Saturday, January 1, 2011

Technical News - 01 Jan 2011

  • Apple Privacy Concerns Go To Court
    January 1, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "From the article: 'Apple is being sued for allegedly letting mobile apps on the iPhone and iPad send personal information to ad networks without the consent of users.' Some of the apps listed are on the Android Market as well, but there is no mention of a similar problem for Google. One wonders if Apple could be persuaded to strip access to the unique phone identifiers from apps." A followup article with an industry lawyer suggests that this lawsuit could be the first
  • Suspected suicide bomber kills 17 at Egypt church
    January 1, 2011
    ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (Reuters) - A bomb killed at least 17 people outside a church in the Egyptian city of Alexandria early on New Year's Day and the Interior Ministry said a foreign-backed suicide bomber may have been responsible.


  • Estonia joins crisis-hit euro club
    January 1, 2011
    TALLINN (Reuters) - Estonia switched smoothly to the euro on Saturday, brushing off worries about a crisis in the currency club which is likely to put off bigger eastern European nations from joining for up to a decade.


  • U.N. official warns Gbagbo on rights violations
    January 1, 2011
    ABIDJAN/GENEVA (Reuters) - A senior United Nations official warned incumbent Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and other senior officials on Friday they may be held criminally accountable for human rights violations.


  • Do Sleepy Surgeons Have a Right To Operate?
    January 1, 2011
    Hugh Pickens writes "BusinessWeek reports that a commentary from the New England Journal of Medicine calls on doctors to disclose when they're deprived of sleep and not perform surgery unless a patient gives written consent after being informed of their surgeon's status. 'We think that institutions have a responsibility to minimize the chances that patients are going to be cared for by sleep-deprived clinicians,' writes Dr. Michael Nurok, an anesthesiologist and intensive care physician. Research
  • Obama's New Year's resolution? Fix the economy
    January 1, 2011
    HONOLULU (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has set his New Year's resolution high for 2011: repair the struggling economy.


  • Russia in milestone oil pipeline supply to China
    January 1, 2011
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia, the world's top crude exporter, said it had begun scheduled oil shipments to China via an East Siberian link on Saturday as the Kremlin cements ties with its energy-hungry neighbor.


  • Some Hard Drive Nostalgia To Start Off the Year
    January 1, 2011
    ColdWetDog writes "It's the end of another calendar year and time for all sorts of retrospective pieces. Instead of going back to last year or even last decade, MacWorld has a quick slide show on the The Evolution of Hard Drives which more accurately would be described as 'A Dozen Pictures of Ancient Magnetic Storage Devices.' Still and all, it might be interesting to those young'uns who think that 10 Gigabytes is small."
    Read more of this story at Slashdot.





  • North Korea calls for end to hostility with South
    January 1, 2011
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea on Saturday called for an end to confrontation with the South, urging dialogue after one of the most violent years on the divided peninsula since the 1950-53 Korean War.


  • Karzai rejects US request to replace minister (AP)
    January 1, 2011
    AP - Afghan President Hamid Karzai refused to remove a former warlord from atop the energy and water ministry despite U.S. pressure to oust the minister because Washington considered him corrupt and ineffective.
  • Profiling PHP Code with Xdebug and KCacheGrind
    January 1, 2011
    One question of how to even go about determining which parts of an application could conceivably be optimized. One common approach involves using a profiler such as Xdebug, which can analyze your code and produce performance reports.
    In this article I'll show you how to use Xdebug and KCacheGrind to begin profiling and analyzing your PHP-driven Web applications.
  • Pear Channel set up for Phake
    January 1, 2011
    For those that may not have caught my first post on the subject, Phake is a mock framework that I announced a couple of days ago in Introducing Phake Mocking Framework. It was recommended in the comments that I get it on a pear channel somewhere, which is something I have wanted to do but hadn’t had a reason to do until this week
  • Japan's DoCoMo new tablet aims to take on iPad (AFP)
    December 31, 2010
    A man takes a picture with his mobile phone at an exhibition in Tokyo. Japan's top carrier NTT DoCoMo is to launch a tablet computer running Google software to challenge Apple's hot-selling iPad, a report said Saturday.(AFP/File/Toru Yamanaka)AFP - Japan's top carrier NTT DoCoMo is to launch a tablet computer running Google software to challenge Apple's hot-selling iPad, a report said Saturday.


