Technology archive for 2012-03-16

Ask Slashdot: How To Give IT Presentations That Aren't Boring?

(3 years ago)
Dmitri Baughman writes "I'm the IT guy at a small software development company of about 100 employees. Everyone is technically inclined, with disciplines in development, QA, and PM areas. As part of a monthly knowledge-sharing meeting, I've been asked to give a 30-minute presentation about our computing and networking infrastructure. I manage a pretty typical environment, so I'm not sure how to present the information in a fun and engaging way. I think network diagrams and bandwidth usage charts would make anyone's eyes glaze over! Any ideas for holding everyone's interest?" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Apple sued for infringing digital video distribution patents with iTunes Store, Apple TV, iPad and other products (Matthew Panzarino/The Next Web)

(3 years ago)
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:Apple sued for infringing digital video distribution patents with iTunes Store, Apple TV, iPad and other products  —  Apple has been sued over patents related to digital video distribution by Trans Video Electronics (TVE).  The suit names two patents that are related to a ‘global digital video news distribution system’.

Leaked exploit prompts researcher to publish blueprint for critical RDP vulnerability

(3 years ago)
Luigi Auriemma, the researcher who discovered a recently patched critical vulnerability in Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), published a proof-of-concept exploit for it after a separate working exploit, which he said possibly originated from Microsoft, was leaked online on Friday.

FCC Fridays: March 16, 2012

(3 years ago)
We here at Engadget tend to spend a lot of way too much time poring over the latest FCC filings, be it on the net or directly on the ol' Federal Communications Commission's site. Since we couldn't possibly (want to) cover all the stuff that goes down there individually, we've gathered up an exhaustive listing of every phone and / or tablet getting the stamp of approval over the last week. Enjoy!Continue reading FCC Fridays: March 16, 2012FCC Fridays: March 16, 2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 16 Mar 2012 18:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

'This American Life' retracts Foxconn report

(3 years ago)
Acclaimed National Public Radio program "This American Life" is retracting an entire episode about working conditions inside Foxconn, the Chinese manufacturer that builds much of Apple's most popular hardware, after learning the reporter "partially fabricated" information about his visit to the factories.

Checking the Positional Invariance of Planck's Consant Using GPS

(3 years ago)
gzipped_tar writes "Whether the fundamental constants really stay the same is always a question worth asking. In particular, the constancy of Planck's Constant is something that cannot be simply ignored, owing to its universal importance in linking the quantum and classical pictures of our world. Using publicly available GPS data and terrestrial clocks, researchers form the California State University were able to verify that the value of h indeed stays the same across different positions in the vicinity of our Earth. Their result says the local position invariance of h is satisfied within a limit of 0.007. The paper is published in the journal Physical Review Letters (abstract), and a free-to-read preprint is available on arXiv. In short: by the well-known formula E = h * f, a hypothetical variation on h induces changes in f, the transition frequency that keeps the time in atomic clocks, both on earth and aboard the satellites. When taking account of other time variations, such as general relativistic time dilation, and assuming the invariance of E (atomic transition energy) on physical grounds, we can figure out an upper bound on the variation of h reflected in the measured variation in f." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Transfer files inside Facebook, thanks to Pipe (David Meyer/GigaOM)

(3 years ago)
David Meyer / GigaOM:Transfer files inside Facebook, thanks to Pipe  —  File transfer is coming to Facebook early next week in the form of a new app called Pipe.  —  The app is set to go into beta on Monday after an official unveiling at the London Web Summit.  —  Yes, it's already possible to transfer files …

Intel drops $21 million for ten percent stake in eye-tracking firm Tobii

(3 years ago)
Tobii has managed to impress quite a few folks with its eye-tracking technology -- most recently in the form of the "Eye Asteroids" arcade game -- and it looks like Intel has been paying particularly close attention to the company. As Computer Sweden reports, Intel (or Intel Capital, specifically) has now shelled out roughly $21 million to buy a ten percent stake in the Swedish company, which hopes to soon see its eye-tracking system used in everything from desktops and laptops to phones and even vehicles. Presumably, having Intel at the table will give it a considerable boost in those endeavors.Intel drops $21 million for ten percent stake in eye-tracking firm Tobii originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 16 Mar 2012 17:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Electronista  |  Computer Sweden  | Email this | Comments

