Thursday, April 7, 2011

Technical News - 07 April 2011

  • Suck it, Android - teens want an iPhone
    April 7, 2011
    Android has risen to the top thanks to a diverse ecosystem of handset manufacturers, but as an aspirational brand, Apple remains dominant in the minds of young people. That shouldn't be...
  • Dell launches vStart, preassembled data center gear
    April 7, 2011
    Dell rolled out vStart, preassembled data center racks that include servers, storage, cabling and management software ready out of the box.
  • Gartner drinks the 2015 Microsoft-Nokia Kool-Aid too
    April 7, 2011
    Gartner---and IDC---are basing a 2012 to 2015 Windows Phone 7 market share surge on faith in Nokia. I don't see how you can have that much faith given what we've seen from Nokia so far.
  • Microsoft readies three new Office service packs
    April 7, 2011
    Microsoft plans to deliver the first service packs for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 in "mid-summer" 2011.The Softies also plan to deliver service pack 1 for Office 2011 for Mac the week of...
  • IBM expands cloud portfolio, launches SmartCloud
    April 7, 2011
    IBM will outline plans for its next-generation cloud platform---and effort dubbed SmartCloud. IBM's aim is to move beyond experimentation and push more enterprises to cloud computing.
  • Pogoplug Video arrives for streaming anytime, anywhere
    April 7, 2011
    Pogoplug has a new storage and sharing device, and this time it's all about streaming videos.
  • HTC: Quietly brilliant to the top of the heap
    April 7, 2011
    The meteoric rise of Android in the smartphone space is benefiting a number of companies, chief among them Taiwan-based HTC. The company is taking its "quietly brilliant" campaign to the top.
  • Samsung backtracks about Galaxy S II release date
    April 7, 2011
    Yesterday, Samsung India tweeted that the Galaxy S II wouldn't launch worldwide until June. Today, Samsung Tomorrow says otherwise. Is this really just a budding Twitter war between Samsung accounts?
  • Acer Aspire Z5761 all-in-one sports touch screen, TV tuner, 8 USB ports
    April 7, 2011
    A new all-in-one desktop has been unveiled this morning. Acer's Aspire Z5761 already looks lovely on the outside, so let's see what it has to offer on the inside.
  • New Windows 7 installs and IE: Security risk?
    April 7, 2011
    When you launch IE in Windows after an initial install, the first page you see is Microsoft's MSN portal. One day, Windows users could open that MSN home page and get slammed with malware hiding...
  • Gartner: Android to capture 38 percent of smartphone market in 2011
    April 7, 2011
    Given that analysts never really saw Android or iOS coming, I tend to take long-term predictions/forecasts/guesses* (delete as applicable) with a pinch of salt. But for the short-term these...
  • AMD rolls out budget-friendly Radeon HD 6450, Radeon HD 6790 desktop graphics cards
    April 7, 2011
    While all the talk lately has been about high-end dual-GPU monsters like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 and the AMD Radeon HD 6990, AMD has quietly released a pair of new boards with more economical...
  • IBM's Inna Kuznetsova speaks about virtualization
    April 7, 2011
    IBM presents its views on changing the economics of virtualization. In the end, however, only a small part of what IBM has in its virtualization portfolio was mentioned.
  • Poll: Windows 8: What do you want, and what do you need?
    April 7, 2011
    Quick poll: Most of you are part-enterprise, part-consumers. With this in mind, what do you want out of Microsoft's next generation operating system, Windows 8?
  • Enterprise software's interface risk: Going hogwild mimicking Facebook
    April 7, 2011
    As I approach my 1 millionth briefing about how all businesses will be social and how enterprise apps are like Facebook, I can't help but wonder what happens if we all get sick of Mark...
  • Why I dumped Firefox for Chromium
    April 7, 2011
    After using Firefox for six years, I've finally come to the end of the road with it. Learn why, as well as why I chose Chromium to replace it as my primary Web browser.
  • Google's Rubin defends Android's open source cred
    April 7, 2011
    Google's Android chief Andy Rubin took on reports that Android is stepping away from an open source strategy, but doesn't address specifics.
  • Disable Sticky Keys and Filter Keys warning messages in Windows
    April 7, 2011
    Bill Detwiler shows you how to Disable Sticky Keys and Filter Keys warning messages through the Windows Control Panel.
  • US to use Facebook, Twitter to issue terror alerts (AP)
    April 7, 2011
    FILE - In this March 12, 2002 file photo, the color-coded terrorism warning system is shown in Washington. The government's color-coded warning system is being replaced with a more specific and informative plan that would offer two levels of alerts — elevated and imminent. According to a draft Homeland Security Department plan obtained by The Associated Press, the public could see the warnings on Facebook and Twitter. (AP Photo/Joe Marquette, File)AP - The U.S. government's new system to replace the five color-coded terror alerts will have two levels of warnings — elevated and imminent — that will be relayed to the public only under certain circumstances for limited periods of time, sometimes using Facebook and Twitter, according to a draft Homeland Security Department plan obtained by The Associated Press.


