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The search for planets outside of our solar system has really started to yield results lately with one new discovery after another, but if humanity were to look for a new ‘galactic neighborhood’ to move into, what ‘qualities’ would be at the top of the list? SciShow looks at the multiple factors that would be used to judge the suitability of an exo-planet and its system in today’s video.
It was great while it lasted, but Canonical has admitted defeat with its Ubuntu One Cloud service and started the shut down process. But not to worry, there is still time to make sure you have a copy of all your files and music, and find a new online cloud storage provider.
Most of us never really think about how problematic measuring coastlines can be, but with their unique ‘bumpy and craggy’ shapes, it is far from being as simple as we would like. What is the best method for measuring them? How close to the exact shape of a coastline do you measure? YouTube channel Numberphile looks at the ‘problem’ in today’s video.
When we think of planetary bodies with rings, we automatically think of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. But a newly revealed discovery has changed that and caused a lot of excitement in the scientific community! Enjoy YouTube channel SpaceRip’s discussion about Chariklo’s two rings, how they were found, and the speculation that Chariklo may have a moon as well.
April is nearly here, and that means the last testing stage for the latest version of Ubuntu has finally arrived. So clear your weekend calendar and get ready for some fresh Linux goodness! The final set of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS beta builds are now available to download in nine different ‘flavors’.
Bootstrapping is an ‘unusual’ sounding term in its own way when you think of its relation to computers, but what is it? Odds are you know it via a shortened variation of the term (Boot), but how does it actually work when you hit the power button? Computerphile explains the deeper level ‘intricacies’ of the process in today’s video.
If you like keeping up with how well the extensive field of software security products are doing, then AVTest.org’s test results are always a good source to consult, especially if you are shopping around for a new anti-virus product to use. With this in mind, you can see how well all the security products have done during the latest round of tests conducted by AVTest.org.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a dependable work-horse when it comes to eradicating malware, and definitely a recommended app for anyone’s security setup. This week Malwarebytes has released a new stable version that features a host of improvements, new features, and a redesigned interface.
Risk is a part of our everyday lives whether we stop to think about it or not. There is always the possibility that something may happen to us while going to work, flying to a new destination, or perhaps even from bad habits we may possess. So how does a person deal with risk? YouTube channel Vsauce discusses risk, risk assessment, and more in today’s video.
A classic staple in rural areas is the barn, found in a variety of styles and conditions, and used for many purposes. Take a road trip through the countryside and enjoy viewing these wooden wonders on your desktop with the first in our series of Rustic Barns Wallpaper collections.
There is no doubt that drinking enough water every day is important, but what happens if you do not get enough, or are unable to drink any water at all? How soon would you begin noticing the effects of dehydration, and what would those effects be? Learn the answers to these questions in today’s video from AsapSCIENCE.
OneNote is a wonderful app for taking notes, maintaining lists, and more, but had to be purchased before adding it to your favorite computer, and was not available for Mac. But no longer! As of yesterday, Microsoft has made OneNote free for all Windows 7 and 8.x systems plus offered up a new version just for Mac OSX systems!
The recent HUVrTech hoax left quite a few people disappointed since some ‘big names’ lent themselves to the ‘prank’. But is hover technology just a dream, or is there yet hope for the future? YouTube channel SciShow looks at the current hover technology options that are available and how they work.
Going out for a walk on a rainy day can be a very pleasant and relaxing experience, leaving you refreshed and ready to take life on once again. Soak up the relaxing beauty of rainfall on your iPad’s screen with the first in our series of Let it Rain Wallpaper collections.
The Australis UI is working its way closer to the stable builds channel of Firefox, but one of the useful features from the regular UI is now missing…the Add-on Bar at the bottom of the browser. If you are one of the individuals who found this the perfect place to tuck toolbar icons out of the way, then you will definitely want to install ‘The Addon Bar (restored)’ extension for Firefox!
Would you love to learn a game that you can impress your family and friends with while looking like a wicked strategist? Then Brussels Sprouts will make the perfect addition to your geeky games repertoire! Dr. Teena Gerhardt shows you how to play the game and the mathematics involved in today’s video from Numberphile.
Do you have an interest in learning more about Linux for personal enjoyment and/or with an eye towards the job market? Then you will definitely be excited to learn that the Linux Foundation is now offering a free ‘Introduction to Linux’ MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) program for anyone who is interested in increasing their Linux knowledge.