Friday, March 30, 2012

The Craziest Fake Island Adventure Story

Seven miles off the English coast and just 24 feet above the roiling waves of the North Sea is the Principality of Sealand. The nation’s total area amounts to just 120 x 50 feet, but its occupier and “ruler” since 1966, Major Paddy Royal Bates, has had outsized dreams for his former military platform out in the sea. Once, it was the home of HavenCo, that company that billed itself as a “data haven,” the Switzerland of data centers.
HavenCo was supposedly to be the home of businesses who didn’t want governments minding their business: porn, anonymous currencies, governments in exile. When Fox News reported that WikiLeaks was moving its servers to Sealand, it certainly seemed fitting but, alas, turned out to be just speculation. That led us to Ars Technica, where law professor James Grimmelmann has written what is probably the definitive history of Sealand and HavenCo, and it is a thrilling read. A few snippets from nation’s short history include a pirate radio broadcaster hurling Molotov cocktails, press wars over “marooned children,” and coup led by a former diamond dealer (possibly staged).

Amazon Kindle store buy buttons vanish for hours

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Maybe Lord Voldemort put a spell on Amazon.Com Inc.

On the same day that Amazon started selling Harry Potter e-books in a landmark deal, buy buttons on the company's dominant Kindle e-book store disappeared for several hours.

Top-selling e-books, including The Hunger Games series and the Fifty Shades trilogy, instead had bigger green buttons saying "This title is not available for customers from: United States."

Several Amazon customers complained on Tuesday about the mysterious button disappearance on the company's online Kindle forum.

"What does this mean? Why am I seeing this message? I am from the United States. I want my readers who live in the United States to purchase this book. Any ideas why this is showing up?" someone wrote on the Kindle Direct Publishing online forum.

Amazon spokespeople did not respond to emails and phone messages seeking comment on Tuesday. However, a forum post from Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing unit said it was a "website issue" affecting the buy box for Kindle books and noted that it should be resolved "shortly."

By Tuesday at 3pm Pacific time (2200 GMT), the buy buttons were back on listings for The Hunger Games series and the Fifty Shades trilogy titles.

(Reporting By Alistair Barr; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

T-Mobile Sued By OTI Over Use Of NFC in Nokia, HTC Smartphones

Here we go again: today brings another mobile patent infringement suit — this time against T-Mobile USA, and over a technology that has had very little use to date, but a lot of potential.

On Track Innovations says that the carrier is selling “at least” two handset models — the HTC Amaze 4G and the Nokia Astound — that it claims violate a patent owned by OTI. NFC is the technology that is the centerpiece for a number of contactless mobile payments services and data sharing other applications.

The case was filed today in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, OTI says.

OTI says that it holds some 100 patents — both approved and pending applications — covering a pretty wide range of areas, from NFC and other contactless payments technologies, to secure ID, and  “petroleum and parking solutions.”

OTI says that T-Mobile has been damaging OTI’s business “by selling and/or offering to sell data transaction devices having contact and contactless modes of operation enabling Near Field Communications capabilities, including at least the following such devices: HTC Amaze 4G, Nokia Astound.” That could leave the door open for other devices to be named. There are no damages specified in the suit.

OTI has been enforcing its patents already and says it has signed a licensing deal “multibillion dollar” corporation, covering a different patent for contactless smart SIM cards. It doesn’t specify the name of the company.

“We believe in the strength and value of our intellectual property and have the resources to protect it,” Oded Bashan, chief executive of Rosh Pina, Israel-based OTI, said in a statement.

OTI says that its technology is supported by MasterCard and Visa. Among the products it sells itself are NFC devices and readers, including a product, the COPNI (Contactless Payment and NFC Insert), that can be attached to a phone to make it NFC-capable, even if it does not have an NFC chip built into the device itself.

Although some companies like Google, Nokia and RIM have committed to implementing NFC, there are others that have not and some have seen these “bolt-on” solutions as one way forward to speed up usage and adoption. There were just 30 million NFC-equipped handsets sold in 2011, says Berg Insight, but it predicts that number will go up to 700 million by 2016.

