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Wed, 30 Nov 11
RIM Gives iOS and Android a Tentative Embrace
Research In Motion on Tuesday announced a mobile device management solution that will include iOS and Android devices. BlackBerry Mobile Fusion will consist of BlackBerry Enterprise Server version 5.0.3, new management capabilities for BlackBerry Playbook tablets, and MDM capabilities for iOS and Android mobile devices. However, Mobile Fusion won't extend BlackBerry Balance, a feature that separates personal and business data on BlackBerry smartphones, to the iOS and Android platforms.

Wed, 30 Nov 11
Next Kinect Could Be a Lot More Understanding
The next generation of Microsoft's Kinect input device may be able to read users' lips and emotions. The forthcoming device, which is expected to come bundled with Xbox consoles, reportedly will not just sense motions the way the current Kinect generation does, but will also allow games to read lips, recognize which way players are facing, and detect when they are angry. To assess players' emotional states, Kinect 2 may track their facial characteristics, as well as the pitch and volume of their voices.

Wed, 30 Nov 11
Fire in the Sky: iPhone Ignites on Australian Flight
An Apple iPhone 4 began emitting smoke and appeared to spontaneously combust on a recent Regional Express flight to Sydney, Australia. The phone was emitting a significant amount of dense smoke, accompanied by a red glow, according to Regional Express. Standard safety procedures were followed and no one on board was injured. The phone was handed over to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau for further investigation. No such incident had happened on a Regional Express flight before, a spokesperson for the airline said.

Wed, 30 Nov 11
Malware for Sale
The holiday shopping season is in full swing, even for malicious hackers. Cybercriminals are lining up to lay hands on a new exploit that takes advantage of a recently patched critical security flaw in Java, security researcher Brian Krebs warned recently. On the other side of the security line, Twitter is buying up Android security solution provider Whisper Systems. That may be a timely move, as security experts have warned that the Android platform is ripe for a malware deluge.

Wed, 30 Nov 11
White House, Congress Renew Cybersecurity Push
In a rare showing of bipartisanship, members of Congress and the White House are trying to breathe new life into the effort to enact national cybersecurity legislation. In a recent flurry of activity, mainly between the Obama administration and the Senate, the issue got back on the legislative track. In addition to putting the legislation at the top of the agenda, lawmakers signaled that agreement was beginning to emerge on substantive components of the complex initiative.

Wed, 30 Nov 11
An iPad Lover Plays With Fire, Part 2
As a happy iPad owner, I've been messing around with a Kindle Fire, and for the most part, I like what I'm experiencing. The Kindle Fire is a solid tablet with a generally pleasing interface. While it doesn't compare to an iPad in a real direct way -- apples to apples, oranges to oranges -- it's a tablet, and more importantly, it has the potential to capture the hearts and minds of at least some Apple-loving users. Why? While it doesn't do all of what an iPad 2 can do, it does do at least half of it -- media consumption -- pretty darn well.

Tue, 29 Nov 11
Blanket EU Privacy Regs Could Make Facebook Break a Sweat
The European Union may begin an overhaul of its 1995 Data Protection Directive next year to provide one single unified body of legislation on this issue. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding will propose the reform in January, according to spokesperson Matthew Newman. The legislation will be tabled at the end of January with the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers, which represents all 27 EU member states, Newman said.

Tue, 29 Nov 11
Nanoparticle Monster Batteries Could Make Wind and Solar Power More Practical
Researchers at Stanford University have used nanoparticles of copper hexacyanoferrate to create electrodes that could lead to large batteries for storing excess power from the electrical grid for future use. These might be best used in wind and solar farms, the researchers stated in a paper published recently. The nanoparticles allow for faster charging and discharging of electricity and could allow the creation of low-cost large batteries that have a relatively long life.

Tue, 29 Nov 11
Welcome to Cyber Monday
Well, today is your first day back (if you live in the U.S.) from the long Thanksgiving holiday, and you are likely still suffering through a bit of a food coma hangover and are wondering where your waist went. Trust me, it went on a long vacation and probably won't come out again until summer -- or it may be gone for good. Today is Cyber Monday, a day when most of us have historically decided to get online at work to do our Christmas shopping. This is when we look at what's left of our savings and kiss it goodbye to purchase a bunch of stuff we hope our loved ones will appreciate.

Tue, 29 Nov 11
Does Any App Play Straight Poker Anymore?
When Apple pulled its popular "Texas Hold'em" game from the App Store, I was moderately surprised, but then again, it's not like Apple was actively developing the game over the years. And besides, after racking up $100 million or so against the Artificial Intelligence engine, it's been a long time since I've actively played it. But the move sparked my attention. Why did I stop playing, anyway? After all, I like poker, and I really like "Texas Hold'em." While Apple's take on the game was pretty good, I realized that there were several reasons why I stopped playing.

Tue, 29 Nov 11
Why Do People Keep Using Windows?
Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone for another year here in the U.S., and that means the holiday season is thick upon us once again. We *could* buckle down and get working on all those holiday shopping lists, but it's not difficult to think of countless ideas that would be a whole lot more fun. Take a good, old-fashioned debate, for example -- about operating systems, no less! Thank goodness for the team over at Slashdot, because that's just the conversation that's been raging there recently, to the tune of almost 2,000 comments.

Thu, 24 Nov 11
Will Facebook Jump the Shark by Leaping Into Handsets?
Facebook's entry into the smartphone handset business is being reported like it's a done deal. It's a deal, however, in which critics say Facebook has more to lose than gain. The Facebook phone project already has a code name, "Buffy," a reference to the famed vampire slayer of film and television, according to a recent report. Given the relentless and undying nature of the Facebook phone rumor, the code name has a certain ironic twist to it.

Thu, 24 Nov 11
Xbox 360 Goes Metro With New Dashboard
Microsoft will release an update to the Xbox 360 dashboard for all Xbox Live members on Dec. 6. The update is reportedly modeled after Microsoft's new Metro user interface, which is used for Windows Phones and will be part of Windows 8. It will offer new personal and social features, cloud storage, Beacons, enhanced family settings, integrated voice and gesture controls across the dashboard and in apps, and Bing voice search. Also on Dec. 6, leading app providers will roll out new customized apps for the Xbox 360 in 20 countries.

Thu, 24 Nov 11
Linux Mint Is a Refreshing Palate Cleanser
The Linux community and Linux users are at odds over the transition from GNOME 2 to GNOME 3 as the backbone desktop environment for the OS. Ubuntu's developers muddied the situation with its newcomer Unity desktop alternative. Given the situation, Linux Mint may offer the best solution if you need time to adjust to the radical changes in the GNOME 3 desktop. I was an avowed Ubuntu user until its developers created and pushed the Unity desktop shell as the default approach that avoided GNOME 3.

