Archive for Apr 30, 2012

Honda tech hopes to reduce traffic congestion

Honda tech hopes to reduce traffic congestion

The self-driving car has been shown off by both Google and GM, and while Honda hasn’t quite made the full jump, the company is working on predictive technology. Honda’s new technology can analyze driving patterns, as well as surrounding traffic, in order to determine if the driver is going to add even more confusion to traffic jams.

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Microsoft: No NOOK Windows 8 tablets… yet

Microsoft: No NOOK Windows 8 tablets… yet

Microsoft and Barnes & Noble may have co-launched a digital NOOK business together, but the two firms say it's still too soon for talk of Windows 8 on NOOK-branded tablets. Speaking on an investor call about the deal, Microsoft's Andy Lees said neither company would be talking product roadmaps today, and pointed out that Microsoft has not done a teardown on the NOOK devices to see where they are in terms of Windows 8 requirements.

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Turbine trouble over researchers’ bad wind

Turbine trouble over researchers’ bad wind

A new study has found that long term use of wind farms can potentially lead to local weather and climate change. Satellite data that was taken over a large wind farm area in Texas over the course of a decade found that the temperature increased by 0.72C (1.37F) as more turbines were built. The temperature change could affect regional weather patterns, as well as local wildlife living in the immediate area.

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Alienware M14x, M17x and M18x get Ivy Bridge

Alienware M14x, M17x and M18x get Ivy Bridge

Alienware has thrown Intel's new 3rd-gen Core i5 and i7 processors at its updated M14x, M17x and M18x notebooks, promising a roughly 20-percent boost in power from the new Ivy Bridge architecture. It's the second refresh for the trio of gaming laptops in under a month, with Intel slotting in new mSATA caching drives and boosted graphics in mid-March. Plus, there's a new Alienware deal with Electronic Arts.

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South Park On Demand launches in UK

South Park On Demand launches in UK

Getting access to TV shows on demand and via services like Hulu has become easier over the years, but there have always been a few international restrictions. South Park is shown for free on Comedy Central’s website after it airs, but if you don’t live in America, you can’t access the episode thanks to geographical restrictions. Comedy Central and South Park Digital Studios are hoping to please UK fans by bringing back full episodes with the launch of South Park On Demand for the UK.

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LightSquared sacrifices director to save LTE scheme

LightSquared sacrifices director to save LTE scheme

Beleaguered would-be 4G carrier LightSquared could eke out an extension on its financing, if outspoken director Philip Falcone agrees to step down and concede to anti-bankruptcy provisions. LightSquared faces the expiration of a debt-terms violations waiver later today, but according to insiders whispering to the WSJ could extend that for a week if Falcone drops out of public sight. However, Falcone's presence isn't the only aspect worrying investors: there are also concerns that he could push for bankruptcy and leave lenders with nothing.

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Sea Shadow stealth boat goes up for auction

Sea Shadow stealth boat goes up for auction

The US Navy is auctioning off the stealth boat that provided the inspiration for the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, though the buyer must break the ship down for scrap rather than stage any clandestine raids. Sea Shadow was a 1983 project into marine stealth technology that, for almost ten years, covertly sailed the oceans without nary a blip on radar screens. However, after hopes of donating the ship to a museum failed, the Navy decided scrapping it was the only way to dispose of it.

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Microsoft invests $300m into Barnes & Noble subsidiary

Microsoft invests $300m into Barnes & Noble subsidiary

Microsoft and Barnes & Noble have today announced a joint partnership to form a new subsidiary. The new subsidiary doesn’t yet have a name, but is said to bring together the digital and college sides of the Barnes & Noble business. Microsoft will make a $300 million investment in exchange for a 17.6% equity stake. Barnes & Noble will own the remaining 82.4%, with the subsidiary having an “ongoing relationship with the company’s retail stores.”

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4GBritain campaign prompts early LTE carnage

4GBritain campaign prompts early LTE carnage

Demands for an accelerated 4G roll-out in the UK has prompted carrier arguments with a sprinkling of celebrity garnish, as LTE urgency re-opens old network rivalries. 4GBritain has been set up by Everything Everywhere - the combo-carrier behind Orange and T-Mobile UK - to apply pressure to the government and industry regulator Ofcom to speed up the approvals process and permit it to use existing spectrum holdings to roll out an LTE network this year. However rival networks claim they only heard about the 4GBritain campaign a few days ago, while some celebrities and companies cited as backers say the endorsement claims are premature.

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Microsoft testing home-automation with HomeOS

Microsoft testing home-automation with HomeOS

Sometimes companies like to give us a nice little peek behind the curtain to show us what they’re working on, and this time it's Microsoft's turn. The company has published a white paper on its Research site detailing its method of home automation using HomeOS. Devices like smartphones, laptops, lights, and air conditioners would be treated as individual peripherals connected to a centralized gateway.

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