Saturday, April 9, 2011

Technical News - 09 April 2011

  • New Gasoline Engine Prototype Claims 3X Current Engine Efficiency
    April 9, 2011
    erfnet writes "A cool new high-efficiency gasoline engine prototype has no radiator, no pistons, no valves, no transmission, and no fluids (except for the fuel). At first glance it has a few similarities with the Wankel engine, but is more advanced. The engine is only suited for hybrid-electric vehicles, but that's okay. The efficiency they are claiming: is over 3x what today's gasoline engines produce. The developers, a team at Michigan State University, hope to have this engine on the market in
  • Fighting erupts anew on Libya's eastern front
    April 9, 2011
    AJDABIYAH, Libya (Reuters) - Fighting erupted on the eastern front in Libya's civil war on Saturday as a Red Cross ship brought medical supplies to the besieged western city of Misrata, scene of bitter street battles.

  • Gbagbo forces regain ground in Abidjan
    April 9, 2011
    ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo, besieged in Ivory Coast's main city, have retaken ground and are edging closer to where rival presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara is holed up, the United Nations said.

  • Bahrain human rights activist "arrested and beaten up"
    April 9, 2011
    MANAMA (Reuters) - Bahrain has arrested and beaten a prominent human rights activist and members of his family, a rights group said on Saturday, after the kingdom launched a sweeping crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

  • Six die in Dutch shopping mall shooting
    April 9, 2011
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Six people were killed and at least 13 injured in a shooting incident at a shopping mall in the Dutch town of Alphen aan den Rijn on Saturday, the town's mayor told reporters.

  • EU wants more Portugal austerity as EU unions protest
    April 9, 2011
    GODOLLO, Hungary (Reuters) - EU finance ministers on Saturday urged Portugal to commit to reforms and defended the region's austerity steps as tens of thousands of European workers protested in Budapest against spending cuts.

  • Tweet If You See Osama
    April 9, 2011
    Analysis: The Department of Homeland Security plans to issue terror alerts via Facebook and Twitter. Is Cringely the only one who thinks this may be a bad idea?

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  • Suicide attack hits Afghan army bus in Kabul: police
    April 9, 2011
    KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber attacked an Afghan army bus on the outskirts of Kabul on Saturday, wounding up to 10 soldiers and civilians, less than a week after a suicide attack on a foreign military base in the city, a police spokesman said.

  • Late budget deal avoids costly shutdown
    April 9, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and congressional leaders struck a last-minute budget deal on Friday to narrowly avert a government shutdown that would have hit the economy and idled hundreds of thousands of workers.

  • No U.S. Government Shutdown This Week
    April 9, 2011
    A Reader writes "If you were hoping for a government shutdown today, you are going to be disappointed. In a last-hour cliffhanger, Democrats and Republicans managed to agree with each other enough to keep the government funded for the rest of the current fiscal year. Since the budget bill that finally passed was a compromise, no one is happy with it. So it goes. That's how things work in a representative government."
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  • Why You May Not Need Facebook to Sell Stuff
    April 9, 2011
    A Forrester study says Facebook offers online retailers few returns.

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  • Week in science: little particles, big gravity
    April 9, 2011
    Is gravity not actually a force? Forcing theory to meet experiments: Is gravity a result of differences in informational density? Or is this theory too far out there to address all the issues present in modern physics? Here, we take a look at a recent proposal that purports to change how we view the world, and a counter-proposal that says nothing has changed.
    Tevatron data suggests new, unknown particle—but not the Higgs: Researchers find signs that a particle with a mass

  • Geek's guide to Route 66, part 1
    April 9, 2011
    A blogger with an iPad 2, hybrid car, two digital cameras, a Bluetooth keyboard, and a pair of five-toed shoes heads out to uncover the geeky goodness that lurks around the bend on Route 66.
  • Photosynth Gets a Little Competition
    April 9, 2011
    andres32a writes "Using existing open-source Structure From Motion Libraries and incorporating a WebGL pointcloud viewer, we have created a new website called 3dtubeme.com that allows users to create and share on the web amazing 3d models using virtually any digital camera. Point clouds are dramatically denser than Photosynth, and best of all... it works on any WebGL browser!"
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  • Top-rated reviews of the week (photos)
    April 9, 2011
    Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, the GE X5 digital camera, the Nokia Astound smartphone, and more.
  • PayPal security chief on Epsilon breach and more (Q&A)
    April 9, 2011
    CIO Michael Barrett talks with CNET about the need to choose data outsourcers wisely in light of the Epsilon breach, why PayPal isn't re-issuing SecurIDs after the RSA breach, and other matters.
  • All Star Trek TV Coming To Netflix
    April 9, 2011
    tekgoblin writes "This is great news for all the Star Trek fans out there. Starting in July, every episode from every Star Trek series will be available for Instant Watch over Netflix. Right now Star Trek TOS is available for Instant Watch, and the movies, but that's all. Soon it will all be here for our viewing pleasure."
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  • Parish declares that Facebook and Christianity don't mix
    April 8, 2011
    A Chicago parish is advising its members to keep kids away from Facebook.
  • 6 Useful CSS Button Recipes You Can Copy & Paste
    April 9, 2011
    CSS3 is completely changing the game for creating buttons on the web. Techniques that were once only possible with images are now easily executable with just a few lines of code. For this post we custom built six attractively styled CSS buttons for you to copy and paste right into your projects, zero attribution required.
  • 5 Popular PHP Template Engines Worth Checking Out
    April 9, 2011
    Do you remember the excitement you felt the first time you uploaded an HTML page to a Web server? After all, the ability to update a page and make it available to the world in mere moments is a pretty mind-blowing concept, leaving little wonder why the Web has risen to become a global phenomenon in such a short period of time.
  • Once upon a time there was Ustream. Then came YouTube Live.
    April 8, 2011
    YouTube begins live streaming with "partners in good standing" today. The implications, though, with millions of daily users, are considerable.
  • Merck's Drug Propecia Linked To Sexual Dysfunction
    April 8, 2011
    zaxios writes "Merck — the pharmaceutical giant previously featured on Slashdot for drawing up a 'hit list' of doctors that criticized its drug Vioxx, and creating a fake medical journal to endorse its products — is embroiled in a new scandal. USA Today is reporting on two new studies that show Propecia, Merck's $250 million prescription medication for baldness, can make men irreversibly impotent. Lawsuits have been filed in the United States and Canada from men claiming to have permanently
  • First impressions of the Samsung SCH-LC11 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot
    April 8, 2011
    The FedEx guy dropped off the Samsung SCH-LC11 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot today, the wireless hotspot from Verizon. I've only had the Samsung for a few hours so all I can offer are initial thoughts...
  • Android tablet on the cheap: Acer Iconia A500 is the XOOM "Light"
    April 8, 2011
    Acer's Iconia A500 tablet features the same exact hardware specifications as Motorola's XOOM, but with half the flash storage and $150 cheaper.
  • MotorStorm: Apocalypse (PS3)
    April 8, 2011
    The best arcade racer so far this year