Wed, 23 Nov 11
Facebook Whittles Down 6 Degrees of Separation to 4.74
Six degrees of separation may be good enough for most people, but for Facebook members, it's only 4.74 degrees, according to a study conducted jointly by the social networking giant and the University of Milan. Conducted earlier this year, the study examined all 721 million active Facebook users, who had 69 billion friendships among them, Facebook said. Whether the conclusions of the study might be off-base is open to debate. "Obviously the study is only valid for the part of the population that is on Facebook," said UCSD's James H. Fowler.

Wed, 23 Nov 11
Bad Security Moon Rising
All things considered, this past week has been hell on security professionals. On Monday, AT&T Wireless announced that hackers used automatic scripts to target some subscribers in a bid to steal information stored in their online accounts. They apparently didn't succeed. Hackers have breached security at utilities in Springfield, Ill., and in South Houston, Texas, in what might prove to be a sign of things to come. Meanwhile, Norway's oil, gas and defense installations also were breached.

Wed, 23 Nov 11
An iPad Lover Plays With Fire, Part 1
I'm a happy owner of an iPad 2, but I bought a Kindle Fire anyway. It seems like a silly purchase, on the surface -- after all, what can a Kindle Fire do that an iPad can't? Hmm. Not much of anything, really, except run Android apps and play nicely with Amazon.com's growing world of content. In fact, if you pose the question the other way -- what can an iPad 2 do that a Kindle Fire can't? -- the answer list starts with a few key things, like the ability to take pictures, do video calling and even check your pulse.

Wed, 23 Nov 11
Open Source and the Open Road, Part 1
A new wave of really cool devices will soon do more than simply integrate your mobile gadgets with your automobile. Pairing your smartphone with your car's sound system and on-board navigation platform is already old hat. Car makers are now looking at how to expand that concept to enhance the notion of your car being treated as one big mobile device. Choosing the operating platform for this new level of connected car functionality will be no easy task for OEMs.

Tue, 22 Nov 11
Fully Loaded Curiosity Rover Readies for Trek to Red Planet
Following a one-day delay, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission featuring its new Curiosity rover is now scheduled for launch on Saturday, Nov. 26, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Representing the largest and most advanced rover ever sent to the Red Planet, the automobile-sized Curiosity vehicle will look for evidence of water, carbon and other key elements in the Martian soil and atmosphere in the hopes of determining whether Mars has ever had the potential to support life.

Tue, 22 Nov 11
Water Pump Hack Paints Picture of Leaky Utility Security
A small water utility in Illinois has been hacked, reportedly leading the FBI and the United States Department of Homeland Security to look into the matter. The attack came from Russia, according to control systems cybersecurity expert Joseph Weiss, who publicized the matter in his blog. He suggested the hack might have been linked to a break-in at a SCADA system vendor earlier. SCADA systems, or supervisory control and data acquisition systems, are used to control infrastructure processes such as in electric and water utilities.

Tue, 22 Nov 11
The Fretful Future of Flash
What's the future for Flash devs now that Adobe has turned its back on Flash Player for mobile devices and has shifted focus to HTML 5? Will Flash for the desktop survive or will it die out too? Adobe has pledged to enable Flash devs to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major mobile app stores, but it won't develop Flash Player for new mobile device technology after version 11.1 for Android and the BlackBerry PlayBook is released. However, source code licensees will be able to work on and release their own implementations, raising the specter of fragmentation.

Tue, 22 Nov 11
Galaxy Nexus Volume Bug Has Users Screaming and Shouting
User forums are lit up with complaints about Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone, which was released in the UK late last week. It seems that the handset's volume control goes haywire when the connection shifts to a 2G band. Unfortunately, 2G is widespread in Europe. The Galaxy Nexus is the first phone to ship with Android 4.0, also known as "Ice Cream Sandwich." A YouTube video -- and there are plenty -- shows the volume bouncing between low and high. When it happens, the user is unable to make calls or use other functions such as playing videos or games. The phone is expected to hit Verizon's network in the United States in the next few weeks.

Tue, 22 Nov 11
The Technology Scandals of 2012
Next year is an election year, and there is no doubt we will have plenty of examples of politicians who should have had their hormones either surgically removed or had someone wiser make their decisions for them. On the other hand, the technology market has certainly had its fill of scandals over the last 12 months, many of which centered on HP and its revolving CEO door. It's stabilized for the moment, and it is likely someone else's turn to make the rounds, so what follows is my list of likely candidates and what their scandals will probably be.

Tue, 22 Nov 11
Thoughts of Thankfulness From Linux Land
Well, the holiday season is just about upon us for another year, and for those of us in the United States, it starts this week with Thanksgiving. That, of course, is when we begin the weeks-long festive meal that will ravage diets and waistlines across the land, leaving a trail of discarded wishbones and skinny jeans in its wake. Here in the Linux blogosphere, the start of the holidays is always met with mixed feelings as bloggers contemplate the cheerless office parties and other many hours of enforced socializing to come.

Tue, 22 Nov 11
Philips iPad App Uses Camera to Monitor Your Vitals With Surprising Accuracy
Until recently, it has never occurred to me to check my heart rate with my iPad 2. Sure, I know there are medical apps that doctors and nurses are using to store and move information around, but using the camera in the iPad 2 to check my heart rate? And breathing rate, too? No way. Of course, I rarely check these vital signs anyway, and usually the only time I'm aware of them at all are when I'm sucking wind while playing basketball or hiking up some steep and rocky incline. Philips Electronics, it turns out, sort of has an app for that: Vital Signs Camera -- Philips.

Sun, 20 Nov 11
CERN Do-over Results in Faster-Than-Light Particles ... Again
The international research team that found neutrinos traveling faster than light has done it again. It conducted another set of experiments and again found neutrinos that exceeded the speed of light. As in the first experiment, the researchers fired high-intensity, high-energy beams of muon neutrinos from the CERN SPS accelerator in Geneva toward the LNGS underground laboratory in Gran Sasso, Italy, 454 miles away. They then measured the speed at which the neutrinos traveled. This time, however, they used very short beam pulses rather than long beam pulses.

Sat, 19 Nov 11
New Mighty Microlattice Material Weighs Next to Nothing
A team of researchers led by Tobias Schaedler of HRL Labs has developed an ultralight metallic microlattice that's 10,000 times lighter than ultralight aerogels and carbon nanotube foams. Ultralight cellular materials weigh less than 10 milligrams per cubic centimeter. "An ordered lattice is inherently stronger than a foam with random porosity," Schaedler told TechNewsWorld. Uses for ultralight cellular materials include thermal insulation, battery electrodes and damping for acoustic, vibration and shock energy.

