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New LED Streetlamp Reduces Light Pollution

There is a reason astronomers prefer to set up their largest telescopes in high areas that are scarcely populated: light pollution from large urban agglomerations prevents them from getting a clear view of the sky. Researches have now come up with a new LED streetlamp design that has the potential to considerably lower light pollution.
The new lamp is designed to produce a concentrated beam that shines only where needed, unlike current street light systems which leak the light into unwanted areas, thus wasting energy and obscuring views of the sky and stars. This is due to the fact current street lights generally use sodium or mercury lamps that produce non-uniform light patterns, scattering up to 20% of their energy.

But the research team, based in Mexico and Taiwan, believes that the waste of energy can be prevented by controlling the light beams. The research was based primarily on LED lamps as their light is easier to direct, since it is emitted from a smaller area. While LED street…

5 Tips to Customize “File Save” Page in Microsoft Office Applications

There is no doubt that Microsoft Office is one of the most popular and widely used software created for Windows OS. Most of us regularly use Microsoft Word and other Office applications to create our documents, presentation slides, etc. There are many people who have switched to the latest Office 2013 version. On the other [...]

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First Braille Smartphone in the Works

A new smartphone developed by an Indian scientist is giving the visually impaired the possibility to use their phones for more than just taking or making calls: with the help of the special Braille display, users can also read emails and text messages.
The device, dubbed the world’s first Braille smartphone until it gets an official name, was developed by Sumit Dagar, 2011 TED Fellow, and is currently in its late testing stages. Dagar, a National Institute of Design post-graduate, teamed with the IIT Delhi and the LV Prasad Eye Institute for the project, launched three years ago.

The screen of the phone is comprised of a grid of pins that can move up and down whenever an email or a text message is received. The pins form into Braille characters and shapes which the visually impaired user can read through touch.
Previous applications designed for visually impaired users, such as Siri or SayText, albeit very useful, were only based on sounds and provided limited interaction between the use…

Electronic Touch Pen Makes TV Set Interactive

It appears we are living in an increasingly tactile world. No matter where we look, we are bound to see something with a touchscreen: a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop and so on. A Japanese company is working on technology designed to turn any flat surface, starting from magazines or newspapers, into touchscreens. And it seems there is an increasing demand of touchscreen TVs as well.
Several tech manufacturers have already developed touch pens for their TVs in the last couple of years. The most recent member of the club is Panasonic, which unveiled its electronic touch pen for TV screens in January this year. Two years before, LG released a similar product, the Pentouch, which works with various plasma TV models.

The touch pen allows you to write and doodle on screen, but also to capture an image and save it. With the Panasonic electronic touch pen, you only have to touch the tip of the pen to the TV display to do a screen capture. You also get the opportunity to edit the captured image …

WinRAR 5.00 Beta 2 (32-bit)

WinRAR is an archiving utility that completely supports RAR and ZIP archives and is able to unpack CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, 7Z, Z archives. It consistently makes smaller archives than the competition, saving disk space and transmission costs.

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BitTorrent 7.8 Build 29614

BitTorrent is a torrent client for sharing data via the BitTorrent protocol. The software enables users to share, search, download and upload application, music, video, document, picture and other files. BitTorrent supports download of multiple files in parallel from different peers. For every download or upload the interface shows download and upl...

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uTorrent 3.3 Build 29609

µTorrent is a small and incredibly popular BitTorrent client.

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DivX Play 9.1.1

DivX® 9 for Windows is a free download that provides everything you need to enjoy high-quality digital videos on your computer, including HD H.264 (.mkv) videos with AAC audio and videos created using all previous versions of DivX technology. You can also play your DivX files (.divx, .avi) on millions of DivX Certified® devices today. Look for DivX...

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FileZilla 3.7.0 RC1

FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface.

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K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 9.90

The K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs, and tools. Codecs and DirectShow filters are needed for encoding and decoding audio and video formats. The K-Lite Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your audio and movie files.

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K-Lite Codec Pack 9.90 (Full)

The K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs, and tools. Codecs and DirectShow filters are needed for encoding and decoding audio and video formats. The K-Lite Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your audio and movie files. With the K-Lite Codec Pack you should be able to play all the po...

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Dell in Dire Straits after Blackstone Exit

Blackstone Group LP has finally withdrawn their bid for PC maker Dell. The group had been weighing up the price it should offer for buying Dell but eventually decided to remove itself from the race. Until then, it was a three-way battle, with the other major contender being founder Michael Dell who has made a bid in conjunction with Silver Lake. Now that the Blackstone Group is out of the picture, it seems as though there is no stopping Michael Dell from retaining ownership and control of his company.

However, it was being anticipated that Blackstone would be able to outbid the coalition and buy Dell. This seemed to be the case with the investors as well. As soon as the news broke out regarding Blackstone withdrawing its bid, the share prices of Dell plummeted. In fact, the fall was so steep that the price reached its lowest level in the past two months. The nearly 4% drop caused the price per share to fall to $13.40. The last time the price had been this low was in early February.
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Lego City Undercover The Chase Begins Review

Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins is a follow up to the initial Lego City Undercover, developed by TT Fusion and released for Wii U a few weeks ago. The game strives to offer gamers a similar playing experience as its predecessor and boasts being the first open world adventure for the portable 3DS platform. Unfortunately, it is exactly the restrictions of the 3DS that keep The Chase Begins from fulfilling its true potential.
In terms of storyline, the game is actually a prequel to the Wii U sandbox action adventure, and centers on charming rookie cop Chase McCain as he explores a huge city, battles gangs, tracks down collectibles and engages in the occasional high speed car race. Players will be able to control Chase while through several boss fights and while utilizing the powers offered by different outfits.

The game manages to retain a great part of the humor and relaxing gameplay that made its Wii U brother so successful. Too bad none of the awesome voice acting of the Wii U ve…

So You Don't Want to be a Programmer After All

I get a surprising number of emails from career programmers who have spent some time in the profession and eventually decided it just isn't for them. Most recently this:
I finished a computer science degree last year, worked about a year in the Java EE stack. I liked requirements engineering and more 'management stuff' in university, but let's face it: you tend to be driven to be a programmer.
I enjoy programming itself. I'm not doing it that badly, I even do it better that some people. But it's too frustrating to me. Stupidly complex stuff (that people consider "standard" even if it's extremely complicated!), fighting against the computer, dumb errors, configuration, and stuff that people even worse than me implemented and I have to take care of. New stuff which is supposed to be incredibly easy, and it's just one more framework.
I think I realized I don't want to program because I landed at a company where people are quite good. And I hones…