Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Technical News - 24 August 2011

  • HP TouchPad obituary: In defeat, it was a hit
    August 24, 2011
    The legacy of the HP TouchPad will be unfulfilled potential and going out in a blaze of fire-sale glory. Here is Jason Hiner's obituary of Hewlett Packard's short-lived tablet.
  • With Sprint, Apple's iPhone loses exclusive sheen
    August 24, 2011
    If the Apple iPhone comes to Sprint, the tech giant loses a major tool in its arsenal: exclusivity. Can a ubiquitous smartphone continue to stay ahead of the pack?
  • Nokia announces most compact, brightest, and loudest Symbian devices ever
    August 24, 2011
    While Nokia works on Windows Phone 7 they continue to roll out new Symbian hardware and operating system updates. These three new devices are the best in different categories for Nokia.
  • Facebook, Twitter to oppose social media blocks during riots
    August 24, 2011
    Facebook and Twitter are expected to offer 'no concessions' to police and government in future riots, as the British PM calls for social media sites to be 'blocked'.
  • Rapid ramp-up predicted for electric vehicle charging stations
    August 24, 2011
    Rapidly falling equipment prices are seen as spurring installations at home and in public places over the next six years.
  • Netherlands: Samsung in violation of Apple patents, EU wide ban in place
    August 24, 2011
    Judge bans trading of Samsung smartphones Galaxy S, S II and Ace.
  • IBM, HP remain in statistical tie for server lead
    August 24, 2011
    IBM System z sales surge, Windows Server shipments dominate and the server race will get real interesting in the next few months.
  • Google+ real name clampdown ignores own grace period
    August 24, 2011
    Is the real name policy at Google+ its Achilles Heel? Are they ignoring the grace period and banning users early?
  • AMD reveals new details on upcoming Bulldozer chips
    August 24, 2011
    At the annual Hot Chips conference, AMD provided some new details on the innovative Bulldozer architecture behind the upcoming FX Series for desktops and Opteron server processors.
  • Sprint and Apple's iPhone 5: Much needed, but cheap iPhone 4 key
    August 24, 2011
    Sprint, which caters to customers with lower credit quality, may get more mileage out of offering a cheap iPhone 4 than the iPhone 5.
  • Another Windows 8 tidbit: File management to get an overhaul
    August 24, 2011
    Microsoft's Windows 8 engineering team is continuing to trickle out information on some of the changes coming with the next version of Windows. Today's tidbit is about how file management/copying...
  • Earthquake shows why gamers should secure their hard drives
    August 24, 2011
    Why you should secure your hard drives properly ... and not shout in a data center!
  • Ten years since Windows XP hit manufacturing
    August 24, 2011
    It is ten years today since Microsoft rolled out Windows XP to manufacturers. Are you still using the ageing operating system?
  • VMware launches beta of Micro Cloud Foundry
    August 24, 2011
    VMware launches Micro Cloud Foundry, which can run on developers' laptops.
  • 10 reasons NOT to buy an Android and why I'm waiting for the iPhone 5
    August 24, 2011
    Unfortunately, the few boons of Androidum don't make up for the disadvantages. Here's why I'm not going to buy an Android and I'm waiting for the iPhone 5.
  • Millennial Media: Android rules in July, Windows Phone 7 growth is big
    August 24, 2011
    Ad impressions in July show Android is kicking all other mobile platforms to the curb, but Apple is still the number one OEM.
  • Microsoft improves file management in Windows 8
    August 24, 2011
    Do the changes Microsoft has done to the file copying, moving, renaming and deleting UI go far enough?
  • Water physics 101: IBM testing flood prediction technology
    August 24, 2011
    Although it's probably too late to help with Hurricane Irene, new modeling software offers a much more granular view into potential river behavior.
  • Back to School 2011: Top 3 smartphones from each major carrier
    August 24, 2011
    There are excellent smartphones on every major US wireless carrier and this back to school guide shows you the top three from each. What is your favorite smartphone?
  • Will HP's computer division spin-off lead to plummeting PC prices?
    August 24, 2011
    While everyone waits to find out if HP is able to sell its PC division as part of its spin-off campaign, what will the company do with the PCs it's already produced and has ready to sell? If your...
  • MakerBot Gets $10 Million Investment
    August 24, 2011
    First time accepted submitter chrisl456 writes "MakerBot Industries, makers (hah!) of 3D printers / personal fabrication devices, just got a big boost in the form of $10 million from an 'all-star lineup.' Replicators, here we come!"
    Read more of this story at Slashdot.



  • U.S. budget deal to slice deficits: CBO
    August 24, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A sweeping budget deal and lower interest rates will slice projected U.S. budget deficits nearly in half over the next 10 years, but the economy will remain sluggish in the near term, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported on Wednesday.

  • Wall Street higher after CBO report, durables data
    August 24, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks rose on Wednesday after the Congressional Budget Office offered an upbeat forecast on the worrisome budget deficits and data showed a strong reading on durable goods orders.