  • ECB hikes rates, says move not planned as first of many
    April 7, 2011
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank raised interest rates for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis on Thursday but signaled it was not necessarily the start of a series of similar steps.

  • Obama and Congress to try reaching spending-cut deal
    April 7, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and leaders in Congress will attempt to reach a spending-cut deal on Thursday that would avert a dangerous government shutdown at week's end.

  • French strikes hit Gbagbo forces in Ivory Coast
    April 7, 2011
    ABIDJAN (Reuters) - French forces hit military vehicles belonging to troops loyal to Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo during a helicopter-borne mission that rescued Japan's ambassador to the West African country on Thursday.

  • Dell eyes $1 billion for data centers
    April 7, 2011
    The PC and server maker plans to use the billion-dollar investment to fuel a major expansion in cloud product areas, targeting enterprises with high-margin products.
  • Portugal to get aid before June polls: EU source
    April 7, 2011
    LISBON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission expects a formal request from Portugal for aid "soon" and a deal will probably be agreed to ease its debt crisis before a new government is elected on June 5, officials said on Thursday.

  • Epsilon Breach Used Four-month-old Attack
    April 7, 2011
    schliz writes "Marketing giant Epsilon knew that it was vulnerable to an attack for "some months" before suffering a high-profile breach last week. According to Epsilon's technology partner ReturnPath, the breach was part of a series of socially engineered attacks discovered in November."
    Read more of this story at Slashdot.



  • Retailers' March sales not as bleak as expected
    April 7, 2011
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - March was not as bad as expected for many retailers, suggesting that shoppers largely ignored higher gasoline prices and other concerns to treat themselves.

  • Samsung tab to break the $350 price barrier
    April 7, 2011
    Samsung announced will sell a Wi-Fi-only version of the Galaxy tab for $349. The move is an attempt to challenge the dominance of the iPad, but can a $350 tablet do any significant damage?
  • Samsung eyeing weak first-quarter results
    April 7, 2011
    Giving estimates ahead of official first-quarter results, Samsung expects lower operating profits as it faces sluggish demand for LCDs and intense competition in the tablet market.
  • Google to invest $5 million in German solar plant
    April 7, 2011
    The solar photovoltaic power plant, sited east of Berlin, is expected to provide clean energy to more than 5,000 homes in the surrounding area.
  • My, What Long Telomeres You Have
    April 7, 2011
    Doctors routinely urge their patients to quit smoking and exercise regularly. But what if there were a blood test that could show smokers and couch potatoes the damage their lifestyle was actually wreak­ing on their chromosomes?
    Two groups of prominent researchers have started companies to provide just such a test, which would measure the length of one’s telomeres. Telomeres are caps on the ends of chromosomes, protecting them much as plastic tips on the ends of shoelaces keep the laces

  • Relentless Facebook Self-Promoters are Narcissists
    April 7, 2011
    A study confirms what Facebook friends of narcissists already knew (and don't 'like').

