Saturday, March 26, 2011

Technical News - 26 March 2011

  • Japan nuclear crisis gives Earth Hour added poignancy
    March 26, 2011
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Lights started going off around the world on Saturday in a show of support for renewable energy, given added poignancy by Japan's nuclear disaster, which raises doubts about nuclear power as a possible solution.

  • Syria's Assad faces deep crisis
    March 26, 2011
    DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad faced the deepest crisis of his 11 years in power on Saturday with one city at the heart of anti-government protests planning to bury its dead after a security forces' crackdown.

  • Libyan rebels rout Gaddafi forces in strategic town
    March 26, 2011
    AJDABIYAH, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan rebels backed by allied air strikes retook the strategic town of Ajdabiyah on Saturday after an all-night battle that suggests the tide is turning against Muammar Gaddafi's forces in the east.

  • Canadian federal election to be on May 2
    March 26, 2011
    OTTAWA (Reuters) - A general election will be held in Canada on May 2, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Saturday after his minority Conservative government was brought down on a nonconfidence vote in Parliament the day before.

  • Google Starts Testing Google Music Internally
    March 26, 2011
    Krystalo writes "Google employees have begun testing Google Music internally. Talks with at least some of the top publishers and the four largest record labels are still ongoing. The delays are largely due to the fact that Google is negotiating for cloud music rights and not just the authorization to distribute the songs themselves. The search giant wants to be able to store users' existing music libraries on the company's servers. Labels are in similar discussions with Apple."
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  • Gaza rockets strike Israel anew after lull
    March 26, 2011
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed in Israel on Saturday after a brief lull in violence along a frontier where tension has risen this week.

  • Baidu apologises to writers in copyright dispute (AFP)
    March 26, 2011
    Chinese search engine giant Baidu apologised to writers who accused it of violating their copyright and promised to delete infringing items within the next three days.(AFP/Liu Jin)AFP - Chinese search engine giant Baidu apologised on Saturday to writers who accused it of violating their copyright and promised to delete infringing items within the next three days.


  • Meet the Makers: Diego Prats of Border Stylo (Appolicious)
    March 26, 2011
    Appolicious - Border Stylo earlier this month released a new smartphone application that brings the View-Master experience to the smartphone. In this week’s Meet the Makers, Border Stylo Diego Prats talks his company’s 360 degree efforts to pull in content from various social media outlets, commercialization efforts to date, and why SXSW ain’t exactly what it used to be.
  • Week in science: fast-charging batteries and quark pairs
    March 26, 2011
    How to feed 9 billion people: the future of food and farming: The global food supply is starting to get tight, with increasing sensitivity to droughts and floods causing price spikes and food shortages. The UK commissioned a report to examine how to feed a planet with a population that is set to increase to 9 billion by 2050.
    Serotonin-lacking male mice not picky about sex of their mates: Male mice that can't signal using serotonin seem to share their affection indifferently,

  • CMU Eliminates Object Oriented Programming For Freshman
    March 26, 2011
    fatherjoecode writes "According to this blog post from professor Robert Harper, the Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science department is removing the required study of O-O from the Freshman curriculum: 'Object-oriented programming is eliminated entirely from the introductory curriculum, because it is both anti-modular and anti-parallel by its very nature, and hence unsuitable for a modern CS curriculum.' It goes on to say that 'a proposed new course on object-oriented design methodology will
  • Elgan: How to overcome Internet distraction disorder
    March 26, 2011
    People can easily waste an entire afternoon struggling with online distractions. Mike Elgan offers tips on how to avoid Internet distraction disorder.
  • Top-rated reviews of the week (photos)
    March 26, 2011
    Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite gadgets from the past week, including the 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7, the HTC Thunderbolt, and the Canon EOS Rebel T3i.
  • Spiders inspire robot locomotion
    March 26, 2011
    The way crabs, lobsters and spiders walk are helping to inspire novel ways to get robots moving around.
  • Samsung's Happy Galaxy Tab Users Are Actors
    March 26, 2011
    harrymcc writes "At the CTIA Wireless show in Orlando this week, Samsung unveiled new Galaxy Tab tablets and showed videos of interviews with 'true-life' users who raved about the Tab, including a travel writer, a filmmaker, and a real-estate CEO. One problem: the writer and the CEO are actually New York stage actors."
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  • Miranda 0.9.18
    March 26, 2011
    Miranda IM is a multi-protocol instant messenger client for Windows. Miranda IM uses very little memory and is extremely fast. It requires no installation and can be fitted on a single floppy disc. Its powerful plugin system makes Miranda IM very flexible. Only the most basic features are built in, but there are currently more than 350 free plugins...

