap

    August 21, 2010

    Acquisition is the most recent development in Facebook's efforts to juice up the location-based aspect of its hugely popular service.


  • Apple's fix for iOS4 on 3G coming soon

    August 21, 2010

    If you don't want to rollback your iPhone 3G to iPhone OS 3.13, a fix may be coming soon from Apple


  • Intel and Micron Introduce 64GB Single-Chip Flash Storage

    August 21, 2010

    Intel and Micron jointly announced a new TLC NAND memory device offering improved cost and higher storage capacity for USB, SD Flash card and consumer electronics. TLC stands for Triple-Level Cell and it offers a 20% reduction in size and will be able to produce 4TB of storage from a single wafer of the chips and 64GB single-chip Flash devices.



  • Wikileaks: 'Dirty tricks' in allegations against Assange

    August 21, 2010

    Swedish prosecutors say that, contrary to earlier reports, Julian Assange is not suspected of rape and is not wanted. Wikileaks suspects a political plot.


  • Wikileaks rape warrant cancelled

    August 21, 2010

    An arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on rape accusations is abruptly cancelled by Swedish authorities just hours after it was issued.


  • Road Trip Pic of the Day 8/21: What is this?

    August 21, 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.


  • Should RIM switch to Android?

    August 21, 2010

    SFGate thinks that RIM should give up on their operating system, and put all their chips on Android going forward. There are some compelling reasons given for such a drastic move, but doing this...


  • Forces of nature

    August 21, 2010

    Answering sparkle farkle - with a detour through history that should be about 10,000 words long but isn't.


  • Building a backyard rocket launcher (photos)

    August 21, 2010

    Creative Crave reader Kevin Shoemaker devised a multiple-rocket launcher out of off-the-shelf parts and a $5 toolbox.


  • Top-rated reviews of the week (photos)

    August 21, 2010

    Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the Samsung Epic 4G, Motorola Droid 2, and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10.


  • 15 Facts About Net Neutrality [Infographic]

    August 21, 2010

    Net neutrality has taken up a lot of headline space over the last two weeks. There was the Goggle and Verizon thing, and then something happened with the FCC and some Congress members, and the French may have been involved somehow... Admit it, your eyes are glazing over aren't they?



  • Tutorial: Displaying Google Maps in Flash

    August 21, 2010

    This tutorial will teach you an easy method for displaying Google Maps inside you Flash projects using ActionScript 3.0. Read it here.


  • MobileTechRoundup show #218; Epic 4G, BB Torch, netbooks & more

    August 20, 2010

    It has been a couple of weeks since Kevin, James, and I were able to get together so we went for almost a full hour with MobileTechRoundup show #218 talking about the Epic 4G, RIM BlackBerry...


  • 7 Coolest Web Apps You Might Not Know About But Should

    August 21, 2010

    There are many web apps out there, but getting by free and good ones is not that easy. Here we have selected some excellent gems for you. Read each entry in the list and see which tool suits your needs best.



  • Things You Didn't Know about YouTube [Infographic]

    August 21, 2010

    YouTube.com was basically founded by Steven Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim and it was created for the friends to share video clips of a dinner party, which were too large to email. Continue reading to know the details and see the infographic.



  • Fake Android-Based iPads Selling for $125 in China

    August 21, 2010

    No matter how hard it is to get the new “it” gadget of the moment, no matter how much you see those first few units selling for on eBay, no matter how long the backorder waits get, odds are that there will be a fake version of it waiting for you on the streets of Beijing.



  • How to Run Starcraft II On Linux

    August 21, 2010

    An incredibly helpful guide for running Starcraft II on a Linux box.

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