Thursday, October 7, 2010

Technical News - 07 October 2010

  • Sony's Google TV series pricing and screen sizes leaked

    October 7, 2010

    Not only does Logitech manage to steal the spotlight with its Revue box, now Sony is suffering even more due to what looks like leaked information about pricing and screen sizes for its Google TV...


  • Best Buy charges $30 for "free" PS3 firmware upgrade

    October 7, 2010

    So best Buy is charging a $30 (or $29.97 to be precise) surcharge for selling PS3 consoles with upgraded firmware. Is this just good business or a total rip off?


  • Why the French entrepreneurs are coming

    October 7, 2010

    In France you can be a national company. In America you're a global company. It's a difference in attitude.


  • RIM's challenges about to multiply

    October 7, 2010

    Research in Motion still has the leading smartphone platform, but its lead is looking more tenuous by the day. Can it fend off Apple's iOS, Android and maybe Windows Phone 7?


  • Warranty insurance for concentrator solar panels

    October 7, 2010

    What differentiates one solar technology from another? Would you be more like to buy or invest in one system versus another if you knew the technology's performance was somehow guaranteed....


  • TRUSTe tries to manage the massive problem of Internet user privacy

    October 7, 2010

    TRUSTe monitors the privacy policies of thousands of online companies, trying to keep user data private amid an ocean of snoops...


  • Hands-on review: Kodak PlayTouch pocket HD camcorder

    October 7, 2010

    Kodak recently unveiled its latest pocket HD camcorder, the PlayTouch. Here's the review.


  • Egenera adds support for Fujitsu servers

    October 7, 2010

    eGenera announced today that Fujitsu has joined both eGenera and Dell in the PAN Manager club. Now there are three suppliers of industry standard systems that can offer off-the-shelf systems that...


  • German Author Launches Multimedia Ebook Libroid

    October 7, 2010

    Filed under: News : Ebook Readers




    A German author has come up with a new kind of reading experience - a "libroid". Read more


  • Smartphones, tablets, and M2M coming to Verizon 4G network

    October 7, 2010

    Verizon unveiled its list of the 38 U.S. cities that will get 4G LTE service by the end of 2010. See what Verizon said about the potential LTE devices, including the iPhone.


  • Sony Google TV Screen Sizes and Prices Leaked

    October 7, 2010

    Filed under: News : TVs




    The missing pieces of the puzzle will be solved on October 12th. Read more


  • Nintendo Wii Goes Red For Marios Birthday

    October 7, 2010

    Filed under: News : Gaming Consoles




    Red version only available in Japan though. Read more


  • Panasonic Working on Handheld Game Player

    October 7, 2010

    Filed under: News : Handheld Gaming




    Panasonic Corp is developing a handheld game player in a bid to return to the video game market after a hiatus of more than a decade. Read more


  • Is Ubuntu 10.10 yet another chance to ditch Windows?

    October 7, 2010

    Ubuntu isn't going to displace Windows anytime soon. But it just keeps getting better. Schools owe it to their budgets and users to at least give it a look.


  • ITC may help Apple and Microsoft force Google to negotiate

    October 7, 2010

    Google is in a corner. How do you suggest they get out of it?


  • Toshiba Introduces A 660 Entertainment Laptop

    October 7, 2010

    Filed under: News : Laptops




    Equipped with NVIDIA 3D Vision technology. Read more


  • Samsung Gets Festive With Diwali Offers

    October 7, 2010

    Filed under: News : General




    3D home entertainment solution marketing with bundle offers that save upto Rs0,000 for consumers. Read more


  • If I'm drunk, you're a jerk

    October 7, 2010

    If you’ve ever had one (or ten) too many drinks at a bar, you’re probably familiar with this scenario: a drunk guy stumbles past you, spills a beer all over you, and you get angry. You’re convinced he did it on purpose, and you start fuming. According to a new study in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, you’ve probably fallen victim to one of the many side effects of booze: assuming that others' actions are intentional.

