Friday, October 28, 2011

Zynga Releases New Games and a New Platform

Noah Berger for The New York TimesMark Pincus, founder and chief executive of Zynga, announced new games Tuesday.

Zynga executives held a press conference at the companys headquarters on Tuesday. They introduced several new games, including CastleVille, Bingo, Hidden Objects and a sequel to its early hit Mafia Wars, as well as new ways of playing old games.

They also talked about something that might be even more significant to the companys future: a new playground that would leave it less captive to the whims of its partner Facebook.

The larger game playing out here was Zyngas effort to redefine itself. Fifty-nine million people around the world played one of its games every day during the second quarter, a wildly impressive number for a company less than five years old. But the number was essentially unchanged from the fourth quarter of 2009.

Zynga’s founder and chief executive, Mark Pincus, said in kicking off the festivities that the company was not just trying to be the company that makes the next hit game. It had much bigger designs.

Most of the big Zynga games, including CityVille and FarmVille, are played on Facebook, which offers a ready-made audience of hundreds of millions of people. Zynga games are designed to be social, so being able to easily ask friends in your network to keep your crops growing on FarmVille or knock off a casino in Mafia Wars is crucial. But Facebook takes 30 percent of all revenue that Zynga makes on its site and wields the power in the relationship.

What Zynga is calling Project Z will be a new platform, an environment tailored just for games. A Zynga executive described it as a Web site done in partnership with Facebook. Project Z is supposed to shift the balance of power a little bit back toward Zynga.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Emotion, Music and Humor at Steve Jobs Memorial

The memorial for Steve Jobs on the Stanford University campus Sunday night featured an intimate series of tributes from friends, colleagues and family.

According to someone present at the service, one of Mr. Jobs’s daughters read the script from the Apple television commercial known as “The Crazy Ones,” part of an advertising campaign that saluted iconic figures like Muhammad Ali, Ted Turner and John Lennon (here is a clip of the original version of the commercial as narrated by the actor Richard Dreyfuss and an unaired version narrated by Mr. Jobs himself).

Mona Simpson, Mr. Jobs’s sister, spoke of being present during the last moments of his life.

Joan Baez sang “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” Bono, the U2 frontman, performed a Bob Dylan song, “Every Grain of Sand.” Mr. Dylan was one of Mr. Jobs’s favorite artists.

Larry Ellison, the Oracle chief and a longtime friend of Mr. Jobs, said their relationship consisted of walks in the foothills of Silicon Valley near their homes, the person at the service said. Mr. Ellison also offered a moment of levity when describing his Hawaiian vacations with Mr. Jobs. He said the trips always included four people: Mr. Jobs, his wife, Lauren Powell Jobs, Mr. Ellison and whichever woman Mr. Ellison — who has been married and divorced several times — was dating at the time.

Jonathan Ive, Apple’s senior vice president for industrial design, spoke about working with Mr. Jobs. During brainstorming sessions, Mr. Ive said, Mr. Jobs would often come up with a lot of “dopey ideas,” along with good ones too.

In addition to Bill Clinton, Bill Gates and other guests whose attendance was earlier noted, the former Apple executives Jonathan Rubinstein, Avie Tevanian, Tony Faddell and Andy Hertzfeld were there. Tim Cook, Scott Forstall and Bud Tribble were among the current Apple executives present. The venture capitalists John Doerr and Marc Andreessen attended, along with the Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and’s chief executive, Marc Benioff.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Opening Day: The iPhone 4S

8:46 a.m. | Updated Adding observation from San Francisco.

12:43 p.m. | Updated Added observations from the New York flagship store and reactions from analysts.

Despite an initial lackluster response, excitement has been building for the release of Apple’s newest iPhone, the 4S.

On Friday, it officially goes on sale to the public.

Despite disappointment that the form of the iPhone 4S is identical to the previous iteration, each of the wireless carriers, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, have sold out of online orders for the phone, indicating higher than expected demand. Apple said that those orders topped 1 million during the first 24 hours the phone was available â€" beating the previous single-day online order record held by the iPhone 4.

Gene Munster, an analyst with Piper Jaffray, said in a research note that he estimates as many as 2.5 million iPhones will be sold this weekend.

At 7:45 a.m., 15 minutes before the doors of the downtown San Francisco Apple store opened, the line of buyers snaked around the corner and halfway up the block. That is considerably shorter than in years past when the line circled the block and then some.

On reason might be that strategic shoppers stood in line outside nearby Verizon, Sprint and AT&T stores. At the AT&T and Verizon stores on Market Street, within a block or two of the Apple store, about 35 were standing outside each store. An AT&T store further down the street also had about that many people queued.

By noon, there were still close to a hundred eager shoppers braving the rain and dismal weather in Manhattan to stand in line for their chance to purchase a new iPhone. The lined curled around the front of the flagship Fifth Avenue store, weaving around the front of the iconic glass cube, where a dozen bouquets of flowers, candles, apples, handwritten notes and even an old keyboard, are piled technology/jobss-death-prompts-grief-and-tributes.html">as a tribute to Steven P. Jobs.

Used-tech dealers Gazelle were urging people to trade in their old phones and passing out information about their services to those waiting in line. A vendor sold cups of hot coffee to those shivering in the rain.

Many buyers who were at the store said they were excited to upgrade their phones to the iPhone 4S.

“The 3GS feels so outdated by now,” said Greg Burrow, 24, a graduate student at Columbia University. “I’m looking forward to the new camera, a new design and Siri.”

Mr. Burrow, who said he’d been waiting in line for an hour and a half, considered ordering the phone online but didn’t want to have to wait for it to arrive in the mail.

“Even though there’s a line, it still feels faster than waiting one to two weeks on the mail,” he said.

