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Comment Reading worth (Score 4, Interesting) 153

Thanks to jQuery javascript just makes sense. You can refer to and interact with things around the pages so easily that you will laugh thinking about the old days, when scripters were getting mad to write cross-browser js... Book is good and easy to read-through in a single day for an already experienced jscripter.

Submission + - Tegra2 tablets/slates/etc all the rage at CES

MartinSchou writes: At this year's CES it seems that everybody and their cousin are talking tablets, slates or smartbooks. This year, however, might be the year of Linux, if not on the desktop, then at least on your other computing devices.

Amongst this years top contenders are slates running nVidia's Tegra 2 chipset, boasting 10+ hours worth of 1080p play back, with entries from Quanta, Mobinnova, ASUS, MSI> and Boxee (though this is a media computer).

Notion Ink have brought their Adam slate, complete with a Pixel Qi transreflective, multi-touch capable screen.

Comment iRiver? (Score 1) 1

I'm also interested in this. Currently on the top of my list there's iRiver Story. I tried a ton of ebook readers in a mall and this is the single one that renders pdf well. I brought a couple of mine too on a sd card and every one was easily readable and optionally reflowed. I also considered Kindle but DRM'd things make me feel sad.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: A good ebook reader for my own PDFs? 1

An anonymous reader writes: Reviews (and hype) of ebook readers seems centered on buying commercial books with DRM. I have about a million words in my own personal PDFs, and the printouts are huge. Having all this on a small device would be fantastic. Are people adopting ebook readers for their own books? If so, what's a good option? Are there any without DRM schemes (that I wouldn't use, so I don't want to pay for)? What is the best ebook reader for the kinds of pages that LaTeX generates? Can ebook readers display photographs like the Creative Zen? I didn't even know the Zen could do this when I bought one, and now I'm addicted to having hundreds of photos available on the small device.

Submission + - Making a Liquid Invisibility Cloak (newscientist.com)

ScuttleMonkey writes: "Researchers at Fudan University in Shanghai, China are proposing a method which could lead to the first soft, tunable metamaterial, the key ingredient in building an invisibility device. "The fluid proposed by Ji-Ping Huang of Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and colleagues, contains magnetite balls 10 nanometres in diameter, coated with a 5-nanometre-thick layer of silver, possibly with polymer chains attached to keep them from clumping. In the absence of a magnetic field, such nanoparticles would simply float around in the water, but if a field were introduced, the particles would self-assemble into chains whose lengths depend on the strength of the field, and which can also attract one another to form thicker columns. The chains and columns would lie along the direction of the magnetic field. If they were oriented vertically in a pool of water, light striking the surface would refract negatively – bent in way that no natural material can manage.""

Submission + - Google’s Book Scanning Technology Revealed (scitedaily.com)

blee37 writes: Google's patent for a rapid book scanning system was reported last March. This article describes and provides pictures of how the system works in practice. Google is secretive, but the system's inner workings were apparently divulged by University of Tokyo researchers who wrote a research article on essentially identical technology. There is also information about how Google wants to use music to help humans flip pages and videos of robotic page flippers.

Submission + - Flash 10.1 on Google Nexus One & Motorola Droi (phlashers.com)

naz404 writes: Adobe has just released videos of the Google/HTC Nexus One & Motorola Droid running Flash Player 10.1 . Demoed on these Android 2.x phones are Flash-heavy websites as well as content from Flash game and animation portals.

Older versions of mobile Flash (Flash Lite (Actionscript 1/2.0 engine)) had always been a generation behind desktop Flash (Actionscript 3 engine) in terms of technology. Flash 10.1 is the 1st time mobile and desktop will have the same version of Flash Player.

Finally, users can experience the same Flash video, Flash games, animations (and unfortunately, banner ads) served on mobile phones without site owners/content authors having to create separate mobile versions for users to be able to view content.

Of course, running dynamic content like Flash on mobile devices means increased CPU & memory loads and there is a possibility that heavy content will hang/crash your device (this would happen to me on the One Laptop Per Child XO-1 machine (433MHz, 256MB RAM) when I visit Javascript/AJAX & Flash heavy sites like Facebook).

Hopefully Adobe works closely with manufacturers to give users the ability to halt heavy SWFs that can crash the phone. Also, developers of Flash-capable mobile browsers should allow users to manually disable Flash and Javascript (mobile Flashblock?). Crashing/Hanging/Slowdown *is* a valid reason for Apple not want Flash on the iPhone, but if users were given the ability to switch Flash on or off and proper warning, the ability to run Flash would be a big bonus and not at all a detriment because a whole world of new content *cough* addicting flash games *cough* would become available. (I believe Adobe already has a beta version of Flash running on the iPhone. Steve is just being a PITA that's why you don't see it yet)

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