Technology archive for 2012-01-04

Toshiba's TransferJet LSI now available, transfers files while your devices share a desk

(3 years ago)
Still clinging to those TransferJet dreams? Well, Toshiba is too. It has announced the availability of its TransferJet wireless LSI, enabling high-speed file transfers between devices sans cables. Ahead of the January 2012 date we'd heard, the company has begun shipping out $5 units in sample quantities. With the ability to transfer files at 560Mbps, the TC3540 chip has hopes of making close-proximity, high-speed sharing between your laptop, smartphone and tablet much easier. We're anxious to see if the tech can live up to our lofty expectations, as we've seen previous TransferJet devices flounder. If you're itching for all the particulars, hit the full PR just beyond the break.Continue reading Toshiba's TransferJet LSI now available, transfers files while your devices share a deskToshiba's TransferJet LSI now available, transfers files while your devices share a desk originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 04 Jan 2012 17:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

Facebook adds recommendation feature to mobile touch site (Brittany Darwell/Inside Facebook)

(3 years ago)
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:Facebook adds recommendation feature to mobile touch site  —  Facebook is testing a recommendation tab for some pages on its mobile touch site.  As the company continues to build out its mobile pages with social recommendations and additional information, it could become an alternative to Yelp …

What's the secret formula for silly science?

(3 years ago)
Science editor Alan Boyle's Weblog: If there's a formula for silly science, Ig Nobel founder Marc Abrahams has it figured out. One key ingredient: a dash of seriousness to go with the silliness.

The 2012 Weird Science Awards

(3 years ago)
The 2012 Weird Science Awards pay tribute to the strangest and silliest scientific happenings of the past year, from A (for Aflockalypse) to Z (for zombie ants).

7 Signs We're Living In The Post-privacy Era

(3 years ago)
Whether by corporate subterfuge, government decree, hacker invasion and our own ambivalence, our digital rights have never faced more peril than they will in 2012.

Doctors now hopeful about survival of teen prodigy

(3 years ago)
Doctors express new hope about Arfa Karim Randhawa, the 16-year-old computer programming prodigy from Pakistan in intensive care since experiencing an epileptic seizure and cardiac arrest nearly two weeks ago.

Will Google, Facebook, others 'nuke' Internet over SOPA?

(3 years ago)
Google, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Zynga — and oh sweet baby Jesus no ! — Etsy, along with other Internet-based companies, threaten to "nuke" the Internet in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act.

Anonymous exposes German neo-Nazis

(3 years ago)
The German wing of the shadowy Anonymous hacktivist collective has launched a full-scale "Blitzkrieg" on neo-Nazis and other extremist groups, and has kicked off its campaign by publishing thousands of names and email addresses of supporters of Germany's far-right National Democratic Party (NPD).

On its way to No. 1, Chrome's rep stumbles

(3 years ago)
As 2011 ended, Internet Explorer preserved a precarious perch as first-place browser, yet Chrome was the only one that made such a big gain that becoming No. 1 in 2012 is a good bet.

Diebold Marries VMs with ATMs to Secure Banking Data

(3 years ago)
gManZboy writes "Automatic teller machine maker Diebold has taken a novel approach to protecting bank customer data: virtualization. Virtualized ATMs store all customer data on central servers, rather than the ATM itself, making it difficult for criminals to steal data from the machines. In places including Brazil, customer data has been at risk when thieves pulled or dynamited ATMs out of their settings and drove off with them. With threats increasing worldwide at many retail points of sale, such as supermarket checkout counters and service station gas pumps, Diebold needed to guarantee the security of customer data entered at the 50,000 ATMs that it manages. Diebold last year partnered with VMware to produce a zero-client ATM. No customer data is captured and stored on the ATM itself." Perhaps Diebold should take the same approach to vote-tabulating machines. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

ICANN to expand top level domains despite critics

(3 years ago)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - ICANN, an independent body responsible for organizing the Internet, plans to press ahead with plans to expand the number of possible website addresses despite criticism from industry and concerns from some law enforcement groups.

Cuba criticizes Twitter for Fidel death rumor (Paul Haven/Associated Press)

(3 years ago)
Paul Haven / Associated Press:Cuba criticizes Twitter for Fidel death rumor … HAVANA (AP) — State media on Wednesday accused the social networking site Twitter of helping spread a rumor that former Cuban leader Fidel Castro had died, and criticized anti-Castro expatriates it dubbed “necrophiliac counterrevolutionaries” for jumping on the story.

