Friday, September 23, 2011

Technical News - 23 September 2011

  • webOS' Future Murky Under New HP CEO Whitman
    September 23, 2011
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    Hewlett-Packard’s Thursday ouster of Chief Executive Leo Apotheker and replacement with former eBay CEO Meg Whitman could bring changes to the PC giant’s webOS strategy – but no one, including HP staffers, seems to know for sure. It’s a topic of significance to the mobile, wireless and telecom industries. HP assumed control
  • World stocks off 14-month lows
    September 23, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - World stocks came off 14-month lows on Friday on expectations policy-makers would take further action to ease the euro zone debt crisis, while commodities fell broadly on worries about a global economic slump.

  • Tips for New Bloggers
    September 23, 2011
    Editor’s Note: Rebecca is one of the bloggers we’ve featured on Blogs of Note. After she was Noted, Rebecca received many new followers and emails asking her about her tips for blogging, so she’s graciously written up this blog post for anyone looking for tips on how to get started. 

    Hi everyone! I'm Rebecca Brown, a blogger and personal stylist in the Seattle area. When I started my blog nearly 2 years ago, it was to document my attempt to wear a different dress for every day of December (sounds super interesting, right? It proves you can write a blog about anything).

    I had no idea that a blog about my clothing choices would grow and become such a fun hobby! And even though I’ve been blogging for a little while, I still feel like I have so much to learn, which is what keeps blogging interesting! So, while I'm definitely far from being an expert, here are a few things that have worked for me:

    1) Find a community of bloggers with similar interests. Do you like to write about video games, fashion, cooking? There are lots of great blogs on those topics already. A quick Google search for “fashion blogs” helped me round out my reading list. I always check out the blog rolls of people whose blogs I enjoy, and I also visit the blogs of folks who comment on my blog. Bottom line: interact with bloggers whose blogs you enjoy. You'll learn so much, I promise. This leads me to my next point...

    2) Leave insightful comments on blogs that you enjoy - especially blogs that are in the same niche as you. Instead of just saying, "hey, nice blog, follow me please”, call out something specific that you liked about the post. Pure "followback" requests don’t really make people want to follow you.

    3) Don't underestimate the importance of good pictures on your posts. The basics: Use a tripod or get a friend to photograph you if the pictures are of you. Take pictures outdoors if possible because natural light always makes pictures look better. Use post-processing (I use Picnik) to adjust the exposure, add effects, and crop to keep the focus on what you want. You don’t need a fancy camera - I use my cell phone most of the time! I wrote about this in more depth here.

    4) Think about quality, rather than quantity of posts. Readers would rather see an insightful (and spell-checked!) post with original content and good pictures 2-4 times a week than hastily-written thoughts on a daily basis. Most avid blog readers follow so many blogs that if you post too often, and especially if your posts aren't high quality, you'll get passed over in favor of the other blogs on their blogroll. Plus, a great, high-quality post can continue to get you traffic for a few days - don't truncate its effectiveness by posting again the very next day.

    5) Schedule your posts. I typically have a chunk of time on the weekend where I can plan out and write my 2-4 posts for the week, or at least get a rough draft in place. Blogger allows you to schedule your posts and they will automatically publish at the date/time you specify. I typically set my posts to publish around 2am to capture folks in other time zones.

    6) Lastly, don't apologize for not posting more often. A blog is a fun hobby - but once you start feeling beholden to it, it stops being fun! Plus, your readers will likely not notice if you don't post for a week unless you write a post about how sorry you are for not posting! There are so many great resources out there for bloggers looking to hone their craft. Here are a few of my favorites: - 10 Things About Your Blog That Drive Me Crazy (via B at Beautifully Invisible) - Don't Be A Savage Blogger (Jamillah via Beautifully Invisible): - Build a Better Blog (via Vahni at Grit and Glamour).

    I hope these tips are helpful! Blogging has been such a great part of my life - allowing me to express myself, build a community and make lifelong friends. And the great thing about it is that nearly anyone can do it. So have fun with it, don’t take yourself too seriously, and you’ll be a great blogger in no time!



