Saturday, August 27, 2011

Technical News - 27 August 2011

  • Before Jobs, Sam Walton and Bill Gates took exits (AP)
    August 27, 2011
    AP - As CEOs, Sam Walton, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs possessed common traits. They were tireless workers, demanding bosses and sticklers for detail. They were visionaries, too, who reshaped their respective industries.
  • Irene hits North Carolina as it moves up East Coast
    August 27, 2011
    MOREHEAD CITY, North Carolina (Reuters) - Hurricane Irene howled ashore in North Carolina on Saturday on a path that triggered evacuations in New York and threatened the densely populated East Coast with flooding and power outages.

  • Groupon's MySpace Moment?
    August 27, 2011
    MySpace Moment, sooner or later, is going to enter the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary alongside crowdsourcing, bromance and cougars. It is a fact that once seemingly invincible brands can inexplicably decline in popularity so let?s give this depressing phenomena a name so we can say, oh, I don?t know, Groupon may be nearing a MySpace Moment.
  • The “Night & Day” changes involved in developing kids apps for Android (Appolicious)
    August 27, 2011
    Appolicious - As one of the pioneers of creating kids-oriented applications for the iPhone and iOS devices, it was only recently that Night & Day Studios turned its attention to Android.
  • Shortages hit Tripoli as rebels target Gaddafi bastion
    August 27, 2011
    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Tripoli struggled with collapsing water and power supplies on Saturday as rebels now in control of most of the Libyan capital vowed to take Muammar Gaddafi's home town by force if negotiations failed.

  • Google+, Day 19: Sharing Photos and Videos in Google+
    August 27, 2011
    Status updates are OK, but it is much more interesting to share photos and videos with my social network. Let's take a look at what Google+ has to offer for photo and video sharing.

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  • No more TV-show rentals on iTunes -- a sign of something bigger from Apple?
    August 27, 2011
    Citing tepid customer demand, Apple has pulled the virtual plug on TV-show rentals from the iTunes Store, according to AllThingsD, but could it actually be a harbinger of something much, much...
  • Amazon's Android Tablet Expected This Fall
    August 27, 2011
    According to the New York Post — among many others — Amazon is expected to launch its long-anticipated color tablet in late September or October, and the device is slated to sell for 'hundreds less' than the iPad, which implies a price of $300 or less. MSNBC says much the same, but adds some (their words) "generic looking mockups" to illustrate. I expect millions of Kindle owners will happily skip the added weight and shorter battery life of a full-fledged tablet, but it's good to have options.
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  • Three killed as thousands of Syrians march against Assad
    August 27, 2011
    AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian forces killed at least three protesters on Saturday as tens of thousands of people marched again to demand the removal of President Bashar al-Assad on a major religious occasion, activists and residents said.

  • 5 good games for the HP TouchPad
    August 27, 2011
    There are some quality game titles available for the HP TouchPad, and these five games are fun and entertaining for those wanting to kill a few hours with the slate.
  • Hurricane Irene Inspires Phishing Scams
    August 27, 2011
    The Department of Homeland Security warns about storm-related phishing attacks and other malicious cyberactivity.

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  • Fed and other regulators need policing: economist
    August 27, 2011
    JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (Reuters) - Global financial regulators are likely to impede growth rather than foster it unless they are better policed, an economist warned policymakers on Saturday.

  • Week in science: Jupiter-sized diamonds, gonad-eating parasites, and more
    August 27, 2011
    Why was the East Coast earthquake felt so far from the epicenter?: This week's earthquake in Virginia was felt from South Carolina to Canada. We explain why earthquakes get around in the east.
    More inverse femtobarns, fewer places for the Higgs to hide: A bit more data from the LHC has further narrowed the mass ranges where the Higgs might be hiding.
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  • Video Game Featured in Film That Raises Hope for More Advanced Bionic Body Parts
    August 27, 2011
    Deux Ex: Human Revolution features character Adam Jensen, who uses biometric body parts such as Terminator eyes that add situational data to vision or super-strong arms that double as weapons.

