Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Technical News - 09 August 2011

  • Facebook testing two new mobile security features
    August 9, 2011
    Facebook is slowly rolling out two new features: Mobile Social Reporting and Mobile Password Reset.
  • Digging the wikis
    August 9, 2011
    There are lots of online collaboration tools and document management systems. Wikis, however, remain a simple way of creating large, shared information repositories.
  • Free: 100GB of cloud storage!
    August 9, 2011
    Tired of paying $20 a month for 100 GB of online Dropbox storage? Now you can get 100GB free with no download speed limits and exceptional security and reliability. How?
  • Windows Phone 'Tango' to be Microsoft's lower price-point operating system?
    August 9, 2011
    Information about Microsoft's successor to Windows Phone OS Mango (codenamed Tango) is slowly starting to leak.
  • Visa uses carrots, sticks to boost mobile payment adoption
    August 9, 2011
    Visa launches three initiatives to prod merchants to get on the mobile payment bandwagon.
  • Gartner: 42 percent of PCs will be running Windows 7 by year-end
    August 9, 2011
    Windows 7's share of the PC market is continuing to grow steadily, while Apple's, Linux's and Google's shares are making slow inroads, according to new worldwide PC usage data from Gartner Inc.
  • Bing ads lead to more malware; new Mac Trojan in the wild
    August 9, 2011
    Malware authors will do just about anything to fool you into installing their software. A popular target is search engine advertising, which one gang is using on Microsoft's search results. In a...
  • AOL touts ad rebound, but posts second quarter loss
    August 9, 2011
    AOL maintains that it is still on the comeback trail, but delivers a surprise loss.
  • Like 3G/4G with that Android tablet? No thanks
    August 9, 2011
    There are cost benefits for buyers of tablets without 3G/4G connectivity, but there's another reason that may be even more important to consumers.
  • Black Hat: 'OS X networks are significantly more vulnerable'
    August 9, 2011
    Think that OS X is more secure than Windows? Think again!
  • Flywheel tech + batteries = hybrid power backup
    August 9, 2011
    VYCON's new VDC XEB energy storage system combines flywheel technology with integrated battery storage.
  • If IT spending plummets, blame your politicians
    August 9, 2011
    It didn't have to be this way. If our politicians had put America first, put our economic recovery first, we wouldn't have scared our creditors.
  • 56 percent of enterprise users using vulnerable Adobe Reader plugins
    August 9, 2011
    According to Zscaler's most recent “State of the Web� security research report 56.46% of enterprise users running Adobe Reader have outdated version installed.
  • Apple to Lodsys: Only we know how our technology works
    August 9, 2011
    Apple insists that it is allowed to intervene in the ongoing Lodsys vs. developers legal battle.
  • The Advisory Board Company - a Profile of a SnapLogic Customer
    August 9, 2011
    The Advisory Board Company uses SnapLogic and cloud computing in its efforts to drive extreme efficiency and competency.
  • Why consolidate when you can virtualize?
    August 9, 2011
    Server consolidation doesn't have to be a painful process, though often it is. You can do yourself and your client a tremendous favor by simply converting physical systems to virtual ones--so...
  • Google exec: Developers need to focus on skinny mobile apps
    August 9, 2011
    Developers would need incentives to start worrying about how much bandwidth their apps would use.
  • U.S. outlook casts shadow over world economy
    August 9, 2011
    BANGALORE (Reuters) - The chances of another U.S. recession are rising and Europe's recovery is also at risk, according to the latest Reuters poll, taken during the worst stock market selloff since the nadir of the financial crisis.

  • MP calls for BlackBerry Messenger suspension to calm UK riots
    August 9, 2011
    LONDON/TORONTO (Reuters) - A lawmaker called on Tuesday for BlackBerry's instant messaging service to be suspended after rioters used it to mobilize in London and other British cities.

  • Old Twitter is dead, long live new Twitter (Digital Trends)
    August 9, 2011
    Digital Trends - Upon hearing the news that old Twitter is dead and that new Twitter is now in full effect there are only two acceptable reactions. First would be to say to yourself, “There was an old Twitter?” The second possible reaction would be shock, anger, and outrage that Twitter would dare change what your Twitter page looks like. Well, there is a new Twitter, and Twitter announced yesterday that all Twitter users are now using it.
  • QNX powers the BlackBerry Colt
    August 9, 2011
    Apple releases a tool to automatically create recovery disks for Mac OS X Lion, researchers at the Black Hat hackers conference says that you should change all of your passwords if your laptop gets stolen, and the BlackBerry Colt will be the first QNX-powered smartphone from Research in Motion in early 2012.
  • AOL posts smaller 2Q net loss, ad revenue grows (AP)
    August 9, 2011
    In this Feb. 7, 2011 photo, a small AOL placard is displayed at their offices in New York. Internet company AOL is reporting Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, a smaller net loss for the second quarter even though revenue fell, because last year's quarter was weighed down by a huge accounting charge. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)AP - Internet company AOL Inc. said Tuesday that its net loss narrowed in the second quarter even though revenue fell, largely because the results a year ago were weighed down by a huge accounting charge.


  • MIT GelSight is portable, high-res 3D imaging tech
    August 9, 2011
    MIT scientists have improved GelSight, their portable imaging device that can provide 3D images for everything from product testing to forensics.
  • Police to swamp London streets to tackle unrest
    August 9, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - Thousands of policemen prepared to deploy on London's streets on Tuesday night to head off rioters and looters who have rampaged through parts of the British capital virtually unchecked for the past three nights.

  • China's Wen urges global action to calm markets
    August 9, 2011
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Premier Wen Jiabao urged nations to work together to stabilize turbulent financial markets on Tuesday as global stocks stumbled on fears that the world economy is headed for a downturn.

