Feb 22, 2011

GM Hydrogen Hy-Wire and Sequel Cars Could Power Our Future | Green Prophet

GM Hydrogen Hy-Wire and Sequel Cars Could Power Our Future

Maurice Picow | February 20th, 2011 |
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The Sequel: A hydrogen-electric hybrid who’s time may soon come

General Motors, whose Chevrolet Volt electric hybrid is now beginning to roll into Chevy dealerships across America, is also in involved in innovating some very interesting transportation concepts. Two of these concepts involve using hydrogen powered fuel cells to provide electricity for one or more electric motors to propel the cars along at speeds ranging up to 130 mph and with cruising ranges of up to 300 miles (480 km). The Sequel car concept, called the “next-generation hydrogen car” was unveiled at the Detroit auto show already back in 2005.
From the outside, it looks very much like an ordinary SUV 4X4, except for the electric engine and power source, which consists of a sophisticated fuel-cell stack that has a rated power output of 73 kW (98 hp); and is supplemented by a lithium-ion battery pack rated at 65 kW.
Using a specially designed flat “skateboard chassis” and a special “drive by wire” steering system, the Sequel stores 8 kg of  hydrogen gas in three cylindrical, carbon-composite fuel tanks, pressurized to 10,000 lbs p.s.i. and mounted longitudinally beneath the cabin floor.
GM Hy-Wire Concept Model, circa 2003
The Sequel is another version of GM’s still experimental “Hy-wire” hydrogen car concept, which was originally introduced in early 2002 and enables a driver to navigate the car either in a left or right hand drive mode, and without the need to use brake or acceleration pedals – these functions are done electronically by controls built into the steering device that is no longer a wheel but something resembling that used in a commercial airliner.
The Hy-wire car is a complete drive-by-wire system composed of cameras instead of mirrors and multiple LCD displays for feedback to the driver. This theoretically allows the driver’s seat to be located anywhere in the car’s cabin; although the most favored driver  position is still a forward one.
Due to the fuel cells being powered by compressed hydrogen gas, both of these car concepts are virtually non-polluting, with the only exhaust emission being water.

Metcard proposes new smartcard

The company behind Metcard has pitched an idea for a new smartcard called Metsmart which could be operating in Melbourne next year.

Vix Technology chief executive Steve Gallagher said they briefed the state government last week and said that the government was happy to receive their proposal.

Mr Gallagher said the new system and metcard could operate side by side for three to four years and would save the Victorian Government $100 million on the cost of Myki.

But Mr Gallagher would not reveal how much Metsmart would cost. This cost did not include any legal action from the company behind Myki.

The initial functions of Metsmart would replicate those of the existing Metcard.

Money would be saved by having the same company operating both systems.

Vix Technology chief executive Steve Gallagher said ‘‘our proposal is to continue with the proven, trusted, reliable Metcard system and to build on that solid foundation and extend it with a smartcard capability,’’ he said.

‘‘We won’t make the mistake of starting again, we won’t try and reinvent the wheel,’’ he said.

He said the company had supplied ticketing technology to cities around the world including Stockholm, Beijing and Seattle.

‘‘We could begin role out of equipment to regional Victoria within weeks and within six months to the greater Melbourne metropolitan area. Within 12 to 18 months we can have a smartcard version of Metcard available to all Victorian public transport users,’’ he said.

‘‘By adopting our proposal, we estimate the Victorian government can save up to $100 million by discontinuing myki and it will have a greater certainty of outcome and predictability,’’ he said.

‘‘We can fix what has become the biggest mess and financial burden in Victoria’s public transport history,’’ he said.

The Baillieu Government has forwarded an audit of the myki system to the Department of Treasury and finance to consider cost of options including, scrapping, modifying or retaining myki.

A spokesman for Kamco, the company behind myki, has been unavailable for comment.

Early baldness doubles risk of prostate cancer: study | Posted | National Post

Men who start to lose their hair by age 20 — a syndrome known as pattern baldness — are twice as likely to develop prostate cancer later in life, according to a new study.

