Archive for April, 2012

NASA celebrates ISS astronauts return

NASA celebrates ISS astronauts return

NASA's latest space mission, Expedition 30, has ended safely, with the Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft successfully leaving the International Space Station and landing at 7:45am ET today. The roughly 3.5hr trip from the orbiting station down to Kazakhstan went without a hitch, NASA says, with Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin leaving behind Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineers Don Pettit and Andre Kuipers.

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What a ClusterFuzz: Google details Chrome security

What a ClusterFuzz: Google details Chrome security

Developing a browser can be a tricky business, especially in the case of Chrome, which has an ever shifting codebase. Google’s answer to the problem is a “fuzzing” infrastructure, a cluster of hundreds of virtual machines that run around 6,000 instances of Chrome simultaneously. Dubbed the “ClusterFuzz”, the servers automatically download the Last Known Good Revision of Chrome and perform fifty million tests on it per day.

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Nintendo’s Nightmare: “Just Good Enough”

Nintendo’s Nightmare: “Just Good Enough”

Nintendo doesn't have a unique problem, but in the gaming world it's handling it uniquely badly. The Japanese company's financial numbers for the past year revealed not only Nintendo's first annual loss in its history, but the fact that it was forced to slash the price of the 3DS portable below cost just to persuade players to consider it. It's not game apathy: look to the number of people playing games on their phones, and you'll see it's rocketing. Nintendo's stubbornness comes with a big price.

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Rayman Legends Wii U trailer leaked

Rayman Legends Wii U trailer leaked

Looking forward to Nintendo’s Wii U? The concept is interesting enough, but its how games will take advantage of it that will really make or break the device. Hallmark Nintendo titles like Mario and Zelda will inevitably make the jump to the platform, but what can you look forward to for third party titles? According to a new leak, Rayman Legends will be coming to the next-generation console.

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Google Street View investigation officially closed

Google Street View investigation officially closed

Google received a slap on the wrist for the Street View fiasco where sensitive information was gleaned from open access WiFi points. Two weeks ago, Google was fined a mere $25,000 over the issue, saying that it acted in good faith and was more than happy to pay the penalty. The FCC appears to be fully satisfied, and has today declared the case against Google officially closed.

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Nokia gets third ratings strike

Nokia gets third ratings strike

Nokia has received its third major credit rating downgrade of the month, with investor intelligence firm Standard & Poor's slashing the Finnish phone company's ranking and warning further drops could follow. The news, which comes on the heels of Moody's and Fitch each cautioning investors about Nokia's future stability, is the latest cloud above the firm, which reported a $1.7bn loss in Q1 2012. Meanwhile, Nokia also lost its fourteen-year grip on the mobile phone worldwide sales top-spot.

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Jobs wanted to go Wonka for the millionth iMac

Jobs wanted to go Wonka for the millionth iMac

I wager anybody who grew up in the 80s has watched the original Willy Wonka flick. It was vastly superior to the one with Johnny Depp. Apparently, the late Steve Jobs was a fan of Wonka and wanted to hold on Wonka-esq celebration for the one-millionth iMac sold. The tip comes from the official biography of Jobs.

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NASA’s SOHO orbiter captures pic some believe is a UFO

NASA’s SOHO orbiter captures pic some believe is a UFO

Strange things can happen in space. Strange things particularly happen around the sun thanks to the intense radiation and reflections in the optics of satellites, at least that's what NASA wants UFO enthusiasts to believe. For the second time in roughly a month one of NASA's solar observation satellites has captured a picture that has some crying UFO.

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Sony NEX-F3 leak reveals 16.1 megapixel sensor

Sony NEX-F3 leak reveals 16.1 megapixel sensor

Yesterday we heard rumors that Nikon was working on another full frame DSLR, the D600, and Sony doesn’t seem to be sitting still either. A new leak indicates that an NEX-F3 is on the horizon, packing a 16.1 megapixel sensor, along with a chassis and features similar to the existing NEX line. The new mirrorless camera could be taking the place of the NEX-C3, Sony’s entry level offering.

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