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Wed, 29 Feb 12
Google+ Has Trouble Snagging Eyeballs, Report Claims
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74528.html
New figures from comScore echo what many Google+ critics have been saying for the past few months. Google+ seems to be good at signing up users for its network, in large part due to its strategy of integrating its other products to the network. However, these users, which now number 90 million, don't stick around to actually use the network, according to the data. Where are they? At Facebook and, to a lesser extent, Twitter and even Pinterest. ComScore found that between September and January, visitors accessing Google's social network were spending an average of three minutes a month on Google+.

Wed, 29 Feb 12
Samsung's Next Galaxy Swings Into View
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74524.html
Samsung's Galaxy S III Android smartphone will hit shelves with a super-fast processor, a ceramic case and 4G LTE compatibility, according to a recent report. The Android smartphone will run on Ice Cream Sandwich and come with a 1.5GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor, the report states. The phone's 4.8-inch full HD screen will feature 1080p resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio display. The Galaxy S III's cameras will include an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing camera.

Wed, 29 Feb 12
Are Security Vendors Living in Glass Houses?
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74519.html
What would happen if you paid taxes or protection money but didn't get protected because your protectors themselves were getting clobbered? Worse still, what if they didn't tell you they had been compromised and that you might not be safe? That situation played out recently after yet another company suffered a system breach and kept largely silent on the matter. That company was VeriSign. It's a certificate authority, meaning it's one of the issuers of the digital certificates that lie at the heart of our digital lives.

Wed, 29 Feb 12
DM1: Drum Machines May Have No Soul, but This One Has Brains
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74514.html
"Drum machine." For some musicians and music lovers, the words alone can cause utter and complete revulsion. Why, they say, should such an abomination be allowed to exist? These glorified metronomes sound tinny, require no coordination, cheapen the art of percussion and in general have no soul or humanity about them -- so the argument goes. For them, the term is used either as an insult or a not-so-veiled threat to the employment of a human drummer who just can't keep up.

Tue, 28 Feb 12
41-Megapixel PureView Leaves Nokia's Smartphone Strategy Muddy
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74516.html
Nokia, battered by Apple's iPhone and Google's Android operating system, Monday introduced the 808 PureView. The new smartphone, which boasts a 41-megapixel digital camera, left some observers stunned and others just yawning. Unveiled during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the 808 PureView costs $602 before carrier subsidy. Available soon, the phone is for "folks who take and share beautiful pictures," said Nokia spokesperson Karen Lachtansky.

Tue, 28 Feb 12
WikiLeaks Splays Stratfor Wide Open
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74517.html
WikiLeaks on Monday released the first 200 of what it says are 5 million emails stolen from global geopolitical analyst firm Stratfor. The emails, written between July 2004 and late December 2011, reveal Stratfor's web of informers, its payoff structure, payment laundering techniques and psychological methods, WikiLeaks stated. Stratfor denounced the act as a deplorable, unfortunate and illegal breach of privacy. It warned some emails might be forged or altered and declined to discuss them further.

Tue, 28 Feb 12
HTC Touts the Power of One
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74513.html
HTC revealed a new line of smartphones at Barcelona's Mobile World Congress Sunday, showcasing handsets designed to emphasize audio and sleek, efficient displays. The line will include three handsets under the collective HTC One series: the One X, One V and One S. All will run on Android Ice Cream Sandwich and will come with 25 GB of cloud storage space courtesy of Dropbox. The phones will feature Universal Beats Audio. The HTC One X will run on a dual-core processor in the U.S.

Tue, 28 Feb 12
White House Puts Privacy Under Bright, Hot Lights
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74512.html
Internet privacy appeared on the big stage last week when the Obama administration unveiled its plans on the subject, which included a bill of rights for consumer privacy. The President's privacy framework evoked reactions from stakeholders ranging from enthusiastic to guardedly optimistic. "Consumer trust is vital to the growth of a vibrant Internet, and respect for privacy -- putting people first -- is essential to earning and maintaining that trust," Microsoft Vice President for U.S. Government Affairs Fred Humphries said.

Tue, 28 Feb 12
'Act of Valor' and Google Glasses: The Future of Movies and Reality TV
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74501.html
This weekend, "Act of Valor" opened. It was made on an incredibly low budget -- $13 million -- for a film with massive amounts of live action and the feel of a war movie. Movies like this can easily cost 10x to 50x as much. An amazing combination of technology made this thing possible, and much of this technology is available to you. In fact, the movie was created mostly with tools you could have in your home. Also last week, Google leaked its augmented-reality glasses. Weaving these two events together gives us a glimpse of the future of reality movies and TV.

Tue, 28 Feb 12
Ubuntu's Bold Mobile Gambit
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74510.html
There's no denying the magnitude of Linux's impact on the world of personal computing so far, but you know something has changed when headlines like these begin appearing: "Ubuntu for Android: This, ladies and gentlemen, is the future of computing" read one. "Ubuntu for Android shows us the future of computing" read another. Indeed, after Canonical's Tuesday debut of Ubuntu for Android, it soon became clear that the news had struck some kind of chord with observers far and wide, prompting nothing less than a large-scale reconsideration of the current state of computing.

Tue, 28 Feb 12
Mountain Lion Messages: A Few Crossed Wires, Lots of Potential
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74505.html
The new Messages app for the upcoming release of OS X Mountain Lion -- that's right, it's "OS X" without the old "Mac" in front of it now -- is in beta and available for download. Unlike some companies, Apple tends not to release beta software, but it occasionally does. Of course, it took me all of six seconds to decide to give it a whirl. Messages will basically replace iChat, the application that lets you chat via multiple chat protocols, along with video chat. While Messages neatly takes the place of iChat, your iChat settings and services continue to work.

Sun, 26 Feb 12
The Curious Case of Big Data
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74504.html
Daily, we create with every keystroke 2.5 quintillion bytes of data from sensors, mobile devices, online transactions, and social networks. Monthly, we express ourselves through 1 billion tweets and 30 billion pieces of content on Facebook. Geeks call this "big data," but astute businesspeople realize that this is a unique market opportunity. This curious case of big data has created new technologies, jobs and challenges. To understand them and to step ahead, we need only a passion for creative discovery of new trends.

Sat, 25 Feb 12
Social Network Users Dumping Friends and Locking Doors
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74509.html
Users of social networks, especially women and younger members, are managing their accounts better in recent years, Pew Research has found. About two-thirds of Internet users belong to social networking sites, and metrics for profile management have improved, Pew said. For one thing, users are cleaning house more. Overall, 63 percent of social networking site users have deleted friends, up from 56 percent in 2009. They're also getting better about keeping the front door shut. Fifty-eight percent of users say their main profile is set to "private."

Sat, 25 Feb 12
Microsoft Gives Devs a Glance at Visual Studio 11
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74506.html
Microsoft will release a beta of Visual Studio 11 on Feb. 29, the same day it releases a preview version of its Windows 8 operating system. VS 11 is an integrated development environment spanning the entire software creation lifecycle from architecture to code deployment, testing and validation. It adds support for Windows 8 and Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud platform. The preview can be run in parallel with Visual Studio 2010. VS 11 is aimed at both professional and non-professional developers.

