Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Technical News - 13 September 2011


  • JPMorgan Q3 trading revenue on track to fall 30 percent
    September 13, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co's trading revenue is on track to fall 30 percent this quarter from the second quarter, the bank's investment banking head said on Tuesday.

  • New Info: Maserati and Bentley to Sell SUVs
    September 13, 2011
    Maserati took the wraps off its new luxury sport-utility vehicle – called Kubang–at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and we have at least sketchy details on it.
  • Liveblog: Microsoft previews Windows 8 at BUILD
    September 13, 2011
    Microsoft's hotly anticipated BUILD conference kicks off Tuesday, September 13, with a keynote expected to focus on the future of Windows 8. We know a little about Microsoft's new operating system already: that it will feature a Metro-style interface similar to Windows Phone 7 and that it will be optimized for both touchscreen tablets and traditional desktops and laptops.
    Windows 8 will also be the first version of Windows to run on ARM chips in addition to Intel processors, and will feature a faster boot process. Support for USB 3.0 and the inclusion of Hyper-V has been confirmed, while an app store is likely.
    Peter Bright and Jon Brodkin will liveblog the keynote here at Ars, which begins at 9am Pacific time, and you can check out the BUILD conference site as well.
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  • Number of poor hit record 46 million in 2010
    September 13, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans living below the poverty line rose to a record 46.2 million last year as the U.S. economy struggled to recover from recession, the federal government said on Tuesday.

  • Live-blogging the BUILD keynote, Day 1
    September 13, 2011
    As is our custom, our merry band of Windows-focused bloggers is covering today's opening keynote address at Microsoft's BUILD conference in Anaheim.Our group includes my ZDNet colleague Mary Jo...
  • Insight: Succession questions swirl around Cisco's Chambers
    September 13, 2011
    (Reuters) - When John Chambers takes to the stage on Tuesday, many will be wondering if it is the last time the chief executive leads Cisco Systems Inc's annual financial analyst conference.

  • Best Buy misses estimates; shares fall
    September 13, 2011
    (Reuters) - Best Buy Co Inc's reported lower-than-expected quarterly results as shoppers held off on buying televisions and other nonessential items in the anemic U.S. economy, and its shares fell nearly 8 percent.

  • NTSB: Trucker on phone at time of fatal Ky. crash (AP)
    September 13, 2011
    AP - An Alabama truck driver was using his cell phone during a 2010 truck crash that killed 11 people in Kentucky, federal officials said Tuesday.
  • Tradition meets technology: top universities using Apps for Education
    September 13, 2011

    Pop quiz: What’s significant about the number 61?
    (a) Number of points required to win a standard game of Cribbage
    (b) The country code to call Australia
    (c) Number of Top 100 universities that use Google Apps for Education
    As all Aussie Cribbage enthusiasts attending college in the U.S. may suspect, this is actually a trick question—all three answers are correct!

    Today, U.S. News and World Report released their 28th annual ranking of the top higher-education institutions across the nation. While this list of schools represents traditions of academic excellence that span centuries, these institutions also clearly recognize the importance (and value) of modern technology in academia. We’re thrilled that 61 of this year’s top 100 universities have chosen Google Apps for Education to help improve communication and collaboration on campus.

    We’re proud to see such historic institutions moving to the world of 100% web. Here are just a few of the schools from this year’s “Top 100” that have gone Google:
    • Yale University
    • Northwestern University
    • Brown University
    • Vanderbilt University
    • University of Notre Dame
    • University of Southern California
    • Wake Forest University
    • William and Mary
    • Brandeis University
    • Case Western Reserve University
    • University of Maryland
    • Boston University
    • Rutgers University
    • Clemson University
    • University of Minnesota
    To show our appreciation to these great schools, and to help students better explore and evaluate their college options, we’re providing a year’s worth of free access to the U.S. News complete rankings for anyone who registers before Friday, September 16. Just sign up and you’re all set.

    Finally, it’s not just about who is using Google Apps. We’re also interested in how students and staff are using Google tools to do amazing things inside and outside the classroom. Since 61 is the magic number, we’ve compiled 61 stories directly from students, faculty and staff at these universities: www.google.com/apps/top100schools.


    These 61 schools represent just a small portion of the 14 million students, faculty and staff now using Google Apps for Education. All over the world, Google Apps is helping schools offer their communities a better way of working together, and we’re honored to be a part of this new tradition.


  • Netflix: Susquehanna Starts At Neutral; $193 Target Price
    September 13, 2011
    Susquehanna Financial analyst Vasily Karasyov this morning started coverage of Netflix with a Neutral rating and $193 price target, below Monday's close at $216.
  • 7 Innovative Mobile Gaming Opportunities for Brands
    September 13, 2011
    Michael Matthews is Managing Director of NYC-based mobile marketing consultancy, The Mobile Culture. Follow @MobileMatthews on Twitter. This post originally appeared on Microsoft Tag's Blog.
  • Exclusive: CVC eyes Orange Switzerland bid
    September 13, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - Private equity group CVC is considering a bid for Orange Switzerland despite resistance from seller France Telecom to let it into the auction for Switzerland's third-largest mobile phone company, four people familiar with the situation said.