Sat, 19 Nov 11
Android Malware Hits Record Heights, Report Warns
Android malware has increased 472 percent since July, a new report from Juniper Networks warned earlier this week, with the months of October and November shaping up to see the fastest jump in Android malware ever discovered, the company stated. The number of Android malware samples identified in September increased by 28 percent over the number of known samples, according to research by the Juniper Global Threat Center. October, however, showed a 110 percent increase in malware sample collection over the previous month.

Sat, 19 Nov 11
TextFree: An Open, Worldly, No-Fees-Attached Texter
A slew of free texting apps are out there right now, and they have the potential to cut your phone bill by enabling you to bypass your phone carrier's SMS functions. These third-party solutions take advantage of data networks, including the Internet, to send and receive texts, and they let you text without going through the carrier's traditional SMS cellular technology, which piggybacks on voice channels. The bandwidth used for the texts becomes an invisible part of your data package, and you can cut out specific "texting" packages, or individual text charges.

Fri, 18 Nov 11
All Eyes on HTML5 as Mobile Flash Fades to Black
If ever there was an announcement to get tongues wagging in the Linux blogosphere and beyond, it was the news that Adobe will stop developing Flash for mobile devices. That, of course, is just what was announced last week, and the wagging hasn't stopped ever since. Dubbed "Story of the Week" on the Financial Times Tech Hub blog, the topic has been the focus of conversation on forums far and wide, not to mention the dominant topic of discussion in the Linux blogosphere's own Mealy Apple cafe.

Fri, 18 Nov 11
Microsoft Begins Hawking Surface 2.0, Its Second-Gen Table-Sized Tablet
The Microsoft Surface 2.0, a coffee-table-sized, tablet-like touchscreen computer, is ready for preorder in 23 countries, including the United States. The Surface first emerged in 2007 and used cameras and its touchscreen to interact with people and objects. The model available for preorder is called the "SUR40" and is manufactured by Samsung. Microsoft indicated it will focus on the commercial business and professional audience, including education, professional services, healthcare and retail. Units are expected to ship by early 2012.

Fri, 18 Nov 11
How to Lock Down Your Laptop While on the Road
Losing a laptop may be less painful now than it used to be because the cost of replacing the physical device has trickled downward recently. You can now pick up a decent workhorse for three or four hundred dollars at a big-box retailer. Big deal if you lose it. What hasn't become less valuable, though, is the data held within. In fact, the data has become more valuable with the prevalence of identity theft and our copious use of the machines to store every aspect of our multimedia-driven and socially networked lives.

Fri, 18 Nov 11
Is an Amazon Smartphone Waiting Downstream?
On the heels of the apparent success of Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet, which one analyst estimates will sell more than 5 million units in three months, comes speculation that the online retail giant might come up with its own smartphone next. Citigroup analysts Mark Mahaney and Kevin Chang have reportedly stated that Amazon will unleash a smartphone on the market in Q4 2012. Amazon, they state, will sell the device at close to cost.

Fri, 18 Nov 11
AOL Takes Another Shot at AIM
AOL has updated its longstanding AIM instant messaging service and rolled out a preview for the public. The new AIM automatically displays photos, videos and tweets even when users are writing or reading IMs. It also has a chat feature and syncs messages onto all a user's devices. AIM is available in versions for the Web, Windows PCs and Macs, as well as Android and iOS mobile devices. AIM is huge both in corporate America and among consumers, Chris Wetherell, head of AIM products, told TechNewsWorld.

Thu, 17 Nov 11
TOS Trivialities Could Become Law if DoJ Gets Its Way
Something as simple and common as using an online pseudonym could technically be a violation of the law if the United States Department of Justice gets what it wants. The DoJ on Tuesday asked Congress to impose harsher penalties on various types of cyberactivities, including cybercrime. The goal, DoJ Deputy Section Chief Richard Downing told the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, is to improve cybersecurity for the American people, the nation's critical infrastructure and the federal government's networks and computers.

Thu, 17 Nov 11
Ardour: An Audio Editor That's Hard to Master and Tough to Beat
Using a fully functional digital audio workstation, or DAW, is a computing necessity only for hard-core audiophiles, musicians and those who package audio and video content. If you fit one of those categories and do not know about Ardour, you could be pleasantly surprised at its power and relative ease-of-use. Ardour is the go-to app of choice on Linux for many audio editors. I have less use for a top-of-the-line DAW, however. I was getting along fine with until I needed specialized results for a project on which I was consulting.

Thu, 17 Nov 11
Windows 8 Will Be Less Bossy About Automatic Restarts
Windows 8 will change the way Microsoft's flagship operating system will deal with updates, the company recently announced. Windows Update will consolidate all restarts released over each month to synchronize with Patch Tuesday. This means users' PCs will only restart when security updates are installed and require a restart. However, when a critical security update is released, Windows Update will download and install the patch and restart automatically, Microsoft said.

Thu, 17 Nov 11
Researchers Create Brain on a Chip
Although computers have been called "thinking machines," their internal operations have very little to do with how the original thinking machine -- the human brain -- actually works. That's changing, however, as some researchers at MIT and the University of Texas Medical School have demonstrated in a new computer chip that mimics how the brain learns as it receives new information. The chip can simulate the activity that takes place in the brain's synapses. Synapses connect neurons in the brain. Neurons are where the brain stores information.

Thu, 17 Nov 11
New HP Folio Aims to Get Businesses On Board With Ultrabooks
HP on Wednesday announced its first ultrabook for the business sector, as well as new additions to its Envy and Pavilion notebook lines. The ultrabook, called the "HP Folio 13," claims up to nine hours of battery life, the longest on the market. It weighs 3.3 pounds, uses Intel Core processors, includes Intel Rapid Start Technology and has a backlit keyboard. The HP Folio 13 also comes with a 128 GB solid state drive. The HP Folio 13 is less than 1.8 cm thick. It has a 13.3-inch high-definition BrightView display and weighs 3.3 pounds.

Wed, 16 Nov 11
RIM Ramps Up Handset Hardware With New BlackBerry Devices
Research In Motion announced on Tuesday two new smartphones based on the BlackBerry 7 OS, the BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380. RIM calls the Bold 9790 a compact, fully-loaded, high-performance smartphone. The model boasts a high-resolution touch display and a highly tactile keyboard. The Bold packs 8 GB of on-board memory with an expandable memory slot of up to 32 GB. The Curve 9380 is the first BlackBerry curve to sport a touch display. It will lean toward the social experience, boasting ease of use and the smaller size that the Curve series has been known for.

Wed, 16 Nov 11
Battery Breakthrough Could Give Gadgets Longer-Lasting Juice Boxes
Researchers at Northwestern University say they've made significant progress in research that could lead to longer life for the rechargeable batteries found in electronic gadgets. A team of engineers working on a lithium-ion battery said that by taking a chemical engineering approach, they've made a power cell that not only lasts longer, but can also charge 10 times faster than normal batteries. The scientists looked into the way current batteries charge.

