Technology archive for 2011-06-17
Roger / 2d code:World's First QR Code Coin — The Royal Dutch Mint have produced a limited edition of QR Coded coins to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Mint in Utrecht. The silver 5€ (image below) and the gold 10€ will be issued on June 22, 2011 when the Mint promises that if you scan the code …
For several years, Redbox has been in the business of renting movies through vending machines. Now, they've expanded the service to include video games for the Wii, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3."Redbox vending machines are situated in over 21,000 different places across the US, and games will now be available for rent for $2 a day via these machines. Users are also able to reserve games online via the Redbox website, and then pick titles up from a machine later on. Although the catalog is currently limited, a number of newly released titles are available from the machines, including LA Noire, Infamous 2 and Red Faction: Armageddon." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:Majority Of Smartphone Users Online “Multiple Times” Daily — In New York, at the Mobile Marketing Association forum, Google presented sponsored research on global smartphone user and marketer behavior. The data come from two related studies. The first is an “an online survey of thousands of mobile consumers in 30 countries.”
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - New data are showing strong growth in eCommerce, with Amazon.com having particularly healthy same-store sales gains.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - It had all the signs of another dotcom bubble: A startup without a convincing business plan or any foreseeable chance of turning a profit saw its shares soar in the first hours after its stock market debut.
TORONTO (Reuters) - Research In Motion's dismal results and failure to deliver exciting new devices on time pushed its shares down more than 20 percent on Friday and drew parallels with other fallen technology stars.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp still doesn't know exactly what damaging documents Wikileaks could have about it, the largest U.S. bank's chief information officer said on Thursday.
For those not steeped in the sometimes arcane world of video games, E3 is the Electronic Entertainment Expo, an annual trade show covering all kinds of interactive entertainment. Well, almost...
Live webcast: Understanding the reach of the USA PATRIOT Act in Europe and further afield. Set your reminders for 30th June 2011.
Antipater writes "Researchers at Wake Forest University have created a brain implant that can imitate signals through the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory retention. Rats implanted with the device were able to remember information even after their hippocampus was shut down, reports the New York Times. Though still in its infancy, this technology could hopefully be used to help treat dementia or stroke victims." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Professional hacker Nicholas Percoco received an unusual request from a major financial institution this week: How can you help us avoid becoming the next Citigroup Inc?
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:Falcone's LightSquared in Deal With Sprint — Billionaire Philip Falcone's LightSquared Inc. reached a 15-year deal with Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) to share network expansion costs and equipment, and to provide high-speed wireless service to the phone company.
Concerns about the slowing economic recovery and European debt problems continue to weigh on U.S. stock markets, and tech companies are not immune from the general erosion of confidence.
Cloud storage providers should bill by disk usage, not I/O a group of Usenix researchers contend
Harry Potter fans, already an excitable bunch, are in a tizzy over a mysterious new website from series creator J.K. Rowling that hints at future Harry Potter-related content.
The army of high-speed broadband phones is actively seeking new recruits to join its rapidly-growing force, and the LG Revolution is the latest to graduate from boot camp. We've witnessed the emergence of three Verizon LTE handsets in as many months, beginning with the HTC Thunderbolt and the Samsung Droid Charge a few weeks later. As if this wasn't enough choice to tempt your tastebuds already, the LG Revolution -- the entertaining climax to the classic 4G trilogy -- was born one full moon after that. With three options, all so close to each other in dimension and features, it's natural to compare all of 'em and make the call on which one is the best of the bunch. Is LG's first crack at Verizon's LTE network truly a game-changer, as its name suggests? Or does this Revolution fail to even get its feet off the ground? Read on after the break to find out.Gallery: LG Revolution OverviewContinue reading LG Revolution reviewLG Revolution review originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 17 Jun 2011 16:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Aislyn Greene / TechFlash:Forrester: Mobile shopping to hit $31 billion by 2016 — Despite the prevalence of smartphones and mobile devices, consumers don't seem to making many purchases with them. But that should start to change soon, according to a new report from Forrester Research.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:LulzSec: We Are NOT Attacking Anonymous — Hacker group LulzSec, which only communicates through its own Twitter account, LulzSecurity.com and random messages on Pastebin, has been on a Public Relations tear this morning. For the uninitiated, LulzSec is the loosely conglomerated internet …
In an unusually blunt statement, Microsoft has announced that it considers the WebGL graphics technology used in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox to be "harmful" and "not a technology Microsoft...
