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Daily Dose - Intel's Mind Reader

04.09.2010
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At the Tech Heaven event this week, Intel and Carnegie Mellon University unveiled rudimentary mind-reading software that uses an MRI to scan your brainwaves in controlled conditions and recognize their patterns.  The person using the technology was shown three concrete words like "barn", "house", and "screwdriver".  Then the subject was asked to think of one of the three words, and through the patterns in their brainwaves, the computer could determine which word the person was thinking about with 90% accuracy.  Researchers are hoping to get the MRI technology down to the size of a hat.

Lucid Lynx Pounces to Beta 2

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS has reached beta 2 this week, which is the last of the beta releases.  The window manage buttons have not been changed, but their order has been changed.  Ubuntu One can now sync Firefox bookmarks and mobile contacts.  There are also Ubuntu logos throughout the applications on beta 2.  The first release candidate is scheduled for April 22nd.

Firefox Improves Crash System
The latest beta of Firefox 3.6.3 now comes with Chrome's sandbox paradigm for each tab in the browser.  This is part of the new OOPP (out of process plugins) scheme that keeps the whole browser from crashing when a plugin fails.  If a page in one tab crashes, you won't lose all of your other browsing tabs or have to restart the browser.  The current build only isolates Flash, Quicktime, and Silverlight, but tech-savvy users can configure Firefox to isolate more plugins.

WebKit2 Takes a Page From Chrome and IE9
Apple also wants in on the browser crash-proofing trend.  Overshadowed by the iPhone 4 unveiling was the announcement of WebKit2, the foundation for Chrome and Safari.  The new version will add crash isolation (discussed above) and includes APIs that make applications more responsive.  They will allow applications to render web content in the background without blocking other processes.  This move follows in the footsteps of IE9, which is harnessing multi-core architectures for accelerated web browsing.  

Groovy 1.7.2 - Three Features Worth the Upgrade
Sure it's just an incremental release, but better XML support, collection sorting and function currying make it worth the download.
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