  • GPU-Z 0.5.3
    April 8, 2011
    GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.

  • Gaming Is the Most Popular Use For Tablets
    April 8, 2011
    The Guardian's Games blog reports on a survey from Google's Admob, which found that more people use tablets for gaming than for any other purpose, even viewing news or email. Quoting: "According to the survey (PDF), 84% of tablet owners play games, ahead of even searching for information (78%), emailing (74%) and reading the news (61%). 56% of tablet owners use social networking services on their device, while 51% consume music and/or videos, and 46% read ebooks. ... The survey found that 38% of
  • FastPictureViewer 1.5 Build 184 (32-bit)
    April 8, 2011
    FastPictureViewer, an image viewer designed for photographers. Now with powerful workflow tools helping to automate file management duties like copy, move, delete, save-for-web and more.

  • What does the Google-ITA deal mean for consumers?
    April 8, 2011
    Will Google's new flight data toy, ITA Software, not destroy the competition because of the DOJ's restrictions? There will definitely be travel site casualties, but consumers should benefit all...
  • Celebrating Yuri's spirit of exploration (photos)
    April 8, 2011
    At Yuri's Night Education Day, NASA opens the hangar doors to the spirit of enthusiastic education.
  • 4G MiFi vs. Phone as hotspot: Convenience or battery?
    April 8, 2011
    High-speed 4G networks tax device batteries to the limit. Using a phone as a mobile hotspot may not be as feasible as getting a 4G MiFi for heavy users.
  • Fujifilm announces top-of-the-line FinePix Z900EXR ultracompact camera with touchscreen
    April 8, 2011
    Fujifilm announces a new addition to its Z Series ultracompact camera line with a backside-illuminated EXR CMOS sensor.
  • Google seals ITA deal but antitrust review looms
    April 8, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department approved Google Inc's purchase of ITA Software with stiff conditions on Friday, and left the door open to a larger probe into whether Google manipulates search results to hurt rivals.

  • Mac games get a shot in the arm from iOS
    April 8, 2011
    With the advent of the Mac App Store, games which started their lives on iOS have been trickling on to the Mac. Ease of porting and a simple, Apple-managed distribution system built in to...
  • Are computer gamers less likely to go to university?
    April 8, 2011
    An Oxford University study suggests teen gamers could be less likely to reach higher education. Has gaming shaped your educational future?
  • DOJ approves Google's ITA purchase with conditions
    April 8, 2011
    The Department of Justice approved Google's purchase of travel data provider ITA Software with conditions. Specifically, the DOJ will require Google to develop and license travel software,...
  • Apple investigating Verizon iPad 2 3G issue
    April 8, 2011
    A bug that has some owners of the Verizon flavor of iPad 2 needing to reboot the device to re-enable the 3G after turning it off is being investigated by Apple.
  • Facebook shares green technology
    April 8, 2011
    Facebook has announced that it will share the design secrets behind its new data centre with rival companies.
  • Canon grants XF305 and XF300 pro camcorders with 3D power
    April 8, 2011
    Canon is boosting the recording features on the XF305 and XF300 professional camcorders with 3D capabilities. However, there is a catch.
  • Must-have Firefox mobile add-ons
    April 8, 2011
    Firefox 4 Mobile may be new and its add-on catalog small, but that doesn't mean that there aren't some excellent extensions available. This collection of essential add-ons will get you started.
  • Aurasma brings static objects and images to life (podcast)
    April 8, 2011
    Technology will enable smartphone and tablet apps to recognize physical objects and images and layer virtual objects over them.
  • Google's Page makes first changes to management
    April 8, 2011
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc CEO Larry Page streamlined decision-making in six key product groups, including social networking and mobile, as the Internet search giant revs up efforts to compete with Facebook and Apple Inc.

  • Windows 8 SmartScreen file checker - Smart feature or more 'dumb dialog box' security?
    April 8, 2011
    If early leaked screenshots are to be believed (and the feature survives without being canned for some reason or another) Microsoft is to bake into Windows 8 a file verification tool based on the...
  • Panasonic testing Android-based eX3 in-flight entertainment system
    April 8, 2011
    Sometimes those movie rentals available on the back of the seat in front of you just aren't enough to get you through a long flight. Panasonic is doing something about it.
  • Amazing videos of SpaceShipTwo in flight
    April 8, 2011
    Two videos taken from the window of a Virgin America flight show Virgin Galactic's futuristic space-worthy plane flying close by.

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