Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Technical News - 19 July 2011

  • 5 Tablets for back to school
    July 19, 2011
    Back to school time is almost here, and the student on your list may find a tablet to be the perfect gadget to take back to the dorm. The photo gallery shows the five tablets perfect for back to...
  • Budget GPU - Radeon HD 6670
    July 19, 2011
    A new graphics card is always in the top three PC upgrades (behind RAM and hard drives), and while some people are ready to put $500 down for a new graphics card, most want something a little more...
  • New Thunderbolt RAID iMac: lessons learned
    July 19, 2011
    The Thunderbolt RAID/iMac out of the box experience isn't up to Apple standards. But how is it once the system stands up?
  • IBM talks data center trench warfare with Oracle, HP
    July 19, 2011
    IBM is clearly taking aim at Oracle and HP in what it calls "competitive displacements" in a move that illustrates how hardware is an entry point to selling more technology wares to customers.
  • Right-sizing HP equipment power in the datacenter
    July 19, 2011
    HP continues to expand their line of free evaluation tools to aid IT in determining the impact of HP hardware in their datacenters
  • Internet Explorer 9 outperforms competing browsers in malware download test
    July 19, 2011
    According to a newly released research by NSS Labs, Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 greatly outperforms competing browsers in malware download test.
  • Internap earns emerging green building certification with specific data center focus
    July 19, 2011
    The Green Globes rating is one of few that requires an onsite audit, dedicated green management resources.
  • Microsoft to build an education 'vault' inspired by HealthVault
    July 19, 2011
    Microsoft is building a "digital learning archive," which may be akin to its HealthVault electronic-medical records system.
  • Altus launches vSearchCloud platform for media content
    July 19, 2011
    Altus365, previously known as simply Altus, is introducing vSearchCloud, a cloud-based rich-media search platform for enterprises.
  • HP TouchPad: Kindle app review
    July 19, 2011
    Despite being heavily advertised by HP, TouchPad owners discovered the Kindle app was not available at launch. It finally became available last night, and here is my review.
  • Three little clouds and the big bad world
    July 19, 2011
    In this ancient fable, find out how three little clouds fared when they set off to make their fortune, leaving behind the familiar enterprise network where they'd grown up.
  • Gizmox cross platform application delivery simplified
    July 19, 2011
     As organizations examine ways to make it possible for users of smartphones, tablets and other mobile systems to access corporate applications, they run into a significant culture shock....
  • Review: Kobo eReader Touch may best the Nook as the top ebook reader
    July 19, 2011
    Kobo's new touchscreen-enabled ebook reader may actually beat the new Nook as the best dedicated ebook reader.
  • Duke Nukem Forever (ugh, yeah ... that) available for pre-order on Mac
    July 19, 2011
    Ugh, I hate talking about this game given how abysmal it is and how much of a crushing disappointment it turned out to be, but given that I've covered it before it seems only fair that I give Mac...
  • Intel's three Sandy Bridge E processors to be known as Core i7-3000 Series Extreme Edition
    July 19, 2011
    More details have emerged about Intel's forthcoming Sandy Bridge E processors, the high-performance line that will replace the Gulftown-based Extreme Edition CPUs. According to Turkish Website...
  • Microsoft vs Apple: The back-to-school battle
    July 19, 2011
    In August, a new academic year begins and many -- like me -- are looking for a new a personal computer. The Macs seem to be a popular choice, according to statistics; and until this year Apple...
  • What are You Looking for in Virtualization?
    July 19, 2011
    Is your virtualization strategy to mirror the efforts of those around you or do you have valid reasons for taking the plunge? Only you know the answer. You'd better ask the right questions before...
  • New video emerges of Nokia 'Sea Ray' running Windows Phone
    July 19, 2011
    A video has surfaced which seems to be from a development factory in either China or Hong Kong showing a Nokia 'Sea Ray' handset running Windows Phone.
  • Apple June quarter earnings: A lull before the big bang
    July 19, 2011
    Apple is facing high expectations for its fiscal third quarter earnings results, but in many respects the three months ending June 30 are really just a warm up for big gains ahead.
  • Google Plus: The top 10 missing features
    July 19, 2011
    The technology world has been captivated and fixated by Google+ for the past few weeks. It's easy to forget that it's still in closed beta and that lots of stuff still needs to be fixed or added....
  • Debt showdown moving into crunch time
    July 19, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two weeks before their final deadline, President Barack Obama and top lawmakers will face more pressure on Tuesday for a debt deal amid a growing sense that a last-ditch plan taking shape in Congress may be the only way to avoid a devastating U.S. default.