Wed, 16 Nov 11
Game of PWNs
This past week brought a plethora of cybersecurity news, with attackers going after everything from gaming platforms to advertisers' checkbooks. Steam, the massive gaming site that's part of Valve, got hacked, potentially endangering its 35 million members. Law enforcement scored a big win when the FBI announced that it had busted a major cyberfraud ring that infected millions of computers worldwide and scammed legit online advertisers.

Wed, 16 Nov 11
Flood of Filth Turns Facebook News Feeds Into Open Sewers
Many Facebook users have complained recently about a spam flood of a most unsavory nature. Some say pornographic images and images depicting extreme violence -- sometimes both -- are showing up in their News Feeds without their consent. Others say their accounts are being used to send friends links to explicit videos and other messages. The attacks once again highlight the ongoing war between Facebook and hackers. "We have recently experienced an increase in reports and we are investigating and addressing the issue," Facebook spokesperson Gwendolyn Belomy told TechNewsWorld.

Tue, 15 Nov 11
Amazon's Kindle Fire: First in a New Niche?
Amazon.com's Kindle Fire tablet will be arriving on consumers' doorsteps a day earlier than planned, the company announced Monday, and reviewers have wasted no time sharing their own early thoughts about the new device. Originally planned for shipment on Tuesday to those who preordered it, the 7-inch, Android-powered device began shipping on Monday instead. Amazon's boasted that demand has been high, which it attributed in part to the item's price -- it sells for $199. The lowest-price Apple iPad 2, by comparison, goes for $499.

Tue, 15 Nov 11
Google Dabbles in Dream Tech in Hush-Hush X Lab
Google scientists are laboring away on futuristic projects in a top-secret lab somewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area, The New York Times claims. This lab, which is apparently so hush-hush that few Googlers even knew it existed prior to the report, is allegedly called "Google X." More than 100 futuristic projects are said to be under way there. These include a space elevator project, experiments working to connect home appliances and dinner dishes to the Internet, robots that can go to work instead of their owners, and the development of driverless cars for the mass market.

Tue, 15 Nov 11
A Real-World Approach to Improving Security in the Cloud
Everybody knows that the cloud -- in particular, the security of cloud deployments -- is a huge pain point industry-wide. And as is the case with any new endeavor with such broad-sweeping impact, there's no shortage of well-meaning advice about how to secure it. But I confess to finding much of that advice about cloud security somewhat frustrating. Why? Because much of it fails to account for the realities of what drives cloud adoption: Namely, the economics.

Tue, 15 Nov 11
Volt Fire Puts Lithium-Ion Batteries Under Safety Spotlight
A Chevy Volt that caught fire in the parking lot of a crash test site has prompted a federal probe over the safety and protocol of handling lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles. The investigation will include automakers GM, Nissan, Ford and other manufacturers planning to sell vehicles with lithium-ion batteries. The fire that sparked the probe took place in May in the parking lot of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration testing center. The Chevy Volt had undergone a side-impact pole test three weeks earlier.

Tue, 15 Nov 11
Life in a Post-Siri World
The current generation of smartphones is a bit of a kludge. They require a lot of text entry, but most don't have keyboards. As a result, they generally suck at it. Siri, Apple's new voice-command technology, points the way to a future that is more like the past, where phones are good at what phones have always been good at -- voice -- and typing may become, at least on smartphones, a thing of the past. While voice command has been around since the early days of PCs, it has never really taken off.

Tue, 15 Nov 11
Will a Spoonful of Mint Help the GNOME 3 Go Down?
If a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, as Mary Poppins once sagely said, will a splash of Mint help users swallow GNOME 3? That, indeed, appears to be the question of the day now that the Linux Mint project has announced a hybrid desktop strategy for Linux Mint 12 that's apparently designed to help ease users into the controversial new interface. The future of Linux Mint is GNOME 3," asserted Clement Lefebvre, Linux Mint founder and project leader, in a recent blog post.

Tue, 15 Nov 11
Flow: A Handy App for Viewing the World Through an Amazonian Lens
While Amazon.com is rushing in headlong as a competitor in the tablet space with its upcoming Kindle Fire, that hasn't stopped the company from creating apps for Apple's iOS. More accurately, Amazon.com's A9 Innovations has produced an app that uses a sort of augmented reality to let you point your iPhone's camera at a consumer product, identify it, learn more about it via Amazon.com's marketplace online store, and, of course, buy it. For reasons I'm unable to discern, the app is called "Flow."

Sun, 13 Nov 11
Fuzzy Signals for Internet TV
It's hard to imagine how Logitech CEO Guerrino De Luca could have been clearer, if a transcript of his recent remarks during an investor day conference call is accurate. He called the implementation of his company's Revue Google TV device a mistake "of a gigantic nature" that cost Logitech dearly. Logitech, De Luca said, wrongly expected consumers would take up Google TV by Christmas 2010, which proved to be too short a time frame. Logitech will allow its remaining Revue units to sell out with no plans in place to replace it with a new product, according to a Verge report.

Sat, 12 Nov 11
Hackers Turn Up Heat on Steam Gaming Platform
Up to 35 million gamers with accounts on Steam, the multiplayer and digital games distribution platform developed by Valve, may be at risk following a breach of its database. Information in the database included usernames, passwords, data on members' game purchases, and members' email and billing addresses and encrypted credit card information, Valve said on Thursday. However, there's no evidence that the hackers stole encrypted card numbers or information that could personally identify anyone, Valve claims.

Sat, 12 Nov 11
iOS Update Fails to Silence Battery Complaints
Apple on Thursday pushed out iOS 5.0.1, an iPhone operating system update designed to address problems some iPhone 4S users had reported regarding the device's quickly draining battery. However, the update apparently did not solve the battery-drain issues for everyone, according to many posts on the company's own support forum. Whereas iPhone users typically expect their phones to easily make it through a full day of moderate use between charges, some 4S users insist that the battery charge falls 1 percent every few minutes.

Sat, 12 Nov 11
FTC May Force Facebook to Ask Permission Rather Than Beg Forgiveness
Nearly two years after consumer advocacy groups filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over Facebook's privacy policies, the social network and the FTC are close to an agreement, according to a recent report. The deal between the company and the commission will reportedly require Facebook to enact widespread opt-in practices -- it will need to receive permission before making any piece of information public that was intended to be private.

Sat, 12 Nov 11
Data Integration in the Cloud - or Not
Data integration is critical for companies that need to combine systems and databases after a merger or acquisition, or need to link legacy systems to new business applications. This need is vast throughout commercial and public industries, and the task can be daunting, especially for CIOs and IT managers of small- to medium-sized businesses, whose IT staffs and budgets may be constrained. Add to that the rise of cloud-based data integration services and the decision becomes even more confusing.

