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A website, GoDarkForIE.org, is encouraging other websites to black out on October 26, 2012 to users of Internet Explorer below version 9. Dabbling in web development a bit myself, I know first-hand just how frustrating it can be to develop for all the browsers, especially fixing bugs in older IE versions.
GoDarkForIE argues "old browsers hurt the web! They don't understand modern technologies, lack features, they're buggy, have security holes and prevent you from seeing the web the way it should be seen." They liken it to not upgrading your TV ever. "Imagine if everyone didn't upgrade their TV or computer? It would mean all the great advancements like HD, DVD's etc would all go to waste. Imagine what you'd be missing out on!"
The mission? "To get websites to go dark on October 26, 2012 to users of Internet Explorer below version 9."
The goal? "To get users of old versions of Internet Explorer to upgrade."
Now, the site isn't completely ridiculous, they realize people are still stuck on XP and can't upgrade beyond IE 8. However, they offer up the idea of using a different browser. They also encourage users to put pressure on their IT departments to allow them to use a different browser. "Users need to put more pressure on their IT departments and get them to upgrade their browsers or give greater choice."
Since they are based on web apps that are used everyday, this real world scenario allows the benchmark's numbers to be better. Google claims that "a high score in the new benchmarks directly translates to better and smoother performance in similar web applications" since it is based off of real applications.
It looks as though Thermaltake's website has been hacked by someone going by the name "alerthack." It's not exactly clear what the motive behind the hacking is, but perhaps it is a disgruntled customer who is upset with Thermaltake over a product that has failed or someone dissatisfied with a Thermaltake product.
As you can see in the picture above, the hacker has left his(her?) mark all over the Thermaltake Global website. Changes include the links on the top, text over the side bar, and a large image near the top. It looks to be a strictly defacing hack, so I doubt there is any worry of leaked passwords or any other security issues.
We may never know the hacker behind it, and it's probably not that important anyway, as a defacing isn't that big of a deal. However, one thought comes to mind--Thermaltake could be pulling another one of its crazy PR stunts, though I'm not sure what they would be trying to accomplish with this if it is in fact a PR stunt.
The Internet has gotten a little bit quicker between Japan and Singapore. Not much more noticeably to your average user, but to high volume traders, the small speed bump could make all the difference in whether or not they get a trade. The cable spans 7,800km from Japan to Singapore and allows for up to 40 Gb/s.
The Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) doesn't just run from Japan to Singapore; it also picks up Malaysia and the Philippines and connects them to the underwater line. Interestingly, the cable runs as directly as possible in order to reduce latency down to just 65 milliseconds from end to end. Furthermore, this will allow the cable to achieve 40Gb/s.
In reality, the line is only 3 milliseconds faster than other lines available. However, those 3 milliseconds are crucial to high-volume trading. The new cable will also help replace some of the lines that were damaged during the 2011 Japan earthquake. Due to that earthquake, and one in 2006, this cable was laid in a different area that is less prone to seismic shifts.
I still remember getting a Nintendo 64 for Christmas as a young gamer, I was unbelievably excited. Gaming back in the 90s was just another thing compared to gaming now, and it seems that a brand new Nintendo 64 emulator has been developed by Paul Holden.
The video above shows off the emulator, and of course whilst not perfect, it runs. Early days yet, and you can see it runs pretty slow, but that's probably because of a software issue, as today's computers have enough horsepower to run something from the mid-90s without a problem.
Ebay has issued its category changes and updates for fall and if you like buying hexes on other people from the auction giant, you're going to have to head somewhere else. On the chopping block are Tarot readings, potions, and spells. Not only are the categories going away, but they will join hexing, curses, conjuring, blessings, psychic readings, and "magic services" on the prohibited list.
Ebay claims that these changes are due to the fact that "transactions in these categories often result in issues between the buyer and seller that are difficult to resolve." It's pretty hard to decide whether or not a magic spell or hex has worked and it's unlikely that a seller is offering any sort of guarantee.
So, if you have magic spells, potions, hexes, curses, readings, or other magic services to sell, you best get on it before Ebay institutes these changes.
This time last month, gaming webcomic Penny Arcade launched an interesting experiment on Kickstarter. The experiment involves raising funds to replace the sites advertising income with funding from you, and I, the fans.
Well, they succeeded. Kickstarter's crowdfunding campaign ended today and Penny Arcade didn't just manage to meet their initial goal of $250,000, they surpassed it and met their bigger goal of $525,000. This means that Penny Arcade will not be featuring ads on their homepage for twelve months. This goal was achieved with just six minutes left on the clock, so it was touch and go there for a while!
The campaign did have some cool donations and gifts, with one high-end donation of $9,999 which granted the donor the chance to have lunch with creators Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik. Another two donors spent $7,500 so that they could become Penny Arcade interns for one day. I think we're going to see much more of this type of crowdfunding for sites in the future. Awesome work, Penny Arcade!
Google's Android team have updated the Android Developers site, which keeps everyone updated with what's going on about the company's latest mobile OS, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The team have talked about it, too, where they said:
A new revision of the Android Design site has been launched!
It contains lots of new in-depth content, including exciting new features from Android 4.1, Jelly Bean.
New patterns cover widgets, confirming and acknowledging, help, andaccessibility. You'll find links to design sessions presented at Google I/O 2012, plus updated information on notifications and progress and activity. Our downloadable stencils and sources have been expanded to include Nexus 7 frames, and we now offer Adobe® Illustrator® Vector files for your mocks.
Retina MacBook Pro owners might not be enjoying that high-res display as much as they could. This is because if apps don't support the native 2880x1800 resolution, the apps are displayed as a blurry, pixel-doubled app. But, there are plenty of Retina-made apps right now, but they're not easy to find.
Even with Apple's Mac App Store, the apps aren't easy to find, which is why RetinaMacApps.com has stepped in, bringing a list of Retina-compatible apps. The website looks quite simple, lacking any form of search function, as it just sports a drop-down menu on the left that lets you look through the most recent submissions, category or name.
If you don't want to check through the whole site, you can just hook yourself up to a weekly e-mail that will be sent out to you with a list of submitted apps from the week just gone. Retina-powered apps won't automatically appear in this listing, though, as developers will need to submit their apps manually, which means there'll only be a few apps out there that meet these requirements, but won't jump up onto the listing.
Microsoft's new Outlook.com looks to be a success. In the first 24 hours of it being live, Outlook.com saw 1 million users sign up for the newest webmail service on the block. Now, Microsoft is reporting that the service has seen 10 million users sign up and starting using Outlook.com since its launch just two weeks ago.
This stat was released alongside an announcement about the updated SkyDrive updates. The number could be slightly inflated by users grabbing vanity e-mails, but even still it is an impressive feat. In other news, SkyDrive has been revamped by Microsoft to feature a new, modern design and will soon be getting an Android app:
Since we launched the Outlook.com preview two weeks ago, we have been truly humbled by the reception. We've received hundreds of great comments, participated in thousands of threads on @reddit, @gizmodo, @neowin and are excited to share that, as of today, more than 10 million people have signed up and started using Outlook.com.
Today, we're updating SkyDrive with a new, more modern web design, refined SkyDrive apps for PCs and Macs, a new SkyDrive app for Android devices, and improved developer offerings. While there's always more to do to improve our products, these updates bring SkyDrive out of preview and ready for a billion users - in time for the upcoming releases of Windows 8, the new Outlook.com, and the new Office.