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Submission + - Apple to crush carriers, become direct service provider (

zacharye writes: Apple’s next huge move isn’t into the television or banking industries according to one expert. Instead, Apple will take on carriers like AT&T and Verizon Wireless by becoming a direct mobile service provider. Veteran wireless industry strategist Whitey Bluestein, who has managed strategic deals for the likes of AT&T, Intel, T-Mobile, Verizon, Microsoft, Nokia and Best Buy, says Apple will soon begin to offer wireless service directly to iPhone and iPad users. Apple has the distribution channels, digital content portfolio and customer base to make the move, Bluestein says, and it also has more than 250 million credit cards on file for iTunes users who could be billed directly for wireless service...

Submission + - Wozniak Praises 'Beautiful' Windows Phone (

judgecorp writes: "Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has praised the user interface of Microosft's Windows Phone, saying that aspects of its user interface are more "beautiful" than comparable sides to the iPhone. The comments, in a New Domain, follow on from a comment by Forrester boss Goerge Colony who blogged that Apple would decline in the post-Jobs era. Both pieces have kicked off the kind of online argument you would expect"

Submission + - Why you shouldn't be so worried about cyber war. (

Curseyoukhan writes: "The phrase "cyber war" is being used to scare us into coughing up money and liberties, just like "anarchist" once was, and "terror" still is. To quote H.L. Mencken, "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.""
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Submission + - Star Wars Exhibition Explores Human Identity

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Telegraph reports that a new exhibition has opened at the Montreal Science Center that explores human identity through the Star Wars saga and its quirky characters combining the latest scientific research in areas of psychology, neuropsychology and genetics with some 200 costumes, props, models and artwork from the Lucasfilm archives to ask the fundamental questions: who we are and how do we become who we are? Visitors to the exhibition will rediscover their favorite Star Wars characters "in a whole new light" while also developing a better understanding of their own complex identity. "Since Star Wars takes place in a fantasy world, the characters need to be identifiable so that the audience can connect to them," says Star Wars creator George Lucas. "These larger-than-life characters come complete with friends, enemies, values, and beliefs. This exhibition examines how the Star Wars characters are like us, what we may have in common, and what makes up our individual identities." Each visitor is given a bracelet, which records the decisions they make during the tour and each visitor's decisions combine to create an avatar, which is revealed at the end of the tour. "When I finally took the tour with the audio guide and bracelet, it was thrilling," says LucasFilm exhibits manager Kyra Bowling. "When I saw my hero (avatar) at the end, I felt like a kid again. After I was done I immediately went through a second time and made different decisions so I could end up with a different hero.”"

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