Sat, 12 Nov 11
What Did Apple Win With the Demise of Mobile Flash?
Adobe's announcement this week that it was stopping further development of its Flash player for mobile devices will create more winners than losers in the cybersphere, according to several experts interviewed by MacNewsWorld. One beneficiary of Adobe's decision, which appears to have vindicated Apple's dogged stance not to support Flash on its mobile devices, will be the latest version of the language for creating Web pages, HTML 5, according to Geoff Blair, studio director for Lost Decade Games. "It's a great thing for HTML 5 development," the game developer told MacNewsWorld.

Sat, 12 Nov 11
FriendCaster Pro: A Friendlier Facebook App
Of Facebook's 800 million active users, more than 350 million of them currently access Facebook through mobile devices, according to the company. October saw Facebook's updated Messenger app, labeled 1.5, rolling out to iOS, Android and BlackBerry with updated features, including the ability to see when someone is typing, and verify that they haven't fallen asleep. We also saw Facebook challenging Apple with an iPad app that allows mobile developers to bypass the Apple Store.

Fri, 11 Nov 11
What BlackBerries May Come
Research In Motion's upcoming next set of smartphones, which will run its next-generation BBX operating system, will represent a departure from the company's lonstanding design aesthetics, typified by the BlackBerry Bold, according to a recent report. However, the upcoming phones will still support BlackBerry's core enterprise email features. One smartphone, apparently nicknamed the "BlackBerry Colt," will also have the same screen resolution and aspect ratio and features as the company's floundering PlayBook tablet.

Fri, 11 Nov 11
How to Get the Internet on Your Car Stereo
Unless you're driving a tricked-out late model BMW or Mini, you're unlikely to have Internet-based media streaming options built into your vehicle. However, there are ways to replicate that Internet media experience -- just without the integrated controls. The basic premise is to use your smartphone with its cellular Internet connectivity to obtain the media, and then use the smartphone's outputs to get that audio into your existing car stereo system.

Fri, 11 Nov 11
Microsoft Contributes to Samba, World Keeps Spinning
"If you follow the Samba Technical Mailing List, you may have noted a patch submission that came in on October 10th, 2011," wrote Samba team member Chris Hertel in a blog post recently. "As often happens, a couple of developers at a company found a way to improve core Samba code," Hertel went on. "They got permission to submit the patches under their own copyright and the terms of the GPL, and they sent the patches in. "It happens all the time in Samba, and we are always grateful," he added. "The only notable thing in this particular case is the company for which those developers work: Microsoft."

Fri, 11 Nov 11
How Apple Could Be Burned - or Warmed - by Fire
The surveys comparing the hotness of the Amazon Kindle Fire to the Apple iPad 2 are hitting us in full force: a pair of them seem to show that the Kindle Fire, with its 7-inch screen and friendly US$199 price tag, seems to be digging into Apple's mountain of iPad mindshare. "Surveys, smurveys," you say. "Who cares about a dinky Kindle Fire? It doesn't even have a camera, not to mention FaceTime. And it definitely doesn't have the cool Apple logo or a big screen, and it doesn't work with everything on my iPhone." I pre-ordered a Kindle Fire anyway.

Thu, 10 Nov 11
Nvidia Crams Tegra 3 Mobile Chip Chock Full of Cores
Nvidia on Wednesday launched the quad-core mobile Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. Formerly nicknamed "Project Kal-El," the Tegra 3 has four main cores and a fifth companion core. It distributes the workload among these using patent-pending variable symmetric multiprocessing technology. The Tegra 3 includes a 12-core Nvidia GeForce graphics processing unit. It's aimed at mobile gamers and provides high-speed access to the Web as well as swift application execution and multitasking.

Thu, 10 Nov 11
Amazon Throws Some Choice Apps on the Kindle Fire
When Amazon's new Kindle Fire tablet shows up on Nov. 15, users will be able to choose from thousands of apps available for download at Amazon's Appstore. That's way fewer than the hundreds of thousands iPad owners can get from Apple's App Store. Still, if they're the right apps, who cares? Popular apps like Pandora, Facebook, Twitter and Netflix, as well as games from Zynga, EA and Rovio, can be had via Amazon's one-click payment system. Many other apps will be available targeting a wide range of topics -- from business information to household support.

Thu, 10 Nov 11
Adobe Sends Mobile Flash Packing
Adobe announced on Wednesday that it would no longer continue to develop Flash Player for mobile devices after the release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and the BlackBerry PlayBook. It will instead switch to HTML5 for mobile devices. Adobe will continue supporting Flash Player for existing device configurations, provide critical bug fixes and security updates, and enable Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe Air for the major app stores. The company will focus on using Flash where it will have the most impact, in areas such as advanced gaming and premium video.

Thu, 10 Nov 11
SC Justices Unsettled Over Warrantless GPS Tracking
Questions posed by U.S. Supreme Court Justices to attorneys making oral arguments in United States v. Jones suggest the case could have significant implications for search-and-seizure law and police practices. The justices grilled both the U.S. attorney general and the defense attorney for Antoine Jones, a former Washington nightclub owner who is serving a life sentence for cocaine trafficking. Jones' conviction was based in part on evidence gathered when police placed a GPS device on his Jeep and tracked his movements for a month.

Thu, 10 Nov 11
Mobile Apps to Keep Your Mind on Your Money
Managing personal finances once involved lots of paper. Then computer programs came along that helped simplify the process. Now a multitude of mobile apps are available to help people attend to money matters on the go. "It's very convenient to have it in your pocket on your phone," said Garth Scrivner, senior investment counselor with StanCorp Investment Advisers. "It's just a convenience factor." Many personal finance apps are provided by banks and investment firms to help their customers manage their accounts.

Thu, 10 Nov 11
Consumer Reports' Thumb Goes Up for iPhone 4S - but Not Way Up
A top publication of consumer product reviews added the iPhone 4S to its recommended smartphone list yesterday, but it rated Apple's mobile lower than several handsets based on Google's Android operating system. "Apple's newest smartphone performed very well in our tests, and while it closely resembles the iPhone 4 in appearance, it doesn't suffer the reception problem we found in its predecessor in special tests in our labs," Mike Gikas, a senior electronics editor at Consumer Reports wrote at the organization's website.

Thu, 10 Nov 11
When Boot Bugaboos Strike, These Apps Will Be Your Heroes
The Linux operating system is a great computing platform when it works. But sooner or later, your computer will fail to boot. When this happens, Super GRUB2 Disk and Rescatux Disk can be powerful allies in jumpstarting your computer. Of course, a failed boot happens in any OS. Your chances increase, however, when your hard drive is partitioned to hold multiple OSes. When you combine a Linux distro and Microsoft Windows on the same hard drive, your chances for a mangled partition and destroyed dual-boot option are much greater.

