domenica 23 ottobre 2011

Man Solves 5 Rubik's Cubes in 44 Seconds; Robots May Be Quicker

Michal Pleskowicz has just been crowned the Rubik's Cube world champion. But an Android-powered robot managed to beat his time.

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Computer scientists design wireless bike brake

Say goodbye to protruding brake levers and messy wires, though you'd have to live with three failures in every trillion slowdowns.

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Apple iPhone 4S Launch Day: A Survival Guide

Caught Apple phone fever? Here's where to go and how to cope in your search for the newest iPhone. Also: Advice on iPhone options and how to ditch your older iPhone.

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I Believe In Google Plus

google_plusIs this a contrarian view? I can't even tell any more. On one hand, Google Plus now has 40 million users, it's the fastest-growing social-networking site in history, and its users have uploaded 3.4 billion photos. On the other, Google is mum about how many of those users are actually active; some say that its traffic has declined significantly from its peak; Google's own management didn't much use it, until recently; and many agreed with Google engineer Steve Yegge's lengthy and viral rant about how they have screwed up Plus. Not me. I think Google+ is a hit in the making. I hardly use it myself any more -- indeed, my last post there, more than a month ago, was "Sadly, it seems G+ has degenerated in my mind into little more than the place I go to complain that Twitter seems to be down" -- but I'm no representative sample. Heck, I don't really use Facebook either, except to mindlessly echo my Twitter stream. (We pause here briefly so that bloggers everywhere can recover from their exposure to the mindblowing notion that perhaps one should not treat one's own anecdotal experiences as universal truths.) When Sean Parker pointed out that all your friends are already on Facebook, Vic Gundotra retorted, "Your mom and friends, guess what, they are already on Google." As MG said some time ago, that little black bar on top of their home page and search results is their secret weapon. It gives Google an unparalleled ability to lead horses to their water. But can they make them drink? I think they can.

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OCZ Releases First 1TB Laptop SSD with 'Instant On' Boot Up

The 'instant on' feature increases boot times over previous OCZ solid-state drives by 50 percent, the company said.

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How you and Google are losing the battle against spam in search results

Google is facing withering criticism from tech bloggers and search-engine experts who say the world's premier gateway to digital information is increasingly being gamed by spammers. Google, they say, is losing.

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Amazon Now Accepts Old Kindles in Exchange for New Ones

Now Kindle owners can trade in their old models and receive credit for a new one, or anything else that Amazon sells. It’s kind of like taking your old, read books to the bookstore and trading them in for new ones. Almost.
Any Kindle can be traded, from the white elephant that is the oversized DX [...]

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