Sunday, December 19, 2010

Technical News - 19 December 2010

  • Apple's Plans: Mapping Apps
    December 19, 2010
    Want ads hint of Apple's next ventures into navigation software.

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  • Drop Out and Innovate, Urges VC Peter Thiel
    December 19, 2010
    An anonymous reader writes "The San Francisco-based founder of PayPal and co-founder of Facebook is offering two-year fellowships of up to $100,000 (£63,800) to 20 entrepreneurs or teams of entrepreneurs aged under 20 in a worldwide competition that closes this week. With the money, the recipients are expected to drop out of university — Thiel calls it 'stopping out' — and work full time on their ideas. 'Some of the world's most transformational technologies were created by people
  • U.N. rejects Gbagbo demand to quit Ivory Coast
    December 19, 2010
    ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Laurent Gbagbo faced growing confrontation with foreign peacekeepers as the U.N. rejected his demand that they leave Ivory Coast, in the tense aftermath of an election he insists he won and the outside world says he lost.


  • Snow and ice ground flights in Europe
    December 19, 2010
    LONDON (Reuters) - Europe saw little respite on Sunday from the Arctic conditions that have closed airports and disrupted travel on the weekend before Christmas, traditionally one of the busiest times of the year.


  • North Korea raises alert before U.N. meeting: report
    December 19, 2010
    YEONPYEONG, South Korea (Reuters) - North Korea's military has raised an alert for artillery units based along its west coast ahead of a planned live-fire drill by the South, Yonhap news agency said on Sunday, quoting a government source.


  • China counters U.S. criticism of Pakistan
    December 19, 2010
    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao lauded on Sunday Pakistan's efforts to battle al Qaeda, just days after the United States said its ally could do more to crack down on militants, especially along the Afghan border.


  • Fighting in Sudan's Darfur forces 12,000 to flee
    December 19, 2010
    KHARTOUM (Reuters) - As many as 12,000 people have fled fresh fighting between Sudan's army and Darfur rebels and are heading toward already overcrowded camps and settlements in the strife-torn territory, peacekeepers said on Sunday.


  • Foreign troop toll for 2010 in Afghanistan hits 700
    December 19, 2010
    KABUL/KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Taliban insurgents launched attacks in Kabul and a major northern city on Sunday as the 2010 death toll for foreign troops climbed to 700, nearly a third of the total killed in nearly a decade of war.


  • U.S. tourist killed in Israel
    December 19, 2010
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An American tourist was stabbed to death and another woman wounded while hiking in Israel, police said on Sunday.


  • Make Your Own DHS Threat Level Display At Home
    December 19, 2010
    An anonymous reader writes "This guy put together what most law-abiding Slashdotters have always wanted for Christmas: a stylish, wall-mounted homeland security threat level display. A perfect accent for the living room."
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  • Firefox backs "Do Not Track" with online stealth (AFP)
    December 18, 2010
    A woman stands in front of a wall depicting a computer user at the CeBIT high-tech fair in Hanover, central Germany. As concern about online privacy grows, Mozilla is promising to let people cloak Internet activity in free Firefox Web browsing software being released early next year.(AFP/DDP/File/David Hecker)AFP - As concern about online privacy grows, Mozilla is promising to let people cloak Internet activity in free Firefox Web browsing software being released early next year.


  • Dropbox 1.0 Finally Released
    December 18, 2010
    Zack writes "Dropbox has finally released version 1.0. The new version comes with hundreds of bug fixes, including invalid file names on Windows, weird Unicode normalizations, Word and Excel file locking, abnormal symlinks hierarchies, and case sensitive file systems on Mac. It also adds TrueCrypt support, a Rainbow Shell that offers support for extended attributes, selective sync, a new installation wizard, and reduces resource usage."
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  • FastPictureViewer 1.3 Build 173 (32-bit)
    December 18, 2010
    FastPictureViewer, an image viewer designed for photographers. Now with powerful workflow tools helping to automate file management duties like copy, move, delete, save-for-web and more.

