Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Technical News - 05 July 2011

  • Netflix plots Latin America expansion, certifies TI for high-def streaming
    July 5, 2011
    Netflix will expand into 43 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean in an international expansion that could juice growth going forward.
  • FarmVille maker Zynga's risky business: Will it scare away investors?
    July 5, 2011
    On Friday, while everyone was rushing out of town for the holiday weekend, news broke that FarmVille maker Zynga filed an S-1 with the SEC, indicating the companyĆ¢€™s plans to go public.Analysts...
  • Flash SSD prices dropping - but not enough
    July 5, 2011
    Flash SSD prices still too rich for you? Prices are dropping, despite Japan's quake woes. Here's what's happening - and what to expect this year.
  • Could the power of touch create everlasting batteries?
    July 5, 2011
    Right before I disappeared for the July 4 holiday weekend, to a place where posting to this blog wasn't an option, researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, published some data about...
  • Citrix makes desktop virtualization secure enough for secret environments
    July 5, 2011
    Using desktop virtualization in highly secret environments is very challenging. Desktop systems may only be allowed to communicate with certain servers over certain secure networks. Individuals...
  • Tea Tech: The high-tech kettle that's the best thing since boiled water
    July 5, 2011
    The Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp 1.7-Liter Stainless-Steel Cordless Electric Kettle is the best thing since boiled water.
  • Google's Android IP headache may become a migraine
    July 5, 2011
    How dominant can Google's Android operating system become? Dominant enough for almost an entire industry of rivals to play a $4.5 billion game of patent keep away. Now it's time to rev up the...
  • Facebook blocks Google Chrome extension for exporting friends
    July 5, 2011
    Facebook is throttling a Chrome extension that lets you export your Facebook friends so you can import them elsewhere, like to Google+.
  • Netflix expands streaming service to Latin America (Reuters)
    July 5, 2011
    Reuters - Netflix Inc is expanding its streaming video service to 43 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Pressure on Murdoch over new hacking allegation
    July 5, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the alleged hacking of a murdered schoolgirl's voicemail by the News of the World, part of Rupert Murdoch's media empire, as the scandal closed in on a top News Corp executive and Murdoch protegee.

  • Pressure on Murdoch over new hacking allegation
    July 5, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the alleged hacking of a murdered schoolgirl's voicemail by the News of the World, part of Rupert Murdoch's media empire, as the scandal closed in on a top News Corp executive and Murdoch protegee.

  • Special Report: A tale of two Europes
    July 5, 2011
    THEBES, Greece/STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters) -Petzetakis likes to call itself the first Greek multinational. The company began making plastic pipes and hoses in the early 1960s and grew steadily over the next couple of decades, opening a plant in Portugal and pushing into Germany. Proud of its role as a pioneer, the firm dreamed of bigger things.

  • Nokia cuts smartphone prices (Reuters)
    July 5, 2011
    A man talks on his mobile phone as he walks past an advertisment for the new Nokia N8 on Oxford Street in London, September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Luke MacGregorReuters - Nokia has cut the prices of its smartphones in Europe in an attempt to slow the decline in its share of the higher end of the market, two industry sources said on Tuesday.


  • Nokia cuts smartphone prices
    July 5, 2011
    HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia has cut the prices of its smartphones in Europe in an attempt to slow the decline in its share of the higher end of the market, two industry sources said on Tuesday.

  • New at Scientific American : Introducing the Blog Network!
    July 5, 2011
    We have an exciting announcement to make this morning. Our new blog network has launched!
    To our existing line-up of eight blogs you are all familiar with, we have added another 39. There are now six editorial blogs, six personal blogs written by our editors and staff, and 42 independent bloggers who will write on our platform starting today.
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  • 15 Million iPhones Reportedly in the Works
    July 5, 2011
    An online report says Apple placed an order with Pegatron, a Taiwan company, to build 15 million units of the next iPhone in time for a fall launch.

