Saturday, July 30, 2011

Technical News - 30 July 2011

  • Intel has big plans for Ultrabooks
    July 30, 2011
    Intel is banking on the Ultrabook to breathe new life into the PC, but what exactly makes a laptop an Ultrabook hasn't been clear. Now Intel is providing more details on how the Ultrabook will evolve.
  • Iraq says to buy 36 F-16 fighters from U.S.
    July 30, 2011
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Saturday his government would buy 36 F-16 fighters from the United States, doubling the number of aircraft it had initially planned to buy to strengthen its weak air defenses.

  • How Cloud Computing Will Change IT: New Predictions
    July 30, 2011
    IT is in a time of disruptive transition, caused by the rise of cloud computing.

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  • PingChat! founder on the secrets behind driving 15 million downloads (Appolicious)
    July 30, 2011
    Appolicious - Free texting apps are just about saving money. Apps like PingChat! give users rich, social and just plain fun experiences the SMS platform just can’t provide.
  • Week in tech: TV paywalls, the future of Windows, and LightSwitch
    July 30, 2011
    Fox challenges cord-cutters by sticking TV shows behind paywall: If you've made a habit of watching TV shows from Fox online the day after they air, get ready for a rude awakening. The network has decided to put all of its online offerings behind a paywall for eight days after broadcast, and you can only access them if you have an acceptable cable or satellite subscription. And this is only the beginning.
    Rogue academic downloader busted by MIT webcam stakeout: An arrest report

  • Libyan rebel commander killed by allied militia
    July 30, 2011
    BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan rebels say the gunmen who shot dead their military chief were fighters allied in their struggle to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi, raising questions over divisions and lawlessness within rebel ranks.

  • Lawmakers race against clock on debt limit
    July 30, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facing a deadline to avoid a ruinous default, congressional leaders on Saturday braced for a tense weekend of negotiations to try to reach a compromise on a measure to increase in the country's $14.3 trillion debt limit.

  • AT&T Data Throttling Is Just a Political Stunt
    July 30, 2011
    AT&T confirmed its plans to implement data throttling on some unlimited data accounts, but the move seems more like a political gamble than an actual bandwidth crisis.

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  • Movie Studios Want Automated BitTorrent Warnings
    July 30, 2011
    daria42 writes "The lawsuit filed by movie and TV studios against Australian Internet service provider iiNet appears to have taken a new twist, with the studios using early judgments in the case to attempt to push other ISPs towards what it has described as a 'standardized automated processing system' for BitTorrent copyright infringement notices that would integrate with the ISPs' networks and automatically forward messages to customers when they were sent by the studios."
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  • Road Trip Pic of the Day, 7/30: What is this?
    July 30, 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.
  • Great Timewasters: 5 Videos to Enhance Your Weekend
    July 30, 2011
    Keith Shaw of our sister publication, ITWorld, scours the web for fun, informative and unusual videos. Here is a selection of five of the best he's found.

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  • DVT linked to video gamer's death
    July 30, 2011
    A man who believes his son died from deep vein thrombosis caused by long periods playing video games is appealing for greater awareness of the risk.
  • Apple approves new store-less iPad Nook app
    July 30, 2011
    Barnes & Noble has updated its Nook app for iPad to comply with Apple's new in-app subscription rules.
  • Anonymous Releases 400 MB of FBI Contractor Data
    July 30, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "Anonymous, as they have claimed they would, finally released 400 megabytes of files (NSFW language) allegedly stolen from ManTech, a cyber security firm contracted by the FBI. Anonymous stated, 'The FBI is outsourcing cybersecurity to the tune of nearly $100 million to a Washington-area managed services company. The deal shows a willingness in the federal government to place IT services more and more in the hands of third parties as agencies don't have enough staff on
  • Muttering hat, murmuring tree at MoMA 'Talk' show
    July 30, 2011
    Objects don't just sit there being useful anymore. As a new MoMA exhibit highlights, they talk to us in myriad ways--and get us talking to each other and the world.
  • Turkey's Gul says no crisis as top generals quit
    July 30, 2011
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Abdullah Gul denied on Saturday that Turkey faced a crisis after the resignation of the country's four most senior military commanders, but acknowledged this had created an "extraordinary" situation.

