Historical Software Archive lets you use vintage software in your browser

The Internet Archive’s new Historical Software Archive brings old software to your browser through the magic of JSMESS emulation.

The Internet Archive has protected and preserved old software for a while now; archivist Jason Scott claimed back in April that the organization possessed the largest historical software collection in the world.

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Software is so transient, though. It’s sometimes hard to get a program from 2003 to run on a modern machine, let alone a program from 1983. For most people it wouldn’t be worth the trouble to, as the Internet Archive puts it, “track down the hardware and media to run [old software], or download and install emulators and acquire/install cartridge or floppy images as you boot up the separate emulator program, outside of the browser.”

An easier way
The Historical Software Archive, announced Friday, changes that. There’s no need to fuss with stand-alone emulators. Instead, the Internet Archive runs MESS (short for Multi Emulator Super System) with Javascript in Chrome, Firefox, Safari — any modern browser.

“Turning computer history into a one-click experience bridges the gap between understanding these older programs and making them available in a universal fashion,” says the Internet Archive’s announcement. “Acquisition, for a library, is not enough — accessibility is where knowledge and lives change for the better.”

Of course, this isn’t the first time someone has emulated old software in a browser. Look around the Internet, and you’ll find plenty of sites that allow you to play Gameboy and SNES games.

The difference, presumably, is twofold. One is that the Historical Software Archive is for all types of software — not just games. Go ahead and check out Apple Presents the IIc, a series of instructional guides that introduced users to their new computer. Then make a spreadsheet in VisiCalc, the 1979 Apple II program that pioneered the computer spreadsheet.

The second difference is legality. The Internet Archive is a reputable organization with a clean website and a name you can trust. That site where you found all those Nintendo ROMs? Yeah, not so much.

The unfortunate problem with legality, however, is it limits your scope. Hopefully more developers will open up their software for emulation through the archive, as it has the potential to make preservation more than an academic exercise. The full list is only 28 programs for now, but expect that number to grow soon.

For now you can always play E.T., the Atari game that reputedly caused the video game industry to crash and burn in 1983 — and you can understand why E.T. caused the video game industry to crash. Spoiler: it’s abysmal.

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Fiat lowers 2013 earnings targets

MILAN (AP) — Italian carmaker Fiat, which controls Chrysler LLC, has lowered its 2013 earnings targets after reporting a third-quarter loss it blamed on Europe’s weak market.

The mass-market carmaker on Wednesday said it had made a loss of 15 million euros (20 million euros), down from a restated 30 million-euro loss in the same period last year. Net profit including assets not wholly owned by Fiat rose 10 percent to euros 189 million, from 171 million euros in the same period last year.

Without Chrysler, Fiat would have lost 247 million euros.

Fiat lowered its 2013 profit forecasts to a range starting at 900 million euros, instead of 1.2 billion euros. Fiat shares were trading down 4.5 percent at 5.58 euros.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/fiat-lowers-2013-earnings-targets-152016175–finance.html
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Reports: Google close to manufacturing a smartwatch

Google could be a few months away from mass production of a smartwatch, a move that would put it in competition with vendors Pebble Technology, Sony, and Samsung Electronics, according to media reports. Apple is widely expected to enter the fray soon as well.

Smartwatches can typically run simple applications by themselves, but are most useful when paired with a smartphone over a low-power Bluetooth link, allowing them to relay information from the phone’s applications and Internet connection.

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Samsung launched its Galaxy Gear, a companion device for its most recent Galaxy smartphones, last month while the Sony SmartWatch is already on its second version. The Pebble, featuring an e-paper screen, made it to market after its designers raised US$10 million via crowdfunding site Kickstarter in May 2012. Apple, too, is rumored to be working on a smartwatch.

Google has almost completed development of its smartwatch and is negotiating with Asian companies to manufacture it, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The device will run Android, and will connect to Android phones to pull information from Google Now, the search engine’s personalized information service.

Existing smartwatches have been criticized for needing frequent charging, and Google has been working to extend the battery life of its smartwatch, the Journal reported.

Samsung’s Gear will run for a day or two between charges, reviewers say. Its main competitors fare better, but neither run for more than a week: Sony’s SmartWatch 2 lasts three to four days, while the Pebble’s manufacturer says it will run for five to seven days.

Google already has some experience with wearable computing devices, as it works with developers and early adopters to find uses for Google Glass. The head-mounted device has a forward-facing camera, a microphone, an earpiece and a tiny heads-up display, all connected to a miniature computer running Android, and needs to be linked to a smartphone via Bluetooth to gather data from the Internet.

Source: http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/reports-google-close-manufacturing-smartwatch-229717?source=rss_mobile_technology
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Craig in Cardinals lineup for Game 5

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Allen Craig is part of a revised St. Louis Cardinals lineup for Game 5 of the World Series and playing first base for the first time in the postseason.

Craig was inserted in place of Matt Adams and batting sixth in a straight switch against Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester about two hours before the first pitch Monday night.

Craig hasn’t played defensively since Sept. 4 when he sprained a ligament in his left foot. He scored the winning run in Game 3 on an obstruction call.

