wiredmikey writes with word (and the following extract from a CNN report) that “Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of the Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center, sent a letter to Twitter on Thursday asserting that the company is violating U.S. law by allowing groups such as Hezbollah and al Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab to use its popular online network. … In her letter, Darshan-Leitner noted that Hezbollah and al-Shabaab are officially designated as terrorist organizations under U.S. law. She also cited a 2010 Supreme Court case — Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project — which upheld a key provision of the Patriot Act prohibiting material support to groups designated as terrorist outfits.”
The folks over at TechnoBuffalo have just come across a rather interesting specimen — it’s a dummy unit of the forthcoming Droid 4 from Motorola. While its rumored release date has come and gone, non-functional models such as this are commonly offered to consumers in a retail setting to poke and prod to their heart’s content. Nonetheless, the hands-on offers a few interesting details, such as a soft touch backside and insight into the redesigned keyboard, which is described as “the best one yet on a Droid handset.” Whether we agree with that assertion will be determined come review time, but if you’re interested to see the collection of up-close and personal shots with Moto’s latest slider, be sure to check the source below.
Following a recent promotion offering free WiFi in airports for holiday travelers, Skype is now offering free WiFi to revelers celebrating New Year’s Eve in New York City. If you’re heading to the Big Apple this year, you’ll be able to stay connected via free Skype WiFi starting at noon on December 31 and ending [...] SlashGear
Mom . . . Dad . . . we need to talk. And by “we,” I mean I’m going to talk, and you’re just going to agree with everything I say and follow my advice forevermore. And by “talk” I mean I’m going to write a public column on SlashGear, and hopefully you won’t really [...] SlashGear
A look at some of the small-scale innovations that went on to upend entire industries.(Licensed under the Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia images from: Infrogmation, Priwo, Grm wnr, Atreyu, Rajkumar1220, Ericd, Crazy Louco. Other images courtesy of the: U.S. National Archives, Carrier, Motorola, Apple.)
Details of allegations of sexual harassment that ultimately caused Mark Hurd, now co-president at Oracle, to quit as CEO of Hewlett-Packard are now plastered across the Internet after a letter written on behalf of the complainant was unsealed by the Delaware Supreme Court Wednesday. Computerworld News
The ENVY series of laptops has defined HP’s high end for the last few years, and the trend continues with the newly remodeled ENVY 15. The high-powered series has become popular in the PC crowd thanks to lower and lower prices for some very respectable hardware. The last time we took a look at the [...] SlashGear
judgecorp writes “Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron will get a personalised iPad app to help him run the country. The ‘government dashboard’ will include health waiting list figures, crime statistics, economic statistics and a real-time news feed. Cameron is a committed Apple user — but British members of Parliament have only been allowed iPads in the House of Commons since March 2011.”
After a rollercoaster ride on the stock market, tech companies are ending the year just about where they started, despite strong and in some cases record sales and profits for IT bellwethers. Computerworld News
Tablets might be all sexy curves and Gorilla Glass, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts, right? Efficient DRAM mightn’t set your heart alight, but Elpida Memory did just start shipping its next generation 30nm “Wide IO Mobile RAM.” The firm claims it uses 50 percent less power compared with equivalent DDR2 sticks, letting you caress your beloved device for longer. This economy is thanks to it purring along at just 200MHz, which is even more impressive when you consider it brags a 12.8 GB/s data rate per chip. This pumped, yet frugal, performance comes courtesy of using x512-bit data width — some ten times larger than that of existing DRAMs. The party doesn’t stop there, with the Elpida also debuting its LPDDR3 chip, brushing aside LPDDR2 with twice the data rates at 6.4GB/s a slice, and a 25 percent smaller power-drain in tow. Mass production should commence in 2012, check the source link for the full break-down.
Join in the New Year’s Eve celebration taking place in the heart of New York City’s Times Square. Watch a live stream of musical performances, celebrity appearances and of course the ball drop at midnight — all right on your phone!
