Thursday, October 28, 2010

Technical News -28 October 2010

  • Kobo Store offering digital magazine, newspaper subscriptions

    October 28, 2010

    The Kobo Store is playing a game of catch-up to Amazon and Barnes & Noble as the online bookstore now carries digital magazine and newspaper subscriptions.


  • There is no spectrum crisis

    October 28, 2010

    The whole bandwidth shortage, and the resulting arguments over net neutrality, are an artificial construct, composed mainly of "free market" ideology tied to an obsolete regulatory scheme. Change...


  • Eye-Fi launches Eye-Fi View online photo sharing portal

    October 28, 2010

    Eye-Fi is already fairly well known for its wireless memory cards, but the company is now adding a new online portal and e-mail sharing feature called Eye-Fi View.


  • New survey makes me wonder: Who's buying electric and hybrid cars, anyway?

    October 28, 2010

    When you think about surveys touting the benefits of cars, or lack thereof, the researcher that probably jumps to your mind first is the venerable J.D. Power and Associates. So it was with great...


  • Google Doc redirect bug vexes users

    October 28, 2010

    The bug apparently occurs when a user has both a Gmail account and a Google Apps account. The cookies get confused and then you're in redirect hell.


  • Garmin Approach S1 debuts as first GPS watch for golfers

    October 28, 2010

    Garmin has trotted out the new Approach S1, which is being touted as the first GPS wristwatch "designed specifically for golf."


  • Boxee Box getting Vudu streaming platform in November

    October 28, 2010

    Boxee Box's November 10 launch date is nearly upon us, and another feature for the set-top box has been announced: Vudu streaming access.


  • Motorola moves to diversify smartphone base as iPhone looms at Verizon

    October 28, 2010

    Motorola is pleased with its Verizon Wireless relationship and the Droid franchise that put the company on the smartphone map. But Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha also realizes that Motorola needs to...


  • Asterisk plots the end of the phone network

    October 28, 2010

    Asterisk SCF is aimed at giving Voice Over IP true integration with other Internet services, on an Internet scale


  • HTC Wildfire headed to North America with HTC Sense in tow

    October 28, 2010

    HTC has decided to bring the HTC Wildfire smartphone to the North America, adding access to the HTC Sense experience to top it off.


  • Oracle says Google directly copied Java code: Here's the line-by-line comparison

    October 28, 2010

    Oracle amended its Java complaint against Google over Android patent infringement and provided line-by-line comparisons in its exhibits.


  • Nagios unity gets lost in translation

    October 28, 2010

    The fork of Nagios and Icinga may not have happened had not Nagios' position gotten lost in translation.


  • Motorola: Droid X selling 'extremely well'; Third quarter earnings shine

    October 28, 2010

    Roughly a year ago Motorola basically bet the farm on Google's Android operating system with the launch of the first Droid device. Motorola's third quarter highlights how that bet has paid off nicely.


  • Smart transportation software developer teams with SAP

    October 28, 2010

    If Streetline Networks CEO Zia Yusuf has his way, guided parking apps will become as prevalent as traffic lights.


  • Walgreens is selling $100 Android tablet, no prescription required

    October 28, 2010

    You don't need to pay whatever Samsung expects you to pay for its Galaxy Tab to get an Android tablet. Not since Walgreens began offering a $100 model that runs Google's popular OS.What do you...


  • Are Angel investors harming Silicon Valley innovation?

    October 28, 2010

    Angel investors have done very well in Silicon Valley and are challenging VC firms. But are they dampening down innovation in pursuit of easy exits?


  • Yahoo! Releases Zombie Game Which Uses Economic Theory

    October 28, 2010

    Filed under: News : Games




    The game is called Shambling Hordes and users can use Game Theory to win their challenges. Read more


  • AppZero offers "Zero OS" application virtualization

    October 28, 2010

    AppZero has announced a new version of their flagship product that is designed to make it easier to encapsulate applications for client systems. They're calling use use of this technology as the...


  • SAP's McDermott: Oracle Fusion upgrade could mean it's poaching time

    October 28, 2010

    Oracle is expected to roll out its Fusion apps early in 2011 and SAP sees an opportunity to poach a few customers as IT buyers pit the two companies against each other for leverage.


