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    Wednesday, September 29, 2010

    ALIENS!!! Found: An Earthlike Planet at Last

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    Monday, September 27, 2010

    'We here at RIM are intent on leading the transition from innovator to imitator!' (Sic)

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    Reuter site - RIM unveils PlayBook tablet to compete with iPad

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    RIM unveils PlayBook tablet to compete with iPad

    Mon, Sep 27 18:51 PM EDT

    <p>By Gabriel Madway</p>

    <p><span class="articleLocation">SAN FRANCISCO</span> (Reuters) - Research In Motion unveiled a tablet computer on Monday that it hopes will leapfrog Apple's iPad with its potential for social networking, media publishing and corporate uses.</p>

    <p>The tablet, named BlackBerry PlayBook, has a seven-inch screen and dual facing cameras. It has WiFi and Bluetooth but needs to link with a BlackBerry smartphone to access a cellular network.</p>

    <p>Shares of RIM spiked 2 percent before paring gains slightly in after-hours trade following the announcement, made at the company's annual developers' conference in San Francisco.</p>

    <p>The Waterloo, Ontario-based company has recently struggled to impress investors and analysts, who mostly shrugged off the August launch of its Torch smartphone and fret about eroding support among its core corporate clientele.</p>

    <p>"PlayBook delivers a no-compromises web experience," co-Chief Executive Mike Lazaridis told the developers, who responded with intermittent applause.</p>

    <p>RIM expects to ship the device to corporate customers and developers in October and to consumers early in 2011, meaning it misses the consumer holiday buying season.</p>

    <p>While RIM is pitching the PlayBook as the evolution of its corporate heritage, its hopes the powerful processor and media offerings lure consumers too.</p>

    <p>"They talk enterprise but this will get bought by individuals and used for business," IDC analyst Stephen Drake said from the floor of the presentation.</p>

    <p>DEVICE DU JOUR</p>

    <p>The market for tablets -- touchscreen devices larger than a smartphone and smaller than a laptop -- has gotten more congested since Apple launched its iPad in April, with Samsung and Dell showing off releases in the past two months and others expected from Hewlett-Packard and Toshiba.</p>

    <p>While the market's direction is relatively uncharted, most analysts agree success will be measured by which applications each tablet can run.</p>

    <p>"RIM has a strong story to tell to developers to say - look, however you want to make things for this thing, we're giving you tools and a platform that will allow you to do that," said Forrester Research principal analyst Charles Golvin.</p>

    <p>RIM also launched its own mobile advertising network, following Apple's entry into that market earlier this year. Google's AdMob also has a major presence in mobile advertising.</p>

    <p>RIM said developers will receive 60 percent of the advertising revenue, and RIM will provide analytics tools for targeting the ads effectively.</p>

    <p>PlayBook can mirror a BlackBerry phone, giving users a bigger screen to view media and edit documents, and wipes all corporate data once the link between the two devices is broken.</p>

    <p>The absence of a direct link to the cellular network means network carriers may be less eager to subsidize the device or promote it heavily. But corporate IT departments will likely cheer about its ability to mirror a company-issued BlackBerry without retaining that data when that link is broken.</p>

    <p>"It's compelling, certainly to an IT guy, if they can look at this tablet and say it's really nothing we have to lock down," said Kevin Burden from ABI Research. "An IT manager can look at this tablet and say we don't even need to put this on our asset-tracking list."</p>

    <p>The PlayBook weighs 400 grams (14 ounces). It will launch with a dual-core, one gigahertz processor running a QNX kernel and operating system that can incorporate BlackBerry OS 6, which RIM introduced in its Torch smartphone in August.</p>

    <p>The QNX operating system uses industry standard APIs, or application programing interfaces, meaning developers should have little difficulty in making their games, software and other applications work on the device.</p>

    <p>"All the code that is out there, and there is a huge source base out there, (it) is completely portable to QNX," said Dan Dodge, who co-founded QNX and led the company until RIM acquired it less than a year ago.</p>