AndyAndyAndyAndy sends in this excerpt from a Reuters report: "Brand owners will soon be able to operate their own parts of the Web — such as .apple, .coke or .marlboro — if the biggest shake-up yet in how Internet domains are awarded is approved. After years of preparation and wrangling, ICANN, the body that coordinates Internet names, is expected to approve the move at a special board meeting in Singapore on Monday. ... The move is seen as a big opportunity for brands to gain more control over their online presence and send visitors more directly to parts of their sites — and a danger for those who fail to take advantage." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Senators Unconcerned About Massive Unintended Consequences Of Criminalizing People For Embedding YouTube Videos (Mike Masnick/Techdirt)(3 years ago)
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:Senators Unconcerned About Massive Unintended Consequences Of Criminalizing People For Embedding YouTube Videos — This is really no surprise, but the same Senate Judiciary Committee that unanimously approved the PROTECT IP Act, despite worries from internet experts and major media …
LONDON (Reuters) - Brand owners will soon be able to operate their own parts of the Web -- such as .apple, .coke or .marlboro -- if the biggest shake-up yet in how Internet domains are awarded is approved.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - New data are showing strong growth in eCommerce, with Amazon.com having particularly healthy same-store sales gains.
H3xx writes "Astronomers have observed a black hole shredding a star and sending a powerful beam of energy toward Earth. When it was first observed on March 28th by the Swift spacecraft, it was thought to be the implosion of an aging star, but is now believed to be the result of a star wandering too close to a black hole, imploding and converting 10% of the star's mass into gamma radiation. The energy burst is still visible by telescope more than two-and-a-half months later, the researchers report in the journal Science." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Discover Case Study: Holistic ALM helps Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida break down application inefficiencies, redundancy(3 years ago)
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida has been able to improve their applications' performance -- and even change the culture of how they test, provide, and operate their applications.
Horace Dediu / asymco:Apple could buy the mobile phone industry — The second quarter ends in less than two weeks. When it does, I expect Apple will have over $70 billion in Cash, Cash Equivalents, Short-term marketable securities and long-term Marketable Securities. That figure has been growing predictably.
On this episode Rob and I delve into a bevy of new iOS 5 features and learn a thing or two along the way. We also talk about iOS 5 highlights, its deficiencies and play "What's on your Mac?"
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers are debating the ethics of so-called 'nudging technologies' — ambient technology systems designed to shape or influence human behavior, such as an installation which encourages people to take the stairs rather than the lift by using hanging colored balls to represent stairs vs lift usage. A researcher on the project said: 'Most people, when we asked them, "Do you think this has changed your behavior," they said no. But the data showed that it had actually done that.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.
At a time when cloud computing services for productivity tools are gaining steam, you would think that desktop software like Office 2010 would be on a downslide.
If you are about to start considering a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) project, be advised: You need to really understand what your storage costs will be up front. Unexpectedly high storage costs have delayed or derailed VDI projects more than any other single issue. To avoid that problem, and accurately understand the ROI value of your project before you begin, make sure you understand the implications of these three storage issues:
Having given iOS users a way to share app recommendations with their friends via its Frenzapp app, iOS developer Bitsmedia is now turning its attention to music.
Oliver Miller / The Faster Times:AOL Hell: An AOL Content Slave Speaks Out — I got the job through a friend. The job was this: I would write about TV for a section of the AOL Television website. In theory, this sounded great. In exchange for writing about “The Simpsons” and other TV shows, I would be making $35,000 a year …
Facebook won't officially confirm that it is ready to launch an official iPad app, but some believe it will arrive in the coming weeks.
Sara Forden / Bloomberg:Google Admeld Deal to Get Justice Review — Google Inc. (GOOG)'s $400 million purchase of internet advertising company Admeld Inc. will be reviewed by the U.S. Justice Department to determine whether it would hurt competition, two people familiar with the situation said.
Microsoft made available for download on June 17 a first public beta of its System Center Orchestrator datacenter management product.
