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Blackberry

+ - BlackBerry 10 unveiled ->

arcite writes: Research in Motion Ltd's new CEO, Thorsten Heins unveiled BlackBerry 10 in Florida today. Will new features such as a virtual keyboard that learns from typing behavior to a camera that easily focuses on faces be enough to scrape back precious market share (which could possibly fall to 5%) from the likes of Apple and Android? With no physical device yet revealed and a release date ranging anywhere from August to October, it will be an uphill battle.
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Mars

+ - Curiosity Mars Rover 100 days to touchdown->

arcite writes: The NASA Curiosity Mars Rover has begun its 100 day countdown to landing on Mars. Lets all wish everyone at JPL good luck with final engineering tests in preparation for the one ton Mini Cooper-sized rover Aug. 5, 2012, PDT (early on Aug. 6, Universal Time and EDT) touchdown!
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Mars

+ - NASA (MSL) Rover "Curiosity" set for Launch->

arcite writes: "The latest and greatest Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Rover Curiosity, an SUV sized rover packed to the gills with the latest scientific instruments and innovative landing system is set to launch sometime today. As the heaviest and largest Mars Rover yet, if it is successful in touching down on the red planet, will be the best bet yet for NASA to find signs of life. Stuffed with turkey and burned out on holiday shopping, Geeks everywhere will be watching the skies above (or the livestream here) and wishing NASA’s Curiosity GODSPEED!"
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Mars

+ - NASA (MSL) Rover 'Curiosity' set for Saturday Laun->

arcite writes: "The latest and greatest Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Rover ”Curiosity”, an SUV sized rover packed to the gills with the latest scientific instruments and innovative landing system is set to launch sometime today. As the heaviest and largest Mars Rover yet, if it is successful in touching down on the red planet, will be the best bet yet for NASA to find signs of life. Stuffed with turkey and burned out on holiday shopping, Geeks everywhere will be watching the skies above (or the livestream here) and wishing NASA’s Curiosity GODSPEED!"
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Earth

+ - Earth officially home to 7 Billion Humans->

arcite writes: It's official, planet Earth is now home to over seven billion ugly-bags-of-mostly-water (otherwise known as Humans). We’re adding ten thousand new Humans every hour, or one billion every nine years. Head over to 7 Billion Actions (put together by the UN with the help of SAP) and check out the population map data. Short of adopting a strict diet of Soylent Green, what viable solutions will enable us to survive living on this increasingly crowded pearly blue planet? What will the role of technology be?
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Earth

+ - Earth is now home to Seven Billion Humans (and cou-> 1 1

arcite writes: It's official, planet Earth is now home to over seven billion ugly-bags-of-mostly-water (otherwise known as Humans). We’re adding ten thousand new Humans every hour, or about one billion every nine years. Head over to 7 Billion Actions (put together by the UN with the help of SAP) and check out the population map data. Short of adopting a strict diet of Soylent Green, what viable solutions will enable us to survive living on this increasingly crowded pearly blue planet? What roles can technology play?
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Android

+ - Steve Jobs made a pledge to destroy Android->

arcite writes: In another preview of his forthcoming biography, it seems Steve Jobs made the destruction of Android one of his final goals;

"I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong," Jobs said. "I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."

Jobs used an expletive to describe Android and Google Docs, Google's Internet-based word processing program. In a subsequent meeting with Schmidt at a Palo Alto, Calif., cafe, Jobs told Schmidt that he wasn't interested in settling the lawsuit, the book says.

"I don't want your money. If you offer me $5 billion, I won't want it. I've got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that's all I want." The meeting, Isaacson wrote, resolved nothing."

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Science

+ - Is extreme weather the new normal?->

arcite writes: Across the United States (and the world) extreme weather appears to be the new normal. From floods, hurricanes, storms, to droughts, extreme weather events are breaking all records. "In addition to hundreds of deaths from cold and heat and tornadoes, the national economic toll for extreme weather so far this year is estimated at $35 billion, more than five times the average annual loss. ... "This summer is a good wake-up call not to take nature lightly," said Katherine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist at Texas Tech University. "No matter people's perspectives about climate change, this year has helped highlight our vulnerability. Climate change increases the risk of what happens naturally." What changes can we make on a practical level to mitigate future risks to these increasing incidences of extreme weather? Have you personally changed the way you live to adapt to the changing climate?
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Iphone

+ - Apple to go for the low end of the market?->

arcite writes: Apple may be building a cheaper iPhone for the masses. Rumored to be around the $200 price point, will this new cheap smartphone ensure long term dominance for Apple, or is this just the start of the next phase of its war with Google/Motorola? What tricks does the competition have up its collective sleeves?
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The Military

+ - Hypersonic aircraft to fly 20 times speed of sound->

arcite writes: According to Los Angeles Times:
"The flight is slated to test new technology that would provide the Pentagon a lightning-fast vehicle, capable of delivering a military strike anywhere in the world in less than an hour.

The unmanned aircraft, dubbed Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2, is scheduled to be launched at 7 a.m. PDT into the upper reaches of the Earth's atmosphere aboard an eight-story Minotaur IV rocket, made by Orbital Sciences Corp.

The aircraft will then separate, screech back toward Earth, level out and glide above the Pacific at 20 times the speed of sound, or Mach 20."

Perhaps a coincidence the testing is taking place just days after China launches their first aircraft carrier

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Apple

+ - An iUnion for Apple?->

arcite writes: "An Apple store employee has taken it upon himself to do something rather innovative and amazing; he is trying to form a union. Cory Moll is fighting for, "better wages and benefits and to address what he says are unfair practices in the company’s glass-and-steel retail showroomsThe core issues definitely involve compensation, pay, benefits,” Mr. Moll said, adding that he decided to go public with the union to encourage other employees to come forward.""Mr. Moll, who has been working at Apple for four years, said he makes $14 an hour at the San Francisco Apple store. The minimum wage for 2011 in San Francisco, one of the most expensive cities in the United States, is $9.92 an hour. The 30-year-old employee primarily communicates with other Apple store employees through Twitter, Facebook and the Apple Retail Workers Union website. Mr. Moll has received little public support from employees so far, though he said he has emails expressing support."
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