Technology archive for 2011-04-06
This one's been floating around since way back in December, but Novatel's new 3G / 4G MiFi has is now finally available from Sprint -- albeit only via direct ship, Sprint retail channels will get it on April 17th. It will run you $79.99 on a two-year contract, and comes packing Novatel's rather novel MiFi OS, which is actually a stripped-down version of LInux that lets you take advantage of various widgets and applications. It's also GPS enabled, and has a microSD card slot that allows for up to 32GB of shared storage. Full press release is after the break, and you can check out a few early reviews of the device at the more coverage links below.Continue reading Sprint launches Novatel MiFi 3G / 4G mobile hotspotSprint launches Novatel MiFi 3G / 4G mobile hotspot originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 06 Apr 2011 17:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink SlashGear | | Email this | Comments
Irina Slutsky / AdAge:Twitter to Offer Marketers More Tools to Target, Track Followers — Geo-Relevant Ads Confirmed, ‘Follower Dashboard’ Announced at Ad Age Digital Conference — Twitter is finally giving advertisers what they've been asking for: geo-relevant ads. It's also giving them more-detailed user analytics …
jitendraharlalka writes "According to The Register: 'Operator consortium Isis has selected Salt Lake City as its flagship deployment to show the rest of the USA what NFC can do for them. The plan will see Salt Lake City's public transport system accepting pay-by-wave from a mobile phone by the middle of next year. Retailers have also been encouraged to adopt Near Field Communications technology at the point of sale, as Salt Lake City strives to become The Place You Can Leave Your Wallet At Home. The Utah Transit Authority already uses proximity payment cards, deployed in 2009, so adding NFC functionality to public transport is a matter of software not hardware.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Dell's Windows 7 Rosemount tablet may not make it to the beach with you this summer, but that doesn't mean the company won't have an Android alternative when it's time to start applying sunblock. According to Forbes, the 10-inch Android-powered slate we got an oh-so-quick glimpse of at CES should be ready to hit the market somewhere around mid-June, just a little bit later than we'd previously heard. The publication also hints that the tablet heretofore referred to as the Streak 10 may not retain that moniker when it's time to launch, but it will most definitely be running Honeycomb, though we're not sure if it'll keep the Stage UI. Either way, summer 2011 is shaping up to be the season of Honeycomb, and we're excited to see just what each manufacturer will do to differentiate themselves in the increasingly-crowded space.Dell Streak 10 to launch mid-June with Honeycomb, possible name change in the works originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 06 Apr 2011 17:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Forbes | Email this | Comments
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:Lawmakers tell Google to do more on antipiracy — WASHINGTON—The tone of a congressional hearing being held today on antipiracy was set early when Rep. Bob Goodlatte suggested that Google was falling down on its antipiracy efforts. — Goodlatte (R-Va), chairman of a U.S. House Judiciary subcommittee …
U.S. lawmakers explore ways to combat websites engaging in digital piracy.
Hackers have broken into The Hartford insurance company and installed password-stealing programs on several of the company's Windows servers.
Cycle Computing builds 10,000-core supercomputer in the cloud to boost scientific research.
Rsupport this week launched a new application that will let IT departments remotely support and manage their users' Android-based devices in the enterprise.
Sony on Wednesday said partial or full operations had resumed at eight of its 10 Japanese facilities affected by the March 11 earthquake.
Google's YouTube site is in the midst of an overhaul, according to a Wall Street Journal report Wednesday.
Sprint's entry into the mobile wallet technology space could be as early as this year, according to a Sprint executive, but several analysts urged customers not to believe much of the mounting mobile payment hype from wireless carriers.
A U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that the government can confiscate computers from travelers at border locations, and then transport the devices to distant labs for analysis.
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp and Toyota Motor Corp unveiled a plan on Wednesday to work together on bringing Internet-connected services to Toyota's cars across the world.
On April 6, I began receiving reports from users who had not installed the Release Candidate (RC) or the beta of IE9 that they were seeing IE 9 show up via Windows Update -- something that wasn't...
An anonymous reader writes "After nearly 30 years, the Commodore brand has taken on new management and is re-releasing its flagship computer, this time with all the amenities of a modern-day computer packed inside. From the article: 'The new Commodore 64, which will begin shipping at the end of the month, has been souped-up for the modern age. It comes with 1.8 gigahertz dual processors, an optional Blu-ray player and built-in ethernet and HDMI ports. The new Commodore is priced between $250 to $900.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.
