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Submission + - Android KitKat's WebView Is Powered By Chromium

An anonymous reader writes: The just-released and latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 4.4 KitKat, has made a big change to the WebView component: it is now powered by Chromium. Google says this is a “complete overhaul” of the Android WebView API, bringing the same rendering engine and software stack that powers Chrome to app developers targeting Android 4.4 KitKat.

Submission + - Contrary to what you've heard, Android is almost impenetrable to malware (

smaxp writes: Until now, Google hasn’t talked about malware on Android because it did not have the data or analytic platform to back its security claims. But that changed dramatically today when Google’s Android Security chief Adrian Ludwig reported data showing that less than an estimated 0.001% of app installations on Android are able to evade the system’s multi-layered defenses and cause harm to users. Android, built on an open innovation model, has quietly resisted the locked down, total control model spawned by decades of Windows malware. Ludwig spoke today at the Virus Bulletin conference in Berlin because he has the data to dispute the claims of pervasive Android malware threats.

Submission + - Remember the CS Past or Be Condemned to Repeat It? 1

theodp writes: In the movie Groundhog Day, a weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again. It's a tale that software-designers-of-a-certain-age can relate to. Like Philip Greenspun, who wrote in 1999, "One of the most painful things in our culture is to watch other people repeat earlier mistakes. We're not fond of Bill Gates, but it still hurts to see Microsoft struggle with problems that IBM solved in the 1960s." Or Dave Winer, who recently observed, 'We marvel that the runtime environment of the web browser can do things that we had working 25 years ago on the Mac.' And then there's Scott Locklin, who argues in a new essay that one of the problems with modern computer technology is that programmers don’t learn from the great masters. "There is such a thing as a Beethoven or Mozart of software design," Locklin writes. "Modern programmers seem more familiar with Lady Gaga. It’s not just a matter of taste and an appreciation for genius. It’s a matter of forgetting important things." Hey, maybe it's hard to learn from computer history when people don't acknowledge the existence someone old enough to have lived it, as panelists reportedly did at an event held by Mark Zuckerberg's last Friday!

Submission + - Smartphones Q3 Final Numbers & Mobile OSs in future ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: Tommi Ahonen's latest numbers for the top ten smartphone vendors and top OSs are up. Android's dominates with seven of the top nine vendors profitably delivering Android which confirms our recent story whilst even escluding the iPhone5 Apple does fine as the only profitable non-Android vendor.

The coming battle for third position, involving Blackberry (4.3%) , Bada (3%) and Tizen (arriving in January) is the most fascinating. RIM has managed to almost stabilize, with enterprise customers "willing to keep buying some Blackberries" even now and so BB10 has a real chance of winning this, making Blackberry development suddenly interesting again. At the same time Tommi reports that Samsung's Tizen is very ready to substitute for Bada, and has multiple big backers which might also drive it to overtake BlackBerry.

Finally in the smaller/more obscure category, Meego has gone into "hibernation" with practically no sales to be expected until Sailfish arrives, and Symbian (2.0%), whilst "really on its last legs", has for now overtaken Windows again which peaked at 3% then collapsed back to 1.9% after the abandonment of WP7 devices. Mobile operators, who previously feared that Skype would take over their billing relationships, will almost certainly give a big sigh of relief.

We discussed Gartner's Android numbers recently and Samsung's Android phone success a bit before that.

Submission + - Beyond 7 Billion ( 1

assertation writes: "After remaining stable for most of human history, the world's population has exploded over the last two centuries. The boom is not over: The biggest generation in history is just entering its childbearing years. The coming wave will reshape the planet, and the impact will be greatest in the poorest, most unstable countries."

Submission + - New NRC chair: It's 2050: Do you know where your nuclear waste is? (

__aaqpaq9254 writes: New NRC chair, Allison Macfarlane, is a PhD in geology and an expert on nuclear waste. In this article, she points out that the lack of planning in terms of what to do with the back end of the fuel cycle has to change now, or the public will ultimately reject nuclear power.

Submission + - Megaupload's Plan to KO the RIAA (

redletterdave writes: "While prosecutors and the FBI believe earned most of its $175 million in revenue from copyright infringement, a new report has surfaced, which may explain why Megaupload was really shut down. It has to do with a Megaupload venture called MegaBox, and the greediness of the Recording Industry Association of America. In mid-December 2011, roughly four weeks before Megaupload was shuttered by the FBI, the file-sharing site announced a new cloud-based music locker similar to iTunes and Google Music, which integrates a download store, a music player and a DIY artist service, collectively called MegaBox. Unlike other music services that charge artists, Schmitz's idea was to actually pay artists, even for free downloads, and to allow artists to keep 90 percent of their earnings. At the time of the announcement, Megaupload was embroiled in a battle with Universal Music Group, one of the "Big 5" music labels that represents about one-third of the U.S. music market."

