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April 28, 2010

U Cincinnati and OhioLINK Research Digital Textbook Adoption

An Ohio research project is investigating just how students would prefer to get the text for their courses — whether in hard copy form, in versions suitable for mobile devices, or in some other digital format. An initial study done in fall 2008 suggested that student age and class format are factors that influence which format a student will choose.

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off June 7 in San Francisco

CUPERTINO, California—April 28, 2010

Apple today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 7 through June 11 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. The five-day conference includes the first ever iPad development sessions and hands-on working labs for iPhone OS 4, as well as Mac OS X core technology labs.

WWDC 2010 is focused on providing advanced content for skilled developers across five key technology tracks: Application Frameworks; Internet & Web; Graphics & Media; Developer Tools; and Core OS. Apple engineers will deliver over 100 solutions-oriented technical sessions and labs. WWDC 2010 gives an incredibly diverse community the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iPhone, iPad and Mac developers from around the world. (more…)


Ex-S.F. tech guilty of walling off city system

Childs, seen during a court 2008 court appearance, was convicted of computer tampering after a four-month trial.
Photo: Cindy Chew / AP Terry

A former San Francisco network engineer was convicted of felony computer tampering Tuesday after a trial in which prosecutors portrayed him as bent on protecting his «kingdom» — the city system he created — by refusing to surrender passwords to his bosses.

Terry Childs, 45, of Pittsburg, was found guilty of a felony charge of denying computer access. The Superior Court jury also concluded that his crime cost the city more than $200,000, making him eligible for a maximum state prison sentence of five years. (more…)

April 27, 2010

Watch Google Maps in 3D Perspective

Here’s a video of how Google Map’s new Earth View will work:

New Earth View mode lets you watch maps in 3D
Google has introduced a new 3D view feature in its Google Maps service. Named Earth View, this new viewing mode brings 3D perspective to Google Maps. This feature is pretty different from the Satellite view. This new Earth View feature would be available on the web browser only after installing this Earth Plugin. You can make the best of this Earth View to check out places like Pyramids of Egypts, the Taj Mahal, Opera House, the Great Wall of China and so on. (more…)

April 26, 2010

Microsoft’s Silverlight 4 — more than Flash envy

Silverlight visual designer in Visual Studio 2010

MeeGo to phones, set-tops, and beyond

2010 is proving to be a big year for Silverlight, Microsoft’s cross-platform browser plug-in.

«Four releases in two and a half years,» said vice president Scott Guthrie at the launch of Silverlight 4.0 this month, and as Microsoft reveals more pieces of its strategy, the rationale for this energetic development is also emerging. It’s more than just Flash-envy. (more…)

BlackBerry Pearl 3G Hands On


BlackBerry Pearl 3G Hands OnThe Pearl 3G might be the tiniest member of the BlackBerry family, but it’s definitely not a weakling. It feels sturdy, has features its older siblings don’t (Wireless N support!), and is a full-fledged smartphone with all the BlackBerry basics.

The BlackBerry Pearl 3G comes in two flavors—the 9100 which has a 20-key condensed QWERTY keyboard and the 9105 which has a 14-key T9 phone keyboard. RIM’s choice to stick an awkward-feeling T9 keypad onto this device is a bit baffling, but it could appeal to a crowd already used to shooting off rapid-fire text messages on their dumbphones. (more…)

April 25, 2010

Israel lifts ban on imports of Apple iPad

Credit: Reuters/Stringer

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israel will begin allowing people to bring Apple iPads into the country starting on Sunday, two weeks after customs began confiscating the tablet computers for fear they would interfere with other wireless devices.

“Following the completion of intensive technical scrutiny, Israel Minister of Communications Moshe Kakhlon approved the import of (the) iPad to Israel,” the Communications Ministry said in a statement. (more…)

April 23, 2010

iPad Users Face Blockout on Princeton Network

For a short period during April, Princeton University set a policy recommending that Apple iPad users not connect to the campus wireless network on threat of having their devices banned. The policy was put in place shortly after iPads began turning up on campus at the beginning of April and experienced problems accessing the network.

April 22, 2010

ClickToFlash for Mac

Quick specs
• Price: Free
• Operating system: Mac OS X 10.6/10.4 PPC/Intel/10.5 PPC/Intel

Download Now from CNet (623.44K) (Tested spyware free)

CNET editors’ review

ClickToFlash is a free plug-in for Safari that can — in the words of the developers — "block evil Adobe Flash…the scourge of the Web." Indeed, ClickToFlash does an excellent job of blocking unwanted Flash video while still letting you watch Flash when you want to, which can result in better browser performance, fewer crashes, cooler running temperatures (and hence lass fan noise), and in the case of laptops, longer battery usage (in both the short term and over the life of a battery).
(more…) Releases Open Source Code

The White House Blog post:

As part of our ongoing effort to develop an open platform for, we’re releasing some of the custom code we’ve developed. This code is available for anyone to review, use, or modify. We’re excited to see how developers across the world put our work to good use in their own applications.

By releasing some of our code, we get the benefit of more people reviewing and improving it. In fact, the majority of the code for is already open source as part of the Drupal project. The code we’re releasing today adds to Drupal’s functionality in three key ways: (more…)

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