Thursday, August 11, 2011

Technical News - 11 August 2011

  • HTC partners with Beats, awesome audio focused devices coming this fall
    August 11, 2011
    HTC announced a strategic partnership with Beats Electronics to bring the Beats Audio experience to HTC smartphones, starting this fall.
  • British PM considers turning off social networks amid further riots
    August 11, 2011
    British PM David Cameron moots social media bans for those involved in rioting, that has plagued the British streets for nearly a week.
  • Apple-Samsung relationship gets more awkward, but supply chain rules
    August 11, 2011
    Apple reportedly had to call Samsung for iPad 2 panels because LG couldn't deliver volume and quality at the same time.
  • Licensing with the frenemy
    August 11, 2011
    How can you improve your relationship with IBM? Get closer to the audit process, blogs Clarence Villanueva.
  • HTC's delusional Beats Electronics deal: $300 million case of Apple envy
    August 11, 2011
    HTC's goal to become a lifestyle brand may be valid in some parallel universe, but there's an opportunity cost related to blowing a wad of cash on appealing to audiophiles.
  • Lenovo unveils business gear for road warriors, including a ThinkVision mobile monitor
    August 11, 2011
    Lenovo is bringing the AMD 'Llano'-powered ThinkPad Edge E425 and E525 laptops, and ThinkVision LT1421 Wide mobile monitor to its small to medium-sized business lineup this month.
  • When the out of box experience becomes an out of mind nightmare
    August 11, 2011
    Laptop makers only get one first impression, and when they preinstall junkware that ruins the first boot they have failed the customer.
  • Does Intel need to pour millions into Ultrabook fund?
    August 11, 2011
    Intel has pledged at least $300 million to develop its MacBook Air competitor, which raises questions about how valuable this project actually is.
  • Why the FTC is likely to hit a dead end probing Google's Android
    August 11, 2011
    The FTC is looking into Google's business practices around Android, but the probe may not yield much given the smartphone industry is so competitive.
  • University of Wisconsin hacked: 75,000 social security numbers, student names exposed
    August 11, 2011
    The University of Wisconsin is investigating a breach which may have exposed 75,000 social security numbers of students and staff.
  • Gmail and the great message chase
    August 11, 2011
    Gmail's handling of message deletion is strange and creates extra work for people. Why can't Google make Gmail's IMAP interface work as expected?
  • In the future, you'll be able to text and send videos to 9-1-1
    August 11, 2011
    "It's hard to imagine that airlines can send text messages if your flight is delayed, but you can't send a text message to 9-1-1 in an emergency."
  • Help in the hunt for the Higgs boson
    August 11, 2011
    Help CERN in the hunt for the Higgs boson particle.
  • Learning OS X Lion: A dreadful experience for a PC user, but is it worth it?
    August 11, 2011
    I want to like my MacBook Air. I really, really do. But OS X is making the transition from Windows extremely tough. Read all about my experiences thus far.
  • Who makes the best Windows security software? Surprise ...
    August 11, 2011
    Does antivirus software work? Online criminals have beaten traditional security software that relies on signatures and scans. But there's an alternative: smarter software that turns the bad guys'...
  • How to keep users from accidently installing IE 9 on Windows 7 [video]
    August 11, 2011
    Here's how to block Windows Update from marking IE 9 as an important update.
  • PCs Are History
    August 11, 2011
    [PCs are] going the way of the vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records, CRT and incandescent light bulbs.
    Mark Dean, one of the IBM engineers who designed the first PC, on the eve of the device’s 30th anniversary

  • Analysis: More austerity may be the last thing Italy needs
    August 11, 2011
    ROME (Reuters) - Italy's problem is not a high budget deficit but chronically weak growth, and forcing it to frontload austerity measures just as its economy is moving into yet another downturn may prove dangerously counter productive.

  • Western Libya rebels strike north towards coast
    August 11, 2011
    SHALGHOUDA, Libya (Reuters) - Rebel forces in western Libya pushed north toward the town of Zawiyah near the Mediterranean coast Thursday, trying to get within striking distance of the capital, Tripoli.

  • You become as you eat
    August 11, 2011
    When we think of adaptation we often imagine responses to variations in exogenous parameters. [More]

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  • Fake Names On Social Networks, a Fake Problem
    August 11, 2011
    disco_tracy writes "The leading social networks demand that members use their real names, and they're not afraid to evict violators. Many Facebook users have quietly complied, despite the problems that rule creates for political dissidents, stalking survivors and others. Much of this discussion has centered around people in physical or financial danger of having their identities revealed. But there are broader reasons for social networks to stop pushing real-name policies."
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  • HTC to Invest $300 Million in Beats Audio
    August 11, 2011
    HTC will invest $300 million in digital audio company Beats Electronics, a move to boost multimedia technology on its handsets and strengthen the company's brand in the U.S.
  • AOL approves buyback as shares tumble (Reuters)
    August 11, 2011
    Reuters - AOL said on Thursday it would buy back $250 million of its stock, a move presumably intended to boost confidence in the shares, which fell 32 percent in two days.
  • AOL approves buyback as shares tumble
    August 11, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - AOL said on Thursday it would buy back $250 million of its stock, a move presumably intended to boost confidence in the shares, which fell 32 percent in two days.

