Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Technical News - 20 october 2010

  • Watch list: 20 iPad competitors

    October 20, 2010

    The Apple iPad has re-energized the market for tablet computers but it has gone nearly all of 2010 without a serious challenger. That will soon change. Here are 20 upstarts taking aim at the iPad.


  • Will 7-inch tablets fill the 'functional wasteland' void?

    October 20, 2010

    Here's the problem with the onslaught of smartphones, tablets, notebooks and other computing gadgets hitting the market: Unless you can somehow break the rules of physics one size never fits all.


  • End users explode cloud myths at #ODE10

    October 20, 2010

    With refreshing frankness, end user executives have 'fessed up' that cloud ERP is more reliable, more secure and less risky than the on-premise alternatives, speaking in a user panel at OnDemand...


  • What France did for software it will not do for biotechs

    October 20, 2010

    The Sarkozy government, in order to quell protests in the streets, is throwing workers a bone in the form of a requirement that biotech firms gradually start paying for their workers' retirement...


  • Apple leaks clues to new "Back to the Mac" products, including mystery product

    October 20, 2010

    It seems that Apple has jumped the gun a bit and posted up placeholder pages on its support forum giving us clues as to what might be upcoming.


  • Cloud computing in the enterprise: What's the holdup?

    October 20, 2010

    Security, compliance and auditing, contracts and service level agreements appear to be keeping 70 percent of companies with more than 1,000 employees from starting a cloud computing initiative,...


  • Forrester: Green IT services landscape shifting

    October 20, 2010

    25 IT services players boast formal sustainability or green IT practices


  • All signs point toward iLife, MacBook Air upgrades

    October 20, 2010

    You might want to start reconsidering your bets about Apple's big event today now as refreshes for both iLife and the MacBook Air seem inevitable.


  • REMINDER - "Back to the Mac" Event Coverage - Today

    October 20, 2010

    Apple is hosting its "Back to the Mac" event today, and Hardware 2.0 will be offering live analysis of the news as it happens.


  • Splunk adding end-to-end visibility to IT's tool kit

    October 20, 2010

    Splunk makes it possible for organizations to peer into their systems, their solutions and their workloads to learn what is really happening all in real time.


  • Micromax Partners With Modu to Launch in India Modu T - The Worlds Lightest 3 Touch Mobile Phone

    October 20, 2010

    Filed under: News : Mobile Phones




    The modu T phone is co-branded and customized with Micromax. Read more


  • Tech mergers: Are the giants just fighting the last war?

    October 20, 2010

    The M&A dance is just starting, but the key chore is dissecting what tech companies are fighting the last war instead of thinking ahead.


  • Playstation Move and ICICI Bank Present iMOVEMENT, a PS Move Championship of Sorts

    October 20, 2010

    Filed under: News : Games




    Tech2m just happens to be the online partner for this event. Read more


  • Kingston Announced the Release of the Kingston SSDNow V+180 Range

    October 20, 2010

    Filed under: News : Hard Drives




    The Kingston SSDNow V+180 is designed for ultra-mobile devices. Read more


  • Netgear Gets Into The Diwali Spirit; Gives Away Goodies

    October 20, 2010

    Filed under: News : General




    This festive scheme is available on a pan India basis till 31st October 2010. Read more


  • Optogenetics: Controlling the Brain with Light [Extended Version]

    October 20, 2010

    Despite the enormous efforts of clinicians and researchers, our limited insight into psychiatric disease (the worldwide-leading cause of years of life lost to death or disability) hinders the search for cures and contributes to stigmatization. Clearly, we need new answers in psychiatry. But as philosopher of science Karl Popper might have said, before we can find the answers, we need the power to ask new questions. In other words, we need new technology. [More]

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  • Controlling the Brain with Light

    October 20, 2010

    Every day as a practicing psychiatrist, I confront my field’s limitations. Despite the noble efforts of clinicians and researchers, our limited insight into the roots of psychiatric disease hinders the search for cures and contributes to the stigmatization of this enormous problem, the leading cause worldwide of years lost to death or disability. Clearly, we need new answers in psychiatry. But as philosopher of science Karl Popper might have said, before we can find the answers, we need the


  • Teachable Moment

    October 20, 2010

    This page often focuses on the fascinating science featured inside the magazine, but this month I also want to tell you about what we are doing for science outside of our pages.