Wed, 9 Nov 11
Asimo Robot Learns Some Smooth New Moves
Honda recently unveiled the latest version of its Asimo robot in Tokyo. The humanoid robot has been equipped with what Honda claims is the world's first autonomous behavior control technology. This lets the Asimo continue moving independently of an operator's control. The latest Asimo also has improved intelligence and the physical ability to adapt to situations, bringing Honda closer to fulfilling its long-held dream of putting the robot to use in a public space or an office with heavy human traffic.

Wed, 9 Nov 11
Could Siri Seriously Sting Google?
Siri, the voice recognition technology on Apple's new iPhone 4S, has attracted buyers by the millions with its ability to handle complex search queries. Siri's personified as a somewhat sassy female personal assistant, but at least one person finds her downright disturbing: Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. At a U.S. Senate antitrust hearing in September in which Schmidt testified in front of Congress, he said Apple's voice-activated search technology could prove to be a "significant development" in search technology and could become tough competition to traditional Google searches.

Wed, 9 Nov 11
Dev Dumped After Laying Bare iOS Vulnerability
Apple has reportedly banned noted hacker Charlie Miller from its developer program for a year, apparently in response to an app Miller wrote on the iTunes App Store that exploits a zero-day vulnerability he spotted in iOS. Miller did notify Apple of the flaw three weeks ago, the developer tweeted. His app, he said, was posted on the iTunes App Store in September, and the code in the app will only work for him, he asserted. Miller created a proof-of-concept application to demonstrate his security exploit and got Apple to approve it for uploading to the iTunes App Store.

Wed, 9 Nov 11
The Cybersecurity Money Pit
Despite the hundreds of millions of dollars the U.S. federal government spends on cybersecurity, it seems that shoestring-budget attackers are still often able to get a foot in the door. At a security colloquium in North Virginia on Monday, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency told reporters it's losing ground in the battle to secure cyberspace. To remedy that, it's seeking more funding and reaching out to hackers for help. DARPA's new humility comes in the wake of a recent report to Congress that foreign spies are stealing American intellectual property.

Wed, 9 Nov 11
HTC Sparks OS Envy With Ice Cream Sandwich Upgrades
Users of eight HTC smartphones will be among the first to receive an upgrade to Google's new Android Ice Cream Sandwich. The company described the set of devices named as "the first wave" of HTC phones that will receive upgrades, adding that "we're continuing to assess our product portfolio, so stay tuned for more updates on device upgrades, timing and other details about HTC and Ice Cream Sandwich." The announcement may have been sweet news for users of the eight phones in question, but plenty of others were left with a bitter taste in their mouths.

Wed, 9 Nov 11
iPhone CPR: What to Do When Your Handset Goes Swimming
My first impression of the iPhone 4S was that it does not perform well in water, and the screen shatters easily, just like the iPhone 4. This is unfortunate because I knew this to be true but decided to find out the hard way on the morning of the phone's release. The original idea was to break it in some sort of "launch" into the air. But when my dad told me he was going fishing, somebody thought it would be a good idea to cast the iPhone 4S into the Atlantic Ocean. I remember thinking, "Well, that would be cool if we captured the video and got the phone to work again."

Tue, 8 Nov 11
Nook Goes Full Tablet
Bookseller Barnes & Noble expanded on its Nook line of handheld devices and unveiled the Nook Tablet on Monday. The company also announced upgrades to its Nook Color, a device that was previously offered as its entry into the tablet market, and its Nook Simple Touch e-reader. The Nook Tablet, which is available for pre-order online and at the bookseller's stores, is priced at $249 and is scheduled to ship by around Nov. 17. "When it comes to all consumer electronics across all segments, the sweet spot for the average selling price is $200 to $250," ABI's Michael Morgan said.

Tue, 8 Nov 11
Microsoft Issues Fix to Keep Duqu at Bay
Microsoft on Friday released a temporary fix for a Microsoft Word vulnerability that allows the Duqu worm to attack PCs. The flaw, in TrueType font parsing, could let an attacker run arbitrary code in kernel mode, installing programs; view, change or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights, Microsoft said. The vendor stated that it's aware of targeted attacks that try to use the vulnerability, but there hasn't been much impact on Windows users so far. "It's important to note that the associated risk is minimal for the public," Microsoft's Jerry Bryant said.

Tue, 8 Nov 11
Step Aside, Tablets - the Ultrabooks Are Coming
The industry joke on the early MacBook Airs was that even though they had decent Intel processors, they stepped down in performance in order to keep from burning up. What was kind of funny was that Lenovo, which had a similar product in market with a slower processor but running at full speed (so it was actually faster), got dinged -- and Apple didn't. However, most folks I knew who had one of these early Airs quickly tired of their slow speed and blazing hot bottoms, and moved to other products -- mostly MacBook Pros.

Tue, 8 Nov 11
My Secret Folder Keeps Your iPhone's Personal Bits Safe and Sound
The problem with an iPhone is that it begs to be shared. You've got photos on it, movies, videos, email, great apps and super games you want to share -- so you hand over your iPhone, and as your boss is flipping through the photos of your weekend bicycling adventure, up comes the slightly risque photo of your girlfriend frolicking on the trail. Uh oh. Or whatever. Who hasn't ever taken a photo on their iPhone that was fine for many situations but embarrassing for others? Or far worse.

Tue, 8 Nov 11
Ubuntu's Maverick Mobile Move
If there was ever any doubt as to Canonical's true intentions with its touch-enabled Unity interface, those doubts were laid to rest last week. Unity has often been described as a "mobile-inspired" interface, and voila! Canonical has finally admitted that it plans to bring Ubuntu onto mobile devices. At last, it all makes sense! While few have questioned the reasons behind Canonical's move in this so-called "post-PC" era, the timing is another matter. Plans call for Ubuntu to arrive on mobile shores no sooner than 2014, causing more than a few furrowed brows last week in the Linux blogosphere.

Sun, 6 Nov 11
How to Publish Your Own DVDs Now That Lulu Has Quit
Open publishing platform Lulu is known for making a global print-on-demand, disc manufacturing, and distribution and fulfillment network available to independent authors, filmmakers and other individuals. For several years, creators have been able to make everything from hard-cover and paperback books to photo calendars, CDs and DVDs available in both Web-based and brick-and-mortar outlets around the world. Until this month that is, when Lulu inexplicably dropped the CD and DVD publishing element on its site and abruptly shuttered the catalog to concentrate on print publishing only.

