Technology archive for 2011-09-29

With 'frictionless sharing,' Facebook and news orgs push boundaries of online privacy (Jeff Sonderman/Poynter)

(3 years ago)
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:With ‘frictionless sharing,’ Facebook and news orgs push boundaries of online privacy  —  Facebook again may have gone too far in its quest to make privacy obsolete, and this time some news organizations could get burned by going along with it.  —  Facebook spent years making it easier …

Privacy advocates want Facebook probed on recent changes (Gautham Nagesh/Hillicon Valley)

(3 years ago)
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:Privacy advocates want Facebook probed on recent changes  —  In a letter Thursday, a group of privacy advocates asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether recent changes by Facebook to encourage users to share more information violate consumers' privacy.

Outlining a World Where Software Makers Are Liable For Flaws

(3 years ago)
CowboyRobot writes with this piece at the ACM Queue, in which "Poul-Henning Kamp makes the argument for software liability laws. 'We have to do something that actually works, as opposed to accepting a security circus in the form of virus or malware scanners and other mathematically proven insufficient and inefficient efforts. We are approaching the point where people and organizations are falling back to pen and paper for keeping important secrets, because they no longer trust their computers to keep them safe.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Spotify users get a 'private listening' mode, Facebook account still required

(3 years ago)
It may not be addressing complaints from those bemoaning the need for a Facebook account in the first place, but Spotify is now at least giving folks an easy way to listen to what they like without broadcasting it to their friends. That comes in the form of a new "private listening" mode, which can easily be turned on and off at will -- the other option is to unlink your Facebook account completely. Hit the link below for details on both options.Spotify users get a 'private listening' mode, Facebook account still required originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Sep 2011 17:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  @Spotify (Twitter), Spotify  | Email this | Comments

Brazil's $12 billion iPad deal is in trouble: sources (Brian Winter/Reuters)

(3 years ago)
Brian Winter / Reuters:Brazil's $12 billion iPad deal is in trouble: sources  —  (Reuters) - A much-hyped $12 billion plan for Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn to produce iPads in Brazil is “in doubt” due to stagnant negotiations over tax breaks and Brazil's own deep structural problems such as a lack of skilled labor, government sources tell Reuters.

Seven-inch Huawei tablet headed to T-Mobile, priced at $200 on contract?

(3 years ago)
It looks like T-Mobile is getting a seven-inch stablemate for the incoming Galaxy Tab 10.1. According to these shots from TmoNews, Huawei's dual-core MediaPad will arrive in magenta clothing, though branding is limited to a few apps and an additional press shot, included after the break. Aside from a 1280 x 800 IPS display and 4G goodness, details remain sketchy, though pricing is expected to be around $200 with a two-year agreement. No word either when it'll go on sale, but if Huawei's earlier promises of end-of-year availability apply to carrier-branded versions, you can expect to get your hands on it at some (vague) point between now and 2012.Continue reading Seven-inch Huawei tablet headed to T-Mobile, priced at $200 on contract?Seven-inch Huawei tablet headed to T-Mobile, priced at $200 on contract? originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Sep 2011 17:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  TmoNews  | Email this | Comments

Google = Google+ - Earlier this week I participated ... (John Battelle/John Battelle's Searchblog)

(3 years ago)
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:Google = Google+  —  Earlier this week I participated in Google's partner conference, entitled Zeitgeist after the company's annual summary of trending topics.  Deep readers of this site know I have a particular affection for the original Zeitgeist, first published in 2001.

Gallery of galleries: Top 10 for September

(3 years ago)
Extremely bad decisions were the focus of the most popular ZDNet gallery for August. Plus, new Windows and old Linux were pretty popular, too.

Tablets, smartphones to get speed boost with new memory

(3 years ago)
A new form of mobile DDR3 memory that can speed up tablets, smartphones and laptops could appear in devices starting as early as late next year, with adoption ramping up in 2013, analysts said on Thursday.

Mobile Device Management for Small Business

(3 years ago)
Want to take advantage of the smartphone and tablet revolution so your business will be more productive and your employees more satisfied? Unfortunately, someone has to support all of those devices and platforms. And if that someone is you, you'll find that keeping up with the latest tech changes, managing disparate devices, and integrating them into your existing network take considerable time and energy. The time is well spent, however, because a smart mobile strategy--addressing issues such as wireless provisioning, device and application management, and security--is one of the best ways to prepare your business for the future.

Facebook tracking prompts call for FTC probe

(3 years ago)
Facebook's tracking technology has landed the social network in hot water, with two lawmakers calling for a Federal Trade Commission investigation.

