Archive for Mar 30, 2012

Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition for Mac OS confirmed

Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition for Mac OS confirmed

Why should iPad owners have all the fun? An enhanced edition of Baldur’s Gate was announced for Apple’s tablet not too long ago, and while it was revealed that it would be available on PC as well, there was no mention of a Mac OS version. Fear not, role players, as the studio has confirmed that a Mac OS is on the cards.

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Scientists announce most accurate measurements between galaxies in history

Scientists announce most accurate measurements between galaxies in history

Scientists are prepared today to present their findings from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-III) and have announced that the survey has allowed the most accurate measurements ever of the distances between galaxies in the faraway universe. These measurements allowed the scientists to get a look at billions and billions of years ago when the universe first began to expand at an increasing rate. Six related papers will be presented today.

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Is Apple really in half of US homes?

Is Apple really in half of US homes?

With Apple rocketing in the phone, computing and tablet segments, exactly how many pieces of shiny Cupertino hardware are actually in use is a good question: according to new research (and some perhaps shaky extrapolation) half of American homes have at least one Apple device. The average US home has 1.6 Apple devices, according to a survey by CNBC and Hart Research Associates, with 9-percent owning five or more. However, it's worth noting that just 836 people were questioned.

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Nokia brings the “Lumia Challenge” to London

Nokia brings the “Lumia Challenge” to London

Those who live in London unfortunately don’t have a chance to take the “Smoked by Windows Phone” challenge, a campaign that’s been limited to the United States so far. Nokia, however, has decided to run a similar campaign to promote its Lumia handsets. The contests are fairly similar to the “Smoked by Windows Phone”, although the prizes on offer aren’t quite as enticing.

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Exascale supercomputers expected by the decade’s end

Exascale supercomputers expected by the decade’s end

Most of us probably think of computer performance in terms of gigahertz and megahertz. In the world of supercomputers, performance is measured in flops, which is short for Floating Point Operations per Second. Today supercomputers are able to offer petaflops of performance, but by decades end supercomputers will be much faster aiming at the exaflop range.

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Street View signs and house numbers get used in ReCAPTCHA

Street View signs and house numbers get used in ReCAPTCHA

If you've ever signed up for a forum account or newsletter on the Internet, you have probably run across the ReCAPTCHA system that has you enter characters you see in an image on the screen to prove you're a real person and not a spammer robot. For some reason, I always have a hard time making out letters in most of the ReCAPTCHA images.

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Linus Torvalds rains on Microsoft’s patent parade

Linus Torvalds rains on Microsoft’s patent parade

I'm betting this is really good news for smartphone makers. Open-source poster boy Linus Torvalds stepped up and helped stop a Microsoft patent from being used to choke licensing fees out of other companies. The patent Microsoft owns is being used to force Google Android and Linux handset users to pay licensing fees.

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