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  • Intel extends JavaScript for parallel programming
    Cade Metz at The Register has details of Intel’s efforts to try to make both multiple core and vector instructions accessible to applications written for execution in the browser, in JavaScript. This is all well and good except that it requires a custom plug-in to work which kind of defeats the point of JavaScript in the first place. I understand the frustration often encountered with the governance models by which web standards are developed but this sort of end run seems rather short sighted to me.
  • Chrome 14 arrives with native code and web audio
    Speaking of routing around web standards, the new version of Chrome further advances Google’s Native Client feature that is beginning to feel like a re-hash of Microsoft’s ill considered ActiveX capability for its browser. Thankfully the web audio support does implement the recommendation from the W3C so is at least in theory compatible with similarly complaint implementations in other browsers.
  • Arduino begins to support ARM
    The H Open has details of several announcements from Arduino, the biggest of which being that it has started a staged process to release the new Due, an ARM based version of its popular and imminently hackable hardware platform. Balancing the beefier Due, a new low cost board was announced along with a WiFi shield that should be code compatible with the existing Ethernet shield. The raft of releases also coincide with freezing of the Arduino 1.0 spec which should help stabilized hardware and software compatibility across all of the variants and clones of the Arduino.
  • Dual head two-color MakerBots are coming
    Gareth Branwyn at Make: has the exciting announcement made possible by a smaller extruder design, the Stepstruder MK 7. Tongue and cheek humor aside about the “highest extruder number ever”, the Mk 7 is small enough to fit two of them in a MakerBot. Branwyn includes some drool inducing photos (for home 3D printing fans anyway) of an experimental build using two extruders and early software supporting two-color prints.
  • Internet Archive scanns its 3 millionth book, Internet Archive News via BoingBoing
  • Inferno OS, a free software OS with a long heritage, has been ported to Android devices, Slashdot
  • Gamers succeed in solving structure of retrovirus enzyme, ScienceBlog via Slashdot
  • VP of technical strategy leaving Mozilla, The H Open

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