Sat, 25 Feb 12
Kansas City May Become Epicenter of Google's Big TV Disruption
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74496.html
Speculation that Google is going to disrupt yet another industry -- this time cable television -- is circulating, prompted by an application the search engine giant filed with the Missouri Public Service Commission, seeking a franchise to provide video service in Kansas City, Mo. A similar application was filed in Kansas City, Kan. This is not the first time that talk has arisen over Google's possible plans to offer a pay-TV service. Last year, a report surfaced that Google intended to distribute stations over the fiber optic network it is building in Kansas City.

Sat, 25 Feb 12
ACTA Action, Part 2
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74500.html
The U.S. Congress buried the Stop Online Piracy Act and its cousin, the Protect IP Act, following a wave of public protest earlier this year. With those pieces of legislation effectively taken off the table, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, has gained attention. A slew of countries, including the U.S., have signed the agreement, but skepticism rages on. In this podcast, we chat with Andrew Kureth, the editor in chief of The Warsaw Business Journal. Backlash against ACTA been especially strong in Poland.

Sat, 25 Feb 12
PrinterShare Mobile Print Premium May Please Mobile Enterprise Crowd
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74483.html
We all know that the 20th century predictions of a paperless office were a pipe dream, maybe never to happen now. Digital media appear to have created more paper swirling around us, rather than less. If you've been holding out for the paperless dream, forget it. Give up now, because there's currently a preponderance of smartphone apps that allow you to print directly from your Android device to any computer, near or far. I decided to check out one of them, and see how much paper I could cause to spew forth and how easily.

Fri, 24 Feb 12
White House Looks to Nail Down Online Privacy Regulations
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74494.html
Undeterred by its battle to convince Congress to pass the cybersecurity legislation it proposed last May, the White House on Thursday unveiled a proposal for an online consumer privacy bill of rights. This is part of a blueprint to improve consumer privacy protection in the United States. The other parts of the blueprint include a stakeholder-driven process to specify how these consumer privacy rights apply in specific business contexts, enforcement by the Federal Trade Commission, and greater interoperability between the privacy frameworks of the U.S. and its partners overseas.

Fri, 24 Feb 12
Mozilla Stocks the Shelves for an App Store Grand Opening
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74499.html
The Mozilla Foundation will begin accepting developer submissions for its own app market at the Mobile World Congress, which will be held in Barcelona next week. The Mozilla Marketplace will let devs distribute and monetize their apps. It will also be the sole repository for cross-platform apps and Firefox extensions. Further, it will include services such as identity and digital receipts, a payments module, and app sync, backup and recovery. The Mozilla Marketplace will let devs enable one-click purchases, payments and subscriptions.

Fri, 24 Feb 12
Tube Tweeting: How to Use Twitter When Watching TV
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74491.html
If you think of some of the more recent significant developments in television viewing, you'll probably come up with a list that includes the digital video recorder, which provides easy time-shifting without lossy tape; the flat-screen, high-definition television, which provides high-quality images as well as space-saving and eco-advantages over the bulky old cathode ray tube; and rampant cord-cutting, wherein viewers ditch traditional cable in favor of programming that's now delivered a la carte through the Internet.

Fri, 24 Feb 12
Why the World Is Desperately Seeking Linux Talent
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74489.html
Well, it's been another wild week here in the Linux blogosphere, with the news announcements coming so fast there's scarcely been time for a cape-wearing champion of FOSS to catch her breath. There's been particular excitement around Ubuntu for Android, of course, but that's a topic for another day. Today, it's time to give another important item the attention it deserves. Specifically, "Linux talent in high demand" was the headline atop a recent release from The Linux Foundation, and its news was nothing if not exciting.

Fri, 24 Feb 12
OS X Mountain Lion: 7 Out of 10 Ain't Bad
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74488.html
Not long after I expressed my irritation and desire for a converged iOS and Mac OS X experience, Apple announced its OS X Mountain Lion sneak peek. I claim no influence over Apple, of course, just the fact that OS X Mountain Lion is bridging the rift between iOS and Mac OS X. Of the 10 major new sneak-peek features revealed by Apple, seven are freaking awesome. The other three? Eh, whatever. Maybe. But these seven already have me drooling for OS X Mountain Lion, which won't arrive until late this summer.

Thu, 23 Feb 12
Google Sees a Bright Future in Smart Shades
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74486.html
Reports that Google is working on special glasses that will stream information to a display in one lens in real time have once again surfaced. The glasses will apparently hit retail shelves by the end of the year. They will be priced in about the same ballpark as new smartphones, meaning they'll likely fall into the $250 to $600 price range. The glasses will reportedly run on Android. "The technology is not that far away for glasses that would even include enough processing [power] to support Android or other OSes," said Paul Travers, CEO of video eyeware maker Vuzix.

Thu, 23 Feb 12
Sony Hunts for Hardcore Gamers With New Vita Handheld
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74481.html
Sony officially launched its PlayStation Vita handheld gaming console in the United States on Wednesday, a week after it was made available online in a premium bundle. The WiFi-only version of the console is available at $250; the 3G/WiFi version goes for $300. Several games have been made available, and Sony on Wednesday added apps for Netflix, Flickr and LiveTweet to the mix. The apps are available at no charge. There have been questions about the PS Vita's future, as critics contend that it's arrived in a market that's already spiraling downward.

Thu, 23 Feb 12
When in the Cloud, Trust - but Verify
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74475.html
Quite a lot has been written about the importance of due-diligence in a cloud environment. Sometimes the importance of security and compliance-related vetting in the cloud is easy to justify, like when you're evaluating an off-premises public cloud hosted at a new service provider. Other times, executives might take some convincing, like when you're talking about an internally maintained private cloud, before they see the value. Either way though, most organizations that have gone through a cloud deployment have probably put some level of effort into due diligence.

Thu, 23 Feb 12
Will Microsoft Open a Branch Office in iPad Land?
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74482.html
A sighting "in the wild" of Microsoft Office for the iPad set speculative tongues wagging Tuesday, even as the Redmond crew denied the existence of the app. The software's interface contained elements of Microsoft's only app for the iPad, OneNote, and its Metro interface found in the company's mobile operating system Windows Phone 7 and its upcoming Windows 8 OS, according to the report. Microsoft said the report was based on inaccurate info.

Thu, 23 Feb 12
WordGrinder: Good, Old-Fashioned Text Editing Power
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74470.html
If you spend endless hours at a keyboard crunching words, avoiding distractions is essential. Sometimes, the worst offender in causing distractions comes from all the bells and whistles in the word processor itself. That is where WordGrinder comes to the rescue. In today's Linux world of GUI-filled desktops, using a text editor that runs within a terminal window may seem like a big step backward. It did not take me very long to discover that writing with WordGrinder is actually a big step in a better direction.

Wed, 22 Feb 12
Is Anonymous Plotting a Power Play?
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74478.html
The United States National Security Agency has cautioned that the Anonymous hacker community might be able to cause a limited power outage through a cyberattack, according to a recent report. NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander has warned of the potential attack during meetings at the White House and in other private sessions, according to the report. However, he expects Anonymous to need one to two years to develop this capability. "The one-to-two-year timeframe does not make sense to me," Darren Hayes, CIS program chair at Pace University, told TechNewsWorld.

Wed, 22 Feb 12
Microsoft Calls Google a Cookie Monster
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74474.html
Google is tracking users of the Internet Explorer Web browser without their knowledge, Microsoft has asserted. After news emerged last week that Google had bypassed the privacy settings of Apple's Safari browser, Microsoft researchers began looking into whether the search giant was also playing fast and loose with IE's settings. However, IE 9 has an additional privacy feature called "Tracking Protection" that blocks the method Google is using, Microsoft said. Users without IE 9 or who have the feature turned off may be susceptible.

