Archive for Dec 27, 2011

Near Earth-size rocky planets may be left over gas giant cores

Near Earth-size rocky planets may be left over gas giant cores

NASA's Kepler Space Telescope has discovered two Earth-sized planets orbiting a very distant star. The two planets are 0.76 and 0.87 times the Earth's radius. The planets are thought to have once been much larger. The smaller rocky planets discovered are believed to be all that's left of once larger gas giant planets. The two planets are the smallest ever discovered orbiting around an active star.

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Schmidt tips Google tablet incoming

Schmidt tips Google tablet incoming

Google's Eric Schmidt gave an interview to an Italian newspaper last week that talked about all sorts of things. The most titillating part for gadget hounds is the little blurb offered that Google would be making a tablet directly in the next six months. This would be a move similar to what Google has done with Nexus smartphones in the past.

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Japanese adult diaper slurps away urine

Japanese adult diaper slurps away urine

Life starts in diapers for us all and for those that live to an advanced age life often takes you back to diapers. Once people lose the ability to control urine or get up and go to the bathroom themselves, an adult diaper is the only thing standing between the wearer and a big mess. The catch is that if no one is around to help change the diaper things can be nearly as messy as having no diaper at all.

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GoDaddy interfered with domain name exodus accuses Namecheap

GoDaddy interfered with domain name exodus accuses Namecheap

Last week GoDaddy reportedly saw 70,000 domain names moved away from its services as a registrar. The mass exodus was the internet response to GoDaddy throwing its support behind the SOPA act that is seeking to become law right now. The swift removal of tens of thousands of domains names registered at GoDaddy was a good thing for competitors like Namecheap and others.

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Siri comes to jailbroken iOS 5 devices with Spire installer

Siri comes to jailbroken iOS 5 devices with Spire installer

Since Apple unveiled Siri on the new iPhone 4S there have been users of older iPhone devices that are frothing at the mouth to get their hands on Siri code and bring the virtual assistant to other devices. That had been illegal since the files needed for the port were encrypted by Apple and using them was a copyright violation. With a recent iOS update; those files were left unencrypted. That raised the possibility of a legal port without hacking encryption.

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Stratfor security firm hit by Anonymous

Stratfor security firm hit by Anonymous

Hacker group anonymous has hit a security firm based in Austin, Texas called Stratfor. The hackers are alleging that they were able to gain access to the security firm's servers and steal detailed information on customers, including credit card details. Anonymous claims that they could steal the detailed information because Stratfor didn’t encrypt the data.

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Amazon’s cloud supercomputer is the 42nd fastest around

Amazon’s cloud supercomputer is the 42nd fastest around

Supercomputers have been getting ranked on their performance for a long time now. The list of the fastest surfaces each year and often it changes from printing to printing as new supercomputers are deployed around the world for scientific and educational purposes. Generally, the machines are in place at government labs and universities and are only for use by the staff at those locations.

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Boxee 1.5 releases as final version for desktop

Boxee 1.5 releases as final version for desktop

Boxee's newest 1.5 update today essentially marks the company's transition from focusing their media-streaming service on the desktop, to that of devices. With that said, the app comes with a newly revamped interface, that provides faster access to the browser and the menu appearing as an overlay, along with an easier to access search function. The movie and TV sections have also both been updated, given more effortless navigation by genres and sources, and making it easier to check for previously unwatched video episodes.

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Apple’s kicks off 12 Days of Christmas giveaway in Europe and Canada

Apple’s kicks off 12 Days of Christmas giveaway in Europe and Canada

It's the time of the year when Apple fires up its 12 Days of Christmas app once again, to mark the start of its annual holiday promotion that gives away free songs, music videos, apps, and books to Canadian and most European residents all around the world. Although the promotion does not run to Apple customers based in the US, the app is available for download from the iTunes stores in Canada, the United Kingdom, and several other European countries.

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Intel’s Thunderbolt I/O reportedly broadening beyond Mac in 2012

Intel’s Thunderbolt I/O reportedly broadening beyond Mac in 2012

It's the day after Christmas eve, and we've just found out that Intel has reportedly told company partners that a full release of their Thunderbolt I/O technology is slated in April 2012. Intel is prepping to go beyond just Macs (Apple's the only company w/Thunderbolt support on its MacBook Air, iMac, and MacBook Pro lineups), and will allegedly launch Thunderbolt on motherboards, notebooks and desktop PCs, springtime of next year.

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Crappy Android tablet : a Christmas Guide

Crappy Android tablet : a Christmas Guide

When the going gets tough, and you first-world gift receivers are crying because ALL YOU GOT was an Android tablet that wasn't quite the iPad 2 or the Transformer Prime you were hoping for, listen to this: I'm not going to punch you in the face for being ungrateful more than one time, and here's a list of things you can do with this non-returnable hunk of technology trash. You've got a tablet running some form of Android and a processor that's not the worst in the world, but certainly isn't as nice as even the most basic high-end smartphone out there: what do you do? You fill it up to the brim with music, news, and simple games with low requirements for high amounts of fun.

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