Friday, July 1, 2011

Technical News - 01 July 2011

  • ARM investors riding high after three-year surge
    July 1, 2011
    ARM shareholders have seen market-topping gains over the last three years, Bloomberg reports. Will it stay ahead of the pack?
  • Hands-on with Sprint HTC EVO 3D; a fun and rock solid Android smartphone
    July 1, 2011
    Sprint customers can now pick up the HTC EVO 3D and while the 3D function may be a bit gimmicky, it is fun to use and performs well. The device is fast and solid so you should consider it if you...
  • Halo maker Bungie focuses on mobile, social gaming with new venture
    July 1, 2011
    Bungie, creator of the legendary Halo video game franchise, is turning its attention to mobile and social gaming with its new Bungie Aerospace venture.
  • Facebook for Windows Phone version 2.0 is out
    July 1, 2011
    Microsoft has released Facebook for Windows Phone version 2.0. You can grab it now from the Windows Phone Marketplace.
  • Salesforce places bets on HTML5
    July 1, 2011
    Salesforce.com outlines some of what we can expect to see in the coming months. Top of mind is mobile and HTML5
  • Sprint Galaxy Tab getting Gingerbread
    July 1, 2011
    Owners of the original 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab sold by Sprint will be getting a major upgrade to Gingerbread beginning July 5.
  • Chrome makes gains in browser race; tablets jockey behind iPad
    July 1, 2011
    Google's Chrome browser makes market share gains at the expense of Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Plus, a breakdown of mobile stats, including tablets.
  • Microsoft, Apple part of consortium that wins Nortel patent bid
    July 1, 2011
    Microsoft, as reported earlier this week, was, indeed, part of a consortium bidding for 6,000 or so Nortel telecommunications patents being auctioned as part of Nortel's bankruptcy process. And...
  • Revolutionary War iPad app rolls out just in time for July 4th
    July 1, 2011
    A history lesson is probably the last thing most of us want on a holiday weekend, but there's a new Revolutionary War app to remind us why we're celebrating July 4th.
  • Review: 5 reasons the new Nook is the best dedicated ebook reader
    July 1, 2011
    The iPad is a decent ebook reading device, but you just can't beat a dedicated eInk device for the most immersive ebook experience and the all-new Nook is THE one to beat.
  • Green Gadget of the Week: Samsung Replenish smartphone (from Sprint)
    July 1, 2011
    The Replenish is an inexpensive smartphone with a less-than-average display and better-than-average green materials and recyclability credentials.
  • I officially love Google+...Too bad I can't dump Facebook
    July 1, 2011
    Love Google+ or hate it (and I really love it), it's about to become yet another electronic destination. The business implications are impressive, but who has the time?
  • U.S. IPOs Stall In Q2, But LinkedIn Leads Hot Internet Stocks
    July 1, 2011
    A choppy market stalled initial public offerings in the U.S. in the second quarter, but did little to stem the global tide of companies tapping the public for fresh capital.
  • Rockets push back rebels south of Libyan capital
    July 1, 2011
    BIR-AYYAD, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan rebels who had advanced to within 80 km (50 miles) of Muammar Gaddafi's stronghold in the capital were forced to retreat Friday after coming under a barrage of rocket fire from government forces.

