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Nokia Releases Qt SDK For Mobile Development 76

Posted by timothy
from the utterly-cute dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Nokia has released its unified Qt-based SDK for cross-platform development for Symbian and MeeGo (plus Maemo) devices. The blurb reads: 'Today sees the release of the Nokia Qt SDK, a single easy-to-use software development kit (SDK) for Symbian and Meego application development. Developers can now develop, test, and deploy native applications for Nokia smartphones and mobile computers. The beta version of the SDK is available for download from today, ready for developers to kick off development for new devices, including the just-announced Nokia N8.'"
Image

Jordanian Mayor Angry Over "Alien Invasion" Prank 217

Posted by samzenpus
from the war-of-the-worlds dept.
krou writes "Jordanian mayor Mohammed Mleihan has taken a dim view of local newspaper Al-Ghad's April Fools prank, which saw a front page story claiming that 'flying saucers flown by 3m (10ft) creatures had landed in the desert town of Jafr.' The paper claimed that communication networks had gone down, and people were fleeing the area. The mayor called the local security authorities, who combed the area, but they were unable to find any evidence of the aliens. Mr Mleihan is now considering suing because of the distress it caused to residents: 'Students didn't go to school, their parents were frightened and I almost evacuated the town's 13,000 residents. People were scared that aliens would attack them.'" I guess they've never heard of Orson Welles in Jordan.
GNOME

Ubuntu's "Lucid Lynx" Enters Beta 366

Posted by timothy
from the but-that-danged-button-arrangement-sucks dept.
ActionDesignStudios writes "The upcoming release of Ubuntu, titled 'Lucid Lynx,' has just entered the beta cycle. Alongside the usual desktop and server versions, a special version has been released that is designed to run on Amazon's EC2 cloud service. This release of Ubuntu does away with the brown 'Human' Gnome theme we've all become accustomed to, replaced by a new version Canonical says is inspired by light. The new release also includes much better integration with social networking services such as Twitter, identi.ca and Facebook, among others."
Real Time Strategy (Games)

StarCraft II Closed Beta Begins 268

Posted by Soulskill
from the rush-starts-now dept.
Blizzard announced today that the multiplayer beta test for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is now underway. The client downloader is available through Battle.net for people who have received invites, and the system requirements have been posted as well. A list of known issues is up on the official forums. StarCraft II and the revamped Battle.net are planned for release "in the first half of 2010."

Comment: Regarding the title. (Score 1) 348

by jetsfandb (#26891233) Attached to: Malware Threat To GNOME and KDE
FTA:

A more accurate title for this email therefore might have been: How to write a Gnome/KDE virus in 5 easy steps. But since Gnome and KDE are predominantly used under Linux, I feel that a virus based on those vulnerabilities would impact Linux users the most. Thus, the chosen title remains valid.

I disagree.

Calling the method a Linux virus just because it would affect a large number of Linux installations is entirely invalid and irresponsible.

With the misinformation already in existence, coupled with some companies active campaigns to create further misconceptions, the last thing Linux needs is an article implying that it contains a vulnerability when it does not.

The problem begins and ends with both desktops as should be the solution.

Sorry, but you don't get to extend the issue to Linux just because its a very large percentage of the KDE/Gnome users and the title sounds more dramatic when you say Linux instead of KDE/Gnome.

Classic Games (Games)

+ - Adult Swim guys animate Pacman->

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Will
Will writes "This is a short I saw at SXSW this year. Some Adult Swim guys made a really well done cartoon about Pacman. The best part was afterwards when all the filmmakers spoke about their shorts, and while everyone described the immense costs endured and all the years they spent, these guys said it took them "two weeks and eleven dollars to feed the sound guy". Pretty funny. http://www.superdeluxe.com/sd/contentDetail.do?id= D81F2344BF5AC7BB27B66E8533EED677521D955A021BC5BC"
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Announcements

+ - Five-Foot Tall Penguins of Peru

Submitted by i_like_spam
i_like_spam (874080) writes "In an article geared for publication in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists report on the discovery of the 40 million-year-old remains of a giant Peruvian penguin known as Icadyptes salasi. Standing at a height of about five feet (or about 1.5 meters), this is the third largest penguin known to have ever existed. In addition to its great stature, the finding is also surprising because giant penguins were thought to have lived only in colder climates. Quoting from an AP news story on the discovery, '... they reached equatorial regions much earlier than anyone previously thought.'"
PC Games (Games)

+ - Infantry Online on Free Play starting June 26th->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Sony has announced that Infantry, and its accompanying Station Pass games Comsic Rift and Tanarus, will be moved from Pay-to-Play billing to Free Play starting June 26th.

Infantry Online is a 3D isometric perspective, multiplayer, combat, computer game with sprite animation graphics, utilizing complex soldier, ground vehicle, and space-ship models on typically complex terrains. Players may choose from a list of game zones to enter, each zone having a unique style of gameplay and many offering a wide diversity of weapons, player classes, and objectives."

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Security

+ - Orkut Vulnerable to Authentication Issues-> 1

Submitted by tomcataxis
tomcataxis (1118933) writes "Susam Pal and Vipul Agarwal have published a security advisory on full-disclosure about two session management vulnerabilties that affect Orkut. The two issues described in the advisory are:
  • A user's session remains alive at the server side even after he has logged out of Orkut. An attacker can take advantage of this to hijack a user's session.
  • While performing some important activities, like deleting a community, the application might ask the user to re-authenticate himself with his password before proceeding. If the user enters the wrong password, the user is logged out but the session cookies as well as the session are alive at the client side as well as the server side. This can be exploited by an attacker to hijack a user's session and misuse his account.
The authors of the advisory have suggested solutions to these issues in the published security advisory. They have also warned the users not to run any untrusted JavaScript code, program, etc. and log out of Orkut by clicking the "Logout" link only."

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Networking

+ - R U there? Feds want presence systems->

Submitted by
coondoggie
coondoggie writes "When it comes to next-gen communications systems, what federal network managers want most is the ability to identify and notify employees in real time. That's one of the more interesting findings of a telephone survey of 200 federal telecommunications officials conducted by Market Connections for Cisco. The survey was conducted in April, but the findings were released today. Survey respondents ranked "real-time notification and identification of employees" first in terms of importance to an agency's ability to deliver on its mission. The other choices were: remote access, wireless networking, mobility, video conferencing, audio conferencing and instant messaging. Overall, 62% of respondents said presence was very important or somewhat important to agency mission. Presence is an application that makes it possible to locate and identify a device or user when connected to a network. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/062507-feds- presence-survey.html"
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Music

+ - Apple now third biggest music retailer->

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An anonymous reader writes "The most recent report from the NPD Group shows that Apple has surpassed Amazon.com to become the third largest music seller, behind only Wal-Mart and Best Buy. Apple is the sole digital-only seller on the list with 10% of all music sales. Also interesting is that this follows on the tail of EMI beginning to sell DRM-free music downloads. Sales of Coldplay's A Rush of Blood to the Head are up 115%, while sales of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon are up a whooping 272% since EMI dropped the DRM."
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