Saturday, December 4, 2010

Technical News - 04 December 2010

  • Groupon spurns Google: Bad move or brilliant?
    December 4, 2010
    Groupon will reportedly decide to turn down an acquisition offer from Google and time will tell if the move is brilliant or insane.
  • Intel Showcase MeeGo Netbook, Tablet and Phone
    December 4, 2010
    Filed under: News : Smart




    Event in Moscow gives sneak-peek at the devices. Read more



  • Android 2Previewed on Video
    December 4, 2010
    Filed under: News : Smart




    No big visual changes though! Read more



  • XAGE Launches M108 mobile phone
    December 4, 2010
    Filed under: News : Smart




    Sports tremendous features like 1MP camera, wireless FM and more. Read more



  • GJ 1214b: An Alien Super-Earth
    December 4, 2010
    Filed under: News : General




    Exoplanet is twice the size of Earth and six times its mass. Read more



  • Epson Releases Tx121 and Tx220 Printer Models
    December 4, 2010
    Filed under: News : Inkjet




    The newest inkjet players on the block. Read more



  • Philippines trumps India for BPO business, TCS opens center
    December 4, 2010
    IBM puts Philippines ahead of India as most sought after location for BPO services. Indian firm Wipro is joined by TCS with BPO facilities in Philippines.
  • PlayStation 3 Supercomputer for the Department of Defense
    December 4, 2010
    Filed under: News : Gaming Consoles




    Condor Cluster to render high-resolution images in a jiffy. Read more



  • iPhone App Helps Control Speeding Motorists
    December 4, 2010
    Filed under: News : Smart




    A great idea from a brilliant ad campaign. Read more



  • Bill Calls For Wi-Fi Base Stations In All Federal Buildings
    December 4, 2010
    GovTechGuy submits this from Hillicon Valley: "Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced legislation on Friday that would require all public federal buildings to install WiFi base stations in order to free up cell phone networks. The Federal Wi-Net Act would mandate the installation of small WiFi base stations in all publicly accessible federal buildings in order to increase wireless coverage and free up mobile networks. The bill would require all new buildings under construction
  • PayPal cuts WikiLeaks from money flow (AP)
    December 4, 2010
    A terracotta statuette of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, second from left, and statuettes of, from left; German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Barack Obama, and Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, are seen amongst other statuettes of a nativity scene in a shop in the renown Via San Gregorio Armeno street of nativity scene craftsmen, in Naples, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. Assange is a former computer hacker who has embarrassed the U.S. government and foreign leaders with his online release of a huge trove of secret American diplomatic cables. (AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta)AP - The online payment service provider PayPal has cut off the account used by WikiLeaks to collect donations, serving another blow to the organization just as it was struggling to keep its website accessible after an American company stopped directing traffic to it.


  • Obama lauds U.S. and South Korean trade deal
    December 4, 2010
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Saturday a new trade deal with South Korea will boost U.S. annual exports of automobile, agricultural products and other goods and services by $11 billion.


  • WikiLeaks battles to stay online as Assange arrest looms (AFP)
    December 4, 2010
    A picture showing a page of the website WikiLeaks featuring its founder Julian Assange. The WikiLeaks website was fighting to stay online after Sweden issued a new arrest warrant for its elusive chief and it battled cyber attacks and government attempts to silence it.(AFP/Thomas Coex)AFP - WikiLeaks was battling to stay online on Saturday after Sweden issued a new arrest warrant for its elusive boss Julian Assange, while PayPal axed donations access for the whistleblowing website.


  • Ivory Coast to swear in Gbagbo despite poll row
    December 4, 2010
    ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Incumbent Laurent Gbagbo was due to be sworn in as Ivory Coast president on Saturday after his election victory was rejected by world leaders but accepted by the army, raising fears of a power struggle.


  • Two die after Russian plane makes emergency landing: report
    December 4, 2010
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian plane carrying 155 passengers rolled off a runway while making an emergency landing at Moscow's Domodedovo airport on Saturday, killing two people and injuring dozens, Interfax news agency reported.


  • Spanish airport authority says controllers return to work
    December 4, 2010
    MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish air traffic controllers are beginning to return to work following a wildcat strike, an airports authority spokesman said on Saturday.


  • PayPal suspends WikiLeaks donations account
    December 4, 2010
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Online payment service PayPal said it has suspended the WikiLeaks' account that the organization used to collect donations.


  • PayPal suspends WikiLeaks donations account
    December 4, 2010
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Online payment service PayPal said it has suspended the WikiLeaks' account that the organization used to collect donations.

  • Amazon's free shipping secret
    December 4, 2010
    If you're a member of Amazon Prime, you can actually share your account with up to four "household" members. A lot of people don't know this.
  • Pakistani hackers shut India crime bureau website (Reuters)
    December 4, 2010
    Reuters - A group calling itself the "Pakistani Cyber Army" has hacked into the website of India's federal crime investigation bureau and left a warning message to Indian hackers, local media said Saturday.
  • Pakistani hackers shut India crime bureau website
    December 4, 2010
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A group calling itself the "Pakistani Cyber Army" has hacked into the website of India's federal crime investigation bureau and left a warning message to Indian hackers, local media said Saturday.

