11 April 2012

Why Iran May Never Create a "Closed Internet"

Why Iran May Never Create a "Closed Internet" - Technology Review: " . . . . But as China has come to realize (see our feature on the Chinese way of Internet control), their economy has come to depend on the Internet. Business, not just dissidents, need the global connections. And this is true in Iran, too, sanctions notwithstanding. So as Roberts put it: “The much more interesting, important, and difficult question is whether shutting its citizens off from the rest of the Internet for an extended period would be socially, economically, and politically feasible for the Iranian government.” Many observers have said the Internet is at increasing risk of devolving, to some extent, in the direction of controlled national Intranets and product-centric networks. The hope is that a globally-connected Internet has shown enough of its value, even to the Iranian regime, that it is no longer possible to simply cut it off."

Microsoft Fixes 11 Bugs in April Patch Tuesday
PC Magazine
By Fahmida Y. Rashid Microsoft fixed 11 vulnerabilities in Windows and several significant applications, including Internet Explorer, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Office, as part of April's Patch Tuesday release. Of the six security bulletins, ...

Google Chrome OS Busts Out Of Browser With New Interface
Wired News
By Caleb Garling Google is giving Chrome OS a makeover, revamping its browser-based OS look a lot more like classic desktop operating systems such as Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X. On Monday, as it does every six weeks, the company released a ...

Wired News

Enterprise Mobility: Nokia Lumia 900: Taking a Close Look Inside and Out
eWeek
By Wayne Rash on 2012-04-10 The just-released Nokia Lumia 900 phone uses Windows Phone 7.5, which has shown to be a slick, easy-to-use interface. With the larger phone, it's even easier to use. The device is thin, but the screen is larger than an ...

eWeek

Toshiba Overreaches With 13-Inch Tablet
InformationWeek
Toshiba announced a trio of Android 4.0 tablets today, including one with a whopping 13.3-inch display. That's a lot of girth for a tablet. Toshiba added to the crowded tablet market today with not one, but three new Android tablets.

SAP Lays Out Plans to Become Big Player in Databases, Mobile
CIO
By Chris Kanaracus IDG News Service (Boston Bureau) — SAP made a series of announcements on Tuesday as part of its bid to become a high-profile player in the database market alongside the likes of Oracle and IBM. The HANA in-memory database platform is ...

Maryland passes bills banning employers from seeking online passwords
Los Angeles Times
By Michelle Maltais Maryland recently gave a big "dislike" to employers asking for social media passwords, becoming the first state to pass a bill banning the practice. The state Senate and House last week passed their versions of the bill that ...

Apple reportedly tries to shut down Flashback discoverer's server
Apple Insider
By Mikey Campbell In what may be a case of mistaken identity, it was revealed on Tuesday that Apple attempted to shut down a server belonging to the security firm that first discovered the Flashback malware, giving insight into how the Cupertino, ...

DARPA Seeking to Build (Friendly) Terminators
PC Magazine
By Mark Hachman The government is looking for a few good robots. But never fear, this year's DARPA Robotics Challenge isn't a casting call for positronic killing machines—instead, teams are being asked to design robots capable of driving a vehicle, ...

Awesome 9-year-old's cardboard arcade gets flashmobbed
CNET
Caine Monroy just might be the coolest 9-year-old we've never met. Check out his homemade cardboard arcade that went viral. It's guaranteed to make you smile. by Bonnie Cha April 10, 2012 1:19 PM PDT Follow @bonnieCNET A proud Caine Monroy and his ...

More RIM Execs Head for the Exit
PC Magazine
By Damon Poeter More executives are leaving struggling smartphone maker Research in Motion, the company confirmed Tuesday. Alistair Mitchell, former vice president of BBM Platform and Integrated Services, has already left RIM and Alan Brenner, ...

Facebook and Instagram: Made for each other
Washington Post
Facebook bought Instagram on Monday for one buh-buh-billion dollars, a tectonic lurch in the realm of social media, and what does this have to do with the real world — the chaotic world that surrounds us, not the orderly one that is contained in the ...

T-Mobile breaks 1 million iPhone mark on EDGE
SlashGear
Amid AT&T's new unlocking of their off-contract iPhones in collaboration with Apple officially, T-Mobile has chosen this opportune moment to announce that they've already got 1 million iPhone customers on their network. They do this with the micro-SIM ...

SlashGear

Speed for iPad drops with Retina quality upgrade
SlashGear
There's a brand new upgrade for the best-selling speedometer iPhone application, redesigned fully for the new iPad with a new interface as well as high-definition Retina-quality graphics. This app is made for you to be able to get an alternate look at ...

Android won't challenge Apple's tablet dominance in 2012, says Gartner
Computerworld
By Mikael Ricknäs IDG News Service - Worldwide tablet sales to end users are expected to total 118.9 million units in 2012, with Apple continuing to dominate and the Android camp struggling to replicate its success in the smartphone market, ...