  • Micro-USB Cellphone Charger Becomes EU Standard
    December 31, 2010
    An anonymous reader writes "The European Commission has put into effect a June 2009 agreement stating that major cellphone manufacturers should standardize their charging/data connection ports to the popular Micro-USB format. CEN-CENELEC and ETSI provided the standards by which these 14 companies will abide to make cell phone recharging and data transfer easy." Apple may even bring the next-gen iPad along for the ride.
    Read more of this story at Slashdot.





  • Avast! Free Antivirus 5.1.864
    December 31, 2010
    avast! Free Antivirus represents the best free antivirus protection currently available on the market. This edition is FREE OF CHARGE for non-commercial & home use. Its features include:

  • NTT DoCoMo to launch tablet computer: Nikkei
    December 31, 2010
    TOKYO, Jan 1 (Reuters) - Japan's top mobile operator, NTT DoCoMo, is looking to launch a tablet computer that will be produced by LG Electronics and run on software developed by Google, the Nikkei business daily reported on Saturday.

  • Worst Games of 2010
    December 31, 2010
    Presenting the scum of the year gone by
  • EU Wants Power To Block China's Tech Buying
    December 31, 2010
    itwbennett writes "In an interview with German daily paper Handelsblatt, the EU's industry commissioner, Antonio Tajani, said he wants the power to block China from buying up European tech companies. Tajani envisions an authority along the same lines as the United States' Committee on Foreign Investment and would determine 'if the acquisition (of a company) with European know-how by a private or public foreign company represented a danger or not.'"
    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • IOS Bug Prevents New Year's Alarms
    December 31, 2010
    Users in 2011 have sent a message back to those of us in 2010: one-time iOS alarms don’t seem to be working right in the future.

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  • Clearwire's Chairman to resign post today
    December 31, 2010
    The chairman of Clearwire's board of directors will resign his position today, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Craig McCaw, who served as chairman for two years,...
  • Looking ahead to 2011: What's on the Microsoft calendar
    December 31, 2010
    It's that time: Time to start plotting the travel schedule and penciling in the Microsoft events (that we know about so far) for the new year.
  • 'No Refusal' DUI Checkpoints Coming To Florida?
    December 31, 2010
    schwit1 writes "With New Year's Eve only days away, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration expects this to be one of the deadliest weeks of the year on the roads. But now a new weapon is being used in the fight against drunk driving. ... Florida is among several states now holding what are called 'no refusal' checkpoints. It means if you refuse a breath test during a traffic stop, a judge is on site, and issues a warrant that allows police to perform a mandatory blood test."

  • 2011 storage outlook
    December 31, 2010
    2010 was a good year for storage. But 2011 will be a great year. Here's what to look for.
  • China likely bright spot in Asia climate action
    December 31, 2010
    Talks in Cancun demonstrated "a level of collective will in tackling the climate problem," says analyst at the World Resources Institute.
  • Images: See YouTube's new 'experimental homepage'
    December 31, 2010
    YouTube is trialling out a new layout, including front door, which aims to make the entire experience better, quicker and easier to find the videos you want to watch.
  • Four IT Consultants Charged With $80MM NYC Rip-Off
    December 31, 2010
    theodp writes "It's I-told-you-so time for Slashdot commenter frnic, who smelled a crime last March after reading that New York City had dropped $722 million on its still-under-development CityTime Attendance System. Nine months later, US Attorney Preet Bharara charged 'four consultants to the New York City Office of Payroll Administration ... for operating a fraudulent scheme that led to the misappropriation of more than $80 million in New York City funds allocated for an information technology
  • Four reasons to embrace service-oriented thinking in 2011
    December 31, 2010
    Service-oriented thinking has matured, and will be a key to business growth in the emerging economy.
  • Microsoft delivers test build of server app-virtualization technology
    December 31, 2010
    Microsoft quietly delivered a promised Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of its server application virtualization technology just before Christmas.
  • Skype could be designated illegal in China
    December 31, 2010
    BEIJING/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The popular Internet telephone service Skype could be dealt a major setback in one of the world's largest markets as the Chinese government cracks down on what it called illegal Internet telephone providers.

