Saturday, June 18, 2011

Technical News - 18 June 2011


  • This week in Mobile News Manor #22: Revolving door for gadgets
    June 18, 2011
    This is a peek into a technology writerââ¬â¢s home office, aka Mobile News Manor, discussing gadgets, apps, best practices using same, and ebooks. This week was a cool watch and tablet.
  • AMD Trinity APU will provide 50% performance boost over Llano, due in 2012
    June 18, 2011
    AMD has barely rolled out its new A-series of Accelerated Processing Units, a.k.a. Llano, before it's announced the successor, code-named, Trinity, that will be available in 2012.The company...
  • Libyan rebels out of money with the West to blame: oil chief
    June 18, 2011
    BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Rebels waging a drawn-out war to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have run out of money, their oil chief said on Saturday, and he accused the West of not meeting promises to deliver urgent financial aid.

  • Donald and Karlsson cut it fine at Congressional U.S. Open
    June 18, 2011
    BETHESDA, Maryland (Reuters) - British world number one Luke Donald and a mightily relieved Swede Robert Karlsson made the U.S. Open cut with no margin to spare on Saturday as five former champions failed to advance.

  • Friendly Obama-Boehner golf game has high stakes
    June 18, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A friendly round of golf between President Barack Obama and Republican leader John Boehner has unusually high stakes, since any positive sentiment it yields may help lead to a debt deal.

  • Congresswoman Giffords touches down in Tucson
    June 18, 2011
    PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has landed in Tucson for a weekend visit, her first since she left the state for treatment after she was shot in the head, a tweet to her profile followers said on Saturday.

  • Judges Berate Spammer For 'Incompetent' Litigation
    June 18, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "Joseph Kish, attorney for alleged serial spamming firm e360, must have known he was in trouble when Judge Richard A. Posner interrupted him seconds into his opening statement to berate both Kish and his client. Kish was appearing before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to explain why his client was entitled to $27,000 from Spamhaus, a British anti-spam nonprofit. None of the judges on the appeals court panel seemed sympathetic to e360's argument
  • Radiation spike halts work at Japan nuclear plant
    June 18, 2011
    TOKYO (Reuters) - A rise in radiation halted the clean-up of radioactive water at Japan's Fukushimi nuclear power station on Saturday hours after it got under way, a fresh setback to efforts to restore control over the quake-stricken plant.

  • Reports: DOJ to Review Google's Admeld Acquisition
    June 18, 2011
    The U.S. Department of Justice will reportedly evaluate the antitrust implications of Google's proposed acquisition of Admeld, whose technology is designed to...

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  • Blackberry Maker's Misfortune Tied to Not Being Competitive
    June 18, 2011
    It's hard to say which company, Apple or Google, played a bigger role in RIM's misfortunes, but what is clear is its Blackberry just isn't a must-have device anymore

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  • Greeks protest as revamped government pursues cuts
    June 18, 2011
    ATHENS (Reuters) - Thousands of Greeks marched on parliament on Saturday in a show of unabated public anger after Prime Minister George Papandreou reshuffled his cabinet and vowed to push on with a belt-tightening campaign.

  • Road Trip Pic of the Day, 6/18: What is this?
    June 18, 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.
  • Ubuntu Linux, Day 17: Exploring the Top Panel
    June 18, 2011
    The icons on the top panel of Ubuntu Linux hide more functionality than it seems at face value.

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  • Private sector needed in Greek aid deal: Germany
    June 18, 2011
    BERLIN (Reuters) - All parties negotiating a new bailout for debt-strapped Greece agree that private creditors should be involved, but the details of how that would happen are still under discussion, Germany's finance minister said.

  • ChevronWP7 Hackers to Release Microsoft-approved App
    June 18, 2011
    The ChevronWP7 team is soon to release an app that will allow Windows Phone 7 users to officially install non-approved apps

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  • US Pressing Its Crackdown Against Leaks
    June 18, 2011
    NotSanguine writes with this quote from a NY Times article: "The Justice Department shows no sign of rethinking its campaign to punish unauthorized disclosures to the news media, with five criminal cases so far under President Obama, compared with three under all previous presidents combined. This week, a grand jury in Virginia heard testimony in a continuing investigation of WikiLeaks, the antisecrecy group, a rare effort to prosecute those who publish secrets, rather than those who leak them.
  • RIM Reels, Regroups -- and Delays a Release
    June 18, 2011
    Research in Motion postpones its BlackBerry Bold 9900 in favor of finding a powerhouse processor.

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  • Vatican turns to Internet to stem sexual abuse (Reuters)
    June 18, 2011
    Reuters - The Roman Catholic Church, often accused of dragging its feet on sexual abuse scandals, will turn to the Internet with a new e-learning center to help safeguard children and the victims of molestation.
  • Vatican turns to Internet to stem sexual abuse
    June 18, 2011
    ROME (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic Church, often accused of dragging its feet on sexual abuse scandals, will turn to the Internet with a new e-learning center to help safeguard children and the victims of molestation.

  • Russian online companies the new investor darlings
    June 18, 2011
    ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Russian internet firms are winning the capital of foreign investors due to their ability to bypass country-specific risks while attracting users and advertising revenue.

