Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Technical News - 07 September 2010

  • WashPost's tweet blunder highlights power of Twitter, microblogging

    September 7, 2010

    If you still think of Twitter as a useless joke, think again. A Washington Post sports writer is on suspension after a Twitter experiment backfired.


  • Integrien AliveVM

    September 7, 2010

    I'm trying to dig may way down the pile of things that came in over the past few weeks while I was busy addressing myself to other issues.Integrien announced its AliveVM at VMworld and was...


  • SiOx

    September 7, 2010

  • Oracle names ex-HP CEO Mark Hurd co-president (AP)

    September 7, 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. Hurd is in talks to take a top executive job at Oracle Corp., the database software maker run by his friend Larry Ellison, a person with direct knowledge of the discussions said. It wasn't immediately clear what job Hurd would take. But the person told The Associated Press on Sunday that Ellison, the only person to serve as Oracle's CEO since he founded the company 33 years ago, wouldn't be leaving that post. This person emphasized that the talks were not yet finalized. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)AP - Oracle Corp. has hired former Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Mark Hurd to help lead the database software maker in a pivotal moment in Oracle's 33-year history as it tries to muscle in on more of HP's turf.



  • AOL teaming up with Ellen DeGeneres online (AP)

    September 7, 2010

    AP - AOL is adding talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to its family of Web properties as it looks for ways to draw more people to its sites.


  • Fly Announces Low-cost Music Phone - DS102

    September 7, 2010

    Priced at Rs. 1,499


  • Australia's Gillard scrapes back to power

    September 7, 2010

    CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard secured a wafer thin parliamentary majority on Tuesday, ending a political impasse but hardly cheering investors worried about the fragility of her government and its plans to tax mining profits.



  • Self-Assembling Photovoltaic Tech From MIT

    September 7, 2010

    telomerewhythere writes "Michael Strano and his team at MIT have made a self-assembling and indefinitely repairable photovoltaic cell based on the principle found in chloroplasts inside plant cells. 'The system Strano's team produced is made up of seven different compounds, including the carbon nanotubes, the phospholipids, and the proteins that make up the reaction centers, which under the right conditions spontaneously assemble themselves into a light-harvesting structure that produces an electric


  • PS3 Jailbreak PSGroove patched with 3.42 Update

    September 7, 2010

    Mandatory update for the game console fixes jailbreak possibilities


  • As AMD prepares Radeon HD 6000 graphics cards, is Nvidia ready to cut price on GTX 460?

    September 6, 2010

    Even if Nvidia's recent roll out of graphics cards based on its new Fermi architecture has slightly dulled AMD's momentum in the graphics market, the Radeon brand is still rolling along, with...


  • Questions for Oracle

    September 6, 2010

    MArk Hurd is now an Oracle President. The markets will likely be pleased but that still leaves open a large number of questions about strategy, acquisitions, Fusion, headcount...the list goes on.


  • China seeks to avoid shouting matches with U.S.

    September 7, 2010

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China wants to quell tensions with the United States through quiet talk, not shouting matches, a top diplomat told White House advisers on Tuesday, aiming to pave the way for a visit by President Hu Jintao early next year.



  • Olive FrvrOn with AAA Battery Arrives on Airtel

    September 7, 2010

    Price slashed to Rs.1,299 from Rs. 1,600


  • Jaguar dumps Australian swimmer after anti-gay tweet (Reuters)

    September 7, 2010

    Reuters - Luxury car maker Jaguar has cut its sponsorship of star Australia swimmer Stephanie Rice, a triple Olympic gold medalist, after she sent a tweet using an anti-gay slur.


  • Better Facebook Search through Bing Social

    September 7, 2010

    Google’s Realtime Search offers you a convenient way to search through status updates, news articles and other links that are shared on the social web, mainly Twitter and Facebook.

    Microsoft too has a similar search product called Bing Social and though both these tools are powered by the same data coming from Twitter and Facebook, I find Bing’s Social Search a slightly better product than Google’s Realtime Search.

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    Both Bing and Google display search results from Facebook and Twitter in a self-updating river of news format but with Bing Social, you have an option to filter out status updates by source.

    That means you can limit your search results to either Twitter or Facebook, something that is currently not possible in Google’s Realtime search.

    Bing Social is also an excellent tool for searching news stories and blog posts that are being shared on Facebook without you having to log into your Facebook account.

    Search for a topic on Bing Social, limit the source to "Facebook" and click "Shared Links." It shows the number of times a particular story has been shared by Facebook users and thus, it gets so easy for you to discover popular stories around your topics of interest in near real-time.

