Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Technical News - 9 November 2010

  • Hands-on with the T-Mobile myTouch 4G

    November 9, 2010

    T-Mobile's second HSPA+ device is now available as the myTouch 4G. I liked it so much that my wife and I both picked one up.

  • Is Linux FOSS or open source?

    November 9, 2010

    FOSS activist Alex Oliva says GPL Linux is actually open core, which he terms "free bait."

  • Hands-on review: Kodak Photo Books with SmartFit technology

    November 9, 2010

    Back in September, Kodak revamped its photo book creation process with the integration of SmartFit technology, which lays out an entire photo book within minutes. I got a chance to get a hands-on...

  • Kinect open source drivers coming on nicely

    November 9, 2010

    It seems that Adafruit's $3,000 bounty for open source for Microsoft Kinect hands-free game controller might already have been won.

  • Social networks: A great place to mine your alleged security questions

    November 9, 2010

    If you ever wanted to guess someone's security questions---things like city of birth, names of pets and mother's maiden name---just friend them on Facebook or some other social network.

  • Climate group targets network gear for $5B in power reductions

    November 9, 2010

    First desktops, now networking. Saying that energy usage from networking technology could rise by as much as 6 percent per year as more computing devices before networking, the Climate Savers...

  • Verizon Wireless CTO: Four transformative 4G trends

    November 9, 2010

    At the Open Mobile Summit in San Francisco, Verizon Wireless CTO Anthony Melone talks about the launch of the company's new 4G LTE network later this year.

  • So long thin client, hello 'cloud PC'

    November 9, 2010

    Can the term "cloud PC" go where the dreaded thin client couldn't? Wyse hopes so.

  • The changing face of gaming is transforming the PC into a casual gaming platform

    November 9, 2010

    Gaming has driven the high-end PC hardware market for over a decade, but the gaming landscape is evolving at break-neck speed and the PC, once considered the apotheosis of gaming power, is fast...

  • Print's latest savior: Amazon's new Kindle revenue split

    November 9, 2010

    For all the talk of Apple saving newspaper and magazine publishers with the iPad, Amazon may be the one to actually give the struggling print media industry a lift with a better Kindle revenue split.

  • New Microsoft Hyper-V cloud offerings

    November 9, 2010

    I recently received a note from Microsoft's PR agency that offered a short teaser concerning Microsoft's new private cloud offerings.Here's what Microsoft had to say about the new private cloud...

  • Oracle vs. SAP: Catz offers real-world insight that Ellison doesn't have

    November 9, 2010

    When it comes to driving home the big-money details, Oracle's Catz may have upstaged her boss: CEO Larry Ellison

  • Darksiders 2 Information Trickles Through

    November 9, 2010

    Filed under: News : Games

    Play as a new protagonist in the sequel to one of the most awesome games of 2010. Read more

  • Android Gets Opera 10Beta

    November 9, 2010

    Filed under: News : Software

    The moment Android users have been waiting for. Read more

  • Rumors Of The iPad 2 Are On A Rise

    November 9, 2010

    Filed under: News : Tablets

    Whats new with Apples tablet? Read more

  • Time Warner Cable lets subscribers view shows they couldn't watch live up to three days later

    November 8, 2010

    A new episode of one of your favorite shows was on last night. What if you not only couldn't watch it when it originally aired, but you managed to forget to program your DVR to record it? For...

  • RockMelt Takes Aim At The Browser Big Boys

    November 9, 2010

    Filed under: News : Internet Tools

    Silicon Valley entrepreneur backs a new startup. Read more

  • A product of the system

    November 8, 2010

    When students are taught to take tests rather than to be lifelong learners, schools meet their NCLB targets but students suffer no end.

