Monday, August 29, 2011

Technical News - 29 august 2011

  • Gaddafi's foes advance on his hometown
    August 29, 2011
    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan forces converged on Muammar Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte on Monday, hoping to seal their revolution by seizing the last bastions of a fallen but perhaps still dangerous strongman.

  • New York City gets back to business after Irene
    August 29, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City was slowly getting back to business as usual on Monday after Hurricane Irene but hundreds of thousands of people who normally travel in from the surrounding area faced a hellish commute as flooding knocked out some transit routes.

  • Exclusive: Majesco to release Twister video game in November
    August 29, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fans of the 45-year-old classic party game Twister will soon be able to put their left foot on blue and their right hand on yellow in a new video game out this holiday season.

  • Bank of America to sell part of CCB stake
    August 29, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp is selling 13.1 billion shares of China Construction Bank to a group of investors for $8.3 billion of cash, the bank said on Monday.

  • A 1st Amendment victory for video
    August 29, 2011
    Cops and some congressmen may not like it, but a Federal court has ruled that recording public officials, including police, performing their public duties is a protected 1st Amendment activity. Good!
  • Trading IPv4 addresses will end in tears
    August 29, 2011

    As we run out of IPv4 address space, is it time to create an exchange for trading unused address blocks? Ars contributors Iljitsch van Beijnum and Timothy Lee tackle the issue. In this article, Iljitsch explains why this is a bad idea. You can read Tim's take here.
    The Internet is a packet-switched network. That means all communication going across the network is put in packets, which are transmitted individually. This has the advantage that there's no call setup overhead, like in connection-based networks (think landline phones). But the downside is that each of those packets, holding not much more than one kilobyte of data, must be routed through the network individually. So a big router that handles many millions of packets per second has to take the destination Internet Protocol (IP) address from each packet and then walk through its routing table to find where next to send the packet. This makes the design of routing table data structures and the algorithms to search through them an extremely critical part of the Internet.
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  • The case for a free market in IPv4 addresses
    August 29, 2011

    As we run out of IPv4 address space, is it time to create an exchange for trading unused address blocks? Ars contributors Iljitsch van Beijnum and Timothy Lee tackle the issue. In this article, Tim explains why this is the way to go. You can read Iljitsch's take here.
    Officially, the world ran out of IPv4 addresses earlier this year, when a final batch of addresses was divided among the five Regional Internet Registries. The authorities hope that declaring the IPv4 cupboards bare will push expanding networks into making the leap to IPv6, which has a 128-bit address space that's unlikely to ever be exhausted.
    But the IPv6 transition is happening slowly, and expanding networks need more IPv4 addresses now. This need is especially acute in Asia, where rapidly growing economies and huge populations have created demand for tens of millions of new addresses each year.
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  • AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile Bet Big On Mobile Payments
    August 29, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "Bloomberg reports that AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile USA will be dumping over $100 million into developing their mobile payment system, Isis, in an effort to battle back against Google Wallet. 'Isis aims to get ahead of its rivals by relying on its carrier partners' existing distribution network and customer relationships. Phones set up for Isis service are expected to be available at carrier stores in the trial cities. ... The carriers could potentially preinstall Isis software onto their phones, making it easier to use. They also may push handset manufacturers to adopt Isis software.'"
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  • Sonic CD to debut on Android this year, iOS and console release to follow (Digital Trends)
    August 29, 2011
    Digital Trends - This weekend’s PAX event featured a number of interesting announcements, but one in particular should have Sonic the Hedgehog fans — and Android users — pretty excited.
  • FarmVille maker Zynga planning to delay IPO
    August 29, 2011
    Maker of the popular Facebook game FarmVille, Zynga is planning to delay its initial public offering until the stock markets 'balance out'.
  • Samsung to launch own ChatON instant messaging service (Digital Trends)
    August 29, 2011
    Digital Trends - Does the world need another instant messaging service? South Korean electronics giant Samsung seems to think so: the company has announced it will be launching ChatON, a new free mobile messaging service. The idea is to enable users to communicate instantly with each other using any mobile phone, along with sharing hand-written notes, images, and video.
  • IP: 'Individual person,' or merely 'Internet Protocol'? A word on identity
    August 29, 2011
    "IP" may stand for "Internet Protocol" but not "Individual Person," frustrating courts across the nation. Can identity and anonymity co-exist?
  • Etc: Facebook Deals: they're gone as quickly as they arrived, being killed after only four months.
    August 29, 2011
    Facebook Deals: they're gone as quickly as they arrived, being killed after only four months.
    Read More: AFP, Ars coverage
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  • iPhone 5 May Get Metal Back, Sub-4-inch Display
    August 29, 2011
    Contrary to earlier reports, recent speculation is the next iPhone will have a display not much larger than the current edition.