    The 92 male participants in the


  • Google Instant - Now in India

    October 7, 2010

    Filed under: News : Internet




    Google Instant is a new search interface and infrastructure enhancement that is fast and predictive. Read more


  • GM to recall 3,996 Cadillac SRX crossovers

    October 7, 2010

    DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co is recalling nearly 4,000 Cadillac SRX crossovers from the 2010 model year due to potential power steering line damage that has caused at least one fire, the automaker said on Thursday.



  • Best Buy's $30 PlayStation 3 Firmware Upsell Practically Criminal

    October 7, 2010

    Best Buy shamelessly charging customers to update firmware, create user accounts, and set up parental controls.

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  • NATO eyes Pakistan supply resumption after apology

    October 7, 2010

    KABUL (Reuters) - A U.S. apology for a helicopter strike inside Pakistan has raised hopes of an end to a week-long blockade of a vital NATO supply line, although the alliance said on Thursday it was not hindering the war in Afghanistan.



  • U.S. signs lease for Cape Wind project

    October 7, 2010

    The lease for the controversial $1 billion wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts officially ends a nine-year regulatory process for the project.


  • Late back-to-school shopping lifts retail sales

    October 7, 2010

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Teen apparel retailers led generally stronger-than-expected same-store sales in September, with a late start to the back-to-school season helping those chains beat Wall Street forecasts.



  • Justin Timberlake prefers vinyl to MP3s (AP)

    October 7, 2010

    AP - Justin Timberlake says he thinks vinyl records sound better than digitalized tunes.


  • Merging galaxies leave "radio relic" of high-energy cosmic rays

    October 7, 2010

    Cosmic rays are the highest energy particles in the Universe, produced by the most extreme astrophysical events, including gamma ray bursts and the accretion of matter onto super massive black holes. Cosmic rays can reach energies millions of times greater than those seen in the LHC, packing the energy of a hard-thrown baseball into a single proton. In a recent Science paper, researchers identified a radio relic from colliding galaxy clusters that should be able to produce cosmic rays


  • Staples to sell Kindle starting Sunday

    October 7, 2010

    The office supplies retailer will start selling Amazon's e-reader at its stores around the U.S., along with Kindle accessories.


  • Videoconferencing from your living room

    October 7, 2010

    Cisco Systems unveiled Cisco Umi today, its consumer-focused telepresence offering that lets people connect to each other using videoconferencing on their HD television in their living rooms.


  • The end of Digital Noise

    October 7, 2010

    In my last post for the CNET Blog Network, I look back over some of my favorite products and services of the last three-plus years.


  • Black Duck buys Ohloh from Geeknet

    October 6, 2010

    Black Duck Software has bought Ohloh, the open source directory and community, from Sourceforge parent Geeknet and will integrated it into Koders.


  • No serious talks with Netanyahu seen: Abbas aide

    October 7, 2010

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - A senior Palestinian official said on Thursday he saw no hope of a serious peace process with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in some of the darkest comments to date on the U.S.-mediated talks.



  • Latin writer Vargas Llosa wins Nobel for literature

    October 7, 2010

    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Peruvian-born writer and one-time presidential candidate Mario Vargas Llosa, a chronicler of the struggle against authority in Latin America, won the 2010 Nobel prize for literature on Thursday.



  • There's Wisdom in Those Tweets: Social Science Data Emerges from the Twitterverse

    October 7, 2010

    Critics have derided the 140-character messages posted daily on Twitter as trivialities. [More]

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  • Craving a Cure: A Virtual Meth House Serves as Fodder for Addiction Studies

    October 7, 2010

    Virtual worlds offer millions of online visitors the chance to ride a dragon or build a fake real estate empire. Addiction researchers have discovered that these communities can also produce something very real--drug cravings--which may help scientists develop and test new treatments for substance abuse.

    Researchers have struggled for decades with the problem of reproducing so-called environmental cues within the confines of a sterile lab environment. These reminders--a rolled-up dol­­


  • Yahoo Refreshes Search Engine

    October 7, 2010

    Shows search results in visual format, mobile search for iOS and Android gets HTML5 richness


  • Next Palm Pre-like Phone to Come with 1GHz CPU

    October 7, 2010

    Housing a faster processor, Palm P102UEU might be a GSM version of Pre Plus


  • Tutorial: Using the Swipe Gesture in Flash Mobile Apps

    October 7, 2010

    If you want to create a slick mobile application you will have to use the swipe gesture to flick through pages or move objects around. Our latest Flash tutorial will teach you how to use the AS3 Swipe Gesture to do that in your upcoming projects.


