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Sun, 31 Jul 11
Anonymous, PayPal and WikiLeaks: The Grudge That Keeps On Grudging
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72979.html
Remember WikiLeaks? It's still around, it's still somewhat leaky, and it's still very much loved by the amorphous hacker entity known as "Anonymous." Anons and WikiLeaks both generally enjoy breaking down barriers of secrecy and scattering what they find into the public view, though they may tend to work with different styles. Besides exposing secrets, one thing Anonymous has been known to do is attack those who would attack or even opt to shun WikiLeaks. This was the case with online payment service PayPal.

Sat, 30 Jul 11
Dell's 10-Inch Streak Is Business Up Front, Party Out Back
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72974.html
Dell on Friday launched the Dell Streak 10 Pro tablet in China. This is the company's first 10-inch tablet. It runs Android Honeycomb 3.1. The device has work and personal modes, with a firewall of sorts between them so there's no leakage of information between the two. "What's interesting to me is that Dell set up this tablet for both work and play modes with a security firewall of sorts between the two," Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-It, told TechNewsWorld. Other tablets on the market don't have such an integrated approach, King pointed out.

Sat, 30 Jul 11
Time Travel a No Go? No Way
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72969.html
It appears that scientists at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology proved recently that you can't travel faster than the speed of light in a vacuum. That discovery, howled many popular publications, means time travel is impossible. "Impossible," however, is a very powerful word. Has this research truly proven that traveling in time is absolutely and without a doubt out of reach? In fact, the discovery does not rule out time travel per se, Shengwang Du, who led the HKUST research team, told TechNewsWorld.

Sat, 30 Jul 11
New Initiative Aims to Stamp Out Cloud Lock-In
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72971.html
Members of the cloud computing industry this week announced the Open Cloud Initiative, a non-profit organization to advocate open standards in cloud computing, at the OSCON 2011 open source convention in Portland, Ore. The organization maintains a set of Open Cloud Principles, adherence to which will determine whether a given product or service can indeed bear the open cloud label. It was set up because there is no common set of standards cloud service providers adhere to, which means data often can't be migrated between cloud service providers.

Sat, 30 Jul 11
Security Wonks Urge iPhoners to Patch 'Em Up
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72970.html
The iOS vulnerability for which Apple issued a security patch on July 25 is very severe, according to security experts who are warning iOS device users to apply that patch as soon as possible. The vulnerability lies in a failure to validate SSL certificates correctly. That lets hackers use a tool called "sslsniff" to take over victims' iOS devices by using fake certificates. Apple's patch is for iOS 3.0 through 4.3.4 for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 GSM -- meaning the AT&T iPhone, iOS 3.1 through 4.3.4 for the third-gen iPod touch and later, and iOS 3.2 through 4.3.4 for the iPad.

Fri, 29 Jul 11
Gig U Hopes to Seed Development With Ultra-Speedy Campus Networks
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72967.html
Twenty-nine U.S. universities are hoping that Gig U, a project that brings ultra-high-speed Internet access to campuses and the surrounding areas, can spur economic growth and research development to their communities. The initiative will arm universities and neighboring hubs with Internet speeds up to 1 Gbps, enough to download a full-length HD movie in seconds. For many of the participating universities in the "heartland," areas such as Indiana or West Virginia, the hope is that high-tech start-ups will be drawn to new areas and spawn economic development.

Fri, 29 Jul 11
Seeking Tomorrow's Security Solutions Today, Part 2
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72960.html
A widely held view in the security community is that currently available security technology just can't cope with the new types of attacks being launched on IT infrastructures. Some security vendors, in fact, have acknowledged their inability to fight advanced persistent threats and are calling for new approaches to fighting hackers. Already, a couple of new security technologies that could be significantly more effective are coming to light.

Fri, 29 Jul 11
Google+: A Social Network Even Geeks Can Love?
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72963.html
Google+ may still be in its invitation-only early days, but with all the wild excitement and skyrocketing numbers of users, it's awfully hard to tell. Quibbles about real-name policies notwithstanding, eager users from virtually every walk of life seem to be flocking to the new social network -- even those of us who are perhaps less than entirely socially minded. It's not at all surprising, of course, to see your average, run-of-the-mill Facebook fan scampering over to check Google+ out. Such individuals, after all, would likely jump at any opportunity to share.

Fri, 29 Jul 11
Farewell, My Little Plastic Discs
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72961.html
I'm not sure that we can say Apple is the barometer for the consumer tech industry, but it's been either eerily prescient or a powerful catalyst in the demise of certain technological habits. Apple ditched the old 3.5-inch floppy drive back in the '90s and followed up by creating the iPod, which brought attention to digital MP3 players and then dominated the mobile music space, even changing how people buy and consume songs. I can barely remember Sony WalkMan disc players now, and I can't remember the last time I actually bought a CD that I had to fight to unwrap.

Thu, 28 Jul 11
Microsoft Throws a Juicy Mango to Manufacturers
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72956.html
Mango, the largest update yet to Microsoft's still-young Windows Phone 7 mobile OS, was released to manufacturers Tuesday in what the software company called an "important milestone" in its fight to gain some ground in the competitive smartphone marketplace. The update was first shown off in May and is being viewed as a dramatic upgrade from the basic Windows Phone 7 platform, released in 2010. Mango sports over 500 new features and has a much greater focus on apps and communication tasks now regularly performed on smartphones.

Thu, 28 Jul 11
US Cyberwarfare Policy Should Make Enterprises Sweat the Insider Threat
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72954.html
The recent spearphishing attacks on security firm RSA and on the International Monetary Fund are both suspected of being attacks by foreign powers to steal data that could be used in a cyberoffensive against the United States. In fact, the CIA website and the U.S. Senate were also breached by the hacking group LulzSec, and government contractors Lockheed Martin and Booz Allen Hamilton were attacked more recently. Cyberattacks on U.S. assets aren't necessarily anything new, but the rash of recent high-profile break-ins has led the current administration to take a hard stance and draw a line in the sand.

Thu, 28 Jul 11
For Personal Finance Tracking, You Can Bank on Eqonomize
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72949.html
Eqonomize is a personal accounting package that is fast becoming my app of choice for all things financial. It is packed with features and is simple to learn. Plus, its KDE interface makes it an ideal solution to handle my small household economy. Keeping track of personal and business finances is one of my essential computing tasks. That activity takes a secure browser to access financial institutions and a reliable, easy-to-use personal accounting app. The Linux platform has several really good financial apps that fit my needs.

