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Submission + - BlackBerry's Passport phone released (

Tideflat writes: BlackBerry's Passport phone, which is about the size of a passport, was released today. It has a square screen and a reported 30-hour battery life. It aims to woo business users by having a screen that can show 60 characters across, hopefully enough to read spreadsheets easily. They also launched BlackBerry Blend, a app for syncing data across sundry devices.

The CEO claims that the restructuring process of the company is done, and they is now focusing on growth.

Submission + - Robotic Limbs that Plug into the Brain (

Tideflat writes: A new generation of much more sophisticated and lifelike prosthetic arms, sponsored by the Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), may be available within the next five to 10 years. Two different prototypes that move with the dexterity of a natural limb and can theoretically be controlled just as intuitively--with electrical signals recorded directly from the brain--are now beginning human tests.

Submission + - Google scribe (

Tideflat writes: Google scribe is a new text completion service. Using information from what you have already typed in a document, Google Scribe provides related word or phrase completion suggestions. In addition to saving keystrokes, Google Scribe's suggestions indicate correct or popular phrases to use.

I've got a bad feeling about this.