  • Exclusive: CVC eyes Orange Switzerland bid (Reuters)
    September 13, 2011
    Reuters - Private equity group CVC is considering a bid for Orange Switzerland despite resistance from seller France Telecom to let it into the auction for Switzerland's third-largest mobile phone company, four people familiar with the situation said.
  • HTC Gets Google Patents To Bite Back Against Apple In Court
    September 13, 2011
    HTC has amended its lawsuit against Apple to include nine more patents it recently acquired from Google underscoring the intense battle of patents in the smartphone industry. Google had acquired these patents from Motorola Mobility, Hewlett-Packard and OpenWave over the last year.
  • Android Market nearing 6 billion downloads, according to study (Appolicious)
    September 13, 2011
    Appolicious - The Android Market, Google’s store for selling apps for its Android mobile platform, is closing-in on 6 billion downloads, a big milestone on its march to overtake Apple’s top-selling iTunes App Store.
  • HP Puts Pressure On Autonomy Shareholders As It Delves Deeper Into Software
    September 13, 2011
    Hewlett-Packard extended its offer for British software maker Autonomy in an attempt to lure in more shareholders and close the deal.  Autonomy shareholders will have until October 3 to accept HP’s $11.7 billion offer, originally tendered back in August.
  • Taliban attack across Kabul, target U.S. embassy
    September 13, 2011
    KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban suicide fighters launched a multi-pronged attack in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, firing rockets toward the U.S. and other embassies and sending three suicide bombers to targets in the city's west and near the airport.

  • Cavium Extends Rally; JMP Sees Potential Takeover Target
    September 13, 2011
    Cavium Networks shares have extended their rally, as investors continue to bet that yesterday's $3.7 billion takeover bid by Broadcom for NetLogic Microsystems could spur a bid for Cavium, which like NetLogic plays in the network processor sector.
  • UK Government Wants Google To Police Copyright
    September 13, 2011
    judgecorp writes "the UK's culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt will this week ask Google to stifle sites deemed to be pirates, pushing them down the listing and cutting off their advertising revenues. The UK government has already outlined plans to make ISPs police copyright breaches by users."
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  • Getting Voice: New Speech Synthesis Could Make Roger Ebert Sound More Like Himself
    September 13, 2011
    After Roger Ebert lost the ability to speak in 2006 due to a post-cancer surgery tracheostomy, the film critic has communicated via Post-It notes, an eloquent and hilarious array of hand gestures, and his Mac laptop synthesizer. The version that read out pre-typed introductions at his annual film festival in 2009 had an upper-class English accent the British might call "emollient." Ebert and his wife Chaz called it "Sir Laurence" and shortly thereafter replaced it with a more accessible American–accented voice called "Alex." By next year, Ebert may sound even more like himself, courtesy of personalized voice work being carried out by the Edinburgh-based company CereProc (short for cerebral processing and pronounced "serra-prock").
    Ebert's extensive media recordings--not the least of which is the long-running TV series At the Movies --had led many people to suggest something like this. In his autobiography, Life Itself: A Memoir (Grand Central Publishing), set to release on September 13, Ebert says the cost was prohibitive until he discovered that CereProc, a specialist in regional accents, had built personalized voices for other individuals. Its Web versions of George W. Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger, built from found audio samples, seemed promising.
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  • Is Google + The Perfect Platform for the Personal Data Gold Rush?
    September 13, 2011
    The personal data gold rush is already underway but is Google's new identity play the killer platform?
  • The new Social Business Index seeks to bring enterprise insight to social media
    September 13, 2011
    New tools are emerging all the time to sift through social media and help companies determine their impact and relevance in the new medium. The freely available Social Business Index is a new...
  • Apple-Samsung Patent Battle Adds France to European Tour
    September 13, 2011
    A new escalation in Samsung’s sprawling legal battle with Apple.
    The South Korean company has sued Apple for patent infringement in France. Filed in a Paris district court, the complaint claims the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and the 3G iPad violate three Samsung patents. It’s not clear which, but sources tell the AFP they’re likely related to UMTS, a third-generation wireless technology.
    With this latest suit, Apple and Samsung are now battling it out in eight courts worldwide: The U.S., Australia, Korea, Japan, Germany, the Netherlands, Britain and France.