The findings, published this week in the Annals of Oncology, could help identify men who should be screened early and more often for disease, the researchers said.

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer among men worldwide and, after lung tumours, is the second biggest cause of death from cancer among men in the United States and Europe. Most cases occur among men aged in their sixties.

Earlier research has shown that sex hormones called androgens play a key role in the development of both pattern baldness and cancer of the prostate, a walnut-sized gland near the bladder crucial to the male reproductive system.

But the link between the two remained obscure, with at least one study suggesting that premature baldness actually pointed to a reduced risk of cancer.

To probe further, a team of scientists led by Philippe Giraud of Georges Pompidou European Hospital in Paris asked 669 men — 338 of whom had a history of prostate cancer — how bald they were at ages 20, 30 and 40, using standardised images for reference.

Men who did not start to lose their hair until age 30 or 40 showed no increased risk compared to the control group of developing the dreaded disease.

But for those who had early-onset balding — a condition known to doctors as androgenic alopecia — at age 20, the risk doubled.

Giraud said balding men should not panic. “The fact that a (young) man is losing his hair does not mean that he will have cancer,” he said by telephone.

He also cautioned that the results would need to be verified in follow up studies.

But the findings suggest that premature balding could become a useful marker to help doctors screen for the disease, he said.

“Current prostate screening protocols are very controversial because some worry that systematic screening at 50 years old — without taking other criteria into account — will lead to over-treatment,” he said.

Many countries have routine screening programmes for men in their middle age.

One of the problems, however, is that the so-called PSA antigen test, now 20 years old, cannot distinguish between low-risk tumours and aggressive lesions that are often fatal.

Antigen levels can also fluctuate according to the individual and may be skewed by prostate inflammation.

One out of two men lose their hair, but of the 50 percent of men who go partially or totally bald, only 10 to 15 percent suffer from androgenic alopecia, Giraud said.

Another study published last year showed that finger patterns could also help identify which men should undergo regular screening.

Men whose index fingers are longer than their ring, or fourth, fingers run a significantly lower risk of prostate cancer, the study found.

Feb 21, 2011

Mob beat journalist Lara Logan with flagpoles and fists | The Australian

Parts of her body were covered in red marks, a source said. They were originally thought to have been caused by bites, but on examination proved to have been made by aggressive pinching.

"Lara is getting better daily," said a friend. "The psychological trauma is as bad as, if not worse than, the physical injuries. She might talk about it at some time in the future, but not now."

CBS News said Logan had suffered a "brutal and sustained sexual assault". The network said a mob of about 200 men had been "whipped into a frenzy" as she filmed on the night Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak resigned. She spent five days in hospital in New York.

Tahrir Square was the hub of the revolution and until that night had been safer than most of Cairo.

After Mr Mubarak's resignation, the controls at the entrances disappeared and people who had never visited the square poured in, many of them aggressive and scornful of the political idealism of the protesters.

South African-born Logan, her crew and a security detail appear to have been surrounded near a tent city that had sprung up in the square. Logan became separated from her crew and security. One source said soldiers went in to rescue them, but Logan fell as they tried to escape. Sources in the US said the attack went on for up to 30 minutes. Her clothes were torn off and the crowd hit her and beat her with poles. Shouts of "Israeli" enraged the crowd even more.

Logan was finally rescued by about 20 soldiers and women in the square and taken to her hotel.

Uni has no degree of job certainty | Herald Sun

WHAT'S a degree worth? More importantly, what's a degree worth when the chance of getting a job is decreasing?

As demand for courses soar and the cost of degrees follow, universities are opening their doors to thousands more students.

The biggest and the best are taking more in, but are graduates getting what they pay for?

This year, Melbourne University increased first round offers for science by nearly 30 per cent.

And that trend continued across the state. RMIT increased its intake and Deakin took in about 1000 more first year students.

When I was at uni, I sat in lecture theatres with hundreds of others and was told, "It's hard to get a job out there, most of you will struggle".

