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Google has a secret laboratory that even many employees do not know about, where the new projects are being developed, and their description sounds like a sci-fi movie. The New York Times tells about this in its article.

The laboratory was located somewhere in the area of San Francisco Bay, where the brightest Google’s engineers are working on dozens of the projects. This is the place where your refrigerator could be connected to the Internet, and it will order the food, when it ends. Your plate could message in a social network what you eat, and your PA robot could go to the office while you are in your pajamas at home.
xially 15 november 2011, 16:02

Microsoft team has decided to do something original to construct a 6-storey Windows Phone to endorse a product sale of two new smartphones Samsung Focus S and Samsung Focus Flash that are based on Windows Phone 7 Mango.

imageDuring the eight-hour show each Live Tile has become truly alive, revealing the essence of human-oriented interface of Windows Phone. So you could see games in the Games Hub and listen to the live performances of the musicians in the Music + Video Hub.

The smartphones Samsung Focus S and Samsung Focus Flash have become the first devices of AT & T that are being run by Windows Phone Mango. The Samsung Focus S features a brilliant 4.3” Super AMOLED Plus display, 1,4 GHz processor, a thin 8.55-millimeter profile, and an 8-megapixel camera (its stated price is $ 199 after mail-in rebate). The Samsung Focus Flash is easier and cheaper that features a 3.7” Super AMOLED screen, 1,4 GHz processor and a 5-megapixel camera (its stated price is $ 49 after mail-in rebate).
Pirat 9 november 2011, 13:20

imageMany of you have heard and known about music identification systems such as TrackID, Shazam, MusicBrainz or Audiotag.info that allow recognizing a name of song by its recorded fragment. All of them are sufficiently good, but they have a common disadvantage – the closed code, therefore, their field of use is limited. TrackID you can only use on the phones of Sony Ericsson, Shazam - also can be used on the phones, although at a more extensive list of platforms, and Music Brainz may not work at all.

The guys from a company Echo Nest, decided that music recognition should be accessible to the world, such as e-mail or DNS:), so they released their program for MIT License. This program is very good, because the founders are Doctors of Science from the MIT Media Lab.

The program that they released is not just limited to recognition of recorded music, but it also lets you do things like search for duplicate music, mass recognition and tag filling in the music collections, verification of the audio / video content of any material, synchronization of collections from the various musical spaces (for example: iTunes <-> Last.fm <-> Spotify) and much more.
BumBum 7 november 2011, 19:22

According to statistics of Net Application, a historic event happened in October 2011: the first time since 1998 the market share of Internet Explorer has dropped below 50%. It is a symbolic mark, which means the end of dominating era of Microsoft browser. The popularity of IE reached a peak in 2004 (95%), and since it has been consistently declining. Hardly ever IE could recover the lost dominance in the near future, and 95% of the market even less so.

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This chart shows the situation of internet market on all platforms, while the situation is quite different in the various segments and countries.

Internet Explorer has not been a leader in Russia for some time. For example, its share was fixed at 20.2% in October 2011 (Liveinternet statistics). For comparison, Opera was 32,1%, Firefox was 22,3%, and Chrome was 17,1%.
Papay 5 november 2011, 18:59

imageA small group of like-minded developers has introduced alpha version software that lets run Android applications on Windows.

The developer’s mission from the company BlueStacks is well expressed in a fun demo video, which can be viewed on the front page of the company: bluestacks.com/home.php. We strongly recommend watching the high quality demo.
Skull 4 november 2011, 12:37

Do you know what value produce this code in JavaScript?

var foo = 1;
function bar() {
if (! foo) {
var foo = 10;
}
alert(foo);
}
bar();

If you are surprised what will produce "10", then the following code confuse you at all:


var a = 1;
function b () {
a = 10;
return;
function a() {}
}
b();
alert(a);

In this case, the browser produces "1". So what exactly is going on? Although this behavior seems strange, dangerous and confusing, in fact it is very powerful and significant tool JavaScript. There is a name for term for such behavior, which is “hoisting”. This article will try to explain the mechanism of the language, but first let us talk about scope in JavaScript.
Sparks 30 october 2011, 17:14

imageWhen I read about the device fragmentation on Android, I mentally agree with the author. When I see theses that the device fragmentation prevents from the software development, I raise eyebrows perplexedly, but when somebody tries to prove me that the fragmentation of Android is the main problem of this platform and the main disadvantage for developers of mobile software, frankly, I start laughing. I am sorry, but this is a pure marketing nonsense or complete misunderstanding of the situation.

Let us imagine that you are a furniture manufacturer. You are working in the market of furniture products; you competing with other producers and dividing the entire market in some parts. As an entrepreneur your job to cut as much as possible the radial angle on a pie chart with the title “Furniture market share”. The pixels of this diagram are the people who buy the furniture. These are different people and they buy different furniture: starting from the unstained wooden beds from IKEA and ending with sofas that are upholstered in leather of young crocodiles from Caroline Islands that each costs as your apartment.
xially 29 october 2011, 12:20

Codify is available in the App Store. It is a first code editor for iPad with the native interface and support for the touchscreen. It is very convenient: using a finger press on the object features and a pop-up window will appear with a list of options. Most importantly, the written code can be run any time in order to test the accelerometer and multi-touch. There would be no more problems with emulators!



Codify is built on the base of Lua language that is a simple and smart programming language, and it is well suited to create games for iPad.
MeLavi 28 october 2011, 16:49

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It was reported in the summer that an unnamed pair of ex-Apple’s engineers on behalf of an unnamed startup is going to present an unnamed product. It turned out that they were Tony Fadell, Apple’s former Senior Vice President of the iPod division and the leading engineer Matt Rogers. They use the iPod click wheel in the new product.

This is not a music player of the new generation, instead they developed a thermostat. The new startup of Tony Fadell and Nest Labs decided to add to the design and purposefulness of Apple standard in those boxes that are installed on the walls of a quarter million American homes and offices, which control their internal temperature. Why? Fadell is sure that all existing thermostats are ugly and too difficult to use. He wants to do something that no one ever thinks about, and make it as a favorite object in the house.
Pirat 26 october 2011, 16:47

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It is unlikely that someone would complain on this trip: a team of Google employees recently has traveled across the Swiss Alps to photograph the Albula-Bernina line that is considered one of the most scenic rail routes in the world, and it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The route is known for its mountain sceneries that starts from a Swiss commune Thusis and goes through St. Moritz to the Italian border in Tirano. The panoramas have made with the support of Rhaetian Railway that will appear on the "Google Maps” soon.
Skull 24 october 2011, 18:48