Thursday, March 24, 2011

Technical news - 24 march 2011

  • My pick for most significant gadget of the past few years
    March 24, 2011
    Rarely does a gadget come along that has major impact on mobile technology. There is one gadget that has changed the way we approach mobile connectivity, and is the most significant gadget that...
  • Dell takes digital forensics mobile
    March 24, 2011
    Dell launched another installment of its digital forensics bundle so law enforcement can collect data faster from crime scenes.
  • Duke Nukem Forever ... Delayed?
    March 24, 2011
    I've been talking about Duke Nukem Forever on this blog for, well, forever. But it's coming right? May 3rd right?Wrong!
  • Oracle on Intel Itanium: HP misleading customers
    March 24, 2011
    HP said Oracle was putting customers at risk for dropping Itanium support. Oracle said just the opposite is true.
  • Oracle says no to Itanium: Embarrassment for Intel, big problem for HP
    March 24, 2011
    Oracle announced it is ceasing development for Itanium across its Itanium product line. What are the implications for Intel and HP? How could IBM benefit? Richard Fichera provides his initial...
  • Nvidia unleashes GeForce GTX 590 dual-GPU graphics card in time for Crysis 2, but does it beat AMD Radeon 6990?
    March 24, 2011
    AMD got the jump on the latest dual-GPU graphics card skirmish with the Radeon HD 6990, but Nvidia's long-awaited GeForce GTX 590 is now finally confirmed -- and craftily timed right around the...
  • SAP Sustainability Report hints at revenue opportunities
    March 24, 2011
    SAP's 2011 Sustainability report hints at revenue opportunities. There's still plenty of accounting but that's the tip of the iceberg.
  • Best Buy's fourth quarter: Strong earnings, mixed demand picture
    March 24, 2011
    Best Buy reported strong fourth quarter earnings, but many of its categories---consumer electronics, home office and entertainment hardware and software---are sucking wind. The one growth area:...
  • Bricks buys clicks: Walgreens acquires Drugstore.com for $409 million
    March 24, 2011
    Drugstore chain Walgreen Co. acquired Drugstore.com in a deal valued at $409 million. The move highlights how traditional retailing and e-commerce are ultimately becoming one.
  • Are businesses missing the benefits of collaboration technology?
    March 24, 2011
    Collaboration technologies save on travel, office space and IT expenditures. But why are firms missing out on improved innovation and faster time to market? TJ Keitt has some theories.
  • Color: A fascinating $41m startup with an app that tests social mores...
    March 24, 2011
    Top Silicon Valley investors have poured $41 million into a startup that has a highly novel mobile app, which tests the boundaries of privacy and social contact in an unique way.
  • Windows Phone 7 detailed update schedule summary: soon
    March 24, 2011
    Microsoft responded late yesterday with a schedule outlining the WP7 update schedule for every handset in customer's hands. It doesn't tell a single owner when they will get the WP7 update.
  • SAP ekes out more energy reductions despite revenue growth
    March 24, 2011
    SAP is absolutely one of the more transparent companies in high-tech when it comes to corporate sustainability initiatives, and its 2010 sustainability report offers a great example.If you visit...
  • CTIA Wireless: Scenes from the showroom floor (photos)
    March 24, 2011
    ORLANDO -- It's been a busy few days at CTIA Wireless, and we're covering all of the big news directly from the trade show in Florida. Here's your chance to get a closer look.
  • Where's your Windows Phone 7 update?
    March 24, 2011
    Are you wondering where your Windows Phone 7 update is? You're not alone!
  • Second take on VMware vCenter Operations
    March 24, 2011
    A while ago, I published analysis and commentary based upon VMware's announcement of vCenter Operations. The piece was cleverly called "VMware vCenter Operations." Catchy name, no?The good folks...
  • Three ways to find duplicates in Excel
    March 24, 2011
    Bill Detwiler shows you how to find duplicate data in Excel by using advanced filters, conditional formatting, and counting formulas.
  • New Samsung's 8.9"/10.1" Galaxy Tabs - First serious competition for the iPad
    March 24, 2011
    Samsung has announced two new Galaxy Tabs - coming in 8.9-inch and 10.1-inch flavors. These are the first real threat to the dominance of the iPad.
  • Google goes glossy
    March 24, 2011
    Yahoo launches Search Direct to compete with Google Instant, Apple pulls app that offended many by claiming to "cure" homosexuality, and Google launches a quarterly online magazine for high-brows.
  • P2P Music Downloads At All-Time Low
    March 24, 2011
    RedEaredSlider writes "According to research group NPD Group, the shuttering of Limewire's music file sharing service has led to a similar decline in the usage of such services throughout the U.S. The number has gone from a high of 16 percent in the fourth quarter of 2007 to just nine percent in the fourth quarter of 2010, right after Limewire shut down its file-sharing services due to a court order, when a federal judge sided with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)."


