Google TV: In the Works, Developer-Friendly

After trying its hand at countless desktop, mobile, and web apps and products, Google has ambitions towards shaking up yet another, historically difficult frontier: television. According to the New York Times, Google is partnering up with Intel and Sony to develop Google TV, a new, Android OS-based platform with a Chrome browser (currently not supported by Android) and aspirations towards “mak[ing] it as easy for TV users to navigate Web applications … as it is to change the channel.” They’ve tapped Logitech to work on the peripherals.

Read the full post on Google TV at Geekosystem.


Sorry, Armageddon: Giant Asteroids Could Reassemble Hours After Being Nuked

Today in frightening science news: researchers at UC Santa Cruz and Los Alamos National Laboratory have determined that if a giant asteroid is headed towards Earth, even detonating a small nuclear bomb may not be enough to stop it. The reason? If the blast isn’t powerful enough, the asteroid fragments’ own gravity could pull all of the pieces back together, T-1000-style — in mere hours.

Read the full post at Geekosystem.

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New “Chatroulette Map” May Vanquish Chatroulette Anonymity

When everyone suddenly started noticing Chatroulette a month or so ago, a lot of the early, excitable commentary centered around how the anonymous, ADD blitz of introductions brought us back to the Wild West days of the ’90s Internet, when chatrooms reigned supreme, strangers could really be strangers and no one knew you were a dog. Also: guys’ wangs.

So much for all of that: Chatroulette Map, a new web-based project, pulls IP addresses and images from Chatroulette to map user locations with alarming specificity. Especially if you’re in a big city, you can actually chart logins and pictures with an alarming level of detail.

Read the full post at Geekosystem.


Cisco’s Plan to “Forever Change the Internet:” New Routing System for Faster Intertubes

The clock has struck eleven, and Cisco has unveiled its plan to “forever change the Internet,” as we know it: the Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System. This upgrade to Cisco’s existing CRS-1 routing system is not a glamorous consumer gadget, to be sure, but its impact could still be significant: Cisco claims that the new core router is twelve times faster than its nearest competitor, that it can deliver up to 322 terabytes/second, and that it will help usher in the “Zettabyte era” that Cisco is fond of talking about.See the CRS-3 press release and demo video at Geekosystem.