Verizon Rolls Out Blazing 300Mbps FiOS Quantum | Mozilla Launches Thimble, A Web-Based Code Editor For Teaching HTML and CSS | Facebook buys facial recognition startup | Apple's new iOS Maps: the risk factors | Facebook's Explore London 2012: Get Social With The Summer Games

Verizon Rolls Out Blazing 300Mbps FiOS Quantum

Posted by PCWorld
Once upon a time, the world was ecstatic to get 56Kbps dial-up Internet access. In real years that wasn?t that long ago?less than 15 years ago, but in ?technology years? it may as well be prehistoric. Now Verizon is introducing 300Mbps broadband service, but it will cost you.
Verizon has moved beyond regular FiOS with new FiOS Quantum services that promise to blow the doors off the Internet. Verizon is offering FiOS Quantum packages: up to 300Mbps downloads with 65Mbps upload speeds.
Verizon FiOS Quantum delivers mind-blowing 300Mbps broadband speed.According to Verizon, at 300MBps you can download 10 songs (approximately 50MB) in only 1.4 seconds, or download a 5GB HD movie in just over two[...]
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Mozilla Launches Thimble, A Web-Based Code Editor For Teaching HTML and CSS

Posted by TechCrunch
Mozilla, the non-profit organization behind the popular Firefox browser, just announced the launch of Thimble, its latest project to teach more users how to build their own web pages. Thimble, which is part of Mozilla’s recently launched Webmaker project, is meant to help novice users write and edit basic HTML and CSS right in a web-based code editor. The service features instant previews and also lets its users host their finished pages on a Webmaker domain with just one click. Users can start from scratch or choose one of over a dozen projects and learn how to code them by hand.
Unlike other projects like App Inventor, which remove a lot of the actual basic coding effort in favor of[...]
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Facebook buys facial recognition startup

Posted by VentureBeat
Facebook has purchased facial recognition startup, the companies announced Monday morning.
“People who use Facebook enjoy sharing photos and memories with their friends, and technology has helped to provide the best photo experience,” a Facebook spokesperson told VentureBeat. “This transaction simply brings a world-class team and a long-time technology vendor in house.”
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but previous reports pegged the acquisition price at�between $80 million and $100 million. The deal, which is still pending, is expected to close within the coming weeks.
Founded in 2007, makes technology that can identify people in pho[...]
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Apple’s new iOS Maps: the risk factors

Posted by Gigaom
Apple’s�decision to�develop its own maps app for its mobile devices is in many ways the prototypical Apple move. When a�particular piece�of�software or a technology is critical to the performance or usability of an Apple product, Apple wants to have complete control over it. And that’s very true here: directions, location-based services and mapping are critical tools for iPhone and iPad users as�well as the many�third-party apps that run on those devices.
Apple hasn’t rushed into this decision — it’s taken years to�acquire the relevant companies and sign the appropriate licensing agreements — and it does seem like�it was thoughtful about the implementation[...]
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Facebook's Explore London 2012: Get Social With The Summer Games

Posted by PCWorld
A social network portal helps you find and get Facebook updates from your favorite athletes, national teams, and individual sports during the Olympic Games in London[...]
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