PopClip brings iOS-like text-editing options to Mac OS X

(3 years ago)
Ever since Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) was released, there’s been controversy over the obvious influence of Apple’s iOS. From gestures to scrolling to the overall interface, a good number of Mac users have complained that the Mac OS has become too similar to iOS. At the same time, there are people who wish OS X was more like iOS—or at least the good parts of it.

Microsoft researcher: Passwords aren't dead but they need fixing

(3 years ago)
Password use needs an overhaul that is driven not by guesswork but by actually understanding the real damage that can be done when password security is compromised, according to a Microsoft researcher.

Judge rules on contested evidence in Oracle-Google case

(3 years ago)
Oracle and Google have both won and lost in a number of their efforts to keep evidence out of the upcoming trial in Oracle's lawsuit against Google over the Android mobile OS. At issue is whether Google has infringed on Oracle's intellectual property rights by using Java without properly licensing it.

MSI launches Big Bang-XPower II motherboard for militant overclockers

(3 years ago)
Motherboards sporting Intel's X79 chipset are finally starting to make a decent dent in the marketplace and, after showing off a pair of options at IDF, MSI is back with a model for the serious builders out there. The Big Bang-XPower II comes packing the features you'd expect of any gamer-friendly MoBo, including four-way SLI and CrossFire support, PCIe 3.0, eight DDR3 slots and plenty of extra power connectors for hooking up your high-powered parts. And the company is taking care of overclockers too with military grade components and features like Direct OC, which lets you tweak your CPU's frequency with the push of a button. Check out the PR after the break and hit up the source for a few more pics.Continue reading MSI launches Big Bang-XPower II motherboard for militant overclockersMSI launches Big Bang-XPower II motherboard for militant overclockers originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 04 Jan 2012 17:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Inquirer  |  MSI  | Email this | Comments

All cellphones in Chile must be sold unlocked from January 2nd (Tom Warren/The Verge)

(3 years ago)
Tom Warren / The Verge:All cellphones in Chile must be sold unlocked from January 2nd  —  The Republic of Chile has announced that all cellphones sold within the country starting last Monday, January 2nd, must be unlocked for use on any carrier.  Chile's telecoms regulator, Subtel, revealed its plans over Twitter on Monday …

HP ordered to repair defective Pavilion Elite desktop PCs

(3 years ago)
Do you own a high-end Pavilion Elite desktop PC from HP? If it's suffered from blue screens or lockups, you might qualify for a free replacement, thanks to a court-ordered settlement now underway....

Analysis: Thompson exit puts focus on PayPal spin-off

(3 years ago)
(Reuters) - The surprise departure of PayPal President Scott Thompson from eBay Inc could seriously set back any moves to spin-off the payments business as a separate company, investors and analysts said on Wednesday.

Adobe's Todd Teresi to lead Apple's iAd unit, fully purge himself of Flash reliance

(3 years ago)
It had to happen at some point, right? Adobe and Apple -- two names in a similar field -- would inevitably end up hiring someone that worked at the other firm in a past life, and unsurprisingly, the world is up in arms about an acquisition that would go unreported if not for the past drama between the two outfits. As the story goes, Todd Teresi (formerly of Adobe) has been hired to be the new chief of Apple's iAd mobile advertising division, but since the hire hasn't been officially confirmed, it's all based on "sources familiar with the matter." Interestingly, Bloomberg BusinessWeek asserts that the iAd team has been "cutting prices to keep customers from jumping ship to rivals, including Google," noting that the dominance seen in the tablet market isn't exactly translating on the advertising side. Something tells us Apple's got a few bills to lose while experimenting, though.Adobe's Todd Teresi to lead Apple's iAd unit, fully purge himself of Flash reliance originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 04 Jan 2012 16:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink GigaOM  |  Bloomberg BusinessWeek  | Email this | Comments

Some Venture Funds Hit 'Pause' on Big Deals (Pui-Wing Tam/Wall Street Journal)

(3 years ago)
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:Some Venture Funds Hit ‘Pause’ on Big Deals  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Over the past year, Marc Andreessen invested in a series of high-profile Web companies, including Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Groupon Inc. Now the Silicon Valley venture capitalist is hitting the pause button on such big-name deals.

