Friday, July 8, 2011

Technical News - 08 July 2011

  • Requiem for America's space shuttle program
    July 8, 2011
    Emotionally, I almost can't accept that NASA is out of the airframe-lofting business for the next bunch of years.
  • First desktops equipped with AMD Llano APUs start shipping from AVADirect, CyberPower
    July 8, 2011
    AMD's launch of Llano accelerated processing units (APU) hasn't resulted in an immediate avalanche of new products, but a trickle has started to emerge. While two quad-core desktop chips have...
  • Fantastical 1.0.2 adds BusyCal support
    July 8, 2011
    Flexibits today introduced Fantastical 1.0.2, an upgrade to its innovative Mac calendar app that includes one of its most requested features, BusyCal support.
  • Tablet shipments below lofty expectations, says IDC
    July 8, 2011
    Global tablet shipments in the first quarter fell 28 percent from the fourth quarter and failed to hit expectations, according to research firm IDC.
  • NRDC: GOP drive to repeal lightbulb efficiency law overlooks $12.5B in potential savings
    July 8, 2011
    Congress could vote on a repeal of energy-efficiency standards for incandescent lightbulbs, slated to take effect in 2012, as early as next week.
  • Microsoft to deliver Surface 2.0 software developer kit on July 12
    July 8, 2011
    Microsoft is planning to make the software development kit (SDK) for the new version of the touch-centric Surface 2.0 system available for download on July 12.
  • SAP core applications certified on Oracle Exadata
    July 8, 2011
    Oracle said core SAP applications are now certified for use on its Exadata database machine.
  • Phone facts: Verizon sells a lot of iPhones; Free iOS games make more money
    July 8, 2011
    Phone facts: Verizon has only been selling the iPhone 4 for a few months, yet statistics show Big Red is already accounting for a third of all iPhones sold in the U. S. Free iOS games make more...
  • Dropbox: new terms of service bring smiles
    July 8, 2011
    Dropbox updated its terms of service to reflect stated policies on user privacy and intellectual property control.
  • Zettaset harnessing hadoop for massive analytics
    July 8, 2011
    Apache Hadoop is a powerful tool. Obtaining the most from this tool requires expertise. Zettaset hopes to simplify the process and make Hadoop available to more companies.
  • How a small hospital network uses BI to provide better care (and save money)
    July 8, 2011
    Lehigh Valley Health Network is eliminating data islands, simplifying how information is distributed, and increasing efficiency.
  • Five things you need to know about Office 365 for Education
    July 8, 2011
    With the upcoming launch of Office 365 for Education -- the cloud-based communications suite for colleges -- five things you should know.
  • Green Gadget of the Week: Logitech's solar keyboard
    July 8, 2011
    The wireless keyboard uses any form of light to charge up and includes a 'unifying' receiver to connect up to 6 Logitech mice or keyboards.
  • Big data vs. traditional databases: Can you reproduce YouTube on Oracle's Exadata?
    July 8, 2011
    Want to know how disruptive so-called big data efforts can be to traditional database companies? Try replicating YouTube on Oracle hardware and software.
  • Atlantis launches on final U.S. space shuttle mission
    July 8, 2011
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Space shuttle Atlantis rocketed away from its seaside launch pad in Florida on Friday on the 135th and final flight in the 30-year-old U.S. shuttle program.

  • Next Generation: We Want a Spaceship, Not a Freight Truck
    July 8, 2011
    CAPE CANAVERAL -- I took this picture last night, and I don’t like it very much. [More]

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  • Indonesia torture case vs ExxonMobil revived
    July 8, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday revived a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp by Indonesian villagers who accused the oil giant's security forces of committing murder, torture and other wrongdoing.

  • Dismal jobs picture complicates debt talks
    July 8, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dismal U.S. unemployment figures on Friday complicated an effort to avert a looming default as Washington's top Republican said negotiators were not close to a deal that would ensure continued borrowing.