Stay tuned as we update with reports from Apple stores, Twitter and around the Web on the first day of sales, and feel free to share your reactions and experiences in the comments below.

Cellphones Are Servers and Servers Are Cellphones

SAN DIEGO — The marriage of computing and cellphone technology is about to get a lot more interesting, with phones acting more like computer servers in a data center, and computers looking more like phones.

The CTIA Show

Dispatches from the wireless industry’s fall event.

The average smartphone has the processing power that the personal computer did only a few years back. It ably runs Angry Birds and keeps you up on Twitter feeds (and makes phone calls, if that is still your thing). But soon they will need to take on another chore: Distilling data from the world around us.

The explosion of sensors, by one estimate 140 per person by 2013, up from five per person now, will create huge loads of data. Sending all the raw information they collect into big computing centers could cause a lot of unnecessary congestion.
Paul Jacobs.Sandy Huffaker for The New York TimesPaul Jacobs.

Driving computing is the near-term big thing for us, said Paul Jacobs, chief executive of Qualcomm, a leading maker of chips for cellphones. A pacemaker connected to the network to monitor patient health, he noted, records almost 100,000 beats a day. You cant do that at a large scale. Phones can monitor the patient, and reduce the data. Unless something goes drastically wrong, which would require the phone to send an alert to the hospital, consolidated information would be sent to a hospital computer less often and more efficiently by phone. Security becomes a huge issue for this, so does safety, along with data reduction, he said in an interview during the CTIA cellphone industry conference here.

Video over the phones gets a lot of attention as the next big function for smartphone computing power, Mr. Jacobs noted. He said monitoring and compressing business information, along with managing relationships with other connected devices, may be where the computing power goes.

Even if each sensor dont generate a lot of data each, there will be so many of them that it will add up, he said.

This is, of course, a useful argument from a chief executive whose company is all about making powerful chips for wireless devices. Qualcomm is also working on a wireless connectivity standard, called Flashlink, that would enable phones to identify and interact with devices from up to a kilometer away. The applications range from home and office monitoring (getting the phone to work with a projector, say, to run a slide show) to identifying friends carrying similar devices. It is probably five or more years away, but could make connected devices even more attractive.
But Mr. Jacobs’s observation also fits what has become a common model in the history of networked computing. First the computers at the center of a network become powerful; then the computers at the edge, the consumer and ordinary business devices, acquire more power and functionality, challenging the processing power of the center.
As companies like Google and Microsoft build enormous data centers, the strong computing core has appeared. If history is any guide, the edge will in turn become powerful. Indeed, the recent Silk browser released with Amazon’s Fire tablet computer apportions tasks in just such an edge-core way, supporting Mr. Jacob’s prediction.
At the same time, another function of wireless phones — computing at power low enough to work on small batteries — is becoming attractive for other devices, including tablet computers and the computer servers in data centers, Mr. Jacobs said.
The Windows 8 tablet from Microsoft, expected in about a year with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip inside, “will collect data in a standby mode, like a phone,� Mr. Jacobs said. “It will be a fundamental difference for people.They are not used to that.� The device will turn on immediately, fully updated.
Mr. Jacobs also noted that Qualcomm is working on devices that allow for input from gestures. (You can see a brief video of it.) Microsoft, which in July published patents on gesture technology at a tablet-sized level, would not comment on the features of its next device.
Computer servers, stacked by the thousands in big data centers, now consume worrisome amounts of electricity. With that in mind, some computer makers are looking at adapting the designs of ARM, another phone chip company, for servers. “There is no question that ARM will end up in the data center,� Mr. Jacobs said. “When you are in the mobile industry, you focus on power.�
ARM sells its designs, however, while Qualcomm focuses on high-value systems on its chips, including things like video and security as well as radio connections and computing. Phone chips in the server business, Mr. Jacobs said, “are not our main focus. Phones are still such a big market.�

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

RIM Faces a Naming Problem

OTTAWA–While Research in Motion disappointed many analysts this week by offering relatively little specific or new information about the next generation of BlackBerry phones, it did make one announcement at a software conference. The new operating system for those phones will be named BBX.

But there may be a problem with that plan. Basis International, a software company based in Albuquerque, N.M., holds the trademark for a slight variation of that name, BBx, and it said it was taking unspecified legal action to protect its rights.

“We are fielding numerous customer inquiries voicing their confusion about the RIM announcement, Nico Spence, the chairman and chief executive of Basis, said in a statement.

The episode echoes the situation that occurred after Apples announcement of the iPhone in January 2007. Cisco Systems, which made Internet-based phones under the same name, swiftly launched a trademark infringement lawsuit. A few weeks later, the two companies apple reached a confidential settlement.

In a statement, RIM said that it had not yet received any legal complaint from Basis, adding: “We do not believe the marks are confusing, particularly since our respective companies are in different lines of business.

BBx is a computer language that enables software developers to create a single application that will work on a variety of operating systems.

After complaining about what he viewed as trademark infringement by RIM, Mr. Spence took the opportunity to promote his product as being ideally suited for that company.

“Ironically, BASIS BBx may aid RIM in its quest to grab a share of the application market for mobile devices in that any application created with BASIS BBx for the Android or iOS mobile devices will also run on BlackBerry products, he said.

Rising Demand May Save Intel From Low-Price Competitors

Intel has a message for its doubters: Time, in terms of a rush to build more big computing centers, is on its side.
Speaking at the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco on Monday, Kirk Skaugen, an Intel vice president, said that the computer server market, which has more than doubled in the last 10 years to include some 16 million chips, will double again in the next five.
Source: IDC WW Server Tracker (1995-2004 systems data) and internal analysis; 2005-2010 Intel shipments; 2011-2015 DCG forecast.A slide from Kirk Skaugen’s presentation shows that the computer server market will double in the next five years.

