Author Archives: Samia Perkins

Samia Perkins is a writer and editor at SlashGear and Android Community. She is a science geek, former science teacher, technical writer, and a mom of two. She has been writing for R3 Media since January, and also is the author of SlashGear's Science Week in Review.

Commodore 64 is Back in Business!

Commodore 64 is Back in Business!

Did you have one? Or are you nostalgic for the good 'ol days of the 1980s? Personally, I had an Apple IIe, but the Commodore was the hot gadget to have back in the day. Well Commodore 64, in all its boxy glory, has had an update and is ready for a new day. The new Commodore looks exactly the same as the old one, even down to the keyboard. But the inside has had an update.

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There and Back Again: Turning Plastic Into Oil

There and Back Again: Turning Plastic Into Oil

We are producing ever larger amounts of plastic waste. There is enough plastic in the Pacific Ocean gyre to fill Texas twice, and there are two trillion pounds of plastic sitting in US landfills. And at the same time, oil prices are going up at a rapid rate. Well, an Oregon company called Agilyx may have a solution to both of these pressing problems. The company has a patented method of converting plastic waste into synthetic crude oil.

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Facebook Announces Open Compute Project

Facebook Announces Open Compute Project

Facebook announced the Open Compute Project today on Facebook live, hoping to share the innovations the company developed at its Prineville, Oregon data center. We watched the company's press event today at its Palo Alto headquarters, in which CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained that Facebook's new features have necessitated a more efficient data system. So Facebook has built a new system from the ground up, and they are now opening it up, making the server and data center designs and schematics freely available.

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Verizon, AT&T “pleased” with Xoom and Atrix sales

Verizon, AT&T “pleased” with Xoom and Atrix sales

We covered several analyst reports yesterday, saying that the Motorola Xoom and Atrix were sales failures. Not so, say Verizon and AT&T. Verizon issued a statement to Computerworld, stating "We are pleased with customer response to the Xoom." And AT&T issued a statement saying "Our customers are very satisfied with the Atrix, and we are equally as pleased with the results to date." Neither company has released sales figures. So what is the real story?

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Microsoft Bing iPad App Takes on Safari

Microsoft Bing iPad App Takes on Safari

Microsoft released Bing mobile for iPad today, the company's first foray into the world of iPad apps. This app is completely separate from the Bing iPhone and iPod Touch app. The app is centered on search, as you would expect, and it seems to be taking a shot at luring users away from the stock Safari browser. There are some limitations, but also some features that could make it a very useful app.

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Electric Cars Next for Formula One Racing?

Electric Cars Next for Formula One Racing?

The FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile), has asked Formula One's governing body to set up a racing championship series for electric cars in hopes of increasing public awareness and excitement about electric vehicles. Jean Todt, president of the FIA, speaking to the Financial Times, said that his organization is working with Formula One to create new electric car, go-kart and single-seater racing categories. It would make races a whole lot quieter...

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Giant Falcon Heavy Rocket from SpaceX Unveiled

Giant Falcon Heavy Rocket from SpaceX Unveiled

The private spaceflight company SpaceX has just announced a brand new, and gigantic, rocket. The Falcon Heavy will be 22 stories high, and have a cargo capacity of 117,000 pounds. The company has already arranged deals with NASA for resupplying the International Space Station with its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule. The Falcon Heavy, though, is intended for launching huge payloads into orbit for both government and commercial concerns. And this rocket will be able to do it cheaper than anyone else, by far.

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Space Junk Could Collide with International Space Station *Updated*

Space Junk Could Collide with International Space Station *Updated*

Space, or at least Earth's orbit, is becoming more and more congested, and now the International Space Station may be in danger from a rogue bit of space debris. The Pentagon estimates there are now more than 370,000 pieces of junk floating around in low-Earth orbit, from collisions, missile tests, and space missions, turning the area directly above Earth into "an orbiting rubbish dump". And now one piece of that rubbish may collide with the International Space Station, according to NASA.

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