Thursday, June 9, 2011

Technical News - 09 June 2011

  • Supreme Court rules against Microsoft in attempt to alter patent-infringement rules
    June 9, 2011
    The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Microsoft to change the ground rules over how patent infringement is determined.
  • Visa acquires Fundamo mobile payments service
    June 9, 2011
    Visa is continuing to gain ground in the mobile payments market with the acquisition of Fundamo, a service that is already prevalent in developing markets.
  • Apple backtracks on In-App Purchases/Subscriptions rule
    June 9, 2011
    Apple has changed its developer guidelines relating to the pricing of In-App Subscriptions on the App Store.
  • Samsung brings 1TB of storage space to laptops
    June 9, 2011
    Samsung is raising the bar on notebook computers with the integration of dual 500GB hard drives.
  • Report: Energy management software boom will accelerate
    June 9, 2011
    Increasingly, companies are seeing electricity consumption and emissions data for what it is: highly useful business intelligence.
  • HP's TouchPad lands July 1: Can it challenge Apple's iPad or claim No. 2 spot?
    June 9, 2011
    Hewlett-Packard said its Wi-Fi version of its TouchPad will be available in the U.S. July 1 and the door is open to be a tablet contender. After all, other so-called iPad killers have largely flopped.
  • Hackers attack Citi, access data of over 200,000 bank accounts
    June 9, 2011
    Citi is the latest corporation to end up on the list of big companies hacked so far this year. The bandits were able to access sensitive data belonging to over 200,000 bank card accounts in North...
  • Introducing the Personal Grid: All your gear working together
    June 9, 2011
    It's time for the Personal Grid, a protocol that is designed to let different mobile gadgets communicate when near each other to leverage the multiple screens for the user's benefit.
  • Microsoft adds new Bing social features for iOS, Android and RIM devices
    June 9, 2011
    Microsoft is adding new social-search features to Bing for users with Apple iOS, Android and RIM devices company officials said on June 8.
  • Hon Hai, Foxconn: More than Apple's iPad, iPhone
    June 9, 2011
    Hon Hai Precision Industry---a company best known for making Apple products like the iPad---outlined production improvements, data center plans and diversification efforts into new markets.
  • Samba 3.6 release soon, Samba 4 pushed to late 2011, 2012
    June 9, 2011
    The final version Samba 4.0 won't be delivered until late 2011, or 2012, yet a major update is expected soon.In a recent email to this blogger, Jeremy Allison, a lead developer on the project...
  • Apple backs off in-app subscription policies
    June 9, 2011
    Earlier this year, Apple introduced its in-app subscription policy. With a June 30 deadline looming Apple has backed off as publishers revolt.
  • Apple TV + iPad = Wireless Gaming Platform for your HDTV?
    June 9, 2011
    Apple may or may not have thought about the Apple TV as a gaming platform when the latest version was released last year, but the makers of Real Racing certainly gave it serious consideration...
  • Facebook photo tag suggestions: What's so bad about them anyway?
    June 9, 2011
    Facebook recently rolled out a new facial recognition feature for its Photos app. Like many new Facebook features, this one has stirred up controversy immediately.
  • South Jersey Healthcare: A PacketMotion Customer Profile
    June 9, 2011
    I find it interesting to communicate with someone using technology from time to time rather than just speaking with the representatives of the supplier of that technology. Andrew Gahm, systems...
  • Can T-Mobile's 3G network with Rocket 3.0 challenge Verizon's 4G LTE?
    June 9, 2011
    T-Mobile continues to build out their 3G HSPA+ network and it performed well with downloads when compared to Verizon's 4G LTE network.
  • Nokia woes ding Texas Instruments earnings
    June 9, 2011
    Nokia, which is reeling from falling sales as it transitions to Windows Phone 7, warned about future quarters already. Now it's time for the supplier fallout.
  • Philosophical differences: The Google cloud vs. the Apple cloud
    June 9, 2011
    Pay close attention, because Google and Apple are taking drastically different approaches to the cloud. Here's a quick summary to help you understand the differences.
  • HP's TouchPad will debut July 1 for $500
    June 9, 2011
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hewlett Packard Co will begin selling its Touchpad on July 1 in the United States for $499.99, debuting the first tablet computer powered by Palm's operating software.

  • ECB's Trichet flags July rate rise, hardline on Greece
    June 9, 2011
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank signaled a July interest rate rise and raised the stakes on Thursday in its stand-off with governments over a new bailout for Greece by rejecting any form of debt restructure.

