Archive for Nov 29, 2011

Twitter buys Android security & encryption app specialist

Twitter buys Android security & encryption app specialist

Twitter has bought a mobile communications security firm, Whisper Systems, specializing in hardening Android devices to make them more private and secure. Through modifying the core Android kernel, as well as developing custom apps for encrypted messaging, calling, backup and more, Whisper Systems has carved out a niche protecting smartphones and tablets for enterprise and other privacy-aware users.

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Soft robot is designed to move like a starfish

Soft robot is designed to move like a starfish

Robots are used for all sorts of different tasks including exploring areas where it is too hazardous for humans to venture due to war or disaster. The problem with many of the robot designs is that wheels and legs can have hard time navigating very rough terrain. To help make robots that are better able to navigate certain types of terrain and are more resistant to bumps and impacts a new bot has debuted that is made from soft materials and resembles a starfish.

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American Airlines files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

American Airlines files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

American Airlines has filed for voluntary bankruptcy, promising to maintain current services while it attempts to restructure its "cost and debt structure" into a manageable form. The airline's parent company, AMR Corporation, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in the US today, a process that can take anything from months through to years: in the meantime, it will operate normal flight schedules, make refunds and exchanges as usual, and honor all existing tickets and reservations.

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Acer launches new HR274H 3D computer display and H9500 3D projector

Acer launches new HR274H 3D computer display and H9500 3D projector

Acer has announced two new products that will launch today and can convert your 2D content to 3D for you to enjoy. The products are the HR274H 3D computer display and the new H9500BD projector. The new display has a cool Acer chip-based 3D conversion solution to turn 2D into 3D with no software required. The display also uses passive polarized glasses that are much cheaper than active 3D glasses.

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Nokia lights up London for Lumia 800 promo

Nokia lights up London for Lumia 800 promo

Nokia hasn't been shy promoting the Lumia 800, but it cranked things up even higher in London, UK, last night with a huge animation projected onto a 120m high building on the banks of the River Thames. Millbank Tower saw electro producer deadmau5 pumping out an exclusive set while its 800 windows - specially vinyl-clad for better graphics - were painted by light from 16 projectors across the water. Check out the video after the cut.

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UK iPhone sales triple in October thanks to 4S

UK iPhone sales triple in October thanks to 4S

The iPhone is the most popular single smartphone in most markets even though Android is the most popular platform. Sales of the iPhone are booming in the UK thanks to the launch of the iPhone 4S reports The Guardian. Apparently, demand was pent up in the UK waiting for the 4S to land and now that it is here the sales of the iPhone in the UK tripled in October.

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Windows 8 ARM notebooks and tablets tipped for mid-2013 debut

Windows 8 ARM notebooks and tablets tipped for mid-2013 debut

Notebooks running Windows 8 on ARM processors rather than Intel or AMD x86 chips aren't expected to hit the market until June 2013, insider sources have suggested, indicating Microsoft's Windows on ARM project will lag considerably behind the mainstream build. The platform itself is tipped to go public at the end of 2012, DigiTimes' sources tell them, but with the first hardware not scheduled until midway through the following year, broad adoption isn't seen until 2014 at the earliest.

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GM tries to comfort Volt owners after fires during crash testing

GM tries to comfort Volt owners after fires during crash testing

GM has worked long and hard to bring the Volt to market and the car is now facing its biggest challenge with several fires erupting after crash tests. The car was originally unveiled back in 2007 and then it took longer than GM had hoped to get the car onto the market for consumers to buy. The Volt has hit a few speed bumps along the way, but the cars have been selling and are nice options for the green fans that want an EV but don’t want to worry about how far they can drive. The Volt can go 40 miles on battery power alone and has a range of 379 miles with the gasoline generator.

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RIM aims to dress Android & iPhone in BlackBerry suit

RIM aims to dress Android & iPhone in BlackBerry suit

RIM will attempt to corner the enterprise smartphone and tablet management market in early 2012, the company has revealed, pushing its security ecosystem even when users have defected to iPhone and Android. BlackBerry Mobile Fusion will kick off in closed beta in January 2012, with general availability expected in March, offering enterprise users remote configuration, locking, secure wiping and connectivity management whether they're using a BlackBerry phone, PlayBook, Android smartphone or tablet, or an iPhone or iPad.

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Nintendo 3DS update delayed to December 8

Nintendo 3DS update delayed to December 8

Nintendo has delayed its 3DS update, set to bring 3D video recording and more to the dual-display handheld gaming console before the end of November, though the new functionality will still arrive in time for the holidays. According to Nintendo, the 3DS system update will now drop on December 8, with the "final stages of internal testing" blamed for the delay.

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