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Patents

+ - Apple Patents Cell Phone Software to Reduce Drops

MikeyTheK writes: Over at CNN, they announced that Apple was awarded a patent to reduce dropped cell phone calls. One of the reasons why cell calls drop is that the interference from other radios in the phone (e.g. GPS) and the impact of devices attached to the phone. Apple's software purportedly will reduce or eliminate that problem.
NASA

+ - A talk with Neptec before Atlantis launch

Roland Piquepaille writes: "The countdown for the launch of space shuttle mission STS-117 is going well and a liftoff of the shuttle Atlantis tomorrow evening is highly possible. One of the goals of this NASA mission is to expand the International Space Station (ISS) by adding two 17.5 tons trusses to it. To do so, the astronauts will rely on the Space Vision System (SVS) developed by the Neptec Design Group which will provide them with position and attitude cues during assembly. Despite his busy schedule, Iain Christie, Neptec's president, talked with me today about his company, his relationship with NASA, and about the future. Read more for some excerpts of our conversation and of some exclusive pictures of Neptec systems."
Portables (Apple)

+ - Uncovering the iPhone Mystery

DigitalDame2 writes: The iPhone may well be the most hyped tech launch ever. There, we said it; we said it because it's probably true. And, as always, Apple brass is being cryptic and guarded about details of its new baby — especially about its software and applications. Pulling together clues from countless news reports, executive statements, and comments from the man Jobs himself, we can get a faint picture of what might be ahead. From the phantom twelfth app that may have slipped into a teaser ad, to the big questions of whether or not the phone will be open for third-party software, we're just a bit closer to getting answers.

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