The Acer Aspire One D270 netbook sports Intel’s latest Cedar Trail based Atom processor and has already surfaced in the online product listings of some European retailers. The netbook will be one of the first to run on the Cedar Trail chip, of which also include a lineup of netbooks from ASUS and Samsung. Acer’s [...] SlashGear
What follows are the Mims’s Bits stories from 2011 that received the most comments, attention, retweets, etc. Popularity is no measure of quality, but maybe it’s a window on the zeitgeist. And frankly, the best part about the pieces that follow are the discussions that followed in the comments.
Verizon recently confirmed that it plans to charge its wireless customers a $ 2 convenience fee for certain methods of credit card payments, news that sparked immediate criticism from consumers. It has even caught the attention of the FCC, which now intends to take a closer look into Verizon’s actions. And that was enough for Verizon [...] SlashGear
New images purported to be of the Nokia Ace 900 Windows Phone have accidentally been leaked via a Christmas card distributed by a Microsoft partner. According to PocketNow, there are several clues on the device that suggest it is actually the Nokia Ace 900 instead of the Nokia Lumia 800 despite the near identical design. [...] SlashGear
When the Apple iPhone 4S was introduced to the world, with it came a re-introduction of Siri, an until-then third-party app that used an above-average voice recognition system to do commands and actions – now the Android Market has “Siri for Android,” but it’s not quite what you might think. Instead of an “Official App” [...] SlashGear
The people (and government) have spoken and Verizon has listened — and issued a press release. The carrier has officially backed off of the “single payment fee” that drew almost universal ire amongst subscribers and nabbed the attention of the FCC. Says Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead, “we believe the best path forward is to encourage customers to take advantage of the best and most efficient options, eliminating the need to institute the fee at this time.” Looks like the company’s gonna have get a couple of bucks from you another way. No word yet on whether the FCC plans to investigate Sprint’s similar long-standing fee. Official statement after the break.
There’s a whole mess of tablets coming in 2012, and if what Acer is presenting already in leaked photos is any indication, their Iconia Tab A700 10-inch tablet is just one tip of the iceberg, with it’s NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor and Ice Cream Sandwich putting it in the running for world’s greatest aside [...] SlashGear
First, let's get the obvious out of the way: In 2012, cameras will become smaller, more powerful, and more specialized. Meanwhile, smartphone cameras will continue to improve at a blistering pace, approaching the imaging capabilities and features found in stand-alone cameras of a few years ago. Over the next 12 months, you can expect another great round of "phones versus cameras." Computerworld News
Despite three separate data network problems that dogged the wireless carrier in December, Verizon said on Thursday that it planned to add a $ 2 “convenience fee” as soon as January 15 for one-time telephone and online bill payments.
If you’re reading this now and have experienced the wonders of modern air travel then you have surely suffered through what I call the “Terrible 10,000 Feet.” This is the period between the clunk of the cabin door closing and the bong of the cabin indicator, the chime signifying arrival of the magic altitude where “approved electronic devices” can then be used again. The first half of the worst part of the flight is then over — the latter half to commence as soon as the plane dips again below that gadget ceiling.
This is the loudest part of the flight — engines throttled up, flaps and gear hanging in the breeze and scared kids doing their best to drown all that out with screams and shouts. It’s exactly when you most want to use your portable music player, and exactly when you aren’t allowed. We’ve been told that this is for safety reasons, to prevent interference from the myriad devices carried by a cabin full of passengers, but that’s never quite felt satisfactory to me. (Why is it okay to use those very same devices over 10,000 feet? Why can pilots use iPads but I can’t?)
So many questions, but I’m not here to second-guess the people whose jobs it is to keep me safe as I schlep myself, my roller bag and my personal item across the country yet again. I’m here to propose a very simple solution: a certification program in which manufacturers submit devices for testing and the FAA charges a (possibly hefty) fee for their approval. It could not only improve the lives of frequent travellers like myself, but could also stand to provide millions in funding to the FAA, funds that could be put toward its unfortunately named NextGen air traffic control system. Win win? Read on and decide for yourself.
