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NASA

Submission + - Hubble shots the movie of star births

aglider writes: "A number of different scientific sources is giving big echo to one of the latest announce made by the NASA and the Hubblesite.ORG. Quoting from Hubblesite.ORG:

A team of scientists [headed by Rice astronomer Patrick Hartigan] has collected enough high-resolution Hubble Space Telescope images over a 14-year period to stitch together time-lapse movies of powerful jets ejected from three young stars. The jets, a byproduct of gas accretion around newly forming stars, shoot off at supersonic speeds in opposite directions through space.

The report is also accompanied by a number of photos and, of course, astounding small movies.
The complete scientific study, that dates back to 2011.07.20, has been published on the Astrophysical Journal (subscription needed) but also on European Space Agency's Space Telescope and Cornell University Library's arXiv."

Hardware

Submission + - Graphics-enabled CPUs to take off in 2011 (techworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "Half the notebook computers and a growing number of desktops shipped in 2011 will run on graphics-enabled microprocessors as designers Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) increase competition for the units that raise multimedia speeds without add-ons. The processors with built-in graphics capabilities will be installed this year on 115 million notebooks, half of total shipments, and 63 million desktop PCs, or 45 percent of the total, according to analysts."
Open Source

Submission + - Operas Beta Dragonfly for WebDevelopers

An anonymous reader writes: For open source web developers, here is an advanced new kid on the bloc, the Dragonfly debugger, the beta of which was recently launched by Opera. Opera is one of the top three web browsers and is differently-abled from the regular browsers. However, Dragonfly is a first for Opera in more than one sense. They are offering it as an open source much to the delight of Opera admirers.
Google

Submission + - Microsoft, Google Sue Troll Who Sued 397 Companies (blogspot.com)

FlorianMueller writes: Microsoft and Google have teamed up against a company that holds a geotagging patent and sued 397 companies last year in Texas, most of them in mid December. The list, published on Scribd and Crocodoc, includes plenty of household names. Now the two tech giants have entered the fray together and want the patent declared invalid and seek an injunction to prevent further lawsuits over it. Since the patent holder has already filed for an initial public offering, this intervention may come at just the right time to prevent the worst. Google and Microsoft say that there was prior art when the patent on an 'Internet organizer for accessing geographically and topically based information' was applied for in 1996.
Space

Submission + - Canadian firm plans 78-satellite Net service (cnet.com) 1

matty619 writes: A CNET article is reporting on another try at low earth orbit satellites for internet access, reminiscent of Teledesic, an ill fated $9Billion Bill Gates/Paul Alen et al venture originally consisting of 840 low earth orbit satellites (LEO-SAT).

MSCI, which stands for Microsat Systems Canada Inc., is trying to be a bit of a maverick with its project, called CommStellation. The company said today that its approach of using small, inexpensive satellites in low orbit--about 620 miles above the Earth--means better coverage of the world's population, quicker launch, and better network capacity.

Specifically, the company is able to use more ordinary electronics with its lower-elevation satellites. Medium orbit satellites--about 5,000 miles above Earth--such as rival O3b need components with higher reliability in order to withstand the temperature and radiation rigors of space. MSCI's satellites are also relatively small, meaning that 14 can be packed into a single launch rocket compared with O3b's 4 satellites. And much less power is required to transmit data to and from the MSCI's satellites since they're closer to Earth.

Each MSCI satellite has a data-transfer capacity of 12 gigabits per second. The expected lifespan of each is 10 years, and they can be sent back into the atmosphere at the end of their lives to avoid more orbital clutter.

