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Submission + - Logitech Google TV Box Arrives (

An anonymous reader writes: Following months of teasers, Logitech finally launched its Google TV player Wednesday at simultaneous press events in New York and San Francisco. The company’s Google TV family includes the Android-based “Review” STB (set-top box), large and mini remote controls, free iPhone and Android remote control apps, and a video cam. The $299 Android-powered Review acts as an intelligent hub for the Google TV setup, which minimally consists of the Review box, a TV, and an Internet connection. To this, a maximal configuration would add a cable TV box, typically with DVR capabilities, plus an A/V receiver. A/V sources usable on the Review include live or DVR’d cable shows, static or streaming A/V content from the Web, and static or streaming A/V content from DLNA-compliant devices on the home LAN or an attached USB drive. Initially only Dish Networks DVRs are fully supported, but that is expected to change by mid-2011. Here's a YouTube demonstrating Google TV.

Submission + - Ad-Hoc and Mesh Networking via 802.11b/g/n cards (

egell writes: Since the days of ARPANET, the internet's infrastructure is defined by its physical backbone. Featured in Italy's Wired, Netsukuku aims to offer a free, alternative routing system for peer-to-peer internet access. Much like 802.11s mesh networking in the OLPC, the concept that the average wifi network card is capable of simultaneously linking two or more ad-hoc networks has never been tested on a large scale. Similar to the German project Freifunk, a peer-to-peer hardware and software solution would offer new opportunities to proponents of net neutrality and anti-censorship. (Original article in Italian)

Submission + - ISPs cop customer angst over outbound emails (

aesoteric writes: Email users spent the past 24 hours receiving bounce-back notices after anti-spam blacklist operator SORBS mistakenly listed vast IP address ranges as spammers. SORBS' mistake caused legitimate incoming emails to be labelled as spam, resulting in a large volume of messages being returned to senders as undeliverable — and frustration being levelled at ISPs. There was conjecture on whose address ranges were affected — those owned by Gmail, Rackspace and Amazon were implicated but SORBS denied that was the case in a post-mortem published by The Register.

Submission + - iOS 4.1 Greenpois0n jailbreak tool due 10/10/10 (

alphadogg writes: A member of the Chronic Dev Team has tweeted that the heavily anticipated greenpois0n Apple iOS 4.1 jailbreaking solution will be released on Sunday: 10/10/10 at 10:10:10 a.m.

Joshua Hill, also known as "p0sixninja", tweeted Thursday that "Things have progressed to the point where we don't expect anymore roadblocks. ETA for greenpois0n is 10/10/10 at 10:10:10AM."

Some have celebrated that jailbreaking iOS 4.1 will mean opening up not just iPhones and iPads but even the Apple TV, which also uses that operating system.

Oct. 10, because of its unusual 10.10.10 date, could be an active day on the technology scene. Ubuntu 10.10 is expected out that day, for instance.

Submission + - Bank of America losing on-line customers (

An anonymous reader writes: Bank of America is restricting on-line banking to Microsoft and Apple operating systems

As a customer of BofA, I am now severing my relationship due to their recent and overly-restrictive "Electronic Communications Disclosure"

Bank of America
P O Box 15019
Wilmington, DE 19886-5019


RE: Electronic Communications Disclosure and Policy

Online Banking Supervisor,

I am writing to make you aware that I will, shortly, close my accounts with Bank of America due to the recently introduced on-line banking policy entitled, “Electronic Communications Disclosure.” While this policy has, in my opinion, many objectionable elements, I find section 5, the “Hardware and Software Requirements” to be unreasonably restrictive. Therefore, I will shortly opt to discontinue my relationship with Bank of America and its on-line presence.

I have been successfully and safely using, for years, operating system and application software not dicated by your recent online banking hardware and software requirements (dictated, apparently, by your recent merger with Merrill Lynch). Because of my profession, as a software developer, I regard the recently dictated requirements to be overly restrictive and, likely, intentionally narrow. The exclusion of any operating system, except those produced by either Microsoft or Apple, is especially troubling. In my opinion, such restrictions have little to do with security. It is for these and other reasons that I am now likely to sever my relationship, however long and beneficial, with Bank of America and any of its affiliates that impose such requirements. Further, your inclusion of non-current and unsupported versions of Microsoft operating systems seems to contradict to your intention for improved security.

Should you decide to reverse the decision to impose such requirements on your customers, I may re-evaluate my decision to have or maintain a relationship with Bank of America. Frankly, I doubt that this communication will have any bearing on your corporate decisions. However, I implore you to reconsider the blanket imposition of these requirements on me and your other customers.


Submission + - Electromechanical switch operates in extreme heat ( 2

Earthquake Retrofit writes: Science Daily is reporting that researchers at Case Western Reserve University have taken the first step to building a computer capable of operating in extreme heat.

Te-Hao Lee, Swarup Bhunia and Mehran Mehregany, have made electromechanical switches — building blocks of circuits — that can take twice the heat that would render electronic transistors useless. Their work was published in Science last month.

The group used electron beam lithography and sulfur hexafluoride gas to etch the switches, just a few hundred nanometers in size, out of silicon carbide. The result is a switch that has no discernable leakage and no loss of power in testing at 500 degrees Celsius.

A pair of switches were used to make an inverter, which was able to switch on and off 500,000 times per second, performing computation each cycle. The switches, however, began to break down after 2 billion cycles and in a manner the researchers do not yet fully understand.

Whether they can reach the point of competing with faster transistors for office and home and even supercomputing, remains to be seen. The researchers point out that with the ability to handle much higher heat, the need for costly and space-consuming cooling systems would be eliminated.