  • Can You Handle an Exponential Rate of Change?
    July 19, 2011
    Anyone in the business world – even casual observers of it – knows that it’s currently experiencing a rapid rate of change. New companies spring up seemingly overnight. Products and services that were revolutionary two years ago are rendered obsolete if they don’t adapt to market changes fast enough.
  • Want to Build HTML5 Apps? Here's What You Need to Know
    July 19, 2011
    This post originally appeared on O’Reilly Radar ("Getting started with HTML5 apps"). It’s republished with permission.
  • Murdoch to parliament: "Most humble day of my life"
    July 19, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch told the British parliament on Tuesday that giving evidence on the phone-hacking and corruption scandal that is engulfing his global media empire was "the most humble day of my life".

  • NY judge hearing Google book case grows impatient (AP)
    July 19, 2011
    AP - A New York judge has tried to pressure Google and the book industry into deciding whether they can reach an agreement in negotiations to establish a massive online library.
  • Desperately Seeking Power Outlets At Chicago O'Hare
    July 19, 2011
    Dear Chicago O’Hare Airport,
  • Alfred: The iPhone app that knows what you want before you do (Digital Trends)
    July 19, 2011
    Digital Trends - One of the best things about smartphones is their ability to help you get things done. The more useful apps you add to your device, the better the gadget becomes. But a new iPhone app from Clever Sense uses artificial intelligence technology to take service apps to a whole new level of awesome.
  • A Future with Science
    July 19, 2011
    A decade after the fall of the soviet union in 1991, modernization is the watchword in Russia--with science as a vital means to that end. During the spring meeting of the 14 international editions of Scientific American , we gathered in Moscow, and our hosts introduced us to many of the surrounding issues.
    Scientific American has had a long history in this country, where it has been available in translation for 28 years. The edition’s head, Sergei Kapitza, is a beloved researcher, science

  • Carol Bartz's 8 Blind Spots that Sunk Yahoo!
    July 19, 2011
    Yahoo! (YHOO) remains in a funk.  Its stock price is down 12% this year when the NASDAQ is up 6%.  The mess with Alipay is still being sorted out from earlier this year.  Investors are disappointed by the pace of the turnaround under Carol Bartz.   It wasn’t supposed to be this way.  Remember when Carol was hired in early 2009?  Many believed an adult had arrived at Yahoo! – finally – to sort out its quagmire.   I went back and reviewed some of
  • NoScript Awarded $10,000
    July 19, 2011
    An anonymous reader noted an interesting bit of information about a tool a ton of Slashdot users make use of every day: "NoScript has been chosen as the recipient of the DRG Security Innovation Grant. This is a great honor and a spur to keep making the Web a safer place. I feel the urge to thank the committee for recognizing NoScript as a pioneering force in browser security, and the community of contributors, researchers, translators, beta testers, and loyal users who keep this project alive day
  • Rupert Murdoch spars with lawmakers in hearing (AP)
    July 19, 2011
    Rupert Murdoch, gives evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on the News of the World phone-hacking scandal in this image taken from TV in Portcullis House in central London Tuesday July 19 2011. (AP Photo/ PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUTAP - Rupert Murdoch sparred Tuesday with a committee of lawmakers over the phone-hacking scandal that has rocked his global empire, reeling from tough questioning before recovering his composure and rebuffing his interrogators with flashes of his legendary toughness.


