Sunday, August 28, 2011

Technical News - 28 August 2011

  • Libyan forces close in on Gaddafi's home town
    August 28, 2011
    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan forces closed in on Muammar Gaddafi's home town Sunday, vowing to seize it by force if negotiations failed, and their leaders ruled out any talks with the deposed ruler.

  • Razer Gets Into the Laptop Business With a Gaming Focus
    August 28, 2011
    In the world of hardcore PC gamers, Razer is known as one of the best manufacturers of peripherals out there, focusing on high-end, high-performance mice, keyboards and headsets that are geared towards great gaming performance. Early last week, Razer launched a website, pcgamingisnotdead.com, teasing a big announcement for August 26th. Well, that announcement has been made: Razer is moving beyond manufacturing peripherals and announcing their first laptop that's geared towards gamers, the Razer Blade.
  • Myth #7: Why Steve Jobs Is Hard To Replace
    August 28, 2011
    What made Steve Jobs unusual was not just his ability as a designer and a communicator. Even more important was his ferocious determination to make delighting the customer permeate the entire Apple organization.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad hits the market; Samsung, Google prep devices for fall (Appolicious)
    August 28, 2011
    Appolicious - Last week saw a string of tablet updates as summer comes to a close, rounding out the widening range of Android devices that are becoming available on the market. This week, Lenovo adds to the Android tablet anticipation, as its ThinkPad is now available for pre-order. As schools re-open and expectations surround the eventual release of the iPhone 5, word of new Samsung and rumored Google phones promise an exciting season of smartphone grandeur.
  • IBM Thumps Oracle and Ties HP in Servers
    August 28, 2011
    Reports of the demise of IBM?s hardware business continue to be proven dead wrong as Big Blue pulled into a first-place tie with Hewlett-Packard for world leadership in server sales in the second quarter, according to a market study.
  • Pfizer and Bristol Overtake Rivals In Multi-Billion Blood Thinner Market
    August 28, 2011
    The team of Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer may have just cemented their place atop a new market for blood thinners that could exceed $10 billion per year.
  • Stock exchanges still plan to open Monday
    August 28, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Main stock exchanges Nasdaq, NYSE and BATS expect to open trading on Monday as usual despite Hurricane Irene, although a final decision, especially on opening the Big Board floor, is yet to come.

  • Google+, Day 21: The New and Improved +1 Button
    August 28, 2011
    Google has expanded the functionality of the +1 button beyond simple voting to include easily sharing content from outside sites with my Circles on Google+.

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  • Google TV, Despite Shaky Domestic Start, to Launch in Europe
    August 28, 2011
    Some observers have questioned Google TV’s viability in the crowded video -streaming field. But it is marching on for now.

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  • Lives (Simplified) of Jesus, Vader, Lee [Infographic]
    August 28, 2011
    From H-57, a design and advertising studio in Milan, come these studiously minimal pictographic bios of famous historical figur(ines).
  • A Galactic Challenge: How Would You Teach Left from Right to an Alien Civilization?
    August 28, 2011
    The concept of handedness--of left and right, say, or of clockwise and anti-clockwise--is deceptively simple. [More]

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  • Nations With Low Malware Rates Have Better ISPs
    August 28, 2011
    Good national security teams and diligent Internet service providers result in consistently lower rates of malware infection, research reveals.

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  • Russian Resupply Crash Could Mean Leaving ISS Empty
    August 28, 2011
    astroengine writes "In the wake of the Russian Progress vehicle crash shortly after launch on Aug. 24, a chain of events has been set into motion that could result in the decision not to fly astronauts into orbit. If this happens, the ISS will be temporarily mothballed before the end of the year to avoid landing astronauts during the harsh Kazakh winter."
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  • Analysis: Merkel vulnerable as euro and Libya backlash builds
    August 28, 2011
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Angela Merkel faces the biggest challenge to her leadership since coming to power in 2005, with traditionally loyal conservative allies openly criticizing her approach to the euro zone crisis and her hands-off Libya policy in shambles.

  • Hurricane Irene batters shuttered New York
    August 28, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hurricane Irene battered New York with heavy winds and driving rain on Sunday, knocking out power and flooding some of Lower Manhattan's deserted streets even as it lost some of its strength.

