Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Technical News - 05 October 2011


  • Research In Motion: No Buyer Likely To Emerge, Analyst Says
    October 5, 2011
    If you are counting on someone buying Research In Motion, you might want to think again.
  • Saving Fuel and Cutting Marine Pollution By Scaring Barnacles
    October 5, 2011
    I-Tech, a start up spun out of Goteburg University in Sweden, doesn’t want to kill barnacles. It just wants to freak them out a bit to save fuel.
  • Private sector adds jobs, planned layoffs rise
    October 5, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. private-sector employers added more jobs than expected in September, but another report Wednesday showed a jump in planned layoffs in the month.

  • Insight: What a stronger Chinese yuan means for the U.S.
    October 5, 2011
    (Reuters) - A sharp rise in China's yuan currency might cut the U.S. trade deficit by as much as one third and create enough American jobs to put at least a modest dent in the unemployment rate.

  • Tough Love in the Cloud: Marc Benioff Keynote at Oracle OpenWorld Cancelled
    October 5, 2011
    Exactly one week ago in this space, I posed this headline in a question: Will Marc Benioff Upstage Larry Ellison (Again) at Oracle OpenWorld?
  • Plunging business activity fuels euro recession fears
    October 5, 2011
    WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - Private sector business activity shrank in the euro zone for the first time in two years last month as new orders dried up, stoking fears that the economy could be heading back into recession, surveys showed on Wednesday.

  • AMD: Bernstein Downgrades
    October 5, 2011
    Advanced Micro Devices shares are trading modestly lower Wednesday morning after Bernstein Research analyst Stacy Rasgon cut his rating on the stock to Market Perform from Outperform, with a new target of $4, down from $10. The stock closed Tuesday at $4.53.
  • India launches "world's cheapest" tablet computer
    October 5, 2011
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India launched what it dubbed the world's cheapest tablet computer Wednesday, to be sold to students at the subsidized price of $35 and later in shops for about $60.

  • Apologies and Responsibility Help Family, Business and Politics
    October 5, 2011
    By Gary Shapiro
  • Telecomix Releases 54GB of Syrian Censorship Logs
    October 5, 2011
    pafein writes "Hacktivist cluster Telecomix released 54 gigabytes of Syrian censorship log data. The anonymized log data was collected from seven of 15 Bluecoat SG-9000 HTTP proxies used by Syrian government telco and ISP STE. Preliminary analysis revealed such keywords as proxy and Israel were blocked. And of course, much porn. The data set provides a unique look at Internet censorship from the inside. Internauts who enjoy regexes and charts are invited to help make a pretty infographic. Telecomix's #opsyria has been fighting censorship and facilitating communications [note: French language link] in Syria for the past few weeks, providing TOR, VPNs and technical advice and support via IRC. They've also been providing DNS service for The Pirate Bay."
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  • How not to launch a custom tablet
    October 5, 2011
    Philadelphia Media Networks attempts to keep their floundering newspapers current by launching an inexpensive tablet customized with digital and interactive versions of their daily newspapers. But...
  • Mozilla blocks McAfee Firefox extension, citing "explosive crashes"
    October 5, 2011
    Mozilla's new rapid-release schedule for Firefox is playing havoc with security software companies. A McAfee add-on has been blocked because of crashes with recent Firefox releases, and Norton has...
  • Consumerization of IT Raises New Security Challenges
    October 5, 2011
    Much has been written about the “consumerization” of Information Technology (“IT”) happening in organizations with end users bringing into work personal devices such as smart phones and tablets and connecting them to the corporate network.  This Bring Your Own Device (“BYOD”) phenomenon is definitely widespread as one looks around today’s conference tables.  But consumerization of IT has spread beyond devices with end users and departments also BYO-ing Applications (“BYOA”) and BYO-ing Servers (“BYOS”).  The net net is this consumerization/BYO trend is altering the economics of enterprise IT by shifting IT assets from outside the firewall to the cloud, and with it a new set of security challenges are emerging.
  • Google: Stifel Cuts Rating; Sees Strategic Position Weakening
    October 5, 2011
    Stifel Nicolaus analyst Jordan Rohan this morning cut his rating on Google shares to Hold from Buy, asserting that "the strategic position of Google is weakening."
  • Apple stumble seen opening door for rivals
    October 5, 2011
    TAIPEI/HELSINKI (Reuters) - Rival smartphone makers could exploit a rare letdown by Apple in the launch of its new iPhone 4S model, which failed to wow fans, and grab a bigger share of the most lucrative part of the phone market.

