Why is it called Windows 10 and not Windows 9?

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Windows 10 logo: Windows 9 kinda

Now that Windows 10 development is in full swing, with the newSpartan browser and new Technical Preview builds appearing on a regular basis, let’s take a step back for a moment and address one of the most confusing things about the next version of Windows. When Microsoft announced its newest operating system, the surprise was not that it was coming, but that Windows would be skipping 9 and heading straight to 10. When asked about Windows 10’s name, Microsoft never gave a clear answer. So why, exactly, is Windows 10 getting the nod instead of 9?

Version numbers, schmersion numbers

You may remember that between Windows 3 and Windows 7, versions of Windows were designated by a name rather than a number: 95, 98, NT, Me, 2000, Vista, and so on. When Microsoft announced Windows 7, there was actually a similar amount of disbelief; after a series of named versions of Windows, it seemed odd to jump back to numbers.

Windows 8: Actually version 6.3

Windows 8.1: Actually version 6.3, build 9600.

ay Goodbye To Slow Battery Charging

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Four batteries with different levels of charge.

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Why You Should Care

Because we love our electronic gadgets, but not waiting so long for them to charge.

Starbucks is promising to make wireless cell phone charging a norm. But while the coffee giant would love it if we sat for hours juicing our iPhones — while getting caffeinated and pumping up the company’s bottom line — most of us just wish that our devices charged faster.

Good news: Emerging technology promises that we might soon be able to power our phones in 10 minutes instead of a few hours. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have come up with a new architecture for lithium-batteries that could make speedy charges for portable electronics a reality. You can find lithium-ion batteries in everything from your smartphone to your laptop to electric vehicles, and it comes down to how they’re built.

The researchers say current lithium-ion batteries are limited. In electric cars, batteries are a huge part of the vehicle’s mass. “And the size of batteries in portable electronics limits the trend of downsizing,” they added. So the idea is to make them smaller and lighter while amping up their abilities.

Lithium-ion batteries represent the future in automotive battery propulsion.
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Google discovers new security holes in SSL — is the entire system fundamentally flawed?

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Data security

 

Google has discovered that an intermediate certificate authority had issued unauthorized certificates for multiple Google domains. The problem arose because the intermediate authority, MCS Holdings, had issued certificates for the Google domains, despite not holding those domains itself.

The reason it’s critical that companies not mint certificates for websites they don’t operate themselves is because doing so breaks the function of SSL itself. Here’s how the system is supposed to operate:

How SSL works

Your PC contacts a Google server, which returns a certificate. Your computer uses that certificate to encrypt a data session. The server confirms that the key is good and establishes the secure session with your PC. When certificates are signed by third parties, it allows the false server to execute a classic man-in-the-middle attack.

20 Things You Didn’t Know About… Blood

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Blood types aren’t unique to humans: Dogs have more than a dozen.
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1. Karl Landsteiner discovered blood types in 1901 by observing that blood from people of different types would clot when mixed together. He later classified them as A, B and O.

2. ABO isn’t the only blood grouping system, however. There are currently 33 systems recognized by the International Society of Blood Transfusion, with monikers like Lutheran, Duffy, Hh/Bombay and Ok.

3. Blood type refers to different molecules on the surface of red blood cells. A mismatch of these molecules between donor and recipient can trigger a fatal immune reaction after a blood transfusion, as the recipient’s body attacks the outsider blood.

4. But not all blood types matter for all transfusions. Some variants are very rare, or exist only in certain ethnic groups, so the danger of getting a mismatch is, for most people, low.

5. The Junior blood type was formally classified just two years ago when researchers pinpointed the molecule responsible for it. The vast majority of people are Junior positive, but more than 50,000 Japanese are Junior negative. For them, a mismatch can cause a dangerous reaction.

6. Blood types aren’t unique to humans. Dogs have more than a dozen, for example. 

Wikileaks Cables Confirm Existence of Extraterrestrial Life

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We’re already halfway through 2013 and the world continues to wake up to the fact that we are not alone in the universe. This year alone we’ve seen a tremendous step forward regarding UFO disclosure.  In early May, researchers, activists, political leaders and high ranking military/agency personnel from around the world testified to the reality of the UFO/extraterrestrial phenomenon in front of several former United States members of congress. To watch an interview with the former 2008 presidential candidate and ex-congressman Mike Gravel (who participated in the hearings) click here.  You can watch interviews with all of the senators that participated in the event here.For more CE articles on the subject of UFOs and extraterrestrials, click HERE.

