Technology archive for 2011-06-17

Microsoft decides to pass on WebGL over security concerns

(8 years ago)
Well, it looks like Microsoft is taking those warnings about WebGL pretty seriously. The company has decided not to support the web-based 3D standard because it wouldn't be able to pass security muster. Highest on the list of concerns is that WebGL opens up a direct line from the internet to a system's GPU. To make matters worse, holes and bugs may crop up that are platform or video card specific, turning attempts to plug holes in its defense into a game of whack-a-mole -- with many players of varying reliability. Lastly Microsoft, like security firm Context, has found current solutions for protecting against DoS attacks rather unsatisfying. Lack of support in Internet Explorer won't necessarily kill WebGL and, as it matures, Microsoft may change its tune -- but it's still a pretty big blow for all us of hoping the next edition of Crysis would be browser-based.Microsoft decides to pass on WebGL over security concerns originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 17 Jun 2011 01:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink WinRumors  |  Microsoft  | Email this | Comments

Special report: Government in cyber fight but can't keep up (Reuters)

(8 years ago)
Reuters:Special report: Government in cyber fight but can't keep up  —  (Reuters) - The Pentagon is about to roll out an expanded effort to safeguard its contractors from hackers and is building a virtual firing range in cyberspace to test new technologies, according to officials familiar with the plans …

The Android tablet problem, nicely summarized by one review's conclusion (Marco Arment/Marco.org)

(8 years ago)
Marco Arment / Marco.org:The Android tablet problem, nicely summarized by one review's conclusion  —  From Ars Technica's review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which exemplifies the softball “please keep sending us gadgets” review so prevalent recently: … Really?  Will a lot of customers notice the 2% thickness difference …

Facebook's evil plot to subvert Apple commission with HTML5

(8 years ago)
Project Spartan is a version of the Facebook UI that will run completely in a browser - specifically the Webkit-based Mobile Safari that shipped on over 200 million iOS devices.

Vivek Kundra Quits As Federal CIO

(8 years ago)
CWmike writes "The first person ever appointed as the CIO of the federal government, Vivek Kundra, is resigning after two and a half years on the job, the White House said Thursday. There was no hint in the announcement made by Jack Lew, director of the Office of Management and Budget, that Kundra's exit was prompted by a shift in the White House's view on IT. Lew, who praised the CIO's work, said Kundra was leaving to take a fellowship at Harvard. Kundra was appointed CIO a few months after President Barack Obama took office. He immediately outlined an agenda that emphasized cloud adoption, use of consumer technologies, and making data available to the public on new sites, such as data.gov. He was critical of big IT contracts that moved too slowly and were at risk of failing." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Indication of Neutrino Transformation Observed

(8 years ago)
AmiMoJo writes "A Japanese research group says it has observed for the first time an indication that a type of neutrino can change into another type. The group generated a large amount of neutrinos at the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex, or J-PARC, in the prefecture's Tokai Village, and aimed them at the Super-Kamiokande observatory in Gifu Prefecture about 300 kilometers away, to look for neutrino oscillation. As a result, the group observed that muon neutrinos can change into electron neutrinos." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Spam clogging Amazon's Kindle self-publishing (Alistair Barr/Reuters)

(8 years ago)
Alistair Barr / Reuters:Spam clogging Amazon's Kindle self-publishing  —  (Reuters) - Spam has hit the Kindle, clogging the online bookstore of the top-selling eReader with material that is far from being book worthy and threatening to undermine Amazon.com Inc's publishing foray.  —  Thousands of digital books …

Facebook evil plot to subvert Apple's commission via HTML5

(8 years ago)
Project Spartan is a version of the Facebook UI that will run completely in a browser - specifically the Webkit-based Mobile Safari that shipped on over 200 million iOS devices.