This is a big deal for Intel, not just because of the good demand it represents, but for what it means to the companys rising competition from low-power, commodity-priced servers. Executives coming out of the mobile business think that the kind of low-power chips they make will eventually end up in servers. Privately, executives at some computer companies say the same.

But if Mr. Skaugen is right, and the big build is upon us this quickly, there simply will not be time for a new model of server, using non-Intel chips, to reach broad acceptance.

Mr. Skaugen displayed a series of eye-popping charts about the growth in data demand, the kind of thing that will justify building all those data centers. Even if you pay attention to the increasing amount of things connected to the Internet, and all the data being loaded aboard it, these were goodies. There were 345 quintillion bytes of data zipping around the Internet in 2010, more than all that has gone before. The average car will soon have 300 microcontrollers and 12 cameras, and will be connected to the Web. There are all the phones, sensors and emerging computing devices that will also be connected.

Today were talking 4 billion connected devices, 15 billion by 2015, and 50 billion by 2020,� Mr. Skaugen said. Our vision is very simple: if it consumes electricity, its going to end up computing, and if its computing it will be connected to the Internet.�

Many of those devices may have Intel chips, but they will probably be of the lower-margin variety. The good money is still in Intels higher-end processors, those that go into personal computers and servers. Hence the need for those data center chips.

Intel turned in technology great earnings Tuesday, with sales up 28 percent in the third quarter from the 2010 period, to $14.2 billion, and net income of $3.5 billion, up 17 percent over a year earlier. Nearly $12 billion of the revenue came from demand for personal computers, up 22 percent, and data center chips, up 15 percent.

Intel did not break out numbers for some emerging architectures that are also headed into the data center, displacing traditional networking chips, but these will also contribute more to company profits if Mr. Skaugens slides are accurate.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sony Will Make Another Mobile Game Device

Sony Vita

Jack Tretton, the president and chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment America, announced Tuesday that the company’s PlayStation Vita mobile gaming device would go on sale in the United States on Feb. 22, 2012.

Mr. Tretton made the announcement at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.

In an interview on stage with Jane McGonigal, a game designer and the author of the book “Reality Is Broken,� Mr. Tretton said the Vita would aim for a younger audience by incorprorating social media like Foursquare, Skype, Twitter and Facebook into the device.

Persuading customers to buy another gaming device, one that costs more than most smartphones, is going to prove challenging to Sony. The Apple iPhone has become one of the major gaming arenas for developers and consumers, with over 100,000 entertainment and gaming applications available.

Mr. Tretton did not seem deterred by the popularity of Apple among gamers. He praised the gaming capabilities of the Vita and Sony’s deep understanding and long history of building immersive games. Mr. Tretton said the Vita would “blur the lines between entertainment and reality.”

The Playstation Vita will cost $250 for the Wi-Fi only model; the version that comes with 3G data will cost $300.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Big Data in the Dirt (and the Cloud)

Big data, the term for scanning loads of information for possibly profitable patterns, is a growing sector of corporate technology. Mostly people think in terms of online behavior, like mouse clicks, LinkedIn affiliations and Amazon shopping choices. But other big databases in the real world, lying around for years, are there to exploit.

A company called the Climate Corporation was formed in 2006 by two former Google employees who wanted to make use of the vast amount of free data published by the U.S. Weather Service on heat and precipitation patterns around the country. At first they called the company Weatherbill, and used the data to sell insurance to businesses that depended heavily on the weather, from ski resorts and miniature golf courses to house painters and farmers.

It did pretty well, raising more than $50 million from the likes of Google Ventures, Khosla Ventures, and Allen & Co. The problem was, it was hard to sell insurance policies to so many little businesses, even using an online shopping model. People like having their insurance explained. The answer was to get even more data, and focus the agriculture market through the same sales force that sells federal crop insurance.

We took 60 years of crop yield data, and 14 terabytes of information on soil types, every two square miles for the United States, from the Department of Agriculture, says David Friedberg, chief executive of Climate Corp., a name Weatherbill started using Tuesday. We match that with the weather information for one million points the government scans with Doppler radar â€" this huge national infrastructure for storm warnings — and make predictions for the effect on corn, soybeans, and winter wheat.

The product, insurance against things like drought, too much rain at the planting or the harvest, or an early freeze, is sold through 10,000 agents nationwide. Climate Corp, which also added former North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan to its board Tuesday, will likely get into insurance for specialty crops like tomatoes and grapes, which do not have federal insurance.

Like the weather information, the data on soils was free for the taking. The hard and expensive part is turning the data into a product. Mr. Friedberg was an early member of the corporate development team at Google. His co-founder, Siraj Khaliq, worked in distributed computing, which involves apportioning big data computing problems across multiple machines. He works as Climate Corp.s chief technical officer. Out of the staff of 60 in the companys San Francisco office (another 30 work out in the field) about 12 have doctorates, in areas like environmental science and applied mathematics.

They like that this is a real-world problem, not just clicks on a Web site, says Mr. Friedberg. He figures that Climate Corp. is one of the worlds largest users of MapReduce, an increasingly popular software technique for making sense of very large data systems. The number crunching is performed on Amazon.coms Amazon Web Services computers.

Climate Corp is working with data designed to judge how different crops will react with certain soils, water and heat. It might be valuable to commodities traders as well, Mr. Friedberg figures the better business is to expand in farming. Besides the other crops, he is looking at offering the service in Canada and Brazil, or anywhere else where he can get decent long-term data. Its unlikely hell get the quality he got from the federal government, for a price anywhere near free.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Hints of Apple Plans in Jobs Book

Alessandra Montalto/The New York Times “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson will be published on Monday.

Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s former chief executive, was notoriously secretive about the company’s plans when he was running the company. But in a new biography, the late Apple executive offered a couple of tantalizing clues about technologies and businesses the company was exploring.

