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Friday, 23 January 2015

Ford Joins the Automotive Crowd in Silicon Valley with a New Research Center

Ford Joins the Automotive Crowd in Silicon Valley with a New Research Center

Things like connectivity, infotainment, and autonomous features are as important to Ford as performance, styling, and safety.

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Aspiring Singer Arrested in Israel on Suspicion of Hacking Madonna

Aspiring Singer Arrested in Israel on Suspicion of Hacking Madonna

The specific hackers behind the Sony breach and data leaks may never be identified or arrested. But authorities say they have caught a hacker behind another high-profile breach: the intrusion into computers owned by Madonna, which resulted in leaks of her songs before their scheduled release. The Israeli suspect, 39-year-old Adi Lederman, was arrested in […]

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How to modify OS X's Finder toolbar

There are things we all take for granted, because we see them so often. One of those is the toolbar that graces every open window in OS X's Finder. Did you know the Finder toolbar is customizable? Here's how.

Here's the OS X Yosemite Finder toolbar in its unadulterated default glory. Four buttons determine your view mode; an Arrange button lets you sort what you're viewing; the Action button, which lets you quickly do things like create a new folder or get info about an item; the Share button; the Edit Tags button; and a search field.

You see it so often you might even forget it's there. In fact, some users obscure it all together by clicking on the View menu and selecting Hide Toolbar (or holding down the command, option and T keys).

But the toolbar can be tweaked, and tweaked quite extensively. If you click on the View menu, you can also select Customize Toolbar..., and that's where most of the magic happens (stay tuned for another cool tip further down).

Customize Toolbar pulls up a window overlay that will enable you to change up how your toolbar looks and what it does. You can rearrange the placement of buttons by clicking and dragging them to new locations, insert spaces to help space them out differently, and new features and functions that aren't on the default toolbar, like creating a new folder, deleting files, using Quick Look to examine the contents of a file and more. Some third-party tools will offer a custom button too, like Dropbox.

What's more, Apple's included the default toolbar as a template, so if you mess up your custom toolbar too much you can simply drag the default template back into place to restore things to their original state. And if you can't remember what each icon means, or if you prefer text to graphics, you can change the arrangement by clicking on the Show menu.

Once you're satisfied with how you've set it up, just click on the Done button to save the new toolbar arrangement. Every time you create a new Finder window, your custom toolbar will be present.

That's not all, though. The Finder's own customization routines are a bit limited: only certain features and functions are accessible. So there's another way to modify the Finder toolbar that I want to share with you which comes in really handy.

You can actually add links to any app, folder or file location in the toolbar as well. If you have a Finder window open and you'd like to modify the toolbar with a link to an app, file or folder you want to use, just hold down the command key, then click on the app, file or folder, and drag it into the toolbar. That way it'll be instantly available to you wherever you're working. (By the way, you can do the same thing to the sidebar on the left side of the Finder window.)

That's all there is to it. Hopefully these tips will help you get the most out of your Finder toolbar, and help you spend less time in the Finder and more time actually doing what you need to. If you have any questions, let me know.

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Displio uses E Ink display to run your gesture-controlled widgets


While most people only know about E Ink screens thanks to their trusty Amazon Kindle, the cheap, non-reflective, electronic paper display technology has also started showing up in everything from smartphones to smart […]



New York Congressman knows what the kids like: Trump GIFs

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Let's Talk About Whatever You Want Right Now

Let's Talk About Whatever You Want Right Now

It's basically summer, guys. We're a week away from February which is a month away from March which is the magical month when spring officially starts. We're almost there. You can almost feel the non-freezing April showers and smell the May flowers.


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George Lucas Confounds Expectations With Strange Magic

George Lucas Confounds Expectations With Strange Magic

"Just like Star Wars was designed for 12-year-old boys," says Lucas, "Strange Magic was designed for 12-year-old girls."

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Por fin, imágenes en alta resolución de 67P captadas por la sonda Rosetta

Grieta en Anuket

Grieta en Anuket -

Aunque la Agencia Espacial Europea venía publicando con regularidad imágenes de 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, el cometa alrededor del que está en órbita la sonda Rosetta, estas provenían de la cámara de navegación de la sonda.

Pero, al fin, han publicado unas cuantas imágenes de OSIRIS, la cámara de alta resolución, a las que se puede acceder en Comet close-ups.

En Getting to know Rosetta’s comet han publicado también unos cuantos datos más acerca de 67P, ahora que ya han sido publicados los primeros artículos en Science.

El resumen:

El lóbulo pequeño de 67P mide 2,6×2,3×1,8 km, mientras que el grande mide 4,1×3,3×1,8 km, lo que da al cometa un volumen total de 21,4 km3. Las mediciones le dan una masa de 10.000 millones de toneladas, lo que le da una densidad de 470 kg por metro cúbico.

Asumiendo que el núcleo de 67P esté compuesto por hielo de agua y polvo, que tienen una densidad de unos 1.500-2.000 kilos por metro cúbico esto quiere decir que el cometa tiene una porosidad del 70 o el 80 por ciento, con la estructura interior probablemente compuesta de bloques de hielo y polvo débilmente unidos y con pequeños espacios vacíos entre ellos.

Los datos vitales de 67P

Los datos vitales de 67P - clic para ver en grande

Los científicos han dividido 67P en 19 regiones distintas, que han recibido sus nombres de deidades egipcias.

En estas 19 regiones hay cinco tipos de terreno: cubierto de polvo; materiales quebradizos con huecos y estructuras circulares; depresiones grandes, terrenos suaves, y superficies más firmes, similares a roca.

Buena parte del hemisferio norte está cubierto por polvo, y según 67P se va acercando al Sol el hielo que hay en él se sublima, convirtiéndose directamente en gas que forma la coma del cometa.

Estos gases parecen ser también los responsables de las «olas» que se ven en algunos lugares de la superficie, un poco como en la Tierra el viento mueve la arena en las playas.

Otros datos de 67P: su día dura 12,4 horas; su temperatura superficial va de los -93 a los -43 grados centígrafos; por debajo de la superficie la temperatura va de los -243 a los -113 grados.

El albedo, la cantidad de luz que refleja 67P, es de tan solo un 6 por ciento, lo que lo hace extremadamente oscuro; el de la Tierra, por ejemplo, es del 39 por ciento.

Albedo de la Tierra, la Luna, y 67P

Albedo de la Tierra, la Luna, y 67P - no están obviamente, a la misma escala - ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA & Gordan Ugarkovich (Earth); Robert Vanderbei, Princeton Univ (Moon); ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM (67P/C-G)

OSIRIS ha conseguido fotografiar ya como un 70 u 80 por ciento de la superficie de 67P; lo que falta es porque aún no ha sido iluminado por el Sol desde que Rosetta anda por allí.

Así que aunque aún faltan imágenes por capturar también faltan muchas por ver; esperaremos con «ansiavia».

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NASA is testing an autonomous Martian helicopter

Drones are everywhere these days. They're under Christmas trees. They're at the X-Games. They're even in Congress. And if NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has its way, they could be headed to Mars next in the form of the Mars Helicopter.

Rover teams still have a tough time with the Martian surface even though they're flush with terrestrial data. The alien surface is uneven, and ridges and valleys make navigating the terrain difficult. The newest solution proposed by JPL is the Mars Helicopter, an autonomous drone that could "triple the distances that Mars rovers can drive in a Martian day," according to NASA. The helicopter would fly ahead of a rover when its view is blocked and send Earth-bound engineers the right data to plan the...

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