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    Related: Social Sharing Stats for your Website

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    This article, titled Better Facebook Search through Bing Social, was originally published at Digital Inspiration under Bing, Facebook, Twitter, Internet.


  • Oracle's Hurd for Phillips swap: What's the customer relations impact?

    September 6, 2010

    Oracle has a new customer relations front man: Former HP CEO Mark Hurd. Oracle's move to name former Hurd as co-president is going to be interesting to watch from a customer relations perspective....


  • Manx on the moon?

    September 7, 2010

    Astronomer Dr David Whitehouse and Tim Craine discuss why the Isle of Man is interested in space exploration.


  • Micromax Q7

    September 7, 2010

    Its compact QWERTY is quite inviting, but doesn't leave you entirely satisfied


  • Hurd joins Oracle, Phillips resigns

    September 6, 2010

    Ashlee Vance at The New York Times is saying that Mark Hurd is joining Oracle as President and that Charles Phillips has stepped aside. There was no mention of Phillips next move.The moves have...


  • AMD to launch Radeon HD 6000 GPUs Soon

    September 7, 2010

    The weaked version of 40nm Radeon HD 5000 GPUs might be announced by the end of this month


  • A brief history of PHP logos

    September 7, 2010

    Welcome to the [almost complete] history of PHP logos. There have been a few changes over the years, so let’s explore them now


  • MTS Unveils Three New Phones

    September 6, 2010

    Priced between Rs. 4,999 and Rs. 13,500


  • Breathing New Life Into Old DirectDraw Games

    September 6, 2010

    An anonymous reader writes "I bought a bunch of old Wing Commander games for Windows, but they use DirectDraw, which Microsoft has deprecated. They don't work too well under Windows 7, so I ended up reimplementing ddraw.dll using OpenGL to output the games' graphics. I wrote an article describing the process and all the fun workarounds I had to come up with, and released all related source code for others to hack on."

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.



  • Avant Browser 2010 Build 118

    September 6, 2010

    Avant Browser is a standalone application designed to expand features provided by Internet Explorer. It adds a bunch of features and functionalities to IE and its user-friendly interface brings a new level of clarity and efficiency to your browsing experience, and frequent upgrades have steadily improved its reliability.


  • Skype 4.2.0.187

    September 6, 2010

    Skype is software for calling other people on their computers or phones. Download Skype and start calling for free all over the world.


  • Oracle hires former HP's Mark Hurd

    September 6, 2010

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Silicon Valley technology giant Oracle Corp has hired Mark Hurd, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard Co who resigned amid a scandal, as president.


  • Realtek High Definition Audio 2.52 Vista

    September 6, 2010

    The Realtek High Definition Audio codecs are compliant with Microsoft's UAA (Universal Audio Architecture). The top series provide 10 DAC channels that simultaneously support 7.1 sound playback, plus 2 channels of independent stereo sound output (multiple streaming) through the front panel stereo output. Flexible mixing, mute, and fine gain control...


  • Venture capitalists tire of Twitter-y start-ups

    September 6, 2010

    Venture firms seem to have realized that Twitter accessories may not provide huge financial gains. It's the platform, not the extras, that matter in the Twitterverse.


  • Google Logo Turns into Animated Particles (Mashable)

    September 6, 2010

    Mashable - We've seen a great number of cool Google logos throughout the years, but today's doodle, available on the U.S. version of Google's search engine, is one of the most intriguing yet.


  • Mozambique unrest shows the power of text messaging (AFP)

    September 6, 2010

    A Mozambiquean sends a text message during violent protests that paralysed Mozambique's capital Maputo on September 2, 2010. A widely circulated text message called on people to strike over rising prices, an indication of the new organisational power, cell phone technology has brought to the people.(AFP/Arthur Frayer)AFP - Deadly protests that paralysed Mozambique's capital last week were spurred by a text message that went viral on Maputo's cell phones, signalling the power of new technology in the hands of the poor.



  • QuickBooks 2011 to deliver multi-user functionality to Macs (Macworld.com)

    September 6, 2010

    Macworld.com - Mac users whoĆ¢€™ve demanded the ability to have different people working on the same QuickBooks files at once will soon get their wish fulfilled when the next version of QuickBooks arrives for the Mac. Software maker Intuit says that the 2011 version of the accounting and small business management application will add multi-user functionality.