  • Apple stumble seen opening door for rivals
    October 5, 2011
    TAIPEI/HELSINKI (Reuters) - Rival smartphone makers could exploit a rare letdown by Apple in the launch of its new iPhone 4S model, which failed to wow fans, and grab a bigger share of the most lucrative part of the phone market.

  • Apple stumble seen opening door for rivals (Reuters)
    October 5, 2011
    A man demonstrates the notebook function of the Samsung Galaxy Note tablet PC during press day at the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin,September 1, 2011. REUTERS/Thomas PeterReuters - Rival smartphone makers could exploit a rare letdown by Apple in the launch of its new iPhone 4S model, which failed to wow fans, and grab a bigger share of the most lucrative part of the phone market.


  • Samsung targets iPhone 4S sales ban in France, Italy
    October 5, 2011
    SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics said it will file patent-infringement claims in France and Italy to ban the sale of Apple's new iPhone less than a day after it was unveiled, intensifying a legal battle between the two top brands.

  • Samsung targets iPhone 4S sales ban in France, Italy (Reuters)
    October 5, 2011
    Reuters - Samsung Electronics said it will file patent-infringement claims in France and Italy to ban the sale of Apple's new iPhone less than a day after it was unveiled, intensifying a legal battle between the two top brands.
  • U.S. warns NATO over spending cuts, security
    October 5, 2011
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The United States warned its NATO allies on Wednesday that sharp cuts in military spending on both sides of the Atlantic risked "hollowing out" the alliance in a way that could be devastating to U.S. and European security.

  • Apple Wakes Up to a Bad iPhone 4S Hangover (The Atlantic Wire)
    October 5, 2011
    The Atlantic Wire - Let's get this out of the way: Lots of people are very disappointed with Apple. As much as tech bloggers are singing the praises of the new features and analysts insist that the new pricing structure makes the iPhone more competitive with the Android, the usual afterglow that sparkles the eyes of Apple fanboys is noticeably absent the day after the latest big product reveal. It's very possible that consumer sentiment could brighten up once people actually start using the device and its shiny new software, but from a business perspective, Apple woke up to a series of headaches on Tuesday morning. Like dealing a bad hangover, Tim Cook and company will have to grin and bear it.
  • Samsung wants iPhone 4S Euro ban
    October 5, 2011
    Samsung is seeking an injunction to get the new iPhone 4S banned from sale in France and Italy.
  • NSS Labs Offers Reward Money for Fresh Exploits
    October 5, 2011
    NSS Labs is sweetening the pot for its ExploitHub marketplace by offering rewards to security gurus who can write working exploits for a dozen "high-value"...

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  • Waiting for the iPhone 5? I've got some bad news and some worse news
    October 5, 2011
    Apple's upgrade cycle for the iPhone is Fall and there's little to no chance that it will release an iPhone 5 before this time next year. Suck it up and get a 4S.
  • Now Let's See If Stocks Can Follow Through On Tuesday's Rally
    October 5, 2011
    U.S. stock futures are giving some follow-through to yesterday's reversal, pointing to a higher open but giving back some overnight gains.
  • iPod Nano watch gets facelift
    October 5, 2011
    Doubling as a watch thanks to special bands created by iWatchz and other companies, the iPod Nano now has 16 new clock faces to choose from, along with a fitness tracker.
  • Ask Slashdot: What To Do In SW:TOR For Just 3 Days?
    October 5, 2011
    rodrigoandrade writes "I've been invited to participate in the beta testing program for SW:TOR. However, EA's giving out 3-day passes to most testers. A few people are receiving passes for longer periods. Mine will be from Friday 5am through Monday 12am (CST) (i.e. Sunday evening). Since it's a frakking 10GB download (almost 2GB for video alone) I'll use for only 3 days, I'd like to make the most out of it. If you're an experienced beta tester, please post some tips travel-guide style on what I should do, quests I should take, places to visit, etc. TYIA. May the Force be with you!"
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  • India's Low-cost Tablet Is Made by Canada's DataWind
    October 5, 2011
    India is closer to its much-touted target of a US$35 tablet, with DataWind, a wireless Web access products maker in Montreal, designing and making a device that...

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  • India unveils $35 tablet computer
    October 5, 2011
    India unveils what it says is the world's cheapest touch-screen tablet computer, to be sold to students at the subsidised price of $35 (£23).
  • New Apple iPhone fails to wow investors, fans
    October 5, 2011
    CUPERTINO, California (Reuters) - Apple Inc's newest iPhone left Wall Street and fans wishing for more than a souped-up version of last year's device, at a time when rival smartphone makers are nipping at its heels.