Prior to the recent hearing on UFOs and extraterrestrial life, we’ve had explosive statements made by NASA astronauts and professors, you can watch some of those statements here and here. Not only has the world heard from all of these credible people, its also been privy to official documentation released by dozens of governments worldwide that outline the reality of the UFO phenomenon. Documents indicate that UFOs are of concern to governments, and they put a significant amount of  time, effort and resources into studying them. Apart from governments, agencies like the National Security Agency also released official files regarding UFOs, you can view some of these previously classified documents

Apple Watch features, materials leak ahead of announcement

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In a move that would leave the ghost of Steve Jobs grinding his teeth, the set of features and capabilities the Apple Watch will supposedly unveil on Monday has leaked, including information on the device’s materials and construction. Not all of these qualifies as a leak, certainly, but for Jobs, who prided himself on locking away even the existence of a product prior to launch, this kind of run-up would be anathema.

First up, there’s the Financial Times, which ran a long interview with Jony Ive. In it, Ive reportedly tells the FT that “the molecules in Apple gold are closer together, making it twice as hard as standard gold. And, in case you were wondering, Apple’s cold-forged steel is 40 percent more durable than regular steel”

This is… well, this is dubious, to say the least. The cold-rolled steel claim is believable; cold-rolling steel is used to produce a smooth surface, uniform thickness, and to reduce deformation under strain. But the claim that Apple’s gold has “closer molecules?” Ars Technica offers an explanation by way of a patent, filed by Apple last year, for a gold/ceramic hybrid characterized as 18k gold, but with two to four times the hardness of conventional 18k gold.

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Canon G7 X Review: Canon’s Best Point-And-Shoot Camera In Years

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Canon G7 X Review: Canon's Best Point-and-Shoot Camera in Years

Five years ago, I was broke, but I still needed a great camera. The Canon S90 was the perfect fit for my needs, and my credit card balance. And I wasn’t the only one who thought so. The amazing S90 and successors made Canon a mint — at least until Sony’s RX100 came along with higher quality images. With the G7 X, Canon is striking back with specs, plus a little bit of the charm that made Canon compacts so easy to love in the first place.

What Is It?

Canon G7 X Review: Canon's Best Point-and-Shoot Camera in Years
Specifications
  • Resolution: 20.2-megapixel
  • Sensor Size: 1-inch backlit CMOS
  • Screen: 3-inch LCD
  • Video: Full HD 1080p
  • Lens Mount: N/A (fixed lens)
  • Warranty: 2 Years

This Is What Happens When A Kid Leaves Traditional Education | Does Education Kill Creativity?

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Logan Laplante is a 13 year-old boy who was taken out of the education system to be home schooled instead. Not only was he home schooled, but Logan had the ability to tailor his education to his interests and also his style of learning, something traditional education does not offer. As Logan has mentioned, when he grows up he wants to be happy and healthy. At a TEDx talk in 2013, he discussed how hacking his education is helping him achieve that goal.

Logan’s story can be seen in a similar light as Jacob Barnett‘s story who was first put in Special Ed by his school until he was pulled out of standard education and is now seen as an incredibly intelligent young person who is on track to winning a Nobel Prize one day.

I also recently did a TEDx talk in 2014 about my story of leaving college for good. You can check that out here.

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The Pirate Bay is back, and has barely lost a step

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The venerable piracy site The Pirate Bay has traveled down a bumpy road as of late. Along with other prominent piracy sites, The Pirate Bay was taken down in a raid around two months ago. However, like the aftermath of Superman’s death back in 1992, no one truly felt The Pirate Bay was dead for long, and pretenders rose to claim the throne in the interim. More than seven weeks after its demise, The Pirate Bay has risen from its own ashes, sporting the symbol of a phoenix to mark its return.

Back in January, a retainer appeared on the old Pirate Bay website depicting a countdown clock and a little pirate ship sailing toward what appeared to be a port. The retainer page was also home to a code that, when it was finally deciphered, linked to a supercut of Arnold Schwarzenegger saying his most famous line — the one about coming back. Over the weekend, The Pirate Bay fulfilled Arnold’s promise and returned.

Functionally, the returning site is quite similar. The usual pirate ship graphic that emblazoned the front page has been replaced by a phoenix signaling the site’s return, and the user accounts are in working order. Unlike the previous iteration — and likely to the joy of users — the returning site does not yet serve ads.

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