Monday, March 21, 2011

Technical News - 21 May 2011

  • Gateway rolls out NV Series laptops with latest AMD processors
    March 21, 2011
    Gateway has added some new models to its NV Series collection of laptop computers. The big news here is that these notebooks sport the latest AMD processors.
  • When your security software leaves you to the wolves
    March 21, 2011
    If a security product fails, lives can be destroyed.
  • Sprint and Google announce Google Nexus S 4G from Samsung
    March 21, 2011
    The Google Nexus S 4G is coming soon from Sprint with a pure Google experience and support for WiMAX. It is nearly the same as the current Nexus S that works on T-Mobile.
  • AT&T: T-Mobile may address enterprise global roaming rates
    March 21, 2011
    While the focus of the AT&T-T-Mobile deal is primarily on consumers, enterprises may be winners as service improves and data roaming rates fall due to partnerships with Deutsche Telekom.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab and Epic 4G getting Sprint ID
    March 21, 2011
    It's a busy day for Sprint. Following up an announcement for integrated Google Voice and the Nexus S 4G, the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Epic 4G will also be getting the Sprint ID treatment.
  • Hands on with SwiftKey for Tablets, first keyboard app for Honeycomb
    March 21, 2011
    SwiftKey users for Android devices should note a private beta is now active for a special tablet version of the keyboard app. SwiftKey for Tablets is designed for better use on larger screen devices.
  • MacBook Pro 2011 owners complain of 'hard freeze' problems
    March 21, 2011
    Two threads have emerged on Apple's support forum which seem to suggest that some MacBook Pro 2011 units are overheating and locking up in a 'hard freeze.'
  • The green side of managed print services
    March 21, 2011
    Managed print services are a great example of a good technology management practice that happens to have a green component. The latest example: A managed print services relationship between CA...
  • Sprint launches integrated Google Voice, Nexus S 4G
    March 21, 2011
    Under the Google Voice integration, a Sprint user can use an existing mobile number as a Google Voice number.
  • AT&T makes its T-Mobile case: Patriotism, spectrum crunch, mobile broadband
    March 21, 2011
    AT&T executives made their case for the $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile. The argument for the deal, draped in U.S. patriotism and the future of mobile broadband, was made to regulators,...
  • Minnesota HealthMatch: A perfect storm for IT failure
    March 21, 2011
    When poor judgment and lousy communication meet genuinely bad technology, it creates an awful perfect storm where IT failure is almost certain. Minnesota's Department of Human Services (DHS) just...
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    March 21, 2011
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  • AT&T buys T-Mobile - How do customers feel about that?
    March 21, 2011
    On Sunday, Deutsche Telekom agreed to the sale of T-Mobile USA to AT&T in a deal worth some $39 billion. But how to customers of T-Mobile feel about that?
  • Exclusive: Microsoft looking to 2015 for next-gen Xbox release?
    March 21, 2011
    It has been almost 6 years since the release of the Xbox 360. Will we have to wait for 2015 until Microsoft unveils a new Xbox? It appears we just might...
  • Linux for seniors? KiWi PC builds a Linux PC for grandma and grandpa
    March 21, 2011
    Guess who's been missing from the Linux revolution? Senior citizens. At least that's what KiWi PC is arguing with its new desktop.Created by the folks who brought us the PeeWee PC for...
  • Xobni for Gmail: Just in time or a little too late?
    March 21, 2011
    The popular tool for Outlook finally starts rolling out (in BETA) for Gmail, but as cloud-based mail has evolved, is the tool late to the show?
  • Viewfinity 3.5 firm but flexible control of Windows desktops and laptops
    March 21, 2011
    Powerful, but granular, control of Windows run time environments.
  • Analysts Hail AT&T Deal as a Win…For AT&T
    March 21, 2011
    Consumer groups are aghast at the idea of AT&T buying T-Mobile. Legislators are wary. But analysts who cover the carrier are overjoyed. The announcement of the acquisition was met with a fusillade of largely positive research notes this morning.
    Bernstein Research analyst Craig Moffet calls the deal a “clear win” for AT&T, despite T-Mobile USA’s high price tag. “Even paying a premium to market for T-Mo, AT&T believes it can acquire the asset for free,” he writes. “The relative compatibility of the two companies suggests that very high synergies in this range are, in fact, plausible. The company can point to synergies in the areas of network, advertising and marketing, retail stores, support and SG&A, and spectrum.”
    At Barclays, James Ratcliffe also describes the deal as a win, but worries about regulatory challenges. “While we don’t expect this deal to have an easy time getting approval in Washington, AT&T’s offer to expand its LTE coverage (feeding into administration goals of nationwide wireless broadband) and support from AT&T’s unions (T-Mobile is non-union), certainly help,” he says. “AT&T’s regulatory team is high-quality, and we don’t think the company would be going down this path (given $3BN breakup fee, especially), if they didn’t have high confidence of success.”
    Simon Flannery at Morgan Stanley too sees the acquisition as a good move. “The AT&T/T-Mobile USA merger fits our thesis of logical combinations, with synergy opportunities and a common network technology,” he told clients this morning. “The deal would increase AT&T’s wireless revenues by 36.4 percent bringing wireless to 55 percent of consolidated revenues versus 47 percent currently. It would also raise AT&T to the number one place in terms of subscribers, revenue and EBITDA. Importantly, from a spectrum standpoint, the deal relieves significant pressure off AT&T.”
    Over at BTIG Walter Piecyk applauded the deal for similar reasons. “[It] solves AT&T’s longer term spectrum issues,” he says. “It also eliminates a price aggressive competitor and blocks Sprint from merging with TMO.”
    And at Oppenheimer, Tim Horan praised it as a wise strategic move, noting that it undermines a potential Verizon-Sprint deal. “In our view, from AT&T’s perspective, this is a smart time to come to an agreement of this magnitude and we believe the deal should be approved by regulators,” he writes. “By taking the strategic initiative, we believe [the carrier] is precluding other major deals from taking place.”
    Consensus, then, seems to be that the deal is savvy one which brings serious scale benefits and synergies–if AT&T can win the necessary regulatory approvals.
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  • T-Mobile Deal Will Help US, AT&T Says
    March 21, 2011
    AT&T's planned acquisition of T-Mobile USA will advance U.S. leadership in mobile data and improve consumers' wireless experience, the company's top...