Wed, 27 Jul 11
Mozilla's Head Is in the Cloud With New Mobile OS Idea
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72950.html
The Mozilla Foundation is looking into creating a standalone mobile operating system for the open Web. A team of programmers from the organization has set up the Boot to Gecko project to work on this idea. This OS is based on the idea that the Web can displace proprietary, single-vendor stacks for application development. The team will work on new Web APIs, a privilege model for security, and choose to either port apps or build apps out for the OS. The B2G project will use various technologies from Android, including the kernel.

Wed, 27 Jul 11
Microsoft's Avatar Kinect: I Chat the Body Electric
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72944.html
Microsoft on Monday released Avatar Kinect, a feature for the hands-free controller that will let users set up a virtual presence to interact with up to seven other friends in up to 24 virtual stages. Avatar Kinect for the Xbox 360 is a chat service that will leverage the Kinect's camera, which tracks users' gestures and facial expressions. Users will be able to share creations from Avatar and another feature to be released later this week, Kinect Sparkler, by waving their hands in front of the Kinect cameras.

Wed, 27 Jul 11
Android Apps and the Honeycomb Holdup
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72946.html
Android Honeycomb tablets are now on store shelves and vendor websites. Six months from Honeycomb's release, tablet makers have finally optimized their hardware to fit the new made-for-tablets OS version to their larger-than-smartphone screens. But where are the apps? Buyers of shiny new 8- and 10-inch touchscreen Android tablets suffer from a glaring lack of Android 3.0 -- aka "Honeycomb" -- apps specifically designed to use the increased functionality of the latest tablet-sized OS. Consumers now enjoy a growing number of tablet choices other than the iPad.

Wed, 27 Jul 11
Slim, Slick App Mobilizes Google+
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72942.html
I'm not quite sure what I think about Google+ as a social network yet. First, I'm not certain I need it. To the best of my knowledge, Facebook has never wronged me severely enough to make me want to decamp. I'm also withholding my opinion on its privacy options pending further exploration, though I don't know whether they could possibly be more labyrinthine than Facebook's. Then there are those stories going around about various individuals having their entire Google identities nuked for Google+ TOS violations.

Tue, 26 Jul 11
Google+ Name Game: Who Are the Biggest Losers?
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72941.html
Google has begun cleaning up its recently launched Google+ service, and in doing so, it's deleted some legitimate users' accounts. Those with dumped accounts include a user calling himself "Dylan M," who has the Twitter handle @thomasmonopoly, as well as Limor Fried, A.K.A. "Ladyada." Dylan M. was among several people who used various Google services and purportedly lost all their data as a result of being struck off Google+, for one reason or another. Google+ head honcho Vic Gundotra told blogger Robert Scoble that he's trying to set a positive tone with the cleanup.

Tue, 26 Jul 11
RIM's Big Push: Making Room for Android, Making Movies and Making Everything Secure
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72936.html
Occluded by the opposition and battered by poor financial results, Research In Motion on Friday made announcements aimed at shoring up its sagging fortunes. The mobile device maker announced it has received FIPS 140-2 certification from the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology. RIM also announced the purchase of Jaycut, a Swedish company that offers an online video editor, in a move widely seen as a counter to the iMovie feature on Apple's iPad. "Collectively, these are must-do moves for RIM to stay competitive," Laura DiDio, principal at ITIC, told TechNewsWorld.

Tue, 26 Jul 11
How Google Could Murder Your Digital Identity
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72928.html
I'm in the midst of doing the biggest tablet review I've ever attempted, and I have to admit I'm rather impressed with a number of the Android offerings. The funny thing is, the ones closest to the phone work the best, suggesting there is a bit of a Windows XP/Vista event going on in this space. While I was doing this, I was sent a link to a Google customer who got royally screwed when Google effectively gave the death penalty to everything he had stored across Google's online applications. There is a huge warning here.

Tue, 26 Jul 11
SAS Survival Guide: Want to Stay Alive on the Edge?
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72932.html
In the modern age, the closest many urbanite HDTV watchers have come to survival in the great outdoors is watching quasi-documentaries like "Survivorman" or "Man vs. Wild." While I'm a fan of those shows, there's so much entertainment mixed in that I'm not sure that I actually learn all that much. Enter SAS Survival Guide, an app for the iPhone and iPod touch. Based on the bestselling survival guide book written by John "Lofty" Wiseman, former SAS member and instructor, the SAS Survival Guide app promises the elite survival training techniques of Britain's toughest fighting force.

Sun, 24 Jul 11
Apple Comes In Like a Lion
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72933.html
Apple finally pushed out a much-anticipated raft of new products this week. Its new desktop OS, OS X Lion, had been promised for a July release last month at the Worldwide Developers Conference, and some Mac followers had been getting downright antsy for a new MacBook Air, which also touched down. Meanwhile, Apple's little Mac mini is still going strong, and Cupertino also showed off an enormous display that'll set you back about as much as a new Apple computer. First up, Mac OS X Lion: It's the company's brand-new OS, and the only way to get it is by downloading it through the Mac App Store.

Sat, 23 Jul 11
What Does Google+ Want to Be When It Grows Up?
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72930.html
Membership in Google+, which was launched only about three weeks ago, is soaring. Calculations by Comscore indicate the service had 20 million visitors in just 21 days. Meanwhile, Google is reported to be preparing to add a social gaming feature to the Google+ service in order to attract even more subscribers and pose a stronger challenge to its primary target, Facebook. However, the addition of social gaming may bring with it more problems about user privacy. Facebook has been criticized for sharing subscriber information with makers of social gaming apps.

Sat, 23 Jul 11
Tablets, Desktops, Notebooks: Who's Eating Whom?
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72926.html
Eyebrows -- those highly mobile facial features that always get raised when people are astonished -- got a good workout Tuesday at Apple's quarterly earnings call. Apple COO Tim Cook surprised analysts by stating that some customers are spending their money on iPads instead of new Macs. There's long been suspicion that the iPad has been eating into sales of laptop and desktop PCs. But this may be the first time Apple's acknowledged that its tablet may also be eating into its own computer line.

