Friday, July 15, 2011

Technical News - 15 July 2011

  • Microsoft's Tulalip social-search project: Is Socl the new Spindex?
    July 15, 2011
    What is Microsoft's mystery "Tulalip" social/search app? I'm thinking it could be FUSE Labs' Spindex. Here's why.
  • Glimpse for HP TouchPad: Multi-tasking within a single app
    July 15, 2011
    The webOS platform is great at multi-tasking, and a new app takes that to a whole new level. Glimpse for the TouchPad brings the ability to run multiple tasks within a single app.
  • Oracle looks for Page pyrotechnics in Google Android lawsuit
    July 15, 2011
    Oracle wants to hear from Google CEO Larry Page in its lawsuit against the search giant over Android.
  • Can Windows 8 finally vanquish the ghosts of XP and Vista?
    July 15, 2011
    These days, Microsoft is haunted by two ghosts. Windows Vista has practically vanished, but Windows XP is still hanging around on stage, interfering with Microsoft's careful messaging. Can Windows...
  • Why every student should be on Twitter
    July 15, 2011
    Twitter isn't just about friends, family and colleagues. Not only does Twitter almost guarantee a response from people, it could also land you a job.
  • Wi-Fi usage on smartphones growing, tablets replacing TVs
    July 15, 2011
    Smartphone owners may be getting ready for all carriers to switch to tiered data plans as Wi-Fi usage is increasing, and tablets are keeping TVs turned off.
  • Q2 proves to be big for Google products, especially Android
    July 15, 2011
    The second quarter of 2011 was big and busy for Google, with stellar earnings and a record number of new products rolled out. But Android proved to be the most solid.
  • Another research analyst predicts an Apple HDTV is coming, along with a "Genius Squad" to install sets
    July 15, 2011
    There's always been one research analyst -- Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster -- that has predicted Apple will release HDTVs, but now a second one -- UBS Investment Research's Maynard Um -- is joining...
  • First impressions of the HTC Status Facebook phone on AT&T
    July 15, 2011
    The HTC Status is a small front facing QWERTY keyboard Android smartphone targeted towards the messaging crowd who find Facebook to be an important part of their lives. Facebook is integrated into...
  • Google's Page delivers solid performance; Balances new products, discipline
    July 15, 2011
    Google CEO Larry Page allayed analyst worries about the company by changing the conversation from spending to new product launches while promising "tight financial management."
  • Republicans say White House has no debt plan
    July 15, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Republican on Friday said President Barack Obama and Democrats had still not put a serious deficit plan on the table, underscoring the acrimony plaguing negotiations to avert a government default.

  • United States recognizes Libya rebels
    July 15, 2011
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Rebel leaders won recognition as the legitimate government of Libya from the United States and other world powers on Friday in a major boost to the rebels' faltering campaign to oust Muammar Gaddafi.

  • Google: Clapping, Cheering, Whooping, Street Cheers Q2 Beat
    July 15, 2011
    Celebrate good times. C'mon.
  • Europe's banks brace for clutch of health test failures
    July 15, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - A health check of European banks is expected to show that as many as 15 lenders need more capital to withstand a prolonged recession, with criticism growing that the tests do not encompass the impact of a Greek default.