Google

Submission + - Google, H.264 and WebM - the mud clears (sort of)

rudy_wayne writes: When it was announced that H.264 was being dropped from Google's Chrome browser I thought it was really weird since Google converted all of YouTube's videos to H.264 just 3 years ago. Now, Charles Arthur, writing for The Guardian says the decision to drop H.264 was made entirely by the Chrome team and did not come from Google's top management. A related article at ZDNet sums it up as "Google is not giving up H.264 on YouTube, H.264 will continue to be supported in Android, and it has nothing to do with YouTube storage issues, H.264 license pricing or Google's desire to be totally open source — it's about Chrome wanting to be disruptive.
Science

Submission + - The LHC Grid can't model the Grid (nature.com)

gbrumfiel writes: Nature News has just published a story that tracks data from the Large Hadron Collider across the machine's computing Grid. As I mention in an accompanying blog post, one odd fact is about the Grid is that the people running it don't have very good models of it. They've tried, but the whole system (roughly 200,000 processing cores in 34 countries) is just too complex. Fortunately, the Grid seems to work pretty well regardless.

Submission + - Motorola to launch 2GHz Android phone in 2010 (knowyourcell.com)

rocket97 writes: Yesterday, at the Executives Club of Chicago, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha reportedly decided to chat about the relatively near future of the mobile landscape as he sees it — which, in part, includes the ultimate demise of mobile computers in favor of highly-capable smartphones.

This being his vision, Jha discussed Motorola's plans for a smartphone with an astounding 2GHz processor — by the end of this year.

While Jha wasn't feeling frisky enough to divulge any further information, Conceivably Tech cites another anonymous MOTOEXEC who was a little more chatty, talking up a device intended to "incorporate everything that is technologically possible in a smartphone today."

Submission + - Today Google has learned not to change their .... (wsj.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Some time ago, Coca-Cola learned that they should not change the flavour of Coke. Today Google has learned that the simplicity of their homepage (including the white background) is something that Google Users value the most. Branding is essential, and definetely trying to look like Bing is not a good thing for Google.
Google

Submission + - Google's Double Standard on Flaw Disclosure (threatpost.com)

Trailrunner7 writes: Early this morning Google’s Tavis Ormandy published a vulnerability in the hcp protocol handler. It allows the attacker to run arbitrary commands as the user.Google has been the loudest proponent for responsible disclosure in the past. But if you look at the dates in his post, he says he reported it to Microsoft on the 5th of June (a Saturday), who responded the same day. He sent the advisory early in the morning today the 10th of June — meaning Google gave Microsoft less than 5 days to fix it. Even Mozilla backed down from 10 day turn around, and they’re only running a single software suite. How is that possibly reasonable to expect a company like MS to turn around a patch in 4-5 days and then get so upset that then you must go full disclosure? And it’s not like Tavis was acting on his own — he credits other security researchers inside of Google for their help. So apparently it’s okay for Google to go full disclosure, but not for other researchers. The hypocrisy is amazing.
Google

Submission + - Google forces image background, cripples RDP users (google.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: Shortly after introducing their optional 'make-Google-look-like-Bing' background image, somebody at Google decided to force the background on people, prompting 'remove google background' to shoot to 2nd on google trends. The shocking part is not just that the background is default, but now is UNREMOVABLE.

As a fun bonus, those who use RDP or similar remote connections can enjoy waiting several seconds while the high resolution background image slowly fades into view...

Apple

Submission + - iPhone 4 vs. Android: And the winner is... (computerworld.com)

jcatcw writes: According to JR Raphael, it's Android by a long shot. The new iPhone hardware is a significant improvement and, on the software side, the updated operating system brings about numerous capabilities previously unavailable to iPhone users. However, most of the iPhone's new features feel like incremental upgrades. The HTC EVO 4G, arguably the highest-end Android phone on the market right now, uses a 1GHz processor, has limitless video chatting, full multitasking, significant customization options (and no, the ability to set your own wallpaper doesn't count as significant), system-wide voice-to-text input, and so much more. In the end, this won't be remembered as the year the iPhone got folders or a gyroscope.

Submission + - GlobalFoundries Keeps Lid on Malta Chip Fab Deal (thinq.co.uk)

Stoobalou writes: GlobalFoundries has asked Malta's government to withhold details of a taxpayer-funded deal to build a chip fab on the island.

The chip maker is to receive $650 million in public funds towards the $4.2 billion project, and must submit the invoices every quarter to have its building costs reimbursed.

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