Motorola's WiFi Xoom gains access to Google Movies, just in time for the weekend

(8 years ago)
Hard to say why Google chose to roll its Movies app out first to 3G-packed tablets sporting Android 3.1 (a smaller testbed, perhaps?), but it looks as if it won't matter for much longer. We've received a number of tips this evening suggesting that Google Movies can now be downloaded from the Android Market by WiFi-only Xoom tablets, though some are seeing a litany of server errors when trying to actually use the service. That said, we didn't see any issues here at Engadget HQ, so it's possible that a few kinks are still being worked out on select servers. Give it a whirl and let us know how it turns out in comments below, and if you're a proud owner of a Galaxy Tab 10.1... well, we guess you're also the proud owner of a trait called "patience."[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]Motorola's WiFi Xoom gains access to Google Movies, just in time for the weekend originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 17 Jun 2011 01:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  Android Market  | Email this | Comments

Facebook HTML5 port to subvert Apple's commission

(8 years ago)
Project Spartan is a version of the Facebook UI that will run completely in a browser - specifically the Webkit-based Mobile Safari that shipped on over 200 million iOS devices.

Panasonic's Android Toughbook Adds Diversity to Tablet Market (Natalie Shoemaker/PC Magazine)

(8 years ago)
Natalie Shoemaker / PC Magazine:Panasonic's Android Toughbook Adds Diversity to Tablet Market  —  Panasonic is addressing a part of the tablet market that has yet to be filled: Providing a secure solution for enterprise, government, and business users.  In the past, the company has released smaller tablets, like the U1 Ultra …

LG's Optimus 3D officially launched, debuting in Europe with dual lens and dual core CPU

(8 years ago)
The long wait is finally over! Joining the likes of HTC EVO 3D and Sharp SH-12C is LG's very own Optimus 3D aka Thrill 4G for AT&T, which we first got our hands on back in February and again in March. The specs for this Android 2.2 device (yeah, we know) have remained untouched since we last checked: here we have a 4.3-inch glassessless 3D LCD with 800 x 480 resolution, a 1GHz dual core TI OMAP4430 processor, 512MB of speedy dual channel RAM, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, and a couple of 5 megapixel cameras on the back that can capture 3D 1080p video at 24fps, or 3D 720p at 30fps. Other tidbits include 14.4Mbps HSPA+ connection, an HDMI-out port, and a removable 1500mAh battery, all inside a 5.93 ounce package. Alas, no date's been mentioned for the phone's US launch, but the lucky Europeans will get to pick up this phone first, followed by the rest of the world "over the next several weeks." Stay tuned while we keep our eyes peeled open for further news.Continue reading LG's Optimus 3D officially launched, debuting in Europe with dual lens and dual core CPULG's Optimus 3D officially launched, debuting in Europe with dual lens and dual core CPU originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 17 Jun 2011 00:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

Facebook to release iPad app; rains on Friendly's parade

(8 years ago)
It's almost impossible to believe but more than a year after the iPad's debut Facebook still hasn't released a native app for theàblockbuster Apple tablet. The official Facebook app for iOS...

Facebook to release iPad app; rain on Friendly's parade

(8 years ago)
It's almost impossible to believe but more than a year after the iPad's debut Facebook still hasn't released a native app for theàblockbuster Apple tablet. The official Facebook iOS app...

If You're Paying to Watch Web Video, You're Watching Netflix (Peter Kafka/AllThingsD)

(8 years ago)
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:If You're Paying to Watch Web Video, You're Watching Netflix  —  If you're watching video on the Internet, the odds are very, very good that you're doing it on YouTube.  And failing that, on Facebook.  —  But if you're paying to watch video on the Web, then the odds change: You're very, very likely to be watching Netflix.

Adobe scraps AIR for Linux, focuses on mobile (Stephen Shankland/CNET News)

(8 years ago)
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:Adobe scraps AIR for Linux, focuses on mobile  —  Concluding that its priorities should be on iOS and Android, Adobe Systems has stopped releasing its own version of its AIR programming foundation for Linux.  —  AIR combines Flash and a Web browser to let programmers build standalone software …

Dell plugs hole in virtualization stack

(8 years ago)
Dell has filled the last big hole in its virtualization stack through a partnership with Netuitive, which makes analytics software for managing virtual infrastructure, Netuitive and industry analysts have confirmed.