Sat, 23 Jul 11
The iPhone 5: Surprise Me
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72927.html
If somebody asks me who makes the best-looking phone, I tell them it's Samsung. The phones are sleek, stylish and light, and the Galaxy smartphones and tablets always have a brilliant display. Despite that, the iPhone 4 is still great, and my lean toward Apple is just too strong to permit me to do anything more with a Samsung phone than just mess around for a while. Yeah, I love my iPhone, and I want to keep it -- but Apple needs to keep pace with the competition.

Fri, 22 Jul 11
NATO Hack Shines Spotlight on Widespread Data Security Weaknesses
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72924.html
Days after the FBI arrested a number of alleged members of the hacking group Anonymous, the hackers struck again. They claim to have stolen a gigabyte of information from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The group alerted the world to its latest activities via a series of tweets, including one with a link to a PDF file as evidence it had the stolen information. It is difficult to ascertain why the group, which apparently banded with the hacker organization LulzSec to carry out this particular job, chose NATO as its target.

Fri, 22 Jul 11
Scientists Untangle Tough Quantum Computing Knot
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72922.html
A team of scientists has achieved what might prove to be a breakthrough in quantum computing. The group has managed to partially suppress quantum decoherence, one of the major obstacles to quantum computing, by using crystalline molecular magnets. Decoherence, which is a much-debated topic, is believed to be the loss of information from a system into the environment that fixes a system into one state. By doing so, decoherence negates quantum states, which exist because of the entanglement of multiple electrons and molecules.

Fri, 22 Jul 11
Labs Go Dark as Google Puts Away Childish Things
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72919.html
In a continuing effort to streamline product development, Google announced Wednesday the company will be shutting down its Google Labs project. The Google Labs initiative was the tech giant's testing facility, where employees and engineers were given creative freedom to tinker with experimental projects that perhaps didn't necessarily fall within their job descriptions. The emphasis on encouraging innovation and imagination was seen as one of the core elements that separated Google from competitors.

Fri, 22 Jul 11
Seeking Tomorrow's Security Solutions Today, Part 1
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72913.html
The growing consumerization of IT, the rapid pace of change in technology, the rise of new variants of malware, and the hack attacks carried out by cybercommunities such as LulzSec and Anonymous are putting enterprise IT under tremendous pressure. Users are increasingly bringing in their own devices for use in the enterprise, keeping IT on the hop. Meanwhile, new technologies such as near-field communications, which not only enable mobile payments but also let users transfer files between two NFC-enabled devices by tapping them together, may be opening up new vectors of attack.

Fri, 22 Jul 11
In a Flash, Adobe's 64-Bit Flash for Linux Is Back
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72917.html
It was only a month ago that Adobe cut off Linux's AIR, so bloggers may be excused if they were a bit surprised by last week's news. Namely? In yet another twist in the company's on-again/off-again relationship with our favorite open source operating system -- a roller-coaster ride that involved taking away 64-bit Flash for Linux last year -- Adobe has now apparently seen fit to bring it back again. Don't look now, but those neck pains you feel just may be whiplash, and you're not the only one.

Fri, 22 Jul 11
Lion's Roar Is Powerful - and Disorienting
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72916.html
There's a lot to love and like about Mac OS X Lion, but it's far more disorienting and confusing than I ever imagined. I've been using Macs since the early 1990s, and I faithfully upgrade to new versions of the operating system quickly. The original Mac OS X was a pretty big leap, but Lion, it sure seems now, offers more in the way of interaction transformation than I ever expected. My first conclusion: It's going to take me a lot longer to get familiar with all the new features and ways of interacting with Lion, apps, my content and workflow.

Thu, 21 Jul 11
Google Search Gives Users a Heads-Up on Malware Infections
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72914.html
Google is stepping up its efforts to improve computer security by adding warnings to users' search results when it suspects their systems might be compromised by a certain type of malware. Up to now, Google's security efforts have focused on the Chrome browser and the Android Market. These new alerts are not intended to be a comprehensive solution -- users must still be responsible for their machines' safety. "This is not a replacement for antivirus software," said Google spokesperson Jay Nancarrow. "... Users should install antivirus to clean their machines and protect themselves from other threats."

Thu, 21 Jul 11
Lenovo's Tablet Trio to Take On the iPad
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72910.html
Lenovo unveiled its first round of tablets on Wednesday: the IdeaPad K1 for consumers; the ThinkPad for business customers; and the Windows 7-powered IdeaPad P1 for home and office use. The IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad tablets are the first Lenovo mobile Internet devices to feature the Android 3.1, or Honeycomb, platform. The Android-powered tablets will be able to access more than 250,000 apps in the Android Market -- although the vast majority were developed with smartphones in mind -- in addition to apps tested specifically for the device in the Lenovo App Shop.

Thu, 21 Jul 11
Why Do Email Links Feel So Right When They Do Such Wrong?
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72903.html
For years, security vendors have warned users to be careful about unsolicited emails. Clicking on embedded links in these emails, they say, could be dangerous, as could opening attachments that come with them. That includes emails purporting to be from couriers such as DHL and UPS, which could in fact come from malicious hackers and have attachments that are actually malware. In June, malware found in some of these attachments was a variant of the Kryptik Trojan, AppRiver warned.

Thu, 21 Jul 11
Apple Unleashes the Lion and Electrifies the Air
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72909.html
Apple released its long-awaited Mac OS X Lion operating system Wednesday, together with a lineup of new MacBook Airs, a refresh to the Mac mini line, and the world's first display using the next-generation Thunderbolt port. Thunderbolt technology will offer up to 10 Gbps of access speed in each direction simultaneously over one cable. OS X Lion, the eighth major release of the operating system, has more than 250 new features, Apple said. These include new multi-touch gestures, support for full-screen apps and Mission Control, which lets users view everything that's running on their Macs

Thu, 21 Jul 11
Disk Usage Analyzer Has a Keen Eye for Sizing Up Space
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72905.html
When I first left the Big Blue OS behind for the world of Linux, I wallowed in guesses over how my disk space was filling up. One thing that was hard to replace from my Windows XP days was the colorful pie chart of disk ingredients that resulted from right-clicking the lettered drive names. Linux offers numerous solutions for guessing at the amount of space consumed. Or is that displayed percentage of the amount of free space remaining? And is that cryptic sdf2 a USB drive, hard drive partition or DVD device?

Thu, 21 Jul 11
America: It's Time to Snap Out of the Pro-Death Trance
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72907.html
A Swedish hospital recently announced that a cancer patient was saved after doctors grew him a new windpipe in the lab using a synthetic structure and the man's own stem cells. That might have sounded like science fiction just a few years ago, but today it is landmark news. Regenerative medicine has the ability to usher in radically longer and healthier lives, yet few are considering the implications. The ability to grow new replacement parts for humans when original organs break down is a game-changer when it comes to extending human "health spans" -- the amount of time one is alive and healthy.