Submission + - Global Warming is Already Melting the Next Ice Age (

An anonymous reader writes: The Earth has natural cycles of glaciation that we can pin down by looking at the planet's orbital patterns around the sun. The ice goes in, the ice goes out, as the Earth heats and cools naturally. When it comes in, we have an ice age. We've been in a warm period for about 11,000 years now and we should've been due for an ice age in about 1,500 years. We're not because we've trapped too much heat already in our atmosphere for things to cool properly. According to a just-out paper in Nature Geoscience, that next ice age is going to be delayed by tens of thousands of years. This is not actually good news.

Submission + - Blue Stacks runs Android on Windows (

mikejuk writes: Using BlueStacks Cloud Connect and its free app, which installs on your Android phone, the Blue Stacks App player lets you play Android apps, full screen or windowed, on a Windows 7 computer.
If you sit back and consider this for a moment then it all seems completely mad. Software is slowly dissolving the boundaries between competing systems and the hardware is fast enough for this to happen at acceptable speeds. All you need to do is implement virtualization so that the any operating system can run under any other operating system.
The only real question is will users actually want to run Android applications under Windows? Only time will tell.


Submission + - Gartner: Nearly 20M tablets to be sold in 2010 (

alphadogg writes: Gartner estimates worldwide sales of iPads and other tablets will total 19.5 million units this year and nearly triple that number next year as the devices win over both consumers and business customers.

Strong sales are led by the iPad, which Apple has said it sold more than 3 million of during the first 3 months they were on the market and that financial analysts speculate have sold in numbers ranging from 3.8 million to 6 million in Q4.

The success of the all-in-one tablet market is taking its toll on markets for other devices such as e-readers, gaming devices and mini-notebooks.

“Mini notebooks will suffer from the strongest cannibalization threat as media tablet average selling prices drop below $300 over the next 2 years,” says Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner.


Submission + - Historic audio at risk, thanks to bad copyright la (

suraj.sun writes: Historic audio at risk, thanks to bad copyright laws

The Library of Congress has released a sobering new report ( ) on the state of digital audio preservation in the United States.

Older artifacts face the prospect of being lost to posterity because of our nation's copyright laws. So concludes The State of Recorded Sound Preservation in the United States: A National Legacy at Risk in the Digital Age (PDF; ).

The main problem is that for decades the intellectual property rights of most sound recordings were covered not by federal law, but by a complicated matrix of state statutes and judicial precedents. When Congress finally did extend federal authority over these works via its late twentieth century Copyright Acts, it put the annulment date for the earlier rules at 2067.

"Thus, a published US sound recording created in 1890 will not enter the public domain until 177 years after its creation," the study observes.

ARS Technica:


Submission + - 66% Of All Windows Users Still Use Windows XP (

An anonymous reader writes: Almost one year after the introduction of Windows 7 it appears that the hype surrounding the operating has faded. The overall market share of Windows has turned into a slight decline again. Windows 7 is gaining share, but cannot keep pace with the loss of Windows XP and Vista. Especially Windows XP users seem to be happy with what they have and appear to be rather resistant to Microsoft’s pitches that it is time to upgrade to Windows 7.

Comment Can you trust a US computer? Or a Russian one? (Score 1) 460

I don’t think US equipment is much better.
Microsoft *cough*backdoor*cough* Windows, for example.

Then again who can you really trust anyway?
There’s no point in listing who you don’t trust. That’s like making a firewall solely based on a blacklist. It makes no sense as it will never work.
It makes more sense, and is more efficient, to list only those you trust.

Frankly, in IT security, I don’t know any single human, I would trust to be competent enough, and to be on my side, at the same time.

Comment Re:This makes perfect sense (Score 1) 325

You're right that Apple are behind RIM; but both Apple and RIM in turn are behind a whole load of other companies, with Nokia at number 1. Indeed the idea of this article discussing Google versus Apple in the phone market is rather laughable - they're both minor players, and it's of little consequence in the big picture. Yet Nokia are not even mentioned.

Comment Re:Was waiting for Chrome on OSX until... (Score 2, Interesting) 235

Sure, they're a big mega-evil corporation. Their mission is to get inside our heads and sell ads. But their success could be attributed to much more than savvy PR guys with headphones and rollerblades.

Unlike the others, Google actually innovates. Takes risks. Some ideas flop, others are hugely successful. Microsoft and Yahoo just keep turning out the same old shit because they are inert and unwilling to innovate. Sure, they add a feature to widget X or rebrand widget Y, but they have not created any new services. Microsoft in particular is puzzlingly suicidal -- the Zune, and that horrible ad campaign (thanks for wiggling your ass in my face, Bill, we know you have gazillions of dollars).

Most importantly, Google don't get greedy. For example, the ads in the middle of youtube videos. You can see when an ad will pop up and you can even skip past it if you want -- try doing that with pre-clip commercials on Google don't force you to do anything like the other companies do. They don't shove banner ads in your face when using MSN messenger. Google are huge, but they don't project greed. Google succeeds because it does not project control and does not try to strong-arm the user. Google lets the user come to it and use it on the user's own terms, and that happens with clever and seamless integration of its ads into other services. What Google does not try to do is strong-arm the user into using its shit by honking a clown horn in his/her face. That said, I'll never use Chrome. FF, Opera, and derivatives all the way.

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