Although the machine’s return to action was scheduled for November 2008, the restart was pushed to July 2009. Now CERN has further delayed the re-launch. Around $24 million dollars have already been spent in repairing the gargantuan machine. You can expect more apocalyptic predictions during the time leading to its relaunch.
Spreading word using the social web can be as simple as lighting a skyrocket’s posterior for a social-web veteran. Charity Water, a nonprofit focused on providing clean drinking water to people in developing countries, has devised a brilliant fundraising campaign using Twitter.
Today, more than 200 cities worldwide are going to witness Twestivals, which are basically volunteer-organized fundraisers. As is obvious from the epithet itself, Twestivals have been conceived to tap the viral potential of Twitter. Every Twestival “will bring together Twitter communities for an evening of fun and to raise money and awareness for Charity: Water.” The concept is expected to catch on with other nonprofits as well.
Those of you who can’t attend the event can catch the action live or pre-recorded on the internet. Also, there are several other ways you can donate to help secure clean drinking water - a basic necessity of life - for few of the 1.1 billion humans who reckon it’s a luxury.
So you’re the type of person that’s in a different country each week of the month, eh? Tired of telling people where you are each time you email them? Well, it looks like Gmail has your back with their latest feature – a signature that automatically lists where you sent your email from.
The signature detects your location by using your public IP address, so it is noted that it won’t always be accurate. “For example, if you’re at Heathrow airport, IP detection may put you in Germany,” writes Marco Bonchi on the Gmail blog.
If there are certain people that you don’t want knowing your location, you can take the location signature out of specific emails at any time.
Facebook Inc. came to the conclusion that they weren’t worth nearly the $15 billion that they implied in 2007 when Microsoft made a gigantic investment in them. In fact, it’s now become clear that Facebook is worth $3.7 billion – a far cry from the original number.
In 2007 lawyers argued that Facebook’s privately held stock was valued for $39.50 per share, allowing Microsoft to buy a 1.6 percent stake for $240 million. It has now become clear that Facebook’s stock is valued at only $8.88, giving Microsoft to be upset about.
It’s expected that Facebook will pony up for a settlement soon.
According to Nvidia’s General Manager of MCP business, Drew Henry, the first Ion-based PC will be a nettop that will sell for around $299.
The Ion platform, which has passed Microsoft Windows Vista WHQL certification, will be able to support high-definition multimedia graphics processing.
Mr. Henry did mention that Nvidia was considering a possible partnership with VIA Technologies to create a low-cost PC platform, but other than that there’s no word yet availability. It’s expected that the nettop will be shipping June of this year.
Earlier this week Lite-On announced a new line of internal DVD writers it says will be the fastest on the market with a 24X rated write speed. The new drives will come in three different versions, with all three sporting Lite-On's SmartErase data erasing feature. Lite-On's fastest model, the iHAS624, will be the only one to come with the company's LabelTag feature, which allows users to create label tags on the data side of the disc.
"PLDS is proud to manufacture the fastest 24X writers in the market, especially with included technologies such as LabelTag," said Christine Hsing, Marketing Manager at PLDS. "LabelTag provides a cost-effective and flexible method for professional disc labeling, a great solution for today’s busy professional, and people on-the-go."
Lite-On says that users can still add data after using its LabelTag technology, which works on any standard recordable media. Two of the drives -- the iHAP424 and iHAS624 -- will also support LightScribe.
The iHAS324 with SmartErase will be available in March, the iHAP424 with SmarErase and Lightscribe by the end of March, and the iHAS624 with SmartEarase, LightScribe, and LabelTag by mid-May. No word yet on pricing.
Losing a single USB key from a nuclear weapons lab could be cause for concern, but what happens when 67 computers are unaccounted for, including 13 that were reported lost or stolen in the past year alone? What happens in this case is that officials claim no classified information has been lost. 0_o
The missing computers came to light after the watchdog group Project on Government Oversight released a memo dated February 3 from the Energy Department' National Nuclear Security Administration, which listed the missing PCs. According to Kevin Roark, a spokesman for Los Alamos, the lab has initiated a month-long inventory to try and account for the mysteriously missing machines, and while he admitted it's a cybersecurity issue due to personal information being stored, he maintains that none of the PCs hold any classified info.
"The magnitude of exposure and risk to the laboratory is at best unclear as little data on these losses has been collected or pursued given their treatment as property management issues," a security administration memo read.
Of the thirteen missing PCs within the past year, three were taken from a scientist's home in Santa Fe, New Mexico on January 16th. There's also a BlackBerry that has gone missing after being lost "in a sensitive foreign country."
Novell's Mono Project released version 1.0 of Moonlight today, an open-source platform that allows Linux users to view Microsoft Silverlight-based content and applications. Delivered as a Firefox extension, Moonlight comes alongside the release of the Microsoft Media Pack, a Firefox extension that gives Linux users access to Microsoft-endorsed media codecs. This opens up the door for playing all Silverlight-compatible media (including MP3, WMA, and WMV files). According to Novel, Moonlight should work with all major Linux distributions, including openSUSE, Fedora, Red Hat, and Ubuntu.
But if you think that this is going to put a dent in Adobe Air's market share, you're in for a treat. Click the jump to see just how much Adobe's runtime environment is winning the platform war against Microsoft's Silverlight!
VoIP service Skype said it recently reached the 15 million concurrent user mark, claiming 405 million Skype users in all. But what's even more impressive is how quickly the service is growing. Skype estimates it adds 380,000 new users each day. To put that number into perspective, Ross Storey, Managing Editor at Fairfax Business Media, points out that over a 12 day period, the number of users Skype adds is equivalent to the population of Singapore.
Skype announced the figures in Signapore during the launch of the new Skype 4.0 software, which the company calls "the most exciting and fundamental change to Skype's software in the company's history." Even more exciting for the company is recording the eighth consecutive quarter of profit, in which Skype earned $45 million in Q4 2008. This is thanks in large part to a third of its registered subscribers using the service for business purposes.
"In this type of environment people are looking for cost savings wherever they can find them, they are looking to 'recession-proof' their businesses," said Dan Neary, Skype's new VP and GM. "hey don't want to fly from A to B, they want to do video-conferencing. More and more, this offering is becoming applicable for people in business."
Last month, a rumor surfaced suggested Ebay was shopping around its Skype service, showing particular interest in selling to Google. If Skype keeps up these kinds of numbers, it's hard to imagine Google, or anyone else, not being interested.
Microsoft received considerable buzz over its Silverlight web browser plugin during the Beijing Olympics, in which NBC opted to use Silverlight rather than Adobe's Flash to stream its Olympics coverage. But it didn't take long for NBC to run back to Flash once the Olympics were over, taking the spotlight off of the Silverlight platform.
Silverlight is back in the news, this time for a new contest Microsoft has launched at serverquestcontest.com. The contest is being aimed at Silverlight game developers age 16 or older and living in the U.S. To enter, eligible developers must create a user profile on the site, download the Software Development Kit, and then use it to create an online game.
Participants can submit up to three entries, each of which must follow a set of strict guidelines. These include a file download size not larger than 4MB and total file size of less than 10MB, resolution of 800x430 or less, the game cannot include any upload file aspects nor can it require or allow any external communication, it must be developed in Silverlight 2.0 and submitted in object/binary code format, and finally the game must clearly indicate to others that it is governed by the Creative Commons license. Phew!
The contest runs through April 30, 2009 (11:59 PM PST), with a voting period to take place between May 1 and May 14. Winners will be announced May 25, 2009.