Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Technical News - 04 October 2011


  • New iPhone expected from Apple on Tuesday (AP)
    October 4, 2011
    In this Aug. 25, 2011 photo, customers stand outside the Apple flagship store on Fifth Ave., in New York. Apple fans are amped. The computer and gadget maker is expected to announce a new, more powerful version of its wildly popular smartphone this week, more than a year after it unveiled the iPhone 4.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)AP - Apple Inc. is unveiling a new, more powerful version of its wildly popular smartphone — more than a year after it launched the iPhone 4.


  • So Far, More Than 50,000 Kindle Fire Pre-Orders Per Day
    October 4, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "Leaked screens from Amazon's internal stock monitoring and assignment system (Alaska) has revealed just how popular the Kindle Fire tablet is already. In just 5 days of being up for pre-order there have been 250,000 reserved. That's more than 50,000 per day or 2,000 sold every hour. If that continues to launch day Amazon will need to have 2.5 million ready to ship to meet demand. To put that in context, the original iPad managed to ship 1 million in its first month." The key phrase seems to be "if this level of consumer demand continues" — but given the success of the e-ink Kindle line, that might not be crazy. Do you want one, or not?
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  • Qualcomm names Altman vice chairman, Mollenkopf to COO
    October 4, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc has promoted Steve Altman to vice chairman and named another executive, Steve Mollenkopf, as chief operating officer, the cellphone chip supplier said on Tuesday.

  • Qualcomm names Altman vice chairman, Mollenkopf to COO (Reuters)
    October 4, 2011
    Reuters - Qualcomm Inc has promoted Steve Altman to vice chairman and named another executive, Steve Mollenkopf, as chief operating officer, the cellphone chip supplier said on Tuesday.
  • Why the Durbin Amendment to The Dodd Frank bill is just a hidden tax on the banking industry in an attempt to re-channel funds and revenue to the retail industry.
    October 4, 2011
    Recently, Bank of America announced what many other banks have been doing as a pilot program, which is to charge consumers a monthly fee (five dollars a month) for the debit card that they have issued. Senator Durbin was outraged at Bank of America for charging this fee to consumers for a service they provide.
  • Jury selection begins in Christmas Day bombing trial
    October 4, 2011
    DETROIT (Reuters) - The trial of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, began on Tuesday with 250 potential jurors reporting to federal court here.

  • What today’s iPhone event could mean for Android (Appolicious)
    October 4, 2011
    Appolicious - The long-awaited iPhone event takes place today, satisfying a curiosity that’s been building for months. While Apple has offered very few details on what will be unveiled at their Cupertino campus, it will certainly have an effect on Android. Google’s mobile OS has risen to the challenge, toppling iOS as the top operating system in many areas of the world. But the iPhone remains a premier device, setting the tone for an entire industry.
  • New Jersey's Christie to speak amid presidential chatter
    October 4, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie unexpectedly added a 1 p.m. press conference to his schedule on Tuesday, setting the stage for him to address speculation he may run for the White House.

  • Red Hat Buys Cloud Storage Vendor Gluster
    October 4, 2011
    Red Hat is acquiring privately owned storage vendor Gluster for approximately US$136 million in cash to boost its cloud offerings, it said on Tuesday.

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  • Factory orders dip 0.2 percent in August
    October 4, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New orders for factory goods fell in August for the second time in three months , suggesting a possible softening in the manufacturing sector which has carried the economic recovery.

  • Barclays Upgrades PLCM, SHOR; Downgrades RVBD
    October 4, 2011
    Barclays networking equipment analyst Jeff Kvaal this morning raised his ratings on Polycom and Shoretel to Overweight from Equal Weight, while dropping Riverbed to Equal Weight from Overweight.
  • What We Already Know About the New iPhone
    October 4, 2011
    By Jonathan Chen
  • The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store (AP)
    October 4, 2011
    FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2009 file photo. British singer-songwriter Adele poses for a portrait in West Hollywood, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)AP - iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending Oct. 3, 2011:


  • Deadline Approaches For Registration In Stanford's Free CS Classes
    October 4, 2011
    First time accepted submitter Gastrobot writes "Stanford University is offering some computer science classes for free. This has been discussed here twice before. The classes begin on Oct. 10th. At this point in time I'm aware of Stanford offering an Intro to Databases course, an Intro to AI course, and a Machine Learning course."
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  • HTC to release urgent privacy fix
    October 4, 2011
    Smartphone manufacturer HTC is set to release an urgent patch after bloggers discovered a flaw which left users' personal data exposed.
  • Dark Souls, Probably the Second-Hardest Game You've Ever Played
    October 4, 2011
    Available today: Action-RPG Dark Souls, sequel to Demon's Soul, and id Software's post-apocalyptic first-person shooter, Rage.