  • Time To Close the Security Theater
    July 1, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "An editorial at Forbes calls for the dismantling of the TSA, pointing to recent headlines as the latest examples of 'security theater' at its worst. From the article: 'The problem isn't that the TSA is harassing the wrong people. The problem is that the TSA is harassing anyone. The TSA is encroaching on fundamental liberties and providing no discernable benefit. ... Naturally, the TSA responds to incidents like these by saying that the agents are highly trained and that
  • Denial of Service: Sit-in? No. Protest? Yes.
    July 1, 2011
    Cory Doctorow has recently written a thought-provoking piece for Make about the nature of distributed denial of service (DDoS, flooding a website with illegitimate traffic to cause it to crash) as a form of political protest. He takes issue with the fact that some have presented DDoS as the cyberspace equivalent of a real-world sit-in.
    Sit-ins are a sort of denial of service, but that’s not why they work. What they do is convey the message: 'I am willing to put myself
  • From Wife-Swapping to Spelunking to Princess Di: Byliner Is What It Promised To Be
    July 1, 2011
    Much has been made the past two weeks about Byliner.com, the best attempt yet at making longform journalism relevant in a medium where 400-words starts to feel a little longwinded. Naturally, this attention is a little self-interested (including mine). There's a feeling that if longer journalistic endeavors can make it, the industry will cross the paperless divide a little more intact. Some of it may also be either nostalgia or wishful thinking, as many of us have been re-engineered into online
  • Google+ faces first social networking privacy flaw
    July 1, 2011
    The fledgling Google+ social network has run up against its first major privacy complaint, as reports circulate of a bug that lets private content run wild through Circles.
  • Silver pen can 'draw' circuits
    July 1, 2011
    Scientists in the US have created a roller ball pen that can be used to draw functioning circuit boards.
  • Justin Timberlake Can't Save MySpace; But It Might Survive
    July 1, 2011
    Written by Sasha Strauss
  • Manufacturing sector picks up in June
    July 1, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The pace of growth in the manufacturing sector picked up for the first time in four months in June, a sign of optimism for the sputtering economy, according to an industry report released on Friday.

  • Android OS and tablets get another rival with HP TouchPad (Appolicious)
    July 1, 2011
    Appolicious - Android’s facing some serious competition when it comes to the tablet market, and it’s still an area Android has yet to dominate. With the iPad still top dog, HP officially launches the TouchPad today, adding another device and operating system to the competitive tablet space. The TouchPad has garnered mixed reviews already, with a lack of apps as just one of several ticks for the “cons” column when compared to the iPad.
  • Strauss-Kahn charges on brink of collapse: sources
    July 1, 2011
    NEW YORK/PARIS (Reuters) - The sexual assault case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was close to collapse on Friday, sources close to the case said, in a dramatic turnabout that could upend French politics again.

  • Motion-powered gadget charger back on track
    July 1, 2011
    The makers of the nPower Personal Energy Generator, which charges small electronics from the motion of walking, will take another crack at the portable charging market.
  • HTC Eternity pics, a Windows Phone Mango with a 4.7-inch screen (Digital Trends)
    July 1, 2011
    Digital Trends - German blog HTCInside (if you didn’t pick that up from the picture) has published the first supposed specs and pictures of a massive new Windows Phone from HTC. Named the HTC Eternity, the new device will be one of the first to run Windows Phone Mango, the promising next version of Windows Phone 7, which will have turn-by-turn navigation and a host of other needed and desired new features. More interesting than its ties to Mango, the new phone will have a massive 4.7-inch screen
  • I Spy With My Little Eye Another Multimillion Dollar Settlement In Google's Future
    July 1, 2011
    Bad litigation news for Google this week. Wired reports that the "Wi-Spy" lawsuits got a judicial thumbs up to move forward:
    A federal judge has found that Google can be held liable for damages for secretly intercepting data on open Wi-Fi routers. The ruling is a serious legal setback

  • Big Lehman creditor group backs bankruptcy plan
    July 1, 2011
    NEW YORK/BANGALORE (Reuters) - Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc said creditors holding more than $100 billion of claims now support its reorganization plan, moving the company closer to emerging from the largest-ever U.S. bankruptcy.

  • Social Media Presents a Moving Target -- 528 Changes at the Big Three
    July 1, 2011
    Keeping up with social media is not easy, says Sarah Carter, vice president of marketing at Actiance, a California communications compliance firm that was known as FaceTime Communications until January.
  • Solar thermal plants scrap steam for photovoltaic
    July 1, 2011
    Developers of solar thermal power plants are scrapping plans to use steam technology in favor of ever-cheaper solar panels.
  • The Ingredients of a Successful Company
    July 1, 2011
    Community. Perseverance. Design. Execution. Relationships.
  • Adobe tries discounts to woo Final Cut Pro ranters
    July 1, 2011
    Company says anyone who has purchased any version of Apple's Final Cut Pro will be eligible to receive 50 percent off Adobe Creative Suite 5 and Adobe Premiere Pro 5.
  • Nortel Patents Go To Apple, Microsoft, Sony and Others
    July 1, 2011
    tcr writes "A consortium that includes Apple, Microsoft, RIM and Sony has been successful in its bid for the Nortel patent portfolio. The winning bid was $4.5 billion. TechCrunch predicts this could result in a slew of lawsuits directed at Android, but also suggests that the deal will likely receive scrutiny from the US courts."
    Read more of this story at Slashdot.