Avoiding Facial Recognition of the Future

(3 years ago)
hypnosec writes "A New York-based designer has created a camouflage technique that makes it much harder for computer based facial recognition. Along with the growth of closed circuit television (CCTV) , this has become quite a concern for many around the world, especially in the UK where being on camera is simply a part of city life. Being recognized automatically by computer is something that hearkens back to 1984 or A Scanner Darkly. As we move further into the 21st century, this futuristic techno-horror fiction is seeming more and more accurate. Never fear though people, CV Dazzle has some styling and makeup ideas that will make you invisible to facial recognition cameras. Why the 'fabulous' name? It comes from World War I warship paint that used stark geometric patterning to help break up the obvious outline of the vessel. Apparently it all began as a thesis at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. It addressed the problems with traditional techniques of hiding the face, like masks and sunglasses and looked into more socially and legally acceptable ways of styling that could prevent a computer from recognizing your face. Fans of Assassin's Creed might feel a bit at home with this, as it's all about hiding in plain sight." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Hadoop 1.0 Released

(3 years ago)
darthcamaro writes "There has been a tonne of hype about Big Data and specifically Hadoop in recent years. But until today, Hadoop was not a 1.0 release product. Does it matter? Not really, but it's still a big milestone. The new release includes a new web interface for the Hadoop filesystem, security, and Hbase database support. '"At this point we figured that as a community we can support this release and be compatible for the foreseeable future. That makes this release an ideal candidate to be called 1.0," Arun C. Murthy, vice president of Apache Hadoop, said.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Must See HDTV (January 4th - 8th)

(3 years ago)
While we're disappointed about some of the instant-classic bowl games we missed including in the listings during our extended New Year's break, we figure also skipping over on the premieres of Work It and The Biggest Loser evens things out. Check below for the highlights remaining this week, followed after the break by our weekly listings of what to look out for in TV, Blu-ray and videogames.PortlandiaIf you're looking for a comedy that's a bit different, check out IFC's satirical take on hipster culture, although you'll probably need a subscription to the New Yorker as well as bookmarks for Pitchfork and Hype Machine to get the jokes. It stars and is written by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, whose characters travel through a slightly more absurd caricature of Portland, Oregon than the one that really exists, although it does star the real city mayor as the assistant to the mayor. It's a niche show, but if you get it, you'll get it. Check out a clip of what happens when the characters decide to watch just one episode of Battlestar Galactica embedded after the break.(January 6th, IFC, 10PM)Saturday Night LiveWhile SNL can be hit or miss, we're always intrigued when the host isn't just another actor, and this week the show features Charles Barkley. This could either be fantastic or turrible (c) Barkley, but we've just got to see it either way. Kelly Clarkson will also be in attendance, this information may or may not be relevant to your interests.(January 7th, NBC,[..]

Internet Explorer 6 usage in the US dips below one percent, Microsoft celebrates with a t-shirt

(3 years ago)
It looks like the web browser that wouldn't die is finally on its last legs. While it's not quite dead yet (especially when you consider the worldwide usage figures), use of Internet Explorer 6 in the United States has now officially dropped below one percent for the first time, which is apparently good enough for Microsoft to do a bit of celebrating. It's now sending out shirts like the one above to select folks, who can now wear their disdain for the out-of-date browser. Those interested can find the latest worldwide numbers at the source links below.Internet Explorer 6 usage in the US dips below one percent, Microsoft celebrates with a t-shirt originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 04 Jan 2012 16:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Gizmodo  |  Exploring IE, Ed Bott  | Email this | Comments

Android platform distribution statistics updated: .6-percent or around a million devices on ICS (Élyse Betters/9to5Google)

(3 years ago)
Élyse Betters / 9to5Google:Android platform distribution statistics updated: .6-percent or around a million devices on ICS  —  The latest Android platform versions distributions chart was announced yesterday after the Android Developers' website collected data for two weeks, and the share results reaped a few surprising figures.

Analysis: Thompson exit puts focus on PayPal spin-off

(3 years ago)
(Reuters) - The surprise departure of PayPal President Scott Thompson from eBay Inc could seriously set back any moves to spin-off the payments business as a separate company, investors and analysts said on Wednesday.

Soundmatters foxLo subwoofer adds umph to your FoxL v2 Bluetooth speaker, 'fits in your palm'

(3 years ago)
Soundmatters may not be the first company to ever introduce a subwoofer with a small footprint, but at this year's CES, its new foxLo is taking the claim of being the "world's first palm-sized" on. The 25-watt unit can hook into the subwoofer output of foxL V2 Bluetooth speakers or any other devices with 3.5mm outputs, thanks to its "full pass audio out" jack. Aside from injecting low-end into your mini-rig with its "Magnetic Drive woofer," the 'Lo can also recharge your gadgets with its built-in USB port. Sadly, however, the gizmo itself only operates on wall-power, putting a damper on any mobility offered by its Bluetooth brethren. Operation limited to a volume control for dialing in an optimal amount of bass, and an LED to indicate power. If you're already hungering to add on a thumpy fidelity boost to your smaller speakers (and refuse to be swoon by a solid set of headphones), the foxLo's set to go on sale this spring for about $149. Full PR after the break.Continue reading Soundmatters foxLo subwoofer adds umph to your FoxL v2 Bluetooth speaker, 'fits in your palm'Soundmatters foxLo subwoofer adds umph to your FoxL v2 Bluetooth speaker, 'fits in your palm' originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 04 Jan 2012 16:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