  • Abbas stakes Palestinian claim to state at U.N.
    September 23, 2011
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked the United Nations on Friday to recognize a state for his people, even though Israel still occupies its territory and the United States has vowed to veto the move.

  • Facebook's Makeover Is A Little Bit Scary
    September 23, 2011
    Your whole life, now on Facebook.
  • Seven steps to successful organizational collaboration
    September 23, 2011
    Collaboration expert, Dr. Graham Hill, describes practical steps to help your organization become collaborative and successful.
  • Amazon Announces Special Event; Tablet on Tap?
    September 23, 2011
    Moments ago Amazon announced an invitation-only special event to be held in New York city on September 28, a Wednesday. No details beyond that, but it’s a safe bet it’s got something to do with company’s forthcoming tablet.
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  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution DLC: Adam Jensen goes Solid Snake
    September 23, 2011

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution gives players a story that's already fully realized, but the upcoming "Missing LInks" DLC will flesh out a section of Adam Jensen's adventure that the original game glossed over. There is a segment in the original game where Jensen is forced to turn himself into cargo, and while the original release seemed to imply that the voyage was uneventful, in reality he was found, his augmentations were reset to zero, and Jensen was forced to fight his way to freedom.
    This new section of the game takes place on a ship at sea, and it's hard to avoid getting a Metal Gear Solid 2 vibe from the proceedings. Jensen sneaks around, takes out fools when necessary, and the rolling sea provides a suitably epic backdrop. While very little was added to the story in the preview code I was able to play, we're being promised that new layers to the conspiracy will be uncovered during this portion of the game, and new characters will be introduced.
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  • OCZ Wants To Cache Your HDD With an SSD
    September 23, 2011
    sl4shd0rk writes "OCZ is coming out with Synapse Cache; an SSD cache for your hard drive. The SSD runs software that copies data into the cache from your hard drive as you work with it. The data sits on the SSD until it gets less activity and gets flushed to the hard disk. Aside from boosting your IOPS to 10k/75k (read/write), the SSD also supports AES encryption, SMART and TRIM."
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  • Unannounced iPhone May Not Meet Unannounced 'Shipment Targets,' Unnamed Sources Say
    September 23, 2011
    How much ridiculousness does Apple avoid by saying nothing about its new products? A lot.
  • Rivaroxaban (Xarelto) Gets Positive Recommendation for AF and DVT in Europe
    September 23, 2011
    The European Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has recommended that rivaroxaban (Xarelto) be approved for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in AF and also for the treatment of DVT and prevention of recurrent DVT and PE following acute DVT, according to Bayer HealthCare, which is developing the drug in conjunction with Johnson & Johnson.
  • Disaster aid hits brick wall in Congress
    September 23, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With aid to disaster victims running out, Congress on Friday ratcheted up a high-stakes confrontation over spending that once again threatens the government's ability to function smoothly.

  • Solar Industry Fears Losing Federal Support Amid Profit Decline
    September 23, 2011
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    The hubbub over Solyndra’s $535 million federal loan guarantee, a glut of solar panels and a 40 percent drop in prices for them are stirring worries from the solar energy advocates that they would lose a popular solar grant program and see big cutbacks in research and development budgets of
  • UK lawyer to start News Corp action in U.S.
    September 23, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - A British lawyer acting for phone-hacking victims said on Friday he is planning to launch legal action in the United States against directors of the News of the World newspaper's parent company News Corp.

