Monthly Archives: April 2013

Chrome 25 gets encrypted Search For users who are not Signed In

This week, Google launches Chrome 25 beta. The big feature that gets most of the attention voice. It also encrypts the browser version omnibox search for users that do not fit, as well as for people.

“Delivering content via SSL provides users with the search experience more secure and private,” said Google software engineer Adam Langley. “This helps ensure that malicious actors can block internet traffic people can not see their request. Many major sites started to deliver content via SSL by default, such as Gmail in early 2010, Twitter in February 2012, and Facebook in November 2012. Search also moving toward encryption. Encrypted Google search introduced in May 2010 and made the default encryption for signed-in users since October 2011. Firefox announced the transition to SSL for all searches on Google in July 2012, and Safari do the same thing in September 2012. Chrome continues this trend. ‘

“Users will not notice any change,” he added. “If anything, their search is a little faster because the Chrome SPDY protocol implementation, but there should be no user-visible effects of the other.”

SPDY over here.

There is already quite a lot of controversy in the SEO industry, related to Google encrypted search, as it causes a lot of “not available” query in Google Analytics.

Chrome 25 is available in the Dev and Beta channels.

Climate Change Threat Amazon Rainforest, NASA says

A NASA-Led Study has shown that parts of the Amazon rainforest twice the size of California is still suffering from a “megadrought” began in 2005. Cited researchers and damage from recurrent droughts in the Amazon over the past decade as evidence that the rainforest could face “substantial degradation due to climate change.”

The study looked at satellite microwave radar, data 2000-2009 raindrops the size of the tropical rain Telescope Measuring Mission, and water content of the rainforest canopy of Seawinds scatterometer on NASA’s QuikScat satellite.

During the summer of 2005, more than 270,000 square miles of old growth forests in the Amazon have “extensive, severe drought.” It megadrought cause changes in the forest canopy, including the possibility of branch dieback and tree falls. Although precipitation levels recover after years of drought, many forest canopy damage remained until the next drought in 2010.

“The biggest surprise to us that the effect proved to persist for many years after the drought in 2005,” said Yadvinder Malhi, co-author of the study at the University of Oxford. “We hope the forest canopy to bounce back after a year with a flush of new leaf growth, but the damage seems to last until the next drought in 2010.”

This study shows that about 30% of the total forest area in the Amazon basin are affected by drought in 2005. Nearly half of all Amazon forest affected by the drought of 2010. Dryness in the abnormally high during the last decade. Research has shown that rainfall in the southern Amazon rainforest fell by almost 3.2% from 1970 to 1998.

Malhi and his colleagues due to the recent Amazon droughts in the long-term warming of tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures.

“As a result, the same phenomenon of climate that helped to form hurricanes Katrina and Rita along the coast of the southern United States in 2005 was also likely caused by a severe drought in southwestern Amazonia,” said Sassan Saatchi, research leader at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). “An extreme climate events caused by drought, followed by Amazon tree damage.

“Our results indicate that the drought will continue five to 10 years the gap or increase in frequency due to climate change, large areas of the Amazon rainforest may be impacted by repeated drought and a slow recovery according forests. This will be the structure and function of the ecosystem of the Amazon rain forest. ‘

(Image courtesy of NASA / JPL-Caltech)

Completely Paperless Public Library to Come to Texas

Bexar County, Texas will soon be the first in the United States to operate fully digital public library.

A judge in the area, Nelson Wolff, pushing for the construction of a public library is completely ignorant. He said it was called BiblioTech, who played Biblioteca, Spanish word for the library.

While some public libraries throughout the country that offer their ebook readers, do not operate as a completely paperless. Wolff wants to change that. He reportedly got the idea after reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs.

The BiblioTech will resemble an Apple store, says Wolff. Readers had to go and read the ebook on this site or the home either on their own or to rent eReader.

“We want to find a low cost, effective way to take the reading and study areas and focus on the changing world of technology,” said Wolff. “It will help people to learn,” he said.

He estimated that 10,000 initial ebook titles will cost about $ 250,000.

For Wolff, not only benefit the people intellectually, but the area will benefit financially. Until now, Bexar area does not have its own public library system. They actually pay $ 3.7 million per year to give residents access to the San Antonio Public Library. But the cost is almost twice as long as possible, says Wolff.

The BiblioTech first public library in the country to go completely paper. Considering other areas, even a proposal to begin construction – but nothing materialized. There are also ignorant academic libraries, but public libraries do not really ignorant.