Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Technical News - 26 October 2010

  • Etón partners with American Red Cross on Aluminator flashlight series

    October 26, 2010

    The Etón Corporation has teamed up with the American Red Cross to launch a quartet of flashlights to comprise the Aluminator series. A portion of each sale will go to the charitable organization.


  • Canon intros its first high-res installation LCOS projector

    October 26, 2010

    Canon has announced its first high-resolution projector for the installation market: the REALiS WUX4000 Installation LCOS Projector.


  • OuterCurve starts gallery for scientists

    October 26, 2010

    The OuterCurve Foundation has launched a vertical gallery called the Research Accelerators Gallery.


  • Microsoft strategy against Android comes together

    October 26, 2010

    Patent rights in this scenario do for Microsoft what bundling did for it in the early 1990s. They get rid of competition.


  • What WiFi Direct is and is not

    October 26, 2010

    WiFi Direct is no big deal today but let's see what innovators do with it.


  • iPhone 4 auto-brightness bug

    October 26, 2010

    Ray Soneira, President of DisplayMate Technologies, calls the iPhone light sensor "effectively useless" in a piece called Brightnessgate.


  • Good news, bad news on the green printer front

    October 26, 2010

    Some good news and bad news today about an oft-disrespected and overused piece of technology, printers.Because one should always leave on a high-note, I'll start with the not-so-go-great info,...


  • Microsoft to charge royalty fees to prevent Taiwanese OEMs from using Android in netbooks

    October 26, 2010

    Microsoft is turning to royalty fees in an attempt to prevent Taiwanese OEMs Acer and Asustek Computer from using Android and Chrome OS on netbooks.


  • Hands-on review: JBL On Stage Micro III

    October 26, 2010

    JBL recently rolled out a pair of new compact speaker docks for the iPhone and the iPod. Here's a hands-on review of the more portable of the two: the JBL On Stage Micro III.


  • Cloudera raises $25 million in funding

    October 26, 2010

    Cloudera, which offers Hadoop-based enterprise software, has landed another $25 million in venture funding.


  • RIM demos PlayBook

    October 26, 2010

    RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis has give the first live demo of the upcoming PlayBook tablet at the Adobe MAX conference.


  • T-mobile bills for original G2 and the warranty replacement

    October 26, 2010

    T-mobile tries to charge for both the original G2 and its warranty replacement. Are slow internal systems to blame?


  • Motorola Launches Android 2Powered Touch Tablet QUENCH XT3 in India

    October 26, 2010

    Filed under: News : Tablets




    Turns out the XT3 isnt an Android 1phone as previous reported but an Android 2tablet. Read more


  • Riverbed rides WAN optimization wave; May eye cloud soon

    October 26, 2010

    One of the hottest tech companies on the planet focuses on an acronym---WAN---that has largely flown under the radar. No more. Riverbed's third quarter results last week has everyone yapping about...


  • Garmin, Asus nix handset deal, Nuvifone in flux

    October 26, 2010

    Garmin and AsusTek said they won't introduce new co-branded Nuvifones going forward, but will support handsets in the field.


  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Adds Some Bling To Your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

    October 26, 2010

    Filed under: News : Mobile/Tablet Apps




    The updated app also includes a watchmaking school for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Read more


  • Airfone and Reliance Big Adda Offer Diwali Giveaways

    October 26, 2010

    Filed under: News : General




    The companies are offering Buy One, Get One Free deals on certain Airfone phones. Read more


  • Mobile Number Portability from Nov. 1

    October 26, 2010

    Will be inaugurated first in Haryana and then would be rolled out phase-wise


  • Ford posts quarterly profit, pays down debt

    October 26, 2010

    DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co posted a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Tuesday and announced additional debt reduction to cut borrowing costs and bring the automaker closer to an investment-grade credit rating.



  • Nintendo More Scared of Apple Than Microsoft

    October 26, 2010

    Which company is the greater threat to Nintendo’s gaming business, Apple or Microsoft? According to Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, it’s Apple — at least in the short term. “Do I think that in the near term [Apple] can hurt us more than Microsoft?” Fils-Aime told Forbes. “Absolutely.”

