Archive for October, 2011

NASA sting over a tiny rock makes 73-year-old woman wet herself

NASA sting over a tiny rock makes 73-year-old woman wet herself

I don't know about you, but I had no idea that every moon rock in the country was considered to be government property. I can recall as a kid the local planetarium selling what they claimed to be moon rocks for $5 each. One elderly woman apparently tried to sell a chunk of moon rock her husband left her when he died and ended up the target of a NASA and law enforcement sting.

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Zagat cost Google $151 million

Zagat cost Google $151 million

Google has offered the numbers it paid for two of its more recent purchases in a regulatory filing this week. The two purchases are the buy of Zagat Survey LLC and Daily Deals GmbH. According to the filing, the purchase of Zagat cost Google $151 million. That is a lot of money for a restaurant review service. Google plans to integrate the data into its Google Maps results.

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Price-cut PlayBook still unpopular

Price-cut PlayBook still unpopular

The Blackberry PlayBook has been a sales disappointment for RIM since it was launched. Consumers simply didn’t buy the tablet and those that did aren't happy that the Playbook lacks the basic features that you expect in a tablet like email and others. RIM recently confirmed that the Playbook OS 2.0 wouldn't come until February 2012 bringing email and Android app support to the tablet.

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Facebook to install giant server farm near Arctic Circle

Facebook to install giant server farm near Arctic Circle

When you have a giant server farm that handles tons of traffic like the ones Facebook operates, the cost of keeping all that hardware cool is massive. Facebook has plans to build its latest massive server farm a mere 62 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The giant server farm will reportedly be installed in a facility located in Lulea in northern Sweden.

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Nokia Lumia 800 vs iPhone 4S vs Galaxy SII Browser showdown

Nokia Lumia 800 vs iPhone 4S vs Galaxy SII Browser showdown

Day two of Nokia World 2011, and Nokia loaned us a new Lumia 800 to get to grips with at the show. We couldn't help but pit the Lumia 800 against two of its key rivals - Apple's iPhone 4S and the Samsung Galaxy S II - to see how the browser holds up. With many smartphone users spending a huge amount of their mobile time on the web, that's a key element of the owner experience. Read on for our comparison videos and more.

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Nokia Lumia 800 camera samples (vs iPhone 4S/GSII)

Nokia Lumia 800 camera samples (vs iPhone 4S/GSII)

Nokia is particularly proud of the photographic abilities of its smartphones, and so when they said we could borrow of Lumia 800 here at Nokia World to test out the 8-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, we thought we'd take it for a spin. Since we also had an iPhone 4S and a Samsung Galaxy S II weighing down our pockets, it only seemed fair to shoot a few comparison shots as well. Check out how they hold up, plus a 720p HD video sample from the Lumia 800, after the cut.

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Nokia to spend big money promoting Windows Phone Lumia series

Nokia to spend big money promoting Windows Phone Lumia series

Back early in October we mentioned that Microsoft was leaning on HTC and Samsung to dig deep into the marketing budget to promote their Windows Phone smartphones. It doesn't seem that Microsoft had to do much leaning at all to get Nokia to dig deep to market its new Windows Phone packing Lumia 800 and other devices in the series. Nokia plans to kick off a marketing blitz that will make it hard for consumers to not know about its smartphones.

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