Friday, June 24, 2011

Technical News - 24 June 2011


  • Times of New York candle for those who read the paper online
    June 24, 2011
    An enterprising company has released the Times of New York candle for recreating the smell of that famous newspaper for those who miss the smell while browsing online.
  • Apple releases Mac OS 10.6.8 update; required for Lion
    June 24, 2011
    Apple yesterday released Mac OS 10.6.8 and its a big deal because it's required to upgrade to Lion. Back up, repair permissions and install it from the 1.3GB combo updater.
  • 5 Android apps that should be on every smartphone
    June 24, 2011
    No matter if you are a fan of custom OEM interfaces or stock Android phones, there are five apps that should be installed on every Android phone to make them better.
  • Apple: Are TVs really its next big thing?
    June 24, 2011
    Apple's TV prospects are moving to the front of the analyst chatter again---talk surfaces almost quarterly---and signals once again point to a big living room move.
  • Green Gadget of the Week: Voltaic Spark solar iPad case
    June 24, 2011
    Voltaic Systems has just introduced a $299 bag for your Apple iPad or other tablet computers that doubles as a solar charger.
  • Valve makes Team Fortress 2 free-to-play
    June 24, 2011
    Days after publishing free-to-play games from other developers on its Steam service, Valve has made free one of its most popular games, Team Fortress 2.
  • Google Voice: the ultimate iPhone how-to
    June 24, 2011
    Google fought Apple hard for the right to distribute a Google Voice iPhone app. This guide shows you how to get the most out of Google Voice on your iPhone.
  • Leaked memos confirm Verizon's tiered data ambitions
    June 24, 2011
    An internal Verizon email sent to retailers breaks down the company's tiered data upcoming plans. So long, unlimited data.
  • Look out Thunderbolt: External PCI Express spec being developed
    June 24, 2011
    To make sure there's further confusion in the myriad ways you can connect an external device to your computer, the PCI special interest group says it is working on an external version of PCI...
  • Archos G9 Android tablets - Serious competition for the iPad
    June 24, 2011
    When it comes to Android tablets, most come up pretty short when compared to Apple's iPad. But Archos has unveiled a new tablet that takes Android tablets to a whole new level and offers up real...
  • Oracle's hardware business is all about the software
    June 24, 2011
    Oracle's hardware business fell short of expectations in the fourth quarter and executives had a parade of answers to allay any concerns. Do you buy them?
  • Miles & Stockbridge, a V3 Systems customer profile
    June 24, 2011
    I recently had the chance to communicate with Ken Adams, the CIO of Miles & Stockbridge, about V3 Systems' Stratosphere 50.Please introduce yourself and your organizationI am the Chief...
  • In this economy, is a Google antitrust probe "un-American?"
    June 24, 2011
    Is a probe of a leading tech company, at a time when the tech industry seems poised to buck the current economic trend, really the smartest move out of Washington?
  • Airport checkpoint of the future
    June 24, 2011
    After arriving at the airport, passengers would enter one of three security lanes and be checked according to risk.
  • July 2011 Advances: Additional resources
    June 24, 2011
    The Advances section of Scientific American 's July issue chronicles tree-saving tortoises, the largest spider fossil ever discovered, an update on the hunt for dark matter, and many other developments. For those interested in learning more about the news described in the section, a list of selected further reading follows below.
    "Tortoises to the Rescue," page 16 [More]

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  • CNET Road Trip tours Europe
    June 24, 2011
    CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman travels to Europe for his annual Road Trip adventure. This year, he'll check out the coolest technology, aviation, and cyber-sights the Old World has to offer.
  • Internet address group names Steve Crocker chair (AP)
    June 24, 2011
    AP - Steve Crocker, who as a UCLA grad student in the late `60s helped develop the foundation for the Internet today, is the new chairman of the organization responsible for the Internet's address system.
  • BioWare's Neverwinter Nights Forum Server Hacked
    June 24, 2011
    garatheus writes "The folks at EA/BioWare sent out an email this morning (GMT +2) outlining that their older Neverwinter Nights forums had been hacked, with a fair amount of user information stolen from the database — the likes of user names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, mailing addresses, names, phone numbers, CD keys and birth dates. They do go on to say that 'no credit card data was compromised from the servers, nor did we ever have or store sensitive data like social security
  • Hackers break into Arizona police computers
    June 24, 2011
    WASHINGTON/BOSTON (Reuters) - Computer hackers who previously broke into a U.S. Senate server and brought down the CIA website struck an Arizona police website on Thursday, releasing dozens of internal documents over the Internet.

