Technology archive for 2011-07-11

Anonymous Leaks 90,000 Military Email Accounts in Latest #AntiSec Attack (Sam Biddle/Gizmodo)

(4 years ago)
Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:Anonymous Leaks 90,000 Military Email Accounts in Latest #AntiSec Attack  —  Booz Allen Hamilton is a massive American consulting firm that does a substantial amount of work for the Pentagon.  This means they've got a lot of military business on their servers—which Anonymous hacked.

How Investigators Deciphered Stuxnet

(4 years ago)
suraj.sun tips a story at Wired that takes an in-depth look into how security researchers tracked down and worked to understand the infamous Stuxnet worm. The article begins:"It was January 2010, and investigators with the International Atomic Energy Agency had just completed an inspection at the uranium enrichment plant outside Natanz in central Iran, when they realized that something was off within the cascade rooms where thousands of centrifuges were enriching uranium. But when the IAEA later reviewed footage from surveillance cameras installed outside the cascade rooms to monitor Iran's enrichment program, they were stunned as they counted the numbers. The workers had been replacing the units at an incredible rate — later estimates would indicate between 1,000 and 2,000 centrifuges were swapped out over a few months. The question was, why?" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Exclusive: Facebook Hires New Director of Product, Tom Stocky, From Google (Liz Gannes/AllThingsD)

(4 years ago)
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:Exclusive: Facebook Hires New Director of Product, Tom Stocky, From Google  —  Longtime Googler Tom Stocky is Facebook's newest director of product, AllThingsD has learned.  —  Stocky posted about the move on his online profiles and Facebook confirmed he'd been hired.

Space Shuttle Program Now to End With Predawn Landing

(4 years ago)
When I was down in Florida to cover the launch of the shuttle Endeavour in May, I ran into an old NASA friend who joked about the agency's knack for timing. The schedule for this month's final flight by Atlantis...

Acer AC700 WiFi goes on sale, is your $350 ticket to the Chromebook club

(4 years ago)
Good niches don't come cheap, but while $350 isn't exactly a steal, Acer's new AC700 will, at the very least, get you into the wonderful cloud-based world of Chrome OS for a good deal less than, say, Samsung's Series 5. Of course, there are certain sacrifices to be made for the sake of affordability, namely the fact that the current version of Acer's entry into the space is WiFi-only -- a 3G version is set to hit later this summer for, one assumes, a noticeable price bump. The AC700 has an Atom N570 processor, 16GB of storage, and 2GB of RAM, and best of all, is available right this very moment.Acer AC700 WiFi goes on sale, is your $350 ticket to the Chromebook club originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 11 Jul 2011 17:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Netbook News  |  Amazon  | Email this | Comments

New Mac Pros and MacBook Airs to launch this week with OS X Lion (Mark Gurman/9to5Mac)

(4 years ago)
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:New Mac Pros and MacBook Airs to launch this week with OS X Lion  —  We have been expecting new MacBook Airs this week and now it appears that the ultra-thin notebooks won't be the only new Macs this week.  According to our source Mr. X, part numbers for an upgraded Mac Pro line have appeared …

Twitter: 1 million apps on the platform

(4 years ago)
The catalog of registered Twitter applications recently reached the 1 million mark, an increase of about 850,000 applications in the past year, the company said Monday.

XBRL group offers cash prize for open-source tools

(4 years ago)
A U.S. nonprofit consortium is hoping the prospect of a US$20,000 cash prize will help spur the creation of open-source software tools companies can use to work with the XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting Language) standard for financial reporting.

Gov't issues draft rules for affordable health insurance exchanges

(4 years ago)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Monday issued draft rules for how states should establish affordable health insurance exchanges, which will create marketplaces where individuals and businesses can compare private insurance plans.

Study: Fair use drives large part of US economy

(4 years ago)
Industries that rely on fair use exceptions to U.S. copyright law have weathered the recent slow economy better than other businesses, according to a new study released by a tech trade group.

Red Wine Counters Some Negative Health Effects of Microgravity

(4 years ago)
astroengine writes "Great news for astronaut red wine aficionados: the alcoholic beverage can counteract some of the most troublesome physiological effects of microgravity. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on whether or not you have to pilot a spaceship), you have to drink a lot of wine to reap any benefit. These findings are fresh from the labs of French researchers (abstract) who found that by dosing unfortunate rats — hung by their tails to simulate microgravity — with resveratrol (a compound found in red wine), they could help stave off bone density loss and muscle atrophy. Does this mean resveratrol is an astronaut's best friend? Possibly, but judging by the quantities that are needed, it would most likely come in supplement form, rather than 750 ml bottles." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google Talk to use SRI technology for stabilizing video chats, revive Chatroulette

