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Microsoft lays IE6 to rest in the United States

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Microsoft confirmed Tuesday that Internet Explorer 6′s share of the United States Web browser marker is now less than 1%. In celebration of the stat, first reported by Net Applications, the Redmond-based company is giving a final farewell to the browser. Internet Explorer 6 was first launched in 2001, shortly after Windows XP made its debut. It has since been replaced by new revisions, the most current of which is Internet Explorer 9. “IE6 has been the punch line of browser jokes for a while, and we’ve been as eager as anyone to see it go away,” Microsoft’s director of Internet Explorer marketing Roger Capriotti said in a blog post. “In fact, we launched the IE6 Countdown site last March to help accelerate the process. Less than a year later, I’m thrilled to say that the United States has joined the ranks of Austria, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway in dropping below 1% usage of IE6.” Internet Explorer 8 was recently surpassed by Google Chrome 15 as the most popular single browser version in the world according to StatCounter, but Internet Explorer still maintains the largest global share if all versions of the browser are taken into consideration.


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Superconducting sapphire wires are as cool as they sound

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Copper wire’s relatively cheap, pliable and can conduct electricity, but it’s hardly ideal. Powering cities requires cables meters wide and the metal loses a lot of energy as heat. Fortunately, a team from Tel Aviv University thinks it’s solved the problem. Borrowing a fiber of sapphire from the Oakridge National Lab in Tennessee, it developed a superconducting wire barely thicker than a human hair that conducts 40 times the electricity of its copper brethren. Cooled with liquid nitrogen, the sapphire superconductors carry current without heating up, which is key to their efficiency. The team is now working on practical applications of the technology — because it’s so small and pliable (unlike previous superconductors) it could replace copper in domestic settings and its cold efficiency makes it perfect to transmit power long distances from green energy stations. The wire’s going on a world tour as we speak and will touch down at the ATSC conference in Baltimore in October. Anyone who makes jokes about wires and Baltimore will be asked to leave, politely.

Superconducting sapphire wires are as cool as they sound originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 09 Sep 2011 05:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Australia’s JetStar Airways takes the training wheels off iPad rental program, wants the tablet ‘on every aircraft’

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Here’s a quick and easy way to escape the mediocrity of those tiny low-res LCDs embedded in the seat in front of you: slap down 10 Australian dollars and upgrade to the iPad’s IPS goodness for the duration of your Jetstar Airways flight. This rental option has been available on the Australian airline’s flights since June, but only in pilot form (insert your own jokes here), and the feedback has been good enough for the company to make it a fleet-wide policy. “Movies, music, magazines, books and games” will all come preloaded, so you shouldn’t expect to have to shell out extra hunting around for content. Licensing agreements are expected to be finalized shortly, with the rental program rolling out in full this April.

Australia’s JetStar Airways takes the training wheels off iPad rental program, wants the tablet ‘on every aircraft’ originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 18 Feb 2011 05:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Visualized: here’s looking at you, fanboy!

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to mock the above self-portrait without resorting to obvious jokes about the iPhone needing a bumper, the iPad lacking a camera of its own, or prefixing insults with the letter i. Come on, it’s Christmas, let’s be a little more like San Diego and keep it classy. For his part, David Polette, the author of this piece, admits to no Photoshop trickery whatsoever, having relied simply on his camera, Apple gadgets, and no small amount of patience to line things up just right. Android users, care to play along as well?

[Thanks, David]

Visualized: here’s looking at you, fanboy! originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 25 Dec 2010 09:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LG Vortex for Verizon in the wild?

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

It might be a little early to cue the “vortex of suck” jokes, but this spy shot definitely says it all: the phone — claimed to be called Vortex — is decidedly on the lower end of Verizon’s Android spectrum. The Droid Guy, source of the photo, says that the specs include a 600MHz core, 3.2-inch display, FM radio, and Froyo; that basically matches up with the recently-announced Optimus One’s spec sheet, and considering the similarity in industrial design, it’s reasonable to follow the site’s conclusion that this little more than a CDMA port of the device. To be fair, the Android handsets in Verizon’s present-day lineup are definitely weighted toward the pricey side, so phones like this and the Motorola WX445 should help balance things out a smidge when (and if) they ultimately end up launching.

