Microsoft’s New Browser Will Be Called Edge
Microsoft has announced a final name for its new browser for Windows 10. During the technical preview of Windows 10, it’s been known as Project Spartan, but when Windows 10 is released, it will be called Microsoft Edge.
The logo for the new browser will look familiar, very similar to the Internet Explorer logo. The name makes sense, people are used to looking for that big, blue E to go online and this offers some consistency.
Google Extends Chrome Support In XP
Google is extending its support for the Chrome Browser in Windows XP to the end of 2015. The Company had originally intended to offer Chrome support for a year after the end of Microsoft’s support for XP in April of 2014, but has now decided to keep it up until the end of the year.
Now, this only means that Google is still working on patches for issues in Chrome in XP, they can’t fix any problems with the XP operating system itself. In fact, in the post announcing the extension of support, the company said, “At the operating system level, computers running XP are inherently in danger of being infected by malware and viruses, making it increasingly difficult for Chrome to provide a secure browsing environment. That’s why we strongly encourage everyone to update to a supported, secure operating system. “
Google may be hoping that many users will make the switch to Windows 10 this fall. It’s estimated that between 10 and 20 percent of computers are still running XP.
Smart Pants Could Keep You From Walking into Things
There may be help on the way for people so buried in their phone screens that they walk into poles and holes. Thousands of injuries every year are caused by distracted walking, now some researchers have come up with a way to steer walkers clear of obstacles: smart pants. They describe the pants as “cruise control for pedestrians.” Electrical stimulation in the pants would actually activate your muscles and physically steer you out of the way. You wouldn’t even have to interrupt your texting to think about moving your leg.
The system would work in conjunction with a smartphone app using its location capabilities to steer the walker. In addition to protecting distracted walkers, a system of this kind could be an amazing help to the visually impaired. Right now it’s still in the experimental stage.
L.A. Schools Want Millions In Refunds From Apple
Los Angeles Schools are demanding millions of dollars in refunds from Apple because of problems with an iPad-based curriculum implemented by the school system. It’s part of a billion dollar program by the school district that was called a “civil-rights imperative” to provide low-income students with the same technology enjoyed by kids from middle and upper-class backgrounds.
The district selected an English and Math curriculum from a company called Pearson based on some samples of a proposed curriculum and the district purchased over 120,000 iPads. It turns out that the vast majority of the schools in the program ended up not even using the curriculum. The district cites poor instructions and tech support for the apps as well as poor design as the major issues.
The district is also threatening to sue Lenovo, who also provided devices to be used in the program. Although the issues seem to be with the company that provided the curriculum and not with the hardware, the district has decided to pursue refunds from the manufacturers as well.