Friday, December 2, 2011

Technical News - 2 Dec 2011


  • Myanmar's Suu Kyi praises U.S. engagement
    December 2, 2011
    YANGON (Reuters) - Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi welcomed on Friday U.S. engagement with Myanmar, saying she hoped it would set her long-isolated country on the road to democracy.

  • Ebay moves into the real world with Oxford Street Boutique
    December 2, 2011
    There's a tiny experiment going on if you head to the shopping streets of London today, as Ebay opens a store in London's Soho district. The five day pilot will allow people to browse a small portion of the auction/retail websites catalogue, and try before they buy.
  • Flat-screen firm LG Display names TV chief as new CEO
    December 2, 2011
    SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd said on Friday that its head of TV business will take over as chief executive in 2012 in a surprise announcement as the flat-screen maker struggles with mounting losses and weak demand.

  • ECB opens door to action, Sarkozy seeks new treaty
    December 2, 2011
    BRUSSELS/TOULON, France (Reuters) - The new head of the European Central Bank signaled on Thursday it stood ready to act more aggressively to fight Europe's debt crisis if political leaders agree next week on much tighter budget controls in the 17-nation euro zone.

  • Royal Mail's pre-Christmas glitch
    December 2, 2011
    People starting to send Christmas cards and presents in the UK are being hit by problems on a Royal Mail website.
  • Crave giveaway: $250 in DIY chocolate from Chocomize
    December 2, 2011
    For this week's Crave giveaway, we're offering a $250 in chocolate from Chocomize, a site that lets you get creative and design your own chocolate goodness.
  • Child proofing your Internet-enabled gadgets
    December 2, 2011
    In this edition of Ask Maggie find out how you can make that iPod touch or new computer safer for your kids to use.
  • Egypt awaits poll results as Tahrir protest planned
    December 1, 2011
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt will hear the results of elections which Islamist parties look set to win on Friday, and protesters have called a rally to remember 42 people killed in clashes with police last month.

  • Honda recalls 304,035 cars globally due to faulty air bag
    December 1, 2011
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co said on Friday that it is recalling 304,035 cars globally after finding the models were equipped with air bags that could burst due to faulty inflators.

  • Western Digital partly resumes Thai output
    December 1, 2011
    (Reuters) - Western Digital Corp, the worst hit hard drive manufacturer by Thai floods, said on Friday it has partly resumed production this week after months of suspension and warned of tighter global supply until early next year.

  • Insight: Did Conficker help sabotage Iran's nuke program?
    December 1, 2011
    (Reuters) - A cyber warfare expert claims he has linked the Stuxnet computer virus that attacked Iran's nuclear program in 2010 to Conficker, a mysterious "worm" that surfaced in late 2008 and infected millions of PCs.

  • Voyager Probes Give Us ET's View
    December 1, 2011


    astroengine writes "For the first time, scientists have been able to measure a type of radiation streaming out from the Milky Way that in other galaxies has been linked to the birthplaces of young, hot stars. There was no way to make our own galaxy's measurement of the radiation, known as Lyman-alpha, until the Voyager probes were about 40 times as far away from the sun as Earth — any closer and the solar system's own emissions drowned out the fainter glow from the galaxy."
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  • RIP Napster--again
    December 1, 2011
    Rhapsody completes acquisition of the music service, which in a former iteration frustrated the music industry and helped change the landscape of digital music.
  • LTE equipment revenue up 38 pc in 3Q11
    December 1, 2011
    Infonetics finds that the global LTE equipment revenue jumped 38% sequentially in 3Q11 over 2Q11, and is now more than twice the size of the WiMAX equipment market
  • Arthur C Clarke said Russians would beat Americans to the moon in lost BBC broadcast
    December 1, 2011
    The science fiction author Sir Arthur C Clarke predicted the Americans would lose to the Russians in the race to put a man on the moon in 1963, according to newly discovered footage.
  • Sprint and Clearwire get their act together
    December 1, 2011
    Clearwire gets access to $1.6 billion in combined revenues and funding, including nearly $1 billion for WiMAX services in 2012 and 2013
  • Electronic Arts Buys Social Gaming Company KlickNation
    December 1, 2011
    Electronic Arts is continuing to expand its presence in the social gaming business with the acquisition of KlickNation, the video games company said Thursday.

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  • Mobile hotspot router market to hit $1 bn
    December 1, 2011
    Shipments in 2011 are expected to reach 7.1 million units with an estimated end-user revenue value of $1 billion
  • Labor market seen improving, but pace glacial
    December 1, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Employment growth likely picked up speed in November, but the pace is not expected to be quick enough to bring down the country's 9 percent jobless rate.

