05 June 2012

Obama Naive About STUXNET and Cyberwarfare

How Obama Was Dangerously Naive About STUXNET and Cyberwarfare - Technology Review: " . . . second reason that we should temper our anxiety over cyber attacks is that there is a funny sort of asymmetry to cyber warfare. As is the case with anti-virus software, merely knowing that a threat exists can allow us to rapidly innoculate our systems against these threats. Whether or not we're doing it is quite another question. And that's the one area where the Obama administration comes off as hopelessly naive in its conversations about the potential impact of the STUXNET worm: Didn't it occur to anyone in the room that, once unleashed, this kind of attack would mean that every piece of critical computer-controlled infrastructure in the US would have to be evaluated, and forever-after upgraded, in order to defend against such an attack?"

Samsung brings games to its Smart TVs with Gaikai partnership
by Eric Caoili [Console/PC, Business/Marketing] Samsung, the largest TV manufacturer in the world, announced a deal with cloud streaming platform Gaikai to launch its Samsung Cloud Gaming service on its Smart TVs. In the coming weeks, consumers who own ...


EA's SimCity Social Coming to Facebook
PC Magazine
By Stephanie Mlot A new collaboration between Facebook and Electronic Arts (EA) will offer you the chance to play God. The gaming company this week announced that SimCity Social, the newest incarnation of the city-building simulator, is coming to the ...

Netflix Launches 'Open Connect' Content Delivery Network
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Netflix today announced the launch of its Open Connect Network, which will be the video provider's very own content delivery system. The move was prompted by the explosion in the amount of video Netflix customers are watching on the ...

Belkin to add USB 3.0 to Macs via Thunderbolt dock
Belkin announces its new Thunderbolt Express Dock that adds USB 3.0 as well as many other peripheral connection types to Thunderbolt-enabled Macs, and a new Thunderbolt cable that's shorter and more affordable. by Dong Ngo Front and back of the new ...

Venus to make last-in-a-lifetime sun crossing Tuesday
By Charlie Szold, USA TODAY Our toasty planetary neighbor Venus will provide a celestial show Tuesday for the US and parts of every continent. By Robyn Beck, AFP/Getty Images A man prepares to press the shutter on his camera as he takes a picture of ...


WWDC 2012: MacBook Pro rumors fly ahead of conference
Washington Post
While the Electronics Entertainment Expo rolls on, Apple is shifting into high gear as it prepares for the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Apple's big show runs all next week, and the tech community is abuzz with speculation about what may come ...

Facebook to 'disappear' in under 10 years, according to analyst
Fox News
Facebook's success will be short lived, according to one Wall Street analyst, predicting the site will “disappear” in under a decade a decade. Ironfire Capital founder Eric Jackson believes Facebook, despite all the hype and user growth, ...

Toshiba's Satellite Ultrabook goes cinematic
TG Daily
First up is the 3.5 lbs Satellite U845W, which the company claims is the world's first Ultrabook boasting a 14.4-inch diagonal ultrawide-HD TruBrite display with a cinematic 21:9 aspect ratio and 1792 x 768 resolution. The U845W - which measures 0.82 ...

TG Daily

Instapaper releases Android app
Los Angeles Times
By Michelle Maltais Instapaper, yet another app that's been missing from Android, makes its debut, again minus some features available for iPhones and iPads. Like Instagram, Instapaper doesn't have all the bells and whistles the iOS app does.

New Willow Glass is rollable and paper-thin
Ars Technica
by Casey Johnston - Jun 5, 2012 3:08 pm UTC Corning's latest display glass technology, Willow Glass, launched Monday at a trade show in Boston. Willow Glass is glass spun extremely thin and flexible enough to roll into two-inch radius tubes, ...

Ars Technica

Live from Nintendo's E3 2012 press conference
The last of the big media briefings is about to get underway here at E3; we're packed into the spacious (and thankfully air-conditioned) Nokia Theater, waiting for the event to get underway. Nintendo already revealed a lot of new info about its new ...

Sony Adding Assassin's Creed, Call of Duty to PlayStation Vita
PC Magazine
By Will Greenwald LOS ANGELES—Sony made several PlayStation Vita-related announcements at its E3 2012 press conference here, including two, new third-party games, a Vita version of an upcoming, first-party game, and some new video services for the ...

Scientist at NM's Sandia National Labs accused of stealing research, sharing ...
Washington Post
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — The federal government says a former scientist stole research at Sandia National Labs in New Mexico to share it with China. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/M8grzK ) that Jianyu Huang will be arraigned Tuesday on five counts of federal ...

Microsoft's SmartGlass to bring phone, tablet, Xbox together
Los Angeles Times
By Salvador Rodriguez Microsoft doesn't like the way your phone, tablet and Xbox play right now, so it's created SmartGlass -- and it intends to bring all your devices closer. The new feature will connect all of your devices together in an effort to ...

In Silicon Valley, Weighing the Fallout From Facebook
New York Times
By EVELYN M. RUSLI Scott Eells/Bloomberg NewsPedestrians reflected in a window near a display of the share price for Facebook in May. The debut of Facebook was supposed to be the rising tide to lift all ships, spurring more investments in Silicon ...

New York Times

Apple may ditch Google maps in next version of iOS
Apple and Google are known to fight on occasion, so we shouldn't be surprised that the two are having a little tiff over maps right now. But let's review what's going on. As the folks at the Wall Street Journal point out, "the iPhone and Google Maps ...

Flame virus prompts Microsoft to boost Windows security
By Jim Finkle | BOSTON (Reuters) - Discovery of the Flame virus that mainly affected computers in the Middle East, has prompted Microsoft Corp to strengthen the security of a Windows program that helps customers secure their PCs and update software.