Comcast Cable Show 2011 demo features 1Gbps cable modem speeds, new Xfinity TV UI

(8 years ago)
As promised, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts treated Cable Show 2011 attendees to a quick demo of the company's latest and greatest tech earlier today. The presentation consisted of the new Xfinity TV platform with all its cloud processing and internet content from Facebook and others, as well as a speed test running on a Comcast cable modem that broke through the 1Gbps speed barrier on the production network. There's no word on when home users might see such speeds but the company promised to "keep up the pace as the internet continues to evolve" -- let's hope that extends to the increasingly restrictive 250GB bandwidth cap. The demo of new DVR software also went off without a hitch, appearing to run smoothly and showing off a vision of "cloud processing" that speeds up search, personalization and recommendations in the program guide by handling them at the head end instead of on the box itself. We're still waiting to get our hands on the RF remote and see if the experience is just as smooth ourselves, but for now you can get a taste in the 17 minute video embedded above.Comcast Cable Show 2011 demo features 1Gbps cable modem speeds, new Xfinity TV UI originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 16 Jun 2011 23:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  Comcast Voices  | Email this | Comments

Apple gives us a Peek into a New Social Networking App in the Works (Jack Purcher/Patently Apple)

(8 years ago)
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:Apple gives us a Peek into a New Social Networking App in the Works  —  Social networking on sites LinkedIn and Facebook are a huge success with today's in-crowd.  Today's social apps typically use matching algorithms to match members with members who are deemed compatible by with their interests and values.

Exclusive: China software bug makes infrastructure vulnerable

(8 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.

Yes, Despite All The HTML5 Talk (And Action), Facebook Is Finally Doing An iPad App (MG Siegler/TechCrunch)

(8 years ago)
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:Yes, Despite All The HTML5 Talk (And Action), Facebook Is Finally Doing An iPad App  —  The leaking of Facebook continues.  Following our stories yesterday about their new Photos mobile app and “Project Spartan” (a new mobile app platform), Nick Bilton of The New York Times reports that Facebook will soon release an iPad app.

Chinese Legislature Conducts Large Online Vote

(8 years ago)
hackingbear writes "In a bid to reform the tax law and raise person tax exemption to 3000 Yuan per month (or about US$5000 per year,) from 2000 Yuan per month, the Chinese legislature has conducted a massive online vote on the pending legislation. The [National People's Congress] Standing Committee, China's top legislature, on Wednesday publicized suggestions and opinions on amending the Law on Individual Income Tax that were submitted online from April 25 to May 31. Among all 82,707 citizens who commented on the proposal, [only] 15 percent of them favored raising the exemption to 3,000 yuan. However, 48 percent suggested to further raise the exemption to 5,000 yuan per month. While the online votes are not binding, the outcome likely shape the final bill. We'd hope the US Congress would dare to collect real citizen input on its legislation, rather than just doing lip service or useless political arguments." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Senate Committee Votes to Make Illegal Streaming of Movies, TV a Felony (Alex Ben Block/Hollywood Reporter)

(8 years ago)
Alex Ben Block / Hollywood Reporter:Senate Committee Votes to Make Illegal Streaming of Movies, TV a Felony … Moving to close a possible loophole in the laws against the pirating of movies, TV shows and other intellectual property, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved making illegal streaming of video over the internet a felony in most cases.

Apple may freeze new Mac introductions until release of Mac OS X Lion (AppleInsider)

(8 years ago)
AppleInsider:Apple may freeze new Mac introductions until release of Mac OS X Lion  —  Apple management is so pumped up over the advantages presented by its forthcoming Mac OS X Lion operating system that the company has been holding back the release of at least one new Mac refresh until the software is finalized, AppleInsider has learned.

RIM Falls 15%: FYQ1 Rev, Q2 View Miss; Cuts Year View; Plans Job Cuts, Share Buyback (Tiernan Ray/Tech Trader Daily)

(8 years ago)
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:RIM Falls 15%: FYQ1 Rev, Q2 View Miss; Cuts Year View; Plans Job Cuts, Share Buyback  —  BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIMM) this afternoon reported fiscal Q1 revenue below analysts' estimates, but profit a penny ahead, and a Q2 revenue forecast well below estimates, and cut its year outlook.