New submitter EliSowash writes “Malware developers are increasingly using QR Codes as an attack vector. ‘The big problem is that the QR code to a human being is nothing more than “that little square with a bunch of strange blocks in it.” There’s no way to tell what is behind that QR code.’ The advice we’ve always given to the computer user community is ‘don’t click a link in an email if you don’t know who it’s from or where it goes’ — so how do we protect unsuspecting users from QR codes, where you can’t see the destination at all?”
We’re pretty certain that someone at General Motors is in a whole heap of trouble this week as its been discovered that a batch of their Chevrolet Sonic cars with missing brake pads have left the factory and were sold in kind to unsuspecting customers. While these missing pads aren’t currently being rated as something [...] SlashGear
Sega is coming on strong on the Sonic tip here at the end of 2011, first with Sonic CD for the mobile platform, now with Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 2 for Android devices sporting either an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core or Tegra 3 quad-core processor onboard! What you’ll be playing here is a new [...] SlashGear
There comes a time in every operating system’s life when it needs to have an emergency patch slapped over a security hold in its guts, and for Windows, that time is today – and it’s an emergency. What you’re going to see here is a bulletin by the name of MS11-100 that acts as a [...] SlashGear
DJRumpy sends this excerpt from CNN:
“Americans Elect, which has raised $ 22 million so far, is harnessing the power of the Internet to conduct an unprecedented national online primary next spring. If all goes according to plan, the result will be a credible, nonpartisan ticket that pushes alternative centrist solutions to the growing problems America’s current political leadership seems unwilling or unable to tackle. The theory: If you break the stranglehold that more ideologically extreme primary voters and established interests currently have over presidential nominations, you will push Washington to seriously address tough economic and other issues. Even if the group’s ticket doesn’t win, its impact will force Democrats and Republicans in the nation’s capital to start bridging their cavernous ideological divide.”
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It may be stretching the point a little to call it, as Wired‘s Cade Metz does, the “world’s fastest nonexistent supercomputer.” Amazon’s supercomputer–it built one recently atop its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)–exists alright, although it is virtual. Most salient, though, is the fact that Amazon promises to bring supercomputing power to, if not the masses, then at least to anyone with a big question a decently-sized grant.
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The Chinese may be a bit upset that they were never invited to the ISS party, but they aren’t sitting around angry about it. The country is set to start an ambitious space exploration program that will see them eventually aiming for manned mission to the moon. The Chinese are already working on assembling their [...] SlashGear
Rambo Tribble writes “As reported by the BBC, the journal Neurology is set to release the findings of a study in Oregon on diet and brain shrinkage in Alzheimer’s victims. The upshot is: a diet rich in vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids is beneficial; trans fat and fast food are detrimental.”
SharkLaser writes “Open APIs might be the way to get rich in 2012. At the same time, it can also be what ultimately hinders open source development. A wide range of companies, including Google, Facebook, Amazon and Twitter, are building open APIs for other developers to use and build upon. Open APIs can be used by companies to grow their user base and introduce new, interesting features on top of their platform. Independent developers can utilize established services and their users to grow their own business. A perfect example of open APIs is Facebook Apps, which lets individuals and companies develop applications and games on top of the Facebook platform. Developers gain access to Facebook’s established user base and Facebook gains new features and fun stuff to do on their site. Instead of open sourcing their platforms, companies like Google and Facebook are providing Open APIs and data access to outside developers. The actual source code for the services sits safely inside the company’s network and never needs to be disclosed to outside parties, thus hindering open source development.”
Casio Japan is planning [JP] to roll out the G-SHOCK GB-6900 on March 16 next year, a wristwatch that connects to certain smartphones via Bluetooth LE (LE=low-energy, a standard that’s baked into Bluetooth 4.0). The device will be compatible with the Medias LTE N-04D Android phone from NEC (to be released next year) and NEC’s Medias PP N-01D.
