Technology archive for 2011-06-17

Your racy photos are on the Web: Now what?

(7 years ago)
Anthony Weiner’s celebrity as a congressman lent a viral nature to his sext-messages and tweets. But that doesn’t mean what happened to Weiner couldn’t happen to you. What to do in case it does.

EVO 3D is no gimmick superphone

(7 years ago)
Smartphones have officially entered the third dimension with the EVO 3D, the first handset in the U.S. with a glasses-free 3-D screen. While it's a bit of a stretch to call the EVO 3D a breakthrough, it does have the best combination of hardware and software for Sprint customers.

Saudi women to take fight from Web to road

(7 years ago)
Since Manal Al Sharif was detained by Saudi authorities for posting a YouTube of her driving, the Women2Drive movement has been gaining steady traction on the Web platforms like Twitter and Facebook, leading up to June 17, when the women will hit the road.

CIA, Senate hackers gleefully promise more

(7 years ago)
They've breached or busted the websites of the CIA, PBS and the U.S. Senate, and launched at least part of an extended attack on Sony, whose PlayStation Network was brought to a grinding halt for the better part of a month.

American Airlines to save $1.2 million shifting paper flight charts to iPad (Daniel Eran Dilger/AppleInsider)

(7 years ago)
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:American Airlines to save $1.2 million shifting paper flight charts to iPad  —  American Airlines has started a pilot program to test the use of Apple's iPad running a specialized app providing paperless flight navigation charts, a tool it says will save it over a million dollars a year in fuel costs.

2011 - The year of the Android tablet

(7 years ago)
It's not often that I agree with Robert Scoble. In fact, every time I do find myself agreeing with him I get all scared and worry that the apocalypse is going to descend upon us all. Well, if you...

Nokia Windows Phones will launch in six European nations first, Finland not among them

(7 years ago)
Nokia VP Victor Saeijs has this week disclosed the six launch markets for the vanguard devices born out of the Microsoft-Nokia partnership. France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and the UK will all count themselves as hosts to Nokia's Windows Phone debut, but the company's mother nation of Finland has strangely been left out in the cold. Knowing Nokia, there's no doubt that once the WP7 handsets are ready they'll find themselves swiftly available worldwide, but if you care to be among the very first to own one, you'll be wanting to visit Europe's western shores -- preferably some time before the year's through, as Mr. Saeijs also reaffirmed that there will indeed be a Nokia Windows Phone coming out in 2011.Nokia Windows Phones will launch in six European nations first, Finland not among them originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 17 Jun 2011 07:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink WMPoweruser  |  All About Phones  | Email this | Comments

Japan Criminalizes Virus Creation

(7 years ago)
camperslo writes with this excerpt from mainichi.jp: "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 on the constitutionally guaranteed privacy of communications. With the bill to revise the Penal Code passing the House of Councillors by an overwhelming majority, the government intends to conclude the Convention on Cybercrime, a treaty that stipulates international cooperation in investigating crimes in cyberspace.'"Adds camperslo: "This legislation is a major move for Japan since the constitution there provides for privacy of communications, in sharp contrast with some other countries." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Galaxy S II coming to SaskTel next month, we embark on northward migration

(7 years ago)
The Samsung Galaxy S II has yet to make its US debut, but it looks like our neighbors to the north will be getting it as early as next month. Yesterday, Canada's SaskTel announced via Twitter that it would launch the phone "within the next month," making it the first North American carrier to confirm the S II. Earlier this month, it looked as if Verizon would be the first to bring the device to the New World, but our hopes were crushed when the carrier debunked rumors of a July launch. It remains to be seen whether Sasktel's announcement will pave the way for a wider North American release, but we'll let you know as soon as we hear more.Galaxy S II coming to SaskTel next month, we embark on northward migration originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 17 Jun 2011 07:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Electronista  |  Twitter  | Email this | Comments

NSA allies with Internet carriers to thwart cyber attacks against defense firms (Ellen Nakashima/Washington Post)

(7 years ago)
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:NSA allies with Internet carriers to thwart cyber attacks against defense firms  —  The National Security Agency is working with Internet providers to deploy a new generation of tools to scan e-mail and other digital traffic with the goal of thwarting cyberattacks against defense firms by foreign adversaries …

Uncovering MokaFive BareMetal

(7 years ago)
MokaFive, one of the companies Intel mentioned in its "Intelligent Desktop Virtualization" presentation (see Intel's concept for intelligent desktop virtualization for more information),...

