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+ - Jolla Announces 1st Meego/Android-App Device Available Year End 2013

Submitted by x_IamSpartacus_x
x_IamSpartacus_x (1232932) writes "Jolla, the Finnish company that continued Nokia’s work on the MeeGo mobile platform, announced details of its first smartphone on Monday. Availability for the Jolla device is expected by year end and can be pre-ordered now; the phone will be priced at no more than €399 (US $512.26).
The Jolla hardware looks similar to that of Nokia’s Lumia, with a clean, button-less front face that houses the 4.5-inch touchcscreen.The phone will use a dual-core processor and support 4G LTE in some regions. Internal storage tops out at 16 GB, but can be expanded via microSD card. The phone also includes an 8 megapixel rear camera with auto focus.
The phone is also “Android app compliant” which, in a move similar to that of BlackBerry, can help with available apps at launch."

Comment: Re:Best phone for 2013 (Score 2) 290

It runs Maemo/Meego, which is based on Debian, and can therefore run lots of standard Linux programs. It's also fully open and not locked down at all, unlike iOS/Android. The things that it can do that other phones can't do are very niche hacker things though, hence the popularity on Slashdot. I do have one, and it's fun to play around with, and certainly better than anything else for using a terminal and SSHing into servers, but for anything else I much prefer Android, since it's much easier to use and has apps that are better designed for touchscreens.
Mars

4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover 101

Posted by samzenpus
from the take-a-look dept.
SternisheFan points out that there is a great new panorama made from shots from the Curiosity Rover. "Sweep your gaze around Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is currently exploring, with this 4-billion-pixel panorama stitched together from 295 images. ...The entire image stretches 90,000 by 45,000 pixels and uses pictures taken by the rover's two MastCams. The best way to enjoy it is to go into fullscreen mode and slowly soak up the scenery — from the distant high edges of the crater to the enormous and looming Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual destination."
Firefox

Emscripten and New Javascript Engine Bring Unreal Engine To Firefox 124

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the cycle-is-nearly-complete dept.
MojoKid writes "There's no doubt that gaming on the Web has improved dramatically in recent years, but Mozilla believes it has developed new technology that will deliver a big leap in what browser-based gaming can become. The company developed a highly-optimized version of Javascript that's designed to 'supercharge' a game's code to deliver near-native performance. And now that innovation has enabled Mozilla to bring Epic's Unreal Engine 3 to the browser. As a sort of proof of concept, Mozilla debuted this BananaBread game demo that was built using WebGL, Emscripten, and the new JavaScript version called 'asm.js.' Mozilla says that it's working with the likes of EA, Disney, and ZeptoLab to optimize games for the mobile Web, as well." Emscripten was previously used to port Doom to the browser.
Science

+ - The Higg's Boson exists!-> 3

Submitted by FBeans
FBeans (2201802) writes "New York Times:
"Physicists announced Thursday they believe they have discovered the subatomic particle predicted nearly a half-century ago, which will go a long way toward explaining what gives electrons and all matter in the universe size and shape."

So it's back to the LHC to find out what type of Higg's Boson this is.

From The Independant:
"Cern says that confirming what type of boson the particle is could take years and that the scientists would need to return to the Large Hadron Collider — the world's largest 'atom smasher' — to carry out further tests. This will measure at what rate the particle decays and compare it with the results of predictions, as theorised by Edinburgh professor Peter Higgs 50 years ago."

Good Job SCIENCE!"

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+ - Volvo announces release of it's cyclist detection facility->

Submitted by FBeans
FBeans (2201802) writes ""Volvo has announced it is releasing a cyclist detection facility which should prevent fatal accidents. The auto firm says vehicles fitted with the system will be able to detect threats including a cyclist suddenly swerving out into a car's path. It said that if a collision risk was detected an alarm would sound and the car's brakes would be fully deployed."

The new system, which is based on their previous detection system will be available in seven out of 11 models of the company's current line-up. As "The code which acts as the brains for the equipment has been rewritten to add the new feature, and its added complexity has meant a more powerful processor is now needed." the system will only be available in new cars meaning older models with the old system cannot be upgraded.

