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Cellphones

Gentlemen Prefer Androids, Ladies iOS 483

Ponca City writes "PC World reports that women are more likely to buy an iPhone for their next smartphone purchase, while men prefer Android devices. According to data collected in October 2010, 31 percent of women wanted to buy an Apple iOS device next, followed by 22.8 percent interested in a Google Android device while among men preferences were reversed with 32.6 percent of men interested in an Android purchase and 28.6 desired an iOS phone. 'So where is the extra appeal of Android to men coming from?' asks Tracey E. Schelmetic. 'More male-targeted commercials that emphasize cool gadgetry versus usability? More techno-macho phone brand names like "Droid"? Extra advertising on the Spike channel by phone makers using the Android platform?'"
Security

British Airways Chief Slams US Security Requests 335

Ponca City writes "Reflecting a growing frustration among airport and airline owners with the steady build-up of rules covering everything from footwear to liquids, Martin Broughton, chairman of British Airways, has launched a scathing attack on the 'completely redundant' airport checks requested by the TSA and urged the UK to stop 'kowtowing' to American demands for ever more security. Speaking at the annual conference of the UK Airport Operators Association, Broughton lambasted the TSA for demanding that foreign airports increase checks on US-bound planes, while not applying those regulations to their own domestic services. 'America does not do internally a lot of the things they demand that we do,' says Broughton. 'We shouldn't stand for that. We should say, "We'll only do things which we consider to be essential and that you Americans also consider essential.''' For example, Broughton noted that cutting-edge technology recently installed at airports can scan laptops inside hand luggage for explosives but despite this breakthrough the British government still demands computers be examined separately. 'It's just completely ridiculous,' says Broughton."
Google

Google Now Second-Largest ISP 71

bednarz writes "Google is now the second-largest carrier of Internet traffic, accounting for 6.4% of all web traffic, according to data released this week by Arbor Networks. But should IT execs care? Yes, says Craig Labovitz, Arbor's chief scientist, who argues that IT managers need to understand how macro Internet traffic trends will affect the design and management of their own network backbones. 'This will affect how enterprises plan their services... whether they host their own services or whether they use cloud vendors,' Labovitz says. 'The enterprise needs to shift its thinking in terms of [service level agreements] and the way it measures, monitors and secures its networks. That all used to be focused on connectivity, but now it needs to be focused on content.'"
Earth

UN May Ban Blotting Out the Sun 377

Supervillains and Mr. Burns are among those to be most affected by the United Nations' Convention on Biological Diversity decision on space sunshades. Even though organizations like NASA have been looking into them as a possible way to slow climate change, the UN is expected to limit research into the technology or ban it outright. From the article: "The Convention may consider banning or limiting research into space sunshades. Some question their wisdom. A space sunshade would have a rapid effect on global warming and provide time to develop more permanent measures, they say. The technique has already received serious attention from NASA and other organizations. But others, such as the ETC group, an environmental and social advocacy group, fear simply blocking the sun is a bandage, meant to cover up the problem, and allow humans to continue using fossils fuels. Another fear is that geo-engineering, as techniques like this are called, could have unforeseen consequences on the weather, ecosystem and agriculture."
Canada

The Pirate Party of Canada Is Official 430

wasme writes "The Pirate Party of Canada has become the first Pirate Party outside of Europe to become an official political party. Elections Canada confirmed with the party that the PPCA has gained 'eligible for registration' status, and can run in elections starting June 14. From the PPCA's official announcement: 'We are pleased to announce that as of April 12, 2010, the Pirate Party of Canada is officially eligible for Party Status. After 10 months of dedication and hard work, we have reached eligible status, which only leaves a 60-day "purgatory" period. After that, we will field candidates in subsequent federal elections, and begin the real work of a political party.'"
Google

Submission + - Anatomy of a Black Hat SEO Campaign (threatpost.com)