  • Week in science: water of the past and lighting of the future
    July 30, 2011
    Astronomers find largest water reservoir ever, 12 billion years in the past: Astronomers have found the largest reservoir of water ever discovered in the Universe orbiting a distant black hole.
    The future of lighting: walls of light, LEDs, and glowing trees: Innovation has come to the humble lightbulb, and the future belongs to color-changing LEDs, walls of glowing OLED panels, and... bioluminescent trees? Here's what's next in lighting tech.
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  • Do Language and Music Mimic Nature?
    July 30, 2011
    Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from the first chapter of the new book Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man , by Mark Changizi. Copyright (c) 2011 by Mark Changizi. [More]

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  • The science of ocean rescue and rehab (photos)
    July 30, 2011
    In a decommissioned Nike missile site just outside San Francisco, the Marine Mammal Center conducts research, treats animals, and dispenses biological info.
  • 'Talk to Me': In conversation with objects (photos)
    July 30, 2011
    Muttering hats, talking trees, and robots that rely on strangers to get where they're going. An eclectic new MoMA exhibit in New York provokes viewers to ponder the ways we communicate with objects.
  • Plastics, sea life, and art wash ashore (photos)
    July 30, 2011
    At the Marine Mammal Center in Northern California, the ocean's waste gets converted into environmental art.
  • Unified NoSQL Query Language Launched
    July 30, 2011
    splitenz writes "Hoping to unify the growing but disparate market of NoSQL databases, the creators behind CouchDB and SQLite have introduced a new query language for the format, called UnQL (Unstructured Data Query Language — .PS). It has Microsoft's backing."
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  • The Supreme Court Should Invalidate Software Patents
    July 30, 2011
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    Last weekend I was thrilled to hear one of my favorite radio programs, This American Life, take up the issue of software patents. Computer programmers have been sounding the alarm about this problem for two decades, and it's great to see mainstream media outlets finally start to give the issue
  • Ruling Upholds Gene Patent In Cancer Test
    July 30, 2011
    diewlasing writes with a report in the New York Times which begins: "In a closely watched case, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday that genes can be patented, overturning a lower court decision that had shocked the biotechnology industry." Techdirt has some insightful commentary on the ruling.
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  • Sharing stories about creating apps for kids with iStoryTime founder Woody Sears (Appolicious)
    July 30, 2011
    Appolicious - You don’t have to be a first or even second mover to understand how the iPhone and increasingly the iPad are changing the storytime experience for parents and their young children.
  • 30 best iPad games
    July 30, 2011
    Trying to figure out which iPad games to buy with your hard-earned dough? Here's a look at our current top-30 favorites.
  • 10 'great' tech products that really weren't
    July 30, 2011
    Ah, the good old days of tech. Old, certainly. Good? Not so much.
  • Top-rated reviews of the week (photos)
    July 30, 2011
    Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the 13-inch MacBook Air, 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS, and the Yamaha RX-V671 AV receiver.
  • IT, loosen up a bit on that governance
    July 29, 2011
    Quote of the week:"IT often enforces rigid rules and convoluted governance processes. IT must evolve new governance approaches that empower the business with providing 'guardrails' and...
  • Tens of Thousands Flee From BT and Virgin
    July 30, 2011
    twoheadedboy writes "The two biggest ISPs in the UK are losing thousands of customers. Earlier this week Virgin reported it had lost 36,000 cable broadband customers. BT, meanwhile, has seen around 125,000 active consumer line customers flee this quarter. With that many customers leaving, where are they going?"
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  • Cool gadgets to beat the heat wave: At play
    July 29, 2011
    Extreme heat calls for extreme cooling measures. Find out how you can beat the heat wave with these five geeky cooling solutions when you are out and about.
  • Use Internet Explorer? You're Probably Dumb, Study Says
    July 30, 2011
    People who use Internet Explorer have lower IQs than people who use other browsers like Firefox or Google Chrome, a new study finds.