    As a Scientific American reader, you are most likely concerned about the sliding performance of U.S. students in science and math. Fostering learning in general is important, of course. (For more on that, see “ Hearing the Music, Honing the Mind ,” Science Agenda.) But as President Barack Obama put it in September


  • Buffalo Introduces Security Enabled NAS WebAccess iPhone and iPad Apps

    October 20, 2010

    Filed under: News : Software




    These new apps provide iPhone and iPad users a way to access and stream digital content from a Buffalo NAS solution to their mobile devices. Read more


  • Indie Developer Makes a Kindle Game

    October 20, 2010

    Spry Fox has created Triple Town, which is supposedly the first Kindle game from an independent studio.

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  • ACLU Says Net Neutrality Necessary For Free Speech

    October 20, 2010

    eldavojohn writes "The ACLU has recently identified Network Neutrality a key free speech issue and said in a lengthy PDF report: 'Freedom of expression isn't worth much if the forums where people actually make use of it are not themselves free. And the Internet is without doubt the primary place where Americans exercise their right to free expression. It's a newspaper, an entertainment medium, a reference work, a therapist's office, a soapbox, a debating stand. It is the closest thing ever invented


  • Verizon to sell Samsung's iPad rival for $600 (AP)

    October 20, 2010

    AP - The first big-name competitor to the iPad in the U.S. won't be undercutting it in price.


  • France clears fuel blockades ahead of pension vote

    October 20, 2010

    PARIS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Sarkozy sent in police to clear access to barricaded fuel depots and restore supply as trade unions kept up their resistance to an unpopular pension reform due for a final vote this week.



  • Symbian Foundation director steps down as platform loses allies

    October 20, 2010

    Symbian Foundation executive director Lee Williams has stepped down, citing personal reasons. His replacement is Tim Holbrow, who previously served as the foundation's CFO. This news comes at a time of uncertainty for the Symbian Foundation, which has recently lost some of its biggest allies in the handset market.

    Nokia acquired Symbian in 2008 and spun off the independent Symbian Foundation with the aim of opening up the legacy mobile platform's source code. The foundation hoped to build


  • Starbucks Will Distribute Content With Coffee in Its Stores

    October 20, 2010

    Starbucks has launched the Starbucks Digital Network, which will distribute content in U.S. stores via the chain's free Wi-Fi hotspots.

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  • This is Demo Slam

    October 19, 2010

    If you’re reading this, then you’ve probably watched your share of tech demos in your life, possibly on this very blog. Like broccoli, tech demos are good for you. But kids don’t line up for broccoli—just like the majority of people don’t line up for tech demos.

    So how do we get more free, amazing tech goodness to more people? Well, as you’ll see, there’s nothing we won’t try.

    Introducing Demo Slam, a place where boring tech demos become (hopefully) gotta-show-my-friends awesome—thanks to the


  • Interop gives back a month's worth of IPv4 addresses

    October 20, 2010

    Whenever we publish stories about the IPv4 address depletion or IPv6, people make comments along the lines of "does MIT really need a class A IPv4 block with 16,777,216 addresses?" Apparently Interop, the holder of the 45.x.x.x block since 1995, no longer needs that much space. They're now returning 99 percent of it to ARIN, the American Registry for Internet Numbers, which handles IP address distribution in North America. Interop is holding on to a small fraction of the 45/8 block


  • Afghan leader sees hope for peace and reconciliation

    October 20, 2010

    KABUL (Reuters) - The hope for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan after almost 10 years of war has increased, President Hamid Karzai said on Wednesday, reinforcing his wish for a political settlement to the intractable conflict.



