Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Technical News - 03 August 2011


  • Report: Thousands of references to MinWin are in Windows 8 (and why that may matter)
    August 3, 2011
    According to a new report, there are as many as 6,000 references to MinWin in an internal Windows 8 client build. This may provide more clues and validation of Microsoft's virtualization plans for...
  • Microsoft releases new and updated Zune HD apps
    August 3, 2011
    If you're a proud owner of a Zune HD, then Microsoft has a surprise for you - a raft of new and updated apps!
  • UK's national health IT programme 'unworkable'
    August 3, 2011
    Britain's next-generation electronic health records system -- still yet to be fully implemented 9 years on -- should be scrapped, says MP's.
  • Seeking growth, GPS device makers look to OEM applications
    August 3, 2011
    Garmin posts big revenue losses in the North American PND market but double-digit gains in fitness, aviation and other segments. Can GPS technology survive?
  • Hardware 2.0 'Very Best Kit List' for August 2011
    August 3, 2011
    Welcome to the Hardware 2.0 "Very Best Kit List" for August 2011. Here I've put together a list of the best high-end and mid-range and budget components currently available. So if you're thinking...
  • Despite cost savings, federal IT market flat, report says
    August 3, 2011
    Despite cost savings from cloud computing, data center consolidation and security initiatives, the federal IT market remains flat, according to a new survey.
  • Apple iPad vs. Android Xoom: Judgment day arrives
    August 3, 2011
    A personal journey deep into the heart of the iPad and Xoom tablets. Which side won?
  • RIM announces trio of touchscreen BlackBerry smartphones
    August 3, 2011
    We knew all the details about RIMs upcoming OS 7 phones, but today they made it official.
  • Comcast earnings top estimates for Q2; high-speed Internet growth
    August 3, 2011
    Comcast earnings for 2Q11 were up 16 percent, fueled by its newly-acquired NBCUniversal division and growth in high-speed Internet customers.
  • UK drops plan to block file-sharing sites
    August 3, 2011
    UK business secretary Vince Cable says blocking piracy websites will not happen, and copyright laws will be brought to the "modern era".
  • (Bogus) report faked relationship between browser choice and IQ level [UPDATED]
    August 3, 2011
    A recent (bogus) survey suggests that Internet Explorer users tend to have lower IQs compared with Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Camino and Opera users.
  • That Internet Explorer "IQ test" was a hoax
    August 3, 2011
    Last week dozens of tech publications and mainstream news outlets unquestioningly printed the results of a study purporting to show that Internet Explorer users have lower IQs than those who use...
  • In a quest for relevance RIM introduces new BlackBerry phones
    August 3, 2011
    New models of the BlackBerry Bold and Torch product lines have been announced running the BlackBerry 7 OS. It is not likely they will stem the desertion of BlackBerry customers underway.
  • Internet Explorer users 'stupid': Story was a hoax
    August 3, 2011
    "Internet Explorer users are kind of stupid", said the story a few days ago. Turns out the story was just an elaborate hoax.
  • TeleNav summer survey: 33% would give up sex instead of their phone
    August 3, 2011
    I enjoy using my smartphones, but I personally wouldn't give up intimate time with my wife for one of my phones.
  • NASA Kennedy Space Center is a toxic hell
    August 3, 2011
    It'll take a billion dollars to clean up the toxic waste found at Kennedy Space Center.
  • Apple iPad 2 online shipping finally drops to within 24 hours
    August 3, 2011
    For the first time in over four months it looks like Apple is finally catching up with demand for the Apple iPad 2.
  • Promisec agentless endpoint management
    August 3, 2011
    Managing Windows endpoint systems can be challenging due to the complex, very flexible nature of the operating environment. Promisec has developed agentless tools that can help.
  • Robot teddy bear nurse helps move patients
    August 3, 2011
    A robotic nurse/teddy-bear called the Riba II can transfer patients from a bed to a wheelchair and back.
  • Search ninja part 2: How to find older versions of software (and much more)
    August 3, 2011
    I've given you 6-months to study-up on part 1, so are you ready to continue on your path to becoming a search ninja? Of course you are! Part 2 is finally here.
  • Report: Global cyberattack under way for 5 years (AP)
    August 3, 2011
    AP - A computer security firm says cybercriminals have spent at least the past five years targeting more than 70 government entities, nonprofit groups and corporations to steal troves of data.
  • US, UN, IOC targets of huge cyber spying campaign (AFP)
    August 3, 2011
    The governments of the United States and other countries, major US defense contractors, the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee have been targets of a global cyber spying campaign, security firm McAfee said Wednesday.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Justin Sullivan)AFP - The governments of the United States and several other countries, US defense contractors, the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee have been targets of a massive global cyber spying campaign, US computer security firm McAfee said Wednesday.


