Monday, September 6, 2010

Technical News -06 September 2010

  • HP Officejet 4500 G510g

    September 6, 2010

    A surprisingly affordable All-in-One


  • Graphene Transistors to Shrink Gadgets Even More

    September 6, 2010

    Would make them faster as well!


  • Alliances, Referrals, Kickbacks, Reselling ââ¬â Whereââ¬â¢s the independent advice in this?

    September 5, 2010

    Can you be a consultant and still accept referral fees from a hardware or software manufacturer? Can you do it if you disclose these monies? The answer depends if you are a consultant or a...


  • Oracle offered job to ex-HP CEO Hurd: source

    September 6, 2010

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oracle Corp has offered a job to Mark Hurd, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard Co who resigned amid a scandal involving inaccurate expense receipts related to a female contractor, according to a source familiar with the situation.



  • Oracle offered job to ex-HP CEO Hurd: source

    September 6, 2010

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oracle Corp has offered a job to Mark Hurd, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard Co who resigned amid a scandal involving inaccurate expense receipts related to a female contractor, according to a source familiar with the situation.


  • Nineteen killed in suicide bombing in Pakistan

    September 6, 2010

    LAKKI MARWAT, Pakistan (Reuters) - A suicide bomber rammed his car into a police station in northwest Pakistan on Monday killing at least 19 people, police said, in a new wave of attacks by al Qaeda- and Taliban-linked militants.



  • China Inc gets new chairman as state-owned firms' clout grows (Reuters)

    September 6, 2010

    Reuters - Wang Yong, a name little heard on the global business stage, has become boss of the world's biggest mobile telecom carrier, the most valuable coal producer and Asia's top oil refiner.


  • Afghan foreign troops death toll hits 500 for 2010

    September 6, 2010

    KABUL (Reuters) - The number of foreign troops killed in Afghanistan this year has reached at least 500, compared with 521 in all of 2009, according to an independent monitoring site Monday and a tally compiled by Reuters.



  • Comparing the Size of Online eBook Stores

    September 6, 2010

    ebooksThe Kindle store at Amazon.com offers you access to around 700,000 electronic titles which also includes public domain works that are free.

    Sony says their eBook store has more than 1.2 million titles but if we discount Google Books, the actual store size is around 60,000 titles.

    Barnes & Noble’s eBook store too claims to have more than a million books for the Nook but the number of titles available in the store is around 26,000 – the rest are public domain (out of copyright) works that you may download through Google Books.

    Apple’s promotional material says that “tens of thousands” of book titles are available on their iBookstore but the exact numbers are unknown. However, a simple Google query reveals that iBookstore is the smallest of them all with a collection of around 22,400 titles.

    On the plus side, iBooks does support the ePub format and therefore you may download any of the public domain books from Google Books and read them on your iPhone or iPad.

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  • Tropical storm Hermine threatens Mexico, Texas

    September 6, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tropical storm Hermine has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and warnings have been issued from Tampico, Mexico to the Baffin Bay on the south Texas coast, the National Hurricane Center said on Monday.



  • Gamers' 13-year wait nearly over as Duke Nukem Forever gets a release date

    September 6, 2010

    Almost 13 years after it was first announced, video game Duke Nukem Forever has finally been given a release date by its new owners.


  • Dell Streak Gets Android 2.1 Update

    September 6, 2010

    Users on O2 Network in the UK can update their devices right away, others will have to wait


  • Aftershocks rattle quake-hit NZ city

    September 6, 2010

    WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Aftershocks rocked New Zealand's second-biggest city on Monday causing further damage and forcing authorities to extend a state of emergency after the country's most damaging earthquake in 80 years.



  • Buzz lawsuit to cost Google $8.5m

    September 6, 2010

    Google proposes settling a lawsuit over its Buzz social network, whilst regulators launch a review of the firm's US search practices.


  • TrueCrypt 7.0a

    September 6, 2010

    TrueCrypt is a software system for establishing and maintaining an on-the-fly-encrypted drive. On-the-fly encryption means that data are automatically encrypted or decrypted right before they are loaded or saved, without any user intervention. No data stored on an encrypted volume can be read (decrypted) without using the correct password or correc...


