News Link Dump: 3.14 2009 – Happy Pi Day

news_links_global_dimming  Global dimming: Air pollution clogging skies worldwide – Air pollution has caused skies above most of the world’s land areas to dim slightly over the past 30 years

news_links_pi  Today is National Pi Day, March 14 – Happy 3.1415926. In other Pi news today, a Michigan teen recites 2,000 digits of pi

news_links_google  Are Google’s Behavior-Based Ads a New Privacy Concern? – Google’s new interest-based advertising may lead to increased revenues for the search company, but privacy advocates have a list of new concerns for Google

news_links_battery   Batteries recharging in a matter of seconds – MIT researches discovered how to greatly improve recharging batteries; they worked on how lithium ions travelled from the cathode back to the anode. They achieved their performance goals by changing the structure of the standard Li-ion battery, making use of nanoparticles and some other elements such as carbon

news_links_blimps   Pentagon Seeks Fleet Of Massive DARPA Spy Blimps – The Pentagon has announced intentions to launch an entire fleet of giant 450-foot-long airships which will act as a massive airborne radar system providing perpetual surveillance of vehicles, planes and people on the ground

news_links_thor   New superhero movies pushed back – Marvel pushes out dates for Avengers and Thor. But hey, at least Samuel Jackson is still on board for a 9 pic deal to play Nick Fury.

News Links

FuzzFind – A Unique Meta-Search Engine

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What’s FuzzFind?

FuzzFind is a web search mashup that combines the power of the leading search engines and social bookmarking sites to make it easier for you to locate and identify the most relevant information. All results are grouped together and sorted according to the search engine rankings plus the popularity of the sites according to the social bookmarking community.

As  you can see in the user interface screenshot above, you can tune the search results for various search engines by moving a slider left or right based on your personal preferences. This is cool and I’d love to see more engines included hear like Stumbleupon for instance. Or to do an image and video search as well.

I’m looking forward to see more like this, so far I’m liking what I’m seeing.

Web

BitTorrent To The Rescue

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I’ve been downloading torrents for many years, and have come to know many handy tips and tricks.  One that I learned a while back, but had never had an opportunity to utilize, is correcting and repairing hefty sized files using your client’s hash of that file.  Yeah, it may sound complicated, but its actually pretty simple.  If you have a slow connection and downloaded something like the newest ISO of Ubuntu, then when you went to burn the image to a disc it’s corrupted for some reason…Don’t pull your hair out!  No need to download the file again; with some creative copying and a hash check, you can be back in business in no time at all.

Read this detailed article HERE to get the skinny on this procedure.  Be sure to backup anything you plan on testing this with, as the method can be a bit shaky at times.  Good luck!

Hacks n Tweaks

Trekkers Rejoice! Star Trek MMO First Look

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I can’t tell you just how long I’ve been waiting for this bad boy to be released!  I’d heard rumors of it as far back as two years ago, when NCSoft was shutting down some of its earlier developed games, and announced upcoming developments.  If you remember, Andy and I were down in Vegas last summer, and had an opportunity to check out some of the literature for the game there, and there was even a presentation of the MMO by none other than Leonard Nimoy himself.  Early videos promised some beautiful, yet functional space battles, unique character customizations, and many innovative worlds to explore.  One of the online consultants from MMORPG.com has had an opportunity to play the game, and give a semi-detailed analysis of its play HERE.

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I’m chomping at the bit to play this game – and I’m hoping that it’s released soon.  With the new Star Trek movie just around the corner, it would be a smart move to ride the popularity coattails to help promote the game.  Especially since this early look suggests that there are tie-ins between the MMO and movie :)

Games, Software

Jailbreak Stores Plot to Plunder iPhone App Revenue

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Several groups are interested in hosting iPhone apps, but they wouldn’t be officially blessed by Apple, meaning they’re not signed by our favorite fruity gadget maker. Which means to install one of these apps from outside the iTunes environment you must jailbreak your iPhone.

Why not just host these apps on iTunes with all the rest? Well, it appears Apple takes its sweet time to get a developer’s app into the cloud turning it into a minor crisis. And then there’s the whole porn thing that turns your iPhone into a smut emporium.

So if you’re interested in non-Apple certified apps, apps that that Apple hasn’t censored, then you’re only solution is to jailbreak the phone. The cause and effect part i’ve outlined is not news, what’s news is that it appears the desire for alternative non-blessed applications may be building to the point that it’s worth trying to act as an alternative to big brother.

In other Apple news:

  • Rumor: Apple touch-screen Netbook in the works? [CNET News]

  • U2 Hangs up on Apple, Dials BlackBerry [Wired]

  • Apple Shares Again Hit By Analyst Souring Sentiment [CNN Money]

    • Gadgets / Devices