Trailrunner7 writes: Attackers took a new tack when news broke late last week about the sentencing of convicted TJX hacker Albert Gonzalez. Within an hour of the news hitting the Web, attackers had started a black-hat SEO campaign designed to poison the search results for Gonzalez's name with links to sites that would redirect users to malware. The campaign was remarkably efficient, gaining second position, just behind a legitimate news story in Wired about the sentencing. The goal of this campaign was to infect users with rogue AV programs, a familiar tactic these days. But what's with all of these odd links? Well, they might look like legitimate Wikipedia articles to the untrained eye, but they're not. These randomly named PHP scripts were uploaded to compromised legitimate websites and then spammed using black SEO techniques right to the top of the Google results page.
Encryption

Submission + - Break TrueCrypt Dard Drive Encryption Quickly (net-security.org) 1

An anonymous reader writes: The latest version of Passware Kit Forensic has become the first commercially available software to break TrueCrypt hard drive encryption without applying a time-consuming brute-force attack. It was also the first product to decrypt BitLocker drives. Passware Kit Forensic allows for memory acquisition of a seized computer over the FireWire port, even if the computer is locked. When a target computer is seized and turned on with the encryption disk accessible, the software scans its memory image and extracts the encryption keys, so law enforcement personnel can access the stored data.
Windows

Submission + - Is Windows loosing it's major open source cms? (dotnetnuke.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The DotNetNuke CMS used to be known as the most popular open source project for the Windows platform. Recent events though, seem to indicate a shift of focus. The introduction of closed source subscription versions are causing a stir within the community.
Microsoft

Submission + - It's Finally Time to Ditch Windows XP (foxnews.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The former editor in chief of PC World has a message for the world: Ditch XP. For the millions of PC users who chose to skip Vista, 7 is the upgrade to XP. And it's a nifty one, retaining what was good about Vista — such as the ability to instantly search your entire hard drive — while fixing every major problem. Features for juggling multiple applications are greatly improved, and annoyances such as pop-up messages are much reduced. Overall, Windows 7 is just plain pleasant in a way that even XP isn't. Here's how to get there.
Biotech

Submission + - Scientists Grow Human Bones from Stem Cells (inhabitat.com)

separsons writes: Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic and a team from Columbia University used stem cells from marrow and liposuctioned fat to grow an actual human bone! Scientists employed digital images to carve a bone replica. They then placed the replica in a bioreactor and added human cells, oxygen, growth hormones, sugar and nutrients. The process can be used to grow an exact copy of any bone in the human body. Eventually, researchers hope the procedure can eliminate the need for painful bone grafts or titanium implants, which aren't as biocompatible as human tissue.
Biotech

Submission + - Magnetism Can Sway Man's Moral Compass

Hugh Pickens writes: "Discovery News reports that scientists have identified a region of the brain which appears to control morality and discovered that a powerful magnetic field can scramble the moral center of the brain, impairing volunteers' notion of right and wrong. "You think of morality as being a really high-level behavior,” says Liane Young, a scientist at MIT and co-author of the article. “To be able to apply (a magnetic field) to a specific brain region and change people’s moral judgments is really astonishing.” Young and her colleagues used functional magnetic resonance imaging to locate an area of the brain just above and behind the right ear known as the right temporo-parietal junction (RTPJ) which other studies had previously related to moral judgments. Volunteers were exposed to transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for 25 minutes before reading stories involving morally questionable characters, and being asked to judge their actions. The researchers found that when the RTPJ was disrupted volunteers were more likely to judge actions solely on the basis of whether they caused harm — not whether they were morally wrong in themselves. The scientists didn't permanently remove the subjects moral sensibilities and on the scientists' seven point scale, the difference was about one point averaging out to about a 15 percent change "but it's still striking to see such a change in such high level behavior as moral decision-making." Young points out that the study was correlation; their work only links the RTJP, morality and magnetic fields, but doesn't definitively prove that one causes another."
Operating Systems

"Install Other OS" Feature Removed From the PS3 739

Hann1bal writes "The next system software update for the PlayStation 3 system will be released on April 1, 2010 (JST), and will disable the 'Install Other OS' feature that was available on the PS3 systems prior to the current slimmer models, launched in September 2009. This feature enabled users to install an operating system, but due to security concerns, Sony Computer Entertainment will remove the functionality through the 3.21 system software update." Updated 3:49 GMT by timothy: An anonymous reader writes "This comes as something of a surprise. Particularly because only a month ago Sony Computer Entertainment management seemed committed to the continued support of the Other OS option on the PS3."

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