Browsing the Broken Web: a Software Developer Behind the Great Firewall of China

(3 years ago)
troyhunt writes "While we've long known that China takes a fairly aggressive stance on internet censorship, I thought a visit to Shanghai this week would pose a good opportunity to look at just how impactful this was to software developers behind the Great Firewall of China. It turns out that the access control policies make life very difficult at all sorts of levels when accessing simple technology resources we use every day from other countries. But I also found an amazing level of inconsistency with sites and services intended to be off limits being accessible via other means. It's an interesting insight into how our developer peers can and can't work in the country with the world's largest internet population." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Kleiner Perkins Planning to Raise New Venture Fund (Wall Street Journal)

(3 years ago)
Wall Street Journal:Kleiner Perkins Planning to Raise New Venture Fund  —  Venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers plans to start fund raising for a new early-stage fund, said people familiar with the plans.  —  The Menlo Park, Calif., venture firm, which has backed tech companies such as Google Inc …

Google TV Adds New International Apps, But It's Still Only Available In U.S. (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

(3 years ago)
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:Google TV Adds New International Apps, But It's Still Only Available In U.S.  —  Google today announced another step in the build-out of its Google TV service: it is adding several new international channels in the form of apps to the Google TV platform, aimed at those who live in the U.S. but are missing content from home.

Amazon uses nearly half a million servers to power EC2, researcher estimates

(3 years ago)
Although most end users never get a clear view of the infrastructure underlying the services they consume via Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud, Accenture Research Manager Huan Liu recently estimated that a whopping 454,400 individual blade servers are currently being used to power that product.

The Engadget Show is live, here at 6:00PM ET!

(3 years ago)
Are you strapped in? Got your helmets on? Good, because you're gonna need 'em this time out. We've got one action-packed, high-flying episode of The Engadget Show coming your way this month. We'll be testing the latest GoPro and Contour cameras in the deserts of Nevada and the skies above them, paying a visit to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and checking out the latest new 'bots from iRobot. We'll also be talking to Sony Electronics president Phil Molyneux and media theorist Douglas Ruskoff. We'll be live tonight at 6PM ET, and you can join us at this very URL -- so keep your browser locked to this spot.The Engadget Show is live, here at 6:00PM ET! originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 16 Mar 2012 17:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

Avast Drops iYogi Support Over Pushy Scare Tactics

(3 years ago)
An anonymous reader writes "Antivirus maker Avast is suspending its relationship with iYogi, a company it has relied upon for the past two years to provide live customer support for its products. The move comes just one day after an investigation into iYogi showed the company was using the relationship to push expensive and unnecessary support contracts onto Avast users. In a blog post, Avast's CEO wrote, 'We had initial reports of this behavior a few weeks ago and met with iYogi's senior executives to ensure the behavior was being corrected. Thus, we were shocked to find out about Mr. Krebs' experience. As a consequence, we have removed the iYogi support service from our website and shortly it will be removed from our products.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Microsoft seeks patent on monetizing buttons of TV remote (Todd Bishop/GeekWire)

(3 years ago)
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:Microsoft seeks patent on monetizing buttons of TV remote  —  How much would you pay to watch a replay of a great play, or skip a bunch of television commercials?  And should you have to?  —  Those are a couple of the questions raised by a newly surfaced Microsoft patent application.

T-Mobile retires Sidekick 4G, but brand will return

(3 years ago)
While the fires that burn inside the hearts of Sidekick fans will probably never go out, the venerable Android slider is being put out to graze. T-Mobile announced last week that the Sidekick 4G was to be discontinued, but it's now added that it's not leaving that pervasive brand behind. In a statement to The Verge, the carrier affirmed that there would be future devices, but didn't reveal anything more substantive on new handsets in the pipeline. We'll keep twiddling our QWERTY-addled thumbs until more details arrive.T-Mobile retires Sidekick 4G, but brand will return originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 16 Mar 2012 17:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink TmoNews  |  The Verge  | Email this | Comments

