Technology News Gallery: Week of February 20, 2012
Our weekly roundup of worldwide technology news in pictures, courtesy of IDG News Service. This week: HP shows off slick new all-in-one workstation, Microsoft’s online store in India got hacked, Sony shows off its new ‘smart plug’ concept and more
HP announces Z1 AIO workstation
At a workstation event in Las Vegas this week, HP announced its new workstation, which happens to be one of the slickest looking all-in-ones, the HP Z1.
It’s outfitted with a 27-inch screen and a hinge that splits the computer in two, allowing for easy maintenance of its internals.
Sony shows off “smart plug” concept
In a demonstration held for media in Tokyo, Japan, Sony showed off its new concept for a smart plug, one that tailors power consumption by “knowing” what device is being plugged in. It does this using a special touch-card technology, Felica, to allow devices to identify themselves.
Obama announced 2013 IT budget with significant cuts
The U.S. government announced cuts to the Department of Defense’s (DOD) IT budget, and IT budgets government-wide. CIO for the Obama administration, Steven VanRoekel (pictured) said it’s not a question of just money saved, but effenciency. The government wants to “do more with less.”
The budget, set at US$78.9 billion, is a 0.7 per cent decrease from the budget set in 2012, which was US$79.5 billion.
ACTA protested in Paris
In a protest against yet another bill that would threaten the way consumers enjoy the Internet, Parisians came out in force on February 11, Saturday of last week. The ACTA bill – or Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement – is meeting the same kinds of resistance that saw SOPA and PIPA removed from the docket in the U.S.
Microsoft’s India online store hacked
Microsoft’s online store for India was hacked this week, a “limited compromise” that saw the front face of the store defaced by hackers claiming to be Chinese.
A database containing users names and passwords was also leaked, thought the extent of the information shared is still being investigated.
Joe Liberman promotes new Cybersecurity bill
Senator Joe Liberman, and three other co-sponsors, have proposed a new Cybersecurity bill that would force key networks to comply with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security standards.
If the DHS found security at a key service – one which might cause mass death, evacuation or major damage to the economy if compromised – it would have to work with the DHS to develop better security performance.
MSN launches msn NOW service
Cashing in on the success of constantly updated culture services – like Facebook and Twitter – Microsoft has now launched msnNOW, a service that attempts to capture the hottest trending topics from Twitter and Facebook.