  • Using Toads to Predict Earthquakes
    December 1, 2011


    ClockEndGooner writes "The BBC is reporting that a team led by Dr. Friedemann Freund from NASA and Dr. Rachel Grant from the UK's Open University have found that 'animals may sense chemical changes in groundwater that occur when an earthquake is about to strike.' Just prior to the quake that struck L'Aquila, Italy in 2009, Grant observed a mass toad exodus from a colony she was monitoring as part of her PhD project, and her published results prompted NASA to contact her as they found that highly stressed tectonic plates released a greater amount of positively charged ions that affected the water quality, which was sensed by the toads. According to NASA's Freund, 'Once we understand how all of these signals are connected, if we see four of five signals all pointing in [the same] direction, we can say, "ok, something is about to happen."'"
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  • Chrome moves into second place in global browser usage (Digital Trends)
    December 1, 2011
    Digital Trends - Based off a report from Ireland-based research firm StatCounter, the Google Chrome browser has moved into second place globally for the first time. While Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still remains at the top, Mozilla’s Firefox browser continued on a downward trend that started at the end of 2010. The research firm reported that Chrome took a 25.7 percent market share in November 2011 while Firefox fell to 25.23 percent. Just two years ago, the Google Chrome browser was barely over 4.5% and was tied with browsers like Apple’s Safari and Opera. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer surprisingly maintained browser share and hovered around 40 percent of all browsers across the globe. 
  • MakerGear for Digital and Personal Fabrication
    December 1, 2011
    Desktop manufacturing is a term that MakerGear.com founder Rick Pollack uses several times in our conversation.  The 5-person company based in Ohio is empowering others to join the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) movement of desktop or personal manufacturing. Need a part, design and print it yourself.
  • Western Digital Warns of Slow Recovery in Thailand
    December 1, 2011
    Hard-drive maker Western Digital has resumed the partial production of hard drives in Thailand, but also warned that some of its operations were still under...

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  • Ice Cream Sandwich Ported To X86
    December 1, 2011


    angry tapir writes "Google's open-source Android 4.0 operating system for smartphones and tablets has been ported to work with x86 processors. The port means that tablets with Android 4.0 based on x86 chips could be on the horizon. Intel is the top x86 chipmaker, and the company has already said it is working with Google to bring Android 4.0 to smartphones and tablets."
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  • Senators blast CFTC, Gensler for MF Global mess
    December 1, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers blasted the chairman of the U.S. futures regulator on Thursday for his agency's role in the collapse of MF Global and called his recusal from the investigation a way to "avoid the heat."

  • Why Internet Trolls Are Good For Business
    December 1, 2011
    What's the difference between an acceptable controversial statement and a Troll or Internet Hater?
  • How many Kindle Fire tablets has Amazon sold?
    December 1, 2011
    Amazon is likely selling millions of Kindle Fire tablets. The question is, how many million?
  • SF subway sets rules for cell service shutdowns
    December 1, 2011
    BART can shut down cell service only in the face of unlawful activity that threatens safety of people, property damage or subway service disruption.
  • Fancy building your own social network?
    December 1, 2011
    Fancy building your own social network?
  • Alibaba-led group said to be preparing Yahoo bid
    December 1, 2011
    Shares in Yahoo have risen after news that the company might receive a takeover bid from Asian partners Alibaba and Softbank.
  • Crack a code to get hired by U.K. spy agency
    December 1, 2011
    Looking for a job? Britain's Government Communications Headquarters launches an online code-cracking challenge to recruit candidates for posts dealing with cyberthreats.
  • Culture shock: Finding a small slice of Japan to call 'home'
    December 1, 2011
    Continuing my quest to start up in Japan, I tackle the next big issue: finding a flat, and finally having in my hand the holy of all holy, a cup of English tea.
  • America's Critical Infrastructure Security Response System Is Broken
    December 1, 2011
    The flap over the reported water utility hack in Illinois raises the question: Is the reporting system that the U.S. has set up to identify cyberattacks on critical infrastructure broken and in need of re-thinking?

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  • Yahoo shares up on Alibaba report
    December 1, 2011
    Shares in Yahoo rise on reports that China's Alibaba Group is preparing a takeover bid for the US internet firm.
  • Apple: We stopped using Carrier IQ in iOS 5
    December 1, 2011
    Apple washed its hands of the Carriergate scandal today stating that it will remove Carrier IQ completely in a future software update.
  • EC reportedly prepping 400+ page finding against Google
    December 1, 2011
    The European Commission is said to be readying a lengthy Statement of Objections against Google for abusing its market dominance in Web search.
  • GeekBytes: Musical Microwaves. And Washing Machines. In Space.
    December 1, 2011
    We've got oddball home appliances on the brain in this installment of GeekBytes. Don't believe us? Click the headline to see what we mean.

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  • Android Beam in action: Ice Cream Sandwich's flashy NFC feature
    December 1, 2011
    NFC isn't just for mobile payments. Google uses it in its latest operating system to beam information like maps, videos, and contact information from one phone to another.
  • Indiana Jones raids Zynga's Adventure World
    December 1, 2011
    "Truck? What truck?" While Indiana Jones is coming off his possibly least popular big-screen adventure, he will ride again as a playable element in Zynga's online game.
  • Verizon Says It Doesn't Use Carrier IQ Software
    December 1, 2011
    Verizon Wireless said Thursday it doesn't add to its phones any software from Carrier IQ, the company that has come under fire in the past few days for what some...

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  • Australia court extends Samsung Galaxy Tab sales ban
    December 1, 2011
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian court on Friday extended a ban on sales of Samsung Electronics' latest Galaxy tablet in the country by at least a week, further delaying the South Korean technology firm's attempt to sell the device to Christmas shoppers.

  • Verizon says it doesn't use Carrier IQ software
    December 1, 2011
    Verizon Wireless said Thursday it doesn't add to its phones any software from Carrier IQ, the company that has come under fire in the past few days for what some say amounts to spying on mobile phone users.
  • CNET's in your iPad
    December 1, 2011
    CNET's new iPad app launches today--just in time for holiday tech indulgences--and it promises to make you the smartest tech fan at any party. It might be the most beautiful way yet to play with CNET's reviews, news, photos, and smart tech videos.
  • Podcast: "E-Cat: Is it Cold Fusion or Hot Air?"
    December 1, 2011

  • Galaxy Tab faces further delay in Australia
    December 1, 2011
    Australia High Court extends order banning on sale of the device, despite Samsung's legal victory earlier in the week

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