Monday, April 4, 2011

Technical News - 04 April 2011

  • Apax Partners to acquire Epicor and Activant
    April 4, 2011
    Another two bite the dust - Apax Partners acquires Epicor and Activant
  • Sony Android 3.0 tablet will drop by end of summer
    April 4, 2011
    If there was one product announcement missing at Sony's CES 2011 press conference, surely it was a tablet. After all, who isn't developing one these days? Looks like that situation is being remedied.
  • Why SSD's won't replace disks
    April 4, 2011
    It's simple: we don't produce enough flash to replace more than a few percent of today's disk capacity. But drive vendors would be foolish to take comfort in that fact. They are still in a world...
  • Intuit and Salesforce: dating or just good friends?
    April 4, 2011
    What is this Intuit and Salesforce thing about?
  • CRM Idol 2011: The Open Season, Begins! Small Companies, Let Us Know
    April 4, 2011
    Okay, everyone. Sit down and listen close....C'mon. Sit already. God, this is like herding cats. Shhhhhhh. I have a big announcement...or should I say WE have a big announcement. You'll understand...
  • Taking back Android: Should Google be controlling the ecosystem?
    April 4, 2011
    The Android ecosystem is becoming unruly and Google naturally wants to step in to preserve its quality - but is that Google's role in the bigger picture?
  • My top 5 smartphones available today
    April 4, 2011
    Some very exciting smartphones have been announced, but many of these have vague shipping dates. There are still some excellent choices available today and here is my take on what I like.
  • The truth about tethering: Pay up or you are a thief
    April 4, 2011
    If your carrier asks you to pay for the right to tether (called mobile hotspot), and you do so without enrolling in (and paying for) this plan, then you are stealing service from your carrier.
  • Why killing Data.gov is wrong-headed and stupid
    April 4, 2011
    An actual, working, highly profitable IT program run by the United States government is unlikely to last out the summer.
  • Five questions with Intuit CTO Tayloe Stansbury
    April 4, 2011
    We caught up with Intuit CTO Tayloe Stansbury to talk innovation, the importance of Mint, mobile and data integration.
  • Cablevision's Optimum iPad app offers hundreds of live TV channels to subscribers -- but for how long?
    April 4, 2011
    Seemingly undaunted by the woes befalling Time Warner Cable's live TV iPad app -- numerous cable networks demanding their channels be pulled from the app -- Cablevision has announced its Optimum...
  • Abiquo Enterprise Cloud Management
    April 4, 2011
    A fresh concept for managing the computing resources of a virtual enterprise.
  • Social media shows Democrats 'on track' for 2012 student support
    April 4, 2011
    The vast majority of the Generation Y voted in Obama in 2008 as the first 'Facebook president'. And, it's looking likely he'll succeed again.
  • Leaderboard: The 10 best Android smartphones of 2011
    April 4, 2011
    Hot, new Android devices hit the market almost every week. To help you sort through them all, here's our list of the 10 best Android smartphones, especially with business users in mind.
  • Is TV contributing to the seduction of 'useless' degrees?
    April 4, 2011
    Are prospective students basing their degree choice on high octane television dramas? You might be surprised (or not).
  • Being John Malkovich: Personal Control of Individual Brain Cells
    April 4, 2011
    In philosophy of mind, a “cerebroscope” is a fictitious device, a brain-computer interface in today’s language, which reads out the content of somebody’s brain. An autocerebroscope is a device applied to one’s own brain. You would be able to see your own brain in action, observing the fleeting bioelectric activity of all its nerve cells and thus of your own conscious mind. There is a strange loopiness about this idea. The mind observing its own brain gives rise to

  • Too Hard For Science? Making Astronauts With Printers
    April 4, 2011
    If printers have the power to manufacture organs, why not brains? Or people?
    In "Too Hard For Science?" I interview scientists about ideas they would love to explore that they don't think could be investigated. For instance, they might involve machines beyond the realm of possibility, such as particle accelerators as big as the sun, or they might be completely unethical, such as lethal experiments involving people. This feature aims to look at the seemingly impossible dreams, the

  • Ouattara forces begin Abidjan assault
    April 4, 2011
    ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Forces backing Ivory Coast presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara began a fresh assault to remove Laurent Gbagbo from his last stronghold in Abidjan on Monday.

  • Southwest cancels more flights amid inspections
    April 4, 2011
    ATLANTA (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co canceled 70 flights on Monday as it continued to inspect Boeing 737 planes following the emergency landing on Friday of a jet with a hole in its fuselage.

  • GE's Immelt defends nuclear industry safety
    April 4, 2011
    In Japan, GE's chief meets with executives of Tepco, operator of the crippled Fukushima power plant, and professes faith in the 40-year safety record of nuclear plants.
  • Robots Find Wreckage of AF447
    April 4, 2011
    Last week we reported on an army of robots searching for Air France 447 over a nearly 4,000 sq mile patch of the Atlantic ocean. Today mriya3 noted that "BEA, the French air accident investigation office, reports that the wreckage of Air France flight 447 has been found. The plane, an Airbus A330, crashed June 1, 2009 while flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. Investigators hope to find the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder. A press conference will be held today."
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  • Libyan wounded describe "hell" of Misrata
    April 4, 2011
    SFAX, Tunisia (Reuters) - Gaddafi forces using tanks and snipers are carrying out a "massacre" in Misrata with corpses on the streets and hospitals full of the wounded, evacuees said, with one describing the besieged city as "hell."

  • Afghan policeman kills NATO soldiers, protests continue
    April 4, 2011
    JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A "rogue" Afghan border policeman shot dead two foreign soldiers on a training mission on Monday, and hundreds of people turned out on the streets for a fourth day of protests against the burning of a Koran by a fundamentalist U.S. pastor.