Wed, 22 Feb 12
DOT Asks Carmakers to Help Curb Distracted Driving
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74473.html
The U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed guidelines that advise automakers to disable certain in-vehicle electronic features. The DOT wants to crack down on any action that requires drivers to give the task more than a two-second single glance, or 20 seconds of total glance time, to control. The suggestions encouraged automakers to make sure that certain in-vehicle electronics wouldn't be used while the vehicle was in motion. Many actions that would force a driver to visually and manually enter data would be disabled under the proposed guidelines.

Wed, 22 Feb 12
The Great Google Cookie Caper
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74469.html
Google's privacy practices came under fire again last week for undermining the privacy practices of someone else. Namely, Apple. Apple is one of the few browser makers that turns off by default a website's ability to push third-party cookies to a Web surfer. Cookies can perform a valuable service to users. If you want your home page on Google to be laid out in a certain way every time you land on it, for example, a cookie for the site does that for you. However, cookies can also be used to track where you go on the Web and feed that info back to third-party marketers.

Wed, 22 Feb 12
Avaya Gives Sneak Peak of Upcoming Healthcare Apps
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74472.html
Avaya has provided a sneak preview of several healthcare IT-based mobile applications it will be rolling out later this year. These include Avaya Mobile Activity Assistant, Avaya Flare Communicator for iPad, and other collaborative service offerings in telehealth and social media. Healthcare is one of Avaya's chief verticals, said Sanjeev Gupta, general manager of Avaya's Healthcare Solutions group. "When you look at where the industry is going, you see that mobile collaboration and telehealth -- two areas of focus for us -- has become a critical area for firms."

Wed, 22 Feb 12
GroupShot Magically Melds Photos to Get the Perfect Pic
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74467.html
As the name suggests, GroupShot is all about creating photos of groups of people. In my experience, any time you're trying to take a photo of two or more people, someone is either looking in the wrong direction, smiling with a smile that implies there's something odd happening in their bowels, or their eyes are closed. Consequently, most groups shots I make -- or have been part of -- result in a gob of quick photos all taken with the hope that no one will look like they're drunk or need to go to bathroom.

Wed, 22 Feb 12
The New Face of Ubuntu
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74460.html
Canonical expects to start rolling out the first phase of Ubuntu's new heads-up display in the April release of Ubuntu 12.04. But HUD will supplement Unity, Ubuntu's default desktop interface, rather than fully replace it. The move to radically change the desktop's default interface is being made out of necessity, according to Canonical's founder and former CEO Mark Shuttleworth, who continues to guide the development of the popular open source Linux operating system.

Tue, 21 Feb 12
Cisco Chews Up the Scenery in the Interoperability Drama
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74452.html
Last week, Cisco raised an objection to the Microsoft acquisition of Skype, saying it would hurt video conferencing interoperability -- even though, in this space, you could argue Cisco is not the poster child for interoperability. Coincidently, I met with the CEO of LifeSize, and he saw this Microsoft acquisition as a huge opportunity. LifeSize is the poster child for video-conferencing interoperability. So why would Cisco complain about a move and highlight something it doesn't do as a reason to block it, while LifeSize would applaud the same move?

Tue, 21 Feb 12
Is Windows 8 a Linux Copycat?
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74465.html
Here in the world of technology, there's no denying that developers of even the most creative new products and ideas "stand on the shoulders of giants," just as innovators in most other realms do too. New ideas inspire more new ideas over time, after all, so it's not surprising to see myriad commonalities and linkages among them. Lately, however, that notion is being examined a little more closely than usual in light of recent revelations about Microsoft's forthcoming Windows 8 and -- in particular -- how much it has in common with Linux.

Tue, 21 Feb 12
Apple's and Motorola's Slip-Slidey Patent Scrap
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74455.html
A regional court in Munich, Germany, has ruled that most of Motorola Mobility's smartphone products infringe on Apple's slide-to-unlock image patent. Users of Apple's iOS devices slide a virtual button across the screen in order to "unlock" the device -- in other words, wake it up and make it ready to accept other input. It's meant to prevent so-called pocket dials on the device's touch-sensitive screen. Users have the option to use a four-digit PIN for added security. However, it seems Motorola's use of the slide-to-unlock idea was too similar to Apple's.

Sun, 19 Feb 12
Apple Wanders Into Mountain Lion Territory
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74459.html
Apple let OS X Lion out of its cage just last July, but the company's already started talking up the next version of its operating system, which it'll call "Mountain Lion." The details and developer preview that Apple has come out with indicate that even more iOS DNA is being mixed into OS X this time around, with more shared features and functions. One of the most welcome new features for iOS 5 last year was the Notification Center, and a very similar type of notification tool will show up in Mountain Lion.

Sun, 19 Feb 12
Anonymous Acts Out Over ACTA
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74462.html
Anonymous has struck again -- this time taking down the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's consumer protection business center website as well as one touting National Consumer Protection Week. In their place was a German language video mocking ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. The FTC promptly removed the video, which has been described as violent and bloody: A man in a ski mask guns down people for downloading copyrighted music.

Sat, 18 Feb 12
Google Caught With Hand In Safari's Cookie Jar
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74458.html
Google is one of four online advertising companies that have sneaked around the privacy settings in Apple's Safari Web browser to track user activity, according to research from Stanford University graduate student Jonathan Mayer. All four surreptitiously submitted a Web form and placed trackable cookies in Safari, Mayer's research has found. Later, The Wall Street Journal claimed Google disabled the code after being contacted by the publication. However, "the Journal mischaracterizes what happened and why," Google spokesperson Rachel Whetstone asserted.

Sat, 18 Feb 12
Facebook Starts Collecting IDs of the Rich-in-Friends and Famous
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74454.html
Stefani Germanotta might be one of the most popular music performers today but many people still have to think a moment before they realize she's Lady Gaga. Recognizing this, Facebook is putting in place an account verification mechanism for subscribers with a large number of friends. Facebook's policy up to now has been to require all users to sign up under their real names. The new system will allow some users to submit a government ID for verification. Then they will be allowed to prominently display their nickname or alternate name.

Sat, 18 Feb 12
ACTA Action, Part 1
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74449.html
With SOPA and PIPA on the back burner, ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, has become the world's eminent piece of online piracy legislation. A slew of countries, including the U.S., have signed the agreement, but skepticism rages on. There have been protests throughout Europe, threats from Anonymous and resentment from Web users the world over. To get a better idea of what's going on, TechNewsWorld hosts a multi-part podcast about what ACTA is and what it might mean moving forward.

Sat, 18 Feb 12
Mobile Nirvana: Syncing Smartphones, Tablets and PCs
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74450.html
The concept of mobile connectivity in today's multi-device world is changing. Connectivity means more than connecting our laptop computers to WiFi or 3G carrier networks wherever we go. Today people work on more than one computer. Increasingly, workers and consumers alike rely on a growing collection of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet PCs. Being able to get and send email on cellphones or tablets is no longer enough connectivity. We need more synchronization among our gadgets.

Fri, 17 Feb 12
Clik Aims to Appify the Universal Remote
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74448.html
Canadian company Kik Interactive, creator of the Kik Messenger smartphone texting app, has announced a new product called "Clik." Clik lets smartphone users take over any screen that's connected to a browser. Smartphone owners can simply use their devices to scan a code found on the screen they want to take over and immediately connect. The screen must have an Internet connection. "There's no doubt that mobile technology will infiltrate and eventually consume the living room," Jim McGregor, chief technology strategist at In-Stat, told TechNewsWorld.

