Technology archive for 2011-08-07

KDE Frameworks 5.0 In Development

(4 years ago)
An anonymous reader writes "In addition to bringing up the plans for KDE on Wayland, Aaron Siego just announced at the 2011 Desktop Summit that the KDE 5.0 Frameworks libraries are being planned for development. This central code will be developed in parallel to future KDE SC 4.x releases until it is ready, as to not cause another KDE 4.0 mistake. When the code is ready, key applications will be ported to the new interfaces."(There's another article at IT World.) Read more of this story at Slashdot.

The Conference Call: Scourge of IT

(4 years ago)
While telecommuting has made lives more convenient for IT workers, it has also resulted in increasing occurrences of that life-sucking evil succubus: the multi-hour conference call.

Samsung Hercules confirmed as a T-Mobile Galaxy S II variant

(4 years ago)
The picture almost says it all: the Galaxy S II is coming to T-Mobile. Except it's slightly more complicated than that. According to TmoNews, you're actually looking the back of the new Samsung Hercules -- a handset rumored to possess godly specs, which we already knew was heading to both T-Mo and Telus, and which is now revealed as an honest-to-goodness Galaxy S II variant. It's similar to the original superphone in many respects, but it has a slightly larger 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen like the Infuse 4G, a dual-core Qualcomm 1.2GHz processor, and a 42Mbps HSPA+ radio.Developing...Samsung Hercules confirmed as a T-Mobile Galaxy S II variant originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 07 Aug 2011 16:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  TmoNews  | Email this | Comments

How Visa Plans To Dominate Mobile Payments, Create The Digital Wallet And More (Leena Rao/TechCrunch)

(4 years ago)
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:How Visa Plans To Dominate Mobile Payments, Create The Digital Wallet And More  —  It's no secret that credit card companies are shelling out big bucks and aggressively forming partnerships and deals to start cashing in on the mobile and digital payments innovations currently taking place.

Facebook: We Have Proof Ceglia's Contract Is Fake

(4 years ago)
An anonymous reader writes "Facebook says it has found the proof that shows Paul Ceglia, a man that claims he owns half of the company over a 2003 contract, is a fraud. Facebook says it has found the original 'authentic contract' between Zuckerberg and Ceglia." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Oracle, other companies "punk'd" in hacking contest

(4 years ago)
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A weekend contest at the world's largest hacking convention in Las Vegas showed one reason why big corporations seem to be such easy prey for cyber criminals: their workers are poorly trained in security.

Power companies prepare as solar storms set to hit Earth

(4 years ago)
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three large explosions from the Sun over the past few days have prompted U.S. government scientists to caution users of satellite, telecommunications and electric equipment to prepare for possible disruptions over the next few days.

Oracle, other companies "punk'd" in hacking contest

(4 years ago)
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A weekend contest at the world's largest hacking convention in Las Vegas showed one reason why big corporations seem to be such easy prey for cyber criminals: their workers are poorly trained in security.

Hackers don't need movie magic to wreak havoc

(4 years ago)
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Evil hackers with state-of-the-art computers gain remote control of a power plant and blow it up, killing many people and threatening more mayhem if a huge ransom is not paid.

Samsung Hercules revealed as a Galaxy S II variant, coming to T-mobile

(4 years ago)
The picture almost says it all: the Galaxy S II is coming to T-Mobile. Except it's slightly more complicated than that. According to TmoNews, you're actually looking the back of the new Samsung Hercules -- a handset rumored to possess godly specs, which we already knew was heading to both T-Mo and Telus, and which is now revealed as an honest-to-goodness Galaxy S II variant. It's similar to the original superphone in many respects, but it has a larger 4.5-inch screen and a 42Mbps HSPA+ radio. Developing...Samsung Hercules revealed as a Galaxy S II variant, coming to T-mobile originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 07 Aug 2011 16:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  TmoNews  | Email this | Comments

Making Microelectronics Out of Nanodiamond

(4 years ago)
Science_afficionado writes "Electrical engineers at Vanderbilt have created the basic components for computer chips out of thin films of nanodiamond. These combine the properties of vacuum tubes and solid state microelectronics and can operate in extreme environments where normal devices fail." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Verizon unions strike after contract talks fail

(4 years ago)
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Almost half the workers in Verizon Communications wireline telecommunications business went on strike on Sunday as negotiations for a new labor contract failed.