  • Japan fiscal targets need review: PM candidate's aide

    September 6, 2010

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan needs fiscal reform targets to tackle its massive debt but existing goals heavily influenced by bureaucrats should be reviewed, said an aide to the ruling party powerbroker challenging Prime Minister Naoto Kan.



  • Nokia X2 with 5 Megapixel Camera Launched in India

    September 6, 2010

    Runs Nokia's proprietary S40 OS, costs Rs. 5,999


  • The State of Household Robots

    September 6, 2010

    paulelaguna writes "The dream of owning a household robot is starting to become reality, particularly for people in Japan. There are robots to help you do the dishes, move furniture, and even robotic wheelchairs to help you get around. Really, the only question that remains for us is when do we move?"

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.



  • Former Google China Head Invests in Chinese Startups

    September 6, 2010

    Kai-Fu Lee, former head of Google's China operations, is funding a dozen startups through a new business incubator he founded.

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  • Former Google China Head Invests in Chinese Startups (PC World)

    September 6, 2010

    PC World - One year after leaving his position as head of Google's China operations, Kai-Fu Lee is funding a dozen startups with his new company Innovation Works to seize on opportunities with China's booming Internet market.


  • Apple boasts 1 million Ping users in 48 hours

    September 6, 2010

    This music centric social network is not available in several countries including India


  • Bill Kutik on HR Collaboration Options

    September 5, 2010

    A recording of a Skype conversation with Bill Kutik, the eminent independent Human Resources technology analyst who co-chairs the upcoming September 29 annual HR Technology Conference in...


  • Brilliant ideas

    September 6, 2010

    The secrets behind some of the UK’s newest inventions


  • Motorola Takes a Dig at Apple Yet Again

    September 6, 2010

    Makes fun of Apple's aversion to Flash via a print ad


  • recent work with zend framework and doctrine2

    September 6, 2010

    I recently began working with an organization and we are in the midst of making some changes. They were not far enough along that any changes now make that much of a difference, but it was an odd set of changes nonetheless.


  • Senate Candidate Sued By Copyright Troll

    September 5, 2010

    The Iso writes "Las Vegas based company Righthaven found two articles from the Las Vegas Review-Journal about Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle reprinted on her web site without permission, so it did what it always does: bought the rights to the articles from the Review-Journal and sued the alleged infringer, seeking unspecified damages."

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.



  • Nexus One Gets New Android 2.2 Build

    September 5, 2010

    Spotted by eagle eyed folks from XDA Developers


  • UK Music Industry Calls For Truce With Technology

    September 5, 2010

    Stoobalou writes "The British music industry has called for a truce with the technology firms with whom it has till now fought a bitter battle over rights, royalties and file sharing. Feargal Sharkey, CEO of lobby group UK Music, told a conference in London this week that it was time for the music and technology industries to set aside their differences and strive instead toward a common goal: nothing less than the total global domination of British music."

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  • The New Difficulties In Making a 3D Game

    September 5, 2010

    eldavojohn writes "MSNBC spoke with the senior producer of a new stereoscopic 3D game called 'Killzone 3' and highlighted problems they are trying to solve with being one of the first FPS 3D games for the PS3. The team ran into serious design problems like where to put the cross hairs for the players (do they constantly hover in front of your vision?) and what to do with any of the heads up display components. Aside from the obvious marketing thrown in at the end of the article (in a very familiar


  • 4chan Gives 90-Year-Old Vet a Great Birthday

    September 5, 2010

    Hugh Pickens writes "Members of 4chan aren't known for doing things that are cute and heart-warming and when they decide to go after someone, it's typically to subject them to ridicule. But not this time. Someone at 4chan decided that the Internet should get together and wish 90-year-old WWII veteran William J. Lashua a happy birthday, and soon Lashua's local branch of the American Legion was deluged by birthday calls from people as far away as Sweden. The account someone set up for Mr. Lashua's


  • MobileTechRoundup show #220; New Apple gear, Samsung Tab, Swype

    September 5, 2010

    Apple announced a refreshed iPod lineup, iOS 4 update, and the Apple TV this week. Samsung also revealed their Android tablet device as the fall tech releases kick up.