  • Advanced and Comprehensive HTML5 Resources
    March 26, 2011
    HTML5 is one of the most talked about topics right now among the design community. HTML5 supports many new features such as : cleaner markup, new semantic elements such as
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  • Pure CSS Hide and Display HTML Elements without Javascript
    March 26, 2011
    This is the demo of the CSS hides and display method. Here we are going to learn how to create this pure CSS hide and display method step by step in order to give you the reader a better idea of the whole process in creating your very own content hide and display areas. Let’s start off with our standard XHTML document.
  • PHP Session Debugging
    March 26, 2011
    For many PHP developers, calling session_start() and using $_SESSION for stuff you want to persist from page to page is all there is to know about sessions. This is understandable, because PHP's native session support is so simple and reliable. But, what if something goes wrong?
  • 40 Free Creative Fonts For Designers
    March 26, 2011
    Fonts always are one of the important parts of Graphic and web designs, when working on design projects weather your designing for the web or for print it’s always essential to have a good collection of fonts. Today i collected creative fonts that can be useful for a designing books, reports, brochure, posters and product cover design pages etc.
  • Apple Wins a Round In Patent Battle With Nokia
    March 25, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "Apple [Friday] won a battle in an ongoing legal war with Nokia over patents that touch on pretty much all of Apple's product line. Since 2009, Apple and Nokia have sued and countersued each other into oblivion. In one particular legal action from May 2010, Nokia filed suit against Apple with a complaint to the ITC (International Trade Commission) alleging that Apple's iPhone and iPad 3G infringe on 5 of Nokia's patents."
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  • Microsoft pushes for IT management delivered as a cloud service
    March 25, 2011
    The latest Microsoft Management Summit has wrapped up, and on top of the software giant's IT management agenda for the coming year is cloud and SaaS-based delivery. How close is the vendor to this...
  • Facebook Deals will be all about "social experiences"
    March 25, 2011
    When it launches, Facebook Deals will be all about social deals: meaning activities you can take advantage of with your friends.
  • Image-quality rating system for phone cameras will measure more than megapixels
    March 25, 2011
    A new 5-star rating scheduled for release in June may help consumers more accurately compare image quality among cell phone cameras.
  • Xen 4.1 hypervisor released
    March 25, 2011
    Xen.org has made available an updated hypervisor that offers a better toolset as well as greater scalability and improved integration of third party security applications.Xen 4.1 features, for...
  • Why the Tablet "Fad" Will Never Die
    March 25, 2011
    I offer my counterpoint to my PCWorld peer's assertion that the tablet is merely a fad destined to fade into oblivion.

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  • LinkedIn: A little historical nugget of an Infographic just for you
    March 25, 2011
    The most popular Infographic this week presents some history on LinkedIn, it's milestones, successes and otherwise.
  • MS Removes HTTPS From Hotmail For Troubled Nations
    March 25, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft has removed HTTPS from Hotmail for many US-embargoed or otherwise troubled countries. The current list of countries for which they no longer enable HTTPS is known to include Bahrain, Morocco, Algeria, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Lebanon, Jordan, Congo, Myanmar, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. Journalists and others whose lives may be in danger due oppressive net monitoring in those countries may wish to use HTTPS everywhere
  • Facebook disputes 21 squatter domain names
    March 25, 2011
    Facebook is currently disputing 21 domain names from a known domain squatter, 14 of which start with the word Facebook.
  • Vizio unveils 2011 Theater 3D TV series; starts at $549
    March 25, 2011
    Vizio brought its 2011 Theater 3D TV collection to CES 2011, and now pricing has been revealed - and one of the prices might surprise you.Starting with the most expensive, the 47-inch model...
  • Kodak wins round in Apple-RIM dispute
    March 25, 2011
    SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. trade panel has agreed to review Eastman Kodak Co's claim that Research in Motion Ltd and Apple Inc are infringing on its patents in a case that could mean hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties.

