Thursday, July 14, 2011

Technical News - 14 July 2011

  • Spotify launches in USA, but is it the best music service for mobile needs?
    July 14, 2011
    Spotify is now available in the USA, but I still find Slacker Radio and the Zune Pass to be better for my listening habits. Are you excited about Spotify?
  • A dark side to inviting datacenters to your community
    July 14, 2011
    Datacenters are power hungry beasts; what does that mean for their neighbors?
  • Cool apps for the HP TouchPad with screenshots
    July 14, 2011
    There aren't a lot of apps available for the HP TouchPad, but these ten cool apps shouldn't be overlooked for the webOS tablet.
  • Whose bright idea was it to hold BBWorld in Vegas? Oh yeah, and Blackboard has now partnered with every US textbook publisher
    July 14, 2011
    I’m down $40 ($20 on black? I don’t think so), it’s bloody hot, and Blackboard has now basically partnered with every US textbook manufacturer.
  • Amazon, Netflix aim to fast forward shift to digital media over physical
    July 14, 2011
    Amazon is prepping an Android tablet. Netflix freaks its customers out by unbundling streaming and DVD by mail services. The common thread: Both companies are trying to speed up the transition to...
  • What are your smartphone bothersome things?
    July 14, 2011
    There are things that frustrate us smartphone users and the guys at the 361 Degrees podcast focused on several in their latest episode.
  • While it isn't gusting, wind technology development is picking up
    July 14, 2011
    Major home retailers are testing wind technologies and the government is accelerating evaluations of wind farm plans.
  • Building the Intelligent Optimization Layer - Everywhere
    July 14, 2011
    In another life and another time, I ran the network testing program at PC Magazine. Back then,  Mag (as it was called) evaluated application and device performance primarily on 10Mbps (gasp) or...
  • Box updates platform with API libraries for iOS, Android
    July 14, 2011
    Earlier this month, Box focused on webOS with its new app for the HP TouchPad. Now it's turning the focus back to iOS and Android.
  • Do RIM's troubles act as a warning to Oracle?
    July 14, 2011
    Do RIM's current woes portend the future for Oracle?
  • Apple to bring Bluetooth to Apple TV with iOS 5. App support coming, too?
    July 14, 2011
    Apple TV's diminutive remote may be stylish, but it doesn't make it easy to search for movies to watch. But some sleuthing into iOS 5's code has revealed that such pecking could become less...
  • Apple, Lenovo buck anemic PC sales trend
    July 14, 2011
    HP remains the top PC vendor in the world, but the strong growth rates belong to Lenovo globally and Apple in the U.S.
  • Why the United States might pay China before we pay our own soldiers
    July 14, 2011
    If you've ever wondered why I have so little regard for our politicians of both parties, this is one example.
  • Spotify finally launches in US: Enough to quell the masses from piracy?
    July 14, 2011
    Spotify is officially live for U.S. customers. But to compete, it has to appear to give more back to pirate music users than Apple's iCloud.
  • Dow Jones - Dynamic Ops customer profile
    July 14, 2011
    Dow Jones implemented a private cloud. Dow Jones' VP of Global Strategic Planning and Architecture discusses some of the company's thoughts about building a private cloud and why DynamicOps was...
  • Avoid these security mistakes when setting up a wireless access point
    July 14, 2011
    Bill Detwiler shows you how to avoid five blatant security mistakes when deploying a new wireless access point.
  • Kids Say Where Tech Should Go
    July 14, 2011
    What's the future of technology? Who better to ask than today's kids? [More]

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  • JPMorgan quarterly profit rises, loan book grows
    July 14, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co posted a higher-than-expected jump in second-quarter profit as it wrote off fewer bad mortgages and credit card loans.

  • Murdochs refuse to go before UK parliament
    July 14, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch on Thursday refused a demand from Britain's parliament to answer questions over alleged crimes at one of his newspapers, leaving a senior executive from his media empire to face lawmakers keen to break the media mogul's grip on politics.

