He noted that Microsoft’s travel search engine includes the same shading on the gray sliding bars as Kayak’s site does.
The company highlights both major and small vendors, and perhaps is most useful for consumers and companies when it offers experiences that can’t be found elsewhere on the web. For example, for Kauai, Peek features Po’ipu Lu’Au Sheraton Kauai Resort’s authentic Hawaiian gathering night. The resort does not have a website, let alone a quick and easy reservation tool. Several other Peek vendors, especially in Hawaii, have sites that are hard to navigate. Peek offers these companies a user-friendly way to reach online consumers.
Neverwinter Nights continues a long tradition of online adventures, which began in 1979 when Roy Trubshaw and Richard Bartle released a Multi-User Dungeon (MUD) where one player would lead a group of explorers through a text-based adventure.
“It’s very much a thing now, this idea of experiencing something through a device and being able to geotag it,” Roberts says. “There’s this collective sense that we need to identify where we are and have people immediately engage with it and like it.”
With no fanfare at all, Cingular quietly launched its 3G handset line today, choosing simply to post its two new UMTS phones to its website rather than make a big fuss about it in the press. The two phones on offer are the Samsung ZX10 and the LG CU320, each of which sells for $149 with a two-year contract online. Look for a bigger announcement, and perhaps a couple more handsets, to come out of Cingular next week. Meanwhile, go check out the phones.
And then the tech press’s interest turned to Facebook and Twitter, all but dismissing as dead a website that has 20 million users a month. Adelson is clearly bitter about this, blaming a valley and tech media culture stuck on the idea of billion-dollar winners, and dismissing the rest as failures.
The attack is possible because of what’s known as a “physical side channel,” data exposure that comes not from a software bug, but from inadvertent interactions that leak information between a computer’s hardware and the data it processes. In the case of the monitor investigation, the researchers—who also include Daniel Genkin of University of Michigan, Mihir Pattani of University of Pennsylvania, and Roei Schuster of Tel Aviv University and Cornell Tech—found that the power supply boards in many screens emit a high-pitched or inaudible whine as they work to modulate current. That whine changes based on varying power demands from a screen’s content-rendering processor. This connection between user data and the physical system creates an unforeseen opportunity for snooping.
What Really Happened: One thing that many people noticed about the first trailer for the new Ghostbusters was that it was, once again, the story of three white scientists and their black blue-collar friend. Think pieces were offered, and Twitter was unhappy:
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And gOS isn’t the only vender moving over to LXDE; the site lists a handful of others (including Ubuntulite, an Ubuntu derivative) that will ship or already are shipping with LXDE instead of Gnome or even Xfce.
According to a team of physicists from the United States and South Korea, nanotubes can be tuned with the movement of molecules rolling around inside – like a trombone changes its pitch with the up and down motion of its slide. These adjustable electric properties offer a new kind of tunable circuit component, one that will join regular, unfilled nanotubes as the great multi-purpose device of the nanometer-sized world.
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Oh, and the movie got an updated website, too. Captain America: The First Avenger, directed by Joe Johnston, stars Chris Evans as the Marvel Comics supersoldier and Hugo Weaving as Red Skull. The movie opens July 22.
The meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, is in light of a report that Facebook employed bias in the way it selected stories for its “Trending Topics” feature. A report in the tech blog Gizmodo claimed that Facebook downplays conservative news subjects.
Kay Dickersin knew she was leaping to the front lines of scholarly publication when she joined The Online Journal of Current Clinical Trials. Scientific print-publishing was—and still is—slow and cumbersome, and reading its results sometimes required researchers to go to the library. But as associate editor at this electronic peer-reviewed journal—one of the very first, launched in the summer of 1992—Dickersin was poised to help bring scientists into the new digital age.
“If the site continues to operate in an illegal manner,” the RIAA said in a statement, “we will consider all our legal options to prevent further damage to the music community.”
The HBO-Apple agreement is a strategic coup for both companies. Apple is trying to increase sales and awareness of its new Apple TV, a device that allows viewers to rent movies and buy content from your television. HBO wants to profit from its archive by letting fans buy old episodes of shows like Deadwood and The Larry Sanders Show.