'The Art of Video Games' Exhibition Opens

(3 years ago)
bednarz writes "The Smithsonian's 'Art of Video Games' exhibition opens today. To kick it off, they're holding a three-day festival with panel discussions, live action gaming, and crafting activities. 'Video games allow us as human beings to explore our dreams, our fears, our thoughts, our morals, and engage with each other in a way that no other medium allows us to. I find that inspiring and beautiful, and I am so happy to be alive during this time. We are going to experience, I think, one of the greatest surges of artistic intent in human history, and I believe that the majority of it will come through video games,' said Chris Melissinos, former Sun exec and guest curator of the new exhibition." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Court Orders SOPA-style Blackout of 100+ Music Sites (Ernesto/TorrentFreak)

(3 years ago)
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:Court Orders SOPA-style Blackout of 100+ Music Sites  —  Every single ISP in India has been ordered to block 104 sites offering unauthorized music.  A total of 387 ISPs must block the sites immediately via DNS and IP address blocking, backed up with Deep Packet Inspection.

New iPad Retina Display is a game-changer

(3 years ago)
The Retina Display in the new iPad is so good that millions are soon not going to be satisfied with anything less. This will ripple through the personal computing space like wildfire.

Van Rossum: Python Not Too Slow

(3 years ago)
snydeq writes "Python creator Guido van Rossum discusses the prospects and criticisms of Python, noting that critics of Python performance should supplement with C/C++ rather than re-engineering Python apps into a faster language. 'At some point, you end up with one little piece of your system, as a whole, where you end up spending all your time. If you write that just as a sort of simple-minded Python loop, at some point you will see that that is the bottleneck in your system. It is usually much more effective to take that one piece and replace that one function or module with a little bit of code you wrote in C or C++ rather than rewriting your entire system in a faster language, because for most of what you're doing, the speed of the language is irrelevant.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

SpaceX Dragon will dock with the ISS in May, for realsies this time

(3 years ago)
SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell has announced that the company's Dragon craft has a NASA-approved date to dock with the International Space Station. With the original mission postponed from November last year, it's now penciled in for launch on April 30th, arriving at the ISS's front door on May 3rd, packed to the gills with fresh supplies. If successful, it'll strengthen Elon Musk's case for SpaceX to send a man into space... and beyond.SpaceX Dragon will dock with the ISS in May, for realsies this time originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 16 Mar 2012 16:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Ars Technica  |  SpaceX  | Email this | Comments

Nokia Lumia 610, 710, 800, and 900 to get tethering support (Andrew Webster/The Verge)

(3 years ago)
Andrew Webster / The Verge:Nokia Lumia 610, 710, 800, and 900 to get tethering support  —  We were a bit surprised to learn that Nokia was bringing internet sharing to the Lumia 610 when it hadn't been announced for the higher-end Lumia phones, but it turns out those looking to pick up a 710, 800, or 900 don't have to worry.

This American Life retracts show alleging Apple manufacturing misconduct

(3 years ago)
A January story on Apple and its manufacturing processes that aired on the This American Life radio program contained "significant fabrications," according to host Ira Glass. The admission game in a Friday blog post from Glass that retracted the original piece.

Defiant LightSquared says FCC action would violate its rights

(3 years ago)
The FCC's proposal to kill LightSquared's planned LTE network would violate the fledgling carrier's property rights by taking away its spectrum and destroying its multibillion-dollar investment in mobile broadband, LightSquared will argue on Friday in a formal comment to the agency.

Analysts: Microsoft didn't cut Office 365 prices just to be nice

(3 years ago)
In announcing price reductions for Office 365 this week, Microsoft said its cost of running the cloud suite has fallen and that it wants to "pass on" those savings to customers, but some analysts believe the primary drivers for the move have little to do with goodwill.

TIM Brings Experts and Industry Together in Search of More Secure Internet

(3 years ago)
Have you heard of TIM? The Trustworthy Internet Movement is a new initiative launched a few weeks ago at the 2012 RSA Security Conference. The goal of TIM is to bring together experts, industry stakeholders, and others to cooperate and collaborate in an effort to build a safer and more secure Internet.

Microsoft may have leaked attack code for critical Windows bug, says researcher

(3 years ago)
Hackers who posted a barebones proof-of-concept attack for a critical Windows vulnerability may have obtained some of the code from Microsoft or one of its antivirus partners, the bug's finder said today.

The Week in iOS Apps: Game on!

(3 years ago)
This week’s roundup of new and improved apps for the iPhone and iPad includes something for the nerds—we mean that in a good way!—something for the jocks, and something for everybody who just wants a better way to check their email.

