Saturday, November 27, 2010

Technical News - 27 November 2010

  • UK police want domain seizing powers: Right or wrong?
    November 27, 2010
    UK law enforcement want similar abilities to the United States to be allowed to shut down domain names for sites which break the law. Is this acceptable, or an infrigement of further civil liberties?
  • Giving thanks for failure: The ID card mess five years later
    November 27, 2010
    Money has momentum - and one consequence of the present TSA uproar is likely to be a revival in national ID card proposals as bureaucrats ignore a decade of data processing failures in making this...
  • NFS: Hot Pursuit (PC) To Be Patched Next Week
    November 27, 2010
    Filed under: News : Games




    Criterion to address the issues plaguing the PC version of Hot Pursuit via patch next week. Read more



  • App That Helps You Prevent Skin Cancer
    November 27, 2010
    Filed under: News : Mobile/Tablet Apps




    Its available for free. Read more



  • Ireland opposition balks at high-cost rescue
    November 27, 2010
    DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland entered the final hours of negotiations for an EU/IMF bailout on Saturday, but the parties expected to form the next government said the deal would be unacceptable if the interest rate was too high.


  • Mexican politician released in Mexico: report
    November 27, 2010
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Diego Fernandez de Cevallos, a prominent Mexican politician and former presidential candidate who was kidnapped in May, has been released, daily El Universal reported on Saturday.


  • Verizon Readies LTE: What to Expect
    November 27, 2010
    The commercial launch takes place next month, but what kind of devices will it support?

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  • Egypt's court overturns telecom news monitoring (Reuters)
    November 27, 2010
    Reuters - A Cairo court on Saturday overturned the Egyptian telecoms regulator's decision to monitor news feeds on mobile phones ahead of elections, Egypt's official news agency MENA said on Saturday.
  • Egypt's court overturns telecom news monitoring
    November 27, 2010
    CAIRO (Reuters) - A Cairo court on Saturday overturned the Egyptian telecoms regulator's decision to monitor news feeds on mobile phones ahead of elections, Egypt's official news agency MENA said on Saturday.

  • KDE 4.6 Beta 1 – a First Look
    November 27, 2010
    dmbkiwi writes "The first beta release of KDE SC 4.6 was released yesterday. OpenSUSE had packages up almost immediately, so being curious as to what's new, I've downloaded and upgraded to the new release. These are my impressions thus far."
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  • Taiwan pro-China party holds edge in mayoral races
    November 27, 2010
    TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's China-friendly ruling party held onto most of the island's mayoral posts up for grabs in tense elections Saturday seen as a test of the party's popularity ahead of the 2012 presidential race.


  • First Look at the Nokia X7-00
    November 27, 2010
    Filed under: News : Smart




    Has quad-speakers and runs on Symbian 3. Read more



  • Iraq arrests 12 suspects in Baghdad church attack
    November 27, 2010
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces arrested 12 suspected al Qaeda members on Saturday in connection with an attack on a Christian cathedral in Baghdad, a security official said.


  • South Korea Marines vow revenge for attack
    November 27, 2010
    SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Marine commander on Saturday vowed "thousand-fold" revenge for a North Korean attack that killed two servicemen and two civilians and prompted an unusual expression of regret from North Korea.


  • Splinter Cell 6 Emerges From the Shadows
    November 27, 2010
    Filed under: News : Games




    Sam Fishers new adventure being worked up by the beautiful Jade Raymond. Read more



  • Google's New Meta-Tags For News Story Authors
    November 27, 2010
    EreIamJH writes "Google News is experimenting with meta-tags in an effort to ensure that the correct news source is credited with an article. The original-source meta-tag will identify the newspaper that breaks a story, while syndication-source is for everyone who repeats the story. Both meta-tags can appear multiple times — for instance an article that sources information from other articles would include an original-source tag for each article used in preparing the new article. While the
  • What Software Specification Tools Do You Use?
    November 27, 2010
    IronWilliamCash writes "I currently work for a small software development company and for many years we have been using internally built tools for all our software specifications, bugs, change requests and the like. Traceability is a big issue as we are CMMI level 2, and thus our internal processes need to be clear and everything must be documented. We are currently looking into getting a unified solution for this, and after quite a bit of Googling, there are quite a few different options (Contour
  • Top-rated reviews of the week (photos)
    November 27, 2010
    Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the Bose AE2 headphones, Motorola Droid Pro, and Nintendo Wii Hardware Bundle.
  • Micromax Andro A60 previewed in India
    November 27, 2010
    Running Android 2.1 Andro offers 3.2 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, GPS and 2.8-inch full touchscreen
  • Qantas resumes A380 flights after engine failure
    November 27, 2010
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Qantas Airways resumed flights of its Airbus A380 superjumbos on Saturday, after a mid-flight engine failure grounded all six of the planes earlier this month, witnesses said.


  • Somali-born teen arrested in car bomb sting
    November 27, 2010
    PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - A Somali-born teenager was arrested on Friday for attempting to detonate what he thought was a car bomb at a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in Oregon, officials said.