Wed, 20 Jul 11
FBI's Anonymous Catch May Be Small Fry
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72902.html
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has initiated a nationwide sweep targeting the hacking group "Anonymous." Armed with some 30 to 40 subpoenas, the FBI reportedly raided homes in New York, New Jersey, California and Florida, arresting at least 16 suspects. "Yes, a number of law enforcement actions have taken place throughout the U.S. today," confirmed FBI spokesperson Bill Carter, but he declined to comment further, saying the court documents were still under seal. The Department of Justice is expected to release a statement about the day's events.

Wed, 20 Jul 11
News Corp. Too Tempting a Target for LulzSec to Resist
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72901.html
Less than a month after the hacker group LulzSec announced it was disbanding, it has apparently made a comeback with a massive attack on the websites of embattled media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his News Corp. empire. LulzSec -- or at least a group using that name -- first redirected visitors of the Sun newspaper, a News Corp. publication, to the New Times website, which the hackers had taken over. The visitors saw a mock Sun Page One story announcing Murdoch's death.

Wed, 20 Jul 11
Good Little Google Readers to Get Virtual Gold Stars
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72898.html
The world's largest online search engine recently revealed its Google News Badge feature, a system through which readers can earn virtual badges based on their search and reading histories in the U.S. version of Google News. Someone searching for all the latest news on the NFL lockouts, for example, could earn a football badge. A tech analyst constantly monitoring Google could get a badge labeling them a Google aficionado. Other topics include general news items such as U.S. politics or the stock market; some venture into pop culture subjects like Harry Potter as well.

Wed, 20 Jul 11
5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Boost Your Social Engineering Immunity
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72891.html
Let's face it: Social engineering -- attacking an organization through deception by "tricking" internal users into sharing inappropriate levels of access -- isn't a topic that comes up very much in most IT shops. This isn't because social engineering is ineffective or because organizations aren't susceptible to it. To the contrary: Although direct, quantifiable evidence about social engineering is difficult to come by, what statistics we do have suggest that success rates for social engineering attacks are disproportionately high.

Wed, 20 Jul 11
Google Sweetens the Android Pot With Honeycomb 3.2 SDK
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72895.html
Google Friday announced Android 3.2 and released updated software development kit tools for the platform. Android 3.2 is an incremental release that adds several new capabilities for both users and developers, the Internet giant said. It includes changes to the application programming interface and is optimized for a wider range of tablets than the original Android 3.0 release. The new features appear to make Android 3.2, aka "Honeycomb," more uniform across different screen sizes.

Wed, 20 Jul 11
New 'Monopoly' Edition: Names Change, Game Remains the Same
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72889.html
Much-loved board games have a way of mutating over the years. New versions modernize and change with the times. Sometimes it's done to add challenge. If Hasbro didn't release new "Trivial Pursuit" question decks at the rate of, I don't know, nine per day, the game would have shriveled up and croaked decades ago. And just in case "Clue" players were getting tired of yet again deducing which of a small handful of characters killed Mr. Body, Parker Bros. has issued new versions from time to time that change the layout of the rooms and add new rules to the gameplay.

Tue, 19 Jul 11
Microsoft May Be Getting Into Social Networking - Hint, Hint
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72886.html
Weeks after Google launched Google+, rumors have begun making the rounds that Microsoft is working on its own social networking platform. The chatter started with an image posted on the Web. It appeared to depict a landing page for a service called "Tulalip." A message on the page read "With Tulalip, you can find what you need and share what you know easier than ever." It offered options to sign in through Facebook and Twitter. The image appeared briefly on a site with the URL "Socl.com," according to a report on Fusible.com.

Tue, 19 Jul 11
Those Crazy People Running the US Government and News Corp. Need New Jobs
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72877.html
This last week was filled with events that made me wonder how many of our leaders had sent their brains to wacky land. On the political front, the U.S. president, our president, threatened financial default and elderly folks on fixed social security incomes in order to get the U.S. credit limit raised. Threatening old defenseless folks always works so very well, and the collapse of the U.S. credit rating would do wonders (he says sarcastically) for the U.S. recovery. On the right, folks were walking out of meetings and taking the equally brilliant tactic of not actually negotiating.

Tue, 19 Jul 11
Discordant Notes Surround IBM's Symphony Move
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72887.html
Following last month's excitement over the ongoing OpenOffice.org saga, it seemed like things on that front were quieting down at last. It was just early June, of course, when Oracle decided to donate OpenOffice to the Apache Foundation rather than to LibreOffice -- a move at least one blogger equated with a "spiteful child, smashing their toys instead of sharing." Well, so much for any kind of lasting quiet since then. Last week, none other than IBM announced that it was donating its Lotus Symphony office suite to the Apache OpenOffice.org project.

Tue, 19 Jul 11
Dragon Go Burns Its Way to the Top of the Mobile Search Heap
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72881.html
A new voice-based search and find app, Dragon Go, has rocketed up my list of personal favorites. Why? It lets me get the stuff I want faster than ever before -- the good stuff, too, and I don't have to scroll through a bunch of crud to find it. Nuance Communications is the voice-recognition company behind a variety of voice recognition and transcription applications, and Dragon Go is its latest offering. On the surface, it immediately seems redundant compared to the generally excellent Google Search app that lets you speak into your iPhone's microphone to launch a Google search.

Sun, 17 Jul 11
The Swedish Invasion
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72882.html
For U.S. music fans, Spotify's cruel, years-long tease is drawing to a close. The European music platform is finally coming to the United States. For the unhip, Spotify is a platform for streaming music. It was launched in 2008 and now claims 10 million users, 1.6 million of whom are paying members. It comes from Sweden, but it definitely plays much more than just ABBA and death metal back to back on a constant loop. Though you can do that if that's your thing. The service has deals in place with lots of major music labels, so it can actually offer a fairly extensive library.

Sat, 16 Jul 11
Pentagon Rattles Its Cyber-Saber
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72880.html
The United States Department of Defense unveiled its long-awaited cyberstrategy Friday. Speaking at the National Defense University, Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn outlined the DoD's Strategy for Operating in Cyberspace. This consists of five strategic approaches and is part of the U.S. Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, unveiled by the White House in June. It includes reserving the option of using military force in response to serious cyberattacks.