Scent generator threatens to waft Odorama into the 21st century

(7 years ago)
Finally, an invention John Waters can get behind. When the harbinger of filth brought the odiferous experience to screenings of Polyester, he took the scratch-and-sniff route -- including scents like glue and feces -- now a team of researchers at the University of California in San Diego are expanding on the smell-what-you-see concept, albeit in a much more high-tech fashion. In collaboration with the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, the team has developed a method for generating odors that could pack the appropriate hardware into a device "small enough to fit on the back of your TV." Basically, scents are produced by an aqueous solution, like ammonia, which is heated by a thin metal wire, and eventually expelled, as an odorous gas, from a small hole in its silicone elastomer housing -- and, bam! You've got Smell-O-Vision. The team has tested its method using perfumes by Jennifer Lopez and Elizabeth Taylor, but have yet to create a working prototype. For the sake of innocent noses everywhere, let's hope Mr. Waters doesn't get a whiff of this.Scent generator threatens to waft Odorama into the 21st century originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 17 Jun 2011 06:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink cnet  |  UCSD  | Email this | Comments

Working at the Apple Store: Tales from the Inside (Adrian Chen/Gawker)

(7 years ago)
Adrian Chen / Gawker:Working at the Apple Store: Tales from the Inside  —  The bright, friendly facade of the Apple store hides some weird stuff, according to current and former employees.  Porn-stuffed laptops, positivity police, and an anti-gossip gestapo: Welcome to the real Apple Store.

Redbox starts renting out video games nationwide, charges $2 for your Xbox 360, PS3 or Wii pleasure

(7 years ago)
Exactly as promised, Redbox is today inaugurating a new branch to its media-renting venture with the introduction of video game rentals at $2 a day. There's a pretty rich and fresh selection on offer, including the likes of Duke Nukem Forever, Dirt 3, and Brink, and you can reserve your copy online before moseying down to your nearest Redbox kiosk to execute the transaction. About 5,000 of those crimson encasements have already been partaking in the testing of this service, but now Redbox is flipping the switch on the other 21,000 across the US and making things officially official.Redbox starts renting out video games nationwide, charges $2 for your Xbox 360, PS3 or Wii pleasure originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 17 Jun 2011 05:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink GamesIndustry.biz  |  Redbox.com/games  | Email this | Comments

Hackers attack Malaysian websites

(7 years ago)
Hackers attack dozens of government websites in Malaysia, disrupting more than 40, days after a hacking group criticised the country over censorship.

VIDEO: Jurors warned over use of social media

(7 years ago)
The solicitor general has given a strong waring abut use of social media by jurors in criminal trials after a woman was jailed for eight months for contacting a defendant via Facebook

VIDEO: Chromebook: the future of computing?

(7 years ago)
As Google prepares to launch the Chromebook in the US, Spencer Kelly takes a look at the prototype which aims to change the way we look at computing.

Connecticut concerned about Facebook face recognition

(7 years ago)
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has expressed concern that Facebook's "Tag Suggestions" face recognition feature compromises consumer privacy, and asked for a meeting with company officials.

Why iTunes Match has indie soul label singing the blues (Chris Foresman/Ars Technica)

(7 years ago)
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:Why iTunes Match has indie soul label singing the blues  —  Apple has managed to get the four major record labels on board with its upcoming iTunes Match service, ensuring that most average users will be able to avoid “weeks” of uploading songs to Apple's iCloud service.

Pulled Verizon video shows an unannounced tablet, could it be the Xoom 2?

(7 years ago)
Oh Verizon, did you just spill confidential information all over your YouTube channel? The guys over at Droid-Life spotted a VZW promo starring a mysterious new Honeycomb tablet, which to our ninja-trained eyes looks to exhibit many of the design elements of Motorola's Xoom. It could, of course, be just about anything, given that Verizon yanked the video almost as soon as the above screen grab was lifted, but the rear of this 10(ish)-inch tablet feels very much like we're looking at a Xoom designed to be used in portrait orientation. We know Moto has a Xoom 2 cooking in the oven and it's not unreasonable to surmise that Verizon is putting together the finishing touches on a promo campaign for it. Now if only we could get a look at that video with our own eyes...Pulled Verizon video shows an unannounced tablet, could it be the Xoom 2? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 17 Jun 2011 04:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  Droid-Life  | Email this | Comments

OnMobile 2011: Location-based ad targeting

(7 years ago)
At the OnMobile 2011 Summit in Redwood City, Calif., software developers explain how they are using the geographical location of mobile phones to deliver personalized ads to consumers.

AMD Fusion System Architecture Detailed

(7 years ago)
Vigile writes "At the first AMD Fusion Developer Summit near Seattle this week, AMD revealed quite a bit of information about its next-generation GPU architecture and the eventual goals it has for the CPU/GPU combinations known as APUs. The company is finally moving away from a VLIW architecture and instead is integrating a vector+scalar design that allows for higher utilization of compute units and easier hardware scheduling. AMD laid out a 3-year plan to offer features like unified address space and fully coherent memory for the CPU and GPU that have the potential to dramatically alter current programming models. We will start seeing these features in GPUs released later in 2011." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Spotify Exec Hints U.S. Launch Is A Couple Weeks Away (Matt Rosoff/SAI)

(7 years ago)
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:Spotify Exec Hints U.S. Launch Is A Couple Weeks Away  —  Spotify general manager Jonathan Forster told an ad conference in London that the company is wrapping up the final licensing deals for a U.S. launch “as I speak.”  —  He also told Silicon Valley Watcher's Tom Forenski “We won't launch before July 5th.”