Verizon unions strike after contract talks fail

(4 years ago)
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Almost half the workers in Verizon Communications wireline telecommunications business went on strike on Sunday as negotiations for a new labor contract failed.

Build your own camera, launch it like a grenade

(4 years ago)
Meet the Firefly. Israeli defense contractor Rafael Armament Development Authority calls it a "revolutionary concept in tactical intelligence," but really it's a wireless camera that's shot 500 feet in the air by a grenade launcher. And if a couple of hackers here at the [Defcon] hacking convention get their way, soon anyone will be able to buy this type of military grade technology for only US$500.

Citing Stalemate, Verizon Workers Strike (Steven Greenhouse/New York Times)

(4 years ago)
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:Citing Stalemate, Verizon Workers Strike  —  Two unions representing 45,000 workers at Verizon Communications announced early Sunday that they were calling an immediate strike because of a lack of progress in contract negotiations.  —  The strike involves Verizon telephone field technicians …

45,000 Verizon Workers On Strike Over New Contract

(4 years ago)
Trouble with your landline? If you have Verizon, especially on the east coast, it might not be the best time to have it fixed; The Daily Mail reports that "Forty-five thousand Verizon workers from Massachusetts to Washington, D.C., are on the picket line Sunday as labour contract talks fizzled. More than a fifth of the wireless giant's work force has gone on strike as contract negotiations for the wireline division broke down last night." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Archos Arnova 8 G2 tablet makes FCC appearance, gets friendly with metal yardsticks

(4 years ago)
What's the summer without a sequel or two? Archos's latest entry in the eight-inch Android tablet game hit the FCC this week, sporting Gingerbread, 4GB of storage, an SD slot, and a 1GHz processor. The slate should be available later this month, carrying a price tag of between $180 and $200 -- that's a price bump over its insanely affordable predecessor, but hey, sequels always cost more, right?Gallery: Archos Arnova 8 G2 on the FCCArchos Arnova 8 G2 tablet makes FCC appearance, gets friendly with metal yardsticks originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 07 Aug 2011 14:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  FCC  | Email this | Comments

YC-Funded Interview Street Streamlines The Search For Great Programmers (Jason Kincaid/TechCrunch)

(4 years ago)
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:YC-Funded Interview Street Streamlines The Search For Great Programmers  —  Talk to any tech company and they'll tell you that hiring quality programmers is an incredibly difficult task — the smaller companies often have a hard time getting in front of the best candidates …

Facebook: we have proof Ceglia's contract is a forgery

(4 years ago)
Facebook says it has found the original "authentic contract" between Zuckerberg and Ceglia, as well as proof that there are other "storage devices" that Ceglia is intentionally hiding from the company

Anti-Matter Belt Discovered Around Earth

(4 years ago)
hydrofix writes "A thin band of antiprotons enveloping the Earth has been spotted for the first time. The find, described in Astrophysical Journal Letters [arXiv] (Note: abstract free, full text paywalled), confirms theoretical work that predicted the Earth's magnetic field could trap antimatter. The antiprotons were spotted by the Pamela satellite launched in 2006 to study the nature of high-energy particles from the Sun and cosmic rays. Aside from confirming theoretical work that had long predicted the existence of these antimatter bands, the particles could also prove to be a novel fuel source for future spacecraft — an idea explored in a report for NASA's Institute for Advanced Concepts." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google+, Day 5: The "Real Names" Debate

(4 years ago)
Google ruffled feathers when it simply shut down thousands of Google+ accounts citing a policy that you must use your real name for your Google+ profile. Google since backed off a little on how aggressive it is with enforcement, but the policy itself sparked an online debate about the virtues of pseudonyms and the value of using your real name.

