Sunday, October 24, 2010

Technical News -24 October 2010

  • Broadcast networks blocking Google TV's access to shows on their Websites

    October 24, 2010

    Wanna watch full episodes of your favorite shows from the networks' own Websites using your new Google TV device? Well, you can't, thanks to ABC, CBS, and NBC blocking their sites using Google's...

  • NASA Crashes on the Moon - Technorati

    October 24, 2010

    The Hindu

    NASA Crashes on the Moon
    In a NASA mission, that the folks from Discovery Channel's Myth Busters would appreciate, NASA finds water and volatile molecules on the moon. A team from Ames Research Center prepared a moon mission on the cheap with parts from the junk pile, ...
    On the moon, a complex chemical world Washington Post
    Science In Action - 22/10/2010 BBC News
    NASA moon impact blasted into material that's 5% water

  • Haiti cholera toll tops 200 with five cases in capital

    October 24, 2010

    PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - The death toll from a cholera epidemic in Haiti topped 200 on Saturday and fears of it propagating in the crowded, earthquake-ravaged capital increased after five cases were detected in the city.

  • Canadian at Guantanamo to announce plea decision

    October 24, 2010

    GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) - Canadian captive Omar Khadr strolled across the sun-baked yard in one of the communal camps at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. detention center in Cuba, clearly aware that journalists were staring at him through the fence.

  • IBM Says New Software Will Help Predict Natural Disasters

    October 24, 2010

    coondoggie writes "IBM says it has patented a natural disaster warning system, which uses analytic techniques that accurately and precisely conducts post-event analysis of seismic events, such as earthquakes, as well as provide early warnings for tsunamis, which can follow earthquakes. The invention also provides the ability to rapidly measure and analyze the damage zone of an earthquake to help prioritize emergency response needed following an earthquake."

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  • Mac Users Warned of Growing Virus Threat

    October 24, 2010

    Some 5000 "strains" of malware now target the Mac, and an antivirus venodr reports seeing 500 new Mac-specific samples every month.

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  • Firefox 4's JavaScript Now Faster Than Chrome's

    October 24, 2010

    An anonymous reader writes "Firefox 4's JavaScript engine is now faster than V8 (used in Chrome) and Nitro (used in Safari) in the SunSpider benchmark on x86. On Mozilla's test system Nitro completes the benchmark in 369.7 milliseconds, V8 in 356.5 milliseconds, and Firefox 4's TraceMonkey and JaegerMonkey combination in 350.3 milliseconds. Conceivably Tech has a brief rundown of some benchmark figures from their test system obtained with the latest JS preview build of Firefox 4: 'Our AMD Phenom

  • Google Apologizes for Snooping

    October 24, 2010

    The search giant promises to be careful where it looks and listens in the future, outlining new policies for data-gathering.

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  • End of the Nook? Amazon announces 14-day Kindle ebook lending - VentureBeat

    October 24, 2010

    USA Today

    End of the Nook? Amazon announces 14-day Kindle ebook lending
    It was only a matter of time. Amazon will be introducing a 14-day lending feature for Kindle ebooks later this year, the Kindle team announced yesterday. The move brings the Kindle up to date with Barnes and Noble's rival Nook e-reader, ...
    End of the Nook? Amazon announces 14-day Kindle ebook lending - VentureBeat
    Amazon: 14-day lending coming to Kindle later

  • Privacy body to re-examine Google

    October 24, 2010

    Britain's privacy watchdog is to look again at what personal information internet giant Google gathered from private wi-fi networks.

  • China breaks up anti-Japan protests

    October 24, 2010

    LANZHOU, China (Reuters) - Chinese police on Sunday broke up protests against Japan in the northwestern city of Lanzhou over a territorial dispute that has stoked tensions between Asia's two biggest economies.

  • Yemen in al Qaeda manhunt as U.S. preacher appears in tape

    October 24, 2010

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Yemen said on Sunday it had launched a manhunt for al Qaeda in its southern Shabwa province, the same day a U.S.-born Muslim cleric sought by Washington and thought to be hiding in that area appeared in an online video.

  • Netanyahu warns Palestinians against unilateral acts

    October 24, 2010

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the Palestinians on Sunday not to take unilateral steps toward statehood, saying Israel was working closely with Washington on ways to restart peace talks.

  • Pope seeks religious liberty in Muslim Mideast

    October 24, 2010

    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict called on Islamic countries in the Middle East on Sunday to guarantee freedom of worship to non-Muslims and said peace in the region was the best remedy for a worrying exodus of Christians.

  • In the Face of Android, Why Should Nokia Stick With MeeGo?

