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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Mobile device boom sparks U.S. Net address shortage

The United States could run out of unique Internet addresses to assign to new devices by the end of next year, a telecommunications official said on Tuesday.

Monday, September 27, 2010

BlackBerry announces PlayBook tablet

Research In Motion is launching the BlackBerry PlayBook, a tablet computer designed to compete with Apple's iPad.

(The BlackBerry PlayBook features a seven-inch screen and can run both HTML5 and Flash 10.)

The Waterloo, Ont.-based company announced the device at a developers' conference in San Francisco on Monday.

Friday, September 24, 2010

How to make your cell phone greener

Cell phones have become one of the most ubiquitous hallmarks of life in the 21st century, but they aren't necessarily good for the environment.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Latest In Iphones

latest In Iphones

Fully integrated entertainment, messaging, and social networking experience to your mobile phone,

Human-powered plane flies with flapping wings

A PhD student at the University of Toronto has become the first person ever to make a sustained flight in a human-powered ‘wing-flapping' aircraft.

HPO Flight from U of T Engineering on Vimeo.

The feat is something that inventors and engineers have been attempting for centuries, dating back to Leonardo DaVinci's famous 15th century designs for the imagined machine.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

An Easy, Painless Way to Keep a PC in Shape

It happened again last weekend. Kevin, my neighbor in Woodstock, N.Y., called for help with his HP Pavilion laptop, which was disabled after his 2-year-old son inflicted another drubbing upon it. The boy is adorable, but an uninhibited hazard to laptops. Apparently he considers them a drum kit, which isn’t entirely surprising since the men of Woodstock have a passion for tribal drumming on the village green.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Pi record smashed as team finds two-quadrillionth digit

A researcher has calculated the 2,000,000,000,000,000th digit of pi - and a few digits either side of it.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The new Nokia smartphones

Nokia unveiled an arsenal of smartphones crucial to its fightback against Apple's iPhone and Research in Motion's BlackBerry after its most fundamental management shake-up in decades.

(The new Nokia E7 smartphone is seen in this handout photograph released in London September 14, 2010.)

At its annual showcase conference -- attended by neither outgoing Chief Executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo nor incoming CEO Stephen Elop -- the world's biggest cellphone maker introduced three new models it is banking on to be a hit this Christmas.

"Nokia is back!," the company's sales chief, Niklas Savander, declared to an audience of software developers, analysts and journalists at the opening of Nokia World, in a speech peppered with references to Nokia's competitors.

Nokia still controls around 40 percent of the global smartphone market and sells about one in three of all phones, but has lost out in the fatter-margin market for the most expensive cellphone models.

The new models all come with large touchscreens -- following a trend started three years ago by the iPhone -- and use Nokia's latest Symbian software.

"The products are a clear improvement... but we know they are not where Nokia needs to be yet, and any other promise around 'we are working on it' would have not convinced anyone," said Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi.

"A new CEO and the old guard stepping down might give investors more confidence that things are really changing."

Nokia's answers to the competition were presented in an opening keynote by Anssi Vanjoki, the head of Nokia's smartphones and services, who had announced his resignation a day earlier after being passed over for the CEO role a second time.

The E7, C7 and a new version of the C6 will go on sale before the end of the year at prices ranging from 260-495 euros, excluding subsidies and taxes.

"We've lost a little bit of the shine in our high-end devices. That's being solved today," Colin Giles, head of global sales, told Reuters. "We need to rebuild our brand, for sure."

Nokia's Symbian software has lost some ground to Apple and Google's Android lately, but continues to be the leading operating system on smartphones.


Last week, Nokia announced it was hiring Stephen Elop, a Canadian Microsoft executive with Silicon Valley credentials, to replace Kallasvuo, who had presided over a near-halving of Nokia's market value.

"The question really is can he get Nokia's fighting spirit back and win the hearts of nokians?. We don't know the answer yet," said Christian Lindholm, a former Nokia and Yahoo manager, who is now a managing partner at design agency Fjord.

Chairman Jorma Ollila, who led Nokia's transformation from a rubber boots-to-TVs conglomerate into a mobile phones giant in the 1990s, said he would also step down after helping with the management transition.