  • U.K. prime minister talks social media crackdown
    August 11, 2011
    Against the backdrop of widespread rioting, David Cameron tells Parliament: "When people are using social media for violence, we need to stop them."
  • Black Tie in the Desert: A Second Dinner in Supai with Michael Noer
    August 11, 2011
    It seems that fussy debutante Michael Noer didn't think much of my efforts at staging a black tie dinner at the bottom of the Grand Canyon using only equipment I'd lugged in on my back. Noer singled out the size of the table as his principal complaint. I'd packed that table in, Michael, in my backpack. To the bottom of the Grand Canyon, in case you'd forgotten, under the hot hot Arizona sun, without any equine aid.
  • New Twitter features to help you explore more tweets
    August 11, 2011
    The two new features will help Twitter users better follow their own tweets and also uncover new tweets from the people they follow.
  • British PM Cameron vows crackdown on rioters
    August 11, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron vowed Thursday to hunt down the street gangsters and opportunistic looters he blamed for Britain's worst violence in decades, and acknowledged that police tactics had failed at the start of the rioting.

  • UK may block Twitter, Facebook to help stop future riots (Digital Trends)
    August 11, 2011
    Digital Trends - The British government is considering banning access to social networks like Twitter, Facebook and BlackBerry Messenger for people suspected to be conspiring to commit criminal activity, reports the Guardian. The potential plan, which is intended to help quell future riots, comes after social networks facilitated the rapid spread of destructive civil unrest that rocked London and other cities for much of this week.
  • FTC Ramping Up Pressure in Google Probe
    August 11, 2011
    Antitrust regulators are examining key areas of Google's business in its ongoing investigation of the company, suggesting potential threats to its plans to expand its business beyond its search engine business.
  • One fan's salute to Portal 2: an animated, talking Wheatley puppet
    August 11, 2011

    Cosplay is serious business, so when super-fan Jennifer Sorrell decided she would attempt a Portal 2 Chell costume, she planned to add an impressive prop: a working, articulated, talking Wheatley puppet. The portal gun itself has been done as a prop a number of times already, but the idea of an interactive Wheatley was incredibly novel. Even more impressive? This was Sorrell's first time creating anything this complex.
    "Before Wheatley, the most complicated moving parts I'd

  • Cisco jumps as revenue outlook calms investors
    August 11, 2011
    BANGALORE (Reuters) - Shares of Cisco Systems Inc surged 17 percent on Thursday, a day after it forecast a modest increase in current-quarter revenue, following months of uncertainty surrounding its business.

  • Gizmodo Not Charged in Apple iPhone 4 Prototype Purchase
    August 11, 2011
    Gizmodo gets off scot-free, but the guys who found the iPhone 4 in a bar in 2010 and sold it to the gadget blog are charged with misdemeanors.

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  • U.S. jobs data helps lift world stocks
    August 11, 2011
    NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Firmer U.S. stocks pulled world shares higher on Thursday as strong U.S. jobs data took some of the focus away from renewed fears about the health of the euro zone banking system.

  • Review: iRadar for iPhone (verdict: affordable)
    August 11, 2011
    Cobra co-opted the expensive display and GPS receiver in your iPhone in exchange all the features of a $400 radar detector for a more wallet-friendly $129. Now that's ingenuity.
  • Verizon strike gets nasty
    August 11, 2011
    The company is seeking injunctions in five states to limit worker demonstrations as the work stoppage continues. The union is claiming incidents where strikers are hit by vehicles driven by replacement workers and managers.
  • Riots prompt social media review
    August 11, 2011
    Text messaging and social networks such as Twitter could be turned off during social unrest under plans being considered by the government.
  • UK may disrupt social networks during unrest (Reuters)
    August 11, 2011
    Rioters stand in front of a burning barricade in Liverpool August 9, 2011. REUTERS/Phil NobleReuters - Britain is considering disrupting online social networking such as Blackberry Messenger and Twitter during civil unrest, Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday, a move widely condemned as repressive when used by other countries.


  • UK may disrupt social networks during unrest
    August 11, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is considering disrupting online social networking such as Blackberry Messenger and Twitter during civil unrest, Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday, a move widely condemned as repressive when used by other countries.

  • LinkedIn Makes Marketing Shills of Its Members by Default
    August 11, 2011
    Here’s how to opt out of LinkedIn's use of your personal information in ads that appear on the business-oriented social network.

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  • LG, Sony come to terms in patent spat, report says
    August 11, 2011
    The companies say they are now engaged in a cross-licensing agreement that puts an end to the lawsuits, according to Reuters.
  • NuCaptcha Improves Integration of CAPTCHA System
    August 11, 2011
    A company that makes a security product designed to thwart problems such as comment spam has added new security and customization features for website owners.

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  • UK To Shut Down Social Networks?
    August 11, 2011
    Stoobalou writes "In a move worthy of China's communist regime, UK PM David Cameron wants to shut down social networks whenever civil unrest rears its head in Britain's towns and cities. Speaking in the House of Commons, Cameron said, 'Everyone watching these horrific actions will be struck by how they were, organized via social media. Free flow of information can be used for good. But it can also be used for ill. So we are working with the police, the intelligence services and industry to look
  • Amazon launches web Kindle reader
    August 10, 2011
    Amazon seeks to avoid Apple's 30% levy on sales with a browser-based version of the Kindle e-reader.

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