Google-backed Xunlei postpones Nasdaq IPO: IFR

(7 years ago)
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Xunlei Ltd, a Chinese Internet platform company in which Google has a small stake, decided to postpone its initial public offering of up to $200 million in the United States because of unfavorable market conditions, IFR reported on Friday, quoting a source with knowledge of the decision.

PowerSkin battery case pumps juice to HTC Inspire 4G, Desire HD

(7 years ago)
When it comes to battery-boosting power sleeves, we'd say the iPhone's covered, but what of the little green monster? Well, at least two Androids can now get juiced by way of a new charging case from PowerSkin. HTC's Inspire 4G and Desire HD are getting a little extra power with the release of this black silicone skin, which promises 1500mAh and up to eight hours of added battery life. The PowerSkin will set you back $60, and is now available at Amazon and the source link below.PowerSkin battery case pumps juice to HTC Inspire 4G, Desire HD originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 17 Jun 2011 03:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  PowerSkin  | Email this | Comments

Kobo's Wi-Fi eReader Touch arrives in Borders today, $130

(7 years ago)
Will a slightly cheaper, more open and social platform convince e-book lovers to buy a Kobo eReader Touch from Borders rather than a Nook Touch or Kindle Wi-Fi?

Motorola Droid 3 official in China under Milestone 3 moniker, packs 4-inch qHD display

(7 years ago)
The Droid 3 is upon us! Well, it is if you live in China and don't mind calling it the Milestone 3. A new XT883 model has just been made official by Motorola during China Telecom's CDMA Summit, touting the tagline "the third Milestone" and a new five-row slideout QWERTY keyboard. The salient specs include a 4-inch touchscreen with qHD (540 x 960) resolution, a dual-core processor capable of driving 1080p video recording, an 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, up to 32GB of built-in storage, and of course, Android 2.3 as the shipping OS. A pretty compelling package, we think you'll agree. It's coming to China this summer, though Moto could still be crafty enough to squeeze the US launch in before actual units start shipping to Yao Ming's homeland. Because, well, who's ever heard of a Milestone coming before a Droid?Gallery: Motorola Milestone XT883 official picturesContinue reading Motorola Droid 3 official in China under Milestone 3 moniker, packs 4-inch qHD displayMotorola Droid 3 official in China under Milestone 3 moniker, packs 4-inch qHD display originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 17 Jun 2011 03:10:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Droid-Life  |  Motorola  | Email this | Comments

GlobalFoundries replaces CEO in management shakeup

(7 years ago)
Chip maker GlobalFoundries said two top executives have stepped down and been replaced by a new leadership team as the company looks to step up investments and boost chip manufacturing capacity through next year.

Sony tablet teaser video is breathtaking, not very informative

(7 years ago)
Woosh. Plonk. Snap. Like a highly atmospheric scene from your favorite film noir, Sony's teaser video for the S1 and S2 tablets starts off with isolated sounds and a bit of quick motion before settling into a sumptuous, deliberately paced feast for your eyeballs. You might say it's high art posing as a consumer electronics promo, particularly if you compare it to ASUS or Huawei's efforts in the field. There's sadly little in the way of new information, all we really get to witness are the reassuring Android Honeycomb software keys on the larger S1, but this "first impression" clip is the start of a series of ads revolving around a pair of alabaster figurines and their tablet-assisted love affair. Give the play button a bash for your recommended daily dose of awesome.Sony tablet teaser video is breathtaking, not very informative originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 17 Jun 2011 02:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  Sony (YouTube)  | Email this | Comments

BlackBerry maker slashes forecast, shares tumble

(7 years ago)
TORONTO (Reuters) - Research In Motion's quarterly profit dropped and revenue missed its own limp forecast, forcing the BlackBerry maker to slash its outlook and sending its shares down 15 percent on Thursday.

Samsung Electronics, Hynix tumble on Q2 earnings worries

(7 years ago)
SEOUL (Reuters) - Key South Korean technology stocks Samsung Electronics and Hynix Semiconductor lost ground on Friday as the earnings outlook for the world's No.1 and 2 memory chip makers continued to worsen.

Exclusive: China software bug makes infrastructure vulnerable

(7 years ago)
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Software widely used in China to help run weapons systems, utilities and chemical plants has bugs that hackers could exploit to damage public infrastructure, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

"Hacktivists" make noise on government websites

(7 years ago)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A breed of cyber pranksters known as "hacktivists" appears to be on a campaign to embarrass the government, but such types of attack are unlikely to breach the computer firewalls that protect important official secrets, independent analysts say.

Idle: New Species Named For SpongeBob SquarePants

(7 years ago)
An anonymous reader writes "Sing it with us: What lives in the rainforest, under a tree? Spongiforma squarepantsii, a new species of mushroom almost as strange as its cartoon namesake. Scientists from the San Francisco State University have discovered a new species of mushroom in Borneo with sponge-like properties. Its strange behavior convinced them to name it after the famous Bob. There is no word on whether or not their chances of getting future grant money will be improved by this choice." Did you know (prior to clicking on the Wikipedia link above) that SpongeBob was created by a marine biologist? Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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