Nokia shares were 3.1 percent lower at 7.65 euros by 1518 GMT on Tuesday, but had risen almost 15 percent over the last two weeks on expectations of an improving smartphone portfolio.

Executives at the Nokia World event in London did their best to carry on business as usual.

"I'm very excited about Symbian 3," services chief Tero Ojanpera said when asked by Reuters about upheaval at the company. "We are here to talk about the Nokia World today."

Ben Wood, chief analyst at UK-based telecoms research firm CCS Insight, said: "In the midst of management turmoil Nokia is attempting to keep a steady hand on the tiller."

"Although many questions are being raised about its future strategic direction, in the near term we expect the company to stick with the vision it has outlined today."

Saturday, September 11, 2010

"Must-Have" Items for Triathletes

Amazon.Com Store - "Must-Have" Items for Triathletes

The Triathlete’s Training Bible provides triathletes of all abilities with every detail they must consider when planning a season, lining up a week of workouts, or preparing for race day. Using this comprehensive guide, triathletes will develop a personalized, self-coached training plan that will guide them to success in the sport.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Apple to end free iPhone case program September 30

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said on Friday it will end its free iPhone case giveaway at the end of September, saying the antenna problem was smaller than the company originally thought

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Google to launch free TV service

While the Internet and television used to be two different entertainment entities, the gap between them has lessened in recent years — and now, with the announcement that Google will bring the web to the small screen, it’s virtually closed.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

How to dry out a wet cellphone

How to dry out a wet cellphone so that it works like new again — without having to spend a dime. Yes, it’s the ‘ol “bowl of rice” trick — and it works. Have you tried it? By Marc Saltzman

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

PlayStation 3 update targets hardware hacks

Sony has closed a loophole that allowed users to run software that enables pirated games to be played on the PS3 console.

(Sales of the dongle are now illegal in Australia)

The update blocks the PSJailbreak and PSGroove applications.

Mathieu Hervais, one of the developers behind PSGroove, told BBC News that it was "safer not to update" if users wished to continue using the hacks.

Sony won a court order in early September banning the distribution of the PSJailbreak dongle.

The update is the latest step in Sony's ongoing battle against the commercial dongle - PS Jailbreak - that allows users to play pirated software. It also targets open source code, known as PSGroove, which allows homemade games to be played on the console.

While the PSGroove software was not originally intended to allow the playing of pirated games, as PSJailbreak does, it has already been modified by other hackers to permit the practice.

Mixed response

It is the continuation of a cat-and-mouse game between hackers and the electronics giant, which started when PSJailbreak first appeared for sale on website.

The USB dongle was the first hardware hack of Sony's secure games console.

Sony has since obtained a court injunction preventing the distribution of the PSJailbreak dongle in Australia.

The firm has also filed a US lawsuit against Zoomba, a firm that runs a site selling the device. Distributors in the Netherlands have also told the BBC that they have received court documents banning the sale of the dongles.

However, Sony has now decided to tackle the problem head-on by releasing a software update for the consoles that block the hacks.

The new patch received a mixed reception from the gaming community, with some users praising Sony for its prompt action, while others were more critical.

"Every time there is an update, it's a security patch I don't care about," wrote one.

"Give me something that will keep me occupied like more visuals on the music player, a way to delete trophies for a game I don't have anymore, backward compatibility for PS2 games, better video chat.

"You guys don't take to many suggestions from your players. If you listen, I mean really listen, to the ideas you will be top," they added.

Mr Hervais told BBC News that it did yet know how Sony fixed the security flaw.

Sony declined to comment on the specifics of the update, but a spokesman told BBC News: "Since this is an overall security related issue, we will not be providing further commentary to this case.

"But as we always have, we will continue to take necessary actions to both hardware and software to protect the intellectual content provided on the PlayStation 3."

Friday, September 03, 2010

New! The Bento 3 Project Manager

New! The Bento 3 Project Manager

Use the Bento 3 Project Manager to organize all the details of any project, including key contacts, milestones, each person's tasks, documents, photos, presentations, emails, notes from meetings and more. Even keep accurate time sheets and link them to any project.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

The new iPod nano with Multi-Touch

Apple dived into the competitive social networking business on Wednesday, introducing Ping, a service geared to music lovers that is built into iTunes, as it revamped its lineup of iPods and other products.


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