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Is It Really GPS If It Doesn't Use Satellites?

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-05-22 09:53
cartechboy writes: "GPS was originally developed by the military, but today it's in your smartphones, and soon, possibly your watches. Now the British military is developing something called quantum compass. The concept is a GPS-style navigation for submarines that doesn't use satellites. The quantum compass uses the movements of super-cooled subatomic particles to pinpoint a vessel's location. These particles, stored in a vacuum, react to the Earth's magnetic field. The movements caused by this interaction can be used for location positioning. At the moment, the Ministry of Defense's prototype resembles a '1-meter long shoe box,' so the next step is to miniaturize it. It could then be used by individual soldiers, as well as huge ships and submarines. Not only is it useful, but it's secure too—the technology is apparently interference-proof. Is this the future of navigation systems, or the reinvention of the compass? Possibly both."

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Categories: news

beaTunes 3.5.19

Freshmeat - Thu, 2014-05-22 09:50
beaTunes is an iTunes companion app capable of automatically analyzing your music collection to help you build better playlists. It analyzes BPM (beats per minute), silence at the beginning or end of a song, and the color (based on frequency spectrum) of a given song. Some of the data is stored through iTunes, and some is stored by beaTunes itself. beaTunes can suggest albums that would complement your music collection, display music charts, and help you find and fix errors in your song meta data, like typos and wrong genres. It also allows you to blog about selected songs or playlists.

Release Notes: This is a maintenance release featuring multiple fixes and improvements. ncreased lyrics timeouts; a fallback for creating Matchlists for very large libraries; and window painting speed-up. It fixes rendering of disabled inspectors, issue with MP3 rating import, and LuckyLyrics import.

Tags: multimedia, Sound/Audio, Analysis

Licenses: Commercial

Categories: open source

How technology tracks parcels every step of the way

The Register - Thu, 2014-05-22 09:37
Follow that truck

A lot has changed since the '80s. Back in the day, your product arrived when it arrived, often within weeks rather than days and you didn’t get the chance to check where it was.…

Categories: news

Best Buy profit beats estimates, shows signs of turnaround

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-05-22 09:34
(Reuters) - Best Buy Co Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, showing signs that Chief Executive Hubert Joly's turnaround efforts were progressing and sending the company's shares up as much as 8.5 percent in morning trading.
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Brit named HP chief of staff to CEO Whitman

The Register - Thu, 2014-05-22 09:18
PC boss Paul Hunter leaving Las Bracknell, heading to Palo Alto exec suite

The head of HP's PC and printer business in Blighty, Paul Hunter, is moving to a new role as CEO Meg Whitman's right-hand man.…

Categories: news

5 Years Later, 'Do Not Track' System Ineffective

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-05-22 09:12
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from ComputerWorld: "In 2009, a few Internet privacy advocates developed an idea that was supposed to give people a way to tell websites they don't want to be monitored as they move from website to website. The mechanism, which would eventually be built into all the major browsers, was called Do Not Track. ... But today, DNT hangs by a thread, neutered by a failure among stakeholders to reach agreement. Yes, if you turn it on in your browser, it sends a signal in the form of an HTTP header to Web companies' servers. But it probably won't change what data they collect. That's because most websites either don't honor DNT — it's currently a voluntary system — or they interpret it in different ways. Another problem — perhaps the biggest — is that Web companies, ad agencies and the other stakeholders have never reached agreement on what "do not track" really means."

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Existing home sales rebound, inventory increases

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-05-22 09:04
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. home resales rose in April and the supply of properties on the market increased, suggesting the housing market was regaining its footing.
Categories: news

Spotify boasts 10 million paying subscribers ... Um, is that all?

The Register - Thu, 2014-05-22 09:04
And yes, that's worldwide *gun-in-mouth finger gesture*

Spotify says it now has 10 million paying subscribers and 40 million active users. The last official user numbers were released in March last year, when it said it had five million active users.…

Categories: news

Linux 3.15 rc6

Linux Today - Thu, 2014-05-22 09:00

Linus Torvalds: Due to travels and related lack of internet access, the rc releases haven't been following the normal Sunday release cycle

Categories: linux, news, open source

Red Hat: 2014:0537-01: mysql55-mysql: Moderate Advisory

LinuxSecurity.com - Thu, 2014-05-22 08:53
LinuxSecurity.com: Updated mysql55-mysql packages that fix several security issues are now available for Red Hat Software Collections 1. The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having Moderate [More...]
Categories: linux, news, security

North Korea artillery fires at South Korean navy ship, and misses

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-05-22 08:46
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean artillery fired at least one shot which landed near a South Korean navy patrol ship south of the two sides' disputed maritime border on Thursday, but it did not hit the vessel, a military official in Seoul said.






