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.

Steve Jobs: “No Interest” in Radiation Detection App

Steve Jobs: “No Interest” in Radiation Detection App

If you are concerned with radiation levels coming from your cell phone, you can measure it if you have a BlackBerry or an Android phone, but not (officially) with your iPhone. Israeli developer Tawkon has been repeatedly rejected by the Apple App Store, and now has been personally refused by Steve Jobs in a two-word email: "No Interest". So now, Tawkon has posted instructions online through Cydia and on its website to download the app.

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Brown Dwarf Star Not Hot Enough to Boil Water

Brown Dwarf Star Not Hot Enough to Boil Water

In a new discovery that blurs the lines between stars and planets, astronomers at the University of Hawaii have found the coldest brown dwarf star yet, 75 light years from Earth. Surface temperatures of the star are only around 206 degrees F (or 97 degrees C). Brown dwarfs are sometimes called "failed stars" because they have the chemical properties of stars, but not enough mass to ignite nuclear fusion at their cores. The star, named CFBDSIR 1458 10b (and shown below in an artist's interpretation), is part of a binary system in close orbit with another brown dwarf star.

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Single Lens Creates Microscopic 3D Images

Single Lens Creates Microscopic 3D Images

At Ohio State University, engineers have designed a new lens that allows microscopic objects to be viewed from nine different angles at once, creating a 3D image. There are 3D microscopes now, but they use multiple lenses or cameras to move around an object. The researchers at Ohio State claim that this new lens is the "first single, stationary lens to create microscopic 3D images by itself." The lens looks a bit like a diamond, and is about the size of a fingernail. But unlike a diamond, its facets are slightly different sizes and different angles.

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Amazon Pulls the Plug on Lendle Lending Service

Amazon Pulls the Plug on Lendle Lending Service

Once Amazon decided to let Kindle users lend out books, it was only a matter of time until services sprung up to open up lending to the wider world. Lendle was one of those services, but now Amazon has pulled the plug on them. Today, Lendle's website states: "Amazon has revoked Lendle’s API access. Unfortunately, Lendle is unavailable indefinitely. We will do everything we can to restore service soon."

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MetroPCS May be the Biggest Winner in AT&T/T-Mobile Deal

MetroPCS May be the Biggest Winner in AT&T/T-Mobile Deal

With T-Mobile soon to be swallowed up by AT&T (probably), MetroPCS will be the most likely choice for many T-Mobile customers looking for a new carrier. That would most likely make Metro PCS the nation's new fourth-largest wireless carrier, and that is why MetroPCS's stock jumped up 5% upon the merger announcement. MetroPCS currently has 8.1 million subscribers, up 35% over the last two years (a time period, we should mention, in which T-Mobile lost customers).

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Buffalo Launches Sleek and Fast MiniStation and DriveStation

Buffalo Launches Sleek and Fast MiniStation and DriveStation

Buffalo has just launched the new piano-black MiniStation and DriveStation external hard drives. The MiniStation is USB powered, so there is no need for an additional power cable. It is available in 500GB or 1TB. The DriveStation comes in both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 versions, and offers 1, 2, or 3TBs of storage. Both are available now. Read on past the break for more details about these new drives.

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RIM Furthers Consumer Appeal With Free BlackBerry Protect Service

RIM Furthers Consumer Appeal With Free BlackBerry Protect Service

In an attempt to further appeal to consumers and downplay its business-only image, RIM is now offering free BlackBerry Protect service for all BlackBerry users. The service, previously only available to enterprise users, allows users to locate, back up and remotely wipe their handsets. BlackBerry Protect is now in open beta, and can be downloaded from the BlackBerry App World.

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Raining Methane on Titan, Saturn’s Largest Moon

Raining Methane on Titan, Saturn’s Largest Moon

For the first time, scientists are able to see evidence of rainfall at the equator of Titan, Saturn's largest moon. Except it isn't water, it's liquid methane. It is now spring on Titan, and and infrared camera on board NASA's Cassini spacecraft was able to detect signs of "substantial" precipitation on vast fields of dunes near the equator. Rain on the dunes would sound kind of pleasant if it wasn't freezing and flammable.

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Eton ARCPT300W Safety Hub Features USB Port, Radio

Eton ARCPT300W Safety Hub Features USB Port, Radio

The Eton ARCPT300W American Red Cross Axis Self-Powered Safety Hub is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com. The device itself can be powered in three ways: through the hand crank (which powers the Ni-MH battery), using AAA batteries, and AC power. And you can also plug in your cell phone for charging using the hand crank, a very handy thing when the power is out.

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Nokia’s Giant Hamster Wheel at SXSW

Nokia’s Giant Hamster Wheel at SXSW

Nokia has erected a human-sized hamster wheel at SXSW this year, as part of "The Green Zone" at the festival. The wheel can be used for charging any type of mobile device, and will be up through March 20th. It was created by creative agency 1000heads, and inspired by Nokia's campaign "it's not technology, it's what you do with it" from last year (video, complete with hamster, is included below). But our own Vincent Nguyen was not too impressed.

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