Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Technical News - 13 April 2011


  • 4 methods to customize Android phones and tablets
    April 13, 2011
    One of the strengths of the Android platform is the level of customization that owners can use to tailor the user experience in every way. Here are my top customizations for Android devices.
  • Gamification godfather plans day-long mini-summits across the US
    April 13, 2011
    If youââ¬â¢re interested in the whole gamification concept, but are not sure really what it can do for you -- outside of slapping a few badges on your website and hoping for the best -- you might...
  • Lenovo reportedly planning 23-inch tablet for this year
    April 13, 2011
    Do you wish the 10.1-inch Lenovo LePad was just a bit bigger? Would a 23-inch tablet do the trick?
  • Logitech Alert sets up HD video security on iPad
    April 13, 2011
    If you're worried about shady characters lurking around home or office, Logitech proposes its Alert digital video security system to keep an eye on things. Now you can too from anywhere using an iPad.
  • Nintendo slashing Wii price tag to $150?
    April 13, 2011
    If you've been holding out on buying a Nintendo Wii console, you might want to wait just a little bit longer.
  • Intel Thunderbolt developer kits will roll out this quarter
    April 13, 2011
    If you're a developer and excited about Intel's new Thunderbolt technology, good news. The development kits will be available shortly.
  • About that Windows 8 Milestone 1 leak ...
    April 13, 2011
    Yesterday you might have read that an early Milestone 1 build of Windows 8 was leaked and made its way to the usual download locations. You might be interested in grabbing yourself a copy so you...
  • Hands-on review: OtterBox cases for iPhone 4, BlackBerry Bold 9700 series
    April 13, 2011
    OtterBox brought a showcase of new protective smartphone cases to CTIA Wireless in March. Some of them are starting to roll out this month, and here's a hands-on review of the Commuter for the...
  • Another reason to eat those leafy greens
    April 13, 2011
    We techies often list vision loss as a major worry since so much of our time is spent staring at displays.
  • Microsoft apps: the road ahead
    April 13, 2011
    Microsoft's approach to the enterprise is radically different from a few years ago. It looks promising. Here's why.
  • Alienware goes massive with M18x gaming laptop behemoth
    April 13, 2011
    Alienware's working hard to fill out its gaming laptop lineup with options at every conceivable size. First, the M14x surfaced, and now it appears Dell's high-octane performance division is...
  • Software dev budgets picking up: It's still a .Net, Java world for now
    April 13, 2011
    Microsoft's .Net and Java are still winning the software development bake-off, but enterprises and SMBs are increasingly eyeing rich browser interfaces and open source frameworks.
  • RIM bets big bucks on Playbook success: Five key questions
    April 13, 2011
    Research in Motion will show off its PlayBook to select media types in New York and the divergence in expectations is notable. RIM is betting its dollars on a big PlayBook sales.
  • Open-Xchange partners with DIGITEC to support SugarCRM customers
    April 13, 2011
    Open-Xchange and DIGITEC team up to help SugarCRM users to synchronize Open-Xchange and SugarCRM solutions.
  • Cisco's Flip flop and consumer retreat: Did it go far enough?
    April 13, 2011
    Cisco downsized its consumer business, ditched the Flip camcorder and refocused Linksys and its fledgling Umi home telepresence system. The moves will save money and focus Cisco, but there's a...
  • Windows Phone Wednesday: Two new Xbox LIVE games this week
    April 13, 2011
    Microsoft continues to encourage development for its Windows Phone 7 platform and the number of apps is holding fairly steady at over 700 a week.
  • Retail sales up, consumer spending holds up
    April 13, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. retail sales rose modestly in March as auto sales plunged and consumers stretched to pay for pricey gasoline, but upward revisions to the prior months' data pointed to fairly solid first-quarter spending.

  • Doha meeting reveals divisions on Libya
    April 13, 2011
    DOHA/TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Britain pressured other NATO members to step up ground attacks in Libya on Wednesday but cracks appeared in the alliance as foreign ministers met in Qatar to try to break the deadlock in the civil war.

  • JPMorgan Q1 profit up 67 percent, but is it repeatable?
    April 13, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co drastically cut the amount of money set aside for bad loans, allowing it to boost first-quarter profit by two-thirds but spurring analysts to question whether the growth can be repeated.

  • Readers: Adver-Kindle should be free
    April 13, 2011
    We wrote a story on Tuesday about a new version of the Kindle that will be $25 cheaper because it's supported by ads.

  • Motorola and Huawei settle trade secret dispute
    April 13, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Motorola Solutions Inc and China's Huawei Technologies Co have settled a legal dispute over trade secrets, clearing the way for Motorola to complete the sale of one of its business units to Nokia Siemens Networks.

  • BlizzCon 2011 ticket prices go up, are still underpriced
    April 13, 2011
    Blizzard has announced details on BlizzCon 2011, taking place October 21 and 22 in Anaheim, CA, and the prices have been raised once again. This year you'll be able to grab tickets for the show on May 21 and 25 for $175, tickets to the benefit dinner go on sale on May 28 for $500, and the virtual tickets for streaming video from the event will be $40. Information on the availability of those has yet to be announced.
    Ticket prices for the first three years of the event were $100

  • QOTD
    April 13, 2011
    QOTD DD Shorty
    “It was a gift from God to save Apple.”
    Former Apple Evangelist Guy Kawasaki on PageMaker

  • iPod to get WiFi syncing? It's about time
    April 13, 2011
    Apple may be considering using carbon fiber in its idevices because it works better with WiFi. Apple's acquisition of Liquidmetal and a pair of resin patents make things even more interesting.
  • New app Showyou shows you a social video grid
    April 13, 2011
    The aesthetically pleasing app for iPad or iPhone allows easy browsing of the videos your friends are sharing on Facebook and Twitter. The aim, the founding team says, is to shake up the TV business.
  • Report: Wii price cut to $150 in the works
    April 13, 2011
    A $50 price cut is supposedly coming as soon as May 15 as a way to boost dipping sales, according to Engadget.
  • Obama deficit plan to seek tax reform, spending cuts
    April 13, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will propose tax reform, defense savings and changes in government healthcare spending Wednesday as criticism swells over his leadership on curbing a bloated U.S. budget deficit.

