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Submission + - Wolfram Language Reference Manual (wolfram.com)

Kensai7 writes: The Wolfram Language is coming along... the first 11,000+ draft documentation pages are up. Not all finished yet, but a great start...

Submission + - Electrolibrary: blending the boundaries between book and computer (phys.org)

Kensai7 writes: Waldek Wegrzyn has a prototype that teases us into thinking about future interconnection opportunities that lie between the book and the computer. We might be about to turn a corner where there is no either-or choice to be made between a print book and an e-book, a print newspaper or an online site, but rather both print and digital working with each other. The book becomes part of the computer reading experience.

The video is nothing short of spectacular!

Submission + - Korean Crisis 23 November 2010 (bbc.co.uk)

Kensai7 writes: North and South Korea exchange dozens of artillery shells across their tense western sea border, in one of the most serious incidents since the Korean War ended without a ceasefire in 1953. My God, let's hope this is not as serious as it looks...

Google Engineer Sponsors New Kinect Bounties 96

ashidosan writes "Hot on the heels of the Adafruit competition, Matt Cutts (a search spam engineer at Google) is sponsoring two more $1,000 bounties for projects using Kinect. 'The first $1,000 prize goes to the person or team that writes the coolest open-source app, demo, or program using the Kinect. The second prize goes to the person or team that does the most to make it easy to write programs that use the Kinect on Linux.'" Relatedly, reader imamac points out a video showing Kinect operating on OS X.

Submission + - E Ink unveils first color e-reader (newscientist.com)

Kensai7 writes: E Ink, the firm behind the monochrome displays on the Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader, launched its first colour ebook-reader display this week. Unlike LCDs that constantly draw power, electronic ink uses power to change the image – but not to display it – increasing battery life from hours to weeks. Electronic ink works by attracting black or white powders to the front of a clear pixel capsule.

Submission + - iOS 4.0.1 may tackle iPhone 4's antenna problems (electronista.com) 1

DJRumpy writes: It appears that iOS4 may have changed the signal priority of the iPhone to look at a more reliable connection rather than at signal strength. This would explain why 3G and 3GS are also seeing the same issues being reported about the 4G signal strength:

"A software origin for the hand position bug, nicknamed the "death grip" for its tendency to kill the cellular signal if the antennas are bridged, would explain how some have replicated the problem on the iPhone 3G and the 3GS. As iOS 4 changed the antenna's priority from the strongest possible signal to the most reliable, it may have changed that behavior for all phones, not just the iPhone 4. Owners of the 3G MicroCell also support this through their lack of trouble; since the femtocell is always the most powerful cellular signal when nearby, iPhones always stay connected. The same behavior may likewise explain why some without MicroCells haven't had success replicating the problem, as any attenuation of the signal might not be enough to confuse the phone if the user is close to a good cell site."


Submission + - Ovi Store Launched Today (nokia.com)

Kensai7 writes: "The much-awaited Nokia Ovi Store is opening for business today. By following a business model similar to that of the successful rival Apple for iPhone, Nokia is trying to provide developers and end customers a vast portfolio of Symbian OS applications, games, widgets, etc. More details in Nokia's Press Release."

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