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Submission + - BigDog grabs, lifts, and throws cinder blocks with its new arm (

cylonlover writes: Boston Dynamics' BigDog may have already been replaced by the beefier LS3, but that doesn't mean it's totally obsolete. Today the company unveiled a version of the quadruped equipped with an arm where a head (or tail) would go. As can be seen in a slightly disquieting video, it's powerful enough to lift and toss a heavy cinder block. Key to this work, funded by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, is that BigDog uses the dynamic forces of its whole body to help it throw the cinder block. It begins by taking several steps to the side before quickly accelerating as it swings its arm, temporarily launching itself into the air in the process. This approach is similar to the way an athlete winds up before throwing a discus, for example, and greatly enhances the robot's throwing power. Since few robots are as capable as BigDog when it comes to balance, it's an excellent platform to test these sorts of strenuous actions.

Submission + - Flu shot doing poor job of protecting older people (

Gunilla writes: "It turns out this year's flu shot is doing a startlingly dismal job of protecting older people, the most vulnerable age group.

The vaccine is proving only 9 percent effective in those 65 and older against the harsh strain of the flu that is predominant this season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Health officials are baffled as to why this is so. But the findings help explain why so many older people have been hospitalized with the flu this year.

Despite the findings, the CDC stood by its recommendation that everyone over 6 months get flu shots, the elderly included, because some protection is better than none, and because those who are vaccinated and still get sick may suffer less severe symptoms...Read more:"


Submission + - iPad mini | Apple's Contradictions: Think different each time? (

An anonymous reader writes: Steve Jobs once said that the 3.5 inch screen is just the right size for a mobile – big enough to produce detailed, legible graphics, but small enough to fit comfortably in the hand and pocket. He argued that no one will buy phone with larger screens. What did we see with iPhone 5? A large 4 inch screen!

Submission + - Senior UK Government Official Advises Using Fake Details Online (

Stoopiduk writes: "The online privacy debate has made its way to the front page of the BBC website again, with a government official claiming accurate personal details should only be given "to trusted sites, like government ones". An easy target for pro-privacy advocates, the story also links anonymity with cyber bullying, child abuse and CRIME.
With the UK public service enjoying a history filled with perfect protection of private citizens' information, we can all rest easy and think of funny names to call ourselves on Facebook."


Submission + - Flaws allow every 3G device to be tracked (

mask.of.sanity writes: New privacy threats have been uncovered by security researchers that could allow every device operating on 3G networks to be tracked.

The vulnerabilities could be exploited with cheap commercial off-the-shelf technology to reveal the location of phones and other 3G-capable devices operating on all 3G compliant networks.

It was similar, but different, to previous research that demonstrated how attackers could redirect a victim's outgoing traffic to different networks.


Submission + - MakerBot has updated 3D printing with Replicator 2

An anonymous reader writes: Makerbot has upgraded the phenomenon of 3D printing with the Replicator 2.Makerbot has launched the Replicator 2 as upgrade of his last product. With this the company has to give faster and stronger 3D printer, the products built with better PLA material from MakerBot. The material used for the 3D printer is made up of corn to make smoother objects that are much less to crack.

Submission + - Securing lifes and investments from armed robbery in Nigeria (

An anonymous reader writes: With the increasing rate of violent crimes in Nigeria, especially armed robbery, the need for a reliable system that is partially independent on security agencies and able to offer optimum security and deterrence reliably was needed. The FogSecure (Bandit)leads the field by taking security fogging systems to a totally new level of effectiveness and reliability. Utilising the latest patented technologies, the BANDIT delivers harmless, ultra dense fog at unprecedented speed to provide the very highest levels of protection against the losses and property damage associated with burglaries and armed robbery

Submission + - GamesChart launches next generation tracking and monetization plugin for Android

An anonymous reader writes: Manchester, UK — June 5, 2012 — A small independent studio based in the UK has recently launched a free plugin for Android games that could disrupt the way that game developers monetize their free-to-play content forever. Instead of using traditional in-game banner ads to earn money, developers now have the option to use the GamesChart plugin to display a small semi-transparent icon in the corner of their game. When gamers click this icon, the game pauses and displays a chart that recommends other 'Featured Games' gamers might want to play. GamesChart then shares 50% of any revenue generated from clicks on the 'Featured Games' chart back to the developer. To see how it works click here —

Game developers can also choose to remotely disable the icon and use the GamesChart plugin to track in real-time how many times their game is played. The most popular games each week will be ranked in the 'Official Games' chart and will receive an extra boost by appearing in the charts inside other games.

GamesChart has been making waves over the last 12 months with the GamesChart plugin for online games. This free service is already being used by hundreds of game developers, tracks millions of game plays each day and is welcome proof that you don't need to suffer annoying banner ads to earn money from free-to-play or freemium games. Register for free here —

About GamesChart

GamesChart provides free interactive chart plugins for online & mobile games. Tracking over 60 million unique game plays each month, their in-game chart technology is embedded inside hundreds of games that have spread virally across a global network of more than 28,000 online gaming websites. The GamesChart network provides a free tracking service and helps monetize online and mobile games by using a hybrid of game discovery & in-game advertising. Raise your game!

Submission + - Samsung unveils Windows 8 convertible tablet (

Barence writes: "Samsung has announced its first Windows tablet, the Series 5 Hybrid. The 11.6in tablet has a magnetic docking keyboard allows the Series 5 Hybrid to act as a traditional clamshell laptop, or to be used as a standalone slate. There is no additional battery in the keyboard unit, but Samsung claims up to 10 hours of battery life from the tablet.

PC Pro visited Samsung's Korean HQ to see the new tablet, and were told there would be two versions of the tablet: one with Intel's new 32nm Atom processor, dubbed Clover Trail, and another with a higher performing Core iX processor."


Submission + - Samsung Beats Apple as 2011's No.1 Smartphone Make (

quantr writes: ""With 37 million iPhones sold, it's no suprise that Apple dominated the smartphone market during the fourth quarter, but for 2011 as a whole, Samsung managed to edge out Cupertino as the year's top smartphone manufacturer.
According to separate reports from Strategy Analytics and IHS Suppli, Samsung's Galaxy line of devices help push it past Apple's iPhone last year as the battle between Android and iOS continued.""


Submission + - Bill Gates Gives $750M to AIDS Fund (

redletterdave writes: "Microsoft chairman and philanthropist Bill Gates pledged $750 million to the troubled global AIDS fund on Thursday and urged governments to continue their support to save lives. Since the fund was launched 10 years ago, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given $1.4 billion to the charity, having already contributed $650 million prior to the latest donation. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria accounts for around a quarter of international financing to fight HIV and AIDS, as well as the majority of funds to fight TB and malaria."
Social Networks

Submission + - FBI Plans to Spider Social Networks ( 1

sienrak writes: The Federal Bureau of Investigation is creating a tool that will crawl Facebook, Twitter and more to catch emergencies before they happen.According to a posting on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the FBI’s Strategic Information and Operations Center (SOIC) is feeling out the IT industry to see if anyone can create a “social media application.”
User Journal

Journal Journal: Singularity One 2012 Business Plan (Draft) available for download

The Singularity One 2012 Business Plan (Draft) is now available for download.

I believe in an open business model, with strategies out in the open, but the details of contracts and licensing details kept between the parties involved. Financial details are also privy to the stockholders and those with an appropriate legal mandate, such as a warrant.

If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we would all be millionaires. -- Abigail Van Buren