Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Technical News - 22 March 2011


  • Multi-tenancy: emulation or the real thing?
    March 22, 2011
    I don't believe you can get the full benefits of multi-tenancy just by porting your app to a platform that grafts it on. Cloud platform vendor Gigaspaces has introduced just such a platform. Is...
  • BlackBerry PlayBook gets a spec, price and launch date
    March 22, 2011
    RIM has announced that its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will be released in US and Canada on April 19th.
  • CTIA Wireless: Muvee brings 3D video editing to Android devices
    March 22, 2011
    ORLANDO -- CTIA Wireless 2011 is underway in Florida. Getting things started is Muvee, which has just introduced the "first" 3D video editing suite for Android-based devices.
  • Adobe plugs security hole in Flash Player
    March 22, 2011
    The new Adobe Flash Player 10.2.153.1 patches a vulnerability (CVE-2011-0609) that could cause a system crash or allow an attacker to take complete control of the affected machine.
  • Apple begins its global iPad 2 launch
    March 22, 2011
    Apple said its iPad 2 will hit 25 more countries on Friday and its international rollout is likely to put it above 1 million units since the tablet's debut earlier this month.
  • Amazon launches Android Appstore: Trial balloon ahead of a tablet?
    March 22, 2011
    Amazon launched its Appstore for Android and the effort may hint at a bigger strategy for tablets.
  • RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook prepped for April 19 launch
    March 22, 2011
    Research in Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook will be available at Best Buy starting April 19 as well as other retailers.
  • BlackBerry PlayBook available for pre-order; Available April
    March 22, 2011
    The BlackBerry PlayBook will go on sale in mid-April and is available to pre-order on Best Buy, while to be widely available on AT&T and Sprint.
  • Amazon opens, then shutters, then reopens its app store
    March 22, 2011
    The news last night that the Amazon app store was open for business coincided with Apple's suing Amazon to stop use of the app store moniker. The store is finally open this morning so I guess...
  • Where do you lose your HDTV remote? New poll says not just in your couch
    March 22, 2011
    Logitech polls consumers from several nations for its Global Remote Control Trends Study, revealing its findings on the company's blog. In the past it's found that almost half of respondents have...
  • CA and IDG say cloud computing is enabling a more central role for IT
    March 22, 2011
    CA and IDG study indicates that cloud computing is redefining IT's role to that of supply-chain management and require IT staff members to acquire more business skills.
  • Apple's App Store and a little trademark history
    March 22, 2011
    Apple is suing Amazon.com over use of the App Store trademark. Apple was granted the App Store trademark by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, but Microsoft is opposing the registration. This...
  • AT&T and T-Mobile: A look at the handset fallout
    March 22, 2011
    AT&T's $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile has a lot of moving parts, but one thing is for certain: Device makers are going to be squeezed as distribution channels are whittled down to two giants,...
  • BlackBerry PlayBook starts at $499, same as iPad 2 (AP)
    March 22, 2011
    AP - Research In Motion Ltd. says its tablet computer, the BlackBerry PlayBook, will start selling in the U.S. and Canada on April 19 for $499 to $699.
  • Japan battles crippled nuclear plant, radiation fears
    March 22, 2011
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Rising temperatures around the core of one of the reactors at Japan's quake-crippled nuclear plant sparked new concern on Tuesday and more water was needed to cool it down, the plant's operator said.


  • Google Voice on Sprint: Freeing phone numbers for more flexibility
    March 21, 2011
    Before I offer my two cents about this week's Google Voice news, I should probably note that I am a huge fan of the service and have been using it since it was Grand Central - before the...
  • Japan warns again on yen, extra budget seen by May
    March 22, 2011
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan warned markets on Tuesday it would act again to keep the yen in check and prevent its rapid gains from derailing Tokyo's effort to rebuild areas ravaged by this month's deadly earthquake and tsunami and revive the struggling economy.


  • Fresh defections are fresh blow for Yemen's Saleh
    March 22, 2011
    SANAA (Reuters) - Unrelenting anti-government protests and fresh defections among the ruling elite added to the pressure on Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down after 32 years in power.


  • Amazon opens its Android Appstore
    March 22, 2011
    Taking aim at Google's Android Market, Amazon officially launches its own store, featuring a free download of Angry Birds Rio. But hark: is that a lawsuit from Apple?
  • Verizon Not Interested in Buying Sprint
    March 22, 2011
    Verizon Wireless' CEO says his company isn't interested in Sprint and doesn't need them.

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  • My $200 Laptop Can Beat Your $500 Table
    March 22, 2011
    Roblimo writes "Yes, we know tablets like the iPad are the wave of the future and that PCs and laptops are dead. But some of us see tablets as laptops with their keyboards missing and a few hundred bucks tacked onto the price."
    Read more of this story at Slashdot.



  • LinkedIn hits 100 million members worldwide
    March 22, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - LinkedIn, the online social network for professionals and job seekers, now has 100 million members worldwide and more than half are from outside the United States.

