Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Technical News - 12 April 2011


  • HTC Sensation 4G officially debuts; 1.2GHz CPU, 4.3-inch qHD display
    April 12, 2011
    HTC held that event we've all been waiting for today in London. One of the big announcements was the 4G-enabled HTC Sensation, and it's certainly worth a look or two (or many).
  • Ad-supported Kindle announced -- it's not the big story
    April 12, 2011
    If Amazon's goal is to get Kindles in more hands, and sell more ebooks in the process, then it doesn't need ad-supported Kindles that are only slightly cheaper than retail. It just needs to...
  • R.I.P. Flip Video
    April 12, 2011
    Cisco has announced that it is shuttering the Flip Video business that it acquired back in March 2009.
  • Ad supported Kindle coming to Amazon - $114
    April 12, 2011
    Book giant Amazon.com has unveiled a new, lower-priced version of the Kindle ebook reader that exchanges ads for a lower upfront cost.
  • Cisco shutters Flip business, takes consumer mulligan
    April 12, 2011
    Cisco will shutter and realign its consumer businesses toward its enterprise customers, including its Flip pocket videocamera line and its Eos media solutions business.
  • White House plans to win the future by beating Angry Birds (seriously)
    April 12, 2011
    Congress and the Obama administration are conceding the future of our wireless broadband infrastructure to the carriers and their penny-wise, pound-foolish pricing structures.
  • Fujitsu report compares green IT credentials across financial services sector
    April 12, 2011
    Which industry stands to gain the most from energy efficiency, power management, and other green IT strategies?According to research funded by technology giant Fujitsu, the answer is financial...
  • Cloudera's latest Hadoop stack generally available
    April 12, 2011
    Cloudera launched the third version of its Hadoop distribution with the aim of creating a data storage and analysis stack.
  • Should universities allow student devices on the network?
    April 12, 2011
    Striking a balance between piracy, productivity and academic freedom: or restricted bandwidth, page blockers and website monitoring.
  • Movie theater chains ready to fight against premium video-on-demand offerings
    April 12, 2011
    We have no idea yet whether the decision by a group of film studios to test offering new movies on demand for $30 per pop a mere few weeks after they are released will be a hit, but it is...
  • Paul Ceglia vs. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg: Here's the complaint and it's a good read
    April 12, 2011
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg won a legal victory over Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss and now the legal Whac-A-Mole continues. Paul Ceglia now claims he deserves 50 percent of Facebook because he...
  • Nasuni solves tricky cloud storage problems
    April 12, 2011
    Nasuni File addresses back up and security problems with cloud storage.
  • Will Apple put EMC's Isilon unit on the map?
    April 12, 2011
    Apple has reportedly bought 12 petabytes of storage from EMC's Isilon unit, which was acquired late last year for $2.25 billion. Aside from stoking Apple cloud talk, the deal would give Isilon an...
  • Can Intel make an Atom tablet play? Jury is out
    April 12, 2011
    Intel has launched its Atom processor designed for tablets, but the jury is still out on whether it can really make headway in the ARM dominated market.
  • Avoid Tech, Don't Get Scalped In This Correction
    April 12, 2011
    Be forewarned. Knowing what to avoid in a market correction can be just as important as knowing what to buy in a rally. It’s no secret that the economy faces an already high and growing wall of worry. The list goes on and on: rising inflation, rising global interest rates, record budget deficits, tumbling global stock markets, a housing industry dropping further into a dark hole, consumer confidence declining again, political unrest in the Arab world and political animosity in the U.S. The
  • HTC overshadows Nokia at smartphone launches
    April 12, 2011
    HELSINKI/LONDON (Reuters) - The scale of the challenge facing Nokia in the all-important smartphones market was underscored on Tuesday when a powerful new handset from Taiwan's HTC overshadowed two new models from the Finnish giant.

  • Microsoft takes to the streetside
    April 12, 2011
    The tech giant launches rival to StreetView and reveals it will map wi-fi data.
  • Japan raises nuclear crisis to same level as Chernobyl
    April 12, 2011
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan put its nuclear calamity on a par with the world's worst nuclear disaster, Chernobyl, on Tuesday after new data showed that more radiation leaked from its earthquake-crippled power plant in the early days of the crisis than first thought.