  • The one big move Microsoft could still make in mobile
    August 9, 2011
    Microsoft continues to play catch-up in the mobile market. However, there's still one big opportunity Microsoft could seize in order to win buyers away from Android and Apple devices.
  • GameFly prepping digital-download service
    August 9, 2011
    The rental company says users will be able to download and play as many Windows or Mac games as they want when the titles go on sale later this year.
  • Wall Street jumps after sell-off
    August 9, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks climbed on Tuesday, putting the S&P 500 on track for only its second advance in the past 12 sessions, but markets remained susceptible to selling if the Federal Reserve fails to ease fears of a double-dip recession.

  • Patent Troll Lawyer Sanctioned Over Extortion Tactics
    August 9, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "For all the stories of patent trolls and copyright trolls, there haven't been too many stories of either being sanctioned for abusive or extortion-like practices... until now. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (one level below the Supreme Court) has approved over $600,000 in sanctions against a lawyer for a patent troll, saying that filing over a hundred lawsuits, each of which was followed up almost immediately with offers to settle at fees much cheaper than
  • Cut the Rope: Experiments comes to iOS, brings new gimmicks
    August 9, 2011
    Cut the Rope is one of the bigger hits on the iOS platform; the physics-based puzzler has found great success teaching players how to slice through ropes and navigate obstacles in order to deliver a piece of candy to a hungry monster. The latest entry in the series is called Cut the Rope: Experiments, and it's a wonderful time. It's also over much too soon, and only two of the three sections offer anything new to veteran players.
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  • Londoners Turn to Technology to Stop the Looting (The Atlantic Wire)
    August 9, 2011
    The Atlantic Wire - The violence in London has gotten pretty bad. Monday was the third straight night of rioting in Britain's capital, as the unrest spread to other major cities like Liverpool and Birmingham. Entire stores are losing their inventory--a Sony warehouse burned to the ground and an Adidias shop looked completely empty after being ransacked--and police so far have been powerless to stop the looting. The number of officers will rise from Monday night's 6,000 to 16,000 on Tuesday, but
  • Rioters' phones could help police
    August 9, 2011
    Police may be able to use rioters' mobile phone information to help convict them, say legal experts.
  • Trucks follow cars on road to better fuel efficiency
    August 9, 2011
    The first fuel-economy standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks aim to improve efficiency by about 20 percent by 2018, potentially saving about $50 billion on fuel costs largely by using existing technologies.
  • HotLink Aims to Ease Managing Mixed Virtual Environments
    August 9, 2011
    Startup HotLink has exited stealth mode and launched SuperVISOR for VMware, designed to allow IT departments to mix and match hypervisors from different vendors...

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  • It's a good time to be a developer
    August 9, 2011
    Data from recruiting firm Riviera Partners shows that software developers are making good money, especially in the early days of company financing.
  • AOL posts surprise loss as ad growth disappoints
    August 9, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - AOL Inc reported a surprise second-quarter loss on Tuesday, citing weaker-than-expected advertising growth that sent shares of the company plummeting as much as 20 percent on Tuesday.

  • Companies Lose $2.5 Million from Missing Memory Sticks, Study Says
    August 9, 2011
    Lost or missing memory sticks, as well as malware carried on the USB devices, are a huge problem, the study by the Ponemon Institute shows.

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  • GLONASS gets Nokia backing, aims to rival COMPASS
    August 9, 2011
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has secured Nokia's backing of its GLONASS satellite navigation system, a major step forward for the country's technology toward securing the number two global position after GPS.

  • The X Factor: Solar storms and life as we know it
    August 9, 2011
    Back in February 2011 the Sun underwent a so-called X class solar flare event, prompting the following Life, Unbounded post. [More]

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  • SendLove takes the measure of a man
    August 9, 2011
    Start-up launches system to vote on the popularity of people from within stories about them. It sounds trivial, but it has legs.
  • Technology Blamed For Helping UK Rioters
    August 9, 2011
    Hugh Pickens writes "The WSJ reports that following three nights of rioting and looting in London, Blackberry's messaging network and social networking sites are being blamed by police, politicians and media organizations for helping rioters in London spread word about the next hot spot . It's an 'encrypted, very secure, safe, fast, cheap, free, easy way for disaffected urban youth to spread messages for the next targets,' says Mike Butcher, editor of TechCrunch Europe and digital advisor to the
  • VIDEO: BlackBerrys used by rioters on streets
    August 9, 2011
    Rioting youths are said to be using instant messaging on BlackBerry phones and social media platforms such as Twitter to co-ordinate attacks and stay ahead of the police.
  • ITC Will Investigate Another Apple Complaint Against HTC
    August 9, 2011
    Bad news for HTC. The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to investigate another of Apple’s patent-infringement complaints against it.
    The agency, which has the power to block imports, said Tuesday that it will review Apple’s claim that the Taiwanese company’s Flyer tablet and a dozen or so of its Android smartphones violate five of its patents.
    The ITC’s move to review the complaint follows a July decision which found that the company had violated two of 10 patents Apple asserted against it in a March of 2010 complaint.
    So a tough break for HTC, though the company continues to profess its innocence and insists it has been unjustly persecuted by Apple.
    “HTC respects intellectual property and will continue to protect and defend its protected innovations,” Grace Lei, the company’s general counsel, said in a statement. “We will fully cooperate with the ITC’s investigation and look forward to showing that we are not in violation of any of Apple’s patents.”

  • Apple to Launch iOS 5 Beta 6 on August 17
    August 9, 2011
    A report says the newest beta release could be delayed if bugs in the code are found.

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