Mr. Jobs’s biographer Walter Isaacson says in the book that Mr. Jobs viewed textbooks as the next business he wanted to transform. His idea, according to Mr. Isaacson, was to hire textbook writers to create digital versions of their books for the iPad.

He held meetings with major publishers about partnering with Apple, the book says. If textbooks were given away free on iPads he thought the publishers could get around the state certification of textbooks. Mr. Isaacson said Mr. Jobs believed that states would struggle with a weak economy for at least a decade. “We can give them an opportunity to circumvent that whole process and save money, he told Mr. Isaacson.

In one other hint about the company’s plans, Mr. Isaacson describes the board meeting in August when Mr. Jobs resigned as chief executive officer, during which Scott Forstall and Phil Schiller, two Apple executives, joined the group to show off prototypes of future products. According to Mr. Isaacson, Mr. Jobs peppered the executives with questions about the data capacity of fourth-generation cellular networks, known as 4G, and what features should be in future phones. Apple hasn’t yet released an iPhone for 4G networks.

Gmail New Design Leaked on the Internet

The video reveals the new design of Gmail leaked on the internet. At first glance, this design looks more 'clean' and simple.

In the video that was accidentally posted on YouTube by Google, it looks white color dominates here, so some elements such as 'starred' and 'important' stand out. At the very top there are also many additions does Google.

Referring to Jason Cornwell, UX designer on the Gmail team, new look is very different from an existing view.

In the face of the new Gmail, Google's co-presents the profile photo next to the name of the sender. This step seemed to follow the trail up the merge message, IM and email.

"Conversation in Gmail has been redesigned to improve readability and resembles a real conversation," he said as quoted from HuffingtonPost Cornwell, Friday (10/21/2011).

The new interface is created by Google is also able to automatically adjust the zoom with a wide range of window sizes and users can also manually resize the window size 'Labels' and 'Chat'.

Doing a search is also increasingly facilitated by direct access from the existing search box above the inbox. This new design does look more smooth and customized, but glance similar to the look of Facebook.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Dolby Technology HDTV Strengthen First Media

cable television service provider First Media implementing technology Dolby Digital Plus surround sound as part of efforts to increase the pay TV service offering high definition (HDTV).

"With Dolby Digital Plus as part of our HD service, users can now complete the high image quality with surround sound profound," said Hengkie Liwanto, Chief Executive Officer of PT Link Net, First Media brand owners in Jakarta, Friday (14/10 / 2011).

Additional Dolby audio, says Hengkie, is one effort to improve service and compete in the pay TV industry in Indonesia.

"The adoption of Dolby Digital Plus by First Media is an important milestone in providing a new entertainment experience for viewers Indonesia," said Mahesh Sundaram, Vice President of Dolby Laboratories Asia Pacific.

With Dolby Digital Plus, Sundaram said, First Media can deliver premium surround sound in an efficient, complete HD video services.

Dolby Digital Plus itself has been used in worldwide broadcasting standard for HDTV services, including terrestrial specifications in France, Italy, Poland, Sweden, and England. Most recently he was also selected as optional audio technology for China's National DTMB Receiver, set-top box and TV that will take effect 1 November 2011.

However, to enjoy audio, customers need to add the HD digital box. Codec of the digital box is useful for distributing digital data over fiber optic infrastructure and distribute it to the TV screen.

"Through the Codec with a relatively affordable price of this, viewers need only turn on the television and then instantly be able to enjoy a new experience of watching the images and audio are crisp and clear," said Hengkie.

Friday, October 14, 2011

More Than 4 Million iPhone 4S’s Sold Over First Weekend

Customers stood in line to buy the iPhone 4S in New York on Friday.
Brendan Mcdermid/ReutersCustomers stood in line to buy the iPhone 4S in New York on Friday.

People were O.K., it turns out, with an evolutionary iPhone.

On Monday morning, Apple said it sold more than four million iPhone 4S’s during the device’s first few days on sale after its Friday release. That figure is more than double the 1.7 million units of the iPhone 4 that Apple sold during its first three days on the market in June of last year.

The results seemed to be a vindication of Apple’s decision to offer what amounted to an upgrade of the iPhone 4 with its new model, rather than a wholesale makeover. The new phone’s look is virtually identical to the exterior design of its predecessor, though it has better internal hardware and a new virtual assistant feature, Siri, which uses voice recognition to handle various tasks. Initially, there was some disappointment that Apple didn’t release an iPhone 5 with bolder cosmetic changes on the outside of the device.

An analyst with RBC, Mike Abramsky, called the iPhone sales “monster” in a research note on Monday morning, noting that he had expected Apple to sell three million of the devices sold during its first weekend. Mr. Abramsky noted that sales could have gotten a lift from broader distribution of the phone at its introduction, including Sprint and Verizon in the United States.

Apple released some other impressive numbers Monday morning, saying that 25 million of its customers have already begun using iOS5, the new version of its operating system for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches. Apple also said 20 million customers have signed up for iCloud, the free service that lets people synchronize and save data on their Apple devices.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tech Talk Podcast: The iPhone 4S

This week’s Tech Talk podcast focuses on Apple’s new iPhone, the 4S, announced this week and the release of the new iOS 5 mobile operating system and its iCloud online service. Alan Yacavone, part of The New York Times’s I.T. team, provides his analysis of Apple’s new iPhone 4S hardware, as well as the company’s minor updates to its iPod line. He also joins a round-table discussion concerning the gap between the rampant rumors that swirl around most pending Apple announcements and the actual products that arrive.

One of the highly touted features of the new iPhone 4S is the voice-activated Siri technology. Pedro Rafael Rosado explores the notion of a “virtual assistant in his regular Term of the Week segment.