Boeing's CST-100 to shoot non-NASA astronauts into space by 2015

(4 years ago)
Day job just too darn terrestrial? Maybe you should score a gig at Boeing, which'll apparently sling two of its very own into space come 2015. What'll be their chariot? The company's CST-100 -- you know that spiffy capsule that can hurtle a lucky seven humans 100km into the dark abyss. Strapped to ULA's Atlas V, the crew will follow two unmanned missions, eventually reaching the International Space Station. If that all goes to plan, commercial service will start in 2016. Now about those extra five seats...Continue reading Boeing's CST-100 to shoot non-NASA astronauts into space by 2015Boeing's CST-100 to shoot non-NASA astronauts into space by 2015 originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 07 Aug 2011 12:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink BBC  |  Boeing  | Email this | Comments

Computers Could Grade Essay Tests Better Than Profs

(4 years ago)
An anonymous reader writes "Robot essay graders could be the answer to grade inflation. New software being tested turns over the task of grading to computers — this article has an interactive demo of the software. One professor says the computer is far fairer than human graders, who get tired and become inconsistent, or play favorites." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Retailer Lets Online Shoppers Virtually Try on Clothes Using Augmented Reality (Sarah Perez/ReadWriteWeb)

(4 years ago)
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:Retailer Lets Online Shoppers Virtually Try on Clothes Using Augmented Reality  —  Have you been waiting for more practical implementations of augmented reality (AR) technology outside of gaming and marketing initiatives?  So have we.  That's what makes the technology Zugara is launching now so interesting.

AntiSec hackers dump data after hacking police websites

(4 years ago)
The war between law enforcement and the Anonymous hacking collective continued this weekend as hackers dumped a 10 gigabyte database that included private e-mails and information sent by confidential informants. Hackers say they stole information during an attack on more than 70 small-town law enforcement agencies.

Google+ 'Real Names' Enforcement Panned

(4 years ago)
Google's real-names policy for its social networking service has created a tempest that could have easily been avoided.

Google+, Day 4: Pros and Cons of Circles

(4 years ago)
Google+ is built around the concept of Circles. Building a social network on Google+ seems like a more conscious or intentional exercise because I can't add someone to the social network without placing the contact into at least one Circle. Some privacy advocates see this as a benefit, but I can also see a potential downside to the way the Circles are used.

Ask Slashdot: Self-Hosted Gmail Alternatives?

(4 years ago)
linkedlinked writes "I'm tired of building my sandcastles on Google's beachfront. I've moved off Docs, Plus, and Analytics, so now it's time to host my own email servers. What are the best self-host open-source email solutions available? I'm looking for 'the full stack' — including a Gmail-competitive web GUI — and don't mind getting my hands dirty to set it up. I leverage most of Gmail's features, including multi-domain support, and fetching from remote POP/IMAP servers. Bonus points: Since I'm a hobbyist, not a sysadmin, and I normally outsource my mail servers, what new security considerations do I need to make in managing these services?" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Caption Contest: Bakebot learns to actually bake things, feed the looming robot army

(4 years ago)
Aww, look! Bakebot's soooo cute! He's actually cooking things these days, thanks to MIT grad student Mario Bollini, who recently upped the creature's skill level in an effort to grab more calories with less effort. Little did he know, however, that teaching a self-contained machine how to feed the future uprising wasn't exactly the best long-term move. No, that creeping feeling of fear isn't unwarranted.Darren: "01001111 01001101 01000111 00100000 01000011 01001111 01001111 01001011 01001001 01000101 01010011!"Terrence: "Bakebot's lessons with the master chef were going so well, until his Bork to binary translator failed"Brian: "Bakebot love kitten. Bakebot eat kitten."Brad: "Stephanie! Johnny no add vanilla!"Sean: "It's so unfair! I have eight other senses, but I'd trade them all -- even smision -- to be able to taste."Christopher: "Rachel Ray hit a wall with 15 minute meals, so we found a faster, more charismatic replacement. Meet Rachel Number 5."Michael: "Here I thought the robot apocalypse would be powered by nuclear fusion and laser beams, turns out it'll be running on profiteroles and delicious cakes."Jon: "I'm toasting bread in my head right now...seriously"Zach: "You want me to wear a what? Why don't you trying sticking a fan in your scalp. Then you can tell me to wear a hairnet."Joseph: "How do ya like my ganache now, Martha???"Daniel: "A robot may not injure a cupcake or, through inaction, allow a cupcake to come to harm."Richard Lai: "How do you like them[..]