  • Banks move closer to deal on Greek bailout
    June 24, 2011
    ATHENS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Banks and policymakers moved closer to a deal on Friday to help Athens secure funds ahead of a parliamentary vote on austerity next week that Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou must win to avert default.

  • Cisco: Ralph Nader - Yes, Ralph Nader - Turns Activist Investor
    June 24, 2011
    Consumer advocate Ralph Nader has transformed himself into a shareholder advocate.
  • Hackers target Brazil statistics agency website
    June 24, 2011
    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Hackers broke into the website of Brazil's statistics agency early on Friday, the latest in a string of attacks against government sites this week.

  • Adventures of Shuggy on XBLA is an overlooked platforming gem
    June 24, 2011
    The Adventures of Shuggy is out now, it's $10 on Xbox Live, and almost no one is talking about it. The game follows the adventures of a very cuddly version of a vampire named Shuggy who has been given a castle by his uncle. The bad news is that the castle is haunted, and Shuggy must go from room to room collecting all the gems therein to receive a key to the next room.
    While the comic book-style panels that tell the story are cute, the story is just an excuse to get a character

  • KKR, Silver Lake in talks for GoDaddy.com: sources
    June 24, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Private equity firms KKR and Silver Lake are in talks to buy Internet domain site GoDaddy.com and a deal could be more than $2 billion, two sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.

  • Inside AVG's virus lab (photos)
    June 24, 2011
    On a recent visit to the Czech Republic, CNET editor Seth Rosenblatt toured the AVG offices to see how antivirus protection gets made. See some of what he saw in this slideshow.
  • How AVG keeps your computer safe
    June 24, 2011
    The world's most downloaded free antivirus program is headquartered in Prague, but the heart of AVG pumps computer security from the Czech Republic's other major city, Brno. CNET editor Seth Rosenblatt tours the campus to see how AVG builds its antivirus protection.
  • Learning Programming In a Post-BASIC World
    June 24, 2011
    ErichTheRed writes "This Computerworld piece actually got me thinking — it basically says that there are few good 'starter languages' to get students interested in programming. I remember hacking away at BASIC incessantly when I was a kid, and it taught me a lot about logic and computers in general. Has the level of abstraction in computer systems reached a point where beginners can't just code something quick without a huge amount of back-story? I find this to be the case now; scripting languages
  • Asia moves to tap oil reserves
    June 24, 2011
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian nations moved to release emergency oil stockpiles on Friday as part of a rare global coordinated action by consumer countries to prevent high energy prices from stunting a stuttering economic recovery.

  • Data points to underlying factory strength
    June 24, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New orders for U.S. manufactured goods and a gauge of business spending plans rose in May, easing fears of a sharp slowdown in factory activity.