  • "Super typhoon" regains strength and aims for China

    October 20, 2010

    HONG KONG (Reuters) - A "super typhoon" regained strength and headed for southern China on Wednesday after wreaking havoc across the northern Philippines, destroying thousands of homes and killing at least 15 people.



  • Mozilla plots Web app store tools, updates Firefox

    October 20, 2010

    Mozilla has laid plans for building online stores for Web apps, though it doesn't plan to build a store itself. Also: new Firefox features and security fixes.


  • Zynga and Facebook sued for privacy violations (Digital Trends)

    October 20, 2010

    Digital Trends - Over the weekend, an investigative report claimed that all of the top 10 apps on Facebook were leaking, possibly selling, user IDs to advertising networks. User IDs can be used to find publicly shared information about a user. Facebook quickly came clean about the problem, but denied prior knowledge of it. The company is now working on a fix with its app partners, including Zynga, who made six of the 10 most popular apps on the social network including FarmVille, Mafia Wars, and


  • Rural broadband to survive cuts

    October 20, 2010

    The government announces the location of the rural areas that will pilot super-fast broadband, part-funded by the BBC.


  • CIA acknowledges "missteps" led to officers' deaths

    October 20, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The CIA on Tuesday acknowledged "missteps" and "shortcomings" that allowed a would-be informant to enter a U.S. base in Afghanistan and blow himself up on December 30, killing seven CIA officers.



  • Dramatic solar eclipse pictured by Nasa

    October 20, 2010

    Image of Moon cutting across Sun captured by Nasa observatory.


  • Why phones need to know where you are

    October 20, 2010

    "Where are you?" It's a personal question, right? But more and more, your smartphone is asking it.


  • Facebook stops showing you photos of your ex

    October 20, 2010

    Facebook is doing its very best not to make you terribly sad.


  • Frontend 2010 Slides & Recap

    October 20, 2010

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    Last month I had the opportunity to speak at Frontend 2010 (hosted by IXD) in Oslo, Norway. My topic was about beautiful design. I talked about how you can make beautiful websites by putting the extra detail in it. As promised, here is the slide and brief recap about my presentation. I apologize for the delay. You may also download the slide at SlideShare.


  • Starbucks launches network today

    October 20, 2010

    Beginning today, Starbucks customers who use the free Wi-Fi at more than 6,800 U.S. company-operated stores will be greeted with the Starbucks Digital Network (SDN) -- an exclusive content network curated by the company and designed to enhance the customer's in-store experience.


  • Live blog: Apple gets 'Back to the Mac' today

    October 20, 2010

    Apple is hosting a special press event Wednesday focused on the Mac, which CNET will be covering live. There will also be a preview of the next version of Mac OS X.


  • Apple ready to go 'Back to the Mac'

    October 20, 2010

    In recent years Apple's business, and the hype surrounding it, have been driven by smartphones, tablets, TV boxes and hand-held media players.


  • Western Digital introduces Caviar Green 3TB internal hard drive

    October 19, 2010

    Both Seagate and Western Digital have released 3-terabyte external hard drives earlier this year, but WD has finally dropped the first 3TB internal drive on the market. The Caviar Green 3TB, which...


  • Google Toolbar 6.6.1015.36 (IE)

    October 20, 2010

    Keep the power of Google search close at hand. Google Toolbar puts a search box in your browser, making it easier than ever to find anything you want on the Web.


  • Rocket scientist aims to relaunch propulsion technology

    October 20, 2010

    Rocket propulsion hasn't changed much in decades, but a group of young scientists think that beamed microwave energy could power a new generation of rockets, leading to lower costs and opening space to a wide range of new businesses.


  • RIM counters Apple tablet jibes

    October 20, 2010

    One of the CEOs of Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has hit back at Apple chief Steve Jobs' critique of the tablet market.


  • Foobar2000 1.1.1 beta 1

    October 20, 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.

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