Technology archive for 2010-12-21

The brilliant orange glow of a total lunar eclipse (photos)

(4 years ago)
Here are a few pictures of the full lunar eclipse that took place last night and happened to coincide with the winter solstice--a combination that hasn't happened in 372 years.

El Paso resident finds Mexican Orbiter Mini drone in his front yard

(4 years ago)
When discussing drones, we usually think of the Af-Pak theater (or perhaps joy ridin' UK teens), so it was with some amusement that we heard about a little border excursion that a Mexican UAV made into American airspace a few days ago. According to reports, the device -- believed to be an Israeli-made Orbiter Mini -- was being operated by the Mexican government (on its side of the border) when it experienced some sort of "mechanical malfunction" and crossed over to El Paso, Texas, where it was discovered on a resident's front lawn last Tuesday. The Orbiter Mini, manufactured by Aeronautics Defense Systems, has a six foot wingspan and will stay in the air up to four hours.El Paso resident finds Mexican Orbiter Mini drone in his front yard originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 21 Dec 2010 17:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  CNN  | Email this | Comments

'Do not track' coming to Firefox 4

(4 years ago)
Hard on the heels of Microsoft's decision to offer "do not track" functionality in its upcoming Internet Explorer 9 browser comes word that Mozilla is planning a similar move for its Firefox 4.

Google makes Gmail calling free for all of 2011

(4 years ago)
Last August, Google introduced the ability to make and receive phone calls from within Gmail. At that time, the company made all calls to the United States and Canada free for the rest of 2010. On Monday, Google announced that it’s extending the free calling offer throughout all of 2011.

Verizon launches FiOS app for iPad

(4 years ago)
Verizon on Tuesday released Verizon FiOS Mobile for iPad, a free app that lets you control every element of your Verizon FiOS TV-watching experience that you could possibly imagine—unless you can imagine watching actual television with the app, that is. The iPad app combines features of Verizon’s FiOS DVR Manager and and FiOS Mobile Remote apps for the iPhone and iPod touch, with some extra goodness thrown in on the side.

Samsung releases MLC-based SSDs for data centers

(4 years ago)
Samsung is now shipping SSDs aimed at enterprise-class storage systems. The new drives use consumer-type flash memory that helps lower their overall cost.

Steve Wozniak to the FCC: Keep the Internet Free (Steve Wozniak/The Atlantic Online)

(4 years ago)
Steve Wozniak / The Atlantic Online:Steve Wozniak to the FCC: Keep the Internet Free  —  To whom it may concern:  —  I have always loved humor and laughter.  As a young engineer I got an impulse to start a Dial-a-Joke in the San Jose/San Francisco area.  I was aware of such humor services in other countries, such as Australia.

Windows Phone 7: 1.5 Million Devices Sold, But Not To Consumers (Ingrid Lunden/mocoNews)

(4 years ago)
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:Windows Phone 7: 1.5 Million Devices Sold, But Not To Consumers  —  In the last six weeks, there has been a lot of speculation over just how many Windows Phone 7 handsets have been sold since the devices hit the market.  Now we have a number, sort of: 1.5 million, revealed by Microsoft's …

Google TV Suffers Setback

(4 years ago)
An anonymous reader writes "Google TV has now been around long enough for the geeks to play around with it. And they have come back with disappointing reviews. While most were excited at the concept of wedlock between the TV and Internet, the marriage itself looks destined to be challenging." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

LG Optimus 2X coming to T-Mobile USA by March?

(4 years ago)
When the Optimus 2X was announced a few days ago, North America was conspicuously left out of the nebulous launch plans mentioned in the press release -- but that doesn't necessarily mean it's not coming. RCR Wireless says it has it on "rather good authority" that LG's beastly Tegra 2-powered Android phone will in fact see a US launch, and that said launch will be on T-Mobile in late February (which would be right after MWC) or early March. Considering how aggressively T-Mobile has been pushing Android dating all the way back to the G1, we tend to believe it -- and between the dual-core processor, HSPA+, and the promise of a Gingerbread update in the works, this could easily hang with the HTC Mechas and Motorola Olympuses of the world (likely launching on Verizon and AT&T, respectively) over the next few months.LG Optimus 2X coming to T-Mobile USA by March? originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 21 Dec 2010 17:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  RCR Unplugged  | Email this | Comments

Intel wins FTC clearance for McAfee deal

(4 years ago)
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Intel Corp has won approval from the Federal Trade Commission for its proposed $7.68 billion acquisition of security specialist McAfee Inc, the chipmaker said.

