It seems that Samsung will be sticking with their usual ways with the third iteration of the Galaxy Note. While it’s been rumored that the phablet-style smartphone would sport a new aluminum design, as well as a flexible AMOLED display, it’s been recently tipped that the Korean company will stick with its plastic design used
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As if bringing the Nook HD and HD+ access to Google Play this week wasn’t already a sweet deal, Barnes & Noble is temporarily slashing the prices for its two reading-focused tablets. The reductions will last until the end of Mother’s Day, putting the 7-inch Nook HD 8GB at $ 149 and the 16GB at $ 179 (a $ 50 discount), with the 9-inch HD+ set at $ 179 for 16GB and $ 209 for 32GB ($ 90 off). Compared to other options like the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 tablets, it may be enough to make up for the lack of cameras, and also the UI shortcomings. Check out our reviews of the HD and HD+ if you’re interest is piqued, and hit up the source link if you’d like to snag one. Full press release after the break.
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Source: Barnes & Noble
Sites like Kickstarter have been used to crowdfund a wide range of projects, but I don’t think they’ve ever done what Synergist is attempting today — they’ve never crowdfunded themselves.
The site was founded by 17-year-old Jared Kleinert, who described Synergist as a mix of crowdsourcing and crowdfunding for social enterprises (i.e., organizations that aim to do good, rather than make money, but apply commercial strategies to achieve those aims). The funding mechanism is pretty similar to Kickstarter — projects need to reach their funding target in order to receive any money, and the money is given for rewards, not equity. But Kleinert emphasized that the fundraising is really only a small part of the process.
In an effort to speed up an already contested $ 20.1 billion merger, Softbank and Sprint have reportedly agreed not to use Huawei network equipment within the US carrier’s existing network. In fact, the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Mike Rogers, recently told The New York Times that the two outfits have pledged to remove Huawei hardware from Clearwire’s network, too. These promises are likely a reaction to Congress’ security concerns, which saw Huawei exiled from America’s first responder network back in October. While Rogers is happy with Softbank and Sprint’s new game plan, this deal is far from done. The two firms still need to make it past the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US, which reviews national security risks connected to business transactions. Until then, Dan Hesse may wanna hold off on any extra curricular activities.
Via: The Register
Source: The New York Times
AT&T is finally set to launch its Digital Life home automation service, and it’s ready to do so in a big way. Initially planned for just eight markets, the telephony giant has expanded its coverage to 15 starting this spring, with the hope of 50 by the end of the year. Essentially a way to monitor your home, Digital Life packages may include live video, the ability to remotely toggle the light on and off, change the thermostat, unlock the door and more. Customers are able to set up programs and alerts via smartphone or tablet applications or the web. AT&T should bring some heavy clout to the home automation party, though it won’t be the first big-name communications company to do so. For more information on Digital Life and what it offers, have a peek at the source below.
Still nervous about trading in your gas guzzler for an electric carriage? The European Commission wants you to cast your eyes on the Volar-e, a high performance EV prototype designed specifically to garner attention. Designed and built by Applus IDIADA, the Volar-e boasts 1,000 horses driven by four independently controlled electric motors, a regenerative breaking system and the ability to juice up in under twenty minutes. The prototype — which was built in only four months — saw its first public outing this week at Circuit de Catalunya, in Spain, giving onlookers at peek at what its four driving modes can do.
The company didn’t specify what differentiates the vehicles Eco, Dynamic, Racing and Wet modes, but did go out of its way to highlight the Volar-e’s acceleration and top speed: 62mph in 3.4 seconds and 186 mph. The European Commission says the vehicle is built to promote electric vehicles to European markets, standing as a reference point to category’s potential. Cool? Sure, but with performance like that, we can’t imagine the Volar-e will do much to calm our range anxiety. Check out the prototype racer in action after the break.
Via: Motor Authority
Finnish company Jolla and its CEO Marc Dillon are hoping to convince consumers that buying a new smartphone isn't just about the number of cores available and the size of the screen when the company later this year releases the first smartphone based on the Sailfish OS.
Through its new Smart Plan platform, Alcatel-Lucent wants to make mobile subscription plans more flexible and allow data packages to be shared among users and handed out by companies to their customers using an application on smartphones and tablets.
tsamsoniw writes “In the wake of the most recent zero-day attacks exploiting Flash Player, Adobe claims that it’s worked hard to make Player secure — and that most SWF exploits stem from users opening infected Office docs attached to emails. The company has a solution, though: A forthcoming version of Flash Player will detect when it’s being launched from Office and will present users with a dialog box with vague warnings of a potential threat.”