  • Etc: If you want a better sense of the A sediba skeletons that are influencing our views of human evolution, Duke University has done a video tour.
    September 23, 2011
    If you want a better sense of the A sediba skeletons that are influencing our views of human evolution, Duke University has done a video tour.
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  • Microsoft adds $150 million to their latest datacenter
    September 23, 2011
    Micrososft continues to invest in new datcenters and their global cloud infrastructure.
  • Facebook changes explained (Daily Caller)
    September 23, 2011
    Daily Caller - Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a slew of new changes to his social media creation Thursday at the Facebook’s fifth annual f8 Conference in San Francisco.
  • From App Store To Snap Store: Data Access As A Product
    September 23, 2011
    In a recent article, “Busting the IT Monopoly With App Stores,” I argued that IT could break the bottleneck of requests for IT to make changes and transform business applications by packaging up its offerings in an “app store.” In such a store,apps created by the IT department or third parties could then be used by the business as needed, and the relationship with IT would be more like that of a vendor and client, rather than a service department doing custom work.
  • Clean Energy, China-Style: Sex, Cash and Stolen Technology
    September 23, 2011
    Sinovel, a leading Chinese wind turbine maker, seduced a troubled software engineer into selling highly-sensitive software code from his employer, Windtec, for subsidized sex and a heap of no-strings-attached cash.
  • What happens when you don't have a computer?
    September 23, 2011
    Intel and Microsoft take 2 different approaches to addressing the digital divide.
  • Amazon wins "one-click" purchasing patent appeal
    September 23, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Online retail giant Amazon.com Inc won another round in the patent fight over its "one-click" purchasing system as an appeals court ruled on Friday that it did not infringe technology patented by Cordance Corp.

  • Amazon wins "one-click" purchasing patent appeal (Reuters)
    September 23, 2011
    Reuters - Online retail giant Amazon.com Inc won another round in the patent fight over its "one-click" purchasing system as an appeals court ruled on Friday that it did not infringe technology patented by Cordance Corp.
  • Spotify Music Service Opens to All; Gains Facebook Streaming
    September 23, 2011
    Sign up now and enjoy six months of unlimited access to Spotify's more than 15 million tunes.

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  • Conistar Pressured By Prospect Of Higher Debit Card Fees
    September 23, 2011
    Conistar shares have come under pressure in recent sessions from an expected sharp hike in the fees Visa can charge for small debit card transactions.
  • Groups to Monitor EU Telcos Restricting Online Access
    September 23, 2011
    Digital civil liberties groups in Europe have launched a new online platform (http://respectmynet.eu/) asking citizens to “name and shame” telecoms companies...

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  • Samsung to Apple: Who You Callin' Copyist, Copyist?
    September 23, 2011
    When Apple first filed suit against Samsung for patent infringement, it slagged the company as a “copyist” that slavishly imitated the appearance of products like the iPhone and iPad to capitalize on Apple’s success.
    Today, Samsung came out and said pretty much the same thing about Apple. In an interview with the Associated Press, Lee Younghee, Samsung’s head of global marketing for mobile communications, said the company will come harder after Apple for its own alleged infringements, business relationship between the two companies be damned.
    “We’ve been quite respectful and also passive in a way,” Lee said. “However, we shouldn’t be … anymore. We’ll be pursuing our rights for this in a more aggressive way from now on,” Younghee said. “We believe Apple is free riding [on our innovations].”

  • FCC Finalizes US Net Neutrality Rules
    September 23, 2011
    milbournosphere writes "The FCC has finalized its proposed rules regarding net neutrality. The rules go into effect on 20 November, nearly a year after they passed in a 3-2 vote. The FCC's statement (PDF) summarizes the rules thus: 'First, transparency: fixed and mobile broadband providers must disclose the network management practices, performance characteristics, and commercial terms of their broadband services. Second, no blocking: fixed broadband providers may not block lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices; mobile broadband providers may not block lawful websites, or block applications that compete with their voice or video telephony services. Third, no unreasonable discrimination: fixed broadband providers may not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic.' It should be noted that some of the language is a little ambiguous; who is to decide what constitutes 'unreasonable discrimination?'"
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  • Another day, another departure from Microsoft's cloud management team
    September 23, 2011
    The list of high-level Microsoft execs leaving teams that are supporting the Microsoft cloud infrastructure continues to grow.
  • Oracle wants $1.16 billion in damages from Google
    September 23, 2011
    Oracle has had trouble pinpointing an estimate of damages it claims to have incurred on Google's part.
  • U.S. "Net neutrality" rules to take effect in November
    September 23, 2011
    (Reuters) - Long-awaited U.S. rules addressing the hot-button issue of balancing consumer and content providers' interests against those of Internet service providers will take effect on November 20.