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  • Ford, UAW agree on new labor contract
    October 4, 2011
    DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co and the United Auto Workers union said on Tuesday they had reached a tentative four-year contract that would allow the automaker to invest almost $5 billion in U.S. plants and create an additional 5,750 jobs.

  • Microsoft Says No More Zunes, It's All About the Phone Now
    October 4, 2011
    Microsoft will make no more Zune music players, building its future music strategy on applications incorporated in its Windows Phone and Xbox platforms, the...

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  • RightNow: Roth Downgrades
    October 4, 2011
    RightNow Techonlogies shares are trading lower Tuesday morning after Roth Capital analyst Nathan Schneiderman cut his rating on the software-as-a-service provider to Neutral from Buy.
  • Astronomers win Nobel Physics Prize for insights into expanding universe
    October 4, 2011
    A trio of astronomers won the Nobel Physics Prize on Tuesday for discovering that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating, a finding that implies that the cosmos will end in frozen nothingness.
  • Sean Parker And Daniel Ek's Plan To Save Music
    October 4, 2011
    Spotify’s arrival in the U.S. and its potentially pivotal Facebook integration began with an unsolicited e-mail.
  • Facebook tracking cookie returns, according to hacker
    October 4, 2011
    The datr cookie, which can be used for tracking users, is once again being set on third-party websites with a Facebook social plugin รข€“ whether you are logged in or logged out of the service.
  • Red Hat buys Gluster, eyes unstructured data management
    October 4, 2011
    Red Hat dives into the unstructured data management game via a $136 million purchase of Gluster.
  • Zune Dead, Then Not Dead, Then Officially Dead
    October 4, 2011
    UnknowingFool writes "On Monday Microsoft updated webpages to announce a price drop for the Zune pass subscription, it removed all references to the Zune hardware. This prompted many to suspect the Zune was dead. A MS spokesman then tweeted that the updates were in error and the Zune was not dead. Then MS later admitted that they will no longer produce hardware but would honor any existing orders. It appears MS has trouble with managing their PR."
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  • Android, iOS head to head; BlackBerrys to be hit the hardest
    October 4, 2011
    As Android and iOS go head to head, BlackBerry has the most to lose with an already struggling marketshare.
  • How The Past Haunts Us In The Digital Age
    October 4, 2011
    We often talk about how our pasts follow us online in a reputational sense. Last year, legal scholar Jeff Rosen took to the NYT Magazine to lament the "end of forgetting" in the age of the Web, and the downside of having embarrassing information archived permanently to be perused by future employers, significant others, and anyone who might type your name into a search engine. Facebook's new Timeline has me thinking about another non-public aspect of 'the end of forgetting': the way we can unexpectedly invoke  our emotional histories thanks to the easy mining of our email and social networking accounts.
  • Forget Apple And Microsoft, Adobe Can Hit $35 In A Flash
    October 4, 2011
    Adobe recently announced that it will be launching the next version of Flash — Adobe Flash 11 — in the next two weeks.
  • Nokia still pledging Windows phone as Apple marches on
    October 4, 2011
    HELSINKI (Reuters) - On the day that Apple launches the fifth generation of its ubiquitous iPhone, the once mighty Nokia is still weeks away from mounting a fightback.

  • Mindspeed Cuts FY Q4 View; Shares Heading Lower
    October 4, 2011
    Communications chip maker Mindspeed Technologies this morning reduced its guidance for its fiscal fourth quarter ended September 30.
  • IBM to buy private security software firm
    October 4, 2011
    (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp (IBM) said it plans to buy privately-held security intelligence software provider Q1 Labs for an undisclosed sum as it looks to boost its security portfolio.

