Monday, July 18, 2011

Technical News - 18 July 2011

  • Will Adobe wreck EchoSign?
    July 18, 2011
    Remember Buzzword? If Adobe's previous SaaS acquisitions are anything to go by, today's news is less cause for celebration than commiseration with EchoSign's users and fans over the next few years.
  • New iMac with Thunderbolt RAID: 1st report
    July 18, 2011
    Xmas in July: brand new quadcore I7 Sandy Bridge 3.4 GHz 27.5" iMac with Thunderbolt and new Thunderbolt storage array. Woo-hoo! How great is it? Here's a hint: I'm writing this on a Core Duo 2.
  • Microsoft moves forward with 'Roslyn' compiler as a service project
    July 18, 2011
    Microsoft plans to share more information on its "Roslyn" compiler-as-a-service (CaaS) project during its annual Microsoft Research Faculty Summit this week.
  • WSO2 launches Stratos offerings as PaaS for open source cloud middleware
    July 18, 2011
    Stratos provides the same capabilities to organizations that want the benefits of a PaaS running on their own premises.
  • AT&T vs. Verizon Wireless: How tiered plans will shake out
    July 18, 2011
    AT&T and Verizon Wireless have both ditched unlimited data plans and the new tiered plans are likely to segment the market between high-end and low-end customers.
  • Mozilla pushes simplified Browser ID login system
    July 18, 2011
    The open-source experiment makes it possible for users to prove ownership of email addresses in a secure manner, without requiring per-site passwords.
  • Pick up a 3TB Hitachi hard drive for $120
    July 18, 2011
    Want to boost storage capacity so you can store more games, audio and video on your system? How about a 3TB drive for a cool $120!
  • Adobe buys EchoSign, aims to make digital signatures the norm
    July 18, 2011
    Anyone that has printed out PDFs, signed them and scanned or faxed the document somewhere may rejoice over Adobe's acquisition of EchoSign.
  • It is time for Google to take control of Android
    July 18, 2011
    The looseness of the Android platform has been its biggest draw, but there is such a thing as too much openness, and it is beginning to impact customers in ways that Google surely didn't intend to...
  • Why Amazon is winning online retail and should fold on this silly sales tax fight
    July 18, 2011
    Rather than fighting it out on a state-by-state basis, Amazon needs to man-up and do what's right. Our IT jobs are at stake.
  • Network Automation extends business process automation to the cloud
    July 18, 2011
    Network Automation has extended AutoMate to manage workflows that include on-premise and cloud-based functions. The goal is streamlining, optimizing and automating processes that create value for...
  • Five Good Reasons to Create a Virtual Infrastructure
    July 18, 2011
    If you need to justify the move to a virtual infrastructure, you have it: Money. And, now you can prove it by putting numbers to these five good reasons.
  • Breaking Android: Who is worse, Google or the OEMs?
    July 18, 2011
    Who is to blame for the fragmentation of the Android operating system? Google? The OEMs?
  • IBM's second quarter: Riding mainframe, server refresh cycles
    July 18, 2011
    IBM on Monday reports its second quarter results and the company is likely to chug along on multiple fronts as it rides a mainframe and server refresh cycle.
  • 10 reasons why Google Plus is for enterprising people
    July 18, 2011
    Google Plus continues to surprise. Here is the result of one astonishing ad hoc experiment.
  • Women's World Cup final breaks Twitter record (AP)
    July 18, 2011
    Japan's Homare Sawa lifts the trophy following the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women̢۪s Soccer World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, July 17, 2011. Japan won the match in a penalty shootout. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)AP - The Women's World Cup final between Japan and the United States set the record for tweets per second, eclipsing the wedding of Prince William and Kate and the death of Osama bin Laden.


  • Samsung LED seeks US import ban on Osram products (AP)
    July 18, 2011
    AP - A Samsung unit is raising the ante in a patent dispute with a German rival over energy-saving LED lighting amid intensifying legal disputes among global companies jockeying for supremacy in key consumer technologies.
  • Confusion reigns as Europe limps toward Greece summit
    July 18, 2011
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Confusion over competing policy proposals reigned among officials and bankers on Monday as Europe struggled to put together a second bailout of Greece and prevent the region's debt crisis from spreading.

  • Moody's suggests U.S. eliminate debt ceiling
    July 18, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ratings agency Moody's on Monday suggested the United States should eliminate its statutory limit on government debt to reduce uncertainty among bond holders.

  • CloudFlare Makes The Web Faster, Safer
    July 18, 2011
    If you have a web site two of your biggest problems are that it's too slow and it's too vulnerable to attacks from computer geeks with ill intent. Attacks against web sites including PBS, CIA, Sony and Nintendo, have made web site owners cringe at the thought of knowing they’re never safe. Wouldn't it be nice if there was an inexpensive way to solve those twin problems?
  • Can Android Honeycomb 3.2 revive the tablet push? (Appolicious)
    July 18, 2011
    Appolicious - It seems like only yesterday that smartphones were the breakthrough gadgets, wowing us with their apps and other capabilities. But how quickly we tire of new toys. As soon as tablets appeared in the market, smartphones became standard feature phones, channeling the promise of even newer technology. And just as Android became the dominant player amongst smartphones, the iPad delivered fresh channel to Google’s (GOOG) mobile OS and the manufacturers that support it. With the stakes higher
  • Communicating Meaning Online: A Digital Expression of Theory of Mind
    July 18, 2011
    The growth of email, instant messaging, texting, and various other digitally-mediated communicative tools (DMC) has been rapid and pervasive. [More]