  • Australia To Fight iPod Use By Pedestrians

    September 6, 2010

    Kilrah_il writes "In recent years the number of people killed on roads in New South Wales, Australia has dropped, but strangely enough, the number of pedestrians killed has risen. Some think it's because of the use of iPods and other music players making people not attentive to road dangers (the so-called 'iPod Zombie Trance'). Based on this (unproven) assumption, the Pedestrian Council has started a campaign in an effort to educate the people, but apparently it isn't enough. Now, some are pushing


  • iPhone 4 Gets an Interesting Physical Keyboard

    September 6, 2010

    ..as an accessory mind you!


  • Hurd joins Oracle as co-president

    September 6, 2010

    Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd has been appointed co-president of Oracle, the software company announced Monday.


  • Hurd Joins Oracle as Co-president

    September 6, 2010

    Mark Hurd has been appointed co-president of Oracle.

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  • Android isn't surging just because Apple is letting it

    September 6, 2010

    Despite the superior user experience of the iPhone, Android has somehow gained a lot of momentum. I suggest it's not because iPhone is only available on AT&T, but because Android is the...


  • Ousted HP CEO Named Co-President of Oracle

    September 6, 2010

    Talk about quick rebounds.

    One month after resigning his position at Hewlett-Packard amid allegations of business-standard improprieties, ousted HP CEO Mark Hurd has a new gig: Co-president of Oracle.

    Ending a long weekend’s worth of speculation, Oracle on Monday said Hurd will serve as co-president alongside Safra Catz, taking up a role vacated by current president and fellow scandal cultivator Charles Phillips, who has evidently resigned.

    “Mark did a brilliant job at HP and I expect he’ll do even better at Oracle,” Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said in statement. “There is no executive in the IT world with more relevant experience than Mark.”

    Indeed, Hurd’s knowledge of HP’s (HPQ) server and data storage-systems business will undoubtedly come in handy at Oracle (ORCL), which has been aggressively moving into that very space ever since its acquisition of Sun. In that sense, Hurd’s hiring is a real coup for Oracle. Who better to put the screws to a rival than a former CEO with a bone to pick?

    Perhaps that’s what Larry Ellison was thinking when he spanked HP for canning Hurd. “The HP board just made the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs many years ago,” he said at the time. “That decision nearly destroyed Apple and would have if Steve hadn’t come back and saved them.”


  • Oracle hires former HP CEO Hurd as president

    September 6, 2010

    Mark Hurd, who resigned suddenly from Hewlett-Packard last month amid an ethics controversy, will now be reporting directly to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.


  • Google Says Microsoft Is Driving Antitrust Review

    September 6, 2010

    GovTechGuy writes "On Friday we discussed news that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott opened a probe into whether Google ranks its search listings with an eye toward nicking the competition. Google suggested the concerns have a major sponsor: Microsoft. In question is whether the world's biggest search engine could be unfairly disadvantaging some companies by giving them a low ranking in free search listings and in paid ads that appear at the top of the page. That could make it tough for users


  • First official Windows Phone 7 hits the web - "The revolution is coming"

    September 6, 2010

    The first official Windows Phone 7 ad hits the web, and it ptomises that "the revolution is coming."


  • Aging Star System Leaves Strange Death Spiral

    September 6, 2010

    jamie tips a post at Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy blog about an extremely unusual astronomical phenomenon originating from a binary system about 3000 light years away. Quoting: "The name of this thing is AFGL 3068. It's been known as a bright infrared source for some time, but images just showed it as a dot. This Hubble image using the Advanced Camera for Surveys reveals an intricate, delicate and exceedingly faint spiral pattern. ... Red giants tend to blow a lot of their outer layers into space


  • For the photographers out there - Toshiba debuts world's fastest SDHC cards

    September 6, 2010

    You don't come across many pro digital cameras making use of SD card memory because SD cards aren't as fast as CF cards. Well, not any more, as Toshiba unveils the world's fastest SDHC memory cards.


  • American Business Embraces 'Gamification'

    September 6, 2010

    Hugh Pickens writes "JP Mangalindan writes that for years psychologists have studied what makes video games so engrossing — why do players spend hours accruing virtual points working towards intangible rewards and what characteristics make some games more addictive than others? Now, companies are realizing that 'gamification' — using the same mechanics that hook gamers — is an effective way to generate business. For example, when Nike released Nike + in 2008, it 'gamified' exercise


  • Google considering iTunes-like service?

    September 6, 2010

    Apple may get a nasty surprise this holiday season; rumors are swirling that Google's Andy Rubin is planning on a holiday-season launch for the search behemoth's new music download service.


  • Is Craigslist bluffing over adult ads?

    September 6, 2010

    Having taken down its Adult Services section without explanation, some are speculating whether Craigslist is trying to teach attorneys general a lesson, rather than permanently averting its gaze from adult ads.

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