This week’s technology headlines include announcements from Microsoft concerning the retirement of its Zune media player and an overhaul of its Hotmail service to include new features like a scheduled Inbox cleanup. Partnerships between ABC and Yahoo, as well as between Facebook and Websense, are also noted.

For those on the road, the Tip of the Week takes a look at adding traffic conditions and other helpful information to online maps from Bing, Yahoo and Google.

To find out more about the show and links to topics that were discussed, go to the technologyTech Talk page.

You can download the show by subscribing from the New York Times podcast page or directly from iTunes.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Behind the Oracle-Salesforce Cloud Brawl

Earlier this week, Oracle’s chief executive Larry Ellison went to greater pains than usual to beat up on the competition. Considering the stakes, it was worth it to him.

Speaking at a trade show with 45,000 registered visitors, Ellison announced his companys formal entry into the business of selling software via a public cloud. The cloud is a huge conglomeration of computer technologies. Clouds, and all that they imply for business and society, are the biggest thing going in tech today, promising billions of people access to nearly limitless amounts of computing, data storage, and communications. With that in mind, Oracles entry into the market comes as no surprise.

But what Ellison kicked off, and which competitors he kicked from the stage, says a lot about how this multibillion-dollar cloud business infrastructure build out will proceed. It says as much about the millions of marketing dollars about to be spent by the side pushing for tightly-integrated systems of hardware and software and those on the other side hoping for a world with lots of diverse technologies in play.

Mr. Ellisons main selling point was that both the security and performance of the Oracle cloud would best the competition because his machines were designed from the start by a company that controlled both the main hardware and software. If you design in concert you can do a better job, Mr. Ellison said earlier in the week. Engineering the hardware and the software together, he said, promises, “better performance, better ease of use, and lower cost.” Mr. Ellison says Oracle rewrote over 100 separate business programs, like software for sales management or running a factory, so it would work quickly and coherently in this environment.

It also put Oracle in direct opposition with his emerging competitor, which he said mostly used a less common software language and was less secure, partly because it was constructed by so many diffuse suppliers. It is a very bad security model, Mr. Ellison said, calling Salesforce the roach motel of clouds: You can check in, but you cant check out.

Much of this is typical of the kind of trash-talking people expect at an Oracle show. It followed similar theatrics from Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff earlier in the day, after Oracle cancelled Mr. Benioffs speech to the Oracle faithful. While he still hasnt responded to Mr. Ellisons charges about the performance of his technology, during Mr. Ellisons repeated put-downs of Salesforce, Mr. Benioff took to Twitter and wrote You cant buy this type of advertising. Thank you Larry!

More importantly, the same kind of competition is going on throughout the tech industry. Facebook has published specifications of almost everything in its data centers, from printed circuit boards to building cooling systems. The idea is that others can use parts of this technology themselves, or possibly contribute to its improvement. The Open Data Center Alliance is a collection of more than 300 companies which together represent over $100 billion in annual information technology spending, is also pushing for shared information.

Google, which does use open standards, also keeps many things proprietary. Engineers in the company privately acknowledge that Google has developed specialized semiconductors for some of its in-house operations. It doesnt patent the products, because that would show how they work in the first place. The number of companies that can work at Googles scale is so small and powerful that it felt that would give its opponents an edge.

Oracle is thinking proprietary. Everyones got a cloud, we need a cloud, Mr. Ellison said, awkwardly introducing what he called a breakthrough product. “Ours is a little bit different,” he said. “Data services, Java services, security services are all built in.” Java is a software language developed by Sun Microsystems (which since 2009 is an Oracle subsidiary) that is used to program and deploy computer applications across the Internet. Large corporate databases, Ellison said, could be moved from a companys machine into Oracles cloud, or simply created there, and from there moved back and forth, or into the clouds run by Amazon, I.B.M. or other computing service providers running in Java.

In some ways, this battle is akin to the open source-proprietary software conflicts Linux versus Microsoft, for example – that have gone on for decades, and each side chooses the version that suits its values and business model. Once again, there will likely be significant proof points and areas of dispute around issues like security, cost, and performance.

The clouds being built today, however, have a global reach and scale of capabilities that were barely imagined a few years ago. That raises the stakes potential security breaches involving millions of people, or performance glitches that make or sink a company – and the payoff to whichever company finds the successful formula.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Eric Schmidt: Still More to the Steve Jobs Story

Steven P. Jobs and Eric E. Schmidt at a 2006 Macworld conference in San Francisco, when a partnership to provide Google software on an Apple iPhone was announced.

Tony Avelar/Agence France-Presse â€" Getty Images Steven P. Jobs and Eric E. Schmidt at a 2006 Macworld conference in San Francisco, when a partnership to provide Google software on an Apple iPhone was announced.
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google and a longtime friend and competitor of Steve Jobs, says Mr. Jobs’s influence may yet be seen in new ways.
This is a man whose impact is equal to any global leader, he said. He very much wanted to live and have a third act beyond Apple™s founding and its revival.
As for whether that impact may grow through the wealth he leaves behind, Mr. Schmidt said, “it is not for me to characterize what will happen with Mr. Jobs™s fortune. “All of that will unfold,” he added. “I will say that he was a very thoughtful person, and he cared a lot about the world.
Mr. Schmidt knew Mr. Jobs for decades and did business with him while Mr. Schmidt was at Sun Microsystems and Mr. Jobs was starting the computer company NeXT. He was also a member of Apple’s board from 2006 to 2009.
“The NeXT thing was really important in Mr. Jobs’s life, Mr. Schmidt said. “It helped him think in whole new ways, how to lead and innovate. NeXT was purchased by Apple in 1996, bringing Mr. Jobs back into Apple after his dismissal in 1985.