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  • 60-watt LED bulb to break $15 mark, Lighting Science says
    August 29, 2011
    The omnidirectional LED bulb, in the traditional A19 shape of household incandescent light bulbs, is due to arrive in India by the end of the year and worldwide early in 2012.
  • Delivering Medicine By UAV
    August 29, 2011
    Buffaloaf writes "The brilliant minds at Singularity University are developing an internet of things they dub the Matternet which plans to deliver drugs and other small necessities to people in extremely remote locations by UAV. From the article: 'This particular class of S.U. was focused on solving problems for "the next billion people," those without access to modern technology. Matternet tackled the problem of getting drugs and diagnostic or test materials to people in rural areas in developing countries that don't have access to passable roads during rainy seasons. The company proposed building a network of robotic drones to deliver medication quickly and very cost-effectively--even less than a guy on a dirt bike costs.'"
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  • Google TV Coming to Europe in 2012
    August 29, 2011
    Google TV, the search company’s struggling Internet-television service, is headed for Europe.
    In a keynote speech at the Edinburgh Television Festival, Europe’s leading broadcasting industry conference, Google chairman Eric Schmidt said Google TV will launch in Europe early in 2012. “Just as smartphones sparked a whole new era of innovation for the Internet, we hope Google TV can help do the same for Television, creating more value for all,” Schmidt said. “We expect Google TV to launch in Europe early next year, and of course the UK will be among the top priorities.”

  • Google boss 'knew about' drug ads
    August 29, 2011
    Larry Page knew that adverts for unlicensed Canadian pharmacies were running in the US, says a government prosecutor.
  • Developing Nuclear Power Plant Tech For the Moon and Mars
    August 29, 2011
    With his first accepted Slashdot submission, Zandamesh sends this excerpt from ZDNet: "On earth, nuclear reactors are under attack because of concerns over damage caused by natural disasters. In space, however, nuclear technology may get a new lease on life. Plans for the first nuclear power plant for the production of electricity to be used by manned or unmanned bases on the Moon, Mars and other planets have been unveiled at the 242nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. 'The reactor itself may be about 1 ½ feet wide by 2 ½ feet high, about the size of a carry-on suitcase. There are no cooling towers. ... The team is scheduled to build a technology demonstration unit in 2012."
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  • Samsung Announces LTE Versions of Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 8.9
    August 29, 2011
    The smartphone and tablet still aren't available in the U.S., but LTE editions will be shown at IFA in Berlin this week.

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  • SunGard adds multi-site redundancy; eyes 'continuous uptime'
    August 29, 2011
    SunGard adds multi-site redundancy for its enterprise cloud services, boosting support for high-demand applications and recovery.
  • Samsung's ChatOn Messenger Guns for BlackBerry, Apple
    August 29, 2011
    Samsung's ChatOn secure messaging service will work on BlackBerry phones and iOS devices and aims to compete with the BBM and iMessage services.

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  • Will the FDA regulate social media? (Q&A)
    August 29, 2011
    CNET asks the new Digital Health Coalition why many pharmaceutical companies are afraid to venture onto Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
  • The Best and the Brightest
    August 29, 2011
    Two hundred years ago it was enough to rely on natural advantages to build a great city. Cities were built on the intersections of rivers or along gentle bays that launched commerce and trade on mighty oceans. Those days are long gone. Today our greatest competitive advantages are the qualities that attract the best and brightest from around the world to come here: our freedom, our diversity, our tolerance and our dynamism.
    New York became the world’s greatest city because New Yorkers dared to dream it and build it. Today we are looking far into the future once again--and launching one of the most promising economic development initiatives in the city’s long history.
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  • Will we see Samsung webOS tablets and smartphones in the future?
    August 29, 2011
    Samsung makes beautiful hardware and webOS is a great OS. A partnership between these two could be a wonderful thing, don't you think?
  • Samsung unveiling its own instant messaging tool
    August 29, 2011
    The company's new ChatON IM service will be available on its own Bada-powered handsets as well as smartphones running Android and Apple's iOS.
  • Budget Cuts and Uncertainty Ahead for Indian Outsourcers
    August 29, 2011
    Economic problems in the U.S. are likely to lead to cuts in IT budgets, of up to 10 percent in some cases, according to a report released Monday by Offshore...

