Google Earth has already been used to find Atlantis (sort of), help British looters, and even allow you to explore Mars. But, thanks to a determined rescuer, it’s now been used to track down previously hidden airplane wreckage.
Volunteers searching for the wreckage of millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett’s airplane had come up empty handed in all previous attempts to find his whereabouts. However, shortly after the team had given up hope, one of the rescuers found a picture of a forest fire that had been taken the same day as the crash on Google Earth, and thought that it was in the similar area. After alerting the family and setting up a website, they were able to find the exact area where the picture was taken, and the wreckage.
Sadly there wasn’t a happy ending for the families of the two that were lost in the crash, Marcy Randolph and William Westover, but it does provide closure.
No other manufacturer's power supplies have been used more times in Maximum PC's annual Dream Machine configurations than PC Power & Cooling, and with good reason. We've yet to be let down or otherwise underwhelmed with a PCP&C unit, which is not something we can say about all PSU makers.
Adding to its Silencer line, PCP&P this week announced the Silencer 910 PSU, an 80+ Silver Certified power supply the company says completes the Silencer family line. The new PSU offers 910W continuous at 40C with a 1000W peak and boasts an 88 percent efficiency rating. As with all PCP&P units, the Silencer 910 comes with a single +12V rail, this one supplying 74A. The Nvidia SLI Certified unit comes with quad PCI-E power connectors (2 x 6-pin and 2 x 6/8-in), 12 SATA connectors, 7 peripheral connectors, and a floppy connector for those who still roll old school. It also comes with automatic fan speed control and a 5 year warranty.
The Silencer 910 is available now direct through PCP&P for $199.
There was some confusion regarding the future of PC Power & Cooling's Silencer series. Ryan Edwards, Director of Product Management for OCZ (which owns PCP&P), has assured us that not only is the Silencer line alive and well, but they are working on new models for Q1 2010.
Or at least, stay off of social networking sites that show your activity. Unfortunately for a yet unnamed ex-employee of a Swiss insurance company, her Facebook activity got her fired.
The story goes, the woman had called in sick and claimed that she had to be away from her monitor, so as to not worsen whatever sickness she had at the time. However, she was reportedly seen on Facebook by a colleague, and subsequently fired. “This is an abuse of trust, rather than the activity of Facebook, led to the ending of the work contract,” said a spokesman for the firm.
The woman did admit to using her iPhone’s Facebook app, but counter-accused her employer, Nationale Suisse, of sending her a shady friend request so that they could monitor her activity. They immediately denied the accusation, sustaining that one of her coworkers turned her in.
Going foreword, the woman has claimed that she’s happy to have been neutrally terminated, and doesn’t want to go back. “My trust for this employer is gone,” she stated.
Abuse of trust or not, sometimes its just best to cover your own butt when you call in sick, so that nothing you do can be misconstrued. For some tips on how to prevent this from happening to you, check out this video.
Some folks that have (clearly) been hard at work at the New University of Lisbon have developed a breakthrough by creating a transistor that can change the color of almost any surface.
The team, which is responsible for most of the technology currently employed by Samsung displays, has so far been able to change the color of paper, glass, plastics, ceramics and metals. And, with the help of some friends at the University of Texas at Austin, they’ve filed for some patents right here in the US.
If you want to check out a video of the color change in progress (in Portuguese), be sure to peep a video here.
With all the hubbub surrounding bandwidth limits and tiered internet, it would seem that dark days lay ahead for broadband. So excuse us if we refer to Cablevision as a beacon of shining light, as the cable company today became the fastest cable ISP in the US with its Optimum Online Ultra service.
Optimum Online Ultra takes advantage of the multi-channel DOCSIS 3.0 standard, and by doing so, Cablevision is able to woo customers with up to 101Mbps peak downstream and a more than respectable 15Mbps upstream. On paper, that make's Cablevision's service more than twice as fast as Comcast's 50Mbps package, but it's the lack of a bandwidth cap that may ultimately prove to be the biggest draw for consumers.
Long Island, New York residents will get first crack at the new service starting May 11, which will run $99 per month.
