If you're already itching for summertime, get ready to scratch yourself raw. LucasArts' new Star Wars game, The Force Unleashed, is set to debut this summer, and the trailer shows the title to be a worthy successor in the making. The Force Unleashed pits you as Darth Vader's apprentice, and brings a few new technologies to the intergalactic table. Chief among them is Euphoria, a biomechanical AI scheme that gives characters a sense of self preservation, allowing them to react differently even if the situation is the same. Other goodies abound, which you can learn more about here.
According to SpreadFirefox.com, the customizable browser has reached the 500 million download mark. That equates to roughly 20 million downloads per month. And while a meaningless number to some, the Mozilla community's hoping to celebrate by raising 500 million grains of rice to feed the poor.
US and Europe Seize Counterfeit Chips
You can blame counterfeiters for the reason why both Intel and AMD now lock the multiplier on all but the most high end chips. Unscrupulous sellers would often take a slower clocked processor, increase the multiplier, and sell the part as a higher clocked (and higher priced) CPU. That practice has largely gone by the wayside, but counterfeiters still remain. As part of "Operation Infrastructure," U.S. and European customs officers seized over 360,000 phony computer chips and network components worth more than $1.3 billion, representing more than 40 different trademarks, including Intel, Cisco, and Philips.
Polaroid Dies at 60
Not the inventor, but the technology. The Polaroid Corporation announced that this year marks the last for instant film production, ending a six decade run. Edwin Land conceived the notion of instant prints while on vacation in 1944, after his daughter asked why she couldn't see a picture he had just taken. By 1948, the first Polaroid camera was sold. And while instant film has now run its course, instant print remains with Polaroid's new ZINK, or Zero Ink, printer.
How much force does it take to move an atom? Sounds like the beginning of a bad geek joke, but IBM scientists, in collaboration with the University of Regensburg in Germany, are hoping to become the first to find out. Understanding force on an atomic scale could prove crucial to the future of nanotechnologies, and more specifically, data storage and memory devices. Read more here.
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