    And it appears Apple already is. According to some statistics trotted out at its annual September music event, Apple’s developed quite a hold on the portable gaming market. The company claims a 50 percent share of the portable gaming market and says the iPod touch is the No. 1 mobile gaming device worldwide, outselling the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP combined. And that hold will only strengthen with the recent launch of Apple’s Game Center — a new interactive gaming service included in iPhone OS 4, and the proliferation of cheap and increasingly more sophisticated games for the platform (seen Epic Citadel, yet?).

    It’s said that Nintendo views Apple as the “enemy of the future.” And it clearly is that. But it’s also very much an enemy of the present and the recent past as well. As Phil Schiller, Apple’s SVP of worldwide product marketing said over a year ago: “People are starting to see what a great gaming device [the iPod touch is]. When you think about the companies that came before us…when you played those other systems, they seemed so cool, but now when you look at them, they don’t stack up against the iPod touch….No Multi-Touch user experience, Games are expensive, No App Store, No iPod, Expensive Games and uncomfortable retail buying experiences.”


  • (AP)

    October 26, 2010

    AP - IBM authorizes $10 billion stock buyback plan.


  • Has 3D TV jumped the shark?

    October 26, 2010

    Sony drops the price of PSP Go, Barnes & Noble is likely to announce a new Nook today, and Rachel Ray's glasses-free 3D Halloween show may be proof that 3D TV has jumped the shark.


  • PS3's The Shoot with PlayStation Move: $40 well spent

    October 26, 2010

    Did Sony really just release a light gun game that you can play with your kids? The Shoot has a fun premise: you're on a movie set, firing at cardboard cut-outs of bad guys. If you hit an innocent bystander, the director gets angry. If he gets too annoyed, the set is shut down. The graphics are nice and detailed, filled with little touches that add character to each scene and remind you that you're in what are essentially fake surroundings.

    There are different themed levels—


  • Researchers to develop 1 Terabit Ethernet by 2015

    October 26, 2010

    Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara are aiming for 1 Terabit Ethernet over optical fiber -- 1 trillion bits per second -- by 2015 and 100 Terabit Ethernet by 2020.


  • Google's Gingerbread Man Has Arrived

    October 26, 2010

    Daetrin writes "Last weekend Google received the next statue in the sweets-themed series that commemorates the major updates of the Android OS. In the past this has meant that the release of the next SDK was right around the corner. However this time there's some doubt as to what the version number will actually be. Many sites (including Slashdot) have assumed that "Gingerbread" was synonymous with "3.0", but now there's some evidence that everyone may have jumped the gun and the next version will


  • European sat-nav contract awarded

    October 26, 2010

    The German-led consortium Spaceopal will run the satellites that will eventually form Europe's answer to GPS, known as Galileo.


  • Indonesian tsunami kills 108, hundreds missing

    October 26, 2010

    JAKARTA (Reuters) - A tsunami that pounded remote islands in western Indonesia following an earthquake off the coast of Sumatra killed more than 100 people, officials said on Tuesday, and hundreds more were missing.



  • Vietnam arrests 2 bloggers over past week (AP)

    October 26, 2010

    AP - Police in southern Vietnam have arrested two bloggers over the past week in an apparent crackdown before a crucial Communist Party Congress, rights group and state media reported.


  • Adobe works up new ad format for smartphones

    October 26, 2010

    Collaboration with ad agencies aims to define two full-screen formats for mobile device ads, geared toward devices running Flash Player 10.1 but with an HTML5 option.


  • Vimeo gets 'couch mode' for Google TV, HTPCs

    October 26, 2010

    Vimeo is the latest to get in on the big-screen TV Web video-viewing experience with "couch mode"--a full-screen viewing mode for Vimeo videos that's remote control friendly.


