Big news in the physics world this week. We can only imagine what Dr. Sheldon Cooper would have to say about all of this. Plus, news about when you can get your hands on Windows 8 and for how much. And a whole lot more, including our app and nerd history of the week.
Mobile App of the Week:
- Speedtest.net by Ookla, for iOS wifi speed testing
- July 4 fireworks in 15 seconds, not 20 minutes,
- Microsoft is discontinuing Windows Home Server. So if you were using it for home backups, it might be time to look for another solution.
- Windows 8 here in time for the holidays. The upgrade will cost you $40.
- Google is putting an end to iGoogle. Read our blog post with more details, including our disappointment with the move.
- Big changes in Twitter search.
- Andy Griffith (86) and Ernest Borgnine (95) both passed away in the past week. Celebrity deaths usually come in threes. In case you’re wondering, you can check to see if Abe Vigoda is still alive at his very own web site.
- A mashup video of all 135 space shuttle launches at the same time.
- What is the news about Higgs Boson all about? See a good explanation here.
- How about a picture of the shadow of an atom?
This Week in Nerd History:
- July 11,1798 – The United States Marine Corps is re-established; they had been disbanded after the American Revolutionary War.
- July 2, 1928 – the first TV broadcast in Maryland.
- July 10, 1962 – Telstar, the world’s first communications satellite, is launched into orbit.