Monday, May 30, 2011

Technical News - 30 May 2011

  • Bleak Outlook for Climate Change with Record CO2 output in 2010
    May 30, 2011
    After a dip in greenhouse gas emissions in 2009 emissions growth has rebounded dramatically to reach record levels in 2010.
  • Podcast: How I made it through college (and survived)
    May 30, 2011
    Podcast: Three years of the iGeneration column, and some of the highlights that you, the reader, contributed most towards.
  • Hardware 2.0 'Very Best Kit List' for June 2011
    May 30, 2011
    Welcome to the Hardware 2.0 "Very Best Kit List" for June 2011. Here I've put together a list of the best high-end and mid-range and budget components currently available. So if you're thinking of...
  • Does end of the Space Shuttle mean NASA lost its mojo?
    May 30, 2011
    The New York Times' David Pogue reports for CBS News on NASA's future. The big debate is whether the end of the Space Shuttle era means NASA has lost its way.
  • Microsoft: Will it be too late to tablet party? Not with Office optimized device
    May 30, 2011
    Microsoft's tablet strategy hasn't been much to get excited about, but there's a compelling case to be made that the software giant can play catch up---especially in the enterprise.
  • Days after being bought by Microsoft, Skype starts installing crapware on Windows systems without consent
    May 30, 2011
    Just days following the announcement that Microsoft is to buy Skype for a massive $8.5 billion, the company has begun pushing crapware called 'EasyBits Go' onto Windows systems without consent or...
  • Obama picks Dempsey as top military officer
    May 30, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday nominated General Martin Dempsey, who commanded troops in the Iraq war, as the top U.S. military officer.

  • Mladic could be sent to war crimes court in days
    May 30, 2011
    BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbia may send Ratko Mladic to face genocide charges in The Hague within four days, a justice official said on Monday, despite riots by nationalists angry at the Bosnian Serb general's capture after 16 years on the run.

  • German government wants nuclear exit by 2022 at latest
    May 30, 2011
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany plans to shut all nuclear reactors by 2022, Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition announced on Monday, in a policy reversal drawn up in a rush after the Fukushima disaster in Japan.

  • FIFA hit by "bought" World Cup claim
    May 30, 2011
    ZURICH (Reuters) - Accusations that Qatar bought the right to stage the 2022 World Cup deepened the corruption crisis at the heart of FIFA on Monday just as an apparently unscathed Sepp Blatter prepared to claim another term as president.

  • China's LinkedIn plots local recipe for growth
    May 30, 2011
    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - In a country where being connected is seen as crucial, Ushi, China's answer to LinkedIn, expects explosive growth over the next few years in the world's largest Internet market.

  • Mac OS X 10.7 Lion 'Nearly Ready'
    May 30, 2011
    The next generation of Mac OS X, Lion, is nearly ready for a full launch and is being tested internally at Apple, according to reports.

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  • Wants to Get to Second Base With Meetic
    May 30, 2011
    Online dating site has made an offer for the outstanding shares of French dating site Meetic, of which it is already a part owner, the company said on...

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  • Yemeni air force bombs al Qaeda-held city
    May 30, 2011
    SANAA/TAIZ (Reuters) - The Yemeni air force bombed an al Qaeda-held southern city on Monday and residents in another city said soldiers had opened fire on a demonstration and run protesters over with bulldozers, killing at least 15.

  • CNET Road Trip Picture of the Day Official Sweepstakes Rules
    May 30, 2011
    The official sweepstakes rules for the CNET Road Trip Picture of the Day sweepstakes, which runs from May 30 through August 7, 2011.
  • As RIM struggles, talk of a change at top surfaces (Reuters)
    May 30, 2011
    Reuters - The two men who made BlackBerry a household name may not have the luxury of time to fix Research In Motion's flagging fortunes.
  • As RIM struggles, talk of a change at top surfaces
    May 30, 2011
    TORONTO (Reuters) - The two men who made BlackBerry a household name may not have the luxury of time to fix Research In Motion's flagging fortunes.

  • Germany To End Nuclear Power By 2022
    May 30, 2011
    dcollins writes "Germany on Monday announced plans to become the first major industrialized power to shut down all its nuclear plants in the wake of the disaster in Japan, with a phase-out due to be wrapped up by 2022... Germany has 17 nuclear reactors on its territory, eight of which are currently off the electricity grid... Already Friday, the environment ministers from all 16 German regional states had called for the temporary order on the seven plants to be made permanent... Monday's decision
  • PlayStation 4: Not Forgotten, But Not Soon
    May 30, 2011
    Analysis: Sony stays on schedule by shipping the Playstation 4 within the next few years, while supporting the Playstation 3 until 2016 or later.

