Technology archive for 2011-04-17

Iran accuses Siemens over Stuxnet virus attack

(4 years ago)
TEHRAN (Reuters) - An Iranian military commander has accused German engineering company Siemens of helping the United States and Israel launch a cyber attack on its nuclear facilities, Kayhan daily reported on Sunday.

Iran accuses Siemens over Stuxnet virus attack

(4 years ago)
TEHRAN (Reuters) - An Iranian military commander has accused German engineering company Siemens of helping the United States and Israel launch a cyber attack on its nuclear facilities, Kayhan daily reported on Sunday.

Iran accuses Siemens over Stuxnet virus attack

(4 years ago)
TEHRAN (Reuters) - An Iranian military commander has accused German engineering company Siemens of helping the United States and Israel launch a cyber attack on its nuclear facilities, Kayhan daily reported on Sunday.

"Technology can't replace God," says Pope on Palm Sunday

(4 years ago)
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict led Roman Catholics into Holy Week celebrations, telling a Palm Sunday crowd that man will pay the price for his pride if he believes technology can give him the powers of God.

Iran accuses Siemens over Stuxnet virus attack

(4 years ago)
TEHRAN (Reuters) - An Iranian military commander has accused German engineering company Siemens of helping the United States and Israel launch a cyber attack on its nuclear facilities, Kayhan daily reported on Sunday.

Iran accuses Siemens over Stuxnet virus attack

(4 years ago)
TEHRAN (Reuters) - An Iranian military commander has accused German engineering company Siemens of helping the United States and Israel launch a cyber attack on its nuclear facilities, Kayhan daily reported on Sunday.

Speculation on an Amazon iPad competitor (Marco Arment/Marco.org)

(4 years ago)
Marco Arment / Marco.org:Speculation on an Amazon iPad competitor  —  I'd bet on Amazon releasing a true tablet, competing more directly with the iPad than the Kindle currently does, in the possibly-near future.  Andy Ihnatko nailed it last month: … I don't know why it has taken most of us this long to figure this out, but it makes a lot of sense.

"Technology can't replace God," says Pope on Palm Sunday

(4 years ago)
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict led Roman Catholics into Holy Week celebrations, telling a Palm Sunday crowd that man will pay the price for his pride if he believes technology can give him the powers of God.

"Technology can't replace God," says Pope on Palm Sunday

(4 years ago)
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict led Roman Catholics into Holy Week celebrations, telling a Palm Sunday crowd that man will pay the price for his pride if he believes technology can give him the powers of God.

Students use Wii Balance Board for kids' physical therapy system (video)

(4 years ago)
Nintendo's kid-tested, researcher-approved Wii Balance Board has struck at the heart of the medical supply industry yet again -- this time, the Bluetooth-connected scale is being used to help physically challenged children at Shriners Hospital in Houston. Seniors at Rice University hand-machined a set of force-sensitive parallel bars and programmed a monster-shooting game called Equilibrium to get kids excited about improving their walking gait, where they can play and score points with each proper step they take. The game automatically ratchets up the difficulty as patients improve, and handrails will play a part too, with a custom three-axis sensor box able to detect how much patients rely on the parallel bars (and dock points accordingly) in an effort to improve their posture. Yep, that sounds just a wee bit more useful than the Balance Board lie detector or the Wii Fit Roomba. Video after the break.Continue reading Students use Wii Balance Board for kids' physical therapy system (video)Students use Wii Balance Board for kids' physical therapy system (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 17 Apr 2011 06:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Gizmag  |  Rice University  | Email this | Comments

"Technology can't replace God," says Pope on Palm Sunday

(4 years ago)
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict led Roman Catholics into Holy Week celebrations, telling a Palm Sunday crowd that man will pay the price for his pride if he believes technology can give him the powers of God.

