Thursday, November 18, 2010

Technical News - 18 November 2010

  • Microsoft Lync to link up with Kinect via new video connector
    November 18, 2010
    Microsoft is working on a new video connector update for its Kinect sensor that will bridge the living room and into the office. Microsoft announced plans to deliver the Video Kinect update "shortly."
  • Net neutrality may end in the UK: Universities will suffer
    November 18, 2010
    Ed Vaizey, the communications minister for UK government favours a 'two tier' system which would essentially be the death of net neutrality in Great Britain. Is net neutrality a good thing or a...
  • Honeyd a good example of Google contribution to open source
    November 18, 2010
    Honeyd gives small companies the chance to get the same level of security big companies do by maintaining an old PC on their network to attract and capture malware for further study.
  • AMD releases Catalyst 10.11 drivers ... with caveats for HD 5000 or HD 6800 users
    November 18, 2010
    AMD has released Catalyst 10.11 drivers for Windows and Linux users.
  • You asked for it - iPhone battery saving tips
    November 18, 2010
    During the past week I've received an increasing number of emails from readers asking for tips on how to squeeze more minutes out of their iPhone battery. I think it's because Thanksgiving is...
  • Ariba acquires Quadrem to bolster network
    November 18, 2010
    Ariba will acquire Quadrem, a privately-held company that provides on-demand supply management software.
  • Underwhelmed by hyperbole
    November 18, 2010
    From time to time I see a press release containing such a broad, over reaching claim, that I am forced to laugh. When a company has to claim the sun and the stars, it is likely that in the end,...
  • Can tweets, status updates really land you a spot on the red carpet?
    November 18, 2010
    If your influence on social sites like Twitter and Facebook is powerful enough, companies may treat you like a celebrity in hopes that you'll talk up their products and services.
  • RealNetworks CEO Kimball has a master plan (and it revolves around SaaS)
    November 18, 2010
    RealNetworks has 37.5 million SaaS subscribers via partnerships with wireless carriers. That sum along with an addressable market of about 700 million could fuel growth in the future, says CEO Bob...
  • Verizon's 4G pricing shift: Will you pay by download speed?
    November 18, 2010
    Verizon Wireless is reportedly looking at new pricing models for its 4G network and one option is to charge based on data speeds.
  • Windows 7 On The MacBook Air: Don't Go There
    November 17, 2010
    Why would you want to install Windows 7 on a MacBook? It makes Steve Jobs sad.
  • The $99 gaming PC: the OnLive microconsole in pictures
    November 18, 2010
    OnLive promises to bring PC gaming to any device with a fast Internet connection. Since the heavy lifting is done on the company's own computers and then streamed to you, the hardware doesn't need to be technically impressive. Starting on December 2, you'll be able to purchase a standalone console to access the service.
    The microconsole comes with a single controller and one game download. Here's our first look at the hardware, with a full review of the service coming very soon

  • Twitter Analytics: Measuring How Cool You Really Are
    November 18, 2010
    Analytics will give users a chance to see which tweets are most successful, which tweets caused people to unfollow, and who the most influential users are that reply and retweet their messages.

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  • Unlocked GSM Palm Pre 2 launches
    November 18, 2010
    Those hoping to get their hands on a Palm Pre 2 for a GSM service can now do so, with an unlocked version of HP's smartphone being offered on the company's site. It retails for $449.99.
  • UPDATE - Windows 7 Phones Break Memory Cards
    November 18, 2010
    Filed under: News : Smart




    Renders them unusable with other devices. Read more



  • Report: Verizon eyes 4G pricing shift
    November 18, 2010
    CEO says the company's Long-Term Evolution network opens up a bevy of pricing options that include charging based on data speeds.
  • First Look: Orb TV Video Player
    November 18, 2010
    On Thursday, Orb Networks introduced the Orb TV, a $99 video player for streaming content from free online sources such as Hulu, via Netflix, and directly from...