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  • Tanks storm central Syria town, 10 wounded: witness
    May 30, 2011
    AMMAN (Reuters) - Tanks stormed the town of Talbiseh on Monday, a day after surrounding it, and at least 10 people were wounded, a resident said, in an expanding military campaign in central Syria to crush dissent against Baathist rule.

  • Apple Jockeys to Boost iPad 2 Production
    May 30, 2011
    Apple has reportedly engaged a new backlight module supplier in order to boost production of the iPad 2.

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  • Retro robots and the remembrance of futures past
    May 30, 2011
    Artist Mike Rivamonte likes to create sculpture of robots and other such contraptions out of vintage materials: bike parts from the '30s and '40s, old microphones, TV tubes. The resulting work takes us back to the future.
  • Use Yahoo! for 7 Days to Win Free Coffee for a Year
    May 30, 2011
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    Yahoo! was the most visited website on the Internet a few years ago but they’ve slipped to the third place courtesy Facebook and Google. Almost everyone has an email account with Yahoo! Mail but many don’t use it as their primary email address anymore.
    Thus, in a possible bid to entice old users to check the various properties again, Yahoo! has launched a unique promotion in the U.S. where you may win a year of coffee if you are willing to sign-in to your Yahoo! account for seven consecutive days.
    For every 7 consecutive days you sign-in to the Yahoo! homepage, Yahoo! Mail, or Yahoo! Mobile we’ll give you one entry to win a year of premium coffee.
    To participate, all you need a valid Yahoo! email address and you should be a U.S. citizen. You can even snail mail your entries to Yahoo as mentioned in the rules book.
    The big question is – will an year of free coffee be enough to pull you back to Yahoo?
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  • EU racing to draft second Greek bailout: sources
    May 30, 2011
    BRUSSELS/ATHENS (Reuters) - The European Union is working on a second bailout package for Greece in a race to release vital loans next month and avert the risk of the euro zone country defaulting, EU officials said on Monday.

  • Space shuttle Endeavour heads back to Earth
    May 30, 2011
    US shuttle undocks from space station for the last time.
  • Linus Renames 2.6.40 Kernel To Linux 3.0, Announces Release Candidate
    May 30, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "Linus just released the first -rc of the next kernel series, but rather than continuing development as the Linux 2.6.40 kernel, he has renamed it to be the Linux 3.0 kernel." And he's tacked on a second dot and another zero (3.0.0), at least for now, because many scripts expect and rely on a three-part kernel version.
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  • Hackers post fake story about Tupac
    May 30, 2011
    Online hackers have pirated the PBS website and posted a false story claiming the rapper Tupac Shakur -- who has been dead for almost 15 years -- is alive and living in New Zealand.

  • Satyam Sets up Testing Center for MasterCard
    May 30, 2011
    Satyam Computer Services is setting up a business applications testing center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for payments company MasterCard, reflecting a growing...

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  • WinRAR 4.01 (32-bit)
    May 30, 2011
    WinRAR is an archiving utility that completely supports RAR and ZIP archives and is able to unpack CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, 7Z, Z archives. It consistently makes smaller archives than the competition, saving disk space and transmission costs.

  • Cyber-attack hits Lockheed Martin
    May 30, 2011
    US defence contractor Lockheed Martin says it has thwarted a significant cyber-attack.
  • The Most Popular Websites of 2011
    May 30, 2011
    Search analytics firm Compete recently released a list of the top 50 websites for the month of April 2011 according to the number of unique visitors.
    There are no surprises here and, other than a couple of fluctuations in the rankings, the sites that made it to the list last year are still around. Among video sharing websites, registered the maximum growth in terms of unique visitors while traffic to deal website Groupon grew more than 655% since the past year.

    The Top Websites for April 2011

    Rank Website Name Unique Visitors Yearly Change
    1 150,132,536 -0.34%
    2 137,917,539 13.33%
    3 137,281,886 2.02%
    4 123,404,304 22.42%
    5 86,836,886 48.43%
    6 81,157,591 6.01%
    7 74,978,780 12.71%
    8 73,799,209 8.95%
    9 72,369,485 4.21%
    10 67,372,294 -10.04%
    11 65,940,748 12.10%
    12 62,162,835 9.19%
    13 57,500,250 -5.52%
    14 54,508,628 -10.72%
    15 49,504,372 17.32%
    16 47,709,562 3.88%
    17 46,906,652 2.32%
    18 46,349,561 14.15%
    19 45,960,705 60.20%
    20 42,276,025 38.03%
    21 36,700,156 -9.61%
    22 36,178,431 24.64%
    23 33,728,429 11.58%
    24 33,459,473 1.92%
    25 33,129,869 52.15%
    26 32,876,686 -53.60%
    27 31,870,573 11.06%
    28 31,103,237 10.79%
    29 31,079,363 3.17%
    30 27,504,233 -0.75%
    31 26,432,079 5.86%
    32 25,744,344 12.12%
    33 25,671,467 4.82%
    34 23,787,667 -2.86%
    35 23,768,883 655.82%
    36 23,341,250 -13.93%
    37 21,514,439 -13.68%
    38 20,523,415 -23.97%
    39 20,077,436 57.38%
    40 19,690,984 -1.66%
    41 19,683,713 40.39%
    42 19,682,366 -4.02%
    43 19,452,462 33.94%
    44 19,348,832 25.28%
    45 19,244,361 3.58%
    46 18,440,068 11.74%
    47 18,405,154 -13.40%
    48 18,362,992 60.51%
    49 17,984,172 26.90%
    50 17,949,686 19.84%