  • Anonymous threatens Sony over Geohot suit
    April 4, 2011
    The infamous hacking organization Anonymous is reportedly turning its attention to Sony following the company's legal battle with alleged PS3 hacker Geohot.
  • 3DS photography takes off, but you're on your own to share images
    April 4, 2011
    We found the cameras included in the 3DS hardware to be of poor quality in our review, but the fact they allow you to take and view 3D images is proving attractive to many. You can now download and view pictures tourists have taken of the Disney resorts with their 3DS systems, and another enterprising gamer has converted screenshots from well-known video games so they can be viewed on the 3DS in glasses-free 3D. Of course, Nintendo itself offers no way to share 3D images, limiting the

  • Too real means too creepy in new Disney animation (AP)
    April 4, 2011
    In this film publicity image released by Walt Disney Studios, the character Milo's Mom, voiced by Joan Cusack, is shown in a scene from 'Mars Needs Moms.' (AP Photo/Walt Disney Studios)AP - Computer animation has a problem: When it gets too realistic, it starts creeping people out.


  • Etc: Microsoft was formed on this date in 1975.
    April 4, 2011
    Microsoft was formed on this date in 1975. Read More: Wired
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  • CCleaner 3.05.1409
    April 4, 2011
    CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that...

  • Angry Birds Rio Downloaded 10 Million Time in 10 Days
    April 4, 2011
    Game developer Rovio says its latest version of its Angry Birds games (Angry Birds Rio) has been downloaded a record 10 million times in first 10 days since its debut.

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  • 'Plastiki' book captures boat's epic ocean journey (photos)
    April 4, 2011
    A year after David de Rothschild's all-plastic craft traveled from California to Australia, a new book examines the project close-up.
  • Apple's Secret Weapon To Win the Tablet Wars
    April 4, 2011
    Hugh Pickens writes "International Business Times reports that when manufacturers trotted out their Android tablet prototypes during the CES show two months ago, pundits were happy to toll the death knell for the Apple's iPad, but now manufacturers are discovering that simply making a good tablet does not guarantee that it will sell — much to the chagrin of Motorola and its Xoom product. Now it is plain for all to see that Apple's secret weapon is their network of dedicated Apple stores worldwide
  • More customers exposed as big data breach grows (Reuters)
    April 4, 2011
    A man stands outside a Citi bank branch in New York August 13, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas JacksonReuters - The names and e-mails of customers of Citigroup Inc and other large U.S. companies, as well as College Board students, were exposed in a massive and growing data breach after a computer hacker penetrated online marketer Epsilon.


  • More customers exposed as big data breach grows
    April 4, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The names and e-mails of customers of Citigroup Inc and other large U.S. companies, as well as College Board students, were exposed in a massive and growing data breach after a computer hacker penetrated online marketer Epsilon.

  • IEEE Hopes to Drive Cloud Computing Standards
    April 4, 2011
    Standards organization IEEE has decided to get involved in cloud computing, starting with two development projects related to cloud interoperability, it said on...

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  • FT won't give up subscriber relationship to Apple
    April 4, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - The Financial Times wants to keep selling subscriptions for its digital news directly to readers rather than surrender control of new customers who sign up via Apple's iPad, the managing director of FT.com said.

  • Sony CEO reveals secret iPhone 5 details
    April 4, 2011
    Sir Howard Stringer, CEO of Sony, accidentally told everyone in the world that his company will be supplying image sensors for Apple's iPhone 5.

  • Aruba Rolls out Wi-Fi Mesh Gear From Azalea Deal
    April 4, 2011
    Aruba Networks is introducing the first fruits of its acquisition of Azalea Networks this week, boosting the speed of the wireless mesh gear with IEEE 802.11n...

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  • NYT Paywall Cost $40 Million: How?
    April 4, 2011
    An anonymous reader submits this musing from Philip Greenspun's blog: "Aside from wondering who will pay more than the cost of a Wall Street Journal subscription in order to subscribe to the New York Times, my biggest question right now is how the NY Times spent a reported $40-50 million writing the code (Bloomberg; other sources are consistent). Google was financed with $25 million. The New York Times already had a credit card processing system for selling home delivery. It already had a database
  • Nokia says Microsoft talks on schedule
    April 4, 2011
    HELSINKI (Reuters) - Talks between Nokia, the world's largest cellphone maker by volume, and Microsoft on a software deal are on schedule and a large number of Nokia Windows phones should be sold in 2012.

  • How to land a job at Facebook
    April 4, 2011
    So you want to work at Facebook, one of the world's hottest companies -- what do you have to get your foot in the door and get noticed?

  • Freemake Video Converter 2.1.2.0
    April 4, 2011
    Freemake offers free program for video converting - developed as alternative to popular paid software. “Free, easy and of high quality” are the fundamental principles of Freemake.

  • Blockbuster auction to decide video chain's owner
    April 4, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Multiple bidders are expected to vie for bankrupt movie rental chain Blockbuster Inc at an auction on Monday that will decide the company's next owner and amount of money available to pay off claims.

  • Lawson Software Takes Page From Apple With Marketplace
    April 4, 2011
    Lawson Software is taking a cue from Apple, Amazon and others, announcing on Monday the Lawson Marketplace, an online store where customers can use a credit card...

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  • Lawson Software Takes Page From Apple With Marketplace
    April 4, 2011
    Lawson Software is taking a cue from Apple, Amazon and others, announcing on Monday the Lawson Marketplace, an online store where customers can use a credit card...

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  • Next iPod Nano to get camera?
    April 4, 2011
    A picture of an iPod Nano case with a hole for a camera have surfaced on the site Apple.pro, leading to speculation that the next Nano will be able to capture video like the old fifth-generation Nano could.

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