16 February 2014

Chrome gets Faster; Windows 8 a Big #FAIL compared to Windows 7

Google still ascendant, Microsoft fading --

Google: Under-the-hood change helps Web apps on Chrome | Internet & Media - CNET News: "...The newest Chrome beta version, 33, includes a feature called concurrent compilation that means the browser takes a smoother, faster trip to an optimized version of the Web page code it's running. "Concurrent code compilation is another step towards reducing latency in Chrome," said Chrome programmer Yang Guo in a blog post Thursday...." more info: http://blog.chromium.org/2014/02/compiling-in-background-for-smoother.html

After 15 months, Windows 8 has sold 100 million fewer copies than Windows 7 did - The Next Web: "Windows 8 launched on October 26, 2012. In February 2014, Microsoft revealed that it had sold over 200 million Windows 8 licenses in the operating system’s 15 months. No matter how you slice it, that’s not good news for the company."

Not even Steve Jobs could sell live tiles on iOS 8 | ZDNet: "... an [idiot] analyst with JP Morgan believes that Apple needs to radically change iOS, presumably starting with iOS 8, to be more like Windows 8. The new iOS would blend OS X and iOS into a single operating system, much along the lines of Windows 8. The thought of an Apple mobile OS with live tiles shows it is not likely something the folks in Cupertino would do...."

Slow cable Internet service providers lobby to kill local broadband | BGR: " . . . Ars Technica’s Jon Brodkin writes that that ISPs have successfully lobbied legislatures in 20 different states to pass laws that make it more difficult or even impossible for individual municipalities to build their own broadband networks. What’s more, ISPs apparently aren’t satisfied with their current winnings and are pushing for fresh restrictions in two of the three states where Google has just happened to launch its Google Fiber services. . . ."

Flappy Bird game pulled from online stores by creator
BBC News
After more than 50 million downloads mobile phone game Flappy Bird has been removed from online stores by its creator, Dong Nguyen. He said its fame "ruins my simple life". Online security company Cloudflare has warned of "the start of ugly things to ...

Mystery of 'jelly doughnut' Martian rock solved
Houston Chronicle
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Scientists have solved the mystery of the "jelly doughnut" rock on Mars that appeared to come out of nowhere. NASA said Friday that a wheel of the rover Opportunity broke it off a larger rock and then kicked it into the field of view.

Android Contract Raises Questions
EE Times
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Is Google playing fair in its Android agreements? That's what I'd like to hear from the community of smartphone and tablet makers. A leaked copy of a 2011 Android agreement between Google and HTC raises questions about the amount ...

Robots Inspired by Termites Build Complicated Structures
Guardian Liberty Voice
Harvard University engineers have used termites as inspiration for a new breed of robot. These small robots are able to build complicated structures without a centralized plan by following simple rules of organization. Using a process called stigmergy, which ...

Ants With Formic Acid Are Invading North America! (Video)
Guardian Liberty Voice
For a long time, red fire ants have been the raining kings of the ant world because of their large stingers that secrete a deadly dose of venom to their competition. Different types of ants compete and attack each other over resources and nest space. However ...

Rakuten acquires Viber web phone/messaging service for $900 million
The Japan Times
Rakuten Inc., the Japanese online retailer controlled by billionaire Hiroshi Mikitani, is buying the Viber Internet messaging and calling service for $900 million as it moves into social networking. Viber will provide a distribution channel for Rakuten's digital ...

How to Survive the Next Wave of Technology Extinction - NYTimes ...
Technologies have always gone belly up, but tech extinctions may become even more common over the next few years. We're living through an exhilarating and ...

Lithium Technologies to buy Klout - CNN Money
Customer engagement service Lithium Technologies has agreed to buy Klout, a service that measures users' online influence.
money.cnn.com/2014/02/11/.../lithium-technolgies-klout/

Snowden used simple technology to mine NSA computer networks ...
Snowden was a technology contractor working at an agency outpost in Hawaii that had yet to be equipped with modern monitors which might have sounded the ...
www.theguardian.com/.../edward-snowden-used-simple-techn...

Emerging Nations Embrace Internet, Mobile Technology | Pew ...
In a remarkably short period of time, internet and mobile technology have become a part of everyday life for some in the emerging and developing world.
www.pewglobal.org/.../emerging-nations-embrace-internet-mo...

Bitcoin Trading Technology In Question As Currency Dives After ...
A software glitch, enabling Bitcoin traders to effectively defraud exchanges, has prompted a severe war of words – between the currency organisation and a ...
www.forbes.com/.../bitcoin-trading-technology-in-question-as...

1 in 4 Americans Don't Know Earth Orbits the Sun. Yes, Really. : Discovery News: "the National Science Foundation (NSF) delivered news of a pretty shocking poll result: around one in four Americans (yes, that's 25 percent) are unaware that the Earth orbits the sun. Let’s repeat that: One in four Americans — that represents one quarter of the population — when asked probably the most basic question in science (except, perhaps, “Is the Earth flat?” Hint: No.), got the answer incorrect."
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