  • Imax jumps on takeover talk, but pares big gains
    December 31, 2010
    NEW YORK/TORONTO (Reuters) - Shares of Imax Corp went for a roller-coaster ride on the last day of 2010, climbing steeply on a report Sony Corp or Walt Disney might be interested, but plunging after Imax poured cold water on the speculation.

  • Google blogging in 2010
    December 31, 2010
    On the last day of 2010, it’s time for us to reflect on the past year of Google blogging. This year, we published 454 posts (including this one) on the Official Google Blog—7 percent more than 2009. Those posts had an astonishing number of readers: 24,768,052 unique visitors stopped by this year, more than 70 percent more than last year. (The huge increase is mostly due to this year’s April Fools' post, which benefited from a link in a prominent location; more on that below.) People come to the
  • Nintendo 3D child eyesight fears
    December 31, 2010
    The eyesight of children under six could be harmed by 3D games played on Nintendo's forthcoming handheld console, the company warns.
  • iPad arrives in the House of Representatives
    December 31, 2010
    Rep. Henry Cuellar recently took his iPad into the House of Representatives, which has long been a technology-free zone. Now, a new proposal would allow the device to return.
  • Craig McCaw resigns as Clearwire chairman
    December 31, 2010
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - - Wireless pioneer Craig McCaw has resigned as chairman of Clearwire Corp days ahead of a deadline on critical financial decision by its majority shareholder, Sprint Nextel.

  • "Social Network" spells Hammer time for actor Armie
    December 31, 2010
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - They look so much alike in Oscar-hopeful film "The Social Network," they could be one man, and in fact, they are. But what the Winklevoss twins share with the actor who plays them has less to do with looks and more with their privileged background.

  • The CRM Watchlist Part II: The Usual Suspects
    December 31, 2010
    I have to imagine that Kevin Spacey is getting sick and tired of the use of his movie's title for pretty much everything related to a regular event. àSo this "Sigh" is for him. Sigh. In the...
  • The year in video: ZDNet's top 10 tech events
    December 31, 2010
    Here's a look at the most watched videos on ZDNet in 2010.
  • Clearwire chairman to resign post today
    December 31, 2010
    Craig McCaw is not leaving his post because of any disagreements with the company or over any matters pertaining to its operations or practices, according to an SEC filing.
  • Fury Friday: Imposed 'friend and family' tech support
    December 31, 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: People who impose tech support on...
  • Website aims to be Facebook for gays in military
    December 31, 2010
    TORONTO (Reuters) - After nearly two decades of hearing "don't ask, don't tell," gay U.S. military men and women are now hearing, "do ask, do tell," and even, "find a friend" from a new social network website, Out Military.

  • Android SMS bug sends your messages to random contacts
    December 31, 2010
    Remember the kerfuffle over the iPhone 4 'Antennagete' and how you could disrupt the antenna by holding the handset the wrong way? Well, there's an SMS bug in Google's Android OS that makes...
  • Good bye 2010, Hello 2011!
    December 31, 2010
    2010 brought many changes and challenges.à I'm hoping that all of you will be given a more prosperous and happy year in 2011.I'll be watching a DVD of Bob Fosse's Pippin and looking forward to...
  • Drop-dead sexy audio gear from here and abroad
    December 31, 2010
    Sure, we all know high-end audio gear sounds great, but now it also looks great.
  • MySpace mulls layoffs, with potential sale looming
    December 31, 2010
    Cost-cutting measures at the troubled site could result in as much as a 50 percent cut in staff, sources tell All Things Digital.
  • System76: Bringing Linux to the desktop, 1 stupid-fast computer at a time
    December 31, 2010
    Sure my System76 test machine is a screamer, but will high-end consumers buy in to Ubuntu, even if it's pre-installed?

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