    Also see: The Most Blocked Websites
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  • Skylon space plane gets a thumbs-up (images)
    May 30, 2011
    The European Space Agency gives the go-ahead for work on a prototype of Reaction Engines' radical design for a single-stage, fully reusable launch vehicle.
  • TechTree Presents: The DiRT 3 Launch Contest
    May 30, 2011
    Your chance to win three copies of Codemasters DiRT 3.

  • PS4 In Active R&D
    May 30, 2011
    Budgets already allocated and R&D is in full swing.

  • Asus To Show Off Tablet With Phone Dock
    May 30, 2011
    PadFone will consist of an Android smartphone and tablet to dock it with.

  • How SEO's mistakes turns to black hat SEO?
    May 30, 2011
    Black hat SEO is not only about keywords hiding or getting links from link farms and link distribution software’s. This also involves the SEO methods that don’t follow Google's, Bing's or any top search engine guidelines.

    Still many SEO's think keyword stuffing will work or they think they are doing the right way without checking the site keyword density and it can bring those organic results. This is again one form of black hat SEO. Here is the Google guideline on "Keyword stuffing".

  • ARM to "take seriously" any Intel plan to make chips for rivals
    May 30, 2011
    TAIPEI (Reuters) - British chip designer ARM Holdings Plc, which licenses its chip technology to other makers, will take any plan by Intel Corp to make chips for rivals "very seriously," a top executive said on Monday.

  • Nvidia touts quad-core Kal-El chip in Android tablet
    May 30, 2011
    Using a Honeycomb tablet, Nvidia shows a game it says needs all four cores of its Tegra mobile processor that's due to ship later this year.
  • Asus Padfone leaked: Phone with tablet dock
    May 29, 2011
    Take the Motorola Atrix 4G and its innovative laptop dock, and replace the laptop with a tablet and you get the rumored Asus Padfone.
  • Online App Turns your Pictures into Text Portraits
    May 30, 2011
    text portrait
    Textify is an impressive web based app that instantly turns a photograph into a beautiful text portrait. Simply drag an image from the desktop onto your browser and watch as the individual pixels of the image are converted into text characters.
    The app, though simple, offers you a good deal of control over your text portraits. You can choose to have text from different font families, you can increase the character density to make your ‘text images’ appear more sharp or change the font-weight for getting that water-color like effect.
    The best part about the app is that it uses regular HTML to render your image as a text. If you would like to grab this HTML code, disable the “Draw on Canvas” option, apply and then hit “View Source” to get the full underlying HTML that you can copy-paste into your own website.
    This kind of art, though computer-generated, will still look good on one of your walls. Here are some other online and offline options for converting your photographs into text. Thank you Maria Popova for the tip.

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    Digital Inspiration @labnolThis story, Online App Turns your Pictures into Text Portraits, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on May 30, 2011 under Ascii, Internet.

  • How to configure your Symfony 2 project with Maestro
    May 30, 2011
    We have recently upgraded Maestro to work with the latest Symfony2 pre-releases. Maestro is a tool ServerGrove built to help the deployment of symfony projects on shared hosting accounts. In a few simple steps you will have your project up and running.
  • Pros And Cons Of Using Frameworks
    May 30, 2011
    Sometimes you should ask yourself, why you need to do the same thing everyday when there’s a new bridge to shorten the path. Think of a framework as a bridge that will help you code faster and easier. Did you notice I didn’t include the word “better” in the last sentence? Faster and easier doesn’t always mean better, but we will get to that later.
  • How to Create, Modify and Utilize Child Themes in WordPress
    May 30, 2011
    Sometimes though, you might find a theme that you really like, but there’s a few changes that you would like to make. The problem is that when you edit the theme files, if your theme ever gets updated, you lose all your changes. That’s where child themes come in.
  • Top 10 jQuery Data Handling Plugins
    May 30, 2011
    Learn how to retrieve your data using jQuery. Check on some tutorials below to show you how to use various plugins to get and manipulate data. And remember to have fun!

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