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  • Zynga planning to delay IPO: report
    August 29, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Zynga, the social games maker may delay its plans for an initial public offering until November because of poor market conditions, the New York Post newspaper reported late on Sunday.

  • At Walmart, digital movie download success
    August 29, 2011
    Thanks to the Vudu acquisition, Walmart has become the third largest retailer of digital movie downloads -- ahead of Amazon and Sony.
  • Facebook kills off Groupon competitor
    August 29, 2011
    Facebook has decided to shut down Facebook Deals, its four-month-old Groupon competitor.

  • First benchmarks for Intel Cedar Trail netbook platform, new Atom CPUs revealed
    August 29, 2011
    Netbooks have been shoved aside by tablets, but Intel is carrying on with its forthcoming Cedar Trail platform and new Atom processors, even if their launch has been delayed by graphics driver...
  • TechTree Presents The Zebronics Contest: Week 2
    August 29, 2011
    "Zebronics ZEBMATE Cinema 3.0+" up for grabs; Week 1 winners announced.



  • Microsoft launches new CRM cloud promotion on eve of Salesforce conference
    August 29, 2011
    Microsoft is launching a new Dynamics CRM Online promotional deal, as well as unleashing a new spoof virtualization video the same week that Salesforce's Dreamforce and VMware's VMworld shows are...
  • iPhone 5 to stick with smaller screen size?
    August 29, 2011
    While some rumors hold that the next iPhone might adopt a 4-inch screen, sources tell DigiTimes that Apple will stick with a smaller size--anywhere from 3.5 to 3.7 inches.
  • Samsung delays tablet launch in Australia on Apple suit
    August 29, 2011
    SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co said on Monday it would delay the launch of its latest Galaxy tablet computer in Australia until after a court ruling in September in its ongoing global patent dispute with Apple.

  • Samsung delays Galaxy Tab in Australia
    August 29, 2011
    The electronics giant postpones the release of its tablet Down Under and also says it plans to countersue Apple for patent infringement within its flagship iPad tablet.
  • Open Laboratory 2011 - submissions so far
    August 29, 2011
    For the background on what Open Lab is, see this post. [More]

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  • Homebrew patch for HP TouchPad reenables Hulu
    August 29, 2011
    Hulu disabled the ability to play its videos on the HP TouchPad a few days ago to the concern of owners. A homebrew patch makes it a simple process to get Hulu videos playing again.
  • Is UK tech education that bad? Google's chairman thinks so
    August 29, 2011
    Google chairman Eric Schmidt says that education in the UK holds back the country's success in the digital media economy.
  • VMware pushes enterprise hybrid clouds in first VMworld announcements
    August 29, 2011
    VMware makes a series of enterprise hybrid cloud announcements on day 1 of VMworld. Here's a quick overview.
  • The proposed PROTECT IP law won't protect anything and, duh, will hurt Internet security, too
    August 29, 2011
    This proposed law is stupid AND won't work AND will break good security procedures that consumers need. Oh, joy.
  • VMworld opens with new products, new attacks
    August 29, 2011
    VMware begins its conference debuting products to manage virtualization for corporations, while Microsoft launches an ad campaign targeting its rival's new licensing policy.
  • Hacking science: the intersection of web geeks and science geeks
    August 29, 2011
    Science should be something that is disruptively accessible - empowering people from a variety of different backgrounds to explore, participate in, and build new ways of interacting with and contributing to science. [More]

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  • HP ships VirtualSystem, targets storage management, VMware vSphere 5 integration
    August 29, 2011
    HP's VirtualSystem comes in three flavors targeted at large enterprises, midsized companies and small businesses.
  • Amid New York floods, a stream of information
    August 29, 2011
    Hurricane Irene may have been a wash for New York City residents poised for the storm of the century, but counties in its upstate watershed will be feeling its effects for a long time.

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