Sony Ericsson signs deal with NFC chip maker, gets ready to do the Xperia pay

(8 years ago)
If Google ever hopes to lead the mass exodus away from credit card transactions with Google Wallet, a lot more NFC-packing handsets will need to hit the market. Thus far Sony Ericsson hasn't exactly led the near-field charge, aside Japan's Xperia Acro, but it looks like that may soon change, thanks to a deal struck between the phone maker and semiconductor producer, NXP, which will bring the company's PN65 to future Android-based Xperia models. Wave your phone after the break to check out the official announcement.Continue reading Sony Ericsson signs deal with NFC chip maker, gets ready to do the Xperia paySony Ericsson signs deal with NFC chip maker, gets ready to do the Xperia pay originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 16 Jun 2011 21:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

Facebook Readies an iPad App, Finally (Nick Bilton/New York Times)

(8 years ago)
Nick Bilton / New York Times:Facebook Readies an iPad App, Finally  —  Facebook had its application for the iPhone ready right when the Apple App Store opened in July 2008.  But more than a year after the iPad went on sale, there is still no official Facebook app for it.  —  That is about to change.

Fraud starts after Lulzsec group releases e-mail, passwords

(8 years ago)
Debbie Crowell never ordered the iPhone, but thanks to a hacking group known as Lulzsec, she spent a good part of her Thursday morning trying to get US$712.00 in charges reversed after someone broke into her Amazon account and ordered it.

RIM says Q2 forecast is lower than expected

(8 years ago)
Research In Motion missed analysts' lowered revenue forecasts for its fiscal first quarter and said its outlook for the second quarter was lower than expected, as it reported its first-quarter results Thursday.

15 Ways iPad Goes to Work

(8 years ago)
Apple's iconic iPad reports for work in all sorts of strange places, from archaeological digs in Pompeii to movie sets in Hollywood to cockpits in the sky.

Remains of the Day: My life's an open iBook

(8 years ago)
Apple's got yet another iTrademarkInfringement case on its hands, China sends iPad corporate spies to the big house, and Facebook apparently plans to take on Apple at a modern day Battle of Thermopylae. The remainders for Thursday, June 16, 2011 are making their last stand right here.

100 million Android fans can't be wrong (Beth Kowitt/Fortune)

(8 years ago)
Beth Kowitt / Fortune:100 million Android fans can't be wrong  —  The inside story of how Google conquered the smartphone world.  —  FORTUNE — When Google (GOOG) acquired a tiny wireless startup called Android in 2005, few at the search giant had particularly high hopes for the deal — if they even knew about it.

Tango Video-Chat Service for Smartphones Said to Be Valued at $160 Million (Bloomberg)

(8 years ago)
Bloomberg:Tango Video-Chat Service for Smartphones Said to Be Valued at $160 Million  —  Tango, a service that lets users make video calls from their smartphones, received about $30 million in a round of funding that values the startup at $160 million, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

Using Crowdsourcing To Identify Vancouver Rioters

(8 years ago)
Fudge Factor 3000 writes "The Canucks' loss of the final game of the Stanley Cup resulted in complete mayhem in downtown Vancouver. Everything from upturned cars set alight to looting was common place. Unfortunately most of the perpetrators were able to maintain their anonymity by disappearing into the crowds. Fortunately, due to the digital age bystanders took several pictures and videos of the carnage. Now websites (in both Facebook and have been set up to use crowdsourcing to identify the hooligans." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Alan Haberman, barcode advocate, dies at 81