  • GameStop Apologizes, Compensates Deus Ex PC Buyers
    August 28, 2011
    Trying to put the fiasco behind it, GameStop offers a coupon and apology for putting customers in the middle of a clash between competitors.

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  • Raspberry Pi Running Quake 3
    August 28, 2011
    First time accepted submitter phonewebcam writes "Here's something to liven up your weekend: a video of the Raspberry Pi running Quake 3. We're still working on ironing a few kinks out (specifically, there seems to be a library issue which means our framerate, while good, isn't quite as spectacular as we know it can be; we're working on it as I post this) – but this is what test boards are for, and we're making great progress getting the boards running smoothly."
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  • Microsoft Sues to Stop Motorola Phone Sales
    August 28, 2011
    The latest step in the various patent battles is Microsoft's request for an injunction to halt Motorola phone sales -- perhaps a preemptive poke at Google.

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  • Hurricane Irene Blows Away Twitter, Facebook
    August 28, 2011
    The social networks lit up with information, resources, and tales of those dealing with the hurricane.

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  • Army fights defectors near Damascus: residents
    August 28, 2011
    AMMAN (Reuters) - Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fought gun battles overnight near a northeast Damascus suburb with army defectors who had refused to shoot at a pro-democracy protest, residents said on Sunday.

  • France eyes financial transaction tax deal at G20
    August 28, 2011
    PARIS (Reuters) - France wants concrete results for a controversial international tax on financial transactions at November's G20 summit of leading economies, Finance Minister Francois Baroin said in remarks published on Sunday.

  • Analysis: When a slimmer iPhone just isn't good enough
    August 28, 2011
    NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tim Cook has big shoes to fill and he can't do it by just pushing out snazzier versions of the iPhone or iPad.

  • Analysis: When a slimmer iPhone just isn't good enough (Reuters)
    August 28, 2011
    Customers purchase the iPhone 4 shortly after the phone went on sale with the Verizon Wireless network, in Boca Raton, Florida February 10, 2011. REUTERS/Joe SkipperReuters - Tim Cook has big shoes to fill and he can't do it by just pushing out snazzier versions of the iPhone or iPad.


  • Tokyo runner makes 13-mile Apple logo for Jobs
    August 28, 2011
    Joseph Tame, a media producer and marathon runner, runs around Tokyo to make an Apple logo as a tribute to the man who spearheaded creation of the iPhone Tame loves so much.
  • Next month is going to be amazing!
    August 28, 2011
    Update 2011 is part of the Brighton Digital Festival
    September is going to be crazy.