  • The wisdom to learn from failure
    December 3, 2010
    Great management advice for running successful project, portfolio, team, or anything else.
  • Top-rated reviews of the week (photos)
    December 4, 2010
    Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the Nikon D7000 dSLR camera, 2011 Jaguar XK Convertible, and Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox iPod Dock.
  • A century of guarding SF from attack (photos)
    December 4, 2010
    Road Trip at Home: A photo tour of the coastal fortifications that once protected America's most valuable Pacific port.
  • A tour of SF Bay's hidden military fortifications
    December 4, 2010
    Road Trip at Home: For more than a century, the U.S. considered San Francisco its most important Pacific port, so it installed countless forms of coastal defenses between the Civil and Cold wars.
  • Fury Friday: Non-optimised mobile websites
    December 3, 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: Websites not optimised for mobiles.
  • Russian denies global spam scheme
    December 4, 2010
    A Russian man accused of operating an e-mail spam business that at times accounted for one third of global spam has pleaded not guilty in a federal court in the US state of Wisconsin.
  • Profiling with XHGui
    December 4, 2010
    Everyone wants a fast web site. Making one is a bit more difficult. Profiling code during development is easy, thanks to the excellent Xdebug extension (which also provides handy debugging tools), but this still leaves us blind in production, where we care the most. It’s also frequently more than a little different than the development machine.
  • PHP Code review checklist
    December 4, 2010
    I love to do code reviews because it give me chance to see how other people write code and improve mine also. I have seen many people who are afraid of doing code review. Which made think of creating a code review checklist for php. Please note this is not full checklist for code review and following all the conditions in this will not end up in a great code.
  • Tips how to write good style code - identation, braces, tabs and spaces
    December 4, 2010
    I have already written about best practices for choosing how to put brackets which style of variable writing to choose. However, I would like to talk more about good programming style and its practice.

    I might repeat, but knowing and sticking to one good practice is a skilled professional sign and I am sure that you are one or want to be one of them.
  • Clear video of PlayStation Phone surfaces online
    December 3, 2010
    Brief encounter with Gingerbread laden Sony Ericsson smartphone shows PlayStation App that will list games
  • uTorrent 2.2.1 Beta 23551
    December 3, 2010
    µTorrent is a small and incredibly popular BitTorrent client.

  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Review
    December 3, 2010
    A Burnout game with licensed cars and cop chases
  • Linux for the Holidays
    December 3, 2010
    Want to support Linux, the Linux Foundation has a holiday deal and contest for you.
  • Android grows faster than iPhone, RIM slips as smartphone wars continue
    December 3, 2010
    Research in Motion may have the largest share of the smartphone market in the U.S but the real smartphone battle to watch is featuring Apple and Google. àto watch is the battle àin on two others...
  • Realtek High Definition Audio 2.55 Vista
    December 3, 2010
    The Realtek High Definition Audio codecs are compliant with Microsoft's UAA (Universal Audio Architecture). The top series provide 10 DAC channels that simultaneously support 7.1 sound playback, plus 2 channels of independent stereo sound output (multiple streaming) through the front panel stereo output. Flexible mixing, mute, and fine gain control...

  • AIM 7.5.5.7 Beta 2
    December 3, 2010
    The AIM® service is all about helping you keep in touch with your buddies. Whether you're sending IMs, sharing photos or doing a voice chat we want to make it better.

  • GPU-Z 0.4.9
    December 3, 2010
    GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.

  • The Android Sysadmin: Remote Administration in the Smartphone Age
    December 3, 2010
    The Android tablets are coming into their own as a useful consumer device. But how well can they handle the tasks of a systems administrator?
  • Russian denies world spam scheme
    December 3, 2010
    A Russian man accused of operating a massive global e-mail spam business pleads not guilty in the US state of Wisconsin.
  • Solar installer's healthy business with federal hospitals
    December 3, 2010
    SunWize Systems, which is the installation arm of solar technology developer SunWize Technologies, recently claimed the largest contract for a solar installation on a carport.The 3.003-megawatt...
  • Google acquires Phonetic Arts, aims to improve robo voices
    December 3, 2010
    The grand plan for Google is to enhance the robo-voices when a computer speaks to you.
  • Universal opens virtual stage
    December 3, 2010
    LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Reflecting the increased interest in virtual production following the success of "Avatar" and "Alice in Wonderland," Universal Studios has opened Universal Virtual Stage 1 on its lot.

  • When Netflix, iPhone meets 4G, wireless hell breaks loose
    December 3, 2010
    Bandwidth capping from Verizon LTE and other 4G wireless networks will crush our dreams of mobile On-Demand multimedia content.
  • Prospects bright for LED lighting
    December 3, 2010
    There's a new report out from Groom Energy and Greentech Media predicting that the enterprise LED technology market will basically triple over the next three years in terms of annual revenue....

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