  • AMD's FX CPU hits record-breaking speeds
    September 13, 2011
    Just how fast can overclockers with a supply of liquid helium push AMD's FX 'Bulldozer' CPU? To record-breaking levels, that's what!
  • 500 days of iPad ownership
    September 13, 2011
    After nearly 500 days of iPad ownership, how am I using my iPad today?
  • Love on the go? There's an app for that
    September 13, 2011
    Smartphone apps designed to make dating easier
  • Two Rambus Patents Invalidated By USPTO
    September 13, 2011
    First time accepted submitter rnswebx writes "Two patents that chip designer Rambus used to win patent lawsuits against Nvidia, HP, and others have been declared invalid by the USPTO." The Inquirer has a similar story up, with appropriately snarky sub-head.
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  • Nintendo 3DS' right thumbstick accessory mystery solved
    September 13, 2011
    Japan will be getting the cumbersome, cradle-like 3DS peripheral this December to coincide with the release of Monster Hunter 3G. An American roll-out seems imminent.
  • PC shipment growth to slow in 2011, jump in 2012
    September 13, 2011
    IDC says that PC shipment growth will hit just 2.8 percent this year, but rise to 9.3 percent in 2012.
  • Philly papers offering subscribers $99 Android tablet
    September 13, 2011
    The Philadelphia Media Network, owner of two newspapers and the philly.com Web site, is now offering an Android tablet for $99 to anyone who signs up for a two-year subscription.
  • Groups to Urge Abolition of EU Data Retention Directive
    September 13, 2011
    On Saturday a large number of civil liberties groups will gather in Brussels to call for the abolition of the European Union’s data retention directive.

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  • Verizon improves search in its app store
    September 13, 2011
    The wireless carrier is partnering with start-up Chomp to increase the accuracy and relevancy of searches made in its Verizon app store.
  • Can HP's PC spin-off squash PC sales overall?
    September 13, 2011
    IDC said global PC shipments were up 2.7 percent in the second quarter and growth for the year will be about 2.8 percent.
  • Droid Bionic: Most expensive Droid yet (review)
    September 13, 2011
    The Droid Bionic from Verizon is a solid smartphone with good features, including the ability to power an optional laptop dock. It is expensive for what it offers.
  • Bitcasa Will Offer Unlimited Cloud Storage for $10 a Month
    September 13, 2011
    The start-up also says data that users upload will be encrypted and protected on their side, which means that no one, including the company, can access it.

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  • AMD Breaks Overclocking Record With Bulldozer
    September 13, 2011
    MojoKid writes "AMD recently held a press event at their Austin headquarters, offering hands on time with the company's upcoming Bulldozer-based FX-line of processors. Many of the details disclosed are still under NDA embargo, but AMD is allowing a sneak peek today to go along with a claimed Guinness World Record announcement. A team of overclocking enthusiasts and AMD engineers had a sampling of early AMD FX processors running at around 5GHz with high-end air and water-cooling, in the 6GHz range with phase-change cooling, and well over 8GHz on liquid-nitrogen and liquid-helium setups. Voltages of over 1.9v were used as well for some of the more extreme tests. The team had access to dozens of early FX processors and methodically worked through a batch of chips until ultimately hitting a peak of 8.429GHz using liquid-helium, breaking the previous world record of 8.309GHz for modern processor frequency." Update: 09/13 13:54 GMT by T : Adds user Vigile: PC Perspective was there and took some photos and video of the event.
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  • Writers guild suing U.S. universities: 'Give up your Google books'
    September 13, 2011
    Orphaned books or 'abducted' books? Five U.S. universities are being sued to prevent work from being uploaded and digitized.
  • Google's post-JavaScript Web plan raises hackles
    September 13, 2011
    With its Dart language, Google hopes to overcome problems with the widely used JavaScript. But some dislike Google's secretive development style.
  • Can a steeply discounted tablet save your local newspaper?
    September 13, 2011
    Philadelphia Media Network is gambling that getting tablet computers into the hands of readers will be a path to salvation.
  • 1m euros to fund Windows clone
    September 13, 2011
    A free, open-source Windows "clone" ReactOS that has been in development for over a decade has caught the eye of the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
  • Nintendo 3DS to get big November push
    September 13, 2011
    The game company says it will offer an update that month, as well as two major titles--Super Mario 3D Land and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
  • Winklevoss twins joke about Facebook in nuts ad
    September 13, 2011
    In a new ad for pistachios, the twins who believe they were cheated out of their fair share of Facebook, share a joke about Facebook. Or, more precisely, nemesis Mark Zuckerberg.
  • Americans are Drawn to Social Networks, with Facebook Leading the Way
    September 13, 2011
    Americans spent nearly one-quarter of their time online visiting social networks and checking blogs, and Facebook was their top destination, according to a Nielsen report.

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  • VIDEO: Lie detector uses heat cameras
    September 13, 2011
    British scientists have developed a new lie detection test using heat cameras and computer software which records the flow of blood around the eyes.
  • AMD Breaks Overclocking Record, Leaves the Competition in the Dust
    September 13, 2011
    What better way to show off the capabilities of a new performance processor than crushing a long standing overclocking record?

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