  • Windows Phone Mango update likely coming to AT&T folks on 27 September
    September 23, 2011
    Windows Phone 7 with the Mango update is my personal favorite mobile phone operating system and all indications are that the update is coming next week to most AT&T customers.
  • Social media's attention problem (or maybe it's just me)
    September 23, 2011
    Is social media getting too social for its own good? Editor Andrew Nusca explains why he's falling out of love with Facebook and others.
  • Alibaba.com boosted by private equity investment
    September 23, 2011
    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Private equity firms looking to invest into Alibaba Group have relieved pressure on Chairman Jack Ma to stage a speedy IPO by allowing a way for employees to sell their shares to willing buyers.

  • Smarter Robot Arms
    September 23, 2011
    RogerRoast sends this quote from the MIT News Office: "As intuitive as it seems to a human being, spontaneously planning a trajectory around obstacles in free space is a monstrously complex computation. As a consequence, most motion-planning algorithms give up on the idea of finding the most efficient path between the robot’s initial state and its goal, settling for any path that won’t introduce collisions. [Researchers at MIT] have built a new robotic motion-planning system that calculates much more efficient trajectories through free space. ... Not only do robots guided by the system move more efficiently, saving time and energy, but they also move more predictably (PDF), a crucial consideration if they're to interact with humans."
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  • Why I'm Not One of the 89 Percent Getting Another iPhone
    September 23, 2011
    A survey of smartphone owners found 89 percent of iPhone buyers will stick with Apple for their next handset. I'm part of the 11 percent and here's why.

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  • Researchers find Mac OS X malware posing as PDF file
    September 23, 2011
    The malware installs a backdoor that contacts a remote server for instructions and can be used to steal files or capture a screenshot of the infected computer system.
  • RIM's enterprise standing slips, says Forrester
    September 23, 2011
    The turnabout in the enterprise highlights how RIM's core foundation has been rattled by consumerization.
  • Apple, Dropbox join Electronic Privacy Act fight
    September 23, 2011
    The companies have signed on with the Electronic Frontier Foundation-sponsored Digital Due Process with other major firms, including Amazon. The organization argues the privacy act is sorely in need of an update.
  • Microsoft enables HTML5 video images on its Bing home page
    September 23, 2011
    Microsoft is adding video images to its Bing home page, but for now they'll be viewable only by those with certain HTML5-enabled browsers, and in the U.S. only.
  • Microsoft to stop Linux, older Windows, from running on Windows 8 PCs
    September 23, 2011
    It doesn't take much reading between the lines to see that Microsoft is going to try to keep Linux, older versions of Windows, and other operating systems off Windows 8 PCs.
  • Solar Decathlon shines light on net zero-energy homes (photos)
    September 23, 2011
    The Solar Decathlon 2011 highlights the latest green building technology while using energy-efficient design and solar panels to make net zero-energy homes.
  • So much for conservation. Global energy use set to explode
    September 23, 2011
    New report from U.S. Energy Information Administration suggest energy consumption will grow by 53 percent by 2035, largely from the demands of emerging nations.
  • New OS X trojan horse sends screenshots, files to remote servers
    September 23, 2011
    A new trojan horse for OS X has been identified, which attempts to send files and screenshots to remote servers.
  • RIM and Nokia hemorrhaging customers to Apple
    September 23, 2011
    Customers are so happy with their iPhone that 89% are planning to stick with with Apple.
  • Oracle seeks $1.16 billion from Google in Android case
    September 23, 2011
    (Reuters) - Oracle Corp on Thursday estimated it suffered roughly $1.16 billion of damages from Google Inc's alleged copyright and patent infringement of Java technology used in the Android operating system.

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