Fri, 17 Feb 12
New Social Network for Caregivers Bucks 'User as Product' Model
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74445.html
Former Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz is offering caregivers a social networking service designed to be free of confusing privacy policies and invasive advertising. Social networking is far older than Facebook, MySpace or even Friendster, according to Schwartz, CareZone founder and CEO. Family is actually the world's oldest social network, and whether by birth or by choice everyone is pretty much part of it. However, this original social network doesn't always make for a good fit with today's online social media, he maintained -- especially when it comes to privacy.

Fri, 17 Feb 12
Apple Cross-Breeds Desktop With Mobile in OS X Mountain Lion
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74446.html
Apple revealed on Thursday a developers' preview of the next version of its OS X operating system, and it's loaded with some of the features found in the company's popular iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Parts of the OS X refresh, called "Mountain Lion" and expected to be released in late summer, will be deja vu for users of Apple's mobile products. A new messaging app will replace iChat. The new app closely resembles the one used by Apple's mobile devices and allows sharing of words, photos and videos among Mac users, as well as users of iOS gadgets.

Fri, 17 Feb 12
Widening Your WiFi Network's Range
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74433.html
If you've followed the advice in my article, "How to Improve Your Video-Streaming Clarity," and can't use a Cat 5e or greater specification wired-solution for your network, you may be running into straightforward environmental limitations. The microwave just isn't getting from point A to point B and back again. WiFi at 2.4 and 5 GHz consists of short radio waves, unlike those of broadcast radio, for example. Place a solid object, like a wall, in front of a WiFi radio wave and, unlike many other forms or radio, you'll get problems -- the stubby, low-powered wave gets blocked.

Fri, 17 Feb 12
Apple May Begin Following Its Own Privacy Rules
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74443.html
Apple has been caught up in the same privacy storm that has overtaken Path, Twitter, Yelp and Foursquare in the past several days, as news surfaced that developers for iOS have been able to access users' address book information without their permission or knowledge. Apple imposes rigid requirements on developers and has touted its "walled garden" approach to the mobile Web as safe and, more secure than Android's, for example. However, it appears that Apple is taking steps to improve its practices in this area, based on comments spokesperson Tom Neumayr made to reporters.

Fri, 17 Feb 12
Sabayon Succumbs to Cinnamon's Irresistible Allure
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74439.html
Well it's been another busy week here in the Linux blogosphere, what with the separate debuts of Canonical's Ubuntu Business Desktop Remix and LibreOffice 3.5, to name just two. Then, of course, there was V-Day -- repurposed for those of us of the FOSSy persuasion as I Love Free Software Day and at least as worthy of celebration. Anyhoo, with all this going on, tongues pretty much haven't stopped wagging down at the blogosphere's seedy Broken Windows Lounge in weeks now, and these past few days have been no exception. One of the spiciest topics du jour? None other than Cinnamon.

Fri, 17 Feb 12
The Hoarders Will Hate the Next MacBook Pros
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74437.html
While the last update to the MacBook Pro line came in October, the overall MacBook Pro design is getting a little old. But it's not bad. I have a buddy who just replaced his aging 15-inch MacBook Pro with a new 15-incher, and he's insanely happy with the wicked speed boost and sturdy unibody design. But I asked him, "So what about the CD/DVD drive? Do you think Apple will keep it after the next MacBook Pro update? Do you think the next MacBook Pro will be more MacBook Air-like?" He looked a little puzzled.

Thu, 16 Feb 12
Random Public Crypto Keys Aren't So Random
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74436.html
Public key cryptography, a system used to secure online traffic, carries a significant flaw, a group of European and American mathematicians and cryptographers has found. Public key cryptography requires the sender and the receiver of a message to each have a digital key to encrypt and decrypt it, respectively. One of these keys is kept private. For this to work securely, the keys have to be generated totally at random. However, the researchers found that some of the keys they found had duplicates, which might perhaps allow the owner of one of the duplicates to hack others' messages.

Thu, 16 Feb 12
Senate Bill Would Give DHS a Cybersecurity Whip
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74434.html
A bipartisan group of senators has proposed legislation that would give the United States Department of Homeland Security increased power over critical IT infrastructure owned by the private sector. The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 was introduced in the Senate Tuesday by Senator Joseph Lieberman, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. It will require the DHS to establish a procedure for designating critical infrastructure as covered critical infrastructure and assess the risks and vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure systems as defined in the U.S. Patriot Act.

Thu, 16 Feb 12
Google Zips Up Wallet
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74429.html
In the wake of two security flaws reported in its Google Wallet mobile payment system last week, Google has clamped down on the system and is scrambling to come up with a fix. One of the two flaws affects only rooted devices. But it's the second that troubles Google more. That flaw lets anyone operating the victim's phone gain access to the victim's prepaid card in Google Wallet simply by going into the device's applications settings folder, clearing the data for the mobile payment service and setting up a new PIN.

Thu, 16 Feb 12
Enterprise Storage: IT's Next Revolution
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74417.html
Enterprise storage is currently in the midst of a great transformation the likes of which has not been seen in well over two decades. There's been an unprecedented amount of activity in the storage space this year, with a host of promising new companies launching, and major storage vendors beginning to drastically retool their architectures to accommodate the modern IT realities of virtualization and cloud computing. With that in mind, here's a look at the innovations and trends that are driving this phenomenon and reshaping the storage landscape.

Thu, 16 Feb 12
gThumb Nimbly Shuffles Through Images and Video
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74422.html
gThumb is one of the best image viewer and browser applications available for the GNOME Desktop. I particularly like its adeptness in handling both still photography and videos. That is an unusual pairing for an image viewer on any platform. You are not likely to find this combination, or at least one that works so seamlessly, in other image viewers. The embedded video playback feature was added last September to version 2.11.1. So was a cool feature that lets you take a screenshot of a video during playback.

Wed, 15 Feb 12
NASA Dreams of Floating Space Station Twixt Earth and Moon
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74426.html
The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is looking into setting up a base near the moon to further space exploration. As it's envisioned, the base will go into a halo orbit of the Earth-moon libration point 2, known as "EM L-2," above the far side of the moon. Essentially, a spacecraft in a halo orbit goes around and around near a libration, or Lagrangian, points -- in this case E-M L2. A Lagrangian point is a position in an orbit where a small object affected only by gravity can theoretically be stationary relative to two larger objects. There are five Earth-moon Lagrangian points.

Wed, 15 Feb 12
Next iPad May Be Quick and Dainty
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74427.html
Rumors are flying that the iPad 3 will debut on March 7. It will be 4G ready, and it will be available through Verizon and AT&T. The new Apple tablet will be called the "iPad 3." Rumors also suggest that Apple is testing a smaller, 8-inch iPad to compete with Amazon's 7-inch Kindle Fire. The smaller iPad would also come at a lower price than Apple's standard 10-inch model. The iPad 3 is rumored to have 2048-by-1536-pixel Retina display, a quad-core A6 processor and 4G LTE networking. The system-on-a-chip A6 would double the power of the iPad 2's A5 dual-core processor.

