Saturday, October 30, 2010

Technical News - 30 October 2010

  • UK says Yemen bomb could have brought down plane

    October 30, 2010

    LONDON/SANAA (Reuters) - A bomb found on a U.S.-bound cargo plane was powerful enough to bring down an aircraft, British authorities said on Saturday, as forces in Yemen searched for suspected al Qaeda militants behind a plot to bomb Jewish targets in Chicago.



  • China gives U.S. assurances on rare earth minerals

    October 30, 2010

    SANYA, China (Reuters) - China gave the United States assurances on Saturday it would not withhold rare earth minerals but the two nations did not appear to make headway on disputes over North Korea and regional territorial claims.



  • Calculating Environmental Damage From Space Tourism Rockets

    October 30, 2010

    MithrandirAgain writes "A new study from several scientists at the Aerospace Corporation claims spaceships that rely on rubber-based fuel could help cause climate change. The fuel apparently expels a black carbon soot into the stratosphere when burned with nitrous oxide, which could be contributing to global climate changes, like shrinking the icecaps. However, the authors are careful about their work being an end-all study and are 'inviting others to take a look.' Virgin Galactic, whose SpaceShipTwo


  • The iPad in business

    October 30, 2010

    When Motorola and Boeing's desktops were taken over by wintel bigots the stacks of abandoned Macs on the loading docks signaled the end of the company's dominance in their fields - now iDevices...


  • India backs off on Blackberry ban threat (AP)

    October 30, 2010

    A Blackberry Torch is on display on the first day the smartphone hit the shelves at an AT&T store in Washington in August 2010. India has said BlackBerry messenger services should be able to continue in the country after receiving pledges from the Canadian firm that law enforcers will able to monitor the encrypted data.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Alex Wong)AP - India has followed the United Arab Emirates in backing off from a threat to ban popular services on Blackberry devices, amid growing global concern over access to encrypted information.



  • FCC's Fine on Verizon Wireless a $25 Million Joke

    October 30, 2010

    For large corporations, government penalties for wrongdoing a trivial cost of doing business

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  • US Says Genes Should Not Be Patentable

    October 30, 2010

    Geoffrey.landis writes "A friend-of-the-court brief filed by the US Department of Justice says that genes should not be patentable. 'We acknowledge that this conclusion is contrary to the longstanding practice of the Patent and Trademark Office, as well as the practice of the National Institutes of Health and other government agencies that have in the past sought and obtained patents for isolated genomic DNA,' they wrote (PDF). The argument that genes in themselves (as opposed to, say, tests made


  • Asteroid impact prevention on agenda

    October 30, 2010

    Astronauts and scientists say the world needs to recognise the threat to Earth.


  • Internet Explorer 9 Hits 10 Million Downloads

    October 30, 2010

    Microsoft says the beta version of its updated browser was downloaded by 10 million users in its first six weeks.

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  • Microsoft Targeting Middle Aged Moms for Kinect Promotion

    October 30, 2010

    Filed under: News : Games




    Microsoft dishing out free Kinect bundles by the dozen as part of their pre-launch promotion in America. Read more


  • Government seeks source of parcel bombs

    October 30, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States searched on Saturday for the culprits behind a plot to bomb Jewish targets in Chicago uncovered by the interception in Britain and Dubai of parcels with explosives sent from Yemen.



  • How Not To Design a Protocol

    October 30, 2010

    An anonymous reader writes "Google security researcher Michael Zalewski posted a cautionary tale for software engineers: amusing historical overview of all the security problems with HTTP cookies, including an impressive collection of issues we won't be able to fix. Pretty amazing that modern web commerce uses a mechanism so hacky that does not even have a proper specification."

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  • Clinton urges calm after China-Japan row at summit

    October 30, 2010

    HANOI (Reuters) - The premiers of China and Japan met at an Asian regional summit in a bid to defuse a territorial dispute on Saturday, while the United States urged Asia's two big economies to cool the standoff and proposed three-way talks.



