Technology archive for 2011-09-09

Intel Said to Weigh InterDigital Bid (Bloomberg)

(3 years ago)
Bloomberg:Intel Said to Weigh InterDigital Bid  —  Intel Corp. (INTC) is among companies considering submitting bids for InterDigital Inc.'s patent portfolio this month, while Google Inc. (GOOG) is losing interest in the assets, said people with knowledge of the matter.

One last hurrah? HP TouchPad on sale at QVC, sans complimentary steak knives

(3 years ago)
Still looking for an ever-elusive HP TouchPad? Good news, you need look no further than that bastion of high technology, QVC. The slate hit the channel's website today, and you can pick up your very own webOS tablet for the low, low price of $199.95 -- and it gets better, QVC is throwing in the Touchstone Dock and a case for that price. Well, that plus $13.97 shipping and handling, naturally.One last hurrah? HP TouchPad on sale at QVC, sans complimentary steak knives originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 09 Sep 2011 17:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  QVC  | Email this | Comments

AT&T Responds To DoJ Lawsuit

(3 years ago)
An anonymous reader writes "Last week the Department of Justice filed an antitrust complaint to stop the merger between AT&T and T-Mobile USA. Now, AT&T has responded, arguing that the merger would benefit consumers by increasing competition and freeing up spectrum. 'That means increased output, higher quality service, fewer dropped calls,and lower prices to consumers than without the merger,' they say. Meanwhile, House Republicans have sent a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Attorney General Eric Holder asking for an explanation of 'what went into the decision to challenge the merger and whether the agencies considered the impact on jobs and economic growth.' A hearing is scheduled for Sept. 21." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

WSJ: Google Paid $125MM for Zagat (Greg Sterling/Screenwerk)

(3 years ago)
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:WSJ: Google Paid $125MM for Zagat  —  Yesterday TechCrunch apparently erroneously reported that Google paid less than $66 million for Zagat, using acquisition price thresholds in the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.  Independently I told someone yesterday that I would be very surprised if the deal was less than $50 million at rock bottom.

Alibaba to launch English version of Aliyun OS this month, tablet by November

(3 years ago)
Alibaba is just beginning its long and arduous journey into the field of mobile domination, but it's already looking to expand its sphere of influence beyond China to tackle the OS giants. Merely a few weeks after announcing its Aliyun OS, the company has spilled the beans on its plans for the immediate future, which include launching an English version of the platform this month and pushing a tablet to the market within the next two. Details on pricing, release time frame and partnerships are scarce -- the K-Touch W700 wasn't specifically mentioned, either -- but Alibaba confirmed it's currently in talks with global hardware vendors. Baidu, care to offer another rebuttal? You've got a slot at seventh place to protect.Alibaba to launch English version of Aliyun OS this month, tablet by November originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 09 Sep 2011 17:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  Reuters  | Email this | Comments

Sprint blacks out first half of October for iPhone 5 launch (Electronista)

(3 years ago)
Electronista:Sprint blacks out first half of October for iPhone 5 launch  —  Sprint braces for iPhone 5 in schedule  —  An internal memo to Sprint staff has provided a virtual giveaway of the carrier's plans to carry the iPhone 5.  The note issues a blackout on employee vacations between September 30 and October 15 for a “major phone launch.”

What Facebook Ruling Means for Social Media at Your Company

(3 years ago)
It has been widely accepted by both employees and organizations that what you say on a social media network about a company where you're working could get you fired. A recent decision by a judge in New York may have changed all that after he ordered five people who were fired over comments on Facebook to go back to work.

