The more I play with Nerf weapons, the more I notice that there are things you need to look for in the guns you’re going to be using to shoot your children or pets. In terms of the more recent line of blasters, the Nerf Dart Tag Quick 16 may have a silly name that I’m not going to type again, but it has more than enough in the design department to cause me to fall in love. It hits all the right notes… and targets.
This is a gun that holds a good amount of darts, is large and comfortable in your hands, and has good range. At $20, it’s hard to pass up.
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), with its 56 member countries made up of 1 billion people, is the “world’s largest regional security organization.” And it really doesn’t like Internet censorship.
A new OSCE report on “Freedom of Expression on the Internet" (PDF) takes a hard line on all things Internet, issuing conclusions at odds with the practices of many of its most powerful member states, including France and the US. Net neutrality? Every country needs it. “Three strikes” laws that and in Internet disconnection? Disproportionate penalties for minor offenses. Internet access? It’s a human right.
The popularity of Android devices has grown exponentially over the last year or so among both users and developers, but the Verizon iPhone and iPad 2 may be bringing iOS back to the forefront of their attention, according to a new report from Flurry Analytics. The mobile analytics firm looked at the 90,000 applications that make use of Flurry’s SDK to see where the new projects are taking place, and found that developer attention to Android has waned significantly over first and second quarters of 2011, despite it growing steadily in 2010.
According to Flurry, developers created Android apps in increasing numbers all throughout 2010, with Android peaking at 39 percent of new projects in the fourth quarter of the year. That number went down slightly in the first quarter of 2011 to 36 percent, while 10 percent of developers started new projects specifically for iPad and 54 percent focused on the iPhone/iPod touch combo. And now that the second quarter numbers are in, things have slid in iOS’s direction even more: 28 percent of new developer projects were targeted at Android, while 15 percent were targeted at iPad and 57 percent at iPhone/iPod touch.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company has reportedly begun trial production of Apple’s next-generation mobile processors, which some people are referring to as the “A6,” in preparation for receiving a formal order within the next year. Just how much of the production TSMC will be responsible for is still unknown at this time, though it is clear that Apple would like to reduce its reliance on Samsung as a parts supplier for its mobile devices.
According to an anonymous source speaking to Reuters, TSMC already has the necessary authorizations and details to start full production. “Whether Apple puts in a formal order will depend on the yield rate,” the source said. In other words, the trial run will determine whether TSMC can meet Apple’s production and cost goals.
Update: Shaw provided no information when I contacted them before running this story, but starting this afternoon, the company suddenly started tweeting up a storm. According to the company, watching Movie Club on a television incurs no data cap because it is delivered through Shaw’s existing video-on-demand QAM cable infrastructure. When users access Movie Club through a computer, they will access an IP-based version of it delivered over the Internet—and this will affect monthly data caps.
What happened here—miscommunication, change of heart, misspeaking? It’s not clear. As Canada’s Financial Post noted today, Shaw’s president had said on multiple occasions that Internet access to Movie Club would not count against a data cap.
In May of 2009, one of the species of monkeys housed in a facility at the University of California in Davis began falling ill, showing symptoms of pneumonia and hepatitis. Despite efforts to limit the spread of any infectious agent, a third of the monkeys eventually came down with the ailment; most of them died or had to be euthanized. Researchers have now identified the cause of the outbreak, a new species of a well-known virus family. Once they knew what to look for, they found evidence that the virus had been transmitted to one of the researchers at the facility and spread to one of his family members.
In the wake of the epidemic, researchers went looking for a cause using a DNA chip that can help identify sequences from a variety of pathogens. A number of viruses appeared to be present, but most weren’t known to cause the symptoms exhibited by these monkeys, so the authors focused on one family that does: the adenoviruses. Sequencing DNA from samples of the lungs of infected monkeys eventually allowed the researchers to reconstruct parts of an adenovirus genome. Targeted cloning and sequencing then enabled them to reconstruct the whole virus.