Mozilla ponders blinkers for your browser

Mozilla Labs has outlined an experiment it’s conducting in improving the personalisation web publishers can offer readers who browse their sites using Firefox.

The outfit says it’s been working on the idea since last year, when it “conducted a series of experiments in which a user’s browsing history could be matched with interests in categories like technology, sports and cooking.”

In return for opting in to the trial, lab rats were offered “insight into how they spend time online.”

Mozilla Labs is now wondering “what if these interests were also available for the user to share with the websites they visit to get a better, more personalized browsing experience” so that “content creators and consumers could benefit from Web-based interests”?

Here’s one scenario the outfit has imagined as resulting from this line of thinking:

“For example, let’s say Firefox recognizes within the browser client, without any browsing history leaving my computer, that I’m interested in gadgets, comedy films, hockey and cooking. As I browse around the Web, I could choose when to share those interests with specific websites for a personalized experience. Those websites could then prioritize articles on the latest gadgets and make hockey scores more visible.”

Some publishers have already pressed the API for this kind of thing into service, according to the Mozilla Blog, but the code is not in the wild and is being tested – technically and conceptually – as Mozilla figures out how people will react to websites that dynamically change content based on readers’ past behaviours.

One example of successful personalisation mentioned in the posts announcing the initiative is The Guardian’s offer to ensure its readers see no news about the birth of George Alexander Louis Windsor. That’s a service many will doubtless enjoy. Whether such personalisation can result in readers choosing only to encounter lines of inquiry and opinions they already agree with, and therefore deciding to consume media that re-enforces their feelings rather than offering broader perspectives, is a wider debate for another day. Or the comments.


How Apollo 11′s 1.024MHz guidance computer did a lot with very little

 

early 44 years ago computer hardware was in an entirely different place than it is now. The levels of performance don’t even fit on the same scale. The anniversary of the Apollo 11moon landing is upon us, and those brave space pioneers got by without a 3GHz multi-core CPU. The guidance computer used on the Apollo 11 mission ran at only 1.024 MHz.

The moon landing was the height of technological achievement at the time, and some of the rocket technology is still relevant today. That computer, though, has been left in the dust. In fact, it was well and truly obsolete a few years after the landing.

The Intel 8086 came about roughly ten years after the Apollo landing, marking the beginning of x86. Apollo 11’s computer had 4 registers — essentially slots for holding numeric values. The 8086 boosted that to eight 16-bit registers.

The IBM PC XT ran the next version of that chip, the famous 8088. This computer ran at 4.077MHz, which sounds incredibly slow by today’s standards, but is still four times faster than the Apollo 11computer. The XT also packed in eight times the memory used on Apollo 11.

The Apollo 11 guidance computer actually had some impressive software features for a system that didn’t even run a graphical interface. It could multitask up to 8 different operations, but it didn’t work the way we think of multitasking. Today’s operations use preemptive multitasking that allows the OS to distribute computing resources as needed. On Apollo 11, programs were in charge and had to give control back to the OS periodically. A kind of virtual machine was used to allow developers to mix hardware-level instructions with virtual machine commands within the same assembler code.

Inputting commands required translating the English words into “verb noun pairs,” which could be input as numbers. There was a handy sign in the cabin as a reminder. To top it all off, none of the computer’s systems were software upgradeable. All the code was stored in read-only memory. Several years after Apollo 11, Apollo 14 was forced to manually input the code to patch a system malfunction — it took 90 minutes just to type it in.

Maybe your computer is a little sluggish, and your smartphone is a couple years old, but you have it better than those astronauts


Princeton Presents Duo Monitor 17 Inches White-Black With 4 Backlit That Conserve Electricity Consumption As much as 25%