We've already seen it turn up on a few retail sites, but Samsung has now finally officially confirmed the launch details for its WiFi-only Galaxy Tab. It will be available online and at retail stores across the US on April 10th for $349.99. Specs otherwise remain the same as the 3G version, including a 7-inch 1024 x 600 display, 32GB of internal storage (with a microSD card slot for up to an additional 32GB), rear and front-facing cameras, and Android 2.2 with support for Flash 10.1 -- from the looks of things, it's also only available with a white back. Full press release is after the break.Continue reading Samsung confirms WiFi-only Galaxy Tab availability: April 10th, $350Samsung confirms WiFi-only Galaxy Tab availability: April 10th, $350 originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 06 Apr 2011 16:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Samsung | Email this | Comments
With less than 14 days before the BlackBerry PlayBook hits the stores, the advertising campaign has yet to begin. Or maybe it already has, and this is it: sweet nothing.
A new study has found a correlation between using social networks for self-promotion and narcissism.
The Linux Foundation on Wednesday kicked off what will be several months of celebrations in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Linux operating system with a range of festivities and events as well as key news announcements from three of its working groups.
Two years ago, when the Desktop Management Task Force (DMTF) announced a standards-building effort for cloud computing, most people involved in cloud computing didn't even have a common definition of cloud computing. Now there are so many categories of cloud computing and so many competing standards that users have a good chance of finding a standard that matches a particular need, but not much chance of moving among them easily, says James Staten, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research.
The spread of enthusiasm for cloud computing seems unstoppable. Cloud computing -- a term that was unknown prior to 2007 -- has been named by Gartner as the number one priority for CIOs in 2011. One cannot recall a technology development that has gone from unheard-of to a key role in IT plans so quickly. So why has this unprecedented fervent cloud furor come to pass?
Anonymous is at it again, this time attacking Sony and its playstation.com site for gamers, promising to publish personal details about Sony executives online and to unleash a triple wave of botnets against company sites.
Microsoft today blamed Apple for changes that will prevent users of Office for Mac 2011 from synchronizing their Outlook calendars with Apple's MobileMe service.
Three other providers of third-party software maintenance have been drawn into the legal battle between Oracle and Rimini Street, a Las Vegas company that provides support for Oracle applications, according to a document filed late last month in U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada.
Though April first has passed, there never seems to be a shortage of foolishness. And because there isn't, I've invited the Macalope to return to the podcast to discuss his Fools of the Year piece from late last week. And speaking of foolishness, I do my best to keep you from doing something foolish when dealing with e-mail scams that come courtesy of a recent security breach.
Root Metrics on Wednesday will start offering an Android app that lets users compare coverage of the various mobile operators and contribute to Root's network measurement service. "
Cartoonatic, a video effects iPhone app from MacPhun, debuted Tuesday in the App Store. The app features nine filters to make videos look like live-action cartoons, with effects that range from pencil sketches to one that fills the frame with bright primary colors. Videos can be shot in either 320-by-400 or 360-by-480 resolution.
CWmike writes "The Smithsonian Museum of American History on Tuesday added a number of robotic technologies to its collection, including what may have been one of the smallest robots in the world. The robot known as Marv, short for Mini Autonomous Robot Vehicle, is just one cubic inch in size. It was developed in 1996 and 1997 at the Department of Energy's Sandia National Lab. Its footprint is not much larger than a penny, and it was cobbled together from commercially available parts, including a microprocessor, that moved on wheels. Marv is one of about 100 robotic artifacts in the collection, which includes a large collection of other technology-related artifacts. Barry Spletzer, a retired engineer and scientist at Sandia, worked on Marv, an effort that began 'almost on a whim.' The robots merit a place at the museum because there are more than 1 million industrial robots in use today, said Carlene Stephens, a curator. While most of those robots perform rudimentary tasks, the sheer number is evidence that 'robots are now among us,' she said. For More info on the institute's National Robotics Week plans, see the Lemelson Center site." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Back at CES, Toshiba unveiled a batch of low-cost Satellite L Series laptops in the US, and now it's taking its show on the road, with new models on tap for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. These include the 13.3-inch L730 and L735, the 15.6-inch L750 and L755, and, if you're hankering for a desktop replacement, the hulking 17.3-inch L770 and L775. This latest spin on the L Series boasts 3D support, connecting to 3DTVs over HDMI and, in some cases, converting 2D content to 3D. As in the States, shoppers abroad can add up to 8GB of RAM, and will get their choice of Intel Core i3 and Core i5 processors and various AMD CPUs, including triple- and quad-core options. Also look for multitouch trackpads, 5,400RPM hard drives as large as 750GB, 1.3 megapixel webcams, a mix of USB 3.0 and sleep-and-charge USB 2.0 ports, and a choice of integrated Intel HD graphics or a discrete NVIDIA GeForce 315M card with up to 1GB of video memory. No word yet on when they'll go on sale or how much they'll cost, but those curious for more can hit the source link for the full spill.Toshiba's Satellite L Series continues its world tour, adds 2D-to-3D conversion originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 06 Apr 2011 16:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Toshiba | Email this | Comments
Pat Fox / Office For Mac:Coming Soon: Office for Mac 2011 SP1 — Next week, we will release Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 1 (SP1) which will provide increased stability, security, and some new features to the suite - including improved Outlook syncing support - as well as some performance enhancements.