  • Libya rebels eye oil restart, win aid pledges
    June 9, 2011
    ABU DHABI/TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's rebels said they hoped to restart oil production and gained pledges of more than $500 million of aid on Thursday as Western powers press them to plan for the day after Muammar Gaddafi leaves power.

  • Catch the bus with Google
    June 9, 2011
    Steve Jobs and company want to build a new corporate headquarters shaped like a spaceship, the Samsung Galaxy S II "superphone" will be available on multiple carriers in July, and Google helps you catch the bus with live mass transit updates.
  • Syrians flee into Turkey to evade crackdown
    June 9, 2011
    AMMAN (Reuters) - More than 1,700 Syrians have fled to Turkey to escape a feared army crackdown, officials said on Thursday, in another sign that President Bashar al-Assad's struggle with protesters is disturbing Syria's neighbors.

  • Want iCloud With Windows? Ditch the XP
    June 9, 2011
    halfEvilTech writes "Microsoft isn't the only company denying equal online footing to Windows XP users. Apple will not give PC users access to iCloud – its great digital locker in the sky – if their machines are running Microsoft's aging but still popular Windows XP. Tucked at the bottom of the iCloud announcement, Apple says you'll need a PC running Windows Vista or Windows 7 to jump into Steve Jobs' version of the interwebs."
    Read more of this story at Slashdot.


  • Regulators pressuring banks after Citi data breach
    June 9, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Banking regulators are pressuring banks to improve their data security standards following large data breaches at banks including Citigroup Inc, a top U.S. regulator said on Thursday.

  • Regulators pressuring banks after Citi data breach
    June 9, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Banking regulators are pressuring banks to improve their data security standards following large data breaches at banks including Citigroup Inc, a top U.S. regulator said on Thursday.

  • Job Migration: Talent Traffic
    June 9, 2011
    In Silicon Valley there is an arms race and the desired commodity is "talent." So, who is winning?
  • US top court rules against Microsoft in patent case (AFP)
    June 9, 2011
    The US Supreme Court on upheld a lower court ruling ordering software giant Microsoft to pay $290 million to a Canadian company in a patent infringement case.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Kevork Djansezian)AFP - The US Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling ordering software giant Microsoft to pay $290 million to a Canadian company in a patent infringement case.


  • A New Look at Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (preview)
    June 9, 2011
    One day 12-year-old Elizabeth McIngvale became obsessed with the number 42, which happened to be her mother’s age at the time, 11 years ago. When she washed her hands, she had to turn the sink on and off 42 times, get 42 pumps of soap and rinse her hands 42 times. Sometimes she decided that she actually needed to do 42 sets of 42. When she dressed, she put her right leg in and out of her pant leg 42 times, then the left. Even getting up from a chair took 42 attempts. She was afraid that if

  • Road Trip Pic of the Day, 6/9: What is this?
    June 9, 2011
    If you know what today's picture is, you could be eligible to win a prize in the CNET Road Trip Picture of the Day contest.
  • Recruiters Say Job Boards Are Here to Stay
    June 9, 2011
    My last Forbes article created quite a stir in the recruitment world and a lot of recruiters left comments and posted their own articles to dispute it. I wrote about how job boards and resumes are no longer useful and how LinkedIn will put them both out of business. Recruiters, on the other hand, believe that job boards are here to stay. In order to get their side of the story, I reached out to two of them who could provide more information and research on the topic.
  • Judge Suggests It's Okay For Advertisers To Place Google Ads On Your Name
    June 9, 2011
    When I noticed that a background check company had taken out a Google ad on my name, I performed a little investigation. I discovered that the company, Intelius, had purchased ads for millions of people's names. (If you Google yourself, you might see one pop up.) One of my readers asked if he could trademark his name and sue the company.
  • E3 2011 hands-on: Nintendo's Wii U demos (Digital Trends)
    June 9, 2011
    Digital Trends - I finally got my shot at trying out Wii U yesterday morning, and while I’m curious about how it may develop, the few tech demos Nintendo are showing at the moment aren’t yet really substantial enough to make a judgment call on—it’s certainly not, at this stage, as impactful as the day I first laid hands on the Wii’s controller.
  • Senators target Bitcoin currency, citing drug sales
    June 9, 2011
    Charles Schumer and Joe Manchin are urging the U.S. attorney general to go after the peer-to-peer currency, also a favorite among hackers, in connection with the Silk Road online marketplace.
  • In media win, Apple to relax rules for publishers: report
    June 9, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc appears to have reversed its guidelines for magazine and newspaper subscriptions purchased in its App Store, in a big victory for publishers who blanched at the original terms.

