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[H] Enthusiast Archives: April 2012Archive Listing

Monday April 30, 2012

Microsoft and Barnes & Noble Form Strategic Partnership

Barnes & Noble Inc. and Microsoft today announced the formation of a strategic partnership in a new Barnes & Noble subsidiary, which will build upon the history of strong innovation in digital reading technologies from both companies. The partnership will accelerate the transition to e-reading, which is revolutionizing the way people consume, create, share and enjoy digital content.


Sunday April 29, 2012

Raspberry Pi Gets an Electronics Prototyping Plate Kit

Things are beginning to stir over at the Raspberry Pi camp, with the initial batches of orders beginning to flow and the supply line unclogged, units will soon be making their way into the hands of ordinary PC enthusiasts. When that happens, there will be a demand for more and better capabilities for projects. One of the first such offerings will be from Adafruit’s Prototyping Plate kit.

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Peter Jackson Responds to 48 FPS 'Hobbit' Criticism

We ran news item on the technology of Peter Jackson’s upcoming movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, earlier this week. The critical comments from the viewers of the sneak peek footage shot at double frame rate, wasn’t exactly the reaction Jackson was hoping for. Jackson’s response to the comments basically boiled down to ‘Deal with it" and "you’ll get used to it". I guess he is right….he usually is. smile

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Bill Banning Employer Facebook Snooping Introduced

With several states introducing their own legislation concerning the rights of employees to privacy online, Congress was a sure bet to follow the trend. A bill was co-authored by two members of Congress to ban employers from requiring access to an employee’s online content.

The Social Networking Online Protection Act, authored by Congressman Eliot Engel of New York and sponsored by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, is in response to a growing number of reports of employers demanding their employees’ Facebook passwords as a condition of employment.


How Apple Sidesteps Billions in Taxes

Have you ever considered exactly Apple has become so successful and has a cash reserve that would make most countries green with envy? Having Billions of dollars in sales each year certainly doesn’t hurt, but as they say, it’s not how much you make, it’s how much you hold on to. Here’s a hint: They have good accountants and tax advisors.wink

As it has in Nevada, Apple has created subsidiaries in low-tax places like Ireland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and the British Virgin Islands — some little more than a letterbox or an anonymous office — that help cut the taxes it pays around the world.


Apple Building Private Cafeteria to Stop Lunchtime Snoops

Always remember: you are not paranoid as long as someone really is trying to get you.big grin Apple takes its security seriously and just obtained approval for an off-campus employee cafeteria. The 21+k square foot facility will be restricted to Apple employees only. Apple is making sure that lunchtime conversations concerning work stay at work. Now if they could just start building bars for after work wind down sessions for the drinkers, they may close the security holes. big grin

"We like to provide a level of security so that people and employees can feel comfortable talking about their business, their research and whatever project they're engineering without fear of competition sort of overhearing their conversations"


Google Drive Arrives In ChromeOS Developer Channel

Google released the first developer version of ChromeOS 20 with support for Google Drive. As expected, Google Drive is now deeply integrated into the ChromeOS file manager, though this is clearly just a first effort and still needs quite a bit of work. The Google Drive integration is rather basic in this first release. Drive currently appears as an additional folder in the ChromeOS file manager. While the file manager now features a column called "available offline".


Nvidia Announces GeForce GTX 690 Dual-GPU Video Card

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced the newest addition to the GTX line of video cards in Shanghai last night. The GTX 690 follows closely on the heels of the GTX 680, released just last month. The 690 will be available starting on May 3rd, with a list price of $999.

Huang claimed that the GTX 690 had been "designed from the ground up to deliver the highest performance of any graphics card in history.


Want To Live Longer? Get Off Your Butt!

Scientists are telling us something that we already know from various studies: If you want to live longer get out of your chair or off the sofa and move around. The movement doesn’t even have to be strenuous in nature, just taking a break from a sedentary position and taking a few minutes to move around every hour can add years to your life. Computer geeks, take notice.

Every hour of TV you watch cuts 22 minutes off your life (slightly less for women.) Men who don't watch TV live 1.8 years longer than men who do.


StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Beta Sneak Peek

The next installment of the StarCraft 2 franchise will be available for a little hands-on play at the Anaheim Convention Center June 8-10. The center will be hosting the Major League Gaming Pro Spring Championship where stations will be available to play portions of the upcoming Heart of the Swarm Beta test of the new multi-player game. Blizzard hasn’t offered any information on the time line for the Beta release.

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MIT Develops Self-Cleaning, Fog and Glare Free Glass

MIT researchers have developed a super clear, self-cleaning glass that is resistant to fog and glare. The new glass could be used in future smartphones, tablets, cars, and buildings, eliminating unwanted reflections and staying smudge-free. Water droplets that fall onto this new glass surface are said to bounce off like "tiny rubber balls."


Microsoft Patches Major Hotmail Zero-Day Flaw

If you suddenly can’t access your Hotmail account because your password no longer works, then you probably have been hacked using a simple exploit that has spread across the Internet like wildfire. Microsoft has quietly fixed the vulnerability in the password reset function. At this time, it is unknown just how many accounts were compromised.

Getting it back may be more difficult, as the standard first step in any account hack is to reset all the recovery information so that the original owner can't retrieve it.