Friday, August 26, 2011

Technical News - 26 august 2011


  • BBM Music; hands on screenshots and video
    August 26, 2011
    RIM just started rolling out their BBM Music service and in this post you will find 30 screenshots and a video of the service in action on a new BlackBerry Bold 9930.
  • RIM's latest BlackBerry launch gives it window of opportunity
    August 26, 2011
    Analysts are coming around to the notion that RIM isn't quite dead yet as optimism about the latest BlackBerry devices grows.
  • Gallup: Americans less likely to view climate change as threat
    August 26, 2011
    Although a slight majority of U.S. residents still believe global warming is a serious personal concern, fewer are willing to admit that humans are at least partially responsible.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook: A look at his biggest hurdles ahead
    August 26, 2011
    Apple CEO Tim Cook has a bevy of challenges ahead with brain drain and the pressure to find new product hits being top of the list.
  • HP TouchPad: Everything you want to know
    August 26, 2011
    Tips and tricks, apps and accessories: Here's everything new Touchpad owners need in one place.
  • Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is the most stable mobile phone OS
    August 26, 2011
    Windows Phone 7 may not be flying off the shelves, but in my extensive experience the platform is the most stable and reliable out there. I recommend that you at least give the platform a try...
  • Four categories for expected VMworld announcements
    August 26, 2011
    VMware's VMworld is scheduled for next week. What categories of products and services likely to be announced?
  • Gmail or Exchange? Six questions to help you make the right choice
    August 26, 2011
    When it comes to e-mail, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution, and that's certainly true of e-mail. After a long evaluation process, I’m happily using three different e-mail...
  • iPhone jailbreaker becomes Apple intern
    August 26, 2011
    Jailbreaker goes straight, joins Apple.
  • Without Jobs as CEO, five reasons Apple won't be the same
    August 26, 2011
    Lots of people are talking about why Apple will continue its momentum even without Steve Jobs as CEO. Here's the counterpoint.
  • Google To Retire All Slide Apps to Put More Efforts on Google+
    August 26, 2011
    Google has stopped working on its $182 million acquirement of Slide as it has shifted gears towards its social networking efforts to Google+, which is gaining popularity these days all over the world.


  • Windows 8: Two new 3rd party apps using the new Metro UI
    August 26, 2011
    With most developers around the world having to wait until BUILD to find out how to develop for Windows 8, some companies are already cranking out Windows 8 apps! See two of them here.
  • Ice Cold LAVA: Magma Design Slides On Q1 Miss
    August 26, 2011
    Magma Design Automation shares are trading sharply lower Friday morning after the chip design software company posted slightly disappointing results for the fiscal first quarter ended July 31.
  • At least 18 die in car bomb attack on Nigeria U.N. HQ
    August 26, 2011
    ABUJA (Reuters) - A car bomb ripped through the United Nations' headquarters in the Nigerian capital of Abuja on Friday, killing at least 18 people, in an attack reminiscent of a June blast claimed by a local radical Islamist sect.

  • Epigenetics: The Revolution That Wasn't
    August 26, 2011
    Science writers can irritate scientists, especially when they get all 'breathless' about developments in biology that 'promise' to change Darwinian theory as we know it.
  • Mexico's Calderon berates U.S. after casino attack
    August 26, 2011
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - President Felipe Calderon declared three days of mourning on Friday and demanded a crackdown on drugs in the United States after armed men torched a casino in northern Mexico, killing at least 52 people.

  • Tripoli prays for peace as rebels hunt Gaddafi
    August 26, 2011
    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The people of Tripoli ventured out to mosques on Friday, praying for peace and offering thanks for the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, though the Libyan capital remained locked down and dangerous as rebel fighters hunted the fugitive strongman.