  • iPhone 5: 20 most-wanted features (updated)
    June 9, 2011
    Apple's fifth-generation iPhone was initially scheduled to arrive this June, but it now looks it won't hit stores till this fall. Here's an updated look at some of the feature and design upgrades we'd most like to see in the iPhone 5, including the odds of their implementation. (The wish list is ordered from least to most important.)
  • Record exports temper slowdown fears
    June 9, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Record U.S. exports in April tempered fears that the economic recovery was running off the rails, even though first-time claims for jobless benefits edged higher last week.

  • Citi Bank Reveals Attack... One Month Late
    June 9, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "Is account security a thing of the past? Quote: 'We're talking a fairly serious hack, too. The personal and account information of some 200,000 Citibank card holders in North America was breached, reports Reuters, including contact specifics like names and email addresses. The solitary bit of good news? Citibank claims far more sensitive info like social security numbers, birth dates, card expiry dates and CVV card security codes was not compromised.'"
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  • Super Mario 3DS hands-on: the Tanooki suit is back!
    June 9, 2011
    At Nintendo's E3 booth, I was given a pin based on the game I was playing whenever I completed a demo, and was encouraged to collect them all. It was a weird trick to get the press to play through everything on offer, but it worked. I have a lot of pins now, all based on Nintendo characters. The game that stood out, however, was Super Mario 3DS. The Tanooki suit is back, the 3D looks great, and all the magic you expect from Mario has been delivered.
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  • Top 29 Laptop Apps, Downloads, and Services
    June 9, 2011
    To help you get the most out of your laptop and stay secure while on the go, we've selected 31 applications and services that are particularly laptop-friendly.
  • EcoFactor: Our users see big energy savings
    June 9, 2011
    The company says that data collected on homes using automated thermostat software system show an average 17 percent reduction in energy use.
  • RIM can't grab Nokia space with delayed launches: Citi
    June 9, 2011
    (Reuters) - Research In Motion is in danger of failing to capitalize on market share losses at rival Nokia by choosing to launch products later-than-expected, said Citigroup, which downgraded its rating on the stock to "hold" from "buy."

  • Microsoft loses Supreme Court case on i4i patent
    June 9, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday against Microsoft Corp in its appeal of a record $290 million jury verdict for infringing a small Canadian software firm's patent.

  • It's TouchPad vs. iPad On July 1
    June 9, 2011
    “We will not release a product that isn’t perfect.”
    That’s what Hewlett-Packard CEO Léo Apotheker said at D9 this year when asked why the company’s TouchPad tablet will be different from RIM’s PlayBook.
    Well, evidently the TouchPad’s finally reached the necessary stage of perfection, because HP gave it a hard launch date this morning. The webOS tablet will hit the market on July first. Price for the Wi-Fi-only version of the device, which will be the first to ship: $499.99 for a 16 GB version, and $599.99 for 32 GB. Pre-orders begin June 19. A connected version of the device will follow later this summer in partnership with AT&T.
    As I’ve said before, its application and content ecosystem might need growing, but the TouchPad looks like it’s got a decent shot at becoming the frontrunner in the massing horde of tablet hopefuls chasing Apple’s iPad. Certainly the hardware and OS seem formidable enough to at least differentiate the device in an increasingly crowded market, particularly with HP’s massive marketing engine promoting it. And if the company’s integration story proves to be as good in practice as it sounded on stage during its unveiling earlier this year, the TouchPad could mount a decent challenge to the iPad — even though it is a bit late to market after the iPad 2.
    As HP Personal Systems Group Executive VP Todd Bradley said earlier this year, “We think of the tablet as one piece of a broader ecosystem, one piece of the connected experience we’re going to create … As we think about webOS and how it enables everything from smartphones to tablets to PCs to potentially other large-screen devices, we see an enormous opportunity, both for ourselves and for our customers, to get the best Web experience, the best content experience, that they can.”

  • Fedora 16 To Use Btrfs Filesystem By Default
    June 9, 2011
    dkd903 writes "According to proposals for Fedora 16, Btrfs will be the default filesystem used in that release. The proposal has been approved by the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee. In Fedora 16, the switch from EXT4 to Btrfs will be a 'simple switch' — it means that major Btrfs features such as RAID and LVM capabilities will not be forced onto users."

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