Saturday, July 16, 2011

Technical News - 16 July 2011

  • Windows 8 tablets and the security update nightmare
    July 16, 2011
    When I think of Windows 8 running on tablets the more problems I see, especially when I think about the regular updates that come with Windows. I don't think that will work with tablets.
  • Apple deals massive patent blow to HTC, Android in serious trouble
    July 16, 2011
    Late yesterday an ITC judge ruled that smartphone maker HTC has infringed two Apple patents, and it seems likely that every single Android device out there infringes the same patents.
  • Obama eyes more deficit talks
    July 16, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will decide on Saturday whether to summon lawmakers for a new round of debt and deficit talks, weighing the chances of progress as both sides stick to their positions on spending and taxes.

  • UK Developers Quit US App Store Over Patent Fears
    July 16, 2011
    iamflimflam1 writes "The Guardian is running a story on how app developers in the UK are withdrawing from the US app store over patent fears. 'The growth of patent lawsuits over apps raises serious issues for all the emerging smartphone platforms, because none of the principal companies involved — Apple, Google or Microsoft — can guarantee to protect developers from them. Even when the mobile OS developer has signed a patent licence — as Apple has with at least one company currently
  • Road Trip Pic of the Day, 7/16: What is this?
    July 16, 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.
  • Finding good information on the internet
    July 16, 2011
    Have you heard about the highly endangered tree octopus of the forests of the Pacific Northwest? "Ridiculous," you say? But I found a whole webpage devoted to saving them, so they must exist, right? Although this website was created to intentionally mislead students (see news article ) as part of a scientific study , it points out a real problem our society faces in the digital information age: anyone can put anything on the internet.
    The internet empowers us to educate ourselves and

  • Murdoch apologizes for hacking scandal
    July 16, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - "We are sorry," Rupert Murdoch said in British newspapers on Saturday, as News Corp tried to quell the uproar over a phone-hacking scandal that has shaken the company and claimed its top two newspaper executives.

  • Clinton slams Turkey on media freedom (AFP)
    July 16, 2011
    The United States is concerned about media freedom and free speech in Turkey amid the arrest of dozens of journalists and Internet restrictions, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday.(AFP/Saul Loeb)AFP - The United States is concerned about media freedom and free speech in Turkey amid the arrest of dozens of journalists and Internet restrictions, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday.

  • How Education Is Changing Thanks To Khan Academy
    July 16, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "Wired reports on how freely-available lectures from Khan Academy are affecting both teaching methods and learning methods in classrooms across the country. From the article: 'Initially, Thordarson thought Khan Academy would merely be a helpful supplement to her normal instruction. But it quickly become far more than that. She's now on her way to "flipping" the way her class works. This involves replacing some of her lectures with Khan's videos, which students can watch
  • What Is Worth?
    July 16, 2011
    Citrix Systems this week bought, a 70 employee start-up that makes cloud infrastructure software.

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  • Week in science: the Internet is my long-term memory edition
    July 16, 2011

    Study: why bother to remember when you can just use Google? : Instant access to information via the Internet may be negatively impacting our memory by causing us to forget things we can look up, even though we can remember where to find the information.
    Alpha males get the ladies, extra helping of stress : Alpha males enjoy several advantages over lower-ranking animals, but new research shows that they are just as stressed as those at the bottom of the heirarchy.
    Read the rest of this article...

  • Fooducate founder on the ingredients of a successful iPhone app (Appolicious)
    July 16, 2011
    Appolicious - As we know, some titles for iOS and Android devices are more appetizing than others. One of our favorites is Fooducate, which informs users about the nutritional benefits and hazards of everything we put in our mouths.
  • Heavy clashes erupt in Libya's Western Mountains
    July 16, 2011
    BIR AYAD, Libya (Reuters) - Heavy clashes between rebels and forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi broke out on Saturday in Libya's Western Mountains as insurgents sought to push toward Tripoli.

  • Syrian opposition calls for civil disobedience
    July 16, 2011
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Syrians should wage a campaign of civil disobedience to try to force President Bashar al-Assad from power, an exiled dissident said on Saturday at a meeting in Turkey aimed at forging a united opposition.

  • A High-Bandwidth Interplanetary Connection
    July 16, 2011
    sciencehabit writes "A new study suggests that by twisting laser light, scientists could pack enough information into interplanetary beams to speed up extraterrestrial communications to the multi-gigabit level. The pulses would be passed through a hologram or multimode optical fiber, which twists the light. On the other side, a telescope would focus the light and a second hologram, or fiber would decode the signal. That could allow much more data-rich communication between, say, Earth and probes
  • Special Report: Inside Rebekah Brooks' News of the World
    July 16, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - "It was the kind of place you get out of and you never want to go back again." That's how one former reporter describes the News of the World newsroom under editor Rebekah Brooks, the ferociously ambitious titian-haired executive who ran Britain's top-selling Sunday tabloid from 2000 to 2003.

  • Mass Psychosis In the USA?
    July 16, 2011
    Hugh Pickens writes "James Ridgeway writes in Al Jazeera that with over $14 billion in sales in 2008, antipsychotics have become the single top-selling therapeutic class of prescription drugs in the U.S., surpassing drugs used to treat high cholesterol and acid reflux. While once upon a time, antipsychotics were reserved for a relatively small number of patients with hard-core psychiatric diagnoses, today it seems, everyone is taking antipsychotics. 'Parents are told that their unruly kids are in
  • Prediction market may help foresee computer security incidents
    July 15, 2011
    Are the world's leading IT security experts willing to put money on their predictions about upcoming events? We'll soon find out.
  • President Obama dials space shuttle crew
    July 16, 2011
    President dials crew members on the final space shuttle mission.
  • Judge Says You Can't Know If Google Spies For NSA
    July 16, 2011
    witherstaff writes "A federal judge has ordered that whether Google is spying for the National Security Agency or not, you have no right to know. EPIC, which brought the lawsuit, says the NSA can neither confirm nor deny any relationship with Google. EPIC is worried the 'NSA is developing technical standards that would enable greater surveillance of Internet users.'"
    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • VIDEO: The app that keeps your streets clean
    July 16, 2011
    A council in London has developed a mobile phone app that makes it easier for people to report graffiti and rubbish on their streets.
  • Church of TED
    July 16, 2011
    Where mushrooms suits seem like a good idea
  • Belgian Newspapers Delisted On Google
    July 16, 2011
    D H NG writes "After being ordered by the Belgian courts to 'remove from its and sites, and in particular, cached links visible on Google Web and the Google News service, all articles, photographs and graphics of daily newspapers published in French and German by Belgian publishers,' Google had removed all traces of the newspapers in question from all its search services. The newspapers, however, are crying foul, and alleged that it was done in retaliation for being sued for
  • smoke.js
    July 16, 2011
    A framework-agnostic styled alert system for javascript.

    Lightweight, flexible, css3 animation, blah blah blah easy to use something clever needs to go here.

    Best of all, it's really easy to use. WOW!

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