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  • GM shares jump in post-IPO return to market
    November 18, 2010
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - General Motors Co shares traded up 7 percent on Thursday morning, in a dramatic market return for the top U.S. automaker that comes less than a year and half after it emerged from a government-funded bankruptcy.


  • NVIDIA Announces The Newest Quadro Range Of Graphic Cards
    November 18, 2010
    Filed under: News : Graphics




    Unveils the new range at media briefing. Read more



  • Microsoft May Turn to Windows Phone 7 for its Tablet Operating System
    November 18, 2010
    Steve Ballmer has given increasing evidence that Windows Phone 7, not Windows, will be the operating system that Microsoft will eventually use in order to compete against the iPad and Android tablets.

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  • Stuxnet Virus Now Biggest Threat To Industry
    November 18, 2010
    digitaldc writes "A malicious computer attack that appears to target Iran's nuclear plants can be modified to wreak havoc on industrial control systems around the world, and represents the most dire cyberthreat known to industry, government officials and experts said Wednesday. They warned that industries are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the so-called Stuxnet worm as they merge networks and computer systems to increase efficiency. The growing danger, said lawmakers, makes it imperative that
  • Iran says tests own model of Russian S-300 missile
    November 18, 2010
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has successfully tested its own version of a missile system that Russia declined to supply amid concerns Tehran might be seeking nuclear weapons, a military official was quoted as saying on Thursday.


  • Disney 'checks in' with Gowalla (AP)
    November 18, 2010
    AP - Visitors to Disney World and Disneyland resorts can now use their smart phones to "check in" to the parks, earn digital badges and go on custom-designed tours.
  • Zynga unveils CityVille game for Facebook (Digital Trends)
    November 18, 2010
    Digital Trends - FarmVille addicts rejoice. Like so many rural folk, the pull of modern society may soon bring you to the city. Zynga has unveiled CityVille, its newest social game. Instead of building a farm, players will become a mayor of a city and build it from the ground up, a la Sim City. In the next couple weeks, beta versions of the game will be rolled out in English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish.
  • Facebook-MySpace joint announcement set for today
    November 18, 2010
    The two social networks are planning an invitation-only announcement at 12 noon PST featuring MySpace CEO Mike Jones and Facebook marketing VP Dan Rose.
  • Dell Mobile Boss Bails
    November 18, 2010
    departuresRon Garriques, president of Dell’s communication solutions group and the guy who led the company’s recent forays into the smartphone and tablet space is leaving the company. His last day is Jan. 28, 2011, though he’s been retained as a consultant for the remainder of the year. [Further details to follow]

  • European Banks See New ATM Skimming Attacks
    November 18, 2010
    Banks in Europe are seeing innovative skimming attacks against ATMs.

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  • Irish central bank expects EU/IMF loan
    November 18, 2010
    DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland's central bank chief said on Thursday he expected Dublin to receive tens of billions of euros in loans from European partners and the IMF to shore up its shattered banks though the government said it had made no request yet.


  • Court demands Indian premier address telecoms scam (AP)
    November 18, 2010
    FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2008 file photo, Indian Communications and Information Technology Minister Andimuthu Raja gestures while replying, on being cornered by journalists at a press conference in New Delhi, India. India's Supreme Court issued a sharp and rare rebuke of the prime minister on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, demanding he explain why the government took a year to investigate a cell-phone licensing scandal that cost the country billions of dollars. The scandal centers around Raja, who was forced to resign Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, amid allegations that his ministry sold second-generation, or 2G, cellular licenses at reduced rates to undeserving applicants. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, File)AP - India's Supreme Court issued a sharp and rare rebuke of the prime minister on Thursday, demanding he explain why the government took a year to investigate a cell-phone licensing scandal that cost the country billions of dollars.


  • Two more ex-Madoff workers arrested in Ponzi case
    November 18, 2010
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two former longtime employees at Bernard Madoff's firm were arrested on Thursday in connection with the investigation into the now-imprisoned swindler's Ponzi scheme, the FBI said.


  • Sweden seeks detention of WikiLeaks founder
    November 18, 2010
    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A Swedish prosecutor on Thursday requested that Julian Assange, the founder of whistle blowing website WikiLeaks, be detained over rape allegations, a charge he strongly denies.

