Google Launches Improved Spell Checker For Chrome And Docs


FREDERIC LARDINOIS: http://techcrunch.com/2013/02/26/google-chrome-and-docs-get-a-new-spell-chequer/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29

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With the release of the latest Chrome Beta today (version 26), Google is rolling out a new spell checker inside its browser and on Google Docs. The new version features support for three additional languages (Korean, Tamil and Albanian) and a number of other improvements. The most important new feature, however, is that users who sync their Chrome settings between devices can now also sync their custom dictionaries across all of their machines, so “you won’t need to teach that new Chromebook how to spell your name” (or remind it that the hot startup you’re writing about really doesn’t have any vowels in its name).

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Also new in this version of Chrome is an enhanced version of the “Ask Google for suggestions” spell check feature that doesn’t just use the browser’s built-in dictionary but also goes out to Google’s web services to check your spelling. This new version, Google writes, features support for “grammar, homonym and context-sensitive spell checking in English, powered by the same technologies used by Google search.” For now, this feature is only available in English but Google says it will roll it out for other languages soon.

The new spell check engine, Google says, “even understands proper nouns like ‘Justin Bieber’ and ‘Skrillex,’ so if you’re wondering how many Ns there are in Dananananaykroyd, worry no more (there are four).”

Users on Windows, Linux and Chrome OS will see the new spell checker appear in the stable version of Chrome soon. Mac support, it seems, will take a little bit longer.

EGOMouse – The SmartMouse – Dream Came True :-)


DARRELL ETHERINGTON: http://techcrunch.com/2013/02/26/the-ego-smartmouse-combines-hardware-authentication-with-a-mouse-that-doubles-as-a-motion-controller/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29

EGO! Smartmouse technical specifications
by Laura Sapiens
EGO! Smartmouse features
by Laura Sapiens

A new Kickstarter project called the Ego! Smartmouse blends together some recent trends in computing, including hardware identity authentication and 3D motion control to come up with a unique input device that wears many hats. The Ego! is a mouse in the traditional sense, allowing you to control your desktop or laptop computer, and it also has on-board file storage, can work as an authentication device for various services, and features built-in acceleration and motion detection to work like a Wiimote for controlling games.

The Smartmouse packs its own Linux-based OS into its compact design, with a 400 MHz ARM9 processor and up to 8GB of onboard flash storage. It connects via Bluetooth, has a gyroscope, compass and optical mouse sensor in addition to its accelerometer, and also includes a built-in VGA camera, touch-sensitive surface, vibration motor and notification LEDs. It charges via micro USB, and the project creators say it’ll get a decent amount of battery life thanks to the use of low-power tech.

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Created by UK-based design firm Laura Sapiens, the Ego! Smartmouse is the product of a team with strong engineering and interaction design backgrounds. CEO Matteo Modè comes from an industrial and automotive engineering background, and the founding team also includes expertise in embedded security, consumer electronics, computer vision and embedded systems.

As you can see in the demo, the Ego! looks to be equally at home on the desktop, controlling media center PCs from the couch, or working with gaming applications to provide 3D controls. It can also automate routine tasks like opening a browser and logging into an email account, and be used as a presentation tool in combination with a projector. The on-board camera makes syncing the Ego! as easy as pointing the mouse at a QR code displayed on-screen (eliminating messy discovery and pairing procedures), and in an office setting it can be used to quickly and easily transfer files between workstations.

The team is looking for £20,000 in funding, with early pre-orders starting at just £70 for a 2GB black or white version of the Ego!, including international shipping. Higher storage is available for £110 (4GB) and £120 (8GB), both of which also offer up new color options as well.

The Government Can Use Your iPhone to Figure Out Where You’ve Been


Mario Aguilar: http://gizmodo.com/5987037/the-government-can-use-your-iphone-to-figure-out-where-youve-been

Court documents obtained by the ACLUreveal just how vulnerable information about your private life is to prying government eyes that get a hold of your phone. It’s more than just your text messages, folks. It’s every connection point your phone has used.