    <p>RIM has yet to set an exact price for the PlayBook but says it will fall in the lower range of prices for consumer tablets already in the suddenly congested market.</p>

    <p>Asked if later versions will connect to advanced 4G networks now under development, RIM co-Chief Executive Jim Balsillie told Reuters: "That's not a question we're answering today, but it's not a hard one to guess at."</p>

    <p>(Reporting by Gabriel Madway in San Fransisco and Alastair Sharp in Toronto; Editing by Frank McGurty)</p>

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    Sunday, September 26, 2010

    Tuesday, September 21, 2010

    This is sonme amazing photography. TIME Mobile: The African Plain at Night

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    Monday, September 20, 2010

    Interesting article on TIME Mobile: The African Plain at Night

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    Thursday, September 16, 2010

    Reuter site - Mobile computing set to get "keyless keyboard"

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    Mobile computing set to get "keyless keyboard"

    Thu, Sep 16 08:07 AM EDT

    By Steven Scheer

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli startup has launched a system that aims to make mobile computing easier by letting users type on invisible keys instead of a keyboard that typically takes up much of the screen.

    SnapKeys calls its technology the "keyless keyboard" and has forged a deal with Philips Electronics to market the product, company officials said.

    SnapKeys and Philips will split revenue 50-50.

    "There is a fundamental problem in entering data on mobile devices," SnapKeys Chief Executive Benjamin Ghassabian told Reuters. "Keyboards were meant for fixed devices, not mobile. And screens are not supposed to be your input device; they are supposed to be output."

    He said the keyless keyboard was 10 years in the making.

    The success of Apple's iPad -- which Ghassabian says is more entertainment than computer -- shows that people want more portable devices. Around 40 companies seek to market tablet computers, he said.

    "The market is moving toward mobile computers -- that's why tablets are coming out," Ghassabian said.

    SnapKeys, privately funded with $4 million, and Philips have started approaching the top mobile device and computer companies about using its keyless keyboard.

    "We are in the phase of closing deals ... It will take a few months to get to the market," Ghassabian said, adding the system works on all Windows, Symbian and Android-based devices.

    The keyboard has four invisible keys -- two on each side of the device's screen -- each comprising six to seven letters. There are other keys for numbers, punctuation and symbols.

    At first, the location of the keys appears on the screen but the company believes users will quickly learn the location of letters and will not need the overlay for long. Users tap the invisible keys with their thumbs and the system predicts the words.

    SnapKeys says its English version has about 100,000 words and is 92 percent accurate. If the word isn't correct, it can be changed.

    Ghassabian said the system, in which typing words is far faster than a typical keyboard, is available in all European languages as well as Chinese. An Indian version is in the works.

    "The only competition for us will be voice recognition and that's not working well yet in mobile devices," Ghassabian said, noting it was not as discreet as typing.

    He rejected the notion that people will not want to change their typing habits from a keyboard that has been around for a century.

    "People used to have horses but when cars came out, not everyone wanted to switch to cars. But when they started driving cars, they didn't want to go back to riding horses," he said.

    (Editing by Michael Shields)

    Wednesday, September 15, 2010

    Big Brother is in your pocket, Maan. TIME Mobile: Have Cell Phones Become Personal Tracking Devices?

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    iPhone, iPod, iPad. TIME Mobile: Apple's iPad: When Will the Real Competitors Show Up?

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    Monday, September 13, 2010

    Interesting article on TIME Mobile: 10 Ways to Stay Connected While on the Road

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    Sunday, September 12, 2010

    Interesting article on TIME Mobile: 10 Start-Ups That Will Change Your Life

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    Joel Stein's take on Net Neutrality: One Man's Fight Against Net Neutrality

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    Saturday, September 11, 2010

    German man's stress-calming naked walk backfires. I'm sure there are more efficient stress relieving methods than this.

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    Quote of the day: "When you have that sort of talent, there is no such thing as too young."

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    Thursday, September 9, 2010

    Interesting ... TIME : How Fashion Week Models Are Chosen

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    QUOTE OF THE DAY "We will stop printing the New York Times sometime in the future, date TBD." Crazy.