MoD's Error Leaks Secrets of UK Nuclear Submarine

(4 years ago)
Tasha26 writes "UK's Ministry of Defence admitted that secret information about its nuclear powered submarines was leaked on the internet by mistake. A 'technical error' (i.e. turning the background colour of certain text to black) meant that sensitive blacked-out parts of the online MoD report could be read by anyone who copy-pasted it into another document. This accidental leak reveals, among many other things, how easy it would be to cause a Fukushima-style reactor meltdown in a sub, and details of measures used by the US Navy to protect its own nuclear submarines." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Portable brain tumor treatment system kills cancer while you take out the trash

(4 years ago)
We've seen robots that perform brain surgery and lasers that cook tumors, and now a team of researchers are well on their way to bringing mobility to the battle against brain cancer. The NovoTTF-100A, which just received FDA approval, is basically a set of insulated electrodes, attached to an electronic box, that pumps low intensity electrical fields to the site of a freshly diagnosed GBM (glioblastoma multiforme) tumor. The fields, known as Tumor Treatment Fields (TTF), play off the electrically charged elements of cancer cells to stunt the tumor's growth, and may in some cases actually reverse it. A recent test of the system showed comparable results to chemotherapy, without the usual lineup of side effects, including nausea, anemia, fatigue, and infection. Given, patients using the system are expected to wear the thing continuously, but we'd say walking around with a cap full of electrodes is a small price to pay for giving cancer the boot. Full PR after the break.Continue reading Portable brain tumor treatment system kills cancer while you take out the trashPortable brain tumor treatment system kills cancer while you take out the trash originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 17 Apr 2011 03:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  Novocure  | Email this | Comments

Local Currencies To Replace Dollar For 5 Countries' Dealings

(4 years ago)
An anonymous reader writes "Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — the BRICS group of fastest growing economies — signed an agreement to use their own currencies instead of the predominant US dollar in issuing credit or grants to each other. The world does need a new financial architecture, but the BRICS by themselves are unlikely to to be able to drive that change." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

TALON robot gets declawed, helps Japan sniff out radiation (video)

(4 years ago)
Robotics experts at the Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory just taught an old war machine some new tricks, namely radiation detection -- a timely acquisition of knowledge, for sure. Swapping out rocket launchers and machine guns for a suite of radiological sensors, digital cameras, and a GPS device, this modified TALON will be used to map the radiation levels (and create a visual output) surrounding the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The newly modified TALON landed in Japan just last week, joining an existing team of robot helpers already in use in the disaster area, including two additional TALONs equipped with sensors that can identify more than 7500 environmental hazards. Guns for Geiger counters seems like a good trade to us; check the video up top to watch the 'bot try out its treads. [Thanks, John]TALON robot gets declawed, helps Japan sniff out radiation (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 16 Apr 2011 23:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  US Department of Energy  | Email this | Comments

Jesse Jackson, Jr. Pins US Job Losses On iPad

(4 years ago)
theodp writes "Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. went on an anti-technology rant on Friday on the floor of Congress, blaming the iPad for eliminating thousands of American jobs. 'Why do you need to go to Borders anymore?' asked Jackson. 'Why do you need to go to Barnes & Noble? Buy an iPad, download your book, download your newspaper, download your magazine.' Jackson continued: 'What becomes of publishing companies and publishing company jobs? And what becomes of bookstores and librarians and all of the jobs associated with paper? Well, in the not too distant future, such jobs simply will not exist. Steve Jobs is doing pretty well. He's created the iPad. Certainly, it has made life more efficient for Americans, but the iPad is produced in China. It is not produced here in the United States." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

India wants to spy on Nokia users, BlackBerry fans no longer feel special

(4 years ago)
Poor Nokia, between having to abandon its Symbian baby and hawk anachronistic wares at a Microsoft event, it's had a pretty rough go of it recently. Now India's Ministry of Home Affairs wants to block the launch of the company's new push email service until a monitoring system can be put in place. According to The Economic Times, the Department of Telecommunications is being asked to hold back the service until the intelligence community has a way to spy on messages being sent. RIM recently fought a similar battle with the Indian government, as well as those in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Looks like the two companies share more in common than just their slip from the top of the smartphone heap.India wants to spy on Nokia users, BlackBerry fans no longer feel special originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 16 Apr 2011 22:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Boy Genius Report  |  Economic Times  | Email this | Comments

Are 625 Pixels Enough To Identify Sex?