Up to now, many of the patent suits have been between device and component makers — although there seem to be an increasing number of digital media suits covering services (for example, the infringement case Yahoo has brought against Facebook) that widens the net of plaintiffs and defendants.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Bootbox – Replacement for JavaScript Alerts

In September, we wrote about Bootstrap, a CSS toolkit developed by Twitter. Bootbox is a JavaScript extension to Bootstrap that allows you to create dialog boxes progmatically.

Documentation is provided on usage and a new version has been released which is coincidentally based on Bootstrap 2 and contains changes & additions to the API.


Sunday, March 25, 2012

Interesting Google Chrome Themes 2012

Which are the most interesting factors that you love about your browser? Undoubtedly, the answer would be speed and innovative google chrome themes by Google. And the first name that would strike your mind when you come across the issue of speedy browsing and innovation in themes on the internet is Google Chrome. Chrome has gained an overwhelming popularity among the internet users these days because of its innovative features . Being the most popular browser in the current period, Chrome brings to you a number of exciting themes of Google chrome which would ensue that you enjoy your browsing in a better way. Read on to have an idea of these themes.

Downloaded themes for google chrome from Google chrome themes gallery are limited so, here i have mention few Awesome themes by google chrome which are going to be considered as best cool  google themes for google chrome browser.

Music -Google chrome theme

The lovers of music would find this theme exciting as it entails in itself a wonderful visual and a list of exciting and popular links that would carry you to the world of a variety of apps. While working with this browser, you can enjoy the music of your choice and you can also visit your social media profile by the various links for websites like facebook and twitter (including many other websites). The other useful links include links related to weather forecast, latest music etc. An interesting feature of this theme is the Websearch+ which would provide your search results in an enhanced manner.

Dolce and Gabbana -Cool fast loading chrome theme

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the two creative heads who have given new heights to the word creativity by the introduction of a variety of luxury goods, have designed this theme. When you would roll your eyes on this theme, it may look like another simple and sober theme being introduced by Chrome. But in reality, this is not the case. The utility that this theme provides is commendable. You can have access to your mails, notifications as well as Google docs at the same time. It also provides a direct link to YouTube and the Chrome Web store.

Cute Kitten – Beautiful Nature Chrome theme

You may not love kittens, but you would surely love his theme. A kitten with closed eyes is the only image you would find on the screen. Simplicity is the attracting factor of this theme. An interesting feature of this theme is that it would adjust on browser of any size.

Demi Lovato

It doesn’t matter whether you are a fan of Demi Lovato(the American singer and actress), but having her as a theme for your browser would be the best decision you ever made. A cute image of this American beauty in red attire would make you stare at her endlessly. Apart from this, the other factors that you would love about this theme are its ability to adjust to any size and advanced search options.


Sports car lovers would find a glimpse of the elegant cars introduced by Porsche with this theme. A cool look and a variety of useful links make this browser the first love of the people who have admiration for Porsche and its beauties.


Rampage is a well known name in today’s world in terms of fashion brands and the creativity that it displays in its products is also being displayed in this trendy theme. A cool black and blue combination looks stunning on your screen. It also dons a comprehensive search operation along with a range of useful links.

Brushed -One of Most likely Chrome Theme

For those who don’t like a junction of colors on their screen, this is the best option as it presents a sober look with a shining aluminum-like appearance. The other options like an advanced search option and the links to facebook, twitter, Gmail etc. remain the same.

Easter -best chrome theme of year 2012

Kids would love it, for sure. It would enable the users to make exciting plans for Easter and thus, would assist them in their celebrations. It also presents links to useful deals that would be of utility for a multitude of users all across the world. The most exciting feature of this theme is the introduction of a video sidebar that would present the information related to holidays at the best spots. Websearch+ is another asset associated with this theme.

Anna Sui

Ask any American about Anna Sui (the American fashion designer) and he would exclaim in excitement. This is the result of the hard work that is being put in by this woman in designing world class accessories including clothes and cosmetics. Today she is known all across the world for her fashionable accessories and this is being depicted in this theme also. Purple background with colorful butterflies is something that would be loved by everyone.


The old remains the gold, as always. And nothing can beat the simplicity and the grace of the classics. This theme carries the good old simple look of the Google Chrome and this is the best part of it.

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