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Submission + - Tesla Model S: 0-60 in 4.5 seconds (greencarreports.com)

thecarchik writes: We already know a lot about the all-electric 2012 Tesla Model S sedan — but at a press event ahead of tonight’s exclusive VIP event at the former Toyota NUMMI facility in Fremont, California, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced Tesla was making a faster Model S for those with a sporty side.

Cutting the brisk 0-60 time of the standard Model S from 5.6 second to under 4.5 seconds, the sportier version features the same 85 kilowatt-hour, 300 miles-per-charge battery pack found in the 2012 Model S Signature series.

“That’s quicker than a [Porsche] 911 [Carrera],” joked Musk. “Not bad for an electric luxury sedan.”

But if you thought 300 miles was the maximum range a Tesla Model S could do, you’d be wrong.


Submission + - setting up a personal cloud

graphius writes: I have a start-up project where a small group of us will need to share fairly large image files over the internet. I would prefer to host something on my small Linux server from home. I have tried owncloud (owncloud.org) but I can't get it to show thumbnails. EyeOS(eyeos.org) looks interesting, but it seems a bit heavy and the free version seems limited. If the rest of the group were a bit more computer savy, I would set up a webdav share, but I will not always be around to fix access problems.
I would also like the system to be multi-platform (at least Linux and Mac) and expandable as our needs grow.
Am I asking too much, or is this possible on the small scale I am interested in?

Submission + - Google Opens First Retail Outlet in London 1

theodp writes: Following in the footsteps of Apple and Microsoft (yes Virginia, there are Microsoft Stores), the London Evening Standard reports that the world's first 'Google Store' has opened in a PC World on London's gadget street, Tottenham Court Road. Officially known as 'the Chromezone,' the 285sqft pop-up 'shop within a shop,' which only sells Google's Chromebook laptop and a few accessories such as headphones, will run for three months up to Christmas. But if the low-key experiment is successful, Google could follow Apple in opening permanent stores around the world. 'It is our first foray into physical retail,' said Google's Arvind Desikan. 'This is a new channel for us and it's still very, very early days. It's something Google is going to play with and see where it leads.'

Submission + - StatusNet Microblogging Software Reaches 1.0 (status.net)

supersloshy writes: The StatusNet microblogging software, which powers websites such as Identi.ca and the TWiT Army, has now released their latest version, 1.0. This is their largest upgrade to date and it comes with several new features for users and administrators, such as much better privacy controls with messages, many additional plugins, and a completely overhauled default theme. Identi.ca and all of their StatusNet cloud systems have been upgraded to 1.0, so you can give it a try on any supported StatusNet website or download it yourself to run your own instance.
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Submission + - Citigroup questions if US spectrum shortage exists (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: For more than two years, the U.S. mobile industry has warned of an upcoming spectrum shortage, but two analysts at Citigroup don't buy it. AT&T, trade group CTIA and even officials with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission have talked frequently about a coming spectrum crunch, as mobile customers move to data-sucking smartphones and tablets. Smartphones use 24 times the spectrum compared to standard mobile phones, and tablets use 120 times the spectrum, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a speech on Tuesday. But Citigroup analysts Jason Bazinet and Michael Rollins questioned what has become the convention wisdom in the mobile industry. The U.S. has plenty of spectrum for mobile broadband, but much of it is in the wrong hands, they said.

Submission + - Web Browser Grand Prix 7: Firefox 7, Chrome 14, Op (tomshardware.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Firefox 7 was released a couple days ago, and now the latest Web browser perfromance numbers are in. This article is the same series that ran benchmarks on Mac OS X Lion last month. This time around the new Mozilla release is going against Chrome 14 and Opera 11.51 in 40+ different tests on Windows 7. Testing comes from every category of Web browsing perfromance I can think of: startup time, page load time, JS, CSS, DOM, HTML5, Flash, hardware acceleration, WebGL, Java, Silverlight, reliable page loads, memory usage/management, and standards confromance. The article also has a little feature on the Futuremark Peacekeeper browser benchmark. An open beta of the next revision has just been made public. This new version adds HTML5, video codecs, and WebGL tests to the benchmark. It's also designed to run on any browser/OS/device combination — e.g. Windows desktop, iPad, Droid 2, MacBook, Linux flavors, etc. Another great read, a must for Web browser fanatics!

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: eReader browser friendly websites?

DJCouchyCouch writes: I have a Kobo Touch eReader that comes with a bare-bones web browser. Being E Ink based, the browsing experience is pretty poor due to the low refresh rate of the screen. Scrolling is twitchy and often laggy. Are there sites out there that can reformat a website to be more like book reading? Not asking for a perfect, tablet-like experience, just something better than what it does now. Thanks!

Submission + - Mozilla develops Gladius 3D game engine (geek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla is developing its own 3D engine called Gladius as part of a wider Paladin project whose aim it is to bring 3D to the web. As all programmers know, the best way to learn is to experiment, and that's exactly what Mozilla is doing. In order to develop Gladius the team decided to create a game called RescueFox (best played in Firefox). It's a very basic prototype, and Mozilla have no interest in taking it further, but the purpose it served was to highlight what still needs to be done to make Gladius a solid web browser 3D engine solution.

Submission + - Sexting now illegal in Florida (orlandosentinel.com) 5

SonicSpike writes: No more sexy texts for teens. Starting on Saturday, teen "sexting" is illegal in Florida.
The new state law, which passed in June, bans teens from sending nude or racy photos to each other by phone.The first offense is a non-criminal violation punishable by eight hours of community service or a $60 fine. The second strike is a first-degree misdemeanor. "Sexting" becomes a felony on the third offense, carrying a maximum five-year prison sentence.

The new law softens punishment for teen offenders, who often were prosecuted under child porn laws and labeled as sex offenders.

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