  • Parsing Facebook's new lexicon (Q&A)
    October 5, 2011
    Gi Fernando of Techlightenment explains what "Read," "Watch," "Listen," and "Buy"--Facebook's new platform changes--mean for brands and consumers.
  • How Skulls Speak (preview)
    October 5, 2011
    Like the detectives on the CBS drama Cold Case , anthropologist Ann H. Ross of North Carolina State University spends many of her days thinking about unsolved crimes. Her most recent work has aimed at developing software that helps forensic scientists determine the sex and ancestry of modern ­human skulls.
    Typically forensic scientists measure remains with sliding rulers called calipers. Doing so results in two-dimensional measurements. Ross’s software, called 3D-ID and developed with a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, relies on three-dimensional measurements that scientists take with a digitizer--a computer and stylus. “The stylus allows you to place the coordinates in real space, so you get a better idea of the actual biological form of whatever you’re measuring,” Ross says.
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  • How Skulls Speak Web Exclusive
    October 5, 2011
    Looking for the Web Exclusive mentioned in the October 2011 issue of Scientific American ? Sorry, we do not have it ready yet. [More]

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  • Quick Poll: How Unified Are Your Communications?
    October 5, 2011
    Tell us how you compare to your peers in achieving unified communications. Each poll taker gets the chance of winning a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

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  • HP's Whitman: I'll decide PC biz fate this month
    October 5, 2011
    The new CEO says that she's aiming to make a decision on whether to spin off the company's PC business by the end of October.
  • Robotic Arm With Home-Brewed, Open Source Voice Control
    October 5, 2011
    First time accepted submitter aonsquared writes "A couple of months ago I managed to scoop up a cheap (£30) robot arm with a USB interface from Maplin (I'm in the UK). Following a wrist injury which left me without the use of my right hand for 4 weeks, I decided to build it for a little hacking project. Using Linux, libusb and other freely available tools, I have enabled the robot arm to respond to my voice commands. I've posted a full tutorial and downloadable source code, as well as a demonstration video. Hopefully, open-source voice recognition as well as devices like the Kinect (which has spawned hundreds of different cool hacks) can someday revolutionise the way we interact with computers and machines."
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  • Apple plays it safe with iPhone 4S, targets iPhone 3GS owners
    October 5, 2011
    The iPhone 4S is a very nice upgrade for iPhone 3GS owners and Apple again shows they don't jump on the latest and greatest wireless technologies just because enthusiasts want them to.
  • Online Banking Fraud Losses Decline in the UK
    October 5, 2011
    Online banking fraud losses in the U.K. fell 32 percent in the first half of the year, according to figures from U.K. banks released on Wednesday. The decline is...

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  • Amazon Adds Free Encryption to Storage Service
    October 5, 2011
    Using Amazon Web Services' new Server Side Encryption feature, enterprises will at no extra cost be able to encrypt data stored on the company's Simple Storage...

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  • HP aims high with top-of-rack 10G Ethernet switch
    October 5, 2011
    HP this week is rolling out an array of networking products for the enterprise campus, branch and data center, including a switch that fills a major gap in the company's offerings.
  • Ex-Journey man in Kickstarter row
    October 5, 2011
    Crowd-funding website Kickstarter has come under threat from a patent infringement row.
  • Analysts lukewarm on Apple's iPhone 4S
    October 5, 2011
    The iPhone 4S got a mixed reaction from Wall Street analysts, but that may only mean Apple has low expectations to hurdle.
  • Apple stock feels impact of iPhone 4S
    October 5, 2011
    The absence of iPhone 5 news put investors off yesterday. Now we'll have to see if there's any lingering effect from that bout of disappointment.
  • 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
    October 5, 2011
    The 2011 Nobel Prize in chemistry goes to Daniel Schechtman of the Technion--Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. Schechtman discovered what are called quasicrystals. Sven Lidin of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on the atoms and clusters within a quasicrystal: “It is perfectly ordered, it is infinite--and yet it never repeats itself.”
    Such patterns can be seen in Islamic mosaics and the tilings of mathematical physicist Roger Penrose. “Daniel Schechtman’s discovery was to show that they existed also in chemical systems…the most important thing about the quasicrystals are their meaning for fundamental science. They have rewritten the first chapter in the textbooks of ordered matter.

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