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    Wednesday, September 8, 2010

    Sunday, September 5, 2010

    Interesting article on TIME Mobile: How Twitter Helped Resurrect Kanye West

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    Saturday, September 4, 2010

    Games, books to go anywhere, anytime. (Link goes to usatoday website)

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    Weakened Earl spins into Canada, leaving minimal damage in wake

    Tropical Storm Earl made landfall near Western Head, Nova Scotia, on Saturday after passing well east of Nantucket Island and causing minimal damage in New England, forecasters said.

    The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm came ashore about 10 a.m. ET, and its maximum sustained winds are near 58 mph.

    A hurricane watch was in effect for Nova Scotia from Port Lhebert to Point Tupper. A tropical storm warning was in effect for Nova Scotia's coast, Prince Edward Island and parts of New Brunswick.

    The center of the storm passed 105 miles southeast of Nantucket Island, Mass., overnight. It had weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, said Jack Beven, senior hurricane specialist with the National Hurricane Center.

    The storm was moving north at 30 mph with top winds of 70 mph and was expected to fizzle out over the gulf of the Saint Lawrence River in Canada. In Nantucket, the emergency operations center was disbanded at 1 a.m., according to a assistant town manager Gregg Tivnan.

    "We're pretty thankful that we didn't have a storm impact," said Mary Parker, owner of Seven Seas Street Inn in Nantucket. "We expected branches down, but we didn't have any damage to our property."

    Guests couldn't get to the island for a day because ferries weren't running, Parker said. And every shop on Main Street was boarded. Now the boats are running again and Parker expects a full house for Labor Day weekend.

    Earl was downgraded to a tropical storm late Friday as it passed through New England waters. Cape Cod and the islands saw heavy rains but no notable damage.

    The once powerful storm was about 40 miles south of Cape Sable, Nova Scotia.

    Massachusetts felt "very minimal impact due to the storm," said Peter Judge, spokesman for Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. There were about 1,800 power outages and those were down to a few hundred by early Saturday, Judge said.

    Flooding affect some coastal roads but not homes, and Gov. Deval Patrick lifted the state of emergency. Local emergency managers told their state counterparts: "Don't bother sending assessment teams this morning," he said. The state emergency operations center was disbanded at 7 a.m.

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    Earl had caused flooding but no injuries and little damage on North Carolina's Outer Banks.

    Earl roared past North Carolina before daybreak Friday on its way up the East Coast, flooding parts of some barrier islands and knocking out electricity, but staying farther offshore than feared. There were no immediate reports of any injuries.

    By midday Friday, Earl had dropped to a Category 1 storm down from a fearsome Category 4 with 145-mph winds a day earlier.

    President Obama on Friday declared a state of emergency in 10 Massachusetts counties, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The action frees up federal funds to save lives and protect property and public health.

    On Nantucket Island, in Massachusetts, officials had closed the port of Nantucket and the airport to protect the traveling public, said Gerry Connick, innkeeper at the Century House Bed and Breakfast.

    Around Martha's Vineyard, a few residents had boarded up windows, a mandatory curfew forced businesses to close by 2 p.m., and dozens of boats pulled out of Oak Bluffs Marina, harbormaster Todd Alexander said. On a normal Labor Day weekend with good weather, there would be 175 boats in the harbor. On Friday, only 32 boats had remained, tied to mooring lines for safety.

    On Delaware's beaches, the hurricane probably didn't cause too much shoreline erosion, said Tony Pratt, a shoreline administrator for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

    He said nor'easters often cause more destruction to the beach. Nor'easters often last for several days instead of just one and that means the storm surge will be felt over a great number of high tides, he said.

    "I think we have very little to worry about with this storm," Pratt said.

    Bethany Beach, Del., resident Margaret Young said Hurricane Earl proved to be mostly hype.

    "They all last about one day," Young said. "Before that, the sun is bright and shining and the ocean is wild. Afterward, it takes about a day for the water to settle down."

