Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Technical News - 21 June 2011


  • HP releases networking solutions, appliances that target specific woes of SMB market
    June 21, 2011
    It looks like HP has made up its mind in favor of hot pursuit of the SMB market, which makes sense given that this may be the leading adoption edge of the cloud and mobile era.
  • Apple has new AirPort Extreme in the pipeline [UPDATE: New Time Capsule released]
    June 21, 2011
    It seems that Apple has a new AirPort Extreme base station in the pipeline.
  • LulzSec: Is it too cocky for its own good?
    June 21, 2011
    With a 19-year-old behind bars following network intrusions and denial of service attacks against "a number of international business and intelligence agencies," the fate of LulzSec remains an...
  • Testers to get Microsoft 'Mango' Windows Phone beta soon
    June 21, 2011
    Microsoft is ready to release a beta of its Windows Phone "Mango" operating system update to testers, possibly as soon as this week.
  • Suspected LulzSec leader has been arrested, in custody in London
    June 21, 2011
    19-year-old suspected LulzSec mastermind has been arrested. Will this spell the end of the LulzSec era?
  • My frustrating day with Google Voice. Hint: it's AT&T's fault.
    June 21, 2011
    It shouldn't be like this. Just sayin'.
  • Nokia N9 - Success or failure depends on two factors
    June 21, 2011
    Nokia has unveiled its Meego-based handset, the N9. This is a stop-gap handset release (one of a few planned) that will happen as the company transitions into being a Windows Phone OEM. Success or...
  • Mobile app usage kicking the web to the curb
    June 21, 2011
    According to a new report, for the first time ever mobile users are spending more time per day using mobile apps than time spent surfing the web.
  • The worst decision Google ever made
    June 21, 2011
    Oracle's Java-based lawsuit could make things expensive for Google. By missing the chance to own Java, however, Google lost an opportunity to have a platform that could serve as a counter to...
  • Hackers hit Sony Pictures France site, grab 177K e-mails
    June 21, 2011
    Sony Pictures France is the latest Sony site to suffer at the hands of hackers. This time 177K e-mails were taken. When will it stop?
  • Google purchases SageTV. Will place-shifting of video come to Google TV?
    June 21, 2011
    Looking no doubt to boost its Google TV offering, the search giant has purchased yet another company, in this case SageTV, which provides an alternative software option to Windows Media Center. At...
  • Viridity EnergyCenter
    June 21, 2011
    Managing data centers so that workloads are processed as needed while power and heat are kept under control is a serious problem for data center managers. Viridity Software is offering...
  • Nokia launches N9: Hints at Windows Phone 7 approach
    June 21, 2011
    Nokia launched its Meego-based N9---one of a handful of devices the company will try to sell you ahead of its Windows Phone 7 smartphones later this year---and provided a few hints about its...
  • Android security becomes opportunity for McAfee
    June 21, 2011
    McAfee will extend its wares into smartphones and tablets as mobile security moves to the forefront. Android tablets and smartphones apparently are the next growth market for anti-virus protection.
  • Are we too hard on Apple's iPad rivals?
    June 21, 2011
    HP's TouchPad, RIM's PlayBook and Samsung's Galaxy Tab are the latest in the parade of rivals targeting Apple's iPad. The problem is that the rivals are dealing in a market where most folks think...
  • Google buys SageTV; Could Google TV be heading for the cloud?
    June 21, 2011
    It's anyone's guess what Google will do with the "place-shifting" technology company, but the smart money says that Google will involve the cloud.
  • The First Porn and Gamification App: MiKandi's Femjoy for Android [NSFW]
    June 21, 2011
    Leading adult Android app creators and distributors MiKandi released the first app to combine game mechanics and explicit content. Violet Blue was happy to find out that the Femjoy Android App...
  • World's First Transatlantic Flight... on Biofuels [Video]
    June 21, 2011
    This past weekend, the Paris Air Show witnessed two historic firsts: the first transatlantic flight on biofuels , closely followed by the second, which involved a much larger jet (although a smaller percentage of bio-jet fuel).  Honeywell's corporate Gulfstream G450 sped from North America to Europe burning a 50-50 blend of kerosene derived from fossil algae and bio-jet refined from camelina oil , courtesy of Honeywell-owned refinery technology company UOP. [More]

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  • S&P restates political threat to U.S. AAA rating
    June 21, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - The risks of the U.S. losing its prized triple-A rating over the medium term have increased as the country faces a political impasse and nears its debt ceiling, Standard and Poor's said on Tuesday.

  • Fitch sees risk of Greece, U.S. debt defaults
    June 21, 2011
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Fitch Ratings said on Tuesday that it would regard a voluntary rollover of Greece's sovereign bond maturities as a default and would cut the credit rating appropriately, keeping pressure on Athens ahead of a confidence vote in parliament.

  • RIM starts handing out layoff notices, report says
    June 21, 2011
    TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has started to hand out layoff notices after it said on Friday it would cut an unspecified number of jobs, a local newspaper said on Tuesday.

  • U.S. releases graphic tobacco warning labels
    June 21, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dead bodies, diseased lungs and a man on a ventilator were among the graphic images for revamped U.S. tobacco labels, unveiled on Tuesday by health officials who hope the warnings will help smokers quit.

  • Walgreen says Express Scripts deal to end
    June 21, 2011
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Drugstore chain operator Walgreen Co said it will stop filling prescriptions for people covered by drug benefits manager Express Scripts Inc at the end of the year after failing to agree on a new contract.