  • How Operation b107 decapitated the Rustock botnet
    March 22, 2011
    The Rustock botnet, responsible at its height for sending 30 billion spam e-mails a day, went silent last Wednesday. Its command and control servers, responsible for telling the millions of machines recruited into the network which spams to send, were taken offline. With the botnet now headless, the deluge of spam was halted.
    Security researchers tracking spam production immediately noticed the drop in spam volume. But what they didn't know was why the botnet went silent. Rustock's

  • Amazon opens app store for Android phones, tablets (AP)
    March 22, 2011
    AP - Amazon.com Inc. is getting into the app-selling arena by opening an online store to distribute software for smartphones and tablet computers running Google Inc.'s Android operating system.
  • Gaddafi shells rebel towns, U.S. plane down
    March 22, 2011
    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi's forces attacked two west Libyan towns, killing dozens while rebels were pinned down in the east and NATO tried to resolve a heated row over who should lead the Western air campaign.


  • ICANN Approves .XXX Domain for Adult Entertainment Industry
    March 22, 2011
    Final approval hasn't been given yet, so this debate, which has been ongoing since 2004, may continue.

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  • U.S. fighter jet crashes in rebel-held Libya
    March 22, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - A U.S. Air Force F-15E fighter jet crashed in Libya overnight after a mechanical failure but its crew was safe, a spokesman for the U.S. military Africa Command said Tuesday.


  • Apple sues Amazon over 'Appstore'
    March 22, 2011
    As Amazon launches a store for Android applications, Apple is suing the retailer over its use of the name 'Appstore'.
  • Amazon's Appstore for Android Opens for Business
    March 22, 2011
    Amazon has opened the Appstore for Android, providing another option for app shopping to U.S. users of smartphones with Google's operating system.

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  • Time for an Xbox 360 and PS3 Price Drop?
    March 22, 2011
    Is it time, once more, for Sony's PS3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360 pricing to come on down?

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  • Seconds Before the Big One (preview)
    March 22, 2011
    Earthquakes are unique in the pantheon of natural disasters in that they provide no warning at all before they strike. Consider the case of the Loma Prieta quake, which hit the San Francisco Bay Area on October 17, 1989, just as warm-ups were getting under way for the evening’s World Series game between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s. At 5:04 p.m., a sudden slip of the San Andreas Fault shook the region with enough force to collapse a 1.5-mile section of a double-decker

  • Satyam Says It Is Being Taxed for Fictional Income
    March 22, 2011
    Outsourcer Satyam Computer Services says it is being taxed for bogus revenue.

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  • System Measures Stress In Emergency Callers' Voice
    March 22, 2011
    cylonlover writes "Chances are that if you're calling 9-1-1 (or 9-9-9, or whatever it is where you are), you're not likely to tell the operator that your case isn't all that urgent, and that it can wait. The problem is, sometimes emergency dispatch centers are so overloaded with callers – all of them stating that they need assistance right now – that some sort of system is required in order to determine who should get help first. Dutch researchers claim to have developed just such a
  • Adobe AIR 2.6 Released with Major iOS Updates
    March 22, 2011
    Adobe has just released version 2.6 of its AIR SDK and runtime. This version of Adobe AIR now supports iOS microphone, camera, multitasking, StageWebView Class to enable embedding web pages in iOS applications, access to soft keyboard configuration, Retina Display, and also provides enhanced performance. In addition to all these iOS enhancements, AIR 2.6 provides support for Amazon Android Market, on-device debugging over USB for Android, enhanced text support on Android, and a few other updates on the desktop version of AIR, too.
    All these new features of Adobe AIR 2.6 can currently only be used through the AIR Development Tool as no update has been made to Flash CS5 authoring tool.
    You can download the AIR 2.6 SDK and runtime from here.

  • Delivery Status Touch: package tracking for the OCD set
    March 21, 2011
    If you have a compulsive need to follow you iPad 2's progress through the Apple supply chain you need Delivery Status Touch for iPhone ($4.99) from the App Store.
  • Kaizen through Rypple...
    March 21, 2011
    Kaizen (æâ¹åââ) is a Japanese term meaning "change for the better", referring to a philosophy and practices that focus on 'continuous improvement' of processes in manufacturing, engineering,...
  • Genius Launches Traveler 9000 Wireless Mouse
    March 22, 2011
    Comes in five color options; is ambidextrous

  • Apple Sues Amazon for Using the Words 'App Store'
    March 22, 2011
    Says Amazon improperly and unlawfully used the App Store trademark

  • Steampunk show imagines Jules Verne gadgets
    March 22, 2011
    What if Captain Nemo had a cell phone and PC? A group of artists reimagines the world of Jules Verne in the information age.
  • Nintendo talks future 3DS upgrade possibilities
    March 22, 2011
    The Kyoto gamemaker is gearing up to launch Nintendo 3DS, a portable game machine with a glasses-free 3-D display, in the United States on March 27.

  • Apple iOS 4.3.1 Might be Released in Two Weeks
    March 22, 2011
    Aimed to fix iPad jailbreak exploit and other minor fixes

  • Angry Birds Rio hits Apple and Amazon app stores
    March 22, 2011
    The next installment of Angry Birds has hit the Apple App Store and immediately gone to the top of the charts for both the iPhone and iPad. The Android version is free today in the just launched Amazon Appstore for Android.
  • Asus N53SN Review
    March 22, 2011
    A powerful feature rich multimedia notebook

  • RIM's Playbook to go on sale April 19 in N.America
    March 22, 2011
    TORONTO (Reuters) - Research In Motion's long-awaited tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook, will go on sale in the United States and Canada on April 19 at a base price of $499.

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