Google has finally commented on its mysterious barges floating near San Francisco and Portland, Me. Reports have speculated that the barges could be floating data centers, traveling Google Glass stores or showrooms with party decks. On Wednesday, Google issued its first statement on the matter, hinting that the barges are showrooms for new technology, which could include Glass.
According to a new report, Apple Stores in several countries around the world will have reduced hours later this month. Apple Stores everywhere from China to Canada to Italy report that they'll have special hours, including early closing times, starting on November 15. The shortened hours appear to be staggered. It's not clear why Apple, which plans to launch the new iPad Mini with Retina this month and the Mac Pro in December, is holding special hours at so many stores around the world.
Swiss scientists say Yasser Arafat ingested radioactive polonium, most probably as a result of a deliberate poisoning. The Swiss lab examined Arafat's remains and his underclothes and a travel bag that he had with him in the days before his death in a Paris hospital and found that the polonium and lead amounts could not be naturally occurring. Palestinian officials accuse Israel of poisoning him, a claim Israel denies. The timeframe of his illness and death were also consistent with polonium poisoning, they said. The Palestinian leader died in November 2004.
Mozilla has a new way to persuade people to use the Android version of its Firefox browser: get hardware makers to preinstall it. On Thursday, Mozilla announced that new Kobo Arc tablets and the Gigabyte GSmart Simba SX1 smartphone will have the non-profit organization's mobile browser built in.