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iPad Steering Wheel Mount 230

Posted by samzenpus
from the dr.-lampe's-christmas-gift dept.
kevin7kal writes "The Apple iPad is the ideal automotive communications and entertainment device. It is sized perfectly to mount using the iPad Steering Wheel Mount without obscuring the driver's view. 'I don't think that I am exaggerating when I say that the iPad Steering Wheel Mount probably has saved my life...'"
Security

+ - Study: 73% use bank passwords everywhere 1

Submitted by shmG
shmG (666) writes "Most security experts would recommend not using the same password across multiple websites, especially those used on sensitive financial information, but a new study is showing that the majority of Internet users are ignoring that advise. Security researcher Trusteer reported that 73 percent of bank customers use their banking password on multiple websites."
Google

+ - Google is REALLY dropping IE6 (corrected)

Submitted by yakatz
yakatz (1176317) writes "Google just sent this message to all of the Google Hosted Apps admins:

Dear Google Apps admin,
In order to continue to improve our products and deliver more sophisticated features and performance, we are harnessing some of the latest improvements in web browser technology. This includes faster JavaScript processing and new standards like HTML5. As a result, over the course of 2010, we will be phasing out support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 as well as other older browsers that are not supported by their own manufacturers.
We plan to begin phasing out support of these older browsers on the Google Docs suite and the Google Sites editor on March 1, 2010. After that point, certain functionality within these applications may have higher latency and may not work correctly in these older browsers. Later in 2010, we will start to phase out support for these browsers for Google Mail and Google Calendar.
Google Apps will continue to support Internet Explorer 7.0 and above, Firefox 3.0 and above, Google Chrome 4.0 and above, and Safari 3.0 and above.
Starting this week, users on these older browsers will see a message in Google Docs and the Google Sites editor explaining this change and asking them to upgrade their browser. We will also alert you again closer to March 1 to remind you of this change.
In 2009, the Google Apps team delivered more than 100 improvements to enhance your product experience. We are aiming to beat that in 2010 and continue to deliver the best and most innovative collaboration products for businesses.
Thank you for your continued support!
Sincerely,
The Google Apps team

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+ - Parliament: Record companies "blackmail" users

Submitted by
Kijori
Kijori writes "Lord Lucas, a member of the UK House of Lords, has accused record companies of blackmailing internet users by accusing people of copyright infringement who have no way to defend themselves. "You can get away with asking for £500 or £1,000 and be paid on most occasions without any effort having to be made to really establish guilt. It is straightforward legal blackmail." The issue is that there is no way for people to prove their innocence, since the record company's data is held to be conclusive proof, and home networking equipment does not log who is downloading what. Hopefully, at the very least, the fact that parliament has realised this fact will mean that copyright laws will get a little more sane."

+ - Theory of Fastest Gunfighter Tested->

Submitted by SubComdTaco
SubComdTaco (1199449) writes "Scientists discovered that people move faster when reacting to something than when they perform "planned actions".

In an experimental "duel", published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, they studied the speed of these two types of movement.

As well as unpicking Wild West mythology, scientists hope the findings will shed light on movement disorders.

The team say the results could help diagnose conditions such as Parkinson's disease.

Gun-free duels: Pairs of participants were put in a button-pressing competition with each other. Each was secretly given instructions of how long to wait before pushing a row of buttons. "There was no 'go' signal," said Dr Andrew Welchman from the University of Birmingham, who led the research.

"All they had to go by was either their own intention to move or a reaction to their opponent — just like in the gunslingers legend."

Those who reacted to their opponent were on average 21 milliseconds faster than those who initiated the movement."

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Space

+ - Carnegie Mellon to build Lunar X-Prize robot

Submitted by
Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "Google's Lunar X-Prize already has a prominent entry, William Whittaker, a researcher from Carnegie Mellon University said that he will be assembling a team to development a robot that will be be competing for the $20 million grand prize. According to this story, Whittaker has some unfair advantage, as he has developed a pretty cool lunar rover for NASA that "can find concentrations of hydrogen, possibly water and other volatile chemicals on the moon that could be mined to produce fuel, water and air that are essential for supporting lunar outposts." The Lunar X-Prize runs until the end of 2012 and Carnegie Mellon's announcement could be a first indication that reserachers are taking this challenge very seriously."
Operating Systems

+ - Portable Operating Environments (POEs)->

Submitted by 1 a bee
1 a bee (817783) writes "An increasing number of Linux-based, live distros have been recently created. An interesting article argues that such distros, especially USB-based live distros, could become the common computing norm in the future. From the introduction:

Just as the web heralded the widespread use of thin client computing devices and services (mobile phones and Google are respective examples that come to mind), we argue here that portable OSs herald a complimentary tug in the opposite direction, towards safe, low-cost, easy-to-manage, personalized, portable operating environments (or POEs, for short).
No need for chip implants. All you need is a USB port behind your ear!"

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Power

+ - Cooler silicon lasers thanks to energy harvesting

Submitted by Light Licker
Light Licker (666) writes "UCLA researchers have developed a way to cut power use and heat output from a silicon laser used for optoelectronics. Both have been problems because silicon absorbs too much light — producing high-energy free electrons that make heat. One of Intel's best silicon lasers produced 125 times more heat than usable light. The UCLA team added a diode to their laser which can harvest free electrons and use them to help power the circuit — simultaneously cutting heat output and power use."

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