Monday, December 6, 2010

Technical News - 06 December 2010

  • SEOcret Santa: The Secret Santa for SEOs!
    December 6, 2010
    Well, it's that time of year again: Secret Santa... or as the SEO industry calls it, 'SEOcret Santa" -- the Secret Santa for SEOs!
  • Cisco, BMC forge cloud infrastructure partnership
    December 6, 2010
    Cisco and BMC Software said they are expanding their partnership to enable telecommunications companies to offer multi-tenant cloud computing services.
  • Android leaderboard: The 12 best smartphones [UPDATED]
    December 6, 2010
    A hot, new Android phone seems to hit the market almost every week. To help you sort through them all, here's our updated list of the 12 best Android smartphones, based on the quality and value of...
  • Amazon Web Services launches DNS system
    December 6, 2010
    AWS is allowing users to create, change and delete DNS files for any domain. AWS does this using a "hosted zone"," which acts as a phone book of sorts matching names to IP addresses.
  • HP expands printer market share
    December 6, 2010
    Hewlett Packard widened its lead in the printer market in the U.S. and worldwide, according to IDC. Consumers and companies appear to be investing in printers again.
  • Leaked US embassy cables: Diplomats fear that China used Microsoft source code for cyber warfare
    December 6, 2010
    One of the latest batch of leaked US embassy cables suggest that China is abusing its access to Microsoft source code by using the information to carry out cyber warfare.
  • CloudShare launches self-service cloud platform
    December 6, 2010
    Many suppliers of cloud services are doing their best to distinguish themselves from the pack and bring out easy-to-use, easy-to-manage and easy-on-the-budget products.
  • Analysis: Is Wikileaks' Assange actually a terrorist?
    December 6, 2010
    Is, in fact, Julian Assange a terrorist? Or is he something else?
  • Dell Rolls out its New Line of XPS Laptops
    December 6, 2010
    Filed under: News : Laptops

    Industry’s first Skype-Certified laptop. Read more

  • Workday's big picture: Be in position to swipe Oracle customers in 2012
    December 6, 2010
    Workday customers will soon get Workday 12, the latest update of its human capital management suite, but in the big picture the latest edition is one more stepping stone to be ready to disrupt in...
  • Tablets, netbooks, thin clients, cheap desktops! What to buy?
    December 6, 2010
    I'm not talking about specialized applications or high-end media labs here. I'm talking about getting as many kids online, interacting and collaborating as possible, for as little money as possible.
  • Pakistani Cyber Army Strikes India
    December 6, 2010
    Filed under: News : Websites

    Hackers attack the Crime Bureau of Investigation website. Read more

  • Inspan Releases a High end CPU Cooler from Corsair
    December 6, 2010
    Filed under: News : Enthusiast

    Best suited for high-end PCs and Power Users Read more

  • Lava Brings the A10 Mobile Phone to India
    December 6, 2010
    Filed under: News : Smart

    Features an IPS screen and a Gravity Sensor. Read more

  • NVIDIA Refreshes its Mobile Graphics Range.
    December 6, 2010
    Filed under: News : Graphics

    Starts with the 500M series Read more

  • Logitech Unveils the S715i
    December 6, 2010
    Filed under: News : Bookshelf

    Rechargeable Speaker Dock for the iPod and iPhone. Read more

  • Find my iPhone, please!
    December 6, 2010
    I'm bummed. I lost my iPhone 4 this weekend and after tracking it via Apple's Find My iPhone service, I've determined that its stolen and being held hostage in central Florida.
  • Facebook Rolls Out Redesigned Profile Pages
    December 6, 2010
    alphadogg writes "The [Facebook Profile] changes include a clustered listing of biographical information under the user name at the top of the page, including such details as the person's job, hometown, relationship status, where they went to college, what languages they speak and birthdate. Beneath that will appear a set of the five most recent photos that a user allows to be posted at their profile page." The changes unsurprisingly are being met with mixed opinions ranging from rage to anger.

  • Bernanke: More Fed bond buys "certainly possible"
    December 6, 2010
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve could end up buying more than the $600 billion in U.S. government bonds it has committed to purchase if the economy fails to respond or unemployment stays too high, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said.