Intel wins FTC clearance for McAfee deal

(4 years ago)
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Intel Corp has won approval from the Federal Trade Commission for its proposed $7.68 billion acquisition of security specialist McAfee Inc, the chipmaker said.

Tessera wins round in chip patent fight

(4 years ago)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court ruled in favor of Tessera Technologies Inc in a chip patent dispute with Qualcomm Inc, Spansion Inc, Freescale Semiconductor Inc, ATI Technologies and STMicroelectronics NV.

Verizon FiOS Mobile app hits iPad, a virtual remote with no streaming in sight

(4 years ago)
You know that Verizon FiOS iPad app we spied back in August, the one that streamed TV and VOD content? Nope, still not here -- check back 2011. Want to use your Apple slate as a giant remote for your (HD) set-top box, browsing TV / VOD listings and remotely programming DVRs? Set parental controls and bookmarks, even update your STB names? Look no further than the iTunes store; all it's gonna cost you is 3MB of space.Verizon FiOS Mobile app hits iPad, a virtual remote with no streaming in sight originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 21 Dec 2010 17:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  iTunes  | Email this | Comments

Recording the Police

(4 years ago)
Bruce Schneier says "I've written a lot on the "War on Photography," where normal people are harassed as potential terrorists for taking pictures of things in public. This article is different; it's about recording the police: Allison's predicament is an extreme example of a growing and disturbing trend. As citizens increase their scrutiny of law enforcement officials through technologies such as cell phones,..." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Kinect admits itself to hospital, treated for gesture control of medical images

(4 years ago)
At this point, we all have a serious question to ask: is there anything the Kinect can't do? While Microsoft has managed to move quite a few of the camera-laden tubes, a good amount of 'em have been put to use in applications not named gaming. Take the Virtopsy Project, for instance. This particular setup uses the Kinect camera bar to control a PACS system (OsiriX, in this case), and it relies on software based on "ofxKinect, libfreenect and open frameworks." That's a lot of technobabble for sure, but as they say, the proof is in the YouTube video. Ever dreamed of swirling medical images around with hand gestures? Head on down and mash play -- fantasyland awaits.Continue reading Kinect admits itself to hospital, treated for gesture control of medical imagesKinect admits itself to hospital, treated for gesture control of medical images originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 21 Dec 2010 16:38:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  Adafruit, YouTube (Virtopsy Project)  | Email this | Comments

Why everyone hates new net neutrality rules--even NN supporters (Nate Anderson/Ars Technica)

(4 years ago)
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:Why everyone hates new net neutrality rules—even NN supporters  —  It's no surprise that those who have always opposed net neutrality weren't pleased with today's FCC order instituting it—one expects no less—but the sheer vehemence of the objections was still surprising.

New Rules for an Open Internet (Julius Genachowski/Federal Communications ...)

(4 years ago)
Julius Genachowski / Federal Communications Commission Blog:New Rules for an Open Internet  —  Almost everyone seems to agree that the openness of the Internet is essential — it has unleashed an enormous wave of innovation, economic growth, job creation, small business generation, and vibrant free expression.  But for too long, the freedom and openness of the Internet has been unprotected.

How will Microsoft address the ARM-based tablet space?

(4 years ago)
Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft will announce at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) a version of Windows that will work on ARM.If I were a betting woman, I'd bet against them on...