  • Indian startup Notion Ink shows how to completely botch a product launch
    December 18, 2010
    Notion Ink comes up with a weird pre-order strategy followed by incomplete sales terms only to trump it with news of sending a UI demo video to another website that claims no knowledge of it.
  • How To Cut a Nanotube? Lots Of Compression
    December 18, 2010
    An anonymous reader writes "A pipefitter knows how to make an exact cut on a metal rod. But it's far harder to imagine getting a precise cut on a carbon nanotube, with a diameter 1/50,000th the thickness of a human hair. In a paper published this month in the British journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A, researchers at Brown University and in Korea document for the first time how single-walled carbon nanotubes are cut, a finding that could lead to producing more precise, higher-quality nanotubes
  • Vimeo's 'Video School' now in session
    December 18, 2010
    Freely accessible section of the site is devoted to movie-making tutorials for beginners and more-advanced videographers alike.
  • Opera Goes To 11, With Extensions and Tab Stacks
    December 18, 2010
    surveyork writes "Opera Software released Opera browser 11 for desktop (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc). The main features are support for extensions similar to Chrome and Tab Stacks, Opera's version of tab management. The extension catalog is still small, with roughly 200 extensions, but steadily growing. The browser is very fast — Chrome-fast — and lightweight, with a new installer which is 30% smaller than the one in the previous version. Other enhancements include visual mouse gestures
  • Senate Repeals 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
    December 18, 2010
    An anonymous reader writes "The Senate and House have now acted to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, [a decision] which President Obama will soon sign into law. While this does not permit homosexuals to openly serve, it does return control of the policy to military leaders after nearly two decades."
    Read more of this story at Slashdot.





  • Intel's Sandy Bridge Processor Has a Kill Switch
    December 18, 2010
    An anonymous reader writes "Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors have a new feature that the chip giant is calling Anti-Theft 3.0. The processor can be disabled even if the computer has no Internet connection or isn't even turned on, over a 3G network. With Intel anti-theft technology built into Sandy Bridge, David Allen, director of distribution sales at Intel North America, said that users have the option to set up their processor so that if their computer is lost or stolen, it can be shut down
  • Vizio launches its largest HDTV ever: 65-inch passive-3D XVT3D650SV
    December 18, 2010
    3D HDTVs may not be the big sellers that TV manufacturers and retailers were hoping for, but that hasn't stopped the onslaught of new models. This week, Vizio has announced that its biggest set...
  • Report: Intel-McAfee deal could drag out in EU
    December 18, 2010
    EU antitrust regulators are concerned about Intel's plan to bake security directly into chips, a development that could slow the completion of Intel's biggest-ever buyout.
  • Nvidia: Gaming on Intel's next-gen chip
    December 18, 2010
    Graphics-chip supplier Nvidia says demand for its chips will be healthy in 2011, right alongside Intel's newest "Sandy Bridge" processor.
  • Perfect Xmas gift: Computer Engineer Barbie
    December 18, 2010
    If you still have a gift buying dilemma, please look no further than the Computer Engineer version of Barbie. She is the first professional Barbie chosen by popular vote.
  • Google sued for showing underwear on Street View
    December 18, 2010
    A Japanese woman sues Google for emotional distress after images of underwear on her washing line appear on the site.
  • Infinity Blade Review
    December 18, 2010
    The best looking, but definitely not the best game on iOS
  • Bank of America cuts off WikiLeaks
    December 18, 2010
    Announcement comes as the embattled document-sharing site is reportedly readying a release that targets the banking giant.
  • WikiLeaks, Assange feel the heat (roundup)
    December 18, 2010
    Whistle-blower site continues to face heavy criticism and repercussions for publishing extensive details of U.S. military and diplomatic activity.
  • Major US bank cuts off Wikileaks
    December 18, 2010
    Bank of America stops handling payments for whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, joining several other major financial institutions.
  • Sony: E-readers 'selling out around the world'
    December 18, 2010
    Not to be left out of the rosy e-reader sales game, Sony says demand is very strong for its e-readers, too, this holiday season.
  • Inside PayPal's hi-tech control room
    December 18, 2010
    Rajesh Mirchandani takes a look inside PayPal's hi-tech hub in California from where the internet payment firm fought off angry Wikileaks supporters.
  • Top-rated reviews of the week (photos)
    December 18, 2010
    Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the Samsung Nexus S, Cobra iRadar radar detector, and Toshiba Satellite A665-S6058 laptop.
  • Fast Ads with HTML5
    December 18, 2010
    A few months ago, I had some great discussions with some like-minded people that work on big web applications. Several of us asked the same question:

    How are new standards and browser features going to support our goal of making the whole web faster?
  • Category And Archive Dropdown With Unobstrusive JavaScript
    December 18, 2010
    A good website works when a user comes along with JavaScript disabled, just as well as with scripting enabled. You separate the JS layer of the site from anything else (and waived for example, onclick in HTML) and places the scripts in a way that only improves the already existing functionality of the site. So the visitors can navigate through the website with and without JS, even though it might
  • Build HTML Tables From MySQL Tables with PHP
    December 18, 2010
    I was recently completing a project which required that I build a series of HTML tables which would represent all of the tables within a MySQL database. I didn't have anything created but after a few minutes I had exactly what I needed. Hopefully this helps you out!
  • Reading the Twitter Stream API with PHP
    December 18, 2010
    Monitoring a term like ‘Facebook’ with the Twitter Search API can result in hundreds of tweets every minute. If you continuously issue requests for the next set of data, you’ll eventually get a message that reads, “You have been rate limited. Enhance your calm.”

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