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  • Netflix expands streaming offer into Latin America
    July 5, 2011
    The company announces major expansion into Mexico, Central and South America and a total of 43 new countries.
  • Good news, bad news for Verizon, Android and iPhone (Appolicious)
    July 5, 2011
    Appolicious - Has the tide been turned in the struggle for market dominance between iPhone from Apple and Android smartphones in the United States? Or is the other shoe going to drop for iPhone with a dip in sales being reported by Verizon Wireless?
  • Retailer Calls Rivals' Bluff On "HDMI Scam"
    July 5, 2011
    nk497 writes "Retailer Kogan is offering customers of rival stores free HDMI cables to highlight the 'scam' of selling the cables for £100, saying its own £4 cable works just as well. 'An HDMI cable is an HDMI cable,' Kogan said. 'It's a digital cable. You either get a picture or you don't. Don't get conned into buying a 'fancy' HDMI cable because it will make no difference!' Rival retailers Currys and John Lewis said they preferred to offer customers a 'variety' of cables. 'Each of
  • Strauss-Kahn faces home hurdle as U.S. woes ease
    July 5, 2011
    PARIS (Reuters) - Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn inched closer on Tuesday to having U.S. sex assault charges against him dropped although a complaint of assault in France could pose a further hurdle to any political comeback.

  • Ask Ars: will iTunes Match be used to chase down music pirates?
    July 5, 2011

    In 1998, Ask Ars was an early feature of the newly launched Ars Technica. Now, as then, it's all about your questions and our community's answers. Each week, we'll dig into our question bag, provide our own take, then tap the wisdom of our readers. To submit your own question, see our helpful tips page.
    Q: Will Apple's iTunes Match service be used to find out who has pirated music?
    In the fall, Apple will launch its iCloud service for Macs and iOS devices. It includes two

  • Researchers cast doubt on cell phone cancer risk
    July 5, 2011
    The researchers do acknowledge, however, that there is still a high level of "uncertainty" related to the possibility of handsets causing cancer.
  • Merger of Ebay's S.Korean units gets regulatory nod (Reuters)
    July 5, 2011
    Reuters - South Korea's antitrust watchdog said Tuesday it had approved U.S. online auctioneer eBay Inc's move to merge its two e-commerce units in the country.
  • Merger of Ebay's S.Korean units gets regulatory nod
    July 5, 2011
    SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's antitrust watchdog said Tuesday it had approved U.S. online auctioneer eBay Inc's move to merge its two e-commerce units in the country.

  • iPhone 5 order: 15 million for Sept. launch, report says
    July 5, 2011
    Apple has put in an order for 15 million iPhone 5 units from Taiwanese supplier Pegatron, with an eye toward shipping the phones starting in September, according to DigiTimes.
  • Space Station Internet Too Slow for Gaming
    July 5, 2011
    Canadian astronaut says space-based Internet roughly corresponds to dial-up speeds.

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  • Pincus joins Web's rock stars with Zynga IPO
    July 5, 2011
    MONTREAL (Reuters) - Serial entrepreneur, dog lover, social networking czar and Zynga Inc founder Mark Pincus on Friday took a big step toward joining Wall Street's Internet elite.

  • Falcone's LightSquared raises $265 million in funding
    July 5, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - LightSquared, the telecom start-up backed by Philip Falcone's Harbinger Capital hedge fund, said on Tuesday that it has raised $265 million in funding from existing and new investors.

  • China's Coal Power Plants Mask Climate Change
    July 5, 2011
    Hugh Pickens writes "The Guardian reports on new research revealing that the huge increase in coal-fired power stations in China, up from just over 10 gigawatts (GW) in 2002 to over 80GW in 2006, has masked the impact of global warming in the last decade because of the cooling effect of their sulphur emissions. But scientists warn that rapid warming is likely to resume when the short-lived sulphur pollution – which also causes acid rain – is cleaned up and the full heating effect of
  • From Textbooks To Tabs
    July 5, 2011
    South Korea to digitize the school curriculum.



  • ISTE take-home message #1: It's all about the iPads
    July 4, 2011
    Raise your hand if you're considering an iPad deployment for 1:1 computing. The folks at ISTE seem to think you are.
  • Why Does the Space Shuttle Launch Countdown Have So Many Stops and Starts?
    July 5, 2011
    On July 5, if all goes according to plan, the final countdown of the space shuttle program will begin. The launch clock at Kennedy Space Center, a giant digital display with 40-watt lightbulbs for pixels, will begin ticking down from 43 hours. When it reaches zero, Atlantis will rumble off the launch pad, and the final shuttle mission will begin. [More]

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  • CNET Road Trip tours Europe
    July 5, 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.
  • Apple to decide on Google+ app
    July 5, 2011
    Google has asked Apple to approve a mobile version of its social networking site + (Plus) for iPhones and iPads.
  • 5 reasons the iPad was made to keep parents sane
    July 5, 2011
    Being a tech dad is a curse. We are always chasing the latest and greatest that tech minds are producing despite our economic status, how many kids we have or whether or not the CFO at home (the wife) will approve.

