Sunday, March 27, 2011

Technical News - 27 March 2011

  • MySpace lost 10 million users in a month; Close within the year?
    March 27, 2011
    Latest figures show MySpace had lost 10 million users in the space of a month. Could the site be killed off by the end of this year?
  • Rebels push west as air strikes hit Gaddafi forces
    March 27, 2011
    BIN JAWAD, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan rebels pushed further west on Sunday to retake more territory abandoned by Muammar Gaddafi's retreating forces, which have been weakened by Western air strikes.

  • Syria's Assad deploys army in port to keep order
    March 27, 2011
    AMMAN (Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad, facing the gravest crisis in his 11-year rule, deployed the army for the first time in nearly two weeks of protests after 12 people were killed in the northwest port of Latakia.

  • Soaring radioactivity deals blow to Japan's plant
    March 27, 2011
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Workers were withdrawn from a reactor building at Japan's earthquake-wrecked nuclear plant on Sunday after potentially lethal levels of radiation were detected in water there, a major setback for the effort to avert a catastrophic meltdown.

  • Yemen ruling party meets as army, militants clash
    March 27, 2011
    SANAA (Reuters) - Militants clashed with the Yemeni army in a southern town on Sunday, heightening fears that the Arabian Peninsula state could collapse under protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh and an Islamist threat.

  • Artificial Clouds To Cool Qatar World Cup Stadiums
    March 27, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "In anticipation of extreme heat during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, scientists and engineers at Qatar University have developed a solar-powered gas-filled cloud that will shade spectators and athletes from the intense sun. The $500,000 artificial clouds can be positioned over any of the stadiums in Qatar and can be maneuvered with a remote control from the ground to keep the passing sun off the field."
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  • Israeli air strike kills 2 Palestinian militants
    March 27, 2011
    GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli aircraft killed two Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Sunday as tensions remained high despite signals on both sides of the border of a readiness to return to a de facto ceasefire.

  • Samsung fakes Galaxy Tab beta user testimony in video?
    March 26, 2011
    Often, when introducing a new product, technology companies produce a video with users of the prerelease product during its beta test phase. However, it appears that Samsung's marketing department...
  • Special Report: Brazil's Olympic push isn't winning any medals
    March 27, 2011
    SAO PAULO (Reuters) - It's 8 p.m. at Sao Paulo's sublimely overcrowded international airport and Marvin Curie, seeing all the chairs around him taken, decides to join dozens of other business travelers and sit on the floor.

  • HSN 'previewing' Nook Color's app store and Flash capabilities
    March 27, 2011
    The Home Shopping Network has begun selling the Nook Color on TV and online, with sales presenters talking up a major firmware update coming to the device in mid-April that includes Flash support.
  • Physicist Designs DIY Green Utopia Construction Set
    March 27, 2011
    A Princeton-educated physicist-turned-farmer is growing more than vegetables on 30 acres in Missouri. Marcin Jakubowski is developing a collection of machines designed to to build and support villages that sustain themselves with everything needed for modern life—from energy to finished products.
  • Netflix Backlash Begins
    March 27, 2011
    Analysis: We've been hearing that Hollywood is afraid of Netflix. But as the studios try to protect their turf, we're seeing the first signs of a Netflix streaming backlash.

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  • Would make sense for Portugal to seek aid: Nowotny
    March 27, 2011
    VIENNA (Reuters) - It would make sense for Portugal to seek aid from the European Union bailout fund, although such a decision will be caught up in domestic politics, European Central Bank Governing Board member Ewald Nowotny said.

  • UK Readies Underground Wi-Fi for 2012 Olympics
    March 27, 2011
    More than 100 tube stations are scheduled to have Wi-Fi access in time for the Olympics.

