Monday, July 25, 2011

Technical News - 25 July 2011


  • Next iPhone may be coming in September and I am going back to iOS
    July 25, 2011
    It has been a couple of years since I had an iPhone, but with iOS 5 coming and my experiences with other platforms I think it is time to get back to owning an iPhone.
  • Requiem for RIM
    July 25, 2011
    The news of layoffs at Research in Motion (RIM) surprised no one following the maker of the legendary BlackBerry. RIM is not dead yet, but unless it can lay out a concise plan to turn things...
  • Research in Motion lays off 2,000 workers, still needs a hit device
    July 25, 2011
    Research in Motion will lay off 2,000 employees as it struggles to navigate a void in its product line-up as well as lower-than-expected sales.
  • Apple enforcing eReader restrictions, Google Books no longer available to iOS
    July 25, 2011
    Apple created a stir early this year by changing the rules for in-app purchases that in effect made eReader apps share the wealth with Apple. The rules are now in effect and already impacting...
  • A conversation with Dell EqualLogic
    July 25, 2011
    Travis Vigil, Executive Director of Dell's EqualLogic product line, and I had an interesting conversation about storage virtualization and its place in a virtualized environment. The conversation...
  • Does the myTouch 4G Slide have the most advanced camera in a phone?
    July 25, 2011
    I spent a weekend at the beach with the myTouch 4G Slide and my daughters and found I could live with it as my only camera and phone, but it still doesn't knock off the Nokia N8.
  • Another green upstart takes aim at the micro-hybrid battery market
    July 25, 2011
    I recently spoke with another green technology player to watch in the emerging micro-hybrid space, battery company PowerGenix, which recently created its first production prototype.What makes...
  • Four Things Google Plus Could Do To Fix Google Plus
    July 25, 2011
    Saturday's Google Plus user account deletion purge plunged the new social network into a crisis of user trust: the community wants it fixed.
  • Why must Google insist on learning customer service lessons the hard way?
    July 25, 2011
    For being a company that launches innovative products intended to improve communications, Google still struggles to communicate effectively with its users sometimes.
  • VMware 5.0 intriguing feature spotlight: VM Storage DRS
    July 25, 2011
    VMware 5.0 and Storage DRS make an intriguing pair but are they enough to make you take the plunge into the new licensing model?
  • Google Apps vs Office 365: your choice
    July 25, 2011
    In this guest post, French cloud evangelist Louis Naugès, co-founder of pioneering Google Apps reseller Revevol, dissects Microsoft's newly launched cloud apps suite, Office 365
  • Apple's B2B App Store: Four reasons why it's a big enterprise deal
    July 25, 2011
    Apple's B2B App Store went live last week and it is the latest signal that the company is taking the enterprise seriously. Here's why it matters.
  • 'Leaked Video! Amy Winehouse on Crack hours before death' scam spreading on Facebook
    July 25, 2011
    Researchers from Sophos have spotted a currently circulating Facebook scam, enticing users into clicking on a bogus Amy Winehouse themed video link.
  • Review: Captain America
    July 25, 2011
    If you have been living under a rock, you might not be aware that the next in the ongoing series of Avengers prequel movies came out this weekend: Captain America follows Steve Rogers origin, and sets him up for next summer's kajillion dollar Whedonesque mega blockbuster. But how is it as a movie in its own right? Hit the link to read my 2 cents. Standard spoiler warnings apply.
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  • Blackberry maker to cut 2,000 jobs, splits COO job (AP)
    July 25, 2011
    FILE - In this July 12, 2011 file photo, shareholders walk past protest signs outside the Research in Motion annual meeting in Waterloo, Ontario. BlackBerry maker Research In Motion is cutting 2,000 jobs as part of a cost savings plan announced last month and is shuffling some senior executives. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Dave Chidley)AP - Faced with tough competition and falling profits, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. is cutting 2,000 jobs as part of a cost savings plan announced last month and is shuffling some senior executives.