  • iPad Generates One Percent of World's Web Traffic
    July 5, 2011
    It’s been just 14 months since the iPad first went on sale in April of 2010, and in that time the device has managed to capture a chunk of the Web browsing market belying its young age.
    According to Net Applications’ latest NetMarketShare report, more than one percent of all global Web browsing occurs on an iPad. And in the U.S., the percentage rises to 2.1 percent.

    Small figures, sure. But significant ones. For a single device in a newly created market to capture that kind of Web browsing traffic in just over a year is an impressive achievement by any measure. Net Applications figures that tablets and smartphones together account for five percent of all Web browsing globally and 8.2 percent in the U.S.

  • Truckin' Up to Low Earth Orbit--Deadly Reality-Check: Challenger and Columbia, Part 2
    July 5, 2011
    This is the second of a three-part series that looks back at the 30-year history of the U.S. space shuttle program.
    Any summary of the shuttle program cannot go on without mentioning 14 lost astronauts and two doomed vehicles-- Challenger on launch in 1986 and Columbia on reentry in 17 years later. Both events punctuated periods of exuberance, where the space agency pushed for the original goal of making flights to and from orbit routine and numerous; early on, NASA estimated that the system

  • Power Politics: Competing Charging Standards Could Threaten Adoption of Electric Vehicles
    July 5, 2011
    To most Americans electric cars are as new a concept as the first combustion vehicles were to horse-and buggy-drivers in the early years of the 20th century. But to the organizations around the world that have been working to make modern electric cars a consumer reality, it has taken decades to get to this point. In fact, the electric car industry is old enough now that it has developed its own internal conflicts--the biggest of which centers on vehicle charging. Unfortunately, engineering groups

  • Macrium Reflect 4.2.3775
    July 5, 2011
    A complete disaster recovery solution for your home and office. Protect your personal documents, photos, music and emails. Upgrade your hard disk or try new operating systems in the safe knowledge that everything is securely saved in an easily recovered backup file.

  • Canon considering compact mirrorless camera
    July 5, 2011
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Canon, the world's top camera-maker, is exploring the possibility of launching a mirrorless model, packing many of the capabilities of an upmarket single-lens reflex camera into a more compact body, a senior executive said.

  • NSN trials TD-LTE in Hangzhou and Xiamen
    July 5, 2011
    Becomes first global vendor to be awarded two cities in six-city China Mobile 4G trial
  • Avant Browser 2011 Build 27
    July 5, 2011
    Avant Browser is a standalone application designed to expand features provided by Internet Explorer. It adds a bunch of features and functionalities to IE and its user-friendly interface brings a new level of clarity and efficiency to your browsing experience, and frequent upgrades have steadily improved its reliability.

  • Developer Calls Amazon Appstore a 'Disaster'
    July 5, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "The developer of the current #2 Top App on Android Market has written a very interesting article giving six reasons why they decided to pull their game from Amazon Appstore. From the article: 'If you are a small indie development team, or possibly even alone, don't bother with Amazon Appstore. Create a great app, publish it on Android Market, and provide great customer support. You will never succeed on Amazon Appstore without a big wallet, or at least an established
  • Emsisoft Anti-Malware 5.1.0.16
    July 5, 2011
    Emsisoft Anti-Malware monitors all active programs in real time for dangerous behavior (Behavior Blocking) and can detect new unknown Trojans, Worms, Viruses and other damaging programs (Zero-Day dangers) without daily updates. The signature-based security (Emsisoft and Ikarus double engine) ensures a very high recognition rate of known Malware suc...

  • BlackBerry PlayBook vs. HP TouchPad: A tale of two failures
    July 4, 2011
    Both Research in Motion and Hewlett-Packard failed to properly execute the launch of their flagship Tablet products. Why? It's a case of management foul-ups versus engineering snafus.

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