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Atari Inc. has filed for bankruptcy protection, looking to separate from its not-so-profitable French owners and pitch for independent funding. In the process, the elder statesman of gaming has secured $ 5.25 million of debtor-in-possession financing and will aim to sell assets, including its famous logo (which is already licensed out) and games like Pong, Asteroid and Tempest, in the next 90 to 120 days. In the last few years, Atari Inc. has shifted its focus from traditional retail gaming to digital titles and licensing, with mobile platforms proving especially lucrative for the parent company, Atari SA. The gaming arm is aiming for a return to former glory and, it hopes, the chance to go another 40 years.
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Iconic Brand Seeks to Restructure and Secure Independent Capital for Future
Today Atari Inc., Atari Interactive Inc., Humongous, Inc. and California US Holdings, Inc. (collectively, the “Companies”) filed petitions for relief under chapter 11 of the United States
Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern
District of New York. With this move, the U.S.-based Atari operations seek to
separate from the structural financial encumbrances of their French parent
holding company, Atari S.A. (formerly Infogrames S.A.) and secure independent
capital for future growth, primarily in the areas of digital and mobile games.
Within the next 90-120 days, the Companies expect to effectuate a sale of all,
or substantially all, of their assets in a “sale free and clear” under section
363 of the Bankruptcy Code or to confirm plans of reorganization that accomplish
substantially the same result. These assets include not only one of the most
widely recognized brand logos, which is familiar to 90% of Americans, according
to a recent survey, but also legendary game titles including Pong, Asteroids,
Centipede, Missile Command, Battlezone and Tempest. Other recognized brands
include Test Drive, Backyard Sportsand Humongous.
Under current management, Atari Inc. has shifted its business from traditional
retail games to digital games and licensing with an increased focus on
developing mobile games based on some of Atari’s most iconic and enduring
franchises. With these moves, the company has added new revenue models,
including digital download and advertising. As a result, Atari Inc. has become a
growth engine for Atari S.A., which in turn has reported consecutive annual
profits in 2011 and 2012.
The company has recently launched a slew of chart-topping titles for iOS and
Android mobile platforms, including Atari Greatest Hits, Outlaw, Breakout and
Asteroids Gunner. The company has previously announced upcoming mobile and
tablet games based upon the popular Rollercoaster Tycoon franchise and Atari
The Chapter 11 process constitutes the most strategic option for Atari’s U.S.
operations, as they look to preserve their inherent value and unlock revenue
potential unrealized while under the control of Atari S.A. During this period,
the company expects to conduct its normal business operations.
The U.S. companies are also seeking approval to obtain $ 5.25 million in
debtor-in-possession financing from one or more funds managed by Tenor Capital
Management, a firm specializing in convertible arbitrage and special situations.
Each unit has filed a number of traditional “first-day” pleadings, which are
intended to minimize any disruption of their day-to-day operations.
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Advanced materials and smart design could lower turbine blade costs by 40 percent.
GE hopes to make wind turbines far cheaper, and open up new ways to design them, by ditching the stiff fiberglass blades it uses now in favor of turbine blades made out of fabric. GE says the project, which recently received nearly $ 4 million from the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy, could lower wind turbine blade costs by 40 percent.
A team of former NASA executives is launching a private venture to send people to the moon for a price that is definitely out of this world.
Facebook’s proposed policy tweaks are about to have their day in the polls — not that the social network’s users have much of a chance of shooting them down. Facebook’s current governance policies allow for a vote on proposed changes when more than 7,000 comments are registered — but denying those changes requires a staggering 30 percent of the network’s one billion active users. Ready for some quick math? That’s 300 million negative votes — more than twice as many than the total number of ballots cast in the 2012 US presidential election. Facebook’s proposal cuts the voting system out of the site’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, which it says will free it up to explore new ways to involve users in policy changes, such as the new “Ask our Chief Privacy Officer” feature.
The social network’s site governance page also has a new article explaining some of its upcoming policy changes in layman’s terms, which eases readers into the language it uses to describe how it shares information with affiliates, clarifies user content ownership and promises not to remove certain privacy controls. Facebook users happy with the old system have until December 10th to put America’s voter turnout to shame, though their voices will probably be easier to hear after Facebook abandons its impotent democracy.