Sat, 16 Jul 11
Google Is Like a 'Mental Prosthetic'
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72879.html
The way search engines like Google make it almost effortless to find the answers to any question with a few taps of the fingertips could be changing the way our memory works, according to a recent study. The report, co-authored by Betsy Sparrow, an assistant professor in the department of psychology at Columbia University; Jenny Liu at the University of Wisconsin Madison; and Daniel Wegner at Harvard, suggests that the brain is much less likely to recall information when it knows it can find the information quickly online.

Sat, 16 Jul 11
Your Voice Mail: Hugely Hackable
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72869.html
Mounting public anger over the News of the World newspaper's alleged practice of hacking into voice mail boxes of people targeted as subjects for stories has led to the arrests of eight people by the British police. Alleged victims of their hacking in the UK included the royal family, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and a teen-aged girl who was kidnapped, raped and murdered. The public outrage led British prime minister David Cameron to withdraw support from NOTW editor Andy Coulson, his former chief of communications.

Sat, 16 Jul 11
Google's Java Jam
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72871.html
Sometimes things that are supposedly free for the taking -- such as open source software -- can ultimately cost a wad of dough from the corporate coffers. That could well be the lesson Google learns from a lawsuit Oracle filed last year alleging that Google violated its intellectual property as well as infringed on its copyright for using a variation of Java. Details of the court filings surfaced in published reports recently, and they show that Google could owe Oracle between $1.4 billion and $6.1 billion.

Fri, 15 Jul 11
Android's Got Zitmos All Over the Place
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Android devices have once again been hit by a new form of malware. This time the culprit is a mobile variant of the Zeus banking Trojan that steals banking passwords. Zeus and another malware package, SpyEye, "are the most malicious threats to financial institutions and their customers," Mickey Boodaei, president and CEO of Trusteer, told TechNewsWorld. Over the past year, 72 percent of the 3.2 million desktops Trusteer's Rapport service disinfected were found to host various versions of these two malware packages, Boodaei said.

Fri, 15 Jul 11
Search History: Google and Germany, Part 3
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Google's privacy-conscious initiatives are often born in Germany. Heeding the objections to Street View, which rained down from national authorities and wary Germans, Google introduced an opt-out feature that allowed people to officially request that their homes be blurred out -- nearly 250,000 applications were submitted. Google also hatched an engineering team devoted to privacy protection in Munich. The group has devised privacy tools for Google's Chrome Web browser, and created Google Dashboard, a blatant nod toward transparency that "summarizes the data associated with each product you use."

Fri, 15 Jul 11
Linux in Cars, or Why Toyota Chose Freedom
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It's hard to keep up with all the companies joining The Linux Foundation these days, but recently one jumped on board whose name threw a collective hush over the Linux blogosphere. Toyota, that is -- none other than the planet's largest automobile manufacturer in terms of both sales and production. Is there really anything else to say? Linux, you're on top of the world. Toyota joined the foundation as a full-fledged gold member, in fact, making it clear that it's betting big on the open source operating system.

Thu, 14 Jul 11
Cough Up That Encryption Key - or Else!
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Can the courts make you open your computer? They can certainly confiscate your computer and search it for evidence of criminal activity; they can compel you to open encrypted files if you're a suspected terrorist (The Patriot Act); but if you plead the Fifth, they may not be able to order you to fork over passwords. A woman in Colorado, Ramona Fricosu, has been charged with fraudulent real estate transactions in a mortgage scam. Police raided her residence and found a laptop in her bedroom. The potentially incriminating evidence resides in encrypted files.

Thu, 14 Jul 11
Search History: Google and Germany, Part 2
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Following Germany's reunification, victims and villains alike wanted to forget the country's past. And this, for everyone, required privacy. "I've jokingly talked about the privacy tree: It's brown and it has green leaves," said historian Konrad H. Jarausch, referring to Nazis (brown) and Leftists (green). "It has some remnants of the Third Reich stuff -- people who have family records or other things that they don't want known. But at the same time, the leading lights in the Left were students in the 1970s, and they were engaged in all sorts of crazy communist groups, Marxist groups and so on ... ."

Thu, 14 Jul 11
ClipIt: Even a Humble Clipboard Can Benefit From Whistles and Bells
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For years, a staple tool I have relied on is a clipboard manager to keep tabs on reusable text snippets. The Linux desktop has several noteworthy clipboard managers. Some are much handier than others for working with parcels of text that I can easily swap from a clipping queue to a document or Web page form. Anyone who works constantly with bulk text needs a reusable copy-and-paste buffer to store multiple snippets of text. A weakness in the Linux desktop makes a clipboard manager a necessary add-on tool.

Wed, 13 Jul 11
Military Meltdown Monday - Not Just a Catchy Name
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The Antisec hacker movement, which targets the websites of governments and their agencies worldwide, on Monday hacked into the website of defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. The group posted a 130 MB file of data stolen from Booz Allen's servers on the Pirate Bay BitTorrent website. In an accompanying press release, Antisec sneered at Booz Allen's security and said it had stolen about 90,000 military emails as well as a great deal of passwords. The passwords are protected by the MD5 cryptographic hash function, though that protection can be cracked.

Wed, 13 Jul 11
Google Trains Its All-Seeing Street View Eye on Japanese Earthquake Devastation
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Google's Street View cars have been spotted all over the world capturing ground-level photos of cities for the company's unique mapping technology. But now that tech is being put to a new use: The cars are shooting pictures of the devastation in Japan left from the powerful earthquake the nation suffered last March. The goal is to help spread information about the extent of the remaining damage and help relief workers coordinate their efforts. Google says it believes that capturing 360-degree imagery of the wreckage can more fully state the scope of the damage.

Wed, 13 Jul 11
Bing Strikes the Right Tone on iPad
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Rattling off a Web search on your phone or tablet is a pretty dead-simple thing to do. Does it really need its own app? That depends. The iPad's out-of-the-box Safari Web browser has a built-in search bar, and you can set its default search engine to Google, Yahoo or Microsoft's Bing. It's just a text box, but it will usually suffice for a quick, heat-of-the-moment query. Other searches, though, may require a little more attention. You might want to target it to a certain category of results.