  • Google Instant Now for India

    October 7, 2010

    Now every keystroke in Google Search Box will show you dynamic search results starting with Chrome Browser


  • The Benefits of Using Facebook Groups

    October 7, 2010

    facebook groupsYou are probably connected with multiple sets of people on Facebook that have little in common. For instance, you are friends with your work colleagues, college mates, family members and so on. What you share on Facebook, like a picture or a video, may be interesting to one set of contacts but the other set may just see it as pure noise.

    To deal with this problem, Facebook has long had a feature called lists that let you limit the visibility of your status updates to select contacts but the feature never really took off. Now Facebook has come up with an even better solution in the form of Facebook Groups.

    With Facebook Groups, you can form multiple smaller networks of people inside Facebook and what you share with one group stays in that group. That means if you share your kids pictures among the “family” group, they won’t show up in your colleagues’ news feed.

    Other than private messaging, Groups give you access to some new communication tools in Facebook that were not available available before. Some examples:

    1. Interact without logging into Facebook

    facebook email address

    When you create a group in Facebook, you have the option to assign a unique email address to that group. (Go to Edit Group –> Choose a Group Email Address)

    This is so interesting because you now can interact with your Facebook friends using your email client itself without having to log into Facebook.com. If someone posts a picture or a message on the Facebook group, you get an email notification and you can add a comment to that post by simply replying to that email message.

    2. Group Chat Many:Many

    The regular chat in Facebook is 1:1 but with Groups, all the members of that group can talk to each other simultaneously. For the first time, you can get to chat with people on Facebook who are not your friends but are part of the same group.

    3. Wiki meets Facebook

    wiki facebook

    Facebook Groups have a wiki-like feature called “Docs” that group members can use to create text documents with Facebook itself.

    These document can be edited by any other group member and Facebook stores a log of every single edit that’s made to the document just like a regular wiki.

    4. Send Bulk Email

    Let’s say you have a party at home and you want to send an invite to all your Facebook friends. The problem is that Facebook won’t let you send a message to more than 20 friends at a time.

    As a workaround, you can create a temporary “secret” group with all your Facebook friends and anything that you now post in this group will be sent to their inboxes as well. As far as I know, there are no limits on the maximum number of people who can be part of your Facebook group.

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  • Facebook preempts Google Me feature?

    October 6, 2010

    Of course we can't be sure this is the case until Google Me actually launches, but it appears that Facebook may have released a feature that might take the wind out of Google's sails before their...


  • TeamViewer 5.1.9290 released

    October 7, 2010

    In our TeamViewer download area you will now find the new release TeamViewer 5.1.9290 for Windows which includes several enhancements:
    • A new group can be added when adding a new partner to the partner list
    • The remote computer can be locked using the “Lock computer” in Actions menu
    • Invitation E-mails are not limited to 255 characters if the E-Mail client supports more characters
    • Connections using the partner list are logged in the connection history
    • Partner list aliases are added


  • 24 hours and we saw 12 Android smartphones on six US carriers

    October 6, 2010

    Google Android is taking off like wildfire and at CTIA we saw a rather startling number of new devices announced from all four major carriers and a couple regional carriers. Most of these devices...


  • Yahoo revamps its search engine

    October 7, 2010

    Yahoo is rolling out a new search experience today, making its web search more streamlined and visual, improving its mobile search and adding a list of hot search topics to the Yahoo front page.


  • New Micromax Touchscreen Phone for Rs. 6,250

    October 7, 2010

    The X505 comes with a 2GB micro SD card preloaded with MTV music & video content


  • Ubuntu Linux upgraded for netbooks, desktops, and servers

    October 7, 2010

    Canonical says Ubuntu 10.10 will feature interface and software installation boosts, and the server version will boast cloud enhancements

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