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The cleanup efforts at Fukushima’s nuclear facility are been peppered with robotics: packbots, a refitted TALON, even a UAV – but Toshiba figures it could use at least one more. The firm’s contribution is known only as the Quadruped walking robot, and it looks somewhat like Boston Dynamics’ AlphaDog. Shuffling along on four double-jointed legs, the Quadruped can traverse uneven terrain and stairs at 0.6 mph, and is capable of exploring uninhabitable and irradiated areas for two hours before requiring a recharge. A second robot rides on the Quadruped’s back, and can explore tight spaces for up to an hour when tethered to the its mentor. Toshiba is outfitting the duo with cameras and radiation dosimeters, and hopes to use them to help officials survey the damage in the plant’s deadlier corners. Check out the machine’s official press demonstration in the video after the break.
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SharePoint's new application development model has piqued the interest of ISVs and enterprise developers who create applications for Microsoft's enterprise collaboration server.
AMD’s advantage these days most often rests in datacenters that thrive on the chip designer’s love of many-core processors, so it was almost surprising that the company brought its Piledriver architecture to the mainstream before turning to the server room. It’s closing that gap now that the Opteron 6300 is here. The sequel to the 6200 fits into the same sockets and consumes the same energy as its ancestor, but speeds ahead through Piledriver’s newer layout and instructions — if you believe AMD, as much as 24 percent faster in one performance test, 40 percent in performance per watt and (naturally) a better deal for the money than Intel’s Xeon. Whether that’s true or just marketing bluster, there’s a wide spread of chips that range from a quad-core, 3.5GHz example to a 16-core, 2.8GHz beast for massively parallel tasks. Cray, Dell, HP and others plan to boost their servers before long, although the surest proof of the 6300′s success from our perspective may be that everything in the bacrkoom runs just as smoothly as it did yesterday.
Just because Google abandoned its October Android event doesn’t mean it’s left its users out to dry — Hurricane Sandy now has its very own Google Crisis Map. It isn’t the first time Mountain View has lent its mapping tech to folks in harm’s way — survivors of Hurricane Issac used a similar Crisis Map to track the storm, follow public alerts and find shelters. Sandy’s map is no different, providing locals with information on the storm’s path, forecast information, evacuation routes, areas of high wind probability and even links to webcams surrounding affected areas. Google isn’t the only firm lending a hand, either — both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal are lifting site paywalls during the storm, ensuring the public has access to developing news as long as their internet connection doesn’t give out.
Reebok-CCM partnering on impact-sensing flexible sports cap, hopes to improve real-time injury analysis
While the whack of two helmets might be an unavoidable part of some high intensity sports, knowing a little more about what’s going on during those impacts can mean the difference between a time out, and time in hospital. Reebok-CCM Hockey and electronics form MC10 have just announced that they are developing a wearable cap that will register the strength and severity of head impacts during games. The project is actually aimed at all sports and age-groups, and uses high-performance electronics reshaped into an ultra-thin, breathable, flexible system that technology partner, MC10, expects to also be much more affordable. The cap will allow quick analysis through the use of different colored readouts, illustrating the strength of impact. The product won’t be commercially available until next year however, but we’re already thinking of potential worthy collaborations.
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Felix Baumgartner has begun his daring ascent to 23 miles above Earth on Sunday, hoping to make a death-defying free fall that could make him the first skydiver to break the sound barrier.
Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner hopes his death-defying, 23-mile free fall into the southeastern New Mexico desert can occur on Tuesday — weather permitting.
The health-care industry is using games to encourage better choices.
By this January, some people who are insured by Aetna will have a new tool to help them keep New Year’s resolutions: the Life Game, an interactive platform that helps users formulate health goals and stay motivated to achieve them.
LG Electronics will launch the Optimus G smartphone next week in South Korea, pinning high hopes on the new Android device to help revive its loss-making mobile business.
Nikola Tesla may not have gotten all the credit he was due in his lifetime, but his stature has grown considerably since, and many of the inventions he dreamed up are now finding new life in today’s technology. Now, a new effort is underway to truly cement his place in history — even moreso than having David Bowie play him in a movie. Two days ago, Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal comic strip launched an Indiegogo campaign to help fund a Tesla museum at the site of Nikola Tesla’s laboratory in Shoreham, New York, and it’s now already raised over $ 500,000. That money will go directly to the non-profit Tesla Science Center, which has been attempting to buy the property for $ 1.6 million, half of which will be covered by a matching grant from the state of New York (meaning the goal for the campaign is $ 850,000, although anything raised above that will go toward the actual building of the museum). As Inman notes, however, even raising “just” $ 850k will ensure that the property isn’t sold to someone else and demolished, as others have been looking to do. Those interested in contributing can find all the details at the links below.