  • Can we transport food like Internet data? Foodtubes says yes
    December 6, 2010
    Much of the world's food supply is transported via an inefficient, polluting, and dangerous system of highways and trucks. The overwhelming share of the fuel used to move food powers cumbersome vehicles, only eight percent is really needed to transport the cargoes themselves to supermarkets, according to one estimate.
    So what's the alternative? Move the whole system underground and set up a "transport industry Internet," says the United Kingdom based Foodtubes Project, a consortium

  • China's Hu tells Obama Korea tension could go
    December 6, 2010
    BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) - Chinese President Hu Jintao on Monday warned President Barack Obama that tensions on the Korean peninsula could spiral out of control if not dealt with properly, their first discussion on the issue since the North shelled the South nearly two weeks ago. Analysts said Hu's comments showed a greater sense of urgency in the Chinese leadership over the mounting tension and also an attempt to avoid the perception that Beijing is siding with its ally Pyongyang to face off aga
  • China's GDP is "man-made," unreliable: top leader
    December 6, 2010
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's GDP figures are "man-made" and therefore unreliable, the man who is expected to be the country's next head of government said in 2007, according to U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.

  • WikiLeaks lists sites U.S. says vital to interests
    December 6, 2010
    LONDON (Reuters) - Website WikiLeaks published details of sites around the globe which the United States deems vital to its interests, prompting criticism that it is helping militants identify targets for attack.

  • Lawmakers optimistic about deal on tax cuts
    December 6, 2010
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior lawmakers said on Sunday they were optimistic about striking a deal to extend Bush-era tax cuts for all taxpayers and continue emergency jobless aid for millions of long-term unemployed Americans.

  • Merkel rebuffs IMF call to raise euro zone fund
    December 6, 2010
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Euro zone finance ministers meeting on Monday face IMF pressure to increase the size of a 750 billion euro ($1,006 billion) safety net for debt-stricken members to halt contagion in the single currency bloc.

  • Keeping Google's Consumer OS Options Straight
    December 6, 2010
    According to Engadget, among others, Google is expected to show off the state of the Chrome OS on Tuesday of this week, and perhaps even to show off a netbook running the cloud-centric system. Since many of the things that Chrome OS does are also within the scope of Google's other consumer OS, Android, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has written a guide to the differences, as he sees them, between Android and Chrome OS.
    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Facebook's new facelift plays up photos, friends (AP)
    December 6, 2010
    AP - Facebook is redesigning the profile pages of its 500 million-plus users to make it more of a reflection of their real lives and emphasize one of the site's most popular features, photos.
  • Disable the “Protected View” Mode in Office 2010
    December 6, 2010
    read only document
    Microsoft Office 2010 includes a new “Protected View” that, by default, will open all Outlook attachments and documents downloaded from the Internet in “read-only” mode.
    For instance, if a colleague has sent you a spreadsheet as an email attachment, when you double-click that file, it will only open as a read-only document inside Excel. The same holds true for Word and PowerPoint files as well. In the Protected Mode, you are neither able to edit your documents nor can you send them to the printer.
    How to Disable Protected View
    You can easily switch from the Protected View to Edit mode with a click but if you would like to permanently turn off that security setting such that all your future email attachments /web documents open in regular mode, here’s the required setting.
    Launch Microsoft Word, or any of the Office 2010 programs, and go to File –> Options –> Trust Center –> Trust Center Settings.
    Click “Protected View” here and deselect the option that says “Enable Protected View for Outlook Attachments.” If you get stuck, follow this screencast:

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  • The Three Differences between Chrome OS and Android
    December 5, 2010
    Google will soon have two operating systems: Chrome OS and Android. What's the difference?
  • How OpenTable puts loyalty to the test
    December 6, 2010
    In addition to collecting fees for customer referrals, reservations and deal services may win consumer loyalty that would otherwise go to small businesses.
  • Amazon adds DNS service for Net addresses
    December 6, 2010
    Amazon Web Services, expanding ever farther through the fabric of the Net, now offers a beta program for the Domain Name System.
  • Super-fast net planned across UK
    December 6, 2010
    Every community in Britain will have access to super-fast broadband by 2015, under a new government strategy.
  • Interactive: 10 Years of the Dollar vs. the World
    December 6, 2010
    Exchange rates are often seen as proxies for economic health: when production increases faster than the money supply, a currency gains value. Click on any country below to see how its currency has changed compared to other currencies. When the lines at the bottom of the graphic fall, the base currency is getting stronger; when they rise, the base currency is getting weaker.
  • How to negotiate better enterprise software deals
    December 6, 2010
    With the sluggish economy and new licensing models, IT managers are in a strong position to negotiate with software vendors and get more for their money. But it requires doing more homework than usual.
  • Keyword searches not good enough for e-discovery, experts say
    December 6, 2010
    Traditional text search technologies fail to find all relevant documents, but there are efforts under way to improve the technology and add human expertise.
  • Tyke tech: PeeWee PC upgrades its kid-friendly laptop for deep-pocketed parents
    December 5, 2010
    Any parent knows that his or her kids flock to computers like moths to a flame. That means greasy fingerprints, scratched screens, and various "oopsies" that put your laptop in constant...
  • An Undocumented Google Search Operator
    December 6, 2010
    Search operators in Google help you refine and improve search results.
    For instance, a query like “Taj Mahal AND Hotel” will search for pages related to the Hotel Taj and not the Mughal monument. Similarly, “kindle” will find all Kindle related resources outside the Amazon website.
    This Google cheat sheet [PDF] has a nice overview of all the popular search operators that are supported in Google. Other than this “official” list, Google also supports an undocumented search operator called AROUND(n) that will help you find documents where the distance between two search terms is around ‘n.’
    Here are some examples.
    google around
    Daniel Russell, who first wrote about the AROUND operator, says that AROUND is especially useful when the documents are rather long (think book-length articles) while a comment points out that it could be also be useful “when searching for quotes, speeches or a song that’s stuck in your head, but you can only think of a few words from it.”
    Coming back to our original example, a query like “CNN Obama” will mostly show CNN pages that are related to Obama. However, if we modify the query to look like “CNN AROUND(2) Obama,” you get results where these two terms are written in close proximity.
    The higher the number, the less the proximity.
    google around 10
    Google’s wildcard search operator, represented by Asterisk (Obama * CNN), may achieve similar results but with AROUND, you even get to specify the distance between the two search terms. Do remember to write AROUND in all CAPS else it won’t work.
    Thank you Pedro Dias for the tip.
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  • Opera for Android to get HTML5 video, Flash
    December 6, 2010
    Two advanced features for a smartphone browser are coming to help make Opera Mobile for Android handle more than just text and graphics.
  • An Introduction to Automating Performance with Phing
    December 6, 2010
    Performance optimization has a lot of moving parts. Some methods of optimization, e.g. minification, might be applied to a production environment, but not in a development environment. If a solid process does not exist, things become unwieldy. This can mean too much time is spent performing simple optimization tasks and not enough time writing code. This is where using a good build process tool,
  • Code for Today
    December 6, 2010
    Most programmers are lazy, for some value of lazy. Many of us claim that we are efficient, doing no more than is actually needed, pulling resources from elsewhere, and generally getting things done in time to make it to the pub. Why, then, do we sometimes over-engineer solutions to the point that when we get to the end of the task, we have lost sight of the feature we were building when we began?
  • Javascript client-side validation toolkit.
    December 6, 2010
    Vanadium is a cool validation framework..
  • Mother: Video games 'dangerous tool'
    December 5, 2010
    Panorama reporter Raphael Rowe meets a mother whose son had a violent reaction after she became concerned about the time he spent playing computer games and she cut off the internet connection at home.
  • Facebook launches new profiles: Possible threat to LinkedIn?
    December 5, 2010
    Facebook on Sunday announced a new profile page that allows you to highlight friends, show off photos better and list more details about yourself, including work projects. That latter point could...
  • New manufacturing helping designers
    December 5, 2010
    Until recently, developing a new product would probably have taken experts and a sizeable cash investment to turn it into a technically perfect specimen suitable for a full blown production run.
  • State Dept: Discuss Wikileaks, risk your career prospects
    December 5, 2010
    An email from the State Department warns students not to discuss or post Wikileaks documents on social networks warning that it could seriously hamper if not kill their careers in federal government.

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