  • Quiz: Ready for a game?
    March 25, 2011
    Computers and technology have changed the way we live - and play. Board games, outdoor sports, and playing cards have taken a back seat to simulations and scenarios. On screen, we can do what...
  • Microsoft Outlook for Mac: Google Apps Fail
    March 25, 2011
    How can Microsoft create a product that's so right, and still manage to get it wrong?
  • Comcast updates Xfinity TV app for iOS devices
    March 25, 2011
    Comcast is updating its Xfinity TV app for the iPad and iPhone with some new features focused on user preferences and customization.
  • NetQin Denies Claims That It Uploads Malware to Phones With Its Antivirus Software
    March 25, 2011
    NetQin Mobile denied reports that claimed it had deliberately installed viruses on customers' mobile phones along with its antivirus software.

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  • Where's Apple's cloud strategy, already?
    March 25, 2011
    Synchronizing data between iOS devices, especially for games, has become a nightmare - a nightmare that it's up to Apple to straighten out.
  • In Iran, New Attack Escalates Ongoing Cyberconflict
    March 25, 2011
    A cyber-attack linked to Iran this week is the latest in a string of cyber-events that some say represents a new step in a shadowy and long-running war between...

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  • PreVue: How to watch a baby in utero
    March 25, 2011
    A design concept out of the University of New South Wales may never come to fruition, but the stretchable device has just won a design award in Australia.
  • My first look at the Kyocera Echo
    March 25, 2011
    CTIA 2011 offered CNET's Kent German his first hands-on with the Kyocera Echo for Sprint. Despite some initial misgivings, he wound up liking the dual-screen design.
  • Netflix nears over $100 million deal with Miramax: source
    March 25, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Movie rental company Netflix Inc is close to an agreement with Miramax to stream the studio's library in a deal that would be worth "well north of" $100 million over five years, according to a source familiar with the deal.

  • Report: Netflix, Miramax near streaming deal
    March 25, 2011
    The Wall Street Journal reports that Miramax and Netflix are close to signing a $100 million deal to stream the studio's movies via the video rental service.
  • Fixing Firefox 4's Mac multi-touch woes
    March 25, 2011
    By default, Firefox 4 disables Macs' multi-touch functionality, here's how to bring it back.
  • This week in search 3/25/11
    March 25, 2011
    This is part of a regular series of posts on search experience updates that runs on Fridays. Look for the label "This week in search" and subscribe to the series. - Ed.

    Time is a precious commodity for most of us. To save you more precious seconds as you search, we’ve introduced Google Instant in Places View and redesigned the Google Search app for iPhone for faster, easier searching—whether you’re on your way out or already on the go.

    Instant for Places View
    As part of our ongoing
  • Microsoft's anti-piracy effort may have gone a t-shirt too far
    March 25, 2011
    A measure making its way through the Washington state legislature would make it illegal for manufacturers that use pirated software to sell goods in the state. Opponents say they interpret the...
  • Google's decision to delay Android 3.0 code is unacceptable
    March 25, 2011
    Android is what it is today because of Linux and because of Google's open source following -- developers, organizations, customers and vendors. Delay the open source release? No. Justice delayed...
  • Analysis: AT&T vision of wireless competition is tough sell
    March 25, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T faces a tough pitch convincing regulators that its $39 billion deal to buy Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile will not create a duopoly in the cell phone market.

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