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Live traffic info likely prevents many a clenched fist meeting steering wheel every single day. A new trial scheme in Frankfurt Germany, however, could prevent even more unnecessary road-rage. The project involves 120 vehicles from a range of manufacturers, loaded with “car-to-x” technology. Cars will communicate with each other, and with general infrastructure, in an attempt to make roads safe and less congested. As well as basic location data, other tools include a brake light that advises the car behind it once activated, and an obstacle warning system to share information on the presence and location of hazards — as well as what those blockages are. The project is a collaboration between Universities, research institutes, telecom providers — and of course — the auto industry. We’re keen to see how the trial turns out. Even if it’s just to lower our next taxi fare.
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Oracle is planning to unveil new migration tools that help customers port applications written for SAP's Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise product over to Oracle's own flagship database and Exadata database machine, according to a session scheduled for the upcoming OpenWorld conference.
Microsoft feels that it has the upper hand in its patent battle with Google-owned Motorola Mobility and wants to put an end to the fight, but only as long as a broad agreement is signed, the company said ina blog post on Tuesday.
What’s rectangular, coated in a royal bronze finish, opens like a clam and lasts for up to seven and a half hours? If you answered MSI’s new CR41 notebook, you’d be right (though we would’ve accepted self-destructing jewelry boxes as an answer). The 14-inch multimedia “mobile companion,” announced just today, packs a 1,366 x 768 HD display, dedicated HM76 graphics chipset, choice of Intel’s third-generation Core i processors and comes in a variety of storage configurations: 500 GB, 640GB or 720GB. Weighing in at 5.3 pounds (2.4kg) and measuring 13.8 x 9.2 x 1.3 inches (349.7 x 234.8 x 32mm), the laptop also features a six-cell 4,400mAh battery, support for Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi b/g/n, an optical drive, ports for HDMI, USB 3.0 (x2), USB 2.0 (x2), an SD slot and the requisite headphone jack. So far no official pricing or release dates have been made public for the Windows 7 rig, but when it does hit retailers’ shelves, rest assured it’ll be upgrade-ready for Redmond’s next great OS. Follow on past the break for the official PR.
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Google confirmed a few months back that it was looking to build some studios in at least a few cities to give YouTube video makers a more professional workspace, and we now have our first good look at exactly what it’s had in mind. The company’s today released a video showcasing its new London-based Creator Space, which is said to be opening its doors in the “next few weeks” in Google’s own Soho office. While there’s no word on the costs involved just yet, the space does certainly look to be well-equipped, boasting a range of DSLRs and professional video cameras, a green screen room, lighting rigs, editing suites, and audio booths — not to mention lectures and workshops to help folks get the most out of all that gear. No further word on those other studios just yet, but you can get a glimpse of this one after the break.
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Oracle is going after users of Microsoft's SQL Server with a new tool for migrating data from SQL Server to its own MySQL database, the vendor announced Wednesday.
Fire, frenemy of humanity since time immemorial. Typical extinguishing methods have involved water, chemicals and even blankets, but DARPA wanted to see if there was another, more pragmatic way. Starting with the understanding of fire actually being a cold plasma, DARPA then explored fire’s electromagnetic and acoustic qualities, and discovered two potential ways to quell the flame, one using electrons, the other, sound. The electron technique creates an oscillating field that separates the fire and fuel dubbed “ionic wind,” the other method creates an acoustic field that increases the air velocity (thinning the the flame boundary) and causes the flames to widen and drop in temperature, dispersing the fire’s energy. The concepts have been proven, but scaling these up to real world solutions is a whole different matter. Light up the videos after the break to see them in action.
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Can you imagine a world where the best experience for the newest Call of Duty game exists on a Nintendo console? It may be possible that such a world exists after the Wii U is released, making it the most current console on the market, surpassing the Xbox 360 and PS3 in its timeliness and
Diffbot aims to make it easier for apps to read Web pages the way humans do.