    On North Carolina's barrier islands, the Outer Banks, the sun came out Friday afternoon and traffic increased during the day, even as water in some side streets reached the axles.

    Earl's skirting of the North Carolina and Virginia coast caused $25 million to $100 million in damage, said Tom Larsen, senior vice president of catastrophe risk modeling firm EQECAT.

    A normal Labor Day brings 200,000 to 250,000 people to the Outer Banks, which have only 33,000 year-round residents, said Dorothy Toolan, spokeswoman for Dare County Emergency Management. "It's one of our biggest holiday weekends," she said.

    Barbara Mosher, a reservationist at Nags Head Realty, said some visitors were coming back after evacuating earlier in the week and others were coming to start their vacations.

    The parking lot outside was strewn with blue shingles from the building's roof, but Mosher said there were no reports of damage to rental properties and the outlook for the weekend was "sunny and bright."

    "The storm is gone so we're back to normal sunshine and warm," she said.

    In Hyde County, N.C., emergency managers were also relieved.

    "We are very lucky," said Jamie Tunnell, Hyde County spokeswoman. "There was no major damage anywhere, no complete road closures or injuries."

    Ferry operations, which halted Thursday, will remain suspended until the U.S. Coast Guard can make sure the channels are cleared.

    Peak winds reached 86 mph on Ocracoke Island, where flooding reached 2 to 3 feet.

    Contributing: Wallace McKelvey, The Daily Times, Salisbury, Md.; Associated Press

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    Wednesday, September 1, 2010

    Reuter site - U.S. delays Web traffic rules by seeking more comment

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    U.S. delays Web traffic rules by seeking more comment

    Wed, Sep 01 18:38 PM EDT

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. communications regulators on Wednesday put off a controversial decision on Internet traffic rules, giving industry and consumer groups a chance to forge a compromise while avoiding a politically sensitive issue ahead of the November elections.

    The Federal Communications Commission has been prodding phone, cable and Internet companies for months to find consensus on the thorny issue of net neutrality -- a debate over whether high-speed Internet providers should be allowed to give preferential treatment to content providers who pay for faster transmission.

    Broadband and Internet companies have held a series of face-to-face and phone meetings this summer to craft a framework on how to treat the Internet data flowing through both home connections and wireless devices.

    But those talks have failed to yield a deal due to big differences over the treatment of wireless broadband in particular. At stake is how quickly handheld devices, like Research in Motion's BlackBerry and Apple's iPhone, can receive and download videos and other content.

    Rather than imposing stricter regulations that are opposed by broadband providers, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski delayed a decision by calling for more public comment. He wants to know how companies and consumers will be impacted if wireless devices are treated differently from home broadband lines.

    "We have made progress over the last year -- but we still have work to do," Genachowski said.

    Analysts said Genachowski, who proposed a set of open Internet rules last year, wants to tread carefully before the elections.

    They also said it was unlikely the FCC would adopt draft proposals at the September 23 meeting or in October.

    "The chairman could cite progress in the industry talks as grounds for delaying circulating a draft order, and postpone a decision until after the election," said Nicolaus Stifel analyst Rebecca Arbogast.

    Democrats are afraid that Republicans will portray any FCC action to voters as an attempt by President Barack Obama and his party to control and regulate the Internet, analysts have said.

    Some broadband providers are pointing to a proposal unveiled earlier this month by Google Inc and Verizon Communications Inc as a sign of progress. Their plan would give providers more flexibility to manage wireless broadband traffic and possibly create a fast lane.

    "Even a proposal that accepts enforceable rules can be flawed in its specifics and risk undermining the fundamental goal of preserving the open Internet," Genachowski said in a statement seeking another 55 day-comment period.

    Proponents of net neutrality, including public interest groups, argue consumers will be harmed if carriers create a two-tiered Internet, the top tier offering faster speeds at a premium.

    Carriers such as AT&T Inc and Verizon say they need to prioritize traffic on wireless networks due to congestion and already do so on handsets to allow people to make and receive phone calls.

    (Reporting by John Poirier; editing by Andre Grenon; Carol Bishopric)

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