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Defense rescues Denver in 45-21 win over Redskins

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) stiff arms Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe (95) in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) stiff arms Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe (95) in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Denver Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (45) returns an interception for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Denver. The Broncos won 45-21. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) lays on the turf after a hit by the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Denver. Griffin left the game after the play. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) watches from the sidelines as the Denver Broncos celebrate a fourth quarter touchdown during an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

Washington Redskins Mike Shanahan watches play against the Denver Broncos from the sidelines in the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

(AP) — In an unexpected twist, Peyton Manning was the one who needed some bailing out.

On a day when the Denver Broncos quarterback threw three interceptions and lost a fumble, Von Miller and the defense stepped up in a 45-21 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

The much-maligned defensive unit — last in the league against the pass — harassed Robert Griffin III all afternoon. The Broncos (7-1) forced five turnovers and showed signs of rounding back into form, with Miller recording his first sack since coming back from his six-game suspension a week ago.

As they head into their bye week, Manning and his high-flying offense are having some issues. Hard to believe for an offense averaging 42.8 points — the most through eight games in NFL history.

After the contest, Manning said he felt bad for putting his defense in a bind time after time against Washington (2-5).

“We really put our team in a tough spot,” said Manning, who threw for 354 yards and four TDs. “I don’t think frustrated is the word. I think determined is the word, to overcome those mistakes.”

The defense certainly made big plays to overcome them. Chris Harris, Rahim Moore, Shaun Phillips and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie all had interceptions. Rodgers-Cromartie capped the win when he picked off a pass from backup Kirk Cousins and high-stepped his way into the end zone for a 75-yard score to close Denver’s game-ending 38-0 run.

The Broncos spoiled the homecoming of Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, who made his return to the place where he spent 14 seasons and led the Broncos to their only two Super Bowl titles. He was honored before the game with a video tribute and a warm ovation from the fans.

The Redskins had a 21-7 lead early in the third quarter. Then, the fun was over for Denver’s ex-coach.

“They kind of took control,” Shanahan said. “So, credit Denver for finding a way to play well after they were down 21-7. It’s disappointing we couldn’t get that rhythm going ourselves.”

As the Broncos head into their off week, and the Redskins try to get back on track next week against San Diego, here are five things to keep in mind:

PEYTON’S RECORD RUN: Manning is on pace to throw for 5,838 yards and 58 touchdowns, both of which would shatter NFL records. Not bad for a 37-year-old quarterback who missed his first regular-season practice as a Bronco last week with an injured ankle. He didn’t offer much about that ankle after Sunday’s game, other than to say he knows there’s always a lot of speculation when he’s injured. “I’m going to go on the injured report starting now under ‘body,’ and keep me there all season,” he quipped.

RG3 STILL LEARNING: A week after leading the Redskins on a game-winning touchdown drive against Chicago, Griffin showed he’s far from a finished product. He missed open receivers, made poor decisions, threw two interceptions and, finally, left after tweaking his knee, though he said it wasn’t serious. His worst sequence came after Denver tied the game at 21 when he threw three straight incompletions, including one ball thrown behind an open receiver and another that flew about 70 yards in the air — showing off his prodigious arm but coming nowhere close to being complete.

VON’S A FACTOR: After being shut down for the better part of his first seven quarters back from suspension, Miller made a big play. He beat his man and got behind Griffin, getting the sack and forcing a fumble that teammate Derek Wolfe recovered. It led to a short field and the Broncos got a field goal to take a 31-21 lead.

‘D’ SHOWS UP: The Broncos’ defense has been maligned for giving up lots of yards. On Sunday, it changed things around. Only 266 yards allowed, and only 154 passing. This was the league’s last-ranked pass defense coming in, but that will probably change. It also debunks the idea, advanced by many in the Denver locker room this season, that teams that score a lot and take big leads are destined to always give up lots of garbage points and yards.

REDSKINS CAN RUN: While the Redskins were taking their two-touchdown lead, they controlled time of possession and field position with the help of running backs Alfred Morris and Roy Helu. Those two combined for 104 yards on 22 carries, proving the Redskins can be productive on the ground without depending on Griffin’s legs. But after the Broncos tied the game at 21, the Redskins called passes on five of the next six plays for a total of eight yards and a sack and lost fumble. When that stretch was over, the Redskins were down 10 and had to pretty much abandon the ground game.

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AP National Writer Eddie Pells contributed to this report.

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Google Sound Search lands in Canada [Update: not anymore]

What's this song?

Update: Looks like things have reverted back, and the Sound Search widget is once again unavailable in Canada.

Original story: Though they're still unable to stream from Google Play Music, Canadians now have the ability to use Google's Sound Search widget to identify music. The widget works on home screens and lock screens, and uses your phone or tablet's microphones to match what's playing against Google's vast library of music. (The same library still unavailable in Canada.)

Strangely, MobileSyrup reports that asking Google Now "What's this song" still returns an error message in Canada, while the standalone widget works as expected.

Would it be overly optimistic to think Sound Search's launch in Canada might signal the arrival of more Google music content for Canadians in the near future? Who knows, but surely it's about time.

Source: MobileSyrup

    



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