  • Foursquare's Dennis Crowley Talks Facebook
    November 18, 2010
    Foursquare's Dennis Crowley talks about Facebook competition.
  • Road Trip Pic of the Week, 11/18: What is this?
    November 18, 2010
    If you know what this is and where it's located, you could win a prize in the CNET Road Trip Picture of the Week challenge.
  • How cheap does an HDTV need to be for you to wait in line on Black Friday?
    November 17, 2010
    Consumer electronics shopping site Retrevo.com asked one particularly interesting question in its recent study of online consumers, particularly those planning to wait in line to buy an HDTV on...
  • Japan vending machine recommends drinks to buyers
    November 18, 2010
    TOKYO (Reuters) - For you sir, a canned coffee. And for madam, perhaps a nice cold tea.

  • Don't leave it to the experts: Why scientists have a few people to thank!
    November 18, 2010
    Hanny Van Arkel is a 25 year old school teacher who lives in Holland with her German Shepherd, Janey. She enjoys playing the guitar and loves Brian May. She also found the first ever Voorwerp. Hanny is a citizen scientist.
    Hanny’s Voorwerp (voorwerp meaning object in Dutch), is a weird green blob spotted by Hanny in 2008. It is a giant glowing cloud of hydrogen illuminated by light emitted up to 70,000 years ago by a quasar (an extremely energetic galaxy with a supermassive black hole at

  • Google Boutiques less about shopping, more about search
    November 17, 2010
    Boutiques.com: Not much for us guys, but a whole lot behind the scenes for us techies.
  • Sylvania 60-watt replacement LED coming to Lowes
    November 18, 2010
    Competition is heating up for efficient LEDs designed for general lighting. Sylvania's 12-watt LED becomes available online this month.
  • Why The Beatles' arrival on iTunes matters
    November 18, 2010
    NEW YORK (Billboard) - It's tempting to dismiss the Beatles' long-delayed arrival on iTunes as a non-event. After all, it's been more than seven years since iTunes began selling music. And EMI Music reissued the band's entire discography on CD barely a year ago.

  • Hands-on review: Smartphone-controled Orb TV
    November 17, 2010
    There's another Internet TV solution on the market, but this one is a bit different and much smaller. The Orb TV is controlled by a smartphone app, streaming multimedia from your computer,...
  • Angry Birds spotlights Android fragmentation
    November 18, 2010
    Rovio Mobile concludes it needs to make a second Android version of its top-ranked game for lower-end devices.
  • Science That Matters
    November 18, 2010
    “Is what you’re doing going to change the world?” asked Larry Page, Google’s co-founder. “If not, maybe you should do something else.”
    I was at the annual Sci Foo Camp hosted by Nature Publishing Group ( Scientific American ’s parent), the O’Reilly Media Group and Google on its Mountain View, Calif., campus. At this “unconference,” attendees--scien­tists and those with connections to science--created sessions on the spot, making for

  • World Changing Ideas 2010 (preview)
    November 18, 2010
    Technology is all around us, expanding the limits of what is possible. but every once in a while, some invention or insight has an outsize effect; it creates a large dis­continuity, dividing history into “before” and “after.” The steam engine, the transistor, the World Wide Web--each of these ideas seemed to emerge from nowhere to change our world in fundamental ways. Which key technology will arise fromtoday’s vast cauldron of innovation to become tomorrow’

  • Google Docs Mobile now editable on iOS
    November 17, 2010
    Today Google answered my prayers and rolled out a new documents editor in Docs and Spreadsheets that supports editing on mobile browsers, including Mobile Safari on the iPhone and iPad.
  • The theology of Facebook, an online 'altar'
    November 18, 2010
    I grew up an Air Force brat who typically moved to a new place every three years. I switched schools, made friends, then had to write letters to stay in touch when I inevitably left. Except for a precious few, most of those friends went away forever, lost to memory, fading and eventually anonymous in aging photos.

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