Apple Forced to Wait for Galaxy Tab Injunction
The Mac Observer
Apple's hopes of pushing through an injunction blocking the import of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 into the United States went up in smoke on Monday when Judge Lucy Koh told the iPhone and iPad maker that it must wait until a mandate is handed down from a...

The Mac Observer

Sean Parker's Airtime video chat service launches
Napster co-founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning are unveiling the web-chat service at an event in New York today. by Roger Cheng Parker and Fanning are now working on a new startup, called Airtime. After months of hype, Sean Parker and Shawn ...

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale gameplay shown at E3
If a bit of actual live gameplay done by four gamers working with PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale was what you were hoping to get out of E3, you're in luck! This week Sony delivered just that, and a video showing Kratos, Sweet Tooth, Fat Princess, ...

Google buys social startup Meebo
By Julianne Pepitone @CNNMoneyTech June 5, 2012: 11:18 AM ET NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Google is buying the social startup Meebo, the company announced Monday, in a move to boost its Google+ networking service. Meebo, which was founded in 2005, ...

Qualcomm Looks to Extend Snapdragon S4 Platform to HDTVs, Windows 8
Maximum PC
Samsung's Galaxy S III smartphone, which is scheduled to launch in the US later this month, is the newest device to rock Qualcomm's dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, but it surely won't be the last. Qualcomm is eying bigger (literally) and better ...

Maximum PC

Internet co-creator Vint Cerf welcomes IPv6 elbow room (Q&A)
Google's Internet evangelist, responsible for the address shortage on today's Internet, is anxious for IPv6 improvements. Also: his views on UN regulation, censorship, bandwidth caps, and .google. by Stephen Shankland "Predicting is hard, ...

Nyko Unveils Android Bluetooth Gamepads, Battery Packs
PC Magazine
By Will Greenwald The PlayPad Pro and Playpad are two, dual-analog gamepads with the same number of buttons as Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 controllers. They connect to Android tablets over Bluetooth, and according to Nyko, they use a new driver protocol ...

“Ring of fire” to offer clues about Venus, our hellish twin planet
World Science
When Venus passes in front of the Sun on June 5 and 6, an armada of telescopes will be on the lookout for something elusive and, until recently, unexpected: the Arc of Venus. “I was flabbergasted when I first saw it during the 2004 transit,” that is, ...

World Science

How Can Facebook Safely Add Under-13s?
New York Times (blog)
By KJ DELL'ANTONIA For the past few weeks, there have been rumors that Facebook is considering expanding its reach to include children under 13. With The Wall Street Journal reporting yesterday that Facebook is actively testing options to create a safe ...

NASA has a mission for grounded spy telescopes
Spaceflight Now
BY STEPHEN CLARK A National Reconnaissance Office telescope built in secret to collect intelligence for the US government could be the linchpin in NASA's quest to build a satellite to detect extrasolar planets and study the nature of dark energy, ...

Spaceflight Now

AT&T to Launch Its First 4G LTE Smartphone with Environmentally Conscious ...
Sacramento Bee
By AT&T Inc. DALLAS, June 5, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning June 10 AT&T* will offer a new option for customers looking for sustainable features in a smartphone – the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate™. The Exhilarate will be available in all AT&T channels ...

Nintendo Reboots Wii Console to Lure Gamers From IPads: Tech
San Francisco Chronicle
June 5 (Bloomberg) -- Nintendo Co. may let Mario and Zelda leap between big-screen TVs and the handheld controllers of its new Wii U console as it tries to lure gamers who increasingly play free Internet titles on their Apple Inc. iPads and iPhones.

HP Says Oracle Violated Contract, Seeks Billions
Oracle Corp violated a clear contract with Hewlett-Packard Co when it decided it would no longer make new versions of its database software compatible with HP's Itanium-based servers, a lawyer for HP said in court. By Reuters Oracle Corp violated a ...

Your Tech Questions, Answered: Part 4
New York Times (blog)
By SAM GROBART In this batch of questions, I answer questions about unlocking an iPhone; using a projector and laptop for all your video needs; the most cost-effective way to connect your computer to your stereo system; forwarding text messages for ... 

Small Business Technology: How to Know if You Really Need It | Inc ...
Is Technology Killing Your Company? The common high-tech trap many businesses fall into--and how to steer clear of it. touchscreen. shutterstock images ...

Why MIT's Technology Review is going digital first — Tech News ...
By Mathew Ingram
In an interview with GigaOM, the editor of MIT's venerable Technology Review talks about why he has decided to take a "digital first" approach to publishing the magazine, why he doesn't plan to implement a paywall -- and what he sees as an ...

N-trig DuoSense Pen and multitouch tech to power ASUS TAICHI ...
By Zach Honig
A source has confirmed that the tech in play will be provided by N-trig, and will feature the company's existing DuoSense grid-based capacitive solution. N-trig .... Toshiba Storage Products' THNSNF SSDs tap into 19nm process technology ...

Your Tech Questions, Answered: Part 2 - NYTimes.com
Sam Grobart, writer of the new tech-help column Tool Kit, answers readers' questions posted online.... J.D. Biersdorfer answers reader questions about computer-based technology. Posts | Bio | E-mail · Warren Buckleitner reviews children's ...

Tech Tuesday Live Twitter Chat – HP Talks SMB #winchat
By Kristina Libby
One of the best ways to be at the top of your game is by having the best technology possible and that's why we've asked HP to join us and discuss their great small business products. In particular, HP will be discussing and giving away the HP ...
Windows Experience Blog

LA tech scene is on the map (literally)
Los Angeles Times
By Andrea Chang Tech start-ups and accelerator programs have been popping up all over Los Angeles and Santa Monica recently, and now there's a map for that. On the newly launched Represent.LA map, more than 300 technology-related companies have been ...

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