"Motorists wanting the feature face an added bill of at least £1,850 to buy it as a part of a package of added features."

Cyclist and pedestrian detection. Under-bonet air-bags for pedestrians. Stability control. Driverless cars. Augmented reality Dashboard. Adaptive headlights. Weather sensors. Parking Cameras.... With all of this modern tech getting regularly tested and added to new models, it seems we made it to the future! Oh and now Top Gear have done this"

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Comment: Re:Linus has always been an a-hole (Score 1) 786

by ProbablyJoe (#43005433) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Explodes at Red Hat Developer

There's also a third one I seriously considered, but I can't remember it's name at the moment. It uses the icon of a mouse to signify the menu.

Sounds like you're talking about XFCE. It's quite similar to Gnome 2, simple and usable, but is indeed lacking some features and polish.

You might want to look into Cinnamon too. It's a fork of Gnome 3 developed by Mint, but is available on various other distros now. It uses the underlying code of Gnome 3 but has an interface similar to Gnome 2. I haven't tried it myself, but it has been getting good reviews.

Comment: Re:You're not kidding (evidences within over time) (Score 1) 314

by ProbablyJoe (#42885151) Attached to: Opera Picks Up Webkit Engine
Those links are all over 2 years old, so don't really prove anything about the performance of Opera now. Especially considering how much webkit has developed in that time, and the shift in focus towards JS performance. The second link even says to stop posting it on Slashdot because it's so outdated.
Games

+ - Nvidia Announces Project Shield, Android Based Gaming System->

Submitted by
tekgoblin
tekgoblin writes "Nvidia has announced today their first gaming system based on Android and the Tegra 4 called Project Shield. The device is capable of running the Unreal Engine and has outputs to connect directly to your TV. Shield is also running the Android OS so you can enjoy everything about Android as well on either your TV or in your hands on the device. It also supports the new Nvidia Grid gaming and streaming movies and games from your PC or the internet.
The system was being demoed on a new LG 4K TV with HDMI out and it was beautiful. The system performed quite well to all tests and even was able to stream content such as games installed on Steam on your own computer directly to the Shield device to play. So basically you can create your own gaming cloud with Shield inside your own home, you can play the games on your PC from your Couch or while laying in bed."

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Comment: Re:Huehuehuehue (Score 5, Interesting) 251

by ProbablyJoe (#42203475) Attached to: Android Options Mean "Best" Browsers Might Surprise You
Mercury, and essentially every browser on iOS, is just a different UI on top of Safari. Obviously this allows for extra features, but limits how much can be done with them. Apple enforces this rule, and doesn't allow browsers which use a different rendering engine. Android doesn't have this limitation, which allows for a much larger variety of browsers, and much bigger gaps in performance. The same site did a similar test with iOS browsers, and the performance results were very similar, which isn't exactly surprising since they all use the same back end.

Comment: Interesting, but not that useful (Score 5, Interesting) 251

by ProbablyJoe (#42203383) Attached to: Android Options Mean "Best" Browsers Might Surprise You

While some of the results are interesting, I don't think this is a particularly good comparison. For a lot of the tests they said "This doesn't work on this browser, so we didn't include that test". Surely that should be a win for the browsers that DO support it, rather than just ignoring that feature. Personally, I'd care more that a browser can render more things, rather than if it can render some things a few seconds faster, but fail at others.

Not to mention, it completely ignores things like features, reliability, usability, security, etc, which are very varied between the different browsers. That's what I base my choice on anyway, and many that I've tried either crash, fail to load some pages, render pages incorrectly, or lack important features. Personally I find Firefox works best for me, but results would probably vary with different phones/OS versions, and some features are more important than others for different people

But hey, everyone loves benchmark numbers

Comment: Re:What is the ARM bringing? (Score 1) 230

by ProbablyJoe (#41701901) Attached to: ARM-Based Chromebooks Ready To Battle Windows 8, Tablets
The Intel Atom CPUs actually have pretty low power usage compared to ARM. The Intel powered RAZR i has better battery life than the ARM powered RAZR M (identical hardware besides the SoC). The performance of the Intels isn't quite as good in mobiles, but that's partly down to optimisation.

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