A year later even more kids entered the course. And they were right, it is hard to find work.

A lot of my mates couldn't, so they continued for a double dose, because one degree no longer seems to be good enough.

Honours, masters, doctorates or a Juris Doctor are nearly a must. But could it be creating the most educated unemployed ever?

With not enough jobs for graduates, some businesses no longer need to advertise new positions, because their waiting lists are full.

Education is important. Those three words I won't argue with.

But when universities step up production and pump out kids, how many will be left in the dark?

And will they be resentful when the only jobs they hear back from were advertised as "no experience necessary".

Gen Y is seemingly spending more time studying than any other generation. Getting through school unscathed takes 13 years.

Add three to six years for a degree and we're close to hitting 20 years.

That's longer than a life sentence.

So, are multiple years of study the key to being successful or will it just result in a sour investment?

Some degrees now cost six-figure sums, which could linger and be life-long debt.

It's not all doom and gloom. Some courses, such as teaching and nursing are famous for quick entry into the workforce.

Not every discipline is as lucky.

Law has become nearly as popular as the parma on a pub menu.

Thousands study it and a lot don't work with it in their careers.


Because there aren't enough jobs.

So in 2011, as universities prepare to take in even more kids for law, the real question is, why do they think we need that many lawyers?

And what happens when it's time to leave?

It's time to work and there are no call backs.

When I graduated I couldn't get a job. I left the country.

I landed in Singapore.

My friend Laura was in the same situation. She couldn't find work either. She left for a six-month internship in Chile.

One month in, she woke up to her room shaking and the walls cracking around her. She was in the middle of the earthquakes that hit the country early last year.

She ended up doing interviews around the world, gaining contacts and respect for what she had been through.

Sometimes real experience provides far more than any degree ever will. I'm not suggesting everyone drop out of uni and chase danger, but sometimes there is more to gain away from the pack that everyone else follows.

Feb 18, 2011

Google One Pass | Google Subscription Model For News Publishers

Playing by Apple's rules ... Rupert Murdoch's The Daily.
Playing by Apple's rules ... Rupert Murdoch's The Daily. Photo: Reuters
Google has moved to undercut Apple in app subscriptions as Apple faces a backlash from publishers for being too restrictive and taking too big a cut of revenue.
Google will only take a 10 per cent cut of digital content sales and share subscriber information with publishers on its Android phone and tablet platform.
Earlier this week, after first rolling it out with Rupert Murdoch's new iPad publication, The Daily, Apple extend its new subscription model for magazines and newspapers sold on its iPhone and iPad.
Media companies fear that Apple's restrictions will see them lose access to valuable subscriber information.
Media companies fear that Apple's restrictions will see them lose access to valuable subscriber information.
But Apple is using its dominance of the app market to take a 30 per cent cut of all revenues and hold on to valuable subscriber data. This is a particular sticking point with publishers such as Time Inc, has yet to negotiate a subscription deal for Sports Illustrated with Apple.
Apple says publishers can still avoid paying it a commission by selling subscriptions outside of iTunes, but must also offer the ability to subscribe through Apple's system at the same prices. It also refuses to automatically share subscriber data with media companies unless users "allow" this when first loading the app.
Media companies fear that most users will opt to stay within Apple's ecosystem and iTunes interface to buy subscriptions, and disallow the sharing of their information unless Apple gives media companies the ability to give them incentives to share details such as a subscriber's name, email address and postcode.
Watch out iPad ... Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1
Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 ... one of the many Android tablets that will take on iPad this year.
In Australia, publishers have had their iTunes apps rejected for exploiting loopholes that allow them to sell subscriptions and accept payments without giving a share to Apple. Sometimes apps are rejected without an explanation.
Content industry executives, including Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Michael Ephraim, have accused Apple of holding publishers to "ransom". The Online Publishers Association, representing such publishers as Bloomberg and Time, has expressed reservations about Apple's model.
A corporate law professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, Shuba Ghosh, told The Wall Street Journal that Apple's rules on pricing could see it face legal issues for anti-competitive behaviour. Similar comments were made by British lawyers to the Daily Telegraph.
Today, Google has unveiled a digital content payment system that is far more publisher-friendly. Google One Pass will allow users to access content on many devices using their Google account login details and pay through Google's payment service, Google Checkout.
Google will keep just 10 per cent of magazine and newspaper sales and share the customer's details with publishers unless the customer specifically asks the search giant not to.