  • Japan says must review nuclear power policy as crisis persists
    March 24, 2011
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will have to review its nuclear power policy, its top government spokesman said on Thursday as radiation from a damaged nuclear complex briefly made Tokyo's tap water unsafe for babies and led to people emptying supermarket shelves of bottled water.


  • Smartphones help Best Buy's Q4; analysts cautious (Reuters)
    March 24, 2011
    Reuters - Best Buy Co Inc beat quarterly profit estimates as strength in its mobile business offset weak demand for televisions and entertainment software in the all-important holiday season.
  • Smartphones help Best Buy's Q4; analysts cautious
    March 24, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Best Buy Co Inc beat quarterly profit estimates as strength in its mobile business offset weak demand for televisions and entertainment software in the all-important holiday season.


  • West strikes deep in Libya, Misrata still besieged
    March 24, 2011
    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Western warplanes hit military targets deep inside Libya on Thursday but failed to prevent tanks reentering the western town of Misrata overnight and besieging its main hospital.


  • Is Color a revolutionary application or just a novelty? (Appolicious)
    March 24, 2011
    Appolicious - A just released Android and iPhone app from Color.com is a new photo-sharing tool that streams images based on two layers: location and social. The revolutionary application of photo-sharing and consumption comes from Bill Nguyen, the brain behind the music service Lala, which Apple (AAPL) acquired in 2009. He’s pulled together a legendary team, which includes the company president Peter Pham, founder of BillShrink, and DJ Patil, the former chief scientist at LinkedIn.
  • ZTE sees phone part prices rising after Japan quake
    March 24, 2011
    ORLANDO (Reuters) - China's ZTE Corp is seeing higher prices for phone parts such as batteries, displays and radio filters due to supply shortages in the aftermath of the Japan earthquake.

  • At least 37 Syrian protesters killed, hospital says
    March 24, 2011
    DERAA, Syria (Reuters) - The main hospital in the southern Syrian city of Deraa has received the bodies of at least 37 protesters who were killed in a confrontation with security forces, a hospital official said Thursday.


  • App turns Google Nexus phone into payment tool
    March 24, 2011
    Mobile payment app from Charge Anywhere can take advantage of the NFC technology in the Nexus S smartphone, letting it process credit cards and checks on the go.
  • Flood of royal wedding smartphone apps hits market (AP)
    March 24, 2011
    In this image released by Toronto-based 2 For Life Media Inc., Thursday March 24, 2011, their iPad royal wedding app that lets users share marriage advice and wedding tips to the royal couple through a virtual guestbook is seen. More than a dozen smartphone apps are offering to bring fans everything royal wedding-related wherever they are — so they can check the days and minutes until Prince William and Kate Middleton's April 29 wedding, hoard news and pictures about them and instantly share their favorite royal wedding tidbits on social media networks. (AP Photo/HO 2 For Life Media Inc) EDITORIAL USE ONLY NO SALESAP - Not feeling the royal wedding spirit yet? It may be time to download a countdown clock to your smartphone.


  • Rubber Stamp Unlikely For AT&T-Mobile
    March 24, 2011
    The Federal Communications Commission hasn’t yet begun to evaluate AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA, but according to official’s regulatory approval of the $39 billion deal is anything but a sure thing. “There’s no way the chairman’s office rubber-stamps this transaction,” an FCC official told The Wall Street Journal. “It will be a steep climb to say the least.”
    Obviously. Though it’s interesting to hear an FCC official say that on-record. During an appearance at CTIA earlier this week, FCC Chair Julius Genachowski declined comment on the deal, which is burdened by all sorts of competitive concerns.
    AT&T, which has been spinning the acquisition as a boon for Americans and their country, says it’s confident it will win approval. “We understand that Congress, the DOJ, the FCC, as well as wireless consumers will have questions about the transaction. We look forward to answering and addressing those questions,” said a company spokesman. “We are confident that the facts will demonstrate that the deal is in the public interest and that competition will continue to flourish.”
    I hope so. AT&T stands to lose $3 billion if the deal falls through.