  • HP: Analyst Says PC Unit Worth $8 Billion; Who Might Buy It?
    August 24, 2011
    Will anyone buy Hewlett-Packard's personal computer business?
  • Euro ban for Samsung Galaxy phones
    August 24, 2011
    Samsung has been banned from selling its Galaxy smartphones in a number of European countries.
  • Match.com settles with woman in sexual assault suit
    August 24, 2011
    The woman who filed a suit against Match.com in April after complaining that she was sexually assaulted by a fellow member has settled with the online dating service.
  • Quake-Rattled Nuke Plant Loses Power in Virginia
    August 24, 2011
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    A nuclear power plant in central Virginia, the North Anna Power Station, has lost offsite power after enduring the 5.8 earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., according to U.S. nuclear officials. The North Anna Power Station has two nuclear reactors and is reportedly operating on four diesel generators to maintain cooling
  • Reddit Acquires RedditGifts to Support “Secret Santa” To Offer More User-to-User Gift Exchanges
    August 24, 2011
    Reddit have made their first acquisition of this year: RedditGifts. For the non-Redditors , RedditGifts is a user-to-user gift exchange service which was first launched by Redditor kickme444 for Reddit’s record-breaking “Secret Santa” back in 2009.


  • EU court sides with Apple, takes aim at Samsung handsets
    August 24, 2011
    Samsung is now facing a preliminary injunction on its Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, and Ace smartphones in Europe, following a Dutch court ruling today.
  • What is: NASW
    August 24, 2011
    NASW is the National Association of Science Writers. [More]

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  • Gaddafi flees Tripoli HQ ransacked by rebels
    August 24, 2011
    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A beleaguered Muammar Gaddafi vowed on Wednesday to fight on to death or victory after jubilant rebels forced him to abandon his Tripoli stronghold in an apparently decisive blow against the Libyan leader's 42-year rule.

  • Straight Talk about Vaccination
    August 24, 2011
    Last year 10 children died in California in the worst whooping cough outbreak to sweep the state since 1947. In the first six months of 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded 10 measles outbreaks--the largest of which (21 cases) occurred in a Minnesota county, where many children were unvaccinated because of parental concerns about the safety of the standard MMR vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella. At least seven infants in the county who were too young to receive

  • Libyan rebels offer amnesty for turning in Gaddafi
    August 24, 2011
    BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Libya's rebel council said on Wednesday it was offering an amnesty to any of Muammar Gaddafi's entourage who kill or capture him.

  • SanDisk announces the Sansa Clip Zip MP3 player (Digital Trends)
    August 24, 2011
    Digital Trends - Today, SanDisk introduces the latest addition to the Sansa lineup of MP3 players, the Sansa Clip Zip MP3 player. In addition to sporting a microSDHC slot for expanded storage, the Sansa Clip Zip comes in two different storage sizes. The 4GB model stores up to 1,000 songs (based on an average of 3.5 min songs encoded at 128 kbps) and the 8GB model stores up to 2,000 songs. The microSDHC slot allows consumers to expand the memory of the MP3 player an additional 32GB. While some
  • Another Apple win: Retail sales per square foot
    August 24, 2011
    A new study from RetailSails says Apple makes over $5,600 per square foot of floor space in its brick-and-mortar outlets.
  • Humanoid Robot Wakes In Space, Tweets
    August 24, 2011
    DeviceGuru writes to note that "Robonaut 2 (aka R2), the first humanoid robot to become a permanent resident of the International Space Station (ISS), was awakened from stasis this week after six months in orbit. R2s first words? 'Those electrons feel GOOD!' The success of R2's activation on the ISS paves the way for putting R2 through its first movements in orbit on Sept. 1, when R2 will be sent commands for moving its arms and hands. Assuming these and other tests proceed without a hitch, R2 will
  • Brightcove files IPO to raise $50 million
    August 24, 2011
    The online video company has filed a registration statement for initial public offering with the SEC, hoping to raise $50 million.
  • Hurricane Irene gathers power on path toward East Coast
    August 24, 2011
    NASSAU (Reuters) - Hurricane Irene strengthened to a major Category 3 hurricane over the Bahamas on Wednesday as it roared up from the Caribbean on a path expected to swipe the East Coast from the Carolinas upward at the weekend.

  • Muted response to prospect of Strauss-Kahn return
    August 24, 2011
    PARIS (Reuters) - Cleared of sex assault charges, Dominique Strauss-Kahn could be back in France within days but may not get a hero's welcome, if sober newspaper editorials and cautious statements by his Socialist allies are anything to go by.

  • Brightcove Files $50 Million IPO
    August 24, 2011
    Online video infrastructure provider Brightcove this morning filed to raised $50 million in an initial public offering. The company did not specify how many shares it intends to sell in the deal.
  • Windows Phone: new Mango SDK, Marketplace submissions, Tango news
    August 24, 2011
    Windows Phone developers—including webOS refugees—can now submit applications with Mango-specific enhancements and features for inclusion on Marketplace, the Windows Phone app store. Apps which make use of Mango's limited multitasking, richer device integration, networking and sensor capabilities should start populating the store in the next few weeks.
    The Windows Phone SDK has also been updated, and the new version—7.1 Release Candidate—is required for application

  • Microsoft Overhauls Windows Explorer in Windows 8
    August 24, 2011
    Windows 8 will include a beefed-up file management features aimed at more efficient file copying, deleting, and transfers.

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  • Green chemicals company Genomatica files for IPO
    August 24, 2011
    Genomatica looks to raise $100 million with a process for converting sugars, rather than oil, into chemicals used in everyday products.
  • Smartphones 'powered by walking'
    August 24, 2011
    Taking a stroll may soon be enough to re-charge your mobile phone, after US researchers developed a way to capture energy from human motion.
  • Interview With 'Idiot' Behind Key Software Patent
    August 24, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "Last week, an appeals court ruling opened the door to making it easier to kill software patents. It turns out that the guy whose name was on the actual patent didn't even realize it was at the center of the debate, and doesn't like software patents very much. 'So I was thinking — great they invalidated software patents, lets see what crappy patent written by an idiot they picked to do it — then I realized the idiot in question was me.'"

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