Comcast's Xfinity quad-tuner Spectrum DVR with internet access revealed by the FCC

(4 years ago)
Say hello to the future of DVRs, at least from Comcast, as its as-yet unannounced Xfinity Spectrum box passed through the FCC's database shortly after having its existence revealed by the Wall Street Journal. A quick peek at the production-ready manual reveals there's plenty of new features here, including a new guide design including IMDB-style cast & crew info as well as access to internet services. While it's hardware makes this Pace RNG-210n a 500GB HD DVR with four tuners, MoCA and IP access, one of the biggest changes is a software makeover means it pops up notifications prompted by your Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Configurable at Xfinity.com/Spectrum, it looks like it will only pull in information when people you follow share pictures, video, or link to info about TV shows and movies, with "most" viewable right on the box itself, plus the option to share what you're watching on those services. There's less details available about that "apps" section of the menu but weather, traffic, music and games are promised, take a quick peek at the most interesting sections including a look at the guide, remote and box in our gallery or check out the FCC filings yourself for more details -- it's hard to tell if the changes will make all our issues with cable provided set tops go away, but pretty much any new guide has to be better than what's there now, right?[Thanks, cypherstream]Gallery: Comcast Xfinity Spectrum DVR in FCCGallery: Highlights from Comcast Xfinity Spectrum[..]

Why Apple Removed a WikiLeaks App From Its Store (Miguel Helft/Bits)

(4 years ago)
Miguel Helft / Bits:Why Apple Removed a WikiLeaks App From Its Store  —  Apple on Tuesday confirmed that it had removed from its online store an iPhone and iPad app that let users view the content on the WikiLeaks site and follow the WikiLeaks Twitter account.  —  Trudy Muller, an Apple spokeswoman …

US Navy's Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System launches first fighter jet

(4 years ago)
For more than 50 years, the on-ramp to the highway to the danger zone was a steam catapult that launched fighter jets from an aircraft carrier, but it looks like that could soon be set to change. The U.S. Navy just announced yesterday that its Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, or EMALS, has passed a key test by launching a manned F/A-18E Super Hornet for the first time (several more successful launches then followed). Among other advantages, that system promises to allow the Navy to launch a wider range of aircraft from a carrier -- including everything from lightweight unmanned aircraft to heavy strike fighters -- and do so while also bringing "substantial improvements" to weight, maintenance, and efficiency. Head on past the break for the official announcement (sorry no video). Continue reading US Navy's Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System launches first fighter jetUS Navy's Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System launches first fighter jet originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 21 Dec 2010 15:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  Wired  | Email this | Comments

Ice Cube Neutrino Observatory At South Pole

(4 years ago)
Scryer writes "Construction of the Ice Cube Neutrino Observatory was completed on 18 Dec at the South Pole. It's now the world's largest neutrino detector, with 5,160 optical sensors on 86 strings embedded two kilometers below the National Science Foundation's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. It has been gathering data since construction started, and will be fully operational after the last strings freeze in March 2011." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Yelp app now sports iPad interface

(4 years ago)
Yelp brought its business-review app to the iPad on Monday, launching an update that finally offers tablet users the ability to contribute their own reviews and comments to the company's user-driven Website.

Google makes Gmail calling free for all of 2011

(4 years ago)
Last August, Google introduced the ability to make and receive phone calls from within Gmail. At that time, the company made all calls to the United States and Canada free for the rest of 2010. On Monday, Google announced that it’s extending the free calling offer throughout all of 2011.

'Do Not Track' Coming to Firefox 4

(4 years ago)
Hard on the heels of Microsoft's decision to offer "do not track" functionality in its upcoming Internet Explorer 9 browser comes word that Mozilla is planning a similar move for its Firefox 4.

Top ERP predictions for 2011

(4 years ago)
Some aspects of the ERP (enterprise resource planning) software landscape, such as tired legacy code-bases and disastrous implementation projects, may never go away. But in recent years, the pace of change with ERP has accelerated, and there all signs are that will continue in 2011.

FCC's Net neutrality ruling: Misplaced nostalgia

(4 years ago)
The real problem with Net neutrality advocacy is that it tries to preserve the Internet as it looked in the mid-1990s, author Larry Downes argues.

"Call of Duty: Black Ops" sets record for Activision

(4 years ago)
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Activision Blizzard Inc has raked in more than $1 billion in worldwide sales of "Call of Duty: Black Ops," the latest installment of the U.S. game publisher's most successful franchise.