  • Indian tax-payers money spent on BlackBerry Torch handsets for I-T officials
    November 26, 2010
    The Income Tax department in India is spending close to 50 crores INR on telecommunications upgrade for the bureaucrats. BlackBerrys, broadband connections and fixed line connections part of the deal.
  • Pinned Sites: Windows 7 Desktop Integration with Internet Explorer 9
    November 27, 2010
    Windows Internet Explorer 9 introduces pinned sites, a feature with which you can integrate your websites with the Windows 7 desktop. With pinned sites enabled for a website, users can pin that site to the Windows 7 taskbar or add the site to the desktop or Start menu. Pinned sites enable easy access to favorite websites and add shortcut functionality similar to that found in Microsoft Windows
  • Bing: Your Trusted Source for Cholestorol-Fueled Decision Engines
    November 26, 2010
    Microsoft Bing brings sports stats, visual search, Windows Phone 7, and juicy meat to your local stadiums, nationwide.
  • UltraVNC 1.0.9.4
    November 26, 2010
    UltraVNC is a powerful, easy to use and free software that can display the screen of another computer (via internet or network) on your own screen. The program allows you to use your mouse and keyboard to control the other PC remotely. It means that you can work on a remote computer, as if you were sitting in front of it, right from your current lo...

  • Google exec: 60% of businesses could dump Windows for Chrome OS
    November 26, 2010
    Google continues to send mixed messages about Chrome OS. The latest comes from a Google exec who says Chrome OS could be an enterprise replacement for Windows.
  • TortoiseSVN 1.6.12
    November 26, 2010
    TortoiseSVN is a really easy to use Revision control / version control / source control software for Windows. It is based on Subversion. TortoiseSVN provides a nice and easy user interface for Subversion.

  • Nokia X7-00 Images, Details leaked
    November 26, 2010
    Carries 4-inch display (360x640), 8MP camera with Dual-LED flash and four loud speakers
  • US warns allies on possible leaks
    November 26, 2010
    The US briefs a number of foreign governments, including the UK, about the possible release of diplomatic files by whistleblower site Wikileaks.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (PC - Single player)
    November 26, 2010
    Or rather Call of Duty: Heavy Rain
  • U.S. seizes sites linked to copyright infringement
    November 26, 2010
    Department of Homeland Security launches major crackdown on online copyright infringement, seizing dozens of Web site domains linked to illegal file sharing and counterfeit goods.
  • HTTPS Everywhere: Fend Off Firesheep
    November 26, 2010
    The Web is an insecure place and getting more insecure all the time. The latest threat, the Firesheep add-in for Firefox, is particularly dangerous because it is exceedingly simple to use. Someone with absolutely no hacking experience can grab your private login information to sites such as Facebook and Amazon, and then log in as you and do anything they want, as if they were you. The free Firefox add-in HTTPS Everywhere helps protect against that threat and other privacy invaders by effectively
  • Fury Friday: The Facebook 'Like' button
    November 26, 2010
    Fury Friday: I'll be jumping on the soapbox each Friday and letting rip into the things of the week that have annoyed the living daylights out of me. This week: The Facebook 'Like' button
  • How to automate ALM: Conclusions from new HP book on gaining improved business applications as a process
    November 26, 2010
    It all comes back to the results. If you look at the maturity model in the book, itââ¬â¢s pretty easy to peg yourself as to where you are and the kinds of benefits you'd see from moving up that...
  • Mistrust of motives hampers health IT
    November 26, 2010
    The key to protecting privacy is to eliminate the motive for violating it.
  • New ways for small businesses to advertise online
    November 26, 2010
    Many small-business owners have been disappointed in the return on their investment in Web ad programs, but Google Boost and other new services might help them attract new customers.
  • Putting a Band-Aid on Firesheep with the new HTTPS Everywhere
    November 26, 2010
    Firesheep isn't making headlines anymore, but it's still out there and causing trouble. Fortunately, there's a new version of HTTPS Everywhere to help block it.
  • 3 SEO Sales Pitches That Need Updating: Offering to Rank in MSN, Ask, and Yahoo
    November 26, 2010
    MSN was replaced by Bing over a year ago, Yahoo uses Bing's search results, and Ask.com has nixed all search engine development. As such, it's time for SEO agencies to reflect these points in...
  • JP Rangaswami and the future of Salesforce.com
    November 26, 2010
    The appointment of JP Rangaswami as Salesforce.com's first chief scientist could push the company in an even more radical direction than we've already seen if he's given any say in product strategy.
  • Digital gifting ... would you?
    November 26, 2010
    Digital downloads in the form of books, movies and music, are becoming increasingly commonplace. But would you give someone the gift of a digital download?
  • What Apache Wave means and does not mean
    November 26, 2010
    Google is waving bye-bye, and the question is whether Apache can breathe life into it.
  • Another day, another green IT leaders list. This time, IBM is on top.
    November 26, 2010
    For the most part, the companies that many of us consider green IT leaders are still focused on the rather narrow goal of better energy efficiency and improved lifecycle management strategies for...
  • Pirate Bay appeal falls on deaf ears
    November 26, 2010
    A Swedish appeals court upholds the copyright convictions of three of the four founders of The Pirate Bay--perhaps the world's most notorious file-sharing Web site.
  • Keeping tabs on tablets (week in review)
    November 26, 2010
    As the holiday buying season kicks off, tablet devices are stealing headlines and making their way to wish lists, too. Also: TSA screening saga continues.
  • Apple buys HP land to accommodate growth
    November 26, 2010
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc is expanding the size of its Cupertino, California, home base, acquiring nearby facilities from computer pioneer and competitor Hewlett Packard Co.