  • Time Warner profit beats Street on ad sales
    August 3, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Time Warner Inc posted better-than-expected quarterly results, helped by stronger advertising, and ratcheted up its full-year outlook.

  • Google+, Apple's iCloud keep developers keen
    August 3, 2011
    TORONTO (Reuters) - Mobile developers more than ever want to devote their energies to writing apps for Apple's iOS and Google's Android platforms at the expense of their less popular rivals, a study released on Wednesday showed.

  • Facebook Lets Expectant Parents Share the News with 'Expected: Child'
    August 3, 2011
    The move, implemented so that parents-to-be wouldn't break Facebook's rules by creating a profile for someone who is underage, has stirred controversy for the social network.

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  • Hulu jumps into original programming with Spurlock (AP)
    August 3, 2011
    AP - Hulu, the online video service that primarily shows reruns from major broadcasters, is getting into the business of original programming.
  • SNB cuts rates to counter soaring Swiss franc
    August 3, 2011
    ZURICH (Reuters) - The Swiss National Bank announced a shock cut in interest rates and threatened more action to cap a soaring Swiss franc, but the impact was expected to be short-lived given the currency's safe-haven appeal amid mounting concerns about global growth.

  • Australian woman free after hours-long bomb scare
    August 3, 2011
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - A young Australian woman was freed from a suspected bomb collared around her neck early on Thursday after 10 hours of drama that lasted past midnight and captivated the nation with police saying they were still investigating the incident.

  • Google offers workshops to lure Android developers
    August 3, 2011
    The search giant is holding a series of developer workshops throughout the rest of the year, specifically geared toward optimizing apps for Android tablets.
  • Cloud Engines recalls Pogoplug Video devices
    August 3, 2011
    Product safety officials warn that about 11,000 of Cloud Engines' Pogoplug Video media streaming boxes could possibly overheat or catch fire.
  • RIM debuts 3 new BlackBerry touch phones to compete with the iPhone (pictures and specs) (Digital Trends)
    August 3, 2011
    Digital Trends - In a series of press releases today, RIM has revealed more about its BlackBerry 7 OS and given us a good look at the first three phones that will run on the new operating system: the BlackBerry Bold 9900, the BlackBerry Torch 9810, and the BlackBerry Torch 9850. Yes, the names are so boring and difficult to remember that we’re having trouble remembering which is which, but the phones are using a new interface modeled after RIM’s BlackBerry Tablet OS, which RIM hopes will help
  • Nintendo apologizes to early adopters for 3DS price cut
    August 3, 2011
    Satoru Iwata says Nintendo was forced to drop the price of the 3DS in order to help the platform "gain popularity."
  • Weiner Twitter Affair Perfect Scandal for Internet Age (ContributorNetwork)
    August 3, 2011
    ContributorNetwork - COMMENTARY | Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., held a press conference at the Sheraton Hotel in Midtown Manhattan Monday in which he admitted that he had sent a picture of his crotch via Twitter to a woman in Seattle and then lied about it.
  • Comcast gets boost from NBC Universal
    August 3, 2011
    Comcast's NBC Universal division helped boost profits and the company held its own against phone company competitors as it added more broadband subscribers and lost fewer TV customers.
  • Infibeam Offers Gift Vouchers With Pi2
    August 3, 2011
    Free gift vouchers are worth Rs 10,000.