Baillieu plans inner-city housing revolution

AN AREA more than twice the size of Docklands is to be opened up for inner-city housing under an ambitious plan to be launched within months by the Baillieu government.

About 200 hectares of land around Fishermans Bend - now a light-industrial area of factories and vacant lots near West Gate Bridge - is to be transformed into a suburb housing tens of thousands of people.

Planning Minister Matthew Guy has told The Age he will establish an Urban Renewal Authority in the next four months to oversee a 20 to 30-year plan for the area.

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''The Kennett government had a vision for Docklands, the Cain government saw [a vision for] Southbank - and now the Baillieu government has a vision for Fishermans Bend,'' Mr Guy said. ''It's a big challenge and it will be a big legacy, but it's one I think we have to get right now.''

He said it would be ''a suburb of high-density accommodation that is unlike anywhere we've seen in Australia''.

The project fits in with the government's stated policy of refocusing some urban growth from Melbourne's fringes to its heart - a policy that state-owned developer VicUrban is to be involved in implementing.

Naming urban renewal as the new government's biggest planning challenge, Mr Guy said Fishermans Bend would evolve as ''Australia's first inner-city growth corridor'', exceeding the nearby Docklands development in size and scope.

''This is a revolutionary concept,'' Mr Guy said. ''In the past governments have only viewed growth corridors through the prism of outer urban growth.

''The Baillieu government sees the opportunity to strategically place Melbourne as being the first city to have an inner-city growth corridor and that [Fishermans Bend] is an area with a large enough parcel of land to do that.''

Unlike the Docklands project, which placed large commercial buildings with tenants such as the ANZ and NAB banks alongside residential apartment towers, the Fishermans Bend project would focus on more affordable housing, he said.

He said it was too early to give a figure on the number of houses to be built. The style and density of development would be determined in the planning stage, with precinct structure and development plans to be finalised in the next four years.

Land would be rezoned and incentives provided to encourage residential development.

Property Council of Victoria chief executive Jennifer Cunich said if the government managed to redevelop up to 200 hectares, depending on the density of the buildings, as many as 10,000 to 15,000 dwellings could be built.

''Fishermans Bend, the whole precinct there, is the most obvious next phase … but we need to start talking about how many homes we are putting into the marketplace,'' said Ms Cunich, adding that Victoria was delivering 6000 fewer homes than needed each year.

Mr Guy said development of the area would take up to three decades. It would not encroach on the Webb Dock facilities at the end of Williamstown Road but it would include the E- Gate precinct opposite

Feb 17, 2011

IBM's Watson could usher new era in medicine - Computerworld

The game show-playing supercomputer Watson is expected to do much more than make a name for itself on Jeopardy.

IBM's computer could very well herald a whole new era in medicine.

That's the vision of IBM engineers and Dr. Eliot Siegel, professor and vice chairman of the University of Maryland School of Medicine's department of diagnostic radiology.

Siegel and his colleagues at the University of Maryland, as well as at Columbia University Medical Center, are working with IBM engineers to figure out the best ways for Watson to work hand-in-hand with physicians and medical specialists.

Siegel, who refers to the computer not as the champ of Jeopardy but as "Dr. Watson," says he expects the computer, which can respond to questions with answers instead of data and spread sheets, to radically improve doctors' care of their patients.

"There is a major challenge in medicine today," Siegel told Computerworld. "There's an incredible amount of information in a patient's medial record. It's in the form of abbreviations and short text. There's a tremendous amount of redundancy and a lot of it is written in a free-form fashion like a blog or text."

