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Human Stem Cell Transplants Successfully Reversed Diabetes In Mice

June 30th, 2012 06:09 admin View Comments

Medicine

An anonymous reader writes “Scientists successfully reversed diabetes in mice by transplanting mice human stem cells into mice in a discovery that may lead to way to finding a cure for a disease that affects 8.3 percent of the U.S. population. … In an experiment designed to mimic human clinical conditions, researchers were able to wean diabetic mice off of insulin four months after the rodents were transplanted with human pancreatic stem cells (abstract). [They] were able to recreate the ‘feedback loop’ that enabled insulin levels to automatically rise or fall based on the rodents’ blood glucose levels. Additionally, researchers found that the mice were able to maintain healthy blood sugar levels even after they were fed large quantities of sugar. After several months, researchers removed the transplanted cells from the mice and found that the cells had all the markings of normal insulin-producing pancreatic cells.”

Source: Human Stem Cell Transplants Successfully Reversed Diabetes In Mice

Quake 3 Source Code Review

June 30th, 2012 06:02 admin View Comments

Quake

An anonymous reader writes “id Software has a history of releasing the source code for their older games under the GPL. Coder Fabien Sanglard has been taking it upon himself to go through each of these releases, analyze the source code, and post a detailed write-up about it. He’s now completed a review of the Quake 3 source code, diving into the details of idTech3. It’s an interesting read — he says he was impressed in particular by the ‘virtual machines system and the associated toolchain that altogether account for 30% of the code released. Under this perspective idTech3 is a mini operating system providing system calls to three processes.’”

Source: Quake 3 Source Code Review

ICANN Cancels ‘Digital Archery’ Program

June 30th, 2012 06:58 admin View Comments

The Internet

itwbennett writes “ICANN announced today that it has canceled the Digital Archery contest it had planned to use to decide which gTLD applications would be evaluated first. The organization gave no indication of what it will do instead. In making the announcement, Cherine Chalaby, chair of the gTLD Program Committee, said, ‘We will not make a decision in Prague but will take all of the ideas into account and build a roadmap,’ adding that the roadmap will detail the next steps and timelines as well as assess implications to applicants and the risk to the program.”

Source: ICANN Cancels ‘Digital Archery’ Program

The Leap Second Is Here! Are Your Systems Ready?

June 30th, 2012 06:55 admin View Comments

Bug

Tmack writes “The last time we had a leap second, sysadmins were taken a bit by surprise when a random smattering of systems locked up (including Slashdot itself) due to a kernel bug causing a race condition specific to the way leap seconds are handled/notified by ntp. The vulnerable kernel versions (prior to 2.6.29) are still common amongst older versions of popular distributions (Debian Lenny, RHEL/CentOS 5) and embedded/black-box style appliances (Switches, load balancers, spam filters/email gateways, NAS devices, etc). Several vendors have released patches and bulletins about the possibility of a repeat of last time. Are you/your team/company ready? Are you upgraded, or are you going to bypass this by simply turning off NTP for the weekend?”

Source: The Leap Second Is Here! Are Your Systems Ready?

Android-Controlled Battle Robots Go To War (Video)

June 30th, 2012 06:50 admin View Comments

Android

Let’s pretend for a moment that your name is Google. You want to have lots of developers working with your stuff. So you hold a Google Input|Output 2012 event. You have Sergey Brin showing off Google Glass, but most of your show consists of talks with titles like Integrate Web Intents into Your Web Application Today and What’s New in Android?… which is all great fun, but also a tad boring. Luckily, somebody at Google piped up and said, “I know! We need Android-controlled fighting robots!” And they contacted the Stupid Fun Club, and Lo! There were Android-controlled robots fighting on the show floor, and all was right with the world.

Source: Android-Controlled Battle Robots Go To War (Video)

The ‘Everyone Gets the Source Code, Donations Get You Binaries’ Software Model

June 30th, 2012 06:51 admin View Comments

Businesses

TroysBucket writes “One developer who is trying to fund his development work via donations has taken on an ‘Everyone gets the source code, donations get you binaries‘ business model, where he provides installers and binaries directly only to donating users. Quoting: ‘A very central goal of everything I am doing, right now, is to show a concrete [and highly documented] way that other developers can fund their own FOSS work. With that in mind One major mistake I made, right off the bat, was that I provided very little direct benefit to people who donate (no “perks”).’ Has anyone seen this work well before with other projects?”

