Archive for December, 2011

Yellow slime mold may hold the key to bio-computers

Yellow slime mold may hold the key to bio-computers

A Japanese scientist named Toshiyuki Nakagaki, a professor at the Future University Hakodate, is working with amoeboid yellow slime mold. That sounds gross, but what he is saying about the slime mold is very interesting. Nakagaki says that the simple yellow slime mold might hold the key to designing bio-computers that are capable of solving very complex problems.

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Anonymous hacks online military gear supplier

Anonymous hacks online military gear supplier

Anonymous has hit an online supplier of military goods operated by a former special forces Lt. Col. named Dave Thomas. The hacker group was able to infiltrate the server of the supplier and claims to have stolen about 20,000 credit card numbers and passwords from the servers of the website. Anonymous posted to Pastebin claiming the hacking victory.

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Samsung Galaxy S III tipped to surface at MWC in February

Samsung Galaxy S III tipped to surface at MWC in February

A few days back some photos of what was thought to be the Samsung Galaxy S III surfaced. It didn't take long for Samsung to come back and say that the photos that leaked and were thought to the S III were in fact nothing more than concept devices that are not indicative of what the actual S III might look like. Those "leaked" shots were found on a Russian social networking site.

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Nokia Collection section on Windows Phone Marketplace surfaces

Nokia Collection section on Windows Phone Marketplace surfaces

If you are the user of a Nokia Lumia smartphone that packs Windows Phone inside, you may have noticed a new section on the Windows Phone Market that is called the Nokia Collection. Apparently, the new section is rolling out to Lumia users right now and was first spied in France. Interestingly, the section has been seen under two different names so far.

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Microsoft help wanted ad hints at coming cloud backups for Windows Phone

Microsoft help wanted ad hints at coming cloud backups for Windows Phone

It's always fun for geeks to peruse the ads that are placed by the big tech firms looking for help in specific areas. The ads and the sort of people that they are looking to hire hint strongly at features that are going to be added to various products. Microsoft had a new ad up a few days ago that was seeking a new worker for the windows Phone Backup, Migrate, and Restore team.

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WiFi packing vending machines hit Japan

WiFi packing vending machines hit Japan

In my area, there are no hotspots to use for free anywhere. You can get access in some restaurants, but just being able to pick up a WiFi signal doesn't happen. In Japan on the other hand, even the vending machines are tossing out free WiFi signals to people walking by on the streets. A beverage company in Tokyo called Asahi soft Drinks pulled the wraps off its new vending machine that not only puts out tasty beverages; it also offers free WiFi.

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Two new iPad versions to unveil in January says sources

Two new iPad versions to unveil in January says sources

DigiTimes is citing sources that are claiming we will not have to wait long to see two new iPad version be unveiled by Apple. According to the sources, Apple will be rolling out the two new iPad versions at iWorld set for January 26. The tip comes from supply chain sources that DigiTimes so often cites. The sources claim that the two new versions will go into the line with the existing iPad 2.

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SwingHolder is an odd but very flexible iPad holder

SwingHolder is an odd but very flexible iPad holder

There is no shortage of iPad holders and cases on the market today. Typically, you can find plenty of cases that will prop your iPad up on a table or desk for watching movies and other content comfortably. The big problem with that sort of case is that if you aren't sitting at a desk there is nothing you can do to prop the iPad up.

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HP wanted $1.2 billion for WebOS and Palm assets

HP wanted $1.2 billion for WebOS and Palm assets

HP has already made the decision to open source its WebOS platform, but according to a VentureBeat insider source, the company had initially wanted to sell WebOS along with other Palm assets for $1.2 billion. This is the same amount that HP paid when it acquired Palm back in 2010, meaning it was trying to offload a failing purchase without taking a loss.

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