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  • Nigeria president avoids naming suspects at bomb site
    August 27, 2011
    ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan visited on Saturday the site of a bomb attack at the U.N. building in Abuja, refusing to be drawn on who was to blame but recognizing the threat posed by a radical Islamist sect.

  • Apple CEO Cook Gets a Million Reasons to Stay
    August 27, 2011
    The newly-appointed CEO earns a million shares of Apple stock for staying at the helm for 10 years.

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  • Fix For Apache DoS Bug In the Pipes
    August 27, 2011
    Trailrunner7 writes with the report that "The Apache Software Foundation plans to have a fix available in the next day or so [Note: that means today, now. --Ed.] for the denial-of-service problem in Apache that was publicized late last week. The bug, which in some forms has been under discussion for more than four years, involves the way that the Web server handles certain overlapping range headers. The vulnerability is a denial-of-service bug, but it is considered serious because a remote attacker can essentially take a targeted server offline with little effort and resources. The Apache Software Foundation, which maintains the popular open-source Web server, updated its advisory on the vulnerability, saying that it expects to have a full fix available for the vulnerability within the next 24 hours."
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  • Matternet delivers drugs by robocopter
    August 27, 2011
    Singularity University project team creates a way to get medicine to people who need it, very fast and without operator control.
  • Thought Leadership on Jobs: Where Next?
    August 27, 2011
    There is an inevitability about the current loss of jobs. Not a pleasant one but  a logical one we could resign ourselves to. Ever since the first theories of productivity in the 18th century we've been driven to find more efficient ways to use labor. And the more you break labor down into its components, the more opportunity there is to move jobs on to low cost regions. IT lets us do more of it.
  • Evidence Points To Huge Underground River Beneath Amazon
    August 27, 2011
    chill writes "Researchers at the department of geophysics of the Brazil National Observatory have showed evidence of the existence of an underground river that flows 13,000 feet beneath the Amazon. The width of the newly-named Hamza is said to be 3,700 miles long, flowing 13,000 feet below the Amazon. Both rivers flow from west to east, but the Hamza flows at only a fraction of the speed of Amazon."
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  • Verizon Passes on Galaxy S II
    August 27, 2011
    The Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone will be introduced on other major carriers next week, but Verizon talks up its existing Android selection.

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  • Broadband, the poor relation among utilities
    August 27, 2011
    Broadband Internet is supposed to be a utility -- many people even say it's a human right. But the providers don't see it that way when you move house.
  • Patent Watch
    August 27, 2011
    It’s great that your smartphone allows you to dial a cell number or adjust the volume on your favorite song just by tapping the screen, but it’s something of a one-sided relationship. No matter where you tap, it feels the same; no tactile feedback whatsoever. Don’t you ever hanker for something more?
    A proposed interface from Verizon would change the smartphone experience. The idea, described in patent No. 7,952,498, is to create a mechanical apparatus below the screen that could elevate discrete portions of the surface in the shape of any graphic displayed in the pixel grid. Need to call home? A keypad would sprout in the shape of phone buttons. Want to skip a track on that Beatles album? Pause and fast-forward controls would rise up. Not only would these elevated portions provide more sensory stimulation, they would make keys easier to distinguish from one another, cutting back on mistakes. “What you would feel is a subtle, raised area on the screen,” says George Higa, a user-interface designer at Verizon who was recently granted the patent. The patent does not specify what Verizon would use to elevate the buttons on the screen, but  “technology moves so quickly, it could be any number of things,” Higa says.
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  • Like HP's TouchPad, Amazon's iPad Rival Could Be Dirt Cheap
    August 27, 2011
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    Someone finally did it. On its way out, HP's TouchPad proved that it's possible to create a buying frenzy for a tablet computer that's not from Apple.  Of course, HP had to kill the product and slash the price to $99 from $499 to do it. It looks like Amazon could
  • Bug allows Mac OS X Lion clients to use any LDAP password
    August 27, 2011
    If you have Mac OS X 'Lion' clients and use LDAP authentication, you need to read this.
  • Top-rated reviews of the week (photos)
    August 27, 2011
    Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the LG Thrill 4G, Audyssey Lower East Side Media Speakers, and the Toshiba Portege R835-P70.
  • Jobs steps down (Apple Talk Weekly)
    August 27, 2011
    There was only one Apple story this week, and that's Steve Jobs stepping down as CEO of the company. We briefly touch on that, as well as some of the weeks rumors and answers to your questions in this edition of Apple Talk Weekly.
  • Deutsche Telekom: U.S. staffing not linked to AT&T deal
    August 27, 2011
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom said it had not been cutting jobs at its U.S. arm T-Mobile USA in anticipation of the unit's sale to AT&T , as reported by a German online magazine on Friday.

