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Submission + - iPad 'overheating' claims overblown says UK consumer group (which.co.uk)

Melchett writes: After Consumer Reports noted that the new iPad ran wamer than the iPad 2 when running games, UK consumer group Which? decided to test the problem as well. The conclusion? "The issue of the iPad ‘overheating’ seems to have been overblown. It does get quite warm, but there doesn’t appear to be any danger of it getting too hot, let alone it burning you."

Submission + - Numecent gives you access to your software, on nearly any device, via the cloud (fastcompany.com)

Blackjax writes: Startup Numecent has come out of stealth mode with some potentially very interesting technology. Numecent offers something it calls "cloud paging" and, if successful, it could be a game-changer for enterprise software, video gaming, and smartphone apps.

Their claims:

"Cloud paging" lets any software (even an operating system), with no modification, be delivered from the cloud and run as fast or faster than if the app was on your desktop. Cloud-paging can even operate the cloud delivered software if the PC gets disconnected from the network or Internet. It can also turn a smartphone into a server. That means a bunch of devices like tablets can run the software — like a game — off of the smartphone. It also helps enterprises sidestep extra licensing fees associated with the cloud. Cloudpaging has "full license control," which lets user do things like check out software as if it were a book in the library.


Submission + - Should more laptops have matte, anti-glare screens?

Melchett writes: While manufacturers are quick to boast about how thin, light and portable their latest laptops are, they're of little use outside the home due to the prevalence of 'glossy' reflective screens. A survey of 1,345 people by a UK-based consumer association found that 44% would prefer a matte screen, as compared to 11% that would prefer glossy. 6 out of 10 said manufacturers should offer more choice. Dell, Sony and Samsung have responded to the survey, with Samsung adding that all its laptops will have matte screens in future. Should PC manufacturers follow suit, or will they follow Apple's example?.

Submission + - LSD can treat alcoholism (nature.com) 1

ananyo writes: LSD has potential as a treatment for alcoholism, according to a comprehensive retrospective analysis of studies published in the late 1960s and early 1970s (http://www.nature.com/news/lsd-helps-to-treat-alcoholism-1.10200).

The researchers sifted through thousands of records to collect data from randomized, double-blind trials that compared one dose of LSD to a placebo. Of 536 participants in six trials, 59% of people receiving LSD reported lower levels of alcohol misuse, compared to 38% of people who received a placebo (full paper (PDF) http://jop.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/03/08/0269881112439253.full.pdf+html). The study adds to the weight of evidence that hallucinogenic drugs may have important medical uses, including, for example, the alleviation of cluster headaches (http://science.slashdot.org/story/11/06/28/0416208/lsd-alleviates-suicide-headaches).


Submission + - Google goes full court evil. (huffingtonpost.com) 1

goombah99 writes: According to developers, executives and investors in mobile gaming and payment sectors , Google warned several developers in recent months that if they did not switch to Google Wallet or continued to use other payment methods — such as PayPal, Zong and Boku — their apps would be removed from Android Market, now known as Google Play. In one email sent to a developer in late August, Google said the developer had 30 days to comply, otherwise the developer's apps would be "suspended" from Android Market. Reuters obtained a copy of the email this week. "They told people that if they used other payment services they would be breaking the terms of use," said Si Shen, founder and chief executive of Papaya, a social gaming network on Android. "Whether it's right or wrong, we have to follow the rules."

Submission + - Valve Switching Team Fortress 2 to Free-to-play Increased Revenue Twelvefold (gamasutra.com)

An anonymous reader writes: We've frequently discussed the growing trend among video game publishers to adopt a business model in which downloading and playing the game is free, but part of the gameplay is supported by microtransactions. There have been a number of success stories, such as Dungeons & Dragons Online and Lord of the Rings Online. During a talk at the Game Developers Conference this week, Valve's Joe Ludwig officially added Team Fortress 2 to that list, revealing that the game has seen a 12-fold increase in revenue since the switch. He said, 'The trouble is, when you're a AAA box game, the only people who can earn you new revenue are the people who haven't bought your game. This drives you to build new content to attract new people. There's a fundamental tension between building the game to satisfy existing players and attract new players.' He also explained how they tried to do right by their existing playerbase: 'We dealt with the pay-to-win concern in a few ways. The first was to make items involve tradeoffs, so there's no clear winner between two items. But by far the biggest thing we did to change this perception was to make all the items that change the game free. You can get them from item drops, or from the crafting system. It might be a little easier to buy them in the store, but you can get them without paying.'