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  • Manage Your Kids' IOS App Purchases
    April 7, 2011
    The App Store makes it quick and easy to buy and download new software for your iOS device. But for the parents of iPhone-, iPad-, or iPod touch-toting kids...

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  • Spear Phishing: The Real Danger Behind the Epsilon Data Breach
    April 7, 2011
    Spear phishing is much harder to detect because these scams are more directly targeted and the bad guys know something about their target, making the scam much more likely to appear legit.

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  • Cash on mobiles trialled in shops
    April 7, 2011
    Thousands of shops across the UK are getting ready for a nationwide roll-out of NFC technology in mobiles phones.
  • Five Libya rebels said killed by NATO strike
    April 7, 2011
    AJDABIYAH, Libya (Reuters) - A NATO air strike killed at least five rebels near the Libyan port of Brega on Thursday, medics said, and insurgents reported Muammar Gaddafi's forces killed five more in a bombardment of besieged Misrata.

  • Sony Japan: NGP to Ship on Time After All?
    April 7, 2011
    Sony spokesperson says Bloomberg story about possible Japan quake-related NGP delays is "wrong."

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  • Fired Gucci Employee Accused of Attacking Network
    April 7, 2011
    WrongSizeGlass writes "Computer World, Information Week, The Register are all reporting on the story of a former Gucci IT employee who is accused of a November 2010 assault on Gucci's network deleting files and virtual servers, taking a storage area network offline, and deleting mailboxes from the corporate email server. The lost productivity is estimated at $200,000. Sam Chihlung Yin, 34, of Jersey City, NJ, allegedly created a fake VPN token in the name of a non-existent employee which he tricked
  • Gartner: Android market share to near 50 percent
    April 7, 2011
    Android will easily best all smartphone OS competitors this year and nab nearly 50 percent market share in 2012, predicts the market researcher.
  • Cameraphone sales seen topping 1 billion in 2011
    April 7, 2011
    HELSINKI (Reuters) - Sales of cameraphones will grow to more than 1 billion handsets this year, helped by fast growth at the high end of the market, research firm Strategy Analytics said on Thursday.

  • Smartphones surging, Nokia to tumble: analysts (Reuters)
    April 7, 2011
    A model demonstrates a Nexus One smartphone, the first mobile phone Google will sell directly to consumers based on its Android platform, after a news conference at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California January 5, 2010. REUTERS/Robert GalbraithReuters - Growing demand for phones running on Google's Android platform will help the smartphone market grow in 2011, boosting companies like HTC and Samsung Electronics who are betting on the platform.


  • Smartphones surging, Nokia to tumble: analysts
    April 7, 2011
    HELSINKI (Reuters) - Growing demand for phones running on Google's Android platform will help the smartphone market grow in 2011, boosting companies like HTC and Samsung Electronics who are betting on the platform.

  • Does Google Have a Mole at Twitter?
    April 7, 2011
    According to a report, Google made a million-dollar counteroffer to one of its employees before he even told Google he was considering an offer from Twitter.

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  • YouTube TV
    April 7, 2011
    GameStop may create a gaming tablet, Netflix acquires the rights to stream "Mad Men," and YouTube may craft original content on new channels.
  • Cisco's network gets a tune up
    April 6, 2011
    Cisco CEO John Chambers has been bold in his experimentation with ââ¬Åco-ordinate and cultivateââ¬? over ââ¬Åcommand and controlââ¬? at the helm of the forty billion dollar global behemoth over the...
  • GameStop launches Facebook storefront
    April 7, 2011
    Video game retailer opens a store for Facebook users. From the social network, people can preorder games, buy titles, and redeem PowerUp Rewards.

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