While an Apple board member, Mr. Schmidt said, he had extensive dealings with Tim Cook, now Apple’s chief executive. “The culture of this company is strong, and it will continue,” he said. “Tim was an extremely good operational executive, and he will move to preserve the culture.
“He is not an ordinary executive, Mr. Schmidt added.
Mr. Schmidt left Apple’s board when Google™s entry into both mobile communications and computers — with, respectively, the Android and Chrome operating systems — presented numerous business conflicts between the two companies. “I learned an attention to style and quality while sitting on Apple™s board, he said. “The board would see a lot of demos. Steve had a real level of pride in what they were producing.â€�
Since that time, there have been reports in technology The Times and elsewhere of open discord between the two men and their companies. Mr. Schmidt, however, denied any such personal enmity.
“We understood it was a possibility when I joined the board,� he said of the business conflicts. “We had adult conversations about it at the beginning and the end.
“All those reports in the press were wrong,” he added. “After I left the board, they had me to events and to private dinners.â€�

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Japanese Create Casing Phone Radiation Supervisors

Casing or cover a smartphone that can monitor levels of radiation to be one of the many results of the development of technologies that draw attention to the event CEATEC, Japan's largest electronics exhibition.

Is NTT DoCoMo, Japan's number one operator who exhibit these findings. Public fears over the impact of radioactive compounds leak from a nuclear power plant (NPP) Fukushima into their backgrounds to develop these technologies.

As is known, the earthquake and tsunamis that hit Japan last March has helped damage the Fukushima nuclear power plant. In many ways, the Japanese government to seek every means to at least reduce the levels of radiation.

In order to facilitate any measure radiation levels, NTT DoCoMo had the idea to apply the radiation monitoring equipment in the casing a smartphone. How does it work?

Reported by the Telegraph and was quoted on Wednesday (05/10/2011), this case works in unison with an application that allows users to combine the results of radiation readings with the GPS data to mark the area that has a high radiation content.

Assistant Manager communications software development division of NTT DoCoMo Kouki Hayashi said, scientists at the company is still looking for ways so that the device could be used easily and effectively.

"Still in development stage. However one example of this invention can later be easily used, for example by a mother to measure the radiation in the park where children play or across the path of their sons and daughters when they go to school," he explained.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Alibaba is very interested in buying Yahoo

Rumors that Yahoo will sell the more powerful by a statement from the CEO of Alibaba that it is very interested in Yahoo. "We are very, very interested in buying Yahoo," said Jack Ma, Alibaba CEO and chairman.

Jack Ma even added that they are eager to buy Yahoo but overall Terhadang by the complexity of the process to be executed. This is because there are many 'players' who will be involved.

Alibaba is a web-based company established in China in 1998. This large group has a lot of services such as retail & payment platforms, shopping search engines, and cloud computing services.

Alibaba Group owns tens of thousands of workers in some 70 cities and offices scattered in various countries including Britain and the United States, as quoted by VentureBeat on Monday (3/10/2011).

Yahoo and Alibaba is not a new friend. Both of these large companies have formed a partnership since many years ago.

In August 2005, Yahoo has announced a strategic relationship with the Alibaba Group in China. Under the agreement Yahoo Yahoo gave China its business to

Both parties work together to build and even then Yahoo brand in China with the goal to create the largest web property in there. Internet giant has also invested $ 1 billion and has a stake of 40% so that the positioning Yahoo as the biggest investor in

Yahoo's own position more unstable since the sacking of former CEO Yaoo, Carol Bratz.

Apart from Alibaba, the parties reportedly interested in buying Yahoo is Microsoft. Earlier this month, Yahoo also rumored to be merger or acquisition talks with Aol.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Taiwan Researchers Find 'Key Invisible'

Invisible key was developed by researchers from Taiwan. With the 'key' is, homeowners no longer have to fear losing the key.

Instead of entering the key in the lock to open the door, the homeowner just make a repetition of hand gestures in front of the door to get into the house. This is the result of the technology created by Yaoi-pin Tsai and his team.

"In the future, you no longer have to worry about losing or forgetting to put the key," said Tsai.

Further described by Tsai Yao-pin who teaches at the Technology and Science Institute of Northern Taiwan, his team put on a chip commonly used in video game console Wii as its core technology. This chip is capable of detecting 3-dimensional movement.

In addition to replacing the traditional key functions, Tsai made the technology can also be used to lighten the homework. He claimed could be used to turn on and off home appliances such as washing machines, refrigerators, and others.

Invisible key is finally making Tsai and his team won the gold medal in the event the 2011 Taipei International Invention Show and Technomart. The event was held on October 29 to October 2 last.

Quoted from AFP on Monday (03/09/2011), Tsai anticipate it will take for half a year to commercialize his invention. Perusahaannpun Some have reportedly been interested to work on the 'invisible lock' it.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

The discovery of Technology Largest Not an iPod, but the Walkman

Although it was past its time, the discovery of the Walkman is still remembered today. Even a poll Walkman ordained as the second largest technological discoveries during the last 50 years, not the iPod.

Sony Walkman came second in the poll that was held by It was first introduced 32 years ago and became the prime tool music player that lets users listen to music wherever they are.

Devices made ​​by Sony is to subvert Apple products, iPods that are third. However, in the top 10 discoveries in 50 years that the technology, Apple products still dominate.

Quoted from the Telegraph on Saturday (01/10/2011), the iPhone dominated this poll, then there iPad at number 5. Other technologies that exist in the list is the Microsoft Windows operating system, YouTube, Sony Trinitron T, Sky +, Facebook and VHS video recorder.

Although the capacity of music that can be stored on the Walkman is much less than the iPod, but the Walkman has features that are not owned an iPod that is the existence of the twin headphone sockets. Two headphone sockets will allow users to enjoy music with friends. One that is in the Walkman but absent in the iPod is a replaceable battery.

