Daily Dose - Google Searches Don't Hurt Your IQ
Some people say that low amount of effort required for a Google search is making people less intelligent. However, in a recent survey of 895 internet "experts," 76% said it won't make people stupid. That 76% also said that it helps people become smarter and make better decisions. 21% of the experts don't see the same benefits of Google searches and they believe that Google will make users less intelligent over the next ten years. The minority group believes that while Google improves utilitarian intelligence, it degrades our contemplative intelligence. The majority group said that contemplative intelligence is also enhanced with Google searching because of the creativity and critical thinking required to synthesize search data.
An iWedding in the Apple Store
A happy couple said "iDo" this month at the first unauthorized Apple store wedding. An Apple store is where Josh and Ting Li first met and they decided that it would be the best place to say their vows. The rings were carried in attached to two first generation iPods. Since the couple was not religious, Apple was next closest thing for them.
Windows Phone 7 Leaks
Since the rebranding and unveiling of the next version of Windows Mobile OS, many interesting tidbits have leaked out on several blogs. Just a few days after the announcement, Windows documents, which contained development specs, were leaked onto the internet. The documents may have revealed what wasn't supposed to be known until Microsoft's Las Vegas conference in March: that WP7S will be built on Silverlight, XNA, and the .Net compact framework. Another blog reported that version 6.5 of Windows mobile would be rebranded as "Windows Phones Classic".
Opera's Dragonfly Lands in BitBucket
Opera's Dragonfly, a debug tool similar to Mozilla's Firebug, has been under an open source BSD license for two years. Now the company has finally moved the code onto BitBucket's hosting service. Opera has also improved the Scope Protocol within the tool since the previous release. The company said that the move to BitBucket was prompted by a more stable underlying protocol.
Open letter to Google: free VP8, and use it on YouTube - Free Software Foundation
The Free Software Foundation has written an open letter to Google asking it to consider releasing the VP8 codec under an irrevocable royalty-free license and pushing it out to YouTube to "free the web" from proprietary codecs like Flash and H.264.