Sunday, August 21, 2011

Technical News - 21 August 2011

  • UK students can request exam feedback under data laws
    August 21, 2011
    Students in the UK can use the data protection laws to receive often-withheld details of their exam results, the UK's data protection agency said today.
  • HP TouchPad: HP and Best Buy to refund price differences for early buyers
    August 21, 2011
    HP and Best Buy have indicated that HP TouchPad owners can now have the difference between what was paid to purchase the tablet and the current fire-sale bin pricing.
  • Best Buy's Samsung HDTV and Galaxy Tab combo offer: "Bundling two losing products together"?
    August 21, 2011
    Samsung is the biggest name in 3D TV, and its Galaxy Tab is the best-known Android tablet competitor to the iPad. So when Best Buy decided to bundle a free Galaxy Tab with a 46-inch 3D Samsung...
  • HP's TouchPad fire sale: The fallout
    August 21, 2011
    HP's TouchPad liquidation sale says a lot about the company, the tablet market and its ability to keep an e-commerce site running.
  • BestBuy.com is offering the HP TouchPad for $100 until supplies run out
    August 21, 2011
    Less than 15 minutes ago, I went to BestBuy.com and successfully ordered one and will see it arriving sometime this week.
  • New data spill shows risk of online health records (AP)
    August 21, 2011
    AP - Until recently, medical files belonging to nearly 300,000 Californians sat unsecured on the Internet for the entire world to see.
  • Libya rebels push towards capital to aid revolt
    August 21, 2011
    AL-MAYA, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan rebels battled their way closer to Tripoli on Sunday to help fighters inside the city who rose up overnight declaring a final showdown with Muammar Gaddafi.

  • U.S. "hikers'" lawyer to fight Iran spy sentence
    August 21, 2011
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - The lawyer for two Americans convicted of spying in Iran said Sunday he would appeal their eight-year sentence, which shocked their families who had hoped to see them freed after more than two years already spent in Tehran's most notorious jail.

  • Prosecutor to drop Strauss-Kahn case: report
    August 21, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Prosecutors will ask a judge to dismiss all charges against former IMF director Dominique Strauss-Kahn at a court hearing Tuesday, the New York Post reported Sunday, citing unnamed sources.

  • Verizon Employees End Strike
    August 21, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "Verizon today announced that the approximately 45,000 wireline employees represented by the CWA and IBEW that have been on strike will return to work beginning Monday night, August 22nd, without new collective bargaining agreements. Since the strike began two weeks ago, Verizon has been battling criminal acts of sabotage against its network facilities and union picketers intimidating non-union replacement workers and illegally blocking garage and work center entrances
  • Internet Restored Briefly as Rebels Close in on Tripoli
    August 21, 2011
    Local Internet access in Tripoli was strangely restored for a while late Saturday local time after months of disruption, according to reports on Twitter, as...

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  • Tuscany's Enatek banks on micro wind turbines
    August 21, 2011
    The sun pretty much drives just about everything in Tuscany. It powers the grapes, the olives, and to some extent, it powers the millions of tourists that flock to Tuscany each year.
  • Complacency is dangerous for leaders
    August 21, 2011
    Complacency, the idolization of things that have been accomplished, is dangerous for leaders?hat like alcohol?numbs their senses, blurs their vision, and makes them lose sight of the ?Big Picture,? the grand goals, the big dreams and aspirations of the people they lead.
  • UK Officials Summon Social Media to Discuss Riots
    August 21, 2011
    Representatives of Facebook, Twitter and BlackBerry Maker RIM are asked to discuss their products' usage by perpetrators of the disruptions.

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  • Egypt, Israel try to defuse tension over killings
    August 21, 2011
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt and Israel sought on Sunday to defuse a diplomatic crisis over the killing of five Egyptian security personnel during an Israeli operation against cross-border raiders, but crowds of Egyptians protested angrily at the Israeli embassy in Cairo.