There's not really much more than the image above to go on with this one, but what you're looking at is purported to be the as-yet-unannounced Xperia Duo, which may or may not be Sony Ericsson's first dual-core phone. As you can see, it bears some resemblance to the Xperia Arc, with what appears to be a large, edge-to-edge display and a UI that's apparently been tweaked a bit from what we've seen previously on SE phones, including a different weather widget and media player controls under the dock. Of course, it is still just a single image, so we'd recommend taking it with the usual grain of salt for the time being.[Thanks, Daniel N]Alleged shot of Sony Ericsson Xperia Duo surfaces originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 17 Jun 2011 15:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Xperia Blog, Pocket Now | IT168 | Email this | Comments
MacDailyNews:Apple, Intel among bidders for Nortel patent trove — “Apple Inc., Intel Corp. and Ericsson AB are among the technology giants that will vie with Google Inc. to buy a trove of patents from the bankrupt Canadian telecom-equipment maker, Nortel Networks Corp., people familiar with the matter said …
jbrodkin writes "The annual USENIX conference featured an all-star lineup of engineers from Microsoft, Google, Twitter and Flipboard debating whether HTML5 is the 'holy grail' for building next-generation Web applications, and whether mobile developers should build websites or apps. The promise of HTML5 is 'write once, run everywhere,' but the panelists did not agree on whether the technology is good enough to make browser applications feel 'native.' There was general agreement that HTML5 is lacking on mobile devices, and that for better or worse the move toward apps instead of websites is being driven less by technology than the imperative to make money." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Pauline Fischer / The Official Netflix Blog:Temporary Removal of Sony Movies through StarzPlay — Hi, Pauline Fischer, VP of Content Acquisition, here. You may have noticed that Sony movies through StarzPlay are not currently available to watch instantly. This is the result of a temporary contract issue between Sony and Starz and …
Keeping track of all accusations flying back and forth in the ongoing patent brouhaha between Apple and Samsung? Then we're afraid you'll have to update your scorecards again, as Apple has now amended its complaint with some even stronger language than before, and broadened the scope of the devices involved in the suit. According to Apple, the Droid Charge, Infuse 4G, Nexus S 4G, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy S II and a handful of other Samsung devices are all also infringing on the patents in question, which now total eight in all (two previously included have been thrown out, but three new ones have been added). As for that stronger language, Apple's now saying that Samsung "has been even bolder" than other competitors in copying its products, and that it's created "products that blatantly imitate the appearance of Apple's products to capitalize on Apple's success." Hit the source link below for FOSS Patents' complete breakdown of the amendment.[Thanks, Fayez]Apple expands patent complaint against Samsung to include more devices originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 17 Jun 2011 15:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink SlashGear | FOSS Patents | Email this | Comments
Jon Brodkin / Network World:Microsoft, Google and Twitter debate whether HTML5 is “Holy Grail” — Is HTML5 the Holy Grail for building next-generation Web applications? — And should developers ditch the browser for client applications that run on specific devices, like the iPhone and Android?
While Firefox and Chrome browsers already support WebGL, along with development versions of Opera and Safari, Microsoft has said that it has no plans to make Internet Explorer support the 3D...
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:Apple signs up for WebGL graphics in iAds — Microsoft has declared WebGL too risky to use, but it turns out Apple is an ally of the 3D Web graphics technology. — Apple hasn't said whether it plans to ship WebGL, though nightly builds of the WebKit open-source browser on which Safari is based includes support.
The Mainichi Daily News:Legislation criminalizing creation of computer viruses enacted — TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japan's parliament enacted legislation Friday criminalizing the creation or distribution of computer viruses to crack down on the growing problem of cybercrimes, but critics say the move could infringe …
Google's Chromebooks will be great for businesses, but first there are some problems to be cleaned up.
Sebastian Moss / PlayStation LifeStyle:Sega Pass Database Hacked, Account Information Compromised — Over the past few months, a slew of hacks, DDoS attacks and data breaches have rocked the gaming world. After the infamous hack of the PlayStation Network, many thought that it would be the end of the attacks, but publishers like Nintendo …
I'm writing this on a hot noisy bus filled with happy, excited kids. I'm on a field trip to a nearby mountain (more of a big hill, actually, but growing up in Seattle, I have yet to look at any...
Qi-Hardware has a bit of an obsession with free, open source, and underpowered. The latest project from this descendent of OpenMoko is a set of license free wireless boards called atben (for the company's Ben NanoNote) and atusb for other laptops. The adapters rely on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard which powers 6LoWPAN and ZigBee. Don't get confused though, this is not a replacement for WiFi -- it's more like long range Bluetooth (and it's not compatible with either). Ben WPAN, as it's being called, has a range of about ten meters in "standard" mode while pushing 250Kbps. Turning on the "non-standard" mode boosts throughput to (a still patience-testing) 2Mbps, but cuts the range in half. You can pick up pre-built adapters starting at €29.50 (about $42) for the atben, €41.30 ($59) for the atusb, or €59.00 ($84) for both at Tuxbrain. Don't expect to just jam one into your Mac however -- for now at least, Ben WPAN is a Linux only affair. (How often do you hear that?)Qi-Hardware debuts free, open source wireless solution, not a threat to WiFi originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 17 Jun 2011 14:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink The Register | Tuxbrain | Email this | Comments
Royal Pingdom:Report: The most common web browsers and browser versions today — The web browser market is an ever-changing landscape. It can sometimes be rocky ground for web designers and web developers trying to make their websites and services work for all the various browser versions available out there.