    September is the Brighton Digital Festival, a month of art and technology events organized by the community and coordinated by a steering committee coordinated by Lighthouse Arts and partially supported by the Arts Council. I’m on the festival steering committee, alongside Honor Hager from Lighthouse, Andy Budd from ClearLeft, Laurence Hill from Fabrica, and Jo Roberts from Wired Sussex. Working with the industrious Jonathan Aizlewood, I helped coordinate and design the web site for the festival and I’m deeply involved in a number of the events taking place during the month. In fact, the festival is the reason that my own conference, Update 2011, came into being.
    Things kick off on the 1st of September with the Semiconductor Private View for their Solar Systems exhibit, curated by Lighthouse. This will also serve as the launch event of the festival. I will be giving a short speech at the event, alongside Honor, Sally Abbott, Regional Director, Arts Council England South East and Councillor Geoffrey Bowden, Cabinet Member for Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Brighton and Hove City Council.
    The next day, I will be attending dConstruct, a web conference organized by ClearLeft. I spoke at dConstruct twice and I’ve attended every one apart from last year’s (when I was called away to Oslo to present the opening keynote at Frontend 2010).
    On the 3rd, our speakers will begin to arrive for Update 2011 and during the day on the 4th Team Update will be busy setting up the Brighton Dome and taking pre-registrations for the conference.
    On the evening of the 4th, Update 2011 will kick off with the Royal Banquet, the pre-conference dinner for speakers, sponsors, and select guests, at the Royal Pavilion. Starting with a champagne reception, followed by a private tour of the palace, and culminating in dinner in the Royal Banqueting Hall. (Although the conference has sold out, there are still a few special tickets left for the Royal Banquet and for some of the workshops.)
    The 5th is Update day. The conference, which takes place at the Brighton Dome, features inspirational keynotes from some of the top names from the worlds of iOS, User Experience, and Web, Geek Ninja Battles, Tech Beats, a Show & Tell stage sponsored by Monotype Imaging for impromptu community sessions, digital art installations, and live music.
    Following the conference, we will be moving to the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery for the A Night at the Museum after-party – sponsored by Microsoft/Ubelly – where the artists will perform extended sets and where we’ll have even more digital art installations (as well as a chance to let our hair down and talk to each other.)
    On the 6th & 7th are the Update workshops, where world-famous instructors including Jeff LaMarche, Remy Sharp, Sarah Parmenter, and Marcus Zarra will be teaching classes on topics ranging from HTML5 for Mobile to Appcelerator Titanium, iOS Design, and OpenGL ES.
    From the 10th to the 14th, I’l be attending Flash on the Beach. I still remember spending hours on the phone with John when he was setting it up many moons ago and introducing him to speakers for the inaugural event. I even hosted the unofficial opening party at my apartment for 100+ speakers and attendees on the first year and had a lovely time presenting at the conference for several years. I got to catch up with John after my closing keynote at Future of Web Design in London this year and look forward to seeing what he’s cooked up for the conference this year. Flash on the Beach isn’t just a Flash conference anymore, it’s moving away from Flash just like a lot of Flash developers are. (I starting moving away towards the end of 2007. Interestingly, that coincides with the launch of the iPhone and iOS. And I’m damn glad I got to attend the Stevenote at Macworld where he announced the iPhone. Ironically, I presented a session on Flash after the keynote. Ah, memories.)
    On the 15th and 16th, I will be teaching two workshops to year 9 and 10 school kids at Valdean School and Longhill School as part of the education track of the Brighton Digital Festival. The education track is very close to my heart as those of you who follow my Twitter feed or who saw me speak about education at the BeBettr event earlier in the year will know and Jamie Wyld from Lighthouse, supported in-part by Arts Council funding, has done a great job in organizing it.
    It’s no secret that I feel that tech education in England is terribly broken and that we should be teaching kids to be digitally fluent, not just literate. In essence, we should be teaching kids how to be producers not just consumers of digital artefacts. To this end, in my workshops, I will be teaching kids how to program using a visual approach that is immediately rewarding and lends itself to being shared. I’ll blog more details later.
    Following that, I fly to Stockholm on the 17th to teach my iOS development workshop at Cornerstone.
    I return on the 22nd, in time to present a keynote on the 23rd at the Improving Reality conference in Brighton.
    On the 24th, I plan on sleeping.
    What a month. I’m hugely looking forward to it and I hope you’ll join us for at least some of the events during the Brighton Digital Festival.

  • Research Summary: Introducing The 43 Use Cases For Social Business (Social Enterprise)
    August 28, 2011
    The Social Business (Social Enterprise) Moves Beyond The 18 Use Cases Of Social CRM
  • Raspberry Pi: A $25 ultra-low-cost computer that can run Quake 3
    August 28, 2011
    The Raspberry Pi is a new ultra-low-cost computing solution that's making waves -- especially now that it's running Quake 3! Read all about it here.
  • China official tells Web firms to control content
    Read 'China official tells Web firms to control content' on Yahoo! News. A Communist Party leader has told China's Internet companies to tighten control over material online as Beijing cracks down on dissent and tries to block the rise of Middle East-style protests.