  • Android tablets gain personality with ViewPad 10pro, Acer A100 (Appolicious)
    August 21, 2011
    Appolicious - Some interesting new Android tablets are hitting the market including a business-oriented device from Viewsonic that runs dual operating systems, and a more family-oriented 7-inch device from Acer. Meanwhile, Dell has decided to stop producing the Streak, but will continue to support Android and develop new, larger tablets.
  • Tropical Storm Irene could take aim at Florida
    August 21, 2011
    MIAMI (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Irene whipped the northern Leeward Islands with rain and squalls on Sunday as it barreled west on a track through the Caribbean that looked set to threaten Florida.

  • Glucose Monitor May Get Under Your Skin
    August 21, 2011
    Researchers have developed a glowing, subdermal glucose sensor that could make it easier for diabetics to monitor their status.

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  • With HP tablet dead, who can challenge Apple? (Reuters)
    August 21, 2011
    Reuters - NEW YORK (Reuters)- The sudden demise of Hewlett-Packard Co's WebOS TouchPad after just seven weeks on shelves was a reminder of how tech giants have failed so far to take a bite out of Apple Inc's iPad.
  • With HP tablet dead, who can challenge Apple?
    August 21, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters)- The sudden demise of Hewlett-Packard Co's WebOS TouchPad after just seven weeks on shelves was a reminder of how tech giants have failed so far to take a bite out of Apple Inc's iPad.

  • IBM Chief: All CEOs Reluctant To Invest In R&D
    August 21, 2011
    theodp writes "In his Centennial Conversation at the Computer History Museum, IBM CEO Sam Palmisano emphasized the importance of investing in R&D, even in a down economy. 'Shareholder expectations for higher returns don't diminish when the economy stutters,' said Sam. 'And yet, Tom Watson Sr. actually increased research investment during the Great Depression.' Palmisano added, 'I will tell you that my own instinctive reflex isn't to continue investing $6 billion a year during the worst economic
  • The Surprising Benefits of Austerity
    August 21, 2011
    The L.A. Times recently bemoaned the evisceration of the American middle class, a topic that Laura Clawson jumped on at Daily Kos, pointing out that a manual worker can no longer carve out a middle class lifestyle.  This is austerity. What are we going to do about it?
  • A beginner's guide to telecom jargon, part 6
    August 21, 2011
    When telecommunications experts say ecosystem, they aren't talking about shrubbery and animals. CNET explains why.
  • Ask Slashdot: What Will IT Look Like In 10 Years?
    August 21, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "The IT industry is a lot different than it was 10 years ago; it underwent a huge boom in terms of labor and services required to keep up with the times. Now, we are entering a consolidation phase. The cloud makes it easier for companies to host e-mail, so now instead of organizations having their own Exchange guy, they will outsource it to the cloud. Instead of having a bunch of network engineers, they will deploy wireless and no longer need cabling or current levels
  • Does It Really Matter That Amazon Can't Manufacture A Kindle In the USA?
    August 21, 2011
    The idea that Amazon's inability to make a Kindle in the USA doesn't matter is an illusion. It represents a decline in the country's economy and a threat to its economic future.
  • A found footage project recreating Outside Lands music festival
    August 20, 2011
    A weekend experiment to recreate a three-day music festival through found footage...
  • Thinking Of Buying A $99 TouchPad? Don't
    August 21, 2011
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    The TouchPad is dead, but Hewlett-Packard is giving it a hell of a wake. HP has slashed the price of its $399 tablet computer to $99 after killing the product on Thursday, sparking a buying frenzy. Finally, an Apple competitor has found a price low enough to start an online shopping
  • 25,000 Danish Hospital Staff Moving To LibreOffice
    August 20, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes with news that 25,000 staff across 13 hospitals in Denmark will be switching to LibreOffice over the course of the next year. "The group of hospitals is phasing out a proprietary alternative, 'for long term strategic reasons,' which at the same time saves the group some 40 million Kroner [about $7.7 million] worth of proprietary licenses. The ditching of the proprietary alternative is a consequence of the group's move to virtual desktops, allowing staff members to log
  • U.S. Best Buy to sell $100 HP TouchPad Sunday
    August 20, 2011
    Best Buy stores in the U.S. will begin selling the TouchPad on a first come, first serve basis on Sunday.
  • Google+, Day 14: Playing Games on Google+
    August 20, 2011
    Google has introduced Google+ Games, so today I am taking a look at how Google+ does social network gaming, and what impact it has on the value or utility of Google+ as a social network.