  • How to Hack Qaddafi's Cellphone Network (The Atlantic Wire)
    April 13, 2011
    The Atlantic Wire - The Libyan rebels are back on the grid thanks to a telecom executive from Alabama, an airplane napkin and several million dollars worth of equipment. Ousama Abushagur, a Libyan-American living in Abu Dhabi, teamed up with two childhood friends and built a pirate cell phone network to replace the one that Qaddafi shut down after violence broke out in February. Up to the hackers' first phone call on April 2, the rebels had been communicating on the battle field using flag signals
  • Ex-Ford engineer sentenced for trade secrets theft
    April 13, 2011
    DETROIT (Reuters) - A Chinese engineer who stole Ford Motor Co trade secrets was sentenced to almost six years in prison, said the U.S. Attorney's office in Detroit.

  • NZL Govt Rushes Thru Controversial Anti-Piracy Law
    April 13, 2011
    netsukeninja writes "The New Zealand government has surprised the public and even some MPs by moving to rush through its controversial 3 strikes-style legislation today. The new measures will allow for users to be disconnected from the Internet for up to 6 months, based on infringement claims from copyright holders."
    Read more of this story at Slashdot.



  • Schneider denial fails to kill Tyco bid talk
    April 13, 2011
    PARIS (Reuters) - Schneider Electric tried in vain on Wednesday to quash rumors that it planned to buy Tyco International after the French engineering company's stock was hammered by worries about a capital hike.

  • Motorola and Huawei settle legal disputes
    April 13, 2011
    Huawei, fearing that trade secrets might be revealed, had been seeking to block Motorola's sale of its wireless equipment business to Nokia Siemens.
  • Solar concentrator graces university rooftop
    April 13, 2011
    Start-up Chromasun gets customer for solar concentrator adapted for commercial rooftops that creates heat from sunlight to both heat or cool buildings.
  • Bang & Olufsen will not rule out divestments: CEO
    April 13, 2011
    COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish luxury electronics maker Bang & Olufsen will not rule out divestments and is confident the flat development in its core audio-video business can be turned around, its Chief Executive told Reuters.

  • Final Cut Pro X: Apple Previews $299 Version
    April 13, 2011
    Apple said the new app has been 'rebuilt from ground up,' and that it will support 64-bit, allowing it to render video and effects instantly in the background, similar to iMovie.

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  • Facebook To Be 'Biggest Bank' By 2015
    April 13, 2011
    angry tapir writes "The explosion of social networking commerce will lead to the unlikely candidate of Facebook becoming the world's biggest bank by the middle of the decade, according to a technology observer and entrepreneur. People who don't have a Facebook account should get one or risk having a financial profile created for them says founder and president of Metal International, Ken Rutkowski."
    Read more of this story at Slashdot.



  • Does the world need (another) Twitter for video?
    April 13, 2011
    Two new apps, Tout and Vlix, try--and fail--to unseat the recently launched SocialCam.
  • Too Much Information? Noninvasive Genetic Tests for the Unborn
    April 13, 2011
    Today expectant parents concerned about the diseases that could afflict their unborn children don’t have a lot of options. Blood tests can determine whether parents carry mutations for such genetic diseases as cystic fibrosis and Tay-Sachs, but they can’t determine whether the baby will inherit them. And although fetuses can be tested for Down syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities using amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling, about 1 percent of procedures cause miscarriage

  • Zoom to make 3G phones with Qualcomm chips
    April 13, 2011
    (Reuters) - Zoom Technologies Inc signed a license agreement with chipmaker Qualcomm Inc, allowing the Chinese mobile phone maker to develop and sell 3G products using Qualcomm's chip patents, sending its shares soaring 61 percent in pre-market trade.

  • Students use cameras, YouTube to reveal Misrata siege
    April 13, 2011
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Libyan students are using mobile phones, an amateur video camera and YouTube to offer a glimpse of the war in the besieged city of Misrata where journalists are prevented from reporting freely.

  • Tcl Announces NaTcl: Native Client Tcl
    April 13, 2011
    Minix writes "Tcl has announced the first scripting language to be supported by NaCl (Google's native client,) giving Tcl programs direct access to Chrome's DOM and marking the first such scripting language alternative to JavaScript. A demonstration of direct Tcl access to HTML5's Canvas is given. A variant of Tk for Native Client will soon follow. Web applications can right now be written completely in Tcl, as the original HTML specifications intended :)"
    Read more of this story at Slashdot

  • Foxconn says looking at investment opportunities in Brazil
    April 13, 2011
    TAIPEI (Reuters) - Foxconn Technology Group, maker of Apple Inc's iPhone and iPad, said it is looking at investment opportunities in Brazil in line with its strategy of "being where the market is," a plan that would boost its presence in a fast-growing market for electronic devices.

  • Antec Announces Kuhler H2O 920 Liquid CPU Cooler
    April 13, 2011
    Features double-thick radiators cooled by dual 120mm fans

  • iPhone 4 for India and iPhone 5 for US?
    April 13, 2011
    iPhone 4 has been announced in India only now though it was released way back in June 2010 in the US

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