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Voyager I & II To Say Bye Bye Soon

April 30, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Voyager I & II To Say Bye Bye Soon

It may be decades before humanity sets foot on Mars, but we’re only five years away from sampling the vast stretches of interstellar space beyond our solar system for the first time, researchers say. NASA’s twin unmanned Voyager spacecraft, which were launched in 1977, are streaking toward the edge of the solar system at around 37,000 mph (60,000 kph). At that rate, they’ll probably pop out of our sun’s sphere of influence and into interstellar space by 2016 or so, according... 

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Apple, Google To Testify At Senate Inquiry Into Tracking Issue

April 29, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple, Google To Testify At Senate Inquiry Into Tracking Issue

Representatives from both Apple and Google will provide testimony at a Congressional hearing in May on consumer privacy and smartphones, two U.S. senators confirmed on Thursday. I’m pleased that Apple and Google have confirmed that they’ll be sending representatives to testify at my upcoming hearing on mobile technology and privacy,” Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said in a statement issued yesterday. Franken, who chairs a new Senate privacy panel, added that the hearing was a “first... 

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Hulu Plus Comes To XBOX 360 For Free

April 29, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Hulu Plus Comes To XBOX 360 For Free

Xbox 360 gamers will be able to experience Hulu Plus for free starting today; until May 6th. The Hulu Plus free trial will be offered to both Silver and Gold Xbox Live gamers. As we all know nothing is this world is free; and neither is Hulu Plus.  This free trial is being sponsored by Jack Link’s Beef Jerky according to those in the know. The Hulu Plus look on Xbox Live will closely resemble that of Netflix on the console.  The only difference is that Hulu Plus will be offer Kinect support in... 

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Sony Considers Compensating Users For PSN Outage

April 29, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Gaming
Sony Considers Compensating Users For PSN Outage

Sony may offer users some form of compensation for the outage of its PlayStation Network and Qriocity online services, which has been dragging on for more than a week now. day. The two networks were taken down by the company after it discovered they had been hacked. Sony subsequently said personal information on some of its 77 million registered account holders had also been illegally breached. It also said credit card numbers could have been stolen, but an ongoing investigation had uncovered no... 

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Motorola Xoom Sales Better Than Expected

April 29, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Motorola Xoom Sales Better Than Expected

Motorola Mobility shipped 250,000 Xoom tablets in the first month the device was released, the company said on Thursday as part of their first-quarter earnings report. The tablet, the first to run Google’s Android Honeycomb OS, went on sale in February. Within weeks, several analysts said early sales numbers were disappointing. By early April, one analyst estimated that Motorola had sold a total of 100,000 of the tablets. Shipping a quarter of a million in a month isn’t quite the same... 

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F.E.A.R. 3 Delayed Again

April 29, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
F.E.A.R. 3 Delayed Again

Apparently Warner Games has finally confirmed what other have been speculating that F.E.A.R. 3 will be delayed and showed appear on store shelves sometime in June. F.E.A.R was originally expected to be released in the fall of 2010 and that did not happen.  Then Warner said the game would debut in March of 2011 and subsequently to May 2011.  That said, is Warner holding the game back in fear of competition of other titles being launched? How so, since the game is the highly anticipated sequel... 

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Does Gravity Distort Paired Galaxies

April 29, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Does Gravity Distort Paired Galaxies

A pair of spiral galaxies displays some curious features in a new image from the European Southern Observatory, showing that the members of the galactic duo are close enough to exert their distorting gravitational influence on each other. The gravitational tug-of-war has warped the spiral shape of one galaxy, NGC 3169, and fragmented the dust lanes of its companion NGC 3166. Meanwhile, a third, smaller galaxy to the lower right, NGC 3165, has a front-row seat to the gravitational twisting and pulling... 