Casio says that the G-SHOCK not only synchronizes the time with the phones but also shows incoming calls, emails, or SMS on its display. Users can also switch their handsets to vibration mode by pushing a button on the watch or set alarms. TechCrunch
Earlier this week we talked about the security breach that happened with anonymous hacked the servers at a security firm based in Austin, Texas called Stratfor. The breach resulted in a huge number of passwords and credit card details being stolen. Anonymous has claimed that a huge amount of money had been donated to charity [...] SlashGear
Celebrityheadphoneendorsements are very a la mode right now, and we’ve seen Ed Hardy’s trademark tattoo stylings defacinggadgetry before, so, if you were the one lamenting the glaring omission that was Hardy-branded cans, then he obviously got your letter. The new “Stereo” range evidently refers to the two designs available thus far: Skull and Bones for the over-ears ($ 66), while your in-ears get some Tiger power ($ 29). The in-ears also feature a microphone, presumably so you can call for help from the fashion police. Both are available now.
Stop us (oh, oh, oh stop us) if you’ve heard this one before, but in the world of cellphone market share: nothing’s changed — or at least almost nothing. The quarterly data from ComScore say you all still love Android and iOS only slightly more than you used to. Of the 91.4 million smartphones in the US, Google gained the 3.1 percent of the market that RIM lost, and is now inching toward controlling half the nation’s phones with 46.9 percent, whilst Apple swallowed the modest gains that Microsoft and Symbian lost. Samsung remains top manufacturer in a report where the only surprise is that 72.6 percent of users send text messages, so what do the other 27.4 percent do when they’ve been delayed or way-laid?
SAP's US$ 3.4 billion acquisition of SuccessFactors has passed an important regulatory step, with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission deciding on Friday to grant early termination of the waiting period required by the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, SAP announced Wednesday. Computerworld News
There have been a lot of hints and suggestions of what the Windows Phone LTE offerings will look like next year. Paul Thurrott over at Winsupersite says that with all the rumors and suggestions he is just going to out the real plans and then goes on to lay out the LTE scheme. He says [...] SlashGear
Trailrunner7 writes “Just a day after security researcher Stefan Viehbock released details of a vulnerability in the WiFi Protected Setup (WPS) standard that enables attackers to recover the router PIN, a security firm has published an open-source tool capable of exploiting the vulnerability. The tool, known as Reaver, has the ability to find the WPS PIN on a given router and then recover the WPA passphrase for the router, as well. Tactical Network Solutions has released the tool as an open-source project on Google Code, but also is selling a more advanced commercial version.”
Does your employer offer a “wellness rebate program?” No? Then you can’t be working for IBM, which has been bribing its staff to eat healthier since 2004. It’s a Watson-worthy idea, because what the company pays out in incentives it recoups in lower healthcare costs. Now, after a decade of toing and froing with the USPTO, IBM has finally patented a web-based system that makes the whole process automatic. For it to work, a person must use a micro-payment network to buy food, which allows their purchases to be monitored and compared against their health records. If they’ve made the right choices, the system then communicates with their employer’s payroll server to issue a reward. Completing the Orwellian circle, the proposed system also interacts with servers in the FDA and health insurance companies to gain information about specific food products or policy changes. You can duck the radar, of course, and buy a Double Whopper with cash, but it’ll bring you no reward except swollen ankles. This is IBM we’re talking about; they’ve thought of everything.
First we let them play music, then they started juggling. Now quadrocopters are feeling emotions as well; namely, jealousy. One of Flying Machine Arena’s dainty quadrocopters, nicknamed Juliet, was compelled to build its own synthetic Christmas tree after spying an authentic fir through a glass window. Sure, stacked bricks of festive foam seem innocent enough, but look into those ping-pong ball eyes and tell us you aren’t a little worried that next year’s “war on Christmas” will be the machine’s war on humans. Fly past the break to see Juliet’s envious construction project for yourself.