"The fact that for more than 30 years of the Sony Walkman is still seen as a greater invention than the iPod is a testament to how incredible this Sony Walkman," said Kieran Alger, editor of T3.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Unleash the Robot Dogs of War

In 2007 Boston Dynamics, a robotics company, posted a video online of a robot called the BigDog that could run on any type of terrain like a dog. The video quickly went viral, partly because people were in awe of the robot’s agility and also because it was so scary to watch.

On Thursday, Boston Dynamics showed off its latest robot: the AlphaDog. This new robot is essentially BigDog’s big scary brother. It’s officially called a “Legged Squad Support System,” or LS3, and it is financed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency at the Pentagon, also known as Darpa, and the Marine Corps.

According to Boston Dynamics, the AlphaDog can carry up to 400 pounds of gear, while storing enough fuel for a trip that covers 20 miles over 24 hours. The AlphaDog robot also doesn’t need a driver, as it can be programmed to follow a designated leader using computer vision. It can also be programmed to independently travel to specific places using sensors and GPS.

The video shows some of the tricks the AlphaDog can perform, including running over boulders and fallen trees, and galloping like a horse while being aggressively pushed to the side. The most impressive feature is its ability to stand up independently while lying on its side or back.

But don’t expect to buy a AlphaDog at your local Radio Shack anytime soon. Darpa hopes to use these robots on the battlefield and in war zones.

Let’s put it this way: if I saw this thing heading toward me in the middle of a battle, I wouldn’t even try to run in the other direction. I’d just fall on the floor in the fetal position and pray.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Hobby Sex Grandpa's Generate 50 Children

Luiz Costa de Oliviera (telegraph), One of the advantages of men compared to women's reproductive age is not limited by menopause. A grandfather in Brazil for example, up to age 90 years could still menghasilan 50 children from four wives are still related. The only hobby is his grandfather having sex.

Luiz Costa de Oliveira, a retired farm workers in Brazil have 50 children and pleaded not able to remember his name one by one because of too many. Dozens of children's acquisition of four wives, a unique back 3 of them are still related to each other.

His first wife was Francisca, who had given him 17 children before she died. Since then Luiz relationship with his second wife, Maria Francisca da Silva who is now aged 64 years and has given him 17 children.

Because many child care hassles, she invites her sister who called Ozelita to live with the couple. Apparently not only competent care of children, Ozelita Luiz also managed to melt the hearts of women 58 years until it was used as a third wife.

From his third wife, Luiz add 'collection' child as many as 15 people. Not satisfied with that many children, the biological mother of both his wife Maria Francisca namely that he married 89-year-old is now also able to give her even though only 1 child.

With a total of 50 children from four wives are, Luiz claim could not remember his name one by one. Especially from his children, he now has a very large family with more than 100 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

In addition to captivate clever woman, apparently Luiz also experience sexual addiction or in medical terms is called hiperseks. This assumption is based on the recognition of his second wife, Francisca Maria that her husband was very fond of sex.

"My only hobby is having sex Luiz," said Maria Francisca as quoted from TheSun, Wednesday (09/21/2011).

Sex addiction is a disease similar to other addictive illnesses such as addiction to alcohol or drugs. Not a bit of time it takes to treat a sex addict.

Sex addiction is not just due to illness could not resist the temptation or sexual stimulation, but also because of an inability to control behavior. In fact, according to psychologists, sex addiction is now categorized as a neurological disease.

According to Maureen Canning, a clinical consultant from Meadows Addiction Treatment Center, Arizona, to actually cure a sex addict takes 2 to 5 years of therapy.

More Fake iPhone Similar Original Products

IPhone fake products are now scattered on the black market and internet. Recently, Chinese police have arrested five people suspected of making and selling fake iPhones.

This gang is alleged to have bought the iPhone's mobile component of Guangdong, the southern city of China, and then assembles them in an apartment in Shanghai. In raids, the Chinese police found 200 fake iPhone.

Interestingly, this fake iPhone uses some components that are similar to Apple's. Functions in this bogus iPhone was the same as the original. Only, the shorter the battery usage.

"It's very difficult for consumers to differentiate between fake and genuine," said one investigator.

fake iPhone with a production cost of 313 U.S. dollars are offered on the black market and internet at a price slightly cheaper than the original. The price is roughly around 4,000 yuan or about 626 U.S. dollars per unit. Apple itself is still silent in this case.

Clearly, this case adds to a long list of intellectual property rights violations committed in China. This Asian giant has been repeatedly criticized for the widespread violation of intellectual property rights.

Many of the piracy of intellectual property rights of famous brands. Pirated goods is very easily found in stores in major cities

Jack Ma Wants to Buy Yahoo

Jack Ma, chief executive of Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group, said on Friday that he wants to buy Yahoo, marking the first public overture for the struggling Web portal.

“We are very interested,� Mr. Ma said when asked about whether his company wanted to make such an acquisition.

The comment from on stage the China 2.0 conference at Stanford University confirmed what had already been reported (SEE LINK BELOW): That Alibaba was among Yahoo’s suitors. Silver Lake Partners, Providence Partners, Andreessen Horowitz and Microsoft have also reached out to Yahoo’s board.

Yahoo’s board is reviewing its strategic options aftertechnology/carol-bartz-yahoos-chief-executive-is-fired.html"> firing Carol A. Bartz, the company’s chief executive, who failed to turn around the company during a rocky two and a half year tenure. Selling all or part of the company is among the options the board is considering.

Yahoo declined to comment about Mr. Ma’s interest in an acquisition.

Mr. Ma’s history with Yahoo goes back several years when Yahoo acquired a 40 percent stake in Alibaba. The relationship between the two companies soured, however, over human rights issues and a recent dispute over online payment service Alipay.

Mr. Ma transferred ownership of Alipay into a separate company that he controlled. Yahoo said it was unaware of the transfer until it was already complete and implied that Alibaba was not adequately compensated.