The Trivialities and Transcendence of Kickstarter (Rob Walker/New York Times)

(4 years ago)
Rob Walker / New York Times:The Trivialities and Transcendence of Kickstarter  —  We had this idea, some friends and I, for a small public art project in New Orleans last year.  The problem was, it involved some professional printing that would cost a few thousand dollars, which none of us had.

HP Drops Price Again For Its WebOS-Based iPad Challenger

(4 years ago)
oxide7 writes with this selection from IBT: "Hewlett Packard reduced the price of its TouchPad tablet computer again, highlighting the uphill battle manufacturers will need to overcome as they go head-to-head against the dominant Apple iPad line of tablets. Much of a tablet's success is based on the ecosystem of apps that is available to the end-user. HP is far behind Apple or even the No.2 tablet platform, Google's Android." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

KDE Plans To Support Wayland In 2012

(4 years ago)
An anonymous reader writes "During the 2011 Desktop Summit plans were brought up by a KDE developer to support KDE on the Wayland Display Server, which is dubbed the successor to X11. The KDE Wayland support is expected to come in three phases, with the first two phases expected to be completed next year during the KDE SC 4.8 and 4.9 development cycles. Farewell X?" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Samsung brings WNBA-sized Galaxy Tab 8.9 to BlogHer 2011

(4 years ago)
The release date and pricing info we're waiting on from the Galaxy Tab 8.9 continues to elude us, but Samsung's slightly smaller slate did find time to make a live US appearance at BlogHer 2011 this week. Handled by our friends at Tecca, the new TouchWiz UX looked every bit as slick and speedy here as it did on the regulation size 10.1-inch Tab, but on a screen that might be easier to handle. There's no real surprises -- you knew the speakers had migrated around to the sides of the Tab's proprietary connector, right? -- but now that Samsung's showing it off to the public a wide release is hopefully just around the corner.Samsung brings WNBA-sized Galaxy Tab 8.9 to BlogHer 2011 originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 07 Aug 2011 09:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  Tecca  | Email this | Comments

Super 8 Screener Leaks - With Howard Stern's Name All Over It (Enigmax/TorrentFreak)

(4 years ago)
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:Super 8 Screener Leaks - With Howard Stern's Name All Over It  —  A high-quality copy of the Steven Spielberg movie 'Super 8′ has turned up online and is spreading like wildfire.  While it is hardly unusual for preview copy DVD screeners to become available in this way …

DARPA Commits To Funding Useful Hacking Projects

(4 years ago)
Hugh Pickens writes "Fahmida Y. Rashid reports that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will fund new cyber-security proposals under the new Cyber-Fast Track project intended to cut red tape for hackers to apply for funding for projects that would help the Defense Department secure computer networks, says Peiter Zatko, a hacker known as Mudge who was one of the seven L0pht members who testified before a Senate committee in 1998 that they could bring down the Internet in 30 minutes and is now a program manager for the agency's information innovation office. Anything that could help the military will be considered, including bug-hunting exercises, commodity high-end computing and open software tools and projects with the potential to 'reduce attack surface areas, reverse current asymmetries' are of particular interest. Under the Cyber-Fast Track initiative, DARPA will fund between 20 to 100 projects annually. Open to anybody, researchers can pitch DARPA with ideas and have a project approved and funded within 14 days of the application." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

With Google, There Will Be Bad Blood (MG Siegler/TechCrunch)

(4 years ago)
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:With Google, There Will Be Bad Blood  —  “I have a competition in me.  I want no one else to succeed.”  —  I'm reminded of Daniel Plainview's admission in There Will Be Blood when thinking about Google.  —  While the company is still largely beloved by the public, sentiment seems …