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  • Using the Open Records Law To Intimidate Critics
    March 27, 2011
    Layzej writes "On March 15, Professor Bill Cronon posted his first blog. The subject was the role of the American Legislative Exchange Council in influencing recent legislation in Wisconsin and across the country. Less than two days later, his university received a communication formally requesting under the state's Open Records Law copies of all emails he sent or received pertaining to matters raised in the blog. Remarkably, the request was sent to the university's legal office by Stephan Thompson
  • Nintendogs + Cats 3D review (Digital Trends)
    March 27, 2011
    Digital Trends - If you can play Nintendogs + Cats for the Nintendo 3DS, and not form at least a tiny emotional attachment to the pets you are tasked with raising, then you are a scary person.
  • Useful Bookmarklets for your iPhone and iPad
    March 27, 2011
  • Enlisting Game Hackers Instead of Fighting Them
    March 27, 2011
    CVG recently spoke with Christofer Sundberg, co-founder of Avalanche Studios, the company behind Just Cause and its sequel. Sundberg expressed his disdain for both DRM and poor cross-platform ports, and talked about how he sees the hacker community as more of an ally than publishers do. Quoting: "'... 50 percent of the people that work for me come from a hacker background - that's true.' When asked whether approaching leading hackers and asking them to put their programming skills to good use was
  • UC Davis to commercialize modular, mobile robots
    March 26, 2011
    A University of California Davis start-up is commercializing a modular robot, "iMobot" that can drive on its wheels, crawl like an inchworm, and raise one end of its body and pan around as a...
  • Microsoft To FTC: Don't Tell Us How Long To Retain User Data
    March 27, 2011
    Roberto123 writes "In a public response to proposed federal regulations to protect users' privacy online, Microsoft said it is committed to 'privacy by design' but thinks the Federal Trade Commission should use a light regulatory touch. The company 'urges the Commission to avoid imposing prescriptive requirements with respect to data retention periods or in further defining "specific business purpose" or "need."'"
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  • Frugal Tech Show: iPad 2, Android Tablets, Buying Macs, Ubuntu Natty Narwhal (Podcast)
    March 26, 2011
    Ken Hess and Jason Perlow discuss The iPad 2, Android Tablets, Making a Mac purchase, Ubuntu Linux 11.04 Natty Narwhal.
  • WinZip 15.0.9411
    March 27, 2011
    WinZip is the most trusted way to work with compressed files. No other compression utility is as easy-to-use or offers the comprehensive and productivity-enhancing approach that has made WinZip the gold standard for file-compression tools.

  • FastStone Image Viewer 4.4
    March 26, 2011
    FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping and color adjustments.

  • FluffyApp 1.0 Beta 6
    March 26, 2011
    FluffyApp is a simple and lightweight utility that was designed to help you instantly upload your pictures or other files to CloudApp. You only have to sign into your account and drag the files onto the application’s icon. CloudApp is a simple app which sits on the menu bar and allow drag-and-drop file uploading complete with an auto-shortened URL ...

  • US Facebook data passed through Chinese, South Korean ISPs
    March 26, 2011
    Earlier this week, Facebook traffic from AT&T mysteriously passed through ChinaNet and SK Broadband for at least 30 minutes.
  • SABAM Wants Truckers To Pay For Listening To Radio
    March 26, 2011
    guruevi writes "SABAM, the Belgian RIAA, wants truckers to start paying for the copyrights to listen to the radio in their cabin (Google translation of Dutch original). SABAM already has a system in place to extract fees from businesses for having radios in the work area for businesses with more than 9 employees, and they find that truckers' cabins are areas of work and thus infringe on their copyrights. The local politicians think this is going too far; they believe truckers need a radio for safety
  • Any Video Converter 3.21
    March 26, 2011
    Any Video Converter is an All-in-One video converting tool with easy-to-use graphical interface, fast converting speed and excellent video quality. It allows you to effortlessly convert video files between every format! It can convert almost all video formats including DivX, XviD, MOV, rm, rmvb, MPEG, VOB, DVD, WMV, AVI to MPEG-4 movie format for i...