Wed, 15 Feb 12
Hackers Jimmy Into Microsoft's Indian E-Commerce Digs
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74423.html
Malicious hackers attacked Microsoft's India online retail store on Sunday evening, publishing obscured screenshots that appeared to contain personal user information. A Chinese hacker group known as "Evil Shadow Team" took responsibility for the breach, posting a message on Microsoft's website stating that the "unsafe system will be baptized." In what seemed to be a warning against Microsoft's unencrypted user information, the group posted screenshots of what appeared to be partially obscured user information, including login IDs and passwords.

Wed, 15 Feb 12
How MySpace Got Its Groove Back
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74421.html
On Monday, Myspace announced startling news: 1 million new members have joined in the past month, and the rate of signups has risen to 40,000 per day. Myspace was considered all but dead when Specific Media and singer and actor Justin Timberlake took it off News Corp.'s hands last year. News Corp. took a minority equity stake in Specific Media as part of the deal. Though the financial terms were not disclosed, rumor placed the sale at roughly $35 million -- a small fraction of the $580 million News Corp. had plunked down in 2005 when Myspace was still a hot social network.

Wed, 15 Feb 12
Silicon Valley's Secret Sauce
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74420.html
Business strategists and government officials routinely visit Silicon Valley in hopes of learning how to emulate the area's wildly successful startup culture. Now, thanks to a new book by LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman and entrepreneur Ben Casnocha, the curious can save themselves the plane ticket. The Start-Up of You explains that a successful business and career depends on relationships. An obvious point? Yes, until the authors proceed to argue that everything traditional business books teach you about networking and building professional relationships is probably wrong.

Wed, 15 Feb 12
Open APIs Are the New Open Source
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74419.html
We've seen the rise of open source software in the enterprise and also beyond the IT industry, but the real keys to openness and its advantages in today's technology world -- where efficient use of cloud computing and supporting services are paramount -- exist in open application programming interfaces, or APIs. Open source software continues to be a critical part of software development, systems administration, IT operations and more, but much of the action in leveraging modern cloud computing and services-based infrastructures centers on APIs. Open APIs are the new open source.

Wed, 15 Feb 12
Filterstorm for iPhone: Phenomenal Editing Power, Itty Bitty Working Space
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74413.html
Using Filterstorm for iPhone made me wonder what life would have been like if I'd chosen the iPad edition of the app instead. Filterstorm is obviously powerful, it's much more versatile than the generic set of filters you see in a lot of other iPhone photo retouching apps, and near as I can tell, it delivers each and every feature it flaunts in its App Store description. And it's not as though a phone is in all cases an unsuitable device for retouching photos. Give me a set of prefab filters and some color-adjustment sliders and I'm happy tweak whatever random shots I took with my iPhone.

Tue, 14 Feb 12
Samsung Throws Another Galaxy Tab at the Wall
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74411.html
Samsung on Monday announced its latest tablet, the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2. The tablet has a 1 GHz dual-core processor and runs Android 4.0, aka "Ice Cream Sandwich." It will be available in 3G and WiFi versions in Europe from March, starting with the UK market. "Samsung's playing all over the board," said Tom Mainelli, a research director at IDC. "They're certainly not shy about trying every form factor and screen size under the sun to figure out what's going to be competitive with Apple."

Tue, 14 Feb 12
Cracking Open Google Wallet
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74408.html
Mobile shopping received a setback last week when security researchers discovered flaws in Google Wallet that could potentially expose its PIN to enterprising hackers. When Google introduced its wallet, it bragged that it was secure because transaction information was stored in a "secure element" in Wallet-enabled phones. What researchers at a security outfit called zVelo discovered, though, was that the PIN for the wallet was stored outside the "secure element" where it could be cracked with a brute force attack.

Tue, 14 Feb 12
Apple Tells MacBook Pro to Lose a Few
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74412.html
Apple is reportedly planning a substantial design overhaul for its MacBook Pro line. The company's next generation of high-end laptop computers will be thinner, lighter notebooks that closely resemble MacBook Airs and feature extended battery life. Traditional hard drives will be replaced with flash-memory-based solid-state drives. Optical drives will not be included, emphasizing the use of online software distribution exemplified by Apple's Mac App Store.

Tue, 14 Feb 12
Boycott Apple! Why Apple Is Screwed
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74402.html
Boy, if there were ever an indication that we're in the post-Steve Jobs years, it was last week when there was a major rally to hold Apple accountable for the poor working conditions at Foxconn in China. Now I'm all for accountability, but this would be like a European country holding a restaurant there accountable for the working conditions on U.S. fishing boats (and there was even a TV show on how bad that job can suck). In fact, this effort might actually make working conditions in these factories worse.

Tue, 14 Feb 12
The Day Canonical Pushed Kubuntu Out of the Nest
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74409.html
Linux fans have had a hard enough time watching the ongoing woes of Mandriva in recent months, so when the news hit last week that Kubuntu was under threat as well, it just felt like too much. "Today I bring the disappointing news that Canonical will no longer be funding my work on Kubuntu after 12.04," wrote developer Jonathan Riddell in a message to Kubuntu developers. "This is a rational business decision. Kubuntu has not been a business success after 7 years of trying, and it is unrealistic to expect it to continue to have financial resources put into it."

Tue, 14 Feb 12
iBooks Author Lets You Build Astounding Texts
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74399.html
In my mind, the most important element of any software application is the ability to make users feel empowered, as if they can act on information, make changes, or best yet, create. Apple's new iBooks Author application for Mac OS X lets you create -- so much so that I actually believe that I could write an awesome iBook textbook myself. The application provides a solid foundation, giving you six templates to choose from, then turns you loose to drag and drop your own words, photos or movies into place.

Sun, 12 Feb 12
The Whens, Whats and Hows of iPad 3
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74403.html
A Wall Street Journal report on Thursday gave Apple fans all the excuse they needed to indulge in some more speculation regarding the iPad 3 -- if that is its real name, and if whatever it is even exists. Apple's kind of tight-lipped about this stuff. At this moment in the tablet universe, it's hard to guess what kind of grand and monumental new features Apple would want to add to the iPad. It already got its cameras, and it's already pretty damn thin. I'm sure a faster processor would be appreciated, but that's pretty much a given.

Sat, 11 Feb 12
Internet Access Severely Curbed in Iran
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74406.html
Reports are coming out of Iran that the country is increasingly squeezing Internet access to certain sites, including websites that use the HTTPS protocol. Many tech-savvy users who were able to circumvent restrictions to gain access to an unfettered Internet have found their usual methods are no longer effective. Iran's National Internet -- a countrywide firewall that is meant to block out websites undesirable to the government -- is the widely suspected culprit.

Sat, 11 Feb 12
Google Wallet a Pushover for Pickpockets
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74407.html
News of two security flaws in Google Wallet, which lets smartphone owners pay for purchases through the devices, has caused some concern about the nascent mobile payment product. One works on rooted devices; the other works on any smartphone with the Google Wallet capability. All it needs is for someone to get hold of the victim's smartphone for a couple of minutes. Security experts are divided over the extent of the threat these attacks pose to Android smartphone users.

Sat, 11 Feb 12
Tesla's Model X: The Fast and the Electric
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74397.html
Move over, Marty McFly. Electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors on Thursday unveiled its battery-powered Model X SUV, which accelerates from zero to 60 mph in less than five seconds -- without needing a nuclear reaction or a bolt of lightning. The Model X will be able to seat up to seven people, will have gull-wing doors, and is offered in three versions -- standard, all-wheel drive with two motors, and a performance version of the all-wheel drive vehicle with two motors. Production begins in late 2013, and "significant" deliveries begin in early 2014, the company said.

