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  • The After Math: Facebook finds a new Home, robot hands get cheaper and the Bluths are back

    Welcome to The After Math, where we attempt to summarize this week’s tech news through numbers, decimal places and percentages

    The After Math Facebook finds a new Home, robot hands get cheaper and the Bluths are back

    It’s finally Friday, and while the week kicked off with one too many April 1st efforts, the big news for TAM this week is a release date for the Netflix-exclusive fourth season of Arrested Development. Nothing else should matter, but if you think it does, Facebook finally showed off their new game plan for mobile and HTC appeared from the sidelines with a new phone to house it. According to some, Windows Phone has also started to claim a less embarrassing share of the smartphone market too. We crunch and spit out the numbers after the break.

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  • Boeing 787 completes battery testing, ready for re-evaluation by FAA

    Boeing 787 completes battery certification testing

    Boeing’s Dreamliner finally appears ready for the FAA to give it another shot. After being grounded in January the 787 has undergone numerous tweaks and refinements to improve the safety and reliability of the aircraft. The final test before submitting to the federal regulatory body for commercial approval was this morning’s flight, which included a new battery system built by GS Yuasa Corp. After a roughly two-hour journey that began at 10:39am in Washington, the company reported that the upgraded batteries performed “as intended during normal and non-normal flight conditions.” The next step will be submitting the proposed changes to the FAA, which will then decide if the proposed fixes are enough to return the jet to active duty. A two day hearing is set for April 23rd, at which point the fate of this current incarnation of the 787 will be decided.

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    Source: Bloomberg

  • Google's Blink engine (gently) hints at a more streamlined future for Chrome

    Google's Blink engine gently hints at a more streamlined future for Chrome

    Word that Google had decided to fork WebKit and build its own rendering engine is still echoing through the spidery halls of the internet. The true ramifications aren’t entirely clear yet, but Opera has pledged to embrace Blink and WebKit is already talking about removing Chrome-specific code from its repositories. This doesn’t necessarily indicate a seismic shift in the industry, but it certainly suggests that we won’t be looking at a world so thoroughly dominated by the direct descendant of KHTML. At least at first, the new entrant won’t actually deviate much from WebKit. Primarily the focus will be on stripping away unnecessary code and files to streamline the rendering engine specifically for Chrome. Obviously, this won’t prevent other developers from using Blink, since the project is open source. But Google has been pretty up front about the rationale behind the fork — the multi-process architecture favored by Chromium-based projects is quite different than that used in other WebKit browsers. This has, to put it in the plainest terms possible, kinda gummed up the works.

    Blink is about 10 weeks away from landing in the stable version of Chrome (it’s expected to be turned on by default in version 28), but it’s already available as part of the Canary build. We downloaded the experimental browser and spent some time with it in an effort to identify what, if anything, was different. Keep reading after the break to find out just what Google has bought by shedding some of WebKit’s baggage.

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  • Editor's Letter: The social smartphone

    In each issue of Distro, editor-in-chief Tim Stevens publishes a wrap-up of the week in news.

    DNP Editor's Letter The social smartphone

    There’s a good chance 2011’s HTC Status, with its portrait QWERTY layout and dedicated Facebook button, never found its way into your social network. That last attempt at the mythical Facebook phone failed to garner much praise, but if social networks gave up so easily, well, we’d all still be using MySpace. HTC and Facebook are at it again, this week launching the $99 First, exclusively on AT&T in the US.

    Yes, it’s a name every commenter could love (or hate)

    Yes, it’s a name every commenter could love (or hate), a title cheekily reminiscent of the HTC One. This, though, is a rather different device, aiming more toward the mid-range and relying on some serious social integration to make it stand out. It’s the first phone running the Facebook Home interface, which will be available on many devices starting on April 12th. It delivers a far more comprehensive Facebook experience than the previous apps have managed, and intriguingly Zuckerberg himself said that Home is “the next version of Facebook.” The end of the web? Stay tuned.

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