LG Vortex for Verizon in the wild? originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 22 Sep 2010 15:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Loreo 3D Lens-In-A-Cap turns your SLR into a bug-eyed stereoscopy machine

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

You want 3D, huh? Well, do you want it bad enough to endure perpetual Johnny Five jokes? Because this 3D Lens-In-A-Cap not only looks like the beloved robot from the 1980s movie, it also seems to be using technology from the same era. The aperture can be opened up to a maximum value of F11, meaning your light intake will be, erm… frugal, while the minimum focusing range is a distant 1.5 meters away from the sensor. Still, it’ll get you two perfectly paired snaps and the Canon EOS mount version can be had now for $166. What are you waiting for — the future’s just a few clicks away.

Loreo 3D Lens-In-A-Cap turns your SLR into a bug-eyed stereoscopy machine originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 08 Jul 2010 09:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Vuvuzela Hero In Action, In Our Nightmares [Clips]

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010
I’ve seen Vuvzela Hero jokes for a while. Yes, the World Cup’s most annoying musical instrument could be merged with Guitar Hero. The results would be slightly more annoying to my neighbors. Let’s finally watch this fakery together and chortle. More »

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Mouse Computer Lm-mini20 nettop crawls out with NVIDIA Ion

Monday, January 11th, 2010

ASUS and Acer have made sure we’d never have a shortage of Ion nettops, but it appears Mouse Computer is sneaking through the cracks with its Lm-mini20. Unlike the company’s CD drive packing netbook, there isn’t really much of note here. The 34800 yen ($376) version has a 1.6GHz Intel Atom 230 processor, Windows 7 Home Premium, 160GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, and NVIDIA ION graphics. And you can configure the standing mini-desktop to your hearts content with a larger hard drive and more RAM. We can’t exactly say we are waiting for this little guy to hit the U.S. market when we have the competent ASUS Eee Box EB1501, but if you must have a Mouse Computer, at least for the jokes, you can hit the source link and order it up.

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Mouse Computer Lm-mini20 nettop crawls out with NVIDIA Ion originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 11 Jan 2010 20:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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AT&T promises improved performance for SF and NYC

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

We’ve all heard the jokes about AT&T’s sub-par performance and how iPhone users are clogging up its network. Dropped calls, missed texts and delayed voicemails have become so common that AT&T even released an iPhone app that allows you to report network issues. The areas that seem to be affected most are densely populated cities — namely San Francisco and New York (in Los Angeles, AT&T service seems to be fine in our experience; it’s heavily populated but not too dense). And guess where the most vocal AT&T users are coming from?

AT&T’s very own Ralph de la Vega says that Manhattan and San Francisco’s Financial District “are performing at levels below our standards.” In our own experiences, it seems much worse than that, but we’re happy to finally hear it being acknowledged and addressed. He also says that these issues are going to get fixed. “In both of those markets, I am very confident that you’re going to see significant progress.” Thanks for finally coming out and openly saying it, AT&T, instead of hiding behind figures like “our network covers 97% of the population.” We’re looking forward to the improvements.Read

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How to Deal With Email Misfires [Etiquette]

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Email misfire sounds like a traumatic bedroom incident, but it’s something that’s happened to most of us at some point. The important part is to minimize embarrassment. Just look at how something on our mailing list was handled.

Once upon a time, one of our own accidentally sent a silly note to the entire mailing list:

You’re wearing the bikni [sic] briefs tonight right?

Yikes. Precisely one minute later, another email came to everyone:

Sorry guys that was just for [REDACTED]

See how simple that was? That short follow up left barely any room for jokes or teasing and the entire issue was played down. The important bit to remember is that you can choose to pretend that you never sent an email like that to the wrong person, but by owning up to the error you’ll minimize the fallout. It’s basically saying “So what? I like my men in frilly pink briefs. You got a problem with that?”

Anyway, if you’re more concerned about being the recipient of misaddressed notes than sending them, then Gadgetwise’s Jenna Wortham can explain when you should bother replying and when you should just let it slide. (Hint: You can ignore the emails coming from Nigerian princes.)

Now, please make us all feel better by sharing stories of your own awkward email exchanges. [Gadgetwise]

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