Sat, 11 Feb 12
Google's Android May Pipe Music All Through the House
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74401.html
Google is working on a branded home entertainment system designed to wirelessly connect Android devices to Google-designed speakers and stream music throughout the home, according to a recent report. The device would be marketed and branded under the Google name. The system would offer streaming music content from a Google music player in addition to other media content. It's a move that would intensify its rivalry with entertainment device companies such as Sony and Panasonic as well as Apple and its digital music offerings and Apple TV device.

Sat, 11 Feb 12
Is GDrive Ready to Come Out of Its Shell?
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74391.html
Google may soon launch a paid cloud storage service called "Drive," five years after it first came up with the idea. Google Drive will let consumers store documents, photographs and videos on Google's servers for sharing and easy accessibility from any Web-connected device, according to a report. It is expected to be free for most consumers and businesses, but Google will charge a fee for those who use a large amount of storage. If the reports are correct, Google's entering a very crowded market.

Sat, 11 Feb 12
Price Could Be the Next iPad Event's Biggest Surprise
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74395.html
When Apple will pull the wraps off the iPad 3 has been a subject of speculation for months, but the latest prediction -- that it will be introduced during the first week in March -- appears to be gaining street cred fast. An Apple event will take place the first week in March -- which only has two business days in it -- and probably be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, according to a Thursday report. Units will likely be available two weeks after the announcement, the report added.

Sat, 11 Feb 12
Droid Scan Pro's an Amateur at Character Recognition
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74387.html
Has anyone else noticed that you rarely receive a copy of hotel room-service receipts? Why is that? It hadn't really bothered me that much over the years -- despite a niggling feeling it should -- until an incident recently where the dollar amount I had signed for clearly didn't match the checkout bill. In this case, the hotel had added a service charge after I'd signed -- and after I'd added a tip to the receipt. Dodgy stuff. I caught them because I specifically remembered the total on the receipt as I was signing it.

Fri, 10 Feb 12
Storage Tech Sizzles With Hot, Hot Hard Drives
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74374.html
An international team of researchers led by the University of York in England has demonstrated fast data recording on hard drives using heat. They used an ultra-short pulse of heat to reverse the poles in a ferrimagnet in order to write the data. "It was, until now, generally accepted that a directional stimulus must reverse magnetization," University of York scientist Thomas Ostler told TechNewsWorld. "We have now shown that there is something missing in the conventional picture"

Fri, 10 Feb 12
Mounting a Tablet in Your Vehicle's Front Seat
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74376.html
Factory-supplied satellite navigation and entertainment systems can add thousands to the cost of a new vehicle. Plus, the speed at which consumer electronics come to market is significantly faster than a car's development cycle, so your in-vehicle equipment is outdated before the car leaves the new car lot. Even an aftermarket OEM kit is in the thousands. Consumer advocate Which? reckons that hardly any used car buyers will pay extra for this expensive kit when they can pick up a basic handheld sat-nav unit for a few hundred dollars. Why are we ordering vehicles with this stuff?

Fri, 10 Feb 12
The Trouble With Mandriva
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74382.html
Now that Linux distributions like Ubuntu and Mint are enjoying such widespread attention and success, it's increasingly difficult to remember that not all distros are sharing in the same good fortune. Take Mandriva, for example. This venerable distro dates back to 1998, when it was born as Mandrake Linux, but its last few years have been tempestuous. Bankruptcy fears have long loomed on the horizon, and today things aren't looking any better, thanks to shareholder infighting and a variety of other problems.

Thu, 9 Feb 12
DDoS the Weapon of Choice for Hackers Driven by Politics, Not Profits
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74381.html
Politics, rather than good old-fashioned theft, is increasingly the motivation of malicious hackers who attack websites using DDoS techniques. Arbor Networks has found that ideological hacktivism was the motivation behind most distributed denial of service attacks in 2011. Attacks for profit or competitive reasons still happen, but the rise of the political hacker is changing the threat landscape. "Businesses should definitely be cognizant of the potential impact that policy changes and outbound corporate statements might have in the public forum," said Arbor's Carlos Morales.

Thu, 9 Feb 12
Enterprise Web Apps: The Next Generation
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74362.html
When the bright folks at Zeebox, a killer social TV site, decided to build their website, they naturally turned to cloud services because they are a startup and had to use their money wisely. They also turned to the Scala language and open source community because they had very specific scalability and performance needs, like processing 60+ TV channels -- knowing it will grow to thousands in the future -- in real time, and juggling the social streams of users from sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Thu, 9 Feb 12
Google Pours Chrome Into Android
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74375.html
Google has brought its Chrome Web browser to the Android Market. A beta edition of the browser is available from the app shop now for free, but since its operation is restricted to the latest version of the mobile operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich, only about 1 percent of Android's millions of users will be able to take the software for a test drive. Making the browser a downloadable app means users don't have to wait for phone makers to install the browser on their hardware. On the other hand, they still have to wait for those phone makers to upgrade their handsets.

Thu, 9 Feb 12
Radio Tray: Tiny Web Radio Player Is Handy but Picks Up Some Static
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74364.html
If you spend a lot of time at your keyboard, no doubt you dabble a lot in listening to Internet radio. Radio Tray is a relatively new Linux app that can make tuning in to your favorite radio stations a new experience. Radio Tray is a streaming player for online radio that sits on the Linux desktop panel. Think of this app as a shortcut that hides the browser interface. It is not intended to replace a full-featured music player. Rather, its was created as a fast and simple way to play streaming radio with a barely-there interface.

Wed, 8 Feb 12
Google Gets in Your Eyes
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74366.html
Google's apparently taking a cue from movies like "Iron Man" and "The Terminator" in designing one of its upcoming products: Eyewear that displays data and information to the wearer. The Internet giant's glasses are in the late prototype stage, 9to5Google claims. They are likely going to run a version of Android, connect to the Internet, include a global positioning system and double as a phone, 9to5Google stated. The devices could be released to the market soon.

Wed, 8 Feb 12
Wolfram Alpha to Get Brainier
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74371.html
How much does a civil engineer in New Orleans make? What is the average temperature there? What are the differences in the trigonometric functions of sin, cos and tan? What is the exchange rate between the U.S. and the UK right now? Throw one of these questions at Siri, the voice assistant in iPhone 4S, and she will speedily reply. Fueling Siri is Wolfram Alpha, a computational knowledge search engine launched in 2009. Now the engine's developers are taking its data-driven approach one step further with the launch of Wolfram Alpha Pro.

Wed, 8 Feb 12
Anon Lets Fly With Symantec Code After Ransom Talks Collapse
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74370.html
A hacker who was negotiating a ransom for stolen source code to a Symantec product released the data via peer-to-peer networks on Tuesday after negotiations fell through. The code is for security vendor Symantec's pcAnywhere remote access software. Symantec had last month warned pcAnywhere users to observe best security practices and told them they might have to disable the application. The company launched its own investigation and called in law enforcement.

Wed, 8 Feb 12
3D Printer Joins Organ Replacement Revolution
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74365.html
They're building people out of 3D printers now -- parts, anyway. LayerWise announced Sunday that it has applied a process called "additive manufacturing" to produce a titanium total lower jaw implant for facial reconstruction. The project was developed in collaboration with partners from medical industries and academia. This is the first complete patient-specific implant for the lower jaw. The complex implant design incorporates articulated joints and dedicated features. The implant restored a patient's facial aesthetics and allowed her to regain her speech within hours.

