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Idle

Submission + - iTunes EULA Dramatization (cnet.com)

dangro writes: If they did this many years ago many people would've paid more attention to EULAs. It is a hilarious way to point out the insanity usage agreements attempt to impose.
Android

Submission + - Google Talk Enables Video Chat On Android Phones (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "Google recently launched Google Talk with video and voice chat for Android phones. With the service, users will be able to video or voice chat with their friends and family directly from an Android phone. Calls can be placed over 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi connections. According to Google, the new features will first roll out to the Nexus S phones over the next few weeks as part of the Android 2.3.4 over-the-air update. Google Talk with video and voice chat will launch on other Android 2.3 and higher devices in the future as well. The video demo here shows it in action."
IOS

Submission + - iOS 5 may not be released until this Fall (edibleapple.com)

An anonymous reader writes: iOS 5 is rumored to be a significant update yet may not see the light of day until Fall 2011. It appears that Apple may deviate from its pattern of releasing a new iOS update alongside the Summer release of a new iPhone. Rather, Apple’s next major iOS update may coincide with the Fall release of a new iPad. Yep, you read that correctly.
Google

Submission + - Is Chrome fastest with JavaScript? (techgeeks-online.com)

An anonymous reader writes: JavaScript benchmarks show that Chrome 11 is significantly faster than Firefox 4 or Internet Explorer 9. Are these results significant enough for users to begin switching over to Chrome in greater numbers?

Submission + - What applications will help Middle East freedom?

beachdog writes: What Internet and computer applications would help the millions of Middle East citizens seeking social justice and honest government?

I mean which free and open Internet apps can help countries and people move to better governments without warfare and fratricide?

  I mean serious applications that can facilitate voting, constructive partisan organization, democratic government and economic re-balancing?
Programming

Submission + - ISO C++ Committee Approves C++0x Final Draft (herbsutter.com)

Randyll writes: On the 25th, in Madrid, Spain, the ISO C++ committee approved a Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) for the C++ programming language. This means that the proposed changes to the new standard so far known as C++0x are now final. The finalization of the standard itself, i.e. updating the working draft and transmitting the final draft to ITTF, is due to be completed during the summer, after which the standard is going to be published, to be known as C++ 2011. With the previous ISO C++ standard dating back to 2003 and C++0x having been for over eight years in development, the implementation of the standard is already well underway in the GCC and Visual C++ compilers. Bjarne Stroustrup, the creator of C++, maintains a handy FAQ of the new standard.
AI

Submission + - Kinect's AI breakthrough explained (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: Microsoft Research has just published a scientific paper and a video showing how the Kinect body tracking algorithm works — it's almost as amazing as some of the uses the Kinect has been put to! This article explains how it does it.
Hardware Hacking

Makerbot Thing-o-Matic 3D Printer Review 117

rsk points out this "review of the $1200 Makerbot Thing-o-Matic 3D printer. After a 16-hour self-assembly and a few weeks of use, a blown PSU was replaced with a higher powered PSU via a mod to the Thing-o-Matic. Video of the Thing-o-Matic printing out little solar panel mounts from Google Sketch-up included in the review. Final thoughts suggest that the Thing-o-Matic is not a great gift for non-engineers: 'You need a decent understanding of robotics, hardware, software, electronics and mechanics, need a little hand dexterity and a ton of patience.'"
Google

Google Shares Insights On Accelerating Web Sites 230

miller60 writes "The average web page takes 4.9 seconds to load and includes 320 KB of content, according to Google executive Urs Holzle. In his keynote at the O'Reilly Velocity conference on web performance, Holzle said that competition from Chrome has made Internet Explorer and Firefox faster. He also cited the potential for refinements to TCP, DNS, and SSL/TLS to make the web a much faster place, and cited compressing headers as a powerful performance booster. Holzle also noted that Google's ranking algorithm now includes a penalty for sites that load too slowly."
Google

Google Applies To Become Energy Marketer 160

necro81 writes "Google consumes massive amounts of electrical energy to power its data centers across the country and world. Now it has created a subsidiary, Google Energy LLC, and applied (pdf) to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to become a utility-scale energy trader. Google's stated aim is to be able to purchase renewable energy directly from producers at bulk rates, pursuing its goal of becoming carbon neutral. It is likely that Google Energy would also permit Google's own renewable energy projects to sell their energy at more favorable rates. Google reportedly does not have plans to actively become an energy broker, a la Enron."

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