Monday, August 22, 2011

Technical News - 22 August 2011

  • Apple continues to submit 'shopped' images to European courts
    August 22, 2011
    Apple shrinks the Galaxy S to the size of an iPhone 3G in documents submitted to European courts.
  • HP's future prospects: A look at three scenarios
    August 22, 2011
    HP's future is very much in question. Here's a look at a base, best and worst case scenarios.
  • Symbian Anna and a mega camera update come to the Nokia N8
    August 22, 2011
    Nokia continues to update the Nokia N8 and other Symbian^3 devices released in 2010 with the Anna and camera updates available now.
  • Review: Griffin IntelliCase for iPad 2 provides smart cover and back protection
    August 22, 2011
    The Apple Smart Cover is a nice solution for the front of your iPad, but what about protecting the back? The Griffin IntelliCase solves that with a full protective back cover and front flip cover...
  • HP single-handedly destroys non-iPad tablet market
    August 22, 2011
    After getting a taste for $99 tablets, will consumers continue to stomach $500 price tags?
  • Social CRM and positive disruption
    August 22, 2011
    Social business is changing old approaches to CRM and interaction with customers. While this evolution is highly beneficial, we should address it by first understanding our business strategy and...
  • 5 Old Weapon Technologies with a New Purpose
    August 22, 2011
    Having a war is a little like having a baby; it requires massive stockpiles of all the best tools, toys and clothes to ensure the greatest chance of success, all the while knowing that the kid will outgrow everything within a year. War outpaces its own technology constantly and while the parents of a child can just carry the clothes and cribs to Goodwill after its all over, war leaves heaps of deadly equipment and weapons littered all over the world. Sadly, not even the Salvation Army will accept
  • The six biggest things I learned during the HP TouchPad's fire sale weekend
    August 22, 2011
    HP's TouchPad was supposed to die a quiet death. Then HP dropped its price and the tablet suddenly became relevant again. Here's what we have to learn.
  • It looks like GM is being all schmucky again
    August 22, 2011
    If the new GM we all own a piece of won't honor its warranties, does that mean the U.S. government is somehow going to have to pick up the tab?
  • Libyan internet briefly returns as rebels storm capital
    August 22, 2011
    As Gaddafi's compound comes under fire by rebels storming the capital city of Tripoli, the Internet connection flickers back to life.
  • Did crappy hardware doom the HP TouchPad?
    August 22, 2011
    An interesting report has emerged from the postmortem for the TouchPad, the webOS-based tablet that HP dumped last week as part of a surprise pivot for the company away from consumer products....
  • CRM Idol - Small CRM Companies Take the Stage #1A
    August 22, 2011
    From now on through the next few weeks, I'm going to bombard you with the reviews that an esteemed panel of judges (well, esteemed except me) are writing for the companies that are participating...
  • If webOS is the perfect mobile OS, why can't it succeed?
    August 22, 2011
    There is a lot to like about webOS, but it is not the perfect mobile OS and neither Palm or HP can seem to launch it on modern hardware.
  • Harris, Sendmail and BMC team up on Trusted Enterprise Cloud
    August 22, 2011
    Harris Corporation, Sendmail, and BMC have teamed up to present a service that they're calling the "Trusted Enterprise Cloud." Their goal is to address the most commonly stated concerns about...
  • 3 PDUs that are smarter about power consumption
    August 22, 2011
    Eaton, APC by Schneider, and Racktivity are all pushing units that offer better granularity about energy usage -- down to the outlet and device level.
  • Smartphone makers try price creep: Time to revolt
    August 22, 2011
    Don't look now but smartphone prices are starting to creep higher. This strategy is going to be tested amid a weakening economy and an iPhone 5 that may sell at $199.99.
  • Merkel pressured, collateral row rages on
    August 22, 2011
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Angela Merkel faced mounting domestic criticism of her euro zone policies on Monday, with the Bundesbank slamming an anti-crisis package she agreed to in Brussels last month and a senior ally warning he would vote against key parts of it.