  • Ask Maggie: Need help managing smartphone data? There's an app for that
    July 8, 2011
    In this week's Ask Maggie, I offer some suggestions for managing
  • Space Shuttle Atlantis Launches On Final Flight
    July 8, 2011
    Space Shuttle Atlantis has just launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. STS-135 marks the final flight for the shuttle program, 30 years after Columbia touched the sky during STS-1. The mission summary (PDF) outlines STS-135's crew and event timeline. NASA's launch blog has been following the countdown all morning, and our own CmdrTaco has been tweeting live from on-site. NASA TV is also being streamed live. Meteorological reports for the launch looked doubtful at first, but a gap in
  • For the good of all of us: CERN launches open source hardware effort
    July 8, 2011
    Open source software is used extensively by CERN, the particle physics lab behind the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments. In fact, the organization even maintains its very own Linux distribution—based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux—called Scientific Linux CERN. Inspired by the productivity of Linux development, a group of CERN engineers have decided to bring the advantages of the open source software development model to the world of hardware.
    CERN has launched a new community

  • As ex-spokesman arrested, Cameron vows press shake-up
    July 8, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - Police arrested David Cameron's former spokesman on Friday over the scandal that has shut down Rupert Murdoch's News of the World, forcing the prime minister to defend his judgment while promising sweeping new rules for the British press.

  • Spotify says US launch coming 'soon' (AFP)
    July 8, 2011
    Swedish music streaming service Spotify said it will launch shortly in the United States, where it is not currently available because of copyright issues.(SPOTIFY)AFP - Swedish music streaming service Spotify said Friday it will launch shortly in the United States, where it is not currently available because of copyright issues.


  • Greenlight Capital sells Yahoo stake: source
    July 8, 2011
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Greenlight Capital sold its stake in Yahoo Inc, a source familiar with the trade said on Friday.

  • Analysis: Young startups demand steeper prices from VCs
    July 8, 2011
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A year ago, Mike Maples's investment firm, Floodgate, was investing in young companies at a pace of two or three every quarter. Now, he's backed just one startup all year and puts a big chunk of the blame on spiraling price tags.

  • Greenlight Capital sells Yahoo stake: source (Reuters)
    July 8, 2011
    The Yahoo! offices are pictured in Santa Monica, California April 18, 2011. REUTERS/Mario AnzuoniReuters - Greenlight Capital sold its stake in Yahoo Inc, a source familiar with the trade said on Friday.


  • Google to cooperate in antitrust review: Schmidt
    July 8, 2011
    SUN VALLEY, Idaho (Reuters) - Google Inc will cooperate fully with U.S. antitrust regulators but will not let the formal probe launched last month distract or disrupt its strategy, executive chairman Eric Schmidt said.

  • Apple seeks stylus patents
    July 8, 2011
    The applications cover a stylus that can charged when inserted into a touch-screen device for storage and a stylus that can write on any surface and transfer the data to a device.
  • Secret agents raid webcam artist
    July 8, 2011
    The US Secret Service has raided the home of an artist who collected images from webcams in a New York Apple store.
  • Are You Too Good For Code Reviews?
    July 8, 2011
    theodp writes "Why do some programmers,' asks Chris Hemedinger, 'place little value on code reviews?' This apparently includes even Programming Greats like Ken 'C' Thompson, who quipped, 'we were all pretty good coders' when asked about the importance of code reviews in his work. Hemedinger, on the other hand, subscribes to the school of thought that peer code reviews are Things Everyone Should Do. Not only do reviews keep you on your toes, Hemedinger says, they also 'improve quality, ensure continuity
  • Kurt Vile music video shot with a smartphone
    July 8, 2011
    Todd Cole, a photographer and music video director, sets young love to a Kurt Vile tune via a Windows Phone camera.
  • FCC closer to finalizing Net neutrality rules
    July 8, 2011
    The Federal Communications Commission has finally filed its Net neutrality rules with the Office of Management and Budget.
  • Explore America’s diplomatic efforts around the world
    July 8, 2011