    October 24, 2010

    GMGruman writes "In September, Symbian 3 was Nokia's latest great hope for becoming relevant in the modern smartphone market. Now comes word that the Symbian Foundation is shutting down, ending the Symbian 3 and Symbian 4 efforts. Nokia is now banking on MeeGo, a collaboration with Intel whose release date — and fit to smartphones — is highly uncertain. InfoWorld's Ted Samson thinks that it's time for Nokia to swallow its pride and stop pretending it will ship MeeGo in time to matter

  • Privacy body to re-examine Google - BBC News

    October 24, 2010

    Privacy body to re-examine Google
    BBC News
    Britain's privacy watchdog is to look again at what personal information internet giant Google gathered from private wi-fi networks. The Information Commissioner's Office had investigated a sample earlier this year after it was revealed that Google had ...
    Italy orders Google to mark Street View cars: report Reuters
    Google Apologizes for Snooping PC World
    Google spied on British emails

  • Speccy 1.06.191

    October 24, 2010

    Speccy will give you detailed statistics on every piece of hardware in your computer. Including CPU, Motherboard, RAM, Graphics Cards, Hard Disks, Optical Drives, Audio support. Additionally Speccy adds the temperatures of your different components, so you can easily see if there's a problem!

  • Researchers Find 70-Year-Olds Are Getting Smarter

    October 23, 2010

    Pickens writes "AlphaGalileo reports that researchers from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden have found in a forty year study of 2,000 seniors that today's 70-year-olds do far better in intelligence tests than their predecessors making it more difficult to detect dementia in its early stages. 'Using the test results, we've tried to identify people who are at risk of developing dementia,' says Dr. Simona Sacuiu. 'While this worked well for the group of 70-year-olds born in 1901-02, the same tests

  • Google admits Street View cars collected e-mails, passwords

    October 23, 2010

    After analyzing the unencrypted WiFi payload data captured by its Street View cars, Google now admits that the system captured entire e-mails, URLs and even user passwords.

  • ATI Catalyst Drivers 10.10 Vista

    October 23, 2010

    AMD's award-winning ATI Catalyst graphics and HD video configuration software delivers unprecedented control of performance and visual quality with ATI Radeon™ graphics processors. ATI Catalyst drivers deliver stable performance and push the limits of innovation with advanced user-oriented features.

  • G20 inks pact to avert trade war

    October 23, 2010

    GYEONGJU, South Korea (Reuters) - The Group of 20 major economies agreed on Saturday to shun competitive currency devaluations but stopped short of setting targets to reduce trade imbalances that are clouding global growth prospects.

  • Giants see off Phillies to reach World Series

    October 23, 2010

    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The San Francisco Giants reached the World Series by beating the Philadelphia Phillies in a 3-2 nail-biter on Saturday to clinch the National League Championship Series and set up an underdogs' Fall Classic.

  • Rounding the Bases Faster, With Math

    October 23, 2010

    An anonymous reader writes "The fastest route around the bases, mathematicians show, is one that perhaps no major-league ball player has ever run: It swings out a full 18.5 feet from the baseline, nearly forming a full circle. 'I would definitely experiment with it,' says former American Major League Baseball outfielder Doug Glanville, who last played with the Philadelphia Phillies. 'There's no question in my mind that runners could be more efficient.'"

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  • Adobe Releases Its Own HTML5 Video Player

    October 23, 2010

    An anonymous reader writes "Webmonkey has an interesting tidbit about Adobe's release of its own HTML5 video player: 'Adobe has released an embeddable video player that plays HTML5 native video in browsers that support it, and falls back to Flash in browsers that don't. It's cross-browser and cross-platform, so it works on iPhones, iPads and other devices that don't support Flash. Using Adobe's new player, these devices can show videos in web pages without the Flash plug-in.'"

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  • Before 2010 MacBook Air, there was 2004 Sony

    October 23, 2010

    Steve Jobs proclaimed this week that the new MacBook Air "is the future of notebooks." But it's clear PC makers like Sony and HP saw that future a long time ago. The problem? Execution.

  • Italy vs. Google--from Street View to street theater?

    October 23, 2010

    editor's notebook Italian officials are demanding that Google give people in that country three-days warning before siccing the Street View cameras on them. You can cook up a lot of tableaux in three days.

  • SAP seeks gag order for upcoming Oracle trial

    October 23, 2010

    SAP is seeking a court order to prevent Oracle's lawyers from making public statements about the companies' TomorrowNow lawsuit, fearing the talk will influence potential jurors and prevent SAP from getting a fair trial, according to an SAP motion filed on Friday.

  • Week in Apple: small laptop edition - Ars Technica

    October 23, 2010

    Week in Apple: small laptop edition
    Ars Technica
    Before we get to the spate of MacBook Air stories, a quick guide to trolling Apple:: Are you a Windows user seeking ammo with which to rebut your Apple-loving friends? Search no longer: here's ...
    Apple dumps Flash from Mac OS X Computerworld
    Apple MacBook Air Teardown: iFixit Goes Where Apple Prefers You Don`t eWeek
    First look: Apple's new 11 and 13 inch MacBook Air Apple

  • Nvidia Website accidentally outs GeForce GTX 580 graphics card

    October 23, 2010

    Oh those pesky Internet slip-ups. Someone at Nvidia decided to add the rumored GeForce GTX 580 on the list of graphics cards that supports the company's 3D Vision technology. Of course, the 580...

  • Lego 3D printer itching to make Lego robots

    October 23, 2010

    How long before Lego sets start building themselves and becoming self-aware? Check out this 3D printer and be afraid.