  • Fresh View 8.16
    March 26, 2011
    Fresh View gives you the ability to organize and view multimedia files (images, audio, video). Watch movies, listen to music, and view graphics in a slide show. Image files in a folder can be displayed using a number of views, including a thumbnail view that lets you quickly see what your images are without having to open them.

  • Did Microsoft leave Hotmail open for Dictators?
    March 26, 2011
    That was the claim made by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The truth may be more complex.
  • Choosing the Right Mobile Tool For the Job
    March 26, 2011
    Understand the strengths and weaknesses of your mobile device options so you can choose the right one to fit the role you are trying to fill.

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  • CTIA 2011: Android Tablet Review
    March 26, 2011
    A round-up of the latest Android tablets presented at CTIA 2011 this year.
  • Moveable feast: iPad 2 or MacBook Air?
    March 26, 2011
    Is the 2010 MacBook Air or an iPad 2 a better value? That's not an easy question to answer and is a topic that goes right to the heart of the definition of personal computing in 2011.
  • London Underground getting Wi-Fi hotspot treatment
    March 26, 2011
    While New Yorkers wait for the subway to get the Wi-Fi access they've been promised, the London Underground is being outfitted with Wi-Fi hotspots ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games next summer.
  • Apple hiring developers to work on iOS Maps; big changes on the way?
    March 26, 2011
    Are you an app developer looking for a new job? Do you like maps? Then Apple might have the dream job for you.
  • Agility: can you afford it?
    March 26, 2011
    Every new generation of solutions that comes along - from yesterday's CORBA to today's cloud -- promises ever greater "agility." But it's going to cost ya. Geek & Poke's Oliver Widder hit the...
  • Mobile connectivity and platform independence
    March 26, 2011
    I have become platform agnostic, and it's due to the maturation of mobile connectivity. It is madly liberating, as it has shifted my focus to getting the work done, and not on how that will happen.
  • The Prisoner's Dilemma: The Key to Creativity
    March 26, 2011
    I was having lunch with one of my clients, the CEO of a rapidly growing mid-size company, when I casually asked for his job description.
  • Lego builders show off their skills at Bricks by the Bay (photos)
    March 26, 2011
    Grown-up Lego fans in Northern California come out of their basements and workshops to show off their building skills.
  • Two On Two: Discussing Personalization And Facebook
    March 26, 2011
    Last time on "Two On Two," Jason Falls and I discussed the South By Southwest experience.
  • Serena Williams' sexy video game ad 'unauthorized'
    March 26, 2011
    Can one truly believe that a sexually suggestive ad for 2K Sports' "Top Spin 4" was released without the company's knowledge and that it accidentally became a viral success?
  • FCCI Contractor Warns Of Cloud Pitfalls
    March 26, 2011
    Federal Cloud Computing Initiative (FCCI) Contractor Warns Of Cloud Pitfalls
  • Vivek Kundra to Defend GovCloud on Capitol Hill
    March 26, 2011
    Fed IT plan heads to Capitol Hill
  • RIM acquires mobile app tool developer tinyHippos
    March 26, 2011
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - BlackBerry maker Research In Motion says it has bought Ontario-based startup tinyHippos Inc, creator of Ripple, a cross-platform mobile application development and testing tool.

  • Lara Logan's Taunter Gets Another Job, According To His Twitter ... Wait, What?
    March 26, 2011

  • Defensio for Facebook Does a So-So Job
    March 26, 2011
    The days when Facebook was nothing more than fun way to waste time with a few friends are long gone. Today, you're just as likely to run across prospective employers there as you are old classmates--and that's to say nothing of the scammers and spammers you might find, too. Keeping your Facebook profile and pages polished and professional-looking enough for all comers can be a chore, and keeping them free of spam and scams can be downright impossible. Enter Websense's TRITON Defensio Social Web

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