  • Samsungs Getting Ready to Launch an Android Device on November 8

    October 26, 2010

    Filed under: News : Smart




    Most rumours seem to point to the launch of the Samsung Continuum. Read more


  • Iran begins inserting fuel into nuclear plant core

    October 26, 2010

    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran began loading fuel into the core of its first nuclear power plant on Tuesday, its atomic energy chief said, taking the last major step to realizing its stated goal of becoming a peaceful user of nuclear energy.



  • Giant virus found in tiny predator

    October 26, 2010

    A few years back, a giant virus made news because it blurred the boundaries between what we consider living cells and viruses. The Mimivirus, which infected a freshwater amoeba, had a genome that contained over a million base pairs of DNA, and carried a set of genes that were previously only found in living cells. In a PNAS paper that will be released later this week, researchers describe the genome of an oceanic mimivirus cousin that has the second largest viral genome ever seen. It


  • Comcast rolls out Xfinity TV for cable subscribers: Online access to content, remote DVR programming, more

    October 25, 2010

    While Internet companies are working hard to get their services on HDTVs, cable companies are working just as hard to make sure their programming can reach subscribers on the Internet. As part...


  • Etc: Adobe has released AIR 2.5 and said Flash 10.1 is coming to most mobile operating systems soon.

    October 26, 2010

    Adobe has released AIR 2.5 and said Flash 10.1 is coming to most mobile operating systems soon.

    Read More: Engadget

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  • Hi-tech criminals target Vietnam

    October 26, 2010

    Vietnam's net domain has become a big favourite with web criminals, suggests research.


  • Rise of the Small Botnet

    October 26, 2010

    wiredmikey writes "Botnets controlled by criminal enterprises all over the world continue to multiply at a steep rate, and it is now arguably the smaller, harder-to-trace operations that organizations should be the most worried about. Not only are smaller botnets cheaper and easier to build out and operate, but criminals have already realized that large-scale botnet activity attracts unwanted attention, and not just of law enforcement."

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.




  • VeriFone, PayPal dial up mobile payments deal

    October 26, 2010

    Partnership brings more tech cred to VeriFone in its battle in the mobile payments arena, where it's squared off against well-funded start-ups.


  • Sony rally shortlived as speculation dismissed

    October 26, 2010

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Shares of Sony Corp rose nearly 3 percent at one point on Tuesday, but later retreated as analysts dismissed speculation that the electronics maker could be an acquisition target of Apple Inc.


  • Garmin, Asus nix handset deal

    October 26, 2010

    Future is unclear for the currently co-branded devices, which combine a mobile phone with a GPS device.


  • i-everywhere

    October 26, 2010

    Why are so many products prefixed by the letter 'i'?


  • The Android Invasion Cometh; Is Resistance Futile?

    October 26, 2010

    DeviceGuru writes "Last month, we learned from Gartner that Android will probably be the number-two worldwide mobile OS this year, and may lead the pack by 2014. With Android's growing use as the OS embedded in phones, in tablets, in set-top boxes, and in LCD HDTVs, it seems like the Linux-based OS could end up dominating the entire non-PC consumer device operating system space. What do Slashdot readers think: Is resistance futile?"

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.





  • Window Shopping for Electric Cars: How to Compare Conventional and Plug-in Vehicles

    October 26, 2010

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has an electric car problem. Federal law requires that new cars be sold with a label that includes the vehicle’s fuel efficiency as measured in miles per gallon. Yet beginning next year, gallons will start to give way to watts, prompting the EPA to redesign their window stickers.

    In an attempt to smooth the transition, the EPA has adopted a new unit called miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe). Basically, it is a conversion factor that measures


  • iPhoto '11 upgrade may kill your photo library?

    October 25, 2010

    There are a growing number of reports about issues with the iLife '11 upgrade installation for iPhoto '11. One problem reportedly occur when converting the older iPhoto '09 libraries, hanging the...


  • U.S. approves world's largest solar power project

    October 26, 2010

    Project, which will be located on federal lands near Blythe, Calif., is expected to provide electricity for 750,000 homes.

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