  • The Head Scratching Business Practices of Gamestop
    August 26, 2011
    This week in video game controversy, Gamestop has come under fire for tampering with new copies of Deus Ex: Human Revolution in order to remove a coupon for OnLive's streaming service. Their rationale is that OnLive is a competitor (Gamestop is starting its own streaming style service soon) and therefore they shouldn't be forced to advertise something that's a direct threat to them. I guess an equivalent example would be buying a box of cereal and Walmart, and having it print out a coupon for Target
  • Bernanke quiet on next Fed moves, stresses job crisis
    August 26, 2011
    JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Friday stopped short of signaling further action to boost the U.S. recovery, but said it was critical for the economy's health to reduce unemployment.

  • Hurricane Irene targets East Coast, many evacuate, cities brace
    August 26, 2011
    WILMINGTON, North Carolina (Reuters) - Hurricane Irene bore down on North Carolina on Friday, tens of thousands of people evacuated and East Coast cities including New York braced for a weekend hit from the powerful storm.

  • App killer?
    August 26, 2011
    How 'patent trolls' put the squeeze on developers
  • Rayman's beautiful comeback: hands-on with Rayman Origins
    August 26, 2011

    Rayman drew the short straw. While quality Mario games continue to be released and Sonic stars in far more titles than he should, Ubisoft's limbless platforming hero has been largely forgotten. Rayman Origins is hoping to change that by bringing the series back to its roots, but at the same time making it feel more modern with ridiculously charming 2D visuals and four-player drop-in co-op. It's a game that's as fun as it is hard. And from what I played, it's really hard.
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  • SuccessFactors: Piper Says Buy
    August 26, 2011
    SuccessFactors shares are trading higher Friday morning after Piper Jaffray analyst Mark Murphy launched coverage of the cloud software company with an Overweight rating and $27 price target. The stock closed yesterday at $20.43.
  • IBM Building 120PB Cluster Out of 200,000 Hard Disks
    August 26, 2011
    MrSeb writes "Smashing all known records by some margin, IBM Research Almaden, California, has developed hardware and software technologies that will allow it to strap together 200,000 hard drives to create a single storage cluster of 120 petabytes — 120 million gigabytes. The data repository, which currently has no name, is being developed for an unnamed customer, but with a capacity of 120PB, it's most likely use will be a storage device for a governmental (or Facebook) supercomputer. With
  • First Solar: Collins Stewart Ups Rating To Buy From Neutral
    August 26, 2011
    First Solar shares are getting a boost from Collins Stewart analyst Dan Ries, who this morning lifted his rating on the stock to Buy from Hold, setting a $120 price target. FSLR closed Thursday at $96.49.
  • Can You See Me Now? New X-Ray System Reveals Fine Detail
    August 26, 2011
    X-rays can help reveal anything from bombs hidden in luggage to tumors in breasts, but some potentially vital clues might be too faint to capture with conventional methods. Now a new x-ray technique adapted from atom smashers could resolve more key details.
    Conventional x-ray imaging works much like traditional photography, relying on the light--in this case, x-rays--that a target absorbs, transmits and scatters. To make out fine details, one typically needs a lot of x-rays, either over time,

  • RIM launches BBM Music (AP)
    August 26, 2011
    AP - Research in Motion launched a new service Thursday that allows BlackBerry users to share music with friends.
  • Scientists man bioterror front lines post-9/11 (AP)
    August 26, 2011
    Informatics program leader Tom Slezak gestures in front of the mobile lab Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif. Detectors developed by Slezak and other government researchers to sniff the air for germs such as anthrax and smallpox have become a hidden fixture of the country’s post-September 11 urban landscape. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)AP - Just hours after the first death in the 2001 anthrax attacks, Tom Slezak was told to gather his team, collect his gear and get on a plane.


  • Microsoft Shows Off Quad-Core Windows Slate
    August 26, 2011
    New Zealand TechEd attendees get a peek at a Windows tablet

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  • UK Charges Another Alleged Anonymous Member
    August 26, 2011
    U.K. police said Thursday a 22-year-old student has been charged in connection with participating in distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDOS) with the...

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  • Analysis: Where does Jobs stand among America's iconic CEOs?
    August 26, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The question is not whether Steve Jobs is an iconic CEO, but where Apple Inc's co-founder ranks in the pantheon of business leaders who have carved out a place in history.