Mozilla yesterday made available its fourth beta release of the upcoming Firefox 3.5 browser, which the company says represents the sixth development milestone. As covered in our Browser Battle feature, Firefox 3.5 (formerly referred to as Firefox 3.1) is built around the Gecko 1.9.1 rendering platform, which Mozilla claims has been in development for the past 10 months.
Minus a handful of known issues -- choppy OGG video/audio playback on older computers to name just one -- Mozilla says the beta 4 release is considered stable, however still intended for developers and members of its testing community.
There are backup solutions, and then there's the Phoenix System built by Axxana. The company's tagline reads, "Built to Last," and boy do they mean it. After all, the backup box claims to be able to withstand power failures, earthquakes, terror attacks, fires, flood, and all kinds of nasty weather.
On the inside, Axxana's Phoenx holds anywhere from 72GB to 300GB of data via removable flash media. System performance checks in at up to 200MB/s data transfers, up to 17,000 IOOPs, and protection for up to 4,096 independent volumes. But the 'how much' and 'how fast' serves as only a footnote to the Phoenix's real strength, which is its ability to withstand nearly ever conceivable catastrophe.
According to Axxana, the rugged 436-pound, 38in (H) x 27in (W) x 48in (H) box can survive up to 2000¼ F for up to an hour, after which time it can still withstand 482¼ F for 6 more hours. It can also emerge unscathed following a 40G shock, having 5000 pounds of weight come crashing down on it, or being submerged in 30 feet of water pressure.
Actually getting to your data in the event of a disaster might be the hardest part, so Axxana also outfitted the Phoenix with 3G and WiFi antennas for remote access, with the battery providing up to 6 hours of 3G transfer.
Microsoft's not exactly a new kid on the software block, but it's also never been part of the 'in-crowd' either, which makes its latest experiment that much more interesting. While services like Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace dominate the social networking landscape, Microsoft will try to take a different approach with a new web service called Vine.
The service debuted in beta form today in Seattle and serves as a dashboard for users to stay connected with family, friends, and community events. True to Microsoft form, Vine makes its way onto desktops as a widget. On the main screen sits a map of the user's community and contacts status. But the real potential, says Microsoft, is in promoting Vine as a type of emergency broadcast system, both for emergency management officials and for family and friends to update their status during a disaster.
"I think long-term this is probably going to be a very valuable tool to help people keep connected, not only during times of crisis but on a daily basis," said Hillman Mitchell, the city of Tukwila's emergency management coordinator.
Vine, which is being made available to more than 10,000 testers from the outset before expanding into other test markets, is debuting with more than 20,000 media sources and public safety organizations, including the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Microsoft has posted a video demo of the service, which you can view here before hitting the jump and telling us what kind of future you see for Vine.
The ambitious One Laptop Per Child project was started with high hopes of bringing low-cost connected laptops to children in developing countries, an idea that so far has struggled to spread the way it was originally conceived. Giving the project a big boost, the government of India plans to purchase 250,000 of OLPC's XO laptops.
The big order comes as somewhat of a surprise. OLPC had once before tried to win favor in India with a pilot program that saw 20 XO laptops distributed to students in Khairat-Dhangarwada village in the state of Maharashtra, Arstechnica reports. Despite being a success, the country's Ministry of Human Resource Development raised concerns about what adverse health effects might arise from prolonged laptop use.
This time around, the 250,000 laptops will be sent to 1,500 schools, and that might be only the tip of the iceberg. OLPC India CEO Satish Jha said he hopes to ship 3 million laptops in India this year.
No more than a couple months ago Toshiba showed off the first 32 nanometer NAND flash chips, and soon they’ll be the first company to ship them as well.
According to a press release from Toshiba, they’ll begin mass production of 32Gb (gigabit) NAND flash chips in July 2009, and 16Gb products will begin to ship Q3 of this very year.
So, what does all this mean for you, as a consumer? Sooner rather than later, manufacturers will be able to start packing more memory into smaller places. This translates to bigger SSDs, and even more internal memory for your smartphone and other mobile devices. Ahh, progress!