Saturday, July 23, 2011

Technical News - 23 July 2011

  • Acer prepping first laptop using Nvidia's Tegra 2 chip, plus Intel Ultrabooks to revive flagging profits
    July 23, 2011
    Computer Goliath Acer stumbled in the second quarter, losing money and dropping from second to fourth place in global PC sales. As part of its hoped-for return to profitability for the rest of...
  • Inside the Second Avenue Subway, under Construction: A Photo Tour
    July 23, 2011
    I recently toured the New York City Second Avenue Subway construction site with Monica Bradley, Scientific American 's photo editor, and photographers Jeremy Floto and Cassandra Warner. [More]

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  • Obama, lawmakers seek to salvage debt deal
    July 23, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and top congressional lawmakers on Saturday attempted to salvage a deal to stave off a catastrophic debt default after a collapse in deficit talks left both sides angry and frustrated.

  • Police seek survivors of Norway killing spree
    July 23, 2011
    SUNDVOLLEN, Norway (Reuters) - Norwegian police searched for more victims on Saturday after a suspected right-wing zealot killed at least 92 people in a shooting spree and bomb attack that have traumatized a once-placid country.

  • 3D Hurts Your Eyes
    July 23, 2011
    sajjadG writes "After experimenting on 24 adults, a research team at the University of California, Berkeley has determined that viewing content on a stereo 3D display hurts your eyes and your brain. This can supposedly cause visual discomfort, fatigue, and headaches According to the article, 3D content viewed over a short distance (like with desktops and smartphones) is more visually uncomfortable when the stereo content is placed in front of the screen. In a movie theater, it's the opposite: Stereo
  • Boehner to insist on deep cuts for debt increase
    July 23, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Speaker John Boehner will stick to his demand for spending cuts greater than the size of an increase in the U.S. debt limit at an 11 a.m. EDT meeting with President Barack Obama on Saturday.

  • Apple MacBook Batteries Found Vulnerable to Malware and Destruction
    July 23, 2011
    A researcher has studied the batteries in several MacBooks, MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs and discovered they are vulnerable to being hacked

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  • How Newsy creates videos fit to view on multiple Android devices (Appolicious)
    July 23, 2011
    Appolicious - A favorite app among news junkies like me is Newsy, a video distribution services that provides news and analysis from multiple sources and locations across the globe.
  • Road Trip Pic of the Day, 7/23: What is this?
    July 23, 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.
  • Why Waste Servers' Heat?
    July 23, 2011
    mikejuk writes "A new paper from Microsoft Research (PDF) suggests a radical but slightly mad scheme for dealing with some of the more basic problems of the data centre. Rather than build server farms that produce a lot of waster heat, why not have distributed Data Furnaces, that heat home and offices at the same time as providing cloud computing? This is a serious suggestion and they provide facts and figures to make it all seem viable. So when it gets cold all you have to do is turn up the number
  • IT Outsourcing: How Offshoring Can Kill Innovation
    July 23, 2011
    Analysis: Tech service providers tout outsourcing's cost savings, but a study suggests offshoring can irreversibly damage competitiveness.

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  • Week in science: solar fuel and Civ-beating computers
    July 23, 2011

    New fuel discovered that reversibly stores solar energy: Scientists from MIT have identified a new solar thermal fuel that should be affordable, stable, and rechargeable. Their proposal combines carbon nanotubes with a well known photoactive chemical, azobenzene, to store solar energy at high densities.
    How a computer beat Civilization by RTFM: Researchers have created a software package that can teach itself how to win at Civilization by playing. Then they let it analyze

  • CEO Confirms Chevy To Sell Diesel Cruze In US
    July 23, 2011
    s122604 writes "For the first time in almost 30 years, a U.S. carmaker is planning to market a non-truck diesel vehicle in the U.S. — the Chevy Cruze. Estimated MPG for the automatic transmission version is in the mid 40s, which is better than the only other small diesel sedan sold in the U.S. (the Volkswagen Jetta), and slightly better than their gasoline powered 'Eco' model... I'd like to know what the MPG on the 6-speed manual version is."
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  • China's most wanted fugitive arrested after extradition
    July 23, 2011
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China arrested its most wanted fugitive in the capital Beijing Saturday after Canada deported him to end a decades-long saga that had plagued Sino-Canadian relations, but concerns remained among activists about whether he would receive a fair trial.

  • Blocked Fuel Line Botched Military Satellite Orbit
    July 23, 2011
    Hugh Pickens writes "Dan Elliott reports that a piece of cloth inadvertently left in the fuel line during the manufacturing process may be the reason for the botched delivery to orbit of a military communications satellite that hasn't reached its planned orbit since it was launched in August. The Air Force Space Command and the contractor, Lockheed Martin, have devised a work-around plan using the remaining propulsion systems — reaction engine assemblies and electric Hall Current Thrusters
  • Woman, girl killed in Yemen government-opposition fighting
    July 23, 2011
    SANAA (Reuters) - A young woman and a girl were killed in Yemen during fighting between forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his opponents Saturday, with both sides blaming the other.