Google is reportedly plotting a YouTube overhaul that would focus on premium channels and professional programming.
Wall Street Journal:Google to Revamp YouTube With ‘Channels’ — Google Inc.'s YouTube video website is working on a major site overhaul to organize its content around “channels” as it positions itself for the rise of Internet-connected televisions that allow people to watch online video in their living rooms, according to people familiar with the matter.
RootMetrics has been a source of accurate cellphone coverage maps for the iPhone, and now hits the Android platform to track user's coverage.
Samsung said Wednesday that its Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Tab will hit a wide range of retail stores by April 10 at $349.99. Carrier-free retail distribution may give this old iPad rival some more life.
Sales estimates and product reviews rank Motorola's latest devices in second place.
A 75-year old lady from Georgia (the country, not the state) has perpetrated an impressive feat of international sabotage in what seems to have been an accident of extremely bad luck. While foraging for copper wire near her home in the village of Ksani, the unnamed septuagenarian managed to come across a critical fiber optic cable, one responsible for serving internet connectivity to "90 percent of private and corporate internet users in Armenia" and some in her own country as well. Her swift strike at the heart of said bit-transferring pipeline resulted in all those folks being thrown offline for a solid 12 hours, while the Georgian Railway Telecom worked to find and correct the fault. In spite of her relatively benign motivations, the lady now faces three years in prison for the damage she caused. We'd say all's well that ends well, but this doesn't actually seem like a very happy ending at all.Elderly Georgian lady disconnects Armenian internet for half a day... by accident originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 06 Apr 2011 15:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink BBC | AFP (Yahoo! News) | Email this | Comments
Nick Bilton / Bits:The New Commodore 64, Updated With Its Old Exterior — I was just 6 years old when the Commodore 64 computer went on sale in the summer of 1982. Although I already owned a computer at the time — a ZX Spectrum — I remember my excitement about possibly getting my little hyperactive hands on the newly released Commodore.
Remote control app GoToMyPC went on sale about a month ago for the iPad, and today it is no longer available from the iTunes App Store.
Krishna Gade / Twitter Engineering:Twitter Search is Now 3x Faster — In the spring of 2010, the search team at Twitter started to rewrite our search engine in order to serve our ever-growing traffic, improve the end-user latency and availability of our service, and enable rapid development of new search features.
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:100,000 Motorola XOOMs sold isn't bad, it's good — I'm puzzled by reaction to estimates of Motorola XOOM tablet sales. Deutsche Bank estimates 100,000 units over the first two months, which is much better than I would have expected. Of course, those people pooping all over XOOM are comparing to iPad 2 …
Microsoft will soon be releasing its Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 1 and the big news is that it won't be able to sync with Apple's MobileMe Calendar.
Grooveshark Not Sure Why Google Banned App From Android Market, RIAA Complaint Likely Reason (Leena Rao/TechCrunch)(2 years ago)
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:Grooveshark Not Sure Why Google Banned App From Android Market, RIAA Complaint Likely Reason — As you may have heard, online music streaming service Grooveshark made headlines after Google booted its Android app from the Android Market. Google hasn't revealed much insight into why the app …
Do utilities and energy companies spend huge amounts for physical security but slight information-technology security?
Democratic senators call for changes to a 25-year-old e-surveillance law.
Take these five steps before, during and after a networking meeting to guarantee that you get what you need, says networking expert Ford Myers. You'll also ensure that your contacts leave feeling glad that they spent time with you.
A Milan judge has found Google Italy guilty of defamation because of the way its search engine linked the name of an Italian businessman to the word "fraud" and has ordered the company to modify the operation of its Autocomplete service.
Golf fanatics can't afford to miss the sporting event unlike any other, so get the official Masters Golf Tournament apps for iPhone and iPad.
Microsoft and Toyota plan to use Windows Azure, the software giant's cloud offering, to build a telematics service that will initially serve people who have the car maker's electric and plug-in hybrid cars.
Canonical has not yet built an Ubuntu Linux distribution for tablets and will continue development of the OS for PCs and netbooks, company executives said.