Wed, 8 Feb 12
Google Mashes Up Eggheads' Big Ideas With Solve for X
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74367.html
Google has launched a new program devoted to fostering discussions and ideas among leaders in the science and technology industries. The project, dubbed "Solve for X," aims to be a seeding ground for solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems. The site is meant to inspire "moonshot" thinking, out-of-the-box technologies, and projects that might seem closer to science fiction than real-life solutions to global problems. The program hopes to sponsor thinkers and doers that can highlight a widespread problem and present concrete and radical solutions.

Wed, 8 Feb 12
Eating Right: There Are Apps - and More - for That
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74353.html
One day, Hemi Weingarten's wife brought home some glow-in-the-dark yogurt for their three young children. He read the ingredient list to find out how the strawberries could be so red, and finding "Red #40," looked it up online. He was surprised to discover that it was a controversial chemical banned in parts of Europe. That incident made him realize there was a market for easily accessible nutritional information for consumers. "I decided to help consumers like me by creating a simple tool that people can use while at the supermarket," Weingarten said.

Wed, 8 Feb 12
iOS More Crashtastic Than Android
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74361.html
The rivalry between Google and Apple in the cutthroat mobile device world took a new turn recently when mobile-app support platform company Crittercism published a study that found iOS apps crash more often than their Android counterparts. Crittercism analyzed more than 214 million apps launched in November and December that use its service. The worst offender was iOS 5.01, with nearly 29 percent of overall crashes. iOS 4.2.10 accounted for another nearly 13 percent and iOS 4.4.4 a further nearly 11 percent.

Wed, 8 Feb 12
Avid Studio: Thumbs Up on Interface, Sideways on Features, Down on Sound Effects
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74354.html
Back when Apple promised editing features built into the iPhone 3GS (the first iPhone to have a video camera), I wondered how a video-editing program could possibly fit into a phone. It wasn't just a question of available processing power, though that was part of it. It was also a question of screen size. Video editing needs a lot of space. If you're going to be throwing around a few dozen clips and managing multiple tracks for sound, you're going to need some elbow room.

Tue, 7 Feb 12
BTJunkie Scurries Into the Shadows
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74358.html
BitTorrent search engine BTJunkie has abruptly shut down its website, giving its users a short and sweet goodbye: "We've decided to voluntarily shut down. We've been fighting for years for your right to communicate, but it's time to move on." It appears likely that the move was a defensive maneuver in response to law enforcement's takedown of the Megaupload site in January, accompanied with several arrests. If that's the case, BTJunkie is hardly alone in reacting to the Megaupload drama -- although its response is probably among the most drastic.

Tue, 7 Feb 12
Google's New App Mall Cop
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74349.html
Google last week announced it's beefed up security at the Android Market with a malware sniffing system called "Bouncer." Bouncer analyzes new and existing apps, as well as developer accounts. Before apps are allowed to be sold in the market, they're analyzed to see if they contain any known malware, spyware or trojans. Apps will also run in the Google cloud to see if they're exhibiting bad behavior. In addition, the bona fides of new developers are reviewed to prevent malicious devs from returning to the market after they've been eighty-sixed by Google.

Tue, 7 Feb 12
Will the Spark Tablet Ignite a FOSS Fire?
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74350.html
Now that webOS is making its merry way along the open road, there's no telling what tablets or other mobile devices it may inspire over the upcoming months. In the meantime, the Linux world is all abuzz over what promises to be the very first fully open tablet out there: the Spark, a device slated to ship in May from none other than the KDE Plasma Active community itself. The details have been coming fast and furious; preorder signup begins this week. Will FOSS fans jump at the chance?

Tue, 7 Feb 12
'Inside the World of Dinosaurs' Feeds the Dino Lover in All of Us
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74342.html
As near as I can tell, almost every kid goes through an intense dinosaur phase, and for some adults, the fascination remains for decades. Even years after the movie "Jurassic Park" brought dinos to life, I would still eat up all the dinosaur documentary shows I could find, like "Walking With Dinosaurs." When I saw Inside the World of Dinosaurs as an app made specifically for the iPad, I was interested. When I saw that it was narrated by Stephen Fry, the UK actor, comedian and writer, I bought it.

Tue, 7 Feb 12
AMD: Shift Happens
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74343.html
Last week was the coming-out party for AMD's new CEO, and his core message was that the market was undergoing a shift -- and when markets shift, leadership changes. His point was that Intel's leadership was at risk and that AMD was poised to take over that leadership. The nature of this change is massive, and I doubt we -- I mean any of us -- are fully aware of how much is changing. Nor are we sure which companies or technologies will exit this change. Everyone is at risk -- from Apple to Microsoft, from Google to Facebook, from Oracle to HP, and from AMD to Intel.

Sun, 5 Feb 12
Facebook to Investors: You Like What You See?
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74344.html
Facebook's finally decided to take a head-first dive into the mountain of cash it's been standing on for years. Following several days of heated rumors and years of speculation about when CEO Mark Zuckerberg was finally going to cash in his chips, the company filed an S-1 statement with the SEC, paving the way for an IPO as early as this May. Facebook has its sights set on hauling in $5 billion, making it the biggest Internet IPO in history. The move will likely make hundreds of Facebook staffers millionaires overnight.

Sat, 4 Feb 12
Pew Study Finds Facebook Power Concentrated in Relatively Few Friends
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74348.html
An in-depth look at Facebook user behavior reveals some interesting trends among this more than 800- million constituency: One, Facebook users tend to receive more from the Facebook friends than they give out; two, there is a solid core of users that are very active on the site. The Pew Research Center's report on the subject is based on data mined from the server logs of Facebook activity and survey data that explores the structure of Facebook friendship networks and measures of social well-being.

Sat, 4 Feb 12
Leaked Info Offers Glimpse of WinPho's Muscular Future
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74347.html
Microsoft is overhauling Windows Phone 8, which is still in development, to make it more competitive with market leaders iOS and Android, according to leaked information. The mobile OS will add support for multicore processors, up to four new screen resolutions, and removable microSD card storage. It will also support near-field communications, the technology that enables mobile wallets. "This builds upon what Mango has," Ramon Llamas, a senior research analyst at IDC, told TechNewsWorld, referring to Windows Phone 7.5.

Sat, 4 Feb 12
Anons' FBI Phone Snooping Casts Long Shadow on Cybersecurity
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74345.html
The hacker community Anonymous on Friday landed another blow in its war with the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation. It posted an internal memo from the law enforcement agency about an upcoming international call to discuss hackers. Anonymous also put up a recording of the call itself on YouTube. "The information was intended for law enforcement officers only and was illegally obtained," the FBI said in a statement provided by spokesperson Jenny Shearer.

Sat, 4 Feb 12
Google Hires Bouncer to Give Android Malware the Heave-Ho
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74339.html
Google announced a new layer of security for its Android Market on Thursday, unveiling a program called "Bouncer" that will automatically scan apps and developer accounts for malware. Bouncer works by analyzing each app as it's uploaded to the Market, scanning for threats, spyware and trojans. It also takes a look at developer accounts to make sure they don't have a malicious history. If they do, Bouncer will discourage them from returning. The program will do repeated scans on existing apps to keep tabs on the entire marketplace.