Submission + - Really Cisco, a Cius? Hey, I want a FlipPad! (

trygstad writes: Cisco is coming out with a tablet, the Cius (what a crappy name). It looks to be much more complex than an iPad, it's another crappy 7 inch screen and not the 9.7 inch like the iPad, and it's targeted at business professionals and not consumers. It's also going to be about a thousand dollars. It fits Cisco's self image but frankly I think it's going to suck.

But many folks never notice that Cisco actually has one really great consumer product line: Flip video cameras . Here's where they should have positioned a killer consumer tablet: The FlipPad. It would have the whole Flip video camera ecology already installed as well as all the best in audio and video, which Cisco actually does pretty well. Think front AND back 720i video and a full 1024x768 10 inch screen. Built-in FlipshareTV connectivity. It would have all the hip cachet of the Flip, which is nearly ubiquitous among 20-somethings who want video a bit better than they can get from their phone. It could even have skins and the distinctive little pop-out USB connector like the Flip, since honestly, no one uses that without a USB extension cable anyway. Is it just me, or are they really missing the boat here? The FlipPad. I want one of these so bad.


Submission + - Paleontologists Unearth Giant Fossilized Penguin 1

Ponca City, We Love You writes: "BBC reports that scientists have discovered the fossil of a penguin nearly five feet tall or twice the size of an Emperor Penguin, the largest living species, that lived 36 million years ago. "The heavier the penguin, the deeper it dives," says Julia Clarke, a palaeontologist at the University of Texas. "If that holds true for any penguins, then the dive depths achieved by these giant forms would've been very different." The bird, named Inkayacu paracasensis, or water king, lived during the late Eocene period and had a long, straight beak, much longer than that of its modern relatives but most surprisingly, the giant penguin's feathers were brown and grey, distinct from the black "tuxedo" look of modern penguins. "Insights into the colors of extinct organisms can reveal clues to their ecology and behavior," says Jakob Vinther of Yale University. "But most of all, I think it is simply just cool to get a look at the color of a remarkable extinct organism, such as a giant fossil penguin.""

Submission + - Animal farms are pumping up superbugs

oxide7 writes: The philosopher Frederick Nietzsche once famously said, "That which does not kill me, makes me stronger." That may or may not be true for human beings. It is certainly true for bacteria. The superbugs are among us and they are not leaving. Indeed, they are growing stronger. "The incidence of drug-resistant infections is a national and global problem, in both the civilian and military world, and has grown dramatically over the past decade in civilian hospitals," said Rep. Vic Snyder, D-AK, at a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday on what the military is doing to deal with multi-drug resistant organisms, aka superbugs. The military, according to the military physicians who testified to the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, has ramped up anti-infection measures over the past few years in the areas of prevention through standardized practices, detection through screenings and surveillance, and control through isolation, sanitization and the targeted use of antibiotics.

Submission + - Google Releases WebP (

An anonymous reader writes: Google has released WebP, a lossy image format based on the image encoding used by VP8 (the video codec used in Google's WebM video format) to compress keyframes. According to the FAQ, WebP achieves an average 39% more compression than JPEG and JPEG 2000. A gallery on the WebP homepage has a selection of images which compare the original JPEG image with the WebP encoded image shown as a PNG. There's no information available yet on which browsers will support the WebP image format but I imagine it will be all the browsers which currently have native WebM support — Firefox, Chrome, and Opera.

Submission + - Blizzard tries Real ID again. (

tacarat writes: The last time Blizzard mentioned their new Real ID system, a large backlash was created regarding privacy. After a period of time they backed down from the effort and little was heard about it since. Well, that just changed. Blizzard's spokescandle, Nethaera, broke the announcement today.

We'd like to make you aware of the new Real ID-related privacy options we've introduced to These options provide Real ID users with additional tools for customizing the service based on their preferences, enabling the ability to opt in or out of the Real ID "Friends of Friends" and "Add Facebook Friends" features or to turn off Real ID altogether. Real ID offers an optional, convenient way for keeping in touch with real-world friends you know and trust, whether they're playing World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, or one of our future games. The "Friends of Friends" and "Add Facebook Friends" features provide you with even more options to stay connected while you play by making it easier for real-life friends to locate each other on You can easily enable or disable these features through your privacy settings by logging in to your account at

Interfacing with Facebook seems to be the only probably issue, especially given the rise of social media exploits. Authenticators, anyone?

Submission + - Stuxnet Analysis Supports Iran-Israel Connections (

Paul-Threatpost writes: Speaking at the Virus Bulletin Conference in Vancouver, Liam O'Murchu of Symantec said that company's analysis of Stuxnet's code for manipulating PLCs on industrial control systems by Siemens backs up both the speculation that Iran was the intended target and that Israel was the possible source of the virus. As for Iran, O Murch merely pointed to Symantec data that show the country was the source of the most Stuxnet infections. Iran has since blocked communications to Stuxnet's command and control infrastructure. He said researchers also uncovered the reference to an obscure date in the worm's code, May 9, 1979: the date on which a prominent Iranian Jew, Habib Elghanian, who was executed by the new Islamic government shortly after the revolution.

Submission + - Super Hi-Vision TV ( writes: BBC News and NHK demonstrate.
Super Hi-Vision TV, 16 times sharper than HDTV, has been developed by Japanese public broadcaster NHK.
The standard could be used on giant public viewing screens, some of which may be in place for the 2012 Olympics.
NHK hope to broadcast in Super Hi-Vision by 2020, although no television currently exists that can fully show off the 7680-by-4320 pixel signal.
The "full HD" currently available means a display of 1920 by 1080 pixels — a quarter the number of pixels both vertically and a quarter horizontally.

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