  • Opera Mini 5Hits Up Symbian

    October 28, 2010

    Filed under: News : Mobile/Tablet Apps




    The native version of Opera Mini for Symbian has all the features Opera Mini usually comes with. Read more


  • PhotoFast offers SSD upgrade for MacBook Air

    October 28, 2010

    Taiwanese manufacturer PhotoFast is to offer a Solid State Drive (SSD) upgrade kit for MacBook Air users. The upgrade kit offers a much faster drive along with the option to fit 256GB of storage...


  • Indonesia disaster toll hits 377 as volcano erupts again

    October 28, 2010

    JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's Mount Merapi erupted on Thursday for the second time in a week, blasting vast plumes of ash into the sky, as the death toll from the initial eruption and a tsunami that hit remote western islands reached 377.



  • Argentina enters new political era as Kirchner dies

    October 28, 2010

    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Hundreds of Argentines waited in line on Thursday to pay tribute to Nestor Kirchner, the powerful former leader whose death robbed President Cristina Fernandez of her husband and most trusted ally.



  • China Makes World's Fastest Supercomputer

    October 28, 2010

    shmG writes "China has replaced the United States as the maker of the world's fastest supercomputer. A Chinese research center has made the world's faster super computer — named as Tianhe-1A, which was released at a national conference on high-performance computers (HPC) in China. Made at a cost of over $88 million, Tianhe-1A is theoretically able to do more than 1 quadrillion calculations per second (one petaflop) at peak speed. Tianhe-1A 's peak performance reaches 1.206 petaflops, and it


  • U.S.: North Korean leadership transition in early stages

    October 28, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that North Korea appeared to be in the early stages of a leadership transition and it would still take some time to discern the final outcome.



  • UK spy boss defends secrecy, nukes key threat

    October 28, 2010

    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's top spy, in the first public speech by a serving UK espionage chief, said on Thursday terrorists might hit the West again "at huge human cost" but nuclear proliferation by states was a more far-reaching danger.



  • iPad Sales Begin at Verizon and AT&T

    October 28, 2010


    The iPad officially went on sale today at the two largest wireless carriers in the U.S. — AT&T and Verizon. AT&T is selling all three iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models at their standard prices, while Verizon is peddling the Wi-Fi-only versions paired with a MiFi 2200 mobile hotspot.


  • Oracle Claims Google 'Directly Copied' Our Java Code

    October 28, 2010

    itwbennett writes "On Wednesday, Oracle amended the lawsuit it filed against Google in August, saying that 'approximately one third of Android's Application Programmer Interface (API) packages' are 'derivative of Oracle's copyrighted Java API packages' and related documents. In particular, 'the infringed elements of Oracle America's copyrighted work include Java method and class names, definitions, organization, and parameters; the structure, organization and content of Java class libraries; and


  • BSG Prequel Series Caprica Canceled

    October 28, 2010

    Kethinov writes "The sci-fi TV series Caprica, a prequel spinoff from Battlestar Galactica, was just canceled by the Syfy channel. In response to the cancellation and the recent theme of many similar good sci-fi shows getting canceled over the last few years, I've written an editorial arguing that Caprica's cancellation reflects the decreasing sustainability of the cable TV business model. A better, more modern business model could have saved Caprica from cancellation. If this model is adopted in


  • FarmVille Now Worth More Than EA

    October 28, 2010

    tekgoblin writes "Zynga, the creators of the popular hit Facebook game FarmVille, should be happy today as the company's worth has passed that of EA (Electronic Arts)."

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.





  • Apple's cost of success: more staff, lower margins

    October 28, 2010

    Workforce grows by more than 12,000 over past year, with many of those jobs added in its retail stores. Meanwhile, Apple cautions that future gross margins will drop.


  • Razer Announces the Worlds First MMO Gaming Keyboard

    October 28, 2010

    Filed under: News : Games




    This keyboard features seven ergonomic modifier thumb keys. Read more


  • Jail, arrests contradict Vietnam rights commitments: US (AFP)

    October 28, 2010

    The US embassy said Thursday that Vietnam's jailing of activists and arrests of bloggers contradicts the country's commitment to human rights. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is preparing for a two-week trip to Asia.(AFP/POOL/File/Evan Vucci)AFP - Vietnam's jailing of activists and arrests of bloggers contradicts the country's commitment to human rights, the US embassy said Thursday ahead of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit.