Mountain Lion Developer Preview 2 hits Apple's Developer website, brings more roar to your Friday

(3 years ago)
Exactly one month ago, Apple pulled back the kimono unveiling its next big Mac OS release would be named Mountain Lion, and debut come summer. It also let eager developers registered in the Mac Developer Program partake in the fun. For the latter camp, Cupertino's back with a second release, aptly named Developer Preview 2. No word yet on what's changed in 12A154 -- a scant twenty six builds from the original 12A128p preview -- as the accompanying release notes have yet to be updated. Developing...Mountain Lion Developer Preview 2 hits Apple's Developer website, brings more roar to your Friday originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 16 Mar 2012 16:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  TUAW  | Email this | Comments

Rumor: Nexus tablet is a "done deal", to retail for as low as $149 (Taylor Wimberly/Android and Me)

(3 years ago)
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:Rumor: Nexus tablet is a “done deal”, to retail for as low as $149  —  Earlier this month we revealed that Google had chosen ASUS to produce their upcoming “Nexus tablet.”  This report was later echoed by Digitimes, who said the 7-inch tablet could arrive as early as May.

Space Shuttles Discovery and Atlantis Meet One Last Time

(3 years ago)
longacre writes "One dull morning last week, two teams of NASA technicians simultaneously gathered at two iconic buildings — the 525-foot Vehicle Assembly Building and the shorter, but equally important Orbital Processing Facility 1 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, tasked with moving a space shuttle orbiter from one building to the other. The 'shuttle shuffle' would have Space Shuttle Discovery (the oldest and most flown orbiter surviving in the three-ship fleet) in OPF-1 swapping places with her sister ship, Atlantis, the second oldest and second most flown orbiter. Fleet leader Discovery would emerge from OPF-1 as a preserved spacecraft, gutted and mummified for museum display." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Listen to the Engadget Mobile Podcast, live at 5PM ET!

(3 years ago)
It's another edition of the Engadget Mobile Podcast, and we're ready to rock the mics by discussing the latest and greatest -- and in many cases, the worst -- of what the wireless world has to offer. So join us at 5PM ET! March 16, 2012 5:00 PM ESTContinue reading Listen to the Engadget Mobile Podcast, live at 5PM ET!Listen to the Engadget Mobile Podcast, live at 5PM ET! originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 16 Mar 2012 16:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

New iPad Using Same Camera Sensors Found in Older Products (Jordan Golson/MacRumors)

(3 years ago)
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:New iPad Using Same Camera Sensors Found in Older Products  —  Following on iFixit's disassembling of a new iPad they purchased in Melbourne, Australia yesterday, Chipworks has begun sharing the results of their iPad teardown.  —  The most interesting — though perhaps unsurprising …

This American Life Retracts Episode On Apple Factories In China

(3 years ago)
New submitter Hartree writes "This American Life aired an episode in January about visiting Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen China that supplies Apple with iPhones and iPads. It was the most downloaded of all of its episodes. That show helped prompt Apple to release, for the first time, a list of its suppliers and allow outside audits of working conditions at its suppliers. This American Life has now retracted the episode after finding out that Mike Daisey, whose visit to the factory the show was based on, fabricated portions of the story. This included a number of minor items, but also major ones such as his saying that he personally met underage workers and those poisoned by hexane exposure. To set the record straight, this weekend's episode of This American Life will present how they were mislead into airing a flawed story (PDF)." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Facebook Bans Source Code Extraction In Proposed Governance Changes (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

(3 years ago)
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:Facebook Bans Source Code Extraction In Proposed Governance Changes  —  Facebook has proposed several changes to its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and is asking the public for feedback until March 22nd.  The most important changes are the prohibition of extracting source code …

Leaked exploit prompts researcher to publish blueprint for critical RDP vulnerability

(3 years ago)
Luigi Auriemma, the researcher who discovered a recently patched critical vulnerability in Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), published a proof-of-concept exploit for it after a separate working exploit, which he said possibly originated from Microsoft, was leaked online on Friday.

Windows 8 roundup: Apps for beer and remote cop cars

(3 years ago)
Developers have come up with a Windows 8 CRM app called Ultimate Beer Ranger to automate the sales team at New Belgium Brewing, which has already decided it will adopt Windows 8 on mobile devices.
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