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If you’re a Chrome extensions power user, you may be familiar with a task manager that looks like this: That’s a lot of extensions running! Most of the time, they’re probably just sitting idle, waiting for the user to interact with them. Do they really need to be running and using your memory all the time?
In my mind, summer always means more free time. And more free time is the perfect opportunity to play some of the latest Chrome Web Store games. I’m really excited to play From Dust , an award winning strategy adventure in which you control nature to help your tribe survive. The newly released Cut the Rope is also at the top of my list. This addictive physics game requires precise planning and timing to successfully feed candy to a little green monster called Om Nom.
“The past is a foreign country—they do things differently there.” It’s a saying that rings especially true in the world of technology. But while innovating requires us to focus on the future, there are times when it’s important to look back. Today—the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing ’s birth—is one such moment. Statue of Alan Turing at Bletchley Park
While students in the northern hemisphere say goodbye to each other and another school year, we’re in sunny San Diego meeting with thousands of educators and administrators at the International Society for Technology in Education ( ISTE ) conference. While on break from teaching, these folks are here to teach others how they’re bringing innovation into their classrooms—a lot of which centers around the web. While the web was developed well before today’s students were born, it’s come a long way even since a year ago. Today you can access the web on any device, use the web offline and take advantage of amazing graphics. For example, you can get a powerful graphing calculator on the web today, for free.
Posted by Jason Parachoniak, Software Engineer Our team has been working hard to bring your most-requested features to the Gmail app for iOS . Today, we’re excited to add three new improvements to that list of updates: full notification center support, the ability to send messages from your alternate email addresses and an improved login experience. First up, Gmail is now fully integrated with Notification Center and supports banners, alerts and lock screen options.
Google I/O, our annual developer conference, begins in just two days, and this year, we’re bringing you more than 130 technical sessions, 20 code labs and 155 Sandbox partners. If you’re not here in San Francisco, you can still sign up for one of our 350+ I/O Extended events around the world or tune in to I/O Live to watch the live stream from wherever you are. This year’s conference kicks off on June 27 with the first day’s keynote at 9:30 a.m. and the second day’s keynote on June 28 at 10:00 a.m. PDT, so tune in early at developers.google.com/io to avoid missing the action!
George Soros ( pron.: / ˈ s ɔr oʊ s / or / ˈ s ɔr ə s / ; [ 2 ] Hungarian : Soros György ; Hungarian: [ˈʃoroʃ] ; born August 12, 1930, as Schwartz György ) is a Hungarian-American business magnate , [ 3 ] [ 4 ] investor , and philanthropist . He is the chairman of Soros Fund Management . Soros supports progressive-liberal causes. [ 5 ] He is known as "The Man Who Broke the Bank of England " because of his US$1 billion in investment profits during the 1992 Black Wednesday UK currency crisis . [ 6 ] [ 7 ] [ 8 ]
The network of Open Society Foundations ( OSF ), formerly the Open Society Institute ( OSI ) until 2011, is a grantmaking operation founded by George Soros , aimed to shape public policy to promote democratic governance , human rights , and economic , legal , and social reform . On a local level, OSF implements a range of initiatives to support the rule of law , education , public health , and independent media . At the same time, OSF works to build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as combating corruption and rights abuses. One of the aims of the OSF is the development of civil society organizations (e.g., charities and community groups) to encourage participation in democracy and society. [ 1 ] The name is inspired by Karl Popper 's 1945 book The Open Society and Its Enemies . [ 2 ]
In politics and economics, Black Wednesday refers to 16 September 1992 when the British Conservative government was forced to withdraw the pound sterling from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) after they were unable to keep it above its agreed lower limit. George Soros , the most high profile of the currency market investors, made over GBP£1 billion [ 1 ] profit by short selling sterling. In 1997 the UK Treasury estimated the cost of Black Wednesday at £3.4 billion, with the actual cost being £3.3 billion which was revealed in 2005 under the Freedom of Information Act (FoI). [ 2 ] The trading losses in August and September were estimated at £800 million, but the main loss to taxpayers arose because the devaluation could have made them a profit.
William Leonard Pickard (born October 21, 1945 in Mill Valley, California ) AKA " Leonard" is one of two people convicted in the largest lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) manufacturing case in history. In 2000, while moving their LSD laboratory, Pickard and Clyde Apperson were pulled over while driving a Ryder rental truck and a follow car. The laboratory had been at a renovated Atlas-E missile silo near Wamego, Kansas but the two men had never actually produced LSD there. One of the men intricately involved in the case but not charged due to his cooperation, Gordon Todd Skinner, owned the property where the laboratory was located; he approached the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) about working for them.
In the vast, infinitely complex world of the international economy, what difference can one man really make? Even billionaires don't have enough cash to really make a difference -- if Bill Gates went nuts and tried to crash the stock market somehow, other billionaires, banks and world governments would be there to stop him. Yet throughout history there have been times when everything came together just right for one single person to ruin everyone's shit. #6. Steve Perkins' Half-Billion-Dollar Drinking Binge Getty
DETROPIA is a labor of love, over 3 years in the making. In 2009 Heidi - a native Detroiter - and Rachel set out to explore the rise and fall (and rise again?) of Detroit, one of America's most iconic cities. The birthplace of the middle class, it is truly a former "Utopia" of innovation and ideas.
Hi, Neal Stephenson here. My career as an author of science and historical fiction has turned me into a swordsmanship geek. As such, I'm dissatisfied with how swordfighting is portrayed in existing video games. These could be so much more fun than they are. Time for a revolution. In the last couple of years, affordable new gear has come on the market that makes it possible to move, and control a swordfighter's actions, in a much more intuitive way than pulling a plastic trigger or pounding a key on a keyboard.
GigaOM is a Web 2.0 blog started by Om Malik and published by Giga Omni Media, Inc. in San Francisco, California . [ 1 ] According to the company website it has a monthly global audience of 4 million. [ 1 ] It is among the top 50 blogs worldwide by Technorati Rank [ 2 ] [ clarification needed ] , and is listed on CNet 's Blog 100 list. [ 3 ] In May 2010, GigaOm was named Finalist in Lead411's list of the “2010 Hottest San Francisco Companies”. [ 4 ] It offers Web 2.0 news, analysis and opinions on startups, new technologies, broadband and online games. According to GigaOM, the site's readership includes a worldwide following of technology industry leaders, venture capitalists , and entrepreneurs . In June 2006, Malik left his day job to work on GigaOM full-time. [ 5 ] It has also organized conferences such as GigaOM's Mobilize 09, NewTeeVee Live, and Structure 09, drawing presenters such as Sanjay Jha and Andy Rubin . [ 6 ]
Crowdfunding, the process of raising funds by collecting small amounts of money from many people, has become quite popular in recent years, and the poster child for the industry is New York City-based Kickstarter . But there are several other lesser well known startups beyond Kickstarter, like the crowdfunding veteran IndieGoGo . Founded in January 2008, San Francisco-based startup IndieGoGo is aiming to be the big, general player in the space, in contrast to other crowdfunding platforms that define themselves by the niche of the campaigns they serve. “We’re really aiming to empower the dreams of many, whether it be a through getting money for a liver transplant, or a new album, or a restaurant,” CEO Slava Rubin told me in an interview this week. The all-things-to-all-people strategy seems to be steadily picking up.