Sunday, January 2, 2011

Technical News - 02 January 2011

  • Apple's brand values borrowed in Kia Soul 'hamstar' commercial
    January 1, 2011
    Everyone must love the return of the human-sized hip-hop hamsters in the 2010 Kia Soul "this or that" commercial, running during this holiday season. Whatever the spot does for Kia sales, it...
  • iPhone alarms in New Year glitch
    January 2, 2011
    A glitch on Apple's iPhone stops its alarm clock going off, leaving many people oversleeping on the first two days of the New Year.
  • Doctor Will Skype You Now: More MDs Use Web for House Calls (LiveScience.com)
    January 2, 2011
    LiveScience.com - In the winter, a mountainous region of California that the locals call the Grapevine is plagued by severe weather. The highway that winds through it is coated with snow and ice, making travel between central and southern parts of the state difficult and, sometimes, nearly impossible.
  • Iran says shot down two spy planes in Gulf: report
    January 2, 2011
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has shot down two unmanned western reconnaissance drone aircraft in the Gulf, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander told the semi-official Fars news agency on Sunday.


  • Scottish Researchers Claim 1000-Core Processor
    January 2, 2011
    Researchers at the University of Glasgow say they've created a 1000-core chip.

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  • Some Hotmail Accounts Wiped
    January 2, 2011
    tomhudson writes "PC Magazine reports that many Hotmail accounts have lost all their emails. Users' entire email histories have apparently been lost. 'Users can still log in sans issue. However, they arrive at empty inboxes: No custom folders, no messages in "Sent" or "Deleted," nothing. As one might expect, the abruptness (and unexpectedness) of the purge has left some of Hotmail's long-time users a bit in the dark.'"
    Read more of this story at Slashdot.





  • Republicans to enjoy new clout and face pressure
    January 2, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans roared to victory in the November congressional elections by targeting President Barack Obama's fiscal policies and asking, "Where are the jobs?"


  • Pope calls Egypt church attack vile gesture
    January 2, 2011
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict on Sunday condemned a bomb blast outside a church in Egypt which killed at least 21 people, the latest in a series of attacks on Christians in the Middle East and Africa.


  • Record floods swamp Australia's northeast
    January 2, 2011
    GLADSTONE, Australia (Reuters) - Large parts of Australia's coastal northeast disappeared under floodwaters on Sunday in a spreading disaster that has brought some of the highest floods on record and forced thousands from their homes.


  • Russian 2010 oil output hits post-Soviet record
    January 2, 2011
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian oil output rose by 2.2 percent in 2010 to a record 10.1 million barrels per day (505.193 million tonnes) as higher prices prompted the world's top oil exporter to ramp up production at its greenfield sites.


  • U.N. Ivory Coast mission to probe reported abuses
    January 2, 2011
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. peacekeepers in Ivory Coast have been instructed to visit areas where human rights abuses are alleged to have taken place and record any violations, the United Nations said.


  • China Premier Wen reiterates fight against inflation
    January 2, 2011
    BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao vowed again to step up efforts to keep consumer inflation in check in 2011, state media reported on Sunday.


  • Super Mario Bros. 3 Level Design Lessons
    January 2, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Significant Bits about how the early level design in Super Mario Bros. 3 gradually introduced players to the game without needing something as blatant and obtrusive as a tutorial: "Super Mario Bros. 3 contains many obvious design lessons that are also present in other games, e.g., the gradual layering of complexity that allows players to master a specific mechanic. What surprised me during my playthrough, though, was how some of these lessons were
  • Detailing the Security Risks In PDF Standard
    January 2, 2011
    crabel writes with this quote from the H Online: "At the 27th Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin security researcher Julia Wolf pointed out numerous, previously hardly known security problems in connection with Adobe's PDF standard. For instance, a PDF can reportedly contain a database scanner that becomes active and scans a network when the document is printed on a network printer. Wolf said that the document format is also full of other surprises. For example, it is reportedly possible to
  • Hotmail users complain of deleted emails: Live@edu unaffected
    January 1, 2011
    Some Hotmail users are complaining on Microsoft feedback forums that some of their content is missing or has been deleted.
  • Microsoft Research Takes On Go
    January 2, 2011
    mikejuk writes "Microsoft Research has used F# and AI to implement a consumer-quality game of Go — arguably the most difficult two-person game to implement. They have used an interesting approach to the problem of playing the game, which is a pragmatic cross between tree search with pruning and machine learning to spot moves with a 'good shape.' The whole lot has been packaged into an XNA-based game with a story."
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  • MongoDB With CodeIgniter
    January 2, 2011
    Today was started with a big curiosity towards Urbanesia’s recent performance drop. This week we discovered that although we have completely revamped our codes to hack CI to use MongoDB as its session storage instead of MySQL, we found that Memcache is the bottleneck.
  • Dev Null = Unlimited Scale
    January 2, 2011
    It occurred to me today while watching a discussion about MySQL vs. MongoDB that there needs to be more documentation about the performance of the Dev Null database, and its open source derivatives.
  • BSplayer 2.5.7.1051
    January 1, 2011
    BSplayer is an application that plays back all kinds of media files (avi,mpg,asf,wmv,wav,mp3...) and specialises in video and DIVX playback.