  • Was This the Phishing E-mail That Took Down RSA?
    August 26, 2011
    alphadogg tips this IDG News report: "'I forward this file to you for review. Please open and view it.' As a ploy to get a hapless EMC recruiter to open up a booby-trapped Excel spreadsheet, it may not be the most sophisticated piece of work. But researchers at F-Secure believe that it was enough to break into one of the most respected computer security companies on the planet, and a first step in a complex attack that ultimately threatened the security of major U.S. defense contractors including
  • Google Denied in Latest Attempt to Bar Controversial E-mail
    August 26, 2011
    Google has received another setback in its vigorous efforts to keep a potentially damaging e-mail out of the lawsuit Oracle filed over alleged Java patent...

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  • VMware: Pacific Crest Upgrades
    August 26, 2011
    Pacific Crest analyst Rob Owens this morning lifted his rating on virtualization software provider VMware to Outperform from Sector Perform, setting a price target of $100. The stock closed Thursday at $80.18.
  • Google denied in latest attempt to bar controversial e-mail
    August 26, 2011
    Google has received another setback in its vigorous efforts to keep a potentially damaging e-mail out of the lawsuit Oracle filed over alleged Java patent violations in the Android mobile OS.
  • Portal 2 Proposal: New Study Shows How Games Will Marry With Our Lives
    August 26, 2011

  • SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip is a budget iPod shuffle, but better
    August 25, 2011
    For just $50, you could get a 4 GB SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip MP3 player with a built-in a micro SDHC slot and a color display that can do everything from play FLAC files to double as your voice recorder.
  • Life in the Meta City, by William Gibson (preview)
    August 26, 2011
    My first city was Conan Doyle’s London, in the company of Holmes and Watson. My mother gave me a two-volume omnibus edition when I was 10. London was a vast, cozy, populous mechanism, a com­forting clockwork. Foreigners and criminals served as spices, highlighting the assumed orderliness and safety of the Empire’s capital (assuming one were sufficiently comfortably placed in society, and in Doyle one tended to be).
    I lived in rural southwestern Virginia, the nearest cities several

  • HP to drive IPv6 innovation!
    August 26, 2011
    Yanick Pouffary, distinguished technologist and chief architect in the office of the CTO within Enterprise Services at HP said that 'it is innovation and not revolution'
  • Google chairman Schmidt to woo TV elite
    August 26, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - Google's Eric Schmidt faces a wary audience of British television professionals on Friday following a major acquisition that could turn Google TV into a real competitor for TV advertising dollars.

  • 'Instant Cosmic Classic' Supernova Discovered
    August 26, 2011
    chill sends this quote from a news release by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: "A supernova discovered yesterday is closer to Earth — approximately 21 million light-years away—than any other of its kind in a generation. Astronomers believe they caught the supernova within hours of its explosion, a rare feat made possible with a specialized survey telescope and state-of-the-art computational tools. 'We caught this supernova very soon after explosion. PTF 11kly is getting brighter
  • 5 Reasons RIM's BBM Music Service Will Flop
    August 26, 2011
    RIM's BBM music service for BlackBerry devices is destined to fail in it current form.

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  • Investors sanguine as Apple's Jobs steps aside
    August 26, 2011
    SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc's first day without Steve Jobs as chief executive looked awfully similar to most other days: its share price beat the broader stock market.

  • Sony announces high-end NEX-7 interchangeable lens compact camera
    August 25, 2011
    Sony finally announces the well-leaked NEX-7, its high-end interchangeable compact lens camera, along with the lower-end NEX-5N.
  • The EFF Reflects On ICE Seizing a Tor Exit Node
    August 26, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "Marcia Hofmann, senior staff attorney at the EFF, gives more information on the first known seizure of equipment in the U.S. due to a warrant executed against a private individual running a Tor exit node. 'This spring, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) executed a search warrant at the home of Nolan King and seized six computer hard drives in connection with a criminal investigation. The warrant was issued on the basis of an Internet Protocol (IP) address

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