  • New Roles and Skills for Cloud Computing
    June 24, 2011
    This article is commissioned by Microsoft Corp. The views expressed are the author’s own.
  • People Who Live In Glass Houses Should Expect Others To Peer In
    June 24, 2011
    There have been a number of reports lately, features or opinion columns, really, about how the Web, which used to be anonymous is now a place for exhibitionists and voyeurs. Authors cite Anthony D. Weiner as an example of exhibitionism gone wrong, and the “kissing couple” of Vancouver to show how
  • Security firm will update your Facebook status so thieves think you’re home (Yahoo! News)
    June 24, 2011
    Yahoo! News - We all enjoy discussing our vacation plans with our social networking contacts, but when a potential thief gets wind of your extended departure, things can get much less enjoyable. According to security company Precreate Solutions, clients have reported a sharp …
  • KKR, Silver Lake in talks for GoDaddy.com: sources (Reuters)
    June 24, 2011
    Reuters - Private equity firms KKR and Silver Lake are in talks to buy Internet domain site GoDaddy.com and a deal could be more than $2 billion, two sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.
  • +Pool Would Let New Yorkers Go River Swimming
    June 24, 2011
    cylonlover writes "Three young entrepreneurs have proposed a way of getting New Yorkers into the Hudson, East and/or Bronx Rivers. It's called the +Pool (Plus Pool) — a public swimming pool that would float in the river, allowing people to swim in filtered river water. River water would flow into the pool through permeable walls, which would be composed of three layers filtering out the river nasties."
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  • Android 3.1 tablets on the way; Cut the Rope launches exclusive on GetJar (Appolicious)
    June 24, 2011
    Appolicious - Another iPad competitor is headed our way, with the unveiling of the Archos G9. It’s one of a string of Android tablets revealed in recent weeks, all vying for the opportunity to knock the iPad off its throne. The G9 is reportedly packed with enough hardware to go up against Apple’s domineering tablet, with a dual-core ARM-powered processor at 1.5GHz and a super-slim Seagate hard drive with 250GB of storage. Other features include HDMI output with 1080p media playback and support for
  • The New Work Manifesto: Be Unconventional
    June 24, 2011
    If there is a counter point to the economic crisis it is that 66% of the people who have jobs are not all the engaged by them. The everyday experience of work is detachment - 18% of Americans are totally detached from work while only 33% are engaged by work.  Yet, strange, fascinating, in fact an overwhelming result of the Great Recession is the spur it's given some people to search for  empowerment. Yes I am talking about initiatives like the World Domination unconference and Lead Without
  • Rumor: Free-to-Play Coming to Xbox 360
    June 24, 2011
    Microsoft may be plotting to overhaul Xbox LIVE with micro-transactions, free-to-play game support.

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  • Tools of the Travelgeek: Voice and Data Devices
    June 24, 2011
    When I travel I rely most heavily on tools for voice and data communications. Costs for these services can be extremely high when you are outside of the United States, especially in the Middle East, Far East, and Central and South America. If you understand the different layers and options of hardware, service and programs that are available you can reduce your communications costs substantially.
  • Why Driving A Supercar Isn't Always A Thrill.
    June 24, 2011
    I’ve been making a living test driving and reviewing new cars and trucks these past 11 years and 600-plus sets of wheels.  It's unbelievable fun, as you might expect, and the supercars, naturally, are the most fun.
  • Control Your PC From Your iPad
    June 24, 2011
    For all its great apps, the iPad has quite a ways to go before it'll be ready to replace a desktop PC. But that doesn't mean you can't leave your laptop at the office and travel light. Given a sufficiently stable Internet connection, your iPad can control your PC from anywhere.
  • Study: iPad tallies 89 percent of tablet traffic
    June 24, 2011
    Apple's device overwhelmingly dominated tablet traffic worldwide last month, with Canada taking the honors for the highest iPad traffic of all.
  • Slow Finnish phone sales may explain Nokia's woes
    June 24, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Should Finland, Nokia's home base, take some of the blame for the one-time market leader's recent struggles to compete in smartphones?

  • Fears over fake Olympics websites
    June 24, 2011
    Sports fans are being urged to be aware of the risk of scams following the disappointment of missing out on Olympics tickets.
  • Critics: Google hides Gay Pride search feature
    June 24, 2011
    Google creates "doodles" for all kinds of random occasions.

  • Android Phones More Prone To Hardware Problems
    June 24, 2011
    adeelarshad82 writes "A nearly year-long study conducted by WDS on 600,000 support calls has found that Android phones are more susceptible to hardware faults than other types of devices. '14 percent of all technical support calls for Android devices could be traced to a hardware fault, versus 3.7 percent for RIM BlackBerry, 8 percent for iPhones and 9 percent for Windows Phone 7 devices.' WDS attributed the gap in hardware faults to the disparity in OEMs that manufacture Android devices."