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  • The 6 Reasons Research In Motion Shot Itself In the Foot
    July 18, 2011
    Ten years ago, Research in Motion (RIMM) was the leading mobile phone company in the world in terms of buzz and prestige.  Anyone important – celebrities, Wall Street investment bankers, and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs – carried the iconic BlackBerry.   Even as late as a year ago, the BlackBerry led all smart phones in terms of market share.   This year, they’ve lost a significant amount of market share and their stock price has been cut by more than 50% in the
  • Public EV charge stations coming to car GPS
    July 18, 2011
    Coulomb Technologies to show off integration with TomTom GPS car navigation system for finding and reserving public electric vehicle charging stations.
  • Cameron defends actions as scandal fells police chief
    July 18, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - David Cameron defended his handling on Monday of a corruption scandal around Rupert Murdoch's media empire which has swept away Britain's top police chief and raised questions about the prime minister's own future.

  • Petraeus hands over command in Afghanistan, to lead CIA
    July 18, 2011
    KABUL (Reuters) - General David Petraeus, Washington's new intelligence chief, handed over command of U.S. and NATO-led troops in Afghanistan Monday, a day after a tentative start was made to a gradual process of transferring security to Afghan forces.

  • Survey: Women Enjoy Video Games More Than Sex
    July 18, 2011
    According to a new survey, women play nearly as much video games as men, and "enjoy" gaming more than they enjoy other activities, like working out, shopping, taking a bath and having sex.
  • Diagnostics For All To Heal The Poor With Hybrid Structure
    July 18, 2011
    The developing world does not have the health care advantages we take for granted. The price of expensive blood test machines is too high; health care providers lack the technical training to run them; and there's often no reliable supply of electrical power.
  • Democrats, Republicans still at odds on debt ceiling
    July 18, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With five days remaining before President Barack Obama's deadline for a deal to raise the debt ceiling and still no deal in sight, Republicans and Democrats on Monday scrambled to work out details on a fallback plan that would avoid an unprecedented default.

  • Do 'Ultracool' Brown Dwarfs Surround Us?
    July 18, 2011
    astroengine writes "The recent discovery of two very cool "T-class" brown dwarfs in our cosmic neighborhood has prompted speculation that there may be many more ultracool "failed stars" nearby. Not only are these objects themselves very interesting to study, should there be many such brown dwarfs spanning interstellar space, perhaps they could be used as "stepping stones" to the stars."
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  • How Android Could Stumble
    July 18, 2011
    The ranks of the Android army may thin a bit if intellectual property issues get beyond Google’s control As high mobility devices — smartphones and tablets — sap energy from personal computers, market participants are looking for another horse to back besides Apple.
  • Flash Player 11, Adobe AIR 3 Betas Released
    July 18, 2011
    Updated Flash Player adds 64-bit support for Mac OS X and advanced audio compression codec; AIR 3 technologies support advanced graphics rendering and high-definition video.

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  • Road Trip Pic of the Day, 7/18: What is this?
    July 18, 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.
  • What is: Open Laboratory 2011
    July 18, 2011
    The Open Laboratory is the annual anthology of the best writing on science blogs. [More]

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  • Shatner Google+ account restored after takedown
    July 18, 2011
    The celebrity tweeted about his account being taken down, but it appears to be back up just hours after that message was sent.
  • AMD Claims the Next Xbox Can Render Avatar-like Graphics
    July 18, 2011
    With a headline like that, you might be skeptical about such a bold claim from tech dev AMD, and you should be. Speaking to Official Xbox Magazine, the company, responsible for the current 360 graphics system, alleges that the next generation Xbox, whenever it does decide to make its debut, will be capable of rendering graphics on par with James Cameron's CGI epic  Avatar.
  • Big Brother Creep Out: 7 Ways US Govt. Invades Brains
    July 18, 2011
    With increasing frequency it seems agencies of the government are looking to tap into the public conscientiousness to gather information.

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  • Netflix streaming service hit by outage
    July 18, 2011
    Company's streaming service apparently was offline sporadically for about eight hours yesterday.
  • 5 Things TV Execs Should Learn From ShayCarl, Natalie Tran And Save SGU
    July 18, 2011
    Recently I concluded a six-week series on the people behind some of the most successful and intriguing channels on YouTube. Here's the list: ShayCarl, Show Me The Curry, KevJumba, Crochet Geek, Ray William Johnson and Natalie Tran.
  • Apple's iOS 4.3.4 jailbroken
    July 18, 2011
    Unveiled just last Friday, Apple's latest iOS version--4.3.4--has already been jailbroken.
  • HTC's fate up in the air
    July 18, 2011
    HTC shares fall to their lowest level in six months as legal uncertainties weigh on the company.
  • New app connects art lovers to N.Y.'s Lincoln Center
    July 18, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Patrons of the arts can now be instantly connected with New York City's famed Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts thanks to a new app.

  • Activision Files Complaint Over ModernWarfare3.com
    July 18, 2011
    Publisher of Modern Warfare series takes aim at owners of ModernWarfare3.com parody site, claims owner has no legitimate claim to domain name.

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  • Mobile devices to lead consumer electronics growth: report
    July 18, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - More customers than ever will buy tablet computers and smartphones this year, driving consumer electronics revenue to a record high of $190 billion in 2011, according to a new forecast from a leading industry trade group.

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