(8 years ago)
A man whose impact on the world is nearly unfathomable died Sunday. Alan L. Haberman, supermarket-executive-turned-barcode-champion, died in Newton Massachusetts from complications of heart and lung disease at the age of 81. While he did not invent those ubiquitous black and white stripes -- that honor belongs to Norman Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver -- Haberman did lead the campaign to make barcodes the universal standard for electronic product encoding. He chaired the committee responsible for the designation of the zebra-like markings, which in 1973 adopted a barcode designed by George J. Laurer of IBM. In his work at the Uniform Code Council (now known as GS1 US), he pushed for acceptance of multiple standards, including RFID. His obituary can be read in-full at the source link below.Alan Haberman, barcode advocate, dies at 81 originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 16 Jun 2011 20:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  New York Times  | Email this | Comments

TI signs license deal after Eolas patent lawsuit

(8 years ago)
Texas Instruments said Thursday it has agreed to license two patents from Eolas Technologies, which two years ago sued more than 20 companies for alleged patent infringement including TI, Google, Yahoo, Apple and Amazon.com.

Vostu Responds To Zynga Lawsuit, Does Not Deny Copying Zynga Games (Dan Frommer/The Business Insider)

(8 years ago)
Dan Frommer / The Business Insider:Vostu Responds To Zynga Lawsuit, Does Not Deny Copying Zynga Games  —  Vostu, a social gaming company that's big in Brazil, has responded to a lawsuit from social gaming leader Zynga, which accused Vostu of stealing its games.  (With pretty serious evidence.)

T-Mobile doubles speed in 42 of its HSPA+ 4G markets (Sean Cooper/Engadget Mobile)

(8 years ago)
Sean Cooper / Engadget Mobile:T-Mobile doubles speed in 42 of its HSPA+ 4G markets  —  T-Mobile's choice of fast just got doubly faster in 42 — clever, right? 42 new markets for its 42Mbps service — of its HSPA+ markets.  With this addition the tally for the faster service now stands at 97 centers — when added to the 55 we saw launched back in May.

UK mobile companies take aim at Google Wallet, want in on the NFC action

(8 years ago)
Oh Google, you didn't think you were going to have all the mobile payment fun did you? While you're beta testing in New York and San Francisco some big names across the pond are looking to dominate the entire UK. Vodafone, Telefonica, and Everything Everywhere (a joint venture between Orange and T-Mobile) are combining forces to create a mobile payment and marketing system that will take on Google Wallet and Offers before they even get off the ground in the British isles. The platform will be open to all comers, including Google, (you know, in case it decides to make Wallet a US only affair) and the companies have pledged to keep customer data out of the hands of third parties. The project is still in the very early stages of development, but the mobile providers aren't dilly dallying -- they expect their efforts to bear NFC fruit before the end of the year.UK mobile companies take aim at Google Wallet, want in on the NFC action originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 16 Jun 2011 19:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  Wall Street Journal  | Email this | Comments

Facebook Launches Send Dialog For Private Shares (Jackie Cohen/All Facebook)

(8 years ago)
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:Facebook Launches Send Dialog For Private Shares  —  Starting today, you can share a link as a private message or group post within Facebook, thanks to the new send dialog button plugin.  —  This feature builds on the popularity of the send button unveiled one month ago and implemented on over 100,000 websites.

Iowa Rejects Video Privacy Protection For Cows

(8 years ago)
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports that an effort to outlaw the undercover recording of animal abuse in livestock operations appears to have stalled in Iowa after previously failing in Minnesota, Florida and New York with the pushback coming from citizens and activists complaining that the proposals were aimed at protecting an industry that doesn't exhibit enough concern for farm animal welfare. A bill introduced earlier this year to criminalize the actions of activists who make unauthorized hidden videos of animal abuse appeared to be headed for approval in the Iowa Legislature with proposed penalties including fines of up to $7,500 and up to five years in prison. 'I feel it is wrong to absolutely lie to get a job to try to defame the employer,' says Iowa representative Annette Sweeney, a farmer and Republican legislator who sponsored the bill. But District Attorney James R. Horton who filed animal cruelty charges against employees and the owner of a large-scale calf-raising farm says he probably 'wouldn't have a case' if not for covert video provided by an animal protection group and says 'we wouldn't have anything' in terms of evidence against the suspects in the beating deaths of dairy calves at E6 Cattle Co." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

"Hacktivists" make noise on government websites

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