  • Trade gap falls in February as trade contracts
    April 12, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The trade deficit shrank in February as imports fell more than exports, according to a government report on Tuesday that suggested a slowdown in global demand.

  • France, Britain say NATO must step up Libya bombing
    April 12, 2011
    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - France and Britain, who first launched air attacks on Libya in coalition with the United States, Tuesday criticized NATO'S bombing campaign, saying it must do more to stop Muammar Gaddafi bombarding civilians.

  • Rights groups condemn Egypt blogger jail sentence (Reuters)
    April 12, 2011
    Reuters - The sentencing of a blogger to jail for criticizing Egypt's army has drawn a chorus of objections from rights groups, who say the country's ruling military council is drawing red lines around free speech.
  • Rights groups condemn Egypt blogger jail sentence
    April 12, 2011
    CAIRO (Reuters) - The sentencing of a blogger to jail for criticizing Egypt's army has drawn a chorus of objections from rights groups, who say the country's ruling military council is drawing red lines around free speech.

  • Fifty Words On Madden NFL Football For 3DS
    April 12, 2011
    You've never seen such high-scoring football games. Stripped down version of Madden has limited offensive and defensive options, but it doesn't matter, because nearly every possession ends in a touchdown. The 3D display makes me hungry for a good football game on the 3DS. This isn't it.
  • EBay raises stake in Turkish site in latest deal (Reuters)
    April 12, 2011
    Visitors chat next to the Ebay logo at the CeBIT computer fair in Hanover March 2, 2011. REUTERS/Tobias SchwarzReuters - EBay Inc will buy most of the stake it does not already own in a Turkish auction website, in its latest move to strengthen its main marketplaces business.


  • Belarus hunts culprits after deadly metro bomb
    April 12, 2011
    MINSK (Reuters) - Police in Belarus carried out spot checks on roads and at stations and airports on Tuesday after a bomb blast tore through a crowded metro station in the capital Minsk, killing at least 12 people.

  • Fellow Hackers Blast Geohot For Sony Settlement
    April 12, 2011
    RedEaredSlider writes "The hacker who settled with Sony after the company sued him for modifying his PlayStation 3 console is getting a lot of flak for not taking the fight further. 'Night Breed' [wrote], 'So basically you settled for a job and took people's money, giving them a false hope of settling for their rights? What do you plan to do with the money that was donated to you to provide a cushion for the legal battle? I hope you will be paying all those people back since you obviously didn't
  • Xbox Live may be getting free-to-play games next year, unnamed source says (Digital Trends)
    April 12, 2011
    Digital Trends - It’s generally a good idea to steer clear of rumors, but this is a fairly juicy one and it certainly makes a lot of sense from a business perspective. There’s a report from IGN via a “trusted source” that sometime next year, free-to-play games like Dungeon Fighter Online will be making their way to Xbox Live. Microsoft has a clear edge over the competition in the video game space with regards to community building. Nintendo is mostly focused on creating a better at-home
  • Apple Doesn't Have an iPad Strategy, It has a Post-PC Strategy
    April 12, 2011
    We are looking at the forest instead of the trees when it comes to the current tablet wars between Apple (AAPL), Google’s (GOOG) Android platforms like Motorola (MMI) Xoom and Samsung’s Galaxy and Research in Motion’s  (RIMM)soon-to-ship PlayBook.
  • Portugal starts bailout talks; deal seen
    April 12, 2011
    LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal launched talks on Tuesday with European authorities and the IMF on a bailout the caretaker government said it needs to pay the country's dues from June, as politicians jostled ahead of a general election.

  • Cisco to shut down Flip cameras
    April 12, 2011
    Cisco Systems is shutting down its Flip video camera business as it overhauls its consumer products unit.
  • Nokia Ovi Store reaches 5 million daily downloads
    April 12, 2011
    The marketplace now offers over 40,000 apps--an "eight-fold" increase year over year, according to Nokia.
  • A Google a Day
    April 12, 2011
    Amazon offers a less-expensive, ad-supported Kindle, Sony introduces two new OLED monitors, and Google launches a trivia page that challenges your search skills.
  • HTC to launch new video service phone on Vodafone
    April 12, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC unveiled on Tuesday a new handset model that offers a library of movies and TV shows via a wide screen that will be available on the Vodafone network.