  • Oakley to Whip Out 3D eyewear

    November 9, 2010

    Filed under: News : General

    Stylish glasses with application. Read more

  • Beyond Instant results: Instant Previews

    November 8, 2010

    With Google Instant you get results as fast as you type, but your search doesn’t stop there. Once you get results back, you choose a site to visit based on the information in each result—like the title, a snippet of text and the URL. Over time we’ve made steady improvements to our search results and snippets to help you pick a great page. Now we’re making a leap to image-based snapshots—a new kind of visual search result we call “Instant Previews” which

  • Coming attractions: Preview search now in Google

    November 9, 2010

    Not sure about clicking on a search result in Google? You can now see a preview, but you'll still have to click through to see the whole page.

  • Going with the Flow: Can the Similarity between Gravitation and Electromagnetism Be Exploited?

    November 9, 2010

    If the sign of a successful scientific theory is that you get more out of it than you put in, then the most successful of all must be Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Starting from a few simple principles and earthy thought experiments, such as what would happen if you got stuck in a falling elevator, general relativity predicts everything we know about gravity and much we never suspected. In the latest example, John Swain of Northeastern University suggests that it might be possible

  • Is Your Laptop Cooking Your Testicles?

    November 9, 2010

    Velcroman1 writes "Whoever invented the 'laptop' probably didn't worry too much about male reproductive health. Turns out, unsurprisingly, that sitting with a computer on your lap will crank up the temperature of your nether regions, which could affect sperm quality. And there is little you can do about it, according to the authors of a study out today in the journal Fertility and Sterility, short of putting your laptop on a desk. The researchers hooked thermometers to the scrotums of 29 young men

  • Would Clinton consider defense chief job?

    November 9, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Would Secretary of State Hillary Clinton consider swapping Cabinet hats to become the next U.S. defense secretary after Robert Gates leaves?

  • Liam Gallagher's new band gives away single (Reuters)

    November 9, 2010

    Reuters - Liam Gallagher and his new band Beady Eye are releasing their first single "Bring the Light" as a free download, following other artists who have given their music away for free to maximize their audience.

  • IBM pledges $50 million to improve 100 cities (Digital Trends)

    November 9, 2010

    Digital Trends - IBM announced today that it is launching the Smarter Cities Challenge, a grant program that will help cities better use technology to solve their many problems. IBM has pledged $50 million to help create 100 smarter cities around the world. The cities chosen will have a staff of IBM employees sent to their city to “immerse themselves in local issues involving the administration of healthcare, education, safety, social services, transportation, communications, sustainability, budget

  • LimeWire is Quietly Resurrected: It's Baaack!

    November 9, 2010

    If you were lamenting the fall of LimeWire, take note--the file-sharing client is back--better, more powerful, and shhh…it's a secret.

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  • LimeWire Lives Again

    November 9, 2010

    Slayer Silver Wolf writes with this excerpt from TorrentFreak: "'On October 26 the remaining LimeWire developers were forced to shut down the company's servers and modify remote settings in the filesharing client to try to harm the Gnutella network. They were then laid off. Shortly after, a horde of piratical monkeys climbed aboard the abandoned ship, mended its sails, polished its cannons, and released it free to the community.' And so, LimeWire Pirate Edition (LPE) was born. Based on the LimeWire

  • Chrome could preload pages for 'wicked-fast' Web

    November 9, 2010

    Programming work has begun to load Web pages before a Chrome user actually clicks on them.

  • NetApp revamps product lineup to court next-gen data center spending

    November 8, 2010

    NetApp revamped its high-end and mid-range storage systems and launched a shared architecture as it aims to grab a bigger chunk of the data center overhaul pie.

  • When Google makes a mistake, Nicaragua invades Costa Rica

    November 8, 2010

    Directions...reviews...news...international border disputes. How much should Google be held accountable for its mistakes?

  • Infinity Blade announced for iOS (Macworld)

    November 9, 2010

    Macworld - ChAIR Entertainment and Epic Games plan to bring Infinity Blade to Apple’s iOS devices. The action-adventure role-playing game will be the first mobile game powered by Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 technology. Previously available on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the award-winning Unreal Engine 3 is world-renowned for its toolset and cutting-edge graphics.

