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Television

Submission + - World's Largest LCD TV

ZeldorBlat writes: At the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Sharp has unveiled the largest consumer LCD TV measuring in at 108 inches. This beats the previous record held by a Samsung 102 inch plasma TV. From the article: "Sharp and its rivals also announced technological improvements to how LCDs render high-speed movement, cutting down on the staccato image trails that have so far made LCDs less smooth than plasma models."
Media (Apple)

Submission + - WSJ: Apple signs with Cingular

fistfullast33l writes: "Last night a blog post on Business 2.0's new blog pointed to a Wall Street Journal article (paid subscription required) reporting that Apple has apparently signed up with Cingular to provide the service for a new iPhone. If the WSJ story is true, more details should be given in today's Macworld Expo keynote by Steve Jobs. What's more interesting are the points that the blogger makes. From the article: "The first is that Verizon (VZ) Wireless and Sprint (S) are left out in the cold by this move, since Cingular uses GSM, a standard that's incompatible with Verizon and Sprint's CDMA technology. Verizon has the Chocolate and Sprint sells the Fusic music phone, but neither has proven to be an iPod substitute yet.""
Space

Submission + - NASA to use Metric System on Moon Mission

JustOK writes: With the first mission scheduled for 2020, NASA plans, among other things, to use "metric units for all operations on the lunar surface"
"NASA's lunar plan also encourages participation by other nations, as well as non-governmental organizations and commercial groups." NASA has nearly 60 space and Earth science projects currently, with about half having some type of international cooperation. North and South lunar poles are being looked at as locations for moon bases. Lunar stays of up to 180 days are being planned.
The project will see "A string of robot spacecraft will shoot for the Moon within the next two years, departing from Japan, China, India, as well as the United States."
According to a report via Yahoo! by Space.com staff, NASA has had informal discussions on using Internet protocols for lunar communications.

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