Diggester writes: "To some it might not be a big deal, but to most of us the choice of a browser does matter. Though Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has been with us for a long time, but people are now trying their luck with the browsers offered by Google and some other companies as well.
Internet Explorer has been the most popular web browser for more than a decade now, but the results for October speak of its demise and rise of Chrome as the new king of Browsers after overtaking Firefox. Keeping in mind that IE have been earning majority market share since its advent, reaching its best as 95 percent share in 2004 and declining ever since."
Mightee writes: "The Stockholm District Court sentence against Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm was finalized today after he failed to appear at the Court of Appeal. Svartholm, also known as Anakata online, did not appear at the appeal trial last year because he was hospitalized in Cambodia and later went missing. The Court of Appeal has now decided to finalize the initial verdict of one year jail time and a fine of $1.1 million."
Mightee writes: "Supercomputers are at the front line of current processing capacity among all the families of computers. They are used for highly intensive tasks such as quantum physics, weather forecasting, climate research and molecular modeling etc.
In November '09 and October '10 Jaguar topped the Top500 lists of world's fastest supercomputers. But it was not until late October 2010 that Jaguar was dethroned by a Chinese supercomputer Tianhe-1A achieving 2.5 quadrillion calculations per second.
Now, after almost a year, the phoenix is going to rise out of the pyre; Jaguar is all set to become the most powerful supercomputer again."
Mightee writes: "Sir Geoffrey Ingram Taylor in 1964 described the phenomena of liquid drop changing its shape when passing through an electric field. He observed it in the rain drops modifying their outlook when struck upon by lightening.
Exploring the same phenomena, a team of researchers hailing from Georgia Institute of technology, have unveiled another method for solidification of liquids. Demonstrated with the help of simulation, they have explained the solidification of liquid into crystals under the influence of sufficiently high electric fields. They have termed this phase transformation as "electro-crystallization".
Instead of the spherical liquid drops used by Taylor, the Georgia tech researchers focused their study on a liquid formamide droplet of 10 nanometer radius. Formamide is composed of polar molecules with dipole moment twice as that of a water molecule."
Mightee writes: "Astronomers these days are busy searching for life on other planets of the universe. They search for the environment and the necessary elements for establishing a habitat for Homo sapiens. After mars, it's Venus this time that has shown a green signal. Surprisingly it isn't NASA but the Venus Express spacecraft of 'the European Space Agency' who has found it.
The signal is actually the presence of Ozone layer similar to that surrounding our mother Earth and Mars already. It is a layer of Ozone (O3) surrounding the earth which absorbs harmful ultraviolet rays coming from the sun. It bears quite a lot importance in the presence of life on earth. In fact, it is thought to have been brought into being by the life itself."
Mightee writes: "Early today, Google started showing off Dart, a new language for structured web programming.
This language is, as a product of the 21st century, designed with modern web browsers and modern devices — from tablets to servers — in mind.
Mightee writes: "In a press release, Apple has announced that they have received more than 1 million iPhone 4S pre-orders in less than 24 hours of pre-orders going live — that makes it THE MOST successful iPhone launch ever.
iPhone 4S Pre-Orders Top One Million in First 24 Hours
CUPERTINO, California—October 10, 2011—Apple® today announced pre-orders of its iPhone® 4S have topped one million in a single day, surpassing the previous single day pre-order record of 600,000 held by iPhone 4."
Mightee writes: "Well as we advance towards shrinking things to the size of nanometers, even the useless are turning into assets. Thus here, Materials Science and Engineering Professor Xudong Wang, postdoctoral Researcher Chengliang Sun and graduate student Jian Shi are busy finding ways to turn our respiration into a potential source of energy, and that too electrical.
This is made possible by the wondrous piezoelectric effect. It is the phenomena by which some crystals such as that of lead zirconate titanate (PZT), acquire a charge when compressed, twisted or distorted. This provides a transducing effect for converting mechanical energy into electrical."
Mightee writes: "A team of Physicists at Rice University have covered another milestone in the development of such particles. According to a research paper published recently, physicists claimed to have developed a device called "Quantum spin Hall topological insulator". It is prepared from a commercial grade semiconductor also being used in manufacturing goggles for night vision. It acts as an electron super highway and boasts primary importance in the development of quantum particles.
According to experts at Rice University, these particles will prove their worth in accelerating the processing speed of computing tasks related to code breaking, climate modeling and bio modeling simulations. To add more to your astonishment only 30 qubits alone can take over the job of 1 billion digital transistors."
jjp9999 writes: The virus that hit Predator and Reaper UAVs could be an internal monitoring system employed by the military. According to security researcher Miles Fidelman there are vendors that sell security monitoring packages to the Defense Department which are ‘essentially rootkits that do, among other things, key logging.’ The virus is a keylogger that was found at pilot stations, and could be keeping tabs on keystrokes used by pilots to control the UAVs, found Wired’s Danger Room blog. Fidelman adds ‘I kind of wonder if the virus that folks are fighting is something that some other part of DoD deployed intentionally.’
Mightee writes: "Steve Jobs, the creator of Apple, died today at the age of 56. He founded Apple Inc. in 1976 along with Steve Wozniak, and has been with the company since then through thick and think.
We have compiled a list of Top 10 Most Iconic Moments From Steve Jobs' Career to pay tribute to an "Industry icon". Take a look!"
Mightee writes: "SEOUL, Oct 5 (Reuters) — Samsung Electronics said it will file patent-infringement claims in France and Italy to ban the sale of Apple's new iPhone less than a day after it was unveiled, intensifying a legal battle between the two top brands.
It will also file legal cases in other countries to stop the sale of the iPhone 4S after further review, the South Korean maker of Galaxy smartphones and tablets said in a statement.
Samsung has emerged as a credible challenger to Apple's mobile devices and the two companies are battling over patents in courtrooms around the world. They have sued each other in 10 countries involving more than 20 cases since April."
Mightee writes: "Apple has just made the iPhone 4S official at Let's Talk iPhone event in Cupertino, CA. It will be the first dual-mode world phone supporting both GSM and CDMA and will have the same design as the iPhone 4.
Other features will include Apple-made A5 Processor with dual core graphics (up to 7 times faster than in the previous iPhone), 8 hours of talk time, 14 hours of 2g talk time, 6 hours of 3g browsing, 9 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, an all new 8MP Camera along with an IR for better colour accuracy, f/2.4 aperture, 1080p HD video recording with image stabilization and noise reduction."
CWmike writes: "Google's Chrome is on the brink of replacing Firefox as the second-most-popular browser, says the Web statistics firm StatCounter, which shows that Chrome will pass Firefox to take the No. 2 spot behind Microsoft's IE no later than December. As of Wednesday, Chrome's global average user share for September was 23.6%, while Firefox's stood at 26.8%. IE, meanwhile, was at 41.7%. The climb of Chrome during 2011 has been astonishing: It has gained eight percentage point since January 2011, representing a 50% increase. During that same period, Firefox has dropped almost four percentage points, a decline of about 13%, while IE has also fallen four points, a 9% dip. That means Chrome is essentially reaping all the defections from Firefox and IE."