  • Never Too Late For Torchlight
    July 19, 2011
    I'm late to the Torchlight party: It was released for Windows in 2009. But Xbox Live Arcade only added it this March, and with a sequel due later this year, now's the time download the original. It's a dungeon-crawling action RPG in the style of Diablo: Simple, fun, and addictive.
  • Seven noteworthy entries from Too Hard For Science?
    July 19, 2011
    In honor of Wired playing catch-up with the last three months of “Too Hard For Science?” with a similar feature as their August cover story, I’m highlighting seven noteworthy entries from this series that have proven either popular or controversial or both. [More]

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  • Adobe sued by RPost over EchoSign technology
    July 19, 2011
    Adobe's the target of a new lawsuit after acquiring electronic signature company EchoSign earlier this week. California-based RPost says EchoSign's technology is infringing on five of its patents.
  • Apple Loses ITC Case Against Kodak
    July 19, 2011
    Looks like Kodak CEO Antonio Perez has a shot at the $1 billion in royalties he wants from Apple and Research In Motion after all. Late Monday, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that Kodak did not infringe on Apple’s digital photography patents, upholding an ITC judge’s decision from May.
    Lousy news for Apple, particularly since the ITC is still reviewing Kodak’s claims that two of its patents generally covering image preview and processing have been used illegitimately in the iPhone. In June, the Commission said it had decided to “affirm in part, reverse in part, and remand in part,” a ruling of an administrative law judge who found Apple (and Research In Motion, as well), hadn’t infringed Kodak’s patents. A decision in that case is expected on Aug. 30 and if it goes Kodak’s way could force Apple to pay the imaging company royalties.

  • Float: the "Netflix of reading" brought to you by the "YouTube of documents"
    July 19, 2011

    “Reading for pleasure is an extraordinary activity,” psychologist Victor Nell once wrote. “The black squiggles on the white page are still as the grave, colorless as the moonlit desert; but they give the skilled reader a pleasure as acute as the touch of a loved body….”
    Nell crafted that passage in 1988, predating smartphones, iPads, and e-reading devices like the Kindle. Now, his words tantalize us. Our shiny new devices deliver the written word to

  • Alas, No Final Fantasy XIII-2 Until January 2012
    July 19, 2011
    Square Enix reveals U.S. and Japanese release timeframes for its follow-up to fantasy roleplaying epic Final Fantasy XIII.

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  • Someone Posted Something Nasty About You On The Internet. Now What?
    July 19, 2011
    This is the last post in a three-part series about online defamation and involuntary nudity. The first focused on an offender and the second on a victim. Here, we focus on a Microsoft  attorney who has started a side project to help victims.
  • Google hopes to lure celebs to Google+
    July 19, 2011
    Celebrities attract a crowd, so it's no shocker that Google apparently wants to attract celebrities to Google+. The sticky wicket: identity.
  • Nissan Raises Leaf EV Prices
    July 19, 2011
    Nissan is boosting the price of its all-electric Leaf four-door hatchback, and by a sizable $2,420-$3,530 depending on the version, Automotive News reports. That puts the list price at $36,050-$38,100, which is edging closer to the Chevrolet Volt "extended range" EV at $39.995.
  • FDA plans to regulate some mobile phone apps (AP)
    July 19, 2011
    AP - The Food and Drug Administration is taking the first steps toward regulating the rapidly expanding field of medical applications, or apps, for smart phones and other handheld devices.
  • Windows Phone 7 Edges Android in User Satisfaction
    July 19, 2011
    Apple's iPhone is still favored by nearly 50 percent of customers but in a surprise 57 percent for those with Windows Phone handsets are 'very satisfied' with the device, a number that outranks the percentage of Android users.

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  • Etc: There's a nice discussion of the physics of Jackson Pollock paintings up at the newly opened Scientific American Blogs.
    July 19, 2011
    There's a nice discussion of the physics of Jackson Pollock paintings up at the newly opened Scientific American Blogs.
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  • Nook2Android turns Nook into full Android tablet
    July 19, 2011
    Offered by a company called Nook2Android, a microSD card preloaded with Android 2.3 Gingerbread can turn the Barnes & Noble Nook color e-reader into an actual Android tablet.

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