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Some News from this Week

This past week, my school has been on spring break. I’ve been catching up on the news whenever I get a chance, but haven’t had a chance to do much writing. Nonetheless, here are some of the more choice news stories you should check out, should you have missed them:

The XP-Factor

Peter Bright, in a recent article for Wired, shares that Windows XP still has 29% of the total computer operating system share. Not good news, considering that Microsoft will be dropping support for XP after April 8.

Time Magazine Website Redesign

Time Magazine has redesigned their website to feature a more simple, clean layout. I’m also a fan of the new “Just Posted” sidebar on the left.

Putt-Putt Perfection

Did you know there is a difference between putt-putt and miniature golf? The latter is what I’ve been playing on summer nights for the past 15 years, but the former is a legitament form of competition — sans any clowns or windmill cutouts. Earlier this week, Grantland writer, David Jacoby, wrote up a great piece:

On April 9, 2011, at a tournament in Richmond, Virginia, an IT manager named Rick Baird notched 18 straight hole-in-one shots to record a perfect putt-putt score. In more than 50 years of sanctioned competition, it was just the third time that anyone had achieved the feat.

Kan’t Brew That

Interesting news for fans of the Kuerig coffee-brewing machine, manufactured by Green Mountain Coffee. Robinson Meyer for The Atlantic:

[Green Mountain Coffee has] historically operated on a razor blade model: Its Keurig business makes real money not by selling machine brewers but by selling K-Cups. Now cheaper competitors have moved in. They sell inexpensive one-off cups and reusable, extensible cups—threatening the company’s business on both sides.

To help fight the reusable-cup market, the next version of Kuerig will only brew your coffee if an actual K-Cup is inserted.

FlyBook

The New York Times is reporting that Facebook is looking to acquire Titan Aerospace, a drone manufacturer. Why would Facebook want drones? The most likely reason would be to help Zuckerberg further his recent efforts with Internet.org, which describes itself as “a global partnership dedicated to making internet access available to the two thirds of the world not yet connected.”

Friday, 7 March 2014