  • Get the Droid Incredible for free, with plan (Digital Trends)

    October 28, 2010

    Digital Trends - It isn’t hard to get a phone for free from a wireless carrier, but it is hard to get a great phone for free, which is why this deal at Wirefly has caught our eye. If you activate a two-year Verizon Wireless contract through Wirefly, a free HTC Droid Incredible will be shipped to you for free. It normally retails for $199 with a plan. The offer is good for new and existing VZW customers. Unfortunately, there is a $35 activation fee, but no more than you’ll pay at an actual Verizon


  • Nintendo's software can't fight hardware slump, strong yen

    October 28, 2010

    Nintendo's earnings report for the six-month period ending September 30 is a little jarring. First, the company boasts of multiple first-party games that sold in the millions, including over 4 million units of Pokemon Black and White versions in Japan, 5.1 million units of Super Mario Galaxy 2 worldwide, and over a million units of Wii Party. But these games weren't enough to keep the company in the black, with losses totaling ¥2 billion, or $24.7 million.

    So what happened


  • Are texting and Facebook worse for teens than TV? (AP)

    October 28, 2010

    FILE- This Feb. 11, 2009 file photo shows an owner beginning to write a text message on his cell phone in Los Angeles. The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project said in October that 75 percent of teens have a cell phone and that a typical teen sends about 50 texts a day. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, FILE)AP - Let's face it: Teenagers spend hours texting, socializing on Facebook and playing video games. And it's driving their parents nuts.



  • Slumping Wii, DS sales hit Nintendo's earnings

    October 28, 2010

    The games company endures another disappointing six months. Never mind the role of a stronger yen--it's the weakness of the Wii and DS that has to be the real worry.


  • Celebrity fantasy leagues on Facebook

    October 28, 2010

    Google gets away with a slap on the wrist in an FTC investigation, T-Mobile will be the first carrier to release Samsung's Galaxy Tab, and here's how to play celebrity fantasy league games on Facebook.


  • EnergyGuide labels coming to TVs next year

    October 28, 2010

    TVs made after May next year will sport the yellow EnergyGuide label showing estimated annual energy use and how it compares to similarly sized models.


  • Nepal firm takes high speed Internet to Mt Everest

    October 28, 2010

    KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A private telecom firm took high speed Internet facilities to the top of the world on Thursday when it launched Nepal's first 3G services at the base camp of Mount Everest.


  • Finding a Killer's Achilles' Heel: Clues from a Pandemic

    October 28, 2010

    It has been five years since a team of scientists resurrected the 1918 influenza virus from the lungs of a long-frozen victim. At the time, the Jurassic Park–like feat was both widely celebrated and sharply criticized. Opponents worried about the risk of an accidental (or intentional) release of the revived killer, which claimed between 50 million and 100 million lives in about 15 months and has been dubbed the worst plague in human history. Proponents insisted that the insights gained from


  • Dr. Unification: Steven Weinberg on Getting the Forces of Nature Together (preview)

    October 28, 2010

    Steven Weinberg came up with a good idea one day while driving his red Camaro. The paper he wrote, “A Model of Leptons,” was just two and a half pages long--including references and acknowledgments. When it came out in 1967, it was largely ignored. But it became one of the most quoted physics papers ever and helped to earn Weinberg the 1979 Nobel Prize, shared with Abdus Salam and Sheldon Glashow.

    In those two and a half pages, Weinberg showed that two of the four forces of nature,


  • Vudu support coming to Boxee

    October 28, 2010

    The hardware and software versions of Boxee will be adding support for Vudu's video-on-demand service in November.


  • Firefox 4 release slips to 2011

    October 28, 2010

    In a fiercely competitive marketplace, Mozilla gives up on its hope to release its overhauled browser this year.


  • CCleaner 3.00.1303

    October 28, 2010

    CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that...

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