  • UAV Helicopter Flies 12 Hours Charged By Laser

    October 30, 2010

    garymortimer writes "LaserMotive (who last year won $900,000 in the NASA Power Beaming Challenge, one of the levels of the 'Space Elevator Games') have teamed up with Germany's Ascending Technologies to create an indoor flight record for electrically powered multicopters. The flight took place at the Future of Flight Aviation Center in Mukilteo, WA. LaserMotive is a Seattle-based company developing laser power beaming systems to transmit electricity without wires, for applications where wires are


  • Why Apple's iPad Has Been Good For Sprint

    October 30, 2010

    itwbennett writes "Today, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said in an interview with Om Malik that the iPad has been good to his company because many people are opting for the Wi-Fi only iPad and pairing it with Sprint's 3G/4G Overdrive MiFi device (which the company sells with a special Overdrive case for the iPad) rather than choosing an iPad 3G that is limited to AT&T's network."

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  • Samsung Nexus Two details surface

    October 30, 2010

    Will run Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread powered by 1.2GHz GPU, and will have 5 megapixel camera.


  • Top-rated reviews of the week (photos)

    October 30, 2010

    Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the Pantech Laser, the Canon PowerShot SX130, and the Apple MacBook Air.


  • How to make CCTV hear as well as see

    October 30, 2010

    Technology created by Cambridge-based Audio Analytic can detect aggression and other dangerous sounds in order to alert security systems.


  • Japan, China leaders met informally: Japanese official

    October 30, 2010

    HANOI (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao held informal talks on Saturday morning, Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Tetsuro Fukuyama told reporters.



  • JustGiving faces fees criticism

    October 30, 2010

    The UK's largest charity donation website is being accused of charging higher fees than other comparable sites, thereby reducing the money that could go to good causes.


  • Internet broadband failure fixed

    October 30, 2010

    A technical fault that left tens of thousands of homes without internet broadband has been fixed, BT says.


  • Extreme JavaScript Performance

    October 30, 2010

    In this talk, hosted by Thomas Fuchs at JSConf, he reviews a handful of tweaks that can be made to your JavaScript to drastically improve performance (at least in terms of percentages). Along the way, he covers why you shouldn’t pre-optimize your code, how each browser’s JavaScript engine excels in different areas, and even how simple things, such as reordering your expressions can increase perfo


  • Simple Chat application using AJAX

    October 30, 2010

    Here is a simple Chat application to demonstrate the use of XMLHttpRequest (AJAX) in ASP.NET. This is a one to one user chat application, but can be easily extended to support multi user chat also.


  • Storing Codeigniter Session Data to a Database

    October 30, 2010

    One of the interesting things about CodeIgniter is how it creates and handles sessions. CodeIgniter doesn’t use native PHP sessions. Instead it uses a cookie to store the serialized data. This method, according to the guide, offers more flexibility for developers.

    In this example we’re going to try out the CI session class, and explore storing session data in a database.


  • 10 Beginner Tips from PHP Masters

    October 30, 2010

    If you’re a new PHP developer (or an old pro), be sure to leave a note in the comments and let us and other readers know what specific steps you’ve taken that’s made learning the language easier for you.


  • Difference between Exceptions and Assertions

    October 30, 2010

    An exception is an event, which occurs during the execution of a program, that interrupts the normal flow of the program’s instructions.An assertion is a statement in the Java that enables you to test your assumptions about your program. Find more about it in this post which defines all the differences between exceptions and assertions.


  • Cloud Antivirus 1.3.0

    October 29, 2010

    Panda Cloud Antivirus protects you while you browse, play or work and you won't even notice it. It is extremely light as all the work is done in the cloud.


  • Facebook tightens grip on user ID data (AFP)

    October 29, 2010

    The home page for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerman. Facebook took more steps to stop third-party applications from sharing identifying information about users with advertising and Internet tracking companies.(AFP/File/Karen Bleier)AFP - Facebook took more steps to stop third-party applications from sharing identifying information about users with advertising and Internet tracking companies.