  • Two fake Apple stores closed in China, report says
    July 25, 2011
    Local authorities close two of the five pretenders in Kunming for lack of permits. Meanwhile, reports of other faux stores worldwide have been flowing in, from Croatia to Queens.
  • Android wins tablet and business users as RIM faces job cuts (Appolicious)
    July 25, 2011
    Appolicious - With big name manufacturers lending their support to the development of Android tablets, the iPad’s market dominant share may soon give way to rising competitors. Expected to follow the same pattern as the smartphone market, updates in Android Honeycomb OS, participation from Motorola (MMI), Lenovo (0992.HK), Acer (2353.TW) and other large-scale manufacturers are beginning to chip away at iOS’s global market share. And as Android and iOS continue to fight over the mobile market, it
  • Norway killer tells judge "two more cells" exist
    July 25, 2011
    OSLO (Reuters) - Anders Behring Breivik told a Norwegian judge on Monday his bombing and shooting rampage that killed 93 people aimed to save Europe from a Muslim takeover, and said that "two more cells" existed in his organization.

  • The Cases For and Against Google+'s Real-Name Policy (The Atlantic Wire)
    July 25, 2011
    The Atlantic Wire - Using a pseudonym on Google+? It's likely that your profile has or will be deleted by Google. Over the weekend the social network purged a bunch of accounts for "violating terms of service", reports ZDNet. The social network has gone a deletion rampage, disabling pseudonymous users because they had violated Google's "Community Standards" and "Terms of Service." Google requires users to go by their "real name" on the social network, penalizing those with Internet pseudonyms. Should
  • Parents thank fans at makeshift Winehouse shrine
    July 25, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - An autopsy on British singer Amy Winehouse, who was found dead at the weekend, will be carried out Monday, police said, as her parents thanked well-wishers at a makeshift shrine outside the 27-year-old's north London home.

  • Astronomers find largest water reservoir ever, 12 billion years in the past
    July 25, 2011
    Using a pair of sub-millimeter wavelength telescopes, two teams of astronomers have discovered the largest reservoir of water ever found in the Universe. The water-containing cloud was found near quasar APM 08279+5255, some 12 billion light years from Earth; this means that the radiation seen today from this quasar was emitted when the universe was a scant 1.6 billion years old. Calculations have placed the mass of water vapor in the cloud at approximately 100,000 solar masses, or 140 trillion

  • Moody's warns Greek default almost certain
    July 25, 2011
    ATHENS (Reuters) - Moody's cut Greece's credit rating further into junk territory on Monday and said it was almost certain to slap a default tag on its debt as a result of a new EU rescue package.

  • Lawmakers split as debt deadline looms
    July 25, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A sharply divided Congress pursued rival budget plans on Monday that appeared unlikely to win broad support, pushing the United States closer to a ratings downgrade and debt default that would send shock waves through global markets.

  • Samsung smartphone sales may outshine Apple
    July 25, 2011
    Selling an estimated 18 to 21 million units, Samsung may have sold more smartphones than Apple in the second quarter, says Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Mawston.
  • Oracle gives sneak peek at MySQL 5.6 features
    July 25, 2011
    Oracle on Monday announced a sneak peak at features slated for MySQL 5.6, the next version of its open-source database, that focus on improved scalability, integration and performance.
  • Gates: Not Much To Show For $5B Spent On Education
    July 25, 2011
    theodp writes "Since 2000, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has poured some $5 billion into education grants and scholarships. Ten years into his record-breaking philanthropic push for school reform, the WSJ reports that Bill Gates is sober about the investment and willing to admit some missteps. 'I applaud people for coming into this space,' said Gates, 'but unfortunately it hasn't led to significant improvements.' This understanding of just how little influence seemingly large donations can
  • Survey: 35 percent of consumers will pounce on iPhone 5
    July 25, 2011
    PriceGrabber finds in its recent survey of U.S. consumers that there's a huge pent-up hunger for the next version of Apple's smartphone.
  • Road Trip Pic of the Day, 7/25: What is this?
    July 25, 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.
  • Open Laboratory 2011 - submissions so far
    July 25, 2011
    For the background on what Open Lab is, see this post. [More]

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  • Microsoft Lists Glitches in Office under Lion
    July 25, 2011
    Users of Office for Mac will experience problems running the suite under Apple's new Lion operating system.