  • iPhone Alarms Hit By New Year's Bug
    January 1, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "Non-recurring iPhone alarms stopped working on January 1 for devices running iOS 4.02, 4.1, and 4.2.1. Apparently, it will fix its self by January 3, and the current workaround is to set the alarm to repeat. My girlfriend wasn't impressed, sleeping in, and I wasn't either, having to race her to work!"
    Read more of this story at Slashdot.





  • Samsung Set To Introduce Android-Based iPod Touch Competitor
    January 1, 2011
    blixtech writes "Virtually unchallenged in the portable media player market, Apple's iPod Touch is set to receive a pretty strong competitor at CES 2011. Samsung has just announced they will showcase an Android-powered PMP called the Galaxy Player, featuring almost the same hardware as the Galaxy S smartphone."
    Read more of this story at Slashdot.





  • Wikipedia's Happy New Year: $16M in support
    January 1, 2011
    The nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation, parent of Wikipedia, enjoys its most successful fundraising effort ever, as it looks to keeps its sites ad free.
  • Microsoft warns of Office-related malware
    January 1, 2011
    Company spots malicious code on the Net that can infect computers after a user does nothing more than read an e-mail. But Office users can install an existing fix.
  • Plane to catch tomorrow? Beware iPhone's alarm
    January 1, 2011
    Apple's beloved gadget reportedly has a glitch that means if users set a one-time alarm to wake them tomorrow, they may well end up sleeping in.
  • Pirate Party Founder Steps Down After 5 Years
    January 1, 2011
    ktetch-pirate writes "Five years to the day after he created the first Pirate Party, Rickard Falkvinge has stepped down as leader of Piratpartiet, the Swedish Pirate Party. The announcement was made in a webcast with Falkvinge and his deputy Anna Troberg, with Troberg taking on his duties effective immediately."
    Read more of this story at Slashdot.





  • Intel's tiny new SSD 310 drive to appear in Lenovo ThinkPad laptops
    January 1, 2011
    Intel has launched a new solid-state drive that is a mere one eighth the size of a typical 2.5-inch version, which could find its way into new tablet devices and laptops. Lenovo has already...
  • Report: FBI seizes server in probe of WikiLeaks attacks
    January 1, 2011
    Bureau seizes server in Texas as part of hunt for groups behind pro-WikiLeaks denial-of-service attacks against PayPal and others, according to a report.
  • Mukesh Ambani, Indiaââ¬â¢s Steve Jobs?
    January 1, 2011
    Revolutionary mobile network and now wireless broadband with a cheap tablet, when it comes to knowing what the consumer wants and delivering a good product, Mukesh Ambani is on the right path.
  • E-mails go 'missing' from Hotmail
    January 1, 2011
    A number of people with Hotmail accounts are complaining on the internet that their e-mails have been deleted.
  • With Verizon iPhone, how many will flee AT&T?
    January 1, 2011
    As rumors intensify about Apple offering a Verizon iPhone this month, analysts are weighing how many AT&T customers will defect. One estimate says 6 million.
  • New telescopes peer back to birth of first stars
    January 1, 2011
    A new network of telescopes will allow astronomers to peer deeper into space than ever before, enabling them to see the first stars and galaxies in the universe being born.
  • 3 Steps to implement Mobile version of your blog << Anil Kumar Panigrahi's blog
    January 1, 2011
    3 Steps to implement Mobile version of your blog : Anil Labs :
  • Predis 0.6.3 released
    January 1, 2011
    Predis is a flexible and feature-complete PHP client library for Redis. This is a maintenance release for the 0.6 series that features support for check and set (CAS) operations using the Predis\MultiExecBlock abstraction for MULTI/EXEC transactions and the addition of the remaining commands that will be part of Redis 2.2 (now in the RC stage).
  • How to turn MySQL into blazing fast NoSQL
    January 1, 2011
    The trend for NoSQL stores such as memcache for fast key-value storage should give us pause for thought: what have regular database vendors been doing all this time? An important new project, HandlerSocket, seeks to leverage MySQL's raw speed for key-value storage.
  • Debugging JavaScript Behind the Scenes
    January 1, 2011
    Our final post for 2010 comes after a few discussions with industry friends. I was surprised to find that a number of them had never used the in-browser debugging consoles for JavaScript. Regrettably this also included a certain member of our own office, but he can remain nameless for now.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

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