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+ - Toyota Develops New Flower Species to Reduce Pollu->

Submitted by teko_teko
teko_teko (653164) writes "Toyota has created two flower species that absorb nitrogen oxides and take heat out of the atmosphere. The flowers, derivatives of the cherry sage plant and the gardenia, were specially developed for the grounds of Toyota’s Prius plant in Toyota City, Japan. The sage derivative’s leaves have unique characteristics that absorb harmful gases, while the gardenia’s leaves create water vapour in the air, reducing the surface temperature of the factory surrounds and, therefore, reducing the energy needed for cooling, in turn producing less carbon dioxide (CO2)."
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Google

+ - Read news fast with Google Fast Flip ->

Submitted by teko_teko
teko_teko (653164) writes "One problem with reading news online today is that browsing can be really slow. A media-rich page loads dozens of files and can take as much as 10 seconds to load over broadband, which can be frustrating. What we need instead is a way to flip through articles really fast without unnatural delays, just as we can in print. The flow should feel seamless and let you rapidly flip forward to the content you like, without the constant wait for things to load. Today, Google introduces the latest addition to Google Labs: Google Fast Flip.

Fast Flip is a new reading experience that combines the best elements of print and online articles. Like a print magazine, Fast Flip lets you browse sequentially through bundles of recent news, headlines and popular topics, as well as feeds from individual top publishers. Mobile version of Fast Flip is also available for Android-powered devices and the iPhone."

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Role Playing (Games)

+ - Free MMORPG Dragonica Online Preview at Anime Expo->

Submitted by RadiusK
RadiusK (653164) writes "Anime Expo announced that THQ*ICE will showcase the free-to-play, MMORPG game, 'Dragonica Online' at Anime Expo 2009. While supplies last, fans that visit the Dragonica Online booth will receive a special Activation Key that gets them exclusive access to the game's Closed Beta Test in advance of its launch this Fall. Throughout the show, THQ*ICE will be hosting a variety of promotions including a raffle for limited-edition Dragonica Online wall scrolls and other goodies.

Anime Expo 2009 is located at the Los Angeles Convention Center, July 2-5. Fans who are unable to attend the convention but are interested in participating in the Closed Beta Test can register at the game's website for the chance to receive a Closed Beta Test Activation Key."

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Google

+ - Android Scripting Environment is Introduced->

Submitted by RadiusK
RadiusK (653164) writes "Google Open-Source Blog introduces the Android Scripting Environment (ASE). The ASE brings scripting languages to Android by allowing you to edit and execute scripts and interactive interpreters directly on the Android device. These scripts have access to many of the APIs available to full-fledged Android applications, but with a greatly simplified interface. Scripts can be run interactively in a terminal, started as a long running service, or started via Locale. Python, Lua and BeanShell are currently supported, and Ruby and JavaScript support is already planned. The ASE will be posted to the Market soon. You can currently download from the project page (sample scripts and documentation are included)."
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Google

+ - Google Releases Chrome v2.0-> 1

Submitted by RadiusK
RadiusK (653164) writes "Google has released the second major version of the Chrome browser. This version features more speed improvements thanks to a newer version of V8 JavaScript engine and WebKit. JavaScript-heavy web pages will now run about 30% faster. Other new features include form autofill, fullscreen mode, and improved New Tab page. If you're already using Google Chrome, you'll be automatically updated with these new features soon. If you haven't downloaded Google Chrome, you can get the latest version at google.com/chrome."
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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft's Sales Drops, First Time in 23 Years-> 1

Submitted by RadiusK
RadiusK (653164) writes "

CNN reports that Microsoft Corp. reported quarterly sales that fell for the first time in its 23-year history as a public company. The company has had a difficult time combating slumping demand for its Windows operating system, as the economic slowdown has dragged PC sales down 7% to 9%, according to Microsoft's estimates. The recession has also prompted many consumers to opt for cheaper, scaled-down "netbooks". They typically run a lower-cost version of Windows or an open-source operating system such as Linux.

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Google

+ - Android 1.5 SDK is Released->

Submitted by RadiusK
RadiusK (653164) writes "Starting today, developers can get an early look at the SDK for the next version of the Android platform. Version 1.5 introduces APIs for features such as soft keyboards, home screen widgets, live folders, and speech recognition. At the developer site, you can download the early-look Android 1.5 SDK, read important information about upgrading your Eclipse plugin and existing projects, and learn about what's new and improved in Android 1.5."
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Graphics

+ - AMD Comes Back Strong with the Radeon 4870 X2->

Submitted by teko_teko
teko_teko (653164) writes "AMD/ATI finally takes back the high-end performance crown from nVidia with the Radeon 4870 X2. HardwareCanucks reviews the card and finds,

"...the HD4870 X2 2GB is the absolute undisputed king of the single-card hill and probably will be for some time. [..] But just remember: this isn't a card for those of you with 19" or 20" LCD monitors. It is for the privileged few with massive monitors of the beastly 24" and 30" variety."

Comparing from different reviews, looks like this graphics card is so fast, now the bottleneck in games lies in the CPU: HardwareCanucks uses Intel QX9770 @ 3.852 GHz, TechPowerUp uses Intel E8400 @ 3.6 GHz, HEXUS uses Intel QX9650 @ 3.0GHz, and Guru3D uses Intel E8400 @ 3.0 GHz"
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Portables

+ - Georgia Tech Developed Portable "Tricorder"->

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teko_teko
teko_teko writes "
Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a narrowband filter mosaic that will expand the uses and functionality of multispectral imaging — a technology that enables subsurface characterization. The new, single-exposure imaging tool could significantly improve point-of-care medical and forensic imaging by empowering front line clinicians with no specialized training to detect and assess, in real-time, the severity of bruises and erythema, regardless of patient skin pigmentation or available lighting.
At least it's smaller than last year's tricorder."

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