Princeton Presents Duo Monitor 17 Inches White-Black With 4 Backlit That Conserve Electricity Consumption As much as 25%
LG Electronics Japan likely will soon add to the power line of ultra-wide LCD monitors as the flagship model of the new duo will Dihadirkannya in the near future.
Both models of 29-inch LCD monitor LG is an ultra-wide shared a cinematic 21:9 aspect ratio, accompanied by a support that can be adjusted height. LG 29EA73-P has a size of 699.7 × 387.0 × 197.2mm and weighs 5.9kg, while the LG 29EB73-P has a size of 699.7 × 395.3 × 225.0mm and weighs 6.9kg.
Despite having the size and weight of different devices, the LG monitor both models are equally supported by screen resolution 2560 × 1080 pixels with 16.7 million colors display. Not to mention the multiple input terminals that contributed equally complementary, ie: DVI-D (Dual-Link), HDMI × 2 (MHL × 1), Display Port, USB hub (Up × 1/DownUSB3.0 × 2, USB2 .0 × 1), Audio input.
Besides compatible with MHL, there are two models have the same 7W +7 W stereo speakers built-in and 4-Screen Split function that can divide the screen into four segments.
Subject availability alone, LG 29EA73-P will be released in early August 2013, while LG 29EB73-P in early September.


Lenovo ThinkPad X240S, Touch Screen 12.5 Inch Notebook With Intel Haswell CPU

The presence of the latest models of ThinkPad X240s will certainly strengthen the product line Lenovo ThinkPad Series notebooks on the market today. Along with that, a variety of retail product manuals and documents related to the latest models of Lenovo ThinkPad Series has also started popping up lately.

Lenovo ThinkPad X240S is provided by features 12.5-inch touch screen that supports a resolution of 1366 × 768 pixels. While on the power on for system support in it, Windows 8 x64-based laptop also has provided support for the option of Intel Core i7-4500U or Intel Core i5-4200U with collaboration 4GB of RAM and a 7200RPM hard drive capacity of 320GB.

With a water-resistant keyboard and a roll-cage design firm, this latest notebook also offers several business-friendly features that include SIM Card slot, the TrackPoint in the middle of the keyboard, and chasing that can be dismantled and reassembled for the purpose of adding additional components.

And even complete support for existing features, laptop-sized (305.5 × 206.5 × 19.7) mm and weighs 1.36 kg also has 720p webcam, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, Ethernet, D-Sub, mini DisplayPort, SDXC card reader, and a 6 Cell Lithium Polymer battery that can provide power for up to 6 hours of operation lasting duration.

Although the new soon to be released sometime in August 2013 that will come, but the Lenovo ThinkPad X240S is reportedly ready to sell for 6,498 HKD or equivalent 8.35 million per unit.


Powerful laptop at a Time Rich Graphics

JAKARTA – Toshiba Satellite C40D could be a consideration for those who are looking for a laptop with a budget of less than Rp 5 million. Budget that much for a laptop is indeed impressive entry entry-level segment. Just do not worry, the name of the Toshiba could be a guarantee of the product is far from the predicate Abal Abal.
SPECIFICATIONS of the list handed Toshiba, Satellite C40D not stated clearly underestimated laptop features and performance is poor. Instead, Toshiba has crammed the new product is released in early July with the latest features and technology.
Toshiba provides an opportunity to dissect out the Tribune called as laptop devices in Indonesia to adopt AMD Quad-Core A4 Acceerated Processing Unit (APU) with integrated AMD Radeon graphics card.
Toshiba also provides convenient storage of the data on the laptop’s hard drive. Field capacity up to 500GB, this hard drive can also be designed to absorb shock or impact so that data is not lost.
For example, performance. Toshiba Satellite C40 is running on the Windows 8 operating system Single Language. Surely it’s the operating system will not run comfortably without sustained specifications that qualified innards. APU AMD A4 processor which integrates with the Quad Core AMD Radeon graphics card is so warranty Satellite C40 plus 2 GB of RAM can execute all software and multimedia applications smoothly.
Offal is enough to guarantee the Satellite C40 is powered laptop and rich in graphics which presents a different experience with other products in the market. Satellite C40 feel engrossed invited to work for all computing activities.


Windows 7 Losing Steam in the Enterprise but Microsoft Holds Steady

While still the most popular operating system in the enterprise, including at midsize businesses, Microsoft Windows 7’s reality in this new age of business computing is that it is slowly losing market share. Mobile operating systems, like Android and iOS, and even Mac OS are quickly making inroads, largely driven by BYOD policies implemented by IT departments in the last few years.

Even with Windows 7 losing market share, Microsoft still rules the roost, however, as an overall analysis of current computer platform use at the enterprise revealed in late April at CITEWorld. Some businesses still use Windows XP. These companies still using XP need to take note that Microsoft is discontinuing support for the OS in April 2014.

