- Mozilla’s Open Web Apps launches, with more details
I have to agree with ReadWriteWeb’s Mike Melanson that Mozilla’s explanation of why you’d use their app APIs and capabilities makes far more sense than Google’s take. It also suggests that Firefox will go well beyond simply the ability to background a site or app, allowing for some pretty useful interactions between installed open web apps and sites as you browse them.
- Prototype Lenovo laptop includes hardware to ease eye tracking interfaces
Tom Simonite at Technology Review describes a collaboration between Lenovo and researchers bringing gear that has been used into the lab into a potential end user product. I see this as part of a forming trend around taking advantage of more, cheap sensors to make real world, non-specialized computer interfaces much more natural and intuitive.
- Creatures creator looking to create true artificial life
According to the Mashable story to which Slashdot links, Steve Grand has launched a Kickstarter project to fund an effort that is distinct from the trilogy of simulation games for which he is known. The new effort will still take place in a computer, as opposed to in a petri dish, but sounds like it is aimed at building up artificial creatures from simulated first principles.
- Ada Lovelace Day moved to October this year, Finding Ada
- Firefox launches demo site, Web o’ Wonder, works with any browser supporting respective specs, Slashdot
- Diamond, silver armor for chips could help with thermal load, io9