Categories: news

Red Hat: 2014:0536-01: mysql55-mysql: Moderate Advisory

LinuxSecurity.com - Thu, 2014-05-22 08:43
LinuxSecurity.com: Updated mysql55-mysql packages that fix several security issues are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having Moderate [More...]
Categories: linux, news, security

Sisi's economic vision for Egypt: back to the future

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-05-22 08:41
CAIRO (Reuters) - Days before a presidential election he seems certain to win, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi released a detailed, color-coded rendering of "The Map of the Future", designed to reassure Egyptians he is serious about attracting investment in their battered economy.
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eBay slammed for daft post-hack password swap advice

The Register - Thu, 2014-05-22 08:39
'bestjetpilot' NOT good option, no matter what it tells you

eBay has been criticised for its advice to consumers on choosing a strong password in the wake of a megabreach that prompted it to tell millions of users to change their passwords.…

Categories: news

Google Using YouTube Threat As Leverage For Cheaper Streaming Rights

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-05-22 08:30
Sockatume writes: "According to a press release issued by WIN, a group representing independent musicians, Google is threatening to de-list musicians' videos from YouTube if they do not agree to the terms for its unannounced streaming music service. The template contracts issued to musicians are described as 'undervalued' relative to other streaming services, and are not open for negotiation. The press release was issued by WIN but rescinded when Google agreed to further discussions; The Associated Free Press and The Guardian have published stories based on that original release."

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Google Using YouTube Threat As Leverage For Cheaper Streaming Rights

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-05-22 08:30
Sockatume writes: "According to a press release issued by WIN, a group representing independent musicians, Google is threatening to de-list musicians' videos from YouTube if they do not agree to the terms for its unannounced streaming music service. The template contracts issued to musicians are described as 'undervalued' relative to other streaming services, and are not open for negotiation. The press release was issued by WIN but rescinded when Google agreed to further discussions; The Associated Free Press and The Guardian have published stories based on that original release."

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Google Using YouTube Threat As Leverage For Cheaper Streaming Rights

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-05-22 08:30
Sockatume writes: "According to a press release issued by WIN, a group representing independent musicians, Google is threatening to de-list musicians' videos from YouTube if they do not agree to the terms for its unannounced streaming music service. The template contracts issued to musicians are described as 'undervalued' relative to other streaming services, and are not open for negotiation. The press release was issued by WIN but rescinded when Google agreed to further discussions; The Associated Free Press and The Guardian have published stories based on that original release."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: news

Google Using YouTube Threat As Leverage For Cheaper Streaming Rights

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-05-22 08:30
Sockatume writes: "According to a press release issued by WIN, a group representing independent musicians, Google is threatening to de-list musicians' videos from YouTube if they do not agree to the terms for its unannounced streaming music service. The template contracts issued to musicians are described as 'undervalued' relative to other streaming services, and are not open for negotiation. The press release was issued by WIN but rescinded when Google agreed to further discussions; The Associated Free Press and The Guardian have published stories based on that original release."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: news

Google Using YouTube Threat As Leverage For Cheaper Streaming Rights

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-05-22 08:30
Sockatume writes: "According to a press release issued by WIN, a group representing independent musicians, Google is threatening to de-list musicians' videos from YouTube if they do not agree to the terms for its unannounced streaming music service. The template contracts issued to musicians are described as 'undervalued' relative to other streaming services, and are not open for negotiation. The press release was issued by WIN but rescinded when Google agreed to further discussions; The Associated Free Press and The Guardian have published stories based on that original release."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: news

Google Using YouTube Threat As Leverage For Cheaper Streaming Rights

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-05-22 08:30
Sockatume writes: "According to a press release issued by WIN, a group representing independent musicians, Google is threatening to de-list musicians' videos from YouTube if they do not agree to the terms for its unannounced streaming music service. The template contracts issued to musicians are described as 'undervalued' relative to other streaming services, and are not open for negotiation. The press release was issued by WIN but rescinded when Google agreed to further discussions; The Associated Free Press and The Guardian have published stories based on that original release."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: news