(4 years ago)
Okay, so maybe it's not the only reason that Chatroulette is due for a revival, but it certainly won't hurt matters. SRI Technology has just announced that it'll be providing image stabilization software to take the jiggles from your future Google Talk videocalls. 'Course, you'll need an Android 3.0+ device in order to take advantage, but the general consensus here seems fairly positive. SRI's press release (embedded after the break) isn't exactly laced with details, but GigaOM is reporting that this could also improve battery life, but only the heaviest of video chatters are apt to notice the difference. Looks like distracting yourself just got a whole lot less distracting.Continue reading Google Talk to use SRI technology for stabilizing video chats, revive ChatrouletteGoogle Talk to use SRI technology for stabilizing video chats, revive Chatroulette originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 11 Jul 2011 17:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink MobileBurn  |  SRI Technology  | Email this | Comments

U.S. Venture Fund-Raising Shines for Some, European Funds Still Struggle (Dow Jones)

(4 years ago)
Dow Jones:U.S. Venture Fund-Raising Shines for Some, European Funds Still Struggle  —  Dow Jones LP Source: U.S. VC Fund-Raising Rose 19% in First Half; European Fund-Raising Dropped 45%; Early-Stage Funds Lagged as Late-Stage Commitments Picked Up  —  In the U.S., brand name venture firms raising anything …

Astronauts begin huge orbital moving job

(4 years ago)
The International Space Station got a year's worth of groceries in a giant shopping cart on Monday, courtesy of the astronauts on NASA's final shuttle flight.

Facebook video of Anthony 'confessing' is fake

(4 years ago)
If you see this on Facebook: "Breaking news — Leaked video of Casey Anthony CONFESSING to lawyer!" — don't click on it. It's fake. It isn't malware that can harm your computer, but it is annoyingware that could irritate your friends.

Anonymous shares 90,000 military email addresses

(4 years ago)
Hacking group Anonymous said Monday it infiltrated a server belonging to military consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and made available approximately 90,000 military e-mail addresses online.

Space Invaders ... The Movie?

(4 years ago)
If ever there was a video game that begged to be made into a movie it's ... "Space Invaders." Or at least, that's what some people in Hollywood think.

Porn infiltrates Microsoft anti-scam help site

(4 years ago)
Microsoft disabled the search function on its Safety and Security Center this past weekend after scammers hijacked it to redirect queries to porn sites.

Soviet debris deemed no threat to space station

(4 years ago)
A piece of space junk from an old Soviet satellite will pose no danger to the International Space Station and the attached shuttle Atlantis, thanks in large part to the weekend docking of the two spacecraft, NASA officials said Monday.

How to get your computer ready for Mac OS X Lion

(4 years ago)
Rumor is that Mac OS X Lion — the latest version of Apple's popular operating system — will become available in a few days. While you're waiting for the software to be released, you can get your computer ready.

More using smartphones, not PCs, for Web

(4 years ago)
As more of us gravitate to smartphones, we're relying on them for more of our Web surfing; 25 percent of Americans say they're now doing most of their Internet browsing on their phones instead of a computer, says a new report.

Oh snap: Old photos hit Google Maps

(4 years ago)
A trove of old photographs, including images of a traditional English pancake race and snaps of Abe Lincoln's inauguration, has been taggd by location on Google Maps thanks to a website called Historypin.

How tough turtles survived a deadly meteor

(4 years ago)
What does it take to survive a catastrophic meteor impact? The tough turtles of the Cretaceous know a bit about that; they seem to have survived the mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs because of their slow metabolisms and aquatic lifestyles, researchers now say.

New Rebecca Black song to debut on YouTube

(4 years ago)
Did you just hear a horrifying noise? That was the sound of Rebecca Black fans screaming in joy as their parents — and the rest of the Internet — groaned in agony. The cause of this peculiar reaction? News that the 14-year-old singer has a new song coming out soon.

A custom gold '$4' keyboard money key

(4 years ago)
Blinging out your grill is old and tired. Nerds are the new hotness, and we're sure the trend will be getting your '$4' money key replaced with a version made from gold-plated silver.

A first read of the new iRiver Story HD

(4 years ago)
Will iRiver Story HD give Amazon’s Kindle a run for its money? Probably not, at least not on its own, but it’s a notable step for Google’s digital books initiative, as the first dedicated device with the search company’s eBooks platform integrated into it right out of the box.

Lost world? Atlantis-like landscape discovered

(4 years ago)
Buried deep beneath the sediment of the North Atlantic Ocean lies an ancient, lost landscape with furrows cut by rivers and peaks that once belonged to mountains. Geologists recently discovered this roughly 56 million-year-old landscape using data gathered for oil companies.

Why did Google+ users get hit by a spam attack?

(4 years ago)
This weekend there was an 80-minute time period during which Google+ users were hit by an odd spam attack. They weren't simply annoyed by junk emails, but instead smothered by a pile of duplicate Google+ notifications. What went wrong?

Pampers iPhone app tracks your baby's growth

(4 years ago)
There are iPhone apps which monitor your child's pooping habits, so it's only natural that there are some that'll track the more pleasant aspects of raising a kid. One such app will help you keep an eye on your precious angel's growth and development.

HP swaps WebOS leaders, Rubinstein gets 'product innovation role'

(4 years ago)
HP will install Stephen DeWitt as general manager of its webOS unit. Jon Rubinstein, who led webOS at Palm and HP, will take "a product innovation role" at HP's PC unit.
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