Submission + - Microsoft Calls Time on Zune Player (thinq.co.uk)

Stoobalou writes: Microsoft has hinted that its Zune Player hardware has reached the end of the road and that no further devices would be developed or released.

The Redmond software giant's feeble forays into the media player market always faced an uphill struggle in the face of Apple's utter dominance, the various flavours of its iPod hardware hogging as much as 77 per cent of sales in recent years, but that didn't stop Microsoft from pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into a string of devices which almost universally failed to gain favour with either reviewers or the gadget-buying public.


Submission + - IE 9’s anti-tracking feature ‘flawed', (which.co.uk)

Melchett writes: Jonathan Mayer, lead researcher on Stanford University’s ‘Do Not Track’ Project, said the findings by Which? Computing could leave IE9 users open to being tracked: ‘The issue here is that if a user installs TPLs that have ‘allows’ for web content that should be blocked, they leave themselves vulnerable to being tracked,’ he said.

He added: ‘The TRUSTe TPL is almost exclusively what we’d call an ‘allow’ list. It ‘allows’ content from Acxiom, a major data aggregator. If you want to stop your online behaviour from being tracked, the last thing you’d want to do is install a list that guarantees that Acxiom can track you.’


Submission + - Is there a silver bullet for reactor meltdowns? 1

Aku Head writes: In the context of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, what if you could cover the overheating nuclear fuel with liquid aluminum? Aluminum is a good conductor of heat so that you could spray the aluminum with sea water to avoid melting. Would this solve the problems of decay heat and hydrogen generation? What if you alloyed the aluminum with neutron poisons such as hafnium or cadmium? Any other suggestions of something that you could cover the nuclear plant with to mitigate the problem?

Submission + - 99c ebooks prove publishers are wrong on prices (which.co.uk)

Melchett writes: The American self-publishing author John Locke sells his ebook novels for 99 cents on Amazon.com. Since January he’s sold 350,000 books, pocketing 35 cents per book sold. That’s $122,500 dollars of income in less than three months...It’s a similar story in the UK – as I write this, six of the top 10 Kindle books are priced at £1 or less.

Readers know that £7.99 for an ebook is just plain greed, whereas £1 or less is too tempting to ignore. By setting their prices so high, publishers make a future of 99p ebooks more likely, not less.


Submission + - Nokia CEO admits human rights abuse in leaked memo (techeye.net)

Melchett writes: In a leaked memo, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has castigated the company for its 'endless pursuit of profit and our unwillingness to acknowledge our actions'.

'While governments, like that of Iran, used the digital weaponry we provided to track down and persecute citizens and activists, what happened at Nokia? We denied responsibility, we divested the problem, we passed the buck, we spun the p.r.'

Submission + - Why Digg May Never Find Its Way Back (fastcompany.com)

JDRucker writes: Digg has been dying a little more every day since switching over to V4 last year. If they are to have any chance of making it back to relevance, they may have to resort to some "dirty" techniques. Otherwise, they may not see the end of 2011.

Comment Re:apple tv (Score 1) 194

If Apple was giving up on Apple TV, it would have done it a long time ago. An Apple TV with apps and games makes perfect sense. I'm not convinced it will be successful outside the Apple fanbase, but they'll keep on trying because there's money to be made in selling films and TV programs on-demand.

Comment Re:How would this work? (Score 1) 48

Some interesting ideas. I could see a tablet as a docking Onlive system, but would people pay extra for the functionality or be happy to have something dedicated sitting under their TV? The actual OnLive box is hardly obtrusive, is it? Way too many ifs and maybes in this equation for me, but it's interesting nonetheless. I like HTC, so I hope it leads to something fruitful.

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