  • Hard Disk Drive Companies Must Invest in their Future
    August 27, 2011
    Western Digital and Toshiba have announced 1 TB HDDs for laptop computers and Seagate Technology will likely announce such products before the end of 2011.  With these 1 TB laptop HDD products maximum areal densities of about 740 Gigabits per square inch (Gbpsi) are shipping (although average areal density is about 640 Gbpsi).  It is generally believed that unassisted perpendicular recording can take HDD areal densities to about 1.0-1.5 Tbpsi.  Areal density growth for HDDs appears to have slowed to somewhere between 20 and 30 % per year due to the absence of a clear path to higher capacity HDDs. 
  • Pfizer and Bristol's ARISTOTLE Study Finds the Golden Mean of Anticoagulation
    August 27, 2011
    In ancient Greece the philosopher Aristotle thought the golden mean was the desirable middle between two extremes, one of excess and the other of deficiency. In cardiology, apixaban may be the golden mean of anticoagulation, achieving the ideal balance of reduced strokes and deaths without causing any additional bleeding complications.
  • Sandboxie 3.58
    August 27, 2011
    Tired of dealing with rogue software, spyware and malware?


  • PeaZip 3.9.1
    August 27, 2011
    PeaZip is an open source file and archive manager. It's freeware and free of charge for any use.


  • Eton's hand-cranked Axis is your Hurricane Irene survival gadget
    August 27, 2011
    When you need a radio, LED flashlight, clock and even a way to charge your smartphone but have run out of batteries and the power is out, this American Red Cross-branded device could just save...
  • There's a hush in the air...
    August 27, 2011
    People in San Francisco and Silicon Valley are getting ready for Burning Man - the annual harvest festival -- a celebration of abundance and innovation.
  • Study: People Would Sooner Make Love to Their Laptops Than to Their Lovers
    August 27, 2011
    It's Saturday night, and you're feeling randy. You turn to your significant other, and without a word you start nuzzling close. And without a word she pushes you off, too wrapped up in the Tudors on Netflix.


  • OASIS releases latest draft of 'foundation of modern SOA understanding'
    August 27, 2011
    Message in long-awaited standards release: 'the hyping of SOA is over -- it's time to roll up our sleeves and make it happen.'
  • Top 10 Secret Agent Security Tips and Tricks
    If you're a regular Lifehacker reader you know we think security is pretty important, but you might not be aware of how cool it can be. If you're looking to upgrade to secret agent mode, here are ten great ways to do it.


  • iPad met its match in the TouchPad
    August 27, 2011
    The TouchPad, quite by accident, came close to matching the consumer enthusiasm for Apple's iPad. So maybe tablets are just too expensive. Amazon could change that, though.
  • Schmidt says Google TV heading to Europe
    August 27, 2011
    Google TV will be launched in Europe early next year, despite its rocky start in the U.S., company Chairman Eric Schmidt told an audience in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Social business holds steady gap behind consumer social media
    August 27, 2011
    The global growth of social media as a mainstream trend is the subject of regular news headlines these days. Yet the assumption is that most enterprises are either taking a wait-and-see attitude...
  • Steve Jobs on Camera: The Best TV and Film References
    Over the years, Steve Jobs the personality has become just as famous as the iconic products produced by his company. A black turtleneck, jeans, and sneakers have become synonymous with the Apple mastermind, and references to Jobs have naturally made their way into movies and TV.


  • British atomic clock is world's most accurate
    August 27, 2011
    A study has shown that the cesium fountain clock is on time to within two 10 million billionths of a second.
  • George Lucas' daughter tries to star in martial-arts wars
    August 27, 2011
    Amanda Lucas, daughter of the "Star Wars" creator, improves her Mixed Martial Arts record to 2-1 with an aggressive defeat of her Japanese opponent. Will the force be with her to be a major MMA star?
  • Facebook announces easier, better, faster, cleaner Photos
    August 27, 2011
    Facebook is updating Facebook Photos once again. Photos will be easier to view, will be bigger, will load faster, and will look cleaner.
  • Psychics Challenged, Offered $1 Million to Prove Powers
    A non-profit organization called The James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) has announced that it is publicly offering $1 million to celebrity "psychic mediums" including James Van Praagh, Allison DuBois, Sylvia Browne, Carla Baron, John Edward, and others if they can prove their abilities in controlled experiments. "James Van Praagh and Allison DuBois have turned the huckster art of 'cold reading' into a multi-million-dollar industry, preying on families' deepest fears and regrets," said James Randi, founder of the JREF and a renowned magician and skeptic.

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