  • Greece faces vote crucial to avoid default
    June 21, 2011
    ATHENS (Reuters) - Prime Minister George Papandreou's cabinet faces a confidence vote late on Tuesday, the first of three tests the Greek government must survive to avert the euro zone's first sovereign default.

  • irbus piles pressure on Boeing
    June 21, 2011
    LE BOURGET, France, June 21 - Airbus piled up orders for its revamped A320neo passenger jet at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday, putting more pressure on Boeing and limiting scope for new rivals as Russian premier Vladimir Putin arrived to tout his country's aerospace industry.

  • Is there any reason to purchase an HP TouchPad?
    June 20, 2011
    I buy lots of tablets, but honestly I don't see enough apps and services for webOS making the HP TouchPad a compelling choice.
  • UK police make arrest in hacking attacks (AP)
    June 21, 2011
    AP - A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of hacking attacks on Sony and the CIA website, British police said Tuesday.
  • Apple unveils new Time Capsules
    June 21, 2011
    After weeks of leaks and rumors, the updated Time Capsule is finally unveiled.
  • Teenager held over website hacks
    June 21, 2011
    A 19-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of hacking into websites in a joint investigation involving Scotland Yard and the FBI.
  • Alleged LulzSec mastermind arrested in U.K., reports say
    June 21, 2011
    The 19-year-old man was arrested last night in a joint operation between the FBI and the U.K.'s Metropolitan Police. He's currently being held at a London police station.
  • ICANN Domain Expansion Could Increase Phishing
    June 21, 2011
    Orome1 writes "The ICANN board gave final approval to what some are calling "the most dramatic change to the Internet in four decades" allowing the expansion of new TLDs. Some argue this ICANN initiative could force a land grab of domains by businesses to protect their company reputation. However, they aren't the only ones who are likely to try to snag these new top level domains. There's a very legitimate concern that cybercriminals could also seek these new domains to create legitimate looking
  • Nokia unveils N9 smartphone
    June 21, 2011
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Nokia Chief Executive Stephen Elop unveiled a new smartphone on Tuesday that uses software the firm plans to ditch, a move analysts said would probably condemn the device to obscurity.

  • Nokia shows off MeeGo-based N9 smartphone
    June 21, 2011
    The device comes with a 3.9-inch AMOLED display and an 8-megapixel camera. According to Nokia, it will offer 16GB and 64GB versions that will ship later this year.
  • Queen's composer wants fines for mobile phone users at concerts
    June 21, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen's Music, has suggested that owners of mobile phones which ring during concerts should pay a fine.

  • Logitech partners with Jabra on unified communications gear
    June 20, 2011
    Logitech on Tuesday outlined plans to partner with GN Netcom's Jabra to create headsets and speakerphones to better compete in the unified communications market.For Jabra, the Logitech...
  • RIM starts handing out layoff notices, report says
    June 21, 2011
    TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has started to hand out layoff notices after it said on Friday it would cut an unspecified number of jobs, a local newspaper said on Tuesday.

  • Microsoft launching Office 365 on June 28
    June 21, 2011
    Company president Steve Ballmer will host the June 28 event in New York City to kick off the launch of Office 365.
  • Apple releases overhauled Final Cut Pro X
    June 21, 2011
    The latest version of Apple's professional video-editing software is the first ever to be released only as a download.
  • Final Cut Pro X Hits the Mac App Store
    June 21, 2011
    At long last it’s here: Final Cut Pro X.
    This morning Apple released the latest iteration of its video editing suite, a massive, from-the-ground-up 64-bit rewrite of the original, which incorporates a number of long-overdue features, all intended to speed up the editing process. Full multi-core support, background rendering, people detection, image stabilization and support for high-definition 4K video have all been built into the $299 app, which Apple is distributing exclusively through the Mac App Store. Also new today, Motion 5 and Compressor 4, available for $49.99 each from the Mac App Store.

  • Google Doodle Celebrates First Day Of Summer And Winter
    June 21, 2011
    Google taps Japanese artist Takashi Murakami for Google Doodle that celebrates both winter and summer solstice

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  • 19 year old arrested over Sony hack
    June 21, 2011
    A teenager has been arrested near London in connection with the hacking of Sony, London's Metropolitan Police said Tuesday.

  • LulzSec Suspect Arrested By UK Police
    June 21, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "The UK's Police Computer e-Crime Unit (PCeU) has arrested a 19-year-old man in Wickford, Essex, in connection with the series of LulzSec attacks against organizations including the CIA, PBS and Sony. The man, who has been arrested under the Computer Misuse and Fraud Act, has had his house searched and a significant amount of material taken away by police for forensic examination. The PCeU worked with local Essex police and the FBI on the investigation."
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  • Social Networking Self-regulation Isn't Working Says EU
    June 21, 2011
    A test conducted by the European Commission on 14 social networking sites found that only two of them make minors’ profiles private by default.

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  • Biggest Changes In C++11 (and Why You Should Care)
    June 21, 2011
    Esther Schindler writes "It's been 13 years since the first iteration of the C++ language. Danny Kalev, a former member of the C++ standards committee, explains how the programming language has been improved and how it can help you write better code."
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  • UK Police Arrest Teen From Lulz Security for DDOS Attack
    June 21, 2011
    U.K. police arrested a 19-year-old on Monday for allegedly attacking a police website earlier in the day, in what is the first arrest connected with the rogue...

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