  • LulzSec: Hack Attacks Will Continue Until Group Caught
    June 18, 2011
    Hacker group LulzSec issues statement explaining its actions and asserting it won't go away until it is caught

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  • Make Your Workers Happy: Let Them Use Their Own Devices
    June 18, 2011

  • Art and Science Meet in Images of Museum Specimens and Artifacts
    June 18, 2011
    The convergence of art and science gets a new treatment in an exhibition opening next week at the American Museum of Natural History. " Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies " features more than 20 sets of large-format and visually engaging images that showcase the wide range of research being conducted at the museum, as well as how various optical tools are used in scientific research. A preview:
    Tibetan deity wood figure [More]

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  • Tactus touch screen sprouts keys and buttons
    June 18, 2011
    Silicon Valley start-up's touch screen grows 3D buttons and knobs where and when you want them, promising the best of real and virtual controls.
  • Hackers might face stiffer sentences in U.S.
    June 18, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Even before a loosely organized group of hackers broke into the CIA's and Senate's public websites, the White House asked for stiffer sentences for breaking into government and private computer networks.

  • Kinect: Microsoft's accidental success story
    June 18, 2011
    What happens when Microsoft applies a Google-like model to an Apple-like gadget? We're going to find out, writes columnist Mike Elgan.
  • Top-rated reviews of the week (photos)
    June 18, 2011
    Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the latest Alienware M11X, the Vizio VHT510 sound bar, and the hot new HTC Evo 3D smartphone.
  • PHP email admin script
    June 18, 2011
    If you’ve read the article about my email server setup you quickly realize that adding a new email account is quite onerous, a combination of adding records to tables in a MySQL database and creating folders on the harddrive.
  • 5 Quirky gifts for gadget dads
    June 17, 2011
    Don't know what to get the man who has everything? Dads can never have too many tech toys for their favorite hobbies. Show dad that you care with these fun gadgets that he will love.
  • Life as a bug hunter
    June 17, 2011
    Making money sorting other people's coding errors
  • The Green Gulfstream: Flying To Paris On Biofuels
    June 17, 2011
    SOMEWHERE OVER THE ATLANTIC ­ – I’m more than half way to Paris on the first transatlantic flight powered by biofuels and the journey has been….utterly unremarkable.
  • U.S. Trade Commission said to OK Microsoft's bid to buy Skype
    June 17, 2011
    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Friday that it had cleared Microsoft to buy Skype.
  • Engineers Take Step Closer To Smell-A-Vision
    June 17, 2011
    How many times has it happened to you: you’re sitting around watching a rerun of Friends and you think: Man, if only I could catch a whiff of that hazelnut mocchaccino they’re all pretending to drink. Well, me neither. [More]

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  • SmartPlanet's Week in Innovation: artificial memory implants, biofuel flights, solar storms
    June 17, 2011
    SmartPlanet's Week in Innovation: artificial memory implants, biofuel flights, solar storms and more in a news roundup from our friends at SmartPlanet.
  • New Bitcoin malware steals Bitcoin wallets: Infostealer.Coinbit
    June 17, 2011
    New malware seeks to exploit one of the few flaws of Bitcoin: Unencrypted Bitcoin wallets.
  • Virginia Tech crosses finish line first in EcoCAR innovation prize
    June 17, 2011
    The university's design for an extended-range ethanol vehicle, based on a GM production model, has prevailed in the three-year-long competition.
  • Five gamification lessons from E3 2011
    June 17, 2011
    For those not steeped in the sometimes arcane world of video games, E3 is the Electronic Entertainment Expo, an annual trade show covering all kinds of interactive entertainment. Well, almost...
  • Live webcast: Patriot Act and the myth of a secure European cloud
    June 17, 2011
    Live webcast: Understanding the reach of the USA PATRIOT Act in Europe and further afield. Set your reminders for 30th June 2011.
  • uTorrent 3.0 RC6
    June 17, 2011
    µTorrent is a small and incredibly popular BitTorrent client.

  • Oracle seeks up to $6.1 billion in Google lawsuit
    June 17, 2011
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Oracle is seeking between $1.4 billion and $6.1 billion in a patent lawsuit against Google over the lucrative smartphone market, according to a court filing.

  • Microsoft calls graphics technology in Chrome and Firefox "harmful"
    June 17, 2011
    In an unusually blunt statement, Microsoft has announced that it considers the WebGL graphics technology used in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox to be "harmful" and "not a technology Microsoft...
  • Welcome to Dante's Soma
    June 17, 2011
    Why Dante’s Soma when this is a tech column? Simple. This is a tech column about how technology changes our lives, how we interact with it, how it can improve our health, our well-being, our environment and our relationships with each other. It’s about high tech and low tech. It’s about how we will avail ourselves of its promises and how industry, individuals and communities use it to achieve their visions of the future.
  • Realtek High Definition Audio 2.62 Vista
    June 17, 2011
    The Realtek High Definition Audio codecs are compliant with Microsoft's UAA (Universal Audio Architecture). The top series provide 10 DAC channels that simultaneously support 7.1 sound playback, plus 2 channels of independent stereo sound output (multiple streaming) through the front panel stereo output. Flexible mixing, mute, and fine gain control...

  • Discover Case Study: Holistic ALM helps Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida break down application inefficiencies, redundancy
    June 17, 2011
    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida has been able to improve their applications' performance -- and even change the culture of how they test, provide, and operate their applications.
  • PowerPage Podcast Episode 154 - iOS 5 and world domination
    June 17, 2011
    On this episode Rob and I delve into a bevy of new iOS 5 features and learn a thing or two along the way. We also talk about iOS 5 highlights, its deficiencies and play "What's on your Mac?"

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