  • Firefox add-on protects against hackers

    November 9, 2010

    If you're concerned about using open Wi-Fi networks because of Firesheep, the highly popular new hacking tool, you should check out BlackSheep, a Firefox add-on that makes surfing on open networks safe once again.

  • Palestinians say it's time to recognize their state

    November 9, 2010

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's plan to build new homes on occupied land should be countered by international recognition of a Palestinian state, the chief Palestinian negotiator said on Tuesday.

  • Myanmar army-backed party sweeps election

    November 9, 2010

    YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's biggest military-backed party won the country's first election in 20 years by a landslide on Tuesday after a carefully choreographed vote denounced by pro-democracy parties as rigged to preserve authoritarian rule.

  • China raises expectations of more rate rises

    November 9, 2010

    SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China signaled its intention on Tuesday to drain excess cash from its financial system by unexpectedly raising the yield on bills at a central bank auction and announcing new rules to curb hot money inflows.

  • Yahoo Web tools to demote IE6

    November 9, 2010

    The Net pioneer won't work so hard to make sure its YUI components for building advanced Web sites work on Microsoft's nine-year-old browser.

  • Facebook and Google in data spat

    November 9, 2010

    Facebook has found a loophole for user's to get around Google's decision to stop Gmail data being shared.

  • SnagIt for Mac is here! [Giveaway]

    November 9, 2010

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    SnagIt, the powerful screen capture program for Windows, is now available on Mac as well.

    Like the popular Windows version, SnagIt on Mac sports the useful all-in-one capture mode that lets you grab lengthy web pages, windows, or any custom region on the screen using the same hotkey (see some screenshots).

    Then there’s the built-in image editor that you may use to enhance your screen grabs with callouts, arrows, text annotations and other effects. All your screen captures are automatically saved and you may drag them from the tray to the canvas for editing later.

    There are obviously some differences between the PC and Mac versions of SnagIt. For instance, SnagIt for Mac cannot be used for recording video screencasts and it also doesn’t offer an option to create custom capture profiles.

    A single user license of SnagIt costs around $50 but the good thing is that you use the same license on both Mac & PC. For instance, if you use a PC at work and a Mac at home, you just need one license. If you already own a license for SnagIt 10 for Windows, you are eligible to receive a free copy of Snagit on Mac.

    TechSmith has graciously offered Digital Inspiration readers 5 licenses of SnagIt for Mac that can be used on PCs as well. If you would like to win a copy, just capture a screenshot of your Mac desktop (Command-Shift-3) and upload the image* on our Facebook Page. The 5 lucky winners will receive their SnagIt license keys later this week.

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  • Finally, broadband satellite with real speed

    November 9, 2010

    In 2012, Hughes Communications plans to launch a satellite that could improve performance tenfold. But will it be a real competitor to other broadband services?

  • Will the IT guy learn to love Apple?

    November 9, 2010

    Apple has been a fixture in the home for years. But courting corporate customers is a slog against history, perception, and the appeal of tech uniformity.

  • Business is business in Japan's Chinatown

    November 9, 2010

    YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) - Even with festering strains between China and Japan, business is business, and in the Japanese city hosting a regional summit the bonds binding Asia's top two economies can be counted in pork buns and chestnuts.

  • Can Kinect compete with the Wii?

    November 9, 2010

    Click reporter Marc Cieslak looks at whether The Kinect for Xbox 360 motion-sensing device lives up to the hype as it approaches its European release on 10 November

  • Tesla's Elon Musk On The Record

    November 9, 2010

    In a video interview, he's candid about his company's finances, the competition, the Model S and its prospects for the future.

  • Will gamers again heed the 'Call of Duty'?

    November 9, 2010

    War's specter once again looms large over the gaming world, as "Call of Duty: Black Ops," the spiritual sequel to last year's smash hit "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2," goes on sale Monday at midnight.

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