The famous Digg This plugin for wordpress just got updated (thanks for thetshirtblog from the forum for notifying me of the problem).
As it turns out that Digg changed the HTML code consist of a post. Since the plugin validate that the referral you got is actually from digg and not from a spam bot, it did not parse correctly the changed HTML coming from digg, resulting no link back to digg. If you have an old version of the plugin, please update your wordpress with the new version
The voluntary recall applies to certain Sony 2.15Ah lithium-ion cell batteries made in Japan and sold around the world in laptops made by Hewlett-Packard Co., Dell Inc. and Toshiba Corp.
Some incidents involved smoke or flames, according to Sony. Twenty-one of the reports claimed minor property damage, and small burns were reported in four cases.
Sony blamed two factors for the defects: adjustments on its manufacturing line from October 2004 to June 2005, which may have affected the quality of cells in certain production lots; and a possible flaw in the metal foil for electrodes.
The company said no reports have been filed for batteries made after 2006, and noted that the recalled units are a small fraction of the more than 260 million it has shipped over six years
Microsoft’s British researchers are literally bringing another dimension to the company’s Surface touchscreens, writes Barry Collins in Los Angeles.
The original Surface tables are one of the chief attractions here at PDC, with attendees clambering to get their hands on the dozen or so tables dotted around the conference halls.
However, the highlight of today’s keynote from Microsoft Research was a demonstration of a new Surface prototype called SecondLight, which is being developed at the company’s labs in Cambridge.
The new table projects an image through the table itself, so that any translucent material (such as tracing paper or perspex) held above the Surface screen displays a different image to what you see on the table’s display.
This means you can have a satellite image of a town on the table, and have the street names projected on to a piece of paper that the user holds above the map. Or you could have a photo of a car, with the tracing paper displaying images of its innards as you pan the paper across the screen. Microsoft described the technology as a “magic lens”.
After two false starts, this time the notice posted on AT&T’s Web site is accurate. The company is indeed allowing all iPhone users to access its 17,000 Wi-Fi hot spots around the country for free.
Earlier this year, the company inadvertently published information on its Web site telling customers that they could access AT&T’s hot spots for free. But this time it’s true. I double-checked with AT&T’s public relations team myself.
On Wednesday Google formally announced its support as a provider for the OpenID 2.0 protocol, offering some site owners a way to let users log-in and register for new accounts using existing Google account information. More importantly, Google will be letting these same users manage all their linked account information in one central location.
This new log-in offering is not available to all site owners just yet. Google has set up a sign-up form where developers can apply with their URL and OpenID identification to get access. Plaxo and Zoho are two of the first sites to already have the new system in place, with Zoho having offered a similar option since mid-April.
WunderWorks, an Interaction Solutions Company, Announced Today it Has Made Available a Free Version of its TeamPlayer Multi-User, Multi-Mouse-Keyboard Software.
It enables multiple users to work together on a single standard Windows computer. The software works with multiple mice and keyboards or other input devices in all existing software.
The Dutch company developed the knowledge and software that allows multiple users to work together on one PC. Its products are already delivered to OEM’s around the world; it will now make WunderWorks’ TeamPlayer software available to the rest of the world.
WunderWorks will add new features monthly, including multi-user white boarding, a Sandbox to create your own multi-user apps, Teacher modules, remote PC/IP input etc. Other releases such as its BrainStorm+(R) application and a PowerPoint(R) plug-in are planned for December 2008.
Videoconferencing is often heralded as the next best thing to being somewhere - a cheaper, simpler alternative to traveling in person to attend a meeting. Yet a small study raises questions about whether videoconferencing distorts interactions in a subtle but important way.
The study found that doctors and nurses who attended seminars via videoconference were more likely to be influenced by the charisma of the presenter. In contrast, people who were face-to-face with the presenter were more likely to base their judgment of the presentation on the arguments that were used, the researchers said.
The Tribler BitTorrent client, a project run by researchers from several European universities and Harvard, is the first to incorporate decentralized search capabilities. With Tribler, users can now find .torrent files that are hosted among other peers, instead of on a centralized site such as The Pirate Bay or Mininova.
The Tribler developers have found a way to make their client work without having to rely on BitTorrent sites. Although others have tried to come up with similar solutions, such as the Cubit plugin for Vuze, Tribler is the first to understand that with decentralized BitTorrent search, there also has to be a way to moderate these decentralized torrents in order to avoid a flood of spam.
The world’s largest software maker also is making Word, Excel and other key elements of Office - its flagship “productivity” programs - able to run in a Web browser. The move is meant to help confront rivals such as Google Inc. that offer free word processing and spreadsheet programs online, threatening one of Microsoft Corp.’s most precious profit centers.
The Windows and Office news came Tuesday at a Microsoft conference for software developers.
The forthcoming Windows 7 will let users choose to see fewer alerts and warnings from their computers. Rampant notifications alerting people to security risks irked many Vista users.
Software giant Microsoft Corp has matched a reward being offered in the search for a missing Canadian teenager who ran away from home after his parents took away his Xbox 360 video game console.
Microsoft, which makes the Xbox 360, said it would match the existing reward of C$25,000 ($19,400) for information leading to Brandon Crisp’s return.
“Like everyone, we are deeply worried about the disappearance of Brandon Crisp,” the company said in an email. “Law enforcement has contacted Microsoft about this matter and we are co-operating fully with them. We are unable to comment further on the nature of our co-operation because of the ongoing investigation.” However it is not that difficult to guess that MS put a trace on his XBox 360 online account .
The 15-year-old has been missing since October 13. He ran away from his home in Barrie, Ontario, north of Toronto, after his parents took away his gaming privileges because of his excessive playing of “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare”.
An unlocked iPhone 3G is a little closer to becoming reality, according to the iPhone Dev Team.
Gizmodo picked up on a video produced by the iPhone Dev Team demonstrating that it has gained access to the baseband processor used by Apple in the iPhone 3G. The baseband chip is what controls the connection between the phone and the mobile phone network, meaning that a software download that could let you use your iPhone 3G on a carrier network other than the ones officially designated by Apple could be released soon.
I’m sure you remember the fuss about the original iPhone and those who sought to unlock it from the four carriers that were Apple’s launch partners for the first iPhone. The iPhone 3G has proven a tougher nut to crack, because Apple apparently changed the baseband to make it more difficult to exploit than the baseband used on the original iPhone. You can unlock your iPhone 3G to use it on another carrier by modifying the SIM card, but what the iPhone Dev Team is trying to accomplish is a software-based unlock that you would just download and install.
Canonical has announced that it will release its latest Ubuntu updates for desktop and server editions on Oct. 30.
According to the Linux-based operating system’s commercial distribution sponsor, the free download of Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop Edition has been specifically tailored to fulfill the connectivity needs of today’s digital lifestyle. For example, users of the new desktop OS will be able to move seamlessly from wired and Wi-Fi networks onto 3G cell-phone networks while on the go, noted Canonical Chief Operating Officer Jane Silber.
“Ubuntu 8.10 lays the groundwork for a radically different, more mobile, desktop computing environment,” Silber said.