  • Gmail Gets a Google+ Makeover
    July 1, 2011
    A refreshed Gmail interface is slowly rolling out in conjunction with Google's introduction of Google+.

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  • Financial Advisors Turn to Tech for Compliant Social Media Activity
    July 1, 2011
    Want to be friends with your insurance agent on Facebook? Yeah, thought not.
  • Nortel sells patents to consortium for $4.5B (AP)
    July 1, 2011
    AP - Bankrupt Canadian telecom group Nortel Networks Corp. on Friday said it is selling all of its remaining patents and patent applications to a consortium including Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research In Motion and Sony for $4.5 billion in cash.
  • Google offers users sneak peek at new Gmail design
    July 1, 2011
    If you're feeling daring, Google is offering users the chance to take the new, redesigned Gmail for a test drive. And it looks a lot like Google+.
  • Venezuela army assures calm after Chavez surgery
    July 1, 2011
    CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's military sought to quash any talk of unrest or infighting on Friday as socialist leader Hugo Chavez's revelation of cancer surgery shakes the South American OPEC nation he has dominated since 1999.

  • Road Trip Pic of the Day, 7/1: What is this?
    July 1, 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.
  • Germany's kitchen robots learn to be more human
    July 1, 2011
    MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) - For your average robot, chess may be easy compared to simple everyday activities like frying a sausage, but that may be about to change thanks to software being developed by scientists in Germany.

  • EU Rules Reduce Price of Mobile Roaming, but Problems Remain
    July 1, 2011
    New European Union rules came into force on Friday reducing the cost for consumers of using mobile phones abroad.

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  • Counterfeit Bitcoins Caused Price Crash, Exchange Reveals
    July 1, 2011
    Customers are urged to change their passwords in the wake of a hacker intrusion that manipulated the digital currency.

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  • The Most Dangerous Programming Mistakes
    July 1, 2011
    snydeq writes "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister discusses the most dangerous programming mistakes, and what can be done to avoid them. 'Even more than input validation errors, this year's list is rife with application security blunders of all kinds. Some of them sound fairly esoteric, such as "inclusion of functionality from untrusted control sphere." But of all such errors, the highest-ranking one on the list is "missing authentication for critical function" — in other words, the attacker
  • Is There a Formula For a Hit Song?
    July 1, 2011
    moveoverrover writes "What happens when two Rutgers grad students analyze 50 years of Billboard Top 10 hits with MIT offshoot Echo Nest's API and turn the data into visualizations for an assignment? Great looking visualizations for one, and a fascinating look at 50 years of Pop music at the data level. Posing the question, 'Is there a formula for a hit song?' the students write, 'What if we knew, for example, that 80% of the Billboard Hot 100 number one singles from 1960-2010 are sung in a major
  • Hoya sells off Pentax digital camera business
    July 1, 2011
    The company is selling Pentax to Ricoh in a deal reportedly worth $124 million. The deal is expected to close in October.
  • Chinese Censorship Gets Blasted By NTD TV
    July 1, 2011
    jjp9999 writes "Despite years of pressure from the Chinese regime, independent television station NTD TV will resume its broadcast throughout China with a Taiwanese satellite. Chinese residents throughout the mainland can receive the broadcast using satellite dishes (which are illegal) and get a glimpse of the world beyond the Great Firewall. Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) satellite provider fought the ruling tooth and nail, yet folded under pressure from the Taiwanese premier, the vice president

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