Online seller of counterfeit credit cards gets prison time

(3 years ago)
An Indiana man who manufactured counterfeit credit cards and sold them online was sentenced Friday to 14 years in prison for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

How Killing the Internet Helped Revolutionaries

(3 years ago)
An anonymous reader writes "In a widely circulated American Political Science Association conference paper, Yale scholar Navid Hassanpour argues that shutting down the internet made things difficult for sustaining a centralized revolutionary movement in Egypt. But, he adds, the shutdown actually encouraged the development of smaller revolutionary uprisings at local levels where the face-to-face interaction between activists was more intense and the mobilization of inactive lukewarm dissidents was easier. In other words, closing down the internet made the revolution more diffuse and more difficult for the authorities to contain."As long as we're on the subject, reader lecheiron points out news of research into predicting revolutions by feeding millions of news articles into a supercomputer and using word analysis to chart national sentiment. So far it's pretty good at predicting things that have already happened, but we should probably wait until it finds something new before contacting Hari Seldon. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

AT&T Responds to Justice Dept.'s Lawsuit Over T-Mobile Deal (Michael de la Merced/DealBook)

(3 years ago)
Michael de la Merced / DealBook:AT&T Responds to Justice Dept.'s Lawsuit Over T-Mobile Deal  —  AT&T on Friday filed its response to the Obama administration's lawsuit seeking to block the telecommunications giant's $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA.  —  In its response, filed in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia …

Facebook Begins Testing Friend Filters in News Feed [PICS] (Ben Parr/Mashable!)

(3 years ago)
Ben Parr / Mashable!:Facebook Begins Testing Friend Filters in News Feed [PICS]  —  Facebook has begun testing a slew of changes to the News Feed, including friend list filters and Smart Lists that automatically categorize your friends.  —  The changes seem to be aimed at making the content within the News Feed more relevant.

Adobe unveils new software tools, adds iOS-compatible streaming video option

(3 years ago)
At the International Broadcasters Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam yesterday, Adobe unveiled a slew of new software solutions, including Adobe Pass, Flash Access 3.0 and Flash Media Server 4.5. Pass allows cable operators and other content providers to provide streaming TV from multiple sources through a single sign-on solution, while Access is content protection platform that can now deliver streaming video to mobile devices. But, it's Media Server 4.5 that has been garnering the most attention from the press, thanks to its support for iOS. Now don't get too excited, you still can't actually use Flash on your iPhone. But, the latest version of the software provides the option to stream video using the Apple-friendly HTTP Live Streaming format. So, still no Kongregate for iPhone users, but partners like MediaPlatform can now put live webcasts on your iPad. Check out the PR after the break.Continue reading Adobe unveils new software tools, adds iOS-compatible streaming video optionAdobe unveils new software tools, adds iOS-compatible streaming video option originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 09 Sep 2011 16:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

Google Urges Iranian Users to Secure Accounts After Hack (Chloe Albanesius/PC Magazine)

(3 years ago)
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:Google Urges Iranian Users to Secure Accounts After Hack  —  In the wake of a digital certificate hack that potentially allowed hackers to gain access to the Google accounts of 300,000 Iranians, the search giant this week urged those users to take certain steps to secure their data.

Apple Finally Removes DigiNotar Certs In Safari

(3 years ago)
Trailrunner7 writes "Apple has finally released a fix for the certificate trust issue caused by the attack on DigiNotar, more than a week after the fraudulent certificates were identified and other browser vendors moved to revoke trust in them. While Microsoft, Mozilla and Google had been communicating with users about the issue and pushing out new versions and updates to eliminate the compromised certificate authorities from their browsers, Apple had been mum about the attack and hadn't given any indication of when it might issue an update for Safari. On Friday the company published a security advisory for Mac OS X users, saying that it was removing DigiNotar's certificates from its trust list." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Apple addresses compromised DigiNotar web certificates with OS X Security Update (Matthew Panzarino/The Next Web)

(3 years ago)
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:Apple addresses compromised DigiNotar web certificates with OS X Security Update  —  Apple has released a security update that addresses digital certificates issues by DigiNotar last month that were found to be compromised.  The update is 2011-005 and is available for Lion and Snow Leopard users.

Ambrosia releases Soundboard for iPad

(3 years ago)
Now you don't need a Mac to play crazy sound effects. Ambrosia Software's Soundboard app, already a Mac app that lets you assign sound effects to each key on your keyboard, has arrived on the App Store as a $20 iPad app.

Security roundup: How did 9/11 change IT?; Microsoft premature patching; HIPAA gets nasty

(3 years ago)
The 10th anniversary of the infamous Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America is prompting reflection on those who died on that day of mass murder, and what changed in our society because of it.

