Windows Live Local maps bird’s eye views

Microsoft launches Windows Live Local with bird’s eye views of major cities among other improvements.

I know, I know, maps again, yawn. But this is something you ought to see: Windows Live Local’s got tons of super closeup photos taken from low-flying planes over major cities, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle and Las Vegas. Being a total sucker for aerial photography I just burned a lot of time hovering over the streets of NYC. Oh, you want to view Lady Liberty from the south and not the west? Switch the angle with a click of a button.

Also, pushpins keep track of your places on a personalized scratch pad that persists over sessions, and emailable driving directions are available. My only beef? The name of this product gives no hint there’s a map involved. How about – and this is crazy, I know – Microsoft Maps?

Scientists Unlock Reasons Cancer Spreads

Posted by samzenpus on Thursday December 08, @05:00AM
from the malignant-ambassador dept.
* * Beatles-Beatles writes “Instead of a cell just breaking off from a tumor and traveling through the bloodstream to another organ where it forms a secondary tumour, or metastasis, researchers in the United States have shown that the cancer sends out envoys to prepare the new site.”

Intel Calls $100 Laptops Undesired Gadgets

Posted by Zonk on Friday December 09, @05:05PM
from the missing-the-point dept.
dolphinlover writes “Craig Barrett, Intel Corporation chairman believes that the $100 laptop computers to be manufactured by the MIT media lab run by Nicholas Negroponte beginning in early 2006 are merely ‘gadgets’, making them unattractive to consumers who will be disappointed by their ‘limited range of programs’.” From the article: “Negroponte said at their launch in November the new machines would be sold to governments for schoolchildren at $100 a device but the general public would have to pay around $200 — still much cheaper than the machines using Intel’s chips. But Barrett said similar schemes in the past elsewhere in the world had failed and users would not be satisfied with the new machine’s limited range of programs.”

FreeBSD 6.0 Released

Posted by Zonk on Fri Nov 04, ’05 11:38 AM
from the friday-downloading dept.
Reyad Attiyat writes FreeBSD 6.0 is ready for release! New features, and there are lots, can be reviewed at the official site. One of the biggest and most anticipated features (mentioned before on Slashdot) is wireless support, which has been greatly improved upon. This includes support for a lot more cards, WAP support, and integration into the dhcpd client. This release comes only mere days off NetBSD’s release and an OpenBSD release. Version 6.0 was intended to be released way back in August but due to a number of factors it had to be delayed till now. Aside from this major release the FreeBSD project has also had some major changes, including most recently a new logo and also a brand new website.”

Apache 2.2.0 Released

Posted by CowboyNeal on Thursday December 01, @11:12PM
from the whole-new-bag dept.
ikewillis writes “According to an announcement on, Apache 2.2.0 has been released. From the announcement: ‘This version of Apache is a major release and the start of a new stable branch. New features include Smart Filtering, Improved Caching, AJP Proxy, Proxy Load Balancing, Graceful Shutdown support, Large File Support, the Event MPM, and refactored Authentication/Authorization.’ View the ChangeLog or check out the new feature list.”