29 June 2012

Chrome is the world's most popular browser?

Google exec claims Chrome is the world's most popular browser
By Gregg Keizer Computerworld - Google yesterday claimed that its Chrome is the world's most popular browser, interceding for the first time in the dispute over browser usage share. "According to all our metrics and everything we see out there,...

Adobe: No Flash for You, Android 4.1
Wired News
By Scott Gilbertson The move shouldn't be a huge surprise. Adobe already announced last year that it would cease development of its mobile Flash Player. Still, if you were hoping Google might give Flash a bit of a reprieve by including support in the ...

Wired News

Enjoy the long weekend, if only for a second
You'll have an extra second to sleep in on Sunday morning, thanks to an adjustment that's being made at 11:59:60 pm Saturday night. By Chris Wickham LONDON — The world is about to get a well-earned long weekend — but don't make big plans, ...


Using the Nexus 7: The Kindle Fire's got something to fear
Google's Nexus 7 is a strange device. At 7 inches, it's smaller than an iPad — and a breadbox, for that matter — and with its impressive spec list, it's a bit more appealing than the similarly low-priced Kindle Fire. But how does it hold up in person?

Minnesota action park lets you drive a tank
Fox News
For anyone who ever has been stuck in traffic, it's a tempting fantasy: If only you were driving a tank and could roll over everything in your path. Some drivers are now flocking to an out-of-the-way spot in southern Minnesota to turn that vision into ...

World's oldest meteor impact crater discovered in Greenland
Christian Science Monitor
Scientists say they found the oldest meteor impact crater yet discovered, caused by a rock that, it hit Earth today, would wipe out all higher life. By Our Amazing Planet Staff, Space.com / June 29, 2012 An artist's illustration expression of how a ...

Christian Science Monitor

The iPhone moment
By Joe Wilcox Third in a series. Editor's note: To commemorate iPhone's fifth-anniversary, we present several stories looking at its debut and colorful history -- so far. iPhone is five years old today, and what a half-decade it has been.


NASA's Hubble detects an "evaporating" exoplanet
TG Daily
An international team of astronomers have positively identified significant changes in the atmosphere of a planet located beyond our solar system. Based on data from NASA's Hubble space telescope, the scientists hypothesize the atmospheric variations ...

TG Daily

Google Repeats Stunt; Brin Wears Project Glass Sunglasses
Tom's Guide
Between Google execs wearing Google's Project Glass to various events and the very dramatic demo at Google I/O, we've seen quite a bit of Project Glass over the last few months. However, Google's Sergey Brin yesterday showed us a side of Project Glass...

Toyota Seeks BMW Sports-Car Expertise in Technology Links
Toyota Motor Corp. (7203) said it will seek to gain from Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW)'s expertise in sports cars as a partnership on new powering systems expands to include auto components and high-performance vehicles.

Apple's engineering guru Bob Mansfield is to retire, with Dan Riccio set to ...
Apple has announced that Bob Mansfield, its Senior VP of Hardware Engineering, is to retire, and that Dan Riccio will be his successor. After 13 years with Apple leading the hardware engineering team on projects such as the iPhone, iPad and MacBook Pro ...


With a rough landing, Chinese astronauts return safely to Earth
Christian Science Monitor
Following a successful manned docking with a prototype space station, China's historic two-week orbital mission ended with a bumpy landing and three grinning astronauts. By SPACE.com Staff / June 29, 2012 Chinese astronaut Jing Haipeng, commander of ...

Christian Science Monitor

McLaren MP4-12C Spider teases 616HP of droptop
McLaren has previewed its next ultra-expensive sportscar, the 12C Spider, a convertible version of its high-performance MP4-12C. The new droptop will be officially detailed on July 3, but McLaren couldn't resist slipping out a teaser shot and some ...


Could Facebook be testing a 'Want' button?
Los Angeles Times
A developer says he has discovered new wording in Facebook's code that indicates the social network could be testing or readying a "Want" button. The developer, Tom Waddington, said the button's code appeared in Facebook's Javascript SDK as a tag that ...

HP Won't Build Tablet For Debut Of Microsoft Windows RT
The news is a setback for the camp of processor designers building chips based on UK design house ARM's designs. Earlier this month, Microsoft said Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor will be used in its Surface tablet computer, which will be released in ...