Sat, 5 Nov 11
HTC Goes Loud and Proud With New Rezound Android Phone
HTC on Thursday announced its latest smartphone, the Rezound, an Android handset for Verizon's 4G LTE network. The phone offers several features, most notably a collaboration with musician Dr. Dre and record producer Jimmy Iovine's start-up Beats Audio. A similar phone, the HTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio, has been available in Europe and Asia, but this is the first U.S. phone to run with Beats Audio. The phone will arrive running Android's 2.3 Gingerbread platform, though the company stressed it is "Ice Cream Sandwich ready."

Sat, 5 Nov 11
Siri's Service Stutters Spark Strife
Siri, the voice-activated virtual personal assistant that's enamored owners of the iPhone 4S since the device was launched in October, has been hit by another service outage. Users began posting complaints about the latest outage to the Twitter Siri page on Wednesday, saying they couldn't get Siri to respond to voice commands because it couldn't connect to the network. Siri connects to Apple's servers to process requests, and there's been speculation that perhaps the servers were overwhelmed by the unexpectedly high volume of traffic coming from Siri users.

Sat, 5 Nov 11
Google's Algorithm Dance: No Fancy Footwork for Quality Publishers
Google is introducing a change to its search algorithm that will impact some 35 percent of searches on the Internet. The end goal of the massive shift is to encourage publishers to keep content as fresh as possible, especially as it relates to recent news and events that are regularly updated. For example, "If I search for [olympics], I probably want information about next summer's upcoming Olympics, not the 1900 Summer Olympics," wrote Google fellow Amit Singhal in a blog post.

Sat, 5 Nov 11
Quantum Computers, Part 3: A Whole New World
At universities and companies around the globe, there are people plugging away trying to solve the myriad technological challenges of quantum computers. But that doesn't mean practical applications of quantum computing are some futuristic fantasy. Already, quantum technology is trickling into the real world. One big leap happened earlier this year when security company Lockheed Martin purchased the 128-qubit "D Wave One," which Forbes called the first commercially available quantum computer.

Sat, 5 Nov 11
Hacking the Google TV Box Without Rooting It, Part 2
With the leaked Honeycomb 3.1 operating system installed, my Logitech Revue Google TV box was, for all intents and purposes, driving a giant Honeycomb tablet. The only problem was that there wasn't really any nonsubscription, ad-supported content -- none that I was interested in, anyway -- on the box. I found Amazon Instant Video pre-installed, as was CNBC Real Time, a business-oriented video stream with infographics like market closes and so on, and YouTube. There was no Hulu and no Slingplayer.

Fri, 4 Nov 11
The Cybermugging of America
Criminals in countries all over the world, including allies of the United States, are committing cybertheft and industrial espionage against America, the National Counterintelligence Agency has warned. In a report submitted to Congress in October, the agency states that foreign collectors of sensitive economic information can operate in cyberspace with relatively little risk of being detected by their private-sector targets. These attempts will continue at a high level and will represent a growing and persistent threat to U.S. economic security, the report warns.

Fri, 4 Nov 11
Quantum Computers, Part 2: Zeros and Ones, Both and Neither
Comparing an atom to a coin is like comparing a human heart to a repeatedly clinching fist. The analogy is woefully simplistic in relation to what is actually going on. But someone with a layman's understanding of the human body is unlikely to grasp the nuances of the human heart. Similarly, someone whose understanding of physics is derived from high school science class is unlikely to grasp the quantum world. So despite its shortcomings, a coin may be an apt description. Or at least the most apt description this side of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.

Fri, 4 Nov 11
Apple on iPhone 4S Battery Blues: Help Is on the Way
Apple confirmed Wednesday that the decreased battery life in the iPhone 4S that some users have been complaining about since the phone's debut last month is due to a bug in the iOS 5 operating system. The company plans to send out a software update shortly to correct the problem. The iPhone maker reportedly confirmed that some users have been experiencing lower than expected battery life in the iPhone 4S since upgrading to the iOS 5 platform. The new operating system includes behaviors that are apparently draining the battery quickly in some iPhone 4S devices.

Fri, 4 Nov 11
NASA Researchers Aim to Reel In Tractor Beam Tech
Any science fiction fan or Trekkie knows what tractor beams are -- those beams that pull objects toward the device that generates them, sort of like an invisible fishing line and reel. NASA believes enough in the possibility of creating real tractor beams that it's provided a $100,000 grant to researchers at its Goddard Space Flight Center to look into the phenomenon. The researchers, led by Paul Stysley, will study three experimental methods using laser light to collect samples for analysis.

Fri, 4 Nov 11
One More Time: Is It Really 'Game Over' for Linux?
Every so often here in the Linux blogosphere, a headline pops up in the news and you just know it's going to be a rough week. Case in point: "Mobile Proliferation Killed Linux Hopes for World Domination." Yes, for those who missed it, that was a real headline in the news last week, courtesy of Forrester analyst Mike Gualtieri, and yes, it's made more than a few bloggers' blood pressure rise. We've all seen this play before, of course, but who can resist another rousing round of the Linux Desktop Debate? Not many in the Linux blogosphere, that's for sure.

Thu, 3 Nov 11
Duqu Malware Marches Through Windows Kernel Flaw
The Duqu malware that became widely known last month is exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in the Windows kernel to infect systems, according to the Hungarian group CrySyS. An installer file for the Trojan was previously unknown, but now CrySyS and security firm Symantec are reporting that the main Duqu binaries are released onto a targeted system when a Word file containing the malware is opened. The file was specifically designed to open during an eight-day window in August.

Thu, 3 Nov 11
New 'Server on a Chip' Aims to Lighten Up Cloud Hardware
While the image that the high-tech industry has adopted for the source of services delivered over a remote network -- the cloud -- conjures thoughts of airy skies where quasi-magical things happen, the actual cloud is firmly anchored to the ground in data centers bristling with computer servers. As the cloud continues to expand, so does the demand for servers -- servers that consume more and more resources like electricity, space and capital. What's to be done? An obvious answer is to create servers that consume less power, take up less space and cost less to deploy.

Thu, 3 Nov 11
Google Nips and Tucks at Gmail for Lighter Reading
Google is rolling out a revamped Gmail, as it indicated it would earlier this year. Users can opt to use the new look immediately by clicking on the switch icon on the bottom-right corner of the Gmail page. The core changes focus on better readability and as well as stepped -up search functionalities. Google has also tinkered with the interface so Gmail renders better on mobile devices. Conversation view has been redesigned so users can read through email threads. The view now also shows profile pictures for contacts.

Thu, 3 Nov 11
Quantum Computers, Part 1: A Simple Understanding
The goings-on of the quantum world elude our sight and, for a lot of us, our understanding. But you don't need an Einsteinian grasp of physics to see that the quantum world is playing a bigger and bigger role in modern technology. Be it the researcher in Denmark controlling atoms with lasers or the company in Canada already building quantum computers, the quantum world has begun its migration from theory to technology. Good luck finding a nice, clean entry point to discuss quantum computers.