The two sides later agreed to settle the dispute.

But the bad blood remains, and Mr. Ma has said repeatedly that he wants to buy back Yahoo’s 40 percent stake in his company. By buying Yahoo, he would get that stake back.

Mr. Ma indicated on stage that he has also talked with partners to join him in a Yahoo acquisition bid without offering more details. The names of the firms he has held discussions with is unclear.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Fatal injuries result Masturbation

Masturbation is generally more often done by men. But you should be careful in doing so, because there are some fatal injuries caused by masturbation.

The new study, published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine found that adolescent males masturbate more frequently than girls.

Although this activity does not pose a hazard, but it remains cautious in doing so because there are some cases of injury or fatal accidents that occur in men due to masturbation, as quoted from, Saturday (09/24/2011), namely:

1. The man who put the goods into the bladder
A 40-year-old man put a tube into his bladder to masturbate. But unfortunately, the tubes were actually trapped in the urethra for 2 years to finally be done surgically.

"This is more common than you think. I've found patients who enter the aloe vera plant into the urethra that is claimed to give a sense of fun and relaxing," said Dr. Judd Moul, chief of urologic surgery at Duke University Medical Center.

Dr. Moul said such cases are often found, he estimates there are about 2-3 similar cases in a year. He suggested to not do this because it can be painful and can damage organs in the body.

2. The man who broke his own penis
A case in Nigeria reported a man who broke his own penis while masturbating. He holds the base of the penis with the thumb, forefinger and middle finger left hand, then rotate the penis to the right hand.

Then he heard a 'click' followed by pain and causes the penis to break. But he was fortunate because it could still do the erection 5 days after surgery.

Dr. Moul said that the technique does too extreme, because someone could not possibly break his penis when masturbating standard.

3. The man who died from masturbation
One man reportedly died during masturbation, this is because the police found a rope around his neck and genitals. This condition is likely because he practiced the methods of sex crazy as life-threatening risk of autoerotic asphyxiation (restricting oxygen to the brain during sex).

It is usually found during masturbation, or strangle someone to feel shortness of breath to enhance the pleasure and create a euphoria. But without realizing this condition can make him die.

The Oracle-H.P. Rivalry, Powerpoint Version

Did information technology just run afoul of disinformation technology?

Computing giants Oracle and Hewlett-Packard, known trash talking each other and for fighting in court, took their sniping to the Internet on Wednesday when Oracle charged that British software company Autonomy, which H.P. is buying for $10.2 billion, tried to sell itself to Oracle last April. Oracle said it was not interested, since the $6 billion market value Autonomy had at the time was still far more than Autonomy was worth.

The implication was that H.P. came in second, and is foolish, in buying Autonomy.

Oracle even posted a series of slides on its Web site that it said showed Autonomy chief executive Mike Lynch's intention to sell his company. The slides, Oracle said, were “all about Autonomy's financial results, Autonomy's stock price history, Autonomy's Price/Earnings history and Autonomy's stock market valuation. Oracle also said Mr. Lynch showed up at the meeting with “Silicon Valley's most famous shopper/seller of companies, the legendary investment banker Frank Quattrone.

Mysteriously, those slides, which were widely commented on in the industry press Thursday, were only posted for about 12 hours. Then they disappeared. A few hours later they were back. It seems there is less there than Oracle intended. Here’s what I learned.

Oracle continued to publish a page that said Mr. Lynch came by for talks with Mark Hurd, Oracle’s co-president, and Doug Kehring, who is in charge of mergers and acquisitions at Oracle. For his part, Mr. Lynch acknowledged the meeting, but said it was just a customer visit that Mr. Quattrone organized. Why he was meeting the head of mergers was not explained.

Upon request, Oracle sent The New York Times the slides, which is said were sent from Qatalyst firm, not Autonomy, in January. That backs up Autonomy's assertion that Oracle had lifted an older slide deck from Mr. Quattrone to make Mr. Lynch look bad — Mr. Quattrone wasn’t even working for Autonomy then.

So what is going on here? Did Mr. Lynch try to sell Autonomy to Oracle, or did Oracle post the story and slides to make H.P. look bad? This may be one of those occasions when it is possible to think ill of both parties. Mr. Lynch did talk to Oracle's head of M&A before he took the H.P. deal, and Oracle's cleverly-worded description of the meeting makes it look like he went into a lot more detail than he would like to admit. The deck looks like a bit of extra “evidence that Oracle later pulled.

Mr. Lynch probably sparked Oracle's outburst with his recent statements that Larry Ellison, Oracle’s chief executive, was lying about whether Oracle’s software could do the same kind of things Autonomy's software does. Not that it took a lot to get Oracle started: In the past year Mr. Ellison has publicly criticized H.P.'s board for firing Mr. Hurd, his friend and tennis partner, and then hired Mr. Hurd himself. The hiring provoked a lawsuit between H.P. and Mr. Hurd, which was quickly settled. Another lawsuit between H.P. and Oracle, over Oracle's decision to discontinue software development on one of H.P.'s advanced chips, is still going on.

In between the lawsuits, Mr. Ellison said Leo Apotheker, Mr. Hurd's replacement, conducted industrial espionage against Oracle when he was running SAP. (Though SAP settled that suit and admitted wrongdoing, it said Mr. Apotheker was not involved in the incidents.)

Only one thing is nearly certain in this name-calling mess: Meg Whitman, who took over at H.P. when Mr. Apotheker was fired last week, will not be onstage for hugs and camaraderie when Mr. Ellison kicks off Oracle's massive trade show in San Francisco this Sunday evening.

Or, as one observer involved in the cross-company slinging put it “Oracle used Autonomy to give H.P. a poke in the eye. It just got ridiculous.”