    Throughout the past year American embassies, consulates, and ambassadors around the world have uploaded hundreds of videos to YouTube across a wide array of topics. Some are informative, like U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos updating American citizens following the devastating tsunami; some are inspirational, like First Lady Michelle Obama’s message to a school in Santiago; and others are instructional, like this video on what to
  • UK Police Database Abuse 'Hugely Intrusive'
    July 8, 2011
    twoheadedboy writes "Police database abuse has been branded as 'hugely intrusive' after a report showed over 900 officers and staff had breached the Data Protection Act over the last three years. Furthermore, 243 police officers and staff received criminal convictions for breaking laws set down by the DPA. 'Our investigation shows that not only have police employees been found to have run background records checks on friends and possible partners, but some have been convicted for passing sensitive
  • With Atlantis launch, shuttle program is history (roundup)
    July 8, 2011
    Mission STS-135 for the space shuttle Atlantis marks the end of the three-decade U.S. shuttle program and a fundamental shift in focus for NASA.
  • Nasa astronauts to be joined by mice on final Atlantis space flight
    July 8, 2011
    The team of Nasa astronauts preparing to leave Earth on Friday will not be alone in boarding the Atlantis space shuttle for its historic final flight.
  • Readers Respond to "Ruled By the Body"--and More...
    July 8, 2011
    FOOD FOR THOUGHT In the article on physical ailments influencing the brain, “ Ruled by the Body ,” Erich Kasten listed a number of medical conditions that can masquerade as mental disorders. To that list, I would add celiac disease, in which an intolerance to the gluten found in wheat and other grains causes an autoimmune reaction in the gut that prevents the absorption of crucial vitamins and minerals. The resulting malnutrition can cause fatigue, muddled thinking, anxiety and depression

  • Road Trip Pic of the Day, 7/8: What is this?
    July 8, 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.
  • Logitech Launches Cooling Pad N200 For Laptops
    July 8, 2011
    Keeps your family jewels cool for Rs 1595.



  • Fitness Site Accidentally Shows Sexual Activity
    July 8, 2011
    smitty777 writes "FitBit is a wearable device created to track calorie usage based on activities. Unfortunately for some users, one of those is sexual activities. The information gained from the device is uploaded to the users online web account, which is searchable by Google. From the article: 'Yikes. Users of fitness and calorie tracker Fitbit may need to be more careful when creating a profile on the site. The sexual activity of many of the users of the company’s tracker and online platform
  • RIAA Math: Sell 1 Million Albums, Still Owe $500k
    July 8, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "For all the complaints from the RIAA about 'pirates,' who are the real pirates in this scenario? Through a variety of contractual tricks, it's nearly impossible for artists signed to major labels to get paid. The article and video detail how an artist who thinks he's getting a 10% royalty is actually getting closer to 2.5% through various tricks placed in the contract. The labels, then, end up with 97.5% of the gross revenue, and anything they 'spend' on the artist continues
  • Last launch of Nasa space shuttle Atlantis: live
    July 8, 2011
    Live coverage of the launch of space shuttle Atlantis, the last space shuttle launch of the Nasa programme. The shuttle will embark on a 12-day mission to resupply the International Space Station before returning to Earth for the last time.
  • Verizon accounts for a third of all U.S. iPhone 4s
    July 8, 2011
    The carrier has a healthy share of the market for Apple's smartphone despite criticism that sales seemed to be disappointing.
  • Visualizing Behavior-Tracking Cookies With Firefox
    July 8, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "Using Firefox, and a new (open source) add-on called Collusion, you can see for yourself just how extensive the third-party behavior-tracking system is. Simply leave the Collusion website open, browse the web for a bit, and then return to see that your favorite websites are letting at least four or five behavior tracking companies follow you around the web."
    Read more of this story at Slashdot.



  • Anonymous Eyes Political Role, but Won't Go Legit
    July 8, 2011
    Hacker group Anonymous plans to promote an affiliated political party to attract people who share its civil liberties goals, but do not agree with its methods.

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