  • Language no barrier for bilingual rapper Pitbull (Reuters)

    October 29, 2010

    Cuban-American rapper Pitbull performs at the 2008 Wango Tango concert in Irvine, California May 10, 2008. REUTERS/Mario AnzuoniReuters - During an early afternoon in Miami in January, over drinks with two local radio program directors, the conversation turned to rapper Pitbull. "He should come over and join us," said one, and impulsively picked up his cell phone and dialed.



  • Miranda 0.9.9

    October 29, 2010

    Miranda IM is a multi-protocol instant messenger client for Windows. Miranda IM uses very little memory and is extremely fast. It requires no installation and can be fitted on a single floppy disc. Its powerful plugin system makes Miranda IM very flexible. Only the most basic features are built in, but there are currently more than 350 free plugins...


  • Fresh View 8.06

    October 29, 2010

    Fresh View gives you the ability to organize and view multimedia files (images, audio, video). Watch movies, listen to music, and view graphics in a slide show. Image files in a folder can be displayed using a number of views, including a thumbnail view that lets you quickly see what your images are without having to open them.


  • Unlock the value of your data with Azure DataMarket

    October 29, 2010

    James Staten provide more commentary from the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference, including a deeper look at Azure DataMarket.


  • Indian government plans to introduce SIM cards with digital certificates

    October 29, 2010

    The Indian government is preparing to introduce digitally encrypted proxy SIM cards for secure SMS and email communications.


  • An easy example of datacenter and cloud coexistence

    October 29, 2010

    A gentle introduction to cloud services may be just what your datacenter needs.


  • Here's AOL's now-live new home page

    October 29, 2010

    The home page revamp focuses intently on editorial "curation," rather than a more social direction being taken by rival Yahoo.


  • IBM in talks to buy Fortinet: report

    October 29, 2010

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp is in advanced talks to buy network security provider Fortinet Inc , Bloomberg reported on Friday.


  • Microsoft to acquire gesture control maker Canesta

    October 29, 2010

    Canesta, which a year ago took in a $16 million round of funding, makes technology that enables people to control devices using motions instead of hardware interfaces.


  • Mitsubishi to unveil 2011 i-Miev at LA auto show

    October 29, 2010

    Mitsubishi confirmed on Twitter that the U.S. version of its electric 2011 Mitsubishi i-MiEV will be unveiled at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show next month.


  • Microsoft to up its Java support on its Windows Azure cloud platform

    October 29, 2010

    Microsoft has been touting for a while the ability for developers to use a variety of tools, like Java, PHP, Ruby and Eclipse, when developing applications for Windows Azure. But the company is...


  • Facebook holding mobile event next week

    October 29, 2010

    Despite shooting down rumors that the company was working on a mobile handset earlier this year, Facebook is holding a mobile-focused event at its headquarters next week.


  • The answer to the smartphone patent thicket

    October 29, 2010

    In a sane world of software patents, you patent your implementation of wireless e-mail, or e-mail sync.


  • Is wireless better in Europe?

    October 29, 2010

    CNET chats with Olaf Swantee, an executive vice president for the wireless carrier Orange. Swantee manages the company's operations in 11 countries in Europe and the Caribbean.


  • Firesheep: It's gonna cost you

    October 29, 2010

    With the release of Firesheep, end-users need to be more vigilant about forcing Secure HTTP connections, and clients, servers and network infrastructure will need to be upgraded to support the...


  • YouTube co-founder Hurley steps down

    October 29, 2010

    YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley announces he is stepping down as chief executive of the online video-sharing website.


  • This week in search 10/29/10

    October 29, 2010

    This is one of a regular series of posts on search experience updates. Look for the label This week in search and subscribe to the series. - Ed.

    This week we’ve overhauled local search and made other tweaks to help you find the places, products and people you’re looking for. As you plan for the World Series and Halloween, we want to help you find the perfect sports bar, costume store and chocolate bar. Here are latest updates from this week:

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