Wed, 13 Jul 11
Search History: Google and Germany, Part 1
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From the clothing ads that dance around in epileptic flashes to the constant requests for your credit card number, email service from the German website GMX.net has some shortcomings. You can get 1 GB of memory, but you'll need a credit card for anything more -- a 5 GB allowance runs about $4.50 per month, and for 10 GB, you pay about $7.50 per month. That may seem steep, but it'd be even pricier if not for the enormous dating-site banners seducing clicks between visits to the in-box. In its defense, GMX.net does have a customer service line. And it only costs about $2.60 per minute.

Wed, 13 Jul 11
Open Source and the Democratization of IT
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This podcast discussion centers on how the role and impact of integration has shifted, and how a more comprehensive and managed approach to integration is required, thanks to such major trends as cloud, hybrid computing and managing massive datasets. Moreover, the tools that support enterprise integration need to be usable by more types of workers, those that are involved with business process activities and data analysis. The so-called democratization of IT effect is also progressing into the world of applications and data integration.

Tue, 12 Jul 11
Iriver Reader to Run Through Google eBooks
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The Iriver Story HD, the first e-reader to be fully integrated with the Google eBooks platform will be available exclusively at the Target retail chain Sunday. Priced at $140, the Iriver Story HD was first shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. The six-inch, WiFi-only e-reader has an XGA screen. It's based on an i.MX508 e-reader applications processor based on ARM Cortex technology, and it will be able to use the global Easy WiFi Network. It supports Adobe EPUB and PDF formats with DRM.

Tue, 12 Jul 11
Crime and Punishment: What ISPs Will Do to Alleged Pirates
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The music and movie industries have obtained the consent of major U.S. ISPs to take steps to curb online content theft through establishing a common framework for so-called Copyright Alerts. This is a system that the innocuously named Center for Copyright Information -- made up of members of the industries named above and major ISPs -- says is a state-of-the-art software setup similar to credit card alert systems. It will alert Internet users when content that may have been stolen is identified on their systems. ISPs will then take suspects through a six-step process.

Tue, 12 Jul 11
4 Amazing Technology Waves That Will Change Your Life
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Last week, Facebook launched its video chat. Saying this was going to be an "awesome" announcement and then showcasing basic video chat and group text chat was, and I'm being kind, disappointing. Still, Facebook does have something amazing here -- I just don't think it's worked out yet. But I do think this is the beginning of something big. Facebook made the same initial mistake with its video chat feature that virtually every company has made so far with similar services. It assumes that people want to see who they are talking to and be seen while they're talking.

Tue, 12 Jul 11
FOSS and the Freeloader Factor
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It was almost exactly two years ago that Linux bloggers were bemoaning organizational FOSS users' tendency not to give back to the community, and now -- fast forward to 2011 -- here we are again, facing the same fact. Spurred once again by a discussion originating in the Eclipse community -- the results of the Eclipse Foundation's 2011 Community Survey, this time around -- bloggers have been wrestling not just with the reality of inconsistent enterprise-user contributions to FOSS, but also whether it really matters.

Tue, 12 Jul 11
TED App Teaches, Inspires and Amazes in Ways the Website Can't
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When a website brand delivers an Apple iOS app, the results can be mixed, like the hobbled Netflix app, or they can really shine and become something better than the website itself. Take, for instance, the video-focused educational app TED by TED Conferences. While the TED app doesn't really deliver that much more than the Web version, the app itself is the factor. Let me put it this way: Now that I have the app on my iPad 2 and iPhone 4, I'll be spending a lot more time with TED.

Sun, 10 Jul 11
The Revolution Will Be Video-Chatted
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More than a week after Google+'s launch, millions of social networkers are still crying out in vain for their invitations. Naturally, though, the tech industry's cultural elite are already inside the door, checking things out and getting an advance look-see. OK, not all of Google+'s first settlers are titans of technology; they're mostly just people who happened to be on the ball enough to ask for an invite before Google halted the sign-up process. But among them is none other than Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Google+'s assumed arch rival, Facebook.

Sat, 9 Jul 11
Final Shuttle Voyage Closes Chapter in Human Spacefaring Saga
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With the weather barely permitting, the U.S. space exploration program reached another milestone on Friday: Atlantis blasted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on what will be the final space shuttle mission. The flight caps 30 years of achievements including the construction of the International Space Station. Atlantis will dock with the station on Sunday. The crew of four astronauts will carry out a number of important tasks during the shuttle's 12-day mission, including delivery of the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module filled with supplies and spare parts.

Sat, 9 Jul 11
Toshiba Thrive Arrives on App-Starved Honeycomb Scene
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Electronics mega-retailer Best Buy will carry the Toshiba Thrive Android tablet at its online and brick-and-mortar stores this weekend. "I can confirm that we're going to have in-store availability starting July 10," Best Buy spokesperson Jeremy Baier told TechNewsWorld. The Thrive runs Android 3.1 Honeycomb and is offered in three models, with 8GB, 16GB and 32GB of storage. It's been available for pre-order online from Best Buy, Amazon, Newegg and Office Depot from June 13.

Sat, 9 Jul 11
Time for Video Chat's Big Close-up?
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As Facebook announced on Wednesday that its subscribers will be able to launch video chats from its site using Skype technology, one sentence -- written by Philip Su, an engineer on Facebook's video calling team -- stood out in particular. "Video chat has been around for years now, but it's still not an everyday activity for most people," Su wrote. Video chat certainly has been around for quite a while, and video chat services over the Internet and for mobile-to-mobile abound. Even Google has offered free video chat over Gmail, iGoogle and Orkut for some time.

Sat, 9 Jul 11
iOS Jailbreakers Dig Up a Wormy Little Exploit
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Zero-day vulnerabilities in Apple's iOS that are used to jailbreak iPhones and iPads could also be used to access confidential information, according to the German Federal Office for Information Security. The bug, exposed by a team of hackers at JailbreakMe.com, exploits vulnerabilities on PDFs. It allows users of an Apple device that runs on iOS version 4.3 through 4.3.3 to jailbreak an iPhone or iPad, meaning that user now has a new level of control over the device. Typically, this is done in order to install apps that haven't been given the Apple seal of approval.

Sat, 9 Jul 11
What the World's Fastest Systems Say About Linux
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I've been tracking the Top500 Supercomputer List with a particular eye on Linux for some time now, highlighting how Linux continues to power the majority of the world's fastest supercomputing systems. So it's no surprise to see continued dominance for Linux, but there are some interesting changes every six months when the new fastest supercomputer system list comes out. The most recent list, released last month, reinforces Linux leadership, as every single one of the top 10 fastest supercomputing systems in the world runs Linux.