The "extraction report" (PDF) details the huge amounts of data the Department of Homeland Security was able to pull off an iPhone seized during a raid. The report contains information you’d expect like a complete call log, text message history, and contacts list—including deleted items. But more than just information about who you’ve talked to, the DHS can use your iPhone to assemble a shockingly invasive record of places you’ve been. The ACLU notes that the record contains 659 geolocation points, including 227 cell towers and 403 Wi-Fi networks were extracted from the phone in question.

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Now, the ACLU is all up in a huff about this type of data collection because it constitutes way more private information than authorities have been able to collect ever before. In particular, the ACLU notes: "The police should not be free to copy the contents of your phone without a warrant absent extraordinary circumstances."

While you can argue that some of this data is certainly germane to investigations, simply obtaining a phone doesn’t grant the government infinite access to everything you’ve ever done. Or it shouldn’t anyway. [ACLU]

Image by Tischenko Irina/Shutterstock

How Much Water Do I Actually Need to Drink Every Day?


Adam Dachis: : http://lifehacker.com/5986895/how-much-water-do-i-actually-need-to-drink-every-day

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Dear Lifehacker,
I’ve heard you need eight glasses of water every day, but I’ve also heard that it might be more or less. Some say too much water is bad, and many more say too little is bad. How can I know if I’m getting the right amount if nobody really knows what that amount is? Please help!

Sincerely,
Dumbfounded Drinker

How Much Water Do I Actually Need to Drink Every Day?Dear D.D.,

While a lot of people may disagree about the exact amount of water you should drink each day, and that your needs will differ from others with different body types. While no specific measurement will fit all people, I consulted Dr. Pamila Brar to get some basic guidelines. She suggested the following, presuming a temperate climate:

  • Men should drink about 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total fluids a day
  • Women should drink about 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total fluids a day

This is just a baseline, of course. If you exercise, spend time in hot or dry weather, you consume a significant amount ofdiuretics (e.g. caffeinated drinks like soda), or your medications require additional water consumption, you may need more water. The easiest way to handle your water consumption is to stick with the baseline above and add more water whenever you feel thirsty.

How Can I Make Sure I Get Enough Water?

How Much Water Do I Actually Need to Drink Every Day?Presuming you’re awake for approximately 16 hours per day, you’ll have to drink between 4.65 and 6.25 fluid ounces per hour. That may seem like a lot, but it isn’t much more than four to eight sips per hour (depending on how much you take in). If you always have water with you and have an easy method of refilling (e.g. sink, water cooler, etc.) you won’t have too much trouble.

Aside from remembering, many people don’t drink enough water because they don’t like the taste. Sometimes this is a problem with tap water more than water itself, so consider a water cooler for your home if you hate the taste of tap water, don’t like the negative environmental impact of bottled water, or want to pay much for the vital beverage. If that’s not the problem, there are many ways you can augment water’s natural flavor to help you enjoy it more. Additionally, you can eat your water as well. Fruits and vegetables have a high water content and can contribute to your daily need. Regardless, keep water with you as often as possible. A refillable water bottle can help you form better hydration habits.

Can I Drink Too Much Water?

How Much Water Do I Actually Need to Drink Every Day?You can have too much of anything, but you’ll find it challenging to have too much water. Dr. Pam explains:

In a healthy adult, the kidneys can filter and excrete 15 liters of water a day. So you are unlikely to get too much water, provided you don’t drink an enormous amount at one time. Just remember to pay attention to thirst cues, try to anticipate when activities or the weather might increase your need for water, and carry water with you always.

For most of us, too little water is more of a problem than too much. Drinking 15 liters of water each day would not only take quite some time but make you feel very uncomfortable. There are really no circumstances where you’d accidentally drink too much water, so drinking more than you need is a safer bet than drinking too little.