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  • Wordpress.com hands out coupons after password glitch
    August 20, 2011
    Wordpress.com users are being told to change their passwords, after they were left in a "less secure format" for over a year.
  • Once Upon a Time, HP Created the First Personal Computer
    August 20, 2011
    Ironic considering, you know, their leaving the hardware game and everything. But back in 1968—before they were the biggest computer manufacturer in the world—Hewlett Packard released the HP 9100A, the first mass-market PC ever. At least, that's what the ads said.


  • Did The Market Get It Wrong About Hewlett-Packard?
    August 20, 2011
    Hewlett-Packard has announced that it will either spin off or sell its PC and mobile computing business units.  After this announcement, the market took HP's stock price down 20 percent.  My question is: did the market get it wrong about Hewlett-Packard?
  • Aliens, Global Warming, and the Intergalactic Arms Race
    August 20, 2011
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    Over at National Review, Daniel Foster has some fun with this paper which goes through various scenarios that might result in (or after) contact with aliens. Foster spins the paper a bit, mockingly titling his post ?Space Aliens are Probably Progressive Liberals? because some of the likely
  • Facebook's spam program catches activists
    August 20, 2011
    Facebook has sent notes of apology and is changing automated systems that blocked environmental activists and other people from posting on like-minded Facebook pages.


  • How Social Media is Changing the NFL
    August 20, 2011
    Read 'How Social Media is Changing the NFL' on Yahoo! News. The National Football League was founded on August 20, 1920 -- 91 years ago to the day. But the sport has undergone its most radical transformation at the hands of social media in the past two years.


  • Bizzy App Brings Personalized Local Recommendations
    August 20, 2011
    Online marketing services company ReachLocal has recently expanded from its service targeting small to medium sized businesses with mobile consumer app Bizzy.
  • Pidgin 2.10.0
    August 20, 2011
    Pidgin is a chat program which lets you log in to accounts on multiple chat networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on MSN, talking to a friend on Google Talk, and sitting in a Yahoo chat room all at the same time.


  • SF subway sets public debate on cell shutdown
    August 20, 2011
    BART, the transit system targeted by hackers after it cut cell service in its subway prior to a protest, posts a letter to customers explaining its position and announcing a public meeting on the issue.
  • Facebook, RIM confirm UK govt. meeting over riots; Twitter invite pending
    August 20, 2011
    Facebook is the first to confirm a meeting with the UK's Home Secretary about its involvement in the England riots earlier this month.
  • 10 Excellent HTML5 coding Tools Many Users Don’t Know About
    August 20, 2011
    HTML5 will radically change the way we make websites and web apps. So here are 10 great tools that are amazing for simplifying and enhancing HTML5 coding.


  • Anonymous Attacks Vanguard Defense Industries (VDI) Senior VP
    August 20, 2011
    Anonymous and its various splinter groups have kept themselves in the headlines for quite some time by hacking and/or attacking a diverse cadre of people, groups, and Web sites, such as Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), PayPal, government contractors, the UK’s Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA), Sony, and so on. The latest victim is...


  • Did software put the universe in a shoebox yet? The world catches up to Yale's David Gelernter
    August 20, 2011
    The question is not 'What can software engineers build?' but 'What do users need?'
  • Post-HP: Dell or Apple?
    August 20, 2011
    With Hewlett-Packard moving into the post-PC world by attempting to unload its PC business, Dell and Apple will duke it out in the U.S.
  • HP TouchPad UK employees strike back?
    August 20, 2011
    A visit to the HP TouchPad UK site yields unexpected results when you watch the overview videos.

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