Sat, 9 Jul 11
iCloud's Dark Security Lining
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Apple's announcement of its upcoming iCloud service has sparked a flurry of excitement in the industry. Some expect the iCloud will help Apple keep customers closer to its bosom -- make them "stickier," in analystspeak. Others think the iCloud will give a boost to cloud computing. The iCloud will automate the backup and storage of data -- music, photos and what-have-you -- and make it easy to set up new iDevices because everything on a user's old iDevice will be in the iCloud, and setting up the new one will simply be a matter of downloading that information.

Fri, 8 Jul 11
Droid 3 Adds a Little Muscle but Where's the 4G Beef?
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Verizon on Thursday marched out its latest Android smartphone, the Droid 3 from Motorola. The release marks the latest in a line of phones often credited with helping to revive Motorola's strength in cellphones and giving Verizon a heavy-hitting rival to AT&T's iPhone -- before Verizon started carrying Apple's phone as well, that is. Unlike previous devices in the Droid line, though, relatively little fanfare accompanied the release of this new smartphone. "Where's the marketing support behind the Droid 3?" asked Ramon Llamas, a senior analyst at IDC.

Fri, 8 Jul 11
3 Enterprise Security Bugaboos That Are Only Getting Worse
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As we round the bend into the second half of 2011, enterprises face a triple threat on the IT security front. These threats won't be easily addressed merely by updating anti-virus programs. Some attacks will be capable of reaching even the security-minded users. Here are three main threats that will dominate over the next six months. While mobile devices have posed a security threat to enterprises for some time, what is new this year is the increase in mobile malware. It's only a matter of time before traditional PC malware, such as Zeus, makes the leap to smartphones and tablets.

Fri, 8 Jul 11
A Sharper Screen Does Not a New iPad Model Make
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While iPad owners blissfully browse the Web -- in the process racking up 1 percent of all worldwide browsing traffic -- some of them seem to be looking ahead to October, when Apple might release a new version of its iPad line. Dubbed "iPad 2 Plus" by FBR Capital Markets analyst Craig Berger, it's been widely reported that he wrote a note to investors that cited requests to component suppliers for quotes for a new screen with a higher pixel density. Not a physically larger screen, just one with more pixels crammed into it, which would let the mobile juggernaut display sharper images.

Thu, 7 Jul 11
Facebook Gives Users One More Way to Get Into Each Others' Faces
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There was much speculation leading up to Facebook's product rollout announcement on Wednesday -- and for once, it was right on the money. Facebook announced it will be integrating the popular video chat service Skype into its social network, with the rollout taking place over the next several weeks. People will be able to use this offering for one-on-one and group chats. Both will be accessible with a single click. During the press event, CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that Facebook now has 750 million users -- a number that had been tossed around for the past several weeks as likely.

Thu, 7 Jul 11
The Holographic Universe: Is Our 3D World Just an Illusion?
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It's difficult enough for most humans to grasp the idea that our planet is just one of countless others in our galaxy -- and a pretty small one, at that. Then, of course, there's the concept that our galaxy is just one of billions of others in the universe -- sure to compound any confusion considerably. It seems safe to say, however, that neither of those notions can compete on the mind-bending scale, so to speak, with an idea that's currently being investigated: The U.S. Department of Energy's Fermilab is working on a device to test the theory that our whole universe is simply a hologram.

Thu, 7 Jul 11
The iPhone 5's Not-So-Easy Pieces
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The rumor mill is swirling up a storm for Apple's next iPhone launch. The company has placed orders for key components to be used in the next-generation iPhone, scheduled for launch sometime in the third quarter, according to The Wall Street Journal, which based its report on information provided by suppliers. The new version of the iPhone is expected to be thinner and lighter than the iPhone 4, the sources said. It is expected to sport an 8-megapixel camera and operate on Qualcomm's wireless baseband chips.

Thu, 7 Jul 11
Geeqie Image Viewer Geeks Out on Features
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When it comes to image viewers, one app is not always hands-down better than others. It is rare to find an image viewing tool that has every feature stockpiled on your wish list. So having a collection of go-to viewing tools to meet a variety of graphics needs is a better strategy. That said, the Geeqie Image Viewer goes a long way in keeping that set of viewing tools to a minimum. Geeqie, a fork of the popular GQview, is an GTK-based image viewer for Linux. If you are a fan of GQview, you could have a fond affinity for this little-known newcomer.

Wed, 6 Jul 11
Zuckerberg Finds Friends on Google+
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Who's the most popular person on Google's spanking new social networking site? Britney? Lady Gaga? Larry or Sergey? Nope, it's Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He has racked up a whopping 29,543 followers on Google+ as of Tuesday, beating out Google cofounders Larry Page -- who came in second with 19,878 -- and Sergey Brin, who took fourth place with 15,646. Many wondered if it was actually Zuckerberg. His identity was confirmed by tech blogger Robert Scoble via Twitter, who noted Zuckerberg texted him saying, "Why are people so surprised that I'd have a Google account?"

Wed, 6 Jul 11
Google May Catch a Big Whiff of Wiretap Act in WiFi Sniffing Case
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A federal judge recently refused to dismiss charges against Google from July 2010 which claim the company violated the Federal Wiretap Act. At the same time, the court threw out accusations that the search engine giant broke state laws in an accidental data breach. In what's being popularly referred to as the Google Wi-Spy incident, Google Street View cars gathered personal data from open WiFi networks while driving on public roadways to collect broader data for the Google Street View project.

Wed, 6 Jul 11
Netbooks: RIP or Live Long and Prosper?
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Well, the Fourth of July has come and gone, and the temperatures in the Linux blogosphere are scorching. Rather than raging at the heavens, however, Linux Girl is using the current infernal weather as an excuse to spend more time with her favorite barstool down at the Broken Windows Lounge, whose frosty air conditioning is just one of many temptations on offer. More time on the barstool, of course, tends to equate to more gossip overheard. The topic this time? The death -- or not -- of the trusty netbook.

Wed, 6 Jul 11
iQueue DVD Manager Puts Netflix to Shame
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I have a love-hate relationship with Netflix. For the most part, it's love. The company sends me DVDs in the mail, even esoteric DVDs that I would have a hard time tracking down anywhere else. Plus, I get to watch streaming movies via my Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV that's connected to my big screen HDTV in the living room. All very nice indeed. The hate part comes into play when I want to manage my Netflix queue via my iPhone. Back in January, Netflix removed the ability to add DVDs to your queue through its own iOS app.