Rick Santorum's Iowa Performance Helps His 'Google Problem' (Kashmir Hill/The Not-So Private Parts)

(3 years ago)
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:Rick Santorum's Iowa Performance Helps His ‘Google Problem’  —  Rick Santorum's performance in Iowa is good for his campaign, and for his Google problem.  —  Rick Santorum is the GOP presidential candidate known for his “Google problem.”  A Google search of his name returns scatological results thanks …

File-Sharing Recognized as Official Religion in Sweden (Ernesto/TorrentFreak)

(3 years ago)
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:File-Sharing Recognized as Official Religion in Sweden  —  All around the world file-sharers are being chased by anti-piracy outfits and the authorities, and the situation in Sweden is no different.  While copyright holders are often quick to label file-sharers as pirates …

More on Windows 8's new refresh and reset options (Mary Jo Foley/All about Microsoft Blog)

(3 years ago)
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:More on Windows 8's new refresh and reset options  —  Summary: Microsoft is readying some under-the-hood changes for reset/restoring Windows 8 PCs, some of which will be part of the February 2012 beta.  —  It feels like eons ago, but back in June 2010, when the first massive batch of information …

Ask Slashdot: Free/Open Deduplication Software?

(3 years ago)
First time accepted submitter ltjohhed writes "We've been using deduplication products, for backup purposes, at my company for a couple of years now (DataDomain, NetApp etc). Although they've fully satisfied the customer needs in terms of functionality, they don't come across cheap — whatever the brand. So we went looking for some free dedup software. OpenSolaris, using ZFS dedup, was there first that came to mind, but OpenSolaris' future doesn't look all that bright. Another possibility might be utilizing LessFS, if it's fully ready. What are the slashdotters favourite dedup flavour? Is there any free dedup software out there that is ready for customer deployment?" Possibly helpful is this article about SDFS, which seems to be along the right lines; the changelog appears stagnant, though, although there's some active discussion. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

SugarSync updates Android and iOS apps, brings auto sync technology to videos

(3 years ago)
If you're jonesing to get your photos and movies from your smartphone back to the home computer without futzing around with cables, the folks at SugarSync have a new spoonful of sweetness for Android and iOS devices -- and with its free price, it should be easy to swallow. In the latest version, the company has applied its AutoSync technology to videos, which means that all media files can now be synced to the cloud and pushed to linked computers without user intervention. As this could involve a significant amount of data, AutoSync Videos works only over WiFi, and users may select from three compression qualities based on their desire for picture quality or upload speed. The latest SugarSync apps also feature a redesigned photos tab, which lets users view all their pictures -- not just the recent ones -- and offers quicker navigation along with larger, high-res previews. The company gives all users 5GB of storage absolutely gratis, so if you have a lot of media to unload, it may be worthwhile to hop aboard. You'll find the complete PR announcements just after the break.Continue reading SugarSync updates Android and iOS apps, brings auto sync technology to videosSugarSync updates Android and iOS apps, brings auto sync technology to videos originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 04 Jan 2012 15:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

Westinghouse 2012 CES HDTV lineup unveiled, plenty of LCDs for all

(3 years ago)
After teasing its CES HDTV lineup a few days ago Westinghouse has revealed the full line of TVs it will be showing off. As promised, it's packing a few LED lit models including the 70-inch UW70 and 55-inch EW55 models, packing standard 1080p, 120Hz refresh rate spec sheets. Also new for the show is its first slim-bezel HDTV model, the 46-inch UW46 series seen above that makes sure there's very little frame around your picture. Other than that the company is also jumping on the soundbar trend, offering the WSB-N20BW with Bluetooth support. Other than that there are a few more midrange sets expected and the sole 3D model we got a peek at over the summer, if you prefer your HDTV feature lists (and, most importantly, price tag) trimmed to the basics, you'll find all the details in the press release after the break.Continue reading Westinghouse 2012 CES HDTV lineup unveiled, plenty of LCDs for allWestinghouse 2012 CES HDTV lineup unveiled, plenty of LCDs for all originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 04 Jan 2012 15:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments
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