Sidewinder and Safari

The Microsoft SideWinder X8 Mouse, available on store shelves this week, offers a best-in-class tracking engine with Microsoft BlueTrack Technology and wireless freedom built for lag-free play. The newest mouse to join the SideWinder line, the SideWinder X8 offers the best frame rate, speed and acceleration on the market and a tracking range from 250 dots per inch (dpi) to 4,000 dpi, giving gamers ultimate control and precision.

The SideWinder X8 Mouse offers the following top features to deliver ultimate wireless gaming performance:

– BlueTrack Technology. The world’s most advanced tracking technology for gaming, with image processing of 13,000 frames per second, 75g maximum acceleration and 120 inches per second maximum speed.

– 2.4GHz wireless. The device is built for lag-free play with virtually no latency.

– Play and charge. Get up to 30 hours of active gaming on a single charge, or use the play-and-charge cable for nonstop action. The winding cord management system offers easy charging – simply unwrap the cord from around the storage box and snap it onto the underside of the mouse.


Apple today announced the public beta of Safari 4, the world’s fastest and most innovative web browser for Mac and Windows PCs. The Nitro engine in Safari 4 runs JavaScript 4.2 times faster than Safari 3.* Innovative new features that make browsing more intuitive and enjoyable include Top Sites, for a stunning visual preview of frequently visited pages; Full History Search, to search through titles, web addresses and the complete text of recently viewed pages; Cover Flow, to easily flip through web history or bookmarks; and Tabs on Top, to make tabbed browsing easier and more intuitive.

“Apple created Safari to bring innovation, speed and open standards back into web browsers, and today it takes another big step forward,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Safari 4 is the fastest and most efficient browser for Mac and Windows, with great integration of HTML 5 and CSS 3 web standards that enables the next generation of interactive web applications.”

Safari 4 is built on the world’s most advanced browser technologies including the new Nitro JavaScript engine that executes JavaScript up to 30 times faster than IE 7 and more than three times faster than Firefox 3. Safari quickly loads HTML web pages three times faster than IE 7 and almost three times faster than Firefox 3.


Google denied its Google Earth ocean-floor mapping software had unearthed the mythical sunken island of Atlantis.

Walter Smith of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and David Sandwell of UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, two scientists who helped gather some of the ocean-floor data in Google Earth, cleared it all up in a post on the company’s official blog.

“Some have speculated that these are the plow marks of seafloor farming by aliens,” the post said of the undersea grid pattern off the coast of northwest Africa that had sparked the speculation. “One theory that’s gained more traction is that these marks might be the ruins of the lost city of Atlantis. If that were the case, some of the city blocks would have to be over eight miles long–that’s about fifty times the size of a city block in New York City.”

“These marks are what we call ‘ship tracks,'” it explained. “You see, it’s actually quite hard to measure the depth of the ocean. Sunlight, lasers, and other electromagnetic radiation can travel less than 100 feet below the surface, yet the typical depth in the ocean is more than two and a half miles. Sound waves are more effective. By measuring the time it takes for sound to travel from a ship to the sea floor and back, you can get an idea of how far away the sea floor is. Since this process–known as echosounding–only maps a strip of the sea floor under the ship, the maps it produces often show the path the ship took, hence the ‘ship tracks.'”


Taking the lessons learned from the development of hydrogen-powered cars and applying them on a larger scale, New Holland Agriculture has developed the impressive NH2, the world’s first hydrogen-powered tractor.

The NH2 was developed as part of New Holland Agriculture’s Energy Independent Farm concept, a framework for future agriculture in which farmers produce their own compressed hydrogen from water using electricity produced by wind farms, solar panels, or biomass and biogas processes situated on the farm.

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