  • Bernanke: deep spending cuts could derail recovery
    July 14, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned Congress on Thursday that overzealous cuts to government spending could derail an already fragile recovery and said a U.S. debt default could wreak financial havoc.

  • Suspected militants interrogated in India's Mumbai
    July 14, 2011
    MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian police sifted through forensic evidence and security camera footage and questioned members of a home-grown Islamist militant group for clues to the worst bomb blasts in Mumbai since Pakistan-based militants attacked the financial hub in 2008, officials said on Thursday.

  • Obama and lawmakers face fresh doubts on debt deal
    July 14, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and top Republicans faced growing pressure at home and abroad on Thursday to stop deficit-reduction talks from spiraling out of control and sending shockwaves through the global financial system.

  • Etc: Apple is now allowing businesses to make volume purchases of apps from the App Store through a new Volume Purchase Program.
    July 14, 2011
    Apple is now allowing businesses to make volume purchases of apps from the App Store through a new Volume Purchase Program.
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  • Spotify has launched: here's how to get an account right now (Digital Trends)
    July 14, 2011
    Digital Trends - Spotify rumors and speculation have dominated the last few months. The service is all the rage in Europe and has been rumored to be coming to the United States. Well, after extended talks with U.S. record labels, Spotify is now here, sort of. If you’re extremely excited, you can sign up for a Spotify Premium or Unlimited account right now for $4.99 per month (and up). But if you’re more like us, you’re probably used to new music services that promise the world and under deliver
  • Behind the increase: Why Netflix is raising prices (AP)
    July 14, 2011
    FILE - In this photo provided by Netflix Inc., a representation of the Netflix one-click remote available on many consumer electronics devices is shown. Netflix has provoked the ire of some of its 23 million subscribers by raising its prices by as much as 60 percent Tuesday for those who want to rent DVDs by mail and watch video on the Internet. New subscribers will have to pay the new prices immediately. The changes take effect Sept. 1, 2011, for Netflix's current customers.(AP Photo/Neflix Inc.)AP - Why is Netflix raising its prices? In part, because the company miscalculated how many people still want to receive DVDs by mail each month, a more expensive service to provide compared to its streamed Internet videos.


  • Microsoft Email Programs Explained
    July 14, 2011
    C. Moore needed clarification about Microsoft's assorted email clients.
  • If Apple's June Quarter Is Big, September's Going To Be a Monster
    July 14, 2011
    When Apple reports its 3rd quarter earnings next week expect another beat and guide, as the company continues to follow its well established pattern of far exceeding its comically conservative next-quarter guidance.
    If the company exceeds Wall Street estimates by an average margin, we’ll likely see earnings per share of $6.69 on revenue of $25. 7 billion, a healthy beat over the $5.71 on $24.7 billion, says Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. This during a quarter in which iPad 2 supplies were constrained and reports of a fall iPhone 5 launch tempered sales of the device.
    Which is something to keep in mind as we look ahead to the September quarter.
    If Apple can pull off the kind of financials Munster predicts for the June quarter under less than optimal conditions, what sort of numbers will it turn in for September which will reflect healthy iPad supplies, the back-to-school season and, in all likelihood, new iPhone hardware?
    Big ones.
    “Looking ahead to the Sept. quarter, we expect a spike in iPhone sales to 21 million units with new hardware near the end of the quarter,” says Munster. “The next-gen iPhone will be the first new iPhone launched at Verizon, and possibly Sprint, T-Mobile and international carriers as well, which could conservatively add 6 million units to our calendar 2012 iPhone estimate, taking growth from 35 percent to 43 percent.”
    Add to that Mac and iPad sales tracking in line with expectations and you get a hell of a September quarter. Munster’s prediction: Apple will guide for $5.73 per share on revenue of $27.08 billion and then report earnings of $6.37 on $27.64 billion.