  • Coming Clean in the New Economy
    July 15, 2011
    What’s in a name?  Brookings calls it “clean” and in Northeast Ohio we call it “advanced” but the real question is - Can the energy economy help guide the country towards a more globally competitive position?  While the energy topic has become a political issue, it should first and foremost be viewed as an economic driver that regions with strong energy assets can leverage to transition their economies.
  • SpaceX Dragon As Mars Science Lander?
    July 15, 2011
    FleaPlus writes "Besides using the SpaceX Dragon capsule to deliver supplies to the ISS this year and astronauts in following years, the company wants to use Dragon as a platform for propulsively landing science payloads on Mars and other planets. Combined with their upcoming Falcon Heavy rocket, 'a single Dragon mission could land with more payload than has been delivered to Mars cumulatively in history.' According to CEO Elon Musk, SpaceX is working with NASA's Ames Research Center on a mission
  • Murdoch aide Brooks quits as head of UK newspapers
    July 15, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - Rebekah Brooks resigned as chief executive of News International on Friday, yielding to political and investor pressure over a phone hacking scandal that has shaken Rupert Murdoch's media empire on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • Google+: Nearly 9 of 10 users are male (Digital Trends)
    July 15, 2011
    Digital Trends - Google+ may be the hottest thing in social networking right now. Just don’t expect to find many women hanging out there. According to Google+ analytics site Social Statistics, 8.67 out of 10 Google+ users are male. That’s right, almost every single person on the site is a dude, at least according to this count. It’s like the early days of the Internet all over again! In a bad way!
  • SpaceX breaks ground on Falcon Heavy launch site
    July 15, 2011
    The company says that the launch site will be at the Vandenberg Air Force Base. The company hopes to have the Falcon Heavy at the site by the end of 2012.
  • Apple Looking at TSMC For A6 Chip
    July 15, 2011
    Apple’s deteriorating relationship with Samsung has inspired it to seek out alternative manufacturers for its A series chips. Top among them, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing. Reuters reports that TSMC has begun trial production of Cuptertino’s ARM-based A6 processor, a chip destined for future iOS devices.
    Whether TSMC wins a commercial contract for the A6 will depend on its yield rate. Either way, it’s looking like Samsung’s acrimonious legal battle with Apple will end up costing it at least a portion of the iPhone maker’s business — but not all of it. Says NH Investment and Securities analyst Seo Won-seok, “It won’t be easy for Apple to dramatically change its chip provider from Samsung…It has to redesign the chipset, which Samsung has been deeply involved from the beginning and has some intellectual property. Apple could try various suppliers but they (Samsung and Apple) need each other and the relationship will continue.”

  • Open Data Catches on in Kenya
    July 15, 2011
    This post originally appeared on O’Reilly Radar ("Open government data to fuel Kenya's app economy"). It’s republished with permission.
  • Batman fan builds real Batmobile powered by jet engine (Yahoo! News)
    July 15, 2011
    Yahoo! News - Batman is well-known for his ridiculously cool crime-fighting gear, and no piece of tech is more recognizable than the iconic Batmobile. Tim Burton's 1989 Batman film introduced us to one of the coolest versions of the superhero's speedy ride, which …
  • Blaze Mobile awarded patent for NFC sticker
    July 15, 2011
    The company's near-field communications sticker for handsets has been used by companies to test out tap-and-pay services.
  • MIT folds solar cell into paper airplane
    July 15, 2011
    Researchers at MIT have developed a way to "print" solar cells on paper and fabric. The process takes place in a vacuum chamber and is similar what's used to make potato chip bags.
  • U.S. probes Credit Suisse for aiding tax evasion
    July 15, 2011
    ZURICH/LONDON (Reuters) - Swiss bank Credit Suisse is being probed by the U.S. Department of Justice as part of a broader investigation into banks suspected of helping Americans evade taxes.

  • Economists Urge Honest Accounting of Carbon's True Costs
    July 15, 2011
    With all eyes riveted on the debt talks and efforts to avert an economy-busting government default, little attention is being paid to another debt that is similarly ballooning out of control and threatening to spur its own economic chaos.
  • Say Hello To The Harry Potter Book Of Mormon Parody
    July 15, 2011
    Fans are already lining up at theaters across the U.S. for the opening weekend of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. But if you're not ready to queue up yet, you can whet your appetite with this fantastic song and video put together by 20-year-old Broadway actress Tessa Netting.
  • Consumer sentiment sours, manufacturing weak
    July 15, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Consumer confidence plummeted to its lowest level in more than two years in early July and factory output stalled in June, further diminishing hopes of a quick economic rebound in the second half of the year.