Windows 8 Still to Come for the Midsize Business

In contrast to the leadership status held by Windows 7, Microsoft’s new OS, Windows 8, is making small inroads at the corporate level. Many midsize businesses appear hesitant to adopt 8, due to concerns about the usability of and training issues involved in rolling out the new tile-based operating system. Expect the next version of Windows to take steps to improve usability, including returning the Start button, and possibly offering an option to boot-up to the classic Desktop, instead of the newer Metro interface screen.

The CITEWorld article analyzes statistics revealed in a Forrest Research report on the growing operating system diversity at the enterprise. One statistic that perfectly illustrates the migration to alternate operating systems shows that while 67 percent of all computing devices were powered by a version of Windows in 2008, today 70 percent use alternatives. Of course, the rapid growth of mobile devices at the workplace played a major role in the increased diversity.

The Midsize Business Needs to Embrace Operating System Diversity

Even with Windows 7 losing market share, it is still a very popular OS at the midsize business. If the next version of Windows improves some of the issues with Windows 8, Microsoft will continue to maintain a role in business computing. Still, functional alternatives to Redmond exist and need to be considered at enterprises of all sizes.

A forward-thinking midsize business needs to allow for diversity in operating system choice, especially when considering mobile devices. As Cloud computing continues to grow in importance, hybrid tablet/notebook computers allow employees access to their work from home. A BYOD policy needs to consider this type of use, as it allows for improved efficiency as well as a potentially better work-life balance for employees. IT executives responsible for operating system choice at the midsize business need to realize that the days of one dominant operating system are over.


Toshiba’s New Laptop To Launch 6 Various Segments

As one of the leading computer brands in the world and the country, the presence of Toshiba products are always eagerly anticipated. Located at the hotel Le Meridien, Jakarta, Toshiba introduces 6 new laptop that has a captivating design.
For the market segment under 5 million, Toshiba has prepared two products namely Satellite C40 and L40. For series C, there are several options that Intel Celeron processor, AMD E, and A Series. The screen size can also be selected, between 14 inches and 15.6 inches. While the Satellite L comes in the form of a lightweight and stylish, with a body thickness of only 24mm. For multimedia, L40 is equipped Onkyo stereo speakers and options available in the NVIDIA GPU.
On it, there are Satellite S40 that incorporates a 14-inch touch screen with a sleek design. With a touch of ice metal silver aluminum layer, S40 look beautiful and smart. Intelligence looks at the preformance specifications, such as the inclusion of NVIDIA GeForce GT740M graphics card with 2GB VRAM, Onkyo speakers, DTS, as well as a choice of Intel 3rd generation and 4th generation. Toshiba Satellite S40t of the market price of 8 million dollars.
On it, there are Satellite S40 that incorporates a 14-inch touch screen with a sleek design. With a touch of ice metal silver aluminum layer, S40 look beautiful and smart. Intelligence looks at the preformance specifications, such as the inclusion of NVIDIA GeForce GT740M graphics card with 2GB VRAM, Onkyo speakers, DTS, as well as a choice of Intel 3rd generation and 4th generation. Toshiba Satellite S40t of the market price of 8 million dollars.

Multimedia laptop fans, will be pampered with Qosmio X70 is no less powerful than a desktop PC. Series gaming laptop lineup presents a Full HD 17.3-inch screen, an Intel Core 4th generation (Haswell), 1TB hard drive, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX770M (3GB GDDR5 VRAM). For the best sound quality, Qosmio X70 uses four speakers harman kardon with slipstream technology and DTS Sound Studio. With all these advantages, Toshiba’s confident enough to include in the figure the price tag of 23 million dollars.

Multimedia laptop fans, will be pampered with Qosmio X70 is no less powerful than a desktop PC. Series gaming laptop lineup presents a Full HD 17.3-inch screen, an Intel Core 4th generation (Haswell), 1TB hard drive, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX770M (3GB GDDR5 VRAM). For the best sound quality, Qosmio X70 uses four speakers harman kardon with slipstream technology and DTS Sound Studio. With all these advantages, Toshiba’s confident enough to include in the figure the price tag of 23 million dollars.


