Monday, August 31, 2009

Google unveils speedier search engine

August 31, 2009

Google is working on a new test version of its search engine, which the company claims will be faster and more relevant than ever before. The company has dubbed the new search engine “caffeine”. Look-wise, the new engine doesn’t appear different, but its developers hope that the technology they have used will noticeably index new [...]

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Hackers can ‘steal’ ballots from EVMs

August 31, 2009

Computer scientists have demonstrated how criminals could hack an electronic voting machine (EVM) and ‘steal’ votes using a malicious programming approach that had not been invented when the voting machine was designed. The team of scientists from the Universites of California, San Diego, Michigan and Princeton employed “return-oriented programming” to force an electronic voting machine [...]

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Perseid meteor shower to light up night sky on Wednesday

August 31, 2009

Reports indicate that the Perseid meteor shower, which will be visible on August 11 and 12, would yield more than 80 meteors an hour streak across the sky during the best viewing time. Meteors are bits of dust or rock that collide with earth’s atmosphere and heat up gas particles to produce a glowing trail. [...]

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NASA wants proposals for space taxis

August 31, 2009

Nasa plans to use $50 million of federal economic stimulus funds to seed development of commercial passenger transportation service to space, agency officials said on Monday. Aspiring spaceship operators will have 45 days to submit proposals, which will be competitively evaluated. Awards for the Commercial Crew Development program are expected to be announced before the [...]

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Three top Hollywood studios bring films to Web

August 31, 2009

It is a dash of Hulu and a sprinkle of YouTube, features a crystal clear picture, can rewind or fast-forward at lightning speed, and doesn’t require a download of any special software. But epixHD.com, the soon-to-launch video website, will have its success dictated more by the movies, concerts and original programs it offers than the [...]

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Facebook to aquire FriendFeed

August 31, 2009

Facebook, the world’s largest social networking site, said it will buy FriendFeed, netting a group of prized ex-Google engineers in the fast-growing Internet business. FriendFeed, an up-and-coming social media startup, lets people share content online in real time across various social networks and blogs. The service is similar to, though less popular than Twitter, the [...]

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Scientists invent ‘spiderbots’ that talk amongst themselves

August 31, 2009

Nasa scientists have developed a network of volcano sensors known as ‘spiderbots’ that can automatically communicate with each other, and placed them inside Mount St Helens in the US. Mount St. Helens is an active stratovolcano located in Skamania County, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. According to a report in [...]

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