Source: The ‘Everyone Gets the Source Code, Donations Get You Binaries’ Software Model

Serious Web Vulnerabilities Dropped In 2011

June 30th, 2012 06:45 admin View Comments

Security

wiredmikey writes “It’s refreshing to see a security report from a security vendor that isn’t all doom-and-gloom and loaded with FUD. Web Application Security firm WhiteHat Security released a report this week (PDF) showing that the number of major vulnerabilities has fallen dramatically. Based on the raw data gathered from scans of over 7,000 sites, there were only 79 substantial vulnerabilities discovered on average in 2011. To compare, there were 230 vulnerabilities on average discovered in 2010, 480 in 2009, 795 in 2008, and 1,111 in 2007. As for the types of flaws discovered, Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) remained the number one problem, followed by Information Leakage, Content Spoofing, Insufficient Authorization, and Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) flaws. SQL Injection, an oft-mentioned attack vector online – was eighth on the top ten.”

Source: Serious Web Vulnerabilities Dropped In 2011

Apple Transitions Hardware Leadership

June 30th, 2012 06:43 admin View Comments

Apple

redletterdave writes “Apple will begin transitioning the leadership role within its hardware engineering department, now that Bob Mansfield, who led the engineering of many of Apple’s most successful products since 2005, has decided to retire. Apple was quick to name Dan Riccio — currently the VP of hardware engineering for the iPad — as Mansfield’s successor, mentioning that Riccio will learn the new role over several months. During that time, the hardware engineering team will continue to report to Mansfield.”

Source: Apple Transitions Hardware Leadership

Weekly Wrap-Up: Social Media Guidelines for the Olympics Are Strict, the Web Is Getting Increasing Visual and Startups Need to Focus on Branding

June 30th, 2012 06:00 admin View Comments

Weekly Wrap UpDo the social media guidelines from the Olympics muzzle athletes? Richard notes the rising trend of visual websites, like Instagram and Pinterest. Startup branding is more important than ever.

After the jump you’ll find more of this week’s top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web – Location, App Stores and Real-Time Web – plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more.

Olympic Social Media Guidelines Muzzle Athletes

Media outlets are billing the upcoming London Summer Olympic Games as “the first social media Olympics.” That means athletes and coaches will be posting, tweeting, Facebooking and generally bringing fans closer to the action more than ever before. So why is the International Olympic Committee trying to censor participants? More

Top Trends of 2012: The Visual Web

Top Trends of 2012: The Visual Web

Continuing our mid-year review of the top trends of 2012, in this post we look at the emergence of the Visual Web. Two of the hottest products in the first half of 2012 are the best examples of this phenomenon: Pinterest and Instagram. But one or two swallows don’t make a summer. Beautiful design is a key part of online business in this era, which has resulted in more images and video all across the Web. More

Design Is Now Crucial to Startup Success

Remember the good old days? When a startup founder could draw up his own clunky logo, slap it on a Web page and call it a day? Now every startup needs to spend time, attention and money on slick branding and design sophistication – just to get in the game. More

More Top Stories

How To Use Facebook’s Newest Stalking App

Facebook has quietly rolled out a new feature that allows you to easily find profiles of people who are close in physical proximity to you. Unlike previous Facebook apps, which have primarily been aimed at helping you strengthen connections with existing friends, Find Friend Nearby is aimed at helping you make more connections. More

Facebook Knows What You’re Doing (Even If You Don’t)

If you think a site that pulls your Facebook status updates and FourSquare check-ins to tell the world if you’re hungover, doing drugs or looking to get fired is unsettling, consider this: It’s fairly simplistic when compared to what social networks will one day be able to figure out based on what you choose to broadcast to the world. More

Firefox for Android Reveals the Future of the Mobile Web

In an era when tech companies are attempting to squeeze more data and more dollars out of users, it is refreshing to know that there are organizations that aim to make the Web a better, more functional place. Mozilla is one. On Tuesday it unveiled the latest version of Firefox for Android. While the browser is an excellent update, the most interesting thing about it is what it says about the future of the mobile Web. More

Google I/O: Web or Native Apps? Google Has it Both Ways

The two keynotes at the Google I/O developers’ conference presented two divergent approaches to Google’s future products – and users inevitably must choose between them. Wednesday’s keynote emphasized native Android apps downloaded from Google Play. Thursday’s focused on Google’s browser, Chrome, with its own store for Web apps. Will the company’s two-prong strategy pull it apart? More