Google Presents New Features in Android 4.3

After a long awaited Google today announced a new version of the Android operating system 4.3, although still using the code name Jelly Bean. Not only that, I was told the new features embedded in the latest android.
Reported by The Verge, the Android 4.3 is Google adds multi-user settings. It is useful to restrict the use and application of a profile feature.
Meanwhile, Product Management Director of Android, Hugo Barra explained the new features useful to give a sense of security to parents in order to arrange for their children can not open content is not suitable for a child.
Not only that, Google also added Smart Blurtooth that claimed to save battery usage. Android 4.3 also supports Open GL ES 3.0, which is able to increase the quality of the graphics for gaming, including 3D.
Starting today, Android 4.3 can be downloaded over-the-air by the users of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, LG Nexus 4, Nexus 7 Asus tablet is also the first generation and Samsung Nexus 10.


Instagram Surpasses Pede Will Facebook As the World’s Largest

Instagram skyrocketed in popularity as more and share photos via a mobile application. As a start-up which is very expensive purchased by Facebook apparently did not make Instagram lose ambition. Instagram sure will be bigger than Facebook.

Facebook now has 1.1 billion users worldwide making it the largest social networking Worldwide. But they have a problem with the new user to hook a young age began to look at other services. In terms of feeling confident that Instagram can grow large if it is capable of growth right now.

“By definition, if Instagram continues to grow in this position then yes, it would be even greater,” said Kevin Systrom in an interview with Fast Company. “Instagram will be the largest in the world.”

In contrast to the explicitly Kevin so confident, Instagram founder fellow replied diplomatically. “I do not know, but it’s a good question. Basically there is no limit to the number so maybe one day we will match?” Mike Krieger said.

Instagram is currently still far less than Facebook, but the number of users has exceeded Twitter. While the video recording feature that was recently launched is also more popular than Twitter’s Vine has attended first.


Facebook offers the dummy’s guide to mobile advertising

Facebook Inc’s mobile advertising success offers a ray of hope for Internet companies trying to make money within the confines of the smartphone’s small screen.

The social network’s 75 percent surge in mobile ad revenue in a span of just three months not only doused skepticism on Wall Street and Madison Avenue about Facebook’s business prospects, some say it could serve as a how-to guide for other Web companies navigating a world where the phone and tablet have fast become the screens of choice.

Facebook’s “Newsfeed” ads, which inject marketing messages straight into a user’s content stream and are tailored for mobile devices, were the stars behind the social network’s stunning numbers on Wednesday.

“You’re going to see a lot of companies transitioning and trying to emulate this model because it’s working so well. That’s why last night was a true watershed moment,” said Ben Schachter, an analyst at Macquarie Research.

Internet company executives have long been concerned that mobile advertising is inherently less lucrative than traditional desktop PC advertising, due to the smartphone’s limited screen size and possible consumer resistance to a flood of ads on their devices.

Companies from Google Inc and Yahoo Inc to upstarts such as Snapchat are searching for the right formula to monetize mobile services. While Google has developed a mobile ad business generating an estimated $10 billion a year in revenue, it remains much smaller and less lucrative than Google’s desktop search advertising. Analysts expect Google to generate $60 billion in annual revenue this year.

That wholesale exploration of “native ads” – or marketing messages intended to blend with a users’ personal content, rather than stand out as an ad – has met with varying success.

Twitter, which pioneered the concept of the in-stream ad even before Facebook, may also be well-positioned to benefit from mobile ads. “Sponsored” messages now pop up abruptly in the middle of streams of tweets, but analysts say the frequency is much lower on Facebook newsfeeds.

More than half of the privately held company’s revenue will come from mobile ads this year, reckons Clark Fredricksen, at industry research firm eMarketer.

Some are just getting into the game. This week, LinkedIn Corp, the network for business professionals, rolled out in-stream ads on mobile and PC versions of its service. Yahoo has experimented with similar types of ads, and acquired blogging hub Tumblr for $1.1 billion in May, in part to jumpstart efforts at developing new formats.

But it’s Facebook, which a year ago had zero mobile revenue, that has most aggressively promoted its mobile advertising business to Madison Avenue – with seeming success.

“Compared to other companies, nobody has come right out and said mobile is our sole focus now,” said Angela Steele, CEO of Ansible, part of advertising holding company IPG. “Facebook put all their eggs in one basket.”

FOLLOWING SUIT

One longstanding question has been how much tolerance consumers have for ads that disrupt their stream of content. Facebook said it has steadily increased the number of ads in the news stream without noticing a drop in user satisfaction.

Facebook Chief