  • Boy bug hunter nabs $3,000 from Mozilla

    October 23, 2010

    A 12-year-old discovers a rather serious security flaw in Firefox. And thankfully, Mozilla recently raised its bug bounty from a lowly $500.

  • The iPhone app that detects monsters

    October 23, 2010

    An iPhone app called Monster Meter claims it can scan any room to check if monsters lurk within. This might well be reassuring for both children and adults.

  • UIApplication+NetworkActivityIndicatorManager

    October 23, 2010

    The Network Activity Indicator is that little spinner that shows up in the status bar when a data exchange is in progress. It's easy enough to show and hide:

    [[UIApplication sharedApplication] setNetworkActivityIndicatorVisible: YES];

    That's cool when you only have one data exchange active at a time but what about if you have several? It can quickly become unwieldy to keep track of when to display the network activity indicator. e.g., I've been enjoying the Google Toolbox for Mac - HTTP Fetcher (GTMHTTPFetcher) recently but it doesn't include built-in support for managing the network activity indicator.

    Enter a simple little category on UIApplication to make it easier. With the UIApplication+NetworkActivityIndicatorManager category, all you have to do is to inform the application that a new data connection has started (or ended) and it will keep track of whether or not to display the network activity indicator.


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    Start by adding the class to your Xcode project and importing the category:

    #import "UIApplication+NetworkActivityIndicatorManager.h"

    Then, when you start an asynchronous data connection, call:

    [UIApplication dataOperationStarted];

    Then, in the completion handler or block, simply call:

    [UIApplication dataOperationEnded];

    Also, if you know that all data exchanges are ending (e.g., you're cancelling them as a view is about about to disappear), you can call:

    [UIApplication allDataOperationsEnded];

    It's a simple little category but I hope it helps you in your own apps.

  • Astronomy: Stars in our eyes

    October 23, 2010

    Britain leads the world in amateur astronomy, with telescope sales rising and major discoveries being made in suburban gardens. It's a boom that's set to continue, says Richard Gray.

  • HP Slate 500 Settles Windows Tablet Questions - eWeek

    October 23, 2010

    HP Slate 500 Settles Windows Tablet Questions
    HP's Windows-equipped Slate 500 ends months of speculation about the company's Windows tablet plans. But will it sell? Hewlett-Packard's launch of its Slate 500 tablet, priced at $799 and preinstalled with Windows 7 Professional, represents the end of ...
    Why HP's Slate isn't anything like the iPad Computerworld
    HP Does Not Want You to Buy its Slate 500 PC Magazine

  • Mac Without Flash, A Hopeless Story? - PC World

    October 23, 2010

    PC World

    Mac Without Flash, A Hopeless Story?
    PC World
    Analysis: The Apple-Adobe battle may be a case of birthright or curse, or something else entirely. By Harry McCracken, Technologizer I've been using a new MacBook Air which Apple loaned me for review -- thoughts coming soon -- and it didn't take me ...
    Apple Drops Pre-installed Flash RedOrbit
    New Mac Minus Flash: The Apple-Adobe Feud Continues
    Week in review: Jobs stokes

  • Another open letter to Larry Ellison<

    October 23, 2010

    This year's rather one sided polls in the American election suggest that vote cheating won't affect many outcomes - but races in 2012 may be tighter and reducing the uncertainties this creates for...

  • Hands-On With Microsoft Office Mobile 7

    October 23, 2010

    Microsoft's release of Windows Phone 7 brings updated mobile-formatted Word, Excel, and PowerPoint programs, and OneNote Mobile, to your fingertips. The touchscreen-friendly revamp of Office Mobile is radically different from version 6.5. And files are supposed to resemble their appearance on the desktop more closely.

  • The best new features in Office 2010

    October 23, 2010

    InfoWorld's expert reveals the top 25 new features and provides free QuickStart PDF guides for each major Microsoft Office application

  • Italy orders Google to mark Street View cars: report

    October 23, 2010

    MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's privacy regulator has told Google Inc it will have to make sure its "Street View" photo-collecting cars are clearly marked and their itinerary is publicized, a daily newspaper reported on Saturday.

  • Top-rated reviews of the week (photos)

    October 23, 2010

    Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20, TDK WR700 headphones, and the 2011 Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet.

  • SmartFTP 4.0.1142.0

    October 23, 2010

    SmartFTP is an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client which allows you to transfer files between your local computer and a server on the Internet. With its many basic and advanced features SmartFTP also offers secure, reliable and efficient transfers that make it a powerful tool.

  • Opening of spaceport's first runway brings space tourism closer

    October 23, 2010

    The world's first commercial spaceport has opened its runway in the New Mexico desert, bringing the dream of mass tourism in space a step closer.

  • Gingerbread man arrives at Google

    October 22, 2010

    Last time Google got a shipment of an oversized dessert, it was only about a week until the release of Froyo. Today Google received a giant Gingerbread man to join the collection of other...

  • Apple unbundles Flash Player from Mac OS X; Java next

    October 22, 2010

    Word is out that Apple will ship all new Mac OS X machines without Adobe Flash Player pre-installed.

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