RWW Recommends: The Best Mobile RSS Reader

RSS lives! Not everything is a real-time stream of status updates from Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Subscribing to an RSS feed is still the best way to closely monitor your favorite blogs and topics. So where to check your feeds? Google Reader is the undisputed king of RSS Readers for the desktop, mostly because it’s the Last One Standing. However, there is much more competition among RSS Readers for smartphones and that means there are some great options out there. In this post we give you our recommendation for best mobile RSS Reader. More

Web Developers Brace For the MacBook Pro’s Retina Display

The Web is about to get uglier – that is, if you’re eager enough to plunk down $2,200 for the new MacBook Pro with its ultra high-resolution “retina” display. The new laptop, which Apple unveiled last week, already has Web designers and developers trying to figure out how they’re going to create sites and Web apps that look good on the new machine without leaving the rest of the Web’s population behind. More

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Social Media Guidelines for the Olympics Are Strict, the Web Is Getting Increasing Visual and Startups Need to Focus on Branding

June 30th, 2012 06:00 admin View Comments

Weekly Wrap UpDo the social media guidelines from the Olympics muzzle athletes? Richard notes the rising trend of visual websites, like Instagram and Pinterest. Startup branding is more important than ever.

After the jump you’ll find more of this week’s top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web – Location, App Stores and Real-Time Web – plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more.

Olympic Social Media Guidelines Muzzle Athletes

Media outlets are billing the upcoming London Summer Olympic Games as “the first social media Olympics.” That means athletes and coaches will be posting, tweeting, Facebooking and generally bringing fans closer to the action more than ever before. So why is the International Olympic Committee trying to censor participants? More

Top Trends of 2012: The Visual Web

Top Trends of 2012: The Visual Web

Continuing our mid-year review of the top trends of 2012, in this post we look at the emergence of the Visual Web. Two of the hottest products in the first half of 2012 are the best examples of this phenomenon: Pinterest and Instagram. But one or two swallows don’t make a summer. Beautiful design is a key part of online business in this era, which has resulted in more images and video all across the Web. More

Design Is Now Crucial to Startup Success

Remember the good old days? When a startup founder could draw up his own clunky logo, slap it on a Web page and call it a day? Now every startup needs to spend time, attention and money on slick branding and design sophistication – just to get in the game. More

More Top Stories

How To Use Facebook’s Newest Stalking App

Facebook has quietly rolled out a new feature that allows you to easily find profiles of people who are close in physical proximity to you. Unlike previous Facebook apps, which have primarily been aimed at helping you strengthen connections with existing friends, Find Friend Nearby is aimed at helping you make more connections. More

Facebook Knows What You’re Doing (Even If You Don’t)

If you think a site that pulls your Facebook status updates and FourSquare check-ins to tell the world if you’re hungover, doing drugs or looking to get fired is unsettling, consider this: It’s fairly simplistic when compared to what social networks will one day be able to figure out based on what you choose to broadcast to the world. More

Firefox for Android Reveals the Future of the Mobile Web

In an era when tech companies are attempting to squeeze more data and more dollars out of users, it is refreshing to know that there are organizations that aim to make the Web a better, more functional place. Mozilla is one. On Tuesday it unveiled the latest version of Firefox for Android. While the browser is an excellent update, the most interesting thing about it is what it says about the future of the mobile Web. More

Google I/O: Web or Native Apps? Google Has it Both Ways

The two keynotes at the Google I/O developers’ conference presented two divergent approaches to Google’s future products – and users inevitably must choose between them. Wednesday’s keynote emphasized native Android apps downloaded from Google Play. Thursday’s focused on Google’s browser, Chrome, with its own store for Web apps. Will the company’s two-prong strategy pull it apart? More

RWW Recommends: The Best Mobile RSS Reader

RSS lives! Not everything is a real-time stream of status updates from Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Subscribing to an RSS feed is still the best way to closely monitor your favorite blogs and topics. So where to check your feeds? Google Reader is the undisputed king of RSS Readers for the desktop, mostly because it’s the Last One Standing. However, there is much more competition among RSS Readers for smartphones and that means there are some great options out there. In this post we give you our recommendation for best mobile RSS Reader. More

Web Developers Brace For the MacBook Pro’s Retina Display

The Web is about to get uglier – that is, if you’re eager enough to plunk down $2,200 for the new MacBook Pro with its ultra high-resolution “retina” display. The new laptop, which Apple unveiled last week, already has Web designers and developers trying to figure out how they’re going to create sites and Web apps that look good on the new machine without leaving the rest of the Web’s population behind. More

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