Wed, 6 Jul 11
Google+ and the Slow Boat to Scale
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Shortly after launching the beta of its Google+ social network last week, Google slammed the shutters down. Like many new Google offerings, Google+ is, for the time being, accessible only by invitation. But after distributing invites rather liberally for a day or so, Google pulled back, citing "insane demand." It's unclear when Google will kick its invitation giveaway back into full gear, but in the mean time, wannabe Google+ users have gone to great lengths to find active invitations, sometimes even scouting eBay for sales.

Tue, 5 Jul 11
Dell's Lesson for RIM and MS: Do It Steve Jobs' Way
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I just came back from Dell's financial analyst meeting, and the firm is doing amazingly well. That wasn't the way it was a few years ago when folks were calling for a shakeup at the top. Michael Dell, along with an excellent team, turned the firm around, and he kind of did it by channeling Steve Jobs. Last week, Steve Ballmer had to respond to calls for his ouster by arguing that no one matches his energy or conviction. Agreed -- but clearly folks are questioning the quality of the job he is doing. The week ended with the release of a memo to RIM's management from a RIM employee.

Sun, 3 Jul 11
Google's Social Blowout
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Google made a very socially awkward move with its rollout of Google Buzz last year. It was Google's attempt to build a social network in part by stringing together various existing pieces of its infrastructure -- your contacts from over here, your Gmail account over there, Google Reader if you use it, so on. The problem with Buzz was that while it was shuffling around this complex network of acquaintances from different parts of your life, certain wires had a way of getting crossed.

Sat, 2 Jul 11
Gmail Goes Under the Knife, Other G Products Next in Line
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Google is making over the interface on its Gmail email service as part of a larger overhaul of the look and feel of all its offerings. The renovation project will be ongoing over the next several months, according to Chris Wiggins, creative director of digital at Google. Google's emphasis in the redesign will be on focus, elasticity and effortlessness. The Gmail service and Google's homepage are among the first services where the changes can be seen. Other Google services will also be revamped, Google spokesperson Jessica Kositz told TechNewsWorld.

Sat, 2 Jul 11
Google+ Doesn't Quite Add Up to a Social Powerhouse
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Fresh off failure from its first social network attempt, Google decided it'd give the tech trend another shot and launched Google+, the company's hope for rivaling networking leaders Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. I was lucky enough to be able to give Google+ a trial run and play around with the site before unlimited users are allowed in. Although I couldn't get the full feel of the site since I wasn't quite interacting with anyone yet, I could still get a sense of what it would be like to be a full-fledged networker on Google+.

Sat, 2 Jul 11
New Botnet: The Horror of the Many-Headed Hydra
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A new malware package is running wild on the Internet, according to Kaspersky Labs, and its creators are attempting to create an indestructible herd of zombified machines. The botnet has been dubbed "TDL-4," which Kaspersky describes as "the most sophisticated threat today." The creators use the same methods as legitimate Web-based businesses to spread -- they pay affiliates to install the malware. TDL-4 protects itself from detection, wipes out the competition, loads lots of other malware packages into victims' computers and leverages the Kad open source public peer to peer network.

Sat, 2 Jul 11
Can Apple Learn a Thing or Two About Handset Design?
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With the highly anticipated iPhone 5 coming out soon, predictions of new features are everywhere. Though Apple is quick to sue copycats looking to improve their products by adding Apple-inspired features, it might not be a bad idea for the company to ask itself, "who can we copy?" Upgrading features is not exactly copying, though -- it's more like a natural progression. Apple will definitely upgrade the new iPhone's front- and back-facing cameras to compare better with competitors like the Evo 4G and Galaxy line of phones.

Fri, 1 Jul 11
Google+ Privacy Complaints - Faint Voices in the Wilderness?
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Not even 24 hours had passed following Google's sneak preview of its new social networking initiative -- Google+ -- before the grumbling began. Briefly, one of the key features of the service, which is still in field-test mode, is +Circles, which allows users to group people into different classes or categories such as work friends, family and so on. As people and reporters started playing with the features, it became clear that these Circles are hardly inviolate: Items can be shared! They can even, conceivably, be made public.

Fri, 1 Jul 11
HP Slings webOS Into Tablet Territory With TouchPad Release
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HP will release the TouchPad in select markets Friday, putting the webOS mobile operating system the company acquired when it purchased Palm into an HP-branded tablet. "WebOS is a very solid operating system that's very competitive with both iOS and the Android offerings," Tom Mainelli, a research manager at IDC, told TechNewsWorld. The TouchPad has a 9.7-inch LED backlit glossy multitouch screen. It weighs about 1.6 pounds and measures 9.45 by 7.48 by 0.54 inches. It has a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core APQ8060 processor.

Fri, 1 Jul 11
Bridging the Great Dev/Ops Divide
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Under the legacy approach to software development, developers write code, which is then frozen, tested by another group, released and ultimately supported by yet another team again. Under this highly structured approach, large enterprise software applications are typically updated every 6 to 12 months, and up to several years can pass between major operating system releases. In enterprises, risk appetite and the desire for stability typically drive these intervals. This "silo" approach to software development practices is clearly out of synch with today's real-time-focused business world.

Fri, 1 Jul 11
Editors Play New Reel in Final Cut Fiasco
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Apple has attempted to dial down the flack it's received since the release of its latest movie-editing application, Final Cut Pro X, by publishing an FAQ that addresses some of the editing world's edgier criticisms. Meanwhile, professional film editors angered by Apple's recently released Final Cut Pro X video editing software are flocking to sign a petition asking for Apple to re-label the app and extend support for previous movie-editing software. Apple last week announced the release of the $299 video editing application on its Mac App Store.

Fri, 1 Jul 11
Are Ubuntu's Glory Days Over?
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/72773.html
If there's any lesson to be learned in high school, it's that popularity is a fickle mistress. One day, you can be riding high on the strength of your awesome gaming skills, say, and the next, a fleeting fashion faux pas can bring you crashing down again. But maybe that was just Linux Girl. In any case, popularity is nothing if not changeable, as Ubuntu has aptly demonstrated in recent weeks. The Unity desktop, specifically, has raised more than a few eyebrows in the Linux community, causing some to speculate even that Canonical has lost its way.

 

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