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“It seems that when they called this game the ‘warfare of the next century,’ they meant it would be coming to store shelves next century,” said reader Christopher Meacham.
The proof is in the perusing. A new study published today in Nature Human Behavior looked at which science books and which political books people shopping at Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com typically bought together. The huge consumer dataset revealed some pretty clear trends: Red-tinged readers prefer applied science, like criminology or medicine, while lefties alight upon books that explore science for science’s sake, like zoology, or abstract physics. And while it’s great that the reasoned examination of facts appeals to everyone, the study seems to suggest that—unsurprisingly, but depressing nonetheless—people seek out the stuff that supports their worldview.
“I’m still surprised the number is so low,” says Lev Manovich, a computer science professor at The Graduate Center, CUNY whose name you might recognize from his Phototrails project. Manovich, along data visualization whiz Moritz Stefaner and their team of researcher, historians and designers, spent the past six months gathering Instagram data from five major cities across the world for Selfiecity, a new research project that tries to make sense of the media in social media. How else would we find out that, on average, men only snap 20 percent of the selfies taken in Moscow?
All public media in China is controlled by the state, though internet limits have lagged behind as advances in technology and the web’s rapid spread outstripped Beijing’s ability to keep tabs on users and service providers.
Robert Nemiroff, editor of Astronomy Picture of the Day, said about a third of the pictures that run on the site these days are submitted by amateurs.
In a broad folksonomy, Vander Wal continued, there is the benefit of the network effect and the power curve because so many people are involved. An example is the website of contemporary design magazine Moco Loco, to which 166 Delicious users had applied the tag “design.”
– 37-key keyboard
– 1.8/2.1 GHz dual core processor
– 1GB/2GB of RAM
– QWERTY keyboard
– 15-inch touch-sensitive display
– 160GB/250GB hard drive
– DVD burner
– 4 audio inputs with preamps
– 6 audio outputs
– 7.1-channel surround sound
– VGA out for adding a second monitor
– assignable hardware controllers designed for DJing and controlling virtual instruments
A visit to the company’s website reveals a strange message that reads “‘Google to Acquire DoubleClick’ Good for them. Good for you?” linked to an ad inquiry form. Obviously, the intended message is: DoubleClick is part of the “big machine” now, but you can use 24/7 as an independent alternative. Clearly, that’s a claim that will be short-lived as the bidding for the company by Microsoft heats up.
Sometimes we push hard enough to break through and invent something novel. That’s what happened with teledildonics and the make-your-own-dildo kits. (We’ve been making our own dildos out of wood, stone or camel dung and resin for thousands of years, but this uses a quick-set gel to create a mold that holds up through five castings. That’s geeky.)
As Fikes points out, Google had to install GPS antennas on the roofs of its data centers and connect them to the hardware below. And, yes, you do need two separate types of time keepers. Hardware always fails, and your time keepers must fail at, well, different times. “The atomic clocks provide stability if there is a GPS issue,” he says.
“All that mattered to me was India’s strong narrative power,” said Diana Higgins, senior editor at St. Martin’s. The book is scheduled to be published in hardcover this winter.
FBN’s Jennifer Schonberger on the potential shifts in the job market and efforts to train Americans to prepare them for high-skilled tech jobs.
But things took far longer than expected. Part of the problem, Adams says, is that they underestimated the complexity of the task, but the other issue is that HipHop continued to improve. For months, they were chasing a moving target. After two years, they got to point where the virtual machine could run the entire world of Facebook, but it was still three times slower than the original HipHop system.
How good is all of this? Eric Thompson estimates that with a couple of weeks’ to a month’s worth of time, his software breaks 55 percent to 65 percent of all passwords. (This depends, of course, very heavily on the application.) Those results are good, but not great.
If making a fully crocheted replica Shuttle is a bit more complicated than you were hoping for, perhaps this will be more up your alley. NASA have provided a completely free downloadable colouring book with follows the Shuttle through a voyage, from lift off right through to landing.
“We have to recognize that there is diversity,” said board member Karl Auerbach, who is often critical of the California-based agency. “There need not be a single name space that everybody is forced to adhere to.”