  • WikiLeaks files complaint over Visa and Mastercard
    July 14, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks and the Icelandic IT company DataCell filed a formal complaint to the European Commission on Thursday, saying payment companies Visa Europe and MasterCard Inc violated EU antitrust laws by blocking donations.

  • Study finds no link between brain tumors, cell phones
    July 14, 2011
    A study of nearly 3 million Danish adults suggest that a decade of cell phone use does not increase the risk for some types of non-cancerous brain tumors.
  • Researchers Build "Squishy" Memory Device
    July 14, 2011
    ShipLives writes "Researchers have developed a memory device that is soft and functions well in wet environments, which could lead to new biocompatible electronic devices. 'We’ve created a memory device with the physical properties of Jell-O,' says Dr. Michael Dickey, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at NC State and co-author of a paper describing the research."
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  • Mac OS X Lion not launching today after all, apparently
    July 14, 2011
    But rumors suggest that the new Apple operating system will be available to consumers tomorrow as a download from the Mac App Store.
  • Spotify Launches in the U.S.
    July 14, 2011
    Spotify, the popular digital music streaming service available in Europe since 2008, launched on Thursday in the U.S., where music enthusiasts have been eagerly...

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  • Netflix arrives on Nintendo 3DS
    July 14, 2011
    The streaming service is available after users download the free application from the company's eShop.
  • CSS3 @font-face Design Guide
    July 14, 2011
    Although CSS3 @font-face is supported by most major browsers (IE, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari), but not all. When it doesn't, your custom fonts might break the layout or come out with undesired results. In this article, I will explain the common issues with using custom fonts, picking the matching fallback web safe fonts, and how [...]
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  • U.S. and China face vast divide on cyber issues
    July 14, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For two years, academic experts from the United States and China have quietly held talks on cyber-security, straining to establish rules of the road in a realm that has proven a persistent irritant between the world's two largest economies.

  • iPhone 5: Job Site Sparks Rumor of August Launch
    July 14, 2011
    The job ad seeks more iPhone sales staff for an exciting project from Aug. 16 to Oct. 28, but it doesn't mention the iPhone or specify why Apple needs the workers.

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  • James Webb Space Telescope Closer To the Axe
    July 14, 2011
    astroengine writes "This could be considered "strike two" for the deeply troubled James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Last week, the House Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee made the recommendation that the advanced infrared space telescope be cancelled. On Wednesday, the full House Science, Space and Technology Committee has approved the subcommittee's plan. The project may not be dead yet — the 2012 budget still has to be voted on my the House and Senate — but
  • Tata Posts Strong Revenue and Profit Growth
    July 14, 2011
    Tata Consultancy Services reported strong revenue and profit increases in the quarter ended June 30, citing growth across all markets, including emerging...

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  • We live in the Conversation Age... and it's all too much
    July 14, 2011
    Information overload is easy to deal with... conversation overload is a killer.
  • Road Trip Pic of the Day, 7/14: What is this?
    July 14, 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.
  • China's Alibaba.com in deal with Western Union for AliExpress
    July 14, 2011
    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba.com Ltd said on Thursday that it has signed an agreement with payment provider Western Union for its AliExpress wholesale platform.

  • Motorola Mobility an exclusive launch partner to Spotify
    July 14, 2011
    People who want early access to the highly anticipated on-demand music-streaming service could get a leg up with Motorola's phones and tablet.
  • Xbox Kinect helps surgeons in the operating room
    July 13, 2011
    Welcome Kinect, the newest member of the surgical team.
  • Still Awesome After All These Years: 8 Excellent Free Downloads
    July 14, 2011
    Wine gets better with age. Men get more distinguished looking (or so my wife tells me). Even some cars seem to improve as time passes (I'm looking at you, 1965 Mustang). But there's nothing glamorous about old software apps, which just get less and less useful the older they get--right?
  • Apple pays $945 to settle iPhone tracking suit in Korea
    July 14, 2011
    Apple's South Korea unit pays up following the revelation that the company's iOS-based devices were inadvertently tracking user locations.

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