In today's Remainders: news that's breaking. Boxee Beta is available on Apple TV; Symbian^4 rears its ugly head; analysts analyze things and predict cheaper iPhones; Carly Simon reveals who was so vain; and a nation-sized iceberg breaks free in Antarctica.
Boxee On Your Apple Boxy
According to the Boxee blog, Boxee Beta is now available on Apple TV. If you had the Alpha version installed you can just update the Launcher, but if you're going in fresh you'll need to go through the atvusb-creator and then follow these instructions. H.264 playback is improved but still doesn't have the benefit of hardware acceleration. More bad news: no Crystal HD support, yet, though the forums are already clamoring so there's always hope for the next update. [Engadget]
At the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics conference in Seattle—sounds like a ton of fun, doesn't it?—IBM announced a new algorithm that allows machines to process data at crazyfast speeds, reportedly reducing the cost of the dealing with gigantic sets of data by an order of two magnitudes. In a test, the new algorithm crunched through 9TB of data—a process that would normally take about a day—in about the time it'd take to watch one episode of Seinfeld sans commercials. Fast! IBM's being tight-lipped with the details so no one's quite sure how or where the improvements were made, but they seem pretty darn excited about it in their press release. So fast, so furious. [Seattle Times]
Symbian^3 isn't even supposed to show up until sometime in the fall, but today videos showing a development version of Symbian^4 cropped up and they are none too exciting. You get some transition animations, some largely uninspired widgets, a droopy Dali clock and not much else. Don't worry too much, though—Symbian^4 won't be cropping up in its final version for another year or so. That leaves plenty of time for improvement. [SlashGear]