  • Increasing Performance by Caching Paths on HTML5 Canvas
    July 30, 2011
    This article is one in a series of performance articles I am writing on Canvas. I’m considering writing a small (e-)book on Canvas performance issues, considerations and tips. If you’d be interested in that sort of thing, let me know.
  • Build Blazing Fast PHP Websites with Memcached Distributed Caching
    July 30, 2011
    Beyond building the most capable and appealing website possible, one of your highest priorities should be ensuring blazing fast load times. Not only will a highly responsive website increase visitor retention, but it will also positively affect your search engine results.
  • Here’s How U.S. Spies Will Find You Through Your Pics
    July 29, 2011
    Iarpa, the intelligence community’s way-out research shop, wants to know where you took that vacation picture over the Fourth of July. It wants to know where you took that snapshot with your friends when you were at that New Year’s Eve party. Oh yeah, and if you happen to be a terrorist and you took a photo with some of your buddies while prepping for a raid, the agency definitely wants to know where you took that picture — and it’s looking for ideas to help figure it out.


  • VIDEO: Watch a Volkswagen Car Drive Itself
    July 29, 2011
    Last month, my Forbes colleague Jim Gorzelany reported on Volkswagen's research into "Temporary Auto Pilot" for its cars. The TAP actually allows a car to drive itself, with sensors enabling it to maintain speed and distance, as well as being equipped to avoid collisions and slow down when, for example, it sees traffic cones. Now the group behind Volkswagen's TAP program, HAVEIt, have released a video of the Temporary Auto Pilot in action.  Check it out below.
  • With the iPhone 5 on its way, AT&T moves throttle unlimited data
    July 29, 2011
    Apple's upcoming phone may have just throttled data transfer speeds for AT&T's top data users.
  • Foobar2000 1.1.8 beta 3
    July 29, 2011
    foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.

  • Cool gadgets to beat the heat wave: At work
    July 29, 2011
    Extreme heat calls for extreme cooling measures. Here are 7 innovative products that can help you keep your cool while on the job.
  • AT&T to Throttle Big Users of Unlimited Data
    July 29, 2011
    AT&T announced service throttling for the heaviest users of its unlimited mobile data plans saying the only way to truly solve its bandwidth.


  • SuperAntiSpyware 4.56.1000
    July 29, 2011
    SUPERAntiSpyware Professional features our highly advanced Real-Time Protection to ensure protection from installation or re-installation of potential threats as you surf the Internet. Used in conjunction with our First Chance Prevention and Registry Protection, your computer is protected from thousands of threats that attempt to infect and infilt...

  • AntiVir Personal 10.0.0.652
    July 29, 2011
    Avira AntiVir Personal - FREE Antivirus is a reliable free antivirus solution, that constantly and rapidly scans your computer for malicious programs such as viruses, Trojans, backdoor programs, hoaxes, worms, dialers etc. Monitors every action executed by the user or the operating system and reacts promptly when a malicious program is detected.

  • The top five Linux desktop vendors
    July 29, 2011
    Sick of Windows, but don't feel comfortable installing Linux yourself? No problem. There are many vendors who will sell a Linux laptop or desktop that's ready to go.
  • PowerArchiver 12.00
    July 29, 2011
    PowerArchiver offers hundreds of features, yet remains easy to use, small and fast. Novice users will find a familiar interface complete with tutorial and detailed help, while more experienced users can take advantage of full Explorer integration, multiple encryption methods and advanced compression algorithms.

  • AT&T says it will Throttle heavy data Users
    July 29, 2011
    The measures take effect on October 1 and will apply to the top 5 percent of heaviest data users still on an unlimited plan for its wireless network. Read this blog post by Roger Cheng on Wireless.

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