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Apple Is Now the Most Valuable Company In History 398

Posted by samzenpus
from the show-me-the-money dept.
derekmead writes "Apple, as of this morning, is valued at $621 billion, thanks to a stock price that spiked at $663.10 per share (and that has risen this afternoon). That finally beats Microsoft, who previously held the record for most valuable company in 1999 at $619 billion. Incredibly, Apple has almost doubled its valuation in the last year, when it topped Exxon-Mobil for most valuable American company with a valuation of $346 billion. It's not the cleanest comparison, but to give you an idea of how much $621 billion actually is, only 23 countries had a GDP higher than that in 2011. So, basically, Apple alone is worth more than what 200+ countries in the world could produce in an entire year."
Technology

Gigapixel Camera Catches the Small Details 61

Posted by Soulskill
from the i'll-order-a-dozen dept.
An anonymous reader sends this quote from Nature: "David Brady, an engineer at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and his colleagues are developing the AWARE-2 camera with funding from the United States Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (abstract). The camera's earliest use will probably be in automated military surveillance systems, but its creators hope eventually to make the technology available to researchers, media companies and consumers. ... AWARE-2 sidesteps the size issue by using 98 microcameras, each with a 14-megapixel sensor, grouped around a shared spherical lens. Together, they take in a field of view 120 degrees wide and 50 degrees tall. With all the packaging, data-processing electronics and cooling systems, the entire camera is about 0.75 by 0.75 by 0.5 metres in volume. The current version of the camera can take images of about one gigapixel; by adding more microcameras, the researchers expect eventually to reach about 50 gigapixels. Each microcamera runs autofocus and exposure algorithms independently, so that every part of the image — near or far, bright or dark — is visible in the final result. Image processing is used to stitch together the 98 sub-images into a single large one at the rate of three frames per minute."
Crime

Belief In Hell Predicts a Country's Crime Rates Better Than Other Factors 471

Posted by Soulskill
from the also-correlates-with-air-conditioner-sales dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Religion is often thought of as psychological defense against bad behavior, but researchers have recently found that the effect of religion on pro-social behaviors may actually be driven by the belief in hell and supernatural punishment rather than faith in heaven and spiritual benevolence. In a large analysis of 26 years of data consisting of 143,197 people in 67 countries, psychologists found significantly lower crime rates in societies where many people believe in hell compared to those where more people believed in heaven."
Cloud

Microsoft Announces 'Surface' Tablet 712

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the but-will-it-run-Debian dept.
MrSeb was one of several submitters to write in about Microsoft's foray into the tablet hardware market. From the article: "At its much-discussed 'big unveil' this evening, Microsoft did indeed launch a tablet — but rumors that the device would showcase a Barnes & Noble partnership were misplaced. Instead, Microsoft showed a ... device that integrates a better keyboard option than typing on the screen without adding size or weight. That's where the new keyboard — which doubles as a screen cover — kicks in. At 3mm thick, it adds virtually nothing to the device's size, but it opens up a world of inputs. There are two covers available — the Touch Cover (very thin) and the Type Cover (with proper, tactile keys). Microsoft is touting the device's magnesium body, vapor-deposited construction, full PC functionality, and additional features like being the first tablet to showcase a 2×2 MIMO wireless antenna. Windows RT (ARM) and x86 versions are both in the works, with the x86 version apparently having a higher quality screen. No word on hardware specs yet; Microsoft is claiming it 'rivals the best ultrabooks' and uses less power than the Core i5." Microsoft has a launch site with a few pictures. There is a vague spec sheet: the x86 version is slightly thicker and has a larger battery (and comes with a pen) than the ARM tablet, but that's about all it reveals. Update: 06/19 16:06 GMT by T : Nick Kolakowski at GeekNet's SlashCloud says this may be Microsoft's best chance to compete in a cloud-centric mobile computing world.

Comment: Re:Ummm (Score 1) 130

by WolfTheWerewolf (#40108413) Attached to: FBI Quietly Forms Secretive Net-Surveillance Unit
Exactly this. The FBI surely has better things to do than crack the whip on some kid copying a movie - aren't they supposed to be out catching the legitimate Top Ten Wanted guys? Somehow the so-called justice system got hijacked by media controllers and they even managed to drag INTERPOL in as well. Amazing. Just amazing.
Android

Windows 8 Metro Theme Created For Rooted Android Tablets 116

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the all-the-good-none-of-the-evil dept.
MikeatWired writes "Now here's a cool one for you tablet users that like to tweak the appearance of your UI! XDA member BroBot175 has created a Metro UI theme for all tablets running Honeycomb or ICS! The theme is a fully functioning replica of Windows 8 that allows you to create your own tiles, and organize them however you want."
GUI

Ask Slashdot: Which Multiple Desktop Tool For Windows 7? 359

Posted by timothy
from the dual-boot-with-linux dept.
First time accepted submitter asadsalm writes "MacOS has spaces. Windows had no out-of-the-box utility for multiple virtual desktops. Which Multiple Desktop Tool should one use on Windows 7? Sysinternals Desktops, mdesktop, Dexpot, Virtual Dimension, VirtuaWin, Finestra are the few options that I have shortlisted." So, if you use both Windows and multiple desktops, what's your favorite method?

Comment: Re:How is this different than graffiti on wall? (Score 1) 890

by WolfTheWerewolf (#38761606) Attached to: Police Investigate Offensive Wi-Fi Network Name

4) You have a right to think the way you do, however wrong it is, but you do not have a right to put a sign out on your lawn preaching hate speech just because a bunch of people in your neighborhood are different than you. Everyone else has the right not to feel harassed by hate speech.

You should tell this to the Phelps crowd.

+ - Four Destructive Myths Most Companies Still Live B->

Submitted by daem0n1x
daem0n1x (748565) writes "Does success come from creative geniuses or common people? Is the constant stress and information overload we're subject to nowadays making us more or less productive? Should we work more, or less hours to produce more?

In this blog entry, specialist Tony Schwartz tries to demolish a few myths about productivity that, despite being denied by science over and over, seem to be the Holy Bible of managements all around the world.

All those geeks out there in the corporate world should read this. Maybe we've been getting it all wrong, and insisting in anti-patterns that make us less productive, and miserable."

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Privacy

+ - U.S. Government Demands For Google User Info Surge->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "US law enforcement requests for user data from Google surged by 29% in the past six months. Google says that the numbers show that the U.S. needs to reform its out-of-date digtial privacy law, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act."
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