FCC, Carriers To Fight Mobile Phone Theft
InformationWeek
AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint will launch database to prevent reuse of stolen phones. By J. Nicholas Hoover InformationWeek The Federal Communications Commission, police departments, the wireless industry, and a US senator joined forces...

Kinect coming to Windows Phone 8: report
TG Daily
According to a report in VR-Zone.com, Kinect may be an integral part of the next generation of Microsoft's mobile operating system. The question is just how much of the sophisticated technology can be brought to a mobile platform.

TG Daily

The latest chatter on iPhone 5
Los Angeles Times
By Michelle Maltais A bigger screen, a new design, a faster chip and 4G connectivity. Those mentally queuing up for the new iPhone, you may be able to look forward to a big change if details about screen size and form factor from an analyst's recent ...

Anonymous Hackers Attack Trade Groups Over Cybersecurity Legislation
eWeek
The hacktivist collective launched DoS attacks on USTelecom and TechAmerica over their support of the CISPA cybersecurity proposal. The Anonymous hacker collective, which in recent days has made headlines for attacking hundreds of Chinese government...

Amazon Launches In-App Purchasing for Appstore
Tom's Guide
Amazon said on Tuesday that it officially launched in-app purchasing in the Amazon Appstore. What this means for consumers is that they can now purchase digital content and subscriptions within all supporting apps available for the Kindle Fire and ...

Apple's Tim Cook to Open D10 Tech Conference
PC Magazine
By Angela Moscaritolo Apple CEO Tim Cook is slated to make a rare speaking appearance at a non-Apple event next month, kicking off a technology conference. The Wall Street Journal's AllThingsD today said that Cook will be the opening speaker at its...

MacBook Pro spring, summer release date rumors
CBS News
(Credit: Apple) (CBS News) Rumors of Apple's next MacBook Pro line are re-surfacing. This time, it's being reported that the current 15-inch models are running low on stock. Speculators are taking that as a clue that Apple is getting ready to release ...

Texas Fireball Video Not a Meteor; It's a Contrail
Discovery News
In a classic case of mistaken identity, the screenshot of an eyewitness video featured in an earlier Discovery News article is not the meteor it seemed to be. The original video of a news report shows what appears to be a bright daytime meteor burning ...

HP's OpenStack bet to deliver what Amazon Web Services won't
InfoWorld
By David Linthicum | InfoWorld HP today announced its HP Converged Cloud, which when released in beta form in May will use a version of the open source OpenStack software. HP's betting that the OpenStack-fueled offering will get enterprises excited ...

Commodore 64's Father, Jack Tramiel, Passes Away
Gamespy.com
By Mike Nelson | Apr 10, 2012 The man behind the PET, Vic-20, and Commodore 64 passed away on Sunday at the age of 83. As reported by Forbes, this past Sunday marked the passing of one of the PC's most influential men of all time, Jack Tramiel, ...

Gamespy.com

Death Watch: Microsoft to kill Windows XP in two years
Fox News
The end is coming. Repent! That's the message from Microsoft as it reminded consumers that its support for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will end on April 8, 2014. According to Microsoft marketing director Stella Chernyak that means the software giant ...

Ramos Alarm Clock says no to snooze, requires leaving bed to turn off
CBS News
(CBS/AP) HOBOKEN, NJ - There is no snooze button. If you unplug it, a battery takes over. And it offers a "lockdown mode": As wake-up time approaches, you cannot reset the alarm time. Once it goes off, to stop it you must get out of bed and punch in a ...

CBS News

Internet infringement 2.0: Appeals courts want facts, not policies
Thomson Reuters News & Insight
Until last week, the state of the art in appellate consideration of online intellectual property infringement was the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling in Tiffany v. eBay in April 2010. The three-judge appellate panel affirmed US District Judge ...

Thomson Reuters News & Insight

Intel's New Studybook Tablet Reignites Rivalry With OLPC
PCWorld
By Agam Shah, IDG News Intel on Tuesday announced a reference design for a new 7-inch education tablet, which will rekindle the chip maker's rivalry with nonprofit organization One Laptop Per Child in the area of providing computing devices as learning...

Few hybrid vehicle owners are repeat buyers
Los Angeles Times
Only 35% of hybrid owners chose another one when they bought a new car last year, automotive research firm RL Polk & Co. says. Possible reasons that only about 1 in 3 hybrid vehicle owners are repeat buyers are high prices and the improving fuel ...

Tech Patents Soar in Value
Wall Street Journal
s agreement to spend nearly $1.1 billion buying and licensing about 1100 patents covering some of the Internet's basic plumbing from AOL Inc. spotlights the ongoing boom in spending among tech titans for what amounts to the Internet era's nuclear ...

Here is why Facebook bought Instagram — Tech News and Analysis
By Om Malik
You might have heard by now that Facebook has acquired Instagram for nearly a billion dollars in cash and stock. Incredible, isn't it? I have received text messages of awe and shock from many people in the Valley, for no one saw this coming.
GigaOM

Google Beats Out Apple, Facebook, And Twitter For Most Popular ...
By The Huffington Post News Editors
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