Archive for March, 2011

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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iPad 2 Arrives at Radio Shack TOMORROW

iPad 2 Arrives at Radio Shack TOMORROW

That's right all you crazy iPad 2 seekers who still haven't been able to purchase the wildly popular tablet computer, you'll get your chance tomorrow when Radio Shack has the slate available at 500 locations across the USA. You'll only know if your store will be carrying the tablet if you call, but for those that do, you can rest assure that they'll have at least ONE tablet in stock. Beyond that, not much else is known! What we DO know is that some of these locations will sell out instantly while others (like the ones up here in Minnesota) will have their whole stock in stock forever.

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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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Intel 320 Series SSDs debut: up to 600GB

Intel 320 Series SSDs debut: up to 600GB

Intel has announced its latest SSD range, the 25nm-based 320 Series, replacing the existing X25-M and slashing prices by up to $100. Available in 40-, 80-, 120-, 160, 300- and 600GB capacities, the third-gen SSDs more than double sequential write speeds as well, up to 220 MB/s sequential writes, together with up to 270 MB/s sequential reads.

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Amazon “digital locker” cloud aiming to overshadow Apple and Google?

Amazon “digital locker” cloud aiming to overshadow Apple and Google?

Apple, Google, and now Amazon - all tipped to be racing to offer their own "digital locker" services for users to store their digital media online and then stream it to mobile devices. According to CNET's sources, Amazon could announce a cloud-based storage system for music, video and ebook content as early as this week, despite not apparently having all the necessary licenses in place.

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HTC Desire S Review

HTC Desire S Review

The original HTC Desire became one of the most popular Android smartphones of 2010, a compelling balance of screen-size, functionality and pricing that convinced us in our review and continued to convince buyers throughout the year. Now, HTC is back with the follow-up, the HTC Desire S. Question is, with dual-core Android phones already on the market, does the "S" stand for "sequel" or just "surpassed"? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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T-Mobile and AT&T 4G for Dell Streak 7 after unlock

T-Mobile and AT&T 4G for Dell Streak 7 after unlock

Good news if you've got a T-Mobile USA Dell Streak 7 and would rather use it with AT&T. According to StreakSmart, when unlocked the T-Mobile version of the Android tablet actually packs support for not only T-Mo's 4G HSPA+ network, but AT&T's as well. That means high-speed data on both GSM carriers, thanks to the Streak 7 quietly including a radio that works with both 1700/2100MHz (AWS) and 850/1900MHz.

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