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+ - USB Microwave announced->

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Stonefred writes "Daily Mail reports about an USB powered microwave, that can heat small snacks in about 60 seconds. The price shall be around £100 (about $165 or 120). The story further says: "The turquoise device — called the Beanzawave — has been created in partnership with Heinz to allow workers tied to their desks to create a warm snack, or hot drink, to see them through the day. [...] To date, the device, which stands just 7.4inches tall by 6.2in wide and 5.9in deep, is only a prototype. However, experts at the Microwave Association insist the sophisticated miniaturised technology does exist to turn the eye-catching gadget into a reality.""
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Sun Microsystems

Sun To Build World's Biggest App Store Around Java 325

Posted by samzenpus
from the would-you-like-apps-with-that dept.
CWmike writes "Sun Micro plans to launch an App Store that could make Apple's look smaller than a 7-Eleven by comparison, CEO Jonathan Schwartz wrote on his blog this week. Schwartz indicated the Java App Store, code-named Project Vector, will focus on PC users and estimated the size of the community at 1 billion. Sun plans to allow Java application developers to submit programs to a simple Web site so the company can evaluate them for safety and content before presenting them to the Java audience. Sun will charge for distribution. The company will reveal more details at its JavaOne conference, which opens June 2 in San Francisco, Schwartz said."

Finnish Guy Gets Prosthetic USB Finger Storage 113

Posted by samzenpus
from the I'd-still-choose-a-shotgun-leg dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Jerry had a motorcycle accident last May and lost a finger. When the doctor working on the artificial finger heard he is a hacker, the immediate suggestion was to embed a USB 'finger drive' to the design. Now he carries a Billix Linux distribution as part of his hand."

The History of the Ghostbusters Game 54

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-ain't-'fraid-of-no-ghost dept.
Ars Technica takes a look at the development of the Ghostbusters game due out later this year. They go through the promising early demonstrations, the subsequent relegation to developmental limbo, and the project's eventual resurrection. Quoting: "Everyone involved with the game was extremely enthusiastic about its progress, as evidenced both by Sierra's heavy promotion of the title, as well as by how genuinely excited a number of the company's PR team were about it. Now, it isn't all that uncommon to talk with PR folk and be fed a line about how great whatever product they're promoting is, but even after several hours of drinking copious amounts of alcohol, the enthusiasm never waned; this definitely wasn't the case when we discussed some of the other titles that had been on display during the day's event. Even the members of the press corps, as we huddled together and compared notes, generally agreed that Ghostbusters had been the most impressive thing we'd gotten to see at the event. All in all, it looked like Sierra was going to deliver a game that finally gave the Ghostbusters franchise the respect it deserved, and none of us could wait to get our hands on it."

Comment: Re:Mico32 (Score 2, Informative) 122

by Thijs van As (#25497279) Attached to: Open Source Hardware, For Fun and For Profit
For my MSc graduation project I designed and implemented an open source reconfigurable VLIW processor: r-VEX (http://r-vex.googlecode.com/). It is based around the scalable and extensible VEX Instruction Set Architecture by HP, for which a free C compiler and simulator are available.

My implementation is merely targeted for VLIW processor research; it is a highly customizable design where the instruction issue-width, the number of registers and the number of functional units can be easily changed. Even custom instructions are supported (as well in the compiler toolchain).
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+ - Britain "Failing" 'net speed tests

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Penguin_me (792623) writes "The BBC has an article about how "Britain is 'Failing' speed tests" (link: BBC)
From the article: A survey by consumer group Which? found that broadband packages promising speeds of up to 8Mbps (megabits per second) actually achieved far less. Tests of 300 customers' net connections revealed that the average download speed they were getting was 2.7Mbps."
Portables (Apple)

+ - Mac pictured on UK Microsoft Office website->

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Justin writes "The UK Microsoft Office website has as its main picture what appears to be a Mac laptop. Underneath it in bold is the offer "Try Office 2007 Professional for free" which seems odd as Office 2007 is not available for Mac. Could a media company have provided an image to Microsoft with a Mac in it by error? Or is the Mac laptop meant to be featured on the site?"
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+ - Students in Singapore Create Chameleon Suit

Submitted by SpectreBlofeld
SpectreBlofeld (886224) writes "Taking a page from Ghost in the Shell, students in Singapore have created a soldier's suit that can blend in with its surroundings. From the article: "Using what is called Electrochromism, the students created a soldier's uniform that can blend into any surrounding. They achieved this by using a material that can change colours. This is one of the many projects by secondary and JC students under the Young Defence Scientists Programme (YDSP), which has been running successfully for the last 15 years." Story is at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelo calnews/view/264786/1/.html"

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