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March 31, 2010

YouTube’s big redesign goes live to everyone

YouTube’s new look tweaks a number of things around the video. The video player itself though, remains untouched. (Click to enlarge.). Photo: CNET

SAN BRUNO, Calif.—YouTube is rolling out a new coat of paint on Wednesday.

Its video page redesign, which went up as a beta test to users in late January, will be going out live to everyone by the end of the day. The cleaner look is part of a bigger plan to simplify the site based on user feedback and testing, as well as to keep people from ever leaving. (more…)


Intel intros eight-core Xeon 7500 for servers

Xeon 7500 can handle 1TB memory, 256 chips


Intel sought to cement its grip on the very high end of computers with its first eight-core processor, the Xeon 7500. The two extra cores give it even more performance in highly parallel situations — up to 16 program threads at once with Hyperthreading — and the design itself is unique at Intel in the sheer amount of scaling compared to the outgoing 7400. A four-processor server can handle as much as 1TB of memory, and a single computer can include as many as 256 discrete processors.

March 30, 2010

PA University to give all students iPads

It hasn’t even launched yet and already Apple’s iPad is catching the eye of colleges.

Pennsylvania-based Seton Hill University, which has an enrollment of about 2,100, announced on Tuesday that starting fall semester, all full-time students will receive an iPad tablet device in an effort to boost learning ability and technical know-how. (more…)

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New iPhone Could End AT&T’s U.S. Monopoly

Apple Inc. plans to begin producing this year a new iPhone that could allow U.S. phone carriers other than AT&T Inc. to sell the iconic gadget, said people briefed by the company.

The new iPhone would work on a type of wireless network called CDMA, these people said. CDMA is used by Verizon Wireless, AT&T’s main competitor, as well as Sprint Nextel Corp. and a handful of cellular operators in countries including South Korea and Japan. The vast majority of carriers world-wide, including AT&T, use another technology called GSM. (more…)

March 29, 2010

Science: Russian maths genius may turn down $1m prize

Grigori Perelman in a Subway. Photo: the world of Grigory Perelman: the man who solved the world’s toughest maths problem proves to be a puzzle himself.

He has been called «the cleverest man in the world» and shook academia to its foundations when he announced he had solved a fiendish mathematical problem that had baffled the planet’s best brains for a century.

Yet Grigory Perelman, a 43-year-old Russian mathematician, has consciously spurned plaudits and wealth to subsist like a hermit. He lives in a 2-bedroom flat with his elderly mother in a dilapidated Soviet-era tower block in St. Petersburg, while neighbours complain that his own studio flat, which he seldom uses, has become a breeding ground for cockroaches. (more…)

Quantum Technology Promises Wedding Photos From Phone Cameras

Photo by Jonathan Snyder/

Wired – A new sensor technology promises to make cellphone cameras good enough to use for wedding photos.

InVisage Technologies, a Menlo Park, California, company, has developed an image sensor using quantum dots instead of silicon. The company claims its technology increases sensor performance by more than four times.

«We have all heard ‘Gee, I wish the camera on my iPhone was better,’» says InVisage’s President and CEO Jess Lee. «But the heart of the problem is in the heart of the camera, which is the sensor.» (more…)

March 28, 2010

Online Discussion: eReader

March 31, 2010, from 3pm to 4pm (these will be held on the last Wed. of each month)
Organized By: NWACC Steering Committee

Event Description

Where: Adobe Connect (University of Hawaii calls their implementation Halawai – Hawaiian for communicating). Point your web browser here

Testing your connection ahead of time here

This is a conversation versus a presentation, so please come ready to share your thoughts, experiences & questions. You might wish to read the study completed by Trina here

Read more at NWACC Instructional Technology

March 26, 2010

Google: Next steps for experimental fiber network

Post by Google (Official Google Blog):

Since we announced our plans to build experimental, ultra high-speed broadband networks, the response from communities and individuals has been tremendous and creative. With just a few hours left before our submission deadline, we’ve received more than 600 community responses to our request for information (RFI), and more than 190,000 responses from individuals (we’ll post an update with the final numbers later tonight). We’ve seen cities rename themselves, great YouTube videos, public rallies and hundreds of grassroots Facebook groups come to life, all with the goal of bringing ultra high-speed broadband to their communities. (more…)

iPad iBooks Features 30,000 Free eBooks

Report from AppAdvice: over 30,000 classic book titles will be available for free in Apple’s iBookstore when the iPad arrives. Also look for iBookstore pricing chart:

iBooks’ very sweet price points (out of the 32 eBooks featured in the New York Times’ Bestsellers section, 27, including the entire top 10 are priced at $9.99) are not the only surprise Apple kept for the iPad launch. Indeed, while we already knew the iPad can read and import eBooks in the ePub format, it probably won’t be as necessary as we thought; as the iBookstore already features the Gutenberg Project catalog for free. (more…)

UO: Public Talks Schedule, March-April 2010

Computer & Information Science Department at the University of Oregon invites to open talks.
All of these talks are open to the public, and will provide some insight into various research activities here and at other institutions.

March 2010
Supporting Automatic Performance Tuning
March, 29

April 2010
Distinguished Lecture Series: Reconstructing the World from Photos on the Internet
April, 08

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