What Happens If I Don’t Get Enough Water?

While more water than you need is unlikely to hurt you, too little water can cause all sorts of problems. Water aids in digestion, makes your skin look healthier, helps you feel more full so you don’t overeat, keeps your kidneys healthy (so they can properly flush out toxins), and contributes to regular healthy bowel movements. You lose out on those benefits if you don’t stay hydrated. Additionally, dehydration makes you feel tired and fatigued. Dr. Pam explains why:

Dehydration makes you feel tired. The right amount of water will help your heart pump your blood more effectively, and water can help your blood transport oxygen and other essential nutrients to your cells. Water also helps energize your muscles and prevents cramping. This is especially important if you find yourself tired at the gym. You should drink two cups of water about two hours before you exercise.

Water won’t just help you stay more awake and alert during the day, but also reduce fatigue during sports and exercise. While the benefits it provides are important, this is one benefit that’s especially relevant to those who work often and for long hours (especially when caffeine’s thrown into the mix).

Ultimately, you can get by without sufficient water but you won’t feel good. While it may be tough at first to drink as much as you need, practice will help you form good hydration habits that will lead to better overall health. Getting more water throughout the day is a good opportunity to stand up and walk around so you’re not sitting or going without a break for too long. It’s no surprise that water is good for you, but the benefits of sufficient hydration are many and well worth the trouble.

Love,
Lifehacker

Scientists discover Russian meteor origins


Brian Sin: http://www.slashgear.com/scientists-discover-russian-meteor-origins-26271610/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+slashgear+%28SlashGear%29

It’s been nearly two weeks since a meteor exploded over Russia, injuring around 1000 people, anddamaging windows across as many as 4,000 buildings. After much analysis and research, Scientists in Colombia were able to figure out the meteor’s path through the Earth’s atmosphere, and use that to trace its orbit around the sun. Jorge Zuluaga and Ignacio Ferrin, researchers from the University of Antioquia in Medellin, used trignometry to track the meteor’s height, speed, and position as it made its way to Earth.

Scientists discover Russian meteor origins

The researchers used both amateur footage as well as traffic cam videos to figure out the meteor’s path. They then used “Monte Carlo” methods to figure out the meteor’s orbiting behavior, and they came to the conclusion that the meteor belongs to an asteroid group known as the Apollo asteroids. The Apollo asteroids normally cross the Earth’s orbit. The scientists also stated, “Its elliptical, low inclination orbit, indicates a solar system origin, most likely from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.”

The meteor itself has been orbiting space for about 4.5 billion years before it met its end in Russia. It weighed nearly 10,000 tons and it is said to be a “chrondite”, which is one of the most common kinds of rocks near the Earth’s orbit. Scientists so far have gathered up hundreds of meteorite fragments thanks to volunteers who have been scouring the Chelyabinsk region. The biggest meteor fragment discovered weighed about 2.2 pounds.

It’s amazing what the scientists have discovered so far. They’ve renamed the Russian meteor to “Chebarkul meteorite”. They’ve also discovered a variety of strange minerals on the meteor. The most notable ones would be olivine, pyroxene, troilite, kamacite, and taenite. The meteorite is also made up of 10% iron. The scientists are still working long hours to analyze the meteorite. We’ll keep you posted if any new information comes up.

[via Popular Science]

How It Feels through Google Glass


How It Feels [through Glass]
by Google
Want to see how Glass actually feels? It’s surprisingly simple. Say "take a picture" to take a picture. Record what you see, hands free. Even share what you see, live.

Directions are right in front of you. Speak to send a message, or translate your voice. Get the notifications that matter most. Ask whatever’s on your mind and get answers without having to ask.

All video footage captured through Glass.

Welcome to a world through Glass. See more at http://www.google.com/glass/start

"New Lipstick" by The Kissaway Trail on Google Play – http://goo.gl/v4dUf