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Winamp 5.552 Build 2458 + KeyGen

Winamp 5.552 Build 2458 + KeyGen

Winamp - is the most popular media to date. The program allows you to work with files in the formats MP3, OGG, AAC, WAV, MOD, XM, S3M, IT, MIDI, etc., supports video (AVI, ASF, MPEG, NSV), has a large number of settings and parameters capable of changing skin, has a good visualization module, a med

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Nanomagical Material Can Make Nuclear Reactors Safer

Nanomagical Material Can Make Nuclear Reactors Safer

Fighting cancer or making nuclear reactors that constantly self-repair themselves, helping to avoid the possibility of another Chernobyl. Clearly, nanotechnology will either save Earth or convert us into Borgs. Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists are betting on the first option. Their ne

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Why Alcohol Is Good For You

Why Alcohol Is Good For You

It's one of those medical anomalies that nobody can really explain: Longitudinal studies have consistently shown that people who don't consume any alcohol at all tend to die before people who do. At first glance, this makes little sense. Why would ingesting a psychoactive toxin that increases our

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Wrist-Worn, Flexible OLED Out in the Wild

Wrist-Worn, Flexible OLED Out in the Wild

The Universal Display Corporation (UDC) have themselves a wrist-worn, flexible OLED prototype that they built with support from the US Department of Defense. As you can see, the 4-inch screen looks a bit too unwieldy for practical use in the field, but the UDC believes that this technology wil

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Lenovo IdeaCentre 600: Thinnest (Hottest?) All-in-One PC on the Block

Lenovo IdeaCentre 600: Thinnest (Hottest?) All-in-One PC on the Block

Lenovo's IdeaCentre 600 is a pretty splashy debut: Its first ever all-in-one is a simple curved slab that's supposedly the thinnest all-in-one in the industry. Beyond the form factor—which borrows liberally from the new Star Trek and the iMac (the frameless black bezel looks like it was copy

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Disposable Paper Laptops

Disposable Paper Laptops

I quite agree with Je Sung Park when he says that disposable cameras and cell phones have gained acceptance, so why don’t we take the next step and bring out a disposable computer. His Recyclable Paper Laptop is quite a raw version and could do with some refinement. It uses recycled paper or pul

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HTC Rosie Screenshots

HTC Rosie Screenshots

Main Screen: We’ve seen the videos from Haykuro’s HTC Hero ROM and apparently the brand new UI is called “Rosie”. The upcoming June 24th HTC Event flyer shows a hipster laying in the grass with a rose laying on his chest, further proof that the issue at hand will be the announcement of the

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Twitter gets hacked...again

Twitter gets hacked...again

Over the Easter weekend, Twitter fell victim to yet another attack against the micro-blogging service. This time the attacker was 17 year old Mikeyy Mooney, who claims full responsibility for the attack, saying "I am aware of the attack and yes I am behind this attack". The attack was harmless in a

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Google Wants to Kill JPEGs With New WebP Format

Google Wants to Kill JPEGs With New WebP Format

These pictures look the same—but they’re not. Because the sign on the right, hypothetically, takes up nearly 40% less space. That’s the version in WebP, ’s plan to speed up the by slimming down its images.

What is WebP? It’s a new graphics format that Google hopes will make file transfers faster than currently possible with the relatively bulky JPEG standard. WebP, like JPEG, is a method of “lossy compression,” meaning that it doesn’t perfectly reproduce images, but gives you a choice between file size and picture quality. THere are important differences between the two, though, according to Google:

To improve on the compression that JPEG provides, we used an image compressor based on the VP8 codec that Google open-sourced in May 2010. We applied the techniques from VP8 video intra frame coding to push the envelope in still image coding. We also adapted a very lightweight container based on RIFF. While this container format contributes a minimal overhead of only 20 bytes per image, it is extensible to allow authors to save meta-data they would like to store.

According to Google, images make up about 65% of bytes transmitted across the today. Any way to reduce that would be hugely valuable for easing Google’s tremendous network burden. That’s a gigantic “would,” though—JPEG is deeply entrenched on the , and WebP files take about eight times longer to encode. There’s also no browser support yet—which is why our example above is hypothetical.

Of course, native support for Chrome is all but inevitable, which means its presence on other WebKit browsers—like Safari—is equally assured. It’s no easy thing, launching a new file format, but if anyone’s got the scale and the determination to succeed, it’s Google. [Chromium Blog, CNET]

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