Credit card forger sentenced to 14 years

(3 years ago)
A man who sold phony credit cards online was sentenced to 14 years in prison and must pay more than $3 million after pleading guilty to wire fraud and identity theft.

Dish, LightSquared place long 4G bets

(3 years ago)
LightSquared's and Dish Network's proposals to use satellite spectrum for 4G networks aren't necessarily competing for FCC approval, but either one could make the U.S. mobile broadband business more competitive if it clears significant hurdles.

Assessing the Impact of Application Virtualization

(3 years ago)
Server virtualization gets most of the glory, but it's application virtualization that may ultimately have a more significant impact on enterprise IT architectures, supporting new modes of business and smoothing the path to the new services-oriented online structure known as the cloud.

10 Best Android Tablet Apps for News Junkies

(3 years ago)
CIO.com's gadget guru Al Sacco spotlights 10 great applications for your Android tablet that will keep you up to date on news, sports, entertainment, stocks and much more. These apps look great and perform even better--and most are free

Growing Up Geek: Kevin Wong

(3 years ago)
Welcome to Growing Up Geek, an ongoing feature where we take a look back at our youth and tell stories of growing up to be the nerds that we are. Today, we have our very own Contributing Editor, Kevin Wong. Okay, so let's get the pink pencil elephant out of the room first. Yes, that is a Superman t-shirt and yes, I thought I could fly -- with some help from my pops, of course. Back then I wasn't aware that physics had laws, and to be honest, all I thought holding me flat was my love for robots. What I did know was that Transformers were are awesome, and that ice cream was a perfect supplement for vegetables.Continue reading Growing Up Geek: Kevin WongGrowing Up Geek: Kevin Wong originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 09 Sep 2011 16:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

RIM may be rushing BlackBerry Colt QNX phone amid weak BlackBerry 7 sales (Zach Epstein/BGR)

(3 years ago)
Zach Epstein / BGR:RIM may be rushing BlackBerry Colt QNX phone amid weak BlackBerry 7 sales  —  Research In Motion is said to be rushing its first QNX-powered smartphone to market in light of underwhelming BlackBerry 7 devices sales.  In a note to investors on Friday, Jefferies & Company analyst Peter Misek suggested demand …

In One Year, Tumblr Goes From 1 Billion Posts To 10 Billion (MG Siegler/TechCrunch)

(3 years ago)
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:In One Year, Tumblr Goes From 1 Billion Posts To 10 Billion  —  This morning, I logged into Tumblr (where I run my personal blog) and saw confetti flying everywhere on the screen.  Was Tumblr hacked?  Were they converting the platform to be Geocities-powered complete with animated GIFs?

Cult of leadership

(3 years ago)
Enterprise leadership is often out of touch with innovation, collaborative processes and the levers for success: 'Car Guys vs Bean Counters - The battle for the soul of American Business' by Bob...

Is This the End of Righthaven?

(3 years ago)
New submitter Serpents writes "The new management of MediaNews Group (owner of the Denver Post) decided to terminate their contract with Righthaven. So far, the infamous copyright troll has lost all the infringement lawsuits they've filed (although it seems they've managed to settle out of court in a dozen cases or so). Is it possible this will finally spell Righthaven's doom?"The new CEO of MediaNews said that while the copyright issues are real, the involvement of Righthaven was "a dumb idea from the start." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

The Engadget Mobile Podcast, live at 5PM ET!

(3 years ago)
The mobile world is never normal, but at least things are back to the usual routine. Host Myriam Joire has wandered out of the desert and back to the big city, and she's ready to go over the weekly haps with Brad Molen. The Burning Man may be over, but Myriam's back and she's en fuego. So join us for a healthy dosage of mobile news at 5PM ET (2PM PT, 9PM GMT)!Continue reading The Engadget Mobile Podcast, live at 5PM ET!The Engadget Mobile Podcast, live at 5PM ET! originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 09 Sep 2011 15:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

LG resolves iPad 2 panel quality issues as Apple continues to source from Samsung (Matt Brian/The Next Web)

(3 years ago)
Matt Brian / The Next Web:LG resolves iPad 2 panel quality issues as Apple continues to source from Samsung  —  It appears LG has been able to resolve issues that plagued panels it supplied for Apple's iPad 2 tablet, after the company resumed normal shipment levels in August following problems with its backlight units …

AOL, Yahoo merger rumors seem like flashback to 1990s

(3 years ago)
Rumor has it that AOL is in talks with Yahoo over a merger deal, which just reads like a couple of has-beens getting together because there's else nothing left to do.