"As a physician or radiologist, it might take me 10 or 20 or 60 minutes or more just to understand what's in a patient's medical record," he said.

Within a year, Siegel hopes that "Dr. Watson" will change all of that. Watson is expected to be able to take a patient's electronic medical records, digest them, summarize them for the doctor and point out any causes for concern, highlighting anything abnormal and warning about potential drug interactions.

"It offers the potential to usher in a whole new generation of medicine," Siegel said. "If all Dr. Watson did was allow me to organize electronic medical records and bring to my attention what's most important and summarize it, that would be incredibly valuable to me."

"Even small things that Watson can do will change the way I, and my colleagues, practice medicine," he said.

Richard F. Doherty, research director of the analysis firm Envisioneering Group, said he's excited to have a computer organize his medical history for his physician.

"That sounds excellent," Doherty said. "I think we've all been through the situation of filling out forms for new doctors and then they don't have the time to read through it all, and they just say, 'What? You have a sore throat?' Having Watson help attend to our needs sounds like a great application of [the computer]."

But organizing and summarizing patient histories isn't all Watson is expected to do.

Siegel, who also works with the National Cancer Institute, said he's hoping that Watson will also be able to take patient and treatment information from hundreds, if not thousands, of hospitals and pull it all together.

Former Telstra pro joins HTC, unveils the Desire S - Current: Electrical, Electronics and Appliance Industry News and Issues

Jeremy Matthews has joined HTC as the marketing director for Australia and New Zealand. Matthews was most recently Telstra’s group manager of mobility marketing in the enterprise and Government business unit, and was involved with launching the Next G network and instrumental in tripling smartphone penetration between 2008 and 2010, according to HTC.

Matthews has replaced Anthony Petts, who has moved to Motorola after an exceptionally successful stint at HTC.

“This role presented an excellent opportunity to work with an innovator brand that is quickly gaining momentum in the Australian market,” said Mathews in a statement.

“This is a critical stage in HTC’s growth, we have one of the most exciting smartphone roadmaps today and we expect these devices to shape the future of mobile communication technology. I’m looking forward to building upon HTC’s success in the Australian market and working closely with our team, partners and carriers to propel the brand even further.”

Meanwhile, in Barcelona this week HTC, unveiled the next generation HTC Desire S, which will be brought into Australia in the first half of 2011 by Telstra. Key features of the new mobile include a 3.7-inch touch screen, a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, Google’s 2.3 Android Gingerbread operating system, and access to over 100,000 apps on the Android marketplace.

Google One Pass to Challenge Apple Subscription Service - Search Engines - News & Reviews - eWeek.com

Google One Pass is geared to kneecap Apple's App Store subscription service for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Publishers will keep 90 percent of sales, vs. 70 percent from Apple's service.
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Seeking to undercut Apple's subscription service, Google Feb. 16 unveiled a payment service to let publishers set their own prices and terms for digital content they serve on tablets, smartphones and Websites.

Google One Pass allows readers to purchase newspapers and magazines from publishers using a single sign-on with an e-mail account and password. Publishers can offer subscriptions, metered access, and other custom content from their Websites or mobile applications. Google Checkout processes One Pass payments.

One Pass publishers collect 90 percent of sales on every transaction. Google's 10 percent cut is one-third of the 30 percent transaction fee Apple is charging for its App Store subscription billing service, available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

In Apple's App Store, publishers must offer users the chance to buy content in the application at the same price the digital content is offered elsewhere online. This move, the latest in a string of stringent Apple content policies, is sparking concerns among content developers.

Google has designed One Pass so that publishers can maintain direct relationships with their customers, which means they command all the data on subscribers who sign up through One Pass.

Moreover, publishers authenticate existing subscribers so that readers don't have to re-subscribe to consume their content on, for example, a just-purchased Motorola Xoom tablet computer.

"Our goal is to provide an open and flexible platform that furthers our commitment to support publishers, journalism and access to quality content," claimed Lee Shirani, director of business product management for Google Commerce.

