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Apple Dev Conference Tickets Scalped on ebay

Apple Dev Conference Tickets Scalped on ebay

Apple's exclusive developer's conference, World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) is coming up in a couple months. Tickets just went on sale and sold out on Monday. The June 6-11 conference holds promise of "the future of iOS and Mac OS." This conference isn't open to the general public, each of the $1599 tickets must be paired with registration as an Apple developer. Enterprising scalpers have posted a number of these tickets on ebay today, Digital Trends reports.

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Google +1: So Simple These Babies Get It

Google +1: So Simple These Babies Get It

These babies know more about internet than you ever will. Listen, er, read the subtitles of their wise words and learn about the glory that is +1. It's just that simple. You have to listen to them because they're babies on the internet. They do a better job of explaining and entertaining than a posse of a million. Enjoy.

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Fiber Optics: Past Copper

Fiber Optics: Past Copper

Most of the active connections to this globe spanning network we all love to hate come in the form of cable or DSL. Modulated electric signals get transmitted over metal wires, coaxial or twisted pair respectively. These technologies transmit the internet as most experience it. Verizon has begun to break down this model with it's FiOS fiber optic lines, but they have been really slow to roll out. They've only managed to cover 10% of the households in the United States. AT&T isn't doing much better at getting Fiber to the people, U-Verse (where most AT&T fiber customers fall under) has even fewer subscribers than FiOS. Fiber-optics, while ten or a hundred times faster than the connection you're probably using, isn't available most places, yet. We wrote about Google's Fiber Project earlier today.

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4G: What does this really mean?

4G: What does this really mean?

Texas resident, Keith Geissler, contacted the Better Business Bureau when he found that his ATRIX 4G was only pushing around 300kbps up the tube instead of the expected 5.5mbps.

The ATRIX is a HSUPA-capable device, and we currently are performing the testing and preparations necessary to ensure that, when we turn this feature on, you will continue to have a world class experience.

AT&T hasn't quite gotten their act together as quick as they had hoped with this one. Sometimes the real answer is that these systems are technically the bleeding edge, and it's not some conspiracy to keep you from achieving your top speeds on the wireless internet. Here's a little help discerning the technical specs from behind the marketing malarkey surrounding the wireless broadband available on the market.

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WebSockets, Faster, Cheaper Protocol

WebSockets, Faster, Cheaper Protocol

WebSockets is a new protocol that allows for real-time communication. It piggybacks along a regular HTTP request and opens up a bidirectional data link. Every time we open up a broswer we innundate our networks with HTTP requests. Most of us don't even notice we're opening these kind of requests. Even if it's a transparent window through to the internet, most of us don't even realize that we're spending most of our time on the browser, transmitting every little piece of date through port 80.

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T-Mobile Talks to its Customers About Merger

T-Mobile Talks to its Customers About Merger

In a press release Friday, Jim Alling, T-Mobile Chief Operations Operator, answered some of the questions we'd seen posed by the community in the wake of the biggest news this week. In a press release sent to "Dear Valued T-Mobile Customers", Alling assuaged the fears and lauded the benefits of the merger. From a purely technical standpoint it's going to be a great move for the US wireless network, if everything goes well during the regulatory and review process over the next year, there's going to be a double-thick wireless network from the overlapping mesh of LTE towers all under AT&T's hand.

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Nokia Culls Symbian, Gently

Nokia Culls Symbian, Gently

Every big player threw their towel in behind one of the operating systems being developed for handheld devices. It just hasn't been until now that the big guys have really gone down for the count, or has he? Nokia confirms that their smartphone OS, Symbian, will be going the way of OS/2 Warp, BeOs and Meego. But never fear, they are legally obligated to provide support for at least the next couple of years, which means by the time anyone notices, you'll already have a new Windows Phone in your hands.

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Artificial Leaf to Cheaply Provide Power For Developing World

Artificial Leaf to Cheaply Provide Power For Developing World

Yesterday we came to another major breakthrough in technology that's going to bring us a future without dependence on petroleum fuels. Last week we talked about a breakthrough in nanotech-batteries that charge in a fraction of the time needed for conventional batteries. Yesterday, scientists at the 241st Meeting of the American Chemican Society released details on a new design, an advanced solar cell married with fuel cells. Instead of transforming sunlight into stored sugars for a plant's metabolism, the artificial leaf uses the energy to transform water into hydrogen and oxygen for later combustion.

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Elektra One Electric Airplane

Elektra One Electric Airplane

We regularly report on new advances in electric cars, and you've maybe seen some of these electric bikes. The Elektra One is an all-electric single seater airplane weighing in at 440 pounds with a full contingent of batteries. The plane recently performed two test flights in Augsburg, Germany. This is the first successful flight of this design and marks it's imminent entry into the European market. Calin Gologan is the CEO of the company marketing the electric aircraft, PC-Aero.

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LOL is Now Officially English

LOL is Now Officially English

The Oxford English Dictionary added a number of networthy initialisms to the ranks of official English words. If you haven't heard of an initialism before, I hadn't, you'll now know that this is a word that is created by making an acronym from the first letters of each word in a longer phrase. The venerable dictionary added and updated a collection of these acronyms to it's rolls of wordiness earlier today.

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