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HP

Submission + - Why HP's WebOS on multiple platforms is good (pcworld.com) 2

Antisyzygy writes: Starting next year, HP's WebOS mobile operating system will run on pretty much every smart phone, tablet, laptop and desktop that HP ships. This is a good thing because it allows one to sync all of their devices seamlessly.
HP

Submission + - HP: The Linux Desktop Company (zdnet.com)

Antisyzygy writes: In addition to having new WebOS based phones and a new WebOS tablet coming out, HP is set to release WebOS (a Linux based OS acquired from Palm) on all new desktop and laptop PC's in addition to Microsoft Windows.
HP

Submission + - HP to put WebOS on PCs in 2012

Stenchwarrior writes: Hewlett-Packard’s chief executive officer Leo Apotheker announced that WebOS will be on every PC that HP ships in 2012. A move to attract more developers and push the operating system from mobile devices onto desktops. Apotheker made the announcement during a presentation to HP’s staff in India, according to a report by Bloomberg.

It’s not likely that WebOS will supplant existing operating systems on PCs, but rather would run on top of Windows to be able to launch WebOS apps. HP had previously announced its plans to push WebOS on to PC’s last month, but, at the time, the company didn’t reveal the scope of its commitment to the operating system. We now know that HP means each and every PC it sells starting in 2012 will have WebOS installed.
IBM

Submission + - Argonne taps IBM for 10 petaflops supercomputer (theregister.co.uk)

Julie188 writes: The US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory has inked a deal with IBM to build a monster BlueGene supercomputer that will weigh in at 10 petaflops of peak theoretical performance when it is operational around the middle of next year.
Software

Submission + - Toyota Software Has No Sudden Acceleration Issue (thecarconnection.com) 1

thecarchik writes: As Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood put it: "The jury is back. The verdict is in. There is no electronic-based cause for unintended high-speed acceleration in Toyotas. Period. Our conclusion--that Toyota's problems were mechanical, not electrical--come after one of the most exhaustive, thorough and intensive research efforts ever undertaken."

You may remember the NHTSA came to the same conclusion in a preliminary report issued last August. Another NHTSA report found that the drivers themselves were often to blame.

Idle

Submission + - Catholic Church Approves Confession by iPhone (time.com)

jIyajbe writes: The Catholic Church in America has approved Confession: A Roman Catholic App, for use among churchgoers and lapsed Catholics alike. Patrick Leinen, of Little iApps, the company that created Confession, claims it has already helped one person come back to the church after 20 years away.
News

Submission + - Spinach Could Be Used for Hydrogen Fuel (inhabitat.com)

An anonymous reader writes: If Popeye had made alternative fuels, he’d have probably come up with something like this. Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a system that converts solar energy directly into hydrogen using the common spinach plant.
Politics

Submission + - Obama calling for 53B$ for High Speed Rail (google.com)

Antisyzygy writes: President Obama is calling for 53B dollars to be appropriated for the construction of high-speed rail in the United States over the next 6 years. Assuming Congress approves this plan, the funding would be spent on developing and/or improving trains that travel at approximately 250 miles/hour, as well as spent on connecting existing rail lines to new developed high speed lines.
Science

Submission + - First-of-its-Kind X-ray Images Intact Viruses (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: In a paper published in the current edition of Nature, an international team of scientists describe how they obtained the world’s first single-shot images of intact viruses – a technology that could ultimately lead to moving video of molecules, viruses and live microbes. Another paper by the same team describes how they were also able to successfully utilize a new shortcut for determining the 3D structures of proteins. Both advances were achieved using the world’s first hard X-ray free-electron laser – the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) – which scientists hope could revolutionize the study of life.

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