Mercury Turns Out To Be a Weird Little World

(3 years ago)
sighted writes "The robotic spacecraft MESSENGER, now orbiting the first planet, has found new findings odd features on its surface, including unexplained, blueish 'hollows' that may be actively forming today. The findings will be published this week in Science. One scientist said, 'The conventional wisdom was that Mercury is just like the Moon. But from its vantage point in orbit, MESSENGER is showing us that Mercury is radically different from the Moon in just about every way we can measure.'" As you might expect, National Geographic has beautiful imagery to go along with the story. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Michael Jackson Tribute Concert Streaming Live on Facebook Pay-Per-View (Peter Kafka/AllThingsD)

(3 years ago)
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:Michael Jackson Tribute Concert Streaming Live on Facebook Pay-Per-View  —  To see the October 8 Michael Jackson tribute concert in person, you'll need to spend up to $196 to get into London's Millennium Stadium.  Or you can hop onto Facebook: : “F-commerce” company Milyoni says it will stream the concert live on the social network.

Warner Bros. announces the first Facebook show

(3 years ago)
Warner Bros. has announced a TV show that integrates with Facebook. The goal is let fans become part of what the movie studio is calling the first social series.

HTC Holiday spotted sunning itself on Australian shores

(3 years ago)
Australian carrier Telstra has revealed this 4.5-inch colossus from HTC, and the above picture from CNET shows it's likely to arrive under its Holiday moniker. This is the first LTE smartphone announced for Australia, while something similarly tall, dark and Android recently arrived in Korea as the HTC Raider 4G. CNET reports specs that tally with that other model: the big screen is qHD and the power comes from a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU coupled with 1GB of RAM. Like the Raider, the Holiday appears to be running Sense 3.0, not the refreshed 3.5 iteration that debuted on the Rhyme, and it looks primed to be one of the first handsets to launch on AT&T's brand new 4G network. So, expect to hear more from Ma Bell on this "titanic" rival soon.HTC Holiday spotted sunning itself on Australian shores originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Sep 2011 16:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  CNET Australia  | Email this | Comments

A Machine for Reading Books (Lukas Mathis/ignore the code)

(3 years ago)
Lukas Mathis / ignore the code:A Machine for Reading Books  —  If you were to design a piece of hardware that was only used for one single task, to read books, how would you design it?  —  If you look at the iPad, it's clearly a device that is not meant for one specific task.  It's just a frame; the application you run on it defines what the device does.

U.S. Capitol Police Investigating Onion Twitter Joke (Adrian Chen/Gawker)

(3 years ago)
Adrian Chen / Gawker:U.S. Capitol Police Investigating Onion Twitter Joke  —  The Onion botched a joke about congressmen taking children hostage this morning on Twitter.  Now, the U.S. Capitol police are investigating the joke.  Everyone chill out!  —  Today, The Onion tweeted: “BREAKING …

The Engadget Podcast, live at 5:00PM ET!

(3 years ago)
With Tim out of town on another exciting mission, Brian has recruited Engadget HD host Richard Lawler and first time guest Terrence O'Brien for this week's episode. Join us live tonight at 5PM ET.Continue reading The Engadget Podcast, live at 5:00PM ET!The Engadget Podcast, live at 5:00PM ET! originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Sep 2011 16:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

Myspace Owner-Specific Media Hit With Layoffs (Leena Rao/TechCrunch)

(3 years ago)
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:Myspace Owner-Specific Media Hit With Layoffs  —  Myspace owner-Specific Media has laid of a percentage of its staff today, we've confirmed with the company.  Specific Media said these layoffs took place in sales and operating areas, and was part of a consolidation effort to eliminate redundancies between the two businesses.

SAIC, others pay $22.7 million to resolve contracting case

(3 years ago)
Science Applications International (SAIC), a subcontractor and two former government employees will pay nearly US$22.7 million to resolve allegations that they rigged bids for a $3.2 billion supercomputing contract with the U.S. General Services Administration, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Microsoft fails to credit Kelihos takedown partner

(3 years ago)
Microsoft grabbed headlines Wednesday with its report about the successful takedown of the Kelihos botnet, but while the company detailed the achievements of its Digital Crimes Unit, it failed to mention the major role security firm Kaspersky Lab played in the operation.

Set Up Your Office Network for Telecommuting

(3 years ago)
There comes a time in most businesses when circumstances dictate that one or more users work from home either full- or part-time. In other cases, it may simply be convenient for business owners and employees to be able to use company resources from home or (unfortunately) while on vacation.

Enterprise Mobile: 7 Things CIOs Need to Do Now

(3 years ago)
Gary Beach, publisher emeritus of CIO magazine, spoke with rock star CIOs at a conference on enterprise mobility and learned that the time is now to throw significant investment into mobile.