(4 years ago)
mikejuk writes "A Spanish research team have patented a video camera and algorithm that can tell the difference between males and females based on just a 25x25 pixel image. This means that there is enough information in such low resolution images to do the job! The also demonstrates that an old AI method, linear discriminant analysis, and demonstrates that it is as good and sometimes better than more trendy mehods such as Support Vector Machines..." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

New Spin On Graphene Makes It Magnetic

(4 years ago)
intellitech writes "A team led by Professor Andre Geim, a recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize for graphene, has shown that electric current can magnetize graphene. The researchers found a new way to interconnect spin and charge by applying a relatively weak magnetic field to graphene and found that this causes a flow of spins in the direction perpendicular to electric current, making a graphene sheet magnetised." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Sign of the times: iPad 2 heads to Toys R Us

(4 years ago)
When we were younger, we lusted after the top-shelf electric train set. The pow-pow-Power Wheels jeep. The Virtual Boy. These days, that rich kid down the street will have a very different sort of toy. When ModMyi reported that Toys 'R' Us was training associates to sell the iPad 2 weeks ago, we thought it was a leftover April Fools', but sure enough, Geoffrey the Giraffe will begin pushing Apple's tablet as soon as tomorrow morning.[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]Sign of the times: iPad 2 heads to Toys R Us originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 16 Apr 2011 20:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Electronista  |  Toys R Us, 9 to 5 Mac  | Email this | Comments

Toys R' Us to start selling 16 GB and 32 GB WiFi iPad 2s, Smart Covers tomorrow - Sunday, April 17 (Mark Gurman/9 to 5 Mac)

(4 years ago)
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:Toys R' Us to start selling 16 GB and 32 GB WiFi iPad 2s, Smart Covers tomorrow - Sunday, April 17  —  Following the rumors that Apple will expand their iPad 2 retail presence to Toys R' Us, we have been told that the rumors are true and that Toys R' Us will begin selling the iPad 2 tomorrow.

Russia looks abroad for web laws, including to China

(4 years ago)
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is looking to the experience of other countries, including China, to "regulate" Internet use, though Moscow has no plans to broaden web censorship, a government spokesman said on Saturday.

UAE to limit some BlackBerry services, paper says

(4 years ago)
DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates will stop individuals and small businesses accessing the most private data services offered by BlackBerry, a UAE newspaper said, but the government said no services would be disrupted to any subscribers.

China to give "strategic" support to microchip sector: Xinhua

(4 years ago)
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China plans to support its integrated circuit sector as a strategically important industry over the next five years, aiming for over a fourth of microchips used in the country by 2015 to be made in China, Xinhua news agency said on Saturday.

Mexico's Slim to invest $1.5 billion in Argentina: report

(4 years ago)
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Mexican magnate Carlos Slim plans to invest about $1.5 billion in Argentina's telecoms sector, a newspaper reported on Saturday, citing the government.

Adobe Adopts HTTP Live Streaming For iOS

(4 years ago)
unassimilatible writes "Ars Technica reports that Adobe has capitulated in the iOS-Flash war, and has adopted HTTP live streaming for iOS. HTTP Live Streaming is a protocol that Apple developed to stream live and recorded video using standard HTTP connections instead of the more difficult to optimize RTSP. It uses H.264-encoded video and AAC or MP3 audio packaged into discrete chunks of an MPEG-2 transport stream, along with a .m3u playlist to catalog the files that make up the individual chunks of the stream. QuickTime on both Mac OS X and iOS can play back this format, and it is the only streaming format compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Droid Charge shows its colors in Verizon training docs, Droid Bionic gets killed off?