  • Amazon to sell cheaper Kindle with built-in ads
    April 12, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is now offering a version of its Kindle device for $25 less, but that electronic book reader will include advertising, the company said on Monday.

  • Workers Will Smash Their PCs To Get an Upgrade
    April 12, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "One in four office workers reckon that the best way to get a new work computer is to smash up the one they have — either that or to take it down to the junk shop themselves. Some 40 per cent of office workers complain that their aging workplace PC hurts their productivity and many are tempted to resort to extreme measures to get an upgrade, including taking a hammer to the aging beast on the desktop. Some ten per cent of UK workers said they'd even resort to buying
  • Nokia R&D Workers Prepare to Research and Develop New Job Leads
    April 12, 2011
    “We are not announcing how many and in what country. But there will be substantial reductions in employment in various locations around the world, and that too will affect Finland.”
    – Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, February 2011
    LAYOFFS_BOBS_THUMB When Nokia first announced its mobile alliance with Microsoft back in February, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop warned that job cuts would follow. He didn’t say when or how many, only that they’d be “substantial.” Today we’ve got a better idea of that what means.
    Finnish labor union Antti Rinne of Pro claims Nokia plans to cut up to 6,000 jobs in research and development. And it expects the cuts to be announced by the end of this month. That’s a massive reduction–about 38 percent of Nokia’s global R&D workforce–but a necessary one as the company transitions to its new smartphone strategy.
    Remember, Nokia’s R&D spend is nearly three times that of its rivals and about five times that of Apple. There’s little reason to continue to spend that kind of cash on research and development, now that the company’s dumped its own software platform in favor of Microsoft’s.

  • Cisco to overhaul troubled consumer products unit
    April 12, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc will shut down its Flip video camera business in an overhaul of its troubled consumer products business, following chief John Chambers' recent admission that the company had lost its way.

  • Screenshots allegedly reveal Windows 8 app store
    April 12, 2011
    Images leaked to a Chinese tech news site show what is allegedly a new app store that Microsoft will offer in Windows 8.
  • PadTab: The best (cheap) way to wall mount an iPad
    April 12, 2011
    PadTab is a great solution for wall mounting the iPad. At $20 it's a tool-less, screw-less alternative to mechanical fasteners, but you're going to need more wall mounts..
  • Cisco gives Flip video biz the boot
    April 12, 2011
    The company is ditching its Flip video camera business, which it bought for $590 million just two years ago, as it makes "tough decisions" meant to get it back on track.
  • US Police Increasingly Peeping at E-mail, Instant Messages
    April 12, 2011
    Law enforcement organizations are making tens of thousands of requests for private electronic information from companies such as Sprint, Facebook and AOL, but...

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  • Looking Down on Deforestation: Brazil Sharpens Its Eyes in the Sky to Snag Illegal Rainforest Loggers
    April 12, 2011
    Brazil's clear-cut deforestation rate led the world just five years ago. And between 1995 and 2006 an average of 19,497 square kilometers of forest was cleared in the Amazon annually, or an area equal to that covered by roughly 14,700 American football fields.
    Starting in 2006, however, this trend reversed, and the figures started plummeting. Within four years the Brazilian government recorded a 60 percent drop in the nation's annual rate of deforestation; in 2010 it reached its lowest level since

  • Sony and Hotz settle hacking case
    April 12, 2011
    Sony has settled its lawsuit with an American hacker who unlocked the secure operating system on the PS3.
  • Glasses-Free 3D On iPad (Sorta)
    April 12, 2011
    johkir writes "The Engineering Human-Computer Interaction (EHCI) research group has created an apparent 3D effect on the iPad 2. Called the Head-Coupled Perspective, it uses the front camera to track the relative changes in the position of the user's head."
    Read more of this story at Slashdot.



  • Nokia unveils E6, X7 smartphones
    April 12, 2011
    The gadgets will be running Symbian Anna, which Nokia says will be the standard on a number of upcoming phones, even as Windows Phone 7 looms on the horizon.

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