World's most powerful rocket launches secret US satellite
Christian Science Monitor
The second classified mission for the National Reconnaissance Office to launch in nine days blasted off with the most powerful liquid hydrogen rocket engines ever built. The spy agency plans a third launch in August. By Tariq Malik, Space.com / June 29 ...

Christian Science Monitor

Colorado Wildfires Seen From Space: Big Vid
Discovery News
June 29, 2012 -- The vast scale of wildfires raging across parts of Colorado and the western US has been captured on camera by astronauts on the International Space Station. A video released by NASA shows huge plumes of smoke billowing up into an...

Scientists create spray-on battery paint
By Shawn Knight A team of researchers at Rice University in Houston, Texas have developed a type of paint that can store and deliver electrical power much like a conventional battery. The scientists were able to break down the individual components in ...

Google Compute Engine Targets Microsoft, Amazon
PC Magazine
By Stephanie Mlot Cloud computing is all the rage, and industry giant Google announced Thursday during its I/O developer conference its addition to the force. The company unveiled Google Compute Engine, an infrastructure-as-service product that allows ...

Prototype 2 is Still Coming to PC
Escapist Magazine
Despite the demise of Radical Entertainment, PC gamers will still get their dose of the Blacklight virus. Yesterdays news of the unfortunate, effective demise of Prototype studio Radical Entertainment led to much wailing and gnashing of teeth over the ...

Like Your Electricity? Thank the Fungi
Kansas City infoZine
Washington, DC - infoZine - A new study--which includes the first large-scale comparison of fungi that cause rot decay--suggests that the evolution of a type of fungi known as white rot may have brought an end to a 60-million-year-long period of coal ...

Scientists discover secret of bland tasting tomatoes
The Bunsen Burner
Gene discovery could lead to tastier tomatoes, according to researchers at the University of California at Davis. The discovery could have a significant impact on the US tomato industry. A research team led by a plant scientist at the University of ...

The Bunsen Burner

Pottery 20000 Years Old Found in a Chinese Cave
Sci-Tech Today
By Didi Tang Fragments of ancient pottery found in a southern China cave turn out to date back 20000 years, making them the world's oldest known pottery. The research by a team of Chinese and American scientists also pushes the emergence of pottery ...

Sci-Tech Today

Cassini finds likely subsurface ocean on Saturn moon
Astronomy Magazine
This artist's concept shows a possible scenario for the internal structure of Titan, as suggested by data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Scientists have been trying to determine what is under Titan's organic-rich atmosphere and icy crust.

Apple Said to Prepare ITunes Overhaul Improving Storage, Sharing
Apple Inc. (AAPL) plans an overhaul of iTunes that would mark one of the largest changes to the world's biggest music store since its 2003 debut, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter. Apple will unveil the changes by year's end, ...

B612 Debuts Its Asteroid-Seeking Sentinel
A private nonprofit group led by former astronauts, spacecraft designers, and asteroid specialists has proposed a spacecraft to find a half million asteroids in Earth-crossing orbits and provide advance warning of impact threats.

10 Cool Windows 8 Metro Apps
PC Magazine
Windows 8 is only out in a Release Preview so far, but there are already a ton of new Metro-style apps built just for it—all free. Here's our pick of the crop. By Michael Muchmore One of the first things Microsoft did when drawing up plans for Windows ...

A tale of 2 tech conferences: Google I/O and Red Hat Summit ...
By Barb Darrow
Two tech conferences took place this week on opposite coasts. ... There were two big techevents at opposite ends of the country this week. ... It brings acquired Gluster technology firmly into the fold to form another layer of the Red Hat stack.

United Technologies acknowledges cover-up of illegal software sale to China
The Seattle Times
Major defense contractor United Technologies and two subsidiaries on Thursday acknowledged covering up the illicit sale of sensitive military software to China, technology it used to develop its first attack helicopter. Federal prosecutors announced ...

Report Questions London's Tech City Initiative
Wall Street Journal (blog)
The report comes as the Tech City Investment Organization (TCIO), the government-appointed body charged with promoting technology development in East London, has announced it is looking for a new CEO after Eric van der Kleij said he wouldn't renew ... 

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