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  • Instagallery Updates With Landscape View
    March 21, 2011
    Barely a week after its debut, the Instagallery app—an iPad viewer for Instagram photos—has been updated with new features and iPhone compatibility.

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  • Timeline: Libya's uprising against Muammar Gaddafi
    March 21, 2011
    (Reuters) - Here is a timeline on the revolt in Libya since the first protests began last month


  • WHO warns of "serious" food radiation in disaster-hit Japan
    March 21, 2011
    TOKYO (Reuters) - The World Health Organization said on Monday that radiation in food after an earthquake damaged a Japanese nuclear plant was more serious than previously thought, eclipsing signs of progress in a battle to avert a catastrophic meltdown in its reactors.


  • Yemen's top generals back democracy protesters
    March 21, 2011
    SANAA (Reuters) - Top generals, ambassadors and some tribes threw their support behind Yemen's anti-government protesters on Monday in a major blow to President Ali Abdullah Saleh as he tries to survive growing demands for his immediate departure.


  • World Bank sees Japan slowdown as temporary
    March 21, 2011
    BEIJING (Reuters) - Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami will depress growth briefly before reconstruction kicks off and gives the beleaguered economy a boost, the World Bank said in a report on Monday.


  • 5 reasons you should consider a 3G iPad 2
    March 21, 2011
    One of the major choices you have to make when purchasing your iPad 2 is whether or not to buy one with a 3G radio or not. Here are five reasons to consider the 3G variant.
  • AT&T and T-Mobile in $39bn deal
    March 21, 2011
    Deutsche Telekom sells T-Mobile USA to AT&T for $39bn, sending its shares to their biggest daily gain ever.
  • Sprint and Google Voice Numbers Can Now be One and the Same
    March 21, 2011
    Sprint and Google partnership lets subscribers use their Sprint phone number as a Google Voice number.

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  • Obama, on Latin America trip, grapples with Libya
    March 21, 2011
    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - President Barack Obama headed to Chile on Monday to lay out his vision for deeper ties with Latin America on a trip overshadowed by U.S. military air strikes to contain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.