Chrome Set To Take No. 2 Spot From Firefox

(3 years ago)
CWmike writes "Google's Chrome is on the brink of replacing Firefox as the second-most-popular browser, says the Web statistics firm StatCounter, which shows that Chrome will pass Firefox to take the No. 2 spot behind Microsoft's IE no later than December. As of Wednesday, Chrome's global average user share for September was 23.6%, while Firefox's stood at 26.8%. IE, meanwhile, was at 41.7%. The climb of Chrome during 2011 has been astonishing: It has gained eight percentage point since January 2011, representing a 50% increase. During that same period, Firefox has dropped almost four percentage points, a decline of about 13%, while IE has also fallen four points, a 9% dip. That means Chrome is essentially reaping all the defections from Firefox and IE." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Amazon's 'cloud' browser raises privacy concerns

(3 years ago)
Silk filters everything through Amazon's own cloud-computing servers, a move the company claims will vastly speed up the mobile Web experience -- perhaps doubling the speed at which websites load. But privacy advocates say there may be other consequences.

Microsoft announces new $10 Zune Music Pass, expands service to Canada

(3 years ago)
It may not enjoy quite the same level of buzz that the likes of Spotify, Rdio and MOG have been basking in lately, but Microsoft's Zune service is still kicking, and the company's now working to make it a bit more appealing and more widely available. For folks in the US, the big change today is a new $10 per month Zune Music Pass, which is identical to the existing $15 service with the notable exception that you no longer get to keep ten free MP3s each month (that $15 option remains available to existing subscribers, though). Elsewhere, Microsoft has also now finally brought the Zune Marketplace and Zune Pass to Canada -- it opens up on October 3rd, with the Zune Pass running the same $10/month (or $100 for a year of service).[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]Microsoft announces new $10 Zune Music Pass, expands service to Canada originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Sep 2011 16:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  Windows Phone Blog, Zune Insider  | Email this | Comments

Facebook to unveil HTML5 app platform next week (rumor)

(3 years ago)
Not only is Facebook rumored to finally launch its iPad app at Apple's iPhone 5 event next week, but its HTML5 app platform could also see the light of day, according to a new rumor.

ZTE Smart Tab 10 makes its way through FCC with Vodafone branding

(3 years ago)
Just three days ago, the ZTE Smart Tab 7 strolled through the FCC, flashing a Google-branded tramp stamp, and now its older sibling, the Smart Tab 10, is following suit. The probable 10-incher isn't revealing a whole lot, but it does have the same Bluetooth, WiFi and 3G logos riding on its lower back. It's also sporting what looks to be a back-facing camera in the upper-right corner, just like little sis. What's more, this filing lists the tablet as the Vodafone Smart Tab 10, which further confirms our suspicions that this and the Smart Tab 7 are the same Honeycomb tablets announced by the carrier at IFA. Those slates are said to share a 1280 x 800 pixel screen, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a dual-core 1.2GHz processor -- and, of course, a thing for lower back tattoos.ZTE Smart Tab 10 makes its way through FCC with Vodafone branding originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Sep 2011 15:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  FCC  | Email this | Comments

Happy and You Know It? So Are Millions on Twitter (Benedict Carey/New York Times)

(3 years ago)
Benedict Carey / New York Times:Happy and You Know It?  So Are Millions on Twitter  —  However grumpy when they wake up, and whether they stumble to their feet in Mumbai, Mexico City or Minnetonka, Minn., people tend to brighten by breakfast time and feel their mood taper gradually to a low in the late afternoon …

Google Analytics launches real-time stats (Jim Dalrymple/The Loop)

(3 years ago)
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:Google Analytics launches real-time stats  —  Google Analytics launches real-time stats  —  Google announced to users that it is implementing real-time stats as part of its free analytics offering for web site owners.  —  Real-time stats i something that many publishers use on a daily …

Mercury probe uncovers strange surprises

(3 years ago)
Mercury is not just hellishly hot but apparently covered in brimstone. A vast part of the planet is covered with dried lava  – enough to bury the state of Texas under 4 miles of the stuff, scientists say.

Scientists downsize estimate of risky asteroids

(3 years ago)
Science editor Alan Boyle's Weblog: An all-sky scan conducted by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer suggests there are fewer asteroid hazards out there than previously thought.

For a fun time (and a fake girlfriend), text this number

(3 years ago)
Maybe you're lonely, maybe you're tired of being teased over your single status, or maybe you're just a bit odd — there are plenty of almost reasonable sounding excuses to get a fake girlfriend. And thanks to a new service, it's now easier than ever.

What if our computer problems were more literal?

(3 years ago)
We often exclaim things like "My laptop is frozen!" or "I can't open those folders!" when we're having issues with our computers. But what if those problems and exclamations were taken literally?

RIM may have halted PlayBook production

(3 years ago)
An analyst said on Thursday that BlackBerry maker Research In Motion may have halted production of its PlayBook tablet computer and canceled additional tablet projects.

Deals of the day: 'Dr. Seuss,' Dell and more

(3 years ago)
Here's what's worth considering today: "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who" on Blu-ray for $9, a "Two and a Half Men" DVD collection for $127, discounted Dell gear and more.
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