  • Future Interfaces: 15 Peripherals Straight Out of Science Fiction
    Here then is a rundown of fifteen peripheral devices and concepts we feel are notable for their evolutionary stance, even if they may be flawed in current form.


  • Facebook kills daily Facebook Deals, keeps Check-in Deals alive
    August 27, 2011
    Facebook has killed Facebook Deals after four months of running a pilot program in a handful of cities. This is not to be confused with Check-in Deals, which has not been axed.
  • Get Real: Hurricane Irene Should Be Renamed "Hurricane Hype"
    August 27, 2011
    More hurrican insanity threatens the east coast.
  • How to stay connected during Hurricane Irene
    (AP) -- Phone service often cuts out when it's needed the most - when disaster strikes.


  • 10 years of talking tech
    August 27, 2011
    Bill Thompson looks back on a decade of technology news on the BBC World Service
  • Declaring Static Methods in PHP
    August 27, 2011
    I was confused recently to realise that I had accidentally called a static method in PHP dynamically from another part of my code; I expected PHP to output warnings when this is done.


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  • Compress CSS Files using PHP
    August 27, 2011
    Currently I was seaching for the CSS compression tricks and found several methods. Some of those methods needs to rename my .css files to .php files and place the compression code in all file.


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  • Friday #SciAmBlogs calm before the storm...
    August 26, 2011
    Irene is coming. [More]

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  • U.S. believes Google's Page knew about pharmacy ads: report
    August 26, 2011
    (Reuters) - Justice Department investigators believed that Google Inc's Chief Executive Larry Page knew about improper online pharmacy ads that Google carried, and allowed the ads for years, the Wall Street Journal said.

  • A social-media guide to dealing with Hurricane Irene
    August 26, 2011
    With a hurricane bearing down on the Northeast, CNET went to a power user to find out the best social outlets for receiving and broadcasting urgent information.
  • uTorrent 3.0 Build 25583
    August 26, 2011
    ĀµTorrent is a small and incredibly popular BitTorrent client.


  • This Day in Tech: Hurricane to test cell networks, Apple's Cook gets big bonus
    August 26, 2011
    Too busy to keep up with the tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET for Friday, August 26.
  • Insight: Apple's board set for bigger role under new regime
    August 26, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The departure of Steve Jobs as Apple's CEO is likely to trigger some major changes for the company's board.

  • Report: Justice Dept. says Page knew about rogue drug ads
    August 26, 2011
    However, the Justice Department allegations won't be aired in court now that case has been settled, The Wall Street Journal reports.
  • Interview: Photographer Jim Reed on Hurricane Irene and Storm Chasing
    August 26, 2011
    Over the next few days Hurricane Irene will unleash a watery fury on the U.S. [More]

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  • Facebook kills deals after just four months
    August 26, 2011
    The Facebook Deals product offered discounted coupons for local businesses, much like Groupon, LivingSocial, Google and others.
  • Facebook ending Deals product after four-month test
    August 26, 2011
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook is getting out of the daily deals business after four months of testing, a move that may ease some competitive pressure on industry leaders Groupon and LivingSocial.

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