  • Court won't get involved in Eminem royalty suit (AP)
    March 21, 2011
    AP - The Supreme Court won't get involved in a fight between Eminem's former production company and Universal Music Group over downloads of the rapper's songs and ringtones.
  • Ask Slashdot: Huge Digital Media Libraries
    March 21, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "Like many slashdotters, I have several TB of digital media: music, books, movies, tv shows, games, comics, you name it. I've put it all in a few HDs, but handling it all has proven to be less than optimal. I'm covered when it comes to music, since [pretty much any music player/library manager] allows me to quickly find songs by interpreter, album, genre... For everything else, all I have is a series of hierarchical folder structures, but hierarchies have limitations.
  • Sprint integrating Google Voice, outs Nexus S 4G with Android 2.3
    March 21, 2011
    Google and Sprint announced today that Sprint customers will soon be able to turn their Sprint phone numbers into full-service Google Voice numbers, integrating all the services implied without having to port them or take on a second phone number, as most Google Voice users do. Google and Sprint are consummating this new level of hand-holding with a handset, the Nexus S 4G, which will ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on Sprint's network this spring.
    With Google Voice integration,

  • Google Nexus S Goes 4G on Sprint
    March 21, 2011
    The Nexus S smartphone from Google is coming to Sprint this spring, with added 4G flavors and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

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  • Investors cheer AT&T-T-Mobile USA deal
    March 21, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors cheered AT&T Inc's deal to snap up Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile USA in a $39 billion transaction that reshapes the U.S. wireless landscape.


  • Investors cheer AT&T-T-Mobile USA deal
    March 21, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors cheered AT&T Inc's deal to snap up Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile USA in a $39 billion transaction that reshapes the U.S. wireless landscape.

  • Study: Verizon fastest among 4G networks
    March 21, 2011
    Comparing so-called 4G performance among phones from AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon, RootMetrics finds Verizon's LTE Thunderbolt to be fastest and most reliable.
  • Apple Approves Controversial 'Ex-Gay' iOS App
    March 21, 2011
    Gay rights groups are outraged over an iPhone app created by a group advocating "freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ"

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  • Two-year-old masters the iPad
    March 21, 2011
    Videos of toddlers using the iPad are popping up on YouTube, with one popular one showing a particular adept two-year-old Bridger Wilson navigating Apple's slate with disconcerting ease.
  • Sony to restart battery plant; six others still out
    March 21, 2011
    Sony is restarting one of its closed factories, but six locations are still closed. Those closed plants produce everything from circuit cards to Blu-ray discs.
  • AT&T: Buying T-Mobile speeds LTE for the USA
    March 21, 2011
    Facing regulatory scrutiny, AT&T argues buying T-Mobile USA will bring next-gen mobile networks to more Americans and help make the United States more competitive.
  • Privacy lawsuits rain down on Netflix
    March 21, 2011
    No fewer than five suits accusing Netflix of violating privacy laws were filed in the past two months. All the suits say Netflix stores and maintains customers' personal information after service is canceled.
  • Why AT&T bought T-Mobile
    March 21, 2011
    AT&T, criticized and even despised for its inability to keep up with growing mobile data usage, thinks it has found the solution to its network woes. And all it will cost the telecom giant is $39 billion and months (or even years) of regulatory hurdles.

  • Five live
    March 21, 2011
    A look at the last five years of Twitter and what is to come
  • Sprint integrates Google Voice
    March 20, 2011
    (Cross-posted from the Google Voice Blog)

    Over time, we've worked to bring an integrated Google Voice experience to your mobile device by building mobile apps, introducing Google Voice Lite, and most recently Number Porting. But we felt that ultimately, the most simple solution would be to partner with carriers to seamlessly integrate Google Voice with your mobile phone.

    Today, we’d like to share that we’ve teamed up with Sprint to do just that.

    First, Sprint customers will be
  • New royal wedding one-stop shop app launches
    March 21, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - Those who want to keep up with the latest news about next month's royal wedding, polish up their palace protocol or pass on marriage advice to the royal couple can now buy a "one-stop wedding shop" iPad application.

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