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70 lightning shots at Ikaria island

June 30th, 2011

70 lightning shots at Ikaria island

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Google unveils Swiffy: turns high maintenance Flash animations into HTML5

June 30th, 2011

Google unveils Swiffy: turns high maintenance Flash animations into HTML5

Still hanging on to those sweet site loaders hoping they’d be of use again someday? Perhaps the time has come — for some ads and animations, that is. Google Labs has cooked up Swiffy, which takes an antediluvian SWF file and creates an HTML5 version that will run in most current browsers (Chrome and Safari, for example). The converted file is pretty close in size to the original; however, the company warns that the project is fresh out of the oven, so it won’t convert your entire Flash library just yet. Check out the source link for the FAQs and some of Swiffy’s handiwork, then test it out yourself.

SOURCE via Swiffy

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World of Warcraft Starter Edition lets you reach lvl 20 for free

June 30th, 2011

World of Warcraft Starter Edition lets you reach lvl 20 for free

If there was one thing that’s keeping humanity safe from total enslavement to the grind of World of Warcraft, it was the fact that you have to pay to play the game for longer than a couple of weeks. Well, now we’re all doomed. Blizzard is replacing its 14-day WoW trial with a so-called Starter Edition of the massively multiplayer life usurper, which lets you reach level 20 without shelling out a penny. Of course, like any good gateway drug, this freebie is capped at the thoroughly insufficient 20 number and is sure to agitate folks into buying the full product. One small step for a software company, one giant leap forward for global obesity rates. God help us all…

SOURCE via Battle.net

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Fring optimizes its four-way video calling app for smiley iPad 2 owners

June 30th, 2011

Fring optimizes its four-way video calling app for smiley iPad 2 owners

Good news for iPad 2 users. Well, not that your iPad 2 can be jailbreak, no it’s not, but at least developers are optimizing the apps. Ever tried Fring on your iPad 2, but saddled with an iPhone-sized interface on your 9.7-inch IPS screen. So, we’re very pleased to tell you that Fring has been updated with proper iPad support (cue cheers). Basically there’s no reason to use Facetime now, with its lame single-caller and WiFi only limitations. Hit up the source link if you’re in the group video chatting mood.

SOURCE via iTunes AppStore

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Ultimate Planking! Shaolin Kung Fu is serious business yo!

June 30th, 2011

Shaolin Kung Fu is serious business yo!

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California raceway gets 1,600 solar panels

June 30th, 2011

California raceway gets 1,600 solar panels

We all love solar power, not because it’s environmentally friendly, but it saves us some bucks. Well as far as sports go, the one where you drive cars around in circles several times is likely not one of the most energy efficient. With that in mind, it’s nice to see locations like Northern California’s Infineon Raceway working toward sustainability, announcing this week the installation of more than 1,600 solar panels. The panels, manufactured by Panasonic, will provide around 41-percent of the Infineon’s energy usage. Also on its list of earth-friendly features: a solar-powered billboard and 3,000 sheep, which take care of a lot of the lawn mowing on the grounds and apparently aren’t of the electric variety. Now, the next step is to turn solar panels cheap so that everyone will fix it on their house’s roof.

SOURCE via Inhabitat

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Professor advises counter-defence against cyber-attacks

June 30th, 2011

Professor advises counter-defence against cyber-attacks

Simply relying on a virtual wall to defend your IT infrastructure will not be effective, says a law professor from the University of Illinois. If you want to protect your data, you will have to adopt a strategy of “mitigative counterstriking”.

“The threats from cyber-attacks are real, and the harm of a potential attack can be far greater than what we can currently combat,” Kesan said. According to the law professor, counterstrikes are legally justifiable in domestic and international law and “can be made consistent by amending or reinterpreting the law.” In its foundation, Kesan proposes a self-defense approach to protect IT infrastructures from malicious intrusions.

He said that active defense would consist of detecting an intrusion, tracing the attack back to a criminal and execute a counterstrike. While there are certainly legal concerns over the extent of such a solution, including the danger of creating a substantial amount of collateral damage, Kesan said that there are no accepted “apparatus” to deter cyber-attacks. The legal environment is too complicated and civil litigation as a deterrent would be “slow and impractical”. Self-defense, however, could be a measure to limit the damage caused by an attack.

SOURCE via University of Illinois

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RIM may scraps 10-inch PlayBook to focus on QNX-powered superphone

June 30th, 2011

RIM may scraps 10-inch PlayBook to focus on QNX-powered superphone

BlackBerry PlayBook enthusiasts will want to cuddle up with their favorite blanket and a carton of ice cream, as the 10-inch version of RIM’s tablet may have been given the axe. N4BB reports that its development was recently cancelled to focus on an upcoming QNX-based “superphone,” said to feature a 1.2GHz single-core processor (same as on the Bold Touch 9900) and a 4.3-inch HD-quality display.

It’s no secret that phones powered by this platform are on the roadmap, but scrapping a PlayBook project in its behalf could indicate the company’s elevated desire to get it to market even sooner than originally planned. Anything less than two cores, however, will be an unpleasant surprise; company reps have stated that a QNX-powered handset won’t hit the market without a dual-core CPU inside.

The motive behind this change of heart appears to be battery life concerns with the existing PlayBook’s chip. The report doesn’t completely rule out the possibility of an extra core getting thrown in, but we’re not holding our breath. While tragic, the scrapped product will make room for other projects — the already-announced 7-inch LTE variant is reportedly targeted for an October launch — but since this is all hearsay, let’s hold off on the eulogy for now.

SOURCE via Electronista

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Now this scare the shit out of me!

June 30th, 2011

Now this scare the shit out of me!

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Solar Powered 3D Printer Uses Sand to Print

June 30th, 2011

Solar Powered 3D Printer Uses Sand to Print

Designed by Markus Kayser, this innovative 3D printer utilizes the desert’s virtually endless sun and sand to create 3D objects. Dubbed the Solar Sinter, this 3D printer utilizes solar panels to create sustainable energy that harnesses the sun’s heat rays to melt the silica in the desert’s sand and create 3D objects. Although the objects may not be as precise as a 3D laser printer, the fact that this device creates anything out of the sun and sand is incredible.

With each printing session, the Siner is capable of heating layers of approximately one inch thick. The device uses the open-source software, ReplicatorG to print the 3D objects. Kayser’s device will be on display at the Royal College of Art’s graduate exhibition through July 3, 2011. Aside from there check out the video below to see the Solar Sinter in action.

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