  • Internet Explorer's Market Share Declines, Spelling Trouble for Microsoft
    October 4, 2011
    A browser is everyone's primary gateway to the Internet, and if Microsoft can control the gateway, it can route people to its services rather than have them head to a competitor.

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  • U.S., Russia Slowly Improve Cybersecurity Cooperation
    October 4, 2011
    Lingering distrust between the U.S., Russia and China has hampered cooperation in the past on cyber security issues, but relations are taking a turn for the...

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  • Exomoons ever closer
    October 4, 2011
  • iPhone 5 to be major makeover, 'shatter' sales record
    October 4, 2011
    Anticipating big changes for the iPhone 5, a Ticonderoga Securities analyst expects initial sales to surpass the 1.7 million iPhone 4 models sold in the first three days last year.
  • Apple iPhone 4S launching October 14, report says
    October 4, 2011
    The last-minute rumor claims Apple stores will open at 7 a.m. local time on October 14 to accommodate expected strong demand for the device.
  • IBM acquires Q1 Labs, creates security division
    October 4, 2011
    IBM acquired Q1 Labs for an undisclosed sum and formed a unit that aims to blend security and analytics.
  • Qualcomm promotes its own
    October 4, 2011
    The company promotes three of its top executives, including naming a new president.
  • Stolen Data: How Thieves Get Your Identity and Other Information
    October 4, 2011
    Despite our (usually modest) efforts to protect our personal information, thieves and hackers are constantly accessing our records. These data breaches have soared since 2005 . Although crooks still account for most invasions, many of the largest breaches are now made by "hacktivists"--individuals or groups who are angry about a company or organization's actions and expose its records as a way to protest or to strike back. Despite recent media coverage of electronic espionage, however, snatching a laptop and even dumpster diving are still on the list of ways that snoops get your data. Here's the ranking of the methods they use, compiled by the Open Security Foundation in Glen Allen, Va.
    -- Mark Fischetti
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  • Data Theft: Hackers Attack
    October 4, 2011
    We are constantly warned to protect our passwords, Social Security numbers and other “personal identifying information” to thwart thieves who may steal laptops or perpetrate online fraud. Although such breaches have soared since 2005 ( right ) as criminals try to commit identity theft, the truly enormous breaches ( bottom ) have increasingly been carried out by “hacktivists”--individuals or groups who are angry about an organization’s actions. Hackers, for example, exposed data about 77 million Sony customers after the company pursued legal action against other hackers. “More than 107 million people were affected by hacking during the first half of 2011,” says Jake Kouns, CEO of the Open Security Foundation in Glen Allen, Va., which runs the Data­LossDB project (the data source for graphics on this page).  
    Will you be informed if your data are exposed? Maybe not. Congress is considering bills that would require companies to notify customers of breaches only if there was a “reasonable risk” that personal information was taken. Right now many states require companies to disclose all breaches. 
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  • iPhone transformed into medical imaging device
    October 4, 2011
    Enhanced iPhones could help doctors and nurses diagnose blood diseases in developing nations where many hospitals and rural clinics have limited or no access to laboratory equipment
  • Apple's new iPhone: It's all about the software
    October 4, 2011
    Apple will unveil a new iPhone as a shiny new object, but software will carry the device forward.
  • Level 4 certification for Trend Micro Deep Security
    October 4, 2011
    Trend Micro chose to have Deep Security evaluated against the known and validated protection profile for intrusion detection systems created by the National Security Agency (NSA) of the United States
  • Cloud computing disappoints early adopters: survey
    October 4, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - Few organizations have moved to cloud computing -- the delivery of computing as a service from remote centers -- and of those that have, many are disappointed with the results, a survey published on Tuesday found.

  • SAP and Oracle: the knives are out
    October 4, 2011
    SAP and Oracle are at each other's throats. It's a titillating side show that side steps some of the realities - at least for SAP.
  • Nintendo partners with DreamWorks on 3DS video
    October 4, 2011
    Game company says the videos will be Halloween-themed, and the first will include characters from "Monsters vs. Aliens."

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