  • Transition Metal Catalysts Could be Key To Origin of Life

    September 5, 2010

    An anonymous reader writes "One of the big, unsolved problems in explaining how life arose on Earth is a chicken-and-egg paradox: How could the basic biochemicals - such as amino acids and nucleotides - have arisen before the biological catalysts (proteins or ribozymes) existed to carry out their formation? In a paper appearing in the current issue of The Biological Bulletin, scientists propose that a third type of catalyst could have jumpstarted metabolism and life itself, deep in hydrothermal


  • Fine-Structure Constant Maybe Not So Constant

    September 5, 2010

    Kilrah_il writes "The fine-structure constant, a coupling constant characterizing the strength of the electromagnetic interaction, has been measure lately by scientist from University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and has been found to change slightly in light sent from quasars in galaxies as far back as 12 billion years ago. Although the results look promising, caution is advised: 'This would be sensational if it were real, but I'm still not completely convinced that it's not simply systematic


  • Oracle Open World 2010: confusion or clarity?

    September 5, 2010

    Hurd to Oracle? Really - then what about Catz and Philips? Who knows? None of us and that is for sure. Regardless, it makes for light entertainment in the run up to OOW.


  • Hurd may join Oracle; Ellison plots succession plan?

    September 5, 2010

    Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd is reportedly in talks to join Oracle in a move that adds up on many fronts.


  • Mark Hurd may take job at Oracle, report says

    September 5, 2010

    When Mark Hurd resigned unexpectedly from Hewlett-Packard last month he found an outspoken supporter in the form of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. It appears now that Hurd may end up working for Ellison, according to a report Saturday in the Wall Street Journal.


  • Tiny solar cells fix themselves

    September 5, 2010

    A mix of chemicals borrowed from plants with tiny tubes of carbon can spontaneously create tiny, self-repairing solar cells.


  • Former HP CEO Mark Hurd heading to Oracle?

    September 5, 2010

    Hurd and Oracle are in negotiations to have the former HP chief join Oracle as a senior executive, according to a Wall Street Journal report.


  • Aboard an Alcatel-Lucent undersea cable ship (photos)

    September 5, 2010

    The telecommunications infrastructure company gives ZDNet UK a tour of its cable gear factory and the ship Ile de Batz, offering a look at a vital part of the global Internet that's normally hidden by miles of water.


  • Google settles Buzz suit for $8.5 mil; updates privacy policy

    September 4, 2010

    Google's Achilles heel has always been privacy. Will this make a difference?


  • No more adult services on Craigslist: 1st Amendment issue or business decision?

    September 4, 2010

    Most people won't argue that the now-censored adult services listings on Craigslist weren't the most tasteful and some were out and out bad news. But why the change of heart at Craigslist?


  • 6 cool PHP, jQuery scripts to juice up your web

    September 5, 2010

    I know that many of us spend hours searching for new and cool way to present your web page or to achieve some new and cool effect. I am giving you a collection of six must have scripts that could help you to make even better applications. This small scripts can be used as an idea of the effect or functionality you are trying to achieve.


  • Firebird 2.5.0 RC3

    September 4, 2010

    Firebird is a relational database offering many ANSI SQL standard features that runs on Linux, Windows, and a variety of Unix platforms. Firebird offers excellent concurrency, high performance, and powerful language support for stored procedures and triggers. Firebird is a fully featured and powerful RDBMS. It can handle databases from just a few K...


  • Craigslist.com blocks access to adult services ads

    September 4, 2010

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Craigslist.com has dropped its "adult services" listings, which have become the target of U.S. state attorneys general who say the much-visited online classified ad site is not doing enough to quash prostitution.


  • Craigslist ends adult service ads

    September 4, 2010

    Online marketplace Craigslist closes its US adult services listing following pressure from attorneys general and advocacy groups.

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