(4 years ago)
Samsung gave us the basic specs on day one, but Verizon's sparing no detail this week, as it trains employees how to effectively sell the LTE-packed Droid Charge to those of us who live and die by how many devices we can connect to our hotspot (10) and size of our bundled microSD card (32GB). Droid-Life brings us those revelations, while Phone Arena has a rumor most upsetting if true -- that site's anonymous tipsters claim that the Droid Bionic is no more. They say that the Atrix-alike's Tegra 2 processor wasn't playing nice with Verizon's LTE baseband chips and had overheating issues too, and rather than expend more effort to fix the incompatibilities, Motorola simply gave it the boot. However, Phone Arena's quick to mention that the "Droid Bionic" name may live on, as Moto will redouble its efforts on the top-shelf Targa. We're reaching out to Verizon right now, and we expect we'll have an official "we do not comment on rumors and speculation" before long.Droid Charge shows its colors in Verizon training docs, Droid Bionic gets killed off? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 16 Apr 2011 19:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  Droid-Life (1), (2)  | Email this | Comments

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Blames The iPad For Killing Jobs (RealClearPolitics Video Log)

(4 years ago)
RealClearPolitics Video Log:Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Blames The iPad For Killing Jobs  —  Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL), who admits to owning an iPad, blames the Apple Inc. product for “eliminating thousands of American jobs.”  —  “A few short weeks ago I came to the House floor after having purchased an iPad …

Look Out for the 256GB Thumb Drive and the 128GB Tablet

(4 years ago)
How much money would you be willing to pay for a 128GB thumb drive or a 512GB solid-state hard disk? What about paying half the amount that you would have to spend today? Intel and Micron Technology say the scenario should become a reality next year.

Best Buy May Boost iPads This Weekend

(4 years ago)
Looks like those rumors that Best Buy has been hoarding iPad 2s for an upcoming promotion may turn out to be true. Engadget received what it thinks may be an internal Best Buy document from an anonymous tipster that says the iPad 2 will be the front-and-center of Sunday's ad.

Square's Disruptive Payment Service About To Get A Huge Retail Boost From Apple (Leena Rao/TechCrunch)

(4 years ago)
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:Square's Disruptive Payment Service About To Get A Huge Retail Boost From Apple  —  Mobile payments company Square has landed a big coup—sales placement on Apple's online store.  And we've just confirmed with Square that the startup has a deal for in-store sales as well.

Photo Tour of Facebook's Open Source Datacenter

(4 years ago)
An anonymous reader writes "Robert Scoble has published fantastic photo tour of Facebook's new open source data center. This datacenter is the most energy efficient in the world. The Google and other datacenters are pushing back against new efficiency requirements for a while, and an open source competitor will only make things better for the rest of us." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Righthaven's Secret Contract Revealed: Will Its Strategy Collapse? (Joe Mullin/paidContent)

(4 years ago)
Joe Mullin / paidContent:Righthaven's Secret Contract Revealed: Will Its Strategy Collapse?  —  Angered at Righthaven's behavior, a Las Vegas federal judge unsealed the company's heretofore confidential agreement with the Las Vegas Review-Journal late on Friday.  The contract reveals that the controversial copyright …

HP may bless webOS with cloud-syncing music store

(4 years ago)
Rumor has it that HP is preparing to enter the cloud-based music storage fray. A reader at PreCentral sent in what purports to be a confidential PowerPoint presentation indicating the TouchPad will launch with an HP-branded music and movie store, as well as a smart syncing service that caches frequently accessed media for local playback. This may very well be the "Music Synergy" that SVP Steven McArthur mentioned to us. Amazon has already launched such an app and it's all but official that Google is planning the same thing, so it only makes sense that the company would want to imbue webOS with similar powers. We can't verify these claims ourselves and the slide above is clearly a wonky Photoshop job, but it's would hardly be surprising after snatching up Melodeo and the streaming music service Nutsie. And, while webOS and Android are working to banish the quaint ritual of plugging your cellphone into a computer, we can only imagine what the Lala team is up to -- maybe Jobs has them washing his turtlenecks.HP may bless webOS with cloud-syncing music store originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 16 Apr 2011 18:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  PreCentral  | Email this | Comments

Russia looks abroad for web laws, including to China

(4 years ago)
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is looking to the experience of other countries, including China, to "regulate" Internet use, though Moscow has no plans to broaden web censorship, a government spokesman said on Saturday.
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