No matter what language you speak, when you look at a Web page, you can get a good idea of the purpose of the different elements on it—whether they’re images, videos, text, music, or ads. It’s not so easy for machines to do the same, though.
Eagle-eyed readers might remember that Flipboard’s long-awaited port to Android started with a fair amount of confusion; it showed up (seemingly at random) on Samsung’s Galaxy S III, but soon after, we learned that it would only be available for that very phone over on the Android side of things. Recently, we uncovered the story of why, and what the company’s planning for the future. Put simply, that “device diversity” that keeps developers on their toes is at the forefront of the issue here. For those unaware, Flipboard is quite the polished app over on iOS, and the outfit didn’t want its product to offer a subpar experience on competing platforms. In order to gain a better grip on the app’s appearance in the land of mobile desserts, it teamed up with Samsung to focus on a single screen, and a single screen resolution. Naturally, it’s expecting a huge amount of GSIII shipments, so that’s certainly not a bad device to start on. But in the effort of understanding Flipboard’s future on Android, it’s important to note that whole “start” phrase.
Turns out, the company’s eerily close to having a build ready for the rest of the Android smartphone universe. But, smartly, it’s planning to release it to a small subset of users with a clear ‘beta’ label. The idea here is to offer it up to savvy Android users who understand the art of sideloading an APK, giving them the tools to submit bug reports and help polish up Flipboard on the many, many variations of devices out there. Truth be told, we wish more app makers would give this approach a try. Tossing that ‘beta’ label on there keeps expectations in check, and allowing early adopters to chime in with bugs enables the final product to be that much more stable across a wide gamut of screen resolutions. We weren’t able to nail down a specific launch date, but Android aficionados hoping to get a few flips in shouldn’t have to wait too many more months before that beta offering is made public. In the meanwhile, there’s always the renegade method — but of course, we’d caution that you proceed at your own risk.
It’s been a battle of epic proportions over a microscopic piece of plastic, but the warring sides appear to be working together to find a compromise. We’re referring to the fight between Apple and a coalition formed by RIM, Motorola and Nokia as each group attempts to make their own nano-SIM design the ETSI standard. Neither entity has seemed willing to extend an olive branch and come up with any compromise — until recently. RIM and Motorola has updated their design proposal in an effort to reach middle ground with Cupertino, and it appears that they were more than accommodating in the chip’s refreshed look (seen above).
So how different can two nano-SIM designs be? Worlds apart, it turns out. For instance, RIM and Motorola have insisted from the beginning that a notch is necessary to allow for “push-push” mechanisms (push to lock the chip in place, push to pop it back out again); Apple, on the other hand, has been entirely anti-notch — not a surprise, given the fact that the company uses SIM trays on the iPhone, therefore making the concept of a notch completely irrelevant. In its redesign, however, RIM and Motorola took elements from both sides of the fight and combined them. The new look retains Apple’s simple rectangular style, but still makes room for a low-key notch on one side. It’s difficult to say whether this move will be enough to gain the affection of Tim Cook’s company and sway the vote — Apple is still hard at work modding its own design, after all — but it’s nice to see both factions playing nice with each other prior to the next ETSI meeting on May 31st. Head to the source to see the difference between the original designs and the latest version.
We didn’t hear much from Hillcrest Labs’ Kylo web browser for TVs after it launched in 2010, but now the company is apparently turning its fate over to the community. A Mozilla-based browser, Kylo will work with any mouse but is designed specifically for its Freespace pointer controls. It’s available under the Mozilla Public License which means others can use it for commercial products, but so far web connected products have been slow to take off and even Google TV has had trouble pushing a typical browser experience on HDTVs. Interested devs can snag the code at Kylo.tv or GitHub, we’ll see if anyone builds anything with more market impact.
At their worst, captchas are impossible to decipher; at their best, they’re… fun? A startup called Are You a Human has developed PlayThru, an alternative to text-based authentication. Instead of requiring the user to type some blurry, nonsensical word, PlayThru has them play a mini-game, such as dragging and dropping a car into an open parking spot. The startup says this method is more secure than word captchas — since automated bots have a harder time solving these image-based puzzles — and more fun, because users generally have a better time when their ability to identify letters isn’t called into question. PlayThru has been in beta for several months and is currently available as a free download. On May 21st, the solution will officially launch on both PCs and smartphones. Click through to the source link to try out the captcha alternative for yourself.