  • Researchers Find Dangerous Vulnerability in Skype
    July 15, 2011
    UPDATE: Skype calls the cross-site scripting flaw that could be used to change a password "unlikely" to result in exploit, but promises a fix.

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  • The History of Ethernet
    July 15, 2011
    Z34107 tips an article at Ars about the history of ethernet, from its humble beginnings at Xerox PARC in the mid-'70s, to its standardization and broad adoption, to the never-ending quest for higher throughput. Quoting: "It's hard to believe now, but in the early 1980s, 10Mbps Ethernet was very fast. Think about it: is there any other 30-year-old technology still present in current computers? 300 baud modems? 500 ns memory? Daisy wheel printers? But even today, 10Mbps is not an entirely unusable
  • First Sign Of A Cloud Bubble Ready To Pop - An ETF
    July 15, 2011
    By James Staten
  • Apple: Jefferies Boosts Estimates; Earnings Due Next Week
    July 15, 2011
    Another day, another estimate increase for Apple.
  • Verizon Gets Greedy About Tethering
    July 15, 2011
    The carrier's tethering police are on the prowl, masquerading as a "promotion."

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  • There's a massive mystery in Google's financial results
    July 15, 2011
    Why are Google sites suddenly growing at nearly twice the rate of its partner sites? And why isn't anyone asking this question?
  • Green Gadget of the Week: K3 Wind & Solar Charger
    July 15, 2011
    Off-the-grid charger for your electronics devices and mobile phones combines solar and wind power generation.
  • The Science Behind Fanboyism
    July 15, 2011
    crookedvulture writes "We've all encountered fanboys. They lurk on messageboards and in comment threads, ready to trumpet the benefits of their product or brand of choice with Cheeto-stained fingertips. And it's not their fault. This analysis of the scientific research on the subject reveals that our brains unconsciously develop an affinity for products we choose over similarly attractive alternatives. Duh, right? But what's really interesting is that this affinity exists not just among adults,
  • Road Trip Picture of the Day, 7/15: What is this?
    July 15, 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.
  • 24,000 Pentagon Files Stolen in Major Cyberattack
    July 15, 2011
    DOD discloses it was hit by a major cyberattack in March as it outlines new Strategy for Operating in Cyberspace initiative.

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  • Browser Should Manage Your Online ID, Mozilla Says
    July 15, 2011
    Mozilla's proposed BrowserID system consolidates passwords, but why should it succeed when similar services have stalled?

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  • Solar lanterns saving lives, lighting up Kenya
    July 15, 2011
    It's an ambitious project but one that the team feel can really make a difference to people living in rural Kenya who do not have access to electricity.

  • MobileGo Manages Your Android Phone from a PC
    July 15, 2011
    You can deride iTunes for its cut-off, protected environment. And you can complain about the iPhone's closed nature. But what you can't deny is that Apple's two products work incredibly well together, delivering a seamless solution for transferring data back and forth between a phone and a computer. It's exactly what's missing from phones running the Android operating system. And it's just what Wondershare's MobileGo attempts to deliver. This $40 application (a free demo version is available) lets
  • News Corp. exec resigns over phone hacking
    July 15, 2011
    Rebekah Brooks, who headed the News Corp. unit under fire, steps down less than two weeks after allegations that employees have repeatedly hacked phones of crime victims.
  • Oracle wants to grill Google's CEO in Android suit
    July 15, 2011
    Oracle wants to put Google CEO Larry Page on the hot seat in the companies' intellectual property lawsuit over the Android mobile operating system, according to a court filing made late Thursday by the companies.
  • Dawn craft to circle giant asteroid in first of double-mission encounter
    July 15, 2011
    After four years sailing through space, the Dawn spacecraft was expected to slip into orbit late Friday around a giant asteroid to begin a year-long investigation into the origins of the solar system.
  • Otter And Elephant Go 'Commando'
    July 15, 2011
    Dolphins, an otter, a 7400 pound elephant, a baby girl and a feral racoon dine on, dunk, thrash and smash one of the toughest cell phones on the planet to the test.

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