  • How DailyCandy provides a sweet mobile experience (Appolicious)
    July 23, 2011
    Appolicious - Powerhouse media companies, including those born and bred on the web, do not always create mobile properties relevant to that medium.
  • Top-rated reviews of the week (photos)
    July 23, 2011
    Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the 2012 Nissan GT-R, T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide, and the Nikon Coolpix L120.
  • PayPal Joins London Police Effort
    July 23, 2011
    derGoldstein writes this excerpt from Ars Technica: "PayPal has joined a music copyright association and the City of London police department's bid to financially starve websites deemed 'illegal.' When presented with sufficient evidence of unlicensed downloading from a site, the United Kingdom's PayPal branch 'will require the retailer to submit proof of licensing for the music offered by the retailer,' said the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's latest press release." The press
  • Forgotten trend
    July 23, 2011
    Who still listens to podcasts?
  • Google+ Circles getting beefed up with Fridge acquisition
    July 22, 2011
    Google+ has acquired Fridge, a startup which developed a social network that allowed users to organize their friends into groups, share photos, and plan events.
  • 5 surprising uses for carbon nanotubes
    July 22, 2011
    Carbon nanotubes are quickly becoming the building blocks of innovation across most industries. Here are five potential applications that underscore the wide impact of these tiny tubes.
  • Oracle gets its trial date with Google this Halloween
    July 22, 2011
    Oracle was granted at least one of its wishes in its patent infringement suit with Google. The two will go to trial this October. However, Google was given a little room to wiggle.
  • Costumes take the floor at Day 1 of Comic-Con
    July 22, 2011
    Cosplay spilled out of the San Diego Convention Center and onto the streets of the Gaslamp District during the first day of Comic-Con 2011, with fans showing up in both store-bought and homemade costumes.
  • Split enterprise architecture into five or more specialities: proposal
    July 22, 2011
    The medical profession has a lot of specialties to tackle complicated problems. Why not enterprise architecture?
  • Service as a service: Zaarly leads the way
    July 22, 2011
    A buddy of mine left a bag of stickers, tee shirts, and his laptop power cord on a sidewalk on 9th St. in New York City. He was in a rush, and jumped in the cab, forgetting that his valuables were...
  • Cloud market to hit $83 billion by 2016: will it still be measurable by then?
    July 22, 2011
    The cloud market is set to boom -- but will cloud services be as common as CDs?
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with LTE to land on July 26
    July 22, 2011
    Verizon is showing a customer with an order in for a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 equipped with LTE that the order should be filled on July 26. XOOM customers are still waiting for their upgrade.
  • Kindle for PC 1.6.1 Build 32800
    July 22, 2011
    Kindle for PC is a free application that lets you read Kindle books on your PC.

  • Immunet Protect Free 3.0.3.6870
    July 22, 2011
    Immunet provides essential antivirus protection for PC users. Immunet provides extra antivirus protection that is light, fast and compatible with existing security products.

  • Spotify signs up 70,000 U.S. paid subscribers in first week
    July 22, 2011
    It's been a big week for social media traffic. First, Google+ has secured at least 20 million unique visitors. Now, Spotify has signed up 70,000 subscribers during its first week in the United States.
  • Some AT&T customers seeking to block T-Mobile merger
    July 22, 2011
    Not everyone is in favor of the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile. Obviously, there's Sprint. But some of AT&T's own customer base is speaking out against the deal too.
  • Gartner urges IT leaders: Think beyond 'green IT' to sustainability strategy support
    July 22, 2011
    Attention IT managers: If you're not thinking about the implications of your technology infrastructure to affect the sustainability strategy of your entire organization, you might be out of synch...
  • K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 7.50
    July 22, 2011
    The K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs, and tools. Codecs and DirectShow filters are needed for encoding and decoding audio and video formats. The K-Lite Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your audio and movie files.

  • K-Lite Codec Pack 7.50 (Full)
    July 22, 2011
    The K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs, and tools. Codecs and DirectShow filters are needed for encoding and decoding audio and video formats. The K-Lite Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your audio and movie files. With the K-Lite Codec Pack you should be able to play all the po...

  • iOS game Cut the Rope jumps to comics
    July 22, 2011
    Nearly everybody has seen a movie adapted from a comic book or has played a game inspired by a comic book. Yet one company goes in the other direction, taking mobile games like Cut the Rope to print comics.
  • Free 3D videos now available on the Nintendo 3DS
    July 22, 2011
    From the Captain America 3D movie trailer to OK Go debuting its 3D music video on the 3DS on July 27, free and exclusive 3D content is turning the portable gamer into a 3D entertainment center.
  • Friday Network Highlights #3
    July 22, 2011
    It is Friday, when some bloggers go for lighter fare – like LOLcats! – but others ignore this old blogospheric tradition and post serious stuff instead. [More]

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  • Oracle gets its trial date with Google this Halloween
    July 22, 2011
    Oracle is granted at least one of its wishes in its patent infringement suit with Google. The two will go to trial this October. However, Google is given a little room to wiggle.
  • Norwegian national tragedy unfolds on Web
    July 22, 2011
    What's being described as the most violent day in Norway since the Second World War unfolded today for so many via social media.
  • Delayed Nexus S 4G upgrade coming July 25th, brings boosted WiMAX speeds
    July 22, 2011
    Sprint will roll-out its promised and delayed Nexus s 4G update on July 25th.
  • Apple recalls some iMac 1TB Hard Drives
    July 22, 2011
    Apple has issued a recall for the Seagate 1TB hard drives made available as a CTO option for some iMac systems.
  • AMD, Dell and YouTube team up to stream major concerts
    July 22, 2011
    Given how hot it is in many parts of the U.S. this week, the idea of an outdoor concert doesn't sound very pleasant. At least now there is the option to just pretend you're at one using YouTube.
  • Dell Streak temporarily discontinued, will return in August?
    July 22, 2011
    The Dell Streak pulls a disappearing act from Dell's website and retail stores, apparently for a critical update but Dell PR won't elaborate.

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