Posts Tagged ‘TAME’
A Kickstarter success has just closed its seed funding round, raising $ 375,000 to continue its work of measuring the wind using a network of smartphones with a low-cost, electronics-free hardware accessory combined with a mobile app. Danish startup Vaavud‘s new funding comes from a group of angel investors, and according to Vaavud CEO Thomas Helms, it’ll help them expand at a faster… Read More
Luckily, most of us don’t have to think about the tangled infrastructure that keeps the internet ticking along. But, as profiled by Wired, that’s the obsession of the crew at CoreOS, who are building an operating system it ambitiously hopes will help make the web tidier and more nimble. It’s underpinned by Chrome OS, which the team aims to fork so that it can run every web service imaginable. That’d give smaller players in the web server game access to modular web infrastructure tech, like that used by Google on desktops and laptops with ChromeOS. It would also keep servers up-to-date automatically without the need to install brand new versions of an operating system — a peril-fraught hassle administrators often postpone as long as possible. If successful, the project could result in better server security, quicker response to evolving web technologies and less downtime. CoreOS is still early in its development, but the group has already sold another of its open source projects to cloud player Rackspace, and counts Linux kernal specialist Greg Kroah-Hartman among its collaborators. For more, check Wired’s in-depth take on it at the source.
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Beams of light are usually speeding along at around 186 thousand miles per second, but for one minute, researchers in Germany brought some to a screeching halt. Using a crystal frozen to temperatures below negative 450 degrees Fahrenheit, a research team managed to hold light in place for a full minute — marking a drastic increase from the previous record of just 16 seconds. The technology will eventually be applied to quantum computing as a way for retrieving and reading data, but it’ll have to work on a much smaller scale and for much longer periods of time before that can happen.
Uh-oh. Looks like T-Mobile’s Full Monty subscribers in the UK will be getting much less than they’d originally bargained for. T-Mo’s British support unit recently confirmed that the carrier has capped speeds on its “all-in” unlimited plan at a rather dismal 1Mb/s — in other words, this Full Monty act doesn’t really go all the way. Perhaps T-Mobile representatives were too caught up in the moment at the launch event and merely forgot to reveal this little tidbit? Our Magic 8-Ball says, “Don’t count on it.” You’ll find the confirmation tweet immortalized after the break.
Mono for Android framework lets C# developers tame the Droid
Novell is officially launching Mono for Android 1.0, a framework that will allow third-party developers to build native Android applications in C#. It complements the company’s existing MonoTouch offering, which supports C# development for Apple’s iOS mobile operating system. The Mono project is an open source implementation of Microsoft’s .NET framework and language compilers. Due to its …
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Novell’s Mono tools let devs create .NET apps for Android devices
If app developers have a pattern of going after the iPhone first and Android second , well, the same is apparently true of the folks who write software for the code monkeys. Novell just announced Mono for Android, the first set of tools that lets devs write .NET and C# apps for Android phones and tablets. Novell already lets developers do the same for Linux, iOS, and Mac OS X and, as always …
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LinkedIn for Android Launches for Mobile Workers
LinkedIn for Android 1.0 is available now in Google’s Android Market to help users view and manage LinkedIn connections, access updates from a professional network, and respond to invitations.
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This is rather a creepy line of research. The tobacco mosaic virus, which normally preys on tobacco crops, has been modified in such a way that it is essentially being used as a tiny helper, and millions of them can line up and bind themselves to the walls of battery cells, increasing the surface area and consequently the potential charge.
The ethical issues are strange here, because after all viruses are barely classified as alive by our definition of the word. They’re self-propagating organic molecules, to be sure, but that’s where the similarities end. Still, breeding billions upon billions of these things to go and destroy themselves by binding their rods to the battery walls seems somehow evil.
Maybe I’m just being sentimental. And of course it’s nothing compared with the liberties viruses take with our bodies.
At any rate, ethics considerations aside, the viruses attach themselves securely to the battery cell, and there they stay while the experimenters coat them in a conductive material. Essentially, the battery (Li-ion in this case) would be half metal ion, half molds of virus skeletons. Kind of creepy, don’t you think? I mean, self-assembly is cool, but the level of “intelligence” required to effect it makes you think.
More on the research can be found at the University of Maryland’s news section.
Nokia N900: A beast, but not very easy to tame
N900, Nokia’s latest N-series offering, aims to redeem the premium line-up of the Finnish giant. It is basically an internet tablet with smartphone capabilities, and a successor to the N810.