Sat, 4 Feb 12
Vizio's Widescreen 3D TV: Plenty of Features, Little to Watch
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74336.html
Vizio has unveiled a 58-inch 3D widescreen HDTV with a 21:9 aspect ratio -- far more than the standard 16:9 ratio HDTVs use. Users can set the TV to upscale 16:9 content to fill the screen. The sale price for this set will start at US$3,500 -- that includes four pairs of 3D glasses. Vizio did not indicate when it will be available on the market, but it may be as soon as March, in time for the NCAA March Madness basketball tournaments. This 58-inch TV is the first in a line of CinemaWide TVs that will have screens up to 71 inches wide, which Vizio announced at CES 2012.

Sat, 4 Feb 12
Avid Packs a Prosumer Video Editor Into an iPad
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74335.html
Avid is well-known for its chops as a maker of professional video editing suites, but on Thursday it grabbed some notice in consumer circles with a new offering for Apple's iPad 2. Avid Studio, available from Apple's App Store for a limited time at $4.99, brings a solid set of video editing tools to the iPad. For instance, clips can be quickly arranged along a storyboard. Frames can be precisely trimmed in the app's timeline. Cuts can be made on the fly with the software's razor tool.

Sat, 4 Feb 12
Spark Tablet Coming for the FOSS Crowd
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74333.html
The recently announced Spark tablet might prove to be the first Linux-running open source tablet fully capable of being modded by users. It has an open Linux stack on unlocked hardware, and it will come with an open content and services market. The Spark will come under the GNU General Public License from its inception. Pricing will be about US$265, according to KDE developer Aaron Seigo. The Spark will be offered as a device made for customization and project-specific integration.

Fri, 3 Feb 12
Measure to Ease Video-Rental Privacy Curbs Catches Flack in Senate
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74338.html
A change to the 1988 Video Privacy Protection Act recently sailed through the House of Representatives without a hitch. The bill would allow a provider of rental DVDs or videos to get consent to share their customers' title selections, as long as users were provided with an opportunity to withdraw that consent. That smooth ride ended in the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, when opponents of the measure took the opportunity to grill Netflix, which has been pushing hard for the change.

Fri, 3 Feb 12
Setting Up a Virtual Phone System With a Little Help From Some Friends
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74319.html
Twilio's cloud-based communications platform allows anyone with rudimentary Web-development knowledge to build a voice and SMS text application. An API, client, and various XML and other helper code is available that lets you build in PHP, C# and more. The basic concept behind all Twilio cloud telephony applications is that a user calls or texts a Twilio-provided number; Twilio then sends a request based on that call to your developed application; your application receives the request and sends XML to Twilio; Twilio then runs the instructions and interfaces with the caller.

Fri, 3 Feb 12
WebOS Swings Along the Open Road
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74329.html
When HP announced late last year that it would open source webOS, it was hard not to be skeptical. After all, it would be all too easy for a company to whitewash its own abandonment of a project by grandly "donating it to the community." However, that pessimistic view is beginning to fade, thanks to HP's publication last month of an official road map for its webOS plans, including the inclusion of a mainline kernel by March and ongoing involvement from HP itself. Are webOS's prospects looking a little brighter now? That's what Linux bloggers have been trying to figure out.

Thu, 2 Feb 12
'Mind-Reading' Tech May Give Speechless a New Voice
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74326.html
Someday, people whose ability to speak has been damaged by illness or injury may be able to vocalize anyway with the help of technology. Researchers at UC Berkeley have made strides toward translating the words a person thinks into real speech. The researchers used 15 patients undergoing neurosurgery as subjects. They placed electrodes on the subjects' brains, then recorded the activity detected as the subjects listened to a conversation. This recorded data was reconstructed and played back. Algorithms were used to process the data.

Thu, 2 Feb 12
Twitter CEO's Tweet-Blocking Defense: It's Just Business
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74317.html
Twitter is on the defensive over its new tweet-filtering policy, which it considers a progressive, forward-looking approach to complying with local laws around the globe. Speaking at Dive Into Media Monday night, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo characterized the changes as a way to ensure that more people see tweets. "There's been no change in our stance or attitude or policy with respect to content on Twitter," he said. "It is simply not the case that you can operate in these countries and choose which of the laws you want to abide by."

Thu, 2 Feb 12
Apple Remakes Final Cut Pro X
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74320.html
Apple announced an update Tuesday of its video editing software Final Cut Pro X aimed at quelling dissatisfaction with the product among professional media producers. This latest version of the software, release 10.0.3, is available from the Apple's App Store as a free upgrade for existing Final Cut Pro X users and for $299 for new users. A 30-day free trial version is also available. Many of the professional features removed from Final Cut Pro X when Apple redesigned the program last June have been restored in this update of the software.

Thu, 2 Feb 12
SMPlayer: A Flexible, Feature-Filled Media Player With a Frustrating Flaw
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74310.html
When it comes to playing audio and video files in Linux, media players pretty much all work the same way and have a very similar user interface. It usually all comes down to features. With SMPlayer it depends on what you want to play. Unfortunately, this bug of sorts is something its developer Ricardo Villalba has yet to resolve in the latest release, version 0.7.0. It is more of an inconvenience than an all-out reason to reject using SMPlayer completely. The problem is this app's inability to read directories from CD/DVD music collections inserted in the optical drive.

Wed, 1 Feb 12
Samsung Galaxy Note Aims to Harmonize Phones With Tablets
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74311.html
Samsung's new Galaxy Note Android phone, which will feature one of the largest screens on a smartphone to date, will hit shelves on Feb.19. With a 5.3-inch screen as well as a stylus, the Galaxy Note is billed as a hybrid tablet and smartphone device. The screen will be one of the largest currently available on a smartphone, and early reviews of the handset from this year's CES indicated the 1,280 by 800 touchscreen showed clear and vivid images. For users looking to take advantage of the large screen for note-taking, the phone comes with a stylus, which Samsung is calling an "S-Pen."

Wed, 1 Feb 12
Meeting the Productivity Challenge in a Consumerized IT World
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74307.html
Employees are growing more comfortable working from their own devices, particularly with the increasing adoption of portable technologies like the tablet computer. They are also accustomed to self-service delivery of applications in their personal lives, with almost instant access to apps and new services. Rather than fight a losing battle with device regulation, IT managers need to learn how to get a handle on these devices, so they can lead the way to the greater user productivity that is possible within a more diverse technology environment.

Wed, 1 Feb 12
New Android Scare: Just How Malignant Is That Malware?
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74305.html
Antivirus vendor Symantec announced recently that up to 5 million Android devices may have been infected with a particular type of malware. Multiple publishers were pushing out apps -- some of which were found in the official Android Market -- containing malware known as "Counterclank," according to the AV company. This is a minor modification of Android Tonclank, a bot-like threat that can receive commands to carry out certain actions as well as steal information from the device.

Wed, 1 Feb 12
Yoink: Efficient Swatch Snatcher Makes Full-Screen Feel Less Bloated
http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/74301.html
Of all the changes brought about with OS X Lion, full-screen viewing was one that failed to make much of an impression on me, at least at first. Ballooning a window to the edges of the screen and blowing out the menu bar seemed a little restrictive at first. It's the kind of thing I'd do all the time when using a Windows computer, but OS X is different in how it manages the desktop, and full-screening an app just felt uncomfortable and weird at first. But over the course of a couple of weeks, I found myself using it a little more.

 

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