  • Why RIM Would Be A Lousy Acquisition
    August 22, 2011
    After Google acquired Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion last week, speculation has gone into overdrive that either Research in Motion or Nokia could be the next takeover target, and that Apple or Microsoft might be the ones interested in such a deal.
  • Ford-Toyota Hybrid Deal Began With Chance Airport Encounter
    August 22, 2011
    A chance airport meeting between the chief executives of Ford Motor and Toyota Motor led to Monday's blockbuster announcement that the two leading manufacturers of hybrid vehicles would begin collaborating on hybrid pickup trucks and SUVS and internet connections for vehicles.
  • How Data Science is Shaping Social Science
    August 22, 2011
    This post originally appeared on O?Reilly Radar ("Data science is a pipeline between academic disciplines"). It?s republished with permission.
  • Gaddafi a fugitive as rebels take Tripoli
    August 22, 2011
    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi was a hunted man on Monday as loyal remnants of his forces made a last-ditch stand in the capital and world leaders embraced the fractious Libyan rebels as new masters of the oil-rich North African state.

  • Tory MP 'receives email threats'
    August 22, 2011
    Conservative MP Louise Mensch says she has received email threats against her children from the hacking groups Anonymous and LulzSec.
  • Facebook's spam program catches innocent users
    August 22, 2011
    Read 'Facebook's spam program catches innocent users' on Yahoo! News. 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.


  • New Technique Could Pave the Way for Quantum Information Networks
    August 22, 2011
    In a new paper published last week in Physical Review Letters, researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute have published a method that allows for much more stable quantum entanglement, which may help pave the way for better quantum communication and quantum computing.
  • CBOE Speeds up Network With Arista, Solarflare and 10-Gig Ethernet
    August 22, 2011
    The Chicago Board Options Exchange  has chosen technology from Solarflare and Arista on 10 Gigabit Ethernet for high frequency trading across CBOE Holdings. It chose Ethernet over Infiniband for reliablity and operational reasons.
  • Irene buffets Puerto Rico, threatens Florida
    August 22, 2011
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Irene buffeted Puerto Rico with winds and torrential rain on Monday, knocking out power and downing trees as it churned westward on a track that will threaten Florida by the end of the week.

  • Brent falls as Libya's civil war nears end
    August 22, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Brent crude fell more than 1 percent on Monday as investors anticipated a resumption of oil exports from the OPEC-member Libya, where rebels moved to control most of Tripoli and an end to the 6-month-old civil war seemed close.

  • Skype plans to buy group message system GroupMe (AP)
    August 22, 2011
    AP - Skype is expanding before it gets absorbed by Microsoft Corp.
  • Google+ Unveils Verification Badge Service to Recoganize Public figures and Celebs Added in your Circles
    August 22, 2011
    Google introduced a new verification badge service, making it so celebs, public figures and those who have cumulative huge numbers of people added in their circles now can bear out their individualities with a check mark and a small banner that will be displayed next to their names.


  • How Underage Google Users Can Bypass the Age Limit (Time.com)
    August 22, 2011
    Time.com - Google+ isn't letting anyone under 18 into its social network, and getting shut out of it can mean losing your Gmail account and all the correspondence in it. There's a way to correct a user's birth date, but it'll cost a few dimes
  • Remembering the "long distance warrior" who took down Ma Bell
    August 22, 2011

    In the mid-1970s I worked in one of the first Sam Goody record stores. Back then Sam actually owned the places and we carried a lot of obscure, off-label classical content. One day someone phoned in to ask if we had a particularly rare item. We talked about what she wanted for a moment, and I complemented her on her taste.
    "Thanks, but please, could you hurry?" she anxiously interrupted. "This is a long distance call!"
    I put her on hold, rushed through the shop to find the item

  • 'It's Alive!' Says HP Exec of WebOS
    August 22, 2011
    HP may be ditching consumer electronics, but Palm VP says WebOS has a life beyond tablets and smartphones.

