Bill Gates Will Talk Education On First TED Talk For TV

Redefining Sustainable Development: GatesWord comes from the The Wrap that PBS is slated to air the very first TED Talk produced for TV on April 16th, featuring Microsoft’s co-founder, Bill Gates. Alongside the computer, business and philanthropic legend, educators Geoffrey Canada and Sir Ken Robinson will also be present during the televised TED Talk. The actual recording of the session is slated towards the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater on April 4th. No word on ticket availability, but it’s something to look out for.

Via: The Wrap, flickr

Facebook And Microsoft Use Bing To Create Graph Search

facebookgraphsearch620pxhedimgIn short, Graph Search is a search tool created by Facebook and Microsoft to search for very specific things. Like, for example, as Mark Zuckerberg put it, “Who are my friends in San Francisco?”. Graph Search allows you to find the very specific things in an area where your friends reside, in such a way that it makes it easy to find places or things that your friends like or are in the vicinity of. It’s a discovery engine, powered by Bing results, basically. It’s also privacy-aware, with Facebook applying 10% of its computing power towards the concealment of your privacy.

Graph Search will start rolling out “very slowly” in beta today to a select few users, in only English. In the coming months Graph Search will expand from just people, photos, places, and interests to music listens and wall posts. Press release after the break; get whitelisted at the source link.

Via: Facebook

New Biggest Structure In The Galaxy Defies The Meaning Of Large

eso1122aIn short, here’s what’s going on: an international team of scientists have come across the largest structure in the universe; it would take 4 billion years to get across. It’s a large quasar group — supermassive black holes  that form one massive structure..Consisting of seventy-three quasars, it is over four billion light-years across at its widest point. That’s 1,600 times larger than the distance between our galaxy, the Milky Way, and its nearest neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy.

As Dr Clowes (one of the researchers on the team) explains:

“While it is difficult to fathom the scale of this large quasar group, we can say quite definitely it is the largest structure ever seen in the entire universe. This is hugely exciting – not least because it runs counter to our current understanding of the scale of the universe.

“Even traveling at the speed of light, it would take 4 billion years to cross. This is significant not just because of its size but also because it challenges the Cosmological Principle.”

Einstien’s Cosmological Theory states that “‘viewed on a sufficiently large scale, the properties of the Universe are the same for all observers”, could be under threat as one of the principle rules of astronomy.

ViaRoyal Astronomical Society

Samsung Has Reached 100 Million Galaxy Phones Sold

8379134928_44061644d8_zOnce again, the South Korean electronics giant, Samsung, has another reason to party: 100 million Galaxy devices sold. Of that, 40 million Galaxy S III, 40 million Galaxy S II, and the original Galaxy S hit 24 million in sales. The remainder of this amount can be assigned to the variants of those devices.

As for the future? Samsung already has the Exynos 5 Octo processor ready, which is 70% more efficient than the current best Samsung smartphone processor, the Exynos 5 Dual, with the main consensus that it will be one of the prime parts of the Galaxy S IV. Via: Samsung Tomorrow

San Antonio Will Launch The First Bookless Public Library

ebookreadersIt turns out, a public library completely free of any physical books in San Antonio, available for all those who live in Bexar,is actually going to open. It will be called “BiblioTech” and which actually loan out devices for two-weeks along with eBooks. No books, whatsoever will be available at the library. In fact, it’s been described as “like an Apple Store”. The brand of e-reader is (as of now) unannounced.

As for anti-theft? The man in charge, Judge Nelson Wolff has a fix for that: “We do have your name, we do have your address. You check it out for two weeks, just like a library book. In two weeks, your e-book goes dead, so you won’t have anything worth keeping.”

Seems like a plan. Via: Giz

Chrome 24 Update Fixes Two Dozen Bugs, Adds Some Speed

Chrome Logo 2012Good news from the folks at Mountain View: Google Chrome has now reached version 24, which remedies two dozen software bugs and promises to add some additional speed to sweeten the deal. Specifically from the changelog, there are Flash updates, bug fixes, searchable bookmarks from the Omnibox, and support for MathML. To update, just jump straight into the settings page and let Google Chrome auto-update, taking care of the rest.

Via: Google

Samsung: No Windows RT Tablets In The US, Because It Doesn’t Make Sense

DSC_0008Why won’t Samsung release lots and lots of Windows RT tablets in the United States? Because consumers don’t know what Windows RT is. Plus it sucks. Plus it would take tons of marketing dollars to educate them. On top of all of that, people want Windows 8, not a watered-down version of it. In an interview with CNET, Samsung executive Mike Abary stated that, “When we did some tests and studies on how we could go to market with a Windows RT device, we determined there was a lot of heavy lifting we still needed to do to educate the customer on what Windows RT was,” and furthermore, “We didn’t necessarily attain the price point that we hoped to attain,”

Having reviewed a Samsung Windows RT tablet, I can agree that it’s not ready, or even remotely sensible.


Pebble SmartWatch To (Finally) Debut On January 23rd

photo-watchfaces-3The Pebble SmartWatch, a famous Kickstarter project that raised $10 million for an outstanding number of pre-orders is finally being sent out to the 65,000 Kickstarter supporters. The rest of the units will ship out in 6 to 8 weeks, An added plus of this delays is Pebble added  some extra sensors to the watch: a magnetometer and ambient light sensor. That’s on top of the accelrometer, vibrating sensor, Bluetooth 2.1, and four buttons for control. It will interact with an Android phone or iPhone, receiving calls and interacting with other apps, all the while allowing you to customize the watch faces.

Via: Pebble