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  • Facebook iPad app hidden inside iPhone app
    July 25, 2011
    Facebook's iPad app could be a lot closer to launch than we thought. A full-sized, fully-functional version of the iPad app is hidden inside the current iPhone app.

  • RIM COO Retires as Company Lays off One-tenth of Staff
    July 25, 2011
    Research in Motion will lay off 2,000 staff, or a little more than 10 percent of its workforce, and make changes to its senior management team, it announced...

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  • Why IT won't like Mac OS X Lion Server
    July 25, 2011
    The new Profile Manager is a nice addition, but in almost every other respect, Lion Server is a downgrade that may prompt a move to Windows Server
  • RIM to cut 11 percent of workforce
    July 25, 2011
    TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd plans to cut about 11 percent of its workforce to slash costs as it struggles to compete against Apple Inc and Google Inc.

  • Samsung CEO: To hike memory chip capex
    July 25, 2011
    SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co plans to raise investment in memory chips this year and will not cut its overall investment for the second half despite economic uncertainty hitting component demand, its chief executive said on Monday.

  • Did Oslo Terrorist Use Modern Warfare 2 as 'Training Sim'?
    July 25, 2011
    Norwegian shooter allegedly says Modern Warfare 2 helped him prepare for the attack, and that World of Warcraft was a good 'cover story'.

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  • Electric car maker Think revived from bankruptcy
    July 25, 2011
    Think Global has been acquired by one of its investors and plans to restart production of the small all-electric sedan in the first quarter of next year.
  • Canon lifts forecast after rapid quake recovery
    July 25, 2011
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Canon Inc posted better-than-expected quarterly profits and raised its annual forecast after it staged a rapid recovery from supply chain woes sparked by the March 11 earthquake.

  • TechTree Independence Day Contest: Week 4
    July 25, 2011
    Silicon Power Blaze B10 32 GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive; Week 3 winners announced.



  • Could the KGB Infiltrate LulzSec?
    July 25, 2011
    Barence writes "Foreign powers could try to infiltrate hacktivist networks in order to manipulate their actions, according to a security expert who advises governments and businesses on internet issues. Likening the emergence of the hacktivist movement to the arrival of militant groups such as the Red Brigade during the 1970s, government advisor and chair of the International E-crime Congress, Simon Moores, said that hacker groups could eventually be swayed by outside influences. "If you have a
  • Report: Facebook iPad app 'hidden' in iPhone code
    July 25, 2011
    According to TechCrunch, users can access the long-awaited iPad app by executing some code in the social network's iPhone app from a jailbroken tablet.
  • Google VP: Why Google+ requires real names
    July 25, 2011
    Speaking with tech blogger Robert Scoble, Google VP Vic Gundotra reportedly explained why Google+ policy forces people to create profiles using their real names rather than nicknames or pseudonyms.
  • Think Quarterly: new insights and perspectives for our partners
    July 24, 2011
    We use research, analysis and insights—from inside and outside Google—to inform our decision-making and our products. We've spoken to a lot of our partners about how to help them access the same insights and conversations that inform our strategies, and today we're announcing a thought experiment for our clients called Think Quarterly. It’s intended to be a snapshot of what Google and other industry leaders are thinking about and inspired by today.

    The first edition focuses on the broad concept
  • A Breath of Fresh Air: New Hope for Cystic Fibrosis Treatment (preview)
    July 25, 2011
    In 1989 when scientists discovered the defective gene that causes cystic fibrosis, a serious hereditary disorder that primarily strikes children of European descent, it seemed as though a long-hoped-for cure might soon follow. After all, tests in many laboratories showed that providing normal copies of the gene should enable patients to make healthy copies of the protein specified by the gene. If successful, that feat would go a long way toward restoring health in the tens of thousands of people

  • Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous
    July 25, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "Researchers from University College Dublin have conducted an analysis of anonymity on Bitcoin, and found it is not inherently anonymous, and that in many cases, users and their transactions can be identified. They use techniques such as context discovery and flow analysis to investigate and visualize an alleged theft of Bitcoins, which, at the time of the theft, had a market value of approximately half a million U.S. dollars."

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