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Linux Foundation takes over Xen, enlists Amazon in war to rule the cloud

The Linux Foundation has taken control of the open source Xen virtualization platform and enlisted a dozen industry giants in a quest to be the leading software for building cloud networks.

The 10-year-old Xen hypervisor was formerly a community project sponsored by Citrix, much as the Fedora operating system is a community project sponsored by Red Hat. Citrix was looking to place Xen into a vendor-neutral organization, however, and the Linux Foundation move was announced today. The list of companies that will “contribute to and guide the Xen Project” is impressive, including Amazon Web Services, AMD, Bromium, Calxeda, CA Technologies, Cisco, Citrix, Google, Intel, Oracle, Samsung, and Verizon.

Amazon is perhaps the most significant name on that list in regard to Xen. The Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud is likely the most widely used public infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud, and it is built on Xen virtualization. Rackspace’s public cloud also uses Xen. Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin noted in his blog that Xen “is being deployed in public IaaS environments by some of the world’s largest companies.”

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How to Awaken Your Lawn from Its Winter Slumber

Whether your lawn is the emerald crown jewel of the neighborhood or has more brown spots than a cheetah, now is the time to give your yard a spring cleaning. If you’re just trying to get rid of the dead spots or starting over from scratch, here’s what you’ll need to do to ensure your yard stays lush—or at least alive—for another year. More »

    



Dell U3014 LCD Review

In the last year, 27” 1440p displays went from being really high end in the monitor food chain to becoming close to commodity items that you buy off EBay for cheap from random vendors. It seems that there is a bit of a shift in the high-end display market, where previously resolution was dictating the upper echelon but now as we wait for 4K displays, or retina-style PPI displays on the desktop, it’s other features that are dictating what costs more.

The newest reference display from Dell is the U3014, which takes the place of the U3011. It retains the same 2560×1600 resolution of a 30” display, but adds a few more notable features including DisplayPort chaining, USB 3.0 support, uniformity correction, and most notably is one of the first LED-backlit displays with an AdobeRGB gamut. Looking only at the specs, this looks like a monitor aiming for the NEC and Eizo users out there, but does it reach those standards?

Dell U3014 LCD Review

In the last year, 27” 1440p displays went from being really high end in the monitor food chain to becoming close to commodity items that you buy off EBay for cheap from random vendors. It seems that there is a bit of a shift in the high-end display market, where previously resolution was dictating the upper echelon but now as we wait for 4K displays, or retina-style PPI displays on the desktop, it’s other features that are dictating what costs more.

The newest reference display from Dell is the U3014, which takes the place of the U3011. It retains the same 2560×1600 resolution of a 30” display, but adds a few more notable features including DisplayPort chaining, USB 3.0 support, uniformity correction, and most notably is one of the first LED-backlit displays with an AdobeRGB gamut. Looking only at the specs, this looks like a monitor aiming for the NEC and Eizo users out there, but does it reach those standards?

Dell U3014 LCD Review

In the last year, 27” 1440p displays went from being really high end in the monitor food chain to becoming close to commodity items that you buy off EBay for cheap from random vendors. It seems that there is a bit of a shift in the high-end display market, where previously resolution was dictating the upper echelon but now as we wait for 4K displays, or retina-style PPI displays on the desktop, it’s other features that are dictating what costs more.

The newest reference display from Dell is the U3014, which takes the place of the U3011. It retains the same 2560×1600 resolution of a 30” display, but adds a few more notable features including DisplayPort chaining, USB 3.0 support, uniformity correction, and most notably is one of the first LED-backlit displays with an AdobeRGB gamut. Looking only at the specs, this looks like a monitor aiming for the NEC and Eizo users out there, but does it reach those standards?

Dell U3014 LCD Review

In the last year, 27” 1440p displays went from being really high end in the monitor food chain to becoming close to commodity items that you buy off EBay for cheap from random vendors. It seems that there is a bit of a shift in the high-end display market, where previously resolution was dictating the upper echelon but now as we wait for 4K displays, or retina-style PPI displays on the desktop, it’s other features that are dictating what costs more.

The newest reference display from Dell is the U3014, which takes the place of the U3011. It retains the same 2560×1600 resolution of a 30” display, but adds a few more notable features including DisplayPort chaining, USB 3.0 support, uniformity correction, and most notably is one of the first LED-backlit displays with an AdobeRGB gamut. Looking only at the specs, this looks like a monitor aiming for the NEC and Eizo users out there, but does it reach those standards?

A Flow Chart Explaining All Time Travel in Movies

Ever wonder how the time travel theories in one movie line up with every other movie about time travel? Here’s a pretty great flowchart that susses out exactly which type of of temporal chaos a movie wreaks. Although even with this thing, I still don’t know what the heck was going on in Twelve Monkeys. [Mr. Dalliard via ILoveCharts via LaughingSquid] More »

    



Two publications confirm: yep, Apple still making more iPhones

Come close, I have an iPhone secret

Breaking: Apple continues to work on new devices and software. That’s the message that can be gleaned from two separate reports published by Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal Monday morning. Both publications cite people “familiar with the situation” to report that Foxconn plants in China have been hiring workers for the next-generation iPhone, which is expected to be released later this year.

“We have been very busy recently as we will start mass-producing the new iPhone soon,” said an unnamed Foxconn executive speaking to the WSJ.

According to the two publications, Foxconn has been adding 10,000 new assembly line jobs a week since the end of March, though the company would not comment on how many extra workers it typically needs for iPhone production. Neither outlet offers any new details about the device or devices to be produced—recent rumors have suggested that Apple may be working on multiple new phones (including one lower-cost iPhone).

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This Lab-Grown Kidney Can Keep Rats—And Maybe Even You—Alive

For the first time ever, a whole lab-grown kidney has been successfully transplanted into a rat, where it allowed the creature to process urine like a really kidney would—and it could someday save your life. More »

    



YouTube Celebrate 57 Years of VCR With an Analog Video Mode

Do not adjust your computer screens. There’s no problem with YouTube, other than the fact that it’s getting a little misty eyed—by choosing to celebrate the 57th anniversary of the VCR with a little added analog character on its digital videos. More »