This sort of publisher-friendly freedom should ensure that Google will find plenty of traction for One Pass on Android smartphones and tablets at a time when Apple's iPad, iPhone and iPod touch attract a lot of user eyeballs and time.

Pairing publisher content with Android-based devices should in turn ensure that Google continues to serve a lot of ads via mobile search and other Web services.

Google counts German publishers Axel Springer AG, Focus Online and Stern.de, as well as Media General, NouvelObs, Bonnier’s Popular Science, Prisa and Rust Communications among the first Google One Pass partners.

One Pass is currently available for publishers in the U.S., U.K., Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, with plans to expand to other countries in the coming months.

Feb 14, 2011

Michael Pascoe | The economic irrationalism of hospital politics

The drawn-out process of establishing a new funding system to meet our hospitals' voracious appetite for money demonstrates the best and worst of our politicians – a genuine desire to improve the lot of the people as well as a dangerous addiction to power.

Kevin Rudd's original offer to take over the health system, botched by his personality and lack of negotiating skills, appeared to be a political no-brainer for state governments. As I've written before, hospitals are an incurable disease and thus the chance to flick responsibility for them would have been immediately seized in a rational world.

Hospitals never get better. They will always consume ever-greater amounts of money yet will never have enough brilliant doctors and saintly nurses. Mistakes happen, human errors occur, bugs grow resistant to drugs, demand grows exponentially, there's a difficult moral hazard tightrope to be walked when providing any “free” service and all that is before considering the demographic tsunami heading our way. Quite simply, you'd be mad to want to take responsibility.
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Some states, specifically the electorally-challenged governments of Queensland and NSW, were happy to take a deal, any deal, while going through the process of talking tough about wanting more money for their citizens. The clunky and inefficient Rudd compromise – a camel of a funding system – was enough to get all but WA over the line.

Those who think the worst might believe WA held out for purely political reasons, but I suspect not. There's always an element of politics, but there was also a genuine concern that any deal had to deliver a better outcome for the people.

And there was something else, revealed in an off-the-record chat with a minister: if states give away running the health system and then the education system and, well, soon there's nothing left to run, there's no effective state any more, just an administrative body functioning at the behest of Canberra.

Some might think that's a good idea, given the quality of many state regimes, but we shouldn't fool ourselves that the federal bureaucracy is innately superior, as many a failure of execution over the past half dozen years or so should remind us.

Power, with the accompanying ability to bestow favours and influence wealth, is a dangerous thing, but the desire to wield power to achieve the best outcome for a generally unthankful citizenry remains one of the more noble callings. The hard part is to differentiate between the two. When NSW appeared to be dragging its heels on handing over the hospitals to the feds, was it because of the billions of dollars in hospital real estate that would disappear from Sussex Street's orbit, or because pensioners with broken hips would be worse off? We'll never know.

And we're a long way from knowing the eventual outcome of the Gillard compromises initialled last night. On the face of it, the Federal and State governments may be lured by the idea of all elected officials dodging responsibility for the health system by handing it over to a Reserve Bank-style statutory body.

That is not a cure for the incurable disease. Unlike the RBA, which has all that it needs to function, the new body remains totally dependent on government funding, whether it's on a 50-50 split, 60-40 or 99-1. The new body handing out the cash to regional health authorities will still face a looming health inflation rate of 10 per cent and politicians of all parties scared of the telling the truth about tax and spending. For good reasons, Canberra surrendered direct control of monetary policy to the RBA, but it's not about to surrender direct control of the health budget's call on taxation.

The one real achievement of the health funding argy bargy was the airing of a hard truth: Hospitals alone will soon enough consume the entire GST. Why states were concerned about signing away a fraction of their GST revenue given the eventual saving is beyond me – suspicions about the nature of power arise again.

The demands of the health system and the choices it will eventually force on us about taxation and spending mean we would be better off with a single government having to take responsibility for it. A 50-50 deal and an “independent” body smacks suspiciously of an opportunity for ducking and weaving by all parties.