  • Google+ Registers 25 Million Visitors
    August 3, 2011
    hypnosec writes "Google Inc.'s new social networking platform Google+ is one of the first to boast of more than 25 million users in less than one month of the launch. Market research firm comScore in its latest report has revealed that Google+, which was launched to masses in late June, has managed more than 25 million visitors in a month and is recording around a million unique visits every day." I've been using G+ for awhile now, but since the grandparents will never leave Facebook, I'm still
  • You Can Save the New Gmail Ads
    August 3, 2011
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    Google is testing a new and completely different format of ads inside Gmail as was first spotted by Richard Waters of the Financial Times.
    A thumbnail image of the ad appear in the sidebar, a place normally reserved for contextual text ads, and clicking this image will open a larger version of that ad in the same Gmail window.
    Richard writes:
    The small box in the upper right hand corner, which has a thumbnail image in it, was all that appeared alongside the original email. The text advertises an upcoming movie, “One Day”.
    Clicking on the box opened the larger image inside an email. At the top left (not shown here) the user is given three options: Save to Inbox, Forward and Dismiss.
    Gmail users then have an option to save these ads in their Inbox – in case the ad has a shopping coupon that you would like to use later – or they can forward the ads to a friend (won’t that be annoying?). If you dismiss the ad, it would disappear from your inbox forever. Interesting!
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    Digital Inspiration @labnolThis story, You Can Save the New Gmail Ads, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on August 3, 2011 under GMail, Internet.



  • MotoActive Will Keep You Fit
    August 3, 2011
    Pictures of alleged upcoming sports watch from Motorola leaked.



  • Window and insulation experts the next plumbers?
    August 3, 2011
    Emerging technologies geared toward closing a "thermal envelope" in green building, already the largest growth market in construction, are poised to see increased growth by 2020, report says.
  • State actor seen behind "enormous" wave of cyber attacks
    August 3, 2011
    BOSTON (Reuters) - Security experts have discovered the biggest series of cyber attacks to date, involving the infiltration of the networks of 72 organizations including the United Nations, governments and companies around the world.

  • South Korea Fines Apple Over Locationgate
    August 3, 2011
    The Korean Communications Commission has fined Apple for allegedly collecting location data from iPhone users without their express permission. Though a pittance at 3 million won (about $2,830), the penalty does set a precedent, marking the first time Apple has been punished for storing users’ unencrypted location information in their iPhones for up to a year.
    The company, which reduced the length of that storage time to 7 days with the release of iOS 4.3.3 denies that the iPhone was ever logging its users’ locations. Instead, it claims the device was creating a crowdsourced database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers. “Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone,” a company spokesman told Reuters. “Apple has never done so and has no plan to ever do so.”

  • Internet Explorer IQ Story Called a Hoax
    August 3, 2011
    The BBC did some digging on the group that claimed to have authored the study and found that AptiQuant's website is only a month old and thumbnail photos on one page were pulled from a French psychometric testing company -- with the names changed.

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  • AptiQuant Browser/IQ Study Was Likely a Hoax
    August 3, 2011
    A steady stream of people have submitted notes this morning saying that the story that we (and the entire internet, and even NPRs Marketplace) mentioned recently talking about browser platform correlating with IQ looks like a hoax. Of course, if you read the Slashdot discussion, you probably would have known this already, but now everyone knows. The company responsible for the survey, AptiQuant looks to not be real.
    Read more of this story at Slashdot.



  • Gloomy 2011 on the radar for Garmin
    August 3, 2011
    BANGALORE (Reuters) - Garmin forecast a grim year ahead as it grapples with the relentless decline of its once popular personal navigation devices and looks for ways to make them more appealing to customers, who are favoring free navigation apps on their smartphones and tablets.

  • RIM launches two new BlackBerry Torch phones
    August 3, 2011
    TORONTO (Reuters) - Research In Motion on Wednesday took the wraps off two more powerful versions of its touchscreen BlackBerry Torch, aiming to buy time until it can introduce a radically new software package in its smartphones.

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