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Facebook App Faster
2012-06-29 08:14:50

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Google isn´t the only company who is only half-way admitting their sluggish mobile performance. (See: Project Butter) If the two Facebook engineers who spoke with the New York Times are telling the truth, the social networking app will also be getting a speed boost. This increase of speed won´t come easily, as it´s rumored the entire app will be rebuilt from the ground up. Facebook is one of the world´s...

Software Aims To Replace Human Essay Graders
2012-04-26 06:58:49

A new piece of software designed to automatically read and grade student essays may be able to do just as good of a job as humans, according to a new study. The study ran over 16,000 essays from middle school and high school tests through automated systems developed by nine companies. The essays came from six different states and had originally been graded by a human, and the researchers set out to find whether a computer using software would be comparable to the human grading. The...

Microsoft Paying For Smartphone Apps
2012-04-06 14:28:22

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com According to a report in the New York Times, Microsoft is paying developers to create new apps for its mobile operating system. The report says Microsoft is targeting developers of some of the most popular apps on Android and iOS devices, including Foursquare and Cheezburger Network. The first Windows Phone-powered Nokia device hit U.S. shelves earlier this year on T-Mobile's network.  Now, Microsoft is trying to step up its game by getting more apps...

Are Certain Apple iOS Apps Accessing User Photos?
2012-02-29 11:33:15

An Apple iOS security feature that allows users to share information about their location has come under fire after reports surfaced that some apps were taking users´ address book information and stored photos. The New York Times´ Nick Bilton today, on the site´s Bits Blog, revealed details on how developers can manipulate the location sharing feature and gain access to a user´s entire photo library. When users click the OK button on the dialog window the developer can...

Russian Researchers Claim They’ve Regenerated 32,000 Year-Old Plant
2012-02-22 05:43:22

According to a recent report in the New York Times, Russian scientists have successfully generating a living plant (Silene stenophylla) from the fruit of a species that went extinct in the last ice age some 32,000 years ago. The paper reported Monday that the plant´s fruit was apparently stowed away by an arctic ground squirrel in the wastelands of northeastern Siberia. Hidden beneath the permafrost of the frozen tundra for some 32 millennia, Russian researches recovered the almost...

Word of the Day
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.