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  • Google's Amazon River Street View Project
    August 22, 2011
    Thanks to Google and the Foundation for a Sustainable Amazon (FAS), your days of paddling up and down the Amazon basin looking for a fishing camp are over. Google is expanding its Street View service to cover a 30-mile section of the Rio Negro River tributary from Manaus to Terra Preta. FAS project leader Gabriel Ribenboim said, "It is very important to show the world not only the environment and the way of life of the traditional population, but to sensitize the world to the challenges of climate
  • After blackouts, Web access returns to Libya
    August 22, 2011
    If residents of a chaotic Tripoli were still awake in the early-morning hours Monday, they may have read this:

  • HP TouchPad Fire Sale Is a Recipe for Tablet Success
    August 22, 2011
    HP created massive demand for the TouchPad with a $99 fire sale price that could have been a winning strategy for the tablet had HP used this approach when launching the device.

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  • Is the Kinect able to withstand a drop on concrete? (Digital Trends)
    August 22, 2011
    Digital Trends - It’s no secret that Microsoft can chalk up its 3-D, active gaming system Kinect as a big win for the Xbox 360 and their share of the gaming world. Not only was the launch a massive success, but the developer managed to correct the mistakes of its past and make the Kinect a reliable addition to owners’ gaming environments.
  • Ukraine Arrests Four in Carding Scam
    August 22, 2011
    Ukraine's security service SBU said Monday it had arrested four people for allegedly creating fake payment cards with stolen information in an operation...

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  • Setback for Sprint in motion against TerreStar
    August 22, 2011
    (Reuters) - A bankruptcy court has denied Sprint Nextel Corp's motion for a partial summary judgment in a proceeding against bankrupt mobile satellite network operator TerreStar Networks Inc , U.S. Bancorp and others.

  • Android, iOS Surging While BlackBerry and Windows Slide
    August 22, 2011
    No surprises here. Android continues to extend its lead as America’s most popular mobile operating system.
    According to new data from NPD, 52 percent of the smartphones shipped in the U.S. during the second quarter of 2011 were running Android, up 19 percent year-over-year. Apple’s iOS charted significant gains as well, but along the same order of magnitude as Android’s. It claimed a 29 percent share in the U.S., up seven percent from the same period a year earlier.
    Sadly for the rest of the mobile industry, much of those gains were delivered at its expense. Research in Motion’s BlackBerry OS, for example, saw its market share drop precipitously, from 28 percent in the second quarter of 2010 to 11 percent in the second quarter of 2011. Microsoft’s Windows Mobile suffered a similarly brutal decline, falling from 10 percent in Q2 2010 to four percent in Q2 2011. And, suffice to say, Windows Phone 7 didn’t quite offset the difference.

  • Skype Makes Play for Mobile Group Messaging with GroupMe Acquisition
    August 22, 2011
    GroupMe technology allows group texts, conference calls, and photo- and location-sharing.

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  • Motorola's Identity Crisis
    August 22, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "An article at the NY Times discusses the awkwardness of Google's recent purchase of Motorola Mobility, an acquisition widely thought to be motivated by Android patent concerns rather than a more straightforward business plan. From the article: 'While industry analysts and insiders say the rationale makes sense, they also say it leaves Motorola in an unusual position. ... Heightening the uncertainty is that the companies involved, both of which declined to comment, are
  • The Touchpad and HP's future in education
    August 22, 2011
    Buh-bye, Touchpad...and buh-bye to the perennial back-to-school pallets of HP hardware. Time to look elsewhere for tech refreshes, no matter how cheap HPs might be (or might become).
  • Lion migration: Check for printing issues
    August 22, 2011
    As with every other part of your workflow, it's important to check printing and printing configs before making the migration to Mac OS X Lion.
  • Alcatel-Lucent Aims to Fix Network Issues Before They Arise
    August 22, 2011
    Alcatel-Lucent has introduced a set of services to proactively analyze performance in fixed networks, identify potential problems and take action to minimize...

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  • iOS 5 gets Japan earthquake notifications
    August 22, 2011
    Users of the Apple mobile operating system in Japan will receive early notifications from their devices if an earthquake strikes the country.

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