Thu, 3 Nov 11
Cheese Goes Great With Webcam Hams
Cheese is a nifty little application that makes it easy to use your computer's built-in -- or plugged-in -- webcam to take photos and videos. Given today's penchant for populating social media with photo journals, Cheese can be one of your must-have Linux tools. This handy webcam app brings to your portable and desktop computers the same degree of instant image tweaking that many smartphone and tablets currently offer. You can use its toolbox of features based on GStreamer to apply fancy special effects.

Wed, 2 Nov 11
Hackers Wreak Havoc on Palestinian Internet Services
Hackers reportedly shut down Internet service in Palestine Tuesday. Service was apparently completely shut down in Gaza and partially shut down in the West Bank after hackers unleashed malware on the main ISP in Palestine, Paltel. The Palestinians have alleged that a nation-state could be behind the attacks. They have apparently tied the hacks to their admission on Monday as a member to UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Wed, 2 Nov 11
'Nitro' Hackers Rifle Through Chemical Companies' Secret Data
From April through mid-September, with a 45-day hiatus in between, hackers were busy attacking a series of targets, culminating in the chemical and defense industries, Symantec has reported. A total of 29 chemical industry companies and 19 others, mainly in the defense sector, were hit. The hackers allegedly stole intellectual property from their victims. Symantec has nicknamed the attacks on the chemical industry "Nitro." The attackers have apparently used the same methodology as that employed to breach the systems of security vendor RSA back in March.

Wed, 2 Nov 11
White House Pushes Cyberlaw as Online Crooks Frolic
The Obama administration is urging the U.S. Congress to pass cybersecurity legislation that the White House first proposed in May. That proposal incorporates many of the ideas of Senate and House leaders, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt pointed out. Since then, there have been several cybersecurity breaches, Schmidt said, pointing out that there's no general national requirement that companies alert the federal government to serious intrusions. Meanwhile, cybercriminals appear to be having things pretty much their own way.

Wed, 2 Nov 11
Is the Mac Pro on Apple's Chopping Block?
Apple's Mac Pro Line could be on its way out, according to a recent report. If it proves true, the development could leave behind a void in the company's enterprise space. The powerful, pricey computers, which start at $2,499, are reportedly suffering from low demand. Executives aren't sure they want to continue investing company time and resources into the supposedly dwindling line, according to the report. Unlike Apple's more mass-market personal computers, like the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac, the desktop tower Mac Pro line is used mostly by professionals.

Wed, 2 Nov 11
What Open Source Can Learn From Steve Jobs, Part 2
The blind hatred of Free Software Foundation President Richard Stallman toward proprietary programs is such that he has given speeches in which he advocated for software piracy. Stallman wrote this the day after Steve Jobs died: "As Chicago Mayor Harold Washington said of the corrupt former Mayor Daley, 'I'm not glad he's dead, but I'm glad he's gone.'" If you were to take that as something a bitter loser would say, you'd be right. Stallman doesn't believe that programs should compete on either technical merit or on how much users like them.

Wed, 2 Nov 11
The Enthralling 'Steve Jobs' - Brilliance, Weirdness, Warts and All
If you are on the fence about whether to buy and read Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, I have an answer for you: Do it. However, I should warn you, the book isn't for the faint of heart. It's 656 pages in the hardcover edition, which translates to a couple thousand on your iPhone if you buy it as an e-book. It covers a lot of ground, from the initial pairing of Jobs and Steve Wosniak in a garage to the rise and fall of Jobs at Apple Computer, to Pixar and "Toy Story" to the passive-aggressive takeover of Apple 12 years after he was shown the door.

Tue, 1 Nov 11
AT&T Rings In LTE With Skyrocket Launch
AT&T on Monday announced the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and the HTC Vivid. These are the carrier's first Android smartphones to run on its 4G LTE network. They will be on the market Nov. 6. On that day, AT&T will also launch 4G LTE services in four new markets -- Boston; Washington; Baltimore; and Athens, Ga. The Galaxy Skyrocket will be priced at $250 with a service agreement, well above the $200 price point seen for most top-shelf Android smartphones. "That price is justified. Period," Ramon Llamas, a senior research analyst at IDC, told TechNewsWorld.

Tue, 1 Nov 11
Ubuntu Linux to Hit Tablets, Phones, TVs in the Nick of Time?
Ubuntu is already the leading Linux distribution on desktop PCs, according to DistroWatch, and now it's set its sights on tablets, smartphones and even TVs as well. Calling the move "probably the most significant broadening of scope in Ubuntu's history," Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth told reporters that the project plans to capitalize on the touch framework and Unity interface it's created over the past few years and begin moving Ubuntu to platforms beyond the desktop it originated on.

Tue, 1 Nov 11
Android Apps Get Big Break on Google TV
Google unveiled a software update for Google TV on Friday that includes a slew of apps. These are based on Android 3.1, Google spokesperson Jacques Herbert told TechNewsWorld. This is the latest version of the so-called "Honeycomb" release. An update based on Honeycomb has been expected for a while. Sony, a long-time Google TV partner, last month demonstrated a Google TV set running Honeycomb at CEDIA Expo 2011, the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association conference.

Tue, 1 Nov 11
Battery Blues Won't Bring iPhone 4S Down
The iPhone 4S seems to have a battery life that's far shorter than it ought to be. Some owners of the quick-draining devices reportedly have been asked by Apple to install monitoring programs on the phone to help diagnose the problem. The culprit could be a setting in iOS 5. It is most likely a bug that causes the Setting Time Zone function to keep location-tracking running constantly, said Oliver Haslam, who posted step-by-step instructions to adjust the setting and restore the device's full battery life on his blog.

Tue, 1 Nov 11
Which Tech Giant Will Own the Future?
Over the years, it has often seemed like the companies in power have people inside who can accurately see the future but are often cursed by people running the business who can't or won't execute against that vision. They are able to see the future but in some terrible parody of the cursed Greek prophetess Cassandra, who could see but not change the future, they are unable to benefit from it. I'll look at four companies that are at various stages -- Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Apple -- and consider their future chances.

Tue, 1 Nov 11
Slow Shutter Cam: A Great App for Blurring Photos on Purpose
For me, there are three basic kinds of apps: Those that I use frequently and can't live without, those that provide diversions of one form or another, and in-the-moment apps. Slow Shutter Cam is what I call an "in-the-moment app" because, well, it's basically useless until you have a reason to tap it to life. Another way to think about it is like a tool for your toolbox of photography apps. With a DSLR camera, you already have all these built-in features that let you mess around with your shutter speed to get certain effects, but who's packing a bulky DSLR all the time?


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