Feb 11, 2011

HTC Legend comes in an aluminum suit of armor


It took a little Magic and a Dream but Android eventually got a Hero to champion the OS. Now, the HTC Legend comes in an aluminum suit of armor to join the ranks of the Android army. So, is this knight in shining armor set to be the vanguard of the explosive growth of Android?
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HTC Legend official photos
The predecessor of the HTC Legend, the Hero, pioneered Sense UI and this latest gadget follows suit, but brings some innovation of its own.
The HTC Legend borrows a page from high-end laptop design – the aluminum unibody. The unibody design was touted as a game-changing breakthrough when it hit the laptop market. A lot of that was marketing hype, but the fact is that unibody metal designs still have a distinct quality feel to them.
Before we jump into any details, we’ll go over the key aspects of the HTC Legend and what we found lacking.

Key features

  • Aluminum unibody design
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
  • 3G with HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA 2Mbps
  • Android OS v2.1 with latest Sense UI
  • 3.2" capacitive AMOLED touchscreen of HVGA resolution
  • Qualcomm MSM 7227 600 MHz CPU, 384 MB RAM
  • 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash and VGA@30fps video recording
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and GPS receiver
  • Digital compass
  • Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate and turn-to-mute
  • Proximity sensor for automatic screen locking during calls
  • Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP); File transfer over Bluetooth
  • Standard microUSB port for charging and data
  • Standard 3.5mm audio jack
  • FM Radio with RDS
  • microSD card slot with support for up to 32GB cards (2GB one included)
  • USB tethering support right out-of-the-box
  • Social networking integration with Facebook and Twitter
  • Web browser comes with Flash support
  • Multi-touch zooming in gallery and web browser
  • Direct access to the official Android application repository

Main disadvantages

  • No video-call camera (or videocalling whatsoever)
  • No dedicated shutter key or lens cover
  • No TV-out port
  • No voice dialing
  • No DivX or XviD video support out of the box
  • Dodgy flash video support
The aluminum body isn’t the only hardware upgrade the Legend got over the Hero, the TFT display technology has been switched in favor of AMOLED and that’s not all. Some of the other specs have also received a refresh.
Despite trading plastic for metal, the Legend is actually slimmer around the waist than the Hero – it’s just 11.5mm thick and it’s a pinch lighter too. Something that will evoke either a positive or negative response depending on the person is the move to an optical trackpad instead of the tried and true trackball.
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HTC Legend at ours
Android doesn’t have much use for a trackball or trackpad anyway, but this goes well with the more compact profile of the HTC Legend. Even the trade-mark chin has been all but flattened.
On the next page, we’ll tell you more about the feats (and features) of the HTC Legend, starting with the unboxing and the hardware.......

Feb 1, 2011

900m Internet Explorer users vulnerable to data-stealing hack

Microsoft has warned that the 900 million users of its Internet Explorer browser are at risk of having their computers hijacked and their personal information stolen by hackers.
The company has yet to develop a permanent fix for the security hole but users are being told to apply a temporary fix that prevents hackers from exploiting a hole to install malicious scripts. Users could be targeted simply by visiting an infected website.
In a security bulletin, Microsoft said the flaw affected all versions of Windows and although it had yet to encounter "indications of active exploitation of the vulnerability", the flaw was serious and it was aware of proof-of-concept code exploiting the issue.

"The main impact of the vulnerability is unintended information disclosure," said Microsoft's Angela Gunn in an accompanying blog post.
"For instance, an attacker could construct an HTML link designed to trigger a malicious script and somehow convince the targeted user to click it. When the user clicked that link, the malicious script would run on the user's computer for the rest of the current Internet Explorer session.
"Such a script might collect user information (eg., email), spoof content displayed in the browser, or otherwise interfere with the user's experience."
Microsoft added that the flaw, in addition to disclosing user information, could result in the user's machine being taken over, allowing hackers to "take any action that the user could take on the affected website on behalf of the targeted user".