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Panasonic May Boot 40,000 People Out The Door

April 28, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Panasonic May Boot 40,000 People Out The Door

Analysts are speculating that Panasonic is planning to cut approximately 40,000 jobs over a couple of years. Reuters is stating that Panasonic is being forced to take such drastic measures in its restructuring plans in its struggle to cut operating costs.  That said Panasonic is facing stiff competition from other Asian consumer electronics companies in Korea and China and has seen its profits dwindle over the year. To date, Panasonic employs around 385,000 people.  So the 40000 people being fired... 

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Intel Developing Faster, Post-Thunderbolt Technology

April 28, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Intel Developing Faster, Post-Thunderbolt Technology

A new interconnect technology being developed by Intel could be ready for market by 2015 and will be able to move data between computers at up to five times the speed of its recently launched Thunderbolt technology, an Intel researcher said earlier this week. The new technology uses silicon photonics, which combines silicon components with optical networking, to transfer data at up to 50 gigabits per second over distances of up to 100 meters, said Jeff Demain, strategy director of circuits and... 

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PC Sales Up This Year

April 28, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Computing
PC Sales Up This Year

The research firm Canalys is stating that overall worldwide PC sales grew by seven percent last quarter. The firm is report believes the Apple’s iPad was the main factor for the increase.  Nevertheless, the jury is still out on whether a tablet can be considered a true PC. According to Canalys, tablet shipments in the first quarter of 2011 were 6.4 million units and Apple had a 74 percent share.  Be advised, Android tablet sales are expected to increase in the later part of 2011. In the world... 

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Samsung Releases Updated Galaxy S Smartphone

April 28, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Releases Updated Galaxy S Smartphone

Samsung Electronics Co, the world’s No.2 handset maker, released a newer version of its flagship smartphone Galaxy S in South Korea ahead of its global debut in May, targeting global sales of over 10 million units by year’s end. The local debut of the Galaxy S II comes as it is engaged in a legal battle with Apple Inc over alleged mobile technology patent infringements and design copy claims, as they jockey for position in the hyper-competitive mobile phone market. The South Korean... 

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Sony To Resume Blu-ray Disc Production Next Month

April 28, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Sony To Resume Blu-ray Disc Production Next Month

Sony plans to restart production of Blu-ray and other optical discs at a tsunami damaged factory in northern Japan in late May, it said today. The company’s Sendai Technology Center in the city of Tagajo is the only Sony plant still offline after a powerful earthquake and tsunami ravaged eastern Japan on March 11. Numerous factories of major electronics makers were halted after the quake even though very few were directly hit by the tsunami like the Sony plant was. It was inundated with... 

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First Stars Were Spinners

April 28, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
First Stars Were Spinners

The first stars in the universe may have been extraordinarily fast spinners, whirling at more than a million miles per hour, scientists say. These stars, which researchers called “spinstars,” formed right after the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago and were likely massive giants, with eight times or more the mass of our sun, according to a new study. They lived fast and died young, after no more than 30 million years. The nuclear fusion reactions that drove these stars also provided the... 

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Verizon Acknowledges 4G LTE Network Outage

April 27, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Verizon Acknowledges 4G LTE Network Outage

Verizon has acknowleded that its 4G LTE network was experiencing connectivity issues for users across the U.S. after reports trickled in overnight about a nationwide outage. In an update posted through its official Twitter account, Verizon Wireless acknowledged that it was “aware of an issue with 4G LTE connections” and said that its “network engineers are working to resolve quickly.” Verizon’s update came hours after reports began surfacing on various tech news sites that... 

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Nokia Plans To Give Thousands The Boot

April 27, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Nokia Plans To Give Thousands The Boot

Nokia has announced that they will be giving people the axe under a massive reorganization plan that will result in thousands (roughly 4000) losing their jobs by the end of next year. Furthermore, it appears that Nokia has made a deal with Accenture to transfer the Symbian development team to Accenture which is about 3,000 employees. At the end of the March, Nokia had about 130,000 employees globally on their payroll.  However, it appears that Finland, Denmark and Great Britain will bear the brunt... 

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