ZigBee finalizes low-power, RF standard for input devices, could finally kill off IR for good

(4 years ago)
Over the years of idle channel surfing and menu browsing you've surely developed some finely-honed IR shootin' skills, knowing which surfaces will and will not reflect the signals from your under-powered universal remote control as you try to bounce that beam around a pile of magazines and soda cans on the coffee table. Those skills are on a fast-track to obsolescence thanks to the new ZigBee Input Device standard, which finally could bring all TV remote controls to the world of RF wholesale. Well, it could, if it finds more success than the already existing ZigBee Remote Control spec has managed. The new Input Device standard builds on that, said to require less juice than IR so those tired and mismatched AAs could last even longer. It'll also work with mice and keyboards and the like, but naturally we're most optimistic for remotes, even though this comes a little too late to let us turn off our PS3s with our Harmonys.Continue reading ZigBee finalizes low-power, RF standard for input devices, could finally kill off IR for goodZigBee finalizes low-power, RF standard for input devices, could finally kill off IR for good originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 21 Dec 2010 15:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

Amazon Is Said to Exceed Kindle Sales Estimates by 60 Percent (Bloomberg)

(4 years ago)
Bloomberg:Amazon Is Said to Exceed Kindle Sales Estimates by 60 Percent  —  Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) — Amazon.com Inc. is likely to sell more than 8 million Kindle electronic-book readers this year, at least 60 percent more than analysts have predicted, according to two people who are aware of the company's sales projections.

Salesforce Buys Email Contact Manager Etacts (Leena Rao/TechCrunch)

(4 years ago)
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:Salesforce Buys Email Contact Manager Etacts  —  We heard earlier today that Y Combinator-funded Etacts shut down its CRM-like email contact manager after less than a year in service.  We subsequently learned that Salesforce has bought Etacts, and have confirmed the acquisition with Salesforce.

Oregon To Let Students Use Spell Check on State Exams

(4 years ago)
Starting in 2011, the Oregon Department of Education will let students spell check their work before submitting state exams. From the article: "The move is supposed to help the assessments focus less on typos and more on their writing skills. 'We are not letting a student's keyboarding skills get in the way of being able to judge their writing ability,' said state Superintendent Susan Castillo. 'As we're using technology to improve what we're doing with assessments as a nation, we believe that spell check will be one of those tools.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Top ERP predictions for 2011

(4 years ago)
Some aspects of the ERP (enterprise resource planning) software landscape, such as tired legacy code-bases and disastrous implementation projects, may never go away. But in recent years, the pace of change with ERP has accelerated, and there all signs are that will continue in 2011.

Three HP Slate-like webOS tablets coming at CES? We're not so sure.

(4 years ago)
Well, this is certainly an interesting, if not bewildering rumor. Obviously, we've heard that HP is working on webOS tablets for 2011 -- it's planning to double down on Palm OS, remember? -- but our friend Clayton Morris at Fox News has heard that some of these PalmPads could be coming as early as CES in just two weeks. So, what's said to be coming? Apparently, HP will introduce three tablets based on webOS 2.5.1, but the very puzzling part is that they will be "spin-offs" of the HP Slate, and as you can see in the image above, are said to look almost identical to the current Slate. Yeah, it even seems like that Ctrl + Alt + Delete button and slide-out certification tab are still present, though we're told there's also a Pre-like "multi-switch." We're highly skeptical of that image being a true render of the hardware since it's exactly the same as older HP Slate service manual line drawings (check one out below), but according to the report, the trio of PalmPads will be thinner than the iPad with rounded edges, pack Sprint 4G connectivity, weigh 1.25-pounds, have both mini-HDMI and USB 3.0 ports, and at least one will have a 9.7-inch display. Also, just like the HP Slate, there'll be two cameras -- a front-facing 1.3 megapixel lens and a 3 megapixel rear-facing unit. Lastly, there's said to be a straggling fourth tablet aimed at university students, though it apparently won't be on hand at CES.We're obviously very intrigued by the specs -- USB 3.0, really?! -- and the fact[..]

Mobile industry group wants new privacy rules

(4 years ago)
The Mobile Marketing Association is working on new privacy guidelines among its members to better define what information is collected from consumers and how it's used.

How a Leather Cover Crashes the Kindle

(4 years ago)
An anonymous reader writes "Amazon has started offering refunds to Kindle owners who own the unlit leather case who claim that it causes their Kindles to reboot, but are playing dumb on the cause: "our engineering team is looking into this." People have been wondering how a leather cover could possibly crash an electronic device, and why is Amazon offering money back if they don't think there's a problem? It seems that some of the folks over at Connectify have figured it out, and it's a doozy!" Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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