Defunct Satellite To Fall From the Sky

(3 years ago)
Front page first-timer EmLomBeeNo sends word of a 6.5-ton satellite that will soon be making a quick and fiery return to Earth. From Space.com:"The huge Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) is expected to re-enter Earth's atmosphere in an uncontrolled fall in late September or early October. Much of the spacecraft is expected to burn up during re-entry, but some pieces are expected to make it intact to the ground, NASA officials said. The U.S. space agency will be taking measures to inform the public about the pieces of the spacecraft that are expected to survive re-entry."According to a NASA press conference today, you have a 1-in-21 trillion chance of being hit by falling debris. Who's feeling lucky? Read more of this story at Slashdot.

ASUS N55SF, N75SF multimedia laptops are back... in piano black

(3 years ago)
If your laptop spends more time spinning Netflix hits from yesteryear than yomping around campus, you'll probably love these new offerings from ASUS. It's launching the 15.6-inch N55SF and 17.3-inch N75SF laptops -- depending on budget, you can select an Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 chip and a variety of displays that go up to 1920 x 1080 on the high-end units. Each model gets a HD webcam, instant-on (which picks up where you left off in under two seconds) and USB Charger+, a USB port powered directly from the battery for hasty, direct charging. The company is pushing these as multimedia machines, bundling in Bang & Olufsen's ICEpower tech and a standalone SonicMaster subwoofer as standard -- the latter isn't recommended for those frequenting the library, of course. 15-inchers will arrive later this month, with pricing to start at around €1,100 / $1,500; meanwhile, the larger ones will arrive in early October and begin closer to €1,350 / $1,800. Oh, and we've got some press shots to whet your appetite. They're below. Gallery: ASUS N55SF and N75SFASUS N55SF, N75SF multimedia laptops are back... in piano black originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 09 Sep 2011 15:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Notebook Check (translated)  |  ASUS (N55SF), ASUS (N75SF)  | Email this | Comments

Cupertino residents fear traffic boom from Apple Campus 2 (Mike Rosenberg/Mercury News)

(3 years ago)
Mike Rosenberg / Mercury News:Cupertino residents fear traffic boom from Apple Campus 2  —  Not everyone is thrilled at the prospect of living next to one of the biggest buildings in the Bay Area, as residents from three cities told Cupertino officials Thursday that Apple's plan for a second mega-campus may simply be too big and busy.

As customer engagement evolves, Social CRM poised for major growth

(3 years ago)
With the Social CRM industry expected to top $1 billion in revenue in 2012, it's growing faster that just about any other segment of social business. Yet the classic challenges of dealing with...

HP announces new mobile and 3D printing capabilities

(3 years ago)
For those running HP printers and scanners alongside their Macs, the company on Thursday announced a series of new products at its Imaging and Printing Conference 2011. The new developers are aimed at helping both HP's home and business consumers adopt mobile and 3D printing.

Apple patches OS X for DigiNotar threat

(3 years ago)
Apple is rolling out an OS X patch to deal with the DigiNotar threat. DigiNotar will be removed from the list of trusted root certificates.

iPhone 5 rumor rollup for the week ending Sept. 9

(3 years ago)
President Barack Obama's jobs speech this week might have been better received if he kept repeating, "Release this iPhone right away!" The iOSsphere this week seized on iPhone 4 inventory levels, carrier promotional documents, third-party phone cases, and reports of plans to build 27 million Next iPhones by January to reassure itself that The Wait is nearing an end.

Google gets bolder with search user interface

(3 years ago)
Google designers are under a mandate to make the products' interfaces more appealing, simple and functional, a high-stakes challenge for all of them but in particular for the search team, because they're tinkering with the company's main revenue source.

Apple strikes stolen SSL certificates from OS X

(3 years ago)
Apple today released an update to Mac OS X that blocks Safari users from reaching sites secured with certificates stolen from a Dutch company last summer.
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