The self-driving car has been shown off by both Google and GM, and while Honda hasn’t quite made the full jump, the company is working on predictive technology. Honda’s new technology can analyze driving patterns, as well as surrounding traffic, in order to determine if the driver is going to add even more confusion to
Hot on the heels of a recent update for its Twitter app, BlackBerry users can now grab a refreshed version of everyone’s favorite check-in network. While there’s no news of the beleaguered phone manufacturer offering up free Butterfingers (yet), the geographical social app has cranked up the app’s load speeds and also transplants its notifications to your BlackBerry inbox. It’s all looking to be a pretty tasty NFC carrot to dangle in front of BlackBerry World attendees later this week in Orlando. If you’re Florida-bound (and even if you’re not), you can grab the update from from the source below.
Hydrogen fuel is a fickle mistress. On one hand, it teases us with the promise of renewable energy and a cleaner tomorrow. On the other hand, it’s most often produced with natural gas as the source — hardly the clean break from fossil fuels that many had envisioned. Fortunately, there are other methods to harness this abundant element, and a doctoral student at the University of Delaware may have created a worthwhile process. Similar to previous research we’ve seen — which relies on ceric oxide and energy from the sun — Eric Koepf has designed a reactor that combines zinc oxide powder, solar rays and water to derive hydrogen as a storable energy source. Most intriguing, it’s thought that the zinc oxide byproduct from the reaction will be reusable — a potential gateway to sustainable energy. Koepf will spend the next six weeks in Zurich at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, where his reactor prototype will be put through its paces to determine its efficiency and effectiveness. If successful, his advisors envision that one day, we may see giant versions of Koepf’s reactors producing hydrogen on an industrial scale. We certainly won’t fault them for dreaming big.
It took a couple of kicks to the sticker price and a range-slashing redesign, but Coda’s all-electric sedan is finally ready to take you a stone’s throw away from your nearest EV charger. Haggling starts at $ 37,250 at select dealers in California, although exploiting the right tax credits could knock as much as 10k off the MSRP. The 31kWH 125 mile range sedans are mostly rolling out dealerships around Los Angeles, though the car can be found in Silicon Valley and the Century City Westfield Mall as well. The first 500 electric motorists to bite will be awarded with a commemorative keychain, a numbered plaque for their vehicle’s center console and other “limited edition features” for adopting early. Read on for Coda’s official press release.
Who doesn’t love filling an idle hour with a good ol’ bit of TED? Now, the people behind those share-worthy ideas are bringing us TED-Ed: a new lesson-based YouTube channel. Aimed primarily at high-schoolers, the initiative invites teachers to submit their “best lesson” in a youthful mind-friendly ten minutes or less. If chosen, TED will ship out a “portable recording booth” — which look suspiciously like an iPad in a sound-absorbing flightcase. Once the knowledge has been preserved, it’s sent over to a team of animators to bring it to life. If you know a great teacher, or animator, you can also nominate them to the TED-Ed team if they’re too humble to put themselves forward. The TEDEducation YouTube channel is up and running right now, but the new original content won’t land until a dedicated site is launched next month. There’s a typically heartwarming and informative video about the project after the break.
With its new iPad, Apple focuses on a better screen and high-speed connectivity to stay ahead of competitors.
The iPad is getting a facelift as Apple tries to stay way ahead of the competition.
hapworth writes “After posting a controversial op-ed in The New York Times saying Wikipedia and Google ‘misinformed’ the public about SOPA and PIPA, Cary Sherman, CEO of the RIAA said in an interview yesterday that he hopes the SOPA protests were a ‘one-time experience.’ He also said that Wikipedia and Google users were duped into thinking SOPA was a bad bill because they assume “if it comes from these sources, it must be true.” In another hilarious comment, Sherman blames the Internet for making it impossible for Congress to get out its side of the story, and for not spreading information with the same ‘clarity and integrity’ of broadcast journalists.”
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This probably won’t matter too much to our American readers, but the 32GB version of the GSM Galaxy Nexus has been canceled according to Expansys and Negri Electronics. Initially the latest Nexus device was supposed to be sold in both 32 and 16 gigabyte varieties. But, for whatever reason, the larger capacity model never made it to market. Now, word is that it may never happen. A couple of importers are saying they’ve been notified by Samsung that handset has been discontinued, which is particularly bad news since the Gnex (as the cool kids are calling it) doesn’t have a microSD slot. We hope you like streaming all your media.