October 2012

The word “Bluetooth” is an anglicised version of the Scandinavian Blåtand/Blåtann, the epithet of the tenth-century king Harald I of Denmark and parts of Norway who united dissonant Danish tribes into a single kingdom. The idea of this name was proposed by Jim Kardach who developed a system that would allow mobile phones to communicate with computers (at the time he was reading Frans Gunnar Bengtsson’s historical novel The Long... Read more »

October 15, 2012 at IST / Science & Technology, Story.

Lying’s a lot harder than it used to be. Examples — Boss: “Where are you?” Employee: “On my way to the office.” Boss: “Show me.” ||| Mom: “Where are you?” Son: “At Jimmy’s house” Mom: “Show me.” With geo-coded messages, you have to be where you say you are. Whether it’s a parent, employer, or... Read more »

October 15, 2012 at IST / Social Media.

“Windows 8 is Coming Soon,” the 31-second video opens with a countdown that starts from 10, but ends at eight — alluding to the name of Window’s latest operating system. Naturally, images of the number, as well as the OS’ touch-centric interface, dominate the ad.   A tagline, “WIndows reimagined,” shows up near the end... Read more »

October 15, 2012 at IST / OS, Tech News.

An investigation spurred by an online post finds a Guangzhou official owning more houses than his income allows which resulted in his suspension and further investigation. In a statement Friday, the Communist Party of China (CPC) discipline inspection committee of Panyu, said it suspended Cai Bin, an official of Panyu district in Guangzhou, for falsely reporting... Read more »

October 13, 2012 at IST / Tech News.

The Apache Foundation released a major update to the open source search engine building toolsLucene and Solr. Version 4.0 adds several new features aimed at making Solr easier to use, more scalable and more customizable. Although they’re jointly developed, Lucene and Solr are actually two different things. Lucene is just a Java library, not a stand alone... Read more »

October 13, 2012 at IST / Tech News.

Apple has begun the process of lessening its dependency on Samsung for chipmaking, an analyst. “Apple is working with TSMC at 20 nanometers,” said Gus Richard, a chip analyst at Piper Jaffray, referring to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s most advanced 20-nanometer (nm) manufacturing process. Another chip industry source  confirmed this. “The Apple-Samsung relationship has deteriorated... Read more »

October 13, 2012 at IST / Tech News.

What on earth was Apple thinking? After months of anticipation for the iPhone 5 and the update of iOS 5 to 6, the company dropped a clanger by ditching Google Maps and coming out with its own maps app. Well, it didn’t work; users were incensed when the new Apple Maps app took them all... Read more »

October 13, 2012 at IST / Tech News.

Firefox Beta adds ‘preliminary support’ for Social API Mozilla announced today that its Firefox Beta for Windows, Mac, and Linux will support Social API, a framework that will allow developers to integrate social-networking features directly into the browser. Mozilla was quick to point out that the Social API support is “preliminary” at this point, seeming to indicate it isn’t... Read more »

October 12, 2012 at IST / Download, Social Media, Tech News.

Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie (born September 9, 1941; found dead October 12, 2011) American computer scientist, Dennis Ritchie invented the programming language called C, a major and important piece of software. Together with Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie co-invented the UNIX operating system. He was the author of two books, the Unix Programmer’s Manual (1971), and The C Programming... Read more »

October 12, 2012 at IST / Science & Technology, Story.