  • Japan nuclear crisis drags on but experts hopeful
    March 24, 2011
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Workers battled to staunch radiation leaks at a Japanese nuclear plant on Thursday, almost two weeks after it was disabled by an earthquake and tsunami, but some experts saw signs the crisis was being brought under control.


  • GeForce GTX 590 and Radeon HD 5990 Face Off
    March 24, 2011
    Vigile writes "Both NVIDIA and AMD have recently released new extreme-high-end graphics cards with dual-GPU configurations and PC Perspective has compared them to each other with some standard SLI/CrossFire comparisons for good measure. The GTX 590 is a pair of 512 shader processor GF110 GPUs which had the potential to be the fastest combination available, but the clock speeds were lowered to such a level that is has trouble keeping up with AMD's Radeon HD 6990. Sound levels were noticeably better
  • Color Image-Sharing App Isn’t for Private Types
    March 24, 2011
    The location-based photo- and video-sharing app doesn't let users decide who gets to see their photos. Color does, based on your location, the content of your photos and the people you interact with on the network.

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  • Dell's Compellent Unit to Add Dedupe, Global File System
    March 24, 2011
    Dell prepares to integrate its technologies into Compellent products to target enterprise customers

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  • How to Create Custom Toolbars for Microsoft Word 2011
    March 24, 2011
    If you work with Microsoft Word 2011, you may find the program’s toolbars and ribbon practical ways to access functions you use often, such as formatting...

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  • Safari Animals HD for IPad
    March 24, 2011
    Safari Animals HD is a $1 app that developer Weswog’s Creations aims at kids. The app features 26 full-screen animal photos, one for each letter of the alphabet...

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  • Say hello to Google's online magazine
    March 24, 2011
    Google has quietly launched its own full-length online magazine, a quarterly publication whose aim is to create a "breathing space in a busy world."

  • Come Get Some in June: Duke Nukem Forever Delayed One Last Time
    March 24, 2011
    Publisher bumps Duke Nukem Forever release date back a month, says 'Duke Never Comes Early'.

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  • Netflix gives 3 percent credit for outage
    March 24, 2011
    The company formally apologizes to users for a modest interruption of its streaming service and offers to make up for it on their next bill.
  • Tata Comm users witness Internet blackout
    March 24, 2011
    First the service provider said 'DNS Migration' as the reason, but later said it may be due to a suspected cable breach
  • SlideShare Presentations for LinkedIn
    March 24, 2011
    LinkedIn is a great way to market yourself and your professional qualifications. Problem is, you have to rely on a lot of plain black-and-white text in order to do so. Wouldn't it be nice if you could use the social network to actually show colleagues (and prospective colleagues) what you can do, instead of just telling them about it? With the free SlideShare Presentations, you can. This LinkedIn app is an extension of SlideShare.net's professional sharing community, which allows you to upload and
  • A closer look at LG's charging pad
    March 24, 2011
    LG rolled out a new charging pas at CTIA 2011 that can deliver a wireless charge to your cell phone. CNET takes a closer look.
  • New Color app promotes mobile voyeurism
    March 24, 2011
    The makers of a new and much-anticipated smartphone app called Color are operating on this principle: "We're all inherently voyeuristic," said Peter Pham, president and co-founder of the Palo Alto, California start-up.

  • Windows Phone 7 update resource debuts
    March 24, 2011
    To give Windows Phone 7 owners a bit more transparency into the update process, Microsoft launches a site that lists available devices and the status of their software updates.
  • Amazon set to grab market share from Wal-Mart: William Blair
    March 24, 2011
    (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is well-positioned to grab market share from Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Target Corp given its competitive pricing and wide assortment, analysts at William Blair & Co said, and upgraded Amazon to "outperform."

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