Gigantic LED wall provides gaming at Sziget Fest, destroys your cred from miles away

(4 years ago)
We can't think of a better way to promote your company than with a 30 meter high (10 stories) tower filled with all sorts of tech goodness. Vodafone plans on doing just that, with what will be the tallest building in Hungarian festival history at next week's Sziget Festival. This monstrosity will not only be a lookout platform, but it will employ 250 square meters (about 820 square feet) of LED walls. For what, you might ask? Why, gaming of course -- festival goers can play Rocket Bullet Storm, if they're man or woman enough to risk their gamer cred in front of thousands. If using 1.5 million LED units wasn't enough to entice attendees, the structure will also offer free internet access, charging stations and host DJ sets that last through the night. We can only hope that this will catch on elsewhere, so that our Michael Jackson: The Experience skills can be broadcast for miles.Gigantic LED wall provides gaming at Sziget Fest, destroys your cred from miles away originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 07 Aug 2011 06:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink TechCrunch, IndieGames  |  Sziget  | Email this | Comments

Why Google Is Right Yet Short-Sighted To Complain About Mobile Patents (Tom Krazit/paidContent)

(4 years ago)
Tom Krazit / paidContent:Why Google Is Right Yet Short-Sighted To Complain About Mobile Patents  —  Omar Little had it right: there's a game out there, and you either play or get played.  One of the most compelling characters from the television show The Wire probably wouldn't have cut it as a mobile executive or a patent lawyer …

Comcast Launching $9.95 Low Income Broadband Plan

(4 years ago)
MojoKid writes "Comcast is launching 'Internet Essentials,' a new initiative offering discounted Internet access and home computers to families that meet low income requirements. The program was mandated as a requirement of Comcast's acquisition of NBC Universal, earlier this year. In that way, it's very similar to AT&T's Naked DSL program, which AT&T was required to offer as a condition of its merger with BellSouth. Internet Essentials will be available wherever Comcast offers broadband, which means 39 states." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Verizon Blocks Hotspot Tethering for Jailbroken Devices (Dan Rowinski/ReadWriteWeb)

(4 years ago)
Dan Rowinski / ReadWriteWeb:Verizon Blocks Hotspot Tethering for Jailbroken Devices  —  It appears that Verizon is starting to block hotspot tethering for consumers using jailbroken devices without data plans.  A ReadWriteWeb employee using a jailbroken tethered Verizon Motorola X without a data plan was sent …

US judge won't return seized URL to Rojadirecta.com, absolutamente no

(4 years ago)
Welcome to the homepage of popular sports streaming and p2p site Rojadirecta.com. Why all the birdy logos and harsh words about going to prison? Well, it's a convoluted story, which began when a whole bunch of sports sites -- including Rojadirecta -- were summarily seized by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, based on "probable cause to believe" they'd been involved in copyright infringement. Awkwardly, the Spanish owners of this particular site had already been cleared of any wrongdoing by courts in Spain, but this counted for nada because their .com URL was American. So, their one hope was to convince a US judge that the seizure violated the First Amendment and should be overturned. This case won support from freedom of speech activists like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, but on Thursday it finally failed. The presiding judge ruled that no rights had been violated, because Rojadirecta could easily set up shop at a non-US address and continue to function. Bad news indeed for the Spaniards -- maybe they should move to the UK, where due process takes a whole lot longer.US judge won't return seized URL to Rojadirecta.com, absolutamente no originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 07 Aug 2011 04:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Electronista  |   | Email this | Comments

SETI Finds Funds For the Allen Telescope Array (For Now)

(4 years ago)
Ransak writes "It looks as if SETI has met its short term funding goal to restart the Allen Telescope Array. Is crowdsourcing the long term future of pure research projects?" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Tech and the San Francisco Rental Bubble (Nick Bilton/Bits)

(4 years ago)
Nick Bilton / Bits:Tech and the San Francisco Rental Bubble  —  I've recently learned that real estate brokers in San Francisco have reached a consensus on a topic that entrepreneurs and investors can't seem to agree on: that we are in the midst of a technology bubble.  —  Technologists have been debating …
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