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Submission + - Android now on over half of US smartphones (

somebodee writes: ComScore released new data today, suggesting that Android has finally taken over half of the US smartphone market. This comes from a 3.7% market share increase from the previous quarter, ending in December, 2011. Similarly, iOS's market share grew by 1.1% to 30.7%. RIM and Microsoft's market share both dropped, with RIM having the sharpest decline. RIM's market share fell by 3.7%, placing it at 12.3% of the total US market. Microsoft's smartphone market share fell by .8% to 3.9% total, and Nokia's market share for Symbian remained steady at 1.4% of the total market.

Submission + - Study Aims to Read Dogs' Thoughts (

jjp9999 writes: A new study at Emory University is trying to figure out what dogs think. The study uses functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to scan the dogs’ brains while they’re shown different stimuli. Results from the first study will be published by the Public Library of Science, where the dogs were shown hand signals from their owners. ‘We hope this opens up a whole new door for understanding canine cognition and inter-species communication. We want to understand the dog-human relationship, from the dog's perspective,’ said Gregory Berns, director of the Emory Center for Neuropolicy and lead researcher of the dog project.

Submission + - Leonardo da Vinci: How accurate were his anatomy drawings? (

antdude writes: "BBC News, with a 2.5 minutes embedded video, answers how accurate were Leonardo da Vinci's anatomy drawings — "During his lifetime, Leonardo made thousands of pages of notes and drawings on the human body.

He wanted to understand how the body was composed and how it worked. But at his death in 1519, his great treatise on the body was incomplete and his scientific papers were unpublished.

Based on what survives, clinical anatomists believe that Leonardo's anatomical work was hundreds of years ahead of its time, and in some respects it can still help us understand the body today.

So how do these drawings, sketched more than 500 years ago, compare to what digital imaging technology can tell us today? ..."

Seen on Neatorama."

The Military

Submission + - Some USAF Pilots Refuse to Fly F-22 Raptor

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The LA Times reports that some of the nation's top aviators are refusing to fly the radar-evading F-22 Raptor, a fighter jet with ongoing problems with the oxygen systems that have plagued the fleet for four years. "We are generally aware of a small number of pilots who have expressed reservations about flying the F-22, and each of those cases will be handled individually through established processes," says Maj. Brandon Lingle, an Air Force spokesman. Concern about the safety of the F-22 has grown in recent months as reports about problems with its oxygen systems have offered no clear explanations why there have been 11 incidents in which F-22 pilots reported hypoxia-like symptoms. "Obviously it's a very sensitive thing because we are trying to ensure that the community fully understands all that we're doing to try to get to a solution," says Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command. Meanwhile Sen. John McCain says that the jets, which the Air Force call the future of American air dominance, are a waste of their $79 billion price tag and serve no role in today's combat environment. "There is no purpose, no mission in Afghanistan or Iraq, unless you believe that al Qaeda is going to have a fleet of aircraft," says McCain, a former combat pilot himself. "[The F-22] has not flown a single combat mission... I don't think the F-22 will ever be seen in the combat it was designed to counter, because that threat is no longer in existence.""

Submission + - Swiss solar powered catamaran finishes 'round the world tour (

wokie78 writes: The PlanetSolar a swiss solar powered catamaran has just arrived to monaco, its initial port of departure after finishing its voyage around the world which it started in September 2010. its 5 member crew completed a 60,006 Km trip fully powered by 537 squared meters which produced from 500 to 600 kw/h in fair weather. which means it could go for 300 km on a single charge. everything on the boat was solar powered.
The Courts

Submission + - X-Rays show memory card still in digestive tract of accused hang glider. (

dumuzi writes: A hang glider instructor in British Columbia is accused of obstructing justice during a police investigation of the death of one of his passengers. Lenami Godinez's boyfriend bought her a hang gliding experience for their anniversery. Immediatly after take off Godinez began to fall. She struggled to hold onto the pilot William Orders, who attemped to help her according to bystanders. Godinez was unable to hang on and fell to her death. A police investigation revealed the memory card from the camera attached to the hang glider was missing and Orders was arrested for obstruction of justice. Several recent X-Rays show the memory card is making its way through Orders digestive tract while he is being held in custody. The card likely contains video evidence which is expected to be intact once the memory card is recovered.
The Internet

Submission + - Religious sites riskier than porn sites (

drkim writes: Article: "According to a report released... by security software firm Symantec, religious and ideological websites are riskier to visit than adult and pornographic websites. ...analysis found that religious sites had more than triple the average number of threats per infected site than pornographic sites..."

Submission + - Mac virus using Office 2000 vulnerability to spread (

danomac writes: It appears that Mac users aren't very vigilant about keeping their machines fully patched — Microsoft is reporting that an old Office vulnerability is being exploited to turn the Mac into a zombie for a botnet.

The patch for this was apparently issued almost three years ago, and it is apparently still infecting machines today.

Submission + - John McAfee, antivirus pioneer, arrested by Belize police (

concertina226 writes: McAfee antivirus founder John McAfee is reportedly taking legal advice after a raid on his Belize home by police resulted in the software entrepreneur’s arrest and the death of his pet dog.

The raid in the early morning of 1 May by the country’s armed ‘Gang Suppression Unit’ (GSU) allegedly involved the doors to McAfee’s house being smashed down, his property ransacked, and his dog shot.

After searching the house for drugs and firearms and handcuffing him and his 12 employees, the police detained McAfee for a number of hours before releasing him at 2am the following morning.


Submission + - Google makes $1bn a year in Australia; pays just $74k tax (

daria42 writes: Looks like Apple isn't the only company with interesting offshore taxation practices. The financial statements for Google's Australian subsidiary show the company told the Australian Government it made just $200 million in revenue in 2011 in Australia, despite local industry estimating it actually brought in closer to $1 billion. The rest was funnelled through Google's Irish subsidiary and not disclosed in Australia. Consequently the company only disclosed taxation costs in Australia of $74,000. Not bad work if you can get it — which Google apparently can. About that 'don't be evil' motto? Yeah. Not so much.

Submission + - The Coolest Tech Homes in America (

ElectronicHouseGrant writes: "The 2012 Electronic House Home of the Year winners represent the best installations of home technology that we’ve seen, incorporating streamlined control and automation of audio/video equipment, lighting, heating and cooling systems, security and more,” says Electronic House editor Lisa Montgomery. “The winning projects are inspirational and provide helpful information to anyone interested in incorporating technology into their homes."

Submission + - Apple's Share of Tablet Market Surges to 68% as Kindle Fire Shipments Plummet (

coinreturn writes: IDC today released its data on worldwide tablet shipments for the first quarter of 2012, revealing that despite a quarterly drop in iPad shipments of over 20%, Apple's share of the tablet market rose to 68% from last quarter's 54.7%. Apple's boost came at the expense of Android-based tablets, most notably Amazon's Kindle Fire which appears to have seen its shipments collapse from 4.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011 to less than 750,000 units last quarter.

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